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2013 Commencement Schedule
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
Last fall Cadet Zachary Yanekeff and Cadet Brandon Leisure accompanied Chaplain Fleming to the National Acolyte Festival held at the National Cathedral in Washington DC. Our group was so impressed with the event that we wanted to share it with the Diocese. This weekend we accomplished our mission!
The first annual Diocese of Northern Indiana Acolyte Festival was held April 27, 2013 at The Howe School. Guests began arriving at 10:30 and the day began with two workshops. The use of Spirit Streamers and Holy Smoke (use of the thurible) was led by Rev. Matthew Cowden, Rector of St. Michaels and All Angels, South Bend. Holy Hardware workshop was led by Rev. Carol Fleming, Chaplain of The Howe School. We wrapped up the morning at the Chapel of St. James for noon prayers, led by Cadet Jackson Jolicouer. The acolytes for this service were Cadets Yanekeff and Majoras with Cadets Barton and R. Schubert serving as ushers.
We all enjoyed a fantastic lunch at Mess Hall, thanks to direction of Carol Whitsel and her staff.
In the afternoon we gathered at All Saints Chapel for our celebration, the dedication and blessing of the Acolytes, with The Rt. Rev. Ed Little, Bishop of Diocese of Northern Indiana presiding. The Howe Chancel Choir under the direction of Cadet Ben Roberts led us in song. Cadet Evan Schubert and Chaplain Fleming performed a great skit “Who’s Acolyting” for the sermon. Cadet Holliday served as the Bishop's chaplain.
We had 52 guests representing seven parishes from around the diocese in attendance. The procession was spectacular. Our guests were thrilled with the Drum Corp. Participants marched to the cadence as they waved their streamers, carried banners, crosses, thuribles, and candles.
Our acolyte team did an outstanding job. We had 18 cadets attend and assist in various ways from acolyting in the service, giving directions, registration, stapling the bulletins, helping our guest find their way and giving tours of the mansion and Chapel.
The day finished with Parade which was treat for our guests. Everyone had a great day. Many participants had never been to our campus and they were very impressed.
Thank you to all cadets and staff for your assistance in making this a great day!
I am so blessed to serve as your Chaplain.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Photo and article courtesy of KPCNews.com
As he leads an impromptu tour of the Howe School campus, it quickly becomes apparent that the school’s superintendent, retired Col. George Douglass, knows not only the story of each building, but the background of each classroom as well.
Walking through the classrooms, Douglass knows each and every student by name and by hometown.
The Howe School is embedded deep in the heart of Douglass. He arrived on the campus in 1957 as a freshman cadet. His family had a history with the school; two of his uncles were Howe graduates. Douglass credits Howe with many of the traits he said later made him successful.
“Howe taught me how to study, which got me through school,” Douglass said.
“It’s a very special place in the sense you live with numerous people, you suddenly pick up a lot of brothers, and you have to work together academically and socially,” he added. “All of that builds people.
"After leaving Howe, Douglass earned a bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg College and joined the U.S. Army, where he entered Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant.
Over the next two decades, Douglass served in Vietnam, where he earned three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart, then earned a master’s degree from Kent State University, and later traveled the world serving numerous military assignments.
He launched his second career as a teacher and instructor at the LaGrange County school after retiring from the Army as a full colonel in 1993.
Soon after he arrived, Douglass said, he began to realize the school seemed to be somewhat isolated from the rest of the county. He knew that had to change.
Part of his mission now is to get cadets off campus and bring the rest of the world onto the campus.
“We’re not an island, none of us,” he said, paraphrasing a famous poem by John Donne. “‘I know for whom the bell tolls, and it tolls for me.’ We’re all interconnected."
Douglass sent his cadets to get involved with the LaGrange County Community Foundation’s LIFE organization to ensure they got the chance to meet and work with students from other local schools. Today, Howe students help feed hungry people in nearby Sturgis, Mich., or they serve drinks and dessert at the LaGrange County Council on Aging’s monthly senior luncheon.
Practicing what he preaches, Douglass, an archdeacon for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana, serves as the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department chaplain, and the school hosts the annual LaGrange County police memorial service.
He also makes the school and its buildings available to groups such as the LaGrange Chamber of Commerce for events. The school hosted a cruise-in for local hot rod fans and recently hosted a job fair. Howe students now regularly participate in community events such as the Corn School Queen contest; last fall, Howe cadet Winne Lo was named the contest’s Miss Congeniality.
“We try to take part in and get out there and show the community what kind of students we have, and show the students there are people out there. You have to set the example,” Douglass said. “I don’t care whether they win. I just want our students out there participating.
“This school has got to be part of the community. I want the community to feel they are part of us,” he continued. “You have to get off the campus and go visit people. It shows the cadets to the outside world and shows the world to the cadets.”
Monday, April 22, 2013
On Monday morning, April 22nd, at approximately 9:10 AM, a shooter drill took place on The Howe School campus. With all of the recent events that have occurred lately, it is imperative that all school staff and faculty, as well as the cadets, are trained to know what to do in a real shooter situation. Please be advised that this was only a drill and all cadets are safe at this time. If you have any questions, please contact The Howe School Commandant, Karl Vaughn, at (260) 562-2131, Ext. 273.
The Howe School Administration
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The track team traveled to Hamilton Tuesday night to face off against Hamilton, Lakewood Park and Fort Wayne Blackhawk. The team scored a total of 91 points beating the second place team by almost 30 points. All of the boys gave their best efforts and many stepped up to do events they weren't planning on doing. Places for 1st through 6th were scored for most events. Here are the placings for Howe.
