Thursday, June 14, 2018

2018 President's Art Award

Every year I have the privilege of selecting one original art piece from among those displayed by the students.  The art piece is selected based on originality, creativity, color, texture, perspective and power to inspire. 

This year's award went to Mairead Skelton for her oil painting of "Giant's Causeway." 

If you are of Irish heritage, I am sure you are very familiar with both the natural beauty of the almost 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that make up this causeway on the coast of county Antrim, and the fascinating Irish mythology connected with it.  If you are not familiar with either the natural beauty of this causeway or the mythology, take time to look it up and you will appreciate Mairead's painting even more!

Congratulations Mairead on your beautiful artwork that will soon be framed and will be proudly displayed at Resurrection College Prep High School!

Mairead Skelton with her painting of "Giant's Causeway"


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Religion Project that Will Make a Difference at Res

Congratulations and thank you to four seniors who did a unique and meaningful project for Sr. Mary Ann's class.  Their project was putting together for future Res students a Res Girl's Declassified High School Survival Guide.  They did such a great job on the guide that Connie Castellucci, Director of Enrollment, has decided to include this guide to help future students gain a better understanding of the school. 

Thank you to:

Lauren O'Conner
Maddie Sabella
Mairead Skelton
Melanee Tannehill
left to right:  Melanee, Maddie, Connie Castellucci, Lauren Mairead

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tribute to Sister Lydia Mary, C.R.

Yesterday, May 7, 2018, Sister Lydia Mary Yokiel, C.R. left this world to enjoy and experience eternal life.  Sister Lydia Mary was only 2 1/2 months away from her 105th Birthday and in August would have celebrated her 85th Anniversary of professing her vows as a Sister of the Resurrection.

Resurrection College Prep High School was very special to Sister Lydia Mary.  Sister taught biology at Res and later became the principal.  Sister Lydia Mary was also responsible for helping design and plan the building we are in today. 

There are many outstanding things about Sister Lydia Mary but perhaps what most people remember and say about her is how much she loved people and how pleasant and generous she was about giving time to people.

The last few years of her life Sister was unable to recognize people or carry on a conversation but she gave everyone the gift of her beautiful smile.  One person Sister lovingly recognized until the very end was the one she gave her life to, Jesus.  When anyone brought Holy Communion to her, she looked intently at the Host, folded her hands and received her Jesus.

There is a book called, When God Winks:  Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life.  Well, I think God winked at least twice the day Sister died. 

First wink, there is one time in the Bible when the name Lydia appears.  The biblical Lydia lived at the time of Saint Paul.  The day Sister died the reading of the day at Mass mentioned Lydia the seller of purple cloth who befriended Saint Paul and the disciples.  Coincidence?  Maybe, but I think it was a wink from God to say, "Welcome home Sister Lydia Mary."

Sister Lydia Mary, C.R.
Second wink, came with the blessing and dedication of the new Sister Lydia Mary Welcome Center at Resurrection College Prep High School.  This event had been planned for several weeks and could have been planned to occur on any day from mid-April to mid-May.  Was it a coincidence that the ribbon cutting and blessing occurred on May 7th, the day Sister died?  I think it was a second wink to remind all of us how much Sister Lydia Mary loves Res and to let us know that she will continue to pray for us from her new home.

May God bless Sister Lydia Mary with eternal joy!

Sr. Virginia Ann, niece of Sr. Lydia Mary, cutting the ribbon

Father Dan McCarthy Blessing the new Sr. Lydia Mary Welcome Center

Monday, May 7, 2018

Congratulations to Six Seniors

Congratulations to Seniors who recently signed for college sports:
            Taylor Besch, volleyball at Allegheny College
Veronica Kieres, basketball - University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
                Sarah Nader, lacrosse at St. Ambrose University
                Erin O'Farrell, lacrosse at Upper Iowa University

In November two other seniors signed for college sports:
         Joanna Cirrincione, softball at Grand Valley State University
             Brittany Welch, volleyball at New Mexico State University

We are all very proud of you and happy for you.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Last night, April 11th, the Sisters of the Resurrection honored three  members of the Resurrection College Prep High School staff:  Kathleen Heneghan, Alisa Martorano and Mary Kaye Ulczak.   The celebration was to recognize them upon the completion of the Resurrection Leadership Formation Program. 
All three are alumna of Resurrection, all three have spent most of their adult life working at Resurrection, all three are passionate about Catholic Education and in particular the education of young women in academics and faith.
 Three years ago Kathleen, Alisa and Mary Kaye became the first to embark on a new journey, a Resurrection Leadership Formation Program.  They were brave pioneers who invested hours of time, work, and personal contributions in order to deepen their understanding of, commitment to and leadership role in witnessing and teaching the values, vision and goals of our Resurrection charism, pedagogy and most importantly the Gospel challenge and call to women. 

The Sisters of the Resurrection are privileged and honored to have lay partners like Kathleen, Alisa and Mary Kaye.

Alisa Martorano, Sr. Donna Marie, Mary Kaye Ulczak, and Kathleen Heneghan

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Res Students Compete at WYSE

Resurrection College Prep High School is extremely proud of students who competed in the WYSE Regional competition at Oakton Community College in February and the students who participated in the WYSE Sectional Competition in Libertyville in March.


Regional Competition:
  Brenda Bortis '18 (English)
  Angela Christie '19 (Engineering Graphics)
  Danielle Nebril '18 (English)
  Kathryn Osepek '18 (Physics)
  Shuru Wang '20 (Engineering Graphics)
  Chloe Zwolfer '18 (Computer Science and Math)
  Casey Brannigan '21 (Engineering Graphics)
  Jenna George '19 (Biology)
  Madilyn Rose Haughey '21(Physics)
  Emily Kadus '19 (Math)
  Abigail Lantvit '19 (Biology)
  Anastasia Mourikes '18 (Biology)
  Ella Narowski '21 (Engineering Graphics)
  Kayla Villaraza '21 (Engineering Graphics)
  Kierra Villaraza '19 (Math)

Sectional Competition:
 Brenda Bortis '18 (English)
 Chengrui Wu '18 (Math)
 Shuru Wang '20 (Engineering Graphics)
 Angela Christie '19 (Engineering Graphics)
 Kathryn Osepek '18 (Physics)

Two Qualified for State Level Competition:
 Brenda Bortis '18 (English)
 Chengrui Wu '18 (Math)

Chengrui Wu and Brenda Bortis

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Easter Wishes!

May the Peace and Joy of the Risen Lord fill your hearts and homes at this Holy Season of Easter!
Please know that the Sisters of the Resurrection will be praying for you and your families during this beautiful season, a season that clearly declares God's unconditional love for all of us and each of us.  Please remember us in your prayers as well!
HAPPY EASTER and have a wonderful spring break!