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GoldenCrusader
Winter 2015  
UPCOMING EVENTS

Catholic School's Week
Sunday January 31, 2016-Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Open House for New & Potential MCC Students P-12
School Tour, Teacher Meet & Greet, Q&A including Tuition Assistance
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 5:30pm
Contact Molly Moser at 231-755-2201 x344 for more information or to RSVP

All School Mass with Bishop David Walkowiak  
ALL are WELCOME!
Friday, February 5, 2016 at 9:30am in the Cioe Gymnasium

Lenten Fish Dinners
Friday, February 5, 2016-Friday, March 18, 2016 4:30pm-7pm

Floodlight Fever/7-12 Talent Show
Tickets available at the door
Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7pm in the Nugent Auditorium

33rd Annual 
Rainbow Auction
Ticket information to follow.  No tickets sold at the door.
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 5pm
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Spring Musical
Stay tuned for more news!
May 13, 14, 15 and 20 & 21
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WALL OF HONOR
 Educator-Alumni-Service


Is there a teacher, staff, coach, parent,

alumnus or friend of MCC that you know that deserves this honor? 

 

Now accepting nominations for 2016!

Click here for more information and to 

submit your nomination!


The History of Muskegon Catholic Central
by Robert Bridges for the Catholic University of America
Catholic Education has been in existence in Muskegon County for well over 100 years.  Beginning shortly after World War II, motivated and passionate Catholics began to organize a campaign to centralize the city's four Catholic High Schools.  The dream became a reality in 1953 with the opening of Muskegon Catholic Central High School.  This paper tells the story of how this epic project was completed and shares the stories of the school's impact throughout its sixty year existence.  Read  here .
CAMPUS NEWS

The Search for the President of MCC is Underway!
Click here for an update from the Search Committee

MCC Varsity Cheerleaders Support Veterans 
The cheerleaders collected food and personal hygiene items valued at more than $400 and another $450 cash was donated to the West Michigan Veterans Service Center to stock their food bank shelves and assist with bill payments.
Coach Steve Schuitema
Michigan High School Coaches Association Names MCC Varsity  Baseball Coach Steve Schuitema  Coach of the Year.
Steve was honored at the annual banquet on November 8, 2015.

K-6th grade students scored above National and Diocesan Averages on NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing this fall.

MCC on the 6th Annual AP Honor Roll List
This is the 2nd year MCC (listed under Diocese of Grand Rapids Education Office along with the 3 other high schools in the diocese) has made the list!  It is a great honor, not only to those who teach AP (Advanced Placement) courses but to all teachers, as all classes begin to prepare our students for these courses.  Congratulations to our students for all of their hard work and dedication!
MCC AP CLASSES
Calculus-Mr. Matt Callow '07
Literature-Mrs. Kelly Dornbos
Government-Mr. Casey Christensen
Chemistry-Mr. Mike Holt

Fall Sports Report click here

MCC is the Toys for Tots WZZM 13 School Spirit Champs Again!
MCC collected over 1,835 toys!  Watch the video  here!

Hour of Code
Hour of Code is an initiative that was launched in 2013 by non-profit Code.org to make computer programming more accessible and to raise awareness of the disparity between the need for computer programmers and the low number of students studying computer science. Overall, about 100 million students have been reached by Code.org efforts during annual Hour of Code events since 2013. To read on how MCC is implementing this program click here!
WHO'S ON CAMPUS

Barb (Kolenic) Antekeier '77
Executive Administrative Support
 
2016 will be my nineteenth year at Muskegon Catholic Central. I began working for the school in 1997 as the Administrative Assistant for the High School Principal, and currently serve as Executive Support for the 7-12 Principal and Head of School. 

I graduated from MCC in 1977, where I also met my husband, Kirk Antekeier `75. Kirk works as a Sales Manager in Holland, and we have been married for 35 years. We reside in Norton Shores. 

Our two daughters, AlexaRae `04 and Kendall `07, graduated from MCC, and from St. Mary's College at Notre Dame in 2008 and 2011 respectively, and they currently both live in Chicago, IL. AlexaRae is an Associate Vice President and Media Relations Strategist at Finn Partners, a public relations firm. Kendall is a Content Marketing Specialist at Emmi, a healthcare technology company. 

Prior to MCC, I began my professional career in Benefit and Human Resource Administration and held the role of Benefit and HR Coordinator for Reid Tool Supply Company for fifteen years.  I began my career in education at Mona Shores High School in 1994 until 1997 when I decided to return "Home" to MCC. 

Muskegon Catholic Central has played a crucial role in my life and in the lives of my family, and I'm proud to continue to work for a school that consistently keeps "Faith Moving Forward."
 

