A sea of green, blue, pink and purple T-shirts flowed into Zionsville West Middle School on the first day of school, each stating “We’ve Got Z’Power – Expect the Best, Get the Best” on the front. Once the wave rolled in, the words “Love, Strength, Inspiration, Fearlessness and Pride” were seen on the backs of the shirts, each word chosen by the student wearing it. “Both research and experience tells us that students cannot learn if they do not feel happy and safe at school,” said Assistant Principal, Matt Doublestein. “This year, we sought to begin our year focused on those two values through these programs. We could not be more excited is see the impact Z’Power will have on our students, our school, and our community. “ “We’ve Got Z’Power” was funded with a grant from the Zionsville Education Foundation (ZEF) and supported by the Z’West PTO. In the grant application, Z’West Principal Kris Devereaux stated: “Our Gold Star counseling program surveyed students and found that this is an area of concern/stress for students. We also conducted a staff survey about areas of concern, and character/choices was voted number one by 100 percent of the staff.” Z’West set expectations of character and values on the very first day of school with their Power Shirts, but that was just the beginning for this day off from academics. Living Out Loud, a high-energy student performance group from Illinois, delivered an interactive convocation showing how careful decision making leads to a healthy and productive future. Students also participated in 45-minute break-out sessions led by Living Out Loud. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.
- ZCHS students make a difference in Haiti Zionsville Community High School students traveling to Haiti during spring break may begin the adventure out of a sense of philanthropy, but by the time they return home, their lives have been enriched by those they went to help.
- ZWMS student rolls with basketball team When Sarah Zetzl was born with spina bifida, her parents, Heather and Jim Zetzl, never thought she would play competitive sports. Now 11 years old and a fifth-grader at Zionsville West Middle School, Sarah has made them think again as she shoots hoops with the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Mini Pacers wheelchair basketball team.
- New boutique set to open in March A new women's boutique store is scheduled to open in Zionsville by the beginning of March. Judy Revis, owner of Boutique 33, has been working hard since the beginning of February to turn the 33 E. Pine St. location into her new shop.
- Rosswurm named to autism treatment board Mary Rosswurm had quite the adjustment in 1996 when she moved to Indianapolis from California. She wasn't used to the snow and the cold, but the biggest adjustment for her was not having as many resources for her then 4-year-old autistic son, Brad. Brad is now 23 years old and graduated from Zionsville Community High School.
- ZMS student performs at IRT Like most children, Weston LeCrone loved Disney films when he was younger. The Zionsville Middle School eighth-grader liked acting out scenes from the movies when he was 7 and has grown that love to become an actor in the Indiana Repertory Theatre's production of "And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank."
- Zionsville woman driven to 'Get Flasky' The first word that came to Linda Houpt's mind when describing her daughter was "driven." The word pops up numerous times as Ashten talks about growing her business, Get Flasky. Of course, Ashten must be pretty driven to stick with promoting her business after losing her suitcase on a Greyhound bus to Tijuana while traveling California to sell her custom flasks.
- Eskimo Man tries life in an igloo Zionsville parents were busy last week clearing snow and trying to figure out activities for their children after school was canceled for the week. After spending several hours Sunday, Jan. 5, cleaning off the sidewalks around his and his neighbors' houses, Michael Williams and neighbor Sean Walsh decided to build an igloo.
- Blackburn is 'pop' photographer Michelle Blackburn, a 2013 Zionsville Community High School graduate, has made herself "almost famous," and it all started on a whim. A photograph Michelle shot of herself is being featured on a Jones Soda label.
- Salon aims to ease cancer-related hair loss Laura Yates didn't cry when her kids shaved her head, but she cried the week before when she got a drastic change in her hairstyle. Yates was diagnosed with breast cancer three days after Christmas last year and went through four rounds of chemotherapy in the spring. Now, she is cancer-free with a new hairstyle.
Four year old Tommy Schlueter watches his pumpkin float towards the pins Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, during the Lions Club Pumpkins and Hayrides event.
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