TONIGHT”S GAMES SCHEDULED AGAINST ST.FRANCIS DeSALES HAVE BEEN CHANGED AT THE STALLION’S REQUEST. THE CARDINALS ARE NOW PLAYING AKRON HOBAN TONIGHT AT COLUMBUS ACADEMY.
THE JV TEAM WILL PLAY AT 6:15 P.M. AND THE VARSITY STARTS AT 7:45 P.M.
THE GAME AGAINST DeSALES WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A DATE YET TO BE DETERMINED.
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:
Congratulations to the St. Charles Athletic Department and its coaches and athletes for a remarkable Fall Season. Three teams made the state finals and all five teams finished with League Championships, for of those in the Central Catholic League!
Soccer: Div. I State Runner’s-Up (21-1-1);
Golf: Div. I State Runner’s-Up; Evan Yakubov ’17 State Medalist;
9th consecutive CCL Championship
Cross Country: 10th straight CCL Title;
Kevin Hennessey ’17 was a State Division I Qualifier, finishing 14th
Water Polo: State Runner’s-Up;
10th Straight CCL Title
Football: 2nd in CCL Gold Division, Defeated the Bishop Watterson Eagles;
New Varsity Coach Bob Jacoby
Here is more information on those state-runner-up finishes:
St. Charles Soccer Team…Division I State Runner’s-Up!!!!!
Congratulations to varsity head coach Chris Vonau ’06, coach Rick Ey ’94, the rest of the coaching staff and the entire team on a fantastic year!
The Cardinals finished 21-1-1 overall, with their only loss coming in the state finals on Sunday, November 13th to top-ranked Cleveland St. Ignatius, which was riding a 57-game winning streak and seeking its third consecutive state title.
St. Charles has won two state soccer championships (1983 and 1985) and has finished as runner’s-up three other times, most recently in 1991, all at the Division II level. Despite an enrollment of 647 students, the Cardinals now play at the Division I level against schools with enrollments double its size and larger.
“No one had faith that we would make it here, but we made it back here after 25 years,” senior Nikko Strickler said. “It was indescribable to play here.”
Scott Henen with ThisWeek News chronicled the journey to Mapfre Stadium on the 13th: After a first-round bye, the top-seeded Cardinals defeated 38th-seeded Mifflin 5-0 on Oct. 22 and 15th-seeded Grove City 8-0 on Oct. 26 in a district semifinal. The cardinals won their first district title since 1994, defeating 11th-seeded Hilliard Darby 3-0 in the championship game at Hartley. They defeated Dublin Coffman 3-1 in a regional final Nov. 5 at Hilliard Bradley and New Albany 3-2 in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Westerville Central. St. Charles then earned a trip to the finals by defeating Beavercreek 2-1 in a semifinal at Xenia.
Cardinals Runners-Up in D.I State Golf Tournament; Yakubov ’17 Tournament Medalist
An e-mail sent from varsity head coach Brian Unk on Saturday afternoon to members of the St. Charles Community:
“Dear Golfers and families,
Congratulations to our team for their great play at OSU Scarlet today in the State Championship. We shot 307 and ended up finishing 2nd, just four shots behind Cincinnati St. Xavier. It was a cold windy day and the boys handled themselves great under these tough conditions. Both Jack Kozlowski and Andrew Shyu were 1 shot away from being named all state with rounds of 77. Evan Yakubov was 1st team All-State and the individual state champion with a 71, tied with Cam Frazier from St. Xavier.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in making the St. Charles golf program successful – parents, players, coaches, Principal Lower, Dave Lawler – everyone has a part in making this team so special. It was a memorable year!”
Water Polo Team State Runners-Up!
The St. Charles Preparatory School Water Polo Team continued its run of outstanding seasons, finishing the year with a 29-9-1 record and culminating as State Runners-Up.
Varsity coach Geoff Gear said “The final was really competitive, but we just came up short against a really good team,” said. “We did a great job in our first two games, and we are proud of the way the boys played.”
The Cardinals lost to Cincinnati St. Xavier 13-11 in the state championship game Oct. 29 at Mason. Senior Ben Sugar had five goals in the final and was named to the All-State Tournament Team for the 3rd year in a row. Goalie Jack Carlin had 10 blocks and eight saves.
After a first-round bye, St. Charles defeated eighth-seeded Milford 20-11 and fourth-seeded Dayton Oakwood 19-5 in a semifinal. The Cardinals won state titles in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and were runners-up in 2015.
Congratulations to all our fall student-athletes!
