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Christopher Erdmann Award Reaches Major Milestone

152 (1)One of Saint Viator’s most prestigious awards announced at graduation, reached a milestone this year. The Christopher Cup, created in memory of Christopher Erdmann ‘68, who passed away from leukemia during his senior year, turned 50 this year.

Its latest recipient, Jeremy Yoder ’18, was recognized during commencement exercises and his name will be the 50th to be etched on the historic cup. Formerly, the trophy sat on a pedestal in the president’s office, but it now sits on display in the school’s main hallway, along with a portrait of its latest recipient.

Turns out, that’s all there is room for: 50 names.

Christopher Erdman

Christopher Erdman

“I can’t imagine that it won’t continue,” says Fr. Mick Egan, CSV, ’69, former president of the school and chairman of its board of governors. “In my mind, it is the oldest and most prestigious award the school gives.”

The award was created in 1968 by Erdmann’s parents after the loss of their son, who passed away in the fall of his senior year, on Oct. 1, 1967, at Oak Park Hospital.

According to an archived story in the Daily Herald from 1968, George Erdmann and his wife donated the trophy “to show our appreciation to the school, faculty, and students in the hopes that a perpetual trophy would be a reminder and inspiration.”

The first recipient was Gary Rogowski, who ran track, played football, served on Student Council and in the Sodality Club, as well as on the yearbook and newspaper staffs, and was an honor roll student.

Rogowski now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he designed custom furniture for 25 years before he opened The Northwest Woodworking Studio, where he teaches classes and continues to promote the art medium. He majored in literature in college and for 15 years was a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking magazine.

His most recent literary pursuit was a book, “Handmade: Creative Focus in an Age of Distraction.” In it, he describes how the discipline of working with one’s hands to create beautiful things, shapes the builder into a more complete human being.

Gary S. Rogowski

Gary S. Rogowski

Fifty years later, Rogowski still remembers winning the Erdmann Award at his 1968 graduation ceremony.

“It was a big deal and I’m quite proud of it,” he says. “Of course, I didn’t know the history of it or what it would become.”

In thinking back to his days at Saint Viator, Rogowski points to Fr. Arnold Perham, CSV, as his favorite teacher. In fact, Rogowski vividly remembers competing on the math team, moderated then by Fr. Perham.

“I use math a lot with my students now and I often think of Fr. Perham,” Rogowski adds. “He had an openness to education and was able to communicate without talking down to people. He was a huge influence on me.”

Ironically, Jeremy also worked with Fr. Perham, who continues to tutor math team members and create projects for Querbes Scholars, of which Jeremy was one. Jeremy also was an active member of Student Council and Link Crew, as well as the academic team. He had principal roles in the musical, played trumpet in the band and most recently qualified for state in the long jump. He will attend the University of Notre Dame this fall, following his brother, Matt, ’14.

In announcing the first recipient, the Daily Herald described its requirements as a senior who “best exemplifies the ancient legend of St. Christopher and the living tradition of St. Viator.”

Over the years, the award has grown to recognize a student who has taken active involvement and leadership in the improvement of Saint Viator High School.

The cup itself was designed by Persin & Robbin Jewelers in Arlington Heights and had room for winners from 50 graduating classes.

Over the years, the selection process has not changed. Seniors vote for the recipient during the first round that narrows it down to the top five, from which faculty members vote to determine the winner.

The Sound of Innovation

dm2This past year, the Saint Viator music department upgraded its curriculum to incorporate the latest technology and innovation into the classroom with a Digital Music and Production class.

Led by Director of Bands Vince Genualdi, students in the class explored music composition and recording skills, developing knowledge of the music business, copyright laws, studio recording, and basic music theory needed to create electronic music. The class resulted in a SoundCloud account featuring music composed and performed by the students.

dm3“Over the last year, we’ve been collaborating with some of the industry’s leading artists, sound engineers, and producers. It’s such an amazing opportunity to learn the industry standard and gain real-life perspective and experience regarding this field,” said Genualdi. “The students are exposed to a whole new sector of the music industry and we were able to modernize our program, giving students access to the latest technology.”

