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Marian Catholic News and Press Releases

Marian Catholic welcomes the Class of 2020 at Freshman Orientation.

Former Univ. of St. Francis coach and motivational speaker Pat Sullivan
addresses a crowd on Oct. 18 in the Leadership Center .

Students receive their Academic Letters at the Academic Breakfast
on Oct. 27 for perfect 4.0 GPAs in consecutive semesters.

Marian Catholic welcomes H-F grad and Chicago White Sox announcer
Jason Benetti as a guest speaker on Oct. 3 in the West Gym.

Spirit Week kicked off on Sept. 26 with Pajamas Day.
Activities this week lead up to this weekend's Homecoming.
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Apr. 2017 Marian Catholic High School Names New Chief Financial Officer
Oct. 2016 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' plays Oct. 14-15
July 1, 2016 Dress Code clarifications for 2016-17 school year
May 23, 2016 Alumni Association welcome Class of 2016
May 10, 2016 Marian honors April Students of the Month
April 21, 2016 Marian honors 82 for academic perfection
Feb. 15, 2016 Marian announces Second-Quarter Honor Roll
Dec. 9, 2015 44 seniors earn Illinois State Scholar status
Fall 2015 AP Scholars number more than 75 at Marian
Sept. 28, 2015 LaVelle, Robinson named National Merit Finalists
May 18, 2015 Alum Association welcomes Class of 2015
April 30, 2014 Marian honors 67 students for Academic perfection
Dec. 12, 2014 Marian grieves loss of sophomore Blake Hannett
Oct. 23, 2014 Marian honors 55 at Academic Award Breakfast
Oct. 17, 2014 Kellen Williams '15 National Merit Semifinalist
Oct. 17, 2014 Six named National Achievement Semifinalists
Oct., 2014 Marian actors perform Godspell on Oct. 17-19
May 19, 2014 Alum Association welcomes Class of 2014
April 15, 2014 Marian honors 82 for academic perfection
March 14, 2014 Marian involved with kidney disease walk
March 3, 2014 Marian names Steve Tortorello '04 principal for 2014-15 year
Dec. 6, 2013 Emily Metzger '14 first freshman admitted to Governors State
Nov. 23, 2013 Marian mourns loss of teacher, friend Bernie Jablonski
Nov. 21, 2013 Marian schedules Open House for prospective students Dec. 8
Oct. 17, 2013 Marian honors 70 for perfect 4.0 GPAs at Academic Breakfast
Oct. 12, 2013 Band to perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 28
Oct. 4, 2013 Five students named National Achievement Semifinalists
October, 2013 Student produces Katy Perry Contest Marian Spirit video
May 20, 2013 Class of 2013 welcomed to Alumni Association
April 30, 2013 Stibich earns music scholarship to DePauw University
April 17, 2013 Eighteen Marian Catholic athletes make college commitments
March 27, 2013 Marian actors to perform 'Beauty and the Beast' on April 19-21
March 27, 2013 Marian's Chmura finds passion in Music Room
Dec. 11, 2012 47 seniors meet Illinois State Scholar criteria
Nov. 14, 2012 Seven Marian athletes make college commitments
Oct. 18, 2012 Marian awards 72 Academic Letters for 4.0 GPAs
Sept. 12, 2012 Marian Catholic High School Hits the Links to Raise Funds for Student Scholarships
May 21, 2012 Alumni Association welcomes Class of 2012
Feb. 24, 2012 Alum Gavin elected to ESCC Hall of Fame
Feb. 8, 2012 Students of the Month honored for January
Feb. 1, 2012 Phone-a-thon raises more than $63,000
Jan. 5, 2012 Marian welcomes back alumni for College Day
Dec. 5, 2011 48 seniors meet Illinois State Scholar criteria
Oct. 18, 2011 Thier named National Merit Semifinalist; 3 Achievement Semifinalists
Oct. 18, 2011 Marian's 99 AP Scholars among best in Chicagoland
Sept. 2011 Sept. 11 victim Patrick J. Murphy '81 honored
Aug. 26, 2011 Marian hosts back-to-school night for parents
Aug. 25, 2011 Marian Community Mourns Loss of Edward H. Savant
Aug. 23, 2011 Alumni Association hosted Cubs Rooftop event
July 15, 2011 Marian Catholic implements Electronic Newsletters
June 24, 2011 Remembering Sr. Margaret Rose
May 23, 2011 Marian welcomes Class of 2011 to Alumni Association
April 28, 2011 Marian honors 69 students for academic perfection
April 20, 2011 Marian Catholic High School Band Teams with Northshore Concert Band for Spring Concert
March 31, 2011 Pieper's video earns 1st Place in Operation Snowball contest
March 31, 2011 Marian Group Interpretation captures third at IHSA State
March 11, 2011 Marian captures first place in Mock Trial competition
March 10, 2011 Marian's Evans, Harrison inducted into ESCC Hall of Fame
Feb. 19, 2011 Marian Speech Team 2nd in state; Wlos wins 2 titles
Dec. 14, 2010 Speech Team captures first at 'Santaburg Oaklaus' Invite
Dec. 2, 2010 53 seniors achieve Illinois State Scholar status
Nov. 10, 2010 Ten Marian athletes sign National Letters of Intent
August 2010 Marian Catholic Endowment Golf Classic Tops $100,000
Aug. 19, 2010 Dominican Sisters celebrate Founding of congregration
July 30, 2010 Marian to honor Paige Kuersten with Angel dedication
May 17, 2010 Marian welcomes 335 to Alumni Association (photos)
April 2010 Marian Catholic Winter Guard Captures 5th Place at International Competition
April 2010 Marian honors 83 for academic perfection
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Marian Catholic High School Names New Chief Financial Officer

Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois is pleased to announce the appointment of Curt Schubert as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Schubert comes to Marian Catholic after having served for over ten years as Chief Financial Officer at The Children’s Place Association, a child welfare organization in Chicago. A graduate of DePaul University and a Certified Public Accountant, Schubert’s previous experience includes financial positions with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and in public accounting. "We’re delighted to welcome Curt to our staff," said Marian Catholic President Vince Krydynski. "He brings extensive knowledge in crucial areas including accounting, budgeting, contract compliance, facilities management and auditing." Schubert, a resident of Justice, Illinois and an active member of St. Fabian Parish in Bridgeview, looks forward to sharing in Marian Catholic’s mission of Teaching Scholars with a Soul. "God works in our lives in subtle and mysterious ways. I firmly believe that God ‘called me’ to be part of the outstandingly talented team at Marian Catholic High School. I am truly blessed and honored to be part of Marian Catholic Community."


'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' featured on stage Oct. 14-15

Join us as Marian Catholic students present You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown for two performances: Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.. For tickets please contact Diana McDonnell at (708) 996-4645 or through Thursday, Oct. 13th. Tickets are $10 Adult, $9 Senior Citizens, $5 Students/Children. Tickets will also be sold at the door the night of each performance beginning at 7 p.m.

Marian grieves loss of sophomore Blake Hannett, sends prayers to family

The Marian Catholic Community grieves the unexpected loss of sophomore student, Blake Hannett, who passed away on Thursday night, Dec. 11. His friendly outgoing personality and sense of humor helped to promote a team spirit both in the classroom and in the band. His million dollar smile and joyful spirit will be missed in the hallways of Marian Catholic but never forgotten. We are deeply saddened by his death.

