The Loyola Academy Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, November 17, and made the important decisionto freeze tuition costs for the 2021–22 school year. Therefore,annual tuition will remain $17,750 for next year. The Board also remains committed to funding a strong financial aid budget to support families who need extra assistance.
On Friday, November 13, Loyola Academy’s Thespian Troupe #4729 premiered its fall play “Greetings from Quarantine,” a collection of short stories and monologues all written, directed and performed by Loyola students. This year’s fall play is the first in the program’s history to be conducted in a virtual format, a necessary modification due to the ongoing health and safety restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Congratulations to Spanish Teacher Mrs. Erica B. Nathan-Gamauf who was elected to the Chicago Chapter of the National Board of Directors for the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)! Her term begins on January 1, 2021.
Loyola Academy’s Classics Club hosted a guest lecture on Monday, November 2, featuring Dr. Laura Gawlinski on the topic of “Voting in Ancient Athens.” Dr. Gawlinski, associate professor and chair of the Department of Classics at Loyola University Chicago, where she teaches ancient Greek, ancient art and archaeology, and mythology, spoke to Ramblers about the archaeology of democracy and answered questions about voting and government in antiquity.
Because each and every piece entered into the Chicagoland 4x5 High School Art Exhibition must fit within the strict four inch by five inch parameters, the contest is sometimes referred to as the largest “small” art exhibition in the nation. Aside from the tiny boundary requirements, students are free to submit small drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, prints, mixed media and more for consideration. Loyola is pleased to announce that two Honors Studio Art students were recognized at the 2020 4x5 contest! Katie Bennett '22 received 3rd place in the drawing category and Suzann Donovan '21 received an honorable mention in the photography category.
On October 19, Loyola Academy increased its daily enrollment to fifty-percent capacity each day after spending the first quarter at twenty-five percent. This new schedule continues to allow for social distancing within classrooms while maximizing in-person learning and social interaction for students. The increased capacity follows what Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, and Principal Charlie Heintz call "great strides" in the school's collective efforts to safely facilitate in-person instruction.
Congratulations to the girls’ cross country team on their 2nd place finish in the IHSA 3A sectional on Saturday, October 31. This is the best sectional team finish in program history! The team was led by freshman Morgan Mackie in 2nd place and sophomore Maeve Norman in 10th place. Sophomore Ellie Grammas finished in 16th place.
We are delighted to announce that four Loyola Academy students have been accepted into the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) district 7 senior honors ensembles! Congratulations to Samuel Cho ’24: Honors Orchestra - Cello; Kaitlynn Holbach ’23: Senior Band - Flute; Casey Lyons ’22: Honors Chambers - Tenor I; and Isabella Lombardo ’21: Honors Chambers - Alto II.
Loyola Academy congratulates Classics Teachers Dr. Bill Lowe and Mrs. Becki Wick who were named as the 2020 Farrand Baker Illinois Latin Teachers of the Year by the Illinois Classical Conference (ICC)! Dr. Lowe and Mrs. Wick have been recognized for their "exemplary teaching of Latin, outstanding service to the ICC, dedication to the cause of Classics in the teacher's home community and participation in regional and national organizations of the Classics."
Loyola Academy’s Symphony Orchestra and Honors Orchestra held its first ever virtual fall concert on Monday, October 26. The event was live streamed on RamblerStream, a free platform that provides the Loyola community with live and prerecorded HD video of Masses, events, athletic competitions and more. Performances included a blend of modern and traditional selections that highlighted the talents of our orchestra students. In addition, senior Dawson Kimbell performed on drums for the orchestra.
The Annual Pumpkin Auction was a bright light at Loyola Academy this week as cooler temps ushered in our first snowfall. As is tradition, Dumbach Scholars and Honors Art students displayed a beautiful array of pumpkins, each creatively decorated for auction, in the Piazza.
On Saturday, October 24, the boys’ cross country team took 5th place at the IHSA 3A regionals at Loyola's Munz Campus. The team was led by junior Spencer Werner in 4th place (15:34.2), senior Michael Solmos in 24th (16:20.3), senior Spencer Dzyacky in 25th (16:21.2), junior Aidan Simon in 32nd (16:40.5), junior Harry Wood Prince in 37th (16:49.2) and senior Cameron Metejka in 45th (17:09.5). They now advance to the IHSA 3A sectional competition this weekend in Hoffman Estates.
The holidays are fast approaching, and Campus Ministry is hard at work on the annual Gonzaga Christmas Drive! The drive seeks to emulate the life and service of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, SJ, who worked with the poor and afflicted in Italy during the late 16th century. Loyola hosted its first drive in 2010, and it has since become an important holiday tradition at the Academy.
