Carmel Life

 

Letter from the President

 


The Campaign for Mount Carmel success continues as the students and faculty moved into the renovated third floor of the Main Building. The entire floor has been transformed into 21st-century classrooms with technology upgrades and flexible learning environments. This summer, we will turn our focus to the second floor of the Main Building and with your continued support, we will continue to build for the future.

The success of our students is evident in and out of the classroom. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors participated in IMPACT weeks, during which each student experiences a service learning workshop in the community and reflects upon how it relates to him as an individual. Student council worked with the leadership team and successfully amended the handbook regarding the dress code - providing more hair length to the students. Speech, wrestling, soccer, chess and our one man diving team have represented Mount Carmel at the state level this year. Each of these events challenges our students to represent Mount Carmel to the best of their abilities.

Recently, the Mount Carmel Alumni Association acknowledged several people whose commitment to Mount Carmel have earned them recognition. You can read about those honorees in this online edition of Carmel Life.

I am proud of our success stories. Even though the classrooms of 6410 S. Dante may have changed a little since many of you walked the halls, you will be happy to know that the tradition of educating young men of character in the Catholic, Carmelite traditions continues today. If you are ever in the neighborhood, stop by and see first-hand our successes and some of the changes we have made for the 21st-century men of Carmel.

May Our Lady of Mount Carmel continue to guide us.

In Carmel,

Ned Hughes ‘70
President

Feature News

One Dream Realized, One Deferred...

Ask just about any high school athlete about his goals, and he will invariably say “To win state…” What is it about the quest for a state championship that drives an athlete to compete at the highest level he can reach? Isn’t “top ten” a great finish? Scholarships are offered when you’re in the top ten in the state. Medals are handed out through tenth place. For David Riojas and Eric Correa, top ten just isn’t good enough. Click here to read more...




Mount Carmel celebrates the opening of the third floor

November 1, 2016, officially marked the opening of the completely renovated third floor, part of the $15 million capital Campaign to improve Mount Carmel's campus. Thanks to many of those in attendance, the group was able to tour the awesome changes that left the floor looking hardly recognizable.  Click here to read more...




Alumni News

Marty Plys ’76: FROM MC TO MIT

Mount Carmel taught me how to think and learn for myself, just as much as it taught me actual things in the curriculum. Also, the broad well-balanced MC curriculum was very important because I had very good verbal and writing skills. MC taught me how to logically organize ideas in preparing papers, like papers we would write for American History and such. I purposely wrote a paper on the Barbary Pirates in order to upset Mr. Townsend simply by writing about pirates. In writing that paper, I was able to learn about, and write about, the history of the first US Navy vessel, and tell an organized story of how the Barbary Pirates were instrumental as part of our development of diplomacy in the Mediterranean. Click here to read more...

 

 


DON O'KEEFE '81, A MAN OF CARMEL FROM THE START

Like so many others who walked the halls at 6410 S. Dante, I was born into a Mount Carmel family. My dad, Bill, was a member of the Class of 1938, and my mom, Celeste, graduated from Loretto Woodlawn. Click here to read more...



Iglesias ’13 pursuing his dream at Bradley

Deciding what to do with one’s life is challenging, but for Pablo Iglesias ’13, the choice came easy. A recent grad of Bradley University, he hopes to one day accomplish his lifelong goal: becoming a sports broadcaster. Until then, we are excited to welcome Pablo back to MC as the new Marketing Specialist. Click here to read more...



Dan O’Keefe ’14, North Central claim NCAA XC championship

Recent graduate Dan O’Keefe ’14, the former captain of Mount Carmel’s cross country team, achieved notoriety recently as a member of North Central College’s Division 3 Outdoor Champions. Click here to read more...


Man of the Year awarded to Matt Taylor '57

Congratulations to Matt Taylor '57 on being awarded Mount Carmel Man of the Year at the 81st Annual Alumni Banquet. To read more about Matt's life and accomplishments, click here...


Michael Sheahan ‘88 awarded Fr. Aquinas Colgan, O.Carm., Humanitarian of the Year Award

Congratulations Michael Sheahan '88, Humanitarian of the Year for his dedication to the Special Olympics. To read more about his work with the community, click here...



Hall of Fame

Read about the 81st Annual Alumni Banquet Hall of Fame Inductees Col. Steven dePyssler '38, Joseph O'Gallagher '57, Mike McGarry '71, Dave Novosel '77, Don O'Keefe '81 and Mike McGrew '92. Click here...



Honorary Alumni

Read about the dedicated Mount Carmel faculty and friends awarded honorary diplomas at the 81st Annual Alumni Banquet


The Brown and White

Jon Potocki '65 and Terri Stadler '65 review The Brown and White by Lawrence Norris's '71. This "fictionalized memoir" brought the alums back "home" and proved to be a thoughtful fictionalized account of life at Mount Carmel in the 60's. Click here to read the full review...


In Memorium

May our Lady of Mount Carmel welcome the alumni who have passed to eternal life. Click here...


Class Notes

Catch up with former classmates and friends in the Class Notes. Accounts of what has been going on with family life, business life, accomplishments, trips and more are all accounted for in these notes. Don't see your class listed? Contact Craig Ferguson '78 to become your class notes captain. Click here to read all class notes...


Advancement Update


Donor Spotlight on Frank McGehee '90

If you found yourself strolling the halls of the 1924 building in the late 80’s or just beyond, you may have encountered Frank McGehee ’90 hard at work on the newspaper…or maybe honing his competitive skills as a member of the chess team. No Frank in sight? Check out where the Senior Activity Council (SAC) is cultivating new ways to motivate the student body for the upcoming game and the dance to follow. Or could he be lending his creativity to the Carmel Student Union as they contemplate ways to celebrate and honor Black History Month?

