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Friday, May 26, 2017

Woodlawn’s renaissance: Chicago neighborhood poised to bloom in time for Obama Presidential Center
A South Side community is working to pull itself up by its bootstraps. Residents are coming together to design a 20-year plan that is already reducing crime and is expected to attract new business, investment and new residents just in time for the arrival of the Obama Presidential Center. Residents of Woodlawn say they’re in the midst of a renaissance.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mount Carmel's Cooper adds new offers
On Monday, Cincinnati became the latest school to offer Chicago Mt. Carmel's Jeremy Cooper, a class of 2018 offensive lineman who is now nearing double digits on his offer list. Colorado, Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois are among his other offers.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Local roundup: Alek Thomas, Christian Lucio lift Mount Carmel past Brother Rice
With Mount Carmel having lost five of its last six heading into Monday's game at Catholic Blue champion Brother Rice, junior center fielder Alek Thomas wanted to follow the example set by pitcher Christian Lucio. "We all need to have the same attitude as Christian," Thomas said. "We hit a bump in the road, but he's always confident. On the car ride here he was like 'I'm ready, I'm pumped, we're going to win this game.'"

Monday, May 15, 2017

Obama Library Will Give $3.1 Billion Boost To Cook County, New Report Says
The Obama Presidential Center will create more than 2,500 new jobs and have a 10-year economic impact of $3.1 billion throughout Cook County — far greater economic benefits than previous estimates, a new report says. The Obama Foundation Thursday released an analysis by Deloitte Consulting that predicts the library will contribute to the creation of 2,536 permanent jobs in Cook County through its ongoing activities
ake Ridgway, Brother Rice climb past Mount Carmel for Catholic Blue title
Brother Rice coach John McCarthy called timeout and motioned for senior outfielder Jake Ridgway to step out of the batter's box for a little talk. The Crusaders had two runners on base in the first inning, and Ridgway looked anxious at the plate. "I was swinging over some curveballs," Ridgway said. "Coach told me to wait back, that I'm probably going to get a good pitch to hit, and to drive it the other way." That's precisely what Ridgway did Saturday, ripping a single to right field that scored a run. He later added a solo homer as Brother Rice earned a 15-11 Catholic Blue win over Mount Carmel.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Guerra, O'Shea, Notre Dame College bests reigning Champ UC Davis for D1AA title
Notre Dame College scored five tries in the second half of Saturday's Men's D1AA National Championship Final to end University of California, Davis', two-year run atop the division, 40-20. 2016 alums Andrew Guerra and Patrick O'Shea helped clinch the title for the Falcons in their first year on the team.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Why Woodlawn is coming back strong
Last week we stood shoulder to shoulder with members of the Woodlawn community to celebrate the latest chapter in a story of neighborhood renewal and redevelopment. We were at the corner of 61st and Cottage Grove to announce that Jewel has chosen to locate its newest store there – the first full-service grocery store to locate in Woodlawn since Hillman’s closed more than 40 years ago.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mount Carmel's Bobby Seymour proving to be a tough out
Mount Carmel senior Bobby Seymour has been on a season-long tear at the plate. It's one that even Seymour, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound first baseman, has a difficult time explaining. "I've had some really good stretches, but I don't remember anything like this," Seymour said. "I'm feeling pretty good. I'm just trying to keep things simple. I think the biggest thing is that I'm just more mature at the plate. I'm not trying to do too much." Mount Carmel coach Brian Hurry is pleased to see Seymour's hard work paying off. "He really is locked in," Hurry said. "He's had an outstanding year. He's been focused. I know how hard he works and it's good to see it paying off." With the Catholic League Blue in full swing, Seymour is looking to extend his success at the plate. "This is my favorite time to play," Seymour said. "The Catholic League Blue games are the ones you can't wait to play. You get up for these games."

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Caravan’s Hoey picks Indiana on Signing Day
Mount Carmel senior wrestler Dillon Hoey can’t pick the best thing he likes about wrestling; he loves every aspect of the sport. A Beverly resident and St. Barnabas Elementary School graduate, Hoey closed an impressive high school career by signing on April 12 with Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington, Ind., to continue his academic and athletic career. “When you’re out there wrestling, it’s just you,” Hoey said. “If you make a mistake, you can’t blame it on a teammate or your team. I love the discipline. It takes so much mental toughness to keep the discipline, work out and make weight. I’ve also met some of my best friends through wrestling.”

