Members of the Class of 2017 were recognized for their academic achievements at the Senior-Parent Banquet held on Thursday, May 25. We congratulate the award winners, as well as their families, on their accomplishments! (photos courtesy of Unforgettable Photography by Anna)
Director of Bands Mr. Blake Korte, joined by drumline instructor Mr. Matt Murphy and color guard instructor Ms. Julianna Swanson, recognized members of our concert band, jazz band, wind ensemble, drumline and color guard at the Band Banquet held on May 15. We congratulate the award winners, as well as their families, on their accomplishments!
Congratulations to the Student Council representatives for the 2017-2018 school year! We look forward to their leadership!
Mrs. Kunkle’s freshman English students immersed themselves in Shakespeare and his famous tragedy Romeo and Juliet. After receiving background information on William Shakespeare and Elizabethan theater, the students learned of the bloody ancient feud between the “two households both alike in dignity” – the Capulets and the Montagues.
To get them in the mindset for the insulting remarks thrown between the families, students created their own Shakespearean insults such as knavish fat-kidneyed dogfish, greasy sour-faced rabbit, and reeky onion-eyed younker. They had to then define the insults’ literal meanings.
Because the protagonists Romeo and Juliet meet at a masquerade party hosted by Juliet’s father, Lord Capulet, students created their own masks with a design that corresponds with a character trait they possess and explained how they fit their chosen trait. The traits included hardworking, carefree, girly, soft-hearted, and mysterious. For each class period, students voted on their fellow classmates’ masks, choosing which ones they deemed the most colorful, the funniest/wildest, and the most original.
Freshmen also composed narratives for their chosen character from Romeo and Juliet, in which their character presents his/her telling of the plot action in each of the five acts and provides thoughts and feelings and comments about the action.
These assignments provided the students with the opportunity to utilize and to further develop not only their knowledge, but also their creativity!
The administration and faculty recognized students for their accomplishments in the areas of academics, service, and extracurricular activities at the annual National Honor Society (NHS) Induction and Underclass Awards Night on Tuesday, May 9. We congratulate not only the students, but also their families, for their achievements!
The “NHS Induction and Underclass Awards” article includes a complete list of the NHS inductees, academic letter winners, and underclass award recipients.
Seniors (from left) Peyton Kreke, Brett Kaufmann, Noah Gerdes, (Alumni Director Mr. Ron Schadegg), Hunter Wiegmann, Andrew Rivera and Cordell Beckmann are pictured donating to our new scholarship, the Class of 2017 Pay It Forward Scholarship, which will be awarded to a member of our incoming Class of 2021. After they were presented with the challenge to “pay it forward,” 23 seniors immediately donated a total of $510! If 100% of the seniors participate, Mr. Dennis Litteken ’79 will donate $79 and Mr. Ron Schadegg ’84 will donate $84. We thank our seniors for living out the words of Francis of Assisi, “For it is in giving that you receive!”
Mater Dei is proud to announce that the late James Kirby, M.D., will be inducted into the Mater Dei Hall of Honor on May 5, 2017, with fellow inductees Phyllis (Fox) Berndsen, Jeff Ripperda, M.D., and Rita (Schomaker) Winkeler.
James, who provided loyal service to Mater Dei, earned his doctoral degree in medicine from Loyola University in 1939. After establishing his first medical practice in Skokie, Illinois, James then moved to New Haven, Illinois. While in New Haven, James served as a founding member of the Egyptian Tri-County Health Department, the mayor, the P.T.A. president, and a school board member. In 1965, James moved to Breese, where he continued to practice medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital until his retirement in 1984.
In keeping with our calling to serve as advocates for Catholic education, James and his supportive wife Nellie opened their home to five students residing in southern Illinois for whom distance would have otherwise prevented them from attending Mater Dei. An avid fan of both basketball and football, he also served as a “team doctor,” offering his medical expertise for the benefit of Mater Dei’s athletes. Finally, James both promoted and supported various Mater Dei fundraisers.
As a resident of Breese, James was an active member of St. Dominic Catholic Church, serving as a eucharistic minister, lector, usher, and Parish School of Religion (P.S.R.) teacher. Additionally, he volunteered as a crossing guard for St. Dominic Catholic School (now All Saints Academy) and as the secretary of the Clinton County Medical Society for twenty years.
James, who passed away April 29, 2005, was blessed with three children, Sheila, Tom and Gary ’81, nine grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.
Established in 1997, the Hall of Honor recognizes alumni and friends of Mater Dei who have lived their lives as witnesses of her mission. The celebration will begin at 6:30 pm with Mass in the Mater Dei Chapel, followed by dinner and the induction ceremony. Proceeds benefit the Mater Dei Grant-in-Aid program. For reservations ($20 per person), please contact the office (618-526-7216).
Coaches and members of the bowling team, boys basketball team, girls basketball team and cheerleading squad, as well as their families, celebrated their seasons and honored team members during the Winter Athletic Banquet on Sunday, April 23.
Performing this year’s show, “The Dawn,” under the direction of band director Mr. Blake Korte, our Indoor Percussion closed their season at the Winter Guard International (WGI) Percussion and Winds World Championships in Dayton, OH, on April 20. With a score of 80.163, the Knights missed advancing to the semi-finals by two groups. In addition to competing, the students enjoyed performances at the finals competition and visited the U.S. Air Force Museum.
Forty-three students, under the guidance of Physics and Physics Honors teacher Mr. Dwight Thomas, participated in Physics Day at Six Flags on April 21. Throughout the day, students collected data related to the use of physics in Six Flags’ attractions.