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The 2016 edition of a Cardinal Christmas Auction and Dinner on December 3rd, was the most successful in the event’s 29-year history. Thanks to the tireless work, generosity and dedication of so many, especially those in the St. Charles Mothers Club, the lives of many St. Charles students will be significantly changed through the academic and need-based financial assistance generated Saturday evening.
Note: Though we are STILL taking reservations and payments for the event, our online RSVP/Payment page has been closed as we have nearly filled our last open tables. If you would still like to attend the event, you are asked to call Cherri Taynor in the Development Office at 614-252-9288 or e-mail here at email@example.com
The 2016 Cardinal Christmas Auction will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, starting at 6 p.m. in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons. The evening includes dinner, musical entertainment by the St. Charles Jazz Band, bidding on over 200 silent auction items, bidding on 8 to 10 big-ticket live auction items, and the opportunity to change the lives of St. Charles students through academic and need-based financial assistance. The Mothers Club relies on the support of the many Friends of St. Charles, current families, alumni, and local businesses, to make this night a success.
The Cardinal Christmas auction, which always features great live and silent auction items, has an ESPECIALLY enticing item being offered this year: A memorable stay in a 5-bedroom home located in the medieval Italian village of Navelli (in the Abruzzo region), about one hour and forty-five minutes from Rome and forty-five minutes from the Adriatic Sea and its beaches. The package will also include a couple of nights in Rome!
You can help support this event in many ways
To RSVP for the event, purchase dinner and drink tickets,* make a contribution to the “Auction Angel” Fund or need additional information…you are invited to contact Cherri Taynor in the Development Office by phone at 614-252-9288 ext. 19 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email Auction Co-chair Nina Keyes at email@example.com (or call her at 614-316-6220) or Co-chair Basia Nowak at firstname.lastname@example.org (or call her at 614-961-9094) to volunteer to help with specific Auction subcommittees (including decorations, basket creation, selling raffle tickets, auction check-out, and more).
Click on these links to obtain a list of donation guidelines and a donation form for your donation:
Click HERE to see our Cardinal Christmas Signup Genius page to donate specific items on our Donation Wish List.
Click HERE to see the Gift Giving Guidelines for Donors.
Click HERE to see the Gift Donation Form.
Want to know more?
Click HERE to learn more about the Cardinal Christmas Auction and find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about this year’s event.
Becoming an event Sponsor
Click HERE to obtain a Corporate Sponsorship Form to purchase an individual or business sponsorship.
Special thanks to these sponsors
John Eramo and Sons; First Financial Bank; V.A.T, Inc.; Mike Baumann Plumbing, Inc.; JEGS
JP Morgan Chase; Fifth Third Bank; Oakland Nursery; Romine CPA & Associates; Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine; Dr. John J. Haidet DDS, MS, Dr. Louis W. Susi DDS, MS, INC., & Dr. Daniel S. Stentz DDS, MS; Wenger Temperature Control, Inc.; Zink Foodservice Group
Beggs Law Offices Co., LPA; Columbus Sign Company; Comprehensive EyeCare of Central Ohio; Focus Logistics Solutions; Midwest Retina Inc.; T.T. Murph’s Irish Pub; The Murphy Company; Premier Delivery Services; Dr. Robert Pema, The Ohio State University, Department of Otolaryngology; TRIAD Architects
8th Grade Scholarship Test
We invite all 8th grade boys to take our annual Scholarship Test which is being offered at two different times (9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.) in the school’s Robert C. Walter Student Commons on Saturday, January 28th. Test results are used to help determine who will receive academically-based scholarships and grants offered for 2017-2018. The test is open to all 8th grade boys living in Franklin or another surrounding county comprising Central Ohio. Anyone interested in sitting for the scholarship test must register by calling the school office (614-252-6714) Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
8th Grade boys are also invited to spend a half day at St. Charles
8th grade boys from all over Central Ohio are being given the opportunity to spend a half day at St. Charles during the second, third, and fourth weeks of January. They will be sitting in on regular classes and meeting with school administrators, teachers and students. The young men are also treated to a delicious lunch prepared and served by the kitchen staff and mom volunteers.
School gives nearly $2 Million in Tuition Assistance and Academic Awards
St. Charles Preparatory School is interested in attracting young men from every socio-economic and geographic background. For this school year, thanks to the ongoing generosity of our alumni and giving community, we are providing $400,000 in academic grants and more than $1.5 million in tuition assistance to qualified student families.
Were you unable to attend St. Charles’ annual Open House on November 6, 2016 and want to learn more about the school?
We are currently planning to hold two “Informational Sessions” for 8th grade boys and their parents who could not attend the program on the 6th. These sessions (dates not set at this moment) will be held here on the school’s campus and will only run an hour or so. Each will feature opportunities to learn more about the school’s curriculum, numerous co-curricular activities, financial aid and academic scholarship offerings. So keep your eyes on this post in the coming weeks when we hope to be able to share more details.
