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  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette George Estabrook, 9, and his sister Elise, 10, look through the different books provided by the Indiana State Teachers Association on Saturday at Northrop High School for the annual FWCS Showcase.

  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Chole Ziegler, 4, and her cousin Sam, 7, build with blocks from the Irwin STEM Magnet School display at Northrop High School Saturday morning during the annual Fort Wayne Community School Showcase.

  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Sam Lallow, a lifeguard for the Helen P. Brown Natatorium, demonstrates how to give cpr to potential incoming students at this year’s Fort Wayne Community School Showcase Saturday morning at Northrop High School.

Sunday, November 04, 2018 1:00 am

FWCS shows off its high points

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

Three pairs of beer goggles dangled from Adam Scanlon's right hand as he dared passers-by to try them on and walk a straight line. 

Scanlon, a Northrop High School junior, volunteered – for extra credit and out of a sense of civic duty – to represent Fort Wayne Community Schools' Anthis Public Safety Academy at the school corporation's annual showcase Saturday. A few feet away, curious onlookers got to experience a simulated jail booking process. 

“I believe in helping out the community as best I can in hopes for a brighter future,” Scanlon said. “Times are hard right now and I believe if we can get more people interested in a community service-type career, I feel that, in the long run, will help.” 

Hundreds attended the school corporation's annual event, which featured exhibits from every FWCS school as well as musical performances by students from Kekionga, Memorial Park and Lane Middle schools and Snider High School.

The day's event also included appearances by “Star Wars” characters and “The Voice” finalist Christiana Danielle. 

“Everybody has something special. There's extracurriculars, there's sports, all kinds of things about their schools,” said Melanie Hall, FWCS public affairs director. 

Hall has been in charge of the showcase for 12 years. Last year, the event drew about 1,000 people, she said. 

“We really like having the opportunity to show (the community) what we do and to let them be well-educated in what we offer,” Hall said. “Because a lot of people don't know everything we offer.”

The annual showcase is a good way to highlight school choice, said DaNene Neff, principal of Washington Elementary, and Jeff King, principal of Jefferson Middle School.

Families can apply to go to any FWCS school they choose, Hall added, and the showcase is a good way for families to find schools that best fit their child's needs. 

“My hope is that families understand that Fort Wayne Community Schools has a lot of quality schools. Your kids will get a quality education, the people who work in those schools really care about kids,” Neff said. “Sometimes you get a bad rap being an urban population or what have you, but it doesn't matter where the school's at in the district, you're going to get a great education for your kids.”

dgong@jg.net