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Math Team Wins 2nd place at Tournament

November 15, 2017
By Admin

Fifteen High schools competed in the MacArthur Math/Science Tournament this last weekend in San Antonio. Eight students represented Savio in multiple competitions including Math, Science, Number Sense, Calculator, and Computer Science.

Savio won the First place team award in Math and Number Sense, and 2nd place in Team Computer Science. The Final Sweepstakes round results required the total earned for all five events and Savio placed second, just two points short from the first place team, Reagan High School in San Antonio. This was a great first meet of the year, and Savio brought home several trophies!

View the Individual Placements:

Number Sense (Novice)
3rd- Ben Hoang
6th - Nate Mikosh

Number Sense (Veteran)
1st - Jonathan Shoemaker
4th - Beatrice Hoang

Math (Grades 9 - 10)
1st - Beatrice Hoang
2nd - Ben Hoang

Math (Grades 11 - 12)
1st - Jonathan Shoemaker
10th - Matthew Meskill

Calculator (Novice)
5th - Ben Hoang

Calculator (Veteran)
1st - Jonathan Shoemaker

Computer Science (Novice)
3rd - Ben Hoang

Computer Science (Veteran)
2nd - Jonathan Shoemaker
4th - Matthew Meskill

Science (Grades 9 - 10)
7th - Michael Meeks

Science (Grades 11 - 12)
7th - Jonathan Shoemaker

Savio Swim Team Competes in Burnet Invitational

November 14, 2017
By Admin

The Savio Swim team competed in the 2017 Burnet Small Team Invitational, hosted by Burnet High School Swim Team, on Saturday, November 11th at the Tex Robertson Natatorium. There were 9 high school teams that competed in the meet.

Every Savio girl in every event scored points to pull off a first pace victory by 3 points! The boys had only 3 events where they did not score points placing second, just 3 points out of first. Two great lessons in how important teamwork from each swimmer in each event is in determining the outcome for a team.

In addition, three team records were broken. Reilly Gilbert set records in the 50 free and 100 Breast and Jade Hallum set the 200 IM record.

Congratulations to all for a great meet!

Savio Speech Team Competes at Trinity Classic

November 08, 2017
By Admin

The Savio Speech Team successfully competed in their first tournament of the year on Saturday, November 4th. The team traveled up to Temple to the 13th Annual Trinity Classic at Holy Trinity Catholic High School.  Four of the six participates had never taken part in a speech tournament.  This competition was a valuable learning opportunity and fun was had by all.

13th Annual Trinity Classic Results

Duet Acting – Caitlin McCauslin & Michael Snyder – 1st

Soap Box Speaking – Caitlin McCauslin – 1st, Cat Hermansen, Rachel Nguyen - Semi-Finalists

Solo Acting – Caitlin McCauslin – 2nd

Original Oratory – Adrian Gonzales – 4th

Prose - Cat Hermansen - Semi-Finalist

Duo Improv - Cat Hermansen & Michael Snyder, Adrian Gonzales & Caitlin McCauslin - Semi-Finalists

Trunk O Treat a Success!

November 02, 2017
By Cristina Almanza

The forecast set for Tuesday, October 31st caused much anticipation as Savio staff were deciding whether or not to keep the Trunk O Treat scheduled. After a quick decision to arrange the Trunk O Treat in the Courtyard and Garden area, the event proved to be a success. Young and old gathered and joined together as a community, under the over-hang areas during moments of the sprinkling rain. Everyone had a great time and were able to take part in games and expand their Halloween candy collections.

The quick location change allowed many gathered from the Eat-N-Treat next door at Holy Family Catholic School, to join the event for additional festivities.

Board member Jerry Suva and his wife Rita Suva enjoy the environment with Mr. Paul Winkeler, Savio Math Teacher.


Principals at Holy Family Catholic School and Savio pose for a photo


Savio Student Named Sieman's Semi-finalist

October 31, 2017
By Admin

Savio junior Jonathan Shoemaker was named a semi-finalist in the prestigious Siemen's Competition, the nation's premier competition in math, science, and technology for high school students.  There were over 1860 projects entered nationally, including Jonathan's titled "A Three Species Model for Wormlike Micellar Fluids in Porous Media and its Applications". 

