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PRESIDENT’S LETTER DR. JERRY DEEGAN Dear Friends, As we come to the close of another year I want to congratulate the members of the Class of 2016. This has been a wonderful class and we will miss having them here. Their accolades include living the gospels by giving an incredible number of hours of service to the community, living up to their calling as seniors by leading multiple retreats for underclassmen, and modeling what it means to be engaged through participation in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and clubs. Their work in the classroom has helped prepare them for the next step on their journey. They have provided great leadership this year and are just all around great kids! In this issue we review the outstanding work accomplished through our visioning process and overall plan which we started back in 2003. We have so many people to thank for the strong support that made the plan successful in many areas and helped move us toward our vision of preparing Leaders for Life, Centered on Christ. The work transformed the school’s identity, programming, technology, curriculum, communication, support, facilities and overall environment. I hope you enjoy the summary you will find in this issue and know that your support was vital and greatly appreciated. I mentioned previously that as we ended the We Believe campaign, we would be seeking feedback from our constituents to determine what we are doing well and what we need to work on as we move forward with an overall plan. It has been a wonderful experience engaging faculty, students, parents, pastors, boards and alumni. From our conversations, we have distilled our key strengths and recommendations. Based on the feedback, we have identified new goals to help chart the course for our work going forward. Our next step is to dig deeper into the feedback and work together to determine the objectives and tasks to achieve these goals. I look forward to continued work with our constituents as we move ahead. Finally, I hope you enjoy reading about some recent accomplishments, including the Innovations in Catholic Education (ICE) Award and Mr. Ryan Lensing’s STEM Award to name a few. I also want to give a heartfelt thank you to Dan Malloy, Susan Smith, Karl Rohwer and Mary Nissly who retire this year. Collectively they gave almost 100 years of service to Dowling Catholic! Also thank you to Bob and Sharon Hanson who recently retired from a long career of coaching girls basketball at Dowling. Each of these individuals gave of themselves over many years and made a significant difference to our students and the school. Sincerely,

Jerry M .Deegan, Ed. D President

Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house. PROVERBS 24:27



CONTENTS Focus magazine is published for Dowling Catholic parents,


alumni and donors.

ON THE COVER Dowling Catholic seniors don their caps and gowns in preparation for the upcoming graduation ceremony.


6 WHAT’S NEXT? As Dowling Catholic celebrates the success of the

Dowling Catholic High School 1400 Buffalo Rd. West Des Moines, IA 50265 515.225.3000

We Believe capital campaign, the focus shifts to determining plans for the future.










Learn about our endowment and a recap of the Annual Auction.



| WELL DONE Success in the classroom and on the field.


| STEM SPOTLIGHT DCHS teacher receives award.


Featuring outstanding and successful alumni.

Check out the latest school happenings.



Find out about upcoming Dowling Catholic events.

Submit class notes, including your full name and class year, to

CLASS NOTES/ IN MEMORIAM Be in the know about alumni and friends of DCHS.



THE PULSE Dowling Catholic honors long time coaches.






ACCESS TO EXCELLENCE Besides an excellent education, one of the

also help establish long-term financial stabili-

hallmarks of the Dowling Catholic experience

ty for the school.

is the opportunity to be a part of a diverse


community. In fact, the current student body

Another source of financial aid is the Adopt-

is comprised of families from 42 zip codes.

a-Student fund, which donors can contribute

This hallmark exists in part because generous

directly to throughout the year. Adopt-a-

alumni, parents and friends donate to make

Student donations are encouraged at any

Dowling Catholic would like to thank all

tuition affordable to all, no matter the family’s

level and distributed to families in need on a

of this year’s donors to the Every Student,

socioeconomic status. As a result, over 40

semester basis.

Every Day Annual Appeal! Recently, the fund reached a record $980,000 and is

percent of Dowling Catholic families benefit from financial aid.

Donors also provide financial aid by support-

nearing the milestone of $1,000,000!

ing the Catholic Tuition Organization (CTO), One forward-thinking way to support financial

a recent Godsend in meeting the increasing

Please celebrate our generous commu-

aid is to donate to Dowling Catholic’s endow-

demand for financial aid. The Diocese of

nity and consider a donation by Dowling

ment fund. An endowment donation is the

Des Moines worked with the State of Iowa to

Catholic’s fiscal year end, June 30. All

“gift that keeps on giving” because it is in-

establish CTO, which provides a 65 percent

proceeds support the school’s operating

vested and distributed annually in perpetuity.

tax credit to donors. CTO works directly with

budget and help prepare Leaders for Life,

Each year, the school draws a modest 4.25

all the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Des

Centered on Christ.

percent of the fund as financial aid to those

Moines and Dowling Catholic families receive

families who have a demonstrated need.

close to $1 million in annual aid.

Endowment gifts To apply for financial aid, please visit: To learn more about donating to the endowment or Adopt-a-Student fund, please visit: To learn more about the CTO, please visit:

WAYS TO GIVE ONLINE PHONE 515.225.3000 MAIL Advancement Office Dowling Catholic High School 1400 Buffalo Rd West Des Moines, IA 50265



BACK IN A BIG WAY In early April, nearly 350 members of the

Co-chairs); Aimee Jackman ’89 and Nicolette

Dowling Catholic community gathered to

Keough (Silent Auction Chairs); Dawn Young

celebrate the treasured traditions of Dowling

(Database); Cathy Pallardy (Mobile Bidding);

and St. Joseph Academy at the 32nd Annual

and Carrie Thede (Decorations). The event

Auction. After being held off campus for the

also would not have been possible without

last several years, the event took place back

DCHS staff members Julie DePhillips ’96,

at the school with a vintage Dowling theme.

and Colleen Webb, along with many other volunteers, faculty and staff members too

The evening began with the celebration of

numerous to name.

Mass in the Coppola Family St. Joseph Chapel, followed by the auction festivities. The

Proceeds from the annual auction will fulfill a

gym was transformed with lights and vintage

variety of needs throughout the school. A few

Dowling décor for a great evening of food,

specific items that will be funded this year

fellowship and philanthropy.

through the Parents’ Guild include the purchase of new Chromebooks, e-books for the

Coach Mark Crouch served as emcee for the

Media Center, crosses for Kairos participants,

evening, which included a performance by

and various items and expenses associated

the Dowling Catholic Dimensions Show Choir,

with faith formation and the chapel. Several

and remarks from Dr. Jerry Deegan. Guests

departments will also directly benefit from

also heard from Dowling Catholic students

this year’s auction proceeds, including the

who expressed their gratitude for the support

Art, World Language, English, P.E., Campus

and talked about their activities and experi-

Ministry and Social Studies departments.

ences at DCHS.

Additionally, proceeds will also benefit faculty retirement and staff development funds.

