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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.
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
24: Baccalaureate Liturgy
29: No Classes
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 www.ignatiusalumni.org/golf
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 Mitchell and Ms. Aileen Heidkamp) for coordinating the event, which helped the school community to refl ect on and experience our two school-wide goals: 1) Students will improve their ability to become active learners whose learning crosses traditional boundaries between academic areas. 2) Students will improve their ability to apply what they learn in school to their lives as people of justice, faith, and love in the world. In experiencing their own active learning with each other through this special day, the school hopes faculty and staff will generate new possibilities for growth and collaboration. (See fourth photo at left.)
- Seven of St. Ignatius College Preps most distinguished faculty and staff members were recently named to the list of Whos Who Among Americas Teachers. Mr. John Balaban (Science and Mathematics), Ms. Kathy Giunta (Sci-ence), Ms. Diane Haleas-Hines (Social Studies), Mr. Robert Tony Harris (English Department Chair), Mr. Ray-mond Kizelevicus (English), Ms. Lois Lawson (Guidance Counselor) and Mr. David Stephens (Swimming) were all nationally recognized through the program as teachers, coaches and adult leaders who have infl uenced, inspired and required excellence from their students.
This is a great honor not only for each one of us, but for the entire school, said science instructor and award recipi-ent John Balaban. I think this diverse group of teachers, counselors and coaches speaks volumes for the level of edu-cation the kids receive at St. Ignatius and the lasting impact we all have on them even beyond their high school days.
- The University of Chicago recently named Dr. Cynthia Marker of the St. Ignatius College Prep Foreign Language Department and Mr. Timothy Mitchell of the Religious Studies Department as recipients of their annual Outstanding Teacher Awards for the 2005-06 school year. The awards are given to outstanding instructors after they are nominated by their former students who currently attend University of Chicago. Dr. Marker has been on faculty at St. Ignatius College Prep since 2003. She earned both her graduate degree and PhD in French from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Marker also serves as the chair of the Foreign Languages Department. Religious Studies instruc-tor Timothy Mitchell came to St. Ignatius College Prep in 1987. He received both his graduate and undergraduate degrees from Indiana University. He is the department chair for the Religious Studies Department. Although he has received this award in the past, he was pleasantly surprised to hear the news. It was a surprise, Mitchell says. Its a nice way to start your day when you open the envelope and read how you are being honored by the students even after they have left our school.
Dr. Marker added that these awards mean far more than simply being acknowledgements of individual accomplish-ments. These awards are a refl ection of all of the great teaching that goes on around here, she says. This award could have easily gone to any of our teachers on staff.
- On January 26, the Rich Port YMCA staff and board of directors had their 60th Annual Award Banquet, where Jessica McCarthy 06 was honored by the board as a person whose service and dedication exemplifi es the Mission of the YMCA. Jessica was named Youth Representative of the Year. This award goes to a distinguished youth in the community who is recognized for their volunteer contributions to the YMCA or the greater community. Jessica did not volunteer for the Y, but rather, was honored for all the volunteer projects shes participated in here at St. Ignatius, including Circle of Friends, Habitat for Humanity and even Kairos. (See fi fth photo at left.)
- Arrangements are being fi nalized for the SICP trip to France and Belgium over spring break. A group of approxi-mately 30 juniors and seniors currently enrolled in French classes are going with Ms. Meaghan Costello, Fr. Ross Pribyl and Dr. Cynthia Marker. In other French news, Dr. Marker wrote some essays on twentieth-century French philosophers (Pierre Vidal-Naquet and Franois Mauriac) that were included in The Columbia History of Twentieth-Century French Thought, which recently came out from Columbia University Press.
- Claire Downs 06 and a few other individuals founded their own professional comedy troupe, named Dont Worry Well be Gentle. It is the youngest professional comedy/improv troupe in the city of Chicago. Their fi rst profession-al engagement was a four-week run at Donnys Skybox at The Second City which sold out every performance. (The troupe gets 80% of the gross receipts for its performances.) Since that time, they have been invited to other comedy venues around the city including Improv Olympic and The New Years Eve line-up at the Second City (another sold-out performance). Most recently, they were chosen to perform at Chicago Sketchfest, the nations largest professional sketch comedy festival. It was quite an honor for the young troupe, and Claire was the producer for the Chicago Sketchfest show in addition to writing and performing.
