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Student-produced video makes CHS come alive for Duneland School Board

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By LILY REX

Monday night’s meeting of the Duneland School Board opened with a student-produced video showcasing the daily activities of Chesterton High School students.

The video was produced by four students, Kristin Trail, Matt Gaffigan, Hunter Torres, and Nikki Arndt, with teacher Matt Waters supervising the production. Waters teaches classes on video and communication and directs the school radio station.

Six students, some of whom appeared in the video, then spoke about life at CHS: Logan Ginther, Nick Hanas, Taryea Terry, Jakob Kintzele, Olivia Jewett and Grace Jewett.

Kintzele was first up and said that participating in cross country has made him a competitor, a drive he carries into other areas of his life. “I made sure I took the hardest course load I could possibly take,” he said. Kintzele--Princeton-bound--is also involved in the Young Voters’ Initiative and Japanese Olympiad.

Sisters Olivia and Grace Jewett spoke highly of CHS’s partnership with the Porter County Career and Technical Center, and both said they were drawn to the extensive medical programming offered. “We couldn’t jump soon enough when we found out about the career center,” Grace said. Olivia added that they are honing their CNA skills and knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology--all for college credit while still in high school. The sisters credit CHS for helping them prepare for their dream careers and thanked CHS guidance counselors for always having open doors.

Logan Ginther theatrically discussed his evolution as a show choir and art student and described his introduction to theater: “I was introduced to this thing where I could be crazy and have fun and enjoy myself.” As an eighth grader at Discovery Charter School, Ginther was encouraged to apply for CHS’s show choir and he recalled what one would imagine as a disastrous audition where he forgot the words to the National Anthem and couldn’t sight read when asked to. To his surprise, he got in anyway. He said this began his transformation from a subpar singer with no dance skills to a seasoned performer.

Ginther also mentioned discovering a voice through painting under art teacher Patrick Miller. “That’s when I started getting the hang of it, analyzing my own emotional perspective,” he said. In general Ginther praised the excellence of CHS and expressed gratitude as a finale: “I’ve really learned how to understand myself, comprehend myself, and CHS has been the main driving force behind that.”

Taryea Terry, an out-of-district student from Gary’s Miller neighborhood, began by recalling the day her charter school closed. She looked at nearby options in Merrillville and Portage. “I knew I didn’t want to go to a place that didn’t benefit me educationally,” she said. CHS was the school that ultimately allowed her to attend from out of district, and she’s grateful. She echoed her peers’ sentiment that the CHS guidance counselors are very helpful, and said everyone welcomed her to Chesterton with genuine kindness.

Terry ended her time at the podium by thanking everyone at CHS for the support, especially Lisa Scheiber, who helped her build confidence as a member of the Color Guard. “Chesterton has taught me to definitely value the little things in life.”

Last on the agenda was Nick Hanas, who’s been swimming since he was 7. Hanas spoke highly of family and instructional technology teacher Thomas Moodie, who encouraged him to pursue independent study and design projects for the school’s 3D printer. This work is part of his motivation to go into mechanical engineering, which he has committed to study at IUPUI. Of CHS staff and teachers, he said, “Without them I probably wouldn’t be where I am today.”

 

Posted 11/7/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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