2020-2021 In the News
Ripley County Community Foundation Announces the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient for Ripley County
The Ripley County Community Foundation proudly announces Riley Schebler as Ripley County’s 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient. Riley will receive full tuition for 4 years of undergraduate study and a $900 per year book stipend to the Indiana college or university of his choice.
Riley is the son of Ryan and Jennifer Schebler and is a senior at Oldenburg Academy. Although he currently does not know which college he will be attending in the Fall of 2021, he hopes to attend either Indiana University or the University of Notre Dame to pursue a degree in Business. Along with being a top student at his high school, Riley is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Varsity Tennis Team, the Varsity Basketball Team, and is a volunteer at his church.
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is one of the most competitive and prestigious scholarships offered by the Ripley County Community Foundation. Candidates are evaluated on grades, extra-curricular activities, test scores, community involvement, and the quality of multiple essays. The selection committee is composed of Ripley County residents representing all areas of the county. During the evaluation process, the committee is not given names of the applicants nor the schools they attend. During the final interviews, the student is introduced by their first name only. This provides for as much objectivity as possible. Once the Ripley County Community Foundation scholarship committee had chosen and interviewed the finalists, the candidate’s applications were sent to the Independent Colleges of Indiana for the final selection of the recipient.
The other top Lilly Endowment finalists from Ripley County included Grace Sarringhaus, Dylan Schutte, Jacob Sheets, and Trysta Vierling. Those students will receive a Ripley County Community Foundation Scholarship in the sum of $2,000 during their freshman year, and a Grateful Family Scholarship and a Jane Deiwert Scholarship during their Sophomore year.
Grace Sarringhaus is the daughter of Elton and Shannon Sarringhaus and is a senior at Batesville High School. Grace is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Environmental Club, Key Club and serves as the president of her 4H Club.
Dylan Schutte is the son of David and Irene Schutte and is a senior at East Central High School. Dylan is a member of the National Honor Society, the President of the Marching Band, Captain of the Academic Team, Public Relations Officer of the French Club, President of Winter Percussion, and is a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps.
Jacob Sheets is the son of Kebe and Diana Sheets and is a senior at Oldenburg Academy. Jacob is a member of the National Honor Society, serves as the Class Officer in Student Council, a Varsity Tennis player, and volunteers to visit with local elderly citizens in and around the county.
Trysta Vierling is the daughter of Michael and Beth Vierling and is a senior at Batesville High School. Trysta is a member of the National Honor Society, the Cross Country Team, the Track and Field Team, Key Club, and German Club.
“This is the 24th cohort for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP). 4,912 full-tuition scholars have been awarded, and over $424M in scholarship tuition has been provided through the LECSP since the program’s inception in 1998. The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana Community Foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state,” stated Mary Dickerson, Director of Programs at Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.
The Ripley County Community Foundation congratulates Riley Schebler and the four Ripley County Community Scholars for their hard work and achievements.
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Oldenburg Academy students were big winners in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards with 9 students winning 14 awards. Congratulations to Kayla Cleary, Renee Bauer, Marissa Eckstein, Hannah Haverkos, Madelyn Henry, Ava Hornbach, Taryn Rodgers, Jalyn Stenger, and Anna Wanstrath.
Marissa Eckstein and Hannah Haverkos each received the highest award and their works will continue for further competition in New York.
Girls Soccer Sectional Championship
Girls Sectional Finals.
Class 1A-Sectional 45 @ Rising Sun
Oldenburg 1 Milan 0
Feller tabbed as next Girls Head Basketball Coach
The search for Oldenburg Academy’s next head coach for girls basketball has come to an end. Athletic Director Patrick Kolks has named Eric Feller the next head coach for the girls varsity basketball team. “We are very excited for Eric and his coaching staff to lead our girls on and off the court. What we have seen him do with our various teams here at the Academy, we are confident he will continue to build a very successful girls basketball program,” Kolks added.
Coach Feller is currently the head coach of the Academy’s football team. Over the last few years, he has been a varsity assistant under Gary “Ace” Moorman, while also leading the boys basketball c-team. Eric resides in Oldenburg with his wife Stephanie and their 2 boys. The girls will kick their season off on Friday, November 13th vs Southwestern Hanover with JV tipping at 6:00 PM.
Local volleyball team holds fundraiser for cancer patient
Oldenburg, IN — Oldenburg Academy Volleyball team recently hosted its “Volley for Hope” game vs. Madison Shawe in hopes to raise money as a fundraiser for Mrs. Lauren Bruns, who is one of our own volleyball player’s parents who is battling cancer.
Along with accepting donations for the Bruns family, the team had a basket raffle and bake sale. The generosity and outpouring of support and prayer overwhelmed Lauren Bruns and her family. The OA volleyball team, school, and community donated $1700 to the Bruns family.
BHS and OA varsity football teams are Turning Over Hunger
Ripley County, IN -- For the 2020 football season, Batesville High School and Oldenburg Academy football teams joined forces with the Ripley County Community Foundation to Turnover Hunger in Ripley County. The Turnover Hunger program encourages football fans to pledge a dollar amount for every turnover their favorite team forces during the season.
At the end of the season, the Community Foundation collects the pledges, and the proceeds are donated to the Weekend Backsack Programs administered in local Elementary Schools. Working together, these two teams collectively raised more than $10,000 since the program’s inception and started an Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation that will continue supporting the teams’ efforts forever. In 2019 alone, the teams’ donations helped feed more than 1,100 citizens in Ripley County.
The Weekend Backsack Program provides a backpack of food to Ripley County elementary schools for children who face food insecurity on the weekends. These backpacks are filled with kid-friendly food that is easily prepared and provides nutrition they may not receive when they are outside of school. The students are identified by teachers, and the program runs from September through May, serving the Batesville, Jac-Cen-Del, Milan, South Ripley, and Sunman-Dearborn schools. The Weekend Backsack program is privately funded, and current programs are not meeting the needs without further support.
The Turnover Hunger Fund, and all of the funds administered by the Ripley County Community Foundation, are always accepting donations. You may make a one-time donation or a pledge to the Turnover Hunger Fund on their website, or you may mail a donation to the Ripley County Community Foundation at 13 E. George St, Suite B, Batesville, IN 47006.
OA opens new Feldhaus
Oldenburg, IN --Oldenburg Academy held a ribbon-cutting on Monday evening at the new Feldhaus on campus. Welcome introductions, history of the project, thank you’s, and acknowledgments were given by OA President Diane Laake.
Board of Trustees chairperson Keith Moenter and Sr Delouise Menges spoke about the vision and legacy for OA as well as Principal Brian McFee, coach Ace Moorman, and student Annaliese Nobbe spoke about the impact the new building would have at OA. Lastly, Bill Hillenbrand from the Hillenbrand Foundation spoke about the impact on Oldenburg and the surrounding community. The ceremony ended with a ritual blessing from Fr. Carl Langenderfer, OFM from Holy Family Church. Self-guided building tours followed the ceremony to stay socially distant.
Leising and Indiana Department of Education recognize Oldenburg Academy
Indianapolis, IN—Oldenburg Academy was a recipient of the 2019 Advanced Placement Award, having more than 27% of students take AP-level courses during the 2018-2019 school year.
Pictured from left: Assistant Principal Jonathon Maple, State Senator Jean Leising, Principal Brian McFee and Chief Academic Officer for the Indiana Department of Education Dr. Kenneth Folks