Marengo Community High School District 154

110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152

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October 2008

MASEF Dinner Auction- November 8th

MASEF - Marengo Area Schools Education Foundation - is hosting the 15th annual dinner/auction on Saturday, November 8th. Our theme this year is Building the Future Block Party. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the evening usually wraps up about 10:30 pm. Tickets are $50 per person which includes a Deluxe Appetizer Buffet, Delectable Dessert Buffet, and Open bar from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Attire is casual. »


When the seniors are asked to name their favorite book read during their high school years, the almost unanimous answer is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Perhaps it is because the theme of unconditional friendship resonates so powerfully, or perhaps it is the empathy they feel for Lennie and Crooks, victims of ignorant discrimination. In a few years, our current freshmen will probably echo their endorsement. »


"To be or not to be"" that is the question the Humanities class considered this quarter as they studied Shakespeare's most famous and enigmatic play, Hamlet: The Prince of Denmark. Their enthusiastic responses to Hamlet's dilemma and Ophelia's losses were creative and scholarly. Viewing a skull before reading the gravediggers' scene helped them to identify with Hamlet's profound questions. »


The Multicultural Club (MCC) exists as a meeting place for students of different races, cultures, and backgrounds to celebrate the diversity of the student population at MCHS. We embrace the different cultures of Marengo students by learning about their foods, dance, cultural festivals and holidays. Together, we strive to break social fears and combat bigotry and prejudice in our school and community. Membership count is 44 students. The elected Club Officers are: President - Asia Wilson; Vice President - Brenda Vilchis; Secretary - Rosa Ortega; Publicist - Jasmine Resendez; Treasurer - Daisy Perez; Historian- Belem Medina; and Advisory Committee - Whitney Dikancic and Ellie Romero.

MCC students are looking forward to hosting Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Thursday, November 13, 2008. It is a nationwide campaign that supports students who want to identify, question, and cross social boundaries that separate them from each other and help build inclusive, welcoming learning environments. Mix it up and meet a new friend! »


Sponsored by MCHS Multicultural Club, Parents Day Out is an opportunity for parents to have a few hours of shopping/eating away from the kids. Children age 3 years old and up may be brought to MCHS between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on November 29th and/or December 6th. Beverages and an afternoon snack will be offered. Bring lunch if needed. We will have storytelling, crafts, games, and videos for the kids. Santa Claus will make a showing on December 6th! The cost is $5 an hour per child. Look for future postings at your local grocery stores, banks, and gas stations or email Ms. Sager for more information at »


The auto students have been learning about brakes, suspensions, and maintenance procedures. We have had many student vehicles in need of major repair. We currently have a 1991 Ford F-150 truck that we are completely rebuilding the front end on. »


On September 30th, Marengo FFA students participated in various events at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Colleen Ziller took 4th place in the Showmanship Contest. Other highlights include an 11th place finish out of 84 teams in the Dairy Cattle Evaluation. Levi Martin took 21st place, Danielle Simons took 31st, and David Ziller 186th out of 249 individuals.

The Dairy Products team also had a strong placing when they finished 17th out of 91 teams. Lauren Manninen placed 33rd, Jessie Carr 36th, and Jon Holmes 155th out of 272 individuals. The Forage Cup results are yet to be posted.

Feel free to check out our FFA page as well! »


MCHS senior Gavin Warmbold traveled to Washington, D.C. the first week of October to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Homeland Security. Gavin was among students from schools around the nation who were given real-life situations and appointed to mock government posts in government, judicial, military, and media. Mentors from our actual government and media advised their students. »


Being an active HOSA member means getting to do what we love, volunteering, and helping others. HOSA members have many opportunities to do so throughout the year. We are going to the Florence Nursing Home October 31st to celebrate Halloween with the residents. »


It is hard to believe that we have completed the first quarter of the school year. I am excited about the work that has been done to focus the entire staff on student learning. Teachers, counselors, social workers, psychologists and administrators are working together to evaluate and assess the needs of individual students. »

September Artist-in-Residence Recipient

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Chris Vargas displays one his still life paintings from the month of September. He has been active inpursuing realism using oil paints. Congratulations Chris on being selected Artist-in-Residence! »


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Principal Scott Shepard of Marengo Community High School announced that Sarah Sprague has been named a Commended Student in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior. »

Art students paint the entrance to the library.

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Jamie paints the wall.

The Painting I and III classes painted and designed a mural for the Marengo Union Library District. Students from the drawing and painting classes designed the mural over the past few weeks and on Friday October 3rd twenty two students spent the day painting the mural. Sergio Aguilar, Mayra Argote, Eric Bauman, Samantha Bolda, Jamie Cabanas, Shannon Cortilet, Rachel Dooley, Paige Lindsley, Marie Mazzie, Alex McCoy, Abigail Neesan, Luke Olbrich, Courtney Robertson-Pratt, Elizabeth Romero, Adriana Rosas,

Wendi Stone, Mariah Tradewell, Corey Velasquez, Amanda Kenny, Brittany Polplin, Brianna Viktora, and Jessica Von Eyser worked on the painting. The mural was sponsored by the friends of the library. MCHS art department is grateful to the library for offering these young artists the opportunity work on this special project. For more images see the photos section of the MCHS website. »


The MCHS Reading Club is having a Book Fair on October 20 - 23, 2008, at the Marengo High School. All types of books will be available: fiction and non-fiction, from children's classics to teen lit to adult best-sellers. »

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