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Munster High School plants orchard for Project GREEN  nwitimes.com

About 25 students, teachers, administrators and community members joined forces and braved the cold and soggy conditions last month to plant an orchard on ...



Munster places high in latest U.S. News and World Report school ranking; other districts also place well  nwitimes.com

Munster High School took high honors in a recent U.S. News and World Report ranking of traditional public, charter and magnet schools evaluated across the ...



'Hairspray' comes to Munster High School in May  nwitimes.com

The Munster Theatre Company will wrap up its 2018-2019 season with the hit Broadway Musical, Hairspray May 2-5.



Munster High School Speech Team crowned state champion again  nwitimes.com

MUNSTER — Munster High School was crowned both the IHSFA Class 2A and Ralph Lawson Winner, the overall state champion, earlier this month at Fishers ...



South Shore eLearning Conference inspires teaching innovation with a student-first mindset  nwitimes.com

HAMMOND — Technology is more than a tool, George Couros told a full auditorium of teachers and educators Thursday morning.



Four Indiana Students Receive Governor's STEM Team Honors - TheStatehouseFile.com  The Statehouse File

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com. INDIANAPOLIS—Annie Ostojic already has an impressive resume: Named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy list, ...



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 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.



Munster High teens trying out basil tofu, teriyaki pineapple sandwiches and Asian wheat berry salads  nwitimes.com

MUNSTER — Gone are the days of the chicken nugget and onion ring-focused school lunch. Basil tofu, Asian wheat berry salad and Korean chicken bulgogi are ...



Munster High School Debate Team places third in state  nwitimes.com

The Munster High School Debate Team earned a third-place finish at the 2019 IHSFA State Debate Finals at Southport High School in Indianapolis last month.



'More than just video games': Munster team leads the way in high school Esports  nwitimes.com

MUNSTER — When 2018 graduate Adam Kojich returns to Munster High School, he goes straight to the school's Esports Arena, which celebrated its grand ...



Munster School Board hears proposals for multimillion-dollar maintenance, special education facility  The Times of Northwest Indiana

MUNSTER — The School Town of Munster will hear two bids Thursday for a multimillion-dollar project housing technology, special education and maintenance ...



High school students get real-world health care experience with Community Hospital, Munster internship program  nwitimes.com

MUNSTER — High school juniors and seniors are getting a jump-start on their careers thanks to a partnership between the Munster school system and ...



Munster Garden Club supports STEM opportunities at Munster High School  nwitimes.com

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.



Disneyland performer makes music with Munster High School band members for ‘SAXsational!’  Chicago Tribune

Rob Verdi, a musician at Disneyland Resort in California, will perform with some Munster High School band musicians in an upcoming concert. Lakeshore ...



Stanford unanimous No. 1 in VolleyballMag.com NCAA women's recruiting-class poll  Volleyball Magazine

Stanford, which has won two of the last three NCAA titles, is the unanimous top vote getter in the 2019 VolleyballMag.com women's top recruiting classes poll.



Munster High School honors alumni with Hall of Fame induction ceremony  nwitimes.com

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 ...



Dr. Jerald E. Smith | Local Obituaries | nwitimes.com  nwitimes.com

Dr. Jerald E. Smith was born in Grand Island, Nebraska on June 15, 1931, the eldest son to Selma and Edward Smith and brother Edgar (decd.) He and his wife,



State audit report draws attention to child nutrition, special education accounting practices in Munster schools  nwitimes.com

MUNSTER — State auditors raised concerns of oversight in child nutrition and special education accounts in the School Town of Munster in a routine audit ...



Munster High School takes center stage at Indiana State Thespians conference  nwitimes.com

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



Munster Theatre Company to stage 'Hairspray' | Entertainment  nwitimes.com

The hit John Waters-inspired Broadway musical "Hairspray" is coming to the stage in Munster.



Remembrance salute set for Edward P. Robinson Community Veterans Memorial  The Chicago Cusader

The public is invited to take part in the activities planned at the Edward P. Robinson Community Veterans Memorial Park to honor the men and women of our ...



Munster High School band heads to state finals Saturday in Indianapolis  nwitimes.com

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



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

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.



Munster High School Chorale to perform at Carnegie Hall  nwitimes.com

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



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. He had struggled ...



READY NWI 8th Annual Summer Institute prepares educators to lead student success  LaPorteCountyLife.com

Although most local schools are out for the summer, many educators and representatives from local K-12 schools and colleges took time out of their schedules to ...