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Seven advance in Chicago History Fair competition
Each year, every Mount Carmel junior enrolled in U.S. History is required to develop a project for the Chicago Metro History Fair. This year, 20 of those projects advanced to the regional competition at the Illinois Institute of Technology on March 11. Of those 20 projects, seven were chosen to advance to the next round of competition: Anthony Morales and Kendall Nichols advanced in the documentary category; Zachary Pasciak and Zachary Styka advanced in the research paper category; and Ryan Foley, Jordan Patterson, and Edward Carter advanced in the exhibits category.
Mock Trial team competes in Howlett Cup
On Friday night and Saturday morning, the Mount Carmel Mock Trial team competed in the fourth annual Howlett Cup Mock Trial competition. The Howlett Cup is an “invite-only” competition for Catholic schools in the Chicago area. This year there were eight teams competing: Cristo Rey, Cristo Rey St. Martin, Christ the King, DePaul Prep, Fenwick, St. Ignatius, Loyola Academy, and Mount Carmel. The competition takes place in courtrooms within the Daley Center. Each team competes twice – once on Friday night and once on Saturday morning. For each trial, each team puts on a different side of the same case and competes against a different school. Each trial takes place in front of an actual judge, with five jurors comprised of lawyers, legal professionals, and law school professors. On Friday night, Mount Carmel’s team played the role of the plaintiffs in competition against St. Ignatius’ defense team. On Saturday morning MC represented the defendants and competed against Cristo Rey.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Baseball: Mount Carmel Edges out Marist
Thanks to five scoreless innings, three hits and seven strikeouts by pitcher Diego Munoz, the Mount Carmel High School Caravan prevailed over Catholic League rivals Marist High School 6-5 on Sunday afternoon, April 2, at Caravan Field, 6410 S. Dante Ave. In the first inning, the Caravan’s offense would jump out to an early 3-0 lead after multiple hits were surrendered to outfielder Alek Thomas and infielder Zion Pettigrew, who would combine for four hits against Marist High School pitching.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Mock Trial team competes in Howlett Cup
On Friday night and Saturday morning, the Mount Carmel Mock Trial team competed in the fourth annual Howlett Cup Mock Trial competition. The Howlett Cup is an “invite-only” competition for Catholic schools in the Chicago area. This year there were eight teams competing: Cristo Rey, Cristo Rey St. Martin, Christ the King, DePaul Prep, Fenwick, St. Ignatius, Loyola Academy, and Mount Carmel. The competition takes place in courtrooms within the Daley Center.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mount Carmel student raises $136,000 for pediatric cancer research
This year Mount Carmel High School senior Rudy Melchiorre raised $136,000 for pediatric cancer research. In his four years at the school, located at 6410 S. Dante Ave., he has raised $671,000. Add that to what he and his older brother Michael raised during their combined years at the school and the young men have raised over $800,000. All of that goes to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mount Carmel to honor local residents at annual banquet
Beverly residents will be honored at the Mount Carmel High School alumni banquet on Friday, May 5. Matt Taylor, class of 1957, will be honored as the Mount Carmel Man of the Year. Taylor is a 46 year resident of Beverly and president of the Maple/Morgan Park Community Food Pantry for 30 years. He is also a member of the Mt. Carmel Hall of Fame and a past recipient of the Fr. Aquinas Colgan Humanitarian Award. Taylor and his 1957 classmates will celebrate their 60th year anniversary at the banquet.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Caravan opens season in style
Opening the season in dominant style, the Caravan defeated the Seahawks of Vancouver 59-0 and the Broken Arrow Club of Oklahoma 64-0 in its two games. The invitational is the largest rugby tournament hosted in the United States, with 28 divisions including professional, men’s and women’s college, age-group and high school teams.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Former Star QB Jordan Lynch Back at Northern Illinois as Coach
“I hear it all the time, how crazy it is that Jordan Lynch is our position coach,” Jones told NBC 5’s Mike Berman. “I tell them I’m excited, I’m ready to rock and roll.” Just five years ago, former quarterback Jordan Lynch led the Huskies to the Orange Bowl. Four years ago, he was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Now, after a short professional career in Canada, the Chicago native is hoping to get his alma mater back in the national spotlight as a coach.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mount Carmel High School raises over $143K for St. Baldrick's
Another ceremony last week at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago celebrated the donation of more than $143,000 to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, making Mount Carmel the highest-donating high school for the event in Chicago. "Mount Carmel has participated in the St. Baldrick's fundraiser for the past 10 years to help raise money for children's cancer research," said director of student activities Sean Sweany, who was one of 42 volunteers to have his head shaved. "Our participation is especially meaningful as several members of the MC family have battled cancer over the last several years. There has always been a great outpouring of support from the Mount Carmel community and we are grateful for everyone's hard work."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bags For Burke Will Raise Money For Saint Xavier, Mount Carmel And More
Proceeds from the fundraiser will establish a senior-year scholarship at Saint Xavier. Some money will also be given to the hockey team at Mount Carmel, where Brendan Burke played as an underclassman. A scholarship for an eighth-grade student at Queen of Martyrs headed into high school will also be created along with a fund to help an aspiring youth hockey player pay for equipment and ice time with the St. Jude Knights, for whom Brendan Burke played as as a youth. The Burke family said they initially envisioned a large bean bag tournament when launching the fundraiser. They saw this as an alternative to golf outings and softball tournaments common on the South Side.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

