Holy Family Catholic High School 2019 Graduation/Summer Issue

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Passages H O LY FA M I LY C AT H O L I C H I G H S C H O O L | Graduation/Summer 2019

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Mission Statement

Table of Contents

Holy Family Catholic High School

LETTER FROM PRESIDENT BRENNAN | Page 03

offers students excellence

A MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL BROWN | Page 04

in education by providing

LASALLIAN EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR | Page 05

opportunities to grow spiritually,

VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN | Page 06

physically within a community of Faith. We empower and encourage our students to achieve personal excellence,

SENIOR AWARDS | Page 8 CLASS OF 2019 DESTINATIONS | Page 10 NATIONAL MERIT AND AP SCHOLARS | Page 12 STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE | Page 14 HONOR SOCIETY | Page 15 FIRE AT STATE | Page 16

to use their talents to lead,

ALUMNI UPDATES | Page 18

to serve God, one another,

TORCHBEARER AWARD | Page 22

and the larger community.

LEADERSHIP/FACULTY | Page 23

This image taken by Collin Nawrocki'21 at the 2019 Bear Grease Dog Sled Race won the Director's Choice, First Place Overall, and First Place Teen Entrant for the race's annual photo contest. It also received a Superior rating at the MSHSL Region 5A Visual Arts Festival.

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morally, intellectually, and


Letter from President Michael Brennan

The evening of May 22 marked my second Holy Family graduation and, of far greater significance, the end of one chapter and the start of a new one for 110 of our school’s newest alumni. Just a few days prior to this occasion, I had the opportunity to offer a brief reflection to the Class of 2019, while we celebrated our faith together, one final time, at our Baccalaureate Mass – an experience that captures so beautifully the essence of our school and the community that gives it life. That said, and considering this is the graduation edition of Passages, I felt it appropriate to share the following, once more, as simply points to ponder or, perhaps, even advice to consider as our graduates take their first steps into the world beyond Holy Family. So here they are: 1. Don’t judge. That’s God’s job, not ours. Everyone you meet is carrying a cross, a burden, a yoke that you know nothing about. Judge not; rather, listen and honor the dignity of others...and love...without condition. 2. Don’t hold grudges. Let the past remain in the past and enjoy the gift we call the present. Life is too short. Never be too proud, too hubris, to forgive...and love without condition. 3. Don’t take. Always give. After all, nothing is ever truly ours to possess. A life well-lived is a life spent in the service of others. So, lead with love, not ego or selfish desire. Give freely without reservation...and love...without condition. 4. Don’t doubt, believe. Believe in the beauty and goodness of others. Believe in a power and purpose far greater than just yourselves. Believe in Love… “Love” with a capital “L” …a Love...without condition. We judge, we withhold forgiveness, we take, and we doubt - all too often and all too willingly. In the end, others might not remember the exact words of every conversation or the details of every experience, but they will forever remember, in the depths of their hearts, how we made them feel. I hope and I pray that those feelings are ones of beauty and kindness. God bless you, Holy Family Class of 2019. I am better because of you. Holy Family is better because of you. The world is better because you are in it. You are all in my prayers. Now go…explore, dream, and change the world. Why? Simply, because you can. And, when you do, leave behind a legacy of love...without conditions. May the Word of God forever be on your minds, on your lips, and in your hearts.

Living Jesus in our hearts,

Michael Brennan, President

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A Message from Principal Brown PRINCIPAL BROWN REFLECTS ON THE WORK OF TRANSFORMATIONAL EDUCATION.

Holy Family’s academic culture has evolved from the premise that education includes more than how to punctuate a sentence or complete an equation. Education is a moral endeavor that influences the mind, opens the heart, and feeds the soul. It is also the foundation of a lifetime of learning. It would be negligent to ignore the development of learning how to learn, something so crucial to a healthy, productive existence.

informed and competent community members is essential. It takes a great deal of planning to ensure our students are prepared to take their places in an increasingly complex world. Teachers use what they know to guide students beyond grades, beyond what they believe they can accomplish. Teachers are invested in giving students what they need to be prepared for a future we cannot fully imagine. Life is full of changes and having the tools to adapt is essential.

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Learning how to learn takes practice. Practice develops dependable habits and habits are powerful tools. Practice makes facing challenges less stressful as decisions are based on rehearsed scenarios and reviewed thought processes. Whether encountered through the experiences of researching topics, respectfully questioning speakers, meeting deadlines, or discussing philosophical problems, exploring how to become

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It is true every generation must discover some truths on its own. Aware of this, Holy Family educators provide the experiences that support the process. What is most important is that our students find, in their own times, the gift of finding holiness in everyday responsibilities. Then information turns into knowledge. Knowledge will encourage wisdom. And the fire of love and faith will light the way. Holy Family’s fundamental philosophy of education includes caring for the whole child while focusing on the processes intrinsic to learning. We are dedicated to preventing the avoidance of maturity so often cited in generational research. This

means there will be some struggle and, perhaps, some disappointment. Our young people need to learn how to respond to these things, too. Report cards are eventually packed in memory boxes where they will reside in basements. The habits of lifelong learning, though, are part of us forever, helping us be persistent when it most matters. Holy Family students are offered many experiences to be lifelong learners, readying them for the inevitable challenges and highlights of their lives. After all, they will be going where we may not be able to follow. They will be ready.

Kathie Brown, Prinicpal PHOTO BY BRYAN OLSON PHOTOGRAPHY

The ritual of graduation always inspires as much wonder as it does celebration. There is a touch of the miraculous in how fourteen-year-olds grow into their young adult selves and prepare to leave Holy Family ready to take on a more independent aspect of their lives. I suspect this bit of awe is felt by every parent who watches a child walk across the stage to receive a diploma only to realize that child is now a high school graduate, capable of anything!


St. John Baptist de La Salle Award 2019 LASALLIAN EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR KELLY BARNHOLDT

This year's recipient of the St. John Baptist de Lasalle Award is Mrs. Kelly Barnholdt. Kelly teaches physical education and health and is an advisor for Student Council and Health Club. She received her bachelor degree in Health and Physical Education from Gustavus Adolphus College where she played basketball and is the program’s sixth leading scorer with 1,204 career points from 1999-2003. She is also fifth for most field goals (505), fourth in rebounds (690), and seventh for most games played (106). This summer she will complete a master's degree in health and wellness education from Hamline University. Not much for the spotlight, Kelly humbly accepted the award at this year's Founders Week Mass in April. We recently caught up with Kelly to learn a little bit more about her and her time at Holy Family.

