Marengo Community High School District 154

110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152

Phone 815-568-6511   Fax 815-568-6510

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February 2009

Snow Sculpting Success

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Finished Sculpture

On Saturday, January 31st the MCHS snow sculpting team placed 2nd amongst a field of 14 teams at the Illinois Snow Sculpting contest in Rockford, Illinois. The all sophomore team consisted of Amy Sticha, Sergio Aguilar, Chris Hansen and Captain Ryan Ehredt. They sculpted on Thursday, January 29th and twelve hours on Friday, January 30th. The title of the werewolf sculpture design was Transformation and was designed by Ryan Ehredt. In addition to placing second in the competition they received the Committee's Choice Award. The sculpture began as block of snow six feet tall and four feet square, and ended up being over eight feet tall. The sculptors can not use any armatures, colorants or power tools in the construction of the work of Art. See all the sculptures at the Rockford Park District website HTTP:// The team was advised by Mr. Pomykala. »

Frosh Soph Scholastic Bowl builds impressive record.

Going into the Big Northern Conference Scholastic Bowl team the Frosh Soph team has built a 10-1 record scoring an average of 191 points verse the opponent average of 112. The team consists of Sergio Aguilar, Frank Cusimano, Tyler VanVoorhees, Frank Kaul, Maggie DeGrand, Allyson Munneke, Allison Rogutich, Richard Johnson, Heather Gustat, Bobby McQueeny, Amy Sticha, Phil Markison, and Melissa Looby. Top scores are Tyler VanVoorhees, Amy Sticha and Sergio Aguilar. Scholastic Bowl is a competition consisting of questions on a wide range of knowledge topics from Algebra, Earth Science, Home Economics, Government, the Arts, and more. The conference tournament will be held at Marengo on Monday February 16th. The team is coached by Mr. Pomykala. »


DATE: Saturday, March 14, 2009

TIME: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

SPEAKERS: Featuring Kendra and John Smiley, authors of over twenty books and audio tapes on helping children help themselves

WHERE: Marengo Community High School

Two presentations will be offered. The Journey of a Strong-Willed Child will help you discover survival skills for yourself as the parent of a strong-willed child. In addition, you will learn how to guide your child so that he or she will not only survive, but thrive! As an added bonus, Kendra will share thoughts and insights directly from her adult son, who was once a strong-willed child.

The second presentation is called Helping Your Kids Make Good Choices. Kendra will speak about how to help your children make the "next right choice." There are three basic keys to making good choices: weighing the pros and cons; seeking out wise counsel; and taking out the emotion.

Additional breakout sessions will be offered as well. More information to follow! »

MCHS Website Enhancement

In an effort to ease navigation within our website (, a "Documents" page has been added. »

A Letter From The Assistant Principal

Do Our Kids Have A Problem With Drinking Or Drugs?

That is what we are trying to find out. Every other year, the sophomore and senior classes take the Illinois Youth Survey, a completely anonymous survey that questions kids about alcohol and drug use, awareness, and other related issues. »

FFA Career Development Events

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The Marengo FFA competed in several career development events in November. On November 13th, five Marengo FFA members attended the Dairy Products CDE at Rochelle High School. Students participated in six rings including cheese ID, real vs. artificial, off flavors in milk, dairy equipment ID, California mastitis test, and a written exam. Jon Holmes placed 1st, Rebecca Riley 5th, Jessie Carr 9th, Amber McCoy 12th, and Lauren Manninen 14th. The team took 2nd place in the section. On Tuesday, November 25th, the Section 6 Agronomy Contest was held at Belvidere High School. Students identified crop seeds and weed plant pictures, judged grain and haylage rings, and took a written agronomy and soils exam. Marengo placed 5th out of 15 teams with Kris Rosemann placing 12th, Steve Stachura 16th, Phil Geisler 26th, and Andres Rivera 46th. There were 56 students participating at the contest. »

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