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Munster High School takes center stage at Indiana State Thespians conference

Members of the Munster High School Theater program, under the leadership of Auditorium Director Ray Palasz and theatre faculty Peggy Matanic, performed ...

Newton County swimmers compete at sectionals | Sports

Newton County high schools traveled this past Thursday and Saturday to Munster High School for the 2019 Boy's Swim & Dive Sectionals. This is a 16 team ...

PREP SWIMMING: Munster defends boys and girls Northwest Crossroads Conference titles

Munster used its depth and overall strength to win both the boys and girls Northwest Crossroads Conference titles on Saturday in the Jon Jepsen Pool.

Students Demonstrate their STEM Skills at the Purdue University Northwest Science Olympiad Regional Competition with Support from ArcelorMittal  PortageLife

One of the best ways to learn a new skill is through hands-on, active participation. In a world where technology is constantly at our fingertips, the need for people ...

BOYS SWIMMING: Munster’s Raffin is locked in

Holden Raffin and his Munster teammates set the standard at Saturday's Northwest Crossroads Conference meet.

SPORTS DIGEST: Munster Hall of Fame event Feb. 8:

Munster Hall of Fame event Feb. 8: Munster High School will hold its Coaches Hall of Fame induction during halftime of the West Side game on Feb. 8. Induction ...

Munster High School theater program earns chance to compete at state  Chicago Tribune

The Munster High School theater program competed at the Indiana Thespians Regional competition on Nov. 10 and placed second.

Four years later and its $8M debt resolved, Munster schools looks to finish year in the black  The Times of Northwest Indiana

These days, the halls at Munster High School are starting to look a lot more like they belong to Munster High School.

Munster High School honors alumni with Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Munster High School would like to announce the celebration and induction of the newest alumni and staff into the Munster High School Alumni/Faculty and Staff ...

Munster High School band heads to state finals Saturday in Indianapolis

MUNSTER — The Marching Mustangs are headed to state competition Saturday having secured their spot as a finalist at semi-state last weekend.

Albert A. McDonald

HOBART, IN - Albert (Al) A. McDonald, age 90, of Hobart, formerly of Munster, IN, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2019. He was born on March 24, 1928, ...

Munster High School graduates set sights on the road ahead  The Times of Northwest Indiana

Another round of graduates from Munster High School convened inside the school's fieldhouse Sunday, eager to officially accept their diplomas and make a final ...

Munster Garden Club supports STEM opportunities at Munster High School

Munster High School received a donation of $1000 from the members of the Munster Garden Club in support of a school STEM initiative called project GREEN.

Munster High School band hosts annual Moonlit March 5K Glow Run/Walk

The Munster High School Marching Mustangs is once again hosting the Moonlit March 5K Glow Run/Walk at the high school football field and Community Park.

Munster Schools producing inaugural student talent competition  Chicago Tribune

The inaugural “Munster's Got Talent!” will showcase 12 student performers in a competition at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts in ...

Munster High School Chorale to perform at Carnegie Hall

The Munster High School Chorale, under the direction of Andrew Robinson, has been honored by the Distinguished Concerts International New York ...

Robert K. Schoon

BLOOMINGTON, IN - Robert (Rob) K. Schoon, of Bloomington, Indiana, aged 33, formerly of Munster, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019, from the effects ...

Gallery: Crown Point at Munster girls basketball | Prep Sports Photo Galleries

The Crown Point Bulldogs defeated the Munster Lady Mustangs 60-37.

Munster theater program nurtures talent

The Munster High School theater program is buzzing with energy as both the high school and middle school theater programs prepare for their contest plays.

Young performers to bring talent to the stage in community's first Munster's Got Talent competition

At home, at school, in dance studios and at vocal lessons, Munster teens and pre-teens are pulling all stops to prepare for the first "Munster's Got Talent" show.

Community starts sports performance program in Munster  The Times of Northwest Indiana

MUNSTER — "Push it, push it, push it. Stay low, stay low, stay low."

Vet ‘to the stars’ with local roots proud of Neil Diamond  Chicago Tribune

Munster native and veterenarian to the stars Bonnie Abercrombie, 37, has kind words for singer Neil Diamond and his good deeds for the town of Basalt, Colo.

A Season of Hard Work Equal Success at the Girls Swimming Sectional Championship at Lake Central High School

In the wee hours of the morning, when most of the world is still asleep, high-school girls from schools all over the Region were hitting the pool, practicing their ...

Loved ones remember Joe Willis, Munster athletic trainer who had college graduation in hospital  The Times of Northwest Indiana

Back in May, Joe Willis was beaming. He had just received his diploma, surrounded by family and his college dean. He was at the hospital.

