Adam Seger of Highland (left) and Otto Stark of Breese (right) competed in the IHSA Swimming Sectionals on Saturday, February 18. In the 50 freestyle, Adam earned 10th with a time of 23.31 and Otto Stark earned 11th with a time of 23.53. Otto also earned 6th and medaled in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.74. Congratulations, Adam and Otto!
On Saturday, February 18, the Scholar Knights won the 34th Annual Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl Class 2A Sectional Tournament with an undefeated 6-0 record for the day! In pool play, the Knights defeated the following opponents: Gibault 310-180, Vandalia 320-160, Greenville 290-230, and Nashville 320-170. As a result, they advanced to the four-team single-elimination finals. In the semi-final match, Mater Dei defeated Freeburg 300-180. The Knights then faced Wesclin in the championship. In an exciting match that included a tie and two lead changes, the Knights defeated the Warriors 240-190.
Ethan Schumacher led the Scholar Knights with a total of nineteen toss ups, followed by Ben Logullo (18), John Hund (16), Nick Toennies (6), Jaden Meadows (1), and Alex Norris (1). Taylor Goring and Anna Klostermann also contributed to the victories.
The Scholar Knights, sponsored by the Red Bud Masonic Lodge, will compete in the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl Class 2A State Championship in Bloomington on March 4. The Scholar Knights, now 56-1 on the season, look to capture the Metro East Quad League postseason crown on Thursday, February 23, where they will compete against Belleville West (host), Alton, and Althoff.
The administration and faculty are pleased to announce the Students of Quarter for the second quarter. Please join us in congratulating these students and their families!
Senior Trever Johnson, the son of Ken and Lisa Johnson of Bartelso. Throughout his academic career, Trever has enrolled in the English, mathematics, and science honors courses, including Calculus, English Composition 101 and 102, and Physics Honors as a senior. Trever also earned recognition as an Illinois State Scholar. Outside the classroom, Trever is a four-year member of the football team, for which he served as captain, was selected for the Belleville News Democrat All-Area Football Team, and earned the team’s Bull of the Year award. In addition, Trever is a three-year member of National Honor Society; and first-year member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Liturgical Planning Team, Teens for Life, and Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE). Finally, Trever is a member of Breese Youth Ministry and a server and usher at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Following graduation, Trever plans to earn a degree in engineering.
Senior Kara Ratermann, the daughter of Rick and Rita Ratermann of Breese. Throughout her academic career, Kara has enrolled in the honors mathematics courses. As a senior, in addition to Calculus, Kara is enrolled in English Composition 101 and 102. She also serves as a catechist for St. Francis Catholic Church Youth Faith Formation program. Outside the classroom, Kara is a four-year member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) (current vice president); a three-year member of National Honor Society, Student Ambassadors, and Student Council (current president and award recipient the past two years); and a two-year member of the spring musical chorus. Finally, Kara is a member of Breese Youth Ministry and Luke 18 confirmation retreat teams, as well as a lector at St. Dominic Catholic Church. Following graduation, Kara plans to earn a degree in business with a marketing emphasis.
Junior Nathan Perkes, the son of Bruce and Rose Perkes of Aviston. Since his freshman year, Nathan has enrolled in college-preparatory courses. Outside the classroom, Nathan is a three-year member of the soccer team, basketball team and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA); and has served as a Murray Center volunteer, for which he received an award his sophomore year, and a homecoming float committee member. Finally, he is a server and youth group member at St. Francis Catholic Church.
Junior Caroline Kenow, the daughter of Brian and Becky Kenow of Germantown. Since her freshman year, Caroline has enrolled in the honors English, mathematics, science and Spanish courses. As a junior, she is enrolled in American Literature Honors, Chemistry Honors, Composition Honors, Pre-Calculus and Spanish III. Outside the classroom, Caroline is a three-year member of the cheerleading squad, Lance newspaper staff, marching band, Student Council, Teens for Life and wind ensemble; a two-year member of jazz band, Liturgical Planning Team, National Honor Society and Student Ambassadors; and a first-year member of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Finally, Caroline is a lector at St. Boniface Catholic Church.
Sophomore Joseph Petermeyer, the son of Jeff and Michelle Petermeyer of Aviston. Currently, Joseph is enrolled in Algebra II & Trigonometry, Biology Honors and Geometry Honors. Outside the classroom, he is a two-year member of concert band, marching band, and the casts of the fall play and the spring musical; and a first-year member of chorus. As a freshman, Joseph earned recognition for his achievement in band. Finally, Joseph is a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.
Sophomore Kata Bowen, the daughter of Shane Bowen and Krista Anzelone of Breese. Since her freshman year, Kata has enrolled in every honors course offered. Currently, she is enrolled in Algebra II & Trigonometry, Biology Honors, English II Honors, Geometry Honors and Spanish II Honors. Outside the classroom, Kata is a member of the basketball team and chorus. Finally, Kata is a member of Faith Family Church.
