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SUMMER BUSINESS OFFICE HOURS
Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm, CLOSED Friday
Regular hours (M-F 8am-4pm) resume on Monday, August 13th
School Offices
Will close at 3pm Thursday, June 21st and reopen on Monday, August 6th

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

Back to School!
Wednesday, August 22nd

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

Crusader Car Raffle Drawing
Friday, October 12th Half-Time of the football game
Purchase tickets here!

#GivingTuesday
Tuesday, November 27th

Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have time or talent to share?
Represent MCC at church festivals, city parades and community events!
Check out opportunities  here!
Summer Sport and Theatre Camp Schedules
Check our website for more information!
Open to any K-12th grade students!
2018 Wall of Honor

Nominations are now being accepted through June 30th for the 2018 Educator, Alumni and Service Wall of Honor!  Any nominations made July 1st and after will be considered for 2019.  Find more information, see previous recipients and make you nominations  here!
Purchase Tickets ONLINE !
MCC is looking for motivational speakers!
Contact Barb Antekeier at 231-755-2201 x3350 at bantekeier@muskegoncatholic.org
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!
Contact Carmen Tetzlaff at 231-291-0344 or ctetzlaff@muskegoncatholic.org
From the desk of MCC President,
Mr. Ken Rasp

Keeping Muskegon Catholic Central Safe!
 
I reassure you that our highest priority at Muskegon Catholic Central is the safety of all our students and staff.   The Muskegon Police Department and Muskegon Catholic Central administrators and crisis team work closely together throughout the school year regarding emergency drill practices and procedures, and if applicable, with safety concerns that may arise. Below are some brief explanations of protocols and procedures that are in place at Muskegon Catholic Central. These procedures are in-line with those provided to us by the Diocese of Grand Rapids, and were recently reviewed by the Muskegon Police Department and the Michigan State Police.
 
Safety Protocols/Procedures in place at Muskegon Catholic Central:
  • Single-Point entry:  During school hours, we essentially are locked down. All visitors report to the main entrances where we have a buzz-in system. Once a visitor depresses the buzz-in key, office personnel will speak to each visitor through an intercom and picture system. Once the identity of the visitor is confirmed, only then will they be allowed to enter the building.
  • Visitor Check in System:  Upon entry to the building, all visitors are required to report to the Business Office or Elementary Office to sign in. A name tag is required prior to proceeding to their destination in the building.
  • Lockdown Procedures: Lockdown drills occur periodically through the year so that staff and students are prepared. Staff are taught to respond immediately to any potential threat, whether in or outside of the building. Law Enforcement officers from the region participate in these drills as well. Law enforcement officers and the MCC administrative and crisis team debrief following the drills to address any concerns and potential improvements.
  • School Liaison Officer: Muskegon Catholic Central is very fortunate to have a school liaison officer provided to us by the Muskegon Police Department. Officer Armando Alamillo is on-site frequently and is promptly available if needed.
  • Staff Emergency Procedures: The Muskegon Catholic Central Emergency Crisis Plan and all applicable procedures are communicated and routinely practiced with MCC faculty and staff throughout the year.
Did you know?
 
How does Muskegon Catholic Central respond when threatening information is received whether in the form of email, social media, text, note, phone call?
o     Upon receiving notice of a threatening communication, administrators quickly respond and work in partnership with the Muskegon Police Department. A threat assessment occurs to determine the validity of the threat.
o     In consultation with local law enforcement, the MCC Management Team determines appropriate and necessary next steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
Mission Trip

During the mission trip, I experienced a lot of things, some of those things in fact also gave opportunities that I can take with me in the future of my life. For this year's mission trip, I took a trip down to Malta, Ohio which I had the opportunity to help turn a preschool into a men's rehab facility. Malta, Ohio is one of those towns that no one really hears about because it is such a small town. Malta has a really big drug problem that really affects the community. Most of the people there are either doing their best to maintain or are having trouble surviving at all, which is why I felt it was necessary to give a helping hand to the community. Malta, Ohio isn't the only state that suffers from this paim.  There are hundreds of small towns and communities that need either as much if not more support rebuilding, but being able to help this one community can be the first step to a long journey of charity work. -James Jordan III '18

