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Celebrating Black History month

Liberty Elementary fourth-grade students celebrated Black History month by presenting living statues of famous African Americans. More than 100 different African Americans were presented.

Chess teams headed to state

Two Duneland School chess club teams are headed for the state competition after qualifying at the Indiana Scholastic Team Chess Regional hosted at Morton High School last month. Chesterton Middle School placed first in the eighth grade and under division, and Westchester Intermediate placed ninth out of 38 teams in the sixth grade and under division.

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St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point sent 41 students to the Team Regional Chess Tournament in Hammond. The school had nine teams, and all nine qualified for the state tournament. St. Mary School has never taken nine teams to state. This is a new school record. The chess team is led by Dr. Lisa Mullally.

Celebrating pets

VALPARAISO — Immanuel Lutheran’s Preschool celebrated bring your pet to school week with two very special guests — chickens named Susan and Elinor visited the students. The students were able to pet the chickens and learned that they lay one egg each day.

MCHS band students earn medals at district, state contests

Last month, 20 Michigan City High School band students traveled to Kankakee Valley Middle School to compete at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) District Solo and Ensemble Contest.

Freshmen Mia Taylor (clarinet), Jessica Wilhelm (clarinet), Gwyneth Sardon (clarinet), Korah DeLeon (tenor saxophone) and Jada Majied (alto saxophone) performed solos and received Gold ratings. Freshmen William Mansfield (tuba) and Josh Wilhelm (trombone) performed solos and received Silver ratings. Freshmen Delaina Adams (flute) and Erica Galindo (clarinet) performed solos and received Bronze ratings. Sophomores Anna-Lisse Lenard (flute) and Halie Lewis (flute) performed solos and received Silver ratings. Junior Trinity Clayton (flute) performed a solo and receive a Gold rating. Junior Elizabeth Klinger (baritone) performed a solo and received a Silver rating. A brass quintet composed of students Zoie Zaknoun, Parker Gouge, Courtney Hart, William Mansfield and Andre Williams received a Gold rating at the district competition. A flute trio composed of students Halie Lewis, Trinity Clayton and Anna-Lisse Lenard received a Silver rating at the district competition. A brass quartet composed of students Scott Downs, Adam Howard, Elizabeth Klinger and James Smith received a Bronze rating at the district competition. Sophomore Adam Howard performed a trumpet solo in Group I at the district competition and received a Gold rating. Since Howard received a gold medal on music of the highest difficulty rating, he advanced to the State Solo and Ensemble Competition in Indianapolis on Feb. 24, where he also received a Gold rating.

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss

PORTAGE — Students at Myers Elementary read "Oh the Places You'll Go" on Dr. Seuss' birthday.

Students compete in Japanese Olympiad

Chesterton High School was state runner-up in the second-year division and placed third in the fourth-year division at the Japanese Olympiad of Indiana at Earlham College. CHS has won the Japan Bowl/Japanese Olympiad state championship 20 times, in addition to three national Japan Bowl championships and one national runner-up. The CHS second-year team of Aidan Li, Emily Case and Hunter Stewart finished second to Indiana Academy and ahead of Avon High School. The other second-year team of Abbey Leffert and Jacob Waters did well in their preliminary round. In the fourth-year division, the team of Nate Kravitz, Jonathon Sumita and Orion Bohren finished in third place behind Bloomington North and Michigan City. Competing in third-year, but not advancing to the finals, were the teams of Will Shook, Hannah Grimes and Sam Henderson, and Eve Senderhauf, Elise Dorsey and Davian Ojeda.

CHS students chosen for language speech contest

Chesterton High School seniors Josh Guzek, Bryan Pamintuan and Sailor Franklin have been chosen through a preliminary selection process to be speech finalists at the 32nd Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest on March 17 at the Japan Information Center (JIC) at the Consulate in Chicago. All three are Japanese 5 students. Their teacher is Aki Tsugawa. The JIC has been hosting this contest to promote the study of the Japanese language in the Midwest and to deepen the mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and the United States.

Annual middle school science fair

St. John the Evangelist school held its annual middle school science fair. Several students advanced to the next round of competition at the Northwest Indiana Science and Engineering Fair at Valparaiso University. Students who placed include: Hannah Gerstenkorn, second, Biological Life and Sciences, received the David and Maxine Ford Outstanding STEM Award; Andrew Schilling, third place, Biological Life and Sciences; Ben Puch, first place, Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Computers Award; and Raeann Risos, third place, Physical Sciences, and also received the Broadcom Masters Award. Maddie Polak also competed at NWISEF.

Andrean finishes second at state decathlon competition

Andrean High School finished second at the Indiana State Decathlon competition last month. Eight students finished with top honors. Kathryn Strimbu led the way with six medals, Josh Grady earned five and Beth Azcona and Caden Hicks finished with four, while Madison Grcevich (two), Elizabeth Cooley (one), Adan Diaz (one) and Anniya Delaney (one) all placed in various categories. Academic decathlon competitions test students’ knowledge on a single theme as it pertains to 10 academic subjects. The theme for this year’s competition was Africa. Competition subjects range from economics to literature.

MCAS Seeks Nominations for Wall of Fame

Michigan City Area Schools is seeking nominations for the 2018 Michigan City Area Schools Wall of Fame. This annual award, first presented in 1976, honors school employees who have made outstanding contributions to the children of the Michigan City Area Schools. To qualify for nomination, the candidate must have been employed by the Michigan City Area Schools for a minimum of 15 years. Special circumstances may be considered for those not meeting the 15-year requirement due to hardship or death. All applications remain on file for three years. At the end of that time, candidates must be re-nominated. Call 219-873-2000, ext. 8365. Deadline is 4 p.m. March 29.

Free breakfast served

The Food Services Department at Portage Township Schools offered free breakfast to all students March 5-9. Students at each school visited their cafeterias each day that week to receive a healthy breakfast served by the food services staff. The initiative is part of National School Breakfast Week, which raises awareness of the importance of eating a healthy breakfast before school each day.


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