Principal’s Message: June Monarchs of the Month

principals-message-logo1Congratulations to Lexi Fort and Jack O’Keefe for being selected as Monarchs of the Month for June.
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Each month, we honor a Young Man and Young Woman for their overall character, citizenship, academic excellence, community service, and extra and co-curricular achievements.  Senior students are nominated by our faculty and staff and the list of nominees is submitted to the Administrative Board for final selection.

http://mdhsscroll.com/category/student-of-the-month/

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Principal’s Message: May Monarchs of the Month

principals-message-logo1Congratulations to Brittany Rodriguez and Nicholas Silvers for being selected as Monarchs of the Month for May.

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Each month, we honor a Young Man and Young Woman for their overall character, citizenship, academic excellence, community service, and extra and co-curricular achievements.  Senior students are nominated by our faculty and staff and the list of nominees is submitted to the Administrative Board for final selection.

http://mdhsscroll.com/category/student-of-the-month/

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On the Sidelines: 3 in 5

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MaxPreps recently released its national top 25 boys’ basketball programs over the past five years. Behind only Montverde Academy (Florida) and Oak Hill Academy (Virginia), Mater Dei was ranked third in the poll, which factored in win-loss records, state championships, national championships, and national top 25 finishes.With its #3 ranking, a 164-12 won-loss record (.931 winning percentage), four state championships, one national championship, four national top 25 finishes were highlighted for the Monarchs since the 2010-11 season.

To view the entire poll, click on the link below:

http://www.maxpreps.com/m/article.aspx?articleid=cfbd920e-01bf-42d1-856b-38964eea2bf8

Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics

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On the Sidelines: National Signing Day #3

athletics message logoNational Signing Day #3
The following six Mater Dei student-athletes were recently honored in the April National Signing Day event:

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Bridget Shoenberger / Gonzaga University

Soccer (Boys)
Jonathan Klinsmann / University of California, Berkeley

Soccer (Girls)
Brandy Vaca / South Carolina State University

Volleyball (Girls)
Alyse Ford / University of Southern California
J’nai Higgins / California State University, Fullerton
Jacqueline Wolfe / Hawaii Pacific University

Alyse Wallace-Ford,  J'nai Higgins,  Jonathan Klinsmann,  Bridget Shoenberger, Jaqueline Wolfe, and   Brandy Vaca.

Alyse Wallace-Ford, J’nai Higgins, Jonathan Klinsmann, Bridget Shoenberger, Jaqueline Wolfe, and Brandy Vaca.

In total, 35 Mater Dei student-athletes were recognized at the three signing day events during the 2014-15 school year.

Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics

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On the Sidelines: Sweet Lou

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It has been quite a three-year basketball career at Mater Dei for University of Connecticut-bound Katie Lou Samuelson.  Take a look at what seems like an endless list of tremendous accomplishments for this very talented young lady…

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Sophomore Year

  • 2013 Trinity League Co-Most Valuable Player
  • 2013 Los Angeles Times First Team
  • 2013 Orange County Register Player of the Year
  • 2013 Cal-Hi Sports Sophomore Class Player of the Year
  • Averaged 20.3 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game
  • Shot 54 percent (218 of 402) from the field and 43 percent (92 of 214) from behind the three-point arc
  • Shot 83 percent (69 of 83) from the free throw line

Junior Year

  • 2014 CIF-SS Open Division Finalist Team Member
  • 2014 Trinity League Most Valuable Player
  • 2014 Los Angeles Times First Team
  • 2014 CIF-SS First Team
  • 2014 Orange County Register Player of the Year
  • 2014 Cal-Hi Sports Junior Class Player of the Year
  • 2014 Gatorade California State Player of the Year
  • 2014 MaxPreps All-American First Team
  • 2014 USA Today All-American First Team
  • Averaged 26.3 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game
  • Shot 62 percent (216 of 348) from the field and 54 percent (81 of 150) from behind the three-point arc
  • Shot 89 percent (135 of 151) from the free throw line

Senior Year

  • 2015 CIF-SS Open Division Finalist Team Member
  • 2015 CIF Southern Regional Open Division Championship Team Member
  • 2015 CIF-State Open Division Finalist Team Member
  • 2015 Trinity League Most Valuable Player
  • 2015 CIF-SS Co-Player of the Year
  • 2015 Orange County Register Player of the Year
  • 2015 Los Angeles Times Player of the Year
  • 2015 Gatorade California State Player of the Year
  • 2015 MaxPreps National Player of the Year
  • 2015 WBCA National Prep Player of the Year
  • 2015 USA Today National Player of the Year
  • 2015 Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year
  • 2015 Naismith National Player of the Year
  • 2015 Gatorade National Player of the Year
  • Averaged 29.1 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game
  • Shot 50 percent (321 of 638) from the field and 41 percent (117 of 283) from behind the three-point arc
  • Shot 84 percent (177 of 211) from the free throw line

Oh, and don’t forget the integral role she has played for USA Basketball over the past years, her 4.22 grade point average, or those 150+ community service hours.

Indeed, Katie Lou…you will be missed.

Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics

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On the Sidelines: Winter Sports Wrap Up

athletics message logoBoys Basketball
Trinity League Champions…the program has now won 27 straight league titles and 32 in the last 33 years…advanced to the semifinal round of the CIF-SS Open Division Playoffs…CIF-State Open Division Runner-Up.

Girls Basketball
Trinity League Champions…the program has now won 60 straight varsity league games, dating back to the 2007-08 season…CIF-SS Open Division Championship Game Finalist…CIF-State Open Division Championship Runner-Up.

Boys Soccer
Finished in fourth place in the Trinity League…did not qualify for the CIF-SS playoffs.

Girls Soccer
Trinity League Co-Champions…Went on an electrifying playoff run to win the CIF-SS Division 1 Championship…it is the fourth such championship in school history…CIF-State Southern California Regional Division II Finalist.CIF Varsity Div 1 CIF Championship Photo 15

Girls Water Polo
Second place in the Trinity League…advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 1 Playoffs.

Wrestling
Finished third in the Trinity League…nine wrestlers qualified for the CIF-SS Individual Championships…three advanced to the CIF Masters Tournament…two wrestlers qualified for the CIF-State Championships…on the girls’ side, two wrestlers qualified for the CIF-SS Individual Championships and one, the first in school history, went on to compete in the CIF-State Championships.

Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics

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Our Blessed Mother Has Gotten a Makeover!

Campus Ministry Heart Original Art [Converted]“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord~

For God who is Mighty has done great things for me!”

Mary’s Magnificat

 

How blest are we here at Mater Dei High School to have the statue of our patroness Mary, in the center of our Grotto.

This statue, a gift from the Women’s Guild in May of 1951 is truly a reminder of the protection we receive from the Mother of God.

This beautiful image of Mary was just repainted and is absolutely gorgeous! She shines brightly in the morning sun, reflects the sunset in the afternoon and even the lights of the night in the Grotto reflect the image of this beautiful woman.IMG_3651

We encourage you to take a few moments to stop by the Grotto!

May the renewed image of our Lady, Mater Dei be a visual reminder to each one of us to continue to pray and to ask our Mother to intercede with the Lord on our behalf and for those who have entrusted themselves to our prayers and to pray for renewed Peace in our world!

Hail Mary full of Grace~ You are blessed among all women—you are our Honor, Glory and Love!

In Mater Dei,

Helen Steves, Director of Campus Ministry

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