Counselors are available to the Marian student body throughout the day on Friday and in the future.


Marian actors perform Godspell on Oct. 17-19 in Croarkin Theater

Marian Catholic Theater Department Puts on 'Godspell'The Marian Catholic Spartan Theater Department hosted the production of “Godspell” on October 17–19, in Marian Catholic’s Croarkin Auditorium, located on the near the southwest corner of Ashland and Joe Orr Road.

This event, open to children andadults of all ages, based on the Gospel according to Matthew, remains one of the most popular rock musicals of all time. Messages of love, generosity, joy, and faith are presented in song, dance, and all forms of theatrical play in this exuberant, rocking, rolling, and riveting production.

Cast members and their hometowns:
  • Tommy McDermott – Hammond, IN
  • Russel Dahlman - Homewood, IL
  • Emerson Pavur - Monee, IL
  • Brian Blewitt - Crete, IL
  • Mitchell Taylor - Lansing, IL
  • Hope Lang - Monee, IL
  • Kaela Harber - Whiting, IN
  • Brenah Johnson - Matteson, IL
  • Kimberly Hall - Lansing, IL
  • Maranda Brink -
  • Katie OShea - Tinley Park, IL
  • Emily Callahan - Monee, IL
  • Bianca Madden - Thornton, IL
  • Raven Brzeszkiewicz - Park Forest, IL
  • Molly Roe - Lansing, IL
  • Erin Lyons - Munster, IN
  • Lauren OKane - Park Forest, IL


Emmaus classes get involved with kidney disease walk

Marian Emmaus classes are getting involved with a cause to fight Polycystic kidney disease with an upcoming walk. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is one of the most common, life-threatening genetic diseases affecting thousands in America and millions worldwide. There is no treatment or cure. You can help bring a treatment within reach.You can help by joining the Walk as a participant, volunteer or donor. More Information can be found at

Marian names Steve Tortorello '04 principal for 2014-15 year

School President Sister Judine Hilbing, O.P. is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Steve Tortorello ‘04 as the new principal of Marian Catholic High School beginning July 1, 2014.

Tortorello has been a member of the Marian Catholic family for more than 15 years, beginning with his earliest days as a student. After graduating from Marian Catholic in 2004, Tortorello went on to earn Steve Tortorellothree degrees from the University of Notre Dame: a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies, a Masters in Education, and a Masters in Educational Administration. His Masters in Education was earned through the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education. This program afforded him the opportunity to teach at Our Lady of Lourdes School in East Los Angeles, where he gained academic, experiential, and personal formation to provide effective leadership for the needs of a Catholic institution. 

Since his return to Marian Catholic in 2010, Tortorello has served as a freshmen English teacher and an Advanced Placement history teacher, quickly earning the praise of his students as an outstanding educator. He has consistently gone above and beyond to provide for the needs of his students, spending many hours after school to help seniors with their college applications.  Outside of the classroom, Tortorello has enhanced school spirit and rallied students to support each other at various extracurricular events. He has worked to promote the future of Marian Catholic through involvement with recruitment and marketing committees. Devoted to his Catholic faith, Tortorello has offered major support to the Kairos Retreat Program.

Tortorello becomes the eighth principal of Marian Catholic and is the first layperson to hold the position. At this important time in the school’s history, he offers the unique perspective of having been on both sides of the desk. Tortorello recognizes the high expectations placed on students, but also understands the responsibilities of the faculty and staff. He can effectively communicate both realities with parents and the larger community. Tortorello has a good knowledge of Catholic Dominican values, living them as part of his daily life. He has a keen sense of the school’s Mission and will work hard to ensure that Marian Catholic remains a faith-filled community devoted to excellence in academics, athletics, and fine arts. Tortorello brings strong energy and enthusiasm to the role of principal and offers a new vision that is sure to inspire the institution for many years to come.

As chairperson of the Mission Integration Committee of the Board of Directors, Dr. Joseph Hamann is excited about the announcement of Tortorello as the first lay principal of Marian Catholic High School. “Steve is a gifted educator and dynamic leader with outstanding interpersonal skills” said Hamann. “I have great confidence that he will work with the leadership team of Marian Catholic to embrace the abiding ethic of providing young men and women with a premier education steeped in Catholic values and Dominican truths.”

Tortorello comes to his new position in tandem with three outstanding assistant principals. Dr. Shirley Morris, the Assistant Principal for Academics, assures the strength of the collegiate-level curriculum, offering expertise and direction to the academic leadership platform. Mr. John Kozojed, the Assistant Principal of Student Services, has worked closely with Tortorello over the years and brings wisdom and a lifetime of committed service to this time of transition. Mr. Jack Heneghan, the Assistant Principal of Operations, works with individual student and faculty issues, helping each person in the school environment to achieve his/her highest level of good citizenship. The cumulative knowledge and experience of current leadership continues to be a tremendous asset to the Marian Catholic Community as Tortorello assumes the responsibilities currently held by Sister Kathleen Anne Tait, O.P.

Sister Rose Marie Riley, O.P., the Prioress General of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, expressed confidence in Tortorello's ability to promote the Dominican charism at Marian Catholic High School. "We are so grateful" stated Riley "that our ministry of educational leadership will be carried on by one so imbued with the Dominican spirit. Steve is deeply committed to our Dominican Pillars of prayer, study, community, and preaching. We are delighted to partner with him. His views are very consistent with the direction statement of the most recent General Chapter of our Congregation which reads in part ‘With active hope we choose to imagine the world we want to inhabit and accept the urgent responsibility to collaborate in bringing it to birth. Centering our lives in Jesus, the Word Made Flesh, we walk into the mystery unfolding before us.’"

In reflecting on her decision to select Steve Tortorello from a large group of qualified candidates, Sister Judine Hilbing looked to the future. “Throughout the course of this most recent academic year, the school community has been engaged in a process of strategic planning. As we prepare to present the final document to the Board of Directors for approval, I am confident that Steve has the vision, enthusiasm, and energy to carry our 20/20 VISION into the future, ensuring the long-term vitality of Marian Catholic High School.”

Established in 1958 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, Marian Catholic High School is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school within the Dominican tradition of study, prayer, community, and preaching.  Marian Catholic students seek truth, exhibit personal responsibility, cultivate their individual talents, and demonstrate ethical leadership and Christian service.

Emily Metzger '14 first freshman admitted to Governors State University

Thursday, November 21 was a big day for Marian Catholic High School senior Emily Metzger ’14 and a big day for Governors State University!

Metzger, accompanied by her parents, Stephanie and Brian, arrived on campus ostensibly to shop at a GSU student art market. Everything changed, however, when Courtney Sanders, Vice President of Enrollment Management, stepped to the podium and announced, “We are here to welcome the very first student to be admitted to the first freshman class of Governors State University. Welcome to GSU, Emily Metzger!”

