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.

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

Scholar Knights Remain Undefeated

In week three of South Central Scholastic League (SCSL) play, the Scholar Knights buzzed their way to three wins on Tuesday, November 15.  The Knights defeated Cumberland (360-190), Hillsboro (390-240), and Litchfield (490-190).  John Hund led the Knights with 12 total toss ups, followed by Ethan Schumacher (7), Ben Logullo (6), Zach Honor (3), Nick Toennies (3), Alex Rivera (2) and Drew Potthast (1).  Alex Norris, John Hilmes, Anthony Lepore, Mackenzie Horstmann, Minh Le, and Becca Moss, Jaden Meadows and Ethan Guillot also contributed to the victories.

The winning streak continued on Monday, November 21, as the Scholar Knights defeated Murphysboro (470-175) in the quarterfinals of the televised Scholastic Hi-Q Tournament at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  (Episode air date not yet announced.)  Ben Logullo led the team with six toss ups, followed by John Hund (4), Nick Toennies (3) and Ethan Shumacher (3).  With the win, the Scholar Knights advance to the semifinals against Carbondale next Monday, November 28.

The Scholar Knights are now 11-0 for the season.

Scholar Knights (l to r) John Hund, Ben Logullo, Nick Toennies and Ethan Schumacher won the quarterfinal round at the Scholastic Hi-Q held at SIUC on Monday, November 21.

Scholar Knights (l to r) John Hund, Ben Logullo, Nick Toennies and Ethan Schumacher won the quarterfinal round at the Scholastic Hi-Q held at SIUC on Monday, November 21.

Seniors Announce Intent to Play Collegiate Athletics

(from left) Sydney Engelhart, Logan Braundmeier and Erica Hitpas

(from left) Sydney Engelhart, Logan Braundmeier and Erica Hitpas announce their intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Congratulations to seniors Logan Braundmeier, Sydney Engelhart and Erica Hitpas on the announcement of their intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level!  Logan will play softball for the Murray State University Racers, Sydney will play softball for the St. Ambrose University Fighting Bees, and Erica will play volleyball for the Western Illinois University Fighting Leathernecks.

Students of the Quarter (First Quarter)

The Students of the Quarter (left to right): freshmen Hannah McSparin and Kyle Billhartz, sophomores Carly Etter and Dennis Trickey, juniors Lauren Kampwerth and Drew Potthast, and seniors Sarah Maller and Logan Albers.

The Students of the Quarter (left to right): freshmen Hannah McSparin and Kyle Billhartz, sophomores Carly Etter and Dennis Trickey, juniors Lauren Kampwerth and Drew Potthast, and seniors Sarah Maller and Logan Albers.

The administration and faculty are pleased to announce the Students of Quarter for the first quarter.  Please join us in congratulating these students and their families!

Senior Logan Albers, the son of Dean and Marlene Albers of Breese.  Throughout his academic career, Logan has enrolled in a variety of honors courses, including Calculus, English Composition 101 and 102, and Physics Honors as a senior.  Outside the classroom, Logan is a four-year member of the soccer team and a three-year member of National Honor Society.  He also serves as a member of Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC) Junior Associates.  Finally, Logan is a Eucharistic Minister and youth group member at St. Boniface Catholic Church.  Following graduation, Logan plans to major in computer science.

 Senior Sarah Maller, the daughter of Peter and Marsha Maller of Troy.  Throughout her academic career, Sarah has enrolled in nearly every honors course offered, including Calculus, English Composition 101 and 102, and Physics Honors as a senior; and earned awards for her achievement in Algebra I Honors, English I Honors, Physical Science Honors, English II Honors, American History, and American Literature Honors.  In October, Sarah was recognized as a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Outside the classroom, Sarah tutors and is a four-year member of band, chorus, Liturgical Music Group, Liturgical Planning Team, the fall play, the spring musical and Teens for Life; a three-year member of National Honor Society; and a two-year member of WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering), The Knight yearbook staff, and The Lance newspaper staff.  She has also performed in Clinton County Showcase summer productions.  Finally, Sarah is a member of the choir and Luke 18 confirmation retreat teams at St. Jerome Catholic Church.  Following graduation, Sarah plans to enroll in a pre-medicine program, as she aspires to become a neurologist.

