This year more than 180 students in grades 6-8 entered the Lemont VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. The theme this year was “America’s Gift to My Generation”.
This year thirteen winners were announced on Sunday, December 3, 2017. We are proud of our six students who were awarded a certificate and a one hundred dollar cash prize. Congratulations to Luke, Lia, Michael, Sophia, Ryan, and Jackie. Their essays were submitted to be judged in the district competition.
Our Academic teams were very active and very successful during the month of November.
All of our Junior High academic teams from sixth through eighth participated in the Thirty-First Annual Montini High School Math Competition and every student came home a winner! Thirty seven schools and 450 students competed overall. Our eighth grade team came in second overall, the seventh grade won third place, and our sixth grade team also took second place. Of the 33 awards given at this competition, St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School received nine of them for 27% of the total. Individual honors were garnered by several students in addition to the team awards. Eighth graders Alex and Ryan O. took home first place and second place respectively. Seventh graders Jackie and Caleb won fifth and eighth place in their division. Finally, sixth graders Max and Lia achieved second place and seventh place.
This month, our Academic Team also won first place in the Benet Scholastic Bowl, first place in the Nazareth Scholastic Bowl and third place in the Nazareth Math Bowl. At the Nazareth Academy Scholastic Bowl our eighth grade academic team competed against 19 other schools and won the final round with a 143-37 point victory to take first place overall! Our students also did very well at the Benet Academy Scholastic Bowl. Our eighth grade team again won first place overall and our seventh grade team won first place in the math section of the competition.
We are very proud of all of these hardworking students who represent our school so well!
Our sixth through eighth-grade students participated in the 17th annual Providence Junior High Academic Bowl on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Seventeen schools participated in the event. Our Eighth-Graders finished third overall, and our Sixth/Seventh-Grade team finished in second place.
Participants competed in several subject areas including Language Arts, Social Science, Science, Mathematics and Geography. Students earned personal scores in each subject area, which were tabulated and compared to their peers. An award presentation took place following the competition. Trophies were awarded to the top four teams at both grade levels, as well as to the top five individuals in each subject area. Our team members also brought home several individual awards. On our sixth/seventh grade team, Max took first place in Science and Caleb won third place in Mathematics. Eighth graders also placed individually. Ian won first place in Science, Luke took third place in Social Science, and Alex placed fourth in Mathematics.
On October 23, our eighth-grade math team finished in third-place at the Nazareth Academy Math Contest. Sixteen total teams and 80 individual students competed in the contest. Congratulations to Alex, who earned second place individual honors in the competition.
We are very proud of these students who represent our school so very well!
Congratulations to our 7th graders who competed in Nazareth Academy’s annual math competition on March 7. Our students took first place in the lightening round team competition. They took second place in the overall team competition. Alex P. won fourth place in the individual competition. There were 100 competitors from more than a dozen schools! Celtics excel!
On February 9 we had two seventh grade teams compete in the Nazareth Academy Scholastic Bowl. We were represented by Ian, Ethan, and Brayden on one team while Logan, Ryan O., Luke, and Tyler competed on a second team. Sixteen teams competed in all subject areas including fine and performing arts. Both teams made it to the Final 8, then onto the Final four. The students did a great job!
On Friday, September 23, the St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society inducted eight new members. Our Principal, Ms. Payne and the NJHS advisors, Mrs. Teri Lerch and Mr. Joel Munyon, along with the current members, welcomed the new inductees in a formal ceremony that celebrated the qualities that are the hallmarks of the society. Student members resolved to carry out the five pillars of Character, Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Citizenship. The new inductees included eighth graders Ela S. and Tatiana S..and seventh graders Luke A., Vince C., Ian M., Scarlett O., Julia P., and Alex P. They were ushered into the NJHS by our existing eighth grade members Christopher C., Paige C., Abigail G., William G., Connor K., and Ryan M.
True to the mandate given to these young people during their induction, our NJHS students strive to be "servant leaders". NJHS members work throughout the year to foster the touchstones of NJHS by sponsoring projects that benefit the community, our parishes, and St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School. We are very proud of these hard-working students.
On Saturday November 12th, fifteen of our sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students attended Montini Catholic High School to participate in a math competition. There were over 400 students who attended from 33 of the area’s best public and private schools. Representing our school from sixth grade were Caleb B., Garret C., Connor K., and Nick V., from seventh grade were Vince C., Ian M., Scarlett O., Ryan O., and Alex P., and from eighth grade were Christopher C., Paige C., Abby G., Will G., and Gabby S. We are proud to announce we had many winners! In sixth grade, Caleb B. earned an eighth place honor. In seventh grade Alex P. earned a seventh place honor and Ian M. earned a fourth place honor. In eighth grade Will G. earned an eighth place honor. We are also happy to announce that our seventh grade team took a third place team victory overall! Congratulations to the parents of these students and to the faculty who have taught them throughout the years. We are so proud of our Celtics!