Q: Why did you become a teacher? KB: It sounds cliché, but I love working with youth. I knew I wanted to become a teacher when I was in elementary school, and it never changed! In college, I did have a hard time deciding whether I wanted to be a math teacher or a physical education/health teacher. I am happy with my decision. I love helping students learn and grow into who they want to become as individuals. Seeing the joy on students’ faces is the best and most rewarding experience.

Q: What do you like best about your subject? KB: In P.E., I love being active and being able to give students a break in their busy and hectic days. I love showing and helping students experience new activities that they might not be used to, and helping them understand there is something for everyone to do!

Q. What brought you to Holy Family? KB: I knew that coming to Holy Family would mean being able to teach at a school where people really knew each other, and I wanted to be a part of that tight-knit community. I’m honored to be here and to contribute my gifts to this rich and vibrant community.

Q: What’s most inspiring about Lasallian education? KB: Being able to be a part of seeing students serving others is so inspiring, as well as seeing students reach out to be leaders in the community and inspire through example.

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Full videos of their commencement addresses can be found at https://vimeo.com/hfchs.


Class of 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

EXCERPTS FROM THE ADDRESSES FROM VALEDICTORIAN CLAIRE BRADLEY AND SALUTATORIAN SHANNON HICKEY

Commencement exercises offer class valedictorians and salutatorians the opportunity to leave parting thoughts with their classmates. Principal Brown welcomed this year's valedictorian, Claire Bradley, to the stage with the following words, "Claire Bradley is this year's valedictorian. Her interests are expansive: the humanities, language study, math and science. She has explored engineering and architecture. And you will learn her heart is as big as her academic pursuits." Claire shared her reflection on lessons learned by her and her classmates during their four years at Holy Family. She ended her address with the lesson (excerpted below) that resonated most with her and a childhood lesson made more relevant by the milestone of high school graduation.

CLAIRE BRADLEY, HFCHS CLASS OF 2019 VALEDICTORIAN In only a few months, we will be thrown into completely different worlds where we will meet new people and go through new experiences. Everyone will be in a position where everything around them feels foreign and unfamiliar. Even though it will be scary, it’s okay, because we are challenged when we are uncomfortable. This prepares us for the future. In college or whatever endeavor we have chosen, it is important for us to broaden our views and look outward instead of inward. We have to focus on others rather than ourselves, and this is something that I believe Holy Family has taught us. Out of all of the lessons we have learned these past four years, the one that resonates with me the most is that you should always care for others and show compassion no matter what. ...I would like to congratulate the Class of 2019 on their outstanding achievements, work ethic, and dedication that made today possible. And finally, in the words of my childhood parish priest, Fr. Dosh, "Leave your past to God's mercy, and leave your future to God's providence."

PHOTO TO THE LEFT COLLIN NAWROCKI '21

Principal Brown then introduced the 2019 Salutatorian Shannon Hickey. "This year’s salutatorian is Shannon Hickey. Her willingness to use her musical gifts for liturgies and Coffee House has been valued as she, too, has been engaged in the most challenging courses in all subject areas. Shannon brings a message today we cannot hear enough. And, while she learned this lesson outside of Holy Family, she used it here to keep herself balanced and aware of what is important." Shannon, a competitive ice skater, shared what she learned from falling and trying again and also used a video compelation of skate tests to illustrate her message.

SHANNON HICKEY, HFCHS CLASS OF 2019 SALUTATORIAN Let failure be part of your growth...I once failed the same skating test four times before I passed on my fifth attempt. Five times meant repeating the test every month or so until I got it right. Five times meant I got off the ice after each failed attempt incredibly disappointed with myself. But, there’s a reason why when I got my results, the judges would circle "Pass" or "Retry." I came to realize "Retry" doesn’t mean failure. It recognizes the effort and encourages you to try again. Skating, and, coincidentally, life itself is a series of falling down and picking yourself up again, more prepared for the next experience. I’ve never met a figure skater who hasn’t fallen and I’ve never met a friend who hasn't had a setback. No matter whether we fail or succeed, we put the effort in. Why? Because how can we expect progress in life without an effort? ...Motivate yourself to fail. Motivate yourself to fall. An oxymoron of sorts, but it’s true. At least we tried and we had faith that we’d make it through! Leave no task unattempted and do not, I repeat, do not be afraid of falling.

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Mary and Joseph Medals THE MARY AND JOSEPH MEDALS ARE AWARDED TO A SENIOR GIRL AND BOY WHO EXEMPLIFY THE IDENTITY AND VALUES OF HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL. THESE INDIVIDUALS DEMONSTRATE A STRONG, MATURE FAITH IN CHRIST WHILE ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH. THEY ARE KNOWLEDGEABLE OF THE TEACHINGS AND TRADITIONS OF THE CHURCH, DESIRE TO LIVE LIKE JESUS IN THEIR LOVE AND SERVICE TO OTHERS, AND STRIVE TO GROW SPIRITUALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY.

Emily Sokolis 2019 Mary Medal Recipient

Brendan O'Connor 2019 Joseph Medal Recipient

Family: Rich, Shauna, and Nick '16 Extracurricular activities/clubs: Hearts on Fire, Pro-life Club, Fencing for seven years, Latin Club Parish: St. Joseph Catholic Community, Waconia Middle School: St. Joseph C-STEM School, Waconia College: St. Norbert College Major: Environmental Science and Theology

Family: Kathy, and Dan, Molly '22, and Quinn (Freshman at UST Extracurricular activities/clubs: Football, Basketball, Environment Club, Honor Society Parish: St. Hubert Catholic Community, Chanhassen Middle School: St. Hubert Catholic School, Chanhassen College: University of Iowa Major: Online Marketing/Communications/Journalism

How has your faith developed during your years at HFCHS? During my freshman and sophomore years, my faith life was almost nonexistent. Like many teenagers, I was not into my faith or the church at all until I attended a mission trip to Haiti through HF that turned my whole life around. By my senior year, I was fully committed to my faith journey and growing outside of my comfort zone to build a relationship with the Lord.

What does it mean to you to lead in a Christian way? To me, this means leading in a respectable way. A Christian leader does not act for the benefit of themselves but, rather, for the benefit of others. You must understand that the decisions you make while leading in a Christian way might not be the most popular or well-liked, but they are the ones that you must stand firm in.

What role does your faith play in your life? Everything. I believe having faith at the center of your life is a truly authentic way of living. I try to center every choice I make around my faith, and through that, God has opened and closed many doors, all to help me have a better life. What do you find most rewarding about your faith? The sense of overall peace and love in my life. No matter how bad I screw up or how stressed I get, I always have an understanding of the love and peace that the Lord showers upon me and each person every day. Also, knowing that earth is not our home and that an even more beautiful place is waiting for all of us in paradise is amazing.

