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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Homecoming exciting for some, tedious for others

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Ava Amato
Surrounded by string lights and fog machines, students dance by the DJ booth that was an improvement from last year.

A large number of students skipped out on the 2023 Homecoming dance “In The Stars” for multiple reasons. Many students realized that Lockport Township High School has their Homecoming on the same day, which seemed to be more appealing to students.“I’m going to Lockport’s Homecoming this year because I have friends who go there and Lemont’s Homecoming wasn’t very fun last year,” sophomore Meghan Wehn said. “I saw how much fun Lockport’s Homecoming was last year, so I have high expectations for this year’s.”

Adding on to the lack of excitement at our school dance, many were disappointed with the music and spirit from the DJ during the 2022 Homecoming. This year’s DJ proved to be only slightly better. 

“Better than last year, but overall pretty mediocre. Nothing special,” sophomore Matthew Schmitt said.

The biggest difference between this year’s homecoming and last year’s is the setting of the dance. The 2022 Homecoming dance was held primarily inside the field house, with only a small, cramped area outdoors available for students. This year’s Homecoming however, was on the football field, where there was much more breathing room for students. 

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Although the outdoor setting was a huge improvement, the free treat that was advertised was a huge let-down due to its small serving size.

The Ben & Jerrys ice cream truck was parked on the black-top, where students were surprised at the amount of ice cream they were served. (Maggie Sinnet)

“They [the ice cream servings] were undersized, not oversized,” Schmitt said. “The actual flavors were good though. I got cookie dough and tried lemon sorbet. Overall, it was pretty funny getting served a baby scoop of ice cream.” 

  Even though the theme this year was vastly different from last year’s, students still input their concerns with the decorations and how they can be improved for next year.

“I feel like LHS can do a better job making the decorations better, because the only good things there were was the tables and the fairy lights,” sophomore Isabella Locascio said. “Everything else wasn’t as good. There were just a bunch of clouds.”

Not only were the decorations criticized, but the dance kept being compared to other schools. For example, Lockport Township High School has been known for amazing Homecoming dances. It seems that the main difference between Lemont and other schools’ success rate is based on the engagement levels of students. 

“There’s no engaging activities, there’s only photo areas and they didn’t even work until the end of the dance,” Schmitt said. “You see other Homecomings and they look like full concerts, flashing lights and live music. LHS has a long way to go.”

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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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Lucia Macari is a junior at LHS and is entering her first year on the Tom-Tom staff. Her friends and family would describe her as a hard worker and they would definitely call her a perfectionist. She is usually pretty busy as she is a part of the Varsity Dance Team, Golden Cheer/Dance Team, a member of Mu Alpha Theta and working at her family’s restaurant, Digs on Canal. She takes pride in her academics and hopes to attend the University of Michigan for Political Science in the future. When she has freetime, Lucia can be found listening to her favorite music – she is a huge Swiftie – or watching her favorite movies, which are “La La Land,” “Little Women” and “Top Gun: Maverick.”
Leila Rexhepi, Coeditor-in-Chief
Leila Rexhepi, 17, is a third-year Tom-Tom member and is ready to wrap up her senior year. With big goals of playing in the LPGA, she has been working tirelessly this summer to make her dream come true. While many people think she works at Cog Hill & Country Club, she is actually holding it together while doing infuriating putting drills. All this work has paid off though with winning a tournament with a score of 79 and earning Junior PGA Player of the Year. Although she may be aiming for the lowest scores on the golf course, she is not aiming for low goals and grades. She has earned student of the month, won IHSA sectionals for Photo Storytelling, first place for her ceramics piece in the LHS winter exhibit and secured qualifying scores for her AP classes. Currently, she is taking two dual-credit classes this year and is exploring her interests with Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Ceramics and ASL II.
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Maggie Sinnett is a sophomore at LHS and is ecstatic to start her first year on the Tom-Tom Staff! In addition to Journalism, Maggie participates in Leo Club, HOSA, Junior Achievement and is the sophomore Student Class vice president. Maggie’s family describes her as a “quiet leader,” who is thoughtful and driven by success. Aside from school, Maggie enjoys running and going to the mall with friends. You can often catch her hanging out with her family and puppy, Finley. She is also a brand ambassador for various skin care companies who helps elevate brand awareness. One day, Maggie is hopeful that she will be running a successful business of her own.
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