On June 3rd, Wheeler graduated one of the most successful classes it has ever seen. The class of 2018 made achievements across the board. Success was seen within academics, athletics, fine arts, and extra curriculars. The senior class was highly involved in various clubs and activities at the school.
Farewell, Class of 2018
Graduation ceremonies were held on June 1. The festivities began with the baccalaureate service at 6:30. Pastor Kevin Birky of Mulberry Tree Ministries stepped away from the microphone to intimately address the graduates. The theme of his message was about going the distance. He mentioned that the strength of your foundation determines how fow you can go, much like a house. Pastor Birky cautioned graduates to keep their identity and where they came from in mind when making choices in the future.
What’s Going On?
The most obvious highlight of the last few weeks at VHS was the 2018 prom, with this year’s theme being Midnight Rendezvous. With the Porter County Expo Center decked out in masquerade decor and the typical features of a high school prom, students were treated to a delight of a time on May 18th.
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The final bell rang for Chesterton High School at 2:45 on May 25, signaling the end of another successful school year. Students trudged through the last week, taking finals left and right, but the painstaking testing process was made easier by gifts from Student Government. At the beginning of the week, StuGo leaders and helpers taped a little note on everyone’s locker, reading, “Hey smartie! Good luck on finals!” with a pack of Smarties. The treat motivated all the students to keep going and make it through those last four days.
On April 27th, the bearcats dressed to impressed. The 2018 Prom took place from 7 PM to 11 PM at Avalon Manor.
Teacher Spotlight: Cindy Perkins
Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teacher Cindy Perkins spent nine years in advertising but wanted to find a more fulfilling career. Her own love of learning and reading led her to be a kindergarten teacher, where she could help students have a strong foundation in school from the very beginning. During her time as a stay-at-home mom, she honed her cooking and sewing skills, which sparked her interest in becoming a FACS teacher.
What’s going on: Spring Play, Nationals
This past weekend, the Chesterton High School Theatre Dept. put on their performance of “The Somewhat True Tales of Robin Hood.” Opening night was Friday, April 20 and the show began at 7 pm. The auditorium was packed with young and old alike, ready to watch the show. There was a 7 pm performance on Saturday April 21 as well as a 2 pm matinee on Sunday April 22. The show was directed by instructional aide Dakota McCoy, assisted by student director senior Alexis Hoover, CMS math teacher Rob Yong with sound, and Kevin Murray on lighting. Attendees were treated to a delightful, dramatic, and humorous retelling of the Robin Hood story, full of physical comedy as well as a creative telling of a beloved classic.
Mac Magiera is a senior at Boone Grove High School. He is involved in track, soccer, baseball and wrestling. His favorite sport is wrestling because it helps him control his temper and to be physically and mentally tough.
What’s Going On?
For the students of VHS, the month of April has been a packed month. Amid all of the normal stressors that come with school, extracurriculars, and out of school responsibilities, the pressure of the end of the school year is coming down hard. You’d be hard pressed to find a senior not talking about their plans for the fall, and all of the planning and what if’s that come with them.
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.