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Catholic Middle School Alumni Spotlights Hall of Fame Honoree $50,000 Matching Gift 2013 Reunion Plans Alumni Updates A Newslet ter for Alumni, Parents and Friends

Board of Directors and Administration Board of Directors


Vice President Cathy Schulz

Associate Prinicpal/ Academic Dean Melinda O’Connor

President Michelle Mahowald

Board Members Sr. Carol Bongaarts OP Carol (Van Orsow) Hafemeyer ’77 Steve Kohl ’83 Sr. Joyce Leibly OP Bruce Malecha Shari Mayer Sr. Doris Rauenhorst OP Tony Langerud Lisa Trnka Jay Valentyn Joe Varley ’65

President/Principal Tom Donlon

Associate Principal/ Activities Director Ed Friesen ’86 Associate Principal/ Dean of Students Scott Hanson Director of Guidance Laura Carlson Prioress of the Congregation Sr. Mary Ellen Gevelinger OP Chair of BA INC. Sr. Julie Schwab OP Advancement Office Franz Boelter Celeste Seidel Sue Erpenbach Sr. Theresa Thomas OP Renée Thompson ’86


Our cover image features student artist Michael Wojahn ’13, who has attended Bethelehem Academy since the seventh grade. He was exposed to art during his middle school years; however, this is his first year studying painting at BA. Michael’s class was participating in a “Study of the Masters” section, and Michael chose Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam for his subject of study.

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Michael and his brother Greg ’16 travel over 30 miles each day from Cannon Falls to attend Bethlehem Academy. Michael and his six brothers and sisters were homeschooled through the sixth grade, but his parents wanted their children to receive a Catholic education for the remainder of their education and found BA to be the closest and most affordable option. When asked what he likes most about attending BA, he replied, “I like the small class sizes and the teachers are very helpful! I also like the fact that we have weekly masses, and I feel I have grown much deeper in my faith while attending BA.” Michael plans to attend St. John’s University next fall, majoring in computer science. He hopes to obtain an internship at IBM and would maybe like to be a business owner himself one day. Michael’s work, along with the works of other student artists, will be available for purchase in the form of notecards and signed prints during BABS Night on April 13, 2013. Please come and show your support for our school and our students as well!

In this Issue:

A Catholic Middle School........................ 2-3 A Fall Like No Other............................... 4-5 Basketball Season Updates........................... 5 Franz Boelter–Hall of Fame Honors.............6 Alumni Spotlights.................................. 7-13 Honor Roll.................................................14 Winter Co-op Sports............................ 14-15 Kitchen Upgrade Update............................15 $50,000 Annual Fund Matching Gift.........16 Auto-Account Withdrawals........................17 Summer 2013 Reunion Plans.....................18 Alumni Updates................................... 18-19 Upcoming Events.......................................19 Scholarships...............................................20 Memorial Gifts...........................................20 Rest in Peace........................21 & Back cover

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A Catholic Middle School? Some thoughts from BA’s President/Principal

Mr. Tom Donlon

A New Collaboration at Bethlehem Academy and Divine Mercy Catholic School Over the past four months, the leadership and staff of Bethlehem Academy and Divine Mercy Catholic School have collaborated in new and different ways, which has brought us ever closer to the possibility of a new Catholic Middle School in Faribault. As I have watched our leadership at BA and DMCS discern the Catholic Middle School model, I have witnessed a growing excitement and hope of our schools working together for a solid future of Catholic education in Faribault. Presently, the seventh and eighth grade students attend BA and the sixth graders attend DMCS. Within the Faribault public school system, 6th-8th grade students are grouped together within the same facility. In researching their model, we began to see the benefit of combin2

ing our 6th-8th grade educational programming and began to explore options to see if we could do the same.

the wide varieties of teachers on the team offer different perspectives to meet the needs of all students.

From Research to Model What does the research say? Students in 6th-8th grade are in a unique state of development. They are changing physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. This is a time when middle school-aged students need to develop positive relationships with peers and trusted adults, such as teachers and guidance counselors.

From Possibility to Probability There is a poster outside the weight room at BA which says, “If you want something you never had, then you are going to have to do something you’ve never done.” We have followed that slogan all the way through our working together. The feasibility process began with a thorough review and analysis of each school’s budget. The forecast was grim. Each institution faced the prospect of declining enrollment, increased tuition, and program or staff reductions to balance the budgets. The promise that combining two negative financial situations would create a positive outcome seemed remote. However, that’s exactly what we found. In looking at the preliminary proposals, I kept waiting for someone to find a critical mistake which would

The middle school design helps teachers work in a team model to ensure that students experience stability. A leading factor for high school success is based on how students successfully manage school transitions. At each transition point students are vulnerable and can more readily begin to fall through the cracks. When transitions are managed and monitored by the middle school staff, student success increases. Moreover,

Hanging outside of Mr. Donlon’s office is a quilt which was crafted by Ms. Donlon’s multicultural arts class this fall. Using the ancient fabric dying method of Batik, each student was assigned a square featuring a form of Christian symbolism that can be found somehere at BA. A parent volunteer then stitched the panels together to form a quilt. Pictured l-r: Row 1; Sara Kohl ’15, Lexi Temple ’15, Megan Hoisington ’13, Rebecca Tricker ’14, Row 2; Mr. Tom Donlon, Shanna Matejcek ’15, Ms. Angela Donlon, Haley Anderson ’14, Izabella Austin ’16, Row 3; Nora Schulz ’16, Madison Fetters ’15, Collin Roach ’14, David Swenson ’15 and Luke Ford ’15.

“We are excited, but we want to make sure that we are taking every step in making sure all of our stakeholders are aware, involved and participating fully.” Donlon said. “We are making sure that this will be a good, reasoned decision for Catholic education that will last.” – excerpt quote from February 6, 2013 article, Faribault Daily News

upend the whole thing. The financial proposal of a combined 6th-8th grade Catholic Middle School underwent the scrutiny of numerous finance committee and board meetings at both BA and DMCS. As the numbers were analyzed, positive enthusiasm for the option grew. Within this option, we have been able to freeze tuition at the high school at $6,995. Those going into grades 7-8 have a $2,000 reduction per year with tuition being $4,995. Those going into grade 6 will see an increase from $3,067 to $4,995. We are offsetting the increase with additional financial aid for those families who need it. Truly, what we are doing at BA and DMCS with our tuition rates is unprecedented among all Catholic schools in Minnesota, if not the greater region. From Finances to Facilities Determining the location of where the sixth grade students would be

based was the next part of this process. The logistics of sharing or combining separate educational programming to a shared middle school model were carefully considered. Not only did this include where to house the students but we also needed to explore the broad governance implications. Bethlehem Academy is a Dominican school in the Sinsinawa Tradition while DMCS is a parochial school of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The possibility of shared leadership between both schools is exciting and long in coming. However, clear and properly delineated governance and organizational charts needed to be developed. There is still work to be done in this regard. From Curriculum to Courses We will continue to maintain current core courses: English, math, science, theology, social studies and electives of PE and visual art. Given the richness

of our history and tradition, we will expose students to an expanded variety of classroom elective options. We will further develop our technology offerings that already include a oneto-one laptop program. Additionally, industrial technology, choir, band, music theory, life study skills and Spanish will all be continued. The current schedule at BA is an alternating every-other-day block schedule. The proposed schedule for the middle school is an eight period day with classes 43 minutes in length. This type of schedule begins the transition to developing organizational skills, time management, responsibility and accountability. The overall objective is to help students develop these skills over three years and thereby provide a smoother transition into their high school career. 3

