2013-2014 School Year Student Accomplishments

 

Here are some student accomplishments from this year that we’d like to share with you:

 

Congratulations to all the St. Charles Preparatory School winter athletic programs for hugely successful seasons!!!

1) The hockey team played in the Division I State Final Four on Friday (March 7) afternoon. http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/bexley/sports/2014/03/07/hockey-st-charles-comes-up-short-in-state-semifina.html

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-Junior Tim Rooney placed fourth at Division I State Wrestling Meet (Feb. 27- March 1) last week;
-The basketball team reached the Division I District Semifinals before losing to 2nd-seeded Gahanna last Tuesday (March 4) night;
-Senior Noah Thomas of the bowling team finished 38th in the District Tournament two weeks ago (March 1).
Visit: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/bexley/sports/2014/03/03/st–charles-roundup-hockey-squad-reaches-state.html

5) The St. Charles swim team was well represented in Division I at the State Swim Meet, finishing 12th (Feb. 20-22) at Branin Natatorium in Canton. http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/bexley/sports/2014/02/24/st–charles-roundup-hockey-squad-earns-berth-in-district-final.html

Congratulations to all our winter sports teams and athletes!!!!

 

 

Four sign college ‘Letters of Intent’

In early February four St. Charles seniors announced their plans to play Division I and II football and soccer in college. They are (below, from left to right) David Heil ’14 (football at Tiffin University; he attended St. Cecilia grade school and is a member of St. Cecilia parish); Andrew Hicks ’14 (soccer at the Virginia Military Institute; he attended St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish); Ben Hale ’14 (football, Bowling Green State University; he attended St. Catharine grade school and is a member of St. Catharine parish) and Nathan Puthoff ’14 (football, Kent State University; he attended St. Agatha grade school and is a member of St. Agatha parish).

 

Fall 2014 LOI Four DI Signees from St. Charles

 

St. Charles knocks off Dublin Jerome in Blue Jackets Cup final

Monday, 02.10.2014 / By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

Heading into Sunday’s championship game of the 2014 Blue Jackets Cup, it may have been tough to bet against Dublin Jerome even with the Celtics missing one of their top scorers.

Winners of two consecutive Blue Jackets Cups and six of the last eight overall, the Celtics were in position to continue their dominance over this tournament – but standing in their way was an equally determined and well-rounded St. Charles team.

And when the two teams finally locked horns, the result was an entertaining hockey game that literally went down to the wire at the OhioHealth Ice Haus. St. Charles, thanks to stout defensive work and timely goal-scoring, knocked off the two-time defending champion Celtics in a 2-1 final to capture the Capital Hockey Conference championship.

Both teams made certain to not yield any free ice, taking away time and space early on and eliminating any sustained attacking zone time in the first period. Dublin Jerome had a few chances to open the scoring in the first few minutes, but after that, the Cardinals took the play back and established territory in the Celtics’ zone.

St. Charles was first to break through, turning a neutral zone misplay into a 3-on-2 break that would lead to the opening goal. A drop pass, a cut to the net and a back door pass later, Jack Cleary made it a 1-0 game midway through the period.

Discipline would come into play later in the first period. The Cardinals took a couple of interference penalties in the first period that gifted the Celtics with power play chances, but St. Charles’ penalty kill along with goaltender Alex Ward did the job and took a one-goal lead into the intermission.

The Cardinals added on to their lead in the second period, and the eventual game-winning goal came after a few close calls by Dublin Jerome at the other end. St. Charles starting getting pucks toward the net, and the 2-0 goal was the result of a loose puck in the crease that was jammed in by Clayton Klosz at 8:14 of the middle frame.

In what quickly became a physical, emotional game, the Celtics kept pushing along and got on the board late in the second.

On a similar play to the Cardinals’ second goal, the Celtics benefitted from a fortuitous bounce at the side of the net. With 2:13 left in the second period, it was a 2-1 hockey game with a huge third period ahead.

Rather than sit back and protect the lead with dump ins and a jammed-up neutral zone, the Cardinals stuck to their game plan. They were hard on the forecheck, clean with their puck decisions and made sure they didn’t beat themselves in a fast-paced third period.

The Celtics pulled their goaltender, Connor Willette (who played very well), for an extra attacker with about 90 seconds left in regulation but were unable to get a second puck in the Cardinals’ net.

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Congratulations to our Fall Sports Teams! St. Charles won or tied for the league title in all four Central Catholic League sports and won a state title in Water Polo!

The Water Polo Team won its 3rd state championship in four years, defeating Cincinnati St. Xavier in the finals 17-13 on Oct. 26 at Mason. The Cardinals advanced to state by going 2-1 to finish third in the North regional Oct. 18 and 19 at Napoleon–defeating Upper Arlington. “We peaked at the right time,” said head coach, Geoff Gear. The team  finished the season 21-13. “We were going through a tough stretch (before the postseason) and we just had to dig in and figure out what we needed to do.”

