Abigail Clapman Football

Story originally published in 2018 edition of Quiver yearbook.

The 21st century has brought many surprising changes that may still be taboo to some people. Football is typically thought of as a sport that men play, not women. Abigail Clapman is going against this norm by playing the sport she is passionate about.
Clapman joined the football team her sophomore year. She was interested in playing the sport since she was in seventh grade.
“In seventh grade, I wanted to join the football team, but the coach wasn’t welcoming to me, so I didn’t want to do it with him,” Clapman said.
One of the reasons that Clapman joined the team was simply for her love of the sport. Soccer also played a big part in her interest to join.
“No one really inspired me [to play football], I had just played soccer and said, ‘Oh I know how to kick, and I like football’ so I just wanted to try it out,” Clapman said.
Clapman started off as a student athletic trainer for the football team her freshman year. While volunteering over the summer, Clapman noticed the lack of kickers on the team and decided that she was going to try out for the position.
“[Kicking] was something I always wanted to do. I was on the fence about doing it until my family convinced me. I sent Coach St. [Germain, Social Studies] an email and he said, ‘Yeah, just come out next practice and you could try it out and see how it goes,’” said Clapman.
The team was nothing but welcoming toward their new kicker. One previous player also gave Clapman encouragement and support for her decision.
“I told Michael Taylor [(‘17)] that I’ve always wanted to kick, but I never actually did. When I finally did, he told me that he was very proud of me. If I miss or if I feel like I don’t do well, [the team] always tell me it’s okay,” Clapman said.

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Jacob Kotlarz Builds RCs

Story originally published in 2018 edition of Quiver yearbook.

Most preschoolers are learning their ABCs or beginning to learn how to read, but as a 5-year-old, Jacob Kotlarz was already in the garage building RC trucks from scratch.
“When I was about five years old my dad came back from the Navy. Him and his friend would build RC trucks, and I would start helping them,” Kotlarz said.
Kotlarz was always there to help build the RC trucks. That’s when he started to become interested in building the RCs. Kotlarz found a new passion in building the RC’s and also found something that gave him something to be passionate about with his father.
“[When] he left for the military, my mom got a new boyfriend. [Then my dad and I] started building them. It was the only time we ever spent together,” Kotlarz said.
Kotlarz now builds the trucks without the help of his father. These remote controlled trucks can be built any size, from the size of a penny to the size of an actual truck.
“The biggest I’ve built is ten feet long and five feet wide,” Kotlarz said.
Eventually, Kotlarz would like to build in an official workshop, but for now he builds the trucks in his own space.
“I mainly either build by myself or I’ll go to my dad’s house. He has a whole shop set up. He’s building it right now, and he’s turning his garage into a body shop for RC cars and normal cars,” Kotlarz said.
Kotlarz’s passion for building RC trucks is ever-growing. Kotlarz is currently taking an engineering class so that he will eventually be able to start fully designing new vehicles instead of rebuilding old ones.
“I would like to work for a company called Traxxas. When you work for them, if you design a vehicle, you get to be the only person who works on it. If you design a brand new vehicle they’ll give you all the money that they make for it in the beginning, and then you can sell your ideas to them,” Kotlarz said.

INTRAMURAL SPORTS

Story originally published in December edition of Scout.

Because getting onto sports teams can be a challenge, the administrative staff introduced intramural sports, a new way to become involved in an athletic team without the commitments of a typical school sport.
“I never really heard of the word intramural until it came up on the intercom, but when I heard basketball, I was all ears. I never thought about trying out for LC’s team because I did not think I had a chance since I was not at all aggressive on the court,” Kathrynn Vettas (10) said.
Intramural teams meet every Tuesday and Thursday and can be an alternative for those who have not made teams or those who enjoy playing sports as a hobby.
“It’s a fun activity you can do with your friends and is a good alternative for people who aren’t in sports,” Alyssa Gomez (11) said.
Intramural sports includes volleyball, and possibly basketball in March.
“I got interested in intramural [sports] because of my friend, Kathrynn [Vettas] (10). She told me that I had to do it with her, and since it wouldn’t interfere with my [swim] season, I was cool with it,” Christy Tham (10) said.

Hands-On Creativity

Story originally published in 2018 edition of Quiver yearbook.

Deciding on a career path can be a tricky task for some students. Some choose to be more hands-on and take classes in those specific fields, such as Precision Machining, Automotive Service Technology and Graphic Design.
“I look at [Precision Machining] as a skill I could use to get a job in the future. What interested me was the opportunity to work machinery that I never knew how to use. This class has [improved] my hand-eye coordination. In this [class] you learn to cut various materials on different machines and how to operate the machine,” Brandon Rusch (10) said.
Automotive Service Technology is a class offered to students intrested in pursuing a career involving cars. The class allows those who take it to use hands-on experience to gain knowledge about cars.
“[I see myself doing this as a career] because it’s something I’m deeply interested in and just about everyone has a car, so the work will always be there,” Christopher Benak (10) said.
Students in Graphic Design have the chance to use machines to make several projects. Machines and printers are used for banners, stickers and shirts.
“Instead of sitting in a classroom, you get to print [and] cut banners, make t-shirts [and] print projects. If a machine that you’re using jams or breaks you need to know how to unjam that machine or fix it.” Alyssa Todd (10) said.
Some of the projects that are given in Graphic Design are banners and posters that can be displayed across the school or community.
“It’s a good feeling when the person that you’re designing a project for likes the outcome of the product you made for them. To see your work throughout the school is a good feeling. It’s unique because your product can be seen by just the class [or] up to the whole school depending on how important the project is,” Todd said.

