Crown Point High School
Alumni Association

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
at the Crown Point Civic Center, Clark & East Street,  Crown Point, Indiana. Beginning  at 6:30 p. m.

The Board of Directors of the CPHS Alumni Association will be accepting nominations for consideration of unfilled positions of the Organization.

Academic Super Bowl DAC Champions

The Crown Point High School Academic Super Bowl Team has had a very successful year. They took first place in all competitions and first place overall at the Hobart Invite in early March. Then, last Thursday, March 19th, they won the DAC championship!! The team placed 1st in English, 1st in Science, 1st in Social Studies, 2nd in Math, 2nd in Fine Arts, 3rd in Interdisciplinary. The team will receive a traveling plaque that will be displayed at Crown Point High School until next year’s competition where they will try to win again and keep the plaque. The team will be competing again April and the winners will go to the State competition in May. Team members are Ari Amelse, Emily Fender, Saym Imtiaz, Eric Kim, Joey Krampen, Josh Mazur, John Sakaleros, Simone Siew, Ryan Sizemore, Susie Szymanski, Kyle Venditti, Justin Waran, and Lily Wisniewski.

Indiana Student Journalist of the Year

Crown Point High School Student Alaa Abdeldaiem was announced as Indiana’s Student Journalist of the Year.
Alaa is the school newspaper editor and will represent the state of Indiana for National Student Journalist
of the Year which will be announced next month in Denver.
Inklings co-editor Christina Winfrey was also one of the seven state finalists.

VEX Robotics Advances to World Competition

On Saturday March 7th the Crown Point High School VEX Robotics Team 1233 Underdogs sent five teams to compete in a field of the top 40 teams in Indiana at the State Championship in Indianapolis. Teams C and F advanced to the semifinals with Team F advancing into the Final round finishing as State Finalists and securing a spot in the World Competition in Louisville Kentucky. In Kentucky they will compete in the VRC division against 410 VEX Robotics Teams from all across the United States and 30 Countries in April. This is the 6th year in a row that CPHS VEX Robotics have advanced to the World Championship. Members of the team are: Adrian Brown, Nathan Halsey, Kevin Parkinson, and Matt Pochron

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

We are proud to announce the nominees to be inducted into the Crown Point High School Alumni Halls of Fame.
Former students – Susan K. McConnell, Class of 1976; William F. Carroll, Class of 1969; Shelli Hall VanDenburgh,
Class of 1988; and James J. DePaoli, Class of 1969.
Former Teachers – Deborah Taylor Cuffia, 1973-2013; Joseph C. Heuer, 1956-1989; Nancy Huber May, 1970-2009;
Tom May, 1970-2009; and Malcolm “Mac” P. Ruby, 1943-1977.
The four outstanding Bulldogs and the five outstanding Bulldog Teachers will be entered into their respective
CPHS Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

2015 Scholarship Forms Now Available

Attention Class of 2015. Crown Point Alumni Scholarship Applications are now available in the Guidance
Office. They are due back in on April 7, 2015. A Big Surprise awaits the winners of these scholarships.
Also a new scholarship will be added this year. Good Luck to All.

Hall of Fame Banquet Set For April

You are cordially invited to
Crown Point High School Alumni Association’s
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner

Hall of Justice
220 South Main Street
Crown Point, IN 46307
Saturday, April 18, 2015

5:30 p.m. Cocktails (cash bar)
6:00 p.m. Dinner
$40.00 per person
$35.00 a person for lifetime members

We are proud to honor as our
“2015 Hall of Fame Inductees”
William F. Carroll, Class of 1969
James J. DePaoli, Class of 1969
Susan K. McConnell, Class of 1976
Shelli Hall VanDenburgh, Class of 1988

We are also proud to honor into our
“2015 Teacher Hall of Fame”
Deborah Taylor Cuffia,
Joseph C. Heuer,
Nancy Huber May, Thomas May,
and Malcolm “Mac” P. Ruby

RSVP by April 1, 2015
Make checks payable to: CPHS Alumni
PO Box 240 Crown Point, IN 46308
Call Terry Lee, President with any questions at 219-921-9579

