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Parent Organization to Host "Changing Habits-The Nun Monologues" 5.19.15



Women's Society Signature Dinner - 5.7.14


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Volunteers Needed for Annual Clean & Green - 4/18

Chicago's annual Clean & Green event takes place on April 18. If you'd like to help clean up the area around campus, please come to the University Village Association office on April 18. The office is located at 1453 W. Taylor St. Students and parents are invited to arrive by 9am for a breakfast snack, cleaning assignments, and supplies. Volunteers will work from about 9:15am to 11:45am and return to the office for a noon lunch. Parents can pick up their students at 12:30pm.



Gloriam 2015 Grosses Over $1 Million for Tuition Assistance!




Harlequins to Present Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice

Performances: March 20, 27 & 28 at 7:30pm, March 22 & 29 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the box office at the performance or arranged in advance via

All performances will be held at the McLaughlin Theater on the campus of Saint Ignatius College Prep. Find out more on the Harlequins webpage here:

Watch a promotional video created by the Harlequins here:



Prof. Ted Mazurek '80 Visits Latin Students at School

On March 9, Prof. Ted Mazurek, Saint Ignatius Alum from the Class of  1980, and Professor of Classics at the University of Notre Dame, visited some of our Ignatius Latin students.  During activity period, Prof. Mazurek, led a discussion with all Latin students in G56-58, answering their questions about Caesar, Cicero, Roman immigration, and the Roman voting process.  Following that discussion, Prof. Mazurek visited with Ignatius AP Latin students in 464.  In an in-depth discussion of Vergil's Aeneid and the importance of Classics in college and in life, his good humor, humility, and learning impressed all the students.  We are very grateful to him for his visit.    

School Hosts Immigration Summit

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Ignatius Launches "Spiritual Exercisers" Racing Group

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Ignatius Alumna, Gina Rodriguez '02, Wins Golden Globe

Please join us in congratulating Saint Ignatius alumna, Gina Rodriguez '02 on her Golden Globe win for Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy. Rodriguez is the star of a new show on the CW network and her win marks the network’s first ever Golden Globe. An article about her win and a link to her acceptance speech can be found at:



Coyne '05 on Forbes "30 Under 30" List

Bridget Coyne '05 was recently named as one of Forbes "30 Under 30" in the Media category. Click on the link to read about her influence with government agencies and their social media use. Bridget Coyne, 28 - In Photos Forbes 30 Under 30: Media

Will 2015 Be Your Lucky Year?



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Support Our Students With Your Gift Before the 12/31 Tax Deadline!


CLICK HERE to donate today. 

Financial aid students at Saint Ignatius depend upon your generosity. As 2014 comes to an end, don't let time run out before making your gift. Every gift enables young men and women from marginalized economic circumstances to benefit from academic, spiritual, and formation programs. Consider the following: 

$100 provides lunch for a student for a month
$300 pays retreat fees for a student on financial aid
$400 provides electronic books for a year 
$500 enables a financial aid student to perform a summer service trip
Gifts over $1,000 help us meet the financial aid awards for this year
A gift of $2,500 sponsors one financial aid student

Donate in the 2014 tax year... 

DONATE ONLINE by 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2014 by CLICKING HERE. 

MAIL A CHECK postmarked by December 31, 2014, to Saint Ignatius College Prep-Fr. Michael Caruso, SJ, President-1076 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608. 

GIVE OVER THE PHONE and have your questions answered, or inquire about a stock transfer by calling David Stephens or John Chandler at 312.432.8321. The office will be open until 6pm on December 31, 2014. 

Thank you for your continued support of our students!

Act Now to Take Advantage of IRA Charitable Rollover for 2014


Make a Tax-Free Gift Through Your IRA Dear Member of the Saint Ignatius College Prep Family: The President just signed HR 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, into law. This includes an extension through December 31, 2014 of the IRA Charitable Rollover.

Due to the short window in which you can complete an IRA Charitable Rollover, we thought it important to share this information with you immediately. The provision allows individuals age 70½ or older to make tax-free gifts totaling up to $100,000 from a traditional IRA account directly to qualified charities, provided they are completed by 12/31. If your spouse has IRA accounts, you may each make gifts of up to $100,000 from these accounts. While you cannot claim a charitable deduction for IRA gifts, this distribution from your IRA COUNTS towards your minimum required distribution for the account and does NOT trigger income tax for you.

It is a tax-free transfer from the IRA account directly to Saint Ignatius College Prep. In order to complete an IRA Charitable Rollover for 2014, please contact your IRA provider for exact instructions. Such transactions usually take a few weeks, but the provider should be able to fast-track such a transaction because Congress and the President acted so late this year. If you need additional assistance, please contact me at, or at (773) 414-5748. If you do plan to complete an IRA Charitable Rollover for Saint Ignatius College Prep please let us know so that we can look for it.

Thank you for considering a gift to support our work this year. Your dedication and support are sincerely appreciated. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

With best wishes,
Geoff Hammond ‘90 Constituent Relations and Gift Officer 

Harlequins Selected to Perform at Annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival

The Saint Ignatius Harlequins’ production of SHREK THE MUSICAL was selected to perform at the 40th Annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival. For 40 years, the Illinois High School Theatre Festival had been igniting the flame of passion for the arts. Produced by the Illinois Theatre Association, the IHSTF is the largest and oldest high school theatre festival in the world. Over 4,000 students (from 150 schools), teachers, university representatives, exhibitors and volunteers come together to put on over 25 different high school productions and over 150 workshops. As part of this celebration, Saint Ignatius College Prep has been selected to perform their fall musical -- Shrek The Musical at the Festival, January 8-10, 2015, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Plays were selected from throughout the state to be performed at the annual three day festival. Saint Ignatius College Prep’s production includes 27 actors and 21 crew members.

#GivingTuesday is Today! Please Support Saint Ignatius

As we begin the Advent season we are reminded of the extraordinary generosity of members of the Saint Ignatius family. 




Today is #GivingTuesday and Saint Ignatius College Prep is taking part.  

Please consider joining in this worldwide movement by making a gift to Saint Ignatius College Prep's Annual Fund today.

You can make a gift online at

You can also give via your mobile device by CLICKING HERE or simply text IGGYTUES to 41444 to make your donation. 

Your generosity will help support the more than 1/3 of Ignatius students who receive financial aid.


An anonymous donor has offered to match all donations at a $1 to $1 ratio (up to $100,000) to help create the Donald Hoffman Endowment for Financial Aid. Please consider making a donation today in honor of Mr. Hoffman's 40 year teaching career in Latin and Greek at Saint Ignatius. 

Gratias Tibi Agimus!


Join Us for First Friday Mass - 12/5/14

On the First Friday of each month, we gather in Holy Family Church at 7:15am in Spirit Wear for a spirited, student-directed Mass. Student activities clubs and organizations often fill ministerial roles for this Mass and all of our athletic teams are invited to pray together in a spirit of love and community that binds our life together inside and outside of the classroom. Alumni, current and past parents, and friends of the school are all invited to join with the school community at this Mass. We hope to see you this Friday. 


End of Year Tax Planning Breakfast - 12/10/14



Archdiocese of Chicago Christifideles Awards Stuart Nyberg Family

Archdiocese of Chicago Christifideles Awards

Stuart Nyberg Family 



The Christifideles Award is bestowed upon Catholic laypersons who manifest an understanding of teachings of the Church and use their talents to deepen the life of the Church in the parish and serve in an extraordinary way the ministry of the parish. On October 26, 2014 the Stuart Nyberg family, parishioners of St. Edward Parish were presented with the Christifideles Award by Cardinal Francis George in recognition for their tremendous service to the parish and for their exemplary commitment to our Faith. All four Nyberg chlidren are graduates of Saint Ignatius.  Congratulations!


Donald Hoffman Endowment for Financial Aid

An anonymous donor has offered to match all donations at a $1 to $1 ratio (up to $100,000) to help create the Donald Hoffman Endowment for Financial Aid. Please consider making a donation today in honor of Mr. Hoffman's 40 year teaching career in Latin and Greek at Saint Ignatius College Prep. Please CLICK HERE to donate online today. Gratias Tibi Agimus!




Dana Coons '17 Featured on WGN News for Work with Dance for Tomorrow Program

Dana Coons '17 has been dancing with Ballet Chicago since she was a young girl. For her sophomore service commitment at Saint Ignatius, she has been working with Ballet Chicago's Dance for Tomorrow program. The program provides access to free ballet classes to foster children who might not otherwise be exposed to the arts. Dana was recently interviewed by on WGN News about the program. Click the link below to watch Dana speak about the importance of sharing the arts with all people, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Dana is a true woman for and with others.

Advent Reflections

In preparation for Advent, here is a resource to help you get in the spirit of the season and ready for Christ's birth: 

Pryma Writes Book "Coaches of Chicago"

Former St. Ignatius Varsity Basketball coach Paul Pryma has recently written a book entitled “Coaches of Chicago: Inspiring Stories about Leadership and Life.” You can find the book here: 

Jack Miles ’60 Edits New Anthology of World Religions


Jack Miles ’60 is Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies with the University of California at Irvine and Senior Fellow for Religious Affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy. The Pulitzer Prize winning author recently completed editing the “Norton Anthology of World Religions,” a new two-volume set about six major faiths over 3,500 years. The Anthology was just reviewed in the New York Times and you can read the review by CLICKING HERE. Mr. Miles ’60 will be in Chicago on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 for a speaking engagement at the Harold Washington Library at 6:00PM. More details can be found by CLICKING HERE.   


Annual Women's Society Holiday Shopping Event - 11/13/14



James Foley Scholarship Fundraiser

CHICAGO – Oct. 20, 2014 – Friends of slain journalist James Foley are hosting a benefit concert to raise funds for The James Foley Scholarship at Marquette University. While working as a freelance war correspondent during the Syrian conflict, Jim was abducted on Nov. 22, 2012 and murdered by Islamic State militants on Aug. 19, 2014.

“Jim lived for others in everything he did from teaching high school classes at the Cook County Jail to helping raise funds to buy an ambulance for the people of Aleppo, Syria,” said Tom Durkin, a longtime friend and concert organizer. “We are proud of Jim and we want to make sure that his name is remembered. This scholarship will do that but equally important provide education for students in need."

Who: The Predictors, Hello Dave and Special Guest Headliner, The BoDeans!

When: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, doors open 6:30 p.m.

Where: The Vic Theater, 3145 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, Ill., 60657

To purchase tickets visit

All proceeds benefit the James Foley Scholarship Fund.

As an inner city teacher and an award-winning conflict journalist, Jim Foley lived a life of empathy and selflessness while dedicating himself to giving voice to the voiceless. For nearly a decade, Jim reported from war zones including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Iraq and Syria, to shine a light on the suffering of others.

Earlier, as an educator teaching urban youth in Phoenix and incarcerated men in Chicago, Jim drew on his steadfast conviction that all deserve a quality education regardless of their race, nationality, or class. Even during his 656-day captivity in Syria, Jim was determined to serve as a source of strength for others. He remained selfless, determined, and faithful to his friends and family through his final moments. The James Foley Scholarshipexists to ensure that Jim’s story and ideals live on.

Jana Brusek ‘14 Named Rookie/Defensive Player of the Week

Congrats to Jana Brusek ‘14. The Baylor freshman became the first player to ever win both Big 12 Rookie of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week honors simultaneously, the league announced Monday. Brusek's 28 digs helped Baylor beat Texas Tech on the road Wednesday and led to two Big 12 weekly honors. Brusek averaged seven digs per set in the four-set win for the Bears, and she added four assists in the win over the Red Raiders. The freshman from Chicago put up 28 of Baylor's 89 digs in the match and helped hold TTU to a .190 hitting percentage, which was 17 points below its season average. Baylor's 89 digs in the four-set match were the third-highest total by any Big 12 team in a four-set match through matches of Nov. 2. Brusek's 28 digs in a four-set match were also third most by any player in the Big 12. For the season, Brusek averages 2.33 digs per set and is second on Baylor's squad with 22 service aces. Since the Big 12 introduced the Rookie of the Week award in the 2007 season, no player had ever won Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors. 



Girls Swim Takes 3rd at JV Conference Championships

The girls swim team finished 3rd at the JV conference championships on Saturday.  The Wolfpack were led by Tara White who took first place in the 200 free and set a new conference record in the process.  White finished 2nd in the 100 free and was a member of the 200 and 400 free relays that each finished 3rd.  For her performances White was named JV Conference Swimmer of the Year.  Diana Fernandez had a 3rd and 4th place finish in the 50 and 100 free.  Rosie Scannell took 4th in the 100 fly and 5th in the 100 back.  Georgia Goldrick was 5th in the 200 free and 6th in the 100 free.  Juliana Lynch was 5th in the 500 free and 7th in the 100 fly.  Jenny Stelnicki was 6th in the 200 IM and 7th in the 100 free.  Katie Roberts grabbed 6th in the 500 free.  Additional scoring performances include Clara Lindland (200 free / 100 free), Danika Chavez (200 IM), Iman Williamson (50 free / 100 breast), Fernanda Oliveira (100 fly / 100 back), Katie Roberts (100 back) and Hannah Bright (100 breast).


In relay action the 200 medley relay of Scannell, Lynch, Oliveira and Roberts took 6th, while the B team of Mary Clare Bormes, Bright, Chavez and Williamson finished 7th.  The 200 and 400 free relay foursome of White, Goldrick, Stelnicki and Fernandez took 3rd in both with the 400 free relay eclipsing the previous conference record along with Fenwick and Loyola.  The B 200 free relay of Olivera, Caroline VanDam, Kazumi Musial and Brianna Guzman finished 10th and the B 400 free relay of Scannell, Roberts, Lynch and Lindland finished 7th.


Sheridan Park Halloween Extravaganza

Luchette '14 Published in America Magazine

Katie Luchette '14, a member of last year’s graduating class, was published this week in America Magazine’s Generation Faith series. The Generation Faith series offers reflections from high school and college students about the joys and challenges of living faith in the twenty-first century. 

Gloriam 2015 Save-the-Date

Dear Ignatius Family, 


You and I are part of a tradition which brings together decades of alumni, parents, and friends of Saint Ignatius College Prep. I invite you to join our Ignatius family on Saturday, March 21, 2015, as we host the school's annual fundraising event, Gloriam 2015. This year's proceeds will benefit the Tuition Assistance Program which has provided financial aid to thousands of students over the years. I hope you will come show your support! 

Thank you! 

Wendy McCarthy - Class of 1984

Direct: 312.432.8403



Mueller, SJ Publishes New Book

Former SI science teacher Fr. Paul Mueller teamed up with Br. Guy Consolmagno and recently published the book “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?...And Other Questions from the Astronomer’s In-box at the Vatican Observatory". You can learn more by clicking on the following links.‘would-you-baptize-extraterrestrial’-author-qa-vatican-astronomers-guy

Michael Gonzalez '73 Wins Hispanic Leadership Award

Please join us in congratulating Michael Gonzalez '73 for being awarded a Hispanic Leadership Award from Fifth Third Bank. The award came as the bank hosted a celebration at Carnivale restaurant on October 7 in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Part of the award included a $5,300 scholarship for a graduating high school senior. We are grateful that Mr. Gonzalez '73 chose Saint Ignatius to be the recipient of the scholarship. Arrangements are now being made to match up a deserving Latino/Latina Ignatius student with the scholarship. Congratulations Michael Gonzalez '73! 

NASP Outstanding Participants Announced

Saint Ignatius is excited to announce the names of the Outstanding Participants in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program. These students scored in the top 3% of more than 160,000 Black American students who requested consideration of the 2015 NASP when they took the 2013 PSAT/NMSQT.  We are so proud of these young scholars!

