Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Reflections on the March for Life 2013

Cold Air, Warm Promise, and Fiery Zeal

For a Wisconsinite to say that it was bitterly cold, it was bitterly cold!  Yet, an estimated half million people gathered last Friday for the fortieth time to peacefully demonstrate and march for life.  The annual March for Life has been called by some “America’s largest uncovered event.”  As we have done for more than a dozen years, Catholic Memorial High School sent a group of pilgrims to Washington, DC.   There, our three dozen pilgrims added their youthful voices of conviction to the March for Life, and powerful and wonderful voices they were.

Over the last few years, a growing theme in the pro-life movement has been to frame our stance as being the most significant civil rights issue of our day.  With that as a backdrop, our CMH students travelled to Washington knowing that the opportunity to see in our American history figures like Abraham Lincoln and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., would give insights into the efforts we must make for the respect of all life from conception to natural death.

Like most visitors to Washington, we spent our first (very cold) day going right from the airport to the monuments around the Capital Mall.  Always the most impressive edifice is the Lincoln Memorial.  Even that day, the bustle of tourists took a little bit away from the potential solemnity of the place.  More moving in many ways for our kids was the Vietnam War Memorial.  There, they found the names of the three CMH students who died in that conflict. 

With smartphones out, they were able to find a picture of one of the young men, David Frischmann, who died in May, 1967.  There was clearly an impact about the history lesson to be learned when some of the girls commented on how cute the young David was in his uniform, or when the boys in our group learned that the average age of those named on the wall was nineteen.  In these moments they discovered for themselves a new way to connect with this historic event.  The Vietnam War was an event which, for them, is as far removed from their lives as World War II is from mine, and WWI was from my parents.  Yet they had an epiphany of sorts when they found a new thread of relationship to the persons involved.  Unbeknownst to them at the time, this sense of relationship would be a lesson carried through the weekend. 

The day of the March was again cold, certainly tiring, and yet, overwhelmingly exciting.  The day started early at the Verizon Center where over 20,000 young people gathered for a Rally, to pray the Rosary, and to celebrate a “Mass 4 Life.”  (Another 18,000 youth gathered up in Maryland, at the Comcast Center, for the same start to the day.)   The March for Life itself had intensity, solemnity and also, celebration.  Back and forth chants between we Cheeseheads and a group of Cornhuskers from a high school in Omaha, Nebraska helped keep both groups focused on the meaning of the march, instead of the depth of the cold.  For some, new friends were made, and shared commitments to a common cause were forged. 

On the evening after the March, our group attended a screening of the movie Lincoln.  So much can be said about this movie, but for our purposes it was the real, human connections which gave everyone, from Abraham Lincoln all the way to the black and white Union soldiers shown side by side, the conviction they needed to act for the real common good.  Risking the need for a spoiler alert, in the person of Representative Thaddeus Stevens and his relationship with his mixed race housekeeper, Lydia Smith (said by Carl Sandburg to have been a devout Catholic woman), we learn the lesson of the relationship being his inspiration to act.  When we can love and care for another in a truly human and Christ-like way, then we have no choice but to rise up to a compulsion to act for their rightful place in both law and morality.  The relationship makes the difference.

Practically speaking, it is through the advanced ultrasound images provided at places like Milwaukee’s Woman’s Care Center which reinforces that in the womb it is a child to be loved instead of a mass of tissue.  Interpersonally, it is through shared and truly committed love between the mother and father that the child can be understood as fruit born for a future, instead of a mere burden of the present moment.  Culturally, it is in the realization of a young generation that as many as one-quarter to one-third of their classmates, teammates, coworkers and friends were never given a chance, that the degree of lost social stability and security is begun to be felt. 

Each of these is a perspective on the relationship which we, as individuals and as a society, have with the unborn.  It is in relationships, immediate or distant, present day or potential for the future, where we cultivate the compulsion to act for their dignity and for their rights.  As we have learned from our nations past, and from our personal experiences, it is only through relationships of love and respect that we will be able to address the greatest civil rights issue of our time – the Right to Life!

