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LTHS 111th Annual Commencement Ceremony
On July 18th, over 700 Porters crossed the stage at the Lockport Township High School 111th Annual Commencement Ceremony. Though it was delayed by weeks, the emotion and enthusiasm were still felt throughout this three-hour event. Graduates, each accompanied by no more than two guests, walked the halls in a long and physically-distanced procession to the auditorium. Masks came down briefly on stage to reveal the graduates’ beaming faces as they held up their diplomas for the cameras on this long-awaited occasion. Outside, instead of a receiving line with hugs or handshakes, graduates and their families found several creative photo opportunities staff had arranged throughout the campus grounds. Watch the commencement ceremony and speeches at https://bit.ly/LTHSClassof2020.
On May 30th, Lockport Township High School in coordination with the Lockport Police Department, held a parade through East Campus to honor graduates. With smiles and tears, graduates were cheered by teachers, staff, administrators, and school board members on what would have been their originally scheduled graduation day. Watch the highlight video at http://bit.ly/LTHS2020GradParade.
Congressional Art Competition
On June 15th, Eliana Anselmo, a senior, was recognized by Representative Dan Lipinski as the winner of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition for the Third District of Illinois. Ellie used watercolor, marker, and the rule of thirds to create her work entitled Worried about the wrong masks. Her artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year alongside winning pieces from other Congressional districts across the country.
“Since 1982, the Congressional Art Competition has celebrated some of the most talented young artists from around the country,” said Rep. Lipinski. “Ellie Anselmo is an outstanding exemplar of that talent.”
Anselmo has taken several art courses at LTHS, including AP Art.
Academic Challenge Winners
In June, three Porters were recognized for their achievements in the Academic Challenge. Earlier this year Zachary Glowczynski and Matthew Stonis placed 1st and 2nd, respectively, in Engineering Graphics, and Grace Galfano placed 3rd in English at Sectionals. Stonis went on to place 1st at State for the second year in a row, while Glowczynski placed 2nd.
The Academic Challenge, according to the competition’s website, is a test-based competition hosted by the Physics Department and Pre-Engineering Program at Eastern Illinois University. Offered to high school students, subjects tested are biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics, and physics. More than 40 community colleges and universities in Illinois and Missouri provide sites for the tests. The timed tests are designed to present a challenge to the brightest high school students, with test material drawn from high school senior and college freshman curricula.
According to Mr. Jeff Brown, instructor for Stonis and Glowczynski, the students spent time beyond their Engineering Design and CAD courses to prepare for these exams. Their exams encompassed engineering design and the graphic representation of these designs. The questions included topics on multiview drawing/design, annotation, geometric dimensioning and tolerances, section views, auxiliary views, fasteners, weld symbols, sketching of drawings, and various design tools used in engineering. Brown was very proud of Stonis and Glowczynski and impressed by their engineering design skills, knowledge, and the effort they put in to achieve this success.
Glowczynski is a senior this year and plans to pursue a career in engineering. Stonis, who is rightly proud of having achieved 1st in State two years in a row, graduated in 2020. He is currently pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering at a reputable state university.
Argonne Exemplary Student Research Program
This past year, LTHS students had the rare opportunity to use the world-class facilities at Argonne National Laboratory. Students Anna Blaszkiewicz, Alette Eide, Tomas Ferriter, Liam Horan, Elisabeth Nacino, Michael O’Callaghan, Cameron Viar, Christopher Vistian, and teachers Karen Murphy and William Kane worked with Argonne scientists through the Exemplary Student Research Program. They conducted an experiment to synthesize new chromium polyhydrides at high temperatures and pressures to produce superconductors at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source (APS). After concluding work on the APS beamline in the spring, the team spent several weeks poring over data and collaborating with their Argonne mentor to formulate its conclusion. The students had the opportunity in July to present their findings to a small group of scientists at Argonne.
The team’s experiment ultimately yielded a novel conclusion not predicted by previous models in similar experiments. The level of this research surpassed the expectations of the team's mentor and teachers. These students are indeed exemplary and they truly distinguished themselves during their final year at Lockport Township High School. For more about their work and the Argonne’s Education and Outreach Program, see https://www.anl.gov/education/lockport-township-high-school-esrp-2020
Maroon Apple Award
The Lockport Township High School Foundation presented the Technology Department's Patrick Deane and Kate Fahey with the Maroon Apple Award. They were chosen for going above and beyond to serve LTHS, having worked tirelessly to support the faculty and students during remote learning in the spring.
The William & Mildred Jackson Teacher Recognition Award Winner
Joseph Cunnane was presented with the William & Mildred Jackson Teacher Recognition Award. Cunnane has served as a physical education teacher for over 26 years. He is also the Head Athletic Trainer. Known for his capacity to connect and inspire others to work at their best level, Cunnane is seen by many as a foundation for the LTHS Athletics Program. He is compassionate and deeply committed to the health and well-being of LTHS students. The award is sponsored by LTHS alumni Robert Carr & Jill Jackson Carr through Give Something Back and facilitated by the LTHS Foundation.