The Griffith High School Pantherettes hosted their sixth annual Teri Calhoun Showcase on Saturday, December 2. The showcase featured dances from girls in grades kindergarten through sixth grade that were choreographed and taught by members of the dance team. The Pantherettes also presented their competition, pom, and jazz routines as well as lyrical ensembles, duets, and solos. There was a solo from a dancer at Wilbur Wright Middle School, a routine by the GHS cheer team, Crown Point’s senior night dance as well as their competition routine, and finally a special performance by the boys basketball team.
Senior Hayley Johnson has dedicated much of her time toward the school. When she is not doing school work, Johnson can be found in the east wing of the school. She is a member of concert choir, show choir, theatre, and a student director for the middle school production of Lion King Jr.
Get’cha Head in the Game
The Mustangs kicked off their season with a home game on November 21 against West Central. The team played well together and was thrilled to win with 107 to 47 points in the varsity game. The student pep block was also in full swing to support the basketball players and create an exciting environment for them to play in. Many students came out for the Homecoming game on December 1 against Covenant Christian where the Mustangs fought in a close match but lost 55 to 56.
What’s Happening: Mayhem at the Marsch
La Lumiere Lakers kicked-off the 2017-2018 winter sports season with an energetic pep rally called Marsch Madness this month. During the event, all three varsity basketball teams, Girls, Boys Blue, and Boys White, were introduced. They competed in various fun events, with a friendly scrimmage, a shooting contest for a prized Dress Down Day, and the well-loved cheerleader’s dance routine with the basketball players. The student body was extremely hyped for the event, with many donning blue face paint and sunglasses. One student even wore a blue morph suit and wig.
Student Spotlight: Four Students Named Rising Stars of Indiana Class of 2019
The Indiana Association of School Principals recently presented the “Rising Stars of Indiana 2018” list featuring highly successful juniors across the entire state. The list presented on November 30, 2017 included four River Forest students: Patrick Hottle, Hailey Bianco, Makayla Brooks, and Maria Cabrera. These four students are involved in many leadership roles, community service opportunities, and diverse activities throughout the school and community all while obtaining grade point averages that exceed 4.0.
David Garlin, the enthusiastic and charismatic math teacher is passionate in everything he does, from the classroom to helping out the National Honor Society. D.G, as his students call him, has his hands tied with everything he's involved in. There is nothing David turns down when it comes to helping his students.
What’s Going On:
Lowell is known for having a good football team, but this year, the team took it to another level.
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Garrett Mertz
Garrett Mertz is a seventh grader at South Central who has high ambitions for his future.
Alex Reed is a very involved and busy senior at Boone Grove High School. He has been a World Trade Alliance board member since June of last year. He has been apart of The Academic Super Bowl: Math, English, Social Studies, and Interdisciplinary. He helped take his teams to state competition and won 2nd place.
What's Going On:
Student activities never stop. The Girls’ Basketball team recently had a home game on November 17 against Bowman Academy. They are already multiple games into their season having already faced schools such Gavit, George Rogers Clark, Kouts, and Morton. The Boys’ Basketball team had their first game of the season at home on Wednesday, November 22, against HAST. The game was one for the record books, first for being Coach Mercer’s first game, but secondly for breaking double digits for a 104-75 win. Two days later on November 24, Whiting Boys’ Basketball team went on to face cross-town rival Clark for another win, 73-69.
Student in the Spotlight:
Jamie Valadez is a very active member in many clubs and sports at PHS. Valadez, a senior, has been cheer captain at PHS for two years and has attended Portage Township Schools her entire life.