The group working behind the scenes to make this event possible was the Dowling

The Parents’ Guild is currently looking to fill a

Catholic Parents’ Guild. The Guild is a group

number of volunteer positions for the 2016-

of volunteers who provide hospitality and

17 school year: Pancake Breakfast co-chairs;

financial support to the school fulfilling needs

Auction co-chairs; Freshman, Sophomore,

that are not able to be met through the gen-

Junior and Senior Parent Class Representa-

eral budget. Proceeds from their fundraising

tives; Hospitality co-chairs; Style Show chair;

efforts go directly back to the teachers and

and Post-Prom chair. For more information or

into the classrooms to enhance the education

to volunteer, please contact Julie DePhillips

of DCHS students.

at To learn more

The success of this year’s auction is due in


large part to the following volunteers who


PHOTO CRE DIT: Fritz No rdeng ren

about the Guild and upcoming events, please

dedicated their time and talent, taking on important roles crucial to the success of the auction: Heather and Ted Nahas ’90 (Auction F O CU S




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In the beginning‌The Visioning Process 2002-2003 Where there is no vision, the people perish Proverbs. 29:18 Back in 2001, there were several reasons it was important that Dowling determine a vision for the future. The school was finishing a state accreditation and needed to set new goals; a capital campaign was coming to an end and there was a question of what was next; and the school had a lay president for the first time in its history. The future held some mystery and the community needed assurance as to the direction of the school. In May of 2002, the planning officially began for a visioning process that ultimately led to a strategic plan and the We Believe campaign. A twenty four member Visioning Committee was formed that included a diverse cross section of the school and community. The committee worked for seven months and engaged Bishop Charon, pastors, faculty, students and parents as well as a wide variety of groups in the Dowling community. More than 450 people were involved in the discussions and meeting notes were made public. During Catholic Schools Week in January of 2003, the Dowling community was invited to a presentation of the findings in the form of a visioning white paper. The presentation laid the ground work of a new vision for the school - to be the best at preparing Leaders for Life, Centered on Christ. In April of 2003, an implementation committee was formed and by May of 2003 a plan was created that outlined the work going forward to achieve our vision. In August of 2003, the first and possibly most important outcome of the visioning process was announced. Catholic was added to the name to become known as Dowling Catholic High School going forward. A Mission Committee was formed to clearly define and focus the work on the mission so the vision of preparing Christ-centered Leaders could be achieved. A Blue Ribbon School 2003 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent in Christ. Philippians 1:9-10 ESV Dowling Catholic was recognized by the United States Department of Education as one of the top schools in the nation. F O CU S




We Believe Campaign Launched by Krause Family Lead Gift 2005-2006 Then the people rejoiced because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD. 1 Chronicles 29:9 In February of 2005, a feasibility study was launched to determine the facility needs and create a master plan that would help fulfill the vision of developing Leaders for Life, Centered on Christ. The results announced in January of 2006 included a $28,000,000 master plan. A campaign feasibility study determined the community would support a campaign to address the master plan. A model classroom was created that showed what new classrooms would be like after the campaign. Dowling Catholic extends its deepest gratitude and appreciation to Bill and Nan Krause and their family who contributed the lead gift of $3,000,000 to the We Believe campaign. The Krause Family gift was the largest gift in the school’s history and propelled the campaign forward, inspiring broad and generous community support. “Our family is proud to have contributed to the We Believe capital campaign, and couldn’t be more pleased with the tremendous progress Dowling has made since we first pledged our support,” said Kyle J. Krause, President & CEO of Kum & Go and donor of the campaign’s lead gift . “Dowling provided my children a rich education centered around our deep Catholic faith. The We Believe campaign ensures that, for years to come, many other students will receive those same opportunities in a modern space befitting Dowling’s world-class teaching staff and curriculum.”




Breaking Ground 2008 Christ is the Rock of Ages. He is the foundation and the cornerstone. Upon which, we the people of God will build our school. He is the foundation of all knowledge, creativities and love. Help us, O Lord, bind us together to learn and grow in this place. Anonymous In March of 2008, ground was broken on Phase I of the campaign. This $17,000,000 phase remodeled all classrooms in both wings, the core area consisting of the media center and student services. It included new construction of an eight classroom science wing, a 6000 square foot shell for a future band room, three new classrooms, and a 3000 square feet weight room. Krause Family Media Center My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God. Colossians 2:2 The core area and the Krause Family Media Center were completed in the summer of 2008. The Krause Family Media Center features a computer lab for use before, during and after school. The center offers an inspiring space for research, quiet reading, study or group work. The framed stained glass window of Mary from the St. Joseph Academy Chapel and the memorial courtyard and Mary statue frame the space. The large windows provide a front row seat to God’s creation through the change of seasons in the courtyard. West Wing Remodel Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance. Proverbs 1:5 Remodel of the west wing took place during the spring of January 2009. The entire interior of the wing was demoed and new classrooms were built with brick walls, skylights in the halls, windows to interior rooms for better light, and smart boards and six computers in every room. A hallway across the end of the wing allowed for better flow and restrooms were added in the wing.





Kemin Science Wing, Weight Room and New Classrooms His universe cannot be read until we have learned the language. Galileo Over Christmas vacation in 2008, through the generosity of RW and Mary Nelson, the new Kemin Science wing was opened. The Kemin Science wing includes state of the art classrooms with lab space that contains up-to-date equipment and technology. This upgrade has driven an increase in enrollment in science classes and support for new courses in environmental science, plant and animal science, and biotechnology. The band room and the weight room shells were completed as well, and math and several theology classes moved into these spaces as temporary classrooms. East Wing Remodel Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life. Proverbs 4:13 Over the summer of 2009, classes moved into the newly remodeled west wing and the east wing was vacated to make way for a remodel during the fall semester of 2009. The east wing went through the same transformation as the west wing, with the addition of two science classrooms as well. The kitchen area in the cafeteria was also remodeled during the summer of 2009.




Fred Turner ‘51 Performing Arts Wing A Psalm of David. I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will make music. Psalm 101:1 Over Christmas of 2009, temporary classrooms were removed

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from the band shell. The band shell was finished out in the spring of 2009 and in 2011, the remaining spaces near the band shell were remodeled to house the choir and performing arts classes. Large and small spaces provide flexibility in room configuration as well as offices large enough to be used as practice spaces or for lessons. New Entrance and Parking Lot In the summer of 2010, a new driveway with access to 17th street was created and a new parking lot was added. Going from two access points to three resolved an age old problem of dangerous traffic jams on Buffalo Road. The drive created an attractive new entrance and exit and resolved many traffic issues. Fine Arts Wing But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8 In May of 2011, the old band and choral rooms were demoed and new fine arts classrooms were built. Due in large part to the Legacy Grant from Prairie Meadows, the Fine Arts wing includes four large classrooms with skylights and open, high ceilings to provide a bright studio environment. An updated kiln room supports the pottery classroom. A new photography classroom provides a dark room and updated technology. A new kiln and natural gas connections and tools support a new metals classroom, and there is a new painting and drawing classroom with adjustable lighting.





