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Collegiate Winter 2016-2017

In This Issue On The Cover Alumni Young and Old Make a Difference Tony Catullo, DLS ‘59, visits with Pilots about business and career choices. Tony is active on the Christian Brothers’ Dinner and Lasallian Fund Committees, and most importantly, helps to keep the Classes of 1958 and 1959 together and active. The Alumni Spotlight in this issue tells Tony’s story. Throughout this issue, you’ll see evidence of alumni celebrating their friendships and support of the school. Go Pilots!

From The President.................................................. 3 Statement of Financial Position................................ 4 Christian Brothers’ Dinner News............................. 5 Making a Difference................................................. 6 Advancement News................................................. 12 Academic News....................................................... 18 2

Admissions News.................................................... 22 Lasallian News........................................................ 25 Alumni Spotlight.................................................... 26 Alumni News.......................................................... 27 Athletic News.......................................................... 33 In Memoriam.......................................................... 36 Events...................................................................... 38

Identification Statement • The Collegiate • Winter 2016-2017 Statement of Frequency: Three Times Per Year Published by De La Salle Collegiate Advancement Office 14600 Common Road, Warren, MI 48088 Phone: 586-778-3356 Web:

Collegiate photos provided by Vicki Granger, Patrick Studios, and President ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Mr. John M. Knight President Emeritus ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Br. Robert Carnaghi FSC, SJ ‘48 Principal ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Steve Stewart Director of Advancement �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Christopher Czarnik Director of DLS Alumni ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ John C. Monigold BFSC, ‘66 Dir. of St. Joe’s Alumni Activities ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Br. Patrick McNally FSC, SJ ‘55 Assoc. Director of Advancement ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Amy Seiferlein Director of Communications ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Vicki Granger Director of Admissions ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Bill Burkhardt, ‘03 Exec. Assistant of Advancement ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Linda Carnaghi Admissions Assistant ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Kevin Fitzhenry ‘03 Exec. Assistant of Admissions �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Andrea Mason

From The President Dear De La Salle Collegiate Family, Merry Christmas! On behalf of all of us at De La Salle Collegiate, I want to wish you and your loved ones a blessed and peaceful Christmas. This issue of The Collegiate is our small gift to you. What makes this issue so special are the many stories found within the issue that highlight the great spirit of generosity that exists among so many in our community. In particular this issue of The Collegiate highlights our alumni and the many good works they have been participating in over the past few months. In the midst of all of the outside noise that permeates our lives during this time of year lies the reality that the greatest gift of all, God’s own son Jesus, entered our world and in doing so forever changed the course of history. In our own small and ordinary ways, we too are called to be a gift to one another and to make an impact in our world. How do we do that? We make an impact in our world every time we reach beyond ourselves and lend a hand, say a kind word or pray for another, especially to and for those who are at the margins of our society. Just as the infant Jesus came into our world in the most ordinary, unexpected way, we too can be a gift to one another in ways both simple, small and yet so impactful. Our alumni and friends who are featured in this issue of The Collegiate are exemplars of what lies at the heart of a Lasallian secondary education – the Gospel values of Jesus. Thank you for being a gift to our community during this past year. The many simple, small and yet oh so meaningful ways you have shown your support for our mission has made all the difference in the lives of our students, faculty, staff, and administration. As 2017 draws near, rest assured of our continued commitment to the five core values of a Lasallian secondary education and rest assured of our commitment to strive to be a gift to one another and to our world. May the infant Jesus touch your heart with His love and bless you and your loved ones abundantly. Once again, Merry Christmas to you and yours! St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us! Live, Jesus, in our hearts, forever!

John M. Knight President


The previous Collegiate newsletter contained the Annual Report, but this audit statement was unavailable when the Fall 2016 issue went to print.

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION June 30, 2016 Assets: LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS: Cash.................................................$ 761,843 Investments....................................... 5,376,440 Other Assets...................................... 2,364,017 Plant & Facilities................................7,146,854

Accounts Payable......................................................$759,901 Construction loan................................................... 1,080,000 Deferred income......................................................1,104,512 Net Assets............................................................. 12,704,741

Total Assets................................ $15,649,154

Total Liabilities and Net Assets...................... $15,649,154

4.6% 1.8% 0.5% 2.2% 2.7% 1.9% 3.2%

2.3% 0.1% 0.0%

TUITION, FEES AND OTHER SUPPORT Tuition and Fees................................................................ $8,488,775 Less Tuition Assistance....................................................... -1,466,955

13.1% 67.6%



For the year ended June 30, 2016




$7,021,820 67.6% Auxillary Enterprises and Net Investment Return................1,365,512 13.1% Christian Brothers Dinner...................................................... 330,524 3.2% Raffle...................................................................................... 198,644 1.9% Annual Giving........................................................................ 282,055 2.7% Scholarship and Tuition Assistance..........................................227,281 2.2% Temporarily Restricted Gifts (365)........................................... 49,378 0.5% Other Fundraisers....................................................................184,074 1.8% Endowment Contributions..................................................... 478,780 4.6% Other Contributions - Unrestricted........................................ 243,756 2.3% Support Organizaions................................................................10,615 0.1% Contributed Services......................................................................... 0 0.0%



$10,392,439 100.0%

Programs and Services........................................................$7,638,257 74.8% General and Administrative................................................. 1,409,971 13.8% Fund Raising...........................................................................927,767 9.1% Financing Expenses.................................................................233,171 2.3%



Change in Net Assets....................................................... $183,273

We are deeply grateful to all of our supporters, and we can't say it often enough: Thank You to all of the donors and volunteers who help to make De La Salle the exceptional school that it is.

CBD News Mike Wasik Named Chair of Christian Brothers’ Dinner De La Salle Collegiate is pleased to announce that Mike Wasik, ‘91, is the new Chairman of the Annual Christian Brothers’ Dinner. Mike succeeds Michael Brillati, ‘93, who chaired the dinner from 2007 - 2016.

Christian Brothers’ Dinner Sponsorship Opportunities

Event Sponsor


• Complimentary table of ten . • Full page ad (7” wide x 10” tall) on the back cover or on a premier page of the program book. • Sign to be displayed in the foyer. • Slide of ad to be shown during dinner slideshow. • Recognition on the De La Salle website as the premier sponsor of the Dinner.

Lasallian Sponsor


• Complimentary tickets for five attendees. • Full page ad (7” wide x 10” tall) on a premier page of the book. • Sign to be displayed in the foyer. • Slide of ad to be shown during dinner slideshow.

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Supporter


Silver Supporter


Bronze Supporter


Pilot Supporter


• Complimentary tickets for two attendees. • Full page ad (7” wide x 10” tall) . • Sign to be displayed in the foyer . • Slide of ad to be shown during dinner slideshow. • Full page ad (7” wide x 10” tall).

• Half page ad (7” wide x 5” tall). • Quarter page ad (3 ½” wide x 5” tall).

• Business card ad (3 ½” wide x 2” tall). For more information or to purchase a sponsorship, contact Amy Seiferlein at 586-541-6211 or email

“Mike Wasik has been an outstanding member of our Christian Brothers’ Dinner Committee for several years, and has provided tremendous leadership in our efforts,” said Chris Czarnik, Director of Advancement. “Michael Brillati has been tremendous, and this will be a seamless transition.” President John M. Knight echoed Chris’s comments. “We thank Mike Wasik for taking on this leadership role with the Christian Brothers’ Dinner. I am certainly thankful to Michael Brillati for all his years of dedicated service to the school and particularly to the Dinner.” Mike Wasik says, “It’s an honor to be asked to Chair this important event. Mike Brillati has done a fantastic job for the last ten years or so, and put together quite a committee. With the groundwork he has laid down, I expect success again this year and in subsequent years. I am looking forward to the opportunity to lead the effort.” Mike will be heading a strong committee that works diligently in the months leading up to the May 4, 2017 dinner. The group not only encourages ticket sales; they also work at finding sponsors, selling advertising, and soliciting silent auction items. Mike is the owner of the family business, Wasik Funeral Homes, located in Warren and Shelby Township. He is a graduate of Albion College. The 2017 Honoree will be named at a later date.


Making A Difference Relief for Victims of Hurricane Matthew When Hurricane Matthew hit the East Coast of the United States during early October 2016, numerous disaster relief groups headed to the area to help. Among those groups was the Civil Air Patrol squadron based at Selfridge ANG, and squadron member Sam Aldea, a senior at De La Salle Collegiate.


assessment, taking photos of flooded roads and downed trees. Sam’s duties also included serving as the mission radio operator and flight marshalling. The group lived in the college gym at the UNC Pembroke Campus. Sam returned home on October 21.

