Marengo Community High School District 154

110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152

Phone 815-568-6511   Fax 815-568-6510

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June 2015


The MCHS Art Show took place on Thursday, May 7th with the Best of Show Award going to Stacey Camp for her oil painting of a horse. The BOE Purchase Awards were awarded to Stacey Camp, first place and a $100 Savings Bond; Adriana Arnold, second place and a $50 Savings Bond; and Keridan Velasquez, third place and a $50 Savings Bond.

The freshmen Best of Show was awarded to Caitlin Alejandre for her scratchboard drawing of an elk. Other freshman awards went to Lexie Menig, Rory Donovan, Selena Rodriguez, Dylan Palazzo, Nicole Menig, and Kerridan Velasquez. The sophomore Best of Show was awarded to Alethea Gutierrez for her plaster giraffe sculpture. Additional sophomore awards went to Sydney Row, Emily Meseth, Adriana Arnold, Donovan Schmidt, Natalie Gruber, Katie Schmidt, Claire Durkin, Ashley Neace, and Fallon Knaak.

The junior Best of Show was awarded to Maggie Lee for her photograph of a beach scene.

Additional junior awards went to Thomas Smrt, Emily Kraft, Erin Cortilet, Alexyz Sanchez,

Gerardo Rocha, Savannah Schmeiglt, and Jessica Olejarz. The senior Best of Show was awarded to Catherine Brant for her oil paint portrait. Additional

senior awards went to Stacey Camp, Becca Voss, Desi Battista, Jenna Bardwell, Kaylee Wyrostek, Nicholas Ross, Nicole Kasin, and Anna Smith. »


MCHS advanced ten students to the SkillsUSA Illinois Championships where they joined more than 1,500 outstanding career and technical education students competed hands-on in 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Of the ten MCHS students that qualified for this contest, five medaled during their respective competitions: Senior Nick Simons placed 2nd in CNC Technician, Senior Alan Leffelman placed 2nd in Full Service Auto, Senior Melanie Thomas placed 1st in Automotive Refinishing Technology, Senior Colton Malinowski placed 2nd in Automotive Refinishing Technology, and Senior Kody Burno placed 3rd in Automotive Refinishing Technology. With her win, Melanie will be going to Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky on June 22. In addition to her win, Melanie was offered the Collision Repair Ed. Fnd./Lon Baudoux Legacy Scholarship for $1000 which she can use next year at Waubonsee College. Thomas’ participation in the National contest will mark the third student of Supervisor Vince Long’s to make it to that level of competition. After graduating high school, the SkillsUSA contest is offered for students at the college level as well. At this year’s SkillsUSA Illinois Championships, three former MCHS students, Jordan Herrera, Andrew Butzow, and Mitch Hogan, competed in the post-secondary level contest. Herrera »


Since January, several students at MCHS have been working to create a resolution for the City Council of the City of Marengo to regulate smoking in public places. Several seniors have worked in their free time to identify a problem in the county and brainstorm possible solutions. These students include Emily Millard, Monica Millard, Eric Brosch, Kaylin Punotai, Kaylee Wyrostek, Jonathan Mier, Jacquelin Pulak, Lowell LaGue, Aaron Schmitt, Patrick Kralik, and Stephanie Voller. Under the guidance of Social Studies teacher and supervisor RJ Meyer, students came up with the idea for the resolution from the Reality Grant for the McHenry County Health Department. The Reality Grant’s aim is to teach and engage the youth in the community with how the local government works. The students decided to address something in regards to an anti-tobacco policy in the community and made their focus the annual Settlers Days. Currently, there is no policy in place to regulate smoking during the celebration which is open to the public and can expose citizens, including children, to dangerous secondhand smoke. The solution the students

devised was to designate smoking areas in the festival in order to deter effects of the secondhand smoke. The students in the group have been meeting 1-2 times a month on Sundays to prepare and write the resolution. On May 11, the group presented their rationale about the dangers of secondhand smoke. Now, with a resolution drafted, the group hopes to be included on the May 26 agenda where it was approved by the Marengo City Council. »


The 2015-16 MCHS Theatrical Production Season was announced on May 5, at the annual

Thespian Banquet. The fall play for 2015 will be Charlotte's Web, and the 2016 spring musical will be Pippin.

