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.
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.”
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
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.