Madison, IN Sunny intervals 52°
Listen Live

Destiny Rutzel Named Indiana Middle School Principal of the Year

Rob Moorhead photo

South Ripley Middle School

On Sunday, November 18, 2018, the Indiana Association of School Principals recognized Destiny Rutzel, Principal at South Ripley Junior High School in Versailles, IN, as the 2018 Indiana Middle School Principal of the Year.  Earlier this year, Rutzel had been named District 10 Principal of the Year.  District Principals of the Year are elected by their peers in each of the 12 IASP districts.  From these 12 District Middle School Principal winners, Rutzel was chosen as the 2018 Indiana Middle School Principal of the Year.  

The recognition ceremony was a part of the 2018 Principals of the Year Recognition Celebration at the IASP Annual Fall Conference.  The award was presented at a dinner at the Indianapolis Marriott Hotel with the IASP State President, Andrea Korreck, presiding along with Todd Bess, Executive Director.

Mrs. Rutzel is in her 5th year as the Principal at South Ripley Junior High School.  Under her leadership SRJHS has received many noteworthy recognitions including being named an Indiana Four Star School, a 2018 Common Sense Media School, a 2016 National School to Watch, and a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School.  Additionally, SRJHS received a Promising Practice award from the Indiana Department of Education in 2016 for their Advisory Program.  The school was also recently named a “Champions in the Middle” school by the Indiana High School Athletic Association for their work with Special Olympic athletes. 

“This is a tremendous honor for Destiny, for the students and staff of South Ripley Junior High School, and for the entire South Ripley Community School Corporation” commented South Ripley Superintendent Rob Moorhead.  “Destiny’s hard work and dedication have led to this state level recognition and she is very deserving of this award. ”

Rutzel is the second South Ripley Junior High Principal to win the Indiana Middle School Principal of the Year award, following Rod Hite who won the honor in 2014.  “To have two of our junior high principals win this award in a four year period speaks volumes about the job that our junior high staff is doing on a daily basis,” said Moorhead. 

Destiny and her husband, Dave, live in Moores Hill with their two children, Chloe and Easton. 

The Indiana Association of School Principals is a not-for-profit, professional association serving over 2800 building level administrators in the state of Indiana.   

More from Local News

Events

  • Madison Township Firefighters Need Your Help

    Madison Township Township Volunteer Fire Company is looking for volunteers! Family dedicated to helping families! We pay for your certifications! Come join something that is bigger than you. Stop by at 3413 N. Michigan Rd.

    at Madison Township Volunteer Fire Company
  • LifeTime Volunteer Opportunity

    Sentry Services, a program within LifeTime Resources, is excited to be able to offer the Volunteer Advocates for Seniors or Incapacitated Adult program in Jefferson County (VASIA). We are actively seeking local, caring, and compassionate people willing to give their time to help seniors or incapacitated adults have a greater quality of life. There are many different ways to serve as a VASIA volunteer: Visit clients at least once a month Accompany clients to medical appointments Send "thinking of you" cards Assist with applying for and maintaining benefits Support the program and staff by providing clerical support When you volunteer for the VASIA program, you will receive training on the role of an advocate and resources to assist the client as well as continued support and assistance of our processional staff. If interested in volunteering, Contact Kelly Svatba at 812.432.6220

    at LifeTime Resources
  • Carroll County Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

    Volunteers are needed for the Carroll County Food Pantry. Dates most needed are December 20th for packing food baskets, and December 22nd for delivering them. If you'd like to volunteer please contact Ruth at 502-732-6688.

    at Carroll County Food Pantry