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Montini Catholic High School




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    Other Scheduled EventsAugust 14, 2015

    Bronco Classic Golf OutingSt. Andrews Golf & Country Club

    September 18, 2015 Homecoming Game

    honoring Inaugural Football & Cheerleading Teams

    Duffy Memorial Stadium

    October 24, 2015 Harvest Moon Howl

    Montini Catholic High School

    November 15, 2015Anniversary Community Liturgy Montini Catholic High School

    December 6, 2015 Fashion Show, Oakbrook Marriott

    January 30, 2016Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Montini Catholic High School

    February 20, 2016 Bingo Night & Social

    Montini Catholic High School

    March 12, 2016Maroon & Gold Gala

    Signature Events, Woodridge

    Dear Alumni and Friends,


    at Drury Lane for our

    join us onJune 4, 2016

    50th Anniversary Celebration

    s we approach the end of the 2014-15 school year, I am happy to report that our 49th year of education has been one of our best -

    marked with much excitement over the success of our school-wide DigitalLearning Initiative. I am also proud of the academic achievements of our students and the many awards earned in our extracurricular programs.

    We will enter our 50th Year of Lasallian, Catholic Education in August withgreat momentum. Presently, over $17 million dollars has been awarded inscholarships and academic grants to the 165 members of our Class of 2015.Over the last four years, our graduating seniors have earned over $55 milliondollars in academic scholarships and grants. This amount does not include the many athletic scholarships that have been offered.

    This year we celebrated our Math Teams highest finish in the ICTM 2A StateChampionship - 3rd out of 51 schools. This accomplishment distinguishedMontini Catholic as the highest scoring Catholic high school in the ICTMClass 2A state competition. In addition, our Robotics Team, in its first year of competition, placed 1st in the College of DuPage Engineering Olympics.

    We also celebrated a terrific year athletically, with an IHSA state champi-onship in wrestling, a 2nd place state finish in football, and a 3rd place finishin girls basketball. Our girls volleyball teams first visit downstate won them a4th place trophy. The boys and girls cross country teams and the cheerleadingteam also made appearances downstate. The Broncettes repeated as TDI statechampions in Pom, and we made IHSA history by having two students, AmyBukovsky and Jack Westerkamp, win the Class 3A female and male IHSA 3-point shooting contests. Our spring sports season, as of this writing, is still ongoing and we expect that our teams will also experience much success.

    I am very proud to announce that as of this writing, 9 out of our 11 IHSA falland winter sport teams have earned the IHSA All-Academic Team recognitionfor the 2014-15 school year. The teams maintained an accumulative gradepoint average of 3.0+ during their seasons. In addition, 46 varsity athletesachieved the IHSA Scholastic Recognition Award for maintaining a 3.5+ GPAon a 4.0 scale.

    As we approach our 50th Anniversary school year, please save the date of June 4, 2016 for our 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace. Our 2015-16 calendar is already filled with a number ofanniversary events, providing opportunities for all to come together and celebrate this special moment in our history. Many more events are in thefinal planning stages.

    My sincere appreciation goes out to all of you for your continual support andgenerosity to our school. Our faculty, staff and students are looking forward tocelebrating our 50th Anniversary and I hope that you will join us by attendingone or more of our planned celebrations.

    May you have an enjoyable and relaxing summer and as always May JesusLive In Our HeartsForever


    James F. SegredoPresident

  • Montini Catholic's Campus Minister, Michael Blanchette, teacherHilda Castor, and seven ardent student volunteers traveled to Indi-anapolis, Indiana over their Spring Break (March 29 through April 2)to volunteer at the Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity (GIHFH). Theorganization, with the help of diligent volunteers, creates an opportunity for families and individuals in need to purchase and own simple, quality, affordable homes. Students at Montini Catholichave been participating in Habitat for Humanity projects during springbreak since 2004.

