Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Winter Sports Updates

Varsity Track: 12/22/09 Brockton High School(at Reggie Lewis) Away v Brockton
Individual winners included Ed Colvin '10 (1-mile), Donovan Henry '12 (Long Jump, 300-meter), Tim McLaughlin '10 (Shot-put), Ryan Malone '11 (High jump), Connor Muldoon '12 (2-mile).

JV Hockey 12/22/09 Hingham High School (Neponset) Home W 2-1
Nick Barker '11 scored in he first period and Ryan Curley '11 netted the game-winner with 5 minutes left in regulation time.

Frosh Hockey: 12/21/09 *Xaverian Brothers High School(at West Roxbury) Home W 4-1
The Knights got 2 goals from Jack Kilty, a goal and an assist from Tom Barrett and two assists from Jack O'Hear. Shane Starrett had his shutout bid broken up with just 30 seconds left in the game.

JV Hockey 12/18 - 12/19/09 Belmont Hill School Tourney v Belmont Hill W 2-1
Goals by John Mildner '11 and Tom Stanton '12 in the third period helped the Knights come back after being down 1-0 after two periods.
v Malden Catholic L 6-3
Two goals by Ryan Curley 11' and one goal by John Mildner 11' could not hold off MC.

Frosh Hockey: 12/19/09 Cardigan Mountain School (Belmont HIll Holiday Tournament) Away L 3-1
CM got on the board first with a shorthanded goal by Jack Kilty from Jack O'Hear and John Allaire, Cargigan came back to tie it 1-1 before the end of period number one. In the second frame, Cardigan kept the pressure on. Shane Starrett was great in the CM net, but could not prevent the two goals that made the score 3-1 going into the third period. CM's offense, led by Kilty, O'Hear, Tom Barrett, J.J. Barrett, Michael Cusato and Connor Meagher stormed the Cardigan zone but could not get any closer.

Read more on the Winter Sports Feed.

Speech Team places 4th at prestigious "Holly Fest" Tournament

Thirteen students on the CM Forensics team made the finals in the annual Natick High School "Holly Fest" on December 19th. Jhovani Vonleh '12 won the top speaker prize for receiving nothing but 1st place in every individual competition through the tournament.

Other winners on the 4th-place CM team included:
John Federico '11 (1st - Radio)
Chris Masterson '10 (2nd - Original Oratory)
Jhovani Vonleh '12, Thomas Foley '12, Nick Leney '11, and Ryan Lemoie '12 (2nd - TV News Team)
Frank Theodat '11 (3rd - Novice Reading)
Dave Consigli '12, Andrew Rogantino '12, Kevin Donnelly '12, and Mark Woodall '12 (3rd - TV News Team)
Jhovani Vonleh '12 (4th - Declamation)
Pat Simas '10 (4th - Dramatic Performance)
Laroy Streat '12 (5th - Prose)
Kevin Donnelly '12 (6th - Declamation)
Kevin Gill '13 (6th - Radio)
Kevin Verity '10 (6th - Original Oratory)
Chris Traynor '13 (7th- Declamation)

"The team should be proud of the success we shared at the Holly Fest," said head coach Rob Croteau '93. "Our team demonstrated great strength in the prelims, and this performance put us within points of being in the top 3 at a major tournament. Congratulations to the entire team for a week of great focus and a willingness to put in long hours."

Croteau also thanked the assistant coaching efforts of CM Forensics alumni Steve Murphy, Greg Cunningham, Joe McLean and Brian Murphy, who worked with many of the students during weekly practices. Alumni who judged at the tournament included John Labelle, Tim Sullivan, Ryan Sullivan, Michael Giovanucci, Brian Murphy, Mike Macchi, Mark Macchi, Brendan Ahern, Derek Powell, and Liam Concannon.

"It was great to see our alums come back and give back to the program," said Croteau.

The team was also grateful to Cindy Murphy, Maureen Donnelly and Elizabeth Traynor for judging.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Merry Christmas from Catholic Memorial School

On behalf of the entire Catholic Memorial School family, I wish you and your familya very blessed and Merry Christmas and happy new year.


Paul E. Sheff '62

In keeping with the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers of North America's call to recognize and command better stewardship of our ecological footprint, we have foregone the printing and shipping of a school Christmas card this year in favor of this electronic equivalent. This video was co-produced by CMTV's Francis Hawley '11 and Austin Bannister '12, under the supervision of Mr. William Hahn.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Immigration and expansion: Middle School students get a new view of Boston

For the seventh and eighth grade classes, there was no better way of kicking off their interdisciplinary units on immigration than visiting downtown Boston on December 15. The Middle School Program took them to the Museum of Science for an Omni Theater presentation of "Great Journey West" and to the Prudential Center's top-floor exhibition of immigration history in Boston.

Although at first it might not seem like either stop on the students' tour of Boston Tuesday had directly to do with immigration, one only needed to here them report on it to make the connections.

"Lewis and Clark mapped out what would be the future of our country," said Douglas DePaola '14. "After they mapped it out, that would bring more immigrants here."

Prudential [exhibit] showed us how people immigrated to Boston, and it showed us the view of the way people would come through to these parts," said Matthew Chipman '15.

Mike Tomaino '14 reflected that afternoon on his own family's journeys west from Europe. "I'm looking forward to seeing how people came to this country," he said. "My grandparents came from Italy, and i'm wondering how they came to be citizens."

Chipman said he enjoyed the whole day--from the Museum of Science to lunch to the afternoon skyline view of his city. "It was pretty fun, walking around the city with my friends," he said.

Of the view at the top of the Pru, DePaola added, "It was pretty cool. I'd never seen all of Boston like that before."

