Friday morning Mass in the Chapel
Friday Morning Mass is held at 7 a.m. each week when school is in session in our school's chapel, located in the Convent.
Class Reunions Start Planning for Next Year
This year's reunion season has come to an end. First, I would like to thank all who have stepped up to run a class reunion. It was great working with you, and it was even better getting to know you! I would also like to thank everyone who attended a reunion. It is great to see the smiles and the high-fives when people get back together. I have even learned the flip cup game, thanks to the class of 2005! Lastly, I would like to take a moment to thank all of those who contributed to the Alumni Scholarship Fund. Some of you who could not attend your reunion still took the time to send us in a check so that we can keep the Rocket tradition strong. Building up this fund has been a priority of mine since I started this job two years ago. I am proud to announce that we have, thanks to your generosity, been able to turn the Alumni Scholarship into an endowed scholarship. That means the money has been placed into an account, and we will be using the interest on that account to award an annual scholarship of over $1,300 dollars, without ever touching the balance! This is truly great news, however, it means we only have one scholarship to award per year. My goal, and I hope yours, is to grow that to as many scholarships as possible so that we can continue to see many children of Rockets walking the halls. I will continue to ask classes as part of their reunions to support this great cause. Here is the breakdown from this years reunions:
|Class of '55|
|Class of '60|
|Class of '65|
|Class of '70|
|Class of '85|
|Class of '90|
|Class of '95|
|Class of '00|
|Class of '05|
$1,250 Bash for Brad
|Class of '10|
The total amount raised this year from reunions- $9,445. Let's keep this tradition going and growing!
It is time to start thinking about next year's reunions. The Class of '66 has already started working on its 50th reunion! If you are in classes that ended with a 1 or a 6, you are up next year! Please try to make contact with members of your class so that you can get ready for your special reunion celebration. If you would like to help your class get its reunion started, feel free to give me a call. We would love to help your class hold a great event. Click here for the Reunion Planning Guide.
McNicholas marked Veteran's Day with a presentation by Col. Bill Butler '86. During his talk, Col. Butler recalled that discipline, teamwork, and accountability were qualities he began to hone in the classrooms and on the football fields at McNicholas High School. Col. Butler joined many other veterans and active military for breakfast following his talk. Among the military relatives of our current students was Frank Buschmeier, grandfather of Caige and Chase Beuerlein, a 92-year old World War II veteran and former POW. Thank you to all our veterans for your selfless sacrifices and examples of honor and duty. Many Alumni came back for this event, they included: Bob Guenther '60, Tom Hay '60, Bill Deimling '61, Bob Batchelor '62, Lou Dimmerman '62, Paul Coates '64, Tom Kanis '66, Bob Ewers '66, John Burwell '68, Rick Ahlrichs '69, Jim Hay '77, Tim Hoeflich '82, and Bill Butler '86.
For a copy of the speech by Col. Bill Butler, please click here.
Our McNicholas Military List is now closing in on 260 graduates who have served. We are constantly updating this list. Please click here
to view the list. If you have an update, please contact Shawn Young
|Erdy Foundation Dinner, Dance, and Auction--November 21|
The 11th Annual Nick Erdy Foundation Dinner, Dance, and Auction will be held Saturday November 21, at Norlyn Manor, 4440 St. Route 132 in Batavia. Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the dress is casual evening attire. The event will include an open bar, a silent auction, and dinner provided by Texas Roadhouse. The evening will also feature a DJ and dancing and a split-the-pot raffle. The cost is $60 per person before Nov. 1, $75 per person after Nov. 1. For information contact Jane Erdy at 513-200-5797 or visit www.nickerdyfoundation.org
. Last year, the Nick Erdy Foundation awarded $4,300 to benefit three McNicholas students. The school is grateful for the Foundation's generosity in helping our students and hopes parents and alumni continue to support the Erdy's work.
Nick Erdy was a 2002 graduate of McNicholas High School. Immediately after graduating, Nick fulfilled his life-long dream of becoming a Marine. When his unit was deployed to Iraq, it was part of Operation Matador on the Iraqi-Syrian border. In May, 2005, his armored assault vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device; Nick and five of his fellow Marines were killed. Nick was posthumously awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, the Purple Heart, the Marine Corps Reserve Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.
|Alumni Basketball Night - December 11|
|Time to mark your calendars for the Alumni Basketball night. This game will be played on Friday, December 11. Get together with past players and graduates and watch the current Rockets take on Badin High School. Tickets for alumni and family of alumni are only $5. |
After the game, stick around for a reception for the alumni in the library; refreshments will be provided. To secure your discounted alumni ticket to the game and a spot at the reception, please email Shawn Young. This is a great way to stay connected and have some fun. I look forward to hearing from you!
|Alumni Basketball League - Time to Sign Up|
Coming to a court near you! The alumni sports group is proud to bring back the alumni basketball league. We are looking for a minimum of 8 teams with a maximum number of 16. If we fill up, we will run an "A" and a "B" division. Each team must have at least 4 Rocket Alumni, and 3 Rockets must always be on the court. The league will be played on Sunday nights in the Main and Aux Gym. Game times will be 6 - 9 p.m. The cost will be $500 per team. This money will secure your spot, pay for officials, and help support the men's basketball program. For more information or to secure your spot, contact Coach Tim Monahan
|The University of Cincinnati has been recognizing some of the people that make the university such a special place. This semester, they are featuring McNicholas graduate, Jason Heikenfled '93. Recognizing that it's people who make UC one of the finest institutions in the world, the "Faces of UC" campaign provides an up-close introduction to the world of teaching, research, and entrepreneurship. The episode features a profile of UC alumnus Jason Heikenfeld, professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Jason's discoveries are licensed through UC to more companies than any other current faculty member. A member of the National Academy of Inventors, he stands among the top 10 UC faculty of all time for patents issued. To watch this video, please click here.
