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Ryan Tripp embarks on his first year at LHS

Mr. Tripp gives Carter Lee helpful advice in Modern Math.
Tess O’Brien
Mr. Tripp gives Carter Lee helpful advice in Modern Math.

After teaching for 10 years at Morris High School, Ryan Tripp has begun his first year as a math teacher at Lemont. He teaches Modern Math, Math II and Calculus. This is his eleventh year teaching math, but he has not always considered himself a “mathematically-minded” person. It was not until college that he realized math was way easier than he thought.  

“I took a class called Statics and Dynamics, which is…an engineering course,” Tripp said.  “And it all started making sense because it was real world application.” 

Statics and Dynamics was one of Tripp’s last classes before he was able to finish up his Architecture degree from the University of Illinois before receiving his second bachelor’s in Mathematics from Eastern Illinois University. He then went on to receive a master’s degree in Mathematics from Aurora University. 

Mr. Tripp hopes to inspire the same “lightbulb moments” he had during college in his students every day. 

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“When I see a student struggle with something and finally get it…that’s really rewarding,” Tripp said. “I’ve had former students…reach back out to me and they let me know that they’re using math in their job, or they were able to apply something they learned in my class. It’s just good to hear that the stuff I’m doing is making an impact.” 

Mr. Tripp also assists the Marching Band’s percussion section. He began working in percussion for his brother’s high school band while obtaining his second bachelors at Eastern. 

“I worked with his group for a few years, and when I got hired at Morris I started working with their percussion,” Tripp said. 

He worked with Lemont’s percussion for a brief period in the summer of 2018 subbing for someone else, but he is returning this year as a full-time staff member. 

When not teaching math or helping percussion with their music, Tripp enjoys reading. His favorite book is “The Godfather”, and he has even read it seven times. He also loves playing with his dog, Lola.

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Ava Amato
Ava Amato, Staff Writer
Starting her sophomore year and second year on the Journalism staff, Ava Amato looks forward to the 2023-2024 school year. While Ava’s heart is mostly filled with writing, she also has a special place for the LHS Track & Field team as she throws shot put and discus in the spring. Outside of school Ava spends her time listening to podcasts, reading cringe-worthy romance novels and gushing about shows like “Gilmore Girls” and “The Summer I Turned Pretty.” Ava looks forward to a successful year filled with friends, family and laughs. 
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Samantha Howe is a junior at LHS,  and this is her first year of Journalism. When she is not at school, Howe is either working at Allegro Music and Dance, reading a book or rewatching some of her favorite shows and movies, “X Files,” “The Summer I Turned Pretty” and "Hacksaw Ridge.” She is involved with Badminton, and volunteers for Hope & Friendship. Howe hopes to learn how to crochet tiny hats for her dog, Topher. 
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Tess O’Brien, Copy Editor
Tess O’Brien (OB to some) is eager to begin her second and final year on the Tom-Tom staff as a copy editor. She is looking forward to a year of experimenting with different storytelling mediums and being on staff with her friends in Journalism. Outside of writing and editing articles, Tess competes in Humorous Interpretation on the Speech Team and is one of the captains. She is also active in theater and a Publicity Chair for NHS. Her favorite show is Seinfeld and she loves working at Bonchon. After high school, Tess wants to study Advertising in college, but today she hopes to unveil the truth about LHS and give you the scoop. 
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