He said, “I am honored to have been able to serve on the only search and rescue/ Sam Aldea, ‘17 disaster relief ground unit Sam, with a passion for science and the military, from Michigan Wing deployed to North Carolina. This discovered the program in 2012, and has the current deployment was an enlightening experience in ways rank of Cadet Second Lieutenant. He is learning to that are greater than words. No television or newsfly with the squadron and hopes to earn his pilot’s paper can begin to accurately depict the immense license through the United States Air Force Academy. emotion of those affected. I listened to the stories of hardship from those affected and I could feel the emoHe has participated in numerous search and rescue missions in places such as Bad Axe and Marine City, tion and hurt in their voices. I remember every story, every hand that I shook, and every person who joined Michigan. in to help the relief effort.” The North Carolina Wing Civil Air Patrol, workAt De La Salle, Sam carries a 3.6 GPA. He is active ing closely with the National Guard, the Federal in the Music program, and plays trumpet and drums Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other in the Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands. He also federal agencies put out the call for help on October participates in Science Olympiad. Sam is waiting for 16. Within two final approval for his hours, Sam and his Eagle Scout project to squadron headed to build dog houses for the the Burlington, NC Michigan Animal Care area. Network. He is applying The Michigan group to the United States Air worked closely with Force Academy to pursue disaster relief efa career in Nuclear and forts, passing out Theoretical Physics. Sam food, water, and says he will be pursuing other necessities, as a career with the USAF, well as participating regardless. Sam Aldea and his Civil Air Patrol Squadron in North Carolina in ground damage

Making A Difference The Brothers’ Table - A Letter from Brother Bob Dear Alumni In my mind’s eye, I still see many of you in the Pilots’ hallways and extend to you a “knuckle bump.” First and foremost, thank you for everything you do to support the Mission of the Brothers at De La Salle Collegiate. As Alumni, you play a vital role in our school community. On behalf of the Brothers, I thank you. There are many methods we use to serve our students and all of them reflect St. John Baptist de La Salle’s original vision of education. Foremost, we remain committed to serving the disadvantaged and the poor. We know from generations of St. Joe’s and De La Salle graduates that a Catholic, Lasallian Education does, in fact, transform lives. Many of you are examples of this. I want to tell you briefly about one of the ways we honor an ongoing Lasallian tradition in our school. Our Institute was founded for the children of the working classes and the poor. Poor parents could not afford the time to teach their children, they didn’t have enough schooling themselves, nor could they afford to hire tutors. Our early schools were so successful that the wealthy began to send their sons to our schools. These students shared their lunches with the less fortunate, and de La Salle had to seek donations from the wealthy to keep His schools open. The present times haven’t changed that much. When De La Salle Collegiate first opened, in 1926, needy students were served breakfast on the Brothers’ back porch. We still assist the poor with Tuition Assistance - this year over $1.5 million. And I have seen some of

our students share their lunches or purchase food for those who can’t afford a decent meal. Our present lunch program does not assist these needy students. To continue the Brothers’ tradition of serving meals to almost 300 of our needy students, the Brothers’ Community has established a program called “The Brothers’ Table Fund.” In fact, I am proud to say that the Brothers’ Community has made the first gift of $10,000 toward the $50,000 goal. A meal is a most basic necessity, and through this program, we imitate Jesus who fed the hungry while He taught them. We remain committed to our original, humble mission. It is at this most basic level that we change moments, transform days, and inspire more fulfilled lives. We together, YOU and I, are engaged in work that really matters - work that has an enduring purpose. The future of De La Salle Collegiate not only rests with the Brothers and their Lay Partners, but also with your generous response in support of The Brothers’ Table. I thank you for your help in making this possible. During this Christmas and New Year’s season, as we celebrate the Gift of Jesus, let us be generous to those who are not as fortunate as we are. Gratefully yours,

Brother Bob Carnaghi, FSC President Emeritus, De La Salle Collegiate

The Brothers’ Table Fund provides between $4 and $8 per school day to qualified students whose families have completed a simple application. The student’s account is credited with money for the month. To donate directly to The Brothers’ Table Fund, • Go online to and make a secure donation. • Include your check in the envelope provided in the middle of The Collegiate and indicate that it’s for The Brothers’ Table Fund. • Contact the De La Salle Collegiate Advancement Office directly at 586.778.3356.


Making A Difference De La Salle Reaches Out When Archbishop Allen Vigneron visited De La Salle Collegiate last spring, he met briefly with President John M. Knight. Mr. Knight told the Archbishop of the De La Salle community’s desire to help with the revitalization of the Church in the City of Detroit. Archbishop Vigneron told President Knight the greatest need was on the East Side, particularly at St. Clare de Montefalco in Grosse Pointe Park. The St. Clare Parish and School also serve a large number of Detroit residents.


President Knight met with the St. Clare Principal Geoffrey Fisher, ‘96, and the Pastor, Rev. Andrew Kowalczyk, CSMA, in late summer to discuss how De La Salle desired to be a good partner with them, particularly for their educational apostalate. Subsequently, alumni Tom Landa, ‘87, and David Jansen, ‘90, have undertaken a significant wiring and rewiring project at the school and parish offices that has resulted in enhanced internet access. President Knight said, “Tom and Dave are great examples of De La Salle’s finest. We hope this partnering with St. Clare is the beginning of a deepening relationship with a partner school with which we have a rich history.”

Simple, Automatic Ways to Support De La Salle Collegiate Supporting De La Salle Collegiate during your regular shopping, both in person and online, is easy. De La Salle participates in the Amazon Smile program, the SCRIP program, and Kroger’s Rewards Cards.


Amazon will donate .5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to De La Salle Collegiate. • Visit • Choose “De La Salle Collegiate” from the search menu. • Bookmark so that De La Salle benefits every time you shop.


To help reduce the cost of tuition, DLS participates in the SCRIP program. SCRIP is “substitute money” and is just like a “gift card.” DLS purchases a variety of SCRIP cards from a variety of vendors at a discounted rate, and 75% of that discount, which varies per vendor, is credited to a family’s tuition account. If you are not a current DLS parent, you may still participate in SCRIP, designating the Tuition Assistance Fund as the recipient of your discounted dollars. SCRIP may be used the same as cash to purchase anything from groceries, fuel, clothing, electronics, or household services. SCRIP may be used at hundreds of local stores such as Kroger’s, Nino’s, Sam’s, Kmart, JC Penney’s, Walmart, Sunoco, Speedway, CVS, and more. Contact Sr. Pat Eeckhout in the DLS Business Office at 586.541.6277 or for more information.

Krogers Rewards Card

All proceeds from the Kroger Rewards are used for the DLS Tuition Assistance Program. Please link your Kroger Rewards card to De La Salle at www.krogercommunityrewards. com The DLS Kroger number is 82989.

Making a Difference Peter and Connie Cracchiolo Endowed Scholarship In the Fall of 2015, Dr. Peter Cracchiolo, DDS, ‘03, and his cousin, Greg DeMars Jr., ‘00, met with the De La Salle Collegiate Advancement team to discuss their strong desire to remember their grandparents in a significant way, and to remember and celebrate their good works. The conversation resulted in the creation of the Peter and Connie Cracchiolo Endowed Scholarship Fund, an Endowed Scholarship to honor their grandfather, Peter Cracchiolo. Peter and Greg were joined by Peter’s siblings, Matt (‘05), Andrew (‘07), and Mark (‘10) in creating the fund.

They presented the idea to to their grandfather on his 98th birthday on September 12, 2015. Peter passed away November 21, 2015. The Cracchiolo Scholarship recognizes Peter, and his late wife, Connie, whose generosity continues to be long and inspiring. “His generosity touched many people and did much to promote Catholic education in Detroit and beyond,” said Greg. “We are truly proud that we have been able to honor their legacy through this scholarship.” A year later, through the generosity of family and friends, the Cracchiolo Scholarship has raised over $87,000. The first scholarship grant will be

made in August 2017 and will be approximately $5,000 (half tuition). President John M. Knight said, “The Cracchiolo Family is wellknown throughout our De La Salle Family. They are one of our ‘legacy families.’ This scholarship is a tribute to Peter and Connie whose good works for many institutions in the greater Metropolitan Detroit area has been significant.” To donate to the Cracchiolo Scholarship, • Go online at to make your secure donation. • Call the DLS Advancement Office at 586.541.6250.


Dr. Peter Cracchiolo ‘03, Peter Cracchiolo, Sr. and Greg DeMars ‘00 with the plaque commemorating the Cracchiolo Scholarship.

