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Portage High School to host Art on the Lake High School Art Show

The Art Department at Portage High School is hosting its fourth annual Art on the Lake High School Art Show, which will run March 6-19. The show begins at 5:30 p.m. March 6 at the Northern Indiana Regional Plan Commission, 6100 South Port Road, with the awards ceremony following at 6 p.m. Students, families and community members are invited to attend. The artwork will remain on display until March 19 and is open to the public for viewing.

Three concerts planned

The Michigan City High School Choral and Band departments will be presenting three concerts during the month of March. Classics Night I will take place at 7 p.m. March 6 in the high school auditorium. This concert will feature all of the high school choral groups: beginning Boys and girls choirs, concert choir, treble chorale and City Singers. Classics Night II will take place at 7 p.m. March 8 in the high school auditorium. This concert will feature all of the high school bands: cadet band, concert band, and symphonic band. Swing Night will take place at 7 p.m. March 14 in the high school auditorium. This concert will feature the treble chorale, jazz band and City Singers. Admission to all of these concerts is $3 for adults, $2.00 for students and $10 for family admission.

Open registration

Portage Christian School has begun open registration. Interested parents can contact the school at 219-762-8962 or go to for more information. Students must qualify academically as well as other filtering criteria to be eligible to enroll. When a student qualifies they will be accepted into enrollment on a first come, first serve basis. Once a classroom is full additional applicants will be entered into a lottery which will be conducted on March 15.

100 local JAG students participate in Regional Career Development Conference

GARY — Students from JAG classrooms across the Region anxiously gathered in Raintree Hall auditorium at Indiana University Northwest in Gary to represent their school and compete in events hoping to earn first place and move on to the state competition. Approximately 100 local high school students competed at the Regional JAG Career Development Conference. JAG stands for Jobs for America’s Graduates, a national initiative dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk. This year’s first-place winners who will be heading to Indianapolis for the JAG state competition include: Career Presentation-Chloe Coleman, Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy; Critical Thinking-Jalecia Baymon, Wirt/Emerson Visual & Performing Arts High Ability Academy; Employability Skills-Jason Randolph, West Side Leadership Academy; Financial Literacy-Victoria Millard, Wirt/Emerson Visual & Performing Arts High Ability Academy; Public Speaking-LaShon Patterson, West Side Leadership Academy; Writing Skills-Janiya Jones, East Chicago Central High School; Outstanding Senior-Te’ Airra Spencer, Calumet New Tech High School; Chapter Commercial-East Chicago Central High School and Cover Design-Tyniah Thomas, West Side Leadership Academy

CYO spelling bee winners

MERRILLVILLE — The 2018 CYO annual Spelling Bee took place at Aquinas Catholic School.

3/4th Grade Division

Champion: Aniela Olczak from St. Thomas More Catholic School

Runner Up: Andres Torres-Cruz from St. Mary Catholic School in Griffith

5/6th Grade Division

Champion: John Clements from St. Paul Catholic School

Runner Up: Will Mouser from St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point

7/8th Grade Division

Champion: Mia Wozniak from St. Stanislaus Kostka in Michigan City

Runner Up: Matthew Zdanowicz from St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point

District 158 Elementary Science Fair

Lansing School District 158 hosted its annual Elementary Science Fair at W.C. Reavis Elementary School last month.  Students from Calvin Coolidge, Oak Glen and W.C. Reavis elementary schools participated in the fair. Participating students received medals and certificates for outstanding, and first and second place. The top projects from each school were invited to the Lansing Area Science Fair.

LIS Robotics Club winners head to state

CHESTERTON — According to VEX Robotics, "The world faces an unprecedented need for new innovators, thinkers, and problem-solving leaders. At current rates, there are simply not enough students choosing STEM-related paths to meet the global demand." In response to this need, the fifth- and sixth-grade science teachers at Liberty Intermediate School are involved in STEM-related paths, and are in their second year of robotics club competition with 30 students participating among five teams. The Liberty Intermediate club teams have been designing their robots for competition since September. During this season, Team D qualified for the state competition while participating in the Wanatah meet in December earning the “Teamwork Champion Award" while Team B qualified in February at the Michigan City meet earning "Teamwork Champion Award " as well. Both teams will compete at the "Indiana VEX IQ ES State Championship" on March 10.

So full of life

CEDAR LAKE — Students at Jane Ball Elementary School were treated to Amazon John and his Silly Safari. It taught the students about the rain forest by building a model of the rain forest using real live students and real live animals. The interactive program used the layer model to explore the diversity of tropical habitats and the characteristics of each layer of the rain forest. Students were introduced to animals that call the rain forest home and then met a half-grown Burmese python named Nagini, after the snake in Harry Potter.

Student earns awards at Indiana State Debate Tournament

Abigail Gibbs, senior interpersonal communication major and Ball State University debate team member from Union Mills, received fourth place in the varsity public forum speaker competition and was a semifinalist in the varsity public forum last month at the Indiana State Debate Tournament. In addition to Gibbs’ individual awards, the Ball State debate team, which hosted the tournament, earned their consecutive team title with an almost perfect outcome, won three of the four individual team championships and finished second in the championship round.

Welding students advance to state

LaPorte County Career and Technical Education Students from the A. K. Smith Career Center in Michigan City took part in the SkillsUSA Indiana Region 1 competition last month. Several of these students placed among the top finishers and will advance to the state level competition on April 14. The A. K. Smith Welding Fabrication Team placed second at the competition. Team members included Mandy Cannan of Michigan City High School, Cameron Perkins of LaPorte High School and Gage Koepke of LaPorte High School. In the individual welding competition, Alex Toth of Westville High School placed third and Rylan Epple of LaPorte High School placed fourth; both will advance to state. The welding instructor at A.K. Smith is Raymond Goss. In construction technology, two local students will advance to the state level SkillsUSA contest. They include Cade Howard of Lacrosse High School and Ashton Wollum of Michigan City High School. The construction technology instructor at A. K. Smith is Dick Bucher.


Community Coordinator

Annette is Community Coordinator for The Times. She has been with the paper for two decades. A resident of Hobart, she graduated from Purdue University with degrees in English and German.