The season didn’t
end the way the Chesterton gymnastics team wanted last year.
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
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
The Trojans should
also get a boost from the return of senior Maddie Juestel. Juestel missed
most of last season with an injury.
returning from an injury and is three events strong right now,” Matthys
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.
Paris Zubek and Mia Pak also could find their way into the Trojan lineup.
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.”
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
partners are receiving a total of $318,500. The average grant size: $22,750.
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
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.”
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
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