Mustang Honors

Lauren Oskam Named Student of the Month for Science

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 December 2017, sophomore Lauren Oskam was named Student of the Month for Science.

Lauren feels it is such a great honor to be recognized in one of her favorite subjects. "Chemistry is one class I truly look forward to attending during the day, and I work very hard to succeed in it," she said. Lauren believes that her current success is due to the help of her current and past science teachers. "Science has always been my favorite subject ever since I was little. My dad works in the science field, and he has inspired me to continue down a similar path," she noted.

Very active at school, Lauren thinks the best thing about being a student at Immaculate is the community. "The older students are such great mentors for the younger students, and everyone looks out for each other. No other school has a student body that is as closely knit as the one here at Immaculate. Whether it is a sporting event or the musical, everyone shows up to cheer on their fellow classmates," she said. "For students considering IHS, I would tell them that choosing Immaculate was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. I've made friendships that will last a lifetime and made memories that I will truly never forget," said Lauren.

Lauren is currently involved in Peer Leadership, Student Council and Campus Ministry. She is also currently the goalie and a captain for the Field Hockey team. "This season we won the SWC championship for the first time in Immaculate field hockey history. I was awarded co-MVP of the tournament along with my fellow teammate Madison Halas. I also had the honor of receiving 1st Team All Conference and 1st Team All State this season. I am so grateful for my team and I can't wait to see what the future brings!" she said. She also plays lacrosse.

Outside of Immaculate, Lauren participates in her community as much as she can, and is a member of the Diocese Youth Choir, C4Y. "It helps bring me closer to my faith through song," she explained. After she graduates she hopes to play field hockey at the college level, study in the field of science and is interested in becoming a Physical Therapist or a similar profession.

Congratulations to the nominated students for Student of the Month, Science: Freshman Lorena Jara, sophomores Analiese Seaman and Brendan Taylor, juniors Kristen Cirone and Scott Dobos and seniors Kevin McCoy and Dominique Valentine.

Kristen Roessler Named All American

Senior Kristen Roessler was recently selected to the prestigious 2017 Fall High School Girls All-America Team by United Soccer Coaches. Kristen is one of only 60 girls in the country to receive this honor. United Soccer Coaches is the world's largest soccer coaches organization.

"This honor means that Kristen was named one of the best soccer players in the nation this year, on top of her State honors" said Tim Dunn, IHS Athletic Director. "Immaculate High School is very proud of her and her accomplishments both athletically, civically and academically." Girls soccer coach Nelson Mingachos (who was named SWC Coach of the Year) could not be prouder of her achievement. "I'm just so proud of Kristen and what she has accomplished here at Immaculate; she follows a lot of great goalies that have graduated before her. I look forward in seeing what she accomplishes in the next four years," he said.

The star goalie is passionate about soccer. "Besides playing soccer in the fall for Immaculate, I play soccer year round for CFC Real, which is coached by Immaculate soccer coaches Brad Jeeves and Nelson Mingachos, and we attend showcases all over the East Coast," she said. In addition to being named All-American, Kristen was also named All New England, All State and First Team All SWC. Kristen has committed to play soccer at Central Connecticut State University in 2018, where she plans to study Finance.

This year the Immaculate girls soccer team had a record of 19-1 and was named Patriot Division champs and SWC champs. This is the fifth time the lady Mustangs have won the SWC title. The team won the first round of the CIAC Class M State Championship tournament, but lost in the second round to Weston 0-1.

Players on this year's United Soccer Coaches High School All-America Team will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments at the All-America Luncheon on January 20, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention.

Immaculate Inducts 52 Students Into the National Honor Society

Immaculate High School recently inducted 52 students into the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, an affiliated chartered chapter of the National Honor Society.

"Students who are inducted have leadership roles in both school and community, inspire positive behavior in others, serve at least 75 hours (juniors) or 100 hours (seniors) of community service and consistently demonstrate respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and good citizenship, along with having a GPA of at least 3.5," said Dana Pinckney, IHS National Honor Society co-advisor and English Teacher.

In his keynote address to the new inductees, Dean of Student Affairs Joe DeMaida told students that "Leaders sacrifice their personal interests in order to yield to the needs of others, and they demonstrate respect, responsibility, reverence, trustworthiness, fairness and caring in all of their actions, and are willing to work for the benefit of those in need without compensation or recognition."

Membership in the National Honor Society, St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter, is offered to juniors and seniors who meet the criteria established by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Candidate members are selected through a comprehensive application for admission and once accepted, are expected to uphold the criteria of excellence in all four areas.

The students inducted at the ceremony at Michael's at the Grove in Bethel on December 3 include juniors Rudy Antonios, Ellen Apotheker, Eliana Assaf, Michael Basile, Sarah Bohling, Morganne Cartee, Matthew Christe, Kristen Cirone, Xinyue "Tracy" Cui, Catherine DiMaria, Hailey Dubbioso, Natalie Dudas, Ryan Fanella, Stephanie Faria, Bart Flaherty, Shea Foye, Mackenzy Garden, Erica Guydan, Madison Halas, Yuxuan "Brittany" Hu, Daniel Impellizzeri, Avery Jarboe, Mary Johnson, Natalie Kennedy, Angella Kousidis, Elizabeth Lang, Kristin Lefebvre, Dan Manning, Tim Manning, Taylor Mascetta, Victoria McFarlin, Parker McKenzie, Jamilly Mendes, Kayla Mingachos, Connor Mitchell, Maura Murphy, Jamison Nolan, Sophia Pilla, Angela Saidman, Chris Sanchez, Melissa Schirmer, Angela Vodola, Veronica Vodola, Yinyu "William" Wang, Tong "Lilly" Zeng, Meizhi "Susan" Zhao, Mozhu "Cindy" Zhao and Keleigh Zuckert, and seniors Adriana Chamberlin, Michelle Curtis, Matthew Gerbo and Ruotong "Taylor" Li.

Senior Connor McNerney was named Youth of the Month for December by the Danbury Exchange Club. High school seniors who demonstrate excellence in academics and leadership qualities and are active in school and/or community service receive this honor. Connor is a member of the IHS cross country (team captain), indoor track and outdoor track teams, the Mock Trial team, events coordinator of the Student Council, Model UN, and is president of the National Honor Society and is an IHS Student Ambassador. An IHS Student of the Month for English, Connor's favorite subject is international relations and he will attend the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts after graduation. Connor says that he will always strive to demonstrate the values of the Danbury Youth Exchange of civic duty and service to the community.

Senior Taylor Li was chosen by the Danbury Rotary Club to be Student of the Month (December). Taylor was selected by the Rotary Club for her school and community activities and leadership, as well as her academic achievements. The Rotary Club also sponsored Taylor to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award conference, and she said she was most grateful for that experience. She was on the track team her sophomore and junior years, on the volleyball team her junior and senior years, is currently the president of the International Club, the secretary of the Tri M Honors Music Program and a member of the CyberPatriot team, and she has participated in the Midnight Run. Taylor was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. She is active as a member of the Teen Advisory Board for the Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse. Taylor plans to go to college as a computer science or engineering major.

Student-Athletes Earn Recognition for Fall Athletics Season

The Fall 2017 athletic season was outstanding, as all the teams did well and the girls soccer team and field hockey team were each named Patriot Division and SWC champs, while the girls cross country team won the Class S championship, the boys team came in second in the Class SS championship meet and both teams were Patriot Division champs. Recently many student-athletes received individual honors. They are:

Girls Soccer Awards:

All-American Kristen Roessler '18

All-New England: Kristen Roessler '18, Kayla Mingachos '19

All-State: Kristen Roessler '18, Kayla Mingachos '19, Makinsey Jarboe '18, Avery Jarboe '19

1st Team All-SWC: Kristen Roessler, Kayla Mingachos, Makinsey Jarboe, Avery Jarboe

All-Patriots Division: Nicolette Stocks '18, Meryl McKenna '21

SWC Honorable Mention: Jillian Fredette '18

SWC Coach of the Year: Nelson Mingachos

Field Hockey Awards:

All-State: Caroline Wax '18, Madison Halas '19, Lauren Oskam '20

1st Team All-SWC: Caroline Wax, Madison Hallas, Lauren Oskam

All-Patriot Division: Meghan Coyle '18, Kristen Cirone '19, Isabella Cipollone '18, Mackenzy Garden '19

SWC Honorable Mention: Lauren Garvey '18

Cross Country Awards:

All-State: girls Angela Saidman '19, Taylor Mascetta '19, boys Connor McNerney '18

All-SWC: Angela Saidman, Taylor Mascetta and Connor McNerney 1st team; Patrick Cropsey '18 Christina Carboni '19, Emma Connolly '18 and Natalie Dudas '19, 2nd team

Football Awards:

All-CCC: Jake Payton '18 and Matt Christe '19, 1st team

Boys Soccer Awards:

All-State: Matt Gerbo '18, 1st team

All-Patriot: Quinn Guth '20 and David Talarico '19

SWC Honorable Mention: Michael Basile '19

Madison Halas, Carolyn Wax and Lauren Oskam were named All-State in field hockey

Quinn Guth '20, Mikey Basile '19, Coach Steve Caniero, David Talarico '19, Matt Gerbo '18 with their SWC honors