College Success Coalition lauds contest winners

COLUMBIA CITY — College GO! Week, held this past October for the state of Indiana, is all about one big goal — helping Hoosiers plan for college and career success and the practical steps that can be taken to get there, whether they’re in elementary school or college.Whitley County Success Coalition took this challenge of assisting students in planning and preparing for their future. The Whitley County College Success Coalition is comprised of business owners, employees, community members, educators, students and parents.The focus of the Coalition during College GO! Week was to challenge students from Smith-Green Community Schools, Faith Christian Academy, Whitko Community Schools and Whitley County Consolidated Schools to focus on preparing for a successful future.Whitley County College Success Coalition Steering Team developed its own contest to support students in preparing for college or careers. Each school building in the county would recognize one winning entry. The winning student would be awarded $100 from the Coalition.The following are the winners of the Whitley County College Success Coalition Contest:•Churubusco High School freshman Cole Lybarger•Churubusco Elementary School fourth grader Sierra Tolin•Coesse Elementary School fourth grader Devin Wirick•Columbia City High School freshman Madyson Stricker•Eagle Tech Academy freshman Hannah Koller•Faith Christian Academy eighth-grader Timothy Koller•Indian Springs Middle School seventh-grader Gracie Newton•Little Turtle Elementary School fourth grader Brooklyn McClain•Mary Raber Elementary School third grader Baylee Smith•Whitko High School senior Ericka Fugate