A Fall Like No A season of firsts for both volleyball


that has been formed by our players over these past seasons! Another wow! The final kill of each of those years and the championship points will be forever etched in our memories: Betty Slinger ’04, Lana Brand ’06, Nicole Pothen ’08, KariAnne Nass ’10, Daisy Jo Robinson ’12 and now Jessie Mathews ’13 – you and your teammates sealed the deal for yourselves, our Another Unique Journey for fans, and our entire BA Family for those BA Volleyball in 2012 particular championship experiences! In spite of our success over the past 11 years, And then the pile-on in the middle of the we have never taken our journeys or descourt! Wow again! tinations for granted. We understand how blessed we’ve been to make the State Tour- Yet, the winning of that championship nament and the Xcel Energy Center our match is never mentioned as the highlight second home during this amazing stretch, of any single season by our players. It is and we know there may come a day when always about the things that happened on we, like so many teams in this state, will the journey to getting there, and inevitably crave a chance to play in just one more it’s not about something that happened State Tournament. Because of that reality, on the court. It’s about the things experieach time for us has been very unique and enced and learned with teammates along treasured, and this year was extra special. the way to whatever destination we arrive at. It’s about the relationships that last a First and foremost, we were able to enjoy lifetime, the laughing, the crying, someand combine our fall of fun with the exthing that someone said, and sometimes citement generated by the football team’s just the dumbest of things that are most awesome run to the Prep Bowl Finals! In remembered. addition, both programs were given State Academic Gold recognition! That conThis year one of the most memorable tinued joint jubilation of joy culminated recollections will be joining in a big prayer for us on the day we won the State VB circle on the end of the court after the Championship and then quickly drove championship match with the Southwest down to Rochester with hundreds of other Christian players, coaches and managers BA fans to watch our guys win their State to give thanks for our experience that day Quarter-Final FB game. That day may and to pray for them and their families for have been the most exciting day in BA the year of difficulties and tragedies that sports history! Wow! It still sends chills they had experienced. It helped to put down our spines thinking about it! everything in perspective and to bind us in the love of God that both schools share, Another neat thing was being able to win something that none of us will ever forget! back-to-back State Championships and Truly a Fall like no other! an even-year championship for the first time ever! To see the 2012 championship Seniors Tim Angell, Matt Siegfried, Joe Zweber, banner hanging in the gym now with the Dylan Valentyn and Jacob Kuhlman achieved their 6th grade goal of returning to the dome their senior 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011 ban- year for the championship. To see more great photos ners is awfully special. Imagine the bond from these tournaments go to BA’s Facebook page.


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representative Justin DeGrood, Class of 1976 representative Tom Schema, and Class of 1949 representative Tom Dee. The inspiration and connection our players received from these past alumni was the proof that this season was bigger than ourselves and our Cardinal train was gaining strength.

A Season for the Ages: BA Football 2012 The Bethlehem Academy football season of 2012 will be a season long to be remembered. When fall practice began in August, the team had their goal of being the State Class A Champions. The process started for many of these players in the Southern Minnesota youth league in elementary school, which helped lay the foundation for years of commitment. The off-season training in the weight room, team camp, and speed camp all led to dedication. The main ingredient for our success as a team was the players’ commitment to team chemistry and the heartfelt belief that our success or failure was shared by all of our coaches, players and managers. The Cardinals started the season 6-0 and ranked third in the Class A polls, and the train was rolling down the track. The toughest test of the season was losing the last two games of the regular season, but the players, coaches, managers, and all of Cardinal Nation kept the train on the track to make a run in the playoffs and make school history. The playoff run was not only memorable for the team of 2012 but also for every player that has ever worn a Cardinal football uniform. Bethlehem Academy’s first football team was in 1935, and there have been many great teams throughout the years. During the playoff run, the team received visits from Class of 2002

The Cards defeated Sleepy Eye St, Mary’s 43-12 in the first round of the state tourney in front of a packed stadium at the beautiful field at Rochester Community College. That inspirational win propelled BA to their first-ever appearance in the Metrodome, accomplishing a goal that our seniors have had since playing a youth football game there as sixth graders. They swore to get back to the Dome in their senior year, and they did it, defeating defending State Champion Dawson-Boyd 29-20 in the Class A semi-finals. The Prep Bowl Finals! The Class A State Championship game! All of the years of hard work and dedication had paid off! Despite falling to Mahnomen in the State Championship 14-20, the Cardinals made their sea of red and white supporters, including countless alumni, extremely proud. The team finished the season with State Gold Academic recognition, defeated Blooming Prairie to become Section Champions for the first time in school history, made the Prep Bowl for the first time in Bethlehem Academy school history, and ended the season as State Class A Runners-up! The season was a great ride, providing memories for a lifetime. We may not have brought home the championship trophy, but we are Bethlehem Academy past, present and future, and all of Cardinal Nation will be forever connected through the football season of 2012.

- Still In Progress Full stories to appear in Spring Traditions!

Girls’ Hoops

The school is bubbling with excitement again! The girls’ basketball team has just become the 2nd team in school history to qualify for the State Tournament and the first since 1998! After an excellent regular season and 2nd place finish in conference play, Coach Tammy Filzen’s squad swept through the Section Tournament with wins over Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton (68-27), Blooming Prairie (54-32), Goodhue (54-50), and Spring Grove (53-35). The Cardinals, 24-4 and ranked 3rd in Class A, will open State Tournament play on Thursday, March 14, at Williams Arena with the hopes of bringing home a State Championship. Taryn Ashley, Megan Hoisington, Elizabeth Holz, Jessie Mathews, Hana Palmer, and Taylor Schwab have provided outstanding senior leadership for the Cardinals this season. Congratulations and good luck at State to our Lady Cards!

Boys’ Hoops

The Cardinals boys’ squad finished their season 18-11 after a hard-fought 44-37 loss in the Sub-Section Finals on Saturday, March 9, against Blooming Prairie, the same team they defeated in that game one year ago. Blooming Prairie (#1 seed) had handed the Cardinals (#2 seed) two conference losses this season, so BA was looking to reverse those results, but a tough shooting night did them in. After getting a late start on the season due to our football team’s appearance in the Prep Bowl finals, the guys worked through the physical, mental, and emotional fatigue that comes with a great run like that, but could never quite get over the hump. Seniors Tim Angell, Adam Clark, Ryan Dietz, Kyle Filzen, Taylor Kaiser, Jacob Kuhlman, Mark Mahowald, and Matt Siegfried, as well as student manager Alex Klatt, will all be missed.


Two-Time Hall of Famer Franz Boelter honored for his success and dedication! On Sunday, October 28th, 2013, Franz Boelter was inducted to the Minnesota Boys Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Franz is currently in his 35th year as a head boys basketball coach in Minnesota, 6 years at Medford and 29 years at Bethlehem Academy. Coach Boelter has lead his teams to 598 wins and only 274 losses over-all, with 543 of those wins and 207 losses at the helm of the Cardinals program. This means that during 35 years of coaching boys basketball, his teams won about 70% of their games! They have also captured 16 Gopher Conference championships, fourteen of those at Bethlehem Academy. Franz has guided the Cardinals to state tournament appearances in 1993 (Class 1A Runner-Up), 1994 (Third Place), 2002 and 2009. While his coaching statistics are impressive, his leadership role among his fellow coaches is equally noteworthy. Franz served on the executive board of the MBCA, including one year as President, and was the 1A section representative to that association for over 20 years. His peers have recognized him on several occasions as the Section Coach of the Year and in 1993 as the State Class A Coach of the Year. And now the rest of the story.


In 1992 Coach Boelter received a call from Ed Friesen telling him that BA would be looking for a new head volleyball coach. After thinking about it for awhile, he went to talk to his wife Cindy about it, thinking she would talk him out of the idea. Instead she encouraged him to apply for the position. At the time, Franz was getting to spend a lot of quality time with his sons Grant ’01 and Brett ’03 while coaching their youth league teams. Their daughter Bethany ’05 was five at the time, and Cindy thought it would be a great opportunity for their daughter to be able to spend that same kind of quality time with her dad. Franz accepted the position, and the rest, as they say, is history, or, in this case, history in the making.

In the fall of 2008, Coach Franz Boelter was inducted into the Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. During his 21 years at the helm, the cardinals have a record of 492-118, have won 16 conference championships (13 consecutively), and 106 straight conference matches. They have won over 80% of all matches played, and in the past 11 years those matches are many times against the best teams in the state, regardless of class. Coach Boelter’s teams have been to the State Tournament 10 of the last 11 years and have made it to the State Championship match every time, winning the State Championship six times. The Cardinals also own a state tournament record for being in the state championship match eight consecutive years. Coach Boelter has coached 22 All-State players over the past 11 seasons. Betty Slinger ’04 and Holly Hafemeyer ’10 were named High School All-Americans. Mary Slinger and Holly Hafemeyer were Ms. Minnesota Volleyball Finalists in 2005 and 2009 respectfully, and in 2003 Betty Slinger was named Ms. Minnesota Volleyball. Many Cardinal volleyball players have also gone on to be very successful college players. Franz, a frequent speaker at state volleyball clinics, is highly recognized by his colleagues. He has been awarded Section Coach of the year numerous times and has three times been named State Coach of the Year. In 2007 Coach Boelter was one of 15 finalists for National Coach of the Year recognition. Coach Boelter is a humble man and would be the first to tell you that his success is a shared honor, a collaborative effort by all of those involved. Franz is quick to credit his assistant coaches, the players (past and present), their parents, school administration and his family, without whose support, he says, these achievements would not be possible. However, all except the coach himself would agree that Franz