My experience on the mission trip was like no other, considering it was my first one. I developed a spectacular aspiration to not only help myself but to give back to others and help them in anyway possible. The residents of Malta, Ohio have become family and are a community of open arms and I felt very comfortable in the town. Mr. Jamie as I know him, is my inspiration. He is a hard working man and makes me want to better myself in the help of others. I would love to go back before the school year is up and help with anything he needs us to do. I became closer with six other members at my school, we even have our inside jokes. Overall I  plan on going on mission trip for the rest of my high school career and even during summers if I get an opportunity. I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve the city of Malta by helping paint, clean and organize a Men's rehabilitation center that is to open in July.  -Calvin'Nae Simmons '20

I really enjoyed going on the mission trip this spring break. It was a lot of fun helping the people who need help. I had a blast working hard and seeing the smiles on the people's faces when we were finished. While in Ohio, we were able to do many fun activities and enjoy the beauty of the state. Thanks to this mission trip I was able to strengthen my relationship with God, which was the biggest part of the trip for me.  -Dominik Wodzisz '21

MCC Teacher of the Year
Penny Johnson
In our lives, we all have teachers that we remember for different reasons.  Some, we remember for helping us learn a difficult skill. Some, we remember for helping us through a tough social situation, and some we remember for making learning fun.  Many of our teachers here at MCC do all of these on a daily basis. One teacher in particular has made this her life's passion. Engaging, fun, kind, fair, loving, calm, caring, and compassionate.  These are all words that our staff has used to describe Muskegon Catholic Central's Teacher of the Year, Ms. Penny Johnson. Ms. Johnson is very hard-working. She goes above and beyond to make learning fun and exciting for her students - often putting her students' needs above her own.  You can often find her here late into the evenings planning, rearranging, and tutoring and for hours on the weekends preparing lessons for her class. She works diligently to make sure each child is learning at their individual level. Penny is a dedicated teacher who continually learns new techniques to stay current in her teaching skills.  Throughout her years at MCC, she has been a teacher of multiple grade levels, a teacher mentor, and a principal. MCC has been very blessed to have Penny Johnson as a member of our family for the past 28 years.
Staff Excellence Award
Barb Antekeier '77

Muskegon Catholic Central would like to congratulate Mrs. Barb Antekeier, Executive Support Assistant  for receiving the first annual Staff Excellence Award in Catholic Education. This award recognizes a staff member's commitment and contributions to Catholic Education; an individual who generously gives of their time, talent and energy to serve. This individual is a Catholic leader in our schools and community and demonstrates their faith through their daily life and school duties. 
 
Barb exemplifies the School's Mission through outstanding service to our students and parents, love and respect for her colleagues by organizing countless details that make the school run more efficiently, collaboration, integrity and Crusader pride. She is recognized for going well beyond expectations for the good of all MCC students, their families and the entire MCC system. Barb displays daily countless acts of kindness and generosity of spirit.
 
Despite not teaching our students, Barb extends an amazing amount of care and compassion equally towards our students. Our students know her as someone they can always go to for assistance. She consistently addresses them personally and respectfully. Barb's contributes each and every day towards our Mission of educating each student in spirit, mind and body by fostering personal excellence within the Catholic tradition.
 
During Barb's 21 years at MCC, she has held the following positions:
  • Middle School & High School Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Support Assistant
  • School Discipline Leader
  • Marketing and Admissions
  • Senior Event Coordinator (Honors Convocation and Commencement)
  • Spring Musical Production staff member for twelve years
Barb states, "I feel extremely honored, humbled and appreciative for receiving this significant award. I enjoy daily the strong sense of community and family at MCC. I am proud of the work our entire staff and faculty do on a daily basis. This award is meaningful to me because I am surrounded by creative, talented, and thoughtful people who always put our students first. Lastly, thank you to the MCC Management Leadership Team for selecting me."
 
Barb graduated from MCC in 1977 and is married to Kirk Antekeier `75 and they have two daughters, AlexaRae Antekeier `04 and Kendall (Antekeier) Shadley '07. Barb continued her education at Muskegon Community College and Baker College of Business. Prior to working in education, Barb worked in the private sector in Human Resources and Employee Benefits. She enjoys spending time with her family, golf, walking, biking, and spending time outdoors.  Barb and her husband are members of St. Mary's Parish in Spring Lake, MI.
Science Lab Renovations

Many of you may recognize the first picture below!  This is still how the high school science lab looks after all these years, but not for long!  At the last 2 Rainbow Auctions, $229,200 was raised during our Fund-A-Need paddle raise which is slightly above the projected cost for a complete renovation!   The planning process is moving forward. The target completion date is early September, just after the start of School.

