The beat of Lemont High School

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The beat of Lemont High School

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The beat of Lemont High School

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Lemont loses heartbreaker to Hillcrest in homecoming game

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Jake Markowski
The varsity football team takes a heartbreaking loss for their homecoming game.

On September 29, 2023, the Lemont varsity football team lost a heartbreaker in the annual homecoming game to Hillcrest High School 16-19, becoming 3-3. This year’s theme was blue and gold in honor of the Homecoming Dance the day after. Prior to kickoff, the students packed the student section with lots of school spirit for Hillcrest to see. 

The student section was wild, with people excited not only to cheer on their football team but also for the Homecoming Dance the very next day.

“[The game] was pretty litty,” said senior Michael Switalski.

The halftime show was amazing as usual, with the varsity dance performing perfectly. The Golden Cheer team also had their first performance during the game. In addition, the band also had a great performance.

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The marching band takes the field, prepared for the game. (Jake Markowski)

However, despite all the good it’s undeniable that the loss shook much of Lemont to its very core. Some were disheartened by the overall performance of the football team.

“Very disappointing, the varsity football team isn’t living up to the standards of the last few years” said Richard Arnold.

Some students were just at a complete loss of how Lemont could even lose. 

“The game was pretty good, [however] it’s very unfortunate how the game actually turned out,” said senior Dom Zamora. “We don’t usually lose these types of games.”

Likewise, the loss wasn’t the only upsetting thing present at the game. Many found the line at the concession stands to be horrific. 

“I wish the concession stands were shorter and not miles long, ,” said senior Titas Kalnenas. “Going in, I wasn’t sure if I would ever see the light of day again.” 

Prior to  the game, the Lemont softball team was honored and had their ring ceremony, where each player and coach walked across the field to receive their state championship rings.

The back-to-back Lemont softball state champions showing off their new rings. (Jake Markowski)

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David Arroyo
David Arroyo, Staff Writer
David Arroyo is a senior, and this is his first year taking Journalism. He values humility and finds it pointless to brag about the many accolades and accomplishments he has done over the years. When not carrying Lemont on his back, he is out carrying JiffyLube on his back instead. He takes great pride in changing oil and not so much pride in forgetting to reinstall the occasional skid plate. On the homefront, he enjoys relaxing with his family and attempting to cook. As for his future, his dreams and aspirations remain a secret to all those but himself.
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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.
Frankie Murphy
Frankie Murphy, Staff Writer
Frankie Murphy is a freshman at Lemont high school. It is her first year in Journalism and she does not want it to be her last. Frankie’s strongest subjects are English and History making Journalism very fun for her. When not in school, Frankie likes spending time with family, friends and pets. She is unsure about her future but hopes to get into a good school.
Jake Markowski
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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Caroline Vranas is a senior and Assistant Editor of the Tom-Tom. Caroline is very proud to have won fourth place at the IHSA Journalism Competition in the category of Headline Writing. Some of Caroline’s hobbies include being late for school, being late for musical rehearsals and being late for church every Sunday. Caroline loves to participate in activities that are nowhere near where she lives but she doesn't love driving to said activities. If you see her driving on the wrong side of the road, she knows, and is trying to fix it. Caroline is looking forward to pestering her brother while he is away at college (Go Irish!), failing to potty train her puppy Filo and disappointing her parents as per usual. Caroline is Greek.
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