Mother McAuley's state champion volleyball team received a special note of congratulations Wednesday.
The team appeared before Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Board of Commissioners, who read a proclamation in the girls' names. The team finished their 2013 season with a record of 34-2, defeating Benet High School to clinch their 14th state championship. The team is now ranked seventh in the nation.
The proclamation reads:
WHEREAS, The members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners are proud to recognize excellence in school sports; and
WHEREAS, The Cook County Board of Commissioners recognizes the importance of team sports in developing the qualities of teamwork, respect, hard work and dedication in young adults; and
WHEREAS, The Mother McAuley volleyball team displayed those qualities and worked together with head coach Jen DeJarld and assistant coaches Meg Gardner, Erica Cahill, Kristyn Carmody, Emily McGinnis, Caitlin Balsam and Desiree Aramburu to achieve a great season and earning the Mighty Macs the 2013 IHSA Girls Volleyball State Championship; and
WHEREAS, The Mighty Macs finished the regular season with an impressive 34 - 2 before defeating Benet High School to clinch their fourteenth State Championship.; and
WHEREAS, The Mighty Macs are currently ranked number 7 in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com and finished 2nd at the prestigious national tournament the “ASICS Challenge”;
WHEREAS, Teammates Kennedy Arundel, Jenny Phelan, Ryann Dejarld, Mallory Maxwell, Carla Cahill, Amber Casey, Courtney Joyce, Maggie Scanlon, Caeley Hynes, Claire Martin, Lauren Carlson, Maddie Meyer, Kayla Caffey, Kelsey Clark, Molly Geary, Gabrielle Ennis and Manager Moira Ryan are to be congratulated on leading the Mother McAuley Mighty Macs volleyball team through a great season and impressive championship we are all proud of.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners join their family, friends and community in congratulating the coaching staff and team members of the Mother McAuley Mighty Macs Volleyball team on their great achievements and their sense of teamwork, respect, hard work and dedication.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be spread across the official text of the proceedings of this honorable body and that suitable copies hereof be presented to the coaching staff and team members.