The pro-life pilgrims from Catholic Memorial High School will continue to be Crusaders for Life.  They are thankful for the chance to act on their faith and to work to make a difference in the world.  They enjoyed immensely the chance to celebrate a special mass on Saturday morning with Archbishop Listecki and the other groups from Milwaukee in DC for the March.  Many have pictures with Governor Scott Walker, taken on the plane ride home, which they will keep for a long time.  All met strangers and made new friends with whom they will keep contact.  I pray that they will see all of these relationships as sources of encouragement and strength to continue the great work to be done.  I pray that all Americans will come to realize that, in the Body of Christ, we have a real relationship with all those threatened by the culture of death and, in that same Body of Christ, we have the responsibility to protect their God-given right to life.
Very Reverend Paul Hartmann
President, Catholic Memorial High School
Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Faith vrs Science - Faith Won!

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 70
Milwaukee Academy of Sciences 61

Crusaders win with third-quarter 17-3 run
Second-half rebounding helps
By James R. Hoffman, Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Tough second half defense propelled Catholic Memorial.

After a porous start, the Crusaders gained to a hard-fought 7061 victory in a nonconference boys high school basketball victory over Milwaukee Academy of Sciences
on Tuesday. Memorial shut down its opponent’s driving lanes, forced it into turnovers and transitioned well into offense off its missed shots. Milwaukee Academy shot only 10 of 27 from the field against Memorial, ranked 11th in Division 2, in the second half after shooting 11 for 20 in the first half.

Memorial began the second half with a 33-32 lead, and that lead changed seven times in the start of the third quarter before Memorial went on a breakneck 17-3 run to end the quarter. Memorial’s leading scorer, senior guard Ty Sabin, started finding gaps in Milwaukee Academy’s defense and scored several easy baskets that got the rest of his team’s offense going. Sabin led the game with 22 points and added five rebounds and three assists.

“In the third quarter, the ball was moving and we were moving the defense, and then (Sabin) took
the ball to the basket, driving off the defense when it got off balance,” Memorial coach Dean Bellanti said. “Early on, we seemed to be, as an offense, staring at each other.”

Memorial’ eventually shut down Milwaukee Academy senior point guard Ladell Hickman and junior forward Juafonyay Lyte, who combined for 25 points in the first half. Hickman hurt Memorial on the perimeter – sinking five 3-point baskets in the game – and Lyte dominated the lane.

Lyte led his team with 20 points and Hickman finished with 19.

“They were our entire halftime talk,” junior Memorial guard Chandler North said. “Two guys were beating us: Hickman with his shot – he was dirty. And Lyte – anything
he caught down low, we were going to double- and triple-team.”

Memorial started running a fullcourt press in the second half and started pressuring the opposing guards much higher, making entry passes more difficult. Milwaukee Academy hurt Memorial off the dribble drive in the first half, but Memorial’s help defense improved and shut that down in the second half.

“We did a good job of helping low rather than helping (too high up the court),” Bellanti said.

After being outrebounded 12-5 in the first half, Memorial outrebounded the Novas 25-8 in the second – including nine offensive rebounds, of which four were put back in.

“Our focus is always defense
because turning defense into offense gets us our better looks and that opens up our entire offense,” North said. “We get a few more layups and more inside shots, then we start shooting better from the outside.”

North had 12 points, four assists and four steals while shutting down Hickman in the second half.

“(North) has been playing well for us,” Bellanti said. “He’s the guy who picks up the ball and gets it started for us, defensively. And he plays intelligently on the offensive end. (North) does a good job creating opportunities by his passing and his ability to see what’s going on around him.”

