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WDSO honors outstanding participants and outgoing seniors

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Chesterton High School radio station WDSO-FM held its 32nd annual awards night on Tuesday evening, May 20, in the CHS Cafeteria at 7 p.m.

Nominations for awards were made by the membership of WDSO except for special awards. Outstanding awards went to Brooke Sauter (10), Most Outstanding Newscaster; Most Outstanding DJ to Nick Moreno (12). These students received plaques.

Plaques in the shape of the state of Indiana in recognition of their 1st Place Awards at the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters competition were presented to sophomore Brooke Sauter for her Radio Interview entry and senior Lily Jablonski for her TV Copywriting entry. These were similar to the plaques presented to CHS at the IASB competition in Indianapolis in March, 2014.

Senior Award plaques were presented to all on-air qualified seniors: Nathan Babcock, Sarah Duron, Lily Jablonski, Maddie Matuszak and Nick Moreno.

Graduating Member of WDSO Award certificates were presented to seniors, Kaity Arlow, Nathan Dickinson, Jack Everett and Emmanuel Rodriguez.

Additional awards (certificates) to students in all grade levels: Best Morning Assistant, Josiah Fentress (9); Most Outstanding New Student, Josiah Fentress (9); Most Promising New Students, Zach De La Cruz (10), Sean Messina (10) and C.J. Draves (11); Most Outstanding Veteran Student, Nick Moreno (12) ; Most Knowledgeable Veteran Student, Nathan Babcock (12) and Most Improved Veteran Student, Lily Jablonski (12).).

News Awards: Most Promising New Newscaster, Brandon Root (10); Most Improved Newscaster, Josiah Fentress (9); Best News Reporter - Radio 2 Class, Robert Pritchard (11); and Best Sports Reporter - Radio 2 Class, Grant Polkinghorn (11).

Sports Awards were Best On-air Sportscaster: Max Brown (12); Most Improved Sportscaster: Laura Hoover (11); Most Sports Games Engineered: Sean Virden (11); Sports Statistician: Brooke Sauter (10).

All of the students who broadcast sports events for WDSO received a certificate for their participation. They included seniors: Max Brown, Andrew Caratini, Connor Kuhnle, Matt Petrovich and sophomore: Brandon Root.

Music Awards: Second Year in a Row - Best Afterschool Show, Nick Moreno (12); Most Promising New DJ - Aubrey Christofersen (11); Most Improved DJ --Lily Jablonski (12).

Afterschool Music Show Awards went to: seniors - Nick Moreno, Lily Jablonski, and Sarah Duron; juniors: Sean Virden, Aubrey Christofersen and Laura Hoover; sophomore, Brooke Sauter.

Academic Letters went to Nathan Babcock, Sarah Duron and Laura Hoover. 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. 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.

Other Student Awards: Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB) Competition Awards: 1st Place in Radio Interview and 2nd Place in the Live Radio Newscast Competition - Brooke Sauter (10); Finalist in Live Radio Newscast Competition - Aubrey Christofersen (11); First Place TV Copywriting - Lily Jablonski (12). Interviewer Award - Brooke Sauter (10). Best Promo Maker, Grant Polkinghorn (11) and Tony Ketcham (11).

Ten students participated in the University of Southern Indiana Dual Credit Program. They were recognized as Dual Credit Recipients and included seniors: Kaity Arlow, Sarah Duron, Lily Jablonski, Maddie Matuszak, Nick Moreno and juniors: Laura Hoover, Tony Ketcham, Grant Polkinghorn, Robert Pritchard and Sean Virden.

Four WDSO members received the Checklist Completion Award - seniors: Nathan Babcock, Nick Moreno, Sean Virden and junior: Laura Hoover.

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 1 class. Four years: seniors - Nathan Babcock, Sarah Duron, Lily Jablonski, Nick Moreno. Three years: juniors - Laura Hoover, and Sean Virden. Two years: senior - Maddie Matuszak, junior - Aubrey Christofersen, and sophomore - Brooke Sauter. One year - freshman, Josiah Fentress.

Staff awards: members each received a certificate for serving as director in the

various departments. Co-Program Directors, Nathan Babcock (12) and Nick Moreno (12), also received a plaque; Co-Music Directors, Sarah Duron (12) and Lily Jablonski (12); News Director Brooke Sauter, (10); Training Director, Sean Virden (11); Co-Sports Directors, Laura Hoover (11) and Nathan Dickinson (12); PSA Director, Aubrey Christofersen (11).

Staff Department Awards were Most Improved Department: PSA - Aubrey Christofersen, PSA Director. Best Department: News - Brooke Sauter, News Director (10). Most Dedicated Staff Member - 4th Year in a row: Nathan Babcock, Program Director (12).

Appreciation Awards were presented to members of the school or community who have hosted special programs for WDSO, including Jeff Van Drie, CHS Principal; Rob Blumenthal, Josh Huwig and Judy Malasto, CHS Assistant Principals who have hosted the CHS Weekly Report; Brad Bumgardner, Naturalist at the Indiana Dunes State Park and Jean-Pierre Anderson, Naturalist at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, hosts of Naturally Speaking. Dr. Carol Dartz (Owner/Veterinarian) of the Arbor View Animal Hospital and her staff - Dr. Johanna Nimeth and Dr. Jennifer Herbert veterinarians; Renee Bernardi, Office Manager and Danielle Van Dyke, Groomer, hosts of the monthly show Pet Talk; Chesterton Tribune for providing Echoes of the Past for WDSOs Daily Almanac Show; Serena Sutliff, Curator of the Westchester Township History Museum for hosting, Historically Speaking and Chris Acton, Publicist for the Chesterton Art Center for hosting Artful Conversations.

During the Awards Night, the new staff for the 2014-15 school year was announced. They include: program director - Sean Virden (11); music director - Aubrey Christofersen (11); assistant music director - Josiah Fentress (9); news director - Brooke Sauter (10); sports director - Laura Hoover (11); assistant sports director - Brandon Root (10); PSA director - Riley Deardurff (11) and promotions director - Brian Bolin (10).

Guests for the evening were CHS Principal, Jeff Van Drie; Scott Trulove, CHS Business & Information Technology Department Chairman, Jim Goetz, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Janice Custer, former Duneland School Board Member and Chris Acton, Chesterton Art Center Publicist.

Matthew Waters is the Station Manager/Faculty Advisor and Michele Stipanovich is the stations Operations Manager.



Posted 5/21/2014