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10 Year Anniversary is A Success

August 16, 2019
By Cristina Mares-Almanza

On August 15th, the St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School community celebrated the 10th Year Anniversary of the school on the Feast Day of the Assumption and to commemorate the opening of the school on August 30, 2009.

The event began with Mass celebrated by Fr. Jonathan Raia, Vocations Director for the Diocese of Austin. The school joined together in singing the happy birthday song and the Alma Mater after Mass ended.

The school, along with many Parents, Alumni, Alumni Parents, and grandparents over a tasty lunch, of fresh hamburgers and hot dogs, that were graciously prepared by the Savio Parent Association! We would like to give a special thank you to all the people that helped prepare for the event including the Savio Faculty and Staff, the Savio Parent Association and the Alumni and Parents who were able to attend the event. 

So many smiles were shared together, reminiscing about many memories of Savio over the last 10 years. Items were collected to contribute to the time capsule that will be opened in 15 years, for the 25th Anniversary celebration of the school. Any student or alumni can still contribute a clean Savio memorabilia item. Please email Cristina Mares-Almanza at cmares@saviochs.org or leave the labeled item with your name at the front office. 

View more photos from the event on the Savio facebook photo album.

 

Alumni pose for a photo together in the Savio Courtyard, pictured with Fr. Jonathan Raia.
 
Savio Families pose for a photo after Lunch.

 

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 Mares-Almanza, by email: cmares@saviochs.org.

Volunteers Needed for Celebration

August 07, 2019
By the Savio Parent Association

Dear Savio Families,

The Savio Parent Association is organizing a school-wide lunch on Thursday, August 15 to celebrate the St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School 10th Anniversary immediately following Mass at 9:50 AM in the Gym! If you are an Alumnus or an Alumni parent, please RSVP. 

We have a short amount of time before this feast and birthday celebration of the school! In order to feed 400+ students, alumni and staff, we are asking everyone to supply items to make this a true celebration and need every student to participate. We are also asking for parent volunteers to ensure the day runs smoothly -  please find the sign-up form to volunteer!

An all-school celebration will need lots of hands, and we would love to have you join us in this celebration!

Below is the School House structure followed by the item assignments. Please follow the interactive buttons to sign up to bring items. Freshmen and new students will receive their House and Family assignments at orientation!

Aquila House Signup

St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. Philomena families will bring hot dogs. 

Yes, I'll Bring Hotdogs

Leo House Signup

St. Therese of Lisieux, St. John Paul II, St. Nicholas will bring hamburgers.

Yes, I'll Bring Hamburgers

Bos House Signup

St. Francis of Assisi, St. Padre Pio, St. Catherine of Siena will bring buns, chips, and condiments.

Yes, I'll Bring Buns, Chips, & Condiments

Angelus House Signup

St. Patrick, St. Anthony, St. Teresa of Calcutta will bring fruits, veggies, utensils, and drinks.

Yes, I'll Bring Fruits, Veggies, Utensils & Drinks

When to Bring Food Donations?

Please send in all food or other donations with your student on the morning of Thursday, August 15th. Parent volunteers will be there to collect them near the side entrance closest to the trophy cases. All food items must be brought in disposable containers. We have plenty of serving utensils, so you don’t need to worry about sending those! We look forward to this celebration and would like to thank you in advance for making it possible by helping as volunteers and by contributing food. Thanks for all of your support! Sincerely,

-Savio Parent Association

Savio Announces New Faculty

July 22, 2019
By Admin

In June, Dr. Garcia introduced the new 2019-2020 faculty to the community through the Eagle Weekly newsletter. If you may have missed it or would like to view it again, follow the button to see the list of new faces you will see on campus. 

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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, Cristina Almanza, by email: calmanza@saviochs.org.

 

About the Salutatorian & Valedictorian

June 18, 2019
By Admin
Valedictorian, Jonathan Shoemaker addresses the Class of 2019 alongside their family and friends.

 

On Saturday, June 1st the Class of 2019 graduated from St. Dominic Savio. Among them, the two highest ranked students, Salutatorian and Valedictorian, addressed the crowd and were recognized for their achievements. 

About the Salutatorian

Our Salutatorian for the Class of 2019 is Matthew Thomas Meskill, son of Michael and Renee Meskill. Matthew is a National Merit Scholar Finalist who has earned High Honors for every quarter of his career at Savio. He won the Championship in the Master Morgan's Army Fantasy Football League in his first year in the league. While at Savio, he received the St. Bede Social Sciences Department Award and the St. Hubert of Liege Math Department Award. Matthew was named Student-Athlete of the Year, and he earned Academic All-State Honors for Basketball and was on the 2nd Team All-District for Basketball. He has been a key player in our athletics department, leading the basketball team as their elected captain. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. He was chosen as prefect for his house and helped lead his team to success in the academic and quiz bowl competitions. Matthew plans to study Business Analytics at the Mendoza College at the University of Notre
Dame in the fall.

About the Valedictorian

The valedictorian for the Class of 2019 is Jonathan Shoemaker, the son of David and Judith Shoemaker. Jonathan's list of accomplishments is long and impressive, the following list only scratches the surface. When he was in 7th grade, Jonathan competed on Jeopardy and finished as the Kids Jeopardy Champion. Jonathan was a National Merit Finalist as well as receiving perfect scores on his PSAT, his ACT and his AP Computer Science tests (no questions missed). He also received 5's on his AP Physics C Mechanics, AP Physics C E & M, AP Chemistry, AP BC Calculus and AP World History. Jonathan also received 800's on his three SAT subject tests, Math II, Physics and Chemistry. In addition, he qualified for the United States American Mathematical Olympiad (one of 250 in the country). He also qualified 3x as a USA Computing Olympiad Finalist (one of 12 in the country). At Savio he was the Mu Alpha Theta president the computer Science team president as well as a member of the National Honor society. Jonathan plans to double major in computer science and math at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall. 

Congratulations to Matthew Meskill and Jonathan Shoemaker for their outstanding accomplishments over the years! 

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.

National Community Service Award

June 03, 2019
By Admin

Students across the country are being recognized by the United Nations Association – USA and InnerView Technologies in the 2018-2019 National Community Service Awards for students and schools at both the high school and undergraduate level. Dhyasa Kumar, was recognized for her primary area of impact Global Goal 1 - No Poverty. 

This three-tier award program celebrates a wide range of activities driving impact from first-time actions like volunteering at a food pantry, tutoring, working with seniors and veterans to leadership roles in fundraising, organizing and speaking at events.

"Community service is a key part of who I am. I am hopeful and inspired by the UN global goal to end world hunger. This is a cause that is very dear to me. It is one of the reasons I work at the food pantry, where I am able to assist people directly and can contribute to the goal to end hunger. My personal long-term goal is to be a UN Ambassador one day, so I can further these efforts. For now, I am very happy to have the opportunity to make a difference in my local community," said Dhyasa Kumar. 

 

Dhyasa Kumar was one out of 19 students that were recognized with this effort and represented St Dominic Savio Catholic High School out of 188 schools. Congrats Dhyasa!

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.

 

A Successful Academic Olympiad Season

May 28, 2019
By Admin

There are five International Olympiad tournaments in which students can compete to represent the United States in a worldwide competition.  This year, the school competed in three of the five Olympiads – Math, Chemistry, and Computer Science.  A total of 15 students competed in these events that started with thousands of students from across the country.

Math 

The Math Olympiad started with the American Mathematics Competitions: AMC10 and AMC12 tests. This is a 25 question multiple choice test in which students have 75 minutes to solve problems in Algebra, Combinatorics, Geometry, and Number Theory. The goal is to score well enough on this test to advance to the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME) which is a 15 question, three-hour test, in which all answers are integers between 0 and 999. The top three finishers for each test are considered school winners.  For the AMC10 (grades 10 and below), the results were: Jessica Shoemaker: 1st, Tony Le: 2nd, and Nate Mikosh: 3rd.

For the AMC12 (grades 12 and below), Jonathan Shoemaker advanced to the AIME, and then to the finale – the USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) Invitational, an exam in which students have 9 hours over two days to solve six problems. Only 250 students in the country advance to this stage. Only four students from the Austin area advanced. 

Chemistry

The Chemistry Olympiad starts with a school exam in which three school winners are named. The top score from the school advances against the other 15 schools participating in the central Texas area, and the top 10 get to compete in the United States National Chemistry Olympiad.  This is a three-part, 4.5-hour exam including a 90-minute lab portion in which students have to develop original experiments.  This year, the USNCO was held at Westlake with most central Texas schools participating. The top three finishers were: Jessica Shoemaker (1st), Gabrielle Muniz and Dat Le tied. Jessica’s score allowed her to make the final ten round and compete at the USNCO at Westlake. 