 

The Football Team won its first CCL title since 1962, defeating DeSales 36-0 and Bishop Watterson 17-13. The Cardinals finished sixth in Division II, Region 5 and played at third-seeded Zanesville on Friday, Nov. 8, in the first round. St. Charles finished the regular season 8-2, its best record since it also went 8-2 in 1983. Zanesville (10-0) was ranked No. 1 in the state going into the game.

 

The Cross Country Team won its 5th straight CCL Title (and 14th in the last15 years!). It finished 8th (239 points) of 16 squads in the Division I regional meet Oct. 26 at Pickerington North after finishing 4th in the district 3 race at Watkins Memorial a week before.

 

The Golf Team won its 6th consecutive CCL title and  junior Eddie O’Brien qualified to play in the Division I state championships, finishing in a  tie for 44th among 72 competitors Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. The Cardinals finished 2nd in the sectionals Oct. 1 at Granville Golf Course before finishing 5th (304) behind state-qualifiers Jerome (299), Pickerington North (305) and New Albany (308).

 

The Soccer Team won its third consecutive CCL title, tying Watterson for first at 3-1. DeSales (2-1-1) was third, followed by Hartley (1-2-1) and Ready (0-4). The Cardinals finished the season 10-5-4, losing to top-seeded Olentangy Liberty 1-0 on Oct. 26 at Westerville Central in its first Division I district final since 2004.The 12th-seeded Cardinals had a first-round bye before defeating 27th-seeded Zanesville 5-0 on Oct. 19 and eighth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne 1-0 in overtime in a district semifinal Oct. 23.

 

 

 

 

                                                                  CCL Football Champs!!!!

SC beats Watterson

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 St. Charles Cardinal football team and head coach, Jeff Pharion ’86, for their hard-fought victory over Bishop Watterson on October 25. The 20-14 victory earned the Cardinals the CCL Silver Division Championship — a title it hasn’t held in 52 years.  Two weeks earlier the Cardinals defeated St. Francis DeSales 36-0 for its first victory over the Stallions in 36 years.

See The Columbus Dispatch story and related “Slideshow” photos at  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/sports/2013/10/26/st–charles-ends-long-wait-to-win-its-league.html

 

                          Four St. Charles seniors named National Merit Semifinalist for 2013-2014

Student Photo  #5 l Merit semi

St. Charles had four of its seniors from the Class of 2014 named National Merit Semifinalists These young men qualified for the National Merit Scholarship program based on their scores on the Pre-Scholastic Aptitude/National Merit Qualifying Test they took last year as St. Charles juniors. Of the more than 1.5 million students took the test, only 16,000 were named Semifinalists. They are now competing with students nationwide for National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $32 million.

Tyler McMaken ’14 is the son of Joanne and Phillip McMacken of Grove City. He attended Brookpark Middle School and attends Trinity Assemblies of God Church. He plans to pursue degrees in physics and mathematics and minor in music. He plans to apply to Northwestern University (preferred), MIT and Cornell University. He is a member of the St. Charles Jazz Band, In the Know Team, Engineering Team and the National Honor Society. He plays the organ for St. Charles liturgies, the piano at nursing homes and volunteered at COSI presenting science shows and demonstrations for four years. At his home parish he plays the piano, assists with the children’s service and helps run the soundboard and video equipment.

Ryan Meder ’14 is the son of Tim and Kristin Meder of Westerville. He attended St. Paul grade school and is a member of St. Paul parish. He plans to study chemical or biomedical engineering and is looking to attend either the University of Notre Dame (preferred), Vanderbilt University; Case Western Reserve University or the University of Dayton. He is an editor for the school’s student newspaper, the Carolian, a member of the Engineering Team and the National Honor Society. He has volunteered at the Westerville Area Resource Ministry, St. Lawrence Haven food pantry and as a tutor at All-Saints Academy.

Sean Prendergast ’14 is the son of Michael and Tracy Prendergast of Pataskala. He attended St. Matthew grade school and is a member of Church of the Resurrection parish.He plans to study biology or chemistry and is applying to the United States Air Force Academy, (preferred), the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Alabama. He is a member of the Engineering Team, plays CYO basketball and is on the school’s cross country and track and field (four year letter winner) teams. He has volunteered at the Muscular Dystrophy summer camp and at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

Alexander Ward ’14 is the son of Thomas Ward of Columbus and Susan Oakes of Columbus. He attended Grandview Heights and is a member of Our Lady of Victory parish. He plans to study chemistry in college at an undergraduate level, move on to medical school and eventually become an orthopaedic surgeon. He is applying to The Ohio State University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Boston College (Ohio State and Cornell are his preferred schools.). He is a member of the National Honor Society and a four-year member of the school’s hockey team which elected him its 2012-2013 MVP.

 

Student Photo  #6 Achievement ScholarsTwo St. Charles seniors named Achievement Scholars for 2013-2014

Elijah Williams ’14 and Zelalem Demere ’14 have been selected as a 2013-2014 National Achievement Scholars. The National Achievement® Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students and earn recognition based on the results of the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test they take as high school juniors.

