2022 Fall/Winter Re-U-Knight-er

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A publication for the Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools community & alumni.

President: Kyle L. Groos

Director of Development: Liz Myscofski 605-575-3342 lmyscofski@ogknights.org

Executive Director Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools Foundation: Nicole R. Bruning 605-575-3362 foundation@ogknights.org

Admissions: Jenni Struck 605-575-3358 admissions@ogknights.org

Greetings alumni, families and friends, The 2022-2023 school year kicked off and what a great start it has been for our schools. Now as we prepare to head into 2023, we reflect and move ahead with optimism for change and new beginnings.

One new change is the Re-U-Knight-er will now become a bi-annual publication versus three times a year. We will produce a Fall/Winter issue and a Spring/Summer issue. This decision was made to bring more engaging content to you. It will better accommodate the timing of activities and information on all eight of our Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools, and with updates with our alumni, including the annual Hall of Fame celebration.

The Re-U-Knight-er has always been a source of information and a way for our alumni, parents and supporters to remain connected to our school community. We hope the changes you see in this publication confirm your continued commitment to support Catholic education in Sioux Falls.

As you read the wonderful stories on our students, staff and our alumni, we hope you enjoy the successes and remember fondly the connections and friends you made here at Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools.

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National Blue Ribbon Honor

Many Blessings, Kyle L. Groos, President Re-U-Knight-er is published two times annually by the Development Office and the Alumni Office for all Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools community, alumni and supporters. Graphic Design: Angie Halter | Coordinators: Summer Wagner, Rachael Kapperman ‘11

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3 Hall of Fame 6 Teachers of Excellence
10 Religious Spotlight: Monsignor Steve Barnett 12 Knight Notes
14 What’s Up O’G 16 The Competitive World of Oral Interp
Event Recap: Dakota Bowl & Golf Classic
Class Reunions
Alumni News
In Loving Memory
Re-U Spotlight: A Real Top Gun Instructor


Holy spirit Elementary

Regan Manning, Principal at Holy Spirit Elementary recalls a conversation at a teacher meeting five years ago, “I shared my goal and aspiration and said ‘we are going to put a blue ribbon on the wall of Holy Spirit Elementary.’”

On September 16th, he achieved his goal. Congratulations to Holy Spirit Elementary on being named a 2022 Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor a school can receive from The U.S. Department of Education.

“I knew we had a team to get that accomplished and today

celebrate that accomplishment,” Manning announced at Holy Spirit Elementary National Blue Ribbon School award ceremony on October 18th .

“Congratulations to all you students, to you teachers, to you school leaders. You obviously have set high expectations for your students; you have created a culture where it is important to succeed academically so keep up the good work that you are doing!”
- Mary Stadick Smith, Deputy Secretary for the
South Dakota Department of Education
Regan Manning

the school must be in the top 15 percent for both tests.

• Disaggregated results for student groups, including students from disadvantaged backgrounds, must be similar to the results for all students tested.

Guest speaker at the award ceremony, Mary Stadick Smith, Deputy Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Education, asked for the student’s help in guessing how many schools there were in the United States. With lots of hands raised, chatter and excitement among the students, she received answers from 3,000 schools to 5 million. With more than 138,600 schools in the United States, and more than 34,500 of those are non-public schools, the impact of the award resonated with everyone in the room.

Smith related to the students by sharing how Holy Spirit Elementary was chosen in the category of exemplary schools and that it doesn’t happen overnight. Just like learning how to ride a bike, it takes hard work, perseverance and practice

Her final remarks were enlivening, “Congratulations to all you students, to you teachers, to you school leaders. You obviously have set high expectations for your students; you have created a culture where it is important to succeed academically so keep up the good work that you are doing!”


Bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood, was another memorable guest speaker that was able to connect with all students, preschool through grade six.

He shared with the students how to make the Hall of Fame as saints. “A blue ribbon in heaven is when we look at everything and we treat everyone like God does. And we love and are kind and respectful and help other people get to heaven.” As he pointed to the large posters of saints on the walls of the gymnasium, he said, “My hope and my dream is every single one of your faces, God willing, will be up on the Hall of Fame one day.”

Manning closed the ceremony by sharing the school’s strategies for success: relationships and connections. “These connections between teachers and students, parents and teachers, administration and teachers, school and parish—everything is so solid here, and I think that’s the key to why we earned a blue ribbon. Couple that with a solid virtue program. In October, we focused on docility— the willingness to be taught. When you look at that a little closer, our students witness every day how hard the teachers work preparing, planning and teaching lessons. It’s like an obligation [the students] feel to that teacher to work their hardest and do their best because they want to make their teacher proud. The students get to witness their

parents as partners with our teachers, supporters and their biggest cheerleaders cheering them on to be successful.”

He also shared the daily reflection from “The Word Among Us” for that day. “Look at your relationships as gifts from the Lord and commit yourself to these people with all your heart. Let them know that they can rely on you through thick and thin. Do that and you will be ministering the blood of Christ with them in a deeply moving way.” His closing remarks, “We are blessed here at Holy Spirit Elementary to not only be able to foster academic excellence but through these great relationships we form, we also minister the Love of Christ through these relationships.”

The ceremony ended with the O’Gorman High School Drumline leading the students out of the gymnasium in a school-wide parade around the building. From the 6th grade students to the preschool classes, the students showed off their blue ribbon t-shirts while waving their blue ribbons as they marched to the beat of the drumline.

All elementary schools within Bishop O’Gorman Catholic
“A blue ribbon in heaven is when we look at everything and we treat everyone like God does.”


Our O’Gorman-Cathedral Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes individuals for their contributions to O’Gorman Athletics and Distinguished Alumni for their excellence in service, arts, academics and industry. This past September, our 2022 Hall of Fame inductees attended Mass at O’Gorman High School alongside the students before a ceremony and luncheon at The Country Club of Sioux Falls. After a tour of the high school, the inductees were recognized on the McEneaney Field before the Homecoming football game.



Please submit your nomination before April 15, 2023 for your nominee to be considered. Nomination forms can be found at www.ogknights.org/alumni/hall-of-fame or contact our alumni specialist at swagner@ogknights.org.



Oral Interpretation State Champion, Miss South Dakota 1980 and arguably, the most wellknown O’Gorman alumni; Carol Nesbitt continues to be an advocate and a voice for Catholic education. During her high school career, Carol competed in Oral Interpretation and won the state title in the humor category, earning a ticket to the National tournament. She had starring roles in theatrical productions in high school, college and played a leading role in the Children’s Theatre of Minneapolis’ production of “Frankenstein”, broadcast nationwide as a CBS Afterschool Special.

Carol launched her singing career at 18 years old when she won the title of Miss South Dakota in 1980. She was named to the prestigious Miss America USO Troop, traveling across Europe entertaining service members. She continues to give back to the program by serving on the Miss South Dakota Board and mentoring young women in talent and interview.

Carol was often heard over the South Dakota airwaves as the voice of popular jingles. Carol has sung at many conventions, corporate gatherings, Chamber events, and once sang for a former First Lady. She was the featured vocalist in many bands and recorded three Christmas CDs for charity, raising over $100,000 in addition to her volunteer work with The Banquet, Dougherty House, Avera NICU, Catholic Family Services and various parish ministries.

As Alumni Director for Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools for 23 years, she built a strong alumni community, hosted large Cathedral and regional alumni reunions, helped launch fundraisers including Go Give OG Day and the Alumni 10x12 Program and was a familiar voice at 24 Dakota Bowls.

As Carol’s mentor, Ron Schallenkamp, once told her, “You’ve been given gifts from God. It’s your obligation to share those.” She hopes that will be her legacy, that she shared her gifts and inspired others to share theirs as well.


Dr. Thomas R. Loveland graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1970, where he was a member of the wrestling and football teams. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University. He discovered a love of geography and a growing desire to explore our changing planet. Tom continued his education, completing a Master of Science degree in geography from SDSU and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Project EROS, “a program aimed at gathering facts about the natural resources of the Earth from Earth-orbiting satellites,” gave Tom his first internship in the 1970s, and formed the basis for his nearly fifty-year career in remote sensing. Tom began his career using the EROS-managed Landsat satellite imagery to map land cover and vegetation. Tom retired in 2022 as the EROS Chief Scientist.

Tom was a leader of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme global land cover initiative, which resulted in global recognition for the USGS as a land use and land cover innovator. He led the land use and land cover component for the U.S. Global Change Research Program and was an author for two of the congressionally mandated periodic National Climate Assessments. Tom’s leadership defined and led the NASA/USGS Landsat Science Team, a group of scientists and engineers dedicated to advancing the use of Earth observations, was crucial in the design and launch of Landsat satellites.

Tom served as an adjunct professor at SDSU for 35 years, played a vital role in the establishment of the SDSU-USGS Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence and served as its co-director for twelve years. He was the recipient of numerous awards, most notably the William T. Pecora Award in 2019 for outstanding contributions to earth science and his 2018 induction into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

Tom Loveland passed away on May 13, 2022, having shared a lifetime of love with his wife Cam, daughter Shannon, son Bill, and their spouses and children.

Tom’s family accepted his plaque in his honor: Cam Loveland (wife), Dan Loveland (brother) and Shannon Gustafson (daughter)



Greg and Phyllis are not Bishop O’Gorman graduates but with their sons’ enrollment, they soon became immersed in the O’Gorman community. Greg was the first ever non-alumni to serve as Dakota Bowl chair. He chaired the Rec center campaign, co-chaired the Building on Excellence campaign for the renovation of O’Gorman High School including athletic facilities and theatre. He subsequently received the Woody Drey Everyday Hero award for his years of service in 2005. Phyllis served on the Sioux Falls Catholic School Board and continues to be a voice for parental choice in education with her legislative sponsorship of SD Partners in Education scholarships. They are active members of St. Mary Parish and serve on the Catholic Community Foundation Board.

Their three sons, Robb ’92, Mike ’96, Nick ’98, and their families continue the tradition with a strong commitment and active participation in their children’s Catholic schools. They value the faith enriching experiences Catholic schools offer the next generation. Their combined eight children all attend Catholic schools in Sioux Falls and Kansas City.

Robb, a graduate of Notre Dame, is involved with Sporting KC, a professional soccer team, and Homefield, a complex of youth sport facilities. Mike and his wife, Susie are both graduates of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and are members of St. Mary Parish. Mike is President of the Sioux Falls Skyforce professional basketball team. He is currently serving on the Bishop O’Gorman school board and was a past chairman of the Dakota Bowl. Nick and his wife, Renee are both graduates of Notre Dame and are members of Holy Spirit Parish. Nick owns and operates Look’s Marketplace in Sioux Falls.


A fierce soccer competitor, unmatched track and field athlete and volleyball state champion; Katie (Bunkers) Bartling was a standout athlete at O’Gorman from 1998-2002. In her high school soccer career, she led the Knights to four state championship matches and helped bring home two state champion titles. She was named to the Class AA AllState First Team all four years and served as team captain for two seasons. Katie was named Gatorade Player of the Year for Soccer in 2001-2002.

Katie was the State Champion, as well as the Howard Wood Relay Special Event Champion in the 400m dash. She holds the school record in the 400m dash (57.7 seconds), is third place all-time for the 100m dash, and fourth place all-time for the 200m dash. As a member of the volleyball team, she was a starter during the 2002 State Championship. Off the field, track, and court, Katie participated in chorus, student council and was named Homecoming Queen during her senior year.

