A Tradition of Academic Excellence
Since its first graduating class in 1927, St. Charles has nurtured the minds and hearts of scholars, priests, entrepreneurs, artists, executive officers, doctors, legal professionals, and Church and community leaders. As the 143 members of the St. Charles Class of 2012 walk the hallowed halls of St. Charles for the final time as students, they leave having learned the value of education, the critical importance of religion and faith, the call to help others, and the need to adhere to high ethical standards. Congratulations Loyal Carolians!
Besides reading below the many great achievements of our students from the 2011-2012 school year, visit http://www.stcharlesprep.org/statistics/ to view over a decade of statistics which support that St. Charles’ reputation for Academic Excellence has been earned through Deeds, not Words.
Four St. Charles seniors named National Merit Semifinalist for 2013-2014
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.
Two Named Achievement Scholars
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.
Rivera National Hispanic Scholar
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.
Gerber Analytics rates St. Charles top academic high school in the state
For those curious how St. Charles’ academic performance compares with other Ohio high schools, Gerber AnalyticsLLC provides the answer. GerberAnalytics.com is the only Internet source for public and private Ohio Graduation Test academic data. Gerber Analytics has analyzed the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) results of all Ohio schools since 2007.
Gerber Analytics is Scott Gerber, parent of 2009 St. Charles graduate, Kyle. Says Gerber, “When I was a student at Miami Trace High School (located in southeast Ohio), I regularly watched WOSU-TV’s “In the Know” television quiz show. I was extremely curious which Ohio high schools were really the best. As an adult, the OGT finally provided me with the data necessary to determine this,” he said.
Each year, Gerber identifies six to nine high schools out of the approximate 1,000 taking the OGT to be his “championship schools.” Those that have made his list each of the last six years have included St. Charles, Shaker Heights’ Hathaway Brown, and Cincinnati’s Ursuline Academy. Cincinnati’s Seven Hills and Columbus School for Girls have been champion schools for five of the six years. Other schools that have had two championship years include: Toledo’s Maumee Valley Country Day, Cincinnati Public Schools’ Walnut Hills, Cleveland’s University School, and Columbus Academy.
Gerber said he suspected that St. Charles would be in the top-ten based on the work-load that his son had faced there during high school. “I can’t say I was too surprised when after all the data had been entered and scrutinized, I found that St. Charles ranked number one. They had actually finished first in four of the five test categories: math, reading, science and social studies (It finished fourth in writing). The 172 students it had taking the test was more than 10 of the 13 schools directly below it in the rankings.
After acquiring web building skills, I started sharing this information to a state-wide audience of education enthusiasts,” Gerber said.
While the main objective of Gerber’s extensive assessment is to recognize the top performing schools, it is also designed to encourage people to ask questions and seek answers of their own community schools. One example might be to ask “why is a league rival school with similar demographics much stronger in a specific subject versus my kid’s school?”
Gerber said that parents throughout Ohio seek his advice on which school their son or daughter should attend “It is the same response each time.” he said. He says that academic scores are very important to use when evaluating schools, but it is also a requirement to: 1) speak with parents and students who are currently enrolled; 2) speak with recent graduates and their parents to determine how prepared their children are for college; and 3) attend high school functions such as a football and/or basketball games to evaluate the parents and the students.
We would like to provide you an opportunity to make your own informed decision on just what schools are the best in Ohio using results from the Ohio Graduation Test’s publically-available data, You are invited to look over the test results and read the extensive criteria and guidelines Gerber used to reach his conclusions.
CCL Athletic Championships
St. Charles athletic teams took home titles in 8 of the 10 Central Catholic League varsity sports the school participates in. These included: Golf, Soccer, Cross Country (fall seasons); Wrestling, Swimming (winter); Baseball, Track and Field, Tennis (spring). Overall the school boasts 15 different varsity sports that also include Basketball, Bowling, Football, Lacrosse, Water Polo and Hockey. Ultimate Frisbee is still a “club sport.”
Looking back at the end of 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.
St. Charles’ Ward and Loesing Selected to Attend Military Academies
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.
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.
Senior 2013 Graduation Awards
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.
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).
St. Charles Theatre 2012-2013: Something old; Something new; Something broken
The St. Charles Theatre Department completed another successful season, presenting two old favorites and one new musical. But the road to successful was filled with detours along the way.
