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Duneland School Board recognizes athletic and academic achievement

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Superintendent Chip Petit recognized all fall athletics at Chesterton High School for their outstanding seasons during Monday night’s Duneland School Board meeting. Petit commended the Boys’ Soccer team which won their second state title in three years; members of the CHS Boys’ Tennis team for their winning the Duneland Conference; girls’ golf advancing to the regional finals; girls’ volleyball for winning 20 games; girls’ soccer for winning sectionals and advancing to the regional final; both girls’ and boys’ cross country teams for winning the DAC, sectional, regional, and semi-state championships; and football for beating Penn High School for the first time in the history of the program in the sectional opener last Friday. Petit singled out members of the boys’ soccer team for their contributions including Zach Bowser who scored three goals and two assists, and Nick Biel who received the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award for “excelling in a strong mental attitude, scholarship, leadership, and athletic ability,” Petit said.

Additionally, retired speech and debate coach and educator James Cavallo was recognized for his induction in to the 2020 National Forensics League (NFL) Hall of Fame this past June. Kroft stated, “Throughout his career, Jim touched many lives and helped countless young people at Chesterton High School gain critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity skills.” Current Speech and Debate Coach Chris Lowery read a statement from Cavallo who was not able to attend the meeting since he and his wife, Terry Cavallo, are visiting their new grandson. Cavallo thanked the community and those who impacted him and the program, including Joe Wycoff and Bob Kelly who precede him with Hall of Fame designation, Mike Harris who supported the inception of the program in 1968, and Glen Percifield who sponsored and developed the program in 1971. Percifield also hired Cavallo in 1971. “I was privileged to have three crucial elements that allowed me to continue the tradition of excellence: the Duneland School Corporation’s support, the parents of our students, and the Duneland community. All have played a significant part in the tradition of our program, and for that I am grateful. I am happy to report the tradition continues. The future looks bright for the students and coaches of the State Champion CHS Speech and Debate Team.” A Hall of Fame plaque will be on display permanently at Chesterton High School.

The board also recognized special education teacher Lorie Morgan who retired this fall after serving for 14 years at Liberty Elementary, as well as three CHS Commended Students, Jackson Fleming, Gavin Layman, and Hunter Stewart, for their exceptional academic promise, placing among the top 50,000 of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the PSAT.

In other news, the board unanimously adopted the 2021 budgets, tax rates, and tax levies presented during a public hearing at the last school board meeting on October 5. They also unanimously adopted a resolution to transfer amounts from the education fund to the operations fund, per state allowance, as well as the 2021-2023 capital projects plan and the 2021-2025 bus replacement plan.



Posted 11/3/2020




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