Page 1

The Leader For the alumni, parents, and friends of Covington Latin School

March 2017


p. 5


p. 8


p. 4


Dear CLS families and friends, This edition of The Leader serves as a mid-year review to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni, the creative ways that Latin School community members stay involved, as well as an update on our current students’ exceptional achievements. We are also thrilled to announce the restoration of the Grand Event, which you will learn more about as you peruse this edition of The Leader. Our goal is to keep our alumni and friends informed of current events and pertinent school information. As a member of the CLS family, your story is important to us. Please write to us and let us know what is happening in your life and your community. Tell us know what you think of The Leader, the outreach events you attend, and what you would like to see happen in the future. If your mailing or email address has changed, be sure to update your information at so we can continue the conversation. If you’re able to, join us at one of our upcoming Latin School events - we would love to see you. As members of the Latin School community, staying in touch with our fellow alumni, friends, supporters, and family is a priority. The Leader is a means to keep the stream of communication open with a print edition in the fall and three more in online format throughout the rest of the year. We certainly hope that you enjoy this edition of The Leader, and we look forward to speaking with you soon. In Christ,

Jason Huther Headmaster

MISSION Covington Latin School offers a unique program for academically talented students in the tri-state area. As its central purpose, CLS aims to form Christian leaders by challenging its students to attain their academic, intellectual, social and moral potential.

DEDICATION The Leader is for alumni, donors, parents, students, faculty, and friends of Covington Latin School.


CONTACT Please direct all Letters to the Editor, address changes, or other correspondence to or to: Covington Latin School 21 East 11th Street Covington, KY 41011

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION Jason Huther, Headmaster Matt Krebs, Dean of Students Stephanie Tewes, Dean of Studies Heather Couch, Counselor

1-2 School News

3 Athletic News 4 Grand Event


Alumni News


Alumni Spotlight: Ben Purcell ‘88

9 Donor Spotlight


Ways to Give

SCHOOL NEWS Faculty Friday

Covington Latin is blessed to have such a talented and engaging faculty. As a new tradition at CLS, students can nominate teachers who have inspired them inside and outside of the classroom. During Assembly on Friday, that nominated teacher will be acknowledged for their hard work and dedication to their craft. So far this year, the following teachers have been nominated: John Lane, Gene Morrison, Sarah Mullen, Lisa Apollonio, and Matt Krebs. To watch the presentations, please check out our Facebook page and search #FacultyFriday.

Breakfast with Santa

What would the holidays be like without breakfast with Santa? Our Athletic Boosters hosted a fun-filled morning full of activities - complete with a delicious pancake breakfast. The day would not be complete without a visit from the big guy himself! We are so lucky to have our very own connection to Santa - Mr. Ebert Haegele. Proceeds from this festive event benefit our athletic program, and help provide uniforms, equipment, and facilities for our athletes. Fun fact: 85% of our students participate in at least one KHSAA sport.


Ancient Day


Those who do not learn from the past are bound to repeat it. Mrs. Apollonio’s Form I class participated in Ancient Day on November 9th. Students researched topics of their choosing that culminated in projects, costumes, presentations, and food. Students were also treated to games from ancient Greece. This day devoted to history ended with prizes for the best costume, project and athletic team.

CLS Speaker Series

Covington Latin in conjunction with ExploreMore!, an enrichment program for students in grades K-12, wants to be the resource for families with bright students. The first in our new Speaker Series featured Dr. Edward Amend, a renowned gifted psychologist and author. On November 16, Dr. Amend came to CLS to speak on the benefits of acceleration for our gifted children. His presentation included research supporting what our 93 years of acceleration has proven- that acceleration works. Future topics in the Covington Latin Speaker Series include: technology, perfectionism, and etiquette.

March for Life

On January 25, CLS students made a pilgrimage to Washington D.C. to participate in the annual March for Life to commemorate the solemn anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. While there, students attended Mass at St. Dominic’s Church with other students from the Diocese of Covington and participated in several rallies. They also had the opportunity to visit the monuments of our nation’s capitol. Mr. Huther, Mr. Iadipaolo and Ms. Baehr accompanied them on their three day crusade.



The Homecoming basketball games took place at Thomas More College on January 21st with both boys and girls teams playing Silver Grove. CLS alumni joined the fun in the well-attended reintroduction of the Alumni Basketball game as part of the Homecoming festivities.

Volleyball Season a Success

During October of the 2016 season the Covington Latin volleyball team held the most wins in the Ninth Region. With a 21 – 10 record, the Trojans entered the postseason in second place in the region. More importantly, the girls shattered their previous school record of 15 wins, set during the 2015 season. Maria B. ’18 and Gabrielle K. ’17 were named to the KCAC All-Tournament Team.

Volley for a Cure

The CLS volleyball team participated in a Volley for a Cure charitable volleyball game in November. Proceeds from their game went to benefit Chicks & Chucks, Inc. which supports women fighting breast cancer.


GRAND EVENT by Kelly Kusch and Matt Krebs, Faculty

This March 11th marks the restoration of The Grand Event, a longtime favorite social occasion of the Latin School community. Great food, dancing and the oral and silent auctions are the hallmarks of the evening. Many graduates, past and current parents, teachers and friends of CLS make up the crowd for this important fundraiser. The beginnings of The Grand Event are shrouded in mystery. In the early days, it was known as the Trojan Ball. By the mid 80’s it was held at Thomas More College’s Seiler Commons. That seemed fitting because of the longstanding ties between the Latin School and the Diocesan college. The evening was known for a time as the CLSCapades. Headmaster Robert Larcher recommended changing the name to The Grand Event. Over time, the venue changed, and it was held down the street from school at The Madison, and when the attendance outgrew that location, it was moved to Receptions in Erlanger. The location for this year’s Grand Event will surpass its predecessors. The 2017 Grand Event adds an element of homecoming to its charms, as it will be held at Latin School. Manyalumni, parents and friends of the school have never seen its new facilities, increasing the evening’s appeal. As you probably know, Latin School renovated the existing school and built a $10 million addition in 2011. This includes new science labs, a physical education space, and the Kohlhepp Family Forum. The Forum and adjacent Commons will be transformed as the setting for this year’s Grand Event. As part of the evening, attendees are invited to tour the entire school. You’ll see that much has changed physically, but the mission of Covington Latin remains unchanged.

You may have fond memories from past Grand Events. Perhaps, as a senior student, you volunteered for the endeavor. Looking sharp in a tuxedo shirt and pants, you were hawking keys to the glass box that held sparkling jewelry. As an adult, you purchased one of those keys from an irresistibly persistent senior, trying your key to win some lovely jewelry from Cleves and Lonneman. There could be only one working key, and you hoped it was yours. The oral auction was always a highlight of the evening, bidding on vacation getaways to the Smokey Mountains courtesy of the Knapp family, or wine tastings with Latin teacher Kelly Kusch, or even the highly-coveted front pew at graduation, certainly a draw for parents of seniors. The silent auction was always a friendly competition, with items ranging from sports memorabilia and gift baskets to color televisions. Outbidding Miss Jane brought its risks. She always had a way of knowing whose numbers were whose. Holding your glass beneath the bubbling margarita fountain, you enjoyed taking part in the pleasant conversation nearby. The dance floor was always a hotspot, especially when the dj played the B-52’s Love Shack. But the real draw to the evening is the camaraderie with old friends, be they graduates, parents, or faculty. The 2017 Grand Event, chaired by Christina Braunwart Rauf, will not disappoint, with food by the bite provided by Paul Weckman and Emily Wolff of Otto’s Restaurant, and music by Doug Damico and his band Twentyfour7. If you’ve not already made your reservation, it’s not too late to join the fun. Visit, and make your reservation today. 4



On January 4th, Latin School alumnus Andrew Peters ’81 began his service as Director of Development at CLS. As an alumnus, Mr. Peters is a devoted advocate of the school’s mission to educate gifted students throughout the region. After graduating from CLS in 1981, Andrew earned his degree in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy & International Commerce from the Patterson School at the University of Kentucky. Since then, he has spent his time developing a small business specializing in growing client based revenue and service relationships. Returning to his roots, he has served as the Athletic Director and Basketball coach at Covington Latin for last five years and now looks to broaden his role. Mr. Peters’ goals for the school’s development department are three-fold: to engage the entire alumni base, to amplify its donor base, and to increase school enrollment. Andrew’s passion for Covington Latin School, his energy, and his positive outlook will ensure that all CLS constituents are tuned in to the school’s efforts and mission. Regarding his new opportunity, Mr. Peters stated, “Covington Latin taught me servant leadership and a tireless work ethic. I am nothing but pleased to have the opportunity to continue to grow those time honored traditions for the next generation of CLS students.” Mr. Jason Huther, Headmaster of Covington Latin School adds, “The addition of Andy’s experience, work ethic, and enthusiasm will enable us to best utilize our talents and strengths to better serve all CLS stakeholders - our students, parents, alumni and friends. We couldn’t be happier that Andy is joining us.”

Coach Peters with Boys Varsity Basketball Team


Andy Peters ‘81 with Mr. Huther, John Macke ‘85, and Dave Maher ‘88.


On November 22, Covington Latin School sponsored a Leaders Start Here Celebration for their alumni who were recently elected to political office. The tradition of excellence achieved by Covington Latin is extraordinary as seven alumni were entrusted into the leadership positions in local, state and judiciary levels. Headmaster Jason Huther stated, “The ongoing tradition of leadership and excellence is upheld through the civic dedication of our alumni. The Covington Latin community is grateful for the example set forth by the graduates to uphold the values taught by Covington Latin. The hard work, intelligence, and diligence of the alumni elected into office will serve our country well.” All alumni and their families were invited to the event in support of their friends and former classmates. Over 100 people were in attendance as Father Ryan Stenger ‘06 extended his blessing upon the newest elected officials.


The court was reserved for more than our varsity basketball players on January 21st. In celebration of Homecoming weekend, former CLS basketball players hit the court in an alumni basketball showdown. Thanks to everyone who came to play and alumni that came to cheer on their former classmates. John Macke ‘85 gets the award for furthest distance traveled. Who is looking forward to having another one in the fall? Contact the Advancement Office if you are interested in playing volleyball or soccer.



CLASS NOTES Joe Meyer '64 was elected as the Mayor of Covington. Ken Rechtin '66 was elected as the City Commissioner for the city of Newport.

John Sheehy ‘04 and Anne Schmid ‘06 are engaged to be married.

Bob Mueller '73 was elected as a Crescent Springs City Councilor.

Nicholas Georgescu ‘05 graduated with his PhD in Chemistry from Case Western University December 2016.

David Kramer '76 was elected as a Crestview Hills City Councilor. Mike Daugherty '80 was elected as Crescent Springs City Councilor. Rob Thelen '88 was elected as an Edgewood City Councilor. Chris McDaniel ‘93 was re-elected as Kentucky State Senator for District 23. Amanda (Birck) Wait ‘97 will be honored on March 8, 2017, with a Cincinnati Business Achievement award from the UC Carl H. Lindner College of Business for her work with the Kautz-Uible Fund in support of the Economics Department. Amanda currently practices antitrust law as a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP in Washington, DC.


pesticide exposure, and climate change on bumble bees in the lab and in the field.

Michelle Duennes ‘04 was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the United States Deptartment of Agriculture to study the effects of poor floral resources,

Kelly King ‘09 received a Dean’s Fellowship award (full tuition scholarship) to attend law school at Washington University in St. Louis and began law school in August. Father James Brockmeier ‘07 was ordained in June 2016.


Alumni Robert Rosing ‘48

Friends and Family Sue Mauntel; wife of Tim Mauntel ‘60 Rudolf Hermes; father of Tyson Hermes ‘90 and grandfather of Jonah ‘18 and Elysse ‘20. Rodney Cain; father of John ‘81, Charlie ‘85, David ‘88; grandfather of Addison ‘10, Hannah ‘12, Caroline ‘14 and Mary ‘18. Mary Lee Mcginnis; mother-in-law of Dave Barth ‘70; grandmother of Sarah Barth ‘98 and Graham Barth ‘01. Grace Dillon; mother of Tim Dillon ‘74 Marion Landwehr; grandmother of Christopher Bolen ‘08.


Before becoming an Executive Creative Director at David & Goliath in Los Angeles, Ben Purcell ’88 learned to love the art of creative writing at Covington Latin School. He credits Andy Barczak ‘75 and his AP English class for pushing him to pursue his interest in writing. “He was somebody who encouraged me to write more, and that’s what I’m doing now. He put me on the right track,” Purcell reminisced. Following his time at Latin School, Purcell went on to study journalism at the University of Kentucky and later at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He felt better prepared for college than most of his peers, thanks to Covington Latin. “I was further along than most people starting college, because I already had the right mindset,” he said. Purcell credits CLS for providing the atmosphere he needed to realize his full potential. “I was surrounded by like-minded individuals who were all pushing themselves. That encouraged me to push myself even

further,” he said. Purcell’s perseverance, education, and writing skills put him in the position to help create an award-winning Kia Motors television commercial that aired during Super Bowl LI. Although this commercial is one of his favorites, Purcell has worked on previous Super Bowl spots for Kia Motors as well as advertising for clients that include Jack in the Box, Universal Studios Hollywood, and VIZIO. “People don’t realize the amount of work that goes into a single commercial,” said Purcell. For the last Kia Motors Super Bowl advertisement starring Melissa McCarthy, Purcell said, “We started about 8 months out. There were probably over 1,000 scripts that were generated.” The end result was a resounding success. The ad ranked #1 on the USA Today Ad Meter, #1 on YouTube’s AdBlitz, was featured on Good Morning America, and has received over 25 million views on YouTube. You can view Ben Purcell’s online portfolio at 8


John and Carla Cain are an integral component of our Latin School Community. John is a 1981 Covington Latin Graduate. Three of their daughters are Alumnae – Addison 2010, Hannah 2012, and Caroline 2014. Mary is currently a Junior. “CLS gives parents, who are assessing higher education, a training ground for students and parents to prepare for college,” said Carla. John goes on to say, “CLS is bigger than any one person. It creates an environment, through parent and alumni engagement, where parents and alumni want to give more and more time, treasure, and talent.” Why do John and Carla give so much? Before we answer that question, let’s look at their contributions. John served on the CLS Board of Education for 6 years. He was highly instrumental in the building expansion. He was a decision-maker in its design and construction and crucial to its fund-raising efforts. John and his family made impactful monetary donations toward its completion, and continue to give generously. He is currently contributing as a member of the CLS Development Committee. Carla is a familiar face on campus. She is a past APT President. During school events such as Open House, 9

faculty meetings, and fund-raisers, or simply decorating the Campus for Christmas, Carla makes “giving-back” look easy. The most recent Open House was her 10th. The hours of preparation prior to her arrival on campus are too many to count. Her ability to engage and motivate others to contribute is legendary. So, why do John and Carla give so much time, treasure, and talent? The answer is two-fold: First, the contribution of past benefactors and the example they set results in a sense of servant obligation to those legacies. John said, “When I was a student at CLS, the building in which we were taught is a direct result of others’ generosity. That tree was planted years prior to my arrival and I enjoyed its shade. We are planting trees today so others may enjoy that shade in years to come.” Secondly, Carla added, “The passion of the faculty and staff to educate and serve our daughters and other students makes volunteering to CLS worthwhile.” The entire Latin School community is thankful for John and Carla’s servant leadership and the example they set. CLS is a better place because of their continuous generosity.


SPOTLIGHT ON THE ACADEMIC ADVANCEMENT FUND Making the Latin School experience a reality for all deserving students, regardless of financial ability. There is something unique about a Covington Latin School education that endures through the generations. Alumni and students alike can attest that while the experience is not necessarily an easy one, it is undoubtedly transformational. Every day, the school asks students to stretch beyond their preconceived limits in the pursuit of goodness, discipline, and knowledge. Every day, the students respond in kind. Through dedication to this pursuit of excellence, Covington Latin School has earned the reputation as one of the area’s outstanding Catholic schools. Many of our students rely on tuition assistance to make Latin School an accessible option. In order to provide a robust tuition assistance program for our students, Covington Latin School relies on the generosity of our benefactors. By providing funds for tuition assistance, the Academic Advancement Fund continues the time honored tradition that no eligible student be denied the opportunity to attend Covington Latin School due to financial need. Additionally, gifts to the Academic Advancement Fund help cover annual operating costs for programs and resources that student tuition does not cover, allowing students to have access to a consistent and superior educational experience at an affordable price point. By making a gift to the AAF, you can strengthen your role in funding tuition assistance for deserving students with demonstrated financial need, while enhancing and expanding the academic opportunities offered to all students. Make your gift today and provide immediate support for the students of Covington Latin School.


Checks: Checks payable to Covington Latin School may be mailed to 21 East Eleventh Street, Covington, KY, 41011, Attn: Advancement Office. Credit Cards: Gifts may be submitted through Visa, MasterCard or Discover at Securities: Gifts of appreciated stock may qualify as an itemized deduction while avoiding capital gains tax. Contact us at or 859.291.7044 for assistance in coordinating your gift. 10

UPCOMING EVENTS March 11 Grand Event March 11,18 & 25 ExploreMore! Program March 18 Entrance Exam April 27 Grandparents Day May 4 Alumni Banquet

July 27 Golf Outing

March17 leader  
March17 leader