Making a Difference TUG - The Underserved Group For Joe Szynkowski, ‘80, the lesson was learned 40 years ago, as a De La Salle Collegiate football player. “The coach’s mantra was ‘sudden change.’ We practiced it daily in the context of football. A fumble or an interception represented events that caused SUDDEN CHANGE. And it was an attitude you applied to the game.” Joe has carried that lesson all these years. To Albion College, where he played football. To facing severe illness in 1983, and being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Sudden change. Joe went on to become an LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker). He spent 18 years with the federallyfunded Job Corps, working with young people who had been born into challenging circumstances and others who had made poor choices. Many had bad grades - making them ineligible for most scholarships. Joe says that despite their backgrounds, these teens were also resilient - and in need of some help to take that next step in their lives. 10

Thus, TUG was born.

Joe Szynkowski

Building a Track Record

TUG was a group effort of Joe, along with Pilots Billie Wilson, ‘80, and Brian Kelly, ‘80, (both teachers), along with Dan Marsh, ‘81, and Scott Mordell, ‘80 (both businessmen).The group had formed a bond at De La Salle, and together steered the start-up process in 2007. TUG - The Underserved Group - is a non-profit organization that provides college scholarships to disadvantaged teens in Southeast Michigan. Joe serves as Executive Director. “Scott Mordell, wise businessman that he is, said it would be important to build a track record. That comment has been our mantra since we began,” said Joe. TUG received an initial grant of $5,000 from the Lear Corporation, and its CEO Matt Simoncini. Joe knew Matt as an opponent on the football field at Bishop Gallagher. “Lear has given us over $12,000 since we started, and Matt and Lear are our biggest financial supporters,” says Joe.

Matt Simoncini, CEO of Lear Corporation, with Joe.

Joe points out that another 1980 classmate, Paul Grimaldi, has also been a strong supporter and contributor from the start. Joe says, “I grew up with Paul, and I think something about TUG must have resonated with him. He is from the old neighborhood in Detroit, and I would say he is a good example of resilience himself. He lives in Washington State,

Making a Difference

and is now President of his own company, Lynden Transport, Inc.!

$40,000 - of which $29,000 has been given to 21 active recipients.

“The GREAT thing about De La Salle was the diverse student body, and the bond you formed at school that still carries us today,” says Joe.

TUG recently celebrated its first graduate, a young woman now working as a nurse, at its first annual award ceremony, put together by Bob Anderson, ‘78. Two other students, supported with TUG funds, graduated in December with degrees.

The Next Step: Scholarship

TUG seeks low-income, at-risk youth who may have made poor choices, but are taking steps to elevate themselves, and are on the way to overcoming these obstacles. TUG awarded the first “Next Step Scholarships” in 2011. Students receive $500 per semester, an amount that is renewed, providing the students keep up a C average. TUG also provides mentoring, with a strong case management component. Thus far, TUG has raised nearly

Two DLS graduates are currently receiving TUG Scholarships Steven Dane, ‘15, a sophomore at Macomb Community College, and Spencer Hughes, ‘16, a freshman at Wayne State University. “I believe we have developed a solid program,” says Joe. “Moving forward, we will be graduating students each year.” TUG’s most recent fundraiser, in late November, was at the Garden

Bowl/Majestic in midtown Detroit, owned by Dave Zainea, also from ‘80, and his family. Joe recently met with Dave, and arranged for all future TUG fundraisers to be held there, with TUG receiving 15% of bar sales. “This is a good partnership, and Dave’s support is greatly appreciated,” said Joe. TUG plans to provide scholarships to an additional ten students - an aggressive goal - but Joe and the TUG board are determined to raise the necessary funds. To learn more about TUG, visit the website at You may make a donation through the website or send to The Underserved Group, P.O. Box 71802, Madison Heights, MI 48071. Feel free to contact Joe Szynkowski directly at 586.431.0013.

George Sokolosky, ‘81, enjoys bowling at the November 2016 TUG Fundraiser at the Garden Bowl.


Advancement News Alumni Support the Pilots On and Off Campus

The group gathers at Warwick Hills Golf Club for the 1st Annual De La Salle Golf Scramble.

In early 2016, Mike MacDonald, ‘98, a member of the De La Salle Collegiate Endowment Committee, asked President John M. Knight how he could help the school. 12

That conversation led to a golf outing. Along with Mr. Ben Clevenger and Mr. Martin Schmid of Northwestern Mutual, President Knight, Mike, and about a dozen friends and alumni gathered at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, MI, for a day of golf and fellowship. President John M. Knight said, “We enjoyed the festivities, and look forward to growing participation at an outing in September 2017.” Joey Soyad, ‘09, attended the October Alumni Town Hall, and talked with President John M. Knight about his desire to give back to his alma mater. Joe proposed meeting with upperclassmen and giving a presentation on “Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went to College.” Joey will be working with Principal Steve Stewart and the Counselors to schedule time during the school day during the second semester.

Joey Soyad ‘09, John M. Knight, and Mike MacDonald ‘98.

Advancement News New Marketing Committee Formed For several years, one of the committees reporting to the De La Salle Collegiate Board of Trustees was the “Enrollment Committee,” a group focusing on prospective students, with enrollment strategies and implementation being handled “in-house.” However, during the summer of 2016, after conversations with Director of Admissions Bill Burkhardt, ‘03, President John M. Knight and Greg Shea, ‘83, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees, the Board created a new “Marketing Committee,” which replaces the Enrollment Committee. Greg is the Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer for Campbell Marketing & Communications. He recruited additional committee members, with expertise in Marketing in the business world. Greg said, “I would characterize our committee’s very existence as an evolution and recognition of the needs of the school, given today’s climate. Catholic education is not as prevalent as it was as recently as 20 years ago. A number of Catholic elementary schools and high schools across Metro Detroit have closed, while public education has made great strides in many school districts, out of necessity, in the competition for state funding.

“Parents face more tough educational choices, and big factors in those choices are tuition costs, the quality of the educational experience as a whole, and the culture in the learning environment. “In this light, De La Salle needs to continually go through a selfexamination in which we assess and reaffirm who we are and what we bring to families who need us.” The advisory group include • Darrell Goolsby, ‘84, IT Audit Senior Manager with CHAN Healthcare; • Bill Roose, a Communications Specialist with the Novi Community School District; • David Reuter, ‘89, Vice President for Global Communications Operations for Nissan Motor Co.; • Tony Lamerato, ‘02, Director of Sales at WXYZ-TV; • Michael Rosingana, ‘83, Global Business Strategy Manager at Ford Motor Company; • Marsha Hall-Jenkins, a past parent and member of the Board of Trustees, Internal Communications Manager at General Motors; and • Kelsey Hartung, Director of Communications, Detroit Public Lighting Authority. President Knight said, “I give a lot of credit to Greg. These people all have exceptional

backgrounds. Together, they are a ‘sounding board’ to the school Administration, as we seek ways to clarify and expand our brand in the greater metropolitan area.” Marsha Hall-Jenkins said, “The Marketing Committee volunteers not only have extensive marketing and communications experience, they also have a deep understanding of the Lasallian Mission. Many of the committee members are alumni who openly credit DLS with helping to shape them into the men they are today - men of faith, intellect, and morality. “We will offer recommendations to help the school implement marketing and communication programs aimed at enhancing De La Salle Collegiate’s reputation. A strong brand and image lead to enhanced enrollment, fundraising, and key stakeholder engagement - all of which are necessary for the school’s long-term sustainability.” Darrell Goolsby echoes Marsha’s comments, and notes De La Salle has been very successful and been able to sustain a high enrollment and fundraising thus far in Macomb County, basically through “word of mouth.” He adds, “The Marketing Committee will help better brand De La Salle Collegiate in order to truly compete outside of Macomb County.”


Advancement News De La Salle Welcomes New Board Members Three new board members, whose terms began July 1, 2016, bring valuable talents to the De La Salle Collegiate Board of Trustees.

of a Lasallian educational experience to our present generation of students. I am personally thrilled to have a gentleman of his caliber as part of the Board!”

They include Jack Brusewitz, ‘77, Michael Khoury, and Brother Robert Wickman, FSC.

Also a product of Catholic education, Michael Khoury has been President of Detroit Cristo Rey School (at Holy Redeemer Parish in southwest Detroit), since its inception in 2008. Detroit Cristo Rey is sponsored by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters and the Basilian Fathers.

Board President Dr. John Moore, ‘75, said, “If there is a common link in this year’s new Board members, it is their vast experience with educational institutions, a strong commitment to Catholic schools, and a keen understanding of what makes a Lasallian education both unique and valuable.”


