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Sierra '16 Receives Honorable Mention for Art Submission

Please join us in congratulating Emily Sierra '16 for her Honorable Mention designation for her Soprano Voice submission to the 2016 YoungArts competition. You can see the full list at:

Students Named to Strich Junior Service League

Please join us in congratulating Margaret Danaher ’16, Isabella Dodd ’16, Madeleine Girgis ’16, and Devin Laux ’16 for being honored in the Strich Junior Service League (SJSL). The young men and women of the SJSL are high school juniors and seniors who have dedicated themselves to serving those in need. SJSL members participate in a variety of service projects in the months preceding the annual Strich Awards Dinner. Since its inception in 1950, there have bene more than 1,500 members. As the award diner’s honor guard, they embody the hope of tomorrow grounded in our Jesuit heritage.


Peter Kujawinski ’92 Visits Ignatius English Class

Mr. Kujawinski ’92 recently visited the classroom of Ignatius English teacher, Ms. Abby Hasebroock, to talk about his newly published fourth novel Nightfall. Mr. Kujawinski ’92 spoke to the students about his career and approach to publishing this novel. For eighteen years, Mr. Kujawinski ’92 was an American diplomat, on assignment in places like Israel, Haiti and France and at the United Nations in New York. Most recently, he was the U.S. Consul General in western Canada, which included Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. While working as a diplomat, he started to write for adults and children. He has contributed to the international edition of the New York Times, and with co-author Jake Halpern, Peter wrote the Dormia trilogy (DormiaWorld's End and Shadow Tree). He can be seen here speaking to the students. 



Shields '16 Signs to Swim at Ohio State

Scholastic All-American Reilly Shields '16 just signed his National Letter of Intent to swim for the Ohio State Buckeyes next year. He will attend the Fisher College of Business. Reilly can be seen here with his parents, Matt and Kelley Shields, along with coach Dave Stephens. Reilly is a junior national qualifier and holds 6 school records.



Chess Coach to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Please join us in congratulating Saint Ignatius Chess coach, Hector R. Hernandez, who will be receiving the Natalie W. Broughton Lifetime Achievement in Chess Award from the Illinois Chess Association. Please CLICK HERE to read the full announcement. Mr. Hernandez was also featured in the July 2015 issue of Chess Life--the official publication of the United States Chess Federation (USCF). CLICK HERE to read the article.

Saint Ignatius College Prep Named Apple Distinguished School

Saint Ignatius College Prep is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2015–2017 for its implementation of the school’s 1:1 iPad Program. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. “Although our school’s mission has not changed over the years, our technology tools certainly have. The 2015-2016 school year marks the third full year of our iPad Program. The program represents a major step forward in allowing for the use of technology to better support our 21st century learners.” - Anthony M. Rosinia ’84, Senior Director of Information Systems. You can read the full press release by CLICKING HERE.


Girls Swimming & Diving Wins 12th Sectional Title

The girls swimming and diving team won their 12th sectional title on Saturday capturing first place in all 12 events. This marks the first time in school history the Pack has swept every event. In doing so the team has a qualifier in every event including two in the 100 back. 

Haley Krubert started off the day winning the diving competition with a score of 375 points to advance to the state meet and teammate Amada Paris took third improving her personal best by 50 points. Clare MacNamara (200 free / 500 free), Lauren Cox (200 IM / 100 fly) and Emma Dolan (50 free / 100 free) were each double event winners to qualify for the state meet. Cox set a new Fr/So school record in the 100 fly. Gillian Gagnard and Nina Mantich led a 1-2 finish in the 100 backstroke and each qualified for the state meet. Gagnard set a new school record with her time. Jamie Doherty grabbed first place in the 100 breaststroke to advance to the state meet.  
The Pack were strong in winning all 3 relays. The 200 medley foursome of Mantich, Doherty, Cox and Gagnard kicked off the swimming portion of the meet with a 5 second win. The 200 free relay of Mantich, Gagnard, Dolan and MacNamara took first and were later followed by the 400 free relay crew of Cox, Gagnard, Dolan and MacNamara to cap off the meet. Runner up performances include Jenna Keating (200 free), Brianna Gist (100 free), Ellie Boyle (500 free) and Emily Erickson (100 breast). Additional scoring performances were turned in by Boyle (200 IM), Mantich (50 free) and Stephanie Lopez 100 fly). The state meet starts on Friday at New Trier High School.