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

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



Munster theater program nurtures talent | Lake County News  nwitimes.com

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.



Select schools can write off missed weather days: officials  Chicago Tribune

Select schools will have the option to write off missed weather days, a state spokesman said.



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 ...



Irish Tenors' Ronan Tynan’s tour takes him to Munster  Chicago Tribune

He may be best known for being part of the Irish Tenors but Ronan Tynan's resume ranges from platinum recording artist and motivational speaker to educator ...



Munster schools' Joshua Craig receives sustainable agriculture STEM grant  nwitimes.com

Joshua Craig, of the School Town of Munster, has recently been recommended to receive a $3954 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture ...



2 Republicans, 2 Democrats compete for Munster Town Council seat  nwitimes.com

MUNSTER — Two Republicans and two Democrats are seeking their party's nomination Tuesday for a chance at replacing Munster Town Councilman John ...



Munster Republican and Democratic candidates chosen | News  nwitimes.com

MUNSTER — With experience in education, finances, information technology and cyber security, four candidates from vastly different backgrounds vied for party ...



COA takes criminal recklessness case to Munster H.S.  Indiana Lawyer

Questions of whether certain witnesses should have been excused from testifying in a criminal recklessness case for violating a separation of witnesses orders ...



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 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.



NorthShore Health Centers Employee in the Spotlight: Dr. Aditya Shah  LaPorteCountyLife.com

It's important for physicians to get to know their patients, but it is just as important for patients to know their physicians. Dr. Aditya Shah, M.D., is one of the newer ...



Signature School Among 'Best US High Schools'  Inside INdiana Business

U.S. News & World Report has released its list of America's top high schools. Signature School in Evansville is the highest-ranked school from the Hoosier State, ...



Indiana Schools Excel in STEM, Thanks to State Support  Government Technology

A six-year strategic plan released by the state's Department of Education last year calls for STEM curriculum to be implemented in all Indiana schools by 2025, ...



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 ...



Best Buddies Indiana to host Friendship Walk at Wicker Park  nwitimes.com

HIGHLAND — Best Buddies Friendship Walk will be held May 11 at Wicker Park. Best Buddies International is a global volunteer movement that creates ...



Region salutes those who have served | News | nwitimes.com  The Times of Northwest Indiana

The Region pauses to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice with a variety of Memorial Day parades, services and ceremonies.



Here are Region's 29 Four Star Schools for 2017-2018 | Education  The Times of Northwest Indiana

The Indiana Department of Education released its 2017-2018 list of Four Star Schools, naming 29 Northwest Indiana schools in Lake and Porter counties.



Memorial playground at Sunnyside just one of the upgrades at Munster Parks  The Times of Northwest Indiana

After the accidental death in May 2018 of 12-year-old Chance Jurgens at Sunnyside Park just down the street from his home, the Munster Parks Department set ...



Teaching for the 21st century: Region schools excel in science, math, engineering education  nwitimes.com

The modern classroom looks a lot different today than it did even five or 10 years ago. In some Region schools, chalkboards have been replaced by interactive ...



Munster DARE graduates honored | Lake County News | nwitimes.com  nwitimes.com

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.



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.



The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra presents 'Holiday Pops'  nwitimes.com

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



SPORTS MEDICINE: Munster athletic trainer's annual workshop helps protect NWI athletes  nwitimes.com

WHEELING, Ill. — Members of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association gathered here last week for GLATA's 51st annual meeting. The four-day event ...



Munster High School qualifies 5 for final round of National MathCON Competition  nwitimes.com

Munster High School has recognized those students who participated in the national MatchCON competition. MathCON is a nonprofit organization that hosts a ...



Munster High school speech team crowned state champ again  nwitimes.com

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



Vox Fortura: US, UK vocal sensations come to Munster  nwitimes.com

Elias Hendricks, a founding member of Vox Fortura, has an idea of what makes a good musical composition for his a capella ensemble to showcase a bit of ...



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

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 Marching Mustangs sponsor mattress sale fundraiser July 22  nwitimes.com

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



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

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



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

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  nwitimes.com

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



Thomas Jefferson Middle School captures 27th state Science Olympiad win  The Times of Northwest Indiana

VALPARAISO — The Thomas Jefferson Middle School Science Olympiad team is heading to the national competition, winning its 27th state title recently at ...



