Members of the St. Charles and Central Ohio Communities:
You are cordially invited to spend an afternoon with Clark Kellogg in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons. Mr. Kellogg will be addressing our community with a talk on Character & Leadership. The event will begin at 4:00 p.m, on Wednesday, April 29th.
Click here to view a PDF of the event’s poster: Clark Kellogg at St. Charles
This event is sponsored by the St. Charles student group, “My Brother’s Keeper,” and will celebrate our efforts to connect our St. Charles students as peer mentors to underserved 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
Please see the attached flyer and share with all who may be interested in joining us.
Mike Warner, Faculty Member
Zach Wright, Faculty Member
Steve Miller, St. Charles Advisory Board Member
The St. Charles Preparatory School Drama Department is proud to announce that its spring production, the Central Ohio premiere of Jungalbook, will be presented Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 30, May 1 & 2 at 8:00 P.M. and Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 P.M. in the St. Charles Campus Theatre. Adult tickets are $10 each, and student tickets are $5 each. Reservations may be placed by calling the St. Charles main office at 614/252-6714 between 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.
Adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s books and poems, the intertwined tales of Mowgli, the “mancub,” get a contemporary spin as Kipling’s timeless characters come to life. The familiar story of Mowgli (senior Nick Anderson) —raised by Akela the wolf (senior Matt MacManus), tutored by Baloo the bear (junior Bemnet Negatu) and protected by Bagheera the panther Grove City High School sophomore Natalie Belford) —climaxes in the final showdown with Sherakhan the tiger (junior Nick Martin). Along the way, Mowgli learns the laws of the jungle and the price paid for breaking them. Unlike some popular film versions, this adaptation adheres closely to Kipling’s stories and captures the poetic spirit of the original tale.
An evocative tale of loyalty, belonging and courage, adapted by Edward Mast and based on the Mowgli stories of Rudyard Kipling, Jungalbook brings to life characters both contemporary and timeless. This creative intertwining of the exotic jungle and the intense street life of the city was awarded the Distinguished Play Award by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Faithfully adapted from Kipling’s 1894 Nobel Prize-winning “The Jungle Book” and its sequel, Mast’s adaptation, first performed in 1982, aims to bring Kipling’s timeless stories and poems into the present.
We look forward to seeing you at one of the performances!
St. Charles Preparatory School Alumni & Student/Family Community
2015-2016 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
Spring and Summer 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.
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.
Fall 2015 – Winter 2016
Tuesday, November 4, 2015–Feast Day Mass & Presentation of the Borromean Medals; 11:40 a.m. in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons.
Date TBD –The Borromean Lecture; Noon in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons; Presenter: Gerard Baker, Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones & The Wall Street Journal.
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.
Spring and Summer 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016–Father/Son Mass & Breakfast; 9:30 a.m.; Mother of Mercy Chapel and the Robert C. Walter Student Commons.
Fri, Sat. & Sun. September 2nd through 4th–2016 Combined All-Class Reunion for the Classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, & 2011 — Labor Day Weekend.
Sunday, September 4, 2016–Paired w/Reunion Weekend = Annual Alumni Golf Outing; @ PLACE TBD
St. Charles and Aquinas share in two special events this coming spring and summer:
St. Charles is proud to once again host the Aquinas College High School May Alumni Association’s May meeting in the Robert D. Walter Student Commons at 1:30 a.m. on Monday, May 4th. St. Charles has enlisted the talents of Aquinas grad Jimmy Corrova (AQ ’53), owner of T.A.T. Ristorante di Famiglia, who will cater the event. Our thanks, also, to Aquinas’ Alumni Association president, Lou Nobile (AQ ’57), for his help in coordinating this visit.
At last year’s meeting nearly 80 “Terriers” attended as well as 16 St. Charles students who were receiving funds from the Father John R. Smith Aquinas Alumni Scholarship. That fund supports both financial aid and academic scholarships earned through exceptional performance in grade school and on the St. Charles Scholarship Test. The fund was established in 1987 by James K. Williams, Jr. (AQ ’49) and fellow Aquinas alumni to honor the memory of Fr. Smith, the legendary Aquinas teacher and disciplinarian.
9th Annual Golf Challenge- Friday, July 31st
The two schools will gather again in late July– this time in the spirit of BOTH camaraderie AND competition. **The 9th Annual “Aquinas College High School & St. Charles Preparatory School Golf Challenge” will be held at The Highlands Golf Course in Pataskala on Friday, July 31st.This event is open to former students and alumni of both schools who graduated before 1965 (the year Aquinas closed its doors). Enjoy the spirited competition that reflects the camaraderie and the mutual respect shared between friends and members of each school! The format consists of foursomes of two-man teams playing a best-ball “Ryder Cup” style format.
Grads from either school wanting more information on the “Challenge” or any other event are invited to contact St. Charles alumni director Louis J. Fabro ’83 email@example.com
St. Charles alumni…you are invited!
Akron/Cleveland Gathering (Saturday, May 2, 2015)
On Saturday, May 2nd, St. Charles will host an alumni gathering at the BRAVO! Cucina Italiana” Restaurant at the Summit Mall in Fairlawn. NOT ONLY are SC graduates living in the Akron/Cleveland area invited to attend, but St. Charles Principal Jim Lower ALSO ENCOURAGES anyone in the Columbus area to join us at this Carolian family get-together.
Principal Lower will be joined by a number of St. Charles faculty, staff and Advisory Board members and share with the group the goings-on as well as news of the outstanding student-athletes and facilities at St. Charles. A very special “Thank-You!” goes out to 1985 graduate Mike Creedon, who as a District Partner with the Bravo Brio Restaurant Group is providing the location, delicious food and spirits for all to enjoy.
There is no charge to attend, but you are still asked to reserve your spot(s) to ensure there is plenty of food on hand for everyone. Postcard invitations were sent to those in the Cleveland/Akron area, so if you live nearby and did not receive one, please let us know! To sign up, or for more information please contact St. Charles Development Officer Michael Welsch at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Cincinnati Carolian Gathering (Sunday, July 19, 2015)
St. Charles is also hosting a second alumni gathering – returning to the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati to catch a heated rivalry game between the Reds and Cleveland Indians! Once again, SC school administrators, faculty, staff and other Columbus-area alumni will travel down from Columbus or other nearby locations. If you’d like to receive an invitation or more information regarding this gathering, you are invited to e-mail St. Charles Development Officer Michael Welsch at email@example.com.
Attention all grade school boys and incoming Cardinal freshmen: Here are opportunities to join other motivated young men seeking to make new friends and improve their academic skills. Classes run June 8th through July 2nd.
For those preparing to start the 9th grade here at St. Charles, we offer courses that mirror the work that current 8th graders will face next year in those classes and designed for those anticipating some degree of difficulty in these courses. Classes are offered at staggered times to allow a student to participate in all three:
Subject- Time Offered-Cost
Algebra I Readiness-8:00 a.m.-$135
Latin I Readiness-8:00/ 9:30/ 11:00 a.m. -$135
Reading and Study Skills-9:30/ 11:00 a.m. -$135
We also offer courses for young men entering the 7th and 8th grades next year:
8th Grade English Readiness-9:30 a.m.-$135
8th Grade Math Readiness-11:00 a.m.-$135
7th Grade English Readiness-11:00 a.m.-$135
7th Grade Math Readiness-9:30 a.m.-$135
Use this LIVE LINK to print out a Registration Form regarding our 2015 St. Charles Academic Programs
To learn more, we invite you to contact our Main Office at 614-252-6714
Attention all grade school boys and incoming Cardinal freshmen: St. Charles offers you an opportunity to participate in a number of exciting and challenging athletic programs that offer the opportunity to join other motivated young men seeking to make new friends, improve athletic skills and become better acclimated to the school’s campus environment.
Athletic Camps: Speed & Agility, Soccer, Football, more Baseball, Basketball, Lacrosse and Volleyball for boys of all grade levels.
–St. Charles Fundamentals of Speed And Agility Clinics: Session I from 9-10 a.m. on March 14, 21 & 28 for students in grades 5-12; Session II from Noon-2 p.m. on June 8, 10 &12 for students in grades 5-8. Please contact Coach Tom Lopresti at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or learn more.
Visit http://goo.gl/forms/AbcW1iSqpH to view the sign-up form.
Click here to view the camp’s brochures:
–St. Charles Cardinal Lacrosse Youth Camp: June 8, 10, 15 & 17 from 6-9 p.m. for boys entering grades 3-8. Please contact Coach Mark Berndt ’97 at email@example.com to sign up or learn more.
–St. Charles Soccer Academy: June 22-25 from 9 a.m.-Noon for boys entering grades 4-9. Please contact Coach Rick Ey ’94 at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or learn more.
–St. Charles Youth Football Camp: June 15-18 from 9 a.m-1 p.m. for boys in grades 1-6. Please contact Coach Jeff Pharion ’86 at email@example.com to sign up or learn more.
–St. Charles Basketball Camp: July 7-10 from 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. for boys in grades 8-9 and July 13-16 from 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. for boys in grades 5-7. Please contact Coach Jacob Daniel ’95 at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or learn more.
St. Charles Basketball Shooting Camp: Three sessions on June 30 and July 2- Session I from 9-10:15 a.m.; Session II from 10:45 a.m. to Noon; Session III from 1-2:15 p.m. Please contact Coach Jacob Daniel ’95 at email@example.com to sign up or learn more.
–St. Charles Volleyball Camp: Two Sessions running August 3-6; Session I for students entering grades 4-6 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Session II for students entering grades 7-8 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Please contact Coach Ned Gruber ’09 by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (614) 804-7230 to sign up or learn more.