End of Year Accomplishments for Boys Soccer

The season may be over, but the boys soccer team recently had some great accomplishments. There is a great player profile on senior striker Ethan McManus from the Chicagoland Soccer website.CLICK HERE to read the article.   

The team also had some selections to the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association All-State and All Sectional teams. These included junior Patrick Breslin making the all-state team and junior Bryant Hales, Ethan McManus and sophomore A.J. Capatanini making the all-sectional team. Read more by CLICKING HERE.  

Finally, Saint Ignatius was included in the final poll of the Chicagoland area’s Top 40 teams. Read more by CLICKING HERE.

Students Meet with Former Director of USAID

Several AP Comparative Politics students recently met with Raj Shah, the former director of USAID. The group can be seen here after Mr. Shah's lecture on Global Food Security hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs at the Ritz-Carlton. 



Mr. Sparapani Wins Teacher of the Year Award

Mr. Matt Sparapani, a member of the Language Department at Saint Ignatius College Prep, was recently honored by the Illinois Classical Conference as their Teacher of the Year for 2015. This award was presented at the Annual Meeting of the ICC at Monmouth College, October 3, 2015. Magister Sparapani has taught Latin and Greek as well as Ancient Greek and Roman History at Saint Ignatius for the past 11 years. He was honored for his commitment to classics both at Saint Ignatius and in the greater Chicago community. Mr. Sparapani moderates the Classics Club, helps organize the Illinois Certamen League and helps to run the annual Illinois Junior Classical League State Convention. He also leads students on the biennial Classical Odyssey Tour, which toured ancient sites in Greece this past summer. Mr. Sparapani can be seen below with the Teacher of the Year award.




Wolfpack Football This Friday Vs. St. Rita at 7PM


The 2014-2015 Annual Report is Now Available

CLICK HERE to open a PDF of the report. This annual report includes information from the 2014-15 fiscal year and includes contributions made between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.  Saint Ignatius College Prep is extremely grateful for all gifts given to the school and has done everything possible to ensure the accuracy of the information listed in this report. If you discover an error, please contact Sandra Taggart, Director of Accounts and Information Management, at 312.432.8341 or and a correction will be made in our records and in the annual report. We thank you for your involvement and your generosity!

Get 20% Off Your Bill at Tuscany During the Fall Musical

Tuscany Restaurant on Taylor Street is offering 20% off your food bill when you dine in on one of the nights of the fall musical. Just mention that you are going to see Mary Poppins at Saint Ignatius and/or show your ticket or program from the performance. Performances are November 6, 7, 8, 13 & 14 @ 7:30pm, November 8 & 14 @ 2pm at the Saint Ignatius College Prep McLaughlin Theatre. 1076 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago.

University of Chicago Crime Lab Visits Ignatius

Ignatius math teacher, Marty Butzen, recently arranged for the U of C Crime Lab to meet with some AP Statistics, Psychology and Intro to Econ classes at school. The Crime Lab members discussed how they are using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and what they call “Behavioral Economics” to reduce crime rates on the south side of Chicago, helping former child soldiers in Africa to become good members of society, and helping to reduce domestic violence in England. The Ignatius students also studied Freakonomics podcasts to prepare for this presentation. The group can be seen below in the Brunswick at school.



Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe - 12.11.15


Inaugural Ten76 Event for Young Alumni - 2.27.16

Please join us, your fellow young alums, and friends of Saint Ignatius at Saint Ignatius College Prep on February 27, 2016 for the first annual Ten76. Enjoy an evening of food, drinks, and dancing with friends. All proceeds will benefit the Tuition Assistance Program at Saint Ignatius. You must be 21 to attend Ten76. More info and tickets at: and

Memorial Mass for Fr. Joseph Brennan - 11.5.15

Fr. Brad Schaeffer, SJ will celebrate a Memorial Mass for Fr. Joseph Brennan on Thursday, November 5th, at the 7:30am Mass in the 5th Floor Cuneo Chapel of the North American Martyrs at school. Everyone is invited to attend.

