Science Teacher Receives Outstanding Educator Award

2021-11-29T08:50:15-06:00

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 [...]

Science Teacher Receives Outstanding Educator Award2021-11-29T08:50:15-06:00

Academic Challenge Team Places 3rd in State

2021-04-21T10:31:26-05:00

Morgan Park Academy’s Academic Challenge team continued its 30-year history of top-level success with a third-place finish at the 2021 state finals, including four individual medals in math and engineering graphics. Competing in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math, and physics, 14 MPA students combined for 372.6 points, a total that measured up against not only their peers in the unboundaried Division 300, but many larger schools. This is the team’s highest finish since winning the 2012 state championship, as well as the fourth straight year and fifth time in seven years with at least one top-5 individual state [...]

Academic Challenge Team Places 3rd in State2021-04-21T10:31:26-05:00

How Does a Zombie Virus Attack the Brain?

2021-02-25T14:47:19-06:00

Faced with scattered reports of a zombie apocalypse, Upper School students in psychology class gathered and presented research on the effects the mysterious infection has on the human nervous system, the endocrine system, and the brain. Students sought to answer: - What areas of the body (nervous, endocrine, and brain) does the zombie virus affect? - How do the diseased areas of the brain influence the behavior of infected individuals? - What instruments would you use to diagnose the infected areas of the brain? - How can we treat the zombies? Psychology is an Upper School elective course that introduces students [...]

How Does a Zombie Virus Attack the Brain?2021-02-25T14:47:19-06:00

Academic Challenge Team Wins Big at Regionals

2021-02-24T14:20:44-06:00

Morgan Park Academy’s Academic Challenge team began its postseason push with high scores across all categories in regional competition in February 2021. Competing in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math, and physics, MPA's 20-person team not only won more than a dozen individual medals against schools its own size, but achieved high test scores regardless of school size. Teaming up to advance to March sectionals were: seniors Emmett Campbell, Andrew DeLaney, Sabrina Eng, Charles Hendon, Frank Li, Brycen Worsham, and Wayne Zhang; juniors Tiffany Chen, Celia Echols, Dylan Hagan, Maanav Kaistha, and Merlin Mo; sophomores Orla Desmond, Selena Eng, [...]

Academic Challenge Team Wins Big at Regionals2021-02-24T14:20:44-06:00

Dream It, Build It, Do It

2020-08-21T11:54:32-05:00

The Thrall Family Makerspace opens up a world of hands-on imagination, design, and exploration for students and teachers. The lower level of Hansen Hall has seen many changes over the decades, but the newest renovations might be the most exciting yet. Thanks to a $150,000 contribution from the family of Jerome Thrall ’44, the entire floor has been remodeled to create a makerspace for Morgan Park Academy students and teachers, opening up a series of interconnected spaces designed for imaginative, collaborative, and hands-on learning, building, and exploration. Opened in Fall 2018, the Thrall Family Makerspace contains resources and space for computers [...]

Dream It, Build It, Do It2020-08-21T11:54:32-05:00

Sophomore Wins 2 Medals at State Academic Challenge

2020-07-15T11:49:52-05:00

Despite a tournament reorganization that kept our Academic Challenge team from competing as a group at the virtual state finals, we are proud that sophomore Merlin Mo nabbed two individual medals to continue MPA’s 25-year history of success in this math, science, and engineering competition. Merlin placed fourth in physics and fourth in engineering graphics after being one of five MPA students to win medals at last year’s state finals. The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created by a team of academic experts and previously administered by the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) program in the [...]

Sophomore Wins 2 Medals at State Academic Challenge2020-07-15T11:49:52-05:00

Academic Challenge Team Takes 3rd at Sectionals

2020-03-18T15:56:50-05:00

Morgan Park Academy’s Academic Challenge team continued its postseason push with high scores across all math and science categories in sectional competition at Joliet Junior College on March 10, 2020. Competing in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics, and physics, MPA placed third in Division 300 against other schools our size. Teaming up to advance to the state finals were seniors Anthony Jurek and Celeste Kettaneh; juniors Frank Li, Oscar Zhang, and Wayne Zhang; and sophomores Tom Gu and Merlin Mo. "All of them did a great job to contribute to the team score," said coach Jae eun Yoon, [...]

Academic Challenge Team Takes 3rd at Sectionals2020-03-18T15:56:50-05:00
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