Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Graduations Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Congratulations to the Class of 2019!
This week, Knights, Griffins and Warriors filed across the stage to collect their diplomas and shake hands with school board members, Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley and Principals.
At each graduation ceremony, class officers led in building and district staff and administrators, followed by their peers.
At Lincoln-Way Central, 545 seniors received their diploma, 29 with Summa Cum Laude, 61 Magna Cum Laude, and 115 Cum Laude honors. The Class of 2019 had 96 AP Scholars, 10 National Merit Commended students, and two students who received National Hispanic Recognition.
“After our freshmen year we were told that we would be merging into one unified class at Central. Instead of losing out, we gained a new home, a bigger family, and more opportunity,” said class president Ethan Fazio. “We learned to function as one unified Knight family and express our pride in the walls of Central and in our community.”
Lincoln-Way East had 741 students graduating, 37 with Summa Cum Laude, 66 Magna Cum Laude, and 171 Cum Laude honors. The Class of 2019 had 124 AP Scholars and five National Merit Commended students.
“Whichever your path may be, today marks your journey for growing up. Ahead of us stands life,” said class president Sydney Nekola.
At Lincoln-Way West, 447 seniors received their diploma, 12 with Summa Cum Laude, 39 Magna Cum Laude, and 91 Cum Laude honors. The Class of 2019 had 38 AP Scholars, one National Merit Finalist, two National Merit Commended students, and one student who received National Hispanic Recognition.
“Although all of us have had different memories, experiences, and lives leading up to this moment, we all have one thing in common: we are Warriors,” said class president Jason Cler. “It can be something as simple as a t-shirt given to us on the first day of school that reminds us of that. Because of West and its accepting, welcoming, and encouraging atmosphere, we were all able to have our own unique experiences while still being brought together by the orange and black.”
Shortly before each ceremony, the Class Officers presented their class gifts. At Lincoln-Way Central, the class donated an illuminated Knight logo at what is now the main student entrance.
“It exemplifies Knight pride as soon as you enter the building,” said Fazio.
Fans and students at West will have a new flag to salute when using the stadium. The Class of 2019 donated a flag pole and commemorative sign at the north end of the field.
Inspired by the Abraham Lincoln statue, Lincoln-Way East students now have a Griffin installed in the building. The class of 2019 hopes it will bring good luck to all who rub its beak.