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Bernthal Switches to US History

Bernthal Switches to US History

Usbaldo Fernandez, reporter

January 17, 2020

Well known teacher, Mr. Bernthal  has taught Chemistry for seven years. “ I was hired here at PMA originally to teach Latino and African American History to freshmen. I did that for 3 years (2009-2012),” said Mr. Bernthal. He is now teaching US History to replace Mr. Claahsen. “Mr. Wipachit...

Paris Steps Down as Athletic Director

Paris Steps Down as Athletic Director

David Orozco, Editor

December 10, 2019

After 19 years of being the Athletic Director, Roland Paris is finally retiring. Paris has been with Phoenix since its opening at Orr in 2004. He has a long history at Phoenix as a security guard, which he will continue to do. Paris has coached the girls volleyball team, girls and boys softball teams,...

Changes to CPS Policies Affect the Heritage Fiesta

Changes to CPS Policies Affect the Heritage Fiesta

Usbaldo Fernandez, reporter

December 5, 2019

Heritage Day celebrates cultures and their shared beliefs and traditions. Phoenix has hosted an assembly that allowed students to bring in homemade food. Students often brought their favorite dishes from their own culture. This year was one of many annual fiestas organized by Mrs. Raygoza and Ms. Urquhart....

New Addition to the Firebirds

New Addition to the Firebirds

Kevin Vargas

November 26, 2019

The year began with a few new faces to the Firebird staff. One new Firebird is Ms. Karns a chemistry teacher. She is from a small town called Little York, Illinois, and has been teaching for seven years. She continues her teaching career here at PMA and hopes to gain experience from the school.    ...

Meet Mr. Vivians

Meet Mr. Vivians

Damien Ponce

November 25, 2019

With the start of the new school year Phoenix  hired a new military property coordinator, Melvin Vivans. He replaced Mrs.Melesio. .Vivians came to Phoenix with a lot of experience.   “My previous job; I was a material control and accounting specialist for the Army. I served over nine and...

Meeting Ms. Assil

Meeting Ms. Assil

Andres Vargas

November 25, 2019

One of the easy parts of teaching, is showing how much you love your job. However,  finding the right school is often difficult. For Mrs. Assil she was excited to find Phoenix and start working.  She loves the energy of the students and teachers and feeds off of it. .   “During my int...

And Still! Billy Stritzel Wins the Chicago Golden Gloves for the Fourth Time

And Still! Billy Stritzel Wins the Chicago Golden Gloves for the Fourth Time

Kevin Vargas

May 21, 2019

PMA’s very own Billy Stritzel, a security guard and football coach fought in the Chicago Golden Gloves finals on the 13th of April at the Cicero Stadium. Stritzel fought in the heavyweight masters division from the Gregory Boxing Club. Stritzel started boxing 20 years ago and hasn’t stopped since....

Welcome to Chicago Scholars class of 2024!

Yadira Medina

May 20, 2019

For many low income students, opportunities seem hard to grasp, or sometimes even impossible. There exist many programs that aim to help these students succeed far past college, but their lives after that too. Chicago Scholars promises to, “Uniquely select, train, and mentor academically ambiti...

Herron’s Golden Ticket to Morton College

Herron’s Golden Ticket to Morton College

Kenny Wilkerson

May 20, 2019

Successful people are not gifted, they just work and succeed on purpose. PMA Boys Varsity Basketball 4 year starter, senior Khalid Herron made the decision to sign and play basketball for Morton College on a full ride athletic scholarship. It is evident that Herron has worked very hard to receive thi...

Full Ride To Elmhurst

D'ajahnae Croft

May 17, 2019

Having an out of pocket cost of only five thousand dollars is a blessing to most seniors. Imagine not having to pay for anything. Meaning, a full ride scholarship is received. For senior Auri Martinez, this is his amazing reality. On March 27th, 2019, Martinez was awarded The Chicago Scholars Platinum P...

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