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JOURNAL December 2018 | Issue 31



Rev. Mark Keene PRINCIPAL

Bob Rowe


Anthony Zechella


Theresa Guard


Tony Bacigalupo


Tara Leen



Kim Crail


Christa Ellison MARKETING

Jill Franxman Jake Kleier ’14 Copyright 2018. Covington Catholic High School. All rights reserved. The JOURNAL is an official publication of Covington Catholic High School for alumni, family, and friends. All items submitted to the JOURNAL and Covington Catholic High School become the sole property of the JOURNAL and Covington Catholic High School and cannot be reproduced without written consent of the publisher. Letters and pictures welcome.

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The primary purpose of Covington Catholic High School is to embrace the Gospel message of Jesus Christ in order to educate young men spiritually, academically, physically, and socially.


We are excited to share the JOURNAL with you every few months. Stay connected in between JOURNALs via our Website and Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). We regularly post about upcoming events, student achievements, and other news. Check out the “JOURNAL” page on our Website that links you to this type of information (; also find it in the Quick Links). If you prefer to receive ALL of your news electronically, and stop receiving the print edition of the JOURNAL, please let us know by filling out the form on the page. CONTENTS

2 Feature Stories 6 School News 13 Athletics 18 Advancement 23 Alumni 25 In Memoriam 28 Reunion News

Front Cover: The Colonel football team captains take the field in the second consecutive state championship game for CovCath. Back Cover: These students proudly wear shirts identifying the six Columns in the one House of Blue.

In this JOURNAL, look for the “C” logo for topics that have more information available online. The website link and a QR Code will be provided to get you there quickly and easily!



The 2018-19 school year is the 94th for Covington Catholic High School, but marks just the beginning for major new elements. Tangibly, the dust is beginning to settle as we anticipate the completion of the Anthony R. Zembrodt STEM and Fine Arts Center (which includes STEM facilities, and a 200-person auditorium) as well as the Drees Student and Alumni Center. These buildings complete the $9 Million in additions and renovations scope enabled by the Bright Minds, Bright Future capital campaign. We look forward to celebrating the dedication of these two buildings with you in the spring. Inside, the new House System has taken hold, with six “Columns” providing structure to the cultural traditions and brotherhood that have been built over decades. We are off to a quick start, with the House System contributing to camaraderie, a sense of community, and leadership development. Even with these changes, as always, our steadfast focus is on the Mission to “embrace the Gospel message of Jesus Christ in order to educate young men spiritually, academically, physically and socially.” We celebrate the ways that we advance this goal, including the success of the fall athletic programs. Congratulations to the Colonel Football team and Coach Eddie Eviston for another spectacular season. Please enjoy this issue as we share great news from the 2018-19 fall semester. As always thank you for your support and encouragement. I wish you and the entire Covington Catholic High School family a truly blessed Christmas season. Please be assured of my prayers. God’s blessings, Bob Rowe





Introducing the House System at Covington Catholic High School. Our school has been around a long time – since 1925 – and has many strong legacies and traditions. But sometimes, changes are good, too. One of the newest changes is our House System, established in 2018. While it’s technically “new,” it simply provides a structure to reinforce the good about CovCath, and make the Colonel Brotherhood even stronger. House Systems originated in England, and have been in use at some American colleges and universities for some time. Some high schools, like Moeller in Cincinnati and Trinity in Louisville,



have had House Systems for a long time. These schools helped CovCath prepare our House System, as one of the first in northern Kentucky. So, why have a House System? The formal answer is…”House Systems exist to divide a school into small, permanent, faculty- and studentled, cross sectional, human friendly components that promote learning and social development.” But basically, it’s to help every student to truly be a part of the Colonel family. With CovCath students now coming from almost 50 different grade schools, this helps everyone find his place right away, no matter his interests!

How does it work? Every student (and staff member) is a member of a Column, a unit of approximately 100 students across all four grades, as the central structure of his four-year school experience. The six columns, with unique symbols and color schemes, are named for these patron saints: Aquinas, Augustine, Benedict, Bosco, Chaminade and Kolbe. All members contribute to points a Column earns toward the coveted “Colonel Cup” through scholarship, service, school spirit, and just plain fun. Each Column is divided into five Mentor Groups, led by a faculty


ESTABLISHED IN 2018 House System as the marchers painted themselves in Column colors and carried the Column crests. The “Colonel Classic” was a competition in the gym involving important skills like Colonel cheers, pieeating, wheelbarrow races, and tug of war. Here are the current Column point standings as of December. Column Points (As of Dec. 2018) Mentor Teacher. These small groups meet twice per week and remain together for four years, building community and fostering brotherhood. The group members get to know each other (and the Mentor Teacher) really well – across grades, across clubs and teams, across everything. For example, a mentor group may make breakfast some mornings, play games and have competitions! The main goals are interaction, camaraderie and support. The Mentor Groups really are the heart of the house system. They become the central point for these type of opportunities: • Leadership – to help plan and run activities of the Mentor Group, Column and House System

Aquinas 414 Augustine 267 Benedict 424 Bosco

Chaminade 374 Kolbe

By the Numbers We’re proud that CovCath is once again a leader in establishing new ways to support our students as they develop spiritually, academically, physically and socially. Here are the key numbers you should know: • 94 years of tradition • Over 8,500 alumni

•A  cademic Support – to provide tutors or just general advice

• 30 Mentor Groups

• Teamwork – because every good Colonel likes a friendly competition!

Off to a great start! Two “marquee” events helped establish the House System early in the school year. One of the most noteworthy Colonel traditions, the Braveheart March, reflected the


Event details and points are communicated via the CovCath House System app.

• Service – to lead a special Column service project

• Faith – to participate in various faith activities together


• Almost 600 students • 6 Columns • One House of Blue

A Campus Ministry Team was recently established to assist students and faculty incorporate higher levels of spirituality in their daily lives, specifically within their respective House System “Columns”. The team is led by Father Michael Hennigen, Father Matthew Summe, and Mr. Jim Fortner, with nine teachers. The team has implemented monthly adoration to be held the first Friday of every month during the school day, and also established an Ephraim Team which consists of selected juniors and seniors to help in the spiritual formation of their Columns. The Team is currently working on additional near- and longterm ideas to advance spiritual leadership among the students of Covington Catholic.

“As a former out of district student, I think the House System makes it easier for me to walk around the halls and know guys from every grade level. With the House System, we have a say in the activities and events that we participate in and as a senior, I think the leadership opportunities are awesome.” – Jackson Blank, Class of 2019 COVINGTON CATHOLIC JOURNAL



THE HOUSE OF BLUE: CONSTRU Established in 1925, the Covington Catholic High School “house” is approaching the century mark. 201819 marks its 94th year, as well as the pending completion and dedication of major new elements on campus. The Anthony R. Zembrodt STEM and Fine Arts Center will welcome students for daily use beginning in January. The new, $3.5 Million academic wing will house the CCH STEM program. State-of-the-art features include: 3-D printers, a laser cutter, saws, drills, a 3-D scanner to build engineering prototypes and art or science projects, a welding room and paint room, and a robotics ring. The building also includes an impressive 200-person auditorium for performances, lectures, student presentations, and other large meetings.



On the opposite side of the school, the Drees Student and Alumni Center is taking shape for completion by spring. Its signature feature is an open, central chamber that will have important function for both students and alumni. Besides expanding the cafeteria capacity, it gives students a space (with high-top workstation tables) for gathering before and after school. That same area can welcome large capacity gatherings of alumni for pre- and post-game events, with easy access to the stadium or gym, as well as the new CCH Spirt Shop. The balance of the new addition will provide needed new office space for administration and faculty. Very importantly, the chapel tower was enhanced with new stained glass to ensure that it remains the central

focal point and guidepost of the new campus. It and the striking look to the entire campus façade are definitely catching the attention of all who pass by our House of Blue.