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Coppola Family St. Joseph Chapel And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18 In the summer of 2014, construction began on the crown jewel of the We Believe campaign, the Coppola Family St. Joseph Chapel. This chapel was named in honor of the all girls school, St. Joseph Academy, which was operated by the BVM sisters until it merged with Dowling when the new school was built on Buffalo Road in 1972. This 350 seat chapel is in the shape of a boat, resembling the ark, and stands as a sign that Christ resides on our campus, lives in our hearts, and guides our work. We are grateful to the Coppola Family and Bishop Pates, and all the donors who made this dream become a reality. The chapel was blessed and dedicated on May 9, 2015, by Most Reverend Bishop Richard Pates. Offices and Field Turf The body of Christ is made up of many different members, who perform various functions, yet we are one body and we need each other. 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 The final projects during the summer of 2015 were the remodel of the administration offices and installation of artificial turf on the stadium field. These projects completed the remodel of the entire building and provided much needed upgrades in the office areas and the field. The new office spaces are more efficient, more welcoming, and have better flow and access. The new artificial turf allows uninterrupted game and practice schedules for band, soccer, football and physical education classes.

To view the capital campaign highlights which have directly impacted the transformation of our school visit:





WHAT’S NEXT As reflected in the progress and results from


the visioning process and the We Believe capital campaign, Dowling Catholic High School has benefitted from having a clear

Dowling Catholic benefitted from the

Access to technology has been

visioning process, and the vision and

enhanced across the school.

vision and plan. The work extended the his-

mission of the school continues to be

tory of excellence and traditions of Dowling

clear and a focus of everyone’s work.

Annual financial support from parents, alumni and the community has grown

Catholic and St. Joseph Academy. Dowling

and provided essential support.

Catholic has grown stronger in fostering each

Dowling Catholic promotes high

student’s unique relationship with God and

expectations and academic excellence

how that relationship is lived out with others.

through multiple levels of offerings,

The school has adapted and innovated

Most importantly, the school has grown

innovative programs, strong elementary

with new curriculum and programs (i.e.

school preparation of students, and


stronger in proclaiming the Gospel in an educational model rooted in the traditions of the Catholic Church.

support for learning and professional development of faculty and staff.

The addition of an Interventionist and development of the program has

There is consistent communication with

significantly increased the educational

parents, alumni and community through

support system for struggling learners

a variety of print and digital channels

and professional development support

and events (i.e. Grandparents Mass,

for faculty and staff.

Open House). Financial assistance for parents from A strong sense of welcoming exists

the Catholic Tuition Organization

in the school and community and is

(CTO) and endowments has grown,

enhanced by a caring faculty who work

increasing availability of financial

with students beyond the classroom

assistance for families.

in tutoring, volunteer service, clubs, activities and athletics.

DISCUSSION The definitions of excellence, competitiveness and resources are constantly changing and were at the forefront of discussions regarding the ongoing success of Dowling

Parents are supportive and engaged in their child’s education.

A culture of service exists where students and staff care about the well-

Students are supported and engaged

being of each other and those in the

in their school work.

community, region and world. Students enjoy a wide variety of

Catholic High School. It is with this in mind

The diversity of the school population

that a dialogue about the big picture and fu-

has increased and has enriched the

ture of Dowling Catholic began more than a

cultural opportunities and learning of all.

extracurricular clubs and activities. In addition to faculty, there is a strong support system (counselors, chaplain,

year ago with students, faculty, staff, parents, boards and constituents. Information was

Faith is clearly integrated into the

interventionists, coaches, moderators

gathered in regards to what is done well at

classroom, school and community

and community outreach) to assist

the school and areas needing improvement.


students and parents.

The last plan was reviewed to see what objectives were not met or needed additional work and those were included in the discussions. The input was combined, studied and distilled into the following: 14


The community support of the We Believe campaign provided a complete update of the facilities and state of the art classrooms.





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KEY RECOMMENDATIONS There is a continued need to address

In an effort to provide access for

outreach, engagement and recognition

technology access, speed, IT

all families who desire a Catholic

across all age levels.

support and best practices regarding

education, Dowling Catholic must find a

technology use in the teaching/

way to sustain and grow current levels of

Build upon the parent involvement the

learning process.

financial assistance.

Parents’ Guild has created over the years and enhance the communication

Explore ways to further personalize

Continue building upon the

of the value of parent involvement and

each student’s education, allowing

improvements in campus security.


Innovative academic programs

Expand academic and career

students to find their strengths and what excites their passion for learning.

must be explored and added that

opportunities with DMACC and other

Enhance the level of communication

offer 21st Century skills to prepare


with the faculty and staff, parents,

students for continuous learning, on

constituents and new and freshman

the job experiences and employment

Increase the analysis, use and

parents in particular to ensure all feel


understanding of student assessment and other data to validate and drive the

welcomed and informed. Further enhance relationships with Further promote internal consistency in

Address the challenges and further

expectations, actions and commitment. Further address outside perceptions

Investigate ways to enhance use of

leverage the opportunities of social

seminar and other available times.

media including educating students regarding their ever developing online

and image of the school. Enhance commitment of attracting and Address ways to enhance inclusion

developing the highest quality faculty

of all students regardless of ability,

and staff committed to our mission. Develop community, business, parent

Ensure faculty collaboration and

and alumni partnerships for student

innovation within and across

internships to support career exploration

departments in the teaching/learning

and education.

process. Find additional ways to clearly Work to increase the diversity and

communicate the strengths, core values

diversity education of faculty and staff.

and benefits of a DCHS education to prospective parents and the community at large.

athletic facilities and provide a facilities plan to address needs and increasing

Enhance the communication and


marketing of the importance of the Catholic Tuition Organization (CTO)

Ensure cultural issues are addressed in

and the assistance it provides Dowling

light of faith as a continuing support

Catholic families.

for the development of students on their faith journey.



presence. Further the Interventionist program to provide academic remediation and

background or faith.

Audit the current classroom space and

work with students in the classroom.

Catholic elementary schools/parishes.

Create more opportunities for alumni







ing and help them become their best version of self. We must build ways to connect,

The 10 year target is that Dowling Catholic

inform and personalize the faith journey and

High School will be THE 21st Century School

educational experience of each student.

of choice where EVERY student will build a foundation to become the best version of self by committing to a faith journey, excelling academically and serving others. Based on the feedback received over the last year, the framework below provides overarching goals for enhancing Dowling Catholic’s vision of preparing Leaders for Life, Centered on Christ. In order to achieve this vision and make progress toward the 10-year target, Dowling Catholic’s work in the next three years must remain focused on its mission and work to provide access for all who want a faith-filled education. Dowling Catholic is challenged to be innovative in academic programming and to be renewed in the commitment to personalizing the faith journey and educational experience of each student. These goals will address that work.

Enhance access and support for students and families across all socioeconomic levels, academic abilities or ethnic backgrounds. R AT I ON A LE Dowling Catholic will remain committed to creating a culture of acceptance and support among all students, faculty and constituents, regardless of race, socioeconomic back-

Enhance support for innovation and development of relevant educational programs for the 21st Century.

ground or abilities. Financial assistance from individuals and entities ensures a Dowling


Catholic education is available to all students,

Our programs must be grounded but relevant

no matter their family’s financial background.

to the 21st Century. The tradition of a Cath-

Continuous education, learning and support

olic education is to guide students on their

of diversity are key elements to provide all

faith journey while maintaining high expecta-

students the necessary support and encour-

tions and accountability. Upon this bedrock

agement to succeed.

we must develop programs that are relevant in today’s world and for today’s student. The world our students are preparing for is constantly changing and evolving. The influence of technology, changing career skills, and development of new ideas demand that we continue to grow and change as professionals and as a school.

