Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Pope has left the building...

Join the Championship Tradition!

If you are in 4th - 7th grade, come to registration day for
Junior Crusader Football!
When:  on Saturday, March 16
What time:  from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Where: CMH's Julia Weber Gym.
Come meet the State Champion Crusaders and sign your son up for Junior Crusader Football!
If you can’t make it, visit the Junior Crusader website for registration forms.
Thanks and see you there!

*******Please pass this on to other interested Future Crusaders!

Crusader Girls make it out of First Round

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Reward for victory is date with top-seeded Eisenhower
CMH 59
Kenosha Indian Trail 42
By Christine Gustafson
Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA — On to Round 2.

The eighth-seeded Catholic Memorial High School girls basketball team, after having the game postponed a day because of inclement weather, was ready.

Hosting ninth-seeded Kenosha Indian Trail on Wednesday, the Crusaders made a breakaway in the second quarter and went on to a 59-42 victory in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game CMH (5-18) will face top-seeded New Berlin Eisenhower on Friday.

“Ultimately, playoffs are where it is, and from the beginning of the season until now, it’s great to get a playoff win,” Catholic Memorial lone senior Courtney Farley said. “It’s exciting to get to go play Eisenhower. They’re a good team, and it will be a good experience.”
After a tightly played first quarter, CMH found its rhythm and outscored the Hawks 18-9 in the second quarter, taking a 29-19 halftime lead. “In the first half I thought we did OK, and I could see that we were going to have a good night,” Catholic Memorial coach Ron Guess said. “In the second half, we wanted to do more of the same, just do it better. A lot of the stuff we worked on all year came together tonight.”

The Crusaders stretched their lead to 18 points with 2:33 left in the third quarter as Farley sank two free throws to close out a 10-2 CMH run. She had seven points in the game.

“Courtney has been a leader,” Guess said. “She’s an incredibly responsible player and a good player. If I ever needed anything, I’d go to Courtney. We have a lot of young kids, and they all look at her with total respect.”

Catholic Memorial extended its lead, going into the fourth quarter with a 45-26 cushion.

“We wanted to come out strong and make it to the next game. Kenosha was a really good team, and it took our best game to beat them,” Farley said. “We played really well and made the extra pass when it was needed, which we haven’t really been doing..”

The closest Indian Trail got in the fourth quarter was 13 points.

“It was good to play a team that was more even with us,” Guess said. “They had some weapons out there that we had to concentrate on, especially (freshman Madie Kaelber). She’s a shooter. If you give her an inch, she’s going to put it down.”

Kaelber led all scorers with 18 points. Junior Bridget Farley led the Crusaders with 16 points, and freshman Dena Dryer contributed 10.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Student reflections on Engineering Field Trip

Some student reflections on last week's Schools2Skills event, sponsored by the Waukesha Business Alliance.

This trip is definitely unlike anything I have ever done before. – Marie Fernandez, '16

The Engineering field trip was a great experience.  SPX, personally, was the most entertaining and exciting business/factory our group went to. – Jaret Christianson, '16

I Myra Dillet really liked the field trip because I felt that it narrowed down what I wanted to do and what I like to do. They sure were motivating. – Myra Dillet, '15

This field trip was very cool and interesting.  I think the coolest place we went to was SPX. – Vincent Pieters, '16

My favorite part was probably touring WTCT. – Andrew Braun, '16

I learned how successful you can become in this business.  I also learned on this trip that there is a need for engineers everywhere.  You can also be successful while being an engineer.  Some engineers get paid $100,000 if they are good at what they do. - Gavin Branick, '16

We were able to see what is involved in a manufacturing career. The overall trip was very fun and allowed us to all have a better insight into the manufacturing world.  – Max Mutza, '16

Thank you so much for the opportunity.  I possibly want to be an engineer. –  Ian Tisonik, '16

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Taking a hammer and nail to worldly attachments

