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Saint Viator High School Named Apple School of Distinction

DSC_0009The journey continues. After five years of working to integrate technology into its curriculum, Saint Viator High School now has again been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017 -2019.

The Apple Distinguished School recognition is reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence and demonstrate a clear vision for exemplary learning environments.

“We are grateful to be named an Apple Distinguished School for the second time,” says Principal Karen Love. “It affirms the good work our faculty and students do on a daily basis to transform teaching and learning through creative and innovative outlets.”

“The formation of our students as digital citizens, learning transferable skills, will hopefully make the world a better place,” she adds. “That is what a Viatorian education is all about.”

DSC_0083This is the fifth year of the school’s 1:1 iPad program. As a result, everyone in the building utilizes iPad and 98 percent of all textbooks are available on iPad. Students use apps like iMovie to bring to life to what they have learned, Keynote to present main points of a novel, iStudiez Pro to organize and plan their schedules, to name just a few.

Overall, administrators believe the integration of iPad has proven highly successful with students and teachers alike, who continue to display a new excitement about learning.

Faculty members point to the advances made in their daily data collection as a result of iPad. Teachers can monitor student understanding through a variety of apps, including Examplify, Socrative, Kahoot! and Quizlet.

IMG_2873“These apps allow for quick results, so students and teachers can see strengths and weaknesses almost immediately, and whether students are mastering content and skills,” says Maggie Miskowicz, instructional technology coordinator.

Saint Viator’s commitment to technology permeates many aspects of the school’s environment. MacBook Airs are also used in the computer lab for coding and programming apps as well as AP Computer Science Principles, while iMacs recently were added to the Academic Commons in order to provide students access to Apple technology during their free periods.

Even athletics has embraced technology. Real-time communication apps compile stats and record game plays in baseball, basketball, and football, while the lacrosse team uses a drone during practice and game footage to get a different perspective on plays as well as player strengths.

A rigorous education has been the hallmark of a Saint Viator education, since its inception more than 50 years ago, but administrators continue to look into the future, as they advance the school’s innovative curriculum redesign, which leverages technology—with academics.

Cross Country Teams Support Marathon Runners

file-3For the seventh time, members of the boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams turned out to support runners in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and along the way, they learned some Marine Corps chants.

Once again, the Lions partnered with JROTC members at University of Illinois College Prep in Chicago. Together, they cheered on the 137 marathoners who ran to support Team Salute and its mission to help meet the financial, physical and emotional needs of returning military.

The Saint Viator XC teams showing support for Team Salute at the Chicago Marathon.

The Saint Viator XC teams showing support for Team Salute at the Chicago Marathon.

They stood along the marathon’s Charity Cheer Block, strategically located just past the halfway mark, near mile 14. In the end, Salute runners combined to raise more than $200,000 in support of Salute’s emergency financial assistance program.

Salute is an official charity of the Chicago Marathon, and this year, the Chicago Blackhawks sponsored the team, resulting in their largest fundraising effort to date.

Mrs. Mary Beth Beiersdorf, co-founder and executive director of Salute as well as the parent of three Saint Viator High School graduates and a board of trustee member, credits boys’ cross-country coach, Wayne Edelman, with involving Saint Viator students in the marathon.

“Saint Viator students are actively ‘honoring the service and remembering the sacrifice of our military families’ “ she says. “This year was our biggest team for Salute, the best weather and we drew the most kids from both schools—Saint Viator and UIC—to cheer on our runners.”


Girls XC and Coach Curtain waiting to see Coach Wosick run by.

Coach Edeleman says involving students in the marathon makes an impact and it comes at a good time. Less than one week later, Saint Viator cross country teams competed in the ESCC championships, where the boys’ varsity team placed second and girls’ team finished in fourth place, and this week head into IHSA regionals.

“Working the marathon gives the kids a chance to see all kinds of runners, from the Kenyans, to the recreational runners and those in costume,” Coach Edelman said. “They really see the perseverance it takes and the dedication.

Girls XC setting up for the Chicago Marathon.

Girls XC setting up for the Chicago Marathon.

“The kids get service hours for doing it, but they enjoy it,” he added. “We all work together and it really forms lasting bonds on the team.”

Querbes Scholars Try Their Hand at Robotic Surgery

57C11737-F0F7-4599-9C82-B6F238FAD5B1Senior members of the Querbes Scholars program took a test drive last month, and it had nothing to do with driving a new car. Instead, they took a test drive with a robotic simulator, operating the cutting edge da Vinci surgical robot.

