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Marian Catholic Journalism class learns about updating the school's web site.

Feb. 1 Bimm to receive 'Distinguished Service Award' from Archdiocese of Chicago
Feb. 1 Verde, Kelly elected to ESCC Hall of Fame
Nov. 30 ABC7: Marian alum Kevin Edwards killed in weekend crash
Nov. 12

Chicago Tribune- "Roughing It: Marian Catholic Band"    (Tribune VIDEO)

Nov. 8

Chicago Tribune- "Marian High Band tries to play its way back to top"

Sept. 20 Chicago Tribune- "All work, know pay"
May 2 Sr. Agnes Ann celebrates Golden Jubilee
April 27 50th Gala: Pillars honored, Leadership Center to bear name of Sr. M. Paul McCaughey, O.P. '67
April 25 50th Anniversary Gala Photos: Gallery 1 / Gallery 2
Feb. 17 Vice-Principal Morris to receive Excellence in Education Award
Feb. 12 Marian seeks to fill Alumni Programs Coordinator position
Feb. 5 Marian's Marable to enter ESCC Hall of Fame
Nov. 18 Marian Band to march in 2010 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena
Nov. 6 Marian mourns passing of former Principal Sr. Antonette (2003 Marian Matters story)
Oct. 20 Three Marian seniors selected to US Army All-American Band, Jan. 3 Bowl Game
Sept. 15 Marian Catholic Virtual Book Fair
Sept. 6 Marian Catholic celebrates 50 years
Sept. 6 Sr. M. Paul grass roots Endowment exceeds $100,000
Sept. 6 Courage to Lead campaign celebrates $6 million success with Donor Wall blessing
May 5 Sr. Judine Hilbing appointed next President at Marian Catholic
Feb. 15 President Sr. M. Paul to move to Superintendent of Catholic Schools for Chicago Archdiocese
Feb. 4 Marian students take action vs. cancer through St. Baldrick's, Color Guard
Feb. 4 Marian parents share opinions on drug testing
Feb. 2 Hall of Fame inducts new members on Feb. 21 at Olympia Fields CC
Nov. 17 Marian Band wins Class AA (5th overall), 3 captions at BOA Grand Nationals
Aug. 3 9th Period Emmaus raises more than $3,200 for Marian-related charities
March 31 Fifth Marian Madness another success
March 21 Rodey a Golden Apple Teacher with Distinction honoree
Feb Marian honors Hall of Famers for 2007
Dec. 7 Marian Alumni Hall of Fame honors 5 on Feb. 28
Nov. 22 Marian Band to march in 2007 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade
March 24-25 Marian hosts Rodney Harrison jersey retirement, Legends (PHOTOS: Friday, Saturday)
Feb Dave Mattio part of inaugural ESCC Hall of Fame class
Oct. Marian generosity extends to victims of Gulf States hurricanes
March 22 Marian´s Bimm inducted into BOA Hall of Fame
Sept. 20 Marian named Top 50 school in the nation
July Marian welcomes new VP/Principal Sr. Kathleen Anne Tait, O.P.
May 11 Marian educators Zerante, Sweeney earn honors
Oct. 1 1962 chalice part of Marian 45th anniversary Mass
Aug. 25 Sisters with Marian ties celebrate profession of Dominican vows
Sept. 3 Patrick Murphy flagpole dedicated Sept. 20
Mar. 29 Marian announces third-quarter honor roll
Feb. 23 Author Sam Beck (Class of 2010) on WGN9 Midday News
Feb. 17 Junior Laura Jansen wins Intercommunity Peace & Justice video contest
Dec. 18 Marian Forensics captures first place in Thornridge Tree Tournament
Dec. 7 Marian honors November Students of the Month
Oct. 22 Marian awards 60 Academic Letters
Sept. 14 AP Scholars number record 135 at Marian
May 18 Marian welcomes Class of 2009 to Alumni Association
April 23 Marian honors 87 students for academic perfection
Feb. 2 Marian Forensics captures 3rd place at Shepard Space Race
Dec. 19 66 Marian seniors meet Illinois State Scholar criteria
Nov. 5 Seventeen Marian Band members earn IMEA All-District recognition
Nov. 5 Marian Band wins 29th straight state title, earns second at St. Louis BOA Regional
May 5 Marian Band named 'Honor Band' at University of Illinois contest
April 23 Marian honors 81 students for Academic perfection
March 15 Marian captures third in IHSA State for Group Interpretation
Nov. 14 Eight Marian athletes make NLI college commitments
Aug 24 Daley attends Illinois Aerospace Institute
May 7 Marian honors 83 National Honor Society Members
April 24 Marian awards 80 letters for academic perfection
Feb. 10 Marian Forensics qualifies six entries for IHSA state meet
Nov. 22 Marian sends 19 to All-District Music Ensembles
Oct. 11 Two named National Merit Semifinalists
Sept. 25 Marian Band excels at Stagg, St. Rita competitions
Jan. 27 Student-Faculty basketball photos
June 3 Marian Forensics excels at Nationals in Milwaukee
Feb. 28 Forensics, Wilson excel in Tournament of Champions at ISU
Feb. 21 Marian Band earns first at State of the Art
Feb. 20 Marian Performance in the Round 2nd at IHSA State Tournament
June 24 Marian students provide service in Appalachia
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Junior Laura Jansen wins Intercommunity Peace & Justice video contest

The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center of Seattle, WA sponsored the Just Video Contest for high school juniors and seniors. Entrants were required to produce a 4-6 minute video on one of three topics; Immigration, Human Trafficking, or Water as a Human Right. The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center promotes just structures in our Church and world. They are sponsored by 16 religious communities and collaborate with Catholic, ecumenical, interfaith and other groups in carrying out their mission.

Laura Jansen, a Marian Catholic junior from Homewood, learned of the contest just a week and a half before the Feb. 1 deadline.

“I put together a storyboard using the topic ‘Water as a Human Right,’” Jansen explained. She then recruited four of her classmates, Brittany Marinas (Flossmoor), Kalila Harris (Hazel Crest), Mandi Clapperton (Park Forest) and Miloni Hernandez (Steger) as actors in the video titled “Water Realities.”

“When I wash my hands, I don’t think of kids in other countries who don’t have clean water at all,” says Marinas in the video. “Or mothers who don’t have clean water to wash their family’s clothes.”

The video illuminates how citizens of developed nations can sometimes take clean water for granted, while at the same time, people in under-developed nations suffer from diseases attributed to unclean water.

“I edited the video at home and made the accompanying music on one of the iMacs at school,” said Jansen, who earned first place honors.

“This was the first time we have encouraged a student to enter a video contest since we began the video class at Marian in 2007,” said Video Editing teacher, Sean Scanlon. “When Mrs. Carlasare (another Marian Video Editing teacher) and I came across the entry form, we immediately thought of Laura, who had been in our first semester class. Laura's editing skills and her creativity helped her to produce some of the best student videos since the class has been offered.”

Winning videos can be viewed from the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center’s website,

Jansen’s next project will be assisting the South Holland Fire Department as they create a tribute to a child they had supported through St. Baldrick’s.

Bimm to receive 'Distinguished Service Award' from Archdiocese of Chicago

Greg BimmThe Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools has named Greg Bimm a “Distinguished Service Award” winner for 2010. Nominated by school administrators, 25 recipients were chosen from a potential pool of more than 5,300 educators in the 255 Catholic schools in Cook and Lake Counties. The awards recognize exceptional dedication, leadership and service of 10 or more years in Catholic education.

Bimm, the Marian Catholic director of bands since 1977, spearheaded the program’s growth from 70 to over 250 members and has been one of many cornerstone individuals shaping Marian students as ethical, Christian leaders. Through his example, Bimm fostered the kind of community and shared responsibility with students that has become a hallmark of Marian Catholic High School.

Bimm does not emphasize winning. “It’s a focus on recognizing each person’s accomplishments, not ‘beating’ another school,” he said. “It’s about improving with each performance and knowing you’ve done your best.”

National recognition and success has come to the band program, having won over 700 awards and honors. The Marian Catholic band is the only band in the country to have won seven national titles and have 27 consecutive years of being among the top twelve bands. They have won their class in the state championship 29 consecutive years.

The Marian Catholic Marching Spartans have participated in a Presidential Inaugural parade, the 2007 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and most recently as the only Illinois band to appear in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.

“I’m thrilled that Greg Bimm was selected as one of the first recipients of this Archdiocesan award,” said Marian Catholic Principal, Sr. Kathleen Anne Tait, O.P.

“His dedicated service to Marian Catholic has touched thousands of students and greatly influenced the spirit and character of our school community. Few educators achieve national recognition in their area of service. Greg is generous to his colleagues in the field and respected by all. His love of music and passion for bringing forth student talent is unparalleled.”

Specifically, the recipients of the “Distinguished Service Award” have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments; inspired students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn; have the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues; and possess the energy to sustain effectiveness in performing their roles.

Bimm is humbled by the recognition.

“To be chosen from among all the outstanding educators who work so diligently and selflessly for the schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, is truly humbling. There are so many who have dedicated their lives and careers to Catholic education, this is an honor,” he said.

Greg Bimm and other “Distinguished Service Award” winners will be recognized at a dinner on Sunday, February 21 at the Chicago Marriott on Michigan Avenue.