Anna Barber 
Bailey Ellis 
Josiah Simmons (not pictured)

2015 National Merit Commended Students Announced

Saint Ignatius is excited to announce the names of the Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry. 

Julia Boge
Eleanor Clark 
Thomas Duff 
Matthew Dziekan
Erin Egan 
Liam Engel 
Connor Fierweger 
Mallory Fitzpatrick 
Donald Flynn 
John Foot 
Roisin Goebelbecker
Isabel Irvine 
Genevieve Lotus 
Sean Lynch 
David McGarr 
Patrick Metcalfe 
Patrick Mulkerin
Emelia Park 
Lane Patterson 
Michael Payne
Claire Reardon 
Thomas Stefancic

SIMUN Success at Carl Sandburg Conference

CONGRATULATIONS to the 50 SIMUN members who participated in the Carl Sandburg Conference on Saturday.  We had a great showing at our first conference of the year.  With only three awards given per committee, we did extremely well.  The following students won awards at CSMUN V: 

Michael Levesque as Iran in the UNDP
Christian Johns as the Finance Minister in the Brazil CabinetSpencer Manahan as Director of Homeland Security in the USA Cabinet 

Thomas Duff as China in the WHO
Brendan Stelmach as China in the UNHCR
Paul Witry and Isaac Wink as China in the Security Council 

Henry Rigsbee as China in the UNDP
Kylie Ruscheinski and Claire Reardon as El Salvador in SPECPOLD
amian Richardson as China in DISEC
John Spevacek as Finland in NATO
Jake Sepich as the NSA Director in the USA Cabinet
Alex Quigley as Syria in the UNHCR
Peter Duff as China in the IAEA

Annual Women's Society Holiday Shopping Event - 11/13/14




SEMIFINALISTS NAMED FOR NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - Today officials from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of 16,000 Semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be awarded next spring. 

Saint Ignatius College Prep is proud to announce our 12 student semifinalists! They can be seen here with Principal Brianna Latko and President Rev. Michael Caruso, S.J.

Brooks Becker
Brenna Carroll 
Robert Colgate
Dante Domenella
Gabriel Ho
Crofton Kelly 
Ian Klatzco
John Lennon 
Caroline McGowan
Henry Rigsbee (not in photo)
Isabella Simon 
Isaac Wink

Congratulations to our esteemed scholars!

Saint Ignatius to Take Part in School Choice Rally - 9/25/14

We will be rallying in two locations – alongside other groups and schools in front of the State of Illinois building (The Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St.) and on Roosevelt Road in front of our own school building.  The rally in front of the State of Illinois building will take place from 10:30-11:30AM and the rally outside Saint Ignatius will take place from 10:30-11:00AM.  We are hoping to gather large crowds in both locations to show our support for this initiative.  If you are able to join us downtown, please look for the Saint Ignatius banner and flags and join the Saint Ignatius group.  If you are able to join us on campus, please join us in front of the building on Roosevelt Road.  A light reception in the Brunswick Room and Grand Gallery, from 11:00-12:00, will follow the rally.September 25, 2014Please join us at school this Thursday or look for school representatives downtown. Saint Ignatius will be participating in the Rally for School Choice organized by the Archdiocese of Chicago on 

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Heraty Named Sectional Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Head Softball Coach Allison Heraty who has been named Sectional Coach of the Year for girls softball last spring by the Illinois Coaches Association.  Allison will be honored for this achievement at a banquet in Bloomington, IL on February 22, 2015

Arce '15 and Barth '15 Make 2013-14 Scholastic All-American Swim Team

Congratulations to Marysol Arce ‘15 and Billy Barth ‘15 for making the 2013-2014 Scholastic All-American Swimming Team! This is a national award given by USA Swimming to honor swimmers who excel in both the classroom and the pool. Student-athletes need to have a 3.5 grade point average or higher and have achieved the required junior national time standard for each event. This was the second selection for Marysol and Billy and each posted a 4.0 GPA. Click here for more information:

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Harvest Festival and the Harvest Hop 5K

You're invited to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Harvest Festival and the Harvest Hop 5K! Both events are happening on Sunday, October 5, 2014. St. Ignatius families are offered a $5.00 off adult registration to the Harvest Hop. Please enter “ignatius14” as the promo code to receive the discount. All race registrants receive free admission to the Harvest Festival. We hope to see you there! 

Harvest Festival
October 5, 2014
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bring out the whole family for a day of fun fall festivities! Pick out a pumpkin, get your face painted, boogie down with a live band and play some fantastic carnival games. There is even a kids harvest hop complete with burlap sacks to race in!
Festival pricing: $10/adult member, $15/adult non-member, $5/children ages 6 and up.

Harvest Hop 5K
October 5, 2014
Race Starts at 1:30 p.m.
St. Ignatius families use promo code “ignatius14” for $5 off an adult admission!
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on October 5th for the Museum’s seventh annual 5K race! Run (or walk) with hundreds of other Museum supporters in this family, stroller and dog friendly jaunt through Lincoln Park. All proceeds support the Nature Museum’s education initiatives. Free admission to the Museum and Harvest Festival is included with registration. 
Race pricing: $35/adult, $10/children ages 7-18, free for children under 6.

Alumni Faith and Formation: Meeting You Where You College and Beyond - Adrienne McArdle, Alumni Faith and Formation

Being alumni of Saint Ignatius means many things – particularly as you endeavor to live out the mission that was at the forefront of your years spent at 1076.  On behalf of the Development Department, I am excited to introduce programming for our young adults on campuses and continuing into the years beyond specific to the value of living as Men and Women For and With Others It is a blessing to be a part of the development of this programming, and I am grateful for the potential to continue the partnership that originated with so many of you during my tenure in Formation & Ministry.  A brief overview of what is in store for the year ahead follows.

  • In addition to the ongoing efforts of the Young Alumni Network, there will be day-long opportunities to serve in the Ignatian tradition:

Saturday, September 27 – Champaign-Urbana

Saturday, October 25 – Milwaukee

Saturday, November 15 – Boston

Saturday, January 17 – Cleveland/Cincinnati

Saturday, February 14 – Los Angeles

Saturday, March 28 – St. Louis

  • Plans are also in the works for alumni to partner with Saint Ignatius, Cristo Rey, Christ the King, and Loyola Academy in the Chicago Jesuit Day of Service on February 16, 2015.

The schedule of service events noted above will include the opportunity to join hands in work, fellowship, and a shared meal. Those interested in participating should email me at least two weeks prior to the date relevant to your location (

  • On the agenda for further development is the possibility for an Ignatian Alumni Pilgrimage…Please check this publication for updates, or feel welcome to email me for more information.
  • Saint Ignatius College Prep is working in close partnership with Charis Ministries in order to provide our alum with quality retreat experiences through young adulthood.  Charis presents several alternatives for nurturing the spirituality of those in their 20’s and 30’s.  In addition to being invited to participation as a retreatant, the Charis staff seeks to employ the gifts of alum as facilitators.  Visit for more information.

Finally, I encourage and welcome your ideas, desires, and goals for continuing to engage in ways that keep the mission alive in your hearts and lives.  Just as I did in your days here at Saint Ignatius, I very much look forward to working alongside many of you this year from Milwaukee to St. Louis!




TriM Music Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Please join us-


TriM Music Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Wednesday evening, September 10 at 7:00 PM  

McLaughlin Theatre


 The induction program will include performances by some of our candidates. 


The induction will last about an hour and will conclude with a reception in the McLaughlin Room.



Athletic Updates from Past Week

- Girls Tennis: Nice wins (and nice hospitality) on both levels at home last week vs. Trinity and winners of the Oswego Varsity Quad Saturday;
- Varsity Volleyball: An 8-0 start including a big win over Providence Catholic last Thursday and Metea Valley Tourney Champs Saturday;
- Varsity Girls Golf: Champs of the Willowbrook Invite Saturday;
- Varsity Soccer: First head coach win for Ryan Kearns on Saturday at home vs. Muchin Prep 7-1;
- Varsity Football: First head coach win for John O'Connor on Sunday at Toyota Park vs. Payton 41-0!

Congrats to all our student athletes!

Register for Pints & The Past!

Register for Pints & The Past!  A big thanks to Liz Garibay ‘91 who helped get this event set up at Ignatius and to Katie O’Reilly ’89, owner of Kenmare Catering, who is sponsoring all of the food! 

Support Misericordia Family Fest!

Support Misericordia Family Fest on Sunday, September 7th!

SICP Boys Water Polo Earn "Do What's Right!" State Final Sportmanship Banner

The IHSA Board of Directors, the Sportsmanship Advisory Committee and the IHSA Staff have awarded the SICP school and community a Do What’s Right! State Final Sportsmanship Banner at the Spring 2014 Boys Water Polo State Finals! SICP was awarded this for "setting a high standard for other schools to follow during regular season and post season play".

Law Society Networking Reception


Law Society Networking Reception

Thursday, September 4th: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Erie Cafe
536 W Erie Street

Please join us for the Annual Saint Ignatius Law Society networking reception. We welcome all who are involved in the fields of law, government and/or public interest. This is an opportunity to broaden your legal professional network and enjoy food and drinks with the Saint Ignatius law community! 

$50 Regular Rate
$35 Public Interest/Government/New Lawyer
$10 Current Law Student 

Soft drinks, beer, wine, call cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres

-Click on the link to register:

Please contact Christine Cesak at with questions.


Braugher '80 Poised to Win Emmy

Here is a great Sun Times feature on Class of 1980's Andre Braugher and his lauded work on TV show "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

SICP Soccer at Toyota Park: How You Can Help

Stelnicki '14 and Martinez '14 Make Speedo All-America Team

Congratulations to Tammy Stelnicki '14 and Beca Martinez '14 on being named to the 2014 Speedo All-America Team by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association for their efforts during the 2014 high school season. The Ignatius student–athletes are 2 out of 100 players nationally to receive All-American status and 2 out of 6 players from the state of Illinois. This is the second year in a row two members of the wolfpack have received national recognition. Tammy and Rebecca Insalaco '13 were named to the team in 2013. Respectively, the girls are the 8th and 9th player in the program's history to receive All-American recognition.

Stassen Receives NSCAA Award

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has selected SICP Girls Soccer Coach Rob Stassen as the 2014 Illinois Private/Parochial Girls State Coach of the Year. Here he is being officially recognized at the NSCAA High School Awards Brunch on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Lake Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, Florida.  Congrats, Coach!



Girls Volleyball Receives AVCA Team Academic Award

The Girls Volleyball team received the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2013 season. The Wolfpack had a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.62 last season and this is the 5th consecutive year they received the award. Only 225 girls high school programs received this award across the country. Below is the link to a list of all teams receiving the award.



Thursday, September 4th: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Erie Cafe - 536 W Erie Street.  
Please join us for the Annual Saint Ignatius Law Society networking reception. We welcome all who are involved in the fields of law, government and/or public interest. This is an opportunity to broaden your legal professional network and enjoy food and drinks with the Saint Ignatius law community!  
$50 Regular Rate
$35 Public Interest/Government/New Lawyer
$10 Current Law Student  
CLICK HERE to register. Please contact Christine Cesak at with questions. We hope to see you there!


At the 28th Annual Golf Classic, Bill Gaucher ’67 donated a set of custom “Wolf Pack” golf wedges manufactured byThe Iron Factory out of Grand Junction, CO where he is Vice President and Sales Manager. The Iron Factory machined an exact replica of the Saint Ignatius Wolf Head logo onto the forged wedges (pictured below). 
Bill is selling these custom Wolfpack wedges, along with other custom wedge designs, to the Saint Ignatius College Prep community for $125 per wedge. $25 from each sale will be donated to the school in the purchaser’s name. Please visit and navigate to the “Manufacturing” section. You can also contact Bill at 847-830-2811.

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Lollapalooza Flower Power Party - 8.2.14
Kicking off a series of back-to-school events, on Saturday, August 2nd, Frankie’s on the Park will be hosting a Lollapalooza Flower Power party. Teen and tween girls are invited to join Teen Vogue blogger, Livin’ Like Larz, also known as Larissa “Larz” May '12, for an inspirational, in-store shopping event combining style with a charitable twist.

Coach Stassen Recognized by NSCAA

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has selected SICP Girls Soccer Coach Rob Stassen as the 2014 Illinois Private/Parochial  Girls State Coach of the Year.  He will be officially recognized at the NSCAA High School Awards Brunch on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Lake Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, Florida. 

May '13 Leads 2014 US Youth Olympic Rugby Team

Malcolm May '13 featured is a leader on the 2014 US Youth Olympic Rugby team!

SIMUN Success in Germany
At the OLMUN conference held in Oldenburg, Germany there were 750 delegates from 15 countries.  Students participated in eight different committees.  Most of the committees had more than 100 students participating, making the competition very challenging. 
 The following SIMUN members won First Place Best Delegate Awards in their respective committees.  
Rebecca Cunningham representing China in the Security Council
Thomas Duff representing China in the Human Rights Council
Ian Klatzco representing China in the UN Environmental Program
Spencer Manahan representing Germany in the General Assembly Third Committee
Brendan Stelmach representing China in the General Assembly Fourth Committee
Isaac Wink representing China in the Economic and Social Council
Paul Witry representing China in the UN Program for World Peace.
This exceptional SIMUN performance follows victories in Russia at the St. Petersburg International Conference in 2011 and in China at the World Expo Model UN Conference in Beijing.  



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Gallagher '14 to Play in 2014 Bandits All-Star Game 6/18

Congratulations to All-State 1st Team Selection Katie Gallagher on being selected to the 2014 Bandits All-Star game. The game will pit the Chicago Bandits against an elite group of juniors and seniors from around Illinois. Gallagher put up some impressive numbers this spring with a .429 Batting Average, 59 runs, 64 RBI, 19 HR, 19 Stolen Bases, and .914 slugging percentage while leading the Wolfpack to a 4th Place finish at the IHSA State Finals. Katie’s 19 home runs broke the single season mark at Saint Ignatius as she sits in a three way tie for 4thplace in IHSA history. The All-Star game will be played at Rosemont Stadium on June 18th at 8 p.m.

Girls Softball Finishes 4th in State Finals

The Wolfpack (28-14) capped their impressive season and phenomenal playoff run with a 4th place finish at the IHSA State Finals.  This was the deepest run in the history of the program and most wins by any team. In their first game against Chatham - Glenwood on Friday, the eventual state champions, the Wolfpack grabbed an early 2-0 lead when sophomore Tess Russell singled home seniors Maura Lynch (single) and Katie Gallagher (intentional walk). Freshmen Hannah Contreras snagged a line drive in the bottom of the first to save a run and the lead for the Pack.  However, the Pack relinquished the lead in the third but fought back for another run in the sixth when Russell drove in Gallagher for the Pack's final run ending the game at 7-3.  Freshmen Jen Fialkowski singled giving the Pack 5 hits in the game.  Pitcher Maura Lynch gave up just two earned runs in the loss.  In the third place game on Saturday, the Wolfpack lost 4-0 to Sterling but flashed the leather defensively to keep the game close.  Senior pitcher Maura Lynch gave up just six hits to an aggressive offensive.  Freshmen Jen Fialkowski made a diving catch in the game running after a ball down the first base line.  The play of the tournament went to sophomore Tess Russell in the sixth inning when she dove for a line drive ball in the gap and caught it just inches before it hit the ground. The Pack matched Sterling with six hits, two by Russell and one hit each from Fialkowski, freshmen Hannah Contreras, and seniors Maura Lynch and Cate Lenti.  

Congratulations to the Class of 2014

Keelan's '13 Running Success, Ambitions, and Continued Ties to SICP

A great article on Jack Keelan '13, SICP cross country phenom. The piece speaks of his latest running ambitions, including qualify for and run in the Junior World Championships.

Abiad '18 Honored by Gov's Office for National Spelling Bee Performance

Incoming freshman Alia Abiad was honored by Gov. Pat Quinn for her stellar performance in this year's National Spelling Bee.  Abiad recently returned from the prestigious event in Washington, D.C. where she placed fifth! Through preliminaries and semifinals Abiad correctly spelled fête, sultana, concinnate, misère, quebrada, collyrium, buñuel and brindisi. She advanced to the final twelve from an original 281 from across the nation and several foreign countries.




The Wolfpack came back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Broncos of Montini 5-4 for their first ever trip to the IHSA State Finals. Colleen Hoffman (3 hits) drove in the winning run with a line shot down the right field line in the bottom of the 7th inning. Maura Lynch pitched four innings in relief giving up one earned run while going two for three from the plate. The Broncos threatened late in the 6th inning when catcher Katie Gallagher tagged a runner out scoring and picked off a runner on third to kill their rally.The Pack are now 28-12 overall as they get set to take on Chatham Glenwood at 10:00 a.m. on Friday in East Peoria. Go to the link below to watch highlight clips and more.


Jack Fischer, class of 2010, was chosen in the 26th round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers. Fischer recently finished his collegiate career at Wake Forest University, earning a BA in Economics. This past season, he was the standout Friday night starter and led the team in both innings pitched and strikeouts. In his time at Saint Ignatius, Fischer was a 4-year varsity starter for the Wolfpack baseball team. He was named to the Chicago Catholic League All-Conference team in both 2009 and 2010 under former head coach Sean O'Connor. Congratulations Jack!

Hobson '87 Delivers TED Talk

Check out Ignatius alum Melody Hobson's '87 TED Talk that speaks to the attitude, honesty and integrity that is required as a community to move forward in a way that is both financially sound and extremely mindful and vigilant to who they are.

Boys Track Finishes 7th at IHSA Championship

The Saint Ignatius boys track team matched its fourth-place points total from 2013, and, scoring 28 points, the Wolfpack finished seventh at the IHSA 3A boys state track championship with four all-state performances on Saturday.  (2nd photo:  On Friday night, as their classmates graduated in Chicago, Chris Korabik, Chris Hawkins, and Conor Dunham visited the track at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium for their own graduation march.)


Spearing '16 Swims for US at PATCO

Ignatius swimmer Kyleigh Spearing ‘16 will be competing at the 2014 PATCO Pan American Triathlon Championships on May 31 in Dallas, Texas. Kyleigh is one of 10 athletes in her age group who will be representing the United States and competing against other athletes from 38 National Federations that make up the Pan American Triathlon Confederation. This race is the qualifier for the ITU World Championships.
Good luck Kyleigh!

Flynn '14 Named US Lacrosse Academic All American

Michael Flynn '14 has been named as an US Lacrosse Academic All American.  There are roughly 2,200 varsity boy’s lacrosse players in the state Illinois today.  About 50% of those players are seniors (1,100). Thirty two qualified senior boys applied for Academic All American.  US Lacrosse’s national guidelines limit Illinois to officially recognize the top nine, and Flynn has been named an US Lacrosse Academic All American as one of the top nine of the qualified applicants. Congratulations on this exciting honor, Michael!

Senior Citizen Dinner - Sunday, June 1


Please click the links here to read the student reflections that James Fox '14 and Megan Mayer '14 gave at this year's Baccalaureate Liturgy in Holy Family Church on May 22, 2014. 

Megan Mayer '14

James Fox '14


Come cheer on the defending State Champ Girls Water Polo team as they defend their title tonight! The team beat Stevenson 15-8 in the semi-final game today and will now play in the State Championship game tonight, May 24 at 8PM at Stevenson H.S. Go Wolfpack!!! Stevenson H.S. is located at 1 Stevenson Dr., Lincolnshire, IL 60069 

Girls Water Polo Semi-Final Tomorrow - 5.24.14

Come cheer on the defending State Champ Girls Water Polo team as they defend their title tomorrow! They will play in the semi-final game against Stevenson at Stevenson H.S. tomorrow, Saturday, May 24 at 11:30AM. If they win... the State Championship game will be later that afternoon. Go Wolfpack!!! Stevenson H.S. is located at 1 Stevenson Dr., Lincolnshire, IL 60069 


CLICK HERE to read a great article about Manuel Dorantes, an MBA candidate at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, who is following in the long tradition of students who use business school to grow into a new role with their employer. He just happens to work for the Catholic Church. 


Ms. Brianna Latko, Principal of Saint Ignatius College Prep, is happy to announce that Paul Ickes has been named the new Athletics Director of Saint Ignatius College Prep, effective summer of 2014.

Ickes is a native Chicagoan and graduated from St. Laurence H.S. in 1982.  He has worked at Brother Rice High School in Chicago on two occasions from 1986-1989 and from 1992-present.  At the conclusion of this school year, Ickes will be completing twenty-five years of teaching, coaching, and administrative services at Brother Rice High School.  Ickes also served at Seton Catholic H.S. in Chandler, Arizona from 1989-1992.  He founded the Brother Rice Volleyball Program in 1993 and has served as Head Coach since its founding. Ickes most recently served as Campus Minister at Brother Rice and was responsible for the school’s spiritual programs along with teaching and directing the senior Peer Ministry classes and program.  

Ickes holds a B.A. in history from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, an M.A. in history from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.A. in Catholic School Leadership from the University of San Francisco.  
Ickes currently serves as Volleyball Moderator for the Chicago Catholic League and the South Side Boys Volleyball League, Secretary and Beach Volleyball Chair for the Great Lakes Region for USA Volleyball, and Director of the Illinois High School Summer Sand Volleyball League and Tournament.  Previously, Ickes also coached women’s volleyball at both Robert Morris College in Chicago and Queen of Peace High School in Burbank.

Ickes looks forward to joining the Catholic school community at Saint Ignatius College Prep where he can share his talents and gifts along with his twenty-eight years of experience in varied Catholic educational settings and ministries.  Please join us in welcoming Paul Ickes as Athletics Director of Saint Ignatius College Prep. 

Check out the Featured Raffle Items for the Annual Golf Classic!

Check out our exciting featured online raffle ticket items for this year's Annual Golf Classic! This year we are thrilled to offer:

Autobahn Experience
Exclusive Private Tour of Goose Island Brewery on Fulton St.
Apple iPad mini with Bluetooth Keyboard Folio & $50 App Store gift card

Click here to learn more about these prizes and to get your tickets!

Boys Tennis Hosts "Learn to Service" Event

In partnership with the Formation and Ministry Department, the Wolfpack Boys tennis team did an outreach service project, "Learn to Service" at the SICP tennis courts. We had the Atlus school bring 10 boys to receive an hour of tennis instruction. Each child left with a donated racket, can of balls, gatorade and smile on their face. 

Feature on Stelnicki Water Polo Legacy

A feature of SICP dynamic water polo duo, Tammy and Jennifer Stelnicki, and their family's waterpolo legacy. 


You’re invited to take part in an alumni soccer game on May 24 at 1pm. The game will be played on the field behind school. If you’d like to play, please RSVP to Ryan Kearns at today.



Please join us in congratulating Katie Gallagher '14 on signing her national letter of intent to play Division I softball at the University of Illinois next year. She can be seen here with her parents and Coach Heraty. 



Members of the Saint Ignatius Crew team were recently joined by Fr. Caruso, S.J. for the blessing of the team's newest boat. They can be seen here with Fr. Caruso and the trailer that carries the boats. 



Courtney, who played volleyball at Saint Ignatius, and who now plays for Hamilton College, was recently named First-Year Experience Leader. Courtney is the daughter of John and Monica Somerville and is a sophomore at Hamilton College. She has been appointed as a First-Year Experience leader for the incoming class of 2018 at Hamilton. The program will transition the first-year student from high school to college and enhance their sense of belonging as soon as they arrive.  Somerville will help develop and coordinate the program. The leaders will act as peer advisor, role model, programmer, facilitator, and resource for first-year students.





Ethan Jaffe ’15 and his family recently lost their family home to a fire.  Ethan’s mom, Tara Termini ’92; step-dad, Larry Tio ’89; and sister, Paige, who is a sophomore at Trinity, are all safe, but lost everything they had. Fellow Ignatius alumni are hosting a benefit for the family on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 6pm at Dugan's (128 S. Halsted). The $50 per person donation will benefit the Tio family and includes an open bar from 7-9pm, featuring 15 craft beers on tap, wine, bottled beer, well drinks, pop and a pizza buffet! There will also be raffles, split the pot and drink specials. 


Congratulations to Tammy Stelnicki '14 on signing her National Letter of Intent to play Division One water polo next year at Arizona State University who just finished an incredible season with a 5th place finish in the NCAA Tournament. She will join Katie Murphy '11(USC) as the second player in the program’s history to play in the PAC-12 conference and the 14th player to play at the collegiate level.  Tammy is the captain of the state's 2nd ranked wolfpack water polo team and was a vital member of last year's historic state championship team. Ms. Stelnicki will graduate Saint Ignatius as one of the most success student-athletes in the program's history as a four time All-Sectional team member, four time All-Conference team member, three time All-State team selection and a two time All-American.  She is pictured here with her parents Joe and Sally Stelnicki, her sister and the wolfpack’s varsity goalie Jenny Stelnicki '16 and Coach Mike Cashman. Go Wolfpack! 



Ignatius alumna, Dawn Hasbrouck, is the Fox Chicago news anchor. She recently filmed inside the school and interviewed faculty and students about the use of iPads. The segment will air tonight, Wednesday, May 7 at 9:30PM on Chicago Fox News as part of a special program on education. You can see a preview here: 


Please join us in congratulating Maura Lynch '14 on signing her letter of intent to play softball at Columbia University in New York City next year. She can be seen here with her parents and Ignatius softball coach Allison Heraty.


SIMUN Wins Best Delegation at FIMUN Conference in Miami

The SIMUN team finished out the regular academic year with a First Place "Best Delegation" Award at the Florida International Model United Nations Conference in Miami this past weekend.

The following students also won individual committee awards:


Best Delegate Awards:

     Kent Hutchison and Collin Andrews representing Russia in DISEC

     Rebecca Cunningham and Isaac Wink representing Russia in the WHO

     Charles Foster and Ian Klatzco representing Russia in ECOFIN

     Katiue Tangen representing the Chief Justice in the Ad Hoc Committee


Outstanding Delegate Awards:

     John Paul Simon and Breanna Miller representing Russia in SOCHUM

     Brian Hofmann and Henry Rigsbee representing France in ECA

     Max Rosner representing Harr Reid in the Democratic JCC


Honorable Mention Awards

     Rachel O'Grady representing Ted Cruz in the Republican JCC


Verbal Commendation

     Patrick Holland and Gino Scalise representing France in the WHO


Other team members contributing to the Best Delegation Award:  Lauren Hand, Tommy Wade, and David Mazzella.


Networking Opportunity: First Friday Club of Chicago - Friday, May 2, 2014

On Friday, May 2, 2014, The First Friday Club of Chicago will welcome Chaz Ebert  who will address the topic,"Roger Ebert: More Than You Know"  Chaz is the Publisher of Ebert Digital, President of Ebert Productions & Vice President of The Ebert Company, managing print publishing, television production, public speaking engagements & organziating te annual Ebertfest Film Festival.  Join us on May 2nd as Chaz Ebert shares with us some special reflections on the love of her life.

The First Friday Club has a simple purpose: to make some meaningful connections between our work, our faith, & the issues of the day. On First Fridays, over 200 people come together for lunch at the Union League Club (65 W. Jackson). Starts promptly at noon and ends by 1:15pm. Please reserve your place before noon on Tuesday, April 29th. The lunch fee is $35 members and $40 for non-members. If questions, please contact Paul Gillespie '79 (773.612.4408). Thank you!


Caruso, S.J. Interviewed by Fox about Canonization

Fr. Caruso was interviewed on Fox Chicago News today about the canonization of the popes! You can watch the interview here:

Watch SICP Boys Varsity Volleyball play in Brother Rice Smack Attack!

Watch SICP Boys Varsity Volleyball play in Brother Rice Smack Attack! The Brother Rice Smack Attack at St. Xavier Universitywill be broadcast LIVE on High School Cube. All the action on court 1 at the Shannon Center on Saturday, April 26, 2014 will be streamed live beginning at 9:00 AM on the Internet, iPhones, iPads and Droid devices with a replay and highlight clips available.
To check for game times and watch all SICP matches, click on the following link.

Jarochicanos Perform for SICP Students

The Spanish department held an in-house field trip in the McLaughlin Theater. The Chicago group Jarochicanos played son jarocho music for all of our Spanish students. Camilo and Rafi Rincon are Ignatius students and part of the group.


Saint Ignatius to be featured on TV tonight. Be sure to tune into the Chicago Tonight news program on WTTW tonight, April 23, between 7-8PM. The architecture of Saint Ignatius will be examined during the “Ask Geoffrey” segment when Chicago historian Geoffrey Baer answers viewer letters about architecture in Chicago. If you miss the segment, it’ll be posted on the WTTW website at: 


Read the full story by CLICK HERE

Christ the King Jesuit Volunteer Program

Service Opportunity: The Christ the King Jesuit Volunteer Program connects men and women who wish to serve as educators in a 
low-income community. Learn more:

Hartigan ’64 Running for Third Vice President of the ISBA Edit Delete
The Hon. Russell W. Hartigan ’64 is running for Third Vice President of the ISBA. Voting is open until the end of April so please consider him. Voting can take place here:   



One year after Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's election as Pope Francis, his membership in the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, has begun to attract many potential candidates to enter the priesthood as a Jesuit like never before. CLICK HERE to watch the full story. 

Tipton '87 Nominated for Two Emmys

John Tipton '87 has been nominated for TWO Emmy Awards! One for 'Outstanding camera work' for "24/7 Red Wings - Maple Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic" and the second nomination is shared with his colleagues at CBS for 'Outstanding Tease' for CBS's "Super Bowl XLVII We Will Rock You Remix."  Congrats, John!

Do Something Special for a Special Ignatian!

Mr. Frank Raispis' 87th birthday is May 1st! We would like to encourage the alumni community to send him warm birthday wishes in the form of a card or, even better, drop by in the next few weeks to wish him a happy birthday in person. His contact information is below. Thank you for joining us in this effort to show our love and support for a man who has given so much to the SICP community!

Frank Raispis ‘45
Bridgeway of Bensenville
111 E. Washington
Bensenville, IL


Forney '06 a National Finalist in Sprite Films Competition

Robert Forney '06 is currently finishing an MFA program at Columbia College Chicago for filmmaking and was recently selected as a national finalist in this year's Sprite Films Competition.

Click on the link for details about the Sprite Films competition and his short film titled "Thirsty Enough":

You can view his short film at from now until May 15th.


John Makowski ‘65, professor of Classics at Loyola University of Chicago, recently visited Dr. Jay Wood’s Latin and Greek classes to talk to our students studying the classics. 


Jesuit Nation Networking Event in Milwaukee

Hartigan ’64 Running for Third Vice President of the ISBA

The Hon. Russell W. Hartigan ’64 is running for Third Vice President of the ISBA. Voting is open until the end of April so please consider him. Voting can take place here: 


Melissa Durkin '89 Running for Judge

Melissa Durkin '89 was named a finalist for Associate Judge. Her campaign began in late March and all the Full Circuit Judges will receive their ballots by April 11, 2014 and voting will conclude April 25, 2014. 


