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Friday, April 17, 2015
Coming to Carmel: Mike Joyce
I was fortunate to be introduced to the Carmelites at an early age. A close family friend of my parents, Fr. Robert Carroll O. Carm., baptize me and has been present at family gatherings throughout my life from before I could remember. I grew up in Orland Park, IL forty-five minutes southwest of Chicago, where I attended St. Michael’s school from first through eighth grade. I then attended Mount Carmel High School in Chicago because my grandfather and father were both graduates.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Caravan Class of 1965 Reunion
Members of the Mt. Carmel Class of 1965 will celebrate their 50th reunion at the 79th annual Mt. Carmel High School alumni banquet on Friday, May 1, in Mt. Carmel’s Convocation Center. Class of 1965 member, the Rev. Mike O’Keefe, O. Carm., will kick-off the day by celebrating a memorial Mass for deceased classmates at 3 p.m. followed by a tour of the campus. At 5 p.m. the Class of 1965 will gather for a private reception in the Kiszka Suite prior to the main event, which will begin with an all-class reception at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Mount Carmel Champs Honored
The Mt. Carmel High School hockey program recognized the Caravan’s 1965 Kennedy Cup Championship team during a fundraiser at the Cork & Kerry on March 28.

Lorenzi dazzles in his second start for Caravan
Mt. Carmel baseball Coach Brian Hurry could not hide his happiness following a nonconference contest against Richards on April 4.There were plenty of reasons, but none was bigger than the pitching performance of senior southpaw John Lorenzi, who had his best start of his career.Lorenzi threw four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit with three strikeouts, in the Caravan’s 8-0 triumph at Haggerty Field.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Move to catcher changes everything for Mount Carmel's Scott Kapers
Scott Kapers saw the writing on the wall heading into his sophomore season at Mount Carmel.With a logjam of talented middle infielders on the Caravan roster, Kapers figured the best way to earn playing time was to change positions."I knew I had to if I wanted to play," said Kapers, a Schererville, Ind., resident. "There were some really talented middle infielders. So I decided to switch to catcher."It's turned out to be a wise decision.

Monday, March 30, 2015
Breaky brings a lot of power and control
While Marist found success controlling the middle of the net, the RedHawks didn't have much of an answer for Mount Carmel's Kevin Breakey. The outside hitter had 11 kills and four aces, keeping the Caravan (1-1) in contention for much of the match."He put on 25 pounds of muscle in the offseason," Mount Carmel coach Abigail Hasebroock said. "He's a great leader and inspiring to watch. His teammates want to play for him, and that's why he's so successful."Breakey's jump serve was on point. He added seven aces in a victory over Niles North.

Monday, March 23, 2015
Mount Carmel H.S. participates in the challenge for the St. Baldrick’s
Nearly 100 local schools participate to raise money and awareness for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Mount Carmel High School joins nearly 100 other local schools to participate in this year’s Chicago Area Schools Challenge for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation! In 2014, Mount Carmel was the nation’s top high school for total fundraising for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest non-government funder of childhood cancer grants worldwide. Mount Carmel will host a St. Baldrick’s Brave the Shave event on St Patrick’s Day, March 17, with nearly 60 shavees aiming to meet a fundraising goal of $220,000. Students will participate in games and competitions while St. Baldrick’s fundraisers have their heads shaved. The event takes place at 6410 S. Dante Avenue. Read the whole article here. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Mount Carme to host annual "Magic of Motown" fashion show, luncheon
Mount Carmel High School will host The Magic of MCTOWN, its annual mothers’ club fashion show and luncheon, on Sunday, March 22, at Georgio’s Banquets, 8800 W. 159th St., in Orland Park. The cocktail reception will begin at noon and luncheon at 1 p.m. with the fashion show to follow.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Lynch still has high hopes for career
The way Jordan Lynch sees it, his football career is far from over.The former St. Christina Elementary School and Mt. Carmel High School star earned a shot with the Chicago Bears last summer, but the National Football League team cut him before the start of the season.Now, Lynch has signed with the Edmonton Eskimos, a member of the Canadian Football League. After an incredible college career playing quarterback for Northern Illinois University (NIU), during which he was a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Trophy, given to the best player in the country, he’s determined the best is yet to come.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Mount Carmel Diver Correa makes program history

Correa became the first diver in Mount Carmel program history to advance to the state meet and won plenty of hardware along the way. “He’s the first diver ever, and we don’t know when the last time a swimmer made it to state. It’s unbelievable. I don’t think we’ve even processed the whole thing yet,” said Mount Carmel swimming Coach Tina Grunauer. “Just being here and being able to put Mount Carmel on the map is huge. It’s an amazing experience for Eric. Being a freshman and competing against juniors and seniors is huge.”

