Monday, January 30, 2012

State Latin Competition Results

WJCL – Wisconsin Junior Classical League Results

Level 2 Certamen – 4th – Best Placement EVER –
Morgan Henson, Alexa Jaeger, Kelsey Landry, Caitlyn Lyons-Tarr

Spirit – 3rd

Impromptu Art – 5th Nora Kral, Kayla Lesniewski, Amanda Mazzone
War Machine –7th Tess Abler, Drew Karzcewski

Latin 1
Graydn Lentz – Grammar 4th, Pentathalon 9th, Impromptu Essay 6th
Bryan Olson – Grammar 6th, Greek Derivatives 8th, Impromptu Essay 8th

Latin 2
Morgan Henson – Greek History 7th, Latin Derivatives 7th, Pentathalon 8th, Reading 9th, Roman Life 8th, Vocabulary 7th, Impromptu Essay 6th, Photography 1st

Alexa Jaeger – Grammar 1st, Greek Derivatives 8th, Latin Derivatives 6th, Pentathalon 10th, Reading 4th

Kelsey Landry – Grammar 7th, Greek Derivatives 9th, Vocabulary 7th

Caitlin Lyons-Tarr – Greek Derivatives 7th

Latin 3
Dan Engsberg – Greek History 9th, Latin Literature 9th, Reading 8th

Amanda Mazzone – Greek History 7th, Latin Derivatives 8th, Latin Literature 9th

Colin Nierzwicki – Latin Literature 8th

Kelli Piatt – Greek History 5th, Latin Derivatives 8th, Reading 5th

Caleb Walters – Greek History 9th, Latin Derivatives 9th, Pentathalon 9th, Vocabulary 9th

Latin 4
Tess Abler – Memorized Oratory 10th

Sunday, January 29, 2012

CMH Alum Profiled in MU Magazine

Jeff Condit, '09, was in an article in Marquette Magazine, Winter edition, for his participation of MU Triathlon Team's support of a special needs girls.

To read the article, click here, and go to page 12.

TOPSoccer and John Burke profiled in J-S

From JSOnline.Com --

Faces of Hope
Getting a Kick Out of Volunteering

by Felicia Thomas-Lynn

Special needs children have always been at the center of John Burke's heart, and it didn't take long for the high school administrator to find a way to connect his love of soccer with their depth of spirit, and come up with a winning combination.

"I was inspired when I worked with Special Olympics while in college," said Burke, the International Baccalaureate coordinator at Catholic Memorial High School. "It was a defining moment."

That moment in time prompted Burke, who is also a girls' varsity soccer coach, to bring TOPSoccer - a community-based soccer program for young athletes with disabilities - to Waukesha nearly 10 years ago.

"There were so many athletic options for fully capable children, but not enough activities in place for children with special needs," said Burke, 45, of New Berlin, who in the beginning gathered together a few soccer friends to serve as volunteer coaches.

But the concept was so new at the time, "The first day, there weren't any athletes - and four coaches."

As word-of-mouth spread and interest increased over the years, the program has now become one of the strongest in the nation, with more than 40 participants with varying degrees of cognitive and physical disabilities, who are matched with 50 dedicated coaches.

"We love it," said Susan Kern, whose son, Michael, has Down syndrome and has been with the program for six years. "He is thriving. It's fun to see him get so much attention. There's no where else he could play soccer."

The program, which is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, ages 4 to 19, runs from 9 to 10 a.m. every Saturday in gyms at the high school during three seasons.

The emphasis is on cooperative play, rather than competition, although some of the older kids have regular scrimmages.

And the program is now one of 10 in the state. Others are operating in Appleton, Neenah, Madison, Walworth, Racine, Sussex, Brookfield, La Crosse and Milwaukee, said John Janasik, the state founder and coordinator for the program, which is part of the U.S. Youth Soccer Association. TOP is an acronym for The Outreach Program.

"We are very happy with its success" Janasik said. "We had a dream that there would be multiple programs throughout Wisconsin. We are accomplishing our goal."

No longer are special needs children relegated to the sidelines, he said. "This is their time. They're the stars," he said. "They score goals, wear jerseys and are part of a family of players."

Each year, teams from throughout the state come together for Winterfest. The event will take place this year from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Catholic Memorial High School, where one of the Waukesha coaches, Nicole Condit, will receive the Wisconsin TOPSoccer volunteer-of-the-year Award.

