Three teachers and students at Rushville Consolidated High School were recently announced as recipients of the prestigious 2019-20 I-STAR Award. Student recipients are Isabella Runnebohm, Hannah Hadley and Julia Holland. They were joined at the ceremony by RCHS educators Mrs. Carol Fenimore, Mrs. Jill Carmody and Mrs. Toni Schultz.
The Indiana Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program originated 36-years ago when a group of principals from Centerville, Connersville, Franklin County, Hagerstown, Lincoln, Rushville, Tri and Union County met and developed a program to honor, as well as, encourage excellence, integrity and commitment in education process to both teachers and students.
Senior class student candidates are required to be in the top 10 percent of their class are selected following an application process. A part of the application also requires the student to nominate and detail an educator who the student feels has made the strongest and most impactful contribution to their individual and scholastic development.
Senior Isabella Runnebohm is the daughter of Tom and Brandi Runnebohm and is not only known for her various athletic abilities, but also for her work with special needs students. Runnebohm, has been a four-year member of the Lady Lion basketball, soccer and track teams. Outside of sports, the soon to be high school graduate is active in a number of school clubs and organizations: National Honor Society, Varsity Scholars, RCHS Key Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Principals Advisory Board and is active in 4-H. Following graduation Isabella plans to attend either Miami University or Anderson University in pursuit of a degree in Forensic Science with a minor in Art.
Runnebohm nominated RCHS biology teacher Mrs. Carol Fenimore. Fenimore, an RCHS, Indiana University and Purdue University graduate has been an educator for 20 years and holds Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Biology degrees. For a number of years, Fenimore has served as Senior Class Sponsor and Science Department Chair. Fenimore and her husband Craig have two daughters. In her free time, the educator enjoys out of doors activities hiking, cooking and camping.
Hannah Hadley, the daughter of RCHS Principal Rob and wife Jill Hadley, has been a member of the top ten in her class each of her four years at RCHS. She has been a member of the Lady Lion golf team and a number of school clubs and organizations. Hadley is a Varsity Scholar, Madrigal Singers, Key Club, Principal’s Advisory Board, and a number of theater productions. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the aforementioned Top Ten. Recently, the senior was awarded the Rush County Chamber of Commerce Junior Leader Award. She has served as Executive-Director of the Willkie-Durbin Project and volunteered for Brian’s Cause, the Rushville Parks Department, Mana Mission and is Gold Award recipient for Girl Scouts. Following graduation, Hadley plans to attend the University of Indianapolis and study Political Science, Communications and Psychology in hopes of becoming a politician or lawyer.
Hadley nominated RCHS educator Mrs. Jill Carmody as the educator having the largest impact during her high school years. Carmody has been teaching locally for five years and is the Family and Consumer Science teacher at RCHS. Carmody graduated from East Noble High School, (northwest of Fort Wayne) and attended Ball State University where she majored in Health/FACS Education and earned a Master Degree in Family and Consumer Science. Outside her classroom activities, the educator is sponsor for Student Council, works the food pantry and Santa’s Workshop. Carmody and her husband Addam are the proud parents of three children and when time allows, Carmody enjoys traveling, cooking and gardening.
Senior Julia Holland, the daughter of Donna Holland, is a very active high school student and is involved in a variety of clubs and organizations including National Honor Society, Peer Helpers and Facilitators, Rushlite, Holcad and Student Council. Holland is a four-year member of both 4-H and Girl Scouts and has served as President of Youth Philanthropy and freshman mentor. The soon to be graduate is a very talented artist and has earned awards from the Whitewater Valley Arts Association. Following graduation, she plans to attend Savannah College of Art & Design or the Art Institute of Chicago majoring in advertising, design or illustration.
Holland nominated RCHS Visual Arts teacher Mrs. Toni Schultz. Shultz also serves as the Junior Class and Prom Sponsor. Following graduation from St. Mary-of-the-Woods and the Art Academy of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, she began her teaching career.
Schultz and her husband David are the parents of two children and when time allows enjoys reading, gardening and working with ceramics.