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  • SFHS Alumni at the Olympics

    St. Francis High School celebrates alumni competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. Three Spartan alumnae; Erin Virtue '01, Kelsey Robinson '10, and Sze En Tan '19, set their sights on Olympic gold. Both Erin and Kelsey are part of the USA Women's Volleyball Olympic Team. Erin serves as the team's Offensive Coordinator, while Kelsey-already an Olympic medalist-is an athlete on the team.
     
    In catching up with SFHS alumni for the summer issue of Focus Magazine, Erin and Kelsey discussed how their time at St. Francis High School played an integral role in course of their lives.
     
    “St. Francis provided the necessary building blocks to help me be more than just an athlete. While I train for my second Olympics, I also have written a cookbook, developed a photography brand, and written for travel & lifestyle magazines. St. Francis gave me the foundation to be well rounded and the skills to follow all my passions.” says Kelsey.
     
    Erin adds. “As I reflect on my career in volleyball, I often think about my time at St. Francis, working with Mr. Lynch. One HUGE lesson he taught me was that connection with each teammate and attacker would make all the difference in running an effective offense. He advised me to walk over to each attacker, give them a high-five, and tell them the play
    that they would be running. This lesson is something that I bring to my job every single day. I am now the Offensive Coordinator for our USA Volleyball Olympic Team, and our setters are taught this very same lesson - they are setting
    ‘people’ not just a system. That personal connection is massive in volleyball, and in life. I am so grateful for my time at St. Francis and all the lessons learned. Thank you, Mr. Lynch for that early schooling.”
     
    SFHS alumna and current Stanford University sophomore, Sze En Tan’19 is representing Singapore in the artistic gymnastic competition. She is the 2016 and 2018 Singapore national champion and was named Senior International Athlete of the Year at the 2020 Singapore Gymnastics Awards.
     
    Also worth noting, alumnus, Jeff Jendryk ‘14 was selected as an alternate for the USA Men’s Volleyball Olympic Team. Jeff is currently an athlete on the USA Men's National Volleyball Team.
     
    The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games take place Friday, July 23 – Sunday, August 8, 2021. Tune into your local NBC station for primetime coverage or watch the games streaming on NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports, and Peacock.
  • SFHS Theatre Presents “All Shook Up”

    St. Francis High School Theatre camps present "All Shook Up." Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, “All Shook Up” is known as a hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy featuring such classics as “Teddy Bear,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” and “Jailhouse Rock.”
     
    Directed by St. Francis High School alumna, Jackie Martin ’11, the summer musical production was part of a long list of summer camp offerings at St. Francis High School. For the past fourteen summers, St. Francis High School's Summer Musical Camp has helped students advance their theatrical skills through acting, singing, and dancing. This year, the cast and crew comprised of nearly 80 students entering grades 7-12 from a variety of local schools.
     
    "We chose All Shook Up for this summer musical because it is a light-hearted comedy." said Jackie Martin, Summer Musical Camp Director. "We also were excited to introduce another time period to students (1950's) and knew that they would enjoy the costumes and mannerisms of the time. Packed with songs by Elvis Presley, this musical encourages audiences to take risks, challenge the status quo, and fall in love. This story also highlights the importance of having supportive relationships that help us reach our dreams."
     
    "All Shook Up" was featured ten years earlier at St Francis High School as the 2011 Spring Musical. In celebration of the ten year anniversary, many of the original cast members from the 2011 show-which included Director, Jackie Martin and Assistant Director/Producer, Sami Ramos-came back to SFHS to attend a performance and offer their support.
     
    "My favorite part about directing this summer was spending time with the students and enjoying the return of live summer theatre at St. Francis." adds Jackie. "I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with all of these talented students!"
     
    The wealth of student talent stretched beyond performance as many played an integral role in the show's production. Under the direction of Summer Musical Stage Crew Director, Brandon Lewis, students learned and assisted in theatrical stage crew basics; set design, building, painting, and decoration, lighting, sound design, prop design, and costuming. Additionally, students gained hands-on experience as part of the summer musical running crew which coordinated backstage work during tech rehearsals and each performance.
     
