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Portage teen learns votes matter

Portage teen learns votes matter

Portage teen Brogan Houpt sampled a career in politics during his recent stint as an Indiana Senate page.

3 hours ago
Active teen planning career as a physical therapist

Active teen planning career as a physical therapist

Olivia Velasquez, 18, is excited to begin a career in health care and assist patients in achieving their physical goals.

April 24, 2014 12:00 am
BNI grad picks the music for college radio station

BNI grad picks the music for college radio station

Calumet City native Aaron Clark was recently chosen the newest music director for Illinois State University’s student radio station, WZND Fuzed Radio.

April 23, 2014 12:00 am
Public speaking success has teen eying political career

Public speaking success has teen eying political career

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.

April 18, 2014 12:00 am
Labor liaison serves United Way in Lake and Porter counties

Labor liaison serves United Way in Lake and Porter counties

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.

April 17, 2014 12:00 am
Teen takes action to add recycling and subtract hunger

Teen takes action to add recycling and subtract hunger

Alaina Patterson’s concern for the environment has blossomed into a successful recycling program and earned her the Girl Scout Silver Award.

April 16, 2014 12:00 am
Public speaking and comedy lead teen into the spotlight

Public speaking and comedy lead teen into the spotlight

While most adults fear public speaking, Lansing teen Cooper Packard believes that effective communication is the key to thriving.

April 11, 2014 12:00 am
Honored teen is serious about pursuing a nursing career

Honored teen is serious about pursuing a nursing career

Paige Smith, 18, was recognized in February as a Junior Kiwanian by the Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am
Woman rescues small animal rescue to keep saving "piggies and bunnies"

Woman rescues small animal rescue to keep saving "piggies and bunnies"

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.

April 09, 2014 12:00 am
Musicianship earns All-State Honor Band spot for Lowell teen

Musicianship earns All-State Honor Band spot for Lowell teen

Lowell High School junior Joe Long was recently selected to participate in the prestigious Indiana All-State Honor Band during the 53rd annual Indiana All-State High School Band Festival.

April 04, 2014 12:00 am
Teen using leadership skills to make a name for himself

Teen using leadership skills to make a name for himself

Angelo Pedroza, 15, is excelling in the South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement program, and is looking forward to making a name for himself by using his experience to helping others.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am
New pastor from Valparaiso finds himself right at home in Munster

New pastor from Valparaiso finds himself right at home in Munster

Peter Speckhard, 44, is settling in as the newest pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Munster.

April 02, 2014 12:00 am
Volunteer efforts rate teen Student of the Month honors

Volunteer efforts rate teen Student of the Month honors

Caleb Lyzenga, 18, was chosen as a February Student of the Month by The Rotary Club of Lansing for his dedication to volunteering within his community.

March 28, 2014 12:00 am
Volunteer hours earn teen accolades from the president

Volunteer hours earn teen accolades from the president

Hobart teen Carrie Buhmann is the proud recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

March 27, 2014 12:00 am
Internship has co-ed eying a career helping people in need

Internship has co-ed eying a career helping people in need

Needa Malik, 22, is halfway through an internship at the U.S. headquarters of Islamic Relief near Washington, D.C.

March 26, 2014 12:00 am
Student honored for getting it done in classroom and on the gridiron

Student honored for getting it done in classroom and on the gridiron

Fred Taylor Jr. was named a January Student of the Month by the Rotary Club of Lansing, highlighting his success both in the classroom and on the football field.

March 21, 2014 12:00 am
Young violinist well on her way to career with major orchestra

Young violinist well on her way to career with major orchestra

Marissa Weston, 17, is looking forward to a diverse career as a violinist.

March 20, 2014 12:00 am
Contestant hopes to hone leadership skills to win presidency

Contestant hopes to hone leadership skills to win presidency

Lauren Lanham, 18, polished her interview and public speaking skills recently as a contestant in the Indiana Distinguished Young Woman (formerly America's Junior Miss) program.

March 19, 2014 12:00 am
Top grades and school involvement earn Student of the Month honors

Top grades and school involvement earn Student of the Month honors

Cierra Womack’s excellent academic record and school involvement earned her Student of the Month recognition from the Lansing Rotary Club.

March 14, 2014 12:00 am
Local teen earns seat at national conference for future doctors

Local teen earns seat at national conference for future doctors

Ethan Shields’ intellect and longtime interest in science earned him a seat at the three-day Congress of Future Medical Leaders program.

March 13, 2014 12:00 am
New firefighter dedicated to helping people when they need it most

New firefighter dedicated to helping people when they need it most

St. John resident Jessica Tas is proving her versatility as a new member of the St. John Volunteer Fire Department, 11033 W 93rd Ave.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am
Student from Italy learning about U.S. culture and snow

Student from Italy learning about U.S. culture and snow

Chiara Barbato, 17, is challenging her world view as a foreign exchange student from Rome, Italy.

March 07, 2014 12:00 am
First-year teacher receives bonanza of classroom supplies

First-year teacher receives bonanza of classroom supplies

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.

March 06, 2014 12:00 am
College senior gains valuable experience as Senate intern in capital

College senior gains valuable experience as Senate intern in capital

André Smith, a political science major at Butler University, is gaining valuable experience as an intern in Washington D.C.

