Loyola Academy: National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 31 Dec 2009, p. 29, 30

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Loyola's six National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists are Glenn "Ricky" Barr of Glenview; Thomas Considine of Wilmette; Courtney Cosgrove of Wilmette; Cristian Kreb of Mount Prospect; Nicole Michels of Glenview; and Lince Thomas of Morton Grove.

The National Merit Scholarship Commendeds are Grace Bowen of Kenilworth; Daniel Gordon of Glenview; Christopher Hauser of Barrington; Madeline Hirsch of Wilmette; Edward Hocter of Glencoe; Grace Keesey of Park Ridge; Adam Strobel of Lake Forest; Nicholas Tedesco of Park Ridge; and Alexandra Weiss of Kenilworth.

The National Achievement Outstanding Participant is Genevieve LaMarr-LeMee of Highland Park.

Jonathan Hanna of Glenview, has earned his Eagle Scout award.

Loyola Academy's Dance Program was one of two out of 10 schools to be selected to take part in a master class and Dance Off with the Joffrey Academy Students and the Excelon Strobel Step Up Dancers.

The Speech and Debate Team placed third at the Junior Varsity Individual Events Tournament at Stagg High School Oct. 24. Haley Mack of Prospect Heights placed sixth and Samari Gilbert of Gurnee placed fourth in Declamation. First place, perfect score honors were earned by Chris Reid of Northbrook in Extemporaneous Speaking and Amanda Smith of Glenview in Oral Interpretation.

The team earned third place overall in Student Congress Oct. 31 hosted by Loyola Academy. Noah Barger of Lake Forest placed sixth, Emily Boldingh of Arlington Heights placed fifth, Ricky Barr of Skokie placed fourth, Lia Hoag of Inverness placed third and Dan Gordon of Glenview and Christina Baworowsky of Wilmette both placed second. Earning first place honors were Emma Collins of Chicago (60640) and Tommy Finnegan of Niles, with Finnegan earning a perfect score and winning an award for Best Presiding Officer.

At the Amos Alonzo Stagg Chicago Catholic Forensics League Lincoln Douglas Qualifier on Nov. 7, the team placed second. Anlil Brikha of Lincolnwood placed fifth and Tommy Finnegan of Niles placed second. Finnegan was undefeated. He is the first League Qualifier.

Loyola Academy hosted the Varsity Chicago Catholic League Qualifier for Individual Events on Nov. 14. The Ramblers' team placed fourth overall. Emma Collins of Chicago (60640) placed sixth and Nina Synnestvedt of Arlington Heights placed third in Original Oratory; Patrick Sammon of Chicago (60630) placed fifth and Marilyn Bass of Evanston placed fourth in Dramatic Performance; Christina Baworowsky of Wilmette placed fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking; Amanda Smith of Glenview placed third in Oral Interpretation of Literature; and Margaret Moran of Chicago (60625) placed third in Oratorical Declamation.

The Speech and Debate Team were among 1500 students from around the country to compete at Nov. 21 and 22 at The Glenbrooks. Christina Baworowsky of Wilmette was a Congress Semi-finalist and Dan Gordon of Glenview was a Congress Finalist placing 10th.

At the second League Congress Qualifier, held at Regina Dominican High School Dec. 5, the Congress Team placed third. Noah Barger of Lake Forest was awarded Best Presiding Officer and Emma Collins of Chicago (60640) won for Best Legislation. In Individual Chambers, Noah Barger placed second, Christina Baworowsky of Wilmette placed third, Emily Boldingh of Arlington Heights and Bryan Collins of Glenview placed fifth and Emma Collins and Tommy Finnegan of Niles placed sixth.

At the second League Individual Events Qualifier, held at St. Ignatius College Prep Dec. 12, the Loyola Individual Events Team placed third overall. In Extemporaneous Speaking, Christina Baworowsky of Wilmette placed fourth and Dan Gordon of Glenview placed first. In Declamation, Chris Reid of Northbrook placed sixth. In Original Oratory, Emma Collins of Chicago (60640) placed fifth and Nina Synnestvedt of Arlington Heights placed first. In Dramatic Performance, Aidan Schliesmann of Evanston placed sixth and Marilyn Bass of Evanston placed fifth.

Campus Ministry hosted a series of Hunger Awareness Activities during the month of December. The student presenters included Michael Enich of Chicago (60646); Taylor Francis of Des Plaines; Steve Freedman of Chicago (60646); William Haley of Chicago (60610); Javan Kyler of Chicago (60644); Emily Picchietti of Lake Forest; Colleen Smith of Wilmette; Rose Tobin of Wilmette; Marc Anthony Walker of Chicago (60607); and E.J. Webb of Wilmette.

The 24-hour fast, held Dec. 9 and 10, began with a short presentation in the chapel and was followed by a meal of soup and bread prepared and served by the Mothers' Club during the lunch periods. Loyola mom Martha Scherer of Glenview served as chair of the lunch and Carrie Harrington also of Glenview served as co-chair. Other volunteers included Lori Alexander, Elizabeth Croft, Karen Gardner, Alice Lee, Carrie Nicholson and Eileen Poydence all of Glenview; Lisa Banuelos of Chicago (60630); Pattie Eakin of Mount Prospect; Katherine Hickey of Glencoe; and Claudette Kuczynski of Chicago (60634).

The Hunger Drive concluded Dec. 18, with Ramblers collecting $23,000--that's $3,000 over their goal. Contributions benefit several Chicago-area charities that feed the homeless and poor.

Campus ministers Lyle E. Baier Jr. of Palatine, Jean Buckley of Glenview, Doug Gleber of Mundelein, Mike and Kay Gregg of Vernon Hills, Kevin J. Mistrik of Glenview and Joseph Taylor of Palatine and campus ministry chair Michael V. Hugo of Mundelein served as faculty organizers of the Hunger Awareness activities for 2009. English teacher and student council moderator Tammy Butvilas of Grayslake organized the Belly Flop Contest.

English teacher Melissa Rose of Glenview was named an Outstanding Teacher by University of Missouri's first-year honors student Eric Staszczak.

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Loyola Academy: National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists

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