Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sadness comes in threes...

After the month of March brought us three families of present students who experienced the death of a parent, now the last week of March brings three CMH legacy families to mourn the loss of a parent or grandparent.

Please keep in your prayers the repose of the souls,and the consolation of the families, of the following CMH alumni parents:

Louise Hunt, wife of Henry, past parent of CMH grads Pat, Mark, Jenny, and Amy, and present grandparent of CMH students Cole and Matt Hubley, Nick and Anna Vitale. To read about the arrangements, please click here.

John Multhauf, wife of the late Barbara, parent of CMH grads Jay, Kurt, Erich and John. To read a full length obituary, click here. For more information about arrangements, please click here.

LinkBarb Nevins, wife of John, mother of CMH grads Nancy and Tom. For the arrangements, please click here.

With great generosity, all three families have asked that memorials be offered to Catholic Memorial High School.

Two easy ways to facilitate online giving to CMH are through PayPal and Dideo.

May they each rest in peace.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Girls Soccer Preview

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Crusaders Reloading Again
CMH has been able to avoid fully rebuilding
by Mark Hutchinson, Freeman Staff

Quoate of the article: "We have many players who show leadership in the classroom, serivce, and on the field." CMH Coach John Burke

To read the full article, click here.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Annual Karaoke at the Father/Daughter Dance

Memories from the Luck 'O the Crusader Auction

An international visitor to CMH

Speaking to Mr. Yourkavich's World History class, Cameroon native, Francis Adamou continued a series of visits to CMH. A grad student at Carroll University, Mr. Adamou is working on a dissertation which compares the Catholic education in his native Cameroon, with that in the US. Specifically, he is using CMH as the American exemplar, and St. Francis Secondary School as the Cameroon exemplar.

Best comment from my interviews with Francis - "Teenagers are essentially the same everywhere, it is parents and adults who are different."

The spring season gets into full swing...

from today's Waukesha Freeman --
CMH 1 (OT)
Hartfort 0

Long-awaited goal for CMH's Fischer
Junior scores game winner in first game back from injury
by Tom Badger, Freeman correspondent
Photo credit - Charles Auer, Freeman Staff

Freeman Prep Softball Preview

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Crusaders Seek Continued Improvement

CMH Wins Softball Opener

CMH's Ali Mueller named to Freeman Team

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

The Freeman's Girls Basketball Team

2nd Team
Alison Mueller, senior, Catholic Memorial

The guard was a first team all-Classic 8 pick for the second straight year. Mueller averaged 15 points per game. Her 34 three-pointers ranked second in the Classic 8 and helped CMH to third place.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Another Great Fun Friday

Good morning, Fr. Paul.

I'm sending you a few photos from the Fun Friday we had on March 23rd. Sticky Rhinoceros did a wonderful job of entertaining 32 4th, 5th, 6th graders before the kids went off to their
assigned activities.

The activities for the night included:

1. Rugby w/Shannon King
2. Fencing w/Mr. Sampon
3. Science w/Nerissa Borgen
4. Latin with Lindley Henson and Kim Bahr

The following CMH students did a wonderful job helping me and Julie with Fun Friday. These
wonderful CMH students had dinner with the grade school students, participated in the Sticky Rhinoceros activities w/the kids, and made sure all of the grade school students got to their assigned activities.

Kate Holubowicz
Andrea Edwards
A.J. Smith
Julie Fischer
Sara Wolf
Emily Curtis
Katie Smyczek
Christa Tulics
Dan VerBockel

For more information about CMH admissions events, or to schedule a school tour or shadow day, contact Robin Miller,

Friday, March 23, 2012

Prep Track Preview: CMH

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Strong Group Back
But depth often a problem

by Daniel Mike, Freeman correspondent

More on a CMH alum's online charitable giving platform

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Dideo.Com: New website makes giving a cinch

CMH Artist wins National Award

National Gold Key Award Winner

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Morgan Fields, CMH senior, has won a National Gold Key Award for her photo, “Darkness Awaits.”

She will be honored at Carnegie Hall in New York on June 1, one of only 1,500 award winners from throughout the nation. Her photo will be on exhibit in New York. A copy will be available for viewing at CMH’s Student Art Show on May 10 & 11.

CMH Hosts Fire and Police Fundraiser

from WaukeshaPatch.Com --

Firefighters or Police? Who Has the Better Basketball Skills?

