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January's Full of Opportunities at Valpo HS

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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

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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

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Staff

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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January in Review At Boone Grove

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Student Spotlight

Senior Sara Sanchez has been a Boone Grove student since kindergarten. She describes the memories and genuine people she met during high school as “amazing.” Underclassmen can turn to Sanchez when they need a laugh or a friend.

“Even through the bad times, high school can offer the best times,” Sanchez said. “One of my favorite moments in high school was finding out I was chosen to be on rainbow staff for the spring 2019 Natural Helpers retreat. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had at Boone Grove. I was lucky enough to be a part of it and build a lot of friendships.”

Sanchez has become a role model in the community, which very important to her.

“As a senior, we should all be role models,” Sanchez said. “As [my favorite artist] Harry Styles says, ‘Treat people...

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Starting the New Year at Wheeler

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Seussical the Musical

The upcoming production of Seussical the Musical has been long awaited. Preparation began in September of the first trimester when students auditioned. Once the roles were filled, rehearsal immediately began.

This year, atypical to previous years, they’re making the most out of the musical by adding both the high school and middle school into the production. The cast includes a wide range of ages with everyone putting in their fair share of work.

Junior Jaya Lee, who plays Mrs. Mayor in the production, said she is excited to see her fellow, talented cast members bring the show together and succeed after working so hard the past couple of months.

“I can’t just pick one thing to be excited about when I’m excited for all of it,” Lee said.

This year, Seussical the Musical will run for two weekends!...

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#1StudentNWI: Kouts High School Celebrates Homecoming and New Beginnings

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When the year comes to an end, many people begin to think about how they can alter their old ways to improve their lives. This especially applies to the student population, simply due to the fact that many high schoolers are growing closer to their graduation date, and their impending occupations are beginning to take shape within their minds.

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#1StudentNWI: Valpo High School Prepares for Finals and Winter Break

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What's Happening?

December is upon students at Valparaiso High School, and that means two definite things: final exams and Christmas Break!

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Wheeler Gives Back and Celebrates in December

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Lunch with Santa

For the past twenty years, Wheeler has made a point to help the Union Township community during the holiday season. The Lunch with Santa program was adapted by guidance counselor Mike Rosta twenty years ago when he heard the community program would be seeing its last year.

Although Rosta had only volunteered with the program for one year, he took it upon himself to keep the program alive.

At first, the program helped around twenty-five children in Union Township. This year, the program is projected to help over two hundred children and eighty-two families. Lunch with Santa takes place on Saturday 22nd this year. All the families will be able to enjoy a turkey and ham lunch. Santa will then come for the children, and each family will separately visit with Santa to receive their food baskets, clothes,...

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#1StudentNWI: Washington Township Update

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Trotting on Turkey Day Down Turkey Lane

The alarm sounds. The light is turned on. Grunts can be heard as one hobbles to the bathroom. Cereal is eaten too early in the morning. The car door unlocks as runners pile in and make their way to Valparaiso High School when the weather is brisk and damp and the sun is still down.

It is the morning of Thanksgiving, and over 3,000 participants began to file in a line to check-in, grab their pins and tags, and stretch as 8:00 quickly approaches. 7:45 and the runners, joggers, and walkers began to brave the cold as they line up at the start/finish line. Teeth chattered and cheeks had become rosy with every bone-chilling minute spent outside.

On your marks. Get set. Pop. 3,090 participants began to stampede the streets of Valparaiso as they faced a 5k...

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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: 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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