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James Cavallo, Becky Dunbar, Garry Nallenweg first ever named to CHS Alumni Association Hall of Fame

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The Chesterton High School Alumni Association began the first ever CHS Alumni Association Hall of Fame nomination process in January 2020.

Nominations were solicited from the community and recipients were determined by a committee, which was originally scheduled to announce the honorees at the Association’s first annual banquet in May.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced that banquet’s cancellation.

Now the Association is announcing the charter members of its Hall of Fame: James Cavallo, teacher; Becky Dunbar, teacher; and Garry Nallenweg, administrator.

“Jim Cavallo had a legendary career as a teacher, but was a phenomenal influence in helping students understand leadership qualities and cooperation in the honored CHS speech and debate program,” the Association said. Noted his nominator, Cavallo’s students “enter society as adults with sound work and social skills as well as empathy, political and societal awareness and concern, and a willingness to use time and talent to serve.”

“Becky Dunbar has served as a community leader at many local organizations including the Chesterton Woman’s Club, Tri Kappa, and the Duneland Resale Shop,” the Association said. As her nominator observed, “Her most notable accomplishment was seeing a need to help students navigate college or trade school applications, financial aid information, and transitioning from high school to adult life. Due to Becky’s efforts in this area, the CHS College and Career Center was created and has helped students for 30+ years.”

“Garry Nallenweg has served the youth of the Duneland community as a volunteer, coach, and as the Duneland Schools athletic director,” the Association said. But as his nominator added, “He has also served the larger community on committees and leadership boards. Garry is a servant of school and community and always exceeds expectations.”

The Association is currently planning to honor the Hall of Fame Class of 2020 at a future event. “Congratulations to the 2020 Hall of Fame recipients,” the Association said.

“The Duneland School Corporation and community are the beneficiaries of your efforts and dedication.”




Posted 12/22/20




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