2019 Alumni Awards - Call for Nominations

It is now time to start thinking about deserving alumni for this year's awards. In conjunction with these awards, McNicholas also will host a special event on October 7, 2019, in the Café and Student Union where these awards will be presented. (Archbishop McNicholas was ordained a Dominican priest on October 10, 1901.) The following day, October 8, the recipients will be introduced to the students at an all-school assembly.
The McNicholas community will have the opportunity to nominate for this awards, and t he nomination form is now available. If you nominated someone last year, we still have his or her name on file. All three awards will be selected by a committee of school representatives.  Nominations are due by June 15, and the committee will announce its selections in July. If you would like to nominate someone for this year, please  click here.
The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented annually to one male and one female McNicholas graduate who have honored McNicholas High School with their outstanding professional achievements, volunteer activities, and community-organization advocacy. These alumni have shared their affection for McNicholas and its community and have been shining examples of high moral and ethical standards and values learned at McNicholas High School.
The Full Stature Special Achievement Award  will be presented to an alumni who exemplifies the ideals and mission of McNicholas High School and the Sisters of St. Joseph. It is presented to an individual in recognition of his or her accomplishments which bring honor to self and school and whose service, leadership, and concern for McNicholas support, strengthen, and exemplify the school's mission. This award is bestowed as a lifetime recognition and will not necessarily be presented annually.
The McNicholas Outstanding Service Award  will be presented to a member of the McNicholas community who has made, through years of tireless effort, significant contributions of time, talent, and treasure to the growth of McNicholas High School. 
Last year's winners:
Distinguished Alumni Award
MiMi Chamberlin '79
Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Bradley Mathis '87
Archbishop McNicholas Outstanding Service Award
Jim Hay '77
Full Stature Special Achievement Award
Sr. Jeannie Masterson '61

Military Memorial Dance celebrates 10th anniversary - Last call for tickets!

Military Memorial group
Come join us on Saturday, February 23, from 7 - 11 p.m. in the McNicholas Main Gym. Get some friends together to shake off those winter blues with Haymarket Riot, one of Cincinnati's premier bands with your favorite hits from the 60's, 70's & 80's!  There will also be a baskets raffle and other fun events. This dance, while open to the public, has become one of the most popular alumni and parent events on the McNicholas calendar. This year you can purchase your tickets several ways:  
  • Contact Pat Farwick at McNicholas at 513-231-3500 ext. 5803 or email at pfarwick@mcnhs.org
  • Purchase at the door. 
The Military Memorial Committee uses the proceeds from this dance provide scholarships for incoming freshmen which, to date, have amounted to over $40,000. The committee also is able to provide for the maintenance of the memorial.  So get a few friends together and reserve your table now before they're all gone!

**Please Note! The Military Memorial Committee was formed over 10 years ago. This is our tenth anniversary dance and our final one. The committee members have served for over a decade now, above and beyond the call, and this will be our last dance (and no, we will not play Donna Summer- all night!) To our faithful patrons over the years, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We hope you will come out and join us for one more hoorah in February.

Our committee members will carry on with our Memorial Day Service and continental breakfast. We will also continue our work with our Veterans Day breakfast. We can never thank our alumni veterans enough. We are currently looking for new members to join our committee so that we can keep these programs moving forward. 
Questions on the event or joining the committee? Contact Jim Hay at  jhay279786@aol.com, or call 513-236-7609

2019 Mardi Gras 
Bailey, Cheek crowned Mardia Gras royalty

Congratulations to Myles Bailey and Georgia Cheek, who were crowned King and Queen of the 2019 McNicholas Mardi Gras on Sunday night. Bailey and Cheek presided over the court of 20 senior men and 20 senior women recognized for their service to McNicholas High School during their years at McNicholas.  The Cincy Brass provided entertainment, and social studies teacher Frank Lowden was emcee for the evening.  Vinny Ramundo  was voted Captain of the Ball and Jill Tore was voted Maid of the Ball. For a complete court list, please click here.