As GSU’s first admitted freshman, Metzger received a huge round of applause, a large welcome sign, a bouquet of flowers, balloons and a GSU gift bag. In another surprise announcement, Dr. Elaine P. Maimon, president of GSU, not only welcomed Metzger to the GSU family, she also awarded her the first $1,000 GSU Merit Scholarship, renewable for four years.

“This has been an awesome experience; I was totally shocked,” said Metzger. “I live in Matteson and GSU is only 10 minutes away. I think it would be a great new experience to be in the first freshman class.”

Emily’s parents were also pleased, noting that she will be the first in their family to attend college. “We are ecstatic,” Stephanie Metzger said. “This whole experience has been wonderful. The admissions department and the faculty have been so helpful and welcoming.”

GSU will recruit only 270 students into its first freshman class, set to begin in Fall 2014. The students will participate in a unique themed learning program during their first two years, completing their general education coursework with students who share common interests in small classes.

For more information about GSU’s first freshman class, visit or call 708.534.4490. GSU is located at 1 University Parkway in University Park.

Marian mourns loss of longtime teacher, friend Bernie Jablonski

The Marian Catholic Community mourns the death of Bernie Jablonski, friend, teacher, and colleague to thousands of persons whose lives he touched. Bernie came to Marian Catholic High School in 1980 to begin a career in speech, drama, and English that would span 30 years and many generations of staff and students.

Bernie’s love for speech and drama extended to all aspects of theatrical production, bringing him success as a teacher, director, coach, and manger of stage techs. His love of drama extended beyond the stage to the silver screen, inspiring him to teach classes in film history and write movie reviews for a variety of audiences.

Bernie encouraged dramatic expression of life on the stage, through music, and as visually expressed in art and architecture. He never tired of leading his audience to view life through the lens of artistic interpretation.  As a teacher, director, architectural guide, actor, movie critic, and friend, Bernie always helped us to see a deeper, perhaps more obscure, meaning to life. He inspired thousands to share his passion for the arts.

Bernie will always be known for his quick wit and sense of humor. This gift, combined with his genuinely kind nature, endeared him to many.  We will miss Bernie as we keep him and all those who loved him in prayer.  To read the reflections of others who knew and loved Bernie, please visit his Facebook page.

Visitation:            3 to 9 p.m. Monday at Panozzo and Brothers Funeral Home
      Funeral:               10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Agnes Church, Chicago Heights

Marian schedules Open House for Sunday, Dec. 8

Marian Catholic High School will open its doors to prospective students and families with its annual Open House on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature tours, displays and plenty of informational literature to familiarize families with the quality, college preparatory education that Marian Catholic offers to students from more than 72 zip codes in Chicago, its South and Southwest Suburbs, and Northwest Indiana.

“More than 300 of our students will be on hand to conduct personalized family tours,” Marian Catholic Assistant Principal of Student Activities John Kozojed said. “Open House provides prospective families with an excellent opportunity to meet the students, faculty, staff, and parents of the Marian Catholic community. Come and experience the excitement of the Marian Catholic family.”

Visitors to the Open House will hear about Marian Catholic High School’s 776 College Board advanced placement exams with national recognition for 103 scholars; ACT composite scores in the top 10 percent nationally, the highly selective colleges Marian grads attend, and the more than $18 million in college scholarships that last year’s graduating class earned.

Marian has instituted a four-year formal leadership program for all its students. For excellence in education, Marian Catholic High School was named one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in the United States by the Catholic High School Honor Roll twice in the last decade.

Excellence is demonstrated in both men’s and women’s athletics, including recent achievements: women’s basketball won the IHSA Class 4A State Championship, men’s basketball reached the IHSA Class 4A Elite Eight, men’s diver Joey Cifelli captured second place in the Individual Category, women’s soccer won IHSA Regionals, 16 athletes qualified for the IHSA State Championship, and three athletes were named All-State.

For those interested in the Fine Arts, the seven-time Bands of America Grand National Champion Marching Spartans will show a video of the 2013 performance which earned them a 34th consecutive state championship in class and ninth place at Grand Nationals this fall; the madrigal choir and Speech team will also be performing at various times during the Open House. Following an IHSA state champion in Radio Speaking in 2007 and Performance in the Round in 2008; Marian captured first at IHSA state in 2012 for Group Interpretation, an individual winning first in Special Occasion Speaking, and a pair earning fourth place in Humors Duet. Speech Team, Group Interpretation, and Performance in the Round have earned 8 State Championships from 2006-2013. The Art Department will have work on display from Art I through Art IV students.

Marian Catholic has more than 40 clubs and organizations with representatives to answer questions: Student Council, Service Club (98% of students are voluntarily involved in service), Generation Green, Equestrian Club, Model United Nations, Astronomy Club and many more. Parent groups including Parents Club and Band Parents Association will describe parental support and involvement.

Recruitment Director, Sr. Dorothy Marie Solak, O.P. said, “If you want a school that will help you grow spiritually, help you develop leadership skills, give you the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, provide you with the opportunity to develop friendships that will last a lifetime while also giving you the opportunity to excel in academics, athletics, and fine arts, then Marian Catholic is the school for you! Come and experience Marian Catholic at our Open House on Dec. 8! Take our entrance exam on January 11 and be a part of the Marian Class of 2018!”

For further information please contact Marian Catholic High School at (708) 755-7565 or

Marian Band to perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 28

The Marian Catholic High School Marching Band will perform in the 2013  Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. Marian Catholic Marching Band will begin their performance to the sound of Let’s Have a ParadeTM, the iconic phrase that has signaled the start of every Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1924. The world famous event is recognized by many as the official start of the holiday season – and how could it not be? Fantastic floats, sky high giant character balloons, wacky clowns, superstar performers and the highly anticipated marching bands, have helped the spectacle transcend from a mere march to America’s Parade. With more than 3.5 million live spectators and 50 million at-home viewers, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the ultimate entertainment stage for fans young and old.

“There is a different kind of energy when you are preparing for a performance at this level. It’s one more very special opportunity that our students get to experience. The Macy’s Parade is one of the two greatest parades in the United States, making this an experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else. Performing in the Macy’s Parade with all of your high school friends is a once in a lifetime experience.”

“Our hope is that MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of people will hear the name Marian Catholic, possibly for the first time, and associate it with excellence and outstanding character.  What a terrific way to present our school to the rest of the world.” added assistant band director, Bobby Lambert.  

For more than 85 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has given thanks to what Macy’s values most – its loyal fans.  More than 5,000 Macy’s employees and dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to create a spectacular event that entertains the cheerful crowds and provides joy to millions at home watching on Thanksgiving Day. The Parade marches down a more than two-mile long New York City route gleaming with color, music and cheers that fill the autumn sky.

“I think performing for millions of people will be an amazing experience,” said Ellen Chmura Student Band President and a senior at Marian Catholic. “While I am excited to visit New York City for the first time and make memories with my friends, I am also looking forward to what this experience will mean for me as a musician. This opportunity will help me grow into the performer I am striving to become.”

Marian Catholic Marching Band was selected to be one of 12 marching ensembles in the 2013 Parade beating out of more than 150 applicants nationwide. Their outstanding musical ability, marching and performance skills and local recognition reinforced Macy’s decision to showcase the band’s talent during the grand march on Thursday, November 28, 2013.

