Winamac Community HS names 2024 top academic seniors (2024)

Winamac Community HS names 2024 top academic seniors (1)
Kaden Burns
Winamac Community HS names 2024 top academic seniors (2)
Olivia Link
Winamac Community HS names 2024 top academic seniors (3)
Winamac Co-Salutatorian
Lily Bennett

Kaden Burns of Winamacis theson of Martin and Heather Burns. He plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College to double major in chemistry and music composition.

In school he was a member of the Robotics, Science Olympiad, Academic Superbowl, HNAC math competition, Fall Play (The Play that Goes Wrong), Spring Musical (Beauty and the Beast), FCA, 4-H, National Honor Society, Band, Choir, All-Region Choir, Kankakee Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra, ISSMA Solo and Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra and All Region Orchestra.

His awards and honors include Indiana Region Academic All Star 2024, HNAC Math Competition - second place in Calculus 2024, Student of the 9 weeks for achievements in Math 2023, ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Gold medalist at Region & State in 2023 and 2024, Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Dignity 2024, Academic Superbowl - second place in Fine Arts and Math, Science Olympiad - firstt in Chemistry, HNAC Math Competition Top 5 in Pre-Calculus 2023, Rising Star of Indiana 2022, SC Junior Scholar, Concert Master of Chamber Orchestra 2021-2022, Most Outstanding Sophom*ore in Chamber Orchestra 2022, First Violin in All Region Orchestra 2018-2022

Olivia Link of Winamacis thedaughter of Don and Leslie Link. She will attend Purdue University to major in horticulture.

Her activities in school included Band (4 years), ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest (3 years), Drama (1 year), Art Club (4 years), Athletic Leadership Council (4 years), Key Club (2 years), National Honor Society (2 years), HNAC Math Contest and Spanish Quiz Bowl Contest (3 years). Also,Sports: Girls' Golf (4 years), Girls' Basketball (4 years), Softball (4 years)

Her awards and honors include Girls Golf Varsity Letters (x4), Girls' Golf HNAC Conference Champs (x4), Girls' Basketball Varsity Letters (x3) and Softball Varsity Letters (x3). Also: Gold Ratings for ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest (x3), Distinguished Honor Roll, Student of the 9 weeks for Math, 2022 Student of the Year for World History, and Rising Star of Indiana.

Lily Bennettof Winamacis thedaughter of Adam and Mandy Bennett. She will attend Butler University to major in biochemistry and neurology.

Her activities in school included NHS, FCA, FFA, Sunshine Society, Student Council, Athletic Leadership, Drama Department, Math and Spanish academic teams and REMC Junior Board of Directors. Sports: Basketball: 4, Cross Country: 4, Track: 4, Cheer: 3.

Her awards and honors include Lilly Endowment Scholarship, Distinguished Honor Roll, Mental Attitude, Most Improved, Outstanding Leadership and the Jen Goodman award.

Local News Briefs

Indiana Primary Election May 7: When, where can I vote?

Early votingunderway

Indiana’s 2024 Primary Election will be held Tuesday, May 7.

Early in-person voting in Indiana began Tuesday, April 9 and will run until 12 noon, Monday May 6.

State law requires counties to make early in-person voting available for 28-days before the election, ending at noon (local prevailing time), the date before the election. In addition, all Indiana counties must make in-person absentee voting available the two Saturdays immediately before the election.

Spring property taxes due May 10

Pulaski County taxpayers are reminded by the Pulaski County Treasurer's Office that thespringinstallment of property taxes are due Friday,May 10.

The taxes may be paid at the County Building or County Highway Garage in Winamac, at several banks around the county, paid online, or mailed to the temporary treasurer's office at theCounty Buildingin Winamac.

PC Tribe ‘Art in the Park’ May 11

Pulaski County Tribe (PCT) invites the community to celebrate “Community & Artistry” at its second Art in the Park event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at the the Winamac Town Park (west side of the Swinging Bridge).

This enriching community celebration, part of a biennial tradition that began in 2022 and will continue in 2026, aims to spotlight the enhancements volunteers have contributed to the Winamac Town Park and celebrate the power of art.

State Road 14 to be closed east of Winamac

PULASKI/FULTON COUNTIES - Indiana Department of Transportation contractor E&B Paving LLC will close SR 14 between U.S. 35 and SR 17 on or after Monday, April 15.

SR 14 will be resurfaced in this area through early November. This project will be done through Cold-in-Place (CIR) recycling, a method of removing and reusing the existing asphalt surface. It involves grinding off the top two to five inches of the existing asphalt surface and mixing the crushed asphalt with an asphalt recycling agent, and placing it back down with a paver.

Pulaski County Historical Society Museum open Saturdays

The Pulaski County Historical Society is open Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (unless posted otherwise on Facebook). The museum is located in the “Carriage House” at 500 S. Monticello St. (U.S. 35), Winamac.

New to the museum are the interactive features which allow visitors to explore the extensive history of the county’s Native American peoples – from the Ice Age to the Indian removals in the 1840s. Other interactive displays feature stories of Casimir Pulaski, local historical sites, and Winamac “Bits and Pieces.”

SR 16 to close for bridge work

ROYAL CENTER- Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Milestone Contractors LP will close SR 16, west of Royal Center, between CR 1050 W and CR 900 W on or after Monday, April 1.

SR 16 will be closed through early October for a bridge deck overlay project. Motorists should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow SR 119, SR 39, US 24 and US 35.

New grant application process at the Community Foundation

The grant application process became a little bit easier this year.

