JTHS alumni board endows new scholarship

The Joliet Township High School Alumni Association Board of Directors recognized Lynne Lichtenauer, the former JTHS Director of Alumni Relations, by naming an endowed scholarship in her honor at a recent ceremony in the new Joliet Central student center. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a Joliet Central and a Joliet West senior. Also included in the ceremony was the presentation of a plaque in Lichtenauer’s name placed in the student center’s entrance. State Representative Natalie Manley read a citation from the Illinois House of Representatives recognizing Lichtenauer and State Representative Larry Walsh, Jr., on behalf of Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, read a citation from the Illinois Senate.

Lichtenauer began her career at JTHS District 204 in 2000 as the Centennial Coordinator responsible for directing the year-long 100th anniversary celebration of the high school in 2001. Following the anniversary, the Board of Education named her Director of Alumni Relations, a position she held until June of 2016.

During her tenure, Lichtenauer worked closely with Steelmen, Kingsmen, and Tiger alumni for their respective class reunion celebrations; established a comprehensive alumni database; spearheaded several projects with the JTHS staff, administrators and faculty including the annual Joliet Central veterans ceremony, and implemented the district’s Operation Recognition program whereby diplomas are awarded to veterans who left their classroom to go to war or for military duty prior to graduation. She also initiated Joliet’s first Santa Run 5K/Santa Stroll One Mile Walk and led the formation of the JTHS Alumni Association.

In the Joliet community, Lichtenauer serves as a board member of the Joliet Area Historical Museum, the Rialto Square Theatre Foundation, the JTHS Foundation, the Joliet Park Foundation, and the Silver Cross Hospital Foundation. In 2011, Lichtenauer was inducted into the Joliet Area Hall of Pride by the Joliet Will County Project Pride organization. She is the co-host of the weekly WJOL broadcast, “Friday Mornings with Lynne, Mary & Natalie.”

Alumni wishing to make contributions to the Lynne Lichtenauer Endowed Scholarship may send donations to the JTHS Foundation, c/o Mr. Mark Turk, JTHS Administration Center, 300 Caterpillar Drive, Joliet, IL 60436. All donations are tax deductible to the extent as allowed by law.

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