Freshman Quinn Jansen, the son of Nathan and Angie Jansen of Germantown. In his first year at Mater Dei, Quinn is enrolled in Geometry (a sophomore level course) and English I Honors. Outside the classroom, Quinn is a member of Student Council, as well as the basketball and soccer teams. He plans to play baseball in the spring. Finally, Quinn is a server at St. Boniface Catholic Church.
Freshman Taylor Goring, the daughter of Kevin and Jackie Goring of Highland. In her first year at Mater Dei, Taylor is enrolled in Geometry and Spanish II (sophomore level courses), as well as English I Honors and Physical Science Honors. Outside the classroom, she is a member of chorus, concert band, Liturgical Music Group, marching band, pit band for the spring musical, Scholar Bowl, Teens for Life, The Knight yearbook staff and the golf team. In January, Taylor traveled to Washington, D.C., for the 44th Annual March for Life. Finally, Taylor is a member of the youth organization and liturgical music group at St. Paul Catholic Church.
On January 26, the Scholar Knights traveled to Metro East Lutheran High School (MELHS) for matches with MELHS, East St. Louis and Jerseyville. In the opening match against MELHS, Mater Dei converted five of the first six toss ups to jump out to a 140-30 lead. Maintaining the lead throughout the match, Mater Dei went on to win 350-190. In the second match, the Knights faced the Jerseyville Panthers. In the first half, after the Panthers kept pace with the Knights through eight questions, Mater Dei slowly forged ahead and led 150-90 at halftime. In the second half, however, the Knights took command and cruised to a 310-200 victory. In the final match against the East St. Louis Flyers, Mater Dei led 180-30 at halftime and held the Flyers scoreless in the second half, winning 320-30. Ethan Schumacher led the team with eighteen toss ups, followed by John Hund (6), Amber Litteken (4), Alex Rivera (2), Nick Toennies (2) and John Hilmes (1).
Next, on February 7, the Scholar Knights competed for the Catholic Schools Tournament crown at Althoff. In the opening match against Gibault, Mater Dei wasted no time grounding the Hawks, as the Knights led by the maximum score of 120-0 after three questions. Mater Dei continued to dominate throughout the match, leading 210-40 at halftime and winning with a final score of 360-120. In the second match, Mater Dei faced the Althoff Crusaders, who looked to close the gap on the Knights in the Metro East Quad League standings, as the second-place Crusaders trailed the Knights by three games. After Mater Dei led 190-50 at halftime and extended the lead to 330-50, Althoff went on a four-question run to close the gap, which resulted in Mater Dei winning with a final score of 340-140. In the final match, the Scholar Knights faced the Marquette Explorers. After leading 220-60 at halftime, Mater Dei marched to a 320-150 victory. By virtue of their 3-0 performance, the Scholar Knights were awarded the Catholic Schools Championship! Ben Logullo led the team with sixteen toss ups, followed by Ethan Schumacher (8), Nick Toennies (6), John Hund (3), Drew Potthast (2) and Alex Rivera (1). Ethan Guillot, John Hilmes, Mackenzie Horstmann, Minh Lĕ, Anthony Lepore and Jaden Meadows also contributed to the wins.
Finally, on February 9, the Scholar Knights concluded their regular season play in Columbia. In the opener, the Knights faced Metro East Lutheran High School (MELHS). MELHS kept the match close early, as Mater Dei lead 90-80 through seven questions. But in the end, Mater Dei had MELHS outmatched and won 320-120. In the second match against the Fr. McGivney Griffins, after remaining tied after six questions, the Knights found their groove and won 450-110. In the final match, the Knights faced the Columbia Eagles. The Eagles flew out to an early 110-70 lead after six questions, but by halftime, the Knights managed to claim a 150-110 advantage. The Eagles kept within striking distance for much of the second half, but a four-question run sealed the win 330-150 for the Scholar Knights. Ben Logullo led the team with ten toss-ups, followed by Ethan Schumacher (9), John Hund (9), Alex Rivera (3), Jaden Meadows (3) and Nick Toennies (2). Mackenzie Horstmann, Anthony Lepore, Alex Norris and Drew Potthast also contributed to the victories.
The Scholar Knights’ record is now 50-1, which includes a record of 26-0 in Metro East Quad League play. They will attempt to continue their winning streak at the Masonic Tournament on February 18, the Metro East Quad League Championship on February 23, the Clinton County Tournament on February 28 and IHSA Regionals on March 6.
Seventeen students competed at the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) regional on February 7 under the guidance of moderator Mr. Scott Timmermann. We congratulate our students who advanced to the sectional competition at McKendree University on March 13: Annie Kuenstler – 1st place in English, Amber Litteken – 2nd place in English, Ben Logullo – 2nd place in Biology, and Sarah Maller – 2nd place in Mathematics.
