News of the year
JROTC DRILL TEAM PLACES 7th AT NATIONALS
Marmion Academy's Flannigan Rifles Military Drill Team finished off its season by achieving its highest national ranking yet, earning seventh place and winning the coveted 'Spirit Award' in the National High School Drill Team Championships held the first weekend of May in Daytona Beach, Fla. Additionally, six Marmion cadets won Corps of Cadets scholarships to Texas A&M University for their academic achievements in the classroom
MARMION STARTS CONSTRUCTION OF ARNDT STADIUM BUILDING
Construction began on Marmion Academy's new Donald Arndt Jr. Stadium Sports Building. This is the second phase of the renovation of Fichtel Field.
MARMION RECEIVES NATIONAL GUARD MINUTEMAN AWARD
Marmion Academy was presented with the National Guard 'Minuteman Award' on November 23, 2004, by Maj. Amanda Christie of the 3rd Infantry Division (ROC). This award was given to Marmion as the institution designated as the outstanding supporter of a 3rd Infantry Division unit in defense of American freedom.
FIVE ALUMNI INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
Four Marmion alumni were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony on February 5, 2005 _ the late Coach Hank Berg, class of 1940; Alan Brookner of Harvard, class of 1990; Nicholas Gordon of Fort Collins, Colo., class of 1985; and the late Elmer 'Muzzy' Kartheiser, class of 1935.
CROSS COUNTRY WINS CONFERENCE TITLE
For the third consecutive year, the cross country team won the Suburban Catholic Conference title. The Cadets were undefeated in dual meets (14-0) with runners sophomore David Grange and senior Brandon Ritchey consistently finishing in the top spots. The Cadets finished fourth at the Kaneland Class AA Regionals to move on to Sectional competition as a team for the first time in 15 years.
SWIMMING SENDS TEAM OF 8 TO STATE
Marmion's young swim team was able to claim a winning season and qualify eight swimmers in seven events at the state competition. Senior Matt O'Brien, who was the team's outstanding swimmer, is the only state qualifier who will be leaving.
HONORED SENIOR ATHLETES CROSS COUNTRY
MVP - Brandon Ritchey of Batavia; SCC All-Conference - Brandon Ritchey; Academic All- Conference - Tim Keefe of Aurora, Mike Nothnagel of Batavia and Brandon Ritchey
Patrick Schuster '72 Most Dedicated - Cory Walker of Yorkville; SCC All-Conference - Scott Kulakowski of North Aurora and Cory Walker; Academic All- Conference - Elliot Lauzen of Aurora and James McAnelly Aurora
MVP - Eric Hermosillo of Batavia; SCC Player of the Year- Eric Hermosillo; SCC All-Conference - Eric Hermosillo, Chris Shouse of Aurora, Mike Schuenemann of Plano and Tim Studlo of Batavia
Fr. Wilfred Popham OSB MVP - Matt Hymel of Batavia; Charles Ronan '80 Most Dedicated - Elliot Lauzen of Aurroa; SCC All- Conference - Matt Hymel; Academic All-Conference - Elliot Lauzen and Matt Hymel
Most Valuable Shooter - Alex Coll of Plainfield
Jim Kelly Outstanding Swimmer - Matt O'Brien of St. Charles; MACC All-Conference - Matt O'Brien
LATIN STUDENTS GET PERFECT SCORE ON NATIONAL LATIN EXAM
Forty-one of 49 students who took the National Latin Exam received Certificates of Merit. Marmion students winning gold medals and Summa Cum Laude Certificates of Merit included seniors Benjamin Burroughs of Elburn, Brandon Ritchey of Batavia, Bryan Pansing of Aurora and Matthew Hymel of Batavia. Students winning silver medals and Maxima Cum Laude Certificates of Merit included senior Christopher Saumell of Sugar Grove.
LATIN STUDENTS QUALIFIES FOR STATE
Seventeen of 19 Marmion students qualified for the State Finals at Rockford College. More than 400 Latin students in Illinois participated in this qualifying test. The highest level on this test is called Superior and the next level is designated Excellent. Superior students on this test at Marmion Academy included seniors Benjamin Burroughs of Elburn, Matthew Hymel of Batavia and Brandon Ritchey of Batavia.
MATH TEAM QUALIFIES FOR STATE
Marmion Academy's Math Team competed in the ICTM Regional Math Contest at North Central College on Feb. 26, along with local schools Montini, St. Francis, Rosary, Lisle, Nazareth Academy and Driscoll. Marmion's Algebra I team finished in first place, earning an automatic qualification for the State Math Contest in Champaign.
