Lake Forest High School’s Class of 2021 graduated together — with their families there to cheer them on — as a front-lawn ceremony on June 5 capped an unparalleled year.
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Saying she is “both humbled and inspired to have been selected as the next principal of Lake Forest High School,” Dr. Erin B. Lenart (pictured) will begin her new role July 1.
In recognition of Lake Forest High School Principal Chala Holland’s “extraordinary” leadership and vision, District 115 families created the Champion of Change Award. The $500 scholarship was awarded for the first time at Lake Forest High School Honors Night 2021, with senior Kailey Albus (pictured with Dr. Holland) selected for the honor. (Photo courtesy of Visual Image Photography)
Four community members — one incumbent and three newly elected Board members — were sworn in to four-year terms on the Lake Forest High School District 115 Board of Education on May 4. David Burns (pictured left), Dr. Marcus Schabacker (pictured center), Dr. John Venson (pictured right), and returning Board Member Sally Davis join Board Members John Noble, Dewey Winebrenner, and Jenny Zinser.
Prom — featuring such treasured LFHS traditions as walks down the red carpet and new twists including alfresco dining under tents on the school lawn — went off in style May 22. (Lindsey Asmussen and Mac Uihlein pictured.)
The LFHS APT had a packed schedule in May, starting with Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week May 3-7 (which featured a breakfast treat to start the celebration) and stretching to Prom and Honors Night toward the end of the month. In between were many other activities including delivery of graduation signs to seniors — with help from a big group of parent volunteers, said APT President Beth Pierson.
All four teams competing at the May 20 Pitch Night, the annual Business Incubator “Shark-Tank” style event, won funding, making the students eligible to continue with their startups as seniors in the LFHS Business Accelerator honors class.
A year after winning last year’s Pitch Night 2020 Foundation Cup — which signifies the business judged most viable — members of the BoxU team are getting ready to head to college, having “grown and accomplished more than we ever thought possible when we arrived at the Business Incubator class.”
Districts 67 and 115 shared information about COVID-19 vaccinations in a community forum, featuring Dr. Michael Bauer (pictured), and provided opportunities for students to get the shots at clinics at Deer Path Middle School and Lake Forest High School in May and June.
The Northern Suburban Special Education District, or NSSED, debuts a new name — TrueNorth Educational Cooperative 804 — on July 1.
CROYA, the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff middle school and high school youth organization, dedicated its "U BELONG” mural at the Illinois Road viaduct in Lake Forest as part of celebrations of what it’s calling its 40th(+1) anniversary. COVID-19 prevented a celebration of the 40-year-mark in 2020 so CROYA is marking the milestone this year, with events including a June 6 celebration festival that featured live music, food, fun, and photos of events throughout the organization’s four decades.
Transition, a Lake Forest High School special education program, marked the end of the 2020-2021 school year with special coverage in its June newsletter.
Live concerts returned to LFHS after a very long pandemic pause, with the May Music Festival featuring the band, choir, and orchestra in a “Ravinia-style” event on the school lawn.
More than 300 LFHS students and staff members participated in Scouts Rock, an experiential rock painting activity, held May 21 as Part of National Mental Health Awareness Month.
LFHS student Ella Starr (pictured) uses art to “shine a little light.” She’s among students who merit a shout out.
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