Click here to view the camp’s brochure: SC Volleyball Camp
COMPLETED TO DATE
St. Charles Baseball Camp: March 7; Session I from 9 a.m.-Noon for boys ages 7-10; Session II from 1:00-4:00 p.m. for boys ages 11-14; AND June 8-11 from 9 a.m.-Noon for boys ages 7-14. Please contact Coach Ray Benjamin ’91 at email@example.com to sign up or learn more.
St. Charles Moms and Sons!
All current students and their mothers are invited to attend the the school’s annual Mother/Son Dance, sponsored by the St. Charles Mothers Club. It will take place on Friday, May 8th in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons. The doors open at 7 p.m., dinner is served at 8 p.m. and our special recognition ceremony for seniors and their moms takes place at 9 p.m.The price is $35 per person; however, for any family for whom cost is an issue, please contact Mr. Lower directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New photo ideas this year! Please bring your completed form for New Image Studios attached, prices start at just $10!
Bill Jelinek Photography of Senior Presentations will be online ordering at www.BillJelinekPhotography.com starting with a 4″x6″ digital download for $4!
Look for updates on Bill Jelinek’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/billjelinekphotography?fref=ts
And for any Mother’s Club updates join us on the St. Charles Columbus Mothers Club Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StCharlesColumbusMothersClub?fref=ts
Questions? KierrahChamberlin@gmail.com 740-974-9074
The Mothers Club invites you (starting on Tuesday, April 7th) to click on this SPECIAL RSVP PAGE to sign up electronically and safely use your credit card to purchase tickets for this special event.
Here are student accomplishments that we would like to share with you:
National Merit Program recognizes twenty-one St. Charles seniors
Above: The seven National Merit Semifinalists from St. Charles for 2014-2015 are (from left): Abram Haghnazari ’15, Jack Chatas ’15, Stephen Susa ’15, Garrett Cotter ’15, Michael Alban ’15, Daniel Matthews ’15 & Andrew Alfred ’15.
SEVEN SENIORS NAMED NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS
St. Charles Preparatory School had seven members of its senior class named 2015 National Merit Semifinalists. These young men qualified for the National Merit Scholarship program, celebrating its 60th year, 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 1.4 million students took the test, only 16,000 were named Semifinalists. They are now competing with students nationwide for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $33 million.
Those named are:
Michael Alban ’15, son of Thomas and Mary Beth Alban of Hilliard. He attended Heritage Middle School. He plans to pursue a degree in physics or mathematics and also study music in college. He is applying to Northwestern University, Cornell University, The Ohio State University, Northeastern University, University of Pittsburgh and University of Oklahoma. Michael is a member of the St. Charles Jazz Band, the nationally-recognized Engineering Team and the National Honor Society. Michael worked at Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center for three years and has volunteered at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
Andrew Alfred ’15, son of Michael and Jill Alfred of Worthington. He was schooled at home through the online public charter school, Ohio Virtual Academy, and is a member of the St. Elizabeth parish. He plans to pursue a degree in engineering and currently intends to apply to Miami (OH) University, University of Cincinnati, Purdue University, Georgia Tech University and University of Dayton (preferred). Andrew is in his third season with the varsity water polo (state champions in 2012 and 2013) and going into his third year on the varsity swim team. He is an active member of the National Honor Society and has played in both the St. Charles Pep Band and the St. Charles Concert Band. He has also been involved in several service activities — both at school and in his parish. He has routinely volunteered for the Dublin Lion’s Club, has helped with the improvement of the Accelerated Reader program in elementary schools in Columbus and has been a tutor for fellow students at school.
Jack Chatas ’15, son of Geoffrey and Catherine Chatas of New Albany. He attended Columbus Academy for grade school. He plans to study economics and political science and currently intends on applying to Georgia Tech University (his preferred school), University of Washington, Bates College and Hamilton College. Jack is a member of the National Honor Society, the Cross Country team and a co-captain of the Robotics Team (two-time world championship qualifiers). His community service work is centered on volunteering at Ohio State’s James Cancer Hospital.
Garrett Cotter ’15, son of Matthew and Amy Cotter of Westerville. He attended grade school at Whittier Elementary School and Blendon Elementary School, and he is also a member of Heritage Christian Church. He plans to pursue a double major in economics and biological sciences in preparation for a career in pediatric surgery. He is applying to Duke Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Boston College, and The Ohio State University, but Duke and Vanderbilt are his top choices. Garrett has participated in the Student Council, the National Honor Society, the nationally-recognized Engineering Team and with the St. Charles Baseball Team. Outside of school, he performs music at local events and festivals, is part of his church’s worship ministry, plays travel baseball, and helps coach youth baseball teams. He also helps run local concessions at the Westerville Youth Baseball and Softball Leagues. Garrett is also involved in several service activities and organizations. They include the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Ohio State’s Kids ’N Kamp, the Westerville Area Resource Ministry, the Buddy Walk, tutoring St. Charles students in Latin and mathematics and various outreach programs through his church.
Abram Haghnazari ’15, son of Cirous and Bridget Haghnazari of Westerville. He attended St. Paul grade school and is a member of St. Paul parish. He plans on studying chemical or molecular engineering and is applying to MIT (preferred), the University of Chicago and Case Western Reserve University. Abram is captain of the school’s JAM public speaking club and a member of varsity Volleyball Team. He set up a reading encouragement program entitled “Accelerated Reader” at several middle schools in Central Ohio, coaches the boys volleyball team at St. Paul grade school and participated in this summer’s International Service Trip with the school to Guatemala.
Daniel Matthews ’15, son of Michael and Jennifer Matthews of Dublin. He attended St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish. He plans to pursue a degree in chemical engineering and enter an engineering career after he graduates. He is applying to The Ohio State University (preferred), Case Western Reserve University and Univ. of Cincinnati.Daniel plays the bass guitar for the St. Charles Jazz Band, a member of the National Honor Society, an Eagle Scout and on leadership teams for his parish youth group. He is a member or volunteer of three different church musical groups at St. Brigid’s and will be playing the bass guitar in the upcoming St. Charles drama department theatrical production. He has also been involved in several service activities including Meals on Wheels, Holy Family Soup Kitchen and his recently completed Eagle Scout project benefiting his home parish.
Stephen Susa ’15, son of Dennis and Kristine Susa of Columbus. He attended St. Agatha grade school and is a member of St. Agatha parish. He plans to pursue a degree in biology or chemistry and later attend medical school. He is applying to Vanderbilt University (preferred), Harvard University, Emory University, Case Western Reserve University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Alabama and the University of Pittsburgh.Stephen has been a member of the St. Charles Cross Country and Tennis teams, plays tennis, is on the nationally-renowned Engineering Team, participates in In the Know and is a member of National Honor Society. He also volunteers in service tutoring and has traveled summers as part of the International Service Trip with the school to Guatemala and El Salvador.
NINE SENIORS NAMED COMMENDED SCHOLARS
In addition to the seven seniors named National Merit Semifinalists last fall, nine more seniors were named National Merit Commended Scholars for 2014-2015. They placed among the top 5% of all the students who took the PSAT/NMSQT in their junior year (Fall 2013). 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 Anderson ’15, son of Ursula Anderson and grandson of Ms. Barbara Anderson of Columbus. He attended Immaculate Conception grade school and is a member of St. John Neumann parish.
Andrew Fernandez ’15 (also recognized as a National Hispanic Scholar below), son of Dr. Alex and Katheryn Fernandez of Columbus. He attended Holy Spirit grade school and is a parishioner at Eastview United Methodist Church.
Simon Fernandez ’15 (also recognized as a National Hispanic Scholar below), son of Dr. Alex and Katheryn Fernandez of Columbus. He attended Holy Spirit grade school and is a parishioner at Eastview United Methodist Church.
Joseph Hickman ’15, son of Mark and Carrie Hickman of Delaware. He attended Dempsey Middle School and is a member of St. Mary parish in Delaware.
Samuel McQuade ’15, son of Stephen and Susan McQuade of Pataskala. He attended Holy Spirit grade school and is a member of Holy Spirit parish.
Brian O’Neill ’15, son of Michael and Shari O’Neill of Gahanna. He attended St. Matthew grade school and is a member of Church of the Resurrection parish.
Conor Quinlan ’15, son of Mark and Catherine Quinlan of Bexley. He attended St. Catharine grade school and is a member of St. Catharine parish.
Tyler Welty’15, son of Robert and Lina Welty of Columbus. He attended Immaculate Conception grade school and is a member of Immaculate Conception parish.
Connor Yakubov ’15, son of Steven and Tracey Yakubov of Columbus. He attended grade school at Wellington and is a member of St. Agatha parish.
FERNANDEZ TRIPLETS NAMED “HISPANIC SCHOLARS”
St. Charles seniors Andrew ‘15, Max ’15, and Simon ’15 Fernandez, sons of Dr. Alex and Katheryn Fernandez of Columbus, have earned the distinction of being named Scholars in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. The brothers attended Holy Spirit grade school and are parishioners of Eastview United Methodist Church.
Simon plans to pursue a major in biology or chemistry and become a medical doctor. He is applying to The Ohio State University (preferred), University of Pennsylvania, Duke University and the University of Alabama. He is in the National Honor Society and has been a member of the volleyball team all four years at St. Charles. Simon is a past member of the In-the-Know Team (freshman through junior years) and studies martial arts. He has been very involved with volunteer work at the Isabelle Ridgway Care Center, with the “Buddy Walk” in support of Down Syndrome and through an international service project at an orphanage in Mexico.
