#1StudentNWI: Starting the school year strong at East Chicago

#1StudentNWI: Starting the school year strong at East Chicago

What's recently happened?

As the hallways fill with new students it's up to the students to make the memories last. Making sure to check up on your mental health and keep up the good grades.

For seniors in their last year, it's up to them to finish the school year strong, prepare for the real world, and see what the future holds for them. However, there is no need for them to stress too much as there is no rush. Seniors should focus on valuing their time, mending relationships with positive people, and taking care of themselves.

Juniors should start thinking about the career path they wish to choose. It's advised for them to walk into school with a positive mindset and treat people the way they would want to be treated.

Sophomores still have a long way to go for senior year, so be sure to make the best of it. The fun is just beginning, but that is no excuse to slack off in school. Keep up the good work and finish the year off strong.

Just because high school has just begun for the freshmen doesn't mean they should slack off. With this year just beginning it's their time to shine. Creating good relationships with teachers and peers is highly recommended, as they may need them later.

“Courage is not having the strength to go on: it is going on when you don’t have the strength," Former President Theodore Roosevelt once said.

What's coming up?

Class of 2023, congratulations, on making it through three years of high school! To make your last year fun and exciting, Teacher Katrina Alexander has prepared a Cardinal Challenge.

All challenges start simultaneously on August 15. The attendance challenge ends October 7, and the grades challenge ends January 3. Following that, the behavior challenge ends March 10, and last but not least, another attendance challenge ends May 5.

Competing with all high school grades, only the best will win. Unfortunately, the award has not been decided yet for each challenge. Start this year strong and end the school year strong and with great memories.

Staff Spotlight

Only being her second year, Social Studies Teacher Shannon Singleton has done an amazing job as a teacher helping her students as best as she possibly can.

During her freshman year of college, she noticed that social studies classes were her favorite. With her mother being her guide as she made her way through school to find her true passion, she found teaching was what she loved so dearly. Through her work, she hopes to inspire her students to be civic-minded.

Singleton teaches economics, geography, history of the world, and honors/AP government at East Chicago Central High School (EC Central).

Speaking from experience, she is one of the nicest, most understanding teachers. She has a kind heart and is open to helping anyone that needs it.

Passing her class is a breeze; all you have to do is complete the assignments and treat her with the respect and kindness she deserves.

Her students fuel her love for teaching -- she has definitely made an impact on her past and current students.

“I love teaching at EC because I love the students. They make coming to work fun," Singleton said.

Student Spotlight

Jazmin Alvarez has done an amazing job as a student. Many teachers don't see her staying up late working hard to complete all her assignments and keep straight A's - sometimes it's not as easy as it seems.

She is a junior at EC Central, but this is just her second year at EC Central. Though she misses her old school and her friends, she has picked herself up and didn't let that affect her grades.

Alvarez is always working hard by staying up late at night if needed to complete her assignments and by sitting quietly and giving her teacher her undivided attention. She is praised by many teachers. 

She has done nothing but amaze her classmates and teachers with how she can work so hard to complete all her assignments and still have enough free time for herself.

 Though she is a bit camera shy she has done an amazing job and she definitely deserves all the recognition she receives.

“I try to finish all my work on time so that I don’t fall behind in class. Catching up is way harder than just completing the assignments on time," she said.