Class of 2016 Earns Top ACT Scores

Mater Dei is proud to announce that the Class of 2016 earned an average ACT composite score of 24.4 (state average 20.8).  Thus, the Class of 2016 not only earned the highest score in the area, but also tied the Class of 2014 for the highest score in Mater Dei history!  The average ACT subject scores were also exceptional: English 24.1, Mathematics 23.8, Reading 25.1, and Science 24.0.

For students enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum (known as “core or more”), the Class of 2016 made Mater Dei history by earning the highest average ACT composite score, as well as the highest average ACT subject scores!  (A “core” curriculum includes four years of English and three or more years each of mathematics, science and social studies.) Specifically, the average scores were as follows: Composite 25.7, English 25.7, Mathematics 25.2, Reading 26.2, and Science 25.1.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016, as well as their families and the entire Mater Dei community!

Marching Knights Sweep Awards at Metro East Marching Classic

For their field show “Patterns,” the Marching Knights earned the top awards in each category at the Metro East Marching Classic held at O’Fallon Township High School on Saturday, September 10.  In addition to earning first place among the Class A schools, the Marching Knights earned outstanding music, outstanding visual, outstanding drum line, and outstanding color guard.

Metro East Marching Classic

Proudly displaying trophies are (l to r) color guard instructor Julianna Swanson, drum major Amber Litteken, Director of Bands Mr. Blake Korte, drum major Emma Dumstorff, and drum line instructor Matt Murphy.

Students Create Poetry with Aviston Countryside Manor Residents

Melanie Holtgrave is pictured with a resident of Aviston Countryside Manor with whom she created poetry while attending a workshop led by Mr. Gary Glazer of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.

Melanie Holtgrave is pictured with a resident of Aviston Countryside Manor with whom she created poetry while attending a workshop led by Mr. Gary Glazer of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.

Ten Mater Dei students volunteered to attend a workshop led by Mr. Gary Glazner at Aviston Countryside Manor on August 25. Mr. Glazer is the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project in Brooklyn, New York, and the author of Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care. After the students trained with Mr. Glazner, they created poetry with the residents, using life experiences to connect and to share with one another. The students will continue to create poetry with the elderly as they perform service hours as a part of Mater Dei’s Works of Mercy program, which guides our students in performing “charitable actions by which [they] help [their] neighbors” (U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults).

Attending a workshop led by Mr. Gary Glazner of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project were (left to right) Ellie Stark, Hunter Lee, Kinsey Stockmann, Emma Timmermann, Mr. Gary Glazner (back), Grace Rapp, Nicole Peek, Ben Logullo (back), Melanie Holtgrave, Andrew Boyer (back), Maddie Owens, and Mrs. Judy Kampwerth.

(left to right) Ellie Stark, Hunter Lee, Kinsey Stockmann, Emma Timmermann, Mr. Gary Glazner (back), Grace Rapp, Nicole Peek, Ben Logullo, Melanie Holtgrave, Andrew Boyer, Maddie Owens, and Mrs. Judy Kampwerth.

The annual Extracurricular Activities Fair was held during the lunch periods on Wednesday, August 24.  During the fair, students obtained information about and signed up for extracurricular activities.  In addition to athletics, Mater Dei offers 22 extracurricular activities, providing each student an opportunity to find an activity which allows him/her to share and to further develop his/her talents!

Faith Rackers and Gretta Stark receive information about the fall play and spring musical from upperclass students.

Freshmen Faith Rackers and Gretta Stark receive information from upperclass students about the play and musical.

Senior Connor Huegen accepts orders for Pep Club shirts from students.

Senior Connor Huegen accepts orders for Pep Club shirts from students.

 

Welcome Class of 2020

We are pleased to welcome the Class of 2020 and their families to the Mater Dei family!  The 111-member class includes two international students.

The freshmen enjoyed popsicles to close their first day, which was filled with multiple activities.

The freshmen enjoyed popsicles to close their first day, which was filled with multiple activities.

Freshmen pause for a picture as they wait to begin the scavenger hunt on their first day.

Freshmen pause for a picture as they wait to begin the scavenger hunt on their first day.

 

 

MD Alums at U.S. Air Force Academy

Cadet Fourth Class Sam Krebs, Class of 2016, selected Cadet Third Class Grace Chiarolanza, Class of 2015, to pin his shoulder boards, which he received after his completion of basic cadet training and acceptance to the cadet wing of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sam is the son of Brent and Amy Krebs of Breese and Grace is the daughter of Charlie and Jackie Chiarolanza of Aviston.

Cadet Fourth Class Sam Krebs, Class of 2016, selected Cadet Third Class Grace Chiarolanza, Class of 2015, to pin his shoulder boards, which he received after his completion of basic cadet training and acceptance to the cadet wing of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sam is the son of Brent and Amy Krebs of Breese and Grace is the daughter of Charlie and Jackie Chiarolanza of Aviston.