Verde, Kelly elected to ESCC Hall of Fame

Marian Catholic High School alums Jerry Verde ’95 and Kevin Kelly ’80 have been elected to the East Suburban Catholic Conference Hall of Fame. The duo will be inducted on Thursday, March 11 at the annual ESCC Hall of Fame banquet at Crystal Sky Banquet Hall in McCook, Ill. They join former Marian Catholic inductees Dave Mattio ‘66, Mickey Griffin ‘93, Kathryn Gleason ’92 and Terence Marable ’94.

Joining Marable and coach Mattio, Verde is the third member of Marian Catholic’s Class 4A IHSA State Champion football squad to enter the ESCC Hall of Fame. As a standout linebacker, Verde left Marian as the school’s all-time leader in total tackles (third overall now) with 323, many coming during the Spartans’ 14-0 campaign in 1993 when he helped key a 13-6 championship game victory over Geneseo Darnall. He continued onto a successful football career at the University of St. Francis.

Verde served on football coaching staffs at Marian Catholic and Homewood-Flossmoor before taking on the head coach role at Crete-Monee High School. He has led the Warriors to a 24-9 career record in three seasons, guiding teams to three straight playoff appearances and the Class 6A quarterfinals in 2009.

Kelly helped create and has served as the lone webmaster for the ESCC website. After covering the ESCC as sports editor of Star Newspapers from 1984-99, he moved to Marian Catholic and eventually into a current role of Associate Athletic Director in 2002. He also serves as the school’s Public Relations Coordinator.

Kelly’s coaching roles at Marian have included men’s and women’s basketball and softball. He helped lead the Spartans to a 107-41 mark in four seasons of softball, including three IHSA Regional and three ESCC crowns. His five years as an assistant in women’s basketball saw Marian post a 138-27 record, including a Class AA 2nd and 4th Place in state, as well as two other Elite Eight appearances. In men’s basketball, he helped staff a squad that advanced to the school’s first ever Sweet 16 in 2009.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Banquet are priced at $50 and available by calling the Marian Athletic Department at 708-755-8286. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. with dinner slated for 7 p.m. with a program to follow.

Marian Catholic mourns the loss of Michael DeBonfioli '10, takes steps with students

The Marian Catholic High School Community is deeply saddened by the unexpected death of one of our senior students, Michael DeBonfioli. Our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to Michael’s family and to all those who love him.

In order to help his friends and classmates deal with this tragic loss, the administrators, teachers, counselors, and staff members of Marian Catholic are continuing their efforts to respond to the emotional needs of our students through the following steps of our crisis management plan:

  • The faculty and staff gathered in chapel for prayer and guidance.
  • Resources were shared with the faculty and staff.
  • Counselors attended all of Michael’s classes.
  • The senior class met during second period for a time of prayer and discussion.
  • Counselors were available to students throughout the day.
  • The students were given the opportunity to gather together for support as needed throughout the day.
  • Sister Kathleen Anne, Mr. Jack Heneghan, and Sister Judine made a pastoral visit to the home of Michael’s family to express the support and love of the Marian Community.
  • The students initiated ways to express their grief, including an after-school run on the fitness trail in honor of Michael’s participation on the cross-country team.

Knowing that each person responds to grief individually, we will continue to work together as parents and educators to assist our students through this difficult time. The 7:05 morning Mass on Tuesday, January 12, was offered in the student chapel for Michael and his family. We welcome all who wish to attend.

Funeral arrangements will be shared with the Marian Community when they become available. May our good and compassionate God grant eternal rest to Michael and may God’s love be a source of strength and consolation for all those who grieve Michael’s tragic death.

50th Gala: Pillars honored, Leadership Center to bear name of Sr. M. Paul McCaughey '67

Marian Catholic High School brought to a close the year-long celebration of 50 years of Teaching Scholars with a Soul on Saturday night with a gala at the School of the Art Institute Ballroom in Chicago. Along with recognizing five decades as one of Chicagoland’s finest private educational institutions, Marian established its Dominican Legacy Pillar Awards.

Six initial honorees included former President and Principal Sr. M. Paul McCaughey ’67, currently the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In tribute to one of Marian’s finest graduates and school leader from 1992 through 2008, Marian announced its recently opened Leadership Center will now bear Sr. M. Paul’s name. The graduate of the University of Notre Dame returned to Marian as its fifth principal in 1992 and served as President from 1994 through 2008. A “pillar” of the south suburban community for many years, McCaughey was the catalyst in building the Leadership Center that opened in 2007. The primary component of the Courage to Lead Capital Campaign, the Center serves as a student union, cafeteria and home of Marian’s copyrighted Leadership Program for students.

The Dominican Legacy Pillar Awards recognize men and women who have truly served as pillars, supporting and sustaining the very structure of the Mission of Marian Catholic High School. Designed to transform society into the spirit of the Gospel, the Four Pillars of St. Dominic are Study, Prayer, Community and Preaching. Just as with a Marian education, the Dominican Pillar Awards recognize individuals who have impacted the school in the spirit of St. Dominic’s Pillars. Other honorees included: Melissa Sage Fadim and the Sage Foundation; The Ferrari Family: John ’63, Barbara ’65, Arlene ’68 and Arthur ’75; Bill and Sharon Kiehl; Jim and JoAnne Morrison; and Ed and Betty Savant.

Melissa Sage Fadim has been a benefactor for the Fine and Performing Arts at Marian, while also serving as a Founding Council Leadership Training Program member and as leadership for the Courage to Lead Capital Campaign. A lover of arts and sciences, Fadim’s vision contributed to the Science Lab Initiative and Dominican Greenhouse, an audience and mentoring from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Marian students, and most recently, a goal of creating a Broadcasting Center at Marian.

The Ferrari Family, through the leadership of John ’63, who has served during virtually all of Marian’s major milestones, the Ferraris are Endowed Scholarship Benefactors, former Advisory Board members and have taken on leadership roles in multiple Capital Campaigns. The family of Art and Lucille Ferrari serves as principal owners of Abart Properties Corporation in Scottsdale, Ariz. and recently honored Lucille as sponsors of the new The Lucille Ferrari Spartan Shop and bookstore in the Leadership Center.

Bill and Sharon Kiehl, former and current Advisory Board members, have provided leadership during multiple Capital Campaigns. Through their businesses, Liberty Creative Solutions and Financial Data Solutions, both in Tinley Park, the Kiehl’s have been generous to Marian in a variety of capacities. Bill continues to mentor Marian students, especially the artists, giving them opportunities to experience the mechanics and creativity of printing design and his artistic eye helps guide budding artists.

Jim and JoAnne Morrison also have involvement with Marian’s Endowed Scholarship program as benefactors. The former Advisory Board member had ownership in the Founding Council Leadership Training Program as well. One of the pioneers of endowment, the Morrison Family Endowed Scholarship has provided the Marian Catholic experience for 21 scholars since its establishment in 1996.

Ed and Elizabeth Savant are also Endowed Scholarship benefactors and have served as former Advisory Board members. For the “influence and empowerment of Catholic high school education,” Ed actually displayed vision by establishing the first endowment to award Marian Catholic tuition scholarships (and thus the birth of the program) committed to keep Marian moving in a “fiscally sound direction.” Since 1995, a total of 13 Marian students have benefitted from fully endowed tuition assistance through The Erman C. Savant & Lawrence J. Cassidy Families Memorial Scholarships.

With the exception of Sr. Paul— who has had three siblings attend Marian— all of the Dominican Legacy Pillars are alumni parents of Marian graduates.

The gala evening began with Mass at the DePaul University Chapel, celebrated by the Rev. Bill Vollmer ’83. Entertainment for the evening was provided in part by Marian Catholic’s award-winning band, recent International Champion Color Guard and pianist Mario Carlasare ’00.

Vice-Principal Morris receives Excellence in Education Award

Marian Catholic High School Vice-Principal Academics, Dr. Shirley Morris, was honored with the Illinois Excellence in Education Award on March 29-31 at the AdvancED Conference in Chicago. The Excellence Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated unparalleled leadership in promoting and advancing excellence in education.

“Dr. Morris has spearheaded our North Central evaluation team and she’s very dedicated to improvement and development of the educators who benefit our students and families,” praised Marian Catholic Principal Sr. Kathleen Anne Tait, O.P. “She has worked with North Central both through Marian and other schools, so she’s very deserving of this honor.” Award criteria includes:*- Generating a common vision and mission for higher expectations among students, faculty and the education community. *- Demonstrating a record of significant and distinguished contribution to the education profession.*- Providing a lasting positive impact on student learning.*- Serving as a role model and mentor for students and/or future generations of educators.*- Demonstrating significant professional contribution to NCA CASI, SACS CASI, or CITA. AdvancEd is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation.

Dr. Morris, a Flossmoor resident in her seventh year at Marian, was recognized on March 29 at the State Team Reception at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, as well as the March 30 AdvancEd Recognition Dinner and Gala at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

Marian's Marable to enter ESCC Hall of Fame

Terence Marable, a 1994 graduate and standout on Marian Catholic High School’s 1993 Class 4A state championship football team, will be one of 11 inducted into the East Suburban Catholic Conference Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 12 at Crystal Sky Banquet Hall in McCook, Ill.

