By: Ed Leiser '04
With 111 years of history, and 24,000+ alumni of St. Rita, it is no secret that tradition and legacy are important aspects of the St. Rita High School experience. Alumni give back in many ways, and believe that current Ritamen are our country's and the world's future.
One man, Nick LoMaglio ’04, is putting his thoughts into action, with his creation and installation of the “ABC’s of a Ritaman: Advice Beyond the Classroom” program, which was launched last year. On Thursday, May 5, 2016, Nick, along with several family members and colleagues of his, held an end-of-the-year dinner at St. Rita for all Ritamen in the class, along with their parents and members of the St. Rita Administration team.
At the dinner, catered by Country House Restaurant, awards were presented to the top students in the program, which featured 22 students total (three sophomores, 11 juniors, and seven seniors). Two sophomores (Connor Cahill from St. John Fisher in Chicago and Payton Condon from St. Catherine in Oak Lawn) gained automatic entry into next year’s Advice Beyond the Classroom program, one junior (Trevor Scianna from St. Hubert in Hoffman Estates) was named Teachers’ Aide for the 2016-17 school year, and two hard-working seniors (Eddie Hennessy from Christ the King in Chicago and Dominic Sarro from Komarek School in North Riverside) earned scholarship money to the colleges they plan to attend ($1,000 and $2,000 scholarships, respectively).
Additionally, five lucky Ritamen in the class (Hennessy, Sarro, Scianna, junior Joey Henze from Old Quarry Middle School in Lemont, and junior T.J. DeCesare from St. John of the Cross in Western Springs) will experience a week-long externship position with Nick’s company, UBS Financial Services, to learn more about financial planning and strategies, relationship-building, marketing, networking, and much more. The five Ritamen will experience something that few high school students across the country will experience--an opportunity of a lifetime for their future in business.
Nick and his supporters have committed much of their time and energy to the success of this program, and the ultimate growth and potential of the Ritamen in it. After the dinner Nick said, "The ABC recognition dinner was a culmination of everything the students learned over the last year. Between the networking with our outside professional mentors and public speaking practice these kids are ready to take the next steps into the professional world." The St. Rita High School Family can’t thank Nick enough for his tireless efforts. We also congratulate the 22 dedicated students in it, who met on Monday mornings at 7:30 a.m. (even though Mondays are late arrival 9:00 a.m. times for our student body).
Dedicated alumni and passionate Ritamen like Nick are plentiful. We are so grateful to him for opening up many doors for students, who will indeed be in position to help others one day, continuing the legacy of the Ritamen brotherhood. Congratulations to all involved, and thank you, Nick!