Save the Date! Save the date for the dedication of these beautiful new facilities on Sunday, May 5th at 2:00 pm.



Read about our CovCath “house” – its origins, decades of life, and promise to current and future students – in “The House of Blue” publication at



SCHOOL NEWS Below are some “headline” recaps of school news, many which have been previously featured on our website, Facebook page, the student publication BluePrint, in local media, and elsewhere. Stay in touch between JOURNALs on the website at and/or social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

COLONEL HEADLINES The Corps of Cadets participated in a third annual “Military Day,” this year with a visit from Navy Midshipman 3/C Logan Franxman (Class of 2017) who shared some infantry skills he’s learned during summer training with Marines at Camp LeJeune. With many new cadets this year, the group has also learned to present the flag with a color guard, and served on a holiday toy collection drive. The NEHS again presented a Veteran’s Day assembly, with a moving presentation by Mr. Ron Spriggs (Tuskegee Airmen’s Museum in Lexington). After an opening prayer led by Fr. Hennigen, NEHS officers Nathan Guenther, Grant Neltner, and Christopher Fitz served as the masters of ceremony for the event,

Corps of Cadets Matthew Theissen, Parker Crawford, Max Stocker and Parker Curry posed with Mr. Ron Spriggs.

the Chamber Choir presented the National Anthem and an Armed Forces Medley, and the Corps of Cadets presented the colors. Charlie Eisner and Reagan Garvey played Taps, all veterans in attendance were introduced, and CCH Teacher and veteran Mr. Nick Hovan (Class of 1991) provided the closing.

The CCH and NDA fall drama production was Shakespeare’s comedy: Much Ado About Nothing.



Mr. Charlie Hartman and Mr. Tom Arnold (Class of 2001) were joined by a group of Colonels to walk the game ball to the football game at Highlands.

Nine students (Parker Curry, Peyton Krallman, Jacob Roose, Josh Blanchet, Chase Donohue, Gen Gallus, Seth Toebben, Brennan Freking, and Grant Fischer) volunteered to put the “haunted” into the “Haunted Trail Maze” constructed at Mr. Cleveland’s house, which thrilled and chilled approximately 300 trick-ortreaters. 2 large groups of rising Juniors travelled to Wyoming for the annual retreat trip.

The Outdoor Pursuits Club spent a backpacking weekend at Red River Gorge.


Senior Michael Hodge was featured on the cover and in an article for a Villa Hills/ Crescent Springs magazine. The article discusses Michael’s passion for baking and cooking. He plans to attend the Culinary Arts Program at Cincinnati State next year.

Andrew Branum was accepted into two separate NaviGo Scholars group for the 2018-19 School Year – Pomeroy and U.S. Bank Cyber Security. He attends monthly sessions with both groups for exposure and networking within those industries. Adams Stepner Woltermann and Dusing has generously donated to the CovCath Mock Trial Team both last year and this year. Scott Guenther (Class of 1985 and Lee Metzger (Class of 2003), both attorneys for the firm, accepted a plaque as a token of appreciation from the Team and faculty moderator Mrs. Diane Ruth to hang in the entry of the ASWD offices. Seniors Jacob Shriver, Max Gray, Cole Davis, Ben Jacobs, Evan Hanna and Liam Merkle were selected to present their art at the Thomas More College High School Juried Art Show in November. Eight CCH seniors joined hundreds of other students from the Tri-State area at the University of Cincinnati for a Service Learning Leadership Workshop presented by the Mayerson Foundation. The students received the opportunity to meet with local professionals and other students to brainstorm ideas for service learning opportunities for their schools and communities.

Photo from left to right: Lucas Kuhlman, Aiden Smith, Evan Moon, Grant Neltner, Ben Wessels, Drew Laws, Ben Hail, and Anthony Brose took a detour to Nippert Stadium after a day of learning about Student Service Leadership at UC.


These students were inducted to the National Honor Society on October 30, 2018: 2018 Inductees: Christopher Dames Jared Silbernagel Matthew Allison Paul Allison Sean Ballow Henry Bennett Lincoln Bent Walter Brunsman David Brunson John Burke Christopher Cahill William Clark Nicholas Collins Lucas Curry Nathan Darpel Samuel Dierker Grant Disken Luke Eisner Luke Eliassen Christopher Fitz Jared Gallagher Evan Gardner John Garvey Nicholas Gettelfinger Neil Green Jerome Hamlin John Jackson Jackson Jordahl

Alexander Kent Joseph Kiely Andrew Kinn Garrett Kirpes John Lawrie Jacob Lehman Yifei Li Peter Maier Max Meyer-Hogan Andrew Molique Edward Monohan Samuel Paley Truman Pierson John Pitstick Paul Reynolds Thomas Roebker Peter Roesel William Ryan Stephen Schaeper David Schlachter Jacob Schulte Brian Schutte Hunter Sommerkamp Thomas Voet Matthew Weil Evan Wessels Gavin Zeck

The current NHS officers led the ceremony, including their explanations of the purpose and ideals of NHS which include Character, Leadership, Scholarship and Service.





Forty-two Covington Catholic students were recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars for 2018, including four who were also named National AP Scholars: National AP Scholars

Students who score of at least 4 on all AP exams and scores of 4 or better on eight or more exams Number of Scholars 4 Average Score 4.56 Paul Couch, Ethan Deters, Corey Foltz, and Tyler MacKnight

AP Scholars with Distinction

AP Scholars with Honor

AP Scholars

Students who earned an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams and scores of 3 or better on five or more exams. 15 4.13

Students who earned an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams and scores of 3 or better on four or more exams. 13 3.66

Students who scored 3 or better on three or more exams.

William Akin, Alec Ballman, Julian Chapman, Paul Couch, Ethan Deters, Corey Foltz, Peter France, Matthew Frisch, Nathan Guenther, Daniel Howard, Tyler MacKnight, Kyle Richards, Jack Scharstein, Samuel Schuh, and Zachary Thapar

Isaac Boldery, Michael Collins, Andrew Danneman, Kyle Fagin, Adam Fortner, William Hemmer, Luke Hentz, Jude Kiely, Jack Maile, Evan Moon, Joseph Novak, Michael Schaefer, and Jacob Witt

14 3.55 Mahfouz Batshoun, Vincent Cafazo, Avery Dietz, Benjamin Hail, Timothy Hillebrand, Lance Knipper, Maximus Liggett, Chase Maschinot, Grant Neltner, Nathan Romes, Alexander Schoborg, Malone Simpson, Duncan Summe, and Nathan Weber

Covington Catholic students completed exams in 13 Advanced Placement courses. 115 students sat for 209 AP exams this past May, 84 percent of all students earning a 3 or better on their exams (compared with 53 percent in Kentucky and 61 percent globally). For most AP students at CovCath, those scores translated directly into college credit and/or placement into higher level courses in the respective subject. Anthony Zechella, Assistant Principal, Dean of Academics, noted, “The AP Scholar designation is a tremendous honor for the recipients, their families, and their teachers. Our AP program is very rigorous. Success in any of these subjects requires a great deal of dedication and diligence by all members of our learning community. The success of our students in the AP program is further evidence of Covington Catholic’s commitment to educational excellence.”

NATIONAL ENGLISH HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEES Brendan Barker Jacob Bayer Luke Bessler Jordan Bezold John Davin Elijah Deters Benjamin Dickhaus Blake Diebold Alexander Dietz Grant Disken Jakob Duerstock Daniel Felix Sam France


Athanasius Ghering Nathan Goebel Lucas Goetz Ben Greenwell David Gronotte III John Hrycak Tyler Hutson Ashton Isler Thomas Kennedy Andrew Kent Garrett Kirpes Jace Kruer Kade Kruer


Michael Marino IV Robert McBride Chase McClure Michael McKeown Charlie Metzger Andrew Molique

Benjamin Murray Will Pelletier Ethan Reardon Brayden Sanning James Scola Jaden Siemer

Dean Skinner Hunter Sommerkamp Christopher Stegman Ben Sweeten Pete Williams Gavin Zeck



Covington Catholic proudly announced that two seniors were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Semi Finalists in the 64th annual National MeritÂŽ Scholarship Program: Harrison Farrar and Nathan Guenther.

