Pence Visits South Ripley Junior High, Honors Principal of the Year

August 22, 2019
Press Release
Pence visited the award-winning school in Versailles

VERSAILLES—U.S. Representative Greg Pence visited South Ripley Junior High School Wednesday, where he toured the building, spoke with students, and honored Principal Destiny Rutzel for being named the "2018 State Middle School Principal of the Year."

“It's important to highlight the incredible work of our educators and those who shape the young minds of future generations,” said Rep. Pence. “South Ripley Junior High is in good hands with Principal Rutzel and a teaching staff dedicated to helping students learn and grow."

Pence toured the school with students, met with teachers and staff and gave some remarks during an assembly in the auditorium. South Ripley Junior High has been acknowledged by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform as a “School to Watch” in 2019.

 

Rep. Greg Pence speaks with students at South Ripley Junior High in Versailles

South Ripley Junior High students ask Rep. Greg Pence questions during lunch Wednesday.

 

Rep. Greg Pence speaks with students at South Ripley Junior High in Versailles

Rep. Greg Pence speaks with students during an assembly in the gymnasium Wednesday.

 

Rep. Greg Pence meets with administration during visit to South Ripley Junior High in Versailles

Rep. Greg Pence meets with administration during visit to South Ripley Junior High School in Versailles.(Left to right: Rob Moorhead, Superintendent; Destiny Rutzel, Junior High School Principal; Rep. Greg Pence; Joe Ralston, High School Principal; Jeff Gorrel, Athletic Director & Dean of Students)

 

Rep. Greg Pence speaks with students at South Ripley Junior High in Versailles

Rep. Greg Pence on a student-led tour of South Ripley Junior High in Versailles

 

“Our students enjoyed giving the Congressman a tour of our school and they were excited to hear him speak about his job as a Congressman,” said Rutzel. “I had the pleasure of meeting with Rep. Pence in his Washington, D.C. office, and I appreciate his visit to our school today.”

Rutzel received the honor of Middle School Principal of the Year from the Indiana Association of School Principals.

Following the visit to the school, Rep. Pence traveled to Batesville for a meeting with Mayor Mike Bettice. Later in the day, Pence stopped in Shelbyville for a Farmer Shop Talk, hosted by Indiana Corn Growers Association.

Congressman Pence has offices located in Columbus, Muncie and Richmond. Pence is a husband, grandfather, small businessman and veteran. The Congressman and his wife Denise reside in Columbus, in the same house in which they raised their four children.