Sponsorship opportunities available for the new video scoring table in the gym

Archbishop McNicholas HS is proud to announce that we are offering Advertising Sponsorships on the NEW Video Scoring Table for our Gymnasium! Several digital advertisements remain available! If your company or organization is interested in supporting/advertising, please call our partners at Slam Dunk Sports Marketing 513-423-0912 x36 or email: info@slamdunked.com

McNicholas Alums help make the ROCK-IT Raffle a success

Thank you to all of you alumni from across the entire country who participated in our initial ROCK-IT Raffle. With your help, we raised over $35,000 for the critical needs of McNicholas High School. Our students, led by the senior class, really showed a lot of enthusiasm and drive throughout the campaign. We already have some great new ideas we will install into next year's raffle, so stay tuned. The inclement weather forced us to move our drawing for the $5,000 prize to Monday, February 4. In front of the entire student body, Barbara Schuh, mother of a current student, had her ticket drawn from the drum to become our winner.   As always McNicholas Alumni, your support makes all the difference. You are making a difference.
Third Rocket Nation event scheduled for April 29

We are extremely excited to announce the Paul Daugherty of The Enquirer will be joining us for a Rocket Nation Event on Monday evening, April 29. Many of you, have no doubt had a chance to read Paul's column in The Enquirer in which he discusses many aspects of sports and life in general. He was recently selected as Ohio's sportswriter of the year. Details about the evening will be published in a couple of weeks but please "save the date" for a terrific evening. 

Alumni Association announces first Craft Show

Calling all alumni who do crafts! Please s ave Saturday, November 9, 2019, for the  first McNicholas craft fair. We would like to know how many of you would like to participate. T he McNicholas Alumni Board believes  that there are enough alumni, parents, students, and friends of McNicholas that are talented craftsman that we could fill the gym and café. All items must be handmade or handcrafted. We do not accept vendors. If you are interested, the pricing structure will be:
8' X 8' space will be $30.00 by Nov. 1, 2019
8' X 10' space will be $35.00 by Nov. 1, 2019
After Nov. 1 all spaces will be $40.00

Checks will be accepted as payment from July 1, 2019, until 2 weeks prior to the craft fair. Only money orders and cash will be accepted after that time. There is a $35 return check fee. NO REFUNDS.  Your receipt for cash by Nov. 1, 2019 or your canceled check will serve as conformation of your acceptance to the fair. Confirmation packets with set up information, space numbers and maps will be mailed the first week of October 2019.

Bring your own tables or whatever you want in your space. We will provide 2 chairs per space. Electricity is limited. Let us know your need, and we will do our best.
Each crafter is required to donate one craft item per space (minimum value $15.00) to be raffled off with proceeds going to McNicholas. All other money is yours to keep. We would love to see many of you get involved with the craft show and see all of the beautiful and unique items you will be selling.

If you have any questions, please contact: Sister Judi Keehnen  judikcsj@aol.com.  In your message please include  your name, year of graduation (if applicable) and the craft/s you will be selling.
Time to start planning reunions for 2019!

New year, new reunions.  If your graduation year ends in a 4 or 9, you are up for a reunion in 2019.  I have sent an email to the planning committees last week. Some reunions are already starting to take shape. The Class of '69 has selected September 27 and 28 to celebrate its 50th reunion. As we move into 2019, please check our website to see as new reunion dates are announced. 

Alumni Updates

Any news?
Do you have news to share? Let us know what you've been doing since graduation! Update your information by completing our alumni update form on the McNicholas webpage or call the Alumni Office at 513.231.3500. ext. 5850

Carl Mattes '63 Is living the good life with his wife of 42 years, Nancy. They now live in Brown County, Ohio. They have five adult children all working and owning their own homes, and nine grandchildren ages 3 to 27.

Mike '68 and Jane Gunning Walker '67 have retired and have moved to Pinehurst NC.

Tierney Sain '09, is a team leader at Dogtown in Utah.  To learn about her story please  Click here.

Christina Giline '09 married Drew Yards '09 in 2017, and they had their first child September 29, 2018 - a beautiful daughter named Brynn.

