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.
Aimed at heightening the Catholic, Carmelite identity and expanding service learning opportunities for students to express their faith in action, Mount Carmel faculty, staff, and students volunteered side-by-side at Chicago Catholic Charities, Kenwood United Church of Christ, Respond Now, Pacific Garden Mission, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Lakeview Pantry, Share Your Souls Foundation, St. Blaise Food Pantry, St. Irenaeus Food Bank, St. Sabina Food Pantry, St. Leonard Food Pantry, Casa Catalina, Feed My Starving Children, Sertoma Center, and Respond Now.
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."
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.