September 23, 2016
SHS student carries Indiana Bicentennial Torch
When Scottsburg High School freshman Landon Campbell found out he would be carrying the Indiana Bicentennial Torch, he was speechless.
“I didn’t know what to think,” Campbell said. “I found out four weeks before it happened. My mom just told me.”
The 92-county torch relay was created to commemorate the state’s bicentennial. Torchbearers pass the torch to connect all generations of Hoosiers, young and old.
The hours leading up to the torch coming to Scott County, Campbell said he was excited about his short walk — less than one-half mile — from the exit of the SHS parking lot to Lon’s Donuts.
“I was kind of happy I got to do it. It was exciting,” Campbell said.
With the lawn along U.S. 31 lined with SHS students and staff members, Campbell received the torch from Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member and legendary SHS Basketball Coach Jim Barley.
“It meant a lot. I was glad I got to do it,” Campbell said.
The 2016 Indiana Bicentennial Torch was designed by a team of engineering students, staff, and faculty at Purdue University, and the design was inspired by the Indiana State Flag. The torch is 23.5 inches tall and is eight inches in diameter at its largest point, and it only weighs 3.5 pounds. The torch uses Indiana-made E-85 fuel to keep its flame continuously lit. The torch also has technology inside, including a GPS for real-time positioning and tracking, wi-fi connectivity, replaceable and rechargeable Li-ion batteries, and a high-definition camera for photos and videos connected to social media.
“It wasn’t hard at all,” Campbell said about carrying the nearly two-feet tall torch. “A lot of people told me I did a good job. The energy from the crowd — that was pretty cool.”
The torch will cover about 3,200 miles during its five-week period. The last day of the relay is Oct. 15, and the torch will make its last stop in Indianapolis at the Statehouse with a welcome ceremony and celebration.
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