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What do you find most rewarding about your faith? My faith has rewarded me with the two "C's": calm and comfort. No matter the situation, I find these because of the strong foundation of faith I have to lean on. Even if I am outside my comfort zone, scared or nervous, I find comfort in my faith. I never feel entirely alone. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?: I don't know who to thank for this award, but thank you to everyone who made high school four years to remember, and helped me become the individual I am proud to be today (with the understanding that I can always grow and improve)! The faculty and staff at Holy Family are unparalleled and will always hold a special place in my heart.


Ambassador of Christ Award THE AMBASSADOR OF CHRIST AWARD IS GIVEN TO THE SENIOR WHO LEADS OTHERS WITH A STRONG CODE OF ETHICS CONSISTENT WITH THE TEACHINGS OF CHRIST. RECIPIENTS ARE NOMINATED BY THEIR CLASSMATES AND NOMINATIONS ARE THEN VOTED ON BY FACULTY AND STAFF.

Allie Phillips 2019 Ambassador of Christ Award Recipient Family: Frances, Ed, Will '15, Jack, Ben Parish: St John the Baptist Catholic Parish, Excelsior Middle School: St John the Baptist Catholic School, Excelsior Extracurricular activities/clubs: Tennis, Nordic Ski, Choir, Voices of Fire, Pro Life Club, Honor Society College: St. Louis University Major: Political Science What role does your faith play in your life? Faith is essential in my life. It is something that has been a part of my family since I was young, and it helps unite us and grow spiritually together. I often find myself relying on prayer and God in situations I don't know how to handle, because I know that God has a plan for each of us. He knows what is best even when I might not think so at the time. Overall, my faith is something that I have tried to keep as the center of my life and something that guides me throughout this journey. How has your faith developed during your years at HFCHS? Holy Family provided many ways for us to be active in our faith. I saw this especially during events with Holy Family's pro-life club, Fire for Life. During my senior and sophomore years, we had the opportunity to attend "Catholics at the Capitol." At this event, Catholics of all ages talk to their representatives about issues they support. The experience allowed me, along with other students, to learn how to stand up for our faith and speak for what we believe. It not only helped me grow in my faith, but it also helped spark my interest in a degree in political science.

Chris Carlton 2019 Ambassador of Christ Award Recipient Family: Mary, my late father Roy, and brother Bryan Parish: St John the Baptist Catholic Parish, Excelsior and St. Hubert Catholic Community, Chanhassen Middle School: St. Hubert Catholic School Extracurricular activities/clubs: Tennis, Honor Society, Health Club, Eco-Freako Club, Lasallian Youth Club, Knowledge Bowl, and Youth in Government College: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Major: Finance and Physics How has your faith changed during your years at Holy Family? My faith has blossomed during my high school years, in part due to my excellent teachers at Holy Family. Theology, social studies, and English classes at Holy Family have proven invaluable due to the free exchange of ideas which have strengthened my faith. I find the results to be a manifestation of the Catholic faith in the world: mostly, smiles. Who has influenced you and your faith? How? My mother has been my primary faith teacher throughout my life, with great support from my Uncle C.J. and Aunt Robin. By taking me to Mass, teaching wisdom from the Bible, and emailing me on contemporary Catholic issues, my family builds onto my faith life. My theology teachers, Mr. Bosch, Mrs. Bosch, and Mr. Schlepp, have all been instrumental in my faith formation. Even though I have grown up without my father, I have found many role models in the St. Hubert and Holy Family communities­â€” parents, teachers, coaches, and friends. Thank you!

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Class of 2019 Graduates

Kansas State University Normandale Community College Century College University of Minnesota - Twin Cities College of St. Benedict University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Miami University St. Bonaventure University University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of Nebraska - Lincoln Carthage College University of St. Thomas Loras College Iowa State University University of Minnesota - Twin Cities St. John's University Juniors Hockey University of Minnesota - Duluth University of St. Thomas Undecided University of Iowa Marquette University University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Iowa State University University of Iowa Normandale Community College University of St. Thomas

The HFCHS Class of 2019 came to our 72-acre campus from 17 cities and 31 middle schools.

Lucas FranaC Andrew FrommeltC Anna GaliotoS Elisabeth Gangwer Julia GeursS Jimmy Gomez Sarah GonsalvesM Firuza Graham Salome´ GreeneS Mitchell HausbackS Shannon HickeyS Carly HilgersM Nicholas Hollen Bailey Huber Katherine Johnson Mackenzie KingC Jacob KonzS Ava KunzeM Evelyn Lacy Thomas LiskoS Calista LorenzM Cole Lowery Nicholas LynchC Elizabeth MarschallC Claire MelanderM Jolee MeslerM Tyler Miller Anna MohlingS

University of St. Thomas University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of Notre Dame Gateway St. Mary’s College University of St. Thomas Normandale Community College University of Minnesota - Twin Cities College of St. Benedict Wellesley College University of Wisconsin - Madison University of Michigan St Louis University University of North Dakota Junior Hockey University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of Iowa Montana State University University of Mississippi Carleton College University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Undecided St. John's University University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Arizona State University University of St. Thomas St. John's University UCLA

The HFCHS Class of 2019 graduates will attend more than 40 different colleges and universities in 21 states.

More photos from Class of 2019 Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement can be found at facebook.com/hfchs.

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FIRST THREE PHOTOS IN SPREAD BY TEMOPHOTO.COM

Mary Margaret AndersonM Sheillah AokoM Patrick Barrett Brooke Beno Margaret BergS Jacob Bornhoft Brielle BornhorstM Ryan Bowlin Claire BradleyS Mya Braun Eve BreimhorstM Andrew BresnanM Audrey Brooks Brandon BueltelS Christopher CarltonS Connor ChalmersM Nikolai CharchenkoS Benjamin CharpentierC Grace ConroyS Sergio Corona Matthew DeavanM Isabella DervinM Delaney Devins Colin DosedelS Melissa DwyerC John EnckS Joseph Fasching Jack FinkM


Class of 2019 Graduates

PHOTO ON THE FAR RIGHT BY COLLIN NAWROCKI '21

Grace MurphyS Blake Muschewske Colin Neve Daniel NgĂ´M Zyler NieceM Haley NotermannS Allison O'BrienC Brendan O'ConnorS Katherine OlsenC Julia OlsonS Riley PalattaoS Ashley PassS Quinn PauscheM Taylor PelzelC Megan PerryS Anita PhillipsS Dominic Phillips Adeline Poppitz Luke PuklichC Logan Rasmusen Daniel ReddanS Nicholas Reichert Madeline RickeM Samuel Riegert Eric Rinzel Megan Roth Jackson Ruschmeyer Kelly RyanC

Gap Year/Texas Christian University Illinois Wesleyan University Iowa State University St. Olaf College Texas Christian University University of St. Thomas Creighton University University of Iowa Creighton University Purdue University UCLA University of St. Thomas University of Wisconsin - Madison Creighton University University of Minnesota - Twin Cities St. Louis University St. John's University Normandale Community College St. John's University University of Minnesota - Duluth University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of St. Thomas University of St. Thomas St. John's University University of Missouri Normandale Community College University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Each graduate receives a medallian with a Jerusalem cross handmade by the Holy Family facutly and staff.

