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Conrady student show great chemistry in MVCC challenge

At the end of the first couple of rounds, page-8-3-col-chemistsConrady students did well in Moraine Valley’s chemistry question competition. Submitted photo.Conrady Junior High School students were rock solid, although they were successfully answering questions about liquids and gases as well.
Each of the school’s five eighth graders had correctly answered most of the initial 40 questions that had been posed to them during the annual “You Be The Chemist Challenge” recently at Moraine Valley Community College.
After the third round, the contingent from Conrady was still going strong among the 23 competitors from six schools.
 Conrady’s team consisted of Faisal Al-Qawasmi, Max Bauer, Rick Korolewicz, Arnas Liesis and Matt Stoch. Science teachers Becky Glaubke and Matt Offord worked with the students after school for the last few months.
While the five performed well in the competition, Matt Stoch did well enough to place third, which ensured him a seat at the State competition on April 27 at North Central College in Naperville.
The five from Conrady were selected from among a group of more than 20 of their classmates who participated in an after-school study group preparing for the chemistry challenge.
Matt, Faisal, Max, Rick and Arnas were selected based on the results of a test the group took that was provided by the Chicago Drug & Chemical Association, which sponsored the event.
Students were asked questions such as: “Which of the following are phase changes between gases and liquids,” with the answer being condensation and evaporation.
A follow-up question was: “A substance may undergo a phase change as a result of changing which of the following?” The answer was pressure.
Another question was: “Why is salt thrown on sidewalks in cold weather?” The answer was is that salt lowers the freezing point of water.
One last question that was posed to the students included: “Which is not a physical property?” The answer was electronegativity.

—Submitted by Jim Hook, School District 117

Bulletin Board from 3-20-14

Moraine Valley

  Mobile Vet Center coming to Moraine Valley
  Veterans from every era are welcome to explore the Mobile Vet Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Thursday, in the parking lot near the Student Union, on the Moraine Valley Community College campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy in Palos Hills.
  The Mobile Vet Center is available to anyone who has served in any combat zone. Guests can tour the center, ask questions and learn about available veterans’ services such as readjustment counseling; posttraumatic stress disorder counseling; job counseling and referral; benefits counseling and referral; individual, couples/family and group counseling; bereavement counseling; and alcohol and other drug addiction counseling and referral.
  For more information, call General McArthur III, veterans’ coordinator, at 608-4144, or visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mount Assisi Academy
  Mount Assisi Academy Looking For Fair Participants.
  Mount Assisi Academy is hosting a Career, Volunteer, and Job Fair for their students on from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. Monday, May 5. The school is looking for:
  • Businesses that need to fill jobs, to host a table, have our students fill out applications, and conduct mini interviews on site.
  • Organizations who need volunteers to host a table and encourage our students to sign up for volunteer opportunities.
  • Professionals to come and share their experience in a particular field, answer questions, and schedule shadow days or internships with our students.

  For more information, call Marina Tadros at 630-257-7844, ext 239, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Oak Lawn Community H.S.
  Oak Lawn Community High School will host its Relay for Life for the 12th year in a row. Relay for Life is an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research. This year’s Relay for Life will take place Saturday, May 17. Per Relay tradition, the faculty, staff and students painted the gym purple on Feb. 7 by wearing purple T-shirts during the varsity basketball game. Relay for Life coordinator Thaddeus Zuzga said that OLCHS raised more than $1,500. These funds will be used to cover all of the extracurricular activities at this year’s Relay For Life Event on May 17, 2014. It is not too late to register teams or participants for the event. For more information, call 424-5200.

