News briefs for the week of Dec. 10

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Composer writes song for Madrigal Feast performance

The performing arts department held its 28th annual Madrigal Feast this weekend. However, one detail of this year’s performance was different. Composer Richard Burchard composed the song ”Flos Carmeli” specifically for the MD choirs, and at Friday’s feast, the song made its world premiere. “It was an amazing experience that was so special because we’ve never been able to experience that opportunity before,” said sophomore Cloe Hughes, a member of concert choir.

Girls’ soccer wins first place in Butch Lee tournament for first time

The varsity girls’ soccer team played Torrey Pines in the Butch Lee Classic Tournament this past Saturday and won first place. This is the first time the team had ever won this tournament. “During last year’s tournament, we played Torrey Pines and lost to them in the finals, so this year coming in and playing them again we weren’t going to settle for second place,” said senior Megan Shillington, who was named the tournament MVP.

Boys’ soccer ties against Woodbridge

The varsity boys’ soccer team played against Woodbridge High School on Monday, with senior Anthony Barajas scoring the penalty kick to tie the game with a score of 1-1. “Anthony played great to help us stay in the game showed us to never give up,” sophomore Bryce Lehner said.

Students can wear Christmas-themed attire this week

With finals just a week away, Christmastime is here! This week, students were able to dress up in winter-themed clothing. Tomorrow, students can wear jeans with ugly Christmas sweaters. “Being able to express my love for Christmas [at] my school day makes it so much better,” junior Tatiana Moranco said.

Improv Troupe holds Chuckles 4 Charity Christmas Show

On Tuesday, the Improv Troupe held their annual Christmas show to raise money for charity. The junior varsity and varsity troupes performed skits and played games. “Improv is really fun to watch because it’s so unpredictable and it’s really great that it’s for a good cause as well,” said sophomore Cambria McKee, a theatre enthusiast and frequent audience member at Mater Dei’s improv shows.

Guitar students perform Christmas classics at lunch

Adding to the Christmas spirit, the Advanced Guitar students performed many famous songs such as “Feliz Navidad,” “Last Christmas,” and other Christmas classics on Tuesday during upper and lower lunches. “The Christmas lunch concerts are so much fun,” said sophomore Meg Salanga, who performed in the show. “It really gets everyone into the Christmas spirit. From the preparation to the performance, it’s definitely one of my favorite Christmas traditions.”

Bilingual Mass celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe

Spoken in both English and Spanish, Wednesday’s all-school Mass honored the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. “I really liked the mass in Spanish because we celebrated in a new way with the whole school and to sing and here the reading in a new language is very beautiful,” said junior Ana Sofia Botero, a fluent Spanish speaker.

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