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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.

 

Eagles Break State Records In Track

May 07, 2019
By Admin

Saturday, May 4th, started out as a cool, overcast morning and turned into a sun-splashed gorgeous afternoon in Waco as the Track Teams competed in the TAPPS State Track Meet.  It was a successful run for the State Title as the small group of Lady Eagles produced an outstanding performance against their much greater in numbers 6A competition. 

Team Results

The Eagles finished in 3rd place overall in the TAPPS 6A State Track Meet Saturday in Waco and broke several personal records in their events. View men's and women's results of each individual below.

Women Individual Results

Junior, Elle Bartholomew won 5th place in the 800m and 5th place in the Long Jump.

Freshman, Erin Kolenda won 5th place in the 100m hurdles. 

Freshman, Hali Murphy is a state champion in the 400m with a time of 55.59, setting a new state meet record in the 400m event. She also won 3rd place in the 100m.​

Freshman, Autumn Wilson is the state champion in the 100m with a time of 11.82, breaking the 100m state record. She is also a state champion in the 200m with a time of 24.34, also breaking the state record! Wilson won the state championship for the Long jump.

As a result of her accomplishments, Wilson was awarded the TAPPS 6A Female Athlete of the Meet, scoring a total of 35 points for her team. This was the highest number of points scored by any single athlete at the entire Championship in any classification. She was also awarded the Regional Female Athlete of the Meet at the TAPPS Regional Championships prior to State. 

The Lady Eagles are state champions in the 4 x 400m Relay. The 4 X 400 team was Elle Bartholomew, Erin Kolenda, Hali Murphy, and Autumn Wilson.

Men Individual Results

Junior, Connor Buchanan won 3rd place in the High Jump clearing 6'2"!

Junior, Troy Foster won 6th place in the 200m. 

"Congratulations to Coach Tommie Baker and the Track Team on a great season, and to all the Spring Sports teams, coaches, and athletes!  Well done Eagles!" Coach Crystal Clark

 

 

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.

Savio Welcomes New Athletic Director

May 03, 2019
By Admin

This week the new Head Athletic Director was announced during the Principal's Coffee. It is our honor to introduce Mr. Michael Matamoros to the Savio community. Mr. Matamoros will be officially welcomed the last week of May.

Michael Matamoros is a graduate of the University of The Incarnate Word, with a B.S. in Kinesiology. For the past 8 years, he has been employed at Santa Clara of Assisi Catholic Academy, a Catholic school in the Diocese of Dallas, as their Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director. During his time there, he worked to implement change in the way his students and their families viewed fitness. His annual 5K for the Kids is a prime example of just that. For the past year, he has taken on the role of Assistant Marketing Director and has been integral in the development of the new School and Athletic logo, as well as many other facets of Marketing. In addition, he coached Men’s Soccer at Bishop Dunne High School for nine years and helped build a winning program that consistently made and advanced in playoffs, along with having a student-athletes sign with several Universities. Most recently, he decided to continue his love for coaching and soccer by volunteering as a coach for Arsenal FC.

To date, Mr. Matamoros holds his U.S. Soccer National D, E, and F coaching licenses, and will continue to work toward developing his knowledge for Soccer. He is currently enrolled in The University of Notre Dame’s ACE Graduate Program for Inclusive Education. When he is not involved in all things Athletics, he enjoys spending time with his family, including his nieces and nephew, the Cowboys, and being outdoors. 

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.

Jewelry Design Lesson Receives A Blessing

May 01, 2019
By Admin

On Wednesday, May 1st, after all Rosaries were completed in Mrs. Robbins' Jewelry Design class, Fr. Jared Cooke, Parochial Vicar at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, stopped by the art room to bless the Rosaries after the school Mass. Last week in Jewelry Design class, all 22 students learned to wire beads to make a Rosary. Each student chose her own beads to create a pattern or color scheme of choice. 

The Jewelry Design course introduces students to jewelry design as an art form. Students explore various materials and techniques while working on the fundamentals of design. Students learn about the history of jewelry and wearable art while creating their own original pieces. Mrs. Celeste Robbins teaches this course at St. Dominic Savio and incorporated the lesson on creating Rosaries. 

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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