Fall Musical - Mary Poppins - 11/6, 7, 8, 13, 14

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time, Mary Poppins will capture your heart in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven TONY Awards, including Best Musical. The cast includes: Sophia Bellone, Grace Beyerl, Kaila Caslino, Jack Connelly, Agnes Connolly, Bella Dodd, Kel Doyle, Brendan Flynn, Colum Goebelbecker, Kelly Harris, Kate Junkins, Maddie Mazzella, Eddie McCarthy. Cal Merten, Alec Milkint, Jacqueline Novy, Jane Patti, Anna Podkowski, Charlotte Phillip, Everett Sarich, Billy Scannell, Emily Sierra, Robbie Skoronski, Liza Spector, Zach Svabek, Grace Swanson, Maggie Thompson, Andrew Tufano, Juliet Welsh and Jacob Yeskis. Tickets are available via email at Performances are November 6, 7, 8, 13 & 14 @ 7:30pm, November 8 & 14 @ 2pm at the Saint Ignatius College Prep McLaughlin Theatre. 1076 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago.



Women's Society Holiday Shopping Event - 11.12.15


Read Jim Spalding's Latest Blog Entry

Jim Spalding has posted another blog entry to his "1076 Reflections" web log. This most recent entry is about Fr. James Arimond, SJ. CLICK HERE to read it today. 


SIMUN Wins 1st Place at Carl Sandburg Model UN Conference


Congratulations to the Ignatius SIMUN Team for winning 1st Place Best Large Delegation Team Award out of 20 teams participating at the Carl Sandburg Model UN Conference on October 3rd.

                                Best Delegate Awards: Jake Sepich and Michael Flynn representing Russia in DISEC, Spencer Manahan representing the Secretary of State in the U.S. Cabinet, Nat Marrinson representing Turkey in UNESCO, Eric Klatzco representing Slovenia in the European Union, Adam Himes representing Japan in SPECPOL, and Angela Rauch as Russia in the OSCE.                         

 Outstanding Delegate Awards: Damian Richardson and Nina Onyemeziem representing Russia in the Historical Security Council, Jimmy Herdegen and Gordy Scott representing Russia in the General Assembly, Stefanie Luthin representing Turkey in the OSCE, and Delaney Coyne representing Pakistan in the UNHRC.      

                    Honorable Mention Awards: Gordon Young and Kiana Amini representing Russia in the Security Council, Matt Naval representing Russia in ECOSOC, Charlotte Phillipp representing Russia in the FAO, Peter Duff representing Russia in SPECPOL, Jalen Woods representing Japan in the UNHRC, Bobby Koys representing Japan in UNESCO, Deirdre Flanagan representing Japan in the ILO, Ned Converse representing Turkey in the ILO, Serena White and Matilda Schieftel representing Pakistan in the General Assembly, Konstantine Morakalis and Jack Boyd representing Pakistan in DISEC, Elizabeth Neybert representing Pakistan in ECOSOC, Mackenzie Weatherly representing the Minister of External Affairs in the India Cabinet, Adam Chu representing the Minister of Information in the India Cabinet, Jake Gillis representing the Press Secretary in the U.S. Cabinet, and Christopher Mitchell representing Russia in the WW III Committee.

Women's Society Life Topics Seminar - 10.7.15

PLEASE JOIN US! Life Topics Seminar - “Learn LinkedIn” hosted by Catherine Cassidy ‘95. Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:00 the McLaughlin Room at Saint Ignatius College Prep - 1076 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608 For further information, please contact the Board at or visit Please email to RSVP for this free event. 


Ignatius Students on ABC 7 News Prior to Pilgrimage to See Pope Francis

Please follow the URL below to watch our Ignatius pilgrims talk about their trip to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia.


Cmiel '18 on 'Built in Chicago' for His 12 Apps in the Apple Store

Zach Cmiel '18 was featured on 'Built in Chicago' for his talent in app innovation.  Zach currently has 12 apps in the Apple Store! 

Football Team Senior Night - August 28, 2015

Mr. Hlabse, S.J., Ordained to the Subdiaconate

This past Sunday, Mr. Andrij Hlabse, S.J., who worked as a Jesuit regent as SICP 2012-2015, was ordained to the Subdiaconate according to the tradition of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Parma, Ohio.  The celebration occurred at his home parish in the presence of many family members and friends.  Mr. Hlabse has a background in the Byzantine tradition, whose beauty can be seen in the icons, vestments, and rituals shown in the pictures below.

In this step toward ordination as a priest, Mr. Hlabse officially became a cleric in the Church and was given the responsibility to assist at the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, the name by which Byzantine Catholics their celebration of the Mass.  Soon Mr. Hlabse will depart for Rome, Italy, where he will begin three years of theological study in preparation for ordination to the priesthood.  He asks for everyone’s prayers.


