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Savio Football Players Nominated All-State and Academic All-State

December 18, 2017
By Admin

Congratulations to the following players for being nominated to TAPPS Division V All-State Football Team:

1st Team: Patrick Nicholson (Center)
                 Mark Lacayo (Receiver)
                 Dmitri Winkeler (Tight End)

2nd Team: Clay Orrison (Quarterback)
                   Brandon White (Offensive Line)
                   Skyler Robinson (Running Back)
                   Johnny McNaughton (Receiver)

Honorable Mention: Troy Foster (Running Back)
                                   Brennon Walsh (Receiver)

1st Team:
 Dmitri Winkeler (Defensive End)
                  Brandon White (Linebacker)
                  Mark Lacayo (Defensive Back)
2nd Team: Patrick Nicholson (Defensive Line)
                   Garrett Veenis (Linebacker)
                   Johnny McNaughton (Defensive Back)

Honorable Mention: Seth Arizola (Defensive Line)
                                   Skyler Robinson (Linebacker)
                                   Troy Foster (Defensive Back)

Congratulations to the following Athletes for being nominated to TAPPS Academic All-State:

Dmitir Winkeler, Clay Orrison, Johnny McNaughton, Patrick Nicholson,Skyler Robinson

Savio Students Recognized for Service to Homeless

December 15, 2017
By Cristina Almanza

St. Dominic Savio Catholic School students are recognized for serving at the Feed My People during the 9th Annual Spirit of Compassion awards Dinner held by the Foundation of the Homeless.  Each Thursday, a group of Savio faculty, staff and students depart the school at 4:30 AM to help serve breakfast to the homeless in downtown Austin at the First United Methodist Family Center.

Mrs. Katie Artzt is one of the teachers that attends Feed My People with the Savio students on Thursdays, “The students never set out to do this work in the hopes of recognition. Instead, they dedicate their Thursdays to showing up at Savio at 4:30 in the morning. They have learned that service is two parts: first, showing up and doing what is needed, not what they want o do. Secondly, being present is the most important part to form bonds and friendships with people they would never encounter. The students now think about those they serve during the week and look forward to seeing them again, like they would their friends each week.”

Cameron Kologinczak, Class of 2017 Alumni,
attended the Awards Dinner to thank the Foundation
of the Homeless for the work they continue to do.


This all began in 2014, when the junior class of St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School were on a Street Retreat in downtown Austin. The Street Retreat is a pilgrimage that Savio students make their junior year to encounter Jesus Christ in one another and anyone living on the streets. When the Savio students saw the need for the program to feed the homeless through the Feed My People program, they asked to continue to serve additional Thursdays to offer food and become a friendly, caring presence to the homeless of Austin. 

One of the students, Kira Winkeler, has been impacted by the experience, stating, “Feed My People has changed my perspective on how I view the homeless in Austin. Instead of just seeing a homeless person on the street corner, I now see someone who is struggling with something beyond their control and is asking for my help. Sacrificing three hours of sleep to see how God works through the volunteers and the people attending the breakfast is worth it. You don't have to go every week, attend at least one time, and see how much we take for granted - a good conversation, a snack, a friend - are the very things people desire more than anything. If you can't go to Feed My People, I challenge you to smile and greet the next homeless person you encounter. As humans, we were made for human connection. Sometimes, a simple smile and hello can be worth more than a meal.”

Savio Principal, Morgan Daniels comments on this award, “I am proud to see our students honored for an award that reflects their commitment to servant leadership and working with others. Our students who participate in the Feed My People program really live out the commitment to servant leadership, which we strive for at Savio. In turn, the students learn so much about other people and members of the homeless community through their participation in this program.”

Please contact the Principal, for any questions by email:

Catholic Schools Dinner Honoree Announced

December 14, 2017
By Admin

Please join St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School and 21 other schools in the National Catholic Schools Week celebration, for the Diocesan 10th Annual Honor Roll: Celebrating Catholic Schools Awards Dinner.

The Awards Dinner will recognize the “unsung” heroes at each of the 22 Catholic Schools and will help raise needed funds for Catholic School families around the Diocese of Austin.  

