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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.”

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.

Varsity Softball Hits Back at Cancer

D7s85rvW4AIKZbNThe girls’ softball team had an extra incentive to score runs this year: With every run they scored, the Lady Lions raised more money for a Roselle-based cancer support organization called Phil’s Friends.

At their end of the year banquet, its founder and two-time cancer survivor, Phil Zielke, was on hand to accept their check for $2,254 and share his inspirational story with players and their families.

“For most of us this was the best part of the service project,” says Cecilia Kaiser ’19, co-captain, “because we could see how our hard work would affect others.”

Before the season even opened, Cece and her co-captain, Maggie VanValkenberg ’19, met with Coach Scotillo to discuss weaving in a service project during the season.

D7s85rxW4AAWpvM“Phil’s Friends’ mission hit especially close to home,” Cece says. “I’ve known people who have beaten cancer, and I know how much strength they possess. I also know how difficult it is when they try to go through it alone. Phil’s Friends ensures that no one battles cancer alone.”

Zielke was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2004 and it returned in 2005. He endured many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation as well as a stem cell transplant before finally beating it. In looking back on his journey, Zielke points to the care packages, encouraging cards, and the outpouring of prayers that helped him make it.

He started the organization to bring hope to other cancer patients, through those same types of tangible efforts. In 2009, Zielke left his teaching career to devote himself full time to the organization. Within months, he opened Phil’s Friends Hope Center in Roselle.

The Lady Lions drew pledges for every run they scored, with the hopes of enabling more cancer patients to received care packages, cards, and prayers.

“On days where we played a tough team and didn’t score any runs, supporting Phil’s Friends was a driving force for us to work harder,” Cece says. “On the day we scored 12 runs, Coach Scotillo said that Phil’s Friends would be happy about our successful day.”

At the end of the season, the players realized they had come together more as a team while working for the charity.

D7s85ryX4AAKiSR“Coach Scotillo has always believed that coaching is about more than just the sport,” Cece added. “Phil’s Friends’ message of hope and overcoming obstacles was a perfect lesson for our team.”

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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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)

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.”

 

Band and Choral Students Hit All the Right Notes in NYC

D2nrZaDWkAAC-qRSaint Viator band and choral students took New York City by storm over spring break, singing and playing their way through some of the Big Apple’s most celebrated landmarks.

“I’m so glad our students got to experience New York with our musical family,” said Mrs. Joleen Kragt, choral director.

Their whirlwind, four-day tour was packed with educational and performance opportunities, from the choir performing at St. John the Divine Cathedral, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, to the band performing on the U.S.S Intrepid, a World War II aircraft carrier docked on the Hudson River, to a song and dance workshop with the Broadway cast of “Jersey Boys.”

D2rTza1WoAEjt_n“The trip was a fantastic experience,” said Mr. Vince Genualdi, band director. “Not only did our students have the opportunity to perform multiple times, but they also had the opportunity to engage with professional musicians, both in a performance and educational environment.”

In fact, the band sat in on a Broadway instrumental workshop at Carroll Music Studios, located in the heart of Manhattan, with Broadway actor, Sean Montgomery.

In between their gigs, students and their chaperones toured Carnegie Hall, the Rockefeller Center, where choral students broke into an impromptu performance, and the National Sept. 11th Memorial and Museum, where among its victims they paid tribute to Mary Lenz Wieman, 1976 alumna of Sacred Heart of Mary High School.

D2sIdxPWsAALz1JTheir trip started and ended on a high note. The first night, the group broke up to attend two Broadway shows, “Jersey Boys” and “Come From Away.” On their last day, they took in a performance at New York’s famed Lincoln Center.

“As a music educator, it was rewarding to have our students see that what we are teaching them was confirmed by the Broadway coaches, Carnegie Hall staff and in our actual performances in these amazing venues,” Mrs. Kragt added. “Most importantly, they brought their ‘A’ game to the performance table, which was one of our main reasons for going on a New York performance tour.”

 

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

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.

 

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