There’s always this interim period between the end of November and Christmas Day where the only thought running through everyone’s mind is, “will we get snow?” The last few Decembers have been a little bit light on it, which probably made it easier for everyone doing last minute shopping or driving, but it ruined the magic. This year, determined to make up for that mishap, Mother Nature came out swinging. Frigid temperatures, ice laid down back roads for miles, and drifts not even the Fast or Furious would dare attempt. Students were let out of school on the twenty-second, just barely a day or two before it really started to get cold. Before that, however, they managed to pack in plenty of things.
The month of December was a busy one for the Niners. With final exams right before break, most students spent some time preparing for the end of the semester. However, with Christmas fast approaching, the student body also took the time to give back to the community. YARC Club hosted its annual Christmas party for disabled children and adults, Interact Club wrote Christmas letters to soldiers, and the senior class visited two nursing homes to celebrate the holiday season.
A Not So Silent Night
On December 11, La Lumiere did NOT have a silent night. Instead, they held their annual Christmas Concert! Featuring a variety of musical arrangements by the chamber ensemble, concert choir, music club, and Spanish students, the night was rocking! Many students participated in the event and shared their talents with the rest of the school during the course of the production. It featured age-old songs like Ave Maria, and some newer remixes, such as a Secret Agent version of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Faculty children even got to help decorate a Christmas tree to get everyone in the holiday spirit! To conclude the performance, the Spanish students gathered to sing a traditional Spanish Christmas song, “Nino Lindo.”
Christmas Classic and Cross-Town Rivalry
December 22, 2017 was the long awaited game for River Forest and Edison basketball fans and the game surely delivered in an instant classic. The two talented and powerful squads battled it out in the Christmas Classic cross-town rivalry. River Forest came from behind in the fourth quarter snapping a nine point lead and Lake Station’s hope of ending the five game losing streak against the Ingots. This tied the game at 48-48 with 1:48 left on the clock. With this re-gained momentum, Joseph Rembert and Jordan Higgins sealed the deal and locked up the sixth straight victory against the Eagles with a final score of 66-62.
Throughout an artist’s life, the passion to create is always with them. There will be low points where the creative flame isn’t burning as brightly as it has in the past, or even moments where the flame begins to flicker out into darkness. At times, when the fires of creativity are at their lowest, the smallest gust can fuel that flame to become an inferno and light a path to inspire other talented creators.
With the cold firmly set in for the winter, sometimes it can be tough to find things to do. But don’t be discouraged, there’s still plenty going on in the Region to help you fill your days with laughter with family and friends. Take a look!
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb on Tuesday delivered his 2018 State of the State address to a joint convention of the Indiana General Assembly. While continuing his focus on five key pillars, the governor’s remarks highlighted his commitment to developing a skilled, ready workforce and detailed several milestones he expects the state to meet.
“Our greatest challenge is that too many Hoosiers lack the education and skills for the jobs that are here today and being created tomorrow—nearly all of which require a post-secondary education. It’s a challenge faced by every state and a major concern for every business,” Gov. Holcomb said. “This is the issue of the decade, and we don’t have a day to waste.”
In his address, Gov. Holcomb outlined the following workforce-related goals:
· Help at least 25,000 of the 700,000+ Hoosier adults with some...
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Lowell enjoyed it’s Winter Break, getting some time off to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year. Even though there were two weeks off of school, many students stayed busy.
Voter turnout is a concern across the country, but it’s especially concerning in Indiana. It’s been low in Indiana for years, but it hit rock bottom in 2014 when, by many measures, Indiana had the lowest voter turnout of all the states. By the 2016 Presidential elections, there was improvement, but Indiana was still rated as 38th out of the 50 states, with 59.7% of registered voters casting ballots.
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In the winter months, the Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts is always in its prime. With piano and guitar recitals, band concerts, and black box musicals, there’s always an event to attend because the performance season is at its busiest.
On December 18th, Students of Munster High School were both reluctant and relieved to begin their final week of school before a well deserved winter break. Students took their final exams Wednesday through Friday that week, and the determination for success could be seen and felt throughout the halls. Munster has had a strong academic record the past few years, being ranked 7th in the state as of early 2017. It is the passion of the students who inhabit the building that has kept Munster’s excellence soaring.