At Manual Academy, if you don't have any festive wear, just ask Bonnie in the cafeteria. She helped Mrs. Mary Stecher's students not only keep themselves looking classy after a sometimes messy lunch experience, but she also provided them with a little holiday cheer. Here the group poses to show off their stylish gear with Bonnie and Mrs. Stecher in the back-center (Bonnie on the left and Mrs. Stecher on the right). Every staff has a "Bonnie" on it that helps share their love and kindness, even when it's not the season of giving, we're just lucky she's ours.
Manual Academy's Key Club and Builder's Club students, accompanied by their sponsors Sean Flauter and Jill Tully, spent this past Saturday, December 6th, ringing bells for The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Christmas Campaign at Northwoods Mall. The program uses the money to provide food, toys and clothing to over 6 million people during the Christmas season and helps more than 34 million Americans recovering from all kinds of personal disasters nationwide. The students brought the holiday cheer to the busy shopping complex with their bright greetings and holiday songs. There was even an impromptu appearance by some step team members that put on a little show for onlookers. The school and district are lucky to have these students providing such a positive image and modeling such a service-minded attitude.
Weld Camp was hosted by CAT at Manual Academy on December 5, 2014. Ten metal students from Mr. Rice's class were invited to participate in the 1st CAT sponsored Weld Camp. CAT weld Trainer Chad Young and 6 Sigma Black Belt Tony Rice was in the building for the entire school day to work with students instructing them on the practices and certifications they would participate in if they were to be hired by CAT as a production welder. Students were able to weld from 1st period through 8th period.
Manual Academy students had the opportunity to attend “You Can Do ISU”. Our students along with other students from Illinois high schools were given a tour of the campus, listened to experiences of current ISU students, attended sessions on financial aid, application process, and preparing for college. Our students and staff had a great time and received a wealth of information during this college visit. We were also selected to receive transportation funds from ISU for the trip. This was another great opportunity for our students to learn something new and continue to develop an appreciation for higher education.
Manual Academy’s Army JROTC program competed in an online academic and leadership bowl this past November. The academic team which competed against 1,491 teams consisted of Rebecca Benedict, Kathryn MacDougall, Bridget Meier, Alicia Miller, Denazisha Walker and Esmeralda Vargas. The leadership team which competed against 1,302 teams consisted of Austin Motsinger, Luis Flores, Charlie Bennett-Barker, German Morales, Malik Nellum-Jones and Taylor Hudson.