Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The selective enrollment high schools were named the four best schools in the state.
It was a clean sweep for Chicago Public Schools as the most prestigious selective enrollment schools in Chicago were named the four best high schools in the state, according to a ranking of public schools released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report magazine. Northside College Prep, Walter Payton College Prep, Jones College Prep and Whitney M. Young Magnet School grabbed the top spots on the list. Three of the schools also made it into the list of the top 100 high schools in the entire country. The rankings rely on a mix of criteria, including teacher-student ratio, test scores and college readiness. U.S. News said it collected data on more than 21,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia, excluding Nebraska, …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Cops say Justice man leaned in and bit off piece of victim's ear in domestic dispute.
A 28-year-old Justice man bit a piece of another man’s ear off during a domestic dispute, authorities said. Richard Vody of the 7800 block of Garden Lane, was charged with home invasion, aggravated battery and domestic battery. Vody is currently out of jail on a $250,000 bond. Cook County Sheriff’s Police received a call about 8:45 a.m. Friday for a domestic battery in the 200 block of Walnut in unincorporated Justice. Officers said that Vody was found at the scene, along with the 26-year-old victim from Westchester, and the victim’s girlfriend, who lived at the residence. Authorities said all three knew each other. Vody forced his way into the residence. After arguing with the victim, Vody leaned into the victim and bit off about half of …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
A former Plainfield North gym teacher pleaded guilty to meeting a teen for sex. And that was just one of the things going on in court this week.
More than two years after the police caught her in a car with a half-dressed student from the high school where she was a teacher, Ashley Blumenshine copped a plea. Blumenshine, a 30-year-old former Plainfield North gym teacher, will have to do 11 days in jail. She will also spend two years on sex offender probation and 10 yeas on the Illinois sex offender registry. She tearfully apologized before she was taken into custody to start doing her time. Let's look at what else was going on in the area's courthouses this past week: Check out all these stories and more on our Facebook page
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Brother Rice coaching legend notched 37 championships during his tenure.
It's the end of an era for Crusader basketball. Brother Rice High School announced on Tuesday that longtime coach Pat Richardson will be retiring at the end of this school year after racking up over 400 wins during his tenure. Richardson has been the head coach of the program for 24 years. During that time his teams have won nine Catholic League titles, eight Thanksgiving, five Christmas, eleven IHSA Regional championships, and four IHSA Sectional Championships as well as making one Elite Eight appearance in 2005, according to the school. “It’s been an incredible honor and privilege to be the basketball coach at Brother Rice for the past 24 years," Richardson said on the school's website. "I can’t imagine a better place to coach …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Oak Forest native made a name for himself at this year's Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society annual convention.
Congratulations to Oak Forest’s Chris Amann. He is one of nearly 1,000 college students across the nation recognized for literary excellence at the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society’s annual convention last month in Portland, Oregon. Aman is a graduate of Brother Rice High School. He currently attends St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. Want to share your good news? Post it as a blog on Patch!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A collection of Marist High School alumni gathered at Gaelic Park Friday, March 22. Members of classes five years apart, from 1968 through 1998, got together to share drinks, memories, and some classic Marist pride.
Marist alumni from several classes toasted their beloved high school at Gaelic Park in Oak Forest Friday, March 22. Alumni from the classes of '68, '73, '78, '83, '88, '93, and '98 gathered for celebration and an alumni awards ceremony. Time and Eternity Awards Chris Lawler '81 Bob Malatt '73 Jim Nelson '78 Hall of Fame Honorees Dr.Jay Bergamini '73 Mike Collins '91 Kevin Brothen '87 Connect with Patch: Evergreen Park / Beverly-Mt. Greenwood / Oak Lawn
Monday, March 25, 2013
See a collegiate rugby game up close and personal.
It will be a unique opportunity for South Siders to see two collegiate rugby teams battle it out. The Brother Rice rugby program is hosting the University of Notre Dame and Ohio State University. The game will take place on Saturday, March 30 at Brother Rice High School. The varsity match will start at 7 p.m. and an early match will take place at 5:30 p.m. The entry fee of $5 will go toward the Brother Rice High School rugby program in their bid to the National High School Rugby Championships. The Crusaders are the reigning state champions.
Friday, March 22, 2013
While no local schools will be closed, the South Side was hit with a number of school shut-downs.
Chicago Public Schools will close 54 school programs and 61 buildings, officials announced Thursday. The city was tossed into upheaval as parents and teachers slowly began to learn which schools will be closed at the end of this school year. Chicago Public Schools officials released a final list at 5 p.m., but principals and aldermen started leaking the information as early as 6 a.m. Thursday. The announcement made history as the largest amount of school closings the city has ever seen. In total, 71 schools will be drastically changed: six schools were named as turnarounds, 11 will be co-located and 54 will be shut down. Most are on the South and West sides of the city. No schools in the 19th Ward were marked for closing either in the …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Mary Acker Klingenberger brings a business eye and alumna touch to her role as president of the all-girls school.
It's been three weeks since Mary Acker Klingenberger started her new position as president of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School. It's a homecoming of sorts for the 1975 grad who takes the reins of the school's business and outreach operations. Klingenberger was previously director of gift planning at Hinsdale Hospital and was a regional president Harris Bank of Hinsdale. She has an extensive background in both fund raising and management. Were you excited about returning to Mother McAuley? I love Mother McAuley and think it provided me with an opportunity to be fearless throughout my career. I realized more when my boys were leaving high school what a big deal high school is. It is really the building blocks for an individual. What …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The stunning last second three-point shot by a St. Catherine's player in a game against Queen of Martyrs was captured on video.
It was like a scene out of a movie as Pat Hanrahan of St. Catherine in Oak Lawn was able to nail a last second shot to clinch a playoff win. Playing against Queen of Martyrs and trailing by one point, Mitch Panella was able to steal the ball with just five seconds left in the game. He passed it to Hanrahan at half court who made the shot as the time expired. The crowd goes expectedly wild.