#CelticsExcel! The St. Al/St. Pat Fall Academic Team

The St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick Academic Team, under the direction of Ms. Burke, had a very successful Fall academic competition season! The team brought home so many team and individual awards and honors from competitions, we had to install new shelves to hold all the trophies and plaques! Among the many adulations were two first place team honors at both Providence and Benet Academy. These hard working students consistently bring honor to themselves and to our school.

Providence Catholic Academic Bowl

Montini Math Competition

Nazareth Scholastic Bowl

Benet Academy Academic Competition

Celtics Excel....Seventh Grade Academic Team Victories at Nazareth and Montini Competitions

The seventh grade academic team recently competed in a math competition at Nazareth Academy and an overall academic competition at Montini High School.
The team place first in the Nazareth Math competition. The event involved fourteen teams and over seventy competitors. Team members Caleb and Jackie also earned individual honors. Caleb placed first and Jackie placed fifth in individual competition.
The team was also successful at the Montini competition. Caleb again placed first overall in the math section of the competition and Jackie placed third in the language arts section.

Celtics Excel...All American Boy Finalists

Congratulations to Luke, Alex, and Ian for being selected as eighth-grade finalists in Congressman Dan Lipinski's All-American Boy & Girl Program. Out of over 1,000 applications, St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School had three of the twenty-six eighth grade boy finalists. 
Representative Lipinski had high praise for all of the finalists in his annual competition. He said that, "The finalists have stood out among their peers, doing well in school, participating in extracurricular activities, and contributing to their communities.  I enjoy doing this program every year because it makes me more optimistic about the future.  I want to congratulate all of our winners and their families as well as everyone who has had a hand in shaping the lives of these exemplary middle-schoolers.  I wish them the best and encourage them to continue working hard and staying active in making their communities and our nation better.”

Celtics Excel: 2017 Patriot Pen Winners

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.

District level awards for the Patriot Pen Essay were recently awarded. Sixth-grader Lia placed 7th overall in the district and won an additional $100. There were over 300 entries from 24 VFW post across the district. They selected 17 essays as winners for the district and Lia was awarded 7th place. Her essay will move on to the next round of judging. 
Patriots Pen District Winner

Celtics Excel: November Academic Competitions

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!

November Academic Team Victories!

Celtics Excel: October Academic Competitions

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!

Celtics Excel: Brother Rice Academic Bowl Victory

Our eighth grade academic team competed in the Brother Rice High School Academic Bowl on Saturday, October 7 and won first place honors!. Eleven area Catholic schools competed. After advancing to the final round, our students completed the Bowl by outscoring the second-place opponent 155 to 55.   We are proud of these outstanding students who represent our school so well!

Celtics Excel: Students Honored by the Mathletics Team

The Mathletics program is one of the ways that our students increase their fluency with math facts and gain understanding about mathematics and problem solving. 
Our school received a Platinum Award from the Mathletics Team for our overall excellence in the use of this learning tool. Three of our third grade students received special recognition for their individual performance over the course of the 2016-17 school year. 

Celtics Excel: Young Scientists Bring Home Gold from the State Science Fair

On Saturday, May 6, four of our seventh graders participated in the Illinois State Science Fair at Northern Illinois University. There were approximately 1,200 participants and 1,000 projects! The projects were all awarded a points score and then were awarded either a gold, silver or bronze certificate.
All of our Celtic Scientists did an outstanding job and represented our school so well.

Luke A. received a GOLD certificate for his project "The Music in You, Does Music Affect Your Heart and Soul". Ian M. received a GOLD certificate for his project "Placebo Effect". Julia P. and Scarlett O. received a GOLD certificate for their project "Who Remembers More: Males/Females." 
Illinois State Science Fair, Celtics Excel
Illinois State Science Fair, Celtics Excel
Illinois State Science Fair, Celtics Excel
Illinois State Science Fair, Celtics Excel
Illinois State Science Fair, Celtics Excel
Illinois State Science Fair, Celtics Excel
Illinois State Science Fair, Celtics Excel
Illinois State Science Fair, Celtics Excel

Celtics Excel: Montini Catholic High School Scholastic Bowl Victors!

