#1StudentNWI: Chilly season at East Chicago Central

#1StudentNWI: Chilly season at East Chicago Central

What recently happened?

In honor of American Education Week, East Chicago Central High School did a “Hats Off to College and Career Awareness” day. Students and staff were able to wear college gear and jeans. 

Students had the opportunity to write an essay to shadow the principal, dean, attendance officer, or head of security. Essays were due via email or hardcopy to English Teacher Katrina Alexander and should be focused on why the submitting student should play the role.

Thanksgiving Break started November 21 and ended November 25.

The Senior Class of 2023 merch is here. This year’s items are Inspired by Mario Kart. 

What's coming up?

Winter sports are coming up.

Christmas break starts the 19th and ends on the 30th which gives teachers, staff, and students a total of 15 days off.

Staff spotlight: 

Andrea Rivera is a hard-working yet kind and loving teacher. Rivera went to college at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her degree is in tourism, hospitality, and event management.

Rivera teaches Advanced Culinary Arts and Principles of Culinary Arts at East Chicago Central. Before Rivera was a teacher, she worked as a paraprofessional at Block Middle School and then had an office job with the city of East Chicago.

“I wanted to experience something new in my field, and I have always enjoyed working with students and young adults,” said Rivera.  

She feels that career and technical education (CTE) education is important and jumped at the opportunity to teach students about a subject that she is passionate about. 

“My experience has been great here. I try to create meaningful and positive experiences for my students in this class, and the students have been able to make memories, cook amazing food, and build lasting friendships. I was a student in this program when I attended East Chicago Central, and I think that is where my interest in the subject started,” said Rivera.

Since Rivera was born and raised in East Chicago, it holds a special place in her heart. 

“I know what it feels like to go to school, work, live, and participate in activities in East Chicago. It is a city that stands together and works as a family,” she said.

Rivera believes growing up in East Chicago helps her connect to her students.

“Since I have been in my student's place before, it helps me understand them and be the role model that I would have wanted when I was in high school," she said. "I want to show them that good comes out of East Chicago and that anything they set their mind to, they can achieve.”

Student spotlight:

Gabriela Malagon's favorite subject is art, and she has become a wonderful artist.

“I enjoy drawing, painting, making little things for my friends, decorating polaroid's, and baking,” said Malagon.

She has helped in many school activities. Without her help, the organizers wouldn't have created such masterpieces for her friends and classmates. A few things she likes about East Chicago Central are her friends. She wishes she had met them sooner.

A few things that make Malagon happy are hanging out with her friends, art, music and her dog.

“I would like to thank Mr. Andre Clay for helping me during my junior year when my anxiety was really bad," she said.

So far, Malagon’s year has been good, and she has made a lot of friends.

“I wish I had befriended my current friends sooner. My favorite k-pop group is Tomorrow X Together,” she said.