Friday, October 24, 2014
Mount Carmel freshmen participate in IMPACT service learning program
Mount Carmel High School freshmen students participated in the school’s inaugural weeklong service learning program, IMPACT, aimed at heightening the Catholic and Carmelite identity and mission and expanding service learning opportunities for students to express their faith in action.
Week 9 football: Five can't-miss games
Lost in the surprise of Mount Carmel's difficult season has been the emergence of junior running back Anthony Ries, who is coming off huge games against Leo and Hales but has yet to face a defense like Loyola's. Third-string quarterback Aidan Walsh will be under center for Loyola after engineering last week's 38-14 victory over St. Rita.
Spirituality Series Features Dr. Terry Nelson-JohnsonDr. Terry Nelson-Johnson challenges us to enter more deeply into the mystery of grace, the mystery of God through storytelling, poetry, and humor. Working with parents, teachers, pastoral staff and faith communities Dr. Nelson-Johnson designs and conducts formation programs that encourage, affirm, and inspire. The author and leader of the acclaimed Beloved retreat, he is the Founder as well as Creative & Animating Partner of Soul Play LLC, which can be found at soulplayonline.com. Dr. Nelson-Johnson is also Resident Theologian and Animator of Faith at Old St. Patrick's Church. He holds a Master's degree from the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Bubble time for some Southland football teams
The playoff bubble. It’s not a particularly comfortable position for those with weak stomachs and a propensity to bite their fingernails. Or for prep football teams with playoff aspirations. The most glaring, obviously, is Mount Carmel. Not only has the Caravan qualified for the postseason 28 consecutive years, it has won 11 state titles and finished runner-up on five occasions — not a bad run. To reach five wins and extend its streak, Mount Carmel has to take down Loyola on Friday. That’s the same Loyola that is playing for a chance to earn a share of its fifth straight Catholic Blue title and a higher playoff seed.
Curt Ehrenstrom Honors Fraternity
If you have been associated with Mount Carmel in any way in the past 30 years, then one name that comes to mind is Mr. Curt Ehrenstrom, The long-time teacher and coach lost his year long battle with pancreatic cancer last May. The 2014 Golden Apple winner was always touching the lives of others in the classroom and on the field.
Field trip explores careers in medicine
Holding human organs isn’t an everyday experience for students at Mount Carmel. Surprisingly, a group of students had just this experience. This past summer, Ms. Maryhelen Matijevic, Assistant Principal, brought 10 Mount Carmel honors students to the University of Chicago Hospital for a field trip that explored careers in medicine.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
In Catholic Blue, it's final drive to crowning glory
So here it is, the final two weeks of prep football’s regular season, and the race for the Catholic League Blue championship resembles the Dan Ryan at 4:30 p.m. on a weekday — a logjam.Four championship worthy teams competing for the right to supremacy in arguably the finest football conference in the state, maybe the Midwest.
Recognizing Potential in McNabb
Before he dropped the ball with Redman, Tepper made an even bigger mistake in 1993 when he failed to recognize the quarterbacking potential of a kid from Chicago’s Mt. Carmel High School by the name of Donovan McNabb.According to a Chicago Tribune story from 2010, McNabb and his father, Sam, took an unofficial visit to Champaign, where Tepper told him that he probably would be a better fit as a receiver or defensive back because he was such a great athlete.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Mount Carmel rolls past Leo 63-20
Mount Carmel’s efficient offense and sturdy defense tamed the Leo Lions from the first whistle as the Caravan cruised to a 63-20 win at The Kroc Center on Friday night. Mount Carmel (3-4, 0-3 Catholic League Blue) racked up 35 unanswered points to start the game and scored a touchdown on each of its first seven possessions.
Caravan Bounces back against Leo
Needing to win its final three games to make the postseason, Mount Carmel got back on track with a 63-20 win over Leo on Friday night at Kroc Stadium.Jaquan Buntyn had 136 yards on five carries while scoring twice, and Anthony Ries had 93 yards on 11 carries and scored four TDs for the Caravan (3-4).
Friday, October 10, 2014
Mount Carmel Grad, John Mallee '87, named Cubs hitting Coach
After Bill Mueller’s resignation, multiple signs pointed toward Houston Astros hitting coach John Mallee, a Chicago guy with connections to Theo Epstein’s front office and a track record of working with talented young players. The Cubs made the hire official on Thursday, pairing Mallee with new assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske. Ex-Cub Doug Dascenzo takes over for Hinske as the first-base/outfield coach. Otherwise, manager Rick Renteria’s staff will remain intact next season.
John Mallee '87 Named Cubs Hitting Coach
Congratulations to John Mallee '87 who was named Chicago Cubs Hitting Coach. When taking the job with the Astros two years ago, Mallee almost moved his family to the Houston area."But I wanted my oldest son (Johnny) to experience at least one year at Mount Carmel," Mallee said. Johnny is now a sophomore at the Chicago Catholic school. "Me going there made such a difference in my life, so I wanted him to experience that for himself."
Despite cut, Lynch lives a dream
Jordan Lynch, who graduated from Mount Carmel in 2009, got a chance that will last a life-time. Lynch attended Northern Illinois University for five years after being redshirted his freshman year for football. Lynch was a quarterback who became a Heisman Trophy Finalist in 2013 with 2,892 passing yards and 1,920 rushing yards (ESPN).
Studium Captains selected and ready to go
While studium has only been in effect for four years, it has become well established in the culture of Mount Carmel. The idea behind studium is to help strengthen the relationship between students and their peers. The structure of studium divides the MC community into 24 smaller communities. All grade levels are mingled in each studium so that students can familiarize themselves with people outside of their graduating class.
Mothers club hosts wine tasting
All are welcome to join the Mount Carmel Mothers Club wine tasting event at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Mount Carmel High School Convocation Center, 6410 S. Dante Ave.The wine tasting will include approximately 20 different wines from a number of distributors. These vendors will offer a wide variety of wine selections to enjoy for holiday entertaining and gift giving, a quiet dinner at home, or at that special celebration.
Freshmen Make an IMPACT
Mount Carmel High School Freshmen students participated in the school’s inaugural week long service learning program, IMPACT, aimed at heightening the Catholic and Carmelite identity and Mission and expanding service learning opportunities for students to express their faith in action. "The theme of the week’s excursions was to focus on the gift of God’s creation and the responsibility to care for and maintain the integrity of that gift," said Mr. John Stimler, principal of Mount Carmel. "Students learned about the earth and the need to take responsibility for the resources we have been given, while engaged in a variety of environmental-related service projects and learning experiences."
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Summer service trips broaden students understanding
During the year, students race to complete their service hours before the close of school. Luckily, through the leadership of Mr. Kevin Hansen, Mount Carmel’s Service Coordinator, summer service trips provide opportunities for students to accomplish this goal. This past summer, 20 students participated in two summer service trips. Chris Accetto, Chris Glover, and Liam Donahue were among the 10 students who traveled to the Glenmary Farm in Vanceburg, Kentucky, June 28-July 4.
Cahue pursues labor of love
Any Mount Carmel student who has had business in the Discipline Office knows Mrs. Nydia Cahue, whose job as Administrative Assistant involves taking attendance, filing discipline reports, issuing detention lists and making sure the office runs smoothly. But those students may not know that Cahue also is a wife, mother, grandmother, and an active member of the Pullman community where she resides.