Connecting the Dots with Shawn You ng
Left to Right Kneeling: Eric Ernst, Dillon Stanfield, Kevin Norrish,Grant Pharo
Left to Right Standing: Bradon Oney, Austin Ernst, Jack Dooling, Jake Schleicher, Peter Schmidt, Ryan Hanes, Max Harmon, Dustin Mai, Matt Norrish, Matt Staubach, Zach Jubak, Robert Hunt, Robby Rice, Chris Dorson-King, Patrick Fitzgerald, James Hunt, Ryan McMillon.

In this edition of Connecting the Dots, we take a look at the Santa Showdown.  
The Santa Showdown was created by Ryan Haynes '11. It's a football game played every December and consists of the senior boys from the 2010 Varsity football team (Class of 2011) . The goal is to get together and relive the glory days!!  Ryan came up with the name Santa Showdown, and he also created a Facebook page for this group to send out information every December about the date and time of each game.  An "after party" was also created by Kathryn and Tom Dooling and i t too has become a tradition where the football players and their parents gather for a "Christmas Party" the evening of the Santa Showdown.
The football players from the Class of 2011 were part of a spirited Rocket football team who made it to the Final Four in Ohio during the 2010 football season. These players have been participating in the Santa Showdown for 7 years now.  There were 24 seniors on that 2010 Final Four team, but not all of them can play in every Santa Showdown.  This past year was the most highly attended game from this graduating class. 
For the first few years, the boys enjoyed full-blown tackling.  And for a few days afterward, they all suffered the ramifications of tackling...they weren't in "football" shape anymore!!!  After the first few years, they decided to switch to "two-hand touch".  They claim they are getting old and their bodies can't take it anymore!  According to Matt Norrish, "Peter Schmidt holds the record for the number of concussions for still thinking he has a helmet on while playing."
Occasionally a younger brother would be invited to play to make the teams even.  This year the juniors from that Final Four team were invited to play.
As far as these boys are concerned, they will continue to play in the Santa Showdown until they just can't do it anymore!!! 

Remember if you are getting together with your class for lunches or dinners, have a tradition that your Rocket friends have been doing for a while, or have a classmate that the rest of us should get to know, I would love to come out and put you in the next newsletter. Just give me a call at 513-231-3500 X 5850 or email me by  clicking here .

McNick at Night Needs You!

Don't miss the 20th annual McNick at Night event on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Norlyn Manor in Batavia. This event is our largest fundraiser, and it

helps to support our school in many ways that tuition alone cannot cover. 


The evening includes an open bar, games, silent and live auctions, and plenty of fun! Enjoy dinner by the bite! Grab a plate from one of several food stations, load up, go back for more, or try another station.  More choices of delicious food, more opportunities to socialize, more fun! 


Mark your calendar for March 10, 2018 and watch your mail in January for your invitation!

Consider donating an item for the auction!


There will be a receptive audience at McNick at Night looking forward to bidding on items like tickets to sporting or entertainment events, a vacation home rental, restaurant gift cards, jewelry, or anything in between! If you know that you would like to donate, please complete the  Auction Donation Form


and return to the Development Office by February 28.  If you are unsure what to donate, please consider donating cash or check out our  wish list.  If you send something from the Amazon wish list, be sure to complete an  Auction Donation Form  so that we can recognize and thank you.


Please email  Annette McHugh or call 513-619-5814 if you have any questions.

Consider being a sponsor!


Please consider being a sponsor for McNick at Night at one of the following levels:

  • $5,000 + Rocket (8 reservations plus much more)
  • $2,500 Platinum (8 reservations)
  • $1,000 Gold (4 reservations)
  • $500 Silver (2 reservations)
  • $250 Bronze
If you are interested, contact  Mark Doran to be a McNick at Night sponsor.

3rd Annual Day of Giving to be Feb. 8
Through the generosity of many gifts from the great Alumni of McNicholas High School, we have been able to make the dream of many students to attend McNicholas High School, a reality. Once a year, we designate one day to emphasize to our community the great need for tuition assistance for many of our students. February 8 is this year's Day of Giving. All funds raised in that 24-hour period will go towards helping current and future students receive a quality faith-based education at McNicholas High School.