The girls’ cross country team won the IHSA 3A regional championship on Saturday, October 24, at Loyola’s Munz Campus! The team was led by freshman Morgan Mackie in 3rd place (18:14.8), sophomore Maeve Norman in 5th place (18:39.3), sophomore Ellie Grammas in 7th (18:46.6), senior Sarah Jay in 23rd (19:57.1), freshman Lauren Woodward in 25th (20:03.5), senior Lizzie Quackenbush in 26th (20:05.4) and senior Hayes Flanagan in 34th (20:18.7). On to the IHSA sectionals in Hoffman Estates!
Acclaimed Mexican-American author and Chicago native Sandra Cisneros met with sophomore American Literature students in early October, providing Ramblers with a rare opportunity to illuminate their course work in a unique way. The virtual discussion was facilitated by English Teacher Mr. Chris Ackels, whose sophomore O’Shaughnessy American Literature classes had just finished reading The House on Mango Street, Cisneros’ award-winning coming of age story about growing up on Chicago’s West Side.
The boys’ cross country team captured the Chicago Catholic League (CCL) championship! Congratulations to Spencer Werner ’22 (1st), Aidan Simon ’22 (2nd), Leo Stanton ’21 (5th), Spencer Dzyacky ’21 (6th), Michael Solmos ’21 (9th), William Wood Prince ’22 (10th) and Cameron Matejka ’21 (11th).
Congratulations to the girls’ swimming and diving team on an outstanding showing at the MCAC championship on Saturday, October 17! Maddy Reed ’21, team captain, broke the pool record in the 100 fly. Frosh/soph finished 3rd, JV finished 2nd, and varsity finished in 3rd place.
The girls’ cross country team became the 2020 IHSA Regional champions over the weekend with standout performances by Morgan Mackie '24 (3rd), Maeve Norman '23 (5th ) Ellie Grammas '23 (7th), Sarah Jay '21 (23rd), Lauren Woodward '24 (25th) and Lizzie Quakenbush (26th). Hayes Flanagan '21 (33rd)
On Wednesday, October 14, over 150 participants tuned in to Diversity Dialogue: Your Life Matters, the second conversation in a Zoom series hosted by the Boys’ Youth Group of Loyola’s African American Youth Group (AAYG). The discussion featured notable scholars Jacqueline Battalora, PhD, and David Stovall, PhD, and explored the false dichotomy that portrays the Black Lives Matter movement as anti-police and anti-law enforcement.
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Student Activities Office collaborated with UniDos, one of Loyola's co curricular clubs that works to educate the Rambler community on Latin American cultures, to create opportunities for Ramblers to learn about and celebrate Hispanic heritage.
Loyola Academy choirs virtually presented their fall concert “All Are Welcome” on Wednesday, October 14. The event was live streamed on RamblerStream, a free platform that provides the Loyola community with live and prerecorded HD video of Masses, events, athletic competitions and more. The concert showcased the talents of Loyola’s concert choir, contemporary vocal ensemble, chorale and honors chorale, and honors chamber singers.
Senior parents were invited to join College Counselor Nancy Menendez and Jerry Cebrzynski, associate vice president for financial aid at Lake Forest College, for an in depth look at the college financial aid process including grants and loans, scholarships, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), new protocols for 2020 and more. You can view a recording of their October 12 discussion here.
Equipped with a degree in urban and regional planning and development from Michigan State University, Ebony Scott '98 is working to combat the systems and structures that uphold inequality and poverty in America. Now the partnership director at Family Independence Initiative, an California-based nonprofit that accelerates the exchange of financial and social capital in low-income communities across the nation, during her Rambler years Ebony was a founding member of the Loyola Academy Dance Company (LADC) and participated on the Forensics Team, Biology Club and Torch Club.
Congratulations to the girls' golf team on their second place finish at the IHSA sectional on Tuesday, October 13, at Rolling Meadows. The team was led by junior Laine Rutkowski, 82, and freshman Katie Magner, 82. Other golfers contributing to the team score were senior Caroline Magner, 83, and sophomore Katie Suk, 91.
For the third year in a row, the girls' varsity tennis team captured the GCAC championship! Seniors Caroline York, Sarah Clingan, Rachel Kim,Caroline Humphrey, Keara Silk, Jamie Spoeri, Megan Speori and junior Kealy Cumminsrepresented the team in the conference competition this past weekend.
In September, the Faith & Service Committee of the President's Leadership Council (PLC) hosted an hour long virtual discussion on the topic of racial equity. The event allowed attendees to learn about systemic racism, examine their own unconscious bias, and identify the many ways our faith and Jesuit education call us to action.
