Now that there is snow on the ground, basketball season can begin. The Lady Blazers have already started their season and hold a 14-2 record. To start off the basketball season for both girls and boys, an event called “Marquette Madness” was held. MQT Madness consisted of both teams playing against each other, fan contests, and introducing the players of both teams.
This month’s student spotlight is Kaylynn Popp. Popp is a junior at Westville High School and has attended the school since kindergarten.She loves Westville as a school and is very proud to be a Blackhawk.
New clubs are constantly appearing at every high school. However, students noticed a unique new club at Wheeler last fall. The new club, called Project Green, was brought about to inform the school about environmental issues and ways to fix them. Saving the planet is not the easiest task for a high school club, however. The students decided to focus on ways they could start small.
Teacher spotlight – Lute-Brown
An extremely vital part of being a teacher is showing compassion. Luckily, most teachers at La Porte High School do pride themselves in it, but one of the first people most students think of is Mrs. Lute-Brown.
Motivational speaker Ted Wiese visited Griffith High School to speak to the National Honor Society and work on improving their leadership skills. Through fun, interactive activities the group of sophomores, juniors, and seniors learned the key components to becoming an effective leader: trustworthiness, honesty, communication, and teamwork.
The Kouts Rube Goldberg team is in full swing. The goal of Rube Goldberg is to complete a task in as many steps as possible. This year, the team, sponsored by Mr. Jeff Hutchison, is tasked with pouring a bowl of cereal, including the liquid component. In mid-September, the team, lead by seniors Travis Brubaker and Kyer Kneifel, started brainstorming themes. After much collaboration on the whiteboard, they settled on DC comics. From there, they came up with a blueprint of the project, assigned jobs, and started the creation phase.
There’s always this interim period between the end of November and Christmas Day where the only thought running through everyone’s mind is, “will we get snow?” The last few Decembers have been a little bit light on it, which probably made it easier for everyone doing last minute shopping or driving, but it ruined the magic. This year, determined to make up for that mishap, Mother Nature came out swinging. Frigid temperatures, ice laid down back roads for miles, and drifts not even the Fast or Furious would dare attempt. Students were let out of school on the twenty-second, just barely a day or two before it really started to get cold. Before that, however, they managed to pack in plenty of things.
The month of December was a busy one for the Niners. With final exams right before break, most students spent some time preparing for the end of the semester. However, with Christmas fast approaching, the student body also took the time to give back to the community. YARC Club hosted its annual Christmas party for disabled children and adults, Interact Club wrote Christmas letters to soldiers, and the senior class visited two nursing homes to celebrate the holiday season.
A Not So Silent Night
On December 11, La Lumiere did NOT have a silent night. Instead, they held their annual Christmas Concert! Featuring a variety of musical arrangements by the chamber ensemble, concert choir, music club, and Spanish students, the night was rocking! Many students participated in the event and shared their talents with the rest of the school during the course of the production. It featured age-old songs like Ave Maria, and some newer remixes, such as a Secret Agent version of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Faculty children even got to help decorate a Christmas tree to get everyone in the holiday spirit! To conclude the performance, the Spanish students gathered to sing a traditional Spanish Christmas song, “Nino Lindo.”
Christmas Classic and Cross-Town Rivalry
December 22, 2017 was the long awaited game for River Forest and Edison basketball fans and the game surely delivered in an instant classic. The two talented and powerful squads battled it out in the Christmas Classic cross-town rivalry. River Forest came from behind in the fourth quarter snapping a nine point lead and Lake Station’s hope of ending the five game losing streak against the Ingots. This tied the game at 48-48 with 1:48 left on the clock. With this re-gained momentum, Joseph Rembert and Jordan Higgins sealed the deal and locked up the sixth straight victory against the Eagles with a final score of 66-62.
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Lowell enjoyed it’s Winter Break, getting some time off to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year. Even though there were two weeks off of school, many students stayed busy.