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Dear Elgin Academy Alumni, Despite the tremendous efforts of the Board, school leadership and other dedicated community members to find a path forward, the Elgin Academy Board determined that our model of an independent Preschool through 12th grade school is no longer sustainable in Elgin. It was with a heavy heart that, at their November 2023 meeting, the Board of Trustees voted that Elgin Academy will close at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. Learn More

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Elgin Academy History Request From John Weck '73

Dear EA Friends,

I am reaching out to the extended Elgin Academy community in an effort to compile stories, memories, and general information on The Academy and its impact over the course of time. In particular, there is a need for information on those former staff, faculty, alumni, friends, and loved ones who experienced any of the following events:

  • World War I
  • Korean War
  • World War II
  • Vietnam
  • Gulf I
  • Gulf II
  • World Trade Center Attacks, etc.
  • Global War On Terror Deployments
  • Service Trips/Missions to Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, etc.
  • Service Clubs and local humanitarian efforts
  • Public Action To Deliver Shelter (P.A.D.S.)
  • Other information that you feel is important about EA

As the former archivist/curator for our school, I am excited to begin compiling this history for future generations to learn from and to enjoy. All submissions will be welcomed through August 31, 2024, and may be sent to me directly at:
Subject: EA History

Thank you so much for sharing your stories and those of our Academy friends,

John Weck, M.A. '73

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Sarah Summers '16

An Elgin Academy alum, Sarah Summers (Class of '16) is a "Vaccine Angel" working with Illinois residents to help them find appointments for their COVID-19 vaccine. Sarah is featured along with Karen Davidson in this piece from NBC news which addresses the struggle of many Illinois residents to find vaccine appointments. We are proud of Sarah's commitment to the cause and her fulfillment of our mission to inspire students to become our creative, courageous, and compassionate future.

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Muskaan Siddique ('19)
Congratulations to EA alum Muskaan Siddique ('19) who was recently elected as the President of Phi Alpha Theta for the 2021-2022 school year at the University of Illinois. Phi Alpha Theta is an academic honor society whose mission is to promote the study of History through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among Historians.
Congratulations, Muskaan!
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Roland Imes ‘49
In honor of EA’s birthday, we are beginning a series of alumni giving stories. We are so proud of our alumni and their generosity. First up is Roland Imes ‘49.
Roland had many interests and passions while a student at Elgin Academy. During his time at EA he was a leader, a performer, and an athlete. His senior photo lists him as the President of many clubs including the Boys’ Chorus. He lettered in football, played basketball, and set a track record or two.
Roland always looked back fondly at his time at EA and two of his greatest loves in life were the Academy and the theater. Roland remained a passionate supporter of our school throughout his life and made donations that helped advance the arts. He contributed to the Capital Campaign for the construction of the Rider Center for Media and the Arts. More recently, he made a bequest to Elgin Academy to help us do some critical restoration work on the Sears Art Gallery.
When asked why he loved Elgin Academy, he said “It is important to me that Elgin Academy should continue for many years to teach and coach and encourage other young adults to be their best”. Well said, Roland.
We are grateful to Roland and the many other alumni who support Elgin Academy through their philanthropic gifts.
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Jeanne Behmer

Recently, the family of Jeanne Marilyn Behmer-Wisniewski, class of 1946, generously donated a special souvenir -- a sterling silver spoon dated August 20, 1885 that features a detailed engraving of Old Main. When the family reached out to EA, we went to the yearbooks to learn a little more about Jeanne. She was at Elgin Academy for a single year, but was known as an artist by her peers. She was a member of the Aeichlorians, which was a popular girls group that was a campus fixture for many years. She was also a member of a discussion group called the Chameleons who, according to the yearbook, discussed a wide variety of topics including the many theories of reincarnation. She and fellow senior Tom Twyman, created two plaster sculptures that were accepted by the jury of the Regional High School Art Exhibition in Chicago. We are so grateful for the opportunity to walk down memory lane and learn at little more about our alums and EA in 1946.

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Congratulations Madigan Boborci ’19

Madigan Boborci (’19), a second year Aquatic Biology major and Feminist Studies minor at the University of California Santa Barbara, was recently selected as a Bentson Scholar in Aquatic Biology. The Bentson Scholarship, awarded by the Bentson Foundation, is a prestigious distinction given for excellence in academic performance. Bentson scholarships "support high-achieving aquatic biology students, in part, by affording them invaluable research opportunities as they pursue their educations in marine science." Keep up the outstanding work Madigan!

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