The Macy’s Parade takes more than a year to plan, with bands chosen over 18 months in advance to their Parade debut. Each band application is thoroughly reviewed by the Macy’s Parade Band Committee, which looks every year for bands that not only possess great musical and marching ability, but the stage presence to captivate a nation.

This is the second time the Marian Catholic Marching Band has been selected to perform in the Macy’s Parade. With the support of their school and community, the Marian Catholic Marching Band, which consists of 225 members, will march its way into Parade history.

Stibich earns music scholarship to DePauw University

Gretchen Stibich, a senior student at Marian Catholic High School and Tinley Park resident, received a music scholarship from DePauw University in Indiana. Stibich, who was attracted to DePauw’s campus and music curriculum, will focus on both clarinet and piano while also pursuing a double major in music and a second undetermined concentration.

As first-chair clarinet player in the Marian Catholic Band, Stibich exhibits leadership skills and pure musical talent. “We are very proud of Gretchen,” said Greg Bimm, MCHS Band Director. “She is a fine musician playing principal clarinet in our top band. She is a section leader, an all-stater, and a band officer. In short, she is the kind of student that we hope all band members aspire to be. We directors are so happy to see Gretchen receive this well-deserved recognition.”

Bobby Lambert, MHCS Assistant Band Director, confirms Stibich’s potential: "Any student who receives full tuition to a university has accomplished a great feat and Gretchen is no exception.” Recognizing her past high school experience, he further states that Marian Catholic High School has “given her the knowledge, skills, and opportunity to truly benefit DePauw, making their investment worthwhile. At the same time, she has received the opportunity to focus solely on growth as a student and a musician.”

Gretchen Stibich’s success in music is further evidence of the quality of Marian Catholic High School’s fine band program. In both national and state competitions, the Marian Catholic Band has been recognized as one of the outstanding concert and marching bands in the United States, earning hundreds of awards and honors. In Bands of America National Competition, the Marian bands have been named Summer National Champion five times and in the Illinois Marching Band Championship Competitions. The Marian Band is undefeated in its class for the past thirty years, an unprecedented achievement in any arena.

Eighteen Marian athletes make college commitments

Highlighted by four members of Marian Catholic's 2012 IHSA baseball state championship team, 18 Spartan athletes made commitments on April 17 to continue their careers as student-athletes at the college level. The baseball standouts include Erik Callaghan (Benedictine), Brent Feldner (Oakton CC), Conner Madey (Denison) and Ryan Waaso (South Suburban).

Three football players made commitment to play at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (Jacob Forney, John Hotchkiss, Patrick Swanson), while women's lacrosse had college decisions from Mariah Brown (Howard), Katlynn Dee (St. Mary's, Ind.) and Sam Kinder (North Central).

Other Marian commitments included Kevin Phillips (Parkland basketball), Becca Stanton and Natalia Szyller (Aurora softball), Rayanne Muzzo (Central Connecticut diving), Grace Van Beest (St. Marys'-Minn. swimming), Kellan Berens (Aurora lacrosse), Shannon Milazzo (St. Ambrose soccer) and Colleen Rynne (Illinois Wesleyan volleyball).

Marian actors to perform 'Beauty and the Beast' on April 19-21

The Marian Catholic Theatre Department will perform “Beauty and the Beast” this spring. The musical will run on Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m.; in the Monsignor Croarkin Auditorium.

Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. This "tale as old as time" is a wonderful story to enjoy with the entire family.

Senior class cast members include: Hannah Lang, of Monee, as Belle; Pia Lyander, of Hazel Crest, as Babette; Kyle Fitzgerald, of Park Forest, as the Beast; Steve Daw, of Homewood, as Gaston; Doug Larcher, of Chicago Heights, as Cogsworth; Tom Kavanaugh, of Tinley Park, as Lefron; Maranda Brink, of Chicago Heights; Anna Petrelli, of Park Forest; Ileana Garcia, of Matteson; Jason Molitsky, of Dyer, Ind.; Patrick Fagan, of Chicago Heights; Sydney Maheia, of South Holland; and Mark Brabec, of Homewood, as Ensemble.

Juniors: Laura Hilger, of Oak Forest, as Mrs. Potts; Theresa Milazzo, of Matteson, as Silly Girls; Alyssa Lorenzo, of Thornton, as Silly Girls; Daniel Blewitt, of Crete, as Lumiere; Tom Fagan, of Chicago Heights, as D’arque’; and Aimee Tiberi, of Chicago Heights; Kendyl Todd, of Crete; Danielle Sovereign, of South Chicago Heights; Kyliah Thompson, of Richton Park, as Ensemble.

Sophomores: Alise Morrow, of Matteson, as Wardrobe; Emily Callahan, of Monee, as Silly Girls; Hope Lang, of Monee, as Silly Girls; Cooper Packard, of Lansing, as Maurice; Becca Hause, of Crete, as Ensemble.

Freshman: Rebecca Senick, of Tinley Park, as Chip; Katie O’Shea, of Tinley Park; Jessica Barrett, of Steger; Julie Javorka, of Lansing, as Ensemble.

To purchase tickets, contact Diana McDonnell, Administrative Assistant, at 708-756-9768 or For further information on Marian Catholic’s Theatre Department, please visit

Marian's Chmura finds passion in Music Room

Ellen Chmura, a junior at Marian Catholic, has taken every opportunity to enhance her music skills. The Lansing, Ill. resident was accepted by Music for All, Inc., an organization that creates life-changing experiences through music, to march in the Rose Bowl Parade in January; where she was able to interact with peers and band directors for around the country. Ellen also earned a Division One distinction and Best in Room for French Horn and Violin at the IHSA Solo and Ensemble competition last month.

“Ellen is one of the finest musicians we have had in our program,” said Greg Bimm, Marian Catholic Band Director. “She is dedicated, organized, very consistent, and has a great work ethic.  It is the combination of talent and consistent practice that has made her such an outstanding performer.  Along with being a wonderful performer, Ellen is also a very dedicated band member and a strong leader.  She is definitely one of our go to people.”

Chmura hesitated to join band when she was an incoming freshman; however, after a phone call from Greg Bimm she decided to become a part of one of the finest high school band programs in the nation.

“My favorite part about music is the feeling I get when I play, I can’t compare it to anything else in my life,” Chmura said. “Music has become more than just an activity for me; it’s a passion. Mr. [Greg] Bimm and Mr. [Bobby] Lambert both serve as my inspiration to study music in college.”

The Marian Catholic Band Program has a reputation as one of the outstanding concert and marching bands in the United States. Over the last 30 years the bands have earned hundreds of awards and honors.

In the State of Illinois Marching Band Championships, Marian is undefeated in its class since 1980. This 33-year undefeated streak at State is unprecedented in any arena. The Spartans have also won seven overall state titles. In Bands of America Competition, the Marian bands have been named Summer National Champion five times.

Seven Marian athletes make commitments to college

Seven Marian Catholic athletes made commitments to continue their careers as student-athletes at the next level on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Those moving onto the next level as of the first National Letter of Intent signing day include:

Melanie Ransom (Davidson basketball), Megan Walsh (Truman State basketball), Jasmine King (Seton Hall volleyball), Aliyah Isaac (Valparaiso basketball), Brad Bohlen (Northern Kentucky baseball), Alex Nickel (St. Louis softball) and Reggie Johnson (Missouri baseball).

