Catholic Holy Family Society Donation

CHFS DonationCatholic Holy Family Society members Theresa Jansen (left) and Jim Richter (right) present a $200 donation to Director of Advancement Fr. Chuck Tuttle (middle).  Catholic Holy Family Society’s  generosity is greatly appreciated, as it truly makes a difference for our students!

Teens for Life Hosts Jeans Day

Pro-Life Shirt
Our Teens for Life recently hosted a jeans day, which raised $720.25 for Food for the Hungry. Students had the opportunity to wear jeans with a pro-life shirt designed by senior Margo Lampe (pictured at left) or a Mater Dei spirit shirt. We thank our Teens for Life members and moderator Mrs. KK Schneider for raising awareness of all aspects of the pro-life movement.

Toy and Winter Clothing Collection

SVDP Toy Collection

(from left) St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) members Annie Kuenstler, Sarah Schriewer, Dennis Trickey, and moderator Mrs. KK Schneider delivered donated toys to BCMW in Breese. During a collection sponsored by SVDP November 21 through December 9, a new record of 325 new toys, hats, gloves and scarves were donated for those in need. In addition, our boys basketball team collected new and gently used coats at their blue and white scrimmage games. The winter clothing will be donated to Belleville SVDP.

Mission Collection for Sarah Corbus, Class of 2014

The Mater Dei family donated $300 to a special mission collection for the benefit of Sarah Corbus, a member of the Class of 2014. Now in her fifth semester of dual enrollment in Ozark Christian College and Missouri Southern State University, Sarah plans to travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico, during her spring break in March for a Christ in Youth Engage mission trip.  Please pray for Sarah as she lives the lessons she learned at Mater Dei.  In Sarah’s words, “I’m excited and looking forward to what God will do in me and through me.”

Spanish Club Hosts Blanket Drive

Spanish Club Blanket Drive(from left) Erika Ortiz, Allison Beckmann and Quinn Cutler are pictured with blankets donated to the Spanish Club’s #SPREADTHEWARMTH blanket drive. The blankets will be donated to Highland Area Food Pantry, Relevant Pregnancy Options Center, local nursing homes and a local men’s homeless shelter.  We thank our Spanish Club members and moderator Mrs. Andrea Bodinet for hosting the collection.

Scholar Knights Close First Semester with Three Wins

The Scholar Knights rounded out their first semester with a road trip to Father McGivney High School for three Metro East Quad League matches. In the first match, the Knights faced the host Griffins. Ethan Schumacher got the scoring going for the Knights with his knowledge of French literature, as the Knights built a 220-80 halftime lead. The Knights continued to convert in the second half, winning by a final tally of 370-130. Ethan Schumacher, John Hund, and Jaden Meadows led the team with three toss ups each. Ben Logullo tallied two toss ups, while Nick Toennies and Alex Rivera scored one toss up each.

In the second match, the Scholar Knights tamed their cross-town-rival Central Cougars. Central struck first, but the Knights quickly answered and led 190-100 at halftime. In the second half, the Cougars could not close the gap, as the Knights won 370-200. Ben Logullo led the team with four toss ups. Ethan Schumacher scored three times. John Hund, Nick Toennies, and John Hilmes tallied two toss ups each.

In the finale, the Scholar Knights grounded the Civic Memorial Eagles. The Eagles scored the first toss up of the match, but would not convert another until question seventeen, as the Knights led 220-20 at half, en route to a 300-50 victory. Ethan Schumacher and Nick Toennies led the attack with three toss ups each. Ben Logullo and John Hund scored twice, while Alex Rivera added one toss up.

Becca Moss, Minh Le, Anthony Lepore, Drew Potthast, Mackenzie Horstmann, and Alex Norris also contributed to the victories.

The wins improved the Knights’ record to 29-1 on the season and 6-0 in Metro East Quad League play. The Scholar Knights will resume their season in January.

Class of 2017 Boasts 27 Illinois State Scholars

IL State ScholarsWe are pleased to announce that the following seniors have been honored as Illinois State Scholars: (row 1) Annie Kuenstler, Erica Hitpas, Margo Lampe, Sophia Lager, Tori Arentsen, Austin Gebke, Trever Johnson; (row 2) Sarah Schriewer, Sarah Maller, Callie Becker, Sara Kniepmann, Otto Stark, Adam Gall; (row 3) Peyton Kreke, Noah Gerdes, Nick Schmitz, Will Harad, Nick Mensing, Brett Kaufman, Keegan Spirek; (row 4) Anna Knebel, Amber Litteken, Branden Billhartz, Corynn Henrichs, Madison Peppenhorst and Ethan Schumacher.  Gabrielle Ludwig was unavailable for the photo.

These twenty-seven seniors represent 23% of the Class of 2017! (The average in Illinois is 10% of a class.)  Selection for this honor is based on a combination of a student’s ACT and/or SAT test score(s), GPA, and class rank at the end of his/her junior year, unless he/she scores at or above the 95th percentile in Illinois on the ACT and/or SAT test(s). While students do not receive a monetary award, they are able to list this prestigious honor on both college applications and scholarship applications.

Please join us in congratulating our Illinois State Scholars – their dedication to achieving academic success has most certainly paid off!

Seniors Host Trivia Night for Service Project

Seniors (from left) Alyse Kloeckner, Anna Knebel, Maya Beckemeyer, Leann Huegen, Alyssa Ripperda, Emma Breiner and Rachel Zurliene hosted a trivia night to raise funds required for their senior service project.  For three weeks in January, the seniors, as well as a group of their parents, will travel to Louisiana to rebuild a home destroyed by flooding.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

During the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, the Mater Dei community donated 2,742 food items.  In twelve years, the Mater Dei community has donated 22,156 food items to bless those in need.  Please join us in extending a special “thank you” to Mrs. Deb Foote, NHS moderator; Mrs. KK Schneider, St. Vincent de Paul moderator; and our NHS officers and members for hosting the drive.

Pictured at left, Quinn Cutler, Drew Tonnies and Myah Beckmann organize donations.

Junior Knights, pictured at left with Student Ambassadors, donated 62 food items to the drive during their Thanksgiving Art and Service Project.