Jennings County High School
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HS Panther News

We appreciate our involved parents and community members. We also enjoy broadcasting our latest news and information here on our News page where we will chronicle school activities and student achievements and publish announcements. We’ll also offer helpful resources and information. So check back often; we’ll update this page regularly.

Faculty vs Alumni Volleyball Match

JCHS Lady Panthers Volleyball is hosting a faculty vs alumni volleyball match on Friday, March 15 at the high school main gym at 6:00 p.m.

We need willing faculty members to play in this event. We are looking for a total of 12 faculty members to play, and 12 alumni. If you would like to play for the faculty team, please email Blakli Hukill and let her know ASAP. She would like to have both, the faculty and the alumni teams finalized by Friday, Feb. 22. 

The alumni team will be all-female players who have graduated from high school for four or more years (2015 and earlier). Therefore, if we have enough female faculty willing to play, we may just keep it female vs. female. However, if you are male and interested, please still email Blakli Hukill and let her know because we will likely need male players for our faculty team. 

This should be a fun night filled with volleyball and it should bring positive recognition to our volleyball program. All proceeds/donations will be going towards the following: 

  • New white uniforms 
  • New setting nets
  • New iPad for statistical purposes
  • New carts and new balls

So, the hope is this event will help raise the funds needed for those items. We hope to see you there!

Aspire to Greatness: Medical Social

What is the Aspire to Greatness: Medical Social? The medical social is promoted by former JCHS graduates who are working STEM career fields. The purpose is to provide current JCHS students with the opportunity to interact with professionals who are enthusiastic about sharing their experiences and knowledge in the workforce. The evening will begin with a mix & mingle followed by a panel session in which the panelists will address questions about their professions.

Evening itinerary: Tuesday March 12, 2019, at Willow Lakes

  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mix and Mingle; Snacks and Drinks provided
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Break Into Primary Interest Group
  • 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Break Into Secondary Interest Group

Note: We will divide the panelists (e.g., doctor, nurse, PT, OT, veterinarian, radiologist, optometrist, dentist etc.) into four or five different groups based on their profession.

What’s in it for me? This is a special opportunity to interact directly with people like yourselves who have earned college degrees in disciplines in which you are interested. 

What do I need to do to register? Ask for the registration form from a science teacher, complete the form, and return with a $5 registration fee to Mrs. Kimberly Redelman in room 217. Please return it as soon as possible and no later than Tuesday, March 5.

TG Rivers Show

The sophomore class is hosting The Comedy Hypnosis Show with TG Rivers on Friday, March 8 in the Pelkey Auditorium. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Mr. Wernke in Room 404 or a sophomore class officer. Cost is $10 per ticket. Join us for a night of laughs and fun!

After Prom Parent Meetings

Attention, any parent who has an interest in helping with after prom on Saturday, April 27! We welcome you to attend our organizational meetings at 6:00 p.m. in the commons on February 21, February 28, March 5, and March 14. We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, February 18, 2019

School will not be in session on Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents Day.

La escuela no estará en sesión el lunes 18 de febrero en conmemoración del Día de los Presidentes.


On Thursday, March 14 during PAWS, we will have a college visit from IUPUC. Please sign up in the Guidance office if you would like to meet with the IUPUC representative.

JCHS/JCMS Drama Production February 15 & 16

Jennings County Company, students from JCMS and JCHS, are proud to present Romeo and Juliet or The Old "You-Know-I-Really-Love-You-But-My-Father-Really-Hates-You" Blues. Join us for our performances in the JCMS Auditorium at Jennings County Middle School on February 15 and 16 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $2 for students and $4 for adults. Your admission also includes an opening act: Death of a Doorstep Kiss, which is a humorous look at that awkward moment at the end of the date. Come see the talents of our JCS students.

Lance Schoenradt as Romeo and Makenna Roscoe as Juliet

Full Cast:
Tyler DeShong
Felix Knighton
Marina Reynolds
Serinady Cockerham
Alex Smallwood
Kylie Burton
Sam Greathouse
Emma Eikelman
Christian Brooks
Jaron Denney
Morgan Henry
Rebekah Garber
Lance Schoenradt
Brandon Adrian
Cassidy Wilson
Abby Gaines
LeeAndra Green
Makenna Roscoe
Damon Stephens
Kylean Lacey
Joshua Cooper
Trenton Huff
Brady Anderson
Hailey Tippett
Hailie Purdue
Ericka Kiefer
Lessa Ash
Kira Graham
Danna Gordillo

Tech Crew:
Dustin Bennett
Vanessa Hadley
Caleb Dougherty
Lily Eikelman

Next Generation February 2019 Newsletter

Our next generation February 2019 newsletter is now available! Take a look and read about the skills our students are learning.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Jennings County High School is hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Friday, February 22 in the auxiliary gym. Students can still sign up for the blood drive in the nurse's office.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Jennings County High School parent-teacher conferences have been rescheduled for Thursday, February 21 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Teachers will be in their classrooms and available for parents during this time.

Scholastic Art Awards

JCHS Art teachers Karen Chilman and Barry Hovious recently announced the students receiving Scholastic Art Awards. To see who made the list, check out our Scholastic Awards list. You can learn more about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards on their website.