Alum Gavin '01 elected to ESCC Hall of Fame

Marian Catholic High School alum Mike Gavin ’01 has been elected to the East Suburban Catholic Conference Hall of Fame and will be inducted on Thursday, March 8 at the annual ESCC Hall of Fame banquet at Crystal Sky Banquet Hall in McCook, Ill. He joins former Marian Catholic inductees Dave Mattio ‘66, Mickey Griffin ‘93, Kathryn Gleason ’92, Terence Marable ’94, Kevin Kelly ’80, Jerry Verde ’95, Rodney Harrison ’91 and Kerri Evans ‘96.

A standout in baseball at Eastern Illinois University, Gavin made a strong impact in three sports at Marian Catholic. Highlighted by leading Marian football to the Class 5A state championship game in 1999 and Chicagoland Prep Bowl title in 2000, Gavin was also a standout for the Spartans in baseball and basketball.

On the baseball diamond, Gavin earned ESCC all-conference honors in 2001 and authored one of just five varsity no-hitters in Marian history against Holy Cross in 1999. He’s among the all-time single-season leaders in RBI with 41 (second), hits with 48 (fifth) and batting average with .466 (sixth).

The Marian basketball squad experienced some of its finest days with Gavin as a leader in the backcourt. He paced the Spartans to back-to-back 19-win campaigns in 2000 and 2001, also sparking Marian to its last ESCC championship in his senior campaign.

On the gridiron as Marian’s signal-caller for the better part of three seasons, Gavin threw for more than 3,800 yards and accounted for 51 total touchdowns. Along with the postseason success, the newest Hall of Famer led Marian to a 22-7 overall mark in his final two seasons. He was an all-conference and All-Area selection in his junior and senior seasons.

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.

Phone-a-thon raises more than $63,000

More than $63,000!

And, a big thank you to our Co-Chairs Dan and Marianne Gregorovic and Mike and Kathy Manno along with our young alums who joined us: Felicia Dupczak ’04, Peter Kroner ’05, James Murphy ’05, Kevin Moffatt ’05, Phil Werner ’11, Kelly Welsh ’06, Meghan Galligan Welsh '04, and Chiblie Lillianne Coleman '06.

Marian sends prayers to family of alum parent Anthony Rosati, Sr.rosati

The Marian Catholic family sends its thoughts and prayers to the family of Anthony Rosati, Sr., who died on New Year's Eve at the age of 86. Rosati was a very involved alumni parent and has been a great friend of Marian as the owner of Lansing Sport Shop.

Arrangements include a Friday wake from 3 to 8 p.m. at Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road in Lansing, with an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 500 Northgate in Dyer, Ind.

Marian Catholic High School Hits the Links to Raise Funds for Student Scholarships

Press Release and Photo Advisory


Contact info:
Allison Smith, Public Relations Manager, 708-756-9770
Pat Trebe, EGC Event Manger, 708-756-9405

For Immediate Release:

The 23nd Annual Endowment Golf Classic will be held on Monday, August 13 on Chicago Southland’s historic links, Idlewild Country Club and Flossmoor Country Club in Flossmoor, Ill. to generate income for the Endowment Classic Scholarship Fund of Marian Catholic High School. The income from this fund provides need-based scholarships for students who would not otherwise be able to attend Marian Catholic.

The 18-hole event at two courses also features an optional 9-hole scramble (at Idlewild), golfer participation gifts, lunch, cocktails, silent auction prizes, dinner and more. The fee is $295 per person, $195 for young alums. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. at both courses with a noon shotgun start.

"The Endowment Golf Classic originated to financially assist families and community members that wanted to give their student an opportunity to have a spiritual education," said event co-chair Greg Underwood, one of the EGC founders. "It has been an honor to have worked on an event that has given so many young minds an opportunity to have a sound education."

For 35 students this past school year, the Endowment Golf Classic was more than just a golf outing. For them, it meant the advantage of a Marian Catholic High School education through the Endowment Classic Fund. The fund has grown to become the largest scholarship within the Marian Catholic institutional endowment portfolio, posting more than $2.3 million, awarding $80,000 in scholarships this past year to students of solid academic promise, demonstrating financial need. This funding achievement is only possible because of the good stewardship of the Dominican Sisters and the loyal support from our MCHS community.

For reservations and information, contact Pat Trebe, EGC Manager, at 708-756-9405 or

Media honors Sept. 11 victim Patrick J. Murphy '81

VIDEO: Marian alum killed on 9/11 honored (NBC-5)

Marian grad Patrick Murphy's family can't get away from 9/11 loss (Sun-Times)

Family, friends remember Marian grad killed in Pentagon attack (Illinois Times)

10 years after 9/11, Patrick Murphy's life continues to be celebrated (CH Patch)

Marian hosts back-to-school night for Parents

Hundreds of parents attended Back-to-School Night at Marian Catholic Thursday, where administrators, faculty and staff welcomed new families into the Marian community, and greeted familiar faces of those whose children have returned to the Chicago Heights campus for the 2011-2012 school year.
    Bolstered by steady enrollment in a difficult economy, school administrators are quick to thank parents who make a Catholic, college-preparatory education a priority.
     “On behalf of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, our Board of Directors, faculty, and staff, I want to express my sincere appreciation for your decision to support your child’s Catholic education,” said Sister Kathleen Anne Tait, O.P., Principal. “Our goal is to provide the best educational experience for students, emphasizing leadership skills, personal responsibility, and nurturing a willingness to serve others.”
     Parents made their way through the hallways to follow a shortened version of their student’s schedule, assisted by Student Council leaders, class officers and other student volunteers giving helpful directions.
    “Meeting the parents face-to-face at the beginning of the year is important,” explains Nancy Werner ’83, Marian alumna and mathematics instructor. “Not only does this event put faces and names together, but it also serves as an opportunity for the faculty to express their classroom expectations directly to the parents.”
     As parents traveled down third hall, they were able to see the nearly-completed, summer break renovation of the computer lab. With technology advancing at such a rapid pace, the Marian Catholic community made a commitment to enhance not only the physical space, but provide additional PC’s, MAC’s and software programs to ensure students and staff alike have access to the latest technology.
    The glass front entry gives way to rows and rows of new workstations, small offices for technology staff, and access to the media center where Video Editing and Graphic Arts will be taught.
     “Benefactors, along with the concerted effort of administrators, architects and builders, have assured that this project will be yet another challenge met head-on by Marian Catholic,” said Sister Judine Hilbing, O.P., President.
     “With a focus on ‘demonstration of values,’ it is our active commitment to sustain programs through state-of-the-art technology, giving our students the contemporary skills to meet world challenges as media savvy and technologically prepared Scholars with a Soul.”
    The enhanced Technology/Media Center is supported through benefactors to the 2011-2012 Marian Fund, and gifts to The Courage to Lead Capital Campaign restricted to broadcasting.

Marian Community Mourns Loss of Edward A. Savant

Edward A. Savant

The Marian Catholic High School community mourns the loss of Edward H. Savant, parent of Lisa (Savant) Cameron ’84, Edward C. Savant ’85, and Julie (Savant) Galvan ’89.