Demere, son of Sisay and Tsehay Tefera of Columbus, attended Holy Spirit grade school and attends Trinity (Orthodox) Church. He is applying to the University of Michigan, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, Michigan State University, The Ohio State University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Dayton. His preferred university is the University of Michigan. Zelalem is the captain of the St. Charles In the Know Team, and a member of the National Honor Society who has been involved in after-school tutoring at All Saints Academy.

Williams, son of Curtis and Cassandra Williams of Reynoldsburg, attended Liberty Christian Academy and Waggoner Road Middle School and is a member of Vinyard Columbus. He plans to pursue biochemistry research in college and his preferred school is The Ohio State University. He is a member of the school’s Robotics Team, serving as one of its programmers.

 

Student Photo  #7 Natl HispanicSt. Charles senior named National Hispanic Scholar for 2013-2014

Angelo Rivera ’14, son of Angel and Mary Ann Rivera of Clintonville, has earned the distinction of being named a Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. He attended Immaculate Conception grade school and is a member of Immaculate Conception parish. He is applying to The Ohio State University, the University of Miami (FL), the University of Cincinnati, Xavier (OH) University and Auburn University and plans to study biology. Angelo is a member of the Cross Country team and  “Cardinals for Life.”  He has been a volunteer for the March for Life and “Run the Race” and is involved with the youth group at Immaculate Conception Church. I addition, he traveled to Guatemala and El Salvador this summer as a member of the school’s International Service team.

 

The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT®. These students are from the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools abroad. Approximately 200 of the top-scoring PAA™ students from Puerto Rico are also included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking back at the accomplishments during the 2012-2013 School Year

It’s an Eight-peat: 100% on OGT again

 For the 8th consecutive year, St. Charles sophomores scored a perfect 100% passing rate for the 2012-2013 Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). The OGT is divided into five sections covering reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. All students are required to pass all five tests as a graduation requirement. Ohio students take the test as sophomores and have six additional opportunities to take and pass all five parts.

 

St. Charles has a goal not only to have 100% of its students earn a passing rate, but to have each score at the test’s highest levels in each category. Individual scores are ranked in a hierarchy of five levels: limited, basic, proficient, accelerated, and advanced. For St. Charles students, 96.5% of them scored at the accelerated and advanced levels in math, 80.2% in reading 90.1% in science and 91.9% in social studies. In writing, 96.5% scored at the accelerated level.

 

Colleges Chosen by 2013 Graduates

Those schools our St. Charles grads will be attending next fall include: The United States Air Force Academy; The United States Naval Academy; University of Akron; University of Alabama; Auburn University; Baldwin Wallace University; Bellarmine University;  Bemidji State University; Bowling Green State University; California Institute of Technology; Capital University; Case Western Reserve University; University of Central Florida; University of Cincinnati; Clemson University; Cleveland State University; Columbus State Community College; Cornell University; University of Dayton; University of Findlay; Gettysburg College; Hiram College; John Carroll University; Kent State University; University of Kentucky; Kettering University; Loyola University, Chicago; Miami (OH) University; University of Michigan; Mount Vernon Nazarene University; University of Notre Dame; Northwestern University; The Ohio State University ; Ohio University; Ohio Northern University; Ohio Wesleyan University; University of Oklahoma; Otterbein University; Pacific Lutheran College; Rochester Institute of Technology; St. Bonaventure University; Saint Joseph’s University; Shawnee State University; University of South Carolina; Towson University; Wake Forest University; Walsh University; Washington University, St. Louis; Washington & Lee University; West Virginia University and Xavier University.

Two graduating seniors, Daniel Losing ’13 and Marcus Ward ’13, accepted appointments to attend prestigious military academies.

Ward, son of Doctors Eric and Bonita Ward of New Albany, accepted an appointment to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO. Marcus earned a place on the school’s Honor Roll all four years and carried a 3.5 GPA. He was a member of the school’s nationally-recognized Engineering Team and served as a senior leader for the “My Brother’s Keeper” mentoring group. He also served his community through various groups and projects including the YMCA, Shepard’s Corner, book drives, food banks, UNCF walkathon and many others.

 

Marcus earned a varsity letter with academic distinction in lacrosse for all four years and football for three years, winning the Agonis Club Athletic Scholarship in his senior year. He will play Division I lacrosse with the Falcons while pursuing a major in mechanical engineering. He attended New Albany Middle School.

 

Loesing, the son of Norbert and Tracy Loesing of Columbus, accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He is a member of St. Andrew Parish and attended St. Andrew grade school. Daniel was a three-time varsity letter winner in basketball, twice serving as captain of the junior varsity team. He also played football for two years, serving as junior varsity captain as a sophomore.

 

Daniel was an honor student with a 4.12 grade point average, a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Finalist and a recipient of the Advanced Placement Scholar award. He earned Summa Cum Laude distinction five times for his scores on the National Latin Examination. He participated in the St. Charles International Service trip to Guatemala and El Salvador, was editor in chief of The Carolian student newspaper, and attended the U.S. Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar program.

