Friday, July 31, 2009

Recent Grad recognized for skill on soccer field

The Wisconsin Masonic Soccer Foundation held its annual All-Star Games last week.

Recognized are recently graduated seniors nominated by coaches and selected by the Wisconsin Masonic Soccer Foundation on basis of academic achievement, leadership skills, community involvement and playing ability.

From Catholic Memorial, on the Women's Gold team was Kristin Ruekert.

Congratulations Kristin! Good luck in college.

The Recognitions just keep rolling in...

Citizens Bank of Mukwonago continued a long-standing tradition this year by awarding sixteen scholarships to graduating seniors from area schools. This year's winners were selected because of their excellent academic record and involvement in their community through volunteer work. The scholarship winners also must plan to continue their education to earn a degree in business.
This year's winners included from CMH -- Melissa Dobrinska

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tennis team to raise funds with Car Wash

Greetings from the CMH Girls’ Tennis Team:

This coming Saturday, August 1st, we will be hosting a Car Wash Fundraiser from 9am – 3pm and would like to invite you to stop by to get your car washed. This year, the car wash will be held at F & F Tire World (2 locations). The addresses for both locations are 410 N Moorland Rd in Brookfield (across from Brookfield Square mall, next to Bank Mutual and McDonald’s) and 20120 W Bluemound Rd in Brookfield (located near Goerke’s Corners, next to Pano’s Char House restaurant).

We’d love to see you at one of these locations. Thank you for supporting Catholic Memorial High School Girls’ Tennis!


Coach Veenendaal
Coach Benyousky
Coach Harding

CMH Goalie Named to Team Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association named Crusader Hockey Goalie David Chapin, '10, to its U-18 Major team.
Congratulations David! We are looking forward to another great hockey year.

Recent CMH grad places 6th at National Wrestling Competition

From today's JSOnline --

At the USA Wrestling Junior and Cadet National Freestyle and Greco-Roman Championships in Fargo, ND, Chris Weber of Catholic Memorial ('09) took sixth in the 285 weight class.

Congratulations Chris! Good Luck at Cleveland State University.

CMH Mom recognized for serivce

From today's Waukesha Freeman --

Waukesha Rotary gives award and elects board

WAUKESHA – The Waukesha Rotary Club has awarded Mary McNulty with its community service award in recognition of her service to numerous community agencies. The agencies include the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County, Catholic Memorial High School, The Women’s Center and St. William Catholic Church. The award is a way to recognize non-Rotarians who exemplify the idea of Rotary personal volunteer efforts. Nominees for the award must live or work in the Waukesha area. The award was presented at the recent induction of the club’s new board of directors.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

More graduate accolades --

From Karen Park Koenig, CMH Class of '87 and professor of Religious Studies at St. Norbert's College, DePere, WI, via my Facebook page --
"Thought you'd be interested to know that Rachelle Barina, CMH '05, graduated summa cum laude from St. Norbert with a religious studies/art double major and a peace and justice minor. She was also an outstanding student athlete, a campus leader, and the the recipient of several important awards. She will attend Vanderbilt University in the fall to begin her work in theology."

CMH Grads recognized at DePaul University

Woman graduates with honors from DePaul University
WAUKESHAAmy Lynn Piekarski (CMH '05) of Waukesha graduated cum laude from DePaul University in June, with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Education. DePaul University has also announced its dean’s list for the spring 2009 semester.
Local students on the list include: Piekarski, Geneva Wahl, Brookfield, Kelly Doyle of Brookfield, Erik Felt of Hartland, Kristin Bowers of New Berlin, Suzanne Gillen of Pewaukee, Claire Beiermeister (CMH '07) of Waukesha.
Students earn placement on the dean’s list with a cumulative 3.5 grade point average. DePaul, in Chicago, is the largest Catholic university in the country, with more than 24,300 students.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Former CMH teammates win Gus Macker Tourney

Catholic Memorial alums Dan Beyer, Rob Hanley, Ryan Agnew and Chris Fehrenbach won the Blue Division. Like many of the combatants, their team had a creative name: Too Tight. Their final victory came over Team Bruss.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Love was in the air....

Following last weeks story of the couple who first met at the CMH Freshman picnic and then years later the man proposed on the same spot where they met.

Tom and I were both in Mr. Denk's religion class during second semester of our Junior year. Mr. Denk assigned student seating according to their last name which meant that Tom and I sat in the same row, one in front of the other. Mr. Denk also had a tradition that at the beginning of every class we would all stand and when he handed back your previous assignment you could sit.

I'm sure you know where this is going but Tom and I were always among the people left standing. This is how we first struck up a conversation. We aren't proud that we were late turning in our assignments but I believe that God works in mysterious ways and led us to each other. Tom later asked me to senior homecoming and prom, this is where it all began...