B-Metro Gives Carmody '60 Lifetime Achievement Award

Richard Carmody '60 has been recognized by B-Metro Magazine with a Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring legal professionals in the Birmingham community for their career professional and community achievements. Click HERE to read the article.


CLICK HERE to register for this free event.

Women’s Society Free Networking Event Tonight - 4/3/14 6PM

Please join the Saint Ignatius Women’s Society for a free networking event "Women in the Workplace: Balancing it All" on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Alumni Lounge (1019 S. May St. – the building behind Holy FamilyChurch). Parking will be available in the lot behind the church. 

Ignatius alumni will share their broad experiences followed by a small break out where all attendees are welcome to share their stories and what has helped along the way. 

The Women's Society is comprised of a diverse community of parents, alumni, and friends. We look forward to having you and welcome your input to further connect in meaningful ways for the Saint Ignatius community. See you on April 3rd!


Saint Ignatius Athletic Trainer Bobby Delmore was featured on WCIU for a segment entitled, "I Love My Job". View the segment, which was filmed in the Ignatius gym and training facilities, here: 


Ignatius teachers, Kitty Hooper, and Rose Paluch, recently took some students to Cincinnati for St. Xavier Prep Jesuit Secondary Education Association Student Diversity Conference. The purpose of this conference is for Jesuit high school students to increase cultural competency. The photo below shows Kiana Salazar '14 and Michael Adegoke '15 in front the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The students met famed resident Carl Westmoreland who spoke about the Underground system, John Rankin and John Parker.


Sun Times Features SICP as Preseason Fave for Girls Water Polo

The Sun Times High School Cube Article Headline Predicting High School Girls Water Polo Rankings for Upcoming Season: 

"Defending State Champions St. Ignatius Primed for a Repeat"

Way to go, girls! GO WOLFPACK! 

Read the article:




It's time to start thinking golf! Please save the date for this year's Golf Outing. All proceeds go towards the Ignatius Tuition Assistance Program. 



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Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw ‘70 Walked 6 Miles Through Storm To Save Patient

Read about the incredible story here:


Hurley and Easom Recognized at Scholastic Press Association of Chicago/McCormick Foundation Media Awards

Recently two Ignatians were recognized at the Scholastic Press Association of Chicago/McCormick Foundation Media Awards. Caroline Hurley '15 was awarded a McCormick Fellowship entitling her to up to $1500 toward a summer journalism workshop. Hurley 15 and Lindsay Easom '15 each won Superior awards in the Media Awards contest.


Tadeusz Mazurek ‘80, professor of classics at the University of Notre Dame, recently visited Dr. Jay Wood’s Latin class and addressed the students. 



This year, on Ash Wednesday, the entire school held its third Ignatian Values Day (IVD).  These are days of prayer, mission-reflection, and worship.  As a community, Saint Ignatius College Prep engages in creative, faculty and student-generated reflection activities that feature speakers, prayer experiences, and alternative cross-curricular programming that seek to form students and adults alike in the vision of the Graduate at Graduation Statement. IVDs are planned and facilitated by a committee comprised of student leaders, faculty, and staff who share in the responsibilities of providing an experience for the entire community on these days.  Saint Ignatius was excited to welcome Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J. as the day’s keynote speaker as she encouraged Ignatians to stand up for justice and protect human life. 

Sister Prejean is one of the world’s leading advocates for the abolition of the death penalty.  Her anti-capital punishment efforts began in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1981.  In 1982 an acquaintance asked her to correspond with convicted murderer located in the Louisiana State Penitentiary.  She agreed to be his spiritual adviser in the months leading up to his execution and the experience gave Prejean greater insight into the process involved in executions, and she began speaking out against capital punishment. 

Prejean has since ministered to many other inmates on death row and witnessed several more executions.  She served as National Chairperson of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty from 1993 to 1995.  In 1998, Prejean was given the Pacem in Terris Award, named after a 1963 encyclical letter by Pope John XXIII that calls on all people of good will to secure peace among all nations.  Pacem in Terris is Latin for "Peace on Earth."


Chris Korabik, co-captain  of the Saint Ignatius boys cross country and track teams as a senior, has signed a letter of intent to attend DePaul University next year.  Korabik was a ninth-place medal winner at the IHSA 3A state championship track meet last spring as part of the Ignatius 4x800 meter relay team.  He was Chicago Catholic League champion in the 3200-meter run in 2013.  In cross country he was the Lawless Award winner as the top senior at the CCL championship, and he finished 27th at the state 3A cross country championships last fall.  His state meet time of 15 minutes and 3 seconds for three miles on the historic Detweiler Park state course makes him the fourth fastest Ignatius runner in state meet history.


Advani '14 and Diamond '14 Honorable Mentions on IHSA All-State Academic Team

Seniors Matt Advani and Gabby Diamond were selected as Honorable Mention IHSA All-State Academic Team Members for their performance in the classroom and athletics.  Both are among the top students in the senior class.  Matt has been a four-year member of the baseball and football teams while Gabby has played basketball and volleyball during her four years at Saint Ignatius.  They are among 50 students throughout the state who were selected for this honor. 


Students from the Archdiocese of Chicago's four Jesuit high schools — Christ the King Jesuit College Prep, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Loyola Academy and Saint Ignatius College Prep — visited 11 service sites during the third annual Jesuit Day of Service earlier this month. It's a day when students from Chicago's four Jesuit High Schools collaborate on various service projects throughout the city. Abigail Montoya '14 from Saint Ignatius shares a laugh with resident Debra Green while taking a break from a card game at Jackson Square Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.


Ignatian Partners and Media Nun Use Contemporary Film & TV to Explore Lent

The Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits, along with the IN Network, an online platform supported by creative media company Loyola Productions, is launching a Lenten Film Series via the original show The INNdustry with Sister Rose Hosted by Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP, this seasonal series features film and TV clips that many will know from mainstream programming to highlight Lenten themes and foster reflection and conversation.

“The Lenten Film Series offers viewers a unique, media-driven way to journey through Lent using a variety of TV and film programs as meaningful spiritual guideposts,” said Sr. Rose. “The breadth and depth of the programming across genres and subject matter is inspiring. Loyola Productions has done a wonderful job producing the series that will make Lent more meaningful for those who watch one or all of the episodes.”

To learn more about this Lenten opportunity, visit


The Wolfpack boys track team finished 2nd in the Jesuit Invite at Georgetown Preparatory School outside Washington, DC, this past weekend. They defeated Regis and Xavier from New York City, Gonzaga and Georgetown Prep from the DC-area, and  Loyola-Blakefield from Baltimore, but lost to New York City’s Fordham Prep, 122-112. Spectators at the meet included the trip benefactor Ray Mayer ‘51, Tom Coyne ’51, and Tom O’Hara ’60. O’Hara was a United States Olympian in 1964 and former world record holder for the indoor mile run who traveled with the team from Chicago for the weekend. “We fell just short of winning,” said Coach Ed Ernst. “But it was a wonderful weekend with our alumni friends and Tom O’Hara. We had some great performances.”



We have four incredibly exciting raffle items that we will be offering during Gloriam 2014. Raffle tickets for two of our items will be available during the cocktail portion of the evening. Two other raffle items will be made available exclusively during the After Party portion of the evening. 

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Tiffany “Atlas” Pendant  

With its bold numeric motif and strong, sleek lines, this collection honors one of Tiffany's most celebrated symbols. The “Atlas” Pendant in 18k white gold with round brilliant diamonds is valued at $4500.00. A limited number of tickets for this incredible raffle item will only be sold during the Gloriam Cocktail Reception from 6:00pm-7:30pm. 
Tickets will be $100.00 each or 3 tickets for $250.00. This item was generously provided by Tiffany & Co. 

Saint Ignatius Tuition Raffle 

A limited number of tickets will be made available on line from March 1st-March 7th at, as well as during the Gloriam Cocktail Reception from 6:00pm until 7:30pm. 
Tickets will be $50.00 each. 


$1000.00 Tiffany Gift Certificate 

Have your eye on that perfect gift at Tiffany’s, but just need a little bump to get you there? We are here to help. The winning ticket will assure you a $1000.00 Tiffany’s Gift Certificate that is yours for the choosing. This card may be used towards purchases from any U.S Tiffany & Co. store, catalogue or A limited number of tickets for this fabulous raffle items will only be sold during the Gloriam After Party Extraordinaire, taking place from 10:00pm until Midnight. Tickets will be $50.00 each. 


Autobahn Experience at the Autobahn Country Club 

The winner of this unique raffle will experience a truly thrilling driving experience and memories that will last a lifetime. The winner will be joining the Autobahn Country Club Racing Pros for a half day of exhilarating, breathtaking high performance track time! This also allows the winner to get behind the wheel of a high performance sports car from their extensive fleet. Learn more at A limited number of tickets for this unique experience will only be sold during the Gloriam After Party Extraordinaire, taking place from 10:00pm until Midnight. Tickets will be $50.00 each.

Fred Conforti ’59 just published a new book, “Beyond Goals...Beyond LEAN”

Beyond Goals...Beyond LEAN

Take your company beyond historical performance levels! This guide offers a practical prescription for moving a company, your company, beyond sporadically setting goals or implementing a singular LEAN project. It will step you through establishing a process of continuous improvement leading to enhanced growth and profitability.

Executives will see, as a benchmark, the symptoms and shortcomings that underperforming companies exhibit. You will then learn how to assess the condition of your department, operation or company, and empower your workforce, creating a self-motivating setting that leads to a more thriving enterprise. By using the GAMES© protocol, executives will reset the culture of their company and maximize results for customers, employees and owners. Applying the prescribed GAMES©. method, one company went from insolvency to profitability in six months and then beyond to become the largest supplier of residential smoke detectors. Another company went from the brink of closing to the leading brand in the fire controls business in twelve years.

Time after time, companies have used the GAMES©. method to execute dramatic improvements and turnarounds. Executives at these companies empowered coworkers and created self-motivated cultures and thriving enterprises—you can do the same. Learn how to assess the condition of your company; gather feedback from customers, conduct a SWOT analysis, develop a continuous Plan and move beyond traditional business practices. Charts, images, and key tenets make it easy to follow the strategies, so you can eliminate problems, energize employees, and move Beyond Goals … Beyond Lean.

Fred J. Conforti ’59 was president and a founder of First Alert, the leading home smoke detector brand. He founded System Sensor, the largest provider of commercial smoke detectors, which is now part of Honeywell. He also founded Wyreless Access now a part of Ingersoll Rand. He received his MBA from Northwestern University and his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He currently consults for a variety of company CEOs. Beyond Goals...Beyond LEAN is now available from Archway Publishing or Amazon. See more at:


Please CLICK HERE to read a great article about Wolfpack wrestler, Michael Shanahan ’14, from a recent edition of the Beverly Reviewnewspaper. 


Safe Haven's Run! To End Homelessness - July 13, 2014

Safe Haven's largest fundraiser, the 4th Annual Run! To End Homelessness, will be held on Sunday, July 13th in Douglas Park. Click on the following link to learn more:

Celebrating Clergy Contributions to Science

At the Adler Planetarium onFebruary 18th, Br. Guy Consolmango will participate in

"Celebrating Clergy Contributions to Science".


To know more about this event please click on the link below:


Brother Guy will also talk about his research on meteorites and asteroids, such as the meteorite that broke up over Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013 at the daily “Current Space News” program at the Adler at 11:05 a.m. the same day. 


Your support always has a profound impact on the future of the Church’s

astronomical research and educational programs.  Thank you!


Contact Information:  Katie Bannan Steinke, (805) 901-6591 or





Congratulations to Rocco DiLeo '14 on recently signing his letter of intent to play football at Dartmouth next fall. He can be seen here with his parents. 



Many Saint Ignatius students and faculty recently took part in the pro life March for Life in Washington, D.C. Pictured below from left to right is Kayla Cabrales, Haden Miller, Clare Littleton, Maura Littleton, Maggie Skalitzsky, Maggie Suszka, Elizabeth Sherlock, Patrick Kennedy, Megan Mayer, John Devitt, Marti Luby, and Annie Fitzsimmons.



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Scholastic Bowl Sweeps North Metro League

Over the weekend both the frosh-soph and varsity scholastic bowl teams won the North Metro League.  Here is the frosh-soph team celebrating the win with coaches Maureen Lonergan and Matthew Miller.


Thank you for your support of Gloriam 2014. Tickets for this event have now sold out. Please stay tuned for information regarding the Gloriam 2014 After Party Extraordinaire. Tickets for this great event will be available in the coming days.  


Saint Ignatius School Community… 
Gloriam 2014 tickets will go on sale this Monday, February 3, 2014 starting at 8AM. 

Tickets will be sold online only.

Please visit for information and to purchase your tickets.    

Thanks for your support!


Please CLICK HERE to watch a live stream of tonight's Jesuit Cup basketball game between Saint Ignatius and Loyola Academy. The varsity game starts at 7PM on 1/31/14. Go Wolfpack! 

SIMUN Wins Big at Chicago International Model United Nations Conference

120 members of the SIMUN team participated in the Chicago International Model UNited Nations Conference January 23-26th.  The following students earned major awards:


Best Delegate Winners:

Paul Witry and Thomas Duff representing Georgia in the Disarmament and International

Security Committee

Michael Belica and Thomas Dowling representing Chad in the Committee on the Proper Use of Space 1971

            Rachel O’Grady representing Novosti (Russia Today) on the International Press Delegation

            Brian Forcier representing Dmitri Medvedev in the Russian Cabinet

            Ian Klatzco representing the Chinese Foreign Minister in the China Cabinet

 Delegates’Choice Winners (voted on by committee members)

            Rachel O’Grady

            Jack Whalen

Michael Belica

Thomas Dowling

Ian Klatzco

 Outstanding Delegate Winners

Kent Hutchison and Max Wolfgang Rosner representing the Syrian Arab Republic in the General Assembly

Patrick Manglano and Patrick Holland representing El Salvador in the Historical General Assembly

            Isaac Wink and Rokas Kersys representing Tanzania in the Commonwealth of Nations

            Jack Whalen representing the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in the U.S. Historical Cabinet 1971

Honorable Mention Delegate Winners

            Michael Duncan and Rebecca Cunningham representing the Syrian Arab Republic in DISEC

Tyler Christian representing the Syrian Arab Republic in the Historical Security Council

            Gordon Young and Michael Milito representing Tanzania in the Historical General Assembly

            Spender Manahan and Linda Kohlndorfer representing Zambia in the Commonwealth of Nations

 Special Recognition Award:

Best Party to the Debate Overall:  Ian Klatzco (rounding out his trifecta!)




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Recently, two Saint Ignatius students participated in the Chicago Regional Bridge Building Contest at the Illinois Institute of Technology. From a field of 25 Chicago high school participants, seniors Morgan Mroz and Briggs Mroz placed 10th and 11th respectively. Each of their bridges held 15 kg (about 33 pounds), which means they held about 800 times their own mass. Both students have built bridges for the last three Saint Ignatius/Walsh Construction Bridge Contests.  As sophomores this would have fulfilled an Integrated Science 1 class requirement, but they continued to build bridges for enjoyment the past two years.  They both independently placed within the top five bridge builders in the last three school contests. This was Briggs's third time at the Chicago Regional contest and Morgan's second. Congrats to both on this great achievement. 




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Charles Lindbergh Visits Ignatius

Megan Holland '16 dressed up as Charles Lindbergh, and Nick Puente '16 dressed as a stock broker for their recent U.S. History 1920's presentations.




Please CLICK HERE to register for this year's Law Society Luncheon.

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Given the challenging weather of this week and its effects on travel, we are postponing this Friday’s Alumni Hall of Fame induction until Friday, March 21, 2014. Watch the school website for more details as the date approaches. 


