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DesCamp's desire to launch his career in medicine led him to receive an age exemption from the state of Indiana in order to achieve Emergency Medical Technician Basic certification.
Young, a senior at Washington Township High School in Valparaiso, helped form the school's girls' soccer team last year, after being a member of the school's coed team. The team, in its second year, recently advanced to the second round of sectionals competition.
Comia, a member of the Dyer-based Midwest Training & Ice Center tumbling and trampoline team, took home the national gold medal in trampoline, tumbling and double-mini-trampoline.
Ortiz says she has a passion to bake "yummy" treats for people and raised $400 to benefit the Scleroderma Foundation. She calls it her Bakery of Love.
Janysha Perales will go to California in November where she will seek to become the 2011 National American Miss Princess Covergirl. She won the bid after being named 2011 Miss Indiana Princess Covergirl.
The eighth-grader, along with her friend, recently raised $125 to benefit St. Clare Health Clinic, which provides free health services for needy area residents.
Anastacia Strezo, 8, already is an award-winning writer.
Taylor Irby is bringing a strong message of drug and alcohol abuse prevention and intervention to her classmates at Morton High School in Hammond.
Tommy Morrissy's recent fourth grade teacher describes him as "an outstanding individual and a really great kid to be around."
Since 2008, Osterhus, a Munster High School sophomore and daughter of John and Dawn Osterhus, has spearheaded an effort to supply educational materials to young students in Jamaica.
Andjela Radmilovic is a scholar who is taking her academic talents to Indiana University-Bloomington, where she plans to major in chemistry.
Bryce Hayden gave a 4-H speech as part of a contest in June at the American Junior Chianina Association National Junior Heifer Show in Kansas City, Mo., and it won him the coveted belt buckle top prize.
Zromkoski, 19, recently graduated with High Distinction from Valparaiso High School with a 4.12 grade point average and was named a Wabash Lilly Scholar in recognition of his accomplishments.
It may be summer break, but Cassie Firchau already is hard at work, preparing for the key leadership role she will assume when classes resume at Crown Point High School.
Jonathan Wachala completed a busy and successful four years at Munster High School, from which he graduated with a 4.31 grade point average, and has a head start on his college career.
Roger Jachna III not only has achieved scouting's highest rank, but has been called "outstanding" as well. Jachna, 15, was awarded the Lynn Darin Outstanding Eagle Scout Award as a member of Troop 542 based at St. Thomas More School in Munster.
Nate Schuster just finished a successful four-year run at Chesterton High School. He received numerous honors, awards and scholarships that resulted from a variety of accomplishments, capped by his receiving a distinguished honors diploma.
Eric Antczak enjoys academics, taking responsibility, spending time with his grandfather, and watching the Chicago White Sox. In fact, his dream is to be a catcher for the team one day.
Doug Demorotski's automotive interest is jump-starting his plans for a career in aeronautical engineering. Demorotski, 18, son of Mike and Kim Demorotski of Valparaiso, recently graduated from Valparaiso High School and will attend Purdue University in West Lafayette, where he plans to pursu…
Audrey Ross of Griffith, a second-grader at Highland Christian School, was one of two students in her class chosen to participate in a Young Authors Festival after her submission to a class project was judged among the best.
Jasmine Suarez is chasing her dreams. She will participate in the National Miss Indiana Pageant, and also wants to play on a top college softball team.
Devyn Woodard, 18, finds harmony in academic and spiritual pursuits.
Munster native Sara Corman has myriad interests, but none of them exceed her passion for academics.
Sarah Nipp's love of reading has paid off in her writing. The avid patron of Lowell Public Library recently was winner of a contest designed to encourage young readers to write about their favorite story or character.
Kelsey Neiswinger is involved in myriad activities, ranging from scholastics, to sports, to volunteering.
At the tender age of 12, John Stuhlmacher already has wide-ranging experiences, among them having served as a page for state Sen. Sue Landske, R-Cedar Lake, during a controversial time in the Legislature.
Chris Jones couldn't wait to get home to tell his parents after he learned he had been chosen Valparaiso Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year for 2011.
Kara Miller's career choice already has been made at the age of 14.
Keller, a freshman at Crown Point High School, is in honors classes, and is involved in wrestling, Japanese club and Latin club. He also regards volunteering for St. Anthony Hospice, along with his father, as an honor.
Torabi, daughter of Tooraj and Soraya Torabi of Valparaiso, is a senior at Chesterton High School and involved in myriad activities. Yet, she said she was surprised to learn of the award.
Ryan Hensen is building a bridge to his future.
Allison Eades knows the world so well that she has advanced in a geography competition that gives her the chance of winning a $25,000 scholarship.
Jessica Yukich is an honor student, a key member of the Crown Point Swim Club Bulldogs, and last summer, just before finishing at Lake Elementary School and starting at Taft, she participated in the People to People Student Ambassador Program.
Crown Point High School senior Stephanie Sekuloski recently received a President's Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes the efforts of Americans who have donated a significant amount of time to serve their communities and their country.
Eric Roldan is a juggler, but he doesn't perform with plates or bowling pins. Instead, the 17-year-old Bishop Noll Institute junior juggles activities, pursuits and interests, both academic and sports-related.
Connelly, daughter of James and Char Connelly of Crown Point, is an honor student at Crown Point High School who likewise has excelled in volleyball, basketball and softball, as well as in performing arts and in various clubs, leadership and community service activities.
The 9-year-old daughter of Jennifer and Rick Johns of Munster recently was recognized by the troop's Gift of Caring cookie sale program for participation in the project that resulted in her sending 75 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to U.S. military troops serving overseas.
Alex Hofferth finds power through reading.
Rachel Stenger, 16, carries the torch of community service so proudly that she's earned the honor of being a Miss Flame.
It's never too early to learn to be financially savvy, and at age 13, Jayon Hunter already has a lot of sense when it comes to dollars.
Kelli Marx has won bronze, silver and gold - but not as an Olympian.
Vincent Banks is a performer at heart who would like to make entertainment a career.
Becca Carpenter is full of cheer throughout the year.
Joshua Lisenby's interests run the gamut, from football and politics to community service and health care.
Victor Sammond is a high achiever who has a wide variety of interests to complement his academic success.
Kahleel Mosley is a fighter, in the truest sense of the word.
Cordelia Parkison epitomizes what giving means.
A willingness to help others is in Zachary Roll's blood.
Katie Schmidt's faith is the story of her life, and it's led the honor student to be one of five Dominican preachers at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights.
Since Taylor Wiggins of Valparaiso decided to give twirling a whirl, her life has been on the upswing.
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