L-W West graduates Class of 2015
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Lincoln-Way West Class of 2015 filed across the stage on Tuesday, June 2 to collect their diplomas and shake hands with school board members, Superintendent R. Scott Tingley and their popular principal, Dr. Monica Schmitt.

As I address the Class of 2015, I want you to take a moment and look at the bleachers. Can you find your family. Do you see others you know? Now look behind me, note the faculty, staff and Board of Education members here this evening. This is community, your community surrounding you on all sides. This arrangement is not by accident. You are a part of something bigger than you as an individual, bigger than the class of 2015, bigger than Lincoln-Way West. Schmitt told the seniors.

She continued, As you prepare to leave West and begin anew, remember the Warrior Code: Wisdom, Respect, Honor and Courage. Begin with Respect: It is easy to respect those who are like us. The challenge to all of us is to respect those who are different from us in upbringing, politics, and beliefs. If we can begin our interactions with respect, we can bridge so many gaps, opening the doors to new possibilities.

The Class of 2015 was led to the stadium Tuesday night by Valedictorian Jacob Gasparich and Salutatorian Raymundo Muro Barrios as the Lincoln-Way West music department played Pomp and Circumstance by Elgar.

Seniors Nathan Alder, Sabrina Gerencher, Valerie Gibertini, Trisha Golec, Jenna Kirkeeng, Elizabeth Kritikos, Anna Leo, Daniel Puig and Gretchen Stellwagen sang the National Anthem while Senior Class President Cesar Zavala addressed the class.

We will remember how to write a thesis statement in English class. and learning to read the periodic table in Chemistry. We will remember the other, more important lessons that we have learned from all of the people around us over four years. From the awesome assemblies, athletic events, and other activities, we learned what it truly means to have school spirit. We learned to support our peers and our friends and to lean on them when we were the ones who needed support, stated Jacob Gasparich, valedictorian to his classmates.

Senior class president Cesar Zavala reminded his classmates about all the small things in our lives, that can affect every other aspect in our lives. Its the little things and little lessons that can resonate with us; it could even be something as small as a few words of wisdom, Mr. Purdom and Mrs. Novak taught us to make it a great day. Or not, the choice is ours.

Congratulations on the growth that has taken place over the last four years. As you leave here today, I hope that each of you experience all the love, luck, and happiness this world may provide, said Dr. R. Scott Tingley, Superintendent as he congratulated the students on all of their accomplishments.

Board of Education President Kevin Molloy told the seniors, My wish for you as you walk out tonight for the first time as an alum of Lincoln-Way West is that you believe not only tonight but you are still believing sixty-seven years from now. Believe in yourself, believe in others

An hour before students and parents filed into the stadium, members of the senior class presented the district and Board of Education with a class gift, a stained glass window of the Warrior mascot. It is placed in the library. The gift was purchased from candy sales and other fundraisers and installed by the maintenance staff at Lincoln-Way West.

The gift was presented by Senior Class Officers Cesar Zavala, president; Savanna Miska, vice-president; Sydney St. Leger, secretary; and Jonathon Bostjancic, treasurer.

The officers chose the gift because it adds to the beauty of the school and exemplifies their school pride. They choose to place the stained glass window in the library, a symbol of wisdom, where the colors can shine on students, reminding them to cherish their time as Warriors and to live the Warrior Code each day, noted Melissa Sweeney, mathematics teacher and senior class sponsor.