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Lansing resident Kaitlyn Dominiak was chosen as a September Student of the Month by the Lansing Rotary Club for her academic success and outstanding character.
Portage High School student Nicole Griffin was recently named a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, recognizing her academic achievements, leadership skills and community commitment.
To earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, Chesterton teen Kathryn Ausema started a project that will take her to the Special Olympics North American 15th National Invitational Tennis Championships in South Carolina on Nov. 6-8.
Several hundred customers turned out to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Ark Pet Shop in Merrillville on July 12.
A job at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton turned into much more for Porter resident Christian Steciuch.
To Michael Laurich, a golf course can be an exciting place to collect and conduct environmental research.
Sofia Grimsgard believes that it is possible for one person to change the lives of many, and looks forward to a career in politics.
Dr. Lisa Booth enjoys using her medical expertise to help police officers care for their canine partners.
Medical student Chiemela Ubagharaji was recently awarded the Jackie Robinson Foundation Extra Innings Fellowship from the United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative.
With her mother, grandmother and aunt having worked for the School City of Hobart, Julie Remschneider steered away from studying education in college.
Second-grader Chloe Kowal is excited to begin the football season as the only girl on the Valparaiso Pop Warner Football Junior Mitey Mite 3 team.
During his lifetime, Paul Schultz has witnessed the Village of Lansing grow from 2,000 residents to nearly 30,000. As president of the Lansing Historical Society, his mission is to collect and preserve the community's history.
When Cheryl Plomann found herself without work, she depended on family to help support her and her pets.
After adopting her second dachshund from MidWest Dachshund Rescue in 2012, Arlene Silveira began volunteering with the organization and now serves as its transport coordinator.
Hannah Zajac’s drive and determination were recognized with membership in the National Society of High School Scholars.
At 87, Marion Thiel’s volunteer work continues to make her a vital member of the St. John community.
Lansing teen Alexander Buoscio recently finished his second year as a summer intern with Chicago-based Walsh Construction.
Half way up Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Marissa Emery began to worry that she had made a mistake.
Highland Christian School teacher Rick Vander Woude is one of two Indiana teachers to receive the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award.
Patrick Rose, of Crown Point, is looking forward to a hands-on career in engineering.
As recreation director for the Calumet Memorial Park District, Thom Miller is excited to continue improving the lives of residents who use the facilities.
Abe Paluch, 62, enjoys sharing his knowledge of environmental protection as a volunteer with the Boys & Girls clubs in Valparaiso and South Haven.
Morgan Howard, of Crown Point, was recently awarded a Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship through the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, with funding from Wella Professional’s Hairdressers at Heart program.
Munster High School’s Nia Clark was recently named a national champion at the 2014 National Speech and Debate Association Tournament, held in Overland Park, Kan.
Jennifer Paswinski’s new uniform design is bringing the flair of the 1950s back to Highland's Blue Top Drive-In.
At 49, Crown Point resident Nancy Smith continues to reinvent herself and is the recipient of two scholarships as a student at the University of St. Francis.
Tony Dous has mapped out detailed plans for his future, and his determination has earned him the prestigious Fry Scholarship from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Valparaiso native Katie Cierniak has found her passion in studying foreign places and people.
Decorated dancer and Munster High School graduate Aleksandra Gasich looks forward to beginning a career as a doctor of naturopathic medicine, an alternative medicine with a holistic approach.
Nevena Djurdjevic, 22, was recently awarded third place in the WyzAnt College Scholarship essay competition, earning her $2,000.
Gina Catania, 18, graduated this year from Munster High School with Highest Honors and will leave behind a very successful dancing career when she enters Purdue University in August.
On any given day, Anne Herbert is working behind the scenes to improve the lives of those in her community and across the country.
For Michael Pupillo, it’s all about communication – whether through spoken word or musical notes.
Munster High School graduate Sarah Sharpe is looking forward to a challenging career in the medical field.
Paul Throne, 87, was honored for his decades of community involvement, along with his wife, Ruth Throne, as grand marshals of Hobart’s Fourth of July Parade.
For computer and electrical engineering department chair and professor Jeff Will, his dedication has been acknowledged on a national level through an American Society of Engineering Education National Outstanding Teaching Medal.
Veteran teacher Lynne Vitkus is best known for getting her students excited about space exploration.
Highland resident Courtney Raab completed her high school career to the sound of a cheering crowd.
Morgan Kaptur will trade a dance costume for a lab coat when she enters Purdue University at West Lafayette in August.
A trip to Kenya in 2008 left such an impression on Amy Ahiga that she has returned nearly every year since.
An episode of CSI: Miami inspired Valparaiso resident Ashley Taylor to pursue a career in criminal justice.
A trip to Nicaragua solidified Hannah Shields’ desire to work in the public health field.
Highland teen Kessa Deardorff recently accepted Valparaiso University’s Vivace Scholarship for Music.
A brother and sister with autism steered Dolton, Ill. teen Kenye` Askew toward a career in medicine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chesterton teen Carissa Fladeland is the first student in Porter County to receive a Child Development Associate credential while still in high school.
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.
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