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L-W West hosts induction ceremony for NHS & Mu Alpha Theta
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Parents, teachers, and community members were welcomed to the induction ceremony for Lincoln-Way West High School chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) and the Mu Alpha Theta chapter on Monday, March 9 at the West Fine Arts Center, New Lenox.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Steven Lotz, vice president of NHS, and Scott Christensen, vice president of Mu Alpha Theta, math honorary. The National Anthem was sung by Nathan Adler, Sabrina Gerencher, Val Gibertini, Trisha Golec, Anna Leo, Elizabeth Kritikos, Jenna Kirkeeng, Danny Puig, and Gretchen Stellwagen.

Jacob Gasparich, president of NHS, and Matthew Wintercorn, president of Mu Alpha Theta, addressed the audience of several hundred guests including Kim Kokal McArdle, daughter of Ron and Cindy Kokal, her husband Dan McArdle and their two sons Trevor and Camden McArdle, grandsons of Ron and Cindy Kokal. The community award given by the two organizations is named in Ron Kokals honor.

Dr. Monica Schmitt, principal, presented the Ron Kokal Community Award to David Zang. David Zang has a degree in Finance from Illinois State University and a MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. David has spent 34 years working in finance and banking. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Loans for First Bank of Manhattan. David was a founding member of the New Lenox Rotary Club and has been on the Lincoln-Way Foundation Board of Directors for the last 9 years. He is also a member of the New Lenox and Manhattan Chambers of Commerce and a member of various councils at First Presbyterian Church of Joliet. David and his wife, Sandi, have four children, all graduates of Lincoln-Way High School.

Ron Kokal, former school board member, graduate of Lincoln-Way High School, and Lincoln-Way Foundation charter member, had a strong dedication and love for the continued success of the students and community in the Lincoln-Way area. In 2010 he passed away unexpectedly within a short month after he received the first West NHS and Mu Alpha Theta Community Award. The students elected to name the award after him in 2011.

Currently there are 118 members of the Lincoln-Way West National Honor Society and 93 inductees for the ceremony. Along with Jacob Gasparich serving as president and Steven Lotz, serving as vice president, the executive board includes: Tessa Wheeler, Anna Leo, and Alex Wasko. Beth Biesen is the faculty advisor and reading teacher.

Lincoln-Way Wests Mu Alpha Theta currently has 143 members while inducting 128 members in the induction ceremony on March 10. Serving as officers with Matthew Wintercorn, president, and Scott Christensen, vice president, is Andrew Ryan, secretary/treasurer. Tracy Plesek and Penny Creech are faculty advisers and math teachers. Tracy is the math department chair at West.

An invitation to tonights ceremony truly is the highest honor we bestow at Lincoln-Way West. The Warriors you meet here are our best and brightest, and tonight we are proud to be adding to their ranks. I hope that you will find at least one moment where you will see your sons and daughters through our eyes as the young men and women that set the example for excellence at Lincoln-Way West each and every day, stated Dr. Monica Schmitt, principal.

Lincoln-Way West National Honor Society inductees are: Mitchell Alcoser, Nolan Hullinger, Benjamin Preston, Daniel Allen, Joseph Hunsaker, Jenna Reichelt, Briana Alvarado, Haley Jablonski, Kaitlin Roberts, Kara Auchstetter, Olivia Judge, Cassie Ruettiger, Morgan Austin, Anastasia Karnezis, Caitlyn Schreiber, Valerie Avalos, Heather Koska, Liberty-Ann Shelton, Nicholas Baber, Katelyn Kukulka, Gehrig Simon, Paige Bailey, Destiny Kundinger, Hannah Slater, Zeusan Balquin, Camryn Ladd, Kayleigh Spain, Nicholas Barker, William Laitar, Taryn Springgate, Emily Bierma, Ashley Lavallee and Samantha St. Leger.

