With summer in full swing, Northwestern Lehigh School District’s newly retired superintendent, Dr. Mary Anne Wright, is reflective about her career in education and enthusiastic about the future.
“My tenure was 27 years plus,” said a relaxed Wright, surrounded by her family.
Wright recalled “subbing in the winter of ’86 when her children attended elementary school at Northwestern.
“I believe David was in third and Rachel was in fourth,” Wright said.
From the beginning, Wright was determined to have a career.
It’s not every day an assembly of middle school students is gathered together to watch one of their own get a haircut, but on June 11 that is exactly what happened.
All eyes were fixed on the auditorium stage as math teacher Wendy Madouse took clippers in hand and began the process of shearing Zachary Leith’s long tresses.
“Now I know what Mrs. Madouse will do for her next career,” joked physical education teacher Joe Webster.
According to Madouse, the eighth grader has been secretly growing his hair all year long, with the intention of donating it to “Wigs for Kids.”
During the school year, business was brisk at The Den, Northwestern Lehigh’s school store, but it is now closed until classes resume at the end of August.
The Den sells Northwestern spirit wear, snacks and drinks and by all accounts, business was good.
According to Taylor Page, trail mix and popcorn are the biggest sellers.
“We have stuff we’ve sold for years,” she said.
“Mrs. Mengel decides what to order.”
The store operates under the auspices of Student Council with Patty Mengel as adviser.
Jackson Bernhard, Isaac Bredbenner and Morgan Moss earned a coveted first place for their digital movie “Lost Bottle” at the Pennsylvania High School Computer Fair.
The competition took place in late May at Dickinson College, Carlisle.
A $150 check was awarded to the three seniors for their work.
“Jackson wrote it, but we constructed the idea together on a white board,” Bredbenner said. “We decided to do a love story that didn’t work out, along with a story about siblings.”
Like moths to a flame, area residents and longtime friends were drawn to Gene Allen’s Thistletop studio in Kempton, where his most recent canvasses were displayed alongside Jeanne Stock’ pastel paintings.
An opening reception attracted a large crowd who came out on a sultry June evening to view and buy works done by the two local artists.
“I’m over the moon,” Stock said about the turnout.
Apparently, so were the guests appreciating the canvasses capturing local landscapes and familiar items seen in a new light.
“We just work well together,” Stock added.
Megan McDonald and Jacob Sacco displayed the style and swagger of the 1920s when they dressed up to simulate the era for what has become an annual ritual for their English class.
“Everybody dressed up, and we listened to the music of the ’20s,” said McDonald, whose silver and gold sequined dress sparkled with every step she took.
Awash in Northwestern’s school colors, this year’s prom glittered in glamour as the members of the senior class celebrated one of the most iconic events of their high school career.
The prom took place at the Brookside Country Club in Macungie on the Sunday evening of the weekend that signals the unofficial start of summer.
“Since black and gold are our school colors, I thought it would be good to incorporate them into our prom,” senior Anna Horn said. “And, they fit the décor of our venue.”
According to a prom survey conducted by Yahoo, this year teenagers will be spending more than $500 on their prom, with a major part of that cost going to the purchase of the perfect prom dress.
So, it’s no surprise that many teens agonize over finding a style that they love.
Many students searched on line for their dream wear.
“I tried on maybe two dresses at the mall,” said Jessica Parker, but in the end, she bought her red and gold off the shoulder dress of stretch polyester on line.
Northwestern’s Science Team placed eighth overall at the Science Olympiad held the last weekend in April at Juniata College.
“I think they did great,” said Elizabeth Ache, science team adviser. “A lot of them placed in the top 10 and there weren’t any major mishaps.”
Individual medals went to Tanner Klotz and Austin Stasko, who took second place for hovercraft, fifth place for optics and seventh place for thermodynamics and to Riley Shafer, Owen Moloney and Tyler Stasko, who took third place in helicopter.
Albert Einstein is often credited with saying, “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
In that spirit, Northwestern Lehigh High School’s Art Show will showcase a wide array of art pieces 5-7 p.m. on May 21 for the community to view and enjoy.
Planning was essential before the show.
“I gathered materials throughout the year which included objects that had been displayed in the showcases [throughout the year],” Kathy Kehs, art teacher said. “I matted the two-dimensional works and they all got labels that identified the artist’s name and grade, as well as, the course.”