Top 10 Featured Stories on LaPorteCountyLife in 2016

Top 10 Featured Stories on LaPorteCountyLife in 2016
By: Brett Fuller Last Updated: December 14, 2016

We published several hundred featured stories to the Features section this year. Stories written by local students and more in Northwest Indiana were fair game for good news.

Have a good story to share? It is still as easy as ever to share your story with us! Just send an email to and we’ll be on it!

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

A-Spark-for-Change-LPCSC-Takes-the-Vulnerability-LeapA Spark for Change: LPCSC Takes the Vulnerability Leap
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Over 100 staff members in the La Porte Community School Corporation will be taking part in a professional development course created by Dr. Brené Brown in hopes of creating more courageous and vulnerable schools.

survivor-series-sue-jonesSurvivor Series - Cancer Survivor in the Region: Sue Jones
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Getting the news that you have cancer changes everything. Your life gets put on hold, your plans derailed and those close to you are devastated. For Sue Jones, that’s exactly what happened. Life came to a screeching halt. Now, three years later, she’s cancer free and taking what she learned from her experience to mentor and guide others who are going through the very same thing that she went through.

1studentnwi-new-prairie-april-2016-1#1StudentNWI: Calling Out Excellence this April at New Prairie High School
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What’s Happening?
On March 23rd, New Prairie’s National Honor Society chapter held their 2016 induction ceremony. One senior and forty-seven juniors were inducted into the Amzie K. Miller National Honor Society Chapter. NP’s NHS sponsor is Melanie Groves, who lead the ceremony, along with President Madison Michael, Vice-President Ashlynn Smith, Treasurer Joseph Cinal, and Secretary Rileigh Yettaw.

Nate-LoucksA La Porte County Life in the Spotlight: Nate Loucks
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What drives Pastor Nate Loucks to do good is a concept of peace and justice inspired in him long ago. Through his church and its numerous projects he is teaching the community the art of being a neighbor.

Michigan-City-1Student-November-2016_01#1StudentNWI: Michigan City High School Unites to Feed Families in November
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Student Can Drive Raises Thousands of Pounds of Food
Thanks to the efforts of MCHS’s National Honor Society (NHS) and the Student Hunger Drive of Northern Indiana, MCHS was able to raise awareness about fighting hunger through its largest can drive yet.

EmersonSpartzA La Porte County Life in the Spotlight: Emerson Spartz
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Emerson Spartz has achieved greatness by walking a path of persistence and passion, a self-guided journey that began in grade school and, through a series of self-taught lessons and a desire to learn, he has opened the door to a world of success and continual growth.

Westville-1Student-September-2016_01#1StudentNWI: Westville Offers New, Unique Opportunities for Student Body
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Proud To Be A Blackhawk!
The Westville Athletic Council was established last year in an effort to recognize student athlete leadership. The top students and athletes were selected to be members of the club. In September 2015, several members of the Athletic Council attended a seminar at Merrillville High School about a program called Champions Together.

fran-milo-litsA La Porte County Life in the Spotlight: Fran Milo
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The motto for Rotary International is “Service Above Self.” La Porte Chapter President Fran Milo has a history of a high level of dedication and service to her community and no intention of stopping.

DagKittalusThey Came from Indiana: Dag Kittlaus
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This edition of They Came from Indiana has a name that may not immediately ring familiar but is responsible for arguably one of the most iconic modern inventions used on a daily basis.

South-Central-1Student-September-2016_04#1StudentNWI: What's Happening at South Central High School
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Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Craft
Without the diverse backgrounds of our teachers, all subjects would be cookie cutter and boring. Mr. Craft makes sure his German classes are anything but boring. Craft switches between South Central and Westville every day.