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June 9, 2015 • Headlines

Saturday, June 6 marked the 71st anniversary of D-Day, the American landing on the beaches of Normandy. Pictured above are brothers Herman (left) and Clem Jahnigen. They were the sons of Arthur and Clara Jahnigen of the Cedar Creek community near Osgood.
In celebration, the new Jac-Cen-Del graduates toss their caps at the end of the ceremony.
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Jac-Cen-Del graduates 59

Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corp. presented 59 diplomas Saturday to the Class of 2015. The high school band played the traditional “Fanfare and Processional” as the graduates, dressed in the red and blue colored robes and caps, proceeded into the full gym with a myriad of emotions reflecting their next phase of adult life. They were excited, anxious, sad, proud and relieved.
JCD graduate Travis Cline


Pictured left, Travis Cline hugs guidance counselor Dedra Montgomery, who is retiring this year. Also pictured is teacher Sarah Wood. Pick up a copy of the Osgood Journal at your local newsstand to see more JCD graduation photos. Click here to find out where to buy the newspaper.

This was the first JCD class for new superintendent Tim Taylor to bestow diplomas. He welcomed everyone and reminded the audience of the important day’s date, June 6. This was the 71st anniversary of D-Day. “If not for their sacrifice we may not be able to celebrate today,” he said, and asked the veterans in the audience to stand. Two of the 59 students from the Class of 2015, Joe Watson and Christopher Kissel, will both be serving in the military, Taylor mentioned. Of the 59 graduates, 17 were National Honor Society Members and 16 received academic honor diplomas.

The Class of 1965 was recognized as the special guest, and several members were in attendance. The valedictorian of the 1965 class, Cathy Burns, addressed the graduates. She had taught at JCD for 23 years. She advised the new graduates to plan for tomorrow, find a job they truly enjoy and noted that “opportunity looks a lot like work!” She told them to be responsible citizens, nurture relationships and put aside money for retirement.

After the band and choir played a few songs, such as “What a Wonderful World,” Principal Brian Fehribach introduced the top two scholars. Kelsey Bowling, salutatorian, spoke and reminded her peers to remember where they came from and the strong foundation the school and community provided. Tara Ricke, valedictorian, then spoke and encouraged the students to take risks and make mistakes.

“In life we do things we wish we never would have done, and some we wish we could replay over and over. But, they all make us who we are. And, in the end, they shape every detail about us. If we were to take back or reverse any of them, we wouldn’t be the person we are. So my advice to you, is to just live. Make mistakes and have wonderful memories but never ever second guess who you are, where it is you’re going, and most importantly, where you’ve been.” She summarized, “Live a little, or a lot, but most importantly, let life take you on a no-questions-asked journey. It’s journey. Your journey.”

After the students received their diplomas, class president Allen Hooton led them in the changing of the tassel. And symbolic of their past, and in joy of their future, they tossed their caps into the air, and hooped and hollered. Good luck Class of 2015!

Top two enrolled at Franklin College


Tara Ricke’s high school experience helped her decide where she wanted to go to college. “In high school I looked at the past and realized I liked the closeness we had and wanted a college that offered that too. Looking to the future, I can take a part of the past with me, that closeness of the class, school and community itself.”

JCD graduate Tara Ricke
Pictured left is JCD Valedictorian Tara Ricke.

With a 4.3 GPA, Tara is Jac-Cen-Del’s top scholar. She will attend Franklin College and study business with a minor in math. She credits her favorite teacher Mr. Westerman for molding her love of math. The daughter of Kevin and Jennifer Ricke of Napoleon, she was a very busy girl these past four years. She was on the cheer team for four years, Sunshine Society, SADD, National Honor Society to name some of the activities.

Speaking again of the small school atmosphere, she said the senior trip was her favorite memory. Experiencing the big cities, and moreover, being on a bus as a class for 12+ hours brings a closeness that she will forever treasure. She will miss her friends, although there are five JCD classmates enrolled at Franklin College, that she may call on if she is having a bad day. She loves recalling the many memories from high school, all still fresh in her mind, but knows those will fade in time. “You try but you can’t remember them all.” Tara, the oldest of two, will also miss stopping by her grandparents and aunts and uncles homes regularly, and hopes she has time to enjoy camping with her family. Admittedly, it was a goal to be a top student. “I had little goals along the way to get me there, and as long as I tried my best I felt I would get there in time.” Tara advises underclassmen, including her younger brother Brent, to “do all you want to do,” to not have regrets, and be willing to make mistakes. She’s taking that same attitude to college

“If it happens it happens.” That’s Kelsey Bowling’s mantra. She sounds laid back, but this salutatorian is actually quite goal driven. “I like to get things done,” she admitted. With a 4.2 GPA, the third of five children of Cheryl and Ken Bowling, Kelsey gets a lot done! She’s in the National Honor Society, the Sunshine Club, student council and on the yearbook staff, in addition to playing a couple of varsity sports.

