Welcome St. Benedict Alumni! Go Bengals!
YOU’RE INVITED to Join Us for the ALUMNI BASKETBALL EVENT on FEBRUARY 2nd followed by our ANNUAL ALUMNI HALL OF FAME DINNER!
Come out on Saturday, February 2nd for one or both alumni events:
AFTERNOON: ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAMES beginning with the Girls Game at 1 p.m. followed by the Boys Game at 2 p.m. $5 admission. STAY AFTERWARDS FOR PIZZA and BEER while catching up with old friends. WALK THE HALLS TOURS before 5 p.m. MASS.
To all Basketball Alumni, we wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you back for an alumni game on February 2nd from 1-4 . We understand this program meant a lot to all of you as athletes and would like to recognize you all! $10 for those who are playing in the game, which also includes pizza, beer, and a t-shirt.
Please respond by January 21st if you are interested in playing by sending in the following information to Ms. Amanda Genge ‘11 at firstname.lastname@example.org:
If you are playing in the game, please choose a t-shirt size. S, M, L, XL, XXL
EVENING: ANNUAL ALUMNI HALL OF FAME INDUCTION DINNER. Cocktails following 5 p.m. Mass and Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Our annual induction of nominees to the Alumni Hall of Fame will take place on Saturday, February 2nd. All of the nominees have accepted their invitation to be inducted. This year we have a large number of inductees thanks to so many alumni, parishioners, and faculty who sent in nominations. Here are the 2019 inductees:
Bob Carlson, (outstanding former faculty and athletic director),
“I grew up in the Lincoln/Belmont neighborhood; attended St. Alphonsus Grade School, DePaul Academy and graduated from DePaul University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. In the summer of 1972 was hired at St.Benedict High School as a Physical Education Teacher, Cross Country Coach, Assistant Basketball Coach and Varsity Baseball Coach. Upon entering my 3rd year, I became the Athletic Director and continued coaching basketball and baseball as well as teaching a biology class and a few physical education classes. The last few years at St. Benedict I assumed the role of Dean of Students and continued as the Athletic Director as well as the Head Baseball Coach. During the 18 years at St. Benedict the last 10 years our baseball team was conference champions. In 1987 we finished the year as one of the elite eight baseball teams in the Illinois High School Association.
In 1990 I left St. Benedict to become the Athletic Director at Weber High as well as the Assistant Baseball Coach and Head Golf Coach. After nine years at Weber High School I worked two years at Northwest Middle School teaching physical education. Realizing that my heart was in Catholic Education I became the Athletic Director at Driscoll Catholic High School in Addison, Illinois for eight years. I then moved on to Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, Illinois for seven years as their Athletic Director then onto Guerin Prep for two years as their Athletic Director.
This year I became semi-retired and continued in the education field as a Student Supervisor at Addison Trail High School.
I am married to my beautiful wife, Kathy (O’Hara ’77) Carlson and have two fantastic boys, Chris and Tim who are engaged to Jackie and Rosa. This past November we were blessed with our first grandchild, Maya. I am still very competitive on the golf course as well as playing 16 inch softball.
What an honor to be inducted to the St. Benedict High School Hall of Fame.” Bob Carlson
+John Marquette '56, (accomplished educator / theater director)
After graduating from St. Benedict’s, John went on to school at Loyola University (BA) and then Northeastern (MA). His early introduction to basketball and theater at St. Ben’s—he played on the “shorts” team and performed in The Student Prince—sparked in him a life-long passion for athletics and the arts. Over the next 40 years, he taught English and Speech, and directed more than 100 theater productions at Notre Dame High School (then for boys), Deerpath Junior High in Lake Forest, and Hersey, Buffalo Grove, and Prospect High Schools in District 214. His classes and theater productions helped his students to grow as people and his audiences to look at life from a new perspective. His students—in class, on speech team, from the plays—inevitably said that John saw something in them that they didn’t even know was there. His encouragement and affirmations allowed them to grow and gain a life-long confidence. While all this was going on, John also acted in local theater productions and commercials. He married; and, with his wife raised four wonderful children who became athletes and theater fans themselves. He loved being with his grandchildren. He remarried, helped raise two-step children; and in retirement, traveled around the US and enjoyed river cruises in Europe and Africa. Everyone he met was drawn to his warmth, wit, and humor. Always, even in the end stages of the dementia that stole his memory, John found a way to smile and to make others feel at ease. He was a remarkable man.
William Conger '56, (accomplished artist / studio owner)
After graduating from St Ben’s in 1956, where he was especially inspired by the late Sister Dorothy Bock S.S.S.F., first known as Sister Climacus, who became a beloved life-long friend, William studied art at the School of The Art Institute in Chicago, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Chicago where he completed his graduate study in 1966. He then pursued his career as an artist and teacher. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s he was Professor and Chair of Art and Art History at DePaul University and in 1984 he was appointed Professor and Chair of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University where he is now Professor Emeritus. As an artist and academic, William served on various Boards and Committees, including several years as a member of the St. Benedict High School Advisory Board. Throughout his teaching career and continuing now, William Conger’s art has been exhibited frequently in galleries and museums, both in the midwest and nationally. It is in the collections of numerous museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Illinois State Museum. In 2009, William was awarded a major 50 year retrospective of his paintings by the City of Chicago at the Chicago Cultural Center. His career records are archived by the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art and at Northwestern University Library. William’s home and studio are in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood where he lives with Kathleen, his wife of 55 years. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Edward Clement '62 (retired businessman who daily volunteers to assist our fourth grade teachers)
Michael Teolis '71, (outstanding former faculty, choral director, recently retired band instructor at the Latin School of Chicago)
Michael Teolis attended St Benedict Elementary School (1967) and St Benedict High School (1971). He received his Bachelor in Music Education from De Paul University and his Master’s in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music.
He was a choral, orchestra, and band director as well as general music instructor in the Chicago Archdiocesan school system from 1974 until 1989, teaching at St Benedict Grade School and High School, establishing the band programs at St. Bartholomew Grade School and Alvernia High School. From there, he joined the faculty of The Latin School of Chicago, where he served as the school’s Instrumental Music Director and Performing Arts Chair, until his recent retirement in June, 2018. With Latin School’s Wind Ensemble, he conducted performances in England, Ireland, Finland, Estonia, France, and Germany, often combining forces with local vocal and instrumental ensembles.
In 1972, he met composer/conductor William Ferris, who quickly became his friend, teacher, and mentor. With Ferris, he studied composition and orchestration. In 1973, he began his long association with the William Ferris Chorale (1973-2005), serving as singer, associate conductor, choir master, and occasional guest conductor.
Over the years, Teolis has worked with many notable classical artists such as Gian Carlo Menotti, Diane Bish, Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach), and Sir David Willcocks. In the field of popular music, he has worked with Mike Post and David Foster, and has been music director/accompanist for local talent, including, Broadway star and Miss America, Kate Schindle. Many of his students have found their way into the field of music, including Joseph Burgstaller, Yamaha artist and former lead trumpet for the internationally renowned ensemble, The Canadian Brass, and Christian Knapp, recently appointed conductor of the famed Mariinsky Opera, St Petersburg, Russia. In 2007, he established the Michael Teolis Singers, a 30-voice mixed vocal ensemble that features unique choral literature.
Teolis has composed and arranged numerous vocal and instrumental works, as well as two musicals and a musical revue. His published music has been featured in concerts, festivals, and broadcasts in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, and Singapore, and is available through Hinshaw Music and Agape Press. His “Mass for All; A Unison Mass,” will be broadcast each week during the Liturgical Year beginning Sunday, December 2, 2018, on WGN’s “Mass at Mercy Home.”
Maureen Weber Taft '99 (accomplished athlete and early childhood educator)
I grew up the youngest of 8 siblings in a big Irish Catholic family on the northwest side of Chicago. We were all lucky enough to attend Catholic grammar school and high school thanks to the greatest parents around! My siblings and I are 3rd generation Weber’s to attend Queen of Angels grammar school on Western Ave. (Our grandmother was the 2nd graduation class from there). We were all athletes and our love of sports began at Queens and Welles Park.
I attended St. Benedict High School where I had the greatest time of my life. I met some of my greatest life long friends there and became friends with teachers and coaches that rooted for me and pushed me to be the best I can be. The people of St. Ben’s made everyone feel like we were one big family. They prepared me for my next chapter in life which was college.
