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Balloons lined the start and finish signs over the track at Commissioners Park in Frankfort. Families and friends of survivors pumped homemade signs in the air around the track. “Thank you” and “Keep going” were written on the poster boards. A DJ played upbeat music, and he thanked the crowd of volunteers, families and survivors. 

It was the Walk of Hope & 5K Fun Run’s sixth year, and it sure was a party.

This year’s event, held Sunday, May 18, raised more than $72,000 for The Cancer Support Center, which has an office in Mokena.

They braved grueling sports games, spring talent shows and final exams together this year, but during the first week of June, Lincoln-Way East and North’s seniors bade each other farewell as they prepared to face the future independently. 

More than 400 Phoenix headed out into “the real world” Tuesday, June 3, while more than 500 Griffins followed suit Thursday, June 5. Both schools held their graduation ceremonies in their respective stadiums. 

Rebecca Susmarski


Lopsided wins

Boys tennis Lincoln-Way East duo Tom Emola and Jarek Jozwik (ABOVE) won at No. 1 doubles in straight sets Thursday, April 17, as the Griffins swept Lincoln-Way North 7-0. With the win, East improved 8-2 overall and 3-0 in conference.

Softball The LW North softball team trounced Thornridge 16-0 on April 17. Winning pitcher Dani Thieman was a force on the mound and at the plate. The Phoenix improved to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in conference.

The Lincoln-Way East boys soccer team has taken its lumps this season.

That pattern continued last week with a pair of losses in the Lincoln-Way North Invitational. The second of those was a 4-0 loss to Plainfield South Thursday, Sept. 11, in a second-round game.

Wins have been hard to come by for the Griffins (1-5), who have a lot of underclassmen on the team.

Danny Ciamprone

Lincoln-Way East senior Brianna McKenna recently proved that perfect timing can lead to large opportunities. 

The 17-year-old Frankfort resident obtained a perfect 36 ACT score after taking the test a total of three times during the 2013-2014 school year. Her achievement makes her the ninth East student to earn the honor since the high school opened in 2002, and only the second female East student to do so overall. 

To succeed, she made certain she “had enough time for everything” while testing.

Lauren Finkler

With one of its biggest tournaments — Mother McAuley’s invitational Friday, Sept. 19, to Saturday, Sept. 20 — just 24 hours away, the Lincoln-Way North girls volleyball team took care of business early Thursday, Sept. 18, to notch a 25-3, 25-13 dual meet victory over Joliet Central.

Ally Geary led the team with six kills, while Samantha Ritter had four aces and six assists. Rachel Burkman had five kills, while Grace Murphy had five digs. Erin Dilger contributed three kills.

Rebecca Susmarski

Are you a fan of leftovers?

Here in the Krooser house, we definitely are. I know many people are not, and I find that to be somewhat discouraging. 

Maybe it’s all in how you look at it. Not only are most meals better flavor-wise the next time you eat them, after the spices have melded together, but leftovers are also a perfect way to be a good steward of what you’ve already invested in food cost as well as time spent.

March 13 

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Rebecca Susmarski

Town Center Bank awarded $500 scholarships to three Lincoln-Way students in a local counterpart to a statewide essay contest. 

The winners were Ryan R. Hesslau of Lincoln-Way East and Rebecca Reidenga and Dale Robey of Lincoln-Way Central. 

The bank selected the three winners out of 24 essays. The bank originally planned to dole out a single scholarship to one student.

Rebecca Susmarski