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Tyler Haisman Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Haisman_TylerJunior Tyler Haisman has attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest possible achievement for a member of the Boy Scouts of America. The award was presented by members of BSA Troop 166 at a Court of Honor, held on September 8, at Saint Viator.

For his Eagle Project, Haisman chose to build a Veterans Memorial Plaza located outside of the school near two athletic fields. His project consisted of installing brick pavers and a memorial plaque around three existing flagpoles. The three flags that fly there are the U.S. flag, the State of Illinois flag and the Saint Viator flag.

It is important to note that the three existing flagpoles are the result of another Troop 166 Eagle Scout Project completed by Matt Beiersdorf in August of 2016. Beiersdorf saw the need for the flags to be properly represented at school sporting events.

Haisman, who served as a volunteer worker on Beiersdorf’s project, came up with the idea to expand up on the area and make it a designated Veteran’s Memorial Plaza. He coordinated with Landscape Construction Corporation (LCC) to complete the project. LCC generously donated the materials and some of the labor for the project. Haisman then ordered a bronze plaque that says, “Dedicated to the men and women who served in the Armed Forces.”

Haisman said he feels it is important to honor Veterans because they give so much to our country. His family has a history of military service, and so the sacrifice is real. “I really wanted to give the Saint Viator Community a central location to honor and celebrate those who have served our country,” he said.

As Haisman was installing the bronze plaque at the site, a man, who is a father of a Saint Viator student and 23-year military veteran, thanked him for installing the plaza honoring veterans. Haisman hopes many more veterans will feel respected and appreciated as they visit the site.

Upon being awarded the Eagle Scout rank, Haisman has successfully earned 33 merit badges, inducted into the Order of the Arrow, and participated in countless weekend camping trips, including a high-adventure trip to North Manatou Island in Michigan.

Haisman is an active member of St. James Parish in Arlington Heights. He is considering a career in engineering or aviation.

Less than four percent of Scouts attain the rank of Eagle, and those who do are expected to set an example for other Scouts and to become the leaders in life that they have demonstrated themselves to be in Scouting.

National Merit Commended Scholars Announced

Megan Bosshart

Megan Bosshart

Five more Saint Viator High School seniors received good news this month from the National Merit Corporation. Michal Bohuslaw-Podhorecki, Megan Bosshart, Andrew Bremner, David Hegberg, and Benjamin Hurtado, all learned they were named commended scholars in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Andrew Bremner

Andrew Bremner

As National Merit commended scholars, they placed among the top scorers of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition when they took the PSAT as sophomores in 2018 or the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

David Hegberg

David Hegberg

“Our National Merit Scholarship commended students have demonstrated remarkable academic potential and we are proud of their accomplishments,” says Principal Karen Love. “Their futures are very bright with a strong foundation of a Saint Viator education.”

Benjamin Hurtado

Benjamin Hurtado

While commended scholars do not qualify to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, they bring this added distinction to their college applications.

“We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities,” a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Program said, “and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic excellence.”

Michal Podhorecki

Michal Podhorecki

National Merit Semifinalists Announced

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Daniel Fecko ’20

Saint Viator High School learned Wednesday that two seniors had been named semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Seniors Daniel Fecko and He Bai joined this elite group based on their preliminary SAT scores taken when they were juniors.

They emerged from a pool of 1.5 million juniors from 21,000 high schools who took the PSAT that year, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

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He Bai ’20

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 students now will have a chance to advance to the finalist level, and continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 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.

Cross Country Invitational Draws Record Number of Teams

19513-403Saint Viator High School’s cross-country invitational, designed to give young runners a jumpstart on their season, continues to grow.

Now in its fourth year, this year’s invite drew its most teams ever, 19, and more than 450 runners. They ranged in age from fourth through eighth grade, but kindergartners also got in the fun, running the 50-yard dash as well as first through third graders running a 200-meter race.

19513-203Teams included: Frassati Academy in Wauconda, Holy Family Academy in Inverness, Immanuel Lutheran, St. Thomas of Villanova and St. Theresa, all in Palatine; Our Lady of the Wayside and St. James in Arlington Heights; St. Alphonsus in Prospect Heights, St. Benedict Preparatory School, St. Juliana and Queen of All Saints, all in Chicago; St. Raymond and St. Emily in Mount Prospect; St. Francis de Sales in Lake Zurich, St. Gilbert in Grayslake, St. Hubert in Hoffman Estates, St. Mary in Buffalo Grove, St. Patrick in Wadsworth, and St. Paul of the Cross in Park Ridge.