Saint Ignatius is pleased to announce that the $250,000 fundraising goal was achieved before midnight on 12/31/13! As a result, two parents of alumni will be matching that amount with an additional gift of $250,000. An enormous thank you goes out to the entire school community. Your generosity has made an incredible impact on the Saint Ignatius tuition assistance program. We thank you for your support and for rising to the challenge. 

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We’re getting so close! If you haven’t given to the Challenge yet, you can still join in. Help push us over the top by making a gift before 12/31.


Mui '80 Publishes 'Killer Apps' Book

Chunka Mui '80, a contributor to and managing director of "The Devil's Advocate", a consultancy that helps business leaders design and stress test their innovation strategies, has published a new book called The New Killer Apps: How Large Companies Can Out-Innovate Startups.  He is also the coauthor of Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance (Harvard Business School Press, 1998) and Billion-Dollar Lessons: What You Can Learn from the Most Inexcusable Business Failures of the Last 25 Years.  To learn more, you can visit the book's website at 

Phantasm Named Crown Finalist by CSPA

Congratulations to the staff and students who worked on the latest issue of Phantasm!  The literary magazine was named a Crown Award finalist for 2014 by the Crown Scholastic Press Association!
Phantasm was selected as one of 190 from among 1,236 publications to receive either a Gold or Silver Crown Award in March 2014.

IHSA State Champions Banner Raised for Girls Water Polo Team

Congratulations to the reigning IHSA water polo champs for the most recent banner hung in SICP's Gentile Gym! It looks great up there!


Students, faculty, and staff recently brought presents and Christmas cheer to special needs children at the annual Christopher Christmas service day.



Students from Chicago History, Introduction to Sociology, and Society and Technology presented projects that focused on creating a better society during the semi-annual Future Fair. 



SIMUN dominated in every committee at SILTMUN.  The following are the individual award winners: 
First Place “Best Delegate”
                Max Rosner and Mike Duncan in the General Assembly 
                Collin Andrews in the G-77 
                Thomas Duff in the Organization of American States 
                Mike Belica and Thomas Dowling in the Security Council 
                Christian Johns in the European Union 
                Gordon Young in the UN Environmental Program 
                Michael Payne in the Joint Cabinet Crisis-Israel 
“Outstanding Delegate”
                Brendan Stelmach in the Joint Cabinet Crisis-Japan 
                Michael Defilippis and Nat Marrinson in the Security Council 
                Maddie Jirgal in the Historical Duma Cabinet 
                Michael Levesque in the Joint Cabinet Crisis-Egypt 
                Barbara Taylor in the International Atomic Energy Agency 
“Honorable Mention”
                Christopher Scott in the Joint Cabinet Crisis-USA 
                Brian Hofmann and Breanna Miller in the General Assembly 
                Spencer Manahan in the International Atomic Energy Agency 
                Brendan Narko in the G-77 
                Henry Rigsbee in the Organization of American States 
               Alexandra Quigley in the Council of American Presidents



Friday Night Lights: Come on out and cheer on the Boys basketball team as they take on Bishop McNamara this Friday in the first Friday night home game of the season. At half-time, the Wolfpack will honor the 2013 Girls Water Polo team with a banner presentation to celebrate the team's historic accomplishment of being the first team in the school's 144 year history to win an IHSA State Championship last May.  Game time is 7 pm Go Wolfpack! 


Please CLICK HERE to read about Pope Francis being named Person of the Year.


Despite the weather in Chicago, the mercury is rising and we are up to 80% of reaching our goal!  Please make a gift by 12/31 so we reach the $250,000 matching donor goal.  CLICK HERE to make a gift today. 



Please CLICK HERE to make a donation today. 



The Bella Voce choir and Chamber Orchestra invite you to our annual Madrigal Dinner, next Tuesday December 10 at 6:00 in Tully Hall. The evening last about 90 minutes. The evening is one of music and food and fun complete with a Nativity Play. Make your reservations to attend. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 7- 18, under 6 free of charge. Contact for tickets today. 

Please join us for an Alumni Christmas Happy Hour for the Classes of 1960-1979 at the Fornelli '51 Alumni Lounge at 1019 S. May Street 

Friday, December 6th 
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks and Pizza are included with the $10 registration fee. 
BYOB for spirits 

Free parking is available in the lot directly behind 1019 S. May Street or in the gravel lot behind Holy Family Church 

Please forward, post, or otherwise convey this message to your classmates 

The more, the merrier! 

*due to a recent scheduling change there is not a boys basketball game on this date 

Friday, December 06, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Register at:

On behalf of the students, faculty and staff 
at Saint Ignatius College Prep 
I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. 

May the beauty and blessings of Thanksgiving 

bring warmth and peace to your home this season. 

to watch a special Thanksgiving video starring 

the students and faculty of Saint Ignatius. 

Be sure to watch the outtakes at the end of the video.  


Fr. Michael Caruso, SJ 
President - Saint Ignatius College Prep

Girls Swimming Finishes 12th in State Tournament

The girls swimming and diving team finished 12th at the IHSA State Championships on Saturday.  The Wolfpack picked up 13 All-State performances and 11 All-American performances.  Nikol Lagodzinska posted a pair of 7th place performances in winning the consolation final of the 100 free and 200 free.  Both times earned All-American status and the 200 free was a new school record.  Marysol Arce also finished 7th in the 500 free earning All-American honors and setting a new school record.  Rebeca Martinez had two All-State performances finishing 8th in the 200 IM and 12th in the 100 fly.


In relay action the 400 free relay of Natalie Tapia, Arce, Martinez and Lagodzinska took 7th place picking up All-American honors and setting a new school record.  The 200 free relay of Tapia, Clare MacNamara, Martinez and Lagodzinska finished 9th earning All-American status.  The 200 medley team of Nina Mantich, Jamie Doherty, Arce and Emma Dolan finished 23rd.


Additional individual performances include Tapia finishing 18th in the 100 free and 22nd in the 50 free.  MacNamara had an 18th place finish in the 500 free.  Mantich was 34th in the 100 back, Doherty was 48th in the 100 breast as was Tammy Stelnicki in the 1 Meter Diving.


Varsity Records

  • 200 Freestyle – Nikol Lagodzinska – 1:51.36
  • 100 Butterfly – Rebeca Martinez – 57.25
  • 500 Freestyle – Marysol Arce – 4:55.89
  • 400 Freestyle Relay – Natalie Tapia, Marysol Arce, Rebeca Martinez, Nikol Lagodzinska – 3:28.91


Meet Notes

  • 13 All-State Performances
  • 11 All-American Performances
  • The team set four new varsity records



Richard H. Driehaus graduated from Saint Ignatius College Prep in 1960. On the occasion of his 50th reunion, Mr. Driehaus targeted a most generous gift for the completion of the central sky-lit area among the science labs and classrooms at Saint Ignatius College Prep. This area was originally intended as a seating area for students and a place to display the school’s collection of architectural artifacts which had been donated by Mr. Driehaus and other benefactors, most from buildings by well-known Chicago architects of the late 19th and early 20th century. 
The idea to collect these objects had come about because of the ongoing destruction of notable architectural buildings which celebrated the diverse culture of Chicago. Much as Saint Ignatius celebrates the diverse culture of the city. Mr. Driehaus and Fr. Rowe believed that these visual enhancements to the campus could help educate students on the culture and architecture of the city of Chicago. Mr. Driehaus asked that the gallery be named the Father Donald F. Rowe, S.J. Architectural Gallery and also asked Fr. Rowe to design the area, as he had designed the other areas of the school and new buildings, as well as the landscaping of the school’s grounds. 

The purpose of displaying these pieces is to enrich the students’ opportunity to be visually literate, as they are literate in school subjects — and to become knowledgeable about the great architectural history of Chicago. On November 13, 2013 the school community formally dedicated the new gallery. Below is the speech Richard H. Driehaus ’60 gave during the dedication ceremony. Watch the video highlighting the Richard H. Driehaus '60 Architectural Legacy here: 


Jana Brusek '14 and Volleyball Head Coach, Erik Eastman, have been nominated by their peers to participate in the 4th Annual Illinois High School All-Star Game hosted by SportsTownChicago for the 2013 season. Head Coach Erik Eastman has been asked to coach TEAM WHITE and Jana Brusek has been named captain of TEAM WHITE. Coach Eastman crossed the 225 win mark in 2013 leading the pack to a 24-12 record. Jana Brusek was named All-GCAC for the second time and made the All-Tournament team at the Waubonsie Valley Invite while leading the Wolfpack with 53 aces, 384 serve attempts, a serve percent rating of 2.375, 363 digs, 2.25 serve receive passer rating and 188 3+ serve receive passes. Congratulations on this great honor!

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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Tully Dining Hall 
Please contact Megan McDonald Paulson ’94 at or at 312.432.8347 with questions regarding the event. 


Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM in the 3rd Floor Gym.

Get your yearbook and visit with former classmates at the Yearbook Signing Party to be held in the 3rd floor gym. Park in the visitor’s lot east of the school and enter through the Walsh Garden gate. Pizza, salad, pop and water will be served so come hungry! 

If you plan to attend, you must RSVP by November 20th, 2013 at  

Contact Megan McDonald Paulson '94 with questions about the event at or at (312) 432-8347. 


If we raise $250,000 it will be DOUBLED! We're 29% there, but we need YOUR help! Visit to donate now. Please share this post with your friends to help spread the word.

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The boys team will now play in the State Championship game on Saturday, November 9 at 1PM at Hoffman Estates High School., located at 1100 W, Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. Watch the game winning penalty kick stop here: 


The boys varsity soccer team is competing in the IHSA Soccer Final Four for the first time in school history.  Please join the many Ignatian students, parents, faculty and alumni who are coming to support the team as they compete for the state championship! 
The game is (tomorrow) Friday, November 8 at 11 AM at Hoffman Estates High School., located at 1100 W, Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates
If we win, we play for the title at 1:00 PM on the same site on Saturday.  If we lose, we play for 3rd place at 11:00 AM on Saturday. 


Hoffman Estates High School is located on the north side of Higgins Road (Route 72), west of the Higgins Road and Golf Road (Route 58) intersection and east of Barrington Road.  
The Wolfpack next play on Friday, November 8 vs. Wheaton Academy. 

St. Ignatius scored in the 21st minute and that tally held up throughout a spectacular goalkeeping duel as the Wolfpack edged Antioch 1-0 Tuesday in the Class 2A Stevenson Supersectional. The Wolfpack advance to the state semifinals and will play Wheaton Academy on Friday. Antioch calls it a season at 18-5-3 and the pride with advancing further in the state playoffs than any soccer team in school history. Bryan Long took a pass from Zak Soeen, worked into the middle of the box and beat diving keeper Tommy Tritschler just inside the post for the game’s tally. The rest of the game was a goalie clinic, with Tritschler making a brilliant save on a PK at one end and St. Ignatius goalie John Marks stoning Evan Hernandez on a free kick at the other. 
“We got lucky last week, a lot, and our luck ran out. We didn’t play very well,” Antioch coach Marni Polakow said. “We didn’t win second balls. We were not offensively threatening unless Danny Brito was throwing the ball. Heck, he had like 25 throws today and we still didn’t score.” 

The coach had kind words for her seniors, who have gotten this program back on the prep soccer map. “We didn’t have this kind of senior leadership last year. We were good last year, but we should have been way better than we were. It was our seniors that brought us this far,” Polakow said. “They’re the reason we’re here. They really held it together for us. I think our juniors, who we rely on on the field, have learned from them and will be able to put it together next year.” 
On the other side of the field, the biggest smile belonged to St. Ignatius coach James Luzzi. This is his 44th season as head coach and he’s the only soccer coach the school’s ver had. This will be his second trip to the state tournament, having made it in 1998 when it lost in the quarterfinals. 

“This one is special because it’s was so unexpected. These guys really worked hard all season long to get to this point. They were so focused,” Luzzi aid. “They listened to the coaches. They trusted each other. We had a group that went to the final 8 in 1998 and lost in the first game 1-0. That’s when they sent eight teams down. That was Class A. A lot of those guys were here tonight. It means so much to the school, and for me personally it’s just the cap.” 
Marks was heroic in goal, especially early on when the game was still scoreless. 

“He’s been coming up big all season long. He’s a good goalie,” Luzzi said. “We missed him last year. He missed the last half of last season because he hurt his hip and shoulder. He’s a ‘game’ goalie. He directs his defense, and he sees the whole field. What he tells us at halftime, the kids go out and execute in the second half.” Long’s goal was his 12th of the season. He’s the team’s leading scorer. 
“I saw my winger Zak Soenan make a hustle play to get to the ball, so I figured, why not make a run? I got onto the ball and I was able to get in,” Long said. “There were two people on me strong, so I decided to cut in. One of the defender’s gave me space so I decided to hit it with my left and was able to put it in. 

“This is the first time we’ve made it this far,” he said. “The last team from our school that made it here was 1998. It feels great to make history for our school. Last year we had a really good team, but we felt our season got cut short. We lost in the regional final. We wanted to make a point. Our motto this year was ‘Take care of unfinished business.’ We had a bad taste in our mouth, so we wanted to show people what we could do.”



Congratulations to our All-Conference football representatives:  Frankie DiLeo, Rocco DiLeo, Brendan McNally, and Kyle Robinson. These four outstanding football players were named All-Conference players in the Catholic League White Division by the League’s coaching staff! This is Frankie DiLeo’s second time as an all-conference honoree. At Strong Safety he had 4 sacks, 7 passes defended against, and numerous tackles. o DiLeo’s play at Defensive End, which included several sacks and excellent special-teams performance as punter. Brendan McNally is Ignatius’ running back and ended the year with nearly 1000 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. Kyle Robinson, with his second time as all-conference player, played Free Safety with 2 interceptions, numerous tackles, and fine special teams play. The players can be seen here with head coach, Pat Jennings.



The Wolfpack Varsity Soccer team beat CPS Champion, Lakeview, 5-0 last night to clinch the Sectional Semi-Final. The team next plays on Friday, November 1, 2013 @ 5:00 PM @ Ridgewood HS in Niles. This is the IHSA Sectional Final and Ignatius will play the winner of match 2. 


School president, Fr. Michael Caruso, SJ, welcomed the Provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, to Saint Ignatius on October 29, 2013. Fr. Kesicki celebrated Mass for the school community and then signed a Sustaining Agreement between the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus and Saint Ignatius College prep. This document confirms our school's strong relationship with the Jesuits and the Chicago-Detroit Province. Fr. Kesicki, SJ can be seen below on the left, with school Board Chairman, Jack McKinney '64, and school President, Fr. Michael Caruso, SJ.



High School Cube is pleased to announce that the St. Ignatius broadcast club will be broadcasting the Semifinals and Championship Games at the IHSA St. Ignatius Volleyball Regional. 
St. Ignatius vs. winner Fenwick/Curie – Regional Semifinal 
Varsity Volleyball  – 6:00 PM 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 
Lyons Township vs. winner Downers Grove South/Simeon – Regional Semifinal 
Varsity Volleyball  – 7:00 PM 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 
Winners of Regional Semifinals – Regional Championship 
Varsity Volleyball – 6:00 PM 
Thursday, October 31, 2013 
Click the link here to watch:

5th Annual Law Society Continuing Legal Education Course - Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Register for the 5th Annual Law Society Continuing Legal Education Course - Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 - Brunswick Room at Saint Ignatius College Prep (4th floor). Parking is available in the Roosevelt/Racine lot, enter through the ground floor doors.

