This winter has been a busy one for students at Lowell, even before the stress of finals and holidays really set in. The first weekend of December Mr. Gianotti’s AP Composition students and students participating in Lowell’s various academic teams took a three-day trip to Indianapolis. The students visited the state museum, the medical museum, and the art museum while on the trip.
They also toured Butler and the University of Indy to talk to professors about Indian music and Indiana history, this year's topics for the academic decathlon and academic super bowl respectably.
Carli Medina reflects; “It was a really cool trip. It was extremely beneficial for the kids on academic teams and I think it might have inspired some kids to join. We were able to learn a lot and still have a ton of fun.”
The trip was a great opportunity for students to learn outside of the traditional classroom setting and to take learning into their own hands.
Throughout the month, Lowell’s athletics has also been making quite the impression. The wrestling team hosted their senior night against Highland on the sixteenth. Then followed the event by hosting the Five Way Super Duels on the nineteenth.
The team spent their first day of winter break competing against Kankakee Valley, Harrison, Andrean, Clark, and Perry Meridian High Schools with outstanding results. Basketball has also been hard at work this season. The girls competed in Hanover High School's Wildcat Winter Classic on the twenty-second, placing in 5th.
Students flocked to the stands in their holiday attire to support the boys basketball team on the eighteenth. With their win against Hobart, the team remains undefeated.
What’s Coming Up?
Lowell students have big things planned for the new year. Lowell’s choir and band program have recently finished their holiday concert performances. The impressive Christmas pieces are always a hit near the holidays. Lowell’s choirs even took their performance away from the school and into the community.This year the highest choirs, Premiere Distinction, and Accents performed at Lowell’s middle school, library, and nursing home in order to spread the holiday cheer. They were also joined by the show choir to perform at Indian Trail LaGrange.
With the new year, the programs will move onto performance pieces to perform at both holiday concerts and the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA). Choirs and Bands will be able to participate as a whole group working hard in class to earn gold. Individual students or small student ensembles will also be able to compete, working on their own time to perfect the piece of their selection.
Lowell’s theater department has also begun work on their musical, Big Fish. Students are currently in the process of auditioning for parts and acquainting themselves with the story. The show will be performed in the spring until then the students will be working tirelessly to perfect it.
Lowell boys and girls track teams are also beginning their preparations for the spring. Though the season doesn’t officially start for a few month conditioning is well under way. The students are already working to improve their times and abilities. The spring season will certainly not be one to miss.
Student Shout Out - Chloe Otis
So many students do great things at Lowell High School. Sophomore Chloe Otis, is no exception. An all-around athlete, Chloe has participated in cross-country, swimming, and track all during her short time at Lowell High School.
Her current focus is swimming a sport requiring “a lot of time and commitment.” Chloe among the other swimmers attends morning practices three days a week and a two-hour practice each day after school. The swimmers also give up their Saturdays to participate in invites or practice even more. However, the hard work pays off.
The team has improved and performed well this year as they intend to continue doing.
Chloe has been swimming since the fourth grade making this her seventh year with the sport. She swims the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Backstroke.
She also swims the 200 Medley and 400 Freestyle relays with Megan Snell, Angie Fisher, and Anabel Stein. Seven years is a long period of commitment for anything, but it for Chloe it was an easy commitment to make.
“I really love all of the people and feeling of accomplishment that I get after each swim. I have been swimming for what feels like forever so why give up now?”
This season her performances in the 100 Backstroke and relays have stood out among others. It is not a far stretch to say that Chloe will accomplish a lot while attending Lowell High School and long after. For this season, she hopes to “consistently keep improving in each event and place well at sectionals.”
For Chloe, determination and dedication are important aspects of doing well in any activity including swimming. “Mental toughness is key in sticking to something and working hard.”
Chloe continues to shine at Lowell high school. Her dedication to her sports and her teams allow her to stand out. Students at Lowell are certainly supporting and cheering for her as she continues her season.