LANSING | The Lansing Elementary District 158 School Board recognized Memorial Junior High School at its May meeting for the school's artistic achievements and contributions to the community.
Students there recently competed against schools from Cook County and Lake and Porter counties in Indiana in the 39th annual Tri-County Junior/Senior High School Art Exhibition, which took place at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster.
"This is our fourth year in a row winning best of show," Memorial Junior High art director Janice Sausman said.
Principal Duane Schupp credited the long hours put in by Sausman and the school's attitude toward the fine arts as reasons for the consistent success.
"I believe it's because we put an emphasis on making our students well-rounded individuals," Schupp said.
Students who earned individual honors at the competition included seventh-graders Fatima Lopez and Amanda Moehling and eighth-graders Miyeko Cannon, Casey Cook, Eric Maciel, Elizabeth Ramirez, Samantha Rizo, Enrique Sanchez, Marina Seryamon, Mayra Tlatelpa and Jade Woodard.
The school's artwork will be on display at the center in Munster until Saturday.
Assistant Principal Mike Earnshaw reported to the board on the success of the school's first 5K Run and Car Show on April 13.
"We were able to raise $1,600 for the Lansing Food Pantry," Earnshaw said.
Schupp said students volunteered at the event by passing out water along the route, preparing the medals and distributing food to runners after the race.
"It's part of our movement in getting more involved with the community and providing something back to the community," Schupp said.