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.

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.

        Spring Musical Auditions

        Our spring musical is Fiddler on the Roof. We are looking for young men and women to audition for this classic and fun show! Information is available in the choir room and auditions begin the week of January 14. We need singers, dancers, actors, and bystanders to give this show the cast it deserves. See Mrs. Wildey or Mrs. Sims for more information.

        San Damiano Scholar

        Sydney Campbell was joined by her family as she was named a San Damiano Scholar by Elizabeth Ortlepp from Marian University. This is a faith and service based scholarship program awarding her $8,500 per year at Marian. Congratulations, Sydney!

        Sydney Campbell holding a Marian University t-shirt and surrounded by family and friends
        REACH Conference

        Over 100 JCHS girls attended the eighth REACH Conference during the school day on November 26. The girls heard from Katara McCarty, an organizational coach, speaker, and author dedicated to empowering women and girls to fiercely thrive. They also heard from four JCHS graduates who have become very successful in their chosen fields: Paige Axsom, Lauren Chilman Kirchner, Molly Knight Pfund, and Brandy Taulbee Zamora.

        Talent Show

        After a delay due to icy weather, the annual JCHS Talent Show gave 19 performing acts a chance to show their talent and win cash prizes! The show also allowed the key club to raise over $500 for the Thirst Project to provide clean water projects throughout the world. Read our December 17, 2018 newsletter to learn more about what happened at the talent show!

        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