    The St. Francis High School summer musical production of “All Shook Up” was held July 16-18, 2021.
  • Semester Two Honor Roll

    St. Francis High School is proud to announce and congratulate students for their outstanding achievements during the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year. Students who achieved a GPA of 4.0 or better in the second semester made the “A” honor roll.* Students who achieved a GPA between 3.0 and 3.99 made the “B” honor roll.* View the complete list of honor roll students here.

    *Honor Roll is computed on the basis of courses taken at St. Francis High School. A failure in any course for that grading period or on a semester exam makes a student ineligible for the Honor Roll.
  • SFHS Alumna Headed to The CrossFit Games

    St. Francis High School congratulates alumna MaryKay Dreisilker '08 (pictured second from left) along with her CrossFit teammates Dan Bullock, Cooper Wise, and Elisa Schauer (Team Omnia), on earning a spot to compete at the CrossFit Games. MaryKay and team hope to receive the title of "Fittest Team on Earth" at the games in Madison, Wisconsin, July 27-August 1.
     
    On June 6, Team Omnia won the Granite Games, a North American qualifier for the CrossFit Games. Last year, MaryKay earned an individual spot in the CrossFit Games. However, due to the pandemic, her spot was taken away. Competing in the CrossFit Games is an impressive feat as only the top 40 men, 40 women, 240 masters athletes, 80 teenage athletes, and 40 teams from around the world make it to this level.
     
    St. Francis High School celebrates MaryKay and Team Omnia. We look forward to reporting how the team does at the CrossFit Games later this summer.
  • SFHS Alumna To Compete at Jr PGA Championship

    During the IL Junior PGA Girls Qualifier at Elgin Country Club on Monday June 3, St. Francis High School alumna, Katherine Lemke '21 earned the 2nd of two qualifying spots to compete at the upcoming Jr PGA Girls Championship. In the highly competitive match, Katherine won a 4-way sudden death playoff that went 4 holes.
     
    The Junior PGA Girls Championship will be held July 27-30 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY.
  • 2021 Art Show Award Recipients

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 St. Francis High School hosted its annual Art Show. The “Finding Your Way Through Art” exhibit was held in-person this year, allowing guests to view student artwork created from all levels of art: AP, Art 4, Art 3, Art 2, Visual Art, Studio Art, Digital Art and Communications Design.
     
    The Art Show was juried by local artists and the following ribbons awarded.
     
    ART ONE
    First: Maeve McGinn '24
    Second: Maeve McGinn '24
    Third: Julia Bukowski '24
     
    ART TWO
    First: Sophia Cairo '24
    Second: Meghan Suess '24
    Third: Brian Zulauf '21
     
    ART THREE
    First: Alondra Zepeda '21
    Second: Jovanna Cordero '22
    Third: Roseanne Mendoza '23
     
    ART FOUR
    First: Alex Mustafa '22
    Second: Chelsea Brown '21
    Third: Allie Ludovice '21
     
    DIGITAL ART
    First: Maddi Donlevy '21
    Second: Alyssa Coladipietro '21
    Third: Thomas Riepe '21
     
    COMM. DESIGN
    First: Olivia Hojnicki '21
    Second: Allie Ludovice '21
    Third: Mary Szalek '21
     
    AP ART
    First: Hailey Marczak '21
    Second: Katherine Lemke '21
    Third: Mary Szalek '21
  • May Students of the Month

    Each month St. Francis High School faculty recognize students for their progressive, impressive, and/or expressive classwork and commitment to their education. We are pleased to announce the May Student of the Month recipients:
     
    Business & Technology: Rahee M. '21
    English: Ava S. '22
    Math:  Owen L. '23
    Performing & Visual Arts: Mary S. '21
    P.E. & Health: Sam K. '21
    Religion: Ella D. '22
    Science: Elise W. 23
    Social Studies: Isabella Z. '23
    World Languages: Joey C. '22
  • Student-athlete Achieves 100th Victory

    Senior student-athlete Michael D. ’21 reached a big milestone Wednesday, May 12 as he earned his 100th wrestling-career win. The victory was part of a dual win over Aurora Central Catholic. Michael plans to continue his academic and wrestling career at the University of Chicago this fall. St. Francis High School congratulates Michael on his significant achievement.   
  • Student-athlete Named Football Player of the Year.

