Lincoln-Way East Hosts Event to Honor Top Academic Students
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Today, nearly 200 parents and students attended a special Breakfast with the Principal event held at Lincoln-Way East High School to honor the schools Top 15 academic students.

"We commend each of these students for the depth of their hard work that has led to the incredible accomplishment of being included in the top 15 students academically, said East Principal Dr. Sharon Michalak. These students not only shine in their schoolwork, they are also highly involved in sports, music, and other school activities.

Entertainment for the breakfast was provided by Lincoln-Way East Jazz Combo I, including Mr. Ben Clark (Director), Aiden Dehn (saxophone), Liam VanDril (trumpet), Nathan Briese (trombone), Armando Terrones (bass), Sam Passarelli (piano), Joe Hertz (guitar) and Ben Haupt (drums).

Dr. Michalak highlighted opportunities at Lincoln-Way East, including 55 extra-curricular activities, 34 Advanced Placement courses, 29 athletic teams, and more than 100 elective course offerings. Another highlight included the Class of 2016 students earning Easts highest composite ACT score of 23.3 during the March test administered by the state.

Each of the Top 15 students and their parents were recognized and the Class of 2016 seniors shared their college and career plans as well as what they like most about high school.

Students expressed an interest to pursue fields in biology, biomedical research, chemical engineering, law, physics, psychology, neuroscience, veterinary science, and more. Students are applying to schools like Georgetown, Notre Dame, Princeton, Purdue, University of Alabama, University of Illinois, and Washington University, to name a few.

Parents also heard a presentation about Advanced Placement opportunities at Lincoln-Way from AP U.S. History Teacher Chris Olson and AP Government Teacher John Cupp.

At East, we encourage every student at every academic level to take an AP course because its most similar to a college-level course, Olson said. Advanced Placement is about taking risks and when we are challenged, the very best in us comes out.

Last year, 450 students took 806 AP exams at Lincoln-Way East.

A new state law allows students who earn a 3 or higher on an AP exam to earn college credit. Cupp said financial savings is another benefit of AP as the exam costs $90 compared to a college course at $1,200 or higher.

AP courses also allow students to explore content areas for future career paths, develop a college-level work ethic, and participate in debates and simulations similar to college course activities, Olson said.

Every year, Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210's principals invite parents into the schools to meet the staff, hear information about the district and school programs and have their questions answered.

Easts top academic students from the sophomore, junior, and senior classes are:

Class of 2016- Nell Borys, Benjamin Christensen, Megan Conry, Jennifer Franceschini, Sarah Habib, Abigail Hasson, Claire Juracka, Alyssa Kandow, Christine Kettmann, Bailey Leavy, Austin Pearson, Kyle Plourde, Anna Rose, Morgan Samanic, and Kate Wardenburg.

Class of 2017- Nathan Briese, Sierra Cady, Edward Weston Dell, Sabrina Dobrovits, Kristen Ferracuti, Lauren Franceschini, Collin Kavanaugh, Michaela Mitchell, Samuel Passarelli, Raj Patel Joshua Perch, Nikhil Piska, Allison Plourde, Daniel Rymut, and and Mengyue Zhao.

Class of 2018 Sabrina Corsetti, Mikayla Gardner, Helena Jozwik, Alexia Kubas, Amber Lemmons, Zachary Martin, Kevin Meaux, Taylor Miron, Lucas Nienhouse, Julia Roessler, Rachel Schilke, Dominic Terrones, Jack Twohig, Audrey Vanderpool and Ashley Williams.