Once again, we invite you to call our school office at 614-252-6714 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for more information or to have your name added to our “prospective student” mailing/e-mail lists.
In the meantime, if you would like to have your name placed on our “prospective student” list for future mailing/e-mails, you are invited to call the school’s Main Office at 614-252-6714 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The 2016 – 2017 version of the St. Charles Robotics Team, the CardinalBots, began the season in championship form as it was part of the winning alliance at the Mahoning Valley Robotics Competition. This marks their second championship in three years at this competition. Held in Youngstown, Ohio on Sunday, September 25th, the competition brought together 24 robotics teams from two states. On its way to victory, the team struggled early with numerous strategic and mechanical problems, including the loss of pneumatic controls and the destruction of drive wheel mechanisms. sing teamwork and ingenuity, the team was able to get the robot, nicknamed Lazarus, up and running. During the three championship rounds, the robot performed nearly flawlessly and provided significant points to the victories by its alliance.
PHOTO (Front) William Sweatt ’19 (St. Brigid Of Kildare grade school and parish); (First row, from left) Mentor Kevin Kranz ’85, Captain Isaac Murrin ’17 (St. Matthew grade school, Church of the Resurrection parish), David Murrin ’19 (St. Matthew grade school, Church of the Resurrection parish), Aneel Biswas ’18 (Genoa Christian Academy), Co-captain Zach Kranz ’18 (Olentangy Orange Middle School, St. Michael parish), William Pascol ’18 (Genoa Middle School) and Mentor Joe Moyer; (Second row, from left) Mentor Roger Yee, John Lewis ’17 (St. Mary Lancaster), Aaron Yee ’17 (Our Lady Of Peace grade school, St. Joseph Cathedral parish), Jack Denihan ’18 (St. Brigid Of Kildare grade school and parish), and Nicholas Yee ’17 (Our Lady Of Peace grade school, St. Joseph Cathedral parish); (Back row, from left) Andrew Welsh ’18 (Immaculate Conception grade school and parish) and William Leithauser ’18 (St. Paul grade school and parish).
Congratulations to the 20 seniors in St. Charles Preparatory School’s Class of 2017 (161 students in all) who were recognized by the National Merit Corporation for their exceptional performance on the 2015 Pre-Scholastic Aptitude/National Merit Qualifying Test. Ten were named 2016-2017 National Merit Semifinalists while an additional 10 seniors were names Commended Scholars.
[PHOTO ABOVE] Those 20 St. Charles seniors recognized by National Merit as Semifinalists and Commended Scholars for 2016-2017 are (Front row, from left) Stephen Cottrill ’17 (Semifinalist)(Holy Spirit grade school and parish), Anthony Miller ’17(Commended)(St. Pius X grade school and parish), Michael Weaver ’17 (Commended)(St. Joseph Montessori, Heritage Christian Church), Justin Hadad ’17 (Commended)(St. Andrew grade school and parish), David Suh ’17 (Commended)(St. Paul grade school and parish), Andrew Reade ’17 (Commended)(St. Pius X grade school, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish) and Nicholas Giannotti ’17 (Commended)(St. Paul grade school and parish); (Middle row, from left) John Sheppard ’17 (Commended)(Willard-Grizzell Middle School, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church), Cyrus Lloyd ’17 (Semifinalist)(Wellington, St. Brendan the Navigator parish), Jacob Galden ’17 (Semifinalist)(Holy Spirit grade school and parish), Austen Wahl ’17 (Semifinalist)(Columbus Academy, Central College Presbyterian Church, Patrick Harkonen ’17 (Semifinalist)(Lakeview Jr. High School), Benjamin Burger ’17 (Semifinalist)(St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and parish) and James Berry ’17 (Columbus Academy, St. Matthew parish); (Top row, from left) Nicholas Watkins ’17 (Commended)(St. Andrew grade school and parish), Isaac Murrin ’17 (Semifinalist)(St. Matthew grade school, Church of the Resurrection parish), Gregory Scarpitti ’17 (Commended)(Our Lady of Peace grade school and parish), Timothy Hall III ’17 (Commended)(St. Agatha grade school and parish), Matthew Guggenbiller ’17 (Semifinalist)(Trinity Middle School, St. Margaret of Cortona parish) and James Grodesky ’17 (Lakeview Jr. High School, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish).
Our 10 National Merit Semifinalists
St. Charles Preparatory School has ten members of its senior class named 2017 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 1.6 million high school students who took the test, approximately 16,000 were named Semifinalists. They are now competing with students nationwide for National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $33 million that will be offered in the spring.