Loyola Academy is pleased to welcome Terri S. Jackson as assistant principal for student services beginning the 2020–2021 school year. Jackson is a progressive educator and school leader with a deep commitment to helping students discover and develop their strengths and passions. She has held several leadership positions in the last fifteen years that she's worked in independent schools which include diversity practitioner, middle school director and assistant head of school.
Jackson earned her B.A. from Dillard University in New Orleans where she double majored in English and public relations with a minor in Spanish. While at Dillard, she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and remains an active and proud member of the service organization today. After undergrad, she went on to receive an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Vermont.
Today, Jackson lives in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago with her husband, Marcus, two daughters, Bailey and Maddie, and dog, Nico. She is currently collaborating with a committee of Loyola Academy students, faculty, and staff members to organize a symposium on the topic of Young Women of Color in Independent Schools that will be virtually hosted at Loyola in March 2021. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months!
We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Jackson to the Loyola community and to share the following interview with you.
The varsity girls' golf team took first place finish with a team score 330 in the GCAC golf tournament at White Pines Golf Course. Freshman Katie Magner was the medalist with a 80, followed by junior Laine Rutkowski with 81, senior Caroline Magner with 84 and sophomore Bailey Bitbabo with 85.
The boys' golf team won the Chicago Catholic League (CCL) championship in very windy conditions at Cog Hill on Thursday, September 30. The Ramblers held steady with a team score of 296, led by Mac Purcell '21 who shot an even par 72. Ryan Banas '23 shot 73, Patrick Adler '21 74, and John Rosinski '21 77.
Loyola Academy is proud to recognize the following Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program: Jack Anderson ’21, William H. Carroll ’21, Sean F. Dougherty ’21, Jack P. Garrigus ’21, Joshua J. Holtgreive ’21, Justin P. Klonoski ’21, Hannah M. Locke ’21, Isabella M. Lombardo ’21, Matthew I. Seitzinger ’21, Mackinley L. Smith ’21, Jamie L. Spoeri ’21, and Logan C. Zielinski ’21.
In September, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation named senior Charles S. "Charley" Radtke a National Merit semifinalist. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Physics Teacher Mr. Steven Lowe has been selected for the University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award. Students accepted into the University of Chicago Class of 2024 were asked to nominate an educator whose guidance has helped them along the path toward intellectual growth. Responses were received from thousands of students in recognition of educators who have positively impacted their lives.
Loyola's Student Activities Office has been hard at work developing programs and activities to continue its mission of fostering community among students despite the challenges of the times and the unique hybrid schedule.
In ongoing efforts to become a more compassionate community that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion, Loyola has partnered with Mrs. Corrie Wallace, an anti-oppression educator and consultant, to bring a series of thought-provoking workshops and presentations to our faculty and staff this fall.
Under current IHSA COVID-19 regulations, six sports teams and two club sports teams at Loyola are eligible to compete this fall. The news came as a welcome relief to the 362 student-athletes that compete in cross country, golf, girls’ tennis, girls’ swimming and diving and the club crew teams. The IHSA has indicated that, at the very least, there will be a regional competition for each sport. The IHSA has not yet decided if there will be state competitions.
In an email sent on August 23, Loyola Academy Principal Charlie Heintz alerted families to a temporary transition to back e-learning after a successful week of orientation programming. The decision came after a handful of students had tested positive for COVID-19 and dozens of others were in quarantine for issues related to exposure, travel or symptoms. It is important to note that none of the cases were linked to in-person instruction at Loyola; it is believed off-campus social exposures were the sources of these instances.
Recent graduates Jonathan Merchan ’20 (Stanford University) and Derek Damasco ’20 (University of St. Thomas) were awarded prestigious scholarships from the American Classical League based on their performance on the 2020 National Latin Exam in the spring. Each recipient was awarded a $2,000 scholarship, renewable as long as the awardee continues to take Latin and/or Greek language classes in college.
This summer’s inaugural Wintrust Business Academy provided students with a summer experience that enabled them to encounter learning opportunities in business, financial literacy, entrepreneurial concepts, career connections, networking and mentorship. Over thirty rising sophomores, juniors and seniors participated in the one-week virtual workshop June 8–12.
In many ways, with the start of the 2020–2021 school year came all the traditions of the back to school season: new classes and teachers, freshly minted ID photos, and the excitement of the first day. But the return to this school year was also unlike any other in Loyola’s long history of educating young women and men. To guide students, faculty and staff through the process, Principal Charlie Heintz put forth a unifying theme for the year—wellness and oneness—that emphasizes personal responsibility and community accountability.
Loyola Academy’s Grad after Grad Internship Initiative completed it’s pilot season this summer. The program emerged from a collaboration between Loyola’s alumni network and corporate sponsors and was designed to introduce students to mentors in their field of interest and help them gain significant work experience and professional formation. Over the course of several weeks, students built competence and confidence in the workplace and learned key skills to support college and career success.