Max plans to study chemistry and is applying to The Ohio State University (preferred), Duke University, Cornell and North Carolina State University. He is in the National Honor Society and has been a member of the St. Charles varsity Volleyball Team, In-the-Know Team, participated in the theater and played club volleyball. Max has volunteered at the Isabelle Ridgeway Care Center, with the Down Syndrome’s “Buddy Walk,” at Shepard’s Corner, teaching at his parish’s Bible and Sunday schools and through an international service project at a Mexican orphanage.
Andrew plans to pursue a Pre-Med undergraduate degree in biology and is applying to The Ohio State University (preferred), Wake Forest and Duke University. Andrew is in the National Honor Society and has been a member of the St. Charles Volleyball and In-the-Know teams. He, also, has been very involved with volunteer work at the Isabelle Ridgway Care Center.
The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT®. These students are from the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools abroad. Approximately 200 of the top-scoring PAA™ students from Puerto Rico are also included.
FRANCIS ’15 & WARD ’15 “OUTSTANDING PARTICIPANTS”
The National Achievement Scholarship Program has selected St. Charles seniors Quentin Francis ’15 and Spencer Ward ’15 as 2014-2015 Outstanding Participants by scoring in the top 3% of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration for the program.
Quentin, son of David (St. Charles Class of 1982) and Sheila Francis of Columbus, attended All Saints Academy grade school and is a member of Holy Rosary/St. John the Evangelist parish. He plans to pursue a degree in journalism or communications and is applying to Bowling Green State University, Eastern Michigan University, Xavier University of New Orleans and Indiana University, but would his first choice is Ohio University because of its nationally-renowned E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
Quentin is the Ohio president of the Order of Pythagorans youth organization and a member of the St. Charles varsity Track Team. His volunteer activities include serving as a summer camp counselor and volunteering at St. John Community Kitchen. He is also very involved in his parish where he assists as a lector, Eucharistic minister and altar server.
Spencer, son of Drs. Eric and Bonita Ward of New Albany, attended grade school at New Albany Middle School and is a member of New Salem Baptist Church. Next fall when he starts college, he plans to pursue a degree in biology or pre-medicine on track to become a doctor. He is applying to The Ohio State University, the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Duke, and Columbia, but Penn is his preferred school.
Spencer is in the National Honor Society and a member of the nationally- recognized Engineering Team. He is also a member of the St. Charles varsity Lacrosse Team, Environmental Club and the school’s Jazz Band. In addition, he plays with the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, which is one of the premier jazz ensembles in the Midwest. Spencer is a member of Jack & Jill of America Inc., which is an African American mothers and youth organization dedicated to service and growth of African American youth, and is a regular volunteer at Riverside Methodist Hospital.
The National Achievement® Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students and earn recognition based on the results of the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test they take as high school juniors. Outstanding participants are referred to higher education institutions as having showed academic promise, but they will not be continuing on in competition for scholarships.
St. Charles Robotics Team Wins Mahoning Valley Robotics Competition
(Photo above) WE are the champions! CardinalBots members holding the winner’s trophy (from left): Omar Montalvo ’15 (St. Pius X School, St. Pius X parish) Joseph Churilla ’16 (Walnut Springs Middle School, Church of Resurrection parish), Andrew Reade ’17 (St. Pius X School, Seton parish), Isaac Murrin ’17 (St. Matthew School, Church of Resurrection parish), Reed Williams ’18 (St. Matthew School, St. Matthew parish), Lewis Nerone ’16 (St. Brigid of Kildare School, St. Brigid of Kildare parish), Andy Welsh ’18 (Immaculate Conception School, Immaculate Conception parish), Ron Forrest (Coach), Anthony Forrest ’15 (Holy Spirit School and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal parish).
The St. Charles Robotics Team(The “CardinalBots”) has picked up where it left of at the end of last year by winning the Mahoning Valley Robotics Competition at Austintown Fitch High School on September 20th.
Last year the team earned a trip to the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis by winning the “Crossroads” Regional Competition at the Rose-Hulman’s Sports and Recreation Center in Indiana– one of 54 national regional competition sites. It was the 2nd time in the team’s short three-year history that it qualified for the prestigious event.
In Austintown, the CardinalBots found themselves ranked 11th out of a field of 20 other Ohio teams after the qualification matches. The top seven teams had the first opportunity to pick the two team with whom they wished to form alliances with. The 4th-ranked team (Team #9848) chose St. Charles and Team# 4601.
The challenge was an “Aerial Assist” match format,with two alliances, made up of of three student-operated robots each, must quickly pass large game pieces across the field and score them into their goals while under defense from the opposing alliance. Unfortunately the ‘shooter apparatus’ on Team #4601’s robot malfunctioned during its last qualification match. With no ability for the machine to way to pickup or pass (and thus unable to score any points), Team #9848 could inbound and only score in the ‘lower’ goal. This meant that SC’a robot was relied upon to do the shooting for its alliance. The CardinalBots’ shooter was strong all day.
The #1-ranked team’s alliance earned its way into the quarter finals and advanced to the semi finals automatically.The Cardinalbots and their drivers Lewis Nerone ’16, Joseph Churilla ’16, and Isaac Murrin ’17 went on to two wins in the first two quarter-final rounds to advance to the semi finals.
The Cardinalbots faced the #1 seed, which hadn’t played a match together at the time because of their bye. The SC alliance went on to win the first two matches and earned its way into the finals. After winning ts its first match, but lost its second match when alliance partner #9848’s robot suffered a short and didn’t perform optimally. In the third match the CardinalBots we were down most of the match but poured it on late to win 116 to 109.
We’ll keep you up to date on the team’s success moving forward into the fall and winter seasons! Congratulations CardinalBots !
Looking back at the accomplishments during the 2012-2013 School Year
Congratulations to the newest 150 alumni of St. Charles Preparatory School who graduated on Friday, May 30th. Schools where these students will begin their college careers: University of Akron; University of Alabama; Bowling Green State University; Carleton College; Case Western Reserve University; University of Cincinnati; Clemson University; Cleveland Institute of Music; University of Colorado Boulder; Columbus State Community College; University of Dayton; Denison University; University of Denver; DePauw University; Duke University; Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; University of Evansville; Franciscan University of Steubenville; Hillsdale College; John Carroll University; Johns Hopkins University; Kent State University; University of Kentucky; Loyola University Chicago; Marietta College; Miami (OH) University; University of Miami; University of Notre Dame; Ohio Dominican University; Ohio University; The Ohio State University; Oregon State University; Otterbein University; Pennsylvania State University; University of Pittsburgh; Pontifical College Josephinum; Purdue University; University of Rochester; Southern Methodist University; Tiffin University; Valparaiso University; Vanderbilt University; Virginia Military Institute; Walsh University; West Virginia University; Xavier University and Youngstown State University.
The St. Charles “Cardinalbots” Robotics Team:
This year’s challenge, “Aerial Assist” was issued on January 4th. The team had six weeks to design, build and program the robot to pass, catch, and shoot a 24 inch diameter exercise ball. After their first two competitions, and to prepare for the World’s competition, the team decided to make some design changes to the robot to enhance its performance. Since the changes to the robot can only be made during the time the team is in competition, they used a second practice robot at the build site to test and refine their designs. The modifications were removed and taken to the World’s completion and implemented by three team members prior to the rest of the team arriving.
Our Cardinalbots Robotics Team is currently ranked 13TH OF 55 TEAMS IN THE STATE OF OHIO. They won their first regional in their 3rd year at the Crossroads competition in Terre Haute, Indiana, in early March. Only one other Ohio team has won a regional event this year. They went on to compete at the World’s Championship event in late April at the Edwards Jones Dome in St. Louis where the placed 32nd in their field of 100 teams, of which they were rated to place no higher than 60th.
In The Know Awards 2014
The St. Charles In The Know Team completed a very successful season with 7 tournament wins, including the WOSU-TV In the Know championship, the Ohio State History Bowl Championship, the Ohio Academic Competition Southeast Regional Championship and a 4th place finish in both the NAQT and OAC State championships. The WOSU-TV Championship provided four, $2000 scholarships to The Ohio State University for four of our seniors, and the 5th place finish in the WBNS-TV Brain Game provided a $1500 grant to St. Charles from Westfield Insurance. The Varsity A team, which had an overall record of 111-30, will next be competing in Washington DC at the PACE Nationaltournament over Memorial Day weekend. Members of the varsity A team are: Seniors: Zel Demere, Phil Hurst, Tyler McMaken, Jacob Stinnett and Junior: Stephen Susa.
St. Charles Engineering Team
St. Charles entered eight varsity and two Junior varsity teams for the TSA TEAM+S Engineering Competition in February of this year. All 10 teams traveled to Ohio Northern University for Regional competition against nearly 1200 teams that competed across the nation at remote and regional sites in 47 states.
Five of the eight varsity teams placed in the top 10 in the state and four placed in the top 10 in the nation by division. The Senior B team placed 2nd in the state and 5th in the nation, the Senior A and C teams tied for 3rd in the state and 6th in the nation the Senior E team placed 7th in the state and 7th in the nation and the Junior/Senior A team placed 8th in the state by division. The JV teams placed 2nd and 4th in the state by division and 4th and 11th in the nation for division 3.
St. Charles Band
In instrumental music, a special award, known as the John Philip Sousa Award is given each year by Mr. Brunetto to St. Charles’ most outstanding bandsman. For 2014, the award is presented to ZACHARY HARRIS. An additional band award called the Jazz Ensemble Director’s Award is presented to CHRISTIAN DONOVAN.