 

 

Graduation Class held ten Eagles Scouts

St. Charles is proud to recognize ten of its graduating seniors who reached the highest rank attainable by a member of the Boy Scouts of America: Eagle Scout. The title is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.” Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Congratulations to: Stuart Hudelson ’13 (St. Pius X grade school, St. Patrick parish); Alex Kendall ’13 (St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and parish); Alex Miller ’13  (St. Brendan parish and grade school); Joe Mullahey ’13  (St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and parish); Richard “Andy” Perry ’13  (St. Agatha parish and grade school); Tyler Reed ’13  (St. Paul parish and grade school); Wade Rich ’13  (Gahanna Middle East); Daniel Schmeling ’13  (St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and parish); David Sullivan ’13  (St. Paul parish and grade school) and Nick Turadian ’13  (St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and parish).

 

 

2013 Senior Awards presented at Graduation last May

Michael A. Lutter, son of Doctors Kenneth and Kathleen Lutter of Columbus, was the recipient of two awards at graduation. He earned the The Monsignor Paul J. O’Dea Latin Award, presented to the senior with the highest grade point average during his four-year study of Latin. He was also presented  The Father Charles Jackson Leadership Medal, given to the Student Council president for service to the school and the student body throughout the school year. Michael, a member of St. Timothy parish who also attended St. Timothy grade school, now attends the University of Oklahoma.

Brian J. Vetter, son of John and Patricia Vetter of Columbus — The Bishop Herrmann Service Award and Scholarship, presented to one senior in each diocesan high school who has, by his/her exceptional service to the community, continued the work of Bishop Herrmann in the Columbus Diocese. Brian, who attended St. Andrew grade school and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish, now attends the University of Notre Dame. Brian was a math GED tutor at the Dominican Learning Center, a Muscular Dystrophy Association Camp counselor, a volunteer on the school’s 2012 service trip to Nicaragua, a volunteer at the Physicians Free Clinic, a fundraiser for low-income families; a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, a National Latin Exam Gold Medalist, a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society, conducted cell research with St. Charles faculty member Dr. Sarah Vandermeer and muscle psychology research with Dr. Peter Reiser of The Ohio State University. He was also the captain of both the school’s Track and Field and Cross Country teams.

 

Aldriel V. Barnum, son of Allan and Hilda Barnum of Westerville — The Principal’s Award for Outstanding Service to School and Community, presented for leadership by example, attitude, disposition, and courage. He attended the Christian Academy in Tennessee, is a member of St. Catharine parish and now attends The Ohio State University.

 

Patrick W. Stinson, son of Dane and Maureen Stinson of Dublin – The Bishop Fulcher Memorial Award, presented to recognize the/those who have as achieved excellence in creative writing, in drama, in the visual arts, in journalism, or in music. Daniel is the son of Dane and Maureen Stinson of Dublin.  He attended Karrer Middle School, is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish and now attends The Ohio State University.

 

John J. Galden, son of  Dane and Jui-Feng Galden of Columbus — The Highest Accum for Four Years with an ending four-year grade point average of 4.26. He attended St. Catharine grade school and is a member of that parish. He is now studying at the California Institute of Technology. John’s academic accomplishments and abilities were also highlighted in his selection to the All-Diocesan Academic Honor Team. He was a National Merit Finalist, a member of the school’s Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society, the captain of the JET+S Engineering Team, completed an Ohio State University Chemical and Bioengineering Lab internship, was in the Ohio Dominican University Engineering Studies program, was a math and science tutoring, participated in  Model United Nations and was a Global Gallery Fair Trade volunteer, was an altar server while also finding time to also run cross country and play baseball for the Cardinals.

 

 

 

2012-2013  – Middle of the year highlights

 

— 12 named National Merit Semifinalists —

In mid-September St. Charles was proud to announce that 12 members of its senior class have qualified as National Merit Semifinalists for the 2012-2013 school year. They earned this prestigious distinction based on their scores on the Pre-Scholastic Aptitude/National Merit Qualifying Test they took in their junior year at St. Charles. Only 16,000 of 1.5 million students who took the test qualified. The qualifiers, including those from St. Charles, are in the running for scholarships that total more than $32 million. The St. Charles semifinalists are:

 

Matthew Bernert is the son of David and Mary Bernert of New Albany. He attended Gahanna Middle East and is a member of St. Matthew parish. He plans to study mechanical engineering and has applied to the University of Cincinnati, Ohio Northern University and the University of Dayton (preferred). He is a member of the wrestling and Ultimate Frisbee teams and the National Honors Society. His volunteer activities include travelling to Nicaragua with the school on the service trip this past summer, is a member of Cardinals for Life, Dignity, and Justice, and he volunteers at Shepherd’s Corner.

 

Conner Bowman is the son of Drs. Kevin and Mary Jo Bowman of Canal Winchester. He attended Fairfield Christian Academy and is a member of Violet Baptist Church. He plans to go into pre-medicine or pharmaceutical sciences and has applied to The Ohio State University(preferred), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Macalester College, University of Minnesota, University of Chicago, Wittenberg University, Northeastern University and Otterbein University. He is a member of the school’s track & field and cross country teams and is a member of the National Honor Society. His volunteer activities include travelling to Honduras, Nicaragua and Ecuador on medical service trips with the school and has volunteered with a youth group at his church.

