Friday, March 28, 2014

CMH's Singin' In The Rain recieves numerous recognitions!

A message from Chris Andacht, CMH Drama Director

Dear parents and cast and crew members of Singin'  in the Rain,

We just received yesterday the Tommy award critiques from our six adjudicators. The results were quite honestly outstanding: the most nominations that we at Catholic Memorial have ever received for a show was fifteen in 2010 for Guys and Dolls. T
he most I've ever heard of any high school in Wisconsin receiving for any show was twenty. This year's show Singin' in the Rain received an incredible 27 Tommy award nominations for cast, crew, and production teams.

They included Tommy award nominations for: Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Musical Numbers for "Moses Supposes", "Broadway Melody", "Tango", and "Singin' in the Rain".

We had five actors/actresses nominated as outstanding lead performers: Tyler Agnew (Don Lockwood), Mitchell Matyas (Cosmo Brown), Kelsey Landry (Lina Lamont), Morgan Mutza (Kathy Selden), and Emily Esser (Lina Lamont).

Five actors and actresses nominated as outstanding supporting performers: Margaret Tomasiewicz (Roscoe Dexter), Claire Polacheck (Roscoe Dexter), Laura Ellingen (Dora/Ms. Dinsmore), Maria Fernandez (R.F. Simpson), and Mitchell Matyas (the Production Attendant).

Two of our cast members were nominated as outstanding dancers: Morgan Mutza and Tyler Agnew as the Lady in White and Young Broadway Hoofer.

We received Tommy nominations for Outstanding Direction: Chris Andacht, Outstanding Musical Direction: Pete Lange, Outstanding Choreography: Doug Reed, Outstanding Stage Management: Joe Kolonko and Lizzie Wesley, Outstanding Overall Design: Skelly Warren/Chris Andacht, Outstanding Scenic Design: Skelly Warren, Outstanding Lighting Design: Skelly Warren, Outstanding Costume Design: Rose Fernandez, and Outstanding Sound Design: Evan Gungor and Danny Gentile.

It is truly an amazing list that speaks to the dedication, talent, and focus of your sons and daughters and the many volunteers who worked with our production staff to make this musical possible.

Needless to say, even before the award nominations, it was my favorite show during the time that I've been here at Catholic Memorial. Feel free to share this information with anyone you wish- the formal awards will be announced at the end of the second week in May.

Based on the volume and the comments from the reviewers, I'm guessing that we might be performing on the Overture stage in June. This will mean some rather intense rehearsals after final exams up until the Tommy awards, which are Sunday, June 8th. Again, kudos to everyone that was involved at any level in this wonderful production. Thanks for everything- hope to see us all making a trip to Madison on June 8th!


Mr. Andacht

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Agile thinking for CMH PLTW

CMH Parent, Chris DeNardis, Engineering Manager for Johnson Controls, spoke to both Project Lead the Way classes of CSE (Computer Science and Software Engineering).  He has been practicing agile methodology since 2006.  Mr. DeNardis was here to give the students an overview of Scrum and share examples of real world experience.

Scrum for Computer Science (and our CSE) is managing the development of a specific product/software for a client in a very effective, efficient way.  It involves having a group of people each managing a different aspects of the development in a timely manner, including regular meetings with each other checking progress.   Everyone has a different role – ex:  one person to really manage the group – checks on progress and anything that is hindering progress, person in charge of developing the software, testing the product thoroughly, debugging it, connection with client, etc.

Charts are used to track/adjust progress.

According to CMH faculty member, Rose Hoffmann, Chris is an expert in scrum, in agile development.  He travels throughout the country giving talks and instructing people about scrum.  So it was very generous of him to offer to give a talk to both of my CSE classes.  His son is in CSE.


from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Crusaders building toward future success
CMH gets boost from increased roster size
By Mark Hutchinson, Freeman Staff 
WAUKESHA – The workhorse has moved on to other pastures. 

But coach John Gabelbauer likes the work ethic he has seen from his Catholic Memorial High School boys track and field team. 

The Crusaders’ 2013 graduation losses included Sam Tiahnybik, who set a WIAA Division 2 statemeet record by winning the 400 meters in 48.26 seconds and claimed first place in the 200 and second in the 100. 

Tiahnybik’s performance accounted for the majority of the Crusaders’ 37 state-meet points, which earned them second place behind Shorewood. The speedster is now competing for the University of Wisconsin. 

“Replacing Sam will be impossible,” Gabelbauer said. “He scored 28 points by himself in the state meet last season. I’m more interested in building our team into one that can go to state and go after it in a couple of years. We’re not there yet.” 