Jonathan teamed up with Ethan Nolan from Hayes High School and Dr. Young-Ju Lee from Texas State University on this effort. The project involved modeling the injection of chemicals into oil reservoirs in an effort to equalize the flow rate across all materials in order to recover a higher percentage of oil. 

This partnership all began when Jonathan attended the Honors Summer Math Camp at Texas State University this last summer in which he was paired with Dr. Lee and another student from Hayes High School. Jonathan met daily with the professor and became part of his research team. 

“I got the chance to combine my interests in programming (Matlab) and Chemistry in order to solve a real-world problem. There is a great chance we can get this [project] published, which makes the experience even more valuable.  I received a taste of research over a very intense six weeks.” Jonathan Shoemaker said.

There were 25 team projects named as semi-finalists from our region of ten states. Five projects advanced to the next level for a chance to win $100,000, but the Savio project did not advance.

“These semi-finalists should be extremely proud of this high-level academic accomplishment,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “Their projects represent some of the most noteworthy and exceptional of those submitted and reflected an advanced level of STEM research.” 

Savio Students Earn National Merit Recognition

October 30, 2017
By Cristina Almanza
Two students not pictured

Officials from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation publicly released the list of 2018 National Merit Scholars nationwide. There are approximately more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

This year, twelve St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School students are receiving National Merit Scholar recognition.

National Hispanic Scholars: Emily Basquez, Blaise De Oliveira, Elyse Garcia, Jose-Miguel Guevara-Hernandez, Elodia Perez, Olivia Ramirez, Isabella Young.

National Commended Scholars: Emily Basquez, Morgan Berasley, Dustin Boettcher, Elyse Garcia, Minh Mather, Jonathan McNaughton, Olivia Ramirez, Bryn Stryk.

A spokesperson for NMSC commented, “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

St. Dominic Savio High School’s principal, Mr. Morgan Daniels releases a statement about this important distinction, on behalf of St. Dominic Savio:

“We at Savio, are extremely proud of the achievements of these students who have earned National Merit Recognition. It is a reflection of the dedication of the students, their teachers, and their parents to encourage them to do their very best academic work. This great news supports our belief that St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School provides a high-quality education, where students who apply themselves, can reach their full academic potential and earn national recognition.”

Please contact the Principal Mr. Morgan Daniels, for any questions by email:

Savio Cheer Team Volunteers at Buddy Walk

October 26, 2017
By Admin

The Savio Cheer Team volunteered at the annual Buddy Walk® in Georgetown on Sunday, Oct 22. The Buddy Walk® was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

As Savio parent Robert Neill shared with us, "Patrick, of Patrick's Pack, is the grandson of Frank Bradley. Frank was one of the earliest advocates and supporters of Savio. Beyond significant monetary support, he put in 100s of hours as a key part of the formation and construction of the school. I like to say that if it were not for Frank and a few others like him, there would be no Savio today. "

One of only two cheer teams in attendance, the Savio team cheered on the walkers and supporters, danced with many new friends to DJ music, visited with Patrick and his family and represented Savio well by being Christ's light.

This Buddy Walk tradition has been an annual blessing for the entire cheer family and our cheerleaders and mascot seek to return the blessing to the attendees every year.

Savio Finance Class Visits Charles Schwab

October 19, 2017
By Admin

This past week, the Personal Finance class taught by Mr. Brad Cake, traveled to Charles Schwab to learn more about saving and investing money. The class learned about the philosophy of the firm and how they emphasize prioritizing the needs of their clients'. This customer-oriented mission corresponds with our school's mission to form servant leaders. This was a great learning opportunity for our students who may be interested in pursuing the finance field in the future. 


Students heard from experts about investing and market outlooks, spending priorities, and the fundamentals of saving money and preparing for the future.

Lastly, students were able to hear from young Schwab professionals and interns about career and internship opportunities at Charles Schwab.

This unique opportunity allowed our students to learn more about financial management and allowed them to interact with business professionals in a formal setting as they prepare for college and beyond.

A special thank you to Mr. Chris Nusbaum for organizing this Savio visit to Charles Schwab, and for being such a wonderful host!

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