 

Brandon Burdine is the son of Ivan and Leigh Ann Burdine of Westerville. He attended St. Paul grade school and is a member of St. Paul parish. In college he plans to biomedical or chemical engineering and has applied to the University of Notre Dame (preferred), Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Dayton. He is the captain of the football team and a member of the Engineering Team. His volunteer activities include serving as a core team member at St. Paul Youth Ministry, he travelled to Guatemala this summer with the school as a member of an international service team and he participated in a service trip to Cranks Creek, KY in the summer of 2011 through St. Paul Youth Ministry.

 

John Galden is the son of Dane (SC Class of 1984) and Jui-Feng Galden of Columbus.  He attended St. Catharine grade school and is a member of St. Catharine parish. In college he plans to study engineering and has applied to MIT, Columbia, the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University. He is a member of the cross country, baseball and Engineering teams. He participated in the Model UN program and volunteers at the Global Gallery.

 

Joshua Imbriani is the son of Rod and Lauri Imbriani of Dublin. He attended St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and is a member of St. Patrick parish. In college he plans to study computer science and has applied to the Rochester Institute of Technology (preferred), Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida. He is a member of the In The Know and Engineering teams as well as the National Honor Society. His volunteer activities include helping at Meals on Wheels and the Holy Family Soup Kitchen.

 

Neil Joseph is the son of Abe and Elizabeth Joseph of Dublin. He attended St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish. He plans to study political science in college and has applied to the University of Notre Dame (preferred), Wake Forest University (preferred), Vanderbilt University, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the baseball and Engineering teams, on Student Council and the managing editor of The Carolian student newspaper. His volunteer activities include travelling to Guatemala with the school this summer as a member of an international service team, served as a volunteer at “Run the Race,” the MDA Camp and at the Miracle League of Central Ohio. He also participated at Gospel Road 2011-2012.

 

Daniel Loesing is the son of Norbert and Tracy Loesing of Columbus. He attended St. Andrew grade school and is a member of St. Andrew parish. He plans to study history and political science in college and has applied to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (preferred), the U.S. Naval Academy (preferred) and the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the basketball team, National honor Society and Student Council, serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Carolian student newspaper and participated in the United States Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar. His volunteer activities have included travelling to Guatemala with the school this summer as a member of an international service team, working at Shepherd’s Corner Farm and Ecology Center and being an altar server at St. Andrew Church.

 

Michael Lutter is the son of Drs. Kenneth and Kathleen Lutter of Columbus. He attended St. Timothy grade school and is a member of St. Timothy parish. In college he plans to study either medicine or law and has applied to the University of Notre Dame (preferred), the University of North Carolina, The Ohio State University, Duke University and  Georgetown. He is the president of Student Council, secretary of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and a member of the basketball team. He volunteers as a School of Religion teacher for St. Timothy Church.

 

Tyler Reed is the son of Walter and Diana Reed of Westerville. He attended St. Paul grade school and is a member of St. Paul parish. In college he plans to study biochemistry and attend medical school. He has applied to Washington University in St. Louis (preferred), the University of Princeton and the University of Cincinnati. He is an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America,  works with Habitat for Humanity’s Greater Columbus ReStore and travelled to Guatemala this summer as a member of an international service team.

 

Benjamin Stechschulte is the son of Drs. Mark and Beth Stechschulte of Dublin. He attended St. Brendan grade school and is a member of St. Brendan parish. IN college he plans to study engineering or computer science and has applied to the University of Notre Dame (preferred), Carnegie Mellon University (preferred), Purdue University and Cornell. He is a member of the In The Know and Engineering teams and the National Honor Society, and is involved with the ongoing Nano fiber research project with St. Charles faculty member, Dr. Sarah Vandermeer. He has volunteered at Shepherd’s corner and with the Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk.

 

Brian Vetter is the son of Dr. John and Patricia Vetter of Dublin. He attended St. Andrew grade school and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish. He plans to pursue a pre-medicine track in college and has applied to the University of Notre dame (preferred), St. Louis University, Marquette and Villanova. He is a member of the track & field and cross country teams and is performing muscle physiology research at The Ohio State University. He provided GED tutoring at the Dominican Learning Center, volunteers as a counselor at the Muscular Dystrophy Association camp, travelled to Nicaragua with the school as a member of an international service team and volunteers at the Physicians’ Free Clinic.

 

John Zawada is the son of John and Elaine Zawada of Columbus. He attended St. Andrew grade school and is a member of St. Andrew parish. He is interested in several different areas of study, including engineering, science, music, law, psychology and political science. He has applied to the University of Colorado (Boulder), The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati and Columbia University. He is a member of the ski club and writes for the school newspaper, the Carolian. He played hockey and tennis and volunteers as a tutor and in the school library.

