Graduates in Class of 2020: 329
Outstanding Students: Madison Kranz, Brianna Zahn
Graduation Speakers: Damien Garcia, Jennifer McMahon
Senior Class Officers: President Madison Kranz; Vice President Peter Wolanyk; Benjamin Newsom, public relations.
Academic achievements/awards: 91 graduates achieved High Honors (GPA 4.0 or higher); 64 graduates achieved Honors (GPA 3.6-3.99); 83 graduates achieved cum laude distinction; 36 graduates are Illinois State Scholars; five graduates are Art Honor Society members; three graduates are German Honor Society members; 101 graduates are Math Honor Society members; 52 graduates are National Honor Society members; eight graduates are National Tech Honor Society members; 10 graduates are Quill and Scroll Honor Society members; 58 graduates are Spanish Honor Society members; 35 graduates are International Thespian Honor Society members; 14 graduates are Tri-M Music Honor Society members; Olivia Schmitt has been recognized as a member of the IHSA All-State Academic Team; Kaily Kao has been awarded a Letter of Commendation by the National Merit Scholarship Program.
LCHS Departments Students of the Year: CTE -- Amanda Parsin, Robert Roney, Peter Wolanyk; English -- Megan Biegalski; Fine Arts -- Ashlyn Bledsoe, Josiah Jackson; World Languages -- Emma Koesser, Bella Vrapciu; Math -- Lucas Swidler; PE -- Olivia Huber; Science -- Maddie Kranz; Social Studies -- Jack Frentz.
Athletic achievements: Outstanding Senior Athletes -- Olivia Schmitt and Kurtis Smith; Chance Andell -- 12-sport athlete; Girls Cross Country second place in state; Olivia Schmitt, second place 800 meters and seventh place 400 meters in state track meet; Boys and Girls Cross Country regional champions; Boys Soccer regional champions; Girls Volleyball NLCC Conference Champions; Cheer Coed Division second place at sectionals and state qualifier; Kurtis Smith, six place in state wrestling.
• Board of Education Student Ambassadors -- Maya Dewey and Ben Newsom
• Theater production "Failure: A Love Story" selected to perform at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival
• Josiah Jackson was the piano accompanist for the 2020 All-State production of "Aida," performed at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival
• Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Ensembles: Vocal Jazz -- selected for Featured Performance; Josiah Jackson -- Jazz Band (piano); Olivia Huber -- Orchestra (trumpet); Shawn McIntire -- Composer Track (First place Avant Grade Category)
• Ryleigh Jones Family, Career and Community Leaders of America first place at regionals and state qualifier.
Theater productions: "Failure: A Love Story"; "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play"; The 24 Hour Play Festival; "Little Shop of Horrors"; "Strong Crazy Ladies: A Live Zoom Staged Reading"; "Hey! Who Turned Off The Lights?: Quarantine Edition."
Homecoming King and Queen: Henrik Mandt and Anna Gipple
Homecoming theme: Safari
What was new for the Class of 2020: Construction of District 117 Field House at Lakes Community High School.
Notable visitors: Tyler Blevins, aka Ninja; Author Jen Lancaster; Gov. Bruce Rauner; Gnat & Corky (local children's author and illustrator); Illustrator Landis Blair; Artist/filmmaker Konee Rok; Ray Bradbury biographer Sam Weller; Filmmaker TC DeWitt; Improv duo Idiot Chimney; Improv troupe Droppin' Science; Sidewalk Chalk (band); Sunjacket (band); and One of the Girls (Irish band).
Principal's reflections on the Class of 2020: Stay strong Class of 2020. Your path through high school has been interrupted, but please do not let this interruption change your goals or your outlook on life. You are all special and you have made life for all at Lakes Community High School better. Keep striving to make a difference in the world and have a positive impact on others. Be your best every day and continue to live our motto of Respect + Courtesy = Pride. Go Eagles!
-- Principal David Newberry