Upper School students thrilled a packed house at Baer Theater with our spring musical, “Chicago: High School Edition" on March 6-7, 2020. Directed by Wayne Wendell, the adaptation of Bob Fosse's Broadway classic featured bravura lead performances by seniors Hailey Brisard, Olga Mourgelas, and Alex Fleming as Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly, and Billy Flynn, respectively; and standout supporting turns by senior Drew Hunt as Matron "Mama" Morton and freshman Alex Coe as Amos Hart. Hailey previously was among 40 high school students statewide selected to perform in the all-state production of "Aida." SEE MORE PHOTOS
Morgan Park Academy students performed their annual charity dance show, Dance for Life, on Feb. 28-29, 2020, raising $1,400 to support dance professionals facing critical health issues. Chicago Dancers United, which launched Dance for Life in 1991, is an organization that supports organizations and dance professionals facing critical health issues. As a catalyst for a unified artistic community in Chicago, Dance for Life uses dance to support a stronger and healthier community focused on health and well-being. In conjunction with this group, Morgan Park Academy students organize, coordinate, choreograph, produce, and promote their own show to support this cause. This is [...]
Morgan Park Academy's Upper School mock trial team placed fourth among 16 teams at a competition hosted by the Circuit Court of Cook County's Sixth Municipal District last weekend. In two rounds of competition at South Suburban College in South Holland on Feb. 8, MPA students served as plaintiff and defense attorneys and witnesses in a civil matter, being assessed by sitting judges within the district and practicing attorneys. The team is composed of senior Andrea Butts; juniors Isabella Cabello, Emmett Campbell, Charles Hendon, India Lopez, Kaihla Ozuruigbo-Anderson, Christopher Skawiniak, and Bradley White; sophomores Elijah Davis and Ignatius Gathman; and freshmen [...]
Upper School's robotics team closed the competition season with their best performance, winning three of five matches at the final league tournament last weekend as part of the FIRST Tech Challenge. Project-based, hands-on FIRST programs introduce students to coding, programming, and engineering in an environment where students work collaboratively to solve a yearly robotics challenge. Nicknamed “Betty,” this year's MPA robot was designed, built, programmed, and operated by seniors Zach Guido, Shane Liu, Chloe Phoenix, Rustam Wallace-McFarland, and Luming Zhao; juniors Hunter Vujevic and Sherman Wang; and freshmen Andrew McClendon and Joshua Sun. >> BLOG: EXPLORING ROBOTICS & PROGRAMMING PHOTO SLIDESHOW [...]
Upper School presents scenes from Tom Stoppard's modern classic Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, directed by seniors Jillian Dunlap, Ethan Jorjorian, and Maya Lopez. Join us April 12-13, 2019, in the Baer Theater! Suggested donation for tickets is $5.
Middle School students participated in a recent problem-solving design challenge and student symposium at the Chicago History Museum, creating prototype designs to confront global issues facing their generation. After learning about design thinking as part of their Global Issues Club, eighth-graders Olivia Fitch, Justin Harris, Rianna Kingra, Saanvi Malkani, Michaela Olimene, Ori Ortiz, and Mauricio Pellon; seventh-grader Samara Harris; and sixth-grader Chris Tompkins earned a spot in the citywide symposium with prototypes focused on ocean pollution and school design for the 21st century. Inspired by the museum’s exhibition "Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America," the design thinking challenge encouraged students to [...]
Morgan Park Academy students performed their annual charity dance show, Dance for Life, on March 1-2, 2019, raising nearly $3,000 to support dance professionals facing critical health issues. Chicago Dancers United, which launched Dance for Life in 1991, is an organization that supports organizations and dance professionals facing critical health issues. As a catalyst for a unified artistic community in Chicago, Dance for Life uses dance to support a stronger and healthier community focused on health and well-being. In conjunction with this group, Morgan Park Academy students organize, coordinate, choreograph, produce, and promote their own show to support this cause. This [...]
"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" came to life in Baer Theater as Upper School students mounted their winter musical on Feb. 1-2, 2019. >> PHOTOS: THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD February 1-2, 2019 Cast Maya Lopez -- Mr. William Cartwright, Chairman Anya Haynes -- Mr. James Throttle, Stage Manager & Barkeep Ethan Jorjorian -- John Jasper/Mr. Clive Paget Tom Gu -- Reverend Crisparkle/Mr. Cedric Moncrieffe Halle Berghoff -- Edwin Drood/Miss Alice Nutting Olga Mourgelas -- Rosa Bud/Miss Deirdre Peregrine Hailey Brisard -- Helena Landless/Miss Janet Conover Alex Fleming -- Neville Landless/Mr. Victor Grinstead Jill Dunlap -- [...]
Morgan Park Academy sophomore India Lopez is among 21 students nationwide chosen for top honors by the New York Times in its annual editorial cartoon contest for students. India's cartoon, "The Rose That Grew From Concrete," depicts a young girl looking up at a statue of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez modeled after the Statue of Liberty. "And they thought girls like me couldn't win," the girl says. The Times panel of judges chose eight winners, 13 runners-up and 27 honorable mentions. India was recognized as a runner-up.
Through the years, I’ve listened to plenty of excuses from people who do not get involved in the arts. I've made some of them myself! We talk about how we'd like to be part of a particular artistic endeavor, but then claim we aren't good enough to sing or dance or act or draw with the real artists. Too often, we let things like self-doubt, fear of failure or embarrassment, or others' opinions keep us from following our artistic instincts. What are some things we can do to feel more confident? Learn From the Masters So you haven’t found your own [...]