Marable, who also starred in track and field at Marian and continued his football career at the University of Illinois, helped lead the Spartans to a 14-0 campaign in 1993 and a 13-6 state championship game victory over Geneseo Darnall. In his senior campaign, Marable rushed for 2,291 yards and 36 total touchdowns. He owns several Marian Catholic career marks for his three-year varsity tenure, including total rushing yards (3,724), average all-purpose yards per game (173.2), total touchdowns (55) and average rushing yards per game (133.0). The ESCC Hall of Fame includes NBA Executive and former national and world champion Isiah Thomas, legendary Joliet Catholic football coach Gordie Gillespie, NFL standouts Jeff Zgonina, Mike Goolsby and Mike Alstott, and current St. Joseph basketball coach and movie Hoop Dreams star Gene Pingatore.The list also includes several athletes who have excelled on the college or professional level, as well as some of the ESCC’s prominent coaches and administrators through a history that began in 1974. A committee will select new men and women each year for the Hall of Fame of the ESCC, one of the state’s strongest leagues in many sports. Tickets for the fourth Hall of Fame Dinner are priced at $50 and are available through Marian Catholic High School. More information is available by calling Chairman Mike Hennessy at Notre Dame High School at 847-779-8652.

Following is a list of the fourth ESCC Hall of Fame induction members: Sue Vodrazka, Benet tennis coach; Kevin Kristan, Carmel baseball player; Don Heldmann, Fenwick administrator; the late Bob Koleno, Holy Cross coach and AD; Mike Goolsby, Joliet Catholic football player; Marable; Pat Quinn, Marist cross country and track coach; Jack Cole, Notre Dame football and track coach; Deryl Cunningham, St. Joseph basketball player; Dr. Joseph Schmidt, St. Patrick coach and administrator; Lynn Gaziano, St. Viator AD.

Marian Band to march in 2010 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena

The Marian Catholic High School Band has been selected to march in the world-famous Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1, 2010. The Spartan Band, one of approximately 20 bands chosen to participate in the 121st Rose Parade, was selected from hundreds of high school bands throughout the United States and abroad.

The lone band in the nation to win seven Bands of America Grand National Championships, Marian will showcase its 2009-10 members on New Year’s Day in a five-mile march down Pasadena’s famed Colorado Boulevard. The Rose Parade is annually viewed by more than a million live spectators, along with a television audience of more than 350 million internationally.

Marian recently captured fourth place overall in the BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, while earning first place in Class AA and winning class captions for Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect. Fall accomplishments also included a 29th consecutive Illinois State championship in class.

Marian Band captures 29th straight Illinois State title in class

When one thinks of a dynasty, UCLA Basketball or the Chicago Bulls comes to mind. However, few arenas have ever housed a 29-time class champion. On Saturday, Oct. 4, Redbird Arena in Bloomington-Normal Illinois did just that. The Marian Band has been in several classes over the last number of years, 4A and 3A to name a few. Yet, this group continues to prove itself regardless of size or classification.

For nearly, three decades, the Marian Band has been named a class champion at the Illinois State University Marching Competition held each year. This competition is considered by many to be the state championship among high school marching bands. With perennial powerhouse schools included, Marian always finds itself among some of the biggest and best competition in the state.After winning this preliminary, class championship, all top-scoring bands from each class are invited to perform in a finals competition later that evening and perform side by side without regard for classification. With only two-thirds of its competitive show complete, 3A champion Marian found itself near the winners circle again with a second-place finish to Lincoln-Way East, last year’s state champion and 5A Class Champion. Marian and Morton High Schools were the only schools outside 5A or 6A classification to perform in finals. Morton placed eighth in overall competition.

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The Marian Band took part in the Bands of America Regional in St. Louis, Mo. Fifty-four bands from several different states across the Midwest traveled to the Edward Jones Dome for three days of competition. Marian continued its winning ways by winning the AA Championship and taking home Outstanding Music and Outstanding General Effect in preliminary competition.In the same fashion as Illinois State University, the highest scoring bands are then invited to perform in the evening against each other, regardless of class. Fourteen bands took place in this finals competition. Marian Catholic, again with an incomplete presentation, found itself in second place to Broken Arrow High School from Oklahoma. Broken Arrow was the 2006 Bands of America National Champion.

Other Illinois Bands in competition included Prospect High School (fourht in finals), Morton (ninth), O’Fallon, St. Charles West and Lincoln-Way North among others. The band will travel to Indianapolis on Nov. 8 for Bands of America Indianapolis Regional and again on Nov. 15 for Grand Nationals. Marian is also trying for its 25th appearance in Grand National Finals. If accomplished, Marian will have performed in finals almost twice as many times as any band in the history of Grand Nationals.

Seventeen Marian Band members earn IMEA All-District recognition

Seventeen Marian Catholic High School musicians have auditioned and been selected to perform with the Illinois Music Educators Association All-District Band and Orchestra. Students from the Chicagoland area compete for a position in one of two honor ensembles. These students play an audition for professionals in the field.

The top percentage is then invited to participate in a one-day workshop with accomplished conductors and peer performers culminating in an honors concert at the conclusion.The following students will represent Marian on Nov. 22: Band—Michael Basile (10th grade), Briana Engelbert (11), Emily Fitzsimmons (12), Patricia Gornick (11), Kim Karlin (11), Zoe Kronenberg (12), Scott Kucharski (12), Angela Quatrini (12), Jade Stansbury (11), Kathryn Wolske (11), and Ayana Worthy (12). Orchestra—Molly Kordas (12), Ben Dunajeski (12), Emily Pochinskas (12), Julie Popelka (12), Evan Reid (10) and Emma Stibich (10). Band Director Greg Bimm said, “These players are quite good, but we still have even more who could be quite deserving. We are so proud of each of our hard-working musicians and especially those will enjoy this opportunity.” Assistant Bobby Lambert added, “In my eight years at Marian, I can never remember this many students being accepted into the ensemble, nor can I remember having so many others that I felt could have been accepted. This is a talented group and we are blessed to have them.”

This group of players is a special group in that they prepared for this almost completely independent of the band program. Most have the benefit of private teachers with whom they work on a weekly basis, yet this process takes many months of preparation and dedication.

These musicians will travel to Downers Grove South High School where they will rehearse for one day, then perform a concert in the evening. Next, the highest placements of these 17 will continue on to Peoria to perform with the Illinois All-State Ensembles in January.

Three Marian seniors selected to U.S. Army All-American Band, Jan. 3 Bowl game

Marian Catholic High School Band seniors Keith Jennings (Matteson), Chris Karlin (Dyer, Ind.) and Dan Klipper (Highland, Ind.) have been chosen as just 97 students from throughout the country as members of the United States Army All-American Band.

The three Marian Band members will travel to San Antonio in January for four days of rehearsal, then play at the Army All-American Bowl televised on NBC on Jan. 3. Marian Associate Band Director Bobby Lambert has been selected to work the All-American Band in January as well.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl, produced by SportsLink, is the premier high school football game in the nation. It features the nation's top 90 high school senior football players and starting this year, the 97 finest high school senior marching musicians. The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band is the ultimate validation of their accomplishments. The All-American Band members will also eventually be featured on the official web site:

The Marian Catholic Marching Band has won an unprecedented seven Bands of America Grand National championships and played in the 2007 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. On Oct. 11, the Marian Band traveled to Illinois State University, where it earned its record 29th consecutive Illinois State Championship in class.

Marian Virtual Book Fair

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Sr. M. Paul grass roots Endowment exceeds $100,000

Presented to her following a Mass celebrating Marian Catholic’s 50th Anniversary, The Sr. Mary Paul Endowment was the grass roots response of the Marian Catholic community wishing her well upon her appointment by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. as the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago. As word spread of the close of her 16-year tenure leading Marian Catholic High School notes and flowers of well wishers streamed in along with an ever increasing interest to give something back to her. Though she wanted to keep her departure low key, and made her wish of no personal gifts well known, she did not reject the idea when her colleagues and staff suggested the community might want to consider an endowment. The idea was communicated to the Marian family—parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends-- in mid-June after Sr. Paul’s departure from the high school campus. The rest is tribute history! In less than 3 months the endowment topped $100,000 and will remain open to future gifts. Fittingly, this effort was launched in time to be included in Marian’s The Courage to Lead capital campaign of which endowments are a priority. The endowment is meant to give her oversight of awards allowing her to help fund what is closest to heart—the students, faculty, families and programs of MCHS.

While among the Southland community as a servant leader, and going forward to lead the Chicago Archdiocese school system, she continues both a career and religious vocation as a champion of Catholic education.

Courage to Lead campaign celebrates $6 million success with Donor Wall blessing

Predicated upon the Dominican charism of Prayer, Study, Community and Preaching, The Courage to Lead capital campaign for Marian Catholic celebrates the anticipated $6 Million goal, exceeding the preliminary goal by $750,000 with solid potential to go further. This capital project partnered with more than 370 investors from among her alumni, current and past parents, faculty & staff, foundations, corporations and friends.

A 2004 Long Range Planning led to the decision in 2005 to launch the campaign to fund the Marian Catholic Leadership Center/Student Union (opened for the '07 school year) that supports a copyrighted, cutting edge Leadership Training curriculum. The campaign also supports Endowment funding of scholarships and programs; and Campus Growth realized in the newly completed FieldTurf installation, expanded Bergstrom Fitness Center and aspects of a Broadcasting curriculum.

