President's Press: Campus Happenings

Monday, October 18, 2021

A quick update about life on campus...

Life at St. Pius X is certainly always moving. The Homecoming game welcomed back our alumni community to campus and they enjoyed the game, service project, Mass with Fr. Lopez, and of course, their class reunions. The Homecoming dance was this past Saturday and was a great success. The event was held on campus under a huge tent in the senior lot and while different than past dances, it was a great success full of smiles, laughter, and dancing.

Academically, we were proud to announce our National Merit commended students and semifinalists. Approximately 50,000 students from around the nation are selected each year.  Semifinalists comprise one-third of the qualified students and advance to the finalist round of competition.  To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis.  Finalists are named in February of each year. 

National Merit Scholarship Award Recipients:
Matthew Bell, Maxi Brogi, Katie Graebner, Sam Grass, Sam Hauck, and Elizabeth Hong

National Merit Scholarship Commended Students:
Alex Cordovado, Jacob Fleming, Eric Hoang, Brian Lieu, Andrew Soha, and Claire Tharp

College Board National African-American Scholar: 
Gabrielle Harris

College Board National Hispanic Scholars 
Anna Finch, Bailey Gilbert, Ben Irastorza, Bianca Cardona, Caitlin Noble, Daniel Mejia-Jaramillo, Emily Weber, Eva Springer, Joshua Bartholomai, Karla Perez, Madeleine Miller, Maximilian Brogi, Natalie Ficco, Samantha Hefner, Sofia Arboleda, and William Garcia

Our athletic teams have been working hard the past few weeks. The volleyball team currently sits at 46-1 and have won 31 straight matches, including its seventh straight region championship.  The team is currently ranked No. 1 in the AAAAA state polls and No. 3 nationally by MaxPreps.  The season has included wins over Marist and the defending state champions in 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A, and 7A classifications.  The team is led by seniors Avery Brown, Emma Farrell, Kate LaRocco, Rose Porter, Annemarie Rakoski and Lura Underwood.  Coach John Frederick earned his 800th career win in the St. Pius X Volleyball Classic in early October.

The Fine Arts Department at St. Pius X is currently selling tickets and sharing a livestream option for the upcoming performance of Failure: A Love Story. By the end of 1928, all three Fail sisters will be dead -- expiring in reverse order, youngest to oldest, from a blunt object to the head, disappearance, and finally consumption. Tuneful songs and a whimsical chorus follow the story of Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River before their time unexpectedly runs out. A magical, musical fable where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual's successes or failures. The performance brought home awards for Best Performer (Owen Ingram and Gracie Rosenberg), Best Supporting Performer (Helen Thompson and Bianca Cardona), and Best Ensemble (Chorus and Cast) at the Georgia Theatre Conference R. Lynne Woody One Act Competition. See the talents of our cast and crew on Thursday, 10/28 and Friday, 10/29 at 7 p.m. Purchase your general admission tickets for Failure: A Love Story by visiting All tickets are $10, plus a processing fee. Upon arrival, log into your account to access your mobile pass.

Finally, as a reminder, we always welcome our community to join us for morning Mass each Friday at 7:15 a.m. Mass is celebrated each day as well, Mondays during seventh period, Tuesdays at fourth, Wednesdays during fifth, and Thursdays during sixth. Please contact Campus Ministry for more information and consider joining us. The Mothers' Club offers Adoration during the day on Fridays. Please note, Fr. Michael is on silent retreat this week but will return next week.