In Memoriam

This list is generated from local obituaries and information received from the family and friends of our alumni and current students. Please contact the alumni office  if there is incorrect or missing information. 


Joyce Benken Appelmann '57; Sister of Sr. Carolyn SJA '49, the late Sr. Rose SJA '50, Jane Benken Kaiser '52, the late Mary Ann Benken Mofford '58, Jim '65, Mary Carolyn Benken Spahn '68, and Rick (attended). 

Claire Comello Reid '58; Sister of the late Carol Comello Tarr '61, Albert '64, the late Doug '67, Dawn Comello Osborn ' 73, and the late David (attended). 

Betty Bohl Reedy '59

Joseph D. Farone '61

Thomas R. Fischer '61; Brother of Mary Lou Fischer Doepker '56, the late Joseph '65, and the late Mark '69. 

Robert C. Dapper '65; Brother of the late Jean '50, James '60, and Mary Dapper Karwisch '64.

Judith Ivers Johnson '65; Sister of Gail Ivers Haufler '58, and the late Edward '61.

George "Yatz" Gundrum '68; Husband of Gail Custer Gundrum '68, Father of Jason '91, Kristen '93, Cassie Gundrum Niemann ' 95, Sean '98, Keady '00, Zach (attended), Brother of Michael '64, Gretchen '65, Mary Ann Gundrum Ranz '71, Lizanne Gundrum Ingram '78, and Gabrielle Gundrum Wadell '82.  

Patrick B. McCabe '74; Brother of Michael '77, and Maggie McCabe Briggs '79.

Howard M. Johnson '89; Father of Kevin '09, Brother of Patti Johnson Doubet '87, Jeffrey '90, and Lori Johnson Stammen '94.  

Victoria R. Bailey '08; Sister of Madeline '04, and Alexandra '06.

Brian R. Burke '11

Distinguished Family and Friends

Robert T. Bridges; Father of Robert '78, Erin Bridges Frey '81, Jill Bridges Painter '83, Father-in-law of Rudy Frey '81, Grandfather of Lauren '10, Andrea '12, Kara Frey '12, Eric Frey '15, Elliot Painter '14, and Grant Painter '16.

Frank "Bud" Buschmeier; Grandfather of Caige '18, and Chase '19. 

John Paul Cappel ; Father of Cindy '74, Kathy Cappel Schott '78, and Pam Cappel Tully '81.

Patricia Collins; Mother of Margaret Collins Hanlon '67, Laura Collins Haverkamp '73 Barbara (attended), Karin (attended). 

Gail A. Convery; Mother of Brian '88, and Matthew (attended). 

Thomas L. Dietrich, Sr; Husband of Jackie Wenstrup Dietrich '59.

Julie J. Donohoe; Mother of Mark '75, Kathleen Donohoe Mezher '77, and Edward '78.

Judith Ann Dyer; Sister of Mary Jo Dyer Shearer '60.

David L. Evans; Father of Julie '01, and the late Michelle '89. 

Thelma Gallo; Mother of Stephen '84. 

Nora Marie Kamphaus; Mother of William '77, Robert '78, Linda (attended), Douglas '80, Donald '83, Todd '85, Christopher '88, Angela '89, Grandmother of Amber Boyd '97, Zach '08, Max '11, Allie '13, and Will '16. 

John A. Mussio; Father of Kim Mussio Sieloff '93.

Nancy O'Leary; Wife of the late James O'Leary, Mother of Kim (attended). 

Dale L Potter; Brother of Ronald '56.  

Maristel Ohm Schulte; Sister of Gretchen Ohm Carter '62, Anita Ohm Kramer '66, and the late Edward '63. 

Donald E. Service; Father of Christopher '98. 

David J. Stricker Sr.; Father of Julia Stricker Esposito '94, Amy Stricker Okin '95, Lisa Stricker Ross '99, Jenny '01, David '03, and Linda Stricker Palacios '05. 

Raymond L. Turner; Father of David '74, Diana '75, Edward '79, and Sharon Turner Phipps '85. 

Wanda "Sissy" Woodruff; Mother of Michael.

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