Duchossois Alumni Award /// Jerome Thrall ’44


Jerome A. Thrall ’44 is this year's recipient of the Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award, recognized at Morgan Park Academy’s 146th graduation exercises on June 8, 2019. The Duchossois Award is Morgan Park Academy’s highest award for alumni, given annually in recognition of its namesake’s lifetime achievements, outstanding professional success, and service to the Academy, his community, and society. Previous recipients include Dr. Frank Burd ’52, Denny Cresap ’52, Bill Hickey ’71, Al Hoffman Jr. ’52, Jim Mitchell ’61, Rajeev Rathi ’84, and Spencer Stuart ’40. Thrall, who passed away in 2009, was founder and chairman of [...]

Duchossois Alumni Award /// Jerome Thrall ’442019-06-24T15:29:16-05:00

Commencement Address /// Sumara Thompson-King ’76


We were pleased to welcome Sumara M. Thompson-King ’76 back to campus to deliver the commencement address at Morgan Park Academy’s 146th graduation exercises on June 8, 2019. As General Counsel at NASA since 2014, Thompson-King serves as the chief legal officer for the agency and oversees its team of attorneys responsible for all aspects of NASA’s legal affairs around the world. She is a frequent panelist and speaker on legal matters related to government and commercial space activities and has received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, and NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal in recognition of her litigation [...]

Commencement Address /// Sumara Thompson-King ’762020-08-31T13:25:07-05:00

10th Class Elected to Athletic Hall of Fame


Eleven alumni, three coaches, and one team have been selected from a pool of dozens of nominees for election to Morgan Park Academy's Athletic Hall of Fame and will be inducted in ceremonies at Homecoming on Sept. 21, 2019. >> ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME Chosen by our selection committee to join the top athletes, coaches, and teams in MPA sports history were: Frank Burd ’52 Football, Baseball, Basketball Brian Coller ’79 Football, Baseball, Basketball Tom Danielewicz ’89 Soccer, Basketball, Baseball Michael Gersack ’89 Soccer, Basketball Richard Danielewicz ’99 Soccer, Baseball, Wrestling Bianca Kodzoman ’99 Volleyball, Basketball, Softball Yazin Akkawi ’09 Basketball, [...]

10th Class Elected to Athletic Hall of Fame2019-12-22T14:17:12-06:00

Summer Reading 2019


Lower School 2nd Grade Meet Yasmin! - Saadia Faruqi 3rd Grade Marty McGuire Digs Worms - Kate Messner 4th Grade Because of Winn Dixie - Kate DiCamillo 5th Grade The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate Middle School & Upper School Please use the editions listed below. All are to be paper copies; no ebooks. 6th Grade Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos (978-1250010230) 7th Grade Refugee - Alan Gratz (1407184326) 8th Grade Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson (0312535678) 9th Grade World Literature Students must choose ONE book from the list below. Before selecting, students should research [...]

Summer Reading 20192019-06-24T21:47:26-05:00

Valedictory Address 2019 /// Our Golden Record


Equally passionate about academics, arts, athletics, service, and leadership, Angela graduates as a member of the Cum Laude Society, National Honor Society, and French Honor Society; and as a recipient of the Global Scholars Award and the Dr. Larry Brown Science Award. Last year she won the Thrall Junior Leadership Award. She plans to study biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Good morning, everyone! It is an incredible honor to have the opportunity to speak in front of you all and celebrate Morgan Park Academy’s Graduating Class of 2019. Thank you all for coming. One may think [...]

Valedictory Address 2019 /// Our Golden Record2020-08-31T13:26:10-05:00

Commencement 2019


Congratulations to the Class of 2019! They went out in style at Commencement on June 8, with an inspiring commencement address from Sumara Thompson-King '76 and an emotional valedictory address. The Thrall Family accepted our highest alumni award, the Richard L. Duchossois '40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award, in memory of their late father and grandfather, Jerome Thrall '44. Photos Visit our photo site at SmugMug.com to see the full gallery of photos from Commencement 2019. Commencement Address As General Counsel at NASA since 2014, Sumara M. Thompson-King ’76 serves as the chief legal officer for the agency and [...]

Commencement 20192020-08-31T13:27:11-05:00

Upper School Awards 2019


Graduating seniors and other Upper School students received a host of annual awards at Commencement and our Awards Night celebration on June 7-8, 2019. Hadyn E. Jones Cup: Angela Cabrera Presented to the class valedictorian, based on cumulative high school grade-point average. Named for Lt. Col. Haydn E. Jones, who helped lead the Academy’s reorganization as a military school a century ago after separation from the University of Chicago. The campus quad is named in his honor. To be eligible, a student must have attended the Academy for at least three years, including 11th and 12th grades. The winner receives a [...]

Upper School Awards 20192019-06-13T15:08:11-05:00

Class of 2019 Celebrates College Acceptances & Scholarships


Morgan Park Academy's graduating seniors had some very exciting options as they made their college decisions this spring. The Class of 2019 earned $4.3 million in scholarship offers and gained admission at elite national universities such as Emory University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Michigan, New York University, George Washington University, Boston College, Howard University, and University of California at Santa Barbara; and top liberal arts schools such as Morehouse College and Denison University. Students earned an average of nearly $190,000 in scholarship offers, including full scholarships to cover four years of tuition and housing at the University of Michigan and [...]

Class of 2019 Celebrates College Acceptances & Scholarships2019-12-15T22:57:15-06:00

Middle School Student Reflections 2019


MPA students from sixth, seventh, and eighth grade gave their reflections on the past school year at Middle School Closing Exercises on June 4, 2019. >> PHOTOS: MIDDLE SCHOOL CLOSING EXERCISES 2019 Andrew's Reflection on Eighth Grade "This year, I haven't been spending every day, game, and moment with my grade, I have been spending it with my second family, creating an unbreakable bond between each other that will be remembered for the rest of our lives." Kelsey's Reflection on Seventh Grade "The activities and events we are exposed to help each and every one of us become the best versions [...]

Middle School Student Reflections 20192020-08-31T13:42:50-05:00

Meet the Class of 2019 — Zara


Zara University of Michigan Major: Biology and Public Health Hometown: New Lenox >> MEET THE CLASS OF 2019 In her own words: “In my many years at MPA, I’ve enjoyed so many of the opportunities I have been blessed with. The tennis team has been like a family for me all four years, and finally going to state senior year was so rewarding. South Korea was an experience I will never forget, and traveling with my best friends exploring a new culture was amazing. Nevertheless, the little memories made goofing around in class, opens and basically everywhere made each day enjoyable.” From [...]

Meet the Class of 2019 — Zara2019-12-15T23:08:52-06:00
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