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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, March 13. 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.
Mother McAuley
  Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School will host various summer camps for athletes, artists, actresses, scientists and musicians from kindergarten through high school age. Campers are given the opportunity to develop skills by learning from and interacting with experienced staff. McAuley camps include 13 sport camps, two music camps, an art camp, science camp, the theatre “Kids Kamp,” and a new enrichment camp for girls in grades 1 through 6. Registration for all camps is now available online at mothermcauley.org. Every camp is offered at different times and days, at various fee levels.
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
  The Stagg Wind Symphony, Andrew Wind Symphony and Sandburg Symphonic Band I will perform as a celebration of Music in Our Schools month at 7 p.m. Friday at Sandburg High School, 13300 S. LaGrange Rd, Orland Park.
  The concert will conclude with a performance by the third annual D230 Honor Band. This year’s conductor is David Morrison, who is retired from Prospect High School. Top students from each band program have been selected to participate in a day of intense rehearsal to perform at the evening’s concert.
  Morrison received his formal training in music at the University of Illinois, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in music education in 1973, and his master’s in 1977. He was director of bands at East Richland High School in Olney, Ill from 1973 to 1977. From 1977 until 2006, he Morrison was the director of bands at Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, Ill. from 1977 to 2006. While there, he developed and maintained a nationally recognized band program for 29 years.
  Honors Morrison has received include the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association, election to the Phi Beta Mu National Band Director’s Honorary Fraternity, winner of Outstanding Contributions to Education Award at Prospect High School on two occasions, Outstanding Chicagoland Music Educator Award in 1992, the Shining Star Award 1995, and a nomination for the Golden Apple Award in 2001. In 2003, Morrison was honored as the Illinois State Teacher of the Year, and in 2005, he was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Bandmaster’s Hall of Fame at Northwestern University. In June of 2007, Morrison received the John Paynter Lifetime Achievement Award.
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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 has been awarded a grant of $10,000 from the Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants Program to support the purchase of a new instrument for chemical analysis. The instrument, a nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscope, is used in characterizing chemical compounds. Sharada Buddha, department of chemistry associate professor, applied for the grant in order to expand the educational opportunities open to students.
  The instrument is expected to be on campus this semester and will be used in chemistry classes starting in the fall. The instrument also may be incorporated into physical science classes, also offered by the department.
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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.

Shepard students engage in speed book dating

  • Written by Bob McParland

Decorated in red and pink, each of the eight page-9-2-col-speedShepard High School LRC coordinator Kim Borgia (standing, left) and literacy coach Meghan Sisk talk with freshmen as the peruse books during the speed dating literary event. Submitted photo.small tables creating a ring in the Shepard High School library overflowed with books.
They invited sampling, sort of a box of chocolates for book lovers. Indeed, with Valentine’s Day approaching that was the point of the ‘speed dating’ literary event.
As they walked into the library, the freshmen in teacher Ryan McGuire’s sixth period health education class soon learned what would happen.
The tables, with seating for four students, featured books with a specific theme. For three minutes -- the speed-dating aspect -- students would read the back covers of books.
After the three minutes, a group would move to the next table and repeat the quick-fire absorption of a new group of books. Then they checked out as many as they wanted at the end of the period.
“We thought the timing perfect, just before Valentine’s Day,” said LRC coordinator Kim Borgia.
The concept: Just like a box of chocolates, students will find something they like when presented with a selection of books with interesting, relevant, and timely themes.
The books explored health-related themes of bullying, self -image, mental illness, suicide, addiction, obesity, and others. Once students chose their books, literacy coach Meghan Sisk explained the expectations for completing the readings.
Students approached the speed-dating concept earnestly. Without exception, they perused the books thoughtfully as Borgia, Sisk, and McGuire walked among the tables talking with them.
While fun, the activity pursued serious goals. Borgia and Sisk took the idea from a workshop at Waubonsie Valley High School.
“I’m borrowing the enduring understanding and essential question they used,” Sisk said.
The project seeks to promote understanding of how “personal choices impact current and long term outcomes on individuals, family, and society,” Sisk added.
The essential question: In a culture where we are bombarded by other people trying to define us, how do we make decisions for ourselves?
“The themes common in young adult literature naturally lend themselves to opening up discussions about the health issues being covered in class,” Sisk said.