Extra police at Munster High after social media threat, officials say  Chicago Tribune

A social media post where a student threatened to harm another individual inside Munster High School led to a request for additional police Tuesday.

Tarzan swings onto Munster stage  Chicago Tribune

Munster High School will perform "Tarzan" for its spring musical.

Munster selects Jason Grunewald as Mustangs interim football coach  The Times of Northwest Indiana

Jason Grunewald has been hired as the interim head football coach at Munster and will succeed the coach he has known most of his life.

Munster High School thespians headed to international conference, debate team headed to national tournament in Florida

MUNSTER — The play's the thing, to quote William Shakespeare — and the film screen, too, for Munster High School students who recently took part at the ...

Munster High School Esports sets the standard for rapid growth and development  invenglobal

The idea of Esports in high school seemed so foreign to Nate Thompson that when he first approached the administrators at Munster High School he suggested ...

Munster Marching Mustangs sponsor mattress sale fundraiser July 22

The Munster High School Marching Band is hosting its second annual mattress sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 22.

'13 Reasons Why Not' conference to tackle tough teen issues

HAMMOND — When 18-year-old Julian Torres was younger, like so many kids his age, he was bullied.

Multi-faceted Maureen McGovern comes to Munster

Veteran vocalist Maureen McGovern has cast a wide musical net over the course of her four decades-plus career.

Munster High school speech team crowned state champ again

Munster High School defeated more than 90 high schools at the 2018 IHSFA State Speech Finals held earlier this month.

Munster head football coach Leroy Marsh announces retirement: 'I guess if you wanted a career, 45 years is a pretty good one'

MUNSTER — “I didn't sleep a wink last night.” Those were some of the words Leroy Marsh, head football coach at Munster High School, used to describe the ...

BOYS TENNIS: Munster's Schmidt and Wolf prepared for state quarterfinals  The Times of Northwest Indiana

Munster's Zach Schmidt and Frank Wolf have worked year-round to end their tennis careers at the state tournament. They'll do so Friday.

Munster athlete becomes Under Armour First Team All-American  Medill Reports: Chicago

By Kristen Keller Medill Reports From a young age, 17-year-old Madison Horin wanted to be a basketball player like her mother. Little did she know that she'd.

Munster native writes book about the 'illness' of health care  The Times of Northwest Indiana

The health care system has changed. Munster native Dr. Michael Young has been there to see it happen.

Munster D.A.R.E. graduates honored

The Munster Police Department held its fall semester Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) graduation ceremonies at St. Thomas More School and St.

Maureen McGovern celebrates 'The Morning After' and more in Munster  Chicago Tribune

Maureen McGovern was virtually unknown when she recorded “The Morning After” from the film “The Poseidon Adventure.” Now the singer is celebrating the ...

Local students win National Merit Scholarship awards

Ten local students have won awards through the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Former Munster superintendents tell appeals court they were entitled to money that state claims was overpayment  The Times of Northwest Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — Two former Munster school administrators are claiming they were entitled to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in supplemental ...

The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra presents 'Holiday Pops'

MUNSTER — Celebrate the holidays symphony style as the Northwest Indiana Symphony and conductor Kirk Muspratt present their annual “Holiday Pops,” at ...

State Board of Education releases annual school grades. Here's how Northwest districts compare.

Editor's note: A story in Thursday's edition contained incorrect school grade information based on federal grades. The story should have reflected state grades.

Alumni and Faculty and Staff Hall of Fame 2017 for Munster High School

MUNSTER — The 2017 Alumni and Faculty/Staff Hall of Fame was announced at the April school board meeting. The Munster High School induction ceremony ...

Munster native Joe Mansueto acquires 49 percent stake in Chicago Fire soccer team  The Times of Northwest Indiana

Munster native Joseph Mansueto, the founder of Morningstar, has purchased a 49 percent stake in the Chicago Fire soccer team for an undisclosed sum.

Munster High School First School to Offer Varsity Letters for Esports  invenglobal

High Schools throughout the years have had the tradition to hand out school Varsity letters to students who have exceeded in a sport for the school that they ...

Car enthusiasts rev their engines for Munster boy, 12, who died at Sunnyside Park

MUNSTER — Dawn Twardak-Jurgens stood in awe as a fleet of muscle cars lined up outside her Hohman Avenue home Saturday, revving their engines in her ...

Vocal Trash brings show aimed at saving the planet to Munster  Chicago Tribune

Blending education with entertainment, or “edu-tainment” as Vocal Trash calls it, does not mean there are not plenty of entertaining features to the production.

Edwin A. Gage

MUNSTER, IN - Edwin A. Gage of Munster, 55, passed away at home on January 31, 2019 after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. Known as Smiling Ed to.

