Katherine “Katrina” Gootee is a great student. She’s responsible, organized, and participates in extracurriculars while maintaining excellent grades. She has many friends in the high school and is a very kind and respectable student.
How old are you?
“I am 16 years old”
What activities do you do in high school?
“I participate in Women’s Chorus, Girl’s Swimming and Diving, and Spell bowl.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
“I see myself pursuing a CSI major as a sophomore in an undergrad college; most likely ND or VU.”
What do you think of our high school?
“I think it has a lot of great opportunities. I see great things for VHS in the years ahead.”
In Valparaiso, the Popcorn Fest is a tradition. People from all throughout the community come together to celebrate. Community organizations, school sports, clubs, and many others march in the parade down Lincoln Way. People young and old run in the Popcorn Panic and enjoy themselves at the festival to follow.
While there were many new students that have decided to attend East Porter County schools, there are also several new teachers that have joined. Katie Goldbranson, an eager teacher that is elated to begin her career at Kouts, is one amongst the many that have migrated to the small town.
Keep Calm and Pedal On: Valparaiso Night Bike Ride
Ready? Set. Pedal! This past Saturday, August 25th, the Valparaiso Parks Department held their 8th annual Valpo Night Ride. The Valparaiso Parks Department had an overwhelming amount of help from volunteers affiliated with the Washington Township Key Club. People of all ages came to take part in the community bike ride on Saturday. Whether the riders were wobbly toddlers on tricycles, teenagers hanging out after a week back at school, a dynamic duo on a tandem, or experienced cyclists, everyone who participated in this event had a wheelie good time.
What has happened?
CHS Volleyball started its season with a bang. The first game was held Tuesday, August 14 with Varsity and Junior Varsity winning against the opposing team. The varsity team won with scores of 25-11, 25-10, and 25-10 earning them their first victory of the season! Leading scorers were Taylor Bowser, Sammy Deveraux, Lorna Lombardini, and Maggie Vrahoretis.
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.
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?
At the August 7, 2018 School Board meeting, Mr. John Daugherty from the Calumet Region Sportsmanship Committee honored Merrillville High School with the 2018 Annual Sportsmanship Award. The award is given at each of the Northwest Indiana Boys’ Basketball Sectional Sites to the participating school whose cheering section shows the best sportsmanship throughout the tournament.
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.
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.
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.