At yesterday's weekly, all-school Lenten Prayer Service we prayed with the passage about the rich young man who comes to Jesus to ask about how to gain eternal life. 
Jesus explains that he must follow the commandments. The rich young man says that he has always done this  and asks “what do I still lack?” Ironically, the answer is both something he lacks and something he has an abundance of.  The young man has an abundance of material wealth. He likely wants for little physically though he recognizes that he is not fulfilled by his wealth. 
What he seems to lack is single-hearted devotion to the Lord.  Jesus asks him to sell all of the attachments which keep him from following.  Jesus challenges him to give to the poor all that he does not need and to follow. 
We must ask ourselves if we follow Christ single-heartedly or if we try to fill our heart’s desires with other things.  We considered what worldly attachments keep us from a closer walk with Christ. 
We wrote these on cards, leaving them at the foot of the cross as a sign that we seek to grow in friendship with Christ and find that following Him with single-hearted devotion leads us to true freedom and joy.

Something I overlooked...

from the Waukesha Freeman --

Mary Catanese/Special to The Freeman (From left) Tony Beer, general manager of the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Milwaukee, and Catholic Memorial High School students Jacob Tom, Sam Browning and Ryan Zingsheim go over their plan before final scores are given at the Junior Achievement Metro Milwaukee Business Challenge at Briggs & Stratton in Wauwatosa on Feb. 14.The Catholic Memorial team competed with area schools.

Down to business
High school students compete as virtual business owners as part of Junior Achievement event
Freeman Staff

WAUWATOSA – To win at the Junior Achievement (JA) Business Challenge, high school students must keep a watchful eye on what market conditions are, research the competition and develop a feel for supply and demand. And they have roughly five hours to do all this.

The competition for those in the metropolitan Milwaukee region drew 32 teams to the Briggs and Stratton Corporation building Thursday, from schools in Waukesha, Brookfield, Oconomowoc, Milwaukee and New Berlin, to name a few.

Using JA Titan, a computer software program that simulates running a business, teams of students compete against each other to see whose company will come out on top. Students are responsible for making decisions on research and development, pricing, production, marketing and capital investments.

The fictional product that serves as the linchpin of their business plans is the Holo-Generator, a device similar to a smartphone that plays holographic music videos.

“This is a unique opportunity for high school students
to be CEOs of a business, making all the decisions,” said Erika Gehrke, JA development coordinator.

Every five minutes, teams can adjust their plans according to what others have done and information that pops up on their computer
screen. “It is crucial to keep tabs on what competitors are doing,” Gehrke said. “There are industry reports that show how the other companies are performing, including what prices they’re setting and what share of the market they have.”

Gehrke said the second round usually has a few wrinkles, such as new taxes or new regulations to contend with.

Business professionals from throughout the community serve as consultants for the teams, offering advice but leaving all decisions entirely up to the students. These participants came from businesses such as Kohl’s, Briggs & Stratton, Caterpillar, UPS, Marriott and Kapco. The first two companies serve as sponsors for the event.

Students don’t know who their consultant is until the day of the competition, Gehrke said.

Business teacher and Future Business Leaders of
America advisor Becky Kitt of Oconomowoc High School said such competitions really bring to life the lessons she teaches.

“There’s a lot of different strategizing,” she said. “Students learn that whatever decision they make now impacts what happens in the next round.”

Teams are given real world problems, such as how to clear inventory out of a warehouse when everyone stops buying during a recession.

“They can come in with a strategy they think will work,” said Gehrke, “but they need to be able to adapt.”

Kitt said that the students are quick to show their versatility.

“They learn to adapt, they pick it up pretty quickly.”

Top performers earn scholarships and other prizes, and they advance to the Wisconsin JA Business Challenge in Sheboygan on April 25.

Other participants from Waukesha County included Catholic Memorial, Brookfield East, Menomonee Falls, Sussex Hamilton and New Berlin Eisenhower high schools.