Chloe Salonen Abby SaylorM Daniel SchneiderM Erin SchneiderS Sawyer SchugelC Austin SchumacherC Daniel Schwieters Emily SokolisM Michael Spinner Reid StarkM Leigh SteinerS Katelyn StohlmeyerS William Swanson Anna TaylorS Jacob Taylor Jack Thuli Matthew ThurkM Maria Torborg Anna VakulskasS John Vogel Andrew WaltzM Paige Wicka Evelyn WillenbringM Annie WilsonM Cole Wilson Jacob ZayS

University of Arizona South Dakota State University Butler University University of Wisconsin - Madison St. John's University Iowa State University University of Arizona St. Norbert College Junior Hockey University of Wisconsin - Madison Marquette University Indiana University University of North Dakota University of Minnesota - Twin Cities St. John's University Gap Year Experience St. John's University College of St. Benedict Arizona State University University of St. Thomas Marquette University Western Washington University University of Georgia University of Tampa University of Arizona Indiana University

Denotation of Graduates with Academic Honors S = summa cum laude M = magna cum laude C = cum laude

The HFCHS Class of 2019 earned $14,243,184 in college scholarships and accepted approximately $3,824,000.

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Class of 2019 AP® Scholars CLASS OF 2019 STUDENTS RECEIVING NATIONAL ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

The National College Board's Advanced Placement® (AP) program provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams. The College Board announces additional scholars during the summer months; current AP scholars will likely move upward on the roster, and new scholars will be added.

AP SCHOLAR WITH DISTINCTION

GRANTED TO STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE 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.

JACOB KONZ

JULIA OLSON

Chaska - Chaska Middle School West University of Iowa

Chaska - Spectrum High School Purdue University

RILEY PALATTAO

Chanhassen - St. Hubert Catholic School UCLA National Hispanic Scholar

AP SCHOLAR WITH HONOR

GRANTED TO STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE 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.

CONNOR CHALMERS

Chaska/Mound - Minnetonka Middle School West St. John's University

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COLIN DOSEDEL

Chaska - Chaska Middle School East University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

THOMAS LISKO

Eden Prairie - St. Hubert Catholic School Carleton College National Merit Commended Student


AP SCHOLARS

GRANTED TO STUDENTS WHO COMPLETE THREE OR MORE AP EXAMS WITH SCORES OF 3 OR HIGHER

AP® is a trademark registered by the College Board, whichis not affiliated with, and does not endorse, this publication.

CLAIRE BRADLEY

JACK ENCK

Excelsior - St. John the Baptist Catholic School University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Valedictorian

Eden Prairie - St. Hubert Catholic School University of Iowa

MITCHELL HAUSBACK

SHANNON HICKEY

Deephaven - Notre Dame Academy University of Wisconsin - Madison National Merit Commended Student

LEIGH STEINER

Eden Prairie - St. Hubert Catholic School Marquette University

Eden Prairie - Notre Dame Academy University of Michigan Salutatorian

ANNA GALIOTO

Chanhassen - St. Hubert Catholic School University of Notre Dame Gateway

QUINN PAUSCHE

Mound - Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School University of Wisconsin - Madison

JACOB ZAY

Excelsior - St. Hubert Catholic School Indiana University

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Strategic Plan: Growth and Excellence THIS UPDATE WAS PRESENTED BY PRESIDENT BRENNAN AT THE ANNUAL BOARD EMERITUS MEETING AND APPRECIATION DINNER

Now in its second full year of execution, we see the strategic plan – Growth and Excellence - producing ripened fruits in areas that involve governance and leadership, academic programming, enrollment growth, finance, and Catholic identity. The following are just a sampling of the notable strategic plan-driven success stories already being witnessed at Holy Family: Governance and Leadership • The board has fully engaged in a process of best practice research and implementation that includes an extensive revision of our bylaws to better align with both effective methods of current board operations as well as those identified as best practices for independent, non-public, secondary schools. • School leadership has researched, vetted and will be implementing leading industry accountability frameworks specifically designed for classroom educators that are likewise aimed at supporting instructional efficacy development and overall professional growth. • Advancements have been undertaken to attract and retain highly qualified professionals including new approaches to talent sourcing, revising personnel policies, and addressing compensation structures.

Enrollment Growth • Holy Family will be experiencing its third straight year of enrollment growth. We find ourselves today expecting to welcome 415 young men and women this coming August, and significantly more in the 2020-2021 school year as the projected incoming ninth grade class will significantly outnumber next year’s graduating seniors. • Newly funded scholarships for both Catholic and publicschool students, unique approaches targeted specifically at transfer students in grades 9-11, and expanded transportation options —coupled with investments in strategic marketing and enrollment expertise— are yielding impressive results. • Holy Family will seek to formalize a more robust and impactful network between Holy Family and our partner K-8 Catholic schools in the southwest metro in order -to more effectively align our collective strengths and allow us all to achieve more impressive results.

Academics and Programs • Strategic task forces were commissioned in the fall and charged with making recommendations for improvements and enhancements in areas of professional accountability, student leadership development, and Catholic identity. School leadership is presently engaged in the development of a comprehensive program design that will integrate these recommendations into a model aimed at fostering and cultivating the growth of all students through the fusion of faith, academics, service, and leadership. • Holy Family has been actively growing its course offerings for students, evidenced by this year’s introduction of a philosophy of business class. The new course has allowed students to exercise their muscle for creativity and entrepreneurship while introducing them to the foundational mechanics of the world of business and finance. • The feasibility of targeted adjustments to the overall structure of the academic year calendar has been studied. As a result, the coming summer months and fall semester will involve mapping out a plan for the potential inclusion of a pilot “May-Term” experience for students. This different approach to the final weeks of the school year carries the promise of exposing our students to exciting new fields of study, reinvigorating faculty with new curriculum development and instructional opportunities, and optimizing the use and impact of the valuable resource of time.

Finances • Success in both enrollment and fundraising are directly supporting our ability to do more as an organization. Our annual giving program continues to grow. • Holy Family has engaged in a new relationship with the Catholic Finance Corporation that will afford us the gift of time and resources to explore pathways that will lead to greater financial freedom over the next few years.