- Four faculty members have been appointed to department chair positions for the 2006-07 school year. Dr. Bill Carroll will chair the Math Department, replacing Mr. Jim Luzzi. Mr. Chuck Thompson will assume the duties of Religious Studies Department chair, following in the footsteps of Mr. Timothy Mitchell. Mr. Kevin Bellie will become the chair of the Technology Department, and Ms. Mary Ellen Schneider will take over for Fr. Jim Vorwoldt, S.J. in the Fine Arts Department. Congratulations to all new chairs and thank you to those who have completed their terms!
- NEW FACES: Ms. Kate Trinley offi cially started as administrative assistant in the Pastoral Ministry/Community Service area. Kate has worked as a legal aid in an multiple partner law offi ce and most recently did some consulting work while at home with her children. We also welcome Mr. Matt Nighswander to our Fine Arts Department. Mr. Nighswander has taken over photography classes while Fr. Jim Vorwoldt, S.J. has been recovering from a broken leg. Matt is currently completing his MFA in photography from Columbia and has taught there as well. He has a BA in American Studies from Yale and a seven year experience with the Associated Press. Welcome!
Students Progress in Bridge Building CompetitionThe winners of the Walsh Construction-sponsored bridge contest at St. Ignatius tested their new and improved bridges at the Chicago Regional Bridge Building Contest at Illinois Institute of Technology on February 7. Jennifer Carlos and Dominick Cabals bridge won this year. It held over 1,700 times its own mass. Congratulations, also, to William Gunther who placed 3rd in the contest (his bridge held over 1,500 times its own mass); Megan Socha, who placed 7th (her bridge held 1,100 times its own mass); and Stephanie Janvier and Ariam Abraham, who placed 19th (their bridge held over 500 times its own mass).
Jennifer has been invited to participate in the next level of competition, to be held April 8, 2006 in Oak Ridge, TN. For more information about the regional contest and the upcoming international contest go to http://www.iit.edu/~hsbridge/database/search/cgi/:/public/interna-tional/index.
I*SEED (Ignatians Serving to Experience and Embrace Diversity) is a newly-founded organiza-tion which has slowly been paving the way for students and faculty to address and refl ect upon diversity issues in the school and in the greater society. I*SEED, which was introduced this year and is led by Ms. Kitty Hooper and Ms. Adrienne McArdle, is becoming increasingly popular in the school community.
We are truly grateful for the response weve had from both students and adults so far this year, said McArdle. Some of the things our students have to say to and about one other and the worlds they live in are truly impressive and insightful.
The main activity that I*SEED has been hosting has been the very successful Diversity Dia-logues, held monthly during the lunch periods. The dialogues have been an opportunity for the SICP community to get together and have a con-versation about issues of diversity. All members of the school community have been invited and en-couraged to attend. The dialogues follow an open mike format and are moderated by an I*SEED student advisory board member as well as an adult.
Except in the case of the very fi rst dialogue, weve had crowds anywhere from 30-100 or so, and the conversations generally go the entire pe-riod. This has been a great experience for us to be part of, said McArdle.
Added Hooper, I think I*SEED is coming along pretty well, but really, we are only scratching the surface of the type of work that a group like this is capable of. Since Adrienne and I are full-time in other departments, we cant devote the kind of time and energy that I*SEED could truly benefi t from. Therefore, the senior I*SEED advisory board has been doing a wonderful job helping to get this program off the ground. They are a very talented group of kids who sincerely believe in the program and its goals.
Members of the I*SEED Advisory Board are: Jer-emy Chow, Chelsea Fuller, David Lucas, Ashley Muelhausen, Alex Pagels, Troy Pasulka, Austin Pearson, Byanka Romero, Sonia Tellez and Sara Violante.
Topics covered during the dialogues have been gender diversity, socioeconomic diversity, diversity in sexual orientation, faith diversity and racial/eth-nic diversity. Topics for the remaining Thursday dialogues havent been chosen yet, but the dates are as follows: March 16, April 27 and May 18.
