90th Edition: October 26, 2018

Pilgrims on the Way of Truth

The Lord presents us moments in our lives where we are gently urged to "press pause," take in the moment in front of us, and give thanks. So often, the stress of our schedules compel us to ignore or delay doing this. That's usually when we find ourselves saying, "It's November? Already?" or "Quarter 1 is done?" - or even, for many of us, "Our child is graduating this year?"

Today was a day where we gladly paused from our busy schedule and just took in the wonderful site of all of our beloved grandparents who joined us for today's special Grandparent Mass.

Our students cherished time with their grandparents, and craned their necks to spot their families in the crowd. Others still - including our dear faculty and staff - allowed the tears to fall as we remembered, together, our loved ones who have passed.

These paused moments - ignoring bells, calendars, and deadlines and just simply being present for each other - are the real gifts of our lives. In the coming weeks, we will see popular sentiments about thanksgiving. We can think of nothing better than to begin this "season" celebrating our beloved families, and honoring all that they have provided for us.


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WEEK AT-A-GLANCE October 27 - November 2 , 2018

Saturday, October 27, 2018

10:00 am: Girls Varsity XC IHSA 2A Sectional race at Emricson Park, Woodstock

11:00 am: Boys Varsity XC IHSA 2A Sectional race at Emricson Park, Woodstock

1:00 pm: IHSA 2A Awards Ceremony at Emricson

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Monday, October 29, 2018

7:45 am: Daily Mass in Chapel

1st pd: St. Norbert College rep in Guidance

4th - 6th pds: U.S. Army reps in Cafeteria

4th - 6th pds: Confessions in Chapel

8th pd: Millikin Univ. rep in Guidance

Winter Sports Practices Begin! Have a wonderful, safe season!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

7:45 am: Daily Mass in Chapel

2nd pd: McHenry County College rep in Guidance

4th - 6th pds: Jostens taking SENIOR CAP/GOWN Orders in Lunch!

4th - 6th pds: Adoration in Chapel

9th pd: Miami Univ. (Ohio) rep in Guidance

2:30 pm: Confession in Chapel

6:00 pm: MC Auction/Dinner Volunteer Meeting in Annex! All are welcome!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

7:45 am: Daily Mass in Chapel

1st pd: Knox College rep in Guidance

2nd pd: Colorado State Univ. rep in Guidance

2:30 pm: Confession in Chapel

Thursday, November 1, 2018

1st pd: Texas A & M Univ. - College Station rep in Guidance

8:55 am: All School Mass - All Saints Day

4th - 6th pds: Adoration during all lunches in Chapel

Friday, November 2, 2018 - SPIRIT DRESS DOWN DAY!

8th pd: Univ. of Maryland rep in Guidance

7:00 pm: Fall Production Much Ado About Will in Auditorium (Box office opens at 6:15 pm!)

Check out our detailed Athletic Calendar for all practice times, team dinners, and "Away" games for this week!

For a detailed calendar of all MCCHS Clubs & Organizations meetings and events, please see our Clubs & Organizations Website!

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November 2nd - 4th: MUCH ADO ABOUT WILL




These are just a few of the phrases you WILL be saying after you experience our first production of the Fine Arts Season: Much Ado About Will

Our students have dedicated countless hours and gallons of paint to bring you this absolutely original take on the classic words of "The Bard." We promise you a crash-course of all things Shakespeare as we take you on a whirl-wind tour of his greatest hits!

BOX OFFICE OPENS AT 6:15 PM on Friday and Saturday night, and at 1:15 pm on Sunday. Tickets are sold at the Box Office only - and seating is first-come, first-served. The "house" opens 30 minutes prior to curtain!

MC Dinner Auction Dinner: First Volunteer Meeting - Oct. 30th!

It's that time of year again! The 2019 Marian Annual Dinner Auction is quickly approaching and it is time to start planning this year's event. Our first volunteer meeting is Tuesday, October 30th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Annex. At this meeting, we will be brainstorming ideas to help make this fundraiser a huge success. We can't do this without your help and we are so appreciative of everything you do for Marian Central. Please let Lori Hirsch know if you are able to attend the meeting. We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday!


A yearbook becomes priceless as time passes and cherished moments fade as the years go by. In twenty years, we will need the yearbook to relive, remember and respect the moments that were so defining to us in high school.

If you order a 2018-2019 Yearbook by the end of the day November 1st, you will receive our discounted price of $70! After November 1st, the yearbook prices will go up to $80!!

BUT WAIT—THERE’S MORE! If you order a yearbook, you will receive a FREE autograph insert THIS May to pass around and have friends sign! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Please send a check (payable to Marian Central) for $70, or call Mrs. Murwin at (815) 338-4220 with your credit card information.

If you don't recall purchasing a 2018-2019 Yearbook, please email and we will check our records.