Mr. Holt, a MCC Science teacher, has this to say about the impact of this important project on student learning:

"Thank you...Thank you...Thank you to all who have donated to fund the NEW science lab for MCC students.

The science department prides itself on giving our students a high school experience that prepares them for their next endeavors at the college level. We feel that we prepare, educate and push our students to excellence in the classroom so the transition to college science is not as daunting as it could be. We most definitely follow the State curriculum in the classroom but feel we are able to push and stretch their minds a little further than what a typical high school is able to do. We feel we pair this classroom experience with a solid laboratory experience to give them the best of both worlds. With a new and improved lab, we are confident that we will be able to provide a deeper laboratory experience, providing excellence in both the classroom and the laboratory.

Having spoken with students about the new lab and shown them drawings of what it will look like, I can assure all that they are extremely excited. They want to dive into the new lab and explore science at the next level and indeed pressure the meaning of science - which is the SEARCH FOR TRUTH."

Before
After
Willy Wonka Kids
Friday, June 15th, close to fifty elementary schoolers from both Muskegon Catholic & St. Mary's Spring Lake participated both onstage & backstage in the first MCC Elementary Musical, "Willy Wonka Kids!" The students rehearsed for twenty hours over two weeks to prepare for the 40 minute production. Fourteen middle & high school mentors assisted with production responsibilities including blocking, choreography, set design & costume design, giving them the chance to be on the other side of the curtain. 

Theatre Department Director, Jacqui (Bernhardt) Robinson '09 remarked, "MCC has always had an excellent reputation for putting on remarkable spring musical productions, however we recently noticed an increased interest in having a musical for just our elementary school students." Needless to say, the idea was worth trying out. "Willy Wonka Kids!" was a smashing success with over 250 audience members in attendance. However, "Willy Wonka Kids!" wasn't just about the 'golden' tickets. Robinson continued to say, "I think the biggest achievement was giving our elementary students the chance to learn from and bond with our mentors, and the mentors really went above and beyond to make this experience memorable for the students." 
MCC's Theatre Department announces 
the 2019 Spring Musical!
For decades, dozens of Crusaders have hoped and prayed for the opportunity to produce the 1992 Disney film "Newsies" as their spring musical. Unfortunately, due to Disney's strict hold on the rights, that wasn't possible except for standalone sketches and songs in Floodlight Fevers and Pops Concerts, such as the performance of "King of New York" by the Middle School Boys Choir this past spring. However, that changed this past March when the rights became available for high schools to purchase. Theatre Department director, Jacqui Robinson '09, who wanted to do the show as a student, expressed the enthusiasm that was within the department when the rights were granted and it was decided that Newsies would be the next Spring Musical. "This is definitely a dream show, not just for our students, but for our alumni and for our school! We are one of the first high schools in Michigan to put this popular Broadway show on our stage. We can't wait to get started!" It seems the students and alums are also thrilled with the choice. Since the announcement was posted on the Theatre Department Facebook page, a number of Crusaders have shared their excitement for next spring. 
Our 50th Spring Musical is in 2020! We are hoping to put on an alumni showcase and are looking for interested alums to please take this survey to help us create a committee to start planning.
Crusader Athletics    
Varsity Baseball:
Final Record: 23-10
Lakes 8: 5-3 (2nd place)
GMAA Tier 2 Runner-Up
Regional Champions
Lakes 8 First Team All-Conference: Nolan Convertini '20, Riley St. Amour '18
Lakes 8 Second Team All-Conference: Carson Bleicher '20, Josh Holden '20, Max Price '21
All Region Team: Max Price '21, Riley St. Amour '18
Team Academic All-State
First Team All-State: Riley St. Amour '18
Second Team All-State: Max Price '21
Head Coach: Steve Schuitema (Completed his 10th season as varsity head coach)  Division 4 Regional Coach of the Year

Varsity Boys Golf:
Lakes 8: 4th place
Team Academic All State
Head Coach: Jimmy Hegedus '00

Varsity Girls Soccer:
Final Record: 14-3
Lakes 8 Co-Conference Champions (7-1)
Lakes 8 First Team All-Conference: Isabelle Bertolone '18, Lauren Doriot '18, Payton Helton '20, Emily Olsen '21, Talia Tyler '18
Lakes 8 Second Team All-Conference: Caitlyn Fodrocy '20, Leah McKenna '18, Kyra Tyler '19
Team Academic All-State
Individual Academic All-State
Isabelle Bertolone '18, Lauren Doriot '18, Roxy Hubl '18, Leah McKenna '18, Zoie Price '18, Talia Tyler '18
First Team All-State: Isabelle Bertolone '18 (goalkeeper), Talia Tyler '18 (forward -2nd consecutive)
Third Team All-State: Emily Olsen '21 (forward)
Honorable Mention: Kyra Tyler '19 (defender - 2nd consecutive)
Head Coach: Art Dorsey