This tremendously successful capital project was accomplished during a three-year dialogue that extended across the country in person and through the published materials explaining the goals, keeping constituents updated on the progress of the campaign--dollars and priorities---and inviting investments throughout the quiet and public phases of the Courage to Lead campaign.

TC2L at $6 Million is the second Capital Campaign in the school's history, following the 1994 Partnership 2000 Capital Campaign netting nearly $4 million. Subsequent, restricted capital initiatives in between, such as the half-million dollar 1999 Science Labs Initiative, and the $1.9 million Dominican Way in 2000 to add a wing of classrooms have helped expand a vibrant educational community of excellence. Under the 16-year leadership of alumna and Dominican Sister M. Paul McCaughey ‘67, Marian partnered through all theses campaigns with dynamic lay leadership.

She was assisted by current VP for Advancement, Mary C. Moffatt, supported along the way by former VPs Michael D. Bruni '86, now of LatzBruni Partners, and Peter Ruhl, who retired in 2007. Seasoned campaign coordinator, Peg Massucci, also Assistant to the President, helped direct the efforts of an already active and knowledgeable Advancement staff.

Lay Leadership remains at an exceptionally high number with 73 signing on as ambassadors for TC2L campaign, overseeing the progress and providing counsel to the administration. This group includes Honorary Chairs Sr. Rose Marie Riley, O.P. '67; Melissa Sage Fadim and Nancy Rita Kaz; General Chairs Pat'72 and Nancy Dolan and Nick & Kathy Zagotta, along with Steering Committee members Pete Kroner, Charlie Gallagher '77, Kevin Larson, Holly Griffin, Bob Jones '79.

Unique to this campaign is the creation of a National Council of leadership reflecting the expanding reach of the MCHS mission and experience. Elements of the campaign priorities will remain open to future funding, especially endowments for student scholarship, faculty development and the leadership program.

Closing TC2L on such a high note becomes the ideal legacy to launch a 50th Anniversary celebration that looks forward to a bright future reflected in a proud, hardworking past.

Sr. Judine Hilbing appointed as next President at Marian Catholic

Sr. Judine HilbingSr. Rose Marie Riley, O.P., Prioress General of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, along with fellow members of the leadership team, recently announced that Sr. Judine Hilbing, O.P. will succeed longtime president Sr. M. Paul McCaughey, as President of Marian Catholic High School. The appointment, effective July, 1, 2008, is part of the congregation's commitment to provide high quality leadership at their schools so students can seek truth, exhibit personal responsibility, cultivate their individual talents and demonstrate Christian service and leadership.

“Sr. Judine has more than 20 years experience in elementary school administration, with 17 in the Chicago Archdiocese,” Sr. Rose Marie said. “Her experience in planning, her collaborative leadership style, her focus on communication, and her organizational skills will be strong assets for Marian Catholic. She will provide a depth of expertise and professionalism that will allow teachers and students to achieve their academic and spiritual goals." Marian Catholic has such a wonderful reputation for excellence that I am truly excited about the opportunity to become a part of this outstanding high school,” Sr. Judine explained. “As a life-time educator, I continue to find joy in witnessing the success and development of our youth. “Recruitment efforts have been very successful in attracting high quality students. I believe that sustained efforts in this regard will ensure that Marian Catholic High School will continue to project itself as an educational environment that fosters excellence in the academic advancement, spiritual growth, and extra-curricular activities of its students. Committed to Catholic education, Sr. Judine holds a Master of Arts degree in elementary education with a concentration in administration from the University of Illinois in Champaign, as well as of Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Currently, Sister Judine serves as Administrative Assistant to the Principal at Immaculate Conception School in Chicago. Her former positions include Principal at St. Michael School in Chicago, 1996-2007; Principal at St. Christina School in Chicago, 1990-1996; and Principal at St. John Neumann School in Maryville, Ill., 1984-1990. “I feel this is a great opportunity to serve a community need and work in an educational environment that is strong and vibrant,” Sr. Judine said. “I will put all my efforts into continuing the strong educational programs and services already in place and work to further the mission of Marian Catholic.”

As President of Marian Catholic High School, Sr. Judine will:

  • Serve as the Chief Executive Officer for the school, responsible to Sister Rose Marie Riley and the Leadership Team of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. Work in conjunction with the Vice President of Instructional and Student Services (Principal) to ensure excellent compliance with Illinois and Catholic school requirements and standards. Ensure the mission effectiveness and faith leadership by keeping with the Roman Catholic Church tradition.
  • Monitor proper fiscal and facilities management of the institution.
  • Promote the school and its programs as spokesperson for Marian Catholic High School.

“Sr. Judine is a gracious and perceptive woman who will bring her own warmth and intelligence to bear on the mission of Marian Catholic,” said Sister M. Paul McCaughey who will, at the end of this academic year, become Superintendent of Chicago’s Catholic Schools. “The Marian Catholic community will find Sr. Judine an able listener, a fine conciliator and imaginative leader.”

Sister Judine’s appointment will begin on July 1, 2008 and she arrives at a very exciting time for Marian Catholic, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the 2008-09 school year. Marian is also in process of winding up its Courage to Lead Capital Campaign, which hopes to succeed $6 million used toward a new state-of-the-art Leadership Center, artificial turf for Spartan Stadium, broadcast enhancements and Endowment.

“The capital campaign, the new Leadership Center, and plans for the 50th anniversary are initiatives that have been highly successful and are nearing the final stages of development,” Sr. Judine said. “I think it is important for the new president to become well acquainted with these efforts and to give support and encouragement to the persons who have worked so hard with Sr. Mary Paul to achieve this success to date."

Marian President Sr. M. Paul to move to Supt. of Catholic Schools in Chicago Archdiocese

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Marian Catholic High School’s president since 1992, Sr. M. Paul McCaughey, O.P. will take on a new position as Superintendent of the Catholic School’s of the Archdiocese of Chicago beginning on July 1.

McCaughey accepted the position at the urging of Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, and with the blessing of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey

“After an extensive search, we believe that our Search Committee identified the best possible person for this important position in the Archdiocese of Chicago,” noted Cardinal George. “Sr. Mary Paul has both the professional experience and leadership qualities that are necessary to take responsibility for the future of our Catholic elementary and high schools.”

Although the 1967 graduate of Marian Catholic certainly has no intention of leaving the Marian “family,” she certainly vacates the building having left several indelible marks under her leadership.

Through Partnership 2000 and The Courage to Lead capital campaigns, McCaughey has been a primary guiding force in the building a new fine arts wing, a primary competition gymnasium and newly built Leadership Center/Student Union. Tremendous progress has also been witnessed with additions of a new college room, greenhouse, Campus Ministry area, two science labs and the $1.9 million Dominican Way classroom addition. Under her leadership, Marian earned a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon in 1995-96 and Marian has twice been named to the Catholic High School Honor Roll (2004, 2006), which recognizes the Top 50 secondary schools in America. “The whole thing began, quite truly, as a favor to a wonderful local pastor last November to go and talk to a search committee,” said McCaughey, who has degrees from Quincy, St. Louis, Notre Dame and DePaul. “Talk I did, expressing my feelings about education in the Archdiocese, stressing that, while I was grateful for this opportunity to ‘speak my piece,’ I may not be the one they wanted for their job - and I already had a job I loved. “It is critical that the Marian community knows that things are being put in place here so that we will not miss a beat in ‘teaching scholars with a soul.’ While this move still leaves me a bit in shock, I am humbled by it and aware of the challenges and the tremendous possibilities.”

The Dominican Sisters of Springfield, who have sponsored Marian since it opened in 1958, have set a priority to seek a replacement among the Dominican Sisters.

“It is an honor for the whole congregation that Sister M. Paul’s gifts and organizational skills are being recognized by the Archdiocese of Chicago,” Dominican Sisters of Springfield Prioress General Sister Rose Marie Riley, O.P. said. “Her vision and foresight will bring the educational community together for the good of the children and the church.”

McCaughey, who tentatively plans to complete her duties at Marian on June 12, plans to leave Marian with the excellence she has been so instrumental in achieving. “I am energized to really cap off The Courage to Lead campaign through the goodness of so many- and to complete as many of its priorities as possible with the help of the Advisory Board, TC2L Campaign Leadership, and the MCHS community, with the construction being led by Maintenance Supervisor Harvey Mazur,” McCaughey explained. “My love for this place, the constraints on my time, and the need to keep a focus on both roles does not allow for any long goodbyes, but I will be always just around the corner to join the Marian constituency for pieces of our 50th Anniversary Celebration next year.” Along with dozens of appointments to significant committees and associations, McCaughey’s path to the Archdiocese of Chicago follows a career of excellence in education since 1970. Serving as Marian’s principal for all but two years from 1992-2004, McCaughey also served as principal at Springfield Sacred Heart and Sacred Heart-Griffin from 1985-1991. She taught at her alma mater in 1993-94 and held teaching/administrative roles as well at Rosary High School and Routt High School in Jacksonville, Ill. Along with her successor, McCaughey will leave Marian in extremely able hands led by Principal Sr. Kathleen Anne Tait and Chief Financial Officer Bill Hogan. Meanwhile, Mary Moffatt, currently serving as a consultant, has accepted the role of Vice-President of Institutional Advancement. Sr. Kathleen Anne will serve as spokesperson for the school should there be an interim time prior to the appointment of a President. “The position of principal truly ministers to the very heart of the school - to its students, its staff, its teachers, and its parents,” McCaughey said. “The complex and awesome work of education that is only achieved in the classroom, activities, and guidance is the provenance of the principal. We are blessed to have someone with the competencies, confidence, and care who is willing to cement the ‘center’ of Marian Catholic High School. Without Sr. Kathleen’s effective leadership, any change could not even be contemplated. “Bill’s accounts are handled with tremendous integrity. His eye on our financial health and honest cautions have helped us to more clearly define our priorities and reach our goals. Mary’s passion for the mission and loyalty to the Dominican Sisters is matched only by her gracious warmth and ability to marshal the resources needed with honesty and energy.”

