VOL. 60, NO. 3 SPRING 2011
Annual Alumni Dinner
The Band Connection
The Bond of Music from
Rev. Canning F. Harrison
to Bill Watts ‘40 to
this Year’s Honoree -
Greg Normandin ‘78
Editor in Chief: VOL. 60, NO. 3 Spring 2011
Rev. Raymond Paramo, C.S.B.
Mike Carrier ’06
Dan Collins Jr. ’84
Mary Giunca, JOURNAL Reporter
Sherbow, Susan S.
- Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn, LLP
Photography: Page 4 Page 18 Page 31
Denny Barnes ’79
Theresa Green In This Issue
Mike Rossi - www.homepage.mac/maestrocc
CP Fleck - Phleck Photos, LLC FEATURES
Andrew Kieltyka ‘11
Advancement News 2
Detroit Catholic Central Chatterbox 3
High School Administration: Young Alumni: Ansara Brothers - Third Generation Restaurateurs 8
President - Rev. Richard Ranalletti, C.S.B.
Louis Argenta ‘61 - Aiding Endangered Lizards with WFU research 10
Principal - Rev. John Huber, C.S.B., Ed.D.
firstname.lastname@example.org Joseph R. Sgroi ‘98 - Named by DBMagazine “30 in their 30s” 11
The Aluminator is published three times Earl Rasmussen ‘51 - Author of The Guard Murders 11
every year by the Detroit Catholic Central Alumni Association Committees & Contacts 14
Alumni Office. Reunions 15
Submissions can be emailed to: 23rd Annual Alumni Association Dinner 18
Rev. Raymond Paramo, C.S.B.
email@example.com Previous Rev. Canning F. Harrison Alumni Award Recipients 20
(248) 596-3864 Drive Report 23
Submissions can be mailed to: The Bells
The Aluminator Wedding Bells 24
Detroit Catholic Central High School
Baby Bells 25
27225 Wixom Road
Novi, MI 48374 In Memoriam 26
To reach the Alumni Office: Fond Farewells to Rev. James O. Enright and Rev. Edward W. Donoher 28
(248) 596-3838 Calendar of Events 29
Fax: (248) 596-3839
For Information: SCHOOL NEWS
Director of Alumni Relations School Bells 30
Mike Carrier ’06
(248) 596-3844 Sports Break 34
firstname.lastname@example.org Sports Schedule 36
Director of Advancement
Dan Collins Jr. ’84
A Note from the Editor
Many of you tell me that you begin reading your Aluminator by looking at “Chatterbox” and “The Bells.” Please don’t forget that
Or visit us on the Web: those are the parts that we cannot include without help from you. We need you to send us updates of your milestones and
www.catholiccentral.net accomplishments. Your travels and other activities are also of interest to your classmates.
Submissions: For inclusion in the Fall 2011 issue of the Aluminator, all updates, articles and photos must be received by
June 14, 2011.
On the Cover:
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for the 2002 New Year’s Day Parade.
Dear Alumni and Friends,
In the last 60 years, Catholic Central’s wonderful band and music
program has had only two directors. The late Mr. William Watt’s ’40
led it for 31 years from 1951-82. He was succeeded by his student,
Mr. Greg Normandin ’78 who has now completed 29 years in that
post. If you want to know what it looks like after all these years,
I suggest you look at one of the revolving photos on the homepage
of our website. There you will see the band lined up for a picture in
the shadow of the classic London skyline, where they were invited
to participate in London’s New Year’s Day Parade. The number of the band’s firsts
in state competitions and even international invitations has brought the name of
Catholic Central to literally millions of people.
These two Alumni have created a lifelong memory for hundreds of our Alumni, so
it is fitting that we honor Greg Normandin as our Alumnus of the Year in this issue
and at the annual Alumni Dinner. In my roles in the administration of CC, I can tell
you how proud I have felt to be represented by Greg and his musicians. The honor is
On another topic, you may have read about an increasing number of teen suicides
in the Detroit area. It hasn’t happened to us in a long time, but it is always a
possibility. Bullying, put-downs and derision come all too easily to teenagers, and
the results can be devastating. In 2003, the recently retired Mr. Bill Hayes founded
the Brothers’ Club to emphasize the brotherhood that has long been a hallmark of
CC. We want Catholic Central to be a safe place, where students are comfortable
that ethnic put-downs, gay put-downs and fear of any kind have no place. As
challenging as the teen years have always been, students today are surrounded
by examples of intolerance that make the past seem very tame. We pray that the
Brothers’ Club will continue to keep CC that safe place.
Finally, I have received a number of inquiries asking how the new girl’s Catholic
Central is coming. The answer is there is no girl’s Catholic Central. I can understand
the confusion. A number of our parents who have daughters have established a
new girl’s school, and Fr. Elmer, our former Principal and President, has acted as
their principal for this present year as a personal project, but there
is no Basilian or Catholic Central connection with the school. We
have always had good relationships with Mercy, Ladywood and
other Catholic girl’s schools. We wish anyone seeking to provide
Catholic educational opportunities the best, but the only Basilian-
sponsored schools in the Detroit archdiocese are Detroit Catholic
Central and Detroit Cristo Rey.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Richard Ranalletti, C.S.B.
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Staying Connected With Your Classmates
THE SWELL ’40s Mystery Photo Identified
L-R: James Wellman ’55, Ernest Zuccato ’55,
1944 – JOHN CARRIVEAU and WILLIAM MINANDO live in California and Kenneth Pallach ’57 FB Player: Tom McAuliffe ’55
are both San Diego Chargers fans. William has been a season ticket holder
Thanks in part to Ray Billinghurst ’55, Ray Brennan
since 1967. Recently, they and their families got together and tailgated ’55, John Cottrell ’55, Dick Cuchetti ’55, Chuck
before a Chargers game. Grade ’56, and Richard Radowicz ’57.
Help Solve Another Mystery!
Do you recognize anyone in this photo?
Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (248) 596-3838.
C H A T T E R B O X • S P R I N G 2 011 3
THE SWELL ’40s
1947 - THOMAS E. BRENNAN reports
that last fall he and Marty Brennan ’52
(no relation) took on Pat Costello and
Bill Heisel, “a pair of unreconstructed
University of Detroit High School
graduates” in a Ryder Cup competition
at Harbor Point Gold Club hear Harbor
“To heighten the excitement, we agreed
upon a wager which would benefit the Alma
Mater of the winning team.
“The Brennan boys upheld the honor of
the Shamrock Nation, and I am pleased to
enclose two checks totaling $100 from the
John Smoltz ’60 and his German Polka Band.
THE NIFTY ’50s THE PSYCHEDELIC ’60s
1959 – BRIAN “BOMBER” 1962 – FRANK KOONTZ retired on
1960 – JOHN SMOLTZ returned from
RICHARDSON recently met Rudy June 1, 2010, after an 18-year stint as an
Arizona for his 50th High School
Reuttiger of Notre Dame fame at an editor of Cooperative Extension Service
Reunion over Boys’ Bowl Weekend and
event in South Bend, Indiana. Brian publication at Purdue University in
attended the Boys’ Bowl game against
himself attended the University of West Lafayette, Indiana. Previously, he
De LaSalle. John is very proud that
Notre Dame and was a member of was a newspaper reporter and editor
his daughter, Bernadette Ault, drives
their boxing team. in Saginaw, Michigan and Lafayette,
his grandsons, Robert and Daniel, to
Indiana. He and his wife of 45 years,
Catholic Central everyday from Lansing.
Judy, have two daughters and five
Robert is a junior at CC and is a member
of the Varsity football and hockey teams.
Daniel is a freshman at CC and plays
in the band. John himself played in the
band for four years. John now plays the
THE RADICAL ’70s
accordion in a German Polka band.
1974 - DAVE MCCALL is a chemistry
Ph.D. working for Master Chemical
Corporation, but his avid hobby is
fast-pitch softball. He doesn’t play it,
he coaches it very successfully. Last
spring, his team beat Cass Tech High
School to notch its sixth consecutive
city championship. The team has now
Brian“Bomber” Richardson ‘59 and Rudy
claimed the city title 11 times in the last
Reuttiger of Notre Dame fame.
The team hasn’t lost very often, but Dave
John Smoltz ’60 with (left) grandson Daniel
Ault ’14 and (right) grandson Robert Ault ’12. always brags first about the academic
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ALUMNI Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition
Congratulations to senior Robert Cernak who
In stressful but
finished in the Top 200 in the State of Michigan in the
tactically rich racing,
Tom O’Rourke ’52 54th Annual Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition.
won the match Also, the following students finished in the Top 2%
sprint races for
of the Stat on Part I and qualified to take Part II of
medal at the UCI the exam. They are among the top 1,000 students
World Championships in Anadia, Portugal, bringing his from among 7,000 students who took Part I.
medal count to four again this year including three golds
in all. Placing third in the qualifier, Tom out-sprinted
Aussie Brian Kennedy in the quarterfinals. Then, matched Nic Baumgartner ’11 Nick McGovern ’12
against American Delroy Walters in the semifinals, he Josh Bindon ’11 Kevin Piotrowski ’11
pulled out another win, leading to a sprint final against
Robert Cernak ’11 Eric Rettig ’11
another American, Luigi Fabbri. Tom took on his second
countryman in a row and out-sprinted him for his third gold. Evan Joseph ’12 Kevin Wegienka ’11
Congratulations to Tom with his, once again, impressive Logan Whitehead ’13
Nick Koelzer ’11
performance against the world’s best! His dedication to his
training and racing is to be complimented.
prowess of the players. There is always The team has high hopes that they will
one, or more, academic all-state players bring another city championship to 6565
on the team. Recently, all 5 seniors on W. Outer Drive. Mere architecture may
the team were recognized by the city for not be the cause of winning, but attitude
maintaining a cumulative GPA in excess and effort certainly are.
of 3.7 for their entire four year high
school career. 1978 - KEITH CAUGHLIN reports, “I
have been a low-profile alum in the last 32
Who is this team? The answer is the years,” Keith admits in a recent note to Fr.
answer to the question: “What ever Paramo. “After graduating from Notre Dame
happened to 6565 West Outer Drive?” in 1982 and then Notre Dame Law School
The answer is the girls’ softball team of in 1985, I served in the U.S. Army JAG
Renaissance High School. Corps for 5 years. I was stationed at Fort
Drum near Watertown, New York, where my
Pictured here is the 2010 girls’ soft ball wife and I have settled and raised two fine
team last June after winning their district boys, Timothy Jude (19) and Dennis Patrick
title. David is at the front, second from (16). I came back to the Detroit area for
the right. The building in the background Thanksgiving, and I saw Coach Tony Magni Keith Caughlin ‘78 and Coach Tony Magni at
is the old CC building–now known as at the Canton, Michigan Turkey Trot.” the Canton, Michigan Turkey Trot.
FLICS (Foreign Language Immersion and
Cultural School). “My son Dennis and I ran the 5 K. He came
in second. Suffice it to say that I finished.
Afterwards I returned a CC cross country
jersey which Coach Magni had given me at
my high school graduation party in 1978.
This striped old-style top was not what the
1978 team wore. It was a relic even then, but
it was a fond memory of CC.”
“Thanks to you and the Aluminator team
for putting out a great magazine. My
condolences on the death of Fr. Donoher with
Dave McCall ’74, is the second from the my prayers for a peaceful 2011.” Keith and Mr. Magni and students at Canton
right on the front row. Turkey Trot.
