Wednesday, March 31, 2010


On Saturday, May 1st, Oliver Ford along with the PHS Athletic Dept. and the PHS Athletic Booster Club will again sponsor the Drive One 4uR School. The event will be May 1st from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the PHS parking lot in front of the Rockpile. Every 5 minute driving test will pay PHS $20.00. 300 drivers is all that is needed. Requirements are - must be 18, valid driver's license and limited to one test drive per household. If we get 300 valid drivers, Oliver Ford will kick in another $500.00.

The big kick off will be Thursday evening, April 1st, at PHS 6:00 pm at the Booster Club spring sport picture night.

Along with the Drive One 4uR School fundraiser, the cheerleaders will be selling raffle tickets for an IPOD touch, nano, shuffle, Gateway netbook, and a big BBQ grill (donated by Oliver Ford). Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Drawing for the raffle will be May 1st. Raffle tickets can be bought from any PHS cheerleader, in the PHS athletic office or Oliver Ford.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

PHS Distinguished Alumni Award

Nominations are now being accepted at Plymouth High School and until April 17, 2010, for the PHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Award which will be presented at the 2010 Alumni Association Banquet on June 18, 2010.

After all nominations are received, the committee will review the nominations and select a PHS alumnus who has made a significant contribution in his/her field or has been of exceptional service to his/her profession either locally, statewide, and/or nationally.

A nomination form may be obtained at PHS, Marshall County Historical Society, WTCA, Plymouth Library, Chamber of Commerce, Marshall County Convention and Tourism Bureau or from any committee member.

The Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame committee members are James Condon, PHS Principal; Larry Pinkerton, retired PHS principal who originated the award in 1984; Jack Greenlee, Class of 1947; Sally Johnson Greenlee, Class of 1966; Larry Holloway, Class of 1962; Beverly Kelso Brummett, Class of 1965; Mary Lee Williams Rudd, Class of 1951; Karen MacLain Liedtky, Class of 1977; and Jane Faulstich, Class of 1985 and Laura Jeffirs Kruyer, Class of 1988, PHS teachers and co-chairpersons.

Previous winners of the award are Major General Larry N. Tibbetts, Class of 1952; James L. Parsons, Class of 1933 and Dr. Foster and Louise Link Montgomery, Class of 1930; Commodore Schuyler F. Heim, Class of 1902; Mearl D. Strombeck, Class of 1918; Walter A. Glaub, Class of 1932 and Charles O. Glaub, Class of 1935; Noble E. Kizer, Class of 1919; Lt. Col Lewis L. Hawkins, Class of 1948; Donald R. Minix, Class of 1940; Florence Hoham, Class of 1922; George F. Stevens, Class of 1920; Dr. Edith Boyer Schuman Tackitt, Class of 1923; Dr. Ruth Mangun Holland, Class of 1942; C. Arthur Thomas, Class of 1926; Dr. M. Sue Pifer, Class of 1957; Marshall F. Kizer, Class of 1925; Dr. James Harley Kellar, Class of 1939; Frederick C. Morrow, Class of 1941; Robert L. Hileman, Class of 1940; Scott Skiles, Class of 1982; Lester D. Read, Class of 1943; Francis Wilson Johnson, Class of 1933; Clifford Linedecker, Class of 1950, Don Aker, Class of 1949; Fred Kehoe, Class of 1946; Steve Yoder, Class of 1958, and Ray Roth, Class of 1963

A display of Hall of Fame winners is visible in the North Lobby at PHS.

There are many PHS graduates who qualify for the award. Please consider someone and submit the nomination. Nominations not selected are kept permanently to be reviewed for the following years.

Monday, March 29, 2010

ATTENTION: PHS Athletes and Parents

Charlie Adams will be in the Red Rock Cafe at Plymouth High School on Monday, April 5, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss with parents and athletes "What it takes to become a collegiate athlete from a recruiting expert".

