Board members celebrated 41 students for winning the first annual Duneland
School Corporation Holiday Card Contest at the board’s meeting Monday night.
The Holiday Card
contest was the brainchild of Duneland Schools Superintendent Dr. Ginger
Bolinger, as a way to celebrate students and the arts. All Duneland students
K-12 were invited to design a holiday or winter themed card, and the winning
designs were selected by the Board. The designs can be viewed through the
end of the holiday season at the Administration Center, 601 W Morgan Avenue.
The winners from
Elementary: Karina Vasquez, Nicholas Whitford.
Elementary: Ysabella Arguelles, Colton Beckwith, Eva Capodice, Gavin
Cisewski, Kaylynn Darnell, Liam Farley, Gracelynn Fox, Benjamin Henderson,
Autumn Higgins, Sophia Kirka, Devonte Lewis, Leah Lewis, Owen Vandivier.
Elementary: Benjamin Bank, Addeline Barnes, Leila Belcher-Debusk, Stuart
Deiters, Caramia Larimer, Maeci Mullet, June Peterson, Gwen Rettig.
Elementary: Han Phan, Gianna Vandevender.
* Yost Elementary:
Intermediate: Charlee MacKeigan, Aubree Torres.
Intermediate: Maia Corona, Hannah Sucku, Audrey White, Sophia Zhang.
* Chesterton Middle
School: Emma Bolinger, Katherine Haughtington, Sierra Hutchinson, Amelia
Maguire, Ellen Rath, Kayla Witsmeer.
* Chesterton High
School: Mireya Barrientes.
congratulated each student individually, and winners from each school took a
photo with the board. Each student was also presented with a set of
envelopes and professionally printed cards featuring his or her design, to
share the artwork with family and friends.
director of student teaching at Purdue University Northwest-Westville
campus, introduced Sarah Gawel, a CHS graduate who recently completed her
student teaching experience with Westchester Intermediate School sixth-grade
teacher Candi Kauts.
Gawel and Feikes
presented Kauts with an award for 23 years of a job well done supporting and
educating Duneland students. According to Gawel, Kauts is never done when
the bell rings: “She takes on many leadership roles and goes above and
beyond in her district.”
Gawel also noted
that she benefited from Kauts’ allowing her to try new things with teaching
and to make her own mistakes. “I needed the freedom to experiment,” Gawel
said. “She let me roll with my ideas.”