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#1StudentNWI: Starting Up Summer


Community Member Spotlight:

Throughout life, many people strive to leave a lasting impact on the world around them. While this isn’t always an easy task, Lowell resident Kerri Midkiff did so in many ways.

In March of 2009, Kerri was diagnosed with breast cancer. Because of her strong faith and passion for others, four years later she decided to help others going through the same thing. She did this through the creation of The Hope Center, based out of Lowell Church of Christ. The Hope Center was founded in order to provide emotional support and informational resources to families battling cancer in Northwest Indiana.

The Hope Center organizes many events and fundraisers in order to better the organization and its members. Through this, they have impacted...

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#1StudentNWI: Good Old Days at Kouts


Farewell, Class of 2018

Graduation ceremonies were held on June 1. The festivities began with the baccalaureate service at 6:30. Pastor Kevin Birky of Mulberry Tree Ministries stepped away from the microphone to intimately address the graduates. The theme of his message was about going the distance. He mentioned that the strength of your foundation determines how fow you can go, much like a house. Pastor Birky cautioned graduates to keep their identity and where they came from in mind when making choices in the future.

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#1StudentNWI: Graduation at River Forest High School

1Student-RiverForest-June-2018-01Class of 2018 Graduate Reflects

The last day for River Forest students was May 31, 2018. A day filled with final exams and excitement for summer vacation, but for the class of 2018, it was their last day walking the halls as an Ingot. The seniors last days consisted of graduation rehearsal, the senior potluck, the elementary walk, senior ditch day, and their senior trip to Chicago.

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#1StudentNWI: The End of the Year at Valparaiso High School


What’s Going On?

The most obvious highlight of the last few weeks at VHS was the 2018 prom, with this year’s theme being Midnight Rendezvous. With the Porter County Expo Center decked out in masquerade decor and the typical features of a high school prom, students were treated to a delight of a time on May 18th.

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A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: Kirk Muspratt


When it comes to conducting, Kirk Muspratt’s presence is electric. Watching him command performances of the Northwest Indiana Symphony makes the experience of watching music come to life that much more magical. Once the curtain closes, though, Muspratt’s magic lies in his interactions with audience members.

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10 Fun Things to Do in NWI for June 8 - 10, 2018


It's June and what better way to glide into Summer than with some fun-filled events in Northwest Indiana? This weekend will feature a Chalk Walk, concerts, art, markets, hikes, bikes, and much more! 

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#1StudentNWI: A Bittersweet Finale! Until We Meet Again, Oilers!


The year is at a close once again. Quickly these 180 days have passed full of fun, friends, family, and feelings for our future. Throughout the month of May, many of these themes played their strongest at each of the championships and field trips as the year winded down to a close.

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#1StudentNWI: Ending the School Year with Merrillville High School


Track Stars in the making:

With their eyes on the prize, Merrillville Boys’ Track Team and Unified Track team won sectional championship titles this May. Both teams saw this as one step closer to their major goal: the state track meet at Indiana University Bloomington on June 2nd.

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#1StudentNWI: Graduation Celebrations at Chesterton High School


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The final bell rang for Chesterton High School at 2:45 on May 25, signaling the end of another successful school year. Students trudged through the last week, taking finals left and right, but the painstaking testing process was made easier by gifts from Student Government. At the beginning of the week, StuGo leaders and helpers taped a little note on everyone’s locker, reading, “Hey smartie! Good luck on finals!” with a pack of Smarties. The treat motivated all the students to keep going and make it through those last four days.

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A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: Dr. Keith Lorentzen


Northwest Indiana is place with many draws, from its attractions like the Dunes, a diverse economy, and more. One aspect that is sometimes overlooked is the quality of higher education that the Region provides, thanks to schools like Indiana University Northwest, Calumet College of St. Joseph, Purdue University Northwest, and Valparaiso University, among others. A major part of what keeps these institutions excellent is the untiring efforts of educators past and present, like Keith Lorentzen, Ph.D., and associate professor emeritus at IU Northwest.

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10 Fun Things to Do in NWI for June 1 - 3, 2018


We're moving into June! Inconceivable! This warm-weather-weekend brings a whole host of fun things for you and the family to partake in including: Flashback Cinema featuring The Princess Bride, Plays, Fundraisers (with and without exercise involved), a cruise night, musical performances, donuts at the park, and much, much more! Check out our 10 Fun Things to do in Northwest Indiana! 

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