UPCOMING EVENTS
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Eucharistic Adoration
Fridays (when school is in session) 8:30am-2:45pm
MCC Founder's Chapel

35th Annual Rainbow Auction
Saturday, April 28th
Everyone 21+ is invited, share and bring your friends!
For information, view the catalog, to RSVP or volunteer, visit 

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, May 4th 8am-1:45pm
Cioe Gymnasium
Sponsored by MCC National Honor Society (NHS)

Flashlight Fever
Friday, May 4th 7pm
Nugent Auditorium
1st-6th Grade Talent Show
$5 tickets at the door

May Crowning Mass-All Welcome!
Wednesday, May 9th 9:30am

65th Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, June 3rd 4pm
Frauenthal Center

Elementary's First Musical!
Show will be announced May 4th at Flashlight Fever
Friday, June 15th 7pm
Nugent Auditorium
$5 tickets at the door

31st Annual Crusader Open
Friday, August 3rd
Oak Ridge Golf Club
For information, to register your 5-person team or sponsor the event, visit:

Hall of Fame Night
Friday, August 31st
MCC vs. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
A night to induct the newest members and celebrate all Hall of Fame members.

Homecoming
Friday, September 28th
MCC vs. Muskegon Heights

Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have time or talent to share?
Check out opportunities  here!
Coming in May-
Summer Sport and Theatre Camp Schedules
Check our website for more information!
Open to any K-12th grade students!

The first elementary musical will be announced!
Open to any 1st-6th grade students!
Practices begin 6/4 with the performance on 6/15.
2018 Wall of Honor

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Educator, Alumni and Service Wall of Honor!  Find more information, see previous recipients and make you nominations  here!
CAMPUS NEWS
MCC Preschool & All-Day Childcare

Did you know? Any tuition dollars paid to attend MCC's Preschool Program, the one year previous to entering Kindergarten, will be received as a credit back on your tuition invoice for Kindergarten and 1st Grade. The credit will be split evenly between the two years.  MCC has a 3-day and 5-day program.  ALL DAY including before and after school childcare will be available for all MCC students in grades P-6!   For more information, click here!
Explore & Visit MCC-Start Here !
Learn how you can earn tuition dollars with Crusader Cash!
Supporting Diverse Learners
Exciting things are happening in the Elementary!!  We have started a Student Intervention Team to support student learning.  This team is made up of teachers, Elementary Interventionist, Principal, and School Counselor.  Together we will evaluate students needing extra help and create accommodations for them to help them succeed with individual learning plans.  

Keeping up with reading assignments can be difficult for students with physical or learning disabilities. In order to support these students, Muskegon Catholic Central partners with Bookshare.org to provide the resources needed to assist them in meeting their academic goals. Students who have an IEP or 504 plan may qualify. Once accepted, students can access a variety of books including textbooks online. And the Bookshare website includes a built-in text-to-speech tool enabling students with disabilities to have their assignments read to them. Reading skills are also reinforced as the text being read is highlighted.
March for Life
January 19, 2018


I am currently a senior at Muskegon Catholic Central. I have been to 3 March for Life rallies throughout my high school career and each experience has been more and more rewarding. The latest March for Life that I attended in 2018, was the most exciting one yet. The weather was really nice for the entire time that we were in the Washington D.C. We were able to participate in Mass on several occasions during the trip. We did morning, midday, and night prayers on the bus ride to and from Washington D.C. We were able to see that Women's March that happened the day after the March for Life and see how they pushed for legislation. It is a wonderful experience to bond with your peers!
-Elizabeth Isom '18

March for Life continues to be an experience I look forward to. It is a faith strengthening trip that is something I recommend to everyone. You meet so many new people during the trip which is a fun aspect. I'm so blessed to be able to go somewhere that people have the same beliefs as I.
-Jazmine Bennett '20
Catholic Schools Week
January 28th-February 3rd 2018

During Catholic Schools Week our students started each day with prayer in the mornings on our Marian Landing. Our students heard their civic leaders talk about how faith has impacted their lives, listened to two of our alumni speak about how Muskegon Catholic Central affected their future, prayed a rosary with our elementary students and the Knights of Columbus and participated in an all school Mass.

