Loyola Academy’s annual Spring Dance Concert was held on May 9–10 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. The performance included members of Loyola’s dance program—intermediate through honors dance classes—along with the Dance Collective (formerly Company B) and the highly selective Loyola Academy Dance Company (LADC). The concert represented the culmination of a year’s worth of planning, creativity, and developing technique.
Loyola Academy’s Honors Architecture 2 students won recognition in the Advanced Architecture division of the Newhouse Architecture Contest held on Saturday, May 18, at the Illinois Center. The Newhouse Architecture Contest is sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Center.
On Sunday, May 19, senior Ramblers and their families gathered to celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass, held each spring to honor the graduating class. In his Homily, Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, encouraged the Class of 2019 to "remember that all moments are key moments and that life itself is grace."
The Loyola Academy community celebrated its Sending Forth Mass on Friday, May 17. The Mass is an annual celebration of the school year, a recognition of the outstanding efforts of distinguished students and faculty and a sendoff for the senior class.
On Tuesday, May 7, a handful of Rambler alumni took the initiative to help feed the hungry in Chicago with Catholic Charities. Volunteers served meals tableside and conversed with guests at Catholic Charities’ headquarters on LaSalle St.
After the IHSA State Sectional meet on Friday, May 9, the girls’ track and field team has a number of state qualifying athletes! 100M dash: Addison Bendery '19; 4x400: Elizabeth Quackenbush '21, Arianna Awdisho '19, Addison Bendery '19, Anne Santangelo '19; 4x200: Addison Bendery '19, Arianna Awdisho '19, Anne Santangelo '19, Nora Lyons '21; 4x800: Elizabeth Quackenbush '21, Avery Kaye' 20, Jenna Rekoske '20, Sarah Jay '21.
On Monday, May 13, Junior Student Council partnered with Rolf’s Salon in Wilmette to host a “Wigs for Kids” hair donation program at Loyola. The event provides hair replacement and support for children who have lost their hair to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, burns and/or other medical issues. The wigs are donated free of charge to children in need.
The Loyola Academy Crew Team participated in the Midwest Scholastic Championships this weekend in Zanesville, Ohio. Eight boats made it to the finals. The Men’s 2V4+ placed 2nd, the Women’s JV4+ placed 1st, the Men’s JV4+ placed 2nd, the Women’s V8+ placed 2nd.Congrats to the JV4+ teams and Women’s V8+ as they move on to Nationals in two weeks.
Congratulations to the freshman and sophomore track and field team, which took first place out of twelve teams in the Chicago Catholic League Championship! Individual champions were Spencer Werner in the 800m and 3200m runs and Chalen Jack '21 in the 110m hurdles.
The Loyola Crew team hosted the annual Judge Dunne Regatta this past weekend in Skokie with great results! The men's varsity 8 boats placed 3rd and 6th; the women's varsity 8 came in 2nd; the women's varsity 4 placed 1st; the men's varsity 4 boats placed 1st and 4th.
On Saturday, May 4, the girls' track and field team captured the 2019 GCAC Championship! Senior Addison Bendery won the 100 m dash, anchored the winning 4x100 relay team and finished 2nd in the 200 m dash. Nora Lyons '21 set a personal record in the long jump with her 2nd place finish. She also PR-ed and took 2nd place in the high jump as well.
it was a great weekend for Loyola Academy Rambler Wrestling at the University of Illinois Armory. Placing 2nd in the State Girls Freestyle Competition, Zoe Crecos ‘21 qualifies to represent Illinois at the USA Wrestling National Championship in Fargo, ND.
During his senior year at Loyola, Sam J. Serio ’16 hatched Loyola Academy’s LA Tank program to inspire students to explore entrepreneurship while building relationships between Loyola students and alumni. His vision was to bring students and alumni together in a dynamic career program that encouraged Ramblers to embrace innovation and think differently about their future career paths.
On Tuesday, April 23, 15 Rambler alumni came together to feed the hungry in Chicago at Catholic Charities’ Tuesday Night Supper programming. Food was donated by Siena Tavern, and volunteers served meals tableside at Catholic Charities’ headquarters on LaSalle Street in downtown Chicago.
Yosan Worota ’19, Mitch Ganz ’20 and Katherine Beard ’20 will participate in the 38th annual Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s district. This is a nationwide art competition designed to showcase and reward the creative talents of America’s gifted young artists. Since this competition was created in 1982, hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated at the local level across the country.