It’s Greek to me

page-8-3-col-greekStudents in fifth and sixth grades at St. Bernadette Catholic Academy in Evergreen Park recently presented their Greek gods and goddesses projects to their class. They dressed in costume and told stories about their specific god or goddess.
Pictured are Hannah O’Neill, David Alexander, Jeremiah Powell, Reginald Sykes III, Daniel McKeown, Ja’Niya Williams, Noah Zukowski and Joseph Sullivan. Submitted photo.

Campus Leaders_2-20-14

  Nicole Frederick of Oak Lawn graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University’s December commencement ceremony.
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  Degrees have now officially been awarded to more than 820 fall graduates at Eastern Illinois University. Undergraduate and graduate students were certified by their respective deans as having completed all requirements leading to the awarding of degrees. There were several area students who completed their studies, including:
  • Jayce Vickers of Palos Hills, Jonathan Worst of Hickory Hills, Maria Avolio of Worth, Mark Michaels of Hickory Hills, and Ryan Altenburg of Oak Lawn.
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  More than 990 undergraduate students have been named to Eastern Illinois University’s fall dean’s list. The dean’s list at EIU recognizes undergraduates with a declared major who have an excellent academic performance. Students who achieve a grade point average of 3.80 to 4.00, on a 4.00 scale, while completing a minimum of 12 graded semester hours, excluding credit/no credit grades, in a fall or spring semester, will be named to the dean’s list.
  Local students named to the dean’s list include: Ann Paolisso, Caitlin Danforth, Daniel Harrington, Elizabeth Burbatt, Erin Murphy, Kelley Lochow, Stephany Fonseca, and Veronica Popp, all of Oak Lawn. Other area students earning dean’s list honors include, Ceili Erickson and Hannah Thies of Evergreen Park, Jayce Vickers of Palos Hills, and William Knobbe of Chicago Ridge.

Bulletin Board from 2-13-14

Chicago Ridge School District 127.5
  Registration Coming Up for 2014-2015 Kindergarten Enrollment.
  Kindergarten Enrollment for Chicago Ridge School District 127.5 will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, at Ridge Central School, 10800 S. Lyman Ave. and Ridge Lawn School, 5757 W. 105th St. For more information, call Ridge Central at 636-2001, or Ridge Lawn at 636-2002.
  A child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible for kindergarten. Parents must bring the child’s original birth certificate and three proofs of residency.
  Birth certificates for children born anywhere in Cook County may be obtained from the FifthDistrict Courthouse Building, 10200 South 76th Ave., Bridgeview. For more information call 470-7233. Parents also may go to any local currency exchange and request a birth certificate. For children born within Illinois but outside Cook County, parents can contact the Division of Vital Records, 605 W. Jefferson, Springfield, or call 217-782-6553.

Oak Lawn-Hometown Elementary School District 123
  Schools registering kindergarteners and preschoolers.
  Kindergarten Registration will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at Hometown Elementary School, 8870 S. Duffy Ave. For more information and an appointment, call 857-5020.
  Kolmar Avenue School, 10425 S. Kolmar Ave., Oak Lawn, is hosting preschool registration from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at the school. For more information, call 422-1800.

Chicago Christian
  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.
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  The Chicago Christian High School Senior class will host a dress resale from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria, 12001 S. Oak Park Ave. Everyone is invited to shop for dresses, shoes, and purses at discounted prices. If you would like to be seller, send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information, call 388-7650, or visit swchristian.org.

Moraine Valley
  All high school students who love technology are invited to use their knowledge and skills at Moraine Valley Community College’s and Moraine Area Career System’s Technology Challenge, Thursday, Feb. 20 and Monday, March 17.
  Moraine Valley works hand in hand with MACS in-district high schools assisting students to transition into college. MACS are one of the statewide networks of Education for Employment groups, whose primary goal is to establish quality Career and Technical Education programs. MVCC provides dual-credits for the high schools involved in MACS including Andrew, Argo, Eisenhower, Evergreen, Oak Lawn, Reavis, Richards, Sandburg, Shepard and Stagg, and also assists with aligning dual-credits with college curriculums. High achieving high school students are recommended by their teachers to participate in the MACS/MVCC Technology Challenge.
  There are two rounds involved in the technology challenge. The first round is Feb. 20 at the student’s high school. Students who are chosen by their teachers will participate in the 40-minute virtual exam. The top two scoring students from each of the high schools in each of the following areas, automotive, mechanical drafting, A+IT essentials, photoshop and office systems applications, will participate in round two. The only exception to the round one “virtual” exam is that automotive clearly can’t be done virtually, so those are came to Moraine Valley Feb. 3 to compete.
  Round two kicks off March 17 at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. This event includes opening and closing ceremonies, a keynote speaker and a luncheon. Awards will be given to all first, second and third place students and high schools.
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   Women are asked to dig through their closets and pull out gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses to donate to Moraine Valley Community College’s Dream Come True Project. Dresses of all styles and sizes that are in good condition will be accepted. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and other accessories also will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Multicultural Student Affairs Department in Room 201, on the second floor of Building S, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  The dresses will be given away free of charge to local high school girls from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22 in Building S, Room 117, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. The Dream Come True Project is sponsored by the college’s Women’s Celebration Month committee and the Celebrating Diversity Task Group. For more information, call Nereida Perez at 974-5475.

