This year, the
Chesterton High School StuGov had students nominate eight candidates in each
of three categories for Homecoming Royalty: King/Queen, Prince/Princess and
The chosen CHS
homecoming royalty will be announced on Friday, Sept. 13, at half-time at
the homecoming football game against LaPorte.
are seniors Giselle Hood and Belle Marchetti, Julia Rivera and Mackenzie
Hood, daughter of
Gary and Debbie Hood of Beverly Shores, is the sports editor for the CHS
Sandscript; member of French and German club, and National Honor Society (NHS).
She is also active in taekwondo and teaches kids martial arts and
self-defense outside of school.
of Dan and Trudi Marchetti of Chesterton, is active in gymnastics and track;
is a member of NHS, Spanish club and is a peer tutor.
Rivera, daughter of
Teresa and Dan Rivera of Valparaiso, is active as a varsity cheerleader and
has also been active in all-star cheer for 12 years.
of Sheri and Dustin Simmons of Chesterton, is active in Sandpipers/Drifters
and StuGov and is active in dance outside of school.
King candidates are
seniors Alex Dzugas, Ryan Klespies, Nick Sierra and Josh Sweet.
Dzugas, son of
Laura and Shawn Dzugas of Chesterton, is active in CHS varsity football
(#68) and enjoys spending time sailing as well as being a sailing instructor
for children and adults.
Klespies, son of
Christina and Ryan Klespies of Valparaiso, is active in CHS varsity football
(captain) and track.
Sierra, son of Ray
and Leigh Sierra of Ogden Dunes, is active in varsity soccer, Sandpipers,
WDSO Radio as sportscaster, spikeball, intramural basketball and is a cadet
teacher. He is also active as a camp counselor/ninja trainer outside of
Sweet, son of
Marcia and Bob Sweet of Porter, is active in Academic Decathlon, Super Bowl
and Quiz Bowl; book club, Boys Scouts of America, Camerata Choir, chess
club, musical theatre. He is also an active member of the DSC Harassment and
Diversity Advisory committee; Student Leadership Action Team, StuGov and
Friends of the Library, NHS, Natural Helpers, Russian and Spanish Club, SAT
study club and Social Justice League.
are juniors Avary Gonzales, Barbara Holsclaw, Liah Mauger and Emma Sieman.
of Angela and Nate Gonzales of Porter, is active in CHS softball and travel
of Janet and Ron Holsclaw of Valparaiso, is active in StuGov Senate and
Mauger, daughter of
Jessica Cahillane and Leo Martorano, is active in Drifters and enjoys
spending time at an area humane society.
Sieman, daughter of
Kelly and Tim Sieman of Chesterton, is active in track, cheerleading and is
the layout editor for the school yearbook. She also volunteers for
Rebuilding Together Duneland and United Way Day of Caring. She also coaches
cheer and tumbling outside of school.
are juniors Payton Disney, Conner Mathis, Ian Rutherford and Aidan Turner.
Disney, son of
Carrie and Steve Disney of Valparaiso, is active in boys’ golf and speech
Mathis, son of
Jeremy and Marianne Mathis of Valparaiso, is a active on the debate team.
Rutherford, son of
Beth Rutherford and Rafi Wilkinson of Beverly Shores, is active in
cross-country and track and field, as well as band and boy scouts. He is
currently working on an eagle scout project this winter.
Turner, son of Amy
and Kirk Turner, is active in baseball.
are sophomores Leah Dorsey, Molly Hadenfelt and MacKenzie Sharp; and
freshman Erika Ekblaw.
Dorsey, daughter of
Marianne and Rob Dorsey of Chesterton, is active in Drifters show choir and
speech and debate.
of Tremayne and Sue Hadenfelt of Chesterton, is active in StuGov, girls
soccer. Outside of school, she is active riding and showing horses, and is
involved in 4-H and the Porter County Horse and Pony program.
Sharp, daughter of
Jessica Sharp, and Travis and Kara Sharp of Chesterton, is active in
gymnastics and athletic training.
Ekblaw, daughter of
Dawn and Bruce Ekblaw of Chesterton, is active in volleyball, science
olympiad and speech. Outside of school, she is active in her church youth
group, Scout Troop 906, 4-H club and volunteering.
Duke candidates are
sophomores Chad Berdine, Chris Israelite and Matthew McCracken; and freshman
Berdine, son of Amy
and Chris Berdine of Valparaiso, is active in wrestling track and is a
member of StuGov-Senate.
Israelite, son of
Chris and Autumn Israelite of Chesterton, is active in baseball, and speech
and debate. He also plays on a travel baseball team.
McCracken, son of
Brandi Makaiwa and Kevin McCracken, is active in football and lacrosse club.
Johns, son of Susan
and Charles Johns III of Porter, is active in WDSO Radio and enjoys playing
on a baseball team outside of school.
Parade route & time
Parade will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, from the Chesterton Middle
School Pool parking lot, along Porter Ave. to Calumet, Calumet to Broadway,
Broadway to Sixth and back to CMS.