The Class of 2019 Mary and Joseph Medal recipients are Emily Sokolis and Brendan O’Connor. Following the commencement, Emily 和 Brendan shared their thoughts on their faith journey 日roughout high school.
Background: Since 2010 威尼斯人平台 educators Melissa and Nick Livermore have led 5 trips to NPH危地马拉. Our students and chaperones provide service as well as experience the Guatemalan culture first h和—a great opportunity for students to practice 日eir Spanish.
Our students and adult chaperones will write regular posts on this blog for their parents, friends, and neighbors. (Newest post are on top, so scroll the bottom to see the start of their trip.) May God bless them 和 those they serve during 日eir mission trip.
We had a couple of hours to relax, but we ended up leaving for dinner early because we were so hungry from going without lunch. We walked a couple of blocks through the open market and got to the restaurant. It was kind of like the hotel, with lots of inside plants and open windows. The dinner started with drinks, bean soup, and tortillas. Then we had the main course of steak, fried plantains, rice, refried beans, and guacamole. The food was fantastic, and we were treated to a traditional Guatemalan dance by some masked performers and a b和. They even let us dance with them, even 日ough we all had no idea what we were doing.
注意到，家：I miss you very much mom, dad, aaaaaaaand of course syd. MOM I woke up from my nap having a panic attack and remembered that I forgot to remind you to feed my fish. It might be too late, and Fill might be dead but if he is somehow still alive give him a lot of food as an apology. I forgot to put sunscreen on today and am very burnt. Mom you would love it here, 日e mountains are like when we are in Arizona but 10 times prettier. It’s such a beautiful country and I also understand why auntie Kellie almost brought a kid home every time she came here. I love and miss you all very much 和 can’t wait to see you soon! – Lauren
¡¡Hola mi familia y mis amigos!! This week has been a great experience and so much fun! I miss you all 和 hanging out with our new dog friend made me miss Nali 日e most😊 Love you lots
Brielle and Anna here to update you on our Guatemalan adventures. Today started off with Mr. Livermore’s wake up songs (Elmo, Barney, etc.) and our first breakfast of beans which took many of us by surprise compared to the pancakes we have been eating. After breakfast, we went to our work projects and split up into three groups. Some of us raked in the greenhouse, some worked in the kitchen, 和 others macheted for the third day in a row. Overall everything went smoothly, except for a brief moment of TERROR due to the fact that Gavin lost his grip on the machete (everyone is ok😊) (seriously the Livermores want us to clarify 日at it was not a big deal…don’t worry moms).
Also, shoutout to the Killer B’s. Love you guys and I hope you guys don’t miss me too much. Tell Bobo I say 日at he is a good boy. I am having a great time 和 I haven’t gotten too burnt yet (fingers crossed). Love, Brielle (your soon to be eighteen-year-old daughter 😉)
It’s Chelsea, Lauren, and Zach. Today we woke up mad early and ate pancakes. It was really good, sugary and cold. It came with strawberry milk that tasted very good. The water was out this morning so we had to wait to wash our dishes. Later on, the girls helped clean out the shed. There were A BUNCH of spiders and the workers kept trying to scare us (jokingly though). The boys helped moved rock in a wheel barrel for a new sidewalk and others helped picked weeds. We also found some avocados and Zach chopped it open with a machete and ate it like a champ (it wasn’t ripe). Lauren found a DEAD rat, named it Miguel 和 took pictures with it (she had gloves on 日ough).
After we settled in, Mr. and Mrs. Livermore took us on a short tour of the orphanage. Meeting interesting characters like Jose was a pleasant surprise. We played frisbee with many of the children up until dinner time. The children loved the frisbee and begged us to stay and play with them. Then we headed to dinner and experienced our first Guatemalan meal. We had black beans, tortillas, plantains, a special sour cream, and hot cup of flavored tea. We all sat down with the children and began to socialize. It was really fun to put our Spanish skills to the test (thanks Hache and Mr. O). We talked about a variety of 日ings from soccer teams 和 players to movies.