Ensure our Catholic identity and mission drive all our endeavors RAT ION A L E

Develop pillars for a personalized faith journey and educational experience

Since its founding, Christ has been at the center of a Dowling Catholic education -


forming students in faith, truth and wisdom.

When looking at the well-being of students in

With that in mind, we have a profound

college and beyond, research confirms that

respect for the relationship each person has

having a caring adult is more crucial than GPA

with God and how s/he lives that relationship

or test scores. We must work to ensure that

out with others. Dowling Catholic must con-

every Dowling Catholic student has an adult

tinue to shape and share a clear message of

at school who cares for them.

its mission and vision through all it does and

We must help students uncover their gifts

all avenues of communication.

and God-given strengths to excite their learn-



2020 VISION There have been wonderful improvements Ensure Dowling Catholic’s organizational health through stewardship of its human, financial and capital resources RAT ION A L E

Human Resources It is imperative that we maintain and attract the highest quality faculty and staff who are committed to our core values. We must have competitive compensation, strong support for professional development, and provide a process to measure and support continuous growth and innovation. Financial Resources Our supportive and talented boards help maintain our proud record of a balanced budget and oversee endowment returns that consistently exceed market benchmarks. Capital improvements and financial aid require funding beyond tuition. Thus, we are grateful to our generous donors who continually an-

over the past few years, but to remain a vibrant Catholic school we must focus on the new goals we have set. Education continues to change and requires constant innovation and support of the teaching/ learning process. With these goals in mind, administration and board leadership will draft a new strategic plan that builds upon our past success and secures the future of Dowling Catholic High School. I look forward personally and professionally to the challenges we have outlined and the excitement that the work we do together

swer the call to be a source of support.

will bring to the Dowling Catholic High

Capital Resources

School community.

Donors of the We Believe capital campaign gave rise to a modern educational facility that advances our vision of preparing Leaders for


Life, Centered on Christ. We need to take care of and build upon this investment to advance our academic and extracurricular programs.






DCHS RETIREMENTS Mary Nissly will be retir-

Karl Rohwer is retiring

Dowling Catholic in 1987

ing after 29 years as an

after 37 years as a choral

as a counselor and has

English teacher at DCHS

music director, the last

looked forward to com-

and 43 years total spent

24 at DCHS. Choirs

ing to work every day.

in education. According

under Mr. Rohwer’s

After 38 years as a coach

to Ms. Nissly, throughout

direction have present-

Dan Malloy came to

and counselor, Mr. Malloy is retiring. He has modeled a life of service and created

her career she has learned the most from

ed concerts in D.C., California and NYC, and

life, which she calls “a really great teacher if

worldwide in Austria, Germany and Italy.

you pay attention!” His students have been selected to the All-

many opportunities for students. He has led service trips, started Habitat for Humanity

She has greatly enjoyed teaching at DCHS

State Music Festival over 250 times, earned

and Operation Smile at DCHS, developed

and engaging in ongoing conversations with

hundreds of “Division I” ratings at contests,

strong relationships with Bishop Drumm and

students, especially about books. Upon

and earned numerous awards.

Childserve, and served as a moderator for

retirement she is most looking forward to

the Best Buddies program at DCHS.

no longer grading papers, getting enough

He has always stressed the DCHS mission,

sleep, no more scary winter commutes, and

teaching students that their vocal ability is a

In retirement, Dan will continue to cheer on

having plenty of time to read. She can’t wait

gift from God, and they should do their best

the Maroons and his beloved Cyclones, trav-

to plant a garden, de-clutter and get orga-

to give back in gratitude and humility. Mr.

el, get a dog, substitute teach, and possibly

nized, and most importantly, be a full-time

Rohwer was inducted into the DCHS Per-

purchase a motor home!

grandma to her three grandsons.

forming Arts Hall of Fame on April 23, 2016.

DCHS RECEIVES INNOVATION AWARD Presented by Today’s Catholic Teacher, the

during the awards banquet. New this year,

ICE Awards honor Catholic schools that have

the grand prize was awarded to four of the

implemented exemplary and innovative pro-

12 ICE Award recipients. Dr. Jerry Deegan,

grams to improve the teaching and learning

President of Dowling Catholic, was in at-

of their students, faculty and staff.

tendance to accept the award and a $1,000 check to DCHS.

Winning schools were featured in the March issue of Today’s Catholic Teacher and rec-

Holy Family School of Des Moines was also

ognized at the ICE Awards Banquet in San

an ICE Award recipient with recognition in

Diego, CA, on March 30, 2016. The banquet

the area of Community Involvement. To see

took place during the National Catholic

profiles from all 12 award winning schools,

Dowling Catholic has been selected as a

Education Association (NCEA) annual con-

please visit:

2016 Innovations in Catholic Education



(ICE) Award winner. One of 12 recipients nationwide, DCHS was recognized in the area

Dowling Catholic received an additional

of Innovative Projects in Catholic Identity.

honor in being named a grand prize winner



Susan Smith is retiring after 43 years at Dowling Catholic High School. Ms. Smith began her career in 1973 teaching Physical Education. She spent 15 years in this position during which she also served as department head and coached girls golf, girls gymnastics and sophomore girls basketball. In 1988 Smith transitioned to Assistant Director of Media Services and AV Coordinator. Smith also served as DCHS webmaster during her tenure. “I depart Dowling Catholic thankful, grateful and proud,” said Smith. “I will truly miss the students, faculty, staff and administrators. I will always treasure my years with such an extraordinary educational institution.”

FACULTY FAITH & SERVICE The first annual Faculty Service Day took

Des Moines. The day began with prayer and

place on April 15, 2016, as faculty members

ended with the celebration of Mass.

worked together in groups to complete

For Theology teacher Sharon Abler, who

various service projects throughout the

served at St. Mary’s Family Center, the day

community. This idea had been in the works

was the perfect way to conclude the faith

for several years and came to fruition as the

journey sessions.

final piece of Faculty Faith Formation for the school year.

“The faith journey sessions led us to reflect on our calling, our journey and how to make

The groups worked at Ruby Van Meter,

our relationship with God stronger,” said

Moulton Elementary, the Refugee Resettle-

Abler. “This day helped to reinforce that

ment Program, St. Vincent De Paul, St. Mary’s

relationship and imitate Jesus’ example of

Family Center, Free Store, Joppa, Restore

love and service. Excellent way to end the

Urbandale & Euclid and Rebuilding Greater


SAY HELLO TO BYE BYE BIRDIE The Performing Arts Department brought

passion everyone involved has for music,

people,” said

Bye Bye Birdie to the stage April 21-23 for

dance, theatre and stage management,”

Farley. “This

the spring musical production. The out-

said cast member Stevie LeWarne. “Every-

musical is one I

standing ensemble cast and crew produced

one gave all they had for each performance

will never forget.”

four shows, including a special performance

and nothing is more inspiring.”

for parochial middle school students. Director Tim Sheaff echoed the accolades. The award winning musical is a satirical take

“This was a spectacular ensemble cast,” said

on the story of Elvis Presley and his draft no-

Sheaff. “The nostalgic story includes hun-

tice into the army. The story follows rocker

dreds of fun little moments for the cast.”

he becomes entangled in a high school love

For senior Hannah Farley, who portrayed

triangle while on the quest for one last big

Rose Alvarez, the love interest of Birdie’s

hit before deployment.

agent, the memories will last a lifetime. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to perform

“What I loved about this production is the

with such an incredibly talented group of F O CU S




PHOTO CRE DIT: Frit z No rd eng ren

Conrad Birdie, played by Will Fagerland, as


ALL-STATE ART Congratulations to Dowling Catholic art students Amanda Erps, Daniel Nielsen, Kara Grossman, Jocelyn Tong and Faraz Mohd who have been selected for the All-State Art Team. Mohd’s portfolio was chosen as number one in the state, and Dowling Catholic took the top spot overall. The students were honored at an awards ceremony at the Des Moines Arts Center on Saturday, April 30th, 2016.

