Thursday, April 16, 2009

Mark Hedberg ’09 Named Eagle Scout

On April 4, Catholic Memorial senior Mark Hedberg earned his Eagle Scout Award at a Troop 10 ceremony of the Boston Minuteman Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Hedberg, whose brother Matt ’08 earned his Eagle Scout last spring, was honored in the ceremony along with one other Troop 10 Scout at Grace Lutheran Church Hall in Needham.

On the way to Eagle, Mark earned merit badges in Scout programs at Boston College, Harvard, and Mt. Ida College. His Eagle project included repatining the light poles on the Needham Town Common and the handicap railings next to Town Hall. Mark led a group of scouts and others in sanding, scraping and eventually replacing the fixtures and poles. His extensive work has improved his community made the Town of Needham proud.

At the ceremony, Mark was honored by assistant Scoutmasters, including his father Brian, and Scoutmaster Frank Maddalo.

Pictured with their parents (l-r) are Mark, Matthew and their brother Andrew.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Interview with CM Rugby Captain James Myers '09--by Dan Patterson '09

James Myers is a key player on CM's Rugby team. CM's rugby program is young but has a good foundation for becoming a memorable part of CM's athletics program. I asked James how he felt about this year's team which debuted at home on March 28th and is coming off a 10-2 season with a D2 New England Championship win last year.

DP: How long have you been playing rugby for CM?
JM: This will be my third year. I'm glad to be back on the team this year and as a senior, I am hoping this will be my best year as a player.

DP: How do you feel about this year's team?
JM: We have a great lineup of returning players including Dan Patterson, Kurtis Busczynski, Patrick Costello, and Jimmy Coleman. I expect to see solid performances out of all these players who have been with the team three years. We also have a good lineup of returning underclassmen including Rich Erico, Tom Burnah, and Bernie O'Donnell. The team lost a lot of strong players but I know if the starters work hard we'll hold a winning record.

DP: What position do you play?
JM: This year I'll be taking Mike Buttimer's position as the #8 forward. This will be a new spot for me on the field, and I have been training and lifting harder than ever before. I need to be more fit than I ever have and stronger. I'll be a leading forward and I'm ready for a new challenge.

DP: How will it feel to be named captain?
JM: I was captain of the swim team this year as well and it felt great to be in a leadership position and have other teammates look up to me.

DP: Do you plan on continuing rugby next year in college?
JM: Yes. I will be attending St. Joseph's University in PA next year and I've already been in touch with their coach. St. Joe's has a strong D2 Rugby program and I'm excited that I'll continue to play a sport that I love.

CM Life in Photos: Lenten Preparation

Below, David Colarossi '13, playing the role of Jesus, and Mike Brown '13, playing the role of narrator, go over the script for the school's Stations of the Cross assembly. Thanks to Brother Phelps, Mr. Colarossi and Mr. Spaner, each year the troupe of actors and readers help the entire CM community reflect and prepare for Holy Week.

Below: Brenan MacNabb '10, in the role of a Roman soldier, listens to directions before a final rehearsal.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

CM Life in Photos: Juniors on Retreat

The junior class spent the day on a Campus Ministry organized retreat April 1st. They watched The Power of One and heard from inspiring student and faculty speakers on issues of spirituality, self-esteem and self-awareness.

Above: Ms. Malachowski leads a discussion following one of the guest speakers.

Jerald Desroses' thoughts on the day: "I liked the senior talks, like Trevor Boyce who talked about working at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton--it was a learning experience."

Highlights for Ryan O'Connell '11: "Getting out a little early and the free breakfast! I also liked the individual discussions, regarding Power of One. They were uplifting."