More than 600 Lincoln-Way North High School students were honored Wednesday (Sept. 19) for their academic achievements.
Among them were the school’s Top 10 students who hold the highest grade point averages in their class as well as the school’s High Honor Roll and Honor Roll students.
“The students who achieve at these levels have made countless sacrifices to be here tonight,” Lincoln-Way North Principal Michael Gardner told families who gathered in the school auditorium for an Academic Awards ceremony.
“Their accomplishments should not be taken lightly or for granted,” he added. “Rather, the success they realized during the second semester of the 2011-2012 school year is to be recognized and celebrated.”
Students achieve Honor Roll status when they obtain a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.499. High Honor Roll students hold a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
“The classroom portion of a student's education is the most important portion, and the students in the auditorium tonight have excelled there,” said Gardner. “Academics are taken very seriously by the Lincoln-Way administration and staff. All work tirelessly to be sure that students are provided the opportunities and experiences to maximize their academic and social growth. Our school board is committed to providing the services necessary for the district to accomplish its goals. Most importantly, our students take their education seriously and engage themselves in the learning process.”
The keynote speaker of the evening was Lincoln-Way North science teacher Maria Wilson -- the school's 2012 Teacher of the Year.
She congratulated students for their academic accomplishments and reminded them how important participation in extra-curricular programs is to their social and academic development.
Colleges are not only interested in what you're doing in the classroom but outside the classroom, she told students, encouraging them to continue their volunteer efforts and interest in extra-curricular programs in college.
“You are capable of success,” she added. “Seize those opportunities...so opportunities can find you.”
Gardner concluded the ceremony by telling students they should be proud of their academic accomplishments.
“You are achieving at a very high level at a high school where academics are extremely important,” he said.
“I would remind you, however, that academic excellence is not an end to itself but a continuous journey that requires your continuous attention and perseverance,” he added. “Don't ever, ever give up or let down. Continue to put forth your best effort. It will carry you to achieve at an even higher level. Congratulations to each of you and to you, our parents, on a job well done.”