 

— 7 seniors named Commended Scholars

Seven St. Charles seniors were named National Merit Commended Scholars for 2012-2013 in late September. They placed among the top 5% of the more than 1.5 million students who took the PSAT/NMSQT last year. While they don’t continue in competition for National Merit scholarships, some are eligible for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. They include:

Charles Forrest is the son of Ronald and Charlene Forrest of Groveport. He attended Holy Spirit grade school and is a member of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal parish; Brandon Hoffman is the son of Steven and Cynthia Hoffman of Dublin. He attended St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish; Alexander Jordan is the son of Mark and Joan Jordan of Dublin. He attended St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish; Thomas Krajnak is the son of Peter Krajnak and Ann Croft of Columbus. He attended Bexley Middle School and is a member of St. Catharine parish; Oliver Sarko is the son of Thomas and Ursula Sarko of Columbus. He attended St. Catharine grade school and is a member of St. Catharine parish; Patrick Stinson is the son of Dane and Maureen Stinson of Dublin. He attended Karrer Middle School and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish; and Christopher Whaley is the son of Russell and Mary Whaley of Westerville. He attended St. Paul grade school and is a member of St. Paul parish.

 

— It’s a Seven-peat: 100% on OGT again —

Results from the 2011-2012 Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) were reported in May and the 174 St. Charles sophomores who took the test all passed. It is the 7th consecutive year the school registered a 100% passing rate — which also happens to be the same number of years the test has been administered in Ohio.

 

The OGT is divided into five sections covering reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. All students are required to pass all five tests as a graduation requirement. Ohio students take the test as sophomores and have six additional opportunities to take and pass all five parts.

 

St. Charles has a goal not only to have 100% of its students earn a passing rate, but to have each score at the test’s highest levels in each category. Individual scores are ranked in a hierarchy of five levels: limited, basic, proficient, accelerated, and advanced. For St. Charles students, 96.53% of them scored at the accelerated and advanced levels in writing while 99.42%  did so in each of the other four sections.

 

 

 

Class of 2012

St. Charles’ Hadad Earns Joyce Scholarship to the University of Notre Dame

St. Charles Preparatory senior, Matthew Hadad ’12, son of Christopher and Carolyn Hadad of Dublin, has received the Glenna R. Joyce Scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame. He plans to major in biochemistry with a premedical intent, is a member of St. Andrew parish and attended St. Andrew grade school.

 

Matthew holds a 4.24 GPA at St. Charles, earned the distinction of being an AP Scholar with Distinction and is the secretary of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. He has been a member of the nationally-recognized JETS Engineering Team since his freshman year and currently serves as the team’s co-captain. Matthew is also a member of the science team doing nanotechnology research under the school’s physics teacher, Dr. Sarah Vandermeer and served on Student Council for three years.

 

Hadad, who is currently a volunteer at the Ohio State Medical Center, has worked as an engineering intern at Prater Engineering the last two summers. At the end of this school year he will begin working as a research aid at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he was selected as a “Top-Five Student” in its Mechanisms of Human Health and Disease class in the summer of 2011. Matthew has played CYO Basketball the past four years.

 

St. Charles’ Grodesky Selected to Attend West Point Military Academy

William Grodesky ’12, a graduating senior at St. Charles Preparatory School, has accepted an appointment to attend The U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The son of Brian and Martha Grodesky of Pickerington, he attended Lakeview Jr. High School and is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish. He is an Honor Student with a 4.01 GPA, a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar. He earned National Latin Club Magna Cum Laude distinction in his sophomore year and was the school’s 2011 representative to Buckeye Boys State where he served as the Director of The Department of Transportation.

 

William was a varsity letter-winner in swimming in all four years of high school, earning the distinction of being an Ohio High School  Distinguished Scholar Athlete each season. During that time he advanced to state competition twice, earning All-Ohio status. He won several Central Catholic League and District swimming titles as well. He qualified as an Ohio Junior Olympic Swimmer in his freshman year, qualifying for Junior Nationals with the New Albany Aquatics Club in 2010-20111 and 2011-2012. William also played football for three years serving as captain of freshman team and earned a varsity letter his junior year.

 

Grodesky is the second senior to receive an appointemnt to West Point this year. In February Stevyn Spees ’12 accepted an appointment to The United States Military Academy and will run track. He is a member of St. Timothy parish and attended St. Timothy School. Stevyn is an Honor Student with a 3.75 GPA, a member of the National Honor Society and the Treasurer of Student Council. Last spring at the 2011 Ohio High School Division 1 State Outdoor Track Meet he was a member of the school’s 4 X 800 M relay team which finished 2nd in the state and he also placed 11th in the state in the 400M. He is a 1st degree black belt and captain of both the track and football teams.

 

Upstart ‘Cardinalbots’ Compete at World Robotics Championships

 

As reported on the St. Charles Facebook Page (as this new website was being brought on “LIVE” and our old site “under repair”), ‘an ‘upstart’ student group, established just six months ago with less than a dozen members, ‘shot its way’ to notoriety by earning a spot in the FIRST World Championships that were held in St. Louis two weeks ago.

 

Visit http://www.facebook.com/stcharlespreparatoryschool to see photo albums dedicated to the team and its performance in the Regional and World competitions.