Loyola Academy’s summer programs, including academic courses and athletic camps, have long provided students with the opportunity to hone their skills, get ahead in a subject matter or required course and make new friends. This summer, in a year unlike any other, academic and athletic programs pivoted to meet the needs of the time while making the most of summer at LA.
On Friday, July 31—the feast day of St. Ignatius—Loyola Academy celebrated its 110th Commencement Exercises in the school Chapel. Class of 2020 graduates arrived with just two guests and proceeded through a modified ceremony in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The late July date was rescheduled from May 23 and enabled students to mark the occasion of their graduation in a safe and special way.
Loyola Academy summer service and immersion trips have long been a hallmark of the Rambler experience. Providing real-life, community-based learning for students in the United States and abroad, annual summer service trips open the hearts and minds of Loyola’s rising seniors. Through the pillars of service, community, reflection and simplicity, service immersion programs are meant to be a catalyst for the student to work for greater justice in the world.
We welcome today’s Supreme Court ruling on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which leaves in place protections for DACA recipients and other qualified immigrants at risk of deportation. However, this ruling does not prevent this or future administrations from ending the program, nor does it provide a permanent solution for those who arrived to the U.S. as children. For this reason, the Jesuit Provincials of the United States, the Ignatian Solidarity Network, the Jesuit Schools Network, and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities renew our call on the U.S. Senate to pass a clean Dream Act in order to provide DACA recipients with security and a pathway to citizenship.
The Loyola Academy community applauds Alzario Palmer '18, who powerfully addressed attendees at the Winnetka Walks Against Racism event earlier this month. “Stop procrastinating and put action to words,” Palmer said in a speech to the crowd. “Let’s do it today, tomorrow and forever."
The sweep of the COVID-19 pandemic into Chicago early in March of this year created for everyone in the Loyola Academy community myriad challenges to address—including Architecture 1 students, who were tasked with designing and building a scale model of a proposed dream house just
Two seniors received American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Awards: Ella Smyth ’20 received an Excellence in French Award and Elizabeth Leinenweber ’20 received an Outstanding Senior in French Award.
A Call to Address Racism in Our Hearts and Community
The sin of racism continues to infect our country, our institutions and our own hearts. Events of the past few days have served to bring to the fore the pain, division and injustice that so many of our sisters and brothers live with every day of their lives. As the Catholic bishops of our country have written:
The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) has named Grace Couture ’20 as a 2020 recipient of the Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC). The award honors 9th-12th grade students for their computing-related achievements and interests and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.
Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released the following statement in response to the killing of Mr. George Floyd. I encourage the Loyola Academy community to prayerfully reflect on their words as our nation and our communities continue to confront the deadly realities that continue to divide us. We share the bishops' outrage over this death. As they remind us, the sin of racism continues to plague our country and all of us are called to conversion. We pray that we might hear this call to conversion and greater love and respond generously and courageously. As our Church celebrates Pentecost this weekend, we beg the Holy Spirit to move us to healing, compassion and justice.
On Saturday, May 23, Loyola Academy celebrated a virtual Baccalaureate Mass to honor the graduating Class of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that state of Illinois’ stay-at-home order, the Mass was broadcast from Loyola’s Chapel and viewable to the Loyola community on goramblers.org and other streaming services like Boxcast and Youtube.
Loyola Academy’s Intramurals Program experienced significant growth in the 2019-20 school year. Led by Head Baseball Coach and English Teacher Mr. Chris Ackels and a board of student leaders, the program offered three new sports as well as multiple online competitions during the e-learning phase of the ’19-’20 school year. Through May 1, a total of 937 students participated in a Loyola intramural activity, a 38% increase from last year.
For their final project, Honors Dance students were asked to journal about their experience sheltering-in-place and then create a video exploring everyday activities and unconventional places to move in their homes. Honors Dance Teacher Debbie Hensleeasked the class to incorporate a number of creative elements into the videos—a request that resulted in a beautiful blend of visual and performing arts.
Each fall, our school counselors prepare a popular “icebreaker” exercise for freshmen in the early days of formation class which involves tossing a beach ball with questions written around it. After the ball is tossed, the catcher is instructed to answer the question positioned closest to his or her pinky finger. It’s a game every senior at Loyola has played, and this spring our counselors decided to revisit the exercise and create a farewell video to the Class of 2020.
Loyola's spring concert featured the concert choir, contemporary vocal ensemble (CVE), chorale and honors chorale, and honors chamber singers performing pieces such as Toto's "Africa," Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," and Starship's "We Built This City" among others.