The theme to this year's Day of Giving is "We Count on Each Other." Just as students count on many of us for the financial help to attend McNicholas, the alumni, faculty and staff, as well as parents, count on our students to work to the best of their abilities and to represent to the community the high standards of McNicholas High School to the community.

So mark February 8th on your calendar. You will be receiving more details on how to support our 2018 Day of Giving for Tuition Assistance as we get closer to the day.

Alumni Connector alumni help with Science Fair

Alumna Jessica Tiettmeyer '11 and senior Wade Brokamp listen to freshmen Maddie Wilburn present her science fair projec t.

Freshman Isabella Bonner presents her science fair project to alumnus Joe Phelps '77 and senior Jude Gerrard.
Archbishop McNicholas High School held its annual Science Fair on Weds., Jan. 24. Several of the judges were alumni of McNicholas High School who helped the science department pick the projects that will continue to the Regional Science Fair at the University of Cincinnati in March.
If you are interested in getting involved in McNicholas as a mentor, class or Career Day speaker, or Science Fair judge next year, please join the Alumni Connector program.   Click here for more information and to join.

Bus Tour 2018 to Nashville - Not too late to get on a bus!

Grab your lasso ladies! It's not too late to get on the bus to Nashville for the annual ladies only weekend on April 27, 28 and 29. One bus is already full, and we have several reservations to start a second bus. We need an additional 45 registrations by Feb. 15 to book a second bus.  If we do not reach the number we need for a second bus, you are still welcome to join us but will have to drive on your own. 
The bus trip is a ladies-only, kid-free weekend that raises money for the Athletic Boosters.  We will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 27 at Veteran's Park (8531 Forest Rd.). Our trip will include:
  • Transportation to and from Nashville (prorated if we do not get second bus and you have to drive)
  • Breakfast both Saturday and Sunday/shuttle service to downtown
  • Hotel accommodations for two nights at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
  • Lots and lots of fun memories
Rates with bus transportation:
  • $350/4 to a room per person
  • $400/3 to a room per person
  • $450/2 to a room per person

Alumni Basketball League

1991 State Finals
The alumni sports group is proud to bring back the alumni basketball league.  We are looking for 8 teams this year. Each team must have at least 3 Rocket alumni, and 2 Rockets must always be on the court.  The league will be played on Sunday nig
hts in the Aux Gym.  Game times will be 5 - 8 p.m.  The cost will be $50 per person. This money will secure your spot, pay for officials, and help support the men's basketball program.  Play will start March 25. For more information or to secure your spot, contact Coach Tim Monahan at .
Memorial Dance

Military Memorial group

Come join us on Saturday, February 17, 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. You can pay online by  clicking here,  or you can contact Pat Farwick at McNicholas at 513-231-3500 ext. 5803 or email at Tickets for the event may be purchased at the door.  Or you can print off the form by  clicking here.
The Military Memorial Committee uses the proceeds from this dance provide tuition 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!
Questions on the event? Contact Jim Hay at, or call 513-236-7609

2018 Hall of Fame to induct Ferris-Metzger and O'Brien

McNicholas High School is proud to announce this year's inductees to the Hall of Fame:
  • Ronni Ferris-Metzger '08,  softball
  • Pat O'Brien '99,  baseball
  • John Buhr, Good Fellowship Award.  Athletic Booster
  • Dave Krusling,  Good Fellowship Award, Athletic Booster
Inductions will take place on Thursday, February 22 in the McNicholas Café and Student Union. Click here to reserve your spot.

2017-2018 Mardi Gras Court

T he Annual Mardi Gras Pageant and Ball, the most prestigious student event of the year at Archbishop McNicholas High School, honors 40 senior students who have given their time and talents in service to the school and community throughout their high school experience. During the evening ceremonies, a Mardi Gras King and Queen are crowned. The King and Queen are the highest vote getters amongst the senior class. The King, Queen and Court then preside over a formal dance open to all McNicholas students.

The Senior Court consists of the top 20 young men and top 20 young women who have actively participated in school events and organizations. Membership on the Court is a result of four years of compiled voting from students and faculty. The top four sophomore and junior young men and women constitute the honor guard.

