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Nazareth Welcomes students from Aqsa School

On April 25, Nazareth’s World Studies program proudly welcomed students from Aqsa School, a Muslim girls school in Bridgeview. Our guests were here to speak to Nazareth seniors about what it’s like to be a teenager practicing Islam. This dialogue between our two schools has been a long-standing part of the World Studies curriculum, with Nazareth normally visiting Aqsa. We were thrilled to host the conversation this year.

Check out this story in The Doings and our Facebook page for photos from the afternoon.

Published on: May 01, 2017
Girls Soccer wins PepsiCo Showdown Championship
Congratulations to Nazareth’s Girls Soccer Program, who earned their first PepsiCo Showdown Championship Title on Sunday, April 23. They beat Glenbard West in a tight 1-0 match. The game’s only goal came from Claire Ramsey ‘17 off an assist by Julia Olander ‘20. The PepsiCo Showdown is the largest High School Soccer Tournament in the United States, making this victory all the more impressive.
Published on: Apr 24, 2017
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 Spotlight

Nazareth Celebrates Closing School Mass
On May 18, 2017, Nazareth celebrated our final School Mass with our beloved Class of 2017. The student body, faculty and staff, parents and many alumni came together in the Walsh Gym in prayer to witness the many ways Jesus has been present at Nazareth in 2016-2017. Christian Sampleton represented the Class of 2017 in a reflection which spoke to the ways these young and men have grown and changed in their time at Nazareth. He encouraged all present to, “Step up to the plate and swing until your time is complete,” and reminded his classmates, “We as a class have shown we can do anything we put our minds to. We must continue to rely on God, and He will light the path for us.” We send our seniors out to ends of the world, confident they will change the face of the world with the faith of their hearts. May the road rise up to meet them.

For a full album of photos, please click here
Published on: May 22, 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