Jack Brusewitz, a standout basketball player at De La Salle Collegiate and at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), presently serves as Vice-Chair of the EMU Foundation. He is President and CEO of Great Lakes Capital Markets and is also VP of Sales for Aquasight, a company which utilizes real-time intelligence across the entire life cycle of municipal water systems to provide operational and performance efficiencies.

Jack Brusewitz

The Akron, OH native spent 25 years in the automotive industry, and became interested in the Cristo Rey schools as a result of his daughter’s volunteer work with the Cristo Rey school in Chicago. He says, “I believe in the value of Catholic education, and am happy to be engaged.”

Michael Khoury

Jack states, “It’s a great honor and privilege to join such a distinguished group of men and women who currently serve on the DLS Board. My goal is to work to ensure that DLS remains to be the leading Catholic high school, serving the greater Detroit area, for another 90 plus years.” Dr. Moore notes, “Jack brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the Board. He is well-versed in the world of educational operations. He is a strong booster of Pilot athletics. He deeply appreciates what DLS did for him as a young man and is excited about being part of passing those same foundational characteristics

Brother Robert Wickman

Dr. Moore says, “We appreciate the talent and personal experience that he possesses from directly working in an executive role in Catholic high school education. Perhaps more importantly, his work in inner-city Detroit resonates with our own Lasallian charism to reach out to our community’s underserved and less-advantaged young men. His unique insights will be instrumental in guiding us to better achieving a pillar element of what it means to be Lasallian.” The new Brother Representative is Brother Robert Wickman, FSC. Brother Robert was most recently the Principal at De La Salle Concord in Oakland, CA for nine years. He was also Principal at the Christian Brothers school in Napa, CA, prior to that experience. Currently on sabbatical and living in Brooklyn, NY, Brother Robert will be joining the

Advancement News Provincial staff of the District of Eastern North America (DENA) in January 2017, and working as the DENA Liaison to Boards of Trustees. He already serves on the Boards of several Lasallian schools in DENA. The New York native joined the Christian Brothers in 1968. Dr. Moore commented, “Brother Robert brings a high degree of reflection and wisdom from his experiences and I have been consistently impressed with his viewpoints during the various opportunities that I have had to meet him over the past year. We are grateful that he has accepted a position on our Board as I know his services and time are in great demands.”

Darryl and Ryan Tsatsos Memorial Scholarship Tragically, Paul and Julie Tsatsos lost both their sons Darryl, ‘13, and Ryan, ‘15, within months of each other in 2015. Darryl died in a car accident on July 26, and Ryan was killed in a hit and run accident near Central Michigan University on October 31. As a result of this dual tragedy, Dr. Ray Skowronski, ‘74 and Mrs. Cyndi Popp, two members of the St. Lawrence Faith Community, members of the De La Salle Collegiate Board of Trustees, and friends of the Tsatsos Family collaborated to create an endowed scholarship in their memory. President John M. Knight said, “Through Ray and Cyndi’s great work, and the generosity of many donors, we now have an Endowed Fund to help perpetuate the memories of Darryl and Ryan.”

Brother Robert replaces Brother Jim Martino, who has taken over as the President of the Ocean Tides School in Narragansett, RI. Of all three new board members, Dr. Moore said, “I strongly believe that their contributions at the Board level will be helpful in working with President John Knight and his team to ensure that De La Salle Collegiate works diligently to imbed timeless Lasallian education and formation in a twenty-first century world .” In addition to Brother Jim Martino, also leaving the Board due to expired terms were Dr. Richard Herbert and Stephen Brillati. De La Salle Collegiate expresses its thanks and appreciation to each for their many years of dedicated service to our Lasallian Mission.


Paul and Julie Tsatsos with the plaque honoring the memory of their sons Darryl and Ryan. Joining them at the Mass on November 1 were DLS Alumni Ryan Smith (‘15), Michael Tocco (‘15), Mike Ostrowski (‘15), and Chris Venditti (‘15). At left, the plaque which was presented to the family.

Advancement News Detroit Athletic Club Reception Pilot alumni that are Detroit Athletic Club members, and guests, gathered at the Detroit Athletic Club in September with President John M. Knight. He presented a brief “state of the school,” addressing the present and future of De La Salle. His remarks outlined the new program, “The Brothers’ Table” (see page 7), and discussed the need to continue growing the Endowment Fund, and plans to enhance facilities.

Raymond Schneider ‘63, Robert Thomas ‘63, Michael Schefke ‘63, and Michael Wilk ‘63

Garrett Keais ‘82, James Van Dyke ‘97, Thomas Fabbri, and David DiRita ‘82


Peter Cracchiolo Sr., Andrew Cracchiolo ‘07, Gregory DeMars Sr., Gregory DeMars Jr. ‘00, Mark Cracchiolo ‘10, Dr. Peter Cracchiolo Jr. ‘03, and Matthew Cracchiolo ‘05

Michael Wilk ‘63 and Mark Wisniewski ‘83

Michael Karwoski ‘65, Daniel Kotwicki ‘65, and John M. Knight

David Baumgart ‘76, William Fox ‘50, and Tony Mattar ‘50

John Storm SJ ‘54 and Ben Evola SJ ‘49

Advancement News 2016 President’s Reception Those who have given generously to De La Salle Collegiate during the past year gathered in late October for the annual “President’s Reception.” President John M. Knight said, “We wanted to highlight our gratitude to these families and individuals, kick off our Lasallian Fund Drive, and let donors know about the new Brothers’ Table Fund.” He noted that the event had been held during the holidays, but that moving the event to October as a kickoff to the Lasallian Fund seemed more appropriate.

President John M. Knight and Rich Jungwirth DLS ‘52

Members of the Lasallian Fund Committee L to R; Tony Catullo DLS ‘59, Brian and Shelly Alore, Brother Robert Carnaghi SJ ‘48, Dr. Ray BFSC ‘74 and Mary Ann Skowronski, Larry and Alyce Hallman.

John Bernard ‘70 with DLS Alumni Association President, Dave Baumgart ‘76

Melissa and Greg DeMars ‘00

Leslie, Dominic ‘17, and Jamie ‘83 Sciturro


Academic News DECA Students Drive for More Twenty-two De La Salle Collegiate students who participate in the DECA program (Distributive Education Clubs of America) attended the DECA State Leadership Conference in early November at the Detroit Marriott. Students attended workshops on public speaking, advertising, marketing, and brand management. The DECA group at De La Salle, begun just two years ago, has had great success, with three students qualifying for the 2015 nationals, and five qualifying in 2016. To reach the national level, the students take an online test in December, and then take part in a “role-playing” competition in January against mostly Oakland

County schools. Scores from both the online test and the role-playing competition are used to determine state qualifiers.

are enthused and praise their DECA experience, and the recent conference.

Senior Dominic Sciturro said, “The DECA State Leadership Conference provided a unique experience for students not only to learn the best strategies to Dennis says, “DECA gives our stucompete in DECA, but also to dents an outstanding opportunity to showcase their academic skills in meet with real-world business professionals. Throughout the all business subjects, demonstrate their superior public speaking skills conference, students were able to learn about sports and entertainin role plays during competitions, compete against other area schools, ment marketing, running a school store, building your personal and have fun - all at the same time. It is a tremendous experience brand, and the professional use of social media. This is truly for our students and our students one of the best field trips De continue to be among the best in La Salle Collegiate has to offer the area year after year.” and I encourage all students, no The students who participate matter what their interest is, Coaching the group are teachers Dennis Koch, ‘94, and Stephanie Howay.


DECA students in front of the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit at the November Leadership Conference.

Academic News Advanced Placement Results Congratulations to our De La Salle Collegiate Classes of 2016 and 2017 on their outstanding achievements on the May 2016 Advanced Placement exams. Of those students, 11 have been named AP Scholars with Distinction, 8 have been named AP Scholars with Honor,and 15 have been named AP Scholars. AP Scholars with Distinction: students who received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. • Joseph Caron • Trevor Dame • Casey Hempel • David Jimenez • Michael C. Nicholas

DECA, continued to attend and learn life skills and network with professionals!” Senior Alex Aiuto was equally enthused. “I thought the overall feedback from the group was positive and everyone took advantage of the wonderful opportunity. We met with several different CEO’s during our two days downtown. DECA is something I would recommend for everyone. It is a club that is growing rapidly and it has a strong leadership with Mrs. Howay and Mr. Koch.”

