Maverick Challenge Hosted At Oldenburg Academy

first_img(Bottom row, from left) Cora Weisenbach, student; Taylor Reed, student; Peter Weisbrod, student. (Top Row) Melissa Tucker, Batesville Chamber; Shelly Lunsford, FCCF; Isiah Frey, student; Daniel Mullen, student; Josh Hollingsworth, student; Luke Hamoor, student; Johnathon Maple, teacher.Several Oldenburg students participated in the Maverick Challenge, a business planning competition sponsored by Eco15, Franklin County Community Foundation, Ripley County Community Foundation, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Oldenburg Academy.Community judges adjudicated the 12 students based on the business plans and products they created for the competition. Oldenburg Academy was the only school to participate in the program from Ripley and Franklin County.Oldenburg Academy Business Teacher Jonathon Maple is the head of the Franklin/Ripley County competition and leads the challenge at the school, “This is such an awesome opportunity – I am so proud of our students and their hard work with this competition.”Students had the opportunity to work with business and community mentors as well as experienced professional judges. The winning groups were as follows:Third place winner, which received $200, was LED’D, a LED light attachment for mailboxes that makes it easy for owners of homes, farms and businesses to make their property distinct and easily identifiable, invented by seniors Isaiah Frey and Cora Weisenbach.Second place winner receiving $300 was Got Your Back, Bro, a complete gift-giving and reminder service, specifically designed for men started by seniors Luke Hammoor, Josh Hollingsworth and Peter Weisbrod.First place winner received $500 and went to NewsMapp, a news application that allows users to access news content based on recommendations from other users and geographic preferences, started by seniors Daniel Mullen and Taylor Reed.Anyone interested in getting involved with the 2014 Maverick Challenge can contact Jonathon Maple at [email protected] .The Maverick Challenge was started in 2008 by the Columbus Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and has been a growing program since. The competition is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start up funds from early-stage investors, successful entrepreneurs and community leaders.Oldenburg Academy.last_img read more

Mixed results as Karting excursion ends in Jamaica

first_img(Compliments of Fly Jamaica, Nexus Machining, Bell Communication and GT Motorsports)THE weekend Jamaican Karting excursion called Double Trouble came to an end on Sunday with positive results for Guyanese.While they had mixed fortunes over the two-day event with several podium spaces, they learnt something more important than winning, and that was the ability to adapt.Justin Ten-Pow was the standout performer in the Micro Max event where he picked up three third place finishes but was disqualified from one.The disqualification resulted from a restrictor plate on the exhaust of his kart being too small and thus out of specifications, though the Guyanese argued that they were unaware of this having borrowed karts to compete.In the end, they lodged a protest with the Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) over the event with the body expected to make a formal ruling later in the week.Mikhail Persaud leads Rayden Persaud in Junior Class action..Still, Ten-Pow was still upbeat over his performance in the new class, especially considering the fact that the engines used in the Reggae Isle are vastly different than those used here.In the Junior Class, there were podium finishes for Mikhail Persaud and Rayden Persaud in the final races while Elan Rahaman picked up a third in one pre-final.Utilising rules that were also foreign to the Guyanese, the JKA runs firstly a qualifying session followed by a pre-race which is to decide gridding for what they call the finals where the points are awarded to the finishers.This is done in two rounds to complete one karting weekend.In the seniors Matthew Phang while failing to finish on the podium was one of the standout performers in one of the largest groups.He managed to hold his own and keep up with some of the host’s drivers, despite only learning the kart this weekend.There was also one third-place finish for Steven Nobrega who competed in the Super Rotax where competitors have to race cautiously so as to not go faster than 59 seconds.This quirky rule ensured that there were several penalties for those who did faster than the pre-defined time.Mechanical woes plagued Justin Ten Pow all weekend as well in the Mini Max class.In the end, however, all the Guyanese were awarded with tokens for participating.The Guyanese departed before the final round of races on Sunday.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Justin Turner reaping the benefits of hard work

first_imgThe idea of starting Turner in six consecutive games would have given former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly pause. As a super utility infielder with the Mets, Turner played a combined 180 games over his final two seasons in New York (2012-13).When Rob Segedin started Monday’s game against the Colorado Rockies at third base, it was the first time in a week Turner’s name wasn’t in the starting lineup. Nothing about it seemed normal. Turner has started 22 of the Dodgers’ 26 games this month.“Any player with history, and there’s something they haven’t done before, it exceeds expectations,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.McDaniel and Turner regularly trained six days a week at Dodger Stadium beginning in December. Turner was somewhat limited until January, however, because he was still recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee.The surgery was a built-in excuse for staying at home and taking it easy, but Turner resisted the easy way out. “It’s a pure testament to him, and what he set out to do after the 2014 season,” McDaniel said.That year, his first with the Dodgers, Turner batted .340 in 109 games. Last year he played 126 games, a career high. This year he’s on pace for 151.When Turner’s bat was slow to come around (he was hitting .220 with three home runs on June 3), it obscured the purpose of his off-season regimen: to keep him healthy and productive in September and October.Since June 3, Turner is batting .304 with 21 home runs in 69 games. “Anytime you give Justin a day (off) it’s hard,” Roberts said.Simulated games TuesdayClayton Kershaw, Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson will face hitters in simulated games Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, Roberts said. For Kershaw, the sim game follows a 60-pitch bullpen session Friday. It’s the first time he has faced live hitters since re-starting his throwing program as he tries to come back from a mild disc herniation in his lower back. Kershaw was 11-2 with a 1.79 earned-run average when he pitched his last game for the Dodgers in June.The next step for Kershaw could be one of “a couple different scenarios,” Roberts said. One would see him rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation, presumably no earlier than Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres. There are minor league games scheduled for that day too, at every level of the organization, and Kershaw might see his next game action there.McCarthy (right hip) and Anderson (finger blister) are both on the 15-day disabled list. McCarthy is eligible to be activated at any time, while Anderson can’t rejoin the team before Sept. 5. AlsoAndre Ethier is a possibility to rejoin the Dodgers on Sept. 1, but Roberts said it’s up to the veteran outfielder to determine when he’s ready for major league pitching. Ethier is hitting .400 (4 for 10) in three games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. … Pitcher Brock Stewart was optioned to Double-A Tulsa to make room for Kenta Maeda on the 25-man roster. The Tulsa Drillers’ season ends Sept. 5, so Stewart will be eligible to rejoin the Dodgers after that day. … Pitcher Alex Wood, on the 60-day disabled list following arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow in June, “is about a week away” from throwing off a mound, Roberts said. The left-hander is targeting a mid-September return as a relief pitcher. … Kershaw, McCarthy and Wood were all in Denver briefly Monday. They joined the team flight to participate in the Dodgers’ annual fantasy football draft, then flew back to Los Angeles. DENVER >> There can be no discussion of Justin Turner’s 2016 season without mentioning luck. Teammate Andre Ethier, for example, was healthy until he fouled a ball off his leg in March. Ethier hasn’t played for the Dodgers since.Turner isn’t naive. At 31 years old, the third baseman recently set a career high for plate appearances in a single season, and can match his career high by playing four more games. Turner was careful Monday to credit the factors out of his control.But as he reflected before a rare game without him in the Dodgers’ starting lineup, Turner was comforted to know that a winter’s worth of hard work is paying dividends. The factors in his control have gone better than imagined, too.“I feel great,” Turner said. “Body feels good. Haven’t had any problems, any setbacks. There’s still time to go, but I think all the off-season stuff with Brandon (McDaniel, the Dodgers’ strength and conditioning coach) has really paid off in the long run, to be able to maintain and feel good throughout the course of the year.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more