The hysterical Christmas comedy, Inspecting Carol opened the season. St. Charles presented Inspecting Carol twice before but Drama Director Doug Montgomery felt that it was the perfect time to mount the show again. “We just had the perfect group to pull off this clever and wonderful show.” Cast members included Finn Cleary ’14, Evan Hively’13, Evan Ryan, Danny Krajnak ’13, Carl Mahler ’14, Nick Anderson ’15, Matt Munsell ’15, Nick Turadian ’13, Alan Johnson ’16, Michelle Golonka (Bishop Watterson), Maggie Turek (Grove City) Alison Roth (Dublin Coffman) and Shannon Cogan (Bishop Watterson). Marc Rankin ’13 sustained a severe injury during rehearsals and had to leave the show. “Little did we know at the time that Marc’s injury was just the beginning of a difficult season,” noted Montgomery.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was the department’s second offering. “We presented the Central Ohio premiere of this show in 1997 and once again I felt we had some very funny actors who would have a great time with the material,” said Montgomery. Marc Rankin bounced back from his injuries and headed the cast which included Cleary, Evan Ryan ’13, Krajnak, Turadian, Anderson, Mahler, Gabe Lawson ’15. The female cast once again included Golonka, Turek, Roth, and freshman Ada Cleary from CSG.
The new show, performed in the spring, was the Tony Award-winning musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. “We had the perfect cast and rehearsals were going along very well…and then, with a week to go, Marc Rankin sustained another injury and we had to ‘rearrange’ a few things,” said Montgomery. With a few changes in the cast, Spelling Bee proved to be one of the finest musicals in recent memory. Cast members included once again Krajnak, Cleary, Mahler, Turadian, Anderson, Ryan and Jackson Mittlesteadt’16. It also included Akillah Clark (Charles School) and Emma Macesich (Dublin Jerome) as well as Michelle Golonka, Alison Roth, Maggie Turek, Courtney D’Angelo and Samantha Troutman from Bishop Watterson. The musical accompanist was sophomore Gabe Lawson.
At the annual drama banquet, Finn Cleary, Carl Mahler, and Marc Rankin earned Best Actor awards. Evan Ryan and Danny Krajnak won for Best Supporting Actor and senior Nick Turadian was acknowledged in the Best Character Actor award category. Senior Patrick Stinson received his third consecutive Most Outstanding Contribution Award along with accompanist Gabe Lawson. Prestigious Fourth Year Awards were presented to seniors Danny Krajnak, Patrick Stinson and Michelle Golonka.
So what about the future? “I am looking forward to next year. We have many talented actors returning and I always hope to get new faces, new talent to be involved at St. Charles.”
2012-2013 Band Awards
This past year the St. Charles Concert, Jazz and Pep bands were very busy under the guidance and direction of long-time director, Rick Brunetto. The Pep band could be seen at the home football games encouraging on the team and fans with classic rock hits. The Concert band performed several times during the year, including the 12th annual concert with Columbus School for Girls. The Jazz Ensemble performed at the Silent Auction in December and featured music from their Christmas Album. They entertained the crowd during the annual Spaghetti Dinner in February. In April they returned to the Capital University Jazz festival where junior Tyler McMaken on piano and senior David Sullivan on drums received recognition as outstanding soloists. The Jazz Ensemble released their latest CD, “Blue Madness” in May at their annual sold out dinner dance show at the 94th Aero Squadron. This annual event serves as a fund raiser for the band program and is always a hit.
Three students in the band program were specially-recognized at the school’s annual academic awards assembly in May. Zachary Harris ’14 received the Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award. He has served as a percussionist in the concert band for the past three years and also plays guitar for the Jazz Ensemble. Tyler McMaken ’14 received the prestigious John Philip Sousa Band Award which is presented each year to an outstanding musician who has demonstrated exceptional musical ability and a commitment to the band program. Tyler has played piano and keyboards in both concert and jazz bands. Finally graduating senior David Sullivan ’13 received the Jazz Ensemble Director’s Award which annually goes to a Jazz Ensemble student for exemplary musical performance and leadership.
