On the Sidelines: Building It from Scratch

athletics message logoAt a recent all-school spirit rally, members of the Mater Dei Wrestling Program, led by Luis Renteria, the Monarchs’ third-year head coach, were honored for their continued momentum-building achievements over the course of the 2013-14 season.

Among those honored were Sophomores Julie Calzada and Gracie Unland, the first female wrestlers in school history. Calzada qualified for the CIF Girls Masters Meet and the CIF-State Girls Championships. She also finished third for her grade level in the USA Wrestling State Girls Championships. Unland advanced to the CIF Girls Masters Meet and placed fifth among sophomores in the USA Wrestling State Championships.

Sophomore Jed Smith was recognized for being a Trinity League champion; finishing second in the CIF-SS Individual Championships; advancing to the CIF Masters Meet; capturing the title for his weight class and grade level at the USA Wrestling State Championships; and participating in the USA Wrestling National Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Finally, Trevor Perez, a junior, was saluted for being crowned champion at both the Trinity League Finals and the CIF-SS Individual Championships. Perez is the first Monarch to win a CIF-SS individual championship since 2007 and only the ninth wrestler in school history to do so. He also went on the participate in the CIF Masters Meet and CIF-State Championships before his season came to an end.

Philip Bellomo, MDHS Director of Athletics

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40th Senior Musical Performs this Weekend!!!



The famous Mater Dei tradition of Senior Musical is celebrating 40 years this weekend. The Class of 2014 proudly presents How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. This musical comedy features beautiful music and a cast of 90 students. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1962.

Our production is directed by the Director of Choirs Mr. Scott Melvin, choreography by Director of Dance Mrs. Victoria Ferrigno and stage managed by theatre arts instructor Mr. Joe Alanes. Please come out and see the senior class this weekend at Santa Ana High School, 7:30pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets will be available at the show for $15,$20 & $30. Thanks for supporting this wonderful tradition.

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Mater Dei MUN Students Compete in Boston

DSCF1105After two months of research and writing leading up to three intense days of debate and caucusing, Mater Dei Model UN students have completed their participation in the final MUN conference of the season.

This year, students had the privilege of traveling to Boston, MA to participate in Boston College’s second annual Model UN conference. Mater Dei students represented the State of Israel, the Gabonese Republic and U.S. Senator Rob Portman. While in their assigned committees, Mater Dei students debated topics such as disarmament and international security, human rights and civil liberties, health policy and containment of disease, economic growth and poverty eradication, as well as U.S. foreign policy and renewable energy.

According to delegate Savannah Lehner, sophomore, her favorite part of the conference was “meeting other high school students from the U.S. and around the world.” Savannah represented Senator Rob Portman in the Mock U.S. Senate session and debated U.S. foreign aid and policy.

While at the conference, students had the opportunity to meet and interact with students from Texas, New York, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Florida, British Columbia, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Puerto Rico.

Delegate Chloe Wallace, sophomore, says she most enjoyed the satisfaction of putting the months she spent researching her topic into action. Wallace debated and caucused on foreign direct investment in developing countries. The time Wallace spent researching paid off, as she was awarded with the “Superlative Delegate” award for her performance during committee.

Paul Murphy, junior, stated that he most enjoyed “participating and being active in the World Health Organization committee.” The countless hours Murphy spent researching his topic indeed paid off, as he was awarded the “Outstanding Delegate” award.

For the remainder of the trip, students will be going on guided tours of Harvard University and Boston College, as well as visiting the JFK Presidential Library and Museum.

Mater Dei MUN is open to all students who are interested. Please contact Mr. Gutierrez, mgutierrez@materdei.org, for additional information.

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OC Varsity Artists Update

Congratulations to Mater Dei seniors Massimo Napoli, Alyssa Ross and Hailey Detterich. These students have advanced to the next round for the OC Varsity Artists Award. They have made the Top 10 for their categories. Read more about the nominees in our post below.

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On the Sidelines: Lengthening the List

athletics message logoDuring the second of three National Signing Days for the current school year, the Mater Dei student-athletes listed below from the Class of 2014 recently made commitments to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.  With this group of signees, a total of 33 Monarchs have now made athletic commitments to various colleges and universities, the most on record at Mater Dei after the first two signing periods of a given school year.



Chase Forrest / University of California, Berkeley

Johnny Johnson / South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Jonathan Lockett / University of Southern California

Alexander McCutcheon / Colorado Mesa University



Emily Kopchick / San Diego State University


Women’s Soccer

Allison Boland / San Francisco State University

Shawna Hennings / Idaho State University

Allyson Smith / University of Texas, Pan American

Bryanna Wiehe / University of Nevada


Women’s Swimming

Natalie Tedjasukmana / St. Francis University


Men’s Track & Field

Curtis Godin / Wake Forest University


Women’s Track & Field

Emma Radan / Vanderbilt University

Tara Radan / Vanderbilt University


Men’s Water Polo

Kent Inoue / University of California, Los Angeles

Jake Sanders / University of Southern California

James Walters / University of Southern California


Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics

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MDHS Nominees for OC Varsity Artist


The Orange County Register is holding it’s first ever OC Varsity Artists Awards this spring. You can read about it in their weekly OC Varsity Arts section. We appreciate their support for the arts in local High Schools.  This month, OC Register is choosing the top ten from the large pool of nominees. In April the top ten perform and interview for a panel. The 2014 OC Varsity Artists will be announced in May. The following students were chosen by their teachers and officially nominated from our school.

