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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.

Open House for John Kirchgassner's Retirement.
Since the 1972-73 school year, McNicholas High School has been blessed to serve as the home of John Kirchgassner, best known to our community as Kirch. Thousands of students have been influenced and mesmerized by his stories over the decades. We hope that you will be able to join Kirch to celebrate his retirement at an open house this Sunday, April 24.  The event will be from 1-3 p.m., and light refreshments will be provided. If the weather is nice, we will be in the school courtyard; if the weather is not cooperative,  we will move to the
café and student union. If you can join us, please click here.
Connecting the Dots
with Shawn Young

For this month's Connecting the Dots story, we have to go back to the 1950's. Two sisters attended McNicholas: Jaye Marioni Yorio '55, and Gina Marioni Derringer '59. Both were very  instrumental in the history of McNicholas High School.  Derringer Food Company now runs the cafeteria at McNicholas High school , and there is a nice garden spot in memory of Gina on the right side of the convent with the statue of St. Joseph. Jaye was on the first cheerleading squad at McNicholas, and she still is active with her class reunion and the art program here at McNicholas. Jaye sent five children to McNicholas-Matt '78, Mike '80, Lou '81, Karen '84, and Tony '91.  Gina had two daughters that both graduated Beth Derringer Keith '84 and her sister Amy Derringer Chandler '93.  I first met the pair back in my days at Rocket High.  They were friends with my future sister-in-law, Karen Armstrong Kunkel '84.  They all worked together down at Sharky's Pizza on Hilton Head Island, and they even got their first house together in Mount Lookout. 

Karen and Beth are first cousins, but seem like sisters. Now they have joined together to create a small retail business called The Flea. This unique boutique sells furniture and home décor items in the shabby-chic/cottage style. You'll find a little bit of everything: distressed furniture (tables, chairs, lamps, desks, and benches), vintage fabrics, trays, trunks, picture frames and more. "For years, we shopped at flea markets and antique stores for our own houses," said Karen. "Now we've just turned that hobby into a business."

To see them on Facebook - click here.

To discover fun and unique items for your home, you should stop at The Flea, located at Riverside Antique Mall on Kellogg Avenue. While you are there you can go next door and eat at Swampwater Grill, owned by Chris Ornella '90.  

The dots continue to connect- Karen married Mike Veeneman '83 and they have two sons: Sam Veeneman '18 is currently a sophomore at McNick and Hank attends Guardian Angels School. Beth has one son, Charlie Keith, who attends Guardian Angels.

Art Show for Rachel Wadell '12
Congratulations to Rachel Waddel '12, and her senior art show, Human Nature. Rachel is a student at Wheeling Jesuit University, and she has been working to combine her biology major and art minor to get into biological illustration. For her senior research project, She worked on illustrating a dichotomous key to the crayfish of West Virginia, which should be published next winter. She has also created a body of work for her senior art show that is made up of biological subject matter. Rachel plans on attending Chatham University for grad school to earn an MFA in Interdisciplinary Design, which will continue to let her combine science and art so that she can hopefully work for a museum, textbook company, or other biological publications.
Class Reunions This Year
1962 Class Reunion Sept 2012 Plans for many of the classes are starting to come together. If your class is celebrating this year, click here for more details and to see who is your contact person. We are still looking for someone or a group of people to start the ball rolling for the classes of 1951, and 1991
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 it's reunion started, feel free to give me a call.  We would love to help your class hold a great reunion. 

Memorial Day
The Military Memorial Committee will hold its annual memorial service at McNicholas High School on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.  The Color Guard from the American Legion Post 484 will arrive at McNick between 9:00-9:30 am for a short ceremony that includes a prayer, gun salute and the playing of Taps. We ask that everyone arrive no later than 9 a.m.  This event is open to the general public, and the committee provides coffee, juice, donuts, etc. We hope that you will consider spending that morning with us to honor those who have served our country. 

Summer Camps
Calling all future Rockets! Whether you are looking for summer activities for your child or grandchild, have them spend their summer at McNicholas and discover new talents and interests while hanging out with friends. We want you to BE HERE. BE YOU!  McNicholas High School is excited to again offer summer day camps for students entering grades 1-9.

Click here to download the 2016 Summer Camp Program Brochure. 
To attend one or more camps, register online herePre-registration is required. Please register no later than May 25.

Questions? Please contact the Office of Admissions and Enrollment at admissions@mcnhs.org or 513-231-3500, ext. 5809..

Alumni Bowling League wraps up, but Alumni Golf League is starting up
A big thank you to the 56 bowlers who were part of the McNicholas Alumni Bowling League.  The league started back in the fall and bowled on the second Saturday of the month for a total of 8 weeks. 
Congratulations to Dave Feck '79, captain of his team McShicken, for their first place finish. They are the 2-time league champion!  Second Place went to Rob and Sally Grogan Minardi '88 and Tim and Jen Penker Billes '88. If you are interested in joining us next year, we may have some openings for new teams and we can always use people who are interested in subbing.

Alumni Golf League is about to kick-off its season in the beginning of May.  All spots are full for this league, but we are always looking for subs.  We play at The Vineyards every Wednesday night.  We arrive at 4 pm.  Subs play free!  If you are interested in being on the sub list, please contact Shawn Young @ syoung@mcnhs.org.
Rocket Champion Raffle
Please support Rocket Athletics by participating in the Rockets Champion Raffle. Drawings will be held at the end of each month. All tickets, including winners, remain eligible for drawings throughout the raffle so buy early for the most chances to win!
$1,000 prize drawings in November, February, and May
$100 prize drawings in August, September, October, December, January, March and April.
The majority of the proceeds from each ticket sold benefits the sport that sold it!   Click here to purchase tickets online.
$20 for a single ticket
$50 for 3 tickets
$100 for 7 tickets
Please contact Susan Rohlfs  or 513-231-3500 x5142 with questions. Thank you for your support of Rocket Athletics!

Rockets Excel at NKU
On April 3, three 2015 McNicholas grads:  Sydney Baker, Augustino Giambrone, and James Harrington were inducted into Northern Kentucky University's chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society.  Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for first year students who are in the top 20% and have at least a 3.5 GPA.   This year's NKU inductees had GPAs of 3.75 and higher.

On March 16, James Harrington was honored as one of 36 "Outstanding Freshmen" through the First-Years program at Northern Kentucky University.   The First-Years program offers freshman students the opportunity to experience their first college year in an environment that promotes active learning, collaboration and personal development.   He is featured on the NKU website.

Order Your Tile Before the End of the School Year
Tile Wall
Honor a graduate, teacher, parent, or other loyal Rocket with a commemorative tile. The tiles are permanently installed in the main hallway over the summer and are available in white ($100), yellow ($150), and green ($250).
Family and friends looking for a meaningful and beneficial way to honor their graduate can click here for more information or call Shawn Young, Manager of Alumni Relations and Special Events, at 231-3500 x5850

 Alumni Updates
Any news?
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.

John Walter '61 is looking forward to seeing the class of 1961 at 55th reunion coming up. He would love to hear from any classmates at jandjwalter@hotmail.com.  He is also expecting his eighth grandchild this June.

Mike Gehlert '72 retired after 32 years from "Corporate America" on March 11. He is still active at Southport High School as a permanent sub and very active coaching. The Cardinals are currently #5 in the state of Indiana in men's basketball.

Teri Kamphaus Wellbrock '84 and her daughter, Madison wrote/illustrated a children's picture book about thier Labradoodle puppy, Sammie, titled "The Doodle with the Noodle"! It is now available on Amazon in print or Kindle formats. Sammie has her own website at www.sammiethedoodle.com, as well as a Facebook page (The Doodle with the Noodle) and Instagram account (SammieTheDoodle). We are so very proud of Madison, our young author, and Sammie, our sweet soon-to-be therapy dog!

Ms. Jamie Muenzer '06 is getting married in May of 2016.

Katie Losekamp Frye '08 and her husband Matt welcomed their first child Aaron William Frye on 2/13/2016. Mr. Losekamp is now a grandpa! Special note: Matt and Katie were also born on February 13, so all three in the family share the same birthday!

 In Memoriam
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. 


Joanne Deimling Bishop '57; Sister of late Rosemary Deimling Zink '53, Georgia Deimling Lynch '55, the late Joanne Deimling Bishop '57, the late Donald '60, Jack '63, Reva Deimling Wright '64, and Madge Deimling '66. 

Elizabeth Clements Zimmers '58: Sister of Paul (attended), and Ruth (attended).

Pauline Wagner Dwyer '62; Sister of Phyllis Wagner Curry '59, the late Patricia Wagner Klein '61, and Pamela Wagner Aulick '76. 

Philip J. Belmont '63; Brother of William '59, Michael '65, Richard '66, Frank '68, Mary Belmont Masci '71, Henrietta Belmont Heywood '72, Suzanne Belmont '74, and Jean Belmont Coldiron (attended).

Ruth Ann Folchi Glutz '67; Sister of Marian Folchi Meyer '69, Ginny Sue Folchi Wolf (attended), and Vito (attended).

Kevin J. Devine '69; Brother of the late Dennis '60, Barry '72, and Terry (attended).

Distinguished Family and Friends

Therese A. Burden; Mother of the late Colleen Burden '92.

Matilda E. Dorn; Mother of Carol Dorn Marchand '53, and Elaine Dorn Herzog '60.

Michael E. Hayes; Father of Kevin '81, Sean '84, Margaret Hayes Jones '87, Bridget Hayes (attended), Brian (attended), and Maureen Hayes Smith (attended).

Margaret M. Hemer; Mother of Kenneth '72, Mary Hemer Jackson '74, Jean Hemer Johnston (attended), and the late Mark (attended).

James H. Klump; Father of Christine Klump Quinn '71, Marilyn Klump Stringfield '72, Tom Klump '73, Gary '76, Dale ,80, Sandy Klump Willenbrink '82, and Father in law of Carol Bracke Klump 82.

Bonnie L. Magnarini; Mother of Rhonda Magnarini Baker '71, and the late Tara Magnarini Connolly '74.

George P. McGonigle; Father of Maureen McGonigle Hannon '72, and Robert (attended).

William E. Neal; Father of Robert '88. 

Bruce W. Schoolfield; Father of Frederick '81.

Jerome J. Wiesenhahn; Father of Jerome '78, Mark '86, Matthew '90, Father in law of Mary Kay Puttman Wiesenhahn '71, Brother of Gale '64, the late David (attended), the late Arthur (attended), and the late Dennis (attended), grandfather of Katherine '10, and David '12.

Joan A. Willenbrink; Mother of Michael '83, Debra Willenbrink Spieles '84, and Tina Willenbrink Brophy '87.

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