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Fenwick TEAMS Places 1st in Illinois Among Large, Selective Schools!

April 15, 2019

48 Friars competed at IIT. Our A Team ranks an impressive fifth internationally, while C Team placed fourth in state as well.

Fenwick received the compiled TEAMS results last week from the TEAMS competition held recently at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT Chicago). Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) is an annual contest for middle and high school students designed to help them discover their potential for engineering. Twenty-nine schools competed at the varsity level in March, and a total of 48 Fenwick students competed against peers.


The Friars’ Varsity A Team placed 1st in Illinois and 5th internationally for our division of large, selective schools. Congratulations to team members:

  • Avyn Alairys ’19 (Lombard/Glenn Westlake Middle School)
  • Nathan Crowell ’20 (Elmhurst, Bryan Middle School)
  • Michael Dillon ’19 (LaGrange Park,St. Francis Xavier)
  • Spencer Gallagher ’19 (Elmhurst, Visitation)
  • Ian Havenaar* ’19 (LaGrange Park/St. Francis Xavier)
  • Eva Homberger ’20 (Oak Park/Gwendolyn Brooks)
  • Mark Lasek ’19 (Hinsdale/St. Isaac Jogues)
  • Joseph Zawacki ’20 (Oak Park/St. Giles)


“The schools that we lost to on the international level for large selective schools are The Taft School (Connecticut), The Harker School (California), The Koc School (Turkey) and Hoover High School (Alabama),” reports TEAMS Moderator/Math Teacher and Fenwick alumnus Kevin Roche ’05. “Hats off to The Hoover School for having the highest score in the nation among any level. We beat out many of other U.S. schools with incredible reputations, such as the Mary Institute [St. Louis], Walnut Hills High School [Cincinnati] and Norfolk Academy [Virginia],” Mr. Roche notes.

The Fenwick Varsity C team placed 4th in Illinois. On the Frosh/Soph side, the Fenwick C team of Captain Therese Giannini, Mary Hennelly, Paulina Harnisch, Lisa Grace Dillon, Zachariah Dahhan and Bianca Dimailig placed first in their division (large selective schools) in Illinois, only losing out to Stevenson and Hinsdale Central. Our other F/S team, the B team, placed 2nd in its division.

Way to go, TEAMS Friars!

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