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Latin Club Receives Second Place in Austin

March 04, 2019
By Admin

On Saturday, February 23rd, 16 Savio Latin Club students participated in the TSJCL Area Convention, a competition for Latin students throughout the Austin area. Our team of students placed 2nd overall in their division! Several students also received awards for their individual competitions.

Finally, all 15 of the students who participated in the Pentathlon contest were recognized for their scores. Congratulationes, Discipuli!   

1st place polychromatic drawing - Erin Husband (Latin II)

1st place male costume - Jack Guerrero (Latin I)

2nd place Classical art - Malia Contreras-O'Reilly (Latin II)

2nd place Greek derivatives - Jack Guerrero (Latin I)

3rd place Latin derivatives - Evan Brunner (Latin I)

3rd place couple's costume - Catherine Hermansen & Sasha Falch (Latin III)

3rd place vocal solo alto/soprano - Jessica Shoemaker (Latin I)

 

St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is located in northwest Austin, Texas, in an active and thriving community. Savio is a college preparatory school, to prepare young men and women to become faith-filled, visionary and inspirational leaders in service to the Church and the world. St. Dominic Savio offers a faith experience that encourages students to reach their full potential as caring, conscientious, and moral servant leaders. The vision is "Forming Servant Leaders in the Image of Christ." For any questions, please contact the Director of Communications, Cristina Almanza, by email: calmanza@saviochs.org.

Baseball Takes An Impressive Victory

March 04, 2019
By Admin

During the San Antonio Tournament a few weeks ago, the baseball team had an impressive victory. Senior, Matthew Rabaey hit a grand slam, which is a home run hit with all three bases occupied by baserunners.  It was quite an accomplishment and an exciting game for the Eagles! Junior, Matt DiTeresa was solid on the pitching mound, and the team had an impressive victory 15-6 over Wagner in San Antonio. 

St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is located in northwest Austin, Texas, in an active and thriving community. Savio is a college preparatory school, to prepare young men and women to become faith-filled, visionary and inspirational leaders in service to the Church and the world. St. Dominic Savio offers a faith experience that encourages students to reach their full potential as caring, conscientious, and moral servant leaders. The vision is "Forming Servant Leaders in the Image of Christ." For any questions, please contact the Director of Communications, Cristina Almanza, by email: calmanza@saviochs.org.

6th Annual Cuts for Cancer A Success

March 01, 2019
By Cristina Almanza

Savio Student holds her freshly cut ponytails at the
Cuts for Cancer event.
 

The 6th Annual Cuts for Cancer event on Friday, February 22, 2019, was a success! St. Dominic Savio received a total of 163 ponytails that included the community, faculty, and students combined! All 163 ponytails were donated to Children With Hair Loss, an organization that provides human hair replacements at no cost to children and young adults facing medically-related hair loss. Read more on the Children with Hair Loss Website.

A 4-year-old gives a thumbs up as she
waits for her hair to be cut. 
 

A total of $2007 was donated at the event to be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help fund childhood cancer research. The youngest ponytail donor this year was just four years old. This year, there were two people that shared how cancer has impacted their lives. We especially thank the speakers, Mr. Frank Alvarez, and Ms. Josie Kleypas. Dr. Garcia read the Proclamation from the Mayor from the City of Austin, Steve Adler. 

 

The Proclamation 

 

Be it known that Whereas, This annual event marks the 6th year that the St. Dominic Savio community has come together to donate hair to Children With Hairloss. These ponytails are used to make real-hair wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy, and

Whereas Savio Cuts for Cancer began five years ago to honor Thea Williams. Thea’s daughter, Amira was best friends with a Savio former student, Brooke Ellis. Savio Cuts for Cancer was born as a way to support Amira and honor Thea’s memory, and all others affected by cancer; and

Whereas This year’s event honors those who have been affected by breast cancer; young and aged, living or passed; They are real everyday heroes.

Now, therefore, I, Steve Adler, Mayor of the City of Austin, Texas do hereby proclaim February 22nd, 2019 as Savio Cuts for Cancer Day in Austin, in witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the City of Austin to be affixed this 22nd Day of February in the Year Two Thousand Nineteen. Signed by Steve Adler, Mayor, City of Austin

Thank you to everyone who supported the event. The impact of all those that participated with

Thank you to Ms. Uebersax for her
hair donation. 
 

donating hair, buying shirts, and volunteering to make the event possible, truly reveals the heart of the Savio community.  Every year the event brings awareness and unity around the topic of cancer.

Over the last six years of hosting Cuts for Cancer, a total of 590 ponytails have been donated from our community students and staff combined. The grand total that the school has donated to St Jude's Research Hospital is well over $10,000.