Memorial improved to 13-4, while Milwaukee Academy fell to 9-6.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"Grease" comes to CMH

‘Grease’ Comes to Catholic Memorial High School
Student production of the Broadway musical opens February 8

Waukesha, Wisc. Catholic Memorial High School’s (CMH) student production of the Broadway musical, Grease, opens February 8-10, with additional shows on February 15-17 and 21-24. Advance tickets are on sale to the public during school days through the Catholic Memorial High School main office, $12 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Limited seating tickets will be sold at the door on the day of each performance. All performances will be held at the CMH auditorium/Grasch Family Stage.

The musical is being produced and directed by 2012 Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) Theatre Directors Hall of Fame inductee and CMH full-time staff member and coach, Christopher Andacht. In total, he has directed or produced 33 productions at CMH, 17 of them being musicals.

Pete Lange, full-time instrumental and choral director for Catholic Memorial, is the vocal director for the musical. Choreography for the musical is being done by Doug Reed, 2011/12 Tommy Award winner in Outstanding Choreography (State Fair). Reed is also the choreographer for the Fireside Theater in Ft. Atkinson, Wisc.

Grease is set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School. It follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of love, cars, and drive-ins. Wholesome girl, Sandy (Emily Esser/Becky Calhoun) and greaser renegade, Danny (Dan Engsberg/Tyler Agnew) fall in love over the summer and go their separate ways when summer is over, never expecting to see each other again. Once school starts in the fall, however, they later discover that they attend the same high school. What follows is a struggle of social differences that challenges their romance.

The musical boasts song favorites and high energy choreography. There are two main casts and three children’s casts that alternate performance dates. The children’s casts are comprised of 100 children from schools located throughout the Waukesha and Milwaukee areas.

“I applaud the dedication of the all students, staff, parents, and others involved in this musical,” said Fr. Paul Hartmann, president of Catholic Memorial High School. “Their efforts align with the values that CMH pursues every day – memorial, faith, trust, respect, inclusiveness, professionalism, excellence, and caritas in omnibus [genuine care and interest in the lives of others].”
Last year’s student musical, State Fair, received Tommy Awards for Outstanding Musical Scene, Choreographer, Dancer, Lead Performer and Supporting Performer.

For more information on this production and to find out more about Catholic Memorial High School, call (262) 542-7101 or visit the Web site at

Another great CMH Partner School

Congratulations to the parish school of St. Charles, Hartland, for it's recognition by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as an Exemplary School!
We are proud, and appreciative, of all the great CMH students and families who come to us from St. Charles.
Watch their great Catholic Schools Week video above!

Thanks given to CMH Boys Basketball


WOW, what a great job you guys did today!  You officials, the entire Catholic Memorial Varsity Boys BB team along with Coach Dean and Coach Kyle, all contributed to making this a successful tournament for all the Special Olympic athletes.  My sincere “thanks” for your time and effort and for making scheduling the officials for this great event an easy task. 

An additional “thanks” to Paul Rosenkranz who came out to work three games at the last minute when a fellow official couldn’t make it today.  Paul, thank you! 

Dean, please pass my personal “thanks” to Coach Kyle for assisting with officiating and especially to your outstanding players.

I hope this was a worthwhile experience for all of you.  I look forward to working with all of you next year.  Best wishes for the remainder of everyone’s basketball season.


Gary Drska, Special Olympics Tournament Organizer

Sabin J-S Player of the Week

from JSOnline.Com -

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ty Sabin, Catholic Memorial. Sabin isn't a stranger to big-time performances, but his 17-point effort Friday in a 55-52 victory at Arrowhead was particularly timely. The Crusaders needed a victory to stay in the Classic 8 hunt, and Sabin responded with 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting. He hit two tough jumpers during a 10-2 fourth-quarter run that gave Memorial the lead for good. The victory pulled the Crusaders within one game for first and continued Sabin's hot streak. He is averaging 25 points in 2013 and 18.6 per game for the season.

Dentici Dominates

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Memorial 5th at Grafton
Dentici goes 5-0

GRAFTON – The Catholic Memorial High School wrestling team finished fifth and Waukesha North eighth in the eight-team Grafton Duals on Saturday.

Catholic Memorial beat North 52-15 in the consolation bracket.

Memorial’s Justin Dentici won all five of his matches at 182, while Paul Parworth at 160, Chris Rupel at 170, Sam Gromacki at 285 and David McLeod at 126 each won four matches. Memorial’s Tyler Schmitt won three matches at 152.

Sam Olsen at 220, Brandon Mayhew at 113 and Adam Bjerke at 182 each won four matches for North, while Griffin Bennett at 285 and Lukas Torres at 170 each won two matches.

CMH grad TJ Bray profiled

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Bray’s star keeps shining
Former CMH standout balances books and basketball at Princeton
Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – T.J. Bray had a rare feeling of being overwhelmed recently.

It was in the middle of exams for the Princeton University junior, and he had a rough night prepping himself for some difficult tests.

“It was the first time where I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t know if I’ll get this work done,’” Bray said. “I had to tell myself to keep plugging away and make it happen.”

That he hasn’t felt overwhelmed before that moment is no small feat for Bray, a 2010 Catholic Memorial High School graduate. He’s studying economics at one of the premier academic institutions in the country – and he’s doing it while trying to find time to play basketball at the NCAA Division I level.

“Time management is a crucial thing,” Bray said. “After practice, you have to put your nose to the grindstone. It’s hard, but it’s definitely manageable. You try to stay on top of your work, and the professors and academic staff really help.

“As long as you stay on top of it, it’s manageable – but it is hard.”

Bray is on pace to graduate next
summer, and he’s been impressive on the basketball court as well. He recently earned the Ivy League Player of the Week award and ranks third on the Tigers with 8.4 points per game.

“He’s really grown in terms of confidence,” said Catholic Memorial coach Dean Bellanti, who coached Bray and the Crusaders to the 2010
WIAA Division 2 state title. “He’s rebounding, passing and he’s becoming more assertive offensively.”

Versatility has always been a staple of Bray’s game, and he’s continued that at Princeton. He is averaging 3.9 rebounds per game, and his 49 assists rank second on the Tigers. He also has a team-high 25 steals.

“Things just fell into place well for me,” Bray said. “Freshman year we needed a guard, and last year they needed a guard to step into a starting role. I’ve tried to capitalize on that and do what the coaches ask me to.

“Being bigger has helped me a lot, too. Being 6-4 helps me get in there against bigger guards who can rebound. I’ve been able to play defense, and that’s how I got minutes freshman year. My offense has expanded as the minutes have come.”

Bellanti has noticed Bray’s increased offensive production, and he sees Bray playing a similar role at Princeton as he did at CMH.

“He spent time over the summer working on his shot and getting to the point where he felt confident enough to stretch the defense,” Bellanti said. “You can tell he’s playing very well just from the number of minutes he plays.

“They’re having a hard time taking him off the floor. ... It just shows the confidence they have in his ability to make people around him better.”

Bray scored a career-high 23 points in the Tigers’ victory over Penn on Jan. 12, the Ivy League opener for Princeton. It was only the first step in what Bray hopes is a return to the NCAA Tournament, where Princeton lost to Kentucky in Bray’s freshman season.

“It was one of the best experiences of life,” Bray said of the tournament. “The Ivy League has no conference tournament, so it’s not a matter of one team getting hot at the end. We call it a 14-game tournament. Every night matters for seven weekends.

“It’s a very different experience, but also a great one. I enjoy the Ivy League a lot.”

Bray has aspirations beyond college. In line to graduate next summer, Bray said he may pursue a professional basketball career overseas.

“I’ll try to see if I can continue playing,” he said. “The best part of Princeton is all the opportunities open to me whether it’s grad school, a job, maybe coaching or I’ll keep playing. Princeton definitely offers a lot of options, but playing is my first option.”

Bellanti feels blessed to have an example such as Bray to refer to when talking to his players.

