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#CelticsExcel....Class of 2009
We congratulate our Class of 2009 alumna Kathy Balnius on her acceptance to the Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine where she will specialize in allergy/immunology.
After graduating from St. Alphonsus St. Patrick, Kathy attended Lemont High School where she earned placement on the High Honor Roll all semesters, was President of National English Honor Society, was a member of the National Honors Society, was on the National French Honor Roll, as well as playing Varsity volleyball. Kathy will be graduating Loyola University Chicago in May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and a Bioethics minor. While at Loyola, Kathy received the Loyola Presidential Scholarship, Village of Woodridge Prologis Scholarship, Lemont Lions Club Scholarship, and the Lemont High School National English Honor Society Scholarship. Kathy says: “St. Al’s/St. Pat’s showed me what it was like to have a school community truly feel like a family. I feel blessed to have graduated 7 years ago and still be able to reach out to my fellow classmates and share with them my successes and failures in life. St. Al’s/St. Pat’s has not only left me with a great education, but a support group that I can always count on. I know that no matter what path I choose in life, the St. Al’s/St. Pat’s community will always support me.”
#CelticsExcel....Class of 2001
St. Alphonsus / St. Patrick school congratulates our Class of 2001 alumnus Brandon Wall who has been promoted to Lead Editor of the BuzzFeed News Curation Team in Los Angeles. Brandon graduated from our school in 2001, went on to Providence Catholic High School, and received his degree in Journalism from Lewis University. Brandon credits Eileen Bruno (his 8th grade teacher) with sparking his interest in journalism
#CelticsExcel....Class of 2009: Alumni Returns to Teach a First Grade STEM Lesson
Alumni Madison Wall, Class of 2009, returned to our first grade recently to share a STEM Lesson (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). The lesson, called the Balancing Robot, helped the first graders understand balance and center of gravity. The children colored their robots and then used two pennies to find the center of gravity. They tried balancing their robots in many ways and in many places around the room.
Madison is taking a course entitled Broadening Participation in STEM and was happy to share her expertise with us. She will graduate from Loyola University in December with a degree in Math and Computer Science. She will continue at the University to receive her Masters degree in Secondary Education with a Mathematics endorsement.