Additionally, three students were named Commended Scholars: Connor Furnish, Johnathan Graf, and Nathan Romes. Last fall, roughly 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools across the country entered the

2019 program by taking the PSAT/ NMSQT Qualifying Test. Of those juniors, only 16,000, less than 1%, are named National Merit Semifinalists, based on their scores on this exam. These academically talented students are now eligible to seek Finalist standing, moving one step further in the competition for some 7,500 scholarships worth about $32 million that will be offered in the Spring of 2019. Nationwide, about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit ScholarÂŽ title.

2018 National Merit Semi-Finalists

Name Parents Grade School National Merit Semi-Finalists: Harrison Farrar Kevin and Connie Farrar St. Joseph (Crescent Springs) Nathan Guenther Scott and Amy Guenther St. Pius X National Merit Commended Students: Connor Furnish Jay and Beverly Furnish Johnathan Graf Russell and Heidi Graf Nathan Romes Tim and Janelle Romes

St. Joseph (Crescent Springs) St. Agnes St. Agnes

2018 National Merit Commended Scholars


THE CLASS OF 2022 Caleb Adams Daniel Andreev Matthew Armbruster Ian Asch Mitchell Atkins Noah Bayless Davis Best Ryan Blair Charles Blessing * Nicholas Bonta Jack Boyce Nicholas Boydston Gage Brake * Jacob Brandenburg Matthew Briede William Burke John Cain Thomas Carpenter Philip Clark Ethan Conrad Noah Cooper Mason Cox Parker Crawford Parker Curry Joseph Dames

Nicholas Darpel * Zepp Daspremont Peyton Dietz Liam Dooley Joseph Dressman * Dimitri Dunn Joshua Dusing Bernard Earley * Carter Eckhardt Joseph Egbers * Carter Eilers Charles Eisner Samuel Epplen * Brady Etler * Jacob Finely Grant Fischer Samuel Fischer * Alexander Flickinger Nicholas Franks Patrick Fugazzi * Carson Furnish Jonathan Gallenstein * Conner Gallus Reagan Garvey Colin Gastright

Matthew Gerdes * Braden Greis Christian Griffith Seth Gruner Benjamin Haacke Jason Hackman * Nicholson Hahn Nathaniel Hammond * Theodore Helton Aiden Hemmer * Charles Hemsath Nicholas Henderson Mark Hentz * Joseph Holocher * Adam Holtz Benjamin House Jackson Hovan * Bomani Hughes Reid Hummel Joseph Hunt Yamato Ikeda Nathaniel Jones Jon Kampinga * Noah Kathman * Kaleb Kiely

Luke Knipper * Peyton Krallman Alexander Kramer Kevin Krebs * Grant Krummen Braden Lainhart Luke Lenhof John Lenihan * Matthew Manning Liam McCormack * Chase McFadden Colin McHale Jacob Meese Christopher Meyer Coleman Middendorf Jacob Molique * Nathan Moon Luke Moser Alexander Muck * Evan Myers Eli Nally James Napier Nicholas Nolan Charles Nolting Oliver Orwig

Evan Ossege Dominic Paterno Conner Peak Colton Pieper * Samuel Planicka David Pope Jackson Poulous Leyton Read Mason Redinger Jared Reese * Jack Renaker Colin Reusch Christian Rice * Jacob Roose Thomas Ruberg * Luke Salzman Rob Sandfoss David Schaefer Everett Schneider * Nathan Schroder * Simon Schubert Kenneth Schutte * Tyler Smith * Zachary Smith Jadon Stava

Joseph Stegman * Luke Stetter Max Stocker David Sullivan Andrew Tagher Andrew Wagner Liam Wainscott Max Ward Steven Weil * Nicholas Welch Justin Wiehe Thomas Williams * James Wilson Trevor Wilson Dallas Wirth William Wischer Ming Faih Wong William Ziegler Ryan Zimmerman * * indicates son of a CCH Alumnus




ATTENTION ONLINE SHOPPERS The CCH Spirit Shop has many new items for the rest of the winter sport season and into the spring! It’s the number one source for all things CovCath!

The Covington Catholic High School community came together to raise nearly $50,000 on the Colonel Crazy Day of Giving. These funds support the Annual Appeal and tuition assistance. A special thank you to. Scott McKinley (Class of 1981) and Helen and Ronald (Class of 1967) Arlinghaus for challenging students, parents, alumni, staff and donors to give. In addition, our students donated $1,014 to Team “B”elieve to help find a cure for ALS. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are blessed to have your support!

FUTURE COLONELS Do you know a young man in 1st-8th grade who might be a “Future Colonel”? Please encourage him to sign up at www. to receive information about our Future Colonel events, summer camps, and (for 8th graders) Shadow Day visits to CCH. We have almost 50 grade schools represented within our current student enrollment, and now typically see more than 1/3 of our classes coming from outside the five parish “district” schools. All are welcome at The House of Blue! 45 students got a “sneak peek” at the new academic building when they visited on a Shadow Day this fall. Another 30 attended a STEM Day Out program sponsored by the NKY Chamber of Commerce with CCH as a host site.




ANNUAL COVCATH COLONEL CLASSIC VEX ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT – JANUARY 5TH For the third year in a row, CovCath will be hosting a VEX Robotics Tournament at CovCath on Saturday, January 5th, 2019. Up to 60 middle and high school teams from across the state (and possibly beyond) will be competing in this KY VEX State Qualifier. The event is free and open to the public. If you haven’t seen a robotics tournament, you’re missing an experience! The VEX Robotics platform is aligned with the PLTW (Project Lead The Way) program (the CCH STEM curriculum source) and is the largest and fasting growing high school robotics competition in the world. Competitions are a

great opportunity for students to develop skills in teamwork, leadership, and project management. Teams of students design, build, and code robots each year to play a brand-new game. Thousands of competition events are held annually in all 50 US states and over 40 countries. Given strong and growing participation in the CCH Robotics program, Robotics I and Robotics II were added as general electives at CCH in 2018-19. Applying basic STEM concepts to a competitive atmosphere increases student engagement and makes lessons feel more “real”.

CCH STEM AND GLOBAL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS LEAD Cincinnati Magazine featured Global Business Solutions and the support it has provided to the Covington Catholic High School STEM program. Gaby Batshoun, GBS President/Founder and father of Matthew (CCH 2018), has been a key leader and partner with Principal Rowe and CCH STEM Director Bob Lind in defining and pursuing the STEM program vision. Mr. Batshoun also coaches the Vex Robotics Team and sits on the school’s Advisory Board and Board of Directors. Additionally, GBS provides technology services for the school campus with an IT engineer embedded within the CCH IT Department. The article concludes as follows: “The partnership between GBS and Covington Catholic High School is a stellar example of how one Northern Kentucky business has integrated itself into the community to the mutual benefit of both. “I could not have done anything to the level that we have done without Global Business Solutions and especially without Gaby Batshoun. He has been a tremendous blessing to us,” proclaimed Bob Lind. The partnership is one of the reasons GBS was selected as a finalist by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for its Business IMPACT Awards. These awards recognize businesses impacting the community through innovation, creativity, strong business practices and leadership.”

Read more about the CCH STEM program at or pick up a copy of this new brochure from the CCH School Office.