In a world that is suffering from moral relativism, Holy Family must be a source of solutions aimed at supporting and growing parish life, rebuilding the declining numbers of the Catholic Church in America, increasing a response to the call to vocations, and inspiring civic and corporate leadership that promotes justice and human dignity. We as a school are called to fulfill our true purpose of supporting and fostering an environment illuminated by the light of our faith - one that nurtures within all students a sense of purpose, a hunger for excellence, and a relentless curiosity.

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2019 Holy Family Honor Society HOLY FAMILY HONOR SOCIETY SERVES TO ENCOURAGES EXCELLENCE IN THE VIRTUES OF INTEGRITY, SCHOLARSHIP, LEADERSHIP AND FAITH.

TWO-YEAR MEMBERS - GOLD LAUREL TOP ROW: John Vogel (one-year member), Matthew Deavan, Nikolai Charchenko, Leigh Steiner, Claire Melander, Colin Dosedel, (statue) Brielle Bornhorst, Haley Notermann, Claire Bradley, Megan Perry, Ashley Pass MIDDLE ROW: Brandon Bueltel, Jacob Konz, Mitchell Hausback, Allie Phillips, Emily Sokolis, (statue) Grace Murphy, Maggie Berg, Anna Taylor, Ava Kunze, Carly Hilgers NOT PICTURED: Mimi Anderson, Chris Carlton, Jack Enck, Anna Galioto, Sarah Gonsalves, Salomé Green, Shannon Hickey, Anna Mohling, Brendan O’Connor, Riley Palattao, Quinn Pausche, Daniel Reddan, Reid Stark, Katelyn Stohlmeyer, Anna Vakulskas, Evelyn Willenbring, and Jacob Zay

ONE-YEAR MEMBERS - GREEN LAUREL TOP ROW: Ella Haley, Erin Schneider, Lucy Treat, Kathryn Jans, Kalie Dahl, (statue) Nathan Tinucci, Ryan Burke, Lucas Lembke, Carson Liebeg, Andrew Waltz ROW 2: Abby Smith, Julia Geurs, McKenna Mechtel, Celia Kreykes, Morgan Hausback, Allison Jansen, (statue) Grace Elander, Kaili Palattao, Annabelle Elsner, Brenna Jones, Ashley Anseth NOT PICTURED: Abbey Fink, Shannon Furlong, Nick Lynch, Madeline Ricke

INDUCTEES - PIN TOP ROW: Jeremy Schumacher, Greg Stoffel, Sam McNulty,Jaden Anderson, Etienne Foudray, Ben Karst, (statue) Ewan Farrell, Aidan O'Donnell, Joe Richelsen, Brendan Sieve, Jakob Teeter, Ben Reddan, Jacob Kirsch, Jacob Warmka ROW 2: Jakob Lenzmeier, Brendan Quinn, William Zay, Melissa Dwyer, Abby Saylor, Andrew Bresnan, (statue), Allison Agerland, Lauren Taylor, Olivia Hesse, Reyana Schaffer, Katherine Wise, Haley Klahsen, Cassidy Jones NOT PICTURED: Samuel Bradley, Andrew Frommelt, Nicholas Huson, Charles Lindberg, Gavin Lund, Haley Nahlovsky, Margaret Rothstein, Bishop Schugel

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FIRE BOYS GOLF REPEATS AS STATE CHAMPION

A seven-stroke lead in golf can disappear in a matter of a few holes. For Holy Family Catholic, the first nine holes of the second round of the Class 2A State Boys Golf Tournament June 12 saw the Fire not only avoid the disappearing act, but instead extend the advantage. Five nine-hole scores of 39 or lower, including an even-par 36 from Sam McNulty, gave Holy Family Catholic a cushion they would not surrender. The Fire shot 310 in both state rounds, securing back-to-back state titles at Ridges at Sand Creek on June 11-12. Holy Family Catholic won the second round by six strokes over Cloquet, defeating Detroit Lakes by 20 shots for the tournament. It was the fifth consecutive state tournament appearance for the Fire, which were third in 2015 and runner-up in 2016 and 2017. "Having a good start, it made you feel like you could attack the back side," the Fire's Blake Stedronsky said of the second round. "If you missed a shot, it was no big deal. We felt like we had a few shots to work with." "Hearing that everyone was

playing well at the turn, no one was over 40, it was good to hear. It gave me a lot of confidence knowing we could win it," Holy Family Catholic senior Jake Bornhoft said. Stedronsky, a team-best 75 in the first round, birdied three of the final five holes, placing fourth overall with a two-day total of 149. The junior was one of four players returning from the 2018 state championship team along with McNulty, a junior, sophomore Charlie Lindberg, and senior Cole Wilson. "It was just about battling. I had a tough start to my round, but I was able to make a few shots, start to feel good again, and just finish off things with a good round," Stedronsky said of his 74. After experiencing rain and gnats over the first 18 holes on June 11, the second round saw strong winds force players to adjust their games. "The wind dried out the greens, which made them really quick and tough to stop balls. Everything, putts, chips, were flying by the cup," Bornhoft said. "It forced you to hit lower shots, which is more difficult," Stedronsky added. In addition to Stedronsky,

PICT. L TO R: COACH ROB NELSON, BEN REDDAN, SAM MCNULTY, COLE WILSON, BLAKE STEDRONSKY, JAKE BORNHOFT, CHARLIE LINDBERG

Lindberg rebounded from a tough first day to shoot 75 in the sixth pairing in the second round. Bornhoft added his second score of 80 in the tournament followed by McNulty at 81. Stedronsky (149), McNulty (158), Bornhoft (160), Ben Reddan (160) -- he was third on the team on Day One with a 77 -- and Wilson (164) rounded out the score for Holy Family Catholic. After shooting 296 on the first day of sections, Holy Family Catholic came into state knowing it just needed to "fire it up a bit." "It was a little tougher to watch last year, rather than play," Bornhoft said. "I was happy for them last year, but definitely happy to be on the team

this year, playing in the state tournament." Senior Cole Wilson with a birdie putt on his final hole for @ Holyfamilygolf. Charlie Lindberg with a 75 in sixth pairing for the Fire pic.Holy Family's boys golf victory was the second time a Fire program has won two state titles. Jazz dance were champions in 2004 and 2006. Football, boys basketball, girls tennis and baseball also own titles for Holy Family Catholic. With four players returning, three other players in the JV program that posted rounds in the 70s this season, are the Fire the favorites for a three-peat in 2020? "Who knows? That's the goal though," Stedronsky said.

Article reprinted with permission from Eric Kraushar and the Chanhssen Villager

MSHSL TRIPLE AAA RECIPIENT SAWYER SCHUGEL

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SENIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR LEIGH STEINER

SENIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR SAWYER SCHUGEL


GIRLS GOLF

Allison O'Brien and Kelly Ryan qualified as individuals for the MSHSL Class AA State Golf Tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Course. This is the first state appearances for both girls. Ryan finished the section rounds in second place and O'Brien finished in third.