C H A T T E R B O X • S P R I N G 2 011 5
THE TECHNO ’80s 1986 - TODD SULLIVAN has been
1980 – NORMAN THOMAS, SR/WA,
named a North Carolina Super Lawyer Register On The Alumni
for 2011. This is his third consecutive
President and owner of R.S. Thomas & election to this list of the top attorneys in Website It’s Easy As 1-2-3!
Associates, Inc, a real estate appraisal the state as selected by his peers. Todd is
firm located in Livonia, Michigan, was a partner/member of the 500-attorney law
awarded the 2010 Professional of the
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Year award from the Michigan Chapter and has a nationally recognized practice in which is CC’s Home Page
of the International Right of Way the area of employee defection litigation. 2. Click on “Alumni” at the top
Association. He has also been appointed Todd is a 1994 graduate of Cornell Law
the Region 5 Valuation Committee Chair School. He is a frequent lecturer and 3. “Login” or “Register”
involving Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, West author on the topics of covenant, not to
Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin. compete agreements, and trade secret More information is coming your
misappropriation. way via the Alumni Website.
1984 - CHRIS KNORP, his wife, Tracey,
and their two daughters, Mackenzie Shea To stay connected with fellow
(15) and Madison Ray (12) have been alums, receive the Shamrock News
living in Naperville, Illinois, for the past THE VIRTUAL ’00s E-newsletter, keep current with
ten years. activities and events, as well as
2005 – CHRISTOPHER SZYBISTY
He has been in the exhibit and event to update your personal profile,
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tradeshow exhibits, launching new Virginia.
corporate products and creating brand If you haven’t already done so, it’s easy
identity for companies around the globe. 2005 – BRADFORD ZYGMONTOWICZ to do, and it’s free. It’s simple to join
He works for ML International Expo earned a Bachelors Degree in Business other Alumni with online information.
Logistics and says he really enjoys it. Management from the University of
Arizona. He is currently living in
Sadly, his mother, Margorie Jean Irving, Texas and working for Tango Just update your profile, mark any
Knorp, died last November (See In Management Consulting, LLC. information that you want unpublished
Memoriam), but his dad still lives in the
as “Private” with a check mark, and
Detroit area (Livonia) as do eight of his 2006 – GAVIN AMBROSI started his first
siblings. He asks his fellow alumni for year of Medical School at Michigan State
change “NetCommunity” to “Yes.”
prayers for his mother. University in August, 2010.
Norman G. Thomas ’80 (left) receives award from Jeffrey Jones,
Vice Chair of Region 5 of the International Right of Way Association. This tribute to Robert B. Rosowski ‘58
appeared in the October 25, 2010 issue
of Crain’s Detroit Business.
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Serving Our Country
Marine Major Bryan Smylie ‘89
is currently deployed to Helmand
Province, Afghanistan as part of
Regional Command (South West)
in support of Operation Enduring
Freedom. He is scheduled to return
in Spring 2011.
Brendan Cox ’09 graduated from Marine Boot Camp L-R: Caitlin Cox, Clare Cox,
in Paris Island, South Carolina last September. His Janine Cox, Brendan Cox ‘09,
family attended the ceremony and took a picture in Hon. Sean Cox ‘75,
front of the Iwo Jima Memorial. Currently, Brendan Patrick Cox ’16, John Cox ‘06,
is going through pre-deployment training. He is a Dr. Jerry Cutcher ‘50
rifleman with the 2nd Marine Division based in Camp
Lejeune, North Carolina.
St. Basil Distributes
Calling All Veterans! Another $10,000
Catholic Central has a proud Recently the Superior General
of the Congregation of St. Basil
history of its Alumni serving in (Basilian Fathers), Rev. George
Smith, visited missions in
all branches of the armed forces. Colombia. Upon his return he
There have been many attempts stated that without Saint Basil
Coffee’s distributions several
to form a group for these veterans, and now is projects would have been
discontinued. He gave thanks
the time. Jim Muir ’65 has led the charge in to all who support the coffee
forming a Veterans Group within the CC Alumni ministry.
Association. We met in January to discuss the In Cali, Colombia, money from
direction of such a group. There has been a Saint Basil Coffee provides
two meals a day to 300 poor
very good response for the Veterans Group thus children. In Medellin, Colombia,
money from Saint Basil Coffee
far. However, moving forward, we would like to is used to pay a doctor and
identify all of the CC Alumni who are veterans. expenses of a medical clinic.
You can download a form by clicking the link Last week Saint Basil Coffee
distributed another $10,000
in the monthly e-newsletter, or you can e-mail to our Catholic Missions in
the information. We would like you to submit Colombia. To date your total
distributions have exceeded
that information to email@example.com or $300,000.
C H A T T E R B O X • S P R I N G 2 011 7
Getting To Know Alumni Association Members
FOuR BROTHERS ONWARD TO BuRGER FAME
The Ansara brothers are third generation From the Burgz website: “Our story really and tossed out what they didn’t. The
restaurateurs who have opened a new begins as the tale of four brothers who result is a simple, pure way to enjoy a
burger restaurant in Rochester Hills. set out on a cross-country mission to type of food that is so good they named
Michael 02, Anthony ’02, Victor ’05, find the best burger and help eliminate the restaurant after it!”
and Nicolas ’08 Ansara are all working the epidemic of burger FADS. As third
The burgz Mission Statement
together under the umbrella of Ansara generation restaurateurs, they were on
At burgrz, our mission is to create and
Concepts Inc. a quest to develop a new way to enjoy
serve delicious gourmet burgers at a
a food group they love while helping
Their new restaurant, Burgrz, opened reasonable price and to cure the growing
hungry people everywhere. They traveled
in 2009 and is one of the hottest new number of people afflicted with FADS.
from Chicago to New York, Denver to
places to eat in Rochester Hills. Their
Phoenix, Los Angeles to Detroit. In each To read more about burgz burgers, visit
menu allows each person to assemble
city and town they jotted down what they http://www.rochestermedia.com/burgrz-
the perfect burger by their own
liked about the burger joints they visited, of-rochester-hills-is-now-open/
Three Generations of Restaurateurs
Top photo: Michael 02, Anthony ’02,
Victor ’05, and Nicolas ’08 Ansara
3204 Walton Boulevard
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48309
Phone (248) 375-3060
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Spotlighting Alumni & Members of Our CC Family
1961 – Louis Argenta
Endangered lizard is helped by technique from WFU research
By Mary Giunca, JOURNAL Reporter
Yoko, a Komodo dragon, has extremely But, as far as Argenta knows, this is zero risk of infection,” Oh said in a
delicate skin that is prone to infection. So the first time that it has been used on a news release.
when she suffered an injury in Singapore, lizard. “I think this being an endangered
Argenta said that he has lectured in
the search was on to find a method to species, they were doing everything
Singapore a few times and that VAC
treat the wound before it could turn into they could to save it,” he said of the
therapy is often used in that island
a life-threatening infection. That search dragon. Yoko was the mother of the first
country because of accidents between
led halfway around the world
motorists and people riding
to a device developed by
motorcycles and scooters.
two doctors at Wake Forest
Amputation rates are high,
University Baptist Medical
he said, and VAC therapy
Center. And today, Yoko, one
has helped reduce such
of three Komodo dragons at
operations. Argenta said he
the Singapore Zoo, is healed,
never had any conversations
alive and well.
with anyone at the 69-acre
In 1990, Drs. Louis Argenta ’61 zoo, but he said he believes
and Michael Morykwas, that zoo officials may have
researchers in the plastic- heard of his work from the use
and-reconstructive-surgery of VAC therapy on accident
department, developed the victims.
Dr. Lee Shu Jin, a consultant
device, or VAC, for treating
with the division of plastic,
reconstructive and aesthetic
The device has been used surgery at National University
on about 3.5 million people Hospital in Singapore, said
worldwide, Argenta said. It is that the treatment was a
used to treat diabetic wounds success. “Reptiles normally
and those caused by trauma, heal very slowly, but we are
such as gunshots. The system very happy to report that Yoko
uses a vacuum to pull infected fluid away successfully hatched Komodo dragon made great progress in her recovery with
from a wound and to draw the edges of bred in Asia. Last November, she was VAC therapy,” Jin said. “She was also
the wound together. laying a second batch of eggs in her eating and moving normally throughout
underground burrow when she wedged the entire process.”
About 400 of the devices were sent to
Haiti after the magnitude-7 earthquake herself into a crevice and hurt the skin on Argenta said that even though he never
struck in January, Argenta said. They her back. had any contact with the zoo or anyone
were used on people who had been Serena Oh, the assistant director in the who treated the lizard, he wouldn’t rule
crushed by collapsing buildings. The veterinary department at the Wildlife out the possibility of a house call at some
VAC device has been used on cows and Reserves Singapore, which manages the point to meet Yoko. “I’d love to go see
horses in Winston-Salem, and a turtle on zoo, said that the dragon’s skin is very it,” he said.
the North Carolina coast that had its shell difficult to treat. “We needed a solution Reprinted with permission. Published July 22, 2010,
cracked by a boat. to generate tissue growth quickly with Winston-Salem Journal
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Joseph R. Sgroi ’98 named by DBusiness Magazine in its “30 in their 30s”
Press Release 14. Sep. 2010
named one of DBusiness by DBusiness for his involvement as a
Magazine’s “30 in Their 30s.” member of the Honigman team working
[Detroit Business Magazine in coordination with General Motors (GM)
Sept./October 2010 issue] Purchasing in the establishment of General
The DBusiness honorees Motor’s supplier response team during
were selected for the notable its historic bankruptcy last year, which
success they have achieved allowed GM to maintain product flow from
thus far in their careers. Sgroi its suppliers throughout the bankruptcy
is featured in the magazine’s proceedings.
He has also been recognized as a “Rising
Sgroi represents clients in Star” in Michigan Super Lawyers in 2009
connection with their supply and 2010.
chain management and related
He earned his J.D. from the University
disputes. He also represents
Joseph R. Sgroi ‘98 of Michigan Law School and his B.A. in
debtors, creditors’ committees,
Political Science from the University of
customers, suppliers and
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn Michigan. While at U. of M., Sgroi was
lenders in matters such as commercial
LLP (Hongiman) is pleased to announce a linebacker and long snapper for the
bankruptcies, reorganization proceedings,
that Joseph R. Sgroi, a Partner in the Wolverines football team.
financial restructurings, liquidations
firm’s Commercial Law, Bankruptcy and
and out-of-court workouts throughout
Reorganization Department, was recently
the United States. Sgroi was selected Reprinted with permission.
Earl Rasmussen ‘51 | Book Review The Guard Murders
Excerpt from The Guard Murders back cover
Scrambling down the bank, Gapinski slipped and almost toppled the dots and bring down
into the fast-moving water. Ice-cold chills went up his spine the operatives before more
as he moved slowly along the tree toward the floating figure. blood is shed?
Grabbing the arm, he tugged at the body, moving it toward the
The author, Earl
bank. Slowly the weight of the torso as it emerged from the
Rasmussen is a retired
liquid began to strain the forty-year-old beat cop.