CCH STAFF MILESTONES AND RECOGNITION Mr. Bob Rowe was honored by St. Elizabeth Healthcare with its “I’m Right Here” Award. Mr. Rowe has been principal of Covington Catholic since 2007. During his tenure, the following results have been achieved: • The National Blue Ribbon Award has been awarded to CovCath twice; • Both the average ACT score of 26 and the number of National Merit Finalists in recent years are among the top in the state, and the Class of 2018 received $22 Million in scholarship offers; • CovCath has instituted the following programs: • A STEM Program which received special “Distinguished” recognition as one of 3 high schools in Kentucky and 1 of 133 schools nationwide to meet certain results and criteria; • Mandatory drug testing policy, the only one of its kind in Northern Kentucky; • A House System, one of the first in Kentucky, which is designed to cultivate inclusion; student leadership; and spirit, pride and ownership amongst all students. • Enrollment has grown 25%, and the now 30-acre campus has grown with $9 Million in capital improvements including a new academic building, the Yung Family Tennis Complex and the Dennis Griffin Stadium, with new lights, field, track, stands and


press box. • Athletically, the Colonels have won five state championships and dozens of Regional titles. In addition to the drug testing program, other health focus initiatives have included an educational program on the dangers of vaping and institution of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Screening. We salute Mr. Rowe for his leadership to achieve these and many other results which have distinguished Covington Catholic High School over the past decade.

Congratulations to Mrs. Barb Hagedorn who was awarded the TMC-Diocesan Excellence in Teaching Award! Mrs. Hagedorn is in her 29th year of shaping the minds of chemistry students at Covington Catholic. We welcome these (new and returning) staff members at CovCath this year: Tara Leen – Advancement Steven McQuade – Social Studies Mark O’Connor – English Andy Zerhusen ‘95 – Religion Jake Kleier ‘14 – Religion Emily Seal - Spanish Rob Henschen – Tech (GBS) Beth Dames – Cafeteria Niki Lainhart - Cafeteria Bill Danneman – Campus Minister



Make a New Year’s Resolution to do your 2019 Amazon shopping through our website link. CovCath receives 6% back for purchase of “wish list” equipment and supplies. These credits have purchased many useful things over the years including several cameras, video equipment, computer equipment, art easels and supplies, books, and even a refrigerator for the faculty room!

The 2018 Back the Blue event, with a “House of Blue” theme was another big success for this annual evening of fun, fellowship and fundraising. With 270 in attendance, over $65,000 was raised to benefit tuition assistance and other needs, including $10,850 to purchase mobile charging tables for student use in the new Student/Alumni center. The event was chaired by Jacquie Bauereis, Aimee Dickhaus, Natalie Maier, and Jenny Schneider and supported by over 50 volunteers.




The CCH cross-country team had a fantastic season, winning numerous meets including the Grant County Invitational, the Mason County Invitational, and the Diocese of Covington Championship. The team was Conference Runner-Up, Regional Runner-Up, and 7th place at the State Championship meet. This marks three straight top 10 finishes at the AAA State meet. The only other schools to finish in the top 10 in each of the past three seasons are St. X, Trinity, and Oldham County. Area coaches named senior Will Tate to 1st Team All-Region; seniors Ben Hail and Casey Wolnitzek, plus sophomore Dominic Taylor to 2nd Team All-Region; and seniors Michael Kessans and Aiden Smith, plus junior Brooks Boschert and sophomore Ethan Wever to All-Region Honorable Mention. Congratulations to the Colonel runners on a great season!


The soccer team once again faced a brutal schedule in preparation for post-season play. The first half of the season, the Colonels finished with a record of 4-7-2 while facing some of the strongest competition from both Kentucky and Ohio. The Colonels gained momentum in the second half of the season to win eight out of their last nine games. Unfortunately, the Colonels fell to Highlands in ninth region finals by a score of 2-1. Team captains were seniors Reese Foster, Nathan Deimling, and Ben Wessels, plus juniors Jack Stava and Nate Darpel. The team will graduate fourteen seniors, but will bring back another large group next season. Both the junior varsity and freshman teams lost in their regional tournaments. However, the young talent is strong as the team looks for success next season. Lastly, special congratulations to Head Coach Jeremy Robertson for recording his 100th career win during the first game of the season vs. St. Henry. His current record through seven seasons is 111-43-16.

GOLF The 2018 CCH Golf Team continued the storied tradition of the program as the Colonel Golfers won the 38th Regional Title in school history. The first half of the season had its difficulties as the team had strong rounds by individuals but only a few great days as an entire team. Senior Patrick Kennedy and junior Ben Sweeten led the way throughout most of the season with seniors Cameron Martin and Lincoln Hammon and junior Christopher Fitz rounding out the top five. Patrick placed in the top five overall in multiple tournaments across the state and won the Madison Central Invitational as an individual. The team shot 306 in both the NKAC tournament, and the 7th Regional Tournament to win both events and continued the streak of qualifying for the KHSAA State Tournament for the 65th consecutive season. Patrick Kennedy also won the 7th Region as an individual with a score of 67, five under par. The Colonel golfers played some of their best golf of the season at the State Tournament by shooting a 307 to end the first day in 6th place and qualify for the second day. The team finished in 7th overall, which made the Colonels one of only three schools in the entire state to place in the top seven in the state for three consecutive seasons. The team graduates six great seniors, but is looking to continue their success with a young team next season.




A PROUD FIGHT! The CovCath Colonels fought the good fight, finishing another stellar season in the 2018 KHSAA Class 5A Championship game on Sunday, December 2nd, at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field. The 2018 team finished 14-1 as the state runner-up, falling 20-16 to an undefeated South Warren team. In the 52nd season of Colonel Football, the 2018 Colonel Football Team made new history for this storied program. Once again, you made us proud, Colonels! • The Colonels claimed a pre-season #9 national ranking in the National Athletic Association of Private Schools and spent the season with a #1 ranking in the state. • The 14-1 record this year reflected 29 consecutive wins since the 2017 state champion campaign. The Colonels dominated throughout the season, with competition from three states. Going into the final game, the Colonels averaged 41.1 points per game while allowing only 9.9. • This was the third time CovCath has played in back-to-back finals and its first time doing so since 1993-1994. • Senior Casey McGinniss, Class 5A Player of the Year, broke multiple season and career records (going into the title game), including Most Touchdowns (Season = 35; Career = 82) and Most Yards Rushing (Season = 2140; Career = 5,121). Fellow senior Jack Coldiron added a career record for receiving TDs = 20.


VARSITY SCHEDULE Opponent Date Ryle W 40-7 (1-0) 8/17 Henry Clay W 41-0 (2-0) 8/24 Cooper W 54-7 (3-0) 8/31 Kings (OH) W 42-9 (4-0) 9/7 Beechwood W 49-14 (5-0) 9/14 St. Francis DeSales (OH) W 35-14 (6-0) 9/21 Bishop Chatard (IN) W52-36 (7-0) 10/5 Highlands W 21-14 (8-0) 10/12 Dixie Heights W 50-8 (9-0) 10/19 Campbell County W 28-0 (10-0) 10/26 Playoffs: Woodford County W 49-0 (11-0) 11/2 Montgomery County W 43-15 (12-0) 11/9 Highlands W 36-0 (13-0) 11/16 Pulaski County W 36-14 (14-0) 11/23 South Warren L 20-16 (14-1) 12/2 Head Coach - Eddie Eviston



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ATHLETICS ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME Covington Catholic High School recently announced the inductees for the 38th annual Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony. They are John Michels, (Class of 1988) and Sheila Roedig, in the coach/contributor category; Steve Hanson (Class of 2003) for track and soccer; David McGee, (Class of 1990) for track and football and Eric Severson, (Class of 2005) for baseball and golf.

The event will take place on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at The Gardens of Park Hills. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, snacks, beer, and wine will be available during this social time. A buffet dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. with the induction ceremonies to follow at approximately 8:00 p.m. Joe Danneman, Class of 1998 and Director of Sports at Fox 19, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. A

special video presentation of the entire CCH Hall of Fame history will take place from 6 pm through dinner until 7:45 pm. Tickets are $50.00 and are available online at, or by calling the school (859) 491-2247. Any other questions, please contact Athletic Director Tony Bacigalupo at

CONGRATULATIONS! Congratulations to the Colonel Youth Football Reserve (5th/6th grade) and Varsity (7th/8th grade) teams. Both won the GCYL City Championship!