St. Charles band director Rick Brunetto has also maintained a busy performance schedule. He leads his own professional group The Rick Brunetto Big Band appearing every Thursday night at the 94th Aero Squadron. He has also presented a series of concerts at the historic Valley Dale Ballroom. Additionally this past year he began touring with Deana Martin daughter of Dean Martin at concerts throughout the country.
In The Know Awards 2013
The St. Charles In The Know Team completed a successful season with a winning record in game play, which included an early Buckeye League Championship October, and a strong finish in both the WOSU-TV and Ohio Academic State Competition in the spring. The Varsity A Team qualified for OAC Regionals and placed 4th at the OAC State Tournament. The Varsity A and B Teams also won bids to the NAQT State Academic Tournament hosted by The Ohio State University in March and to the NAQT High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta, which featured all the top high school quiz bowl teams in the country. The team of Zel Demere ’14, Tyler McMaken ’14 and Stephen Susa ’15 went 5-5 (just one win away from making the playoffs) and finished in 120th place out of 256 teams. The Varsity A Team placed 4th in the WOSU-TV tournament, winning a $2500 grant for the school provided generously by Westfield Insurance. The team donated the winnings to the school to be used to purchase IPads for student and classroom use. Two, $2000 scholarships to The Ohio State University were also presented to the Cardinals.
Members of the Varsity A team were seniors Josh Imbriani ’13, Alex Jordan ’13, and Ben Stechschulte ’13, Junior, Zelalem Demere ’14, and sophomore Stephen Susa ’15. Other members of the varsity team included Connor Manley ’13, Stuart Hudelson ’13 and Ryan Paolini ’13; Phil Hurst ’14 and Tyler McMaken ’14; Sam Curry ’15 and Jason Imbriani ’15; and Riley Ferguson ’16 and Carrick Reider ’16.
Members of the JV Team included Jack Chatas ’15, Bobby Daniel ’15, brothers Andrew’15, Max’15 and Simon ’15 Fernandez and Gabe Lawson’15; and Nick Arnold ’16, Joshua Joseph ’16, Alex Dabek ’16, James Darnell ’16, Vince DiCocco ’16, David Dixon ’16, Joshua Joseph ’16, Alex Saccocio ’16, Michael Schmeling ’16 and Chris Silber ’16.
St. Charles Engineering Team
St. Charles fielded a record 12 engineering teams for the TSA TEAM+S Engineering Competition during the 2012-2013 school year — three Junior Varsity and nine Varsity. All twelve travelled to Ohio Northern University in February for the regional competition that included nearly 1,200 teams that competed across the nation at remote and regional sites in 47 states. The Varsity A team placed 6th in the State overall and 3rd in the state by division. The Varsity B team placed 5th in the state overall and 2nd in the state by division. The JV A team placed 2nd in the region by division and 6th in the state overall. In addition, 11 of the 96 Team members had perfect scores on their scenario problem sets. They were Thomas Krajnak ’13, Joe Jeffrey ’14, Andrew DeSantis ’13, Kyle Witt ’14, Tyler Mitchell ’14, Jack Engert ’15, Will Shovelton ’14, Niko Strickler ’15, Anthony Schneider ’14, Brian O’Neill ’15 and James Darnell ’16.
The St. Charles Robotics Team #4269, “The CardinalBots”, complete another successful season
by Wyatt Beltz ’14
Between its first and second seasons, the CardinalBots nearly doubled in size, expanding from 12 to 22 members. It enabled what had been a brutal workload for the few to be shared among many. The season officially began on January 5, 2013 at the FIRST Kickoff event hosted by The Ohio State University. The challenge unveiled was called Ultimate Ascent. The task was to build a 120 lb. robot under strict dimensional and componential standards capable of: shooting full size Frisbees into designated slots; climbing a three level pyramid and potentially dumping Frisbees into a box at the top of the 90 inch pyramid.
“Ultimate Ascent is played by two competing alliances on a flat, 27×54 foot field. Each Alliance consists of three robots, and they compete to score as many discs into their goals as they can during a two (2)-minute and fifteen (15)-second match. The higher the goal in which the disc is scored, the more points the Alliance receives. The match begins with a fifteen (15)-second Autonomous Period in which robots operate independently of driver inputs. Discs scored during this period are worth additional points. For the remainder of the match, drivers control robots and try to maximize their alliance score by scoring as many goals as possible. The match ends with robots attempting to climb up pyramids located near the middle of the field. Each robot earns points based on how high it climbs” (www.usfirst.org).