The Crusaders’ returning lettermen are well aware of the challenge ahead of them, judging by the work ethic they have demonstrated in early practices. 

“As I watch us work out, I don’t have a lot of stragglers and strugglers,” Gabelbauer said. “Everyone’s been working hard. 

“Our numbers are up, which is really encouraging. We have about 45 guys. We’re normally in the 30s.” 

CMH’s returning cast features junior Joe Novak, who finished second in the 1,600 meters in and eighth in the 800 meters at last year’s state meet. Novak was the Classic 8 outdoor champion in both the 1,600 and 800 last season. 

Joe Novak and junior Evan Wetzel are leading our distance runners,” Gabelbauer said. “Seniors Noah Krause and John Clark are leading our throwers, and senior Jacob Piette and Jared Norgal are leading our sprinters. Junior Robby Gogin (jumps) and sophomore Matt Lechner (sprints) have also stepped up and provided leadership.” 

Gabelbauer has begun to identify his team’s strong suits. 

“We should be better this season in the throws and distances – we have a real good veteran in Joe Novak in the distance races,” the coach said. “Our sprinters, as a group, will be better. 
“We’re starting from scratch in the hurdles and high jump. Robby Gogin and Chris Nennig, a sophomore, have done a nice job in the jumps.” 

Gabelbauer likes the look of some promising newcomers to his squad: seniors Alec Kocour (sprints and jumps) and Teddy Sibilsky (sprints); juniors Brad Bodus (distances) and Jett Siegenthaler (sprints); sophomores Fetcher Metz (multiple events), Nolan McCarthey (400 and 800), Zach Engsberg (hurdles and jumps), Austin Ciezki (hurdles), Jalen Campbell (hurdles and sprints), David Dangelis (sprints), Josh Karfonta (sprints) and Mike Oechsner (sprints). 

CMH finished seventh with 46 points in last year’s Classic 8 Conference outdoor meet. Mukwonago won the meet, while Arrowhead finished second. The Indians and Warhawks are expected to be strong again. 
“Mukwonago and Arrowhead are the perennials,” Gabelbauer said. “They have big squads and can fill all the events with two or three guys. 

“After that, it becomes a war of attrition.” 


Photo: Catholic Memorial junior Joe Novak won the 800- and 1,600-meter runs at last season’s Classic 8 Conference outdoor meet. Freeman file photo 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

CLASSIC 8 2013 All-Conference Girls Basketball Team

Congratulations to: 

Honorable Mentions:  

senior;Tori Hodorowski, Catholic Memorial
senior; Dena Dryer, Catholic Memorial

Freeman PREP GIRLS TRACK PREVIEW: Catholic Memorial

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Crusaders chasing lofty goals 
Talent, depth has CMH focused on state meet

Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA – Chris Andacht is thinking big – real big.

“We fully expect to contend for a state title if we stay healthy and, given the talent of this group, that seems like a reasonable goal,” the Catholic Memorial High School girls track and field coach said.

That would appear to be some pretty big thinking, but Andacht has five returning letter winners who competed at last year’s WIAA Division 2 state meet plus the addition of a great group of freshmen to bolster this thought process.

“We usually have four or five sprinters and we run one in each individual event and in two relays,” Andacht said. “But this year might be the strongest sprinting group I’ve ever had, especially in depth as well as quality.

“Our first day of practice
 we always run a 55-yard dash, and we usually have four or five who are under eight seconds. But this year we have 12 of them. We don’t have 12 studs but we have 12, which allows me to do more in individual events. We have options this year.”

Senior Maddy Davis placed fourth in the 100 hurdles at last year’s state meet, and she was also a member of a fourth-place 400 relay team and an 800 relay team that was disqualified but 
had the second-fastest seed time entering state. 

Seniors Andrea Sullivan, Bailey Finnegan and Emily Kern were also members of that 400 relay team, and Bailey Finnegan, Sullivan, Davis and sophomore Abby Finnegan were on the 800 relay team.

Davis and Sullivan were also on 400 and 800 relay teams that placed at state as sophomores.

With senior Annie West, junior Courtney Hahn and sophomores Erin Jaynes and Renee Bixby joining them as returning letterwinners, Andacht has a nice nucleus.

“Emily Kern is like a free agent acquisition as she was injured most of last year after an MCL and ACL operation on her left knee. Before the injury, she was arguably the best sprinter that we had in the program,” Andacht said. “Now that she’s fully recovered, I’m really looking forward to seeing what she’s going to be able to accomplish.”

Jaynes was runner-up in the 100 despite battling injuries at the Classic 8 Conference meet to graduated Waukesha West superstar Hannah Rohde, who won the 100, 200 and 400 at state last year.

