#1StudentNWI: Chesterton Takes Off the Holiday Season

By: Claire Bailey Last Updated: November 30, 2018

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Chesterton High School hosted their musical on Friday November 16th, Saturday November 17th, and Sunday November 18th. The musical, The Sound of Music, told the beloved story of nun Maria becoming a governess to the von Trapp family. The musical had a fun cast with Rebecca Lane as Maria, Daniel Schmiegel as Captain von Trapp, and Isabelle Maddex as Liesel.

With every new school year bringing a new musical to perform, many ponder how these musicals are selected.

“The Sound of Music will allow a lot of students to participate” Choral teacher and musical director Kristen Morris said, “It’ll bring the community in to see the students’ talents.”

The cast showed ecstatic energy about the show.

“I hope this experience will help me grow as a performer as well as a person,” said Rebecca Lane, “and it will help me improve by forcing me to stop out of my comfort zone while I am on the stage.”

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Senior Jenn Gillen has dived into her 2018 swimming season and is shares how the season is feeling so far.

“Our big meets are coming up soon but practices have been really successful and the freshmen bring a lot of new energy to the team which makes practice more fun,” said Gillen.

Gillen speaks on how it feels having participated in swim for all of her high school career and how it is to be a leader of the team.

“I remember my freshmen year was so fun because of my captains and the other seniors and I just want to recreate that excitement for the younger girls,” Gillen said.

With the 2018 season well underway, this brings excitement to the team as well as a glooming thought that this is the last season for some seniors at CHS to participate in the high school level of their sport.

“I’ll be sad to leave my team,” said Gillen, “but I’ll be swimming in college so it’ll be refreshing to be at a new pool with new people.”

After the swimming season ends, most high school senior swimmers have different outlooks on the remainder of senior year.

“I’m ready to be done with high school and just chill.”

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Chesterton High School Art teacher Patrick Miller recently took his Sculpture II class on a field trip to Chicago.

“The field trip was to explore the wonderful collection of public sculptures located in the city. This is a walking tour where we will see work by Pablo Picasso and many other sculptors. The in-person viewing of these works is completely different experience than seeing them only in photos. It is also important, from my perspective, to offer students the opportunity to experience something fun and unusual that is free to the public,” Miller said.

The field trip took place on Thursday, November 8th.

“We left school via bus at 8:15 and traveled to Dune Park South Shore train station for the 9am train to Chicago. We returned to the Dune Park station at about 4pm,” Miller said.

The field trip was a treat for students and there remains a question of why the trip was taken.

“The trip was for some students to gain an understanding of an exposure to the wealth of public art in the city of Chicago,” Miller said.

With a fun memory like that of a field trip within the semester, it can bring a new light on how great the rest of the year will be.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all of the great artwork my students make this (and every) year in my classes, and in all of our fantastic art classes at CHS,” Miller said.