This year all the framing of the robot was designed by the students, using SolidWorks, a computer modeling software, which allows for the design of specific parts and also the virtual assembly and simulation of the design prior to construction. The software allowed the boys to analyze their design by changing component materials, thicknesses, and configuration to determine the strongest and lightest configuration for the robot. This function of the software enabled the students to determine if their design would perform the task. This year the robot was named “JL-1” in honor of Mr. James Lower’s first year as Principal of St. Charles Preparatory School.
After a grueling six-week build season, the competition robot was bagged and tagged, meaning that it could not be altered or tampered with in any way. The team then built a second robot, identical to the first, in order to practice driving and climbing on the practice field. It also allowed the scouting team to finalize the competition strategy. The CardinalBots competed in two Regional Competitions in Cincinnati and Cleveland. At the second, The Buckeye Regional, the team placed 7 out of 53 teams, making it to the semi-finals with a record of 7-2-1 (W-L-T), with the second highest amount climbing points earned at 300.
In the spirit of gracious professionalism and co-opertition, which are both FIRST cornerstones, the CardinalBots gave back by mentoring Bexley High Schools new Robotics team for the 2013 season, as well as hosting the 2nd Annual FLL Workshop for kids ages 9-14 this past summer. Mr. Joe Nerone (Honda Plant, Marysville & Team Mentor) provided a tour of the plant for the team. It was a great display of the use of robots at the plant and there was also a meet and greet for the team with the engineers following the tour.
The CardinalBots would like to thank Mr. Steve Miller ’77 our coach for the 2012-2013 season. Mr. Miller’s vision along with the strong support of Mr. Dominic Cavello ’64 and Mr. Jims Lower was instrumental in St. Charles becoming the first and only Catholic high school in Central Ohio to have a robotics team.
They also would like to thank their mentors, parents and the generous sponsors, which made this successful season possible: FIRST, CORI, The Ohio State University, Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey Chatas, Ometek, Inc., Mr. Tom Mackessy ’77, Selecteon, Mr. Tom Ward, Hickman Lawn Care, Mr. & Mrs. David Hickman, Forrest Automatons & Technical Solutions, Mr. Ron Forrest, Scoliosis Rehab, Inc., Mrs. Ronnie Campo, Connect a Millions Minds (TWC), JcPenney, Redtails, Bravo/Brio, Mr. Joe Isabell ‘83, Suburban Natural Gas Company, Mr. & Mrs. Jimmie Irby and Mrs. Angela Beltz. A big thank you also goes out to Mr. Ron Forrest, for being our coach this year.
The CardinalBots will compete in a “State Championship” event in Cincinnati the last weekend of September and start preparing for the 2014 Kickoff event on January 4th at OSU. To follow the CardinalBots we invite you to check them out on Facebook: St. Charles FIRST Robotics or browse their website: www.stcharlesrobotics.com. To learn more about US FIRST “The varsity sport for the mind and the hardest fun you will ever have” the website is: www.usfirst.org. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a sponsor please contact Mr. Ron Forrest: email@example.com .
[text] St. Charles athletic teams took home titles in 8 of the 10 Central Catholic League varsity sports the school participates in. These included: Golf, Soccer, Cross Country (fall seasons); Wrestling, Swimming (winter); Baseball, Track and Field, Tennis (spring). Overall the school boasts 15 different varsity sports that also include Basketball, Bowling, Football, Lacrosse, Water Polo and Hockey. Ultimate Frisbee is still a “club sport.”
-Bryce Spees ’13 and Marcus Ward ’13 were selected to receive the 2013 Agonis Club Scholar Athlete Award.
-Brian Vetter ’13 was selected to receive the Columbus Dispatch Scholar-Athlete Award.
Making “The States”
A collection of individual athletes and sports teams that represented St. Charles at the various State Tournaments over the course of the 2012-2013 school year is presented here. The information presented here was taken from stories written throughout the year by ThisWeek Bexley News sports reporter, Scott Hennen.
