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Nazareth to Host Prom for Teens with Disabilities
Nazareth Academy will host its fourth Prom Night for Teens with Disabilities on March 11, 2017, from 7 – 9 p.m. The event is complimentary and couples are welcome; however, dates are not required. Each guest will be accompanied for the evening by a Nazareth student, who will act as a “buddy.”

The idea to host a prom began in 2011, inspired by the relationship and coordinated efforts of ASPIRE of Illinois and the Nazareth Friends in Service and Hospitality (FISH) Service Team. Since the first successful Prom in 2012, Nazareth’s Campus Ministry Department, Student Council and our service partner, Helping Hand Center, have all been deeply involved.

The Steering Committee for FISH Prom 2017, including seniors Brooke Gawel, Mary Clare Harrington, Maggie Reynolds and Maya Vondrasek, has been planning this event all year. In all, between planners, escorts and the students who run and volunteer at the event, over 100 Nazareth students will participate in the 2017 Prom.

All the members of the Steering Committee have all been involved with Helping Hand Center in Countryside as well as the FISH Service Team. They look forward to seeing those clients, with whom they’ve built connections, dressed up and ready to enjoy Prom.

Maya Vondrasek ‘17 is a co-leader of the Helping Hand service team and was a FISH Prom buddy in 2015. “I absolutely loved the experience of being a buddy and wanted to get more involved this year. I am devoted to this service project because I believe it truly lives out the Congregation of St. Joseph's mission of ‘helping the dear neighbor.’”

“Through this Prom and the FISH program overall, I have found my passion for working with those with disabilities and will pursue a physical or occupational therapy degree in college,” says Mary Clare Harrington ‘17 who was also a 2015 buddy. “I hope our guests have a wonderful night that is totally catered to their needs and that they feel special.”

Capitalizing on the St. Patrick’s Day theme, guests will enter Springer Hall down a “green” carpet. Guests can then dance the night away to our DJ’s tunes, snack on a wide array of refreshments, or play games with Naz students. As with any Prom, the attendees may dress for the occasion with prom dresses and tuxes; however, ties and more informal dresses are also acceptable.

“Everything about that night is focused around our guests and that is what really makes it special,” explains Maggie Reynolds ‘17. “I hope our guests have a great time because they deserve a fantastic night. Prom is a rite of passage and every high schooler should have the opportunity to experience a night of their very own.” Plans for the 2017 Prom include an awesome DJ, photos, games, treats and prom favors. Parents of the guests are treated to refreshments and fellowship in Nazareth’s Media Center, where the dance is streamed live for their enjoyment.

Anthony Gonzalez, a Nazareth Social Studies teacher who has been involved with all of Nazareth’s FISH Proms, finds the experience invaluable. “I was raised in education because my mother taught special education for almost 35 years. I always wanted to continue to develop meaningful connections to a community that enriched my life over the years. Service is not something I ever get tired of. That night, when I see our students come together with our community in such a special way, I like to take a step back and just absorb the moment. Their excitement to experience what everyone should reminds me of why I am in education and why I love being involved at Nazareth. No one does it better than we do.”

Due to the many details that go into making this the perfect night for each guest, confirmed reservations are required. To receive details and get your name on the Prom list, please RSVP to or visit our website at where we have online registration and event updates. For further questions or to get involved with this effort, please call Mrs. Rausch at 708.387.8520.
Published on: Feb 21, 2017
Nazareth celebrates opening of Walsh Center ​
On November 6, 2016 Nazareth proudly dedicated its newest building, the Walsh Center. This 49,000 square foot addition to our campus includes 9 new classrooms, a second gym, a fitness center, new locker rooms and an expansive training room.

The unveiling began with a sneak peek for current students. As they roamed the new building they took photos and videos, chatting about who had what classes where and how much more space the Fine Arts Department will now have. “Wow” was overheard everywhere.

On Sunday, we celebrated a Mass and Dedication in gratitude for our sponsors, the Congregation of St. Joseph as well as the alumni, family and community donors who made this accomplishment possible. In looking at the group assembled to mark this historic day, Sr. Marianne Race said it best, “There is enough goodness and generosity right here in this room to restore one’s faith in humanity.”
We look forward to beginning classes in the Walsh Center the week of Thanksgiving, as we move on to Phase II of the Building Our Legacy campaign with the renovation of M Building.

For more photos from the dedication weekend, please visit our Facebook album.
Published on: Nov 16, 2016

Nazareth Spotlight

Meghan McGarry ‘17 named Presidential Scholar Candidate ​
Meghan McGarry has been named one of 4,000 candidates in the 2017 Presidential Scholars Program. Candidates were selected from nearly 3.5 million high school seniors on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

This is the latest in a growing list of honors for Meghan, who has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist as well as an Illinois State Scholar. She also earned the highest possible score of 36 on her ACT Test.

In addition to her outstanding academic work at Nazareth, Meghan is a member of Student Council and an active member of the school’s choir and drama program, currently rehearsing for the spring production of the musical Sister Act. She is a cantor at Saint John of the Cross and at the Congregation of Saint Joseph.

Congratulations Meghan!
Published on: Feb 03, 2017
Register now for the Roadrunner Dash 5k on April 1



The 2017 Roadrunner Dash 5k is set for Saturday, April 1, 2017. The morning begins at Nazareth at 8 a.m. The race will officially kick-off at 8:30 a.m. behind the new Walsh Center on campus. You can register yourself, your friends and your family before Valentine’s Day and receive a $5 discount.

The Roadrunner Dash is hosted by the Nazareth Academy Alumni Association. It is an opportunity to gather our alums, our current families and the communities Nazareth serves, for a fun, family event. Whether you are pushing a stroller or racing across that finish line, this is definitely a GREAT day to be a Roadrunner!

Visit to register today and enter discount code RDRNR17 at checkout for the Early Bird Discount before the clock strikes midnight on February 14!

You can also support the Dash by sponsoring the race! Click here for more details.

Thank you to Steve Ryan '04 and RyTech, LLC for sponsoring the 2017 Roadrunner Dash! 

Published on: Jan 25, 2017
Class of 2017 kicks off Seniors for Syria

Class of 2017 kicks off Seniors for Syria

The Class of 2017, in conjunction with Senior Board, has kicked off a unique service drive. “Seniors for Syria” will collect donations for Jusoor, an organization dedicated to helping Syrian youth realize their potential through programs in the fields of education, career development and global community engagement.

“We have the unique opportunity to build a legacy of service that also ties into our CWI and Religion Social Justice curriculum,” says Madeline Schierl ‘17. In Contemporary World Issues (CWI) seniors have been exposed to the refugee crisis in Syria throughout the year. “Shout-out to Mr. Jurasas,” she says, “Media attention kind of flickers on and off, but Mr. J keeps those stories right in front of us.”
Another member of the Social Studies Department, Mr. Gonzalez, also introduced students to Allie Chen, a UN consultant and Child Protection & Mental Health specialist in conflict zones. Maddy, along with fellow seniors Molly Owens and Bridget Brodlow, had a Skype conversation with Ms. Chen, who was able to recommend several organizations helping kids in Syria.

Senior Board took up the cause, signing on to help promote the February-long drive by doing publicity and generating enthusiasm among the graduating class.

“Our goal is to raise $1900 dollars by the end of February,” says Maddy. “That averages about $10 for each senior, which is a couple Starbucks to sacrifice next month.” Collections jars will be placed in all CWI classes each Friday. “We are blessed to have been born with the gifts we have. I hope this small effort is a way to show these children in Syria and Lebanon that the international community cares about them.”

Published on: Jan 25, 2017

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