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Parishioners react to archdiocese merges, closings

Photo courtesy of Brielle Trapalis

Madeline Dauphin, Graphics Co-Editor

December 13, 2019

Much has been occurring within our archdiocese because the Renew My Church program has decided to combine and regroup parishes and schools. This is in order to address the lack the funding certain parishes receives, the lack of priests the betterment of evangelization programs. Although the diocese is...

What we do at home for the holidays

Art by Taein Park

Abby Young, Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

The weather is getting colder, and the leaves are falling faster. You know what that means: it’s Christmastime! Christmas is the time that we all come together to celebrate and remember the birth of Jesus Christ, but each family has their own way of doing so. This is where our personal traditions...

Looking at college apps from the flip side

Photo by Alex DiMarco

Alex DiMarco, Local Co-Editor

December 13, 2019

Have you ever wondered who’s on the other side of your college application? What is the admissions committee thinking when reading your application? As the January 1 deadline approaches, college counselor Mrs. Amy Herbert has the answers to all your questions and more. Before joining the Viator staff...

Where did Dean Sanford go?

Where did Dean Sanford go?

Sean McLaughlin, Staff Writer

November 1, 2019

Mr. Bill Sanford has been one of the Deans of Students for eight years. This year, he has taken a brand new job, which left many students wondering where he is now and what he is doing at school. Dean Sanford, now known as Mr. Sanford, is the new Director of Major Gifts and Strategic Partn...

Be in style, stay in dress code all the while

Be in style, stay in dress code all the while

Grace Kelly, Staff Writer

November 1, 2019

Nowadays, iconic fashion companies like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Vineyard Vines are dominating the industry with their expensive, flashy items. These are what many teens yearn for today, but it is more a desire to look fashionable. However, with dress codes in place, they can’t possibly have a stylish...

Retreat brings urban issues to suburban students

Kate Hannon, Local Co-Editor

November 1, 2019

Are you looking for a more fulfilling way to get your service hours rather than going to Feed My Starving Children for the umpteenth time? Do you want to learn more about disadvantaged people in your extended community and make new friends in the process? If so, you should go on the Urban Immersion Retreat. Currently...

The hills are alive with the sound of auditions

Abby Young, Staff Writer

November 1, 2019

Have you ever wished you had a chance to be on stage? Or maybe a chance to show off your singing, dancing or acting skills? A place where you could be yourself and have fun? Then the musical is just what you’re looking for! Auditions are coming up sooner than you would think, so here are some things...

Seniors apply and conquer as deadline looms

Alex DiMarco, Local Co-Editor

November 1, 2019

Congratulations, seniors! It’s November, and that means almost all early-action college applications are due tonight. Our months of grade-inputting and essay-writing is finally done—that is, until the next deadline. Hopefully everyone has finished their Nov. 2 early applications by now, so let’s...

Blackbaud bundles improved interface, synergistic system

Mrs. Gallagher checks a student's page on Blackbaud.

Allie O’Brien, Staff Writer

October 4, 2019

Blackbaud is Saint Viator’s new school system, which is used for grades, submitting and assigning homework, attendance, business and more. This is the first year the school has used this system. There are many benefits to the switch to Blackbaud. “The old system that we had was outdated and we...

Drug testing program snips out hair, peer pressure

Dean Fuja cuts a student's hair for drug testing.

Katie McManaman, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 4, 2019

Nobody wants to be drug and alcohol tested, but why? Is it an invasion of our privacy? Do the teachers and our own parents not trust us? What happens after Dean Fuja cuts our hair? Drug testing is becoming more and more popular in government agencies, businesses, and schools throughout the nation....

Technology melts snow days away

Technology melts snow days away

Sean McLaughlin, Staff Writer

October 4, 2019

On July 1, 2019, SB 28 went into effect allowing schools to use e-learning days in lieu of emergency days. This was put into action by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to ensure that students are learning the amount that they need. Everyone has been wondering how these e-learning days will...

Hobby hunting: find your new favorite club

Hobby hunting: find your new favorite club

Abby Young, Staff Writer

October 4, 2019

Are you looking for new hobbies, or trying to find a group of like minded people? Maybe you have been wanting to get more involved with your school. Well, there’s a solution to that—new clubs! Some of the new clubs include The Viatones, Respect For Life, Mahjong and Ping Pong, Environmental and...

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