Track & Field:
Emmit Bryan ’14 finished 13th in the 400 meters (50.68 seconds) at the state outdoor track and field championships held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in June. Bryan said “I didn’t think it was possible to even get (to state) as a sophomore because I was getting blown away in the first couple of meets.” He said he started getting better results in early May. Of his overall experience, Emmit said “I would have liked to have done better, but it was good just to be here,” he said. “Just getting here today will help when I make it back.”
In 2011-2012, Tim Rooney ’15 became the first St. Charles wrestler to qualify for the Division I state wrestling tournament in his freshman year. Last year he became the first sophomore to reach a place on the state award’s podium. Tim took third place in his weight class at last year’s district tournament to earn the return trip to the state wrestling championships at Value City Arena and a chance to improve on his previous success — which he did. Tim finished fifth at 126 pounds at the 2011-2012 as a sophomore with a 4-2 tournament record. The year before as a freshman, he’d gone 1-2 in the 120 pound weight class. Rooney defeated Lakewood St. Edward’s Chance Driscoll 3-1 in sudden-victory overtime in the fifth-place match, after Driscoll had defeated Rooney 5-1 in sudden-victory overtime in the second round. The Cardinals tied Hilliard Darby for 44th (11 points) place in the team competition behind champion St. Edward (117). “(This trip to state) was a little better this time, and I’m happy to make it up on the podium. Now I need to work harder to move up and hopefully make it to the championship next year (in 2014),” Rooney said. Tim finished the season with an overall record of 39-4 helping the Cardinals their 2nd CCL title in three years.
The St. Charles swim team had another successful season in 2012-2103, winning the CCL title and finishing as runners-up in both sectional and district team competition. In what has become an annual February trip to the Branin Natatorium in Canton, the Cardinal team finished with 48 points to tie Dublin Jerome for 13th place. Perennial power Cincinnati St. Xavier racked up 270 points to earn the state crown. Here is how the team scored: Junior Max Penn, sophomore Tyler Welty, junior Sam Aslaner and senior Carl Calcara finished eighth in the 200-yard medley relay (1 minute, 36.86 seconds) to reach the podium in the Division I state swimming and diving meet. The relay entered the final after placing eighth (1:37.28) in a preliminary with Penn, Welty, senior Nick McKinley and Calcara. McKinley finished 11th (59.03) in the 100 breaststroke and 10th (1:55.4) in the 200 individual medley. Penn finished ninth (52.3) in the 100 backstroke, and junior Franz Kabelka was 13th (1:43.71) in the 200 freestyle and 18th (4:43.49) in the 500 free. Aslaner was 20th (1:58.62) in the 200 IM and Calcara was 23rd (21.81) in the 50 free. Welty was 22nd (1:00.37) in the 100 breast. The 200 free relay of Calcara, McKinley, Kabelka and freshman Derek Nguyen finished 17th (1:28.56), as did the 400 free relay of Aslaner, Calcara, sophomore Michael Ritchey and Kabelka (3:14.24). The Cardinals finished second (271 points) in the district meet Feb. 16 at Ohio State behind Upper Arlington (380 points). They also were runners-up finish (263 points) to the Upper Arlington Golden Bears (351 points) the week before at the 12-team sectional Feb. 9 at UA.
Hot outside, Hotter inside
The St. Charles Varsity summer hockey team completed their undefeated season on July 31 by defeating the Dublin Coffman Rocks by a score of 3-0 in the 2013 Chiller Summer League East Championship game. Danny Schirtzinger scored 2 goals in the final while Logan Ruppert added the other goal and Alex Ward recorded the shutout. Ryan Cleary led the league in scoring with 26 points. The team went 8-0 during the regular season while outscoring the opposition 49-8. They then won their 3 playoff games to win the championship. The team scored 14 goals and allowed 2 during the playoffs.
2012-2013 School Year Achievements
Twelve seniors 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.
Seven seniors named National Merit 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; Jordan Alexander is the son of Mark and Joan Alexander 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.