Additionally, throughout the week they enjoyed doughnuts and milk, a sundae  bar, cotton candy and an exciting pep assembly!

Among all of that though, our students took on a large task of obtaining items and financial donations for Kids Food Basket, an organization that delivers sack supper meals to children who otherwise would not have an evening meal.

A group of our students, K-12 grade, delivered these items and the money raise, to Kids Food Basket!
Our totals donated for the K-12 grades are as follows:
Decorated Sack Supper Bags: 1,500
Pounds of food delivered: 538 lbs
Money Collected by 9-12 students: $860.00

The Dugener family generously MATCHED our financial donation, giving us a total of $1,720 donated to Kids Food Basket!

THANK YOU to you and your children for all of your hard work last week! It does not go unappreciated and Kids Food Basket was overwhelmed with emotion at the generosity of Muskegon Catholic Central families!
1958 Class "A" District Champion Basketball 
(L-R) Coach Al Horn,  Bob Vogel,  Tracy Wright,  Pat White,  Tom Eddy, * Eugene "Bud" McLaughlin, * Dave Riegler,  Tom LaPres, * Bob Blindauer,  Dave Vivian,  Paul Comes,  Dick Pasco,  Harry Allore, Jim Johnson
*deceased
Friday, February 2nd the players and their families were invited back for a reception and recognition 60 years after their victory!  This was the first basketball team to bring a trophy home to MCC.  After an inquiry from Tom Eddy after the last edition of the Golden Crusader to see if their trophy was on display, it was not found in a case, but in storage with a missing statue.  The statue was found and the trophy cleaned up and is now proudly displayed in the MCC Hall of Fame!

Pictured below on the court in the front row is Harry Allore, Pat White and Bob Vogel and in the back row is David Riegler  and Andy Riegler representing their dad Dave Riegler.  Dick Pasco's daughter and family also came for the celebration! 

MCC Welcomes Fr. Matt Barnum as Chaplain
February 6, 2018

Dear MCC Family,
It's with great excitement that I take on new official responsibilities at Muskegon Catholic Central as the chaplain!  In many ways, my appointment as the chaplain to MCC by Bishop Walkowiak is a formalization of a role I've grown to fill over the course of the past years. With this new duty and responsibility, I'll be spending even more time with our students and staff. In addition to celebrating the weekly school Mass and hearing confessions during Advent and Lent.
Please keep me in your prayers as together we manifest Faith Moving Forward at MCC!
Pax,
Fr. Matt, Chaplain
Students who received their class rings had them blessed during Mass on February 21st.
The Diocesan principals on retreat with Bishop Walkowiak on February 27, 2018.

Front Row to the right of Bishop Walkowiak is MCC P-6 Principal Marie Jones and MCC 7-12 Principal Allison (Shakinis) Aldrich '02.

Our student body was deeply saddened by the recent tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. As we, Muskegon Catholic Central, are a faith based school, we prayerfully considered how we could best offer support. We decided to create a visual tribute to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community. We stand with you in the effort to end violence in schools everywhere. #msdstrong
Sincerely, 
The Muskegon Catholic Central Student Council
QPR-Question, Persuade, Refer

MCC 9th-12th grade students participated in QPR  (Question, Persuade, Refer) a suicide prevention training that HealthWest,  Mercy Prevention Practices, Disability Network, Access Health, Public Health and other community partners offered. 

This is a training across West Michigan to teach students crucial warning signs to prevent suicide. A life could be saved by Questioning, Persuading, and Referring an individual to get the appropriate help they need.