• Austin Piontkowski • Michael Riehs • Colin Roach • Brendan Sulkowski (‘17) • Joseph Taras • Alexander Yeiser AP Scholar with Honor: students who received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. • Brendan DeSantis (‘17) • Matthew Held • Russell Hu (‘17) • Michael Lipinski • Thomas Meram • Justin Pauken • Alexander Schienke (‘17) • Steven Staeb

AP Scholar: students who received an average score of at least 3 on three or more AP exams. • Joshua Cormier • Rene Demers (‘17) • Gabriel Harris • Michael Kostuch • Benjamin Nicol (‘17) • William Overcash (‘17) • Sungmo Park • Macarthur Pellerito • Andrew Piasecki (‘17) • John Ruskus • Nicholas Scott • Evan Sobetski • Alex Studnicka • Nicolas Taylor • Josh Wilk In May 2016, 164 students wrote 299 Advanced Placement Exams in 15 subject areas.

DECA Seeks Alumni Businessmen Alumni with business experience are invited to assist DECA with role playing practice in January. Jerry Zaccardelli, ‘75, has helped out for the last few years. Jerry says, “DECA is providing students with the basic training blocks of proposing and supporting arguments on their product or service. As coaches and judges, we are using reallife situations that challenge the students to think on their feet. The students develop a sense of how they need to be prepared for anything, not just what they have learned, but also incorporating creative thinking

to augment their position while still making their point! “As a judge, I look for not only how the facts are presented, but how the student responds to the challenges of my questions! Well-coached students know there are several ways to respond and often use more than one point to support their position! It is a real-time response that very often imitates a real-life situation!!” Interested alumni should contact Dennis Koch at dkoch@delasallehs. com or Stephanie Howay at showay


Academic News New Program Teaches Retail Skills An exciting new program was introduced to students this semester, the Pilot Hangar Student Assistant Program, designed to teach students the inner workings of a retail store. Seniors Noah Lawrence, Dominic Sciturro, and Michael DeDecker are the first students in this inaugural program.


They are gaining a better understanding of time management, improved money management, merchandising and communication skills, and most importantly, the Seniors Dominic Sciturro, Mike DeDecker, and Noah Lawrence opportunity to make a difference in the bookstore that is our own, The Pilot Hangar. Students work with the store manager, Mrs. Joann VanderPutten, in a one-on-one setting that allows them to learn the daily operations of the store. Business Teacher Dennis Koch says, “This is a great opportunity for these students to get some hands-on experience in a real-world setting, and at the same time have the chance to learn skills, communication, time management, security, and money management. The students may count some t-shirts, but they are there to learn and do much more than that.” To be eligible for the Pilot Hangar Student Assistant Program, students must be a past or current student in at least one Business course, such as Accounting, Banking, IB Business Management, or Advanced Placement Economics. Dennis adds, “Along with the experience students can gain by being in the Banking class and working

Dominic Sciturro describes a Pilot Hangar product to a prospective customer

in the Christian Financial Credit Union (CFCU), now in its sixth year, students definitely have an advantage when they go to college and are seeking parttime work. They have more experience than others, which opens up more opportunities.”

Academic News Steve Stewart Named Principal Assistant Principal Steve Stewart assumed the title of Interim Principal in late June 2016, and with it all of the day-to-day responsibilities of running our school. In early November, President John M. Knight named Steve as Principal.

President Knight says, “I have come to know Mr. Stewart as a man of integrity, compassion, and understanding, and one who embraces the goals of a Lasallian secondary education. Mr. Stewart has the respect and admiration of the Faculty and Staff.

“When I asked Steve to assume the role of Interim Principal, I was hopeful that over the first few months of the school year that it would become clear to me and to my colleagues on the Faculty and Staff that the Interim tag would soon be dropped, and that Steve would simply, and most importantly, serve our school as our Principal,” said Mr. Knight. “Well, that is in fact what has happened. In the midst of a very sensitive and challenging time, Steve has displayed the essential qualities necessary to lead our school in the years to come.”

“I am grateful to him for accepting the opportunities, challenges, joys, and sorrows that accompany the role of Principal.

Although Steve is new to the principal role, he has been an educational leader and administrator at De La Salle since 2004. Steve brings a great deal of experience (academics, instruction, curriculum, teacher evaluations, technology, registrar, and data analysis to name a few) as well as bringing continuity to the Collegiate. He has contributed to many of our initiatives over the years to make De La Salle a better place. Steve is very excited to continue and expand upon our fantastic educational programs. His initial priorities include getting into the classrooms, linking what students should learn to educational standards, and providing meaningful feedback to students and parents. He is looking forward to working collegially with all of our stakeholders students, parents, teachers, staff, alumni, and the greater community - this year. “De La Salle’s course is most definitely heading in the right direction,” says Steve. “It is a privilege and honor to work with such dedicated and passionate professionals who put students first. I am blessed.”

“I have every confidence in Mr. Stewart’s continued ability to serve our school as our chief academic officer, and to partner with me and the office of the President in the years to come.” Steve has degrees from the University of Michigan (B.A. in Political Science and History), Eastern Michigan University (History), and Oakland University (Ed. Specialist in Educational Leadership).

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Welcome home to Brother Ken Kalinowski, ‘84, who is joining the DLS Faculty as a member of the Religion Department. Brother Ken was most recently teaching in Papua New Guinea. He pronounced his Final Vows as a Brother of the Christian Schools (FSC) in July 2016.

Admissions News Alumni Serve as Admissions Ambassadors The task of keeping De La Salle Collegiate’s enrollment full is a year-round project. Our Admissions Office team Admissions Assistant, Kevin Fitzhenry, ‘03, Andrea Mason, Administrative Assistant, and myself as Director of Admissions all work together to keep prospective families informed about all the great opportunities to visit De La Salle, learn about our curriculum, and most importantly, what it means to become a Pilot. The team also includes a much wider team including the Advancement Office, the Academic School with its faculty and staff, the students, parents (both past and present), and our

amazing alumni. All of these people keep the school in front of everyone’s minds because of their #PilotPride. However, our newest team members are the Admissions Ambassadors, a volunteer group that include parents of current students and recent graduates. This group of dedicated volunteers assists at all Admissions events to share their unique Lasallian story and how De La Salle Collegiate has benefited their sons. Many of these Ambassadors have the added perspective of also being an alumnus. Current parents and alumni Jim Bostock, ‘89, and Peter Haun, ‘89, both agreed they wanted to

continue spreading the great work of De La Salle. Even though many of the faces have changed since they were students, the quality of education and the strength of the character development for students has never wavered. If you have not been to an Admissions event and met one of these great people, consider attending an upcoming Coffee Talk (Jan. 6, Feb. 10, April 7, May 5) or the Summer Camp Expo on Sunday, May 21 (see flyer on page 24). Both events are great chances to learn about the great things happening at De La Salle Collegiate while meeting some of the great parents that make our school such a special place.


Bill Burkhardt, ‘03

Apply Now - For a Lifetime of Benefits If you have a young man at home in 8th grade, there is still time to apply. Did you know 80% of the Class of 2016, our most recent graduates, received at least one college scholarship? So often families never apply due to fear of the tuition, but De La Salle Collegiate commits over $1.6 million in Tuition Assistance grants annually. Many of those dollars go to families in your own communities. We know a family of four is very often going to need help to afford to send their sons here, and we are committed to helping all families afford a Lasallian education. However, a family needs to be accepted before we can go through the tuition assistance review process. To apply, families should visit the website at, and click on the Future Pilots tab. From there, they will be prompted each step of the way. Contact our Admissions Office at 586.541.6220 or with any questions.

Admissions News De La Salle Collegiate Shines at Open House The 2016 Open House was another great success! We gathered over 300 names from prospective Pilots this year! That is a record setting number! The families in attendance were able to meet all of the teachers, moderators, coaches and school leaders of the various programs that their sons are interested in. Visit to see a wonderful recap video of the event.


Lasallian News Brothers’ Contact Program Serves Current, Post College Students “Why did you become a Brother?” It’s the most popular question Brother Francis Eells hears. As the Vocation Director for the Christian Brothers in the District of Eastern North America (DENA) he hears questions about what Brothers do in their spare time, what do they get paid, and would he like to date. Over his 25 years as a Christian Brother, Brother Francis has heard these and many more questions, both profound and ridiculous. On some levels the Brothers are as much a mystery today as they were 5, 10, 25 even 50 years ago. For Brother Francis, searching for the next Brothers, answering these questions for young men is key to his job. For the past three years, when Brother Francis has visited De La Salle Collegiate, he has offered seniors the chance to shadow a Brother’s daily routine to provide an inside look at the

Brothers’ lives. Students have joined the Brothers in Communal Prayer before school, spent a day as a teacher’s aide at St. Clare de Montefalco (in Grosse Pointe Park), and then joined the Brothers for evening prayer and dinner in the Brothers’ House on Gloede. In October, seniors Dominic Sciturro, Armaan Sison, and Joshua Vaillancourt took up the offer. Brother Francis will meet with them again in the spring to discuss possibly joining a college program that the Brothers run to help students learn more about the vocation without committing to the Brothers’ life. Today 35 young men, mainly alumni of Lasallian schools, study at 25 colleges across the country while remaining in contact with the Brothers. Most young men have joined the program at the end of senior year, but a growing number are reaching out

Josh Vaillancourt (‘17) and Armaan Sison (‘17)

as college students and shortly after college graduation to give the Brothers a second look. Currently, graduate Dominic Aldini, ‘12, is in the Contact Program. To learn more about the Brothers vocation and the Come and See weekends the Brothers offer, contact Brother Francis at or go to the website.


Alumni Spotlight Tony Catullo, Class of 1959 More than 60 years after beginning his association with De La Salle Collegiate, Tony Catullo, is still involved with his classmates, organizing luncheons and parties. He began attending the Annual Christian Brothers’ Dinner about ten years ago, at the urging of his fellow classmate the late Gerald Langwerowski, and now serves on the Christian Brothers’ Dinner Committee. Many of the gift certificates in the Silent Auction at the Dinner are the direct result of Tony’s solicitation of businesses in the area. “There aren’t many guys like Tony Catullo,” says Director of Advancement, Chris Czarnik. “The pure force of his dedication to friendships formed many years ago is inspiring.”


When Tony worked on his 50th Reunion for the Class of 1959, he contacted Bill Conway, ‘58, for his ship’s bell. At the Class of 1958 50th reunion, Bill had brought the bell to ring once each time for a deceased classmate. Although Tony and Bill were not acquainted in high school, the contact began a friendship which has led to both classes having an annual Christmas party together. Bill says, “Tony is a great guy. He thinks of everybody.”

Bill Conway, ‘58 and Tony Catullo, ‘59

Tony has recently added “guest speaker” to his resume, speaking with Dennis Koch’s Banking and Accounting classes, and meeting with students preparing for DECA competition during the second semester. Dennis said, “Tony talked about a variety of business topics. He has so many years of varied experiences. But what really comes across is Tony’s work ethic and dedication to the type of details that give a person the chance to be successful. And they are all centered around treating people the right way. I think students got a lot from that message.” The classroom is not an unfamiliar place for Tony, who taught several business classes part-time at Macomb Community College from 1972 - 1984. Tony graduated from the Detroit Institute of Technology (DIT) in 1966 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, and a minor in Accounting. He began his career at Detroit Bank and Trust, then moved into retail, training as a buyer for J.L. Hudson’s and later Crowley-

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Tony is also serving on the Lasallian Fund Committee because of what he gained through his De La Salle Collegiate education. “We had great camaraderie, and had great Christian Brothers. I had a strong four years, and enjoyed school immensely. I was on the first DLS Bowling Team to engage in competition with other schools, and we won a trophy! I have no regrets. I have fond memories of the Brothers.” Tony encourages alumni from his era to visit DLS, and tour the school.

Class representatives work together with their respective class to • Keep your fellow classmates updated with important information (illness, death, etc.). • Notify DLS of any important class news or data changes (address, email, phone number). • Assist with organizing class reunions. • Assist with soliciting classmates to attend the Christian Brothers’ Dinner. • Encourage classmates to join the DLS Alumni Association. • Encourage classmates to participate in DLS Alumni Association events and activities. No one person is expected to do all of these things. But collectively, there is power in a small group working to achieve the goal of a more active, vibrant Alumni Association. Please contact Alumni Director John Monigold directly to let him know of your interest at or by phone 586.541.6212.

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“I was here for Open House in 2015, and again in 2016. I marveled at what I saw. If alumni would tour the school, they would understand why it’s important for them to participate. Today’s education is costly, but kids need this for their futures. De La Salle is always updating with new ideas and new concepts. And we don’t have as many Brothers that we had 40, 50, 60 years ago. We want the best lay teachers. We want to make families want to send their sons here.”

The De La Salle Collegiate Alumni Association is asking for your assistance as a Class Representative.


“If each student can gain just one thing from what I’ve presented, it’s worth it,” said Tony.

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All these experiences, along with his teaching background, make him a welcome guest speaker.

De La Salle Collegiate is alive and well, and with the support of our outstanding alumni, we will continue to be an outstanding Catholic High School in the State of Michigan.


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Alumni News Alumni Town Hall Approximately 30 alumni from various generations gathered at De La Salle Collegiate on October 4 for an “Alumni Town Hall Meeting.” President John M. Knight said, “The Alumni Town Hall Meeting was an opportunity to share information with our alumni, but more importantly, to receive information from them.” President Knight said that the alumni provided valuable feedback on what they would be interested in having the Alumni Association do, and of their interest in alumni programs and networking opportunities beyond the Christian Brothers’ Dinner and Alumni Speaker series. “We also talked about some ways to deepen their bond and connection to their alma mater,” said President Knight. “We wanted to make sure the alumni understand they are important to us, and a valuable part of our community, and we want to continue to partner with them.” The next steps include a survey of alumni (see info at right) and working with class representatives (see page 27) to put a plan into action. 28

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Look for Our Survey! One of the outcomes of the recent Alumni Town Hall was a need for the De La Salle Collegiate Advancement and Admissions Departments to better understand alumni attitudes about their DLS experiences, and how alumni presently feel, or don’t feel, connected to the school. Consequently, we have created an Alumni Survey. In early January, you will be receiving an email, through our Constant Contact system, with a link to an online form to complete the survey, and update your contact information. Your continued advocacy of De La Salle Collegiate is essential to our success. Whether it be influencing the admissions decision of a future Pilot or providing needed financial support to continue our excellence, alumni make the future of the school possible. If you do not receive emails from us, sign up today with your email address to receive this survey. Contact Vicki Granger at vgranger@

Alumni News Legacy Families Will Gather at Mass De La Salle Collegiate has been blessed with many “Legacy Families” - families where two or more generations of the same family have attended De La Salle Collegiate or St. Joseph’s. For the past several years, alumni whose sons, grandsons, or nephews are students at De La Salle have been invited to join their relatives at the All-School Liturgy celebrating Catholic Schools Week. The Mass is an opportunity to visibly demonstrate the importance of Catholic education, particularly to these families. Notably, the Blessing of the Class Rings takes place at this time, symbolic of a young man’s commitment to Lasallian values of a DLS education. Beginning with this issue, we’d like to feature some of our “Legacy Families,” beginning with the Karam Family. Grandfather Mike Karam (‘59), son Mike Karam (‘85), and grandson Mike Karam (‘17) are pictured here on the day Mike signed his Letter of Intent to play baseball at Northwood University. Mike ‘59, originally attended De La Salle because “my father made me go. But after two weeks, I was really glad he did.” When Mike’s son Mike, ‘85, was ready for high school, he attended Harper Woods Notre Dame, next to Regina, where his sister was

Mike Karam (‘85), Mike Karam (‘17), and Mike Karam (‘59).

a student. “I was only at Notre Dame for freshmen year, and transferred to De La Salle my sophomore year when the school moved to Warren.” He goes on to say, “I loved my three years at De La Salle. I made lifelong friends, and it was a great experience. I probably wouldn’t have graduated if I hadn’t gone to De La Salle!” He has high praise for his son’s De La Salle experiences. “I’m very excited for him. Academics. Sports. Everything at De La Salle has been great.” From the time he was a small child, both his grandfather and father talked about De La Salle. The third-generation Mike, who graduates in May 2017, says he

has really enjoyed his four years, and it’s been even better than he expected. As for a future fourth-generation Pilot? Mike Karam, ‘17, says, “Absolutely!”

All alumni with sons attending De La Salle Collegiate are invited to attend the Annual Legacy Mass on Thursday, February 2, 2017, in the Bill Fox Gymnasium. Mass is at 9:30 a.m. Please notify John Monigold if you plan to attend so we may plan for seating.


Alumni News Pilots on Campus De La Salle Collegiate President John M. Knight, along with Alumni Director John Monigold, visited DLS Alumni on their college campuses in October and November, meeting on-campus or at nearby locations. Local DLS and St. Joe’s alumni also joined the gatherings.


President John M. Knight said, “Over the past year, it became clear to all of us in the Advancement Department that we had an opportunity to begin reaching out to young alumni. We want to stay connected with them, and to make sure they know they are important to us. We wanted to be able to help them, especially in terms of connections with other alumni. We determined that the best way to reach out was to visit them at their college campuses.”