MSHSL VISUAL ARTS

Eleven student artists submitted a total of 17 pieces to the Region 5A Visual Arts Festival held on Wednesday, May 1, at New London-Spicer High School. All pieces received either an Excellent or Superior rating. Pictured are six pieces which received the highest rating, Superior, not shown is the sculpture by Patrick Barrett. Works created by Abby Saylor, Grace McGlynn, Elisabeth Gangwer, Lucy Treat, Sheillah Aoko, Collin Nawrocki, and Austin Schumacher received Excellent ratings.

Ryan, a senior, posted scores of 98 and 94 for the Fire in the 36-hole state event to tie tie for 61st place. Allison O'Brien, also a senior, did not play on Day One due to a family funeral, but turned in a score of 96 on Day 2. She played the final nine holes in seven over par.

CLAY TARGET

Will Swanson tied for 97th in the state of Minnesota with an average of 23.7, earning him All-State recognition for the third straight year. He competed at the State Tournament on June 21. He hit 97 out of 100 targets and

MADELINE RICKE

ELLIE MARSCHALL

finished tied for 29th place.

TRACK AND FIELD

Junior Seth Thompson's discus throws showed improvement meet after meet during the regular season, but a peak personal record performance couldn't have come at a better time than on Saturday, June 1st, at the Section 2A Meet in Mankato. Seth's final throw would be 145' 3", a personal record by more than two feet. It earned him a second place medal and his first trip to the MSHSL State Track and Field Meet on June 8. Seth arrived at Hamline University for his first State Meet ready to leave his mark. He moved through the preliminary flights ranked ninth. In the Finals he maintained ninth position to earn a place on the MSHSL Class A State Meet podium and All-State Honors Discus.

BASEBALL

Patrick Barrett was selected to the MN Baseball Class AA All-State team. He is the 9th Fire baseball to be selected for the AllState baseball team. Patrick will continue his baseball career with Century College.

LUCY TREAT

COLLIN NEVE

SHEILLAH AOKA

AUSTIN SCHUMACHER

Superior Rating: To receive a SUPERIOR rating, a student shall (a) demonstrate a precise and fluent knowledge of thetools, skills, elements, principles, and history of art; (b) make artistic choices based on expanding, transforming, or combining options to improve or refine the artwork, and (c) creative expression through the synthesized use of elements, principles, skills, techniques and materials in the creation of the artwork. Excellent Rating: To receive an EXCELLENT rating, a student shall (a) demonstrate accurate and articulate knowledge of the tools, skills, elements, principles and history of art; (b) make artistic choices based on evidence to improve orrefine the artwork, and (c) creatively express through crafted or modified use of elements, principles, skills, techniques and materials in the creation of the artwork.

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Alumni Updates 2007 KELLY AND JASON EGGIMAN,

along with big brother Theodore, welcomed Finnegan James into their family on January 8, 2019.

GRANT STEINER married Ellen Carisch

on December 31, 2018. Grant is currently an acquisition analyst for Onward Investors. He and Ellen live in St. Louis Park, MN.

2011 KELLI AND CHARLIE FELMLEE

welcomed their daughter Eleanor "Nora" Jane on March 27, 2019.

2012 JAKE ESENTHER holds a Bachelor

2009 EMILY HOFFMANN graduated in June

with honors from Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering with a Master of Product Design and Development Management. She earned her degree while working full-time for Stryker Corporation, where she continues to work as a Senior Strategic Development Analyst in the Incubator of Medical Technology Division.

REBECCA (WURM) VANHEEL and her

husband, Blake, welcomed their identical twin boys, Wyatt Ralph and Jaxson Elmer, into their family on November 18, 2018.

of Science from American University and currently employed as a bio-chemist at Agilent Technologies in Boulder, Colorado, synthesizing oligonucleotides for use in a wide range of applications.

WILL HANSCOM has just returned to

Eden Prairie from Fort Sam Houston, TX as a Private First Class, Combat Medic, for the U.S. Army National Guard. Will is a certified EMT and plans to further his Associates of Arts degree to pursue a career in healthcare.

KATIE (KALB) KALIPINDE graduated

from Creighton School of Pharmacy and Health Professions receiving a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Pictured Zach McCormick '16, Annmarie Kalb '16, Molly Garin '18, Katie Kalipinde '09, and Molly Kalb '18

2010 BRIDGET AND ALEX SMITH welcomed their son Theodore "Teddy" to their family on January 21, 2019. Teddy weighed 10 lbs. 3 ounces and was 20 inches long. Teddy's godparents are Nick Smith '13 and Nicole Stone '08.

KRISTA STANOCH graduated in May 2019 from the George Washington UniversityMilken Institute School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health in Health Policy. Please email alumni updates and name and/or address changes to communications@hfchs.org. 18 P a s s a g e s | Graduation/Summer 2019


Alumni Updates 2013 ALEX CUROE graduated from St. Louis University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

SAMANTHA RENFRO graduated from

Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in May 2019 with her Doctorate of Pharmacology. She is completing her graduate internship with CVS Pharmacy.

2014

2015 GABBY CARTER graduated from TCU

Neeley School of business with a bachelor's degree in marketing with an international emphasis. She will be moving to South Florida to work for The Hershey Company as a retail sales representative.

KATIE MOAKLEY graduated from the

University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature

HANNAH SKOBLIK graduated from

ANDREW LORUSSO graduated from the

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with a bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2017. This spring he completed his Master of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Boston University School of Health.

Creighton University in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has accepted a position in the Med-Surg ICU Unit at CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center – Bergan Mercy.

JUSTIN LUKE graduated in December

2018 from the University of Wisconsin Stout with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. He is employed as a housekeeping supervisor at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, a 1000 room premier hotel in Orlando, FL.

DANIELLE GANNON graduated from

Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Art in Biology & Marketing, Innovations and Design with a minor in Studio Art. She begins her career at The Blackstone Group in New York City working as a business analyst. She played tennis for Bucknell all four years.

SARAH MENZUBER graduated from

St. Louis University with a master’s degree in athletic training.

LAUREN STRIGEL graduated from the

University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor degree in biochemistry.

NICHOLAS RED WING graduated in

December 2018 with an associate degree in math from Red Rock Community College in Lakewood, Colorado.

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Alumni Updates ABBY HANSCOM graduated from

Gardner-Webb University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Abby was a four year member of GWU’s lacrosse team. As a senior she was named for the third time to the All-Big South Conference Lacrosse second-team. She set Gardner-Webb's single-season record with 42 goals and added 14 assists to pace the team with 56 points. Both her goals (4th) and points (5th) ranked in the top-5 among league members. Abby is a three-time All-Big South selection.