Stagg
  Stagg High School Presents Art For The Season.
  Stagg High School Music Boosters organization presents Art for the Season, an arts and crafts festival. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the school, 8015 W. 111th St., Palos Hills. Admission is $2 for adults. The two-day event features arts, crafts, and vendor booths, lunch, food sampling, raffles, and an appearance by KHITS radio, 104.3 FM. The proceeds from this event benefit the music students at Stagg High School. For more information, call Patty at 974-7520.
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  Stagg High School will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a namesake event Saturday, April 12 at the University of Chicago’s Bartlett Hall, where Amos Alonzo Stagg served as associate professor and director of athletics.
  Tickets, which cost $40 per adult, will be sold until April 1. A shuttle bus from Stagg High School costs $5. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The community, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and retired employees are welcome.
  The celebration begins with a tour of architectural landmarks at 5 p.m. starting at the Ratner Athletics Center, followed by a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the hall. The celebration will feature hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and desserts.
  The event, hosted by the newly formed Stagg Community Organization, incorporates the talents of students. The Stagg Madrigal Singers and Stagg Jazz Band will perform, and students in the culinary department will make desserts. In addition, art students are involved in creating the tickets and graphics for the program’s ad book, and graphic arts students will help produce material for the event.
  Stagg served the University of Chicago from 1892 to 1932, and his office was in Bartlett Hall. The high school proudly displays one of those doors in its Stagg History Room, obtained when renovations took place at the hall. A pioneering college coach, especially in football, Stagg brought innovation to the game, inventing the lateral pass, huddle, uniform numbers and the tackling dummy. He helped organize the Western Conference, predecessor to the Big Ten Conference. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 both as a player and as a coach. The Division III championship game for the NCAA is known as the Stagg Bowl.
  Stagg High School serves the communities of Palos Hills, Palos Park, Palos Heights, Hickory Hills, Bridgeview, Worth, Willow Springs, and Orland Park.

St. Xavier
  St. Xavier University will host “Chapters,” an art exhibit by Kelly Harris and Amara Hark-Weber open now until Tuesday, April 1.The exhibit will be on display in the SXU Gallery, located in the Warde Academic Center at the University’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. The exhibit will be closed from March 10 to March 16 for spring break.
  The SXU Gallery’s hours are: Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and closed on Sunday.

  Harris holds a master of fine arts degree in visual communications design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor of arts degree in visual communications design with minors in fine arts and biology from Purdue University.

  Hark-Weber holds a master of fine arts degree in visual communications from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a master of science degree in development studies from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree in history and Africana studies.

Worth Junior High
  The members of the Worth Junior High School Concert Band performed and excelled at the Illinois Grade School Music Association’s District 6 Organizational Band Contest March 8. The band received a superior rating as a result of an excellent performance, with one of the adjudicators giving a perfect score. As a result of receiving the superior rating, the band has qualified to perform at the Illinois State Band Contest Saturday, April 12 at Manhattan Junior High School.

