Connecting the Dots with Shawn Young

Luke Shropshire '10 Gannon McHugh '14

In this edition of Connecting the Dots, we go back about 15 years. This story starts out much like the story from back in March, but moves in a new direction. It seems like many of my stories get started from the days of scouting. As I was just moving into the Boy Scout troop with my oldest son, there was a scout just finishing up his scouting career and working on his Eagle Badge. His name was Luke Shropshire '10, and he was a junior at McNicholas at the time. I can't say I really knew him well from scouting, but we were part of the same scouting family. Move ahead to the present and I have been blessed to work with Annette McHugh. She puts together our fabulous McNick at Night. She also happens to be the mother of Gannon McHugh '14. And as it so happens Gannon and Luke are neighbors. While they did not know each other growing up, fate would bring them together. Luke went to U.C. and graduated in three years with a degree in the hospitality industry. While in school, he discovered a new interest that would take his life in an entirely new direction. Luke became passionate about brewing beer. According to Gannon, Luke's basement looked like something out of movie set the perfect mad scientist laboratory. Luke would be in his back yard collecting spores and yeast to create the perfect beer. He seems to have found the right ingredients. He entered a brewing contest and won first place out of 350 contestants. Shortly after the contest, he was hired at Mt. Carmel Brewery. After working there for over a year, and creating more beer, Luke was hired at the new Streetside Brewery on Riverside Drive, near Lunken Airport. Luke has a passion for sour beers. As he describes, "these are very unique, and loved by the beer nerds" to which he proudly claims membership. "I can work 70 hours a week at Streetside, and still find time to go home and experiment five hours a week with newer beer creations".

To market their very unique beers, Steetside Brewery wanted to put them into some very unique cans. Enter into the picture his neighbor and fellow Rocket, Gannon. Gannon is currently in the DAAP program at U.C. He is a very gifted artist. I see his artwork every day, when I go down the hall to see his mother. So one night while they were all sitting around the driveway discussing life, Luke asked Gannon if he would like to design a can for them, and a new partnership of Rockets was born. Gannon is now working on his third can for Streetside. "I can't wait to see 'Chillin with Bob Ross' ".

 All of the beers have a name that is hard to forget. Luke likes to drop little clues into the names to see if anyone catches what he is doing. He loves the amount of detail that Gannon puts into the artwork. From my point of view, they both love what they do, and love perfecting the detail. And quite honestly from what I tasted, I think they got it right. It was great getting together with the two of them the other week. I really enjoyed the brewery, the tour, the beers! And of course talking about Rocket High.  I encourage all of you to go down some night and support your Rockets.  

If you are getting together with your class for lunches or dinners, maybe you have a tradition that your Rocket friends have been doing for a while, or maybe like Luke and  Gannon, you are building something together, 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.

McNicholas High School announces new Alumni Awards

Archbishop McNicholas High School is pleased to announce exciting new recognitions for alumni. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, McNicholas High School will present three new awards. In conjunction with the establishment of these awards, McNicholas is also pleased to announce a special event on October 9, 2017, in the CafĂ© and Student Union where these new awards will be presented. (Archbishop McNicholas was ordained a Dominican priest on October 10, 1901.) The following day, October 10, the recipients will be introduced to the  students at an all-school assembly.
The McNicholas community has the opportunity to nominate for this award.  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 on July 1.

The Distinguished Alumni Award
 will be presented annually to one male and one female McNicholas graduate 
who have honored McNicholas High School by 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 e xamples of high moral and ethical standards and values learned at McNicholas High School.
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. 
To nominate someone for the Distinguished Alumni Award please click here.

Alumni football and alumni soccer events planned for this summer.
Alumni Soccer from 2016.

This year's alumni soccer game will take place at Penn Station Field on Saturday, July 15.  Please arrive by 11:30 am to start picking teams for this year's titanic struggle!  A hot dog cookout will follow the event on the Paradise Plaza. To register for the event please  click here .

The football program will be hosting the Alumni and Friends Golf Outing  at Vineyards Golf Course this year, on Saturday, July 29. The cost is $75 for a day of golf and fellowship. If you are able to join us for dinner only, that cost is $25. For more information about this event, or to sign up  please click  on this link  or you email   Steve Rice  or call Steve at 513-910-2750.

The Class of '02 pays tribute to classmate Nick Erdy.

The 12th annual Nick Erdy golf outing will take place on Saturday, June 17 at Deer Track Golf Course. If you and your friends/family are golfers, this would be a fantastic outing to support. The Erdy family continues their generosity by providing scholarships to a graduating senior and an underclassmen here at McNIcholas.  The Class of '02 decided that they would host their reunion on that same day to pay tribute to Nick.  They are encouraging classmates to remember Nick, by signing up for the outing, and then coming out to the reunion later that night to Rhinegeist Brewery.  The class is also collecting for the Alumni Scholarship Fund, all donations made will be in honor of Nick Erdy.  When asked about this decision, Mara McCormick Proctor '02 said,"I still think of Nick often - his service and sacrifice, and the friend and classmate he was to all of us. I hope our classmates will take advantage of the annual golf outing and 15-year reunion being on the same day and attend both events. It will be a great day to remember our friend and reconnect with each other".

