Category Archives: General News

Jazz Band enjoys Jazz at the Bistro


Director of Bands Mr. Blake Korte and members of the Jazz Band enjoyed an evening of music at Jazz at the Bistro in St. Louis on Friday, March 24.  Pictured outside the venue are (front, left to right) Caroline Kenow, Susy Cowgill, Alex Rivera; (back, left to right) Amber Litteken, Calvin Hintz and Alex Mueth.

Indoor Percussion Earns Third at MCCGA Competition at OTHS


The Mater Dei Indoor Percussion, pictured with instructors Mr. Schlich (far left) and Mr. Murphy (far right) earned third place at the Mid Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) competition at O’Fallon Township High School on March 18.  Their season will conclude with the Winter Guard International (WGI) competition in Dayton, OH, April 20-22.

“Green & Jeans Day” Raises $810 for St. Patrick Center


From the “Green and Jeans Day” fundraiser on March 17, our St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) raised $810 for St. Patrick Center in St. Louis, which assists those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  Pictured are (left to right) SVDP members Dennis Trickey, Ellie Stark and Sarah Maller; Brenda Endres, who will deliver the check; SVDP moderator Mrs. KK Schneider, and faculty member Mrs. Andrea Bodinet.

Matthew Heinzmann Leadership Scholarship


Junior Caroline Kenow (third from left) is the 2017 recipient of the Matthew Heinzmann Leadership Scholarship, which was created in memory of Matthew, Mater Dei Class of 2008, who passed away in 2011.  Presenting the scholarship are (left to right) Megan Benhoff (friend), Adam Heinzmann (brother), Kenow, Craig Heinzmann (brother), Michelle Winkeler (cousin) and Joe Heinzmann (father).


Mr. Dennis Litteken accepts a check for the Matthew Heinzmann Leadership Scholarship fund following the Matthew Heinzmann Trivia Night held on March 4.  Presenting the check are (left to right) Matthew’s brothers Adam and Craig Heinzmann; Litteken; trivia night committee members Megan Benhoff and Michelle Winkeler; and Matthew’s father Joe Heinzmann.

Scholar Knights Earn Second at IHSA Sectional

On Saturday, March 11, the Scholar Knights entered the round-robin IHSA Class 2A Sectional, held at Mt. Vernon High School, with the hopes of earning a second straight trip to the IHSA State Tournament.  In round one, against the O’Fallon Panthers, Ethan Schumacher set the tone early by answering the first two toss up questions.  The Knights held a 220-30 lead at half time, which they extended to an impressive 400-180 final score. In round two, the Knights faced the Alton Redbirds. After eight questions, the Redbirds held the lead; but the Knights seized it at question nine and did not relinquish it again, winning 430-120.  Mater Dei’s final opponent was the Carbondale Terriers.  With the teams tied after four questions, a run by Carbondale resulted in the Terriers leading 230-140 at halftime.  The Knights, trailing by as much as 120 points at one point, staged a comeback and cut Carbondale’s lead to 290-280 with six questions remaining.  While the match was still in reach prior to the final question, Carbondale converted to defeat the Knights 360-290.

Ben Logullo led the team with a total of sixteen toss ups, followed by Ethan Schumacher (10), Nick Toennies (8), and John Hund (5).  Jaden Meadows and Drew Potthast also contributed to the efforts.

With the loss, the Scholar Knights and coach Mr. Scott Timmermann finished their season with an impressive 69-5 record.

Musicians Perform at Clinton County Art & Music Festival

Performing at the Clinton County Art and Music Festival on March 9 were musicians (front, left to right) Sophia Mondt, Caroline Kenow, Alex Rivera, Susy Cowgill, Christina Mioux, Annie Kuenstler, Angie Carey, Hannah Schmitz; (middle, left to right) Anna Klostermann, Emily Hemker, Alex Mueth, Reese Bradford, Otto Stark, Ben Logullo; (back, left to right) Sam AuBuchon, Keegan Spirek, Amber Litteken, Rachell Maue, Kate Maue, Madeline Sullivan, Alyssa Noll, Katie Goring and Emma Dumstorff.

Scholar Knights Win Class 2A IHSA Regional

Pictured with the IHSA Class 2A Regional plaque are Scholar Knights (front, l to r) Alex Rivera, Ben Logullo, Ethan Schumacher, Nick Toennies, John Hund; (back, l to r) Alex Norris, Minh Le, John Hilmes and Anthony Lepore.

On Monday, March 6, the Scholar Knights won the IHSA Class 2A Scholar Bowl Regional, a single-elimination, eight-team tournament.  With an impressive 67-4 record, the Scholar Knights, under the guidance of moderator Mr. Scott Timmermann, will now compete in the round-robin IHSA Class 2A Scholar Bowl Sectional on Saturday, March 11, at Mt. Vernon High School.

In the opening match, Mater Dei faced the Mt. Vernon Rams.  After only nine questions, the Knights held a commanding 260-10 lead, which they extended to defeat the Rams 410-170.  In the semi-final match, the Mater Dei took on the Mascoutah Indians.  The Knights claimed the lead on question four and never relinquished it, winning 350-190.  The championship match against the Belleville West Maroons proved more difficult, as the lead see-sawed between the two teams throughout the match.  Entering the second half with a 160-90 lead, Mater Dei lost the lead after three questions and trailed Belleville West 250-240 with two questions remaining.  In the nail-biting conclusion, Ben Logullo and John Hund converted the last two toss ups and the Knights won 310-260.

Ben Logullo led the Scholar Knights with nine total toss ups, followed by Ethan Schumacher (8), John Hund (7), Nick Toennies (6), Amber Litteken (3), John Hilmes (1) and Alex Norris (1).  Minh Le, Anthony Lepore and Alex Rivera also contributed to the victories.

Scholar Knights Compete at Masonic Academic Bowl State Tournament

On Saturday, March 4, the Scholar Knights competed in the 34th annual Masonic Academic Bowl State Tournament.  While the Knights finished third in pool play with a 3-2 record, they did not advance to the playoff for the state title.

In round one, the Knights faced their South Central Scholastic League rival Piasa Southwestern.  After twenty-five questions, Mater Dei led 150-130, but could not maintain the lead as Piasa avenged their December loss to the Knights, winning 230-170.  In round two against Macomb, the Knights were back on track, extending their 170-50 lead at halftime to a final score of 300-150 for the victory.  Mater Dei faced the defending IHSA State Champions, Chicago Latin, in round three.  The Knights stayed within striking distance, trailing 150-130 through twenty-four questions, but Chicago Latin converted fifty points on a bonus and went on to defeat Mater Dei 240-150.  In round four, the Knights once again bounced back and were victorious against Farmington with a final score of 250-130.  In the pool play finale, Mater Dei faced Williamsville, the number one seed in the IHSA Pleasant Plains Sectional.  Williamsville nursed their lead throughout the first half, but the Knights seized the lead at question twenty-two and finished with a 220-200 victory.

Ben Logullo led the Knights with a total of sixteen toss ups, followed by Ethan Schumacher (9), John Hund (7), Nick Toennies (3) and Jaden Meadows (1).  Alex Rivera, Alex Norris, John Hilmes, and Minh Le also contributed to the team’s 3-2 success.