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Veteran teacher shares her passion for space exploration

Veteran teacher shares her passion for space exploration

Veteran teacher Lynne Vitkus is best known for getting her students excited about space exploration.

July 11, 2014 12:00 am
Salutatorian earns standing ovation and college honors

Salutatorian earns standing ovation and college honors

Highland resident Courtney Raab completed her high school career to the sound of a cheering crowd.

July 10, 2014 12:00 am
Dancer and golfer heads to Purdue for engineering studies

Dancer and golfer heads to Purdue for engineering studies

Morgan Kaptur will trade a dance costume for a lab coat when she enters Purdue University at West Lafayette in August.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am
United Way welcomes Early Childhood Education Initiatives director

United Way welcomes Early Childhood Education Initiatives director

United Way of Porter County welcomes Kim Olesker to its team as regional director of United Way Early Childhood Education Initiatives serving all three United Ways (LaPorte, Porter and Lake counties) in Northwest Indiana.

July 07, 2014 12:00 am
Art teacher has designs on improving life for Kenyans

Art teacher has designs on improving life for Kenyans

A trip to Kenya in 2008 left such an impression on Amy Ahiga that she has returned nearly every year since.

July 04, 2014 12:00 am
Kiwanis honoree has sights set on criminal justice career

Kiwanis honoree has sights set on criminal justice career

An episode of CSI: Miami inspired Valparaiso resident Ashley Taylor to pursue a career in criminal justice.

July 03, 2014 12:00 am
New college grad aims at career in public health field

New college grad aims at career in public health field

A trip to Nicaragua solidified Hannah Shields’ desire to work in the public health field.

July 02, 2014 12:00 am
College dean presents program at national conference

College dean presents program at national conference

University of St. Francis Crown Point Dean Dr. Marsha King was a presenter last month for the Human Patient Simulator Network World 2014 in Sarasota, Fla.

June 30, 2014 12:00 am
Vocalist headed to VU to train for Disney World career

Vocalist headed to VU to train for Disney World career

Highland teen Kessa Deardorff recently accepted Valparaiso University’s Vivace Scholarship for Music.

June 27, 2014 12:00 am
Teen headed from the stage to career in medicine

Teen headed from the stage to career in medicine

A brother and sister with autism steered Dolton, Ill. teen Kenye` Askew toward a career in medicine.

June 26, 2014 12:00 am
Sea lab study trip brings teen closer to her career goal

Sea lab study trip brings teen closer to her career goal

Many young people dream of becoming a marine biologist, but Hammond resident Attia Gray is putting in the work to ensure her dream becomes a reality.

June 25, 2014 12:00 am
Former marathon runner trims commute in new position

Former marathon runner trims commute in new position

Kevin Higdon set a Boston Marathon world record with his father and nearly made the U.S. Olympic team. The near lifelong Michigan City resident also set Big Ten cross country records at Indiana University.

June 23, 2014 12:00 am
Birthday girl asks guests to bring gifts for shelter, not her

Birthday girl asks guests to bring gifts for shelter, not her

Abby Contreras felt she didn’t need any new toys for her 10th birthday, so she began to think how she could help others instead. She had to look no further than her dog, Leo.

June 20, 2014 12:00 am
Nursing career ahead for teen who counts her blessings

Nursing career ahead for teen who counts her blessings

Kelley Walsh’s career plans clicked into place when she witnessed a nurse in action, and as a result she will begin college studies this fall to become a nurse anesthetist or nurse practitioner.

June 19, 2014 12:00 am
Honors grad headed to medical school with plenty of experience

Honors grad headed to medical school with plenty of experience

Evan Jameyfield, 22, is the first Indiana resident chosen to attend the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in North Haven, Conn.

June 18, 2014 12:00 am
PUC graduate turns less into more thanks to dual credits

PUC graduate turns less into more thanks to dual credits

HAMMOND | Within the changing climate of higher education, more at the beginning can turn out to mean less at the end.

June 16, 2014 12:00 am
New grad is first high schooler to earn child development credential

New grad is first high schooler to earn child development credential

Chesterton teen Carissa Fladeland is the first student in Porter County to receive a Child Development Associate credential while still in high school.

June 13, 2014 12:00 am
Women's center co-founder offers safe place for healing

Women's center co-founder offers safe place for healing

Kelly Vates works to heal the body, mind and spirit as co-founder and executive director of Fair Haven Center for Women, 2645 Ridge Road, Highland.

June 12, 2014 12:00 am
Gates Scholar earns full scholarship and boost in confidence

Gates Scholar earns full scholarship and boost in confidence

Kameron Marshbanks, a 2014 graduate of Seton Academy in South Holland, Ill., is the school’s newest Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar.

June 11, 2014 12:00 am
Local dentist joins team to provide surgical care to underprivileged

Local dentist joins team to provide surgical care to underprivileged

Dr. Andy Koultourides, of Munster, was a team member on the International Dental Implants Association’s recent mission to bring state of the art oral/dental health care to underserved people in the Dominican Republic.

June 09, 2014 12:00 am
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