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Griffith's Ryan DesCamp, 18, has a head start on his medical career

Griffith's Ryan DesCamp, 18, has a head start on his medical career

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.

October 26, 2011 12:00 am
Valparaiso's Corie Young, 17, is making the team

Valparaiso's Corie Young, 17, is making the team

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.

October 19, 2011 12:00 am
St. John's Gabrielle Comia, 6, is a national champion in gymnastics

St. John's Gabrielle Comia, 6, is a national champion in gymnastics

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.

October 12, 2011 12:00 am
Aniah Ortiz, 9, uses her love of baking to benefit others

Aniah Ortiz, 9, uses her love of baking to benefit others

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.

October 05, 2011 12:00 am
Hammond's Janysha Perales, 7, heads west to compete in national pageant

Hammond's Janysha Perales, 7, heads west to compete in national pageant

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.

September 28, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Winfield's Audrey Maicher, 13, volunteers her time to help others

Winfield's Audrey Maicher, 13, volunteers her time to help others

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.

September 21, 2011 12:00 am
Hammond's Anastacia Strezo, 8, is already an award-winning writer

Hammond's Anastacia Strezo, 8, is already an award-winning writer

Anastacia Strezo, 8, already is an award-winning writer.

September 14, 2011 12:00 am
Hammond's Taylor Irby, 18, is working to prevent drug and alcohol abuse in her school

Hammond's Taylor Irby, 18, is working to prevent drug and alcohol abuse in her school

Taylor Irby is bringing a strong message of drug and alcohol abuse prevention and intervention to her classmates at Morton High School in Hammond.

September 07, 2011 12:00 am
Hammond's Tommy Morrissy, 10, is an outstanding student and citizen

Hammond's Tommy Morrissy, 10, is an outstanding student and citizen

Tommy Morrissy's recent fourth grade teacher describes him as "an outstanding individual and a really great kid to be around."

August 31, 2011 12:00 am
Munster's Jill Osterhus, 15, has a mission to help less-fortunate children learn

Munster's Jill Osterhus, 15, has a mission to help less-fortunate children learn

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.

August 24, 2011 12:00 am
Munster's Andjela Radmilovic, 19, is a top scholar

Munster's Andjela Radmilovic, 19, is a top scholar

Andjela Radmilovic is a scholar who is taking her academic talents to Indiana University-Bloomington, where she plans to major in chemistry.

August 17, 2011 12:00 am
Lowell's Bryce Hayden, 11, wins the top prize in a 4-H speech contest

Lowell's Bryce Hayden, 11, wins the top prize in a 4-H speech contest

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.

August 10, 2011 12:00 am
Valparaiso's Lucas Zromkoski, 19, is focused on his education

Valparaiso's Lucas Zromkoski, 19, is focused on his education

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.

August 03, 2011 12:00 am
Crown Point's Cassie Firchau, 17, is a leader in student government and more

Crown Point's Cassie Firchau, 17, is a leader in student government and more

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.

July 27, 2011 12:00 am
Munster's Jonathan Wachala, 18, is recognized for achievements

Munster's Jonathan Wachala, 18, is recognized for achievements

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.

July 20, 2011 12:00 am
Munster's Roger Jachna, 15, is an 'outstanding' Eagle Scout

Munster's Roger Jachna, 15, is an 'outstanding' Eagle Scout

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.

July 13, 2011 12:00 am
Chesterton's Nate Schuster, 18, has earned many honors

Chesterton's Nate Schuster, 18, has earned many honors

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.

July 06, 2011 12:00 am
Lowell's Eric Antczhak, 9, has big dreams at a young age

Lowell's Eric Antczhak, 9, has big dreams at a young age

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.

June 29, 2011 12:00 am
Valparaiso's Doug Demorotski, 18, is pursuing a career in aeronautics

Valparaiso's Doug Demorotski, 18, is pursuing a career in aeronautics

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…

June 22, 2011 12:00 am
Griffith's Audrey Ross, 8, is outstanding in both academics and activities

Griffith's Audrey Ross, 8, is outstanding in both academics and activities

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.

June 15, 2011 12:00 am
Hobart's Jasmine Suarez, 16, is making her goals a reality

Hobart's Jasmine Suarez, 16, is making her goals a reality

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.

June 08, 2011 12:00 am
Devyn Woodard, 18, is pursuing his love of music

Devyn Woodard, 18, is pursuing his love of music

Devyn Woodard, 18, finds harmony in academic and spiritual pursuits.

June 01, 2011 12:00 am
Munster's Sara Corman, 15, is honored for her academics

Munster's Sara Corman, 15, is honored for her academics

Munster native Sara Corman has myriad interests, but none of them exceed her passion for academics.

May 25, 2011 12:00 am
Lowell's Sarah Nipp, 11, wins writing prize

Lowell's Sarah Nipp, 11, wins writing prize

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.

May 18, 2011 12:00 am
Chesterton's Kelsey Neiswinger, 14, volunteers her time to help others

Chesterton's Kelsey Neiswinger, 14, volunteers her time to help others

Kelsey Neiswinger is involved in myriad activities, ranging from scholastics, to sports, to volunteering.