TOPSoccer Winterfest

Last Saturday, TOPSoccer Winterfest served 100 athletes with special cognitive and/or physical needs this past Saturday.  Putting on an event like this requires many volunteers, and the CMH students stepped up once again to serve in remarkable ways.  The next TOPSoccer--Waukesha season begins in May--we hope to see you there.

picture: Carina Krausert and Coach Burke help with the awards ceremony at TOPSoccer Winterfest.

Crusaders Ride Sabin's hot hand

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Date with Eisenhower next

CMH 68
Pewaukee 58
By Tom Badger , Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Too much Ty on its hands.

That’s what the Pewaukee High School boys basketball team had Saturday in a 68-58 loss to Catholic Memorial in the WIAA Division 2 regional final.

Memorial senior Ty Sabin collected 31 points – 20 in the first half – to lead the Crusaders (18-6) to the regional title and into a sectional semifinal against 21-3 New Berlin Eisenhower – a 61-51 winner over Whitnall on Saturday.

Pewaukee finished its season at 16-8.

Tied at 12-12 with two minutes left in the first quarter, Memorial went on an 11-2 run to establish a 23-14 lead after one quarter. The Crusaders hit their final five shots of the quarter, including a
3-pointer by junior Jake Shomin in the closing seconds.

Memorial was 11 of 13 from the field in the first quarter.

After a free throw and layup by Pewaukee junior Eric Lutzen, back-to-back 3-pointers by Sabin improved the CMH lead to 29-19 with 4:40 remaining in the half.

Moments later, Sabin hit two more 3-pointers and senior Andre Bodden scored underneath for a 38-26 lead at the 1:04 mark of the second quarter.

A Pewaukee 3-pointer by senior Austin Cairo just before the buzzer scaled the Crusaders’ lead back to 38-29 at the break.

Sabin shot 8 of 10 from the field – including four 3-pointers – in the first half.

“Ty had a hot hand early on,” Memorial coach Dean Bellanti said. “He was knocking the shots down – and it was a good thing he
did. That first half was a game of runs for us.”

“I was getting open looks – all within the system,” Sabin said. “That’s why it was working well. We were really passing the ball well as a team and my teammates were finding me.”

Pewaukee coach Mike Basile said his team wasn’t finding Sabin nearly enough.

“He was open more times that he should have been,” Basile said.

Pewaukee cut its deficit to 47-44
with 2:03 left in the third quarter. The Pirates’ rally was sparked by junior Jordan Hass’ 3-pointer and back-to-back layups by junior Ryan Stepanovich and Lutzen.

Bellanti called a timeout to regroup.

“The key to this victory happened at the end of the third quarter,” Bellanti said. “We got away from communicating. We were kind of drifting away from each other. We were able to turn it around and get to a point where we could control the tempo.”

Memorial rattled off the last six points of the quarter with Bodden scoring underneath and Sabin adding a layup and a baseline jumper, allowing the Crusaders to regain their nine-point halftime lead.

“If we could have been able to get over the hump, who knows?” Basile said. “We spent so much energy getting it back to a one- or two-possession game instead of five or six that we just couldn’t finish it off.”

Two inside scores by CMH junior Chandler North kept the Crusaders out front early in the fourth quarter.

Sabin finished 13 of 19 from the field, including 5 of 9 from behind the 3-point line. Junior Ayinde Starling had 10 points, while Bodden and North had eight points apiece.

Lutzen scored six of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. The Pirates were 6 of 6 from the foul line in the final quarter – 11 of 12 in the game. Junior John Conroy finished with 11 points, while Stepanovich had 10.

Monday, February 25, 2013

A link worth having...

CMH Students experience careers in engineering and manufacturing

On Thursday, February 21, fifty-one CMH students in Project Lead the Way engineering classes participated in the Waukesha Business Alliance “Schools2Skills” event.  Freshman, sophomore, and junior students toured the facilities at Ellison Technologies, Dedicated Computing, and SPX Transformer Solutions Inc. This is the first time many of the students were on a “shop floor”.

