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Genius Hour showing educators that letting students pick studies might be right track

Alayna Pohler (left) and Josie Eckert, members of the Riverview Middle School Seventh Grade Blue Team, explain to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees at its April 10 meeting how they decided to create a lip balm product for their Genius Hour project. The profits from sales of the lip balm are being donated to The Salvation Army.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Originally published April 20, 2017

The idea of letting kids learn what they want to learn sounds like a recipe for disaster, but as the seventh-grade Blue Team at Riverview Middle School has proven, it’s sheer genius.

It’s called Genius Hour, a program that is teaching middle school students to not just think out of the box, but for themselves as well. The results have been impressive, says Assistant Principal Michael Parsons.


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Starter Calf ID Day


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Dave Thomas (left) and Huntington County Purdue Extension Agent Ed Farris tag calves that will be entered in the 2017 Huntington County 4-H Fair on Saturday morning, April 22, at the 4-H fairgrounds.


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State treasurer, secretary in town


Photo by Steve Clark.

Indiana Treasurer of State Kelly Mitchell (left) and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson stopped by Huntington’s Pizza Junction Café for lunch on Thursday, April 20. After the meal, Mitchell met with Huntington County Treasurer Paula Farley and Lawson met with Huntington County Prosecutor Amy Richison before traveling to Fort Wayne for a roundtable meeting with elected officials.


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Viking pitchers stifle East Noble at Parkview Field

Viking hitter Cody Barton makes contact with an offering from East Noble pitcher Zach Lane during the Vikings' 7-2 win on Tuesday, April 25, at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne.
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Three Viking pitchers threw one-hit baseball through six innings and the opposition gave them all the runs they needed in the first inning on the way to a 7-2 Huntington North High School baseball team triumph over East Noble at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne.


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Salamonie Summer Festival seeking rodeo, concert sponsors

The Salamonie Summer Festival is seeking sponsorships for the rodeo and concert to be held during this summer’s festival.

Country performer Aaron Watson will headline the festival concert on July 3. The presenting sponsor will receive naming rights for the concert and other perks.

Several sponsorships are available for the rodeo, including presenting sponsor, two title sponsorships, a VIP sponsorship and gate sponsorship.

For information, contact Mike Haggerty at 375-4840 or haggertymichael@hotmail.com.