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Lyons Township tackles Suicide Awareness Month

Keira Sullivan, Freelance Reporter

October 30, 2018


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Lyons Township is taking Suicide Awareness Month seriously, making announcements on the P.A. and teaching students how to deal with depression for their friends and themselves in an effort to help the rising numbers of mental illness in teens. “[Suicide Awareness Month] is really important because...

Coach Kirsten Manthei steps down

Nina Shearill, Business Manager

October 25, 2018


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For the past 16 years, speech coach Kirsten Manthei has dedicated her time to coaching high school speech teams. Starting 14 years ago at LT, she began working as an assistant coach, helping turn a group of five students into a team of over 50 promising members. Early on this season, she announced she w...

LT receives permission to split from treasurer

Mia Bonfiglio, Reporter

October 25, 2018


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A new law is in the process of being passed in the Illinois legislature that will allow Lyons Township to separate from the Township Treasurer Office (TTO)—an office that manages finances and investments for schools in the district—once all litigation is completed between the two parties that was...

Sterigenics in Willowbrook faces lawsuits, protests

Sterigenics in Willowbrook faces lawsuits, protests

Anna McCormick, Reporter

October 25, 2018


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Sterigenics, located in Willowbrook and just 6.4 miles from LT, has been accused of releasing harmful and carcinogenic chemicals into the air. Residents of Willowbrook and nearby communities have responded to this threat by protesting and filing lawsuits against the company in hopes of shutting it down. On...

American Academy of Pediatrics releases controversial Lesbian Gay Bi Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) policy

Tessa Voytovich, Reporter

October 25, 2018


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In a world full of changing societal norms, industries and sciences are constantly evolving. The medical field is not immune to this. One consistent ideal every doctor abides by is “Do no harm.” But what happens when “harm” could be considered subjective? The American Academy of Pediatrics...

Family hosts parties for charity

Family hosts parties for charity

Mary Okkema, News co-editor

October 25, 2018


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While walking past the corner of Cossitt and Spring Avenue in La Grange, one might notice the giant white tent set up in the Mary Carroll Dougherty’s front yard with a sign on the fence promoting a princess party fundraiser. Although Dougherty’s princess parties are filled with sparkles and glitter, the...

LTTV wins national Emmy award

LTTV wins national Emmy award

Harper Hill, News co-editor

October 25, 2018


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With no facts to back it up, LTTV advisor Bill Allan posted a note on the station’s website in 2007 naming it the best high school television station in the nation. No one questioned or fought him on this statement. Now, 11 years later, this claim has evidence to back it up. LTTV was presented with a...

Take Action Project changes will benefit students, teachers

Take Action Project changes will benefit students, teachers

Quinn Riordan, Freelance Writer

October 24, 2018


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The new state-required civics course is in its second year at LT. Faculty and students have worked on changes to create a better experience. Take Action Projects (TAP) are projects required in the course, and they have undergone significant changes since last school year. Civics teacher Jessica Lee worked...

Documentary highlights racial inequity in local high schools

Documentary highlights racial inequity in local high schools

Grace Dekoker, Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2018


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At LT, the 2016-17 demographic reported that 72 percent of students were Caucasian, four percent were African American, 19 percent were Hispanic, and 1.8 percent were Asian. Another two percent were two or more races, and less than one percent identified as American Indian. Contrastingly, Oak Park...

LT approves new pilot investment club

LT approves new pilot investment club

Dani Almase, Reporter

October 22, 2018


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After hearing about investment clubs in highs schools around the area, Andrew Schodrof ‘20 was confused why one of the biggest high schools in Illinois did not have one. He and four other boys decided to propose the creation of an investment club here at LT. The stipend committee agreed to move f...

Spanish students assimilate into Mexican language, culture

Spanish students assimilate into Mexican language, culture

Charlotte McLaughlin, Freelance Reporter

October 22, 2018


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LT Spanish students will have the chance to learn, make friends and explore while completely assimilated into a different culture during an all-inclusive trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico. From March 16-30, 2019, all Spanish for Spanish Speakers, Spanish IIA students and above will have the chance to experience...

LT prepares for mock election

LT prepares for mock election

Maggie Kahn, Reporter

October 19, 2018


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On Oct. 23 in both NC and SC cafeterias, LT students will be eligible to participate in a mock election in which votes will determine the state governor, the lieutenant governor and attorney general. “It’s a nice educational opportunity that promotes the actual election,” Global Studies Division...

Peppy Primary Returns

Peppy Primary Returns

Diane Makovic, Copy editor

October 14, 2018


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The Peppy Primary Poms event occured on Friday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. Poms hosts the event for girls ages 7 to 11 to introduce them to LT athletics and also serves as a fundraiser for the team, Varsity Poms Coach Brittany Knickelbein said. “It is about getting kids involved in the LT poms program, introducing kids to ...

LT teacher implements new phone-free classroom policy

Collette Doyle, Freelance reporter

October 12, 2018


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A new school policy authorizing students to stow cellphones during class has been implemented in classrooms to eliminate distraction and promote enhanced learning, focus, and socialization within students. On Aug. 20, English II teacher Vikki Reid announced to all of her classes that she would n...

LT Students, Staff react to SC lockdown

LT Students, Staff react to SC lockdown

Taylor Schmitt and Lars Lonnroth

October 6, 2018


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Via Sznewajs had her earbuds in on her way to second period last Thursday when she noticed other students running into classrooms. Upon removing her earbud, she heard the alarm sounding throughout the halls of upper C—it was a hard lockdown coming from the school’s new BluePoint system. She ran ...

Fashion show raises awareness

Fashion show raises awareness

Olivia Janik, Reporter

October 5, 2018


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The National Hispanic Institute and fashion classes partnered up to raise awareness for domestic violence through a fashion show. Falling for Fashion took place on Sept. 30 in the Reber Center at North Campus to raise money for Constance Morris House, a local domestic violence shelter. “It just...

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