On Thursday, December 6, 2018, the fourth grade students at Wood Elementary School gathered in the multi-purpose room for a special ceremony. They were all graduating from the Too Good For Drugs Program. Wood Elementary fourth grade students were the only Merrillville Elementary School to participate in this program due to their unique partnership with the Hobart Police Department.
Sixth graders at St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point study different forms of literature genre. Over the course of the past six weeks students have been reading biographies and autobiographies with their teacher, Mrs. Michelle Sarabia. After all of their hard work writing an expository paper, creating a timeline, writing a bibliography, the middle schoolers ended the project with a celebration of a “Living Biography Museum.”
Recently the Munster High School Speech and Debate Director Jordan Mayer and Assistant Coach Josh Craig led the team to Peoria, IL with the help of parents Manikana Sarkar and Ayanna Brown. The Munster High School Speech team won the Bradley University George Armstrong Invitational tournament for the second time in school history.
“Only 6.4 percent were able to get a full ride,” he said after finding out he and fellow Noll classmate Rebecca Vazquez had received a full scholarship from the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship program, which connects high-achieving, low-income high school seniors to the nation’s top colleges. This year, the program received 16,249 applications and only selected 1,044 students.
Arianna’s Heart is a charity organization that was started by a young lady who spent a large part of her life in foster care. The organization wants to share a little love and hope to foster children… children who deserve to know that someone cares about them and thinks they are special.
Advice from commencement speaker and PNW alumnus Stephen Turner
Student Council Food Drive
The Jackson Elementary School Student Council sponsored a holiday food drive in conjunction with the CHS Food Drive. Jackson students set a goal to collect 1,000 items, and ended up collecting over 1,700 items to be donated to the Westchester Neighborhood Food Pantry. Pictured are members of the Jackson Student Council, front row, left to right, Eli Garcia, Miranda Smith, Jazzmin Huizar and Madelynn Costello, Row 2, Gabrielle Roberson, Macey Mauke, Addison Pack, June Peterson, Rylee Juhasz, Bradyn Stephan, Luke Boyter, and Ben Bank. Back row, Lillian Dedrick, Tommy Kostbade, Jenna Bircher, Georgia Peterson, Alana Smith and Mace Redman.
Mr. Josh Haynes is new to the Merrillville High School teaching staff this school year. He teaches Construction I and Construction II in a unique classroom located in the high school parking lot by the tennis courts. Upon entering, you notice the absence of desks, but rather unconventional stations to do various types of construction related work.
Let Me Run is an after-school club for boys. It was created in an effort to support boys and help them grow to their full potential. It helps to inspire boys to be themselves, be active and belong. There is curriculum that trained volunteers/coaches follow that applies the power of running as well as encourages boys to develop their psychological, emotional and social health.