Lincoln-Way Students Showcase Talents at Community Nights
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The talent of hundreds of Lincoln-Way students was on full display on Friday, August 21 during Community Nights hosted by each of Lincoln-Ways four high schools to showcase the schools fall athletic and music programs.

This year, we held several special activities to engage the community and give future Knights the opportunity to participate, said Jason Helbling, Lincoln-Way Central Athletic Director.

Community members and more than 200 future Knights were welcomed onto Centrals football field to participate in relay races, football drills, an obstacle course, a jump house, and a punt, pass and kick competition. Central student athletes signed autographs and helped young children get involved.

Centrals football team had a red and black scrimmage for 30 minutes and the cheerleaders performed.

At Lincoln-Way East, the Griffins had a black and blue football and volleyball scrimmage. Children who participated in the East Poms Kid Camp also performed as well as the Griffin cheerleaders and poms.

Thank you to all of our parents and community members for coming out tonight to help us kick off our fall music and athletic season, said East Athletic Director Mark Vander Kooi. Were looking forward to an outstanding year and our fans keep the energy high and motivate our students to continue fighting for success.

Lincoln-Way Norths Community Night began with the national anthem performed by Norths Madrigal singers, and performances by the varsity poms, cheerleaders and Marching Phoenix.

Everyone here tonight can be proud of their decision to be part of something special, North Athletic Director Matt Lyke told students. We look forward to watching you strive to be the best throughout the year.

North athletic programs introduced included freshman and junior varsity cheerleading; junior varsity poms; girls and boys cross country; junior varsity and varsity girls tennis; boys and girls golf; freshman, junior varsity and varsity boys soccer; girls swimming and diving; freshman, sophomore and varsity girls volleyball; and freshman, sophomore and varsity football.

Lincoln-Way Wests Community Night opened with the playing of the national anthem led by the Marching Warriors and drum major Mitchell Alcoser, followed by the schools fight song.

We want to thank the West athletic and music boosters for their outstanding support, promoting community involvement, providing equipment and resources, and all they do to help make our programs successful, said Wests Athletic Director Ted Robbins.

At Wests Community Night, there was a special performance by 50 youth dancers who attended a dance clinic led by Wests varsity and sophomore dance teams and coached by Melissa Sweeney, Jessica Soukop and Justine Haw. The routine was choreographed by senior squad leaders Lauren Heavener and Emma Mierzwa.

Before we introduce our fall athletic coaches and teams, I am proud to announce that West was awarded the Conference Sportsmanship Award, Robbins said. Congratulations to all the parents, coaches, fans and players for serving as positive representatives of West at our games, tournaments and contests.

Robbins introduced coaches and team members from Wests cheerleaders, girls volleyball, girls tennis, girls golf, girls swimming and diving, girls cross country, boys cross country, boys soccer, boys golf, boys football.

Community members were invited to watch Wests football, volleyball and soccer teams scrimmage.

As part of Community Nights, Lincoln-Way students also collected canned food items to donate to the Frankfort and New Lenox food pantries.