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POSTED: 02/20/17 at 1:40 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools, Sports

Listen to Ashley Luginbill’s story Saturday at 11 am and Sunday at 12 noon on the “Who Is Show” on WHNH 101.3fm.

Fourteen high school caddies from the state of Indiana have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full, four-year housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies, following a final selection meeting held at Long Beach Country Club in Long Beach on Feb. 1.

Each caddie (listed below) has a unique story to tell, reflecting the scholarship’s four selection criteria: a strong caddie record; excellent academics; demonstrated financial need; and outstanding character. They will begin college in the fall of 2017, with recipients awarded to Indiana University in Bloomington and Purdue University in West Lafayette. The scholarship is valued at more than $100,000 over four years.

“Each of these deserving Evans Scholars epitomizes what our Program has been about since its creation in 1930,” said WGA Chairman David Robinson. “Their dedication, hard work and sacrifice is humbling, and we are honored to be able to help them pursue their dreams.”

The Indiana selection meeting was the tenth of more than a dozen such meetings the Evans Scholars Foundation will hold across the country through the spring. When the 2016-17 selection meeting process is completed by April, an estimated 270 caddies are expected to be awarded the Evans Scholarship.

The Western Golf Association, headquartered in Golf, Illinois, has supported the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930. One of golf’s favorite charities, it is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.

Currently, a record 935 caddies are enrolled in 20 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,400 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.

“Based on their excellence in the classroom and their service to their schools and communities, there is little doubt that these young men and women have worked hard to earn this life-changing opportunity,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA President and CEO. “We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”

Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by 30,000 golfers across the country, who are members of the Evans Scholars Par Club program. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $10 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA TOUR Playoff events in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup competition, are donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation.

To learn more about the WGA and ESF, visit

The recipients include:

Student Name Hometown Golf/Country Club High School Awarded University
Isabella Kaplan Michigan City Long Beach CC La Lumiere School Purdue
John Ruszkowski Michigan City Long Beach CC La Lumiere School Indiana
Kathleen Doolittle Dyer Briar Ridge CC Highland HS Purdue
Jordan Lykowski Schererville Briar Ridge CC Lake Central HS Purdue
Zachary Stewart South Bend South Bend CC Riley HS Purdue
Matthew Hope Fort Wayne Orchard Ridge CC Homestead HS Purdue
Kaylen Ohlwine Zanesville Orchard Ridge CC Norwell S Indiana
Samuel Mailand Hoagland Fort Wayne CC Home school Purdue
Joseph Hunnicutt Fort Wayne Sycamore Hills GC Carroll HS Purdue
Ashley Luginbill New Haven Sycamore Hills GC Heritage Junior/Senior HS Indiana
Hannah Vanderbosch Fishers Prairie View GC Cathedral HS Purdue
Elliott Shide Indianapolis Prairie View GC Lawrence North HS Indiana
Jeffery Schwind Indianapolis Meridian Hills CC Home school Purdue
Llogan Russell French Lick French Lick Resort Springs Valley HS Indiana

About Western Golf Association:

Founded in 1899 to serve golfing interests in the growing Midwest, the WGA now has nearly 400 member clubs. The WGA conducts championships for professionals and amateur golfers, promotes the use of caddies and oversees the Evans Scholars Foundation (ESF), which awards college scholarships to caddies with limited financial means. The WGA is a driving force in the game, a respected charitable cause for thousands of supporters and a distinguished leader in the nation’s golf community. Its premier golf event is the BMW Championship, the second oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR. For more information about the WGA and ESF, please visit

About Evans Scholars Foundation:

Established by famed amateur golfer Charles Chick Evans Jr., the Evans Scholars Foundation provides full housing and tuition scholarships to high-achieving caddies across the country. The Program, which is supported by the Western Golf Association, is funded by contributions from more than 30,000 Evans Scholars Par Club members, including Evans Scholars Alumni, as well as proceeds from the BMW Championship. Since the Program’s inception in 1930, more than 10,400 caddies nationwide have graduated as Evans Scholars.

POSTED: 02/14/17 at 9:00 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools, Sports

POSTED: 02/13/17 at 8:32 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools, Sports

School Resource Officer Honored for Hard Work and Positive Attitude

Officer Peterson














The O’Daniel Excellence Award was presented to Officer Darren Peterson for providing excellent customer service to the students and staff at New Haven High School and in the New Haven community.  Officer Peterson was recognized for his hard work, positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile. The O’Daniel staff stated, “It’s our way to recognize those in our community who enrich the lives they touch.”

Thank you and congratulations Officer Darren Peterson!