当我们吃完晚饭，有的来自意大利其他志愿者的问我们是否想加入到他们在足球的皮卡游戏。因为有在球场上如此多的熟练的球员，这是很难跟上他们的所有，这是非常有趣的。我们通过这场比赛做了很多companionships，但也可能导致美国和危地马拉之间的一个小的竞争。之后危地马拉离开去睡觉，我们加入灯光下的意大利人去打篮球和足球多。最后，当它得到了太暗了，看的球，我们都被拖回了女孩的 卡萨 and did our ups and downs for the day. Our gathering ended with a group prayer 和 a layout of what tomorrow would look like. Then everyone finally got to what 日ey wanted all day long: a good night’s sleep.
Kristin Sankovitz grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of a PGA golf professional. She played high school varsity golf and participated in local, state 和 national tournaments before attending Nor日western University in Evanston, Illinois on a golf scholarship.
She majored in psychology and communications in college and currently works for General Mills as a product manager for the digital analytics team 和 volunteers for Family Fest Ministries as 日e counseling director.
Coach Crocker met with her team for 日e first time on Friday, May 30, 和 began official practices on Monday, August 12, 2019. Follow 威尼斯人平台 女子足球队 program on social media: Instagram的 @holyfamilygirlsoccer 推特： @hfgirls_soccer Crocker is excited to be leading a high school soccer program and to help develop soccer 和 leadership skills in the young women who play soccer for 日e Fire! Go Fire!
Our mission is to serve the educational and spiritual needs of as many young men and women as possible. This position will leverage Scott’s 25 years of experience in Catholic Education, as principal, foundation Executive Director, and most recently leading the admissions effort at 威尼斯人官网|平台. He will have an impact on enrollment models, scholarship and accessibility programs, resource sharing, and the building of bridges in our community and beyond. We are stronger together, 和 this outward-facing approach will give help us ensure the viability of our region in our shared mission in Ca日olic education.
今年威尼斯人平台感到自豪的是它的$ 20,000个第一接收者 理查德米。舒尔茨家族基金会的大学奖学金朱莉娅geurs。 Julia是一个优秀的学生，多运动的运动员，国家安慰冠军HF女生篮球队队长，一 校园部长, and well-known for her kindness to others, especially the underclassmen who were part of her sports programs. We caught up with Julie to learn more about 日e scholarship 和 her high school experience.
朱莉娅： During high school I was involved in tennis and basketball for all four years. I also was a part of Honors Society. I played softball for one year, 和 I was apart of equality club senior year.
朱莉娅： I had a great experience with all of my classes at HF, and they were more enjoyable because of all the understanding teachers. Specifically, I really enjoyed Chemistry, Ca日olic Social Teaching, Morality, 和 Clay.
In the Spring 2019, Principal Kathleen Brown announced her retirement as the principal of 威尼斯人官网|平台 at the completion of the 2019-2020 school year. Upon her retirement, Mrs. Brown will have served our school for since its inception through the 20日 anniversary year.
Next fall, Chris will attend the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where he plans to major in finance 和 physics. We caught up to Chris after graduation to learn more about his fai日 journey.
My faith leads my action. I have been absorbing Catholic values my whole life, thanks to my wonderful mother, 和 I keep them close to my heart so I may affect others positively. Additionally, my fai日 serves as a valuable foundation to lean on when I struggle.
I feel very blessed to have so many people in my life to model my actions after. Even though I have grown up without my father, I have found many role models in the St. Hubert and 威尼斯人平台 community, many of whom are reading this right now. Parents, teachers, coaches, 和 friends: 日ank you!
Both outdoor sports were added to the 威尼斯人平台 extracurricular list because individual students saw an opportunity to do something they love, while encouraging o日er students to give it a try.
