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A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: Katie Stompor


If anyone knows Purdue University Northwest inside and out, it’s Katie Stompor. It’s her place of work and her place of study- and every day she sets off to learn something new and exciting on campus.

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#1StudentNWI: Lake Central Beats the Stress of Finals Week


What's Going On?

December has been a busy time at Lake Central. With the holiday season in full swing and the end of the semester approaching faster than most would like, December is a month of stress and smiles. The first two weeks have been spent finishing up units and taking tests. The third week has been spent reviewing and preparing for the last week of school, which is when finals will be taking place.

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#1StudentNWI: ACCU is Studying for a Happy Holiday


What Has Happened

The Area Career Center has been filled with testing and finals preparation. Students are constantly preparing to pass their classes in their effort to obtain their associates, certifications, and diplomas. They see Istep+ as another part of this journey and are ready to dedicate their time to be successful. Students completed scheduled test prep days, and many stayed after school additional days for more help. Istep+ is now over and student have reverted to their regularly scheduled teaching.

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#1StudentNWI: Giving is what Brings Hammond High Together


The Junior on the move

Shaquille Stringer a junior at Hammond High School who is first in his class with a GPA of 4.3 on a 4.0 scale. He has made sure to stand out in various ways from clubs to volunteer experience. He is a focused young man who makes sure he always surrounds himself with people that want to see him at his best.

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#1StudentNWI: Valpo Prepares to Unwind Over Winter Break


What’s Happened?

December comes with a whole heap of challenges and changes for students. Classes are winding down, finals are an ever impending monolith of anxiety, and the switch over to the brutality of a Northwest Indiana winter are just a few of the stresses you find weighing down on high schoolers this month. However, there are a whole heap of attempts to make this tumultuous time a little less overbearing. The always entertaining and stunning showcase of Valparaiso student talent," This Is Our Story," takes place this month. Highlighting the incredible abilities and dedication of students from every grade level, TIOS is a Valpo schools winter time staple. Artists, singers, dancers, and musicians grace the stage for two nights every December, showing what their...

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A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: Sarah Verpooten


Teaching is not a casual profession. People do not choose to go into education because it’s easy, or because the hours are good. They choose to become teachers because they want to make an impact, they want to help shape the future. Case in point: Sarah Verpooten, Publications Advisor for Lake Central High School, who enjoys seeing young people grow.

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#1StudentNWI: Slicers Give back and Serve Community in December


What’s Going On: Turkey Trot

The annual Turkey Trot took place on the morning of November 23. Several people participated in the race itself and even more came to watch. The Educational Foundation has raised about $8,000 in the past, and this year raised over $8,500.

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#1StudentNWI: Blazers Travel the World Through Study Abroad


What's Happening: Study Abroad Trips

Imagine getting to travel all around the globe. At Marquette, everyone is encouraged to travel abroad, whether for a month or semester in Spain or France, or going on a Spring Break trip with your friends for almost two weeks.

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#1StudentNWI: Westville Gets in the Holiday Spirit


Student Spotlight

This month’s student spotlight is Zack Mitchell. Mitchell is a sophomore at Westville and has attended the school since kindergarten. His favorite thing about Westville is how much the school has to offer.

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A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: Glen Buford


When people think of teachers, the stereotype is usually someone teaching math, English, or maybe science. Yet there are whole other categories of teachers for things like computers, woodworking, or in Glen Buford’s case, the culinary arts. Teachers like him fill an essential role in student academics, life and career skills.

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#1StudentNWI: Griffith Gives All with Academics and Extracurriculars


What’s Happening?

The Griffith High School Pantherettes hosted their sixth annual Teri Calhoun Showcase on Saturday, December 2. The showcase featured dances from girls in grades kindergarten through sixth grade that were choreographed and taught by members of the dance team. The Pantherettes also presented their competition, pom, and jazz routines as well as lyrical ensembles, duets, and solos. There was a solo from a dancer at Wilbur Wright Middle School, a routine by the GHS cheer team, Crown Point’s senior night dance as well as their competition routine, and finally a special performance by the boys basketball team.

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