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South Ripley junior named to world Olympics

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A local high school student will be participating in the World Special Olympics in Austria next year! Christopher Perdue has been named to the USA Special Olympics Snowboarding Team, according to a recent announcement from Special Olympics Indiana. Chris, son of Sherry Carroll, lives in Osgood and is a junior at South Ripley High School. The global competition will be held in Graz, Austria in March of 2017. Chris will be traveling to various training camps for practice over the next 12 months. The young athlete received word of his selection early recently after sweeping the slopes in the Indiana Special Olympics Winter Games in late January. Chris won two first place medals in snowboarding during the event, highlighting his athletic skill in the sport.

Joe Mann and Chris Perdue at the Polar PlungeSANDY DAY HOWARD PHOTO
Chris Perdue, right, had the honor of carrying the torch at the Versailles Polar Plunge with Joe Mann. Perdue was selected to compete in the World Special Olympics.

“I would like to thank everyone for supporting me for the World Winter Games,” the unassuming champion stated. “It’s very exciting!” “We are so proud and happy for Chris,” Trace Tucker, SR special education teacher exclaimed. “This is such a rare opportunity and we are so thrilled that Chris has been chosen. He is really a neat kid!”

Tucker detailed car rides home from ballgames and other events when Chris ‘rides shotgun’ and insists on being the last one dropped off so he can watch for deer, helping keep his classmates and friends safe. While Chris recognizes that being chosen to be on the USA Olympic Team is a big deal, he has a childlike forethought about his role in the multi-national event. Cindy Stephen, Functional Skills Classroom Aide at SR laughed as she recalled Chris’s reaction to hearing he’d been selected to Team USA. “He thought for a minute and then said, ‘That will be a long car drive!’”

Chris will need to raise over $7,000 for expenses related to his Olympic journey. Fundraisers are already in the works through South Ripley’s Champions Together program, sponsored by Brenda Strimple, and the Special Education Program, headed by Coordinator Lynn Cumberworth and instructed by teacher and mentor, Trace Tucker. Those wishing to contribute may contact Trace Tucker or Brenda Strimple at SRHS. With a shy smile, Chris responded to his selection to the team: “It is a huge honor to be on the USA Olympic Team!”.

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Feb. 29
Public meeting to discuss plan for EMS in county
Commissioners agreed with a date set for February 29 at 7 p.m. in the annex building, Versailles. They will have their regular meeting that morning as usual and only discuss medical service during the evening meeting. Read the article on the front pg. of The Versailles Republican dated Feb. 18.

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Sheriff scholarships announced

Ripley Co. Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth announced that Indiana Sheriff’s Association would again be awarding college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice. For details pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican dated February 11 and read page 3.

Deadline: April 4, 2016
SEIRD announces student scholarship
The Southeastern Indiana Recycling District (SEIRD) is pleased to announce the 2015 - 2016 “Students Making an Environmental Difference Scholarship” for graduating high school seniors. For details pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican dated February 11 and read pg. 2.

Art classes to be offered at Versailles State Park in April
Art classes will be open to the public of all ages, and include photography, birdhouse painting, watercolors, woodworking, recycled art, mixed media art, and beginning guitar. More information is available on page 3 of The Versailles Republican dated January 21.

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