Varsity Girls Softball (co-op at Western Michigan Christian)
Final Record: 9-19
Third Place - Lakes 8 Conference (3-9)
Head Coach - Jeff Nestell

Varsity Girls Tennis:
Second Place - Lakes 8 Conference (1-1-1, 2nd at Lakes 8 Invitational)
Lakes 8 Second Team All-Conference: Aremy Salazar '19 (3 singles), Alaina Kohley '21 (4 singles), Jazmine Bennett '20/Hazel Vaca Rodriguez '20 (1 doubles), Amelia Heminger '19/Audrey Maierhauser '18(2 doubles), Nia Merriweather '20/Andrea Sanford '21(4 doubles)
Academic All-State
Head Coach - Casey Christensen (Lakes 8 Tennis Co-Coach of the Year)

Varsity Boys Track:
Lakes 8 Second Team All-Conference: Dawson Fisher-Steigman '19 (200 meters)
Head Coach: Steve Czerwon '95

Varsity Girls Track:
Lakes 8 First Team All-Conference: Liz Isom '18 (300 hurdles)
Head Coach: Steve Czerwon '95

Varsity Boys Lacrosse:
Head Coach: Richard Glimski

Spring 2018 Lakes 8 First Team All Conference
Front row (left to right):  Lauren Doriot '18, Emily Olsen '21, Payton Helton '20, Talia Tyler '18
Back row (left to right):  Isabelle Bertolone '18, Riley St. Amour '18, Nolan Convertini '20, Liz Isom '18

2018 Varsity Football Schedule
August 24th                     AT Algonac                                  6:00 pm
August 31st                      vs. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep       7:00 pm     (Hall of Fame Night)
September 7th                 AT Orchard View                           7:00 pm     (Lakes 8)
September 14th               vs. Ludington                                7:00 pm      (Lakes 8) (Lil Cheer Night)
September 21st               AT Cassopolis                               7:00 pm                
September 28th               vs. Muskegon Heights                  7:00 pm      (Lakes 8) (Homecoming)
October 5th                     AT Manistee                                 7:00 pm      (Lakes 8)
October 12th                    vs. Benton Harbor                        7:00 pm      (Senior Night)
October 19th                    AT Newaygo                                 7:00 pm
Football Co-Op
After significant dialog and prayerful discernment, Muskegon Catholic Central and Western Michigan Christian High School have agreed to enter into a football co-op beginning fall 2018. I encourage you to read the attached joint announcement from MCC and WMC for additional information here.
Muskegon Risers

This is the second year that MCC's Kehren Stadium is home to the Muskegon Risers.  Muskegon Risers SC was founded to help facilitate positive social and economic change along the Muskegon Lakeshore through the game of soccer. A Riser is someone who understands our community's potential and who pushes themselves and others to realize that potential. Our 'Risers' name was inspired by the 'Muskegon, Together Rising' sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon. Risers are not limited to an era, industry or ethnicity. Muskegon Risers SC strives to represent the spirit of our area's people in past, present and future tense.  Tickets are $5.

Muskegon Risers June 23
Muskegon Risers June 23rd
WHO'S ON CAMPUS
Brittany DeWitt
Naples, Italy (Mt. Vesuvius in the background)
K-12 School Counselor

I was born and raised a little further down Lake Michigan in Holland. I spent most of my days growing up at Holland State Park, which I still visit quite often. I currently live near downtown Grand Rapids in the Heritage Hill neighborhood. I attended Western Michigan University for my bachelor's degree, where I studied Elementary Education. After graduating from college, I immediately started graduate school at Western Michigan and received my Masters of Arts in Counselor Education. Go Broncos!