Ed served as an Advisory Board Member in the 80’s and both Ed and Betty served as Leadership council members for two capital campaigns in the following decades. The Savants established and promoted the program of individually endowed scholarships. Ed had the vision for our endowment program before we at MCHS did! An educated expert in the burgeoning financial planning field, Ed not only promoted establishing an endowment fund at Marian Catholic, but was the first to establish a scholarship fund to award Marian Catholic tuition scholarships.

In 1995, THE ERMAN C. SAVANT AND LAWRENCE J. CASSIDY FAMILIES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP was established to honor their fathers, who worked so hard for their families without the benefit of high school educations. Several students each year qualify for tuition assistance from this scholarship, ensuring that they continue their education in the Marian community.

Named Dominican Legacy Pillar Awardees in April 2009 at Marian’s 50th Anniversary Gala, Ed and Betty Savant’s commitment to Marian Catholic High School testifies in action their dedication to “the influence and empowerment of Catholic high school education.”

Alumni Association hosted Cubs Rooftop event

The first Cubs Rooftop Event for Alumni and Friends was a huge success. Sponsored by the Marian Catholic Alumni Association, 35 people took advantage of the venue and the beautiful weather to network and to have a good time.

Marian Catholic Alumni Association Officers
Chris Ormsby ’93, President
Susan Van Etten ’80, Vice President
James Murphy ’05, Communication Coordinator

If you are interested in the Alumni Association, events or how to become more involved, contact Carol Burke Swanson ’81, Director of Alumni Relations at 708-756-9405 or


Marian Catholic implements Electronic Newsletters

Marian Catholic News is now sent home electronically. If you did not receive the test “Marian News,” e-mailed on Thursday, July 14th, please submit the email to be used by following this link!

Click here to view the archive of newsletters.

Remembering Sr. Margaret Rose

Sr. Margaret Rose, 82, who taught at Marian Catholic from 1966 to 1977 and at St. Paul's in Chicago Heights from 1997 to 2001, passed away Friday, June 24. She remains in our prayers.

To view her obituary and to leave comments for the Sisters, click on the link below:
Sr. Margaret Rose

For memorials to Marian Catholic in her name, visit here.

Marian Catholic Band Teams with Northshore Concert Band for Spring Concert

A match made in musical heaven scheduled for April 27

The 110-member Northshore Concert Band will join musicians of the Marian Catholic Symphonic Band for a special concert April 27 at Governor's State University in University Park. Northshore Concert Band performs throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and has become internationally known and respected for its musical excellence, leadership in community music, and service to music education.

Marian Catholic Symphonic Band director, Greg Bimm welcomes the opportunity to co-host a concert with one of the most influential and respected symphonic bands in the country.

"This concert couldn't come at a better time," remarked Bimm, now in his 33rd year at Marian.

"The graduating seniors had the experience of marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and most recently, the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena," he said. "They have also attended clinics at Marian presented by some of the most successful musicians in the world. By participating in this concert with the Northshore Concert Band, they will see that their musical futures do not have to end with graduation, but can continue long into adulthood if that's where their journey and their desire take them."

Northshore Concert Band musicians come from throughout the Chicago area and southern Wisconsin and represent many professional backgrounds. Approximately half are professional music educators; the rest have a diverse set of occupations including business executives, attorneys, and physicians. Musicians range in age from 20 to 85. The musicians' average tenure is 15 years, with one-third having tenures of 20 years or more. All of the musicians are selected by audition and are strongly committed to volunteering their time and talents to the group.

Dr. Mallory Thompson, director of bands and professor of conducting at Northwestern University, serves as NCB's artistic director and is in great demand throughout the United States as a guest conductor and clinician.

Tickets for the 8:00 p.m. concert at Governor's State University are $5, available at the door or from any Marian Catholic band student.

Pieper's video earns 1st Place in Operation Snowball contest

Marian Catholic senior Josh Pieper recently won first place for his video production for the "Make the right mov(i)e video contest, sponsored by Operation Snowball. Marian's video- Prom Night Gone Wrong- was the winning entry and helped the local chapter win $1,000.

To view the winning video, click here.

Marian captures first place in Mock Trial competition

The Sixth Municipal District Court of the Circuit Court of Cook County (located at the courthouse in Markham) held its second annual Mock Trial Competition in February. For the second straight year, Marian Catholic High School won first place. With seven of the eight members competing for the first time, the team displayed an excellent understanding of both the facts and the law of the fictional arson case during the two opening rounds of competition and the championship round. As one evaluator put it, “they seemed like a little law firm.” The winning team included the following Marian Catholic students: Julian Chavolla, Zachary Henry, William Hilger, Paul Jones II, Daryl Pugh II, Mary Skurka, Matthew Wilk and Trevor Woolfolk.

Pugh, who dazzled judges at last year’s competition, did not disappoint as the leader of the group. His cross-examinations of the other sides’ witnesses were a highlight of the day. Skurka laid the foundation in each round with her concise opening statements. Wilk provided the knockout punch in each round with his forceful closing arguments. Chavolla, Henry, Jones and Woolfolk performed direct examinations and acted as witnesses. Each one of the four had great knowledge of the facts, and a commanding presence in the courtroom. Hilger acted as the bailiff and timekeeper for the team. For their efforts, each student was awarded a $5,000 partial tuition waiver to John Marshall Law School.

      Last year, Marian brought only one team to the competition. This year, the school was able to bring a second team. That roster included the following students: Dillon Domke, Steven Jackson, Vincent Jones, Xavier Kirkham, Julian Love, Kayla Robinson, Clyde Stansbury, Gabriela Valedon and Gabrielle Young. The team performed extremely well in the two opening rounds of the competition. With only two seniors, this team will help provide experience for next year’s squad.

The mock trial team is coached by Dr. Shirley Morris, Vice Principal of Academics, and Scott Becvar. This year, attorneys La Vetta Williams and Ashonta Rice assisted with coaching.


Marian's Evans, Harrison inducted into ESCC Hall of Fame

Marian Catholic High School alums Rodney Harrison ’91 and Kerri Evans ‘96 have been elected to the East Suburban Catholic Conference Hall of Fame. The duo will be inducted on Thursday, March 10 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, Terence Marable ’94, Kevin Kelly ’80 and Jerry Verde ‘95.
    While Harrison is well-known for his exploits in the National Football League and now as a broadcaster with NBC, Evans gained selection as both a high school and collegiate softball player, and now as Marian Catholic’s winningest softball coach of all-time.
    Evans currently owns a 272-92 overall coaching record at Marian, leading the Spartans to six ESCC titles, five regional championships and two IHSA sectional crowns. From her playing days at Marian, Evans still ranks in career top 10 pitching categories for wins (fifth with 34), earned run average (seventh, 1.11), strikeouts (third, 381) and innings pitched (fifth, 338).
     She played collegiately at Bradley University under former Marian Catholic coach Stefanie (Guillen) McAllister, where she still ranks in the top 10 for five career pitching categories and was named a First Team Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete in 2000.
     A standout in the NFL from 1994 to 2008, Harrison appeared in four Super Bowls and won two with the New England Patriots. He is the lone player in NFL history with 30 sacks and 30 interceptions, and his 30.5 sacks are the most in history for a defensive back. Harrison was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and also a four-time Defensive Player of the Year with the San Diego Chargers.
     At Marian, Harrison helped lead the 1990 football squad to an ESCC championship and he also helped spark the basketball team to its first IHSA regional title in school history. Harrison played both football and basketball at Western Illinois University.