Loyola Academy’s Spring Orchestra Concert on Thursday, April 11, featured our symphony orchestra, beginning guitar, guitar ensemble, guitar chamber group and honors orchestra playing music by Green Day, Queen, Carlos Santana, Vivaldi and more!
In April, Loyola Academy hosted the ninth annual Jesuit National 4x5, a hybrid art show and competition that requires all entries to be just four inches by five inches. The competition is open to all Jesuit high schools and awards prizes in categories such as color drawing, black and white drawing, printmaking, digital design, mixed media, sculpture and more.
Time Lines is a community art project conducted by Studio 2: Art and Social Change Ignatian Service Learning students. Inspired by the socially engaged artwork of Tonika Lewis Johnson, the student artists looked at what students all have in common at Loyola and decided to make a project around the commute of students coming to Loyola.
Representatives from Student to Student, an organization that fosters interreligious dialogue and understanding through student presentations, visited Loyola Academy World Religion classes this month. A team of Jewish students, representing various branches of Judaism, spoke to Ramblers about how Judaism shapes their identities, how they celebrate various holy days like Passover, and about Jewish history and contemporary Israel.
On Sunday, April 7, more than 200 parents and students gathered for Loyola’s annual Family Mass and Day of Service, sponsored by the Mothers’ Club, Fathers’ Network and Campus Ministry. Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, presided over Mass, delivering an inspirational homily about forgiveness, empathy and understanding.
On Wednesday, April 3, the boys’ varsity volleyball team celebrated faculty and staff appreciation night in the East Gym. Teachers were honored at center court before the start of the match when the Ramblers took on the Wildkits of Evanston Township High School.
Members of the Class of 2022 set out the morning of Monday, April 1, to dozens of volunteer sites across the Chicagoland area for Loyola’s annual Freshman Day of Service. “The purpose of the day is to immerse our freshmen in the mission of Loyola Academy and to remind them of the importance of being women and men for others,” said Campus Minister Mr. Lyle Baier, who organized the day.
This spring, Loyola Academy honored ten faculty members who have earned tenure status. The achievement of tenure is a milestone in an individual's career, and Loyola is proud to recognize members of our community who have embraced the desire to be women and men for others.
Loyola Academy’s annual Solidarity Project (April 1–17) kicked off with a comprehensive Workshop Day on Monday, April 1. Sophomores, juniors and seniors had the opportunity to hear from two keynote speakers and choose three sessions from nearly fifty workshops that addressed this year’s theme: Capturing the Power of Technology.
In March, Loyola Academy’s Counseling Department hosted a series of Career Days for junior students with dozens of guest speakers representing a diversity of professions including law, finance, technology, real estate, business, medicine and more. Each speaker provided a unique perspective and a valuable learning opportunity for juniors as they begin to consider their future paths.
Loyola Gold senior Eamon O'Brien was named the JJ O'Connor 2019 High School Player of the Year by the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois (AHAI). He was honored during Loyola Gold's state title game vs. New Trier Green at the United Center on Friday, March 22.
Six sophomores traveled to Detroit, Michigan, over the weekend where they attended the Jesuit Schools Network Student Diversity Conference with other Jesuit high school students. Participants included Hawa Diabor ’21, Christ Gonclaves ’21, Tyler Langford ’21, Amaiya McCord ’21, Edwin Navarette ’21 and Summer Parker Hall ’21.
The inaugural Celebration of Champions event on March 23 drew a crowd of over 150 Rambler alumni, parents, coaches and fans to honor the legacy of Loyola Academy’s football program. Following cocktails and supper by the bite, WGN TV’s Mike Lowe ’97 hosted a panel discussion featuring Head Coach John Holecek and some of the greats from Loyola football history including Adrian Autry '94, Jim Boyle '81, Richard Devine '61, Charlie Dowdle '12, Dan Kozlak '04, Mike Miller '70, Hobie Murnane '75 and Tommy Nute '16.
The Misericordia Sweet Shoppe in Glenview hosted Coffee with the Coaches on Saturday, March 30. Head Football Coach John Holeck, the 2018 IHSA Class 8A State Champion Football Team, Kansas City Chiefs Center and Loyola alumnus Jimmy Murray ’13 and Associate Athletic Director Mark Carrier spent the afternoon with Misericordia residents and volunteers.
