Loyola Academy: Operation Support Our Troops
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 29 Jan 2009, p. 24, 34

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For the fifth consecutive year, Loyola's student council has been collecting Halloween candy for Operation Support Our Troops. The candy has been used to fill several hundred of the 2,000 Christmas stockings that are shipped to the troops overseas.

• Loyola's African-American Youth Group, moderated by Beatrice Shoular of Chicago (60651), began its own book club last fall. The club meets twice a month after school. The members include Emerald Antwi-Nsiah '12 of Skokie, Martin Hunter '12 of Chicago (60651), Sam Kwakye '11 of Chicago (60640), Frehiwet Negassi '11 also of Chicago (60640), Ariel Reid '12 of Northbrook, Alemayehu Tesfamicael '10 of Chicago (60640), Tewdros Tesfamicael '09 of Chicago (60613), Chanelle Young '10 of Chicago (60651), Sheena Young '11 also of Chicago (60651) and Abel Zerazion '09 of Chicago (60640).

In November the group, along with members of the Middle Eastern and Hispanic youth groups, participated in the taping of eight cases of television's Judge Jeanne Pirro, who is filling in for Judge Mathis while he writes his second book. The African-American Youth Group has gone to tapings of the Judge Mathis show for the last five years.

• Campus Ministry's hunger-awareness activities began with presentations Dec. 1 and 2 during Formation classes. Fifty-three Ramblers participated in the sleep-out, coming together at 1:30 p.m. to make sandwiches for distribution in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood.

In all, 110 Ramblers participated in the 24-hour fast, which began Dec. 10 and concluded at lunchtime Dec. 11. A meal of soup and bread was organized by Loyola mom Carrie Harrington of Glenview.

For the second year, faculty and staff came up with 65 auction items to encourage donations, including guidance counselor Emmett Hara of Wilmette offering to do a student's jug duty in the cafeteria for one period, bookstore and LoyolaWear manager Julia Biasco of Chicago (60646) offering a student the opportunity to design a piece of LoyolaWear clothing, and librarian James Binkley of Lincolnwood offering the chance to spend the day shadowing Chicago Tribune reporter William Hageman.

• On Jan. 14 and 15, Loyola's health and wellness program welcomed Roni Cohen Sandler, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author of Stressed-Out Girls: Helping Them Thrive in the Age of Pressure. Health and wellness program director Selina McGuire of Glenview organized these presentations.

• At the second Certamen of the year, held Dec. 2 at New Trier High School, Loyola's Latin Team placed second at all levels. The novice level included Paige Affinito '12 of Wilmette, John Dombrowski '12 of Chicago (60646), Tom Gordon '12 of Glenview and Nick Wright '12 of Wilmette. The lower level included John Groden '11 of Glenview, Kirby Kenny '11 of Lake Forest and Jack Weisenberger '11 of Wilmette. The upper level included Joe Ahmad '09 of Skokie, Catherine Groden '09 of Glenview, Chris Hauser '10 of Lake Barrington, Kevin McDonell '10 of Chicago (60646) and Jannard Remo '10 of Niles.

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29 Jan 2009
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Loyola Academy: Operation Support Our Troops

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