While McCaughey moves on near the completion of the Courage to Lead capital campaign, she looks forward to being a familiar face and contributor as Marian Catholic plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary in the 2008-09 school year.

Marian Band named 'Honor Band' at University of Illinois contest

The Marian Catholic High School Symphonic Band was named “Honor Band” in Class AA on Saturday at the University of Illinois Superstate Band contest. Marian was one of 25 bands selected to perform this year from a field of more than 60 audition tape applications. With the Honor Band award comes an automatic invitation to perform in exhibition at Superstate again next year.

The previous weekend, Marian Catholic competed in the Illinois State University Band contest, where the Symphonic Band earned first place in its class and was named overall Grand Champion. The Marian Concert Band earned second place in its class.

Marian honors 81 students for Academic perfection

Marian Catholic honored 81 seniors, juniors and sophomores on April 23 for achieving a 4.0 grade-point average or better in at least two consecutive semesters at Marian Catholic. The recognition included breakfast for the following: Seniors: Jessica Alston, Tim Blewitt, Christopher Bozzetti, Emily Cannata, Courtney Cooper, Alexandra Corbett, Amanda Coughlin, Sean Daley, Rajelin Escondo, Melanie Hall, Brian Iggins, Tracey Johnson, Martha Juarez, Lana Larcher, Tiffany Lewis, Ryan Merriman, Dominic Ortigara, Timothy Stanis, Justin Thirstrup, Alex Tolish, Elizabeth Tortorello, Michael Tuttle, Alexandra Udchitz and Joanna Wojnar. Juniors: Daniel Anderson, Teresa Banks, Ryann Bardwell, Christina Brow, Laura DiLuia, Roseann Drosos, Mario Earnest, Joan Furjanic, Matthew Goedke, Bryan Golubski, Olivia Jackson, Neal Jacobsma, Ashley Kirner, Daniel Klipper, Dana Kuehr, Jonathan Lamano, Kelly Liesse, Casey Lilek, Melinda Markert, Teronse Miller, Enyinnaya Okebugwu, Erin O'Shea, Jessica Peterson, Katie Pietraszak, Angela Quatrini, Julie Rzesutko, Daniel Schramm, Noeli Serna and Christopher Skurka.

Sophomores: Margaret Andres, Haley Boblink, Megan Burke, Jonathon Caffarelli, Katelyn Campbell, Mia Cleary, Aaron Cook, Ronald Dymerski, Jr., Daniel Eckel, Jillian Fata, Michelle Hroma, Stephen Hudson, James Jackson, Kimberly Karlin, Samuel Kirschenheiter, Evan Kordys, Jamie Laski, Keegan Marz, Justine Meyer, Anne O'Shea, Jaime Patriarca, Jessica Siegert, Sarah Smith, Thomas Sullivan, Jennifer Szotek, Jori Walan, Katherine Watson and Sean Woods.

Marian students take action vs. cancer through St. Baldrick's, Color Guard

Through participation with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Marian Catholic High School’s nationally renowned Color Guard, students are taking the fight against cancer into their own hands in the early stages of the second semester.

After raising more than $15,000 with about 20 participants last year, Marian is hoping to eclipse that total when it conducts another St. Baldrick’s event on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. Students will shave their heads in solidarity with children fighting cancer and help raise critical funds for childhood cancer research. Marian began involvement with the event through the South Suburban Police and Fire. “It was fun and inspirational seeing our students shave their heads for children with cancer,” said Sr. Teresa Marron, Marian’s faculty representative for the event. On-air talent Patrick Elwood of Fox News Chicago has also sent out a challenge to other Chicago area schools, targeting a goal of more than $1,000,000 raised this year. Elwood and his camera crew visited Marian last week to publicize the event, as he also found time to visit basketball practice and learn more about the Marian Color Guard’s emphasis on cancer awareness. A senior member of the guard has watched her mother wage a successful fight against cancer, which has helped provide motivation for a couple Color Guard projects. “Our 2008 program is entitled "Can I... Change the World?," according to guard director Jamie Oakley. “It is an emotional program designed to inspire people to find a cause that they believe in and to do something to help. The program is told from a teenager's point of view, and tries to show that everyone has a voice, and that no matter what age you are, your actions can matter. We highlight programs such as Habitat for Humanity, The Walk for Breast Cancer, Action Against Hunger and UNICEF.” In addition to the 2008 competitive program, the Winter Guard is working on two community projects. First is the Pajama Project, a program that collects new pajamas and donates them to orphanages, foster care, and battered and abused shelters. The second project will be a benefit performance night where the proceeds will go to Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network to sponsor families in New Orleans that are trying to rebuild their homes.

The Marian Catholic Winter Guard began in 1997 and since then, has been the Midwest Color Guard Circuit Scholastic Open Champions from 1997-1999, 2001-2003, and 2007. Marian was also the Midwest Color Guard Circuit Scholastic World Champion from 2004-2006. Nationally, the winter guard has traveled to numerous regional competitions and has been a finalist at Winter Guard International World Championships in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007.

Marian Catholic parents share opinions on drug testing

Marian Catholic Parents who attended recent information sessions about drug testing echoed the question: Why would a school consider mandatory drug testing when its drugs use, according to the University of Michigan's "Monitoring the Future" research, is far less than the national and local averages?

The University of Michigan Survey is conducted across the country and states that 40 percent of high school students have used an illicit drug by graduation. Meanwhile, Marian Catholic students show a 10 percent experimentation rate prior to graduation. With that differential, why mandate drug testing for the entire student body at the beginning of the 2008-09 school year? "I have my own conflicted feelings about testing most of our kids who have made great choices, but this can be a tool for prevention and intervention" notes MCHS President Sr. M. Paul McCaughey. Parents at meetings were comfortable with the hair sample approach after a presentation by Bill Dausey of Psychomedics Corporate Testing. Other questions included the cost factor for a generally drug-free community and school and parental responsibilities. “Youngsters today are growing up in an increasingly complicated society,” according to Advisory Board member and sophomore parent Vince Krydynski ’81. “What was taboo when I was in high school is now the common themes in music videos, television, the Internet and tabloids. The popular images today tend to pull kids away from the values responsible parents are working so hard to instill.” “Marian is taking a leadership role in helping students and families navigate the difficult waters of teen drug use/prevention. The drug-testing program gives me, as a parent, comfort knowing that Marian Catholic actively supports my decision to keep my daughter free from drugs. It gives my daughter another reason to say “no.” It provides early intervention and counseling in a safe environment for any student struggling with drug use. This is another example of Marian Catholic High School working with parents to instill positive influences in the lives of young adults and enforcing the values and beliefs we have in our home.”

Marian Catholic has recently introduced a copyrighted Leadership program to benefit all students. Having each student live a drug-free life is a part of that program.

“Marian is aware that students are faced with a culture of drugs and alcohol from the media and society,” Marian Principal Sr. Kathleen Anne Tait explained. “Often that makes it more difficult for students to be proud of being drug free. A testing program, as well as concepts of our Leadership program, helps diffuse the culture outside and supports the pride students can take in positive choices.”

Marian's published materials to be made available prior to student registration for 2008-2009, detail the process, including method, confidentiality notification, referral format and retesting.

Marian Band wins Class AA (5th overall), 3 captions at BOA Grand Nationals

The Marian Catholic Marching Band captured first place in Class AA and was fifth overall on Saturday night at the Bands of America Grand National Championship at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.

Marian scored 91.90 to place fifth overall in a field of more than 90 bands at the Grand Nationals. Marian was the lone Illinois band and only Catholic band to advance to Saturday night’s finals. Along with advancing to the BOA Grand National Finals round for the 24th consecutive year, Marian Catholic swept all three captions in Class AA, winning Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect. The Marian Band found success at the Grand Nationals while juggling a grueling practice schedule in preparation to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Earlier, the Marian Marching Band earned first place in Class AA at the BOA Regionals in Indianapolis and won its 28th consecutive Illinois state championship in class at Illinois State University.

Marian was seeking its record eighth Grand National Championship at Indianapolis. The Spartan Marching Band has been the top Illinois band in BOA Nationals for the last decade and has been the top finishing Catholic Band every year in which it’s participated. Marian won Grand National Championships in 1985, 1987-89, 1994, 1997 and 2000.

Eight Marian athletes make NLI college commitments

The room was filled with the greatest number of early commitments in several years, as eight members from the Marian Catholic Class of 2008 signed National Letters of Intent on the early signing day on Wednesday. Five different sports were represented, as student-athletes committed to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level.

The group was led by standout golfer Samantha Sloan. After back-to-back Top 5 individual finishes at the IHSA state meet, Sloan will take her talents to the University of Illinois. Teammate Ann Vrdolyak, who also helped Marian to two state trophies in the last three years, will continue her golfing career at the University of Iowa.

