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2020

  • November

    Loyola Academy Announces Tuition Freeze for 2021-22 School Year

    The Loyola Academy Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, November 17, and made the important decision to 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.
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  • Loyola Thespians Present Fall Play "Greetings from Quarantine"

    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.
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  • Athletic Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony

    On Wednesday, November 11, Loyola Academy Vice President of Athletics and Fitness Genevieve Atwood honored fifteen Rambler student-athletes at the fall National Letter of Intent Signing Day Ceremony.
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  • News from the Languages Department

    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.
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  • Participants in the 2020 Turkey Bowl had a great time while raising money for the Gonzaga Christmas Drive.

    A Look at Student Activities

    The Student Activities Office has been offering a number of socially distant and virtual activities for Ramblers to enjoy whether they are learning on or off campus. 
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  • Classics Club Guest Lecture Explores "The Archaeology of Democracy"

    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.
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  • Senior Suzann Donovan's 4x5 photograph received an honorable mention.

    Ramblers Recognized at Chicagoland 4x5 Art Contest

    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.
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  • Students arrive on campus and proceed through a line of temperature checks and symptom screening.

    Loyola Achieves Fifty-Percent Capacity

    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.
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  • Boys' Cross Country Takes 5th Place at IHSA Sectionals

    On Saturday, October 31, the Boys’ cross country team finished in 5th place at the IHSA  3A sectional meet. The team was led by junior Spencer Werner in 5th place and junior Aidan Simon in 24th place. 
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  • The girls' cross country team took 2nd place at the IHSA 3A sectional meet on Saturday, October 31.

    Girls' Cross Country Takes 2nd Place at IHSA Sectionals

    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. 
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  • Left to right: Samuel Cho '24, Kaitlynn Holbach '23, Casey Lyons '22, Isabella Lombardo '21

    Ramblers Accepted into the Illinois Music Education Association Senior Honors Ensembles

    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.
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  • October

    Classics Teachers Recognized for Exemplary Teaching of Latin

    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."
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  • 2020 Symphony and Honors Orchestra Fall Concert

    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. 
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  • Annual Pumpkin Auction Benefits the Gonzaga Christmas Drive

    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.
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  • Ramblers Spencer Dzyacky '21 (left) and Leo Stanton '21 (right) compete at the IHSA 3A regionals on October 24.

    Boys' Cross Country Advances to Sectionals

    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. 
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  • Faculty and staff prepare to kickoff the ZoomZaga at Loyola's Sachs Stadium 5K on October 9.

    Gonzaga Christmas Drive Highlights Importance of Generosity in Trying Times

    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.
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  • Girls' Cross Country Wins 3A Regional Championship

    Regional Champs!

    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! 
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  • Author Sandra Cisneros (photo credit: Keith Dannemiller)

    Acclaimed Author Visits English Class

    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.
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  • CCL Champions

    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).
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  • Girls' Swimming and Diving Shines at MCAC Championship

    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.  
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  • Girls’ Cross Country Wins the GCAC Championship

    Girls’ Cross Country Wins the IHSA Regional Championship

    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)
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  • Boys' Youth Group Hosts Diversity Dialogue: Your Life Matters

    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.
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  • Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

    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.
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  • Choirs Present Fall Concert

    Choirs Present Fall Concert "All Are Welcome"

    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. 
     
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  • College Counseling Hosts Virtual Financial Aid Seminar

    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.
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  • Ebony Scott '98 with son Thad

    Alumni Spotlight: Ebony Scott '98

    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.
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  • Girls' Golf Takes 2nd at IHSA Sectionals

    Girls' Golf Takes 2nd at IHSA Sectionals

    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. 
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  • Girls' Tennis Takes GCAC Championship

