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New Mural At Varsity Field Illuminates 'Images of Excellence'

Pictures depict top student athletes from Class of 2011.

During halftime of tonight's -Highland Park football game at the school's west campus, a mural facing Varsity Field from the east will come to life.

The Lake Forest High School Boosters have installed a 180-foot by 35-foot mural featuring images of 2011 Lake Forest graduates whose athletic and academic achievements  earned them significant honors, including 2011 LFHS Boosters Outstanding Senior Athlete Award recipients Melanie Foster, Tyson Dethlefsen, Mary Susan Bro and Matthew Miller. Overall, 18 alumni are featured on the mural.

The Lake Forester newspaper is the presenting sponsor of Images of Excellence.

“Images of Excellence is a special enhancement to our West Campus, made possible by a unique spirit of philanthropy that exists within our community,” said Harry Griffith, superintendent of Lake Forest School Districts 67 and 115. “The LFHS Boosters continue to lead to way in introducing and supporting projects that enhance our athletic programs, facilities and the experiences of our student-athletes, and which benefit the LFHS community generally, beyond athletics.”

Images of Excellence features the following 2011 award recipients, who were photographed by Sportpics and Fitzgerald’s Photography. The mural will be exhibited year-round, and will be illuminated on game nights. The Boosters expect to refresh the mural with new images each year.

The athletes showcased include:

  • Mary Susan Bro, field hockey and lacrosse. LFHS Boosters Outstanding Athlete Award recipient, Senior Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, captain (field hockey), Illinois Player of the Year (field hockey), Cum Laude Society, National Honor Society, All Academic.
  • Tyson Dethlefsen, baseball, football and wrestling. LFHS Boosters Outstanding Athlete Award recipient, Senior Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, Bill Rawson Memorial Award recipient, Chris Martinat Memorial Award recipient, NSC Sportsmanship Award recipient (wrestling and baseball), National Honor Society, All Academic.
  • Melanie Foster, gymnastics. LFHS Boosters Outstanding Athlete Award recipient, captain, state runner-up team member.
  • Matt Miller, track and field. LFHS Boosters Outstanding Athlete Award recipient, captain, MVP, National Honor Society, All Academic.
  • Joseph Aquino, band. Regis Toomey Band Award recipient, Wellness Department Award recipient.
  • Mitch Burns, swimming and water polo. LFHS Boosters Outstanding Athlete Award nominee, captain (swimming and water polo), Cum Laude Society, National Honor Society, All Academic.
  • Ofelia Carmichael, track and field. NSC Sportsmanship Award recipient, captain, MVP.
  • Connor Cavalaris, football and track and field. LFHS Boosters Outstanding Athlete Award nominee, Chris Martinat Memorial Award recipient, captain.
  • Stephanie Cox, poms. LFHS Boosters Outstanding Athlete Award nominee, captain, MVP, student council cabinet member, National Honor Society, All Academic.
  • Alex Funk, volleyball. Captain, National Honor Society.
  • Perry Johnson, golf. LFHS Boosters Outstanding Athlete Award nominee, captain, state champion team member.
  • Catherine Kesman, 2011 class president. Cum Laude Society, National Honor Society.
  • Haleigh McPeak, tennis and soccer. Gayla Clemons Athletic Award recipient, MVP (tennis), state champion team member (tennis).
  • Evan Popiel, soccer and volleyball. Senior Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, Cum Laude Society, National Honor Society, All Academic.
  • Kasey Quon, field hockey and soccer. Senior Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, captain (field hockey), MVP (field hockey), student council cabinet member, National Honor Society, All Academic.
  • Megan Salm, softball. LFHS Boosters Outstanding Athlete Award nominee, NSC Sportsmanship Award recipient, captain.
  • Alex Schwartz, basketball and golf. LFHS Boosters Outstanding Athlete Award nominee, NSC Sportsmanship Award recipient (basketball and golf), captain (basketball and golf), state champion team member (golf), All Academic.
  • Parker Stride, lacrosse. LFHS Boosters Outstanding Athlete Award nominee, NSC Sportsmanship Award recipient, captain, student council vice president, Commended Student in National Merit Scholarship Program, Cum Laude Society, National Honor Society, All Academic.

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