Every spring the Visual Arts Department has the pleasure of hosting the Spring Art and Design Show to showcase works made by students throughout the year. Like so many other wonderful events that celebrate our students, this year's exhibition in Loyola's Piazza was canceled due to the pandemic. Embracing a new opportunity to highlight our students' creative endeavors, the Virtual Art Show was formed. Please enjoy browsing images of student work created in the 2019-2020 school year. Thank you, artists, for sharing your artistic gifts with the Loyola community. Your hard work, thoughtful reflection, and dedication to the creative process are greatly appreciated. The beauty of your art and designs is impactful!
The Athletics Department is pleased to recognize twenty-three seniors who have signed a National Letter of Intent during the spring signing period. “Loyola Academy is proud of these fine student-athletes for their commitment to excellence,” says Vice President of Athletics and Fitness Mrs. Genevieve Atwood. “Over the past four years, these Ramblers have made a commitment to improve and to get better every day. Through it all, they represented Loyola Academy with pride. Loyola, the Athletic Department and all their coaches congratulate each athlete and wish them all the best in their collegiate careers. Go Ramblers!”
Congratulations to the following student-athletes and their parents:
Loyola Academy is proud to recognize fifty-seven student-athletes from the Class of 2020 who have signed a National Letter of Intent. These Ramblers represent the highest level of achievement and commitment to their academic and athletic endeavors.
Loyola Honors Orchestra members recorded a performance of "Amazing Grace" to honor healthcare workers, first responders and all essential staff during these difficult times. This video will also be shared with the Chicago area hospitals that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19.
This spring, Loyola’s baseball program virtually welcomed alumni who now play at the college and professional levels to connect with current Rambler baseball players. Currently, the baseball program boasts three alumni playing professional baseball, sixteen alumni playing college ball and eight seniors from the Class of 2020 who have signed to play in college next year.
To help grade school teachers transition to e-learning this spring, Ramblers in the English classes of Mrs. Tammy Butvilas were given a unique assignment: to video themselves reading one of their favorite children's books or poems to share with their favorite grade school teachers.
After their e-learning classes concluded on Friday, May 8, Loyola Academy students Nicole Cleland ’21 and Betsy Regan ’21, organizers of a food drive for the Catholic Charities’ food pantry in Des Plaines, delivered the donations they collected from the Loyola community. Catholic Charities is one of Loyola’s Arrupe service partners, and they have witnessed an increase in the demand for food by almost 100 percent since March.
The Theology Department is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Deep Meanings Art & Innovation Contest for seniors: Alyanna Arlegui '20 in first place; Jenna Loquercio '20 in second place; Tina Li '20 in third place; and MK Kelley '20 and Helen Melaki '20 with honorable mentions.
In this project, Graphic Design students working from home with minimal supplies were asked to respond to our global pandemic. They had to create three collages using text and images to address fear, hope, and boredom.
Loyola had two teams enter the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) and Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) college level competitions this year. Now that results are in, one of the teams did even better than last year's excellent showing—Meritorious 2019—and were named Finalists!
To honor the graduating Class of 2020, Director of Student Activities Melissa Krein led an effort to ensure that every Loyola Academy senior received a special care package at home during the first week of May.
Budding from an environmental movement that began in 1970, Earth Day celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 22, 2020. And while the occasion usually marks the arrival of spring and brings with it Loyola’s annual Earth Day Fair, this year Ramblers adapted to mark the occasion in a different way.
Graphic design and honors studio III art students have been creating pieces from home that respond to the current COVID-19 crisis. To get started on the assignment, Visual Arts Teacher Mr. Keith Brown asked his students to make art that symbolizes their lives under the current stay-at-home orders.
A collaboration between Loyola Academy and the Wilmette Police Department (WPD) is fulfilling a critical need of our local first responders: straps for surgical face masks that will help keep police officers and department staff members safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the recent stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented some unique challenges for physical education departments across the country which center on physical interaction, collaborative learning and, of course, movement. But since the transition to e-learning in mid-March, Loyola's PE teachers have handled the obstacles in stride, developing creative ways for Ramblers to stay active and healthy while learning from home.
During Holy Week, Loyola Academy’s young alumni President’s Leadership Council (PLC) answered the call to support local first responders and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Encouraged by a video message shared on social media from PLC Executive Board Chair Saly Sebastian ‘06, alumni responded enthusiastically and generously, raising funds to purchase meals for those working tirelessly to keep our communities safe.
Students in Studio Art 2: Art and Social Change have begun a project to prepare for the Global Initiatives category of the Jesuit 4x5 exhibition. Under the guidance of Mrs. Colleen Aufderheide, art teacher and fine arts department chair, these young artists have been working through creative exercises for the past several weeks to explore new perspectives, materials, and ideas for their work. Each student has selected a theme that is personally important to him or her.