The awards given at the banquet were as follows:

 Excellence in Technical Theatre Award Jessica Ferreira ('18)

 Excellence in Acting Award- Anthony Lombardo ('15)

 Heart Award- Ellie Brevik ('18)

 MCHS Excellence in Theatrical Performance Award- Kaylee Wyrostek ('15)

Also, the new board was announced for MCHS Troupe 6089 International Thespian Society. The board now includes President, Barbara Meinecke; Vice President, Philip Meinecke; Secretary, Elise Brevik; Treasurer, Jessica Ferreira; Historian, Fallon Knaak; Clerks, Kaleb Nichols and Lexi Menig. »

Melanie Thomas Finishes 17th in the Nation

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Congratulations to MCHS's own Melanie Thomas who after winning first place in the Illinois SkillsUSA competition advanced to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky where she finished 17th in nation. »

MCHS Athletic Participation

All Fall Sports Athletes (football, girls tennis, boys soccer, volleyball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls cross country) are required to attend a Mandatory Coaches Meeting on August 10, 2015. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation by an NIU representative who will explain NCAA academic eligibility requirements. Students who participate in any sport during any season that are interested in continuing their athletic career after high school may attend the presentation. The Mandatory Coaches Meetings for Fall Athletes and Parents will be held immediately following the presentation.

If your student wishes to participate in MCHS Athletics they must register online by clicking on the 8to18 Athletics link on the MCHS website. This online process takes the place of turning in forms to the athletic department as done in previous years. Fall Sport athletes must register prior to their first day of practice/try-outs (August 10th for football and August 12th for all other fall sports). »


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The Indians will play Kaneland at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at the East Peoria Sports Complex in the Class 3A Semi-finals. There will be a FREE fan bus for adults and students to the game on Friday. The bus will depart at 7 a.m. but fans must reserve a spot by calling the Student Services Office at 815-568-6511, x 1301 before noon on Thursday.

The girls will play on Saturday at 1o a.m. if they lose on Friday and at 12:30 p.m. for the State Championship if they win on Friday. A fan bus will depart the high school at 7 a.m. on Saturday for the 10 a.m. game and at 9 a.m. for the 12:30 game.

A celebration for the girls will be held on Sunday Night at 7 p.m. in the gym to honor the girls accomplishments this season.

Please try to attend. Good luck ladies. »


Since January, several students at MCHS have been working to create a resolution for the City Council of the City of Marengo to regulate smoking in public places. Several seniors have worked in their free time to identify »


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On the weekend of April 23-25 at this year’s SkillsUSA Illinois Championships, more than 1,500 outstanding career and technical education students competed hands-on in 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields. »


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This year, MCHS recognizes several retirees and thanks them for their years of service to the school and community:

• Judy Rubel, Math Teacher – 23 Years of Service

• Timothy Beattie, Social Studies Teacher – 21 Years of Service

• Betty Loudenbeck, School Bus Driver – 43 Years of Service »


The PRIDE committee of Marengo Community High School recognized nine students selected by the faculty as “April Students of the Month.” They were nominated for many reasons, including positive attitude, hard work, and willingness to go the extra mile. These students are: (back row, left to right) Jessica Ruelius (sophomore), Anna Smith (senior), Grace Mussell (sophomore), and Hope LaSota (junior); front row: Maggie Lee (junior), and Annie Schirmer (junior). Not pictured were: AJ Lombardo (senior) and Ben Ryan (senior). These students were treated to a pizza lunch provided by Joe’s Place. »

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