Year in Review 2018: Successes go beyond the classroom at TPHS

Year in Review 2018: Successes go beyond the classroom at TPHS

By: Theresa Nolan, Principal at Tinley Park High School
Originally published in the Tinley Junction here.

The Titans wish a Happy New Year to all of our Tinley Park residents. We are excited to ring in 2019, while we fondly reflect upon the happenings of 2018. As we highlight our academic successes, activities and partnerships, coupled with our major construction project, it is easy to see the display of Titan Pride.

On the academic front, the Titan family is proud of our senior students who await acceptance letters to universities of their choice. Schools where our senior students applied include: Princeton, Yale, University of Chicago, Northwestern, UCLA, Georgetown and Notre Dame, just to name a few. We congratulate our Illinois State Scholars and our Titan Achievers who continue to lead by example and raise our academic bar of excellence. In May of 2018, 264 graduates crossed the stage. Those 264 graduates amassed a whopping $7,102,890.00 in scholarships. All of our amazing students are led by a talented faculty who, this year, has earned 21 Golden Apple Award Nominations for Excellence in Teaching. We are extremely proud of the efforts of our Titan teachers.

Athletically, the Titans continued to make their mark. During 2018, the Titans brought home SSC Conference honors in boys swimming and earned a regional title in boys baseball. We also celebrated individual state qualifying athletes in wrestling, boys track, girls track and boys tennis. Our cheerleading team, along with Solomon Wilson-Smith (Track 1st) and Rebecca Beltran (Discus 7th) earned state finalist accolades. We look forward to adding to our list for 2019.

We are definitely proud of our academic and athletic accomplishments, but the Titans don’t stop there. What about the Fine Arts programming at Tinley Park High School? Our amazing Titan band continues to be the talk of the town with holiday performances both at the school and held in the Village. Under the direction of Vince Aiello, the Titan Band program is thriving and certainly well-sought after. Our choir program, too, is thriving and the numbers have tripled under the direction of Victor Pazick. Our Titan Drama program, under the direction of Melissa Heniff, performed its first major musical, Grease. It was a smashing success, The Drama program continued with a fall performance of George Orwell’s, 1984. Next up for the Titan Drama Troupe: “Mama Mia!” It’s amazing to experience the talents of our students and it is even better when we can share these gifts with our community.

Speaking of sharing and community…our Titans work tirelessly to reach out and help those in need. In 2018, we had multiple food drives, a coat drive, a collection for soldiers, charitable fundraisers, a letter writing campaign to support to a Marine (TPHS Alum) and provided Christmas presents to underprivileged preschool students. We partnered with The Bridge Teen Center and also partnered with our local families while we celebrated an amazing display of diversity with our 2018 International Festival. We welcomed local senior citizens to join us for a showcase of performances, a game of BINGO and post-Thanksgiving lunch so they can see the remarkable students that walk the halls of Tinley Park High School. We are proud to be a community school that directly participates with the community to make a positive impact. 

Finally…a construction update. We have enjoyed our second season competing on our new turf football field and anxiously await the opening of our new Field House and Fitness Center. The opening is expected during the summer of 2019. What an amazing addition to Tinley Park High School and to our community. 

It’s always a great time to be a Titan.  Go Titans.

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