Marengo Community High School District 154

110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152

Phone 815-568-6511   Fax 815-568-6510

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April 2013


In a recent study, US News and World Report ranked Marengo Community High School as among the best high schools in the state of Illinois for 2013. US News and World Report reviewed 21,035 U.S. public high schools in 49 states, and 138 Illinois schools made the rankings, including three from McHenry County. Marengo Community High School received a Silver ranking, ranking at #61 in the state (#1,956 nationally). With 670 high schools in the state, we are ranked in the top 10%.

A variety of data was evaluated, including student-to-teacher ratios, test scores, college readiness, and math and reading proficiency. Student participation in AP exams was also considered. 29% of MCHS students take at least one or more AP test, with a 52% passing rate (score of 3 or higher on a 5 point scale). The Marengo Community High School Board of Education, Administration and Staff are proud of our school and its accomplishments. To read the article and see how other schools in our area rank, please click here. »


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Every spring the Illinois Drafting Educators Association sponsors a series of regional high school drafting competitions throughout the Illinois community college system. Local winners of these events progress to state finals at Illinois State University's Turner Hall where they compete to determine who is the best in the state. Regional competitions are usually held the first Friday in March with the state finals on a Saturday in April.

Congratulations to the following students who placed at the state level this year:

Jesse Henning - 1st Place Architectural CAD

Trevor Rogers - 3rd Place Architectural CAD

Coy Szaflarski - 3rd Place 3D Modeling »


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Congratulations to all the student contestants who competed April 11-12 at the SkillsUSA Illinois State Competition. In Automotive Refinishing, Marengo High School finished with the top four placements. Jacob Heinberg took first place and moves on to the National Competition June 22-26th in Kansas City, Kansas. Matt Conroy took second place. Third place goes to Jordan Herrera, and fourth place was taken by Clint Burman. Jacob Heinberg also placed third in Precision Machining. Johnny Wilyat competed in Automotive Service Technology, placing seventh for the state of Illinois. Way to go guys! Scholarship money was offered to the top three placements.

Special thanks to Rob Richardson of Marengo for his time and expertise helping these young men practice for their Automotive Service Technology Skills competitions. We would also like to recognize Andy McDonald from Waubonsee College, and Brian Meitz, Mike Gonzalez, and Doug Smith from PPG Paint Company. »


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Congratulations to the six HOSA students who competed at the 35th annual Illinois HOSA State Leadership Conference on March 13th – March 15th in Decatur, Illinois. Colleen Cowan received top ten recognition in Pharmacology Knowledge Test, 1st place in Kaiser Permanente Healthcare Issues Exam, and 2nd place team in Creative Problem Solving. Shayla Driver received top ten recognition for Medical Math, Epidemiology, 1st place for Clinical Specialty, and 2nd place team for Creative Problem Solving. Priscilla Lopes earned top ten recognition for Growth and Development Knowledge Test and 3rd place team Creative Problem Solving. Ellie Smith was recognized in the top ten for Job Seeking Skills and 3rd place team for Creative Problem Solving. Jaylene Smith earned top ten recognition in Clinical Specialty, Extemporaneous Writing, and 3rd place team for Creative Problem Solving. Charity Steffen cleaned house with top ten recognition with Nutrition Knowledge Test, Epidemiology, Safety, 2nd place in Clinical Specialty and 2nd place team in Creative Problem Solving. This is the first time that all members participating earned National Qualifications. The National HOSA Leadership Conference is Nashville, Tennessee this June. »


As Vince Lombardi once said, “winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.” The Marengo FFA has been living by this quote to bring in our spring term. We recently competed with our record books at section and district proficiencies. Representing our Chapter this year was Zach Nazimek in his hay production business at both section and district levels. Rachel Siddons represented the chapter in Equine entrepreneurship at the section level along with Ag business at both section and district levels. Rachel continued in her record book to compete for Star Ag Business at the district level, placing her among the top business projects in the state. Meredith Ziller also competed in her record book areas of dairy production entrepreneurship at the section level , she also competed for star farmer at the section level and she competed in dairy production placement at section and district levels. Meredith then qualified to go down state in her record book for dairy placement. We wish her luck on competition day. The three FFA members had fun showing off their knowledge to the judges and making new friends.

Along with competing at the district level for the FFA record books we had FFA members and non FFA members of the Biological Science Applications in Ag (BSAA) class compete at the district science fair! Renee Bauman, Laura Ganvik, and Brittany Mazur represented the Marengo FFA chapter and Maddy Evans, Brianna Erickson, and Nycole Lozona represented the BSAA non FFA members. These ladies worked hard on their projects, which consisted of animal systems, plant systems, and ag power. The FFA and non FFA members had fun learning about and carrying out their experiment. Congratulations girls on all your hard work!

Our FFA motto states, “Learning to do, Doing to learn, Earning to live, and Living to serve.” The Marengo FFA chapter does all of this on a day to day basis. We would like to thank the School Board for allowing us to show them how we carry out our motto everyday. The members conducted a slide show and a parliamentary procedure team demonstration for the school board during their February meeting. The FFA members had a fun time demonstrating their knowledge on what FFA has to offer to the members, to the school, and to the world. We would also like to thank the school board for their positive feedback it was greatly appreciated!

As spring is quickly approaching the FFA members are anxious to get back out and start doing what they do best. Having fun, making friends, learning new life skills, and of course making an impact on at least one person's life. We look forward to our journey were we shall walk where there are no footprints and leave a path for future members to follow. »

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