WYSE TEAM WINS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE
Marmion Academy's 14-member World Youth in Science and Technology Society team excelled at the Regional Academic Challenge at Waubonsee Community College on Feb. 8, taking the first-place trophy with a score of 482 out of 500. Along with their first place trophy, Marmion team members also took home 14 individual awards at the regional competition. Senior Ben Burroughs of Elburn tied for a second-place ribbon in computers. Senior Nick McCollum of Batavia tied for the first-place ribbon in physics and took the second- place ribbon in mathematics. Senior Bryan Pansing of Aurora took the thirdplace ribbon in English. Senior Brandon Ritchey of Batavia tied for the first-place ribbon in physics.
NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS
Marmion seniors Tim Keefe and Bryan Pansing of Aurora and Brandon Ritchey of Batavia have received Finalist recognition in the 2005 National Merit Scholarship Competition. These academically talented high school seniors are eligible to compete for some 8,000 Merit Scholarship awards with over $32 million.
Eight Marmion students were named commended students in the 2005 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Seniors Patrick Brankin of Geneva, Michael Duitsman of Naperville, Thomas Hoare of Wheaton, Elliot Lauzen of Aurora, Nick McCollum of Wheaton, Thomas McIvor of Lisle, Christopher Saumell of Sugar Grove and Robert Wengronowitz of Geneva are recognized for their exceptional academic promise along with a total of about 34,000 students throughout the nation. They are placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1 million students who entered the 2005 competition.
ILLINOIS STATE SCHOLARS
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has named 21 Marmion Academy seniors (20 percent of the class) Illinois State Scholars. The following Marmion students ranked in the top 10 percent of the state's high school graduating seniors to receive this honor: Siebren-Michael Bakker of Montgomery, Christopher Barnes of Batavia, Patrick Brankin of Geneva, Benjamin Burroughs of Elburn, Nicholas Dieter of Maple Park, Michael Duitsman of Naperville, Jacob Feuerborn of St. Charles, Thomas Hoare of Wheaton, Matthew Hymel of Batavia, Benjamin Ingraham of Aurora, Timothy Keefe of Aurora, Will Kruisbrink of Batavia, Elliot Lauzen of Aurora, Thomas Mader of Batavia, James McAnelly of Aurora, Nicholas McCollum of Batavia, Thomas McIvor of Lisle, Bryan Pansing of Aurora, Brandon Ritchey of Batavia, Christopher Saumell of Sugar Grove and Robert Wengronowitz of Geneva.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS
Twenty-six seniors are members of the Marmion chapter of the National Honors Society: Bradley Boye of St. Charles, Patrick Brankin of Geneva, Benjamin Burroughs of Elburn, Dustin Diep of Aurora, Nicholas Dieter of Maple Park, Andrew Drabik of Aurora, Michael Duitsman of Naperville, David Ebeling of Naperville, Gerardo Garcia of Batavia, Eric Hermosillo of Aurora, Thomas Hoare of Wheaton, Roger Howard of Aurora, Matthew Hymel of Batavia, Benjamin Ingraham of Aurora, Timothy Keefe of Aurora, Will Kruisbrink of Batavia, Elliot Lauzen of Aurora, Thomas Mader of Batavia, James McAnelly of Aurora, Nicholas McCollum of Wheaton, Nicholas Motyka of Batavia, Bryan Pansing of Aurora,Brandon Ritchey of Batavia,Daniel Weiler of Aurora, Robert Wengronowitz of Geneva and Eric Wiberg of Aurora.
The College Board's Advanced Placement Program has named 15 Marmion Academy students AP Scholars. This title is given in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement exams. Only 17 percent of the more than 1 million students who took AP Exams in May 2004 performed at a sufficiently high level to merit such recognition. Fourteen members of Marmion's graduating class of 2004 received this distinction, as did current senior Benjamin Burroughs of Elburn.
DUITSMAN RECEIVES ARGONNE LABS SUMMER APPOINTMENT
Marmion senior Michael Duitsman of Naperville has been offered an appointment in the Summer 2005 Pre-College Research Participation Program at Argonne National Laboratory.
BAND FARES WELL AT DISTRICT, STATE CONTESTS
The Marmion-Rosary Band competed in the Wisconsin School Music Association District Solo and Ensemble held on March 19 at Homestead High School in Mequon, Wis. The band received 51 Class A Star First awards in class A competition. This high score allowed those students to compete in the Wisconsin State solo and ensemble contest on May 7. Marmion received 61 Class A gold medals, six Class A silver medals, 15 Class B gold medals, eight Class B silver medals, two Class C gold medals and two Class C silver medals. At the state competition, the band received 34 gold medals and 11 silver medals.
