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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.”

24th Annual Million Dollar Classic to Celebrate Saint Viator Athletics

1Join us at The Club at Wynstone on Monday, June 24, in North Barrington for Saint Viator High School’s annual Million Dollar Classic. This event raises funds to support Saint Viator athletics and celebrates what it means to be a student-athlete. More than $2.5 million has been raised to benefit the school’s athletic program through the years.

All skill levels are welcomed and encouraged to play on a course known to be “one of the best in Illinois,” according to Golf Digest. In addition to 18 holes of golf, the day-long event includes lunch, dinner, prizes and a raffle for all participants. New this year is a ticket option for a Social Day at the Club, for non-golfers to join in on the festivities.

“The Million Dollar Classic allows the young men and women participating in sports to be champions athletically, academically and spiritually,” said Tom Ramsden, Vice-President of Development at Saint Viator High School. “This is a day when the Saint Viator community can connect over a game of golf with one common goal in mind, to assist the student-athletes within our athletic programs.”

Over 80 percent of Saint Viator students participate in at least one of the 27 sports offered each year. The Million Dollar Classic benefits all athletics programs and, in recent years, has provided funding for a new camera system and digital scoreboards for Mahoney Court. This event allows for further innovation and growth within the walls of Saint Viator High School.

As long-time Saint Viator advocates, the Murphy family has generously gone above and beyond to ensure the event is successful. Dan, JoAnn, Dan ‘04 and Jim ‘08 are the presenting sponsors of this year’s Million Dollar Classic.

Tickets for Million Dollar Classic can be purchased online at www.saintviator.com/mdc.

Guests also have the option of purchasing tickets for the dinner only. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event.

Athletic Director Jason Kuffel, and Director of Development, Kristen Daniels, talk Million Dollar Classic on an episode of the school’s podcast series. Listen here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/saintviatorhs/2019/05/10/2019-million-dollar-classic.

Class of 2019: “Already Making a Difference in the World”

sps_0208_0110411Every day, members of the Class of 2019 walked by a mural, taken from Philippians: “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

During freshman orientation, they took ownership of the verse, adding their signatures to it. On Sunday, they walked past the Bible quote for the last time, before processing into graduation.

“The members of the Class of 2019 are well suited to ask God who they are being invited to be,” says Br. John Eustice, CSV, Vice President of Viatorian Identity and Mission. “They already are making a difference in the world around them, even as they continue to discover what the world around them needs.

sps_0016_0109877“I have no doubt the people they meet,” he added, “will encounter the gospel in action — through them.”

In all, 241 seniors graduated, including 33 international students, representing China, South Korea, India and Russia. Fr. Daniel Hall, CSV, Provincial, celebrated the baccalaureate Mass and was on hand for commencement.

At last count, they combined to draw nearly $320 million in scholarship offers and compiled more than 35,000 hours of service to the community over the last four years.

sps_0085_0110121They now head to 95 different colleges and universities, spread across the country. They range from the University of Notre Dame and Boston College to Auburn, Baylor and Clemson, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, UCLA and the University of California at Berkeley, to name just a few.

Maura Hogaboom was named valedictorian. She is a National Merit Scholar, who was recognized for her outstanding achievement in mathematics and computer technology, as well as in AP Spanish and science. Maura served as co-president of the Inter-Class Council with Daniel Thompson and completed more than 200 hours of service during high school or more than twice the mandatory amount. She also was named an East Suburban Catholic Conference scholar-athlete in cross country and soccer.

Maura was among three seniors in the class who earned perfect ACT scores. Her classmates include Thomas Constertina and Caroline Lavender, who also were among 11 National Merit Commended Students.

Patricia Miller was named salutatorian and she addressed her classmates at the baccalaureate Mass. Patti was recognized for outstanding achievement in social studies and theology, and she was named an East Suburban Catholic Conference scholar in lacrosse.

sps_0245_0110456The school’s most prestigious awards were announced during graduation. Blaise Russo was named the winner of the Andrew Johnstone Award, which was started in 1992 in memory of Andrew Johnstone ’92.

The Christopher Cup Award — named in memory of Christopher Erdmann ’68 — was given to both Maura Hogaboom and Kevin Wilhite. Their names will be engraved on the cup, just as students have been honored for the last 50 years.

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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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College-Bound Student-Athletes Make Their Commitments

SlwrQGpKQ7uQZwJMNPFknA_thumb_837Saint Viator High School held a rare third national student-athlete signing day Friday, to accommodate the growing number of students who are committing to play their sport at the college level.

Teammates, coaches, parents and classmates made for a standing room only crowd in the Academic Commons for the ceremony. Student-athletes seated at the head table include those pursuing football, lacrosse, soccer, synchronized skating, tennis, volleyball, women’s hockey and Division 1 acrobatics and tumbling, at wide-ranging colleges and universities across the country.

This brings to nearly 30 the number of students who formally signed national collegiate letters of intent this year.

“The breadth and reach of the schools our students are going to continues to expand,” said Mr. Brian Liedlich, president. “Our students are high achieving and rise to the occasion. I know they will make a profound impact on all of the communities they are going to.”

College-bound student-athletes included:

  • Bella Pierce – Quinnipiac University (Acrobatics & Tumbling)
  • Hunter Loprino – Belmont Abbey (Lacrosse)
  • Niko Weder – Augustana College (Football)
  • Kevin Murphy – Illinois Wesleyan University (Football)
  • Kaylee Liberty – Endicott College (Women’s Hockey)
  • Payton McDonnell – Loras College (Soccer)
  • Pearl Mueller – Loras College (Lacrosse)
  • Emma Zajac – Ohio Wesleyan University (Tennis)
  • Carrie Leazer – Seton Hall University (Volleyball)
  • Jessica Johnson – Adrian College (Synchronized Skating)
  • Will Hartman – DePauw University (Soccer)

Carrie Leazer was the starting libero for the volleyball team’s first state appearance in 2017, in which they ultimately placed fourth, and she moved to outside hitter this year. Leazer now takes her game to the Seton Hill University Greensburg, PA.

Hunter Loprino will bring his game as an attacker to Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC, where its Crusaders were 14-3 overall last year.

“Hunter is the epitome of not only a leader but a Lions’ Lacrosse member,” says Coach Pat Gaeger ’08. “I have never seen a young man capture the attention of his peers like Hunter does.”

Jessica Johnson holds the distinction of being the first Saint Viator athlete to sign a letter of intent to compete in synchronized skating in college. Jessica skates with the Chicago Jazz Synchronized Skating Team, based in Rolling Meadows, and has competed multiple times at international competitions.

She now heads to Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, whose squad medaled in every competition it entered this year, including earning the pewter medal at the 2019 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.

“Adrian’s program is very competitive,” Jessica said. “It’s a good fit.”

Payton McDonnell brings her soccer skills to Loras College in Dubuque, where her older brother, Miles, also plays soccer.

“With him there, it felt like home when I visited,” Payton said. “They’ve got a very competitive program. They won their conference last year and did well in the NCAA tournament. I hope I can help them make a deeper run next year.”

Her classmate, Pearl Mueller, will be heading to Loras as well, to play lacrosse for the Duhawks.

“I liked the community at Loras,” Pearl said. “Everyone there was very welcoming.”

Athletic Director Jason Kuffel thanked all of the parents, coaches and teammates for their support over the years. He went on to commend the student-athletes for all of their hard work and bringing their passion to the game,

“We will watch for you and root for you as you take your game to the college level,” Kuffel said. “It truly is a great day to be a Lion.”

 

Spring Fling 2019: Photos

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Guests enjoyed a fun evening out at Arlington Ale House – on an otherwise cold night last Wednesday – attending the second annual Spring Fling hosted by Patrons of the Arts (POTA). Guests took in three premier bands, enjoyed food and drinks, and vied for two over-the-top raffle baskets.

POTA’s intent for the evening was to host an event that the Saint Viator community would really get behind, while highlighting music and entertainment, which is what Fine Arts is all about.

“We are grateful to our donors and we definitely achieved our goals both socially and philanthropically. We hope to have an even more successful Spring Fling next year,” said Suzy Daugherty, president of POTA.

Patrons of the Arts will use the proceeds of the event to support ongoing improvements for Fine Arts at Saint Viator High School.

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Saint Viator Mourns the Loss of Rev. James E. Michaletz, CSV

rev-james-michaletz-csv-arlington-heights-il-obituaryFr. James E. Michaletz, CSV, 87, a Viatorian for 67 years, was born August 9, 1931 in Chicago to Ernest and Philomena (nee Schafer) Michaletz and passed away April 10, 2019. Fr. Michaletz is survived by his sisters Geraldine (August) Roller of Mt. Prospect (Gerry was a longtime registrar at Saint Viator) and Roberta Michaletz of Chicago, along with many nieces and nephews.

He graduated in 1949 from St. Mel Catholic High School in Chicago and attended Northwestern University before pronouncing his first vows as a Viatorian on Sept. 8, 1952 in Arlington Heights. He entered the Viatorian Seminary in 1956, in Evanston and was ordained a priest in 1960. Fr. Michaletz earned a B.A. degree in chemistry from St. Ambrose College, along with an M.S. degree in organic chemistry and a Ph.D. degree in education, administration and supervision curriculum from Loyola University in Chicago.

Fr. Michaletz was one of the founding faculty members of Saint Viator High School, serving as a chemistry teacher (1961-64), assistant principal (1964-68) and principal (1968-72). From 1972 to 1975, he was superintendent of Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Rolling Meadows, before serving as Assistant Superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago (1973-75). He served as Co-Director of the Office of School Planning (1975-76) and Director of Planning (1976-77) for the Archdiocesan school system. Fr Michaletz served as Director of Education and Director of Formation for the Viatorians before being named Director of Education for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois (1985-91). He also served as an Assistant Professor of Education at Dominican University in River Forest from 1991 until 1998 before being named Associate Pastor at Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais. He retired to the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights in 2011.

Visitation for Fr. Michaletz will be held on Friday, April 12 from 4-8 PM at the Viatorian Province Center, 1212 E. Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, April 13 at 10:30 AM. at the Viatorian Province Center. Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

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.

Cole Kmet ’17: From ND to Cooperstown

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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.

Holiday Giving Nears Record for Payton Toy Drive

file-6It’s a wrap! Saint Viator families once again gave generously to a holiday toy drive that has a long tradition in the school: the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation Holiday Gift Drive.

The drive is named for Hall of Fame Chicago Bear and former Saint Viator parent, Walter Payton. His son, Jarrett, graduated from Saint Viator in 1999 and he continues to be an ambassador for the school.

For the last 14 years, Saint Viator students have worked to help the foundation distribute toys to children in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, as well as individual families and the families of veterans in need

This year, Emma Abrahamian ’19, Tara Valentino ’20 Jack Ziebka, ’21, Maeve McDonough, ‘22 and Jasmyn Alaba ‘22 led the drive as class leaders. Together with ICC Co-Presidents Maura Hogaboom ’19 and Danny Thompson ’19, they began fundraising for the project as far back as Halloween.

According to Mrs. Anne Marie Lowery and Mrs. Cathy Abrahamian, who moderated the drive, students and faculty raised nearly $2,500. From those funds, each class was able to purchase toys while faculty members purchased new bicycles.

Students and their families also donated individual toys and stuffed animals. In fact, it was a common sight to see teens walking into school with bags of gifts.

“So many students came to school in the morning with their Target, Kohl’s, or Walmart bags,” Mrs. Lowery said, “and placed their purchased items in the collection boxes, with pride.

“As we sorted through them I was so proud to see the variety of items,” she added. “It was clear that they had put great care into choosing a present a child would enjoy.”

When the drive ended on Nov. 30, students and their families had filled 25 large boxes of toys and seven bicycles, including two which were donated. Last week, on the delivery date, student leaders filled four pick-up trucks, two cars and an SUV to the brim with toys.

For Mrs. Lowery, who is in her first year as Student Activities Director at Saint Viator, she was amazed at just how much students got into the drive and worked to make Christmas merry for other children.

“Their spirit of generosity,” Mrs. Lowery said, “just blew me away.”

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