CPHS Wins 3 State Championships

On March 9th, students who comprise the staff of Crown Point High School’s CPTV Media
(Technical Communication course) traveled to the University of Indianapolis for the 2015 Indiana
Association of School Broadcasters state conference and competition. The staff submitted their
January 28, 2015 episode of CPTV (which can be viewed at to be considered
by numerous TV broadcasting professionals. Over 400 entries were submitted to this year’s competition.
After winning the School Newscast state championship last year, the staff of CPTV repeated as
state champions for the 2015 Best School Newscast by once again edging out schools such as
Carmel High School, Ben Davis High School, Franklin Central High School, and Martinsville High School.

Further, the staff exceeded last year’s results, winning 2 additional 2015 state championships
for Best Radio Sportscast (senior Raquelle Majors) and Best TV Show Opening.
The staff was also named runner up in the Corporate Video category.
The staff of CPTV consists of the following students: Sophomores Haley Bramewell and
Drew Zimmerman; juniors Blake Bonin, Tiffany Dewes, Riley Geoghegan,
Brianna Rhodes, Johnny Supan and Abbey Wellman; and seniors Alexis Berdine,
Kelsea Costello, Megan Fernandez, Valerie Jones, Brooke Kiran, Tony Lourenco, Raquelle Majors,
Zach Pierce, Nick Sansone, and Tina Winfrey. CPTV is advised by Chris Gloff & Brent Barber

Lady Bulldog Basketball 2014-15

Nov. 14 Hammond Noll {2A} L 42- 48
Nov. 18 at Andrean {3A} W 45- 36
Nov. 21 at Hanover Central {3A} W 61- 40
Nov. 25 at East Chicago Central {4A} W 51- 50
Nov. 28 at LaPorte {4A} L 44- 66
Dec. 5 Portage {4A}‡ W 46- 42
Dec. 12 at Valparaiso {4A} W 52- 40
Dec. 13 at Penn {4A} L 16- 64
Dec. 16 Highland {4A} W 62- 21
Dec. 19 Lake Central {4A} L 37- 54
Dec. 23 South Bend St. Joseph {3A} L 40- 61
Dec. 29 Pike {4A} L 26- 57
Dec. 30 Mooresville {4A} L 32- 51
Jan. 3 at Munster {4A} W 57- 28
Jan. 6 at Hammond Morton {4A} W 55- 41
Jan. 12 Michigan City {4A} L 50- 54
Jan. 17 at Merrillville {4A} L 39- 61
Jan. 20 Kankakee Valley {3A} W 43- 26
Jan. 23 at Chesterton {4A} W 49- 36
Jan. 31 Lowell {4A} W 61- 27
Feb. 6 Hobart {4A} W 50- 37
Feb. 10 Merrillville (Sectional) L 34- 43

Boys Basketball 2014-15

Dec. 6 at Penn {4A} L 40- 65
Dec. 12 at Andrean {3A} W 74- 69
Dec. 13 Lafayette Jeff {4A} W 76- 52
Dec. 19 at Munster {4A} W 65- 57
Dec. 20 at South Central (Union Mills) {1A} W 65- 47
Dec. 29 Avon {4A} W 70- 65
Dec. 29 Guerin Catholic {3A} W 66- 59
Dec. 30 Noblesville {4A} L 60- 62
Jan. 3 at South Bend Washington {4A} L 53- 57
Jan. 6 Hammond Gavit {3A} W 77- 19
Jan. 16 at Merrillville {4A} L 59- 60
Jan. 17 South Bend Clay {4A} 2ot W 88- 84
Jan. 23 at Chesterton {4A} L 72- 60
Jan. 24 at Bowman Academy {3A} L 72- 81
Jan. 27 Michigan City {4A} W 75- 69
Jan. 30 LaPorte {4A} W 73- 42
Jan. 31 at Boone Grove {2A} W 61- 39
Feb. 6 at Portage {4A} 2ot W 82- 77
Feb. 7 East Chicago Central {4A} L 58- 68
Feb. 12 Valparaiso {4A} L 51- 58
Feb. 20 at Lake Central {4A} W 71- 46
Feb. 24 Hammond Morton {4A} W 66- 59
Feb. 27 Lowell {4A} W 61- 45
Mar. 3 Valparaiso (Sectional @ Merrillville) W 37- 35
Mar. 6 Portage (Sectional @ Merrillville) W 79- 72
Mar. 7 Chesterton (Sectional @ Merrillville) W 63- 42
Mar. 14 Munster (Regional @ Michigan City) W 58- 50
Mar. 14 South Bend St. Riley (Regional @ MC) L 74- 77


