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CHS tells Homecoming Royalty Candidates

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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 Duke/Duchess.

The chosen CHS homecoming royalty will be announced on Friday, Sept. 13, at half-time at the homecoming football game against LaPorte.

Queen candidates are seniors Giselle Hood and Belle Marchetti, Julia Rivera and Mackenzie Simmons.

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.

Marchetti, daughter 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.

Simmons, daughter 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 school.

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.

Princess candidates are juniors Avary Gonzales, Barbara Holsclaw, Liah Mauger and Emma Sieman.

Gonzales, daughter of Angela and Nate Gonzales of Porter, is active in CHS softball and travel softball.

Holsclaw, daughter of Janet and Ron Holsclaw of Valparaiso, is active in StuGov Senate and dance.

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.

Prince candidates 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 and debate.

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.

Duchess candidates 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.

Hadenfelt, daughter 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 Charles Johns.

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

The Homecoming 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.


Posted 9/12/2019




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