Lincoln-Way student stays busy throughout summer with school clubs, a trip to study abroad, and marching band
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

On Wednesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 4, freshmen orientations took place at all Lincoln-Way high schools. Team building activities, question and answer sessions, pep talks from teachers, and student-led tours took place throughout each school. Link Crew members walked incoming freshmen through the hallways, gave advice, and answered questions. Among the Link Crew members was Lincoln-Way student Kenneth Cagnolatti.

Cagnolatti, a senior transferring to Central from East, had a busy summer. Aside from Link Crew, Cagnolatti is also a member of Lincoln-Way Marching Band, Student Ambassadors for Transfer Students, and Kappa Leadership Institute in Chicago. Through his membership with the Kappa Leadership Institute, Cagnolatti was connected to an international youth exchange organization, American Field Services (AFS). AFS facilitated his enrollment in a month-long, summer study abroad program to Hyogo, Japan.

While there, Cagnolatti lived with a host family in the mountains. Every day, he attended a four-hour Japanese learning class, spent time with his host family, and toured the city. “I absolutely want to go back. My host family is already really excited for me to come back. I made so many good connections there,” he says.

Cagnolatti’s enthusiasm about his experience abroad is contagious, but his excitement isn’t limited to his trip. He also says he’s “super excited” about the upcoming school year. “I would say I’m most excited about marching band. We have our new show, ReNew, coming up. This year is going to be amazing.”