Kitch Receive Hines Medal
TERRE HAUTE – Indiana State University has presented the Hines Memorial Medal to two graduating seniors in recognition of their academic accomplishments, one of whom is a Tippecanoe Valley High School graduate.
Named after Linnaeus Hines, who served as the fourth president of Indiana State from 1921 to 1933, the medal is awarded to students with the highest cumulative grade-point average during the pursuit of a bachelor's degree at Indiana State. Recipients will be recognized during Indiana State's spring commencement May 3.
Shelby Lynn Kitch, Akron, is completing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
She was part of the Chi Omega sorority, Lambda Alpha Epsilon criminal justice fraternity, Sycamore Ambassadors, Office of Student Conduct & Integrity, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Pi National Society of Leadership and Success, University Honors Program member and Donaghy Day.
She has received the Outstanding Senior Award from the criminal justice department, American Criminal Justice Association National Scholarship, University Honors Scholarship, Dr. Dane and Mary Louise Miller Biomet Scholarship, Richard J. Brett Study Abroad Scholarship and the Indiana Sheriff's Association Scholarship.
Her community involvements included Kids Hope USA mentor, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Walk team leader, Kosciusko County Jail tutor, World Compassion Network, San Jose and Costa Rica Orphanage volunteer, Make a Wish Foundation, MS Walk, Hull House participant, Terre Haute Humane Society, Lighthouse Mission, Fulton County Animal Shelter and SOAR Mission Trip.
Kitch’s parents are Steve and Linda Kitch. After graduation, she plans pursue a probation officer position and plans on earning her master's in preparation for a career as a federal probation officer.

Loucks Wins Award
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Nappanee resident Samantha Loucks, a senior majoring in journalism and mass communication at Bob Jones University and a member of the student newspaper staff, was awarded the first-place columns award during the recent South Carolina Press Association Collegiate meeting held at Clemson University.
The Collegian, BJU's student newspaper, was honored in its division with 12 awards: four first-place awards, six second-place awards, one third-place award and one honorable mention.
The Collegian's Facebook page was awarded second place in an open category (all colleges participated regardless of size). Additionally, The Collegian placed second in the overall category of general excellence among colleges and universities with under 5,000 students in South Carolina.
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Mikel Performs In Recital
FINDLAY, Ohio – Beth Mikel, Nappanee, recently performed in a piano recital at The University of Findlay.
Mikel played “Theme from Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor” by Johannes Brahms, arranged by James Bastien.