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High schoolers present to middle schoolers

Play focuses on teen issues

Students from Milan, South Ripley, Jac-Cen-Del, Batesville and Oldenburg Academy presented a play “Stand Up Change Teen Statistics” about issues youth face every day at Batesville High School Tuesday. It is a tough play with tough issues: underage drinking, substance abuse, sexual pressure, peer pressure, cutting, parent disapproval, bullying, and body image.

STAAND up against tough issuesMARY MATTINGLY PHOTO
Pictured left, Ethan Honnert (Milan High School) is bullied by Drake Main (Batesville High School) and Alex Volz (Milan High School) as bystanders do nothing. The high school students presented a play about tough decisions to the four middle schools in the county on Tuesday at Batesville High School.

After the 45-minute play, students from all four Ripley County middle schools and Oldenburg Academy were divided into groups and attended workshops presented by the STAAND (Students Taking Action Against Negative Decisions) students. The teens, chosen by their schools, commit to being leaders at school and in the community. They’ve been working on the play and workshop since November, under the guidance of Amy Phillips of Milan, the STAAND coordinator.

STAAND up against tough issues

At right, role-playing Ashley Daulton (Batesville High School) and Maddy Furlow (Oldenburg Academy) gossip and text in the play.

The STAAND students include Milan High School : Liz Sutherlin, Alex Volz, Ethan Honnert, Bailey Mullins; Batesville High School: Ashley Daulton, Drake Main; Oldenburg Academy: Maddy Furlow; South Ripley: Dani Baugh, Clarisse Zigan, Lydia Comer, Brook Elston; Jac-Cen-Del: Sarah Seals, Kelsey Sebastian, Mikayla Sutton, Lexi Dunagan. All four school superintendents stopped by Tuesday to show their support. 

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Tuesday, April 19
LifeLine screening event at Versailles
Residents living in and around Versailles can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Versailles Baptist Church will host this community event on Tuesday, April 19, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required. To set up an appointment call 888-653-6450. The site is located at 228 S Washington Street in Versailles. Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking is also available. Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit

Thursday, April 21
FFA banquet Thursday: Advisor to be honored
The South Ripley FFA Chapter will host their annual FFA banquet on Thursday, April 21. At 6 p.m. doors are open and at 6:30 the meeting will begin. Food will be provided. All past and present FFA members and their families are invited to attend to help celebrate the retirement of Patrick Holland. This banquet will be held in honor of Mr. Holland to thank him for all the years of service and encouragement he has brought upon all of his students. Please RSVP by April 12. Contact: Heidi Speer (812) 756-3689, Kylie Werner (812) 621-8227 or Lindsay Comer (812) 621-8083.

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