The mission of this event is to raise awareness about the importance of manufacturing to Waukesha County. The top concern of CEO’s throughout Waukesha County is finding and developing the next generation of employees- from shop floor associates and supervisors to degreed engineers and managers. The Waukesha Business Alliance is committed to working with schools to address the major challenge. During the event students were exposed to many career paths filled with problem-solving, team work, research, product development, and high-tech assembly.

Lunch and afternoon sessions were held at WCTC where students toured the Engineering and Manufacturing Facility. Students interacted with faculty members, and were able to see a number of projects that WCTC students were working on.

Vincent Pieters, Erik Spitz and Jason Koziczkowski speak with a division manager at Ellison Technologies

Jason Koziczkowski, Vincent Pieters,  Matt Lechner, Pete Koscinski, and Nathan Worden at Ellison Technologies.

Nathan Worden looking at a robotic manufactured auto part at Ellison Technologies

Grant Boyce, Nick Scharrer, and Maria Fernandez at an information session at Dedicated Computing.

Alec Sheaffer, Erik Spitz, Maria Fernandez in the Dedicated Computing design area.

Matt Wickeham, Jared Bluma, and Nick Jones in the WCTC  CNC (computer numerical control)  lab

Alex Marks, Matt Wickeham, Jaret Christianson, Ian Tisonik, Max Mutza, Nick Jones, John Engel, Braeden Alberti, and Gradyn Lentz in the WCTC  CNC lab with instructor  Mr. Biro, father of CMH alumni Steve Biro.

Josh Clay, Nick Loporchio, and Hayes Wass  looking at graphic art projects at WCTC.

Josh Clay, Jacob Strelka, Nick Loporchio, Nate Worden, Jaret Christianson,  Jared Bluma, Matt Wickeham in a robotics lab at WCTC.

Myra Dillett  at a CNC machine at WCTC

NOTE:  According to the Waukesha Business Alliance Manufacturing Group, the top ten employability skills for an ideal employee are:

1.     Showing up for work on time, every day, ready to work

2.    Communication skills- written verbal, listening

3.    Problem Solving – root cause analysis

4.    Self-motivated

5.    Personal accountability

6.    Positive attitude

7.    Life-long learner

8.    Willingness to do/try new things

9.    Need for continuous improvement

10.  Team player / ability to work in teams / collaborate

Regional Champs


Sunday, February 24, 2013

CMH Coaches Recognized

Today, Sports Faith International, as part of their annual Sports Hall of Fame inductions, recognized two CMH varsity coaches.  Both were honored among a group of Hometown Heroes, each as a Catholic School Coach of the Year.  John Burke was recognized for Girls Soccer and Bill Young for Football.

The Sports Faith Hall of Fame was created in 2008 by Sports Faith International in order to recognize and encourage excellence in sports and in the Catholic Faith. By providing a forum for the inductees to share their personal stories and accomplishments, the organization’s hope is many will be inspired to aim ever higher. 
In addition to eight Hall of Fame inductions, awards will be given to Catholic High School Athletes, Coaches and Teams as part of the 2013 All-Star Catholic High School Contest, including awards for Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year and Team of the Year.

Congratulations Coach Burke and Coach Young!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Caritas in Omnibus..even by the Coaches!

CMH varsity tennis coach, Carl Veenendaal, at the Zoo as party of a Brookfield Rotary event to take special needs students from Fairview South School on a wonderful field trip.

I was a Boy Scout, so you gotta love this...

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Attention CMHers with MU Tickets

3rd Annual Pre-Game Gathering Before the MU Game This Monday!
Still time to join us for some pre-game fun before the Marquette vs Syracuse tip-off!
Monday, February 25th     4:30-6:00 pm
Turner Hall - Convenient Location!
Food, Drink and Fun before heading over to the game!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

CMH position on possible expansion of WI School Choice

It was recently announced that Governor Scott Walker will propose in his next state budget an expansion to the Wisconsin School Choice Program (vouchers), in such a way that families in the City of Waukesha might be eligible to attend private schools.  As a result, some CMH parents and community members have asked about CMH’s stance on this issue.

