The Mavericks weren’t sure they were going to make it.
The Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy’s Maverick Drill team had been practicing its routine for months, but February’s regional competition was an entirely new experience.
“Our goal was just to make it to regionals,” Principal and team coach Tameka Wilson said. “We didn’t really expect to go beyond that.”
Competition day came and went and students were back in class when they got the news – they had secured a spot at the national competition.
The news came over the school announcement, much to the surprise of the team.
“Everybody was freaking out, and she started crying,” one of the students said, pointing to her teammate who blushed.
The seven-member team meets after school two days a week, but the students say they plan to ramp up practices as they prepare for the national competition on April 12.
They’ll be competing against teams from 10 states including Tennessee, California, New York, Illinois and Georgia.
“We don’t know what they are gonna bring so we got to make sure we’re ready for it,” team captain Arie Brown said.
•Fort Wayne Community Schools leaders and Fort Wayne Area PTA will host meetings to give parents and community members an opportunity to hear more about issues facing the district and education in Indiana. Meetings are at 6 p.m.: Tuesday at South Side High School, Wednesday at Northrop High School, March 18 at North Side High School, March 19 at Snider High School and March 20 at Wayne High School.
•IPFW and Lutheran Life Villages will host a continuing education accreditation event for healthcare professionals “Medical Ethics – The Times are Changing” with speaker Ann Steiner Lantz. Registration is $15 in advance or $25 at the door. The event begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday at The Village at Pine Valley, 9802 Coldwater Road. Enroll at learn.ipfw.edu.
•High school students are invited to learn about international exchange programs, college opportunities and locally based global companies during the fourth annual International Youth Expo 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at IPFW’s Walb Student Union. There is no cost to attend and more information is available at http://iyee.org/.
•East Allen County Schools will host a kindergarten round-up Thursday at all elementary schools for families who will have a kindergartner beginning school during the 2014-15 school year. A child may enroll if he or she is 5 years old on or before Aug. 1. Families should bring a birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency. For more information, call 446-0100.
•The free Northeast Indiana College Fair will be Tuesday at the IPFW Fieldhouse. Students from East Allen County Schools and Concordia Lutheran High School will attend the fair from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Students from Fort Wayne Community Schools will attend from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. From 5:30 to 7 p.m., the fair will be open for students and families who could not make it earlier in the day or who want additional information.
•Carroll High School’s parent university college fair will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria, 3701 Carroll Road.
•Huntington University’s Professional Programs will host a Bowl-A-Thon from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday to raise money for student scholarships. The event, at Rainbow Lanes, 850 S. Briant St. in Huntington, is open to the public. For more information, call 800-600-4888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Stephanie Morin, a senior history and public relations major at Huntington University, won the first-ever Centre for Non-Western Studies’ best non-western essay prize last spring for her paper, titled “Jinnah’s Pakistan: the transformation of the communal problem in India to an international dilemma.” Kenneth Hall, a professor of history at Ball State University who specializes in South Asia and South East Asian history, will then engage Morin’s thesis and expand upon her findings. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Center for the Arts.
•Huntington University’s graduate programs will host a preview day for students interested in the occupational therapy doctoral program on Thursday. For the full schedule, go to www.huntington.edu/Graduate/Occupational-Therapy/Visit-Day. An additional preview day will be held on April 11.
•Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will host the eighth annual Edible Book Festival from noon to 2 p.m. April 7 in the Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Drive. Submissions are being accepted. To participate, complete the online registration form by Thursday at libguides.ivytech.edu/ebfregistration.
•The University of Saint Francis Department of Philosophy and Theology and School of Arts and Sciences will host “Irene Gut Opdyke: Righteous Among the Nations,” a free public lecture about the Holocaust, at 7 p.m. Thursday in the university’s Brookside Ballroom. The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne is the event sponsor.
•IPFW’s Division of Continuing Studies will host a spring open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in Kettler Hall, Room 227. Two online informational sessions scheduled for 12:30 p.m. March 18 and 5 p.m. March 19. Individuals should register online at ipfw.edu.