On June 17th, at its most recent regional alumni gathering, St. Charles Preparatory School hosted 30 graduates on a glorious, sunny day at iconic Wrigley Field in Chicago. The school has held annual alumni STAG gatherings in the Cincinnati and Cleveland areas and this marked its first foray into Chicago since the late 1990’s.
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The event invited Carolians who lived in the Windy City’s area to join Principal Jim Lower and several members of the school staff at last Friday’s Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. The group enjoyed watching the game from one of the famous multi-level “Wrigley Rooftops” — this one was located at 3617 Sheffield Ave. just behind the right field stands. Folks could watch the game from the rooftop stands or gather in the air-conditioned lower floor bar area and watch on large screen TVs while they relaxed at a table or booth.
Guests were treated to an “open bar” of wine, beer and soft drinks and a delightful unlimited buffet stocked with grilled chicken breasts, Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago style hot dogs, grilled bratwurst, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, nachos, potato chips, pasta salad, fresh fruit, salad, ice cream bars and ice cream cups and assorted cookies and brownies.
The weather was PERFECT and the Cubs (with the best record in baseball) had ace-pitcher Jake Arrieta on the mound. They went on to win the game 6-0. Everyone had a wonderful time speaking with Mr. Lower and staff, relaxing at the inside and outdoor facilities, meeting new friends and catching up with classmates. Afterward, Tom O’Neil ’13 lead the group to a local establishment where he worked, The Bar Celona, where everyone toasted St. Charles and the special camaraderie shared among its alumni and friends.
Chicago-area alumni who intended included: Adam Woodruff ’06, Brandon Nemec ’04, Charles Plummer ’00, Dale Hatem ’75, David Ennis ’65, Derek Talley ’99, Doug MacLachlan ’94, Eric Gruesen ’04, Geoff Shaver ’94,Greg Hanna ’89, Jay Stevenson ’86, Joe DeSapri ’96, Jon Ryan ’80, Mark Lower ’04, Mark Skopin ’00, Marquis Miller ’77, Michael Wodarcyk ’05, Mike Durik ’00, Ryan McGovern ’89, Travis Dent ’00, Calvin Prest ’08, Joey Hamrock ’08, Michael Hamrock ’14, Robert O’Neil ’09, Thomas O’Neil ’13, Tom Schindler ’92 and Zac Vesco ’08.
From St. Charles: Principal Jim Lower, Development Director Mike Duffy, Development Officer Mike Welsch, Advisory Board members Steve Miller ’77, Tom Schindler ’92 and Mike Stickney, Development Secretary Cherri Taynor, School Secretary Laurie Berndt and Alumni & Communications Director Louis J. Fabro ’83.
Our thanks to local Carolian Ryan McGovern ’89 who helped Alumni Director Louis J. Fabro ’83 and Development Officer Mike Welsch plan and organize all the details. Based on the success of this year’s event, St. Charles is looking forward to hosting many more alums next year when it returns for a “2nd Annual” Chicago visit!
What’s next? Those living in Cincinnati should contact Mike Welsch (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be included in this year’s alumni gathering at The Great American Ballpark on Sunday, July 24th when the Reds take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. Carolians will be treated to refreshments and a buffet inside the park’s weather-proof “Machine Room” which has been reserved exclusively for us by 1993 alumnus and Reds CFO, Doug Healy.
In mid-May, the school held an alumni gathering for those in the Akron/Cleveland area at the Bravo! Restaurant in the Fairlawn Mall. That event was hosted by 1985 alumnus and Brio/Bravo! regional partner, Mike Creedon. Along with wine and cold refreshments, Mike and Chef Greg Sears treated guests to such delectable courses as fresh Gazpacho shooter with crab, Beef tartar, lobster sliders, crispy pork-belly w/ collard greens, Yukon stuffed potato with pulled BBQ pork, tempura shrimp and a warm cookie butter blondie.
Folks, SC “does it right” when it holds an alumni gathering!
St. Charles Preparatory School’s Class of 2016 adds 141 new members to the ranks of her alumni! The ceremony comprised of the Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation took place in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons on the evening of Friday, June 3, 2016.
The Class of 2016 was awarded $1.2 million in usable, first-year scholarships. They turned down $4 million dollars in scholarships. Overall, the Class of 2016 was offered a total of $19,254,267 dollars if prorated for four years.