You, too, can attend this free training or schedule a group session.  
Click here for more information.
Crusader Athletics    
Signing Day
Peter Bartolameolli '18
Football-Olivet Nazarene University

Talia Tyler '18
Girls Soccer-Columbia University

Ryder Smith '18
Football- Olivet Nazarene University          

Varsity Boys Basketball:
Final Record: 8-15, 2-8 Lakes 8
District Finalist
First Team All-Conference: Jared Dugener '20
Head Coach: Lamar Jordan

Varsity Girls Basketball:
Final Record: 11-10, 5-5 Lakes 8 (4th)
Lost to Fruitport Calvary in district semi-finals
First Team All-Conference: Talia Tyler '18
Second Team All-Conference: Lauren Doriot '18
Head Coach: Matt Callow '07

Varsity Ice Hockey (co-op at Reeths-Puffer):
Final Record: 5-17-3
Head Coach: Bill Zalba

Varsity Boys Swimming (co-op at Mona Shores):
Finished sixth in the OK Conference
Head Coach: Mick Homan

Varsity Wrestling:
Third Place: Lakes 8 Conference (1-2 dual record)
Third Place: Lakes 8 Conference Tournament
First Team All Conference: Glen Kuharevicz '18, Ryder Smith '18, Owen Linstrom '19
Head Coach: Mike Michelli

JV Boys Basketball
Overall Record: 4-15, 1-9 Lakes 8
Head Coach: JaMicah Cooper '10

JV Girls Basketball
Overall Record: 11-7, 6-4 Lakes 8
Head Coach: Casey Christensen
Beauty and The Beast
It's a wrap!  MCC's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast involved 92 students from grades 4th-12th in the cast and crew.  A student show was attended by 4 local schools along with MCC students.  An additional 5 shows over 2 weekends were performed.

National Honor Society (NHS)

National Honors Society Induction took place on Monday, March 19th.  Admission to NHS is based on student's qualities of scholarship, leadership, service and character.  We were proud to induct twelve new members from the class of 2020:
Seth Arends
Ava Asmus
Jack DeLong
Jared Dugener
Brad Egeler
Gabe Flood
Brenna Kieft
Anna Rigler
Sam Novotny
Carson St. Amour
Son Vu
Megan Zelenka
Crusader Reading Buddy Program

This cross-age reading program is an innovative way for Kindergarten thru Middle/High students to increase their vocabulary, develop their self-esteem and social skills, and enhance their love of books and reading!

MEET A CRUSADER FAMILY
The Kuharevicz Family

Paul and Kathy Kuharevicz will end a chapter of their lives in June after having spent the past 19 consecutive years with four sons attending Muskegon Catholic Schools. The story actually started many years previous with Kathy's dad, Bob Majeski, graduating in 1956, and Paul being the youngest of 5 siblings to graduate in 1978. Fast forward to when it was time for Keith to start Pre-School in 1999, and Kathy knew there was no place more fitting than Muskegon Catholic Schools. Hence followed Dean a year later, Neil two years after that, and lastly Glen. Through the years the boys have all been a part of Crusader Soccer with Paul being a coach at the recreational level for all his boys and many of their friends and classmates. They have made lasting memories on the field, in the classroom, on the stage and on the wrestling mat at MCC. 
  
Paul is an engineer with Dynamic Conveyor Corporation and Kathy will soon retire from teaching Kindergarten with Muskegon Public Schools after 28 years. You will be certain to find them at St. Francis de Sales Church every Sunday at 11:00 mass, the church they were married in 25 years ago. Keith will graduate from the University of Michigan in April with an Actuarial Mathematics degree. He has enjoyed living across the street from St. Mary Student Parish in downtown Ann Arbor where he attends and studies in their welcoming environment. Dean is studying Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University. He is very active in St. John Church & Student Center having recently come back from his second mission trip with youth from the parish. Dean is employed there as a youth group leader and serves as a lector and Eucharistic minister as well. Neil is at Muskegon Community College on the Muskegon Promise where he has earned a 4.0 his first semester. He is currently in classes with fellow MCC alumni making it feel like home, but is as busy as ever making new acquaintances as well. He hopes to take the fall semester off and do a study abroad. Glen will graduate from Muskegon Catholic after four years of both soccer and wrestling, and just one year of being the only Kuharevicz boy at MCC since Keith attended Pre-School!   He will attend Muskegon Community College on the Muskegon Promise also and looks forward to wearing his "own" clothes!  