It's game on at 7 p.m. March 30 at Catholic Memorial High School for the second annual basketball challenge between Waukesha police officers and Waukesha firefighters.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Memories of Operation Michael 2012

I wanted to share a few things with you about Operation Michael. Here are a few pictures from the night and also a letter that we received from Repairers of the Breach, who we donated $500 to. We donated the money we had raised through our bake sale and donations during Star Search on Thursday, March 8th, which was both our box night and also a match day at Repairers, so our donation that night was matched. Along with the money, we also gave them 2 garbage bags full of socks that were donated during Star Search. In addition, we will be donating $150 to the Hebron House, which is money that was raised at the Family Mass and Breakfast.

Our students did a wonderful job of representing CMH and our motto, Caritas in Omnibus, that night and gained a lot from their experience. They gained a perspective on homelessness both by sleeping in a box and by hearing from 2 men who were formally homeless. They offered wonderful insights during their prayer service reflections and during the group activities. And they helped local organizations by raising money and supplies.

Danielle Cruise, CMH Guidance Counselor and OpMike moderator

Congrats to CMH All-Conference Players

from the Classic 8 Conference --

On the Girls side, congratulations to Ali Mueller, senior, being named to First Team All-Conference and to Abby Radish, senior, for receiving an honorable mention.

For the Boys, Ryan Taugher, senior was named to the Second Team All Conference, and in a good sign for the future juniors Andre Bodden, Jake Giffhorn, and Ty Sabin, all received honorable mention.

Congratulations to all CMH scholar-athletes!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

CMH Students call to say thank you!

Who is better prepared to express thanks to alumni than students who witness the positive impact of rising charitable support for academic improvements and tuition assistance?

Trevor Norton-Bucher'13, Alex Staskiewicz '12, Caleb Walters '13 and Alesia Staskiewicz'12 participated last Sunday in the second Thank-a-Thon for CMH. Despite summer-like weather and NCAA March Madness on TV, the team honored their commitment to make calls to alumni supporters of the Crusader Fund. Joined by Emily Ott'15 and Matt Knutson'14, the small but mighty team made 200 calls in under two hours. Students participating in a session held two weeks ago were similarly successful.

The next Thank a Thon session is scheduled for April 15 from 4-6 PM in the ARC. Student callers are eligibl
e for service hours, while snacks and prizes add some fun and friendly competition. To sponsor or join our Thank A Thon team, contact development director, Marguerite Gallagher:

Monday, March 19, 2012

My Letter to the Editor at Milwaukee Magazine

Dear Milwaukee Magazine:

It was with great anticipation that I picked up the most recent issue of Milwaukee Magazine so as to closely review the Matt Hrodey article on “Best Schools”. As an alumnus and president of Catholic Memorial High School (CMH), I was disappointed that Mr. Hrodey overlooked the fourth largest private high school in the greater Milwaukee area, and the achievements of 700 students and 11,600 alumni. (“Private Eye” p.53).

While we agree that the quality of a school, particularly a Catholic school, goes well beyond test scores and numerical data, given the opportunity to tell our story, we would proudly participate.

A positive peer culture exists at CMH and our students are eager to learn and discover the importance of a strong and diverse curriculum. We are accredited through Advanced Education, certified in Project Lead the Way, and have fully implemented the International Baccalaureate Program. Most recently, we launched our new Academic Resource Center committed to providing all students with resources for writing, mathematics, and general scholarship. Some noteworthy statistics about CMH are:

· Over 98% of CMH graduates are admitted to colleges and universities
· ACT average of 25.3 for Class of 2010; 24.6 for Class of 2011 (with 99% taking the exam)
· We administered 351 IB Exams in 2010; 280 (75.47%) scored a 4 or higher
· We have 15 IB Higher Level Offerings and 7 AP offerings
· We had 118 AP Exams taken in 2010 with 79 (66.95%) scored a 3 or better

By our estimation, depending on the weight given to IB Exams, CMH would rank at least 7th, and likely higher, in the Milwaukee Magazine rankings.