Air Force Air Traffic
When Patrolman John Gapinski finds a dead body floating in Controller who spent
the river, he has no idea that it is only the tip of the iceberg. eleven years on active
Civil Detective Brian Donnley and National Guard Captain duty and sixteen
Dave Brokowsky investigate the murder and discover that the years in the Air
mysterious body is Sergeant Bascom. Bascom isn’t the only National Guard.
member of the guard that has turned up dead. The connections Earl was inspired
begin to become clear as they embark on a thrilling investigative by real-life events
chase. But even they aren’t prepared for the level of corruption in the 1960s, when his clerk
they encounter when they stumble upon a drug smuggling was found murdered and their commander was
operation by rogue CIA personnel. Will they be able to connect accused of selling military equipment for his own profit.
C C P R O F I L E S • S P R I N G 2 011 11
from the ALUMNI
I have always been inspired by the relationships that have been
BOARD OF DIRECTORS made possible as CC Alumni. There have been countless other
Alumni Association times when my CC roots have helped me in every facet of my life.
Mission Statement It relates back to how blessed we have been to have Basilians
teaching and living our motto: “Teach me Goodness, Discipline,
The mission of the and Knowledge”. This motto is validated daily as we see Alumni
Catholic Central Alumni Association involved helping new generations of Shamrocks enter adult life.
is to provide services, benefits and
activities of interest to the This year the Alumni Association has been very active. Many of the committees
Alumni and foster an Alumni have completed their yearly projects, and I would like to take this opportunity to
body which is interested and personally thank all of the chairmen and their committee members. New or
involved in the affairs and functions expanding committees are in need of an increase in manpower and ideas. For
of the school, and to provide such example, the “Silent Majority/Out of State Committee” is organizing CC Alumni
across the country. Jim Muir is organizing an official “CC Veterans” group.
assistance to the school as
may from time This year’s “Annual Alumni Association Dinner” will be held at the Embassy
to time be requested of it. Suites in Livonia on Thursday, March 31st. Greg Normandin ’78 will be this
year’s honoree. It is a great evening for CC alumni to share camaraderie,
dinner and renew old friendships.
Let The CC Archive Department
We are also adding a poker charity gaming event to our activities. It will be
held June 27th through June 29th at Northville Downs. This event is open to
the public. CC Alumni are encouraged to attend and to help our cause.
Recycle Your Memories Catholic Central is the designated charity and will share in the profits. Our
The Archive Department at Catholic Central job will be to handle all of the money transfers for buying and redeeming
needs old memorabilia you might otherwise poker chips. Proceeds from this event contribute to funding the Alumni
consider discarding. We welcome just about Association’s events as well as the Scholarship Fund. Alumni are needed to
any kind of souvenir: everything from volunteer to fill the slots to make this event a success. Information for all
old programs and photographs, to sports of these events is available on our web site.
items, etc., and especially yearbooks.
Many items may find themselves I would like to thank all of the Alumni for continued support to CC.
on display at our campus in Novi. I also thank the Alumni Office for all of the exceptional service and help
that they provide. May God bless you and have a great summer!
To make arrangements for pick-up or
delivery of your items, please contact:
Dan Collins ’84 at (248) 596-3834
Mike Carrier ’06 at (248) 596-3844 Stanley J. Targosz Jr. ‘67
firstname.lastname@example.org President, Alumni Association
6” x 37” - $85 Each sale helps Catholic Central. 40% of all proceeds go directly to CC.
12 A L u M N I A S S O C I A T I O N • S P R I N G 2 011
As the school year nears its end, I can’t help but look Alumni Association
back at the wonderful things that we were able to Meetings
accomplish. I am amazed at the continuous dedication All Alumni are Welcome
and generosity that the Alumni show toward Catholic Central
and her students. All graduates of CC are members
of the Alumni Association.
I am often asked to sum up the CC experience and explain Please join us as we discuss
what makes CC so special. I have to admit that the task is the current year for the Alumni
a bit overwhelming at first. However, as I complete my first Association and the school.
year as Director of Alumni Relations, I can honestly say that
the answer is very simple: lasting brotherhood. My job is proof We Look Forward to Seeing You!
that CC offers something unique upon graduation.
Dates May 5, 2011
The thousands of Alumni who have given so much to the school Location Embassy Suites, Livonia
and continue to do so are proof of a lasting bond between CC Mass 6:00 p.m.
and her Alumni. Furthermore, the yearly and monthly reunions Dinner 6:30 p.m.
that so many of our graduation classes hold are proof that we Meeting 7:00 p.m.
have brothers for life, no matter what life throws at us.
I am impressed, humbled, and proud to be right at the center
of all that the Alumni do. I know that we all share those feelings
about CC. Let us continue to feel the Spirit of Catholic Central…
and embrace it!
Pray With Us!
…in the Catholic Central Chapel
Mike Carrier ‘06
Director of Alumni Relations Mass
email@example.com Every morning
Monday - Friday at 7:30 a. m.
Every Tuesday at 2:50 p.m.
What a great way to display some
CC Spirit! Each letter is a work of art
itself, photographed from items around
the school – framed prints spell out
“Catholic Central” and “CC Shamrocks.” To order, please visit www.eptasphotos.com 6” x 27” - $65
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2011 Alumni Association Committees & Chairs
Any Alumnus who is interested in one or more of the committees listed below is encouraged to contact the chairperson associated with a particular
committee. If you are interested in participating in other areas or have any questions, please contact the Advancement Office at (248) 596-3838.
ALUMNI DINNER - Promote, organize, COMMUNICATIONS - Develop and NOMINATING - Determine the qualifications
and conduct the Annual Alumni Dinner implement the means – including the for membership in the Alumni Board of
and designate the honoree for the annual Internet – by which to effectively inform Directors; identify and nominate for Board
Fr. Harrison Distinguished Alumnus Award. the Alumni of Alumni and school activities, membership Alumni who will actively
Bob Forte ’69 events and developments. The committee is participate in Board activities; recommend
firstname.lastname@example.org expected to provide content on an ongoing members for advisory member status;
basis to the Alumni Association section of the nominate officers.
BOYS’ BOWL ALUMNI MASS & BREAkFAST - Aluminator, the Alumni page of the Catholic Bob Barnes Sr. ’56
Promote, organize and conduct the Boys’ Bowl Central website, and any other modes of email@example.com
Alumni Mass and Breakfast as a zero-cost communication which are implemented.
event for Alumni and their families to show Dante Cerroni ’96 SHAMROCk CLUB - Identify and implement
our appreciation. firstname.lastname@example.org events, programs and activities which will
Jack Rajkovich ’67 foster business and career networking.
email@example.com EARLY INVOLVEMENT - Develop and Stan Targosz III ’92
implement events, programs, activities firstname.lastname@example.org
CAREER GUIDANCE - In cooperation with and strategies which will engage and retain the
the administration of the school, implement interest and participation of graduating seniors SILENT MAjORITY/OUT OF STATE -
and conduct career-guidance programs with and recent Alumni. Develop and implement events, programs
the assistance of Alumni. Such programs Scott Hauncher ’89 activities and strategies specifically intended
would include career-day trips, a speakers’ email@example.com to attract and engage those Alumni who have
bureau featuring selected professions and not been meaningfully involved in the affairs
occupations, and other similar projects. EXECUTIVE - Comprised of the Alumni of the school and the Alumni Association,
Jeff McGowan ’84 Association President, Vice President, including those who reside outside of the
firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary, Treasurer and immediate Past southeastern Michigan area.
President to manage committees of the John Rioux Sr. ’61
CC AMBASSADORS - A group of Alumni Alumni Association Board of Directors. email@example.com
who are committed to Catholic Central Stan Targosz ’67 - President
High School in support of Institutional firstname.lastname@example.org SPIRITUALITY & VOCATIONS -
Advancement. Carmine Palombo ’70 - Vice President Develop and implement events, programs,
Dennis Antoniotti ’68 email@example.com and activities to provide for the spiritual
firstname.lastname@example.org John Foley ’73 - Secretary enrichment of Alumni; identify events,
email@example.com programs, activities and strategies which may
Scott Hauncher ’89 - Treasurer be recommended to the administration of
CHARITY GAMING - Promote and organize firstname.lastname@example.org
charity gaming events for the Alumni the school with the objective of increasing
Bill Galvin ’85 - Past President religious vocations.
Stan Targosz Jr. ’67 Carmine Palombo ’70
IDENTITY - Promote the image and identity
of the Alumni Association.
John Ronayne III ’64
This may be the time to remind you…
When you send us pictures to be included, they should be of the highest possible quality and size, whether digital or on photo paper.
Please see credits page for submission information. – Editor
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Shamrocks Across The Country
Show Your CC Spirit!
1995 Reunion Alumni Items – Going Fast!
The 1995 Reunion was included in the winter issue of the Aluminator, but no picture
was included. Below is the photo of members of the Class of 1995 who gathered at Blue, six-panel, flex-fit
Gus O’Connors over Boys’ Bowl Weekend last fall. Andy Gignac ’95 organized the low-profile cap with white
embroidery; matching color
event for his class. under visor; 96% cotton
4% spandex - $20
Hooded pullover Limited
oxford gray with blue
50/50 blend with draw cord
and front pocket - $30
Striped blue tie
“CC” logo - $35
Bottom row holding pennant: John Murphy ‘95. acrylic knit
blanket in blue
Middle Row: Jeff Gajewski ‘95, Bob Beckman ‘95, Craig Wasen ‘95, and white;
Dan McArthur ‘95, Ryan Kato ‘95, Eric Gregory ‘95, Chris Nagarah ‘95. 54” x 80” - $99
Back Row: Andy Gignac ‘95, Brian Duffy ‘95, Dan Kogut ‘95,
John Kraynek ‘95, Gabe O’Keefe ‘95. Visit Our Online Store:
HOCKEY Alumni Game
On Sunday, January 2, 2011, the Alumni of our historic hockey program laced up the skates
and played a game at Compuware Arena. Mike Giordano, the General Manager of Catholic
Central Hockey, organized the annual Alumni Game as a way to bring back the Alumni upon
which the program was founded. The continued success of the hockey team is a direct
reflection of the high expectations set by the Alumni who have played since 1934.
The rosters of the White and Blue teams were
completely filled with Alumni from as early as
1961 to as recent as 2008. The White Team
won the game 5-1. A great time was had by all,
especially after the game at CJ’s!
Any Alumni who wish to become involved with
hockey events should contact
Mike Giordano at email@example.com.
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This past Christmas season was a memorable one for many of our fine graduation
classes. Many classes hosted Christmas parties and luncheons to celebrate the
holiday season and spend time with one another.
The Class of 1957
met for Mass and lunch at the Huron River
Hunting and Fishing Club in Farmington
on December 15, 2010. Fr. Bob McGrath ’57
and Fr. john Wheeler, C.S.B. ’57
co-celebrated Mass before lunch.
The Class of 1960
met for lunch at Moe’s on Ten Mile on
December 17, 2010. George Smrtka ’60
and the rest of the 1960 Reunion Committee
organized the lunch.
The Class of 1965
met for cocktails and dinner at Buddy’s Pizza
in Farmington Hills on December 15, 2010.
