Lincoln-Way Central alumnus Kalei Bass (class of 2019) is one of 10 United States Bowling Congress youth bowlers recently named to the 2018-2019 Dexter High School All-American Team.
The Dexter High School All-American Team is comprised of five girls and five boys from across the U.S. Each bowler received a $1,000 scholarship and was recognized during the Junior Gold Championships Opening Ceremony in July.
Candidates were selected based on grade-point average, their bowling and academic achievements, an essay, and two letters of recommendation.
Kalei was a member of the Knights bowling team her junior and senior years. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, on the Mathletes team that was a state qualifier each of her four years, and did community work through Leo Club, part of the New Lenox Lions Club.
Kalei is now a freshman at Purdue.
A Lincoln-Way West Saxophone Quartet, composed of Kyleen Hall, Mikey Schelinski, Sammy Duckworth, and Nathan Fields, was selected to perform at the 29 th annual Music for All National Chamber Music Festival in March 2020.
The quartet had to prepare a rigorous audition tape and submit it to Music for All for critique. A limited number of ensembles get selected. In the group’s acceptance letter, Music for All CEO Eric Martin stated “Your ensemble was deemed to have achieved the level of musical performance and artistry worthy of being featured and celebrated on a national stage.”
This is the first Lincoln-Way group to be accepted to the National Chamber Music Festival.
“What an amazing accomplishment for these students,” said Lincoln-Way West music department chair, Justin Barnish. “These students are being recognized on a national stage amongst some of the best high school musicians in the country. The time and dedication it takes to achieve at such a high level is no small feat and everyone at West is extremely proud of them.”