THESE COLONEL SENIORS HAVE FORMALLY SIGNED TO PLAY SPORTS IN COLLEGE: Carter Black (Football) – Morehead State University Sean Casteel (Baseball) - Gardner-Webb University Ethan Hanna (Swimming) - University of Cincinnati Nick Thelen (Basketball) – Bellarmine University



BASKETBALL TEAM VOLUNTEERS The basketball team recently volunteered for Northern Kentucky Harvest and the annual Breakfast and Backpacks event. The charity provides school supplies for students who live in Covington.

ATHLETICS COACH EVISTON AWARDED Colonel Football Head Coach Eddie Eviston was awarded the Paul Brown Excellence in Coaching and Leadership Award. From an article by Terry Boehmker in the NKY Tribune (July 24, 2018): The annual award recognizes an outstanding high school football coach in the region. In 2017, Eviston guided CovCath to the first undefeated season in team history and the Kentucky Class 5A state championship. The Bengals also donated $5,000 to the CovCath athletic department in conjunction with the award during a ceremony that took place at the team’s annual pre-training camp media luncheon. “Eddie Eviston has been a presence in the local football world for most of his life,”Bengals president Mike Brown said during the award presentation. “His coaching record is extraordinarily successful, and there’s going to be a lot more to come. He is certainly worthy of receiving the Paul Brown Excellence in Coaching Award.”

STATE CHAMPIONS RECOGNIZED AT GABP Both the football and basketball state championship teams were recognized at Great American Ballpark.

GOLF Covington Catholic senior golfer Cameron Martin, a member of The First Tee of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky chapter, was selected to participate in the 2018 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting the First Tee. It’s a PGA Champions event at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course which pairs 81 junior golfers from First tee with 81 PGA Tour Champions and 162 amateurs to compete for the pro-junior title. He was paired with Kentucky native and former PGA Tour winner, Russ Cochran, for the event. Cameron sunk a 30-foot putt that made the broadcast on The Golf Channel.

FUNDRAISING FOR ALS The CovCath and Newport Central Catholic school communities collaborated with a “Catholics vs ALS” fundraising football scrimmage to support Team “B”elieve for families battling ALS. Coach Eviston’s brother Brian is battling the disease. Both Eddie and Brian played football at Newport Catholic. See “TeamBelieve17” on Facebook for more info.





TARA LEEN Dear Colonel Community,

In our recent mailings of the House of Blue book and the Annual Appeal, you have noticed our central theme of “house”. Just as every house needs a solid foundation to endure many years, as the new Advancement Director, it did not take long to appreciate the solid foundation that exists at CCH. I am truly amazed by the spirit and generosity of the Colonel community such as: • The $9 million raised to complete the new campus improvements. • Over $300,000 raised annually by more than 1,000 donors, supporting the school’s tuition assistance program. • The establishment of over 60 scholarships to help students from all walks of life receive a CovCath education. • Generous sponsorship dollars from the corporate community, supporting our events and overall needs of the students and teachers. • Gifts made in memory of loved ones who have passed away but continue to have a “spirit that will not die”! This is just a snapshot of what you are doing to bless young men with a notable education and brotherhood they will have for the rest of their lives! At the recent open house, I met many families from the Tri-State whose sons are considering attending Covington Catholic. Your support of the Annual Appeal is allowing young men from various backgrounds to experience first-hand what it means to be a Colonel and be part of a foundation that will continue to build the “House of Blue”. In my short time at CCH the staff, students, parents, alumni, volunteers and donors have welcomed me and my family into the House of Blue as part of the Colonel family with open arms and for that I am Blessed. On behalf of the Advancement Department (Kim, Christa, Alex, and me), thank you for helping us to advance the mission of Covington Catholic through your unwavering support. We wish all of you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and healthy New Year! With Gratitude,

Tara Leen Director of Advancement



ADVANCEMENT CONSECUTIVE GIVING MASS The Annual Appeal helps all students receive a quality education at Covington Catholic. Tuition and fees cover 85% of the cost to educate each student. The Annual Appeal helps cover the remaining 15%, supports those students who qualify for tuition assistance, and funds our Work Study Program. We thank those who have given to support these students and the school with their generous donations. You can still give to the Annual Appeal and help CCH meet our goal with the enclosed envelope. In the season of thanksgiving, Covington Catholic holds an all-school mass, inviting donors who have given consecutively to the Annual Appeal for five or more years to attend. This year, more than 60 donors attended. Following mass and lunch in the cafeteria, they were given a tour of the new STEM and Fine Arts Center. Thank you to these loyal donors who support our steadfast HOUSE OF mission to educate young men spiritually, academically, physically and socially.





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CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Covington Catholic High School offers corporate sponsorship packages at various giving levels. As a corporate sponsor, your company will reach one of the most desirable consumer markets in the area while also making a difference in the lives of our future leaders. Benefits include personal introductions to an affluent group of consumers from across the Northern Kentucky area; recognition of your company’s name and logo at events, on our website, and in marketing materials; and, opportunities for you and your guests to attend CovCath social and sporting events. Contact the Advancement Office at 859-448-2247 for more information.

Covington Catholic thanks its Corporate Sponsors listed below for their generous support.





AND MEMORIAL GIFTS Blank Family Scholarship Fund Mrs. Barbara Blank Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Blank, Jr. ‘84 In Memory of Bruce Bode ‘70 Mr. & Mrs. Barry Dyas ‘70 In Memory of Louis Boehmer ‘66 Mr. & Mrs. Steven Averdick ‘68 Mr. & Mrs. Mike Hassan Mr. Robert Meihaus ‘68 Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Whelen ‘66

In Memory of Olutoba Akomelede Mr. & Mrs. J. Thomas Gallenstein ‘68 In Memory of Carol Grinstead Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Flannery ‘76 In Memory of James Malone Mr. & Mrs. J. Thomas Gallenstein ‘68 In Memory of Gwen Schmidt Mr. & Mrs. J. Thomas Gallenstein ‘68 In Memory of Michael Gunning ‘73 Mr. & Mrs. David J. Crowe ‘59

In Honor of Paul Bogenschutz’s Retirement Mr. & Mrs. Brian Dunham ‘89

Bob & Mary Evelyn Hebbeler Scholarship Fund In Memory of Peggy Thornton Mr. & Mrs. Gary Hebbeler ‘79

Dr. Carl and Carol Brueggemann Scholarship Fund Mr. & Mrs. C. Jack Brueggemann, Jr. ‘77

In Memory of David Hils ‘70 Mr. & Mrs. Barry Dyas ‘70

CCH Capital Campaign Faculty Development Endowment Mr. Jonathon Thiel ‘14

In Memory of Ralph Hoffer ‘43 Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Lea ‘70

Class of 1949 Scholarship Fund Herzog-Beckman Foundation

The Greg Keller Endowment Fund - STEM Mr. J. Scott McKinley ‘81 Mr. Larry McGovern ‘81 In Honor of Scott McKinley’s Retirement ‘81 Mr. & Mrs. Adam Davey ‘93 Mr. Larry McGovern ‘81

In Memory of Gaye Durrett Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Lang In Memory of Chris Edgington ‘85 Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Collins ‘86 Mr. & Mrs. Jerald Edgington Mrs. Sue Nie In Memory of Donald Farley Ms. Michelle Feld Ms. M. Gayle Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Knorr ‘61 Lampke Court Reporting - Kelly Steidle & Mary Kay Woodruff Mr. & Mrs. Russ Pettibone Saladino & Schaaf, PLLC Greta & Chris Walker The Finke Family Scholarship Fund Becton Dickinson and Company Mr. & Mrs. Matthew T. Finke ‘02 Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Finke, Jr. ‘98 Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Finke, Sr. ‘79 Tom Franxman Memorial Scholarship Fund ‘59 Mrs. Patricia L. Franxman In Memory of Steve Fritz ‘59 Mr. & Mrs. Jim Schoettle Jon Gallenstein Art Fund Mr. & Mrs. Dan Bondick ‘71 In Memory of Jon’s 25th Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. J. Thomas Gallenstein ‘68