Mike Harrison ’65 organized this gathering for
Above L-R: Pat Devine ’65, Deacon. Bob Schikora ’65, Mike Harrsion ‘65. the group now known as “656565.” Deacon
Bob Schikora ’65 came back to town for the
The Class of 1983
met for their annual Nemos/Red Wings
gathering on December 10, 2010. It is the
annual class of 1983 “winter reunion.” The
guys meet at Nemo’s Bar in Detroit before
and after a Friday night Red Wings game
as close to the Christmas season as the
Wings schedule allows. Some guys go to the
hockey game; others just remain at Nemo’s
to reconnect with classmates. This has been
an annual event for about the last 25 years
and continues to grow in popularity each
year! For more information on this and
other potential class of 1983 events contact
Nick Merucci ‘83 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Front row seated: Dave McPhail ’83, Brian Peck ’83, Pat Michel ’83, Chris Schrot ’83, Bob Orlowski ’83.
Standing L-R: Nick Merucci ’83, Dave Martin ’83, Craig Gleeson ’83, Frank Murphy ’83, Tom Zakrewski ’83, Phil Schmidt ’83,
Devon Tucker ’83, Dave Lerg ’83, Paul Seewald ’83, John Eads ’83, Mike Gianetti ’83 (barely visible between Ewald and Eads),
Ed Ewald ’83, Pete Poirier ’83 (behind Gianetti), Jeff Gatt ’83, Jeff Holscher ’83, Kelly Ronayne ’83, Bob Elwell ’83, Eric McPherson ’83,
Mike Kelly ’83, Todd Forfinski ’83, Kevin Martinuzzi ’83, Paul Micallef ’83, Mike Meister ’83, Steve Kolhoff ’83.
Present, but not in photo: Pat Bagley ’83, Pat Cherry ’83, Greg Sala ’83, Mark Holowicki ’83, Mat Raedle ’83, Steve McCormack ’83,
Rick Mularoni ’83, Ron Raftery ’83, Mark Kueber ’83.
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Turkey Bowl 2009
kevin A. johnson ‘81
gloves, and Ibuprofen
were all in my athletic
bag as I prepared
to head out on a frigid
L-R: Chris Kopicko ‘81, Tom Leonard ‘81, Tim Gallagher ‘82, Tom Hominga ‘82,
Yes, it was time once again for our
Mike Hackert ‘83, Kevin Johnson ‘81, Russ Navarre ‘82, Kevin Hackert ‘86.
annual Turkey Bowl football game over Others who joined us for game or party include: Richard Bartos ‘81,
Thanksgiving weekend with my Catholic Mark Diponio ‘82, and Tim Granzotto ‘81.
Central alumni friends. We’ve played
every year since our high school days,
with this year being our 31st annual
After a spirited game Tom and Maureen
Leonard generously opened their home
for all to celebrate another year’s
milestone with family and friends joining
in throughout the evening. L-R: Tom Hominga ‘82, Kevin Johnson ‘81, L-R: Chris Kopicko ‘81, Russ Navarre ‘82,
Mike Hackert ‘83, Mark Diponio ‘82, Tim Gallagher ‘82.
Tom Leonard ‘81.
Turkey Bowl 2010
Front Row: Dan Mulvihill ’96, Mike Smiley ’96, Jack Smiley ’25, Eric Gilbo ‘96.
Back Row: Tom Valenti ’96, Justin Church, Tom Smiley ’96, Mike Bowen ’97,
David Brock ’96, James McFarlane ’96, Rich Deptula ’97, Joel Rioux ’96, and
Not Pictured: Jim Smiley ’92, Mike Sharpe ’97, Travis Miller ’96, and Patrick
Jack Smiley’s Touchdown Dance, Class of 2025
Smiley ’28 (Tom Smiley’s Son).
(Mike Smiley’s Son).
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23rd Annual Catholic Central Alumni Dinner
At the first annual Alumni Dinner in April 1989, approximately 300 Alumni
and friends gathered to share memories and laughs and enjoy the keynote
speaker, Al McGuire. It was a huge success. To build off of the success
of the first dinner, Alumni Association President Frank Jonna ’67 and the
Special Events Committee established the Fr. Canning F. Harrison Award.
The award is named for Fr. Canning F. Harrison C.S.B. who served as the first
Director of the Alumni Association, and is given each year to a Basilian and/
or alumnus who exemplifies, to a great degree, the philosophy and mission
of Catholic Central High School. Frs. Norbert Clemens and Edward Donoher
were the first recipients of the award in 1990.
Over the years, many prominent Alumni and Basilian Fathers have been
honored at the Alumni Dinner. Priests, teachers, coaches, judges, doctors,
lawyers, and businessmen alike have had the honor bestowed upon them
not only for success in their careers, but for the continuous support and
The annual Alumni Dinner has been a staple at dedication they have shown for Catholic Central. Frs. Enright, Martin, French,
Catholic Central since the spring of 1989. When Barnes, Hathaway, Elmer, Menner, and Paramo are the Basilian Fathers who
the CC Alumni Association re-established a Board have been honored with the award since Frs. Clemens and Donoher received
of Directors in 1988, one of the main objectives the first awards in 1990. Their longtime commitment to the students of CC
was to help the Development Office raise funds. and their lasting impact on the school’s tradition are evident.
It was decided that an annual dinner could be very
helpful in doing so. The Alumni Dinner has been
hosted annually since the spring of 1989.
Above: Greg Normandin ‘78 and Detroit Catholic Central Marching Band in London for the 2011 New Year’s Day Parade.
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They are the constant example of the
Basilian Fathers who founded CC in
1928. They continue to guide Catholic
Central and all of her young men.
In addition, 20 lay alumni have received
the Fr. Harrison Award over the years.
Men like Judge Jim Ryan ’50,
Al Moran ’57, Dr. John Ronayne ’37,
Bob Santello ’58, and Lou Yeager ’50 Mr. Greg Normandin ’78 being presented an award in London, England.
have shown a deep commitment to
Mary, Alma Mater and an overwhelming Mr. Greg Normandin ’78 is the 2011 recipient. Greg has been
understanding of the Spirit of CC. a music teacher and band director at his Alma Mater since the
fall of 1982. Greg succeeded his mentor and past honoree,
The Fr. Harrison Distinguished
Bill Watts ’40, as the band director at CC.
Alumnus/Basilian Award will continue
to be presented each spring by the
For almost 30 years, Greg has taken the already prominent
Alumni Association. Each year, the
program to new heights. His bands have won countless awards
Alumni Dinner Committee of the
at parades and festivals. They have taken home numerous
Alumni Association Board of Directors
first division ratings. They have even marched internationally in
nominates and selects one or two
London, England, several times.
recipients well deserving of the honor.
We thank the men who have been
honored with the Fr. Canning Harrison
Award and look forward to those who
will be honored in the future. Their
dedication, enthusiasm, and passion for
Catholic Central are a constant example
of what all Alumni seek to have. May
their generosity and leadership inspire
all Alumni to be stewards of the Spirit
of Catholic Central. The Goodness,
Discipline, and Knowledge that they
display is proof of the power of CC and
Mary, Alma Mater.
Mr. Greg Normandin ’78
teaching - then and now.
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A Pictorial Retrospective on
Left to right, each row:
1990 Rev. Edward W. Donoher C.S.B.
Rev. H. Norbert Clemens C.S.B.
1991 Mr. Patrick A. McDonald ’54
1992 The Hon. James L. Ryan ’50
1993 Mr. William B. Watts ’40
1994 Mr. John J. McHale ’39
1995 Mr. William S. Foley ’42
*Dr. John J. Ronayne ’37
1996 Rev. James O. Enright C.S.B.
*Rev. James E. Martin C.S.B.
1997 Mr. Regis D. Bowers ’42
*Rev. J. Gerard French C.S.B.
1998 Mr. Alan R. Moran ’57
1999 Dr. Louis C. Argenta ’61
Dr. Robert A. Forte ’69
2000 Mr. Robert A. Santello ’58
*Rev. Joseph G. Barnes C.S.B. ’49
2001 Rev. Arthur T. Hathaway C.S.B. ’44
2002 The Hon. Thomas E. Brennan ’47
2003 Mr. Thomas P. Moore II ’54
2004 Rev. Richard J. Elmer C.S.B. ’46
2005 Mr. Robert B. Rosowski ’58
2006 Mr. Patrick M. Nesbitt ’62
2007 Mr. John P. Argenta ’58
2008 Mr. John J. Ronayne III ’64
2009 Mr. Louis E. Yeager ’50
*Rev. John H. Menner C.S.B.
2010 Mr. Drew P. Sharp ’78
Rev. Raymond Paramo C.S.B.
2011 Mr. Gregory E. Normandin ’78
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Previous Rev. Canning F. Harrison Award Recipients
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Spotlighting Catholic Central Connections
The Band Connection from the Beginning
Our honoree this year is Greg Normandin ’78. Greg is the band director at
Catholic Central, and has been since the fall of 1982. Prior to graduation from
CC in 1978, Greg was a four-year bandsman under legendary director, the late
Bill Watts ’40. He has since taken the reigns and developed the band into the
world-renown band it is today. Numerous first division ratings and awards,
many trips overseas to London, and yearly concerts in front of capacity crowds
Bill Wattts ‘40 and Greg Normandin ‘78 - Catholic Central Band Leaders.
are just a few of the credentials. Greg has also developed the band into four
parts: the Concert Band, Symphony Band, Jazz Band, and Orchestra.
Bill Watt’s was also honored by the Alumni Association as the Distinguished
Alumnus of the Year in 1993. Bill, like Greg, was a four-year bandsman at
Catholic Central. He began in the fall of 1936 as a member of the very first
band. Rev. Bernard Regan, C.S.B. and Mr. J.T. Bredau were its directors.
Mr. Watts returned to CC in 1950 to take over direction of the band. His
leadership propelled the band to new heights. In the 60’s, he enrolled the
band in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association – making
Catholic Central the first private school allowed in the Association. He
remained in charge of the band until the fall of 1982 when his pupil,
Greg Normandin, succeeded him.
It is ironic that both Bill and Greg have been bestowed with the Fr. Canning
F. Harrison Distinguished Alumnus Award. Fr. Canning Harrsion, C.S.B. was
the moderator of the band during his tenure at CC. He was a huge supporter
and fundraiser for the program. During that time, Bill was the director of
the band, and Greg played in the band. So from the very beginning, the
Distinguished Alumnus Award, given annually by the Alumni Association,
has tie-ins with the CC Band. The award that Bill and Greg have both received
Band Council 1956
was named for one of the most avid supporters of the Catholic Central Band. Fr. Harrison, Walter Green ‘56, Bill Watts ‘40, and Robert Battista ‘57.
Rev. Canning F. Harrison C.S.B. Biography
Fr. Harrison came to Catholic Central in the fall of 1952 from Assumption College School in
Windsor. It is of interest that Fr. Harrison, for all the years he was at CC, was the enthusiastic
moderator of the band. This enthusiasm was passed on to Bill Watts ‘40 and this year’s recipient,
Greg Normandin ‘78. He also taught religion, foreign language, and music. In 1973, Fr. Harrison
accepted a new position as the Director of the Alumni Association. He would hold that position
until his retirement in 1987, organizing class reunions, publishing the Aluminator, and keeping tabs
on every alumnus. Alumni knew that if he met them in the halls or elsewhere, he would collar them
and get information about them for his files. These were colorful, anecdotal files, years before the
Rev. Canning F. Harrison C.S.B. advent of computers. Fr. Harrison passed away in January 1991.
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Fundraising Theme for 2011: “Movies”
Drive Catholic Central 2011 - Fundraising Results
It’s a week (or more) that’s homework free, full of wackiness and over-the-top spirit.