Having put four kids through Catholic schools has always been both a very sacrificial and rewarding experience for the Kuharevicz family. Often when people have asked how or why they do this, the same answer comes quickly from Paul, "It's the only bill I've ever looked forward to paying!" Or, as Kathy would say, "You reap what you sow."  Thank you Muskegon Catholic families, teachers & staff, priests, coaches and all who have touched and been part of our lives and the lives of our children. May God Bless you all as He has blessed us.
WHO'S ON CAMPUS
Kellie Twining
P-6 Librarian

My name is Kellie Twining and I have been a part of the Muskegon Catholic family for 6 years now! 
I have a son named Kade in 3rd grade, a daughter named Ally in 1st grade, and I have been married to my husband Kris for almost 15 years!  

My journey here began in Paw Paw, Michigan, where I grew up with my parents and younger sister and a very close extended family.  After graduating I attended TriState University and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Technology and then took a job in Columbus, Ohio at an architecture firm.  That job lasted 6 months and I never went back to the engineering world ~ instead I decided to go back to school for Early Childhood Education (my 1st love) and moved back to Michigan with the intention of attending WMU.  At that time Kris was offered a position in Norton Shores, he accepted it, and I began classes at MCC instead. While taking classes I worked at a Childcare Center in Grand Haven as a Careteacher and was there for 5 years until Kade was born...and then I was given the incredible gift of staying home rather than going back to work!  

Which brings me to Muskegon Catholic!  A friend recommended the preschool program here and we enrolled Kade and instantly felt a connection ~ I was able to jump into volunteering with two feet and was a Home & School Preschool representative within 5 months ~ which opened door after door for me!  After Ally started Kindergarten I needed something to distract me from my "empty nest syndrome" ~ I was approached about the opening for Elementary Librarian and I was in the Principal's office within 5 minutes to accept the offer!!!! I have now been the Librarian for 2 school years and could not be happier with where my path in life has taken me...I have the most perfect job that enables me to be near my kids and be a part of their education, I am President of the P-6 Home & School Association, a Parent Ambassador, and I was given the great honor of sitting on the board to select our new Elementary Principal!!!

When I am not at school I love to read, bake and cook!  I collect cookbooks and am a "foodie"! I enjoy biking, gardening, going to the Farmers Market and area ice cream shoppes, yoga, and going to the beach and having picnics and camping!  Something that a lot of people do not know about me is that I am not Catholic (and neither are my children). At first I had thought that we would not be comfortable at this school, or welcome....I could not have been more wrong!  I have NEVER felt uncomfortable here and have learned so much ~ I have only grown in my faith ~ and I make it a point to share that with any person that I come into contact with that may be considering MCCE! Being a part of this family at this school is not something that I had ever considered before 6 years ago...but now I thank God every day that we were led here and pray that I may continue to be an instrument in His future for Muskegon Catholic Central! 
Chip VanderWier
7-12 Visual Arts Teacher

Born and raised in Muskegon, I attended North Muskegon High School.  I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Grand Valley State University in 1997 with emphases in sculpture and ceramics.  Returning back to Muskegon, I worked in the family business for seven years before participating in the Americorps for one year.  I then worked four more years at a local housing non-profit as a housing rehab specialist. I helped first time homeowners access safe and healthy housing.  In 2009 I decided to return to college to earn a teaching certificate. By May of 2013 I had earned my Masters of Education from Aquinas College.

While in graduate school, I worked on growing my art business and in 2012 I began teaching ceramics at Muskegon Community College.  I was adjunct faculty at MCC for five years. During three summers, I taught sculpture and ceramics at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. I am honored to teach visual art here at Muskegon Catholic Central.  The students have been inspiring and I have felt welcomed and embraced by the entire learning community. Teaching art is an extremely important part of my life as an artist, and I am thrilled to be doing so at Muskegon Catholic.

While the studio in which I create art is in Muskegon, I share a gallery in Chicago at the Zhou B Art Center to display my work that is for sale. My art is generally welded steel, carved wood, ceramics, or any combination of the aforementioned. I am inspired by nature, so I feel that there is no better place to live than near the shores of Lake Michigan.

