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La Porte Celebrates the Holiday Season

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Student Spotlight

As the holidays approach us, happiness and cheer are being spread all throughout La Porte High School. Teachers decorate their classrooms, music is played throughout the hallways, and students are found spreading more positivity than ever. One student, though, has stood out over the years through her everlasting distribution of love and joy.

Jocelynn Coleman, a La Porte High School senior, has been described as “compassionate” and “optimistic” by teachers at LPHS as her outgoing personality and genuine care for others stand out among others.

“She brightens your day with her smile, kind words, and passion for life,” Monica Owens, La Porte High School Physics teacher, said.

Coleman is on the LPHS Quiz Bowl team, and is the President of the La Porte High School Chapter of National Honor Society....

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#1StudentNWI: Strength in Small Numbers at Kouts High School

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Basketball Managers Extraordinaire

In high school, athletics oftentimes takes the forefront in news. Typically, though, we only see what is being shown to the public. The players, formations, coaches, and awards are always on the minds of those paying attention. Unfortunately, we don’t often see what is happening behind the scenes of the stardum.

I briefly spoke with the Kouts High School Boys Basketball Team managers, Emily, Elly, Brielle, and Olivia. These young women are responsible for washing jerseys, giving players water, keeping track using the scoreboard, loading the bus for travel, and organizing their equipment. Many of the girls chose to be managers in an attempt to feel closer to the players, and to also feel like part of a team, as some of them don’t feel confident...

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Michigan City Schools Unite in Grand Performance, "One City, One Sound"


The magic of Christmas sprung to life with the sound of music Thursday evening, November 6, at Michigan City High School. Students of all ages transformed the gymnasium into a concert hall. Local youth filled the room with Christmas music using their voices and instruments. The event lived up to its name: “One City, One Sound.”

“This is a way to bring the whole city together in the spirit of Christmas,” Stephanie Sobecki, Barker Elementary Music Teacher, said.

Michigan-Citys-One-City-One-Sound-Concert-20180407“Sobecki relayed that the students practiced for several months to make the event a great show. She was...

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#1StudentNWI: Bishop Noll Institute Connects Students to Community

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Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Albrecht

 A teacher who has taught almost everything is Mary Albrercht. When she first started at Bishop Noll five years ago, she was the freshmen theology teacher. Two years ago she took over STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.) She teaches STEM to all freshmen and a select group of eight graders from nearby Catholic grade schools. This year she is also teaching Intro to Engineering Design to all grade levels.

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#1StudentNWI: Boone Grove Prepares for Upcoming Madrigals and Reflects on Field Trips, Star Students, and Resourceful Teachers


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This past month, Boone Grove High Schools journalism class in its inaugural year traveled to CIBC Theater in Chicago to see the musical ​Hamilton: An American Musical.

Thanks to a generous local business donation, the class of over twenty students spent the day in the city wrapping up the “American Revolution and Journalism” unit they had just completed.

Students came in for a normal day of class when they were surprised with the news. Sophomore Catrina DeLeon was one of the lucky students.

“I’ve wanted to see if for two years, and the fact that this opportunity was so easily given to us, I’ll forever be grateful.”, said DeLeon.

She is also active in BGHS theatre and took notice saying, “The play had a mix of everything from romance and comedy and all the...

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#1StudentNWI: Teamwork & Promising Futures at Area Career Center University

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What Has Happened at ACCU

The Area Career Center University has started its sixth year and is maintaining its hold on academic excellence. If someone were to walk the halls of this school, they would feel a sense of motivation, a forward mindset so thick you could cut it with a knife. Last summer, the seniors want to further their knowledge and education. More than 20 students went to Vincennes University to take an accelerated, two-week sociology course. This course was hosted at the Vincennes campus for the first week, and then the students moved to the ACCU for the second week. This coursed kept the same rigor as the semester course, but crunched the work down into a two section. Even though this course was a lot of work, every student who participated in this program passed the course. These...

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#1StudentNWI: Chesterton Takes Off the Holiday Season


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Chesterton High School hosted their musical on Friday November 16th, Saturday November 17th, and Sunday November 18th. The musical, The Sound of Music, told the beloved story of nun Maria becoming a governess to the von Trapp family. The musical had a fun cast with Rebecca Lane as Maria, Daniel Schmiegel as Captain von Trapp, and Isabelle Maddex as Liesel.

With every new school year bringing a new musical to perform, many ponder how these musicals are selected.

“The Sound of Music will allow a lot of students to participate” Choral teacher and musical director Kristen Morris said, “It’ll bring the community in to see the students’ talents.”

The cast showed ecstatic energy about the show.

“I hope this experience will help me grow as a performer as well as a...

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#1StudentNWI: Clark High School Looks to the Future

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Student Spotlight:

Raquel Navarrete is an all around student at Clark High School. She is Vice President of National Honors Society, Secretary for the senior class, involved in yearbook, and also maintains over a 4.0 GPA.

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#1StudentNWI: Gavit High School Celebrates Student Talent and Goals

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What’s Recently Happened?

For students, Fridays are something to look forward to. Friday signifies the end of the school week and the start of the weekend. But for senior Dawn Pawlak, Friday, November 16th signified something much bigger than the weekend. That day, Pawlak, surrounded by friends and family, celebrated her signing day. Pawlak signed with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to play Division I softball. Teachers and students at Gavit High School were looking forward to celebrating Pawlak’s signing day, especially since Pawlak is Gavit’s first NCAA Division-I athlete in many years!

Pawlak started her softball career at the age of five and went on to play travel ball. She has also played varsity softball for three years at Gavit. Shannon Hassel, Gavit’s softball coach, said, “Dawn is the athlete we should aspire...

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#1StudentNWI: What’s Happening This Month at Hobart High School

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Star Student

Maxx Johnson is an eleventh grade student at Hobart High School who could be defined by the phrase, “theatre kid.”  Maxx has been involved with many productions for years. Maxx started out with theatre by joining an organization called Chicago Street Theatre. When he joined this group of actors and signed up for all their acting and directing classes he not only learned about his passion for the art but made a lifelong family. Maxx started off in acting classes at Chicago Street Theatre when he was 12 years old. He then began auditioning for everything he possibly could because he loved it so much.  

Maxx’s first involvement with Hobart High School’s performing arts was during his freshman year. He heard about auditions for The Sound of Music the...

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#1StudentNWI: Westville Celebrates Veterans and Anticipates Thanksgiving

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What’s Recently Happened?

With the school year finally underway, students and staff have finally gotten comfortable with the routine. Recently, students and parents sat down with teachers for parent teacher conference night. The night was helpful for parents, especially if they have any questions or concerns regarding their student. It was a great night for parents to chat with the teachers.

As the first quarter of the year just ended, students now only have three quarters left to go until the end of another school year. Most recently, Westville celebrated Veterans at their Veterans Day program, honoring those past and present for serving our country. All students, grades K-12, experienced and participated in the program.

A wonderful presentation was put on by the Westville High School...

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