Morgan Park Academy’s Model UN club took part in its first conference of the school year, with two dozen Upper School students joining hundreds of their peers from schools across Chicagoland at Saint Ignatius College Prep on Nov. 6, 2021. MPA students introduced motions, defended positions, and built coalitions while representing various countries in UN committees focused on issues including climate change and women's rights and while participating in simultations of organizations such as the College Board and the NFL Players Association. The team is comprised of seniors Elijah Davis, Chelsea Dunlap, Celia Echols, Ignatius Gathman, Faiz Hashmi, Christian Ikediobi, and [...]
Third-graders were excited to welcome a visit by Dr. Eve L. Ewing, the author of the book they’re reading, Maya and the Robot. Ewing, a sociologist of education and award-winning author, talked with students about life as writer, answered questions about Maya and her work for Marvel Comics, and led students in a group writing exercise to create their own story about Rosie, a 9-year-old in Paris who has to overcome her fear when zombies attack her ice cream shop. SEE MORE PHOTOS A Chicago native, Ewing is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social [...]
Congratulations to Celia, Ignatius, Maanav, and Merlin, our latest State Scholars! The four MPA seniors have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which honors Illinois high school seniors each year based on exemplary ACT or SAT scores and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. MPA has had 72 State Scholars in the past 11 years. Note: Students whose primary residence is outside Illinois (e.g., Indiana residents and international students) are not eligible.
Morgan Park Academy sixth-graders enjoyed a unique resource in their study of ancient history: a virtual lesson from and conversation with archaeologist and Neolithic Revolution expert Chris Kerns. Kerns told students on about his work in archaeology, especially the time he spent in Orkney, Scotland. He also shared why aliens could not have built Stonehenge. Kerns explained the likely ways that Neolithic people brought the stones to Stonehenge and theories about what the area might have been used for. He fielded their questions about his path to becoming an archaeologist, the coolest thing he’s ever found in his field work, and [...]
Veterans Day means a little extra at a school whose 150-year history includes several decades as a military academy. We remembered the contributions of American veterans with a virtual program conducted by seventh- and eighth-grade students and broadcast all over campus. Students also visited virtually with David Estes, an eighth-grade alumnus of the Academy who served in the Vietnam War and now is the education director at the Livingston County War Museum in Pontiac, Illinois. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Morgan Park Academy (@morganparkacademy)
For the third time in seven years, a member of the Morgan Park Academy faculty has received the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award for excellence in teaching and mentorship. Lynsey Panek, who teaches high school chemistry and human anatomy, was recognized for this national award after being nominated by Charles Hendon, a University of Chicago freshman who graduated from MPA last spring. Panek is in her fifth year as a member of the Morgan Park Academy faculty. “This is a well-deserved recognition for Lynsey,” Upper School principal Tom Drahozal said. “Lynsey has a passion for learning that is contagious for [...]
MPA senior Maanav Kaistha has earned recognition among the nation’s top high school scholars, receiving National Merit Commendation after scoring in the top 3 percent of the 1.5 million students nationwide who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last year. Congratulations, Maanav! Beyond his success in the classroom, Maanav has been a leader and key contributor for Student Council, Model UN, National Honor Society, Service Council, our award-winning math and academic challenge teams, and varsity boys tennis. A Lockport resident, he has explored a potential career in medicine by interning at Northwestern Human Olfaction Lab and KodoCare Pharmacy and [...]
Ranked for years among the most diverse private schools in Illinois, Morgan Park Academy’s focus on global studies and community diversity includes the arrival of 13 high school students from across the globe for the 2021-2022 school year. Students from China, France, Italy, Norway, Spain, and Taiwan joined the MPA community this fall — some as four-year students and others on one-year exchange programs — and are living with host families throughout the Beverly and Morgan Park area. “International students and student exchange have a long history at Morgan Park Academy, and we are proud to have so many students from [...]
Congratulations to Ayanna and Brooke on winning three matches in doubles play at the IHSA Class 1A girls tennis state tournament on Oct. 21-22, 2021! The senior duo opened with a win before dropping into the consolation bracket with a second-round loss. They rallied to win in the consolation second round and third round, earning the chance to continue playing into Friday's second day of the tournament. Their run ended with a fourth-round loss. Ayanna and Brooke each had qualified for the state tournament as singles players in past seasons, but elected to compete in doubles at the state level for [...]
Varsity girls tennis tied for third at the sectional tournament on Oct. 15, 2021, with six Warriors competing in singles and doubles. Ayanna and Brooke teamed up to win the doubles championship, qualifying to return to the IHSA Class 1A state tournament for the third and second times, respectively. Celia, Jada, and the doubles team of Michaela and Madison also chipped in as the Warriors posted a strong showing at sectionals. MPA’s boys and girls tennis programs have sent players to the state tournament in 19 of the past 21 years, including 2009 and 2011 state singles champion Jerricka Boone.