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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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#1StudentNWI: Wheeler High School Rings in Old and New Traditions

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World Premier

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#1StudentNWI: Wheeler High School Brings Song and Music to Community

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World Premier

When WHS choir director, Pam Hardesty, told her choirs that they were invited to perform in the world premier of Johan de Meij’s Symphony Number 5 Return to Middle Earth, they had no idea what they were about to get involved in.

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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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#1StudentNWI: A Wild Month for Valparaiso High School

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Student Spotlight: Claire Lopez

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#1StudentNWI: October at Boone Grove

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Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Russell
The Boone Grove High School staff create a space where students can be the best versions of themselves. English teacher, Mr. Josh Russell, works endlessly to promote his student’s success.

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#1StudentNWI: Chesterton Brings Safe Options for Halloween

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Teacher Spotlight:

English teacher Penny-Jo Morris recently dyed her hair bright pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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#1StudentNWI: Kouts Fundraisers and Halloween Prep

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Staff Spotlight:

More and more opportunities seem to keep arising for Kouts students as the school has acquired a new athletic director. Amy Evans, a former teacher for the Wawasee School District, has joined the staff at Kouts Middle/High School!


For many students, athletics are a huge part of their everyday routines, and could assist them in building a future after high school. As an athletic director, she is constantly working to create a fun and safe environment for athletes.

“[I work on] planning, supervising, and ensuring the athletic department is functioning to the highest level. Examples include meeting IHSAA requirements, official/game contracts, concessions,...

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#1StudentNWI: Wheeler Runs Into the Fall

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Homecoming

The 2018 ‘A Night in the Secret Garden’ Homecoming was a major success, with students enjoying every minute of the event.

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