The day before record snows blanketed the Lehigh Valley on Jan. 23, Becky and Darrel Fritzinger of New Tripoli tapped into their creative side by constructing toy planes at Woodcraft of Allentown in the Parkway Shopping Center, Lehigh Street.
Using first-rate tools, the couple joined other enthusiastic area residents of every skill level to build the planes under the patient supervision of skilled carpenters.
Becky Fritzinger found the class nothing but “inspiring.”
This June, three veteran high school teachers ended their service to the students and parents of this community.
John Schmoyer, Glenn Frey and Cathy McCullough amassed more than a hundred years of teaching at Northwestern.
Schmoyer taught U.S. history and government to ninth and 10th graders for 37 years.
His career began with a single decision that determined the rest of his teaching life.
"I had three job offers on the same day," said Schmoyer, who chose to work at Northwestern over Parkland and Lehighton.
Lights! Camera! Action! Broadcasting students in the high school are all too familiar with the meanings of these three little words.
In producing a daily news program, these students have the opportunity to pull back the curtain and get a sense of how TV news actually works, as each day they produce a morning broadcast.
According to Joel Dynda, supervisor of The Morning Show, students "produce daily news for the entire high school, including daily events, club meetings and even lunch menus."
For the second consecutive year, math teacher Jeremy Smoyer invited 12 Northwestern graduates back to the high school to address members of the senior class.
"I wanted to bring back graduates to talk about what they've seen and experienced," Smoyer said. "I guess I've got too much time on my hands."
The group, Davis Evans, Libby Johnson, Bev Post, Ashley and Kyle Reinhart and Joe Venusto fielded questions on college life and some to the choices they've made.
Teachers brought their senior classes to the library where the all day event took place.
With graduation be-hind them, five members of Northwestern Lehigh's Class of 2015 have decided to find new experiences in the military, three in the Marine Corps; the other two in the Army and the Navy.
On Nov. 16, Carter Mell leaves for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.
"My dad was in the National Guard," Mell said. "I'm going active duty so he's a little more worried.
"I've wanted to do infantry since I was 12 years old. I always liked history and I always thought the Marines were the more interesting [branch].
"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."