To celebrate Earth Day 2021, our high school prep students (6th-8th graders) went to Wilson Park in Portage Park to clean up the trash and leaves around the park. Once they arrived, they divided into groups of five and spread out around the park. Students either weeded the garden, picked up trash, or raked leaves. It was a nice day to be outside and the students enjoyed making the park beautiful!
Thank you to the Wilson Park staff for overseeing the event as well as for teaching our students how to use the various tools! They had a fun time at this outing!
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By Amanda Hays
Pursuing His Dreams
Kieran Pavlat appreciates how his education at St. John’s prepared him for high school and beyond.
Kieran (class of 2017) believes that St. John’s 6th through 8th grade high school prep program set him up for success in high school. As a student at St. John’s, Kieran experienced what it would be like in high school by switching classrooms and learning time management skills. As a current senior at St. Patrick High School in Chicago, Kieran is thriving. He's thankful for the new friendships he’s formed as well as the teachers who inspire him everyday. Kieran especially enjoys his art and music classes and loves his teachers in these subjects.
Kieran fondly remembers the eight years he spent as a student at St. John’s. Although there were many wonderful moments throughout the years, one of his favorite memories was being a part of the first St. John’s boys’ volleyball team to make it to the state tournament in 8th grade. When he looks back on this memory, Kieran states, “This was a historic and extremely special moment for the school, Mrs. Rocans [the coach], the boys' volleyball team, and our parents.”
One of Kieran’s biggest accomplishments since graduating from St. John's has been achieving his dream of becoming an Eagle Scout. Scouts has provided a wonderful community for Kieran, and he is proud of the work he put towards obtaining the highest rank in Boy Scouts. He states, “Becoming an Eagle Scout is not easy. It took many years to complete the requirements and a lot of hard work and dedication.” Kieran’s work ethic and determination paid off, and he is now enjoying his new role as an Eagle Scout.
In regards to the future, Kieran plans on attending Concordia University Chicago where he'll study physical therapy. His interest in this field began when he worked alongside his high school athletic trainer. After this enjoyable experience, Kieran began considering a career as a physical therapist. In addition, he's had to go through physical therapy himself for a shoulder injury. During this experience, Kieran learned more about the field and his passion grew. Kieran is thankful for the help he received in physical therapy and he hopes to help others in the same way in the future.
We are excited to see where Kieran's determination and passions take him in life! Thank you, Kieran, for sharing your story!
By Amanda Hays
Following Her Calling
Lindsey Nemcek’s journey to her current career in higher education began back in her days as a student at St. John’s.
When Lindsey was introduced to creative writing in her language arts classes at St. John's, she immediately knew she wanted to become a written storyteller. After graduating from St. John’s in 2002, Lindsey shifted to a public school setting and attended an International Baccalaureate program. She went on to graduate at the top of her high school class of nearly 500 students. When asked about her success, Lindsey states, “The small class sizes and excellent teachers [at St. John’s] gave me the individual attention I needed to succeed.” She credits St. John’s for the confidence the school gave her from the start.
After graduating from high school, Lindsey was ready to dive further into her passion for writing. She attended DePaul University in Chicago and earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from there.
Fast forward to today.
Lindsey is currently the Public Relations Manager at College of Lake County, where she fosters the institution’s relationship with the community through sharing strategic information about college programs and events. She is putting her writing skills to good use by gathering stories about students who have overcome difficulties with the help of the college’s support. In regards to the students, she says, “Their success stories fuel my work every day.” Lindsey is passionate about making a positive impact in the community where she lives. Every day, her work brings higher education to more residents in Lake County. She values inclusive and equitable practices so everyone can have the opportunity to better their lives by earning credentials that provide a living wage.
In addition to working in higher education, Lindsey is also continuing her educational journey by pursuing her national accreditation in public relations (APR). After earning her APR, Lindsey hopes to continue her upward career path and become the Chief Communications Officer for a higher educational institution. She is excited to continue serving college students and help her local community.
Outside of her successful tenure working in public relations and marketing, Lindsey is proud to be celebrating a decade of marriage to a fellow St. John's alum, Eric Nemcek ('01). Together, they have built a wonderful life in Antioch, IL along with their five-year-old son, Leigh, and are raising him in a home full of Christian empathy. In addition to working and spending time with her family, Lindsey is a registered yoga teacher and loves practicing mind-body work with young yogis.
Today, Lindsey treasures every chance she gets to visit St. John’s. She fondly remembers performing in the annual Christmas pageants as well as learning to bowl in the school’s bowling alley. She still maintains close friendships with many of her fellow St. John’s classmates and enjoys looking back on wonderful moments together.
When asked what advice she would give to current St. John’s students, Lindsey says, “Always be kind, do the right thing and ask for help. The world becomes a better place when people do these things every day.”
We are proud of Lindsey and her faithful dedication to her calling in Christ. We know that she will continue to do good work for His kingdom, wherever He leads!