Beyond these numbers, CMH has earned recognition from the Cardinal Newman Society as one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in America (see We are thrilled that we have been recognized in the WSN Cup rankings as offering the one of the state’s top five athletics programs in four of the last five years ( CMH has built the largest International Baccalaureate Program of any private high school in Wisconsin in just five years. Our drama program is regularly among the most recognized in the state by the Tommy Awards (

Most important, our young people truly exemplify the school’s motto Caritas in Omnibus (Charity in All Things). CMH students not only excel in test scores and on twenty-three varsity and club sports, through more than forty clubs they perform tens of thousands of combined service hours each year.

Be assured that, in the future, CMH will gladly participate in research for your articles on education in addition to purchasing ad space in the consistently high quality product delivered by Milwaukee Magazine. (as we did after your solicitation on p.73, the last page of the Hrodey article)

Sincerely yours,

The Very Reverend Paul Hartmann ’84
President, Catholic Memorial High School
Waukesha, WI

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Welcome, Fr. Scott Pilarz, SJ

Yesterday, for CMH's monthly all school liturgy, we were joined by Fr. Scott Pilarz, the new president of Marquette University. CMH is the first area high school that Fr. Pilarz has visisted and celebrated mass with since his arrival in town last August. We are pleased to be so honored with pride of place. CMH is understood to be one of the top four or five feeder schools to MU.

Above, Fr. Pilarz is pictured with about half of the 60 CMH seniors who have so far been accepted to MU (that's about 1/3 of the senior class). Eventually, some 20-25 will choose to attend the university.

Thank you Fr. Pilarz!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Support CMH and win $10K

Have you purchased your Lucky Crusader raffle tickets yet?

You could be the lucky winner of:

1st Prize: $10,000
2nd Prize: $2,500
3rd Prize: $1,000
4th Prize: $500
5th Prize: $250

Tickets are $50 or three for $100.

There are 3 ways for you to get them before time runs out!

• Stop in the Spirit Shop Friday, March 9, during school hours.
Contact Kim at (262) 542-7101 ext. 247 or by 5:00 pm Friday, March 9.
• Take your chance on the night of the Luck O’ the Crusader Auction on Saturday, March 10.

If you don’t buy a raffle ticket, you can’t be a winner! You do not need to be present to win.

Proceeds go to support all programs to educate, guide and prepare our students to serve their Church and the world.

For more information about the Luck O’ the Crusader Auction, visit our Web site!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

All Conference Hockey

Congratulations to CMH senior, Sam Chapin, on being named to the Classic 8 All-Conference First Team!

Also recognized with First Teams honors was CMH offensive player, junior Nate Gentile.

Winners of CMH Star Search 2012

And the winners are...

Performance of "Two Guys, One Song," winner of CMH 2012 Star Search and also selected as the People's Choice. Dan Engsberg is on piano and Josh Gossett is singer.

Performance of "Sound of an Irish Drum" by Edward Dillett, 2nd place winner of the CMH 2012 Star Search.

Performance by "The Batchelor Experience" (Alexander Aldred, Jake Richter, and Gabe Wichser), 3rd place winners of CMH 2012 Star Search.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

CMH seniors among New Faces of Manufacturing

CMH seniors Jon Curtis and Nolan McCormick were invited and attended the "New Faces of Manufacturing" forum, featuring six prominent Waukesha County employers this past Friday.

This was the 3rd annual meeting of the New Faces of Manufacturing Panel at the Country Springs Hotel last Friday, March 2nd. CMH parent Mr Pete McCormick, CEO of Magnetek and Nick Kroll, CEO Aries Industries (CMH '88) were keynote speakers on the panel.

Purpose: A platform for manufacturers to share ideas, encourage innovation, work together to transform the image of manufacturing and target new talent.

Congratulations to Jon and Nolan for being considered among the future faces of Waukesha business. Thanks to Pete and Nick for their work for the community and for CMH.

CMH Alum, active at Northwestern Campus Ministry

Watch the brief video about the work of the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University, featuring Greg Plechaty, CMH '09.

The far reaches of CMH

Fr. Philip Bogacki, associate pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Brookfield, Chaplain to the CMH Pro-Life Club, and member of the CMH Board, shows off his CMH pride to both the northern and southern hemispheres.

Monday, March 5, 2012

WSMA Awards!

Congratulations to all performers in the Wisconsin School Music Association Solo & Ensemble District Festival held at Waukesha South High School on Saturday March 3rd!

