High school open house highlights opportunities for students
Northwestern Lehigh High School hosted an open house Sept. 5 for students and parents.
Superintendent Jennifer Holman, Principal Aileen Yadush, Assistant Principal Donald Allen, as well as teachers and staff members welcomed visitors for an informational evening.
Parents toured the school and met teachers to hear what will be taught for the 2019-20 year.
For students, attending the evening had an added benefit other than showing their parents around.
In the cafeteria, several of the high school clubs were represented by classmates.
The Key Club, one of the largest clubs on campus, with more than 100 members, sponsors blood drives as well as other fundraisers and merchandise sales to help Porter Lilley, a Northwestern Lehigh student, who is fighting cancer.
Club members Jessica Eberle, James Gengaro and Bailey Dejesus said they are there to support any student who needs help.
Senior Justin Gruber, a member of the Science Olympiad, displayed his club’s projects.
“We’re invited to compete at different events all over the state,” Gruber said.
The club prepares for more than 23 events and, if successful, go to the state competition at Juniata College in spring.
Tom Bell, senior and member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, said his club meets off campus at New Life Lutheran Church, New Tripoli, to offer prayers for students.
“We’re growing,” Bell said. “We started off small but each year a few more kids join.”
The concert band is looking forward to new leadership under Allison Kline, M. Ed., band and choir director.
Jeremy Gruber was on hand to field questions about the yearbook and Tiger Talk since moderator and teacher, Lissa Opolsky was unable to be present.
Gruber, a senior, is also a member of a club called Friends 4 Life.
“We go over to the elementary school and help out with the kids,” Gruber said.
The club is designed to “make connections that last a lifetime.”
The self-guided tour gave visitors an opportunity to take a relaxed stroll to see the campus and chat with teachers and staff.
High school guidance counselors, including Erica Gross, were also on hand to answer questions.