Computer Science

The Computer Science Olympiad involves four competitions throughout the year in which students have 4 hours to solve three problems. Students achieve ranks of bronze, silver, gold, and platinum by performing well on these tests, and the ranking gets carried over year to year. 

Brandon Boettcher achieved a Gold Ranking and Jessica Shoemaker achieved a Silver Ranking. Jonathan Shoemaker maintained the Platinum Ranking and qualified in the final top 11 competing at Clemson University for a chance to represent the final four at the International Competition in Azerbaijan in August. Jonathan is currently undergoing six consecutive days of competitive testing from which the final four members of the team will be drawn. In the competition last year, Jonathan was 5th and the alternate to the team.

Interested?

If there are any students interested in competing in the Olympiads, pay close attention to the Eagle Weekly at the start of next year for more information. Savio is considering competing in Physics and Biology next school year. 

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.

Spring Music Concert Impresses Community

May 17, 2019
By Admin

On Friday, May 10th, the St. Dominic Savio Music Department held the Spring concert at the Gym. The Bands, Choirs, and Orchestras performed pieces that highlighted their talents and skills learned from the year. The Music Department is looking forward to building upon these successes during the next school year. Any students that are interested in being a part of the music department in any capacity should not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Schneider or Mrs. Pish. 

Choir

The combined Concert and Chamber choirs performed music from their TAPPS contest performances at the Spring concert.  Their pops selections included the Beatles’ favorite “Let it Be” and Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” 

For the concert portion of the competition, their selections included “A Scottish Lullaby” and the spiritual, “Keep Your Lamps,” which was a favorite of the singers!

To finish out the school year the music department will be taking a trip to Main Event for some fun together and then attending a performance by the Austin Symphony this Saturday, May 18.  The choirs will also be singing at the Baccalaureate Mass.

Instrumental Music

For their final concert, the band and orchestra students performed their sweepstakes award-winning concert programs that they performed for the TAPPS competition earlier this Spring. In addition, each ensemble performed one pop piece. The band performed "Africa" by Toto and the orchestra performed "Remember Me" from Coco. To end the evening, both ensembles performed "Bohemian Rhapsody" together as a full orchestra. It was truly a night to remember! Congratulations to all students involved.

2018-2019 Guitar Ensemble
 
2018-2019 Jazz Band
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 Finishes Year in First Place

May 13, 2019
By Dr. David Shoemaker

The St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School Computer Science team had a great finish to the year with a string of first place wins.  

Code Quest

First came the Lockheed-Martin Code Quest competition in Fort Worth.  Over 200 students competed in teams of three or less to solve 25 coding challenges in less than two and a half hours.  In addition, students were given an up-close tour of the building of F-35 airplanes as they were driven around in golf carts to tour the facility.  Lockheed-Martin gave all the students a set of gifts and multiple meals. When the dust settled, Brandon Boettcher, Jessica Shoemaker, and Jonathan Shoemaker won 1st place in the advanced division winning by a tie-breaker, for having solved a harder set of problems.  The members were given medals and a large team trophy.  In addition, the same contest was run around the world in 25 different sites on the same day. The Savio team scored in the top three of this overall competition, although final results have not been revealed.  This tournament is likely the largest national tournament held every year.  

TCEA Competition

Second, the teams attended the Texas Computer Science Education Association (TCEA) competition held in Austin.  Teams from Richardson, Plano, Austin, and San Antonio traveled to compete in the state championship for TCEA.  Teams were divided into divisions based on the number of years of computer science taken and the size of the school.  The team of Jessica Shoemaker and Tony Le placed first in the novice section of Division II.  They won a large trophy and individual medals for their efforts.  In addition, they had the highest novice score among all divisions and would have placed well in the advanced division.  In the advanced section of Division II, Brandon Boettcher and Jonathan Shoemaker, also took first place and were one of only two teams in attendance, to sweep the advanced problem set.  

This ends a great year for the Computer Science Team, and many tournaments against the largest and most successful teams in the state were won!  The teams traveled from Houston to Dallas to compete against the top schools in the state, establishing Savio as a powerhouse along the way. Given that Texas is recognized as one of the top Computer Science states in the country, our students managed to rise up, compete, and win against the best of the best.  

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.

 

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