Students to Prepare for Papal Visit to the US on First IVD

Living the ‘Joy of the Gospel’: Pope Francis through the eyes of SICP alums


“All around us we begin to see nurses with soul, teachers with soul, politicians with soul, people who have chosen deep down to be with others and for others.” Pope Francis, EG #273



Ignatian Values Days and Mass of the Holy Spirit

Grad at Grad value: LOVING 

Date: Friday, September 4th from 8am-12:pm


In advance of Pope Francis' historic visit to the United States at the end of September--of which the delegation from SICP will join over 40 Jesuit delegations, we will share a day of reflection on the writings, witness and teachings of our first Jesuit Pope. In partnership with Development, we will welcome back SICP alums to describe how they have sought to follow Jesus in discipleship through their professional careers. With the upcoming year of Jubilee in 2016 that Francis has recently declared, God's boundless Mercy will be a key theme of our session breakouts. The four sessions include 1) The Church as a Field hospital of God’s Mercy 2) The Joy of Following Jesus on Mission 3) “Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant” Matt 20:26 4) “Movements of the Soul:” an Ignatian Approach to Decision Making”


Fernandez '15 & Stelnicki '15 Get All-American Team Recognition for Water Polo

Congratulations to Diana Fernandez '15 and Jennifer Stelnicki '15 on being the 10th and 11th player respectively in the Girls Water Polo Program to receive All-American Team recognition! The dynamic duo were recently named to the 2015 Speedo All-America Team by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association for their efforts during the 2015 high school season. The Ignatius student–athletes are 2 out of 100 players nationally and 2 out of 4 players from the state of Illinois to receive All-American status. Diana and Jenny are also the first pair of juniors to receive this honor since Megan Hybinette '07 and Nora Kennelly '07 earned the recognition in 2006. The 2015 season marks the third year in a row Ignatius has had two members receive national recognition. 


Spalding Features Class of '65 on "1076 Reflections"

Jim Spalding has posted his latest entry to his Ignatius inspired blog, "1076 Reflections". In this entry, he features the upcoming 50th reunion for the Class of 1965, which includes Mr. Jim Luzzi, longtime Ignatius coach and teacher. You can read the post here:

Invitation to Chicago Pallium Celebration

All are invited to join Archbishop Blase J. Cupich for the Chicago Pallium Celebration on Sunday, August 23, at 2:15 p.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. On this day, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, will invest Archbishop Cupich with the pallium that was blessed by Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday, June 29. Archbishop Cupich will greet the faithful in the Cathedral following the Mass until 4:30 p.m. All are invited and no tickets are required. 


Owners of Fabulous Freddies, the Bertucci Sisters Celebrate 25 Years in Business

See the press release below for Fabulous Freddies 25 Years of Business Celebration, hosted by owners Christie Bertucci '03, Stephanie Bertucci '04 and Brittany Bertucci '08.


BRIDGEPORT, IL (JULY 27,2015)-1990 was a fabulous year indeed! On August 8th, Bridgeport staple Fabulous Freddies will be celebrating 25 years of business and serving its beloved community with a fabulous 90's themed Party. From it's humble beginnings, Freddies has grown to become an icon in Bridgeport and members of the community and beyond are invited to come celebrate this wonderful past quarter century.
"We would like to take this opportunity to stress thanks to our customers for all of their continued loyalty and support---we would be nothing without them!"- The Bertucci Family

Freddies is pulling out all the stops to celebrate this momentous occasion. To thank loyal customers from over the years, Freddies is featuring throwback pricing starting August 3rd- August 8th! Menu is as follows:

Slices Pizza - $2.00
Beef - $4.95
Sausage - $3.85
Meatball - $3.75
Eggplant - $3.65
Small Ice - $1.50

Freddies will also be throwing a 90's party on August 8th. The party will feature entertainment for the whole family from 1pm-3pm including face-painting, balloon animals, Bozo buckets a prize wheel and chance to chat with Freddie himself! Tons of swag will be up for grabs including bottle openers, sunglasses, T-shirts and much more.

During the party from 3pm-5pm Al Roker Jr., of the Mancow Morning Show will be on-site with the Loop Street Team engaging customers, signing autographs, providing photo opportunities and giving out free Loop Swag while playing Classic Rock hits. Al Roker Jr. will also be announcing the winner of the 1990 Ford Mustang contest.