We look forward to hosting the 7th Annual Cuts for Cancer next February 2020 and we encourage all females to make a commitment to grow their hair to meet the minimum 8-inch benchmark needed to donate!

How did Cuts for Cancer begin at Savio?

The Savio Cuts for Cancer was started six years ago by a Savio Class of 2014 Alumna, Brooke Ellis, to honor the mother of her best friend, Ms. Thea Williams. Savio honored the memory of Ms. Thea Williams during the 5th annual Cuts for Cancer event last year. Learn More History.

About Thea Williams

Thank you to Ms. Powell for her
hair donation. 
 

The legacy of love and devotion Thea Williams had to her family and friends will be forever cherished, especially by her two children, Khari and Amira. Thea attended Catholic schools and graduated from Highlands High School. Her love for journalism blossomed at a young age and she eventually went on to obtain a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She later attended Northwestern University's Medill School, obtaining a Master of Science in Journalism. Thea spent the bulk of her career at KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Jack & Jill of America, Inc., the National Association of Black Journalists, and an active member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Thea was a talented and accomplished journalist and was widely respected for her high standards and great compassion. However, Thea relished in the joy of being a mother and considered her role as Mom her greatest accomplishment.

Thea was a strong believer in education and she worked tirelessly to ensure that her children, and others' children, received the best education possible through her work as an educator, journalist, and mentor. Thea was gregarious and fun-loving, and "to know her was to love her." She was a devoted mother, a beloved daughter, a loving sister, a favorite niece, and a special friend to many. She will always be remembered for her unwavering faith in God, her smile, and her robust laughter. On September 29, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer, Thea's journey on this earth came to an end and she went on to begin her new life with her Heavenly Father.

St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is located in northwest Austin, Texas, in an active and thriving community. Savio is a college preparatory school, to prepare young men and women to become faith-filled, visionary and inspirational leaders in service to the Church and the world. St. Dominic Savio offers a faith experience that encourages students to reach their full potential as caring, conscientious, and moral servant leaders. The vision is "Forming Servant Leaders in the Image of Christ." For any questions, please contact the Director of Communications, Cristina Almanza, by email: calmanza@saviochs.org.

2019 Amplify Austin Giving Day

February 26, 2019
By Admin

This year, to help celebrate our 10th anniversary, St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is participating in Amplify Austin, the city's annual community-wide day of online giving! This 24-hour event allows Central Texans to come together and support nonprofits in our area.

This event begins on February 28th! Please share our page and get ready to amplify the mission and vision of St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School. Your support has allows us to grow according to our mission.

St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is a co-educational college preparatory school founded by the Diocese of Austin to prepare young men and women to become faith-filled, visionary and inspirational leaders in service to the Church and the world.

 

The cost of tuition alone does not truly cover the expense of educating the students at St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School. To help us provide a comprehensive, college preparatory education, and a strong faith foundation, we encourage every community member to support our fundraising efforts throughout the year. Please consider a gift through Amplify Austin at the donate button! 

Donate on Amplify Austin

 

Chinese Culture Festival is A Success!

February 25, 2019
By Admin

On Saturday, February 16, the Austin Chinese Culture Festival was held in the AISD Performing Arts Center. The event was sponsored by the Austin Chinese American Network,  All the Savio Chinese classes, along with other 12 schools from AISD and RRISD, participated in the event. Our Savio students performed three Chinese dances including one dance with the Chinese Kong Fu Fan. The Festival was considered a huge success and all the students enjoyed learning the dances and participating in the cultural event.

One student shared about their participation in the event:

"This year, the Chinese Festival was very exciting. Being able to perform and watch other cultural performances really enhanced my understanding of Chinese culture. All of the different performers and cultural activities really made the experience enjoyable. The entire environment was very friendly and inviting. There were various food booths and cultural booths that you could visit. I really enjoyed attending this year’s Chinese New Year Festival!" 

The videos are the performances that the students performed at the Chinese Culture Festival.

Savio Chinese Kong Fu Fan Video

Savio Chinese Dance Video

 

 

News Just In

On January 12, 2019, a Chinese Calligraphy competition was held in the Cedar Ridge High School. The event was sponsored by the Austin Chinese American Network. All of the Savio Chinese classes competed beside 12 other schools from Austin Independent School District and Round Rock Independent School District.  participated in the event. The announcement for the winners was released on February 16.  Two Savio students won awards!  Rachel Nguyen received the Gold Achievement Award and Julianna Wydra received the Bronze Achievement Award. Congratulations on this success! 

 

St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is located in northwest Austin, Texas, in an active and thriving community. Savio is a college preparatory school, to prepare young men and women to become faith-filled, visionary and inspirational leaders in service to the Church and the world. St. Dominic Savio offers a faith experience that encourages students to reach their full potential as caring, conscientious, and moral servant leaders. The vision is "Forming Servant Leaders in the Image of Christ." For any questions, please contact the Director of Communications, Cristina Almanza, by email: calmanza@saviochs.org.

