Children, Family, and Youth Programs
Accepting the Challenge of Excellence
The A.C.E. Award is given to a senior at Chesterton High School or in the Duneland Area who has faced a challenging and difficult time in their life, has persevered, and will graduate from high school. The Duneland Exchange Club gives this award to recognize students for this incredible achievement.
2021 ACE Award Winner
ACE Award Recipients
2001 - Geno Halpin
2002 - Jacquelyn Patterson
2003 - Annie Madigan
2004 - Jennifer Downey
2005 - JD Williamson
2006 - Amber Andrews
2007 - Nick Cuneen
2008 - Kevin Nault
2009 - Jonathan Mesich
2010 - Scott Radcliff
2011 - Jaclyn O'Conner
2012 - Michael Leopold
2013 - Kalvin Ravn
2014 - Zachary Barnes
2015 - Claire Johnson
2016 - Julie Hanna
2017 - BreeAnna Suitor
2018 - Kyle Bartaleani.
2019 - Ellias Hanna
2020 - Madalyn Figg
2021 - Peyton Martinson
2022 - Ashleigh Spencer
Children in Need
Contact information for the Duneland Exchange Club has been given to all the school nurses, principals, and counselors in the Duneland area. Each school has been asked to contact our club when one or more of their students is in need of clothing, shoes, winter coats, school supplies, water bottles, hygiene items, etc. Our club will try to meet those students' needs.
The Natural Helpers is a peer-to-peer counseling program offered at Chesterton High School. In each social group at CHS, there are individuals who are sensitive, fair-minded, are good listeners, and are approachable. School-wide surveys are gathered to identify these individuals and these individuals are offered the opportunity to attend an intensive training retreat to enhance these skills.
Annually, the Duneland Exchange Club donates the money raised from our annual talent show to the
2021 Young Citizenship Award Winners
Young Citizenship Award
This award is presented to one 4th grader in each elementary school, one 6th grader for each intermediate school, and one 8th grader per middle school, which includes the St. Patrick’s School and Discovery Charter School. The Young Citizenship Award is given to a person who demonstrates quality conduct in their everyday life.
What exactly does demonstrating quality conduct mean? It means this student has excelled in the following areas:
They help out where they can to make their school and community a better place.
They take responsibility for what goes on around them.
They participate in school and community service.
They are a good neighbor.
They treat other people with respect and dignity.
They follow the rules of their family, their school and their community.
They have a good attitude.
They try to get the best grades that they can.
They are leaders.
They are honest and trustworthy, and
They have good sportsmanship. This means they are good winners and good losers.
Youth of the Month/Year Award
The Youth of the Month/Year is one of the most popular youth programs among the exchange clubs throughout the U.S. This award recognizes high school seniors in the Duneland area who are hard-working, attain high scholastic achievement levels, are actively involved in the community, and have demonstrated strong leadership.
The Youth of the Year is chosen from among the Youth of the Month award recipients and the student who submitted the best-written essay based on a topic created by the National Exchange Club. The Duneland Exchange Club's Youth of the Year advances to the Indiana Exchange Club Ωdistrict competition, and ultimately, an opportunity to vie for the prestigious National Youth of the Year Award.
2021 Youth of the Month/Year Award Winners
Youth Talent Show
The Duneland Exchange Club Youth Talent Show takes place annually in April, and allows students from kindergarten through senior year of high school within the Duneland area to showcase their talents.
Students will sing, dance, play instruments, do comedy, sketches, etc. It is amazing how talented the youth of our community are.
The proceeds from the talent show are donated to the Chesterton High School Natural Helpers Program.