CURBSIDE COUTURE The old adage that one man’s trash is an-

This was the second year that the stu-

other man’s treasure rang true for Dowling

dents modeled “curbside couture” during

Catholic’s student artists and their contribu-

the community event which benefits the

tions to the DCHS Parents’ Guild Evening

annual DCHS Auction. Hannah Toresdahl,

of Style. The event took place at the Sacred

Sydney Lyddon, Mackenzie Hoey, Jenny

Heart Parish Center on February 25, 2016,

Bowman, Drew Westercamp, Keegan

and included a runway show during which

McCarthy and Rachel Pierick were the

the sculpture students strutted down the

talented student artists and models.

runway wearing up-cycled garments cre-

The following four institutions offer scholarships to Iowa All-State Art winners: The Creative Center in Omaha, NE; the Kansas City Art Institute; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. “Our students submitted incredible work to the All-State competition!” said art teacher Joyce Stasi. “They truly are number one! We are so very proud of all of the 16 juniors and

ated from salvaged items destined for the

seniors who went through this process.”


BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY dren in need. Students, teachers and chap-

by how many kids need support and how just

erones traveled to Goiania, Brazil, bringing

basic help with a big smile and hug makes

much needed supplies and working with

them happy. The kids that attend Terra Livre

children at the Terra Livre Educational Center,

are well supported and loved and I felt lucky

a social service organization which provides

to be part of making their day brighter.”

free day care and after school workshops for

For a group of students from Dowling Catholic’s Terra Livre Club, spring break was used for service rather than rest and relaxation as they traveled across the globe to help chil22 22


children. The group spent their days with the

This was the ninth trip to Brazil for the club,

children at the educational center, and their

with the first taking place in 2005. The group

evenings immersed in the culture as they

continues to do service work together year

stayed with local host families.

round upon returning home. For information on Dowling Catholic’s service groups and

“The trip to Terra Livre was extremely reward-

activities, please visit: www.dowlingcatholic.

ing,” said junior Ben Nelson. “I’m grateful for


the amazing service experience. I was struck

SPORTS A state championship and district titles were a few of the recent sports highlights. Senior Michael Zachary went undefeated and became a two-time state wrestling champion. Jake Watters (4th) and Kaden Sauer (7th) joined him on the podium. The boys basketball team was ranked in the top 10 and made it back to the state tournament, falling to eventual champion

The boys swim team won districts and

second year, Ryan Schewizer was the Robert

Valley in the first round. The girls basketball

finished 10th at state. The girls bowling

Kramme Awards winner and swept the 800

team had another great season, falling one

team earned the most wins in school history

and 1,600 at the Drake Relays. Congrats to all

game short of the state tournament. The

and the boys bowling team placed third at

on outstanding seasons!

team was led by Elite All-State selection and

districts. The dance team placed second

future Drake Bulldog, Becca Hittner.

in Lyrical and fifth in Jazz at state. For the

TO SERVE AND PROTECT the story of five Marines and a Navy Corps-

ments to the Academy in February after

man and their lives before, during and after

receiving phone calls from Congressman

the battle of Iwo Jima. Reading this novel in

David Young.

fifth grade instilled in Patton a desire to serve and protect his country and to work towards

These two outstanding seniors plan to enjoy

becoming an officer in the Marine Corps.

their final weeks at DCHS, graduation celebrations and the early weeks of summer with

This desire to serve led both Otte and Patton

friends and family. Both will continue daily

“Freedom is never more than one generation

to seek out and receive appointments to

workouts to be physically prepared for the

away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to

the Naval Academy. The application process

Academy before reporting on June 30th to

our children in the bloodstream. It must be

is long and arduous and began for both as

Annapolis, MD, for Induction Day and immer-

fought for, protected and handed on for them

freshmen as they sought out leadership posi-

sion into life in the Navy. They will each com-

to do the same.” This quote from Ronald

tions, became heavily involved in extracurric-

mit to a minimum of five years. Otte hopes to

Reagan is what first led senior Ross Otte to

ular activities, and worked hard in academi-

study Qualitative Economics and eventually

his future aspirations. Otte’s goal is to serve

cally challenging classes.

serve in the area of Special Warfare. Patton is looking forward to being an on ground com-

his country to protect the freedom and opportunities he has been afforded, and to per-

The formal application process began during

mand intelligence officer in the Marine Corps.

sonally assure that these same opportunities

their junior years and included seeking a

Congratulations and best of luck to these fine

are available to those that come after him.

nomination from a congressman, interviews

young men.

with community members, acquiring teachSenior Cole Patton was inspired by the

er recommendations, and writing personal

historic novel Flags of our Fathers, which tells

essays. Both learned they received appointF O CU S





OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD Mr. Ryan Lensing, science teacher at

celebrate the award. Dr. Michael Bechtel, a

Lensing. “I plan to use the money to help

Dowling Catholic, has been honored

professor at Wartburg College with whom

fund Snake Club and also to purchase some

with an I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award. A

Lensing collaborates for his Snake Club,

large items for class research projects.”

collaboration between the Iowa Governor’s

watched the presentation via FaceTime, and

STEM Advisory Council and

Mr. Matt Meendering,

Kemin Industries, this award

Principal at Dowling

is dedicated to honoring

Catholic, was also involved

those outstanding educators

in the award presentation

that work to inspire students

for Lensing and noted

to have an interest in STEM

the exceptional nature of

subjects by providing

Lensing’s techniques in the

excellent curriculum,

classroom. “Mr. Lensing

encouraging lifelong

walks with his students

learning, and inspiring a

on a journey that goes

passion for STEM beyond

far beyond the classroom

the classroom and into the

walls,” said Meendering.


“He challenges their thoughts by continually

The recipients are educators

asking questions that

who represent I.O.W.A.,

require them to dig deeper

defined as: Innovative, using

for answers. Students in

unique ways to educate

his classes are engaged in

students to develop a

the learning process and

curiosity in STEM fields;

learn to become problem

Outstanding, having a true


passion for education and providing an exceptional

Kemin Industries, a global

learning experience; Worldly, helping

the Book family from Crooked Gap Farms

molecular science company founded and

students see that STEM is all around

was also present to show their support.

headquartered in Des Moines in 1961,

and is more than the sum of its parts;

Located in Knoxville, IA, Crooked Gap Farms

has a vested interest in STEM education,

and Academic, engaging students in the

hosted an externship for Lensing in 2015.

particularly in the state of Iowa. Dr. Chris

classroom to prepare them for higher education and high-demand careers.

