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Latina makes impact through STEM at Eli Lilly and Company

For Hispanic Heritage Month, we are celebrating a young Latina at Eli Lilly and Company who inspires immigrants nationwide through her story of grit and determination.

Young leaders at the company contribute unique ideas, while Paula Angarita Rivera, a Colombian scientist, brings this innovation to life.

Eli Lilly and Company is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, relying on more than 39,000 employees across 18 countries. Rivera works at the company’s headquarters in Indianapolis. 

At 16, Rivera came to the United States from Colombia by herself, hoping to one day become an engineer. She is now the company’s principal scientist for the Bioproduct Research and Development organization, a role she doesn’t take for granted.

She says obstacles never kept her from following her dreams. With help from Marian University and the unconditional support of her mom, she’s made her dreams possible.

Now, Rivera is giving back to her community by providing mentorship for other young immigrants who want to follow in her footsteps. She serves as the vice president of Region 6 for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and was recognized as an honoree by the Hispanic Executive’s NextGen Collective 30 Under 30.

There will be several opportunities to interview Rivera and to get video of parts of the company’s facilities.

Link: Latina makes impact through STEM at Eli Lilly and Company – Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather | Indiana Traffic | WISH-TV | (wishtv.com)

Latinas Welding Guild sparks passion in trade, breaks barriers

A special women-led nonprofit organization has announced a major expansion that focuses on providing better work opportunities for Latina immigrants.

The organization, called the Latinas Welding Guild, has been smashing barriers in a world where women are underrepresented.

Beating the odds in male-dominated industries such as welding doesn’t come easy. However, the Latinas Welding Guild has risen above the challenge.

They are considered to be a bright spark in the world of welding.

According to the American Welding Society, about 5% of welders are women, but the sky is the limit for the Latinas Welding Guild in Indianapolis.

Consuelo Lockhart leads the organization. Since 2017, it has offered new career opportunities for marginalized communities. This month, the group opened a new facility on the city’s west side, adding new programs.

Additionally, she will now help lead Project Azul, a nonprofit focusing on skills training, workforce coaching, and job placement. The leaders of Morales Group Staffing previously led it.

The Latinas Welding Guild is also searching for another welding instructor to help the group educate the next generation of welders.

There will be opportunities to interview Consuelo and members of the Latinas Welding Guild. There will also be a warehouse and classrooms with welding equipment available for video.

Link: Latinas Welding Guild sparks passion in trade, breaks barriers – Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather | Indiana Traffic | WISH-TV | (wishtv.com)

Indiana State Museum IMAX Theatre to show ‘Oppenheimer’ as director intended

All eyes are on the Indiana State Museum’s IMAX for “Oppenheimer,” which opens this weekend.

It’s one of only 30 locations in the world offering a very unique theater experience. Moviegoers will get to see the hit film “Oppenheimer” in 70 mm IMAX, just as director Christopher Nolan intended.

Thousands of people will be pouring in at the Indiana State Museum IMAX to watch “Oppenheimer.”

IMAX manager Neale Johantgen is excited about the turnout. Around 14,000 tickets have been sold, and at least six showings are sold out.

There will be opportunities to get video of the 70 mm film and the IMAX equipment inside the theater. 

Additionally, Johantgen says there will be moviegoers visiting from across the country who will be welcomed with a red carpet to add to that Hollywood experience.

Johantgen and moviegoers will be available for interviews throughout the day, especially before each showtime.

The three-hour Christopher Nolan epic also stars Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, and Florence Pugh.

Link: Indiana State Museum IMAX Theatre to show ‘Oppenheimer’ as director intended – Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather | Indiana Traffic | WISH-TV | (wishtv.com)

152 IPS teaching vacancies among 3,200 job openings at Indiana schools

On Monday, school starts for Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) students. However, amid the excitement is a large number of vacant teaching positions.

According to Sandy Bombick, the school system’s director of human resources operations, IPS has around 150 classroom teaching vacancies.

Substitute teachers will fill the open positions until IPS can make more permanent hires.

Additionally, according to Rebecca Estes, the senior director of educator talent for the Indiana Department of Education, around 3,200 job openings exist statewide at schools, and more than half of the vacancies are teaching positions.

Principal Angel Jackson-Anderson of Believe Circle City High School says finding qualified teachers has become more challenging.

In the last school year, IPS was the state’s second-largest school district with 22,100 students.

Fort Wayne Community Schools is the largest with 28,700 students, and Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. is the third largest with 21,900.

Ms. Bombick, Ms. Jackson-Anderson, Ms. Estes, and students will be available for interviews. There will also be opportunities to get video of classrooms with students and their teachers.