Five Loyola Academy students were recently recognized for their work in the MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge. Of the 760 papers submitted, the solution put forth by Loyola's team was selected to receive one of just twenty-two honorable mention awards. This is a wonderful distinction, especially given the rigorous and intense scrutiny that each paper endured. Only four-percent of the submitted papers were selected for recognition.
On Monday, March 16, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Loyola Academy transitioned to e-learning which enables teachers to advance the curriculum of their classes and connect with students daily using virtual meeting tools and other remote technologies. In the short time since its adoption, e-learning has brought out the best in faculty collaboration, flexibility and enthusiasm as well as student creativity and engagement.
Congratulations to the boys' swimming and diving team! Their 2020 IHSA state championship achievements include seven school records broken, one state record broke, two individual state championships, a 1-2 finish in the 500 free, one relay state championship and a second place team trophy.
Congratulations to senior Luke Maurer who received the Illinois High School Swimmer of the Year Award for 2020! This is only the second time the award has been given to a swimmer from Loyola’s boys’ team. The previous winner was Erik Maurer ’89, none other than Luke's dad!
The varsity boys’ basketball team defeated Niles North High School 48–24 in the first sectional semifinal on Tuesday night at Robert Morris University. The team now advances to the sectional championship on Friday, March 13, when they’ll face the Evanston Wildkits.
The girls’ hockey team (16-3-5) beat Lake Forest High School 5–0 in the state quarter finals on Sunday, March 8. The team, seeded second in this year’s Illinois State High School Hockey Championships, will play in the semifinals on Tuesday, March 17, against Upper Fox Valley at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville.
Loyola Academy's Department of Performing Arts and Thespian Troupe #4729 performed “The K of D” on March 5–8. The K of D follows the fallout from a small-town urban legend called the “Kiss of Death.” The players consist of a motley crew of teens, five girlfriends who are all vapid, a vicious son that contrasts his gentle father, and the odd parents of a girl who simply stopped talking one day. One omniscient narrator crafts the dynamic of these characters as the show moves beyond explanations and anecdotes. It serves as a commentary to how we all process grief in different ways and asks the pivotal question: Where does storytelling end and truth begin?
The Loyola Academy Mathletes competed in the last North Suburban Math League competition of the year on Thursday, March 5. All divisions, which includes 56 schools, were present. Awards were given out, and the Ramblers had a great showing!
Jackson Tolnai ’20 and Tina Li ’20 were asked to show work in the Senior Scholarship Exhibition for the Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE) juried show. Both seniors received scholarship offers for college. Jackson and Tina, along with Katie Bachert ’20, Mitch Ganz ’20, Ethan Torain ’20 and PJ Langas ’20 will have pieces in the general exhibition. Also included in the exhibition is Chicagoland 4x5 winner Jared Otarola ’22. Several other seniors also received scholarship offers through submission of a portfolio through IHSAE. In total, Loyola students were extended $890,000 in scholarships to study the arts in college from a variety of schools through the IHSAE Senior Portfolio review process.
On Wednesday, February 12, Rambler parents and friends braved the snow for an inspiring reflection by Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ,: Why Bother? Living Our Faith in Challenging Times. Fr. McGrath’s reflection was followed by a reception and warm fellowship.
Congrats to the boys' swimming and diving team for its 2nd place finish at the 2020 IHSA state swim meet on Saturday, February 29. This matches the program’s best finish and is the first state trophy since 1989. A special congratulations to senior Luke Maurer for his first place in the 200 free and second place in the 100 free; Luke set a new IHSA record in the 200 free with a time of 134.49. Congrats to senior Everet Andrew on his first place in the 500 free and 6th place in the 200 IM; freshman Rex Maurer on his second place in the 200 free and 5th in the 500 free. Congrats to the 200 free relay team of Luke and Rex Maurer, Andy Kelly, and Lachlan Andrew. Congrats to the 400 free relay team of Rex Maurer, Everet Andrew, Andy Kelly and Luke Maurer.
The Loyola Academy football team participated in the Chicago Polar Plunge at North Avenue Beach on Sunday, March 1. Every year, the football team participates in this fundraiser, which benefits the Special Olympics, and they really enjoy the challenge of plunging in the frigid temperatures of Lake Michigan.
Congratulations to Loyola's ping pong team which finished in fourth place this weekend at the state finals tourney held at Maine East. The Ramblers defeated Hinsdale Central before losing to Naperville North and Stevenson. The Ramblers were led by sophomore Connor DiTomasso, who won matches against all three teams.
Loyola's varsity Science Olympiad team had a great showing at regionals and qualified for state with an overall score of 102! The state competition will be held at the University of Illinois on Saturday, April 18.
