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LTHS Marching Band Wins at State
The Lockport Township High School Marching Band placed first in Class 6A at the 2019 Illinois State Marching Band Championship on October 19th, at Illinois State University in Normal. Additionally, the marching band placed second in the Finals and won caption awards for General Effect and Crowd Appeal. This was the ensemble’s third state class championship, having won previously in 2013 and 2015.
Throughout the fall, the students could be seen on campus putting in long hours of practice— 2 ½ hours for three days a week and eight hours almost every Saturday.
The LTHS competitive marching band, made up of 175 members, is led by Mr. Brian Covey with the assistance of Associate Director of Bands Aaron Kennedy. The show this year was entitled "Tribe" and includes music from Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen. It was meant to be a more aggressive and rhythmic show, in direct contrast to the lyrical productions of recent years.
October and November were very exciting months for the Spanish Department, starting with a visit by Maestro Jacobo Angeles, a Mexican artisan from San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca. Angeles is known for his hand carved and distinctly painted alebrijes, brightly colored folk art sculptures, which have been shown at the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Smithsonian Native American Museum and the Vatican Museum. Angeles discussed his art with students, as well as the culture of the Zapotec, an indigenous people of Mexico. He also offered a class to World Language and Culture students, as well as art students, on the technique of painting alebrije carved from copal wood.
Angeles and his family were the inspiration for the Pixar movie Coco. The Coco creators based the parents in the movie on Jacobo and Maria Angeles, and the grandmother from the movie, abuelita, was his own great aunt. The alebrijes in the movie, reflective of Angeles’ native roots, highlighted the Zapotec’s value of the nahual, or animal spirit, as the protector for life.
On November 1st, the Central Campus Spanish classes participated in cultural lessons and activities surrounding the Mexican and Latin American tradition of Día de los muertos, Day of the Dead. Día de los muertos is an annual tradition that is celebrated to honor the memory of loved ones who have passed away. Students studied and created artwork such as papel picado, intricate paper cut-outs, and cempasuchil flowers, Aztec marigolds, to authentically represent the four essential parts of an ofrenda, or offering, which are earth, wind, fire and water. The students culminated their study of the annual tradition through a fiesta by bringing in authentic dishes, hanging decorations and celebrating the life of a loved one who has passed.
The AP Spanish Language students rounded out the month by hosting a live museum, Museo en Vivo, to all Spanish classes at both campuses. The project focused on the impact and contributions of Latinos/Spanish individuals within their communities and countries.
Members of National Honor Society volunteered several hours of their time over the past months to partner with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Lockport Fish Food Pantry and the Bridge Teen Center. Here are some of their stats:
collected a busload of food to stock the FISH Food Pantry.
Commended National Merit Scholars
Lockport Township High School Seniors Tomas Ferriter, Aidan Pajeau, Olivia Stojak, Alexander Williams, Madison Polinski, Alette Eide and Anna Blaszkiewicz (NP) were recognized as Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the program each year. Of those, just over 3% are Commended students and receive an honorary certificate.
The Porter Players presented “Radium Girls”, based on D.W. Gregory’s play, which told the tragic but true story of the hundreds of young women who worked as clock painters during World War I and fell ill to mysterious diseases. It was an entertaining and inspiring portrayal of their plight and struggle for justice.
Maroon Apple Award
The Lockport Township High School Foundation presented Special Education teacher Bridget Hope and Math tutor Donna Weis with the Maroon Apple Award. They were nominated by their peers for having gone above and beyond to serve their students.
School Board President Recognized
District 205 Board of Education President Ann Lopez-Caneva was presented the 2019 Thomas Lay Burroughs Award. She was nominated for humility and leadership over the past year. The award is given annually by the Illinois State Board of Education to a distinguished school board president.
Technology Team Program of the Year
The LTHS Technology Education Team was honored with the Program of the Year award by the Technology Education Association of Illinois. Faculty members Jeff Brown, Chris Davis, Mark De La Vega, Matt Mullins, Rodger Ebert, Dan Mostyn and Corey Duzan were recognized for their many efforts and accomplishments. Project Lead The Way teacher Corey Duzan was also honored individually with the “Big Thinker” Award for his creativity and innovative approach to teaching.
The Program of the Year award was presented as an acknowledgment of the high school’s superior technology education program, which boasts a robust curricula, a variety of extra-curricular programs, student involvement, as well as a talented and devoted faculty.
The LTHS Career and Technical Education Program offers a host of vocational courses, including Engineering Design, CAD, Architecture, 3D Design & Animation, Robotics Engineering, STEM Exploration, Applied Technology, Introduction to Auto and two Vocational Auto courses, Vocational Building Trades, Electricity & Electronics, Machine Tool Metals courses, as well and Entrepreneurship and internship opportunities.
In addition to high enrollment in these courses, the department has enjoyed excellent participation in the extra-curricular activities it sponsors, such as Technology Club, Robotics Club, Computer Club, SkillsUSA, Auto Club and the Illinois Design Educators Association. These clubs have afforded students unique opportunities to not only develop their skills, but to compete and win at the state and national levels.
While the achievements and efforts of the students and staff are remarkable, their community outreach is equally impressive. Of the many projects the Porters have undertaken, their work with Habitat for Humanity and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Habitat Project may be most notable. Several students and teachers have also dedicated their time to encourage and mentor younger students in the study of robotics by helping local FTC robotics and Lego robotics teams. These are just a few examples of the Technology staff and students’ commitment to learning and to the community.
Tim Gaba is a graduate of the Class of 2007. Read about his journey, from his childhood in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood to his formative years at Lockport and his ultimate success as a small businessman.