In the time leading up to his graduation from Mount Carmel, Frank McGehee did not miss his opportunity to make meaningful contributions. He was an involved and productive young man on Dante Avenue – investing his time and energies in entities seeking specific skill sets, awareness, growth, and cultivation. Click here to read more...

 

 



MC Community Gives Back During #BrownTuesday

On November 29th, more than 140 folks invested in our young men on #BrownTuesday – Mount Carmel’s unique branding of the global movement of #GivingTuesday. Click here to read more....


Classes come together for the Campaign for Mount Carmel

7 classes have joined together to raise $532,000 for the Campaign for Mount Carmel. This $15 million capital campaign is set to continue this summer with the renovation of the second floor. Click here to read more...


HOW CAN I MAKE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON MOUNT CARMEL?

There are many ways to get involved, and the support from our alumni, parents, and friends is critical to the success of Mount Carmel. Click here to read more...


Scholarship Spotlight

Carmel Life spotlights three scholarships critical to helping a Mount Carmel education remain affordable for our young men: The Thomas Grojean '56 Scholarship, MC President's Scholarship, Promise Scholarship. Click here to read more...



CARAVAN GALA HONORS GIBBS, CONTRIBUTES TO ENDOWMENT

The Saint Albert Award is presented with the highest honor to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the Mount Carmel community and beyond. Click here to read more...


Student Accomplishments

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. Every year around St. Patrick’s Day, adults and young people at parishes and schools raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and have their heads shaved. That’s the tradition at the events, which benefit the California-based organization that awards grants for pediatric cancer research. Click here to read more...



Seniors Fekete, Kudaisi lead speech team into sectionals

In just its fourth year, the Mount Carmel speech program continues to build, and will send Justin Fekete, Farouk Kudaisi, and Luke Ehrenstrom to sectionals Saturday at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. Click here to read more...



The Adolescent Chef

After months of planning, preparation, cooking, and writing, Mount Carmel’s newest author is on the verge of publication. The Adolescent Chef, written by senior and chef Robert Pickert Jr., is a cookbook that features a variety of Mediterranean and European cuisine. Click here to read more...


Spellman in All-State Musical Theatre

Mount Carmel senior Jack Spellman (Beverly), was cast in the 42nd Annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival’s production of Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Jack is the first student from Mount Carmel to be involved in an all-state production like this. Click here to read more...

Local coffee house injects life into Woodlawn

The 2010 opening of Robust Coffee Lounge is one example of a local business that already is breathing new life into the Woodlawn community. Mount Carmel art students have even partnered with the coffee house to display and sell their artwork. Read the full article from the Caravan Newspaper here...


STEM program joins Mount Carmel Curriculum

Mount Carmel’s STEM program, science, technology, engineering, and math, has continued to grow in its second year and prepare students for higher learning. Click here to read more...


Students excel at Certamen Competition

Certamen, Latin for "competition", is a quiz bowl-style competition with classics-themed questions. The reference invokes the brief ancient Greek account of the Contest of Homer and Hesiod, Certamen Homeri et Hesiodi. Click here to read more...


Mock Trial Competes in Howlett Cup

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. Click here to read more...



Mount Carmel Recognizes 15 Illinois State Scholars

Mount Carmel High School President Ned Hughes ‘70, and Principal John Stimler are proud to announce that 15 Mount Carmel High School students from the graduating class of 2017 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. Click here to read more...


Athletic Update

Lenti Nominated for Coach of the Year

Mount Carmel High School Varsity Football Coach, Frank Lenti ‘69 (South Holland, Illinois) has been nominated for National Coach of the Year in Football by the Illinois Coaches Association. This honor comes during his 33rd season of coaching the Caravan. Lenti is the all-time winningest football coach in Illinois state history, compiling a 357-68 record at Mount Carmel. He's led his team to 11 state championships, finished runner-up five other times, and has enough Catholic League and Prep Bowl titles to fill up a floor-to-ceiling trophy case. Click here to read more...


Caravan Athletics takes the plunge for Special Olympics

19th Ward Alderman and Mount Carmel alumnus Matt O’Shea ‘87, who was participating in his 15th Polar Plunge, put in a call to action for student-athletes from South Side schools to join the Polar Plunge. Click here to read more...


It's your turn

Read Athletic Director, Dan Lacount's, recap of an exciting 2016 fall sports season! Click here to read more...


WOMEN WHO COACH BOYS TEAMS STRIVE TO BECOME A BIGGER PART OF THE GAME

Hannah Puckorius, Mount Carmel basketball coach, is one of the few females who coach a boys high school team in the Chicago area. Click here to read more...



Rugby in Vegas

Caravan rugby did not disappoint at the Las Vegas Invitational on March 3-5, winning both its matches in blowout fashion to claim the 15s Boys Division championship. Click here to read more...


Coach Menn taught tennis skills, life values

On February 14th, Caravan coach Tom Menn died at the age of 90. Menn played a huge role as a tennis coach for the Caravan. Click here to read more...

 
Athletes sign National letters of intent

Congratulations to these student Athletes who signed National letters of intent to play sports at top colleges and universities across the nation. Click here to read more...

Enrollment Update

Mount Carmel Leadership Conference

On October 20, 2016, Mount Carmel welcomed 7th and 8th grade students from 6 different grammar schools to its inaugural Caravan Fall Leadership Conference. Boys and girls from Christ the King, St. Barnabas, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Ailbe, St. Philip Neri, and Sacred Heart (east side) schools spent the day on Mount Carmel’s discussing how to develop leadership potential and how to plan a signature event or program for their school community. Click here to read the full story....