Scholastic Art Award winners with their art works

    Senior Class Donates to Big Brothers Big Sisters

    The senior class donated $250 to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Pictured left to right are: Bree Mefford (senior-class president), Nikki Cardinal (Big Brothers Big Sisters representative), Ashley Follmer (class treasurer), and Annie Ertel (class secretary.) Well done, senior class!

    senior class officers holding check for Big Brothers Big Sisters
      Girls Basketball Team at Sectional

      Our Lady Panther basketball team recently competed at the New Albany sectional. Although their season is over, we are proud of our Lady Panthers.

      girls basketball team in a huddle
      Wrestlers Advance to Semi-State

      Congratulations to JCHS wrestlers qualifying for semi-state in Evansville: Sam Bennett, Cameron Woodard, and Logan Askew. 

      Band and Orchestra Compete at I.S.S.M.A.

      Congratulations to the band and orchestra students who competed on Saturday, February 2 at the I.S.S.M.A. Solo and Ensemble Contest. In orchestra: Sam Luedeman, Kody Lucas, and Morgan Manning brought home silver ratings. In band: Zack Brooks brought home a gold, and Kameron Murphy, Kristian Koons, Tyler Ellis, Hunter Bays, and Liz Wahlman all received a gold rating and qualified for State Solo & Ensemble in Indianapolis.

      College Goal Sunday

      Dates for College Goal Sunday are set! At locations all across Indiana, financial aid experts will once again give free FAFSA filing help to students and families. You can join us at JCHS on February 24 for FAFSA help in lab 106 at 2:00 p.m. The best way to stay connected with College Goal Sunday Indiana is to check their website, follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook!

      Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s). Parents should bring completed 2018 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms, and other 2018 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information as well. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own 2018 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 form, or other 2018 income and benefits information. We encourage students and parents to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA ID online before coming to the event. Volunteers will walk you through the online form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions as needed! We hope to see you there!

      Steel Magnolias

      The Jennings County Players, in collaboration with the Jennings County High School Academy of Fine Arts, presents Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling at the Park Theatre Civic Centre on February 15, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. on February 16, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., and on February 17, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office and the Jennings County High School main office. Advance adult tickets are $8, student tickets are $3, and preschool tickets are $1. All adult tickets are $10 at the door. The show features Callie Garrett as Annelle, Nina Shoultz as Clairee, Sarah Dillon as Shelby, Elizabeth Kirchner as Truvy, Teresa Taylor as M'Lynn, and Jill Stoner as Ouiser. 

      Steel Magnolias flyer
      Winter Homecoming Spirit Days

      "There's no place like home" was the theme to wrap up winter homecoming spirit days. Each class was encouraged to dress up in their class colors. Check out the photos of this fun day!

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        Tacky Tourist Day

        Our winter homecoming spirit week festivities continue with tacky tourist day. 

        Check out some of the photos.

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          Spirit Week - Make Yourself at Home Day

          Our winter homecoming spirit week is always a favorite time of the year. Tuesday, January 15 was Make Yourself at Home day. Check out some photos of our creative students!

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          JCHS Winter Homecoming Court

          We recently named our JCHS Winter Homecoming Court. Please join us in congratulating the selected students.

          • Freshmen - Daisy Hoevener and Carter Bloom
          • Sophomores - Brianna Caudill and Justin Merry
          • Juniors - Kylean Lacey and Cyrus Brewer
          • Seniors - Riley Sawyer and Jason Franks
            JCHS Winter Homecoming Court
            Homecoming Spirit Week

            January 14 was the first spirit day during our homecoming spirit week, and it was a huge success! The theme that day was home run day - wear sports attire. We would like to thank all students who participated, and put in the work to show us their best school spirit!

            View more photos of students participating in homecoming spirit week.
            JCHS Teacher of the Year
            Ryan Cummings and Family

            Thursday afternoon, January 10, Ryan Cummings was announced as the JCHS Teacher of the Year.

            Ryan responded as follows. "After some time to actually process what happened yesterday, I want to thank everyone for congratulating me. I saw my name on the voting list and felt honored that someone would even think I was deserving to be nominated let alone be chosen for the award. I remember looking at the list for about 5 minutes trying to decide who I was going to vote for, all the while not even considering anyone would vote for me. I told my wife that night that I was so honored to be on a list of teachers as great as the ones were on our list. Every person on nominated deserved to receive this great distinction. I know many people have told me I am very deserving of the "Teacher of the Year" here at JCHS, but I want all of you to know that I believe there are so many here that are much more deserving than me. I pray I represent all of you well during the process for the Corporations "Teacher of the Year" because 'WE ARE ... JC!' I am truly blessed to work with the GREATEST staff around! You are all amazing!"

            Women in Engineering Program

            The Women in Engineering Program at Purdue University is on Monday, April 8, 2019. This is for young women in their junior year of high school. If you want to learn more, or register for the event, please visit Purdue's website.

            Panther Pantry

            The Jennings County High School (JCHS) Panther pantry is open to our JCHS students and their immediate family members. The Panther pantry will be open on the following dates in 2018-2019:

            • August 23
            • September 20
            • October 18
            • November 15
            • December 20
            • January 17
            • February 21
            • March 21
            • April 18
            • May 16

            Pantry hours are 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., and if we cancel school, we will also close the pantry. The pantry is located in JCHS room 125B. Please drive to back parking lot, and enter through breezeway entrance “I”. 

            The Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana assists our pantry by offering food and daily living supplies to the families of our high school students who are in need of assistance. If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, please contact the following individuals:

            • Marisa Patterson, on-site pantry coordinator, at (812) 346.5588 (ext. 3135)
            • Tracy Martin, on-site facilitator/assistant coordinator, at (812) 346.5588 (ext. 3134)
            • Taryn Kent, administrative on-site facilitator, (812) 346.5588