Nelson, President and CEO of Kemin This externship is just one of a variety of

Industries, is co-chair of the Iowa Governor’s

STEM opportunities Lensing has participated

STEM Advisory Council along with Lt.

Lensing was presented with a check by

in to benefit his students. He completed

Governor Kim Reynolds. The advisory

R.W. Nelson ‘44, Chairman of Kemin

his first externship in 2009 with the Iowa

council is an initiative created by Governor

Industries, and Libby Nelson ‘73, Vice

Department of Natural Resources, and

Terry Branstad and supported by a

President and General Counsel, on March

continually seeks such opportunities to learn

bipartisan Iowa legislature. It has established

29, 2016, and honored in April during a

and be challenged.

the priority of increasing interest, awareness

dinner at the Governor’s residence. The

and achievement in STEM education to

check presentation took place at DCHS with

“I’m very honored to receive this award,

prepare students to fill the high-demand,

Lensing’s students as well as his wife, mother

but really it’s a testament to having great

STEM jobs in Iowa’s current and future

and two of his three children on hand to

students and supportive administration,” said




CALENDAR > MAY 26 Baccalaureate Mass St. Francis of Assisi 7075 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines

> SEPT 8

Deegan, student and faculty speakers, and

President’s Council Dinner Des Moines Golf & Country Club 1600 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines

to celebrate Mass with their grandchildren.

The class of 2016 will have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacred Mass together one

This annual recognition dinner is a special

last time and to be sent forth from Dowling

event honoring those individuals who

Catholic to love and serve the Lord. Bishop

support Dowling Catholic High School with

Pates and Fr. Kautzky will preside over the

gifts of cash or stock totaling $2,000 or more

celebration with the graduates and their

annually (fiscal year July 1- June 30).

parents. Mass will begin at 7:30 p.m.

> OCT 30 Pancake Breakfast Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds 3000 East Grand Ave., Des Moines

> MAY 27 Graduation Ceremony Drake Knapp Center 2525 Forest Avenue, Des Moines

Please join us for the 55th annual Pancake

Dowling Catholic’s commencement

Breakfast. This fun Dowling Catholic

ceremony for the class of 2016 will take

tradition brings the community together

place at 7:30 p.m. at the Knapp Center on the Drake Campus.

and raises money to support students and

> SEPT 16 Homecoming & Hall of Fame Induction Valley Stadium 4440 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines The DCHS community is invited to celebrate Dowling Catholic’s Homecoming. Join us

> AUG 1

in cheering on the Maroons at the varsity

Dowling Catholic Golf Outing Echo Valley Country Club 3150 Echo Valley Drive, Norwalk

football game where the Homecoming

Please join us for this annual Dowling Catholic tradition when more than 200 golfers come together to enjoy a day of golf to raise money for the Coppola Financial Aid Endowment. This fund was initiated in the early 1970’s and continues to provide tuition assistance to DCHS students. Please contact Holly Ackermann at 515.222.1048 to register or become a sponsor.

teachers in fulfilling classroom needs.

> DEC 1 President’s Christmas Luncheon Des Moines Golf & Country Club 1600 Jordan Creek Parkway West Des Moines Dowling Catholic friends and alumni are invited to join Dr. Jerry and Pat Deegan as

Court and Hall of Fame inductees will be

they host the annual President’s Christmas


Luncheon to kick off the Christmas season.

> OCT 6 Grandparents’ Day Mass Dowling Catholic High School 1400 Buffalo Road, West Des Moines

> For the most up-to-date calendar Dowling Catholic’s annual Grandparents’

information visit

Day is a special celebration during which grandparents are the guests of honor. They will have the opportunity to hear from Dr.







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Guru was born out of an eclectic mix of Cajun, French, Korean, Mexican, Spanish and Thai cuisine styles. With a name like Chocolate Bacon Bacon

pared using unique in-house grilling tech-

second place finish in the Minnesota State

Chili, it’s only appropriate that a dish of this

niques. Guru was born out of an eclectic mix

Championship. Word began to spread and

nature made its debut at Baconfest, the an-

of Cajun, French, Korean, Mexican, Spanish

catering requests started coming in. Realizing

nual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival held in Des

and Thai cuisine styles. With this unique style

that their BBQ was becoming highly sought

Moines. Flash forward to November of 2015

at the forefront, the co-founders wanted the

after, they decided to start a business and

and this is just one of the amazing dishes you

brand to represent something smart, creative,

Guru BBQ was born.

will find on the menu at Guru BBQ, along

innovative and mind-bending, which in turn

with an array of deliciously unique entrees.

drives the flavor.

They credit many of their relationships which began at Dowling Catholic with helping them

Dowling Catholic alums Patrick Cashman ’01

“Guru BBQ draws upon these four pillars to

get their start. Ryan and Patrick met at DCHS,

and brothers Ryan ’01 and Marc LePera ’05

create a unique flavor profile,” said Marc.

and fellow classmates who are also in the

are the trio behind Guru BBQ. Located in

“This is done by twisting eclectic flavors from

restaurant business have helped them with

downtown Des Moines in the site that was

all types of cuisine into traditional American

Guru in various ways. They decided to give

formerly the Des Moines Brewing Co., Guru


back to the Dowling community and in the

BBQ is quickly gaining popularity. Since the

spring offered a catering deal to DCHS stu-

grand opening in November, the restaurant

The Dowling alums have always had a love

has received positive reviews and won multi-

for cooking. Cashman, who currently serves

dents who would be celebrating graduations.

ple awards, including best savory dish at Ba-

as a chef at Guru, graduated from the Iowa

As for the future, they are currently focused

confest and Best Dish at Savor Des Moines.

Culinary Institute. Marc and Ryan, who both

on growing the restaurant and catering

graduated from Iowa State, began exper-

business, but don’t look for them to stop

The flavors that can be found at Guru are in-

imenting with BBQ when Ryan received a

there. Someday soon, fans of their BBQ

tended to appeal not just to those who favor

smoker as a gift. The group officially got their

sauce should have to look no further than the

traditional BBQ, but also to those looking for

start in the business when they entered the

aisles of their local grocery stores to find their

a unique culinary experience. Their recipes

BBQ competition circuit in 2009. They quickly

favorite Guru BBQ sauce.

use international ingredients and are pre-

began bringing home awards, including a



DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI Dowling Catholic proudly honors deserving alumni of St. Joseph Academy and Dowling Catholic High School as Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Young Alumni. Recipients are recognized annually at the Spring Scholastic Achievement Assembly held in April. The 2016 recipients are:




Member Of The Sisters Of Charity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM)

Orthopedic Surgeon, Orthopedic And Fracture Specialists, Portland, Oregon

President & CEO, Denny Elwell Company

Sister Carolyn is a committed educator

Dr. Duwelius is a practicing orthopedic

Since graduating from Dowling High

who began her teaching career at St. Paul

surgeon in Portland, OR. He enjoys taking

School in 1994, Chris earned his Bachelor

the Apostle in Davenport, IA. She spent 13

care of patients, performing surgery and

of Arts degree in International Business

years teaching before becoming principal

teaching residents and fellows. He is in-

& Finance from Grand View University

of St. Patrick School in Dubuque. This led

volved in research activities associated with

and completed his Masters at Iowa State

to a long career in administration, includ-

total joint replacement surgery. Dr. Duwel-

University. Chris then began his career with

ing serving as the first coordinator of the

ius is Chairman of the Orthopedic Research

Wells Fargo & Co. During his tenure, Chris

Women’s Office of the Sisters of Charity,

Institute at Providence St. Vincent Medical

held positions as a Commercial Lender, Un-

BVM; regional representative for the BVM

Center and is on the Executive Board of St.

derwriter, Internal Corporate Auditor and

congregation; Director of Continuing

Vincent’s Hospital. He and his wife Sarah

managed a Mergers & Acquisitions team.