The Memorare Advisers, Editors, & Staff

CARPE VERBUM - Seize the Word!


(CAR - pay / VARE - boom)

"Carpe Verbum" is Latin for "Seize the Word." We know we should be reading and praying the Bible every day... so why don't we actually do it? Carpe Verbum is step-by-step guide to your daily prayer life, which is rooted in the Word of God. It's designed specifically for you as a Catholic teen.

Click here to read more, and sign up to receive daily scripture: Carpe Verbum

If you haven't discovered this amazing online (email and/or text) resource for teens, please consider exploring this! Put simply, you and your teen can sign up to receive daily texts that explore the daily scripture and help guide reflections that are timely, meaningful, and immediately applicable to our lives! Prayers are based on Scripture and follow the Catholic Church's readings for each day.

Our spiritual goal is always to grow closer to God; what better way than to begin your day with a new reflection delivered to your phone every morning! This could also be a wonderful way to shape the nightly conversation! As we discuss how we should "press pause" in our busy lives, this could be a great opportunity to begin and end our day reflecting on the Word of God!

MCCPA: Parent Association Meeting Nov. 14th! Come Join Us!

Join this dynamic group to support our beloved school! Our next Parent Association meeting will be on Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 pm in the Annex!

We are also looking for donations of salads or desserts to treat the faculty during Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for November 9th. Dinner will be served to the teachers 4:00 - 5:00 pm!

If you have a dish to pass, please contact Mrs. Lori Lee at so we can help fill out the menu for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Thank you!


In my odd and strange world, many things exist on continua. The outcome of a Chicago Bears game, for example, isn’t “good” or “bad” in my world. Rather, it occupies a place on a continuum that ranges from “NCF Title Game victory over the New Orleans Saints on January 21st, 2006” to “That Sunday night loss to the Green Bay Packers to start this current season.”

College admission also exists on a continuum in my world. Here’s what it looks like, with some sample colleges listed to give you an idea of how it works in my head…

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Marian Central Catholic is the second competitive, college-preparatory high school I’ve worked at as a college counselor. At schools like these, anxiety runs high about ACT scores, number of honors/AP classes taken, leadership positions held, and hours of community service performed. I literally had a student in my office at my former school crying because her composite ACT score was 29; she thought her life was over and she wouldn’t be admitted to college. I’ve found myself constantly referencing the selectivity continuum with students at both schools, reminding them that the American system of higher education is unique in that it has multiple points of access. Students with many different cumulative GPA’s and ACT composite scores can enter the continuum at multiple points and even move up or down the continuum as necessary.

One of the keys to a successful college search is identifying where a student’s academic profile “fits” on the continuum. For example, as enthusiastic as I was about applying to Northwestern University as a high school senior, my 3.58 cumulative GPA and 24 composite ACT score wouldn’t have made me competitive for admission. I never actually finished that application, as it turns out…but that’s a story for another time! Understanding what schools a student has access to based on his or her academic profile helps that student exert control part of what many people (incorrectly) think is an uncontrollable process. Asking college admission counselors to disclose the middle 50% range of the cumulative GPA’s and ACT composite scores of their most recent first-year class allows a student and family to know if a student “looks the part” of the type of student that typically enrolls at a particular school. Averages don’t do this! An average is the midpoint of a set of data, and a student is rarely “at” the average. It’s more likely they’re in the 50% above or the 50% below the average.

I just read a fantastic article published in The Atlantic about admission to competitive/highly selective schools and what it does to the psyche and self-worth of high school students. In light of the currently ongoing trial about potential discrimination on the part of Harvard University toward Asian-American applicants, the piece in The Atlantic addresses some more fundamental issues than those central to this trial. Students are placed under immense pressure to distort themselves by pursuing academic courses they’re not interested in or not prepared to take while living hyper-involved lives in order to “impress” a handful of colleges that exist on one of the far ends of my continuum. The article’s lengthy, but definitely worth the time it takes to read, in my opinion.

My philosophy is that there’ll always be options on the College Selectivity Continuum for any student. My wife’s cousin, who admitted he was never really interested in or engaged with his studies in high school, graduated and attended the University of Wisconsin-Washington County (an open-enrollment college) for two years. Once there, the lightbulb went on and he matured. He saw possibilities that he never thought would be there for him in high school. He leveraged his two years at UWWC and was admitted into the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he ultimately graduated from. Conversely, I worked with a student in 2016 who possessed one of the most advanced and intimidating intellects I’ve ever encountered. She was one of three students who’d been admitted to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill from my former school since the year 2000. She was also admitted to the University of Chicago and Yale University (where she’s currently a junior). She wasn’t admitted to Vanderbilt University, despite applying Early Decision.

Like whitewater rafting, the College Selectivity Continuum requires the help of an experienced guide to navigate. I’m always happy to sit down and chat about this, and other college-related matters, anytime.


Jim Stamatakos

College Counselor

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