Marian spring success on the diamond translated to scholarship offers as well. Following in his brother Chris’ footsteps (Miami of Ohio), baseball infielder Andres Rodriguez committed to Eastern Kentucky University. Softball standouts Ashley Cann (Northern Illinois University) and Katie Healy (Lewis University) will move on to the next level as well. A consistent force in the early signing period, women’s basketball will send Alysha Ferry to St. Xavier University and Jen Szala to St. Joseph-Rensselaer. Gymnast Rachel Montoya signed a NLI to attend the University of Illinois-Chicago.

While not part of the early-signing period, football tight end Dennis Kelly recently made a verbal commitment to attend Purdue University.

Marian's Daley attends Illinois Aerospace Institute

Sean Daley, an Oak Forest resident and senior at Marian Catholic High School, attended the 16th annual Illinois Aerospace Institute held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), July 8-14, 2007.

Daley was one of 33 high school students from across the country to attend the institute. Through lectures, labs, projects, and presentations, participants explored such topics as the theory of flight, propulsion, aircraft and spacecraft design.

Each students "flew" in a state-of -the art computerized flight simulator at the Beckman Institute. There was also time for an actual flight through the UIUC Institute of Aviation. Robert B. Powers, of the Old Dominion University Research Foundation and a UIUC alumnus, met with the students and shared details about his career as an aerospace engineer, and discussed the NASA Vision for Space Exploration. A local radio-controlled model plane club provided a plane demonstration with participants assisting in operating the plane controls. To cap off the week, participants flight-tested model gliders and model rockets that they had designed and built at the Institute.

The Illinois Aerospace Institute was co-sponsored by the Department of Aerospace Engineering at UIUC and NASA's Illinois Space Grant Consortium.

9th Period Emmaus raises more than $3,200 for Marian-related charities

"9th Period Emmaus," a comedy group made up of Marian Catholic alumni and current students, performed its fourth and final show of the summer on Thursday, August 2 and raised more than $1,200 for the Hardship Fund, which provides tuition assistance for MCHS students. This summer, 9PE has raised more than $3,200 for Marian-related charities. The cast and crew of 9th Period Emmaus would like to thank everyone who came out and supported them!

Founded by Steve Tortorello ('04), 9th Period Emmaus features several alumni and current students such as Eric Hamilton, Sarah Jo Ritchie, Katie Ubik, Sam Sullivan, Abby Sullivan, Bob Solorio, Chris Skurka, Tim Blewitt, Anna Ceragioli, Tim Jarzombek, Pat Murphy, Zac Bachlin, Joe Blewitt, Amy Dettman, Katie Payne, Laura Curtis, Jessic Hartl, Elizabeth O’Brien-Penney, Paul Obaggy, Katie Obaggy, Emiy Joria, Mike Auz, Caitlin Padula and Liz Tortorello.

9th Period Emmaus gives Marian alumni and students a chance to showcase their talents in a unique and entertaining manner. Current Marian students interested in the performing arts get the chance to work alongside Marian alums with similar interests and experiences, which gives them insights into their craft and fosters relationships for the future.

The group debuted in summer 2006. It has raised more than $6,200 for Marian-related charities through ticket sales and concession sales during the past two summers. Because they feature both skits and improvisational comedy, 9th Period Emmaus shows are somewhat of a combination of "Saturday Night Live" meets "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" with a Marian twist. The humor is clean and fun for the whole family.

For more information about "9th Period Emmaus," please contact Steve Tortorello at

Marian's Rodey a Golden Apple Teacher with Distinction honoree

Marian Catholic Social Studies teacher Bob Rodey has been named one of 10 first-time recipients of the Golden Apple Foundation Teachers of Distinction honor from the Chicago area. Along with 10 Golden Apple Award winners from the Chicago Area, the Teachers of Distinction were selected from 803 teachers nominated for the awards from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and Will counties. Rodey, a longtime educator at Rich East High School and teacher at Marian for 13 years, is currently teaching AP U.S. History, American Government and American Studies. He has also been invited to participate on several national historical/governmental workshops and committees. “I owe much of my success to the total support I receive from the Marian community, including administration, students, parents and colleagues,” explained Rodey, a favorite of many students. “Perhaps the biggest reason why I continue to be enthusiastic about teaching is the stimulation I get from summer institutes, workshops and travel.” The Award winners and Teachers of Distinction will be honored at an award ceremony on May 12 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, which subsequently will be aired as a one-hour prime-time special on WTTW/Channel 11.

The Teachers of Distinction will be recognized for their distinguished contribution to teaching and asked to participate in Golden Apple programs.

Marian Band to perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade last on Thursday, you see floats, balloons, stars and great marching bands. The only thing missing was the award winning Marian Catholic High School Band. Next year, that will be remedied. Marian’s Band has been invited to march in the 2007 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The selection process is very vigorous. To become one of the few bands selected, each of the many applicants must submit recordings, video, photos, recommendations and a resume of accomplishments.

Considering Marian’s resume, it is not surprising that they might be invited. With seven Grand National Championships, Marian is “the winningest band in Bands of America history.” The next closest band has only three wins. Even more, in a time where people speak of “repeats” and ”three-peats” defining a dynasty, Marian’s 27 consecutive Class 4A Illinois State Marching Championships defies definition.

Providing recommendations is also fairly simple. The excellence of Marian’s band program is literally known from coast to coast. The band has been featured in every major professional magazine and the directors are sought nationwide to provide clinics for other band directors.

Director Greg Bimm said, “I grew up watching the Macy’s Parade every Thanksgiving morning and who has not seen Miracle on 34th Street? The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the two greatest parades in the United States. It is an incredible honor to be invited and I am so excited that our students will have this once in a lifetime experience.”

Assistant director Bobby Lambert added, “This band has performed in front of literally thousands of spectators at a time. Now to realize we will perform in front of millions is awe-inspiring. What a great opportunity for every member of our 2007 marching band!” The student performers are also excited about the trip.

Junior Corinne Jones, an oboe player in the concert season and a horn player in the marching band said, “It’s exciting because typically we can only experience the parade as spectators in our cozy living rooms. Not only do we have the chance to affect millions of spectators with our performance, but I’m certain we can also affect ourselves.”

While in New York the band plans to do some sightseeing as well. They plan to visit “Ground Zero” and the Statue of Liberty, perform on the USS Intrepid Aircraft Carrier and attend a Broadway show.

Marian sends 19 to All-District Music Ensembles

Nineteen students from Marian Catholic’s Music Program traveled to Oak Park-River Forest High School to participate in the Illinois Music Educators All-District Ensembles. Hundreds of students from as far north as the Chicago Public Schools and York High School to the Rich and Lincoln-Way Schools in the south auditioned for the chance to perform with the ensembles.

Ross Kellen, retired band director from Glenbard East High School, conducted the band, Diane Hires, retired choir director from Downers Grove South, conducted choir while the orchestra was lead by Bruce Ichimura of Western Michigan University. Several of these students will qualify for the opportunity to audition for the Illinois All-State Ensembles held in Peoria each January.

Marian Catholic students included: Tom Connelly, Mokena; Alison DeLuca, St. John, Ind.; Ariana Dymerski, Beecher; Briana Engelbert, Hammond, Ind.; Joey Halpin, Tinley Park; Emily Hansen, Lansing; Tom Hirsch, Tinley Park; Amanda Johnson, Alsip; Tracy Johnson, Richton Park; Kate Lesniak, Chicago Heights; Kevin Ortiz, Hammond, Ind.; Kelly O’Shea, Munster, Ind.; Eric Pedone, Tinley Park; Julie Popelka, Tinley Park; Angela Quatrini, Tinley Park; Ryan Reid, Dyer, Ind.; Chris Smith, Matteson; Tim Spear, Mokena; Josh Wagner, Crete.

Marian Band excels at Stagg, St. Rita competitions

The Marian Catholic High School Band completed a very successful weekend in competitions at Stagg and St. Rita High Schools. On Saturday, Sept. 23 among 18 bands from across the state, the Marian Band won the Overall Champion Award, along with other awards- including Outstanding Percussion, Outstanding Colorguard and Outstanding Music.

Marian continued its winning streak by competing at St. Rita on Sunday and winning all captions, including Outstanding Drum Major and Outstanding Visual honors along with the Overall Championship.

Over the weekend, Marian saw 36 total bands, including Lincoln-Way Central, Brother Rice/St. Laurence, Lockport, Providence and Elk Grove.

The Marian Band will next travel to Lincoln-Way Central on October 14 to compete in its next show before traveling to Illinois State University for the Illinois State Marching Competition to defend its 26 consecutive state championships.

Marian mourns the loss of Superfan Lyndon "Stretch" Waller

Superfan Lyndon "Stretch" WallerThe Marian Catholic community mourns the loss of Lyndon "Stretch" Waller, who passed away on Sunday, Sept. 10. The husband of Marian Dean Ann Waller, Stretch is a former Marian parent and a "superfan" for many Marian athletic teams and organizations.

Marian extends its continued prayers for Stretch and his family.


Marian alums Purcell, Calvi earn Dominican Awards

Marian Catholic graduates Jennifer Purcell ’02 and Jason Calvi ‘99 (now Brother Anthony Joseph Calvi, O.P.) received the St. Catherine of Siena and St. Dominic Award, respectively, at the Annual Dominican High School Preaching Conference that was held at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich.

