Advanced Placement Success

Manchester Junior-Senior High School Honored for Advanced Placement Success

Manchester Junior-Senior High School was recently honored by the Indiana Department of Education and the College Board at an awards ceremony and reception at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.  As one of only 34 Indiana high schools to meet the state goal of having 25% of the Class of 2012 take and pass an Advanced Placement Exam with a score of 3 or higher, Manchester was recognized for having achieved a 34% pass rate.  A second award was given to Manchester for being one of the top ten schools in the state to achieve the greatest one year growth.  The percentage of Manchester students with AP scores of 3 or higher grew from 17% in 2011 to 34.1% in 2012.  

“We are honored to have received these awards for AP success.  Our participation and success with Advanced Placement classes and scores have grown with emphasis on rigor and achievement by our AP teachers to better prepare students for college,” according to Principal Nancy Alspaugh.  Representing Manchester Junior-Senior High School at the awards ceremony were Sally Krouse, MCS School Board President; Dr. Bill Reichhart, MCS Superintendent; and Nancy Alspaugh, MJSH Principal.

Please contact Nancy Alspaugh if you have any questions.

Class of 2013 Valedictorian & Salutatorian





Erica McKinley and Thomas Naragon have been named valedictorian and salutatorian

respectively for the Class of 2013 at Manchester Junior-Senior High School. Erica McKinley

has a 10.86 grade point average and Thomas Naragon has a 10.74 grade point average after seven



Erica McKinley has earned Academic Excellence and Highest Honor Roll honors through

junior and senior high school with perfect attendance since first grade. Athletically, Erica

has been named TRC Academic All Conference and team captain as a soccer player. In other

extracurricular activities, Erica has participated in Science Olympiad, Key Club, Student Council

and was the 10th and 11th grade class treasurer. She was elected to the National Honor Society

and was a member of the Crossroads Junior Board of Directors for two years. She also has

been a Sunday School teacher and vacation bible school crew leader at her church as well as a

community youth soccer coach. She has also danced at Terri Eckert School of Dance since 9 th



After high school, Erica plans to attend Taylor University to major in Public Health with a

double minor in Spanish and Intercultural Missions. She plans to later earn a Master’s Degree to

become a pediatric physician’s assistant. She is the daughter of Mike and Lucy McKinley and

the granddaughter of Robert and Beverly Yates of Rosemount, MN.


Thomas Naragon has earned academic honors in Academic Excellence, honor roll and National

Honor Society. Active in track, swimming and soccer, Thomas has been named TRC Academic

All-Conference in swimming, track and soccer, the Squire Award in track and soccer and the

MVP and team captain in soccer. Other activities and honors include Science Olympiad for

three years where he placed 6th at state in 2011, Model UN for two years, band for three years and

the school play for one year.


In community activities, Thomas has studied violin and performed with the Manchester

Symphony for two years. He has also been a coach in the community youth soccer league. With

his environmental science class, Thomas helped to implement a small prairie ecosystem in our



After high school, Thomas plans to attend St. Olaf or Trinity College to major in computer

science, mathematics or neuroscience. Thomas is the son of Steve Naragon and Pam Higgins

and the grandson of Ralph and Becky Naragon, Dick and Ramona Naragon Sive, and Eleanor


MJSH Ranked #38 in Indiana

Manchester Junior-Senior High School is ranked # 38 among other Indiana high schools according to the most recent rankings by US News and World Report.  This ranking puts Manchester in the top 10% of Indiana high schools.  Manchester was also awarded a silver medal for this ranking which also placed the school #2031 in the national ranking.

This annual report calculates the values for student performance on exit exams and internationally available exams on college-level course work such as Advanced Placement.  Manchester’s college readiness score was based on 29 percent of eligible students taking an AP exam with 47 percent scoring a 3 or higher on those exams.  Manchester students also scored 90% proficient on the Algebra I ECA and 72% proficient on the English 10 ECA.