Education at Clarke University; Interim

have three children: Maureen, Connor and

Chris joined Denny Elwell Company in

President at Mundelein College; Associate

Maggie, and a granddaughter, Zoe.

2003. He was appointed President in 2007




and promoted to CEO in 2010.

Vice President at Loyola University; and Director at the Gannon Center for Women

Eight years ago, Dr. Duwelius founded

and Leadership.

Operation Walk Freedom to Move, an in-

In addition to his executive duties, Chris

ternational non-profit consisting of a team

enjoys participating in community, civic

Sister Carolyn also served on the Dubuque

of doctors and volunteers who travel to

and professional activities. He is a licensed

City Council from 1978 to 1981, and was

developing countries to provide orthope-

Real Estate Broker; a Commissioner for the

Mayor in 1980. She served on numer-

dic surgery to patients & provide training

City of Ankeny’s Civil Service Commission;

ous boards and committees in the BVM

to local medical personnel. The non-profit

and Director on the boards of Bankers

community while also fulfilling ministry

is affiliated with the Institute for Latin

Trust Company, Iowa Economic Develop-

commitments. She completed her last year

American Concern (ILAC), an organization

ment Authority, Denny Elwell Company

of active work in 2015 as the Director of

Dr. Duwelius became involved with as a

and serves as Trustee for Grand View Uni-

the Roberta Kuhn Center, Mount Carmel,

medical student at Creighton University.

versity. Chris was named into the Business

in Dubuque. She currently serves on Clarke

Record’s 40 Under 40 at the age of 29 and

University’s Board of Trustees.

was recognized as the 2011 Grand View University Young Alumni of the Year.






More than 100 Dowling Catholic alumni participated in Coach O’Connor’s fourth Annual

Larry Reelitz ‘65 has been selected as the

Todd Baldwin ‘02, the owner of Red Leg

2016 GAMA International Management Hall

Brewery in Colorado Springs, CO, was named

of Fame recipient, which is the highest honor

to the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s list

given by the financial services industry. He

of 2015 Rising Stars. Baldwin, who opened

has worked in the life insurance industry

the Brewery in 2013, was a fundraiser and

since 1971 and has been with Principal for

grant writer for a military boarding school, a

35 years. Larry is a Dowling Catholic Distin-

football coach, and an artillery officer de-

guished Alumni and a past Foundation Board

ployed to Iraq for 15 months before entering


the craft brewing business. Approximately one-third of the brewery’s patrons are current

Alumni Basketball Tournament on Saturday,

or former soldiers. The brewery donates a

March 25, 2016. The following team from the

portion of the sales from their seasonal brews

class of 2007 took home the championship

to benefit the Family Readiness Group (FRG),

title: Ben Irlbeck, Kyle Savage, Yohana Al-

which provides assistance to spouses and

phonse, Pat Mitchell, Taylor Bennett, Ben

children of deployed soldiers.

Roemmich and Jon Bosworth.

Kevin Judge ’05 was inducted into the DCHS Performing Arts Hall of Fame during a ceremony which took place following the closing performance of Bye Bye Birdie, the spring musical which was presented by the DCHS Performing Arts Department April 2123, 2016. Judge was involved with perform-

R.W. Nelson ‘44 and his wife Mary were hon-

ing arts as a student at DCHS and currently

ored at the 11th Annual Bravo Awards Gala

teaches bassoon and serves as an academic

in Des Moines on February 6, 2016, for their

adviser for Musical Hall at Iowa State Univer-

contribution to the Arts. Founders of Kemin

sity. He is also principal bassoon of the Des

Industries, the Nelsons have been influen-

Moines Symphony and regularly performs

tial business, community and philanthropic

with orchestras across the state.

leaders in the central Iowa region and valued members of the Dowling Catholic community.

Robert Z. Grant ‘87 recently presented to the Acting I class at DCHS. He visited with

Michael Morrissey ‘15 is part of the UND

students to discuss college for theatre artists,

Trumpet Ensemble which has earned its way

Chris Wodniak ‘13 has been selected as

professional life and work as a theatre artist,

to play at the live semi-final round of the

drum major of the Univeristy of Southern

and his personal journey from DCHS to today.

National Trumpet Competition in March. The

California’s Trojan Marching Band. Wodniak,

He also led the students in various improvisa-

National Trumpet Competition has 60,000

who was the DCHS Vanguard drum major in

tion exercises and activities. Grant is currently

students involved and less than 1% of the

2012, is pursuing a degree in Fine Arts with a

on tour with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical and

applicants are chosen to play in this upcom-

focus on film and television. He can be seen

was in Des Moines to perform at the Temple

ing semi-final. Michael was also the recipient

marching up the 50 yard line during USC’s

Theater for Performing Arts. Grant is also the

of the D.J. Robertson Award from UND for

televised football games this fall.

founding member and Co-Artistic Director of

academic excellence. 28


the theater company The Collective.

IN MEMORIAM Dowling Catholic extends its sympathy to


families of the following alumni who passed away. During the summer of 2016 several classes will return to the Dowling Catholic campus to celebrate reunions. The classes of 1961, 1976, 1991 and 1996 will each hold a class mass in the Coppola Family St. Joseph Chapel during their reunion weekends. Dowling Catholic is proud to offer such a special space for alumni to come together.  We invite all classes planning reunions to consider planning a reunion mass in the Coppola Family St. Joseph Chapel. The Alumni Office will facilitate your time on campus. Please contact Holly Ackermann at 515.222.1048 or for details.

PHOTO CR EDIT: Des M oine s Bu s in e ss Re cord


Congratulations to the following four

ed based upon their impressive career

DCHS alumni who have been selected

achievements and extensive commu-

by the Business Record as Forty Under

nity involvement. The honorees were

40 honorees: Ryan Osborn ’01 (Director

profiled in the March 18 edition of the

of Advancement at DCHS); Kolby Jones

Business Record and recognized at an

’99; Peter Cownie ‘99 (DCHS Foundation

event on March 30.

Board member); and Mike Richards ’94 (DCHS Foundation Board member).