New classes like this exemplify Saint Viator’s vision for the future – using the latest technology and innovation in the classroom while adhering to the tradition of academic excellence.

digital music“We thank the alumni and donors whose generosity allows us to continually serve the needs of this generation of students,” said Genualdi. “The tradition of Saint Viator calls upon Lions of the past to ensure innovation and opportunity exist for those in the future.”

Visit Saint Viator’s SoundCloud account and stay up to date on our students’ creativity and innovation and watch for other school updates with the Saint Viator & Sacred Heart Alumni Association Facebook page and LinkedIn group.

Alumni Business Profile: Dan Klein ’06

Screen Shot 2018-06-15 at 11.14.29 AMSince the early 1960s, Saint Viator High School, and for several decades, Sacred Heart of Mary High School annually sent graduates off to college and eventually into careers of all types. The history of our alumni features success stories in medicine, law, the military, public service, and innumerable aspects of business, education, and athletics (read more).

Some success stories are often winding and built on perseverance. Several decades ago, career paths were different. The corporate ladder was to be climbed and great ideas often had to wait their turn. In today’s economy and business climate, entrepreneurship has opened a whole new world of opportunity. Junior executives are an anachronism and 20-something CEOs are leading the way in innovation and new product development.

Dan Klein, (SVHS ‘06) was recently recognized by INC. Magazine for the rapid and successful growth of Tiesta Tea, a company he founded with childhood friend Patrick Tannous while still in college. We invite you to check out the profile of this burgeoning business that Dan has cultivated. We are especially proud of the company’s commitment to giving back, a great example for current and future Lions of how Catholic values and commitment to service can be a part of any successful career.

“How 2 Tea Addicts Took Their Obsession From Farmers’ Markets to 6,500 Stores, Including Costco”

Class of 2018 Graduates Reflect on their Journey of Faith

Four years ago, members of the Class of 2018 added their signatures to a mural designed around this Biblical phrase, taken from Matthew’s gospel: “For wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am, in the midst of them.”

On Monday night, they walked past that mural one last time, this time as graduates and surrounded by family and loved ones. However, this much school officials know: They did indeed made a lasting imprint on the Saint Viator school community.

Not only did the 235 graduates earn nearly $29 million in scholarship money, but they also compiled nearly 24,000 hours of service during t heir four years.

“This has been a great class and I am very sad to see them leaving,” said Fr. Daniel Hall, CSV, vice president for Viatorian mission and identity. “But I am very proud of what they have accomplished — and the personal growth I have seen over the past four years.”

As freshmen, they chose a theme for their class that seemed to guide their time at Saint Viator: Journey of Faith.

Take Jake Wolf ’18, for starters. He was a standout on the football team and was a state qualifier in wrestling this year, but he says the most memorable part of his high school career was getting involved in service.

Jake woke up early every Thursday morning in order to arrive at 6 a.m. — before school — at a Palatine church, where he helped clean up after PADS guests had left. Not only that, but he recruited many of his classmates to help.

“Over time, it grew on me so much,” Jake said. “I know where I am in life. I consider it a blessing and a privilege to be able to do this.”

Jake wound up winning the Johnstone Award, considered one of the most prestigious honors at graduation. The award was created in memory of Andrew Johnstone, who died in the summer of 1991, before the start of his senior year, when he would have served as class president. For more than 25 years, his parents have presented the award personally to recipients.

Salutatorian Jeremy Yoder earned the night’s other prestigious honor, the Christopher Erdmann Award. Jeremy was the 50th Saint Viator grad to win the award and now his name will be etched on the Christopher Cup, along with the other prestigious winners.

The award was created in memory of Christopher Erdmann ‘68, who passed away from leukemia. It was designed to recognize a student who has taken an active involvement and leadership in the improvement of Saint Viator High School.

Jeremy did that and so much more. He was an active member of Student Council and the Link Crew, as well as the academic and math teams. He also had principal roles in the musical, played trumpet in the band and most recently qualified for state in the long jump. He will be attending the University of Notre Dame this fall.

Still, as the youngest of three Yoder siblings who attended Saint Viator, he urged his classmates not to take their high school education for granted.