Simply put, we are going to take our time to study the matter thoroughly. 

The Archbishop of Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Catholic Conference are supporters of school choice, in part, because it affords parents greater freedom to exercise their rights and priorities.  At this time though, there is no expressed, blanket requirement for any Catholic school to participate.

For our part, CMH will monitor how the legislation develops and will make every effort to fully understand the administrative, structural, and financial implications of any potential participation.  That being said, a decision by the CMH Board of Directors and administration will be based primarily on a determination of how participation does, or does not, serve our mission of Catholic education.

In our Vision 2020 strategic plan, CMH reiterated its commitment to a diverse and inclusive community.  This is served, in part, by the extensive structure of tuition discounts and tuition assistance that amounts to nearly two million dollars per year.  Considerations of how a parental voucher program might assist in these mission priorities, and their financial requirements, will be thoroughly investigated.

As you know, CMH prides itself on its rigorous expectations not only of students, but for the participation and support from families.  We are proud of our history of lifting every student up to the academic and communal expectations that constitute The Memorial Way.  Whether it considers potential choice students, foreign students, or any of your children who might need extra assistance, we will critically consider how, or if, we can properly meet these mission-centered expectations by participation in any program.

We must patiently watch as the legislative and political processes play out.  Be assured that CMH will take its time to make the best possible decision.   A decision that will reflect our Catholic commitment to the community we serve and uphold the success we have shown in our mission of offering the best Catholic education.

Blessings to all of you in this season of Lent.

Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!

Very Reverend Paul B. R. Hartmann, ‘84

CMH Skier Wins at State

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

LACROSSE – Arrowhead High School won the boys and girls team championships at the High School Alpine Ski Championships at Mt. LaCrosse on Monday.

Oconomowoc was third and Kettle Moraine was fourth among the boys, while Mukwonago was fourth among the girls.

Arrowhead’s Teagan Hipp won the girls slalom, with Kettle Moraine’s Sydney Rogers third and Arrowhead’s Christine Sorenson fifth.

Catholic Memorial’s Anthony Wong was first and Kettle Moraine’s Kyle Ramussen third in the men’s slalom.

Rogers was first, Hipp second and Sorenson third in the girls giant slalom, while Kettle Moraine’s Ian Beal was first and Oconomowoc’s Jack Bourdo second in the boys Super G.

Hipp was first, Rogers third and Sorenson fourth in girls overall, while Ramussen was second and Arrowhead’s Tyler Cummings fourth in boys overall.

On Sunday, Bourdo won the boys giant slalom championship, while Hipp was second and Rogers was third in the girls Super G competition.

CMH Wrestler advances to State Tourney

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Wrestlers advance

WAUPUN – Pewaukee High School qualified two wrestlers for the state individual tournament, while Catholic Memorial and St. John’s Northwestern each qualified one.

Pewaukee finished 10th behind champion Lomira in the Waupun Sectional, while St. John’s Northwestern was 16th and Catholic Memorial 17th.

The top two wrestlers in each weight class advance to the Division 2 state tournament Thursday through Saturday.

Pewaukee’s Alex Owens returns to the state tournament as he was second at 132 Saturday, while teammate Rajiv Geffert was third at 106.
Pewaukee’s Garrett Shibilski was fourth at 145 after losing 2-1 in double overtime in the third-place match.

Qualifying third at 182 pounds was Catholic Memorial’s Justin Dentici, who was pinned in the quarterfinals but came back to pin his opponent in the consolation semifinals and win 6-0 in the third-place match.

Memorial’s David McLeod finished fourth at 126.

Jordan Newman of St. John’s Northwestern will go to the state tournament undefeated as he had two tech falls and a majority decision to easily win the 170-pound sectional championship.

