LEMONT – The Lemont High School community gathered Nov. 16 to fly its Blue Ribbon flag for the first time and create a special formation on the football field to mark the honor.
Lemont High School was named an Exemplary High Performing School through the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools program. Less than one-half of 1 percent of the nation's schools earned the award in 2017, and Lemont is one of just two Illinois public high schools to earn the honor this year, according to the school. Prior to this year, no traditional public high school in Illinois had earned National Blue Ribbon School honors since 2010.
Students, faculty and staff congregated on the school's football field, forming "2017" and two blue ribbons. The school ordered commemorative T-shirts for the occasion, which were worn for the photo.
Superintendent Mary Ticknor, Principal Eric Michaelsen and the school's class presidents then raised the flag.