This year’s theme, Movies, provided ample inspiration for students to sell enough tickets
to boost the School’s tuition assistance budget by $362,099.13 and earn twelve free days.
The senior class was victorious in this year’s DRIVE, surpassing the freshman class on
the last day by bringing in 394.7% of their quota. Many students, teachers, and staff were
involved in all of the decorations and excitement that go into making the DRIVE so special.
This year, the energy and spirit were as noticeable as ever. As Fr. Huber pointed out to
the student body, Fr. Donoher’s memory lives on in the DRIVE, and he continues to influence
the lives of each student at CC.
2011 DRIVE Results - Total $ Raised
Daily Results Cumulative
Day 1 $80,315.13 $ 80,315.13
Day 2 $48,527.00 $128,842.13
Day 3 $41,746.00 $170,588.13
Day 4 $38,840.00 $209,428.13
Day 5 $39,671.00 $249,099.13
Day 6 $113,000.00 $362,099.13
Grand Total $362,099.13
1 Mike Ferrantino ’11 $6,828.00
2 Matt Messana ’11 $5,446.00
3 Tom Myler ’14 $4,451.00
4 Jacob Connell ’13 $4,130.00
5 Michael Ronayne ’14 $3,800.00
6 David Ciccarelli ’11 $3,015.00
7 Sergio Troiani ’12 $3,012.00
8 R.J. Plawecki ’13 $2,400.00
9 Jonathan Sheesley ’14 $2,393.00
10 Nick Ferrantino ’13 $2,300.00
Rank by Grade Level - $ Raised % of Quota
Rank/Grade Cumulative % of Quota
1 Seniors $ 90,181.00 394.70%
2 Freshmen $100,277.13 385.44%
3 Sophomores $ 91,277.00 358.79%
4 Juniors $ 80,364.00 336.19%
Total DRIVE Holidays Earned = 12
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Sharing News of Alumni Weddings & Births
2000 – RYAN ROMANCzUk married
Melissa Morgan on September 24, 2010,
at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in
Sterling Heights. The reception followed
at the San Marino Club in Troy.
Many Shamrocks were in attendance.
2003 – STAFF SERGEANT RYAN MASEL,
USMC married the former Kimberly
Maiuro on October 16, 2010, at the
Memorial Chapel at the Pensacola Naval
Air Station. Ryan is stationed at the
Back Row: Sean Devlin ’00, Brandon Kaleniecki ’00, Tom Volman ’01,
New River Marine Airbase, Jacksonville,
Anthony Coratti ’01, Michael Morris ’00, Robert Morris ’65, Jeff Caruana ’99,
North Carolina, where he is a crew chief
Dennis Goebel, Nick Goebel ’00, Jeff Potts ’00, Dan Smith ’70, Brian Farkas ’99,
on the new Marine Huey UH-1Y (Yankee)
Eric Wynalek ’00, Charlie Rozum ’00, Tom Kwiatkowski ’75, Al Bridges ’71.
Front Row: Patrick Hayes ’01, Abe Leon ’01, Ryan Romanczuk ’00, Melissa Romanczuk,
Mike Wilk ’00, Tom Alberty ’00, John Kava ’00, Ryan Morrison ’00, Matt LoPiccolo ’01.
Kim is a flight attendant with AirTran
Airlines. The couple met five years ago
at the Marine Birthday Ball when Ryan
was stationed in Pensacola.
The family photo includes from left to right: Ryan’s Dad Greg, Christopher, Erin, Kim,
Staff Sergeant Ryan Masel, USMC ’03 and bride Kimberly. Ryan, Paula, and Ryan’s Mom Donna.
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2003 – jEFF WIGGINS and Jennifer
Loomis were married on May 29,
2010, and currently reside in Livonia.
Jeff works part-time at the Michigan
Attorney General’s office and is in his
3rd year of law school at the University
of Detroit Mercy, where he is the
President of the Federalist Society.
Photo includes: John Mulroy ’03, Aaron
Surma ’03, Mike Martinico ’03, Zack Wiggins
’10, Jason Rose ’03, Kevin Obad ’01, Kevin
Russom ’03, Dave Baxter ’03, Kyle Posluszny ’03,
Daryl Bridges ’01, Erik Whalen ’03, Mike
Blaskey ’03, Chris Derrig ’01, Jeff McMichael
’03, Scott Obad ’03, Scott Jewett ’03, Mike
Mach ’03, Jeff and Jennifer Wiggins.
1992 – THOMAS EPPERSON and his wife, Ann,
welcomed their first child, daughter, Ella Aubree,
born on December 22, 2009. (photo left)
1996 – MICHAEL AMBROzIAk and his wife, Megan,
welcomed Alexander Joseph Ambroziak, born
November 28, 2010. Alexander weighed 8 pounds
Ella Aubree Epperson (above) 6 ounces. (photo left)
Alexander Joseph Ambroziak (below)
Luciano Charles Rozum (bottom) 1997 – MATTHEW WEISS and his wife, Maureen,
joyfully welcomed their first child, daughter, Maeve Maeve Catherine Weiss (above)
The Fanco children (below)
Catherine, on July 26, 2010. Timothy Weiss ‘99 is
Maeve’s godfather. (photo right)
1998 – jEFF FANCO and his wife Elizabeth welcomed
their 6th child on July 15, 2010. Timothy Gordon
Fanco joins his siblings Margaret, Theodore,
Antoinette, Francesca, and Broderick. (photo right)
2000 – CHARLIE ROzUM and his wife, Lori, welcomed
their first child, Luciano Charles, on July 15, 2010.
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i n M e M o r i a M
The following members of the Catholic Central Family have passed from this life to the next.
Please remember them in your Masses and other prayers. Our sincere condolences are extended to their loved ones.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace.
ALUMNI C.S.B. at Transfiguration Catholic Church, ROBERT E. LEE ’47 -
Southfield, Mich. October 17, 2010. He is survived
REV. MSGR. FERDINAND J. by eight children and 11
DeCNEUDT ’31 - November HON. WILLIAM J. grandchildren. He is preceded
21, 2010. He is survived by HATHAWAY ’42 - in death by his wife, Mary Lou.
many grand nieces and nephews December 9, 2010. He is Robert is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. The
and great-grand nieces and survived by his seven children, Memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Anne
nephews. Msgr. DeCneudt was ordained including William ’65, Hon. Catholic Church, Detroit, Mich.
a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit in Richard ’68, Edward ’70 and Matthew
1939. He was a very active CC alumnus ’75, 16 grandchildren, three great- ROBERT D. WILLIAMS ’48 -
during his life and attended the annual grandchildren, many nephews, including October 26, 2010.
Harper-Belmont Reunion every year James ’63, Thomas ’65, Arthur ’67, Robert
of its existence. The Funeral Mass was ’69, Daniel ’70, Paul ’70, Francis ’71 and
Robert ’91 and brothers, Charles ’37, PAUL F. CARRIER ’51 -
celebrated by the Most Reverend Allen
Robert ’43 and Rev. Arthur, C.S.B. ’44. November 26, 2010. He is
Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, at Our
He was preceded in death by his wife, survived by his wife, Marianne,
Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church,
Kathryn and brothers, James ’36 and John his children, Molly, Paul ’81 and
’39. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at John ’83, five grandchildren,
EDWIN D. SECORD ’36 - St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, including Paul Hamilton ’13, three
May 30, 2010. He is survived by Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. siblings, including Donald ’46. He was
five children, 14 grandchildren preceded in death by his brother, James
and seven great-grandchildren. LAWRENCE J. CRONIN ’43 - ’43. The Memorial Mass was celebrated
He served as a captain in WWII and December 26, 2010. He is at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Brighton,
participated in the Battle of the Bulge. survived by his wife of 55 years, Mich.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Helen, two children including
Lawrence ’74, five grandchildren RICHARD F. KENDALL
Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church,
and two brothers. Larry is a veteran of (KULCZYNSKI) ’52 -
Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.
the U.S. Navy. The Memorial Mass was April 5, 2010.
VINCENT J. BANONIS SR. ’38 - celebrated at St. Genevieve Catholic
WILLIAM E. RAYMOND ’52 -
October 23, 2010. He is Church, Livonia, Mich.
January 22, 2011. He is survived
survived by his wife, Marilyn,
ALAN E. CUMMING ’45 - by his wife, Carol, four children
and his daughter, Carolyn. He
August 6, 2010. He is survived and four grandchildren. The
was preceded in death by his
by his wife, Delores, three Funeral Mass was celebrated
three sons, Vincent Jr. ’68, James ’73,
children, nine grandchildren and at St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church,
and Stephen ’77, and his two brothers,
three great-grandchildren. The Warren, Mich.
Alphonse ’34 and Victor ’46. Vince will
forever be known for his tremendous Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Anne
EDWARD J. JAMISON ’53 -
athletic achievements. He was an All- Church, Ortonville, Mich.
November 9, 2010. He is
American football player at the University survived by his wife of 49 years,
of Detroit, and he played professional RONALD BRISKEY ’47 -
January 24, 2011. He is Barbara, and three children.
football winning world championships
in 1947 with the Chicago Cardinals and survived by his wife, Patricia,
GERALD E. HARRIS ’54 -
in 1952 and 1953 with the Detroit Lions. four children, including Robert
October 28, 2010.
Vince also served as a Lieutenant in ’72, and eleven grandchildren.
the Navy during World War II. He is a Ronald was a member of the St. Basil
member of the Catholic Central, College Legacy Society. The Funeral Mass was
MICHAEL J. KILAR ’55 -
Football and Michigan Sports Halls of celebrated at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic
September 25, 2010. The
Fame. The Funeral Mass was celebrated Church, Madison Heights, Mich.
Funeral was celebrated in
by Rev. John Wheeler, C.S.B. ’57 and Crossville, Tenn.
co-celebrated by Rev. Richard Ranalletti,
26 I N M E M O R I A M • S P R I N G 2 011
ALUMNI children, and two siblings. The Funeral EXTENDED FAMILY
Mass was celebrated at St. Mary of the
THOMAS M. RICHART ’55 - Hills Catholic Church, Rochester Hills, DONALD J. COVERY -
September 23, 2010. He is Mich. November 3, 2010. Father of Brian ’84.
survived by his wife, Carol, five
PAUL R. SOWERBY ESQ. ’61 - MARGARET M. CURTIN -
children, six grandchildren,
November 30, 2010. He is October 17, 2010. Mother of John ’64,
many nieces and nephews, a Mark ’68, Christopher ’72 and Brian ’76.
sister and a brother. The Funeral Mass survived by many relatives
was celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel including his brother, Frederick CHARLES F. HERBERT - June 16, 2010.
Catholic Church, Darien, Illinois. ’60. He was the president of Father of Frank ’83 and J. Scott ’89.
Community Health Foundation and
JAMES E. FITZGERALD ’55 - Mohave Bar Association. JOHN F. JAKUBIK - March 16, 2010.
November 19, 2010. He is Father of Paul ‘79 and Grandfather of
survived by his wife, Pat, three GERARD DREWEK ’68 - John ‘10, Steven ‘12, and Christopher ‘17.
children, six grandchildren, July 4, 2010. He is survived by
MARJORIE J. KNORP - November 4,
three siblings, including his his wife, Janice, two daughters
2010. Mother of Christopher ’84.
brother Robert ’58, and many nieces and and one granddaughter.
nephews, including Daniel ’80 and Jamie MARY F. O’DEA - September 8, 2010.
