Marengo Community High School District 154

110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152

Phone 815-568-6511   Fax 815-568-6510

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November 2011


SkillsUSA students will be at a Regional Competition at Technical College of DuPage on December 9th. Automotive Refinishing: Jaden McKinley, Dustin VonEyser, Jordan Herrera, Ricky Bounds, Michael Gillette, Jake Witson, and Colin Kelly. Culinary: Krystal Marshall and Luke Keenum

CAD: Trevor Rogers and Alex Tchaikovski. »


Four students have been selected to defend the Illinois State Championship Prostart 1st place trophy. They are: Luke Keenum, Krystal Marshall, Chris Gigiano, and Chris Felde. They have been practicing their knife cuts and chicken fabrication while looking for the winning recipes to compete with. The competition takes place on February 25, 2012 in Chicago. »


FFA is keeping busy this year with many fun activities! On August 30th, Callie Ebel, Britt Bookwalter, Dimitri Sideris, Larissa Pfeiffer, Liz Arrigoni, Brit Mazur, Randy Rote, Zach Nazimek, Garrett Helfers, Stephanie Landorf, Meredith Ziller, and Renee Bauman attended the Farm Progress show in Decatur. Students walked around and learned about different agriculture companies and facts. Students attending the Farm Progress Show got to wear nifty orange shirts given to them by Farm Credit Services. Farm Credit Services donated $10 per student that checked in with them at the show. The money donated to the club is going to be loaned to 3rd world farmers to help them get started or expand their business.

On September 10th students had the opportunity to participate in the Section 6 horse CDE at Hiawatha. Rachel Siddons, Laura Ganvik, Jordan Langan, and Jessi White placed 2nd out of 11 teams.

FFA held a reporter workshop on September 14th, 2011 that Jennifer Langner, and Zach Nazimek attended at Kishwaukee College. At the workshop they learned the different ways to be a good reporter. They also learned that it is their duty to keep the FFA members and community informed through pictures and newsletters.

Every year students look forward to Homecoming week and the Homecoming parade. FFA is one of the few clubs that makes a float and rides it for the parade. During the week of September 19th- 23rd, Ag students worked on our float. We had a pig roaster that we turned into a Hornet roaster! Our slogan was “We are smoking hot!” Thank you to the people that rode it and thank you to Zach Nazimek who drove the float! Let’s build another great one for next year and show our FFA and Marengo Pride!

One of the more recent events we attended was the National Convention, which was held from October 19th – 22nd. All of the students that attended said it was a lot of fun and can’t wait till next year! While at National Convention students got hyped up on the opportunities FFA has to offer by attending various workshops and listening to keynote speakers. Students also had the opportunity to make many college connections.

Mark your calendars now for the Annual Toy Show that will be held on January 15th in the commons of the school. The doors will open at 8 a.m. Come help make this year’s Toy Show another great success! »


Parents, family members, and community members, please join us on December 2nd at 8:25 a.m. for Rachel’s Challenge presentation in the MCHS gymnasium. All 7th-12th grade students will see this life changing event. For more details please visit:

Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for one of the most life-changing school programs in America. Powerful video/audio footage of Rachel's life and the Columbine tragedy holds students spell-bound during a one hour school presentation that motivates them to positive changes in the way they treat others.

This is followed by a separate interactive 90 minute training session involving both adult and student leaders that explains how to sustain the momentum created by the assembly. The assembly creates the “want to” or desire for positive change. The training session teaches the “how to” and ensures that the positive impact will continue.

Entertainers, politicians, sports celebrities, educators, and even two Presidents of the United States have been impacted by Rachel’s Challenge. However, students are the target audience and they have proven that they will respond with positive words, attitudes, and actions. Our school will never be the same after being exposed to Rachel’s Challenge! »

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