Boelter is a master coach, and most that have had the privilege to work with him respect him, trust him, love him and learn from him. J.J. Korman ’94 writes, “Beyond the wins, the values Franz instilled in us made many of us, in large part, the people we are today. He taught us how to carry ourselves with class, to win with humility and grace, and to bounce back after tough setbacks. He led by example and proved to us what hard work, organization, discipline and teamwork could accomplish, skills we all rely upon in our daily lives.” Athletic Director Ed Friesen ’86 says, “Franz understands what it really means to be a coach. He knows that the goal of athletics is about more than winning and losing; it’s about caring and helping young people to develop and grow. He knows that his athletes leave BA as very confident young people who know that they can accomplish great things.” When asked why he coaches, Coach Boelter replies “You have a chance to make a positive difference in someone’s life. I had a coach (Jack Kelly, 1996 MBCA Hall of Fame inductee) who invested his time and energy and made a significant impact in my life. There’s no easier place to do that than through athletics.” It seems no coincidence that Franz has spent the majority of his career at Bethlehem Academy. For 29 years he has embodied the mission of the school - to love as Jesus Christ loved, to lead, to inspire, and to seek the Truth - while challenging himself and those around him to achieve personal, spiritual and academic excellence. A man of faith, Coach Boelter believes that he is doing what God has called him to do. There are a great many people whose lives continue to be blessed because he chose to answer the call. To see more of the many quotes that we received about Franz, go to


Alumni Spotlights




Alumni Spotlight

We promised you more alumni spotlights and we’re delivering! This issue we have selected three spotlights that all have a common theme of videography that spans the generations. We have a seasoned Emmy winning pro, two young startup business entrepreneurs and one resourceful multimedia teacher.

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Emmy winning alum shares his passions for imagery and for life... “May my words always be soft because everyone I meet is fighting some type of battle.” That is the montra that David Clobes ’71 lives by each day. Living a very full and colorful life, David’s words may be soft, but his imagery in photos and video have given him some great acclaim. This quiet, unassuming man could, but most likely won’t, boast of winning a Telly Award and two regional Emmy Awards! David came to Bethlehem Academy during his junior year. His adoptive parents moved to Faribault from Mapleton, Minnesota due to his dad’s progressing muscular dystrophy condition. His dad traveled to Mankato to be retrained at the Vo-tech, and then later obtained employment at St. Mary’s school maintaining their boilers. David says that he is the type of person that likes to be “involved,” and that must be true because during the summer that he moved to Faribault, he organized a summer little league baseball team with kids from Immaculate Conception School and obtained a sponsorship for his team from the Chandelier Room. His team competed against six area towns, including Waterville, Medford, and Janesville, and they won the championship that summer! David also said he felt immediately welcomed at BA and enjoyed being part of two theatre productions during his time at BA, Music Man and Oklahoma. After graduating from BA, David enlisted in the Air Force for a short time. He then pursued an education


in horticulture at the U of M in Waseca. However, his career in horticulture was not to be long-lived, as he developed some medical issues that forced him to rethink his career path. Fate then sent him toward a new turn in the road. A friend lent him a camera and told him to mess around with it a bit. Taking his friend’s advice, he found he enjoyed working behind a camera. He was then able to find an apprenticeship under a professional photographer for the next four years. In 1988 he made his first commercial sale, getting paid $30 for a postcard photo from a company in Cross Lake, Minnesota. David now felt prepared to try it on his own. He hung out his own shingle, sent his resume to several agents, and was picked up by one in Chicago. “In the commercial photo business you need a thick skin; you get about ten rejections to every sale,” said David. When the commercial work was light, David would fill in with wedding work, and he has since photographed over 500 weddings. His commercial photos have been used in many projects, including the following: Rethinking Columbus; a school textbook publication; South Dakota Tourism; a 1991 Newsweek article on river testing, featuring the Blue Earth River with tires and pollution; as well as having his photos exhibited in museums in France and Italy and in the Native American Exhibit in Morton, Minnesota. Capstone Press, Voyager Press, Learner Publications and five covers of the Mankato phone book can lay claim to using his photos as well.

David, however, did not only stay in the world of still photography. In the 1990’s he saw the potential in the world of video and internet. An excellent tinkerer, he proceeded to teach himself about videography and multimedia, and soon began a business relationship with CELVIDEOPRODUCTIONS. The projects he was assigned to cover included the following: the Indian National Rodeo Finals in Rapid City, SD, the Rosebud Casino, and a program for Indian education called The Forgotten Promise. Another documentary that he was asked to help produce was a piece by D.A.C.T.S. (Dakota Area Consortium of Tribal Schools) called A Matter of Conscience, which was about the housing conditions of the poor on reservations. This piece was viewed on Capital Hill, helped stop some intended cuts, and instead increased funding for more homes! In 2006 David’s skills were starting to gain significant recognition. He won a Telly for a documentary he produced for the Lancers, Mankato’s precision marching band. This piece was called Remembrance. Then in 2007 David was contracted to work as a freelancer with Fox 9. He was to be the producer and play-by-play videographer and technician for area high school hockey games. Then it happened! In 2008 David earned his regional Emmys! One was for live video coverage of “My Day at the Fair,” video coverage of the Minnesota State Fair; and the other was for his work on, streaming video and the play-by-play footage that he supplied for their weekly highlight broadcasts.

One of the other hightlights in his career was in 2009 when he was also able to work on a project with Harmon Kilebrew’s son Kenny. It involved the Killebrew Golf Classic and the Children’s Miracle Network. He was able to meet and chat with Harmon Kilebrew and commented about what a wonderful man Harmon was.

suffered little damage from those multiple heart attacks. During his last heart attack, David spoke of an out-of-body experience, a deafening silence, a beautiful white light and total peace. He said, “I am not afraid to die!” However, David looks to every day as a gift from God. He cherishes any time he can spend with his three sons: Chad, Tom and John; his daughter Jessica; his two step-children, Tonisha and Aaron; and his many grandchildren. Currently David is working with a company out of Nashville, TN producing internet video ads for the yellow pages. He produced over 50 last year alone! Looking to the future, David would like to return to the the reservations, see if things have improved or not, and maybe continue to film their story.

Above photo was taken at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wacipi (Pow Wow). With David’s Native American heritage, photos such as these have special significance to him. Although David’s photo and video career has had some magical moments, his health has thrown him a few curve balls over the years. The most noteable would be suffering seven heart attacks in one year, learning that his arteries had 99% blockage, and needing quintuple bypass surgery. Amazingly enough, however, the surgeon can’t explain why his heart has

When asked about his fondest memories of BA, he responded with, “I learned how important it is to not prejudge people. People often need to be given a ‘fresh start’ in life.” His most memorable teachers were Mr. Ron Thibault and his humanities teacher, Ms. Hilger. “When it came to Ron, you could tell he was real; there were no pretenses with him. And as far as Ms. Hilger goes, she was full of life, and you could tell she wanted to be a teacher!” We would like to thank David for being willing to share his story with us, and we at BA wish him all of the best in his future endeavors!

Photos by David Clobes ’71


Jake and phil... “BA taught me to be a renaissance man.

You know, expand yourself and branch out...”

RECediting: a compilation of video, music and other media for enjoyment (RECreation) along with a perfectionist’s eye involving extreme editing (making it the best it can be). For Jakob Reeder ’12 and Phil Laughlin ’10 that sums it all up in a nutshell when you ask them to decribe the name of their shared business venture RECediting. These two alums both bring unique qualities to their partnership. Jake’s specialties involve audio, video and some graphic design. Phil’s passions lie in music and web and graphic design. Together they work their magic! Jakob was always drawn to cameras as a child, but it wasn’t until he was 13 that he started really doing something with them. “I started filming video with my friend James Brazil ’12 simply because we enjoyed it; I mean who doesn’t?” It wasn’t long before Jake longed to

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do something more in depth with his hobby. “Videography is an art that expresses emotion on so many levels. It is so much more than taking a camera and shooting; it’s so many little things going on and taking place….” Hence, RECediting was conceived. Jake was working by himself at the start. However, as word spread about Jake’s new enterprise, fellow BA student Phil Lauglin approached him during his senior year offering his skill sets to the business, resulting in them mutually agreeing to turn it into a partnership. Since then they have worked on a wide scope of projects, from something as simple as DJing at BA school dances with the help of Mr. Friesen, to running the audio at BABS Night and working with Mr. Zabel creating promotional videos for the Cardinal Cruise with the endorsement of Sue Erpenbach in the BA fundraising department. Outside

Phil and Jake editing different portions of a video.

of the BA community they have produced a wedding promotional video for AmericInn in Mankato, as well as a parody song for a National MS Society video called “We Don’t Mean Maybe,” and they have also recorded the annual Miss Lonsdale Pageant for the past three years. In addition, they have some future weddings booked, as well as other DJing gigs. The partners of RECediting are pursuing their college degrees as well. Jake is currently attending Moorhead State, studying film with an emphasis on production. Phil is at North Dakota State University in neighboring Fargo, studying new media and web design and considering a double major in business. They spend many late nights and weekends working on their client’s projects and events and learn the in’s and out’s of business ownership along the way. As Jake puts it, “We just make it work out,

Jake directing his final project: “What’s it like to die?”

“The teachers all encouraged you to do your best and didn’t let you settle for average grades.” taking turns driving down to wherever the gig is. Or it might involve set up times when we’re both going to get together, or just working on whatever job we have at the time, whether that means, editing, or planning, or composing! So far we just make everything work out and have never really had a problem with the balance between the two of us.” Both of these alums came to Bethlehem Academy as seventh graders. When asked about what they learned most from their time at BA, Jake replied, “BA taught me to be a renaissance man. You know, expand yourself and branch out, learning and developing as many different talents as possible and acquiring as many experiences as you possibly can. I think this is why RECediting as a business is able to do so many different types of jobs between the two of us.” Jake credits Mr. Brent Zabel ’05 and his film study class with helping him point

the way to his future. “Mr. Zabel worked with me a lot my senior year, specifically on film and expanding the multimedia class. That’s what prepared me for college the most. I had a whole class period to learn and practice.” Phil stated, “The teachers all encouraged you to do your best and didn’t let you settle for average grades.” He especially remembers Ms. Piehl, Ms. Allen and Mr. Gardner for teaching he and his classmates to work hard and appreciate each subject that they taught. Jake and Phil’s time at BA was not always about film and video making. They both were very busy in extracurricular activities as well. Jake played basketball until his freshmen year, and then ran track and cross country in his remaining BA years. He was also in band (a percussionist), as well as Key Club and NHS, and was a writer for the

Phil and Jake with the 2013 Miss Lonsdale Royalty.

school paper, the BA Star. Outside of school he found time to be in 4-H. Phil also enjoyed track, cross country, Key Club, NHS, jazz band and basketball. Regarding the future for RECediting, Jake and Phil want to get more into the commercial side of video and to expand RECediting using their other talents, like DJing, music production, and graphic design in order to make it a well-rounded and uniform business. We at Bethlehem Academy thank Jake and Phil for sharing their story with us and we wish them and RECediting a successful future!

Want to learn more about RECediting? Go to pages/RECediting-Media-Productions/241701822552986

Phil working hard to get the audio “just right”. 11

BA multimedia teacher continually works to raise the bar for his students. BA alum Brent Zabel ’05 has been teaching at Bethlehem Academy for three years now. During his time at BA, he has taught biology, human biology, field biology, ecology, 7th grade technology, and 8th grade technology with a focus on astronomy. Mr. Zabel is known as a teacher that likes to incorporate as much technology into his lesson plans as possible. He feels that it is an excellent way to keep his students engaged in his classroom. Therefore, when BA was looking to offer multimedia and film study as elective courses, Mr. Zabel was the natural fit for the instructor.

create video newscasts which are then published online to the BA website, as well as to another information website called Sophia. The second is in the form of a film studies course where students explore different genres of film, such as silent films, horror, comedy, music videos and much more. They then create their own films.”

He likes teaching a class where students have the freedom to express themselves in a creative way using technology. They have requirements that must be met, but they are allowed to create projects that are meaningful to them and that cover Since those early days Mr. Zabel’s multopics that interest them. Mr. Zabel says timedia class has grown and morphed that he is continually surprised by the several times. “My original multimedia quality and creativity of the student work class consisted of making movies and and their desire to raise the bar higher exploring computer programs more in with each project, especially within the depth, but it lacked structure. It has now limitations of the equipment available. been restructured into two courses. One Most of the films are created using the is a multimedia course which resembles digital camera that comes with their lapa journalism class where students write tops. The video quality is rough, and it articles for the BA Star, and where they is difficult to record action footage.

Seeing the passion and desire for his students to go further in his multimedia and film studies classes, Mr. Zabel capitalized on a contest tip he received from Matt Slinger (BA’s chemistry and physics teacher) about a camera giveaway that was sponsored by Hickory Tech called “My Life My Internet.” He enlisted himself and his students to submit videos of how they use the internet in their daily lives. On February 14, Mr. Zabel was given the great news that his class had won six new digital video cameras! “These cameras will be extremely helpful for use in our multimedia and film study courses. Students will now be able to capture action events outside of the school, and the video quality will be much better!” Mr. Zabel’s goals for the class continue to grow each year. If he had a magic wand, he would love to have several other types of equipment to help this program grow. He would love to add things like a teleprompter for creating newscasts, up-to-date computer software


Left: Mr. Zabel offers advice to Lizzie Roushar ’13, Hana Palmer ’13, and Nora Richie ’13 on how to edit their silent film during class.

Far left: Mr. Zabel offers advice to Sam Correll ’13 about how to capture the scene. Upper left: Sam Correll ’13, Dan Furey ’13 and Josh Wagner’13 film their dance moves for their music video in the library. Lower left: Jessie Nunez ’13 records a broadcast infront of the green screen in the very small science storage room. Studio space would be a welcome addition to Mr. Zabel’s program. Above: Andy Lauglin ’13 stars in the movie as Pinky, of “Pinky the Ghost from Pac-Man” for film editing and movie production, and a designated studio space where students can create high quality newscasts and films and not worry about any noise interruptions for other classes. Additional cameras and greenscreens for further special effects are other items from which the students would benefit. Who knows where the next Scorsese or Speilberg will come from!

building as my father, and additionally I am blessed to teach students who are so well mannered and well behaved. They always come to school with such positive attitudes and a willingness to learn new things. I push them to succeed, and they all rise to my high expectations. Lastly, I am blessed to teach with such great teachers and staff who devote so much time and effort to Bethlehem Academy.”

Mr. Zabel feels that in today’s society we are so connected to one another with the use of the internet and social media that a course like this is very important. Each day there are more and more jobs which demand that people be experienced with social media tools. Companies and businesses are constantly looking for people to help market their products through avenues such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and a variety of other social networking sites. “I feel it is important for my students to develope these skills here at BA to be ready for the world ahead of them,” states Mr. Zabel.

When speaking about the great teachers of BA, he indicated the following to have had an impact on him. “Whether it was Mr. Hanson teaching me life skills

“I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would, in fact, one day be teaching here at BA. It has proven to be a rewarding experience for me. First, I get the privilege to work in the same

during football practice, Mrs. O’Connor triggering my synapses during anatomy, Mrs. Allen showing me that hard work does pay off, or Mrs. Kriechbaum showing me there is always time for prayer, I strongly believe that I carry a piece of all of them in me. They have all helped me become the teacher I am today.” We look forward to future creations from Mr. Zabel’s multimedia and film studies classes. If you would like to view some of the work that has been produced to date you can go to page/2484.

Mr. Zabel’s additional accomplishments! Earlier this year Mr. Zabel was featured in an article from Sophia for his use of their website. Sophia had noticed that they were receiving a lot of hits on their website and decided to contact Mr. Zabel to see what he was doing. He told them that he was posting the school’s newspaper, the BA Star, on their site, as well as his science lessons. Another contest Mr. Zabel entered, after being alerted by Mr. Friesen ’86, was KSTC 45 and Toyota’s “Drive for Education” contest, for which Mr. Zabel wrote a 600 word essay explaining how he would use the money received to help enhance his field biology and ecology courses. His essay was one of 14 selected to win $2,500 cash prizes. Congrats and thank you to Mr. Zabel! 13

Semester 1 Honor Roll

High Honors: These students have earned a GPA of 4.0.

Grade 12: Taryn Ashley, Xinyi Liang, Jessica Mazzio, Dylan Valentyn and

Gabrielle Wayland Grade 11: Mitchell Malecha and Garrett Mayer Grade 10: Anna Marquard, David Swenson and James Tait Grade 9: William Borwege, Emily Crone, Alex Dunn, Nicholas Forslund, Peyton Glenzinski, Koy Payne, Nora Schulz and Adriana Stepaniak Grade 8: Madeline Drevlow and Kelsey Novak Grade 7: Carter Howell

A Honor Roll: These students have earned a GPA of 3.5 to 3.999. Grade 12: Michael Beckmann, Madeline Borwege, Laura Chappuis, Kathryn Crone,

Samuel Downs, Alexander Furey, Daniel Furey, Taylor Kaiser, Alexander Klatt, Blake Langerud, Chengyan Lin, Erin Lipinski, Mark Mahowald, Jessica Mathews, Rebekah Meschke, Ashley Radatz, Nora Richie, Elizabeth Roushar, Matthew Siefgried, Catherine Stroh, Robert Tait, Jessica Trcka and Joshua Wagner Grade 11: Caitlin Angell, AnnMarie Backstrom, Haley Brown, Jenna Brown, Tanner Chadderdon, Hannah Downs, Jack Ford, Drew Glenzinski, Alyssa Hanson, William Kratt, Ramontica Langfeldt, Frances McIntyre, Ashley Nelson, Kyle Novak, Morgan Purdie, Emily Sartor, Luke Skluzacek, Jacob Stadler, Rebecca Tricker and Sarah Wilder Grade 10: Jacob Battles, Drew Busch, Madison Fetters, Luke Ford, Mikayla Grossman, Sara Kohl, Shanna Matejcek, Lauren Mathews, John Schoolmeesters, Payton Schultz, Thomas Sprengeler, Alexandra Temple, Jordyn Trnka and Johanna Villa Grade 9: Bethany Allen, Kathryn Ashley, Joseph Beckmann, Cooper Brooks, Shu Dong, Stephanie Gonzalez, Lauren Hake, Kollin Hanson, Jacob Heselton, Sophie Kohl, Ghoutham Manokar, Emily Reuvers, Maya Schneider, Karissa Schuenke, Hannah Thompson, Isaac Van Thomme, Chad White, Teresa Wilder and Gregory Wojahn Grade 8: Noah Battles, Cole Caron, Breanna DeGrood, Gracie Donahue, Kallie Donahue, Maren Grunnet, Kamryn Hanson, Mary Hillesheim, Caleb Justin, Courtney Malecha, Shelby Meyer, Zackery Moreau, Bailey Murphy, Payton Nutter, Margaret Seidel and Brendan Trump Grade 7: Margaret Beckmann, Alexander Bongers, Desirae Brooks, Meagan Donahue, Tess Glenzinski, Kylie Hanson, Elizabeth Jandro, Skylyn Kucera, Jessica Oathoudt, Payton Putrah, Laurell Reuvers, Lauren Schoolmeesters, Zachary Smisek, Beatrice Smith, Grace Viland

B Honor Roll: These students have earned a GPA of 3.0 to 3.499.

Grade 12: Timothy Braun, Kyle Filzen, Elizabeth Holz, Courtney Kryzer, Leonardo Lara, Andrew Laughlin, Jessica Nunez, Louis Wilder, Michael Wojahn and Joseph Zweber Grade 11: Hannah Benzick, Samuel Correll, Tessa Mann-Simpson, Joseph Matejcek, Mitchell McBeain, Clayton Merritt, Jacob Murray, Turner Putrah, Collin Roach, Joseph Schoolmeesters, Michael Shuda, John Stroh and Ashley Weber Grade 10: Theadora Campbell, Peter Clark, Kayla Donahue, Zhuoqian Li and Gabriela Seidel Grade 9: Jackson Andersen, Izabella Austin, Kyle Ell, Jaclynn Friesen, Eric Hoisington, Benjamin Jandro, Mya Johnson, Nicholas Kunze, April Lara, Connor Lipinski, Patrick Markman, Sumara Montana, Beau Reuvers, Henry Smith and Parker Wagner Grade 8: Emma Caron, Hunter Dienst, Collin Heselton, Faith Johnson, Garrett Johnson, Amber Merritt, Zachary Schwab, Keely Skluzacek and Patrick Swenson Grade 7: Alexis Bussert, Mikhail Campbell, Lucas Donkers, Nell Ernste, Alexander Hardie, Avery Hunt, Alexander Jasinski, Anthony Langeldt, Andrew Larson and Kyle Schulz 14

2012-13 Ashley Siemers ’13

Gymnastics BA’s Ashley Siemers ’13 participated in club gymnastics for four seasons, but she joined the Faribault High School gymnastics team this year and had a fantastic experience! “I absolutely love FSHS gymnastics,” exclaimed Ashley. “This has been a great experience for me. A lot of the girls on the old club team and I decided to join the high school team this season, so it has been a great mixture of both familiar faces and new ones!” The team finished 4th in the Section 1AA team competition and sent one team member to the state meet. Ashley completed a very successful season herself, consistently being a team leader and making a significant contribution to the team’s success.

Wrestling BA seniors and cousins Rob Tait and Mike Beckman, as well as freshmen Anthony Van Thomme, Isaac Van Thomme, and Tony Avila, all competed for the Faribault High School wrestling program this season. Tait, a 3-year veteran, and Beckman, a first-year participant in the sport, helped to anchor the upper weights of an excellent FSHS squad. Falcon coach Jesse Armbruster praised the efforts of both. “Rob has done a tremendous job for us over the past three seasons, and we were extremely grateful to have Mike join us for his senior season. Both are extremely hard workers and great kids!” Tait finished his season as Section 1 runner-up at 170 pounds, earning him the honor of participating in the Class AAA State Tournament, where he capped off his career by participating in two matches.

Winter Co-op Sports L-r: Frankie McIntyre ’14, Gracie Donahue ’17, Johanna Villa ’15


It was another banner season for the Emeralds, as they advanced to the State High Kick Championships for the 17th year in a row and 22nd overall! This year’s squad finished in 5th place for the second straight year, an awesome accomplishment for a very young squad! Bethlehehem Academy’s student athletes Frankie McIntyre ’14, Johanna Villa ’15, and Gracie Donahue ’17 were all extremely valuable members of this year’s dance team, and each will return next season. McIntyre, a team co-captain, was also named All-State! Congratulations to all of you!

Girls Hockey Senior Erin Lipinski and eighth grader Maddie Drevlow were members of the FSHS girls hockey program this season. A team co-captain, Erin’s love for hockey follows the influence of two older brothers who played. Both girls love being part of not only the BA community but also the Faribault public school community. “I’ve made so many lifelong friendships because of my years of playing hockey in Faribault,” explained Erin. She is quick to note that while this year’s team would have liked to have recorded more wins, they still had a great winter enjoying the camaraderie that comes from working hard together and having fun.

David Swenson ’15

Boys Swimming Among the 28 members of the Faribault High School Swimming and Diving Team were four athletes from BA: David Swenson ’15, Wolfe Hunter ’15, Isaac Grunnet ’16 and Goutham Manoker ’16. While there were a good number of upperclassmen on this year’s squad, there were also many first and second-year swimmers as well. Hunter felt that the experience was very positive and that he has really enjoyed his teammates. This squad finished their season by sending six swimmers to the Class A State Meet where they finished 4th in the team standings, the highest finish ever for a Faribault swimming and diving team! Who knows what next season might bring!

Lovin’ Their Oven!

Boys Hockey

Bethlehem Academy had six boys who were members of the Faribault Falcon boys’ hockey team. Junior team members were Jacob Murray, Turner Putrah, and Isaiah Brogden, and they were joined by sophomores Thomas Sprengeler, Christian VonRuden, and Jacob Battles. “It’s pretty fun playing hockey with Faribault High School because we have friends from both schools and get to be a part of another school’s team,” explained VonRuden, who also plays on BA’s football and baseball teams. This year’s young team started slowly but showed improvement throughout the season, picking up a number of wins in both the Big 9 and against non-conference opponents, and these players are looking forward to being back on the ice together again next season!

In the last Traditions we told you about a used stand-alone steamer that was being considered. However, by another stoke of luck we found a brand new demo “combi-oven” for half the price of a new one. This unit can be used as a steamer, straight convection oven, or both. With the limited space available for equipment in the kitchen, this unit fit the bill. It was purchased late this fall, and was installed over the Christmas break! The lunch ladies could not be happier with the performance of the new steamer/oven. It has proven to be quite a time saver! Vegetables are perfectly steamed in six minutes rather than 35 minutes on the stove top. Ten pans of cookies, rather than just six, can now be baked at once. Roasts can be programmed to cook overnight, saving six hours of work with the old method. Thank you to all who contributed to the kitchen upgrade fund, with special thanks to Ron Carpenter ’74 of Carpenter Plumbing and Heating and Ron Slinger ’78 of Slinger Electric for helping with the electrical and plumbing needs. With the purchase of the new steamer/oven the funds raised from BABS night last year have now been fully utilized, but we still have items needing to be obtained, including the following: a second oven, a hot food serving counter, a three compartment sink, and a walk-in freezer/cooler. Please contact us at 507-334-3948 if you wish to donate to the kitchen upgrades or if you have any connections to equipment like this. We will look at any offer to see if we can creatively find a way to make it work. Thank you!

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Annual Fund

Matching Gift Challenge!

That’s right! A very generous supporter of Bethlehem Academy has stepped forward to offer a matching fund challenge to all other BA supporters. For every dollar that has been given to the Annual Fund since the match was offered in late December and for all additional donations through June 30, 2013, this anonymous donor will match these donations dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000! That means you have a chance to double your donation instantly! Nearly $30,000 of the match has already been realized, so there is still an opportunity to match the over $20,000 that remains available! Please send in your donation today so that we can realize the full potential of this generous donation!

Annual Fund Update

We are over 80% of the way to our goal for this fiscal year! That is compared to less than 60% at this time a year ago! We are so grateful and blessed for the generous support that our Bethlehem Academy family is showing. People are truly understanding how critical it is for us to reach our goal for a fund that is the backbone of every non-profit institution’s budget. In our case, it let’s us keep tuition as reasonable as possible and allows us to help in the completion of essential projects like the one described below. Thanks to all of you who support this critical fund! Together we are BA!

BA supporters step forward to offer help with lower level ceiling tile replacement! In the last issue of the Traditions, we listed some of the items that might be addressed if the Annual Fund goal was met. One of these items was the replacement of the lower level hallway ceiling tiles for $6,000. BA alums Steve Anderson ’65 and Chuck Dubé ’63 and current parent Jerry Friesen offered to help. Steve and Chuck have had many years of experience with this type of project and were invaluable to the process. Over Christmas break the old ceiling tiles were removed, and new lighting and a smaller grid system were installed. The new ceiling looks wonderful! It was a really nice moment when one of our alums were able to hear our students’ delight when walking down the hallway for the first time after Christmas break! With Steve, Chuck and Jerry’s help we were able to save thousands in this repair. Thank you!

Other project thank you’s.

L-r: Chuck Dubé ’63, Jerry Friesen, Steve Zabel and Steve Anderson ’65. Together they worked to upgrade a very tired looking hallway.

Mike and Harry Brown ’58 of Harry’s Browns, Inc. donated the use of one of their buildings for a batting practice facility. Jay Valentine of Cedar Lake Electric and Tony Langerud of Langerud Insurance donated and helped set up the nets for the batting cage.

The ceiling was stripped of the old panels and grid system. New 2X2 panels were then installed, and Cedar Lake Electric assisted with the installation of the new lighting. The students returned from Christmas break to a much brighter hallway!

Ron Carpenter ’74 of Carpenter Plumbing & Heating helped with the installation of the following items: a new drinking fountain in the lobby, a hand-washing sink in the kitchen, and water softener and airlines in the shop class.


The 2 x 4 tiles in hallway were stained, cracked, bowed and buckled. The lighting fixtures were inefficient and tired. Something needed to be done.

Annual Fund Consider the Auto-Pay Option

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2013 Reunions

This is your year!

1943 - Contact Jeanette (Luckow) Fritz at 507-334-4679 with ideas

Alumni Updates

Sept. 15, 2012 thru Jan. 15, 2013

1948 Arthur and JoAnn (Adams) Mandell celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June of 2011. They have 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

and volunteers to help plan a reunion.

1954 JoAnne (Dusek) Dorough ’54 and Judy (Dusek) Kennedy ’60 traveled through Eastern and Central Europe and visited ancestral village in Czech Republic the summer of 2012.

for more info.

1955 Robert J. Novak and wife Sandy, spent one month on the road from October 18th to November 13th. They visited six days in Branson Missouri, ten days in Illinois visiting Sandy’s friends and relatives and two weeks in Minnesota with friends and relatives.

1948 - Volunteers needed contact Renée Thompson at 507-334-3948. 1953 - Sat., Sept. 14, 2013 Contact Phyllis Jandro at 507-334-4897 1958 - Sept. 20, 2013 -- Hamburger basket supper at the Knight’s

of Columbus. Sept. 21. Banquet at the Knight’s of Columbus. Sept. 22. Breakfast at the Knight’s of Columbus Any questions contact Marlene Gustafson at 507-334-6509 or Connie Clark at

1963 - Sept. 21, 2013 at the Faribault Country Club.

Contact Margaret (Tate) Thurmes at 651-437-5091 or for more info.

1968 - Volunteers needed contact Renée Thompson at 507-334-3948. 1973 - Sat. June 22, 2013 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Alexander Park N. Shelter #2. Potluck, volleyball, bring the (grand)kids for karoake. email for more info: and/ or facebook page: BA Class of 73.

1978 - Contact Jean (Ross) Elzen at or

507-334-7441 with ideas and volunteers to help plan a reunion.

1956 Ron Nelson ’56 and Luci Nelson ’58 celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary on November 28, 2012. Ron and Luci live in Hawaii and have 4 children, 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. 1958 Connie (Smisek) Clark ’58, Michelle (Clark) Palmer ’81 and Hana Palmer ’13, were featured on the front cover of The Catholic Spirit, January 17, 2013 for three generation quest to end abortion. Connie has been a foot soldier defending pro-life since the Roe V. Wade decision was passed. Her passion for pro-life has carried over to her daughter Michelle who now serves as executive director at a pro-life crisis pregnancy center in Faribault called Pregnancy Options LifeCare Center. Michele’s daughter Hana is one of the center’s most committed volunteer. 1969 Barry Hendrickson retires from the Rice County Sheriff’s Department in October 2012. Barry served 33 years. Citizens know him as Sgt. Barry Hendrickson but his co-workers call him Papa Bear. 1969 Jim Brown, his wife Kathy and son Patrick, moved to Kadoka South Dakota in 2008. Jim is cattle ranching and raising ranch horses. His son, Patrick, is a regular participant in BA’s summer Basketball Camp.

1983 - Contact Ed Hoisington at with ideas

1982 Greg Zimprich, former Director of Brand Public Relations at General Mills, has joined Kohnstamm Communications as the agency’s first SVP of Agency Operations and Strategic Insight.

1988 - Fri., Oct. 11, 2013 -- BA Homecoming activities in the afternoon.

1995 Brian Paukert currently works for Farmers Insurance as an adjuster out of Burnsville, and living in Faribault.

and volunteers to help plan a reunion.

6:30 p.m. dinner at The Legacy Golf Course, Faribault.

Sat., Oct. 12, 2013 6:00 p.m. BA Homecoming Football Game. Post-game gathering at Jean (Thomas) Brazil’s. Contact Eric Oppegard at 507-455-1794 or to help plan.

1993 - Please contact Joshua Flynn at or

1999 Lesley (Thomas) Farmer was named Vice President and President-elect of the Minnesota Chapter of the Risk Management Association’s board of directors.

with ideas and volunteers to help plan a reunion.

1999 Kevin Paukert currently works as an auto technician at Harry Browns of Faribault. He is married to Cassie Novotny and has two children, Jonah and Stella.

2003 - Contact Nic Koziolek at with ideas and volunteers to help plan a reunion.

2008 - Contact Nicole Pothen at with ideas 18

1998 Michelle Paukert is engaged to marry Angelo Scherer from Hugo MN. Michelle is pre-school director at St. John’s the Baptist parish in New Brighton, MN, where Fr. Skulzacek ’71 is the the parish priest. Angelo is a mental health practitioner in New Brighton. They plan to wed on April 6, 2013 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church.

763-478-1756 with your most current email address or mailing address.

1998 - Contact Hollie (Schuenke) Laney at

1997 Paul Rutz is an artist living in Portland Oregon with his wife Whitney.

and volunteers to help plan a reunion.

2002 Kyle Paukert currently works for Farmers Insurance as an adjuster and is living in Thornton, CO with his wife Katie. They have two children, Josephine and Jacob. They are expecting their third child in March. 2004 Matt Hanson openend a small engine repair shop. The shop is named Faribault Small Engine Repair Shop and is located in the back of Borchert

Motors. He will use the extra space in his shop to offer winter (or summer) storage for customer machines. He is also in the process of becoming a certified U-Haul dealer. Matt also married Rachel Jean Andersen on October 13, 2012.

Renamed and Rerouted...

2005 Kate Pleskonko graduated with a M.A. in Literacy-Education from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota on May 12, 2012. Kate is in her 3rd year of teaching Art Education and a Reading teacher at Rochester-Lourdes in Rochester. 2006 Elizabeth “Beth” Hanson is engaged to Drew Douglas Hill of Verndale MN. They plan a June 1st wedding in Elbow Lake. Beth is currently employed as a Kindergarten teacher in West Central Area Schools and is also the head Volleyball and head Girls Basketball Coach and also softball coach. Drew is currently employed at the City of Elbow Lake Power. 2007 Amanda Bartness is engaged to Jonathan James Anderson of Burnsville. They plan to marry on March 22, 2013 in Northfield. Amanda is currently employed as a registered nurse at Fairview Ridges Hospital. Jonathan is employed as an Emergency Room Technician at Fairview Ridges Hospital and is finishing his RN degree at Rasmussen. 2007 Jessica Pleskonko graduated from the University of Minnesota – Duluth on May 12, 2012 with a Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Administration Degrees. She is currently working for Cargill in Sioux City Iowa. 2008 Nicole Pothen earns All-MIAC Honors and was named first-team All-Conference in October 2012. Nicole is a senior at the college Saint Catherine in Saint Paul MN. 2008 Alexandra “Lexi” Kane graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the college of Saint Scholastica in Duluth in May 2012. She is now working at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. 2009 Regan Kriechbaum was named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at the college Saint Catherine in Saint Paul MN. 2009 Ellory Busch was named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin. 2011 Victoria Nass named Volleyball Setter/Libero of the week in the MIAC Conference on October 29, 2012. Victoria is a sophomore at Saint Benedict. 2012 Kelsey Skluzacek was named to Dean’s List for the fall semester at Saint Norbert College in De Pere Wisconsin.

By Joe Burgess ’92 Last summer we created a three-day bike ride called the Mound 250 in an effort to raise tuition funds for the students at Bethlehem Academy. The ride went from the front steps of Bethlehem Academy to Dubuque, IA (near the Sinsinawa Mound). This year, the name of the ride has been changed to the SMART Challenge Ride. It will take place August 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2013. Different than last year, the ride will be a loop that begins and ends at Bethlehem Academy. There were a few things we learned from our first-time event. First and foremost, the mileage is very doable, even for novice riders. The key was that we were taking breaks every 20-30 miles. We found that when you break up the day like that, the mileage becomes very manageable. Usually, between 2:00 and 3:00 pm we were done for the day and were able to recharge for the next day’s ride. The second thing we learned is that the roads in Iowa (even major ones) don’t have any shoulders. In Minnesota, on the other hand, most of the roads have healthy shoulders, which makes riding much more safe and comfortable. As a result, we decided to make every effort to keep the ride inside Minnesota state lines. We do intend to alternate the route each year to see different parts of the state (SMART stands for Southern Minnesota Alternating Route Tour). For 2013 we have a spectacular route planned! We will be heading from BA to Whitewater State Park the first night. The landscape is simply beautiful, and, in case you are wondering, is mostly downhill into the park. On day two we will be taking a breathtaking, scenic and, coincidentally, flat route along the Mississippi River all of the way up to Frontenac State Park, situated on the river between Lake City and Red Wing. On day three we will be heading back to BA through Red Wing, including the bike trail from Red Wing to Cannon Falls.

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We will be limiting the ride to the first 25 entrants. Each rider will be required to raise a minimum of $300 in sponsorships with a goal of $1,000 per rider. Last year, one rider quickly and easily raised over $2,500! The website we are using to manage the ride has excellent online donation capabilities. Each rider will easily be able to create their own fundraising page to e-mail their people and accept online donations. This site makes raising funds exceptionally easy. Special prizes will go to the top fundraisers.

Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the Van Orsow Auditorium. Once again there will be a 3-on-3 half-court format with 2 divisions (old guys & young guys). For more information contact Jim Jandro at or look for information in the mail.

For more information and/or to sign up for this limited space event, please visit We hope you will join us and bring a friend! If you can’t join us, please consider sponsoring one of the riders you will eventually find on the Smart Challenge website!

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Bethlehem Academy

Scholarship Funds

BA has been blessed by the creation of scholarship funds to honor people who loved the school. These scholarships are to be used to make a BA education a reality for many students. For more complete descriptions of each fund please go to our website at . Go to the Advancement tab and then scroll to Scholarship Funds.

• Arthur and Lorraine Amundson Fund • Jim (Coach) Anderson Scholarship • BA Backer Scholarship Fund • BA President’s Fund • Stella Bedford Service Scholarship • Harold and Marie Brazil Family Scholarship • Candie (Stoner) Brand Scholarship • Cecelia Borsch (Milewski/Schaffer) Nursing Endowment • Leo and Ottie Brand Scholarship • Patrick Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund • Crosby Family Scholarship Fund • Class of 1943 Endowed Scholarship Fund • Class of 1968 Scholarship Fund • Gloria Dapper Scholarship Fund • Bob & Joanne DeGrood Family Scholarship • Divine Mercy CCW Scholarship • Kilian Donahue Scholarship • John Benedict Dudley ’47 Scholarship • Patricia (Gale) Dudley ’48 Scholarship • Regina M. Dunleavy Estate Fund • Mary McKenna Friesen Memorial Scholarship Fund • Mary Griffin Scholarship • Hanlon Family Fund • Lawrence Johnson Memorial Trust Fund • Knights of Columbus Council 889 and Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship • Delores and Joseph and Michael LaCanne Family Scholarship Fund • Father Ken LaVan Scholarship Fund • Elizabeth “Betty” LeMieux Scholarship • Clarence E and Olive Low Scholarship • Luckow Family Scholarship Fund • Steven Malecha Scholarship Fund • McQuoid Family Scholarship Fund • L.E. “Abe” Merrill Scholarship • Gladues Geiger McCarthy Scholarship • Frank & Edna Miller Fund • Robert and Doris Mullenberg Scholarship • Ostrom Family Fund • Jackee Reichert Memorial • Dave Reuvers Memorial Scholarship Fund • Ordean Reveland Memorial Fund • Dr. and Mrs. C.F. Robertshaw Memorial Scholarship Fund • Sinsinawa Dominicans Scholarship • St. Lawrence/St. Anne’s Society Scholarship • Strauss Family Scholarship • Ron Thibault Scholarship Fund • Don Thomas Scholarship • Dewey Van Orsow Family Scholarship Fund • Denis and Mary Varley Family Scholarship Fund • William & Aleen Wells Family Scholarship Fund


Batik panel of Veritas shield created in Ms. Donlon’s multicultural arts class by BA student Izabella Austin ’16, and is part of a complete quilt wall-hanging outside of Mr. Donlon’s office, see page 3 for more details.


Donations received between 9-15-2012 thru 1-15-2013 to the Bethlehem Academy Memorial Fund honor the memory of the people listed. Bethlehem Academy remembers these people in prayer. Memorial Gift contributions are invested by Bethlehem Academy with proceeds used to benefit today’s BA students: • Art Amundson PP • Howard Anderson • Fred Boevers • Richard “Sam” Brown ’49 PP • Mrs. Del Chadderdon • Thomas Cloutier ’59 • Herb Cook PP • George DeGrood PP • Walter Duchene PP • Raymond Furey • Deceased Gillen Family Members • Raymond Hoschette PP • Terrance Hughes • Eugene & Marie Kenow

• Jerald Malecha • Cheryl (Mogren) McDonough ’86 • Robert Mealia • Arthur Mullenmeister ’61 • JoAnne Nelson ’50 • Patricia M. (Hofschulte) Nelson ’40 • Mae O’Brien PP • Dennis “Mick” Paquette ’67 • Tom Paul ’76 • Floyd Reck PGP • Jackie Reichert ’96 • Harriet Reuvers • Charlotte Schwartz • Mary Ellen Tierny-Tousignant ’52

Bethlehem Academy accepts charitable contributions to all of the Scholarship Funds listed here. If you would like to make a donation to one or more of these scholarship funds, please feel free to contact our Advancement Office at 507-334-3948 or go online to and click on Support BA/Contributions. Thank you.

Rest In Peace

Please remember our deceased friends and alumni in your prayers. (Word received between 9-15-12 and 1-15-2013)

Bethlehem Academy apologizes for omitting the following information from the Fall Issue: Leroy Mahowald GP was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Susan (Voegele) Heselton’23, and he is survived by sister-in-laws Susan (Heselton) Melchior ’56, and Rosemary (Heselton) Nelson ’62; and grandson Dan Hickel PF.

her flower gardens, making crafts, bingo and cards, and reading. She will be deeply missed by her husband Vern; their 3 children, Kent Busch, Keith Busch and Kim Hartman; three grandchildren, siblings Mary Wendelin ’68, and Jeanne Volz,’63, and many other loving relatives and friends.

Patricia M. (Hofschulte) Nelson ’40, passed away on September 29, 2012. She was 89. Pat worked many jobs and retired in 1987. She had a passion for life which was demonstrated through many interests such as cooking, baking, canning, gardening, reading mysteries, playing cards and dancing with her late husband Lloyd. She was an avid volunteer and member of the St Lucas Women’s Auxiliary, Faribault Eagles Auxiliary, Divine Mercy CCW and the Faribault Senior Center. She is survived by 10 children; Dennis Nelson, David Nelson, Carol (Nelson) Lemke, Tom Nelson, Jim Nelson, Mark Nelson, Laurie (Nelson) Tungsvik, Mary Nelson ’81, Lisa (Nelson) Kuhlman ’83, and Kim (Nelson) Schroeder ’85; 19 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Barry Lee King, the son of Marlene (Sirek) King ’74, passed away on October 9, 2012 at the age of 29. He was preceded in death by his father John A. King.

Cheryl (Mogren) McDonough ’86, passed away on Monday October 8, 2012, at her home with her family at her side. Cheryl had a passionate love of her faith and prayed daily. She had a zest for life that resulted from her thankfulness for God’s gifts. Cheryl, and the love of her life, Steve ’86, joyfully welcomed 9 children into the world. Cheryl homeschooled her children and instilled in them the same love and zeal she had for the faith. Besides her love of her faith, and her love and pride in her family and husband, Cheryl loved riding her horse, gardening, facebooking and Valley fair rollercoasters. She is survived by her husband; her children; Nicole (McDonough) McCoy, Alissa, Gabrielle, Kyle, Shane, Christian ’16, Peter and Therese; one grandson, Clarence Patrick McCoy; her mother Lavonne Mogren PP; her siblings, Gary Mogren ’72, Paul Mogren, Susan (Mogren) Dapper ’74, Laurie Mogren ’78, and Beth (Mogren) Curren; and many other relatives and friends. Carol Jean (Liverseed) Cloutier ’59, passed away on Saturday October 20, 2012, following an extended illness. Carol was a homemaker all of her life and told her children that she loved being a Mom. Carol was an avid bingo player and loved animals. Carol is survived by her four children; Deanna Gehrke, Jeff Osmond, Chanin Cloutier and Norma Preuss; by her siblings, Catherine (Liverseed) Clark ’56 and Kenneth Liverseed ’68; and 7 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Norman Cloutier; by her siblings, Chuck Liverseed, Patricia Galatovich and Eleanor DeRider ’56. Kathryn (Seger) Busch ’55, passed away on October 20, 2012 at the age of 75, surrounded by her loving family. Kathryn married the love of her life, Vern Busch on August 27, 1955 and this past year they celebrated 57 years of marriage. Kathryn was a devoted homemaker and an avid supporter of her children’s sports and activities. She enjoyed spending time with people, caring for

Virginia “Pep” (Schuck) McGough ’39, passed away on October 15, 2012 at the age of 90. She is survived by her 3 daughters; Deborah Paradise, Laura Kolar, Kate McGough; two sons, Peter McGough and Timothy McGough; many grand children, great grand children, relatives and friends. Andrew Bice, age 21 passed away on October 27, 2012 due to injuries sustained in a car accident. Andrew is survived by his parents Linette (Mostrom) ’88 and David Bice; his aunt, Jolene Mostrom ’86 and his grandmother Janet (Stadler) Mostrom ’61. George J. DeGrood, Jr, PP passed away on November 25, 2012 at the age of 87. George married Eileen (Reuvers) ’47 on June 20, 1950. George and Eileen were lifelong farmers in Warsaw Township. George loved the outdoors, taking care of his animals, taking his grandchildren for tractor rides, and going for long rides in the countryside to see how the crops were doing for his neighbors. George is survived by his wife; his children, Carol (DeGrood) Gomez ’69, Diane (DeGrood) Winkels ’71, Jean (DeGrood) Gohlike ’74, Steve DeGrood ’79 and Patty (DeGrood) Radatz ’86; twelve grandchildren including Ryan Winkels ’00, Matt Sterling ’06 and Ashley Radatz ’13 and his siblings; Sr. Marion DeGrood ’51, Barbara DeGrood ’56, Therese DeGrood ’57, Cecelia DeGrood ’59, James DeGrood ’45 and Edward DeGrood ’61. Lowell G. Christians, the father of past faculty and girls basketball coach Stephen “Steve” Christians, passed away on August 4, 2012, at the age of 61, in Herman MN. Lowell is survived by his wife Barbara; his two sons, Stephen and David Christians; his mother, two brothers, one sister and three grandchildren. Bernice M. Hamele PP, PGP, passed away on Sunday December 2, 2012 at St Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Bernice married Francis Pemrick on Jan 24, 1951, and he preceded her in death on Aug 19, 1974. She later married Francis Hamele on Oct 23, 1976. Bernice worked for the State Academies for the Blind and Deaf and also the Faribo Woolen Mills. Her favorite pastime was painting Old World Santas. She is survived by her husband Francis; one son, Duane Pemrick ’71; one step daughter, Gail Cloutier ’66; two grandsons, David Pemrick ’98 and Shane Pemrick ’95; one step grandson, 2 great grandchildren, one sister-in-law and many other relatives and friends.

Joanne F. (Tousignant) Nelson ’50, passed away on November 29, 2012 following an extended illness. Joanne worked at Poirier Drug Store prior to marrying David Nelson. Joanne was a homemaker and always opened her home to others. She worked as a teacher’s aide until retirement. Joanne is survived by five children; Mark Nelson, Bruce Nelson, Debbie Nelson, Sally Janostin, and Brad Nelson; 10 grandchildren; one great grandchild; three brothers, Dennis Tousignant ’52, Larry Tousignant ’55, and Ronald Tousignant ’56; and many other relatives and friends. Mae Elizabeth O’Brien PP, passed away on Monday December 3, 2012 at her home. Mae worked as a substitute teacher in every community she lived in. She was also an avid reader and even as her hearing and eyesight deteriorated, she continued to seek knowledge and form principled positions on complex issues. Mae was a Citizen of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation, a member of the Minnesota Knights of Columbus Ladies’ Auxiliary and for many years helped with funeral lunches at her parish. She was preceded in death by her husband Gene and her parents. She is survived by her six children; Mark O’Brien ’75, Julie (O’Brien) Johnson ’76, Jean O’Brien ’76, Mary Margaret “Maggie” (O’Brien) Palmisano ’76, Maureen “Nan” (O’Brien) Wieser ’76, and Michael O’Brien ’87; by 9 grandchildren, her brother John Tonneson, and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Richard J. “Sam” Brown ’49, PP passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at the Homestead Hospice House of Owatonna, following a brief illness. After graduation, Rich served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1954. He worked for over 30 years in the plastering business and also owned and operated Fitspatrick’s Supper Club in Shieldsville for a short time. In retirement he worked as a courtesy van driver for Harry Brown’s for 15 years. Rich enjoyed playing golf, going on walks, watching all sports, and card playing. He is survived by two children; Christy Brown and Paul Brown; four grandchildren, four great grandchildren; brother Harry Brown ’58; sisters Stella Brown ’51, Irene (Brown) Miller ’53, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Patrick Brown ’76; sisters, Helen Kaderlik and Dorothy Touchstone; and brothers, Ralph, Donald and Cyril Brown. Floyd Reck PGP, passed away on Monday October 22, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Mertice; children, Doug Reck, Deb Reck, Lynn McCloskey, Lola McCloskey Brand PP, Daniel McCloskey, and David McCloskey; nine grandchildren including, Lucas Brand ’04, Lana Brand Prokop ’06 and Alex Brand ’09. Francis “Bubs” Valentyn ’49, passed away suddenly on Friday December 14 2012. After graduation, Bubs was active in the United States Army from 1947 to 1971, ranging from active duty in the Korean War to being Captain and Company Commander in the National continued on back


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Robert C. “Bob” Pofahl ’50, died peacefully in his sleep at his home on Friday December 28, 2012. After graduation, Bob attended Nazareth Hall Seminary before entering the Air Force, where he was a radar technician. Bob and his wife Darlene owned and operated Pofahl TV Sales and Service in Owatonna for over 40 years. Bob enjoyed bowling, playing and attending softball games, painting, constructing scale models of buildings, and gardening. He is survived by his wife Darlene; three daughters; Paula Hissam, Pam Lundell, and Pati Jo “PJ”; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; siblings: Earl “Bud” Pofahl, Vivian (Pofahl) Jones ’49, and Joan (Pofahl) Minke ’61.

• BABS Night (Back to the 50’s!)

Jeanette L. Stadler ’69, passed away on December 10, 2012 in Aurora Colorado. Jeanette has lived in the Denver area for the last 20 years. She is survived by her son, Dane Dedrickson; her siblings, Joyce Caron PP, Carol Christoffersen, JoAnn Arrigoni, Barbara Lentz, and Thomas Stadler. She was preceded in death by her mother Lorraine Tousignant ’45 and brother, Charles Stadler ’68.

• Mary Ceremony/Baccalaureate Mass

William Stevermer, husband of Mary Catherine “Cathy” (LaCanne) Stevermer ’61, passed away on December 31, 2012, at the age of 74.

• Cardinal Golf Classic

Current Parent = P Past Parent = PP Current Grandparent = GP

Past Grandparent = PGP Faculty = F Past Faculty = PF

• Cardinal Cruise (10K/5K and Fun Run) Saturday, April 13, 2013 • 9:00 a.m. 10k/5k Start)

Saturday, April 13, 2013 • Doors open at 4:00 p.m.

• School Play - “Our Town”

Friday, Saturday, Sunday April 19, 20, 21, 2013

• Spring Music Concert

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 • 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013

• Commencement

Friday, May 24, 2013 • 8:00 p.m. Friday, Aug 2, 2013

• BA Homecoming Saturday, Oct 12, 2013

Traditions Winter 2013  
Traditions Winter 2013  

Newsletter magazine for the alumni and friends of Bethlehem Academy