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Love of sports sends spunky girl onto the football field

Love of sports sends spunky girl onto the football field

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.

September 19, 2014 12:00 am
Lansing native loves his community and works to preserve its history

Lansing native loves his community and works to preserve its history

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.

September 18, 2014 12:00 am
Woman returns the favor by helping others feed their pets

Woman returns the favor by helping others feed their pets

When Cheryl Plomann found herself without work, she depended on family to help support her and her pets.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am
Pet adoption turns into volunteer mission for dachshund fan

Pet adoption turns into volunteer mission for dachshund fan

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.

September 11, 2014 12:00 am
Honored teen has sights set on teaching English literature

Honored teen has sights set on teaching English literature

Hannah Zajac’s drive and determination were recognized with membership in the National Society of High School Scholars.

September 10, 2014 12:00 am
Age is just a number to longtime St. John volunteer

Age is just a number to longtime St. John volunteer

At 87, Marion Thiel’s volunteer work continues to make her a vital member of the St. John community.

September 05, 2014 12:00 am
Engineering student learning in the classroom and in the field

Engineering student learning in the classroom and in the field

Lansing teen Alexander Buoscio recently finished his second year as a summer intern with Chicago-based Walsh Construction.

September 04, 2014 12:00 am
Purdue student carries flag to peak of Mount Kilimanjaro to fight cancer

Purdue student carries flag to peak of Mount Kilimanjaro to fight cancer

Half way up Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Marissa Emery began to worry that she had made a mistake.

September 03, 2014 12:00 am
History teacher honored for making it interesting and fun

History teacher honored for making it interesting and fun

Highland Christian School teacher Rick Vander Woude is one of two Indiana teachers to receive the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award.

August 29, 2014 12:00 am
Expo win has teen planning on PU engineering degree

Expo win has teen planning on PU engineering degree

Patrick Rose, of Crown Point, is looking forward to a hands-on career in engineering.

August 28, 2014 12:00 am
Recreation director to reach out with added park programs

Recreation director to reach out with added park programs

As recreation director for the Calumet Memorial Park District, Thom Miller is excited to continue improving the lives of residents who use the facilities.

August 27, 2014 12:00 am
Environmentalist earns service award by reaching out to youth

Environmentalist earns service award by reaching out to youth

Abe Paluch, 62, enjoys sharing his knowledge of environmental protection as a volunteer with the Boys & Girls clubs in Valparaiso and South Haven.

August 21, 2014 12:00 am
Scholarship winner to match hairstyling with business degree

Scholarship winner to match hairstyling with business degree

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.              

August 20, 2014 12:00 am
Speech skills earn teen a national title and a scholarship

Speech skills earn teen a national title and a scholarship

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.

August 15, 2014 12:00 am
Former car hop designs new Blue Top Drive-In uniforms

Former car hop designs new Blue Top Drive-In uniforms

Jennifer Paswinski’s new uniform design is bringing the flair of the 1950s back to Highland's Blue Top Drive-In.

August 07, 2014 12:00 am
Nursing student received scholarships as she reinvents herself

Nursing student received scholarships as she reinvents herself

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.

August 06, 2014 12:00 am
Teen has ambitious plans to combine business and medicine

Teen has ambitious plans to combine business and medicine

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.

August 01, 2014 12:00 am
Teacher enjoys traveling and studying around the world

Teacher enjoys traveling and studying around the world

Valparaiso native Katie Cierniak has found her passion in studying foreign places and people.

July 31, 2014 12:00 am
Teen headed from dance honors to medical studies at IU

Teen headed from dance honors to medical studies at IU

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.

July 30, 2014 12:00 am
Essay on respecting different cultures earns coed a scholarship

Essay on respecting different cultures earns coed a scholarship

Nevena Djurdjevic, 22, was recently awarded third place in the WyzAnt College Scholarship essay competition, earning her $2,000.

July 25, 2014 12:00 am
Dance and academic honors earn scholarships for PU-bound teen

Dance and academic honors earn scholarships for PU-bound teen

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.

July 24, 2014 12:00 am
Volunteering is a way of life for Hammond retiree

Volunteering is a way of life for Hammond retiree

On any given day, Anne Herbert is working behind the scenes to improve the lives of those in her community and across the country.

July 23, 2014 12:00 am
Music opens the world for Valpo teen on China trip

Music opens the world for Valpo teen on China trip

For Michael Pupillo, it’s all about communication – whether through spoken word or musical notes.

July 18, 2014 12:00 am
Teen is "sharpe" at academics and dance competition

Teen is "sharpe" at academics and dance competition

Munster High School graduate Sarah Sharpe is looking forward to a challenging career in the medical field.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am
Grand marshal serves Hobart, his 'heaven on earth'

Grand marshal serves Hobart, his 'heaven on earth'

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.

July 16, 2014 12:00 am
Engineering professor at VU receives prestigious national award

Engineering professor at VU receives prestigious national award

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.

July 14, 2014 12:00 am
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
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
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
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
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
Job shadowing points salutatorian toward career as nurse practitioner

Job shadowing points salutatorian toward career as nurse practitioner

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.

June 06, 2014 12:00 am
Teen headed to Hoosier Boys State for government studies

Teen headed to Hoosier Boys State for government studies

Dominic Snemis, 17, will represent Valparaiso High School this month at Hoosier Boys State, held at Trine University.

June 05, 2014 12:00 am
Tech center opens doors for teen interested in computer career

Tech center opens doors for teen interested in computer career

When Tate Kwiecinski learned of the Porter County Career and Technical Center, he jumped at the chance to attend.

June 04, 2014 12:00 am
Curtain coming down on orchestra director's 41-year career

Curtain coming down on orchestra director's 41-year career

After 41 years as Crown Point High School’s orchestra director, Jim Deal will conduct his final concert Thursday.

May 30, 2014 12:00 am
Portage native hailed for lifesaving efforts as Argos firefighter

Portage native hailed for lifesaving efforts as Argos firefighter

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.

May 29, 2014 12:00 am
IUN police chief followed her father's footsteps into law enforcement

IUN police chief followed her father's footsteps into law enforcement

Patricia Nowak, chief of police at Indiana University Northwest, recently attended 10 weeks of training at the FBI National Academy Program in Quantico, Va.

May 28, 2014 12:00 am
Youngster gets a taste of legistative process as page

Youngster gets a taste of legistative process as page

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.

May 23, 2014 12:00 am
Versatile De La Salle teacher honored as Educator of the Year

Versatile De La Salle teacher honored as Educator of the Year

Longtime De La Salle Institute faculty member Linda Matonich was recognized recently as an Educator of the Year by the McKinley Park Civic Association.

May 22, 2014 12:00 am
Collegian chosen for prestigious drill team at The Citadel

Collegian chosen for prestigious drill team at The Citadel

Clinton Sulek, 21, was recently chosen for the prestigious Summerall Guards drill team at The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina.

May 21, 2014 12:00 am
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