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.
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 [...]
Congratulations to our State Scholars from the Class of 2021, Andrew, Emmett, and Hunter! The three 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 68 State Scholars in the past decade. Note: Students whose primary residence is outside Illinois (e.g., Indiana residents and international students) are not eligible.
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 [...]
We celebrated the parents, alumni parents, alumni, and friends who contribute their time and talents to the Morgan Park Academy community, including the seventh annual Thomas Malcolm Volunteer Award winners, at our annual volunteer appreciation dinner on May 14, 2021. "When parents and school come together, we create a home away from home for our students," Head of School Mercedes Z. Sheppard told volunteers. "I believe that they are much more prepared for their lives after MPA as a result." >> PHOTOS: VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DINNER 2021 Launched in 2014, the Malcolm Award is named for retired Middle School teacher Thomas Malcolm, [...]
Gregory Coleman ’91 will deliver the commencement address and Kenneth Mortenson ’63 will receive the Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award at the Academy’s 148th graduation exercises on June 12, 2021. “We are pleased to have Mr. Coleman address the Class of 2021 and the MPA community,” Head of School Mercedes Z. Sheppard said. “He sets a tremendous example for our graduates and his experiences and insights will surely inspire them. I greatly look forward to welcoming him back to campus.” The Duchossois Award is Morgan Park Academy’s highest award for alumni, given annually in recognition of its [...]
Morgan Park Academy’s annual eighth-grade history fair project produced not only a host of outstanding exhibits, but also six qualifiers for the state finals in Springfield. Kaylyn, Lauren, Oriah, Sophia, Walter, and Caitlin will represent MPA at the state level after being recognized by judges at the Chicago Metro History Fair regional competition. The six students joined classmates Teddy, Chase, Madison, and Anna at regionals after being selected as best in class by MPA faculty. Morgan Park Academy eighth-graders participate each year in this popular and challenging competition, researching and presenting a long-form research project. Over three months of work during [...]
Five alumni and four teams 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 September 25, 2021. Chosen by our selection committee to join the top athletes in MPA sports history were: We also will induct the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 girls basketball teams and the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 girls volleyball teams. This class of inductees will be inducted alongside the Class of 2020 whose ceremony was postponed last year. >> REGISTER FOR HOMECOMING & REUNIONS >> ABOUT THE ATHLETIC HALL OF [...]
Ten alumni, one coach, 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 September 25, 2021. Chosen by our selection committee to join the top athletes, coaches, and teams in MPA sports history were: This class of inductees was selected for induction last year before our 2020 alumni reunions were postponed. We also will consider candidates for a Class of 2021 to also be inducted this September. Do you know an alumnus, coach, or team that [...]