“He’s been able to dedicate himself to play at that high level, but also maintain a high standard in the classroom,” Bellanti said. “That’s what we’re trying to strive for with all of our athletes. I have to be careful as to how often I bring it up, because I catch myself using him as an example quite often. I don’t want to have the current players and athletes thinking, ‘Here we go again with that story.’ “It’s such a struggle to get kids to be leaders nowadays, and certainly T.J. was an outstanding leader for us. Not only was he a leader on the floor, but he was a leader in the classroom and a leader in the hallways. He made other people around him better, and that’s an example of his kind of leadership. It’s remarkable to see those qualities.”


St. Joe's, Big Bend, School to stay open

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Community vows to help keep St. Joseph school open
Efforts to reorganize volunteer efforts begin Thursday
Freeman Staff

BIG BEND – The closure of the lone Roman Catholic school serving the Mukwonago area looked certain last week, as more than 175 people flooded the cafeteria at St. Joseph Catholic School Feb. 24 to implore the Rev. Dick Robinson and his Pastoral Council to keep the school open.

If the school were to close, parents would be in a jam as far as busing was concerned and the Mukwonago area would lose its last Catholic school. St. James in Mukwonago closed in
2010, after 63 years of operation.

After the crowd had its say and Robinson announced that the meeting was over, people remained rooted in their seats. They didn’t budge, said Pastoral Council chairman Mike See, until the pastor assured them they would have an answer by noon the following

The announcement that the school would remain open, made Feb. 25 during the morning school Mass and through email, is the one they were hoping to hear. It provided an amazing sense of relief, said council member and parent Carrie Schanen.

Making a ‘tough decision’

Robinson announced the closure of the Milwaukee Avenue school to parents and council members Jan. 22, citing the financial situation during the past several years and other factors for his decision.

“He was trying to make a tough decision to relieve others of the stress of having to make a tough decision,”
said See. The move surprised some of the council members, including Schanen, who has four students in the school.

“This is the time of year when we are starting to prepare
next year’s budget,” she said. “I fully expected to walk into the building Tuesday and talk about budgets and teacher contracts.”

The announcement startled
vice chair David Kirner as well.

“It was totally unexpected,” he said. “Though I understand where he was
coming from.”
Some of the factors that have strained the school include declining enrollment, a necessary repair of the gymnasium roof and a reduction in parent and community volunteers.

The school had also experienced declining enrollment, See said, with a nearly 50 percent reduction in its student population from 2000 until 2006.

In each year since, the numbers have remained steady at approximately 125 students.

Though the parish received financial contributions and donations of time and labor for the roof repair, it still footed $67,000 of the $80,000 bill, which is a significant cost, See said.

A resounding response

Unsure of how they should interpret declining volunteerism, the Pastoral Council received a resounding answer during Feb. 24’s parent meeting. Those who showed up said they were surprised that the school was in such dire straits.

“They had questions and concerns,” Schanen said. “They wondered why they hadn’t been informed sooner that the situation was approaching this level, and if we could have had meetings on what to do about it.”

Many of those in the cafeteria volunteered their time and talents, See said, and related that they are willing to serve on the committees that will develop strategies to keep the school open. These could involve plans for marketing, recruitment and finance.

“It hasn’t been a lack of interest (that caused volunteerism to drop),” See said. “It’s been a lack of time.”

Given the bad economy, the chairman said, parents have had to work more hours to make ends meet. When they found out that their school was in peril, however, the community expressed a desire to do what it could to help St. Joseph meet its needs.

“They came with gusto,” Schanen said. “They came with their rally caps on.”

“There was enough enthusiasm and passion
displayed at the meeting to convince us the future will be bright as long as we have active volunteers involved in the parish,” See added.

The first meeting to reorganize the volunteer efforts and develop committees will be Thursday. Also, as part of National Catholic Schools Week, which runs through Saturday, the school is hosting an open house Friday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.. At this event, parents can observe live instruction.

