On April 12th, four students at Wheeler were invited to participate in the first round of Making the Grade. This is a trivia-type competition where two panels of students face each other. The announcer asks a questions about science, math, english, or history. Any student on the panel can ‘buzz-in’ to attempt an answer. Each correct answer is awarded with 5 points.
Visiting Our Nation’s Capital
The senior class took to the streets of Washington D.C. on the annual class trip from March 17 to 21. They departed Saturday evening on a charter bus, travelled through the night, and woke up at Mount Vernon. History buff or not, all students enjoyed the tour of George Washington’s home and the view of the Potomac. Next, the fast-paced trip took the seniors to Arlington National Cemetery. Here, Maggie Osterhout, Drew Saulsgiver, Emma Tharp, and Trenton VanVuren laid the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Cheyanne Montozzi is a senior at Boone Grove High School who is very involved in her school community. She has served as captain of the dance team and is currently a mentor at her vocational. Through her vocational, Montozzi participated in a Safe Driving PSA contest where she made top three. She then went to Chicago and was present when they announced the PSA winner on live TV. Montozzi took second place.
The service that students participate in during the year is truly the heart of the Washington Township student body. One organization in particular, Student Council, has been hard at work throughout the course of the 2017-2018 school year. Student Council at WT works mostly in their school while taking part in endeavors throughout the Washington Township/ Valparaiso Community.
Teacher Spotlight: Jennifer Jendrzejczyk
For the past six years, english teacher Jennifer Jendrzejczyk has been the sponsor for CHS’ Student Government. In that time, StuGo has changed from a council to a three-tier government with an Executive Board, a Senate, and a House of Representatives.
In a typical movie set in a school, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a grumpy lunch lady slopping some mystery food on a student’s tray. This is not the case at Kouts, though. The cafeteria staff take pride in the work they do to help the students. After all, students wouldn’t be able to focus during the day without a good lunch. Their goal is to “serve with a smile.”
Students Take a Stand
Students at WHS decided to make a statement to honor the victims of the recent shooting at Stoneman Douglas. Students had read about other schools across the nation who were walking out to bring awareness to the tragedy and decided to do the same.
What’s Going On?
Following along the excitement that was the boys basketball season, our very own VHS Vikings won the sectional title earlier this month. It’s been a hard fought season, with its share of surprises and upsets, but all of the student fans are incredibly proud of the boys for going as far as they did and getting the Viking name out there.
What’s Going On
This year, Chesterton High School’s annual winter play was meant for the whole family, which was a change from past productions such as “The Crucible.” Anne Sharp directed the theatre’s presentation of Della Tazel’s “The Tale of Cinderella,” and theatre held three performances as well as a children’s performance on Wednesday, Feb. 21.
What’s Been Going On: Senior Night
On February 23, 2018, the James W. Dold Gymnasium would house one of the biggest crowds of the season. Including Senator fans ranging from parents, friends, and community members, the stands were filled with support for this year’s senior athletes. Along with the nostalgia of Senior Night, the game played on February 23 was a big one for the Washington Township Boys Varsity Basketball Team; the team was set to play the Morgan Township Cherokees.
Although choir does not have a traditional state tournament to compete against other schools in, they do have a district competition to qualify for a separate state competition. Each year, the Wheeler choirs perform an array of music that’s judged by musicians from local high school directors to college professors at ISSMA.