The Herald Bulletin

April 24, 2014

Ritz to speak at APA's Senior Girls Luncheon

By Stuart Hirsch The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON — Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz will be the guest speaker at Anderson Preparatory Academy’s Senior Girls Luncheon on April 29.

A public school teacher since 1978, Ritz upset Tony Bennett in 2012 in a tight race for Indiana superintendent of public instruction. She became the first Democrat to hold that office since 1971.

Before the election, Ritz was a library media specialist at Crooked Creek Elementary School in Indianapolis. She holds two master degrees with licenses to teach elementary, middle and high school in the areas of special education, general education and library science.

Paula Timmons, APA’s director of transportation and assistant athletic director, organized the first senior girls lunch last year to inspire and challenge female students. State Rep. Terri Austin of Anderson was the guest speaker.

“My goal was to give the young ladies a woman who would show strength and who could encourage empowerment,” and Ritz embodies those qualities, said Timmons.

“Besides the obvious of being our leader in education, she can encourage them to be strong and lead and challenge themselves,” she added. “I believe Ms. Ritz’s words would help inspire them to want more and not be afraid to lead.”

Lasting Impressions is catering the lunch for APA’s 22 female students who are graduating this year. The event will be held at the school’s 29th Street campus.

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