"It's such a rewarding and amazing experience to be part of the program," said Condit, a freshman at DePaul University, who began coaching in the eighth grade and returns on every college break.

"The kids are always happy. I am touched by them. They are some of the most brilliant kids I've ever met," said Condit, 18. "I am currently an International Studies major, but I have been thinking of changing my major to special education. This program has had a major impact in my life."



Mission: A community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. It is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl who has a mental or physical disability.

Address: 601 E. College Ave., Waukesha, 53186 (Catholic Memorial High School/fall, winter and spring seasons.)

Phone: (262) 542-7101, Ext. 270

After three years...

This blog had it's first visitor from Luxembourg. Welcome to a new CMH fan from Wickrange, Luxembourg.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Crusader Boys ground the Warhawks

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH 64
Arrowhead 48

Crusaders Avenge Close Loss
This time CMH pulls away late
by Tony Mooren, Freeman correspondent

Quote of the article: "The entire team hit free throws to allow us to get the job done and seal the victory. Our pressure had a lot to do with it. We made it chaotic." CMH junior, Ty Sabin

To read the full article, click here.

Photo crdits, Robert Borkowski, Special to the Freeman. TOP -- Ty Sabin dribbles past Arrowheads Domonic Todarello; BOTTOM -- Jake Giffhorn pressures Arrowhead's Eric Cottrell

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CMH Pro-Life Group in DC

It was a great trip! Thanks to all. More pics to follow.

CMH Artists Recognized

The following four CMH students have won SEVEN awards in the 2012 Scholastic Art Awards, Wisconsin’s most respected, state-wide art competition held at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Artwork winning Gold Keys will be forwarded to New York for the national competition. Gold Key pieces will be on exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum from February 4 through March 4.

Mara Dentici, freshman, drawings, two Gold Keys

Morgan Fields, Senior, Photography, Gold Key

Emma Metz, Senior, Digital Art, Gold Key; Honorable Mention, & Gold Key for her portfolio of 8 images

Vincent Klain, Senior, Digital Art, Silver Key

Mara Dentici, drawing

Emma Metz, digital art

Emma Metz, digital art

Vince Klain, digital art

Morgan Fields, photography

CMH Fencing Team

Congratulations to the CMH JV fencing teams JV fencing championships were held in Woodstock, Ill. this past weekend at Marian Central High School. Over 200 fencers competed from 10 schools. CMH had six finalists:

  • · Boy’s foil team: 1st place: Alec Stuart; 2nd place: Ben Gentile
  • · Girl’s foil team: 7th place: Amanda Neimon; 8th place: Sophie Hausman
  • · Girl’s epee: 6th place: Molly Langhenry; 7th place: Eli Walz

Good luck to the varsity team as they compete at the Great Lakes Conference Championships in Chicago this weekend.

Monday, January 23, 2012

We finished Sunday...

...on the steps of the US Supreme Court. There, Fr. Phil Bogacki and students led the group in praying the rosary.

As usual, we were warned by security the praying is considered an organized protest. (Then the guard apologized.)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

CMH Pilgrims for Life

The CMH Pilgrimage Group at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception just before Sunday mass.

CMH student pilgrims learning to navigate the Washington, DC Metro Rail system.

Enjoy the train ride.

CMH pilgrims awaiting entry into the United States National Holocaust Memorial Museum

Some of the pilgrims after the Holocaust Museum Tour.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Crusader Girls Win a Close One

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 46
Waukesha South 44

Finish Has Familiar Look to It
Crusaders sweep season series

by Christopher Gustafson, Freeman correspondent

Quote of the article: "I had faith in myself, and I had the mindset of not missing. so that helped." - CMH Senior Jenny Waupoose

To read the full article, click here.

Photo credit - Waukesha South senior guard Eileen Van Horn strips the ball from Catholic Memorial senior guard Alison Mueller during the first half of the Classic 8 Conference game at CMH on Friday. Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

Boys Basketball Stuffs Blackshirts

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 68
Waukesha South 48

Crusaders Run Away From Blackshirts
Two big runs decide outcome

by James Hoffman, Freeman correspondent

Quote of the article: "We got contributions from everyone, and a number of our players tonight played well, probably their best game." CMH Head Coach, Bean Bellanti

To read the full article, click here.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Wrestling Team Defeats North

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


CMH 37
North 27

Crusaders Win Battle of Young Teams
Drwila's pin clinches victory
by Evan Frank, Freeman correspondent

Quote of the article: "You get nervous, hoping other people can get their wins, so it not all on me." CMH sophomore Jacob Drwila

To read the full article, click here.