Katie went on to play Division I soccer at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She was named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team and Big 12 All-Tournament Team in 2002. Her college coach, John Walker, described her as “the rock of the backline and a versatile athlete who brought speed and explosiveness to the Huskers.”

Katie graduated from UNL in 2007 with a degree in Journalism. She lives in Sioux Falls with her husband Tyler Bartling (class of 2002) and daughter, Eva. She is currently the Vice President of Marketing & Customer Experience at Sammons Financial Group. In addition, she gives her time and talents to the community through her service as a member of the Sioux Falls CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Board and involvement at her childhood grade school and church, St. Mary.



Will Powell was a standout athlete in football, basketball and track at O’Gorman from 2005-2009. In football, Will was an electrifying multi-purpose skill player, utilized as a running back, wide receiver, and defensive back. He was named to the Class 11AA AllState Team as a safety his junior and senior seasons, in addition to being selected to the Argus Leader Elite 45 in 2008.

In basketball, Will helped lead the Knights to the 2007 11AA State Championship as a sophomore point guard. He was selected to the 11AA All-Conference Team in 2009 and received the Lee Dolan Award for Male Athlete of the Year in 2009.

Will went on to play Division I football for the University of South Dakota where he became the all-time leading receiver for the Coyotes. He became a two-time all-conference wide receiver (Great West & Missouri Valley). He was named a team captain in 2012 and named MVP both his junior and senior seasons.

As a finance major at USD, he was named to the Beacom School of Business Dean’s List all eight semesters, was selected to the ESPN Academic All-District Team three consecutive years, and the Missouri Valley Academic First Team. Will earned a BA in Finance and a minor in Spanish with honors.

Powell went on to play professional football abroad in France, Germany, and Serbia. He became the MVP of the Serbian Football League in 2015, helping bring the Dukes their first ever championship. After retiring from football, he continued pursuing his passion for sports and travel by founding Podyum, an international sports recruitment agency helping pro players sign contracts with international teams and helping high school athletes get recruited to college. Podyum has placed more than 500 pro athletes with football teams around the world and helped over 50 high school athletes earn scholarships to college. Today, Will owns several businesses and works in construction development locally in Sioux Falls.


There is one phrase that comes to mind when thinking of the 1995-1996 O’Gorman Knights Girls’ Basketball team: “Cinderella Story.” These Lady Knights put on the glass slipper and left the 1995 State Tournament with O’Gorman High Schools’ first-ever basketball state championship. Entering the state playoffs with a losing record, the team went on a five-game winning streak against teams who had all beat them previously in the season. With strong team chemistry and the leadership of seven seniors, the eighth-seeded Knights won their first-round game versus an undefeated Yankton, their semifinal game against Watertown, who had beat them twice before, and the final match up against Mitchell in overtime with a score of 44-41 to clinch the state title!

Team Members: Laurie (Billars) Iliff ‘96, Sarah (Daughters) Sample ‘96, Jayne (Even) Gust ‘96, Erin (Foy) Bosch ‘96, Stacy (Kluck) Best ‘96, Mandy (Lewis) Schumann ‘96, Jana (Weeg) Koch ‘96, Melissa (Butler) Wagner ‘97, Jenny Hill-Schumacher ‘97, Desiree (Hortness) Howe ‘97, Meghan (Hurley) Gibbs ‘97, Angie Kent, Sarah (Pospischil) Kenyon ‘97, Jen (Carr) Whiting ‘98, Melissa Eberhard ‘98, Carmen Morrison ‘00. Managers: Johanna Ollerich Ream and Mike Puepke ’90, Head Coach: Gregg Talcott, Assistant Coaches: Kent Anderson and Leo Lorang


Celebrating Excellent Teachers in Catholic Education!

Teachers are a vital part of the success of Bishop O’Gorman Catholic School students. We are privileged to have not just excellent teachers, but quality, high-performing teachers who go above and beyond and have shown true, faith-filled dedication to our students.

Priests, parents and colleagues have the opportunity to nominate teachers for the Teacher of Excellence award. In the first year of the program in 2020, four teachers were recognized and in 2021, there were six teachers. This year, 17 teachers were nominated and ten were recognized as Teachers of Excellence and awarded $10,000 each. We are incredibly blessed to have these teachers a part of our Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools family and we are thankful for the positive role they play in our students’ lives.

Nominated Teachers: (L to R) Tessa Arechiga, Anika Rodig, Crysta Daly, Lana Bauer-White, Amy Isaacson, Grace Eisenberg, Jessica Williams, Jenny Quissell. Heather Nohrenberg. Amy Caba, Ruth Bordewyk, Chad LeBrun. Edwin Fink, Denise Richard, Katie Keppen, Diane Laycock (Kevin Humke - not pictured)
“I love my job and not everyone can say that. It is easy to go the extra mile when you see how happy it makes your students and how rewarding it can be to them and myself as their teacher.”
- Denise Richard

2022 Teachers of Excellence Award Recipients


Physical Education Teacher

St. Michael Elementary & St. Katharine Drexel Elementary 28 Years of Service


English Teacher

O’Gorman Junior High 15 Years of Service


Social Science Teacher

O’Gorman High School 4 Years of Service


Academic Services Teacher

Christ the King Elementary 25 Years of Service DIANE LAYCOCK

Preschool Teacher Holy Spirit Elementary 25 Years of Service


English Teacher

O’Gorman High School 17 Years of Service DENISE RICHARD

Physical Education Teacher

Holy Spirit Elementary & St. Lambert Elementary 21 Years of Service


World Language Teacher

O’Gorman High School 5 Years of Service


Computer Teacher

Christ the King Elementary & St. Mary Elementary 9 Years of Service


4th Grade Teacher Christ the King Elementary 5 Years of Service

Congratulations to all the nominees and the recipients. The Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools are blessed with amazing and talented professionals who guide our students at all levels!

