Top 10 Videos on ValpoLife in 2016

VL-Top-10-Videos-2016 We published several hundred videos to the Video section this year. Videos about local events and more in Northwest Indiana were fair game for good news.

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Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are your Top 10 Videos in Northwest Indiana from 2016!

Valpo Gymnastics: The Journey to Success
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Valpo's gymnastics program has been one of the most prestigious ones throughout the state for decades, and with the state tournament coming up in a few days, we caught up with the team. With their tradition of hard work and dedication it's easy to see why they have regularly brought home trophies.

In a Past Life: Valparaiso High School's Grand
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It's prom season in the region, and there's one event that is much of a tradition for us as it is for Valparaiso High School - their grand march. Since 2010 we have been on the floor taking photos of the kids in their fancy outfits, and this year is no different. Before 2016's Grand March rolls around we take a look back at the last five years. To see all of the grand marches, visit here:

The Invisible Project: Making Visible Stories of Homelessness in Porter County
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The Invisible Project: Homelessness in Porter County does not conform to traditional assumptions about who experiences homelessness and why it occurs. The Invisible Project makes visible local stories of homelessness through first-person stories, infographics, and art. The Invisible Project is the result of a partnership between Valparaiso University’s Welcome Project and Professor Yeohyun Ahn’s Graduate Digital Media Class; the Porter County Coalition for Affordable Housing; Housing Opportunities; Gabriel’s Horn; and Dayspring Women’s Center. The Invisible Project exhibit includes student work from Professor Yeohyun Ahn’s graphic design course in Valparaiso University’s graduate digital media program (Comm 598, Fall 2015). As art director of student design, Professor Ahn worked closely with students throughout the year to create pieces for the Invisible Project exhibit. Students selected for inclusion in the exhibit and/or catalogue include: Shiqi Guo, Zhisheng Hao, Patricia Andrews Jarosz, Rob Lee, Neaz Mustafa, Ge Qin, Zhiying Ruan, Ning Shen, Sarhang Sherwany, Zhen Tong, Yixi (Rosie) Wang, Jake Wulbert, Wanlu Zhou, and Zihan Zhu.

Valparaiso Turkey Trot Aerial Movie - 2016
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4,000 runners came to the 2016 Valparaiso Turkey Trot benefitting Porter-Starke Services on Thanksgiving morning and Trevor Mahlmann captured it for Ideas In Motion Media Check out more at and

Portage Takes on Valpo in Classic Basketball Match-up
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What else is better than an old school rivalry? This past Friday neighboring schools Valpo and Portage once again took on each other, with Portage hoping to break Valpo's cycle of wins.

Porter Health Care System Helps Fight Heart Disease at the 2016 Porter County Heart Walk
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Porter Health Care System cares for the community they serve, and their fundraising for the American Heart Association is a prime example. We caught up with the Porter team during the 2016 Heart Walk to go over why they love the event, and why they came together as one huge group to raise money for the health of others. For more information, read up on our article about the event:

Google Tracker at Valpo Parks
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Valpo Parks are collaborating with Google representatives to capture new views of the parks in Valparaiso for Google Maps. Google Representatives walked around several parks with a backpack tracker which captures images of the trails.

Positive New Year's Resolutions
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With 2016 right around the corner, we went down to Valpo's popular ice rink to ask a few people what good things they want to happen within the new year - whether that be goals for themselves, others, or for the community.

Blackbird Cafe and The Importance of Good Coffee
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There isn't just good coffee, there's good coffee that comes with the utmost care and dedication. Blackbird Cafe in Valparaiso has been a community favorite for over seven years, and one big contributing factor to their success is their wide range of good, delicious coffee. We recently sat down with Blackbird's co-owner and their Chicago roaster to talk over their love for "single origin" coffee and why it's essential to care about the product.

2016 Dance Marathon at Valparaiso University: "Dancing for Those Who Can't"
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Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 250 schools across the country, all raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their community. It founded on the idea that all children need and deserve comfort, treatment, and hope in the face of illness and Valparaiso University believes that Dance Marathon is not just a philanthropic campaign, but a celebration of life. Our mission is simple: to dance for those who can't.