From March 3rd to March 5th, Las Vegas hosted the largest rugby tournament in North America. The 2016 Chicago Catholic Rugby Conference Champions, Mount Carmel Caravan made the trip to start of their season. This experience allowed the Mount Carmel Rugby team to compete with different teams they don’t normally play during their regular season. The Caravan competed in 15s Boys Division and went up against two different teams. First was the Seahawks from Vancouver who they soundly defeated 59 - 0.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Junior Eric Correa and the 12 members of the Mount Carmel swimming team took to sectionals on Saturday, February 18, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For the second consecutive year, Correa won sectionals, advancing to the Illinois State Finals. Then, on February 25 at New Trier High School, Correa finished as state runner-up. After that accomplishment, he focused on one remaining goal: “Next year, I hope to win the whole thing.”

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Valparaiso University sophomore catcher Scott Kapers (Schererville, Ind. / Mount Carmel) was named to the official 2017 Johnny Bench Award Watch list on Thursday. Kapers is one of only two Horizon League players on the list, joining Milwaukee junior Daulton Varsho. The award is given annually to the top Division I collegiate catcher. The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, who will be announced on May 17. Three finalists will be announced on June 5 and the winner will be unveiled on June 29. Kapers has cut down four of the six runners who have attempted to steal against him this season. He got his year off to a favorable offensive start when he launched a three-run homer in his first at-bat of the year on Feb. 17 at Western Kentucky.

Monday, March 06, 2017

An early and brisk Sunday morning at North Avenue Beach in the Lincoln Park neighborhood welcomed hundreds of participants for the annual Polar Plunge. The Plunge is meant to show solidarity and offer support to the Special Olympics Organization. Participants are asked to fundraise a minimum of $200 for the Special Olympics, and Mount Carmel High School raised almost $6,500 and had over 50 members of the students and staff taking the plunge. This contributes to the over $1.5 million raised by hundreds of other plungers.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Ready, set, plunge. A beach full of people will again dive into Lake Michigan to raise money for Special Olympics this Sunday. Among them will be hundreds of high school athletes, recruited by a South Side alderman. But one student is doing it for a very personal reason, CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports. Fifteen-year-old Hugh Devane makes a splash almost every day on Mount Carmel High School’s water polo and swim teams. This weekend, he’s about to take an entirely different plunge. Of the polar kind. Devane and dozens of his fellow athletes will be jumping in to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

In the next couple of years, the Woodlawn neighborhood and Mount Carmel High School stand to benefit from two significant developments. Last July, the Obama Foundation announced the choice of Jackson Park as the site of the Obama Presidential Center. The $500 million project will be constructed along Stony Island Avenue, from 60th Street to 63rd Street. This would place the southern end of the library just two blocks from the school. This proximity to the library offers Mount Carmel an opportunity to develop partnerships with the library that will enrich the educational experience for its students.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Working his way through the slow-paced and stressful preliminaries of the state swimming meet, Mt. Carmel junior diver Eric Correa found himself right where he wanted to be. Executing his first eight dives, he was in the hunt for a state title as he sat in fourth place heading to the finals. Correa stepped up his performance in the finals, finishing second in Illinois with 499.60 points with Niles North senior Maxim Royzen (527.50) winning the crown.
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