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Entrepreneurship Students Take on Final Pitch Night

The big night arrived this week for students in our first year of the entrepreneurship class, INCubator.edu, to make their final pitches to a panel of investors. The four teams of students presented their prospective start-ups Wednesday evening under the guidance of Mr. David Lyons.

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Saint Viator Math Team Places in Top 10 at State Competition

IMG_1892Saint Viator High School continues to move up the ranks of the math world. For the fifth straight year, the entire math team qualified for the state championship, hosted by the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and they brought home some heavy metal.

The championship took place this past weekend, in historic Altgeld Hall, home of the mathematics department, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Champaign.

For starters, the team placed 8th overall in its division of 52 high school teams.

“It is a credit to all the hard work that we all put into preparing our students in math,” said Mrs. Cheryl Nowak, who moderated the math team with Mrs. Bridgette Brankin.

Some noteworthy accomplishments include:

Oral Team – 4th Place
Calculator Team – 4th Place
Algebra 2 Team – 5th Place
Precalculus Team – 5th Place
Junior/Senior 2 Person – 8th Place
Algebra 1 Team – 10th Place

Individuals:

Eric Ryu – 3rd Place in Algebra 2 ( of 140 competitors)
Marcus Lannie – 4th Place in Precalculus (of 126 competitors)
Camille Martinez – 21st Place in Algebra 1 (of 138 competitors)
Daniel Fecko – 25th Place in Algebra 2 (of 140 competitors)

Saint Viator Invites Businesses to Support Summer Work Study & Internship Program

baxendale1Senior Robert Baxendale of Arlington Heights enjoys performing on stage at Saint Viator High School, both in its musicals and fall plays. Consequently, when searching for the right fit in its Summer Work Study & Internship Program, officials found just the ticket: an internship at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights.

Last summer, Robbie operated the spotlight for a variety of stage productions at the theater, which meant learning to follow complicated lighting cues. He also assisted in the marketing department, enabling him to get hands-on experience both behind the scenes of the stage and its administrative departments while earning valuable dollars toward his tuition.

A pair of local businessmen sponsored his internship: Jim Mitchell, a Saint Viator alumnus and owner of Mitchell Marketing as well as attorney Steve Daday, a Saint Viator parent.

Sponsoring students at nonprofit organizations is just one way for business partners to support Saint Viator’s innovative program. The work study program places interns at work sites of participating business partners, who contribute $3,000 toward the student’s tuition.

Saint Viator will host a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 23 in Querbes Hall of the school, for current and prospective business partners to learn more about the program. Participating students and current employers will be on hand to share their experiences.

Tom O’Neill, a 1988 graduate of Saint Viator and CEO of the Würth Group in Vernon Hills, says originally, he wanted to support the program as a way of giving back to his school. After sponsoring his first intern, he realized his company gained far more from their young intern than they expected.

“I have to say, Alex did more for our company than we did for Alex,” O’Neill says of Alex Thorn ’17, who sponsored two interns last summer. “His attitude and willingness to take on new projects changed the culture of our IT department.”

Saint Viator always seeks to add more corporate partners. This year’s list includes Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in Rolling Meadows, Kelleher & Buckley in North Barrington, Midwest Glaucoma Center in Hoffman Estates, MK Industries in Vernon Hills, Rose Packing Company in South Barrington, UHY Advisors, and a CPA firm in Chicago to name a few.

Nonprofits include: Catholic Charities in Des Plaines, Citizens for Conservation in Barrington, Journeys and the Road Home in Palatine and Norwood Crossing in Chicago. Nonprofit jobs are sponsored by generous individuals who cannot provide jobs themselves but want to support the program.

At each site, students work five, eight-hour days for a period of six weeks during the summer. Ideally, Saint Viator tries to pair the student with a company or organization that reflects the student’s interest.

Companies or individuals interested in sponsoring a Saint Viator intern should contact Kirsten Nozime, coordinator of the Summer Work Study and Internship Program. Call her at 847-392-4050, ext. 268, or email svcwsp@saintviator.com.

Illinois State Scholars Announced

The latest group of Illinois State Scholars was announced and Saint Viator High School seniors were well represented.

Each year, Illinois State Scholars represent the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 765 high schools across the state. Earning this distinction means the student has scored in the 95th percentile or above on the ACT or SAT, and ranks in the top half of the class.

Congratulations to the following:

Battin, Ritarose
Baxendale, Robert
Bopp, Kevin
Bosshart, Allison
Bullock, Owen
Castellese, Grace
Chang, Grace
Constertina, Thomas
Crandall, Ian
Crane, Margaret
Crawford, Timothy
Doherty, Nolan
Douglas, Colin
Durso, Nicole
Evans, Zachary
Faber, Allison
Gallant, Nicole
Gao, Zibin
Garland, Matteo
Gattuso, Thomas
Haas, Anna
Halblander, Fabian
Hankinson, Sara
Higginson, Hannah
Hogaboom, Maura
Hohlweg, Nikolas
Jedziniak, Meirose
Kaiser, Cecilia
Lannie, Marcus
Lavender, Caroline
Ledesma, Hernando
Licari, Gianna
Lim, Kentaro
Liu, Yiran
McCaulley, Nicholas
McCormick, Kelsey
McDonnell, Payton
McMahon, Colleen
McManaman, Matthew
Melone, Sarah
Miller, Patricia
Napoleon, Kelsey
Niesman, John
O’Neill, Liam
Peters, Nathan
Puccini, Brooke
Purk, Michael
Quinn, Katherine
Rapala, Matthew
Reisinger, Edwin
Resch, Kiana
Riley, William
Ruben, Michael
Russo, Blaise
Rygiel, Grace
Sadowski, Brandon
Schafer, Jaden
Schwabe, Alexandra
Shi, Jiayu
Sloan, Bridget
Song, Wenjie
Sordo-Palacios, Amalia
Sosin, Arthur
Surdo, Nicholas
Thompson, Daniel
Turzitti, Joseph
Vadan, Julia
Versen, Cassidy
Walberg, William
Walker, Madison
Wang, Luyao
Wang, Zhuoxuan
Warner, Conor
Warren, Julie
Wilhite, Kevin
Xiao, Yao
Yang, Wenhan
Yu, Sumin

Saint Viator Welcomes Chinese Educators for the Week

Tracy and AllenA pair of teachers from China visited Saint Viator this week to observe American teaching styles and curriculum, and they were surprised at the response they received.

“The teachers and students are very friendly and kind,” said Ms. Yu Ling, an English and humanities teacher. “They see us in the halls and ask if they can help. We feel like superstars.”

Ms. Ling and Mr. Hang Yu Zheng teach at Summit International School, a private school in Chengdu, which is the capital city of the Sichuan Province. In all, they are visiting three American schools to compare methods and scout out potential schools for their students to study abroad.

“I tell my students if you have the chance to come to America, you should,” Mr. Zheng said.

After two days, their observations ran the gamut. Mr. Zheng, who teaches math in China, noticed how much Saint Viator students use their calculators in all levels of mathematics.

“Our teachers do not let students use a calculator since the calculator influences the calculating ability,” Mr. Zheng said. “But when I go back, I will talk about this with our teachers.”

Ms. Ling was delighted to see a pair of programs in English and history classes, that she uses with her students, including Quizlet and Kahoot.

“No matter how old or experienced students are, they still like (learning) games and competition,” Ms. Ling said.

Overall, the Chinese educators said they were impressed with Saint Viator’s students and learning environment.

“In our school, I am the teacher and my students are the audience,” Mr. Zheng said. “Here, it’s more open and active. Students can ask questions and participate.”

Mrs. Rose Ruffatto, who coordinates Saint Viator’s international program, arranged their daily schedule so that they could visit a variety of classes, at different levels, and most included Chinese students in them.

“Our international program has grown over the past few years,” Mrs. Ruffatto said, “so our students are very welcoming and accepting of our international students.

“Meeting these Chinese teachers gives us the opportunity to understand a little more of the education system and culture,” she added, “where some of our current international students come from.”

History Comes Alive for Querbes Scholars on Untouchables Tour

IMG_0488All four levels of Querbes Scholars traveled last week into Chicago for an unforgettable enrichment trip. Literally, when they started their tour at Holy Name Cathedral and learned about a hit on a Northside mobster, that took place on its front steps, they knew this was not just any other tour.

Sure enough, students and their moderators traveled back in time to Prohibition-era Chicago, during the 1920s and ’30s to learn about rival gangsters, think Al Capone, Bugs Moran, and John Dillinger, to name a few, and see some of their hangouts.

Saint Viator students filled up two buses to take the Untouchables Tour, one of Chicago’s Original Gangster Tours, for a firsthand view of the city’s mob era history.

IMG_0492“I liked learning about the criminal history in Chicago, which isn’t what you typically learn,” said Kate Hannon ’21.

Her classmate, Ryan Jusinski ’21, agreed, adding: “To learn about such famous parts of Chicago history that textbooks don’t teach us, was really neat.”

The gangster tour 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.

IMG_0486Matt Rapala ’19 said he was fascinated to learn just how these different mob bosses rose to power: “It was interesting to learn how Chicago was split into factions under the different crime bosses, the Irish, Italian and Sicilian.”

Finally, Allison Bosshart ’19 said that going on the Untouchables Tour opened up a whole new chapter of Chicago history that she was eager to learn more about.

“From listening to our tour guide’s authentic Chicago accent to seeing famous sites, like the Biograph Theater where Jon Dillinger was killed; or the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” Allison said, “the Untouchables Tour revealed an interesting side of Chicago’s history.”

Saint Viator Celebrates Launch of New Incubator Program

DSC_0007A standing-room only crowd filled a classroom in the Boler Center Tuesday night. Parents, alumni, students and administration members all attended the launch of Saint Viator High School’s newest initiative: its incubator program.

Called INCubator.Edu, the year-long entrepreneurship class will help students conceptualize an idea for a product or service, and take it through development and its business plan, through marketing, financial budgeting and ultimately making a pitch to investors.

“It’s an exciting opportunity and new addition to our curriculum,” said Brian Liedlich, president. “This new class can help students develop critical thinking as well as important, marketable and valuable skills.”

Both he and Principal Karen Love described the new course as one that embodies the school’s vision statement, “Where innovation and tradition meet.” In fact, a mural with that tagline etched across the school’s logo graces the back wall of the classroom.

DSC_0003Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, former president of the high school who now serves as chaplain, was on hand to bless the incubator. He professed to love the new venture, describing the class and its students as “our future.”

“Seize the day,” he said. “Dreams are our hope, our inspiration, our life.”

David Lyons, a first-year teacher who formerly taught entrepreneurship at York High School in Elmhurst, will be working with John Aiello ’86, who has reached out to the alumni base to serve as coaches and mentors.

Aiello is the former founder, CEO and chairman of SAVO, a cloud-based software company, who after selling his company now teaches entrepreneurship at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

DSC_0018He and the coaches and mentors he has recruited, are eager to share their unique stories and experience with young students.

“The best innovation ideas do not come from a desire to make money,” Aiello said, “but from a desire to solve a problem.”

Students are brainstorming ideas right now and will begin streamlining the process next week. Soon after, they will divide into groups of four or five and be assigned a mentor, who will meet with them regularly to help advance their business concepts, while coaches will come into class regularly to teach their area of expertise.

Among the students on hand was Anna Haas, who came directly from her volleyball practice.

“I want to major in management in college,” Anna said. “This is a great opportunity to get some business experience before I get to college and just understand how things work.”

DSC_0019Her classmate, Jimmy Hamilton, agreed, adding: “I always wanted to learn about start-ups, and what it takes to develop new ideas to solve problems.”

This is the first year of what administrators hope will be a successful collaboration between young entrepreneurs and their mentors and coaches.

“We’re definitely looking to grow the program,” Mr. Liedlich adds, “and would welcome any additional funding to help us accomplish this.”

Interested supporters should contact Tom Ramsden, director of institutional advancement, at TRamsden@saintviator.com.

 

 

New Faculty & Staff 2018-2019

Join us in welcoming Saint Viator’s newest faculty and staff members:

Theology Department

Patrick McGarry joins the Theology department from Mount Carmel High School with a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Saint Xavier University. Patrick will be teaching Christian Discipleship.

Zach Wulbert comes to Saint Viator after completing his BA in Theology and Secondary Education from Creighton University with field experience in four Catholic schools in the Omaha area. Zach will be teaching Fundamentals of Catholic Faith and Catholic Exploration of the Bible.

Science Department

Neil (Nels) Flink joins the Science department from Wauconda High School with a BS in Chemistry from Northeastern Illinois University and a BA in Communication from the University of Illinois. Nels will be teaching Chemistry.

Rachel Mroz comes to Saint Viator from Trinity High School with a BS in Biochemistry and MA in Teaching from Dominican University. Rachel will be teaching Biology and Mobile Apps.

English Department

Adam Galvez joins the English department from Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City with a BA in English from Gonzaga University and an MA in Education from the University of Portland. Adam will be teaching American Literature and British Literature.

Scanlan Center

Br. Peter Lamick ’07 joins the Scanlan Center as a full-time program assistant after completing his MA in Education and Secondary History at DePaul University. Peter will be teaching Learning Strategies III and IV.

Counseling Department

Claudia Carone comes to Saint Viator from North Cook Young Adult Academy in Des Plaines with a BA in Psychology and Sociology and an MA in School Counseling from Roosevelt University. Claudia will be our Counselor for the Class of 2020.

Fine Arts Department

Joleen Sievers-Kragt joins the Fine Arts Department from Johnsburg High School as our Choral Director and Vocal Musical Director. Joleen has a BA in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa and an MA of Music in Voice Performance and Opera from Northwestern.

Social Studies Department

Andrew Weber ’12 comes back to Saint Viator from St. Colette with a BA in History and Secondary Education and is working on his MA in Teacher Leadership. Andrew will be teaching World History, Civics and US History.

David Lyons joins Saint Viator from York Community High School with a BS in Business Management and will have an MA in Teaching and Secondary Education in August. David will be teaching US History, Intro to Entrepreneurship, and Personal Business Computing.

Math Department

Katie Anderson joins Saint Viator from Loyola Academy and will be teaching AP Computer Science. She holds BS in Mathematics with Computer Science from Loyola University Chicago and an MS in Mathematical Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as a Teaching Certification Secondary Education with a Mathematics Endorsement from National Louis University.

Assistant Principal

Mike Field joins Saint Viator from Deer Path Middle School in Lake Forest with a BA in American History from DePauw University and an MA in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. Mike has taught Social Studies, been the Director of Educational Technology at District 225, and was an Assistant Principal at the 7th & 8th-grade level.

Director of Student Activities

Anne Marie Lowery joins Saint Viator from Loyola Academy with a BA in History and Human Development from Boston College and an MA in International Education from NYU. Anne Marie has taught German and Social Studies, coached basketball and was the Director of Student Activities at Loyola Academy.

Director of Enrollment

Christine Bremner joins Saint Viator from Our Lady of the Wayside as our Director of Enrollment. She has a BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Biology from the University of Illinois-Champaign. Christine has taught Science and was the Technology Coordinator at Our Lady of the Wayside.

Assistant Director of Enrollment

Patrick Gaeger ’08 comes back to Saint Viator from St. Laurence High School as our Assistant Director of Enrollment. He has a BA in Business Communication and a Masters of Management from Robert Morris University. Patrick was the Admissions Recruiter and Head Lacrosse Coach at St. Laurence.

Return to Oshkosh: Querbes Scholars Immersed in Aviation Engineering

image1For the seventh time, Saint Viator students in the Querbes Scholars Program traveled to Oshkosh, WI, for its world-renown air show, run each year by the Experimental Aircraft Association.

It turned out to be a win-win. Not only did they experience the thrill of seeing so many aircraft in one place, not to mention meeting pilots and engineers, but they accrued service hours toward Saint Viator’s STEM designation since they were immersed in aircraft engineering.

IMG_0380The trip also offers hands-on service opportunities. Students worked with youngsters in the KidVenture area, which is set up in three hangars and offers hands-on activities and learning opportunities, but it turned out that the Saint Viator students learned as much as their pupils.

Mrs. Cate Majka, who teaches physics and moderates one of the Querbes’ homerooms, led the scholars to the annual fly-in convention, which this year drew a record crowd, or more than 600,000 people last week and 10,000 airplanes.

IMG_0370Dan Majka, a former Saint Viator teacher, provided the scholars with their credentials. He serves on the EAA board of directors and he chairs the KidVenture booths.

Their day started out in the morning, when Saint Viator students rolled up their sleeves and taught youngsters how to rivet—construct the standard aviation fastener using state-of-the-art rivet guns—shape props, and check electrical circuits.

“It was so much fun to work with children and learn more about airplanes,” said Katie McManaman ’20. “I was able to learn how carbon fiber is made and other STEM-related topics.”

IMG_0390Madi Walker ’19 agreed: “At KidVenture, I learned about airplane safety and then had the opportunity to share that knowledge and assist children in exploring aeronautical mechanics.”

They capped their day off by watching the air show itself, which showcased F-16 flights and the Blue Angels, as well as historical aircraft, warbirds and acrobatic displays.

IMG_0382“There were so many interesting people and planes, including the helicopters and drones, I would never have experienced without the opportunity to visit AirVenture and KidVenture today,” Brooke Puccini ’19.

Mrs. Majka has organized the trip every year and this time she was accompanied by staff member, Mrs. Donna Benedict.

“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.”

The Sound of Innovation

dm2This past year, the Saint Viator music department upgraded its curriculum to incorporate the latest technology and innovation into the classroom with a Digital Music and Production class.

Led by Director of Bands Vince Genualdi, students in the class explored music composition and recording skills, developing knowledge of the music business, copyright laws, studio recording, and basic music theory needed to create electronic music. The class resulted in a SoundCloud account featuring music composed and performed by the students.

dm3“Over the last year, we’ve been collaborating with some of the industry’s leading artists, sound engineers, and producers. It’s such an amazing opportunity to learn the industry standard and gain real-life perspective and experience regarding this field,” said Genualdi. “The students are exposed to a whole new sector of the music industry and we were able to modernize our program, giving students access to the latest technology.”

New classes like this exemplify Saint Viator’s vision for the future – using the latest technology and innovation in the classroom while adhering to the tradition of academic excellence.

digital music“We thank the alumni and donors whose generosity allows us to continually serve the needs of this generation of students,” said Genualdi. “The tradition of Saint Viator calls upon Lions of the past to ensure innovation and opportunity exist for those in the future.”

Visit Saint Viator’s SoundCloud account and stay up to date on our students’ creativity and innovation and watch for other school updates with the Saint Viator & Sacred Heart Alumni Association Facebook page and LinkedIn group.

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