Tritonfest Aims to ‘Make the Future Bright’


Gioia Cumick, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

All funds from NDA’s biggest fundraiser–Tritonfest–will be used to help students achieve their goals and have a bright future.  The event will take place on Saturday, February 16, here at the school.

This year’s theme is “Make the Future Bright,” a theme created by Mrs. Brown’s IB juniors when Mr. Geno McKenna conducted a spur-of-the-moment brainstorming session. The mass begins at 4:30 p.m., the reception with student piano players begins at five p.m., and dinner with a live auction begins at six and ends at 9 p.m.

The parent chairs for the event are Eric and Kelly Witczak and Evan and Susan Lin. There are around fifty other parent volunteers that participate in making this event successful.

Student emcees for the evening are Charles Peterson and Bekah Boucher. These two seniors were both involved in the school musical Bye Bye Birdie, which led to their selection.

Around 60 students volunteer for Tritonfest. The week prior to the event volunteers help with set up, students greet at the event, run the coat check and serve as emcees, runners, entertainer and much more.

For those who would like to volunteer, a sign-up sheet is located outside of Mr. Kriegl’s Campus Ministry office.

To come to the event each person must purchase a ticket for $100. TIckets can be purchased at There are also sponsorships that range from $500 to $2500. Every February nearly 500 people attend this event.

The goal for Tritonfest 2019 is $315,000, which is similar to what was raised last year. The funds raised help to keep tuition down for NDA, pay salaries, and help build upon the tradition of faith-filled education.

Some prize donations include a Door Country Trolly Dinner for 28 people, two orthodontic braces packages, Door County Sailing Experience and a parking pass for one lucky student for the 2019-20 school year in the faculty parking lot.

“We have a few very exciting packages that we will announce in the next two weeks… stay tuned,” said McKenna, who is in charge of the event.

In addition to the dramatic packages mentioned above are art pieces by NDA students, brownies baked by Mrs. Brown, autographed Packer and Triton apparel and a variety of cosmetic, fashion and fine dining contributions.