News Archive

2020

  • August

    Baseline Concussion Testing (By Kevin Steen, Associate Athletic Director and Head Trainer)

    Good Afternoon, Families, 

    A baseline concussion test is necessary before a sports season starts for athletes at any risk of head injuries. A baseline concussion test shows how well a brain is currently functioning and may be useful in diagnosing a concussion after an injury. The test can also be used as a guide to determine when the brain has recovered from a concussion.

    St. Michael's Catholic Academy offers baseline concussion testing through ImPACT Applications. A baseline concussion test is required for all incoming student athletes who play contact sports. Tests are not required for tennis, golf, or swim. Due to COVID-19, baseline concussion tests cannot be provided on campus as they have been in the past. ImPACT Applications has created a way for students to take the test at home.
     
    I will create a test code that will be sent to your child's school email address. While the test code is valid for 90 days, the test must be completed by September 7, and will take approximately 40 minutes.  The email will be from support@impacttest.com and will look like this: 
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  • Junior Economic Club Austin Outreach (Shannon Hudson, Director of College Counseling & Academic Services),

    This is a new opportunity for students interested in finance to join an organization of their peers.

    My name is Dylan Woollard, and I am the President and Founder of a newly-established organization in Austin called the Junior Economic Club (JEC). This student-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization connects a diverse set of the brightest high school students across the city with business professionals.
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  • June

    Listen to Daniel Serna Interview with FLX ATX (By Kevin Steen, Associate Director of Athletics and Head Trainer)

    Daniel Serna interviewed with FLX ATX (formerly Fanstand ATX) last Friday evening, May 15, at 8:15 p.m. to talk about St. Michael's football and basketball on 104.9 the Horn. It was a live interview, which you may access from this link.

    According to broadcaster Snupe Daniel, "One of our most fun interviews of the night! We caught up with St. Michael's dual sport star Daniel Serna ('21) to talk about the culture of TAPPS sports, competing in two major sports at key positions for the Crusaders and staying safe during COVID-19."
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  • May

    Mixing Up Granola for Covid-19 Relief Fund (By Caroline Anderson, Marketing & Communications Coordinator)

    Sophomore Jennifer Fang, along with younger sister and St. Gabriel’s student Alina, is making and selling mason jars of granola, with 80% of the proceeds going to the Austin Disaster Relief Network fund for Covid-19.

    The ADRN is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), comprised of nearly 200 Greater Austin churches and thousands of trained volunteers bringing hope into crisis. Their Covid-19 relief fund provides individuals and families with financial assistance to purchase essential items such as food and gas as well as other immediate needs as additional funds are raised.

    Jennifer’s granola is made up entirely of organic ingredients including sprouted rolled oats, blue agave, chia seeds and more. The girls wear protective gear and pay special attention to sanitation procedures. They even deliver, curbside!

    Jennifer created an Instagram account (@nutssosweet) where she gives product updates, recipe ideas and shares the full ingredient list and benefits of the granola! She is currently accepting orders via direct message on Instagram and would love to continue to generate donations!
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  • Spring Sports Post-Season Accolades (By Kevin Steen, Associate Athletic Director and Head Trainer)

    Due to spring sports being cancelled by COVID-19 crisis, the TAPPS Executive Board made a decision that they would not award the following for the 2019-2020 school year: the Henderson Cup, TAPPS Male and Female Athlete of the Year, TAPPS Coach of the Year and TAPPS Spring Sports All District and All State Awards. The Texas High School Lacrosse League voted to not have season honors due to COVID-19 as well.
     
    For the 2019-20 Spring Sports, TAPPS will amend the published standards for qualification of the Academic All State Awards. The award will remain for Junior and Senior students whose cumulative GPA exceeds a 3.5 as required by TAPPS governance.
     
    The Athletic Department congratulates the following individuals on spring sports teams for receiving post-season accolades.
     
    • Baseball - Jack Beiter, Alex Cannata, Robert Latkowski and Lachlan Thomas earned Academic All-State Honors. Two seniors will be continuing their baseball career at the collegiate level. Alex Cannata will be playing at Southwestern University and Garrett Urry will be playing at Nicholls State University.
    • Golf – Luke Barnett, Jake Cuba and Koke Dolce earned Academic All-State Honors.
    • Men’s Lacrosse – Ian Prince will be playing lacrosse at Concordia University in Wisconsin.
    • Women’s Lacrosse - Three seniors will be continuing their lacrosse career at the collegiate level: Aaliyah Jones will be playing at Monmouth University. Camille Franklin will be playing at Bryn Mawr College, and Alexcia Zeller will be playing at Presbyterian College.
    • Tennis – Grant DeRoeck, Peter Holub, Isa Martinez, Grace May, Sophia Rangel-Medina and Nicholas Nichols earned Academic All-State Honors.
    • Track and Field- Andre Aufieri, Annika Coffman, Ellie Greff, Grant Lawler, Sophia Linn, Thomas McCarthy, Joseph Meyer, Annika Prevost and Kiele Shultz earned Academic All-State Honors. Two seniors will be continuing their track and field career: Jackson Long will be running at Western Colorado University and Julian Stoicoviciu will be throwing javelin at Texas A&M University.
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  • April

    Isabella Oballo Blogs About Senior Year During COVID-19

    It’s been hard making everything in life digital in a short amount of time. Though I feel as if my school community has made a great effort to make this transition as easy as possible for students and staff. My aforementioned music meeting helped me understand how classes would look for the time being and given me confidence in the way our teachers are going to help students. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I am thankful to live in a society where online and distance learning is readily available to many students, though it has also made me more appreciative of my ability to go to school every day and interact with the students and staff around me.