Longshore/Duncan Scholarship Fund Dr. & Mrs. Robert T. Longshore In Memory of Dave Myers ‘70 Dr. & Mrs. Timothy Burke ‘70 Mr. & Mrs. Barry Dyas ‘70 Mr. & Mrs. Don Kiely ‘70 In Honor of Kevin & Maria Molony’s 40th Wedding Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Thelen Jerome Moser Scholarship Fund ‘49 Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Moser ‘49 In Memory of John “Jack” Nienaber ‘59 Mr. & Mrs. Edward Fritz ‘74 Mr. & Mrs. P. Todd Nienaber ‘86 In Memory of Gary Orzali ‘70 Mr. & Mrs. Barry Dyas ‘70 In Memory of Betty “Boots” Pauly Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Depenbrock ‘68 In Memory of Marc Reardon, II Mr. & Mrs. Steven Averdick ‘68 Dick and Nancy Roeding and Family Scholarship Fund Mrs. Nancy Roeding COVINGTON CATHOLIC JOURNAL


ADVANCEMENT Roy and Pat Romes Scholarship Fund Mr. & Mrs. Randy Ellison & Family ‘79 With Gratitude to Christa Ellison for help with 50th Reuion Class of 1968 - Golden Colonels Joe & Ginnie Schmidt Scholarship Fund ‘61 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph B. Schmidt ‘61 Frederick S. & Mathilde H. Schuhmacher Mr. George J. Schuhmacher In Memory of Joey Schulte ‘06 Ms. Marla Barone Mr. & Mrs. David Billmire Mr. & Mrs. James Dee Mr. & Mrs. Donald Grimes Ms. Patricia Holten Mrs. Laura M. Hoppenjans Mr. & Mrs. Daniel T. Meier ‘70 Ms. Nancy Schafer & Family Mr. & Mrs. Robert Schroeder Mr. Ray Schulte Ms. Susan Shaw Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Spradlin Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stewart ‘74 Mr. & Mrs. Chris Stone Mr. & Mrs. Berz W. Wagner Mr. & Mrs. Larry Wurtz ‘69 Your Friends at Shriners Hospital for Children-Cincinnati, OH

Mr. &Mrs. R. Kenney Shields ‘60 Mr. & Mrs. Irvin Ziegler ‘61 In Memory of William Sommerkamp ‘47 Mr. & Mrs. Steven Averdick ‘68 Mr. & Mrs. Richard Boothe Mr. & Mrs. Mark Clayton Mr. & Mrs. Barry Dyas ‘70 Mr. & Mrs. John Herold, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James Kelly ‘71 Mr. & Mrs. Jason Klare Ms. Michelle Litzler Mr. & Mrs. Tom Litzler Mr. & Mrs. George Lyon ‘46 Mr. & Mrs. Daniel T. Meier ‘70 Ms. Ann Milburn Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Miller Mr. Chris Nantista ‘97 Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Ochs ‘63 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Sidwell Mr. & Mrs. Frank Sommerkamp ‘47 Col. (ret) Kathryn R. Sommerkamp Mr & Mrs. John Stewart Trails of Doe Run Friends Ms. Charlotte Volpenhein Mrs. Daria Warning Ms. Colleen Wimmel The ‘Voorhees Family Honors Art Scholarship Mr. & Mrs. John Voorhees & Family

Sharp Family Scholarship Fund Mr. & Mrs. George M. Sharp, III

In Memory of Rick Williams ‘70 Mr. & Mrs. Barry Dyas ‘70

Tim Shields, Class of 1961Scholarship Fund Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Schmidt ‘61 Mrs. Judith G. Shields

In Memory of Patty Yoshida Mr. & Mrs. Leo Swiat

VOORHEES FAMILY HONORS ART SCHOLARSHIP In November of 2018, Laura and John Voorhees and their son, CJ, set up an endowed merit-based, art scholarship fund. Wishing to pay it forward, CJ promoted the idea with his parents. CJ spent four years in the art program at CCH from 2011-2015. He always felt it was the greatest experience of his high school career. He found the program provided him with a sense of belonging and an opportunity to develop his creative skills as an artist, something he truly enjoyed. CJ felt very blessed to have Mr. Haders as his teacher. In addition to being an excellent teacher, Mr. Haders taught him the value of having a good moral character and being dedicated to his goals. While in the art program, CJ was honored to be a recipient of the Gallenstein Award. He attended the Governor’s School for the Arts, and at graduation, he received the Best Artist and Best Graphic Artist Award. CJ is now a senior at the University of Kentucky and majoring in Finance and Accounting. According to his parents, although CJ does not



intend to pursue a career as an artist at this time, all of his experiences in the art program guided his development into becoming a well-rounded, up-standing young man. CJ, and his mom and dad, hope this scholarship will help provide an opportunity to other art students to have the same wonderful experience.



ALEX AMMERMAN ’10 Alumni, Parents, and Friends, This school year has been an extremely exciting time to be around Covington Catholic High School. As the Alumni Relations Director, when I engage with the alumni, I get to see firsthand how the current state of the school makes us all proud to be Colonels. We welcomed back nine different reunion classes to campus this year. While giving tours of the school, I constantly heard the words “this is different from when I went to CCH”. There are obvious changes as soon you turn into the parking lot with the ongoing construction projects which further establish and enhance the identity of Covington Catholic. CovCath remains a place where overall success is woven into the fabric of our brotherhood. We continue to make our mark in the community through spiritual, academic, physical and social successes. Just this past school year we celebrated record-breaking community service numbers, higher median ACT scores, increased annual appeal donations, multiple state championships and continuously growing alumni support. I urge all of our students and alumni to continue to find ways to make a difference in our community and beyond. As the construction continues to change the aesthetics of the school, there are pieces of our history that remain the same. We remember our past as we push towards the future. We remember all of the alumni who have gone before us at the Annual Memorial Mass, recognize our reunion groups every fall, and reminisce about the great times that we had in the halls of Covington Catholic High School. I wish all of our alumni a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and hope that I see you soon in Park Hills. With A Spirit That Will Not Die!

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This year the Alumni Department started an Alumni Newsletter that is issued monthly to all CCH Alumni. The Newsletter includes items such as reunion updates, alumni event information, an alumni spotlight, and upcoming dates. If you have not received your copy of the Alumni Newsletter please contact Alumni Relations Director Alex Ammerman ( with an updated email address!

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MASS OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED On Tuesday, October 30, Covington Catholic held its annual Mass of the Faithful Departed in memory of deceased alumni. Each year, since 1990, we have come together for this all-school mass to celebrate the lives of fallen Colonels and remember those who came before us. Nearly 100 alumni were represented at mass with a rose, carried by a family member and placed at the altar. Afterwards, the families and friends of the deceased gathered for breakfast in the school cafeteria where they shared many memories about the lives of their loved ones, including their time at CovCath. This special event held each year around the time of All Souls day is a tradition that is very special to all of us at CCH. If you know of a deceased alumnus who was missed or wish to be invited to this mass, please contact the Advancement Department.

