Monday, November 19, 2012
Fenwick High School teacher Colby Burnett takes part in Jeopardy Teacher's Edition.
Being an AP World History teacher has to give you a certain leg up on a show like Jeopardy! It appears it was helpful for Fenwick High School AP World History teacher Colby Burnett, who won the game on Friday, Nov. 16. Burnett, also a graduate of Fenwick, appeared on the game show as part of Jeopardy! Teacher's Edition. The two-week long competition is billed as, "the country's brightest educators," engaged in a battle of wits. According to the Chicago Tribune, Burnett won't be keeping the money he wins as a contestant on the show—he'll be giving it to his mom! Burnett plans to move his mom, who currently lives in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, back to Oak Park. It's the least he can do, Burnett told the Tribune, after his mom worked the …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Fenwick High School takes on Huntley at 7 p.m. You can watch the game live on Patch.
Fenwick High School takes on Huntley on Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. If you can't make the game in person, you can still catch all the action live on Patch. Just click play on the player above to watch the game as it unfolds. Should be a good match up!
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Dinaw Mengestu's novels focus on the African diaspora in America.
A member of the 2012 class of MacArthur Fellows - the recipients of the "Genius Grant" has roots right here in Forest Park. According to the Forest Park Review, Ethiopian-born Dinaw Mengestu grew up on Marengo Avenue with a diverse circle of friends and an American childhood consisting of eating hot dogs and watching the Cubs. Follow Patch on Facebook for breaking news, friendly discussions and more. Click here to follow Forest Park Patch. Or, click here to follow Oak Park and River Forest Patch. He graduated from Fenwick High School, which he told the Review was fairly racially segregated when he attended there in the 1990s. He went on to earn a B.A. at Georgetown University and a master's in fine arts from Columbia University. He …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Aimee Garcia, known for her role as serial killer Dexter Morgan's nanny on Showtime's 'Dexter' talks about working with Gary Oldman on a reboot of 'Robocop.'
A former Fenwick High School student appears to be enjoying the Hollywood life in California. Amiee Garcia, best known for her role as Dexter Morgan's nanny on the Showtime hit, Dexter, will be working on a new role as a scientist who helps bring Robocop to life. That's right, Robocop is coming back. You can watch the original 1987 trailer by clicking on the picture to the right. Garcia talked with the Chicago Tribune recently about shooting scenes with Gary Oldman, who also starts in the classic story of this police robot, and called it a dream come true. The new movie is set in 2028 with Garcia playing a prodigy scientist who helps Gary Oldman's character with his work on Robocop. Scenes start shooting in Toronto on Saturday and the …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Settlement reached between Mary Kate Callahan and the Illinois High School Association allows will allow disabled swimmer to compete in state events this year.
Equip for Equality, a advocacy group for people with disabilities, reported Sept. 18 that they and Fenwick High School senior Mary Kate Callahan have reached a settlement with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) on Sept. 10. The settlement allows for Callahan, who uses a wheelchair, to compete in state swimming competitions this year. Callahan and Equip for Equality sued the IHSA in May to allow disabled students the right to compete in state meets. Previously, the IHSA did not have athletic standards for disabled students and did not allow them to compete in state meets. Earlier this month, in a video posted by the Chicago Tribune, Callahan talked about her desire to compete with her team and the hope that this year—her last at …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Mary Kate Callahan, a Fenwick senior lost the use of her legs due to a rare neurological disease as an infant. She hopes to compete in the state swimming tournament and pave the way for other disabled athletes who are not allowed to compete in state meets
Mary Kate Callahan, of La Grange, is a swimmer and senior at Fenwick High School in Oak Park. Like her teammates on the swim team, Callahan trains rigorously to improve her times and compete against fellow swimmers. Unlike her other teammates, Callahan is wheelchair bound—her legs were paralyzed due to a rare neurological disease as an infant. Callahan was named a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit in May against the Illinois High School Association, the nonprofit that regulates high school competitions across the state. Unlike in many other states, Callahan is not allowed to participate in state meets because she is disabled. For Patch's story on Callahan's fight for equality, click here. Callahan hopes that this year, her senior year, she'll…
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Backed by the Attorney General's Office and a disability rights advocacy group, Fenwick High School swimmer alleges in federal lawsuit the IHSA excludes her from competition.
Peppered by questions from TV and radio reporters, 16-year-old Mary Kate Callahan calmly explained her rigorous training routines and the struggle to simply compete alongside her peers in state competitions. "I train just as hard as everyone else," the Fenwick High School junior said. "You know we put in just as much effort as everyone else." Callahan, wheelchair-bound because of a paralysis of her lower limbs, is named as a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against the Illinois High School Association, the nonprofit regulating the interscholastic competitions across the state. The lawsuit, filed jointly by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's Office and Equip for Equality, a Chicago-based advocacy group, alleges the IHSA violated the …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Mary Kate Callahan fights for right to compete in state athletic tournaments.
Fenwick High School junior Mary Kate Callahan, paralyzed in her legs, has been a standout student athlete, racking up accolades for her swimming, basketball and track accomplishments. At 14 years old, she swam for a chance to earn a spot in the 2016 Olympics (see video). Last year, she was named to the U.S. Paralympics All-American Team for discus and javelin events. But Callahan, 16, can't compete alongside her classmates in state-sanctioned tournaments because the Illinois High School Association doesn't have athletic standards for disabled students, according to a copy of a lawsuit expected to be filed in federal court Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. The suit is expected to be filed jointly by Attorney General Lisa Madigan's …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Tuesday's seminar will tout benefits of Irish study abroad program.
If you're a high school student looking to study over in the Old Sod, you don't want to miss Tuesday's "Education in Ireland" open house. Backed the Irish government, the "Education in Ireland" program promotes the advantages of studying abroad, including, organizers say, "excellence in liberal arts, engineering, science and technology, with universities that produce intellectuals, visionaries, innovators and thought-leaders that inspire, enlighten and change the world." Parents, teachers and students from across the area are invited to the seminar, scheduled to take place from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Fenwick High School, 505 Washington Blvd. in Oak Park, to learn about application tips and how to apply for financial aid. Representatives from…
Monday, April 16, 2012
Just 15 years old, Fenwick sophomore hits the Formula One circuit.