If you would like to learn more about the Teacher of Excellence awards, please visit the “Parents” tab at www.ogknights.org



Monsignor Steve Barnett

A new feature to the Re-U-Knight-er is the Religious Spotlight. We are showcasing some of our beloved alumni who have answered God’s call to the religious life. Please take a moment to read up on some fun history of what attending O’Gorman High School was like for each of them. This issue, we are featuring Monsignor Steve Barnett who was in the first class to graduate from O’Gorman High School.

We have that you graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1962. Is that correct? Yes, I graduated in 1962 in the first class from O’G.

What are some hobbies you have in your free time? I enjoy fishing, reading, swimming and attending all O’G events when I am able.

What activities/sports were you involved in at O’G? While at O’G, I participated in football, basketball, drama, music (chorus) and also student council where I served as the Secretary of my senior class.

What is your favorite high school memory? My favorite memory from O’G is being a part of the very first class to graduate from this new central Catholic high school in the city of Sioux Falls, and then being privileged to return to O’G eight years later as a priest, teacher and a part of the administration as assistant principal. I also served briefly as activities director. At the time, we hired Bob Burns as head football coach and activities director. I was on staff from 1970-1979.

What teacher inspired you the most? The most influential teacher whom I was blessed to experience at O’G was my Latin and Religion teacher, Fr. Al Krzyopolski.

What was your favorite cafeteria food in high school? My favorite food was the fresh homemade bread—baked daily by our beloved chief cook, Mrs. Florence Daniels.

What was the uniform policy when you attended O’Gorman High School? Tan slacks, brown corduroy jacket, a uniform tie and a white dress shirt.

Favorite place you have traveled to? The most favorite place I have ever traveled to and spent time is the Holy Land. Visiting, praying and offering Mass at the holy places where our Lord was born, lived, died and rose from the dead!

How did you get your call to priesthood? I believe my call to the priesthood came first through the witness of faith of my parents to me and all my siblings. Also, from the privilege I had to experience a Catholic education through grade school, high school and college and from the sisters, priests and brothers who provided that education.

If you could spend a day with anyone from history (besides Jesus), who would it be and why? If I could spend a day with someone other than Jesus, I would choose my patron saint, St. Stephen, the first martyr! He was a deacon and great preacher with steadfast faith and the courage to die for that faith!

Tell us a little about your family. Do you have siblings? Did they attend O’G too? I come from a strong, Irish, Catholic family. My father was an insurance salesman and my mother was a teacher. She taught for over 35 years at Cathedral Grade School. We lived one block north of the Cathedral. I have ten brothers and sisters. I am the middle man with five older sisters and brothers and five younger sisters and brothers. My five older siblings attended Cathedral Grade School and graduated from Cathedral High School. My five younger siblings and I attended Cathedral Grade School and graduated from O’Gorman High School .

Did you attend one of the Catholic elementary schools in Sioux Falls? Which one? I attended Cathedral Grade School followed by three years of Cathedral High School while O’Gorman High School was being built. Then, I graduated in the first class from O’Gorman High School in the spring of 1962.


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Rosary & S'mores

Christ the King Elementary hosted their first Rosary & S’mores event on the playground. The students and their families brought their rosaries, and the school provided the s’mores. It was a great night of prayer and fellowship!

See You at the Pole

St. Lambert Elementary students and their families had the opportunity to pray together before school at their See You at the Pole prayer gathering in September. See You at the Pole is a national event of prayer held on the fourth Wednesday of September when students meet at their school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school and nation to God.

Halloween Carnival Fundraiser

Holy Spirit Elementary had their annual Halloween Carnival Fundraiser in October. Students put on their Halloween costumes and families came to celebrate. There were carnival games, kids raffle items, food and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Holy Spirit Elementary SFO.

All Souls Day

St. Michael Elementary fourth graders, along with Fr. Tom Hartman, made a visit to St. Michael Cemetery in recognition of All Souls Day on November 1st. The experience included teaching about the ministry of praying for our deceased family members. The group found Monsignor Doyle’s and Bishop Thomas O’Gorman’s memorial headstones!

The Kindness Crew

St. Katharine Drexel Elementary has introduced the Kindness Crew to their school. Kindness Crew is a year-round, kindness-based leadership program specifically designed for elementary schools. The goal of the Kindness Crew is to create a team of students with the sole purpose of inspiring and carrying out acts of kindness throughout the entire student body.

Remodeled Courtyard

Check out the newly remodeled courtyard playground at St. Mary Elementary for the preschool students! It was paid for with money raised from their SFO fundraisers!

Future in Business

To help learn the foundational principles of an entrepreneurial mindset, eighth grade students at OGJH—who are enrolled in Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship—had the opportunity to take part in Market Day to create their own business for a day. These students were able to market and sell their finished products to students and staff during the lunch periods.

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In October, the O’Gorman High School Marching Band performed for the first time at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN for the “Youth in Music” Championships. With over 30 bands in attendance, O’Gorman finished 5th in their class and O’Gorman percussion finished 2nd in their class by a tenth of a point! The drama department produced their Fall Play: Play On as the first performance of the 2022-2023 school year with a Kendra Dexter as the new director of the fall play.



Sanford International announced sophomore, Sam Matheson, as the 2022 Sanford Children’s Hospital Ambassador. Sam was diagnosed in 2018 with Rhabdomyosarcoma. Now 16, Sam is cancer-free and continues to gain strength from his physical therapy treatments with





September, Senior Bergen Reilly was called up to play, for the 2nd consecutive year, with Team USA, an Olympic level team at the Pan American Cup in the Dominican Republic where Team USA won a silver medal! O’Gorman High School was awarded the 2022 KELO Cup for Class AA for a consecutive second year! KELOLAND Sports awards the KELO Cup as it honors athletic excellence in South Dakota. Senior Maeve Boetel was nominated for 2021-2022 All-USA Today HSSA Gymnast of the year award. PT Dan at the Sanford Fieldhouse. Photo: Argus Leader O’Gorman Girls Track won their 2nd team State Championship in Class AA. Alea Hardie set her third meet record (4:45:33) in the 1600-meter run in her final high school event and was the 2022 Track MVP. Avery Whitry was the 2022 Field MVP.

