Among the many Carmel alumni on the front lines of the pandemic is Dr. Jay Sharp ’91. He is currently an Emergency Room physician at Amita Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago. Jay has found this time to be challenging and a test of his skills and training.
Mike Belmont ’77’s connection to Carmel Catholic remains strong. Mike’s brother, Frank, was a staple in Carmel history as a teacher, head boys basketball coach and Athletic Director. Sadly, Frank passed away in April of 2016. Mike decided to make a very generous donation and started the Frank Belmont Memorial Scholarship in honor of his brother.
Carmel students in Drawing and Painting Honors partnered with The Memory Project to create portraits for youth who have faced substantial challenges, including neglect, abuse, loss of parents, and poverty and homelessness. These children have few special belongings to help capture their life stories. Carmel students focused on children of the Syrian refugee crisis, creating portraits during the Fall 2020 semester.
Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19 restrictions, Carmel’s Fine Arts department still found a way to showcase students’ talents and spread some Christmas cheer in a completely new virtual format. On December 22, the department presented the annual Christmas concert on their YouTube channel. The concert included unique performances from a large variety of ensembles. Students from Carmel’s choral, instrumental, dance, and dramatic arts programs were all featured throughout the presentation.
During eLearning in November, students in String Ensemble crafted a virtual performance: individual tracks edited together to create an ensemble. With our minds on the upcoming holiday, they studied and performed Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium.” Students explored Lauridsen’s simple Renaissance harmonies that create complex emotions in this portrayal of the Virgin Mary. Lauridsen was heavily influenced by the Spanish Baroque painting “Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose'' by Francisco de Zurbarán. To create a powerful performance, students closely examined the music, making connections between the text, painting, and their own faith.
Students displayed an immeasurable amount of flexibility, adaptability, strength, fluidity, and hardiness in the preparation and performance of their fall production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare.
The Carmel Catholic High School entrance examination is offered to current 8th graders (2020-21 school year) who have not tested at any other Catholic high school within the Archdiocese of Chicago. Prospective students will complete the High School Placement Test (HSPT), the results of which will be used for admission to Carmel; initial course placement in math, science, and English; and merit scholarship consideration. CCHS is pleased to offer several online HSPT testing opportunities.