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Chiara Barbato, 17, is challenging her world view as a foreign exchange student from Rome, Italy.
Third-grade teacher Kailey Arrivo was recently chosen as a recipient of the Back to School Bonanza classroom stock-up promotion sponsored by Peapod in partnership with Reckitt and Kimberly-Clark.
André Smith, a political science major at Butler University, is gaining valuable experience as an intern in Washington D.C.
Equipped with a box truck and a big idea, Highland native Ashley Volbrecht set out to open a mobile fashion boutique in 2012.
Illiana Christian High School senior Matthew Kimmel recently completed an after school project two years in the making.
Gary author Lisa Chism aims to help readers maintain the qualities that make them unique with her book, "My Prayer for You Is. . ."
Sue McLaughlin’s passion for education has led to a fulfilling career as Family and Youth Program coordinator at Duneland Family YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton.
Griffith native Jeff De Boer showcased his creative talent in January as a finalist in the 23rd annual Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition in Glendale, Calif.
Malcolm Barber, 24, hopes to change his worldview as a member of the Peace Corps in Zambia, Africa. The Hammond resident arrived Feb. 3 after graduating from Purdue University with a degree in animal science and a concentration in biological science.
Kennedy Starcevich has big plans for a career in show business, and is beginning her training in Boone Grove High School’s Media Productions class.
Portage High School senior Richard Tuomi was recently chosen to participate in the Indiana All-State High School Jazz Big Band.
Jacob Tucker’s tenacity and maturity have earned him a No. 5 ranking in the state of Illinois as a prep wrestler.
Emily Harvey, of Crown Point, recently attended the First Tee Nine Healthy Habits Summit in La Quinta, Calif.
Calumet City native Brianna Cardenas grew up enjoying the city’s parks and programs, and is now helping provide them as park supervisor at Sandridge Fitness Center at 600 Oglesby Ave.
Highland High School junior Erin Buckley was thrilled to be chosen recently as a member of the Legends Drum Corps in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Candice Phelan, of Chicago, is the new recreation supervisor at the Calumet Memorial Park District in Calumet City.
Dr. Charles "Chuck" Gallmeier, of Gary, was appointed Jan. 1 an Indiana University Northwest Chancellor’s Professor, a special academic title conferred on professors designated as advisors to the chancellor.
Ashley Frantz, 18, was recently selected as a recipient of the Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship for $1,000.
Pastor Kurt Jackson hopes to show believers the creative and destructive power of words with his new book, "Effective Daily Confessions."
Thanks to his athletic talent and excellent grades, Dolton teen Jason Towns began classes at the University of Sioux Falls last year with two scholarships totaling $50,000.
Crown Point native Kyle Smith will travel to Washington, D.C. in February to receive the Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering (RAISE) award.
Dillon Dalton, of Valparaiso, recently received the Maestro Cares Foundation's inaugural Changing Lives, Building Dreams Award, recognizing his commitment to philanthropy, both domestically and internationally.
Allen Babiarz, 29, was recently installed as president of the Calumet City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Nancy Walter, of Schererville, was recently elected secretary to the Indiana State Advisory Council of Kairos Prison Ministry International, a mentoring program for incarcerated youths and adults.
Thornton Fractional North High School teacher Mary Perrot was recently awarded the Nobel Educator of Distinction Award from the National Society of High School Scholars.
When a devastating knee injury during a basketball game left Alexandra Vasos permanently on the sidelines, she decided to turn her attention to helping others.
Eashan Kumar, 17, was recently named a Munster Kiwanis Student of the Month for his academic achievements and community involvement.
Rebecca Seligman, 17, was recently named Student of the Month by the Munster Kiwanis Club for her academic achievements and community service.
Anna Gianni was proud to wrap up her 4-H career with a trip to the Eastern National 4-H Horse and Pony Round Up, held in November in Louisville, Ky.
Dyer teenager Mackenzie Chapman was recently recognized as a Lansing Rotary Club Student of the Month for her involvement in school and community activities.
For Lansing teen Brittany Boss, it’s all about making personal connections with others.
Maggie Durham, 17, is looking forward to an exciting career as a paramedic.
St. John native David DeSchepper was an integral part of the Lewis University Mock Trial team that tied for first place at the Seventh Annual Fantastic Flyers Tournament held in November at Lewis University.
St. John resident Tiffany Groen is excited to begin working toward a career in education.
The passing of her triplet sister inspired South Holland teen Hannah Ter Haar to pursue a career in genetics research.
Chesterton High School graduate Scott Brown was recently presented with the $5,000 Vic Edelbrock Sr. Memorial Scholarship at the Specialty Equipment Marketers Association trade show in Las Vegas.
Heidelberg University freshman Christy Anzur was appointed in September to the Dean’s Student Advisory Board by Dean Haseeb Ahmed, recognizing her academic success.
Cori Reynolds, 17, will follow in her parents' footsteps when she begins studying education at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.
Lowell High School junior Joe Long was recently honored for his clarinet skills with the 2013 Regional Youth Arts Award presented by John Cain, executive director of South Shore Arts.
Adonis Holmes, 17, was recognized as a Student of the Month recently by the Lansing Rotary Club for his dedication to his school and his fellow students.
Lansing resident Ricky Ramirez hopes his compassion for others will lead to a successful career in psychology.
At only 26, Dayna Thompson’s hard work and interest in physics led to her working with a Nobel Prize-winning science team.
Crown Point resident Amanda Arceo is one of 40 volunteers working to find homes for animals as a part of rescue group All Breed Rescue Angels Inc.
Devan Martin’s hard work was showcased last month when she was chosen as the September Student of the Month by the Lansing Rotary Club.
Jaime Schoon is working to ensure that dogs housed at Gary Animal Control escape euthanasia with her group Northwest Indiana Death Row Dogs.
Mike Moore, 23, believes that striving to meet overwhelming challenges is what leads him to become a better person.
Eight-year-old Tyler Edwards describes his Type 1 Diabetes as an "unpleasant disease," and is doing anything he can to ease the suffering of others diagnosed with T1D.
Nine-year-old Assata Gaines received the chance of a young lifetime to polish her dance skills as a student of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles, Calif.
Crown Point native Ron Thomas was honored last month for a lifetime of service at the National Barber Hall of Fame Conference held in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Griffith resident Jamie Rex strives to make her family proud through each of her accomplishments. A softball player since 5, Rex credits her sports success to her father.
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