Most exciting of all, Freddies will be holding a contest to give away a 1990 Ford Mustang to one lucky fan. The contest requires guests to guess the exact number of the following items Freddies has sold over the past 25 years:


● Pizza Slices

● Beef SandwicheS

● Sausage Sandwiches

● Breaded Steak Sandwiches

● Italian Ices


The 20 closest guesses will be entered into a random drawing for the Mustang. All runners up will receive a valuable Freddies gift certificate. The winner will be drawn at a special VIP dinner held by Freddie and Denise Bertucci thanking their valued customers for 25 great years and toasting to another 25 more! Entries must be submitted by midnight on August 6th.


Fred would like to stress the importance of Freddies being owned and operated by his family "Our family is very close knit so it is exciting to be celebrating 25 years of hard work and dedication that started with my wife and I and is carried on by ALL of our children, Christie, Stephanie, and Brittany"



About Fabulous Freddies

Fabulous Freddies has been family owned and operated since 1990. Serving Italian favorites such as pizza, pasta, and Italian beef, Freddie's is a well-known Bridgeport icon. Freddie's is located at 701 W 31st Street, Chicago, IL and is open daily SUN-THU 9AM - MIDNIGHT & FRI-SAT 9AM - 2AM. For carry out orders, please call 312-808-0147 or order online. For more information, please visit Fabulous Freddies online, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.


Join Us For Festa Italiana - 8/14/15

Saint Ignatius Alums - One night only! On Fri., Aug. 14, 5pm-9pm, come to Chicago Festa Italiana   and meet with other alums at the Saint Ignatius hospitality tent near the Rock Stage. Complimentary beverages for alums will be available in our tent. More information will be emailed from the school shortly. Entry to the event is a suggested $5 donation with proceeds benefiting the University Village Association, a community development organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the Near West Side community. 



Flock '04 Earns Emmy Nomination

Liz Flock '04 was a part of a reporting team during her Masters program at NYU that just received an Emmy nomination for their story on forced child begging in Senegal. Click HERE to learn more.

Eileen Wrenn Mitchell '86 Named Mayor's Chief of Staff

Congratulations to Eileen Wrenn Mitchell '86 on being named Mayor Emanuel's new Chief of Staff. Read more at the link below.

Fay-LeBlanc '92 Named Poet Laureate of Portland, Maine

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc '92 was recently named poet laureate of Portland, Maine.  Click on the following link to read the Portland Herald's article on his career: 

IVC Morning of Reflection - July 30, 2015

Claver Society Picnic - Sunday, August 2nd

Register here:

Father-Son Retreat, with Fr. Patrick McGrath, S.J.

Father-Son Retreat, with Fr. Patrick McGrath, SJ

August 7-9, 2015

"Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be men of courage, be strong. Your every act should be done with love."[1 Corinthians 16:13-14]
As men, we strive to be strong, courageous, and faith-filled for our spouse, children, and family acting out of love to serve our God and protect our loved ones.  Come encounter God with your son(s), son(s)-in-law, god-son(s), father, father-in-law, or god-father through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.  Share your experiences as men of faith.
Retreat Master, Fr. Patrick McGrath, SJ, is a popular retreat leader noted for his homilies focusing on the practical living of Catholic faith.  He uses storytelling, scripture, wisdom from the Catholic Tradition, and the spirituality of St. Ignatius to help audiences reflect and experience God in all things.

Register Here

US Rowing Youth National Championships

In the final regatta of what has been a stellar year for the boys crew team, the senior pair of Aidan Skelding '15 and Ryan Gallagher '15 traveled to Sarasota, FL to race at the US Rowing Youth National Championships - the elite championships for junior athletes. This is the highest level of competition and athletes who qualify to race here include US junior national team athletes and junior world champions. Aidan and Ryan qualified in the pair event by winning the Midwest Scholastic Championships. In their heat on Friday, Aidan and Ryan got off to a quick start to lead the pack, but racing against the eventual bronze medalists, Belen Jesuit, they finished in a strong 4th place, and missed out on a direct path to the semifinals. On Saturday morning, in the first of two repechages, the pair was intent on making sure they made it to the finals on Sunday morning. After another strong start, they settled at a blistering pace of 36 strokes per minute and paced the eventual winners of the repechage, Canisius, all the way down the race. Every move Canisius made, Ignatius responded. In the final sprint, all 7 boats were pushing for spots in the finals and Aidan and Ryan pushed hard enough to secure a spot in the finals on Sunday. Shaking off the nerves from Friday's heats, the Aidan and Ryan improved on their time by 15 seconds over their time from the heat. On Sunday, in their final race under Ignatius colors, Aidan and Ryan put together their most complete race. While they did not get off to their signature fast start, they found a solid rhythm to reel in the rest of the field. They had moved up from the back of the field to 4th place. In the final sprint, they were pushing in on 3rd place in their final, but ran out of real estate. Aidan and Ryan finished 4th in their final, but with the 12th fastest time across all finals.