James G. Berry ’17 is the son of Shane and Jeanie Berry of New Albany. He attended Columbus Academy and is a member of St. Matthew parish. He plans to study biology or biochemistry with the intent to enter medical school and pursue a career in orthopedic/sports medicine. He is applying to Washington & Lee University, Davidson College, William & Mary University, Centre College, Furman University and Sewanee: University of the South. His top choices for school are Washington & Lee, Davidson and Centre.
James is a member of the National Honor Society. He played football his freshman year and will be entering his fourth year in the St. Charles baseball program, his third on the varsity. He was elected captain of the Baseball Team during his junior season and during the summer plays for the Columbus Trappers travel baseball organization. For the last two summers, he has interned as a research assistant at The Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Lab. James volunteers his time for Buddy-Up, an organization that provides tennis programming for youth and young adults with Down Syndrome and he has tutored Algebra for St. Charles freshmen.
Benjamin J. Burger ’17 is the son of Joe and Corrine Burger of Dublin. He attended St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish. He plans to study mechanical or biological engineering, and he is applying to The University of Notre Dame, Tufts University, Duke University, MIT, and Georgia Tech.
Ben is a three-year varsity baseball player and a two-year varsity basketball player and also participates in both of those club sports. He is a member of the St. Charles Engineering Team and the National Honor Society who is a year round NHS tutor and volunteers at the Women’s Care Center in downtown Columbus.
Stephen Cottrill ’17 is the son of James and Julie Cottrill of Columbus. He attended Holy Spirit grade school and is a member of Holy Spirit parish. He plans to pursue a degree in engineering and is applying to Washington University, Yale, Rice, University of Richmond and Alabama. Washington University and Rice are his top choices.
Stephen is a letterman in football, wrestling, and engineering. This year, the varsity Football Team awarded its Brian Muha ’98 Leadership Medal. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, an altar server and a Eucharistic minister at Holy Spirit Church, a tutor and a four-year Gospel Road participant.
Jacob J. Galden ’17 is the son of Daric Galden’87 of Canal Winchester who attended Holy Spirit grade school and is a member of Holy Spirit parish. He plans to study chemical engineering or materials science and is applying to Princeton (preferred), Vanderbilt, and Northwestern.
Jacob has participated in the National Honor Society, serving as the school chapter’s secretary. He has been a member of the Engineering Team, the JAM public speaking group, the In The Know team, the My Brother’s Keeper Mentoring Program, and is a regular contributor to the Carolian student paper. Additionally, he is a member of the St. Charles Varsity Volleyball team. Outside of school, Jacob is an avid musician playing guitar, piano, mandolin, and ukulele; he plays guitar occasionally at Immaculate Conception parish. He is a regular altar server, Eucharistic minister, and lector at his home parishes of Holy Spirit and St. Philip. He volunteers regularly at Mid-Ohio Food Bank and is a member of the Diocesan Youth Council, a forum for discussing current religious and social issues from a Catholic teen perspective.
James A. Grodesky ’17 is 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 plans to major in neuroscience and pursue a career in research He is applying to Vanderbilt University (preferred), The Ohio State University, Yale University, Stanford University, and Cambridge University.
James has participated on the Swim Team and is a captain of the St. Charles Water Polo team (State Champions in 2013 and 2014. He leads the Mentor/Mentee program as part of the National Honor Society and tutors fellow students in Latin, mathematics, and science. His volunteer work has also included serving meals and reading to children at the YMCA homeless shelter and participating in a service trip to provide and fit children with shoes in Appalachia. James also lifeguards, coaches young swimmers on local swim teams, gives swim lessons and has a knack for helping those who need extra encouragement to overcome their fear of the water.
Matthew J. Guggenbiller ’17 is the son of Dwain and Carla Guggenbiller of Columbus. He attended Trinity Middle School and is a member of St. Margaret of Cortona parish. He plans to pursue a double major in neuroscience and biochemistry in preparation for a career in neurosurgery. He is applying to Stanford, Duke, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, University of Southern California, Boston College, Alabama, and The Ohio State University, with his preferred schools being Stanford and Notre Dame.
Matthew has participated in cross country and track and served on Student Council and the National Honor Society and was a member of the national runner-up Engineering Team. Outside of school activities, he has conducted research over two summers in a laboratory at Ohio State, worked with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, tutored students in chemistry and physics, and volunteered with the Woman’s Care Center. He is also involved with church ministry as an altar server and as a Eucharistic minister.