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The visits were to Grand Valley State University (October 26), Michigan State University (November 2), and the University of Michigan (November 9) . “We were pleased with the turnout, and enjoyed making connections,” said President Knight. “We want to continue to keep connected to our young alumni, and keep them connected to De La Salle, and we want to grow programming to connect alumni.” Visits are planned to meet with alumni at Northwood University and the University of Detroit Mercy after the first of the year.

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Alumni News Dr. Joe Arends, ‘59, recently threw out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park. Longtime Detroit area alumni may remember Joe as the Medical Consultant for WJR Radio, a position he held for 21 years. Zach Giannetti, ‘15.

Zach Giannetti, ‘15, is currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan, studying Business Administration, Psychology, and Entrepreneurship. He attended the November 9 event on Michigan’s campus. “I was able to reconnect with faculty and former students and peers. My conversation with President John Knight was particularly rewarding. During our conversation, I shared my professional interests and goals with him. About a week or so later, I received an email from Mr. Knight, connecting me with Mr. Benjamin Clevenger of Northwestern Mutual. “This connection would not have been possible without the coordination and execution of a successful campus alumni event. I am now being considered for a Financial Representative Internship at Northwestern Mutual - the number one internship program of its kind! “I thank De La Salle Collegiate, Mr. Knight, and the rest of the faculty and staff for giving so much to me and continuing to inspire me to become the best individual I can be.”

Joe is a graduate of the University of Detroit, and Wayne State University’s Dr. Joe Arends ‘59, second from right, getting School of Medicine. He served ready to throw out the first pitch at a Tiger game. as a flight surgeon for two years at the Naval Air Station in Corpus, Christi, TX, and later practiced in Dallas, TX. Joe also coached amateur baseball for 12 years, winning the National Amateur Baseball Federation College World Series. The late Henry Chiodini, ‘73, was honored by the Chippewa Valley Schools for his 18 years of dedication and service on the Chippewa Valley Board of Education in ceremonies on Oct. 21. Henry passed away in 2011, at the age of 56, after a battle with cancer. As Henry ran the scoreboard at home football games at Dakota High School, the Chippewa Valley Schools dedicated the Dakota scoreboard in his memory. Henry was an active member of the Chippewa Valley Schools Community, and while serving on Henry Chiodini, ‘73 the Board, received the Michigan Association of School Boards Master Board Member Award. He was “a true champion for children who was never afraid to stand up and do what was right for students.” Bob Dabrowski, SJ ‘60, received a certificate honoring his 40 years of service as a volunteer for the boat races on the Detroit River. Tony Lamerato, ‘02, has been named Director of Sales at WXYZ-TV. Tony is also serving on the new Marketing Committee (see page 13). Bartosz Maska, ‘09, graduated in May 2016 from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, earning a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. He is now pursuing a Master of Science in Periodontics. Joe Novak, ‘03, and his wife Stacie, welcomed another Future Pilot on November 18 with the birth of their second son, Joseph (Class of 2034). Young Joseph joins older brother Brady, Class of 2032.


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The Class of ‘76 held their reunion at the Buhl Bar in Detroit.


2016 Senior Alumni Christmas Luncheon

Bob Zink, ‘54 and Roland Rinke, ‘43

Frank Palazzolo and Leon Bemben, both from the DLS Class of ‘59

Brother Robert Carnaghi, SJ 48, with the oldest alumnus in attendance; Ted Mushenski, SJ ‘42

Athletic News Fall Sports Highlights Golf The Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association named De La Salle Collegiate as the top 2016 All-Academic Team in Division 1. The combined GPA of the varsity was. 3.808, nearly .3 higher than the second place team. Congratulations to Coach Doug McKay and the golfers!

Cross Country Coach Doug McKay and varsity golfers as they won their third straight Macomb County title: Nico Ciavaglia (‘16), Joe Taras (‘16), Jonathan Brillati (‘16), Anthony Comito (‘18), and Anton Mays (‘17).

The De La Salle Collegiate Cross-Country team nearly doubled in size from 2015 to 47 boys, with 42 boys actively competing throughout the season. Coach Sandy Buchanan notes the team’s strength has been in the leadership of the team captains, the bond the boys have developed, and the support of parents. The team routinely drives over 300 miles per week to practices and meets at local parks. The team fared better this season in CHSL competition, improving from 0-4 to 2-2, beating U. of D. Jesuit by one point, and Orchard Lake St. Mary by 13 points. The varsity consistently placed in the top five at various tournaments, and finished 8th at the Regional Meet. Of the 42 in that meet, 31 ran a personal best time, showing they peaked at the right time after five months of training and competition. Despite not placing any runners into the state finals, two carloads of Pilots went and ran the course at the Michigan International Speedway in Jackson, and watched the Division 1 race to know what to expect next year.

Above, the 2016 Cross Country team in action, and showing off their medals from the Autumn Classic Meet.

In the off-season, many train with the Blazer Track Club, participating in the Michigan Indoor Track Series (


Athletic News Fall Sports Highlights Football

The Varsity football team finished 4-5, not “what we had hoped for, but we did build a good foundation,” said Coach Mike Giannone. The team carried 74 players on the varsity squad. Mike noted that DLS played 6 of the nine teams that advanced to the playoffs, and four of those opponents were in the state semi-finals. He said, “Our young men got better each and every week, and even though the results may not have been been in our favor, we gained a ton of experience that will lead us into the future.” Senior Allen Stritzinger broke ‘86 Alumnus Allen Jefferson’s career touchdown record with 34, and had a total of 224 career points. Junior Jacob Badalamenti set a school and state record with a 99.5 yard kickoff return against Divine Child.

CHSL Honors were given to these students at the Prep Bowl at Ford Field. John Fisher All-Catholic, Nate Maniaci Academic All-Catholic, Cordell Tannyhill All-Catholic, Stephen Killop All-Catholic, Evan Holland All-Division. Not pictured: Jake Badalamenti All-Division, Jake Madigan All-Division.

Junior Cordell Tannyhill set the single game record with 33 carries against Divine Child. The JV and Freshmen teams each finished 6-2. 34

The team begins off-season training in the new year, and Coach Giannone has encouraged students to play other sports. Many have joined the DLS Wrestling Team.

Soccer The DLS Varsity Soccer Team was second in the CHSL, and finished 14-6-2 overall. Coach Reed Friedrichs led the team to the District Championship, with a 4-2 win over Lakeview. Named All-State were Seniors Nick Buonbrisco, Evan Mitchell, and Chad Schmerheim. The JV Team record was 6-7-4, and the Freshmen were 2-12.

Go Pilots!

Senior Evan Graham joyfully celebrates the Soccer District Championship.

Athletic News Fall Sports Highlights Tennis After losing many seniors from the 2015 team, Coach Jake Jones had 50 students in the program. The number of open varsity spots made for great competition, and busy practices. The young team had great success against stiff competition, earning All-County All Star recognition. Coach Jake Jones notes the team’s work ethic. “The team is made up of respectful kids who are always willing to work and are willing to learn. These qualities are evident in their classroom performance as well. The team’s combined 3.75 GPA earned them MHSAA All-State Academic Honors. This is a great bunch of guys that has a bright future!”

Swimming Congratulations to Joseph “Jack” Kucharczyk, ‘16, who earned the status of Scholastic All-American from the USA Swimming Association. A standout swimmer for the Pilots, Jack is swimming at Indiana University. In a recent email, Jack wrote, My team (Indiana) had 11 Olympians in Rio representing 4 countries, and came back with 6 medals - 3 of them gold. I certainly feel privileged to be a part of such a prestigious program and blessed to be swimming with some of the world’s best swimmers every day, and they have all been so welcoming!! It is a lot of hard work, both in and out of the pool. I can honestly say my four years at De La Salle certainly prepared me for the challenges of a tough curriculum and the organization needed to excel in a demanding D-1 top 8 swim program at the level of IU. I certainly miss everyone, and am exceptionally grateful for DLS, and so proud to have my school listed on the roster at IU!!! GO Pilots!! GO Hoosiers!!!

Singelyn Named Coach of The Year Congratulations to De La Salle Collegiate Alumnus and Varsity Swim Coach Jim Singelyn, ‘90, who was named “Coach of the Year” in Swimming by the Michigan High School Coaches Association (MHSCA). DLS finished second at the MHSAA Division 2 State Swimming and Diving Finals in 2016, and had its first state first place winners for individual and relay events. Since taking over the DLS program, DLS has qualified swimmers for the State Finals every year since 2010. Jim said, “It’s nice to be recognized by your peers. Actually, this symbolizes the hard work of the kids and their parents.” Presenting Jim with his award was fellow Pilot Dave Zulkiewski, ‘95, who coaches swimming at Bloomfield Hills High School, and is on the Board of the MHSCA.


