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Marengo Community High School District 154

110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152

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February 2010

Students of the Month

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The PRIDE committee of Marengo Community High School recognized eight students selected by the faculty as "December Students of the Month." These students are: (back row, left to right) Faith Dooley (sophomore), Emily Cisneros (freshman), Ernesto Fernandez (senior), and Tyler Dikancic (junior); (front row, left to right) Melissa Czechowski (freshman), and Brenda Vilchis (senior). These students were treated to a pizza lunch provided by Joe's Place restaurant. »

AUTO CLASS NEWS

Auto I students have had some interesting jobs to perform on various vehicles during the months of January and February. One in particular was a 2006 Jeep Liberty that had a rear wheel brake noise/screech during normal driving not braking. »

SCHOLASTIC BOWL TEAMS BUILD IMPRESSIVE RECORDS

Going into the Big Northern Conference Meet, the Varsity Scholastic Bowl has built a 9-2 record against some perennially tough opponents. The team is led by seniors Jessica Williams, Luke Elias, and Megan Calbow. Filling out the squad are juniors Sergio Aguilar, Frank Cusimano, Tyler VanVoorhees, Amy Sticha, and Melissa Looby. The team is coached by Mr. Petrauskis.

The Frosh Soph Scholastic Bowl team has built a 10-1 record scoring an average of 232 points versus the opponent average of 89. The team consists of Connor Kasch, Rachel Siddons, Rebecca Sloan, Adrian Muradian, Sam Franks, Allyson Munneke, Allison Rogutich, Richard Johnson, Heather Gustat, Tyler Scott, Leah Hotchkiss, and Captains Phil Markison and Frank Kaul. Top scorers are Frank Kaul, Connor Kasch, Rebecca Sloan and Allyson Munneke. Scholastic Bowl is a competition consisting of questions on a wide range of knowledge topics from Algebra, Earth Science, Literature, Geography, Government, the Arts, and more. The conference tournament will be held at North Boone High School on Monday February 15th. The team is coached by Mr. Pomykala. »

CLASSROOM SUMMER DRIVER EDUCATION

Classroom summer driver education registration is due to guidance as soon as possible. With driver education being taught to freshmen next year it is important that we have as many current freshmen students sign-up for this session as possible. Summer Behind The Wheel sign-up will start soon. Please have your student listen carefully to the morning announcements. »

CURRICULUM AND COMMUNITY WORK TOGETHER

Several MCHS students and staff members volunteered their time and services to assist the Christian Arts Student Theatre (CAST) with their January production of Peter Pan. Junior Amy Sticha spent many hours designing and constructing Peter Pan’s costume through her Independent Study in Clothing & Textiles Class. The students in Susan Steffan’s Stagecraft class, Brittany Bookwalter, Elizabeth Dujmovich, John Dujmovich, Joshua Kimball, Naomi Kimball, Melissa Looby, Jessica Miller, Amy Sticha, and Nora Yanahan spent the first three weeks of their second semester class studying curriculum specifically created for the design and implementation of the lighting needs for the production. Stagecraft students also learned about inventory control and management as they lent over 50 set, prop and costume pieces to CAST. Nicole Stewart, Joshua Kimball, Naomi Kimball and Melissa Looby, who are all members of the high school’s Certified Technician program, spent weeks working after school to prepare and run the sound board and lighting board for the performances. Administrator David Engelbrecht and Theatre Director Susan Steffan also worked with students to coordinate the use of the facility with the CAST group while accommodating the MCHS Theatre Department as they began rehearsals for their upcoming musical Once Upon A Mattress. “Using an actual production to teach students various aspects of stagecraft and performance technology was a wonderful opportunity. I am delighted we could take advantage of it and thankful for the cooperative spirit from the CAST leadership. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement that promoted student learning for many young people in our community,” says Steffan. »

NEED A NEW RECIPE?

“Cooking with Skills” is a collection of treasured recipes from Marengo Community High School families, staff, and the Marengo community. Chef Mary Sager, the foods teacher, has incorporated recipes utilized in the beginning and advanced food classes to share with you. The recipes in this cookbook are tried and true favorites. It’s a great cookbook for someone new to the kitchen and would be a wonderful addition to the cookbook collection of a well seasoned cook. “Cooking with Skills” has 221 recipes, old and new, American and World Cuisine, for all levels of cooking. Each cookbook will contain helpful cooking hints, recipe category tabbed dividers, multiple subcategories, a table of contents, an index, and special pages of interest about our community and school, Marengo Community High School. We believe it is a high quality cookbook that is fun to read and easy to use, making it representative of the school’s mission and philosophy of continually striving for excellence.

Funds raised will support the Marengo Community High School Chapter of SkillsUSA, a non-profit youth organization. Each SkillsUSA member has the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and be recognized through competitive activities in occupational areas and leadership at the regional, state and national levels. Funds raised through the book will help offset leadership conferences, registrations, travel expenses, and materials for competition practice.

Reserve your copy of our personalized cookbook now! The cost per cookbook is $10. The books are currently at the publisher and will be arriving within the next few weeks. Get your copy by calling Ms. Sager at Marengo Community High School 815-568-6511 x1105. Please leave a message with your full name and phone number. Alternately, you can email her at sagerm@mchs154.org. »

MCHS THEATRE DEPARTMENT TO PRODUCE BROADWAY HIT

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Twenty-nine students auditioned and were cast for the Spring musical, Once Upon A Mattress, with an equal number signing up for the technical crews and orchestra pit. The original production of Once Upon A Mattress ran for 460 performances on Broadway and featured Carol Burnett making her stage debut in 1959. The musical received a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical as well as a Best Leading Actress nomination for Carol Burnett. The play is an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. Senior Rachel Johnson will play the part of Queen Aggravain, Melissa Looby is the unlikely princess Winnifred, and Mo Dunker is the Minstrel who tells the story. Performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 11, 12 & 13 at 7:30 pm with a Sunday matinee on the 14th at 2 pm. Tickets will be available in the Student Services office during regular school hours beginning on Monday, March 1st and are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors. This is a fun show for the whole family. »

Congratualtions Artist of the Month

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Artist of the Month

Jamie Cabanas was awarded the Artist of Month for Feburary. »

Frosh Soph Scholastic Bowl team places first in the Big Northern Conference.

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Frosh Soph Scholastic Bowl team places first.

After placing second last year in the Big Northern Conference, the Scholastic Bowl team returned with a decisive first place victory. The Frosh Soph team won conference with a 13- 1 record scoring an average of 200 points per match verse the opponent average of under 100. The team consists of Connor Kasch, Rachel Siddons, Rebecca Sloan, Adrian Muradian, Sam Franks, Allyson Munneke, Allison Rogutich, Richard Johnson, Heather Gustat, Tyler Scott, Leah Hotchkiss, and Captains Phil Markison and Frank Kaul. Throughout the year, the top scores were Frank Kaul, Connor Kasch, Rebecca Sloan and Allyson Munneke. Scholastic Bowl is a competition consisting of questions on a wide range of knowledge topics from Algebra, Earth Science, Literature, Geography, Government, the Arts, and more. The conference tournament was held at North Boone High School on Monday February 15th. The team is coached by Mr. Pomykala. »

Students Attend College Fair

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What to do after graduation? That’s a big question for MCHS students. College? Trade school? Work? Military? College may not be for everyone, but it is becoming increasingly important in a competitive international labor market.

That’s why we are happy to report that on February 17th, forty-two MCHS students »

Thanks Homies!

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Thank you to all the Homer Homies! Your support during basketball season was awesome. We look forward to seeing you outside this spring at baseball, softball, soccer and track. Go Indians! »

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