For the second straight year, Querbes Scholars interested in science and technology attended a robotics surgical event at Amita Health St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates. Dr. M. Susan Scanlon hosted the event as part of her ScanlonWorks initiatives, aimed at giving students hands-on opportunities in the fields of science and technology.

Specifically, this event gives students an understanding of how technology has advanced the field of surgery in recent years. And that’s just what intrigued these Querbes Scholars.

ED711DBD-DE69-4F05-BB38-FE44340D4062“The technology was fascinating to me, just learning how the machine works,” said Rebecca Wolf ’18. “I’m trying to decide between engineering or medicine, so this was really intriguing to me.”

Her classmate, Drake Imhoff ’18, agreed.

“I’ve dreamed of becoming a doctor all my life,” he said, “so this confirmed my passion.”

The simulation was very realistic, students said. While working with robotic surgeons and surgical nurses, they took control of the robot’s two working instrument arms and one camera arm, as if they were a surgeon conducting a laparoscopic abdominal operation from the next room.

When not doing surgery, they learned how to tie surgical sutures and surgeon’s knots as well as talk to the health professionals who were there.

“I looked at it as career exploration,” said Jeremy Yoder ’18. “I don’t know if doing surgery is for me, but the machine aspect of it was fascinating.”

Saint Viator/Sacred Heart of Mary Hall of Fame Induction Celebrates Individuals and Teamwork

IMG_8023Coach Bill Sanford, who has led the boys lacrosse program at Saint Viator for the last 11 years, found himself front and center last month, drawing a standing ovation as the first recipient of the Pat Mahoney Dedication to Coaching Award.

His recognition came during the Saint Viator/Sacred Heart of Mary High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which drew more than twice as many people as the last ceremony in 2015. The coaching award was designed to recognize a current Saint Viator coach for their commitment to the sport, the student-athletes and the values of Saint Viator High School.

IMG_8025Since Coach Sanford took over the lacrosse team in 2008, the program has won nine conference championships, played in four final four tournaments and advanced seven consecutive years to the Elite Eight. Just last spring, the boys’ team won the East Suburban Catholic Conference title and ranked fifth in the state out of 89 teams, after advancing to the Elite Eight.

Coach Sanford has had five players go on to play on Division I lacrosse teams, as well as countless all-conference players, three players of the year, two U.S. Lacrosse academic all-Americans and two U.S. Lacrosse all-Americans.

Many of his former players surprised their coach by attending the ceremony, and he posed with them after the inductions ended.

Jim Bristol ’73 heads up the Hall of Fame committee and he always enjoys watching the mini-reunions between coaches and players that take place. The highlight, he says, are the speeches.

The speeches are heartfelt, family-centric, often emotional and always thankful to Saint Viator High School,” Bristol says, “for the many friendships, great memories and positive impact on their lives.”  

IMG_8010One of those speeches was given by former head football coach, Chris Kirkpatrick, who accepted the induction of the 2006 football team, which went 9-2 that season and were co-champions of the ESCC before bowing out in the second round of the playoffs.

“That was a special team,” Kirkpatrick said. “They played for something larger than themselves. They played for one another and for the school. They wanted to represent their school well.”

The team produced several college players, among them was Br. Peter Lamick, CSV, ’07, who played at Benedictine University and was on hand for the induction. Another Viatorian, Fr. Dan Hall, CSV, was among the coaching ranks.

The other team induction that took place was the 2004 girls’ soccer team, which posted a 19-4-3 season and the ESCC conference championship, en route to winning the IHSA regional and sectional titles. The team also produced several Division I college players, including Elise Weber Addis ’05, who started her college career at Wisconsin before transferring to the University of Notre Dame, where she was a second-team Academic All-American and was selected in the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer Draft. Elise was inducted Saturday as an individual.

IMG_7974Lou Capizzi ’99 was inducted for his achievements in football and baseball, including serving as captain of the 1998 football team that was champion of the Catholic Metropolitan Conference, as well as captain of the baseball team. He went on to have a successful football career at Butler University.

Frank Cirone ’02 was the only three-sport athlete to be inducted. He was a three-year starter in football, a two-year starter in hockey and three-year starter in baseball. Frank went on to play baseball at Villanova University.

Jeff Glass ’84 was a four-year varsity tennis player, earning ESCC champion honors in 1981 at second singles and in 1983 and 1984 as first singles. He also was a state qualifier for three years and in 1984 was the IHSA singles champion.

Brian Hare ’02 was a standout in football and basketball. On the gridiron, he played both wide receiver and was a cornerback on defense. His senior year, Brian helped the team become the Catholic Metro Conference championship. In basketball, he won multiple awards for his scoring ability. In fact, during a game against Prospect High School during his senior year he was named Daily Herald player of the week for scoring 42 points.

IMG_7970Jack Halpin was the only coach to be inducted on Saturday. As the varsity boys’ golf coach, he has guided his teams to 11 ESCC conference championships, as well three state championships and three individual state champions. He has been named ESCC golf coach of the year multiple times and he was named IHSA boys’ golf coach of the year for the 2007-2008 school year.

Dan and JoAnn Murphy received the Robert C. Artman Award as “Sportspeople of the Year.” The couple was unable to attend the ceremony but they have been constant supporters since their son, Dan, ’04, began his freshman year in 2000. Beyond their interest in promoting student-athletes, both have served on Saint Viator’s board of trustees, and on the steering committees for the Night of the Lion and Million Dollar Classic events. The Murphy Wellness Center was named in their honor in 2005.

Bristol always finds the evening to be a powerful one.

“It is a celebration of talent, effort and teamwork,” he says, “and great memories.”

View more photos from the 2017 Saint Viator/Sacred Heart of Mary Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. 

Junior Achieves Perfect ACT Score

190162Junior Thomas Constertina, son of James and Cyndi Constertina, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2016, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take the optional ACT writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

In a letter to the student recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of the multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

Summer Work Study & Internship Experience: Stefano & Guidant Wealth Advisors

IMG_5067 (1)Guidant Wealth Advisors offers financial planning services including wealth and investment management, advanced retirement planning, risk analysis, tax planning, estate planning and survivorship programs.

Founder and President Frank Patzke ’67, father of Steve ’10 and Kevin ’12, and Managing Partner/Client Engagement Director Dave Hogaboom, parent of Tim ’11, Emma ’13, Erin ’16 and Maura ’19 are committed to building a strong relationship with Saint Viator High School.

Over the summer, sophomore Stefano L. participated in the Summer Work Study & Internship Program at Guidant Wealth Advisors. Dave Hogaboom spoke very highly of Stefano’s maturity.

“He came in every morning shook your hand and was very respectful and independent at such a young age. We anticipated that our summer employee would be a skilled individual, but we were particularly surprised at how quickly and accurately he accomplished tasks,” he said.

image002“It was a great learning experience for us to realize that participants really come prepared to work and attack projects with intelligence and enthusiasm. It fell to us to be creative and thoughtful in utilizing the talent he brought so that we could maximize the benefit from having him with us.”

Currently, Stefano’s goal is to study law upon graduation in 2020. Though he interned with a financial institution, he felt this experience prepared him for a professional career in whatever field he ultimately decides to go into.

Saint Viator’s Summer Work Study & Internship Program offers students the opportunity to work at one of our partner businesses and earn real-world work experience in exchange for $3,000 toward their tuition.

For more information on Saint Viator’s Summer Work Study & Internship Program, contact Kirsten Nozime.

**Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Guidant Wealth Advisors, a registered investment advisor and separate entity from LPL Financial**

Feeding the Hungry, One Sandwich at a Time

NM3This month in religion classes, students are learning about teens experiencing homelessness. Statistics report that about 25,000 youth in Illinois experience homelessness each year and nearly 10,000 in Chicago.

At the first all-school Mass this month, the Saint Viator community prayed for these teens experiencing homelessness and a collection was taken up to support a Chicago agency that reaches out to them: The Night Ministry.

Taking it one step further, students were invited to serve The Night Ministry though packing sack lunches and bringing these lunches to teens experiencing homelessness in Chicago. In all, they prepared 150 lunches and some students went on to join campus ministers on a service outing to provide street outreach to teens struggling with poverty and homelessness that night.

NM1It’s all part of a new model for the monthly Loaves & Fishes collection, organized by Campus Ministry, says Ms. Emily Egan, one of the campus ministers.

“We are now inviting the school community to give on a monthly basis within the context of education, service, and prayer,” Ms. Egan says. “Campus Ministry will continue this same model moving forward on a monthly basis.”

