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An Open Letter to Michigan City from Michigan City High School Football

The love and support for our football team has been incredible! While we came up short in our semi-state playoff game, we must take a moment to thank the amazing people of Michigan City who have made this experience so special. Being able to call ourselves Back-To-Back IHSAA Regional Football Champions is great accomplishment!

We truly love the young people we work with, and we have dedicated our lives to helping them, but we could not do it without you! It was an awesome experience to see the whole town rally behind these young men and give them the support they needed. We cannot say enough about how the town and its' people turned out to get behind our effort. We take pride in representing Michigan City, but we could not accomplish all we have accomplished without you behind us.

There are so many people to thank, and we hope we don't leave anybody out. Gratitude and thanks goes to Dr. Barabara Eason-Watkins, Dr. Wendel McCollum, and Candy Van Buskirk. We must thank our football parents-Judy Siegmund and crew, who worked as hard this season as anybody else! Thanks goes to our Booster Club, the Michigan City Police Department-including Chief Swistek, Officer Corley, and Officer Campbell, the Michigan City Fire Department-including Chief Novak and Officer Dryzewski, Mayor Ron Meer, our teachers and staff at MCHS, and Sia Dabagia and the Galveston Steak House. Special thanks to Beth Penfold and Abby Vittatoe and our awesome Cheer Squad who were with us for the whole journey. Our Athletic Training staff-thank you! The incredible fans who made the drive down to New Palestine to support us-thank you! Our students who showed up in record numbers throughout the season and playoffs and also in New Palestine-thank you!!

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There is a very long list of businesses in town who showed support with marquee displays, signs in windows, or print ads. We think this list shows just how deep community pride and spirit of Michigan City runs. Thanks and gratitude go out to Kabelins, Patricks Grille, Lakeshore Coffee, Family Express, Centre for Contemporary Dentistry, MCAS Transportation, Brandt’s, Schoop’s, Uptown Auto Sales, Great Deals on Wheels, Flores Tax Service, Midas, Holly’s, Wright’s Flowers, Springfield Township Fire Department, St. Joe Club, Athletico, DAV, MCAS Administration, MC Promise Scholarship, MC Park Department, General Insurance Services, South Bend Chocolate Company, Gymboree, Paris House, Franklin Street Barber Shop, Domino’s, Apex Muffler, Dough Boys, Hokkaido, Nest #4, Hoity Toity, SFC Gallery, Mucho Mas, Bubbles, The Beacher, Chris’ Car Care, Naturally Wood, Local Option, Hot Sun in the City Tanning, Magro’s Shoes, Platinum Design Barber, 2.1.9. Designs, Crowning Glory, Temerity Boutique, Janus Tax Accounting, Franciscan Health, NIPSCO, 3 Sheets Bar and Grill, Dolson Insurance Agency, Flanigan Tire, Root Funeral Home, The News Dispatch, Carpet Town, Snyder Insurance, and Horizon Bank!

Neither of us is originally from Michigan City, but this town has welcomed us with open arms, and we fully accept! We are SO PROUD to say now that we are from Michigan City! We pledge to continue to work with our students and young people every day to make them better people. Thank you again for supporting us and the team and making Michigan City a great place to be! We love you all! GO WOLVES!

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