Athletic Director Dave Lawler ’80 announced on Thursday that the school will have 300 tickets available for purchase on a first-come basis “at the door” for the basketball game Friday night, February 17th. The Cardinals take on the Bishop Hartley Hawks at the St. Charles Gym. The JV game starts at 6:30 p.m. and the Varsity game begins with an 8:00 p.m. tip-off.
We hope to see you there to root on the Cards!
St. Charles Preparatory School will hold Winter Visit Days from 9:00-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 23rd and Tuesday, February 28th. These sessions are being held for those prospective 8th grade boys and their families who were unable to attend the school’s Open House in December or one of the student-visitation days held throughout January.
We invite those interested to come and see what makes St. Charles a great choice for young men pursuing a high-quality college preparatory education.
Students and parents will visit freshman classes, tour the Main and West Campus facilities and receive information regarding college readiness provided through our curriculum; our championship caliber athletic and extra-curricular activities; and a financial aid program that provides more than $1.4 million annually for qualified students and their families. There will also be question and answer sessions with administrators, faculty members, coaches and group moderators.
If you have any questions about these informational visitation days or would like to sign up to attend one, please contact the school by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 614-252-6714.
The annual Spaghetti Dinner proved to be another success on Sunday, February 5th. The St. Charles Alumni Association – with the expert assistance of Berwick Party House and its owners, the Susi family – teamed up with and army of volunteer alumni, friends, students and parents of students to host this event. The St. Charles Jazz Ensemble provided two hours of entertainment for the enjoyment of diners and volunteers alike.
To see more than 140 event photos posted on the St. Charles Facebook Page, click HERE.
Thank you to all those who attended or volunteered!
In November, St. Charles Preparatory School held two very special liturgies at which it honored and celebrated the contributions seven special people have made to the Carolian Community.
The school’s annual celebration of the Feast Day of our patron, St. Charles Borromeo was held on Friday, November 4th. An all-school Mass was celebrated by Bishop Frederick Campbell and concelebrated by alumni and guest priests in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons. A reception was held afterward in the Campus Theater’s Cavello Center.
The school’s highest honors were presented during the liturgy:
Paul and Sheila Reiner, owners of Oakland Nurseries, were awarded The Borromean Medal for Distinguished Service for their long-time support and commitment within the Diocesan community, as well their support of Catholic education on all levels. (Photo below)
The Principal’s Award for Leadership and Service to St. Charles was presented to Craig and Lisa Tooker for their work at St. Charles to help create, maintain and manage our school’s vital technology infrastructure over the last three decades. (Photo below)
During the annual Thanksgiving Mass, three Carolians were honored as Distinguished Alumni. As always, the students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni and special guests were on hand. The liturgy, followed by a light breakfast reception in the Student Services Center’s Guidance Office, included the presentation of The Distinguished Alumnus Award, established to recognize alumni who have honored St. Charles Preparatory School by their outstanding professional achievements, volunteer activities, and community-organization advocacy. These alumni have shared their affection for St. Charles Preparatory School and its community, and been shining examples of high moral and ethical standards.
St. Charles specifically chose the Mass of Thanksgiving as the forum at which to honor these men because it enables the school to publicly acknowledge their achievements and to present them as visible role models for our student body to emulate:
Those who were recognized:
Michael M. Sullivan ’58 – to acknowledge his highly-respected reputation and professional success through his work as principal of Sullivan and Associates, L.L.C; for his leadership and support of Jesuit institutions such as John Carroll University, Holy Rosary St. John’s parish; Christo Rey High School; St. Vincent de Paul; and of St. Andrew and St. Agatha parishes; and to show our sincere appreciation for his years of leadership, service and generosity on behalf of the school as member of the St. Charles Advisory Board. (Photo below).
James M. Vonau ’74 – to acknowledge his professional accomplishments in more than three decades in the legal profession, especially as a founding member of the law firm of Decker Vonau, LLC; for having earned the respect of colleagues and clients through his work with the Columbus Bar Association (as Chair of Probate Court Committee and Small Firm and Solo Practitioners Committee), the Ohio State Bar Association; the Columbus Estate Planning Council; and the Worthington Estate Planning Council; to honor his generous involvement in numerous organizations, both civic and Church-related, including Charity Newsies and the Knights of Columbus-Council 5801; and to recognize his service to the Diocese of Columbus as a trustee of The Catholic Foundation, of which he has been a member since 2007. (Photo below).
