Congratulations to Max Calk, ELA Class of 2014, who made the made the Loyola Academy National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist List. Read More Here.

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Tara McDermott ELA Class of 2012

My name is Tara McDermott and I graduated from East Lake with the class of 2012. I am in my final weeks at The Willows Academy and am very excited to be attending The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, this fall. I will be studying vocal performance at their music school, and possibly supplementing my degree with a minor in education. Music has been a passion of mine from the time I started singing with the auditioned Barrington Children's Choir, eight years ago. I recently had my..

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Eleanore van Marwijk Kooy ELA Class of 2012

Personal statement: "A relatively new goal of mine, going forward, is to increase awareness about mentoring the very young. Much more emphasis needs to be put on dedicated volunteerism, as it is on sports and other activities, and having it become a part of ones life."Sponsor's endorsement: "Not only have we watched her grow as a caring and resourceful human being but are grateful for the legacy of her work as a humanitarian. Eleanore has ambition for others less fortunate and the impact of her ..

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Eric Elia ELA Class of 2011

My name is Eric Elia. I am a freshman at DePaul University in Chicago, having graduated from Loyola Academy High School in May 2015. Although I only attended East Lake Academy for one year (eighth grade), my experience in so short a time had a profound effect on me, fostering not only my growth academically, but also my growth overall. The staff and students alike created a communal atmosphere unlike any other, one which encouraged and supported me to challenge myself.I had an interest in art fr..

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Jonathan Eden ELA Class of 2010

Last summer, I had a great experience working on the Service Team at a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, recently ranked one of the top 100 restaurants in the world. Over winter break, I will be externing with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. As for the summer of 2016, I have received several offers for internships, including jobs with a national restaurant group and a hospitality tech startup based in New York City. However, I haven’t made a final decision as I am still evaluating all..

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Ryan Molloy ELA Class of 2014

The most exciting time in High School for me was probably the first few weeks in freshman year. It's a time when you are just shifting to something new, trying to adapt to new teachers, and a new scheduling system. While it was definitely exciting, a better adjective to describe these first few weeks was chaotic. I distinctly remember in the third week of school, I walked into English class it wouldn't have been too much of a problem, except I was supposed to go to Physics. Whoops.I plan to get ..

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Isabelle Haser ELA Class of 2013

As a Junior at New Trier High School, I have already started to look at Colleges and Universities. I have been on the New Trier Sailing team for the last 2 years and also have participated in various theatrical performances while continuing to be on the Honor Roll. I will be spending much of this Summer in Germany so as to improve my German studies.

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Principal Update-Alumni News

It is incredibly edifying to see all that our former East Lake Students are now accomplishing out in the world! From high schools to colleges, our graduates are making names for themselves in all they do. This is evidenced here in the Alumni Highlights. Most Valuable Athletes on their teams, State Champions, Participants in the March of Life, Top Honor Students, Illinois State Scholars and so much more--I couldn’t be any prouder of what they are doing. At East Lake, our goal has always been ul..

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Kevin Molloy ELA Class of 2012

My high school experience has been extraordinary, but the most exciting time for me is when I'm playing baseball for Carmel. I feel empowered when I am out on the baseball diamond. Playing for Carmel means I represent the school and what we believe we are all about. It has been extremely rewarding being able to play the game I love with the friends I can gladly call my brothers.Mr. Stack's note taking in History class and for homework really stuck with me throughout high school. It helped me pre..

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Amira Samra ELA Class of 2015

Other than my parents, East Lake Academy has been single biggest influence in forming me into the person I am today.Obviously, academics played a huge part in that formation. At East Lake, academics are accelerated in every grade, and even though I didn’t know that when I was a first grader, I felt it. I still remember how big a deal it was for me to be a part of Mrs. Lagman’s 1st Grade Poetry Café! – I was scared and excited -- what we were doing didn’t feel like 1st grade work – it ..

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Anna Wojcik ELA Class of 2014

I am an alumni from the East Lake class of 2014 and currently a sophomore at Carmel Catholic High School. I began the girls basketball clinic partly because it is a great opportunity for service hours, but mostly because I love being able to give back to East Lake and it's athletic program. My first experience with basketball was with ELA in the fourth grade and I am now playing for Carmel. Players perform to their highest potential when they are skilled in the fundamentals of basketball, which ..

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Zella Stockhausen ELA Class of 2015

Hi, my name is Zella Stockhausen and I’m a freshman at Carmel Catholic High School. I am currently in all honors classes at Carmel. My favorite subject at East Lake was Math and still is at Carmel. One of my favorite things that East Lake has and unfortunately Carmel does not is the two week calendar in middle-school. The two week calendar had all my tests and quizzes for the next two weeks laid out verses now where I have to keep track of them myself.At Carmel, I also run cross country. Altho..

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