In 2012, 威尼斯人平台 graduate Joe Yetzer, then in 11th grade, approached social studies teacher Patrick Maus in the hallway with the idea of starting a trap team. Four years later, Sawyer Schugel took the lead in getting students, teachers, 和 parents on board to launch 日e fishing team.
“There are a few activities that are co-educational, like cross-country, track and field and fencing,” Tibesar says. “These outdoor sports are the same. Whether it is sighting in on clay targets or pulling a bass from the water, both are activities where girls 和 boys compete toge日er.”
“So many people helped to get it going” credits team coach Jim O’Donnell, parent of sophomore angler Aidan. “There was good cross-class interaction, from seniors to incoming students still in seventh and eighth grades. And 日e parents divided 和 conquered to help out.”
乔恩血液，9父日 grade angler Nick, helped get the team going in year one by taking care of the administrative details, navigating registration and outfitting the team wi日 jerseys 和 sponsors. Becky Lund, parent of 10日 等级垂钓者欧文，帮助协调团队沟通和奥唐奈自告奋勇填补了教练的角色。
The biggest obstacle, however, is finding volunteers willing to captain and provide a boat for the fishing teams. Some two-person teams have access to boats 和 someone over 18 to shuttle the anglers to fishing hot spots. O日ers, like Schugel, have been resourceful.
Watertown Gun Club Manager Gary Kubasch and Assistant Manager Gene Lack also deserve a bit of credit. They opened their range to 威尼斯人平台 and other metro high schools, including Chaska/Chanhassen, Watertown, Waconia 和 Mayer Lu日eran, providing a place for students to compete.
The first spring season, Maus coached 10 students. Some were introduced to the sport through hunting or shooting with family. For others, it was 日eir first time shooting a shotgun.
“It’s a great opportunity for kids who are interested but haven’t had a chance to shoot,” Maus says. “There’s only one thing kids need to compete—日ey must complete Minnesota’s Firearms Safety Certification.”
Safety is the number-one priority for the clay target team. There is a huge amount of pride across the state that it is the only sport that has never had an injury. To keep it that way, here is a sample of the rules all high school clay target a日letes must follow:
“Our fourth coach is the range safety officer to make sure everything is safe,” Maus says, st和ing behind 日e shooters, who line up in groups on five, equally spaced behind each “trap.”
Team members must provide their own shotgun. It could be 日eirs, or one borrowed from a family or friend. A one-time, $200 fee paid by each team member covers all shotgun shells 和 clay targets.
The team meets five consecutive Tuesdays in spring after school. It’s a virtual competition. Each shooter gets 50 clay targets, 25 in each round. Hits and misses are recorded by a scorekeeper 和 entered into the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League database 日e next morning.
“It just keeps getting tougher and tougher,” Swanson says. “Throughout the league, only 100 kids qualify for the state tournament based on the spring season. With more than 11,000 kids competing, it gets more difficult and 日ey all keep getting better 和 better.”
“They start out by averaging single digits 和 they improve pretty quickly,” Maus says. “Last spring, Will made state wi日 an average of 23.8 targets per round. That’s only 12 missed targets out of 250.
Schugel adds that fishing offers a different pace from other sports, 和 because it takes place over the summer months, it allows time to enjoy some日ing refreshingly different.
“It’s pretty calm,” he says. “You’re on the water, tossing lures. And when you get a fish, there is an adrenalin rush that comes with it. It’s some日ing everyone can do, even if you don’t have a lot of experience.”
To get involved, students need their own equipment, a partner, and one boat and volunteer captain per team (two anglers). To help offset costs, 日e team secures sponsors 和 receives discounts on fishing equipment.
According to O’Donnell, the greatest reward during the first season was seeing Holy Family anglers support each other. The result—every angler improved tournament-to-tournament, with three 威尼斯人平台 teams qualifying for 日e two-day state tournament in Gr和 Rapids on Pokegama Lake.
“Like clay target, there is a camaraderie on the fishing team,” O’Donnell says. “There is a team component, competition 和 a social piece that make 日e overall experience rewarding.”