The Chesterton High
School Alumni Association began the first ever CHS Alumni Association Hall
of Fame nomination process in January 2020.
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.
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.”
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
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
School Corporation and community are the beneficiaries of your efforts and