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May 16, 2018

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, May 16, 2018 A-9 EAST GIBSON NEWS Submit school news: Email: egnews@ Deadline: Noon on Friday SCHEDULE FOR FINALS Final exam schedules have been identified for our high school students. Seniors will be admin- istered finals as follows: Monday, May 21, period 7 final exam; Tues- day, May 22, periods 1, 3 and 5 fi- nal exams; Wednesday, May 23, periods 2, 4 and 6 final exams. High school students in grades 9 – 11 will be administered fi- nal exams as follows: Wednes- day, May 23, period 7 final exam; Thursday, May 24, periods 1, 3 and 5 final exams; Friday, May 25, periods 2, 4 and 6 final exams. A reminder that students may opt out of up to two of their final exams provided they meet the opt out guidelines. Modified guide- lines were approved at the begin- ning of the second semester and published for student and parent awareness. Students wishing to depart the campus, following the completion of their last final of a respective day, must have written permission from the parent. Students will not be allowed to leave and come back during the same school day. Guidelines include: 1. Student may not have more than three (3) excused absences. 2. Student may not have an un- excused absence, or truancy. 3. Student may not have more than three excused tardies to a class. 4. Student may not have an un- excused tardy to any class. 5. Student may not have a sus- pension from school. 6. Student must have a mini- mum of a B- in the class (es) iden- tified for opt out. 7. All student fees must be cur- rent. 8. Students will collaborate with their respective instructors to de- termine the opportunities for final exam exemption. Additional information as to how absences are aligned to the final exam exemption program may be found in the 2017 – 2018 Wood Memorial High School Stu- dent Handbook. SUMMER SCHOOL AND UPCOMING SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES Preparations for the 2018 Sum- mer School are in place, with in- structors prepared to provide ed- ucational opportunities for junior high school students in the ar- eas of math and English. Our in- structors are in the process of con- tacting parents of those students whom we believe would benefit from attending summer school. We are utilizing data such as ISTEP results, classroom forma- tive and summative assessment results, as well as the respective student's current academic status when determining the value of the summer school opportunity for a student. Additionally, incoming fresh- men may enroll in their high school physical education course, earning a graduation credit, during the summer school pe- riod. By doing so, a student will open up additional academic time for their schedule. High school courses are being offered in a number of curriculum areas this summer, with a focus on providing students with credit re- covery opportunities. For questions regarding sum- mer school, including to enroll, contact Ms. Elizabeth Hill, in the Wood Memorial Student Services area. MAKE UP DAYS In order to make up the three (3) days of missed school, due to the recent winter weather, our schools will be in session on the following dates: Wednesday, May 23; Thursday, May 24; Friday, May 25. The second semester is now scheduled to end on May 25. OPEN OFFICE SESSIONS Once again this year, I will be utilizing a collaborative opportu- nity for all members – students, staff, parents, guardians, and com- munity members – of the Wood Memorial School Community. With this said, I believe to be most effective with the development and growth of our students it is im- perative that every stakeholder of Wood Memorial have an opportu- nity to collaborate and provide in- put in any area/aspect of interest involving our school(s) they may have. Thus, I will conduct month- ly "Open Office" sessions, focused on providing time for such collab- oration to occur. I encourage you to come meet anytime to review items of inter- est you may have. You may sched- ule a meeting by calling 812-749 - 4757 and requesting a time. In keeping with the theme of collaboration and communica- tion, I want to invite Wood Me- morial stakeholders to follow the happenings at the junior high and high school by joining us on twit- ter at WMTrojans1. Wood Memorial CALENDAR Wednesday, May 16 AP English 11 Exam HS Student Council Meet- ing, 12:15 p.m. WMJHS Spirit Club Meet- ing, 3:30 p.m. Baseball at South Knox, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17 Student Advisory Council Meeting, 11:30 a.m. Golf at Southridge, 4:30 p.m. Baseball vs. Springs Valley, 5 p.m. Softball at North Knox, 5 p.m. Boys' Track Sectional at Princeton, TBD Tennis Sectional at Prince- ton, 5 p.m. Friday, May 18 Seventh Grade Orientation, 8:30 a.m. Baseball at Shoals, 5:30 p.m. Softball at Shoals, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20 Senior Baccalaureate at the Mackey Nazarene Church ADDITIONAL DATE OF NOTE ISTAR, April 16 – May 18, ECA – Spring, April 23 – May 25, Gibson Coun- ty Department of Child Ser- vices, Princeton Courthouse Square, 1:30 p.m. Calculus AP Assessment, May 15 High School Chemistry Lab Day, at Vincennes University, May 16 