More brilliant students to talk about. How brilliant? Big wattage brilliant. Three students from Penn High recently went to the INTEL International Science and Engineer Fair in Phoenix.
Junior Sarah-Cate Baker and seniors Alex Mobashery and Sam Sharkey took their research to the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.
Sam’s research looks at the effect of upgrading particle colliders with new technology.
Sarah-Cate’s parents are Brian and Laura Baker; Shahriar and Chang Mobashery claim Alex; and Charles and Karen Sharkey are the parents of Sam. Everyone lives in Granger.
Let’s keep it in Granger for one more piece of information. Penn High teacher and academic coach Peter DeKever recently received Indiana’s highest honor, the Sagamore of the Wabash. The award is a special honor given by Gov. Mike Pence.
Peter was nominated by state Sen. Joe Zakas. A Sagamore is given to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state.
DeKever started teaching in 1990 at Penn and has coached 12 Penn Academic Super Bowl teams and 12 Spell Bowl teams. Peter is a baseball fan so he reports his record in this fashion: 1028-65-1 in Academic Super Bowl social studies competition and a 1,223-38-6 record in Spell Bowl.
Jerry Thacker, superintendent of the Penn-Harris-Madison Schools, said Peter is “an amazing coach who uses his leadership skills to bring out the best in our students.”
Four St. Joseph County teens will be participating in Camp Riley this summer. Edward Hughes Jr. and Caitlyn Pugh, both of Walkerton; Mary Beth Grisoli, of Granger, and Keri Mckenna, of South Bend, will get the full camp experience at Bradford Woods, near Martinsville, Ind.
The camp is an extension of Riley Hospital for Children and is universally accessible to all kids, no matter what. Since 1955, the camp has been the place to be and has served more than 12,000 children.
Jerry Donley recently received the 2013 Michigan Inland Lakes Riparian of the Year Award for the state of Michigan. The award is given by the Michigan Lake and Stream Association.
Riparian? It is another trip to the dictionary for us. It means relating to the banks of, on or the natural course of water, or someone who lives on the bank of the river.
The award was given for his outstanding leadership in preserving Michigan freshwater heritage. He is fully involved in teaching about the system that naturally renews the ecology of Indian Lake in Dowagiac. Jerry speaks to groups and anyone who will listen about preserving and improving the lake and other inland waterways.
He is a lifelong resident of Buchanan and Dowagiac and he has lived for the last 20 years on Indian Lake.