Oak Lawn Community H.S.
  Candlelight Bowl To Fund Tim Nickos Scholarship.
  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.
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  Each year, LifeSource offers area high schools the opportunity to earn scholarship money. Oak Lawn Community High School has earned the scholarship money for the past five years. The school will host its annual winter blood drive Friday, in the Spartan Gym. Students are encouraged to donate blood during their gym period. Students must be at least 16 years old. A parent permission slip is required for students who are only 16-years old. Parents and community members are encouraged to visit a community donor center or mobile blood drive when eligible. Individuals are eligible to donate blood every 56 days. Be sure to mention donor code OL94 when donating blood.

Queen of Peace
  Join us on Friday February 28, 2014 at Arena Lanes Bowling Center in Oak Lawn on the corner of 103rd & Cicero for this 21 and over event! Bowling begins at 10:00 p.m. and ends at midnight. The cost is $25 per person for 2 hours of unlimited bowling, shoe rental, pizza and pop. Full cash bar will be available. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Athletic Department to off-set the costs of equipment, travel, official’s fees and more.
  Register online at: http://queenofpeacehs.org/events
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  Join us on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 11-2 p.m. at Queen of Peace High School for our annual softball clinic. The clinic is open to fourth through seventh grade girls as well as eighth grade girls who have already taken the entrance exam at Queen of Peace. There is a $10 registration fee and the fee includes a t-shirt.
  Learn from former collegiate coach and new varsity head coach, Erin Sullivan. Coach Sullivan comes to Peace after eight years as the head coach at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Coach Sullivan holds the single season win record as well as the single season highest winning percentage in program history. Her players have received numerous accolades. During Sullivan’s tenure, the Belles had four pitchers throw six no-hitters. Coach Sullivan coached 19 All-MIAA players, two MIAA MVPs, a two-time MIAA Batting Champion, six NFCA All-Region athletes, 38 NFCA Scholar Athletes, one ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American, and a two-time NCAA All-American in eight seasons.
  At the Queen of Peace softball clinic, you will learn the proper fundamentals of pitching, hitting, fielding, and base running. Whether you are trying out a position for the first time or improving on year’s worth of training, we will cater to your level of skill. Our coaches specialize in various aspects of the game and every player who attends will have the chance to learn from the expert coaches as well as have the opportunity to interact and train with Queen of Peace softball players!
  Besides working on the fundamentals, the coaches will also teach game-like situations, mental toughness on the field, and strategies to make players better after only one day! We strive to better each individual player’s skills while adding to their passion for the game of softball!
  Register online at: http://queenofpeacehs.org/events

Saint. Xavier
  Saint Xavier University will host an art exhibit celebrating African-American spiritual music through expressive calligraphy. The exhibit, titled “Bound for Glory” by Timothy R. Botts, will be on display in the SXU Gallery, located in the Warde Academic Center at the university’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. A presentation by the artist and a reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Gallery.
  Botts’ work combines contemporary graphic design principles with letterforms as old as the first century. He said his work draws influences from traditional African art and writing systems, urban graffiti, and American quilts. Botts is a resident of Glen Ellyn. He has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in graphic design from Carnegie-Mellon University, during which time he apprenticed in calligraphy with Arnold Bank. He spent three years in Japan teaching conversational English and was influenced by the rich tradition of their brush writing. He designed more than 600 books for Tyndale House Publishers near Chicago where he was senior art director before retiring in 2012. Ten books of his own work are published, including “Doorposts,” “Messiah,” and a Bible illustrated in his calligraphy. He is a part-time instructor at College of DuPage.
  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., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sunday. For more information, please contact the gallery at 773-298-3081.