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Spring break: good opportunity for extended field trips

Sandy Day Howard

Ask any high school or college student what their favorite holiday ‘away from the books’ is and most declare Christmas or spring break. Sunny hot spots like Cabo San Lucas and Cancun, Mexico, Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Destin, Sarasota, or Panama City Beach, Florida are popular with beach vacationers this time of year while others prefer to take hunting or fishing trips, family outings, cruises, or ‘staycations.’

Regardless of preference, it’s usually less expensive to travel in groups or as parts of a tour if you’re planning an end of winter getaway. For that reason, many school clubs and organizations offer their students opportunities for travel during March’s breezy break. Administrators, teachers, and students at Jac-Cen-Del, Milan, and South Ripley schools are getting ramped up for their long awaited spring fiestas. All three area school corporations had marked March 21 - 25 on their calendars for spring break, with the previous week, March 14 - 18 as ‘provisional spring break.’ The schools built in the provisional week so that any snow days that may have kept students from attending school could be made up during that time. Monday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 16 have been designated as snow make up days for all three corporations, meaning the official start whistle for spring break will blow on Thursday, March 17. Some school groups are traveling a little earlier, extending their vacation time by several days.

The 72 member Jac-Cen-Del High School Band, along with Director Glenn Unklesbay, is planning to travel to Disney World in Orlando Florida, where the Marching Eagles will perform for an estimated audience of fifty thousand people. (See accompanying story). SR Yearbook Advisors Cheryl Tebbing and Brenda Strimple accompanied their student staff to Nashville, Tennessee for an early Spring Break where students toured Josten’s, Inc., the company that produces the school’s annual yearbook. Departing from South Ripley on March 10, Sponsors Brenda Stimple and Cheryl Tebbing, Vanessa Hite, Ethan Jiminez, Parker Jahnigan, David Field, Katelyn Berry, Maisie Riley and Shelby Myers. They were guests at the Opryland Resort and Convention Center during their spring holiday . In addition to learning firsthand how their school annual is designed and produced, the students dined at the Aquarium restaurant and visited the Nashville Zoo while they were ‘down south.’

JCD Band is going to DisneySANDY DAY HOWARD PHOTO
Pictured left, back row: Sponsor Cheryl Tebbing, Vanessa Hite, Ethan Jiminez, Parker Jahnigan, Front Row: David Field, Katelyn Berry, Maisie Riley, Shelby Myers. Not pictured: Brenda Strimple-co sponsor.

Tebbing claims she has ‘a wonderful group of students: “This field trip was a wonderful experience for all of us!”

Also traveling a significant distance on their spring break, SR publications staff will be escorted by Advisor Kelly Sparks to The Columbia Scholastic Press Association Convention in New York City where they will collaborate with other young people and advisors from around the nation. The Raiders Riot Staff includes Kylan Brandt, Laken Farrell, Tori Reuter, Donna Roberts, DeLani Smith, Michaela Warfield, Kylie Werner, and Emma Wilhoit. Brenda Stimple is a co-sponsor.

The girls and Sparks departed SR on March 14 and flew into NYC’s LaGuardia Airport. The troop planned to travel by subway through the Big Apple and will be staying close to Times Square, the heart of the city. In addition to attending the forum at prestigious Columbia University, the young journalists plan to tour Wall Street and other NYC hotspots, shop in Chinatown, and attend a Broadway show. They are also hoping to catch the camera’s eye outside “The Today Show” one morning. Sparks has chaperoned several annual New York City trips with her publications staffs over the years and always enjoys seeing the kids encounter ‘city life,’ even if only for a few days. “This is an awesome trip for these young people,” Sparks declared. “It’s a vacation that not many students get to experience and I absolutely love sharing this trip with them!”

Other spring break ideas
Lots of parents who have school-aged children adapted the school’s schedule to their own and have planned family vacations during the spring break. In addition to the trendy beach locations of Florida, Alabama, and Mexico, visits to the Smoky Mountains and Lake Cumberland are also quite popular for Southeastern Indiana families this time of year. Overnighters to spots in the Indianapolis and Cincinnati areas are a good fit for some, while other families plan their spring break week doing things at and around home, taking day trips, or even an outing to the movie theater or shopping.


Do you have a unique collection?
American Pickers coming to Indiana

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Indiana! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout Indiana with filming scheduled for April. American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique picking on History. The hit show follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques--from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles, to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank continue their mission to recycle America by rescuing forgotten relics and giving them a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about American history along the way.

American Pickers is looking for leads and would love to explore your buried treasure. They are on the hunt for characters with interesting and unique items. Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, pre-50’s western gear, early firefighting equipment, vintage musical equipment, automotive items, and clothing. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection send your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to or call 855-old-rust.

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Local candidate listings published
The Candidate List will be published in the Osgood Journal and The Versailles Republican from the date they are received until the Primary Election on May 3. They will be published in the order they are received. The rate is $125 for all offices. Listings must be paid for when ordered. You can call our office at 812-689-6364 or email with the information and pay by credit card.

Registration: March 31
Milan kindergarten registration date set
Milan Elementary Kindergarten Registration will be held on Thursday, March 31, at the Milan Elementary School for children who will be 5 years old on or before August 1. All 2016 kindergarten classes will be a full day. Read the important details on page 10 of the Osgood Journal.

Deadline to sign up: March 18
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 in section B, page 5 of The Versailles Republican dated March 3.

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.

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