“Give back to the community that has given us so much,” Jeremy said at the baccalaureate Mass. “Cherish the lessons and the love Saint Viator has brought into our lives, and pay it forward to those who will follow in our footsteps.”

Valedictorian Thomas Stanila has achieved so much during his four years at Saint Viator, including earning a perfect ACT score — not once, but twice — as well as medaling at state for the math and academic teams, and all before earning a full ride to attend Loyola University, where he plans to pursue a degree in pre-medicine.

Yet, in his valedictory address, he reflected on his awkward start at Saint Viator, when he knew no one at a basketball game and pizza party held for incoming freshmen. Thomas arrived overdressed for the event and was about to turn around and rush for the door, when another student invited him to sit at his table.

“Because of this simple act of kindness,” Thomas said, “I knew I had found my home for the next four years of my life.”

He concluded by thanking parents, teachers, administrators, staff, coaches, directors, and everyone else who have guided he and his classmates on their journey.

“Our success is your success as well,” Thomas said, “for no greater testament can be made to your sacrifices than our very presence here.”

President Brian Liedlich encouraged graduates not to be strangers, to return often and remember that they are Lions for Life.

“We hope you look back fondly on your time with us,” Mr. Liedlich said, “and continue to value the Viatorian mission wherever life takes you.”

 

Freshman Awards

Freshman Award Recipients

Principal’s Honor Roll Recipients:
Lucas Lorenz Barisas
Nicholette A Bentz
Jayne E Bottarini
Gabriella C Brown
Patrick S Burns
Robert C Cagann
Mary Kate Cambria
Gaetano Console
Alexis M Covey
Brenna M Dooley
Brenna R Drabik
Isabella V Dudas
Connor J Flynn
John J Franczyk III
Olivia G Gauthier
Tyler A Haisman
Kathleen M Hannon
Christi M Hansen
Ryan J Jasinski
Matthew R Johnson
Austin D Jones
Kaitlyn E Kellar
Kyung Ah Kim
Nathan C Kochera
Joseph R Laterza
David T Lavender
Sophia J Limberakis
Xuanning Liu
Abigail N Longstreet
John M Lynch
Keely I McClellan
Ava R McClellan
Amelia C McKenna
Callie R Mulligan
Mathew D Oleksyk
Zophia A Perez
Mia R Pistone
Sarah J Schultz
Anne E Sheriff
Jaclyn M Sloan
Joseph R Taylor
Morgan E Trunda
Alyssa N Wojtowicz
Madison A Wrzos
John M Zajakala

Department Awards

Computer Technology:
Mobile Apps II:
John Franczyk

English Outstanding Achievement:
Brenna Drabik
Gabriella Kull
David Lavender
Abigail Longstreet
John Lynch
Matthew Oleksyk
Zophia Perez

Fine Arts Outstanding Achievement:
Instrumental Music:
Robert Cagann

Visual Art:
Brenna Drabik
Danielle Panzeca
Mia Pistone
Yingtong Ruby Ren

Choral Music:
Sophia Limberakis

Math Outstanding Achievement:
Nathan Kochera
Xuanning Liu
Abigail Longstreet
James Nottoli
Matthew Oleksyk
Zophia Perez

Modern World Language Outstanding Achievement:
Mandarin Chinese Level III:
Kyung Ah Kim

French Level I:
Austin Jones

French Level II:
Sophia Limberakis

Italian Level I:
Ryan Jasinski

Spanish Level I:
Xuanning (May) Liu

Spanish Level II Accelerated Honors:
Christi Hansen

National Language Contest Exam
French Level 1B Bronze Award:
Helena Chuchala

French Level II Bronze Award:
Sophia Limberakis

Italian Level 2A Bronze Medal:
Giancarlo Pieri

Spanish Level I Silver Award:
Lucas Barisas
Nicholette Bentz
Patrick Burn
Jillian Doherty
Kaitlyn Kellar
Jack Lynch
Patrick McAndrews
Jaclyn Sloan

Spanish Level I Gold Medal:
Abigail Longstreet
Abigail Longstreet was awarded 11th place in the Chicago area Chapter for the Level 1 National Spanish Exam.

Spanish Level II Silver Medal:
Kathleen Hannon
Callie Mulligan
Matthew Oleksyk
Zophia Perez
Christi Hansen

Spanish Level III Gold Medal:
John Montesinos

Physical Education Outstanding Achievement:
Serafina DeMunno
Aidan Harrington
Isabella Izquierdo
Nathan Kochera
Joseph Latrofa
Patrick Scales

Science Outstanding Achievement:
Kathleen Hannon
Kyung Ah Kim
Melissa Malone

Social Studies Outstanding Achievement:
Katherine Castelli
John Franzyk
Christi Hansen
Sebastian Howarth
Cassie Limberakis
Callie Mulligan
Ian Myers

Theology Outstanding Achievement:
Brenna Dooley
Kathleen Hannon
Austin Jones
Jeremiah Pittman
Joseph Ruben
Trinity Schiff

Recognition for participation in the Catholic Math League:
Patrick Burns – Algebra 1 Second Place
Milan Dzupin – Pre-Algebra Third Place
Tianning Gao – Algebra 1 First Place
Ashley Jarvis-Flinn – Pre-Algebra Second Place
Ryan Jasinski – Algebra 1 Second Place
Xuanning Liu – Geometry Second Place
Joseph Lara – Pre-Algebra First Place
Abby Longstreet – Geometry First Place
Amelia McKenna – Algebra 1 Second Place
Elizabeth Rymarcsuk – Pre Algebra Third Place
Jackie Sloan – Algebra 1 Second Place
Gregory Wilson – Pre-Algebra Third Place

Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional and State Team
Our math team represented Saint Viator High School in the state contest which was held Saturday, May 5 at the University of Illinois in Champaign. The freshmen on the team are as follows:
Alice Cao
Matthew Johnson
May Liu
Matthew Onischuk
Nora Tang

Viator Voice Outstanding Service:
Kate Hannon

Scholastic Bowl Outstanding Service:
Kate Hannon
Jack Lynch

Sophomore Awards

Sophomore Awards

IMG_9986The Bronze Service Award:
Emily Durso
Katherine McManaman
Mackenzie Stengel
Jianxiang Tao

Principal’s Honor Roll Recipients:
Olivia K Augustine
Megan C Bosshart
Andrew D Bremner
John F Cambria
Alexandra M DiMarco
Daniel P Fecko
Nicholas A Guida
Michael J Heraty
Hannah J Klimas
Bryce A McDonnell
Katherine Z McManaman
Elizabeth A Miller
Ryan J Mueller
Jooyoung Ryu
Valentina M Scotti
Nicholas M Yustin

Academic Team Awards

In recognition for participation in the Catholic Math League:
Yiyang Jiang – Algebra 2 First Place
Daniel Kim – Algebra 2 First Place
Patrick Schumacher – Geometry Third Place
Jianxiang Tao – Algebra 2 Third Place

Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional and State Team
Our math team represented Saint Viator High School in the state contest which was held Saturday, May 5 at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

The sophomores on the team are as follows:
Angel Chang
Daniel Fecko
Elaine Lyu
Esther Moon
Eric Ryu
Jianxiang Tao

The Illinois Math League Sophomore School Champion is:
Eric Ryu

English Outstanding Achievement:
Natalie Bernardini
Megan Bosshart
Andrew Bremner
Jack Cambria
Daniel Fecko
Jack Law

Fine Arts Outstanding Achievement:
Instrumental Music:
Andrew Bremner

Visual Art:
James Bilhorn
Hanna Klimas
Juliana Raffini

Choral Music:
Faith Kuper

Math Outstanding Achievement:
Katarina Boskovic
Kevin Cheung
Daniel Fecko
Katherine McManaman
Jooyoung (Eric) Ryu

Modern World Language Outstanding Achievement:
Chinese Level I: Daniel Heo Kim
Chinese Level II: Jooyoung (Eric) Ryu
French Level II: Megan Tafalla
Italian Level II: Anthony Pezzetti
Spanish II: Katya Boskovic