New Video Takes You Soaring Over Saint Ignatius Campus

The Communications Department recently worked with Saint Ignatius senior, Peter Diamond, on a new video of our campus. Peter flew his drone over the school buildings and captured some amazing footage.  

CLICK HERE to watch the video.  

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Girls, Boys Water Polo Teams Earn 'Do What's Right! State Final Sportsmanship Banners'


IHSA Board of Directors, the Sportsmanship Advisory Committee and the IHSA Staff has selected St. Ignatius College Prep and community to earn two Do What’s Right! State Final Sportsmanship Banners at the 2015 Boys and Girls Water Polo State Finals."Your school has set a high standard for other schools to follow during regular season and post season play. Please share this accomplishment and honor with your school and community members."Congratulations to both teams!


Class of 2015 Graduation Photos Available Here

Graduation photos for the Class of 2015 are available here:…/student-activities-galleries

Cooper '17 and Daniels '17 Awarded Scholarships by Telluride Association

Two very talented rising juniors have recently been awarded full scholarships by the Telluride Association to take six week college-level seminars over the summer at major universities.   Tyler Daniels '17 will study at Cornell University where he will take a seminar entitled "Ascending Mellody: Contemporary African American Creative Arts and Critical Thought". Amber Cooper '17 will venture to the University of Michigan and take the seminar "Dreams of Freedom and Realities of Confinement".

Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party - June 27, 2015

Be sure to check out Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party on June 27 for a evening of great food, fun and fantastic music featuring huge national acts Young The Giant and Neon Trees!!  New location ~ UIC Lot, 1145 S. Morgan (between Roosvelt & Taylor). For tickets go to

Rauch '17 Awarded NSIL-Y Scholarship, Traveling to China

Greta Rauch '17 was awarded a NSIL-Y scholarship. The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. After an orientation at Columbia University in New York, Greta will live in Zhuhai and study at Beijing Normal Zhuhai during the seven week program. In addition to Mandarin classes, Greta will participate in extra-curricular and cultural programming, such as arts classes, visits with local high school students, and tours of various cultural centers throughout China. During her stay, she will live with a host family which includes three generations in one household. You can read more about this exciting program that Greta will be participating here: 

Abiad '18 Submits Winning Entry to New York Times Writing Contest

Alia Abiad '18 is one of just 16 winners of a New York Times writing contest for high school students. Read her winning entry:…/the-voices-of-students-and-the-win…

Science Teacher, Maureen Lonergan '04, Named WGN News "Teacher of the Month"

Congrats to Ignatius science teacher, Maureen Lonergan '04, who was selected as the WGN News "Teacher of the Month" for May. Click below to watch the TV segment.


Skalitzky ’16 Named to All-State Scholastic Bowl Team

Junior Jack Skalitzky received his Second Team All-State certificate and medal and his All-Sectional certificate back in May 2015. Jack was the leader of the Varsity Scholastic Bowl team this year that posted a 41-18 record and won its 6th consecutive Metro North League championship. Jack was named the league's Outstanding Player and a member of the All-League team. He made all-star teams in every tournament in which the Varsity Scholastic Bowl team competed this year. His season was capped by being named All-Sectional for the Oak Park-River Forest Scholastic Bowl sectional and being chosen Second Team All-State. That award means Jack has been recognized as one of the top 20 Scholastic Bowl players in Illinois.