5:00pm Networking
6:15pm Welcome & Dinner
6:30pm CLE Course Begins (Topic will announced soon) 
*this course will qualify for 1.5 ethics credits in IL

Course Presenters: Tom Luetkemeyer ’75 & Carlos Ortiz ’97 of Hinshaw & Culbertson

Cost: $75 Law Society Member, $100 Non-Law Society Member

Visit to register. Please RSVP by October 31st

Not-yet-members of the law society are invited to attend the CLE as well as guests and friends of those invited.

Contact Christine Cesak at or at (312) 432-8412 with questions about the event.

SIMUN Wins First Place Best Delegation at Wash U Conference

41 members of the Saint Ignatius Model United Nations team (SIMUN) competed this weekend at the Washington University Model UN Conference in St. Louis.  For the fifth year in a row, SIMUN won First Place Best Delegation.  In addition to the coveted team award, many SIMUN members won idividual committee awards:



Best Delegate Awards:

Max Wolfgang Rosner in the Constitutional Convention

Kirubell Asmamaw in the European Council

Rebecca Cunningham in the IAEA

Isaac Wink in Nixon's Cabinet

Mikey Defilippis in the Potsdam Cabinet

Claire Reardon in the Rio Olympics Committee

Tyler Christian In Security Council


Outstanding Delegate Awards

Anne-Marie Downey in the Potsdam Cabinet

Kylie Ruscheinski in Security Council

Jabari Copeland in Star Wars Simulation

John Paul Simon in the Islamic World Committee


Honorable Mention Awards

Nickolai Davidovitch in the DeBeers Committee

Thomas Dowling in Nixon's Cabinet

Michael Levesque in the Princely States

Christian Johns in the Rio Olympics Committee


Verbal Commendations

Gordon Young in the Constitutional Convention

Katie Tangen in the DeBeers Committee

Damian Richardson in the IAEA

John Foot in the Potsdam Cabinet

Maddie Jirgal in the Princely States

Spencer Manahan in the Star Wars Simulation

Joshua Steinfels-Saenz in the Islamic World



The Harlequins are proud to present Meet Me in St. Louis. Based on the 1944 MGM musical film, this classic charmer tells the story of an American family living in St. Louis at the time of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair in 1904. Featuring such classic tunes as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “The Trolley Song” and “Skip to My Lou”, this touching story of family is bound to please. The cast includes:  Theresa Bertini, Liam Bower, Agnes Connolly, Tyler Daniels, Connor Fieweger, Tim Frye, Colum Goebelbecker, Roisin Goebelbecker, Trinity Gore, Molly Green, Kelly Harris, Elena Lucci, Tommy Lucci, Jack Mahon, Fiona McMahon, Michael Milito, Alec Milkint, Fiona Morrison, Joe Noonan, Jacqueline Novy, Madeleine O’Keefe, Kate Perry, Natalie Plys, Anna Podkowski, Claire Reardon, Everett Sarich, Margaret Sheils, Emily Sierra, Connor Sterling, Nerija Vietaite. Performances are November 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7:30pm and November 10 at 2pm. For tickets call 312-421-5900 and ask for Kim.  


We are very pleased to announce that the following students have been named Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. These students scored in the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Congratulations to Aaron Allen, Enyinnaya Asonye, Leanna Brown, and Ashley Robinson. The students can be seen here with school President, Fr. Caruso and school Principal, Brianna Latko. 


IPaintMyMind Grand Opening – 10.5.13

IPaintMyMind Grand Opening – 10.5.13 from 5-9pm. IPaintMyMind is a nonprofit arts media group and advocacy organization founded by Evan La Ruffa '01. Their mission is to facilitate public engagement with emerging art & music through ads-free media, artist support services, and cross-sector arts initiatives. The goal is to create a vibrant ads-free arts media network supported by some innovative revenue streams, as pertains to the nonprofit sector. They just opened a gallery in Logan Square and will be hosting a grand opening in conjunction with Chicago Artists' Month on 10/17. Visit the event page at: 

RSVP at:


Please join us in congratulating the following students on being named Semifinalists in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program: Milton Drain, Sylvia Edoigiawerie, Charles Foster, Jordan Harris, Ikpindi Nabine, and Kyle Robinson. More than 1,600 Black American high school seniors who have been designated Semifinalists now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 scholarship awards worth about $2.5 million that will be offered next spring. The students can be seen here with school President, Fr. Michael Caruso, SJ, and Principal, Brianna Latko.

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Please join us in congratulating the following students on being named Semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Contest: Tyler Christian, Kiley Delaney, Michael Duncan, Charles Foster, Kent Hutchison, Katherine Luchette, William Martinson, Joseph Miller, Catherine Oksas, Catherine Valentine, and Cara Zadeik. These students have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring. The students can be seen here with school President, Fr. Michael Caruso, SJ, and Principal, Brianna Latko. 

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Please join us in congratulating Lindsay Easom and Casey McDonald for receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Both students have been very involved in Circle of Friends, putting in many volunteer hours of service. Circle of Friends helps mentally handicapped / developmentally challenged young adults to lead meaningful and happy lives with dignity and respect. In association with the Ray Graham Training Center, our members contribute as friends to such events as sporting games, dances, holiday parties, a clothing drive, a concert, etc. The members benefit from ongoing education and training in the areas of mental and physical disabilities. The group is about social inclusion and making real friends. The students can be seen here with Principal, Brianna Latko.


Mr. Chandler calling. Apparently, you have JUG


Each year, USA Swimming recognizes its members who excel both in the classroom and in the pool. The Scholastic All-America Team is made up of high school student-athletes who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and who have achieved the required junior national bonus time standard in a single event.  Saint Ignatius had two swimmers on the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Team for the 2012-13 school year. Congrats to Marysol Arce ‘14 and Billy Barth ‘14 who achieved this great honor.  


As many of you know, Saint Ignatius implemented the use of iPads for all students this school year. As part of the recent Ignatian Values Day, some creative students produced a hilarious video that explores iPad tips and etiquette for the learned Ignatius. Watch it here:



Service JUG! 10/19
SICP Young Alumni Service Committee hosts the first-ever Young Alumni Service JUG. Join us for fun, friends, snacks and service on Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon. For more details and to register visit



The following event will be broadcast LIVE on High School Cube. The broadcast will be streamed live on the Internet, iPhones, iPads and Droid devices with a replay and highlight clips available.

St. Ignatius vs. Elmwood Park

Varsity Football – 7:25 pm

Friday, September 6, 2013

Produced by the St. Ignatius broadcast club


Please join us for the SICP Women's Society Annual Wine & Cheese Open House. Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM in the McLaughlin Room at school. Learn more about the Women's Society and gather with current and past parents, alumnae and spouses of alums. There will be food, wine, soft drinks and a fabulous raffle prize. This event is free and a great way to get involved with the school community.

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Saturday JUG

This is one Saturday JUG you’ll actually WANT to attend. For more details and to register visit


Fr. Michael P. Caruso, SJ, President of Saint Ignatius College Prep, would like to share the following news with you regarding Fr. Brian G. Paulson, SJ, the former President of Saint Ignatius. Let us join together in prayer and best wishes for Fr. Paulson as he prepares for this new role.


(CHICAGO, IL, August 30, 2013) — Fr. Brian G. Paulson, S.J., has been appointed by Fr. General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., as the next provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). 

Fr. Paulson will begin his leadership role in July 2014. He succeeds Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., who was named provincial of the Detroit Province in 2008 and, additionally, of the Chicago Province in 2009 before the two provinces were united under his leadership in 2011. As part of an ongoing national realignment of Jesuit provinces, Fr. Paulson will become the provincial of the new USA Midwest Province when the existing Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces come together by 2017. 
Fr. Paulson has served in a variety of leadership positions as a Jesuit. After 11 years as president of Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago (1999 to 2010), he was assigned to his current role as rector of the Loyola University Jesuit Community in Chicago. From 1993 to 1998 he was the vocations director for the Chicago Province (now Chicago-Detroit Province). 

“As I finish my term as provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province, I couldn’t be happier that Fr. General has named Fr. Paulson to be the next provincial,” says Fr. Kesicki. “He has the proven capacity and the gifts to care for the Jesuits and the ministries of our province. I have known Brian my entire Jesuit life, and I am grateful for his deep and abiding love for the Society and its service to the Church. Our staff looks forward to assisting Fr. Paulson in this new mission, and I look forward to working with him in my new role as president of the Jesuit Conference.” 

“I am deeply humbled to accept this call of Fr. General to lead and serve my brother Jesuits as provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province,” says Fr. Paulson. “The Society of Jesus has formed my mind, heart, and spirit since I was a student at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, back in the 1970s. In my 32 years as a Jesuit, I have been richly blessed with Jesuit and lay friends, along with tremendous opportunities for ministry, all of which I treasure. Our common task over the next several years is to realize the hope and promise of the USA Midwest Province for the greater glory of God and ‘the help of souls’ in the footsteps of St. Ignatius.” 

Fr. Paulson entered the Society of Jesus at Loyola House Jesuit Novitiate in Berkley, MI, on September 12, 1981. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 13, 1992, and professed final vows on March 25, 2001. A native of Waukegan, IL, he attended St. Anastasia Grade School and Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI. When the school closed in 1975, he finished his high school education at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in international economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Since joining the Jesuits he has earned a master’s degree in political philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, a bachelor of sacred theology degree (STB) from Centre Sevres in Paris, a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a licentiate in sacred theology (STL) from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He currently serves on the board of trustees at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School, and the Lumen Christi Institute of Chicago, and is a trustee associate at Boston College after 16 years of service on the board of trustees. 

Pope: Angelus Appeal for Peace

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the entire Mideast region, and throughout the whole world to be held this coming Saturday, September 7th, 2013. The Pope made the announcement during the course of remarks ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer this Sunday. Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father's Angelus appeal.


Dear Brothers and Sisters,


Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to make add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of each person, from the one great family which is humanity: it is the cry for peace! It is a cry which declares with force: we want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war! Peace is a precious gift, which must be promoted and protected.

There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming.
I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me. How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake in that martyred country, especially among civilians and the unarmed! I think of many children will not see the light of the future! With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons: I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart. There is a judgment of God and of history upon our actions which are inescapable! Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.

With all my strength, I ask each party in this conflict to listen to the voice of their own conscience, not to close themselves in solely on their own interests, but rather to look at each other as brothers and decisively and courageously to follow the path of encounter and negotiation, and so overcome blind conflict. With similar vigour I exhort the international community to make every effort to promote clear proposals for peace in that country without further delay, a peace based on dialogue and negotiation, for the good of the entire Syrian people.

May no effort be spared in guaranteeing humanitarian assistance to those wounded by this terrible conflict, in particular those forced to flee and the many refugees in nearby countries. May humanitarian workers, charged with the task of alleviating the sufferings of these people, be granted access so as to provide the necessary aid.

What can we do to make peace in the world? As Pope John said, it pertains to each individual to establish new relationships in human society under the mastery and guidance of justice and love (cf. John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, [11 April 1963]: AAS 55, [1963], 301-302).

All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace. I make a forceful and urgent call to the entire Catholic Church, and also to every Christian of other confessions, as well as to followers of every religion and to those brothers and sisters who do not believe: peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs all of humanity!

I repeat forcefully: it is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace.
May the plea for peace rise up and touch the heart of everyone so that they may lay down their weapons and be let themselves be led by the desire for peace.

To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September next, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.

On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here, from 19:00 until 24:00, we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention.

Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children! Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day to building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace. Mat, Queen of Peace, pray for us!

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Service JUG - 10/19/13

Please join the Ignatius Young Alumni Service Committee for our inaugural Service JUG event! On Saturday October 19th, 2013, in partnership with Big Shoulders, we will be visiting St. Agnes school to volunteer our time and talents to help them kick off their school year. This event is free and all participants will get a tee shirt, light breakfast and transportation from Ignatius to St. Agnes and back. Family and friends are welcome. Register at

8-8:30 AM Check In/Breakfast at the Alumni Lounge (1019 S. May St. behind Holy Family Church)
9-12 PM Service at St. Agnes School

Holy Family Featured on LUC Students Tumblr Page

Loyola University Chicago students have comprised a Tumblr page highlighting the stories of Chicago Catholic Churches including SICP neighbor, Holy Family. Click on the link below to view the page.




The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, recently established a mission in Chicago. They also have two Sisters teaching at Saint Ignatius this school year in Religion and Science. We are now excited to announce that the Sisters of Mary are releasing their debut album titled Mater Eucharistiae. The story of the new album was recently profiled on NPR and tells not only tells the story about the making of the CD, but also introduces the Dominican Order. Read more by CLICKING HERE. You can buy a copy of the new album by CLICKING HERE.



Freshmen arrived for their first day of school today. Watch video if the Class of 2017 here: 

The Sisters Have Arrived!


Saint Ignatius College Prep welcomes the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist who have established their first mission in Chicago. Two of these Sisters will be joining the faculty at SICP, two others will be an elementary school. We are delighted to have them join our mission.



For the 4th consecutive year, the Wolfpack Girls Volleyball program received the AVCA Team Academic Award for maintaining a G.P.A. of 3.3 or higher. The 2012 Wolfpack had a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.57 becoming one of only 229 girls high school programs throughout the country to receive this award. The Wolfpack had a great season on the court as well winning the GCAC Championship for the first time since 1987 by defeating Mother McAuley for the first time in school history and winning their 19th IHSA Regional title. 

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Boys and Girls Swimming Competes at Speedo Sectional Championships

Several current and former Ignatius swimmers participated in the Speedo Sectional Championships this summer at the University of Minnesota. Nikol Lagodzinska ’14 picked up her first two US Junior National standards. Rebeca Martinez ’14, Marysol Arce ’15 and Natalie Tapia ’16 all achieved Junior National Bonus times. Additional participants include Brayden Amendola ’12, James Haney ’13, Jesus Juarez ’15 and Reilly Shields ’16.

Picture (from left) Martinez, Arce, Coach Stephens, Lagodzinska, Tapia


Please join us for the Saint Ignatius Law Society networking reception. We welcome all who are involved in the fields of law, government and/or public interest. This is an opportunity to broaden your legal professional network and enjoy dinner and drinks with the Saint Ignatius law community.  

Monday, September 23 from 5:30 p.m. -- 8:30 p.m. at Quartino - 626 N. State Street 

$50 Regular Rate
$35 Public Interest/Government/New Lawyer
$10 Law Student  
Includes soft drinks, beer, wine, call cocktails, antipasti buffet and passed pizza. 

Register at:



The Eternal World Television Network radio program, “At Home with Jim and Joy” recently welcomed Fr. Caruso, S.J. along with Emily Tenuta ’13, Dan Klein ‘13, and Anna Tenuta ’14 to the airwaves to talk about getting ready for school and college. You can download the podcast of the radio show for listening online anytime or for downloading at: (and scroll down to the show “At Home with Jim and Joy”. The show will encore tonight on EWTN Radio at 10:00 p.m. CDT. It airs on 230 EWTN AM & FM affiliates across the U.S., as well as Sirius Satellite Radio’s channel 130. It also broadcasts around the world on web stream through, via mobile devices (EWTN, iHeart and TuneIn apps,) and of course—what first made EWTN go global 20 years ago—our EWTN Shortwave Radio signal traveling the globe.


Spearing, who swims for Saint Ignatius under Coach Dave Stephens, was a sectional champion and a state qualifier last year. She is very excited to begin the upcoming 2014 fall season. While swimming is certainly her sport passion at Ignatius, her cycling and running ability has elevated her performance in the sport of Triathlon. Kyleigh was recently runner-up at the USA Triathlon Youth Elite Junior National Championships in West Chester, OH. Furthermore, Kyleigh is the #1 ranked Youth Elite Triathlete (13-15 year olds) in the U.S.  Here she is on the #1 podium spot for this award. Rankings are based on cumulative performances at the USA Triathlon Elite Cup Series, a four race series during the summer with stops in Richmond, VA;  Monroe, WA; DesMoines, IA; and West Chester, OH.


