The Porter County Career Center is filled with outstanding students, and there are many who have accomplished amazing feats out of school and in school. At this school, students come with fantastic knowledge and fascinating attitudes.
Boone Grove High School is home to two very inspirational women who serve as so much more than just staff members. The dynamic duo, Jamie Coffin, the school nurse, and Mallory Horvat, one of the guidance counselors, shape the lives of Boone Grove’s student body every day.
Midnight Masquerade: A Masterpiece
Wheeler’s 2017 Homecoming Dance, sponsored by the student council, was a success. Students were a bit skeptical at first since this year’s dance was hosted outside under a tent, but they quickly realized they liked the change. The weather was perfect, and there were no bugs. Students also had good reviews on the DJ. Over 300 students out of a school population of under 600 students attended the dance.
Three guest speakers visited Kouts this month to talk to students about a variety of topics. To kick things off, the John Jacobs’ Next Generation Power Force presented on September 11. Behind the physical demonstrations of strength, like bending a half inch steel rebar two times and rolling a metal frying pan up, lie an inspirational message that each student has the strength to positively change their lives.
What’s Recently Happened?
After weeks and weeks of hard-fought games, the Valpo Viking varsity football team has been dethroned.
What’s Going On: Hurricane Harvey Relief
The Key Club Council at Washington Township not only makes an impact locally, but they make a national impact as well.
Key Club is a high school volunteer service program that works alongside the Kiwanis organization to help those in the community. In the past, Key Club has volunteered at events such as the Popcorn Fest, Opportunity Enterprises Pack-a-Thon, multiple events hosted at Sunset Hills Farm, 5K races, and biking events.
Spirit week is about to kick-off at Chesterton High School, so each day of the week has a corresponding theme.
On Monday, students are encouraged to dress up in their most patriotic gear for USA Day. Tuesday is Jersey Day, and, on Wednesday, students honor Mean Girls and wear pink. Also on Wednesday, students can go to the annual Block Party at the school and participate in things such as a cakewalk, henna, and painting the dog houses that are to be auctioned-off or donated to animal shelters.
Welcome New Teachers
Kouts said goodbye to three teachers at the end of last school year, but this year welcomed three new teachers to fill their positions. Mrs. Beth Birky has taken over the business department. Birky has been substitute teaching at Kouts for over ten years, so she was familiar with the school. Birky worked as a Certified Public Accountant in South Bend and then as an accountant for a manufacturer in Valparaiso. She also spent time staying home with her three children when they were young. When her youngest son graduated in 2016, Birky went back to school to get her teaching license. She’s looking forward to teaching students practical skills, whether they go into a business career or not.
A Successful Start to Senior Year
Lillian Burton is only two weeks into her senior year but has already accomplished a lot.
Lillian has her hands full with clubs and organizations. She is the president of National Honor Society, vice president of Key Club, vice president of advocacy for Project Green, social media coordinator for Student Council, and a member of SCORE. Burton has also been a member of the cross country team all four years of high school.
The start of the school year is an exciting, but ultimately uneventful time for high schoolers. Once the glamour of the first day has worn off, the first few weeks of the new year are fairly barren, awaiting clubs and activities to kick into gear.
As the temperatures begin to cool, and the sun begins to set a little earlier - it is apparent that fall sports have begun at Washington Township. The team to watch this fall sports season is the Washington Township boys varsity soccer Team. The boy’s varsity soccer team is the team to watch because of the heavily dominant senior player makeup along with many newcomers adding their contributions to the team. Newcomers also include the coach, Mr. Michael Paul Hutchins, as this is his first year coaching with the Senators.