Club Culture- CLASSICS CLUB: The SICP Classics Club completed a very successful year of Certamen competition, a quiz-bowl style format that asks students questions covering their knowledge of Latin, Roman history, culture, mythol-ogy and English derivatives. At the recent fi nal regular season competition at Quigley Seminary, the Upper Division (junior/senior) team, consisting of Mary DelGrande, Matt Chimienti, Vanessa Miceli and Katherine Lackinger, earned 3rd place honors. The Lower Division (sophomore) team, consisting of Matt Welsh, Yujun Liu, Tiffany Pham and Christine Hong earned 2nd place honors. The Novice (freshman) team, consisting of Rory McSweeney, James Bertucci and Daniel Dominguez took 1st place. In addition, the Novice team earned 1st place in the Southern Region for the entire year and will go on to compete in a Sectional competition in April. Congratulations to all Clas-sics Club members who participated in Certamen this year and good luck to the Novice team as they move forward.
- CLUB ERIN: Club Erin had a guest speaker come to school on January 25. Hilary OBrien who is the Vice Consul to the Consulate General of Ireland spoke to students and faculty about Ireland. Many topics were covered by Ms. OBrien such as Irelands school system, politics, history, and a brief overview of what her job entails as well as what types of duties are performed in the Consulate Generals offi ce. (See top photo - below right.) In anticipation of St. Patricks Day, Club Erin invites families and friends of SICP students, alumni, faculty and staff to march with us in the St. Patricks Day Parade in Chicago on March 11. We will post what number we are in the parade on our web page when the St. Patricks Day Parade Committee assign it to us so stay posted.
- CLUB IDEA: Teachers, students, parents and friends are cordially invited to attend the second semester Club IDEA exhibit and show on May 2 after school. Starting time for the theatre show will be 3:45, however, parents are encouraged to come early to view the art exhibit that will be set up in the McLaughlin Room. A lunchtime show will be presented the following day (May 3), and the exhibit will stay on display in the McLaughlin Room through the end of the week. Call moderators Ms. Julie Futterer (x417) or Ms. Terri Connor Brankin (x346) if you have questions. - CLUB ISIS: Go Red for Women, a campaign to encourage women to take care of their hearts, was celebrated by Club ISIS in February. Red dress pins were distributed as well as literature urging women to keep blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and weight in a healthy range; exercise; eat wisely and schedule annual doctors appointments.
- MIDDLE PASSAGE: Thanks to all who took part in this years Anthology! Ms. Anne Baker, moderator of the Gospel Choir, would like to extend a special thanks to all the alumni of the gospel choir who came back to sing or who supported Middle Passage by being in the audience. A great time was had by all.
- SCHOLASTIC BOWL: The Scholastic Bowl team includes seniors Kurt Knapp and Al Schuck; juniors Brendan Hegemann, Lori Knapp, Marysa Leya, Pat Marshall, Conor McCarthy, Luke Pacold and Steve Ryck-bosch; and sophomore Greg Leya. Another senior, Conor Sullivan, recently joined the team. The season record so far is 34 wins and 15 losses. In league play, the team record is 9-3. They recently took 4th place out of 46 teams at the Fremd tournament, and then took 3rd out of 16 teams at the Fenwick tournament. We were seeded second in the sub-regional meeting, and will begin state playoffs while this newsletter is being printed on March 6th.
The team is talented. They have all done well in a variety of competitions this year. The juniors have been compet-ing in Scholastic Bowl as a team for three years-- the fi rst two on the frosh-soph level-- where they were very suc-cessful. Luke Pacold and Steve Ryckbosch were nominated for Team Illinois as part of a national competition, and Luke was then selected for All-Section. He is now running for a place on the All-State scholastic bowl team.
Said moderator, Mr. Frank Bellucci, I have been associated with them from the start, and I am amazed at their tal-ent and dedication. It is not easy to give up as many Saturday afternoons as they have over the past three years, but that is one of the reasons for their success. It has been an honor and privilege to work with these fi ne young men and women. We are certainly looking forward to the state competitions.
Bellucci continued, Also, thanks goes to the parents who have supported their children and the team for the past three years. The willingness of the parents to drive to the competitions, help out when needed, and pick the students up afterwards continues to amaze me, and illustrates where our team members get their values.
