On Thursday, March 16th, two ICCP students attended the “Science Careers in Search of Women” Conference at the Argonne National Lab. Sophomore Amber Lewis and junior Anna Gendusa were accepted to participate in this conference according to their aptitude in science and interest in a possible STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career. The duo toured the lab facilities, spoke with Argonne’s world-class scientists and engineers, and had the opportunity to get up close to the “super computer”. They also learned about the many STEM career opportunities for women that they might like to pursue.
“This experience gave me a unique insight into all the STEM careers that are available today”, said Lewis. “The career fair and the facility tour allowed me to explore some new areas and I found it especially interesting to learn just how critical battery and energy research really is”.
On Saturday, February 25, 2017, thirty-six members of the IC Catholic Prep Math Team competed in the 1A Division at the ICTM Regional Competition at North Central College in Naperville. ICCP earned 2nd place at the Regional event, earning a total team score of 526 points. The ICCP Math Team is waiting to be notified if they qualified for the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) State Finals as a full team. If the team does qualify, it will be the fourth consecutive year.
In the Individual events, Harry Zhang (’19) placed 2nd and Steven Gong (‘19) placed 3rd in the Geometry Written competition. In the Pre-Calculus Written competition, Mark Zhao (‘18) placed 2nd and Robert Vitek (‘17) placed 5th.
In team competition, the Junior-Senior 8-person team of juniors, Mark Zhao, Quinn Bigane, Jack Fowler, Michael Hoffman; and seniors, Kaitlyn Grady, Matt Jordan, Liz Maloney, and Sabrina Vorne captured first place.
Two teams earned 2nd place awards. The Geometry team comprised of sophomores Harry Zhang, Steven Gong, Robbie Calles, Ryan Kenneally, Lance Pollitz, and Kelly Murray captured the 2nd spot. In addition, the Freshmen-Sophomore team made up of freshman Erin Liszka, Jack Ryan, Rachel Simonides, Tommy Sloan; and sophomores, Steven Gong, Amber Lewis, Suzy Maloney, and Kate Pierce, also placed 2nd.
Lastly, three teams earned 3rd place honors. The Pre-Calculus team made up of Mark Zhao, Robert Vitek , Matt Sutton (’17), Anna Natividad (’17), Kaitlyn Grady (’17), and Jimmy Kenneally (’17) placed 3rd overall. The Junior-Senior 2-person team of juniors, Ella Wan and Mark Zhao, also captured the 3rd spot. Additionally, The Oral Competition team of Jimmy Kenneally and Jake DeWitte (‘18) earned a 3rd place award for their efforts.
On Thursday, February 9, 2017, ICCP competed in the Academic Challenge created and sponsored by the World Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) program. In the competition, held at Fenwick High School, our 14-member ICCP team finished third in the 700 Division, just short of qualifying as a team for the Sectional competition in March (only the top two teams advance). As a result of our increased enrollment, the team moved up from the 300 division where they competed in 2016.
In addition to the 14-member team, ICCP had five “At Large” entries. These students competed as individuals, however, their scores were not included in the overall team score. They are eligible to advance to the next round of competition if their individual scores achieve the identified score for advancement. ICCP also sent five Junior Varsity participants, with the sole purpose of exposing these sophomore students to the WYSE competition. They are not eligible to advance regardless of their individual score.
The goal of the WYSE Academic Challenge is to introduce high school students to the course content and the level of competition that they will experience upon entering a science or engineering program at the college or university level. Consequently, the test content is designed to challenge the brightest students. The Academic Challenge includes a battery of tests created by the WYSE program and offered to high school students. Subjects tested are biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics.
Tests are written by teams of faculty members at colleges and universities in Illinois, Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee, and Michigan. Each team creates sets of tests that increase in level of difficulty in a progression from regional, to sectional, to state final competitions.
Individual scoring winners for ICCP included Josh De La Cruz (‘18) who earned a 1st place in Biology, Demitra Del Fiacco (‘17) who earned a 3rd place in Engineering Graphics, Alec Vasquez (‘18) who earned a 3rd place in Biology, and Mark Zhao (‘18) who earned a 2nd place in Chemistry and a 3rd place in Math. Both De La Cruz and Zhao will advance to the North Central College Sectional on March 16, 2017 to compete as individuals.
