Lincoln-Way Central graduates Class of 2018
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, senior Knights filed across the stage to collect their diplomas and shake hands with school board members, Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley and Principal Dr. Steven Provis.

Shortly before the ceremony, the 2018 Senior Class Officers presented the class gift to the Board of Education. The students chose to construct a water feature beside the pond on the north side of the school. Stones for the feature were sourced from Wisconsin, with the center stone weighing 3,700 pounds. Various types of native plants surrounding the feature, including baptisia, solidago and blue eyed grass.

The Class of 2018 was then led to the Lincoln-Way Central Field House by Senior Class Officers. Principal Provis opened the ceremony by welcoming the families and friends of the Class of 2018. The National Anthem was sung by seniors Natalie Fitz, Sydney Fornarino, Gillian Genardo, Natalie Knepper, Luke Laschober and Nick Natalie. Provis then introduced the Senior Class Officers: Zachary Dundek, Julia Roessler, Nathan Rittenbacher and Dominic Terrones.

Provis gave praise to family and friends of the graduates and talked about how quickly time passes. He said, “Parents, I’m sure as soon as you saw your son or daughter enter tonight’s ceremony, you had a chance to reflect on the past 17-18 years. How quickly time goes by. I have enjoyed working with your sons and daughters this year and have had the honor of watching them grow into the mature, confident young adults that they have become. It has been an honor and a privilege to be your Principal.”

Class President Dominic Terrones addressed his fellow graduates by discussing his transition from Lincoln-Way East to Lincoln-Way Central, discussing his first day as a Knight. “Open arms, excitement, and determination met apprehensive students on the first day of school. Dr. Provis gave an inviting and reassuring welcome, and the atmosphere created by his famous “Thunderstruck” booming over the speakers made Knight Pride contagious. I caught it that day, and it’s stayed with me ever since…Knight Pride rooted itself in us all, and that signaled great things for the year to come.”

Terrones went on to discuss how proud he was of his class for their accomplishments. “A Knight always gets up, no matter how crushing the defeat, and in that way, always finds success. We did it, Lincoln-Way. We conquered change and came out stronger than before. We shattered the expectations set for us. We laid the foundations for the future…This won’t be the best year Central has, but it’ll be its best class,” he said.

Board of Education Member Christopher Lucchetti then took to the podium to recognize the graduating class. He said, “Graduates, you are truly at an interesting time in your lives…Up until this point, your education has been mandatory. Like it or not, you had to go to school. The path was chosen for you. That is about to change. Whether you are planning to enter the workforce, continue your education or join the military, the choices going forward will be made by you. I am confident that your overall education the past four years, including your academic, extracurricular activities and your social and emotional growth, have set a foundation you can build on that will prepare you for whatever comes next in your life.”

Before students filed across stage to receive their diplomas, Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley took a moment to praise the graduates in attendance. “Congratulations on your accomplishments,” he said. “Congratulations on the growth that has taken place over the last four years.”

After the Lincoln-Way Alma Mater was sung, the Knights celebrated by tossing their graduation caps into the air to the cheers and applause of faculty, families and friends.