    St. Francis High School student-athlete Tommy Rittenhouse '21 has been named the 2021 Kane County Chronicle and Suburban Life Football Player of the Year. The honor comes off of an undefeated season for Tommy and the St. Francis High School football program, who earned the Metro Suburban Conference title.
     
    This year's shortened season proved to be one of great achievement for Tommy. Among the long list of accomplishments, one which includes a career-best six touchdowns throws during the Spartans game against Riverside Brookfield on April 9, 2021, Tommy was one of nine SFHS seniors to receive the Scholarship Excellence Award. This award recognizes students who have received and accepted a full tuition scholarship or a scholarship of $35,000 or more per year. Tommy will advance to the next stage in his academic and football career by attending Illinois State University this fall.
     
    St. Francis High School proudly congratulates Tommy on his tremendous honor. Read the 2021 Kane County Chronicle and Suburban Life Football Player of the Year article here.
     
    (Photo courtesy of Susette Kubiak)
  • Students Initiate Myanmar Awareness Week

    St. Francis High School students, Nicole K. '23 and Lucy V. '23 share their personal experiences to incite education and awareness about the military coup in Myanmar.
     
    May 10-14, 2021 was designated Myanmar Awareness Week at St. Francis High School. Prompted by sophomores, Lucy and Nicole, and with the help of faculty and staff, SFHS Myanmar Awareness Week enlightened students on the current crisis in Myanmar. Together, Lucy and Nicole designed a week of activities for students to express their support and promote awareness. Activities consisted of a special Outta Uniform Day which allowed students to swap their school uniforms for red (the color representing the peaceful Civil Disobedience Movement in Myanmar), a banner signing and information table, student art to memorialize the lives lost, and sharing the hashtag #savemyanmar on social media.  
     
    Undeniably, the most notable part of the week was the presentation given by Nicole and Lucy recounting their personal stories and the stories of their families currently residing in Myanmar.
  • St. Francis High School Commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides

    On May 4, 1961 The Freedom Riders set out together on their first rides from Washington D.C. through the American south to test a 1960 Supreme Court decision that declared segregated facilities for interstate passengers illegal. Thanks to the legacy of previous activists, the first four days of the Freedom Rides were mostly peaceful. As the buses made their way into South Carolina, the Freedom Riders were met with violence. Throughout their journey activists were beaten and arrested as they challenged segregation. On November 1, 1961—seven months after the Freedom Riders began their training—the federal government finally succeeded in implementing a policy which complied with the law and ended the practice of segregated travel.
     
    May 3-7, St. Francis High School commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, learning more about the Freedom Riders' experience while ruminating on the past and present inequities existing in America and our world. A variety of research and discussion not only gave students historical knowledge, but offered a deeper understanding of what we are called to do as people of faith. As the week concluded, students, staff and faculty reflected on their own desired legacy and contemplated how they too could stand up for what is right and just.
  • Senior Honors Night

    Wednesday, May 5 St. Francis High School celebrated students' outstanding achievements in academics, leadership, and service, among others, during Senior Honors Night. Students receiving special awards given by teachers and staff were also announced. View the complete list of Senior Honors.
  • SFHS Celebrates NHS Inductees

    Monday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 4, the following students were inducted into the St. Francis High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. The purpose of the SFHS Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) is to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in students of St. Francis High School. Membership consists of sophomore, junior, and senior students who have achieved a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of no less than a 4.00 and demonstrated Service, Leadership and Character qualities both inside and outside of school.
     
    St. Francis High School is proud to congratulate the National Honor Society inductees!
  • April National Signing Day

    On Wednesday, April 14, five St. Francis High School student-athletes, among their families, coaches and teammates, signed their National Letters of Intent to play college sports.
     
    Maggie C., Lawrence University, Basketball, Division 3
    Jennifer G., St. Ambrose University, Volleyball, Division 1
    Trey G., Eastern Illinois University, Soccer, Division 1
    Michael D., University of Chicago, Wrestling, Division 3
    Jackson G., Dartmouth College, Football, Division 1
    Aiden B., Princeton University, Volleyball, Division 1
     
    St. Francis High School congratulates these Spartan student-athletes!
  • Illinois State Scholars

    The Illinois State Scholar Program recognizes students attending approved high schools for outstanding academic achievement. To qualify, students must have scored in the 95th percentile on the ACT or SAT and perform in the top fifty percent of their graduating class academically. Approximately the top ten percent of graduates from approved high schools are announced as State Scholars each year. This year, thirty-four seniors were selected as State Scholars at St. Francis High School. This number represents over twenty percent of our graduating class! Congratulations to the designated Illinois State Scholars from the St. Francis High School Class of 2021.
     