Remaining team members include Quinn Bigane (‘18), Jacob DeWitte (’18), Molly Fahey (’17), Kaitlyn Grady (‘17), Peter Jordan (‘18), Jimmy Kenneally (‘17), Deirdre Lee (‘17), Matt Sutton (‘17), Robert Vitek (‘17), Sabrina Vorne (‘17), and Molly Zhang (’18). The “At Large” participants included Victor Cadaoas (’18), Demitra Del Fiacco (’17), Liz Maloney (’17), Dan McCann (’18), and Tim McCann (’18). And finally, the Junior Varsity participants included Steven Gong (’19), Amber Lewis (’19), Suzy Maloney (’19), Natalie Murillo (’19), and Harry Zhang (’19).
ICCP is proud to announce that seniors Kaitlyn Grady and Robert Vitek, both from Elmhurst, have been named finalists in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Both Grady and Vitek met all requirements to advance to the finalist standing and will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2017.
The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of more than 15,000 finalists is now in progress. In March, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) will begin mailing scholarship offers to the winners. Four major news media announcements of Merit Scholars designees will be made by NMSC in April, May, June, and July.
Kaitlyn Grady is a high honors student who serves as President of the Business Professionals of America Club, Spanish Club, and Model United Nations. She is the Editor of the Yearbook and the Knight Times school newspaper. In addition, Kaitlyn is a member of the Math Team, WYSE Team, National Honor Society, Engineering Club, Knights Ambassadors, and Students of the Cenacle. As a member of the Knights Girls Soccer Team, Kaitlyn has also earned both Academic All-Conference and All-Conference honors. She plans on studying Chemical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, University of Alabama, or Georgia Institute of Technology.
Robert Vitek is a high honors student who serves as a Kairos leader, Editor of the Knight Times school newspaper, and co-captain of the 2016 IHSA Class 3A State Champion Football Team. He is also a member of the WYSE Team, Math Team, National Honor Society, Student Council, Business Professionals of America Club, Engineering Club, and Students of the Cenacle. In addition to Football, Robert is a member of the Lacrosse and Hockey teams where he has earned Academic All-Conference awards. Robert is planning to pursue either an Engineering or Medical degree at Stanford University, Vanderbilt University or the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
The Turnabout Dance on Saturday, February 11th, will follow a week of fun events and activities at the school. ICCP students will take advantage of dress down days all week long, with each day carrying a special theme including Pajama Day, Mix Match Day Day, USA Day, College Day, and Class Color Day. On Friday, February 10th, the students will gather in the gym for an all-school Turnabout Assembly which features games, performances, and the crowning of the 2017 Turnabout King. The 2017 Turnabout Court includes juniors Kevin Cheng, Michael Hoffman, Alex Meurer, Charlie O’Brien, Luke Ricobene, and Mark Zhao. The Senior Court members are Jacob Bruscatto, Max Czyzycki, John Hoffman, Jimmy Kenneally, Trey Morris, Jordan Rowell, and Robert Vitek.
For the fifth consecutive year, ICCP’s Competitive Dance Team earned a spot at the IHSA State Competition for Competitive Dance on Friday and Saturday, January 27th and 28th, at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.
After earning a TOP SIX finish at the Huntley Sectional, the Lady Knights headed to the IHSA State Final Preliminary Round and narrowly missed advancing to the final round, by a margin of only .06, finishing in 13th place overall.
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 ICCP Dance Team Members include: Ava Brucci ’18, Alexis Makaris ’18, Grace Radoha ’18, Liz Maloney ’17, Peyton James ’19, Alana Gonzalez ’17, Sydney Green ’19, Amy Conkle ’18, Erin Liszka ’20, Maggie Wisniewski ’20, Katerina Vasquez ’20, and Courtney Mayeda ’18. The Lady Knights are led by Head Coach Lauren Caputo.
The team placed 4th with 481 points. Leading the team with First Place finishes were Mark Zhao who placed 1st out of 39 competitors in the Pre-Calculus Individual competition, the Junior/Senior 2 person team of Mark Zhao and Ella Wan placed 1st of 7 teams, and the Junior-Senior 8-person team of 4 juniors – Mark Zhao, Hannah Li, Jack Fowler, Josh De La Cruz, and 4 seniors – Matt Jordan, Deidre Lee, Vittoria Laudando, and Max Czyzycki placed 1st out of 8 teams.
Other TOP TEN finishers include Harry Zhang and Steven Gong who tied for second in the Geometry Individual competition, and Robert Vitek, who placed tenth in the Pre-Calculus Individual competition.
Congratulations to the IC Catholic Prep Math Team for yet another solid performance! They will return to action on Saturday, February 25th at the ICTM Math Team Regionals at North Central College.
