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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.