|When reunions come back on campus, alumni love roaming the halls, especially junior hallway where the class composite pictures for every class that has graduated hang. The Convent holds the composite pictures from the St. Joseph Academy. Last year, we noticed that several of these pictures looked faded and tattered. We took them off the wall and handed them over to Michael McIntire from Glutz/McIntire Photography. They came in and took the pictures, scanned them, and used a computer to enhance the images and then digitally put them pack together into a brand new picture. They even put them in frames that match what we have been using for the past 20 years. Two of the pictures are now complete and back on the wall in junior hallway! I would like to thank Michael McIntire and some classmates who stepped up to help cover the cost of this work. They did not want to be named, but it is a great example of Rockets that continue to step up to support their school. When all are finished, we will have new portraits for the classes of '84, '87, '88, and '89. This leaves McNick with the old class composite pictures. If anyone would love to have one of those composites, just contact me. They are available for a small donation to the Alumni Scholarship Fund.|
To purchase the old composite pictures please email Shawn Young.
|A Strong Showing for the Fall Sports|
The Rockets had many great accomplishments this fall. A special congratulations to the men's golf team. They finished a very memorable season by finishing third in the state tournament at Northstar in Sunbury. The Division II results were:
Canton Central Catholic 627
Ty DeBonis 151 (3rd place individual; 1st Team All State), Chris Dunne 158 (T 10th individual; 2nd Team All State), Zane Brownrigg 162, Chris Wells 170, Cam Massa 186
All of our fall teams did very well this season for complete list please click here
Honor a graduate, teacher, parent, or other loyal Rocket with a commemorative tile. The tiles are permanently installed in the main hallway and are available in white ($100), yellow ($150), and green ($250). The deadline for this order is December 31.
Family and friends looking for a meaningful and beneficial way to honor their graduate can click here
or call Shawn Young, Manager of Alumni Relations and Special Events, at 231-3500 x5850.
The calendar has changed to November already. The school year always seems to "speed up" at this time of year. In a few short weeks, we will start celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, and Christmas will not be too far away. This time of year is also an extremely important time of year for McNicholas High School. The 2015-2016 Annual Fund has begun. By now, you should have received the brochure on this year's Annual Fund. A successful Annual Fund is critical to the success of McNicholas High School, as it helps us to "close the gap" between the actual cost to provide a quality faith-based education to our students and the amount of revenue we receive in tuition.
We have made a major change to the Annual Fund this year. You are now able to "support your passion" and designate your gift to support any of the following five areas:
--Most Critical Need
--Fine and Performing Arts
As we approach the end of the calendar year, please also remember all donations to the McNicholas Annual Fund are tax deductible. You can support the Annual Fund by returning the forms attached to your Annual Fund brochure or visit our website
Should you have any questions about the Annual Fund, or the other methods by which you can support McNicholas please contact Mark Doran
, Director of Development at (513)-231-3500 Ext. 5141.
We realize you and your family have many choices of how to spend your philanthropic dollars. A gift to McNicholas will be a great investment in the lives of both current and future McNicholas students.
Do you have news to share? Let us know what you've been doing since graduation! Update your information by completing our alumni update form on the McNicholas webpage or call the Alumni Office at 513.231.3500. ext. 5850.
Dr. Jonathan Schilling '98 has recently moved back to Cincinnati from South Carolina. He has started working for Christ Hospital and is very excited that he will have an office in Anderson.
Ryan Caldwell '99 and his wife Ashley, announce the birth of their second son Jack.
This list is generated from local obituaries and information received from the family and friends of our alumni and current students. Please contact the alumni office if there is incorrect or missing information.
Patricia Malone Suer '56; Mother of Teresa Suer Praechet '78, and Linda Suer Hughes '82.
Russell P. (Bud) Guenther '57; Member of the Hall of Fame, Brother of the late Joan Guenther Sweet '55, Robert '60, Barbara Guenther Muchmore '65, and Mary Jo Guenther Martin '72.
Mark W. Teismann '61; Brother of Diane Teismann Moccia '58, Kevin '63, and Lynn '72.
James W. Hosking '63; Brother of Tom '66, Bill '70, and Mary Ann Hoskings Daly '74.
Steven W. Knopf '66; Brother of Dennis '68.
John R. Ewers '69; Husband of Debbie Flasch Ewers '71, Father of Katie Ewers Brewer '00, Johnny '04, and Sister of Joyce Ewers '65.
Distinguished Family and Friends
Raymond Feldmann; Brother of Amy Feldmann Painter '85.
Dolores P. Hiltenbeitel; Mother of Michele Hiltenbeitel Main '77, Mary Hiltenbeitel Condra '78, and Matthew '82,
Natalie McClure; Mother of Mark '65, Carol McClure Lamy '67, Jim '72, Molly McClure Worth '74, Jeanne McClure Rasfeld '77, Katie McClure Poliak '79, Biz McClure Yersky '81, and Margaret McClure Vogler '83. Grandmother of Katie Rasfeld '06, Dan Rasfeld '09, Morgan Vogler '18, and Jillian Vogler '20.
Irene R. Tilly; Mother of Schuyler '61, Cheryl Tilly Maringer '65, Clair Tilly '69, and Cherise Tilly Firth'71
Dorothy Timberman; Mother of Shirley Timberman Brigel '59.