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Senior athletes Gawel and Ciaravino commit to the next level

Ellie Menke (Mount Carmel Social Media)
Seniors Aiden Gawel (left) and Angelo Ciaravino signed their national letters of intent in the Alumni gym on the morning of November 8th.

It’s tough to play college sports. What’s even more demanding is making it on a collegiate roster. Of the millions of high school athletes that compete in a wide variety of sports, only 7% move on to play at the next level. 

MC has had a long list of skilled athletes that have played all over the country, some even making it to the professional league in their respective sport. 

Two Caravan athletes recently added their names to that list. Like many other high school students across the nation, seniors Aiden Gawel and Angelo Ciaravino signed their national letters of intent on the morning of Wednesday, November 8th. 

Their families, coaches, teammates, and school administration came to support them. Gawel and Ciaravino are extremely competitive athletes with Gawel playing on the lacrosse field and Ciaravino on the basketball court. 

But on the morning they signed their letters, they were able to reflect on their time at MC and truly celebrate what they had accomplished. 

Gawel originally committed to Hope College before changing his decision and ultimately choosing Elmhurst University as the place he would continue his academic and athletic careers. 

“Elmhurst was a better fit for me overall after I visited there and decided to keep my options open,” said Gawel. “I feel like I jumped to conclusions in the beginning but then realized where my next home should be.”

Not only is Gawel a skilled lacrosse player, but he’s also a team leader that many other players rely on. 

“Aiden’s a great teammate and an even better guy out of lacrosse,” said junior and fellow lacrosse player Ryan Clark. “When I moved up to varsity he was the first guy to support me and show me the ropes.”

Gawel is excited to join a great lacrosse program, and he’s not alone in staying home and going to a school here in Illinois.

Angelo Ciaravino had an incredible offseason and has established himself as a leader on the basketball team. He received many offers including ones from Stanford and Miami-Ohio but ultimately decided to stay here in Illinois and commit to Northwestern University. 

“I was open to going anywhere at first,” said Ciaravino. “But after taking a visit to Northwestern it just made sense to play Big 10 basketball at home. It just doesn’t get much better than that.” 

Gawel and Ciaravino are extremely talented in their respective sports, but they couldn’t have done it without their coaches. 

“Coach Segroves and I have been through a lot,” said Ciaravino. “My favorite memory with him has to be playing in the Pekin tournament last year and sharing that experience with him and my teammates.”

As for Gawel, he’s proud to have committed to Elmhurst where head lacrosse coach Matt McGuire is an alum. 

“My favorite memory with coach McGuire probably isn’t even with lacrosse,” said Gawel. “Over the summer last year my teammate Aidan Frangella and I got to golf at Jackson Park with him before we had our summer camp.”

As Gawel and Ciaravino prepare for their final seasons here at Mount Carmel as well as their first collegiate seasons, the entire MC community is supporting them and wishing them the best. 

Aiden Gawel (left) will be attending Elmhurst University and Angelo Ciaravino will be attending Northwestern University. (Ellie Menke – Mount Carmel Social Media)

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Matthew Malloy ‘25
Matthew Malloy ‘25, Staff Writer
Matthew Malloy is a junior at Mount Carmel High School. He resides in the Southside of Chicago in the Beverly neighborhood and attended St. John Fisher Elementary School. Matt is currently a member of the student council, The Merchant, varsity golf team, varsity volleyball team, and the Caravan Media Group in which he is the play by play announcer for all home football and basketball games. As for academics, Matt is in the top 10 for the class of 2025. He first gained interest for journalism by watching ESPN’s College GameDay and reading The Beverly Review. His favorite sports commentators are Dick Vitale, Gus Johnson, Ray Clay, and Jim Nantz. As for favorite sports teams, Matt likes the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Manchester United F.C., Chicago Bears, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and his favorite golfers are John Daly, Bryson DeChambeau, and Collin Morikawa. His favorite band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers and his favorite album is The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. Matt’s favorite movies are Goodfellas and Asteroid City while The Office, Freaks and Geeks, and Friday Night Lights are his favorite TV shows. He and his cousins are continuing the tradition and legacy of the O’Connor family at Mount Carmel as he is the nephew of Dan O’Connor ‘95 and grandson of Frank O’Connor ‘61 and Kathy O’Connor, who works in the spirit store and is an avid supporter of Mount Carmel.