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Men of Carmel Fund

The Men of Carmel Fund

“You came to Carmel as a boy, if you care to struggle and work at it, you will leave as a man.” This motto has been etched into the heart and soul of men of Carmel for generations. It defines us as hard working, dedicated men of character who fight through adversity.
Our Annual Fund has served a vital role in helping boys become men of Carmel by providing a consistent source of funding to aid deserving students in need – keeping them enrolled at Mount Carmel. Throughout its existence, the Annual Fund has also supported faculty salaries, and provided additional funding for enrichment programs.

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES


Supporting our co-curricular activities and organizations provides our young men opportunities to enhance their experience outside the classroom. They get to explore new interests, develop new skills, and strengthen friendships that can last a lifetime. The current co-curricular activities offered at Mount Carmel include (click the name for more information):

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  • Band

    The MC Band and MC Drumline performs at various athletic events, school musical events, and throughout the City of Chicago.  
  • Caravan Math Team

    The Caravan Math Team is for students who enjoy exploring & having fun with mathematics.
  • Caravan Media Group

    Caravan Media Group is Mount Carmel's very own student-run broadcast network. From game day broadcasts to commercials and newscasts, Media Group keeps you up to date on all the latest Caravan news. It is moderated by Mr. Tony DiFilippo.  To view Media Group videos and sign up for an NFHS subscription, click here.
  • Caravan Newspaper

    For many years, the Mount Carmel Caravan has been produced through the school’s Journalism class, rather than through participation in an extracurricular activity. This allows students to learn the characteristics of journalistic writing in a workshop format in which they immediately apply their learning through writing assignments. The Caravan newspaper can be found online at MCCaravan.org.
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  • Caravan Robotics

    The Caravan Robotics team is moderated by Mr. Caribee Collier and Dr. Michael Rogers.

    Through VEX Robotics Competition, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to compete against other teams in an engineering challenge. STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more.  Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April.
     
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  • Caravan Speech

  • Chess Team

    The chess team gives Mount Carmel students the opportunity to compete at a high level, learn about chess and teach those who want to learn more.

    Chess team plays 9 matches in the Chicago Chess Conference, including the Prep Bowl and CCC tournaments and compete at State in Peoria. 

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  • Choir

    Our choirs also include an audition only choir of 9 young men called the MC 9.  Our Choirs perform during Mount Carmel masses, at school musical concerts and admissions events.
  • Classics Club

    The Mount Carmel Classics Club offers students opportunities to appreciate and learn more about the ancient world; the language, culture, history and mythology of ancient Greece and Rome. 

    In addition to viewing content related movies, we also attend the annual state convention for the Illinois Junior Classical League (IJCL) and compete in the Illinois Certamen League, a quiz-bowl type competition in which teams answer questions covering all aspects of the ancient world.


  • Computer Club

    Dr. Rodgers moderates the Computer Club. Email mrodgers@mchs.org if you are interested in participating. 
  • Disaster Relief Club

    “When Disaster Strikes, We Strike Back”.

    In an effort to contribute to the Mount Carmel mission of giving back, The Disaster Relief Club focuses its effort on fundraising to donate to those affected by natural disasters.
     
  • Finance Club

    This club is meant to help students think about money, the markets, financial planning, and how micro and macro-economic decisions influence their lives in the short and long term.
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  • Games Club

    Games club is moderated by Mr. David Glonek and meets in room G104 on Monday and Wednesday after school. Games Club covers all game types with the purpose of developing a sense of fun and familiarity between students in a mentally stimulating atmosphere.

    This club is for students who may not wish to participate in athletically driven activities and still want a cerebral and entertaining alternative.

    All students are welcome to participate. Game types will include family style board games, card games, role-playing games, and other student-oriented games appropriate for the school community. Popular games include Munchkin, King of Tokyo, Tsuro, Dungeons and Dragons (RPG), Get Bit, and Fluxx.
  • MC STEM Cohort

    The MC STEM Cohort was formed for students with an emphasis on using and developing collaboration, ingenuity and determination.  Its goal is to provide an opportunity for students to have a chance to thrive in a college setting using the skills developed here at Mount Carmel.  Ths MC STEM Cohort is moderated by Mr. Caribee Collier.
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  • Mock Trial

    Mock Trial is an Illinois State Bar Association sponsored extra-curricular program where teams compete against each other in a courtroom-like setting. This club is moderated by Dr. Jon Berry.

    The ISBA distributes the case in November, and the teams study and work up the case as both Plaintiffs/Prosecution and Defense. The students' roles are Opening Statements, Expert and Fact Witnesses, Direct Examination, Cross Examination and Closing Statements.
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  • Model UN

    The Model UN club engages in accurate and authentic simulations of the United Nations system. We accomplish this by learning about how the system works, skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution, and negotiation. We learn about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events by utilizing the UN system.

    We research various countries' positions on modern topics and participate in various United Nations simulations both on campus, and in conjuncture with other high school and collegiate Model UN programs. In May, Model UN participates in the Chicago Global Classroom Model UN conference.
  • Mount Carmel Gay-Straight Alliance

    The mission of MCGSA is to expand the culture of acceptance, to facilitate open mindedness towards all, provide a safe environment for all Students, raise funds for LGBTQ youth, and living up to Pope Francis's call to action: "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn't marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society."

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  • National Honor Society

    The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Mrs. Jennifer Smola moderates NHS.

    Students must apply to be accepted into NHS. NHS members tutor students in the library after school, assist with Open House, Shadow Day, and Parent-Teacher Conferences.
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  • Respect Life

    Respect Life discusses pro-life issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, human trafficking, and gun violence. Events include educational outreach to the student body. The club participates in Light the Night and March for Life Chicago events.
  • Roots Multicultural Club

    The Roots Multicultural Club is moderated by Mrs. Shantà Wheeler.  The goal of Roots Multicultural Club is to move past tolerance and increase knowledge of cultural differences and similarities in order to promote unity within our school. This unity will lead to a greater understanding of the world we live in.

    Club members seek to incorporate programs and activities that promote appreciation and awareness of multiculturalism by celebrating, educating, and encouraging students to participate in activities that celebrate cultural differences. Club members will recognize heritage months, plan a liturgy, sell international food during lunch, and take cultural field trips.
  • SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

    SADD is a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to uniting “Students Against Destructive Decisions.” SADD is moderated by Mrs. Maureen O'Donnell.  
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  • Scholastic Bowl

    The Scholastic Bowl is an IHSA sanctioned academic question-answer game that measures both team's and individual's knowledge of math, science, literature, art, history, and pop culture. It is very similar in style to the popular game show Jeopardy.  Scholastic Bowl is moderated by Mr. Dan Burke.

    In a match, two teams of five players each compete to answer the most questions quickly and correctly. There are teams at both the varsity & freshman/sophomore levels. The teams compete in various Invitationals throughout the academic year and the Catholic League Championship tournament at the end of the year. The State Competition is in March.


  • Spanish Club (La Caravana)

    La Caravana meets every other Thursday before and after school in room 303. 

    The objective of La Caravana (Spanish Club) is to learn about Hispanic culture through experiences.

    We can learn through language, food, dance, music, film, clothing, people, religion, traditions, etc.  Field trips include Spanish restaurants, Latino inspired music concerts, trips to the Mexican Fine Arts Museum and more.
  • Student Government

    The Student Government is able to voice the opinions and ideas of the student body to the administration. Each officer also takes a turn leading the underclassmen meetings.
  • Write of Passage

    Students engage with composing and revising original works while taking a closer look at language as a representation of thought. Using revision tactics, peer feedback, and studying various examples in current publications or events, students hone their creative skills in composition and delivery. While short stories and essays are welcome, the focus of the club is to get students involved with poetry slams which combine the rigor of public presentation with the delicacy of poetry. The overall goal of the club is to perform an original piece at the Young Chicago Author’s Louder Than A Bomb poetry slam competition.
     
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  • Yearbook

  • Yoga Club

    Mrs. Julie Chappetto moderates the Yoga Club. They meet every Wednesday in the Alumni Gym after school. Each session begins with intention based and teach guided meditation and breath work. Yoga asanas incorporate the body, mind, and spirit. 

FULFILLING OUR MISSION

The Men of Carmel Fund focuses on fulfilling our mission to live with zeal for God, for life, and for learning. In addition to providing tuition assistance to students in need, the Men of Carmel Fund will focus on the spiritual development of our students through ministry and service. It will also help support our co-curricular activities, including our 27 clubs and student organizations.

An important part of being a man of Carmel is learning how to give of oneself to make the world a better place. God blesses us all with many gifts and it is our responsibility to share those gifts with those in need. Over the last few years, Mount Carmel students have participated in a variety of service opportunities including building homes with Habitat for Humanity, volunteering at soup kitchens, organizing food, clothes, and toy drives for the less fortunate, and many more. The hands-on experience of helping others in need allows our young men to experience the sense of gratification that comes from making a difference in the life of another and growing closer to God through charitable actions. In a world that’s becoming more superficial, our students learn to appreciate and value the intrinsic reward of making God’s creation a better place through their direct action.

Our Men of Carmel Fund allows our students to “come to Carmel as a boy, care to struggle and work at it, and leave as a man.” It makes a Mount Carmel education possible for those in need while also focusing on the spiritual and social development of our students. We are grateful to all of our alumni, parents, and friends of Mount Carmel who have supported us throughout the years. Please continue your support through our Men of Carmel Fund now and in the future. Thank you for believing in Mount Carmel and continuing our 118-year-old tradition!

For more information regarding the Men of Carmel Fund, contact Tara Pink, Director of Giving and Scholarships, at tpink@mchs.org or 773-359-0426 ext. 226

MOUNT CARMEL HIGH SCHOOL

Living with Zeal for God, for Life, for Learning