LYDIA KIRSCH graduated in May

2019 from Marquette University with a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering biomechanics. She is employed as a CRHF medical device engineer at Medtronic.

MADDIE KOEBNICK and EMILY REDDAN graduated from the College of Saint Benedict RYAN LEMKE and DANIEL GUILLEMETTE graduated from

St. John's University. in May 2019. Left to Right. Maddie Koebnick (BA, Accounting) will begin her career with Grant Thornton CPAs in Minneapolis as an accountant. Ryan Lembke (BA, Biochemistry) will apply to dental school in the fall. Daniel Guillemette (BA, Economics) will begin his career with PRGX Minneapolis. Emily Reddan (BA, Nutrition) will continue her education to become an occupational therapist.

MEGAN MANNING graduated from Miami University with a bachelor degree in social psychology, with a minor in marketing.

CAMERON MCMANUS graduated from

the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance and Spanish Studies.

DANIEL MILLER received his bachelor

degree in Accounting, Finance, and Technology Management from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in May 2019. He is currently completing an internship in London with KPMG UK as he works toward his MBA in Financial Analysis.

JARED MILLER graduated in May 2019 with a bachelor degree in Japanese History from Washington University in St. Louis.

JACK MUGFORD graduated in May

2019 with Distinction from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management with a Finance major and minors in Business Analytics and Management Information Systems (MIS). Jack is employed by Boom Lab-- a local consulting agency. Jack (pictured below in the front row on the right) won the intramural basketball championship this spring with former Holy Family teammate, Spencer Stewart-Hester, (pictured in the back row far left).

NOLAN HICKEY graduated from Iowa

State University with a Bachelor of Engineering, Industrial Engineering.

KENZIE HOLME graduated from Texas

Christian University’s M.J. Neeley School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Information Systems. She is pictured below with her little sister, Keelie.

KATHERINE MALLAK graduated from

the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor in Business Administration in May 2019 . She graduated with magna cum laude honors and as a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society. She is employed as a human resources coordinator at Vomela Companies in St. Paul.

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Alumni Updates ANDY NELSON graduated summa cum

laude from the University of Notre Dame in May 2019 graduated with a degree in Finance and Applied Computational Mathematics and Statistics. He received the Mendoza College of Business' Hamilton Award for highest academic achievement. Andy was also inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. He starts work this summer at Credit Suisse as an Investment Banking Analyst in Chicago. (Photo with Will Phillips below)

2016 STEPHANIE BEGALKE received the

Excellence in Design award from the Bradley University Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts at Bradley University. Begalke is a junior majoring in Theatre Arts at Bradley.

ANNA BREKKE graduated with high

distinction in May 2019 from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Systems Management.

JAMES FARNER graduated in May 2019

with honors, summa cum laude, and a 4.0 overall GPA from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in English writing and religious studies. He was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He is working toward a Master of Art in Liberal Studies at The New School in New York City.

LUKE GITZEN graduated with Highest

Distinction in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and a minor in Spanish. He will work with Fisher Investments in Camas, Washington.

WILL PHILLIPS graduated summa cum

laude from the University of Notre Dame in May 2019 with a degree in biochemistry. He received the Outstanding Biochemist Award from the College of Science for leadership, academic achievement, and scholarship in biochemistry. Will was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Next year, Will is working at the Mayo Clinic through the Graduate Research Employment Program working in the pancreatic and colorectal cancer lab.

EMMA PUKLICH graduated from Creighton University in May with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN. She will be working at the University of Minnesota Hospital in the pediatric NICU.

SANDRA RED WING graduated in May

with an Associate of Arts in accounting from Bismarck State College.

CLAIRE ROTH graduated from the College of St. Benedict with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and pre-physical therapy.

JACK NEW graduated in May 2019 from

the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Arts in Classics. He plans to take the LSAT and apply to law schools.

ROB FAFINSKI '04 was the commencement speaker for this year's graduation ceremony. Rob entered Holy Family Catholic High School as a freshman in August of 2000 – our first year. After graduating from HFCHS, he attended Marquette University. During the college summers, Rob attended and passed Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. Upon graduation from college, Rob became a commissioned officer in the Marine Corps. Then, in 2009, Rob completed nine months of rigorous training and earned the distinction of serving as a Marine Corps infantry officer. Only days later, Rob was selected out of one hundred men in his training class to circumvent the normal training regimen and deploy directly into combat to southern Afghanistan as the leader of a 51-Marine platoon. In 2011, during Rob’s second combat deployment, he led a company of Marines in an area just south of a place called Sangin – considered the most dangerous area in which the Marines operated. The next phase of Rob’s life includes going to law school at the University of St. Thomas. He now practices as a corporate attorney at the law firm Fafinski, Mark & Johnson in Eden Prairie. He helps his clients with the legal needs inherent in running private businesses and he specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions. Rob and his wife Ali have a one year old daughter Ada and live in Minneapolis. Video of Rob's address can be found on vimeo.com/hfchs P a s s a g e s | Graduation/Summer 2019

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2019 Torchbearer Award Recipient John Geisler FORMER BOARD CHAIR JOHN GEISLER RECEIVES THE 2019 HOLY FAMILY TORCHBEARER AWARD

As a leader, John Geisler has a passion— to develop other leaders. John, a Holy Family board member from 2006 to 2012, subscribes to a philosophy of servant leadership and enjoys mentoring those who are open to growth. Members of the Holy Family community are among those John has mentored, including principal Kathie Brown. Kathie says, “As a mentor John has high expectations for people, but he is unafraid to help you get there. He is willing to walk with you and be part of it.” Because of John’s leadership and his ability to mentor and drive positive change, he was awarded the 2019 Holy Family Torchbearer Award. John was presented with the award at the annual Board Emeritus Meeting and Appreciation Dinner on Monday, April 29. John and his wife Jean toured Holy Family in the spring of 2002 when they were looking for a smaller school for their daughter, Elizabeth. The Geislers were impressed with the facilities, but what sold them was knowing that Elizabeth would have the opportunity to participate and be an integral part of the community. When referring to student involvement John said, “There’s no hiding at Holy Family.” And there was no hiding for John and Jean either, as they quickly became an important part of the community. The Geislers became involved first with the Spirit of Fire fundraiser, and later with the school's inaugural capital campaign. In 2006 a friend who was on the Holy Family Board of Directors approached John about becoming a board member. With his extensive leadership experience at Cargill and background serving on corporate and not-for-profit boards, John knew he would be comfortable in the role. One year later he was elected as the board’s chair, a position he held for two years, and subsequently served as vice-chair for two years. John remained on the board until 2012. John says that while Holy Family always had a phenomenal staff, it also had the financial burden that comes with starting a new school. As a board member, 22 P a s s a g e s | Graduation/Summer 2019

his goals were to work toward alleviating that financial burden so the school's administration could focus on operating the school, sharing good news with the community, advising staff, and reinforcing the things they were doing right. John described the board process as selfpropelling: “they have a great process in place and Holy Family is able to recruit top talent to the leadership roles.” With so many talented people within the Holy Family community, John was surprised to be singled out to receive the Torchbearer Award.

