"Do not slow down until you get to measure 23. Do not slow down. We are fortissimo," said Jim Lykins, Northwestern's musical director at a Tuesday after-school rehearsal. And he wasn't kidding.
If winter is a time of quiet and hibernation, then spring is a time of action and rebirth, and the high school band is in lockstep.
After a long winter of missed rehearsals due to weather, the 54-member band rehearsed for their spring concert every Monday over Flex time and every Tuesday after school.
In euphoria that follows the completion of their high school career, members of the Class of 2015 brought scooters to school on the last full day before final exams.
The seniors zipped through the halls as a final act of celebration.
Then just before noon, the class released bagfuls of black and gold balloons in the center hall.
The innocent acts barely interrupted the school day.
Principal Aileen Yadush didn't blink an eye at the harmless pranks but instead co-opted one of the scooters and joined in the fun.
The No. 1 item on Cathy McCullough's bucket list came true several weekends ago when nearly 100 friends joined her at St. Luke's Health Network Half Marathon, forging the final link that would bind them together forever and fulfill McCullough's retirement wish.
"Last year, around this time, I started getting a little nostalgic," said McCullough, who retired this month. "I thought this would be the last chance to try to gather the flock.
"When I saw the option online to do the 5K, I thought this is going to be the one."
When Northwestern Lehigh graduates threw their caps into the air June 6 to celebrate the completion of their mandatory education, they were already thinking about their future.
Those opting for college considered a variety of factors before making their final choice.
A number of students will begin the next phase of their lives at local community colleges.
Bailey and Jaedon Muhl and Trisha Nagle will all start their college education at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schneckville.
Northwestern Lehigh's Class of 2015 celebrated an evening of enchantment in the Woodstone Country Club's grand ballroom beneath swags of chiffon festooning the vaulted ceiling.
Class officers selected the venue.
"When we went to visit, the kids fell in love with it," Linda Paist, one of two co-advisers for the class, said. "They didn't even want to look at anything else."
On an uncharacteristically chilly day in April, groups of students huddled around several stations in the Northwestern Lehigh High School auditorium to learn about living better at the Wellness Fair.
"It's our third time doing it and there's always room to improve, but it went well," said Students Against Destructive Decisions Adviser Angela Traub.
Throughout the day, juniors and seniors and their teachers attended the fair sponsored by SADD, where they were able to speak freely with professionals about a wide range of issues related to health and safety.
Appropriately, it was on May Day Matthew Archer was crowned Mr. Northwestern to the cheers and applause of a packed auditorium.
Second and third place were secured by Devon Devers and Alessandro Consuelos, respectively.
"At first I didn't want to do it. I thought it would be kind of humiliating," Archer admitted. "But then I thought [Mr. Northwestern] was about having fun and not caring what people think.
"When all my friends signed up I just wanted to do it with them. I just want to be involved with as many things as possible with these guys before we graduate."
The leap will be short from New Tripoli to Who-ville when the cast of this year's musical recreates some of Dr. Seuss' most beloved characters on the middle school stage.
After doing "Hello Dolly" last year, Director Shaun Leisher said he "wanted to do something simpler."
"I knew I had talented kids but they [needed] a little experience," Leisher said.
"Seussical" is a mash up of several books written by Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
A team of three Northwestern students took first place in March at the Regional High School Computer Fair at Lehigh Carbon Community College.
Laura Hill, Don Luke Winzer and Charles (CJ) Andrews produced the award winning video.
"We finished first in digital video," said Michael Sikora, their teacher. "We beat out the student who took first place last year."
The team will now advance to Dickenson College for the state event in May.
Hill was modest about the win.
"I didn't believe it, honestly," she said. "He got second and I thought ours wasn't even close."
The amiable chatter of young female voices echoed in the choral room, where in a few minutes, the same voices were united in song.
"We're going to start with Mozart's 'Lacrimosa' and we're going to sing it in Latin," said choral director Terri Lundberg.
And with that, Lundberg proceeded to pronounce the Latin words of the famous piece.
"If you take Spanish, you might see some similarities," she said. "Try to roll your r's. It's a very sad piece of music, but you can't do it in anything but Latin."
About 25 students comprise the chorus.