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#1StudentNWI: Wheeler Celebrates the End of Summer


Shorewood Fest

For years, Shorewood Forest has marked the end of summer with fireworks that are lit from a barge on Lake Louise. Community members gather to get the best view of the fireworks display. Some board their boats and anchor far from the barge to watch the fireworks from the water. Others congregate on Shorewood Beach, setting up chairs and laying out blankets. It is a great way for the community to come together and celebrate not only the summer, but also what the upcoming months will bring.

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#1StudentNWI: Back to School for Valpo


What’s going to happen?

Summer is coming to an end and students are starting to get ready to get back to school. That includes the usual shopping spree for new school clothes and school supplies. What’s going to happen?

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#1StudentNWI: Changes and Celebrations Ahead for Kouts High School


Good Luck Seniors

As summer comes to a close, many students have begun to realize that their time in high school will soon end, too. College, jobs, and other stress-inducing topics will soon plague our seniors as they wrap up their time at Kouts High School. As many know, senior year is an infamous section of someone’s life, and I briefly spoke with Becca Herr and Tong Mei Anweiler about their thoughts on being in the limelight.

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#1StudentNWI: Chesterton Celebrates Summer with Art


What’s Going On: WPL Events

Westchester Public Libraries hosted their annual summer reading program for both kids and adults this year. The theme for the kids up to age 11 was “Ready to Rock!” Kids who were enrolled in the program got a bingo card to fill out during the program which ran from May 25 to July 15.

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#1StudentNWI: Chesterton's Harry Potter Summer, Travel, and More!


Teacher Spotlight:

Charles Smith, a teacher at Chesterton High School, has taught and inspired many students with a love of journalism and the english language. He has led the school’s yearbook (Singing Sands) staff for two years and is planning on taking over the school’s newspaper (Sandscript) after fellow English teacher and newspaper advisor John Hayduk retired.

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#1StudentNWI: Words and More at Wheeler



The Bearcat Theater Company has been hard at work all summer. The summer production is Words, a play written by a Wheeler alumni, Lauren Aldaba. Words is directed by Jessica Ball and is not yet formally published, so the group is taking the opportunity to workshop the piece.

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#1StudentNWI: Valparaiso Keeps Busy in Summer


What’s happened?

It’s the middle of summer and already Valpo has been bustling with activity. For students, no school and no homework means there's plenty of freedom! There are so many activities for students to take part in like riding bikes, driving through the country, shopping, grabbing dessert, or seeing a show, and luckily, Valparaiso makes all those options a possibility.

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#1StudentNWI: Traditions and New Developments for Kouts


24/7 Students

As the summer months approach, students are often impatiently waiting for their release from the education system, daydreaming about the boundless fun they are going to experience with their new freedom. Vacations, sleeping in, and pool parties are all the rage during those final months of the school year. Some students, however, have other activities in mind.

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#1StudentNWI: Chesterton's Summertime Plans


What’s Going On

Now that school is officially out, summer is in full swing. Chesterton’s spring sports all finished strong, as well. The baseball team made it to semi-state, senior golfer Mitch Davis made it to state, the softball team beat out rival Valpo for the Sectional title, and girls track won the IHSAA sectional title. Also, boys volleyball won Regionals and many senior track boys medaled or won titles at state. On top of all of that, seniors Braden Corzan (track/football), Lucas Davison (wrestling), Jakob Kintzele (cross country/track), Austin Peterson (basketball/baseball), junior Eli Pokorney (wrestling), and sophomore Jake Wadding (basketball) were all named candidates for NWI Times’ Athlete of the Year award. Finally, Chesterton athletic...

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#1StudentNWI: The Start of Summer for Valparaiso


What’s Happening

Here in Valparaiso there are plenty of things to do!

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#1StudentNWI: Graduation and Summertime Plans for Wheeler



On June 3rd, Wheeler graduated one of the most successful classes it has ever seen. The class of 2018 made achievements across the board. Success was seen within academics, athletics, fine arts, and extra curriculars. The senior class was highly involved in various clubs and activities at the school.

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