I know I just stated how much I like it here, but I also like to leave.  My wife Colleen (Halloran) '87 and I love to spend time on the water sailing in northern Lake Michigan.  Beaver Island is a favorite destination for us. Sailing allows plenty of time to contemplate clouds, and that is one of my favorite ways to connect spiritually with my surroundings.  
Zachary Fooks '18
Zach is a second year student who wished he would have come to MCC sooner!   He grew up in 4 different states and attended 2 other area schools before making MCC his home.  Zach doesn't have a specific favorite memory of MCC, but likes the positive atmosphere and support and respect from the students and staff.  Zach is a member of the National Honor Society (NHS), football and baseball teams and starred as Charlie Brown in the December production "A Charlie Brown Christmas."  You may see Zach around campus helping the athletics department or making and selling cotton candy to support service projects hosted by MCC.  Zach is a volunteer/student worker for Camp Barkel, a Christian camp he attended as a camper.  After graduation, Zach will join the U.S. Air Force Special Operations, Pararescue team.  Zach's future goal is to build the house of his dreams on the wooded 10 acres he worked to help pay for and owns up north.
SUPPORT MCC
As we close out another successful year and begin preparing for another, please consider donating to MCC.  When you make a gift to Muskegon Catholic Central, families are relieved of worry.  Goals are met.  Lives are changed forever.  Every person who is helped has a greater chance of paying it forward throughout their lives.

Planned Giving
Contact Todd Woodard, Development Director at 231-291-0326 for more information.
 
Crusade for MCC Annual Fund
Here's how to join the Crusade:
  • You can donate here with Paypal
  • You can mail a check payable to:
MCEF, 1851 Barclay St., Muskegon, MI 49441
  • You can donate by credit card over the phone at 231-755-1000

The Millennium Club
All donors who give $1,000+ to MCC's Annual Fund (includes general donations, response to mailings, phone-a-thon, Bishop Breakfast, #GivingTuesday) during the fiscal year (July 1-June 30).  Members are listed on the Millennium Club display in the Cioe Lobby and are honored at the Bishop Breakfast held in the fall.
MCC benefits when you shop
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ALUMNI NEWS
Do you have news to share?  College achievement, business owner, wedding, birth/adoption, career, achievement, award, anniversary, etc.  We'd love to include you!  Let us know here!
REUNIONS

Check out www.muskegoncatholic.org under the Alumni Tab.
COLLEGE ACHIEVEMENTS
 
Alumni Class
College
Degree
Major
WEDDINGS
BIRTHS
 
Christina (Vresics) '08 & Bill DeWitt, a girl, Claire Antoinette on October 3, 2017.
ALUMNI BUSINESSES 

A list of Alumni owned businesses is available on the MCC website here.
IN MEMORIAM   
MCC logo

Patricia (Deuling) Sells '54 
Gail (Harris) Chandonnet '55
Phillip Smith '56
Patricia (Ribecky) Armstrong '57
Robert Cayo '63
William "Bruce" Engle '65
Roxie (Siegel) Jenkins '66
John "Jack" Nowak '68   
Mary Solis '71  
Pamela (Fitzgerald) Downing '73
Janice (Witkowski) Kammers '85
Patricia (Ribecky) Armstrong '57 
Mary Solis '71   
Pamela (Fitzgerald) Downing '73 
Mauricio Milnes-Jones '90 
Charles Murray '60 
Judith (Jedrezak) Tardani '59
If you know of an alumnus that has passed, please let us know here.
Hall of Fame Trophy Case Project

Currently, there is 1 section available!  Additonal cases will be built and installed as we have sponsors.  Each section has it's own plaque.  Thank you to all of our generous sponsors who have brought additional pride to the Crusader Hall of Fame! 

For more information and to see a list of plaques, visit our website!

These cases have replaced lockers that have gone unused
 for d ecades in the  Hall of Fame.  Trophies that have been in storage have now  come back out display!
  
If you are interested in sponsoring a  case, contact Melanie at 231-291-0348 or mlyonnais@muskegoncatholic.org for more information.
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