During Catholic Schools Week, the Mater Dei community raised an amazing $3,033.52 for our Shave the Stash Challenge! The challenge was held for the benefit of the education fund established for the children of the late Michelle Varel, Mater Dei Class of 1997. Our students enjoyed the shaving festivities during our Catholic Schools Week pep rally on Thursday, February 2. We thank everyone who so generously donated to the challenge!
On Wednesday, February 1, the Mater Dei community celebrated Vocations Appreciation Day. We were blessed to have Fr. Jim Deiters, Class of 1983, celebrate Mass and share a sermon focused on wisdom and gratitude. The junior high students of All Saints Academy and St. Paul Catholic School (Highland) also joined us for Mass. Following Mass, student representatives presented our dedicated priests, parish life coordinators and lay ministers with “Thank you” posters signed by the students of their parish.
On Tuesday, January 31, the Mater Dei community celebrated Faith in our Nation Day. Because we are crazy about our faith, students and faculty enjoyed wearing crazy clothing. In addition, in their English classes, students wrote letters of gratitude and prayer to our service men and women as a means of sharing our faith in the nation. The letters will be mailed through the A Million Thanks organization. Finally, we kicked off our “Pray for our Military Campaign” at the boys basketball game, where fans were invited to take a toy soldier to place in their home as a means of reminding them to pray for our service men and women.
For Catholic Schools Week Parish Appreciation Day, the following expressions of gratitude were included in the bulletins of local parishes:
“In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, I express my gratitude to all the parishes that generously donate to Mater Dei. Mater Dei helps me not only build character, but also deepen my faith by recognizing God in my life. The Catholic education my classmates and I receive truly prepares us to be good stewards of God’s gifts and to make a difference in the world by serving others. Mater Dei is an incredible school, and I am grateful, each day, for the opportunity to learn here. Thank you for helping make this gift of my education possible!”
Peyton Kreke, Class of 2017, St. Cecilia Catholic Church (Bartelso)
“The opportunity to receive a Catholic education has become increasingly limited. As a student at Mater Dei, I am not only receiving a Catholic education, but receiving a great one. For teenagers, fitting in with society while remaining true to our Christian values is becoming harder. At Mater Dei, we are taught to fully embrace our religious beliefs. Our teachers demonstrate how we can live our faith, every day, as dedicated disciples of the Lord. I am extremely thankful that my school is a place that brings students together and closer to God. Thank you so much for your amazing generosity! It truly makes a difference!”
Margo Lampe, Class of 2017, St. Boniface Catholic Church (Germantown)
“Since my best friend, Erin Cerbie, led me to Mater Dei, I have never looked back! Like my experience at St. Clare Catholic School, I am blessed to have the Holy Spirit in my daily life and to work with teachers who not only are skilled, but also love and care for their students. Mater Dei is a wonderful place to grow as I become a practicing Catholic adult. I am grateful to the parishioners of St. Clare Catholic Church and all who support Catholic education. Thank you!”
Clarissa Pavao, Class of 2018, St. Clare Catholic Church (O’Fallon)
“I am truly fortunate to attend Mater Dei Catholic High School! In addition to offering a faith filled environment, Mater Dei provides me with a strong academic curriculum taught by caring faculty who teach me to work hard to meet my academic goals. In addition, I have met so many new people and have established friendships I know will last a lifetime. Therefore, in honor of Catholic Schools Week, I thank my parish family and all who so generously support the Mater Dei community and Catholic education.”
Alexa Rinderer, Class of 2018, St. Paul Catholic Church (Highland)
“I am very happy with my choice to attend Mater Dei! The amazing teachers and students welcomed me with open arms. I have enjoyed the incredible opportunity to make new friends, to grow academically, and to participate in new extracurricular activities. I am looking forward to continuing my Catholic education at Mater Dei and thank you for your continued support!”
Mya Albers, Class of 2019, St. Dominic Catholic Church (Breese)
“Deciding to attend Mater Dei was one of the greatest choices I made in my academic career. Being part of a Catholic school has given me the opportunity to grow in my faith, excel academically, and make many new friends. My experience would never have been possible without the support of our parishioners. Therefore, I personally thank you, as your generosity has made a difference in my life!”
Claire Kampwerth, Class of 2019, St. Mary Catholic Church (Carlyle)
“The Catholic education I receive at Mater Dei is very valuable to me! Attending has enabled me to recognize my potential. I have also met new people through the many extracurricular activities Mater Dei offers. Finally, even as a freshman, I have already learned so much from the remarkable teachers. Thank you for all the help you give me and the other Mater Dei students!”
Matthew Fuehne, Class of 2020, St. Damian Catholic Church (Damiansville)