Efforts like the open house will go a long way toward getting the message out that St. Joseph is a special place, said Schanen.


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Another photographer at the Boys service project

Ty Sabin with his new good friends.

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Fr. Paul Hartmann
President, Catholic Memorial High School
Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

One more for the girls

Courtney Farley, Melinda Sipek and Nicole Piette showing their best salesmanship to raise money for the fundraiser

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Fr. Paul Hartmann
President, Catholic Memorial High School
Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Girls B-Ball Service Project

Courtney Farley selling raffle tickets for the fundraiser

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Fr. Paul Hartmann
President, Catholic Memorial High School
Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

More from the Girls B-Ball service project

Bailey Finnegan and Tori North preparing place settings for guests

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Fr. Paul Hartmann
President, Catholic Memorial High School
Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Girls Basketball offers its service project too

The CMH girls varsity basketball team serve lunch. From L-R: Melinda Sipek, Nicole Piette, Courtney Farley, Bridget Farley, Tori North, Bailey Finnegan, Cassidy Lentz, Cch Therese Dejewski

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President, Catholic Memorial High School
Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of MilwaukeeCMH GIRLS BASKETBALL HELP AT FUNDRAISER

The CMH Varsity Girls Basketball Team volunteered this past Saturday (January 26, 2013) at the Kathy Cauley-Auter's Fundraiser at Albanese's Restaurant . Kathy is fighting Inflammatory Breast Cancer and is a close friend of the Farley family. Kathy's son graduated from CMH in 2004.

The girls' varsity team did a nice job of helping with putting food out for lunch, serving, cleaning tables, preparing place settings, and selling raffle tickets. They also won a 50/50 drawing worth $209 and then donated it back.

Mike Schmidt on the inbound play

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President, Catholic Memorial High School
Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Sam Browning keeps control

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Fr. Paul Hartmann
President, Catholic Memorial High School
Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

A definite turn around...

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Fr. Paul Hartmann
President, Catholic Memorial High School
Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of MilwaukeeChandler North, hears his own whistle and still asks for the foul call.

More from Special Olympics B-Ball

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President, Catholic Memorial High School
Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of MilwaukeeTyler Larson...

Crusader Varsity B-Ball Players help Special Olympics

Thanks to these young men for representing CMH, and our motto, Caritas in Omnibus, so very well.

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Fr. Paul Hartmann
President, Catholic Memorial High School
Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of MilwaukeeYesterday, the CMH varsity boys basketball players served as referees and officials at a Special Olympics basketball tournament held at Mukwonago High School.

Relevant Radio

Be sure to listen in tomorrow to Relevant Radio from 7 - 7:30 am when I will be Sean Herriott's morning show. Listen online at

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President, Catholic Memorial High School
Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Guess who are kids met at the airport?

CMH student Miranda Bargielski with Gov. Scott Walker

Sent from my iPhoneHe is on our flight. That increases the chances of landing on time!

Met a woman from Shorewood, WI

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Final mass in DC

Sent from my iPhoneAt the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

Saturday, January 26, 2013

CMH Pro-Life Pilgrims at the Supreme Court

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Rosary on the steps of the Supreme Court

As usual, security told us that a group prayer is considered an "organized protest".

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Mass with Archbishop Listecki

It was nice to celebrate with the Archbishop and over 300 other March for Life pilgrims from Milwaukee.

Sent from my iPhoneThis morning we gathered at Holy Rosary Parish.

Friday, January 25, 2013

March and snow flurries

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Poised to start!

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CMH Kids Volunteer to help at Youth Rally and Mass for Life

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Getting ready for the big mass.

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March for Life - Day 2

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To end Day 1

Congratulations to Christian Besasie for gaining the championship title, and winner's socks, for the night.

Sent from my iPhoneAfter checking into our hotel, the CMH pilgrims relaxed with some pizza and bowling.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A pic with FDR

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At the Korean War Memorial

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Look who we met...

