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The Caravan

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The Caravan

The student news site of Mount Carmel High School

The Caravan

Noah Sanchez filming for his AP Spanish 4 final project on February 21.
Noah Sanchez '22, budding filmmaker
Patrick Hatzis '22, Staff Writer • February 28, 2022

Most Mt. Carmel students know the name, Noah Sanchez. Maybe it’s from his monthly interviews with teachers on social media, such as English teacher Mr. Tim Baffoe, Spanish...

Fr. Jim sitting in his office delighted in being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Fr. Jim Lewis to be inducted in MC Hall of Fame
Rocco Mancilla '22, Writing Staff • February 15, 2022

Teacher, priest, counselor. Is there anything Fr. Jim Lewis can't do? Fr. Jim has spent most of his life at Mt. Carmel. Recently he has been named for induction into the...

Mr. Medina gives readers a sneak peak at his vast sneaker collection.
Building A Collection From The Ground Up
Rocco Mancilla '22, Staff Writer • December 9, 2021

To others, it’s just a shoe, but to him it’s self-expression. Mr. Manuel Medina has been teaching English at Mt. Carmel for five years but also holds a passion for...

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Coach Trey standing in the Mount Carmel student center on March 3
Mr. Ross returns to MC as teacher
Patrick Hatzis '22, Staff Writer • March 3, 2022

From coach to teacher–that’s the path of Mr. Trey Ross. Known to some students as “Coach Trey,” he is the newest teacher at MC. Mr. Ross is known by many students...

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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 its a whole different world  (Photo credit: Joey BLS via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons license.)
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,...

MC graduation returns to historic Rockefeller Chapel for the Class of 2022.
Graduation to return to Rockefeller Chapel
Rocco Mancilla '22, Writing Staff • May 5, 2022

A popular saying around the school community is that you come to Mt. Carmel as a boy and, if you care to struggle and work at it, leave as a man. All MC freshmen take a...

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Sophomore Aiden Mattiello (seated left) and junior Simon Wheeler get their heads shaved at the 2022 St. Baldricks event on March 17.
MC students, faculty join in return of St. Baldrick's
Patrick Hatzis '22, Staff Writer • March 22, 2022

Raising money, shaving heads, even getting pied in the face, and all for a good cause. The return of a Mount Carmel tradition. St. Baldrick’s is an event that MC holds...

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Connor McKeown 22 happily donates at the 2022 Blood Drive.
MC community steps up for Blood Drive
Rocco Mancilla '22, Staff Writer • March 20, 2022

For some, stepping out from a comfort zone is hard, but the result can be life-saving. On March 16, 2022, Mt. Carmel’s annual Blood Drive was held. Mrs. Julie Chappetto,...

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College and Career Counselor Mrs. Kristina Luster Meeting with Senior Joe Baranowski about college plans.
As seniors wrap up college app process, juniors just beginning
Patrick Hatzis '22, Staff Writer • February 21, 2022

As the seniors near the finish, the juniors are just getting started. As seniors are getting accepted to colleges and deciding what route they wanna take when they leave MC,...

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Fr. Jim sitting in his office delighted in being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Fr. Jim Lewis to be inducted in MC Hall of Fame
Rocco Mancilla '22, Writing Staff • February 15, 2022

Teacher, priest, counselor. Is there anything Fr. Jim Lewis can't do? Fr. Jim has spent most of his life at Mt. Carmel. Recently he has been named for induction into the...

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Masked-up MC students working on a given assignment.
Omicron causes reiteration of Covid guidelines at MC
Rocco Mancilla '22, Staff Writer • January 13, 2022

The new Omicron variant of Covid-19 is spreading rapidly. Mount Carmel is taking heavy precautions. Currently, Covid-19 cases are increasing at an alarming rate. However,...

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Members of Mr. Antoniettis Mandarin 3 class, one of MCs elective courses.
Mount Carmel should offer more electives
Ryan Boersma '22, Staff Writer • March 3, 2022

While English, math and science are the meat and potatoes of a high school education, electives are the spice that makes students’ days that much better.  Mt. Carmel...

A few juniors put in work after school to improve their grades.
Students should utilize mandatory after-school sessions to improves grades
Rocco Mancilla '22, Writing Staff • February 25, 2022

Some see it as a resource. Others see it as a waste of time. Students who are failing a course are placed on the Mt. Carmel F List, requiring them to attend after-school...

Students play in an January 31, 2022 intramural basketball game while their fellow teammates watch from the sidelines.
Intramurals gives students "something to look forward to"
Patrick Hatzis '22, Staff Writer • February 9, 2022

“It really gives me something to look forward to.”  A Mt. Carmel senior was not talking about his favorite class, the after-school club he’s participating in, or...

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Head Coach Brian Hurry boarding the coach bus full of baseball players getting ready to go to play in the Metro East Kickoff Classic.
Baseball set for great season
Patrick Hatzis '22, Staff Writer • March 17, 2022

Mount Carmel’s baseball team has always been considered  good, but this year the season has an extra bit of excitement to it. The Caravan is en route to a great season,...

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Number 8 Billy McHugh faces off
Caravan Lacrosse Season Preview
Ryan Boersma '22, Staff Writer • March 16, 2022

While many think of baseball as the original sport conceived in America, lacrosse is actually the oldest American sport. Lacrosse has been played by Native Americans for hundreds...

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The Caravan wrestling team after winning a team state title, February 26th, 2022.
Wrestling Caps off Historic Season as IHSA Champs
Ryan Boersma '22, Staff Writer • March 2, 2022

Not many outside of the inner circle of the Mount Carmel wrestling team knew how great of a season that the wrestling Caravan would have, but head coach Alex Tsirtsis and...

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The Eiffel Tower replica took shape in the MC Mechanics class.
Mechanics class brings Paris to Palos
Ryan Boersma '22, Staff Writer • April 4, 2022

When people think of the hardest class at Mt. Carmel, one of the first classes to come to mind is Mechanics....

Noah Sanchez filming for his AP Spanish 4 final project on February 21.
Noah Sanchez '22, budding filmmaker
Patrick Hatzis '22, Staff Writer • February 28, 2022

Most Mt. Carmel students know the name, Noah Sanchez. Maybe it’s from his monthly interviews with teachers...

Mr. Roy prepares to start an arm-wrestling match in his division class on February 8th, 2022.
Roy's Division wrestles for cows--yes, you heard that right
Ryan Boersma '22, Staff Writer • February 24, 2022

“For the cows!” a group of seniors began to chant.  The tension in Room 209 was building. As...

Travis Scott performs at a concert. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons license)
Is Travis Scott to blame?
Ellis Yeboah '22, Staff Writer • November 21, 2021

Travis Scott had a concert, and it was a rager, but not the one he’d want it to be. But is it his fault? Scott held a music festival in his city of birth, Houston, on...

Donda vs. Certified Lover Boy
Ellis Yeboah '22, Staff writer • September 17, 2021

 Is Kanye West losing his creativity? Kanye’s eighteen-month project Donda gets beat by Drake’s new album Certified Lover Boy. The two new albums were released a week...

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