SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Last week, Michigan Supreme Court Justice David Viviano ‘90 served as keynote speaker at the general membership meeting of the De La Salle Collegiate’s Pilot Bar Association at Da Francesco’s Ristorante and Bar.
Viviano spoke of his thoughts and vision for the new organization, the group’s Lasallian, Catholic heritage, and the importance of giving back.
“I kept hearing about the Warrior Bar Association and the Shamrock Bar Association, and I said enough’s enough,” Viviano said. “We need a Pilot Bar Association.”
Viviano noted that the “school has always meant a lot to my family, and we have always been very committed to the school. We are very grateful for the great education and life lessons learned there.”
The Viviano family has a long history with De La Salle. Antonio Viviano, David’s father, graduated in ‘53, David’s brother Joe is from the Class of ‘92, and David says his son Tony is ready for the Class of 2028. Numerous cousins are also graduates.
“I think all of us would agree De La Salle helped us chart a course for our lives,” Viviano said. “It gave us a firm foundation of faith and learning. It helped to mold us and sent us out into the world with a base of knowledge and with friendships that will last a lifetime. I am very grateful.”
Viviano noted the number of graduates who have achieved a measure of success as lawyers, partners and associates at law forms, prosecutors, judges, and even politicians.
“But we all have a bond,” he said. “We all owe a debt of gratitude. We are all connected to De La Salle.
“St. John Baptist de La Salle was not a lawyer. His life’s work was to educate the poor, and he formed the Brothers of the Christian Schools. All of us have benefitted from our education by the Christian Brothers and the dedicated lay teachers and staff at De La Salle. We owe it to Brother George and Brother Tom and Brother Joe and Brother Bob and Brother Pat and all the other Brothers who kept us on the right path to make this organization a priority and invest our time and energy.”
Viviano noted how the Pilot Bar Association will provide an opportunity to “pay it forward to future generations” in meaningful ways. He believes the group has multiple goals: “To encourage and mentor students who are thinking about a career in the law; to provide guidance and resources to graduates who decide to pursue a legal education; to give advice and career opportunities to alumni who are new lawyers; and to keep older alumni in better contact with each other and build stronger relationships.”
The meeting was attended by current and retired judges, legislators, practicing attorneys, and legal industry support personnel.
Viviano, along with Michigan State Representative Peter Lucido ‘77, presided over the business portion of the meeting. Those in attendance selected an initial Board of Directors, who will serve rotating terms.
Serving on the initial Board are Paul Addis ‘93, Michael Bartnik ‘73, James Biernat ‘87, Michael Cus ‘69, Joseph DeLave ‘80, and Timothy Orlando (past parent).
The group also discussed membership, its mission statement and bylaws, and upcoming events. The newly-formed board will be meeting and discussing these items for presentation to the group at a later date.
“Our focus is on the Lasallian mission of providing a human and Christian education to all children,” Lucido said.
Various graduates in the legal profession have already been providing mentoring to students in the De La Salle Mock Trial Club. Ben Aloia ‘91 initially assisted the group, and now Kyle Kole ‘06 works closely with students. James Biernat ‘87, chief judge in Macomb County, has provided courtroom space for students to prepare for mock trial competition. Cases typically have to do with problems faced by teens, and usually involve teenagers as witnesses.
Any alumni who is a member of the bar, as well as current law school students, are encouraged to contact Alumni Relations Director Dennis Koch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-541-6221 to be added to the group’s mailing list.
The DLS Student Council is conducting a book drive of gently used children’s books for Rx for Reading-an organization that is sponsored by Detroit Mercy Students to benefit those less fortunate. The drive runs April 24 – May 4. This drive will help promote literacy and education.
In the most recent Science Olympiad Regional Competition, the following students medaled:
NOTE: All are seniors except for Volod, who is a sophomore.
Students participated in a variety of committees, including The International Organization for Migration, the International Coffee Organization, FEMA Response 2005, Wall Street 2008, and the International Court of Justice.
Although students didn’t receive any awards at this highly competitive conference, students enjoyed their two day stay in the heart of downtown Boston, interacting with students from the United States as well as international students.
Conference attendees included seniors LIam Hallman, John Tysar, Parker Looman, Mike Jones, Will Hackel, Majeed Mokhtari, and Robert Jarackas.
Senior Adam Ross, the Model UN Club President, has participated all four years of high school. Adam said, “I’m definitely more aware of world issues from a lot of different perspectives. It’s really expanded my world view and provided an awareness of situations past and present.”
Adam said one of his activities at the Boston conference was to be the representative from Rwanda, defending that country’s genocide to the U.N. Security Council. He said that students could encounter an historical situation or be addressing a current issue through an existing body, such as the U.S. Senate.
De La Salle has been at four Model UN Conferences earlier this year at other Detroit-area Catholic schools.
The moderator of the group is Mr. Mike Shortt.
Congratulations to freshmen Tom Marsh and Vincent Motowski, DECA State Champions in the category of Business Finance. The two competed as a team.
Tom and Vince were among 24 De La Salle Collegiate students at Cobo Hall the weekend of March 9-11, where 4500 students from across Michigan were competing in the State DECA Conference.
The 24 had already earned their place at states by competing at the District level.
Earning semi-finalist medals were:
Tom and Vince now have the opportunity to participate at the International Conference held in Atlanta, GA, at the end of May.
Also attending the conference were Jack Tempest, Evan Brengman, Christian Lulgjuraj, Declan Haun, Damien Zachary, Evan Ferry, Andrew Saunders, Dominic Balice, Robert Smith, Conner Popa, Nick Brilatti, Jeremy Coppola, Colton Flynn, Dino Bucci, Matt Komorowski, Jacob Burke, Alec Livingston, Brendan Ronne, and Rocco Galati.
DLS Business Teacher Mrs. Aarran Meier, DECA Advisor, along with Mr. Dennis Koch, worked with students last week to prepare for the conference. Mr. Koch explained that the first part of the competition is an online test, and the second part is “role playing” at the conference. “We helped the students plan out who would talk about what – who would handle the introduction, the conclusion, how to handle transitions.”
Since its inception a few years ago, the DLS DECA Team (Distributive Education Clubs of America) has had great success in both state and international competition.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Martin Luther King Essay Contest.
The top three were junior Ryan Beginin, senior Ben Iacona, and junior Nino Minniti. Each received $100.
Also in the top ten were:
This is the fourth year that DLS has participated in this national event. The 2018 Essay Contest theme was: Fifty years ago, Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream Speech.” What would it take to make Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream a reality today?
Essays will be judged on creativity, clarity, content, coherence and adherence to theme.
The DLS Student Diversity Leaders group is moderated by DLS Counselor Mr. Dominic Reid.
Earlier this year, the group sponsored Anti-Bullying events in October, and during March are recognizing Women’s History Month.
The De La Salle Collegiate Wig and Mask Society (WAMS) presents the musical “The Wiz” Feb. 22 – 24.
All performances are 7:30 p.m. at the Warren Performing Arts Center on 15 Mile Rd., west of Schoenherr.
Reserved tickets are on sale NOW. Purchase tickets directly in The Pilot Hangar during normal business hours (M-W-F, 7:30 am – 9:30 am, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, or T-Th 8:00 am – 9:30 am, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm), 586.541.6257.