The Captain of the Ball receives the second highest votes among young men in the senior class. The Maid of Honor receives the second highest votes among young women in the senior class. The announcement of the Captain of the Ball and Maid of Honor kicks off the Mardi Gras season at McNicholas.  The Sisters of St. Joseph, who founded McNicholas High School, brought the Mardi Gras tradition to the school in 1952.

The 66th annual Mardi Gras will take place on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. 

Please  click here  to visit the 2018 Mardi Gras page for a complete listing of the Mardi Gras Court, the Junior Honor Guard, and the Sophomore Honor Guard.

Recognition Tiles

Tile Wall

Honor a graduate, teacher, parent, or other loyal Rocket with a commemorative tile. The tiles are permanently installed in the main hallway and are available in white ($100), yellow ($150), and green ($250). The deadline for this years order is December 31.
Family and friends looking for a meaningful and beneficial way to honor their graduate can   click here or call Shawn Young, Manager of Alumni Relations and Special Events, at 231-3500 x5850.

You can also go online, click here, and print off the form.

Alumni Updates

Career Connector Program
If you are interested in getting involved at McNicholas, as a mentor, class room speaker, career day speaker, or many other opportunities-  please know that we will appreciate any help that you can give us in this mission. We have a lot of great alumni already on board.  To get started you can click on this link

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

Albert Riestenberg '63 will be starting his 15th year of retirement this May. He has been enjoying working with a group that builds a home for Dayton Habitat for Humanity each summer. He also has been enjoying his two grandsons, they are great fun, but they can wear you out.

Christine Fischer Presutto '98 is married to David (Elder '01) in September of 2010. They have three children, Paige (15), Evan (6), and Avary (3). Paige and Evan both are avid soccer players, and Avary enjoys playing with baby dolls and watching YouTube videos of people playing with baby dolls. (Yes, that's a thing). Christine and her husband have been working in the healthcare industry for about 15 years at various healthcare organizations in Ohio and Northern Ky.  They enjoy living in Cincinnati but also like to travel when life permits it.

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. 


James I. Penker '55; Father of Jennifer Penker Billies, Grandfather of Cooper Billies '19, Brother of  Barbara Penker Squeir '55, and John '57. 

Susan Betz Hedlesten '60; Sister of Barbara Betz Alberts '55, and Nancy Betz Bushelman '56. 

Mary Jane Wolf Gilkerson '61 ; Sister of Bill '58 Judy Wolf Johnson '64, Ed' 68, Sue Wolf Patton '70, and Charlie '73. 

Karen Mideli Seifried '69 ;  Brother of Ken 74. 

Cheryl Fischer Hiland '75; Sister of Theresa Fischer Patton '74, and Linda Fischer Conrad '76. 

Tim A. Engel '85; Brother of Steve Engel '69, Connie Engel Elliott '71, Greg Engel '74, Mike Engel '85, and brother-in-law of  Tara Donnelly Engel '88.

Sherie Noschang Swanson '88 ; Sister of Jim (attended).

Kiersten H. Siepel '07

Distinguished Family and Friends

Carol Aniskovich; Mother of Nancy Aniskovich- former guidance counselor.

Donald G. Ashcraft; Husband of Rose Heitker Ashcraft '56.

David R. Baker; Father of Beth Baker Weiler '82, Grandfather of Katherine Weiler '13, and Abby Weiler '16. 

Paul J. Hirschauer; Father of Steve '72, Tom '75, Vicky Hirschauer Bennett '78, and Matt '83. 

Nancy T. Kayser; Mother of Richard '70, Kathleen Kayser Lacy '71, Teresa Kayser Lynn Diehl '75, and Maribeth Kayser Gromeck '77. 

Ruth Kuhnell; Mother of Howard '64, and Dan '66.

Barbara A. Mueller; Sister of the late Toni Vieson Garrison '56. 

Lee Osterholz; Father of the late Greg '81.

Robert D. Phelps; Father of Regina Phelps Goines '76, and Michael '77.

Charles R. Trapp; Father of Vernita Trapp Leslie '92, Craig '93, and Matt '00.

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