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  • Courtesy Samantha Williams of Kendallville will head to flight school after graduating this spring from the U.S. Naval Academy. The East Noble graduate recently spoke to high school students about opportunities available at the academy.

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  • Courtesy Warsaw Community Schools staffers, from left, David Burden, Joshua Wall, April Fitterling and Brad Gutwein have received scholarships from the school district.

Monday, December 10, 2018 1:00 am

Education Notebook

E. Noble grad talks up Academy

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

East Noble High School alumna Samantha Williams recently returned to her alma mater to share a postsecondary option she never learned about in school: the U.S. service academies.

“It's such an awesome opportunity that I think everyone should hear about it,” the U.S. Naval Academy midshipman said.

Williams spoke to students at East and Central Noble high schools as part of the Naval Academy's Operation-Info program. It sends midshipmen to their hometowns around Thanksgiving break to talk with the community about opportunities available at the academy.

Williams, of Kendallville, is a senior at the Annapolis, Maryland, institution.

She learned about the service academies – which also include the U.S. Military, Air Force, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard academies – on her own.

As someone who began flying at age 14 and aspired to pursue aviation, Williams was drawn to the Naval Academy's aerospace engineering program, she said. She described it as the perfect fit because she could major in that field and fly after graduation.

Along with describing the academies, Williams told high school students the option can be an “awesome deal” for anyone who can't afford college and wants to join the military. Students attend the Naval Academy on a full scholarship and are guaranteed a job upon graduation in return for five years of active duty service.

“It's a commitment you pay back,” Williams said.

Williams recently learned her assigned duty after graduation is navy pilot, for which she will attend flight school in Pensacola, Florida, she said. She is pleased with the role.

“It was definitely a lot of stress leading up to it,” Williams said. “You don't have a whole lot of say about what you're going to do.”

Students interested the academies should start the process early, Williams said, recommending high school juniors apply for the Naval Academy Summer Seminar. The program introduces students to life at the academy.

“It was my first exposure to any military lifestyle,” Williams said.

Ivy Tech

• BF Goodrich will be at Ivy Tech Community College's Fort Wayne campus at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday to test applicants for admission into the Technical Scholars program. The program provides scholarships to cover the cost of tuition, fees and books along with competitive pay for part-time work in the BF Goodrich manufacturing facility in Woodburn. Sessions will be in lecture hall TC1225 at the Steel Dynamics Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center, 3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne.

Space is limited. Go to for a link to RSVP online. Call 260-480-4248 for more information.

Recognitions, scholarship

Jeff Hurd of Ober Elementary in Garrett was one of 15 Indiana educators recognized by the College Football Playoff Foundation and the Big Ten Conference during the Big Ten football championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Each educator will receive a grant to assist with educational projects.

• Several area middle and high school students are competing in the We the People: the Citizen & the Constitution state finals in Indianapolis. Teams represent Heritage, Homestead and North Side high schools; their competition ends today.

Middle school teams, which compete Tuesday, are from Saint Vincent de Paul, Woodside and Carroll, which is sending two groups. The students will testify before panels of judges in mock congressional hearings that assess their understanding of the U.S. Constitution, government and American history.

• Warsaw Community Schools announced the 2018 WCS School Board Scholarship awardees: April Fitterling, financial operations manager; David Burden, STEM instructional coach; Joshua Wall, Washington Elementary School second-grade teacher; and Brad Gutwein, technology manager.

Each will receive $4,000 annually and will be required to reapply each year for a maximum of three years. This is a new scholarship opportunity for district staffers pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree in education, administration or other content areas specific to their career fields with Warsaw.

• Martin Luther King Montessori School of Fort Wayne is one of 15 early care and education providers to receive a 2018 Family Engagement prize from Early Learning Indiana. It was awarded $5,000 of the total $90,000 distributed.

• University of Saint Francis received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist exam for the most recent cycle. The exam is required for employment within many local, state and national health care organizations.


• Giving Tuesday efforts raised $79,152 for Trine University. Nearly 220 supporters contributed.

• The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation announced Dec. 3 that Trine's Franks School of Education is one of 52 providers from 27 states and Puerto Rico to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. The accreditation granted to the Franks School is effective until fall 2024. Ball State University also earned accreditation.

Sarah Franzen, assistant vice president of accreditation and assistant professor in Trine's humanities and communication department, has been named dean of the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences beginning spring semester.

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