’93. Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Army. EUGENE C. HILLEBRAND ’68 - Mother of Michael ’70.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated at St. January 9, 2011. He is survived
Aloysius Catholic Church, Fife Lake, Mich. by his wife, Debbie, two KATHLEEN L. ROGOWSKI -
children, three grandchildren, December 22, 2010. Mother of Casey ’99
THOMAS M. KRAL ’56 - his mother and four siblings, and Ryan ’02. Sister of Tim Kelley ’75.
including Thomas ’71. He was preceded Sister-in-law of Bob Moreau ’75. Aunt of
November 2, 2010. He is
in death by his father. The Funeral Mass Matt Kelley ’06.
survived by his wife, Judy,
children Kevin ’83 and Karen, was celebrated at St. Robert Bellarmine STANLEY ROGULSKI -
and two siblings. The Funeral Catholic Church, Redford, Mich. January 13, 2011. Father of David
Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Good Rogulski ’78. Grandfather of Kevin
Counsel Catholic Church, Plymouth, Mich. SAM E. SCALICI ’73 - Obad ’01 and Scott Obad ’03.
December 1, 2010. He is
WILLIAM J. SELLHORN ’56 - survived by his wife, Sally, two ALOIS A. SAUTER - November 12, 2010.
November 20, 2010. He is children, two grandchildren and Father of James ’64 and John ’72.
survived by his wife, Peggy, five his sister. He is preceded in
death by his parents. The Funeral Service MARY V. SMITH - January 2011.
children, three siblings, seven Mother of Jack ’67 and Thomas ’75.
grandchildren, and two great- was held at Fry-Bross & Spidle, Kearney,
grandchildren. The Funeral Mass was Missouri. JACOB L. SNYDER - November 11, 2010.
celebrated at St. Paul Catholic Church, Son of Jay ’78. Nephew of the
New Bern, North Carolina. CONSTANTINO DEL late James ’66, Joseph ’68, Jerry ’73,
SIGNORE ’81 - October 26, Jonathon ’74, Jeffrey ’77, Jack ’80, Judd ’86,
JAMES T. SULLIVAN ’57 - 2010. He is survived by his Justin ’88, and Mike Kelley ’70. Cousin of
December 9, 2010. He is wife Lynn, son Giovanni, James Snyder ’06 and Joe Snyder ’10.
survived by four children parents John and Lina, three
siblings, and many nieces and nephews. JAMES T. SULLIVAN -
and his nephew, Kevin ’74.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated by December 9, 2010. Uncle of Kevin ’74.
He was preceded in death
by his wife, Judith. Rev. Franklin Mizzi, C.S.B. at St. Aidan RAFFAELE TOPPI - October 20, 2010.
Catholic Church, Livonia, Mich. Grandfather of Angelo ’13.
RICHARD J. POEHLMAN ’58 -
November 20, 2010. He is THOMAS D. SCALLEN ’86 - RICHARD WALDIS - October 29, 2009.
survived by his wife, Gloria, two January 5, 2011. He is survived Father-in-law of Paul ‘79 and Grandfather
children, two siblings, and two by his wife, Theresa, son Daniel, of John ‘10, Steven ‘12, and Christopher ‘17.
nephews. and parents Daniel and Alice
and two siblings. The Funeral JOAN K. ZALIAGIRIS - January 23, 2011.
BRIAN J. TROSHYNSKI ’59 - Mother of John ’79 and the late
Mass was celebrated at St. Gerard Catholic
November 28, 2010. He is Church, Lansing, Mich.
survived by his wife, Kathleen, PATTY ZAPTON - November 17, 2010.
three children, six grand Wife of the late James ’65.
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i n M e M o r i a M
REV. JAMES O. ENRIGHT, C.S.B. died
on December 20, 2010 at the age of 86.
Fr. Enright was born on October 14, 1924 REV. EDWARD W. DONOHER, C.S.B. died on
and was ordained a Basilian priest on December 11, 2010 at the age of 87. Fr. Ned Donoher,
June 29, 1951. He made a tremendous C.S.B. was born on December 18, 1923 and was ordained a
contribution to Catholic Central, teaching
Basilian priest on December 17, 1949. Fr. Ned devoted the
theology and English, and chairing the
majority of his life to Catholic Central, teaching here for over
fifty years. During that half century, Fr. Ned became perhaps
A Basilian priest for almost 60 years, he the most well known Basilian because of the generations
is especially remembered for coaching
of students he was able to teach. He is the personification of the “Spirit of Catholic
hockey and baseball, and for heading the
Public Relations Department when it first
Central.” He lived to serve the Blessed Virgin, Mary, Alma Mater, and her students.
began. “Fr. Punch,” so nicknamed after
His legacy lives on in the many CC cheers and songs he wrote, especially the Alma
former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Punch
Imlach, also conducted an extensive
Mater and Brothers’ Club songs. His passion was introducing each freshman class to
oratorical program, co-authored two books the CC culture. Fr. Ned was honored as the first recipient of the Fr. Canning Harrison
of poetry, and founded the Michigan Distinguished Alumnus Award, even though he wasn’t an alumnus. He was also
Metro High School Hockey League. He enshrined in the Catholic Central Athletic Hall of Fame for his school spirit and endless
coached hockey in 1948 and again from praying during sporting events.
1954 until 1973. His teams won three
state championships in 1959, 1961 and There is no doubt that his legacy will live long in the Spirit of Catholic Central. The
1968. Fr. Enright left CC in 1981 to work Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Fabian Catholic Church, the parish that he served for
at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto. over thirty years.
He was honored with the Fr. Canning
Harrison Distinguished Basilian Award in
1996. He was a member of the Catholic Give a Gift in Memory of a CC Legend
League, Michigan Hockey and the CC
Athletic Halls of Fame. Catholic Central has established Memorial Scholarship Funds in memory of both
Fr. Donoher and Fr. Enright. The Fr. Edward Donoher, CSB Memorial
A memorial Mass was celebrated on Scholarship Fund and the Fr. James Enright, CSB Memorial Scholarship Fund
January 15, 2011, at the CC chapel. Later will assist students with financial need and provide them the opportunity to realize
that night his memory was honored with the dream of a Catholic Central High School education.
Fr. Enright Night when the varsity hockey
team played Cranbrook at Compuware If you are interested in making a gift to either fund, please contact Dan Collins ‘84,
Arena. Director of Advancement at 9248) 596-3838 or email@example.com
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2011 Calendar of Events
31 23rd Annual Alumni Dinner – 6:00 pm 1 Legacy Mass & Breakfast – 10:00 am
Spring Band Concert – 6:30 pm
April 2 31st Annual Athletic Golf Outing
8-9 Fine Arts Weekend – Walnut Creek Country Club
10 Mothers’ Club Fashion Show – 11:00 am 5 Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting
– Embassy Suites at 6:00 pm
11 Dads’ Club General Meeting – 6:00 pm
9 Dads’ Club General Meeting – 6:00 pm
12 Shamrock Bar Association – Mass at 6:00 pm
22 Senior Graduation – Hill Auditorium at 2:00 pm
14 Academic Awards Banquet – 6:30 pm
18-25 Easter Recess
26 Classes Resume
13 Legacy Luncheon
(Formerly known as “Harper/Belmont”)
Alumni Association Charity Gaming Fundraiser
June 27-29, 2011 Northville Downs Racetrack
The Alumni Association has arranged for Catholic Central to be a charity in the Charity Gaming Room at
Northville Downs Racetrack in Northville. The charity will be open from Monday, June 27th, through Wednesday, June 29th.
The Alumni Association would like to encourage everyone to participate over the three days.
Also, the Alumni Association would like to ask our alumni to help us during those three days.
For more information, contact Stan Targosz Jr. ’67 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Current Events at Catholic Central
Science Fair Winners
Academic Team The projects of the annual Catholic
Named 2010 Division III Fall
KMO NATIONAL CHAMPIONS Central Science Fair were on display in
the Media Center during the month of
On Wednesday, December 8th, thirty-
nine members of the Catholic Central January. The following awards were
Academic Teams assembled to compete presented in early February:
against 627 other schools from five
countries and 47 states in the Knowledge
Master Open Academic Tournament.
1st Brandon Roach ‘13
In this tournament, team members work Chirality: The Relationship Between
Sophomore student Garrett Moores before
together to answer questions on a variety Angle of Rotation and Concentration his presentation.
of academic subjects including history,
literature, mathematics, and science.
2nd Matt Confer ‘13
Competing teams are awarded points Thermal Density of Fuel
for both the accuracy and speed of their
3rd Conner McDowell ‘13
responses to those questions.
At the end of the competition, Detroit
Preventing Colony Collapse
Catholic Central answered 198 out of 200 4th Dan Vargovick ‘13
questions correctly and earned a final score
Fan in Electric Car
of 1,756 out of a possible 2,000 points, 603
above the national mean score. 5th Michael Makarewicz ‘13
The team’s performance earned them Solar Flair Some of the projects displayed in the school
the Division III National Championship. media center.
Division III includes all schools with an
enrollment between 1,000 and 1,500
Mr. Steven Lemieux has taken over
students. The team also garnered a 1st the work of organizing the fair since
place for all Michigan schools competing Mr. Alan Barker moved to the counseling
and 3rd place finish overall in the
competition. No school in the competition
department after working with Science
had a higher accuracy rating than Catholic Fair from 1995 to 2010. Mr. Barker
Central’s 99%. was named Teacher of the Year
The team is coached by Jason Jones,
by the Detroit Science Fair for his
Ben Herman ’98 and Christopher Gismondi ’00.
Also, in case you haven’t heard, the many successes in previous Detroit
Academic A and B Teams took first and Science Fairs. Sophomore student Nicholas Malzone before
second place respectively in the NAQT State his presentation.
Championship Tournament in March.
In the last issue of the Aluminator
we highlighted the Advanced
Placement (AP) Scholars for the
2009-2010 school year. We
accidentally excluded Matthew Nicholas ’10,
who was named a National AP Scholar.
Matthew earned this distinction by scoring a
4 or higher on nine total AP Exams. Matthew
is currently attending the University of Michigan
Mr. Lemieux and his 8th Period Honors Chemistry Class.
in Ann Arbor.
All of which completed a science fair project.
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On February 4th, fifteen senior student-athletes signed Letters of Intent, formally committing to their Colleges and Universities.
Mike Birney University of Detroit Mercy Lacrosse Justin Messner Northwood University Football
Joe Brinkman University of the Cumberlands Swimming Stone Monarch University of Toledo Football
Nico Colucci Saginaw Valley State University Golf Andrew Nelson Cornell University Football
Justin D’Agostino Hillsdale College Football Jake Spuller Air Force Academy Track
Andrew Garcia-Garrison Buckell University Cross Country Brandon Sullivan Northwood University Football
Mitchell Gatt Hillsdale College Baseball Brandon Tammaro University at Buffalo Football
Alex Lang Olivet College Soccer Michael Tibbits College of the Holy Cross Baseball
John Lawless Kalamazoo College Football
L-R: Brandon Tammaro, Brandon Sullivan, John Lawless, Nico Colucci, Stone Monarch, Mitchell Gatt, Justin D’Agostino, Andrew Nelson,
Mike Birney, Jake Spuller, Andrew Garcia-Garrison, Michael Tibbits, Joe Brinkman, Alex Lang. *Not pictured: Justin Messner.