– Freeman Staff

Lent - A Seaon of Prayer, Penance, and Almsgiving

Yesterday, as the Catholic Memorial community gathered for prayer during the first week of Lent, we heard Jesus calling us to growth in discipleship. We reflected on what it means to be a follower of Christ—a disciple. We listened to the Gospel which lays out the corporal works of mercy. The reading speaks of some of the demands of Christian discipleship which we strive to live up to.  We reflected on the following:

·         How do I help provide for those who hunger?
·         How have I demonstrated empathy toward those who are struggling with the weight of their problems?
·         How have I helped someone need even if it hurt to do so?
·         When have I come to the aid of others, clothing them with dignity?
·         How do I shelter the homeless, not by giving a roof, but by helping to protect people in other ways?
·         When have I helped to provide what someone actually thirsted for instead of mocking them with what they do not need?
·         What is something that I would like to bury so that I can come closer to God?

As Christian disciples, we are called to grow in our understanding of God’s expectations of us by reflecting on Jesus’ life and teachings. In our prayer today, we reflected on the corporal works of mercy because they spell out some of the demands of Christian discipleship.  We ought to pray that we might grow closer in friendship with Christ and live generously in His name.

Our Lady of Memorial, Pray for us!

Monday, February 18, 2013

CMH Senior recognized for courage

Press Release—February 17, 2013


Molly Burke Courage Award

Catholic Memorial High School thanks the donors and Holy Apostles School for enabling CMH to award a $250 scholarship each year to one Catholic Memorial senior who survives a battle with cancer (or any other serious illness) and still demonstrates remarkable success in four areas: academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, and faith.  Many caring individuals established this scholarship fund to honor Molly Burke’s courageous battle against cancer. 

Molly received her diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on February 17th, 2009.  She began chemotherapy on the next day, and continues to battle bravely today.   Molly looks forward to being a Crusader and graduating as a part of the CMH class of 2025.  Special thanks go to the Holy Apostles school community and the Condit family for their kindness and vision in making this award possible. 

We announce today the recipient of The Molly Burke Courage Award on the anniversary of Molly’s diagnosis.  The 2013 Molly Burke Courage Award recipient is Catholic Memorial senior Andy Stasik.  Although there are many excellent nominees, Andy’s story is extraordinarily compelling.  Andy received 36 nominations, which are the most ever received in the four-year history of the Molly Burke Courage Award and Scholarship.  Jacob Tom, a CMH classmate of Andy’s, wrote in his nomination letter, “Andy’s Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID) has left his skin scarred, damaged his spine, and caused a loss of upper-body muscle control . . . the disease, however, hasn’t changed his smile.”  Steve Plechaty, Andy’s golf coach at CMH, wrote, “Andy has experienced the surgeries, pain medication, therapy, and disabilities resulting from SCID.  Rather than allowing this to discourage him, it compels Andy to make a difference in the lives of others.  Andy has personally raised over $50,000 in donations for Children’s Hospital through his participation in Al’s Run and Walk.”  And Andy’s older brother Wesley wrote, “Andy has made an imprint in my life that will allow me to continue to live my faith each and every day and I hope his story will continue to inspire people.”

Andy Stasik will receive the Molly Burke Courage Award at the Catholic Memorial senior scholarship and farewell luncheon on May 17th, and his name will be inscribed on a plaque that hangs in the CMH Academic Resource Center. 

Interview requests for Andy Stasik may be made by contacting Lolita Hoge in the CMH main office: 262-542-7101

Previous Recipients have been 2010—Maggie Golden, 2011—Paige Siehr, and 2012—Charlie Werner.

Here is a picture of Andy with part of his team at last fall's Al's Walk for Children's Hospital.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Football Players help out at their chaplain's parish

Dear CMH Leaders:

I want to write and extend my most sincere thanks and appreciation for your help in allowing the CMH Football Team to volunteer their time at our Ash Wednesday Fish Fry this evening.  The compliments, praises, and accolades for the guys present were non-stop throughout the evening.  They worked hard, were courteous, and acted like true Catholic gentlemen.  One team member, Kory, even filled in to help as an additional altar server at the evening Mass. 

