Mustang Honors

Siobhan Reidy Named Student of the Month

Every month the Recognition Committee asks teachers for nominations for students of the month in a certain subject area.The committee uses a blind nomination process to make their final selection based on teachers' responses. In November 2017, freshman Siobhan Reidy was named Student of the Month for Religion.

Siobhan was nominated because "she always works to improve her knowledge and seeks out information and inspiration" and because she is "quick to offer help to fellow students, is extremely reliable and insightful, respectful and very confident in the material of her faith." Additionally, Siobhan enriches the Religion classroom "by bringing in experiential knowledge gained in Youth Group and in other Catholic-related events she has attended."

"It's an honor to be recognized for something that I am passionate about and show great interest in," said Siobhan. "I'm so grateful that I have been recognized as Student of the Month for Religion and I am honored for being able to share about my faith!"

Siobhan, a freshman, felt immediately accepted from the moment she enrolled in Immaculate. "I love the way that this school really feels like a family. Even after only being here for a few months I have felt welcomed by all of the upperclassmen as well as those in my grade," she said. "I would definitely recommend IHS to anyone who is considering attending. It is an excellent way to grow in faith, academics and responsibility. I also love that Immaculate is so encouraging of becoming involved in all aspects of the school and that's a great way to meet new people and make friends," Siobhan added.

Siobhan is active in Campus Ministry and volleyball at IHS. "I love how being involved on the volleyball team left me with great friendships and a new outlook on the school year. I hadn't really played before and it was an excellent thing for me to join because all of the girls were really kind and encouraging," she said.

Outside of school, Siobhan sings and plays the guitar with her youth group music ministry band, and she figure skates, competing regularly for the past three years. She has been involved with her youth group since the 5th grade and is very involved in her faith since joining. "It's what I look forward to every week," she said.

While graduation is a few years away, Siobhan already has plans for the future -- she hopes to study something in the field of theology, hopefully at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OTHER STUDENTS WHO WERE NOMINATED:

Sophomores Hunter Kirkman, Lauren Oskam and Analiese Seaman, junior Mackenzie Garden and seniors Kyle Buzzi and William Gasparrini.

More Great Student News:

Audrey Sedensky '18 (left) was named the winner of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, Mary Wooster Chapter of Danbury, Good Citizenship Award. This award is given to an outstanding senior who demonstrates the qualities of a good citizen including dependability, leadership, patriotism and service.

Senior Kendra Dascano (right) was chosen to be one of the first ever Emerging Hero Awards from the United Way of Western Connecticut. She will be honored at the agency's Hometown Heroes Benefit Dinner on December 2. The award is given to area high school-aged youth who demonstrate strong leadership in volunteerism and community service. Kendra received the award for Danbury in part for her role as a member of the executive team of the Youth Advisory Board, which leads the Youth Volunteer Corps of Western Connecticut. While she is being honored as Danbury's Emerging Hero, her volunteerism extends regionally, including Regional Hospice, Village Center for the Arts, Newtown Kindness, The Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation, Ben's Bells, Interfaith Aids Ministry, Boni Bel Farm and Pratt Nature Center.

Seniors Michele Curtis and Joseph Suarez were named National HIspanic Scholars by the College Board. The honor goes to students who score in the top 2.5 percent among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region.

John Palladino '18 obtained his CompTIA A+ certification in two areas by studying technology at Immaculate High School. He successfully passed two tests for his understanding of computer hardware, computer software and troubleshooting computer problems. This certification validates understanding of the most common hardware and software technologies in business and certifies the skills necessary to support complex IT infrastructures. CompTIA A+ is a powerful credential that helps IT professionals worldwide ignite their IT career, and is globally recognized and accredited. The two tests were: CompTIA A+ 220-901, which covers PC hardware and peripherals, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues; and CompTIA A+ 220-902, which covers installing and configuring operating systems including Windows, iOS, Android, Apple OS X and Linux. It also addresses security, the fundamentals of cloud computing and operational procedures.

Athletic Honors

It's been an amazing fall athletics season for Immaculate, as two teams have won SWC championship titles and another a State championship!

The girls soccer team (19-1) was named Patriot Division champs and then on November 2 won a close, breathtaking game 2-1 against Newtown High School to be named SWC champs. This is the fifth time the lady Mustangs have won the SWC title. Kayla Mingachos '19 scored the winning shot with an assist from Meryl McKenna '21, who was named the tournament MVP. Nicolette Stocks '18 scored the first goal. The road to winning the SWC tournament began on October 27 when they won the SWC quarterfinal game against New Fairfield 1-0 with Kayla Mingachos '19 scoring the winning goal, allowing them to move onto the semifinals. The team then defeated Notre-Dame/Fairfield 2-0 as Audrey Sedensky '18 and Dominique Valentine '18 each scored a goal.

Then, at the first round of the CIAC Class M State Championship tournament, the team won on penalty kicks 4-3 after playing double overtime against Bethel High School -- goals were scored by Avery Jarboe '19, Hailey Dubbioso '19, Makinsey Jarboe '18 and Morganne Cartee '19 -- but lost in the second round to Weston 0-1.

The girls field hockey team (18-2-1-1) also won the right to be named Patriot Division and SWC champs. Also on November 2, the IHS field hockey program's second ever appearance in the SWC Championship game ended up with the Mustangs winning the championship title. The third-seeded IHS team defeated Pomperaug 2-1 with goals from Madison Halas '19 and Morgan Begler '21, and Madison Halas and goalie Lauren Oskam '20 were named the tournament's co-MVPs (Oskam had ten saves in the game). The journey to the prestigious title began when the team won 1-0 over Masuk in the SWC quarterfinals on October 27. Then on October 31 they defeated New Milford in the semifinals 2-1 in triple overtime. IHS goalie Lauren Oskam had game winning saves, while Caroline Wax '18, Meghan Coyle '18, Mackenzy Garden '19 and Madison Halas made their penalty strokes to secure the win.

The team then won the first round of the CIAC State Championship Class S tournament on November 7, defeating Shepaug 4-1, and defeated New Fairfield 1-0 on November 14 in the second round with Madison Halas scoring the lone goal, but our #3 ranked team lost in the third round to #2 ranked team Granby 0-1. Goalie Lauren Oskam had six saves and was named the News-Times Player of the Game.

The IHS Cross Country teams had outstanding outings at the CIAC State Championship Meet on October 28, where the lady Mustangs won the girls Class S Championship for their fifth title in six years and the boys placed second in the Class SS standings for their highest finish ever. Junior Angela Saidman won the girls Class S race (19:41) with Taylor Mascetta '19 placing second (20:21). Christina Carboni '19 finished ninth (21:40), Natalie Dudas '19 12th (21:56), Katherine Cassetta '18 19th (22:15), Brigid Gage '20 26th (22:59) and Maura Murphy '19 placed 35th (23:51).

On the boys' side, Connor McNerney '18 led the Mustangs placing 8th overall, with Patrick Cropsey '18 placing 13th (17:33), William Gasparrini '18 20th (18:03), Sean Connolly '18 31st (18:34), Ryan McNerney '20 32nd (18:35), James Sullivan '20 33rd (18:36) and Matthew Villanueva '18 finishing 39th (18:47). All seven members of the boys team placed in the top 40 of the 173 runners competing in the race.

Additionally, at the CIAC State Open on November 3, junior Angela Saidman placed fifth (19.31) and went on to the New England High School Cross Country Championship in Belfast, Maine on November 11, where she placed 21st out of 254 runners (18:43) and earned All-New England Honors for the second year in the row.

The co-op IHS/Bethel swimming and diving team competed in the SWC Championship swim meet on October 28. Michelle Soto '19 set a personal record in the 50 freestyle with a time of 29.14. Kristen Lefebvre '19 set a personal record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:15:39. Lauren Petta '20 qualified for States in the 200 IM with a time of 2:29.94 and in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:09.67. Emily Giampietro '18 qualified for States in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:00.82. Farrah Volpintesta '20 came in second in diving earning all-SWC honors and setting a new record with a score of 455.45.

At the CIAC State Championship tournament for swimming on November 15, the Immaculate Bethel swim team placed 12 out of 20 teams in the Class M finals. Cheyanne James '19 broke the 100 butterfly record she set last year with a time of 1:03.26. Devin McGovern '21 placed 6th overall with a time of 1:03.96 in the 100 backstroke. The 200 freestyle relay rebroke the team record they recently set with a time of 1:49.50. The relay consisted of Lauren Petta '20, Kristen Lefebvre '19, Aislinn Blair '19 and Cheyanne James '19. The 400 freestyle relay broke the Immaculate school record with a time of 3:58.84. The relay consisted of Emily Giampietro '18, Devin McGovern '21, Aislinn Blair '19, and Cheyanne James '19. The 200 medley relay dropped three seconds, coming within .75 of the school record with a time of 2:03.75. The relay consisted of Devin McGovern in backstroke, Lauren Petta in breaststroke, Maya Velez '20 in butterfly and Emily Giampietro in freestyle. What a fantastic end to a successful season!


IHS Student-athletes attended the CIAC Class Act Sportsmanship Conference recently at the Aqua Turf Club. Pictured from left to right is Caroline Wax '18, Julia Font '18, Kristen Roessler '18, Angela Saidman '19, Madison Halas '19, Matt Christe '19 and Dan Manning '19.