The competitive world of ORAL INTERP

The O’Gorman High School Oral Interpretation team is nationally recognized with distinct honors placing them within the top 100 in the nation several years in a row. O’Gorman senior, Raeya Allen gives us a glimpse of what it takes to succeed in the competitive world of Oral Interp.

Wait for the judge to enter the room first. That was the easiest rule to remember at my first Oral interpretation competition. The hardest rule is—don’t forget to breathe and slooow down. I was so nervous. It was freshman year and I needed a speech credit, so I signed up for the class because it sounded fun. I took a break but I restarted junior year, and I’m so grateful I did. I’ve loved it ever since. My favorite thing is the people. It’s such a great group who are wildly different but enjoy doing the same thing. Bonding with all of them has been a welcomed surprise. Whether it’s on bus rides, at competitions or even during rehearsals, we really get to know each other. I also love the coaches we have. They’re super supportive and are

incredible coaches. However, the people aren’t the only good part about Interp. Personally, I love to perform, and this is such a unique way to do that.

A lot of work goes into getting ready for a performance. First, you need to find literature that’s impactful and you connect with personally. Then you must block, work, and memorize the piece. On competition days, we practice once or twice on the bus. After arriving, we warm up as a group and have a routine that includes prayer. Then, it’s time to compete.

Oral Interp has given me many amazing and wonderful skills I know I wouldn’t have developed until well into adulthood, if at all. An expected example is public speaking. It has made me ten times more confident in my speaking, whether for a class presentation or just to


other people in general. Ms. Fester tells us how we’ve become fearless and how that will help in job interviews. I believe she’s right, because every time I perform, I feel my confidence growing and I can’t even imagine how much that will help me in the future.

An unexpected example I’ve learned about is “subjectiveness.” There are a variety of people who are judges, from college freshmen to retired coaches. In one competition, you may get first place, and the next you may not even place at all. It’s all subjective. We’ve been taught to evaluate the feedback with an open mind, then decide for ourselves if we should incorporate it the next time. I haven’t had the critique telling me to slow down for a while now, but I kind of wish time would. I graduate in May, and Interp is definitely going to be one of the things I miss most.

Many of our alumni have found success in Oral Interp and attribute their professional success to the skills they learned through their experience. Current Assistant Coach, Charlie Solomon ‘12, shares his experience of growing from the role of student performer to coach.

Charlie Soloman ‘12

Assistant Oral Interp Coach, OGHS Science Teacher

As a student at O’Gorman High School, Oral Interpretation quickly grew to be my favorite extracurricular activity. Oral Interp offers something for everyone. Students can compete as an individual, in a pair or as a larger group, and the categories can range from poetry to duo and drama to humor. The opportunities are extensive for students to find something they enjoy and truly master it. Each tournament ranks individuals within their own categories, and at the end of the tournament, schools with the most cumulative points can take home sweepstakes awards. This develops a sense of camaraderie as well as competition among members of the team. Students learn to deal with disappointment, while at the same time celebrating the success of their friends. This creates a team atmosphere in which students are always trying to better themselves and those around them, which is one factor that drew me to the activity in the first place.

Now as an assistant coach, I recognize how valuable Oral Interp has been for me throughout my life. Having been a competitor myself, I understand the work that goes into the activity. I understand the emotions that students feel when they make finals and the emotions they feel when they do not. It can be heartbreaking at times (and trust me, I experienced my fair share of heartbreak—just ask Fester). Most of all, I understand the life skills that Oral Interp fosters within students. It’s often easy to simplify it to public speaking. While this is an important skill, Oral Interp is so much more than that. Students learn to be independent while also understanding the value of teamwork. They learn to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. These are transferable skills that will have a positive impact on their future. Oral Interp also provides students with strong, lasting friendships. I am still close with so many of my past teammates and even keep in touch with some former competitors. The value of this activity extends far beyond the walls of the school. It has been a blessing to be able to give back to the program that has done so much for me. Teresa Fester, Director of Theater & Forensics - English, has had such a positive impact on all her students and I am thankful for the opportunity to work alongside her as an assistant coach. Being on the other side, I’ve come to recognize the immense amount of work that goes into developing a nationallyrecognized Oral Interp program. O’Gorman High School’s national success is no accident. It has taken years of hard work and dedication to develop the program into what it is today. We can credit this success to Ms. Fester and the support provided by the parents, staff and administration. As with any activity, the O’Gorman community continues to show its positive impact on Oral Interp. For that, I am incredibly grateful.



The 44th annual Bob Burns Dakota Bowl was held on September 3 at McEneaney Field. As the Knights dominated the Roosevelt Rough Riders (62-27) for the third straight year, fans of all ages filled the stands and gathered as a community for the entire day!

This year’s fundraiser raised more than $130,000 for all eight Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools and introduced a few new features including: a Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools Foundation hosted tailgate, a TC’s Referee food stand with 100% of the profits designated back to the schools, face painting with the PES Sisters and the first ever O’Gorman Cornhole Tournament with over 36 participating teams and hundreds of spectators.

Following tradition, the big day also included football & cheer camps, the Senior Breakfast Tailgate, Dunk Tank featuring our beloved staff from all eight Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools and a fan-packed parking lot full of tailgaters enjoying the day.

Pregame included Fans in the Stands, sky divers and the Van Guard Flyover. We also honored Michelle Brunz with the Woody Drey award for volunteerism. Congratulations to Dave Landry, winner of the $5,000 cash raffle and to Kathy Clinton, winner of the $500 to the Diamond Room. The O’Gorman Marching Band took the field at halftime, followed by a spectacular firework show with Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American” and the Greatest Showman

“This is the Greatest Show”!

