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May at Chesterton


Senior Banquet

The 2019 Chesterton High School senior banquet was held at the Spa Banquet Center in Porter, Ind. on May 23rd. The banquet included dinner, awards, and other fun activities. This event was hosted by social studies teacher, Dana Huwig, and math teacher, Liz Countroubis, who are also the class sponsors. The one last hoorah for the Class of 2019 included great memories and a time to say their almost final goodbyes as classmates begin to enter the real world and head off to college, serve in the military, or go right into the workforce.

The banquet awarded over thirty superlatives alongside a dance and the chance to socialize. Seniors anticipated the banquet before the event, hoping it wouldn’t be too emotional.

“I hope that a lot of the senior class will come to...

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May at Boone Grove


Teacher: Mrs. Prater

Kristine Prater has worked at Boone Grove for nine years. During her time here she has influenced many students in an academic and personal matter. As Spanish teacher at BGHS, she has touched many lives.

“Mrs. Prater is just a blast to be around. She’s funny but she’s also really caring and it’s something us students definitely appreciate,” junior Spanish ll student Delaney Starcevich said.

At BGHS, Prater is the Key Club and Spanish Club sponsor. Students involved in Key Club find having her as a sponsor rewarding because she pushes them to work for their community and see the joy in it. But if you ask Prater, the most rewarding part of her job is seeing her students succeed in and outside of the classroom.

“I enjoy seeing my students succeed and work through their...

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Valparaiso High School closes out the 2018-2019 school year


What's Happened?

Things at Valparaiso High School are wrapping up starting with clubs and sports. Clubs like Le Cercle Francais, Writer’s Block, and Gay-Straight Alliance are having their last meetings with some members promising to return, some promising to convince a new member to join, and others who are moving on to the next stage of their schooling journey.

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#1StudentNWI: Shaping leaders at Wheeler High School


Porter County Leadership Conference

On April 2, the student council traveled to Liberty Bible Church in Chesterton to attend the annual Porter County Leadership Conference (PCLC).

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"Channel Surfing": The Fun and Comedic Student Show

The Valpo High School Drama Club put on this year’s ‘April Antics Channel Surfing’ comedy show on April 11th. The show included many performances that joined together for singing, dancing, acting and improvisation to create one comedic show that was fun for all. With 35 performances altogether, it created an upbeat and exciting show.

The show included multiple musical performances from singing, guitar playing, piano, and woodwind instruments. Some of the songs performed included “Comfortably Numb,” played by Jake Ingram and a mashup of “You Say” and “Someone Like You” performed by Kate Remijan, and Mia Webdell.

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#1StudentNWI: March at Chesterton High


What has happened?

The Chesterton High School band hosted their Annual Mattress Fundraiser on March 17th at the Chesterton High School gym from 4pm to 9pm.

“This fundraiser is designed to bring in fundraising dollars to the Chesterton High School Band Department, spread among the Trojan Guard, concert bands, Winter Guard, percussion, and jazz ensembles,” said Band Director Adam Bess.

The fundraiser offered adjustable bed frames, pillows, and mattresses at all price points.

“This fundraiser is enjoyable over others because of the ease on the students’ parts,” said Bess. “The students don’t sell anything; there isn’t any product to be delivered, no knocking door-to-door for customers. We simply spread the word and attempt to get as many referrals as we can to help out our bands!”


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#1StudentNWI: March Madness For Valparaiso High


What’s Happened?

March is here at Valparaiso High school and students are all excited that summer vacation is less than two months away! Before we are let out for the summer, students had to take either the dreaded ISTEP if they are Freshman, Sophomore, or the SAT/ACT if they are Juniors or Seniors. Valpo High students have just finished their part one ISTEPs and are ready to start the final quarter of this school year and end strong!

With the end of the school year coming, some clubs at VHS needed to recruit new team members for the next school year. Two of these clubs are the VHS Varsity Singers and the VHS LEAD Mentor Team Club.

The LEAD Mentor Team just had their callout meeting for new interested people to join and the Varsity singers just had their try-out week on March 11-14th for new interested members, (who either were in...

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#1StudentNWI: Kouts prepares for upcoming educational and artistic opportunities

Casting Call at Kouts!

For many high school students preferred after school activities are the highlight of their school careers, ranging between basketball, hockey, science club, choir and. For many students at Kouts, the drama club is their calling. Last year the drama team created a wonderful rendition of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. Many incoming freshman were able to experience what it was like to manage and perform in a high school drama, while many returning sophomores and upperclassman added more experience under their belts for future plans and aspirations. With that being said, tons of Kouts High School students have been buzzing with anticipation in regards to the 2018-2019 play, and possible participants are in luck! Kouts has recently acquired a new play director, who so graciously produced last month’s middle school play “Snow Angel”. Audition information has been released. Make sure to check your emails and pay attention to...

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January's Full of Opportunities at Valpo HS


What’s Happened?

Before VHS students even got back to school, The VHS Speech team traveled all the way down to Fishers, Indiana near Indianapolis, to stay a night in a hotel and participate in a speech meet. Welcome to 2019!

VHS students have been settling into their old routines or picking up new ones. The start of the new year has been busy. Students have jumped into studies, started projects, and dove into sports or activities outside of school.

The students of VHS received a great surprise to start their year. During a school-wide convocation on January 13, students learned that Valparaiso High qualifies to be a unified school for “Champions Together.”Champions Together is an organization partnered with the Indiana Special Olympics organization that promotes servant leadership of student-athletes to include students...

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Bearcats move forward in February


Ending the Winter Season

With the start of February comes the end of winter sports at Wheeler. Both boys’ and girls’ teams are wrapping up their seasons and working toward postseason. The girls swim team participated in the sectional prelims on February 1 at Chesterton High School, and swimmers advanced to the sectional championship on February 2. The team placed 7th overall.

Next up, the girls basketball team competed against the Hanover Central Wildcats in an intense game on February 2 in the first round of sectionals. Although the team came up short, they have a lot to be proud of. They improved their record from last year and hope to keep improving in years to come.

The boys wrestling team competed in sectionals on January 26 at Crown Point High School. Three wrestlers - Isaiah Mohmed,...

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#1StudentNWI: Kouts High School, February 2019



As students scramble to meet deadlines to maintain their grades in the midst of the third quarter, many are daydreaming of summer break. For staff though, a break from school doesn’t mean the hard work can stop. Mrs. Dutko, a teacher of a few years at Kouts, has traded some of her work duties for other responsibilities, as she has taken some much-needed time off to tend to her family's’ new edition - a baby! Thankfully, Mr Gold, a teacher of around 15 years, has agreed to fill in. Mr. Gold is a fun, hardworking teacher who has taken responsibility for Mrs. Dutko’s classes, including social studies classes and sociology. Mr Gold has worked in a variety of different schools including Hammond High, George Rogers Clark, and Lake Ridge Middle School. As students, we are excited to experience Mr. Gold’s teaching and hope he feels...

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