Both students were recognized for living out the Dominican values through prayer, study, community and preaching since attending the conference in ’01 and ’99. They were chosen from hundreds of students who have participated in the conference. The conference is a national gathering for students from Dominican-sponsored high schools across the nation for a week of activities that teach about the life of St. Dominic and the Dominican charism.

Purcell is a graduate of Dominican University in River Forest and will begin her first year of teaching at Roosevelt grade school in Chicago Heights. Calvi is a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and joined the Dominican Order in 2004. He is presently studying at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.

Dave Mattio part of inaugural ESCC Hall of Fame Class

Dave Mattio, a 1966 graduate and athletic director at Marian Catholic for the last 31 years, will be one of the 16 in the inaugural class of the East Suburban Catholic Conference Hall of Fame. The ESCC honored the group on Thursday, March 9 at the Crystal Sky Banquet Hall in McCook, Ill.

Selected from the current 13 ESCC schools, the inaugural class of 16 includes NBA Executive and former national and world champion Isiah Thomas, legendary Joliet Catholic football coach Gordie Gillespie, current NFL standouts Jeff Zgonina and Mike Alstott, and current St. Joseph basketball coach and movie Hoop Dreams star Gene Pingatore. The list also includes several athletes who have excelled on the college or professional level, as well as some of the ESCC’s prominent coaches and administrators through a history that began in 1974. A committee will select new men and women each year for the Hall of Fame of the ESCC, one of the state’s strongest leagues and many sports. Mattio has also been Marian’s football coach for the last 30 years, leading the Spartans to 219 victories, the 1993 Class 4A state championship and a runner-up finish in Class 5A in 1999. He has led his teams to 16 IHSA playoff appearances and produced NFL standouts Mike Prior ’81, John Holecek ’90 and Rodney Harrison ’91.

Mattio is also a previous member of the Marian Catholic Alumni Association Hall of Fame and the Illinois Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Marian dedications include Bracha Resource Center, Amos Tree/Garden

Marian Catholic High School is proud to announce that MCHS has been gifted by Mr. Frank Bracha with a gift to support faculty development. Recognizing this commitment, the Faculty Resource Center in the recently built Dominican Way wing will be dedicated "The Helen W. Bracha Faculty Resource Center."

The dedication of the Bracha Faculty Resource Center occurred on Wednesday, May 18, at 8 a.m. in the Faculty Resource Center at Marian Catholic High School. Family and friends of the MCHS community were welcome to attend this dedication.

Marian Catholic remains grateful also to Mr. Bracha and his late wife, Helen, who funded a Dominican Way classroom in honor of Frank's nephew Chester Wrubel, "Frank's fishing buddy," and "The Margaret S. Wrubel Student Learning Center" in memory of Mr. Bracha's niece who served as an inspiration to their family.

All were welcome to attend another dedication that took place at Marian Catholic on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. This ceremony dedicated a tree planted in the Joe Orr Circle Drive garden in honor of MCHS alum Gail Calderone Amos '68. The tree, plaque, reception and a birdbath all were gifted by alumni friends of Gail's.

Morning Mass offered at 7:05 for all students, parents

Morning Mass is offered twice a week at 7:05 a.m. in the Marian Catholic Chapel. Mass will be celebrated every Tuesday and Thursday during the school year. All parents and students are welcome to join chaplain Rev. Bill O'Mara in a beautiful way to get your day started by 7:30 a.m.

Marian´s Bimm inducted into BOA Hall of Fame

Bands of America, Inc. (BOA) recently inducted four individuals into the 2005 Bands of America Hall of Fame. The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have greatly impacted Bands of America, the nation's band activity and music education. Hall of Fame recipients will be recognized permanently in the Bands of America "Hall of Fame" in its corporate headquarters in Indianapolis.

The members were inducted in at this year's ceremony held during the 2005 Bands of America Honor Band of America and Honor Orchestra of America concerts, Saturday, March 12, 2005, at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis. This year's inductees include: Greg Bimm, Bob Buckner, and Richard and Gayle Crain. Each of these luminaries has contributed significantly to the history of Bands of America and to bands in America.

These four icons in the music industry become the third class in the Bands of America Hall of Fame and join 2003 inductees Dr. William D. Revelli, Dr. Frederick Fennell, Mr. John P. Paynter, Mr. Larry McCormick, and Col. Truman W. Crawford, and 2004 inductees Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Dr. Tom McLeRoy, and Kenneth M. Snoeck.

Greg Bimm has been Director of Bands at Marian Catholic High School since 1977. Under his direction, the Marian Band has grown from 70 to more than 280 members, has earned more than 600 awards and honors, and has become one of the premier high school band programs in the United States.

Bimm's history with Bands of America dates back to 1981 when the Marian Catholic marching band came to the BOA Summer Workshop/Festival (now Summer Symposium) to serve as he "lab band." Since then, Marian Catholic bands are among the most honored in BOA history. Marian has been named the BOA Grand National Champions seven times and is the only marching band to win the Grand National Champion title three consecutive years. The Marian Catholic Symphonic Band was one of only eight bands invited to perform at the first National Concert Band Festival in 1992, held at Northwestern University and has performed again in 1995 and 1998.

Bimm is a member of the 2005 Summer Symposium faculty. Most recently, he was part of the teaching staff for the Bands of America Honor Band that appeared in the 2005 Tournament of Roses. Bimm is a current member and past chairman of the Bands of America Advisory Board and has served several times on the BOA advisory bodies. His input and expertise have been instrumental in guiding the direction of Bands of America programming. "Greg and the Marian Catholic band program serve as an inspiration and model for band directors across the Bands of America nation," said Scott McCormick, BOA President and CEO.

Bimm has received five National Band Association Ciatations of Excellence and the NBA Certificate of Merit. In 1994, Bimm was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. Bimm holds degrees from Illinois State and Western Illinois Universities. His professional affiliations include ABA, ASBDA, IMEA, MENC, NCBA, NBA, Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha. He has served on the Illinois High School Association Music Advisory Committee, and has served as Band Division chairman, District I and state equipment manager for IMEA. In constant demand, Mr. Bimm has performed as conductor, clinician, adjudicator, drill writer and music arranger throughout the United States and Canada.

Marian named Top 50 school in the nation

Marian Catholic High School has been named to the inaugural Catholic High School Honor Roll, which recognizes the Top 50 secondary schools in America.

The first annual Honor Roll, which will serve as an invaluable resource for students, parents and benefactors, recognizes the top 50 schools based on their demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, Catholic identity and civic education.

Illinois ranked tops in the nation for number of schools in the Top 50 with seven. Others included East Suburban Catholic Conference members Benet Academy (Academic category) and Carmel, as well as Aurora Central Catholic, Brother Rice, Marian Central Catholic and St. Ignatius.

Honor Roll advisory board member Gerard Bradley, Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, said the Honor Roll will serve as a benchmark for all who are seeking an education informed by faith. "It draws attention to schools that are contributing in extraordinary ways to the moral and intellectual formation of young people," he said.

The primary goal of the Honor Roll is to encourage schools to educate their students as effectively as possible, in a way that integrates Catholic faith and prepares students for active engagement with the world. In addition to the Top 50 list, the Honor Roll also published the top 20 finalists in three categories that are important to overall excellence: academics, Catholic identity and civic education.

A college prep institution that annually sends 98 percent of its graduates to colleges and universities, Marian Catholic has previously been recognized on the national level as a "Blue Ribbon School" (twice) by the U.S. Department of Education for Excellence in Education, as a "Top School" by U.S. News and World Report and through its seven-time Grand National Champion Marching Band (recently won 25th straight Class 4A state championship).

Marian welcomes new VP/Principal Sr. Kathleen Anne Tait, O.P.

The arrival on July 1, 2004 of Vice-President for Instructional and Student Activities, Sr. Kathleen Anne Tait, O.P., "brings energy and expertise to the Principal's Office," noted Marian Catholic High School President Sr. M. Paul McCaughey, O.P. "Having Sr. Kathleen at Marian Catholic is a strong sign of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield support of the mission of MCHS."

Sr. M. Paul and Sr. Kathleen worked together with Sr. Paul as Principal and Sr. Kathleen as Assistant Principal at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield. Sr. Kathleen assumed the role of Principal when Sr. Paul left to come to Marian Catholic.

After a successful tenure at Sacred Heart-Griffin, Sr. Kathleen served in the Archdiocese of Chicago Offices as Assistant Superintendent for High Schools. Sr. Kathleen also has had her own MCHS experience as a teacher and Student Council Moderator from 1984 to 1987.

"I have long been impressed with the spirit and excellence that is Marian Catholic," Sr. Kathleen said. "It's an honor to return as principal and be a part of Marian's rich history and bright future."

In July, Sr. Paul and Sr. Kathleen attended a national seminar that focused on the high school president / principal model. Understanding that this model is a priority for both "The president/principal model offers many advantages to a school community," Sr. Kathleen explained. "The administrative structure provides the resources for institutional advancement necessary for Catholic Education today, while still maintaining the personnel and focus on the students and educational program."

The model is off to a smooth start since July 1.