ICCP honored the 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, Dr. Thomas Raspanti ’66 (Football and Baseball) and Donna Collignon Chambers ’84 (Volleyball), on Saturday, January 28th with their award. Unfortunately, due to a previously scheduled work engagement, Donna was unable to attend but her parents, Earl and Judy, were there to receive her award on her behalf. Dr. Raspanti and the Collignon’s were presented before the Boys Varsity Basketball Game. Along with their families and friends, the honorees also took part in a celebratory Mass and Athletic Hall of Fame reception prior to the game.
In 2006, ICCP established the Athletic Hall of Fame Award, which is intended to recognize graduates whose achievements reflect the ideals of commitment, excellence, and service. The award gives witness to the heart and spirit of Catholic education, athletic integrity, and leadership and serves as a standard to which current student athletes can aspire.
Dr. Raspanti was a 4-year varsity letter winner in Baseball and a 3-year varsity letter winner in Football. He was an All-Conference selection in both Baseball and Football during his junior and senior years, while also helping lead his Baseball teams to two conference championships. Dr. Raspanti went on to play 4 years of Football and 3 years of Baseball for the Elmhurst College Bluejays, earning his Bachelors degree from Elmhurst College in 1970.
Dr. Raspanti went on to graduate from the Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1974. During a successful career as an Oral Surgeon, Dr. Raspanti served as the President of the Waukesha Dental Society and the Chief of Staff for Waukesha Memorial Hospital Dental Service before retiring in 2009.
Donna Collignon Chambers was 2-year varsity letter winner and standout in the IC Volleyball program. As a sophomore, Chambers was moved up to the Varsity team for the post season and earned a gold medal as a part of the 1981 IHSA Class A State Championship team. As a junior, she helped lead the Knights to a second place finish in the IHSA State Finals. In her senior year, Chambers was a WSCC All-Conference selection, Chicago All-Area selection, and earned All-State Second team honors while helping the Volleyball team earn yet another trip downstate to finish in the Elite Eight.
Chambers went on to play volleyball at the University of Virginia where she competed in the ACC conference and was a starter for the team in all four seasons. She graduated in 1988 with a Bachelors in Commerce and later earned her Masters in Management from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in 2006. She now works in Marketing for Hewlett Packard.
Congratulations to the newest members of the ICCP Athletic Hall of Fame!
ICCP is proud to announce that ICCP band students, Maggie Wisniewski (’20) and Casey Kristie (’18), were selected to participate in the annual All-Catholic Honor Band Festival on January 21, 2017.
The All-Catholic Honor Band, an outreach program sponsored by the VanderCook College of Music, is an annual event intended to give Catholic High School students an opportunity to perform quality repertoire with students ranked at the highest performance level. Advanced Catholic high school band students are selected to attend through director nominations.
Freshman Maggie Wisniewski was able to participate, playing the trumpet alongside seventy-five other musicians. Unfortunately, Casey Kristie was unable to attend on this day. The band rehearsed during the morning and afternoon, and performed in the early evening at IIT Hermann Hall Ballroom in Chicago.
“It was a phenomenal experience”, said Maggie. “The music was pretty complex and challenging and it was great to be led by a new conductor to get a different perspective. I am so grateful to have been selected to participate.”
Since 2004, VanderCook College of Music has hosted the All-Catholic Honor Band, bringing together the best musicians from Chicagoland’s Catholic high schools.
ICCP is pleased to announce the hiring of Dawn Calcagno to lead the Girls Cross Country Program. Calcagno earned her Bachelors degree in French from Florida State University and subsequently earned her Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University in Marietta, Georgia.
From 2013-2015, Calcagno led the Elmhurst-Glen Ellyn Lightning Running Club. She then became the Head Cross Country Coach of the Elmhurst Accelerators Running Club in 2016 where her team won the Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championship (CCCNYC) National Title in the Girls 13-14 age group. A camp counselor for the Charlie Kern summer running camp, Calcagno has also served as an Assistant Coach for the Visitation Catholic School Cross Country team since 2014, and has served as an Assistant Coach for the Visitation Track & Field team since 2015. In addition, Calcagno is an Assistant Coach MMTT Youth Triathlon Team in Geneva, Illinois.
Calcagno will work closely with Jeff Fredrickson, Head Boys Cross Country Coach, to continue to strengthen and grow the running programs at ICCP. A longtime Elmhurst resident, Calcagno and her husband, Dr. Michael Calcagno of Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy, have five children ranging in age from 5 to 13 years old.