We were married on May 2nd, 2009, just a few months ago. As we grew with each other, we often discuss the days when we passed each other without a word in the halls of CMH and how we wished that we had been gutsy enough to start talking years earlier....

When people ask how we met, I reply, "in Religion class".... their response is always the same, "That's what you tell Grandma, how did you really meet?"...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

CMH grad, Jack Fleming in state All-Star Game

From JSOnline.Com --

All-star doubleheader set for Saturday

Congratulations to recent CMH grad, Jack Fleming on having been named quarterback for the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association South, Large-School Team.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Asking for your prayers.

Got the sad news last yesterday that my aunt, Mary Prunty Harold, passed away after years of struggling with Alzheimer's. While in some ways relief, still difficult.

I will travel to the ancestral homeland of Long Island, NY for the funeral mass on Monday.

Keep my mom in your prayers. She grew up as the 13th child of 14 kids of an Irish-Catholic family in NYC. Today, all but mom and two uncles are with Our Lord.

Requiescat in Pace.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Out of the office...

I am in Washington, DC for a few days. Had lunch yesterday with an alum and dinner with a potential (fingers crossed) donor.
Today are meetings about canon law stuff (my other job). I will need to explain why I have not finished editing a book that I was given responsibility of over a year ago. I wonder what was taking up my time?
Will be home Saturday.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

CMH Students Head to Work Camps

In yesterday's Beaufort, SC Gazette:

Through their parishes and other community organizations, many CMH students will be taking time during this summer vacation to travel with other youth to the many Catholic work camp opportunities. Pictured above, CMH Sophomore Sarah Voors works on rehabbing a home in South Carolina. Sarah made her camp trip through St. Leonard's Parish in Muskego. Also making that trip were:
Karl Kallio -- Senior
Kasey Kallio -- Freshman
Vince Klain -- Sophomore
Katie Knueppel -- Sophomore
Michael Knueppel -- Senior
Theresa Voors -- CMH Alumni '06, a chaperone
Nicole Welsh -- Sophomore
I know of a CMH sponsored group going to Panama, and students going to Guatemala, South Dakota, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Let me know about other groups of CMH kids, where they went, and send me some pictures.
Great work!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

45 CMH Grads Earn IB Diplomas

CMH Press Release

Forty-five students from Catholic Memorial High School (listed below) continued to uphold the school’s highest academic traditions and added one of the most prestigious academic honors to their list of accomplishments this week when the International Baccalaureate Program of Geneva, Switzerland announced that these CMH students have earned the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Assessment of the IB Diploma Program is rigorous. Students take written examinations, which are evaluated by a community of external examiners from all over the world. Student assessment is a measurement against pre-specified criteria based on the aims and objectives of each, course specific college-level curriculum. This approach, along with the combination of international awareness with compulsory curriculum breadth and depth, makes the IB assessment unique.

The International Baccalaureate Organization has seen enormous growth since the inception of the Diploma Program in 1968. The founders of the IB Diploma Program were an international group of teachers who believed that education should encourage an understanding and appreciation of other cultures, languages, and points of view. What began as a pilot program for seven international schools became three programs of education taught across more than 2,300 government-run and private schools worldwide. Today there are more than 600,000 students studying IB programs across 128 countries.

Catholic Memorial students continue to excel in this challenging, college-preparatory program. Remarkably, CMH students exceeded the worldwide average for the IB test scores by fourteen percentage points. In addition to IB Diplomas earned, Catholic Memorial students earned more than 300 International Baccalaureate Certificates in specific subject areas, which can be used to earn college credit and placement into higher levels of college coursework. The holder of an IB Diploma can, at select universities, be granted 32 college credits and begin as equivalent to a second year student.

As a part of the IB course of study, students perform service projects throughout the U.S. and the world. CMH IB Diploma students contributed over 3000 hours of community service during their time in the program, engaging in projects that serve children with special needs, families with economic hardship, and the homeless. CMH President, Fr. Paul Hartmann stated that “each IB Diploma student is to be commended for the tremendous efforts put forth to be students in the best CMH tradition – growing into faith-filled young men and women who are consummate scholars and devoted servant-leaders.”

If you desire more information about the International Baccalaureate program at Catholic Memorial, please contact the Mr. John Burke, International Baccalaureate Coordinator at 262-378-0888, or Fr. Paul Hartmann, School President, at 262-542-7101. If you would like to interviews one or more of the CMH IB Diploma students, please contact Fr. Hartmann’s office.
Catholic Memorial High School of Waukesha is an Archdiocesan Catholic college preparatory high school serving 776 students from the Waukesha County area. The school was established in 1949 to honor the sacrifices of 23 local servicemen lost in World War II and has one of the largest number of International Baccalaureate diplomates in the state of Wisconsin.