I would have the guys back anytime to the parish and felt most proud to know that I have the honor of serving as their team chaplain.  They represented the fine school of CMH in a most dignified manner!  Thank you for all the great work you have done in helping them be a outstanding witnesses to our community.  You should be very proud of them, which I know, you most certainly are!

I will be posting some photos of the guys working the fish fry on my blog tomorrow.  Once again, thank you!

Ad Jesum per Mariam!

Rev. Sean T. O'Connell

Queen of Apostles Catholic Church

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ash Wednesday Homily

Highlights from William White's CMH presentation

Come watch a CMH grad play college ball

To:          All CMH alumni, parents, family, & friends
From:    Tom (CMH ’84) & Kellie Bray
                Bob & Sue Bernhardt (CMH ’77)

What:         Princeton basketball (T.J. Bray, CMH ’10) game watching party(‘s)
When:        Saturday, February 16th – 6:00pm  - Princeton @ Harvard – NBC Sports Network

                        Friday, March 1 – 6:00pm – Harvard @ Princeton - ESPNU

Where:       Bernie’s Tap Room (owned by Bob Bernhardt, CMH  ’77), located at 351 West Main Street in beautiful downtown Waukesha.

Who:          Hosted by Tom (CMH ’84) & Kellie Bray, Bob & Sue Bernhardt (CMH ’77)

Please extend this invitation to anyone else who may be interested in joining us.  All are welcome!

Back in January we had over 75 people join us to watch the game and Princeton won!  Thanks to Bob Bernhardt, and Bernie’s Tap Room, for being such a gracious host to our group.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

NFL star at CMH

Former NFL Player, William White, Speaks
at Catholic Memorial High School


Today, Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) hosted former Ohio State football captain and NFL player , William White. White was recently named the Midwest Regional Vice President for the national Engagement Team of Project Lead the Way. He will be talking to the students about fulfilling their greatest intellectual and personal potential as servant leaders and innovators.  He will also speak about the role of faith in his life, having a life plan, and making career choices that benefit society.  This event is free and open to the public.

White holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from The Ohio State University. It was at OSU where White played four years of Division I football, eventually going on to enjoy an 11-year career in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and starting in Superbowl XXXIII for the Atlanta Falcons.

In addition, White currently serves as a board member of The Ohio State University’s Varsity O and has served on the boards of the Big Ten Conference Advisory Commission, Athletes in Action, and the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary. He is the 2011 Fellowship of Christian Athlete Legend Award Winner and has received numerous academic and athletic awards throughout his career. White also runs his own charity, Carter/White Charities, Inc., to give inner city youth access to football camps.

3 Crusaders named State All-Stars

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Fifteen local football players picked as all-stars
WAUKESHA – The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Games will feature 15 players from Waukesha County high schools.

The games will be held July 20 at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh, with small schools playing at noon and large schoosl at 5 p.m.

The South team in the large schools game will feature Arrowhead’s Jackson Abresch and Dom Todarello, Catholic Memorial’s Andre Bodden, Matt Degner and Matt Hubley, Pewaukee’s Jamison Cook, Hamilton’s Tony Gumina and Tony Koepnick, Brookfield East’s Alec James and Brian Smith, Brookfield Central’s Chikwe Obasih and Mukwonago’s Nathan Tanguay.

The South team in the small schools game will feature Lake Country Lutheran’s Jacob Demman and Jacob Simons and St. John’s Northwestern’s Dominic Pfister.

Hamilton assistant coach Chris Botsford will be an assistant on the South large schools team, and Lake Country Lutheran coach Greg Brazgel will be an assistant on the small schools team.

– Freeman Staff

A First Place in Caritas!

Catholic Memorial received the first place trophy for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Youth Group Challenge!

