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).
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
Sunny blue skies and temperatures in the low 80s greeted players at this year’s St. Charles Alumni Golf Outing on September 25th at Clover Valley Golf Club in Johnstown. Our thanks to our hosts, current St. Charles parents and course owners, Larry and Christi Canini. The shotgun scramble event included the round of golf, a cart, prizes, cold refreshments, an SC metal license plate frame and a deluxe picnic dinner.
Congratulations to our top-two finishing teams. First place went to the foursome of Robert Miller ’67, Brian Whitlach ’96, Sean Whiltlach ’00 and Tom Whitlach with a score of 17 under-par. Just one shot back was the foursome of Eric O’Brien ’03, Leif Mahler ’03, Matt Klingler ’03 and Kyle Barger ’03.
There were also three “skill-prizes given out. Eric O’Brien ’03 had the “Longest Drive,” Scott Rodocker ’89 made the “Longest Putt,” and Chris Pappa ’07 had the shot that was “Closest to the Pin.”
To see photos from the event, visit the SC Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/stcharlespreparatoryschool/photos/pcb.1163683333674549/1163681957008020/?type=3&theater
Special Thanks To Our Sponsors!!
• Bosc + Brie – Bob Selhorst ’74 •
• West Camp Press •
• Signature Real Estate – Phil Caito ’72 •
• UBS Wealth Management – Shea Marmion ’95 •
• 4K Landscape – Keary ’93 and Kelli Doon •
• The Beer Dock East – Mike Sweeney ’82 •
• Signature Real Estate – Phil Caito ’72 •
• Sean McCarthy ’87 – President, St. Charles Alumni Association •
• Class of 1972 – Marion Smithberger ’72 & Gerard Barrow ’72 •
• MCR Services, Inc. – Design Build, GC & Trade Services •
• Newhouse, Prophater, Kolman & Hogan, LLC – Bill Prophater ’86 •
• Red Roof INN – Jim Greenhalge ’88 – National Sales Executive •
• The Greenhalge Family – Jack, Elaine, Jim ’88 & John ’86 •
• LearningRx © – Jack ’52 & David ’88 O’Reilly •
• Gerard Barrow II – Realtor (614) 580-6810 •
• RE/MAX Connection – www.remaxconnection.com – Zack Stewart ’92 •
• In memory of classmates John Prunte, Craig McDonald,Joseph Boyer and David Hollern – The Class of 1972 •
Online Secure/Safe Registration and Payment!!!
Annual St. Charles Alumni Golf Outing on Sunday, September 25th
The event is open to anyone over the age of 18: Graduates, former students, current parents, friends….
Make special plans to join us at this year’s annual St. Charles Alumni Golf Outing on Sunday, September 25th, at Clover Valley Golf Club (8644 Johnstown Alexandria Rd, Johnstown, OH, 43031 /http://www.clovervalleygolfclub.com/ (740)-966-5533).
This scramble event, sponsored by the St. Charles Alumni Association, begins with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. A $90 entry fee covers the round of golf, a cart, prizes, and a deluxe picnic dinner. We take reservations for both foursomes AND singles! Space is limited so don’t wait to sign up (first come, first served). Guests who do not wish to golf are still invited and encouraged to enjoy fellowship with friends afterward: $18 includes the dinner meal and camaraderie in the clubhouse.
Would you like to help sponsor the event?
!!!! At the event you can also advertise your business or honor your class by sponsoring one of the Open’s 18 holes for $100 each. Your information will appear on one of the 18” x 12” tee box signs that will be read by the players.
E-mail alumni director Louis J. Fabro ’83 at email@example.com to sign up and/or to sponsor a hole.
We take reservations for both foursomes AND singles! Space is limited to 125 golfers, so don’t wait to sign up!
To make it easier we have provided THREE ways to register as a player or sponsor this year:
- Go directly to this dedicated & secure link: https://www.stcharlesprep.org/event/2016-st-charles-alumni-golf-outing/
- Players and sponsors can view, print, fill out and mail this online PDF form: Player_Sponsor_Invoice_2016_SC_Alumni_Golf_Outing.pdf
- Contact St. Charles Alumni Director Louis J. Fabro’83 at firstname.lastname@example.org to have him send you a form to return by mail with your payment.
Let Louis know you intend to play/sponsor a hole …and then send it with a check [made payable to “St. Charles”] to:
“Alumni Golf Outing”, Attention: Louis J. Fabro ’83
2010 E. Broad St., Cols., OH 43209
Please don’t hesitate to contact Louis if you have any questions.
Don’t get shut out– Reserve your spot today! We look forward to seeing you on the 25th!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 2016-2017 school year.
Upcoming School Events and Activities: Contact the school’s Main Office at 614-252-6714 for more information regarding the following items:
September 5/ Monday: Labor Day. No class.
September 6/Tuesday: Parent Night,
7:00 p.m., Main Academic Building
September 8/Thursday: Lou Holtz Address; Early Dismissal.
September 9/Friday: Early Dismissal. 2:13 p.m.; Faculty Meeting.
September 11-12/ Sun-Mon: First Senior Retreat Opportunity, CYSC.
September 13/Tuesday: Sophomore College Planning Night,
7:00 p.m.; Walter Student Commons.
September 16/ Friday:
–Student Council Freshman homeroom elections.
–Homecoming Football Game.
–NHS Cardinal Red School Pride Dress Down Day.
September 21/ Wednesday: Regional Conference College Fair,
Walter Student Commons; Early Dismissal. 2:13 p.m.
September 28/ Wednesday:Senior Financial Aid/Scholarship Night,
Walter Student Commons, 7:00 p.m.
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