Marist’s Class of 2014 carried on the tradition of excellence, garnering accolades in all areas of school life.
Academically, the class was top rate, boasting 70 Illinois State Scholars, three National Merit Finalists, three National Merit Commended Students, 90 Advanced Placement Scholars, five Chick Evans Scholars, and one National Hispanic Scholar.
The students sent out a record breaking number of college applications and won more than $36.7 million in scholarship monies. Graduates were admitted to schools in 24 states including: University of Alabama, American University, Baylor University, Boise State University, UCLA, College of Charleston, Case Western Reserve, Coastal Carolina University, University of Colorado-Boulder, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Fordham University, Hofstra University, Howard University, Joffrey Ballet School, University of Kentucky, New York University, Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, University of San Francisco, Sarah Lawrence College, and The Ohio State University. Closer to home, students will be attending Marquette University, University of Illinois, Loyola University, University of Dayton, DePaul University, University of Notre, and the University Iowa, among others. Additionally, five members of the class enlisted in the United States military.
Athletically, the RedHawks represented Marist well. Some highlights include, the wrestling team finishing second in state. The football team advanced to the state semi-finals. There were regional titles in softball, girls volleyball, girls and boys golf, boys soccer and girls basketball. Boys cross country captured the ESCC championship, as did girls volleyball. Thirty-six students signed to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level.
More than 100 of the 2014 graduates were enrolled in the senior service outreach program or peer service. The outreach program provides daily service to one of 17 local organizations, while the peer service program place seniors in lower level classes to offer one on one academic support to students. Additionally, individuals, teams, and the Marist Youth organization participated in weekly service projects, and student mission trips occurred in New Orleans, La., and Esopus, NY. Collectively, seniors gave approximately 25,000 service hours.
Overall, the class of 2014 provided leadership and spirit in a variety of activities, arts, and other arenas of Marist life. Good luck to our newest grads!