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Canterbury sophomore Sarah Stroup, right, receives feedback from Grammy nominee Susie Park during a school program at Canterbury Middle School.
Education notebook

World-renowned violinist shares music

Canterbury High School sophomore Sarah Stroup has been playing the violin for about 11 years, but on Tuesday she received an important lesson from a renowned violinist.

Australian violinist and Grammy nominee Susie Park visited Canterbury High School and Lower School to perform for students. Stroup was chosen by her orchestra teacher to play for Park and students. Her performance was followed by a short lesson from Park.

“It’s a great opportunity to be able to learn from someone so professional,” Stroup said.

Park is a laureate of the 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and has taken top prizes in other international competitions. She has performed in countries all around the world. Canterbury’s orchestra Director Colleen Tan called Park “an Olympian of the violin world.”

Park performed three different pieces for students during the hour-long event that also included time for students to ask Park questions.

“It’s exceptionally rare for students to have the chance to hear a solo recital 10 feet away,” Tan said.

The experience for students to see her techniques and observe and interact with her was the result of “an amazing act of generosity” from the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis to bring Park to Canterbury, Tan said.


•In observance of Earth Day on April 22, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is offering free classroom presentations to Indiana schools. Presentations will be scheduled from April 8 through April 19. The presentations are on air quality, water quality, land quality and recycling, and include interactive activities such as “Environmental Jeopardy” and building an edible landfill. They are about 30 to 50 minutes long, and each school may request up to four. To register, schools should complete the IDEM Earth Day Celebration speaker reservation form at and email it to or fax it to 317-233-5970. Questions can be directed to Jennifer Woolson-Helrigel, IDEM’s Environmental Education Coordinator, at 800-451-6027, ext. 3-5433.

•The Arc is looking for students with disabilities to be disability public policy interns. The position pays $3,000 per semester or summer session, and will be located at The Arc’s public policy office in Washington, D.C. Applications for the summer term are due Friday, and applications for the fall term are due May 15. Applicants should send a résumé, cover letter and reference list including employers, professors, and mentors. Email applications to For questions, more information, or complete details, use the above email address. Learn more about The Arc at


•East Allen University freshman Nicole Winans has placed in the top 10 of the National Poetic Power essay contest “Celebrating What Is Important to Me.” Her essay will be published in the anthology coming out this summer, and she received a cash prize.

•Nine New Haven High School students recently competed in Jobs for America’s Graduates, or JAG, competition. Junior Chanel Love placed first in the public speaking competition, and Demetrius Carter placed second in employability. Both will advance to the state JAG competition April 19 in Indianapolis.

Indiana Tech

•Registration deadline for Session 6 of the graduate program in the College of Professional Studies is Friday. Session 6 runs from March 24 through May 4. The College of Professional Studies includes Indiana Tech locations in Elkhart, Evansville, Fishers, Fort Wayne, Greenwood, Huntington, Indianapolis, Jeffersonville, Kendallville, Louisville, Mishawaka, Munster, Northern Kentucky, Plainfield and Warsaw as well as online courses. Contact an admissions representative at 800-288-1766 for information on programs, admissions, and registration or visit


•Trine plans to offer six blocks of summer classes at up to 60 percent off. That discount for online and seated classes at the main campus in Angola is extended to all students, not just those enrolled at Trine. Courses will be open to all students either seated on the Angola campus or online. Students enrolled in Trine’s School of Professional Studies receive this discount year-round. The summer schedule features seated and online classes that run in three-, five-, six- and 10-week sessions. For more information, contact Taja Cunningham at 260-665-4137 or, or go to

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