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Month: August 2016 (Page 2 of 2)


Querbes Scholars Return to Oshkosh

IMG_3124For the sixth straight year, Saint Viator Querbes Scholars enjoyed a trip to the air show in Oshkosh, Wisc., run by the Experimental Aircraft Association. The unique trip provided them an opportunity for hands-on service and to get a bird’s eye view of some of its most historic planes.

Mrs. Cate Majka and Mrs. Jan Grana, both Saint Viator physics teachers, accompanied ten Querbes Scholars—nine sophomores and one junior—to the annual fly-in convention, which draws an average of 500,000 people each July and 10,000 airplanes.

In staying with tradition, the Saint Viator students spent the morning volunteering at the KidVenture area, which is set up in three hangars and offers hands-on activities and learning opportunities to young, aspiring pilots.


Since the students were immersed in aircraft engineering—and teaching it to youngsters—they had the chance to accrue service hours toward Saint Viator’s new STEM designation, which debuts this year.

“When I got to Oshkosh, I thought my volunteering would be to teach kids about airplanes,” said sophomore Patti Miller, “but I ended up learning so much myself and had a ton of fun doing it.”

Her classmate, Marcus Lannie agreed, describing the day as a “stellar experience, jammed with knowledgeable people involved in all aspects of aviation.”

“This experience has enriched my understanding of aerospace engineering,” Marcus said, “and its technologies and has deepened my love for flying.”


Students spent the afternoon touring some of the air show’s exhibits, including seeing the War Birds, vintage planes, home builts and light sport planes, along with touring the buildings and various workshops.

They capped their day by watching the air show itself, which showcased F-16 flights and the Canadian Snow Birds, which is the Royal Canadian Air Force’s demonstration squadron.

Mrs. Majka’s husband, Dan, provided the scholars with their credentials. Dan serves on the EAA board of directors and he chairs the KidVenture booths.

“It was a long but fun, educational and rewarding day,” Mrs. Majka said. “I really enjoyed watching my students learn how to rivet so they could teach younger kids. It was great to see how excited they were about their volunteering experience and how much fun they had learning about aviation.”

Service & Song 2016

Christian Service Trip Moves Saint Viator Students to Act

Christian Service Trip Photos (1)Saint Viator students returned last month from the school’s first weeklong Christian Service trip, and by their own accounts, they returned from the experience changed.

Led by Mr. Bart Hisgen, Christian service and outreach director, a total of five students, one alumna and a parent traveled to Riverview Gardens in Appleton, Wisc. Its mission is to provide job training for marginalized people in the community through a variety of initiatives, including a thriving organic gardening project.

Their motto sums it up succinctly: “72 acres with a mission.”

Jason Dionne, director of the farm, welcomed the Saint Viator group with a smile.

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“Riverview Gardens is a place that restores dignity to refugees, gives marketable skills to folks living on the street, and provides a second chance to young people who made mistakes,” Dionne said.

Throughout the week, Saint Viator students prepared garden beds, planted, watered, and harvested vegetables, and spent time getting to know new people.

“Being outside and working makes me happy,” reflected junior Maeve Schumacher. “I’m happy to be alive and happy to be surrounded by people who are changing the world.”

This service opportunity was organized by the nationally-recognized Center for Ministry Development, and it brought Saint Viator students together with 60 youth from six Midwestern parishes. Participants began each day in communal prayer and ended with small group conversation, prayer, and Mass.
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Fr. Ron Wearsch, accompanied his group from his parish in Avon Lake, Ohio, and he said one of the Masses.

“God’s justice and righteousness reaches us the moment we leave our comfort zones and serve others, care about God’s creation, and respond in trust,” Fr. Wearsch said in challenging the young people. “We are here to say, ‘yes.’ ”

The program’s closing session invited participants to reflect on how their experiences allowed them to receive blessings from other people and be a blessing to others.

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“At first, I was really nervous about meeting all of you, singing, and praying,” said Saint Viator junior Sarwan Moghamis. “But I learned to trust you because you showed me that you cared and I learned to trust myself. I consider you my family.”

Saint Viator sophomore Joanna Nagle wished the week would never end.

“This week made my faith come alive and I want that to keep going,” she said on the drive home. “Can we turn the van around and keep serving?”


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