The Celebrating Catholic Schools Dinner is on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Town Lake, featuring America’s Next Top Model Leah DarrowThe Award Dinner Presentation will begin at 7:00 pm. Please visit the Catholic Schools Diocese of Austin website to purchase a table or find more details about the event.

About Our Honoree

Mike Perkins has served St. Dominic Savio as a parent with his wife, Sharon, and daughter Susan, who was a student in the inaugural sophomore class and the first graduating class in 2012. Mike has served as an advisory member of the Board of Directors, since before Savio opened its doors in 2009.

Calling on his experiences as Chair and/or Director of the Boards at each of his children’s Catholic schools, Mike has assisted Savio as the Chair of the Development Committee for seven years and the Catholic Mission Committee since its inception.

Mike was instrumental in St. Dominic Savio’s participation in the FOCUS SEEK conferences since 2015. This has greatly assisted with the spiritual growth of our Senior students as they grow in their personal faith lives prior to matriculating in college. He has served on the Selection Committee choosing our principal and arranged for Fr. Mike Schmitz to celebrate the Eucharist and speak to the entire student body; a memorable experience for all. We are truly grateful to Mike for his impact in helping Savio “form servant leaders in the image of Christ.” 

9th Annual Book Fair is A Success

December 13, 2017
By Admin

On Saturday, November 11th, St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School held it 9th annual book fair at the Barnes and Noble Lakeline Mall location.

This year, the book fair was coupled with the Fine Arts Department Coffee House, open mike feature. With all the wonderful activity of listening to our students perform and their families and friends supporting them, activity for the Book Fair also increased, making the fair a momentous success! The online Book Fair continued through Thursday of the following week.

Thank you for everyone’s participation, both in-store and online, as well as food and beverage purchases at the in-store Starbucks. The Savio Library was able to make over $235 to spend! The Barnes and Noble managers said that they had never seen the line wrapped around to get an item at Starbucks. 

With these proceeds, we can buy more quality books to build up our Library, as well as purchasing books requested on teachers’ Wish Lists. Thank you to the parents and students who performed and listened. Thank you especially to Mr. Doug Schneider for his leadership in the Coffee House and Mrs. Otten for all her support. Be sure to check out and read our new books!

Savio Students Experience Scarlet Letters

December 06, 2017
By Admin

One classical piece of literature that only AP English III students read is The Scarlet Letter. After students read and discuss the moral and societal issues that are presented in the novel, they are assigned a project to reflect on their own flaws (that corresponds with their identity) and examine the flaws in society.

Students make a “scarlet letter” symbol that represents their secret sin (flaw). The symbol is meant to be ambiguous and the flaw is meant to be a secret from society. Students wear this symbol for a week: during school and outside of school (at home and in public) and then are asked to write a reflection paper on their experience.




Students Participate in No Shave November

December 04, 2017
By Admin

No Shave November: Throughout the month of November, students, faculty, and staff at Savio helped to raise awareness and funds for St. John Paul II High School in Corpus Christi, a school that was affected by Hurricane Harvey. Students were permitted to grow facial hair throughout the month and two students, seniors JP Strubbe, and Nick Fedele, were commended as the students with the Best Overall Beards. Through this event we were able to raise $280 for JPII High School and will continue to pray for their needs as they recover fully over the years to come. 

Savio Volleyball Players Named All District, Academic All State

December 04, 2017
By Admin

Congratulations to the following volleyball girls for their performance during the 2017 season.


All District:

1st Team - Isabella Young

2nd Team - Brooke Price, Hayley Esamilla

Honorable Mention - Emily Larmeu


Academic All-State:

Brooke Price, Hayley Escamilla, Isabella Young

Savio Swim Team Takes First Place

December 04, 2017
By Admin

The boys and girls Swim teams demonstrated what teamwork can do at the Burnett 4A & Under Swim and Dive Championship Invite on December 2nd.

Both the boys and girls put in the best individual and team effort of the season resulting in first place finishes for both teams with 5 of 6 relays finishing first.

Outstanding efforts were led by an extraordinary come from behind swim by the boys in the 200 free relay. In a brand new combination, Jalen Johnson and Nathan Lewis got less than 4 minutes rest after swimming the 500 free, Andrew Slezak put in one of his best sprints and Reilly Gilbert demonstrated the importance of finishing strong as they took first by 2/100s of a second!

Well done Eagles!

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