The St. Charles Student Council conducted a very successful year of service to school and the Columbus community. Officers of the Student Council are elected by the student body. The elected senior officers for the 2013-2014 school year have been ALEX POLINSKY as president; REMY POWELL was the treasurer, JACK ENGERT vice president; and the secretary was ZACH DONLEY. Officers for the 2014-2015 school year only recently announced are TYLER WELTY, President; ANDY MOORE, Treasurer; JOSEPH CHURILLA, Vice President; and WINDSOR NIERMEYER, Secretary.
Principal’s Service Award
In 1997, St. Charles initiated a Principal’s Service Award for outstanding service contribution. Recognition is given to students from each grade level. These students have demonstrated a willingness to give time and effort beyond that of the ordinary student. This year these students are: Freshman ~ ISAAC MURRIN, Sophomore ~ BENIGNO HOUSER, Junior ~ GABE LAWSON
2013-2014 St. Charles Preparatory Athletics Summary
Cross Country 2013
Championships: 2013 CCL Champions
All-CCL First Team: Brendan Harty, Kevin Hennessey, Nathan Herriman, Nick Marino, Angelo Rivera
All-CCL Second Team: Anthony Schneider, Chris Mitchel
All-District 1st Team: Bredan Harty, Kevin Hennessey
MVP: Brendan Harty
Championships: 2013 CCL Silver Champions (8-3); State Playoff Regional Quarterfinalist
All-CCL First Team: Najm Babatunde, Ryan Bailey, Josh Graham, Mike Hamrock, Joseph Montgomery, Graham Plageman, Remy Powell, George Sims, Will Somodi,
All-District 1st Team: Nathan Puthoff, Sean Hennessey, Gabe Klingler, John Quinn
All-District 2nd Team: David Heil, Ben Hale, Will Groeber
All-District Special Mention: NiQuille Bell
All-District Honorable Mention: Andy Deak
All-State 1st Team: Nathan Puthoff
All-State Honerable mention: Sean Hennessey, Gabe Klingler, John Quinn
Ben Hale signed D I Letter of Intent to play at Bowling Green next year
Nathan Puthoff signed D I Letter of Intent to play at Kent State next year
David Heil Signed a Division II Letter of intent to play at Tiffin next year.
MVP: NiQuille Bell
Championships: CCL, Sectional
All-CCL First Team: Conor Yakubov, Evan Yakubov, Eddie O’Brien, Conor Huelsman, Sam Schmelzer
All-CCL Second Team: Cory McCullers
State Qualifier: Eddie O’Brien
MVP: Eddie O’Brien
Championships: CCL Champions 201, (Central District Runners-Up)
All-CCL First Team: Drew Hicks, Nik Weislogel, Niko Strickler, Jack Rademacher,
Connor Colvin, Will Walther
All-CCL Second Team: Andrew Weislogel, Ben Carlisle
All-District 1st Team: Drew Hicks
All-District 3rd Team (Honorable Mention): Nik Weislogel
All-State 2nd Team: Drew Hicks
Drew Hicks signed D I Letter of Intent to play at Virginia Military Institute next year
MVP: Drew Hicks
Water Polo 2013
Championships: 2013 State Champions
All-Regional 1st Team: Andrew Hoffman, Dylan Hammon
All-State 1st Team: Andrew Hoffman, Dylan Hammon
All-State 2nd Team: Franz Kabelka
All-State Hon. Mention: Nick Ward
MVP: Andrew Hoffman.
Andrew was voted State player of the year for 2013.
Championships: CCL Runner Up, 1st Division 1 Sectional Title in School History
All-CCL First Team: Matt Hennessey and Sean Hennessy
All-CCL Second Team: Nick Pappa
All-District Honorable Mention: Sean Hennessy
MVPs: Matt Hennessey and Sean Hennessy
All-CCL First Team:
All-CCL Second Team:
MVP: Noah Thomas
Ice Hockey 2013-2014
Championships: Thanksgiving Classic Tournament Champions, Walsh Jesuit Warrior Shootout Co-Champions, Walsh Jesuit MLK Shootout Champions, Columbus Blue Jackets Cup Champions, Capital Hockey Conference White Division Champions, District Tournament Champions, earned trip to final four. CBJ Cup win, District win and final four appearance first in SC Hockey history.
All-District 1st team: All Capital Hockey Conference 1st Team: Alex Ward, Ryan Brady
All-District 2nd Team: All Capital Hockey Conference 2nd Team Ryan Cleary
MVP: Alex Ward Team MVP
All state senior all-star team: Alex Ward, Ryan Brady, Ryan Cleary, Alec Organ, Danny Schirtzinger
Championships: CCL champions 2014 District Champions,
Sectional Champions, 12th place at State
All-CCL First Team: Ben Sugar, Devon Saccocio, Nicholas Eramo, Sam Smith, Adam Lieser, Michael Ritchey, Nick Ward,Hannes Kabelka, Austin Beam, Derek Nguyen, Austin Beam,Andrew Alfred, Andrew Hoffman, Casey Horan, Franz Kabelka,Max Penn
All-District 1st Team: Tyler Welty, Max Penn, Austin Beam, Derek Nguyen, Nick Ward, Franz Kabelka, Hannes Kabelka, Joe Heller, Sam Smith, Nicholas Eramo, Michael Ritchey, Andrew Hoffman, Casey Horan, Ben Sugar, Charlie Henry
All-State 1st Team: Tyler Welty, Max Penn, Austin Beam,Derek Nguyen, Nick Ward, Franz Kabelka, Hannes Kabelka
Max Penn signs D I Letter of Intent to play at Valparaiso next year
MVP: Tyler Welty Tyler was named All-CCL, All District,All State, and swam two All-American consideration times. He capped off his season with a 5th place finish at the State meet in the 100 breaststroke and a 7th place finish in the 200 medley relay, after claiming a district title in both events. He is now a 3-time All-Ohio swimmer as he enters his senior year.
Championship: 1st place in DeSales Tournament, CCL Runner up
All-CCL Second Team: Cole Delaney, Tim Rooney, Will Somodi, Will Whalen,
All-District: Tim Rooney
All-Ohio: Tim Rooney, 4th place in state tournament
MVP: Tim Rooney
Still in the Tournament
Championships: CCL Runner Up
All-CCL First Team: Jacob Weickert , Charlie Kolp, Trey Willard,
Matt Martin, Nick Pappa
All-CCL Second Team : Andrew Fenlon
All-District 1st Team: Matt Martin
All-District 2nd Team: Trey Willard, Jacob Weickert
Honorable Mention All District: Charlie Kolp
Still in the tournament
MVP: Ryan Cleary
Championships :TEAM AND DOUBLES’ FLIGHT CHAMPIONS OF HILLIARD DAVIDSON DOUBLES TOURNAMENT, CCL CHAMPIONS 2 YEARS IN A ROW, 4TH TIME IN 6 YEARS
All-CCL First Team: EVAN YAKUBOV, SAM SULLIVAN, VINH THAI, CONNOR YAKUBOV, WILL NIERMEYER
All-District 1st Team: EVAN YAKUBOV, SAM SULLIVAN, VINH THAI, CONNOR YAKUBOV, WILL NIERMEYER
MVP: EVAN YAKUBOV, 20-3 RECORD
Championships: CCL Champions
All-Region 1st Team: Will Eichel
All-District Honorable Mention: Kevin Summers
All-State 1st Team: TBA
MVP: Kevin Summers
The St. Charles Ultimate Frisbee Team can claim a 20-4 overall record and reigns as 2014 Central Ohio Ultimate Sports League Regular Season Co-Champions
First Team All-League members: Eric Taylor, Billy Gianakopoulos, Sam Kukor,
Cyrus Lloyd and Michael Nazario
The team is a State Tournament qualifier for the fifth straight year and ultimately
3rd Place in the State of Ohio Tournament
All State: Eric Taylor, Cyrus Lloyd
Congratulations to all the St. Charles Preparatory School winter athletic program on your successful seasons!
1) The hockey team played in the Division I State Final Four on Friday (March 7) afternoon. http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/bexley/sports/2014/03/07/hockey-st-charles-comes-up-short-in-state-semifina.html
-Junior Tim Rooney placed fourth at Division I State Wrestling Meet (Feb. 27- March 1) last week;
-The basketball team reached the Division I District Semifinals before losing to 2nd-seeded Gahanna last Tuesday (March 4) night;
-Senior Noah Thomas of the bowling team finished 38th in the District Tournament two weeks ago (March 1).
5) The St. Charles swim team was well represented in Division I at the State Swim Meet, finishing 12th (Feb. 20-22) at Branin Natatorium in Canton. http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/bexley/sports/2014/02/24/st–charles-roundup-hockey-squad-earns-berth-in-district-final.html
Congratulations to all our winter sports teams and athletes!!!!
Four sign college ‘Letters of Intent’
In early February four St. Charles seniors announced their plans to play Division I and II football and soccer in college. They are (below, from left to right) David Heil ’14 (football at Tiffin University; he attended St. Cecilia grade school and is a member of St. Cecilia parish); Andrew Hicks ’14 (soccer at the Virginia Military Institute; he attended St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish); Ben Hale ’14 (football, Bowling Green State University; he attended St. Catharine grade school and is a member of St. Catharine parish) and Nathan Puthoff ’14 (football, Kent State University; he attended St. Agatha grade school and is a member of St. Agatha parish).
St. Charles knocks off Dublin Jerome in Blue Jackets Cup final
Heading into Sunday’s championship game of the 2014 Blue Jackets Cup, it may have been tough to bet against Dublin Jerome even with the Celtics missing one of their top scorers.
Winners of two consecutive Blue Jackets Cups and six of the last eight overall, the Celtics were in position to continue their dominance over this tournament – but standing in their way was an equally determined and well-rounded St. Charles team.
And when the two teams finally locked horns, the result was an entertaining hockey game that literally went down to the wire at the OhioHealth Ice Haus. St. Charles, thanks to stout defensive work and timely goal-scoring, knocked off the two-time defending champion Celtics in a 2-1 final to capture the Capital Hockey Conference championship.
Both teams made certain to not yield any free ice, taking away time and space early on and eliminating any sustained attacking zone time in the first period. Dublin Jerome had a few chances to open the scoring in the first few minutes, but after that, the Cardinals took the play back and established territory in the Celtics’ zone.
St. Charles was first to break through, turning a neutral zone misplay into a 3-on-2 break that would lead to the opening goal. A drop pass, a cut to the net and a back door pass later, Jack Cleary made it a 1-0 game midway through the period.
Discipline would come into play later in the first period. The Cardinals took a couple of interference penalties in the first period that gifted the Celtics with power play chances, but St. Charles’ penalty kill along with goaltender Alex Ward did the job and took a one-goal lead into the intermission.
The Cardinals added on to their lead in the second period, and the eventual game-winning goal came after a few close calls by Dublin Jerome at the other end. St. Charles starting getting pucks toward the net, and the 2-0 goal was the result of a loose puck in the crease that was jammed in by Clayton Klosz at 8:14 of the middle frame.
In what quickly became a physical, emotional game, the Celtics kept pushing along and got on the board late in the second.
On a similar play to the Cardinals’ second goal, the Celtics benefited from a fortuitous bounce at the side of the net. With 2:13 left in the second period, it was a 2-1 hockey game with a huge third period ahead.
Rather than sit back and protect the lead with dump ins and a jammed-up neutral zone, the Cardinals stuck to their game plan. They were hard on the forecheck, clean with their puck decisions and made sure they didn’t beat themselves in a fast-paced third period.
The Celtics pulled their goaltender, Connor Willette (who played very well), for an extra attacker with about 90 seconds left in regulation but were unable to get a second puck in the Cardinals’ net.
Congratulations to our Fall Sports Teams! St. Charles won or tied for the league title in all four Central Catholic League sports and won a state title in Water Polo!
The Water Polo Team won its 3rd state championship in four years, defeating Cincinnati St. Xavier in the finals 17-13 on Oct. 26 at Mason. The Cardinals advanced to state by going 2-1 to finish third in the North regional Oct. 18 and 19 at Napoleon–defeating Upper Arlington. “We peaked at the right time,” said head coach, Geoff Gear. The team finished the season 21-13. “We were going through a tough stretch (before the postseason) and we just had to dig in and figure out what we needed to do.”
The Football Team won its first CCL title since 1962, defeating DeSales 36-0 and Bishop Watterson 17-13. The Cardinals finished sixth in Division II, Region 5 and played at third-seeded Zanesville on Friday, Nov. 8, in the first round. St. Charles finished the regular season 8-2, its best record since it also went 8-2 in 1983. Zanesville (10-0) was ranked No. 1 in the state going into the game.
The Cross Country Team won its 5th straight CCL Title (and 14th in the last15 years!). It finished 8th (239 points) of 16 squads in the Division I regional meet Oct. 26 at Pickerington North after finishing 4th in the district 3 race at Watkins Memorial a week before.
The Golf Team won its 6th consecutive CCL title and junior Eddie O’Brien qualified to play in the Division I state championships, finishing in a tie for 44th among 72 competitors Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. The Cardinals finished 2nd in the sectionals Oct. 1 at Granville Golf Course before finishing 5th (304) behind state-qualifiers Jerome (299), Pickerington North (305) and New Albany (308).
The Soccer Team won its third consecutive CCL title, tying Watterson for first at 3-1. DeSales (2-1-1) was third, followed by Hartley (1-2-1) and Ready (0-4). The Cardinals finished the season 10-5-4, losing to top-seeded Olentangy Liberty 1-0 on Oct. 26 at Westerville Central in its first Division I district final since 2004.The 12th-seeded Cardinals had a first-round bye before defeating 27th-seeded Zanesville 5-0 on Oct. 19 and eighth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne 1-0 in overtime in a district semifinal Oct. 23.
CCL Football Champs!!!!
Congratulations to the 2013-2014 St. Charles Cardinal football team and head coach, Jeff Pharion ’86, for their hard-fought victory over Bishop Watterson on October 25. The 20-14 victory earned the Cardinals the CCL Silver Division Championship — a title it hasn’t held in 52 years. Two weeks earlier the Cardinals defeated St. Francis DeSales 36-0 for its first victory over the Stallions in 36 years.
See The Columbus Dispatch story and related “Slideshow” photos at http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/sports/2013/10/26/st–charles-ends-long-wait-to-win-its-league.html
Four St. Charles seniors named National Merit Semifinalist for 2013-2014
St. Charles had four of its seniors from the Class of 2014 named National Merit Semifinalists These young men qualified for the National Merit Scholarship program based on their scores on the Pre-Scholastic Aptitude/National Merit Qualifying Test they took last year as St. Charles juniors. Of the more than 1.5 million students took the test, only 16,000 were named Semifinalists. They are now competing with students nationwide for National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $32 million.
Tyler McMaken ’14 is the son of Joanne and Phillip McMacken of Grove City. He attended Brookpark Middle School and attends Trinity Assemblies of God Church. He plans to pursue degrees in physics and mathematics and minor in music. He plans to apply to Northwestern University (preferred), MIT and Cornell University. He is a member of the St. Charles Jazz Band, In the Know Team, Engineering Team and the National Honor Society. He plays the organ for St. Charles liturgies, the piano at nursing homes and volunteered at COSI presenting science shows and demonstrations for four years. At his home parish he plays the piano, assists with the children’s service and helps run the soundboard and video equipment.
Ryan Meder ’14 is the son of Tim and Kristin Meder of Westerville. He attended St. Paul grade school and is a member of St. Paul parish. He plans to study chemical or biomedical engineering and is looking to attend either the University of Notre Dame (preferred), Vanderbilt University; Case Western Reserve University or the University of Dayton. He is an editor for the school’s student newspaper, the Carolian, a member of the Engineering Team and the National Honor Society. He has volunteered at the Westerville Area Resource Ministry, St. Lawrence Haven food pantry and as a tutor at All-Saints Academy.
Sean Prendergast ’14 is the son of Michael and Tracy Prendergast of Pataskala. He attended St. Matthew grade school and is a member of Church of the Resurrection parish.He plans to study biology or chemistry and is applying to the United States Air Force Academy, (preferred), the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Alabama. He is a member of the Engineering Team, plays CYO basketball and is on the school’s cross country and track and field (four year letter winner) teams. He has volunteered at the Muscular Dystrophy summer camp and at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
Alexander Ward ’14 is the son of Thomas Ward of Columbus and Susan Oakes of Columbus. He attended Grandview Heights and is a member of Our Lady of Victory parish. He plans to study chemistry in college at an undergraduate level, move on to medical school and eventually become an orthopaedic surgeon. He is applying to The Ohio State University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Boston College (Ohio State and Cornell are his preferred schools.). He is a member of the National Honor Society and a four-year member of the school’s hockey team which elected him its 2012-2013 MVP.
Elijah Williams ’14 and Zelalem Demere ’14 have been selected as a 2013-2014 National Achievement Scholars. The National Achievement® Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students and earn recognition based on the results of the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test they take as high school juniors.
Demere, son of Sisay and Tsehay Tefera of Columbus, attended Holy Spirit grade school and attends Trinity (Orthodox) Church. He is applying to the University of Michigan, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, Michigan State University, The Ohio State University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Dayton. His preferred university is the University of Michigan. Zelalem is the captain of the St. Charles In the Know Team, and a member of the National Honor Society who has been involved in after-school tutoring at All Saints Academy.
Williams, son of Curtis and Cassandra Williams of Reynoldsburg, attended Liberty Christian Academy and Waggoner Road Middle School and is a member of Vinyard Columbus. He plans to pursue biochemistry research in college and his preferred school is The Ohio State University. He is a member of the school’s Robotics Team, serving as one of its programmers.
Angelo Rivera ’14, son of Angel and Mary Ann Rivera of Clintonville, has earned the distinction of being named a Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. He attended Immaculate Conception grade school and is a member of Immaculate Conception parish. He is applying to The Ohio State University, the University of Miami (FL), the University of Cincinnati, Xavier (OH) University and Auburn University and plans to study biology. Angelo is a member of the Cross Country team and “Cardinals for Life.” He has been a volunteer for the March for Life and “Run the Race” and is involved with the youth group at Immaculate Conception Church. I addition, he traveled to Guatemala and El Salvador this summer as a member of the school’s International Service team.
The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT®. These students are from the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools abroad. Approximately 200 of the top-scoring PAA™ students from Puerto Rico are also included.
Looking back at the accomplishments during the 2012-2013 School Year
It’s an Eight-peat: 100% on OGT again
For the 8th consecutive year, St. Charles sophomores scored a perfect 100% passing rate for the 2012-2013 Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). The OGT is divided into five sections covering reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. All students are required to pass all five tests as a graduation requirement. Ohio students take the test as sophomores and have six additional opportunities to take and pass all five parts.
St. Charles has a goal not only to have 100% of its students earn a passing rate, but to have each score at the test’s highest levels in each category. Individual scores are ranked in a hierarchy of five levels: limited, basic, proficient, accelerated, and advanced. For St. Charles students, 96.5% of them scored at the accelerated and advanced levels in math, 80.2% in reading 90.1% in science and 91.9% in social studies. In writing, 96.5% scored at the accelerated level.
Colleges Chosen by 2013 Graduates
Those schools our St. Charles grads will be attending next fall include: The United States Air Force Academy; The United States Naval Academy; University of Akron; University of Alabama; Auburn University; Baldwin Wallace University; Bellarmine University; Bemidji State University; Bowling Green State University; California Institute of Technology; Capital University; Case Western Reserve University; University of Central Florida; University of Cincinnati; Clemson University; Cleveland State University; Columbus State Community College; Cornell University; University of Dayton; University of Findlay; Gettysburg College; Hiram College; John Carroll University; Kent State University; University of Kentucky; Kettering University; Loyola University, Chicago; Miami (OH) University; University of Michigan; Mount Vernon Nazarene University; University of Notre Dame; Northwestern University; The Ohio State University ; Ohio University; Ohio Northern University; Ohio Wesleyan University; University of Oklahoma; Otterbein University; Pacific Lutheran College; Rochester Institute of Technology; St. Bonaventure University; Saint Joseph’s University; Shawnee State University; University of South Carolina; Towson University; Wake Forest University; Walsh University; Washington University, St. Louis; Washington & Lee University; West Virginia University and Xavier University.
Two graduating seniors, Daniel Losing ’13 and Marcus Ward ’13, accepted appointments to attend prestigious military academies.
Ward, son of Doctors Eric and Bonita Ward of New Albany, accepted an appointment to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO. Marcus earned a place on the school’s Honor Roll all four years and carried a 3.5 GPA. He was a member of the school’s nationally-recognized Engineering Team and served as a senior leader for the “My Brother’s Keeper” mentoring group. He also served his community through various groups and projects including the YMCA, Shepard’s Corner, book drives, food banks, UNCF walkathon and many others.
Marcus earned a varsity letter with academic distinction in lacrosse for all four years and football for three years, winning the Agonis Club Athletic Scholarship in his senior year. He will play Division I lacrosse with the Falcons while pursuing a major in mechanical engineering. He attended New Albany Middle School.
Loesing, the son of Norbert and Tracy Loesing of Columbus, accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He is a member of St. Andrew Parish and attended St. Andrew grade school. Daniel was a three-time varsity letter winner in basketball, twice serving as captain of the junior varsity team. He also played football for two years, serving as junior varsity captain as a sophomore.
Daniel was an honor student with a 4.12 grade point average, a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Finalist and a recipient of the Advanced Placement Scholar award. He earned Summa Cum Laude distinction five times for his scores on the National Latin Examination. He participated in the St. Charles International Service trip to Guatemala and El Salvador, was editor in chief of The Carolian student newspaper, and attended the U.S. Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar program.
Graduation Class held ten Eagles Scouts
St. Charles is proud to recognize ten of its graduating seniors who reached the highest rank attainable by a member of the Boy Scouts of America: Eagle Scout. The title is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.” Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Congratulations to: Stuart Hudelson ’13 (St. Pius X grade school, St. Patrick parish); Alex Kendall ’13 (St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and parish); Alex Miller ’13 (St. Brendan parish and grade school); Joe Mullahey ’13 (St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and parish); Richard “Andy” Perry ’13 (St. Agatha parish and grade school); Tyler Reed ’13 (St. Paul parish and grade school); Wade Rich ’13 (Gahanna Middle East); Daniel Schmeling ’13 (St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and parish); David Sullivan ’13 (St. Paul parish and grade school) and Nick Turadian ’13 (St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and parish).
2013 Senior Awards presented at Graduation last May
Michael A. Lutter, son of Doctors Kenneth and Kathleen Lutter of Columbus, was the recipient of two awards at graduation. He earned the The Monsignor Paul J. O’Dea Latin Award, presented to the senior with the highest grade point average during his four-year study of Latin. He was also presented The Father Charles Jackson Leadership Medal, given to the Student Council president for service to the school and the student body throughout the school year. Michael, a member of St. Timothy parish who also attended St. Timothy grade school, now attends the University of Oklahoma.
Brian J. Vetter, son of John and Patricia Vetter of Columbus — The Bishop Herrmann Service Award and Scholarship, presented to one senior in each diocesan high school who has, by his/her exceptional service to the community, continued the work of Bishop Herrmann in the Columbus Diocese. Brian, who attended St. Andrew grade school and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish, now attends the University of Notre Dame. Brian was a math GED tutor at the Dominican Learning Center, a Muscular Dystrophy Association Camp counselor, a volunteer on the school’s 2012 service trip to Nicaragua, a volunteer at the Physicians Free Clinic, a fundraiser for low-income families; a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, a National Latin Exam Gold Medalist, a member of the Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society, conducted cell research with St. Charles faculty member Dr. Sarah Vandermeer and muscle psychology research with Dr. Peter Reiser of The Ohio State University. He was also the captain of both the school’s Track and Field and Cross Country teams.
Aldriel V. Barnum, son of Allan and Hilda Barnum of Westerville — The Principal’s Award for Outstanding Service to School and Community, presented for leadership by example, attitude, disposition, and courage. He attended the Christian Academy in Tennessee, is a member of St. Catharine parish and now attends The Ohio State University.
Patrick W. Stinson, son of Dane and Maureen Stinson of Dublin – The Bishop Fulcher Memorial Award, presented to recognize the/those who have as achieved excellence in creative writing, in drama, in the visual arts, in journalism, or in music. Daniel is the son of Dane and Maureen Stinson of Dublin. He attended Karrer Middle School, is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish and now attends The Ohio State University.
John J. Galden, son of Dane and Jui-Feng Galden of Columbus — The Highest Accum for Four Years with an ending four-year grade point average of 4.26. He attended St. Catharine grade school and is a member of that parish. He is now studying at the California Institute of Technology. John’s academic accomplishments and abilities were also highlighted in his selection to the All-Diocesan Academic Honor Team. He was a National Merit Finalist, a member of the school’s Borromean Chapter of the National Honor Society, the captain of the JET+S Engineering Team, completed an Ohio State University Chemical and Bioengineering Lab internship, was in the Ohio Dominican University Engineering Studies program, was a math and science tutoring, participated in Model United Nations and was a Global Gallery Fair Trade volunteer, was an altar server while also finding time to also run cross country and play baseball for the Cardinals.
2012-2013 – Middle of the year highlights
— 12 named National Merit Semifinalists —
In mid-September St. Charles was proud to announce that 12 members of its senior class have qualified as National Merit Semifinalists for the 2012-2013 school year. They earned this prestigious distinction based on their scores on the Pre-Scholastic Aptitude/National Merit Qualifying Test they took in their junior year at St. Charles. Only 16,000 of 1.5 million students who took the test qualified. The qualifiers, including those from St. Charles, are in the running for scholarships that total more than $32 million. The St. Charles semifinalists are:
Matthew Bernert is the son of David and Mary Bernert of New Albany. He attended Gahanna Middle East and is a member of St. Matthew parish. He plans to study mechanical engineering and has applied to the University of Cincinnati, Ohio Northern University and the University of Dayton (preferred). He is a member of the wrestling and Ultimate Frisbee teams and the National Honors Society. His volunteer activities include travelling to Nicaragua with the school on the service trip this past summer, is a member of Cardinals for Life, Dignity, and Justice, and he volunteers at Shepherd’s Corner.
Conner Bowman is the son of Drs. Kevin and Mary Jo Bowman of Canal Winchester. He attended Fairfield Christian Academy and is a member of Violet Baptist Church. He plans to go into pre-medicine or pharmaceutical sciences and has applied to The Ohio State University(preferred), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Macalester College, University of Minnesota, University of Chicago, Wittenberg University, Northeastern University and Otterbein University. He is a member of the school’s track & field and cross country teams and is a member of the National Honor Society. His volunteer activities include travelling to Honduras, Nicaragua and Ecuador on medical service trips with the school and has volunteered with a youth group at his church.
Brandon Burdine is theson of Ivan and Leigh Ann Burdine of Westerville. He attended St. Paul grade school and is a member of St. Paul parish. In college he plans to biomedical or chemical engineering and has applied to the University of Notre Dame (preferred), Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Dayton. He is the captain of the football team and a member of the Engineering Team. His volunteer activities include serving as a core team member at St. Paul Youth Ministry, he travelled to Guatemala this summer with the school as a member of an international service team and he participated in a service trip to Cranks Creek, KY in the summer of 2011 through St. Paul Youth Ministry.
John Galden is the son of Dane (SC Class of 1984) and Jui-Feng Galden of Columbus. He attended St. Catharine grade school and is a member of St. Catharine parish. In college he plans to study engineering and has applied to MIT, Columbia, the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University. He is a member of the cross country, baseball and Engineering teams. He participated in the Model UN program and volunteers at the Global Gallery.
Joshua Imbriani is the son of Rod and Lauri Imbriani of Dublin. He attended St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and is a member of St. Patrick parish. In college he plans to study computer science and has applied to the Rochester Institute of Technology (preferred), Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida. He is a member of the In The Know and Engineering teams as well as the National Honor Society. His volunteer activities include helping at Meals on Wheels and the Holy Family Soup Kitchen.
Neil Joseph is the son of Abe and Elizabeth Joseph of Dublin. He attended St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish. He plans to study political science in college and has applied to the University of Notre Dame (preferred), Wake Forest University (preferred), Vanderbilt University, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the baseball and Engineering teams, on Student Council and the managing editor of The Carolian student newspaper. His volunteer activities include travelling to Guatemala with the school this summer as a member of an international service team, served as a volunteer at “Run the Race,” the MDA Camp and at the Miracle League of Central Ohio. He also participated at Gospel Road 2011-2012.
Daniel Loesing is the son of Norbert and Tracy Loesing of Columbus. He attended St. Andrew grade school and is a member of St. Andrew parish. He plans to study history and political science in college and has applied to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (preferred), the U.S. Naval Academy (preferred) and the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the basketball team, National honor Society and Student Council, serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Carolian student newspaper and participated in the United States Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar. His volunteer activities have included travelling to Guatemala with the school this summer as a member of an international service team, working at Shepherd’s Corner Farm and Ecology Center and being an altar server at St. Andrew Church.
Michael Lutter is the son of Drs. Kenneth and Kathleen Lutter of Columbus. He attended St. Timothy grade school and is a member of St. Timothy parish. In college he plans to study either medicine or law and has applied to the University of Notre Dame (preferred), the University of North Carolina, The Ohio State University, Duke University and Georgetown. He is the president of Student Council, secretary of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and a member of the basketball team. He volunteers as a School of Religion teacher for St. Timothy Church.
Tyler Reed is the son of Walter and Diana Reed of Westerville. He attended St. Paul grade school and is a member of St. Paul parish. In college he plans to study biochemistry and attend medical school. He has applied to Washington University in St. Louis (preferred), the University of Princeton and the University of Cincinnati. He is an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, works with Habitat for Humanity’s Greater Columbus ReStore and travelled to Guatemala this summer as a member of an international service team.
Benjamin Stechschulte is the son of Drs. Mark and Beth Stechschulte of Dublin. He attended St. Brendan grade school and is a member of St. Brendan parish. IN college he plans to study engineering or computer science and has applied to the University of Notre Dame (preferred), Carnegie Mellon University (preferred), Purdue University and Cornell. He is a member of the In The Know and Engineering teams and the National Honor Society, and is involved with the ongoing Nano fiber research project with St. Charles faculty member, Dr. Sarah Vandermeer. He has volunteered at Shepherd’s corner and with the Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk.
Brian Vetter is the son of Dr. John and Patricia Vetter of Dublin. He attended St. Andrew grade school and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish. He plans to pursue a pre-medicine track in college and has applied to the University of Notre dame (preferred), St. Louis University, Marquette and Villanova. He is a member of the track & field and cross country teams and is performing muscle physiology research at The Ohio State University. He provided GED tutoring at the Dominican Learning Center, volunteers as a counselor at the Muscular Dystrophy Association camp, travelled to Nicaragua with the school as a member of an international service team and volunteers at the Physicians’ Free Clinic.
John Zawada is the son of John and Elaine Zawada of Columbus. He attended St. Andrew grade school and is a member of St. Andrew parish. He is interested in several different areas of study, including engineering, science, music, law, psychology and political science. He has applied to the University of Colorado (Boulder), The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati and Columbia University. He is a member of the ski club and writes for the school newspaper, the Carolian. He played hockey and tennis and volunteers as a tutor and in the school library.
— 7 seniors named Commended Scholars —
Seven St. Charles seniors were named National Merit Commended Scholars for 2012-2013 in late September. They placed among the top 5% of the more than 1.5 million students who took the PSAT/NMSQT last year. While they don’t continue in competition for National Merit scholarships, some are eligible for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. They include:
Charles Forrest is the son of Ronald and Charlene Forrest of Groveport. He attended Holy Spirit grade school and is a member of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal parish; Brandon Hoffman is the son of Steven and Cynthia Hoffman of Dublin. He attended St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish; Alexander Jordan is the son of Mark and Joan Jordan of Dublin. He attended St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish; Thomas Krajnak is the son of Peter Krajnak and Ann Croft of Columbus. He attended Bexley Middle School and is a member of St. Catharine parish; Oliver Sarko is the son of Thomas and Ursula Sarko of Columbus. He attended St. Catharine grade school and is a member of St. Catharine parish; Patrick Stinson is the son of Dane and Maureen Stinson of Dublin. He attended Karrer Middle School and is a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish; and Christopher Whaley is the son of Russell and Mary Whaley of Westerville. He attended St. Paul grade school and is a member of St. Paul parish.
— It’s a Seven-peat: 100% on OGT again —
Results from the 2011-2012 Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) were reported in May and the 174 St. Charles sophomores who took the test all passed. It is the 7th consecutive year the school registered a 100% passing rate — which also happens to be the same number of years the test has been administered in Ohio.
The OGT is divided into five sections covering reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. All students are required to pass all five tests as a graduation requirement. Ohio students take the test as sophomores and have six additional opportunities to take and pass all five parts.
St. Charles has a goal not only to have 100% of its students earn a passing rate, but to have each score at the test’s highest levels in each category. Individual scores are ranked in a hierarchy of five levels: limited, basic, proficient, accelerated, and advanced. For St. Charles students, 96.53% of them scored at the accelerated and advanced levels in writing while 99.42% did so in each of the other four sections.
Class of 2012
St. Charles’ Hadad Earns Joyce Scholarship to the University of Notre Dame
St. Charles Preparatory senior, Matthew Hadad ’12, son of Christopher and Carolyn Hadad of Dublin, has received the Glenna R. Joyce Scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame. He plans to major in biochemistry with a premedical intent, is a member of St. Andrew parish and attended St. Andrew grade school.
Matthew holds a 4.24 GPA at St. Charles, earned the distinction of being an AP Scholar with Distinction and is the secretary of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. He has been a member of the nationally-recognized JETS Engineering Team since his freshman year and currently serves as the team’s co-captain. Matthew is also a member of the science team doing nanotechnology research under the school’s physics teacher, Dr. Sarah Vandermeer and served on Student Council for three years.
Hadad, who is currently a volunteer at the Ohio State Medical Center, has worked as an engineering intern at Prater Engineering the last two summers. At the end of this school year he will begin working as a research aid at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he was selected as a “Top-Five Student” in its Mechanisms of Human Health and Disease class in the summer of 2011. Matthew has played CYO Basketball the past four years.
St. Charles’ Grodesky Selected to Attend West Point Military Academy
William Grodesky ’12, a graduating senior at St. Charles Preparatory School, has accepted an appointment to attend The U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The son of Brian and Martha Grodesky of Pickerington, he attended Lakeview Jr. High School and is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish. He is an Honor Student with a 4.01 GPA, a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar. He earned National Latin Club Magna Cum Laude distinction in his sophomore year and was the school’s 2011 representative to Buckeye Boys State where he served as the Director of The Department of Transportation.
William was a varsity letter-winner in swimming in all four years of high school, earning the distinction of being an Ohio High School Distinguished Scholar Athlete each season. During that time he advanced to state competition twice, earning All-Ohio status. He won several Central Catholic League and District swimming titles as well. He qualified as an Ohio Junior Olympic Swimmer in his freshman year, qualifying for Junior Nationals with the New Albany Aquatics Club in 2010-20111 and 2011-2012. William also played football for three years serving as captain of freshman team and earned a varsity letter his junior year.
Grodesky is the second senior to receive an appointemnt to West Point this year. In February Stevyn Spees ’12 accepted an appointment to The United States Military Academy and will run track. He is a member of St. Timothy parish and attended St. Timothy School. Stevyn is an Honor Student with a 3.75 GPA, a member of the National Honor Society and the Treasurer of Student Council. Last spring at the 2011 Ohio High School Division 1 State Outdoor Track Meet he was a member of the school’s 4 X 800 M relay team which finished 2nd in the state and he also placed 11th in the state in the 400M. He is a 1st degree black belt and captain of both the track and football teams.
Upstart ‘Cardinalbots’ Compete at World Robotics Championships
As reported on the St. Charles Facebook Page (as this new website was being brought on “LIVE” and our old site “under repair”), ‘an ‘upstart’ student group, established just six months ago with less than a dozen members, ‘shot its way’ to notoriety by earning a spot in the FIRST World Championships that were held in St. Louis two weeks ago.
Visit http://www.facebook.com/stcharlespreparatoryschool to see photo albums dedicated to the team and its performance in the Regional and World competitions.
Known as the “CardinalBots,” the St. Charles Robotic team earned their invitation with a strong performance in the Buckeye Regional March 22-24 at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University. St. Charles took 5th overall at the competition which included more than 1,450 students from 59 teams representing four states and Canada. Out of eight other rookie teams, the Cardinals earned the “Rookie All-Star” award for its (and their robot’s) weekend performance and with it a merit-based championship bid.
At Championship, the “CardinalBots” had a fantastic finish –24th place in the ‘Curie Division’ that had 100 teams. The average length of experience for teams ranked #1 – #23 was 8.7 years. The Cardinalbots were only organized 6 months ago!!!At the event the team record was 5-4-0 in the completion which featured robots that shot basketball into various hoops.
Visit the websites listed below to get more information on the team, their performance, and successes! You can also see photo albums of the regional and World events on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/stcharlespreparatoryschool
For more information:
-Mr. Steve Miller, Advisor, email@example.com (614) 252-6714
-Fast facts about FIRST: http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/first-at-a-glance
-CardinalBots web site: www.stcharlesrobotics.com
-FIRST Robotics web site: www.usfirst.org
Previous story on Robotics team:SC Robotics team qualifies for world competition
The St. Charles Robotic team earned their invitation with a strong performance in the Buckeye Regional March 22-24 at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University. St. Charles took 5th overall at the competition which included more than 1,450 students from 59 teamsrepresenting four states and Canada.
FIRST, an acronym of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway. The group’s website states that “the varsity Sport for the Mind,” FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.
Out of eight other rookie teams, the Cardinals earned the “Rookie All-Star” award for its (and their robot’s) weekend performance and with it a merit-based championship bid. It joined the top three overall teams, the “Chairman’s” award winner and the “Engineering Innovation”award winner. According to the FIRST manual, the “Rookie All Star” is “awarded to the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST: to inspire students to learn more about science and technology.”
The FIRST Robotics competition, held annually since 1992,gives high school students the opportunity to play engineer by designing their very own robot that can accomplish specific tasks. This year’s theme is “theRebound Rumble” robotics game played between two Alliances of three teams each.
The whole process started in January when teams received instructions and lists of parts for the competition. Teams had six weeks to design, build and practice with their robots. Then the machines, which must weigh less than 120 pounds, were sealed in plastic until they arrived in Cleveland for the regional competition. Teams from around the Midwest as well as several from Canada competed Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Participants take home many skills from the robotics competition, including experience with electronics, engineering, physics, programming, mechanics, woodworking, multimedia, marketing, sales, public relations and the ability to work under pressure. According to one of the young men on the team, the
Cardinalbots on Saturday morning huddled around their robot (named DC40) to asses why it’s arm wouldn’t push down the bridges. The ability to push down the bridge and balance on it was a crucial one, and the morning of a tournament is never the best time for the malfunction. After the St. Charles team worked
together through the short time frame, they managed to rebuild the arm and score several points because of it.
Individual teams were randomly placed into larger teams of three to form competing “red” and “blue” teams. Students had a few minutes before each match
to talk to their new teammates—likely from another school or state—to come up with a game plan. Teams earned points for each basket and for successfully rolling two robots onto one of the balancing platforms. In each case, one robot from the red team and one from the blue team had to balance together to earn “co-opertition” points.
During each 2-minute and 15-second matches, each ‘Tri-Alliance’ competed by trying to score as many of the basketballs in the hoops as possible during the. Balls scored in higher hoops score Alliances more points. Alliances were also rewarded with valuable seeding bonus points if they balanced on bridges at the end of the match.
After all of the seeding matches on Friday and Saturday morning were completed, every body’s scores were calculated through wins and “co-opertition”
points. Earning a place in the finals, the Cardinals were given the opportunity to choose the two other teams it would partner with in the final round. SC, at that time in 4th place, selected Team 379 (RoboCats, Girard High School, Girard, OH) and Team 677 (Murphy’s Outlaws, Columbus School for Girls, Columbus, OH) for the semifinals. After an unfortunate break in the Robocats’ robot, St. Charles’ third teammate, shooter,St. Charles placed 15th in that round. The Cardinalbots have been shadowing the CSG robotics team and its moderator, Dr. Kevin Sweeney, which has served as SC’s mentor since the team was established in the fall, providing a place to work during the build season and helpful veteran advice.
To learn more about the team, the competition, the FIRST program, and to see photos, we invite you to use the following links:
CardinalBots web site: www.stcharlesrobotics.com
Video of awards ceremony: www.go.osu.edu/SCRoboticsAward
FIRST Robotics web site: www.usfirst.org
From Mr. John Engle, a St. Charles parent, has posted a handful of photos he took at Cleveland. You can find those photos here:
Good luck ‘Cardinalbots’ in St. Louis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A number of studnet-athletes have signed ‘Letters of Intent” to continue playing sports in college.
You are invited to visit his personal website at https://sites.google.com/site/stevynspees which he created to highlight his many other athletic and academic accomplishments as well as numerous volunteer service commitments and leadership/volunteer activities.
February 1, 2012: Josh Padgett signed to play football at Fordham. Personal stats: – DE – 6’2″ – 230lbs; Senior; 57 tackles, 4 TFLs, 5 sacks, 16 QB pressures, 2 fumble recoveries. Our best defensive lineman. He is a member of St. Timothy parish and attended St. Timothy School.
November 9, 2012: Nathan Yankovich and Matt Moosavian signed with the University of Iowa and Georgetown University, respectively. Both were members of the St. Charles golf team which earned back-to-back state titles in 2009 and 2010 and a 4th place finish in this year’s District Tournament, missing out by just two strokes on returning to the state tournament and playing for its third-straight title.
Yankovich qualified for the Division I state tournament this year as an individual, and finished 12th overall. He was 1st team All-State his sophomore year along with 1st team All-District and 1st team All-CCL. His junior year he was all-CCL, 2nd team All-state and 2nd team All-District. As a senior he earned 1st team All-District and 1st team All- CCL honors. he is a member of St. Matthew parish and attended St. Matthew School.
Moosavian was 1st team All- CCL this year and excelled this past summer playing in a number of American Junior Golf Association events. He is a member of St. John Neumann parish and attended Olentangy Orange Middle School.
Seven Seniors named National Merit Semi-Finalists;
Twelve more named Commended Scholars
Seven St. Charles seniors qualified as National Merit Semifinalists for the 2011-2012 school year. They earned this prestigious distinction based on their scores on the Pre- Scholastic Aptitude/National Merit Qualifying Test they took in their junior year at St. Charles. Only 16,000 of 1.5 million students from 22,000 high schools who took the test qualified as semifinalists. The seven semifinalists are:
Chris D’Angelo, a member of St. Brendan Parish and attended St. Joseph Montessori School; Nicholas DeJaco, a member of St. Brigid of Kildaire Parish and attended St. Brigid School; Adam Henderson, a member of St. Paul Parish and attended St. Joseph Montessori School; Rob LaTour, a member of St. Brigid of Kildaire Parish and attended Karrer Middle School; Anderson Speed, a member of St. Peter Parish and attended St. Joseph Montessori School; Michael Susa, a member of St. Agatha Parish and attended St. Brendan School; Peter Vilardi, a member of St. Michael Parish and attended St. Michael School.
Twelve other St. Charles seniors were named
National Merit Commended Scholars for 2011-2012
They placed among the top 5% of the 1.5 million students who took the PSAT/NMSQT last year. While they don’t continue in competition for Merit scholarships, some are eligible for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. They include:
Benjamin Bowen, a member of St. Catharine parish and attended Columbus Academy for grade school; Daniel Cogan, a member of Immaculate Conception parish and attended Immaculate Conception School; William Grodensky,a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish and attended Lakeview Jr. High School; Erich Groezinger, a member of Church of the Resurrection parish and attended St. Matthew School; Eric Janczak, a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish and attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help School; Brendan Lau, a member of St. Michael parish and attended St. Michael School; Christopher Mescher, a member of St. Brigid of Kildare parish and attended St. Brigid of Kildare School; Matthew Mignery, a member of St. Matthew parish and attended St. Matthew School; Kevin O’Neill, a member of Church of the Resurrection parish and attended St. Matthew School; Alex and Patrick Travis, are members of St. Paul parish and attended St. Paul School; Michael VanVolkenburg, a member of Immaculate Conception parish and attended St. Michael School.
Seniors named Achievement Scholar
and Outstanding Participant
National Merit Semifinalist, Adam Henderson, was also selected as a 2011-2012 National Achievement Scholar and Abel Negatu was named an Outstanding Particpant. The National Achievement® Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students and earn recognition based on the results of the PSANMSQ Test taken last year.
Water Polo Team wins 2nd Consecutive State Title
The St. Charles Water Polo Team repeated as state champions with a 16-6 win over Toledo St. Francis on Saturday, October 15 in Mason. This was a rematch of the 2010 championship game, which St. Charles won by a 6-4 score. Seven different players scored for the Cardinals, with Josh Cohen, Daniel Cogan, Natty Patterson, and Chris D’Angelo scoring three goals each. Goalie Carl Calcara had 9 saves and 3 steals. The Cardinals defeated Upper Arlington 14-13 in overtime in the semifinals and concluded its season with a 28-6 season record. Congratulations!
Click HERE to review the complete calendar of events for the entire 2014-2015 school year.
Upcoming School Events and Activities: Contact the school’s Main Office at 614-252-6714 for more information regarding the following items:
April 3-10: Easter/Spring Break. Classes resume Monday, April 13
Friday, April 17: Faculty Meeting; Early Dismissal, 2:13 p.m.
Tuesday, April 21: National Honor Society Induction Ceremony; 7:30 p.m. in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons
Thursday, April 23: Annual Red Cross Blood Drive: Multi-Purpose Room
April 30- May3: Drama Department’s Spring Musical
Friday, May 1: Marian Devotion; 10:45 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
Friday, May 1: Student Council Officer Elections
Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 15: AP Exams being administered
Friday, May 8: Faculty Meeting; Early Dismissal, 2:13 p.m.
Friday, May 8: Mother-Son Dance; 8:00 p.m. in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons
Saturday, May 9: St. Charles Prom; in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons
Monday, May 11: The St. Charles Spring band and Chorus Concert; 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Theater
Sunday, May 17: Spring Sports Awards; 3:00 p.m. in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons
Tuesday, May 19: Academic Awards Assembly; 8:40 a.m. in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons
Friday, May 22: Annual Cardinal Scholarship Walk and Circus Day
Monday, May 25: Memorial Day; No classes
May 26-May 28: Senior Exams
Tuesday-English & Science
Wednesday-Math & Language
Thursday-Social Studies & Religion
Wednesday, May 27: End of 4th Quarter
Friday, May 29: Baccalaureate Mass & Graduation; 6:30 p.m.in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons (Admission with Ticket only)
June 1-June 3: Underclassmen Exams
Monday-Religion & Social Studies
Tuesday-Math & Language
Wednesday-Science & English
Wednesday, June 3: 2014-2015 School Year Concluded. Start of Summer Vacation
Monday, June 8: First Day of Summer Academic Programs & Summer School
Friday, July 3: Last Day of Summer Academic Programs & Summer School
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