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Wildlife display at St. Mary School

CROWN POINT — Students at St. Mary Catholic Community School were treated to a visit from an organization called “Wildlife Educational Exhibit of Northwest Indiana.” The entire library was turned into somewhat of a museum, complete with dozens of animal mounts that students were able to see up close and touch. “The students really loved this opportunity to learn. Education is so much more than what can be found in books,” said fourth-grade teacher, Kim Hise.

'18-'19 Teachers of the Year & Employee of the Year

Crown Point Community School Corp. names teachers and employee of the year.

There were numerous outstanding teachers and employees nominated for this prestigious award and the winners and finalists are a true representation of the dedicated staff at Crown Point Community Schools. The school corporation recognized the three winners and 12 finalists.

Joe Bysiek, Elementary Teacher of the Year, Douglas MacArthur Elementary School

Amanda Carlson, Secondary Teacher of the Year, Crown Point High School

Karen Rodd, Employee of the Year, Crown Point High School

Teacher of the Year Finalist Award Winners:

Ginny Zega, Crown Point High School; Elizabeth Franklin, Robert A. Taft Middle School; Andrea Vode, Robert A. Taft Middle School; Jim Saksa, Col. John Wheeler Middle School; Laura Ortiz, Eisenhower Elementary School; Danielle Mulder, Lake Street Elementary School; Julie Gasparovic, Solon Robinson Elementary School; Jennifer Ciochina, Jerry Ross Elementary;

Employee of the Year Finalist Award Winners

Susan Kerr, Timothy Ball Elementary School

Cheryl Holloway, Jerry Ross Elementary School

Vicki Dykstra, Technology Department

Sandy Myers, Transportation Department

Liberty Intermediate Young Citizenship Award

The Duneland Exchange Club presented Liberty Intermediate sixth-grade student Tatiana Ranftl with the Young Citizenship Award. This award is given to a sixth-grade student who is an all-around good citizen. The club presents this award to one fourth-grade student at each of the five Duneland elementary schools, at the sixth-grade level at the each of the intermediate schools and at the eighth-grade level at Chesterton Middle School.

Girls of STEAM Expo

The E-girls of Eggers planted the seeds of interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math by hosting “Girls of STEAM Expo." Theresa Mayerik, assistant superintendent for the School City of Hammond, told the girls at this expo never give up and do not stop when doors close. There were break-out sessions that focused on STEAM careers, vendors and guest speakers. Other guest speakers included: Arlene Pearson (president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – GAC and partners for the event), Rhoderick Poats (principal of EMS), Amazin Taylor and Yasmine Jordan, Dr. Amanda Kratovil-Mailhiot (assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Purdue Northwest), Africa Tarver (executive director of Planning and Development for the city of Hammond and EMS alum), Mayra Rodriguez-Alvarez (attorney and EMS alum), and Anjanette White (founder and director of Precious Rubies.)

Trujillo named Russell A. Willis Youth of the Year Scholarship recipient

PORTAGE — Karlaisela Trujillo is the recipient of the Russell A. Willis Youth of the Year Scholarship. She was awarded the scholarship at Portage High School by Shannon Burhans, president & CEO of the Portage Township YMCA. Candidates for this award must live within the service area of the Portage Township YMCA, be an active member, volunteer or program participant at the Y, display the Y’s five core values: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith, have active community involvement with diversity appreciation and demonstrate academic success. "This was a tough decision for the scholarship committee, I truly appreciate their time and effort,” Burhans said. "All of the applicants were eligible, meeting all of the requirements for candidacy, but they could only choose one.” Trujillo was chosen for her exemplary achievements across several areas of focus. Carla is the daughter of Juan and Celia Trujillo, of Portage.

Three CHS seniors named National Merit Scholarship winners

Karlyn Layman, Bryan Pamintuan and Nolan Poczekay have all received college-sponsored Merit Scholarships from Purdue University. Layman plans to study biology at Purdue University. She is the daughter Chris and Jeff Layman, of Valparaiso. Pamintuan plans to study engineering at Purdue University. He is the son of Hilda Tsai and Al Pamintuan, of Chesterton. Nolan Poczekay plans to study engineering at Purdue University. He is the son of Thomas and Jamie Poczekay, of Westville.

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