Marion Accola – UW Madison
Angela Andera – University Missouri-Columbia
Jessie Bretl – University of Notre Dame
Tyler Cobb – St. Norbert College
Jeff Condit – Marquette University
James Delforge – UW Madison
Emily Dobrinska – UW Madison
Erin Donovan – UW Madison
Caroline English – UW Madison
Mara Fleckenstein – Marquette University
Elizabeth Frigo – University of Texas/Austin
Cassandra Galentine – Univ. of St. Thomas/MN
David Grebe – Marquette University
Laura Hartmann – UW Madison
Olivia Hurtgen – Loyola University/Chicago
Sebastian Jankowski – UW Madison
Amanda Kapusniak – UW Madison
Laura Kelly – St. Louis University
Lisa Kohli – UW Madison
Alyssa Kutil – UW Madison
Deanna Lanigan – UW Madison
Eric Lauria-Banta – UW Milwaukee
Justin Lauria-Banta – UW Milwaukee
Jesse Mark – Marquette University
Sarah Mlsna – Univ. of St. Thomas
Stefanie Moertl – Loyola University/Chicago
Thomas Novak – UW Madison
Conor O'Halloran – UW Madison
Hannah Pavlic – Creighton Univ.
Brian Piehl – St. Louis University
Greg Plechaty – Northwestern Univ.
Amanda Pohle – Grand Valley State University
Marissa Riordan – UW La Crosse
Kelly Roy – Boston College
Cindy Rozmenoski – UW Madison
Kristin Ruekert – Univ. of Notre Dame
Wesley Stasik – Missouri Univ. of Science & Technology
Andy Suchorski – Marquette University
Emily Terasa – University of Iowa
Molly Tom – Wagner College
Joseph Weinfurt – Carroll University
Matt Younger – Michigan Tech. Univ.
Amy Zelko – UW Madison
Nicole Zielinski – Univ. of Minnesota/Twin Cities
Kristina Zignego – UW Madison

Sunday, July 5, 2009

1 Samuel 17:50

Bigger is not better ...

Following on last week's post about the number of Freeman Top 20 Athletes coming from CMH versus our larger competitors... (pay attention to my "gloating moment")

Today's Journal-Sentinel publishes its list of the area's most successful high school sports programs. Based on the point system that the newspaper uses, Hartland Arrowhead and Marquette are to be commended.

But when you divide those sports achievement points into the size of the school, consider how CMH compares to other schools in the Classic 8 Conference and a couple of traditional rivalries --

Catholic Memorial 21/775 -- 1 pt. for every 37 students
Arrowhead 35/2312 -- 1 pt. for every 66 students
Milw. Marquette 26/2100* -- 1 pt. for every 80 students
Wisconsin Lutheran 9/810 -- 1 pt. for every 90 students
Kettle Moraine 9/1493 -- 1 pt. for every 166 students

* For WIAA purposes single sex schools like MUHS are categorized by double their enrollement.

So, once again, the best odds of having the greatest success in the classroom, in the community, and in sports -- CMH wins again!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

CMH Convent Clean-Up

On the northwest corner of the CMH property is the building simply, and fondly, remembered as “the Convent.” Under the title “Sanger House” the convent is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1886, it was first a vacation home for Casper Sanger, a wealthy tannery owner and former Milwaukee County Sheriff. In 1898 the building passed to the use of Dr. Byron Caples, a psychologist, in for use as a respite home (sanitarium) for patients visiting the Bethesda Springs bathes.

In 1944, Sanger House and it grounds were purchased by St. Joe’s Parish as part of their plan to establish a high school. The first group of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, from Manitowoc, moved to Sanger House in 1949, and the addition of a chapel, a new kitchen, and more residence rooms was completed in 1960.

Today, sadly, the building sits empty, and its status as a registered historic site proves to make updates and restorations difficult. But CMH treasures this part of its history, and is working to keep the convent presentable, safe, and useful to the community.

This summer, our CMH maintenance staff is working to spruce up the exterior of the convent, especially on the Hartwell Avenue side. The clean-up project will make the building look more presentable, and will make it easier to keep the building secure and less subject to vandalism or break-ins.

Like any head of a non-profit, I pray for the day when some generous donor makes it possible to fully refurbish this building for multiple uses by the school. Or, what about bringing it all up-to-date, and then I could offer it as convent again to a new community of sisters who could serve CMH and the surrounding parishes. Well, whatever the possible uses…I will keep praying.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

CMH -- Camp Crusader

CMH Summer Camps are keeping the school's campus busy throughout the summer. The camps serve a variety of purposes -- Exposing future Crusaders and their families to CMH; developing skills and interests in a variety of sports and activities; allowing CMH staff, volunteers, and students, to give something back to the community.

Everyone finishes as a winner!

Some of this year's Camp Crusader options --

Boys Strength & Conditioning
Girls Strength & Conditioning
Boys’ Rugby
Boys’ Basketball
Girls Track
Soccer School
Boys’ Basketball
Girls Volleyball
Dance Starz
Girls’ Rugby