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Education Roundup: Schools debate on environment; financial workshop planned

Education Roundup: Schools debate on environment; financial workshop planned
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High school debate teams prepare for environmental battle

At 7 p.m. Monday the Valpo Chain of Lakes Watershed Group will host a debate at the Porter County Administration Building, 155 Indiana Ave. This year’s student debate teams from Valparaiso and Chesterton high schools will focus on the environmental advantages of two political approaches and argue the effectiveness of each. The Chesterton team will argue in favor of globalism whereas Valparaiso will favor nationalism. Chesterton’s debaters, coached by Chris Lowery, will include Katelyn Balakir, Grace Whah, and Emily Krygoske. Valparaiso High’s team, coached by Trevor Wells, consists of Alysson Farris, Carson Swallow, and Elliott Yu. The debate will be followed by a “meet-the-debaters” party at Greeks Pizza one block east of the debate location at 8. Admittance is free and the public is welcome. Call 219-477-7526.

Financial planning workshop

Michigan City High School will conduct a College Financial Planning Workshop titled “Paying for College: There IS a Way!” from 5 to 7 p.m. March 28 in the high school auditorium at 8466 W. Pahs Road. Families will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding early financial planning for their students. They will also have an opportunity to sign up for the programs of interest at the event. The event is free and open to all families. Call 219-873-2044, ext. 4341.

CHS StuGov receives donation

Chesterton High School Student Government members received a $300 donation from Julie Remschneider, executive director of Northwest Indiana Educational Service Center. The students assisted Remschneider with moving boxes out of their offices located at Liberty Intermediate School.

CROWN POINT — Lake Street Elementary students and staff celebrated Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday sporting new “reading glasses” and stopping everything to read. This year’s theme book by Dr. Seuss is “The Lorax.”

MCHS teams finish among Top 5 in Japanese Olympiad

Students from Michigan City High School showcased their Japanese language skills and knowledge at the Japanese Olympiad of Indiana, with all teams finishing among the top five in the state. At level 4, veteran Michigan City team members Angel Darschewski and Brien Rissman and rookie D’Ayja Flowers finished second in Indiana. In the playoffs they tied with a second city team comprised of Sydney Kohn, Liz LaFollette, and Lauren Werner. Michigan City’s level 3 team, which included Kendyl Adney, Natalie Parker, and Kiara Stansil, received the highest score in the playoffs and took second in the finals. City’s second level 3 team (Evangelea Dabagia, Tommy Komay, and Charles Shaw) finished fourth, on the strength of their playoff scores. At Level 2, the hardest level to break through since it has the biggest field, City’s two teams (Parker Gouge, Olivia Leary, and Megan Steinhiser and Trinity Clayton, Robert Lemon, and Myon McGee) tied in the playoffs and finished fifth in Indiana.

Keeling named semifinalist by National Geographic Society

Nathaniel Medina, an eighth-grader at Krueger Middle School in Michigan City, is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2018 Indiana National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at IUPUI Campus on April 6. This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 30th year.

Music Program at La Lu brings home gold, silver ratings

La Lumiere School music students participated in the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Solo & Ensemble contest on both the district and state levels this past January and February. The La Lumiere Chamber Ensemble participated in Group II and received a gold rating at the district level. The La Lumiere Concert Choir participated in Group I and received a gold rating. The Concert Choir qualified for the State Solo & Ensemble contest in Indianapolis and received a silver rating for their performance. Several La Lumiere students participated in ISSMA as soloists. Among these students, two qualified for the ISSMA State Solo & Ensemble contest. Junior Bill Guo received a gold rating and qualified for state and received a gold rating with distinction at the ISSMA state level, the highest possible honor for ISSMA soloists. Sophomore Brenna Hudson received a gold rating at the district level.

CHS Jazz Band receives Gold at ISSMA

The Chesterton High School Jazz Ensemble performed at the Indiana State School Music Association’s (ISSMA) annual Jazz Festival held at Portage High School. The CHS Ensemble performed in Group I Division. The judging panel awarded the Chesterton High School Band a Superior ‘Gold’ Division rating for their efforts. The members of the CHS Jazz Ensemble include: Saxophonists Aaron Brookhouse, David Gerth, David Hodgkiss, Mark Hodgkiss, Sydney Sarver and Emmerson Stobbe; trumpeters Keyon Allen, Ryan Herr, Zane Mauke, Rebecca White and Jacob Winland; trombonists Adam Davis, Andrew Figg, Zach Lane, John Petro, and Anthony Suleski. Members of the Rhythm Section include bass player Henry Hoham, pianists Benjamin Hoham and Violet Needham, guitarist Peter Girzadas, and drummers Collin Campbell and Andrew Engel. The director of the CHS Jazz Ensemble is Michael Scheiber.

Duneland School Board honors outgoing president

Duneland School Board President John Marshall honored outgoing president Kristin Kroeger at Duneland’s School Board meeting. Kroeger stepped in as president after the passing of Ralph Ayres. She served as president for the remainder of 2016 and 2017.

Chesterton High School student government has collected and purchased items for Hilltop Neighborhood House in Valparaiso, a place that provides quality care and education for all children. The donations were collected in response to flooding that destroyed half of Hilltop’s stock. The student government will continue to collect through April to help replenish the items needed to serve the community. In addition, the group will be collecting for Hilltop at the Porter County Leadership Conference (PCLC) on April 10.

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