Grove Gazette

CGCSC's Quarterly Community Newsletter


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It’s now been two years since we closed down our schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have learned so much in those two years, including a deep appreciation for life without COVID restrictions. I am looking forward to celebrating our students’ achievements and all of the traditional festivities that come during the last two months of school. Our school board, administrators, faculty, and staff, sincerely appreciate the support and grace we have received from our community throughout the pandemic.

Next week, CGCSC will begin a two-week Spring Break. We hope you have an opportunity to relax and enjoy time with your families and friends.


Richard A. Arkanoff, Ed.D.


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CGHS students named Top 10 Finalist in national contest

The Center Grove High School team of seniors Ananya Balaji, Hope Mander, Paige Merrill, Madelyn Siems, Shelby Walker, and Shirley Zheng was named a National Finalist in the 12th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. The team's project uses biometric technology to create a device that will sit on the dashboard and alert the driver when their eyes look away from the road. The team's sponsor is CGHS teacher Andrea Teevan.

As one of the 10 National Finalists, the students have earned a prize of $50,000 in technology and classroom supplies for CGHS. They are also eligible to win an additional $10,000 in technology through the Community Choice Award. Online voting is now underway on the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow website. (Click here to vote now! You may vote once a day through April 24.) In late spring, three National Winners will be named and awarded a 100,000 prize for their school.

The Samsung contest is a nationwide education competition that challenges 6-12th grade students and their teachers to creatively use STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills to address a community challenge.

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CGHS junior earns perfect ACT score

Center Grove High School junior Grant Embrey earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. Fewer than half of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores.
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CGHS recognizes top students in the Class of 2024

Center Grove High School honored 20 sophomores for their strong scores on the PSAT with a luncheon on Tuesday, February 8. The students include Aarav Agrawal, Elise Armstrong, Ava Brock, Hermione Capps, Isabella Dills, Alita Fischer, Andrew Harmon, Charles LaRocca, Logan Meyer, Kyle Montgomery, Jonathan Parackattu, Cooper Peters, Jenna Pippenger, Lindsay Ponder, Grayson Roberts, Nasser Sanwari, Lillie Speight, Jemma Walker, Chloe Wilhelm, and Max Wilkinson.
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Board honors CGCSC Health Services Department, awards Shining Stars to Norman, Taylor

The CGCSC Board of School Trustees recognized the Center Grove Health Services Department for their outstanding work throughout the COVID pandemic at its March 17, 2022 meeting. We appreciate their hard work and dedication to our schools and students.

The Board honored Amy Norman, Health Services Coordinator, and Jason Taylor, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Technology with its Shining Star Award for their exemplary work leading the district’s COVID initiatives for the last two years. The Shining Star Award recognizes an employee, student, or community member who has gone beyond the expected to make the Center Grove Community a better place.

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Center Grove opens Emergency Operations Center

Center Grove hosted a Ribbon Cutting and Open House for the new Center Grove Emergency Operations Center on Thursday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m. The Emergency Operations Center includes the headquarters and live monitoring space for the Center Grove Police Department and a full-service fire station, Station 254, shared between the White River Township and Bargersville Fire Departments. The facility also has space for a Johnson County Sheriff's Department satellite office.

“This facility is here because those of us responsible for the safety and education of our community’s children want to make sure we are doing everything we can to protect them while they are in our care,” Rich Arkanoff, CGCSC Superintendent told the crowd. “Today, we become one of the first in the country to forge a partnership with three community agencies to better serve our students and our community. This project would not have happened without the vision and hard work of everyone involved, including our Center Grove team, the White River Township Fire Department, the Bargersville Community Fire Department, and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.

The new facility is located at 2309 South Morgantown Road, Greenwood. It is just north of CGCSC’s main campus, which includes Center Grove Elementary, Center Grove Middle School Central, Center Grove High School, the CGCSC Education Service Center, Technology Center, Innovation Center, Academy Building, Wellness Center, and several athletic facilities. >> Read more

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CGHS wrestlers, diver earn State Titles

Four Center Grove High School student-athletes won state championships during the winter sports season.

Two senior wrestlers were crowned state champions in February. Hayden Watson won the 145-pound weight class. Drake Buchanan won the 182-pound weight class and was named an IHSAA Mental Attitude winner. Senior Anna Krejsa became CGHS's first female State Champion Wrestler when she won the 126-pound weight class in January.

Sophomore Mia Prusiecki became Center Grove High School’s first state champion diver in February. Mia also set the Center Grove High School 6-dive record at 316.85.

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13 seniors sign participate in February Signing Day event

Thirteen Center Grove High School seniors signed their letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level on Wednesday, February 9, 2022.

  • Carl Biddings - University of Louisville (Football)
  • Drake Buchanan - United States Air Force Academy (Wrestling)
  • Asa Christie - Indiana University Kokomo (Baseball)
  • Mitchell Evans - Indiana University (Football)
  • Owen Green - University of Indianapolis (Football)
  • Owen Guilfoy - University of Indianapolis (Baseball)
  • Avery Holubar - Lewis University (Volleyball)
  • Anna Krejsa - Life University (Wrestling)
  • Elijah Matheson - Frontier Community College (Baseball)
  • Jacob Newlin - University of Indianapolis (Football)
  • Olivia Smith - Wartburg College (Wrestling)
  • Sam Stevenson - Grove City College (Lacrosse)
  • Hayden Watson - The Citadel (Wrestling)
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CGHS program honors girls and women in sports

Center Grove High School Athletics celebrated National Girls & Women in Sports Day on Wednesday, February 2 in the West Gym. The program included women coaches, athletes, and administrators who gave speeches to CGHS female student-athletes. 2022 is the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, which is a federal civil rights law in the US that prohibits sex-based discrimination in educational programs.

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Nominations open for Center Grove Alumni & Friends Hall of Fame

The Center Grove Alumni and Friends Hall of Fame will recognize graduates and community members for their professional achievements and personal contributions to improve the lives of others and society. Their public example will hopefully serve to inspire future graduates to perform and serve in the same spirit.

Nominations will be accepted through April 30. Click here for requirements and a nomination link.
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