Organizations that wish to apply for a grant through the Community Foundation of Pulaski County (CFPC) will be interested to learn the process is now one streamlined application to cover all types of grant opportunities, including field of interest grants. No matter the size of your request, all you need to do is complete one simplified grant application.

Indiana News

Indiana soybean, corn planting progress at 8%

EAST LANSING, MI - Indiana farmers made planting progress where field conditions allowed last week, but some fields remained too wet to be worked, according to Nathanial Warenski, state statistician, USDA NASS (National Agriculture Statistics Service), Indiana Field Office.

Topsoil moisture levels decreased from the previous week, with 94 percent rated adequate or surplus. The average temperature for the week was 54.0 degrees Fahrenheit, 0.9 degrees below normal for the state. The statewide average precipitation was 0.80 inches, 0.02 inches below normal.

Young, National Science Foundation director hold events with IU, Purdue, Notre Dame

INDIANAPOLIS (April 29) -Last week, U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) joined National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan at events with Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

“Director Panchanathan is an incredibly talented and innovative leader, and we were honored to host him in the Hoosier state. As he saw firsthand, big things are happening in the heartland of Indiana. We are proud of the exciting ways IU, Purdue, and Notre Dame are contributing to our economic and national security and preparing students to work in critical technology fields,”said Senator Young.

Amazon Web Services plans to invest $11B to create a new data center campus in Northern Indiana

Announcement marks the largest planned capital investment in state history

NEW CARLISLE (April 25) – Gov. Eric Holcomb today announced that Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Inc. company (NASDAQ: AMZN), plans to invest $11 billion to build a data center campus in north central Indiana and create at least 1,000 new jobs.

This planned investment marks the largest capital investment announcement in Indiana’s history.

Pulaski County unemployment dips to 3.5% in March

Pulaski County's unemploymentratedipped to3.5 percent in March,down from3.6 percent in February the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday, (April 22). The rate was3.5 percent a year ago.

The county had 6,376 employed persons in a labor force of 6,605 in March. In February those numbers were6,444 of 6,683. A year ago the numbers were6,368 of 6,602.

Indiana COVID-19 News

April 24: Indiana reports COVID cases down in 7-day average, at 66

INDIANAPOLIS (April 24) – The Indiana Department of Health reported Wednesday that the state’s 7-day average COVID-19 countstood at66 casesfor the period of April 14-20. That number isdown20 cases from the previous revised count. The total state COVID deaths for the week was one.Indiana's all-timeCOVID deaths total 26,497.

Pulaski County reportedno new cases and no deaths to IDH in the latest seven-day report. The county'sall-time pandemic numbers are 3,724 (reported) COVID cases and95 deaths.

According to the CDC, respiratory illness activityisnowminimal in Indiana (reported April 19),as well as forneighboring states Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky; andlow in Michigan. Based on visits to emergency departments, illness trends in the Pulaski County area show all respiratory illnesses are at low levels (less than 2%).

Post News

Pulaski County steps up to address mental health, addiction crisis

By Karen Clem Fritz, editor

Pulaski County has a “drug problem.” We all know that. However, it’s ever so much worse than most of us imagine.

The Pulaski County Drug Free Council hosted a town hall discussion Wednesday on substance abuse and mental health issues in Pulaski County communities. There were tears. From men as well as women. From the sheriff, counselors, first responders and school principals. And parents.

Indiana Primary Election May 7: Who's on my ballot?

The Indiana Primary Electionis Tuesday, May 7.Early voting runs April9 until 12 noon May 6 (read voting procedure details in related article on this website).

Update:To see the financial reports of receipts and expendituresfor local candidates, visit

Who will be on your Pulaski County Democrat or Republican ballots? The list (with links to many candidates' websites) follows:

County police log 155 calls for service April 19-26

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s office has released its April 19-26 police blotter report.During the seven-day period, deputies logged155 calls for service.

During the 7-day period, Deputies logged 155 calls for service. Of the calls, 60 were traffic stops. Deputies responded to several suspicious incidents, several domestic disputes, property damage crashes, a run-away juvenile, and medical related incidents.

Economic Summit: good news about county finances

CDC reports $9.4 million county surplus
The news was upbeat and the speakers were animated at the annual Pulaski County Economic Development Summit Tuesday (April 23) in Winamac. The event is hosted by the Pulaski County Community Development Commission.

CDC executive director Nathan Origer had good news to report about county finances, whilekeynote speakerJohn Eric Bry, an award-winning leader in the Main Street America program, enthusiastically outlined usable tips for building dynamic communities.

Winamac Community HS names 2024 top academic seniors

Winamac Community High School has named its top academic seniors in the Class of 2024. They are ValedictorianKaden Burns and Co-Salutatorians Olivia Link and Lily Bennett.

Winamac will hold graduation ceremonies Sunday, June 2.

County school board members honored by ISBA with Exemplary Governance Awards

Five Pulaski County residents serving on area school boards have been recognized by the Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA) with Exemplary Governance Awards for calendar year 2023 for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to professional learning and student success.

They are Beth Ruff-Crawford and Tim Rausch (Eastern Pulaski Community Schools); Derrick Stalbaum (North Judson-San Pierre Schools); and Mandy Sharpe and Jake Tanner (West Central Schools).

Dr. Allman receivesState Health Commissioner Award

WINAMAC – The Pulaski County Health Department has announced that State Health Commissioner Lindsay Weaver has awarded Dr. Rex Allman of Winamac the Commissioner's Award for supporting and advancing public health during his many years working with the county health department.

The award was presented April 10. Dr. Allman retired earlier this month from his long career as a family physician; the last years associated with Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

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