Saint Viator News

Delivering the latest news from Saint Viator High School.

Category: Student Accomplishments (Page 1 of 16)

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

Fecko_Daniel

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.

Bai_He

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:

19513-121

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

19513-205

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

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.”

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.

sps_0262_0110482

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.

IMG_20190508_191255

MVIMG_20190508_192509

LWz8eaB%QGK4S%DUKiimig_thumb_83e

+0NfxbgjTS2qv6QQzyxNKw_thumb_83d

IMG_9875

Pitch Night 2019 - 150d

Page 1 of 16

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén