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Dante Chastine: PN’s infamous door holder

Laura Koscinski, Staff Writer

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Dante in the role people know him best for: a conscientious door holder. Photo by Laura Kosinski.

Most people probably know junior Dante Chastine as that kid who always holds the door open for everyone. What people other than his friends and family probably don’t know is what truly makes him who he is.

Dante is a very creative person who spends his time writing poems, reading books, or working on art. There are many types of poetry he likes, but “any kind of poetry is good. It really depends on how it’s written,” he says. This year he submitted one of his poems to the Literary Magazine. As far as inspiration, it depends on his emotions. “If I was feeling sad for example, I would write something about the event that lead me into that sadness,” he says.  Not only does he have a creative mind, but he also utilizes his athletic talents as a member of the JV bowling team.

Although holding the door for half the school every passing time is a very kind act, Dante said, “Honestly, I hold the door not necessarily because I have to, but also not because I want to. It’s a habit I’ve gotten myself into since freshman year. I don’t have any real reason why I hold the door, I just do it because I am used to holding doors for people.” Whether he notices it or not, his kind act is noticed by many others throughout the school. “I love that guy. I really appreciate how he always holds the door for me and others around the school,” said Junior Jeffery Mackenzie. Needless to say, Dante is a welcoming and kind person, and people like him make Portage Northern a better place to be.

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5 Responses to “Dante Chastine: PN’s infamous door holder”

  1. Malcolm Gaynor on March 20th, 2018 11:51 am

    Great job, it was really interesting to read about why he holds the door for everyone. Also great quotes and other interesting things about his life and who he is.

  2. Kylie Clifton on March 20th, 2018 5:14 pm

    Such a great thing to shed light on all of the positivity that sometimes only is thanked with a few words, but it is true that not only his action speaks on his giving character, but that he continues and does it for reasoning beyond himself, Great action and Great article Laura!

  3. Lexi Kava on March 22nd, 2018 9:31 am

    Love this article!! Most people just mumble a quick thanks to him when he stands there holding the door, some people don’t even say anything. This was a great article to highlight his overlooked kindness.

  4. Komalpreet Kaur on March 26th, 2018 10:42 pm

    Okay honestly, I am so glad you covered this – it helped me to get to know him better and honestly he’s one of the kindest people I have seen!

  5. Komalpreet Kaur on March 26th, 2018 10:43 pm

    Okay honestly, I am so glad you covered this – it helped me to get to know him better and honestly he’s one of the kindest people I have seen! 🙂

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