Student and staff recognition: George Madison, Head Groundskeeper, was recognized for 47 years of service to GCS, as he prepares for retirement in June. Dr. Woodworth acknowledged Mr. Madison's dedicated service to GCS students and staff, and said "I can't imagine Goshen schools without George!" Dr. Woodworth introduced the Academic sub-committee members, who worked on establishing the academic pathways for GCS students, as part of the larger strategic planning process. She thanked them for their time and commitment to planning the educational pathways. Committee members were: Adam Young, Alan Metcalfe, Alison Romero, Angela Piazza, Bill Born, Carl Weaver, Diane Woodworth, Jen Eberly, Jim Graves, Jim Kirkton, John Lichty, Joy St. Germain, Karen Blaha, Katrina Overton, Lori Line, Lori Shreiner, Marcia Yost, Megan Krug, Nina Keister, Robina Sommers, and Terry Hussey Dr. Woodworth introduced band director Tom Cox, who shared about the state champion winter percussion group (the students were actually outside practicing for the Memorial Day parade in Indianapolis). There are two winter percussion groups, movement and concert. The concert group was undefeated in all competitions for the year and won the state championship. Winter percussion students include: Alex Garcia, Angel Bazia, Angy Cruz, Arely Garcia, Arthur Peterson-Veatch, Arturo Escobedo, Ashley Sanchez, Ben Taubert, Bryan Garcia, Bryan Moreno, Carson Adkins, Cruz Garcia, Daniel Bowser, Daniel Guipe, Dylan Steury, Emanuel Contreras, Eve Miller, Fabian Perez, Hank Miller, Isaiah Kaufman, Javier Castillo, Joana Regelado, Honathon Garcia, Jose Montanez, Kevin Sanchez, Maddy Martinez, Matthew Schrag, Melissa Daniels, Nathan Garratt, Noe Palacios, Octavio Blacut, Oscar Lopez, Oscar Peterson-Veatch, Pablo Palacios, Paul Drescher, Sam Peeler, Samantha Linares, Sasha Rivera, Yaira Roman, and Zach Buckmaster. GMS students were named Rocket Science winners after they created winning ice cream flavors in their New Tech classes. Teachers Theresa Harley and Shannon Layne guided the students, as they experimented with flavors. Once they had their creations, they took the flavors to Rocket Science ice cream in Nappanee and had them frozen. If you go to the store this summer, you can try the GMS flavors! Flavor: Boreo (oreo and banana)-Sonia Spencer, Briana Hererra, and Oliver Baxley Flavor: Blue Lemon (blue raspberry and lemon)-Matt Cork, Josh Carpenter, Esdras Castro Valenzuela, and Andrea Diaz Flavor: Cotton Candy-Alexis Herrera, Lauren Grant, and Brandon Diaz-Segovia Flavor: Watermelon Explosion-Maurice Ochoa, Cristian Jimenez, and Jimena Lara West Goshen Elementary was named a finalist for the NIET (National Institute for Excellence in Teaching) Founder’s Award. There are only 6 finalists from across the nation and West Goshen was one of them!