    Girls' Tennis Captures GCAC Championship

    For the third year in a row, the girls' varsity tennis team captured the GCAC championship! Seniors Caroline York, Sarah Clingan, Rachel Kim, Caroline HumphreyKeara Silk, Jamie Spoeri, Megan Speori and junior Kealy Cummins represented the team in the conference competition this past weekend. 
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  • 400 free relay—3:39.70: Madelyn “Maddy” Reed ’21, Anne Leinenweber ’22, Sienna Bone ’24, Olivia Rucker ’23

    Girls' Swimming Sets New Pool Records

    The girls’ swimming and diving team had a tremendous showing at their senior night meet on Tuesday, October 6, when they took on the St. Ignatius Wolfpack and set three new pool records.
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  • Alumni Explore Racial Equity at Virtual PLC Discussion

    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.
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  • Terri Jackson

    Meet Assistant Principal for Student Services Terri Jackson

    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.
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  • The Class of 1970 Celebrates its 50th Reunion

    Despite the limitations in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Class of 1970 celebrated a very special 50th reunion via Zoom in September.
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  • 2020 GCAC Champions

    Girls' Golf Wins GCAC Tournament

    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. 
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  • Sophomore golfers after their CCL win.

    Boys' Golf Wins CCL Championship

    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.
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  • September

    2021 National Merit Commended Students

    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.
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  • Meet Loyola’s National Merit Semifinalist

    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.
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  • Physics Teacher Receives Outstanding Educator Award

    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.
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  • Photo courtesy Julian Murphy via Mile Split IL

    Girls' Cross County Takes 1st at Palatine

    On Saturday, September 19, the varsity girls’ cross country team finished 1st at the Palatine Quad lead by freshman Morgan Mackie.
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  • A fun salty vs. sweet snack challenge on Instagram encouraged participation from Ramblers learning on campus and remotely.

    Student Activities Offers Programming to Foster Community

    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.
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  • 26th Annual Ramblers Golf Outing

    26th Annual Ramblers Golf Outing

    It was a wonderful day on the links at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview as alumni, parents and friends of Loyola Academy gathered for the 26th annual Ramblers Golf Outing on September 14.
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  • Mrs. Corrie Wallace, anti-oppression educator and consultant

    Educator Presents Workshops for Faculty and Staff

    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.
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  • Fall Sports Information

    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.
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  • Updated Policies and Procedures for a Safe Return to Campus

    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.
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  • August

    Loyola Celebrates Two National Latin Exam Scholarship Winners

    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. 
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  • Loyola Partners with Wintrust to Offer Students Business Academy

    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.
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  • Ramblers Return to School

    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.
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  • Carter Randolfi '20 kicks off the virtual interview process with LA alumni Kate Tess '03 and Michael King '94.

    Grad After Grad Internship Initiative Completes Pilot Season

    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.
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  • Incoming freshmen enrolled in Literacy & Learning and/or Algebra 1 Essentials spent the last three weeks of summer session on campus. 

    Summer Happenings at LA

    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.  
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  • Class of 2020 Graduation

    Loyola Academy Celebrates 110th Commencement Exercises

    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.
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  • July

    Kino Border Initiative 2020: A Virtual Summer Service Experience

    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.
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  • June

    Statement calling on U.S. Senate to Pass the Dream Act of 2019

    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[1].
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  • Alzario Palmer '18 addresses the crowd at Winnetka Walks Against Racism in June.

    Alzario Palmer '18 Delivers Powerful Message Against Racism

    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."
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  • Will Rossman, neo-modernist home (under construction)

    Architecture Students Find Creative Ways to Build Dream Houses

    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
    as a stay-at-home order went into effect.
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  • Seniors Recognized for Achievement in Study of French

    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. 
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  • A Letter to Our Rambler Community

    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:
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  • Grace Couture '20 is a 2020 recipient of the Award for Aspirations in Computing given by National Center for Women and Information Technology.

    Senior Named Recipient of Computer Science Award

    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.
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  • May

    Conversion and Justice

    Conversion and Justice: A Message from Fr. McGrath

    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.
    –Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ
     
     
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  • 2020 Baccalaureate Mass Honors Senior Class Virtually

    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.
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  • Students enjoy a 16-inch softball game in September.

