For the fourth year in a row, Chesterton High School and the CHS Student Government has a homecoming week focused on raising funds for charities. Once again, the CHS homecoming playhouses are truly focused on the Duneland community. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, all five playhouses will be auctioned off to benefit local charities in support of the Duneland Community and Northwest Indiana.
The CHS Student Government is again forgoing the traditional homecoming float for Homecoming Playhouses. This year, all five playhouses have been built by the Local 1005 Carpenters' Union in a unique partnership. Funding for each structure has come from sponsorship by Strack & Van Til, Construction Advancement Foundation, Dr. Brian McGue D.D.S., Trout Glass & Mirror, and Metropolitan Steel. Other sponsors are Hopkins Ace Hardware, Val’s Pizza and Grinders, Kona Ice and Catylist Pro DJs.
Students and staff will provide the decorative design for each house based on a selected charity. Houses will then be showcased to the community during the Homecoming Parade and before the Homecoming football game on October 2nd. Houses will be placed up for auction on eBay with 100% of the proceeds of the auction going for the corresponding charity. Also, CHS is hosting the 1st annual Block Party, on Wednesday, September 30th, from 5 pm - 7 pm in the east parking lot of CHS. At the block party, children can play in a bounce house, dunk a teacher in a dunk tank, play games, and eat dinner while listening to a DJ. They will also be able to help decorate one of the playhouses that will be auctioned off at the end of the week.
The senior Class of 2016 is the Porter County Animal Shelter, Class of 2017 is Parents as Teachers; Class of 2018 is Dunebrook, Class of 2019 is Family House of Valparaiso, and the Chesterton Community House charity is the Boys and Girls Club of Porter County.
Eight candidates have been chosen as the 2015 CHS Football homecoming royalty contestants. Three seniors and one junior were nominated for homecoming queen and four seniors for king.
Lombardini, daughter of Dean and Rebecca Lombardini of Porter, is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish club, the Varsity Softball team and is a scholar athlete. She also plays softball for the Indiana Raiders.
Sech, daughter of Stan and Wendy Sech of Valparaiso, is active in Interact club. She also volunteers at local nursing homes.
Smith, daughter of Pattie Ingram-Hodges and Dwayne Hodges of Chesterton. She is a member of the Speech and Debate team and Choir. She enjoys babysitting and is a counselor in training for Double H Ranch.
Tumbas, daughter of Kim and Pete Tumbas of Valparaiso, is a member of Track and Field, Spanish club, Student Government. She is a student in the CHS International Baccalaureate program and also does Community Service.
The four students nominated for king are seniors Nate Dawson, Alec Emmons, Harry Nagra and Sean Puent.
Dawson, son of Richard and Rene Dawson of Valparaiso, is a member of the CHS Boys Varsity Soccer team and is active in club soccer.
Emmons, son of Tim and Stacey Emmons of Chesterton, is a member of the CHS Boys Tennis team and Chesterton School News team (CSN). His family has also hosted CHS exchange students from Japan.
Nagra, son of Vince and Ruby Nagra of Chesterton, is a member of the CHS Football and Track teams.
Puent, son of Chieko Hatai and Donald Puent of Chesterton, is active Sandpipers and the Interact club.