L-W North Wraps Up Successful Homecoming, Winning Olympics Team Gives Back to Children in Need
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

After wrapping up a successful week of homecoming activities, Lincoln-Way North High School students are giving back to children in need. The champions of the Homecoming Olympics, Team BSG will donate nearly $600 to Royal Family Kids Camp which serves children in foster care and children who come from abusive homes.

Team BSG includes sophomores Jake Goeppner, Bryce Frederickson, Jared Gidley, Michael Wallace, Max Cesario, Danny Sajewski, Danny McGuire and Ryan Leonard. Team BSG was named after Brookside Glen, Norths neighboring subdivision.

"It felt really good to win; we wanted to win all year," said BSG team captain Goeppner.

"We wanted to be able to help kids our age. We wanted to help kids less fortunate than us; we thought that would be the best way to go with the donation," said Goeppner about the teams decision to donate to the Royal Family Kids Camp.

BSG collected quarters used in one of the relay races at Homecoming Olympics last week. More than 70 teams and more than 700 students participated in the popular Homecoming Olympics. BSG students were named the winners during the Homecoming Pep Assembly last Friday.

Also during the Pep Assembly, the winning Homecoming Olympics teams from each class competed in a dodge ball championship game.
The winners were seniors, The Milky Monkeys, including Joe Hull, Justin Butler, Jack Hinkleman, Steve Tijerina, Noah Gonzales, Luke Witkowski, Ethan Klosak, and Kyle Bechtold.

The senior Homecoming Court was announced including Luke Bertolani, Justin Bronzell, Josh Goeppner, Mitch Hunter, and Luke Witkowsi along with Marisa Contreras, Sam Laning, Stephanie Stec, Meg Witt and Kayla Wols. Josh Goeppner and Marisa Contreras were named king and queen and recognized during the football game Friday night.

New this year, the Homecoming pep assembly featured a Mario Kart tournament. North students cheered for competitors: freshman Josh Bonovich as Yoshi, sophomore Alex Lipp as Mario, junior John Donovan as Bowser and senior Alex Loftin as Baby Mario. John Donovan won after a spirited and highly competitive match-up.

Another new addition to the North Pep Assembly was a human game of Hungry, Hungry Hippos and a video featuring North faculty lip syncing songs through the ages.

Homecoming events were organized by Norths Asset and Activities Coordinator Jeff Purdom and Student Council Sponsor Jason Pearson.

Despite several rain delays, Norths varsity football team claimed a 42-8 victory over Thornridge High School Friday night.

Our Homecoming Week will be remembered for years to come, said Principal Dr. Mark Cohen. Our staff should be commended for going the above and beyond to make this year special and our students responded with record participation.

The school spirit at the pep assembly, during the Olympics and the football game was really powerful and it will contribute to the positive atmosphere for the remainder of the first quarter, Cohen said.