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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.

 

It’s Official: Another Perfect ACT Score

Fecko_Daniel PAsk Daniel Fecko ’20 what his favorite class is, and he has to think about it. And why not? He enjoys all of them, he says and, it turns out, he’s good in all of them, too.

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.”

 

Saint Viator Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Reach New Heights

BB7F2256-4C7F-479E-9B33-0988236DA61BBoth the boys and girls basketball teams are having a great winning season. The boys basketball team battled for first place in the ESCC on Feb. 15, a game that was also televised on the UTOO network as the game of the week. The Saint Viator community of current and future students, alumni, parents, grandparents and friends packed the gym to witness a decisive victory over Marian Catholic, ranked #7.

This win comes after the boys team received the #1 seed in the Grayslake Central Sectional. Next, the boys will play for the Conference Championship on Feb. 20, and Saint Viator will be hosting the Regional Championship during the week of Feb. 25.

Saint Viator High School also hosted the girls 3A Regional, in which the girls basketball team won their fourth consecutive regional title. The girls team now moves on to play in the Carmel Sectional Semi-final on Monday, February 18, at 6:00 p.m. vs. #4 seed Johnsburg.

If the girls win against Johnsburg, they will play the winner of #5 seed Carmel vs. #2 seed Marengo on Thursday, Feb. 21, for the Sectional Championship. Athletic Director Jason Kuffel attributes recent successes to the dedication of both the coaching staff to their students, and the student athletes to their craft.

“This is a great time in Saint Viator Athletics,” said Kuffel. “This is the first time in school history that both our boys and girls basketball teams have been awarded the #1 overall seed in their respective sectional in the same year.”

Saint Viator Students Demonstrate ‘Faith in Action’

Golden Rose Award recipients with Bishop Hicks and Rev. Jerry Jacob (photo by Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women).

Golden Rose Award recipients with Bishop Hicks and Rev. Jerry Jacob (photo by Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women).

Four Saint Viator students were recognized last month by members of the Chicago Archdiocese Council of Catholic Women when they received the group’s Golden Rose Award.

The award is bestowed annually to young women who demonstrate leadership and spirituality in their parishes, as well as service to the community.

Recipients included:

  • Emily Goebel ’19 is a member of St. Emily Parish in Mount Prospect. She has served as a cantor, member of the youth and adult choirs, religious education catechist, Vacation Bible School teacher and in liturgical ministry.
  • Maura Hogaboom ’19 is a member of St. James Parish in Arlington Heights. She has served as a retreat leader at Quest and Kairos, Catholic Heart Work Camp, urban immersion, Habitat for Humanity and Vacation Bible School at St. James.
  • Elizabeth Miller ’20 is a member of St. Mary Church in Buffalo Grove. She served as a program leader for confirmation retreats, as well as a peer minister and Catholic youth role model.
  • Kathryn Williams ’19 is a member of St. Alphonsus Ligouri Parish in Prospect Heights. She serves as a Eucharist minister, altar server, youth ministry leader, and parish high school retreat leader.

In reflecting about the award, Emily said she became more active in her parish after joining the children’s choir in sixth grade.

“Someone noticed me and asked me to cantor when I was in eighth grade,” Emily says. “I was really surprised. I had never taken lessons or sung a solo before. I felt really good about that.”

She wound up joining the adult choir and has continued singing and becoming more active in parish ministries ever since. Her parish involvement led to Emily becoming active at Saint Viator, including singing in Music Ministry at school liturgies, participating in choir and in Campus Ministry, as well as performing in the musicals and plays.

“As a cantor, I try to involve people more in the Mass,” Emily says. “I know my involvement in the choir and as a cantor has deepened my faith life.”

Which is exactly why women with the Council of Catholic Women thought it was important to start the Golden Rose Awards.

“In our society, high school women already receive recognition for their academics, sports, and in the arts,” said Evelyn Getty, president. “We felt in today’s world, the importance of recognizing their faith and how that impacts their parish.”

The Council established the award in 2015 and had four girls nominated by their parishes. This year, they had 25 Golden Rose recipients, and of those four attend Saint Viator.

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.

Sophomore Thanks Veterans, One Wreath at a Time

Ashleigh Jarvis-Flinn ’21 with her mom, Jenn, and her grandmother at her grandfather's, Major Roger “Bud” Flanik, grave.

Ashleigh Jarvis-Flinn ’21 with her mom, Jenn, and her grandmother at her grandfather’s, Major Roger “Bud” Flanik, grave.

Dayton National Cemetery in Ohio reached a record number of sponsorships this year for its annual participation in Wreaths Across America, in part due to the efforts of a Saint Viator sophomore.

Ashleigh Jarvis-Flinn ’21 promoted Wreaths Across America this fall as part of her effort to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. She and her family drove to Dayton on Dec. 15 for the laying of the wreaths ceremony, when nearly 2,700 wreaths were laid on the graves of veterans, including her grandfather’s.

FB_IMG_1544993183272“I’ve been in Girl Scouts since I was in first grade,” Ashleigh says. “Since I’m in high school, I wanted to finish it out. Earning the Gold Award would be the ultimate. It’s the highest award in Girl Scouting.”

Ashleigh started out in a Girl Scout troop based out of St. Hubert’s School, and of those that started with her, six high school students remain involved. They are in Troop 40482, led by Mrs. Joyce Moynihan.

IMG_3448Just last summer, the teens completed the Girl Scout Silver Award and now have set their sights higher. The Gold Award is likened to Boy Scout’s Eagle Award. In order to earn it, girls are challenged to “demonstrate leadership through take-action projects, that have a sustainable impact in their communities and beyond.”

Ashleigh became aware of the Wreaths Across America initiative when her grandfather, Major Roger “Bud” Flanik, an Air Force veteran and former Viet Nam fighter pilot, passed away in 2016. He is buried at the Dayton National Cemetery, home to more than 47,000 veterans.

IMG_7274(1)Wreaths Across America started more than 20 years ago when its founders drew sponsors to purchase Christmas wreaths to lay on the graves of veterans at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington. Currently, more than 1,400 veteran cemeteries take part each year. Their same mission drives them: “to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach children the value of freedom.”

Major Roger J. Flanik

Major Roger J. Flanik

“As a family, we pledged to place a wreath on Grandpa’s headstone,” Ashleigh says, “during the laying of the wreaths ceremony each year.”

That’s when she realized she could advance the project’s mission and make a larger impact on her own community and the veteran community.

Ashleigh began her project last fall when she set out to fundraise for more wreaths to place at the graves of veterans at the Dayton National Cemetery. She began by designing a website that educates visitors about Wreaths for America and her own personal story, of her grandfather’s heroism.

She then promoted her project through Facebook and other social media outlets, and wound up earning enough for 60 wreaths, and thus helping the cemetery reach a record this year.

FB_IMG_1544993188581“What touched my heart was knowing that each time a wreath is placed upon a grave,” Ashleigh said, “that a veteran’s name is said out loud. What a perfect way to honor and validate that they still matter to us, and will never be forgotten.”

To read more about Wreaths Across America and Ashleigh’s late grandfather, click here.

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