Hornet Blast

June 4, 2015

We hope you are having a great summer! The Hornet Blast will continue to be published on a semi-regular basis throughout the summer break. Be sure to check out the Hornet Blast, the District Facebook page, and the BGCS website for additional information on 2015-2016 registration scheduled for July 14.


We have a lot of great photos from our schools' awards days this week! Congratulations to all of our students who received a special award. However, we don't have enough awards to recognize all of our students who are special to us every day! Have a great day!

High School Academic Awards

Tommy Pich, Salutatorian and Ben Neff, Valedictorian, Class of 2015

Tommy Pich, pictured on the left; Ben Neff on the right.
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Gabi Anderson - "Outstanding Vocal Music Award"

Gabi is pictured below with Scott Bradford, HS Music Department Chair.
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2011 BGHS Grad Receives Fulbright Scholarship

Zoey Spengler receives prestigious scholarship

From a Ball State University Press Release:


Zoey Spengler, a 2011 graduate of Beech Grove High School and May 2015 graduate of Ball State University, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia. She is the daughter of Lucy Grondin, Beech Grove.


Spengler's 11-month assignment will take her to a rural area or small city in Malaysia, where she will assist a Malaysian teacher of English in language instruction and also help students explore U.S. culture. Outside of her time in the classroom, Spengler intends to work with students to create a video public service announcement on the benefits of education.


At Ball State, Spengler majored in telecommunications and also completed a minor in classical cultures. After completing her year in Malaysia, Spengler intends to pursue a graduate degree in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) and then teach in UNICEF's Schools for Asia program.


"I have been waiting my entire life to earn an opportunity such as this," Spengler said. "The Fulbright means that I get to fulfill my passion of teaching youth English and it allows me to be immersed completely in another culture." She departs for Malaysia in January 2016. The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department and is intended to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and those of more than 150 countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential. This year, more than 1,900 student grants have been awarded to graduating seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates nationwide.


Congratulations, Zoey!


A photo of Zoey is pictured below.

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Middle School Awards

Director's Award - Spencer Chapman

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Flag Honor Guard - Seth Rumler, Vincent Pich, Jordan Brickley

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Henry H. Hays Service Award - Chad Supple and Austin Barton

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Jim Newport Athletic Award - Top Male and Female - Janis Vuskalns and Shayla Traas

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John Philip Sousa Award - Brianna Small

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Spelling Bee Winners - Marcus Bowden, Daryl Diss and Cheyenne Rain Varner

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VFW Winners - Symone Murkison (not pictured), Alec Apgar, and Isabella Reel

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Woirhaye Award - Ana Karen Ramirez

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All in the Family

Chad Supple is the middle school's co-Henry H. Hayes Community Service Award winner this year. On Honor Day, the middle school staff found out that Chad's father, Jacob, was also the Henry H. Hayes award winner when he was an 8th grade student at the middle school in 1989-1990. Chad is very involved in boy scouts. He was Mr. Peak's Athletic Assistant, participated in band, FFA, golf and as a member of the Ambassadors Club. These are many of the reasons why Chad was named as the middle school's co-Henry H. Hayes Community Service Award winners. Chad and his Dad are pictured below in front of the plaque listing the Henry H. Hayes Community Service Award winners.

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A Blast from the Past

Keith Rhoades, Tom Gearhart, Jeffrey K. Ott

Former principal, Mr. Keith Rhoades, stopped by the middle school last week to visit with current principal, Mr. Tom Gearhart. Mr. Jeff Ott, retired BGMS teacher, also happened to be in the building. Mr. Rhoades hired Mr. Ott to teach at BGMS in 1974.
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South Grove Awards

Numerous awards were presented at South Grove's Awards Day Program on the last day of school. Two of the major awards are listed below. Congratulations to all South Grove students!

Cheyenne Boone - Mayor's Award

Presented by Beech Grove Mayor, Dennis Buckley.
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Keaton Capshaw and Madison Stratton - "Larry Williams Citizenship Award"

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6th Grade Dance - "Sock Hop"

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Central Elementary Awards

Second Grade Principal's Award

Ava Condon and Jacob Maio with Mr. Buckler

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Turnaround Award - 2nd Grade

Christopher Constantine

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Third Grade Principal's Award

Michaela Cable and Jeremiah Boyd with Mr. Buckler

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Third Grade - Turnaround Award

Sebastian Layton, Gavin Mimms, Haley Adams, and Emily Shanahan

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Hornet Enrichment Academy Graduation Reception

Congratulations to all of our graduates!

HEA Staff

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Baccalaureate and Graduation Information

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Credit Rescue at BGHS

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Summer Servings Program

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Community Events and Summer Activities

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Read On, Indiana!

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Backpack Give-A-Way

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Hornet Park Community Center Summer Programs

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Send Us Your Hornet Highlights!

We know there are many positive stories about students, teachers, staff, and programs that we don't always hear. If you have a positive story to share, please send the details to Melody Stevens, Community Relations Director, atmstevens@bgcs.k12.in.us. We also encourage you to send stories that include personal achievements of your child such as: attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, performing in a community play, earning Girl Scout badges, serving as a volunteer in a non-profit organization, etc., etc. You might just see your story in a future edition of the "Hornet Blast" or in one of our local south side newspapers. We want to celebrate our Hornets!


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