Keep on Dancing!
From virtual auditions, virtual choreography, to virtual rehearsals—bringing together a dynamic dance performance seemed virtually impossible, but Orchesis not only pulled it off but did so beautifully. This experienced and talented dance group put on an exceptional show in February, featuring 26 pieces performed and choreographed by students. Before Orchesis bids farewell to its senior student leaders, Vianca Aguirre, Veronica Rincon, Sofia Gonzalez, Jameson Schnell, Kayla Nunez, Ava Adams, and president Alisha Thomas (pictured above), they will have one last performance together at Lockport’s Canal Days on June 13th. Come out and enjoy their performance of Bollywood, Latin, Jazz, and Tap Dance!
LTHS hosted the 2021 prom experience, Adventure Awaits, featuring various stations with a travel theme.
Spring Fest was an event for all students featuring gaming, silent disco, laser tag, and music entertainment.
IDEA State Competition
The Porters had a strong showing in this year’s Illinois Design Educators Association (IDEA) State Competition. On April 16th and 17th, Lockport Township High School CAD/Drafting students competed virtually among 185 of the best and brightest drafting and design students in the State of Illinois.
The following LTHS students placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at the IDEA State Competition:
Jake Ruff, Bilal Useini, and Pamela Hernandez-Espiritu were named State Champions for Architecture Design Team.
Michael Strahanoski achieved 2nd Place in Introductory CAD.
Zachary Glowczynski and Scott Szymkowiak both achieved 2nd Place in Machine CAD.
In 3D Modeling, Braeden Goebbert earned 2nd Place and Nicholas Chamiga earned 3rd Place.
Nate Landig and Chance Tyler both earned 3rd Place in Assembly Modeling. Landig is the first freshman LTHS has had place at State.
Elizabeth “Lisa” Snyder and Adrian Janik earned 3rd in Architecure 3D.
Emma Oster, Adrianna Garza and Yasmin Alaya earned 3rd Place in Engineering Design Team.
In the CAD contests, the students were given a drawing problem to solve and draw in a two-hour time limit and submit online. In the team divisions, the students were presented with a design problem in January to solve and then submit video presentations of their solutions. The groups also submitted their drawings, pictures, and videos of the working prototype online. The designs were graded by architects, engineers, college professors and students in this field. IDEA awards one state champion, two second places, and three third places for each design contest.
Jeff Brown and Corey Duzan, LTHS instructors for IDEA, are very proud of their students’ accomplishments. “The students worked and learned over and above their coursework,” Brown remarked. “They put in extra time to prepare for the regional and state contests. They overcame several challenges posed by COVID-19 restrictions. They found ways to put in the time after school while in-person, or at home while learning remotely, and performed their best at the contests. They truly earned their places!”
LTHS Students and Police Coming Together
Lockport Township High School hosted its final Student - Police Forum for the school year. The journey to this engagement began last summer with a handful of students. With the backdrop of national racial discord, a group of Lockport high school students came together to form the Student Equity Action Committee (SEAC). The students recognized the importance of communicating with the police to gain insights into police perspectives and to build positive relationships between the school and law enforcement communities.
The Student - Police Forum was an initiative that began with conversations between Lockport Police Chief Terry Lemming and LTHS Superintendent Robert McBride. In Dr. McBride’s view, “Teens and police rarely have an opportunity to get to know each other in thoughtful situations. The purpose is to build mutual understanding.” The SEAC and the Lockport Community Outreach Officers Jeren Szmergalski and Kevin Brauch first met virtually in November. The officers spent time discussing what their job entails and students gained a better understanding of the demands on police, the challenges, and the culture of the police. In subsequent forums, which included school resource officers, they delved into news headlines and events involving police, the importance of equity training, social media, mental health, use of force, and safety issues.
The fourth and final forum included Crest Hill Mayor Ray Soliman, Crest Hill Police Officer Heidi Outlaw, Chief Lemming, Officer Brauch, and approximately thirteen SEAC members, as well as LTHS staff members and administrators. Both students and police officers have developed a genuine respect for one another and plan to continue engagement next school year. “There’s definitely a significant amount of work that still needs to be done,” remarked LTHS senior Alisha Thomas, “but as students, we’re hoping that these local forums will serve as a way to model the sense of empathy between law enforcement, community members, and youth that we hope to see on a national level one day.”
The Co-Ed Cheer team was named 2021 sectional champions and then continued on with a record-setting State finals performance, winning the 2021 Co-ed IHSA State Championship trophy! The effort and talent this program has demonstrated this year were truly stupendous!
Top Ten Percent
In April, the Lockport Rotary Club and Lockport Township High School celebrated the 66th Annual Top Ten Percent Ceremony at East Campus. The event honored 134 members of the Lockport Township High School Class of 2021 who were among the top ten percent of their graduating class based on weighted and unweighted rankings. The event was established in 1955, by a group of Lockport merchants who organized to recognize high school seniors who excelled academically. Senior Nuvia Hernandez (pictured above) was the student speaker for the event. For a list of the awardees at LTHS Top Ten
Seal of Biliteracy
LTHS World Languages & Culture Department recognized its 2021 Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy Recipients. The Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to high school students who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. In order for students to be considered candidates for the Seal of Biliteracy, they must meet the established criteria for the award. Once the criteria have been met, students will receive the Seal of Biliteracy on their transcript and on their high school diploma. For a list of students awarded the Seal of Biliteracy and the State Commendation Toward Seal of Biliteracy, click here.
LTHS A Cappella Choir - Off the Record
Off The Record is the premier contemporary A Cappella ensemble at Lockport Township High School. Composed of fifteen vocalists and one vocal percussionist, the group performs virtually all styles of contemporary music (such as pop, rock, hip-hop, and country) while using no instruments of any kind.
This was Off The Record's fourth and most successful year of competition. The ensemble won its quarterfinal round, receiving both best soloist, Olivia Minogue, and the highest quarterfinal score of any group in the nation. The ensemble went on to place 2nd in the Great Lakes Semifinal, defeating every Illinois ensemble, and finishing in the top 12 groups nationwide.
With all of the unique challenges facing this, and all, vocal ensembles this year LTHS could not be more proud of what these students have accomplished and for the continued growth and success of this ensemble.
Art Student of the Year
The LTHS Art Department recognized Eliana Anselmo as Senior Art Student of the Year for her high school achievements in visual arts. Anselmo’s accomplishments include 2020 Illinois Congressional District winner, 2020 Blick National Semi-Finalist in the “Freedom of Speech” Art Competition, 2021 Alliance of Fine Art High School Art Show scholarship winner, and 2021 Lemont Artist’s Guild Scholarship Recipient. Speaking of Anselmo’s work, LTHS art teacher Andrea Baumhardt said, her “artwork breathes life into our school, our community and our world at large.” Winning Artist of the Year meant a lot to Anselmo. She plans to continue to develop the skills she’s learned at LTHS as she pursues a degree in computer animation next fall.
Extraordinary Student Research Program
This past year, LTHS students once again had the rare opportunity to use the world-class facilities at Argonne National Laboratory. Students Michael Albrecht, Shams Alshabani, Karolina Bobek, Emily Formella, Andrew Handzel, Liam Horan, Evan Littmann, Elisabeth Nacino, and Janelle Olegario and teachers Karen Murphy and William Kane worked with Argonne scientists through the Exemplary Student Research Program. The program enables students to develop their research and analytical skills, preparing them for higher-level study after they leave high school. The students presented their findings from their experiment on Comparative Chemical Analysis of Soil Contamination Using Hyperaccumulators to LTHS staff members and administrators at the end of the school year.
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