SIMUN Success at Largest Model UN Conference in U.S.

The SIMUN team took part in the North American Invitational Model UN conference in Washington, D.C. Feb 14-18. 30 members of the SIMUN team enjoyed an exciting few days in Washington, D.C. to participate in the largest Model United Nations conference in the United States hosted by Georgetown University. With over 3,000 delegates and 140 schools participating, the SIMUN team posted its best ever performance at the North American Invitational Model UN Conference (NAIMUN)!  SIMUN ranked in the top ten schools based on awards.  The following SIMUN delegates won individual committee awards:
Best Delegate Awards:
Adam Himes in the British Secret Intelligence Crisis Committee
Maggie Doyle in the Irish Republican Army Crisis Committee
Katie Goldman in the Starbucks Board of Directors Crisis Committee
Outstanding Delegate Awards
Serena White and Tivas Gupta representingTurkey in DISEC GA (They placed 2nd out of 125 delegations!)
Honorable Mention Awards
Delaney Coyne  as the Minister of Justice in Rafik Hariri's Cabinet 2004
Juliet Welsh as the Press Officer in the Royal Irish Constabulary Crisis Committee
Verbal Commendations
Walter Fieweger and GB Moynihan in the Peace of Westphalia 1648
Bryce Leggett in the Tokugawa Cabinet 1853
SIMUN alum Brendan Stelmach '15 served as Director General of the conference which is one position below the Secretary General.  

Assistant Coach Openings

Saint Ignatius College Prep is looking for assistant coaches in the following sports.   Please contact the head coach listed for more information or to apply.     

Spring, 2018:
Assistant Girls' Lacrosse Coach
Audra Kielbowicz:   

Assistant Girls' Track and Field Coach
 Matthew Haffner:

National Merit Finalists Named

Please join us in congratulating our 2018 National Merit Finalists. These talented students now have an opportunity to be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018. The students can be seen below with Principal, Brianna Latko, and School President, Fr. Michael Caruso, SJ. The student winners are: Alia Abiad, Shannon Burke, Jacob Furlog, Madeleine Gaynor, Abigail Gupta, Caroline Hughes, Thomas Kulevich, Michael Marino, Michelle Skibicki, and Maria Taylor. 

Gloriam 2018 is Less Than 2 Weeks Away!

CLICK HERE for details and to purchase tickets to sign-up parties and raffles.


Boys Swimming & Diving Captures 1st Place at IHSA Sectional Championships

The Boys Swimming & Diving team captured first place at the IHSA Sectional Championships on Saturday.  The Pack were led by a pair of double event winners - Jacob Furlong (200 free / 500 free) and Parker Nolan (50 free / 100 free).  Nolan's times set new Fr/So & Varsity school records while Furlong's 200 was a new meet record. Ezra Mizgala (100 fly) and Michael Schiml (100 breast) each took top honors in meet record fashion.  Furlong, Nolan, Mizgala and Anthony Severino grabbed first in the 200 free relay with a new Varsity and Meet record.  Furlong, Nolan, Mizgala and Bradley Yendro capped off the meet with a win in the 400 free relay. Colin Stelmach was runner up in the 1M Diving to advance to state and set a new Varsity record. Liam Shannon, Schiml, Severino and Gus Enger qualified for state in the medley relay as did Mizgala in the 50 free and Yendro in the 100 free. Additional podium finishers include Yendro (200 free), Schiml (200 IM), Shannon (200 IM / 100 back), Severino (100 fly), Moises Lopez (500 free) and Brady Bartels (100 breast).
State Qualifiers

Colin Stelmach - 1M Diving
Liam Shannon - 200 Medley Relay
Michael Schiml - 200 Medley Relay, 100 Breast
Anthony Severino - 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay
Gus Enger - 200 Medley Relay
Jacob Furlong - 200 Free, 500 Free, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay
Parker Nolan - 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay
Ezra Mizgala - 50 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay
Bradley Yendro - 100 Free, 400 Free Relay
School Records

Colin Stelmach - 1M Diving (VAR)
Parker Nolan - 50 Free (VAR & F/S) and 100 Free (VAR & F/S)
200 Free Relay (VAR) - Mizgala, Nolan, Severino, Furlong
Furlong (200 free), Nolan (50 free / 100 free), Mizgala (50 free / 100 fly) and the 200 free relay all were under the All-American Standard

Historian Ellen Skerrett's Talk & Tour to Highlight Holy Family - 2.25.18

The tour will begin at 3pm. Built with the nickels and dimes of immigrants between 1857 and 1860, the Gothic edifice challenged stereotypes about Catholics and their place in Chicago. Skerrett will pay particular attention to the “bricks and mortar” of Holy Family, sharing little-known stories of its founder, Arnold Damen, SJ and his vision for the city’s first Jesuit parish. 

Skerrett’s books include Chicago: City of Neighborhoods and the first published history of Loyola University Chicago. She is currently researching the history of St. Ignatius College Prep with archivist Dr. Raymond Heisler.  

Summer Teaching Internship Opportunity for Saint Ignatius Graduates

Applications are now available for the Saint Ignatius Summer Teaching Internship. Please CLICK HERE for more information.

37th Annual Law Society Luncheon - 2.23.18

Please Join Us on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Union League Club of Chicago - 65 W Jackson Boulevard.
11:00am: Networking & cash bar - Crystal Room, 5th Floor
12:00pm: Luncheon & awards - Main Dining Room, 6th Floor
1:00pm: Conclusion 

The Alumni Award for Excellence in the Field of Law will be presented to: Hon. Russell W. Hartigan ’64 – President of the Illinois State Bar Association.
The Award for Excellence in the Field of Law will be presented to: Hon. Richard M. Daley – Former Mayor of the City of Chicago.

CLICK HERE to register today.

Act Now for the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program


The  Illinois "Invest in Kids Act" created a Tax Credit Scholarship program which allows individuals and corporations to donate to Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) and receive a credit for 75% of the value of their donation on their Illinois state taxes in return. This program seeks to connect low income families with high quality schools. CLICK HERE for more details from the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Empower Illinois' application process will now open on Wednesday, January 31 at 12 p.m., one week later than previously announced. CLICK HERE for full details.

Many of you have heard about Senate Bill 1947 regarding State of Illinois income tax credits that will assist Catholic and private schools. This is the first time the State of Illinois is providing tax credits to non-public elementary and secondary education. This program might be helpful as you plan for 2017 state taxes. Donors are encouraged to apply for a tax credit as early in 2018 as possible.  In order to apply for a tax credit you must first go to the website and request a "LetterID" number that you must input to the IL Dept. of Revenue website when tax credit applications open on January 2nd.  The "LetterID" will be sent via the postal service and could take up to 10 days to arrive.  CLICK HERE for instructions on how to apply for the LetterID.  CLICK HERE for instructions on the tax credit application.

Many details regarding the new school tax credit program, which was passed by the state legislature this Fall, remain undetermined. CLICK HERE for more information about the program and what Saint Ignatius is doing at the present time. 

Until the State Department of Finance comes out with further guidelines, this is all the school has to work with. The Archdiocese is working on affiliating with an existing Scholarship Granting Organization that would serve as an umbrella for all Catholic schools. If you have questions please contact John Chandler, at 312-432-8350.

Application Process Updates

Empower IL is using a form that asks for Saint Ignatius College Prep's ISBE RCDT Code. Our code is: 15016092Y

Application process: As a reminder, families will need to apply for tax credit scholarships through a scholarship granting organization (SGO), which will manage this process, instead of the Archdiocese or your school directly. There are several SGOs in Illinois. The Archdiocese of Chicago is working with two SGOs: Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders Fund. 

The application process with Empower Illinois will be completed online at The application process will open January 24, 2018.

The application process with Big Shoulders Fund will be completed online at The application process will open the second half of January 2018. The exact date is TBD. 

What families will need to apply: Based on what we know today, families will need the following documents in order to apply for a tax credit scholarship:

2016 tax return

Proof of residency (i.e. driver’s license or state ID)

Birth certificate, federal/state ID or passport for student

If available, a letter of acceptance or enrollment at an eligible, participating, non-public school

Note: There may be changes to this list as the application process is finalized by the SGOs. We will provide updates as they are available.


What You Need To Know

FAQ Application

Application Instructions

Update on Empower Illinois Financial Aid Tax Credits

If you are intending to apply for an Empower Illinois financial aid grant through the Archdiocese of Chicago, please note the following message from Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Jim Rigg. Please continue to check back on their website. CLICK HERE to read the message and please CLICK HERE to read another update from February 7. 

To read the update from the Office of Catholic Schools from February 19, please CLICK HERE

Also note that the Big Shoulders financial aid tax credit program has been closed due to overwhelming demand.