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From left to right: Jake Gripp 22 and Lola Podolner 25 performing during the first show on Sept. 23 (Lestina/LION).

So ___ You’ll ___ 13: Baker’s ___ comes to stage

Students, directors put on first theater performance: Improv show
Grace Moore, Opinions Editor October 7, 2021

 At the start of every year, LT hosts an improv show. This year the show was in the Reber Center at NC on Sept 23-25. They also had a homecoming week show on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in the SC PAC.  The...

Matt Vega 22, music producer (photo courtesy of Vega).

Student pursues career in music

Song played at Kanye's concert inspires Matt Vega's plans for the future
Nicholas Barbera, Reporter October 7, 2021

It’s a mellow afternoon in August of 2021. Music producer Matt Vega ‘22 and his friend Xavier McDonald ‘22 are in Vega’s LaGrange home studio sampling beats from YouTube. “I always had a passion...

From left to right: Angelica Borrego 22, Janessa Mosqueda 22, Jennifer Rowe, and Ibet Herrera meet in B101 to discuss care space (Quealy/LION).

Latinos Juntos club plans for care space at SC

Preparations of space to provide essential items for low-income students
Rory Quealy, News Editor, Website Editor October 7, 2021

Latinos Juntos co-president Janessa Mosqueda ‘22 came to LT her sophomore year from the southwest side of Chicago. She lived in West Lawn, a lower-income, minority neighborhood where schools and organizations...

Dr. Rowe is the Director of Equity and Belonging (Mosqueda/LION).

LT hires Director of Equity and Belonging

New position fosters inclusivity within the school
Janessa Mosqueda, News Editor, Multimedia Editor October 7, 2021

Prior to the start of the 2021-22 school year, Dr. Jennifer Rowe was hired as LT’s new Director of Equity and Belonging.  “I probably have the best job ever,” Rowe said. “I’m helping  create...

Brazilian exchange student Paula Lopes Soares poses in front of NC (Mosqueda/LION).

School welcomes six exchange students

LT brings back exchange program, students experience life in America
Janessa Mosqueda, News Editor, Multimedia Editor October 7, 2021

LT is currently hosting a six exchange students from Brazil, Spain, Germany, and Hungary, NC Associate Principal Kevin Brown said. The students will attend classes at LT until the end of the year and are...

TPUSA club members and their president Leslie Mendoza 22 (second from left) at their first meeting held on Sept. 7 (Mahaney/LION).

Stipend committee denies TPUSA proposal

Chapter president vows to become club at LT, argues for representation
Ella Mahaney, Managing editor October 7, 2021

The Lyons Township Turning Point USA (TPUSA) Chapter held its first meeting on Jan. 6. Founded by Leslie Mendoza ‘22, the chapter is affiliated with the larger nonprofit group Turning Point USA. The...

Students at the Yoga and Wellness club in NC dance gym (Gee/LION).

Students launch Yoga, Wellness club

Seniors start yoga club with first successful meeting
Maddie Gee , Reporter October 7, 2021

When Julia Reilly ‘22 was looking to go to a yoga class roughly two years prior, she was disappointed to find how expensive they were and realized that the classes were not aimed towards teens. Upon...

Kaitlyn Filkins 24 uses weights during sixth period Strength Training class (photo courtesy of Bryan Bergman).

Teachers create new Strength Training class for Physical Education credit

Gym class available for all LT sophomores to take
Evelyn Kowalski, Reporter October 7, 2021

A Sophomore Strength Training class is being offered as a PE credit this semester for the first time.  After two years in the making, and finally gaining approval, the class was made possible under...

Band members pose before their march at La Grange Pet Parade (Mahaney/LION).

Marching band returns to La Grange Pet Parade with popular Motown

Band resumes yearly tradition
Jeanne Mardegan, Reporter October 7, 2021

In his 18 years with LT, band director Mark Dahl has never missed an opportunity to bring the marching band together for the annual La Grange Pet Parade, and this year is no exception. “For as long...

Community members gather inside La Grange Village Hall on Sept. 12 for Race Unity Rally (Morales/LION).

Administration joins Race Unity

Administration takes steps towards inclusion, works for belonging
Abe Morales, News Editor, Multimedia Editor October 7, 2021

The 30th annual Race Unity Rally was held on Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. in the La Grange Village Hall. Superintendent Dr. Brian Waterman, Principal Dr. Jennifer Tyrrell and Director of Equity and Belonging Dr....

Statistics as of Sept. 23

Vaccination clinics held over summer

COVID-19 shots offered to community members
Emme McLean, Managing Editor October 7, 2021

During the previous school year, LT implemented a “hybrid” bell schedule allowing students to stay home/come in-person by discretion while still offering online attendance to fully remote students....

Louis DaDan 22 died on May 11 (photo courtesy of Kate DaDan).

In memoriam: Louie DaDan ’22

Community remembers his legacy, honors his impact on others
Morgan Fry, Editor in Chief October 7, 2021

Louie DaDan ‘22 died on May 11 at Loyola University Medical Center from an accidental drug overdose. Since then, the LT community has reflected and come together to remember his life.  “Louie had...

LT students wait for sexual assault awareness protest to begin (Mahaney/LION).

Students hold protest to increase sexual assault awareness at LT

Health curriculum to include more conversations about consent
Rory Quealy, News Editor, Website Editor October 7, 2021

On May 18, the LT Weirdos, a student group of LT sports super fans, made a post on Instagram congratulating the LT girls varsity soccer team on their win against Hinsdale Central. The post was met with...

LT focuses on Social Emotional Learning

Administration implements tools to strengthen students' mental health coping skills
Morgan Fry, Editor in Chief October 7, 2021

Over the past 10 years, there has been a push for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in academia, Director of Student Services Leslie Owens said. People are realizing that in order for students to produce...

Seniors propose idea for Film Club

Pilot club for the 2021-2022 school year
Cooper Anderson, Reporter October 7, 2021

Aubrey Decker ‘22, Adrian Gonzalez ‘22, and Xavier McDonald ‘22 are among the first to create a club dedicated to film-lovers just like themselves, but as a result of the pandemic, it took a while...

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Two men charged after guns found in car prior to homecoming dance

Homecoming event cancelled due to safety threat
Abe Morales, News Editor, Multimedia Editor October 6, 2021

On Saturday, Oct. 2, at around 4 p.m., the Western Springs Police Department was contacted after an anonymous tip was sent to the Lyons Township Area Communications Center, claiming that two males may...

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