The Bob Burns Dakota Bowl is a staple event in our community. The event, volunteers and staff have ensured this event continues to pave the way for other similar events. However, the Knights community will always be number one with the atmosphere we create during tailgate, in the stands and on the field!

A special thank you to our sponsors! For a full list of this year’s sponsors, please visit www.ogknights.org/about/events/dakota-bowl.



The 32nd Annual O’Gorman Golf Classic was moved back to the fall this year and was a successful day for the Athletic Boosters.

The tradition of the O’Gorman Golf Classic was started by devoted parents of O’Gorman High School students as a way to generate extra income to help offset athletic costs.

This year’s event took place on September 19th at Willow Run Golf Course and more than 100 participants enjoyed a beautiful day of golf (minus the small rain delay).

The Msgr. Andraschko Cup winners were Eric Harms, Bart Wiley, Chance Stoeser and Tom Nieman.

A special thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors who support this event. This year we raised $12,000 for twenty-two athletic activities at O’Gorman High School!

Be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s O’Gorman Golf Classic on Monday, September 25, 2023. If you have any questions about the event, please call 605-575-3391 or email swagner@ogknights.org.

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Reunions—because you can’t hug an old friend on social media!

Yes, even though you may know what your classmates have been up to via their Facebook or Instagram pages, there is nothing like seeing an old friend in person. That’s why it’s so important for our alumni to come back ‘home.’



Save the date for our 55th class reunion being planned for September 22 and 23, 2023. Plans are in the making!


A 50th class reunion is scheduled for September 2023. There is a block of rooms reserved under “O’Gorman Class of 1973 Reunion” at the Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown 605-444-4700. For more information, please contact: kkeide@msn.com


“The Class of ‘70 Turns 70” was the theme of our 50+2 birthday bash (aka class reunion) which took place September 23 and 24, 2022. Friday night was a casual get together at Pave. It was a beautiful night full of great conversation, picture taking and several orders of chislic! Saturday evening, we gathered at Minnehaha Country Club for a social hour, dinner and a birthday cake complete with 70 candles. More than 60 classmates were present to catch up and reminisce about the good old days. We will meet again in three years to celebrate our 55th. A committee will meet in a year’s time to begin planning. If you have ideas or want to help plan, contact Jim Hargens: hargensfam@yahoo.com, Mary Brzica: marybrzica@yahoo.com or Laura Long: lllong52@hotmail.com


A wonderful time was had by all at the Class of ‘71 50+1 reunion on September 9 and 10, 2022. Friday was a rain-soaked evening, but it didn’t dampen our happy hearts. We had great fun reminiscing, eating, singing, hugging, etc. with the Crabgrass Crew at the acreage of Deb Conway and Dr Tom Montoya. Saturday began with a tour of O’G, and a busload toured Sioux Falls in the afternoon. Saturday Mass was celebrated by classmate Fr. Gregg Frankman at the Minnehaha Country Club. Our class president, Paul Strohfus welcomed us with a delicious meal. It was truly a memorable weekend for all who attended. (Photo Credit: Steve Parezo, Gene’s Studio) https://sites.google.com/view/og-class-of-1971-50th-reunion/50th-reunion-fun-photo-album/2022-reunion-group-pictures



Back Row: Dick Year, John Donahoe, Mark Kreitzer, Rick Kiley, Jack Reeve, Jeff Murray, Tom Hayes, Dan Barnett, Joe Rogers, Ken Stofferahn, Mark Barnett, Rick Zimmer, Kevin Gallagher, Gene Rollinger Third Row: Margaret Meyer Fisher, Mary Shreves, Pat Evans, Ann Bechtold, Elaine Dunn Ottiniano, Mary Sullivan Weatherwax, Kathy Thoen Kreitzer, Dan Loveland, Marty Dargen, June Dix Wheeler, Jackie Flanery Hill, Katie Hurley Halverson, Bill Marsh, Curt Harris, Cheryl VanAnne Underberg, Mary Jean Ness Otterness, Mary Oliver Pierce, Roland Pierce, Patty Hall McElhaney, Mary Dunn Crandall, Randy Headrick Second Row: Bill Davis, Becky Lalley Berke, Deanna Derr Benson, John Keena, Cheri Barr Keena, Becky Stombaugh Christianson, Mary Beth Larson Axlund, Chris Hallem Nielsen, Mary Lien, Lynn Kirby Jones, Lian Anderson Zea, Mike Werner, Joan Hendricksen Cota First Row: Peggy Enderson Hayes, Marilyn Voss, Patty Reiter, Ann Donohue Greenwood, Nancy Bassing Baxter, Suzanne Miller, Rosemary Dickens Helland, Sharon Bendt Clausen, Margie Peterson, Jim Severson. (Photo


The 45th class reunion was held July 29-31, 2022 at Great Bear Lodge.

Back Row: Kay (Schmidt) Hamersma, Tony Nelson, Joe Leedom, Loren Morrow, Sam Boone, Dave Harris

Third Row: John Wallner, Gail (Wheeler) King, Julie (Forrette) Schulte, Barb (Bolger) Mayer, Michele (Buehler) O’Connor, Brad Wagner, Tom Fallon, Debra (Garner) Fleming, John Egan, Ray Brooks, Steve Hoffmann, Rock Lamis, Dave Supik, Ruth (Heisel) Christopherson, Steve Paul Second

Row: Tony Reiter, Pam (Weber) Lidel, Mary (Seiler) Svoboda, Mary (Bruggeman) Leedom, Debbie (Burt) Phelps, Laura (Elkjer) Eisenbraun, Mike Eisenbraun, Mike Townsend, Tim Donohue, Nancy (McCoy) Scharenbroich, Paul Scharenbroich, Tony Connolly First Row: John Meyer, Ron Smart, Barb (Edman) Schuknecht, Kathy (Miller) Phillips, Laura (Brown) Fiorello, Theresia (Zimmer) Herding, Teresa Buthe, Fran Barnett.