If you are interested in playing in the golf outing please click here.

Events in the news at McNicholas High School

To learn more about what has been happening on campus this past month, click on any of the stories listed below.

Alumni Memorial Day

The Military Memorial Committee will hold its annual memorial service at McNicholas High School on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.  The Color Guard from the American Legion Post 484 will arrive at McNick between 9:00-9:30 am for a short ceremony that includes a prayer, gun salute and the playing of Taps. We ask that everyone arrive no later than 9 a.m.  This event is open to the general public, and the committee provides coffee, juice, donuts, etc. We hope that you will consider spending that morning with us to honor those who have served our country.  

Reunions for 2017

1982 Class Reunion 2012
Class of 1982 at the 30 year reunion

If your graduation year ends in a 2 or 7, you are up for a reunion this year.  Most of the reunions are in the planning process at this point.  You can click on the link here to see where your class is in the planning process. 

We still need to hear from the Class of 1972. We are looking for a person, or a group of classmates to step up and get the reunion rolling. Please contact Shawn Young if you are able to help.

Christa Hyson '05
Project: Not Even Once
Christa Hyson is doing amazing things!  She is one of eight Cincinnatians to be awarded a grant from People's Liberty.  They provide opportunities to implement innovative community development projects in Greater Cincinnati.  Christa has developed a project called Not Even Once. She will be implementing a drug abuse prevention program at Oyler Elementary School, a CPS school. Christa is a Cincinnati boomerang and a self-proclaimed extroverted introvert. Born & raised in Mt. Washington, she received her bachelors in communications and public relations from Xavier University. She has worked for the Department of Defense, received a master's degree in public health and currently works in public health for the Cincinnati Health Department. Christa now lives in Clifton.

Her project: Not Even Once aims to implement HOPE (Health and Opioid Abuse Prevention Education) curriculum to a Cincinnati Public School. The Ohio Department of Education has approved certain curriculums to educate and prevent future heroin and opioid overdoses and users, but Cincinnati Public Schools don't have any such thing implemented. Cincinnati is the unfortunate epicenter for heroin and opioid overdoses. Deaths by heroin are 100% preventable, and prevention is key-key to saving money, key to saving lives, and the most important part of that prevention model is stopping youth from ever starting. Not Even Once has the ability leave a sustainable impact on the greater Cincinnati community.

Time to place your tile order

Tile Wall

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

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.

Gayle Pleiman Celesti '57 has four sons, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Kathryn Pongonis '87 and her husband have been Foreign Service Officers with the US Department of State since 1999 and will be beginning our new assignment in Seoul, Korea this summer. They have served in the Dominican Republic, China (twice), Ethiopia, South Africa, Venezuela, and Washington, D.C. Their two children (13 and 15) will complete high school in Seoul.

John Murphy '02 now has 4 kids, ages 7, 5, 3, and 2 months.

Lara Korbee Glasmeyer '99 and her husband Jeff Glassmeyer '04 had a baby girl March 30, and named her Willa Rose.

Pat Disalvio '13   has been named Male Scholar of the Year at the Athletics banquet for Morehead State University.
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. 


Bernice Hornschemeier Oberrecht '60 ; Sister of Katherine Hornschemeier Wellman '57, and Thomas (attended). 

Sally Ries McClure '82; Sister of Janet Ries '86.

John D. Goodwin '02.

Caleb J. Fairley '09 ; Brother of Matthew '07.

Distinguished Family and Friends

Ronald E. Bihlman; Father of Mike '73, Tim '76, and Kathy Bihlman Tetrault '77.

Edward J. Bracke
; Husband of Helen Heitker Bracke '55, Father of Ed '80, and Carol Brake Klump, and father-in-law of Dale Klump '80.

Elaine Dietrich
; Mother of the late Diane Dietrich Knause  '64, and Linda (attended). 

Charles H. Durkin
; Father of Nancy Durkin Huber '74, and Linda Durkin Dorsey '76.

Gerry C. Glassmeyer
; Brother of Bob '70.

Andrea Goodwin; Mother of the late John '02. 

Salvatore F. Mideli; Father of Karen Mideli Seifried '69, and Kenneth '74. 

William G. Reeves; Father of William '66, the late Christina '69, the late Robert '72, Deborah Reeves Tarvin '75, and father-in-law of Tom Tarvin '73. 

Gregory L. Searcy; Husband of Sandy Robinson Searcy '79.

Margaret E. Seeger; Mother of Jeanette Seeger MacGregor '65, Susan Seeger McKenzie '69, and Bonnie Seeger Ferone '75. 

Mary Lou Vogelgesang; Mother of Donna Vogelgesang Barndollar '72, David '74, Dennis '75, Richard '76, Diane  Vogelgesang Hance '84, and the late Daryn (attended), Grandmother of Amber Barnsdollar Lunsford '98, Ashley Barndollar '06, Steven '08, and William '16.

Sally Wagner; Mother of Ross Wagner '83, Kara Wagner 85, Grandmother of Jack '13, Mitchell '15 and Daniel '19. 
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