L-W Hosts Opening Day Pep Assemblies to Begin 2015-2016 School Year
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Lincoln-Way High School District 210 welcomed more than 7,000 students back to school today with opening day pep assemblies. Lincoln-Way pride was in full force as marching bands, cheerleaders, dance and athletic teams celebrated a great start to the 2015-2016 school year.

At each Lincoln-Way High School, junior and senior student leaders volunteer to wear special t-shirts to demonstrate to freshmen they are available to answer questions and provide guidance.

Welcome freshmen we are excited to have you as part of the Warrior family here at West said Dr. Monica Schmitt, Lincoln-Way West Principal. If you need help, do not be afraid to ask our Warrior Way leaders or our staff.

Lincoln-Way Central Principal Dr. Steve Provis urged students to take every opportunity to get involved.

These four years of high school go so fast; be sure you make the most of every minute, Provis said.

At each of the pep assemblies, Lincoln-Way principals congratulated students on a whole host of accomplishments in academics, athletics, music, and extracurricular activities, including increases in Advanced Placement test scores, ACT scores, and state championships in athletics and music.

At Lincoln-Way East, the Griffin mascot greeted students as they got off their bus and entered the school.

Welcome back Griffins, said East Principal Dr. Sharon Michalak. Each year, the Griffins soar to new heights and achieve new accomplishments. I know this year, you will continue to strive for excellence.

As part of a longtime tradition at Lincoln-Way North, Dr. Cohen burned the schools accomplishments from 2014-2015 to ashes and urged students to rise up and commit to making Norths final year, the best year yet.

How we conduct ourselves this year will create a legacy for Lincoln-Way North, Cohen said.

First and foremost, work hard academically; compete hard on the field, the floor, the mat, or the court; we will be gracious hosts and polite guests. Play hard, enjoy the Homecoming Olympics, dances and other social events. Rise up and accomplish more than you ever have before.

Dr. Cohen urged the seniors to finish strong and to freshman through juniors, he offered words of encouragement.

You will be successful in the transition next year not because of the color or mascot of your school but because you are in it. Where you go, excellence will follow.

The four Lincoln-Way high schools each ended their pep assemblies with all students standing and singing the school's fight song.