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Month: July 2015

Carmel Catholic and Saint Viator to face off in Alumni Food Fight

Food Fight FinalLongtime rivals Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein and Saint Viator High School will vie for the title of Food Fight Champion 2015 as the schools compete against one another on Saturday, July 25 to fight world hunger.

Alumni from each institution, along with their family and friends, will use their friendly rivalry to see which school can pack the most meals over a two-hour period at the Feed My Starving Children facility in Libertyville.

“Service is such a big part of the Carmel Catholic and Saint Viator communities; this event allows our alumni to reconnect to their roots, while building some camaraderie with our friendly rivals as one faith-filled community making an impact on world hunger,” Ken Kordick, director of alumni relations at Carmel Catholic, said.

Feed My Starving Children relies on volunteers to assist with hand-packing meals specially formulated for malnourished children. The meals are sent to partners around the world where they are used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs, all with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty. Throughout its nearly three decade history, Feed My Starving Children has reached more than 70 countries.

Both schools are familiar with the mission of Feed My Starving Children. For the past three years, Carmel Catholic’s Social Justice Club has had great success sponsoring a volunteer event at Feed My Starving Children, filling more than 140 worker slots each year. Carmel Catholic currently holds the record for most boxes packed in a 90-minute period at the Libertyville location.

Saint Viator also volunteers at Feed My Starving Children regularly as part of their family service days and faculty retreat outings.

Last year, we partnered with the Ramblers of Loyola Academy, and together we packed over 57,000 meals.  This year, we carry on our tradition of fighting world hunger by partnering with yet another Catholic community that is committed to the same fight,” Chris Wells, director of alumni relations at Saint Viator, said.



Students Immersed in Career-Oriented Leadership Conference at Northwestern

Five Saint Viator students participated in the National Student Leadership Conference this summer, where three were led, in part, by another Saint Viator graduate.

Ludovica Garro ’17, Matthew Gryzlo ’16, Paulina Piwowarczyk ’17, Alex Scheidecker ’16,  and Kaitlyn Solarz ’17 all attended the interactive conference, which has been offering leadership and academic opportunities to high achieving students, for more than 25 years.1800398_10153794315805621_587151271_n

Also involved in the conference was Paul Lewis, a 2014 Saint Viator High School graduate who currently is in his junior year at Harvard University. He served as an assistant team advisor for students following the medicine and health care track at the same conference session Gryzlo, Piwowarczyk and Solarz attended at Northwestern University.

“These sessions are career-oriented,” Paul said, “and help students explore the possibilities of their goals and dreams for the future.”

Saint Viator students followed three different tracks at the conference. Gryzlo participated in the engineering program, where he was involved in a hands-on project of building an above-water and underwater robot that could retrieve items.

Matthew Gryzlo '16

Matthew Gryzlo ’16

Paulina Piwowarczyk '17

Paulina Piwowarczyk ’17

Kaitlyn Solarz '17

Kaitlyn Solarz ’17

While Scheidecker attended the program at Harvard Medical School and Piwowarczyk at Northwestern, they both attended the medicine and health care sessions. As part of the program, they dissected parts of animals, watched a live heart surgery and engaged in clinical diagnostic situations. Piwowarczyk also heard from a

Alex Scheidecker '16

Alex Scheidecker ’16


Ludovica Garro ’17

surgeon about medical ethics and learned more about medical school admissions from a counselor at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Garro will attend the same program at Northwestern in August.

Solarz participated in the business and entrepreneurship program, where she examined case studies of successful Chicago start-ups, developed her own product and presented a strategy for its success, sat in on a management team simulation, and just learned what it takes to build and grow a business.

Paul Lewis '14

Paul Lewis ’14

“The conference gives students an opportunity to break out of their comfort zone,” Paul added. “They stayed on a college campus and experienced dorm life for 10 days.

“They had to wear professional attire for many of the activities, he adds, “and they met students from around the country and around the world with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.”

In his mind, it affirms what it means to be a Lion for Life.

“They all made an investment in their futures,” Paul said. “Now, they can take the information they learned, find an application for it and produce a transformation in themselves, in others and in the world.”




Saint Viator Lacrosse Team Invited to National High School Lacrosse Showcase Tournament

Saint Viator’s boys lacrosse team is going places.

They leftSVHS_235 Thursday to take part in the National High School Lacrosse Showcase in Baltimore, where they will have the chance to play against high ranked high school teams — and before college coaches from around the country.

“We will be playing against some of the most successful — storied — lacrosse programs in the country,” Coach Bill Sanford said. Sanford led the team to a conference title in the East Suburban Catholic Conference, as well as fourth place at state in May.

Saint Viator is one of only three teams from Illinois to be invited to the showcase. In all, 54 teams are gathering in Baltimore, representing 17 states, Washington D.C. and Canada.

“This is a big step for our program’s development,” Sanford said. “It’s similar to the trip we took over spring break to California, as well as the all-Catholic tournament we played in from 2011 to 2013, but this tournament is on a much bigger platform.”

Earlier this spring, Saint Viator’s lacrosse team drew attention for its efforts off the field. In May, the team was inducted into the Sports Faith Hall of Fame, led by Patrick McCaskey, president of its advisory board and senior director of special projects for the Chicago Bears.

Organization leaders pointed to the team’s support of 9-year old Dylan Full, inducting him last year as their youngest team member, and including him whenever possible, as he recovers from a brain tumor.

Dylan will not be with the team in Baltimore, but 23 players will be on the roster, including nine seniors, four juniors and 10 sophomores. Their schedule includes games against Gilman (MD), Highland Park (TX), La Salle College High School (Philadelphia) and Canandaigua (NY), and that’s just in pool play.

This is the third year of the lacrosse showcase tournament. Coaches from prominent Baltimore high schools developed the event, and annually it draws close to 70 college coaches from across the country and from all NCAA playing levels.

“Many of our players are interested in playing collegiate lacrosse,” Sanford added, “so this is a great platform for them to be evaluated at the same time and in a unique setting.”



Saint Viator Sophomore Among Top 20 in Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent

Vote for sophomore Laura Kuper (second from right) in the Suburban Chicago's Got Talent contest.

Vote for sophomore Laura Kuper (second from right) in the Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent contest.

Saint Viator sophomore Laura Kuper turned heads last spring as one of four narrators on stage—and the only freshman narrator—in the musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

“I’m just feeding off of their energy and trying as a narrator to get the audience involved with the story,” Laura said at the time.

Turns out she has energy and talent of her own. Laura was one of the top 20 finalists (drawn from an initial pool of 70 from closed auditions) in the Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent contest going on this month at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg. The finalists were announced Monday in the Daily Herald.

At Sunday’s first round performance of the top finalists, Laura sang David Guetta’s haunting ballad, Titanium, while also playing piano.

Online voting began Tuesday for the Fan Favorite prize, and runs until noon on Thursday, July 9. A video of Laura’s performance from Sunday’s show can be found at:

The act with the most votes after the first round of Fan Favorite voting will be guaranteed a spot in the Top 15 round of competition. The contestant with the most cumulative votes after three rounds of online voting following the Top 20, Top 15 and Top 10 rounds will win the Fan Favorite prize of a Funjet vacation for two.

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