The fourth annual Catherine McAuley Clinic, “Rollin’ for a Reason” bowling fundraiser was a striking success. Some 211 bowlers of all skill levels, including Franciscan Health Sisters (from left) Aline Shultz, Marlene Shapley and Mary Joseph Watkins, took to the lanes at the Stardust Bowl III in Dyer Jan. 13 to knock down some pins, while also helping to knock down barriers to health care for the uninsured and underinsured who rely on the clinic for their medical needs. Organized by Art Branco, MD, a longtime clinic board member, and staffed by his family and other volunteers, the event raised $25,930 to support work being done at the clinic.
The Munster High School Speech and Debate team competed at the Northwest Indiana NSDA Debate Qualifier on Jan 19-20 at Penn High School in Mishewaka, IN. Munster qualified seven students to the 2018 NSDA National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, FL set for June 18 to June 22. Students will compete at the largest academic competition in the world for a chance to earn national awards and scholarships. The team was crowned the 2018 District Debate Champion.
The Chesterton High School Sandpipers, Drifters and Show Choir Band, “The Business,” successfully kicked off their 2018 competitive season this past Saturday, January 20 at Milton High School in Milton, Wisconsin.
Time to Invent Club at Merrillville Intermediate School is run by Joy Kent and Danielle Kowalewicz, both 5th grade math and science teachers. Ms. Kent and Ms. Kowalewicz created the club together because they believe that STEM benefits students by helping them build critical thinking skills and problem solving skills through hands-on learning. This club was designed for 5th and 6th graders to engage them in fun invention challenges to spark their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). By doing the challenges in this club, students learn how the design process helps them with creative problem solving and what inventing is all about.
One week before Christmas, a little boy in the community wrote a letter to Santa explaining that he had just heartbreakingly lost his father. When Santa traveled to deliver his letter of response to the boy in person, he brought that and a Power Wheel ride-on toy car in his sleigh, or in this case, roughly 15 police vehicles running their sirens. Before his mother could make her son put shoes on, the boy was already riding the Power Wheel around the block.
Members of the 17th paramedic graduation class at the Franciscan Health Crown Point Emergency Medical Services Training Academy recently were honored for their achievements during a program in the hospital’s Marian Education Center.
Continuum of Care Network of NWI will conduct a count of homeless individuals in Lake County on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, as part of the 2018 Point-In-Time Count coordinated by Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the state housing finance agency, and the Local Regional Planning Council. The Point-In-Time Count is a survey and count of homeless persons throughout the nation on this day.
First day jitters – we all get them. It’s only natural to feel nervous on the first day of any new endeavor, whether that be at school or on the job. The butterflies in your stomach might even prevent you from raising your hand or jumping right in as soon as you arrive – that is, unless you’re Hobart Police Officer Richard Mayer.
Liberty Elementary School robotics team
The Liberty Elementary School robotics team, The Tech Warriors, members, Claire Vrahoretis, Jack Richardson, Caden Koedyker, Turner Enderle, Devon Thomas, Adalicia Aures, Alex Dumortier and Olivia Milton, recently competed in a Vex Ringmaster qualifier tournament in Plymouth, IN. The team of eight students showed great improvement from last year, which was their first year in the program. They captured 21st and 23rd place out of 36 teams. Their next competition will be on February 10 at Crisman Elementary in Portage. Liberty Elementary students, Turner Enderle and Jack Richardson work as a team against an opposing Indiana school team during the Vex Ringmaster qualifier tournament this past Saturday.
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announces that high school students Mr. Matthew David Forsey and Mr. Connor Brooks Meyer will join Senator Joe Donnelly and Senator Todd Young in representing Indiana in the nation’s capital during the 56th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 3 — 10, 2018. Matthew Forsey of Mishawaka and Connor Meyer of Munster were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will also each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.