I have been the K-12 School Counselor at Muskegon Catholic Central for the past three years and I absolutely love it! Throughout the school year in the Counseling Office, you'll find me meeting with students to help prepare them for what's to come after high school. It's a lot of fun to help them plan for their future and discover what their passions are in life. I also spend half of my time down in the elementary with the younger kiddos. I love walking down to the elementary and being greeted with bright, smiling faces and hugs...lots of hugs!! When I'm not at school, you can find me exploring new places in Grand Rapids, at the gym, or spending time with my parents who still reside in Holland. I also love to travel! This spring, I traveled to Italy where I visited Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, and Sicily.
Kelly Morell
Counseling Administrative Assistant

I am a happy transplant to Muskegon but was born in Texas and ended up moving to different countries every 2-3 years as my parents were diplomats.  I did settle down to go to high school in Maryland and then graduated with a BA in Languages/Literature from St. Mary's College of Maryland.  But, the "moving bug" bites hard and, soon after, I moved to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and worked for ABB for a year while waiting for my application to the U.S. Department of State to be approved.  It was, and my life-long dream of becoming a diplomat myself took flight!  I have truly been blessed to be able to travel and work all over this glorious planet and meet some amazing people along the way.  I have been the Assistant to several Ambassadors, and my official postings were Korea, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Washington DC, Ecuador and Mauritius.  However, probably the most exciting assignment was when I wa
s "loaned" to the Army and sent to Baghdad, Iraq in 2004 to open the new American Embassy during the start of the war!  I have a world map full of pinned locations hanging in the Counseling Office and love it when students ask questions about it as it opens up conversations about career possibilities and hopefully opens their minds to this wonderful world and all it has to offer.

How did I end up in Muskegon?  I happened to meet my Muskegon native husband, Steve, on the tiny African island of Mauritius where he was stationed as a U.S. Marine.  God's blessing yet again, as I must say that the past 8 years here in Muskegon have been wonderful!  This is a great place to live and I now happily call it home because it's the longest I've lived anywhere!  The past five years working as the Administrative Assistant in the 7-12 Counseling Office have definitely flown by.  Probably because the students are never a dull moment and my duties are so varied!  They include set up and maintenance of PowerSchool accounts, school transcripts, scholarship information collection, official student records, and lockers just to name a few.  When not at work, you might find me on the beach or one of the other beautiful bodies of water in this amazing State...probably plotting how I can add more pins to my map!
Amelia Heminger '19
I came to MCC as a freshman. Since then I've played volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis. I've also partipated in two spring musicals and the A Charlie Brown Christmas production. I am from a family of 7; 3 brothers and a sister. My parents, Robert and Elizabeth (Silva) '91, are alumni from Grand Valley State University, and I intend to attend there as well to study in the medical field or marketing. I am a participant of NHS and NAHS. Recently my family moved from Hesperia to North Muskegon to be closer to the school. My hobbies include sports, hanging with friends, drawing, fishing and watching Netflix. 
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 the Foundation Office at 231-755-1000 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
For every eligible purchase, MCC receives .5%!  AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know.  Same products, same prices, same service.
Click here to link your account! 
Crusader Cash
Support MCC and participate!  You don't have to have a student to get involved, but you can designate a family to receive your rewards!  Your contributions will directly affect other families who participate in Crusader Cash by increasing the reward dollars they can earn!  Check out the different programs including collecting Box Tops for Education, Crusader Re-Sale Shop, etc. on our website.
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.
Jim Roberts '78
Jim was selected as one of the 2018 most valuable entrepreneurs in Michigan by Corp! Magazine.
Ricarlo Williams-Winston '02
What's up everyone in Crusader land! My name is Ricarlo Williams-Winston I am a 2002 graduate and second generation Crusader. Currently I am a stand up comedian based right here in Muskegon. Comedy is my life and it's taken me on some very interesting adventures. I am the house MC at the Back Alley Comedy Club located here in Muskegon as well as the MC and booker for Candlestone Resort. I tour all over the country making people laugh. It's so amazing to be able to follow my dreams! I want to thank all of my teachers for letting me talk in class, well they didn't so much let me as much as I just talked in class a lot.
Devin Kolenic '03
Devin is the son of Gregg '72 and Becky Kolenic, and sibling to Brooks Kolenic '00, Ashley Kolenic '02, and Amber (Kolenic) Garcia '04.  In December 2007, Devin graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude , in Aviation Flight Science.  Devin reported to Officer Candidates School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA, in January 2008.  Upon graduation in March 2008, he was commissioned a 2ndLt in the United States Marine Corps and completed The Basic School (TBS) in November 2008.