2011-2012 School Year Student Body Achievements
Colleges Chosen by 2012 Graduates
The United States Military Academy at West Point; The United States Coast Guard; University of Alabama; University of Arizona; Ashland University; La Universida Autonoma de Zacatecas; Berklee College of Music; Bowling Green State University; Brown University; Capital University; University of Cincinnati; The Citadel; Claremont McKenna College; University of Colorado (Boulder); Columbus State Community College; University of Dayton; DePaul University; Duke University; Florida Institute of Technology; Fordham Univ.; Furman University; Georgetown University; Hanover College; University of Houston; University of Illinois (Urbana); University of Iowa; John Carroll University; Lake Erie College; Miami (OH) University; University of Michigan; University of Mississippi; Morehouse College; National Evangilization Team (NET); New York University; Northeastern University; University of Northwestern Ohio; University of Notre Dame; Ohio Northern University; Ohio University; The Ohio State University; The Pontifical College Josephinum; Purdue University (Calumet); Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ringling College of Art & Design; Savannah State University; Tiffin University; University of Toledo; Trinity College; Urbana University; West Virginia University; Wittenberg University; College of Wooster and Xavier (OH) University.
For 7th straight year: 100% on OGT
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.
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 ’12 and Spees ’12 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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. Ron Forrest, Advisor, StCharlesRobotics@gmail.com
-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
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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:
A number of studnet-athletes have signed ‘Letters of Intent” to continue playing sports in college.
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, 2012: Nathan 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.
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!
Looking back two years:
The Class of 2011
Seniors Receive Prestigious Recognition
Weston Niermeyer has been awarded the Glenna R. Joyce Scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of St. Agatha Parish where he also attended grade school. He plans to major in biochemistry and classics and minor in Latin.
Thomas Phillips has been awarded the Glenna R. Joyce Scholarship to attend The Ohio State University. He is a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish and attended St. Joseph Montessori School. Phillips plans to major in public affairs and business and minor in Latin.
Osaze C. Udeagbala has been selected as a 2010-2011 National Achievement Scholar. He attended grade school at Liberty Christian Academy and is a member of the Church of the Resurrection parish. He will attend the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art this fall where he will begin work toward a degree in chemical engineering and ultimately, attending medical school.
Colleges Chosen by 2011 Graduates
University of Akron; University of Alabama; Arizona State University; Auburn University; Bowling Green State University; Butler University; Case Western Reserve University; University of Central Florida; University of Cincinnati; Coastal Carolina; Columbia University; Columbus State Community College; The Cooper Union; Davidson College; University of Dayton; Defiance College; Duke University; Eastern Illinois; University of Evansville; Florida Southern College; Furman University; Gannon University; High Point University; Hillsdale College; Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; University of Illinois (Urbana-Champagne); John Carroll University; University of Kentucky; Kenyon College; Lynchburg College; Marquette University; University of Miami (Florida); Miami (OH) University; University of Missouri; Mount Union University; Northwestern University; University of Notre Dame; Ohio Dominican University; Ohio Northern University; The Ohio State University; Ohio University; Otterbein University; University of Pittsburgh; Purdue University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; University of Toledo; United States Naval Academy; Vanderbilt University; Wittenberg University and Xavier University.
Six St. Charles seniors have been named National Merit Finalists for the 2010-2011 school year. They are Alexi M. Tallan, Mason R. Beverly, Michael T. Venesy, Timothy D. Hackett, John H. Flis and Brian R. Willi.
2011 OGT Results: For the seventh straight year, since the test’s inception, St. Charles sophomores scored a perfect 100% passage rate on the Ohio Graduation Test.
Engineering Team Earns 3rd Straight National Title; Ohio’s #1 Team Has 2nd Highest Score In Nation!
The school’s two-time defending Division III National Champion Engineering “Team A” has THREE-PEATED—missing out on recording the highest score in this year’s national competition by just a single point! “Team A’s” outstanding score in the Jets TEAM+S Engineering competition in February also earned it the designation as overall Ohio State Champion.
But “Team A” was not the school’s lone entrant– nor was it the sole group to earn national recognition. The varsity’s “Team A,” “Team B” and “Team C” placed 1st, 5th and 8th, respectively, nationally in Division III. They also finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively, overall in the state and in the region. In Division III, the varsity’s “Team D” placed 22nd in the State and 47th in the nation by division. The varsity’s “Team E” placed 6th in the state and 15th in the nation. Both these teams placed in Ohio’s top 15% and the U.S.’s top third by division.
All six teams traveled to Ohio Northern University for a regional competition against nearly 1,200 teams that competed across the nation at remote and regional sites in 47 states.