 

Known as the “CardinalBots,” the St. Charles Robotic team earned their invitation with a strong performance in the Buckeye Regional March 22-24 at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University. St. Charles took 5th overall at the competition which included more than 1,450 students from 59 teams representing four states and Canada. Out of eight other rookie teams, the Cardinals earned the “Rookie All-Star” award for its (and their robot’s) weekend performance and with it a merit-based championship bid.

 

At Championship, the “CardinalBots” had a fantastic finish –24th place in the ‘Curie Division’ that had 100 teams. The average length of experience for teams ranked #1 – #23 was 8.7 years. The Cardinalbots were only organized 6 months ago!!!At the event the team  record was 5-4-0 in the completion which featured robots that shot basketball into various hoops.

 

Visit the websites listed below to get more information on the team, their performance, and successes! You can also see photo albums of the regional and World events on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/stcharlespreparatoryschool

 

For more information:

-Mr. Steve Miller, Advisor, smiller@cdeducation.org (614) 252-6714

-Fast facts about FIRST: http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/first-at-a-glance

-CardinalBots web site:  www.stcharlesrobotics.com

-FIRST Robotics web site:  www.usfirst.org

 

Previous story on Robotics team:

SC Robotics team qualifies for world competition

The St. Charles Robotic team earned their invitation with a strong performance in the Buckeye Regional March 22-24 at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University. St. Charles took 5th overall at the  competition which included more than 1,450 students from 59 teamsrepresenting four states and Canada.

 

FIRST, an acronym of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway. The group’s website states that “the varsity Sport for the Mind,” FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.  It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

Out of  eight other rookie teams, the Cardinals earned the “Rookie All-Star” award for its (and their robot’s) weekend performance and with it a merit-based championship bid. It joined the top three overall teams, the “Chairman’s” award winner and the “Engineering Innovation”award winner.  According to the FIRST manual, the “Rookie All Star” is “awarded to the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST: to inspire students to learn more about science and technology.”

 

The FIRST Robotics competition, held annually since 1992,gives high school students the opportunity to play engineer by designing their very own robot that can accomplish specific tasks. This year’s theme is “theRebound Rumble” robotics game played between two Alliances of three teams each.

 

The whole process started in January when teams received instructions and lists of parts for the competition. Teams had six weeks to design, build and practice with their robots. Then the machines, which must weigh less than 120 pounds, were sealed in plastic until they arrived in Cleveland for the regional competition. Teams from around the Midwest as well as several from Canada competed Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

 

Participants take home many skills from the robotics competition, including experience with electronics, engineering, physics, programming, mechanics, woodworking, multimedia, marketing, sales, public relations and the ability to work under pressure. According to one of the young men on the team, the
Cardinalbots on Saturday morning huddled around their robot (named DC40) to asses why it’s arm wouldn’t push down the bridges. The ability to push down the bridge and balance on it was a crucial one, and the morning of a tournament is never the best time for the malfunction. After the St. Charles team worked
together through the short time frame, they managed to rebuild the arm and score several points because of it.

 

Individual teams were randomly placed into larger teams of three to form competing “red” and “blue” teams.  Students had a few minutes before each match
to talk to their new teammates—likely from another school or state—to come up with a game plan.  Teams earned points for each basket and for successfully rolling two robots onto one of the balancing platforms. In each case, one robot from the red team and one from the blue team had to balance together to earn “co-opertition” points.

 

During each 2-minute and 15-second matches, each ‘Tri-Alliance’ competed by trying to score as many of the basketballs in the hoops as possible during the. Balls scored in higher hoops score Alliances more points. Alliances were also rewarded with valuable seeding bonus points if they balanced on bridges at the end of the match.

 

After all of the seeding matches on Friday and Saturday morning were completed, every body’s scores were calculated through wins and “co-opertition”
points.  Earning a place in the finals, the Cardinals were given the opportunity to choose the two other teams it would partner with in the final round. SC, at that time in 4th place, selected Team 379 (RoboCats, Girard High School, Girard, OH) and Team 677 (Murphy’s Outlaws, Columbus School for Girls, Columbus, OH) for the semifinals. After an unfortunate break in the Robocats’ robot, St. Charles’ third teammate, shooter,St. Charles placed 15th in that round.  The Cardinalbots have been shadowing the CSG robotics team and its moderator, Dr. Kevin Sweeney, which has served as SC’s mentor since the team was established in the fall, providing a place to work during the build season and helpful veteran advice.

 

To learn more about the team, the competition, the FIRST program, and to see photos, we invite you to use the following links:

CardinalBots web site: www.stcharlesrobotics.com

Video of awards ceremony: www.go.osu.edu/SCRoboticsAward

FIRST Robotics web site: www.usfirst.org

 

From Mr. John Engle, a St. Charles parent, has posted a handful of photos he took at Cleveland. You can find those photos here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/johnwengle/CardinalbotsSampler?authuser=0&feat=directlink

 

https://picasaweb.google.com/johnwengle/StCharlesCardinalBotsToolbox?authuser=0&feat=directlink

 

https://picasaweb.google.com/johnwengle/StCharlesCardinalbotsFinalBuild?authuser=0&feat=directlink

 

https://picasaweb.google.com/johnwengle/StCharlesCardinalbotsPrototypeRobot?authuser=0&feat=directlink

 

 

Good luck ‘Cardinalbots’ in St. Louis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

 

 

 

 

 

A number of studnet-athletes have signed ‘Letters of Intent” to continue playing sports in college.