- SIMUN: SIMUN won the Best Large Delegation Award at the Boston University/MIT Model UN conference held in Boston February 10-12. St. Ignatius represented Cuba, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Tunisia. This is the most prestigious award given at a Model UN conference. In addition to this award, the following students won individual committee awards... Best Delegate: Ross Kelley, Cate Berger and Greg Young. Outstanding Delegates: John Sim-kus, Dan Ioppolo, Nikesh Patel, Ariana Gaytan, Patricia Tracz, Griffi n Merrill, Tony Cella and Lily Vaccaro. Special Commendation: Scott Chessare and Austin Dike. (See bottom photo - below right.)
- WYSE: Mr. Conrad Stonich and the WYSE team recently competed at Wright College for regionals and brought home over a dozen ribbons. Next stop is sectionals.
The orchestra and concert choirs dazzled crowds with their celebration of the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on February 12.
The concert featured 160 Ignatians performing various pieces from sacred music, dance music, concertos, operas and symphonic pieces. From The
Marriage of Figaro to overtures from The Magic Flute and vocal pieces from Vesperae De Dominica, the choir and orchestra spanned the length of his career from his early childhood to the time shortly before his death in 1791.
In the Wolves DenThe latest sports news from St. Ignatius College Prep,
as submitted by the Athletic Department.For more info, call the Wolfpack Hotline, at (312) 432-8612. Information is updated daily around 2:30 p.m. Also, the school website, www.ignatius.org,
has day-to-day game information and results. Be sure to check it out!
WINTER SPORTS UPDATE AS OF FEBRUARY 27, 2006
BOYS BASKETBALLThe varsity team, coached by Mr. Rich Kehoe and Mr. Bob Kriz, led varsity to the co-championship of the CCL North this season with a 6-1 record. Seniors Brian Burns and Jimmy Lynch received All-CCL nominations and helped the Wolfpack achieve an impressive 22-4 regular season record. Brian Burns was also named to the Daily Southtown All-Area team. Coach Mr. Ken Gryzwa and the sophomores fi nished the year 22-3 and 5-2 in the CCL. The freshman team, coached by Mr. Jim Owens and Mr. Tom Shorrock, turned the corner this year with big victories over Mt. Carmel, Fenwick and Reavis.
GIRLS BASKETBALLThe varsity team, led by coach Mr. Tom McKenna and assistant coach, Ms. Lindsay Montgomery, ended the season with an 18-14 record, their 3rd straight I.H.S.A. regional championship and fi nished third in the GCAC regular season. Seniors Elizabeth Pietrzak and Annie Sobczak as well as junior Katie ODonoghue were selected to the All-Conference team. Pietrzak and Sobczak both reached career milestones this season by crossing the 1,000th point and 500th rebound mark for the Wolfpack. Only four other players in the history of the program have done the 1,000/500 combination. In addition, Pietrzak has decided to attend Princeton next fall after being recruited to play basketball. As an Ivy League School, Princeton does not give athletic scholarships, but they do re-cruit athletes to play. Elizabeth is the seventh player from the girls basketball program to sign with an Ivy League school. As for the younger teams, coaches Mr. Terry Tyrrell and Ms. Erin Luby have guided the sophomores to a 17-6 overall record while coaches Mr. Tim Mitchell and Ms. Lynne Ruozzi led the freshmen to a 16-11 record. Both teams placed 4th in the GCAC post season tournament.
BOYS BOWLINGCongratulations to coach Mr. Hurman Mathis and the varsity bowling team on their fi rst ever IHSA sectional championship. They held off CCL rival De La Salle to win the tournament by 28 pins. Seniors Max Mari, Chris Pennant, Griffi n Nieman and Buddy Lo along with junior Nick Thommen and freshmen Sam Peterlin and John Sorrentino participated in capturing the sectional title.
GIRLS BOWLINGCongratulations to coach Mr. Manny Reyes and the varsity bowling team on their IHSA Sectional championship. The Wolfpack were led by seniors Sarah Peterlin, Kelly Groark, Samantha Ritchie, Yodit Tewelde and Thalia Kirchner along with junior Caitlin Hoge and sophomores Kristina Mossman and Anna Platt. The Wolfpack took 2nd place in the GCAC this season with an impressive 36-12 record and won their fi rst ever Morgan Park Invite championship. Peterlin, Groark and Kirchner were named to the All-GCAC team.
BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVINGCongratulations to the varsity team on capturing their 4th consecutive IHSA Sectional title this season. The Wolf-pack captured championships in every invitational in which they competed this year (Shephard, Andrew, River-side-Brookfi eld) and placed 5th overall in the MCAC fi nals. Coaches Mr. Dave Stephens, Mr. Mike Prescott and Mr. Conan Foley have been impressed with All-Conference selection junior Brian Jucas who was named to the team in 2 events after taking 3rd in the 50 free and 2nd in the 100 free. The Wolfpack frosh/soph team fi nished in 4th place at the MCAC Championships. Chris Tracz and Garrett Mulchrone were conference champions in the 200 IM and 100 fl y and both were runner up in the 100 back and 50 free respectively.
WRESTLINGThe varsity team hosted the I.H.S.A. regional championships in the Gentile Gym on February 4th and qualifi ed 13 wrestlers for the sectional meet. This is the most grapplers to ever qualify for the sectional meet under coach Mr. Tony Evensen. Senior Andrew Velazquez (152), junior Vinnie Lewis (189), junior Matt Brady (112) and sophomore Miguel Roa (140) took home 1st place medals in their respective weight classes. Andrew Velazquez then qualifi ed for the state tournament at 152 after placing 2nd in the sectional fi nals.
CHEERLEADINGCoaches Ms. Gina Laio and Ms. Megan Bartell led the varsity squad to a fi rst place fi nish in the Midwest Cheer-leading and Dance Tournament at the University of Illinois. The win sends the girls downstate as they beat out 23 other teams. The girls also placed 1st in the Stunt Group Competition. Alex Rubalcava, Krissy Dulaney, Melissa Pieczynski, Katarzyna Kordas and Amy Restko will represent the Wolfpack downstate in the stunt division.
DANCEThe St. Ignatius Dance team qualifi ed for the UDA State Tournament. Led by captains Kevin Payne and Dontina Corpus the Wolfpack dancers placed 8th out of a fi eld of 18 teams in the Varsity Hip Hop Division of the UDA Regionals held at Glenbard South. Coaches Ms. Rose Gonzales and Ms. Alison Siebold have been preparing for this meet by thrilling the crowds at halftime basketball games all season.
HOCKEYCoaches Mr. Howard Birnberg and Mr. Mark Weber have led the varsity to 5-8-2 record this season in the CCL. The Wolfpack lost a titanic battle, 2-1, to Loyola in triple overtime in the fi rst round of the Blackhawk Cup. Junior center James Lynch scored the lone Wolfpack goal assisted by freshman Enrique Ayala. Junior goalie Joe Cottone had 54 saves, playing a spectacular game in net. Sophomore Moira Scanlon, senior Dan Lesiecki, junior Andy Kern and junior Dan Lonergan were named to the Illinois Suburban Hockey League All-Star team.
Miscellaneous Sports NewsIn the last issue of Inside Ignatius, junior Caroline Pateks fi rst name was spelled incorrectly in the girls tennis report. The blurb noted that Patek was named All-Conference in doubles... congratulations again!
St. Ignatius Soccer Ace Receives National HonorThe National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) re-cently announced their 2005 NSCAA/Adidas Boys High School Scholar All-Ameri-can Team. Senior defender Matt Devitt of LaGrange is this years lone representa-tive from Illinois.
To be selected to the team, players must be seniors who have a minimum 3.75 cumulative grade point average and have exhibited excellence in high school soccer. The committee evaluates the players academic and athletic information as well as involvement with their commu-nities. The 34 honorees will be invited to the NSCAA All-America Luncheon, which was held on Saturday, January 21, as part of the 2006 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This is among a long list of awards Devitt has received this season. He also was named the 2005 Chicago Cath-olic League Player of the Year in boys soccer, and to the 2005 Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team, as well as the 2005 Chicago Fire Boys High School Soccer All-State All-Academic Team Spe-cial Mention (along with teammates Charlie Jain, Spe-cial Mention; and Sean Daley, Special Mention) and the 2005 National Collegiate Scouting Association/Athletes Against Drugs Achievement Award recipient (along with schoolmate Kelsey Lynch of the girls soccer team).
Devitt racked up fi ve goals and four assists from his position last season. This past fall he made an oral com-mitment to play for the Big Red of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in the Ivy League.
Jesuit Cup: Loss But Not DefeatA huge collaborative effort made the Jesuit Cup vs. Loyola Academy (in January) a great event in every way. Mr. Terry Tyrrell and the Student Council planned a fun pep assembly during the school day that drummed up a lot of enthusiasm and spirit before the game. In addition, Freshman Spirit Day activities took place after school which involved a good number of students. Fifty of them went to the game at Loyola on the bus provided. Attendance at the game at Loyola was nearly 4,000! Thanks to Mr. Jim Prunty, Ms. Pat McGovern and Mr. Erik Eastman for arranging the game; to all who participated in the exciting half-time activities (special congrats to Mr. Dave Madden who won the half-time shoot out); Ms. Carole Manning, who organized the post-game party; but most especially, coaches Mr. Rich Kehoe, Mr. Bob Kriz and Mr. Ken Gryzwa and the boys basketball team. Next year, the evening will include a double-header with the girls varsity playing fi rst and boys varsity second.
BELOW: St. Ignatius students ran the Lincolnwood Turkey Trot in November. Kelly Slentz 07 (received
3rd place in womens 15-19), Mary McKenna 08, Danielle LoVallo 07, Caitlin Lanigan 07, Katie
Pollard 07, Michael Wisniewski 07 and Lithuanian exchange student, Augustas Baliulis.
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Message from the Parents Organization
Kathy Bliss, President... (312) 952-7295
Marci Spingola, Vice President... (312) 939-5501
Kathy Graham, Recording Secretary... (630) 887-9255
Annelies Panagoulias, Corresponding Secretary... (773) 327-3443
Wasnt it nice having our sons and daughters home for a well-deserved holiday?! I hope you were all able to enjoy the brief respite before diving into the second semes-ter of the school year.
On February 26, juniors and their families enjoyed a beautiful mass celebration, planned by the students and the Pastoral Ministry department, with the Parents Organization hosting a fabulous reception in the Dining Hall afterwards. Thank you to freshman reps: Merlyn Fruin, Ann McAloon, Carol Wootton, Mary Darnell, Susan Cronin, Sandra Piedra and all their volunteers. We are grateful for all of your plan-ning and hard work. The room looked beautiful and everyone enjoyed the wonderful spread as well as your gracious hospitality.
The Parents Organization, in partnership with Jeanne Wall, Alice Luzzi and the St. Ignatius Development Department, has been busy for the last several months plan-ning for the annual auction: Puttin On The Ritz. It will be taking place during the printing of this newsletter. This year promises to be a spectacular event, as we have introduced many new changes including pre-registration and streamlined check-out. True to the name Puttin On The Ritz, the halls of St. Ignatius will be decorated in their fi nest-- to receive a happy crowd of Ignatius parents and friends for an enjoy-able evening. Hope that you are all able to attend, and be sure to check the website for details.
Mark your calendars now for the upcoming Parents Organization Meetings on Tues-day, March 14, and Tuesday, April 11. Details are forthcoming, as these meetings are in the fi nal planning stages now. However, I can tell you that we are hoping for a sizeable attendance as we focus on issues that are timely, relevant and, I believe, of signifi cant interest to all parents. In partnership with Fr. Paulson and Dr. Karl, we anticipate these meetings to deviate somewhat from our typical format, as we hope to encourage round-table discussion, and solicit parents opinions on some very important issues. I personally would like to invite and encourage you to attend!
As always, please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns: [email protected] or (312) 952-7295.
Kathy BlissPresident, St. Ignatius College Prep Parents Organization
American Mathematics Competition133 students recently competed in the American Mathe-matics Competition. SENIORS: Mike Amofa, Jeremy Arceneaux, Trenton Arthur, Zach Barnett, Christo-pher Bertucci, Chris Burgner, Briana Carroll, Rob-ert Casey, Tim Casey, Alex Chow, Casey Christopher, Joseph Coronna (pictured below), Austin Dike, Folake Dosu, James Duncan, Ali Durkin, Andrea Dzwinyk, Dan Felden, Daniel Goldrick, James Jay Goldrick, Anna Goldstein, Dennis Griffi n, Algis Grybauskas, William Gunther, Abdel Halloway, Dan Hamilton, Alyssa Hartsell, Meghan Hartsell, Julia Hauber, Aaron Hecht, Brendan Hegeman, Gillian Hemme, Natalia Hryniw, Merritt Hummer, Megan Hybinette, Daniel Ioppola, Marko Iwanik, Vytas Kapacinskas, Mike Kaplun, William Kelleher, Alison Kern, Dolo-res Knapp, Moira Knight, Alexandra Koys, Annie Labus, Katherine Lackinger, Marysa Leya, Norma Loza, Matthew Luchette, Kelsey Lynch, Samanthe Lyons, Katherine McConnell, Kevin McHugh, Mat-thew Middleton, Claire Mulaney, Margaret Murphy, Duong Nguyen, Matthew Noonan, William OHara, Luke Pacold, Troy Pasulka, Austin Pearson, Chris-topher Pennant, Katie Pollard, Jason Prestinario, Elle Ramel, Claire Ray, Doug Rieck, Michael Rowley, Alejandra Rubalcava, Lilija Rudis, Steven Ryck-bosch, Ford Schumacher, James Schwarber, Michael Stanton, Matas Tamosiunas, Patricia Tracz, Michael Troy, Alberto Valencia, Yi Wei, Thomas Welch, Kevin Wessel, Molly Williams, Ann Wirry and Gian Thomas Wrobel.
FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORES: Phillip Acevedo, Andrea Auclair, Mairead Baker, Jimmy Bloniarz, Michael Chimenti, Matthew Cook, Ann Corrin, William Dombai, Nora Downs, William Essig, Kaitlyn Fruin, Dan Glowicki, Abigail Gravenhorst, Liam Hession, Meg Hlousek, Christine Hong, Joanna Izewski, Michael Javorski, Maebetty Kirby, Hannah Knight, David Kostelansky, Greg Leya, Madeline Lyons, Kelli McCormick, Joseph McGing, Joseph Mezyk, Colleen Middleton, Madeline Molo, Mike Munizzi, Patrick Nicholson, Rahul Noronha, Laika Nur, Tiffany Pham, Clay Ramel, Giuliana Rotunno, Carol Rowley, Kathryn Ryan, Moira Scanlon, Sarah Scodel, Zach Segel, Dylan Shannon, William Starshak, John Sweaney, Aileen Tie, Erica Tsang, Nora Turek, Alex Vega-Byrnes, and Isamar Villasenor.
Were not FOOLin...You cant miss the spring play!!!
Says the plays director, Fr. Ross Pribyl, S.J., High school is supposed to be a time for young people to become smarter, but for ten Harlequins, part of the second semester will be spent learning to be stupid!
The Harlequins spring play, Neil Simons 1981 Broadway comedy FOOLS, takes place in the remote Ukrainian village of Kulyenshikov. The village has been plagued for 200 years by a curse that causes every villager to suffer absolute and unremitting stupidity. Were talking DUM here! In their desperation, the villagers hire a young school-teacher to break the curse, and he has just 24 hours to accomplish his task or he will join their idiotic ranks.
Take Checkhov, mix in Romeo and Juliet, top it off with a lot of Mel Brooks, and youve got FOOLS. Cast includes: Jack Garbutt 08, Grace Jacobson 06, Maebetty Kirby 08, Christina Lepri 06, Will McChesney 07, Claire Mulaney 06, Patrick Radke 08, Zach Szofer 08, Matt Wickey 09 and Kevin Williams 09
Production dates and times at right... order your tickets today!
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School Offi cers:Rev. Brian G. Paulson, S.J.,
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A message from the Administration of St. Ignatius College PrepIn de Lubacs own words: The Church is at once human and divine, at once a gift from above and a product of this earth. She is composed of human beings each of whom resists with all the weight of a laggard and wounded nature the life the Church strives to infuse.She is humble and she is majestic. She professes a capacity to absorb every culture, to raise up their highest values; at the same time we see her claim for her own the homes and hearts of the poor, the undistinguished, the simple and destitute masses. Not for an instant does she cease -- and her immortality assures continuity-- to contemplate him who is at once crucifi ed and resurrected, the man of sorrows and lord of glory, vanquished by, but Savior of, the world. He is her bloodied spouse and her triumphant master. From his generous heart, ever open and yet always infi nitely secret, she has received her existence and the life it is her wish to communicate to all. How to perceive and grasp her real nature, this is still my question. The harder I try to see, the more I am forced to abandon my false analogies; I am dazzled by her profound truth -- and I give up in despair any attempt to defi ne herAnd yet I do have something to show for my pains, something obvious, literally childlike; something I knew before I began and which every refl ection confi rmed. I can tell it in one word, the fi rst of all words...the Church is my motherYes, the Church, the whole Church, that of generations past who transmitted her life, her teachings, her witness, her culture, her love to me; and the Church of today. The whole Church, I say, not only the institutional Church, or the Church teaching, or, as we still say, the hierarchical Church that holds the keys confi ded to her by the Lord. No, more broadly and simply, I mean the living Church, working, praying, active and contemplative, remembering and searching, believing, hoping, loving; the daily forger of innumerable links, visible and invisible, between her members; the Church of the humble, close to God; this secret army, recruiting from every quarter, braving the periods of decadence, loyal and self-sacrifi cing, without thought of revolt or even reform, always taking the road that ascends despite a fallen nature that beckons elsewhere, testifying in silence to the continuing fecundity of the gospel and to the already present kingdom
It was here that I fi rst met the Church, at the knees of my earthly mother, and ever since it is here I still best recognize her through the mist of mere events and situations that in the long run defy analysis. The Church is my mother because she brought me forth to a new life. She is my mother because her concern for me never slackens, any more than do her efforts to deepen that life in me, however unenthusiastic my co-operation. And though in me this life may be a fragile and timid growth, I have seen its full fl owering in others. I have seen it. I have touched it. I can, and will, vouch categorically for it. I am not deaf to the reproaches directed against my mother (truth to tell there are times when I am deafened by them), nor do I fail to see the justice of some of them. But I assert that before the evidence I have just presented all of them -- and any others you care to add -- are without force and will always remain so. Just as the Church is entirely concentrated in the Eucharist, it may also be said to be entirely concentrated in a saint.
For here is the wonder of it: if my eyes had not always been aware of it, I would not have known what to look at.Happy those who from childhood have learnt to look on the Church as a mother! Happier still those whose experience, in whatever walk of life, has confi rmed its truth! Happy those who one day were gripped by (and whose appreciation of it ever grew) the astonishing newness, richness and depth of the life communicated to them by this mother!
The full text of this 1969 essay may be found at: http://www.crossroadsinitiative.com/library_article/706/The_Church_Paradox_and_Mystery_Henri_de_Lubac.html
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Dear Parents and Guardians,
In the letter which Dr. Karl and I sent to you with the last progress report, we invited you to partake in a conversation at the regularly scheduled Parents Organization meeting on April 11 regarding the partnership we share with you in the religious formation of your sons and daughters. In anticipation of that evening, I want to share with you an excerpt from a beautiful meditation entitled The Church: From Paradox to Mystery, by the late French Jesuit Car-dinal Henri de Lubac, S.J.a theologian whose writings helped contribute to the preparation for Vatican II.
A few preliminary notes: I updated the translation of men in the text to refl ect contemporary American English. More importantly, I fully realize that some would resist the pri-mary metaphor which de Lubac uses in this essay because of implications for gender roles in ministry which are linked to this metaphor in the logic of some of our tradition. Pre-scinding from these important discussions, I believe that de Lubac describes an existential Christian experience which I would hope and pray that our students who call themselves Catholic would be able to identify with through their experi-ences of the church. I hope and pray that the time your sons and daughters spend at St. Ignatius College Prep would help them to experience a glimmer of what de Lubac describes below. Of course, our students would likely use differ-ent words. But that does not mean that at its best, their experience of the church at St. Ignatius does not, or could not, approximate what de Lubac describes. I truly think it canand it should--and that is the gift we want to share with themand with you.
Please know of my continued good wishes and prayers for all of us as we continue our Lenten journey to new life in Christ.
(Rev.) Brian G. Paulson, S.J., President