May 11, 2011 12:00 am
Crown Point's John Stuhlmacher, 12, enjoys government service

Crown Point's John Stuhlmacher, 12, enjoys government service

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.

May 04, 2011 12:00 am
Valparaiso's Chris Jones, 15, goes the extra mile

Valparaiso's Chris Jones, 15, goes the extra mile

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.

April 27, 2011 12:00 am
Valparaiso's Kara Miller, 14, shows a willingness to help others

Valparaiso's Kara Miller, 14, shows a willingness to help others

Kara Miller's career choice already has been made at the age of 14.

April 20, 2011 12:00 am
Crown Point's Michael Keller, 15, regards volunteering as an honor

Crown Point's Michael Keller, 15, regards volunteering as an honor

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.

April 13, 2011 12:00 am
Rana Torabi, 17, receives Duneland Exchange Club Youth of the Month Award

Rana Torabi, 17, receives Duneland Exchange Club Youth of the Month Award

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.

April 06, 2011 12:00 am
Ryan Hensen, 17, is building a bridge to his future

Ryan Hensen, 17, is building a bridge to his future

Ryan Hensen is building a bridge to his future.

March 30, 2011 12:00 am
Allison Eades of Lowell advances to a state geography competition

Allison Eades of Lowell advances to a state geography competition

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.

March 23, 2011 12:00 am
Jessica Yukich of Crown Point is a student ambassador

Jessica Yukich of Crown Point is a student ambassador

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.

March 16, 2011 12:00 am
Winfield's Stephanie Sekuloski, 18, is recognized for service to her community

Winfield's Stephanie Sekuloski, 18, is recognized for service to her community

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.

March 09, 2011 12:00 am
Eric Roldan, 17, juggles both academics and sports

Eric Roldan, 17, juggles both academics and sports

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.

March 02, 2011 12:00 am
Victoria Connelly, 18, excels in academics, sports and extracurricular activities

Victoria Connelly, 18, excels in academics, sports and extracurricular activities

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.

February 23, 2011 12:00 am
Hailey Johns, 9, has the 'Gift of Caring'

Hailey Johns, 9, has the 'Gift of Caring'

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.

February 16, 2011 12:00 am
Valparaiso's Alex Hofferth, 7, wins honor for reading

Valparaiso's Alex Hofferth, 7, wins honor for reading

Alex Hofferth finds power through reading.

February 09, 2011 12:00 am
Cedar Lake's Rachel Stenger, 16, is committed to public service

Cedar Lake's Rachel Stenger, 16, is committed to public service

Rachel Stenger, 16, carries the torch of community service so proudly that she's earned the honor of being a Miss Flame.

February 02, 2011 12:00 am
Jayon Hunter, 13, is already 'money smart'

Jayon Hunter, 13, is already 'money smart'

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.

January 26, 2011 12:00 am
Kelli Marx, 19, is making her community a better place

Kelli Marx, 19, is making her community a better place

Kelli Marx has won bronze, silver and gold - but not as an Olympian.

January 19, 2011 12:00 am
Vincent Banks, 15, wants to make entertainment a career

Vincent Banks, 15, wants to make entertainment a career

Vincent Banks is a performer at heart who would like to make entertainment a career.

January 12, 2011 12:00 am
Griffith's Becca Carpenter, 13, is cheering on her teams

Griffith's Becca Carpenter, 13, is cheering on her teams

Becca Carpenter is full of cheer throughout the year.

January 05, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Joshua Lisenby, 18, wants to give back to other kids

Joshua Lisenby, 18, wants to give back to other kids

Joshua Lisenby's interests run the gamut, from football and politics to community service and health care.

December 29, 2010 12:00 am
St. John's Victor Sammond, 17, is a high achiever

St. John's Victor Sammond, 17, is a high achiever

Victor Sammond is a high achiever who has a wide variety of interests to complement his academic success.

December 22, 2010 12:00 am
Kahleel Mosley, 14, is a Hammond Boxing Club standout

Kahleel Mosley, 14, is a Hammond Boxing Club standout

Kahleel Mosley is a fighter, in the truest sense of the word.

December 15, 2010 12:00 am
Cordelia Parkison, 12, recognized for community volunteer efforts

Cordelia Parkison, 12, recognized for community volunteer efforts

Cordelia Parkison epitomizes what giving means.

December 08, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Valparaiso teen Zachary Roll is making a difference in NWI

Valparaiso teen Zachary Roll is making a difference in NWI

A willingness to help others is in Zachary Roll's blood.

December 01, 2010 12:00 am
Dyer's Katie Schmidt follows her faith

Dyer's Katie Schmidt follows her faith

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.

November 24, 2010 12:00 am
Valparaiso's Taylor Wiggins is twirling through life

Valparaiso's Taylor Wiggins is twirling through life

Since Taylor Wiggins of Valparaiso decided to give twirling a whirl, her life has been on the upswing.

November 17, 2010 12:00 am
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