Junior Drew Potthast, the son of Dan and Sue Potthast of Beaver Prairie.  Since his freshman year, Drew has enrolled in the honors mathematics and science courses.  As a junior, in addition to Chemistry Honors and Pre-Calculus, he is enrolled in American Literature Honors, AP American History, and Composition Honors.  Outside the classroom, Drew is a three-year member of Scholar Bowl, a two-year member of chorus and National Honor Society, and a new member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).  Finally, he is a server at St. Felicitas Catholic Church.

Junior Lauren Kampwerth, the daughter of Ron and Lori Kampwerth of Aviston.  Since her freshman year, Lauren has enrolled in the honors English and mathematics courses.  As a junior, in addition to American Literature Honors, Composition Honors, and Pre-Calculus, she is enrolled in Chemistry Honors.  Outside the classroom, Lauren is a three-year member of the softball team, a two-year member of National Honor Society, and a new member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Student Ambassadors, and Student Council.  She also volunteers at Aviston Nursing Home.  Finally, Lauren is a server and youth group member at St. Francis Catholic Church.

Sophomore Dennis Trickey, the son of Bill and Denise Trickey of Pierron.  Currently, Dennis is enrolled in Spanish II Honors.  Outside the classroom, he is a two-year member of Teens for Life and volunteers to count weekly mission collections during study halls.  Dennis also volunteers as a baseball coach at Highland Middle School.  Finally, Dennis is a Youth Faith Formation teacher, lector, server and youth group member at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Sophomore Carly Etter, the daughter of Mark and Fran Etter of Breese.  In addition to her current enrollment in Biology Honors, Algebra II & Trigonometry, and English II Honors, Carly enrolled in Physical Science Honors as a freshman.  Outside the classroom, Carly is a two-year member of Art Club, band, track and varsity cheerleading, for which she earned the Most Improved Award as a freshman.  She also volunteers at the Clinton County Humane Society.  Carly is a member of St. Felicitas Catholic Church.

Freshman Kyle Billhartz, the son of Ken and Cristie Billhartz of New Baden.  In his first year at Mater Dei, Kyle is enrolled in Geometry (a sophomore level course).  Outside the classroom, Kyle is a member of the football team.  He also volunteers at Aviston Nursing Home.  Kyle is a member of St. George Catholic Church.

Freshman Hannah McSparin, the daughter of Dustin and Lynn McSparin of Breese.  In her first year at Mater Dei, Hannah is enrolled in Algebra I Honors and English I Honors.  Outside the classroom, she is a member of band, The Knight newspaper staff, Liturgical Music Group and the volleyball team.  Finally, Hannah is a cantor, server and Vacation Bible School volunteer at St. Dominic Catholic Church.

Student Council Hosts Blood Drive

blood-drive-sophia-zachIn conjunction with the American Red Cross, the Student Council hosted a blood drive on October 31.  Donors consisted of community members, Mater Dei juniors and seniors, and faculty members.  Pictured (left) is Zach Honer with Student Council volunteer Sophia Lager; and (below) Mr. Gary Pollmann, with his daughter, Riley, who also donated.  From the 92 donors who presented to donate, 73 units were collected.Blood Drive - Pollmanns

 

 

Musicians Perform at IMEA Festival

imea-district-fesitvalMater Dei musicians (left to right) Amber Litteken (orchestra), Emily Hemker (chorus), Annie Kuenstler (band), and Maddie Owens (chorus) performed at the District VI Illinois Music Education Association (IMEA) Festival on Saturday, November 5, at Edwardsville High School.  They were selected for the festival after auditioning in October.

New Opportunities for Building Trades Classes

Keeping with tradition at Mater Dei, the start of the 2016-2017 school year includes the construction of a new home through our Building Trades program.  This year, however, the students have been provided two unique opportunities: to construct an ICF (insulated concrete form) home and to obtain OSHA Certification in Safety Awareness.

Under the direction of ICF contractor James Otten of Otten Contracting and contractor Al Faust of Alberternst Construction, the students will gain valuable experience and knowledge in the differences in ICF construction and wood construction.

In addition, through the generosity of Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., specifically Vice President Gregg Korte and Safety Director Bill Blechinger, our Building Trades students completed a 10-hour course from which they earned a safety certification card from the Department of Labor.  The course included topics such as fall protection, personal protection equipment, and electrical and chemical hazards.  Mr. Blechinger, who has earned national recognition for his extensive knowledge and wealth of experience, donated his time to teach the course, free of charge.  Mr. Korte paid the fees to the Department of Labor for the students’ OSHA Certification.  Mater Dei is blessed to have received this level of support from Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. for the benefit of our students!

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