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  • I N S I D EIGNATIUSIGNATIUSAP Government & Politics Course Deemed Strongest in World by College BoardOn Tuesday, February 7, 2006, The College Board released its annual Advanced Place-ment Report to the Nation, in which St. Ignatius College Prep was identifi ed as having the strongest Advanced Placement (AP) Comparative Government & Politics course in the world among high schools with an enrollment of more than 800 students.

    The College Board identifi es such schools by comparing the number of students who scored 3 (out of a possible score of 5) or higher last year on the AP Comparative Gov-ernment & Politics exams to the total high school enrollment. The report states that no other school had a greater portion of its student body succeed last year among schools of its size around the world.

    We are surely pleased that our teachers and students are being recognized for the fi ne work that theyve done, says Dr. Catherine Karl, Principal of St. Ignatius College Prep. This acknowledgement refl ects the success of one part of a large and successful overall AP program here that has continued to provide good challenge for our students over the years.

    AP programs were introduced to St. Ignatius College Prep nearly 50 years ago and this course, in particular, was fi rst offered to St. Ignatius students in 1988. The goal of of-fering AP courses in high schools is to expose students to college-level coursework and to give them the opportunity to gain early college credit. To date, there are 35 approved AP courses available to schools all over the globe. They have been designed by teams of college professors to challenge the best and brightest high school students. Current-ly, the AP Comparative Government & Politics course is one of 19 AP classes offered at SICP and is open to juniors and seniors who have met the proper requirements.

    During the past ten years, St. Ignatius has seen the number of students taking AP exams increase by 33% while the number of AP exams taken by those same students has in-creased by nearly 40%. In that same time frame, more full-time faculty members have been hired, in turn, shrinking the student-teacher ratio of the schooland composite scores of both the ACT and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) have increased signifi cantly.

    I am fi lled with great pride for my students and for St. Ignatius. Our students are con-cerned about world issues and want to fi nd solutions to real problems, says Ms. Diane Haleas-Hines, social studies instructor and head instructor of the comparative politics course since its inception. Their performance on the AP Comparative Politics Exam is just an indication of their desire to understand the different cultures and political systems of the world.

    Mr. Lawrence Socha left St. Ignatius to complete his MBA in London, but taught the AP Comparative Government and Politics students with Haleas-Hines last year. The following current faculty members are also commended for instructing taught World History, U.S. History and elective courses to the AP Comparative students who are being honored: Mr. John Chandler, Mr. James Connelly, Sr. Therese DeCanio, O.P., Ms. Jeanie Erickson, Mr. Anthony Evensen, Mr. Brian Hardy (Social Studies Department Chair), Mr. James Hasten, Ms. Kitty Hooper, Mr. Richard Kehoe, Mr. Martin Kelley, Mr. Brendan Malone, Ms. Patricia Messbarger, Mr. Gregory Off, Mr. James Owens, Mr. Kevin Rigney, Ms. Rose Mary Sullivan, Mr. Terrence Tyrrell and Mr. Jay Wood.

    This is a great refl ection on our school for both our students and our faculty and staff, says Mr. Brian Hardy, Social Studies Department Chair at St. Ignatius College Prep. Our students are willing to take on the most challenging classes, and our teachers meet the challenge with creative and innovative teaching.

    Scholarship Program Finalists NamedThree St. Ignatius College Prep students were recently named among the top 4,800 Hispanic students in the United States by being among the honorees of College Boards National Hispanic Recognition Program for exceptional academic achievement. From more than 150,000 entrants across the nation, the 4,800 students who attained the highest scores by taking the 2004 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) were nominated as Scholars or Honorable Mentions. The College Board then identifi es these students as desirable candidates to postsecondary institutions around the nation. Jennifer Carlos and Alex Haried were named scholars while Maria Fitzsimmons was given an Honorable Mention. (Hispanic scholars are pictured below.)

    In addition, fi nalists were named in both the National Achievement and National Merit Scholarship Programs. National Achieve-ment Finalists for the 2005-06 school year were Irene Akingbade, Trenton Arthur, Abdel Halloway, Troy Pasulka, Christo-pher Pennant, Andrew Rayner and Yodit Tewelde. National Merit Finalists were: Scott Chessare, Casey Christopher, Julia Chr-usciel, Matthew Clarke, Lindsay Garbutt, Alex Haried, Katherine Harnois, Gillian Hemme, Natalia Hryniw, Merritt Hummer, Samanthe Lyons, Jason Prestinario, David Purinton and Kevin Wessel. All students in both these groups were pictured in the Fall 2005 issue of Inside Ignatius.

    SPRING 2006 The inside scoop for parents, guardians, students, faculty and staff of St. Ignatius College Prep.

    Noteworthy Events

    Please consult the web site for the most up-to-date and detailed

    calendar, including school activities, sports and more.

    MARCH1: Ash Wednesday Liturgy

    4: Annual Parents Organization

    Auction at St. Ignatius

    6: No Classes

    14: Parents Org. Meeting

    18-19 and 24-26: Harlequins Spring Play

    APRIL2: Spring Choral Concert

    6: Parent-Teacher Conferences

    (by appointment only)

    8: ACT at St. Ignatius

    11: Parents Org. Meeting

    13: Easter Break Begins

    24: Classes Resume

    MAY18: End-of-Year Choral Concert and St. Ignatius

    Day at Wrigley FieldOnce again, Joe 42 and

    Carol Gentile, are sponsoring St. Ignatius Day at Wrigley Field. The tradition dates back to the late 1980s. As a welcome to

    the alumni ranks, the Gentiles are treating members of the

    senior class to an afternoon of baseball at Wrigley Field. The Cubs will take on the Washing-ton Nationals in a 1:20 p.m. ball game which is scheduled to be televised on WGN. The action

    kicks off with senior members of the St. Ignatius Band playing the National Anthem and a ceremo-nial fi rst pitch tossed out by Joe


    20: Prom

    24: Baccalaureate Liturgy

    29: No Classes

    JUNE3: Graduation

    JULY17: Joe Gentile Golf Classic

    for St. Ignatius Parents, alumni and friends are invited to attend the Golf Clas-sic, to be held at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park,

    IL. Spaces are limited, so make your reservation soon! Early

    bird specials until May 12. Invi-tations to be issued soon or visit

    after March 15 to register online.

    The 2006 Summer School program will take place at St. Ignatius between June 16 and July 28.

    For those who are interested, the brochure will be available on the school website (under Academics) by April 1.

    ABOVE: National Hispanic Rec-ognition Scholars Jennifer Carlos and Alex Haried with Fr. Paulson

    and Dr. Karl. Below is Maria Fitzsimmons, Honorable Mention.

  • School Snippets- Another successful Christopher Christmas was enjoyed by St. Ignatius students, who spent the day with young people attending Christopher School in Chicago for the mentally challenged. (See top two photos at left.)

    - The entrance exam was held January 14 and 728 prospective students came to take the test in order to become part of the Class of 2010. Many teachers, staff and administrators greeted, proctored and worked on statistics that day. National Honor Society students did a fabulous job assisting in many ways. Special thanks is extended to Ms. Claire Larmon, Ms. Karen Coleman and Ms. Maureen Quane from the Admissions Offi ce for all of their work on school visitations and shadow days during the fi rst semester, as well as Ms. Carole Manning, who is helping in admissions while Mrs. Larmon is on maternity leave. The Admissions Offi ce has already hosted a Diversity Reception for fami-lies of minority students who have been accepted to the school, which was quite successful. Welcome to the members of the Class of 2010!

    - Students in Mr. John Lilligs senior elective Chicago Authors class visit with actors from Walkabout Theaters pro-duction of Stuart Dybeks The Coast of Chicago after a performance at Lookingglass Theatre on January 20. Students from left to right include (front row) Katie Peltz, Christina Burke, and Yodit Tewelde, and (back row) Sam Olson, all class of 06. The students and Mr. Lillig attended the performance as the guests of St. Ignatius alumnus Dan Hal-perin 71, who is making a fi lm of Dybeks short story Blight. After the performance the students ate cheesecake and talked with the actors and director about the play and Dybeks stories, which they had read in the Chicago Au-thors class. (Dybek himself visited St. Ignatius in 2004, when The Coast of Chicago was the City of Chicagos One Book, One Chicago selection.) (See third photo at left.)

    - The faculty and staff of St. Ignatius College Prep recently participated in a Professional Development Day, in which our own faculty and staff prepared one-hour presentations for other colleagues to enrich them about being active learners. 26 different sessions were offered in the morning, and faculty/staff leaders facilitated follow-up table discussion in the afternoon. Thanks to the North Central Steering Committee (Mr. Brendan Conroy, Dr. Bill Carroll, Ms. Carla Hickey, Mr. Tim Mi