Chesterton High School radio station WDSO-FM held its 30th annual Awards
Night on Tuesday evening, May 22, in the CHS Cafeteria.
Guests for the evening were Jim Goetz, CHS Principal, Duneland School Board
members Janice Custer, President, and Ralph Ayres, Secretary, and Scott
Truelove, Chairman of the Business and Information Technology Department at
Nominations for awards were made by the membership of WDSO except for the
Outstanding awards went to Jackie Santos (11), Most Outstanding Newscaster
for the second year in a row and Most Outstanding DJ to Jake Deiotte (12).
A plaque in the shape of the state of Indiana in recognition of her 1st
Place Award in Radio Copywriting at the Indiana Association of School
Broadcasters competition was presented to Jackie Santos. A similar plaque
was presented to CHS at the competition in Indianapolis in March.
Senior Award plaques were presented to all on-air qualified seniors. They
are David Allan-Ortiz, Nick Borzych, Jake Deiotte, Hunter Huddleston, Austin
Martinson and Brandon Padgett.
Graduating Member of WDSO Award certificates were presented to seniors Jesse
Hernandez, Nathaniel Oddi, Marissa Smith and Paul Wilson.
Additional award certificates were presented to students in all grade
levels: Best Morning Assistant, Nathaniel Oddi (12) and Sean Virden (9);
Most Outstanding New Student, Matt Leetz (9); Most Outstanding Veteran
Student, Jake Deiotte (12); Most Knowledgeable Veteran Student, Austin
Martinson (12) and Most Improved Veteran Student, Billy Atherton (11).
Academic Letters went to senior David Allan-Ortiz and junior Billy Atherton.
To earn this award the student must be on-air qualified for at least 12
calendar months, complete all requirements for veteran status and attend at
least 80 percent of all WDSO monthly meetings. Management reviews the
student’s conduct. A grade of “A” or “B” in at least three semesters of
Advanced Broadcasting combined with independent study, plus participation in
10 special events like engineering or announcing sports, election results or
special news broadcasts are required.
News Awards: Matt Leetz (9) was named Most Promising New Newscaster; Most
Improved Newscaster, Kelley Jankowicz (11) and Dallas Milligan (10); Best
News Reporter (Advanced Broadcasting Class), Sarah Duron (10) and Best
Sports Reporter (Advanced Broadcasting Class), Nick Borzych (12). Borzych
also received an award for the Most In-Depth Sports Actualities.
Sports Awards were Best On-Air Sportscaster went to Nick Borzych (12); Most
Improved Sportscaster: Austin Ballestero (10); Most Promising Sportscaster:
Dallas Milligan (10) and for the 2nd year in a row - Most Sports Games
Engineered: Patrick Menn (11).
All of the students who broadcast sports events for WDSO received a
certificate for their participation. They included: seniors Nick Borzych,
Jon Vincent, Austin Roach, Spencer Sutton and Blake Valdez; juniors Andrew
Caratini, Eric Driescherf, Adam Polkinghorn and Jake Williams; sophomores
Austin Ballestero, Nate Dickinson, Dallas Milligan, Trevor Klaus and Devon
Benedict and freshman Matt Leetz.
Music Awards: Best Afterschool Show – Jake Deiotte (12); Most Promising New
DJ – Nick Moreno (10) and Most Improved DJ - Patrick Menn (11).
After school Music Show Awards: seniors David Allan-Ortiz, Jake Deiotte and
Austin Martinson; juniors Jackie Santos, Billy Atherton and Patrick Menn;
sophomores Nathan Babcock and Nick Moreno.
Other student awards include the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters
(IASB) Competition Awards: Finalist in News Anchor category – Austin
Martinson (12); 1st Place in Radio Copywriting – Jackie Santos (11).
Interviewer Award – Billy Atherton (11); Best Promo Maker – Jake Deiotte
(12) and Most Creative Promo Maker – Lily Jablonski (10).
Two WDSO members received the Checklist Completion Award – senior David
Allan-Ortiz and junior Billy Atherton.
WDSO seniors collecting the most Radiothon pledges on-the-air: Nick Borzych
and David Allan-Ortiz. The Non-senior member of WDSO who collected the most
money for Radiothon for the second year was Jackie Santos (11). Runner-up
was freshman Jason Garmany.
WDSO Service Awards are given to students who are on-air qualified or very
close to it. The number of years in radio includes the semester enrolled in
Radio I or Radio/Video class. Four years: seniors Nick Borzych and Austin
Martinson. Three years: seniors Jake Deiotte, David Allan-Ortiz and Brandon
Padgett; juniors Jackie Santos and Billy Atherton. Two years: juniors
Brandon Kouvakas, Patrick Menn, Kelley Jankowicz and Jake Williams;
sophomores Nathan Babcock, Austin Ballestero, Sarah Duron, Nick Moreno and
Staff awards: members each received a certificate for serving as director in
the various departments.
Program director, Austin Martinson (12), also received a plaque; co-music
directors, Jake Deiotte (12) and Jackie Santos (11); news director Billy
Atherton, (11); training director, David Allan-Ortiz (12); Sports Director,
Nick Borzych; PSA director, Hunter Huddleston (12); promotions co-directors,
Patrick Menn (11) and Brandon Kouvakas (11).
Staff Department Awards were Most Improved Department: News – Billy Atherton
(11); Director and Training - David Allan-Ortiz, Director (12). Best
Department: Music – Jake Deiotte (12) and Jackie Santos (11). Second Year in
a row - Most Dedicated Staff Member: Billy Atherton (11).
Appreciation Awards were presented to members of the school or community who
have hosted special programs for WDSO, including Jim Goetz, CHS Principal;
Jeff Van Drie, Kevin Zeck and Tim McGinty, CHS Assistant Principals who have
hosted the CHS Weekly Report; Brad Bumgardner, Interpreter at the Indiana
Dunes State Park and Jean-Pierre Anderson, Interpreter at the Indiana Dunes
National Lakeshore, hosts of Naturally Speaking; Dr. Carol Dartz
(Owner/Veterinarian), Dr. Russell Mejeur and Dr. Johanna Neil veterinarians,
and Rachel Moran, Registered Veterinary Technician, at Arbor View Animal
Hospital, hosts of the monthly show Pet Talk; Chesterton Tribune for
providing Echoes of the Past for WDSO’s Daily Almanac Show; Serena Sutliff,
WPL Assistant Director and Curator of the Westchester Township History
Museum for hosting Historically Speaking.
Also receiving Appreciation Awards were Wendy Marciniak, Publicist for the
Chesterton Art Center , host of Artful Conversations and WDSO Sports
Director, Nick Borzych and CHS Athletic Trainer, Bernie Stento for hosting
Sports Medicine & More, a new show this year.
During the Awards Night, the new staff for the 2012-13 school year was
announced. They include co-program directors - juniors Billy Atherton and
Patrick Menn; music director – Jackie Santos (11) and assistant music
director – Kelley Jankowicz (11); news director – Nathan Babcock (10) ;
training director – Nick Moreno (10); sports director - Dallas Milligan
(10); promotions director – Sarah Duron (10); and PSA director – Matt Leetz
Matthew Waters is the Station Manager/Faculty Advisor and Michele
Stipanovich is the station’s Operations Manager.