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2020 National Merit Scholars Recognized

December 05, 2019
By Cristina Mares, Director of Communications

On Wednesday, November 13, the school recognized the National Merit Scholars after Mass with a reception at St. Vincent de Paul. The National Merit Corporation made this information public in September, but we wanted to recognize our students with a special announcement after Mass and a reception.

The 10 students and their families will be also be formally recognized on March 4th, with a reception at St. Helen Catholic School in Georgetown, hosted by the Diocese of Austin Bishop Joe Vásquez. 

The National Merit Scholar Recognition receives 1.6 million entrants, and about 50,000 students are selected for the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Tests) that qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In the fall, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist.  

Semifinalists

In September, about 16,000 students were notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis and are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Qualifying scores may vary from state to state and from year to year, but the scores of all Semifinalists are extremely high. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist. View the Requirements and Instructions for Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program for more information. 

We congratulate Luke Wagner, who qualified as a Semifinalist this year!

Commended Scholars

In September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT®, receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

We congratulate the following students on receiving this National Merit distinction: Connor Buchanan, Alina Davison, David Johns, Brendan Mazzurana, Ryan McKinstry, Cole Smylie, Joanne Uong, and Isabel Weir!


National Hispanic Scholars

Each year the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) recognizes about 7,000 academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT®. To be considered, students must take the PSAT/NMSQT in their junior year, be at least one-quarter Hispanic or Latino descent, achieve the minimum required PSAT/NMSQT cut score for their region; and have a junior, mid-year, cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

We congratulate Alina Davison and Trinity Garcia on receiving this distinction!

Principal, Dr. Garcia would like to share the following statement about the National Merit Distinction, "On behalf of the Savio community, I congratulate our students who received National Merit Recognition. This recognition is a culmination of these students' dedication to work hard and achieve academic success at the highest levels, as well as the commitment of their teachers and parents to encourage and support these in their academic endeavors at Savio. Achieving National Merit Recognition by these students is a testament to our mission to provide students with the opportunity to apply themselves in order to obtain a high-quality education, reach their full academic potential, and earn national recognition. We are proud of our students and thankful for the blessing of their achievements."

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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, Ms. Cristina Mares, by email: cmares@saviochs.org.

Support the Faculty & Staff

December 03, 2019
By Cristina Mares, Director of Communications

All Savio families are invited to participate in the Annual Christmas Cash Drive to show your appreciation for the faculty and staff this Christmas through the purchase of gift cards. If you would like to make a donation and help appreciate the faculty and staff, please send cash or a check (made out to St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School) in a sealed envelope labeled "Christmas Cash Drive."

Donations can be dropped off in the front office until this Friday, December 6. This year, we have a link to assist with accepting online donations to contribute to the gift card total! Thank you for your generosity.

Donate Online

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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, Ms. Cristina Mares, by email: cmares@saviochs.org.

The Academics Team Brings Home Awards

November 22, 2019
By Cristina Mares, Director of Communications
Not Pictured: Olivia Bannister, Johnny Miri, and Katie Miri

 

In early November, the Savio Academic Team competed in a state-wide meet featuring several events such as Accounting, Calculator, Computer Science, Current Events, Literary Criticism, Mathematics, Number Sense, Science, Social Studies, and Spelling contests. This was a huge competition with over 6800 entries across the 10 events. 

Savio had at least one representative in each event, with eight students taking a total of 30 tests. Even with such a large field of competitors, Savio earned four team awards and 24 individual awards across six events!

Congratulations to the team, and a big thank you to the volunteer parent graders - Mrs. Miri, Mrs. Stepney, and Mrs. Abadie!

Team Roster & Award Highlights

Nicholas Abadie (9th)

Olivia Bannister (11th): 3 awards, including 10th Place in 11th Grade Biology.

Dat Le (11th)

Luke Mikosh (9th): 1st place in 9th Grade Computer Science.

Nate Mikosh (11th): 3 awards, including 12th Place in 11th Grade Chemistry.

Johnny Miri (10th): 12 awards, including 2nd Place in 6A Social Studies.

Katie Miri (11th): 9 awards, including 5th Place in 6A Spelling.

Alfonzie Stepney (9th): 8 awards, including 5th place in 9th Grade Spelling.

Please see the attachment for the full list of awards!

If you are interested in joining the team, please email, Savio Parent, Shelly Mikosh (smikosh@gmail.com) or contact Assistant Principal, Mr. Patrick Goertz (pgoertz@saviochs.org).

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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, Ms. Cristina Mares, by email: cmares@saviochs.org.

2019 Fall Play

November 18, 2019
By Cristina Mares, Director of Communications

Save the date on Thursday, November 21 and Friday, November 22 at 7:00 PM, St. Dominic Savio will be performing the fall play, The Man Who Came to dinner: a Hilarious Play in three Acts. Tickets are $5.00 each, cash and credit cards will be accepted! We hope to see you there!

The Cast

Mrs. Ernest W. Stanley: Erin Regan
Miss Preen: Lily Hallum
Richard Stanley: Adrian Gonzales
June Stanley: Abigail Staebel
John: Noah Aziz
Sarah: Mikey Bacon
Mrs. Dexter/Singer: Evangelina McCabe
Mrs. McCutcheon/Singer: Gabriella Zavala
Mr. Stanley: Michael Meeks
Maggie Cutler: Kristen Leary
Dr. Bradley: Ryan Ranc
Sheridan Whiteside: Sasha Falch
Harriet Stanley/Singer: Madalynne Myrick
Bert Jefferson: Noah Fox
Professor Metz: David Mackowski
Mr. Baker/Radio Tech/ Officer/Expressman: John Paul Sustaita
Michaelson/Westcott/Deputy/Expressman: Elijah Velez
Lorraine Sheldon: Keira Regan
Sandy/Expressman/Convict/Radio Tech: Juan Pablo Basualdo
Beverly Carlton: Alfonzie Stepney
Banjo: D.J. Bolin

Thank you to Mrs. Joyce Mink and Mrs. Annemarie Weis for leading and directing the show!

