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MORGAN TWP. 21st Century was not able to control the tempo in Saturdays Sectional 49 title game against host Morgan Township, but that did not stop the Cougars from claiming their second sectional title in school history.

GARY The gravity weighed heavily on the shoulders of Tyree Booker a few years ago. It was 24/7. The crime and shootings in his old neighborhood in Harvey across the state line had hope running into the sunset.

Gary students aim to stem violence

on Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Johntrelle Bowles saw the aftermath of shooting violence in Gary first-hand when he served as a volunteer in the emergency room at the Methodist Hospitals Northlake.

"I'm originally from Harvey, Ill., so I know about violence," he said while watching Tuesday's rally against violence at 21st Century Charter School where he's student body president.

Bowles and fellow student, Da'Ione Fields, along with Dr. Michael McGee, organized a new youth movement called Students Against Violence Everywhere, or SAVE, to promote peace and healthy choices in Northwest Indiana. Tuesday's event at 21st Century Charter was the first rally that organizers hope will spread to other Gary schools.

McGee, who founded Project Outreach and Prevention, said he started it after treating young wounded men in the emergency room, where he's the emergency department medical director.

The program also satisfies trauma designation criteria for the hospital.

"The mission of the organization is to prevent and alleviate youth violence and to encourage young people in career paths," he said.

Raven Osborne and Awanii Nicholson have never met and likely never will.

GARY The basketballs were bouncing behind the Gary home. The older brother and sister dribbled between the orange cones, then shot one jumper after another.

On and on and on the scene played out.

Off to the side, a bench sat on the grass. The little brother, Eugene German, looked on. The 4-year-old's feet didn't reach to the ground, dangling back and forth awaiting his turn in the game. And it didn't take long.

Johntrell Bowles is a senior student at 21st Century Charter School at Gary who is now a Questbridge Scholar and will be attending University at Virginia in Fall of 2016!

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