Practicing Perfection

Story originally published in 2018 edition of Quiver yearbook.

 

Choir concerts require extensive rehearsals and practices to set up and perform. Preparing for concerts takes a lot of dedication in and out of class.
“We prepare for our performances by spending class and some after school practices going over sections of the pieces of music together as a class, but we also have our own individual responsibility of practicing by ourselves at home,” Michael Castallanos (10) said.
Throughout the school year, the choir holds four concerts and band holds two concerts for every choir and band to perform in.
“I want to perform every concert like it’s my last, and I want to make Mr. [Nathaniel] Jones [Music] proud. We practice over and over and over again until all the parts have their parts down and we practice each song three times a day, maybe even more, until we know it all by memory,” Taylor Long (11) said.
When it comes to performing in the concerts, it can be nerve-wracking for the performers, whether it’s an upperclassman who has done several performances before or an underclassman who are performing for the first time.
“I’m really stressed the day of a concert so I usually try to take it easy and remain calm. Being a senior, a lot of underclassmen look to me for answers during a concert about where to go since Mr. Jones is busy,” Joshua Dejarlais (12) said.
Students take pride in their concerts because of the time they put into their rehearsals. Rehearsals are held in the auditorium one week prior to the concert in order to perfect every detail.
“We put so much effort into putting out a quality concert that once it’s over, it’s hard to feel anything but proud of yourself for getting it done. There are a lot of rehearsals that go into performing,” Dejarlais said.

It Takes A Town

Story originally published in 2017 edition of Quiver yearbook.

There are a myriad of ways to get involved and keep in touch with the community by participating and volunteering through school clubs and school mandated events.

“I joined N-teens in eighth grade because I had been volunteering for a while, and I joined the club. I do a lot of my volunteering through N-teens and I do some outside of N-teens. This year I am introducing new volunteer opportunities in hospitals and Alsip Nursery. I volunteer at fun fairs at elementary schools, craft fairs, walks, non-profit organizations, the hospital and the library. I get to meet a lot of people and hear about their experiences,” Anna Hallowell (12) said.

Events including Angel Tree and the food drive, are annual events held through the school that provide possibilities to give back.

“For the Angel Tree, I made the list of everyone to break off into groups for each category for what child they had, how much money they had and made sure everything ran smoothly. It was nice to come back and know that you are helping somebody that does not have as much around Christmas and in general. It just makes you feel good,” Morgan Calligan (12) said.

For those who want to devote their time and energy outside of school, there are a plethora of chances to give back to the community around the Reigion.

“I volunteer at Faith Church in Dyer and Faith Students, [a program dealing] with the middle schoolers, on Wednesday nights. On Saturday nights and Sunday mornings, I volunteer at Faith Kids, which is with second graders. Some of the middle schoolers do not have a safe place to go, so some of them come in on Wednesday nights and have a safe place to be for about three hours. I have gone to the church for my entire life and I grew up with people volunteering for me, and I decided to give back and volunteer for them,” Elizabeth Slager (11) said.

Students can visit areas that are less fortunate to help build things, such as houses or playgrounds, that can better the lives of those who live there.

“My favorite volunteer work was going to Gary to help restore a children’s playground. The city didn’t have enough money to repair it, so my youth group joined with many other youth groups and we worked together to clean up a basketball court and playground,” Grace Richardson (10) said.

Bagpipe it up

Story originally published in 2017 edition of Quiver yearbook.

Trent Schneider has an uncommon hobby for a high school student; he plays the bagpipes.

“I have been playing since I was in fifth grade. We went down to Disney World once, and I saw a bagpiper there. I said that was really cool and that would be cool to play,” Schneider said.

Although his hobby started as a joke, it evolved into an interest.

“For Christmas, I jokingly put down bagpipes on my Christmas list. I did not wake up in the morning with bagpipes, I got practice chanters that you use to learn how to play them,” Schneider said.

No one in Schneider’s family played the bagpipes before him, but his playing has now become normal for them.

“I am the first one in my family to even be interested in playing the bagpipes,” Schneider said.

Schneider practices often, especially when he is performing at large-scale events. Even though this can be nerve-wracking, he always finds time to get practice in before the day of the performance.

“I have played in front of my church before. Kahler, 8th grade year, I played for Veteran’s day. My dad ran the Chicago Marathon and I played for him once he was coming back. I get a little bit of anxiety beforehand, but once I am doing it, it is fun. I can relax and really get into the music. [Practicing takes] a lot of repetition and memorizing. I have to find time out of the day to get the work done and do what I want after,” Schneider said.

Because of his unique musical instrument ability, opportunities open up for him to play at sports games, assemblies and many other events.

“It is really just connections and talking to people about how I do it. My mom works here as a Spanish teacher, so she was talking to the coach about how I play the bagpipes. He remembered it and would remind me to play. I’ve always wanted to play in front of my school,” Schneider said.