Vicki Hannemann Wright '68, the first of three girls to enroll at MPA in 1959, returned to campus Friday to share with students her experiences in the vanguard of our transition from an all-boys military school to today's coed environment.
Congratulations to the varsity girls' volleyball team on a fantastic season! Bumped up to Class 2A for the first time, the girls not only won yet another regional championship, but added their first sectional title in eight years with last Thursday's 25-12, 25-13 win against Parker.
Nick Boarden, Banu Gulecyuz, Sam Panozzo, and Katelyn Healy took home team MVP awards as we honored the best of the fall sports season with a varsity and junior varsity awards banquet on Nov. 6. Jack Anderson, Aariel Batchelor, Jeffrey Cartwright, Jack Costello, Joshua Deanes, Jeffrey Eichinger, Berat Gulecyuz, Hiba Katerji, Yusuf Kudaimi, Mark LeMay, Elle Macey, Serafina Marmo, Isabelle Panozzo, Nina Rathi, Sami Shabeeb, Rachel Sorfleet, Tony Szafarczyk, Julie Wiegel, and Emma Williams also received individual awards.
Jack Costello's remarkable golf season concluded Oct. 18-19 at the IHSA Class 1A state tournament, where he tied for 13th among freshmen and sophomores with a two-round score of 175 at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington. He became the first MPA golfer in four years to qualify for the state tournament by finishing seventh at sectionals and second at regionals.
Mrs. Kurut's seventh-grade Essentials of Health and Wellness class began their unit on hygiene and self-care by donating toiletries and assembling kits Wednesday for Breakthrough, a transition program for homeless Chicagoans.
MPA will host a free screening of the movie "Girl Rising" on Thursday, October 10, at 6:00 p.m. Join us to celebrate the United Nations International Day of the Girl, find out how educating girls can change the world, and learn how you can make a difference.
Shainah Horowitz of the United Way came to campus Wednesday to pick up the school supplies that we have been collecting for the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council. We filled her car with five large boxes, much more than expected!
Friday saw smiles and hugs and a few happy/sad tears as MPA students and faculty said goodbye to Connie McGee, who is retiring after 15 years teaching our youngest students in Pre-Kindergarten. Miss Connie will get to spend more time with her three great-grandchildren, but we will miss her dearly.
Students, faculty, and staff welcomed the new school year today at our annual Convocation assembly. Student Council members and House Leaders introduced Homecoming and our house system, Mr. Rogala and Mr. Ellis led us in a rousing rendition of the MPA school song, and Dr. Raaflaub spoke about our 140th anniversary and how the Academy's distinguished history remains alive today.
Created by the late artist and former MPA grandparent Matt Lamb, Umbrellas for Peace is a global art project involving painting and decorating umbrellas by children and adults. Individuals are encouraged to artistically design an umbrella that represents their personal values of world peace.