The girls’ team finished on top of the Scholastic Division, which is the upper division, of Metro Girls Hockey league for the first time since 2011. League playoffs begin on March 1 at West Meadows ice rink with a semifinal game at 7:00 p.m., opponent TBD.
On February 26, Loyola celebrated Ash Wednesday with an all school Mass in the West Gym. During the homily, Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, reminded students that, as ambassadors for Christ and messengers of hope, we are charged to bring Christ to the world—especially for those who walk at the margins and feel left out.
The girls’ varsity basketball team ended its 23-11 season as regional champions for the fourth consecutive year. The team defeated Leyden 52–37 to advance to the 4A regional championship last week. At regionals, they chalked up a 47-29 win against rival New Trier. A 31-21 loss to Maine West in the sectional semifinals on Monday night concluded another terrific season for the Ramblers.
Loyola’s table tennis team defeated the St. Ignatius Wolfpack 15–3 in five game matches last week in the 12th annual “Battle for the Paddle” competition. This year marks the twelfth straight victory for the Ramblers, who received the coveted Golden Paddle award! They team was led by captain Ethan Tong ’20, who defeated Ignatius's number one player, and Hope Balourdos ’21, who won her two matches, one against their fourth ranked male player and another against a female player who is ranked in the top 100 tennis players in the U.S. at her skill level.
Moving ahead with the next major campus improvement outlined in Our Strategic Vision for Loyola Academy in the 21st Century, a $25.7 million theater for the performing arts was approved by the Loyola Academy Board of Trustees On Tuesday, February 18.
The boys’ varsity basketball team captured the Chicago Catholic League (CCL) Championship in a 53–37 victory over DePaul Prep on Tuesday night, February 18. The team is now 25–4, 13–1 CCL. They play at Fenwick on Friday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m.
Three Ramblers competed in the State Sectionals in Waukegan on Saturday, February 15: Samantha Olanda ’20 finished 69 on high games of 201-166-168 for a 942, series average 157. Phoebe Ross ’21 finished 38 on high games of 211-173-171-186-166 for a 1065, series average 177.5. Lexi Vasilopoulos ’23 had high games of 175-242-201-165-185 for a 1115, series average 185.6. Lexi was just 66 pins from advancing to IHSA State Finals.
On Sunday, February 9, members of Loyola Academy’s executive leadership team and President’s Leadership Council (PLC) traveled to the University of Notre Dame to connect with thirty Loyola alumni now studying under the golden dome in South Bend, Indiana. It was a wonderful opportunity to visit with young alumni, identify their needs and preferences for further engagement with Loyola, and foster a budding professional network.
Loyola Academy had four teams compete in the 22nd annual High School Math Competition in Modeling (Hi-MCM) in November. One of our teams reached the "outstanding" rating which is a major accomplishment and tops last year’s "meritorious" rating. This was Team 9756 which consisted of the following Ramblers: John P. “Jack” Nugent ’20, Claire C. O'Shaughnessy ’20, Robert P. “Preston” Hess ’20 and Peter Scheidt ’22.
The girls’ bowling team had a successful showing at the Resurrection College Prep IHSA Regional held at Habetler Bowl on Saturday, February 8. Led by Head Coach Bruce Tres, the team totaled 4,720 (786.7 avg). Three Ramblers will advance to the State Sectionals to be held in Waukegan on Saturday, February 15: Phoebe Rosa ’21 (1,092 pins, 182 avg), Lexi Vasilopoulos ’23 (1,018 pins, 169.7 avg) and Samantha Olanda ’20 (956 pins, 159.3 avg).
On Wednesday, February 5, Loyola’s varsity mathletes had an outstanding showing against Niles North, Rochelle Zell, and Ida Crown in the North Suburban Math League (NSML) competition. The junior and senior teams took second place. The freshmen, sophomores, and orals each took first. Loyola’s math team is now in first place at its location and also first in its division—138 points higher than the second place team! Next, the mathletes are looking forward to the all school conference meet.
On Monday, February 10, World Religion students participated in an international video conference, an exercise intended to help students use structured dialogue to navigate differences in a peaceful way. Facilitated by Generation Global, an initiative of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, the conference brought Loyola students face-to-face with students from the American Digital School in Jordan, SMA N 3 Painan in Indonesia and Thomas Edison High School in the United States.
The Loyola Academy community congratulates alumnus Matthew A. Cherry '99 who took home his first Oscar at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday, February 9! Cherry wrote and directed Hair Love, the charming story of an African American father who must do his daughter's hair for the first time. Hair Love won the Academy Award for best animated short film.
All eleven of Loyola Academy’s National Merit semifinalists, named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in September, have advanced to finalist standing. The NMSC honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
On Wednesday, January 29, twenty-five young alumni gathered at Lockton Companies in Chicago for a program titled “Focusing on Resume Building and Career Transitions,” hosted by Loyola’s President’s Leadership Council (PLC). Attendees were able to partake in interactive exercises, hear from experts in the field of management and recruitment, and learn how to utilize professional networks and tools to create a personal, professional brand that will help advance their career goals.