Bulletin Board from 3-13-14

Chicago Christian
  Chicago Christian High School, 12001 S. Oak Park Ave., Palos Heights, will present Broadway Today, this year’s choir show at 7 p.m. Thursday. It includes music from “Wicked,” “Hairspray,” and “Jersey Boys,” and recent revivals such as “Grease,” and “Les Miserables.” The show includes student created choreography as well as professional choreography, staging, costuming, visual narration, solos and a pit band. The show is free for all ages. For more information, call 708-388-7650.
  Community residents are invited to Chicago Christian High School Theater Department’s spring production of “Hilarity Ensues: A Night of Comedy.” Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1 in the CCHS auditorium, 12001 S. Oak Park Ave., Palos Heights. The evening will feature the school’s first Chicago Christian High School Improv Team, and two one-act comedies, “Sure Thing” and “Philosophy 101: A Play,” as well as a special performance by the CCHS girls’ a cappella group, The Knightingales. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $7 for adults. Tickets will be on sale in the main office at CCHS beginning Monday, Feb. 17. For more information, call 388-7650, or visit swchristian.org.
Oak Lawn
Community H.S.
  Oak Lawn Community High School will host its Relay for Life for the 12th year in a row. Relay for Life is an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research. This year’s Relay for Life will take place Saturday, May 17. Per Relay tradition, the faculty, staff and students painted the gym purple on Feb. 7 by wearing purple T-shirts during the varsity basketball game. Relay for Life coordinator Thaddeus Zuzga said that OLCHS raised more than $1,500. These funds will be used to cover all of the extracurricular activities at this year’s Relay For Life Event on May 17, 2014. It is not too late to register teams or participants for the event. For more information, call 424-5200.
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  A Candlelight Bowl will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at Fox Bowl, 1101 Butterfield Road, Wheaton. Money raised will fund The Tim Nickos Memorial Scholarship, which will grant one $2500 scholarship to an OLCHS student to help with college tuition. The winner will be announced at the spring sports award ceremony.
  Tickets are $25 for students, or $30 for adults. The ticket price includes three games of bowling and dinner. There will also be a cash bar, raffle prizes and split the pot. For more information, visit olchs.org.
  Tim Nickos was an individual who lived every day to the fullest by inspiring and motivating others through his contagious smile and great sense of humor. Nickos was to be the captain of the Oak Lawn Community High School varsity swim team his senior year. He was a member of the OLCHS band. Nickos always provided for everyone around him. He died in his sleep at the age of 17. He had a heart condition called cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) that went undiagnosed. This led to cardiac arrhythmia, which ended his life on June 28, 2011.
Stagg
  Stagg High School recently honored students at Senior Recognition Night for their academic accomplishments.
  Students named to the top one percent of the senior class include: Indre Geneviciute, Paulina Guzek, Ragda Izar, Rebecca Krasny, Aimee Schroeder and Haleigh Weszelits.
  Seniors included in the top five percent of the class were: Sami Alahmadi, Nashami Alqawasmi, Feross Atallah, Kamaljit Braich, Natalia Ciszek, Daphne Mae Domingo, Alexandra Evangelopoulos, Kathryn Gabel, Amber Girod, Rami Hourani, Daniel Jamrozik, Kevin Korniejczuk and Kelli Krown.
  Those in the top 10 percent include: Nuha Abdelrahim, Melanie Arnold, Gerardo Arriaga, Anna Dobrowolski, Deanna Daujatas, Mohamed Elhannouny, Nicholas Graves, Hannah Henderson, Dian Ivanov, Alan Jaski, Katherine Johnson, Allison Kumke, Bekezela Kusina, Michalina Lassak and Angela Magnuson.
  Rebecca Krasny and Cortney McInerney were National Merit Scholarship Commended.
  Those who won the Outstanding Charger Award include: Sami Alahmadi, Nashami Alqawasmi, Kamaljit Braich, Kathryn Gabel, Nicholas Graves, Rebecca Krasny, Kelli Krown, Thomas Krumpolc, Elizabeth Paris and Aimee Schroeder.
  Students who were named a PSAE Scholar include: Melanie Arnold, Gerardo Arriaga, Natalia Ciszek, Alexandra Evangelopoulos, Evan Gallermo, Nicholas Graves, Paulina Guzek, Rami Hourani, RagdaIzar, Sebastian Kolpac, Rebecca Krasny, Kelli Krown, Brandon Lunt, Angela Magnuson, Alyssa Matlock, Kacper Ostalowski, Elizabeth Paris, Natalie Polk, Dawid Rafacz, Luke Workman, Haleigh Weszelits and Patrick Wirry.
  Department awards were given to the following students: Applied Technology — David Relstab, Art — Rachel Cherie, Business — Ophelia Makis, English — Cortney McInerney, Family and Consumer Sciences — Stephanie Slager, Math — Haleigh Weszelits, Music — Patrick Wirry, Physical Education — Constantino Demacopoulos, Science — Rami Hourani, Social Studies — Cortney McInerney, and World Language — Cortney McInerney.
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  Stagg High School will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a namesake event Saturday, April 12 at the University of Chicago’s Bartlett Hall, where Amos Alonzo Stagg served as associate professor and director of athletics.
  Tickets, which cost $40 per adult, will be sold until April 1. A shuttle bus from Stagg High School costs $5. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The community, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and retired employees are welcome.
  The celebration begins with a tour of architectural landmarks at 5 p.m. starting at the Ratner Athletics Center, followed by a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the hall. The celebration will feature hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and desserts.
  The event, hosted by the newly formed Stagg Community Organization, incorporates the talents of students. The Stagg Madrigal Singers and Stagg Jazz Band will perform, and students in the culinary department will make desserts. In addition, art students are involved in creating the tickets and graphics for the program’s ad book, and graphic arts students will help produce material for the event.
  Stagg served the University of Chicago from 1892 to 1932, and his office was in Bartlett Hall. The high school proudly displays one of those doors in its Stagg History Room, obtained when renovations took place at the hall. A pioneering college coach, especially in football, Stagg brought innovation to the game, inventing the lateral pass, huddle, uniform numbers and the tackling dummy. He helped organize the Western Conference, predecessor to the Big Ten Conference. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 both as a player and as a coach. The Division III championship game for the NCAA is known as the Stagg Bowl.
  Stagg High School serves the communities of Palos Hills, Palos Park, Palos Heights, Hickory Hills, Bridgeview, Worth, Willow Springs, and Orland Park.