Monday, December 14, 2009

CM Life in Photos: NHS Blood Drive

Brandon Pierce '10 strikes a pose before signing up for the National Honor Society's annual Blood Drive at CM on December 11. At the registration desk are (l-r) Troy Starrett '10, Brian Besinger '10, Matthew Dalton '10 and Eric Anderson '10. In all, over forty individuals donated blood.

Friday, December 11, 2009

"We Saw His Star": Talents delight at annual Christmas Concert

CM's Kevin Beazley '11 has a voice most choruses long for. With deep baritone notes that can fill a cathedral space, Beazley showed hundreds of listeners why this week. That began for him in his own church--St. Theresa's in Dorchester, where Beazley performed portions of Handel's Messiah alongside Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians.

And on Wednesday evening, Beazley again brought a hush among several hundred listeners in the cavernous space of Holy Name Church. Singing "Have yourself a merry little Christmas," Beazler was one of many soloists who showcased their talents in the annual CM Christmas Concert.

Arranged and conducted by Music Director Craig Spaner, the annual concert featured the CM JazzMen, CM Chamber Ensemble, eighth grade chorus, and a variety of other talented musicians performing for parents, teachers, friends and the public at Holy Name Church, the annual venue for the concert.

Those assembled felt the advent of Christmas more fully thanks to Dan Masterson '08, who opened the evening with song and accompanied many of the younger performers on piano. Several selections by the eighth grade chorus set the stage for CM's finest performers in grades 7-12, like Seung Eun Park '10 on cello, Ethan Madden '11 on vocals, Brendan MacNabb '10 on guitar, Matthew Young '15 on flute, and Angelo Conto '15 on vocals.

"Having watched the annual Christmas Concert evolve over the past twelve years, it is a credit to Mr. Spaner the way he has inspired our students to showcase their varied talents," said Middle School Head Teacher Don Cormier. "CM is fortunate to have him leading our Fine Arts Department."

Mr. Paul Sheff closed the evening with brief remarks, thanking the faculty and staff involved in putting on the concert, applauding the student talents, and praising Mr. Spaner for his fine conducting.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Revved Up: CM Car Club heads to New England Auto Show

The CM Car Club’s first excursion of the year brought it to the New England Auto Show at the Boston Convention Center December 3. Moderator Mr. Tegan and a dozen students made the trip, one of at least four after-school trips they make through the year to area auto shows.

“Kids and cars, it’s a natural connection,” says Tegan. “Whether it be tinkering with them or admiring the worksmanship. The Car Club fills that need.”

With over twenty car aficionados in its ranks each year, the Car Club heads to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum and the Bayside Expo’s “World of Wheels Show.” On trips like these, members meet and talk with engineers and car manufacturers and see real-world applications of science and math skills.

The Club began ten years ago when Mr. Tegan noticed a freshman, Matthew McGonagle ’03, paging through Car and Driver during his study halls. Tegan and McGonagle struck up a conversation each week, and soon invited more and more students to join them in exploring the intricacies of automotive design each week. Matthew’s father, Ed McGonagle ’76, graciously continued to sponsor the Car Club’s outings well beyond Matthew’s graduation.

This past week, the Car Club’s acting president Tom Flaherty ‘10, a member since his freshman year, enjoyed seeing both mass-marketed and custom-built designs at the New England Auth Show. Flaherty thinks about studying diesel mechanics and design after CM.

Beside the newest Chevy Corvette (complete with GPS and DVD systems) was a custom-pinstripe airbrush paint job of ghostly figures on a 6-door pickup truck. Both caught his eye.

“I wanted to be able to get into the new models and see what new technology is coming out,” said Flaherty. “We all do. There’s definitely a bond between all of us who have the same passion for cars.”

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Donnelly leads Speech and Debate to 1st Place Finish

Kevin Donnelly '12 took home three first place trophies in the categories of Declamation, Duo Interpreation, and Multiple Improv at the Lincoln Sudbury Showdown on December 5, leading the CM Forensics team to a 1st place team win. Laroy Streat '11 and Brendan Shea '11 were named finalists in two categories each, and the following students earned 1st place trophies as well:

Andrew Rogantino '11 (Duo Interpretation)
Nick Leney '10 (Radio)
Joe Kain '11 and Michael MacKenzie '11 (Public Forum Debate)
David Consigli '12, Ryan Lemoie '12, Andrew Rogantino '12, and Kevin Donnelly '12 (Multiple Improv)

"This was a record-breaking showing at the Showdown," said team coach Rob Croteau '93, "and the team's first Sweepstakes Championship of the year. We congratulate all the winners who made it possible, and thanks to all the parents who volunteered."

Friday, December 4, 2009

Studio Art coursework showcased at Wellesley's Davis Museum

Ms. Malachowski's Studio Art class saw their photography on display at Wellesley College's Davis Museum on December 2 as they visited "Cell Tango," an exhibition of creative photography taken by cell-phone cameras.

A project by artists George LeGrady and Angus Forbes, Cell Tangois an interactive installtion featuring a large-scale projection of phone images contributed by the public. The project intrigued Ms. Malachowski, who encourages her Studio Art students to think differently about their involvement in the art world and the broad definition of "the arts" each year.

"It's an experience for these boys to see their artwork in a museum," said Malachowski. "We decided that we would take pictures, contribute them to Cell Tango, visit and see their artwork live, and tour the museum and gardens."

In addition to seeing the art museum and meeting exhibit curator Jim Olson, students toured the campus, around which were installed serveral other larger pieces of scultpure.

Studio Art is an elective course at CM for students in grades 9-12.