The Spirit

Advice to my Freshman Self

Freshman Daniel McKay on his first day of school and Senior Daniel McKay celebrating his college commitment.
Courtesy of Daniel McKay, Class of 2018.

Daniel McKay, Senior Writer

April 29, 2018

In my second week of high school, one of the most traumatic events happened to me. I pranced into school, still high on life from the new experiences I was having. Seeing none of my friends yet, I decided to go to the bathroom (BIG MISTAKE). I went into the stall, and what happened next seemed to be...

Our Voices

A poster in the link reading “We Will End Gun Violence.”
Courtesy of Elizabeth Karlos ‘19.

Margaret Fleming and Elizabeth Karlos

March 8, 2018

On February 28, students and administration discussed how to move forward as a school community.

Hawaiian Havoc

Photo Taken from Buzzfeed

Caroline VanDam and Emma Thompson

February 20, 2018

As our twenty-first century world advances, we find at times that we are still in an age of mystery and uncertainty. On a late Sunday evening in 1938, millions of Americans tuned in and listened to a radio broadcast about a Martian invasion. The broadcaster was the famous writer, producer and actor,...

Ethics Take Saint Ignatius

From left to right: Serena White, Triona OBroin, Tivas Gupta, and Patrick Milito.

Bella Druckman, Sophomore

February 15, 2018

The Ethics Bowl Club, moderated by Nathan McPherson, competed at their first competition on January 20th, at the Illinois Institute of Technology, to begin their competition season as a new club at Saint Ignatius College Prep. In the spring of 2017, Skye Balyasny ‘17 approached Mr. McPherson and...

Man on the Street: Holiday

Man on the Street: Holiday

Emma Coughlan, Ale Natera, Clarissa Martinez, Senior Writers

December 14, 2017

There’s No Room in the Inn

There's No Room in the Inn

Danny Valdes and Lilly Spalla

December 7, 2017

Since the summer of 2015, one of President Donald Trump’s political platforms has been a tougher immigration policy. Within three weeks of his inauguration, he placed travel bans on certain countries, such as Syria, with over a million refugees, in the name of national security. He also limited the n...

Put Christkindlmarket on Your Christmas List

The Christkindlmarket, located in downtown Chicago.
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Donovan Powell, Senior Writer

December 7, 2017

     The Christkindlmarket has been a part of Christmas time in Chicago for many years. The fair, taking place at Daley Plaza, has always been a place not only to bring in the holiday spirit, but to bask in German culture as well. It was first formed in 1995 by the German-American Chamber of Comm...

Uber Good Driver

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Margaret Fleming, Head Features Editor

December 4, 2017

     Few members of SICP community know that Mr. Wisniewski, English teacher and game-winning-shot-hitter of the Senior vs. Faculty basketball game, could arrive at their door the next time they order an Uber.      With all of his friends at work over summer vacation, Mr. Wisniewski decided to try driving Ube...

Ignatius Children’s Christmas Choir

Kane Layng '19 (left), Anthony Karlos '19, and Kate Junkins '19 lead singing exercises.
Courtesy of Kate Junkins '19

Elizabeth Karlos, Junior Writer

December 4, 2017

     For many of us, our favorite Christmas song as a kid was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. When this song was played on the radio or sung in a movie, it added to the wonder of Christmas. This memory was brought back as I heard the voices of the Ignatius Children’s Christmas Choir.  The children were...

An Exploration of How the Ignatius Community Reacts to Societal Norms and Parenting

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Ellie Boyle, Senior Writer

December 1, 2017

Title: An Exploration of How the Ignatius Community Reacts to societal norms and parenting Deck: If sometime in the future you have a career and you choose to have children, what would you feel pressured to do?       Long term, why are we here at Ignatius? To go to college, get a job, make ...

The Not So Silent, Silent, Phase of the Campaign

Possible design for a new Fine Arts Building. Courtesy of Mr. Bergin.

Emma Coughlan, Alejandra Natera, Clarissa Martinez, Senior Writers

November 30, 2017

Saint Ignatius recently announced fundraising plans for a new Fine Arts Building, with the goal to start construction by 2019, potentially located in the current north parking lot. The new building would be funded by donations and  attempt to meet the current needs of the Fine Arts Department. Presently,...

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Caroline VanDam, Editor in Chief

October 26, 2017

Dear reader, We hope you are enjoying the fall issue of The Spirit. The editors and writers put hard work and dedication into this issue and are extremely proud to share it with the entire Saint Ignatius community. This year, our newspaper will be entirely digital and we are looking forward to doing...

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