Zionsville Times Sentinel

November 21, 2012

Noteworthies for Nov. 21

Zionsville Times Sentinel

Zionsville — Two students accept EKU scholarships

Zionsville students Carly Collins and Kylie Day accepted merit-based scholarships to attend Eastern Kentucky University.

“These students have found programs here at EKU that meet their needs academically, therefore Eastern is doing all it can to help them achieve their dreams financially through our merit-based scholarship program,” said Brett Morris, director of admissions at the university. “The process is much easier now because students are granted these scholarships automatically if they qualify. There’s no need for a separate application.”

The Merit Scholarship is for incoming high school freshmen.

Bar foundation honors area lawyer

Zionsville resident Judy Tyrrell has been recognized for her pro bono work.

The Indiana Bar Foundation announced the 2012 winners of its law-related education and pro bono public awards during a Friday, Oct. 26, ceremony.

Tyrrell received the award for a case in which a Venezuelan woman needed assistance after fleeing from her abusive husband with her six children. The spouse filed a Hague Convention petition alleging the victim was in violation of international kidnapping laws.

The client described Tyrrell as a “defender of truth.”

Tyrrell was nominated by Kerry Hyatt Blomquist of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Tyrrell took the time-consuming case despite being bullied by the abusive spouse to terminate her representation.

Ultimately, her efforts resulted in a dismissal of the case and relief for her client.

Teacher receives innovator grant

Ryan LaPlante, a STEM teacher from Stonegate Elementary School, has received a Bright House Networks’ Classroom Innovator Grant.

The $500 grant will fund his project “Engineering the Future,” which utilizes Lego’s Early Simple Machines and Structure Pack.

The grants are available to educators in kindergarten through 12th grade programs, who demonstrate creative and innovative learning experiences utilizing advanced technology, web based instruction, and/or cable programming to enhance the quality of education in local communities. Teachers are asked to submit an application, including a Project Summary, Evaluation Form and support materials for their project.

There is no deadline associated with the Classroom Innovator Grant, as educators are recognized and grants are awarded throughout the year.  

The Classroom Innovator Grant Program is part of Bright House Networks’ educational initiatives that also include the Future Scholars Lap Top Scholarship Program.

ZMS teacher awarded grant

Kathleen Swayze, a teacher at Zionsville Middle School, was awarded a McDonald’s MAC Grant to begin a music program called “Electrify your Strings.”

The program is a rock and roll workshop that aims to boost students self-esteem and motivation with music.

MAC Grants is an on-going program that offers financial support to help teachers Make Activities Count for their students.  Because lessons often become more meaningful when demonstrated with hands-on experiences, McDonald’s Restaurants of Central Indiana supports activities that supplement regular classroom curriculum.

The MAC Grants program provides funding to teachers for interesting and educational projects.

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