Cameron Woods '16 Earns MacArthur Scholarship

Cameron Woods '16 is one of the four African-American young men who earned a MacArthur scholarship -- and is among the 30 students selected nationwide -- to participate in the inaugural Experiment Leadership Institute, part of World Learning. In June, he will be heading to Washington, D.C. for a 4-day orientation and then flying to India for an immersion program on public health and community development. 
In a recent radio interview with Robin Robinson of WVON, Cameron said he was most excited about "meeting new people and experiencing a different way of life -- a completely different type of culture."  
He added: " I want to see the good and the bad, because, you know, India is a place where there is widespread poverty, where people don't have access to adequate health care or a good education... Being exposed to that will make me more globally-minded." 
The new Experiment Leadership Institute is a fully-funded high school summer program that focuses on leadership development, global issues and civic engagement. Students engage in focused discussions on the local and global ramifications on topics such as global health, human rights and social change. During the course of the six week program, they will gain critical understanding of these and other global issues and have meaningful opportunities to see in real time what communities are doing on the ground to address these challenges.   
World Learning is a nonprofit organization advancing leadership in more than 60 countries. To learn more about The Experiment Leadership Institute go to

Reifert ’15 to Play Soccer at Lawrence University

Taylor Reifert will be attending and playing soccer for Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. Lawrence University competes in the Midwest Conference and NCAA Div III. He can be seen here with his parents, Coach Kearns, Luzzi and Chandler, Fr. Caruso, SJ, and AD Paul Ickes.


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Weber '15 Signs with George Washington University


Andrew Weber has signed a grant-in-aid athletic scholarship agreement to run track and cross country at George Washington University.  Attracted to George Washington for its broadcast journalism program, Weber will run for head coach Terry Weir.  Weber is a two-time qualifier for the IHSA Illinois State Cross Country championships with his teams in 2013 and 2014, and he was captain of the 2014 team.  His best race was his 2014 3A state meet on the historic Detweiller Park course in Peoria where he ran 15 minutes and 02 seconds for three miles to finish 41st and lead the Wolfpack to a 14th place team finish.  Weber was a four-year varsity member of the cross country team, and three times he finished all-conference for the Chicago Catholic League, including a third-place individual finish in 2014.  In track, Weber finished second in 2014 in the CCL 3200-meter-run, and he was an IHSA state meet qualifier in 2014 in the 3200, running a personal best of 9:31.36 to place second at the Saint Ignatius Sectional.  ”Andy is a hard worker who leads his teammates by example,” said Ed Ernst, Saint Ignatius cross country and track coach.  “He is an athlete who gets everything possible out of his abilities.”

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Boys Crew Varsity 2-Bboat Wins Midwest Championship!

The Wolfpack traveled to Dillon Lake in Nashport, OH to compete against the scholastic teams in the Midwest region for berths to the Scholastic National Championships and the Youth National Championships. Competing in 6 events (Varsity Lightweight 4+, Varsity 4+, Second Varsity 4+, Junior 8+, Varsity 2-, and the Junior 4+) the Pack made the grand finals in 5 out of 6 races! In the finals, the racing was fast and the field was tight. The Varsity Lightweight 4+ of sophomores Zachary Verghese, Thomas Rowland, and Ethan Young, junior Harrison DeWitt, and senior Patrick Metcalfe (coxswain) kicked the day of finals with a blistering fast sprint to win bronze and will be representing Saint Ignatius College Prep at the Scholastic National Championships in Camden, NJ. The Varsity 4+ of seniors Aidan Skelding, Ryan Gallagher, Grant Swanson, Brooks Becker and Sean Kulinski (coxswain) raced in the tightest race of the day to just miss out on qualifying for the Scholastic National Championship by one place. However, given how competitive the field was, that crew may still get one of the at-large berths to the Scholastic National Championship. Finally, seniors Aidan Skelding and Ryan Gallagher, racing in the Varsity 2-, took command from the start and never looked back. Winning by open water, they are the Midwest Champions and earned a bid to the Youth National Championships, the elite championship regatta for juniors. They will be racing in Sarasota, FL over the June 12th weekend.



Football Players Sign Letters of Intent for College

Please join us in congratulating the following students as they sign their letters of intent to play football in college. Nick Gargano/San Diego, Frank Di Leo/Fordham, Lewis Burik/Stanford (walk on), Jim Irwin/Case Western Reserve, Lukas Bobak/Case Western Reserve, John Tucci/ John Carroll. Not pictured: Mack Spohnholtz Naval Academy (walk on). 

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Seniors Place Second in IL Economics Challenge

Seniors Ian Klatzco, Isaac Wink, Henry Rigsbee and Spencer Hooper participated in the Illinois Economics Challenge, April 16th and came in 2nd over all in the state.