After high school I received a full basketball scholarship to Saginaw Valley State University (Division 2 in Michigan) where I studied sociology. After college I went on and worked in early childhood education for many years which I really enjoyed. It definitely helped me prepare myself for my greatest accomplishment yet.... becoming a mom!
Today I am a stay at home mom and married to my awesome husband Chaz (who is a head high school boys basketball coach at Fenton HS). Together we have 4 boys. Bryce 11, Bennet 7, Connor 4, and Carson 1.
alumni couple, Jacqualyn Stevenson Stancin '02 (art teacher in our grade school)
After graduating from St. Benedict High School in 2002, Jackie Stancin attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus in Art Education. She completed her BFA in Art Education in 2006 and a MA in Art Education in 2007. During her time at the University of Illinois Jackie served as a Teaching Assistant training undergraduates in the development of art enrichment classes and curricula for gifted early childhood, elementary, and high school levels. After graduation Jackie served as an art teacher in the Englewood community of Chicago and led an after school art program for the University of Chicago Laboratory School. In 2011 Jackie returned to Benedict Preparatory School as the art teacher serving elementary students. Jackie continues to share her passion of the arts as the current art teacher for 2nd through 12th grades and Art Club coordinator at SBPS.
and Ed Stancin '01 (Chicago Police Officer)
After graduating from St. Benedict High School in 2001, Edward Stancin attended Northeastern Illinois University with a focus in Criminal Justice. In 2014 he completed his bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Management and in 2016 received a Master’s degree in Public Safety Administration from St. Joseph’s College in Whiting, Indiana. Throughout his career as a patrolman for the Chicago Police Department Edward has served the Englewood (7th District) and Belmont/Cragin/Galewood (25th District) neighborhoods of the city. During his time serving these communities Edward worked as the Crisis Intervention Team Liaison supporting mental health services, was awarded 6 Department Commendations, and received a Life Saving award by the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. Edward continues to serve various areas of the city within the Detail Unit (Department of Homeland Security).
Ed and Jackie had their first date at St. Ben's Prom 2001 and recently celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary with vow renewals in Las Vegas this past July. Their five year old son joined the Bengal tradition last year and currently attends St. Ben's Preschool program.
Sylvester Pydych '14 (state long jump finalist, model college graduate who finds time to give back to his high school).
After graduating from St. Benedict High School, I went onto study at Loyola University Chicago where I pursued a degree in finance and economics. During my time at Loyola, I was Division 1 Track and Field Athlete. I was a long jumper with a personal best mark of 23 ft. It was an amazing experience to compete with other high level athletes and I attribute this opportunity through the connections I established at St. Bens. I was also involved in other clubs and organizations. I was president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which I served as a liaison between the athlete the the athletic department. I was a member of the Rambler Investment Fund, which is the largest student ran investment portfolio in the nation. For my professional career, I have worked in wealth management and have been a part a consulting firm that helps raise money for Catholic organizations. After completing my undergraduate degree from Loyola, I decided pursue an MBA and I will be graduating this spring.
We hope you will come out and congratulate these outstanding alumni at our Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner held after the 5 p.m. Mass on February 2nd in the High School Cafeteria. Tickets are $20 per person and includes buffet dinner provided by La Villa, coffee, and sweet table. Cash bar will be available.
Hope to see you there. For any questions please call Joe Accardi in the Alumni office at 773.509-3832.
Invitation to Serve on the SBPS Advisory Board
Please consider applying for our School Advisory Board Member or Associate Board Member position.
We welcome parents, parishioners, alumni, and community members who are passionate about the success of our school to apply.
We are in need of seven new board members (3-year term) and 5 associate members (1-year term) for the upcoming school year. We have specific needs in the following areas:
Marketing experience (creative marketing, web design)
Finance experience (accounting, finance, budgeting)
Strategic Planning experience
Middle School family representation
Please reference the following links for more details:
Thank you for your consideration!
St. Benedict High School is sponsoring one last HS trip to Italy for next spring! Alumni are invited! For more information contact Joe Accardi, director of alumni relations, at (773) 509-3832 or at email@example.com.