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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana December 14 - 16, 2018

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Pet picture with Santa, holiday craft shows, and planetarium shows are just some of the AMAZING things to do this weekend in northwest Indiana! Find out what amazing family activities are going on near you!

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#1StudentNWI: Strength in Small Numbers at Kouts High School

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Basketball Managers Extraordinaire

In high school, athletics oftentimes takes the forefront in news. Typically, though, we only see what is being shown to the public. The players, formations, coaches, and awards are always on the minds of those paying attention. Unfortunately, we don’t often see what is happening behind the scenes of the stardum.

I briefly spoke with the Kouts High School Boys Basketball Team managers, Emily, Elly, Brielle, and Olivia. These young women are responsible for washing jerseys, giving players water, keeping track using the scoreboard, loading the bus for travel, and organizing their equipment. Many of the girls chose to be managers in an attempt to feel closer to the players, and to also feel like part of a team, as some of them don’t feel confident...

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Michigan City Schools Unite in Grand Performance, "One City, One Sound"


The magic of Christmas sprung to life with the sound of music Thursday evening, November 6, at Michigan City High School. Students of all ages transformed the gymnasium into a concert hall. Local youth filled the room with Christmas music using their voices and instruments. The event lived up to its name: “One City, One Sound.”

“This is a way to bring the whole city together in the spirit of Christmas,” Stephanie Sobecki, Barker Elementary Music Teacher, said.

Michigan-Citys-One-City-One-Sound-Concert-20180407“Sobecki relayed that the students practiced for several months to make the event a great show. She was...

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#1StudentNWI: Bishop Noll Institute Connects Students to Community

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Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Albrecht

 A teacher who has taught almost everything is Mary Albrercht. When she first started at Bishop Noll five years ago, she was the freshmen theology teacher. Two years ago she took over STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.) She teaches STEM to all freshmen and a select group of eight graders from nearby Catholic grade schools. This year she is also teaching Intro to Engineering Design to all grade levels.

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana December 7 - 9, 2018

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'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas' in northwest Indiana! From cookies with Santa, tree light celebrations to a hike in the park, northwest Indiana has TONS of activities this weekend!

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A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: WJOB's Jim "Jed" Dedelow

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“I let them disagree and express their viewpoints,” says WJOB’s Jim “Jed” Dedelow of his approach to his morning show, describing how he continues to implement the values he learned working at WJOB in the 70s, that focused on free speech, independent thought, and a little bit of confrontation to make sure you serve your community.

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#1StudentNWI: Boone Grove Prepares for Upcoming Madrigals and Reflects on Field Trips, Star Students, and Resourceful Teachers


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This past month, Boone Grove High Schools journalism class in its inaugural year traveled to CIBC Theater in Chicago to see the musical ​Hamilton: An American Musical.

Thanks to a generous local business donation, the class of over twenty students spent the day in the city wrapping up the “American Revolution and Journalism” unit they had just completed.

Students came in for a normal day of class when they were surprised with the news. Sophomore Catrina DeLeon was one of the lucky students.

“I’ve wanted to see if for two years, and the fact that this opportunity was so easily given to us, I’ll forever be grateful.”, said DeLeon.

She is also active in BGHS theatre and took notice saying, “The play had a mix of everything from romance and comedy and all the...

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#1StudentNWI: Teamwork & Promising Futures at Area Career Center University

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What Has Happened at ACCU

The Area Career Center University has started its sixth year and is maintaining its hold on academic excellence. If someone were to walk the halls of this school, they would feel a sense of motivation, a forward mindset so thick you could cut it with a knife. Last summer, the seniors want to further their knowledge and education. More than 20 students went to Vincennes University to take an accelerated, two-week sociology course. This course was hosted at the Vincennes campus for the first week, and then the students moved to the ACCU for the second week. This coursed kept the same rigor as the semester course, but crunched the work down into a two section. Even though this course was a lot of work, every student who participated in this program passed the course. These...

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#1StudentNWI: Chesterton Takes Off the Holiday Season


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Chesterton High School hosted their musical on Friday November 16th, Saturday November 17th, and Sunday November 18th. The musical, The Sound of Music, told the beloved story of nun Maria becoming a governess to the von Trapp family. The musical had a fun cast with Rebecca Lane as Maria, Daniel Schmiegel as Captain von Trapp, and Isabelle Maddex as Liesel.

With every new school year bringing a new musical to perform, many ponder how these musicals are selected.

“The Sound of Music will allow a lot of students to participate” Choral teacher and musical director Kristen Morris said, “It’ll bring the community in to see the students’ talents.”

The cast showed ecstatic energy about the show.

“I hope this experience will help me grow as a performer as well as a...

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The Latest Lifer: Kami Tupiak

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I grew up in Lake Village, a small town here in Indiana most haven’t even heard of, with my two older sisters and younger brother. I’ve always loved the small town feel, but when I married my husband we moved to a larger town, North Judson. We live peacefully with our evil cat and three year old munchkin, who are the most important people in my life. With all that said, there are still a few more layers to peel back. After getting a degree in Graphic Design, I worked as a manager in the food service for a few years, and worked on photography as well on the side. I’d like to believe I’m well rounded, with so many interests in the mix, it's hard to settle with just one. I’m also that person who will talk to you in line at the grocery store, even if I don’t know you (Thanks Mom!).

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana November 30 - December 2, 2018

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The weekend is almost here and there's TONS of fun activities for everyone! From 'A Charlie Brown Christmas" at Chicago Street Theater, an Arctic 5k run by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana, to Hammond's Holiday Parade, and much more!

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