After TBS, 2ndLt Kolenic reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, FL, for Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), a six-week course focused on aviation academics and land and water survival training.  He graduated from API in April 2009, and reported to NAS Corpus Christi, TX, for primary flight training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor. Upon completion of primary in January 2010, he reported to NAS Kingsville, TX, for intermediate and advanced strike flight training in the T-45A/C Goshawk.  1stLt Kolenic was designated a Naval Aviator on 8 April 2011.

In May 2011, 1stLt Kolenic reported to Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 (VMAT-203) at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, NC, for training in the AV-8B Harrier II.  Upon completion of Fleet Replacement Squadron training at VMAT-203 in May 2012, Capt Kolenic remained at MCAS Cherry Point and reported to Marine Attack Squadron 223 (VMA-223) as a designated AV-8B Harrier pilot.

From May 2012 to February 2015, Capt Kolenic was a pilot in VMA-223, where he held collateral billets as the Adjutant/Administration Officer, Legal Officer, Casualty Assistance Calls Officer, Aviation Safety Officer, Ground Safety Officer, and Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer.  From November 2013 to April 2014, he deployed to Okinawa and Iwakuni, Japan, and Osan, South Korea, in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). In September 2014, he completed the Tactical Air Control Party course and was designated a Forward Air Controller (FAC).

In February 2015, Capt Kolenic reported to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6), Camp Lejeune, NC.  As a FAC attached to an infantry battalion, his responsibilities encompassed coordinating and controlling assault support and close air support operations providing direct support to ground forces from a forward ground position.  He deployed with 2/6 on the 26th MEU aboard the USS Kearsarge from October 2015 to April 2016 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. During the deployment, Capt Kolenic had the remarkable opportunity to experience diverse cultures while visiting and conducting training in countries such as Spain, Turkey, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman.

After departing 2/6 in July 2016, Capt Kolenic reported to Training Air Wing One (TW-1) aboard NAS Meridian, MS, for duties as a T-45C instructor pilot with Training Squadron Seven (VT-7).  As an instructor pilot, he trains student pilots in intermediate and advanced stages of the Navy and Marine Corps pilot training program for jet carrier aviation and tactical strike missions.  Upon successful completion of the rigorous syllabus, the students earn their coveted "Wings of Gold" as designated Naval Aviators and transition to their fleet aircraft. Capt Kolenic has held collateral billets as the VT-7 NATOPS Officer, Instructor Under Training (IUT) Standardization Officer, Instrument Standardization Officer, and Chief of Naval Air Training T-45C Instrument Stage Manager.  In March 2018, he was selected to be a member of TW-1's inaugural Fixed-Wing Instructor Training Unit, responsible for training IUTs to become designated T-45C instructor pilots.

Capt Kolenic's decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons.  He was the 2017 recipient of the Mississippi Council of the Navy League VT-7 Marine Instructor Pilot of the Year award and has logged over 1,400 flight hours in nine various civilian and military aircraft.

Capt Kolenic currently resides in Meridian, MS, with his dazzling and supportive wife of nearly seven years, Laura (Dubbink) Kolenic, and highly-entertaining and exhaustingly contrary four-year-old son, Benjamin.  When he grows up, concluding his tour with VT-7 in the summer of 2019, Capt Kolenic plans to separate from the military to pursue his as pirations of continuing his aviation career as a pilot with a major airline.

COLLEGE ACHIEVEMENTS
 
Alumni College
Degree
Major
Jessica Ladd '14 St. Mary's College BSW Social Work, Psychology
Mickey Reilly '14 Marquette University Bachelor of Science Biomedical Science
WEDDINGS

Jessica Bodenberg '06 & Bryan Lambert '06 on May 26, 2018
BIRTHS
 
Laura Nixon '99, a girl, Ainsley Elizabeth on May 24th.

Stephanie (Buday) '04 & Ryan Arends '00, a boy, Nash Aloysuis on May 8, 2018.

Stephanie Benavides & Derek Gabris '04, a girl, Jordyn Marie on January 25, 2018.

Audrey (Sanford) '08 & Nic Frank, a girl, Daisy June on June 14th.
ALUMNI BUSINESSES 

A list of Alumni owned businesses is available on the MCC website here.
IN MEMORIAM   
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Wayne Strieder '58 
Ronald Kowalski '60
Mary Lou (Van Lente) Hehl '60
Cynthia (Gedmin) Westphal '71 
Michael Varela '79 
If you know of an alumnus that has passed, please let us know here.

It's Summer Time!
Show your Spirit!
$10 each
Order here
(for local pick-up only) or stop in during Business Office hours and get yours in Crusader Corner and check out our Crusader Gear!
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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