Hammond Academy of Science and Technology (HAST), an urban charter school in Hammond, Indiana, was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from NIPSCO to build a hands-on, smart-technology powered greenhouse for their students and Horticulture Club members. “Our community is excited about the new educational opportunities available to students and their families,” said Sean Egan, school leader of HAST.
America’s oldest and most iconic national competition first began at the table of nine newspaper companies who created the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Little did they know that, 90 years later, their literacy efforts would reach 11 million students annually. In the hopes of becoming a Scripps National Champ, local spelling buffs from grades 3-8 competed to be the last one standing at the Regional Championship, hosted by Kankakee Valley REMC at Wheeler High School Thursday March 14.
The 44th annual Porter County Arts-A-Budding student art exhibit was hosted recently at the Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University Campus. This exhibit is organized through volunteer efforts of the Porter County Visual Arts teachers and is sponsored by the Porter County Arts Commission in cooperation with the Bauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University.
St. Mary Catholic Community School’s Chess Team recently participated in the Scholastic Chess of Indiana Team Regional Tournament in Hammond. This is the biggest regional in the state with over 400 students competing from as far as Layfayette.
On Friday March 1st, a multitude of teams came out to compete in St. Mary Catholic Community School’s annual Wildcat March Madness 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. This year’s tournament was held at Andrean High School in Merrillville. “This is a fun event that the whole family looks forward to each year. The students start thinking about their team names and chose t-shirt colors the year before in anticipation,” said organizer, Mrs. Melanie Light.
Westchester Intermediate School fifth grader Michael Shumate has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Indiana State Competition. The contest will be held at the IUPUI campus on Friday, March 29, 2019.
Munster High Senior, Shreyas Iyer, was selected to receive the President’s Award (First Place) at the 66th Annual Northwest Indiana Science and Engineering Fair held at Valparaiso University for his project titled, Impact of Targeted Defect Introduction in Metal-Organic Frameworks on Catalytic Behavior. His project involved the creation of computational models to study catalysts used in hydrogen fuel cells. His first place finish qualified him to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ this coming May.
The Munster High School Speech and Debate team competed at the Northwest Indiana NSDA Speech Qualifier on March 2nd at Plymouth High School in Plymouth, IN. Munster qualified 9 students to the 2019 NSDA National Tournament in Dallas, Texas set for June 17th to June 21st.
The Indiana University Northwest campus and the greater Northwest Indiana community are invited to view a multidisciplinary group exhibition celebrating contemporary African American artists in the Gallery for Contemporary Art, located in the Savannah Center. The exhibit runs through March 22.