Marching Band Headed to the Indy 500
This Saturday will be a big day for 182 Lafayette Jefferson Band students. The Jeff Marching Band will be marching in the Indy 500 Festival parade in downtown Indianapolis. In order to prepare for this nationally televised parade the Marching Bronchos have been rehearsing for several weeks to gain the strength it takes to march the over 2 mile parade. Band Director Tom Barker says, “We have included members from this year’s marching band and newcomers to the activity from Tecumseh as well as Jefferson Band students who have never marched. It has been a tremendous experience for these young people and the hard work will pay off for them when they are greeted by the cheers of an estimated crowd of over 100,000.” After the parade the band is headed for a meal at an Indianapolis restaurant and a theatre show. The Marching Bronchos will be seen live on the NBC Sports Network and WTHR Channel 13 in Indianapolis.
Sarah Cooper Tops in Science in the State of Indiana!
Congratulations to senior Sarah Cooper for an awesome showing at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh! Sarah was one of 22 students from the state of Indiana selected to attend this international competition that hosted 1702 students representing over 70 countries. Four other Indiana students earned 4th place awards but Jeff High School’s own Sarah Cooper led Indiana by earning a 3rd place award (and $1000) in a very competitive category – Cellular and Molecular Biology – that featured 70 students. Sarah’s project was the result of months of hard work in a cancer research lab at Purdue University. Her work at Purdue has a reputation of “being better than many graduate students’ work!” Well done Sarah!
Fire and Rescue Class Wins!
2014/15 JHS/LFD Fire and Rescue Academy class at the Hoosier Emergency Response Olympics (HERO).
The team members achieved 4 first places, winning the Olympic traveling trophy. Class left to right: ( lower) Colin Fleming, Thania Hernandez (upper) Gage Isabelle, Instructor Captain Christopher Gorbett, Austin Napier, Noah Minkert, Damon Waters, Caleb Benjamin, Daniel Guadalajara, Instructor Asst. Chief Karl Stokes.
The HERO completion was developed to allow Fire and Rescue high school teams around the state to participate in events that test their skills. Approximately 100 students in 12 teams competed last weekend in Lebanon, IN.
JHS/LFD team placed 1st in the following career focused areas:
• Gear drill (How put fast they can fully put the gear on without any skin showing)
• Hazardous Material ( The students had to identify 5 substances)
• First Water ( How fast they can deploy a hose, hook it to the hydrant and start flowing water, reload the hose)
• Combat Challenge Course ( 6 Events and each student did one event: Stairs, Air Pack, Dummy Drag, Sledge hammer, Hose Drag. Last the team works to fill a barrel full of water)
Participating in the HERO contest is a bonus for the class. Besides being fun, it allows the instructors an opportunity to assess parts of their curriculum.
The program’s curriculum was created by Asst. Chief Karl Stokes and instructor Captain Christopher Gorbett. Its design is based on several industry credentials and Ivy Tech’s requirements for earning Firefighter I and Firefighter II college credits. Successful students in the program earn college credits as well high school credits for graduation.
The JHS/LFD Fire and Rescue Academy is a yearlong course created by a partnership between Jefferson High School and the city of Lafayette. Jefferson High School junior and senior students and TSC and WL students may apply to participate.
Tree Planting at JHS