1st Holiday 39' 4
2nd Gore 33' 11
3rd Reeves 31'
1st Holiday 39' 4
2nd Gore 33' 11
3rd Reeves 31'
4th Hu 29'11
5th Sutherland 28'
5th Sutherland 28'
1st Arnas 96' 5
2nd Boekmann 90' 8
4th Sutherland 72'
6th Burnham 60'10
3rd Mykrants 5'4
4th Davis 5'
2nd Davis 18' 3.25
3rd Inman 18' 2.25
4th Mykrantz 17' 6.75
1st Herron 12.26
3rd Inman 12.4
2nd Boekmann 26.4
4th Shapen 30.4
2nd Amoussoubgho 1:03.7
2nd Piane 3:06
3rd Reeves 3:05
4th Hou 5.47.3
5th manzi 7.33.5
5th Sobek 14.38.8 DQ
2nd Williams 20.3 DQ
2nd Inman 49.0
4 x 100m relay
3rd Howe 49.8
4 x 400m relay
2nd Howe 1st team 4.16.2
3rd Howe Second Team 4.45.8
4 x 800m relay
2nd Howe 10.37.2
While we did place several spots we still have much growing and improvement to do to improve heights, times, and distances. I hope to see all the boys beat these numbers Thursday when we travel to Jimtown for a 3-way with Jimtown and Elkhart Christian. Overall it was a very good showing for the first meet of the year.
Monday, March 25, 2013
The rifle team closed its season in impressive style qualifying for the Army JROTC Championship, and finishing 25th out of the 49 teams that advanced to the championship. Cadet Proicou led the team by placing 87th with a score of 1032; followed by Cadet Lo placing 117th with a score of 1013 out of 223 individual shooters that qualified for the event. The team competed in the Indiana State Rifle Match earning first place in the Sporter Class and the title of State Champion. Cadet Dorsey had the highest individual score in the match earning him the title as Indiana State Champion Sporter Class. On March 23, 2013 the team traveled to Concordia Lutheran High School for the CPT Homer Clendenen Memorial Air Rifle Match where the team (Lo, Zhou, Proicou, and Dorsey) placed 2nd out of 15 teams. Cadet Lo earned a 1st place medal as the match best overall shooter with Cadet Shaikh placing 3rd, and Cadet Zhou placing 5th out of over 70 shooters. Cadet Shaikh received a 1st place medal in the prone position with a score of 100.7, and Cadet Shapen received a 3rd place medal in the prone position with a score of 98.2. Congratulations to the team for a very exciting rifle season!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Bill Ballenger of Break The Grey spoke with The Howe School Corps of Cadets Saturday morning before Break The Grey performed a concert for them in All Saints Chapel Saturday evening. Below is a short video clip of Saturday evening's performance, along with a testimonial from The Howe School's Admissions Coordinator, Michael Hoover.
Testimonial from Michael Hoover:
Thank you for allowing Break The Grey and Bill Ballenger to come up and spend their Saturday with our cadets and a big thank you to the Parents' Association for funding the event as well! During the assembly, I saw a few cadets crying and many in deep thought about what Bill was saying. He demanded their attention and presented a powerful message that truly touched our cadets' heart, body, mind and soul.
My most cherished moment of the day happened during the Concert in the All Saints Chapel. The Break The Grey group was performing a skit where a taller gentleman was dancing with this young lady. The gentleman was God and this young lady was a girl trying to find herself. In the beginning, God would raise his hand, as she would as well. Then he would kick out a leg, which she would also do. (The illustration was that this young girl was following God’s desire for her life and desiring to follow his will.)
--Then in came another gentleman who was tempting her to drink, they paraded around the stage having a fun time in the “party” lifestyle, which the partier then goes and stands in front of God with his arms spread out holding him back.
--A female then jumps in, walks around the young lady like she was in a beauty pageant and you can tell that she is telling this young lady that she’s not pretty and soon enough she teaches the young lady to start vomiting (obviously pretend) to become pretty and be accepted by society. Eventually the beauty queen stands back with the partier and holds God back.
--Another female then enters and teaches the young girl to cut herself. You can see the young girl with every sin that comes around is slowly losing her sense of happiness and direction for her life. Her hair is now tangled and she has red marks on her arms from the cuts just to try and feel pain, just to know that she’s still alive.
--Then enters a young man that is holding a gun and the young lady with her life in despair is having suicidal thoughts about what to do with her life. This whole time you can see God standing there reaching for this young girl to come towards him but the temptations and sins are holding her back from finding the path that he has for her life.
Eventually the music gets loud and she throws the gun to the side and starts charging towards God, the sins take her and throw her down multiple times, but she gets back up and runs towards him and again she’s thrown to the ground and being held back from reaching God. Over and over again, she’s trying to reach out to him, but she’s being held back and kicked to the ground.
The music crescendos and God jumps in front of all the sins and he opens his arms and holds them back while the young lady is on her knees praying with her hands raised in the air and it was at that EXACT moment that God stepped in to hold the sins and temptations back, with his arms stretched open wide and the young lady praying………… that the entire Corps of Cadets started clapping and cheering.
I never would have expected to see that big of a reaction from our cadets from a skit. I wish every staff member could have seen their reaction. It was truly an inspiring moment for myself and confirmation that my job here at The Howe School is a life changing experience for our Cadets. I will never forget that moment!