Loyola Academy: Thespian Awards Night May 16
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 19 Jun 2008, p. 34, 112, , 113

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The Thespian Awards night was on May 16. Award winners included Vincent Angarone '10 of Chicago (60631), Jacqueline Boratyn '10 also of Chicago (60631), Maureen Burns '10 of Park Ridge, Stephanie Clafford '10 of Chicago (60631), Rebecca Cotteleer '08 of Northbrook, Katarzyna Guzik '10 of Glenview, Alexander Hay '10 of Evanston, Stephanie Helfenbein '08 of Chicago (60631), Colleen Hogan '09 of Lake Forest, Rebecca Holmen '09 of Chicago (60631), Cuyler Jenkins '08 of Des Plaines, Briana Martinez '09 of Chicago (60641), Marielle McKenna '09 of Kenilworth, Mark McLoughlin '09 of Chicago (60656), Charlotte Melbinger '08 of Glenview, Mariella Minton '08 of Chicago (60630), Marie Ortinau '08 of Barrington, Alexandria Rubio '11 of Prospect Heights, Harley Sexton '10 of Chicago (60639), Arthur Stone '10 of Chicago (60656), Danny Sullivan '09 of Northbrook, Bridgette Thoma '09 of Chicago (60646), Claire Tighe '09 of Wilmette and Genevieve Zoufal '11 of Chicago (60645).

The following Thespians have earned stars: Angie Baiocchi '08 of Chicago (60631) with two stars, Katie Burns '08 of Park Ridge with one star, Courtney Coha '09 of Wilmette with one star, Garrett Doherty '09 of Chicago (60656) with one star, Charlie Frontczak '08 of Glenview with two stars, Marissa Geocaris '08 of Chicago (60646) with one star, Liz Guerrero '08 of Chicago (60631) with one star, Kaitlyn Guerreri '09 of Chicago (60656) with two stars, Mary Heffernan '09 of Chicago (60631) with one star, Maggie McCoy '10 of Glenview with one star, Chloe Micek '10 of Chicago (60656) with two stars, Catherine O'Connor '08 of Winnetka with one star, Tim Worley '09 of Lincolnwood with two stars and Lizzie Wright '08 of Wilmette with two stars.

This year, four Thespians achieved Honor Thespian status for the first time: Matt Grossbart '08 of Wilmette with one star, Brianna Kratz '08 of Chicago (60631) with two bars, Joe Principe '08 of Chicago (60646) with one bar and Chris Rogers '08 of Glenview with two stars. Rose Leisner '08 of Skokie earned an additional three bars and achieved National Honor Thespian status. Brianna Kratz '08 of Chicago (60631) was named Thespian of the Year for giving the most to the troupe in terms of hours of service in a given year.

The following International Thespians have been named to the Thespian Board for 2008-09: Vince Angarone, Stephanie Clafford, Michael Enich, Kaitlyn Guerrieri, Maggie McCoy, Chloe Micek, Claire Tighe and Tim Worley. Chloe and Tim have been named to the Illinois State Thespian Board for 2008-09. Matt Grossbart was given the Director's Award .

Iggy Awards (named after St. Ignatius Loyola and patterned after the Tony Awards on Broadway) were as follows: Charlie Frontczak was named Best Actor in a Comedy for his role as Mr. Darcy, Rose Leisner was named Best Actress in a Comedy for her role as Elizabeth Bennet, Tim Worley was named Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his role as George Wickham and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role as Cinderella's Prince, Charlotte Melbinger was named Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her role as Lady Catherine, Marie Ortinau was named Best Actress in a Musical for her role as The Witch, Matt Grossbart was named Best Actor in a Musical for his role as The Narrator, Brianna Kratz was named Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role as Granny and The Giant, Vince Angarone was named Best Ensemble Member in a Musical, Becky Cotteleer was named Best Actress in a Showcase for her role in Cut, Liz Guerrero was named Best Crew Chief and Angie Baiocchi was named Best Crew Member.

Loyola's Fine Arts Department held its third annual Film Festival on May 8. "Absolute Silence" by Luke McLoughlin '11 of Chicago (60656) won Best Film. "For the Love of Pete" by Lauren Capra '11 of Cary and Sabine Miller '11 of Arlington Heights won Best Special Effects. "It's Just Stupid Pants Peter #11" by Peter Raffel '11 of Evanston and Eli Hansen won the Screening Award.

• Congratulations to the Speech and Debate Team, which competed at the Catholic National Tournament on May 24 in Appleton, Wis. Dan Gordon '10 of Glenview was nominated by his judges in preliminary rounds but did not advance. Tom Nally '08 of Glenview was chosen as one of the Elite 8 in Student Congress and placed seventh in the country.