The following donations were made in loving memory of deceased alumni. These donations will go toward the funding of the Covington Catholic High School Alumni Scholarship Fund. Once the fund reaches $10,000.00 a scholarship will be awarded to a student on an annual basis for tuition assistance. Visit to make a memorial gift. Ray Bergman ‘45 Mrs. Susan Bergman Michael Bresser ‘63 Mrs. Margaret Bresser Richard Brink ‘70 Mrs. Zita Brink Jerry Collins ‘66 Mrs. Judy Collins Nick Dirkes ‘72 Mrs. Denise Dirkes Andy Duhme ‘40 Mrs. Mary Clare Duhme Edwin Duhme ‘38 Mrs. Mary Clare Duhme Donald Duhme ‘48 Mrs. Dorothy Duhme Mrs. Mary Clare Duhme


Chris Edgington ‘85 Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Edgington Chris Fieger ‘61 Michael Johannemann ‘61 Robert Flick ‘61 Mrs. Sue Flick Galen Healey ‘95 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Healey Tom Johannemann ‘65 Mr. Michael Johannemann ‘98 Lou Krumpelman ‘68 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Etler ‘63 Kevin McKinley ‘75 Mrs. Loretta McKinley M. Terry McClure ‘63 Mrs. Lois A. McClure


Harry Meyers ‘49 Mr. & Mrs. Leo Meyers ‘54 Robert H. Moellering ‘61 The Moellerings Daniel Moffitt ‘67 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Moffitt R. Patrick Richter ‘62 Mrs. Tinsley Richter Mark Riesenberg ‘75 Mr. & Mrs. Steve Riesenberg George Robbins ‘32 Rev. Thomas Robbins ‘66 Brian Schafer ‘08 Mr. Mike Schafer Nancy, Daniel ‘06 & Stephen ‘12 Schafer Mark Schlarman ‘71 Mr. & Mrs. Randy Groger

Bill Sommerkamp ‘47 Mr. & Mrs. Frank Sommerkamp, Jr. ‘47 Edward Thomas ‘71 Mrs. Lennea Thomas Ed Tranter, Jr. ‘58 Mr. & Mrs. John Tranter ‘86 Fred Van De Geer ‘68 Mr. & Mrs. Roland Van De Geer ‘67 John Van De Geer ‘71 Mr. & Mrs. Roland Van De Geer ‘67 Michael Warning ‘53 Mr. Dan Warning ‘78 Mrs. Ruth Warning Wayne Warning, Sr. ‘60 Mrs. Ruth Warning

Wayne Warning, Jr. ‘84 Mrs. Ruth Warning Chester Wartman ‘68 E. Joseph Wartman ‘64 Louis Wartman ‘32 Stephen Wartman ‘61 Mr. Anthony Wartman ‘59 Lawrence Wendt ‘65 Suzanne Wendt Paul Wegener ‘31 Mr. & Mrs. John Peavler




Those listed below have passed away since June 2018 or we have become aware of their passing since the last issue of the Covington Catholic Journal. *Preceded in death


John Beck, class of ’71, brother of Matt ’73 and father of Matt ‘95 Bruce Bode, class of ‘70 Louis Boehmer, class of ‘66 Denis Daly, class of ’60, brother of Gerald ’64, Tim ’70 and Terry ‘73 Michael Gunning, class of ’73, brother of Stephen ’81 and John ‘88 David Hils, class of ‘70 Donald Kampsen, class of ‘59 Richard Lahner, class of ‘62 Stephen Lux, class of ’68, brother of Tom ’72 and Rick ‘75 David Myers, class of ’70, brother of Stephen ‘67 Rick Noll, class of ’69, brother of John ’63, Gary ’65 and Randy ‘68 Gary Orzali, class of ’70, son of *Joseph ‘44 Fred A. Scheper, class of ’45 Timothy Schmitz, class of ’80, brother of David ’72 and Thomas ‘77 Joseph Schneider, class of ’71, brother of *Gerald ’61, *Edward ’65, Thomas ’72, Phillip ’78 and Paul ‘81 Joseph Schulte, class of 2006, brother of Andy ’08 and Michael ‘16 William Sommerkamp, class of ’47, brother of *Paul ’40 and Frank ’47; father of David ’71, Tom ’74 and Jim ’76; grandfather of Daniel ’00, Kevin ’05, Justin ’07 and Darek Woodruff ‘09 Damian Stanton, class of ‘73 Joseph Steioff, class of ’56, father of Rick ‘79 Robert G. Wermeling, III, class of ’64, father of Rob ‘93


Mary Jo Banta, sister of Michael ’69 and Richard ’71 Kessans Barbara Bayer, mother of Tim ’75 and Rob ’85; grandmother of Rob ’13 and Tanner ’18, Craig Jacobs ’98, Brent Jacobs ’00, Scott Jacobs ’05 and Todd Jacobs ‘07 Rita Mary Bedel, mother of Al ’72, Ed ’75, Greg ’78 & Gary ‘78 Gerald Benson, grandfather of Gunnar ‘17 Nancy Bosch, wife of Ken ’59, mother of Stephen ’85, grandmother of Brandon ’10 and sister of Robert Lee ‘72 Richard Cardosi, grandfather of Eric Loos ‘08 Pamela Dickman, wife of Randy ‘77 Gaye Durrett, wife of Tom ’78, mother of Tucker ’17, sister of Don Whittle ’75 and daughter of *Don Whittle ‘48 Donald Farley, grandfather of Avery ’18 and Alex ‘21 Elaine Fedders, mother of Chuck ’80, David ’85 and grandmother of Will ‘19 Thelma Foltz, Grandmother of Matthew ’96 and Nick ‘01 Eleanor Grefer, mother of Jack ’67 and grandmother of Drew ‘13 Carol Grinstead, grandmother of Drew ’07, Cole ’10 and Blake ‘16 Mary Kathleen Halloran, sister of Ralph Grieme ’60 and mother of Michael Andrew ‘94 Elizabeth Hargis, wife of Mike ’64 and mother of Jason ‘93 Robert Hudepohl, grandfather of Chris ’03, Michael ’06, and Nick ‘07 William Janszen, father of Steve ’83 and Tim ’86; grandfather of Drew Bamberger ‘12 Betty Ann Kinney, mother of Doug ’84, grandmother of Robert ’07, Joseph ’09, and David ’14 Hacker Ann Klensch, wife of Al ‘74 Dolly Krummen, mother of Mike ‘69 Jim Landers, father of Paul ‘86 Tom Lutz, brother of *Bob ’66 and Bill ‘67 Thomas McGoy Jr., father of Tom ‘86 Marian Meagher, mother of *Lawrence ’62; grandmother of Larry ’85 and Chris ‘95 Marietta Miller, mother of Ed ’70 and John ‘70

Janet Yash Moore, mother of Andrew ’01 and James ‘03 Sue Moore, mother of John, Jr. ’89 and grandmother of Luke ‘19 Thomas Shelley Moore, father of Terry ’83, grandfather of Max ’14 and Logan ’16 Boyle, Matthew Nelson ‘04 Dorothy Munninghoff, mother of Dale ‘71 Sue Oberjohn, mother of Bill Eilerman ’74 and grandmother of Zack Fugate ‘10 Anthony Pangallo, grandfather of David ‘05 Jerry Parton, grandfather of Brady ‘15 Betty “Boots” Pauly, mother of Gary ’72 and Dave ’75; grandmother of Jordan ‘05 Alice Pille, mother of Robert Pille ‘69 Majorie Quast, mother of Jim ’69, David ’70 and John ’75;grandmother of Adam ’01, Grant ’04, Robbie ’05, Mitchell Jacobs ’12, Nick Jacobs ’16 and Ben Jacobs ‘19 Goldie Rice, grandmother of Sean ’98 and Patrick ‘00 Iris Rottinghaus, sister of Leo Meyers ’54 and grandmother of Joe Hoefker ‘92 Joan Schiebelhuth, grandmother of Rich ‘06 Kenneth Scott, grandfather of Jonah ‘11 Anita Schwartz, wife of Mark ‘73 Elaine Smith, grandmother of Jason Theissen ‘00 Aloma Webb, mother of Dustin ‘08 Jared Willman, son of Justin ’97 and grandson of Lawrence Koehl ‘64 Marilyn Young, grandmother of Alex Muck ‘22 George Zang, grandfather of Matthew Johnson ‘03 Dr. Vincent Ziegler, father of Michael ‘97 Nick Zimmerman, father of Chris ’90 and Mark ’90; Grandfather of Nick ’17, Luke ’20 & Ryan ’22; brother of *Paul ’60 and *Bernard “Benny” ‘65


“C” logo Woodford Reserve 2nd Edition bottles are available for Christmas. For every membership to the Colonel Club you will receive a limited CCH edition of 750ml Woodford Reserve. The membership fee is $100 and proceeds go to the Alumni Association. This is the perfect gift for alumni sons, husbands, fathers and brothers! Every friend of Covington Catholic High School will want one for their bar collection! Must be over 21 to join and able to pick the gift up at school. To sign up for the Colonel Club, contact the Advancement Office at 859-448-2247 or complete the online membership form at, if you prefer to pay by credit card. COVINGTON CATHOLIC JOURNAL




The Class of 1967 meets once a month on the second Wednesday at noon at Barleycorn’s, Lakeside Park. Please join us!