    Intramurals Provide an Outlet for Engagement and Connection

    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.
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  • Behind the Scenes with LADC

    Although Loyola Academy Dance Company (LADC) was not able to hold its annual spring dance concert, you can enjoy this compilation of behind the scenes footage from rehearsals throughout the year. 
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  • Honors Dance Final Video Project

    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 Henslee asked 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. 
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  • School Counselor Sarah Bennett shares words of wisdom with the Class of 2020.

    School Counselors Share Advice and Memories with the Senior Class

    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.
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  • Concert program art designed by Juliana Brun

    Enjoy Loyola's Virtual Pops Concert

    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. 
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  • Virtual Art Show

    Virtual Art Show

    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! 

    View the Virtual Art Show
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  • Athletic Letter of Intent May 2020 Signing

    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:
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  • Class of 2020 Student-Athletes

    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.
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  • Honors Orchestra Tribute to First Responders

    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.
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  • Christian Friedrich '05 (Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune)

    Loyola Academy Baseball Program Hosts Alumni Panels

    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.
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  • Grader schoolers from St. Francis in Wilmette enjoy LA story time with Rambler Paddy Devine

    Story Time! English Students Record Readings of Favorite Children's Books

    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.
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  • Loyola Academy Collects 504 Bags of Food for Catholic Charities

    Loyola Academy Collects 504 Bags of Food for Catholic Charities

    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.
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  • First Place: Alyanna Arlegui, Visual Art for “What is imagination?”

    2020 Deep Meanings Art & Innovation Contest Winners

    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.
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  • Art by Lizzie Schreiber

    COVID-19 Graphic Design Collages

    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.
     
     
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  • Results of the MCM-ICM Math Modeling Competitions

    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! 
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  • Senior Care Packages Honor Graduates and Lift Spirits

    Senior Care Packages Honor Graduates and Lift Spirits

    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.
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  • April

    Come Travel with Me

    Enjoy "Come Travel with Me" performed by nearly 70 Loyola Academy students from all of our choirs: Concert Choir, Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Chorale, and Chambers.

    View video here: https://youtu.be/xr4oY82pvH4
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  • Student art created in celebration of Earth Day

    Ramblers Honor Earth Day in Creative Ways

    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.
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  • Art by Maeve McNulty

    Art Symbolizes Students' Personal Experience during COVID-19

    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.
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  • Loyola Utilizes 3D Printers to Produce Mask Straps for WPD

    Loyola Utilizes 3D Printers to Produce Mask Straps for WPD

    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. 
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  • A student completes an at-home workout during e-learning.

    PE Department Stays Active During E-Learning

    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.
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  • Mike Salvatore '99 delivers coffee and donuts to the Chicago Police Department District 16

    PLC Responds to COVID-19 with Generosity and Gratitude

    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.
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  • Art by Molly Isaacson '22

    Art Students Use Creative Exercises to Explore Personal Themes

    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. 
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  • March

    Math Modeling Club Receives Honorable Mention in M3 Challenge

    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. 
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  • Students in the math class of Ms. Carol Danstrom bring their pets to school during a Zoom meeting.

    E-Learning Presents Opportunities for Connection and Creativity

    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.
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  • Boys' Swimming and Diving Closes Record Breaking Season

    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.