White Crown Point High School Alumni Shirts are available at MEMORY KEEPERS
(105 North Main Street). Present your Lifetime Membership Card and receive
10% OFF. Closed Sunday and Monday.


A Great job was done by the Alumni Parade Committee as we ended in a 2nd Place tie for the
“Best Decorated Vehicle”. Thanks to all who helped make this year our best.

2014 Teacher Hall of Fame Inductees

Carl W. Carnahan 1942-1971
Richard “Dick” Gordon 1961-1995
Janelle Haack 1972-1997
Benjamin Owen 1955-1987
Lucille Pruitt 1962-1996
George Tachtiris 1973-2005

2014 Student Hall of Fame Inductees

Dawn Donaldson Caldart Class of 1984
Dr. Merit Erickson Lemke Class of 1984
Terry Pettit Class of 1964
Dan Plesac Class of 1980
Robert Rees Class of 1959
Gina Velasco Class of 1994


Portrait of a Graduate: Maggie Gelon and Shannon Rostin

Bulldog Underdog: Anna Marie Gianni

Ted Smith Art: Brooke Perrin

13 Years, Perfect Attendance: Lyndie Pierce


Become a member of the CPHS Alumni Association today and begin to enjoy the benefits that only membership can bring.
Single year membership: $15.00
Lifetime membership: $150.00 (minus your age and minus previously paid current year dues).
Lifetime Membership calculation example:
If you are 60 years of age and have paid your 2014 dues at $15, your Lifetime Membership would only cost $75.
($150.00-60=$90, $90-15=$75)

Mail your dues to: Crown Point High School Alumni Association,

P O Box 240, Crown Point, IN 46308

E-mail questions to:


