Nearly $70,000 in academic scholarships, including an appointment to the U.S. Air Force and an appointment to West Point, were awarded to 78 Lincoln-Way North High School seniors this week.
The scholarships, which were offered by community members, organizations and businesses, were presented during a Scholarship Awards Night ceremony at the school on May 1.
“Lincoln-Way North is grateful for the generosity of the community organizations and family,” said Karen Murphy, Pupil Personnel Services Director for Lincoln-Way North. “With the escalation of college costs and our declining economy, these awards assist students continuing their education in many ways. Thank you for all the fundraising efforts and contributions to give back to the young adults in your community.”
The evening began with a buffet dinner catered by Enrico’s Italian Dining and sponsored by Old Second Bank, LincolnWay Community Bank and GCA Services Group.
Pianist and Lincoln-Way North junior Christian Gorski provided the background music during dinner.
More than 400 people attended the event.
“We're very fortunate to be in a community that is committed to our students,” stated Dr. Michael Gardner, the principal at Lincoln-Way North. “I know our students understand the personal sacrifices made by those providing the scholarships.
“This is a special group of seniors,” he added, “and they are very deserving of the recognition.”
Among those honored at the Senior Scholarship Night were the school’s 2012 Valedictorian, Raymond Michuda; Salutatorian, Nileema Patel; National Merit Finalist Raymond Michuda; National Merit Commended students Taylor Driscoll, Nathan Kemp and Brendan Walles; and National Achievement Scholarship Program winner Joseph Wiggs.
Among the 41 businesses, organizations and community members that presented scholarships to 73 students were the Frankfort Lions Club; Frankfort Square Baseball League; the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra; the Frankfort Square Park District; Lincoln-Way Area Business Women; the Frankfort Square Wildcats Football and Cheerleading; the Frankfort Township Republican Organization; the Kiwanis Club of Frankfort; Korean War Veterans; the Lincoln-Way Area Chorale; Mike’s Furniture; the Mokena Chamber of Commerce; Mokena Burros; Provisur Technologies; Summit Hill SCO; Frankfort Falcons Football and Youth Athletic Association; the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce; the Tinley Park-Frankfort Rotary Club; the Tinley Park Lions Club; the Tinley Park Kiwanis Club; Aunt Nancy’s Childcare; the Frankfort Beta Team; the Frankfort Area Historical Society; the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce; the Frankfort Area Jaycees; the Lincoln-Way Foundation; the Lincoln-Way Hockey Club; and the Lincoln-Way North Athletic Booster Club.
Other scholarships were presented in honor of Tom Manheim; Lincoln-Way Teachers; Marty Larson; Ron Kokal; Carrie Hudek-Chiuso; Richard Holman; Kevin Broda; and Ellen Davis.
One student, Jenna Tasic, received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Another student, Kevin Thielmann, received an appointment to the United States Military Academy-West Point.
“We had a wonderful evening sharing in the accomplishments of our students and their families,” said Lincoln-Way North counselor Mike Sieja.