Alumni Career Guidance
Speaker Series Also scheduled are programs on engineering and architecture,
featuring john Argenta ’58 and Paul Micallef ’83; medicine,
On separate Wednesdays in January, CC Alumni returned with Dr. Bob Forte ’69 and Dr. Steven Antone ’93; concluding
to their Alma Mater to provide current students perspectives on with john Bebes ’83 and Mike Dewan ’85 covering business and
future career possibilities. entrepreneurship.
Dennis Barnes ’79 and Sean Cowley ’00 discussed their law There will also be a talk regarding vocations to the priesthood,
careers on January 12th. The students appreciated the informal with a speaker to be determined.
nature of the discussion, particularly the opportunity to ask a lot Career Guidance Committee members who help identify and
of questions. One sophomore echoed the comments of his fellow schedule the Alumni speakers include Bill Matthews ’58, john
classmates when he said that the presentation was “not like a Argenta ’58, Bob Rosowski ’58, and chairman jeff McGowan ’84.
Thank you to all the Alumni who help make these sessions a
On January 26th, perennial favorites Drew Sharp ’78 of the success, and special thanks to Shawn Mather and Brian Chaney ’91
Detroit Free Press and Tom Grace ’80, author of The Secret of the Guidance Department. As one student put it, “I liked …
Cardinal, visited the students. Once again, they entertained the many opportunities that are open to you after Catholic Central.
questions about their careers in arts and communications. This made me realize that there are so many paths open to me.”
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Welcome to the Guidance department Science department
The Department is very active and believes it is important to prepare our students All of our science rooms are equipped with laser projection,
and keep our parents informed. The Department schedules parent presentations surround-sound and wireless wifi. Each lab is equipped with
for each grade level as follows: eight computers and Pasco Data Studio data loggers, handheld
computers that record data from 27 different types of sensors.
• Senior Parent Info Night – Clarifying the College Application Process: August
We now do labs in DNA electrophoresis (DNA fingerprinting),
• Freshman Parent Info Night: November
bacterial transformation, isolation of GFP protein and DNA
• Junior Parent Info Night - Senior Year Preview: January
extraction. We are exploring the possibility of incorporating
• Sophomore College Planning Night: March
This past school year, the Guidance Department implemented a 4-year education
Currently our extracurricular activities include Science
plan for each of our new freshman students. This process will continue with each
Olympiad, Robotics and the Outdoor Club. The Outdoor
new freshman class and the Department hopes to expand this process to include
Club also offers sport shooting for the first time this school
interest and career exploration. Standardized testing is an important component in
year. The department is also exploring digital curriculum.
the academic life of a CC student.
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are tested annually during the month of Mr. Alan Barker, who until this year taught chemistry but has
October as follows: moved to the Guidance Department, was named Science Fair
• Freshmen: EXPLORE Teacher of the year by the Detroit Science Fair. Our own CC
• Sophomores: PSAT and PLAN Science Fair was held in January (See page 30.)
• Juniors: PSAT
The Guidance Department recommends that the juniors take the ACT during
their 6th semester, in April and again in June. From January through April, our
sophomore students are enlightened about the different career areas through our
Career Conferences: Arts & Communications, Business, Engineering/Architecture,
Health Sciences/Medical, Law, and Religious Life. Presentations are made by CC
alumni, coordinated through the Career Guidance Committee.
This school year, the Guidance Department scheduled 52 college visits (September Mr. Alan Barker at the CC Science Fair.
– January) from numerous colleges/universities across the country. Representatives
from the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, and West Point also visit CC.
These college visits are held during the junior and senior Homeroom periods. The Theology Department continues to seek ways to
reinforce that the Christian Service Project should be a natural
Throughout the year, the counselors continuously monitor student grades and
response to the faith of our students, rather than merely
progress. The counselors meet with each of their students numerous times,
performing good works for the well-being of the community.
providing encouragement and/or praise, personal counseling, help with course
Theology teacher, Robert Klesko, has created a Volunteer
selections, assistance with the college selection/ application process, and arranging
Corps drawing on his own service experience with the Order
extra support such as tutoring, if needed. Tutoring is available one-on-one with a
of St. Lazarus. The Order of St. Lazarus was an order of
National Honor Society student or on a “drop-in” basis through the Brothers’ Club.
knights founded back in the 12th century whose primary task
In the spring, the counselors meet with their juniors, one-on-one, for the Junior was to care for lepers in the Holy Land. The modern Order
Interview. Each junior is taken through the entire college selection/application of St. Lazarus works on many charitable projects in Africa.
process: searching college websites, requesting letters of recommendation,
Mr. Klesko’s volunteer corps is bringing the service closer to
choosing/writing college essays, etc. This year, we implemented an electronic
home. The goal of the St. Lazarus Volunteer Corps is to bring
process for requesting and sending transcripts. There has been a steady increase in
the ethos of the Order of St. Lazarus into the service of our
the number of applications – approximately 950 applications were processed this
community at large. The goal is to integrate spiritual growth
past fall for a senior class of 239.
with service of neighbor. The Theology Department hopes
that Christian Service will become a vehicle for holiness and
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Catholic Central Welcomes New Faculty
Brian Chaney ’91 – Guidance Councelor certificate at Grand Valley State University and to have the opportunity to help form the
and became a certified high school math students of today.
Brian Chaney is our newest
teacher in May 2003. Mike has taught in the
guidance counselor at Catholic Erin Sharkey – Math Teacher
Grand Rapids Public School and Wyoming
Central. Brian graduated from
Public School districts. Mike also coached Erin Sharkey is one of our
Eastern Michigan University
football, basketball and baseball at St. John new math teachers. She is
with a degree in Social Work.
Vianney while working in the Grand Rapids currently teaching Algebra 2 to
He then graduated from Wayne
area. In 2009, Mike completed his Masters the juniors. Erin was born in
State University in 2000 with a Masters in
in secondary education at Grand Valley State Thousand Oaks, California and
Social Work. Before coming to CC, Brian
University. moved to Glasgow, Montana
worked in public and charter schools, most
when she was seven years old. After high
recently serving as a social worker in the Mike and his wife, Lisa, have three
school, she received an appointment to
Pontiac Public School System. He is also a wonderful children. His two sons, Collin and
the US Military Academy at West Point.
former All-State football player and coach at Corey, are very active in school and athletics.
After being commissioned as a second
CC. Brian and his wife, Phillina, have two His daughter, Haley, is very active in dance.
lieutenant, Erin spent five years in the Army
children, Stone and River. Mike really enjoys teaching, coaching,
as a transportation officer reaching the
golfing, and camping with his family and
Anthony Cornish – Latin Teacher rank of captain. Her primary duty station
friends. He feels very blessed to be working
was at Fort Lewis, Washington. Erin met
Anthony is a University of at CC.
her husband, Christopher (son of Janice
Michigan graduate where he
Jason Jackett ’99 – Theology Teacher Sharkey), while in the Army and they moved
received his BA in Latin and
to Cincinnati, Ohio when they left the
Classical Archaeology. He is Jason Jackett is our newest
service. In Cincinnati, Erin and Christopher
currently working on his Masters Theology teacher at CC, teaching
started their family and she taught math at a
degree in the same field. Before coming to Church History and Social
co-ed Catholic high school in Cincinnati for
CC he worked at Divine Child in Dearborn Justice. After graduating from
five years. This past summer, Erin moved to
and at Greenhills in Ann Arbor. Anthony Catholic Central in 1999, Jason
Michigan and accepted the position at CC.
is in charge of the Latin Club and has been attended Franciscan University
contributing his knowledge to the chess club. of Steubenville in Ohio where he studied Jim Walrad – English Teacher
Latin is his passion, and Catholic Central Mathematics, Theology, and Philosophy.
Jim Walrad is a new teacher
has turned out to be a perfect fit for him. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science
in the English Department at
He has been married for seven years and in 2003, he felt called to give back to society
Catholic Central. Jim is from
has one two-and-a-half year old son named in thanksgiving for the great education
Allen Park and graduated from
Elijah. He and his wife are expecting twins he had been blessed with in high school,
Cabrini High School in 2004.
in March. Anthony looks forward to hearing college, and even before; so Jason spent two
He then graduated from the University of
from alumni about their experiences with the years in Belize, Central America, teaching
Michigan-Dearborn in 2008. Jim is also an
previous legendary Latin teachers. high school mathematics and serving in the
assistant coach of the JV football team and
apostolic works of the missionary parish
Mike Gustad – Math Teacher will be the new head coach of the freshman
there. During his second year in Belize,
baseball team in the spring.
Mike Gustad is our newest math Jason joined the religious community who
teacher at Catholic Central. He staffed the mission. His formation with Dan Waterstradt ’04 – Director of
is currently teaching geometry the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Admissions and Public Relations
and trigonometry. He is Trinity took him to Colorado, North Dakota,
Dan is the brand new Director of
also a coach of the Freshman Texas, Indiana, and Rome over the past six
Admissions and Public Relations.
Football Team. He graduated years. After completing a Sacred Bachelor
He returns to CC after playing
from Manistee High School and spent four in Theology this past June at the Angelicum
a couple years of professional
seasons at Michigan Technological University in Rome, Jason felt God calling him back
basketball in Europe. Dan was
where he also played football. Mike then to Detroit to live and work. Once arriving
an All-State basketball player at
transferred to Michigan State University home, it was obvious that God was inviting
while at CC and went on to play four years
where he obtained a degree in Financial him to come back to his Alma Mater when
of Division 1 college basketball at Rutgers
Administration. After working in corporate a position opened up in the Theology
University and Oakland University. Dan
accounting for about ten years, Mike finally Department at Catholic Central. He finds it
has two brothers who also graduated from
decided to pursue his passion to teach. He a joy and an honor to be back in the school
Catholic Central: Jason ’00 and Brandon ’09.
completed the requirements for a teaching to which he owes so much for his formation,
S C H O O L B E L L S • S P R I N G 2 011 33
Keeping Up with Catholic Central Athletes
The Varsity Basketball The Varsity Hockey Team finished the season with an overall
Team finished the record of 16-8-1-1. They ended their season in the second round
season with an overall of the playoffs to local rival, Novi. This year’s team was young
record of 16-9, losing and full of great talent. There was a lot of excitement throughout
49-48 in the Regional the season as the Shamrock Icers scored 95 goals. They are
Final to Orchard Lake coached by Todd Johnson ’87.
St. Mary’s. Coach Bill
Dyer had a dynamic Left: Mitchell
Gatt ‘11 against
team led by seniors Cranbrook.
Charlie Horka ’11,
Shea Kettner ’11,
Mike Tibbits ’11 and
Above: Shea Kettner ‘11 against
Brandon Tammaro ’11.
O.L. St. Mary’s.
