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A Compilation: Inside the Great News Studio with Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.


Northwest Indiana is full of stellar leaders, but Thomas M. McDermott Jr. is one of a kind. As Mayor of the most populated city in Lake County, McDermott has made it his goal to improve quality of life in Hammond. Standing at the helm of several significant projects both in action and on the horizon, McDermott and his team are working to ensure people are happy to call Hammond home.
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Mayor McDermott in the Great News Studio, where we picked his brain about all things Hammond and mayoral. In his singular brand of relaxed authenticity, he was happy to answer our questions. Here are just a few highlights.

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St. Mary’s Catholic Community School Makes Halloween Visit to WGN


St.-Marys-Catholic-Community-School-Makes-Halloween-Visit-to-WGN-2018 02The WSMW news crew of St. Mary Catholic Community School of Crown Point, IN recently took a field trip to WGN news studios. WSMW is St. Mary’s very own in-house student-run TV news program that is viewed by the entire school every morning. Their tour guide for the event was Lourdes Duarte. Lourdes Duarte is an television journalist for WGN-TV, where she is an investigative reporter and co-host of the WGN News Evening News at 4pm. She took time out of her schedule to not only show the students the studio, but also to give students a normal a day in the life of a news report/host. “It was really inspirational and informative.” said 8th grader Daisy Cain, current News anchor for the schools WSMW. “Listening to...

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Bishop Noll Junior Learns From Leaders in Medical Field


Bishop-Noll-Junior-Learns-From-Leaders-in-Medical-FieldBishop Noll Institute junior Giovanni Komyatte has a passion for medicine and joined other high school students from around the country who aspire to become the next generation of leaders in the medical field.

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Merrillville Schools Support Red for Ed


Merrillville-Schools-Support-Red-for-Ed-2018November 7th started the Merrillville School Corporation's first Wednesday wearing Red for Ed. Mr. Brown, Superintendent and the MCTA have developed a plan to support the Wear Red to Support Public Education initiative.

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Urban League of Northwest Indiana Receives $10k Grant to support its Digital Literacy Program”


Urban-League-of-Northwest-Indiana-Receives-10k-Grant-to-support-its-Digital Literacy Program-2018 01The Urban League of Northwest Indiana announced today it received a $10,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation to support its “Digital Literacy Outreach” program. “Digital Literacy Outreach” is a college preparatory and academic achievement program for minority youth. Serving students in 9th and 10th grades, the program is designed to increase students’ technology skills through STEM exploration and education and provide the foundation to succeed in higher education and careers.

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4th Grade High Ability Class at Salk Elementary Studies Ancient Egypt


4th-Grade-High-Ability-Class-at-Salk-Elementary-Studies-Ancient-Egypt-2018-01Ms. Beason's fourth grade high ability class recently studied ancient Egypt, but in a very different way. Ms. Beason used a method of study called inquiry circles. By definition the word inquiry means, a process of learning to discover knowledge, and to construct their own meaning, with guidance, rather than lectures, from teachers. This process encourages student collaboration and increases a student's ability to comprehend as well as deepen their understanding of the topic.

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MCHS JROTC Competes in Cyber Patriot


MCHS-Mcjrotc-Competes-in-Cyber-Patriot-2018 01Rarely does a day go by without a news story of a security breach of a company’s or government agency’s information system. The cadets of the Michigan City High School (MCHS) Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) compete in Cyber Patriot, the national high school cyber security competition. It puts teams acting as Information Technology Specialists tasked with managing the network of a company. They are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems, and are tasked with identifying breaches and then hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Cadets are striving to be the best team in Indiana and the Midwest. The top teams from each region will be provided an all-expenses trip to Baltimore, MD, where the...

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Duneland Intermediate Schools Honor Rolls Recognize Students for First Nine Weeks' Accomplishments of 2018-19 School Year


Duneland-School-CorporationLiberty Intermediate School has recognized 268 students on the honor roll for earning at least 3.0 grade point average for the first nine weeks’. Of those, 125 students are listed on the Principal’s Honor Roll for earning a grade point average of 3.66 or higher for the first nine weeks' grading period.

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Nphs Students, Lily Carmel & Megan Boyd, Are Lily Endowment Community Scholars Unity Foundation Grant Finalists!


NPHS-Students-Lily-Carmel-&-Megan-Boyd-Are-Lily-Endowment-Community-Scholars-Unity-Foundation-Grant-Finalists-2018Megan Boyd and Lily Carmel are two of the ten finalists for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholars Unity Foundation Grant! This grant provides a full-tuition scholarship to be used to pursue a baccalaureate degree at any accredited public or private Indiana college or university and an annual $900 book stipend.

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St. Mary's Environmental Club Enjoys Fall's Majesty in Nature


St.-Mary's-Environmental-Club-Enjoys-Fall's-Majesty-in-Nature-2018 02The Saint Mary Catholic Community School’s Environmental Club, under the direction and guidance of Principal Tom Ruiz and teachers Steve Davis and Mirabel Villarreal recently visited Sunset Hill. A good time was had by all and school, located in Crown Point, expressed their thanks to the Porter County Parks Department, especially to the naturalist educator Ms. Natalie Klancer for such a memorable experience.

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Merrillville High School Advance Placement Teacher of the Year


Merrillville-High-School-Advance-Placement-Teacher-of-the-Year-2018Melissa Sickinger, A/P TIP (Advanced Placement-Teacher Investment Program) was recently named the Indiana Teacher of the Year winner. Melissa Sickinger embodies characteristics of a truly great teacher. During an award ceremony at Notre Dame University on November 2 nd , Melissa received this award. The criteria focused around the amount of testing students, the student scores, as well as the work with her mentor and coach. Melissa thanked her students, support system through A/P TIP, as well as MHS.

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