South Holland Seton Academy “Sting”

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The History of South Holland Seton Academy Catholic High School

South Holland (population 22,030) is located in northeastern Illinois northwest of the intersection of I-80 and I-94. U.S. Route 6 passes directly through the center of town. The Chicago suburb is located in far southern Cook County 24 miles due south of downtown Chicago. South Holland was established in 1870 as Low Prairie and became an official Illinois city in 1894 as South Holland.

Seton Academy High School was established in 1963. It served the community and surrounding area well for 53 years. In 2016 the difficult decision to close the school was made. Falling enrollment and financial strife were contributing factors to this decision.

“A history of Seton Academy High School is copied below from the school’s website,

“In 1963, Seton Academy, formerly known as Elizabeth Seton High School, opened its doors as an educational ministry to young women. The school was built on a 12-acre campus and operated by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Ohio, and named after founder Mother Elizabeth Bayley Seton, the first American-born saint of the Roman Catholic Church. The school prided itself on its reputation as being where “young women strived for academic excellence.”

In 1987, the Sisters returned to their Motherhouse in Cincinnati, Ohio and the school, now sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago, was rededicated as Seton Academy. In the fall of 2003 Seton Academy admitted the first class of young men and the class of 2007 was Seton’s first coeducational graduating class. As the pre-eminent Catholic college preparatory high school in the Chicago southland, students are united by shared values, a desire to lead, and a commitment to


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Through the years, Seton’s enrollment has been enriched with diversity and our environment driven by core values. Seton remains committed to helping your child reach his or her full potential with shared common goals, academic excellence, top quality educators, and the use of cutting edge technology to provide students with new opportunities to be challenged, to grow, and prepare for life.

At Seton Academy you will see learning, commitment and accomplishment both inside and outside of the classroom…you will see how Seton succeeds!

Seton Academy is accredited by the State of Illinois and by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Seton is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Seton was born on August 281774 to Richard Bayley of New York City. She was raised in the Episcopal Church. Her mother, daughter of an Episcopal priest, died when Elizabeth was three. At the age of nineteen, she married William Magee Seton, a wealthy businessman. Five children were born to the marriage, Anna Maria, William, Richard, Catherine (also known as “Kit”) and


Her husband’s business lost several ships at sea and the family ended up bankrupt. Soon after, her husband became ill and his doctors sent him to Italy for the warmer climate, with Elizabeth Seton accompanying him. In Italy, they were held in quarantine, during which time her husband died. She spent time with a wealthy family where she was exposed to Catholicism. Two years later she converted to Roman Catholicism, on March 141805 and was received into the Church by the first bishop of Baltmore, John Carroll. One of her half-nephews, James Roosevelt Bayley, would later also convert, and became Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Owing to her conversion, she lost the support of her friends and family. To support her children, she started a school in Baltimore, but it failed due to the anti-Catholic bigotry of the day. In 1809, after some trying and difficult years, Elizabeth moved to Emmitsburg, Maryland, where a year later she established Saint Joseph’s Academy and Free School, a school dedicated to the education of Catholic girls, at the invitation of Samuel Sutherland Cooper. Cooper was a wealthy convert and seminarian who knew of the Catholic settlment near Emmitsburg and the newly established Mount St. Mary’s College and Semnary, begun by Father (later Bishop) John Duboisand the Sulpicians.

Eventually, Elizabeth was able to establish a religious community in Emmitsburg, Maryland dedicated to the care of the children of the poor. It was the first religious community of apostolic women founded in the United States, and its school was the first free school in America. The order was called the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph.

The remainder of Elizabeth’s life was spent in leading and developing the new order, which expanded to include the Sulpician priests of Baltimore. Today, six independent religious communities trace their roots to the humble beginnings of the Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

St. Joseph’s Academy eventually developed into Saint Joseph College, which closed in 1973. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) purchased the buildings and land of Saint Joseph College in 1979 and it is now the site of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) housing the Emergency Management Institute, the United States Fire Administration and the National Fire Academy.

Elizabeth was described as a charming and cultured lady. Her connections to New York society and the accompanying social pressures to leave the new life she had created for herself did not deter her from embracing her religious vocation and charitable mission. She established St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School in order to educate young girls to live by religious values. The greatest difficulties she faced were actually internal, stemming from misunderstandings, interpersonal conflicts, and the deaths of two daughters, other loved ones, and young sisters in community. She died of tuberculosis at the age of 46 in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Today, her emains are entombed in the Basilica that bears her name: the Basilica of the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Dedicated to following the will of God, Elizabeth Ann had a deep devotion to the Eucharist, Sacred Scripture, and the Virgin Mary. The 23rd Psalm was her favorite prayer throughout her life. She was a woman of prayer and service who embraced the apostolic spirituality of Saint Louise de Marillac and Saint Vincent de Paul

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Seton Academy Catholic High School Quick Facts

Year opened:                     1963

Year closed:                       2016

School Team Nickname:  “The Sting”

School Team Colors:         Black & Yellow

School Fight Song:            Needed

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The athletes of Seton Academy “Sting” had some great successes over the years. This included a state championship in boys basketball as well as top 4 finishes in boys basketball, girls basketball, and girls track & field. Several girls track athletes earned medals (including state championships) in track & field as well. Below are listed the accomplishments as found on the IHSA website (


2003-04        4 – 4                                                                Coach Ken Stevenson

2004-05      18 – 9                                                                Coach Ken Stevenson

2005-06      17 – 13                                                              Coach Ken Stevenson

2005-06      11 – 15                                                              Coach Ken Stevenson


2007-08      16 – 14     IHSA 3A Regional Champions      Coach Ken Stevenson


2008-09      31 – 2       IHSA Class 2A STATE CHAMPS  Coach Ken Stevenson


2009-10        8 – 18     IHSA 2A Regional Champions      Coach Ken Stevenson


2010-11      21 – 8       IHSA 2A Regional Champions      Coach Brandon Thomas


2011-12      28 – 6       IHSA Class 2A 4TH Place              Coach Brandon Thomas


2012-13      22 – 11     IHSA Class 2A 2ND PLACE           Coach Brandon Thomas


2014-15                      IHSA 2A Regional Champs            Coach’s name & record needed.


1987-88                  IHSA Class AA Regional Champs      Coach’s name needed


1988-89      8 – 8                                                                    Coach Laurie Jakubczak


1989-90    20 – 8     IHSA Class AA Regional Champs      Coach Laurie Jakubczak  


1990-91    15 – 9                                                                    Coach Laurie Jakubczak

1991-92    12 – 13                                                                  Coach Laurie Jakubczak 

1992-93      9 – 14                                                                  Coach Laurie Jakubczak

1993-94    13 – 13                                                                  Coach Laurie Jakubczak


1994-95    18 – 10     IHSA Class A Regional Champs       Coach Laurie Jakubczak


1995-96    17 – 11     IHSA Class A Regional Champs       Coach Laurie Jakubczak


1996-97    12 – 14                                                                  Coach Laurie Jakubczak


1997-98    22 – 9       IHSA Class A Elite 8 Finalists           Coach Laurie Jakubczak


1998-99 – 2002-03  Team records and coaches’ names needed.


2003-04    13 – 16                                                                  Coach Tom Jakubczak


2004-05   Team record and coach’s name needed.

2005-06      5 – 22                                                                  Coach Kerry Griffin

2006-07      8 – 21                                                                  Coach Jerome Thurmon

2007-08    16 – 15                                                                  Coach Jerome Thurmon

2008-09    12 – 16                                                                  Coach Jerome Thurmon

2009-10    19 – 10                                                                  Coach Jerome Thurmon

2010-11    13 – 15                                                                  Coach Jerome Thurmon


2011-12    23 – 9       IHSA Class 1A Elite 8 Finalists         Coach Kevin Green


2012-13    23 – 8       IHSA Class 2A Elite 8 Finalists         Coach Kevin Green


2013-14    20 – 6       IHSA Class 2A Elite 8 Finalists         Coach Kevin Green


2014-15    20 – 5       IHSA Class 2A Elite 8 Finalists         Coach Kevin Green


2015-16    25 – 8       IHSA Class 1A 4TH Place                  Coach Kevin Green




2006-07      6 – 17                                                              Coach Rod Wormbly

2007-08    11 – 15                                                              Coach Rod Wormbly

2010-11      8 – 18                                                              Coach James Thornton

2011-12    11 – 22                                                              Coach James Thornton

2012-13                                                                             Coach James Thornton


2006-07    5 – 25                                                             Coach Maryann Baran

2008-09    8 – 4                                                               Coach Rachel Yzaguirre

2009-10                                                                          Coach Devin Hills

2010-11  11 – 6                                                               Coach Keith Holmes



2005-06        0 – 9                                                            Coach Jr. Ford

2006-07        0 – 9                                                            Coach’s name needed

2007-08        1 – 8                                                            Coach Kennith Rogers

2008-09        0 – 9                                                            Coach Brandon Morgan

2009-10                                                                           Coach Brandon Morgan



1999-00            IHSA Class ‘A’ Meet                                Coach’s Name Needed


                         Individual Medalist

                         Jennifer Hoffman – 200 Meter Dash – 9TH place

                         Jennifer Hoffman – High Jump – 9TH Place


2000-01            IHSA Class ‘A’ 2ND PLACE                    Coach’s Name Needed


                         Team Standings

                         Elmhurst Timothy Christion – 63 Points

                         South Holland Seton Academy – 37 Points

                         Braidwood Reed Custer – 34.5 Points

                         Kewanee Wethersfield – 31 Points


                         Individual Medalists

                         4 X 100 Meter Relay – STATE CHAMPS

                         4 X 200 Meter Relay – STATE CHAMPS

                         Priscilla Cullom, Jennifer Hoffman,

                         Simone Harris, Simone Thornton


                         Jennifer Hoffman – 200 Meter Dash – STATE CHAMP

                         Jennifer Hoffman – High Jump – 3RD Place


2001-02            IHSA Class A Meet – 5TH Place              Coach’s Name Needed