National Language Contest Exam
French Level 1A Bronze Award: Michal Podhorecki
French Level II Silver Award: Megan Tafalla

Italian Level 2A Bronze Award:
Stefano Lanzi
Antonio Pezzetti
Valentina Scotti

Italian Level 2A Silver Award:
Daniel Fecko
Olimpia Giacalone

Spanish Level II Silver Medal:
Nicholas Guida

Spanish Level III Silver Medal:
Andrew Bremner
Daniel Ornelas

Physical Education Outstanding Achievement:
Connor Freeman
Patrick Schumacher
Valentina Scotti

Science Outstanding Achievement:
John Cambria
Katherine Madaras
Yewon (Esther) Moon
Megan Tafalla

Social Studies Outstanding Achievement:
Jack Aiello
Megan Bosshart
Andrew Bremner
Torry Davia
Hannah Klimas
Megan Tafalla
Jenna Woods

Theology Outstanding Achievement:
John Cambria
Hannah Klimas
Jack Law
Bryce McDonnell
Ryan Mueller
Megan Tafalla

Junior Awards

Junior Awards

IMG_9963President’s Volunteer Bronze Service Award:
Emma Abrahamian
Joseph Callahan
Xini Chen
Nicole Durso
Dylan Grant
Jeremiah Hernandez
Maura Hogaboom
Elise Horbach
Xubo Lu
Jaden Schafer
Amalia Sordo-Palacios
Julia Vadan
Yao Xiao
Sumin Yu

The Silver Service Award:
Marcus Lannie

The Fairfield University 2018 Book Award:
Maura Hogaboom

Principal’s Honor Roll
Ritarose Battin
Allison M Bosshart
Grace E Castellese
Thomas Constertina
Margaret K Crane
Nolan R Doherty
Nicole M Durso
Zachary R Evans
Allison K Faber
Nicole B Gallant
Zibin Gao
Anna M Haas
Sara C Hankinson
Hannah R Higginson
Maura R Hogaboom
Nikolas L Hohlweg
Minsu Kim
Marcus H Lannie
Caroline Lavender
Caroline E Leazer
Hernando J Ledesma
Yiran Liu
Nicholas R McCauley
Payton E McDonnell
Colleen M McMahon
Matthew J McManaman
Patricia M Miller
Kelsey A Napoleon
Nathan B Peters
Brooke E Puccini
Kiana Resch
Michael T Ruben
Grace E Rygiel
Jaden M Schafer
Jiayu Shi
Amalia Sordo-Palacios
Nicholas B Surdo
Madison B Walker
Kevin J Wilhite
Wenhan Yang
Sumin Yu

Academic Team Awards

WYSE Worldwide Youth In Science and Engineering
The Saint Viator Academic Team placed first at regional competition for the third year in a row. The following juniors won medals:

Biology
Patti Miller – First Place
Kiana Resch – Third Place

Math
Marcus Lannie – First Place

Computer Science
Matthew McManaman – Third Place

Catholic Math League
In recognition for participation in the Catholic Math League:
Zibin Gao – Advanced Math First Place
Yiran Liu – Advanced Math Second Place
Wenjie Song – Advanced Math Third Place
Ella Shi – Advanced Math Third Place

Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional and State Team
Our math team represented Saint Viator High School in the state contest which was held Saturday, May 5 at the University of Illinois in Champaign. The juniors on the team are as follows:
Amy Gao
Kito Guo
Marcus Lannie
Yiran Liu
Hanger Yang
Sumin Yu

The Illinois Math League Junior School champion is:
Marcus Lannie

Computer Technology
Computer Science Principles:
Maura Hogaboom

Mobile Apps II:
Matteo Garland
Hernando Ledesma
Zachary Metzner
Edwin Reisinger

English Outstanding Achievement:
Margaret Crane
Allison Faber
Paige Laskiewicz
Colleen McMahon
Arthur Sosin
Kevin Wilhite
Emily Yacu