OC Varsity Instrumental Musician Nominee

Sydney Gang has been nominated for playing the harp and percussion. “Sydney has really made our Mater Dei community aware of our music program. When people hear we have a harpist who also plays for the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, they become interested and want to learn more” said Mr. Fernando Martinez, Director of Band.

Save the date for these upcoming band events: Spring Concert – Saturday April 5 & Red Hot Jazz – Saturday May 3. Please visit the Mater Dei website for more info about our band program.

OC Varsity Dancer Nominee 

Michelle Nguyen has been nominated for her magnificent dancing in the styles of Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip-Hop. Director of Dance, Mrs. Victoria Ferrigno says, “Her talent, her love of dance and her leadership have brought a new sense of family to our team.”

Please come out to Anaheim Convention to support our Dance teams at the USA Nationals on March 28 and 29.

OC Varsity Vocal Artist Nominee 

Hailey Detterich has been nominated for her incredible talent and the impact she has had with our Chamber Singer choir and our school musicals. “She truly has an incredible control of her instrument and is very much in touch with the emotional complexities of performance,” describes Mr. Scott Melvin, Director of Choirs, “Hailey is one of the most versatile and sensitive singers I have been able to work with here at Mater Dei.  She can sing Faure and then belt the newest pop song without missing a beat.  And the technique she has honed rivals that of her college counterparts.”

Please join us Monday March 10 at 7:30pm, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, for our annual Spring Concert. For tickets visit scfta.org.  Also save the date to see Hailey in the Senior Musical on April 10, 11 & 12. This year’s production is How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. 

OC Varsity Visual Artist Nominee 

Alyssa Ross has been nominated for her 2D art. Visual Arts Department Chair Mrs. Catherine Wilson describes Alyssa Ross as “an outstanding ambassador for the arts because she truly lives her art.”

See Alyssa’s art work at the annual Visual Arts Show  April 7 to April 11. The opening and awards will be on campus Monday April 7 at 7:00pm in LeVecke Center and Monarch Pavilion.

OC Varsity Theatre Artist Nominee 

Massimo Napoli has been nominated for his comedic and dramatic acting. In the past year, Massimo has become Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Trigorin in Chekhov’s The Seagull and many more roles in straight plays, musicals, children’s theatre, competition scenes and ShortsFest events. He is one of the presidents of our Improvisational Comedy Club, which under his leader ship has raised over $1,800 for charities this year so far. Director of Performing Arts, Mr. Patrick Williams describes Massimo as “that actor in rehearsals that can play with the words. He delights in imagery and can make the language seem natural.”

On Tuesday March 11, Massimo Napoli along with peers Austin Kendrick, Julia Silvey and Nicholas Silva will perform a scene and be honored for their award winning theatre work at the 17th Annual California Youth in Theatre Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Bravo!






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On the Sidelines: In The Books!

athletics message logoBelow is a wrap-up of the 2013 fall sports season at Mater Dei.

Cross Country (Boys)

Did not qualify for the CIF-SS Prelims.

Cross Country (Girls)

Finished second in the Trinity League Championships and qualified for the CIF-SS Prelims…season concluded with a seventh place finish in the CIF-SS Prelims.


Posted a second place finish in the Trinity League…in the CIF-SS Pac-5 playoffs had victories over Oaks Christian, 28-17, Mission Viejo, 21-14, and Long Beach Poly, 30-0, before losing in the championship game to St. John Bosco, 34-7.

Golf (Girls)

Won the Trinity League championship for the fourth straight year…went undefeated in head-to-head match play for the second consecutive season…dating back to September 6, 2011, has now won 34 straight head-to-head competitions…captured the CIF-SS Southern Division Championship for the second year in a row…four golfers qualified for the CIF-SS Individuals Tournament.

Tennis (Girls)

Came in third place in the Trinity League…lost to Brentwood, 10-8, in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs.

Volleyball (Girls)

Finished second in the Trinity League…played in the CIF-SS Division 1AA playoffs, beating Temecula Valley in three games, Huntington Beach in three games, Corona del Mar in four games, and Great Oak in five games…lost in the championship match to Los Alamitos in four games…qualified for the CIF-State Division I playoffs and won matches over Clovis West in three games and Torrey Pines in four games…season concluded with a three-game loss to Los Alamitos in the semifinals.

Water Polo (Boys)

Won the Trinity League championship for the seventh consecutive year…got wins over Crespi, 16-1, Corona del Mar, 10-4, and Loyola, 7-3, in the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs…had streak of five straight CIF-SS titles come to an end with a 9-6 loss to Harvard Westlake in the championship game…dating back to the 2010 season, won a CIF-SS all-time record 105 games in a row before suffering a 9-8 loss to Cathedral Catholic on November 9.

Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics

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