"Knowing Sr. Kathleen's secondary acumen, strong boundaries, and love for staff and students makes it easier for me to leave the day-to-day operations in her hands, especially with the demands of Advancement's focus on our current Long-Range Plan," Sr. Paul noted. "I intend to be fully present and active in the operations of MCHS, just with a different focus. With the Long-Range Plan having to be made specific with a series of action plans, there will be enough work for everyone."

Sr. Kathleen Anne Tait's priorities will be focused on the educational and co-curricular programs of the school.

"I look forward to re-acquainting myself with the Marian community and working with the teachers and staff for the educational well-being of our students," Sr. Kathleen explained. "Marian has continually strived to provide the best educational opportunities for the students. I'm excited about teaming up with Sr. Paul again for the sake of the Marian community."

Sr. Paul concluded, "Our students are in for a treat. Sr. Kathleen Anne is the genuine article and I am truly looking forward to working with her."

Marian students provide service in Appalachia

Through food drives, hunger walks, feeding the homeless, tending to injured and abandoned animals and several other activities, Marian Catholic High School and its Service Club have always provided much for others in the South Suburbs.

Yet, this group also stretches well beyond an impact locally. Along with a very successful Mission Drive each February, the Service Club is making two trips this summer to Kentucky for volunteer work in rehab communities.

Led by Service Club moderator Sr. Dorothy Marie, O.P., a group of nearly 40 students and chaperones visited the Christian Outreach to Appalachia People to help with various fix-up and building projects. In 2003, the interest at Marian grew enough to supplement both a June and July trip.

"Students participating in the Appalachian project at Marian respond with both their hearts and minds to the needs of the people," Sr. Dorothy Marie explained. "They listen to their stories, learn about their culture and find that they receive so much more than they give as they help people who have less than they do.

"The time goes all too quickly and they often want to stay longer or come again. Giving to others can be very habit forming (or addictive) and it is certainly a habit which we want our students to have the courage to develop."

In 2003, COAP built 22 new homes and began construction on an 11-unit apartment project that will be used as a transition house for mental health patients. Since 1983, they have built 153 new homes, 361 major rehab projects, 372 roofs of which Marian has helped with 11 of these and helped with one new home. They have hosted 11,626 volunteers.

With Sr. Patricia Burke, O.P. initiating Marian's involvement and Sr. Dorothy Marie traveling to Appalachia for the last six years, Marian's service to the outreach program has stretched more than 15 years.

This year's student participants included: Joe Boesen (Crete), Kyle Chapman (Chicago Heights), Dre Collier (South Holland), Kevin Marvinac (Orland Park), Kevin Moffatt (Flossmoor), James Murphy (Palos Heights), Tom O'Brien (Mokena), David Ostrowski (Homewood), Kevin Rippey (Dyer, Ind.), Vanessa Armand (Chicago), Liz Galazkiewicz (Evergreen Park), Kristin Hamb (Homewood), Margaret Hammerschmidt (Evergreen Park), Jackie Holl (Steger).

Also, Tiffany Hoyne (Oak Forest), Kelly Kapshandy (Schererville, Ind.), Megan Madden (Chicago), Lisa Mazur (S. Chicago Heights), Annie Meehan (Crete), Maggie McKay (Matteson), Nina Ortega (Chicago), Bianca Palloto (Lansing), Katie Payne (Orland Park), Sarah Jo Ritchie (Calumet City), Nicole Robinette (Lansing), Alexis Winter (Palos Heights) and Tina Zerante (Evergreen Park).

Teachers Zerante, Sweeney earn national honors

Marian Catholic Science Department Chair Vince Zerante was recently recognized by the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-8).

Zerante encouraged eight students to participate in pre-professional leadership programs last summer. He is part of an elite group (top one percent) recognized from all educators who nominate for NYLF programs.

As part of the recognition, Zerante will receive a book of inspirational quotes and student recollections, a NYLF Certificate of Appreciation and induction into the NYLF "Mentor Hall of Fame."

Marian Catholic Fine Arts teacher and Forensics Coach Tom Sweeney has earned a second "diamond" from the National Forensics League. Coaches earn 1/10th of their students' points in competition, and Sweeney has attained a total of 3,575 points.

Coaches may wear a diamond-set NFL key or pin when the attain 1,500 points. Sweeney qualified for his second diamond in March and will have the opportunity to accrue additional diamonds at 6,000, 10,000 and each 3,000 points thereafter.

Sweeney will receive special recognition at the Lincoln Financial Group/NFL National Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 13-18.

1962 chalice part of Marian 45th anniversary Mass

By Emily Taffe - Class of 2004

When Marian Catholic High School religion teacher Sr. Agnes Ann sent out a chalice and paten for gold refurnishing, she had no idea that such a beautiful article would return and be the inspiration for many to dig into the past and discover an even richer history behind Marian than most thought.

Many took the opportunity, including some graduates of the Classes of 1961 and 1962, to not only remember firsthand the gift of the chalice, but to uncover the root of its very existence.

The chalice was ordered from Trier Rhineland, Germany by the student body of the Classes of '61 and '62.

At the time there was not many decorations for sacred vessels at the altar, so the students decided to present the chalice as a gift to the convent. The chalice was ordered many months before it was created and shipped back to the United States.

Sr. Santina said, "The chalice is so beautiful, but the meaning behind its rich design is even more exceptional."

It will be used on Saturday in the school's Croarkin Theatre when Marian celebrates its 45th anniversary Mass at 5 p.m. as part of Homecoming weekend.

The chalice is a large cup created from hammered gold. The pedestal, or grip, of the cup is made of precious ivory and contains four images. The base has enamel lettering indicating the sacred heart. The bottom is engraved in German.

Originally Viatorian priests from Arlington Heights agreed to teach academic subjects at Marian alongside the Dominican Sisters. The future intent of the agreement was to split Marian into a coeducational institution. The Viatorian priests were going to teach the boys, while the Dominican Sisters would teach the girls. The males and females would have shared main buildings, but remain segregated.

Because of the immediate success of Marian as a coeducational school, the genders were never split.

When the classes of '61 and '62 presented the chalice and paten, both the Dominican Sisters and Viatorian priests were revered. 

Two of the four images contain both St. Dominic and St. Viator on opposite sides. The other two images are the release of the sacred heart of Jesus and also Mary kneeling in a traditional pose. The bottom of the chalice has German inscriptions recognizing the creators. The words are Domgoldschmiedehaus and Schwarzmann, indicating the goldsmith house and the family name. 

Also, still visible today is the special engraving of the Marian seal.

"We feel the gift is a great treasure and extremely valuable because of the handmade workmanship," said Sr. Agnes Ann. Right Reverend Monsignor Romeo Blanchette from the General Chicago Arch Diocese consecrated the chalice at a special Mass on Nov. 7, 1962, which was the first time the chalice and paten was used.  This date is also included on the chalice.

For the sake of the chalice's beauty and history, few alterations were made in the refurnishing process.  Both the chalice and paten are stored in the convent and are used for Masses by the sisters.

Patrick Murphy flagpole dedication Sept. 20

A tribute to a dedicated father, hero and friend, Marian Catholic dedicated the flag pole in its outdoor stadium to the memory of Navy Lt. Cmdr. Patrick J. Murphy '81 on Friday, Sept. 20, 2002 when Marian hosted Benet Academy for its homecoming football game at 7:30 p.m.

The dedication ceremonies began at 7 p.m. Murphy, a Flossmoor native, husband and father of two sons, was killed when an airplane crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

In memory of Murphy, a permanent stone was placed at the base of the stadium flag pole with an inscription that reads: "In memory of Navy Lt. Cmdr. Patrick J. Murphy, MCHS Class of 1981, The Pentagon - September 11, 2001; Dedicated by classmates and the Marian Catholic Family September 20, 2002." Replicas will be presented to Murphy's family and maintained in the school's West Gym Lobby.

A colorguard from Great Lakes Naval Training Center presented the colors and raised an  American Flag flown at the Pentagon. The Marian Catholic High School Band accompanied the ceremony. Commander Bill Murtaugh from Murphy's unit and naval reservist Bill Scaring from the Class of 1981 addressed the Homecoming crowd.

In honor of his service to God, country and family, Marian Catholic has established the Lt. Commander Patrick J. Murphy '81 Memorial Scholarship. In accordance with the wishes of Patrick's family, the annual Scholarship is restricted to a young person who has suffered the loss of a parent through death or divorce.

For further information about the scholarship, please contact Mrs. Carol Burke Swanson '81 at 708-756-9775.

As well as the dedication on Sept. 20, Marian continued its tradition of homecoming activities, including post-game fireworks and an alumni gathering in the East Gym.

Marian alums welcomed back for campus tours

Has it been 20 years since you walked the halls of Marian Catholic High School as a student, or only two?

Have you wanted to come back and visit?

Well, we want you back, too.  The entire school invites you to come on back and be hosted by the Office for Institutional Advancement.  We'll give you a real "cook's tour."

MCHS has never been a static environment, and no matter which class you represent you are bound to be surprised at what has changed and what is changing.

Come on back and see your old classroom, find your locker (test your memory on that combination), see Dominican Way (our newest addition), the student chapel, our modern science laboratory and classrooms, computer labs, West gym, the expanded band facilities, our "bricks of honor" courtyard and more.

Call the Office for Institutional Advancement at 708-755-6579 to schedule your visit.  You'll be glad you did, and so will we.  And yes, we can accommodate visits in the evenings and on weekends.  Please feel free to bring your spouse, children, parents and friends.