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Huntington University awards 289 degrees - including many in county - at 121st commencement

Tenessa Merryman (right) accepts her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy diploma from Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University, during the school’s 121st commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18, in the Merillat Complex Fieldhouse. Merryman was one of 289 students in the school’s 2019 graduating class.
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Huntington University awarded 289 degrees during its 121st commencement on Saturday, May 18, in the school’s Merillat Complex Fieldhouse.

The 2019 graduating class included the first four-year Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies students, who joined the three 2018 alumni who completed three-year agricultural studies programs.

In addition to recognizing 2019 graduates, the ceremony commemorated the 50th anniversary of the school’s Class of 1969.

Salamonie Church of the Brethren to host ‘Roar VBS’

A summer kids’ event called “Roar VBS” will be hosted at Salamonie Church of the Brethren from June 9 to June 13.  
At Roar, kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and eat treats, experience Bible adventures, collect Bible memory buddies and test out sciency-fun gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long, note event officials.

Memorial Day service at Glenwood

The public is invited to attend a Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery, 1133 N. Main St., Roanoke.

American Legion Post 160, in Roanoke, is hosting the program.

Click It or Ticket for holiday

State traffic safety offices and law enforcement agencies across the nation are kicking off “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement ahead of the Memorial Day holiday and the unofficial start of summer vacation season.

AAA predicts that 37.6 million Americans will travel by car this weekend to destinations including the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, marking a 3.6 percent increase from last year.

HNHS performance


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Mia Cotton as the Cowardly Lion (third from left) makes a point to (from left) Thom Greving as the Scarecrow, David Troyer as the Tinman and Erica Ashley as Dorothy during a production of “The Wizard of Oz” performed by Huntington North High School students last weekend in the HNHS auditorium.

Red Cross has critical shortage of Type O blood

The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations.

As a thank-you for helping replenish the blood supply, all donors who come to give blood or platelets now through June 10, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email.

Upcoming blood drives in Huntington are:

• May 26, from 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church/School, 860 Cherry St.

HU graduating seniors choose Benjamin as favorite professor

Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Rebekah Benjamin was selected as favorite faculty member at Huntington University by members of the graduating class of 2019.
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Associate Professor of Pyschology Dr. Rebekah Benjamin was selected the favorite faculty member by the Huntington University Class of 2019.

The announcement was made Tuesday, May 7, at Forester Night, sponsored by the HU Student Government Association.

Although faculty and staff chose most of the evening’s awards recipients, graduating undergraduates had the opportunity to select the winners of the night’s three final awards: 2019 Male Forester of the Year, 2019 Female Forester of the Year and 2019 Professor of the Year.

Calling it a career


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Jill Brumbaugh (middle), a third-grade teacher at Andrews Elementary School, chats with two attendees at a retirement party thrown for her and Susan Schownir on Tuesday, May 14, in the school’s cafeteria. Brumbaugh and Schownir, a second-grade teacher, served the Huntington County Community School Corporation for 18 and 23 years, respectively.

HCTA awards scholarships to 4 from HNHS

Pictured (from left) are John Groves, Clark Kitchen, Jarrett Ocken and Benjamin Stoffel.
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The Huntington County Teacher Association (HCTA) has awarded scholarships to four Huntington North High School seniors.

This scholarship was available to students with a parent who is a member of HCTA. Applicants’ academic achievements and service were considered.

Scholarships were awarded to John Groves, Clark Kitchen, Jarrett Ocken and Benjamin Stoffel.

Groves is the son of Jamie and Jodie Groves. He plans to attend Purdue University and study aeronautical engineering.

Koch earns Psi Ote’s Bayless Memorial Scholarship

Karmen Koch
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The Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority has announced that Karmen Koch, of Huntington, has received the 2019 Marjorie B. Bayless Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival.

Koch, a graduate of Huntington North High School, is the daughter of John and Joy Koch. The rising sophomore at Butler University is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree with a business minor. She currently carries a 4.0 grade point average.

Foresters of the Year


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Huntington University graduating seniors recently voted Adrianna Holst (left) as Female Forester of the Year and James Newton as Male Forester of the Year. The awards are given to the students who their classmates felt represented the Forester spirit and are stellar examples of the Class of 2019.

PHH listed as ‘best place’ to work in healthcare

Parkview Huntington Hospital has been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Healthcare.

Other Parkview hospitals named to the list include Parkview Wabash Hospital, Parkview LaGrange Hospital, Parkview Noble Hospital and Parkview Whitley Hospital, which includes Parkview Warsaw.

This award program identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry nationwide. Modern Healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey.

HCCF Dave Reeves Scholarship to Nash

Andrew Nash
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The Huntington County Community Foundation announces that Andrew Nash, of Huntington, has been awarded the 2019 Dave Reeves Athletic Scholarship totaling $800.

Nash, a graduating senior from Huntington North, will be attending the University of Saint Francis with a double major in physical therapy and exercise science, with a career goal of becoming a physical therapist. He is the son of Susan and Shawn Nash.

Local Tri Kappas award quartet of scholarships

Tri Kappa Sorority recently announced it gave four general scholarships. Scholarship winners are (from left) Julia Crist, Macy Wohlford, Elizabeth Moore and Alena Miller.
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Huntington’s Chi Chapter of Tri Kappa Sorority recently awarded four general scholarships and the Laura Blackburn Memorial Scholarship. A total of $3,000 in scholarships was awarded this year. The scholarships are awarded annually by Tri Kappa and are based on academic achievement, character and impact.

Those receiving general scholarships are:

Flora earns McCurley Scholarship

Mallory Flora
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The Huntington County Community Foundation announces that Mallory Flora of Huntington is the recipient of the 2019 Gary W. McCurley Scholarship totaling $1,000.

Flora, a rising senior at Indiana University, is majoring in marketing in the Kelley School of Business. She is working as a marketing intern with Barrett and Stokely in Indianapolis and plans on joining the firm after graduation next May. She is the daughter of Michelle and Michael Flora.

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