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Portage teen Brogan Houpt sampled a career in politics during his recent stint as an Indiana Senate page.
Olivia Velasquez, 18, is excited to begin a career in health care and assist patients in achieving their physical goals.
Calumet City native Aaron Clark was recently chosen the newest music director for Illinois State University’s student radio station, WZND Fuzed Radio.
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.
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.
Alaina Patterson’s concern for the environment has blossomed into a successful recycling program and earned her the Girl Scout Silver Award.
While most adults fear public speaking, Lansing teen Cooper Packard believes that effective communication is the key to thriving.
Paige Smith, 18, was recognized in February as a Junior Kiwanian by the Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Speckhard, 44, is settling in as the newest pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Munster.
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.
Hobart teen Carrie Buhmann is the proud recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Needa Malik, 22, is halfway through an internship at the U.S. headquarters of Islamic Relief near Washington, D.C.
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.
Marissa Weston, 17, is looking forward to a diverse career as a violinist.
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.
Cierra Womack’s excellent academic record and school involvement earned her Student of the Month recognition from the Lansing Rotary Club.
Ethan Shields’ intellect and longtime interest in science earned him a seat at the three-day Congress of Future Medical Leaders program.
St. John resident Jessica Tas is proving her versatility as a new member of the St. John Volunteer Fire Department, 11033 W 93rd Ave.
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.
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