LPHS October Parent Newsletter
Dear LPHS Families,
October brings us Homecoming, PSAT, Fall Break, and the window to select your learning option for the second semester. Thank you and have a wonderful month.
Once A Slicer, Always A Slicer!
PSAT at LPHS
Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 7:45am
602 F Street
La Porte, IN
Enrollment Requests for Second Semester
Principles of Biomedical Science
Students in Principles of Biomedical Science practiced using micropipettes by measuring out different volumes of colored water.
Audrey Jeffers is the Band Student of the Week. Congrats!
The Orchestra Student of the Week is Donye Scott. Congrats, Donye!
Principles of Biomedical Science
Financial Aid Information
Attention seniors in the class of 2021:
Hoosier students and families are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is now open for the 2021-2022 school year.
With over $350 million in state financial aid available, as well as billions of dollars in federal aid, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education reminds Hoosiers that filing the FAFSA by April 15, 2021 is imperative for securing money for college.
How to file the FAFSA
Students can file the FAFSA online at FAFSA.gov. The first step for students who have not previously filed the FAFSA is to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. Then, each student will need:
- Social Security number
- Alien Registration number (for non-U.S. citizens)
- Federal income tax returns, W-2s and other records of money earned
- Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
- Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
The U.S. Department of Education provides email and live chat assistance for FAFSA filers as well as a helpline at 800-4FED-AID. Hoosier families can also find FAFSA help through INvestEd Indiana at www.investedindiana.org.
Jill Maudlin Named National Merit Semifinalist
Story credited to Ally Zila, Staff Writer
Senior Jill Maudlin has recently been named as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.
The National Merit Scholarship is a prestigious academic scholarship competition in recognition of student achievement on the PSAT. Approximately 16,000 students nationwide were named Semifinalists.
Maudlin was surprised by the honor.
“I was shocked. Making it this far in the competition is such an honor, and I’m so happy to be included among these incredible students,” Maudlin said.
Maudlin is driven by the thrill of understanding her surroundings. She loves learning something new in class and then getting to be in awe at the world around her. She has always especially had a passion for science.
“I have an insatiable thirst for knowledge; I’ve always wanted to learn as much as possible. That’s why physiology is the perfect fit for me. It has the ability to explain the entire world to those who care enough to pursue it,” Maudlin said.
She is always looking for new opportunities to grow as a learner. Maudlin has been accepted into and attended three different science camps: a Life Sciences residential camp, a Molecular Medicine symposium, and an online class about Environmental Ethics. While at the Life Sciences camp, she and a team worked together to characterize a cancer cell line and they created a treatment program. This was a selective camp held at Notre Dame.
The Molecular Medicine camp allowed her to study medical ethics and research techniques down in Indianapolis with fellow Hoosier high school students. Maudlin’s Environmental Ethics class was moved online, and she still had the chance to study atmospheric and oceanic science in addition to statistics and programming. In October, she will be spending time on an online research internship that focuses on diabetes. Maudlin will be receiving college credits for each class that is transferable to whichever school she attends.
Maudlin is highly involved in school and the community. She founded the Slicer Mentor Club, with the help of her sister, Paige Maudlin, and started a homework hotline for students who need guidance during their distance learning. She’s an active participant in Spell Bowl, Science Olympiad, and Academic Super Bowl. Every week, Maudlin also volunteers at LaPorte Hospital. She has painted eight murals both at local schools and small businesses. She also is a student representative for the YMCA Advocacy Board and is involved with Indiana Youth and Government.
Maudlin hopes to double major in Neuroscience and Physics in Medicine on the Pre-med track. She would love to study these at Notre Dame. If she can’t attend ND, she would enjoy double majoring in Neuroscience and Biophysics at Duke University.
Even with her impressive resume, Maudlin remains humble.
“I would like to emphasize that my accomplishments are not mine alone. They were made possible by my entire support system: my family, my friends, and my mentors. I would like to thank anyone who has ever lent me a helping hand. Your kindness has not gone unnoticed,” Maudlin said.
LPHS is proud to announce the Top 10 for Homecoming Queen and King.
News from the LPHS Kitchen
Work Readiness Student of the Year
La Porte High School is happy to announce a $500 scholarship for Jennie Martinez, nominated by Mrs. Muller, as the Work Readiness Student of the Year! Jennie is a 2020 graduate of LPHS. The check will be presented to Jennie, Mrs. Muller and Mr. Alber by Mike Riehle, President of Chamber Services for The LaPorte Economic Advancement Partnership (LEAP) and Nick Otis from Newby, Lewis, Kaminski, and Jones. Jennie has recently submitted her application for a cosmetology license and is eager to start her new profession. LPHS would like to congratulate Jennie for all of her hard work. We are grateful for the support from LEAP and Newby, Lewis, Kaminsky, and Jones for supporting our students.
Slicer Shout Out!
I wanted to let you know how much I've appreciated Mr. Sherrick as a teacher for my son. His communication to parents has been outstanding with a weekly newsletter letting us know what is coming each week in terms of assignments, tests/quizzes, and even basic concepts. However, what I appreciate so much more is the personal attention that Mr. Sherrick provides. My son is struggling a bit in his class and Mr. Sherrick has responded to every one of my emails regarding his performance. Most recently, he provided me with very detailed thoughts on what my son can do to improve his performance in his class (which, by the way, he told us in his newsletter would be one of the more challenging courses in his high school education!). What he provided was an excellent roadmap for a conversation that I will have with him on what he needs to do to improve his performance.
This has been a tremendously challenging year for everyone, and it can be very easy to chalk difficulties up to "COVID-19." I just want to let you know that you have a model TEACHER in Mr. Sherrick, and I very much appreciate him.
We feel the same way. Way to go, Mr. Sherrick. You are very deserving of a Slicer Shout Out!