JAZZ BAND PERFORMS AT NORTH SHORE FESTIVAL
The Marmion-Rosary Jazz Ensemble competed with over 20 high school bands at the North Shore Jazz Festival held at Glenbrook South High School on Jan. 22. Marmion received two first division awards in Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo as well as the second-place Class A trophy in Jazz Combo and third place trophy in Jazz Ensemble. The group received first division awards from all judges in combo.
The Marmion-Rosary Jazz Ensemble is made up of 19 students from Marmion Academy and Rosary High School and is directed by Steven Thurlow. Members of the ensemble include seniors Ashley Damato of Aurora, Ben Ingraham of Aurora, Tom Mader of Batavia, Nick McCollum of Batavia and Bryan Pansing of Aurora.
MARMION-ROSARY MARCHING BAND HAVE STELLAR SEASON
Practice has paid off for the more than 55 students in the Marmion- Rosary Marching Band. The band performed an award-winning program, which included selections from the musical 'Chicago.' On Oct. 2, the band received the second-place trophy in Class A competition in the Falcon Wheaton North Marching Band Tournament. On Oct. 10, the band received the first-place Class A trophy in parade competition at the Marengo Settler's Day Parade and Field competition. Marmion received the third-place trophy in field competition, with only two points separating the top three bands. The band performed at the State Marching Band competition held at Illinois State University on Oct. 16. This was the first contest that Marmion competed with schools with similar enrollments. The music program had outstanding accomplishments at the District IX Illinois Music Educators Association auditions. Marmion sent seven students to the district festival.
MADER NOMINATED FOR EXEMPLARY SOLIST AT STATE CONTEST
Senior Tom Mader of Batavia was nominated as an exemplary soloist for his trumpet performance at the Wisconsin School of Music Association State Contest Solo And Ensemble contest held on May 7.
EAGLE OF THE CROSS AWARD RECIPIENTS
Six Marmion Academy students received the Diocese of Rockford's Eagle of the Cross Award. This year's recipients are seniors Christopher Burgermeister of Naperville, David Ebeling of Naperville, Benjamin Ingraham of Aurora, Thomas Mader of Batavia, Nicholas McCollum of Batavia and Michael Nothnagel of Batavia. The Eagle of the Cross Award is given to high school teens committed to their faith and attempting to live out Catholic values.
MARMION STUDENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE DURING THE HOLIDAYS
Students provided full Thanksgiving meals to 11 needy families, made sure 20 children had gifts to open on Christmas morning, collected over 400 coats for local schools and sent Christmas care packages to more than 70 soldiers in Iraq.
LEAD RAISES $1,000 AT GAME NIGHT
The LEAD program hosted its first Game Show Night on March 4. This event was created by LEAD project teams 3 and 4, under the direction of student executive director senior Nick McCollum of Batavia. The evening profited over $1,000 from ticket sales and raffles to benefit the Reach for the Moon Foundation in Batavia.
SALUTE TO YOUTH RAISES $200,000 FOR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
The 43rd Annual Salute to Youth Dinner, Marmion Academy's annual benefit, was held on April 30 at the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The dinner-dance profited close to $200,000, which will benefit the educational programs of the Academy college-preparatory curriculum.
'HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING' April 8-10
Director Verna Esposito made sure that her final production at Marmion was a memorable one with a lively performance of 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.' The young actors provided an evening of fun and laughs for the audience. Marmion senior Bryan Pansing of Aurora was great as corporate ladder- climber J. Pierpont Finch, while his leading lady Rosary senior Lauren Timm of Aurora was pitch-perfect as shy, but determined, secretary Rosemary Pilkington.
The Marmion homecoming queen was Amy Hutter of Geneva with 1st Attendant Ellie Fair of Waterman, 2nd Attendant Michelle Raucci of Batavia and 3rd Attendant Amanda Grahovec of Yorkville. The ladies were joined by the gentlemen of the court at the student dance 'A Night in New Orleans' that evening: King Terry Stewart of Geneva, 1st Attendant Elliot Lauzen of Aurora, 2nd Attendant Eric Hermosillo of Batavia and 3rd Attendant Tom Hoare of Wheaton.
Elliot Lauzen of Aurora is the Marmion Academy Class of 2005 valedictorian. Lauzen also served as the 2004-05 battalion commander, the highest position available in Marmion's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Nick McCollum of Batavia served as the 2004-05 student executive director of the Leadership Education and Development program.
The 101 graduates receive their diplomas at 2:15 p.m. Sunday in the school's gymnasium at 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora.