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MSJ Drama Club Presents: “Get Smart”

Since September, the Mount Saint Joseph Drama Club has been working nearly every day on its fall play, Get Smart. A large cast of students from both MSJ and Mount de Sales Academy are participating in this wacky 60’s classic- and loving it!The script of the production follows an elongated version of the pilot episode of the hilarious series, in which the good agents of CONTROL are constantly combating KAOS, the “International Organization of Evil.” What makes the show so outrageously funny is that the protagonist agent’s name, Maxwell Smart (played by Junior Henry O’Toole), couldn’t be more of a misnomer. He is very clumsy and rarely takes his job seriously, much to the annoyance of his cynical boss, the chief of CONTROL (played by Senior Colin Howard). However, with the help of his partner and love interest, agent 99 (played by Mount de Sales student Hannah Angelela), Smart never fails to save the world, thanks to what appears to be pure luck. Filled to the margins with out-of-this-world technology, convoluted schemes, and memorable characters, this staged adaptation is a perfect fit for our energetic club. Directed by Mr. Michael Hartsfield, the secret agent satire of this play is sure to have the audience howling.

Because this year’s play is so interesting and humorous, students should take advantage of the opportunity to attend the performance. The dates for the show are November 20th at 7pm, the 21st at 7pm, and the 22nd at 2pm. Tickets are only $8.00 and can be purchased from the Business Office or from the Box Office before each performance.  Come out to support your classmates and have a great laugh at the same time!

Written by Stephen Kirby, Class of 2017.

Check out a few clips from rehearsals and check out the play this weekend!

Meet the Teacher: Mr. Scavilla

Mr. Nate Scavilla '09
Mr. Nate Scavilla ’09

Ever since Mr. Scavilla took Mr. Hughes’ Physics class during his Junior and Senior years as a Mount student, he has been in love with the promulgation of the study of physics. Mr. Hughes encouraged Scavilla to pursue Physics in college during his time as a Mount student, and greatly influenced his decision to teach. He has been mentored by the legendary Mr. Tom Hughes during his first years teaching here, and has drawn on a lot of Mr. Hughes’ teaching methods.

With the retirement of Mr. Tom Hughes forthcoming, the leadership of the physics department is falling on the shoulders of Mr. Nathan Scavilla, Class of 2009. Mr. Scavilla started teaching physics at the Mount two years ago, and has established himself as a large presence within the physics department. He is beloved by students and faculty alike, and is known for his energetic teaching style in which he makes sure every student is following what he is lecturing about.

In the video, Mr. Scavilla talked about the challenges associated with teaching the subject of physics and how Mr. Hughes has influenced his teaching style, and the school community as a whole.


Tommy John Surgery: A Student-Athlete Goes Under the Knife

Junior Nick Viennas throws a pitch. He will be unable to do so for the next year, as he recovers from Tommy John Surgery.
Junior Nick Viennas throws a pitch. He will be unable to do so for the next year, as he recovers from Tommy John Surgery.

We are facing an epidemic that has been a bane to our youth and sports stars: I am talking about Tommy John surgery. Most people who follow sports, specifically baseball, have probably heard of this surgery.

In 1974, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tommy John permanently damaged his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his elbow, and his career was up in the air. Dr. Frank Jobe, who was the Dodgers team orthopedist at the time, came to John with the idea of a revolutionary surgery that could potentially keep his career alive. This surgery involves the grafting of a replacement tendon from another part of the body to the humerus and ulna bones in the elbow. Ultimately the surgery was a success, and Tommy John went on to play fourteen more seasons.

On October 30, I will be undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Back in 2012, I tore my UCL ligament pitching in a baseball tournament. I immediately knew that I had a significant injury after I threw the pitch. I went to an orthopedist and underwent an x-ray, and when the results of it came in, the doctor told me that my UCL could have ruptured. Because of my young age, my doctor told me I did not require surgery, but I could undergo a six week rehab treatment.

After the six weeks, I was able to resume throwing and my baseball career. Then this summer, while I was pitching during a tournament in Florida, I felt another sharp pain in my elbow. I knew that something was wrong, and I pulled myself out of the game.

When I returned home, I saw the same orthopedist I had seen in 2012. He thought that I had sprained my UCL and wanted me to get an MRI  on my elbow. Being the teenager I was, I thought nothing would come of it, so I passed on the MRI. I thought to myself that it would heal on its own and I’d be okay.

Well, was I wrong. During the first fall baseball game of the season, I pitched and felt a worse pain then I felt during the summer. I finally realized that this was serious and went to get that MRI.

One week later, I visited my doctor to receive the results of the MRI, and he told me that after I tore my UCL in 2012 the tendon never fully healed. To fill the space there, I had a major calcium build up that was preventing me from straightening out my elbow. I had the option to either undergo surgery if I wanted to keep playing baseball or just go on the rest of my life with this condition and say good-bye to baseball.

For anyone who knows, it is hard to say good-bye to something you love. For me, it was too hard to say good-bye to my first love, baseball, and end it this way. I will be updating you on the progress of the surgery and the rehab in a follow-up story next month.

Nick Viennas can be reached at @TheQuillNickV on Twitter.