Link: 152 IPS teaching vacancies among 3,200 job openings at Indiana schools – Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather | Indiana Traffic | WISH-TV | (wishtv.com)

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Camp Harriet to hold First Annual Walk With Harriet on Christmas Eve

In Dorchester County, the organization Camp Harriet is gearing up for its first annual Walk With Harriet on Christmas Eve.

The walk is a chance to commemorate the bravery of the abolitionist.

Founder Linda Harris says the 15-mile-long journey begins at the Faith Community United Methodist Church in East New Market and ends at the Tubman Museum on Race Street.

This walk is also a meaningful way to wrap up 2020 because it gives participants an opportunity to reflect on Tubman’s courage during the holiday.

They’ll get to learn about what Tubman endured on Christmas Eve 1854 when she returned to the Eastern Shore to rescue her siblings from slavery.

“I ask people to walk with me, to walk in the spirit of Harriet to realize something greater than ourselves and to do something good, to lift the spirits after going through this horrible 2020,” said Linda Harris, the founder of Camp Harriet.

The walk will begin at 3 p.m.

Harris and several participants will be available for interviews. There will also be opportunities to get video of the group at the beginning of the walk.

Link: Camp Harriet to hold First Annual Walk With Harriet on Christmas Eve – 47abc (wmdt.com)

Ocean City Air Show kicks off under new safety restrictions

With an impressive display of military airpower, the 2020 Ocean City Air Show will kick off this Saturday dazzling thousands of spectators watching from below.

However, several significant changes were made this year to put on a show amid the pandemic:

  • The biggest change is that there will not be any special viewing areas due to the new social distancing restrictions.

  • Although the air show is crucial for military recruiting opportunities, this year these efforts were limited to prevent the spread of the virus.

  • For the first time, the OC Air Show has been live-streamed making it easier for people to stay socially distanced.

Finally, event organizers say this year’s Ocean City Air Show will be one of the few times spectators can see the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and three Air Force fighter jet demos all at the same show.

The Ocean City Air Show Public Relations Director Chris Dirato and a representative of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be available for interview.

The will also be opportunities to get video of the show until late afternoon.

Link: Ocean City Air Show kicks off under new safety restrictions – 47abc (wmdt.com)

Horse-drawn carriage rides brings economic boost to town of Berlin

In Maryland, people from all walks of life visit the town of Berlin for the holiday season to get in the spirit of Christmas.

Each year, both locals and tourists say one favorite attraction is the free horse-drawn carriage rides, especially this year.

“With so much going on right now it’s so hard to have the Christmas spirit. Coming here, getting some coffee, hanging out with friends, and going through the ride it was so much fun,” said Diego Cueva from Woodbridge, Virginia.

Small businesses say the carriage rides attract more people into town during the winter months, and they see a direct increase in sales.

Michele Krempa, owner of Beach Memories, says she had to close shop for a few months, and activities even got canceled during the pandemic, so the holiday attractions are a big help.

“We were closed for a few months in the spring, so that definitely hurt us,” said Krempa. “We couldn’t have our spring celebrations or a lot of our larger celebrations that we have here, so when the town decided to bring the carriage in, it’s like, okay, well, this is definitely a good drawing point.”

Visitors can enjoy these carriage rides every weekend in Berlin from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. They’ll be open to the public until Christmas.

Krempa and visitors will be available for interviews. There will also be opportunities to get video of the carriage rides, shops, and other fun holiday activities.

Link: Horse-drawn carriage rides brings economic boost to town of Berlin – 47abc (wmdt.com)

Church offers inspiring messages for Wicomico Co. students

Nearly 200 volunteers in Wicomico County will be making sure students and their teachers feel welcome this upcoming school year.

These volunteers will be spending time doing several different activities, including cleaning up gardens and writing inspirational messages on notes for student lockers.

It is all thanks to a collaboration between Wicomico County Public Schools and the Salisbury Oak Ridge Baptist Church.

Volunteers at North Salisbury, Wicomico Middle, and Mardela Middle and High Schools also prepared positive messages for teachers.

They hope these messages, and even prayers, will help students and teachers feel excited and inspired to have a successful school year.

This is the first time that the Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Salisbury has partnered with Wicomico County Public Schools for this project that helps get schools ready for the new school year.

Wicomico Middle School Principal Tara O’Barsky says these kinds of small acts are much needed.

This community event will happen on August 17.

Volunteers will arrive at 9:00 a.m.

O’Barsky and volunteers will be available for interviews. There will also be opportunities to get video of groups of volunteers outside and inside the schools.

Link: Church offers inspiring messages for Wicomico Co. students – 47abc (wmdt.com)