David Sally '78 Publishes New Book on Soccer Analytics

David Sally '78 has published a new book about soccer analytics called “The Numbers Game:  Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong”. The book was launched in London on May 30 to very flattering reviews. Billy Beane of the Oakland A's and “Moneyball” fame called it "a must-read" and says, "Be warned:  The Numbers Game will change the way you think about your favorite team or player, and change the way you watch the beautiful game."  The Times of London stated that the book "could change the game forever." The book launched this week in the US and again, the initial reviews and buzz are very good. More at:



The Saint Ignatius Model United Nations team scored major awards at the World Expo Model United Nations Conference held in Beijing, China July 31- August 4. With 59 schools from 22 countries participating in the conference, the Saint Ignatius team won 12 awards in multiple committees. 

     1. Kent Hutchison and Max Rosner representing The Russian Federation in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization 
     2. Charles Helding representing the Venezuelan Minister of Energy in the Union of South American Nations 
     3. Colin Downey representing Turkey in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization 
     4. Michael Duncan representing the Russian Federation in the UN Security Council 
     5. Anne-Marie Downey representing the Russian Federation in the Yale World Health   Organization 
     6. Gordon Young representing the Russian Federation in the Harvard World Health Organization 
     1. Rachel O'Grady representing the Russian Federation in the World Bank 
     1. Charles Foster representing the Uruguayan Senior Media Correspondent in the Union of South American States 
     2. John Paul Simon representing the Russian Federation in the Legal Committee 
     3. Michael Belica representing Turkey in the United Nations Peace Building Commission 
     1. Thomas Duff representing the Russian Federation in the United States Commission on Population and Development 
     2. Lukas Ambraziejus representing the Russian Federation in the United Nations Peace Building Commission.

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Click the link here to open a PDF of the Summer 2013 Saint Ignatius Magazine. 2013 mag.pdf

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This is the Fund's first annual Women's Golf Classic and all are welcome for a fun day of guilt free golf! Join us at LaGrange Country Club on 9.9.13 for 18 or 9 holes of golf. Register today at Since 1989, DMSF has awarded over 2,000 high school scholarships to bright 8th grade students from economically disadvantaged families to prepare them for college. 

We wish you a very happy Feast Day of St. Ignatius - July 31

St. Ignatius was born in the family castle in Guipúzcoa, Spain, the youngest of 13 children, and was called Iñigo. When he was old enough, he became a page, and then a soldier of Spain to fight against the French. A cannon ball and a series of bad operations ended his military career in 1521. While St. Ignatius recovered, he read the lives of the saints, and decided to dedicate himself to becoming a soldier of the Catholic Faith. Soon after he experienced visions, but a year later suffered a trial of fears and scruples, driving him almost to despair. Out of this experience he wrote his famous "Spiritual Exercises". After traveling and studying in different schools, he finished in Paris, where he received his degree at the age of 43. Many first hated St. Ignatius because of his humble lifestyle. Despite this, he attracted several followers at the university, including St. Francis Xavier, and soon started his order called The Society of Jesus, or Jesuits. There are 38 members of the Society of Jesus who have been declared Blessed, and 38 who have been canonized as saints. He died at the age of 65.

Amaze your friends tomorrow, on the Feast Day of St. Ignatius!

Amaze your friends tomorrow, on the Feast Day of St. Ignatius, with Ten Things They May Not Know about the Jesuits!

Do You Own or Manage a Restaurant or Bar?

Saint Ignatius school community… do you own or manage a restaurant or bar? If so, we’d like to hear from you. The school is working to compile a list of restaurants and bars that are owned or managed by Ignatius alumni, families, or friends. Please reply here if you know of any or you can email the names directly to the Alumni Director at We thank you for your help.

Insalaco '13 and Stelnicki '14 receive All-American recognition for the 2013 Water Polo season

Two members of the Wolfpack’s 2013 IHSA State Championship Team received Speedo All-America Team honors from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (N.I.S.C.A) for their efforts during the 2013 high school season.  Senior Becky Insalaco was named to the First team and Junior Tammy Stelnicki received Third team honors.  The Ignatius student –athletes are 2 out of 137 players nationally to receive All-American status and 2 out of 9 players from the state of Illinois. Insalaco is the first team member since 2010 to receive First team honors and Stelnicki is the first junior to be selected since her older sister Katie ‘10 was awarded the honor in 2009.  Respectively, the girls are the 7th and 8th player in the program's history to receive All-American recognition.

Brittany Bosca ’14 Annual Sno-Cone Benefit - 7.20.13

This year's event will be held at the Chicago Fire House, 1129 West Chicago Ave. This is Brittany's final benefit before going off to college. She has raised over $100,000 to send burned children to attend “Camp I Am Me” every summer. For more information please go to  Hope you are able to stop by.

Medina '13 Plays Soccer with Messi

Congrats to Brandon Medina '13 who played soccer in "Messi and Friends vs World XI" this past Saturday at Soldier Field:

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As some of you may know "the sisters" are coming to Saint Ignatius and we are preparing a home for them and need your help!

The Dominican Sisters of Mary of Ann Arbor (you may know them from their appearance a few years ago on the Oprah Show) will be in Chicago in July and we have a lot of work to do to prepare the residence at St. Procopius, 1611 S. Allport, Chicago, for their arrival.  Bring your friends, your parents, siblings and be a part of our very own service project.  ALL ARE WELCOME!  We will be there from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday, July 1 and Tuesday July 2.  Be prepared to wash window, paint, pull up carpet and garden. Food and drink will be provided.  We hope to see the spirit of Saint Ignatius come alive as we scrub, paint and clean all for the "Greater Glory of God!"     
With questions, please contact: Ellen Tully 773-230-0148 and; and Marti Doherty 773-813-0430 and   Thanks!

Saint Ignatius Crew Finishes 2nd in Nation

by Scott Fredericks – Beverly Review

It lacks experience, and its facilities don’t compare; but for all the uphill battles that the St. Ignatius College Prep girls crew team (ICC) faces, the Wolfpack has managed to overcome them en route to becoming one of the top programs in the nation. The Wolfpack Junior 4 with coxswain raced to a silver medal at the Scholastic National Championships in late May in Camden, N.J. The crew of juniors Katie Luchette, Annie Zwick, Briggs Mroz, Morgan Mroz and coxswain Caroline Hurley were second in the nation, racing crews that had advanced from six separate regions to the national championships. 

“The girls did an outstanding job, particularly when you realize they are competing against many girls who are bigger and more experienced,” said ICC Coach Tony Brooks, who competed for the U.S. in the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympic Games. “Our girls are smaller, but they are outstanding technicians. They are very efficient and able to beat someone larger than them. The great thing for us is that all of them are juniors. We are already looking forward to next year. We want to repeat the success from this year and compete for a national championship.”

Zwick, of Beverly, said the runner-up finish is something she and her teammates will never forget.
“When we crossed the finish line, it was almost like we didn’t have words for what we accomplished. Our jaws dropped. On our way back to the dock, we were hugging and splashing the water,” said Zwick. “Briggs yelled to us that we were going to win the gold next year. It motivates us to get back there and win it next year.”

In the preliminary heats on May 24, the Wolfpack won with the fastest time of the event. The following morning, ICC finished second in the semifinals. With strong winds reaching 30 mph, the Wolfpack sprinted to the silver medal, just falling short to gold medal winner, Merion Mercy, in the last 250 meters. The Wolfpack qualified for the national championships by finishing second in a field of 30 teams at the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships in Zanesville, Ohio. St. Ignatius was 1.5 seconds behind the first-place squad but 11 seconds ahead of third. The Wolfpack won a championship at the Greater Chicago Junior Rowing Championships against some of the top rivals from the Chicagoland area, including New Trier and Loyola Academy, in early May.

The dedication level of a competitor in the sport of rowing is unlike any other. According to Brooks, members of the squad wake up every day at 4 a.m. during the nice weather portion of the season to practice on the South Chicago River branch. The team shifts its focus indoors during the winter. “Getting up that early for a practice is not very common in any other sport,” said Brooks. “They work very hard. During the winter, we focus on weightlifting and rowing on machines. If you don’t train all winter, you won’t be very strong in the spring. The girls practice for a couple hours, shower at school and then go to class. They are very dedicated.”
Zwick said the hard work paid off in the long run. “It’s tough, but it’s worth it. We had a hard winter season that was tougher than usual with the weather, but we earned our medals in the winter,” said Zwick. “Everyone is up by 4 and at practice by 5. It’s nice to be a part of something where everyone is willing to put in so much work.”

Each race for the Junior 4 is 1,500 meters. Brooks said the race takes between five and six minutes, depending on the wind. The team practices for about 10 months. St. Ignatius will begin its next season in mid-August.
“It’s a tremendous amount of training and commitment for only a short time of competition,” said Brooks. “We only compete in a handful of regattas each year.”

Fr. Michael Caruso, SJ to Appear on EWTN Network – 7.7.13

Tune into the EWTN Global Catholic Network on Sunday, July 7, 2013 when Fr. Caruso will talk about his book, When the Sisters Said Farewell during the EWTN show, “Bookmark”. The show will air at 8:30AM & 10:30PM. Each week, the show brings its audience the must-reads of Catholic literature. Meet the authors and hear a firsthand account of their works, Christian themes, and inspiration during this informative half-hour program. Click below for more.

A Thank You from John Chandler

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Frank Ruffolo ‘11 Chosen for Sigma Phi Epsilon Honor

Frank Ruffolo ‘11 was recently chosen to represent his John Carroll University chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at the Frank J. Ruck Leadership Institute in Richmond, Va. The Frank J. Ruck Leadership Institute is an intense five-day event for SigEp’s top rising leaders.  The Fraternity’s best and brightest gather in Va. over the summer for a program focused on personal leadership skills and the Balanced Man Ideal.  Prominent SigEp alumni serve as mentors and guide Ruck scholars through competitive challenges and lessons in leadership.

Keelan '13 Finishes 4th, 2nd at Nationals

At the New Balance Outdoor Nationals championship track meet in Greensboro, NC, on the weekend, graduated senior Jack Keelan finished fourth in the 5000-meter run with a time of 14 minutes and 29.20 seconds on Friday and then second in the 1600-meters in 4:08.73 on Sunday.  He earned all-american status in both races.  Keelan has now finished his high school career.   He holds three official varsity school records in the 3200 (8:50.74), the 1600 (4:05.8), and cross country (14:05 on the state championship Detweiller course).  He holds unofficial records in the mile (4:07.50) and the 5000.  Keelan will move on to Stanford University, where he will run for the cross country and track teams.  




St. Ignatius Picks Blackhawks in Stanley Cup

Our school's patron saint has put on his Blackhawks red in support of the team as they begin the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Hutchison ’14, Gross ‘15 and Richardson ’16 Receive Service Awards

Congratulations to this year’s service award recipients. They are Kent Hutchison ’14, Hallie Gross '15 and Damian Richardson ’16. They can be seen below with Dr. Cathy Karl and Fr. Michael Caruso, SJ.



Scalise and Eden Rep SICP at NCFL Grand National Tournament

Freshman Erica Scalise and Junior Jonathan Eden, represented Saint Ignatius at the 62nd Grand National Tournament of the National Catholic Forensic League held in Philadelphia Memorial Day weekend. They were in a field of over 2000 speech competitors;  Erica participated in the Declamation category and Jonathan in the Extemporaneous Speaking category. 

Keelan Sets 1600 Record--Again

Newly graduated from Saint Ignatius but still running for the Wolfpack’s summer and off-season running club, the Chicago Pack-Men, Jack Keelan won the mile run at the Midwest Distance Festival held on Saturday, June 8, at Illinois Benedictine University, setting a new school record of 4 minutes and 5.8 seconds (hand timed) in the 1600 meter run on the way to a 4:07.50 mile (FAT).  Keelan broke his own record in the 1600, set earlier this year, of 4:09.62.  When he began his assault on the school record book in the spring of 2012, the record was held by Mike Patton ’81, 4:14.0.  Freshman Dan Santino also competed for the Pack-Men at the all-star event, running 9:31.37 for two miles, passing 3200 meters in 9:28.0.  It was a personal best for Santino, and, unofficially, the fastest time ever run by an Ignatius freshman.  Among frosh soph runners, only Keelan has run faster as he holds the 3200-meter frosh soph mark of 9:14.38.  “Jack’s new mark seemingly puts that metric mile record out of reach for a long time,” said coach Ed Ernst.  “But two years ago, we felt like Mike Patton’s records were out of reach, too.  Dan Santino is ahead of pace as a freshman in terms of catching up to those records.  He’s run a lot faster than Keelan ran as a freshman.  So tonight was kind of like a passing of the torch.”   Keelan will run next weekend at the New Balance Nationals track championships in Greensboro, NC, competing in the 5000-meters and the mile run.

Tori Dremonas '11 Writes for Sun-Times, Grid

Tori Dremonas '11 is interning with the Chicago Sun-Times, Grid news outlet. Read her recent article at the link below.

Dr. Michael Doyle '77 was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from UIC.

Dr. Michael Doyle '77 was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from UIC. Read more at:

Drama Teacher, Kevin Bellie, Wins Jeff Award

Congratulations to school drama teacher, Kevin Bellie, on his recent 2013 Non-Equity Jeff Award. Kevin won in the Artistic Specialization category for his projection design in the play, “When the Rain Stops Falling” by Circle Theater.

Top Honors at IL Latin Tournament

In the 2013 Illinois State Latin Tournament, three Saint Ignatius students qualified for the finals: freshmen Jonathan Ashbeck and Juliana Babich, and junior Fiona Littleton. At the finals, Jonathan Ashbeck received an Excellent Award in Latin I (the top award for Latin I). Juliana Babich received a Cum Laude award in Latin I and Fiona Littleton achieved a Cum Laude award in Latin III.  

Eric Jacobson '11 Named to 2013 Academic All-Big 10 Team

Eric Jacobson '11, a member of the University of Michigan baseball team, was recently named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 10 team.  In his time at Saint Ignatius, Jacobson was a 4-year varsity starter for the Wolfpack baseball team and was also named to the Chicago Catholic League All-Academic Team for 4 consecutive years.

Sailing Team Captures 2nd Consecutive IL State Championship

Led by captains Grant Egan’13 and Rose Edwards ’14, the Saint Ignatius Sailing team captured their 2nd consecutive Illinois State Sailing Championship on May 18 at the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club in Wilmette.  Juniors Michael Duncan, Morgan Gaudet, and Will Pollard rounded out the winning team. The team was coached by Martha Pitt and Bobby Collins of the Chicago Yacht Club. Grace Curtin ‘14, Kate O’Donnell ‘15, and Abby McFadyen ’16 also competed on the spring season team which saw Saint Ignatius finish in 6th place out of 38 teams in the Midwest Interscholastic Sailing Association standings.  The team concluded their successful season by qualifying for the National Invitational Team Race Regatta at the Milwaukee Yacht Club and finishing in 6th place.

Gloriam 2014 - Save the Date

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Boys Track Takes 4th in State

Boys Track finished fourth at the IHSA 3A state championship track meet on Saturday with 28 points, the best finish ever by a Saint Ignatius track team.  Senior Jack Keelan won both the 3200- and 1600-meter runs (8:57.61and 4:12.11).  Junior Conor Dunham placed third in the 300-meter hurdles, setting a school record with his time of 38.36 seconds.  The 3200-meter relay team of senior Sean Kampe, senior Elliot Gibson, senior Andrew Reardon, and junior Chris Korabik won the ninth-place medal and set a school record, 7:54.50.  All medal winners earn all-state status.  Congratulations to the entire Wolfpack track team for a great season.