At nearly the same time, the faculty members are doing the same thing, making sandwiches. Led by Fr. Dan Lydon, CSV, and Mrs. Rita King, faculty members picked up where they left off last year by packing lunches once a month for Catholic Charities Northwest, located in Des Plaines.

It was the first service project of the year for faculty members and they packed about 80 lunches which were intended for clients that attended the soup kitchen at Catholic Charities that very evening.

“As they leave, each client receives a lunch to take home for tomorrow,” Mrs. King says. “My favorite part of the day was when students came over to see what we were doing and decided to join in!”


Querbes Scholars Soak Up Chicago Architecture on Cruise

querbesboatAn architectural cruise along the Chicago River drew all four levels of the Querbes Scholars program to see the city’s skyline from a whole new perspective: on the water.

“The city looks so different when you’re on the water,” said Patrick Burns ’21. “You can really see how the buildings are connected.”

Ritarose Battin ’19, added: “I thought I knew the city so well, but I had never seen it from this view.”

Students and faculty members traveled by bus to Navy Pier, where they boarded a boat operated by Shoreline Cruises and managed by alumni parent, Larry Van der Bosch.

querbes3Their tour guide pointed out historical and architectural landmarks throughout Chicago. Students heard the story of the Great Fire of 1871, which ultimately led to the rebuilding of the city and eventually establishing Chicago as home of the skyscraper.

During the 75-minute tour, students also learned the history behind some of the city’s most prominent buildings, including those designed by famous architects like Helmut Jahn, Mies van der Rohe, and the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

“It was fascinating to learn about the different designs of the buildings and how they reflect the many time periods of Chicago,” said Sara Hankinson ’19.

querbesboat2Freshman Keely McClellan added that she especially enjoyed learning more about the Great Chicago Fire.

“I was intrigued with the story about the Chicago fire and the rebuilding of the city,” Keely said. “It was great to see where it actually took place.”

The cruise was the first trip of the year for these Querbes Scholars. As part of the academic and enrichment program, scholars leave Saint Viator at least one time each semester for extended learning outside the classroom walls.

These trips, combined with invited speakers and challenging coursework fulfill the program’s mission, which is to foster personal growth, intellectual independence and faith enrichment.

Services for Coach Joe Ryback

Dear Lions,

2012 baseball regionalI am sad to report the death of Saint Viator Head Sophomore and Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach Joe Ryback, who passed away unexpectedly last weekend. Coach Ryback served as an Assistant Freshman Football coach in 2010 and 2011. He played an important role in the Saint Viator Baseball program since 2011.  Please keep the Ryback family in your prayers.

ryback stateMemorial visitation will be held on Friday, September 22 from 3-9 pm at Glueckert Funeral Home, 1520 North Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights.  A funeral Mass will be offered at 10:00 am, Saturday, September 23 in Cahill Gymnasium. For additional information, please contact Glueckert Funeral Home.

 May Joe rest in peace, bathed in Divine Light.

Thank you for your prayers.


Brian Liedlich

National Merit Semifinalists Announced

Clockwise: Thomas Stanila, Jeremy Yoder, Nicole M, Joyce, Matt

Clockwise: Thomas Stanila, Jeremy Yoder, Nicole Marcinkus, Kevin Joyce, and Matthew Zawilenski.

Saint Viator High School learned Wednesday that five seniors had been named semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Program. That’s the most Saint Viator has had since 2014, when they also had five semi-finalists.

Seniors Kevin Joyce, Nicole Marcinkus, Thomas Stanila, Jeremy Yoder and Matthew Zawilenski joined this elite group based on their preliminary SAT scores taken when they were juniors, in 2015.


They emerged from a pool of 1.6 million juniors from 22,000 high schools who took the PSAT that year, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

Officials with the National Merit Scholarship Program said this year’s semi-finalist pool represents the highest scoring entrants in each state or less than one percent of high school seniors.

“These five students represent academic leadership in our school but also in music and theater and athletics,” says Principal Karen Love. “They are well-rounded representatives of a Saint Viator education that promotes excellence in all that they do.”

These students now will have a chance to advance to the finalist level, and continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

National Merit Scholarship officials say 90 percent of semifinalists advance to become finalists. They must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

Last year, Saint Viator’s three national merit semifinalists all were named finalists and each won a merit scholarship. Zac Jones went on to attend Yale University, while Grace Nessen-Gilligan went to Fordham University and Katilyn Solarz attends the University of Notre Dame.

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