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This years Homecoming Court poses for a photo. From left, Trinity Collins, Akaya Coker, Destiny Givens, Caidyn Morgan and Ayanna Price.

Seniors take center stage as members of Homecoming Court

September 17, 2023

Teachers nominated five outstanding seniors to be on the Homecoming Court and vie for the Queen's crown. Students will vote for the winner this Friday, and the winner will be announced during halftime...

The football teams four captains pose with a Pop Warner player before Friday nights victory over Portage.

Captains work to inspire team to new heights this season

Destiny Givens, Editor September 13, 2023

With a team always needing leaders to step up, show leadership, and be resilient  for the team. MHS football has embraced four new captains to lead the Pirates to success. The selection of becoming captain...

Friends end their high school journey at the top -- together

Friends end their high school journey at the top — together

Robert Richardson & Ameya Cavillo , Staff Writer June 1, 2023

Since they met in 3rd grade Monica Valladares and Aly Nunez have been inseparable. Now, they will take the stage together as co-valedictorians.  Valladares and Nunez have been a dynamic duo ever since...

Hunter Frangis flies through the air during a karate practice.

Senior expands horizons, earns top honor in karate

Omarion Thomas, Staff Writer May 29, 2023

Senior Hunter Frangis has been working on achieving more than just his high school diploma.  After several years of hard work, he has also earned a black belt in karate. “It’s definitely a physical...

Science teachers second job keeps things rocking

Science teacher’s second job keeps things rocking

Ja'Mare Mitchell, Staff Writer May 15, 2023

Science teacher Mr. Robert Heckler also has a rocking life as he performs as part of a successful local rock band. “I've been in bands since I was in my 20s here and there,” he said. Although...

Senior Omarion Thomas talks with Bulls announcers at the teams final regular-season game.

Teachers help senior fulfill dream visit to Bulls’ game

Michael LeGrand, Staff Writer May 4, 2023

Senior Omarion Thomas is known for his sports commentary for PNN (Pirate News Network) and recently received an all-access pass to the last Chicago Bulls’s home game in the regular season. “I...

Mr. Israel leads a discussion with his first-hour class.

Mr. Israel engages students with unique perspectives, knowledge

JonPaul Patterson, Staff Writer April 23, 2023

If you have had Mr. Israel’s class before, you know he is very interesting. It's like his knowledge seems unending. Some people might wonder where he got all his knowledge from because he certainly does...

Robert Richardson pitches for the Pirates this season.

Newcomers help fuel baseball squad this season

Ameya Calvillo, Staff Writer April 5, 2023

After graduating nine seniors last year, the baseball team is looking for newcomers to help power the team this season. Only four players with varsity experience are returning this year. Senior Colin...

Mrs. Pierson shows Senior Mikayla Green how to construct a dream catcher.

Class helps students gain insight into diverse cultures

April 4, 2023

A new class at MHS is helping students step into the shoes of other students by exploring different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.  Human and Social Science 2A, taught by Mrs. Sonja Pierson,...

Sister act takes center stage for Merrillville gymnastics

Sister act takes center stage for Merrillville gymnastics

Lloyd Wright, Staff Writer February 24, 2023

What if I told you the past, present, and future of Gymnastics at Merrillville High School are all related?  The assistant coaches for this year’s team both have siblings competing for the Pirates. Merrillville...

Coach Diane Roberts is honored by Athletic Director Janis Qualizza before Thursday nights meet.

Gymnastic coach cements 50-year legacy

Omarion Thomas, Staff Writer February 8, 2023

When she was young, Diane Roberts was trained by a retired Broadway dancer in a small dance studio in Hessville and learned to tumble with the help of a retired circus performer. At a young age, she was...

Precious Moore, Terry Thomas and Carlton Clay appear in a scene from 1984.

Thespian Troupe set to perform at State Competition

By Shanyla Smith, Staff Writer January 17, 2023

For the first time in over a decade, the Thespian Troupe has advanced to the State Finals with their piece from the play “1984.” “My wife cried tears of joy. She knows the work that's been put...

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