Ten Marian athletes sign National Letters of Intent

Highlighted by a trio of women’s basketball players that have keyed back-to-back IHSA Elite Eight appearances, Marian Catholic had 10 student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to continue their careers in college on athletic scholarships.

Jaime Johnson (Lewis University), Simone Law (Loyola University) and Jasmine Matthews (Bowling Green University) have sparked Marian to consecutive IHSA Sectional titles. Law and Matthews have played on the varsity for three years, leading the Spartans to an overall record of 80-19.

The Marian softball program has also experienced tremendous success under the Class of 2011, including Briana Clark (University of Indianapolis), Rachel Glenn (Missouri Science and Technology), Rebecca Gray (Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville) and Shawna Sadler (Western Kentucky). That quartet has helped lead Marian to a 76-24 mark and an East Suburban Catholic Conference title in the last three years, while Gray has her name in several Marian record categories.

Meanwhile, Marian’s emerging women’s lacrosse program continues to produce athletes worthy of the next level. Standouts Alexis DiGiovanni and Barbara Jean Vega have committed to Augustana College, while Hannah Conway will move onto Adrian College.

Dominican Sisters celebrate Founding of congregation

My Sisters at Marian have encouraged me to send this reflection that I used this morning (Aug. 19, 2010) at prayer with all of you.

Sister Agnes Ann, O.P.

August 19, 2010

Dear Daughters of St. Dominic,

Thank you for remembering and celebrating the “founding of your congregation” every year. So many years have passed; so much has happened since Aug. 19, 1873. Little did we know that that day would be the beginning of a story, your story. You know the particulars of the beginning of an adventure that turned into a new life for us and for you.

Our hearts were broken when we knew that the old home in Kentucky was no longer our home. We were angry, confused, disappointed and frustrated. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. We felt like homeless orphans. Those were the “facts” and “we took those facts and created a new reality in the way we responded to those facts;” (to quote Father Gary.)

Our dream was to be faithful Dominicans in that tiny cottage in Jacksonville and in the school that we operated. And as the days turned into months and then into years, so many people reached out to help us and young women began to join us. We outgrew our home and so we were uprooted again by the move to Springfield, IL. With the help of God and many benefactors, we flourished and branched out to so many towns to teach children, to care for the elderly, to minster to the sick and to the many people in parishes or wherever we were. The six of us became hundreds of Dominicans.

We are so proud of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, IL, of what you have been, what you are, and what you will be. You often say that you stand on the shoulders of those who came before you and indeed you do, and from the shoulders of hundreds of Springfield Dominicans you see a very complex, troubled world. There is so much to do and you do so much but what you are is even more important than what you do.

It is a fact that the congregation is diminished by age, but the reality is that age brings wisdom. Perhaps, many cannot go where they would want to go to carry on the mission, but the reality is that there is more time for prayer and contemplation. The facts go on for you to create your reality.

You are committed, loving, compassionate women who are examples to the world. You are truly women of the Gospel, you are holy Dominican women grounded in prayer, study, common life and selfless ministry. You are holy Dominican women, women of faith, women of Gospel Truth, women of the holy preaching. Continue to create the reality of who you are. Continue living the dream and vision of St. Dominic.

With our love, our prayers, and our blessing we are,

Your Foundresses

Marian honors Paige Kuersten with Angel dedicationpaige

The family and friends of Paige Leigh Kuersten are joining with the Marian Catholic School Community to dedicate an angel in loving memory of Paige. The dedication occurred in the Theatre circle drive garden on Saturday, August 14, at 10:00 a.m. Many attended the dedication and to join in prayerful support of those who loved Paige so dearly.

The Marian Catholic High School Community grieves the loss of Paige Kuersten, who died as a result of a recent automobile accident. Our deepest sympathy and prayerful support go out to the family of Paige and to all those who love her.

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Marian Catholic Winter Guard Captures 5th Place at International Competition

The Marian Catholic Winter Guard placed 5th in Scholastic World Class at the Winter Guard International competition held in Dayton, OH. Having won 1st place in the Scholastic Open Class in 2009, the Marian Guard was promoted to World Class this year with the hopes of making it into the finals of 15 teams from among 25 teams competing. By capturing 5th place overall, the Marian Guard made history as they placed higher in their first year than any other newly promoted team.

Seven seniors anchor the team of 22 guard members, all putting in countless hours of practice in preparation for the event in Dayton, and other competitions leading up to it.

“To the outsider, the long hours of practices and hard work seem like a waste of time,” explained Kim Karlin of Dyer, IN. “But anyone involved in the guard scene knows every hour is totally worth it.”

Karlin has been a guard member all four years at Marian, along with Amada Tiberi of Chicago Heights, who saw her first guard performance as a 7th grader visiting Marian Catholic for Step-Up-Day.

“That was the first time I watched the band perform with the guard girls, and I fell in love with what they did,” she said. “I tried out for the guard at the end of 8th grade and was ecstatic when I found out I made it.”

She continued, “Little did I know that the acceptance letter for guard that I received in the mail would change the next four years of my life so drastically. Being in the guard has taught me valuable lessons about leadership, time management, and working as a team to accomplish a common goal.”

Jackie Nauracy, from Schererville, IN, was both excited and sad to perform the last show in Dayton. “It was one of the best weekends of my life,” she said. “We are all so proud of what we’ve accomplished by telling this wonderful story that has touched so many people.”

Nauracy is referring to the theme of the guard’s show, titled “Ashes to Ashes.”

Guard members, dressed for a funeral, deal with overwhelming grief felt at the loss of a loved one with “Ashes to Ashes.” As a gravedigger fills a freshly dug grave with shovelfuls of dirt from a wheelbarrow, a sobbing widow holding a black umbrella is escorted through the scene as she tries to manage her sadness. When she collapses at the graveside, unable to bear her loss, a close friend picks her up and consoles her, holding her as they slowly exit the floor. The performance has an undeniably somber theme, but the capacity crowd in Dayton was moved by their portrayal, responding with a standing ovation. ranked Marian Catholic among the top four in their review of all the performances in Dayton, high school teams and independent teams included, saying, “This was the kind of color guard production and masterful performance that reshapes perceptions and futures.”

“Hearing our name announced for 5th place among color guards that we have looked up to for inspiration, gave me an overwhelming feeling of excitement,” said Glenwood native Kara Morrison.

“Having the opportunity to be a member of this unique group, and this year a captain, is an honor and a privilege,” Morrison continued. “Marian Catholic’s color guard team is a group who is determined, dedicated, and have an internal drive to reach their fullest potential.”

Katie Obbagy of St. John, IN, who has been plagued by stress fractures in both shins this year, agrees.

“Because we won in our class last year, we were promoted to World Class, which meant more hours practicing, more difficult routines, and more overall commitment to the team,” she explained. “My passion for this activity is more than I can describe, but I was not going to let anything get in the way of our goal to perform our absolute best in the World Class finals.”

Tiberi eloquently sums up the team’s feelings going into the finals.

“Performing in front of thousands of people is such an overpowering experience,” she explained. “At first it is scary, but once you hear the crowd go wild, it gives you an adrenaline rush like no other, and you literally feel unstoppable.”

Lamar Branson, who has directed the group of seniors since their freshman year, was deeply moved by the guard placing so high their first year in World Class.

“I knew the guard was capable of making it into the finals,” he said. “But when they placed 5th, I was overwhelmed. I am so proud of this group of special young women. I am excited about our future and the legacy the seniors have left us.”

“These seniors are special to me, and I will miss them terribly,” Branson said. “I am proud to have represented the music program and Marian Catholic community so honorably.

Marian honors 83 for academic perfection

Marian Catholic High School honored 83 sophomores, juniors and seniors at the annual Academic Breakfast on April 21. Students honored have earned a grade-point average of 4.0 or higher in all semesters at Marian Catholic.

Seniors include Margaret Andres, Megan Burke, Jonathon Caffarelli, Katelyn Campbell, Mia Cleary, Aaron Cook, Ronald Dymerski, Jr., Daniel Eckel, Jillian Fata, Michelle Hroma, James Jackson, Kimberly Karlin, Jamie Laski, Keegan Marz, Justine Meyer, Anne O’Shea, Jaime Patriarca, Jessica Siegert, Sarah Smith, Thomas Sullivan, Jennifer Szotek and Sean Woods.

Juniors are Emily Arvia, Patrick Barry, Michael Basile, Adam Bergen, Nathaniel Bodnar, Devin Bready, Kelly Costello, Patrick Daley, Kieran Dziallo, Rachel Glenn, Jay Hochstetler, Alexander Jackson, Paul Jenkins, Jamie Johnson, Yesenia Juarez, Jason Keane, Elyse Kelly, Adam King, Megan Murday, Kathleen McMillen, Uzoma Nwabara, Colin Parsons, Krista Policchio, Ellen Quinn, Michael Spear, Carl Sterzel, Jr., Chandler Todd, Madeline Tolish, Carlee Wieser, Christopher Zajeski and Amy Ziems.

Sophomores  include Johnathon Brodeur, Tori Bush, Torianna Crawford, Summer Fields, Alexis Funk, Kelly Gregorvic, Britta Hanson, William Hilger, Morgan Hischfield, Camille Johnson, Alexi Jones, Jason Lamano, Helena Mierzwa, KathleenMcAuliffe, Alison McAvoy, Niccole Nelson, Josephine Novak, Patrick O’Shea, Gianna Patrizi, Michael Peabody, Jose Saenz, Elizabeth Salter, Bernadette Senick, Deandre Tate-Drummer, Ryan Their, Kelsey Tierney, Nina Trlak, Stephanie Werner, Amber Williams and Mitchell Zavesky.

Dress Code Changes for 2015-2016

Marian Catholic will be making changes to the student dress code in the fall of 2015.

As stated in our handbook, Marian Catholic convenes a formal committee of students and faculty once every three years to review the current dress codes and make recommendations for changes for the future. This year was a review year, so a committee was convened and met weekly for several months to discuss amendments to the dress code.

The committee’s goals were to make the dress code clearer to understand, better-suited to student needs, and easier to enforce.

We would like to take a moment to highlight key changes so that everyone is clear on them.

  1. Simplified Shoe Policy

    The new shoe policy reads: "Any dress or casual shoes (lace or loafer style) with a full back may be worn." This eliminates any confusion about colors and allows for multi-tone shoes to be worn.

  2. Shorts!

    Recognizing that the heat in late August and early September can be unbearable, the committee has decided to allow for Marian-approved shorts! The new policy reads: "Lands’ End Dress Code Shorts with the Marian logo may be worn during the months of August, September, and May. No other shorts are allowed. Gym shoes may be worn only when worn with the Lands’ End shorts."

  3. Simplified Outer-Wear Policy

    On top of students’ polo shirt or dress-shirt-and-tie, they may wear a Marian-approved over-shirt. The new policy reads: "For warmth and comfort a student may wear a Marian-approved and logoed fleece, sweater, pull- over, sweatshirt, or warm-up jacket over the polo. No hooded tops may be worn during the school day." The change here is that shirts are no longer classified by material. In the old policy, all sweatshirt material was not allowed. Now, Marian-approved and logoed sweatshirts are allowed as long as there is no hood. So, MCHS crew neck sweatshirts can now be worn over the Marian polo.

  4. Simplified Pants

    In order to eliminate any confusion regarding what type of pants are approved for school wear, the committee has opted to adopt a uniform pant. The new policy reads: "Lands’ End is the sole supplier of all dress code pants, skirts, and shorts at Marian Catholic. Only the Lands’ End brand traditional classic cut or relaxed fit, chino-style cotton twill slacks in khaki may be worn. All Lands’ End dress code pants are ordered through Lands’ End and have the Marian “M” on the pocket…Ladies may wear a mid-calf length Lands’ End skirt with the Marian logo." This change will hopefully eliminate confusion about pants styles, pants material, pocket types, rivets, etc. The Lands’ End pants are the only official pants for Marian dress code. Students may not affix the Marian "M" to other pants to "make them dress code."

Procuring Marian Catholic Dress Code Items


As always, Marian polos are available from the Spartan Shop in our Leadership Center, Lansing Sport Shop, and Besse Shirt Lettering. Polos will be on sale during schedule pick-up day here at school on Friday, July 24th. Lands’ End will also offer a few polo shirt options through their online store as well.


As always, Marian outerwear such as fleeces, sweatshirts, jackets, zip-ups, pull-overs, etc. are available in the Spartan Shop and through Lansing Sport Shop and Besse Shirt Lettering.

Pants, Shorts, and Skirts

Marian pants, shorts, and skirts can only be purchased through Lands’ End. Lands’ End has created a special online store just for Marian families. We will be emailing everyone the link to that store shortly. We have also worked out a special deal with Lands’ End to provide Marian families with substantial discounts when purchasing dress code items. This will include a promotion of 20% off + free shipping on all orders over $50 from July 9th through July 23rd.

In order to best help families with sizing, Lands’ End representatives will host two optional fitting events at Marian on Friday, May 29th from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday, May 30th from 8:00am to 4:00pm. At these events, Lands’ End will have size runs of all of the styles of approved pants so that students can see what fits them best. You may stop by at any time in the listed timeframes on these two days. These events are not mandatory, but it would be helpful for students and parents to stop by so that they know which sizes fit the students best.

Lands’ End will also station a representative at their Orland Park store for the entire month of July to work with Marian families. Any Marian family can go to the Orland Park store in July to get sized and order pants and shorts.

The Dress Code Committee hopes that these changes will better serve all members of the MCHS community by making the dress code clearer to understand, better-suited to student needs, and easier to enforce.

Thank you for your continued support of Marian Catholic. We hope your students finish the school year strong and enjoy their summer!

Dress Code Policy