Manchester Junior-Senior High School was also rated an “A” school this year by the Indiana Department of Education.  Manchester Junior-Senior High School offers strong academic programs with honors courses, dual credit classes with Manchester University and IPFW, and Advanced Placement courses in US History, Environmental Science, Calculus, English Language and Literature, and Studio Art.

A Visit from Germany

Dr. Alexander Rebbers, Principal of Bergstedt Community High School in Hamburg, Germany and his son Jan talk with Manchester students Rachel Brandenburg, Kendra McKinley, Noah Johnson, and Jake Semler during lunch on their recent trip to visit our school.  The delegation from Germany is setting up an exchange program where students from their school and students from our school would visit each other. The first exchange is slated to begin in October of 2013.

Spelling Bee Winner!

Sarah Pyle, MJSHS grade 7 student, was the winner of the Wabash County Journal Gazette Spelling Bee for the third time.  She will represent Wabash County in the regional Spelling Bee on March 9 in Fort Wayne.  We wish her the best of luck!

Sarah also won the Kiwanis Grade 7 Spelling Bee and Izzy Diaz won the Kiwanis Grade 8 Spelling Bee!
Both MJSHS students did a great job of representing our school!

Join the Alumni and Friends Pep Band for the Dec 15th Boy’s Basketball Game


Dust off that horn! Buy a new reed! Find the other drumstick!

All alumni and friends of the Manchester Junior Senior High School Band program are invited to be a part of the Alumni and Friends Band performing at the Boy’s Basketball game verses Guerin Catholic High School on December 15th, 2012. The 1988 Boys Basketball Team is being recognized at this game.

Registration starting at 4:00 PM. Rehearsal 4:30-6:00 PM (not required). The Game starts at 6:30 PM.

Reconnect with long lost band mates and remember what it was like to play fun music on the sidelines.

RSVP by November 30th through mail, email, telephone, or on the Facebook page!!!

See the Flyer

Jeff Huber, Band Director
260-982-2196 Ext. 330

2012 Distinguished Alumni Announced


The Alumni Reunion of the Manchester Community Schools honored five graduates with the MCS Distinguished Alumni Awards at its annual banquet on Saturday, June 23 in the MHS gymnasium. The five outstanding alumni were:
  • Janene Myers Dawes, Chester Class of 1957
  • Doug Frantz, Manchester Class of 1967
  • Nancy Reed, Manchester Class of 1962
  • John H. Warren, Chester Class of 1952
  • Matt White, Manchester Class of 1985.
Fellow classmates and community members nominated graduates from Chester High School, Laketon High School and Manchester High School for this distinction based on their outstanding careers and contributions to their communities and the world after graduation from the Manchester Community Schools.

Students Show Well at Honeywell Art Show

The following students had winning entries in the 2012 Honeywell H.S. Art Show of Wabash Co.:
Best Of Show: Tryssia Paquera(Colored Media)
1st Place (Digital Photography)-Josh Hunt
3rd Place (Colored Media)-James Davis
1st Place (Ceramics)-Malyssa Bedke
2nd Place (Ceramics)-Emily Grant
1st Place (Ink)-Celina Carter 
Congratulations to these students on their outstanding creative efforts.

MCS Distiguished Alumni Award

Manchester Community Schools is seeking nominations for the Manchester Distinguished Alumni Award for the Class of 2012.  Distinguished Alumni for the Class of 2012 are graduates of Manchester, Chester, Central or Laketon High Schools.  Nominees must have graduated previous to the Class of 2002.  Nominations forms are available online <click here> or from the high school office.  Nomination forms will also be included with the Manchester Alumni Reunion invitations to be mailed by April 15, 2012.

The first class of the Manchester Distinguished Alumni will be honored at the Manchester Alumni Reunion Banquet on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in the MHS gymnasium.

Please send completed nomination forms by May 15, 2012 to:
Manchester Distinguished Alumni Program
Manchester Junior-Senior High School
1 Squire Drive
North Manchester, Indiana 46962