Also inducted into the National Honor Society are: Ryan Burggren, Sarah Lehmann, Kristen Strilko, Kailan Carter, Tanner Lorenz, Mikayla Studer, Anthony Castaneda, Catherine Lotz, Annalyse Taccola, Connor Dailey, Teagan Lyke, Cassidy Tiberi, Andrew Dawson, Gabriella Madrigal, Annelise Trout, Brett Dawson, Jake Malone, Justin Trout, Olivia DeGroot, Leah McDonald, Makayla Turner, Mackenzie DesLaurier, Madison Mikalauski, Eric Ullian, Regina Durling, Mallory Miska, Aaron Fabian, Savanna Miska, Mariah VanSlyke, Kerrigan Fritz, Harmony Moran, Renee Wayner, Eduardo Galvan, Valeria Muro Barrios and Christopher Welch.

Additional Lincoln-Way West inductees to the National Honor Society are: Casey Gervase, Courtney ODonnell, Sydney Whalen, Katherine Gibertini, Christian Panici, Gabrielle Wilkes, Brianna Gray, Zak Pavlovich, Asim Williams, Josette Green, Scott Pedziwiatr, Matthew Wintercorn, Ashley Greenwald, Marco Pettinato, Maxwell Heatter, Julia Pohlman-Zordan, James Helfrich, Callaghan Pohrte, Samantha Hills, Kylie Pool, Melissa Horton and James Potter.

Lincoln-Way West Mu Alpha Theta inductees are: Mitchell Alcoser, Adam Iori, John Pratl, Daniel Allen, Taylor Jacobs, Grace Pryzdia, Kara Auchstetter, Monica Javate, Brooke Robbins, Morgan Austin, Seth Johnson, Kaitlin Roberts, Valerie Avalos, Mira Kafka, Rebecca Rodriguez, Nicholas Baber, Jakob Kagay, Cassie Ruettiger, Luke Bailey, Zachary Klozik, Kyle Ruettiger, Hannah Baker, Adam Knerr, Allison Rymek, William Bauknecht, Kyler Kopacz, Samantha Sayers, Francesca Bauknecht, Heather Koska, George Schaffer, Andrew Baumeister, Sabreen Kudos, Jessica Schram, Laura Bechtel, Camryn Ladd, Caitlyn Schreiber, Kendall Bellone, William Laitar, Carly Senerchia, Madelyn Bellone, Sarah Lehmann and Kayla Seymour.

Additional Mu Alpha Theta inductees are: Emily Bierma, April Lewandowski, Owen Sigrist, Christopher Bourg, Tanner Lorenz, Gehrig Simon, Melanie Brace, Megan Lynch, Hannah Slater, Tiffany Buis, Samantha Lynch, Megan Smalter, Paul Buldak, Madison Macica, Hailey Souder, Jay Bumstead, Kayla Madey, Kayleigh Spain, Kyle Cravens, Jeffrey Malito, Taryn Springgate, Anna Christina Crisman, Jake Malone, Samantha St. Leger, Timothy Cucci, Jonathon Marotta, Ashley Stagner, Lauren Curry, Rachel Martiradonna, Tyler Starkus, Katie Davis, Jacob Mauney, Mikayla Studer, Andrew Dawson, Keaton McCahill, Brett Studer, Brett Dawson, Caitlyn McGrory and Nathan Studnicka.

Additional inductees for Lincoln-Way West Mu Alpha Theta are: Miranda DeVito, Tyler McGrory, Pawel Swiatkowski, Brian Dexheimer, Emma Mierzwa, Annalyse Taccola, David Eggert, Andrew Milsk, Mattie Taylor, Nicholas Flamini, Steven Milsk, Cassidy Tiberi, Gage Frederiksen, Mallory Miska, Annelise Trout,
Allison Fron, Danielle Morgan, Kevin Turay, Hailey Gryga, Peter Motto, Karina Urbanczyk, Alyssa Guzman, Ryan Neiheisel and Sydney Valiska.

Also inducted into the Lincoln-Way West Mu Alpha Theta math honorary are: Morgan Hasler, Courtney ODonnell, Christopher Welch, Lucas Haug, Sean OReilly, Sydney Whalen, Maxwell Heatter, Christian Panici, Tessa Wheeler, Lauren Heavener, Elizabeth Paul, Kayli Wolf, Samantha Heitner, Trevor Pedigo, Colleen Wright, Joel Hollingsworth, Marco Pettinato, Halli Zuidema, Melissa Horton, Scott Phillips, Nolan Hullinger and Scott Pedziwiatr.