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Statistics as of Dec. 2. Source: Director of Student Services Leslie Owens.

Special Ed. endures staff shortages

Department experiences struggles to find paraeducators, substitutes
Ella Mahaney, Managing Editor December 22, 2021

In March of 2020, Special Education teacher Jack Becker noticed a decrease in the amount of paraeducators (paras) in his classes. Now, more than a year later, he is still seeing a shortage of paras in...

Timothy Timo Bach poses on the set of Timothy Bach Reports (photo courtesy of Bach).

Alumnus works toward becoming influencer for Gen-Z students

Creates platform with science, history based content for teens
Janessa Mosqueda, News Editor, Multimedia Editor December 22, 2021

Timothy “Timo” Bach ‘16 entered ninth grade as a shy, slightly introverted student, he said. He was enrolled in LT’s Humanities block and was able to grow as a student and as a person while participating...

New English course offered at NC

Works to highlight marginalized voices, shifts away from Eurocentric focus
Abe Morales, News Editor, Multimedia Editor December 22, 2021

The new Multicultural American Literature course was introduced at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. It is a one semester prep-course that is available to seniors both semesters. The course was...

Dance Fitness class in the dance gym on Dec. 11 at NC (Burke/LION).

New Yoga class in development for next year

Upperclassmen provided opportunity to take Yoga for PE credit starting next fall
Evelyn Kowalski, Reporter December 22, 2021

During the 2022-2023 school year, all juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to take a Yoga class as a physical education (PE) credit. The semester-long course will be focused mainly on yoga and...

Student organizes non-perishable foods, school supplies at NC Care Space in the College/Career Center (Quealy/LION).

Civics classes help Care Space development

Change made to service project to benefit newly organized Care Space
Rory Quealy, News Editor, Website Editor December 22, 2021

Following a presentation to teachers and administration about the Care Space on Oct. 8 by Janessa Mosqueda ‘22 and Angelica Borrego ‘22, Civics teacher Mica Vahl felt inspired, she said. The Civics...

Isabel Blackstone 22 poses during a bodybuilding competition on Oct. 9 at Jefferson High School (photo courtesy of Blackstone).

Senior competes in bodybuilding

Receives first, second place in her competition at Jefferson High School
Morgan Fry, Editor in Chief December 22, 2021

Isabel Blackstone ‘22 had been lifting for nearly a year and a half, when she decided she wanted to take her passion to the next level. After following professional bodybuilders like Lauren Dannenmiller...

SC Fieldhouse hosts vaccination clinics

SC Fieldhouse hosts vaccination clinics

COVID-19 vaccine administered to children, community
Rory Quealy, News Editor, Website Editor December 22, 2021

After the Pfizer vaccine was authorized for children aged 5 to 12, local elementary school principals and superintendents began discussing ways to support their students in getting vaccinated. Because...

Michael Patera 23, on the right, Ryan Johnson 23, in the middle, and Chase OBrien 23, diving, play Spikeball earlier this semester (photo courtesy of Grace Geraghty).

New Roundnet club introduced

New Spikeball group creates way to become involved
Myrna Cross, Reporter December 22, 2021

LT has recently introduced the Roundnet club, a club where any student is welcome to come and play Spikeball in groups.  The game of Spikeball is a combination of volleyball and four-square played...

Engineering students three-dimensional design project in website Fusion 360 as of Dec. 7 (photo courtesy of Jack Becker).

Junior creates new Model, Engineering club

Members work to recruit participants, earn full club status next year
Emme McLean, Managing Editor December 22, 2021

Ever since elementary school, Michael Talapin ‘23 has had a fascination with engineering. This influenced his participation in a summer programming camp in Belarus—a science lab program at the University...

Chefs in Catering club prepare fresh meals

Students cater, serve to first responders, bus drivers
Maddie Gee, Reporter December 22, 2021

Claire Kelly ‘22 felt elated when she saw her food being enjoyed by first responders at an Oct. 18 luncheon that recognized local police and fire departments, she said. “It felt like I helped people...

Science teacher David Stormont poses with Principal Jennifer Tyrell as he receives #WeAreLT staff award on Nov. 19 (Gee/LION).

New staff award, tradition creates opportunity for faculty recognition

Students nominate, vote for #WeAreLT staff member of the week
Maddie Gee, Reporter December 22, 2021

Principal Jennifer Tyrrell started the tradition of presenting four to five staff awards every Friday, beginning with voice and guitar teacher John Musick on Oct. 29.  “Dr. Tyrrell came into my classroom,...

SEBC plans event for MLK Day event in January

Reminds community of day’s importance
Nicholas Barbera, Reporter December 22, 2021

The Student Equity and Belonging Committee (SEBC) is planning an event for Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day, to remind attendees about the importance of the day, as well as the legacy of MLK. “This...

Transition students sell coffee and hot chocolate at NC library (Grefenstette/LION).

Transition Program opens coffee, hot chocolate stand

Proceeds provide students schooling, job opportunities
Olivia Grefenstette, Reporter December 22, 2021

For well over a decade, the Transition Program has been serving students with disabilities and the community. It is designed for students, after graduation, who need or want extra support and guidance...

Emilija Risteska 22 models the June necklace, a design sold by Jaded Jewelry (photo courtesy of Malik).

Students create Jaded Jewelry

Seniors custom make various rings, necklaces to sell locally
Jeanne Mardegan, Reporter December 22, 2021

After simply buying materials to try out a new hobby, Iman Malik ‘22 and Emilija Risteska ‘22 never imagined that the rings and necklaces they were making for themselves would be sported by their peers...

Drawing by Maria Gondos 22 that won honorable mention (photo courtesy of Gondos).

Seniors win honorable mention in art exhibit

Art pieces showcased in nation's largest ‘small’ art show
Abe Morales, News Editor, Multimedia Editor December 22, 2021

The Chicagoland 4x5 art exhibition held its annual art event, highlighting small scale artwork, on Nov. 10 at Oswego High School. The exhibition showcases more than 1,000 art pieces each year, from middle...

Best Buddies holiday tree (photo courtesy of lths.net).

Best Buddies hosts annual holiday party

Club meets in-person after last year’s virtual events
Elle Simek, Reporter December 21, 2021

As the holiday season approaches, the members of Best Buddies are preparing for their annual holiday party. The party will be held on Dec. 22 in the SC Corral from 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m., and this year’s...

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