The Lincoln-Way East High School Class of 2014 is ready to embark on a new phase of life after commencement Thursday, June 5 in the stadium at the school.
are not the same school we were when you entered in 2010. We are better because
of your presence and because of the impact you made on Lincoln-Way East and our
communities,” said Dr. Sharon Michalak, principal.
“You have come
together as a class, closer today than yesterday, close forever” she continued,
“You entered East as kids and are now prepared to leave as young adults to face
the next set of challenges. Take with you the Effort, Attitude, Spirit, and
Teamwork that makes you strong. You are all, 100 pecent Griffins.”
Kasper Borys and Salutatorian Kurt Lezon led the Class of 2014 on to the
stadium field at 6:30 p.m. as Lincoln-Way East instrumentalists played “Land of
Hope and Glory” by Elgar.
Samawi and Timothy Michuda sang the National Anthem while Borys and Senior
Class President Kiya Ford addressed the students.
has laid an excellent academic foundation for all of us, but only you can
figure out what your dreams are for the future,” said Borys to his classmates.
“We are a
diverse class of brilliant individuals who have dreamed the impossible and made
it a reality. We have created a multitude of fantastic memories and we hope
that you look back on them with a fondness of heart, knowing that these moments
were some of the best of your life,” said Ford.
succeeded in our classes, created ever-lasting friendships, grown accustomed to
sitting in the same place in lunch, and set our feet upon the doormat of the
paths we have chosen. So let us wipe our feet of any moroseness that threatens
to dampen this occasion and look into the future with only optimism. Realizing
that each of us controls the feet that stride down our paths, let’s appreciate
our four years, rejoice today, and impatiently await the next opportunity we
have to create success and beauty in our lives,” stated Ford to her classmates.
Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley addressed the members of the Class of 2014
stating, “To the young men and women in front of me this evening, your best
years are ahead of you, as most likely are your greatest challenges. It is my
sincere hope that your experiences at Lincoln-Way have prepared you for all of
life’s challenges and successes that will certainly come your way.”
Education President Dr. Arvid Johnson congratulated the over 525 graduates and
encouraged them to pursue their dreams and “to fail.”
something is going right, and you have the opportunity to learn. Failing is a
sign of something good—namely, that you took a chance and left your comfort
zone and had an opportunity to grow. When you take a chance— whether it’s
studying a subject that you find particularly difficult—or trying to master a
new sport or hobby—or asking someone to a dance—while you may fail, there’s
also a chance that you may succeed and grow beyond your present
limitations,” said Johnson.
forward to hearing about your continued achievements and to proudly claim you
as Lincoln-Way East alumni. It is important and appropriate that we’ve honored
your achievements today,” said Johnson.
Just prior to
the ceremony, members of the senior class presented the district and Board of
Education with a class gift. The gift, which was purchased with proceeds from
candy sales and other fundraisers, is a plaque above the outside doors, located
at the entrance to the field house.
The plaque was
presented by the senior class officers Kiya Ford, president; Claudia Baffo,
vice-president; Hannah Eggert, secretary; and Jaime Schreiner, treasurer as
well as senior class advisor Patricia Tutko.
plaque includes the East saying “Go East, Go Griffins, Go Blue” was placed
above the field house doors because more visitors enter and exit these doors
than any other entrance. The students, teachers, and staff take great pride in
our school and we wanted the future students, community members, and visitors
to feel that pride,” said Pat Tutko.
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