English 11 AP Assessment, May 16 JHS Awards Day, May 24 End of 2018 School Year, May 25 2018 Graduation, May 25 Incumbents dominate Gibson County primaries By Janice Barniak Gibson County incumbents pulled forward to win contested primaries Tuesday. In the four-way race for the Re- publican's sheriff nomination, for example, current Sheriff Tim Bottoms took 44.38 percent of the vote, a total of 2,181 votes, com- pared to his closest challenger, Bruce Vanoven, at 25.11 percent, with 1,234 votes. "I think it's because I have more experience," said Bottoms after the win. When asked if he had a plan for his run in Novem- ber against Democrat Jeff Hill, whom he faced in previous rac- es for sheriff, Bottoms said, "I'm trusting the people." He added he wanted to thank people for the support that won him the prima- ry. "I'm looking forward to the No- vember election." Incumbent Republican Coun- ty Councilman Craig Pflug end- ed with a strong win in the county council primary, garnering 61.15 percent of the vote for District 3, which is a South Gibson district. He said he found out as he be- gan getting text messages of con- gratulations, even from people he didn't know, but said around 9 p.m., he felt like the race was over when he received a call of congratulations from challenger Daniel Lefler. "It meant a lot that he would con- gratulate me. He was very kind. I have to thank everyone; I appreci- ated all the support from friends, family and neighbors," he said. "I better thank God, too...I look for- ward to continuing to serve." Incumbent law enforcement of- ficer Jay Riley, in North Gibson, also topped Republican challeng- er Barrett Doyle, former coroner, taking 59.66 percent of the Dis- trict 1 county council vote. For the vacant seat in the treas- urer's race, Republican Mary Ann O'Neal, treasurer candidate and former Princeton principal, came out on top over Charles "Chuck" Strunk in the primary, position- ing her to take on former treas- urer Jim Kolb in November. Kolb was uncontested in the Democrat primary Tuesday. "It's wonderful. It was so nerve wracking but good to have it over," she said. "I think a lot of people know me before from working with kids, and that gave me name recognition." She said before November, she would be taking her campaign to South and East Gibson, where she knows fewer people. "This is the first step, and I learned a lot from it," she said. As for the county commission- er's seat that Alan Douglas an- nounced he would not pursue in November, Democrat Cecil "Bob" Allen bested Larry J. Pauley to win the Democrats' nomination, while Mary B. Key came out first over Larry Sisk and Clinton Smith for the Republicans. "I thought that the turnout was great for a primary in a non-pres- idential year," he said and added he'd seen 12 to 13 percent turn- outs, far less than this year's. He also thought that there were more Republicans voting in the primary because there were more contested races on their tickets and also because of some conten- tious issues. "I feel good about the election," Allen said. "I get to run against Mary, and Mary is a good friend of mine. I've run against friends before—when you're born and raised in a county you know so many people, it's inevitable. I nev- er hold anything against them over our politics. I'm looking for- ward to the fall." Key said she thought she'd won but didn't count anything as cer- tain until after final results were announced. She agreed also that it was interesting to be in a race against a friend. "Gibson County is basically a small town," she said. She also wanted to thank every- one who helped her with the cam- paign. In other county races, Jeffrey Meade won the Republican judge nomination over Abigail Brown- Cox, and for the Union Township advisory board's three positions, Warren Fleetwood, Roger Holz- meyer and Craig Kuester ulti- mately move on to November. At the state level, Mike Braun is the Republican pick for U.S. Sen- ator, and will face Joe Donnelly, who was uncontested in the pri- mary; Dr. Larry Bucshon won In- diana's eighth congressional dis- trict Republican primary, and will face the Democrats' pick. William Tanoos; and in Dist. 64, while Ken Beckerman finished strong in the county's vote, Fort Branch's Matt Hostettler ultimately took the dis- trict's nomination. Educators gather for emergency care training By Janice Barniak Teachers, bus drivers and oth- ers in education gathered Satur- day at Vincennes University Gib- son Center to learn skills that could potentially save the lives of themselves or the children in their care. Developed by the Hartford Consensus, the Committee on Trauma and the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, the battlefield training was taught by Navy veteran J.R. Grounds, who said it was developed to help soldiers wounded in A fghanistan and Iraq survive until they could get to emergency care. "Everything we're going to teach you comes straight from the battlefield," he said. "This is saving a life in that period of time between when something happens and when help arrives... the ambulance may not be there in time." He said in examining school shooting casualties, one case stuck out—that of a six-year-old student, shot in the leg, who died of