Golf Season Begins - Girls Win 2nd

February 15, 2019
By Admin

The Savio Eagle golf teams began season play on Monday in the Regents Invitational at Grey Rock Golf Course in South Austin. The girls fared well, earning a second-place team finish. Sophomore, Vera Yi had a chance to win first place among individuals, as her round of 80 put her in a playoff with Mary Grace Davidson of Regents. Despite playing two solid holes in the sudden-death playoff, she ultimately lost to Davidson's birdie on hole 17. Junior, Andrea Rodriguez shot 97, an admirable finish good for fourth place among the women.

The boys' squad didn't fare as well as they had hoped, but senior, Brandon Brown earned a second-place individual finish after his own round of 80. The Eagles look for a better result in their next tournament, Savio's own event to be hosted at Teravista Golf Club early next month.

St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is located in northwest Austin, Texas, in an active and thriving community. Savio is a college preparatory school, to prepare young men and women to become faith-filled, visionary and inspirational leaders in service to the Church and the world. St. Dominic Savio offers a faith experience that encourages students to reach their full potential as caring, conscientious, and moral servant leaders. The vision is "Forming Servant Leaders in the Image of Christ." For any questions, please contact the Director of Communications, Cristina Almanza, by email: calmanza@saviochs.org.

2019 Imago Christi Day of Service

February 13, 2019
By Admin
Students pictured assist the Adopt-A-Park group with the Austin Parks Foundation. 

On January 31, 2019, the students, faculty, and staff spent the school day at different locations around the city of Austin for a day of service. Groups visited nursing homes, parks, building projects, retreat centers, and other nonprofit organizations to assist with various tasks needed to serve the community they each serve.

Imago Christi Day is unique to the school and often sparks the interest of teachers, students, parents, and those they serve with love and passion for meeting and helping others. Through the volunteer work, students effectively learned how and why to serve the community, the poor, and vulnerable. One of the most remarkable characteristics of Imago Christi Day is that it allows the students to serve through direct action, which is often missing, yet a necessary component of Christ’s mission.

Students learned how to adapt to the unpredictable nature of volunteer work and enjoyed strengthening relationships with new friends and their city.

On Tuesday, February 12, the Austin American Statesman picked up the story about Imago Christi. 

Read More

 

Students are chopping trees to prepare for mulching to help beautify Austin.

 

Sister and students pause their work for a photo at St. Ignatius Marty Catholic Church.

 

A group working on weed pulling at the Community First Village pauses for a picture.

 

Students are at the Community First Village.

 

St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is located in northwest Austin, Texas, in an active and thriving community. Savio is a college preparatory school, to prepare young men and women to become faith-filled, visionary and inspirational leaders in service to the Church and the world. St. Dominic Savio offers a faith experience that encourages students to reach their full potential as caring, conscientious, and moral servant leaders. The vision is "Forming Servant Leaders in the Image of Christ." For any questions, please contact the Director of Communications, Cristina Almanza, by email: calmanza@saviochs.org.

Computer Science Teams Wins Tournaments

February 12, 2019
By Admin
Computer Science Winners!

On February 2, Heritage High School in Frisco hosted the Digital Divas Computer Science Contest that brought over 200 high school women from around Texas for a series of industry lectures, demonstrations, and finally a computer science contest.  Teams of up to three women each competed to try and solve as many problems as possible in two hours.  Jessica Shoemaker represented St. Dominic Savio and won first prize as a team of one in the Novice Division. She won a trophy, medal, and a wireless helicopter for her efforts.

A few weeks earlier, the team of Brandon Boettcher, Jessica Shoemaker, and Jonathan Shoemaker won first prize at the LASA-hosted Indeed Classic competition at the main office of the Indeed Corporation.  45 teams from the greater Austin area competed, and Savio held off LASA and Vandegrift to win the top prize.  The team won medals and various Indeed Inc products for their win. The next few months show several more tournaments of various sizes, and the Computer Science team is always looking for more members to build the team for the future.  Please email drshoema@alum.mit.edu if you would like more information.

 

St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is located in northwest Austin, Texas, in an active and thriving community. Savio is a college preparatory school, to prepare young men and women to become faith-filled, visionary and inspirational leaders in service to the Church and the world. St. Dominic Savio offers a faith experience that encourages students to reach their full potential as caring, conscientious, and moral servant leaders. The vision is "Forming Servant Leaders in the Image of Christ." For any questions, please contact the Director of Communications, Cristina Almanza, by email: calmanza@saviochs.org.