“It’s one of the only high school invitationals that we know about,” says Christine Bremner, race director and enrollment director at Saint Viator. “We think that’s the reason we get schools from a wide geographic area.”

19513-189She adds that young runners get to compete against schools outside their conference, and see Saint Viator’s expansive campus. Members of Saint Viator’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams helped run the event and led the younger runners through their courses.

Junior varsity boys and girls ran a one-mile course, while varsity runners ran a two-mile course. All racers were clocked by a professional timing company, It’s Race Time, Inc., and were able see their results online.

19513-324“It is such a great feeling watching those kids cross the finish line,” Bremner adds. “I love seeing those exhausted, determined, proud, happy faces crossing the finish line. What a great way to build confidence and self-esteem for the new school year.”

In all, 100 individual awards were handed out, with the top 25 finishers among JV girls, JV boys, varsity girls and varsity boys all receiving medals. The Saint Viator traveling cup went to the top girls’ and boys’ varsity teams, or St. Benedict Prep for girls’ varsity and St. Mary in Buffalo Grove for boys’ varsity. Top placing teams in each division included:

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Girls JV

1st Place – St. Benedict Prep
2nd Place – Saint James
3rd Place – St. Mary

Boys JV

1st Place – St. Benedict Prep
2nd Place – St. Raymond
3rd Place – Our Lady of the Wayside

Girls Varsity

1st Place – St. Benedict Prep
2nd Place – St. Thomas
3rd Place – Queen of All Saints

Boys Varsity

1st Place – St. Mary
2nd Place – St. Benedict Prep
3rd Place – Queen of All Saints

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Thank you to our event sponsors, All About Kids Dentistry, DKMO Attorneys, and Castema Technology Services.

Saint Viator Athletics Implements New, Comprehensive System for Concussion Management

IMG_0007 This fall, Saint Viator Athletics is introducing a new concussion management tool called SportsBrain, which provides online education and baseline concussion testing. Not only does this new tool work to ensure concussion awareness among our student-athletes, parents, coaches, and trainers, but it also supports compliance of state laws. 

“We are really excited to bring SportsBrain to Saint Viator,” said Athletic Director Jason Kuffel. “Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive resources and tools for our student-athletes and coaches in an easy-to-use system. Together, we’ll all be working to protect the young men and women in our care, and ensure ongoing assessment, recovery, and education.”

The online service provides more than simply a baseline to assess injuries, it is a complete system for concussion evaluation and documentation. There is also a system to track an student-athlete’s progress toward a safe post-concussion return-to-play and return-to-learn. 

As it is an online system, it can be accessed from home or school, and training is provided for app use including registration, reading reports, and for those recovering from an injury, how to enter symptoms on a daily basis for ongoing monitoring. Everyone who needs to track a player’s progress can now refer to this single, centralized tool for details of an injury and steps toward recovery. 

“This will be a valuable resource for Saint Viator Athletics,” said Kuffel. “It’s all part of a bigger picture of doing everything we can to keep our students safe and healthy.”

Saint Viator Students Help Lead 10th Annual Viatorian Youth Congress

IMG_0604The Viatorian Youth Congress wrapped up Thursday and it was a milestone. This year’s congress marked its 10th anniversary, and Saint Viator High School students and alumni played key roles.

For starters, Mrs. Cathy Abrahamian, a Viatorian associate, brought a delegation of seven current students and another six alumni served as leaders. Br. John Eustice, CSV, and Br. Peter Lamick, CSV, were among the adults involved, while Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, said daily Masses, and he and Fr. Dan Hall, CSV, Provincial, made presentations to the group.

In all, 70 teen delegates and college-aged leaders convened at the Cabrini Retreat Center in Des Plaines. They represented parishes and schools in Arlington Heights, Bourbonnais, Chicago, Kankakee, Las Vegas and Bogotá, Colombia.

Jason Wilhite ’15, served as one of two coordinators, helping to guide leaders and delegates through the prayer sessions, group discussions and other activities that make up the four-day congress.

IMG_0597He attended the youth congress in 2013 and 2014, and he returned last year to address delegates about social justice. He credits his faith-based activism, in part, to his experiences at VYC. Next month, he returns to Saint Viator to serve as a campus minister.

“We hope to challenge delegates,” Jason said at the outset, “to be more engaged in their faith — and to work for a better world.”

The Viatorian Youth Congress originally was conceived to bring together teens from different schools and parishes run by Viatorians, as a way to advance the Viatorian charism.