    View the list of St. Francis High School IL State Scholars.
  • Math Team Second in Regional Competition

    The St. Francis Math Team competed remotely in the ICTM Regional Competition on Wednesday, March 17. 2021. The team competed in Individual Written Events (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus), 8-Person contests (Freshmen/Sophomore and Junior/Senior), and the Calculator Team contest.  We are pleased to announce that placed second overall.
     
    View the Regional and State results.
  • Spartan Student-Gymnasts Earn 1st in State

    Abby S. '21 and Gigi S. '21, both Level 10 gymnasts, earned 1st in State with their club gymnastics team, Phenom, during the meet held March 26-28, 2021. Individually, Abby placed 5th with a personal best of 37.825 while Gigi placed 10th. Level 10 is the highest level in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics Program.
  • Congratulations April Students of the Month

    Each month St. Francis High School faculty recognize students for their progressive, impressive, and/or expressive classwork and commitment to their education. We are pleased to announce the April Student of the Month recipients:
     
    Business & Technology: Jack C. '21
    English: Ella C. '23
    Mathematics: Anthony K. '22
    Performing & Visual Arts: Maddie K. '21
    P.E. & Health: Emery C. '22
    Religion: Ella H. '23
    Science: Emma M. '21
    Social Studies: Chloe T. '22
    World Languages: Grace H. '24
  • St. Francis High School Art Show

    The St. Francis High School will host the annual Art Show on Thursday, April 15, 2021.
     
    After being forced to go “virtual” last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Francis High School is delighted to welcome community members back on campus to view the “Finding Your Way Through Art” exhibit in-person. Although this year’s reservation-only show is already full, art enthusiasts may view the show virtually by visiting the SFHS Art Program’s Instagram page @sfhsstudio at 7:00 p.m.
     
    The show will feature student work from all levels of art: AP, Art 4, Art 3, Art 2, Visual Art, Studio Art, Digital Art and Communications Design.
    “It is a unique opportunity for our community to see the volume and variety of work we create in our department and the progress a student can achieve working through the entire program - the skills they build and how their work gets more sophisticated and thoughtful as they progress from Art One to AP.” says Performing & Visual Arts Teacher, Kate Doane.
     
    This year’s exhibit will be juried by two local artists and ribbons will be awarded.
  • World Language Honor Societies Inductees

    The World Languages Department celebrated the induction of students into the Chinese, French and Spanish Honor Societies. The aim of these honor societies is to stimulate interest in the study of a world language, promote high standards of scholarship and reward scholastic achievements. Additionally, these honor societies create enthusiasm for and an understanding of different cultures and civilizations, promote and perpetuate international friendships, and reward efforts toward furthering solidarity in our interconnected world. The membership demonstrate students’ dedication to the language and culture they study. Learn more about each society:

    Chinese Honor Society: The St. Francis High School chapter of the Chinese Honor Society is an organization that promotes and recognizes students who demonstrate citizenship, leadership, and community service. Members are encouraged to become life-long learners in order to gain a better understanding of Chinese language and culture, as well as play an active role as a contributing global citizen in the twenty-first century.

    French Honor Society: The chapter’s name of Société Honoraire de Français is “La Résistance” in honor of the French men and women from all social economic backgrounds who resisted Hitler’s tyranny in World War II. The participants of la Resistance jointly strived to save innocent men, women, and children victimized by the Nazi German occupation of France. These brave souls battled relentlessly to regain democracy in their Motherland. The chapter's motto is: «Avoir une autre langue, c’est posséder une deuxième âme» To have another language is to possess a second soul.

    Spanish Honor Society: The name Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is for Oscar Romero a former Roman Catholic bishop of El Salvador. He witnessed human rights violations in his country and spoke out on behalf of the poor and the victims of the country’s civil war. Romero died as a result of his beliefs and is known as a Champion for World Democracy. The Spanish Honor Society's motto is “Todos a una” or All together.

    View the list of students recently inducted to the World Languages Honor Societies at St. Francis High School.
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