All athletes and parents are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Past Recipients of PEA Scholarships

My name is Beth Garrity and I am a senior at Taylor University this year. I am majoring in Elementary Education and Special Education and will graduate this spring. I graduated from Plymouth High School in 2006. That spring I was the recipient of a PEA Scholarship. I just wanted to thank everyone who participates in the ticket sales for the PEA Chicken Dinner which helped me attend college. I have gotten to attend an amazing university that, I think, has prepared me well for my future. I am currently student teaching at Webster Elementary in Mrs. Houin's third grade classroom. Thank you for helping make my dreams of being a teacher a reality.

Geoff Scheetz was the recipient of a PEA scholarship in 2005. Geoff is teaching at Jefferson School this year. He was hired to teach third grade and second grade for teachers on leave.

Megan Barker teaches kindergarten at Menominee School. She is our third recipient of a PEA scholarship.

We are fortunate to have these three PHS graduates working for the Plymouth Schools.

The Plymouth Education Association (PEA) sponsors an annual Nelson’s Port-a-Pit Chicken and Bake Sale as a non-profit fundraiser to award scholarships to PHS seniors pursuing a degree in education. Our chicken and bake sale will be Friday, April 9th. Tickets are on now on sale.
Tickets are being sold by 138 members.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Riverside Intermediate Production of Peter Pan

Riverside Intermediate School will present the play "Peter Pan" under the direction of teachers Mrs. Jamie Briles and Mrs. Shelley Shafer on Monday, March 15th.

The cast will perform at 1:00 P.M., 2:00 P.M. and 6:30 P.M. that day.

The cast is pictured: Stars: Zoe Keilman, Hannah Walker, Guiliana Davis and Cassie McPherron; Family: Gabby Garver, Jon Eberly, Amber Blissmer, Victoria Styers, Patrick Houser, Eric Burch, Courtney Bradley; Peter Pan-Jenna Morgan, Sarah Walker; Shadow-Cameron Carter; Tinker Bell-Hannah Puckett; Pirates-Lanae Singleton, Austin Read, Katie Bowling, Haylie Lewandowski, Sophia Smith, Josh Eberly; Crocodile:Rachael Kellerstraus; Lost Boys: Haley McFarland, Haley Mills, Lauren Deisch,Maggie Phillips, Madisyn Deisch; Indians: Alli Dennie, Taylor O'Neal, Riley Rose; Mermaids:Emily McKenzie, Hanna Hopple, Erin Hunter; and Stage Crew: Will Houser, Cam Maddox, Ashley Harrell, and Dalton Briles.

Northwest Indiana NFL National Qualification Tournament Results

The Speech Team hosted the Northwest Indiana NFL National Qualification tournament here at PHS over the weekend.

Numerous individuals had outstanding days advancing to semi-final and final rounds. Plymouth also saw several students qualify for the national tournament in June. Jon Tyree qualified in Drama. Andy Langdon and Sam Compton qualified in Humor. Patrick Felke qualified in International Extemp. Bryt Hiatt qualified in USA Extemp. Zach Wendt and Nick Houin as well as Cam Robertson and Katie Morrow qualified in Duo. Jon, Andy, and Cam also qualified in other events at the tournament but are only allowed to attend nationals in one.

Congratulations to all! Now, let's get ready to bring home another state championship!

State Champion Winter Performance

The PHS Winter Performance Ensemble (winter guard and winter drumline) had a GREAT weekend!

The PHS band department won its first-ever state championship this weekend at the I.H.S.C.G.A. Class 3A State Finals hosted at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis.

Plymouth had to compete against 35 other high schools (nearly 4 hours of non-stop competition). Plymouth achieved an almost unheard of CLEAN SWEEP of every judge on the panel (total of 6 judges in 12 categories). Plymouth placed 1st (out of all 36 schools involved) in every single category at the event!

This is the first state championship the band department has ever earned and also the first time in PHS history that a group from Plymouth earned an additional Gold Rating at this event.

The same day, the winter drumline performed at the I.P.A. State Prelims at Avon High School competing against 20 other high schools. Plymouth had a GREAT performance at this event and also advanced to the state finals for the first time ever in Class 2A! The I.P.A. state finals will be this coming weekend at Ben Davis High School.