 

You are invited to visit his personal website at https://sites.google.com/site/stevynspees  which he created to highlight his many other athletic and academic accomplishments as well as numerous volunteer service commitments and leadership/volunteer activities.

 

February 1, 2012: Josh Padgett signed to play football at Fordham. Personal stats:  – DE – 6’2″ – 230lbs; Senior; 57 tackles, 4 TFLs, 5 sacks, 16 QB pressures, 2 fumble recoveries. Our best defensive lineman. He is a member of St. Timothy parish and attended St. Timothy School.

 

November 9, 2012Nathan Yankovich and Matt Moosavian signed with the University of Iowa and Georgetown University, respectively. Both were members of the St. Charles golf team which earned back-to-back state titles in 2009 and 2010 and a 4th place finish in this year’s District Tournament, missing out by just two strokes on returning to the state tournament and playing for its third-straight title.

 

Yankovich qualified for the Division I state tournament this year as an individual, and finished 12th overall. He was 1st team All-State his sophomore year along with 1st team All-District and 1st team All-CCL.  His junior year he was all-CCL, 2nd team All-state and 2nd team All-District. As a senior he earned 1st team All-District and 1st team All- CCL honors. he is a member of  St. Matthew parish and attended St. Matthew School.

 

Moosavian was 1st team All- CCL this year and excelled this past summer playing in a number of American Junior Golf Association events. He is a member of St. John Neumann parish and attended Olentangy Orange  Middle School.

 

 

Seven Seniors named National Merit Semi-Finalists;

Twelve more named Commended Scholars

Seven St. Charles seniors qualified as National Merit Semifinalists for the 2011-2012 school year. They earned this prestigious distinction based on their scores on the Pre- Scholastic Aptitude/National Merit Qualifying Test they took in their junior year at St. Charles. Only 16,000 of 1.5 million students from 22,000 high schools who took the test qualified as semifinalists. The seven semifinalists are:

 

Chris D’Angelo, a member of St. Brendan Parish and attended St. Joseph Montessori School; Nicholas DeJaco, a member of St. Brigid of Kildaire Parish and attended St. Brigid School; Adam Henderson,  a member of St. Paul Parish and attended St. Joseph Montessori School; Rob LaTour, a member of St. Brigid of Kildaire Parish and attended Karrer Middle School; Anderson Speed, a member of St. Peter Parish and attended St. Joseph Montessori School; Michael Susa, a member of St. Agatha Parish and attended St. Brendan School; Peter Vilardi, a member of St. Michael Parish and attended St. Michael School.

 

Twelve other St. Charles seniors were named

National Merit Commended Scholars for 2011-2012

 

They placed among the top 5% of the 1.5 million students who took the PSAT/NMSQT last year. While they don’t continue in competition for Merit scholarships, some are eligible for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. They include:

 

Benjamin Bowen, a member of St. Catharine parish and attended Columbus Academy for grade school; Daniel Cogan, a member of Immaculate Conception parish and attended Immaculate Conception School; William Grodensky,a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish and attended Lakeview Jr. High School; Erich Groezinger, a member of Church of the Resurrection parish and attended St. Matthew School; Eric Janczak,  a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish and attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help School; Brendan Lau, a member of St. Michael parish and attended St. Michael School; Christopher Mescher, a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish and attended St. Brigid of Kildare School; Matthew Mignery, a member of   St. Matthew parish and attended St. Matthew School; Kevin O’Neill, a member of Church of the Resurrection parish and attended St. Matthew School; Alex and Patrick Travis, are members of St. Paul parish and attended St. Paul School; Michael VanVolkenburg, a member of Immaculate Conception parish and attended St. Michael School.

 

Seniors named Achievement Scholar

 and Outstanding Participant

 

National Merit Semifinalist, Adam Henderson, was also selected as a 2011-2012 National Achievement Scholar and Abel Negatu was named an Outstanding Particpant. The National Achievement® Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students and earn recognition based on the results of the PSANMSQ Test taken last year.

 

Water Polo Team wins 2nd Consecutive State Title

The St. Charles Water Polo Team repeated as state champions with a 16-6 win over Toledo St. Francis on Saturday, October 15 in Mason.  This was a rematch of the 2010 championship game, which St. Charles won by a 6-4 score. Seven different players scored for the Cardinals, with Josh Cohen, Daniel Cogan, Natty Patterson, and Chris D’Angelo scoring three goals each. Goalie Carl Calcara had 9 saves and 3 steals. The Cardinals defeated Upper Arlington 14-13 in overtime in the semifinals and concluded its season with a 28-6 season record. Congratulations!

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