Marengo Community High School District 154

110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152

Phone 815-568-6511   Fax 815-568-6510

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March 2011


Congratulations to the SkillsUSA Automotive Refinishing who are advancing to the state level competitions in April. To make it to the state competition, they had to take a difficult written test on their subject matter. Their written test results are as follows: Nick Lange finished first place. John Halwix and Kevin Sonntay tied for second place. Pat Kueking placed third, and Tyler Mazzeffi placed sixth. Those placing first through fifth advance to state, where they will show off their hands-on skills in refinishing automotive doors and fenders. Good Luck in April! Front row left to right: John Halwix, Pat Kueking. Back row, left to right: Tyler Mazzeffi, Nick Lange, Kevin Sonntag. »


The varsity Scholastic Bowl Team has recently concluded one of its best seasons ever! This cerebral and highly competitive group won the Big Northern conference tournament while finishing second overall. Other highlights include a third place finish in the Rockford Masonic Tournament and placing second at the Belvidere Regional. Their quick thinking (and buzzing) and cooperative problem solving produced a 19-9 overall record. Congratulations! Pictured left to right are Allyson Munneke, Sergio Aguilar, Melissa Looby, Frank Kaul, Amy Sticha, Frank Cusimano, Tyler VanVorhees, and Heather Gustat. »


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The PRIDE committee of Marengo Community High School recognized eleven students selected by the faculty as “February Students of the Month.” These students are: (top step, left to right) Mike Strasburg (senior), Eric Sebert (senior), and Ian Smith (senior); (next step down, left to right) Danielle Rupe (junior), Erika Smith (senior), Dion Barnes (sophomore); second step from bottom: Alexandria Trevino (junior), Dona Lorenz (junior), Zach Nazimek (freshman); Bottom Step: Lilyanna Anbar (freshman), Cynthia Silva (freshman), & Cory Tesch (sophomore). These students were treated to a pizza lunch provided by Joe’s Place restaurant. »


Former MCHS students Robin Boyd and Brittany Poplin proposed a Jean Drive idea to the PE Department. They work at Aeropostale, which held its 4th Annual Jeans for Teens Drive in January. The jeans that are collected are distributed to homeless teenagers in need. PE students donated 362 pairs of jeans for the drive. Thanks to all who participated! »


The MCHS Music Department is proud to present their annual Dinner & Concert on Saturday, March 12 at 5:00 PM in the Commons at MCHS. Two different plates are offered, Penne Marinara and Penne alla Vodka, both from Joe’s Place.

Music will preformed throughout the night from groups including the Jazz Band, Choir, B Naturals, Concert Band, and Treble Ensemble. Enjoy some music as you eat! All proceeds will go to the Music Department to help fund for additional equipment, music, and instruments.

Please direct all questions to Todd Stellmach at Hope to see you there!


When: March 12, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Where: Marengo Community High School - Commons

Ticket Cost: $9.00 for Adults; $7.00 for Students

Ticket Availability: Contact Todd Stellmach for tickets at Tickets may also be purchased at the door. »


HOSA members voted to have Autism Speaks as the benefit charity for this year's 4th annual "Bean Baggin' 4 a Cure" tournament on Saturday, May 7th. Please mark your calendars to attend this great family activity that will benefit a great cause. Please watch future newsletters and the website for more information. »


On January 21st 2011 local business representatives gathered at Marengo Community High School to revise the Agriculture curriculum. Local business representatives included, Dan Ziller, Ross Fruin, Randy Lusher (BASF Chemical), Allyson Hoffmeyer (Hoffie Nursery), Cari Schirmer (Hubbs Greenhouse), Andy Spinelli (Guy’s E. Paper), Guy Spinelli (Guy’s E. Paper), and Ken Ebel (Rustic Landscaping). The goal of the meeting was to determine what skills graduates from the Marengo Agriculture program will need to be successful in the work place. The curriculum review lasted all day with a clear set of skills outlined by the end of the day. The skills outlined by these business representatives will make the student more employable in the agriculture industry, and will streamline the transition between education and work. »

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