Fine Arts Outstanding Achievement:
Instrumental Music:
Nicole Durso

Theater:
Daniel Thompson
William Walberg
Kevin Wilhite

Visual Art:
Kayla Johnson
Natalie Krause
Sarah McDermott

Choral Music:
Joanna Nagel

Math Outstanding Achievement:
Zibin Gau
Maura Hogaboom
Marcus Lannie
Kelsey Napoleon
Jiayu Shi

Modern World Language Outstanding Achievement:

AP Mandarin Chinese:
Wenjie Song

French III:
Nicole Gallant

Italian III:
Sara Hankinson

Spanish II:
Julia Vadan

Accelerated Spanish III Honors:
Marcus Lannie

AP Spanish:
Caroline Lavender

National Language Contest Exam
Italian Level 3A Bronze Award:
Sara Hawkinson

Spanish Level III Silver Medal: Anna Haas
Spanish Level IV Silver Medal: Maura Hogaboom
Spanish Level V Silver Medal: Caroline Lavender
Spanish Level VI Gold Medal Award: Amalia Sordo-Palacios

This year the Chicago-Area Chapter of the National Spanish Exam had 57 schools, 172 teachers, and 5,677 registered students. Over $16,000 in prize money was awarded to 307 students from 41 schools. Chapter winners were recognized on May 12, at Niles North High School.

We are proud to announce that Amalia Sordo-Palacios received 1st place in the Chicago-area chapter for the Level 6 National Spanish Exam in the bilingual category.

Physical Education Outstanding Achievement:
Allison Bosshart
Kiana Resch
William Riley
Luyao Wang
Conor Warner

Science Outstanding Achievement:
Natalie Biehl
Nicole Durso
Maura Hogaboom
Colleen McMahon
Patricia Miller

Social Studies Outstanding Achievement:
Grace Castallese
Allison Faber
Maura Hogaboom
Gianna Licari
Matthew McManaman
Kiana Resch
William Walberg

Theology Outstanding Achievement:
Allison Faber
Sara Hankinson
Maura Hogaboom
Colleen McMahon
Kiana Resch
Kevin Wilhite

This year we are happy to present a very special award to two students who achieved a top score of 36 on the ACT. Only one-tenth of one percent of students who take the test nationwide receive a 36.

We are proud to present this award to:
Thomas Constertina
Maura Hogaboom

The Viator Voice at Saint Viator High School recognizes the following Junior for her commitment and service. This award goes to:
Crystal Schuster

Fourth Student in a Row Earns Perfect ACT Score

Hogaboom_MauraMaura Hogaboom, a junior at Saint Viator High School, joined an elite group this spring when she earned a perfect score on her ACT. Nationally, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score.

Yet at Saint Viator, Maura is the fourth student in a row to achieve this rare feat. She succeeds Katie Solarz of Arlington Heights, who just wrapped up her freshman year at the University of Notre Dame; Thomas Stanila of Algonquin who just graduated as valedictorian of the class of 2018; and her classmate, Thomas Constertina of Arlington Heights.

“We certainly think that these students are products of our rigorous academics and high expectations,” says Principal Karen Love. “But they have come to us with God-given talent and a tremendous work ethic. We just hope that we have nurtured that.”

Maura is the youngest of four siblings of Dave Hogaboom and Colleen Gaughan of Arlington Heights, all of whom have attended Saint Viator. However, in her own quiet way, Maura has carved out her own path.

She runs cross country each fall and plays soccer in the spring while performing in the musical during the winter. But that’s not all. Among her many club activities, she points to Saint Viator’s Justice League and Students Against Destructive Decisions as among her favorites. Maura also is the incoming co-president of the Interclass Council.

Academically, she carries a heavy course load. Maura is a member of the Querbes Scholars program, designed to enable highly motivated students to excel, and already has completed five AP courses, with five more on her schedule next year.

Maura says she was nervous to check her score back in late April and took a deep breath before logging into her student portal, only to see the perfect 36 composite score.

“I think it reflects the years and years of great resources and great education I’ve had, both at Saint Viator and at St. James,” she says. “My teachers here were super willing to help me outside the classroom.

“Overall, it’s been a collaborative and supportive environment,” Maura adds, “and that’s really pushed me to succeed.”