The boys’ varsity basketball team honored Loyola teachers and staff members during their game against De La Salle on Friday, January 31. The faculty and staff honored are outstanding examples of “women and men for others” who live out the Loyola Academy mission in their service to our school community.
Congratulations to the hockey players named to the Illinois High School All-State team! For the girls, the honor was extended to goalkeeper Shira Y. Wein ’23; defense: Deanna E. Buenzow ’22, Karly M. Klossal ’22, and Caroline M. Smith ’21; and forwards: Bryn E. Jones ’21, Jayna C. Park ’20, and Jeanna T. Rekoske ’20. For the boys, the honor was extended to Loyola Gold captain Kevin Purcell ’21 (defense). Purcell was also named to the Scholastic Hockey League (SHL) 2nd Team Defense!
Ramblerettes Gold finished 10th in the nation in the medium varsity pom division at the Universal Dance Association's National Dance Team Championship at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida!
Loyola Academy sent a delegation to the National March for Life and the Cardinal O’Conner Conference on Life in Washington, DC, to advocate for respect for life at all stages. Eight Ramblers participated in the march on Friday, January 24, and were accompanied by chaperones Fr. Stan Czarnecki, SJ, campus minister, Mrs. Terri Guercio, assistant director of prospect research, and Mr. Paul Leon, campus minister.
Friday, January 24, was a great night for Loyola Academy as we celebrated the 2020 Ramble Rouser and kicked off the Ramble season! Approximately 350 members of the Loyola community gathered in the East Gym, beautifully decorated to this year’s “All American” and red, white and blue theme.
Seniors Kevin F. Considine and John P. “Jack” Nugent have been named as candidates in the 2020 United States Presidential Scholars Program. Of the nearly 3.6 million high school seniors graduating this year, Kevin and Jack are among only 4,500 students to receive an invitation to apply. Being selected as a candidate is a tremendous mark of distinction, and becoming a Presidential Scholar is one of the highest honors our nation’s high school students may receive.
On Saturday, January 11, Loyola Academy’s Right to Life Club participated in the 2020 March for Life at Daley Plaza in Chicago. The 2020 March for Life Chicago theme was “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.” Fr. Stan Czarnecki, SJ, campus minister, and Mrs. Terri Guercio, assistant director of prospect research, chaperoned the Ramblers as they took part in the rally and march.
On Monday, January 20, Loyola Academy’s Gold Hockey Team won the 4th annual Jesuit Cup, defeating St. Ignatius with a score of 3–0. Goals were scored by Johnny Sullivan ’21, Nicholas Braun ’21, and Freddy FitzSimons ’20. Yianno Nikas ’21 was in the net.
Congratulations to Loyola Academy Physical Education Teacher and Head Boys' Basketball Coach Tom Livatino on his 300th career victory as a head coach! Coach Livatino hit the milestone on Tuesday, January 7, when the Ramblers defeated St. Rita 55–37.
Congratulations to Isabella Lombardo '21 who was selected to participate in the Illinois Music Education Association's All State Choir in Peoria. Isabella will represent Loyola Academy in a three-day collaboration with the best high school choral students from Illinois.
Congratulations to the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball teams which swept the Jesuit Cup on Friday, January 10, at Loyola University’s Gentile Center! The girls defeated St. Ignatius 56-52 in overtime, and the boys captured their fourth consecutive Jesuit Cup win with a 43–31 victory over the Wolfpack.
The Fine Arts Department is proud to announce that Catherine O’Connor '20 was selected to receive merit recognition in the voice/popular category from the National YoungArts Foundation. Catherine independently submitted her application for the YoungArts' Signature Program, an award for emerging artists ages 15-18 from across the United States.
Congratulations to Griffin Snow ’21 who was selected to represent Loyola Academy in the cast of Aida in the Illinois Theater Association’s 45th Annual High School Theatre Festival. Griffin will play the role of pharaoh in this year’s show.
On Tuesday, January 7, Loyola Academy hosted its annual Middle School Choir Festival. Sixty-five students from Queen of All Saints, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and St. Joan of Arc joined current Loyola choir students to make beautiful music, have fun and learn more about the choir program at Loyola including voice lessons, musical and plays, and how to balance athletics and choir.
Photography students Grace Fatuga ’21 and Sofie D’Ascenzo ’23 were accepted into the Drexel University National Competition in Philadelphia. This exhibit was juried from thousands of entries nationwide. Their work will be exhibited in the Philadelphia gallery from February 8 through March 1.