The Class of 1980 had a fabulous time gathering in late July (two years late because of the pandemic). Friday featured a get together at The Detour Bar (owned by classmate Paul Duimstra) and featured the band, The Crabgrass Crew—and of course our own Tom Jansa! Saturday included a tour of O’Gorman High School along with Mass. Mass included Fr. Chuck Cimpl as celebrant and classmates as readers and musicians. Saturday night was at R Wine Bar downtown. It was a great weekend with incredible people!

Back Row: Tom Jansa, John Cota, Mike Walter, Tim Kappenman, Don Barnett, Dave Bechtel, Charlie Harrington, John Wilka, Steve Erickson, Jim Ignowski, Jack Lynass, Jon Connolly, Mike Rye, Bill Townsend, photobomber Fr. Chuck Cimpl, Joe Ford and Todd Schuver Forth Row: Brad Weber, Ed Wallner, Mary Kreitzer Depew, Joyce Collins Walton Third Row: Kathy Johansen Peterson, Steve Brooks, Sue Garry Wood, Maureen Schneider Deutscher, Dawn Headrick Quast, Julie Delker Ignowski Second Row: Julianne Ranek Stoltz, Kevin Murphy, Pam Plimpton Klatt, and Carol Barnett Nesbitt First Row: Sherri Timmer Alvey, Jackie Lovett Kasten, Sheila Hagan Waring, Paul Duimstra, Susie Donley Doetzel and Lisa Hirsch

Credit: Steve Parezo, Gene’s Studio)

‘69 Thomas Graves has published his first novel on June 26, 2022, Let Us Not Talk Falsely Now. Graveslaw@gmail.com

‘03 Doni DuBois is thrilled to announce that she has reached the epic five-year milestone of cancer remission! Originally diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2010, she endured various treatments over two separate battles against this terrible disease and has remained in remission thanks to a CAR-T cancer trial she participated in through the University of North Carolina in 2017.

‘05 Matt and Stacy (Richter) Adamson ‘06 welcomed their fourth daughter on October 2, 2022. Francesca “Franki” Jean joins big sisters Ronni (7), Cori (5) and Andi (4).

Class of 1964 A group of Sioux Falls area men from the Class of 1964 get together for coffee and fellowship the first, third and fifth Thursday of every month at 9:00 AM at Fryn’ Pan Restaurant on 12th Street & Western Ave. All of our brothers are welcome. POC is Mike Clark 605-376-4937 • clarkmc@sio.midco.net


Spring Re-U-Knight-er correction:

‘67 Mary Ann (Sechser) Erickson enjoys spending time with family, reading, gardening and cooking. She continues to be a substitute teacher after 51 years.

REMINDER Alumni News submissions for the spring/summer issue of the Re-U-Knight-er are due by May 1, 2023. Please see the back cover for more details.

Sarah Nohr ‘18 participated in the Special Olympics USA Games this summer. It’s an event that only takes place every four years. This was the first year that they held equestrian competitions at the USA games, and Sarah was chosen as one of South Dakota’s four equestrian athletes.

The games were held in Orlando, Florida from June 5-12. More than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean participated in 19 Olympic style team and individual sports. Team South Dakota was comprised of 21 athletes, 7 Unified partners and 15 coaches. South Dakota athletes competed in athletics, bowling, equestrian, bocce and basketball.

Opening Ceremonies was televised nationally on ABC, and Sarah was the featured South Dakota Athlete.

Sarah won a gold medal in English Equitation, and fourth place in Working Trail. We are very proud of all the work Sarah did in anticipation for the games!

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‘52 Justina Lewis passed away on August 29, 2022, in Sturgis, SD.

‘52 Marj Tapken passed away on September 20, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.

’53 Marie (McIlvenna) Nash passed away on June 19, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.

‘54 Majorie Bagley passed away on September 20, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.

‘54 Jerry Hopkins passed away on May 28, 2022, in Portland, OR.

‘59 Daniel Green passed away on March 17, 2022, in Camano Island, WA.

‘60 Michael (Mike) Lynch passed away on October 2, 2022, in Charles Town, WV.

‘60 Barbara (Banbury) Montville passed away on May 31, 2022, in Blaine, MN.

‘62 Linda (Atkins) Peterson passed away on October 17, 2022, in Mellette, SD.

‘63 Michael Atkins passed away on August 12, 2022, in North Augusta, SC.

‘64 Robert “Bob” Saalborn passed away on October 7, 2022, in Brainerd, MN.

‘66 Bernard Boos, Jr. passed away on December 11, 2021, in Big Stone City, SD.

‘67 Lynn Hilmoe (Roth) passed away on June 10, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.

‘67 Richard Nelson passed away on October 9, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD

‘70 Joanne Lindstrom passed away on May 31, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.

‘70 Tomas Loveland passed away on May 13, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.

‘71 Diane (Hill) Goedken passed away on November 25, 2021, in Longmont, CO.

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‘74 Grant Whitwam passed away on July 9, 2022, in Watertown, SD.

‘74 Paul Weinand passed away on June 27, 2022, in Pipestone, MN.

‘74 Linda (Wingert) Rogers passed away on October 4, 2021, in Sioux City, IA.

‘75 David McMahon passed away on June 4, 2022, in Phoenix, AZ.

‘76 George “Jim” Thompson passed away on June 13, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.

‘77 Robert Denny passed away on August 30, 2022, in San Diego, CA.

‘79 Mark Stevens passed away on August 15, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.

‘79 Paul Soukup passed away on May 21, 2022, in Wagner, SD.