Individual Medalists

                         4 X 100 Meter Relay – 2ND Place

                         Priscilla Cullom, Jennifer Hoffman,

                         Simone Thornton, Ashley Norris


                         Jennifer Hoffman – 100 Meter Dash – 3RD Place

                         Jennifer Hoffman – 400 Meter Dash – 3RD Place

                         Jennifer Hoffman – 200 Meter Dash – 5TH Place


2005-06            IHSA Class A Meet                                  Coach Damani Shakoor 


                         Individual Medalists

                         *4 X 100 Meter Relay – 3RD Place

                         Anisha Johnson, Quiana Jones,

                         Camille Smith, Ashley Turner

                         *4 X 200 Meter Relay – 7TH Place

                         Janette Andrew, Anisha Johnson,

                         Quiana Jones, Ashley Turner


                         Anisha Johnson – Long Jump – 7TH Place

                         Camille Smith – 400 Meter Dash – 8TH Place

2006-07            IHSA Class A Meet – 4TH Place             Coach Damani Shakoor

Individual Medalists

4 X 200 Meter Relay – 2ND Place

                         Anisha Johnson, Quiana Jones,

                         Ashley Turner, Erica Young


                         Anisha Johnson – 100 Meter Dash – 2ND Place

                         Anisha Johnson – 200 Meter Dash – 2ND Place

                         Camille Smith – 400 Meter Dash – 5TH Place

                         Ashley Turner – 100 Meter Dash – 6TH Place


2008-09            IHSA Class 1A Meet                                Coach Damani Shakoor

Individual Medalists

                         *4 X 100 Meter Relay – STATE CHAMPS

                         Taylor Farley, Anisha Johnson,

                         Dejanae Terry, Camille Smith

                         *4 X 200 Meter Relay – 6TH Place

                         Taylor Farley, Anisha Johnson,

                         Dejanae Terry, Jasmine Gardner


                         Anisha Johnson – 100 Meter Dash – 2ND Place


2009-10            IHSA Class 1A Meet                                Coach Damani Shakoor

Individual Medalists

                         Taylor Farley – 200 Meter Dash – STATE CHAMP

                         Taylor Farley – 100 Meter Dasy – 4TH Place


2010-11            IHSA Class 1A Meet                               Coach Damani Shakoor

Individual Medalists

                         *4 X 100 Meter Relay – 3RD Place

                         Mykel Adams, Jasmine Gardner,

                         Hunter Guy, Dejanae Terry


                         Dejanae Terry – 100 Meter Dash – 2ND Place

                         Dejanae Terry – 200 Meter Dash – 4TH Place

2011-12            IHSA Class 1A Meet – 4TH place            Coach Damani Shakoor


                         Individual Medalists

                         *4 X 100 Meter Relay – STATE CHAMPS

                         Mykel Adams, Jasmine Gardner,

                         Nancy Jeanty, Dejanae Terry

                         *4 X 200 Meter Relay – 2ND Place

                         Jasmine Gardner, Nancy Jeanty,

                         Kyla Mays, Dejanae Terry

Dejanae Terry – 200 Meter Dash – 5TH Place

Dejanae Terry – 100 Meter Dash – 6TH Place 

Mykel Adams – 400 Meter Dash – 7TH Place


2012-13            IHSA Class 1A Meet                               Coach Damani Shakoor


                         Individual Medalists

                         *4 X 100 Meter Relay – 4TH Place

                         Mykel Adams, Nancy Jeanty,

                         Kalieia Ray, Kyla Mays


                         Mykel Adams – 200 Meter Dash – 8TH Place      


2013-14            IHSA Class 1A Meet                               Coach Damani Shakoor


                         Individual Medalists

                         *4 X 100 Meter Relay – 6TH Place

                         Amber Abogunrin, Kyla Mays,

                         Kalieia Ray, Mariah Woods


                         *4 X 200 Meter Relay – 9TH Place

                         Amber Abogunrin, Kyla Mays,

                         Deja Parker,  Kalieia Ray


                         Mariah Woods – 100 Meter Dash – 9TH Place


2014-15            IHSA Class 1A Meet                                Coach Damani Shakoor


                         Individual Medalist

                         Mariah Woods – 100 Meter Dash – STATE CHAMP

                         Mariah Woods – 200 Meter Dash – 8TH Place



2008-09          Individual Medalist Class 1A – Long Jump

                       Sean Martin – 3RD Place




1993-94     17 – 12 – 2                                                    Coach Nancy Welker

2005-06       3 – 22                                                         Coach Kimberlie Cassady

2006-07       6 – 18                                                         Coach Rochelle Tucker

2007-08       8 – 20                                                         Coach Rochelle Tucker

2008-09     15 – 12                                                         Coach Rochelle Tucker

2009-10       9 – 10                                                         Coach John Henry


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