Violet M. Krapf Doty – Class of 1937
James Hosfeld – Class of 1968
Irene A. Doty – Class of 1967
Barb Hinkson Sobierajski – Class of 1970
Wendy Croft Brissette – Class of 1969
Deborah Graves Deaton – Class of 1969
*James DePaoli – Class of 1969 -
Hall of Fame Member
*Charles (Bud) Bowman – Retired Teacher –
Hall of Fame Member
William Machacek – Class of 1957
*Donna Moser – Retired Teacher –
Hall of Fame Member
Cynthia Agans – Class of 1966
Peg Nelson – Class of 1968
Terry Lee – Class of 1967
Mary Jean Niemeyer Smith – Class of 1966
*Thomas May – Retired Teacher -
Hall of Fame Member
*Nancy May – Retired Teacher -
Hall of Fame Member
Donna Heckel Coleman – Class of 1969
*Alice Lauterbur – Retired Teacher –
Hall of Fame Member
*Jerry Holcomb – Retired Teacher –
Hall of Fame Member
Christine Arnold Lee – Class of 1969
*Paul Georgas – Retired Teacher –
Hall of Fame Member
*Robert Conard – Retired Teacher –
Hall of Fame Member
*William Carroll – Class of 1969 -
Hall of Fame Member
Jerry Smith – Class of 1983
Ron Hampton – Class of 1969
Dana Henderson Zurbriggen – Class of 1987
Chester Rybicki – Class of 1967
*William Logan – Class of 1965 –
Hall of Fame Member
Doug Logan – Class of 1970
Tim Mantel – Class of 1967
Sheila Graham Mantel – Class of 1968
Dr. Joseph Kacmar – Class of 1968
Barbara Wild Kacmar – Class of 1968
Jeffery L. Wilkinson – Class of 1967
Roger Blake – Class of 1967
Dee Burke Lang – Class of 1968
Karen Lynn Smith – Class of 1970
Paul Zurbriggen – Class of 1988
Jerry A. Caravana – Retired Teacher
Peter Leets – Class of 1964
Robert Hobson – Class of 1953
David Adams – Class of 1986
Wayne Raker – Class of 1969
Elaine M. VanDenburgh Raker- Class of 1971
Joseph Heuer – Retired Teacher
Gary Paulsen – Class of 1968
Mark Mallatt – Class of 1968
Sandra Arseneau – Class of 1968
Jewell Everett Sheldon – Class of 1968
Penny Keegan Ivey – Class of 1968
Wayne (Doc) Hurt – Class of 1968
*Marion Kellum – Retired Teacher –
Hall of Fame Member
Keith Iddings – Class of 1981
Charles Lee – Class of 1966
Glenn Raymond Cooper, Jr. – Class of 1967
Sandra Schofield Bobrowski – Class of 1969
Robert M. Corbin – Class of 1968
Rebecca Isaac Shearman – Class of 1969
Fred Blake – Class of 1969
Paul VanDenburgh – Class of 1966
Elaine Hochbaum VanDenburgh – Class of 1967
Bob Lamphier – Class of 1964
Nancy Cowan Eksten – Class of 1984
*Richard “Dick” Gordon – Retired Teacher –
Hall of Fame Member
Alan Vandever – Class of 1967
Lynn Poulton Clay – Class of 1967
Bill Vrehas – Class of 1968
*George Tachtiris- Retired Teacher –
Hall of Fame Member
Tim Heidbreder – Class of 1966
*Robert Rees – Class of 1959 –
Hall of Fame Member
*Dr. Merit Erickson Lemke – Class of 1984 –
Hall of Fame Member
Drue Shults Samuelson – Class of 1967
Penny Blake Batson – Class of 1967
Terry Thompson – Class of 1965
Dan Witten – Class of 1989
David Warne – Class of 1992
Pam Short Capps – Class of 1966
Sharon Baker Palen – Class of 1967
Kathy Foster Stanley – Class of 1986
Kristine Keck Van Dyke – Class of 1968
Anthony Panozzo- Class of 1969
Debbie Metsch Lilly- Class of 1982
Lee Dillabaugh- Class of 1967
Carla Blake Hack- Class of 1978
Peter Ventsra – Class of 1964
Collin Wirtz Lee – Class of 1986
Gerald Charles – Class of 1948
Tiffany Raker Irving- Class of 1996
Nancy Ruby – Class of 1957
Mark Lambert – Class of 1969
Allyson Carnahan Boomsma- Class of 2000
*Deborah Taylor Cuffia – Retired Teacher -
Hall of Fame Member
Michelle Ferrell Sutton – Class of 1987
Debbie Hunt Constant – Class of 1973
Jacquelyn Sohl- Class of 1969
*John Fraire- Class of 1973-
Hall of Fame Member
Jerry Albertson- Class of 1971
Mary Catherine Georgas- Retired Teacher
Jeanann Georgas Freier- Class of 1979

History 101

We have also been cracking open the vault and looking for Crown Point High School memorabilia to display in the new high school! Please contact if you have any items to donate.

Here are some of the projects currently being researched and displayed:


The mission of the Crown Point High School Alumni Association is to develop and maintain a close relationship between Crown Point Community Schools, its constituents, and its alumni for their mutual benefit. The Association is committed to, and involved in, the support and well-being of Crown Point Community Schools and its alumni.

Definition of Alumni:

All persons who have attended Crown Point Community Schools as listed by the registrar are defined as being alumni, and those who have taken part in the educational process at all levels, both faculty and staff, are defined as being alumni.


  • To support educational programs through student scholarships, teacher grants and support of the Crown Point Education Foundation.
  • To assist Crown Point Community Schools in communicating with its alumni.
  • To convey to Crown Point Community Schools, the views, attitudes, and needs of the alumni in seeking to preserve, advocate and promote alumni interests.
  • To honor alumni with "Portrait of a Graduate" Hall of Fame and Teacher Hall of Fame.
  • To strengthen alumni activities and programs.
  • To preserve and instill an appreciation of the history of Crown Point Community Schools.