#1StudentNWI: A month filled with good news and excitement for Westville High School

#1StudentNWI: A month filled with good news and excitement for Westville High School
By: Kyra Dabbert Last Updated: February 22, 2019

What’s Recently Happened?

Just a few weeks ago, Westville High School basketball season drew to an end with PCC tournament games. While neither the boys nor girls teams won the championship, both put up a strong fight in each game. Westville did, however, have a couple huge victories in the end, when the school was awarded the “Spirit Award” for their outstanding pep-block in each game, and the “Cheer Award” for having the best cheers and most talented cheerleaders! Also recently, Westville High School’s DECA team traveled to their annual competition. In DECA club, students can demonstrate their business skills. Competitions consist of members testing their business knowledge and role playing a particular business owner or person. Twenty-three out of 37 DECA members from Westville qualified to compete at the state competition in Indianapolis! Bringing in a taste of music this month was the Westville Band at their ISSMA solo and ensemble competition. Westville came home with 13 gold medals and three silver. This past month has been filled with good news and excitement for Westville High School.

What’s Coming Up?

What’s better than getting together with a group of friends and going to homecoming? The boys varsity basketball game will take place with the homecoming dance to follow. This year, the dance will feature one of Westville High School’s very own students, Marissa Stark, as the DJ! This year’s homecoming theme is fun and colorful after the popular board game Candy Land! At the dance, students will nominate and vote for homecoming prince, princess, queen, and king. Also coming up at Westville High School is another spirit week fun with new and exciting themes. This spirit week is in honor of homecoming and features class color day, celebrity day, USA day, mismatch day, and black and orange day for school colors. If you are looking for a helping hand this chilly winter season, you can stop by the school closet at Westville High on February 28. This is an opportunity for anyone in the community to stop in and “shop” the items in the closet for free. This winter is all about helping others and giving back in Westville.

Teacher Spotlight

In many students eyes, Mrs. Kovach is one of the best teachers at Westville High School. She is always willing to help others and is extremely kind. Mrs. Kovach has been teaching Algebra II at Westville for 16 years. In the process of attaining what she says is her dream job, Mrs. Kovach attended Indiana University and earned a degree in secondary education and mathematics. “One of the best parts of teaching in high school is seeing students from preschool grow to be seniors,” she said. When Mrs. Kovach was a highschooler herself, she helped many students and friends pass Algebra II. This is how she knew that she wanted to become a math teacher. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Kovach is an interesting and outgoing person. She enjoys activities such as snorkeling, snowmobiling, boating, and fishing. All together, Mrs. Kovach is genuinely an admirable teacher, so much so that many students aspire to be as kind and caring she is.

Student Spotlight

It takes an outstanding student to balance various aspects of a high school career. Volunteer work, sports, clubs, academics, and much more can be very hard to juggle. A student who can really do it all is senior Ali Hisick. Hisick is involved in many sports at Westville. She spends much of her time between volleyball in the summer and fall, basketball and poms in the winter, and softball in the spring. Even more so, Hisick takes pride in being on the Athletic Council and Pep Club. Hisick plans on attending IUPUI this fall to pursue a career in Respiratory Therapy. She already taking some of her classes at the Purdue University Northwest campus in Westville this year. This is a great opportunity for academically-strong seniors at WHS. Students can take a class at PNW in the morning, and then report to Westville High School for their other classes later in the day. They get college credit for the classes, and really get a chance to see what college life is all about. In the spirit of helping others, Hisick recently became a volunteer at Reins for Life in Michigan City, where she helps those who are disabled enjoy the wonders of riding a horse. In her spare time, Hisick enjoys playing beach volleyball in the summer and spending time with her friends.