Hoosier Rising Star Awards Go To Local Students

Posted On May 10, 2012

Press release from Indiana Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman


(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Lt. Governor Becky Skillman presented today Hoosier Rising Star Awards to Noah Miller of Madison and a team of seven Dearborn County students. The Lt. Governor, who created the award in 2007 to recognize Indiana youth making a difference in their community, also named ten Hoosier Rising Star Award runners-up.


“Across Indiana there are incredible young Hoosiers, like this year’s winners, who are making a huge impact in their communities,” Lt. Governor Skillman said. “As I travel the state, it is clear that age never prevents our young people from achieving amazing things.”


Noah Miller, a 17-year-old junior at Madison Consolidated High School, created an Eagle Scout project in honor of a teacher, Rosie Kelly, who was diagnosed with cancer.  Kelly frequently took her classes outside to teach in a wooded area.  When the outdoor space became overgrown, Noah restored it for the community and school as a tribute to Kelly, who continues to fight her illness.


“I am impressed with Noah’s hard work and serving spirit.  He not only recognized a beloved teacher, he created a space the entire community can enjoy,” Lt. Governor Skillman said. “Noah’s nomination stood out.”


After Greendale Cemetery, a historic Lawrenceburg graveyard, was damaged by flooding and relocated, all known records of the individuals buried there were lost. A team of seven fifth- sixth- and seventh-grade students, who attend Sunman-Dearborn Middle and Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate in Brookville, worked with local officials to research, identify graves and map the historic cemetery.


Zachary Cody, Jackie Ketcham, Trevor McClamroch, Chloe Rosenberger, Shelby Lutz, Alex Nishime and Chloe McCracken received Hoosier Rising Star Awards, the first time that this award has been presented to a team of students.  The students are members of Destination ImagiNation, a nonprofit organization that encourages creativity, teamwork and problem solving.


“This group took on a difficult and not especially glamorous project.  They identified a real need, then they reached out for help and met that need,” Lt. Governor Skillman said. “I couldn’t be more impressed with their research and resourcefulness, not to mention the great contribution they have made to the history of their community and our state.”


Lt. Governor Skillman created the Hoosier Rising Star Award in 2007. Any student enrolled in grades K-12 during the 2011-2012 school year was eligible to be nominated by a member of their community. Recipients of the Hoosier Rising Star Award received a trophy donated by Tic Toc Trophy Shop in Akron, Ind., to commemorate their achievements.


Listed below are the runners-up of the Lt. Governor’s 2012 Hoosier Rising Star Award:


Krystal Shirrell, Brownsburg

Jacob Steven Bowers, Evansville

Andrew Vince, Floyds Knobs

Natalie and Rosalie Shanks, Terre Haute

Abigail Moore, Veedersburg

Madeline Klauer, Hebron

Wylie Schweizer, Winchester

Aimee Allison Boyle, Fort Branch

Lauren Gibson, Carmel