POSTED: 01/31/17 at 4:33 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools


New Haven High School Boys Varsity Basketball beat Concordia Lutheran High School 57-55 

POSTED: 01/25/17 at 9:45 am. FILED UNDER: Schools, Sports

New Haven High School Athletic Department will induct its 2017 Hall of Fame class, Saturday, January 28 during halftime of the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Game against Columbia City. This year’s inductees include:

Robert Claus class of 1950. Claus was a three-sport athlete and a member of the first NEIC basketball championship in New Haven history. In addition, he held the high jump record for ten years.

Mike Snyder class of 1979 lettered in both tennis and baseball at New Haven High School, but enjoyed even greater success as a relief pitcher for Purdue University as a four-year letterman. Mike’s name still appears on a number of pitching categories that include both season and career ERA and season and career saves by a Boilermaker.

Pat Snyder class of 1982 and younger brother of Mike, was two-year starting center for the Bulldogs who went 20 -2 in his junior and senior years. After high school, Pat turned a walk-on invitation into a four-year scholarship as the long snapper for Purdue University. This talent would lead to a brief career with the Indianapolis Colts in 1987, 88 and 91.

Kristy (Lyons) Rowland class of 1997 still holds the high school long jump for the Bulldogs and was awarded All-Conference Honors in volleyball, basketball and track in earning her athletic blanket at New Haven. After setting school records in points scored on the track team,Kristy went on to play both volleyball and track at Butler University.  Kristy currently works for Northwest Allen and is married to New Haven football coach, Jim Rowland.

POSTED: 01/24/17 at 9:17 am. FILED UNDER: Schools, Sports


As a new education secretary takes office to reform America’s schools and with new research showing the positive effects of higher education on earnings over a lifetime, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017′s Most & Least Educated States.

In order to determine where the most educated Americans live, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across 11 key metrics. The data set ranges from “percentage of adults aged 25 and older with at least a high school diploma” to “average university quality” to “gender gap in educational attainment.”

Most Educated States Least Educated States
1 Massachusetts 41 Oklahoma
2 Maryland 42 Texas
3 Colorado 43 Tennessee
4 Connecticut 44 Alabama
5 Vermont 45 Nevada
6 New Hampshire 46 Kentucky
7 Virginia 47 Arkansas
8 Minnesota 48 Louisiana
9 Washington 49 Mississippi
10 New Jersey 50 West Virginia

Key Stats

  • Massachusetts has the highest share of bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older, 40.5 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in West Virginia, the state with the lowest at 19.1 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the highest percentage of graduate- or professional-degree holders aged 25 and older, 17.7 percent, which is 2.4 times higher than in West Virginia, the state with the lowest at 7.4 percent.
  • Maryland has the highest public-school system rating, 28.9 percent, which is 36.1 times higher than in Nebraska, 0.8 percent.
  • North Dakota has the highest racial gap in educational attainment, with the share of blacks aged 25 and older holding a bachelor’s degree at 29.41 percent and 22.18 percent for their white counterparts, a difference of 7.23 percent favoring blacks.
  • The national average for blacks aged 25 and older holding a bachelor’s degree is 12.77 percent and 19.88 percent for whites with the same attributes.
  • North Dakota has the highest gender gap in educational attainment, with the share of women aged 25 and older holding a bachelor’s degree at 22.22 percent and 17.96 percent for their male counterparts, a difference of 4.26 percent favoring women.
  • The national average for women aged 25 and older holding a bachelor’s degree is 18.68 percent and 18.35 percent for their males with the same attributes.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit:

POSTED: 01/24/17 at 9:13 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

The newly elected EACS Board Officers for 2017 are as follows:

Bob Nelson - President

Tim Hines - Vice President

Chris Baker - Secretary

Mr. Todd Buckmaster was sworn in as a new member, replacing Mr. Arden Hoffman.  Mrs. Gayle Etzler was also sworn in as a new board member replacing Mr. Leland Etzler who resigned from the Board citing health issues.

Gayle Etzler

Todd Buckmaster

Also serving for 2017 are:

Terry Jo Lightfoot

Paulette Nellums

POSTED: 01/15/17 at 3:38 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

POSTED: 01/09/17 at 9:15 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Dear Friend,

Applications are now open for students interested in participating in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2017 legislative session.

While at the Statehouse, House pages spend the day touring the House and Senate chambers, the Indiana Supreme Court and governor’s office. They also observe the legislative session directly from the floor of the House, listening to debates on important issues.

Pages are also assigned age-appropriate tasks like delivering important messages and sorting files.

To be a page, applicants should be between the ages of 13 and 18. Student pages receive an excused absence from school.

The 2017 session begins on Jan. 4, and page positions fill quickly.

For more information and to apply, click here or call 800­-382­-9841.


State Rep. Dave Heine

POSTED: 12/31/16 at 11:30 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools