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Saint Viator Mourns the Loss of Vicky Giusti

unnamedSaint Viator is sad to report the passing of our beloved teacher, co-worker and friend, Vicky Guisti. Vicky was welcomed home by God on Tuesday, May 14.

Vicky is survived by her devoted husband Joe, two daughters, Elisa (Jeffery Morales) and Stefania (Russell) Svejnoha, and two blessed grandchildren. She dedicated 14 years of her life to Saint Viator teaching science and making everyone laugh along the way.

She truly leaves behind a legacy, in a world where so few people have the power to do so, by just being who they are. She touched so many lives, making people better humans through her example. She was a constant reminder of how beautiful life can be with appreciation and love at the root of all things. She will be beyond missed.

Visitation for Vincenza was Saturday at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, River Forest.

Let us pray together and let perpetual light shine upon her.

Mrs. Giusti in 2004.

Mrs. Giusti in 2004.

A consistent Pep Rally favorite.

A consistent Pep Rally favorite.

Mrs. Giusti with former science teacher, Mrs. Patty Bruce.

Mrs. Giusti with former science teacher, Mrs. Patty Bruce.

Mrs. Giusti with Instructional Technology Coordinator, Maggie Miskowicz, and science teacher and department chair, Mrs. Eileen Cairo in 2018.

Mrs. Giusti with Instructional Technology Coordinator, Maggie Miskowicz, and science teacher and department chair, Mrs. Eileen Cairo in 2018.

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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Patrons of the Fine Arts Scholarship Winners Announced

Fine Arts Scholarship 2019Congrats to the Patrons of the Fine Arts Scholarship Winners:

Andrew Bremner ’20
Claire Capra ’22
Sophia Limberakis ’21
Michelle Nagle ’22
Jonathan Ngoy ’21
Yingtong (Ruby) Ren ’21

Saint Viator Innovators Headed into the Shark Tank

incubator4Pitch night is here!

At the end of its first year, students in INCubator.Edu, the year-long entrepreneurship class which helped them take an idea for a product or service, through development and its business plan, are ready to make a pitch to investors, in a Shark Tank-style event.

It takes place Wednesday night, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Jeuck Auditorium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Their prospective start-ups include an interactive app that provides in-store coupons, a charging device pad that will charge different platforms of phones or iPads, a sports bag that organizes equipment and valuables, as well as a therapeutic sleeve that provides a quicker recovery of sore muscles using electronic pulsations.

incubator2Mr. David Lyons says his students have exceeded all of his expectations, and that through the valuable contributions of mentors and coaches from the wider Saint Viator community, they have gone far beyond the traditional entrepreneurship class.

“Many students had no real business experience before this year,” Mr. Lyons said, “and now on the cusp of creating something that could possibly be their life’s work.”

While most schools now have some sort of entrepreneurship class that teaches the basics of how to write up a business plan, he doubts few go into as much detail as what the INCubator.Edu has given students, through its analysis of marketing, financial budgeting and future funding.

“These students will have a leg up when they enter into college business schools,” Mr. Lyons adds, “because this program has laid the foundation for them.”

Mr. Lyons formerly taught entrepreneurship at York High School in Elmhurst. He worked all year with John Aiello ’86, who reached out to the alumni base to serve as coaches and mentors.

incubator3Aiello is the former founder, CEO and chairman of SAVO, a cloud-based software company, who after selling his company now teaches entrepreneurship at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

“The best innovation ideas do not come from a desire to make money,” Aiello said at the outset, “but from a desire to solve a problem.”

Mr. Lyons adds that interest in the incubator is growing.

“As of right now,” he says, “we have a 75 percent increase in enrollment for next year. Our students and our mentors are definitely helping to grow the program in the future.”

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)

Bill Sanford Announced as Saint Viator High School’s First Director of Major Gifts and Strategic Partnerships

Sanford_BillBill Sanford, who has served in several key roles at Saint Viator High School over the past 14 years, has been appointed as the school’s first Director of Major Gifts and Strategic Partnerships.

In making the announcement, President Brian Liedlich emphasized the importance of this role for building a strong future for Saint Viator.

“This new role within our Saint Viator High School Development Team will allow us to improve our fundraising efforts, strengthen our engagement with alumni and parents, as well as provide better opportunities for our student-athletes,” said Liedlich.

Bill Sanford brings a range of experience and strong relationships within the Saint Viator community to this position. He has served as a theology instructor (2005-06), Director of Student Recruitment (2006-11), and most recently (2011-present) as our Dean of Students, working in partnership with Dr. Deb Scerbicke.

Sanford’s primary responsibilities will include nurturing donor relationships, revitalizing the Alumni Business Forum, building strategic relationships within the Saint Viator Community, serving on the Membership Committee of our Board of Trustees, and working closely with Athletic Director Jason Kuffel in creating a program that enhances the student-athlete experience.

“Everything I’ve encountered at Saint Viator High School drives me to always do what’s best for our students,” said Sanford. “I’m elated for the opportunity to make long-term contributions to this community and develop the relationships that initially drew me to Saint Viator in 2005. My goal is to strengthen this great school through innovative and meaningful partnerships, affirming how Saint Viator offers an educational experience like no other.”

For the remainder of the academic year, Sanford will continue in his role as Dean of Students. His new position will start in the 2019-2020 school year. A search process will begin immediately to find his replacement, open to candidates both within and outside of the Saint Viator High School community.

 

Discus Thrower Nearing School Record

Huelskamp_Athan MAt the beginning of the indoor track season, Athan Huelskamp ’20 set three ambitious goals for himself: make state, break the school records in shot put and discus, and get noticed by college coaches.

Turns out, he’s on track to meet all three.

Already this season, Athan broke a 29-year old record in the shot put, set in 1990 by John Bailitz, and he is less than three feet away from breaking Saint Viator’s discus record of 173 feet. Ironically, it was set in 2005 by Paul Costello, who now has returned to his alma mater to coach the discus and shot put throwers.

“I was happy to have the opportunity to coach someone who was clearly taking throwing seriously,” says Costello, who is a CPA and works with his brother, Robert ’02 in running Costello Financial Planning. Their mother, Mrs. Kate Costello, teaches theater at Saint Viator.

trackCostello points out that Athan has added more than 14 feet to his shot-put and more than 20 feet to his discus throws this season.

“Those numbers are impressive, but his shotput increase for one season is insane,” Costello says. “I’ve never seen such a jump, and yet his best throws in discus have yet to be seen at a meet.”

Athan transferred to Saint Viator before his sophomore year, after his family moved here from Kansas. He went out for the football team, where he quickly made friends and caught the coaches’ eyes for his size and footwork, before signing up for track.

He first picked up the discus in sixth grade and by eighth grade he was winning meets. However, his small high school in Hutchinson, KS did not have a coach, consequently he was pleased he says to see a strong track program at Saint Viator led by 16-year head coach, Rodero Warren.

After one season as a sophomore, Athan qualified for state in the discus and ultimately placed 13th. This year, he has his sights set higher and he works every day at practice improving his agility, strength and quickness.

“I do a lot of reps, I probably do 30 practice throws a day, lift weights and run sprints for quickness,” Athan says. “Adding quickness helps me with the explosiveness you need coming out of the circle.”

He also is working on his flexibility, as well as his core muscles to give him good balance as he spins at the start of each throw.

“You really have to reach your arm way, way back to build torque,” Athan says of his flexibility.

Paul Costello in 2005.

Paul Costello in 2005.

Athan credits his improvement to Costello, who began working with him this season.

“He breaks things down and is very technical,” Athan says. “I like that. It makes it easier to translate that into my throws.”

Athan and the team will compete at the ESCC championships on May 8 at Marist High School, before they begin their quest for state, starting with sectionals on May 15 at Richmond Burton High School. The IHSA state championships open May 23 at Eastern Illinois University.

Oh, and as for his last goal, of getting noticed by college coaches, he’s able to check that box too. Athan hopes to continue throwing the shot put and discus in college.

“That’s the plan,” he says with a smile.

Class of 2019 Comes Out for Senior Awards Ceremony

Congrats to the following seniors who were awarded last week.

English Department

Outstanding Achievement:
Allison Faber
Zoe Green
Nikolas Hohlweg
Marcus Lannie
Kiana Resch

Four Year Overall Senior Award:
Kevin Wilhite

Fine Arts Department

Outstanding Achievement Choral Music:
Joanna Nagel
Maggie VanValkenburg

Four Year Overall Senior Award in Choral Music:
Emily Goebel

Outstanding Achievement Instrumental Music:
Katherine Quinn

Four Year Overall Senior in Instrumental Music:
Ann Lozich

Outstanding Achievement in Theater:
Nicole Durso

Four Year Overall Senior in Theater:
Bridget Dillon

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Arts:
Kayla Johnson
Sarah McDermott

Four Year Overall Senior in Visual Arts:
Natalie Krause

Mathematics & Computer Technology Department

Outstanding Achievement Mathematics and Computer Technology:
Margaret Crane
Zibin Gao
Maura Hogaboom
Kentaro Lim
Colleen McMahon
Sumin Yu

Four Year Overall Senior Award – Mathematics and Computer Technology:
Marcus Lannie

Modern World Languages Department

French

Outstanding Achievement French IV:
Nicole Gallant

Outstanding Achievement French AP:
Grace Chang

Italian

Outstanding Achievement AP Italian:
Margaret Crane

Mandarin Chinese

Outstanding Achievement Mandarin Chinese IV Honors:
Matthew Rapala

Spanish

Outstanding achievement  Spanish IV:
Anna Haas

Outstanding Achievement Spanish AP:
Maura Hogaboom

Four-year overall senior award:
Julia Vadan

Physical Education Department

Outstanding Achievement Physical Education:
Casey Kmet
Kelsey Napoleon
Katherine Nottoli
Isabella Reyes
Conor Warner
Kevin Wilhite

Theology Department

Outstanding Achievement:
Sara Hankinson
Ricky Lambert
Colleen McMahon
Patricia Miller
Kiana Resch

Four Year Overall Senior Award:
Joanna Nagle

Science Department

Outstanding Achievement:
Aliciamarie Dutka
Allison Faber
Zibin Gao
Maura Hogaboom
Marcus Lannie
Katherine Pollina

Four Year Overall Senior Award:
Margaret Crane

Social Studies Department

Outstanding Achievement:
Zachary Evans
Ricky Lambert
Matthew McManaman
Patricia Miller
Joanna Nagle

Four Year Overall Senior Award:
Amalia Sordo-Palacios

Heart of the Class of 2019 Awards Recipients:
Clare Camblin
Zoe Green

Senior Club Awards

The clubs and organizations at Saint Viator High School recognize the following seniors for their commitment and service to their club and organization. The senior awards are:

Ambassadors’ Club

Outstanding Service:
Hunter Loprino
Daniel Thompson
Grace Towsey

Anime Club                        

Outstanding Service:
Katherine Quinn

Campus Ministry Team

Outstanding Service:
Christine Helenick
Johanna Lam
Daniel Thompson
Laura Yacu

Chamber Singers               

Outstanding Service:
Emily Goebel
Joanna Nagle
Alexandra Schwabe

Chinese Club

Outstanding Service:
Xini (Sydney) Chen
Jiayu (Ella) Shi
Wenjie (Tiffany) Song

Fall Play

Outstanding Service:
James McManus
Kiana Resch

Film Making Club

Outstanding Service:
James Scully

French Club

Outstanding Service:
Constance Airan
Clare Camblin

Italian Club

Outstanding Service:
Alessia Arthur
Sara Hankinson
Blaise Russo

Justice League Club

Outstanding Service:
Allison Bosshart
Sarah McDermott
Sumin Yu

LINK Crew

Outstanding Service:
Katherine Capra
Cara Denten

Math Team

Outstanding Service:
Zibin Gao
Marcus Lannie, Captain
Yiran Liu
Wenhan Yang
Sumin Yu

Musical

Outstanding Service:
Maggie VanValkenburg
William Walberg

National Art Honor Society

Outstanding Service:
Kayla Johnson
Natalie Krause
Sarah McDermott

National Honor Society

Outstanding Service:
Zoe Green
Zhouxuan Wang

Pit Orchestra

Outstanding Service:
Yiran Liu

Revelations Show Choir

Outstanding Service:
Clare Camblin
Caroline Lavender
Blaise Russo

SADD

Outstanding Service:
Maura Hogaboom
Colleen McMahon
Kiana Resch

Scholastic Bowl

Outstanding Service:
Gianna Licari

Spanish Club/Una Gente

Outstanding Service:
Grace Castellese
Emily Goebel
Crystal Schuster

Technical Theater Award

Outstanding Service:
Paige Laskiewicz
Matthew Rapala

Theater Productions

Outstanding Service:
Robert Baxendale
James Scully

Viator Voice

Outstanding Service:
Matthew McManaman
Brooke Puccini

2019 Student Council Officers:

Senior Class President
Kevin Wilhite

Senior Class Vice-President
James Scully

Senior Class Secretary
James McManus

ICC Co-Presidents
Maura Hogaboom
Daniel Thompson

ICC Parliamentarian
Matthew McManaman

The Lion’s Pride Award is an award presented to a senior class member of student council for outstanding service over three or four years to their class council and I.C.C. and who has truly demonstrated what is meant by Lion’s Pride. The recipient of this award was chosen by the members of Student Council and I.C.C. and is presented to Daniel Thompson.

East Suburban Catholic Conference Scholar-Athlete Award

Each school in the East Suburban Catholic Conference recognizes ten scholar-athletes for the Scholar-Athlete award. These ten students are the highest-ranking athletes by cumulative grade point average after seven semesters at their respective schools. To qualify, they must participate in their sport their senior year.

Ritarose Battin – Swimming, Water Polo
Allison Bosshart – Soccer
Margaret Crane – Swimming Water Polo
Anna Haas – Volleyball
Sara Hankinson – Cross Country
Maura Hogaboom – Cross Country, Soccer
Caroline Lavender – Golf
Colleen McMahon – Swimming
Patricia Miller – Lacrosse
Amalia Sordo-Palacios – Cross Country, Water Polo
Nolan Doherty – Golf
Zachary Evans – Soccer
Marcus Lannie – Swimming, Volleyball
Hernando Ledesma – Soccer, Volleyball
Nicholas McCaulley – Track and Field
Matthew McManaman – Soccer, Tennis
Nathan Peters – Football, Track and Field
Michael Ruben – Golf, Swimming and Water Polo
Nicholas Surdo – Baseball
Kevin Wilhite – Baseball

The Golden Lion Award (Three Seasons/four-year student-athletes)

It requires skill, time management and commitment to be a student and an athlete at Saint Viator High School. Academic demands, practices, games and other responsibilities require a student-athlete to plan carefully and set priorities.

In 2006, the Athletic Booster Club established an award to recognize the dedicated student-athletes who participate in a sport all three seasons for all four years of high school.

The Golden Lion Award recipients are:

Connie Airan – Cheerleading, Cheerleading, Soccer/Track
Kentaro Lim – Soccer, Wrestling/Swimming, Water Polo
Payton McDonald – Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer
Michael Purk – Football, Basketball/Wrestling, Baseball
Michael Ruben – Golf, Swimming, Water Polo

Athletes of the Year:

Payton McDonnell
Jeremiah Hernandez

Catholic Relief Services Award

As a Catholic Relief Services Gold School, Saint Viator is committed to bringing Catholic Social Teaching awareness and lived experiences to our students. Catholic Relief Services honors those students who have demonstrated efforts to make a difference in the lives of the marginalized in our world. This year’s recipients of the Catholic Relief Services Award are:

Joanna Lam
Julia Vadan

The National Association of Secondary School Principals American Citizenship Award to:

Kentaro Lim
Dillon Mathewson
Matthew Rapala
Alex Tortorella

Eastern Illinois University Academic Challenge Competition:

Academic Challenge is a test-based competition hosted by the Physics Department and Pre-Engineering Program at Eastern Illinois University. Offered to high school students, subjects tested are biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics. This year’s sectional award winners are:

Marcus Lannie, 2nd place in math
Daniel Fecko and Maura Hogaboom, 3rd place in English

President’s Volunteer Service Award:

The President’s Volunteer Service Awards are presented to students who have displayed exceptional dedication to volunteer service. Their many hours of service exemplify a commitment to the mission of Saint Viator High School and a conviction that service to others is a major element of the Christian life. Through their efforts, they have demonstrated values that make our country strong and help to build a culture of service and responsibility. The Bronze Service Award is given to those who complete between 100 and 199 hours of service.

The Bronze Service Award is presented to:
Emma Abrahamian
Ritarose Battin
Nicole Durso
Xubo Lu
Kiana Resch
Julia Vadan
Shixi Zhang

The President’s Volunteer Silver Service Award is given to those who complete between 200 and 249 hours of service.

The Silver Service Award is presented to:
Emily Goebel
Maura Hogaboom
Johanna Lam

The recipient receives the President’s Volunteer Gold Service Award for 250 or more hours of service.

The Gold Service Award is presented to:
Allison Bosshart
Marcus Lannie

Each year all juniors compete for National Merit Scholarships by taking the PSAT exam. In the fall of 2017, 2 million students across the nation took the PSAT. Our student who scored in the top 1% across the nation was named as National Merit Finalists is Maura Hogaboom.

Students who scored in the top 3% were named Commended National Merit Scholars:
Ritarose Battin
Allison Bosshart
Thomas Constertina
Zachary Evans
Nikolas Hohlweg
Marcus Lannie
Nicholas McCaulley
Matthew McManaman
Brooke Puccini
Nicholas Surdo
Kevin Wilhite

National Hispanic Recognition Program

The NHRP was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. This year, the NHRP is recognizing nearly 5,000 students selected from a pool of over 200,000 students who took the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT/PAA and identified themselves as Hispanic/Latino. Students recognized by the NHRP are at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino (based on the program’s definition) and have achieved a minimum PSAT/NMSQT/PAA score for their region. Students with GPAs of 3.5 or higher are designated as Scholars, and those with GPAs of 3.0 to 3.49 as Honorable Mentions.

The 2019 National Hispanic Scholars are:
Amalia Sordo-Palacios
Madison Walker

The Frank M. Covey, Jr. Award

Frank M. Covey, Jr. was the first President of the Saint Viator High School Board of Trustees.  To honor him, the Frank M. Covey Jr. Award for Meritorious Service to Saint Viator High School was established. We honor students who have maintained a satisfactory grade point average, have participated in co-curricular activities, and at the same time, have consistently demonstrated a willingness to volunteer time and energy to be of service to the whole school.

Emma Abrahamian
Robert Baxendale
Allison Bosshart
Katherine Capra
Grace Castellese
Caraline Denten
Colin Douglas
Nicole Durso
Emily Goebel
Mary Beth Hansen
Christine Helenick
Jeremiah Hernandez
Maura Hogaboom
Marcus Lannie
Johanna Lam
Sarah McDermott
Payton McDonnell
Colleen McMahon
James McManus
Michael Purk
Kiana Resch
William Riley
Blaise Russo
James Scully
Amalia Sordo-Palacios
Daniel Thompson
Julia Vadan
Kevin Wilhite
Laura Yacu

The Andrew Johnstone Leadership Award and the Christopher Erdman Award

In honor of Andrew Johnstone, Class of 1992, this award is presented by the Administration and Student Council of Saint Viator High School to a person who exhibits the qualities of leadership in school spirit, student government, athletics, academics, community and friendship, student/activities/involvement.

The finalists are:
Maura Hogaboom
Kiana Resch
Blaise Russo
Amalia Sordo-Palacios
Daniel Thompson
Kevin Wilhite

The Christopher Erdmann Award

This award has been instituted in honor of Christopher Erdmann, a senior of the class of 1968 who died of leukemia in the fall of that year. Subsequently, his parents initiated the Christopher Cup. This award is presented to an individual who not only is an excellent student but one who is involved in both co-curricular activities and the community as well. The senior who best exemplifies the living spirit of Saint Viator High School.

The finalists for the Erdmann Award are:
Maura Hogaboom
Nathan Peters
Blaise Russo
Amalia Sordo-Palacios
Kevin Wilhite

 

Viator Voice Staffers Win State Journalism Hardware

D5G-cPOWAAY9E4IJulia Benkendorf may just be a freshman, but already she has a state title under her belt. At the IHSA state journalism finals held over the weekend in Normal, Julia took first place in news writing.

In all, Saint Viator advanced three staff journalists from the Viator Voice to state. They were among students from 83 high schools across the state who qualified at their respective sectionals.

Grace Chang ’19, who is the co-local editor, earned a state berth in review writing after placing second at sectionals, which were held at Stevenson High School. Brenna Drabik ’21 also made it to state in editorial cartooning. She also placed second at sectionals and provides art for the Viator Voice. 

This was the third straight year that members of the Viator Voice staff advanced to state in journalism, and the second time they earned a state title. Back in 2017, Stephen Hannon won first place in headline writing, while his classmate, Elias Rivera ’17 earned a fifth-place medal in editorial cartooning.

D5G-cPPX4AE6qLa“It’s pretty impressive, especially considering the quality of the other journalism programs in our section,” says Mr. Chris Paolelli ’02, newspaper moderator. “We’re competing against much bigger schools who often have large staffs, dedicated journalism courses or multiple advisers.

“I was already thrilled to bring this many students to state,” he adds, “but I absolutely did not expect our youngest qualifier to bring home gold.”

For Julia, the world of journalism and competing at state are all new. This is the first time she has written for a newspaper and she is not an editor on the Voice. Yet, she loves to write and she liked the challenge of creating a concise news story, on the spot, she says.

At the state competition, students in news writing were “assigned” to cover a press conference about a bill up for passage in the state legislature that permits the use of recreational marijuana. Students had to write a story for page one, based on the written background they were given and the 20-minute press conference. In all, they had 90 minutes, including the press conference, to draft their story of 400 words. They were judged on leads, clarity and accuracy of details, use of quotations, and proper style and mechanics in addition to writing and organization.

“I felt like I was rushed,” Julia said later, “and probably wouldn’t place since I didn’t have enough time to proofread it.”

She not only placed, but she also won the event and now her plaque will hang outside the second floor “newsroom” at Saint Viator among its other awards.

D5G-cPMXoAAKYLtThe other two categories were just as difficult, though, in the end, neither Lion placed. For Grace, who also serves as local editor as well as co-editor in chief, she had 90 minutes to write up a review of a seven-minute music video by Eddie Vedder.

“I usually take a long time to write, so I really felt pressured by the time constraint,” Grace said. “But I enjoy review writing. I wrote for the entertainment section last year and like the engaging aspect of looking at a movie clip or listening to music and then reviewing it for your classmates.”

Brenna contributes all sorts of artwork to the Viator Voice, but she had her hands full with the state prompt for editorial cartooning. She and the other contestants were given a backgrounder on a high school seeking to replace some of its fine arts classes with another study hall for students. They were given 90 minutes to design a cartoon either supporting or opposing the proposition. They were judged on how clear their editorial statement was as well as their artistic ability and creative approach.

“I thought it would be something a little more bold,” Brenna said of their subject, “but I liked having to focus more on my creative side to try and come up with something.”

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.”

 

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