Pharos-Tribune

Breaking News

Local News

May 1, 2014

Students honor mentors as Pillars

30th annual Pillars ceremony recognizes roots of success

Behind every excellent student, there is a pillar of strength. Especially in Logansport.

Logansport High School’s top 10 students who excel academically honored their mentors in a ceremony Wednesday night. The 30th annual ceremony bestowed Lamp of Knowledge plaques on the students, who in turn honored their mentors — teachers, coaches or community members who had strongly influenced their academic career — with Pillar awards, recognizing them as “pillars of the community,” in Logansport Community Schools Superintendent Michele Starkey’s words.

The 10 students honored teachers or coaches who often were also close friends of the students’ families.

Cooper Kinnaman remembered entering first-grade teacher Stephen Gwin’s class eagerly. “He made class so enjoyable,” he recalled, telling the crowd of about 85 how Gwin had taken his class to march in a Light Up Logansport parade dressed as toy soldiers, ballerinas and a teddy bear. Cooper had Gwin as a teacher again in fourth grade, too.

Gwin, in his 19th year teaching in Logansport elementary schools, didn’t know until Wednesday how much he’d influenced Kinnaman, who was a finalist for this year’s Lilly scholarship.

“It kind of validates what I do every day,” Gwin said.

Michael Kistler chose his third-grade teacher, Chuck LaDow, who gave him his one and only B grade. LaDow and three other recipients were returning Pillars, having been chosen by other students in previous years. Brooke Bullard’s family first met English teacher Jitka Nelson when Brooke was a toddler.

Whitney Jennings’ family has been close with her tennis coach Kelly Bullard for years, and had to turn her speech over to her mother, Carol Jennings, when tears prevented her telling how the Bullards’ house had become like a second home for her. Hannah Jones, too, said she’d known her internship teacher, Cynthi Frye, for 12 years, and she “became more like family.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • NWS-PT073014 Hickman.jpg Two arrested in purse-, wallet-snatching spree

    MONTICELLO — Two were arrested late last week in relation to a string of purse and wallet thefts from shopping carts in local department stores. Lindsey R. Hogg, 22, Monticello, and Rachel D. Hickman, 23, Burnettsville, were arrested by the Lafayette

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Fatal wreck UPDATE: Monticello woman killed in overnight wreck

    A Monticello woman was killed late Monday night in an automobile accident involving a car and semi-trailer truck in the northbound lane of U.S. 31 near the junction with U.S. 931.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pool sets Sunday at closing date

    The season will close at Tower Park Municipal Pool on Sunday, according to the Logansport Parks & Recreation Department. Final season activities will begin on Friday, including "Floatie Friday." Pool-goers are invited

    July 29, 2014

  • Police investigate possible stabbing

    A woman called 911 late Monday to report she had been stabbed in her Brookston home.

    July 29, 2014

  • Winamac woman dies in crash with county truck A Winamac woman is dead after failing to stop at an intersection and being struck by a Pulaski County Highway Department dump truck. Just before noon on Monday, Dollie Frinkle, 71, Winamac, was driving a 1996 Buick Park Avenue westbound on 100 South

    July 29, 2014

  • Indiana BMV asks court to delay vanity plate sales INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has asked the state Supreme Court for permission to continue its suspension on sales of vanity plates until a court case is settled. The Indiana attorney general's office announced Monday it ha

    July 29, 2014

  • Police Blotter: July 29, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    July 29, 2014

  • SPT - PT072914 Colts-pic [Duplicate] QB Luck making progress ANDERSON — Wind chill estimates put the temperature at 59 degrees Monday morning at Anderson University.During one stretch of his fifth training camp practice of the year, however, it likely felt much colder to Andrew Luck.The Indianapolis Colts quar

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • District's tire collection effort still going strong If you’ve got old tires, the county still wants them.The Cass County Solid Waste District extended the county-wide tire collection program Monday for the next few weeks — or until the new semi-trailer is full at least.District director Bob Ehle has b

    July 29, 2014

  • Permanent road closure has Miami Co. residents worried PERU — Residents who live near a safety-flare company that’s expanding north of Peru spoke out against a proposal to permanently close a section of county road that runs through the company’s facilities.Orion Safety Products, located at 3157 N. 500 W

    July 29, 2014

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Should grocery and convenience stores be allowed to sell cold beer?

Yes
No
Unsure
     View Results
eEdition