Late last fall, Daniel joined an elite group. He learned in November that he had earned a perfect score on the ACT. He is the fourth Saint Viator student over the past year to have aced the test. Thomas Constertina ’19, Maura Hogaboom ’19 and Caroline Lavendar ’19 all earned perfect scores last year and now are contemplating their college choices for the fall.
“I was pretty sure I did well on it when I came out,” Daniel says with a smile. “It’s been a big goal of mine for a while. I started preparing over the summer and took a practice test almost every week.”
Academic challenges come naturally to this high achieving junior. He competes on Saint Viator’s math team, as well as the academic team, where he has earned individual medals in math and English.
Daniel also enjoys the fine arts. Last fall, he and Lavendar were selected to represent Saint Viator at the highly competitive Illinois Music Education Association District 7 Music Festival. When he’s not singing in the choir, Daniel plays trumpet in the band and is an active member of the Campus Ministry team.
In this weekend’s musical, the Wizard of Oz, Daniel is a featured dancer. And to round it all out, he plays soccer in the fall and volleyball in the spring.
“I know,” he says with a laugh. “It’s a lot to manage, but I like to push myself.”
Daniel credits his rigorous course work at Saint Viator, and at St. Colette Catholic School in Rolling Meadows, with giving him the tools he needed to excel on the test.
“Mr. Paolelli’s grammar unit helped a lot,” Daniel said. “And so did my seventh grade English class. I still remember all of that.”
Daniel is the third of four children of Mike and Lucy Fecko. While his older siblings, Sara ’13 and Matthew ’17 are pursuing the fine arts in college and graduate school, and younger sister, Margaret, will be a freshman in the fall, Daniel thinks he may like to explore engineering.
“I’m not sure,” he says with a laugh. “I’m interested in so many things.”