In February, Chicago-based artist and activist Tonika Lewis Johnson visited Loyola Academy to discuss the evolution and impact of her art on the Chicago community. Her most recent work, the Folded Map Project, connects residents who live at corresponding addresses on Chicago’s North and South Sides with one another and explores the social, racial and institutional conditions that segregate the city. Students from the Ignatian Service Learning Program’s Sociology, Justice Seminar and Studio 2: Art and Social Change classes were in attendance.
Loyola Academy celebrated Women’s History Month with a series of panels featuring current students, faculty, staff and alumnae guest speakers discussing contemporary issues related to women in sports, business, academia and more.
On Monday, March 25, Loyola Academy's College Counseling Department hosted its annual College Fair. With over 175 colleges and universities in attendance, it is one of the largest private high school fairs in the state of Illinois.
“I had a very niche dream from a young age and threw myself at it,” says Andrew M. Gombac ’16. Gombac is studying transportation design at College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. His passion for the field has landed him in Guangzhou, China, where he is currently living and working as an exterior design intern. “I hope this serves a testament that dreams can become a reality.”
Loyola won the Chicago Catholic League (CCL) indoor team title on March 17 at the University of Chicago. The varsity team won its 5th title in the past six years while the frosh/soph team won the team title for the first time since 2014. Individual varsity titles were won by seniors Eli Miller (800m), Jack Loveland (400m) and freshman Spencer Werner (1600m). Sophomore Spencer Dzyacky led Loyola with 14 points (runner-up in the 3200m and third in the 1600m). Frosh-soph titles were won by Michael Solmos (3200m), Seichi Shinozacki (800m) and Cameron Matejka (1600m).
Congratulations to the Loyola Academy Dance Company for performing in Dance for Life, Next Generation! benefit concert at Wheeling High School on Sunday, March 3! Proceeds went to Children’s Place Association and Chicago Dancers United.
World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated in a different country every three years. In 2016, WYD was celebrated in Krakow, Poland. The most recent WYD was held in Panama City, Panama, in January, and was attended by Loyola Academy Theology Teacher Mr. SamuelCarlson.
Ramblers Rally Day on March 8was an incredible success thanks to the outpouring of support from alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends. We exceeded our goal of securing 350 donors and $100,000. By the end of the day, 357 donors contributed more than $140,000 to support our current students in the classroom, on the playing field, in the theater, in their commitment to serving others and beyond. This is the highest number of online gifts ever received in one day in Loyola's history.
The Loyola community gathered to celebrate a beautiful Ash Wednesday Mass marking the start of the Lenten season on March 6. In his homily, Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, spoke about the busyness of the world—the chatter and the noise—that can distract from the heart of what matters: the goodness.
The Ramblers defeated Maine South High School 37-34 to win the IHSA regional championship and move to 21–12 on the season! This is the third consecutive regional championship for the boys basketball team.
On Sunday, February 24, more than twenty Loyola Academy seniors went to the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago, located in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. These students are studying World Religions as their second semester senior Theology elective.
On Saturday, February 9, members of the crew team and their parents volunteered at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville. Together, they packed 46,656 meals, enough to feed 127 of the world’s hungriest children for one year.
On Saturday, February 23, Carter Randolfi ’20, Ashley Lazar ’19, Raegan Robertson ’19, Luke Barter ’19, Quinn Nimesheim ’22, and Katherine Beard ’20 participated in the Glenview Art League Youth Fair at Attea School in Glenview. Quinn Nimesheim '22 received second place for the 9/10th grade division for his anatomical skeleton drawing.
Congratulations to the Boys’ Swimming and Diving team on their 12th place finish at the IHSA state meet on Saturday, February 23. A special congratulations to junior Luke Maurer who became a state champion in both the 200 free and the 100 free. Maurer broke the Loyola program record in the 200 free with a time of 136.45. The record stood from 1989 and was previously held by none other than his father, Erik Maurer ’89. Luke also broke the record in the 100 free with a time of 44.33. The previous record holder was again Erik Maurer ’89. Junior Everet Andrew who took 2nd place in the 500 free and broke a LA program record.
Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J., the Superior General of the Jesuits, has announced the four apostolic preferences for the global Society of Jesus for the next ten years. These four areas of concentration will help to guide the Jesuits and our companions in ministry in our shared mission. Fr. Sosa's announcement represents the culmination of a long process of discernment which has involved every Jesuit community and province around the world.
Every year the Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE) exhibits works from Illinois high school artists. Each participating school submits twenty slides of work, five of which are selected to be in the show. This year, works by Tory Gapp ’19, Katherine Beard ’20, Brendan Knapp ’19, Marykate Kennedy ’19 and Zion Martin-Hayes ’19 were selected.
Before James Hennessey ’97 and Marc Zahr ’97 cofounded Oak Street Real Estate Capital, LLC, a private equity real estate firm, which closed its fourth capital fund at a sum of $1.25 billion last year, they were classmates at Loyola Academy. Now comanaging partners—Hennessey is CFO and Zahr CEO—the longtime friends were recently named to Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40.
With a 58–35 victory over Trinity, the girls’ basketball team clinched the regional championship—their third in as many years—on Thursday, February 14! Senior Celia Satter led Loyola with 14 points. Junior Addison Ebeling had 11. Sophomore Summer Parker-Hall had 8.
Congratulations to Nothin’ But Treble, Loyola’s all-female acapella group, which took third place at the IHSCA Midwest Quarterfinals over the weekend! They will move on to compete at the semi-finals on Saturday, March 23, at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee.
Loyola Academy’s Leadership Development and Mentor program pairs young alumni mentors with current Loyola students to create a space for networking and mentorship within the Loyola community. On Tuesday, February 12, nearly 50 current students and alumni mentors enjoyed a delicious meal together at the program’s annual Dinner in the City event.
Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, announced today that Genevieve Baisley Atwood has been named Loyola’s new vice president of athletics and fitness.
Ms. Atwood has served as Loyola’s interim athletic director since August 2018. In her new role as vice president of athletics and fitness, she will be responsible for the development, management, coordination and supervision of competitive athletic programming for all sports teams. Additionally, she will oversee the development and implementation of a new strategic plan for Loyola athletics and fitness.
On Monday, February 4, Loyola’s ping pong team traveled to St. Ignatius College Prep and downed the Wolfpack 15–1 in matches and 46–5 in games, capturing the coveted Golden Paddle. This marks the eleventh consecutive year—the entire life of the award—that the Ramblers have been victorious in this annual match up.
On Wednesday, January 23, alumna Nicole C. Woitowich, PhD, ’04 spoke to Loyola’s Women in STEM Club during lunch periods. A biologist and biochemist who is now associate director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Woitowich is an advocate and champion for women in STEM and medicine.
Friday, January 25, was a great night for Loyola Academy as we celebrated the Ramble Rouser and kicked off the Ramble season! Approximately 400 members of the Loyola community gathered in the beautifully decorated East Gym dressed in their favorite retro T-shirts, sweaters and jackets.
Carla Pentimone '07 has turned a passion for hockey into a lifelong calling. Today, Pentimone, who cultivated her love of the sport during her time at Loyola, has used her enthusiasm for the game as a way to give back to others. Among her many endeavors, like completing the Madison Ironman in 2015 and serving as chair of the nonprofit organization Inner City Education (ICE) and the Amateur Hockey Association-Illinois Girls' Committee for USA Hockey, Pentimone is also lead instructor for the Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey team, a position she spoke about during a recent interview on Windy City Live. "I am very fortunate for my Jesuit education and the value of philanthropy,” she says. “Giving back to others makes my heart very happy."
Football alumni from the mid-90s gathered on Friday, January 18, in Loyola’s East Gym to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 1993 state championship. They were joined by current players from Loyola's 2018 state championship team, fresh off their win in November. It was a wonderful opportunity for alumni and current students to meet and socialize over their shared passion for Loyola football.
New on the cocurricular menu is Loyola Academy's Women in STEM Club, which has taken off since its launch this fall. Moderated by Computer Science and Math Teacher Mrs. Anita Debarlaben, the club offers opportunities for young women at Loyola to explore STEM fields and careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
"Offering a Women in STEM Club fosters a community of women who support one another as we pursue those fields," says senior Courtney Carreira, who founded the club. "Hopefully, Women in STEM will enable girls to encourage one another and create a support network for women in STEM fields." An active member of the choir board, Clavius leadership board, the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society and the Scholastic Bowl Team, Carreira plans to pursue a major in physics next year.