Student Hit By School Bus At Munster High School  CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 17-year-old boy was hit by a school bus Friday morning outside Munster High School. Munster Police said the boy was struck around 7:15 ...



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

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.



Munster High School marching band places 4th at state finals  nwitimes.com

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 ...



Education Roundup | Lake County News | nwitimes.com  nwitimes.com

New scholarship. The Tri-Creek Education Foundation announces a new $80,000 scholarship for 2019. Michael (Mike) Miller, a 1956 graduate of Lowell High ...



New Conference Records, Sportsmanship Highlight NCC Boys/Girls Track & Field Championships  LaPorteCountyLife.com

Hobart High School senior Elena Polizotto set a new Northwest Crossroads Conference record Tuesday evening with her first place, 11'3” pole vault. She and ...



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

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 ...



GIRLS SOCCER: Lake Central wins sectional title over Munster, Rainwater scores lone goal  nwitimes.com

Mackenzie Rainwater scored the only goal in Lake Central's victory over Munster in the Class 3A Crown Point Sectional championship.



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.



Davich: Young chess whiz mastering ancient board game in world of video games, electronic screens  Chicago Tribune

It took Michael Casner only five minutes to handily beat me in a game of chess. Even more embarrassing, he did it without first capturing a single piece.



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

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 speech team wins Bradley University tournament for first time  nwitimes.com

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 ...



These are the best schools in Indiana, U.S. News & World Report says  Indianapolis Star

U.S. News & World Report has released its annual collection of the best high schools in Indiana, and the top five schools each hail from a different county.



Munster High School Chess Team honored | Lake County News  nwitimes.com

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.



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

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 ...



Alumni and Faculty and Staff Hall of Fame 2017 for Munster High  nwitimes.com

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 ...



Owls to keep an eye in Lake, Porter public art project  Chicago Tribune

Northwest Indiana is in for a hoot this summer as giant painted owls are set to perch all over Lake and Porter counties this summer. Sponsored by Humane ...



Dog Walker Watch Program to put more feet on ground in Munster public safety efforts  nwitimes.com

The Munster Police Department is looking for volunteers to form a different kind of K-9 patrol to fight crime in the town.



Here's how swimming can increase fitness, aid the heart, ease joint issues  nwitimes.com

There isn't a shortage of ways to enjoy your time in a pool. It can be fun and playful to do cannonballs and splash around with friends. Some may find it relaxing ...



'13 Reasons Why Not' conference to tackle tough teen issues  nwitimes.com

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



Munster native was first-responder physician to Pittsburgh synagogue killings: 'What do we do now?'  Chicago Tribune

At first, Dr. Lenny Weiss thought normal construction noises in his bustling neighborhood woke him up that Saturday morning in late October.



Amanda Repay, 33, wife of Lake Commissioner Mike Repay, dies  nwitimes.com

HAMMOND — Lake County Commissioner Mike Repay said Monday he and his wife chose not to discuss her breast cancer before her death in order to marshal ...



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

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



Munster students host second annual Improv Nights | Education  nwitimes.com

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 ...



BOYS SWIMMING: Munster's Raffin is locked in | NWI Preps Swimming | nwitimes.com  nwitimes.com

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



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

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.



Learning with heart: Munster fourth-graders learn anatomy, heart health through dissections, exercise and more  nwitimes.com

MUNSTER — The fourth-graders sat ready in their white and blue lab coats, sleeves rolled, with their little fingers gloved and ready.



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

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



Munster High School Winterguard takes first place | Education  nwitimes.com

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 ...



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.



Robert K. Schoon | Local Obituaries | nwitimes.com  nwitimes.com

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



Munster teen makes Forbes '30 Under 30' list  Chicago Tribune

Forbes Magazine in November named Annie Ostojic as one of the "30 Under 30" to watch in its energy category.



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

Over two dozen at Chesterton, Crown Point, Andrean, Michigan City, Munster, La Porte, Lake Central and Valpo will compete for national scholarships.



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 ...



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 ...



Local students win National Merit Scholarship awards | Education  nwitimes.com

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



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 ...



Master violinists perform for Munster orchestra | News | nwitimes.com  nwitimes.com

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



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 ...



State sues 2 retired Munster administrators seeking repayment | Education  The Times of Northwest Indiana

CROWN POINT — The Indiana attorney general's office has filed suit against two retired Munster school administrators seeking to recover nearly $851000 in ...



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