— 73% of our students received an offer of admission to their top choice college.
— 93% of our students received admission offers to their first or second choice colleges.
— 99% of our students received admission to one of their top three choice colleges.
— 33% of our students will attend college outside of Ohio.
— 35% of our students will attend private colleges and universities.
Those 54 colleges to which members of the Class of 2016 will matriculate: United States Air Force Academy (CO); United States Military Academy (NY); The University of Alabama (AL); Alderson-Broaddus Coll. (WV); Boston College (MA); Bowling Green State Univ. (OH); Butler University (IN); Cal. Polytechnic – San Luis Obispo (CA); Case Western Univ. (OH); Catholic University (DC); University of Cincinnati (OH); University of Colorado (CO); Columbia College (IL); Columbus State Community College (OH); University of Connecticut (CT); Cornell University (NY); University of Dayton (OH); Denison University (OH); DePaul University (IL); Duke University (NC); Illinois Wesleyan University (IL); Florida Institute of Technology (FL); Iowa State University (IA); John Carroll University (OH); Johns Hopkins University (MD); Kent State University (OH); University of Kentucky (KY); Marist College (NY); Marshall University (WV); Miami University, Oxford (OH); University of Mississippi (MS); University of Nebraska (NE); Northern Kentucky University (KY); Northwestern University (IL); Ohio Wesleyan University (OH); Otterbein University (OH); Notre Dame College of Ohio (OH); University of Notre Dame (IN); Ohio Dominican University (OH); The Ohio State University (OH); The Ohio State University, Newark (OH) ; Ohio University (OH); University of Pennsylvania (PA); Purdue University (IN); Rochester Inst. of Technology (NY); Saint Anselm College (NH); Saint Joseph’s College (IN); University of South Carolina (SC); Texas A&M University (TX); Tulane University (LA); Vanderbilt University (TN); Wright State University (OH) and Xavier University (OH).
Here are the additional 100 colleges to which the members of the Class of 2016 were also accepted: University of Akron (OH); Alfred University (NY); Allegheny College (PA); American University (DC); Appalachian State University (NC); Arizona State University (AZ); The University of Arizona (AZ); Auburn University (AL); Baldwin-Wallace College (OH); Bates College (ME); Bellarmine University (KY); Bethany College (WV); Bradley University (IL); Bucknell University (PA); Capital University (OH); Carthage College (WI); Centre College (KY); College of Charleston (SC); University of Chicago (IL); Clemson University (SC); Cleveland State (OH); Colorado School of Mines (CO); Colorado State Univ. (CO); University of Delaware (DE); University of Denver (CO); Drexel University (PA); Duquesne University (PA); East Carolina University (NC); Elon University (NC); University of Evansville (IN); The University of Findlay (OH); Florida Gulf Coast University (FL); Florida State University (FL); Fordham University (NY); Gannon University (PA); George Mason University (VA); Georgia Inst. Of Technology (GA); Gettysburg College (PA); Heidelberg University (OH); Hendrix College (AR); U of Illinois Champaign-Urbana (IL); Indiana University at Bloomington (IN); University of Indianapolis (IN); University of Iowa (IA); University of Kansas (KS); Kenyon College (OH); Kettering University (MI); Lafayette College (PA); Louisiana State University (LA); Lourdes University (OH); Loyola University Chicago (IL); Marietta College (OH); Marquette University (WI); University of Miami (FL); Michigan State University (MI); University of Michigan (MI); Middlebury College (VT); Millersville University of PA (PA); University of Minnesota Morris (MN); Montana State University (MT); University of Mount Union (OH); Muskingum University (OH); University of North Carolina at Wilmington (NC); North Carolina State University (NC); Northeastern University (MA); Ohio Northern University (OH); Ohio University, Lancaster (OH); University of Oklahoma (OK); Pennsylvania State University (PA); University of Pittsburgh (PA); Plymouth State University (NH); Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. (NY); Rhodes College (TN); Roanoke College (VA); University of Rochester (NY); Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (IN); Saint Louis University (MO); Santa Clara University (CA); South Dakota State University (SD); Southern Methodist University (TX); St. John’s University (NY); State University NY at Buffalo (NY); University of St. Thomas (MN); The University of Tampa (FL); University of Tennessee (TN); University of Toledo (OH); Valparaiso University (IN); University of Vermont (VT); Villanova University (PA); Virginia Polytechnic Inst (VA); University of Virginia (VA); Walsh University (OH); Washington and Jefferson College (PA); Washington and Lee University (VA); West Virginia University (WV); Wheeling Jesuit University (WV); Wittenberg University (OH); The College of Wooster (OH); University of Wyoming (WY) and Youngstown State University (OH).