Principal Hall was there to accept the trophy along with Haley Richardson, Jett Siegenthaler, Tony Balistrieri and Jackie Jarosz at the Salvation Army award ceremony that was held this past Monday, February 11.

Our kids rang the bell to the tune of $3,177 for the Salvation Army. A special thank you to CMH mom, Therese Balistrieri, for organizing the bell ringers and keeping us motivated! 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

More on yesterday's college signers

Matt Degner will be attending NCAA Division II school Augustana College in South Dakota on a football scholarship.  Matt earned a 1st Team Classic 8 selection as an offensive guard.  Other honors he received this year were 2nd Team All State, 1st Team All County, 1st Team All Area, and WCFA 2nd Team All State.  Matt will be playing in the Shrine All Star game for the south this July.

Matt Hubley will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a full football scholarship.  Matt was named the Associated Press Player of the Year;  two-way all conference player; and WFCA All State 1st Team for running back.  Additional honors he earned this past season were 1st Team Running Back All Area and 1st Team All County.  Matt will be playing this July for the south team in the Shrine All Star game.

Mitch Meindel will be attending University of North Dakota on a football scholarship.  Honors that Mitch received this past season include 2nd Team All State; WFCA 2nd Team All State; All Area Team; All County Team; and 1st Team Classic 8 as a punter and place kicker.

Anna Jurken has 12 goals and 8 assists in her soccer career at CMH and is a captain for the 2013 team. In the state semifinal and state championship games in 2012, she scored the game-winning goal.

"Ava Olson  is one of the most talented midfielders in the Wisconsin class of 2013,” said John Burke, CMH’s girls’ soccer coach.
In her soccer career with CMH, Ava Olson has 10 goals and 23 assists. She has also  started every game since her freshman year. Ava is a captain for the 2013 CMH varsity girls’ soccer team. 

Yesterday’s signings are in addition to the college signings earlier in the school year for volleyball. Last November Aly Dawson of New Berlin signed with Iowa Western and Mary Kate Dougherty of Waukesha signed with St. Cloud State.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

National College Signing Day

Matt Hubley (Football, UW-Madison,) - St. William, Waukesha
Matt Degner (Football, Augustana College) - St. Leonard, Muskego
Ava Olson (Soccer, St. Olaf College)
Anna Jurken (Soccer, Marquette University) - St. Mary, Elm Grove
Mitch Meindel (Football, University of North Dakota) - St. Joan of Arc, Nashotah
These signings are in addition to CMH senior Aly Dawson, who signed her letter of intent to play college volleyball for Iowa Western College last November 29th.

CMH Senior - Finalist for National Acheivement Scholarship

For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 6, 2013


Catholic Memorial Student Selected as
National Achievement Scholarship Finalist

TBixby2012-13.jpgWaukesha, Wisc. Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) announces that senior Thomas R. Bixby, has advanced as a finalist in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program® competition which was established in 1964 to provide academic recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Bixby was selected from more than 1,600 semifinalists competing for the opportunity to be awarded one of 800 National Achievement Scholarships.

To advance to the finalist level in the competition, the semifinalist and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and educational goals. Semifinalists must present a record of high academic performance throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance.
“Thomas is a great example of how our students reflect and exceed the ideals at CMH, not just academically, but in how they care for others. They are mentors, volunteers, and

student ambassadors who seek to help others in the gifts they have. The Catholic Memorial faculty and staff are proud of Thomas’ success in this scholarship competition,” said Fr. Paul Hartmann ’84, CMH president.

All Achievement Scholar® awardees will be selected from the finalist group on the basis of their abilities, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

More than 160,000 high school juniors from all parts of the United States requested consideration in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Semifinalists are designated within geographic regions and are the highest-scoring program entrants in the states that make up each region.

The National Achievement Scholarship winners of 2013 are expected to be announced in April.

For more information about Catholic Memorial High School, call (262) 542-7101 or visit