    Read the full blog here.
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  • March

    Alex Cannata in Statesman "Faces off the Field"

    Congratulations to senior Alex Cannata for his appearance in the Austin American-Statesman series, "Faces off the Field." Alex answers a host of questions on his baseball career, including why he chose to come to St. Michael's.  

    "I moved from Lake Travis to St. Michael’s because I liked the smaller class sizes and the ability to have Coach Schiraldi be my baseball coach. He is one of the best baseball minds there is in Austin, and having him as my coach has helped me with my game tremendously."

    Catch his complete interview in Austin American-Statesman's new edition of "Faces Off the Field"!
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  • Crusaderettes Win Grand Championship in Classic Division (By Kevin Steen, Associate Athletic Director and Head Trainer)

    On Saturday, February 22, the St. Michael's Crusaderettes Dance team competed in the 'Crowd Pleasers' dance competition at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville. The team performed two solos and three different routines over the course of the day. Placing first in all three, scoring above a 90 on each set, they walked away with a clean sweep of winnings to become Crowd Pleasers 2020 Grand Champion Classic Division team for the second year in a row, with the following distinctions:
    • Best in Class for Hip Hop
    • Best in Class for Kick
    • Best in Class for Jazz
    Meredith Henson and Jennifer Fang also won medals for Superior Solos. The Crusaderettes scored the highest out of the all the teams in the Classic Division.
    Dancers are Meredith Henson '20, Isa Martinez '21, Abby Barber '22, Jennifer Fang '22, Mary Claire Fuselier '22, Gracen Gamboa '22, Becca Grace Karakourtis '23, Marisa McBurney '23, and Kiana Viniegra '23.
     
    Photo: Back row left to right: Becca Karakourtis, Gracen Gamboa, Mary Claire Fuselier, Kiana Viniegra, Marisa McBurney, Coach Lauren Parra, and Abby Barber
    Front row left to right: Jennifer Fang, Ashleigh Hernandez, Isa Martinez, and Meredith Henson
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  • Ori Boucvalt Named Student of the Year by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

    Junior Ori Boucvalt, and co-Student of the Year, Austyn Harrelson from Lake Travis High School, raised $255,320 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by writing compelling letters and emails, pitching to potential sponsors, and directing team members.

    "I ran in honor of my grandmother Kathy Boucvalt who lost her life to cancer. She was extremely charitable, and I strive to carry forward her legacy in my life. This campaign made me feel like I did just that. The success of my campaign makes me feel hopeful that we are one step closer to a world without cancer," Ori said.

    Ori's intention in participating was to be able to support the effort to cure cancer. She said she never expected to be selected as Student of the Year, nor was it her goal.

    "Being chosen as Student of the Year was just the cherry on top of being able to support such a great cause," Ori said.

    On behalf of all those whom you have helped and will help, Congratulations, Ori and Austyn!
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  • February

    UT Textile and Apparel High School Challenge

    UT Textile and Apparel High School Challenge has begun!
     
    Please see this attached document and share with students that might be interested in participating. You could receive a cash prize and VIP tickets to the UT Fashion Show in April! Submissions must be received March 31, 2020.
     
    For questions, please contact jciarla@utexas.edu.
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  • January

    Students Hold Face Mask and Medical Supplies Drive for China

    There has been much in the news lately about the novel Coronavirus affecting the Hubei province of China and the city of Wuhan. St. Michael’s has a global reach, and some our students’ families and friends are being affected by the spread of the novel Coronoavirus with shutdowns and travel restrictions put in place to halt its spread. Recently, a St. Michael’s alum reached out to say that while he is studying at a university in the US, his family is quarantined in their home with whatever supplies they had when the virus started. 

    Medical supplies are also dwindling. For most of January, factories were shut down for the Chinese New Year celebration; so for all of Hubei Province, only 8 million face masks were produced. To give you an idea of the shortage, there are 11 million people in the city of Wuhan alone and 58.5 million people in the province. 

    To help those affected, some of our students have started a fundraiser: “St. Michael's Fight for Wuhan.” Our Chinese students have been in contact with hospitals who are in dire need of face masks to reduce the spread of the virus. These hospitals only have about a week’s supply of masks. 

    So, the goal of the campaign is to send 30,000 masks and other supplies to China. 

    Here are some of the supplies needed:
    • N95 mask or disposable medical mask (NOISH, PFE>95%, BFE>95%, ASTM,F2100-ii, level 2, level 3).
    • Protective goggles (anti-fog, fluid resistent, GA500).
    • Protective clothing (ASTM, F16 71-97a, TYVEK 800, TYVEK).
    • Protective gloves (latex free medical gloves).
    • Shoe covers (waterproof).
    Thank you for your support and contribution to the epidemic prevention and control! Here is my contact information:
    The donation box will be located at Mr. Haas’s office behind that glass.
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