12% of our students applied as Early Decision candidates
80% of our students applied as Early Action candidates
Event Honors College & Prep School Grads from the Classes of 1927-1966
St. Charles held its annual Platinum Reunion on Tuesday, June 14th to honor the school’s earliest graduates as well as remember the school’s alumni and teachers who have died. The event was open to all graduates, former students and family members from the Classes of 1927-1965 from both the Prep School and St. Charles Borromeo College. Surviving spouses were especially encouraged to attend in tribute to their husbands.
A special Mass was held in Mother of Mercy Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Our thanks to Msgr. George Schlegel ’58 for serving as our Main Celebrant and and Msgr. Bill Dunn ’57 for concelebrating. We are also grateful to St. Charles rising junior, Christopher Walker, for serving as the liturgy’s organist.
A complimentary served lunch, catered by Bosc + Brie, followed afterward in the Campus Theater’s Cavello Center. St. Charles Principal Jim Lower addressed the attendees and spoke about the school year and campus facilities. Alumni Director Louis J. Fabro ’83 provided a tour of the St. Charles Museum and Holy Angels Library.
Combined Reunion Weekend Sept. 2-4; Classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011.
The Combined Reunion Weekend has been scheduled for September 2nd & 3rd, 2016 for the Classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011.
RSVP Packets will be mailed to all reunion alumni that includes a letter detailing all activities, times, locations and costs; an RSVP form to be completed and returned with payments; a biographical update form and a Class Gift pledge card. These will be mailed the 2nd week in July.
On Friday night, September 2nd, all reunion alumni are invited to the weekend’s main event: The All-Classes “Stag” [That means ALUMNI ONLY, NO GUESTS PLEASE] “Beer-n-Brats” gathering from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons. On Saturday, September 3rd, there will be a morning bike ride along the Alum Creek Bike Trail at 9:00 a.m., a campus tour from 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. and an All-Classes Mass in Mother of Mercy Chapel at 4:30 p.m. for alumni & spouses/guests. Afterward, classes will organize their own private dinner gatherings. This year, the annual St. Charles Alumni Golf Outing will NOT be part of reunion weekend activities. It is scheduled this year for Sunday, September 25th at Clover Valley G.C. in Johnstown.
Alumni Director Louis J. Fabro ’83 met over the winter with representatives from the 10 classes celebrating “five-year” reunions to look over classmate surveys and cover the following items: planning each of the private class functions on Saturday night following that day’s “Campus Program;” locating those classmates for whom the school has no contact information; and discussing a Class Gift. Louis will be providing for each of the participating classes, including: creating, printing, and mailing all class letters at no charge to the class; coordinating and planning Saturday tours, Mass, class photos, reception, dinner, and presentations; collecting and tracking all reservations/payments made for reunion events; and collecting biographical information from classmates to possibly combine into a commemorative program.
If you would like to represent your class, help organize a Saturday Night private class gathering, help the school locate “lost” alumni and reach out to classmates to encourage their attendance, please contact Louis by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 614-252-9288 ext. 21
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.
With a proven track record of accomplishment and achievement by its students and alumni, St. Charles Preparatory School continues to be blessed with the generous support of those in the Carolian and Central Ohio Communities. For the 2015-2016 school year alone St. Charles is providing more than $1.3 million in tuition assistance to 38% of our student families — in addition to awarding an additional $300,000 of merit-based scholarships.
[Click HERE to visit the “Cardinal Society Reception” Facebook Photo Album…]
We are very grateful that the proven track record of St. Charles continues to bolster your confidence in the mission of the school, the quality of the young men here, and the investment placed in them.
Each May, St. Charles hosts The Cardinal Society appreciation reception as one way to express our sincere gratitude for the commitment made by our leading supporters. This year’s gathering was held on Thursday, May 12th at the Scioto Country Club in Upper Arlington. We hope you enjoy viewing these photos taken of those who were able to attend the celebration.
St. Charles extends its most sincere appreciation to ALL those who have shared their gifts of time, talent and treasure to benefit the 630 young men here who have “Accepted the Challenge” to earn a St. Charles education.
St. Charles Preparatory School will host several athletic camps this spring and summer devoted to Speed & Agility, Soccer, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Lacrosse and Volleyball for students of all grade levels:
Click on this LIVE LINK to view a printable version of our 2016 Athletic Camps Brochure
–St. Charles Basketball Camp: July 5-8 from 1 – 4 p.m. for boys in grades 8-9 and July 18-21 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for boys in grades 5-7. Cost is $100. Please contact Coach Jacob Daniel ’95 at email@example.com to sign up or learn more.
Click HERE to view a copy of the Basketball Camp brochure
–St. Charles Basketball Shooting Camp: Three sessions on July 12 & 14– Session I from 9-10:15 a.m.; Session II from 10:45 a.m. to Noon; Session III from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Cost is $50. Please contact Coach Jacob Daniel ’95 at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and registration.
–St. Charles Volleyball Camp: Open to boys and girls. Two sessions running August 1-4: Session I for boys and girls entering grades 4-6 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Session II for boys and girls entering grades 7-8 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Cost is $100. Please contact Coach Ned Gruber ’09 by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (614) 804-7230 for details and registration.
Click HERE to view a copy of the Volleyball Camp brochure
Those camps which have been completed to date:
–St. Charles Fundamentals of Speed And Agility Clinics: Sessions from Noon -2 p.m. on June 13, 15 &17 for students in grades 4-8. Cost is $60. Please sign up using the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/JDFKzLntvD or contact Coach Tom Lopresti at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Click HERE to view a copy of the Speed/Agility Camp brochure
–St. Charles Cardinal Lacrosse Camp: June 6, 8, 13 & 15 from 6-9 p.m. for boys entering grades 3-8. Cost is $100. Please contact Coach Mark Berndt ’97 at email@example.com to sign up or learn more.
Click HERE to view a copy of the Lacrosse Camp brochure
–St. Charles Cardinal Baseball Camp: June 13-15 from 9 a.m. – Noon for boys ages 7 to 14. Cost is $75. Please contact Coach Ray Benjamin at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or learn more.
Click HERE to view a copy of the Baseball Camp brochure
–St. Charles Youth Football Camp: June 20, 21 & 22 from 9 a.m. – Noon and June 23 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for boys in grades 1-8. Cost is $80. Please contact Coach Bob Jacoby at email@example.com to sign up or learn more.
Click HERE to view a copy of the Football Camp brochure
–St. Charles Soccer Academy: June 27-30 from 9 a.m. – Noon for boys entering grades 4-9. Cost is $85. Please contact Coach Rick Ey at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and registration.
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St. Charles Preparatory School Alumni & Student/Family Community
2016-2017 Special Events and Activities Schedule
Do you want a quick reference to all the Special Event activities coming up on the St. Charles calendar? Here you are!
Please visit the school’s Homepage often to view posts and notices regarding event details, contact information and reservation instructions for the activities below. You are also invited to contact Louis J. Fabro ’83 at email@example.com
Summer and Fall 2016
St. Charles vs. Aquinas Golf Challenge; SC Hosting – Alumni from the Classes of 1945-1965; Friday, July 29th at Glenross G.C. at 8:30 a.m.
St. Charles Alumni Gathering in Cincinnati; Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, July 24, 2016.
“An Evening with Lou Holtz”; Thursday, September 8, 2016
2016 Combined All-Class Reunion for the Classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, & 2011; Labor Day Weekend/ Fri. and Saturday, September 2nd & 3rd.
St. Charles Alumni Golf Outing; Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Clover Valley G.C.
Winter and Spring 2017
Feast Day Mass & Borromean Medals; Friday, November 4, 2016
Borromean Lecture featuring Susan Eisenhower; Friday, November 11, 2016
Thanksgiving Mass & Dist. Alumnus Awards; Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Silent Auction & Cardinal Christmas; Saturday, December 3, 2016
Spaghetti Dinner: Noon; Sunday, February 5, 2017
Father/Son Mass & Breakfast; Saturday, March 18, 2017
Aquinas Alumni Association Meeting Luncheon; Monday, May 1, 2017
Cardinal Society Members Reception; Thursday in May, 2017
Alumni Gathering in Akron/Cleveland Area; May 2017
Alumni Gathering in Chicago; June 2017
Alumni Gathering in Cincinnati; July 2017
Graduation; Baccalaureate Mass and Presentation of Diplomas; Friday, June 2, 2017
Platinum Reunion (1927-1966); June, 2017
St. Charles vs. Aquinas Golf Challenge; July 2017
2017 Combined All-Class Reunion for the Classes of ’67,’72, 77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97, ’02, ’07, & ’12; Fri. & Sat. , September 1st and 2nd, 2017. Labor Day Weekend
Completed already since last spring (2015)…
Monday, May 4, 2015–Akron/Cleveland- Area Alumni Reception; 11:00 a.m.;@Bravo! Restaurant in the Fairlawn Mall in Akron.
Saturday, May 2, 2015–Aquinas Alumni Association May meeting & lunch (catered by T.A.T.); Noon in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons.
Thursday, May14, 2015–Cardinal Society Members Appreciation Reception; 6:30 p.m. @ Scioto Country Club.
Friday, May 29, 2015–St. Charles Baccalaureate Mass &Graduation; 6:30 p.m. in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015– Platinum Reunion; 10:30 a.m. for the Prep School and College Classes of 1927-1964; in Mother of Mercy Chapel and Campus Theater’s Cavello Center.
Sunday, July 19, 2015–Cincinnati-Area Alumni Event; @ the Great American Ballpark; Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians;1:00 p.m.
Friday, July 31, 2015–St. Charles vs. Aquinas Golf Challenge for ’45-’65 grads; Aquinas Hosting at The Highlands G.C. ; 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 — An Evening With Peter Lynch; to support the St. Charles Endowment Fund; 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons:
Fri, Sat. & Sun. September 4th through 6th–2015 Combined All-Class Reunion for the Classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, & 2010 — Labor Day Weekend.
Sunday, September 6, 2015–Paired w/Reunion Weekend = Annual Alumni Golf Outing; @ Clover Valley G.C.; 1:00 p.m.
Monday, October 26, 2015–The Borromean Lecture; Noon in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons; To be presented by Mr. Malcolm Stevenson “Steve” Forbes, Jr., Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media. He was a Republican candidate in the 1996 and 2000 presidential primaries and the son of Forbes publisher Malcolm Forbes and the grandson of that publication’s founder, B.C. Forbes.
Tuesday, November 4, 2015–Feast Day Mass & Presentation of the Borromean Medals and Principal’s Award; 11:40 a.m. in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015–Thanksgiving Mass & Presentation of the Distinguished Alumnus Awards; 8:40 a.m. in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons and Student Service’s Guidance Suite.
Saturday, December 5, 2015–Silent Auction & Cardinal Christmas; 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 7, 2016–Spaghetti Dinner; Noon – 7 p.m. in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons.
Saturday, March 19, 2016–Father/Son Mass & Breakfast; 9:30 a.m.; Mother of Mercy Chapel and the Robert C. Walter Student Commons.
Aquinas Alumni Association Meeting Luncheon Monday, May 2, 2016; Robert C. Walter Student Commons.
Cardinal Society Members Reception; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2016; Scioto Country Club.
Alumni Cleveland/Akron Area Gathering at Bravo! Restaurant in the Fairlawn Mall in Akron. Thursday, May 19, 2016; Bravo! Restaurant.
Graduation Friday, June 3, 2016; Robert C. Walter Student Commons.
Platinum Reunion (1927-1963): 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016; Mother of Mercy Chapel & Campus Theater’s Cavello Center.
St. Charles Alumni Gathering in Chicago; Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, June 17, 2016
Click HERE to review the complete calendar of events for the entire 2015-2016 school year.
Upcoming School Events and Activities: Contact the school’s Main Office at 614-252-6714 for more information regarding the following items:
Friday, July 8: Last day of Summer School.
St. Charles Mission Statement
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