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Trojan gymnastic team opens season Saturday at LaPorte Pairs Invitaional

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The season didn’t end the way the Chesterton gymnastics team wanted last year.

The Trojans finished third at the IHSAA State Finals, just .325 out of first, but it wasn’t the goal they had set.

“They weren’t happy with the results at the end of the year after being undefeated all season,” Chesterton coach Dawn Matthys said. “They’ve worked really hard in the offseason and they came in prepared. I think they want it more.”

Matthys will find out Saturday when the Trojans travel to the LaPorte Pairs Invitational to get the 2017-2018 season underway.

“These girls are more than teammates,” Matthys said. “They are best friends. If you run into one somewhere in town, you run into six. They like to be together and that shows.”

Chesterton returns the defending state champion in the All-Around in sophomore Sophia Hunzelman and junior Jordan Bush who finished sixth.

“We have great leadership from our captains Jordan Bush and Jamie Stento,” Matthys said. “They challenge the girls every day. Brittney Troup is another senior with great State experience and Sophia has all the skills that make a state champ.”

The Trojans should also get a boost from the return of senior Maddie Juestel. Juestel missed most of last season with an injury.

“Maddie is returning from an injury and is three events strong right now,” Matthys said.

A solid mix of talent on the roster comes from juniors Lexi Avey, Bailey Lawson and Hailee Ellenwood, along with sophomores Alyssa Donovan and Whitney Siewin.

Talented freshmen Paris Zubek and Mia Pak also could find their way into the Trojan lineup.

“We’re deep,” Matthys said. “We have a lot of kids with a lot of skills. It’ll be a battle every day in practice to get into our meet lineup.”

And the memories of a missed opportunity last season will provide plenty of fuel.

“I think they know they weren’t working as hard as they should have last year and didn’t want it as much,” Matthys said. “They want it this year. They want the full season win this time.”

Dunes Learning Center and Taltree benefit from ArcelorMittal grants

The Dunes Learning Center and Taltree Arboretum are two of the 14 non-profits to receive grant awards from ArcelorMittal USA as part of a pilot community investment initiative dubbed “Building Resilience: Investing in Nonprofit Sustainability.”

ArcelorMittal’s 14 partners are receiving a total of $318,500. The average grant size: $22,750.

“Launched in October, the program earmarked funding to invest in areas of nonprofit management traditionally underfunded by foundations and corporations,” ArcelorMittal said in a statement released on Wednesday. “More than 100 nonprofit organizations around the country, all of which have received grant funding from ArcelorMittal in the past, were invited to apply. More than 65 applications were received with funding requests totaling more than $2.5 million.”

Grants will be used for strategic planning, program enhancement or expansion, professional or leadership development, technology implementation and data management, and fundraising enhancement or expansion.

Of the Dunes Learning Center, located within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, ArcelorMittal said, the Dunes Learning Center “is uniquely positioned to fulfill its mission to inspire curiosity, scientific literacy, and environmental stewardship through hands-on learning in the Dunes. However, much needed technological infrastructure improvements hinder their work. Resilience funding will upgrade these structures and provide sustainability for their work in the Dunes.”

Of Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, located in Union Township, ArcelorMittal said, “Taltree Arboretum’s small staff cares for the largest collections of oak trees in Indiana. Thousands of students participate in education programming there each year. Resilience granting will provide transformational professional development opportunities for three of the organization’s key leaders.”

“ArcelorMittal regularly interacts with thousands of key stakeholders ranging from employees to customers, from nonprofit partners to community leaders,” the statement said. “Stakeholder engagement is integral to ensuring ArcelorMittal maintains our relationships in the communities where we operate.”



Posted 12/15/2017





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