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Study trip offers Mount Carmel alumnus Sam De Cero '13 unique experiences
Biology major Sam De Cero received the experience of a lifetime when he traveled to Costa Rica with Carthage College from Kenosha, Wisc. The Tropical Ecology of Costa Rica study tour in January immersed students in the tropical ecosystems and inhabitants of the country for 10 days. De Cero visited the indigenous community of Maleku, and toured an organic farm, a chocolate plantation, a hot spring, and a coffee plantation. He climbed volcanoes Vulcan Poas and Vulcan Arenal, as well as Monteverde, a cloud forest 1,600 meters above sea level.

Skating with Blackhawks Koroll and Mulvey
To kick off the NK Memorial Fundraiser, Mulvey and Koroll will each captain a team in the Southside All-Stars Hockey Game, which will begin at 5 p.m. Teams will be made up of alumni players from St. Laurence, Marist, Mt. Carmel, St. Rita and other southside high school teams along with alumni players from St. Jude and the Chicago Hawks.

Friday, March 06, 2015
Father Gavin Quinn to Celebrate 50th Anniversary as Ordained Carmelite Priest
From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, Father Gavin will be honored at a parish celebration recognizing his 50-year milestone as an ordained priest with the Carmelite Catholic Order. More than 200 parish volunteers will assist with the event, coming together as a community to honor a man of long-held distinction. The day lines up closely to the day he was ordained – March 6, 1965, at the Basilica of Queen of All Saints in Chicago.

Thursday, March 05, 2015
Sandburg ends successful year for Mount Carmel
The banged-up wrestlers for the Caravan gave it their all before falling 39-27. The loss ended a successful season that featured a fourth consecutive Chicago Catholic League crown and regional championship.Mt. Carmel wrestling Coach John Kading said his squad is impressive.“I couldn’t be prouder of them,” said Kading. “What we asked them to do as a coaching staff—with early practices and what we put them through—they are warriors. More importantly, we wanted to build character, and the kids are doing it. I’m real happy with all of these guys.”

Monday, March 02, 2015
Mount Carmel grad Bobby Walsh a presence at net for Lewis volleyball
During his first two seasons, Bobby Walsh was a good middle blocker for the Lewis University men's volleyball team. But this year, he has been one of the best in the country at the net for the No. 2 Flyers (11-1). "We knew he had the ability we were just waiting for him to take that next step both in his blocking and his attacking," Lewis coach Dan Friend said. "We believe he has the ability to continue to dominate and be one of the best middles in the country."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Beverly Review: State wrestling results
Mt. Carmel sophomore Kaleb Guzior (sixth at 113), St. Rita junior Jake Silzer (third at 120), Br. Rice senior Julian Blanco (fourth at 126), Marist senior Nick Gasbarro (fifth at 145), Mt. Carmel sophomore David Riojas (sixth at 160) also reached the podium.

Sandburg rolls by Mount Carmel into state quarterfinals
Mount Carmel heavyweight Mathew Reyes cut Sandburg's lead 14-12 with a fall, but that would be as close as the Caravan (19-2) would get." I feel like my season isn't over yet because I have a lot more to work on," Reyes said. "I plan on wrestling a lot this offseason."

Beverly Review: Families maintain mission to fight pediatric cancer

Too many local families have lost children to pediatric brain cancer, but on Feb. 22, two families showed again just how much they’re fighting back in efforts to raise funds and awareness about the disease.  “You can be a part of something that’s going to make a difference,” said Dominic Antonietti, a Mt. Carmel student who put together the video during his lunch periods. “The best part’s going to be watching the difference start to be made, even when it starts with awareness. So this video that we’re doing, if it does blow up, like we’re hoping it will, it’s going to be very rewarding because everyone on the board has really put in a lot of time and effort. … Making this difference is the best part.”

Friday, February 20, 2015
Dan Hogan named to 2014-2015 IHSA All-State Academic Team
"This group is the best of the best,” said Lambert “They embody the IHSA’s mission, excelling in the classroom, in addition to the multiple sports and activities that they participate in. It really is an accomplishment just to be nominated for this award, and I hope the schools and communities that had winners are as proud of this accomplishment as we are to have these young people represent the IHSA.”

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Mount Carmel and Link Alum, Michael Reid, thrives at Harvard
"The potential for greatness lives within each of us." -Wilma Rudolph. Wilma Rudolph was on to something! Her truth was reinforced recently when I met LINK alumnus Michael Reid. The youngest of 4 siblings born to immigrant parents, Michael blazed a trail from Dolton, Illinois to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is a freshman at Harvard University, earning an impressive 3.6 GPA and concurrently managing a business on campus with over 30 employees. Yes, he's a freshman!

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