“She’s now healthy and is looking really good,” Andacht said of Jaynes. “And Bailey Finnegan, who was new to track as a freshman last season, looks really good in the 400. Emily Kottermann and Maddy Rondeau are exciting new sprinters who will be an integral part of our relays, and Maddy might be strong enough to score in individual events at the conference and tournament level.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Jaynes, Finnegan and Rondeau all contended for titles. So I don’t know, but I think we might have a really good chance at state and that’s the first time I’ve really been able to say that.

“In the past eight to 10 years I haven’t felt this strong about a team, but this might be the best group of sprinters we’ve had since the early 1990s. It’s pretty special.”

Memorial’s highest WIAA state-meet finish was a second-place tie in Division 1 in 2003.

Photo:  Catholic Memorial senior Maddy Davis will be a key figure in the Crusaders’ chase of a WIAA Division 2 state title. Freeman file photo 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Dr. Hall follows through on an Auction commitment

Yesterday, as was offered in the Crusader Grand Silent Auction, our principal, Dr. Bob Hall, hosted a pizza lunch for a dozen students.  I gladly allowed Dr. Hall and the group of freshman boys to use the rectory for this event.  Fortunately, the previously chosen date for the pizza lunch coincided with the chance to watch at least the first half of UW's NCAA opener.

I am told, and very pleased, that the boys took it upon themselves to leave the place clean and to pause for prayer before the pizza was served or the game was turned on.  All of their parents (who gave permissions) can be very proud.

Everyone had a lot of fun.  The only problems seem to be that Dr. Hall, a father of two young daughters, drastically underestimated how much freshman boys eat, and could not work my TV, so the game had to be watch in regular def.  But they all muddled through.

New Academic Achievement group at CMH - Spanish Honor Society

Last night, the first members of the San Ysidro de Seville Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hisp├ínica were inducted.

This academic, cultural and service organization was founded in 1949 by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  The AATSP promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their corresponding Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian and other related literatures and cultures at all levels of education.  The Society serves as a means to incorporate the Association's efforts into the experiences of secondary school students.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Jorge Uribe-Cano, a CMH parent, Columbian immigrant and part of GE Medical's global outreach efforts.  Jorge spoke of the power, value and purpose of being bi-lingual in the modern world.

The chapter at CMH is a result of the idea and efforts of Breanna Aldred.  Breanna pursued this honor for the school as part of her CAS (Community Action Service) Project for the IB Diploma.  Breanna is thus the chapter's founder and first president.  Senora Diedrich and Senorita Malone serve as moderators.

It is impressive that the students chose as the patron for the CMH chapter St. Isidore of Seville.  Isidore is a Doctor of the Church and has been referred to as the Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages.  He is the patron saint of both librarians and (recently declared by JPII) the internet. 
After the death of their parents, Isidore was raised by his three older brothers, all of whom are canonized saints of the Church.  Initially considered a poor student it is written that he gave the problem over to God and eventually became one of the most learned men of his time.

Archbishop of Seville, teacher, founder, reformer.  Prolific writer whose works include a dictionary, an encyclopedia, a history of Goths, and a history of the world beginning with creation.  He introduced the works of Aristotle to Spain.  In 1722 he was declared a "Doctor of the Church."  Only thirty-five great theologians of history have received this designation.

Congratulations to all the first members of the San Ysidro de Sevilla chapter of the Sociedad Honoria Hispanica!

A CMH Artist Recognized

National Gold Key Award
Scholastic Art Competition
(Most prestigious national competition)

Bethany Krause, Junior

Image of winning oil painting is attached.
The award ceremony is held at Carnegie Hall, New York, in June.

The new Spanish Honor Society


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Sports Previews begin - Girls LaCrosse

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

For Girls LaCrosse, Catholic Memorial participates in a co-op with the three Waukesha public high schools.


WAUKESHA Girls Lacrosse

 Bill Paquin, first season
Conference: Classic 8 
2013: 2-16 overall, 1-13 conference (last out of eight teams) 

Athletes to watch: West junior Lauren Paquin (35 goals, secondteam all-conference), Catholic Memorial senior Michaela Hoffman (14 goals, honorable mention all-conference),West senior Claire Perreault (honorable mention all-conference) 

Other returning letterwinners:Catholic Memorial senior Kali Boemer; North senior Haley Lehr; South seniors April Larsen, Brooklyn Larsen and Madison Simon; Catholic Memorial junior Tara Hoffman; West juniors Camille Seghesio and Julianna Dodd 

