Chesterton High School radio station WDSO-FM held its 31st annual Awards
Night Tuesday evening in the CHS Cafeteria.
Guests for the evening were Scott Truelove, Technology Department Chairman;
School Board Member, Ralph Ayres; former School Board Member, Janice Custer
and Chris Acton, Chesterton Art Center Publicist
Nominations for awards were made by the membership of WDSO except for
special awards. Outstanding awards went to Kelley Jankowicz (12), Most
Outstanding Newscaster; Most Outstanding DJ to Jackie Santo (12); Best
On-Air Sportscaster Nathan Dickinson (11) and Eric Dreischerf (12). These
students receive plaques.
A plaque in the shape of the state of Indiana in recognition of his 1st
Place Award for his Radio In-Depth entry at the Indiana Association of
School Broadcasters competition was presented to Nick Moreno. This was the
same as a plaque that was presented to CHS at the competition in
Indianapolis that was presented in March, 2013.
Senior Awards plaques were presented to all on-air qualified seniors Billy
Atherton, Kelley Jankowicz, Patrick Menn, Jackie Santos, Collin Sulcer, Jake
Williams and Nate York.
Graduating Member of WDSO Awards certificates were presented to seniors
Jessica Cavallaris, Adam Eng, Gabe Kleckner and Adam Polkinghorn.
Additional awards (certificates) to students in all grade levels: Best
Morning Assistant 1st Semester, Brooke Sauter (9) and 2nd Semester, Aubrey
Christofersen (10); Most Outstanding New Student, Brooke Sauter (9); Most
Outstanding Veteran Student, Billy Atherton (12); Most Knowledgeable Veteran
Student, Nick Moreno (11) and Nathan Babcock (11) and Most Improved Veteran
Student, Sarah Duron (11).
Named Most Promising New Newscaster, Brooke Sauter (9) and Aubrey
Christofersen (10); Most Improved Newscaster, Jessica Cavallaris; Best News
Reporter (Advanced Broadcasting Class), Nick Moreno (11); and Best Sports
Reporter (Advanced Broadcasting Class), Nathan Dickinson (11).
Sports Awards were Most Improved Sportscaster: Gabe Kleckner (12); Most
Promising New Sportscaster: Laura Hoover (10) and for the 3rd year in a row
- Most Sports Games Engineered: Patrick Menn (12); Most Spring Sports
Engineered, Sean Virden (10).
All of the students who broadcast sports events for WDSO received a
certificate for their participation. They included: seniors: Eric Driescherf,
Michael Clemens, Gabe Kleckner, Logan Krantz, Ronnie Kovach; juniors: Nate
Dickinson, Dallas Milligan, Trevor Klaus and Max Brown; sophomore: Laura
Honored for Best Afterschool Show -- Nick Moreno (11); Most Promising New DJ
-- Brooke Sauter (9); Most Improved DJ --- Collin Sulcer (12); and Most
Promising New Afterschool DJ -- Lily Jablonski (11).
Afterschool Music Show Awards went to seniors -- Jackie Santos, Kelley
Jankowicz, Billy Atherton, Patrick Menn, Collin Sulcer and Jake Williams;
juniors Nathan Babcock, Nick Moreno, Sarah Duron, Dallas Milligan, Lily
Jablonski and Austin Ballestero and sophomore, Matt Leetz.
Other Student Awards include: Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB)
Competition Awards: 1st Place in Radio In-Depth -- Nick Moreno (11). 3rd
Place -- Radio Copywriting -- Sarah Duron (11). Interviewer Award -- Nathan
Babcock (11). Best Promo Maker, Nick Moreno (11) and Most Creative Promo
Maker, Nathan Dickinson(11).
Four students participated in the University of Southern Indiana Dual Credit
Program. They were recognized as Dual Credit Recipients and included
seniors: Billy Atherton and Adam Eng and juniors: Sarah Duron and Nick
Two WDSO members received the Checklist Completion Award -- senior: Patrick
Menn and junior: Sarah Duron.
Super Radiothon Collectors were Emmanual Rodriguez (11), Laura Hoover (10),
Riley Deardurff (10), Matt Leetz (10),Brooke Sauter (9) and Brian Bolin (9).
WDSO Service Awards are given to students who are on-air qualified or very
close to it. The number of years in radio includes the semester enrolled in
Radio/Video class. Four years: seniors: Jackie Santos and Billy Atherton.
Three years: Seniors, Kelley Jankowicz, Patrick Menn, Collin Sulcer, Jake
Williams and Nate York; Juniors -- Nathan Babcock, Austin Ballestero, Sarah
Duron, Lily Jablonski, Nick Moreno and Dallas Milligan. Two years: Laura
Hoover (10), Matt Leetz (10) and Sean Virden (10). One year: Aubrey
Christofersen (10) and Brooke Sauter (9).
Staff awards: members each received a certificate for serving as director in
various departments. Co-Program directors, Billy Atherton (12) and Patrick
Menn (12) (also received a plaque); co-music directors, Jackie Santos (12)
and Kelley Jankowicz (12); news director Nathan Babcock, (11); training
director, Nick Moreno (11); Sports Director, Dallas Milligan (11); PSA
director, Matt Leetz (10); promotions director, Sarah Duron (11).
Staff Department Awards were Most Improved Department: Jackie Santos (12)
and Kelley Jankowicz (12). . Best Department: Music --Jackie Santos (12) and
Kelley Jankowicz (12). 3rd Year in a row - Most Dedicated Staff Member:
Nathan Babcock (11).
Appreciation Awards were presented to members of the school or community who
have hosted special programs for WDSO, including Jim Goetz, CHS Principal;
Jeff Van Drie, Kevin Zeck and Craig Stafford, CHS Assistant Principals who
have hosted the CHS Weekly Report; Brad Bumgardner, Naturalist at the
Indiana Dunes State Park and Jean-Pierre Anderson, Naturalist at the Indiana
Dunes National Lakeshore, hosts of Naturally Speaking. Dr. Carol Dartz
(Owner/Veterinarian), Dr. Johanna Nimeth and Dr. Jennifer Herbert
veterinarians, and Sarah Chatwell, Veterinary Technician, at Arbor View
Animal Hospital, hosts of the monthly show Pet Talk; Chesterton Tribune for
providing Echoes of the Past for WDSOís Daily Almanac Show; Serena Sutliff,
curator of the Westchester Township History Museum for hosting Historically
Speaking, and Chris Acton, publicist for the Chesterton Art Center for
hosting Artful Conversations.
Next Yearís Staff
During the event the new staff for the 2013-14 school year was announced.
They include: co-program directors, juniors Nick Moreno and Nathan Babcock;
co-music directors, Sarah Duron (11), Lilly Jablonski (11) and assistant
music director, Austin Ballestero (11); news director, Brooke Sauter (9);
training director, Sean Virden (10); co-sports directors, Nathan Dickinson
(11) and Laura Hoover (10); and PSA director, Aubrey Christensen (10).
Matthew Waters is the Station Manager/Faculty Advisor and Michele
Stipanovich is the stationís Operations Manager.