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Month: February 2019

Math Team Wins Big at ICTM Contest

Congratulations to our Math Team for the following wins at The Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Contest last weekend:

Teams:
Geometry Team: 1st Place
Algebra 2 Team: 2nd Place
Junior/Senior 8-Person Team: 2nd Place
Calculator Team: 1st Place
Junior/Senior 2-Person Team: 1st Place
Oral Team: 1st Place

Individuals:
Alice Cao ’20: 1st Place in Geometry
May Liu ’21: 2nd Place in Geometry
Eric Ryu ’20: 1st Place in Algebra 2
Marcus Lannie ’19: 1st Place in Precalculus

The Viatorian Community Mourns the Loss of Br. Dale A. Barth, C.S.V.

Br Dale BarthWith regret and sadness, we wish to inform you of the death of Br. Dale A. Barth, C.S.V.  Br. Barth died at Northwest Community Hospital on February 21, 2019, in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  He was 75.
Br. Barth pronounced first vows on September 8, 1963, in Arlington Heights and was ordained a Permanent Deacon on September 13, 2003, by Bishop Joseph Imesch in Joliet, Illinois.
For 23 years he was assigned to Saint Viator High School, where he served as Director of Maintenance (1967-90). From 1990-98, he worked in the Provincial Treasurer’s Office at the Viatorian Province Center, Arlington Heights and from 1996-99, he was assigned as Business Manager at St. Viator Parish, Las Vegas. He served as Pastoral Minister at Maternity BVM Parish, Bourbonnais, Illinois, from 2000-03. He was then assigned as Assistant to the Novice Director at St. Patrick Parish in Kankakee, Illinois. He served as Pastoral Associate at St. Viator Parish in Chicago (2005-2008) before retiring to the Viatorian Province Center retirement residence in 2008.
His parents preceded him in death, along with his brother Jack Barth and his sisters Gail Barth and Cynthia (Barth) Montgomery. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Marilyn Barth, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Br. Barth will be held at Lauterburg-Oehler Funeral Home 2000 E. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights, Illinois, on Tuesday, February 26, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on February 27, 2019, 11:00 a.m., at Our Lady of the Wayside Parish, 434 W. Park St., Arlington Heights, Illinois. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. Please remember Br. Barth in your Masses and prayers.

Saint Viator’s Band Takes First in Class at State of the Art Catholic Band Competition

bandSaint Viator’s Symphonic Band has a long tradition of doing well at the annual State of the Art Catholic Band Festival, but this year, they nailed it.

This year’s festival drew nearly 20 Catholic high schools across Chicago and the suburbs to converge on Brother Rice High School for the 37th annual contest. When it was all said and done, Saint Viator placed 1st in Class AA and also earned “best brass” and “best woodwinds.”

Saint Viator’s band members also won the coveted “Jim Moore Esprit de Corps Award” — named for one of the founders of the contest and its longtime emcee — for their enthusiasm, professionalism and overall contribution to the contest.

At the end of the day, Saint Viator’s score for the day landed the band in 3rd place out of 18 overall, and ahead of one of the AAA bands.

In finishing in first place in class AA, Saint Viator set the bar for the other schools in the class, including St. Ignatius, Brother Rice, and Mother McAuley, Fenwick, Nazareth, Notre Dame/Resurrection, Providence Catholic, Marmion/Rosary and St. Rita.

“I am so proud of these students for their hard work,” said Mr. Vince Genualdi, director of bands. “Our program is about enjoying the journey to the performance and these kids rose to the challenge and had a phenomenal performance as a result of that.”

Members of the Knights of Columbus launched State of the Art in 1982 and they continue to be on hand to present trophies. They created the festival as a way to showcase band programs in Catholic schools — and encourage music education. Over the years, the festival has become quite competitive, with Marian Catholic, a nationally ranked band program, setting the bar for excellence.

Typically, the festival draws bands from Notre Dame, Resurrection, Nazareth, Fenwick, St. Patrick’s, Mount Carmel, De LaSalle, Brother Rice, Mother McAuley, St. Laurence and Queen of Peace high schools, as well as Bishop Noll Institute from Hammond, IN.