Munster High School speech team wins Bradley University tournament for first time

Munster High School speech and debate director Jordan Mayer and assistant coach Jill Wichert led the team to Peoria, Illinois, with the help of parents Patti ...

Munster native among doctors who tended to patients after deadly synagogue shooting

In the Tree of Life Synagogue's darkest hour Saturday, Munster native Dr. Leonard Weiss provided a ray of light.

'Munster's Got Talent' lands at Center for Visual and Performing Arts

Students at Munster schools will be showcasing their talents on a professional stage when they perform in the competition "Munster's Got Talent."

The Times Photos of the Week

Crown Point reacts after defeating Penn 54-47 in overtime Saturday during a Class 4A regional final at LaPorte High School. Kale Wilk, The Times. Ford press ...

Munster students host second annual Improv Nights

MUNSTER — A group of Munster High School students is busy during the day with English and calculus classes, but it will be all fun and games when that ...

SPORTS MEDICINE: Good athletic trainers keep winning, sports in perspective

Last Tuesday was not a good day for the profession of athletic training, with the revelation that Maryland had terminated the employment of athletic trainers Wes ...

Munster High School Science Olympiad places 17th nationally  The Times of Northwest Indiana

After taking back the state title this year, the Munster High School Science Olympiad team finished among the best of the elite nationally.

Munster High School marching band places 4th at state finals

The Munster High School Marching Mustangs placed fourth on Nov. 4 in Indianapolis at the Indiana State School Music Association Open Class B state finals at ...

Unique concert supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

MUNSTER — Touched by the TV commercials featuring kids and their families fighting cancer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a 16-year-old Munster ...

5K race for young boy who died at Sunnyside Park will help Munster police buy comfort K-9

MUNSTER — A young autistic boy who died this past spring is being honored later this month during the Orthopaedic Specialists of Northwest Indiana's fourth ...

Munster High School student stuck, pinned by school bus  WLS-TV

A Munster High School student was struck by a school bus and dragged a short distance as the driver made a turn onto school property Friday morning.

STEVE HANLON: Munster's Madison Horin wins gold in Mexico

When Madison Horin returns for her senior year at Munster High School this August, she will have quite a tale to write when she's asked to pen a paper on.

Munster High School earns STEM certification  Chicago Tribune

Munster High School recently received certification in AdvancED STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). "There are a lot of good things ...

School officials: Routine, communication, positive messages keys to kicking off a great school year

There's more to getting ready for the new school year than registering for class and shopping for school supplies.

Craft shows, tree lightings and other events to fill your holiday dance card

Here is a sampling of the holiday events on tap in the Region.

Teacher pay in Indiana continues its downward slide  The Times of Northwest Indiana

As a national and local teacher shortage continues, many are blaming a corresponding decline in teacher pay for part of the problem across Northwest Indiana ...

5K Run/Walk & Nerf War honors Chance Jurgens, 12, Munster boy who died May 23  The Times of Northwest Indiana

MUNSTER – With the blare of an air horn, some 280 individuals of all ages, and several canines on leashes, dashed through an arch of green and pink balloons ...

Hammond Sanitary District investigates unusual amount of corrosion at Munster pumping station

MUNSTER — The Hammond Sanitary District plans to spend more than $60000 to replace equipment in one of its pump stations earlier than anticipated ...

Alumni and Faculty and Staff Hall of Fame 2017 for Munster High

MUNSTER — The 2017 Alumni and Faculty/Staff Hall of Fame was announced at the April school board meeting. The Hall of Fame Munster High School ...

Munster High debate team wins district championship

The Munster High School speech and debate team competed at the Northwest Indiana NSDA Debate Qualifier on Jan 19-20 at Penn High School in Mishawaka.

Munster HS band hosts mattress fundraiser July 22

Get a better night's sleep and support the Munster High School Marching Mustangs at a one-day mattress sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 22.

Education Roundup: Preschool program, National Junior Honor Society, HOSA conference

Hobart Family YMCA Developmental Preschool open enrollment.

High school students learn first-hand about careers in the trades

High school students from across Northwest Indiana got a chance Tuesday to trowel mortar onto bricks, balance on steel beams, haul dirt with a virtual excavator ...

Munster High gets STEM certification

MUNSTER — Munster High School has been awarded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Certification through AdvanceED.

Forbes' '30 Under 30' salutes 15-year-old Munster inventor, scientist, Annie Ostojic

MUNSTER — Annie Ostojic began winning state and national recognition for her scientific projects and inventions as a 9-year-old student at Frank Hammond ...

State ISTEP scores dip for elementary and high school students compared to last year

INDIANAPOLIS — Student performance on the Spring 2018 ISTEP standardized exam dipped slightly for both elementary and high school test takers compared ...