CMH grad Anna Meinholz happened to be in DC with members of the UW Swim team.

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View from the Lincoln Memorial

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Finding the names of CMH grads on the Vietnam Memorial

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Our group at Iwo Jima Memorial

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Day 1 of CMH March for Life Pilgrimage

First stop, quick food court lunch. Then, on to the Iwo Jima Memorial.

Sent from my iPhoneOur bus driver and tour guide, James

CMH March for Life Pilgrims

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 42
Waukesha North 36
Short dual goes Crusaders’ way
Just six matches wrestled
By Evan Frank, Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – There weren’t many matches, but the excitement was still present.

The Catholic Memorial High School wrestling pinned its way to a 42-36 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha North on Thursday in a dual that only saw six matches – each one of them ending with pins.

North’s Eric Malicki led the heavyweight match 10-3 after a near fall at the end of the second period. In the down position, Malicki shifted his weight to the mat, rolled and flipped Gromacki for the potential pin. The move worked twice for points, but the third time proved to favor Memorial, as Sam Gromacki stuck Malicki on his back for the pin at 4:57.

Gromacki was waiting for that third attempt.

“I kind of noticed it was coming,” Gromacki said. “Both times I was on top he did it. The last time I felt him turn his hips and try to pop out, but then just slipped my arm out, he kept rolling and I got on top.”

Being down early in the match didn’t deter Gromacki.

“I got down because I wasn’t really wrestling my best,” Gromacki said. “I saw my opportunity and rolled him over.”

Memorial coach Bill Young was pleased with Gromacki’s tenacity.

“(Gromacki) got rolled on his back for five (points),” Young said. “Then he tried to do a switch and (Malicki) caught him and put him on his back for three more. He put himself behind the eight
ball, but he was able to battle through it and got the win at the end. We’re really happy for him.”

Memorial 182-pounder Justin Dentici scored two takedowns before pinning North’s Adam Bjerke at 3:30.

“Justin Dentici started it for us and did a great job,” Young said. “That was Justin’s 21st win tonight.”

Down 24-0, North got back into it after consecutive pins by Brandon Mayhew (113) and Jonathon Cerny (120).

Mayhew scored a takedown early against Memorial’s Chris Else and got three near fall points before the first period buzzer saved Else. But Mayhew scored the pin at 2:31.

Cerny and Memorial’s Ryan Kolsmanberger traded reversals throughout the second period until Cerny gained the upper hand for the pin at 3:18.

North made a comeback, winning four of the final six matches, but the five forfeits had put the Northstars in a deficit they couldn’t erase.

“We have a small team,” North coach Matt Nurre said. “We’ve only got four or five JV kids. A lot of kids we put in there are freshmen to begin with. We just don’t have the numbers right now.”

Despite only six quick and decisive matches, Young was pleased with the outcome.

“Kids pin or get pinned,” Young said. “Not really great wrestling, but our kids were happy to get a win. North’s kids battled really hard.”

North’s Lukas Torres scored several takedowns and near falls against Memorial’s Paul Parworth until the pin at 2:58 at 152.

North’s Josh Hincaple trailed early after a first period takedown at 170, but he took Memorial’s Chris Rupel down and managed to spin get the pin at 2:44 in the final match of the dual.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Project Lead the Way

Visitor for the Engineering Design and Development class – Mark Juds, Senior Principal Engineer from Eaton Corporation Innovation Center, visited the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classroom on Wednesday, January 16.

Mr. Juds is mentoring a team of seniors in the Engineering Design and Development class. In this class, designed to simulate a college engineering design class, students work in teams to develop an original solution to a problem. The teams design, build, and test their prototypes, while working closely with industry professionals who provide mentoring opportunities. When Mr. Juds finished reviewing CAD sketches, production plans and schedules, he talked with the class about engineering as a career, the value of a college education, the lower unemployment rate in engineering fields, and the skill that he deems most important in our global economy: communication.

