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CHS speech and debate teams receive anonymous $25K gift

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The Chesterton High School speech and debate teams have received an anonymous donation of $25,000, to be spent however they decide.

Chris Lowery, CHS social studies teacher and sponsor of the speech and debate teams, announced at the Duneland School Board’s meeting Monday night that a CHS alum made the donation over winter break. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, decided the amount but made no specific instructions for how the money should be used.

According to Lowery. the program enforces a strict “no pay for play” aspect so no students are left out and the teams include students who receive free or reduced lunch and students with special needs. Lowery said the funds will help offset the cost of travel expenses and business attire for students with financial need. He also hopes that some of the money can go toward turning long day trips into overnight trips--sometimes the teams have to leave the school at 4 a.m. to spend entire days at meets.

Lowery said the speech and debate program is nearing its 50th anniversary and has grown a lot, with 131 current participants. CHS speech and debate teams and individual students regularly qualify for national championships. Lowery also noted that private schools tend to have larger speech and debate teams, but CHS stands out. “We’re about the 30th largest in the country. Among public schools, we’re way up there as far as size.”

Alexis Feinstein Recognized

The board recognized CHS freshman Alexis Feinstein for winning the Geography Educators' Network of Indiana’s 2017 Geography Awareness Week Bookmark Contest. Board Member Kristin Kroeger read from a statement describing the bookmark design: “Her colorful design reflected the theme of ‘The Geography of Civil Rights Movements’ in a creative, visually-appealing, and understandable manner.”

Copies of Feinstein’s bookmark will be printed and provided to libraries, schools, and state representatives across Indiana. Superintendent Dr. Ginger Bolinger already had a copy and passed it around for the board members to see. Feinstein also received a $50 Amazon gift card.



Posted 1/18/2018




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