Newcomers: West juniors Ashley Solberg, Carlea Hunter, Julianna Koenig, Kendall Urban and Lynnie Lindblom; South sophomore Amber Nareski; West sophomores Jessica Brown and Kariss Keller; Catholic Memorial freshmen Catherine Raster and Maura Hoffman; North freshman Hannah Albert; South freshman Maliya Lopez; and West freshmen Alyssa Graves and Gabrielle Glesner 

Key graduation losses: defender Emily Engdahl, attack Amy Leach and midfielder Leah Katzung 

 “Early indications are that we will be improved and more competitive on the field,” Paquin said.“We were able to implement an offseason program that allowed our players the opportunity to work on their basic skills one day a week from mid-September until the beginning of the season. With 10 girls on this year’s team who have never played lacrosse, this was particularly valuable for them. This has allowed us to focus more on implementing our offensive and defensive philosophies and schemes early on in practice instead of spending all of our practice time on learning how to throw and catch the ball. Our team will be more athletic as the majority of our players participate in multiple sports. Our improved athleticism should allow us to do some things that we were not able to do last year, and this should translate into better competitiveness and more wins.We are still working on building the program. Our youth girls program is in its second year. As that program continues to grow, we will reap those benefits at the high school level.”

Coach Paquin’s conference favorites:
 Arrowhead, University School of Milwaukee, Brookfield, Mukwonago 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Crusader Athlete Honors continue...

From the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association -

Named to play in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star game this summer was Alec Kocour, at the linebacker/safety position for the large school, south team.

The large school and small school games will be played July 19 at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh. 

Also from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

CMH senior basketball player, Jake Shomin, was named Classic 8 All-Conference Second Team.  Senior Ayinde Starling received Honorable Mention honors.

On the hockey ice, Crusader Senior Vince Dombrowski, playing for the Stars co-op between CMH and the Brookfield schools, recieved a Classic 8 All-Conference Honorable Mention.  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Youth Law Day

Last Wednesday, the St. Thomas More Lawyer Society, for whom I am a Chaplain, and the Marquette University Law School, where I am an adjunct faculty member, hosted the annual Youth Law Day. 

There were participants from a dozen high schools, but the largest group came from CMH.

After sessions on the faith origins of western legal systems, the students participated in a mock trial, and panel discussions with lawyers and law students.   

It was a great experience for all.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A chance to remember Nick Kapusniak, '11


A slideshow by his sister Amanda, '09

Please join the family in prayerful support this Sunday, March 16th, 6pm, for a Memorial Mass at St. Anthony of the Lake Parish, Pewaukee.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Please support a CMH family in a time a great need.

Local services for CMH alum, Nick Kapusniak, ’11, will take place this Sunday, March 16th, at St. Anthony of the Lake Parish, Pewaukee.  The tragedy of Nick’s passing calls for our unified support of his family, and our prayers for a needy world.

Visitation will begin at 4:30pm with Nick’s parents, Renee and Richard, and his older sister, Amanda, ’09.  A mass of remembrance will begin at 6:00pm.  St. Anthony’s pastor, Fr. Tony Zimmer, and Catholic Memorial High School president, Fr. Paul Hartmann, ’84, will concelebrate.

St. Anthony of the Lake Parish is located at W280 N2101 Highway SS, Pewaukee, WI 53072.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Crusader wrestler, medals as 5th in State

From today's Waukesha Freeman - 

[Last Saturday] Catholic Memorial junior Sam Gromacki battled back to fifth place at 285 in Division 2. Gromacki lost his consolation semifinal, but he answered by pinning Osceola senior Thor Riemer 41 seconds into the fifthplace match. 

Congratulations to Sam, and the entire CMH wrestling team!

Congrats to Crusader Basketball high scorers

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Congratulations to two Crusader basketball players recognized as among top in the county.

Sophomore Dena Dryer, #11 among girls players in the county, with an average of 13 points per game.

On the boys side, senior Ayinde Starling is ranked 15th in the county with 13.1 points per game.

Congratulations to both great Crusaders!

CMH again wins High School Kettle Challenge

 We won, but the Salvation Army's work benefits!

The Salvation Army of Waukesha County on Monday recognized the students of Catholic Memorial High School for being #1, for the second year in a row, in the High School Kettle Challenge.

Even though we are nearly the smallest school participating, our kids (and faculty and staff) were kind and inviting, bell-ringing examples of Caritas in Omnibus!

Special thanks to Therese Balistrieri, the parent volunteer who did the most to organize this, and to her son Tony, who represented CMH at the recognition ceremony.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Coach Wally - A Hometown Hero!

CMH's own, John Waliszewski, was recognized as 2014 Coach of the Year by Sports Faith Internaional. Congratulations John!