SIMUN Wins Multiple Awards at Glenbrook South Model UN Conference

Best Delegates: Paul Witry as the USA in DISEC, Claire Reardon as Turkey in NATO, Christian Johns as Greece in The EU Commission, and Brian Forcier as the Qin in the Chinese Warring States.  

Outstanding Delegates: Cameron Woods as Libya in the IAEA, Julia Downey as France in SOCHUM, Isaac Wink as the USA in NATO, and Spencer Manahan as Japan in the Chinese Warring States.  
Honorable Delegates: Jake Sepich as Syria in DISEC, Thomas Duff as the USA in the WHO, Ian Klatzco as the US in the IAEA, Mickey Defilippis as India in the IAEA, Delaney Roberts as Mexico in SOCHUM, and Mackenzie Weatherly as Brazil in SOCHUM.

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Wolfpack Mock Trial Team Wins 2015 Howlett Cup

The Saint Ignatius Mock Trial Team competed against Loyola Academy, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School and Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep on April 24 and 25, 2015 in the Howlett Cup II Mock Trial Competition at the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago. The Wolfpack Mock Trial Team is the 2015 Howlett Cup Champions. What makes this victory even more remarkable is that this is the first year that the team has been organized and was the first time the team competed in its history.  Congratulations to the Champs and the teams that competed. 

The Team consists of Student Attorneys: Joyce D'Aprile, Defense Counsel; Mackenzie Krage, Defense Counsel; Nat Marrinson, Prosecution; John Mager, Prosecution;   
Witness: Devin Laux; Coach: Sonia Antolec '01; Pre-Law Society Moderator and Assistant Coach: Geoff Hammond '90.



Egwu '11 Presents Fashion Show at Purdue


Nnenna Egwu '11 is a senior fashion design major at Purdue. The final project for the design majors is a Project Runway type show. Egwu presented her show and was supported by members of the Ignatius community. In the picture from left to right - Christine Luu ‘11, Mrs. Pat Bresnahan, Nnenna Egwu ‘11, D'Ann Whiting Record ’11 and Senami Dosu ‘11

Fr. Caruso, SJ Speaks on TV About Cardinal George

Please CLICK HERE to watch a recent TV news segment with school President, Fr. Michael Caruso, SJ. Fr. Caruso was asked to give his thoughts on the recent passing of Cardinal George and his legacy.


Claver Society Reception - 5.30.15

CLICK HERE to register today. 


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SIMUN Wins Outstanding Delegation in Boston

SIMUN won Outstanding Large Delegation out of 30 schools participating at the Boston College EAGLEMUNC Model UN Conference March 26-29th.  SIMUN Alums Braeden Lord (Founder of EAGLEMUNC), Billy Fitzsimmons, and Anne-Marie Downey were main organizers of the conference. 

Individual Awards Winners: 
BEST DELEGATE AWARDS: Thomas Duff as Thomas Jefferson in the Second Continental Congress, Paul Witry as the Chief Financial Officer in the Rio Planning Committee, and Ian Klatzco as King Philip IV in the Peace of Westphalia.  
OUTSTANDING DELEGATE AWARDS: Becky Warner as Head of the Political Bureau in the Korean Unification Talks and Joshua Steinfels-Saenz as Mehmed V in the WW I Committee.  
HONORABLE MENTION AWARDS: Kylie Ruscheinski as Spain in the UN Security Council and Don Harmon as Phoenix in the Iliad Achaeans Committee.



Buscadores Bilingual Retreat For Young Adults - 5.30.15

Charis Ministries is a Jesuit ministry to those in their 20s & 30s. A ministry of the Chicago-Detroit Provinces of the Society of Jesus, Charis offers retreats, service, leadership, and speaker opportunities that bring the gifts of Ignatian Spirituality to the lives of young adults.

Retreatants are invited to look at their lives to see where God has been, where God is present, and where God is calling them to be on this Spanish-English bilingual retreat. Visit for info and registration! 
Te invitamos a participar en el retiro de “Seekers.” Ven y descubre cómo otros jóvenes contestan estas preguntas.  Tómate el tiempo para reflexionar acerca de tu propia jornada.¿Qué estoy buscando?¿Dónde entra Dios en mis planes? ¿Qué es importante en mi vida?En lo ocupado y apresurado de la vida, conviene pausar y poner las cosas en perspectiva. Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Saint Ignatius College Prep. 

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. 

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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: 

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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: