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Duneland School Board announces winners of the Holiday Card Contest

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Duneland School 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 each school:

* Bailly Elementary: Karina Vasquez, Nicholas Whitford.

* Brummitt 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.

* Jackson Elementary: Benjamin Bank, Addeline Barnes, Leila Belcher-Debusk, Stuart Deiters, Caramia Larimer, Maeci Mullet, June Peterson, Gwen Rettig.

* Liberty Elementary: Han Phan, Gianna Vandevender.

* Yost Elementary: Aarohi Agashe.

* Liberty Intermediate: Charlee MacKeigan, Aubree Torres.

* Westchester 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.

Members 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.

Teacher Recognition

Julie Feikes, 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.”



Posted 12/5/2017




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