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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


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


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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A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: Tracy Bergstrom


For many people, buying their first home is a one-of-a-kind experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Excitement, nerves, and a sense of accomplishment fill the room as the final paperwork is signed. For Tracy Bergstrom of Teachers Credit Union, there is no greater feeling than helping the members of Northwest Indiana get into the home of their dreams.

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#1StudentNWI: Clark High School Looks to the Future


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Raquel Navarrete is an all around student at Clark High School. She is Vice President of National Honors Society, Secretary for the senior class, involved in yearbook, and also maintains over a 4.0 GPA.

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#1StudentNWI: Gavit High School Celebrates Student Talent and Goals


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For students, Fridays are something to look forward to. Friday signifies the end of the school week and the start of the weekend. But for senior Dawn Pawlak, Friday, November 16th signified something much bigger than the weekend. That day, Pawlak, surrounded by friends and family, celebrated her signing day. Pawlak signed with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to play Division I softball. Teachers and students at Gavit High School were looking forward to celebrating Pawlak’s signing day, especially since Pawlak is Gavit’s first NCAA Division-I athlete in many years!

Pawlak started her softball career at the age of five and went on to play travel ball. She has also played varsity softball for three years at Gavit. Shannon Hassel, Gavit’s softball coach, said, “Dawn is the athlete we should aspire...

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#1StudentNWI: What’s Happening This Month at Hobart High School


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Maxx Johnson is an eleventh grade student at Hobart High School who could be defined by the phrase, “theatre kid.”  Maxx has been involved with many productions for years. Maxx started out with theatre by joining an organization called Chicago Street Theatre. When he joined this group of actors and signed up for all their acting and directing classes he not only learned about his passion for the art but made a lifelong family. Maxx started off in acting classes at Chicago Street Theatre when he was 12 years old. He then began auditioning for everything he possibly could because he loved it so much.  

Maxx’s first involvement with Hobart High School’s performing arts was during his freshman year. He heard about auditions for The Sound of Music the...

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A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: Greg Bueltmann


Life can be confusing for most of us at times, with the path difficult to see. For Greg Bueltmann, that path is clear: it’s always been about the music, even when he worked as an educator.

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10 Fun Things to Do in NWI November 23 - November 25, 2018

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Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and so much more to look forward to that will get the holiday season started. Time to enjoy that time of year were everything is a bit more magical and heartwarming with events like the great Crown Point Winter Market, classic A Charlie Brown Christmas', exciting Orak Shrine Circus, and the colorful Highland Fall Craft Show. Check out our 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana for November 23rd - 25th!

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#1StudentNWI: Westville Celebrates Veterans and Anticipates Thanksgiving


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With the school year finally underway, students and staff have finally gotten comfortable with the routine. Recently, students and parents sat down with teachers for parent teacher conference night. The night was helpful for parents, especially if they have any questions or concerns regarding their student. It was a great night for parents to chat with the teachers.

As the first quarter of the year just ended, students now only have three quarters left to go until the end of another school year. Most recently, Westville celebrated Veterans at their Veterans Day program, honoring those past and present for serving our country. All students, grades K-12, experienced and participated in the program.

A wonderful presentation was put on by the Westville High School...

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Eulogy for My Father, Dr. E. Ric Frataccia


My name is Ric Frataccia. I live in Fishers, Indiana with my wife, Luba, and our two boys, Aidan (11) and Ryder (6). I am the oldest of Dr. E. Ric Frataccia and Mrs. Kaye Frataccia’s two sons.

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