In Memoriam 1940s Catherine Rose Biondo, SJ ‘42. October 18, 2016. John L. Ciszewski, SJ ’46. September 30, 2016. Marvin Darga, SJ ‘49. July 21, 2016. Leonard Faustyn, ‘44. May 14, 2016. George Neumann, SJ ‘48. August 26, 2015. George Saylor, ‘47. August 13, 2016. Martin “Marty” Smith, ‘49. September 18, 2016. Martin was the longtime municipal judge in Eastpointe, MI.

1950s Dr. Norman Arends, ‘51. September 8, 2016. Brother of Joe Arends (‘59). Robert “Bob” Babboni, ‘59. October 12, 2016. Donald Dembek, ‘54. November 28, 2016. Michael Fallon, SJ ‘53. June 20, 2016. Arnold Jarboe, SJ ‘50. October 17, 2016. Dale Pascoe, SJ ‘53. November 17, 2016. 36

James Kaza, ‘65. September 26, 2016. Terrence “Terry” McGavin, ‘62. September 27, 2016. Brother of Bernie McGavin (‘52) and Mike McGavin (‘68). Uncle of Jeffrey McGavin (‘92), Jason McGavin (‘95), Scott Haskins (‘95), and Colin Roach (‘16). Thomas Wirtz, ‘63. February 18, 2015.


Donald Plotzke, SJ ‘51. September 5, 2016.

Michael Marshall, ‘70. October 2, 2016. Cousin of Tom Marshall (‘79).

Bill Roccos, SJ ‘55. October 27, 2016.

James Miniuk, ‘72. November 9, 2014.

Joseph C. Scully, ‘58. October 15, 2016. Paul Shubnell, SJ ‘54. November 18, 2016. Brother of Ron Shubnell (SJ ‘56). Cousin of John Shubnell (‘68), Dennis Shubnell (‘69), Brother Michael Shubnell (‘72), Ron Shubnell (‘75), Kevin Shubnell (‘00), Brian Shubnell (‘03), and Jason Shubnell (‘07).

1960s Charles Baker, ‘65. September 16, 2016. Henry (Rick) Di Laura, ‘60. October 16, 2016. Grandfather of Derek Stephanoff (‘11). Ed Greenup, ‘66. October 31, 2016.

2010s Matthew Przytulski, ‘10. October 9, 2016. Brother of Alex Przytulski (‘14).

Extended Family Diane Barker, October 18, 2016. Mother of DLS Campus Minister Brian Barker. Theresa Beyer, December 1, 2016. Grandmother of Eric Beyer (‘11). Jacqueline “Jackie” Cusenza, August 22, 2016. Sister of Russ Agosta (‘64). Robert Fell, July 16, 2016. Father of Alec Fell (‘01).

In Memoriam David Malinowski, October 13, 2016. Father of Allan Malinowski (‘88), Michael Malinowski (‘90), and Jeffrey Malinowski (‘94). Dave was a big supporter of De La Salle and although his youngest son graduated many years ago, Dave could still be found at many of the sporting events assisting wherever needed. Dave was a true Pilot and will be missed by many in the De La Salle family.

Francis “Frank” Gietzen, June 26, 2016. Father of Daniel Gietzen (‘89). Norma Hayosh, October 28, 2016. Wife of Robert Hayosh (‘55). Robert “Mick” Hellrung passed away on June 12, 2016. He was the father of Jacob (‘88) and Joseph (‘90). Christopher L. Ireland, September 3, 2016. Brother of CBA member, Emily Ireland Sboukis. Brother-inlaw of George Sboukis (’89) and Dean Sboukis (’91). Uncle of Louis Sboukis (’18).

Angelina Neumann, November 4, 2016. Mother of Mark Neumann, DLS Dads’ Club member and DLS WAMS Staff member for many years. Grandmother of Scott Neumann (‘94). Jan Piec, February 23, 2016. Father of Dan Piec (‘81) and Alex Piec ‘86). Michael Reece, November 16, 2016. Father of Josh Reece (‘12). Elizabeth Simek, February 23, 2016. Mother of James Simek (‘62), John Simek (‘64), Mark Simek (‘71), and Richard Simek (‘77).

Clements “Clem” Krause, May 26, 2016. Father of Phil Krause (‘74).

Jeffrey Stefani, September 14, 2016. Son of Mike Stefani (‘62).

Shirley Martin, September 1, 2016. Wife of Dick Martin (‘53). Mother or Richard Martin (‘89).

Lillian Zuccaro, October 8, 2016. Grandmother of Joseph Zuccaro (‘08), Anthony Zuccaro (‘11), Mark Zuccaro (‘14), Nick Zuccaro (‘11) and Dino Zuccaro (‘10).

Robert Myers, October 27, 2016. Father of Scott Myers (‘93).

This list represents notifications received through December 9, 2016. If you know of an alumnus or family member who has passed, please contact John Monigold in the DLS Alumni Office at 586.541.6212.


Events For further information on any Alumni Events or to inform the Alumni Office of a particular upcoming Alumni Event please contact John Monigold in the De La Salle Alumni Office at 586-541-6212 or

Monthly Luncheons & Meetings • DLS Class of 1941 meets on the third Thursday of the month, Noon, at Wave’s Restaurant, 24223 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores. • DLS Class of 1947 meets on the first Thursday of the month, Noon, at Charlie’s Restaurant, 22315 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores. • DLS Class of 1958 meets on the third Tuesday of the month, 11:30 am, at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E. Maple Road, Troy (Northwest corner of Maple & Dequindre Road). • DLS Class of 1963 meets on the third Thursday of the month, 9:00 am, at the Country Inn, 35756 Van Dyke Ave. (Between 15 & 16 Mile Roads – directly across from the Chrysler Sterling Stamping Plant) Sterling Heights. • DLS Alumni Bowling meets on the second Thursday of the month, 6:00-8:00 pm, at Metro Detroit Bowling & Resource Center, 7023 E. 14 Mile Road, Sterling Heights (Between Van Dyke & Mound). Upcoming dates are; January 12, February 9, and March 9, 2017. All alumni are welcome to stop by!

Events and Reunions • Alumni Basketball Tournament, at De La Salle, March 4, 2017. Contact Joe Novak,’03, at 38

• 36th Annual Christian Brothers’ Dinner on Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6 p.m., at Penna’s of Sterling, 38400 Van Dyke (East side of Van Dyke & between 16 and 17 Mile Roads). • De La Salle Collegiate 2017 Graduation Ceremony (Honoring DLS Classes 1947, 1957 and 1967, and St. Joe’s Classes of 1947 and 1957) on Monday, May 15, 2017, 6 p.m., at Cornerstone Baptist, 17017 E. Twelve Mile Rd., Roseville (between Groesbeck & Gratiot). • DLS Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Golf Outing on Monday, June 19, 2017, at Gowanie Golf Club, 24770 South River Rd., Mt. Clemens. Registration at 10 a.m., Shotgun Start at 11 a.m. Dinner and presentation to follow.

School Events • Alumni Legacy Mass on February 2, 2017 in the De La Salle Gym. • Annual School Raffle will start February 6. The drawing will be held on February 21 at 2:45. • WAMS presents Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” March 9 -11. • CBA Fashion Show at on March 22 at Penna’s of Sterling.

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Save the Dates for these 2017 De La Salle Collegiate Events! Alumni Legacy Mass on February 2, 2017 in the De La Salle Gym. All Alumni fathers are welcome to attend with their sons. See more information on page 29. Annual School Raffle will start February 6. The drawing will be held on February 21 at 2:45. Tickets will be available at in mid-January. Alumni Basketball Tournament, at De La Salle, March 4, 2017. Contact Joe Novak,’03, at WAMS presents Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” March 9 -11. CBA Fashion Show at on March 22 at Penna’s of Sterling. 36th Annual Christian Brothers’ Dinner on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Penna’s of Sterling, 38400 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights.

The Collegiate, Winter 2016-17  

On the Cover: Tony Catullo '59, visits with Pilots about business and career choices. Mr. Catullo is active on the Christian Brothers' Dinne...

The Collegiate, Winter 2016-17  

On the Cover: Tony Catullo '59, visits with Pilots about business and career choices. Mr. Catullo is active on the Christian Brothers' Dinne...