JOHN AND JEAN GEISLER WITH KATHIE BROWN

John and Jean have an enduring fondness for Holy Family. The small, close-knit community allowed daughters Elizabeth '06 and Jacquelyn '08 to participate and lead in many activities. “They had a chance to be leaders and a chance to serve,” Jean said. Elizabeth started a mitten drive for Visitation Monastery in Minneapolis which continued for several years and was an essential part of the spirit of giving at Holy Family. Today Elizabeth is the founder/designer of Cocoon by Elizabeth Geisler, a luxury outerwear collection, and owner/president of Paper Rock Scissor Custom Invitation Studio. Jacquelyn (08) is an account manager at Kinneberg Management Group and is married to alumnus, John Peterka. One of the more memorable accomplishments for Jean includes starting the girls golf team. Jean partnered with another parent and drove students to

practice and events. Like many things at Holy Family, once the team started it continued with great success. John says, “Holy Family is like the little engine that could. The sports teams are extremely successful despite the school’s smaller size, but the engine is the academics which equips the students to be college ready. Ultimately families could choose any number of schools for athletics and academics, but in the end, they choose Holy Family because of the culture.” John Geisler has been a large part of the Holy Family culture. While many aspects of education are defined by numbers, such as test scores and the number of AP class offered, Kathie Brown describes John’s contribution to Holy Family as something that cannot be defined. “He is never too busy for you,” she says, “he initiates time to listen, to start conversations that matter, to identify and develop others’ strengths.” She went on to say, “John knew that it was little things that mattered and spent a lot of time visiting with faculty. In education where there is often a lack of appreciation, that recognition was very meaningful.” As the 2019 Torchbearer recipient, it is now John’s time to receive some well-deserved recognition.


SCHOOL LEADERSHIP MICHAEL BRENNAN | President KATHLEEN BROWN | Principal 2018-2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS TOM FURLONG | Board Chair ROBIN KRIER | Vice Chair JOHN BIERBAUM | Board Treasurer MARC TERRIS | Member at Large PAUL ROTHSTEIN | Board Secretary DON BORNHORST* DIANNE ANTON* ANGELO GALIOTO THOMAS GARRY TONY KIRSCH DR. SCOTT KIER SCOTT O’BRIEN MICHAEL PUKLICH BRENDA REDDAN JOSEPH THOMAS '06 FR. ROLF TOLLEFSON TYLER TREAT

BOARD EMERITUS DIANNE ANTON BARB BURKE STEVE BURKE TOM BURKE THEO CHALGREN TIM CUROE TONY DENUCCI FR. DOUG EBERT BOB FAFINSKI MARY FAFINSKI ANNE FURLONG JOHN GEISLER DIANA GOEBEL SCOTT GUILLEMETTE BOB KEMMERER MARK LANO BRIAN LAVELLE

BOARD EMERITUS ANNE LAWLER FR. ERIK LUNDGREN JEAN MARSCHALL BILL MILLER CHRISTOPHER MOAKLEY (LATE) JOE MORIN BERT NOTERMANN JOHN RADICK JENNY RICHELSEN ROB ROY DEB SECREST BILL SLATTERY MARY STEINER JANE STONE BILL TRAXLER FR. BOB WHITE

*FINAL YEAR ON THE BOARD

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION JOHN DOLS | Assistant Principal and Campus Minister MELISSA LIVERMORE | Dean for Academic Support

FINANCE ERIN HESSE | Director of Finance TARA MOY | Accountant

ACTIVITIES NICK TIBESAR | Activities Director TIM TRIPLETT | Assistant Activities Director

GUIDANCE AND LEARNING SUPPORT JOSHUA RUTZ | Counselor ANGELA SCOTT | Counselor PAIGE LEPAK | Counselor KRISTA MCCOY | Counselor KATELYN SWYGMAN | Learning Support TRACY BOERBOOM | Information Resources

ADVANCEMENT KENNA DOOLEY | Vice President for Advancement SCOTT BREIMHORST | Executive Director of Admissions MATT THULI | Director of Individual Giving and Alumni Relations ROB BELL | Admissions Officer LAURA PODERGOIS | Marketing and Communications Manager PAULA CHARCHENKO | Events and Marketing Coordinator AMANDA CAHILL | Advancement Office Coordinator

FACILITIES & MAINTENANCE PAUL ABBAS | Maintenance

FACULTY ENGLISH ZACHARY BROWN CARLEE KOCON ERIC OLSON LESLIE SWANSON FINE ARTS LAURA BOILLAT ANNELISE BROWN '05 SHELAGH GAMBLE BRAD PERRIN-SMITH MATHEMATICS KAREN ATKINSON GARY KANNEL MICHAEL LEVERENTZ MICHAEL MURRAY

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND WELLNESS KELLY BARNHOLDT PAUL RUSSO SCIENCE JOSHUA DWYER IAN PARZYCK JIM TISEL JIM WALKER SOCIAL STUDIES SARAH HALVORSON PATRICK MAUS '03 HOLLY POTTEBAUM

TECHNOLOGY GARY KANNEL NICK LIVERMORE BRAD PERRIN-SMITH (Technology Coordinator) THEOLOGY DOUGLAS BOSCH LYNNAE BOSCH BRENDAN MCINERNY NATHAN SCHLEPP WORLD LANGUAGES JACOB DUECK KAREN KIDROWSKI ALEXANDER MYTNIK JORGE OCONITRILLO P a s s a g e s | Graduation/Summer 2019 23


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IGNITE THE FIRE ALL-FAMILY MASS

Sunday, September 22 HFCHS SLATTERY ATHLETIC & CONVOCATION CENTER We welcome our new Holy Family Chaplain Fr. Nels Gjengdahl as our celebrant for this Mass. ALL ARE WELCOME! This Mass is a celebration for our entire community— current HF students and their families, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, and neighbors. Enjoy ice cream following Mass as we reach out to welcome new families and CONNECT AS A COMMUNITY.

FALL OPEN HOUSE

Celebrating 20 years of our Holy Family community.

Tuesday, October 29 Prospective families are invited to join us for an informational look at our school. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE | SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2019 This year we are thrilled to hold Spirit of Fire at Bavaria Downs Event Center www.bavariadowns.com