Comeback Win Has Volleyball Ready for Regionals

2021-11-29T08:54:33-06:00

By Tim O’Brien The Beverly Review Oriella Ortiz stepped to the service line late in the first set on Oct. 13 knowing her Morgan Park Academy (MPA) teammates needed a boost. Undone by their own errors, the Warriors found themselves in a 17-14 hole against Intrinsic Charter. Ortiz was ready to provide that boost—and then some. The junior libero rattled off an impressive 11-0 service run, including 7 aces, as host MPA rallied for the win on its way to a 25-17, 25-18 victory over Intrinsic Charter in a nonconference match. MPA will open the Class 1A state playoffs on Oct. [...]

Comeback Win Has Volleyball Ready for Regionals2021-11-29T08:54:33-06:00

Senior Tennis Duo Aims for State Again

2021-11-29T08:55:52-06:00

By Tim O’Brien The Beverly Review Ayanna King qualified for the state tennis tournament in her freshman and sophomore seasons for Morgan Park Academy (MPA). Last season, her junior year, was heavily impacted by the pandemic as the Illinois High School Association allowed a sectional meet but not a state tournament. Now in her senior year, King wants to qualify again for state and then pile up some state tournament wins. “I want to make it to state and do 100 times better than I have done,” King said. “High school goes by so fast. I’m looking forward to having a [...]

Senior Tennis Duo Aims for State Again2021-11-29T08:55:52-06:00

Junior Trio Leads Girls Volleyball

2021-11-29T09:09:56-06:00

By Tim O’Brien The Beverly Review Preparing for the fall volleyball season, Olivia Fitch knew she needed to fulfill a more prominent leadership role for the MPA volleyball team. She won’t be alone. She’ll have plenty of help from two other juniors, libero Oriella Ortiz and setter Maya Adams. The trio has played together since fifth grade at the lower school at MPA, then the middle school team and finally the junior-varsity and varsity teams at the upper school. “We’re all pretty close as friends,” Fitch said. “We’ve been playing together so long that you know what they’re going to do [...]

Junior Trio Leads Girls Volleyball2021-11-29T09:09:56-06:00

Girls Volleyball Edges Neighborhood Rival in Opener

2021-11-29T10:55:13-06:00

By Tim O’Brien The Beverly Review Stepping to the service line midway through the third set, Morgan Park Academy (MPA) senior Solana Delgado could sense the momentum slipping away. The Warriors were trailing by a point to neighborhood rival Morgan Park High School (MPHS) and needed a jolt of energy -- Delgado was there to deliver. Rattling off a 6-0 service run, including 5 straight aces, Delgado powered a MPA comeback leading to an exciting 25-16, 18-25, 25-16 nonconference victory on Aug. 26, 2021. >> CONTINUE READING AT THE BEVERLY REVIEW

Girls Volleyball Edges Neighborhood Rival in Opener2021-11-29T10:55:13-06:00

Radio/Podcasting Class Uses New Tech to Create Old-Fashioned Fun

2021-04-07T12:26:26-05:00

By Kyle Garmes The Beverly Review Morgan Park Academy (MPA) students are combining new-age technology with old-fashioned entertainment to provide senior citizens with smiles and laughter. As part of a radio/podcasting class, MPA students are teaming up with Make Grandma Smile, a Chicago therapy and technology organization, to create an old-fashioned radio show that will be sent to senior citizens around the city who are in assisted-living homes. Those seniors are also producing similar shows to be sent to MPA students. The final performances are scheduled to be completed by mid-April, and MPA sophomore Kaleb Bandele is looking forward to their [...]

Radio/Podcasting Class Uses New Tech to Create Old-Fashioned Fun2021-04-07T12:26:26-05:00

Shortened Season Can’t Slow Girls Volleyball

2021-04-07T11:29:49-05:00

By Tim O’Brien The Beverly Review Morgan Park Academy's 2019 girls volleyball team won a Class 1A regional title with a roster dominated by athletes from the underclasses, meaning they would have got a chance for a big 2020 season in normal circumstances. Instead, the pandemic wreaked havoc on the high school sports schedule, moving the season from fall to spring and not allowing for a state series. Coach Dan Cantone said the team isn’t dwelling on what could have been; instead, team members are appreciating the chance to practice and play, even for a short season. “You watch the girls’ [...]

Shortened Season Can’t Slow Girls Volleyball2021-04-07T11:29:49-05:00

Tackling the Challenges of Simultaneous Instruction

2021-02-24T12:35:45-06:00

By Mila Koumpilova Chalkbeat Chicago This fall, Morgan Park Academy teacher Emily Fitch found herself in a position for which her training had not prepared her: About a dozen students were in her sixth-grade classroom, while another half-dozen were on a computer screen, tuning in via Zoom. Fitch grappled with pressing questions: How could she best engage with both groups of learners at the same time? How to ensure her “Zoom kids” were heard and recognized in the classroom, making them feel they were fully a part of the learning experience? Simultaneous instruction, as it’s called, is fast becoming a fixture [...]

Tackling the Challenges of Simultaneous Instruction2021-02-24T12:35:45-06:00

Singles Standout Has Girls Tennis Ready for Postseason Play

2020-10-14T10:06:49-05:00

By Tim O’Brien The Beverly Review There were days this spring during the quarantine and into the summer when Brooke Anderson just didn’t feel like practicing. But heading into her junior year at Morgan Park Academy (MPA), Anderson knew she needed to be on the tennis courts as much as possible. So after finishing her schoolwork, Anderson headed to the courts and put in the practice time. She’s glad she did. Anderson has been a rock at No. 2 singles for MPA this season behind two-time state qualifier Ayanna King at No. 1 singles. >> CONTINUE READING AT THE BEVERLY REVIEW

Singles Standout Has Girls Tennis Ready for Postseason Play2020-10-14T10:06:49-05:00

Finance Internship Gives Senior an Inside Look

2020-09-09T10:41:42-05:00

By Tim O’Brien The Beverly Review Samuela Kosipa wasn’t sure what to expect from her six-week summer internship. However, the Morgan Park Academy (MPA) senior knew she would make the best out of the situation. Kosipa interned with the Greenwood Project, an organization that introduces youths to careers in the financial industry, with the intent of building a diversity pipeline for minority students to enter the industry. “I might not have thought of signing up, but after six weeks, you consider it as a career option,” Kosipa said. “People from different institutes and companies talked to us. It was a lot [...]

Finance Internship Gives Senior an Inside Look2020-09-09T10:41:42-05:00

Senior Outside Hitter Has Volleyball Ready to Defend Title

2020-07-16T18:05:03-05:00

By Tim O’Brien The Beverly Review Alexus Spann is a 5’4” senior outside hitter on the volleyball team at Morgan Park Academy. Last year as a junior, Spann was a key hitter for a Warriors squad that won a Class 1A regional title, the program’s first since 2016. She has been on the varsity since late in her freshman season. Spann is a South Holland resident and McKinley Junior High School graduate. Q&A What’s a big goal for your senior season? “I want to have a lot of fun my senior year. We want to do as well as we can [...]

Senior Outside Hitter Has Volleyball Ready to Defend Title2020-07-16T18:05:03-05:00
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