 

Cluster of Longtime Saint Viator Teachers to Retire

Youwill be missed!Collectively, they have brought more than 90 years of teaching and involvement to Saint Viator, literally having helped to shape the school in academics and extracurricular activities.

But, at the end of this month they will be retiring, opening the door for newcomers to fill their shoes, but it won’t be easy.

This year’s retirees include:

  • Jim Williams, a combined 13 years teaching math and computer science
  • Vicki Giusti, 14 years teaching science
  • JoAnne Francis, 18 years as student activities director and in recruiting
  • Ruth Stonecipher, 22 years as an aid in Scanlan Center and helped staff Dean’s Office
  • Mary Lee DeBelina, 24 years in administration and as math teacher and department head

“It’s definitely bittersweet,” says Mrs. Francis, simply.

In her role as Director of Student Activities, Mrs. Francis has had a hand in nearly every aspect of the school that engages students. From the LINK Crew in the beginning of the school year to working with the Student Council to plan the homecoming dance, the Halloween fun fair and Easter Egg Hunt; to planning the pep rallies and activities presentations; she’s done it all.

Mr. Williams taught at Saint Viator from 1984-1989 and then returned again in 2010 to teach math and early computer science classes. His most recent load had him teaching students how to construct mobile apps as well as learn accounting, personal business computing, and AP computer science. For many students, it has been their first experience in business classes.

Mrs. Giusti has taught all levels of science students and even this year has taught environmental science and accelerated honors biology as well as AP biology. Her field trips to the Volo bog and testing the sustainability of the Chicago River will be missed!

Mrs. Ruth Stonecipher has provided a warm, comforting presence to students, whether they’re called down to the Dean’s Office or working to master skills in the Scanlan Center. Her commitment to Saint Viator students has been evident in all of the concerts, plays, and musicals she attended over the years.

Mrs. Mary Lee DeBelina has worn many hats during her 24 years at the school: She taught high levels of math and eventually chaired the department, which has earned a strong reputation for its competitive math team. At the same time, she was a parent, watching as her three children attended the school. For the last three years, Mrs. DeBelina has served as assistant principal, extending her strong teaching skills and curriculum building onto the faculty. Her steady hand and open door will be missed by fellow administration members, faculty, and students.

Saint Viator Students Stand Out at Relay for Life

IMG_2725The American Cancer Society describes its signature Relay for Life events as the “ultimate fundraiser that brings communities together to fight cancer.”

That was the case on May 5, when as many as 67 students from Saint Viator joined with faculty and staff to celebrate life, lift up those fighting cancer and work toward a world without this devastating disease.

The 12-hour event took place outdoors at Prospect High School and merged the Arlington Heights chapter with those from Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Park Ridge and Wheeling.

IMG_2644Accompany Saint Viator students were Mrs. Cathy Abrahamian, who has helped moderate the event every year since 2005, and her husband, Don, as well as Mrs. Barbara D’Urso, who originally started Saint Viator’s involvement back in 2000, Mrs. Rita Scully and Coach Jim McGuire ’89.

Special guests included Mr. Brian Liedlich, president, and his wife, Maria, who is a cancer survivor, as well as faculty survivors: Fr. Dan Hall, CSV, Fr. Arnie Perham, CSV, Mrs. Vicki Giusti and Mr. John Paulik. Principal Karen Love was a featured speaker representing Saint Viator.

IMG_2884Even at this larger version of the event, Saint Viator students stood out. They won the team spirit award, and for the third consecutive year, students were awarded the American Cancer Society team excellence award.

In terms of money, Saint Viator’s team raised more than $8,000, putting the group in third place out of the 29 teams that took part. Since its involvement, Saint Viator students and their families have raised more than $150,000 for cancer-fighting programs.

IMG_2641Emotions were running high right from the start, when Saint Viator faculty and staff who are cancer survivors, led the team during the opening survivors’ lap ceremony. They built toward one of the highlights of the night, a candlelight prayer service hosted by Saint Viator students.

“Our students really enjoy having faculty and staff come out to support the cause,” Mrs. Abrahamian adds. “It is a moving event, especially with the luminaria memorial service and our own evening prayer service led by our students.”

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