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Ben Taylor '21 holds an iron cross during practice (photo courtesy of Cahill).

Athlete of the Month: Ben Taylor ’21

Collette Doyle, Reporter March 17, 2021

At the end of his sophomore year, Ben Taylor ‘21 eagerly stood at the end of the parallel bars, listening to the cheers of his varsity teammates and coaches behind him. With a running jump off the springboard,...

Girls track coach remains ready

Longtime head coach reflects on career, prepares for team season
Aidan Wirtz, Reporter March 17, 2021

With 33 years of hard work and dedication under his belt, girls cross country coach Greg Frandsen, or Fran, as the team calls him, continues to come back and work with the runners. From being a mentor...

Lian Malas '21 prepares to take a shot (photo courtesy of Malas).

Boys water polo trains for late season

Team prepares for its first game in over a year
Charlotte McLaughlin , Art Director March 17, 2021

Shortly after IHSA lifted some restrictions on contact sports, the boys water polo team started to train and prepare for its upcoming season, though it is still uncertain when the team’s first competition...

Emily Claesson swims at a meet between Lyons Township at Hinsdale Central during her time at LT (photo courtesy of Claesson).

Former athlete keeps pursuing passion

Decorated swimmer moves to new home, continues competing at high level
Max Dike, Sports Editor March 17, 2021

Last August before her junior year started, Emily Claesson and her family packed up their things for the last time and headed east to Virginia Beach, Va., where Claesson’s father had recently gotten...

Jack Swicionis '21 maintains possession against Ben Campbell '21 (Patel/LION).

Boys soccer returns, trains

Plays Morton March 11
Lizzie Patel, Sports Editor March 17, 2021

Boys soccer has been a staple of success for LT since the team’s state title in 2009. Consistently ranking highly in arguably one of the most talented soccer conferences in Illinois, the varsity team...

Students prepare for online Steppers conference in SC PAC (photo courtesy of Johnson).

Steppers participate in online conference

Steppers start off their season with non-competitive meet
Janessa Mosqueda, Reporter March 12, 2021

LT Steppers participated in “I Step,” a virtual conference intended to bring step teams together, introduce themselves to each other and take part in a friendly competition before the competition season...

Menagerie members meet after school to prepare working on designs (photo courtesy of Maffey).

Menagerie recognized as finalist for award

LT magazine continues sucess of past years
Brooke Chomko, Reporter March 12, 2021

Like most activities, Menagerie has had to adapt to the confusion and uncertainty of COVID-19. However, even with the stress of designing a magazine from home, the 2020 staff persevered and was recently...

Club members hold up flyers showing details of club (photo courtesy of Hojjat).

Microfinance club aids small business

Club gives $1000 grant to help with impact of COVID-19
Rory Quealy, Reporter March 12, 2021

Coming from a family supported by a small business, Microfinance Club president Andrew Hojjat ‘21 is able to relate to the risks people take in starting a business to improve their well-being.  “[It]...

Pandemic hurts academic performance

LT sees increase in failing grades, school works to close achievement gap
Lillie George & Brianna Fonseca, News Editors March 9, 2021

In past years,  a gap in academic achievement among students, as reported by LION last year. This issue, along with an increase in first semester failing grades due to the challenges of remote learning,...

King Conservation Science Scholars showing fossils at Brookfield Zoo
Picture from the Brookfield Zoo Website

LT Junior Helps Rewrite Zoo Webpage for Volunteers

Sarah O’Riley works with Brookfield Zoo in redesigning and writing for volunteer webpage
Macy Hepokoski, Reporter March 9, 2021

Sarah O’Riley works with Brookfield Zoo in redesigning and writing their website by Macy Hepokoski Brookfield Zoo has started to rewrite the content on their King Conservation Science Scholars...

LT Theatre reflects on musical history

LT Theatre reflects on musical history

Students rehearse for ‘Showstoppers’
Ella Mahaney, Reporter March 9, 2021

The LT Theatre department has announced that this year's musical will be “Showstoppers.” The show will focus on individual songs and their accompanying scenes from the last several decades of LT musicals....

English teacher Jessica Roessler receives her vaccine shot (photo courtesy of Roessler)

LT teachers, faculty struggle to receive vaccines

Staff continues to wait for vaccination distribution
Brianna Fonseca , News Editor March 9, 2021

Although vaccination availability in the state has slowly increased, teachers and faculty at LT, along with residents of Cook County, continue to struggle to receive vaccinations. Awaiting approval from...

Turning Point LTHS Logo (Instagram @tpusa.lths)

Students begin Turning Point USA Chapter at LT

Chapter created to open discussion, debate
John Hepp, Editor-In-Chief March 9, 2021

Students at LT have established an LT chapter of Turning Point USA, a non-profit organization that seeks to educate students on conservative principles of freedom, free markets and limited government,...

Noah Jouras '21 raises his hand during class (Hepp/LION).

LT experiences shortage of substitutes

School compensates for low numbers, searches for solutions
Lillie George, News Editor March 9, 2021

Due to the unusual circumstances of COVID-19, along with a general shortage of substitute teachers in Illinois, LT has seen a decrease in available substitute teachers this school year. "It's difficult...

Grace Roberts '21 poses for online post (photo courtesy of Roberts)

Grace Roberts ’21 fundraises ‘Dressember’

Senior participates in ‘Dressember’, fundraises through social media platform
Claire Williams , Managing Editor March 9, 2021

Grace Roberts ‘21 had a strict outfit schedule for the month of December. Monday: dress. Tuesday: dress. Wednesday: sweatshirt...over a dress. Roberts had committed to wearing a dress every day for the...

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Students discuss societal issues on podcast

Students create pocast 'Punk Podium' to discuss hot topics
Emmerson McLean, Reporter March 9, 2021

During the first few weeks of lockdown in March 2020, Will Taylor ‘24 realized the importance of providing a forum for students’ differing viewpoints on current topics or events since so many things...

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