The following students are in the Winter Drumline and Winter Guard:

Amy McLiver
Sami Guerrero
Danyelle Ganshorn
Yolanda Fish
Rinda Scott
Ana Miranda
Crystal Fox
Tori Fox
Cynthia Lua
Addie Palmer
Katie Lee
Stephen Johnson
Leah Cook
Lindsey Holloway
Patrick Gouvenuer
Jake Harley
Brittany Halsey
Greg Rundle
Adam Fish
Justin Buchert
Tori MacLain
Elizabeth Wolford
Jacob Pritchard
Elizabeth Oviedo
Kameron Eisenhour
Zach Mahan
Zach Craft
Taylor Jones
Tonya Roeder
Jared Beabout
Caitlin Jung

Thursday, March 11, 2010

BPA State Leadership Conference Results

The following members competed at the BPA State Leadership Conference in Indianapolis on March 7-9, 2010 and will be advancing to the National BPA Leadership Conference.

Payroll Accounting
Stefan Baird-State Runner-Up-2nd
Sam Webster-3rd

Spreadsheet Analysis
Stefan Baird-State Champion-1st
Gage Egierski-State Runner-Up-2nd

Prepared Speech
Shara Hudson-State Champion-1st
Sarah Gouker-3rd

Fundamental Word Processing
Kaitlyn Brettin-3rd

Administrative Support Team-3rd
Preston Bastardo
Scott Cawthon
Shara Hudson
Mike Treat

Medical Office Procedures
Emily Knapp-State Runner-Up-2nd

Medalist Winners in Open Events:

Financial Math and Analysis-Stefan Baird-State Champion-1st

Insurance Concepts-Dalton Bergeron-4th

This year PHS finished third, behind only Pike and Lake Central. The 2010 State Leadership Conference has been the most successful SLC in PHS history. PHS is a sending a school record 10 members to National Leadership Conference.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

School Reach Test Reminder

This Sunday, March 14, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. Plymouth Community Schools will test their new Emergency Notification Telephone Service to parents called School Reach.

The message from the superintendent of schools will be sent in both Spanish and English. If you are a parent of a Plymouth student and don't receive the test phone call please contact the secretary at the school or schools where your children attend and give them your phone number. If you receive the test phone call and don't wish to be included in the service you should contact the secretary at the school or schools where your children attend.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Menominee Kindergarten Student State Wrestling Champ

This past weekend six members of the Plymouth Wrestling Club participated in the Indiana State Wrestling Association (ISWA) Tournament at the Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

Menominee Elementary Kindergarten (Ms. Barker) student, David Hunsberger (6 yrs), finished the 2010 season with a state title. He brought home a first place win by defeating his opponents with 2 pins and 2 decisions. Hunsberger is the son of David and Katie Hunsberger.

Spelling Bee Finalist

Richard (Ricky) Cooper III, a sixth grade student at Riverside Intermediate School in Plymouth, was the third place finisher in the Notre Dame Spelling Bee that was held at the Hammes Bookstore on Saturday, March 6th.

The competition lasted more than three hours and featured about 50 northern Indiana students in grades 4 through 6. As the third place finisher, Ricky received a trophy, a football, and tickets to the Blue/Gold game at Notre Dame.

Congratulations Ricky!!

Monday, March 08, 2010

Plymouth Regional Boys Basketball Ticket Info

Regional Tickets will be sold as follows:

Wednesday, March 10, Parents of varsity players, managers and cheerleaders, high school students and high school employees from 12:00 – 3:00 PM - - SEASON TICKET HOLDERS ONLY.

Wednesday, March 10, From 3:30 – 4:30 PM - Plymouth Community School Corp. Employees – season ticket holders only.

Season Tickets holders - Tickets will go on sale from 5:00 – 6:30 PM
in the athletic hallway. Everyone must pick up their own tickets.

Thursday, March 11,
Non season ticket holders 8:00 – 4:00 PM.

Seats for the regional will not be reserved.

All Tourney tickets are $9.00

Sectional Tournament Results

I had the pleasure to attend two Plymouth High School Sectional Tournaments this weekend.