Sylvia Edoigiawerie ’14 Wins Congressional Art Competition

Congressman Bobby L. Rush recently announced that Sylvia Edoigiawerie ’14 is the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition for Illinois’ First District.  Edoigiawerie edged out the competition with a self-portrait entitled, Nigerian American, an oil painting that she states is a reflection of her unique heritage. “This artwork is dedicated to my Nigerian American heritage,” said Edoigiawerie.  “My two distinct backgrounds, which are represented by the red, white and blue and the green and white hair have given me a unique personality and a unique view of the world. The mixed eye color represents my two perspectives.” Congrats to Sylvia.

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Band Plays National Anthem at Wrigley Field

The Saint Ignatius band, led by Don Rescigno, played the National Anthem before the Cubs V. Mets game on May 17 at Wrigley Field. Mr. Rescigno is retiring from Saint Ignatius this year after over 40 years of teaching at the school. CLICK HERE to watch a video of the band’s performance.


On Saturday, May 2013, the girls water polo team made school history when they beat Lincoln Way Central 12-9 in the IHSA State Championship game at Stevenson High School. The win marked the first time in the school’s 144 year history a team sport won an IHSA State Title.


Led by Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference Player of the Year Becky Insalaco and All-State Standout Tammy Stelnicki, the Wolfpack put together an overall season record of 22-4-1 heading into the State Tournament were they would familiar foes on their road  to destiny.  


In the State Quarter-Final game, the Wolfpack faced Suburban powerhouse Naperville Central in a rematch of last year's State Semi-Final. This time the Wolfpack had the Redhawks number with a 15-6 victory. The Wolfpack then matched up with Catholic League rival and the state's top ranked team, Mother McAuley. The game proved to be an epic battle with neither team having more than a one goal lead at any given time. But as time expired, the Wolfpack were the 8-7 victors and earned another trip to the state championship game for the program's third time in the past seven years.


The Title was truly a team effort with offensive contributes from Insalaco, Stelnicki, Juniors Rebecca Martinez, Maggie Maloney, Nikol Lagodzinska, Sophmore Karen Juarez, and Freshman Diana Fernandez. On the defensive end, the Pack lived up to its reputation as one of the stingiest in the state behind Freshman Goalie Jenny Stelnicki who had over two and half dozen saves in the net.


Water Polo received varsity status at Saint Ignatius in the Spring of 2000, since then the program has won nine IHSA sectional championships, one MCAC conference title, earned third in state honors three times, and has been the State runner up twice. The championship is a true testament to the program's motto of "Players Graduate Tradition Continues".

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Girls Water Polo Advances to Semi-Final

Last night, The Girls Water Polo team beat Naperville Central 15-6 to advance to the IHSA state tournament Semi-final against Mother McAuley. Becky Insalaco scored 6 goals in the win and Tammy Stelnicki added 4. Goalie Jenny Stelnicki made 16 saves in the net. The Pack will play McAuley at 10:15 am on Saturday morning at Stevenson High School. The winner will advance to the state championship game.

Boys Tennis Wins Chicago Catholic League Title

Congratulations to the St. Ignatius Boys Tennis Team! For the first time since 1991, the Boys Team captured the Chicago Catholic League Conference title. The team's number one singles, number one doubles and number two doubles all placed first. Last year, under Susan Markvart's coaching, the Boys Tennis Team won the IHSA Sectional title for the second time in its history and four of its players advanced to State, but the Conference title narrowly eluded them (making Friday's victory especially sweet). This Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, St. Ignatius will host the Sectional Championship as the favorite.

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Girls Water Polo Wins IHSA Chicago Sectional Cchampionship

On Saturday, the Girls Water Polo team won the 2013 IHSA Chicago sectional championship by beating Lane Tech 14-7. Also, four members of the Wolfpack received MCAC All-Conference recognition: juniors Tammy Stelnicki and Becca Martinez and freshman Jenny Stelnicki. Senior Becky Insalaco was named Catholic League player of the year.

Boys Track Win Chicago Catholic League
Boys Track Win Chicago Catholic League

Boys track: has not been Chicago Catholic League champion for 22 years. But on Saturday the Wolfpack scored 139 points to defeat second place Providence, which scored 90—and 11 other CCL schools. All-conference honors went to Chris Hawkins, Chris Korabik, Sean Stevens, Conner Hatzopoulos, Taylor Dugas, Andrew Musur, and Jack Keelan. The Wofpack scored points in 16 of 18 events, winning five. Keelan, who won both the 800 and 1600, was selected as Lawless conference athlete of the year.
Girls Track Heads to State Finals

The Girls Track team won its second consecutive Sectional title on Thursday by scoring 171 points, well ahead of the 2nd place team (103 pts) and the rest of the field. The Wolfpack had 12 individual state qualifiers and two relay state qualifiers. Congratulations and good luck at next weekend's State Finals.

Captain Charles D. Connor, US Navy (Ret.) '68 Honored by Blackhawks
Captain Charles D. Connor, US Navy (Ret.) '68 (far left) was honored by the Chicago Blackhawks during the center ice national anthem singing as the Blackhawks began the first series of their Stanley Cup quest at United Center on April 30. He began following the Blackhawks during his time at SI when he was an Andy Frain usher at the old Chicago Stadium.

Caroline Coughlan ‘14 Wins Frederick Douglas & Susan B. Anthony Award

The University of Rochester recently named Caroline Coughlan as the winner of the Frederick Douglas & Susan B. Anthony Award. It is named in honor of two of Rochester’s most significant pioneers of social justice. It recognizes Caroline’s commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues. Congrats to Caroline on this wonderful achievement. She can be seen below with Dr. Catherine Karl and social studies teacher, Marty Kelley.



National Winners in the National French Contest 2013

Congratulations to the following students who have achieved national top 10 rankings in the National French Contest (Grand Concours) 2013:

French 1:
5th: Claudia Sierra, Alexandra Dobrov
7th: Eriq Lucero, Gabriella Manzari, Isabella Lorenz
8th: Julia Downey, Breanna Marcelin
9th: Diana Fernandez, Jesus Juarez, Morgane Tatchoum, Harrison Dewitt
10th: Natalie Tapia, Victoria Nieto, Ashley Sablich

French 2:
2nd: Daniela Pasturczak
4th: Emilia Esquivel, Mona Kharoofa
5th: Cayley Krkljes, Helen Roach
7th: Genevieve Lotus, Marianna Bojkewycz, Olivia Gaweda, Quinn Abbate, Rowan O’Scannlain, Sophie Kofoid
8th: Caitlin McCauley, Isabel Irvine, Jasmin Roman, Joshua Barber, Mackenzie Krage, Michael Gupta, Stephanie Gonzalez, Lili Gurry
9th: Randy Martinez, Richard Thompson
10th: Meghan Pintozzi

French 3:
9th: Jack Mahon
10th: Ikpindi Nabine

French 4:
6th: Kent Hutchison, Lucy Capone
7th: William Martinson

Tapia '16 Selected to Illinois Elite Camp for Swimming, Trains with Olympian Franklin

Natalie Tapia ’16 was selected to the 14&Under Illinois Elite Camp this spring.  She got to travel to the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado to train and work with several of the Olympic swimmers and coaches.  While there Natalie had the opportunity to train with four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin (picture).  During her freshman year at Ignatius, Natalie was a 4 time state qualifier and was a two-time All-American.

Mateo ’13 Wins 4th Gold Medal in Latin Exam

This year, senior Samantha Mateo, won her 4th gold medal in recognition of their outstanding achievement on the National Latin Exam. She has now won a medal in each of her four years at Saint Ignatius College Prep. Samantha won a copy of the Maureen O’Donnell Oxford Classical Dictionary for her efforts.



St. Francis Xavier Parish Seeks Youth Minister

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Karnatz ’13 Signs Track & Field Letter of Intent to Notre Dame

Congratulations to senior Madlen Karnatz for her commitment to compete in Track & Field at the University of Notre Dame.  Madlen earned All-State honors in the hurdles at the 2012 IHSA State Track Finals, owns three Frosh-Soph school records and three Varsity school records, and led the team to the Sectional title in 2012.  She has won all hurdle races (the 55m Hurdles, 100m Hurdles and 300m Hurdles) at the indoor and outdoor conference championships since freshman year and also won the indoor GCAC High Jump title in March.  Madlen is looking forward to a great post-season this year and is excited about continuing her track career at Notre Dame. She can be seen below with her parents and Coach Erin Luby.



5 Students Win Writing Contest

Congrats to the students who won cash prizes for their writing samples in the Saint Ignatius writing contest. The contest is sponsored through the Tony D’Souza and Mary Paulson Hawes Endowments. The students are: Amanda Murphy ‘16, Isaac Wink ‘15, Madeleine O’Keefe 14, Raven Noble ’13 and not pictured - Emily Burke. Then can be seen below with English teachers Elaine Mueller and Elizabeth Wagenschutz.



Ivan ’13 and Tomas ’13 Dilnyy Receive HEAR Foundation Scholarships

Congrats to Ivan and Thomas on being selected a HEAR Scholar. The HEAR Scholarship program began in 2010 with the goal of helping college-bound students with financial need who had demonstrated a commitment to their schools and communities. Their scholarship recipients have gone on to Marquette, Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern University Chicago, and Northeastern University Boston. So far $100,000 in scholarships has been awarded to students in the Chicagoland-area. Ivan (left) and Thomas (right) can be seen below with Ray Pollina from the HEAR Foundation.



Fr. Caruso Appears on EWTN Radio Show

Fr. Caruso was a recent guest on the live EWTN Radio show At Home with Jim and Joy. The podcast for this show will be loaded very soon for listening online anytime or for downloading at:

Ignatius Band Leader, Don Rescigno, Leads His Final School Concert 5.5.13

Please join us on Sunday, May 5, 2013 for the Concert Band Spring Concert. The event will take place at school starting at 3:00 p.m. This concert will be Mr. Don Rescigno’s final one at Saint Ignatius— a career that has spanned over 40 years. Mr. Rescigno has made a lasting impact on the lives of so many of his students and this final concert will sure to be a fitting tribute to him and the scores of students he has taught. If you are unable to attend the concert, please know that Mr. Rescigno will also be leading the band for a final playing of the National Anthem before the Cubs game on May 17 at Wrigley Field. 

Emily Beltran '13 Selected for International Science Institute

Emily Beltran '13 will be attending the 45th annual Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel this summer. She was one of 19 students chosen to represent the United States and there are 70 participants in the program all together. Emily will be studying and working on science research projects for three weeks at the institute and then working at a field school in the Judean Desert for the last week.

Denenberg '09 to Represent U.S. at Maccabiah Games this Summer

Nicole Denenberg '09, a senior at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, has been selected to play for the United States women's soccer team at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games. Denenberg earned a spot on the team after a series of tryouts and will represent the U.S. at the 19th World Maccabiah Games July 17-30 in Jerusalem, Israel.


The Maccabiah Games are the world's largest Jewish competition and sometimes referred to as the “Jewish Olympics."  The Games are the third largest sporting event in the world with over 7,000 athletes competing and are held in Israel the year following the Olympic Games.


Denenberg helped Illinois reach its fifth Big Ten Tournament Championship game and advance to the second round in its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance during the 2012 season. She was an Academic All-Big Ten selection and scored two goals during the year. Her first goal came in the 3-1 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and she also scored the game-tying goal in a 1-1 draw at Purdue.


For more information on the U.S. women's soccer team at the 19th Maccabiah Games, visit the homepage HERE.

Ignatius Welcomes Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

Saint Ignatius recently welcomed the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater which is in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. The dancers included: Sara Samuels, Principal Dancer, Julia Hinojosa, Evelyn Sanchez, Israel Sanchez, Juan Castellon, Company Dancers with Guest musicians Patricia Ortega, Flamenco Singer and David Chiriboga, Flamenco guitarist.




Jane Delaney Accepted to 2013 ASNE Reynolds Journalism Institute as a Fellow

Congratulations to Saint Ignatius English teacher, Jane Delaney, on her acceptance into the 2013 ASNE Reynolds Journalism Institute as a Fellow at Kent State University. The program will take place for two weeks in July with all expenses paid. 

Saint Ignatius Uncovered - Misconception #9

There are many misconceptions about the financial realities of operating Saint Ignatius College Prep. Here’s the ninth installment in our list of the top 10 misconceptions.

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Wagenschutz Selected to Judge for Columbia Scholastic Press

Saint Ignatius English teacher, Elizabeth Wagenschutz, was recently selected to be a judge for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. This is one of the premiere literary magazine and school publication ratings organizations. Congratulations to Elizabeth on this wonderful honor. 

Ferrer '13 Wins President's Volunteer Service Award

Jessica Ferrer '13 was just awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award at the Field Museum for over 100 hours of service. She was given the award at the Field Museum's Volunteer Recognition Ceremony and Reception on April 17, 2013. Congrats to Jessica!

Model UN Performs Well at Northwestern Conference

Congratulations to the Saint Ignatius Model UN team for their excellent performance at the Northwestern Conference. Senior Mike Parilla earned his 6th first place gavel! Outstanding Delegate award winners were Charlie Helding, Lauren McGowan and Kelsey Grant. Honorable mentions went to Colin Downey, Mike Duncan, Becca Cunningham, Isaac Wink and Michael Milito.

Note from Fr. Caruso in Mater Eucharistiae

Below is the recent note Fr. Caruso had in Mater Eucharistiae, the publication of the Domincan Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.



100th Anniversary of the Chicago Catholic League Dinner

Dear Friend of the Catholic League:

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Chicago Catholic League - the oldest high school athletic conference still in existence in the United States.  I am sure you are proud of your association with our great conference-regardless of your role as a coach, educator, athlete, student or supporter.  I would like to invite you and your family to attend the centennial dinner celebration. 

Saint Ignatius College Prep was one of eight parochial schools that met at the Great Northern Hotel (demolished in 1992) in downtown Chicago on October 3, 1912 to establish the Chicago Catholic League. To commemorate this historic event, a dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the Drury Lane in Oak Brook, Illinois (in lieu of the annual Hall of Fame induction dinner).  Particulars for the evening include:  

6:00 p.m.

7:15 p.m. Welcome and Dinner
8:30 p.m. Program
9:30-10:30 p.m. Social (Open Bar)
10:30 p.m. - ?? Cash Bar
Dress Business Attire

Jim Prunty - Athletic Director

to purchase tickets. We hope you will be able to join us! jim.prunty@ignatius.orgI realize May is a busy time of the year; however, this is a chance to celebrate the role our school played in helping to found the Catholic League.  Tickets are $65 each or $600 for a table of ten.  Please contact me at 312-432-8355 or

Rev. L. Scott Donahue, President of Mercy Homes, Awarded 2013 Dei Gloriam Award

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Restko '09 Raising Money for St. Baldrick's Foundation

Amy Restko '09 will be shaving her head this month for St. Baldrick's Foundation in solidarity with those who have fought and are fighting cancer. The funds raised will go towards childhood cancer research.

Her goal is to raise $4,000. Follow the link below and click on "Make a donation".


Saint Ignatius - In Focus TV Video Ready for Airing

Back in November, the film crew from the Public TV program, In Focus with Martin Sheen, visited Saint Ignatius to film interviews and campus shots for the Public Television program. That video segment has now been completed and can be seen on the school’s YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.
In the video, Saint Ignatius shows how students at C