‘80 Martin Narveson passed away on January 22, 2022, in Riverside, CA.

‘83 Jeffrey Spriggs passed away on September 10, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.

‘86 Patrick Ament passed away on August 6, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.

‘87 Joseph Josten passed away on October 2, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.

‘87 Jimmy Schneifer passed away on May 18, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.

‘87 Michael Smith passed away on June 18, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.

‘88 Shane Sejnoha passed away on July 1, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.

‘95 Tony Kolbeck passed away on May 26, 2022, in Sioux Falls. SD.

‘04 Paul Billion passed away on on August 19, 2022, in Sioux Falls, SD.


George Johnson, the first lay board president of O’Gorman High School, passed away on June 12, 2022.

Tom Bruce, former faculty, passed away on June 19, 2022.

Sister Suzanne Cotter, former faculty, passed away on September 18, 2022.

Anne Marie Frankman, wife of Bill Frankman ‘39.

Dr. Bruce Prouse, father of Mary ‘12, Anne ‘14 and Grace ‘16.

Orlene Brende, father of JoAnn, Larry ‘74 and David ‘76.

Maryanne Sercl, mother of George III ‘82, Cathy, Jenny ‘86 and Debby ‘90.

Rose Szakats, mother of Louis ‘75, Thomas ‘79, and Pam Ann.

Richard Brown, father of David, Laura ‘77, Karleen ‘79, Doug ‘81, Cindy ‘82, and Dan ‘83.

Richard Even, father of Kyle ‘91, Kevin ‘94 and Kellie ‘98.

John Hickner, husband of Valerie (Trudeau) ‘68.

Marcille Wallner, mother of Theresa ‘70, Marie ‘71, Ann ‘72, Jane ‘ 75, John ‘77, Margaret ‘78, Edward ‘80, Eugene ‘81.

Dennis Sunderman, father of Carolyn ‘81, Maryanne and Sara.


Spring Re-U-Knight-er correction:

‘79 Terry Lee (Roth) Groeneweg passed away on April 3, 2022, in Hartford, SD. She is survived by her husband Lowell; sons, Phillip and David; stepsons, Jason and Dustin. She is preceded in death by her father.


S P O T L I G H T Re-U


In 1989, Michael Wosje earned his degree from O’Gorman High School. Michael continued his education at Notre Dame, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Computer Applications in 1993, commissioned through the NROTC program. He then began flight training and was appointed a navy aviator in 1995, the same year he earned his Master of Science in Management from Troy University. Recently appointed as the Chief of Staff for the NATO command known as Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, Michael was gracious enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for us.

Tell us a little bit about you.

In addition to the details listed above, Robin and I have been married 23 years and have two awesome kids, Emma and Nick, and a great dog, Duke! We currently live in Lisbon, Portugal, where I am the Chief of Staff for NATO command called Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, or STRIKFORNATO for short. We integrate primarily US Navy capabilities (like Aircraft Carriers) into the NATO alliance when required for training or real-world events. I have been in the Navy for over 29 years. After qualification as a Naval Aviator in 1995, I was qualified on the F/A-18 Hornet and have been lucky to amass thousands of hours in fighters to include all Hornet models A-F, the electronic attack variant EA-18G, and US Air Force aircraft F-16 and F-22. I was very blessed to be promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral earlier this year. Outside of work, Robin, the kids and I like to travel, downhill ski and discover amazing restaurants. While in Portugal, I might try to pick up a little bit of surfing to keep up with my son Nick!

How did your experience at O’Gorman prepare you for your future?

The education at O’G was foundational to everything that followed. O’G prepared me for my four years at Notre Dame, which in turn, prepared me well to be an officer in the United States Navy.


What sparked your interest in the military?

I have to be honest and say the first TOP GUN movie. The ROTC program was a tremendous opportunity to attend the University of Notre Dame on a scholarship. While at Notre Dame, TOP GUN was always in the back of my mind, so choosing to go into Naval Aviation was an opportunity to pursue that dream of being of a pilot.

Did you have a favorite teacher and/or subject at O’Gorman?

All the teachers were fantastic but I would probably give an extra shout out to my English teachers, Mr. Basche for the coaching on the yearbook production and Mr. Baumiester for the coaching in debate.

Do you have a favorite O’Gorman memory that you could share?

Summer trip to Australia right before senior year!

What are some of your favorite destinations you have seen?

We have been blessed to serve all over the world in both Asia and Europe. We are currently living in Lisbon, Portugal, which is definitely in the top destinations of the world. From previous assignments, I would say the best places visited are New Zealand; Phuket, Thailand; Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong; Singapore and Brisbane, Australia.

What is the best part about your job?

Without question the people. I have the privilege of serving with some of the most dedicated and fantastic people in the world. They are inspiring to watch as they accomplish our mission. As an added benefit, I get to learn a ton from a very diverse team. For example, I currently serve alongside NATO members from 13 other countries and getting to share in their culture, food and traditions is incredible!

Tell us about one of your favorite achievements. In my personal life, husband and father take the cake! In my professional life, I am most proud of being selected to be a TOP GUN instructor and completing the extremely challenging training course in the year 2000. I remember most of the flights like they were yesterday even though they were flown almost 22 years ago!

What advice would you give to current O’Gorman students?

I know it sounds cliche, but put in the hard work and dedication to chase your dreams. Your hard work at O’G will set you on that course. O’G also taught us to be of service. I would ask you to think about service to your church, your country and your community. Like hard work, make

service a habit that is woven into Pre-flight inspection on an F-22 Raptor (2007) Photo credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brian
“O’G prepared me for my four years at Notre Dame, which in turn, prepared me well to be an officer in the United States Navy.”
Captain Wosje is awarded the legion of merit for his Pentagon service (left) and then promoted to Rear Admiral with his “pinned on” by his children, Emma and Nick (right).


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