St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School was represented by two teams in the Montini Scholastic Bowl on March 22, 2017.  Students participated in an individual, subject-specific competition in four different subject areas.  They also competed as a team in a buzzer competition.  Our teams were split into two different pools.  One team, Ian, Ryan O, Brayden, and Ryan S., won all three of their matches to advance to the final four.  Our other team, Alex, Scarlett, Ryan E, and Tyler, also secured a spot in the final four.  In a very exciting competition, our two teams went head to head to move on to the championship round.  They tied and had to do a sudden death round.  Both teams now had to compete for 3rd place and for 1st place.  We won both!!  St. Als/St. Pat’s came home with Bronze and Gold medals.  Tyler also won second place in the individual social studies competition, and Alex won first place in the math competition.  We are so proud of our Celtics and the many ways they excel!

Celtics Excel: Cadette Girl Scouts Earn the Marian Medal

Four of our seventh grade Cadette Girl Scouts culminated two years of study and hard work as they received their Marian Medal award at Holy Name Cathedral on Sunday, March 19. Recipients from our school include Bridget M., Ryan E., Regan N., and Scarlett O.
As the girls participate in the journey to this award, they develop a deep understanding of Mary as a model of openness and spirituality. As they grow in appreciation of Mary, they also grow in understanding of themselves as Catholics. As part of this process, the girls also completed a far reaching service project.
Celtics excel!

Celtics Excel: Regional Science Fair Honors

Seven students from St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School advanced to the Regional Science Fair from our own school fair held in January. The Regional Science Fair was held on March 18th at Matea Valley High School in Aurora.  There were approximately 500 projects on display and the students of St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School represented us very well!

Luke A., grade 7,  earned an outstanding rating and will be representing us at the state science fair on May 6th at Northern Illinois University.

Ian M. and the team of Scarlett O. and Julia P., all from seventh grade, also received an outstanding rating.  They are considered alternates to the state fair and will be waiting to hear if they will be attending.

Jeremy K. and Jack M., from eighth grade, earned a first place award as did seventh grader Ryan S. 

Lexi L., grade 8,  earned second place honors.

We are very proud of these Celtics who excel!

Celtics Excel: All American Girl and Boy!

Seventh graders Luke and Scarlett were finalists in Congressman Dan Lipinski’s All American Boy and Girl Program which spans the Third Congressional District. This annual event is designed to honor young men and women in the Third Congressional District who are involved in their community, excel in the classroom, and participate in extracurricular activities. Students were asked to fill out an extensive application that included  eight essay questions.  Based upon those answers, 100 finalists, from an overall applicant pool of over 1000 students, moved on to the next round.  After the finalists were chosen, they were interviewed by a panel of judges comprised of local community leaders, teachers and other dignitaries.   Students who were finalists were recognized at Moraine Valley Community College on March 13th where the winners were announced.  Congratulations to our finalists, Luke and Scarlett!

Celtics Excel: Nazareth Academy Academic Competitions

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!


Celtics Excel: Providence High School Academic Bowl Victors!

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, eleven of our 7th and 8th grade students competed in the Providence High School 16th Annual Junior High Academic Bowl. Participants were selected based upon their demonstrated proficiency in Language Arts, Social Sciences, Science, Mathematics and Geography. There were more than twenty schools participating in the competition. Awards were given to teams and to individual students for outstanding performance.
Representing St. Alphonsus/ St. Patrick from the seventh grade were Scarlett O., Ian M., Julia P., Alex P., and Ryan E. Representing us from eighth grade were Chris C., Ryan M., Michael V, Connor K., Jack G, and Tatiana S.. We are pleased to announce that Scarlett O. won third place in social studies and Alex P. took second place in the mathematics competition. The seventh grade team took 1st place overall!! Congratulations to these fine students, their parents, and to the faculty who have taught them throughout their previous years. We are proud of our Academic Team CELTICS!
Based upon their outstanding performance at this Providence Academic Bowl, the seventh grade academic team has been invited to compete in the 10th Annual National Junior Academic Championship. They are invited to participate in one of the national competitions being held in either New Orleans, Washington D. C., or here in Chicago. St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School is proud of these Celtics who excel and excited for their future achievements.

Celtics Excel: National Junior Honor Society Induction 2016

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. 

Celtics Excel: Montini Catholic Mathematics Competition

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!