NEW LENOX — Lincoln-Way Central High School seniors graduated Thursday.
Before the ceremony, class presidents Sebastian Esparza and Jason White presented the class gift to the board, which was a fountain within the courtyard of Central.
The fountain was chosen because the seniors “wanted to present something that Knights will enjoy on a daily basis,” according to a news release.
Central Principal Steve Provis opened the ceremony by welcoming the families and friends of the Class of 2017 and introduced the senior class officers Esparza, White, Bailey Faber, Lexie Lukareski, Kelsey Kroning, Jamie Schneider, Lane Kapsalis and Laura Bolek.
Provis praised family and friends of the graduates.
“Tonight, we honor our graduating seniors but I would also like to thank the parents, grandparents, family and friends of our graduates. Thank you for raising such a wonderful group of young men and young women. I have enjoyed working with your sons and daughters this year and have had the honor of watching them grow into mature, confident young adults,” Provis said.
White addressed his fellow graduates by discussing his transition from Lincoln-Way East High School to Central, saying that he was thankful for his Lincoln-Way experience. When Lincoln-Way North High School closed this school year, students were transitioned to different schools.
“Both schools have amazing people. I know that I have made relationships with teachers that will last a lifetime. Lincoln-Way East will always hold a special place in my heart, but Lincoln-Way Central feels like home,” White said.
In his address, Board Vice President Joseph Kosteck discussed the importance of finding a sense of purpose. Kosteck also graduated from Lincoln-Way on the same day 27 ago. He provided a list of items and advice compiled from retired Lincoln-Way staff and alumni ranging from the Class of 1962 through the Class of 2007.
“Congratulations on a job well done. You make me proud to be an alum and a part of the Lincoln-Way family. Now get out there and continue to find your purpose. We’re all counting on you,” Kosteck said.