The Honorable Frederick T. Moses ’87 – to acknowledge his professional accomplishments, achieved in courts and jurisdictions all across the State of Ohio in the Federal, mayors, municipal and common pleas courts; with special appreciation and recognition of his work in establishing and administering the Vivitrol drug court program in Hocking County which has had life-changing and life-saving achievements and become a model for other courtrooms across the state and country. (Photo below).
Congratulation to all seven of you. Thank you for your support and special examples to St. Charles Preparatory School, its students and families!
Photos from the Feast Day Liturgy:
Photo from the Thanksgiving Liturgy:
St. Charles Preparatory School was proud to host one of college basketball’s top analyst, ambassadors and supporter of cancer research, Mr. Dick Vitale, to a day-long visit to the campus September 8th as part of the second installment of the “An Evening With…” community event.
(Photo – Above) Event initiator Bob Walter ’63, (left) with Dick and Lorraine Vitale.
“An Evening With…” was initiated last year through the vision of 1963 alumnus Bob Walter. “Dick has been a national figure because of his love of basketball and his support of college athletics, but he has also been very supportive of the V Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. When presented with the invitation to speak to the St. Charles community, Dick readily accepted; he is excited for the chance to share his passion for Catholic education and for making it available to those who are willing, but are in need of a helping hand. He truly understands the mission of St. Charles Preparatory School,” Bob said.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Vitale met with the school’s 647 young men in the school gymnasium energizing them, as he did with the evening’s crowd of grown-ups, with his passion and enthusiasm. Mr. Vitale shared with the boys the same theme he touched on later that night: to always chase and never give up on your dreams, persevere when times get tough and to make good decisions. He said he can still hear his mother everyday saying to him: “Richie, don’t ever believe you ‘can’t’… don’t let ‘can’t’ be part of your life! You can be who you want to be. This is America!”
In the evening Dick appeared in the school’s Robert C. Walter Student Commons before more than 700 guests at a special dinner event that raised more than $625,000 for student financial aid. Several folks addressed the crowd, including Principal Jim Lower, St. Charles student Salvador Mercado and The Ohio State University’s Athletic Director, Gene Smith, who had the pleasure of introducing Mr. Vitale.
Tim Kelley, a member of the Class of 1976 and Chairman of the St. Charles Endowment Board, told the crowd that “there are two primary goals we hoped to achieve tonight: To welcome new friends and guests to our St. Charles community and to provide an experience that is a positive influence on the young men who walk these halls. The lessons and values our graduates learn — that I learned here in my high school days–are ones that we carry through the rest of our lives. Our graduates and our benefactors who provide financial support to sustain St. Charles, expect that the future leaders of our communities will come from this school. Your support tonight will provide significant help to boys from all neighborhoods and backgrounds to become difference-makers for generations to come. Again, I thank you.”
(Photo-Above) Development Officer Dan Tarpy (far left), Principal Jim Lower, and St. Charles Advisory Board member Dan Sullivan greet Dick Vitale on his arrival to St. Charles.
St. Charles is devoted to attracting boys from all economic and geographic backgrounds from Central Ohio. Ongoing support from St. Charles alumni and local community has made it possible for the school to extend $1.3 million in financial aid and an additional $3250,000 in academic scholarships to its students for this 2016-2017 school year.
The school has enjoyed some great the media coverage following Mr. Vitale’s visit to our campus:
–View Mr. Vitale’s website blog and see his post from his visit with the students: http://www.dickvitaleonline.com/?option=com_wordpress&Itemid=1
–View the coverage provided by WSYX/WTTX’s (ABC and Fox affiliates) Sports Director, Clay Hall, who attended Mr. Vitale’s afternoon presentation and taped an interview afterwards which aired later on both stations: http://abc6onyourside.com/sports/beyond-the-game/beyond-the-game-dicky-v-appearance-bolters-st-charles-prep-scholarship-fund
–Listen to his on air interview on 97.1 The Fan (ESPN Radio affiliate) with Anthony Rothman (host of the Carpenter and Rothman Show) and Bobby Carpenter (former OSU Buckeye Linebacker and former NFL linebacker): https://soundcloud.com/97-1-the-fan/dick-vitale-on-carpenter-and-rothman-9-8-16
–Read the Columbus Dispatch story by Adam Jardy that appeared in Friday’s edition: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/sports/2016/09/09/vitale-st-charles.html
St. Charles extends its sincere appreciation and thanks to those who helped support the event:
Hosts Peggy and Bob Walter;
Presenting sponsors: Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc., Donald W. Kelley & Associates, Inc., The Mackessy Family and Nickolas Savko & Sons;
Benefactor sponsors: The Corna Kokosing Construction Company; The DeAscentis Family, The Finn Family, Mairead Fyda, Paul & Renee Heller, Jim & Lisa Knox In Memory of their son, Thomas Knox, The Riat Family, Jack & Tim Ryan / Merrill Lynch, Trish & Tom ’92 Schindler, Benjamin & Jennifer Schlater, The Strickler & Montero Families and and Mary & Chuck Zebula.
