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New CHS Alumni Association now accepting memberships

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New CHS Alumni Association now accepting memberships

Duneland School Corporation (DSC) officials and Chesterton High School alumni have announced a newly established official Chesterton High School Alumni Association to be a fully-integrated, volunteer-led alumni association. 

This association will work to advance DSC by building a strong community of alumni, both current and future, through programs, services and communications and by providing alumni with positive, lifelong, and meaningful engagement and volunteer opportunities wherever they may live and work. This alumni association will support the Duneland Schools and its goals, and strengthen the ties between alumni of Chesterton High School and all former township schools (Jackson, Liberty, Westchester and parts of Pine Township) that make-up the Duneland School District, and the community.

Duneland School Corporation planning committee representatives have been working on this endeavor for the past six months.  Planning committee members are Kevin Zeck (class of 1994) and Bridget Martinson (DSC Public Relations director); along with former CHS graduates from the class of 1961 - Joe Drozda and Mike Anton; and the class of 1962 - Jim Hall, Kathy (Kelly) Barbian and Sue (Stavropoulos) Keiser.  

The new slate of officers for 2019 CHS Alumni Association are: President – Jim Hall, Vice President – Kathy Barbian, Secretary – Julie Kelchak (class of 1979), Treasurer – Mike Anton, Recording Secretary - Bridget Martinson and Board member – Kevin Zeck; Julie Paulson – Board member and Association Attorney; and Member Emeritus - Judy Malasto. 

Although it is in the early stages of planning, the group is moving forward with memberships to allow for the group to grow and plan alumni events as well as to be able to provide some student scholarship opportunities. The CHS Alumni Association is also looking at some additional functions like having an alumni picnic around Homecoming time each year.

The group is conducting a special $50 six-month charter lifetime membership from March 4-Sept. 30, 2019.  Cost of a regular lifetime membership in the CHS Alumni Association after Sept. 30, 2019 will be as follows: 

$150 Lifetime (minus your age)
$50 for current year graduates

The CHS Alumni Association will be open to all:

  • Chesterton High School graduates
  • Jackson and Liberty Township High School graduates
  • CHS and Duneland School Corporation former and current faculty and staff members
  • Jackson and Liberty Twp. High School former faculty and staff members

For more information or to obtain a membership application, please email Jim Hall at or call at 219-730-1264.

Download an Alumni Association application