Missner, is a seasoned litigator and former Justice Department official who served during President George H.W. Bush’s administration. He has advised the President and his legal team concerning the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

2004 Chris Wise and his wife Leah proudly announce the birth of Walker Henry on September 18, 2018. Walker, a Future Colonel of the Class of 2037, weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces.



Scott McKinley, recently retired from UPS, took his love of CovCath all the way to the Great Wall of China. Scott established the Greg Keller STEM Endowment at CovCath.


President Trump selected Pat Cipollone to be the lead White House counsel. Cipollone, a partner at the Washington law firm Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato &



Timothy Morehead is working toward a masters of science and Ph.D in Big Data from Morehead State University. He has previously earned an Associate Degree in Accounting Honors from Liberty University and a BS in Business Engineering Technology Morehead State University with Honors.

1995 Jude Redfield is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) from the American Meteorological Society and holds a seal of approval from the National Weather Association. In 2006 and 2007 he won an Emmy for best weather anchor, and in 2008 he won an Emmy for best weathercast. He is currently working for WDRB-TV in Louisville, KY. LCDR Kevin J. Overmann, an F/A-18 pilot in the U.S. Navy, recently received a Master’s Degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University. Upon retiring in June 2020, Kevin next wants to work for NASA or the airline industry. He is currently stationed in Norfolk, Va. and living in Virginia Beach with wife Kelli and two children.


Chase Dressman announces the birth of daughter Emma Rose, who joins siblings Vincent, Jack and Maria. Chase is an attorney with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.


Tom Flanagan is recently engaged to Maraya Justice. Their wedding is planned for November 2, 2019.

2013 Ryan Basford is engaged to Madelyn Wendling. In 2017, he earned a BBA in Marketing from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a Sales Executive at C.H. Robinson.

ALUMNI 2010 Will Ammerman was married on November 9 to Stephanie Hasken Ammerman at the Thomas More University Chapel. The couple resides in Newport where Will works at Ferguson Enterprises as a Branch Manager. Chris Hellmann got married on June 30 to Mo Riley Hellmann. The couple lives in Louisville where Chris works as a systems engineer at Raytheon.

2017 Kyle Crail spent the summer traveling abroad with the University of Dayton, first in China studying at UD’s China Institute and visiting the Yellow Mountain (Huangshan Mountain), the Great Wall in Shanghai, and Beijing. Later, he also studied in London and Ireland. In 2019, he was selected for a summer internship in Washington, D.C. as part of the DC Flyers Program, which focuses on students who are engaged leaders in the UD community who demonstrate a commitment to a future career in public service.

FUTURE COLONELS OF THE CLASS OF 2023 Save the Date for the Preview to the Blue Jan. 25, 2019 – 6 pm

Get more info and register online at

2017 & 2018 Alex Menne married Catie Garcia Menne on September 22 at Blessed Sacrament Church. Alex works as an Engineer at Marathon Petroleum Company managing Major Projects.

Colonel Football alumni Anthony Best (Class of 2017) and Grant Dyer (Class of 2018), now University of Dayton Flyers, squared off against Malachi Pike (Class of 2017) when his Butler Bulldogs visited Dayton.



First Friday Mass

Jan. 4 5 Year Reunion of 2014 State Championship Basketball Team Jan. 23

Hall of Fame

Mar. 1

First Friday Mass

Mar. 15/16 Alumni Basketball Tournament


Jacob Read married Michelle Wissman on September 29, 2018. Fellow CCH groomsmen included Joey Fredrick, Jack Templeton, Brandon Rozanski, Austin Taylor, Drew Etling, Christian Schulte, and Dan Gregory. After a honeymoon to Saint Lucia, the couple reside in Ft. Wright.

March 23

Colonel Stag

April 5

First Friday Mass

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REUNION NEWS CLASS OF 1958 – The Class of 1958 came back to Park Hills on September 14 to enjoy a tour of the school building, a CCH football game, and a postgame reception in the gym. Thanks to all those who came out to celebrate the 60 Year Reunion of the 1958 Colonels!

CLASS OF 1973 –The Class of 1973 Reunion/Oktoberfest was attended by hundreds!! About 40 of which were actually there for the Reunion. As you might expect, the evening was full of laughs, unfounded rumors, bold faced lies, false accusations and alternative facts. Our entertainment plans fizzled when it was discovered that the available electrical system was unable to support the demands of Bob Brandner’s “RiverDance, The Director’s Cut” planned solo performance. We shared some memories, ate tater tots (eight per serving), caught up with whatever news we could share and lifted a glass to the memory of those unable to attend. After all, in the end we are all Colonels!!!

CLASS OF 1963 – Colonels from the Class of 1963 enjoyed watching the CCH Football team beat the Beechwood Tigers at CCH on September 14 for their 55 Year Reunion. The Class also enjoyed a Saturday night dinner in the cafeteria. Special thanks to Ken Williams for helping put together a great weekend!

CLASS OF 1978 – The CCH Class of 1978 celebrated their 40 Year Reunion on October 12 and 13. They started the weekend activities off with a small hearty group of 28 golfers at Devou Golf and Event Center. Lies were told, fun was made, great shots were had and plenty of laughs were shared by all who attended. After golf, the Class of 1978 hung around the outdoor patio and indoor bar, where Mr. Bill Lejeune made his annual appearance at some of the more recent reunions. On Saturday, they had a Reunion Memorial Mass for the fallen brothers of ‘78 at the school chapel. They then loaded onto a bus at 10 am and went to Keeneland for the day. Forty-Four classmates and wives joined in for a day with the ponies and more fun. Finally, at around 9 pm they pulled back into the school parking lot and went their separate ways. All members are planning to do it all again next year, but they all know it will probably take five more years to pull it off. Special thanks to Mr. Joe Fischer for helping put together the weekend.

CLASS OF 1968 – The Class of 1968 at Covington Catholic High School held its 50-Year Reunion on Sept. 14-16, 2018. It was three days of fun, friendship, football and ever-expanding foreheads, and the camaraderie in the event surely reflected the school motto emblazoned on the exterior of Griffin Stadium … “With a Spirit That Will Not Die!” There were 62 class members who took part in at least one of the three days of festivities, and 32 of those attended all three days of major events. The Reunion drew classmates from California, Florida, Tennessee and Illinois, as well as Ohio and Kentucky. Special thanks to Frank Henn, Mark Gehring, Jack Bogaczyk and Charlie “Kip” Stander for helping put together this amazing weekend!




ALUMNI REUNION NIGHT– The Classes of 1983, ’88, ’93, ’98, ’03, ’08, and ’13 all came back to Covington Catholic for their respective reunions on October 19 as the football team took on the Dixie Colonels. These classes all received a pregame tour of the school building, watched the football game, and then gathered in the gym for a postgame celebration. Well over 300 Colonel Alumni were in attendance and a special thank you goes out to all of the reunion chairs who helped get their respective classes together for a great night.


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