L-W Central holds Class of 2015 graduation ceremony
Friday, June 5, 2015

The Lincoln-Way Central High School Class of 2015 graduation was a joyous event for the 466 seniors as they received their diplomas.

The commencement exercise was held Thursday, June 4 in the schools stadium.

The valedictorian, Daniel Zolecki, and salutatorian, Madeline McLaughlin, led the procession of school board members, administrators, faculty and students onto the stadium field.

The National Anthem was sung by seniors Kevin Beckstrom, Brittany Bender, Elena Gerk and Cody Skaggs.

Principal Steve Provis welcomed the crowd of more than 4,500 family members and friends as he personally congratulated the Class of 2015 and wished them happiness as they pursue another chapter in their lives.

After four years together it is clear we share a common bond. That bond is this school, he continued, I can confidently say that this graduating class shares the same PRIDE as I do. You are true knights. Thank you for being leaders for your high school. It is my hope that you will always view Lincoln-Way Central as your home.

Valedictorian Daniel Zolecki told his classmates, The past four years seem like a blur now; a blur of excitement, joy, fear, sadness, anxiety, stress, and most importantly, reward.

He continued, As the famous author J.R. Tolkien once wrote, All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. Remember to use that time to pick a path in pursuit of your passions.

Senior class president Nick Sabatini said, Usually success is measured in money, fame, power, or the achievement of certain goals. But Im standing here before you today to tell you that the real success, the kind that is everlasting, is finding and pursuing your true passions in life. Your passions in life are what makes you, well you. What better way is there to live in the moment than doing what you love.

Sabatini continued, How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? You have to have a dream and goals and you have to be willing to work for it.

Dr. R. Scott Tingley, Superintendent, addressed the Class of 2015 and said, 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 lifes challenges and success that will certainly come your way.

Representing the Board of Education, board president Kevin Molloy told the 466 graduates, These past four years happened for you both good and bad as a stepping stone. The people youve met, the teachers you had, the obstacles youve overcome, were all part of what you needed to be part of for the next part of your journey. Life is filled with experiences both good and bad and the truth is unless youre paying attention some of the best opportunities will pass you by.

Just prior to the ceremony, members of the senior class presented the Board of Education with the class gift.

The gift, which was purchased with proceeds from candy sales and other fundraisers, is an archway that leads to the stadium. It was designed by the class officers. However, one unique aspect in the completion of this project is that all mason work was done by Sean Huffstrutter, buildings and grounds supervisor at Central, stated Sara Davy, senior class sponsor and English teacher.

The gift was presented by the senior class officers Nick Sabatini, president; Emma Wendt, vice-president; Emily Fitzpatrick, secretary; and Nicolette Esparza, treasurer.

The officers came up with the idea for the class gift as a result of college visits during their junior year. Our students are also excited because the sign can be seen from Route 30. It is a very visible gift that reinforces Knight Pride, noted Davy.