• Ramblers raised more than $32,000 in weekly homeroom collections for the missions, completing a $50,000 pledge to help fund a permanent building for St. Aloysius Gonzaga High School in Nairobi, Kenya.

• The Loyola community came together on May 7 for the all-school Sending Forth Mass with Loyola's rector, the Rev. Richard H. McGurn, presiding. Speaker was, Michael Fausone of Wilmette

• Loyola's graduating seniors and their families celebrated Loyola's traditional Baccalaureate Mass and Breakfast on May 18. Loyola's president, the Rev. Theodore G. Munz, S.J., presided and the coordinator of the chapel program, the Rev. Benjamin B. Hawley, S.J., delivered the homily. Visiting concelebrants included Deacon John Lucas, uncle of graduating senior Nora Lucas of Glenview and the Rev. Gerard McGlone, S.J., uncle of graduating senior Michael Scichili of Lake Bluff. Senior Student Council President Laura Pastuovic '08 of Buffalo Grove and Michael Rebarchak Memorial Award Recipient Bridget Bredemann '08 of Wilmette gave reflections. Readers included Amanda Avalos '08 of Chicago (60630) and her mom, Rocio Avalos and Michelangelo La Tona '08 of Northfield and his dad, Michael La Tona. The gifts were presented by Bobby Ligon '08 of Chicago (60645) and his parents, David and Mary Ligon. Angela Ginocchio '08 of Park Ridge and Zack Hugo '08 of Mundelein served as Eucharistic ministers. Campus Minister Doug Gleber of Mundelein organized the music with solos by Kate Gordon '08 of Glenview, Rose Leisner '08 of Skokie and Marie Ortinau '08 of Barrington. As is tradition, each senior was given an Ignatian Medal. Campus Minister Sarah B. Kennedy of Chicago (60640) and the Student Liturgical Leadership Group planned and organized the celebration.

• Kudos to Kathleen Pump '08 of Chicago (60656), who will cheerlead for the University of Illinois Orange Team, the elite varsity squad.

Kudos to Kelly Jenko '08 of Lake Forest, who has been selected to cheer on the Green Squad at the University of Notre Dame.

• Nine Ramblers placed out of a total of 120 students from 18 schools on the Final Examination of the 2008 Illinois Latin Tournament. In Latin I, taught by Dr. William Lowe of Wilmette, Superior ribbons were earned by Kirby Kenny '11 of Lake Forest and Jack Weisenberger '11 of Wilmette. In Latin II, taught by Dr. Thomas Strunk III of Chicago (60626), Dan Gordon '10 of Glenview and Chris Hauser '10 of Lake Barrington earned Excellent ribbons. In Latin III, taught by M. Rebecca Wick of Lake Forest, Catherine Groden '09 of Glenview earned a Superior ribbon. In Latin IV, taught by David J. Mathers of Chicago (60626), Angela Ginocchio '08 of Park Ridge and Charlotte Melbinger '08 of Glenview earned Superior ribbons, and in Latin V, also taught by Mr. Mathers, Chris Ell '08 of Arlington Heights earned a Superior ribbon and George Saad '08 of Chicago (60656) earned an Excellent ribbon. Five Ramblers earned top paper awards, including, in Latin I, Jack Weisenberger '11 of Wilmette; in Latin III, Catherine Groden '09 of Glenview; in Latin IV, Angela Ginocchio '08 of Park Ridge and Charlotte Melbinger '08 of Glenview; and Latin V, Chris Ell '08 of Arlington Heights.

• Loyola's Fine Arts Department sponsored an entire day devoted to the fine arts on May 21. Students could pick three sessions among a wide array of artistic endeavors, including African Dance with Idy Ciss, Hip Hop Dance with Suave, Rhythmic Expression with Johnse Holt, Theatrical Make-up, Computer Assisted Design, Improvisation and Theater Games with alumnus M. William Panek '03, Microphone Techniques with recording artist and coach Margie Gibson, Portraiture with professional artist Nancy Rosen, Watercolor with professional artist Peggy MacNamara, Native Sounds, Newspaper Costumes for Prom 2025, Photographic Inspiration with Al Kezys, Photoshop, Printmaking, Sculpture, Storytelling, StringFusion with Edgar Gabriel, Behind the Scenes with the Loyola Academy Dance Company, Making Abstract Art based on Dance, Drawing as a Business by Franklin McMahon and Performances by local band Breakers Broken and several Loyola music groups.

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Loyola Academy: Thespian Awards Night May 16

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