Marengo Community High School District 154

110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152

Phone 815-568-6511   Fax 815-568-6510

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May 2011


Attention rising juniors and seniors! Looking to raise your ACT score this summer? Revolution Prep's Ivy Insider program offers test prep specifically designed to achieve that goal. Featuring an instructor-mentor that has graduated from Marengo High School and has beat the test herself, several free events, and a three week intensive course format optimized to fit your summer schedule, Ivy Insiders programs are convenient, engaging, and most importantly, effective. Last year, Ivy Insiders students raised their score by an average of 4.4 points on the ACT.

Upcoming Free Events:

Wednesday June 22nd: Free ACT workshop open to parents and students! We will be discussing the fundamentals of the ACT and the basics on how to beat the test.

Saturday June 25th: Free full-length mock ACT exam, proctored just like the real thing. Students who take the exam will get a free personalized score report with a detailed analysis indicating the student's strengths and weaknesses.

Students are asked to enroll for the events, so the instructor knows how many copies of the exam to bring for the mock exam or how many students to expect at the workshop. To enroll go to and click enroll on the Free Mock Exam or Free ACT workshop! »


ARLINGTON, Va., April 6, 2011 — John Dujmovich, 19, has surmounted the challenges of autism to become a successful student. Because of his achievements, he will receive a 2011 Yes I Can! Award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) later this month.

Each year, CEC honors 27 students with disabilities who have excelled. Awards are given in nine categories: academics, arts, athletics, community service, employment, extracurricular activities, independent living skills, self-advocacy, and technology. CEC is proud to honor John with this award in the academics category.

“The Yes I Can! Awards were developed to honor students with disabilities who have achieved remarkable things,” says CEC President Marilyn Friend. “John exemplifies the spirit of these awards with his hard work and perseverance.”

John was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old. His lack of speech, disruptive behaviors, and severe anxiety made everyday tasks extremely difficult, at times impossible. However, once he perfected sign language, he eventually learned to communicate verbally.

Though John required the support of a one-on-one aide from elementary through high school, his willingness and determination to learn are what really helped him flourish in his academic studies. For example, last school year he maintained a 4.2 grade point average and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class at Marengo Community High School. Additionally, he has received numerous certificates of achievement from the state of Illinois.

“John not only possesses a constellation of gifts and abilities, but also has a drive and determination to overcome his disabilities to best utilized his talents,” says Susan Steffan, an educator at Marengo Community High School.

“No doubt, autism is a major factor in his life. He made profound gains as he transitions from elementary to and through secondary school,” states Julie Amendt, Director of Special Education for Marengo Community High School, District 154. “I know he will continue to make gains as he transitions into the world of higher education.”

John is now a freshman at McHenry County College, where he continues to excel in his academic studies. He resides in Marengo, Ill., and will be honored at the Yes I Can! Award Ceremony on April 27 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., as part of the CEC 2011 Convention & Expo.

CEC is an international community of educators who are the voice and vision of special and gifted education. CEC’s mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with exceptionalities and their families through professional excellence and advocacy.

For more information about CEC’s annual convention, please visit For more information about the Yes I Can! Awards, please visit »


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MCHS was selected to receive an Education Technology Partners' Beacon School Award for the 2010-2011 school year. This award is based on Marengo's exemplary use of technology to enhance student learning and teacher effectiveness. MCHS was selected from a group of nominated school districts from a 10 state area and received $500, which will be used to purchase an IPad2 for the Transition Program. »


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David Diedrick and Jake Keefer are recipients of the John Swanson Scholarship. They will each receive a $1,500 scholarship for four years provided they continue to compete on a collegiate athletic team. Diedrick will attend Carroll University and Keefer will attend UW-Parkside. Congratulations! »


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The Marengo Trojan Horse team will be opening an auction for the horse on May 16, 2011, at 7 p.m. CST. The auction will take place on EBay, and will end on May 26, 2011, at 7 p.m. CST. This monumental, hand built structure stands as a scale replica of the historic Trojan Horse. With a fully functional interior space, the horse can easily accommodate a dozen individuals. If you have any questions, please contact Tyler VanVoorhees at Local offers are accepted. »


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MCHS Principal Scott Shepard presents Zachary Johnson the Illinois Leadership Conference Certificate. Zach represented MCHS last summer at the conference. »


Over 200 ninth-eleventh grade students were recognized Tuesday night at Honors Night in the MCHS Auditorium. Students were recognized for: High Honor Roll, Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, Jack Franks A for Effort Award, Illinois Leadership Award and the Rensselaer Award (outstanding Math and Science).

There were a few omissions: Zachary Johnson represented MCHS at the Illinois Leadership Conference last summer. His name was omitted from the program last night. He has been presented a certificate recognizing this great accomplishment. Katie Adams was presented the certificate as she will be representing MCHS this summer.

The following students should have also received recognition for perfect attendance:

John Bowen

Cassandra Hogan (2 years)

Hannah Gustat

Bobby Shute

Justin Vogel

MCHS is very proud of the great academic accomplishments of our underclassmen. »

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