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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.
Kameron Marshbanks, a 2014 graduate of Seton Academy in South Holland, Ill., is the school’s newest Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar.
Leah Ipema, 18, was recently recognized by the Lansing Rotary Club for her excellent grades and extracurricular involvement as a senior at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, where she was named this year’s salutatorian.
Dominic Snemis, 17, will represent Valparaiso High School this month at Hoosier Boys State, held at Trine University.
When Tate Kwiecinski learned of the Porter County Career and Technical Center, he jumped at the chance to attend.
After 41 years as Crown Point High School’s orchestra director, Jim Deal will conduct his final concert Thursday.
Firefighter Paul Stearns was awarded the prestigious Medal of Valor from the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office for his quick action that saved a life.
Patricia Nowak, chief of police at Indiana University Northwest, recently attended 10 weeks of training at the FBI National Academy Program in Quantico, Va.
Alyssa Kennedy experienced the Indiana legislative process first-hand when she served as a student page this Spring for the Indiana House of Representatives in Indianapolis.
Longtime De La Salle Institute faculty member Linda Matonich was recognized recently as an Educator of the Year by the McKinley Park Civic Association.
Clinton Sulek, 21, was recently chosen for the prestigious Summerall Guards drill team at The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina.
Munster native Sarah Mihich was recently recognized with the Intern of the Year award from Indiana INTERNnet, a statewide resource for college internship opportunities managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
Brett Detmar, 18, is getting a leg up on a career in the medical field as a member of the Northwestern Medical Explorers Program.
Before heading to college this fall, Andrew Clark has been recognized as an outstanding high school student by the Lansing Rotary Club, which named him a Student of the Month for March.
After nearly a decade at the helm, Aaron Riegle is stepping down as artistic director of the Southlake Children’s Choir.
Connor Hamilton’s dedication to her art has garnered her an impressive dance resume at 11.
Lowell High School junior Nicholas Schrombeck was recently selected to participate in the prestigious Indiana All-State Honor Band during the 53rd annual Indiana All-State High School Band Festival.
For the fourth consecutive year, 11-year-old Annie Ostojic has taken the coveted first prize in the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair.
Alyssa Portela, 18, was recently recognized for her skill in computing and technology by the National Center for Women and Information Technology.
Hobart resident Susan Williams leads a diverse group of musicians as director/conductor of the Hobart Area Concert Band, formerly known as The Rusty Pipes.
In 1958, Delores “Lady” Textor began popping homemade caramel corn that was cherished by her family. More than 50 years later, her family is sharing that recipe with the public for the first time at Lady’s Gourmet Popcorn in Griffith.
Portage teen Brogan Houpt sampled a career in politics during his recent stint as an Indiana Senate page.
Olivia Velasquez, 18, is excited to begin a career in health care and assist patients in achieving their physical goals.
Calumet City native Aaron Clark was recently chosen the newest music director for Illinois State University’s student radio station, WZND Fuzed Radio.
Aspiring politician Marko Mavrovic is on his way to a successful public speaking career with his recent third-place finish at the Indiana High School Forensic Association State Speech Tournament for Discussion in Indianapolis.
Debra Townsend, of Portage, was recently named as a shared AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison by Lake Area United Way and United Way of Porter County.
Alaina Patterson’s concern for the environment has blossomed into a successful recycling program and earned her the Girl Scout Silver Award.
While most adults fear public speaking, Lansing teen Cooper Packard believes that effective communication is the key to thriving.
Paige Smith, 18, was recognized in February as a Junior Kiwanian by the Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club.
When Portage resident Desiree Christian began volunteering with a small animal rescue that was soon closing its doors, she hopped into action and took over as owner.
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