To see a complete list and read more about the 2016 honorees, please visit:

These forty business leaders were select-

Catherine (Renda) Alessio ‘35 Rosemary (Birmingham) Abbott ‘40 Robert Beckman ‘42 Richard “Barry” Doyle ‘43 Charlie Galvin ‘44 Anne (Irwin) Thornton ‘44 William Barclay ‘45 Joanne (Needham) Doyle ‘46 James Baker ‘47 Martha (Wren) Clare ‘48 J. Philip Grask ‘50 John “Jack” Hitchcock ‘50 John “Chuck” McMichael ‘51 Joann (Iosbaker) Wygle ‘51 John Guzman ‘52 Corinne (Rossiter) Brightman ‘53 Joann (Duver) Garland ‘53 Becky (Hamsen) Kurth ‘53 Gary Lalor ‘54 Kathleen Crowe ‘55 Michael Klapp ‘55 Marcia (Barloon) Pittman ‘55 Marilyn “Ci Ci” Spina ‘55 William Freel ‘56 Sr. Joanne Mauro ‘57 Sam Sciarrotta ‘57 Donald Davis ‘58 Richard Grafton ‘59 Donna (Lynch) Loughry ‘60 Kathy (Salvato) Baumgarden ‘61 Suzanne (Diers) Blouin ‘63 Ernest Brown ‘63 Bernard Mahoney ‘64 John “Jack” Mihalovich ‘64 Robert Hobbins ‘66 Richard “Dick” O’Connor ‘66 Carolyn (Markin) Simpson ‘66 Rebecca (Leavell) Maher ‘67 Nick Fazio ‘68 Michael Carpenter ‘69 Anthony Sciorrotta ‘70 Jeffrey Flynn ‘71 Deborah (Ganley) King ‘73 Diane (Lonija) O’Malley ‘86 Julie Raymond ‘96 Jessica Thilges ‘03 Barrett Boesen ‘04 Hollister Farrell ‘05 F O CU S




P HO T O CREDI T: Earl Hu l s t

BOB AND SHARON HANSON It’s the end of an era at Dowling Catholic as Bob and Sharon Hanson retire from coaching. Among a long list of accomplishments, the husband-wife duo has won six state basketball titles, five of which were at Dowling, and

ing at Maxwell. Bob left Maxwell to become

Moines East and Waukee before returning

head basketball coach at North Polk, where

to Dowling. Their return led to the sixth and

Sharon joined him as assistant coach in 1972.

final state title of their careers in 2014.

They also coached softball and track together

“Bob and Sharon’s contribution to girls bas-

during their time at North Polk.

ketball at Dowling Catholic and the state of Iowa is legendary,” said Tom Wilson, Athletic

earned 775 wins over 46 seasons.

Since leaving North Polk, the Hansons have

Director at DCHS. “We greatly appreciate all

always shared head coaching duties, first at

of their time and efforts in making an impact

With careers spanning more than four de-

Des Moines East, where they won a six-on-six

on our student-athletes. They will certainly be

girls state title before coming to Dowling in

missed but not forgotten.”

cades, they’ve seen many changes, including the transition from six-on-six to five-on-five basketball. They’ve also coached in many places, as their love of athletics has taken them together to different schools and a different state. They’ve been husband and wife almost as long as they’ve been coaches, marrying in 1969, just one year after Bob began coach-



1982. They led the Dowling girls to their first ever state tournament and brought home the title in 1992, followed by three more in 1996, 1998 and 2000. They left Dowling to pursue other opportu-

Their legacy leaves them tied for the most state titles in Iowa, and with a record that ranks fifth best in state history.

nities at Creighton, Bob as the men’s golf coach and Sharon as an athletic administrator. They eventually returned to the Des Moines

As important as wins and state titles, their

area and to girls basketball, coaching at Des

leadership has helped dozens of players

go on to play at the collegiate level. Becca Hittner, a senior forward who has committed to play at Drake, credits the coaches with helping to make her the player she is today.


“The Hansons pushed me day in and day out to become the best player I could be,” said P H OT O C R E D I T: F ri tz No rd e n g re n

Hittner. “It was an awesome experience to play for them and learning from their many years of experience helped expand my own knowledge of the game.” Senior Marin Daniel agrees, noting the improvement that resulted from their coaching style. “They always were there to make sure we got better and worked hard in practice every day,” said Daniel. “They pushed me to do my best and to push others to do their best.

COACH MARK CROUCH Coach Mark Crouch recently celebrated his 40th year of coaching. His love of the sport began in 7th grade swimming under Coach

I’m thankful to Bob and Sharon.”

Dave Linder who prepared him well for his fu-

The Hansons look back on their time at Dow-

Hoover High School, Crouch attended the

ling Catholic with gratitude for everyone who has been a part of their journey and memories they will never forget. “We feel truly blessed to have been able to teach and coach at Dowling Catholic High School for over 27 years,” said Sharon Hanson. “Even more meaningful for us, our two daughters are both proud graduates of Dowling. Over the years, we were fortunate to be surrounded by hundreds of great people - students, players, parents and co-workers. We will forever hold many wonderful memories of all the good times and good people. We are thankful to everyone for

ture college swimming career. After attending University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa. He realized his true passion for swimming and coaching while at UNI under legendary Coach Glen Henry. Coach Crouch feels fortunate to have had such fine mentors in his early development and continues to use much of what he learned in his current coaching philosophies. To date he has coached four state championship teams, numerous individual place winners, and many collegiate

“Mark has done an amazing job with our students,” said Dr. Deegan. “He has the ability

Kristin Meyer has been hired as the new head

member and motivates them to do their best,

She will also serve as Technology Strategist, helping teachers implement technology into their classrooms. Meyer comes from Nevada High School where she taught business and coached basketball, volleyball and track.

Focus is a publication of Dowling Catholic High School. PRESIDENT: Dr. Jerry Deegan EXECUTIVE EDITOR: Ryan Osborn ‘01 EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Tara Nelson ART DIRECTOR: Holly Baumgartel CONTRIBUTING WRITER: Kasey Tickel


allowing us to be a part of it all!”

girls basketball coach at Dowling Catholic.

Dowling Catholic High School is committed to serving the Greater Des Moines Catholic community and embracing learners of all faiths. Dowling will inspire a Christ-centered love of learning and a respect for fellow human beings through the application of moral principles, a commitment to service, and excellence in academics, athletics, the arts, and extra-curricular activities.

COPY EDITOR: Holly Ackermann

to motivate and connect with every team no matter where their place is on the team.” He and his wife Jacque, who have been married for 39 years, have three children and three grandchildren. Outside of swimming he loves to spend time with his family, travel and

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Stop by the Dowling Catholic Campus Store, located in the cafeteria, to purchase apparel and gift items!

$20 Women’s Mia Tee Gear

$40 Men’s Raid Tee Under Armour $25 Stocking Hat Under Armour $27 Visor Under Armour

The Campus Store will close for the summer and reopen in August for the 2016-17 school year. Dowling Catholic Campus Store

$45 Youth Cotton Hoodie Under Armour



$60 Duffle Gym Bag Under Armour

Focus IV  

Focus magazine is published for Dowling Catholic parents, alumni and donors.

Focus IV  

Focus magazine is published for Dowling Catholic parents, alumni and donors.