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.
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.”