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4th FISH Prom is a wonderful success
Nazareth’s fourth FISH Prom for Teens with Disabilities was a wonderful night on March 11. "This is always such a special and cornerstone event for us at Naz. There is no doubt that these particular efforts embody the heart and soul of our mission," says Mr. Tracy. Enormous thanks to our steering committee - Brooke, Maggie, Maya, Monika and Mary Clare, all of our 100+ student volunteers, our adult helpers and Sara Hawkins Pendergrass '07 for offering helpful advice to our volunteers.

It was, without question, a celebration of our "dear neighbor" and an example of "lighting our world, that all may be one."

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.”

“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 had a wonderful night and that they felt special.”

Capitalizing on the St. Patrick’s Day theme, guests entered Springer Hall down a “green” carpet. They danced the night away to our DJ’s tunes, snacked on a wide array of refreshments, played games with Naz students and posed for funny pictures in the SMILE-sponsored photo booth.

“Everything about that night is focused around our guests and that is what really makes it special,” explains Maggie Reynolds ‘17. “Our guests 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.”

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.”
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

Nazareth Plans Family Fun Event on April 8 ​
Calling all fun seekers! Nazareth is hosting a Family Fun event on Saturday, April 8th from 4:30-6:30PM.

Join Nazareth alumni, families and friends...all are welcome! Bring your kids and invite family and friends for a great afternoon out! There will be a variety of fun kid activities including an obstacle course, bouncy castles and games just to name a few!

What’s better? It’s FREE!

Registration is encouraged.
Register here

Find us on Facebook: Nazareth Family Fun Event https://www.facebook.com/NazarethFamilyFunEvent/
Published on: Mar 14, 2017
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
Brooke Gawel receives Chick Evans Scholarship
Congratulations to Brooke Gawel ‘17, who has earned the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship. The Evans Scholarship is a full tuition and housing college scholarship for golf caddies that is renewable for up to four years. Recipients must display a strong caddie record, excellent grades and outstanding character.
Published on: Jan 09, 2017