To see pictures of various CMH events, thanks to CMH mom Melissa Dentici, check out the facebook page, CMH Fotos for fans and Families (!/profile.php?id=100001633781295)

Sorry for the dearth of postings...

Busy times as of late. I will do better in the coming days. It is off to Washington, DC tomorrow with 50 of our kids for a Pro-Life Pilgrimage to the annual March for Life.

A word of welcome to a blog visitor from Dehli, India. They got to this blog by googling the question, "What a haunted house should look like?" I guess our annual Halloween endeavor is having a global impact.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Highlights from Friday's Hockey game

Thanks to CMH alum, and professional photographer, Billy Seidel -

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Girls' Basketball Beats West

To read the Freeman coverage, click here.

CMH 58
West 55

Girls' Soccer Earns 12th Consecutive Academic Team Award

Catholic Memorial Varsity Girls’ Soccer Team
Earns 12th Consecutive
NSCAA/adidas Academic All-American Team Award

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has once again recognized the academic excellence that the members of the Catholic Memorial High School Varsity Girls’ soccer team continue to achieve. For the 12th consecutive year, CMH will receive the NSCAA/adidas Academic All-American Team Award. The Varsity girls’ soccer team at Catholic Memorial earned the highest G.P.A. of all schools in Wisconsin with a 3.71 average G.P.A. during the 2010-2011 school year. The team will be recognized at the NSCAA national convention in Kansas City this January.

Most notable, the Catholic Memorial Girls’ Soccer Team is one of only nine teams in the country to have earned NSCAA Academic All-American Team honors for every year that the award has existed.

The CMH girls’ soccer team has also excelled on the field over the course of these eight years, winning 12 Classic 8 conference titles, 7 WISAA and WIAA state titles, and a NSCAA national championship.

In addition, the girls on the soccer team continue their service to the handicapped children of Waukesha County through the TOPSoccer program. In our ninth year of the program, the winter TOPSoccer season begins on Saturday, January 21st. All are welcome to join us sustain the tradition of Caritas in Omnibus through TOPSoccer service here at Catholic Memorial. Please arrive at 8:45am to play with these remarkable children until 10am each Saturday.

Congratulations to all of the girls who work so hard in the classroom, on the field, and in the community to earn these honors and sustain important Christian service.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

CMH Alum returns from China

From today's Waukesha Freeman --

Elissa Tikalsky, CMH '08, returned last week from a 19 day tour of China. Elissa was selected to be among 13 college students for the cultural and academic tour.

To read more about Elissa's trip, click here.

Welcome home Elissa!

Some kids that Elissa met on one of her stops in China.

Monday, January 9, 2012

A CMH foundress

Two great articles about on of Wisconsin's first woman lawyers.

Lois Kuenzli Collins

Notable from the Marquette Law article: Lois "was one of the prime motivators in establishing Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha and raising capital for the school. Andringa remembers the fundraisers her mother and other local women put together for the school, including making and selling rag dolls. Her mother spent much time on the phone soliciting funds for the school."

Congratulations Brzeski family!

On the traditional feast of the Epiphany, CMH Director of Campus Ministry and his wife, Jon and Elizabeth Brzeski, along with big sister Claire, welcomed the newest member of their family at 6:05pm on Friday night.

Adele Lucia Brzeski was 7lbs 2 oz and 19inchaes tall.

Mom, baby, and family are doing well.

Jon, Elizabeth, Claire, and baby Adele thank the entire CMH for their supportive prayers and messages.

Blessings to the Brzeski family!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Welcome to the blog visitor...

...from Athens Greece who visited this blog last night reading about CMH's Operation Michael.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Waukesha Freeman Profiles CMH's Sam Chapin

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Sam Chapin comes from hockey family

by Daniel Mike, Freeman staff

Quote of the day: "Sam's game is mostly strength... He's kind of a bull in a china shop." (Steve Chapin, coach and dad)

Best line from the "Get to know.." segment - One Thing At My School I would Change is: having air conditioning!

To read the full article, click here.