Commencement 2021


Congratulations to the Class of 2021! They went out in style at Commencement on June 12, with an inspiring commencement address from Gregory Coleman '91 and a valedictory address by Emmett Campbell '21, while Kenneth Mortenson '63 accepted our highest alumni award, the Richard L. Duchossois '40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award. Meet the Class of 2021 Our graduating seniors had some very exciting options as they made their college decisions, with $4.4 million in scholarship offers and admission offers from top national universities and liberal arts schools including University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, [...]

Commencement 20212021-11-29T10:59:37-06:00

Duchossois Alumni Award: Kenneth Mortenson ’63


We were pleased to honor Kenneth Mortenson'63 with our highest honor for Morgan Park Academy alumni, the Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award, at our 148th graduation exercises on June 12, 2021. The Duchossois Award is given annually in recognition of its namesake’s lifetime achievements, outstanding professional success, and service to the Academy, his community, and society. Previous recipients are Duchossois, Dr. Frank Burd ’52, C. Denny Cresap ’52, Bill Hickey ’71, Al Hoffman Jr. ’52, D. Stephen Menzies '73, Jim Mitchell ’61, Rajeev Rathi ’84, Spencer Stuart ’40, and Jerome Thrall '44. “Mr. Mortenson has been a tremendous supporter [...]

Duchossois Alumni Award: Kenneth Mortenson ’632021-11-29T10:54:31-06:00

Commencement Address: Gregory Coleman ’91


We were pleased to welcome Gregory Coleman '91 back to campus to deliver the commencement address at Morgan Park Academy’s 148th graduation exercises on June 12, 2021. Coleman is the CEO of Sworkit, a fitness technology company that provides personalized, convenient, and efficient workouts to any screen anywhere and is the leading platform for delivering dynamic exercise content. He has more than 25 years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors and co-founded and led Sworkit from concept to a market leader in the digital fitness industry. Sworkit was identified as one of Fast Company’s “2017’s 10 Most [...]

Commencement Address: Gregory Coleman ’912021-11-29T11:00:13-06:00

Valedictory Address 2021


Equally passionate about academics, athletics, service, and leadership, Emmett Campbell ’21 graduated as a member of the Cum Laude Society and National Honor Society. He also received a pair of annual senior awards, the Dr. Larry Brown Science Award and the Annie E. Heath Senior Mathematics Award. Emmett served on Student Council, captained the Model UN team, and was a key contributor for Service Council and the boys soccer and baseball teams. As a sophomore and junior, respectively, he won annual awards for U.S. history and English. A native of Beverly, he plans to study molecular and cellular biology next fall [...]

Valedictory Address 20212021-06-13T14:10:23-05:00

NHS Selects 2021 Inductees


We are pleased to celebrate two dozen Upper School students who have earned induction into the Morgan Park Academy chapter of the National Honor Society. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are chosen by MPA faculty to receive this honor based on the NHS pillars of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Seniors Yidan Bao Emmett Campbell Andrew DeLaney Sabrina Eng Charles Hendon Frank Li Matthew McKnight Christopher Skawiniak Hunter Vujevic Juniors Tiffany Chen Elijah Davis Celia Echols Maanav Kaistha Lydia Liu Merlin Mo Sophomores Kaleb Bandele Andrew Cabrera Selena Eng Olivia Fitch Rianna Kingra Michaela Olimene Oriella Ortiz Arnav Paluri Cassandra Ruizesparza

NHS Selects 2021 Inductees2021-06-12T15:18:27-05:00

Upper School Awards 2021


Morgan Park Academy seniors and other Upper School students received a host of annual awards at Awards Night, Senior Breakfast, and our 148th Commencement. SEE PHOTOS FROM AWARDS NIGHT Hadyn E. Jones Cup: Emmett Campbell 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 [...]

Upper School Awards 20212021-11-29T10:55:51-06:00

Class of 2021 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 2021 earned $4.4 million in merit-based scholarship offers and gained admission at top national universities and liberal arts schools including: University of Chicago Northwestern University Vanderbilt University Washington University in St. Louis University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Berkeley University of Michigan University of Southern California Carnegie Mellon University Howard University Morehouse College Spelman College With scholarship awards still being counted, MPA students have earned an average of $120,000 in merit-based offers, including a four-year full ride at [...]

Class of 2021 Celebrates College Acceptances & Scholarships2021-06-10T10:18:49-05:00

Meet the Class of 2021 — Jalen


Jalen Morehouse College Major: Business Hometown: Ashburn "Jalen has been an absolute pleasure to have in class for the past two years. He embraces the qualities of a life-long learner with his openness, curiosity, and desire for self-improvement. In addition to the academic growth that I have witnessed over two years, Jalen continues to be a bright spot to everyone he encounters. "His welcoming and caring nature makes everyone feel included. I cannot recall a morning where Jalen did not greet his peers (and teachers) with a smile. His amazing attitude, perseverance, and integrity are assets that will serve Jalen well [...]

Meet the Class of 2021 — Jalen2021-06-09T11:00:56-05:00

Meet the Class of 2021 — Isabella


Isabella University of Wisconsin-Madison Major: Political Science Hometown: Canaryville "Isabella takes responsibility for her education and is committed to doing her best. She is a focused student who resists the urge to be distracted by others. "Isabella is a born presenter. She uses her well developed vocabulary to express ideas clearly, both verbally and through writing. This combination of skills allows her to execute debates, discussions, and presentations effortlessly. Isabella receives classmates' comments and ideas without interrupting, but also is never afraid to rebut with a logical and persuasive argument. "As I have taught Isabella, I also have learned from her. [...]

Meet the Class of 2021 — Isabella2021-06-08T11:00:17-05:00
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