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  • Swimmer of the Year Luke Maurer '20 (left) with Coach of the Year Mike Hengelmann '00

    Ramblers Earn Swimmer of the Year and Coach of the Year

    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!
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  • Boys' Basketball Advances to Sectional Final

    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.
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  • Girls' Hockey Reaches Semifinals

    Girls' Hockey Reaches Semifinals

    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.
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  • Loyola Academy Presents “The K of D” Spring Play

    Loyola Academy Presents “The K of D” Spring Play

    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?
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  • Orchestra News

    Congratulations to our Orchestra program and the Guitar Ensemble on their third place finish at the IHSA Solo & Ensemble competition this weekend! 
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  • Zoe Crecos '21 Wins Sectional Tournament

    Zoe Crecos '21 Wins Sectional Tournament

    Congratulations to wrestler Zoe Crecos ’21 who won the Illinois sectional wrestling tournament! The win qualifies Zoe to compete in the 2020 Illinois State Folkstyle Wrestling Championship.  
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  • Loyola Celebrates International Night

    Loyola Celebrates International Night

    On Friday, February 28, Loyola hosted International Night, an annual celebration of the unique cultures and traditions that enrich our Loyola community.
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  • Math Team News

    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!
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  • Art by Jackson Tolnai '20

    Student Artists Receive Scholarships and Recognition from IHSAE

    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.  
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  • An Evening with Fr. McGrath

    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. 
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  • Boys' Swimming Finishes 2nd in State

    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
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  • Boys' Track News

    The boys' track team took the championship spot at the ICOPS Invite over the weekend! 
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  • Football Takes the Plunge!

    Football Takes the Plunge!

    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.
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  • Ping Pong State Results

    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. 
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  • Science Olympiad Team Qualifies for State

    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.
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  • February

    Girls' Hockey News

    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.
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  • Ash Wednesday Mass

    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.
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  • Girls' Basketball Closes Season as Regional Championships

    Girls' Basketball Closes Season as Regional Championships

    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. 
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  • Boys' Swimming at Sectionals

    The boys’ swimming and diving team had an outstanding showing at the IHSA sectionals at Niles North High School over the weekend and witnessed some record-breaking achievements.
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  • Boys’ Basketball Wins Conference Title

    On Friday, February 21, the boys’ varsity basketball team took home the CCL Championship with a 57- 49 win over Fenwick. 
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  • News from the Mathletes

    On Saturday, February 22, Loyola's Mathletes competed in the annual ICTM Math Competition against the following schools: New Trier, Evanston, Niles North, Niles West, Maine West and Maine South.
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  • Ping Pong Claims Golden Paddle for 12th Straight Year

    Ping Pong Claims Golden Paddle for 12th Straight Year

    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.
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  • Loyola Academy Orchestra Concert

    Loyola Academy Orchestra Concert

    On Wednesday, February 19, Loyola Academy’s Orchestra Concert featured the talents of students from Full Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Beginning Guitar Ensembles. 
     
    Please enjoy this highlight clip from the concert or view the entire concert here.
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  • Conceptual rendering of Loyola's new theater

    Loyola's New Theater Takes Center Stage

    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.
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  • Ramblers Practice Faith and Community during Jesuit Day of Service

    Ramblers Practice Faith and Community during Jesuit Day of Service

    On Monday, February 17, Loyola Academy students joined their peers from Christ the King, Cristo Rey and St. Ignatius College Prep high schools to participate in the ninth annual Jesuit Day of Service.
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  • Matt Enghauser '20 and Billy Palmer '20 each took a charge against DePaul Prep in the CCL Championship

    CCL Champions!

    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.
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  • Girls' Basketball Advances to Regional Championship

    The girls’ varsity basketball team defeated Leyden 52–37 on Tuesday, February 18, to advance to the 4A regional championship! The team is now 22–10.
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  • Left to right: Samantha Olanda '20, Coach Tres, Phoebe Rosa '21, Coach Fink, Lexi Vasilopoulos '23

    Girls' Bowling at Sectionals

    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 177.5Lexi 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.
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  • Loyola Alumni Connect at Notre Dame

    Loyola Alumni Connect at Notre Dame

    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.
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  • Math Modeling Team Earns Outstanding Rank

    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.
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  • Three Ramblers are headed to Sectionals!