March 05, 2014 12:00 am
Highland native hits the road with mobile fashion boutique

Highland native hits the road with mobile fashion boutique

Equipped with a box truck and a big idea, Highland native Ashley Volbrecht set out to open a mobile fashion boutique in 2012.

February 28, 2014 12:00 am
Teen's interior space designs featured at home and in magazine

Teen's interior space designs featured at home and in magazine

Illiana Christian High School senior Matthew Kimmel recently completed an after school project two years in the making.

February 27, 2014 12:00 am
Author hopes to help readers on their path to God

Author hopes to help readers on their path to God

Gary author Lisa Chism aims to help readers maintain the qualities that make them unique with her book, "My Prayer for You Is. . ."

February 26, 2014 12:00 am
YMCA staffer plans to go the distance to educate youth

YMCA staffer plans to go the distance to educate youth

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.

February 21, 2014 12:00 am
Design student meets his heroes at Disney Imagineering contest

Design student meets his heroes at Disney Imagineering contest

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.

February 21, 2014 12:00 am
PU agriculture grad puts experience to use in Peace Corps

PU agriculture grad puts experience to use in Peace Corps

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.

February 19, 2014 12:00 am
Teen prepping for movie career in Media Productions class

Teen prepping for movie career in Media Productions class

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.

February 14, 2014 12:00 am
All-State trumpeter wants to share love of jazz as muscic teacher

All-State trumpeter wants to share love of jazz as muscic teacher

Portage High School senior Richard Tuomi was recently chosen to participate in the Indiana All-State High School Jazz Big Band.

February 13, 2014 12:00 am
Teen wrestler values athletics and academics at Mount Carmel

Teen wrestler values athletics and academics at Mount Carmel

Jacob Tucker’s tenacity and maturity have earned him a No. 5 ranking in the state of Illinois as a prep wrestler.

February 12, 2014 12:00 am
Young golfer and volunteer learns healthy habits at summit

Young golfer and volunteer learns healthy habits at summit

Emily Harvey, of Crown Point, recently attended the First Tee Nine Healthy Habits Summit in La Quinta, Calif.

February 07, 2014 12:00 am
Park supervisor grew up playing in Calumet City parks

Park supervisor grew up playing in Calumet City parks

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.

February 06, 2014 12:00 am
Teen will travel the U.S. this summer with Michigan color guard

Teen will travel the U.S. this summer with Michigan color guard

Highland High School junior Erin Buckley was thrilled to be chosen recently as a member of the Legends Drum Corps in Kalamazoo, Mich.

February 05, 2014 12:00 am
New recreation supervisor hopes to mentor youth, add programs

New recreation supervisor hopes to mentor youth, add programs

Candice Phelan, of Chicago, is the new recreation supervisor at the Calumet Memorial Park District in Calumet City.

January 31, 2014 12:00 am
Seasoned IUN professor named advisor to the chancellor

Seasoned IUN professor named advisor to the chancellor

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.

January 30, 2014 12:00 am
Co-ed earns scholarship from business for her leadership

Co-ed earns scholarship from business for her leadership

Ashley Frantz, 18, was recently selected as a recipient of the Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship for $1,000.

January 29, 2014 12:00 am
Pastor aims to help readers overcome obstacles with faith

Pastor aims to help readers overcome obstacles with faith

Pastor Kurt Jackson hopes to show believers the creative and destructive power of words with his new book, "Effective Daily Confessions."

January 24, 2014 12:00 am
Scholarships help scholar-athlete pursue football, criminal justice studies

Scholarships help scholar-athlete pursue football, criminal justice studies

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.

January 23, 2014 12:00 am
Hub City native flying high in USAF with RAISE award

Hub City native flying high in USAF with RAISE award

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.

January 22, 2014 12:00 am
Foundation presents its first philanthropy award to Valparaiso banker

Foundation presents its first philanthropy award to Valparaiso banker

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.

January 17, 2014 12:00 am
Educator who wears many hats adds chamber of commerce topper

Educator who wears many hats adds chamber of commerce topper

Allen Babiarz, 29, was recently installed as president of the Calumet City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

January 16, 2014 12:00 am
Woman helps families of incarcerated youths and adults

Woman helps families of incarcerated youths and adults

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.

January 15, 2014 12:00 am
Honored French educator always wanted to be a teacher

Honored French educator always wanted to be a teacher

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.

January 10, 2014 12:00 am
Life-changing knee injury leads teen to seek medical career

Life-changing knee injury leads teen to seek medical career

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.

January 09, 2014 12:00 am
Student leader eyes career as medical missionary

Student leader eyes career as medical missionary

Eashan Kumar, 17, was recently named a Munster Kiwanis Student of the Month for his academic achievements and community involvement.

January 08, 2014 12:00 am
Teen already has impressive community service record

Teen already has impressive community service record

Rebecca Seligman, 17, was recently named Student of the Month by the Munster Kiwanis Club for her academic achievements and community service.

January 03, 2014 12:00 am
Four-H youth shows leadership in horse and pony arena

Four-H youth shows leadership in horse and pony arena

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.

January 02, 2014 12:00 am
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