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            Have you ever paged through a catalog and thought, “Hey, that model looks familiar”?

            Well, be prepared to see a lot of familiar faces from the Saint Joseph High School community when a new sportwear catalog is released in the spring of 2019.

            Mike Zaremba, president of Tribal Knowledge Marketing in Chicago, approached St. Joseph this summer seeking permission to photograph Charger athletes for a catalog shoot for S&S Activewear, a Bolingbrook-based seller of sports apparel and accessories.

            “I knew about St. Joseph through my years coaching with Bellwood Boys Club,” said Mike Zaremba, whose company’s mission is to help businesses grow through an effective marketing plan, including the use of quality digital images. “I got to know Gene Pingatore through Rashaad Watkins, a former player of his and mine. I thought utilizing the St. Joe’s community would be useful to us and a way to give something back to the school community. The students were great, very cooperative, and I was very happy with the results.”          

            For three days in early September, photographers, their assistants, wardrobe personnel, lighting technicians and managers guided 159 student-athletes, fine-arts performers and several SJHS staff members through candid pictures and poses. Examples of the photographs were soon posted on the bulletin board outside the Sirus Theater, and students gathered between periods to marvel at how professional they looked as they held hope that they might soon appear in S&S’s catalogs. Various sports were photographed in action shots, along with activities from theatre, cheerleading and the dance team. Photographs of Booster Club parents completed the three-day shoot.  

          “The photoshoot was a great experience for our students,” said Joel Kolner, director of advancement for St. Joseph High School.  “They were given the opportunity to be models for a day and to interact with professional photographers, wardrobe and other professional production people.  I believe this experience will be one our students will remember for a very long time.”

          Don’t be surprised if you find yourself taking a second glance at someone’s picture in a catalog. You know that person!