Carmichael Young Leader Competition in April

The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club will be hosting a scholarship competition for Chesterton High School Seniors in April. The Carmichael Young Leader Competition promotes the qualities of leadership in CHS senior high school students by showcasing their writing, public speaking, and creative skills. Participants will be judged based on their academic record, essay, talent, and short responses to topical questions during the live event.

The event is named in memory of Bill Carmichael. Carmichael’s life was a testament to the Rotary motto, “Service above self.” As a Porter County Commissioner and a Porter County Councilman, he helped shape the community we live in today. During his three terms as a Porter County Council member, Carmichael often championed county funding for social service programs and court programs assisting juveniles.

Carmichael was also a long-time member and president of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District. In addition to Bill’s leadership in government, he was active in the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club, participated in the formation of the local YMCA, and was a charter member of the North Porter County Conservation Club.

The organizers of the event, Rotarians Heather Klein and David Hiestand, are both members of the Chesterton High School Class of 1999, who have recently returned to the Duneland community after earning advanced degrees. Klein is the Development and Public Relations Director at The Caring Place, Inc. of NWI and Hiestand is an associate at Hiestand Law Office.

The Competition will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 6:00pm in the Chesterton Senior High School Auditorium.

A maximum of 10 students will be selected for the live event – this event will feature each contestant in their talent and short responses to topical questions. The winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,500 designated to their school of choice.

Chesterton High School seniors are encouraged to visit their counselor to receive an application. Application deadline is April 2, 2010. Qualified candidates with completed applications will be selected by a committee comprised of Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club members and Duneland community leaders to participate in the competition.

In addition, the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club owns an elongated penny machine with 4 dies that is stationed throughout the Duneland community in area businesses. The machine is currently ready for use at George’s Gyros in Chesterton. The proceeds for smashing a penny are added to the Bill Carmichael Scholarship Fund.

David Hiestand and Heather Klien
David Hiestand and Heather Klein

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