blood loss. While in an ordi- nary situation that would not be a fatal wound, he bled out before EMTs could get to him, and sadly no one in that situation knew what to do. He said any of the teach- ers present would be equipped to save that child's life if it happened in their school. Many of the teachers were from South Gibson; Owensville teacher Isaac Birch noticed many South Gibson teachers were in- terested in the training and helped raise the funds, along with the Scammon family, to bring the instructor to teach the class and for the educator trauma kits that teachers could keep in the class- room to equip them to help. The two threats to life that are typically fatal before help arrives are bleeding and breathing issues. If the educators can keep a person breathing and stop the bleeding, chances are much better the per- son will survive until the ambu- lance arrives. To do that, Grounds discussed tourniquets to stop bleeding. While tourniquets get a bad rep- utation because early models dis- tributed the pressure on too small a surface and could cause addi- tional issues, modern tourniquets are safe to stay on a person for up to eight hours. "We have recorded 5,000 us- es of tourniquets in the Middle East," he said. Grounds recommended apply- ing above the knee or elbow, or if the wound was above the knee or elbow, 3" above the wound. He also discussed how to use a knee or elbow to stop blood flow, improvising a tourniquet, how to seal a chest wound that has pierced a lung, wound pack- ing and other issues related to wounds. He then moved on to breath- ing difficulties, and how to po- sition an unconscious person in a recovery position to safeguard their breathing, and how to insert a nasal tube to prevent the tongue from stopping airflow in an un- conscious person. (The materi- als to do all the procedures were included in the educators' kits.) A medic and police officer, Grounds encouraged fearless- ness among educators, explain- ing that if they were seeing the kind of intense arterial wounds, the kind where the person is los- ing a lot of blood, the person only has three to five minutes, and will probably die without help. "That person is laying there, and the clock is ticking until they expire. Don't be afraid to try something," he said. He said while many times first respond- ers can get there quickly, in cas- es like a shooting, where injury could be caused to first respond- ers, the medical professionals have to wait until the building is clear. "You're not there to make them feel better, or keep them from scarring. You're getting them to a hospital so their par- ents don't have to bury them. If they were going to die in two min- utes, and your tourniquet wasn't perfect, so you only extend it to 10 minutes—maybe the ambulance arrives in 8 minutes, then you did it, you won." The kit, at cost, is $55, and the group had one per participant donated. Those who want to do- nate educator trauma kits can go to tor039s-trauma-aid-kit-etak. "The only thing more tragic than a death is a death that could have been prevented," Grounds said. Local artists turn clay into mythical creatures By Janice Barniak Tori Richardson's inspiration to work full-time as an artist came in the middle of what felt, at the time, like a crisis. The Princeton native was work- ing in a job she enjoyed at Medie- val Collectibles, a Princeton busi- ness that appealed to her quirky side—everyone there liked the fairy tale, Old World aesthetic she loved, but as the business hit a dif- ficult time, she knew she was on the list to be fired, and that day fi- nally came. "I was crushed. I was driving home, weeping and praying. It's not apparent to some people, be- cause of the way I look, that I'm a Christian," she said. Tori Richardson's blue hair has a counterculture, shaved under- cut, and her neighbors, she said, probably think she and her hus- band, Zane, are kooky consider- ing that sword fighting and chain mail are part of their regular out- door activities. They live in a blue A frame they call the "swamp hut" that has Nor- dic, medieval and fairy tale touch- es throughout—and the occasion- al snake, which they tolerate. Richardson returned home af- ter losing her job, and when she arrived, she found a surprise gift from Zane, a book of sculpted dolls by Wendy Froud, who cre- ates lifelike fairies with her hus- band, Brian Froud. Richardson had always loved the sculptures and wondered if she could do her own. The book had arrived several weeks before the projected arriv- al date, and been delivered much earlier in the day than they usual- ly received packages. Richardson took it as the an- swer to her prayer. "I came through the door and there's clay everywhere," Zane said. Seeing his wife off work early, tearful and surrounded by sculpting materials, he sat down to help her in making the very first mythical creature. "I made him in a single night," Tori said, bringing out Dunger, a troll. "I poured my heart and soul Tori, left, and Zane Williamson create sculpted dolls that they sell in art shows around the region. The high school sweethearts share a love of fairytale and fantasy worlds that are expressed in the art. See CLAY on page 10

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