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The Caravan

The student news site of Mount Carmel High School

The Caravan

Mrs. Smola teaching her AP stats class, 2021
Smola knows the drill at all-boys schools
Noah Mis, Staff Writer • May 11, 2021

Mount Carmel has many great teachers. One of the best is Mrs. Jennifer Smola, the head of the math department. Smola has been a staple of the Mount Carmel faculty for many...

The Billy Goat Tavern was always on the tour when we visited the Tribune.
Mount Carmel memories, 12 years to graduate
George Vrechek, volunteer teacher • May 6, 2021

It took me 12 years to graduate from Mount Carmel, but I loved every minute of it. My first class in year one was AP Physics. You would think if I could handle AP Physics...

Mrs. Julie Chappetto teaches Painting and Drawing as well as several other art classes, and is Co-Moderator of the yearbook.
Chappetto contributes in multiple ways
Freddie Gist, Staff Writer • April 27, 2021

Mrs. Julie Chappetto is an art teacher that many students know and love, and a person who has contributed in many ways during her years at Mount Carmel. In addition to...

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Mr. Patrick Swanson joined MC as a teacher and coach last August.
Swanson looks forward to football
Artem Massey, Staff Writer • February 22, 2021

One of this year's new faculty, Mr. Patrick Swanson joined Mount Carmel last August as the computer science, biology and code gaming instructor. He also coaches freshman football. Swanson...

Grunauer happy to be home
Grunauer happy to be home
January 10, 2021
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The once-impressive Loretto Academy building presently is unoccupied and in disrepair.
Loretto Academy stirs memories of another era
Artem Massey, Staff Writer • March 4, 2021

The former Loretto Academy, located on East 65th Street, just south of Mount Carmel's campus, has always stood out to me. Its sheer magnitude calls out and demands attention....

Schererville, Indiana, is just 50 minutes from Chicago, but it
Schererville offers a quiet alternative
Angel Samperio, Staff Writer • February 5, 2021

I have lived in Schererville, Indiana, since March of 2005. The town has a lot to offer, except at night, when there is little to do besides going to the diner or to Dunkin....

View from a house on 86th street that shows just how average this average neighborhood is.
Avalon Park: a tight-knit, friendly community
Freddie Gist, Staff Writer • January 25, 2021

I come from a quiet area on 86th Street in the Avalon Park area, and since I have lived here my entire life, I can easily say it is very unremarkable. My immediate neighborhood...

The Japanese  Garden, located on Wooded Island in Jackson Park, offers a quiet refuge in the midst of the city. 
Photo credit:  Steven Kevil via Wikimedia Commons, under Creative Commons License.
Jackson Park: rich in history
Patrick Hatzis, staff writer • January 22, 2021

Jackson Park is located between Lake Michigan and Stony Island on the east and west and between 56th street and 67th street to the north and south on the South Side of Chicago,...

Laudato Si Week focuses opportunities for fundamental change
Caravan Staff May 17, 2021

This week marks the sixth anniversary of Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si'. " In that encyclical, Pope Francis addresses the challenges of consumerism and irresponsible...

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Senior prom scheduled for May 21
Benjamin Fields, Staff Writer • May 13, 2021

This year has seen a lot of changes, especially for the Senior Class. Having school shut down in March of last year put the class in uncharted territory. However, as the seniors...

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Team Pi moves on to the school’s finals in the IncubatorEDU competition.
IncubatorEDU allows students to start businesses
Blayr Young, Staff Writer • May 7, 2021

IncubatorEDU is a course offered for the first time this year to juniors at Mount Carmel. The course offers an authentic entrepreneurship experience as students divide into...

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The 2017 Gala was held at Chicago
Gala to be held in September
Artem Massey, Staff Writer • May 4, 2021

The Gala is an important fundraiser held yearly by Mount Carmel. It raises funds for the Mount Carmel Educational Foundation, funds which are invested and used to create an...

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Design rendering of the Obama Presidential Center (courtesy of The Obama Foundation)
Obama Center construction to bring jobs to Chicago
Patrick Hatzis, Staff Writer • May 3, 2021

The City of Chicago is about to begin preparatory work in Jackson Park, specifically getting it ready for the Obama Presidential Center's construction and official groundbreaking...

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Earth Day '21 focuses on restoring environment
Joseph Asta, Staff Writer • April 22, 2021

In 1970, Earth Day was established as a way to focus attention on the injustices that our ecosystem was facing:  companies dumping trash and chemicals into the ocean, lakes...

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Senior Blayr Young purchasing a snack from the new vending machine on May 4.
New vending machine was a long time coming
Patrick Hatzis, Staff writer • May 11, 2021

Throughout the almost three years I have been at the school, a recurring request made by students was to get a new vending machine that sells food, specifically snacks, in...

Pandemic reveals cracks in nation's foundation
Freddie Gist, Staff Writer • April 26, 2021

Over the time we've spent in the pandemic, many ugly cracks have appeared in our national foundation. We have witnessed more waves of violence, greed and discord than we...

Across the nation, seniors like these lament the loss of traditions like prom during COVID-19. 
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Seniors lament lost traditions during unorthodox year.
Artem Massey, Staff Writer • April 22, 2021

Traditionally, senior year is filled with many special moments, including events like Kairos, prom, the Honors Banquet and graduation. In any other year, canceling even one...

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With the "fall" sports season finally completed, MC spring sports such as rugby are in full swing.
Spring sports back in swing
Benjamin Fields, Staff Writer • April 29, 2021

On Tuesday, April 27 the MC rugby club held its first official practice in over a year. The club had planned to play a season last year, however just two weeks into the season...

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President Ned Hughes addressed 16 senior student athletes and their families at the April 14 signing ceremony.
Sixteen senior athletes set sights on college programs
Noah Mis, Staff Writer • April 27, 2021

On Wednesday, April 14, Mount Carmel held a signing day for 16 student athletes, who have committed to a college and plan on playing at the next level.  Wrestling, football,...

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Noel Rosales
Back on the mats
Andrew Robustelli, Staff Writer • April 26, 2021

Ever since COVID-19 came about, there has been no way for wrestlers to wrestle. On April 19, the wrestling team practiced for the first time in over a year. Despite wrestling...

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Artem Massey. Taken by Kahlil Beth.
A look back on the impact that Mount Carmel has had on me.
Artem Massey, Staff Writer • May 13, 2021

Mount Carmel High School was the only place I applied.  You might ask me why, or what if you do not...

Lessons to remember as the end is here
Lessons to remember as the end is here
Angel Samperio, Staff Writer • May 11, 2021

Coming to Mount Carmel has taught me a lot about life and how to be a man. I have learned so many things...

Dogecoin is a cryptocurrency that is beginning to attract lots of investors.  (Image credit:  Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons license)
Dogecoin to the moon
Angel Samperio, Staff Writer • May 6, 2021

For most unfamiliar with Dogecoin, let me tell you about it. Dogecoin is a crypto currency currently...

MMA fighter Cole Young seeks out Earth
Mortal Kombat hits the big screen
Freddie Gist, Staff Writer • May 7, 2021

As of April 8, 2021, the time-honored video game franchise Mortal Kombat gained yet another movie adaptation. This movie fared much better than its predecessors earning...

AJR releases OK Orchestra
Benjamin Fields, Staff Writer • April 19, 2021

Jack, Ryan, and Adam Mett are not your average brothers. The trio makes up the award-winning band AJR which has garnered fame for their experimental indie pop. The band...

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