Lincoln-Way West Recognizes Student Success at Spring Assembly
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lincoln-Way West hosted a Spring Recognition Assembly last week to celebrate students for numerous academic, athletic, and artistic accomplishments. Students consistently cheered to show their west side warrior pride and were entertained with performances by the West cheerleaders, dance team, and chorale.

Students also cheered in admiration for the volunteers who had their heads shaved as part of the St. Baldricks fundraiser to fight childhood cancer.

Students Kaelen Evon and Rachel Andrade provided opening remarks, Jenna Kirkeeng sang the national anthem and ROTC students presented the colors.

Our Spring Recognition Assembly is a powerful demonstration of how many talented and motivated students we have here at West, said Dr. Monica Schmittt, principal of West. Were very proud of our students accomplishments both in and out of the classroom. Their school spirit and hard work adds to the outstanding culture at West.

Wests varsity cheerleaders performed the routine that earned them third place in the medium varsity division at state. The team was led by All Conference Athletes: Haley Anderson, Emily Beland, Danielle Magda and Sarah Magda. The team also took first place at the Buffalo Grove Invite, Knight Invite, were Conference Champions and Sectional Champions, and were selected for an IHSA Sporting a Winning Attitude Award.

State qualifiers who were recognized included: Natalie Krol for Girls Cross Country; Mitchell Feehan and Evan Mitchell for Boys Cross Country; Kaila Pohrte and Una Farrell for Girls Gymnastics; David Eggert for Boys Bowling; the Girls Bowling Team; Amier Khamis, Kyle Ruettiger, Joey Schloegel and Trevor Schmidt for Boys Wrestling; Kyle Karpluk for Boys Swimming; and the Chess Team.

The Bridge Building Team of Ryan Hastings, Ray Muro Barrios, Jacob Carlson and Miranda DeVito were commended for representing West and placing in the top ten at the Regional Bridge Competition. Ryan Hastings and Ray Muro Barrios placed first and second respectively and moved on to the International Bridge Competition held in Oregon.

Congratulations were awarded to students competing at State for Mathletes including Luke James, Kevin Beallis, and Dario Panici as well as the Probability Oral Presentation Team, the Fresh-Soph 2 Person Team, The Junior-Senior 2 Person Team, the Fresh-Soph 8 Person team and the Junior-Senior 8 Person team.

State qualifiers for the IMEA include Nathan Adler, Jenna Kirkeeng, Clara Leo, Mark Macha, Danny Puig and Rachel Singh. They were selected from hundreds of high school students to participate at the Illinois Music Educators Conference in Peoria and Mark Macha was recognized as the top trumpet player in the state as a junior.

West also had a number of students win awards at the regional level of the scholastic art competition. Jessi Karlic, Mikayla Keogh, Savanna Miska, and Annaliese Mrazek qualified for the National Scholastic GOLD Key award.

Jacob Gasparich was recognized as a National Merit Finalist, as well as Simon Egner, Ray Muro Barrios and Brandon Voss for being Commended Students in the National Merit Program. Ray Muro Barrios also received National Hispanic recognition.

Special Games Athletes recognized included: Nicholas Shander, Kolden Krebsbach, Morgan Alcoser, Ian Bauer, Jake Chacon, Julie Stinnett, Vanessa Cervantes, Katelyn Bonner, Roshaw Sinclair and Adam Klee.

Alexis Biedrzycki was recognized for finishing her high school career as a two-time state placer in golf. She was a two-time conference champion, two-time regional champion, and took fourth, third and second in Sectionals. This past season she finished third at the IHSA State Golf Tournament.

Tom Buell was recognized for All-State honors, placing sixth at the IHSA State Wrestling Tournament. He had a 36-15 record and led the team in reversals. He also placed third in the SWSC Conference.

Noah Keefe earned his third All-State medal by placing third at State in wrestling. He led the team in takedowns and holds the school record for most career takedowns. He completed his senior season with 41-7 record and ranks second all-time in career wins as a Warrior.

Wests Varsity Dance Team performed their winning routine which earned them third place at state this year. The team was led by All Conference athletes Erin Dolan, Miranda St. Amour, Gabby Tanquilut and Carlee Wajchert. In addition to winning a state trophy, the team placed first at all regional contests, won the conference and sectional titles.

Students who participated in the head shaving event and raised nearly $4,000 for St. Baldricks include: Morgan Austin, Emily Brown, Nathan Bulow, Sabrina Gerencher, Matt Howard, Tyler Lorenz, Kyle Wardinski and Eric Zielinski. SplitEnz Salon in New Lenox partnered up with Lincoln-Way West and provided hair stylists for the head shaving.

The Spring Recognition Assembly came to a close with a performance of the fight song by the Lincoln-Way West Chorale.