Our special thanks also goes out to St. Charles Advisory Board member Dan Sullivan ’83 of HNS Sports Group, Development Secretary and Special Events Coordinator Cherri Taynor and Principal Jim Lower for their tireless efforts to bring this event together and make it such a great success! Thanks also to these folks: Apex, Berwick Catering, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, Event Source, HNS Sports Group, JoeLius Porter ’17, Live! Technologies, Marcy Design Group, Relevent Group, The Rick Brunetto Trio and West-Camp Press.
You can see this post and more photos on St. Charles’ Facebook page at to share with friends at: https://www.facebook.com/stcharlespreparatoryschool
On Wednesday, May 11th, St. Charles Preparatory School was honored to welcome Ohio State University football legend Archie Griffin to its Robert C. Walter Student Commons to speak to the community about “Character and Leadership.” You are highly encouraged to watch his presentation which was meaningful and inspiring to all those who heard it.
Click HERE to view the YouTube video. The program begins at the video’s 2:01 mark.
Mr. Griffin’s visit was sponsored by the St. Charles student group, My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), as part of its “Speaker Series” on Character & Leadership. The organization promotes diversity and inclusion at St. Charles Preparatory through recruitment, retention, enrichment and service to the community. Last year the school was honored to have national sports commentator and former Ohio State All-American and Indiana Pacer basketball player Clark Kellogg make the series’ inaugural presentation.
Special guests on hand will include 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from United Schools Network’s Columbus Collegiate Academy. Many of these young men are currently matched up with St. Charles students in the hugely-successful MBK Mentoring Program. Through regular mentoring opportunities and training, these pairings focus on enhancing life skills, such as: goal setting, conflict resolution, decision making and leadership for those involved.
In addition to this peer mentoring, St. Charles is receiving great support from corporate partners: American Electric Power, Corna-Kokosing, Fifth Third Bank, and Huntington. Each of these partners has provided Adult Mentors who over the last year have engaged these St. Charles and USN students in deeper reflections on virtues and character traits required in a professional context. This serves as deeply valuable relationship building for our students in exposing them to corporate cultures of integrity as well as establishing lasting relationship with a caring and committed adult from the business community.
St. Charles is operating its program in partnership with The Mentoring Center of Central Ohio and The Better Business Bureau’s Center for Character Ethics and thanks to a Community Connectors Grant from the Governor’s Office.
We hope you will join us next Wednesday afternoon and encourage you to invite others whom you feel would benefit from hearing Mr. Griffin’s presentation. Questions regarding the event or the MBK Mentoring Program can be directed to Mike Warner (Faculty Member, MBK moderator) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming School Events and Activities: Contact the school’s Main Office at 614-252-6714
January 3: Tuesday
January 10: Tuesday
Eighth grade students’ visits begin.
Parent/Teacher Night, 7:00 p.m.
January 12: Thursday
Early Dismissal. 2:13 p.m.; Faculty Meeting.
January 13: Friday
Staff Development. No Class.
January 16: Monday
Martin Luther King Jr. Day. No class.
January 27: Friday
Early Dismissal. 2:13 p.m.; Departmental meetings.
January 28: Saturday
Scholarship test for eighth grade boys,
9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. Walter Student Commons; 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Click HERE to review the complete calendar of events for the entire 2016-2017 school year.
St. Charles Mission Statement
The school is “devoted to providing young men of Central Ohio with a fundamentally sound preparation for adult Catholic life, specifically for their college or university years. The school’s administration and faculty are committed to modeling and making clear the importance of a personal relationship with God,accurate learning, and an ethic of disciplined work. ” Read more