Now in its 10th year, organizers see the benefits of its faith and leadership development. Its daily activities include keynote presentations, prayer workshops, opportunities to assist in leading liturgy, and small and large group discussions. There’s also a talent show, a Taizé prayer service and confessions.

A highlight takes place on the second day when delegates and their leaders visit the Viatorian Province Center. They break up into groups of three to interview and then present to the crowd a Viatorian associate, brother or priest.

“The VYC helps our young faith leaders realize that they are part of a worldwide family,” Fr. Corey says, “that is changing the world.”

Saint Viator Soccer Team Enjoys a European Trip of a Lifetime

Saint Viator mens and womens soccer players expanded their horizons and explored new vistas this summer. They just returned from a 3-week trip to Europe, which they describe as a ‘trip of a lifetime.’ Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity soccer players were invited to participate in this unique travel opportunity, joined by their coaches and assistant coaches. Such travel opportunities aren’t usually a part of the average high school experience, but they have a long-lasting impact.  

“This trip not only included amazing soccer competition with teams from around the world,” said Athletic Director Jason Kuffel, “but it showed these young student athletes places in the world they might not normally see. They learned about the cultures of Hungary, Spain, and France and had a fantastic experience.” 

In addition to learning about new cultures and countries, the athletes met soccer players from all over the world, navigated the trains in Europe, toured churches and castles, prayed together, tried new foods, and grew as individuals and as teammates. 

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“Saint Viator soccer players will remember this experience for the rest of their lives,” said Saint Viator parent Beth Zimmerman, “They came back from the trip connected with their teammates and coaches, and are excited for their soccer seasons to begin!” 

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Saint Viator Athletics offers similar opportunities to additional teams, helping create a well-rounded athletic experience. It’s the Viator way – Go Lions!

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Saint Viator’s Cross Country Invitational to Be Held August 17

DSC_1111The fourth annual Saint Viator Cross Country Invitational is just around the corner. On August 17, the Saint Viator Traveling Cup Trophy will be awarded, and the competition is already looking fierce. 

In past years, this event has drawn over 500 young students from 20 different partner schools in the surrounding suburbs. The participants run a course that stretches around the Saint Viator campus before returning inside the Boler Center for an awards ceremony. Each runner wears a traditional cross country bib with a number and crosses the finish line in front of friends, parents, and coaches.

Chris Bremner, director of enrollment, is hoping for another successful event this year – with even more students taking part in the competition. According to Bremner, the pre-season invite has been the driving force behind the growing popularity of this event. This year, 20 partner middle schools have already signed on, with approximately 40 students from each school competing. 

DSC_0909Participating schools include: Our Lady of the Wayside and St. James schools in Arlington Heights, St. Mary School in Buffalo Grove, St. Alphonsus School in Prospect Heights, St. Gilbert School in Grayslake, St. Hubert School in Hoffman Estates, St. Emily and St. Raymond schools in Mount Prospect, St. Thomas of Villanova, St. Theresa and Immanuel Lutheran schools in Palatine,,, St. Francis de Sales in Lake Zurich, St. Patrick in Wadsworth, Frassati Academy in Wauconda, Holy Family Academy in Inverness, St. Anne School in Barrington, St. Paul of the Cross School in Park Ridge, and Queen of All Saints. St. Juliana, and St. Benedict schools in Chicago  

Members of the Saint Viator cross country team are looking forward to helping out with this event as a way to give back to their communities and share their knowledge with the junior high runners. Two members will lead each race, carrying the Saint Viator flag, while other students will help encourage runners around the course. 

DSC_0958“We pride ourselves on running a great event that showcases these young student-athletes,” said Patrick Gaeger, assistant director of enrollment and the boys lacrosse coach. “The day is all about having fun and introducing the runners to high school cross country. It’s also a great chance for students to meet fellow athletes and coaches and learn more about Saint Viator.”

With hundreds of students and family members expected this year, sponsorship opportunities are now available for those interested in promoting a business and supporting this community event. There are several levels of sponsorship available, beginning at $100. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, go to https://www.saintviator.com/elementary-cross-country-invitational or contact Chris Bremner at (224) 625-1256 or cbremner@saintviator.com.

Service & Song Unique Among Summer Camps

Image-1A spirited game of “rock, paper, scissors” opened the 8th annual Service & Song Camp this week at Saint Viator High School, and as advertised it broke down barriers between the nearly 90 students on hand, who ranged from 6th graders through high school students.

Teens divide up into groups and spread out each afternoon to serve at social service agencies across the Northwest suburbs. Each afternoon starts with a reflection on their service and people they impact, as well as a song led by student musicians and choral members.

“Dear God, help us to serve and grow together, meet new people, make new friends and do what you want us to do,” said Matt Goss ’20, who is serving as co-emcee with Faith Kuper ’20.

DSC_0047For the first time, Br. Peter Lamick, CSV, is directing the camp. Though he has participated as an adult leader — he credits his vocation, in part, to the hands-on service experienced at the camp — this is the first year he trained its leaders and organized the camp.

“This week, we’re going to build community by responding and reaching out to people in need in a lot of different ways,” Br. Lamick said at the outset.

First timers at the camp were more than just junior high students. Athan Huelscamp ’20, told his group that this was his first year and he was excited to participate.

“I transferred here after sophomore year,” he told them, “and last year I wasn’t able to do it. I was looking for ways to get involved in more service.”

Image-1 (1)After the opening prayer, Br. Lamick asked each student to reflect on what injustice in the world bothers them the most. They then proceeded to write out those injustices on sheets of paper hanging on the back wall of Querbes Hall. Their answers ranged from hunger, homelessness and poverty, to gun violence and human trafficking.

“The most prevalent answer among all your responses was hunger,” Br. Lamick told the crowd, “and this week we will be doing many things to respond.”

Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, a former teacher and president of Saint Viator, organized the camp, in part to directly involve incoming students into service, and give current students a chance to serve as leaders.

Image-1 (2)Over the course of five afternoons, groups will sort food at area food pantries, collect canned goods in surrounding neighborhoods, make hospice blankets, do light maintenance and yard work at the homes of senior citizens, help at resource centers for the homeless and at another for victims of domestic violence, as well as work in two local gardens — including the Viatorian Community Garden — that raise fresh vegetables for hungry families.

“That’s why so many of you come back each year,” Br. Lamick said to the 90 teens assembled, “you’re living the vision — and putting faith into action.”

The Sky’s the Limit for this Lacrosse Star

sps_0110_9894433Summer is a busy time for Serafina DeMunno ’21. She had just two weeks off after her Saint Viator girls’ lacrosse team lost in sectionals on May 22, to when her summer tournament season began with her club team, True Lacrosse.

In all, Serafina figures she will only be home two days in June and probably only two in July between all of the state and national tournaments she is playing with her club team, as well as attending showcase camps and tournaments led by college coaches.

All this after she was named MVP of her team—for the second straight year—as well as East Suburban Catholic Conference player of the year, all-sectional and an all-state honorable mention.

Her stats from last season back it up: She had 108 draw controls—winning face-offs—95 goals, 37 assists, 68 ground ball controls, 3 interceptions, and 48 caused turnovers. She also led her team to a record of 14-2 in the regular season and 15-3 after the playoffs.

D6yLLIMXsAAcGiP“She is hands down one of the best athletes I have ever coached,” says Suzanne Rich, head coach of Saint Viator’s girls’ lacrosse team and a coach with DeMunno’s private club team, True Lacrosse.

“Serafina has been critical to the success of our team and she continues to lead by example,” Rich adds. “She is a team player and always puts her team first. Her goal is to play Division I lacrosse in college and I am doing everything to help her make that dream come true.”

This year, Serafina added even more accomplishments to her list, when she went out for winter and spring track seasons.

During the winter, Serafina tied the indoor record at Maine South in the 50-yard dash at 6.2. Outdoors, she was sectional champion in the 200-meters and qualified for the state finals.

“I called her the beast,” quips Track Coach Wayne Edelman. “She always brought a no-quit attitude and was a very hard worker.”

Serafina discovered track in eighth grade, she says, and appealed to Athletic Director Jason Kuffel to compete in both spring sports at Saint Viator.

“Running just comes naturally to me,” Serafina says, “and it keeps me in shape for lacrosse.”

Lacrosse, however, has been her true love, she says since she followed her older brother into the sport in first grade. She joined True Lacrosse in fourth grade and hasn’t looked back.

sps_0054_9894362Serafina not only plays midfield—where she covers the entire field and plays both offense and defense—but she also opens each game by taking the draw.

“I love being involved in every play,” Serafina says. “I love all the running back and forth and just how fast the game is played.”

Off the field, Serafina reflects her Viatorian education, by serving others. She volunteers at St. Joseph Home for the Elderly in Palatine, working alongside the Little Sisters of the Poor. She also volunteers in the memory care and skilled nursing units at the Garlands of Barrington, and when she’s in school, she uses her fluent Spanish skills to tutor other students.

“I love it all,” Serafina says. “I’m just more productive when I’m busy.”

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