Principal’s Message: February Monarchs of the Month

principals-message-logo1Congratulations to Ben Humphreys and Sydney Gang for being named Monarchs of the Month for February 2015.

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.

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Learn more about these two students as well as this year’s previous recipients at:

http://manemessage.materdei.org/2014/12/05/principals-message-update-to-student-of-the-month-program/

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

Frances Clare, Principal

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On the Sidelines: Fall 2015 Sports Wrap Up

athletics message logoBoys Cross Country
Second place in the Trinity League…qualified for the CIF-SS Prelims and finished fourth…advanced to the CIF-SS Division 3 Championships and placed 10th.

Girls Cross Country
Third place in the Trinity League…qualified for the CIF-SS Prelims and placed fourth…advanced to the CIF-SS Division 3 Championships and finished 16th.

Football
Third place in the Trinity League…beat Westlake in the first round of the CIF-SS Pac 5 Division Playoffs, 28-7…suffered a 27-24 loss to Corona Centennial in the second round.

Girls Golf
Trinity League Champions…Finished fourth in CIF-SS Southern Team Divisional Championship…Jakeishya Le placed ninth in the CIF-SS Individual Championships…Le advanced to the CIF-WSCGA Regional Championships where she tied for 30th.

Girls Tennis
Third place in the Trinity League…Upended by San Marino in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 Playoffs, 17-1…Mekeila Erspamer and Lauren Thompson qualified for the CIF-SS Regional Championships in doubles play and were victorious over teams from Millikan, 6-3, 6-1, and Valencia, 6-1, 7-5, before losing 6-1, 6-3 to the entry from Corona del Mar.

Girls Volleyball
Trinity League Champions…swept Millikan in three games in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1AA Playoffs…escaped in five games vs. Los Alamitos and Mira Costa in the second and quarterfinal rounds, respectively…lost in four games to Redondo Union in the championship match…selected to participate in the CIF-State Division 1 Playoffs and got three-game sweeps vs. Point Loma and Corona Santiago in the first and second rounds, respectively…lost in five games to Redondo Union in the Southern California Regional Championship round.

Boys Water Polo
Trinity League Champions…cruised to a 19-2 win over Long Beach Poly in the CIF-SS Division 1 Playoffs…beat Newport Harbor in the second round, 19-4…victorious over Huntington Beach, 16-10, in the semifinals…fell to Harvard-Westlake in championship game, 10-7.

Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics

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Principal’s Message: January Monarchs of the Month

principals-message-logo1Congratulations to Pierre Aguirre and Gillex Zeng for being named Monarchs of the Month for January 2015.

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.

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Pierre and Gillex were officially notified of their selection this week with a breakfast with myself and our ASB team.  We are very proud of these two students for their hard work and dedication to Mater Dei High School.

Learn more about these two students as well as this year’s previous recipients at:

http://manemessage.materdei.org/2014/12/05/principals-message-update-to-student-of-the-month-program/

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

Frances Clare, Principal

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MD Celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Campus Ministry Heart Original Art [Converted]The Mater High School Community celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception by honoring Mary, Mater Dei at an All School Mass on Monday, December 8.  During this Mass, representatives from every aspect of our community participated as ministers.  Our choral and orchestra truly enhanced our celebration with musical selections that honored our patroness.

At the end of Mass, Mr. Patrick Murphy and Ms. Frances Clare awarded our Sister Marie Furlong an Honorary Mater Dei Diploma. Sister retired two years ago and continues to faithfully serve the Mater Dei Community, by assisting in the Counseling Office with tutoring and helping with college essays.  When she is not assisting students she is in the Chapel praying for all our Monarchs—past, present and future.

How blest are we to be part of a community named for the Mother of God!

I leave you with some of the lyrics of the Communion Meditation Song:

Sing Of A Lady
by
Liam Lawton

Let us sing of a maiden, let us sing of a girl who spoke with an angel, 
saying YES to the Lord.

Let us sing of a maiden, let us sing of a girl who bowed to the Spirit
and gave life to the WORD

So come and sing with me.
We’ll raise a joyful song to lead the world from dark to light
and turn to right from wrong.

So come and sing with me a hymn of joyful praise: 
Ave Maria, Ave Maria, Ave Maria the hope of all our days.

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As we continue our Advent Journey we ask our Mother, Mary, Mater Dei to be the beacon for each one of us, so that our YES to the Word of God may create PEACE in our days and a deeper sense of JOY to all whose lives we touch!

Always in our hearts and prayers,
Helen Steves, Director of Campus Ministry

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On the Sidelines: Smooth Transition

athletics message logoThe Pacific 12 Conference recently named Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson ’14  as its men’s basketball Player of the Week.

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For the week, Johnson was the Most Valuable Player at the EA Sports Maui Invitational, averaging 15.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.3 steals.

In the tournament’s championship game vs. nationally-ranked San Diego State, Johnson helped lead the Wildcats to the title with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics

 

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On the Sidelines: In Good Company

athletics message logoMcQuin Baron ’14  has been named to the California IMG_0036Interscholastic Federation 100th Anniversary Fall All-Century Team.  Notable athletes also named from the sport of football were Tom Brady, John Elway, Bill Walsh, John Madden, Norm Van Brocklin, Ollie Matson, Jim Plunkett, Dan Fouts, Lynn Swann, Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott, and Tony Gonzalez.

Also included were three-time Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh from  volleyball and Tony Azevedo and from water polo.

Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics

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On the Sidelines: Good and Plenty

athletics message logoCurtis Godin ’14 was recently inducted into the Mater Dei Hall of Fame.  He is the first track and field athlete to receive the distinction.

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In the spring of 2014, Godin (pronounced “Good-in”) helped lead the Monarchs to their first CIF-SS championship in boys’ track and field, winning the 100m with a wind-aided time of 10.34 and the 200m at 20.90.  He continued his postseason success by running a 10.55 to become the CIF Masters champion in the 100m and culminated his senior year by racing Mater Dei to the CIF-State championship, again the school’s first such crown in the sport, as he became the 100m and the 200m champion with times of 10.31 and 20.87, respectively.  His 10.31 time in the 100m fell  just shy of the 10.30 all-time California state record.  Earlier in the season, Godin was the 100m champion at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational after running a 10.36, which equaled the fastest time at the event as well as serving as the best mark ever recorded in Orange County history.

At the conclusion of his high school career, Godin was honored as the 2014 Orange County Register Track Athlete of the Year and named to the USA Today All-American Second Team.

Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics

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