The team had many
exciting victories this season, most notably defeating Orchard
Lake St. Mary’s 55-54 on a half-court buzzer beater by Shea
Kettner, winning the District Championship over Canton, upsetting
top-ranked Ann Arbor Huron in the regional semifinal , and Ski
defeating Brother Rice three times. The Varsity Ski Team finished the season by qualifying for their
fourth consecutive trip to the state finals and finished 7th in the
Congratulations to the Freshman Basketball Team on winning the
State. Coach Tom Gable’s team was young, but experienced,
both the Central Division and CHSL Tournament championships.
and was led by lone senior captain James Herzog ’11. They
They are coached by Anthony Pulcini and Jason Jackett ’99.
won the Catholic League Championship and finished 2nd in
the Regional. This season certainly proves the Shamrocks are
Bowling going nowhere and will compete hard next year to move up the
The Varsity Bowling Team finished the season in the semifinal standings all the way to the top of the state.
round of the state finals. The team lost to the eventual state
runner-up, Westland John Glenn. The team was led by Head Right: Jim Herzog ‘11
Below: State Champion
Coach Al Bridges ’71 and captains by Scott Kujawa ’11 and
Damon Rottermond ‘12
Thomas Zahari ’11. They won the division championship and
Below right: Tom Gable,
finished second in the CHSL. After placing third in the MHSAA who was named CHSL &
Regional, the team qualified for the state finals once again. Also, Regional Coach of the Year.
Matt Nugent ’11, Tom Zahari ’11 and Eric Pavlov ’12 qualified
for the individual state finals. Matt Nugent advanced to the
Round of 16, while Eric Pavlov lost in the quarterfinals.
2011 Varsity Bowling Team. L-R: Kenny O’Connor ’12,
Eric Pavlov ’12, Scott Kujawa ’11, Matt Nugent ’11,
Tom Zahari ’11, Jeff Conflitti ’12, Josh Morin ’11.
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Basketball ~ All-Catholic
Kyle Cooper ’12
Basketball ~ All-League
Swimming & Diving Matt Doneth ’12
Shea Kettner ’11
The Swimming & Diving Team completed their
season by sending nine swimmers to the Individual Bowling ~ Perfect 300 Game
State Meet at Oakland University. Coach Shannon Eric Pavlov ’12
Dunworth is continuing to build the Shamrock Bowling ~ All-Conference
program back to a state contender. The Team Jeff Conflitti ’12
once again finished second in the Catholic Scott Kujawa ’11
Above: Joe Brinkman ’11
League. They also swan to a tenth place finish
Tom Zahari ’11
at the Oakland County Tournament, sixth place
at the Warrior Relays and second at the Schack Bowling ~ All-Catholic
Invitational. Eric Pavlov
Bowling ~ Academic All-Catholic
Wrestling Tom Zahari
The Varsity Wrestling Team finished the season Wrestling ~ All-State
as State Runner-up, losing to Oxford 26-25 in the Above: Logan Marcicki ‘14 Malick Amine ’14 – 5th Place
Team State Finals. Coach Mitch Hancock ’00 led Nick Mason ’12 – 5th Place
the Shamrock Grapplers to a 23-3 dual meet record Andrew Garcia ’14 – 2nd Place
this season. Furthermore, they won every regular Kevin Beazley ’12 – 2nd Place
Miles Trealout ’11 – 2nd Place
season tournament they entered except one.
Ken Bade ’13 - State Champions
Led by captains Miles Trealout ’11 and Andy Logan Marcicki ’14 - State Champions
Alec Mooradian ’12 - State Champions
Erickson ’11, the Shamrocks have been ranked as
high as 35th in the nation. 13 Wrestlers qualified for Skiing ~ All-State
the Individual State Finals at the Palace of Auburn Above: Alec Mooradian ‘12 Damon Rottermond ’12 – 1st Team
Ian Pierce ’12 – 2nd Team
Hills. Eight came away earning All-State honors. Jim Herzog ’11 – Honorable Mention
Congratulations to the three men who won Skiing ~ All-Catholic & All-Region
individual State Championships: Ken Bade ’13, Jim Herzog
Logan Marcicki ’14 and Alec Mooradian ’12. Ian Pierce
Also, the B-Team finished the season with a 26-6 Damon Rottermond
record and won both the CHSL dual meet and Skiing ~ Individual Giant Slalom
tournament championships. The team is led by State Champion
Coach Kevin Griffin ’96. Above: Ken Bade ‘13
Profile | Tennis - Joe Dubé
Joe Dubé ’11 recently earned SEMTA’s (Southeast Michigan District of the U.S. Tennis
Association) Hoxie Award given to the top junior male player in Southeast Michigan. Joe was
recognized for his achievements both on and off the court. Dubé, who posted a career record
of 131-8 with the Shamrock Varsity Tennis Team, was the MHSAA Division 1 No.2 Singles
Champion as a freshman and was runner-up at No.1 singles his sophomore, junior and senior
years. Joe was also a captain on the 2010 State Champion Tennis Team. In U.S. Tennis
Association play, Dubé was the Boys 16 SEMTA Junior Qualifier champion in 2008 and 2009 and was ranked No.1 in Southeast Michigan
and No.4 in the Midwest. Joe carries a 3.99 G.P.A. and is a member of the Gabriel Richard Club. His community service includes volunteer
work at the Marycrest Manor, St. Genevieve Parish and the Livonia Family YMCA. He will continue his tennis career on a scholarship to
Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
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Supporting our Young Athletes
Varsity Lacrosse Tues/April 12 O.L. St. Mary’s Away 7:00pm
Thur/March 24 Holt Home 7:00pm Sat/April 16 Brighton Away 1:00pm
Sat/March 26 East Grand Rapids Away 4:00pm Tues/April 19 DeLaSalle Home 7:00pm
Mon/March 28 Troy Athens Away 7:00pm Tues/April 26 U of D Home 7:00pm
Thur/March 31 Northville Home 7:00pm Sat/April 30 Forest Hills Central Home 6:00pm
Sat/April 2 Western Reserve Academy (OH) Away 2:00pm Tues/May 3 Brother Rice Away 6:00pm
Sat/April 9 Culver Military Academy (IN) Away 5:00pm Sat/May 7 Toledo St. John’s Away TBA
Sun/April 10 St. Joseph’s High School (IN) Away 3:00pm Tues/May 10 CHSL Semi-Final TBA TBA
Univ. of Notre Dame-Arlotta Stadium Sat/May 14 CHSL Championship Notre Dame Prep TBA
Wed/Apr 27 Bishop Foley Away DH 4:00pm
Fri/March 25 Walled Lake Western Home DH 4:00pm Sat/Apr 30 O.L. St. Mary’s Home DH 11:00am
Mon/March 28 Detroit Western Home S 4:30pm Wed/May 4 U of D Away DH 4:00pm
Wed/Mar 30 DeLaSalle Away DH 4:00pm Thur/May 5 Walled Lake Central Away S 4:00pm
Sat/Apr 2 Divine Child Home DH 11:00am Sat/May 7 Brother Rice Home DH 11:00am
Wed/Apr 6 O.L. St. Mary’s Away DH 4:00pm May 10-13 CHSL Quarter-Finals TBA
Thu/Apr 7 Livonia Stevenson Away S 4:30pm Sat/May 14 CHSL Semi-Finals Madonna University
Sat/Apr 9 U of D Home DH 2:00pm May 19 or 20 CHSL Final Comerica Park
Wed/Apr 13 Brother Rice Away DH 4:00pm May 31, June 3-4 State District
Thur/Apr 14 Fenton Home S 4:30pm Sat/June 11 State Regional
Fri/Apr 15 Edsel Ford Home S 4:30pm Tues/June 14 State Quarterfinal
Sat/Apr 16 DeLaSalle Home DH 11:00am Fri/June 17 State Semi-Final Battle Creek
Tue/Apr 19 Divine Child Away DH 4:00pm Sat/June 18 State Final Battle Creek
Mon/Apr 25 University Liggett Away DH 4:00pm
Varsity Golf Mon/May 9 Cranbrook - TBA 3:30pm
Thur/April 14 DeLaSalle - Cattails 3:30pm Mon/May 9 Lutheran North - Cattails 3:30pm
Sat/April 16 U of D Shootout - Fox Hills 12:00pm Fri/May 13 Bob Urschalitz Memorial Invite - Cascades Golf Course 9:30am
Sun/April 17 Milliken Millwork Invitational - Indianwood 12:00pm Fri/May 13 Detroit Golf Club Invitational - Detroit Golf Club 9:00am
Mon/April 18 Milliken Millwork Invitational - Indianwood 10:00am Fri/May 13 O.L. St. Mary’s - Cattails 3:30pm
Mon/April 18 Huron Valley Invitational - Prestwick 12:30pm Tues/May 17 Catholic League Championship - U of M TBA
Mon/April 25 The Country Club Classic - Oakland Hills (North) 12:00pm Wed/May 18 Oakland County Tournament - Pontiac Country Club 9:00am
Thur/April 28 Brother Rice - Cattails 3:30pm Mon/May 23 Grosse Ile Invitational - West Shore Country Club 8:00am
Sat/April 30 Pinckney’s Golf Invitational - Rush Lake Hills 9:00am Mon/May 23 Forest Hills Invitational - Egypt Valley Country Club 8:30am
Mon/May 2 Seaholm Invite - Orchard Lake Country Club 12:15pm Wed/May 25 Chelsea Invitational - Reddeman Farms 8:30am
Mon/May 2 Notre Dame Prep - TBA 3:30pm June 2, 3, or 4 State District
Wed/May 4 U of D - Detroit Golf Club 4:00pm Thur/June 9 State Regional - Lyon Oaks 8:30am
Thur/May 5 Divine Child - TBA 3:30pm June 17, 18 State Final
Varsity Track & Field Sat/May 7 Observerland Relays - Canton HS 3:00pm
Sat/March 26 54th Kermit N. Ambrose Huron Relays (i) - EMU 11:00am Mon/May 9 DeLaSalle - Lutheran North 5:00pm
Wed/March 30 Ypsilanti HS Indoor Invitational (i) - EMU 5:00pm Sat/May 14 AA Huron Last Chance Invitational - AA Huron HS 10:00am
Fri/April 8 Dakota 9th/10th Grade Invite - Away 12:00pm Mon/May 16 O.L. St. Mary’s - Catholic Central HS 4:00pm
Sat/April 9 AA Pioneer Indoor Invitational (i) - EMU 10:00am Fri/May 20 State Regional Championship - Milford HS 2:00pm
Mon/April 11 Brother Rice - Catholic Central HS 4:00pm Sun/May 22 Shamrock Freshmen Invitational - Catholic Central HS 10:00am
Sat/April 16 Dearborn Elks Relays - Dearborn HS 11:00am Tues/May 24 CHSL Championship - Ladywood HS 2:00pm
Mon/April 18 U of D - U of D Jesuit HS 4:00pm Fri/May 27 Oakland County Championship - Milford HS 3:00pm
Sat/April 23 Inter-Squad 12&10 vs 11&9 - Catholic Central HS 9:00am Sat/May 28 Oakland Country Freshmen Championship - Milford HS 10:00am
Fri/April 29 Jackson HS Invitational - Jackson HS 3:00pm Tues/May 31 Kermit Ambrose Relays - Farmington HS 4:30pm
Tues/May 3 Divine Child - Divine Child HS 4:00pm Sat/June 4 State Final Championship - Rockford HS 10:00am
Fri/May 6 Harrison 9th/10th Grade Relays - Harrison HS 4:00pm
Note: Home games are shown in bold. Schedules are correct as of March 15, 2011, and are subject to change.
For updated information, please consult our website (www.catholiccentral.net) or call the Athletics Office hotline at 248-596-3830 (Press “1”).
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Detroit Catholic Central High School
27225 Wixom Road
Novi, MI 48374
Don’t Miss the 31st Annual Athletic Department Golf Outing!
Monday, May 2, 2011
Walnut Creek Country Club
Shotgun Start: 12:30 p.m.
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