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It’s hip, it’s new, it’s Hillary

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Hillary is excited for his first year at LHS and is looking forward to a great year.

As the brand new school year begins, we see that LHS has made some major changes. These changes include six new teachers amongst the many different departments. One of those six teachers is Brandon Hillary.

Joining the English department, Hillary is teaching English IV, English II Honors and Journalism this year. Although he is excited to teach all of his new classes, he is especially psyched to teach Journalism. 

“It’s [Journalism] a really powerful experience to immerse yourself in an environment that is…a little bit foreign or uncomfortable, because I think those are the experiences that make us so much better,” Hillary said.

As a new teacher, sometimes being in a new community can be intimidating. However, Hillary felt very welcomed in the community. 

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“I think LHS is all about the people,” Hillary said. “There’s just something about LHS and the surrounding community that is very vibrant, positive and communal.”

Hillary’s journey to becoming a teacher began during his sophomore year of high school. 

“I had a teacher by the name Mr. Johnson who dared to teach English a little bit differently than others had and I knew we needed to have more teachers like that right away,” Hillary said. “Up until then, I had experienced English teachers who taught grammar, punctuation and vocabulary… but I had a teacher who dared to do more of a cultural study.”

Hillary was inspired by his English teacher’s different approach and knew this was the right path for him.

When becoming a teacher, you know that your passion is to aid others in learning something new, but when it comes to teaching a certain group of people, how do you make that choice?

“I’ve always connected to the high school age group because it’s really an age where we start to come into our own and become the person that we are going to be for the rest of our lives,” Hillary said. 

Hillary explained that he felt the high school environment was one he could, “strongly impact.”

Not only will Hillary be teaching at Lemont, but he will also be coaching the freshman basketball team after spending all four years of highschool playing for his school’s team.

“As soon as I got out of high school, I started to coach immediately,” Hillary said. “I’ve coached every year and every season since, so I’m in my 13th year coaching basketball, and it really is a sport that I found a lifelong passion in.”

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Addyson Connolly, Business Manager
Addyson Connolly is a junior at LHS and this is her third year being a part of the Tom-Tom staff. When she does not have school, Addyson can often be found hanging out with her friends, her family or at work. Addyson has two sisters that have graduated from LHS and also has a dog named Tahoe. Addyson especially loves fall and Halloween, but she also loves winter because of the holidays and skiing. Addyson had a spectacular sophomore year and is looking forward to the rest of her junior year, especially with working on the Tom-Tom again.
Charlotte Drez, Staff Writer
Charlotte Drez is a senior at LHS, and this is her first year in Journalism and on the Tom-Tom staff. Charlotte can’t wait to get her senior year started and move on to college. Charlotte enjoys every moment with her brother and sister , whenever her brother is in the state. This is Charlotte’s second year on the LHS tennis team and she is representing loud and proud as a brand new captain! Not only has Charlotte acquired a leadership position on the tennis team, but she is also the newly inducted President of Lemont Leo Club. While Charlotte is involved in a multitude of clubs at LHS, she enjoys watching Friends for the plot (Chandler Bing) and spending late nights doing Springbok jigsaw puzzles.
Michelle Karimpumkalayil, Staff Writer
Michelle Karimpumkalayil is a senior at LHS and a second year member of the Tom-Tom. She loves listening to music, reading and playing badminton. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is a member of HOSA, Science National Honor Society and Link Crew. Her favorite subject is science because she enjoys doing labs and hopes to pursue a career in the medical field. Michelle is excited for her second year writing for the Tom-Tom and hopes to have a great year.
Jake Markowski, Staff Writer
Jake Markowski is senior at LHS and a first-year member of the Tom-Tom staff. He is on the autism spectrum and a type 1 diabetic. Jake is in many activities at LHS including the Scholastic Bowl Team, Student Council and Yearbook Club. He attends many sporting events and is planning to join the National Honor Society. When not in school, you can find Jake hanging out with friends, driving, riding his bike around Lemont and working at Walgreens. He also enjoys video games, trivia, writing, fantasy sports and game shows, especially “Jeopardy!”, which he hopes to be a contestant on one day. Jake is excited for all of the senior activities to come this year including senior sunrise, homecoming, prom and project graduation. After high school, Jake plans to follow his dad’s, uncle’s and grandpa’s paths by majoring in fire science, emergency medical technician (EMT) and attending paramedic school at College of DuPage to become a firefighter/paramedic.
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