Lincoln-Way North High School will celebrate the start of another school year with a Black and Gold Community Night at the school Friday, Aug. 17.
Residents are asked to bring a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to local food pantries.
“Each year we look forward to the opportunity to bring our community together to celebrate and recognize the students who work so hard throughout the year to accomplish so much in our schools,” stated Dr. Michael Gardner, principal.
The school’s marching band, cheerleaders, poms and fall athletes will participate in the event, giving community members an opportunity to celebrate the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
Lincoln-Way East High School will host a similar event, its Ron Tomczak Memorial Black and Blue Scrimmage, the same night at 5 p.m. The scrimmage will feature the school’s freshman, sophomore and varsity football teams as well as the school’s cheerleaders and poms.
The Lincoln-Way East Marching Griffins will perform two weeks later during an ice cream social at the school at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.
At North’s event Aug. 17, more than 1,000 residents are expected to gather in the school’s athletic stadium at 6 p.m. to hear the Marching Phoenix perform, see the cheerleaders and poms execute new routines and cheer on the fall athletes as they stroll across the field during a recognition ceremony.
“The entire community can be proud of the opportunities that our school provides,” stated Matthew Lyke, the athletic director at Lincoln-Way North. “We created Black and Gold Night to recognize all of our fall programs for their commitment and dedication. We truly appreciate the support of our Athletic Booster Club, Music Booster Club, and parents.”
This is the fifth year Lincoln-Way North has hosted a Black and Gold Community Night, giving parents and community members an opportunity to show their support for the student athletes and musicians.
The evening will begin with the school’s Madrigal Singers, led by choral instructor Christina Shoemaker, singing the National Anthem and the Marching Phoenix, led by music instructor Kirk Hickman, performing the school fight song, “Phoenix Rising.”
The Phoenix Firebirds and varsity cheerleaders will rev up the crowd further as the student athletes and their coaches prepare to file across the field as the athletic department announces them team by team.
Afterward, the Marching Phoenix will return to the field to unveil the first movement of its field show. The eight-minute show will be shown in its entirety at future games and field show competitions.
Students have been practicing up to 12 hours a day to prepare for the 2012 marching season.
“Our marching bands have been working hard on new programs for the competitive season,” said Gardner. “We appreciate the opportunity to see the results.”
The Marching Phoenix will perform at the school’s first home football game on Friday, Sept. 7 when the Phoenix take on Thornwood High School.
Friday’s Black and Gold Community Night begins at 6 p.m. Members of the Tinley Park-Frankfort Rotary Club will be on hand to help collect food donations at the gate.