St. Xavier
  Sister Janet Ruffing, R.S.M., Ph.D., Yale Divinity School professor of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership, will present a lecture, “Faith and Women: Why Women Mystics Still Matter” as part of Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) Catholic Colloquium lecture series. Ruffing’s lecture is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 in the Butler Reception Room in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. This event is free and open to the public.
  The Catholic Colloquium series is sponsored by the Office for Mission and Heritage. For more information, call the Office for Mission and Heritage at 773-298-3430, or email Sister Joy Clough, R.S.M. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  In her presentation, Ruffing will reflect not only on how women like St. Catherine of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Hildegard of Bingen grounded their unusual exercise of authority in their experiences of prayer and ministry, but also on how that route of service in and for the Church remains open to women today.
  Currently teaching graduate courses on Christian spirituality, mystics and mysticism, and meditation at Yale Divinity School, Ruffing is a Sister of Mercy whose research and teachings focus on Catholicism, feminism/feminist theology, prayer, and spirituality. She is Professor Emerita of Spirituality and Spiritual Direction at Fordham University where she directed the spiritual direction program from 1986 until her move to Yale in 2010. She has lectured widely in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and the Pacific. She was a founding member of Spiritual Directors International and is president of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.
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  St. Xavier University will host “Chapters,” an art exhibit by Kelly Harris and Amara Hark-Weber open now until Tuesday, April 1.The exhibit will be on display in the SXU Gallery, located in the Warde Academic Center at the University’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. The exhibit will be closed from March 10 to March 16 for spring break.
  The SXU Gallery’s hours are: Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and closed on Sunday.
  Harris holds a master of fine arts degree in visual communications design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor of arts degree in visual communications design with minors in fine arts and biology from Purdue University.
  Hark-Weber holds a master of fine arts degree in visual communications from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a master of science degree in development studies from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree in history and Africana studies.

Ridge Central jumps for the AHA

  • Written by Kari Nelson

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More than 100 Ridge Central students participated in this year’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
  The event included students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Third- through fifth- grade students participated after school at the Jump, kindergarten through second grade students jumped for their donations during their Physical Education classes.
  The top fundraisers were Nikolas Dixon (third Grade) who raised $287, Ryne Luna (third grade) with $203, Gabriel Jackson (first grade) with $200.
  Ridge Central’s total fundraising effort for this event was $3,885.68, which was announced at the event on February 24th.
  Many of the parents showed up to watch and help with the Jump along with Brandy Hobbs from the American Heart Association, who presented Ridge Central with a 2014 Jump Rope for Heart banner.
  Ridge Central Elementary School has been participating in Jump Rope for Heart since 1997. Ridge Central will again participate in Jump Rope for Heart next year, hoping to beat the fundraising effort from this year.
— Submitted by Ridge Central Elementary School

Campus Leaders from 3-6-14

A number of area residents were named to Benedictine University’s fall dean’s list. The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average or above. Students named to the dean’s list include:

  Mackenzie Muersch of Chicago Ridge, Molly Williams and Markus Wrobel of Evergreen Park, Cindy Kirk and Hajer Ibrahim of Hickory Hills, Kristine Luna, Aliya Murray, Mahmoud Abdel, Kayla Weyer, Katherine Juszczyk and Chris Rafacz, all of Oak Lawn, Hend Diab and Renee Habbal of Palos Heights, Anna Bosek, Sandra Mazonas, Deama Sheika, Shelley Vanwitzenburg and Rachel Marzalik, all of Palos Hills, and Hedaya Karim of Worth.
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  Benedictine University awarded degrees to 439 students who completed their requirements on or before December. The December 2013 graduates include:
  Hercedes Smith of Evergreen Park, master of science in nursing, Hiba Kamal of Hickory Hills, bachelor of science, diagnostic medical sonography, Mary Swearingen of Hickory Hills, master of science in nursing, Daniel Zajaczkowski of Palos Hills, bachelor of arts, management, cum laude, and Deama Sheika of Palos Hills, bachelor of arts, psychology.
  Others earning their degrees from Benedictine University in December include:
  Dina Surdyk of Palos Hills, bachelor of arts, management summa cum laude, Peter Surdyk Palos Hills, bachelor of arts, management, summa cum laude, Sam Suhail of Palos Hills, master of business administration, and master of public health.

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  Kyle Cheng of Oak Lawn has been named to the dean’s list at Boston University for the fall semester. Each school and college at Boston University has its own criterion for attaining dean’s list honors, but students generally must attain a 3.5 grade point average, on a 4.0 scale, or be in the top 30 percent of their class, as well as carrying a full course load as a full time student.