At annual WSMA festivals, held all over the State, student musicians perform pieces grouped by difficulty (Class A, B, and C, with A being the most challenging) before professional adjudicators and receive ratings on a scale from I – V (I being superior), as well as constructive feedback on their performance. Exceptional performances of Class A pieces receive a *I rating and are eligible to advance to a State-level Festival.

Scott Bembenek received a III for his Class B alto saxophone solo
Brad Bodus received a III for his Class B drumset solo
Justin Lee received a III for his Class A clarinet solo.
Jessica Pawlak received a II for her Class B vocal solo
Kaitlin Trokan received a II for her Class B flute solo
Kaitlin Trokan and Jenny DeNardis received a II for their Class A violin/clarinet duet
Dan Czarnecki received a II for his Class A Tenor Saxophone solo.
Frank Seipel received a II for his Class A trumpet solo
Chris Setzke received a II for his Class A alto saxophone solo
Evan Wetzel received a II for his Class A trumpet solo
Abby Vandenhouten and Anyssa Stanley-Reckin received a I for their Class C vocal duet
Christian Erickson received a I for his Class C piano solo
Mitchell Fagan received a I for his Class B classical guitar solo
Jenny DeNardis, Haley Lange, Mary Biedingmaier, and Sarah Gorczany received a I for their Class B clarinet quartet.
Jon Setzke received a I for his Class B snare drum solo
Maggie Czarnecki received a I for her Class B vocal solo
Kelli Piatt received a I for her Class A oboe solo
David Wittmann received a *I for his Class A piano solo and is eligible to advance to State!!
Jenny DeNardis received a I* for her Class A clarinet solo and is eligible to advance to State!!
Kelli Piatt received a I for her Class A Oboe solo.
Dan VerBockel received a *I for his Class A Trombone solo and is eligible to advance to State!!
Alec Aldred received *I’s for Class A Trumpet solos in both Jazz and Classical styles, and is eligible to advance to State!!

Congratulations to all!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Looking for CMHers in South Florida

I will be visiting CMH alumni and alumni parents in South Florida March 19-24. Do you know any CMH snowbirds who would enjoy informal gatherings hosted in the Naples and Ft. Lauderdale areas? Send contact referrals to Marguerite Gallagher: or call CMH 262-542-7101 ext. 211.

CMH alum coaches to HS B-Ball glory

from the Tampa Bay Times website -
Twenty-nine seasons, eight final four trips, one glorious state title for Tampa Prep's Fenlon

Thu. March 1, 2012 Joey Knight

LAKELAND — March Madness qualified as an excused absence Thursday.

In essence, Tampa Prep students were allowed to ditch their history classes to watch history transpire. So at roughly 8 a.m., more than 400 kids, faculty and staff boarded 11 buses at the downtown private school and headed east for the state high school boys basketball tournament.

As always, Joe Fenlon [CMH '79] drove the team bus, an 18-seat Blue Bird that looks as if it had been chartered from Hickory.“I’m Ralph Kramden,” he said.

To read the full article, click here.

Read some of my thoughts...

...on the Archbishop's recent pilgrimage to Rome for the ad limina visit to the Holy Father and the Consistory which created Archbishop Timothy Dolan a Cardinal.

To read the full article, click here.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

MU Women's Soccer Comes to CMH

from GoMarquette.Com --

Women's Soccer Participates in TOPSoccer Winter Festival
MU contributes at TOPSoccer Program

To view the photo gallery of the event, click here.

WAUKESHA - Twenty-two members of the Marquette University women's soccer team participated in the TOPSoccer Winter Festival on Saturday, February 25, at Catholic Memorial High School.

TOPSoccer is an official U.S. Youth Soccer program enriching the lives of young athletes with disabilities through the game of soccer.

The Golden Eagles continue to be actively involved with the TOPSoccer program as it hosts an annual clinic every fall prior to a home match at Valley Fields.

"We have been involved with TOPSoccer in previous years and being to participate in the event is always rewarding," said junior midfielder Rachel Brown. It was a lot of fun for us to recognize all of the familiar faces. It's always great being able to help out and see how much fun the kids have with us being there. We enjoy their company as much as they enjoy ours."

TOPSoccer is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, ages 4-19, who has a mental or physical disability. The goal of TOPSoccer is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the U.S. Youth Soccer family.

There are nine TOPSoccer sites in Wisconsin in Appleton, Brookfield, Cedarburg, Merton, Racine, Sussex, Walworth, Milwaukee North, and Milwaukee South.