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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!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Daily Southtown area sports roundup
Mount Carmel 60, St. Laurence 42: Jake Rhode provided a game-leading 26 points to pace visiting Mount Carmel (7-17, 3-8) in the Catholic League North.

Monday, February 09, 2015
Michael Koehler '56, grandson of Jim Thorpe, dies at 76
Michael D. Koehler was the grandson of one of America's greatest athletes, Jim Thorpe, and as a high school football star faced the inevitable comparisons.As an All-American fullback for Mount Carmel High School who later played for the University of Nebraska, Mr. Koehler's connection to Thorpe was frequently mentioned in newspaper stories.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015
11th Ward Candidate John Kozlar: Ambition, Not Experience, is key in Race
The first time John Kozlar ran for 11th Ward alderman in 2011, his campaign budget was all of $520, enough to pay for 150 yard signs and some fliers. This time around, the 26-year-old law student has a larger (but still modest) war chest, a centralized campaign office and a small army of 70 volunteers evangelizing his mission of "togetherness."

Minnesota Golden Gophers 2015 defensive linemen report Steven Richardson
Projected Starters: The Gophers return redshirt senior Theiren Cockran (Homestead High School/Homestead, Fla.) and sophomore Steven Richardson (Mt. Carmel High School/Chicago, Ill.) from most starting lineups last season. Richardson moved into the starting lineup when redshirt junior Scott Ekpe (Lewisville High School/Lewisville, Texas) suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener. Along with Cockran, Richardson and Ekpe, the Gophers are likely to start junior Hank Ekpe (Lewisville High School/Lewisville, Texas). He is the younger brother of Scott. Hank was the top reserve at the now vacant starting defensive end position in the bowl game. He started in the position in the second game of the season.

Monday, February 02, 2015
St. Joseph comes up big on defense in second half
For the better part of 2 ½ quarters, St. Joseph struggled against Mount Carmel.The Chargers were committing sloppy turnovers and allowing the Caravan easy shots. It was not the way the players had expected their Senior Night.After a Chargers' timeout with 4:22 left in the third and the game tied at 34, they stepped up their defensive pressure.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The Caravan: Corea smashes Argo Invite dive record
As a diver at a school with no diving board, freshman Eric Correa has been feeling a little overlooked.  “When people say we don’t have a diving team, I respond with ‘well now we do.’ ” After demolishing the record in diving at the Argo Invitational on Saturday, December 13, he’s not likely to be overlooked anymore. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Mount Carmel wrestlers complete drive for five
The injury bug that’s forced several wrestlers out of the lineup would usually have derailed a team’s chances for postseason glory—but not Mt. Carmel. The Caravan hasn’t missed a beat despite being at less than full strength Mt. Carmel wrestlers won four titles, had three runner-up finishes and four more third-place efforts to put 11 of 14 wrestlers on the podium en route to winning the program’s fifth consecutive Chicago Catholic League (CCL) championship at DePaul College Prep on Jan. 24. The Caravan (238.5) outlasted St. Rita (185), Providence (164), Br. Rice (105) and St. Laurence (82) for the crown.

Beverly Review: Straight-A students honored at MC
Mt. Carmel High School honored a special group of 24 students who earned a straight A average during the first trimester of the school year with a congratulatory breakfast reception on Jan. 9. The academically exceptional students were invited to Mt. Carmel’s Kiszka Suite where they were addressed by guest speaker Kevin Carey and congratulated by school leaders, including the school president, the Rev. Tony Mazurkiewicz, O.Carm., and the school principal, John Stimler.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Caravan: Hard work pays off on placement test day
The Mount Carmel Marketing and Enrollment Office works year-round preparing for the annual placement test for 8th graders. Under the direction of Mrs. Tessa Burke, the enrollment team sponsored eight neighborhood open houses, visited over 125 grammar schools, and welcomed over 300 shadows since the start of the school year. In addition, the school also hosted three open houses that brought in more than 300 prospective students.  The Enrollment Office’s hard work was rewarded when 216 students arrived early on Saturday morning for, January 10, for this year’s test.

The Caravan: Caravan Gala to support scholarships

Fundraisers are among a school’s biggest sources of income during each school year. On February 28, the 34th annual Caravan Gala will take place. The Gala is MC’s biggest fundraiser of the year, with an average attendance of 350-400 people. Mount Carmel looks to raise about $210,000 this year, after bringing in about $190,000 at last year’s event. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Monday's score recap: Boys Prep basketball
Mount Carmel 69 Joliet West 66

Syracuse football recruiting: Get to know OL commit Andrejas Duerig
Duerig, who played both offense and defense as a junior, packs a wallop. He does well to keep his feet and arms tight to deliver a powerful block, often knocking defenders to the ground. Duerig also looks very comfortable pulling from the guard position. 

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