December 11, 2013

LHS b-ball girls recap China trip

LCSC board starts bid process for roof repairs.

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — A recent trip to China left the Logansport High School girls’ basketball team with a lot of memories. But more than memories, the trip was a lesson of sorts to those who got the chance to see something they might not have been able to see otherwise.

Representatives from the team shared those memories and lessons with Logansport Community School Corp. board members Monday night at the December board meeting.

Whitney Jennings was one of the players who spoke during a presentation displaying pictures taken during the trip to Jinhua, China, a city Logansport has developed a sister-school relationship with.

Eleven players and six adult chaperons, including athletic director Greg Fisher and girls basketball coach Jerry Hoover, made the trip to China.

The trip proved to be the first time in the history of the state of Indiana any team in any sport has left the country during the season.

Girls spoke of similarities and differences found during the trip. Jennings mentioned the difference in studies. Jennings said she asked a Chinese girl if she used social media and the girl told Jennings she works too hard and doesn’t have time for it.

Jennings said she learned the students study until 9 p.m. at night.

Michele Starkey, superintendent at Logansport Community School Corp., said the players have been in high demand and have given a few presentations since the trip.

“The girls learned about the Chinese culture, but they also learned something about themselves too,” Starkey said.

After the presentation, a short video was shown of the girls in China. It showed them repeating back a Chinese poem, playing table tennis with Chinese students and showing others how to dribble the basketball.

“Hopefully others will be able to go in the future,” Jennings said.

A board member asked the girls what they appreciate now maybe more than they did before.

“We have a little more free time,” Jennings said.

Jennings noted that she learned the kids have the same goals and dreams as they did.

After the presentation, board members approved the advertising for the acceptance of bids on the McHale Performing Arts Center roof as well as the administration building’s roof.

One section of the McHale roof was damaged during a storm, but multiple sections of the roof, of the same age and design, are at the point they need to be replaced, according to Greg Korreckt, business manager/controller at Logansport Community School Corp. The roof is 25 years old or more. The administration roof is also 25 years old or older and beyond its useful life, Korreckt said.

After the board meeting, the Logansport High School swing choir performed three holiday songs.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or Follow her: @PharosAES.