The first was the Basketball Sectional. For coach Kevin Stuckmeyer, it was his first sectional championship and hopefully to be followed by many more. For the players, they played hard and represented Plymouth High School like we would expect them to. They lived up to the legacy left by many sectional champions before them and will take that legacy to Chesterton High School next weekend to face Gary Lew Wallace for a shot at the semi-state basketball tournament.

The second was the Speech Sectional. For veteran coach Dave McKenzie, it was his tenth in a row since moving to Plymouth. Once again, the well-dressed and articulate students represented Plymouth High School like we would expect them to. They also lived up to the legacy left by sectional champions from the last three decades. They will take this legacy to the District Speech Tournament this Saturday at Plymouth High School where students will be competing for a shot at the National Speech Tournament.

Basketball and Speech; two proud traditions of Plymouth High School. Good luck to all the players, speakers, coaches, and fans.

Aren't we all proud to be from Plymouth?

PHS Jazz Ensemble

The PHS Jazz Ensembles competed in the ISSMA Jazz Competition this weekend at LaPorte High School.

PHS came out on top with both the PHS Jazz Ensemble and the PHS Jazz Combo earning Gold Awards at the event.

Congratulations to the students in the jazz ensembles:
Stephen Boener
Stephen Johnson
Taylor Jones
Mike Berger
Jesse DeVault
Addie Palmer
Nate Johnson
Caitlin Coombs
Tabitha Sherwood
Jake Harley
Patrick Gouvenuer
Zach Craft
Caitlin Jung
Jack Garrison

PHS Winter Drumline and Color Guard

Congratulations to the PHS Winter Drumline and Color Guard. The group won their first-ever championship this weekend at the I.P.A. tournament hosted by Warsaw. Groups from across Northern Indiana competed at the event and PHS came out on top!

The team will now compete at the State Preliminaries this coming weekend at Avon High School. Only 7 schools in the state will advance to the State Finals event on March 20th.

The following students are in the Winter Drumline and Guard:
Amy McLiver
Sami Guerrero
Danyelle Ganshorn
Yolanda Fish
Rinda Scott
Ana Miranda
Crystal Fox
Tori Fox
Cynthia Lua
Addie Palmer
Katie Lee
Stephen Johnson
Leah Cook
Lindsey Holloway
Patrick Gouvenuer
Jake Harley
Brittany Halsey
Greg Rundle
Adam Fish
Justin Buchert
Tori MacLain
Elizabeth Wolford
Jacob Pritchard
Elizabeth Oviedo
Kameron Eisenhour
Zach Mahan
Zach Craft
Taylor Jones
Tonya Roeder
Jared Beabout
Caitlin Jung

Friday, March 05, 2010

State Wrestling Results

Damon Howe, a Plymouth High School Junior, placed 5th in the State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Indianapolis.

Congratulations to Damon for this outstanding accomplishment.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Riverside 5th Grade Basketball Results

The 5th grade Riverside Rockets A team won the Riverside Tournament last Saturday defeating Knox in the championship game 34-13.

To get to the championship, the Lady Rockets beat Argos 19-15. Nicole Horvath lead the team with 17 points, Ashley Harrell added 12 points. Victoria Styers had 9 points, Destiny Schoff had 6 points, Brittani Splix had 4 points, Erin Hunter had 2 points, and Lanae Singleton had 3 points.

The Lady Rockets are 8-0 on the season!

PHS Results at the ASCE Bridge Bust Competition at Purdue

On Monday, March 1, 2010, 22 Plymouth students competed at the 33rd Annual ASCE Bridge Bust Competition at Purdue. There were 11 schools that brought teams to the competition for a total of 66 bridges. Bridges were judged in two categories: Aesthetics and Structural Efficiency. Here are the results for the top five Plymouth bridges and where they placed at Purdue:
Structural Efficiency:
1. Robbie Miller & Kate Glassburn
2. Santiago Ibarra & Jeff Overmyer
3. Cody Benjamin & Josh Phillips
4. Sean McClellan & Lucas Hill
5.Matt Libersky

1. Santiago Ibarra & Jeff Overmyer
2. Robbie Miller & Kate Glassburn
3. Cassie Hopper & Faith Fish
4. Sean McClellan & Lucas Hill
5. Joel Hartung & Kyle Matthews

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Clay Hilliard - State Elk's Hoop Shoot Contest Winner

Clay Hilliard, a 3rd grade student at Webster Elementary, has now won the local, regional, and State Elk's Hoop Shoot Contest!