JCD graduate Kelsey Bowling


Pictured left is JCD Salutatorian Kelsey Bowling.

After graduation she plans to attend Franklin College where she will play basketball and run track, and probably study business. Sports is one reason she is going there, but she also likes that the college is small and not too far from home. She’s a small town girl, even though the recent senior trip to DC and New York City was a blast. “I loved both but I just like my small town area,” she said. Her favorite memory of school is tied to sports. “I’d say it was winning the regional in basketball twice in a row. That’s what I most remember,” says the 5’3” guard. She also placed 8th in the track regional for hurdles, and is proud of that as well.

She’s going to miss seeing her classmates and teachers, particularly calculus teacher Mr. Westerman. She won’t miss homework, but realizes college classes will give her a good dose of that too. Kelsey’s advice to incoming freshman? “I’d tell them it’s okay to mess up, but in the end it fixes itself, if you work at it.” When she’s not busy with school or sports, Kelsey likes horseback riding and being with her friends. Fortunately, a few JCD classmates are also going to Franklin.

Staycation series
Columbus architecture worth touring

Cathy May

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth in the series on Staycations, one day or overnight stays.

Columbus, Indiana is ranked third in the nation for its architectural treasures, right after big cities Washington, D.C. and Boston. (DC and Boston both have over 600,000 people, while little Columbus has just 45,000.) The city has seven buildings named as National Historic landmarks: The Miller House and Garden, North Christian Church, The First Christian Church, Irwin Conference Center, First Baptist Church, McDowell Building and Myron Goldsmith’s Newspaper Office.
The First Christian Church - Columbus, Indiana


Pictured left is The First Christian Church, designed by architect Eliel Saarinen, one of seven buildings designated as a National Historic Landmark.

The best way to view these buildings as well as many of their public arts is by taking a bus tour. The guided bus tour shows many of the more than 70 notable buildings and public art installations created by the likes of Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, Kevin Roche, I.M. Pei, Henry Moore and Dale Chihuly, all big names in the world of architecture.

The architectural tour is two hours long and is great for older children and adults but not appropriate for small children or pets. Tours usually start at 10 a.m. but some are at 2 p.m. There is room for 25 on a bus and tours sell out quickly; so, it’s best to call ahead for reservations. There is a separate 90-minute tour to see The Miller House and Garden. The Miller House and Garden is the renowned, mid-century modern home and garden showcasing the work of Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard and Dan Kiley. This is the only public tour of an Eero Saarinen house in the United States. Tour size is limited to six people. The public can also take a Downtown Walking Tour with a local guide. The tour length is 90 minutes. Take the same tour on your own schedule and at your own pace by using your cell phone. All tours begin at the Visitors Center located at 506 5th Street.

Columbus is more than architectural tours. No trip to Columbus would be complete without a visit to Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor located at 329 Washington Street in Columbus, downtown across from the Commons Mall. This elegantly restored 1900-style ice cream parlor and museum was named “The Number One Thing Every Hoosier Must Do” by Indianapolis Monthly magazine. The one-of-a kind Victorian ice cream parlor and museum is a wonder to kids of all ages, who can enjoy the musical sounds of the 1908 Welte Orchestrion which mimics 182 instruments. Indulge in homemade sodas and ice cream specialties. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Located 6.5 miles north of Columbus is the I-74 Antique Mall, largest antique outlet mall within hundreds of miles. It’s 72,000-square feet and all on one level. Find more than 360 merchants from across the United States, and 600 booths, and less than a mile away is the Edinburgh Outlet Mall.

Don’t forget to save some time to see the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum located at 4742 Ray Boll Boulevard. History loving kids and parents will enjoy Bakalar Museum, a no-cost attraction that features memorabilia from World War II. Learn about glider pilots and see the cockpit of a glider, just like the ones that coasted into Normandy. Learn about the WASPs (Women Air Force Service pilots) like local veteran Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck, a test pilot who was anything but conventional. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday.

There is a lot to do in Columbus, Indiana. Located about an hour from Ripley County, it’s a great place for a Staycation. Check out their website at or call the visitor’s center at 812-378-2622 for tour booking details and more information. They will be glad to help plan your trip to Columbus, Indiana.

Pick up this week's edition of the Osgood Journal for the stories below and more local news. Subscribe by clicking the subscribe link or call 812-689-6364.

• Animal advocate [Faye Wagner] passes away (front page)
• JCD hosts Relay for Life this weekend (front page) Click here for date and time information.
• Fatality on U.S. 50 (front page)
• Swinney band releases CD (page 2)
• $47,000 from fire dept. used for woman's personal account (page 3)
• High deductibles and low premiums come at a cost to consumers (page 4)
• HOPEfest: A night of faith, fellowship and music (page 6)
• Jac-Cen-Del graduation photos (page 7)
• Past Images: In honor of D-Day anniversary (page 10)
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