About the Show

The Man Who Came to Dinner is about a Witty, acerbic, famous radio personality, Sheridan Whiteside, who visits the home of prominent Mr. and Mrs. Stanley on a radio tour through Mesalia, Ohio.

When Sheridan Whiteside slips on the ice in front of the Stanley’s home, he is forced to convalesce at their home for the better part of December. Taking over the entire house, Whiteside hosts a slew of friends and acquaintances, accepts numerous uncommon gifts, and bans the Stanleys from using their own telephone. When his secretary falls in love and decides to stay in Mesalia, Ohio to get married, Whiteside hatches a hilarious plan to thwart her. When his plan goes awry, Whiteside must rely on ingenuity, a good memory, and luck to resolve the problem, showing that he does, after all, have a heart, albeit a small one. 

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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, Ms. Cristina Mares, by email: cmares@saviochs.org.

Student Eagle Project is Dedicated

November 18, 2019
By Cristina Mares, Director of Communications

Savio Sophomore, Alexander Lacayo, recently completed his Eagle Scout Project, the St. Vincent de Paul Statue and Prayer Garden. The project was dedicated by the Pastor at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (SVdP - 9500 Neenah Avenue), Fr. Ed Koharchik, on November 1, 2019, All Saints Day.

The garden features a statue of Saint Vincent de Paul, flowering plants and benches where people may gather, rest, and pray. The statue and prayer garden can be seen from the parking lot on the way to school Masses every week, at the front of the SVdP Church. 

Alexander and his parents would like to thank the parishioners, Boy Scouts, troop leaders, teachers, friends, and family members who made this possible through financial contributions, manual labor, moral support, prayers, and love.

Alexander is honored to give back to the SVdP Parish Community where he has spent so many of his formative years in school at Holy Family Catholic School, St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School, at Scout meetings, and attending weekly Mass. 

About Becoming An Eagle Scout

The Eagle Scout Rank is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. Requirements to become an Eagle Scout include leadership, service, skill proficiency, completion of merit badges, and a strict code of behavior. The final step is an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes and leads. Since its inception in 1911, only four percent of Scouts have earned this rank.

Thank you to Mrs. Catherine Nawawi for sharing and contributing this story to St. Dominic Savio. 

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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, Ms. Cristina Mares, by email: cmares@saviochs.org.

A Miracle Season for Football

November 12, 2019
By Cristina Mares, Director of Communications

Savio Football made school history playing in the TAPPS Division V Championships on November 9. They lost 38-28 against the Village School Vikings in Houston. The team worked hard and won every other game this season!

After the 2018 season, and losing all 4 games, the team faced the possibility that there may not be Eagle Football this school year. The coaches, athletic directors, and the football team worked together and created what several people have acclaimed as a “miracle season.” We congratulate the football team on making school history this school year! Read an article in October about the football team making school history. 

The Principal’s Message this week carries more details from Saturday's game and more information about the team, please view the article by following the button below.

Read more

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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, Ms. Cristina Mares, by email: cmares@saviochs.org.

Cross Country Team Serves

November 08, 2019
By Cristina Mares, contributed by Mrs. Katie Artzt, Math Dept Chair

On Sunday, November 3, the Christian Outreach class facilitated the Cross Country team service opportunity this semester, and they assisted the Run for the Water Foundation. Run for Water is an organization that helps bring clean water to Burundi in East Africa.

Eleven students, accompanied by Cross Country Coach Tommie Baker, were responsible for running the kid's corner booth at Run for Water. The kid's corner booth was a place where kids chose to have their faces painted, create ornaments, receive a temporary tattoo, play in bubbles, and draw with chalk.

The Cross country students enjoyed serving the Foundation and were happy to assist with entertaining the children. The students also assisted the runners, as they were asked to manage the Gatorade fill-up station, which turned out to be a great challenge. The students were challenged to pour pitchers of Gatorade and stack the filled cups carefully and strategically.

In the end, the smiles on those kids' faces and the bonds made from the booth activities, was worth any challenge that they were met with during this opportunity.

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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, Ms. Cristina Mares, by email: cmares@saviochs.org.

Coats for Kids Drive

November 08, 2019
By Mrs. Stefanie Schiesser

St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School will be hosting a Coats for Kids drive November 11th - 22nd. There are many kids in our own community who don’t have the means to buy a coat for the winter season, and the generosity of the Savio community is needed. Between November 11th - 22nd,  Savio students are invited to bring any coats, hoodies, or jackets that they would be willing to donate; any size will work (Parents can donate too!) to their family room. 

Going on 33 years, Coats for Kids has hosted an annual community event that collects and distributes new and gently worn warm winter coats to the eligible youth of Central Texas and is one of the largest coat drives in the nation.

This is a competition against other private schools in the Austin area. A special prize will be given to the private school that collects and donates the most coats! We are also doing an in-school competition for house points and an ice cream party. The family that collects and donates the most coats will win an ice cream party.

Let’s kick off this coat drive and start collecting! May the best family win! Bring coats and drop-off in donation boxes in your family room starting on Monday, November 11! 

Thank you! ~ Mrs. Stefanie Schiesser

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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, Ms. Cristina Mares, by email: cmares@saviochs.org.

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