Lincoln-Way East incoming freshman invited to participate in summer STEM program
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

This summer, Connor S. Morale has joined outstanding middle school and high school students from across the nation to take part in a unique academic and career oriented development experience, NYFL Explore STEM at Loyola University’s Lakeshore Campus in Chicago, Illinois.

NYFL Explore STEM is an Envision family program that enables students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.

Morale, a Hickory Creek Middle School graduate and incoming Lincoln Way East student, was nominated by Hickory Creek Middle School staff to participate in the NYFL Explore STEM program prior to his graduation. Though Morale’s mechanical mind may have led to his nomination to participate in the STEM program, he also professes a passion for music and entertainment.

When Morale is not strumming his ukulele with strings instructor Tom Maslowski at Frankfort’s Down Home Guitars, he can be found bowing his double bass as part of the Lincoln-Way East Orchestra under the direction of Michelle Freeland. Morale also enjoys participating in community service as part of BSA Venturing Crew 270 and frontier style re-enactment camping as part of the Royal Ranger’s FCF auxiliary program.

On the weekend of July 21, Morale arrived at Loyola’s Chicago Lakeside Campus to begin his week-long STEM program this past weekend. “I got a corner dorm room on the 12th floor with two corner windows with great views” he excitedly reported to his parents Heather and Marc Morale.

“NYFL Explore STEM is a great opportunity for high-achieving scholars to get outside the classroom and see, through hands-on interactive learning, how to innovate and think creatively,” said Andrew Potter, the Chief Academic Officer for Envision. “These students, who have already proven themselves academically, will be challenged to work on real-world, student-created projects to bring their studies and career interests to life.”

Lincoln-Way East Science Department Chair Maria Wilson expressed excitement for incoming Griffin freshmen to partake in new STEM opportunities in high school. “These past few years the LWE Science department has presented more opportunities and projects for our students to participate,” she said. “This includes Argonne’s Exemplary Student Research Program, the Illinois Institute of Technology bridge contest, research symposium at Illinois State University and many more. We are thrilled for Connor to be a part of this STEM program and excited for him to share his experiences with his classmates and teachers.”

Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students in more than 145 countries, with programs designed to help students develop the leadership, scholarship and career skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive college and career landscape. Those who wish to learn more about the program can visit www.envisionexperience.com.