Munster High School 2016 Speech State Champions

Munster High School returned as the Ralph Lawson Award Winners and overall State Champions from the 2016 Indiana High School Forensic Association State ...

Munster High band hosts annual 5K Moonlit March

The Munster High School band hosts its second annual Moonlit March on Oct. 22.

Singer pays tribute to Hank Williams and honky-tonk in Munster  Chicago Tribune

Lakeshore Community Concerts present "Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes" March 22 at Munster High School Auditorium.

Munster High School wins Academic Super Bowl State Championship

State finals for the Hoosier Academic Super Bowl took place on Saturday at Purdue University. The competition is made up of five subject matter rounds (English ...

Munster High grad pens book about becoming an adult  The Times of Northwest Indiana

At 27, Cristina Vanko began to feel herself metamorphosing into adulthood — at least in some ways.

Munster High wins speech state championship

The Munster High School Speech Team competed at Fishers High School in the 2017 IHSFA State Speech Tournament. For the eighth consecutive year the ...

STEVE HANLON: Get a ticket for Munster football coach Leroy Marsh's retirement party

Leroy Marsh, a Munster High School football coach for 45 years, and his wife Jamie will be honored June 15 at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

Reunions: Lowell, Gavit and Hobart High

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'We just need to be heard': Teens open up about mental health, social media pressures in first '13 Reasons Why Not' conference

HAMMOND — It was standing-room-only when East Chicago Central Senior Julian Torres shared his story of bullying, drug abuse and suicide.

UPDATE: Hammond Gavit sophomore detained Monday, accused of threatening to 'shoot up' school

HAMMOND — A Gavit High School sophomore was detained Monday after making threats last week to a group of friends, saying he was going to "shoot up the ...

PREP TRACK: Lowell Boys, Munster girls win Northwest Crossroads Conference meet

MUNSTER — Winning isn't everything. It's a phrase said time and time again to console athletes after a loss. It's supposed to be comforting. Andrean senior ...

NWI students step out in memory of Parkland victims

Hundreds of Region students stepped away from their studies Wednesday morning in memory of the victims in last month's Parkland, Florida, high school ...

Master violinists perform for Munster orchestra

MUNSTER — Members of the Munster High School orchestra sat enthralled Monday as four master violinists from the Western Galilee region in Israel conducted ...

Munster High School Chess Team honored

The Munster High School Chess Team placed 7th place out of 28 teams at the state level. The tournament took place at Morton High School in Hammond.

Portage students protest firing of high school auditorium director  The Times of Northwest Indiana

PORTAGE — More than 50 present and former Portage High School students stood holding signs protesting the apparent firing of the school's auditorium ...

Lake Central and Munster victorious in first round and face off Friday night  Medill Reports: Chicago

Erik Alcantar Medill Reports Lake Central High School (St. John) defeated Crown Point High School (Crown Point) 42-29 in the first sectional game Wednesday.

Derik Nelson & Family delivers harmonies to Munster

Lakeshore Community Concerts present Derik Nelson & Family Oct. 9 at Munster High School Auditorium.

Northwest Indiana students named as 2019 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists  Chicago Tribune

More than two dozen Northwest Indiana high school students were named as National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists this week. The designation goes to elite ...

'I wear the Region on my sleeve': Todd Rokita contemplates future while revisiting Munster roots  The Times of Northwest Indiana

Todd Rokita recently came back to Munster, which he left a quarter of a century ago to make his way in the world.

Schererville school banned from state voucher program after students not given ISTEP exam

INDIANAPOLIS — A Schererville school that failed to administer the 2018 ISTEP exam no longer can enroll pupils through Indiana's voucher program that ...

Federal jury rules for Munster school officials in hazing lawsuit

HAMMOND — A federal jury Tuesday ruled in favor of Munster school officials in a civil lawsuit that had accused them of allowing a culture of hazing within the ...

Munster boy, 12, who died after accident at Sunnyside Park remembered as witty, brilliant kid who loved Legos, books and Chevy cars

MUNSTER — Twelve-year-old Chance Jurgens' latest Lego creation is still spread out across his family's kitchen table, unfinished.

Munster High School Winterguard takes first place

MUNSTER — The Munster High School Winterguard competed in the Mid-West Color Guard Circuit's Championships on April 2-3. The team placed first in ...

SPORTS MEDICINE: A heartfelt goodbye to Willis

Even 20-plus years apart, “last times” come too close. The last time I authored a column like this, it was 24 years ago — nearly to the day. I was hoping, at the ...

A 25-year-old political newcomer in Indiana: 'I'm used to being the only Asian person in the room'  Chicago Tribune

On more than one occasion, Chris Chyung had a front door slammed in his face while campaigning against state Rep. Hal Slager. “They told me, 'Go back to ...

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