Mr. Juds is one of seven industry mentors working with the junior and senior design students. Final solutions and prototypes will be presented to a panel of judges from academia and industry on Tuesday, April 23, at 6:00 p.m. in the CMH Academic Resource Center. Families, business partners, CMH staff, students, and the entire CMH community are invited to attend.

Any questions about this event or Project Lead the Way can be addressed to Mary Petrie at


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 69

Watertown 48

Crusaders use defense to win
Goslings commit 28 turnovers

By James R. Hoffman Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – A strong team effort by Catholic Memorial led to an easy victory.

In a nonconference high school girls basketball game between two struggling teams with only two wins each, Memorial looked more focused and energized as it won 69-48. Memorial took the initiative early.

Defensively, the Crusaders hounded and trapped Watertown, forcing it into 28 turnovers, 17 of which were steals. Memorial had a strong inside-out game and ran its offense crisply, leading to nine different Crusaders scoring in the game.

“Very good win,” Memorial coach Ron Guess said. “It’s been a tough season, no doubt about it. We’ve been focusing on the fundamentals. And when you focus on the fundamentals, it takes time for it to show progress, and we’re starting to see the progress. We feel like we’re improving.”

Courtney Farley, Memorial’s senior guard and leading scorer, also sees improvement.

“Everyone worked together so well,” Farley said. “We’ve been working hard at practice on our passing, shooting and dribbling, and it really showed today. We came out with intensity and kept it for the whole game, which is what I think gave us the win today.”

Farley finished with 16 points, five assists, four steals and four rebounds. She was 4 for 6 from behind the 3point arc and added an easy layup after a steal at the top of the key.

“Courtney is our leader,” Guess said. “She always has been, and we lean on her heavily. So tonight I am not surprised at all by the way she played. We depend on her to play that well all the time, and she’s been stepping up. Even when she’s not scoring
points, she brings so much to the team.”

Farley chalked her performance up to the play of her teammates.

“My teammates put me in a great position to get the ball and get open, and I didn’t want to let them down,” she said. “And I was just on my shooting game today.”

Forwards Dena Dryer, a freshman, and Bridget Farley, a junior, both had big games down low. Dryer finished with 13 points and eight rebounds – five of them offensive.

Bridget Farley was 5 for 6 from the free-throw line and finished with nine points and five rebounds.

Neither team had much height. “(The pick and roll) is something we worked on at practice to have them follow through with the play a little more,” Guess said. “It’s tough when you go against kids that are 6-3, 6-2, but against a team that we played tonight, it was something we needed to do, and it worked.”

Memorial reserves brought a lot of energy to the game, especially sophomore Nicole Piette and freshman Tori North, both guards. Piette hit two big 3s in the first half and finished with eight points, and North had six points and four steals.

Watertown kept up with Memorial early, trailing only 28-22 at halftime, but Memorial quickly ran away with it in the second half. Memorial stretched its lead to as many as 23 points in the second half, during which it shot 13 for 27 from the field after shooting 11 for 36 in the first half.

Senior Abby Schuster led Watertown with 11 points.

“(Our hard work) shows,” Courtney Farley said. “From the beginning of the season until now, it’s just been an uphill battle. And we finally reached a point where we worked hard and we earned the right to a good game. It paid off.”

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

CMH Students representng us in the community

CMH student invited to perform in com- munity concerts – Breanna Aldred, as a member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, has been invited to perform for the Jazz Studies Community Concerts on Friday, January 25. Congratulations Breanna! 

CMH student selected for U.S. competition – Emily Gutenkunst has been selected to the 2013 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Rider Team. The U.S. Invitational Saddle Seat Competition will take place on April 4-6. Congratulations Emily!

Come see the Catholic Memorial High School Pep Band play the National Anthem at Catholic Memorial Night with the Milwaukee Bucks.  Tuesday, January 22nd, 7pm, Bucks vrs. Sixers