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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.


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

    Band is moderated by Mr. Moises Pacheco. They meet Tuesday during the school day as a class but also perform at various athletic events and the arts festival. 
  • Caravan Broadcast Network

    CBN is Mount Carmel's very own student-run Caravan Broadcast Network. From game day broadcasts to commercials and newscasts, CBN keeps you up to date on all the latest Caravan news. CBN is moderated by Mr. Pablo Iglesias and they meet on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. To view CBN 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 is moderated by Mr. George Vrecheck and can be found online at MCCaravan.org.
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  • Caravan Speech

    Caravan Speech is moderated by Mr. Lorenzo Nunez. They meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 pm in room 302. 
  • Chess Club

    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. Chess is coached by Mr. Michael Korenman (mkorenman@yahoo.com). They practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:30 in room M205.
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  • 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. Mr. Sean Sweany moderate the Classics Club and the club meets on Wednesdays after school in room M201.

    In addition to viewing films including: Gladiator and Troy; 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.

    Follow the Classics Club on Twitter! @MCHSLatin
  • 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.

    We meet during lunch twice a month.
    Google Classroom Code: afhj91s
  • 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.
  • 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. The group meets in room 311. 

    The ISBA distributes the case in November, and then 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."

    Meetings take place in Mr. Sobucki's room, G203, Wednesday afternoons at 2:45 pm.
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  • Multicultural Club

    Multicultural Club meets Thursdays at 2:50 in room G103.

    The Multicultural Club is moderated by Mrs. Shantà Wheeler and Mrs. Krishna Millsapp. The goal of 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.
  • 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. Mr. Tom Eisenbraun 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.

    • At least a 3.50 GPA at the end of sophomore year
    • No grade below a C- on official transcript
    • Active participation in MC clubs or sports
    • No significant disciplinary history or attendance issues
    • Completion of the NHS application
  • 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 in October and March for Life (Chicago) in January. Mr. Patrick McGarry moderates Respect Life.

  • 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 and they meet Tuesday after lunch.
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  • Scholastic Bowl

    Scholastic Bowl is moderated by Mr. Dan Burke and Mr. Tom Eisenbran. They meet
    Wednesday and Thursday, from 2:45- to 3:30 pm in room 108 or 117. 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.

    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.

  • Science Olympiad

    Science Olympiad is moderated by Mr. Caribee Collier and they meet in room G206.

    Illinois Science Olympiad is a non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. 

    These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments.

    ISO tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of team events, which students prepare for during the year. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science concepts, process skills and science applications.
  • Spanish Club (La Caravana)

    La Caravana meets every other Thursday before and after school in room 303. Mr. Antonio Mota is the club moderator.

    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. In the next month we plan to go to a Spanish Restaurant, a classical music concert (latino inspired) at U of C, and visit the Mexican Fine Arts museum and learn more about Dia de los Muertos. In December, we plan on going to Our Lady Of Guadalupe mass. Follow La Caravana on Twitter: @APSpanish
  • Student Council

    Mr. Patrick McGarry is the Student Council Moderator. Your Student Council Officers are at the head of the Student Council. In addition to their individual duties, each officer attends several Executive Board meetings each week and meets with the administration. Through Student Council officers, the Student Council is able to voice their opinions and ideas to the administration. Each officer also takes a turn leading the underclassmen meetings. If you have ideas or suggestions for your school, let one of your SC Representatives know. The change you wish to see starts with YOU!!!
  • Write of Passage

    Mr. Jones moderates the Write of Passage Club. 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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  • 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. Class ends with a 5 minute savasana.


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


Living with Zeal for God, for Life, for Learning