    Girls’ Bowling News

    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).
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  • Mathletes Sweep Competition at North Suburban Math League

    Mathletes Sweep Competition at North Suburban Math League

    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.
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  • World Religion Students Expand Horizons with Video Conference

    World Religion Students Expand Horizons with Video Conference

    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. 
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  • Matthew A. Cherry '99 (right) with Hair Love co-producer Karen Rupert Toliver moments after their Oscar win. (Photo courtesy Matthew Cherry on Twitter, @MatthewACherry)

    Academy Award Winning Alumnus

    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.   
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  • All Eleven National Merit Semifinalists Advance to Finalist Standing

    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.
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  • Athletic Letter of Intent February Signing Ceremony

    Athletic Letter of Intent February Signing Ceremony

    On Wednesday, February 5, Loyola Academy Vice President of Athletics and Fitness Genevieve Atwood honored fifteen Rambler student-athletes at the winter National Letter of Intent Signing Day Ceremony.
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  • PLC Workshop Helps Alumni Develop Their Professional Brand

    PLC Workshop Helps Alumni Develop Their Professional Brand

    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.
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  • Boys’ Basketball Hosts Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night

    Boys’ Basketball Hosts Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night

    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.
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  • Hockey News

    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!
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  • Ramblerettes Finish 10th in the Nation!

    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!
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  • January

    Ramblers March for Life in Washington, DC

    Ramblers March for Life in Washington, DC

    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.
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  • Ramble Rouser 2020: An All American Kickoff to Ramble Season

    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.
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  • Two Seniors Named Presidential Scholar Candidates

    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.
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  • Students Attend March for Life Chicago

    Students Attend March for Life Chicago

    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.
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  • JV Cheer took 3rd place in their final competition at Niles West High School

    JV Cheer Takes 3rd Place

    Congratulations to Loyola’s JV Cheer Team which took 3rd place out of five teams in their last competition at Niles West High School over the weekend.
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  • Loyola Gold Captures 2020 Jesuit Cup

    Loyola Gold Captures 2020 Jesuit Cup

    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.
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  • Jonathan Tomasiello '22

    Bowling News

    On January 18, sophomore Jonathan Tomasiello took 6th place in the IHSA regional tournament at the Mount Prospect Bowlero and will compete in the upcoming sectionals on Saturday, January 25!
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  • Alumni Discuss Arts in College

    Young Alumni Discuss Arts in College

    During lunch periods on Friday, January 17, students had the opportunity to learn about studying film and art in college from recent Loyola Academy graduates.
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  • Players celebrate 300 wins with Coach Tom Livatino in the East Gym.

    Coach Tom Livatino Reaches Career Milestone

    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.
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  • Isabella Lombardo '21 to Participate in All State Choir

    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.
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  • Ramblers Sweep Annual Jesuit Cup

    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.
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  • Artwork by Maa Puplampu '20 to be on display at the Museum of Science and Industry

    Artwork by Maa Puplampu '20 to be on Display at the Museum of Science and Industry

    The artwork of senior Maa Puplampu will be on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in the Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, which opens on Monday, January 20.
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  • Catherine O'Connor '20 Receives Merit Recognition from National YoungArts Foundation

    Catherine O'Connor '20 Receives Merit Recognition from National YoungArts Foundation

    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.
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  • Griffin Snow '21 was selected as the role of pharaoh in the Illinois Theater Association's 45th Annual High School Theatre Festival

    Griffin Snow '21 to Perform in 2020 Illinois High School Theatre Festival

    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.
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  • Zoe Crecos '21 (left)

    Junior Wrestler Zoe Crecos Takes First Place in Holiday Open

    Congratulations to Zoe Crecos ’21 who won the 2019 Illinois High School Girls’ Wrestling Holiday Open on December 23!
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  • The Middle School Choir Festival brought students together from Queen of All Saints, OLPH, and St. Joan of Arc

    Loyola Hosts Middle School Choir Festival

    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.
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  • Two Students Will Exhibit Photography at University Exhibition

    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.
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