Valley Seniors Will Head to DC Next Year –

Tippecanoe Valley High School Spanish teacher Sonia Roche, left, and world history teacher Hunter Ackerman discuss plans for a spring trip to Washington DC for Valley seniors during the Tippecanoe Valley School Board meeting Monday, November 21 , at Mentone Elementary School. InkFreeNews photo by Leah Sander.

By Leah Sanders

MENTONE — For the first time in several years, seniors at Tippecanoe Valley High School have the opportunity to go to Washington, DC

At its meeting on Monday, November 21, the Tippecanoe Valley School Board heard the news from Hunter Ackerman, World History teacher, and Sonia Roche, World History teacher at TVHS, both of whom are Sixth Form Counselors.

The two worked to bring back DC travel, which hasn’t happened in a few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The trip is scheduled for Thursday April 27th to Sunday April 30th. Hemisphere is the travel company selected for the trip.

“They do a really good job finding really cool things and really breaking that itinerary down to the minutes and days with setting up schedules and dinners and when we leave and all the different monuments that we can go as a group and do different activities every day,” Ackerman said.

So far, 24 students have signed up, with Ackerman noting that the price per person will drop as more sign up. The price is currently around $1,369 per student.

The teachers have organized some fundraisers for the trip.

In other business, the Board has:

  • Approved the hiring of Jerzey Conley, Teaching Assistant at Akron Elementary School, Joy Hazard, Teaching Assistant at Mentone Elementary School, and Malika Rawlins, Teaching Assistant at TVHS.
  • Approved Derek Adamson as Mentone fifth grade boys basketball coach, Amelia Serafino as Mentone fifth grade girls basketball coach, Derek Miller as sixth grade boys basketball coach of Tippecanoe Valley Middle School, Clayton Adamson as TVMS seventh grade boys basketball coach th grade, John Lash as TVMS eighth grade boys basketball coach and Zach Landis as TVMS sixth grade boys basketball coach.
  • Accepted the resignations of TVHS chef Alexis Wise, varsity girls soccer coach Mark Gordon and assistant volleyball coaches Breeana Baldini and Hannah Durkes.
  • Kudos to TVMS’ Veterans Day program held on Friday, November 11th.
  • Accepted the following donations: $800 from the Akron Church of God to support Akron first-graders with academic ability through hands-on activities; $200 from the Akron Las Donas Club for nursing supplies for Akron Elementary; $750 from Rochester Farm Credit Services for Valley FFA for leadership camps and career development events; $100 from Ladybug Foundation’s Lindsay Barts and Lilly Pad Boutique’s Keitha Kunkle for the TVHS arts program; and $1,000 from the Atwood Lions Club, with half going to the TVHS Boomerang Backpack Program, which helps feed students in need, and half for nursing supplies for Mentone Elementary.
  • Accepted the following grants from the Kosciusko Endowment Youth Services: $750 for interactive learning stations for Ashlee Parker’s Akron first grade class; $900 for circuit boards for Chris Rassi’s fourth-grade Akron class; $420 for a theater field trip for Janie Shriver’s second grade class in Mentone; $648 for PocketLab G-Force cars for Tricia Sederholm’s TVHS chemistry/physics class; $500 for the SAT student/teacher boot camp upon request from TVHS Director Brandon Kresca; $195 for resources for Kyler Kearby’s TVMS math class; and $799 for middle school business and professional education enrichment at the request of TVSC director of marketing, public relations and scholarship writing, Lori Tilden-Geiger.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors will be on Monday 19 December at 18:00 in Mentone.

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