On Sunday, May 19, senior Ramblers and their families gathered to celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass, held each spring to honor the graduating class. In his Homily, Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, encouraged the Class of 2019 to "remember that all moments are key moments and that life itself is grace."
The Loyola Academy community celebrated its Sending Forth Mass on Friday, May 17. The Mass is an annual celebration of the school year, a recognition of the outstanding efforts of distinguished students and faculty and a sendoff for the senior class.
On Monday, May 13, Junior Student Council partnered with Rolf’s Salon in Wilmette to host a “Wigs for Kids” hair donation program at Loyola. The event provides hair replacement and support for children who have lost their hair to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, burns and/or other medical issues. The wigs are donated free of charge to children in need.
During his senior year at Loyola, Sam J. Serio ’16 hatched Loyola Academy’s LA Tank program to inspire students to explore entrepreneurship while building relationships between Loyola students and alumni. His vision was to bring students and alumni together in a dynamic career program that encouraged Ramblers to embrace innovation and think differently about their future career paths.
In April, Loyola Academy hosted the ninth annual Jesuit National 4x5, a hybrid art show and competition that requires all entries to be just four inches by five inches. The competition is open to all Jesuit high schools and awards prizes in categories such as color drawing, black and white drawing, printmaking, digital design, mixed media, sculpture and more.
On Sunday, April 7, more than 200 parents and students gathered for Loyola’s annual Family Mass and Day of Service, sponsored by the Mothers’ Club, Fathers’ Network and Campus Ministry. Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, presided over Mass, delivering an inspirational homily about forgiveness, empathy and understanding.
Members of the Class of 2022 set out the morning of Monday, April 1, to dozens of volunteer sites across the Chicagoland area for Loyola’s annual Freshman Day of Service. “The purpose of the day is to immerse our freshmen in the mission of Loyola Academy and to remind them of the importance of being women and men for others,” said Campus Minister Mr. Lyle Baier, who organized the day.
Loyola Academy’s annual Solidarity Project (April 1–17) kicked off with a comprehensive Workshop Day on Monday, April 1. Sophomores, juniors and seniors had the opportunity to hear from two keynote speakers and choose three sessions from nearly fifty workshops that addressed this year’s theme: Capturing the Power of Technology.
In March, Loyola Academy’s Counseling Department hosted a series of Career Days for junior students with dozens of guest speakers representing a diversity of professions including law, finance, technology, real estate, business, medicine and more. Each speaker provided a unique perspective and a valuable learning opportunity for juniors as they begin to consider their future paths.
The inaugural Celebration of Champions event on March 23 drew a crowd of over 150 Rambler alumni, parents, coaches and fans to honor the legacy of Loyola Academy’s football program. Following cocktails and supper by the bite, WGN TV’s Mike Lowe ’97 hosted a panel discussion featuring Head Coach John Holecek and some of the greats from Loyola football history including Adrian Autry '94, Jim Boyle '81, Richard Devine '61, Charlie Dowdle '12, Dan Kozlak '04, Mike Miller '70, Hobie Murnane '75 and Tommy Nute '16.
The Misericordia Sweet Shoppe in Glenview hosted Coffee with the Coaches on Saturday, March 30. Head Football Coach John Holeck, the 2018 IHSA Class 8A State Champion Football Team, Kansas City Chiefs Center and Loyola alumnus Jimmy Murray ’13 and Associate Athletic Director Mark Carrier spent the afternoon with Misericordia residents and volunteers.
In February, Chicago-based artist and activist Tonika Lewis Johnson visited Loyola Academy to discuss the evolution and impact of her art on the Chicago community. Her most recent work, the Folded Map Project, connects residents who live at corresponding addresses on Chicago’s North and South Sides with one another and explores the social, racial and institutional conditions that segregate the city. Students from the Ignatian Service Learning Program’s Sociology, Justice Seminar and Studio 2: Art and Social Change classes were in attendance.
Loyola Academy celebrated Women’s History Month with a series of panels featuring current students, faculty, staff and alumnae guest speakers discussing contemporary issues related to women in sports, business, academia and more.
On Monday, March 25, Loyola Academy's College Counseling Department hosted its annual College Fair. With over 175 colleges and universities in attendance, it is one of the largest private high school fairs in the state of Illinois.
World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated in a different country every three years. In 2016, WYD was celebrated in Krakow, Poland. The most recent WYD was held in Panama City, Panama, in January, and was attended by Loyola Academy Theology Teacher Mr. SamuelCarlson.
Ramblers Rally Day on March 8was an incredible success thanks to the outpouring of support from alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends. We exceeded our goal of securing 350 donors and $100,000. By the end of the day, 357 donors contributed more than $140,000 to support our current students in the classroom, on the playing field, in the theater, in their commitment to serving others and beyond. This is the highest number of online gifts ever received in one day in Loyola's history.
The Loyola community gathered to celebrate a beautiful Ash Wednesday Mass marking the start of the Lenten season on March 6. In his homily, Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, spoke about the busyness of the world—the chatter and the noise—that can distract from the heart of what matters: the goodness.
On Saturday, February 9, members of the crew team and their parents volunteered at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville. Together, they packed 46,656 meals, enough to feed 127 of the world’s hungriest children for one year.
Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J., the Superior General of the Jesuits, has announced the four apostolic preferences for the global Society of Jesus for the next ten years. These four areas of concentration will help to guide the Jesuits and our companions in ministry in our shared mission. Fr. Sosa's announcement represents the culmination of a long process of discernment which has involved every Jesuit community and province around the world.
Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, announced today that Genevieve Baisley Atwood has been named Loyola’s new vice president of athletics and fitness.
Ms. Atwood has served as Loyola’s interim athletic director since August 2018. In her new role as vice president of athletics and fitness, she will be responsible for the development, management, coordination and supervision of competitive athletic programming for all sports teams. Additionally, she will oversee the development and implementation of a new strategic plan for Loyola athletics and fitness.
Friday, January 25, was a great night for Loyola Academy as we celebrated the Ramble Rouser and kicked off the Ramble season! Approximately 400 members of the Loyola community gathered in the beautifully decorated East Gym dressed in their favorite retro T-shirts, sweaters and jackets.
New on the cocurricular menu is Loyola Academy's Women in STEM Club, which has taken off since its launch this fall. Moderated by Computer Science and Math Teacher Mrs. Anita Debarlaben, the club offers opportunities for young women at Loyola to explore STEM fields and careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
"Offering a Women in STEM Club fosters a community of women who support one another as we pursue those fields," says senior Courtney Carreira, who founded the club. "Hopefully, Women in STEM will enable girls to encourage one another and create a support network for women in STEM fields." An active member of the choir board, Clavius leadership board, the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society and the Scholastic Bowl Team, Carreira plans to pursue a major in physics next year.