 

It’s Official: Another Perfect ACT Score

Fecko_Daniel PAsk Daniel Fecko ’20 what his favorite class is, and he has to think about it. And why not? He enjoys all of them, he says and, it turns out, he’s good in all of them, too.

Late last fall, Daniel joined an elite group. He learned in November that he had earned a perfect score on the ACT. He is the fourth Saint Viator student over the past year to have aced the test. Thomas Constertina ’19, Maura Hogaboom ’19 and Caroline Lavendar ’19 all earned perfect scores last year and now are contemplating their college choices for the fall.

“I was pretty sure I did well on it when I came out,” Daniel says with a smile. “It’s been a big goal of mine for a while. I started preparing over the summer and took a practice test almost every week.”

Academic challenges come naturally to this high achieving junior. He competes on Saint Viator’s math team, as well as the academic team, where he has earned individual medals in math and English.

Daniel also enjoys the fine arts. Last fall, he and Lavendar were selected to represent Saint Viator at the highly competitive Illinois Music Education Association District 7 Music Festival. When he’s not singing in the choir, Daniel plays trumpet in the band and is an active member of the Campus Ministry team.

In this weekend’s musical, the Wizard of Oz, Daniel is a featured dancer. And to round it all out, he plays soccer in the fall and volleyball in the spring.

“I know,” he says with a laugh. “It’s a lot to manage, but I like to push myself.”

Daniel credits his rigorous course work at Saint Viator, and at St. Colette Catholic School in Rolling Meadows, with giving him the tools he needed to excel on the test.

“Mr. Paolelli’s grammar unit helped a lot,” Daniel said. “And so did my seventh grade English class. I still remember all of that.”

Daniel is the third of four children of Mike and Lucy Fecko. While his older siblings, Sara ’13 and Matthew ’17 are pursuing the fine arts in college and graduate school, and younger sister, Margaret, will be a freshman in the fall, Daniel thinks he may like to explore engineering.

“I’m not sure,” he says with a laugh. “I’m interested in so many things.”

 

Saint Viator Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Reach New Heights

BB7F2256-4C7F-479E-9B33-0988236DA61BBoth the boys and girls basketball teams are having a great winning season. The boys basketball team battled for first place in the ESCC on Feb. 15, a game that was also televised on the UTOO network as the game of the week. The Saint Viator community of current and future students, alumni, parents, grandparents and friends packed the gym to witness a decisive victory over Marian Catholic, ranked #7.

This win comes after the boys team received the #1 seed in the Grayslake Central Sectional. Next, the boys will play for the Conference Championship on Feb. 20, and Saint Viator will be hosting the Regional Championship during the week of Feb. 25.

Saint Viator High School also hosted the girls 3A Regional, in which the girls basketball team won their fourth consecutive regional title. The girls team now moves on to play in the Carmel Sectional Semi-final on Monday, February 18, at 6:00 p.m. vs. #4 seed Johnsburg.

If the girls win against Johnsburg, they will play the winner of #5 seed Carmel vs. #2 seed Marengo on Thursday, Feb. 21, for the Sectional Championship. Athletic Director Jason Kuffel attributes recent successes to the dedication of both the coaching staff to their students, and the student athletes to their craft.

“This is a great time in Saint Viator Athletics,” said Kuffel. “This is the first time in school history that both our boys and girls basketball teams have been awarded the #1 overall seed in their respective sectional in the same year.”

Cole Kmet ’17: From ND to Cooperstown

Cole Kmet '18.

Cole Kmet ’17.

Cole Kmet ’17 holds a rare distinction among student-athletes at the University of Notre Dame. Not only is he a dual-sport athlete, but he is the first dual-sport athlete to have been the starting pitcher in a baseball game since 2010.

That uniqueness was not lost on officials during last season’s Shamrock Series football game, played at Yankee Stadium, when the Fighting Irish faced the Orange from Syracuse. Turns out Kmet was the only player who also plays baseball to appear in the game.

For the record, he caught one 17-yard pass during the game and came in multiple times on special teams and as a blocking tight end.

Sports writers found it ironic that this left-handed pitcher was wearing pinstripes at Yankee Stadium, to play football.

Now, that moment will live on in history. Last month, officials with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Coopersburg announced they had requested and received Kmet’s helmet be added to their collection.

Photo courtesy of Katie Meyers/Fighting Irish Media.

Photo courtesy of Katie Meyers/Fighting Irish Media.

It is the only football helmet to be acquired by the Hall of Fame, though there are other pieces of football history preserved in Cooperstown, officials said.

Jon Shestakofsky, vice president of communications & education at the museum said that while the majority of their collection comes from the baseball diamond, they also collect other pieces that tell the story of baseball’s connections off the field.

“We were particularly interested in collecting the helmet used by Cole,” Shestakofsky said, “a two-sport athlete who also stars on Notre Dame’s baseball team, as he clearly has a love for baseball.”

The acquisition had to be approved by the NCAA compliance department, and Kmet, himself, but that was an easy call.

“It’s obviously very cool and a tremendous honor to have something of mine in the Baseball Hall of Fame,” Kmet said. “It’s cool to know that when I go there someday I can see my helmet in the hall.”

He also liked the uniqueness of the acquisition.

“How cool to have a piece of football memorabilia make its way all the way to the Baseball Hall of fame,” Kmet added.

Kmet learned of the honor in late December, during a football practice in preparation for the team’s Cotton Bowl appearance as part of college football’s Bowl Championship Series semi-finals.

“We were able to have our head baseball coach, Mik Aoki, come out to a football practice to surprise Cole that the Hall of Fame wanted his helmet,” said Michael Scholl, assistant director of athletics communications. “So that was a special moment and made it even more unique.”

No doubt, Kmet and his family will make a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. After all, they are a baseball family, with Casey Kmet ‘19 committing to play baseball this fall at Notre Dame, and learning this month that he is a pre-season All-American.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Wizard of Oz

SVHS-151Senior Kiana Resch loves playing the role of the Wicked Witch of the West in the “Wizard of Oz,” but it’s not as easy as it looks. She has spent months perfecting the witch’s evil laugh, which comes after her famous line, “I’ll get you, my pretty — and your little dog, too!”

Kiana shares the role with Claire Capra ’22, and they both are enjoying bringing to life one of the show’s most iconic characters.

SVHS-167“It’s just super fun to transform yourself into someone else, if only for a little while,” Kiana says. “But she’s not just sassy and mean, she has some funny lines, too.”

Look for all of that fun and energy to come bursting off the stage, as the show opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. Shows continue at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, as well as at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9, and at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

In all, some 120 students are involved in the cast, with more than 20 working behind the scenes in tech and stage crews, as well as those in the orchestra and another 50 serving as ushers.

SVHS-182Sophomore Sophie Limberakis shares the role of Dorothy with Maggie VanValkenberg ’19, and both auditioned by singing the show’s most memorable song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

“It’s magical,” Sophie says. “I don’t know if I’ll ever land another role as good as this one.”

Senior Will Walberg says he knew he wanted the role of the Cowardly Lion as soon as he auditioned. He now shares the role with Daniel Ornelas ’20.

“It’s his voice I’m trying to capture,” Will says. “I’m great with accents, but I’m trying to be loveable and terrified and brave, all in the same character.”

Will and Daniel wear custom made lion costumes that are so heavy and warm, they will be wearing a vest with ice packs underneath, just to stay cool.

SVHS-101Mrs. Kate Costello, who is directing and producing the show, says she selected the musical for its wide array of wacky characters available to students. Even then, she created new roles to give more students a chance to perform in the show’s big ensemble numbers, including dancing poppies, snowflakes and even ghosts to accommodate more students.

“One of the themes of the story — which applies especially to our young actors — is the importance of recognizing our own inner strengths,” Mrs. Costello says. “I enjoy the irony that none of the characters realize they already possess the qualities for which they are seeking a magical solution. The Scarecrow already is the smartest; the Tinman already is the most loving and tender; the Cowardly Lion already has the courage to lead the rescue.

“Participation in the Saint Viator musical brings out the inner strengths — and hidden talents — in many of our students, and our adults too,” she adds. “We grow stronger and more confident when we work together to create this theater family, not over the rainbow, but right here, on the Joann Calzaretta stage.”

 

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