He has made 23 of 25 free throws in both the regional and State. He now advances to the Midwest competition between Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana which will be held in Angola, Indiana.

Congratulations to Clay on his great success!

Immunization Clinic - Riverside Intermediate

In 2010-2011, the State of Indiana school immunization requirements will change for students entering the 6th thru 12th grade. In anticipation of these changes, the Marshall County Health Department will be hosting a FREE IMMUNIZATION CLINIC for Riverside students only at Riverside Intermediate School on March 17, 2010. Notification was sent home with students who will be needing immunizations. Parents need not be present, but signed permission forms must be returned prior to the clinic. All parents are encouraged to take advantage of this onsite clinic in order to avoid the rush before school starts in August.

New requirements are:
Tdap ( Tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis) must be given after the tenth birthday
Menactra ( Meningitis)
Two Varicella (chickenpox) or written date of disease.

They will offer Hep B and IPV if necessary.

Please contact the school at (574) 936-3787 if you have any questions.

Plymouth Community Schools - Spring Break Dates

Monday, March 22, 2010, through Friday, March 26, 2010 school will not be in session due to Spring Break.

Monday, March 01, 2010

ISSMA Solo and Ensemble - PHS State Results

The PHS band participated in the ISSMA Solo and Ensemble State Finals this past weekend at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana.

PHS had 32 students that advanced to the state tournament.

The following students took top honors with a Gold Award rating.

Adam Fish - flute solo and woodwind ensemble

Jacob Pritchard - woodwind ensemble

Stephen Johnson - trumpet solo and brass quintet

Jesse DeVault - brass quintet

Brittany Halsey - woodwind ensemble

Amy McLiver - woodwind ensemble

Holli Spier - woodwind ensemble

Jared Beabout - woodwind ensemble

Faith Fish - woodwind ensemble

Katelyn Brashere - woodwind ensemble

Addie Palmer - woodwind ensemble and string trio

Greg Rundle - woodwind ensemble

Chris Eberly - woodwind ensemble

Elizabeth Wolford - woodwind ensemble

Cameron Pifer - string trio

Kayla Arriaga - string trio

Jacob Shafer - brass quintet

Katie Lee - brass quintet

Stephen Boener - brass quintet

Congratulations students on a job well done representing PHS at the state level!

LJH - Winter Guard

The newly formed Lincoln Jr. High School Winter Guard had their first-ever competition this weekend. The Lincoln Guard did an outstanding job representing Plymouth at the event! The guard earned a high enough score to place as a Silver Medalist.

Above is a photo of the Lincoln Winter Guard at the Anderson Highland IHSCGA tournament.

Marshall County Reading Council Young Author's Essay Contest

Grade 5 and Grade 6 students participated in the Marshall County Reading Council Young Authors’ Essay Contest. The topic for the 25th Anniversary contest was: 25 Years into the Future.

Finalist from Riverside
Front Left to Right – Karly Gruett, Alex Walter, Trevor Fisher, Laynie Caras, Katie Johnson

Back Left to Right – Allie Tharp, Gabby Garver, Lauren Deisch, Anya Hettich, Dana Kiefer

Winners from Riverside were:
Grade 5 – Katie Johnson
Grade 6 – Gabby Garver

Riverside Student Receives Writing Award

Quentin Gawronski, son of Kristy and Joel Gawronski of Plymouth, was recently notified that he is a winner in a state writing contest promoting disability awareness.

The contest is sponsored each year by the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana, Inc. Quentin has been invited to a special award dinner in Indianapolis where he will receive a cash prize.

He is a sixth grader at Riverside Intermediate school and learned of the contest from his teacher, Mrs. Sharon Scott.