Amy Gawron
P-6 Administrative Assistant
 
I became a part of the MCC Community first as a student here attending in grades 8,9 & 10 and then as an employee.  After graduating from Albion College with my Elementary teaching certificate, I was hired in 1987 as the PE teacher for St. Francis and St. Michael's Elementary Schools.  The following January I became the first grade teacher at St. Francis de Sales Elementary and stayed in that position for 11 years!  I put my teaching career on hold to raise 4 wonderful children, Jimmy '06, Daniel '09, Elizabeth '12, and Adam '18 with my husband, Jim Gawron '81.  In those years I volunteered a lot at MCC being active in the Elementary Home and School Association and the High School Family Association, Spring Musical parent volunteer, Varsity Soccer Committee member, classroom parent volunteer and room parent, as well as substitute teaching in the elementary, middle school and school offices.  In July of 2012 I was blessed to be hired as the Elementary Office Administrative Assistant!  MCC will always have a special place in my heart.
Paula (Wright) Sullivan '86 
7-12 & Athletics Administrative Assistant
 
I graduated from MCC in 1986 and from MSU in 1990.  I have worked full time at MCC for 3 years although I have coached and volunteered here since graduating from college.  My husband, Bob Sullivan '82 and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.  We have 4 children - Katelyn '15, Nathan, Brendan and Erin.  I really enjoy working in the 7-12 Office and interacting with the students everyday!

SUPPORT MCC

 

Kuznar Match

Ed '60 and Terri '62 Kuznar have generously pledged to match your donation to the Annual Fund now through January 20th!  You can make your donation by calling 231-755-1000 or send a check made payable to MCEF with the memo "Kuznar Match" to 1851 Barclay St., Muskegon, MI 49441.

 

Planned Giving

Contact Todd Woodard, Development Director at 231-755-2201 x326 for more information.

 

Crusade for MCC Annual Fund 

 

The Crusade for MCC funds the yearly operational and strategic plan needs of Muskegon Catholic Central.  These funds directly and immediately benefit the faculty, staff, students and families.

 

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

 

The Millenium Club consists of our donors who have gifted $1,000 or more during the fiscal year (July 1-June 30) to the Crusade for MCC Annual Fund.

Hall of Fame Trophy Case Project

We have one complete trophy case/3 sections ($2500) and one single section ($850) available for sponsorship in the Crusader Hall of Fame.  This is a great way to make a dedication or give as a class gift!  Two cases and an additional 2 cases have already been sponsored and add 

Additional cases will be built and installed as purchases are made. If you are interested or would like more information, please call 231-755-1000.
SUPPORT CRUSADER ATHLETICS FROM NEAR OR FAR!

The Green & Gold Club meets monthly to discuss athletic needs at MCC and holds a 50/50 drawing to help support these needs.  You can participate in this drawing each month with a chance to win an average of $600-$800/month for just $12/year!
It's the perfect stocking stuffer!
Ticket order form can be found here!
Giving as a gift?  Here's a certificate!
Check out the link on the MCC website under athletics!

MCC benefits when you shop
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REUNIONS

Check out  www.muskegoncatholic.org under the Alumni tab for information.
ALUMNI NEWS
Do you have news to share?  We'd love to include you!
 
UPDATES
Zack Winzer '15
Muskegon Catholic prepared me for my future by guiding me spiritually, physically and academically. I enjoyed the ability and the encouragement to attend adoration and Mass each week. Some of my best memories were during my time in Wings and being able to lead the younger students during retreats. I participated in Confirmation at St. Mary's as a Wings member and it was a powerful experience to help guide the younger students on this journey. I also enjoyed being able to pray as a team before and after an athletic activity and to enjoy Mass before each football game.
    
My time in athletics at MCC was an awesome experience. We were blessed with coaches that had great experience and knowledge of the game and cared about the student athlete. The expectations were high but the team as a whole was dedicated to the training and practice that it took to reach our goals. The entire MCC community supports the athletic programs and made it even better to achieve our three state championships during my time at MCC.
    
The academic preparation that I received was challenging at MCC but was exactly what I needed to pursue my education at a service academy. If I had not been challenged during high school and had high expectations of me, I would not be able to sustain the college work load that I currently have. The teachers at MCC told us what the college expectations would be and taught us how to prepare for those expectations. They often graded our work as they would in a college environment and I believe it prepared us for the next level.
    
Muskegon Catholic was a great school for me to attend and I am thankful for all of the valuable opportunities that I experienced.

COLLEGE ACHIEVEMENTS

New diploma?  Let us know!  alumni@muskegoncatholic.org 

 

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College
Degree
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ALUMNI BUSINESSES 

Are you a business owner?  Please fill out your business profile here.

 

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

WEDDINGS

Just married?  Let us know!  alumni@muskegoncatholic.org 

 

Mandi Paul '96 & Mike Fox on October 18, 2015.

BIRTHS
Have you welcomed a new Crusader?  Let us know!  alumni@muskegoncatholic.org  

Melissa & Scott '94 Fodrocy, a girl, Bryce Nicole on December 8, 2015

Kate & Andy '95 Maus, a boy, Brendan Steven on December 16, 2015

Andrea (Morin) '99 & Jared Bays, a boy, Joseph James "JJ" on October 17, 2015

Lindsay & Nic Gilbert '99, a girl, Olivia Rae on October 22, 2015

Tracy & Andy '99 Price, a girl, Aubrey Katheryn on November 18, 2015

Stacey & Ted Lewis '05, a girl, Eva June on October 18, 2015

Natalie Crossno '06, a girl, Charlotte Evelyn on July 2, 2015

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IN MEMORIAM 


Dennis "Denny" Duff '61

Mary Ellen (Ocilka) Hutchinson '59

Michael "Mike" Majeski '64

Patricia "Pat" (Herron) Serra '58