Marian Catholic Open House This Sunday, December 6

Allen Martin

Buddhist speaker Allen Martin speaks to Mr. Gary Kopycinski’s World Religions class Wednesday at Marian Catholic High School.
Martin will be teaching and studying in India for six months beginning in January. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Chicago Heights, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Marian Catholic High School will open its doors to prospective students and families with its annual Open House on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will feature tours, displays and plenty of informational literature to familiarize families with the quality, college preparatory education that Marian offers to students from more than 70 zip codes in Chicago, its South and Southwest Suburbs, and Northwest Indiana.

“More than 300 of our students will be on hand to conduct personalized family tours,” Marian Catholic Assistant Principal of Student Activities John Kozojed said. “Open House provides prospective families with an excellent opportunity to meet the students, faculty, staff and parents of the Marian Catholic community. Come and experience the excitement of the Marian Catholic family.”

Visitors to the Open House will hear about Marian Catholic High School’s 650 College Board advanced placement exams with national recognition for 135 scholars; ACT composite scores in the top 10 percent nationally, the highly selective colleges Marian grads attend, and the more than $15 million in college scholarships that last year’s graduating class earned.

Marian has instituted a four-year formal leadership program for all its students and recently dedicated a Student Union Leadership Center and stadium FieldTurf™ on its 72-acre campus. For its excellence in education young men and women, Marian Catholic High School was named one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in the United States by the Catholic High School Honor Roll in 2004 and 2006. 

Excellence is demonstrated in both men’s and women’s athletics, including recent achievements: women’s golf earned the IHSA Third Place Trophy in 2008 for its third Top 4 finish in a row; women’s basketball has made six IHSA Elite Eight appearances in the last eight years; men’s lacrosse finished second in the state last year and men’s basketball reached the Sweet 16. The 2008-09 year also featured IHSA individual state champions in wrestling and men’s track. Marian has also had a three-time state champion in the triple jump and an unprecedented state champion in both men’s and women’s pole vault in 2007. Coaches and members of athletic teams will be available.

For those interested in the Fine Arts, the Marian Catholic 7-time Bands of America Grand National Champion and Tournament of Roses Parade®-bound (2010) Marching Band will show a video of the 2009 performance that earned it a 30th consecutive state championship in class and third place at Grand Nationals this fall; the madrigal choir and state caliber Forensic (Speech) team will also be performing at various times during the Open House. Following an IHSA state champion in Radio Speaking in 2007 and Performance in the Round in 2008, Marian captured second at ISHA state in 2009 for Group Interpretation. The Art Department will have work on display from Art I through Art IV students.

Also on display will be more than 40 clubs and organizations: Student Council, Service Club (98% of students are voluntarily involved in service), Equestrian Club, Model United Nations, Astronomy Club and many more. Parent groups from Mother’s Club to Band Parent Association will describe parental support and involvement.

Recruitment Director, Sr. Dorothy Marie, O.P. said, “If you want a school that will help you grow spiritually, help you develop leadership skills, give you the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, provide you with the opportunity to develop friendships that will last a lifetime while also giving you the opportunity to excel in academics, athletics, and fine arts, then Marian Catholic is the school for you! Come and experience Marian Catholic at our Open House on Dec. 6! Take our entrance exam on January 9 and be a part of the Marian Class of 2014!”