    "Throughout the week, our efforts were focused on helping to rehab ahouse to prepare it for occupancy," said Blanchette. "The students were divided up into teams and assigned differentareas to paint. Once the painting was complete inside,Blanchette and his students cleaned floors to get the houseready for the appliances and carpet to be installed the following week. "The house we were working on was fora mom and her daughter," informed Blanchette. "We hadthe opportunity to meet and work with them throughoutthe week."

    "As a senior, I feel as if the work we did and the experience Ihad was a great way to end my high school career," said student

    Andrew Grossklaus. "My main memory from the trip is the people Imet and the work we accomplished. I have never volunteered withHabitat before, but now know that it is truly a great organization towork for that makes a difference in so many people's lives."

    Grossklaus also had great things to say about his co-volunteers fromMontini Catholic. "They are all people with great moral character,who worked hard and never complained even when they were tired. Iam so blessed to have spent my spring break with these people!"

    "Montini Catholic is proud to participate with such a wonderful or-ganization that makes a difference in peoples lives," summarizedBlanchette. "We are so grateful to our students who give up their owntime to help others."


    Bronco Express Spring 2015 3MONTINI.ORG

    HABITAT FOR HUMANITYStudents spend Spring Break with

    Front Row L to R: Montini Catholic students, Andrew Grossklaus, Mark Shin,Alexander Kirch, Justin Stauder, Veet Zaveri, the homeowner and her daughter, HaleyHowarter, teacher Hilda Castor; Back Row: Nico Severin and Montini Catholic Campus Minister, Michael Blanchette.

    MAKE YOUR BOSS PAY TOO!Double the impact of your gift with a Matching Gift fromyour (or your spouses) employer. There are over 20,000companies who will match your donation. Some companieswill even match your volunteer hours. Visit our matchinggift page to see if your company will match your gift.Below is a list of some of the companies that offer matching gift opportunities:

    WAYS TO GIVEMail Checks to Montini Catholic High School at:19W070 16th Street, Lombard IL 60148

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    *Annual Fund donations are accepted yearly from July 1 June 30.

    Annual Fund SPRING REPORT2014-15 Annual Fund Goal $208,000.00Annual Fund Donations* $163,109.07Total Number of gifts 463

    78%of our goal has beenmet thanks to loyalsupport! Please helpus reach 100%.

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    Senior, Joseph Palasek,was recently congratulated for being the recipient of the 2014-2015 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholar-ship. Joe was nominated by Principal Maryann O'Neill. "Each year we are asked tonominate one senior student for this esteemed award," she informed. "The criteriafor nomination has a strong emphasis on community service. Joe had completedover 200 hours of community service prior to his senior year, including a missiontrip. He is well rounded, intelligent, a real gentleman and an all around good kid."

    The program, funded through the Comcast Foundation, acknowledges high schoolseniors from Comcast communities for their commitment to community service, academics and demonstrated leadership. Joe will receive a one-time grant of $1,000for his accomplishments. "We are proud to recognize the efforts of young peoplewho are helping to make our communities stronger, and applaud you for yourachievements," said Charisse Lillie, President of the Comcast Foundation, in a lettercongratulating Joe.

    "I was very excited and honored to win this award," said Joe, who has been acceptedinto the University of Notre Dame, where he plans on majoring in mechanical engineering. "My parents were extremely proud of me and I am excited that I amable to represent Montini Catholic."

    Friday, January 16th marked a very specialmorning for one young Montini Catholicstudent. Kathryn Junior was invited to theUniversity of St. Francis in Joliet to enjoyBreakfast With the Bishop. Each year, theuniversity hosts this unique event to cele-brate the kick off of Catholic Schools Week.

    "I was very excited to be chosen to go represent Montini," said Junior. "I felt veryhonored, and my parents were very proud of me. The bishop talked to us about theprivilege and honor to be a part of theCatholic schools system. He also talkedabout the values the catholic school systemstrives to instill in their students."

    "We were very proud of Miss Junior," saidPresident Jim Segredo. "She embodies whatit means to be a Catholic high school stu-dent, and we were honored t