School board honors BD students


Journalism students were honored at the Nov. 25 school board meeting. From left are Laura Daily, Olivia Peavler, Ashley Shuler, Megan Tackett and Madison Woodward.

Five journalism students and one choir student were recognized at the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township school board meeting Monday night.

The journalism students were recognized for their recent awards in the Indiana High School Press Association’s annual contest, while senior choir student Kambria Moncrief was recognized for winning Miss Circle City Classic this past October.

“Kambria is the first Ben Davis student in the 28 years of the Circle City to be named their queen,” director of secondary education John Taylor said during the meeting. “We are extremely proud of her.”

Moncrief is also a standout choir student and played the fairy Godmother in the choir’s recent production of “Cinderella.” She had to miss the matinee performance of “Cinderella” to participate in Circle City festivities.

The journalism students recognized were senior Ashley Shuler, junior Madison Woodward and 2013 graduates Megan Tackett, Laura Daily and Olivia Peavler. All five were recent winners in the fall IHSPA contest. Senior Grace Ishikawa and 2013 graduates Nikiki Van Volkenburgh and Catherine Doggett also were award winners but were unable to attend the school board meeting.

Shuler, Tackett and Van Volkenburgh were named best in state for a maestro package they worked on last year about the school board budget. Ishikawa also was named best in state for photo portfolio, and Doggett was best in state for advertising design.

Peavler and Daily were co-photo editors of the yearbook last year and were named second in the state for yearbook theme development. Woodward was second in the state for feature photography.

Also recognized was publications teacher Tom Hayes for his efforts in leading the Spotlight and Keyhole staffs.