The JV team earned national champion runners-up status by scoring 2nd in the nation for JV Division III. It was also honored as “Best in the State ”for having the highest score of any JV team in the state, regardless of division. It placed 1st in the region by division and 1st in the region over all.
Team members (with grade school and parish names in parentheses):
Team A: Evan Doney ’11, captain (St. Paul, St. Paul); John Parent ’11, captain (St. Paul, St. Paul); Hunter LeCorgne ’11 (St. Paul, St. Paul); Weston Niermeyer ’11 (St. Agatha, St. Agatha); Anderson Speed ’12 (St. Joseph Montessori, St. Peter); Alexander Dang ’11 (Gahanna MS East, St. Matthew); Steven Darnell ’11 (St. Mary Lancaster, St. Bernadette); and Jonathan Fillman ’11 (St. Brendan, St. Brendan).
Team B: Osaze Udeagbala ’11 (Liberty Christian Academy, Church of the Resurrection); Zachary Zins ’11 (St. Brendan, St. Brendan); William Feehan ’11 (Lakeview Jr High, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal); John Flis ’11 (St. Matthew, St. Elizabeth Seton); Terrance Harrell ’11 (Monroe MS); Kaleb Posey ’11 (Liberty Christian Academy); and Samuel Powell ’11 (Pleasant View MS, St. Cecilia).
Team C: Matt Hadad ’12, captain (St. Andrew, St. Andrew); Nathaniel Buzenski ’12 (St. Matthew, St. Matthew); Christopher D’Angelo ’12 (St. Joseph Montessori, St. Brendan); Robert LaTour ’12 (Karrer MS, St. Brigid of Kildare); Matthew Mignery ’12 (St. Matthew, St. Matthew); Stuart Swartz ’12 (St. Paul, St. Paul); Patrick Travis ’12 (St. Paul, St. Paul); and Lloyd Furuta ’11 (St. Mary German Village, St. Mary German Village).
Team D: Julian Orr ’11, captain (St. Brigid of Kildare, St. Brigid of Kildare); Adam Henderson ’12 (St. Joseph Montessori, St. Paul); Miguel Johnson ’11 (Franklin MS); Christopher Mescher ’12 (St. Brigid of Kildare, St. Brigid of Kildare); Abel Negatu ’12 (All Saints Academy); Zachary Rikk ’12 (St. Matthew, St. Matthew) Nicholas Spilker ’12 (Home School); and William Stephenson ’11 (Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit).
Team E: John Galden ’13, captain (St. Catharine, St. Catharine); Kyle Adkin ’13 (St. Catharine, St. Catharine); Andrew DeSantis ’13 (St. Brigid of Kildare, St. Brigid of Kildare); F. Stuart Hudelson ’13 (St. Pius X, St. Patrick); Jason Imbriani ’13 (Ohio Virtual Academy, St. Patrick); Alexander Jordan ’13 (St. Brigid of Kildare, St. Brigid of Kildare); Erik Perrot ’12 (Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit); and Michael Susa ’12 (St. Brendan, St. Agatha).
JV Team members include: Joshua Adkin ’14 (St. Catharine, St. Catharine); Jason Adkin ’14 (St. Catharine, St. Catharine); Andrew Deak ’14 (Granville MS, St. Edward the Confessor); Brian Doney ’14 (St. Paul, St. Paul); Neil Joseph ’13 (St. Brigid of Kildare, St. Brigid of Kildare); Benjamin Stechschulte ’13 (St. Brendan, St. Brendan); and Noah Sweet ’13 (Madison Christian, Pope John XXIII).
St. Charles Golf & Water Polo Teams Win State Titles
Golf: Senior Michael Ricaurte’s two-day score of 144 earned him tournament medalist honors and the Cardinal golfers finished with a Division I record low score of 610 and their second consecutive team title. Cleveland St. Ignatius (621) finished second followed by Dublin Jerome (636), Dublin Coffman (648), Medina (653) and Cincinnati Moeller (655).
Water Polo: Just four years old, the state championship St. Charles Water Polo Team hasn’t wasted any in establishing its own tradition of excellence. The Cardinals defeated Toledo St. Francis in the finals by a score of 6-5 after defeating defending state champion Upper Arlington 10-8 in the semifinals.