Patrick A. Harkonen ’17 is the son of Kevin and Amy Harkonen of New Albany. He attended Lakeview Jr. High School. He plans to study pre-medicine or biological sciences in preparation for a career in anesthesiology. He is applying to Boston University, Lehigh University, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University, but his top choices are the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Michigan. Patrick has been a member of the National Honor Society, the Golf Team, and the Hockey Team. He volunteers at the Fairfield County Meals on Wheels and tutors St. Charles students in algebra and chemistry.
Cyrus W. Lloyd ’17 is the son of Ric Simmons and Angie Lloyd of Columbus. He attended Wellington for grade school and is a member of St. Brendan the Navigator parish. Though undecided about a major, he plans to study biology and statistics. He is applying to Duke, Notre Dame, Stanford and the University of Richmond, with a preference to attend Duke. At St. Charles, he is a member of the Cross Country, Wrestling, and Ultimate Frisbee Teams (on which he serves as captain). Cyrus is the editor and chief of the student newspaper, the Carolian, and was captain of the national runner-up Engineering Team. Outside of school, he serves as a camp counselor for MDA summer camp, and participated in a service trip to Nicaragua.
Isaac P. Murrin ’17 is the son of Kevin and Arlene Murrin of Gahanna. He attended St. Matthew grade school and is a member of Church of the Resurrection parish. He plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering and is applying to MIT (preferred), Olin College of Engineering, Caltech, Stanford, University of Dayton, Rose-Hulman and the University of Cincinnati. He is the captain of the Robotics Team and is a member of the St. Charles drama department and the Engineering Team. He is a member of the National Honor Society and tutors students in physics and chemistry. He also volunteers his time outside of school with the Buddy Walk, Bethesda Healing Ministries, Women’s Care Center, St. Matthew’s youth group, and is an altar server at Church of the Resurrection.
Austen C. Wahl ’17 is the son of Travis and Kyong Wahl of New Albany. He attended Columbus Academy for grade school and is a member of Central College Presbyterian Church. He is unsure of whether he will pursue a degree in chemistry or biology and is applying to Northwestern (preferred), New York University and The Ohio State University. He played on the Golf Team and was a member of the Engineering Team. Austen has volunteered with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and was a tutor as a member of the National Honor Society.
Our 10 Commended Scholars
In addition to the 10 seniors named National Merit Semifinalists, 10 more seniors were named National Merit Commended Scholars for 2016-2017. They placed among the top 5% of all the students who took the PSAT/NMSQT in their junior year (Fall 2015). While they don’t continue in competition for National Merit scholarships, some are eligible for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. They include:
Nicholas Giannotti ’17 is the son of Gary and Jean Giannotti of Westerville. He attended St. Paul grade school and is a member of St. Paul parish;
Justin Hadad ’17 is the son of Christopher and Carolyn Hadad of Dublin. He attended St. Andrew grade school and is a member of St. Andrew parish;
Timothy Hall III ’17 is the son of Tim and Christie Hall of Columbus. He attended St. Agatha grade school and is a member of St. Agatha parish;
Anthony Miller ’17 is the son of Charles and Josephine Miller of Reynoldsburg. He attended St. Pius X grade school and is a member of St. Pius X parish;
Andrew Reade ’17 is the son of Patrick and Theresa Reade of Pickerington. He attended St. Pius X grade school and is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish;
Gregory Scarpitti ’17 is the son of Thomas Scarpitti and Anne Bott Scarpitti of Worthington. He attended Our Lady of Peace grade school and is a member of Our Lady of Peace parish;
John Sheppard ’17 is the son of John and Debbie Sheppard of Dublin. He attended Willard-Grizzell Middle School and is a member of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church;
David Suh ’17 is the son of Steven and Daphne Suh of Westerville. He attended St. Paul grade school and is a member of St. Paul parish;
Nicholas Watkins ’17 is the son of Douglas and Kelley Watkins of Hilliard. He attended St. Andrew grade school and is a member of St. Andrew parish;
Michael Weaver ’17 is the son of James and Treva Weaver of Westerville. He attended St. Joseph Montessori and is a member of Heritage Christian Church.
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.
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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 email@example.com.
Upcoming School Events and Activities: Contact the school’s Main Office at 614-252-6714
End of Second Quarter.
Early Dismissal. 2:13 p.m. Faculty Meeting.
December 12-13: Mon-Tues
First Semester exam review days.
December 13: Tuesday
Advent project concludes.
December 14-16: First semester exams
December 14 – Wednesday; Exams: English and Language.
December 15 – Thursday; Exams: Science and Social Studies.
December 16 – Friday; Exams: Math and Religion.
Christmas recess begins after last exam.
Christmas Break: December 17-January 3
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