LTHS Cheer State Champs 2021

Congratulations Class of 2021!


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Senior Late Night

LTHS hosted Senior Late Night for the graduating class of 2021. This yearly event is an all-night party following graduation.


LTHS 205 Foundation Golf Outing

LTHS Cheer State Champs 2021

SkillsUSA Nationals

SkillsUSA held its annual National Leadership and Skills Competition virtually in June. The competition consisted of trade, technical, and leadership contest events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. On June 7, the three members of the Lockport Township High School Engineering Technology Design team presented their invention. The team had to demonstrate its ability to design an innovative engineering project and present its ideas with a display and live model. During the presentation, students were judged on their performance as a professional team, presentation of their invention to a panel of judges from the field of engineering, their storyboard presentation model, and the overall effect of the presentation. 

On June 24, Emma Oster, Anthony “AJ” Ficek, and Yasmin Alaya (pictured above) were awarded the 1st Place Gold Medal in Engineering Technology Design. This is the highest honor a SkillsUSA student can achieve in engineering and is the first time an LTHS student or team has won a National Gold Medal. The students won for their invention, development, and presentation of the “Intruder Stopper,” a device designed to quickly and easily prevent an intruder from being able to enter a classroom or office door.


Butterfly Garden

The horticulture club, interact club & environmental classes created a Butterfly Garden! It features native pollinator plants to establish a monarch population, as LTHS continues to be a Monarch Waystation in IL. Mural by Eliana Anselmo & Grace Weisner. Great job!

School to Apprenticeship

LTHS seniors Blake Burdick and Zach Tucci shown at Operators 150 in Wilmington where they completed first aid/CPR training as part of the School to Apprenticeship program.  The School to Apprenticeship program coordinates area high school students with area Apprenticeship Coordinators to learn about the benefits of careers in the skilled union trades.  As part of the program, students visited the Ironworkers, PipeFitters, and Operators union halls, and met with and several other area Apprenticeship Coordinators.
The students also completed a professional interview as part of the process, and after completing OSHA 10 training, they are now eligible for a summer placement with Carpenters, Electricians176, Operators150, PipeFitters597, IronWorkers, Boilermakers, Plumbers130, and more.
LTHS Off The Record

Orchesis Old Canal Days Performance

Members of Orchesis performed at Old Canal Days. 


PorterBots Win Creativity Award

In May, the LTHS Robotics Club, the Porterbots, was honored with the 2021 Creativity Award at the annual FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).  This season's competition was comprised of three major components – an at-home skills challenge to give the students a chance to demonstrate their robot and driver skills, a virtual innovation challenge, and a virtual game design challenge. For each challenge, teams were randomly grouped with other teams from around the world to simulate a typical Regional event. Each group was comprised of 30-40 teams. The PorterBots were placed in the Krypton group. 

The team submitted an FRC game design based on the 1840's Gold Rush. The idea was that teams would need to drive their robot "into the mine," bringing a minecart with them. Various "deposits" would be available on the field, and each time a team interacted with it they would get a mix of "dirt" and "gold," which they would then try to sift and put the gold in their minecart. At the end of the game, teams had to push the minecart "out of the mine" to score their points. Teams who put dirt into the mine cart would get penalized with a "sifting fee," lowering their final score.

The team first submitted a written proposal accompanied by CAD drawings. Members then participated in a virtual interview with two judges to review their idea and answer questions.

 - Over 3,000 teams registered for the 2020-21 FRC season

 - Almost 14,00 teams submitted an idea for the game design challenge

 - The PorterBots team was one of only 500 registered teams to submit responses to all three parts of the competition: skills, game design, and innovation


Maroon Apple Award

The Lockport Township High School Foundation presented the Maroon Apple Award to Doug Chesna and Laura Williams. Congrats!

The William & Mildred Jackson Teacher Recognition Award Winner 

JoAnn McCarroll was selected as this year’s recipient of the William and Mildred Jackson Teacher Recognition Award.  McCarroll has taught at Lockport Township High School for 28 of her 42 years as an educator. She has served as a Vocational/Work Experience teacher in the Special Education Department, where she has assisted students to transition to employment or other programs beyond high school. She is known for her compassion and encouragement to others. The award is sponsored by LTHS alumni Robert Carr & Jill Jackson Carr through Give Something Back and facilitated by the LTHS Foundation. Congrats!


Lockport Township High School District 205
1333 E. 7th Street  | Lockport, Illinois 60441
815-588-8121 |

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