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Lansing students included in Marian Catholic summer trips

Learning, service, and fun happen in Yellowstone National Park, Appalachia, and Costa Rica

information provided by Marian Catholic High School

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 24, 2018) – After school let out in June, three groups from Marian Catholic High School set out on adventures in different parts of the world. From Yellowstone National Park, to Appalachia, to Costa Rica, Marian Catholic students gained a variety of experiences.

The Yellowstone trip was environmentally and ecologically educational for the 15-member group, which included seven students. The group consisted of:

  • Chemistry and AP Biology teacher, Barbara Murzyn
  • Biolgy and ZooBot teacher, Ben Zerante ’02
  • Bob Murzyn
  • Ethan Roberts ’19 (Lansing)
  • Blake Recupido ’19 (Matteson)
  • Alex Flores ’18 (Glenwood)
  • Gabriela Herrera ’18 (Lansing)
  • Lauren Somerville ’18 (Steger)
  • Ashley Marin-Martinez ’19 (Chicago Heights)
  • Pam Hamoay ’18 (Tinley Park)
  • Sean Scanlon
  • Kim Scanlon
  • Reilly Scanlon
  • Taylor Scanlon
  • Hannah Scanlon

The Appalachia trip took on a mission in Harlan, Kentucky, and the group immersed themselves in a community project. This Class of 2019 mission team included:

  • Trina Armitage (Steger)
  • Rosemary Cetera (Tinley Park)
  • Amy Curtis (St. John)
  • Johnny Duong
  • Kevin Ham (Dyer)
  • Grace Jarzombek (Schererville)
  • Christina Javorka (Lansing)
  • Kyle Rusin (Schererville)
  • Evelyn Santillian (Harvey)
  • Heidi Schuffert (Beecher)
  • Nolan Way (Homewood)
  • Casey Woods (Beecher)

Furthest from home, a highlight of the Costa Rica excursion was the zip lines in South America. The Costa Rica trip is offered annually, and this year’s team included:

  • Barb Murzyn
  • Lauren Sommerville ’18 (Steger)
  • Olivia Skelly-Williams ’18 (Park Forest)
  • Lauren O’Kane ’18 (Park Forest)
  • J’Lynn Williams ’19 (Chicago)
  • Lisa Ham ’21 (Dyer)
  • Caleb Crockett ’21 (Schererville).

About Marian Catholic

Marian Catholic High School is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school within the Dominican tradition of study, prayer, community, and preaching. Marian Catholic students seek truth, exhibit personal responsibility, cultivate their individual talents, and demonstrate ethical leadership and Christian service. Visit for more information.

Marian Catholic High School is located at 700 Ashland Avenue in Chicago Heights.


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.