Connecting the Dots with Shawn Young
This edition of Connecting the Dots is tied in with the Thanksgiving holiday.  This story gets started in 1986, when two McNicholas graduates, Mike Machenheimer '81, and I '82 were sharing an apartment during college, and we had no food. But being two smart Rocket graduates, we came up with a great solution.  We would get and cook a turkey, and invite our friends and their dates over. I think only one of our friends was married at the time. They would bring all of the other food, and our plan was that they would most likely leave all of the leftovers for us!  Being new to hosting and cooking dinner, a couple of problems popped up that day. The biggest problem facing us was that we had no idea how to cook a turkey.  Did you know they put a bag of turkey parts in a turkey?  We didn't.  By the time we got done cooking that turkey, I swear it almost turned into ashes it was so dry!  I have never before seen a turkey so dry that it absorbed they gravy.  We also learned that if we were going to do this again, it should never be on a Sunday evening.  So the second, or third Saturday in November has played host to this party ever since. 

As I sit here and type this story just before Thanksgiving, I look back on all of the great times we have had over the past 30 years. We have not missed a year. We have been together for all of the marriages, all of the new houses, all of the children being born, now even some of the children even getting married, and now, some grandchildren. How can we be that old!?! This event has carried on even in some not so great times. We have been there for divorce and even sadly a death way too early.  Sometimes people have moved out of town, and yet others have moved back into town, but the door is always open.  But despite everything, the tradition has lived on!  I feel so lucky to have such a great group of friends. It is amazing to me that we came from so many different grade schools, and yet because we all ended up walking the halls of McNicholas together, here we are friends for over 35 years.  The members of this Rocket group include; John Reed '82, Tim Ecker '82, Rick Connor '82, Kelley Armstrong Young '82, Shawn Young '82, Jeff Gardner '82,Tina Knight Brauning '82, Mike Machenhiemer '81,  Mark Williams '82, and Mike Dulle, our adopted member of '82.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, and remember if you have a tradition that you share with other Rockets we would love to put your story in this section

Author Sarah Domet '96 publishes first novel, returns to thank AP English teacher Combs

On October 20,  McNicholas High School had the great privilege of welcoming Sarah Domet '96 back to campus. Domet's first novel The Guineveres was released October 4 has been reviewed by the New York Times Book Review and spolighted in the prestigious Library Journal . 
Domet spoke to senior English and creative writing students and encouraged them to borrow from their own lives in their wri ting. "Writers see things twice," she said. "They see the details in their own lives and then repurpose them in their writing." 
Domet also revealed that she has kept notes on a paper that her AP English teacher Val Combs wrote to her in spring of 1996. Domet recalled Combs as the greatest combinaiton of a teacher--tough and challenging but approachable.  "The world needs more teachers like you," Domet told Combs in October.  "You told me to go for it and I did."
Domet's novel is set in a convent and follows the coming-of-age of four girls named Guinevere. "Who needs inspiration when you have memories from your own Catholic childhood," Domet, who was the 1996 Mardi Gras Queen,  said. "It is comfortable coming back to McNicholas where I walked the halls and came of age myself."

Remembering the 50's at McNicholas through the eyes of Sister Judi Keehnen

Archbishop McNicholas High School has been educating students since St. Joseph's Academy first opened its doors in 1915 as an all-female boarding school, run by the St. Joseph Sisters of Medaille. In 1951 the name changed to McNicholas High School and became co-ed when boys were now allowed to attend. Over the 109 years of educating future generations, there have been many alumni that have returned to teach and work at their alma mater. One notable figure who is still a common presence at McNick is Sister Judi Keehnen, who graduated in 1959.

Sister Judi entered McNicholas her freshmen year in 1955. Keehnen said McNick has changed a considerable amount since the 50's. At the time, Alter Hall (freshman hall) was not yet complete so freshman homerooms were on the third floor of the convent where the boarders also lived. Sister Judi remembers the completion of Alter Hall in 1956. "On move-in day, we had to carry our desks from homeroom and carry them all the way down the stairs to room 7 in Alter Hall," she said. "I had homeroom with Sister Marcella in room 7, which we nicknamed 'cell block 7'."
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60 years between queens; Homecoming royalty share experiences
Homecoming has been a tradition at McNicholas since 1956. With the 2016 Homecoming marking the 60th Homecoming for McNicholas, seeing the perspectives of the 1st and the 60th queen show how the event has changed over the past six decades.
Before the 2016 Homecoming Dance, students participated in Spirit Week throughout the week of Sept. 19, but for the first Homecoming Dance In 1956, Spirit Week was not celebrated. "The students would get ready for the dance by hanging up posters along the halls of nominees," said Sandra King, McNicholas' first Homecoming Queen.  To read more of this story 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.

Men's Golf seizes DII State Championship

AP Ceramics students study Raku firing techniques

Theatre Department opens season with 'Little Women'

Successful start for the Polly Sandmann Scholarship 

On October 20, over two hundred people gathered in the cafe and student union to celebrate the life of Polly Powers Sandmann '79.  The family decided that they wanted to start a scholarship to remember Polly and support her special love of working with kids for whom school did not come easy.  Many different ages gathered and enjoyed the night, but this gathering also had a call to raise money.  As of today, the total collected has surpassed $35,000.  The family will award two scholarships at $2,500 each for the S.A.I.L. program this year, and will provide one every year after that.  If you would like to contribute to this fund, there is still time to make a difference.

A Message from the Development Office

It is amazing how quickly the school year moves on. It is hard to believe we just finished the first quarter of the academic school year. The McNicholas campus is really a vibrant place this time of year as we head towards the holidays. For example, on Sunday November 6, was our annual Open House during we which we proudly showed prospective students and their families what the McNicholas experience is all about. This event is extremely important to McNicholas.

Our yearly Annual Fund is also extremely important to maintain the great environment for our students and their families. Last year, for the first time, we provided 5 targeted support areas to which supporters could designate their Annual Fund gifts Those areas were:
* Most Critical Need
* Tuition Assistance
* Athletics
* Fine and Performing Arts
* Facilities

We feel by having our supporters be able to "give to their passion" really made a difference, as the total Annual Fund contributions grew by 15 percent. These giving alternatives continue to be available for this year's Annual Fund.
You can help us with your support for the 2016-2017 Annual Fund by returning the form you may have received recenlty, or visit our website . Simply click on the Support McNick tab and you will be directed to the Annual Fund page. Gifts of Stocks or Securities are also welcome. Please contact Mark Doran, Director of Development at (513)-231-3500, ext. 5141 with any questions.

As always, please know that your gift to the McNicholas Annual Fund, is an investment in the lives of both current and future McNicholas students. You will not find an investment with a greater return anywhere else on earth.

Mark Doran
Director of Development

Reunions for 2017

This year's reunion season has almost come to an end. We still have the Class of '96 gathering on Saturday, November 26 at 50 West!  I would like to thank everyone who have stepped up to run a class reunion this past year. .  It was great working with you, and it was even better getting to know you! We had a lot of great reunions this year.  I heard everyone at Belterra won money, and the weather was perfect for the Class of '76 cookout here at McNicholas.  I would also like to thank everyone who attended a reunion.  It is great to see the smiles and the high-fives when people get back together.  Lastly, I would like to take a moment to thank all of those who contributed to the Alumni Scholarship Fund. This year, we have generated nearly $15,000 to help keep the dream of Catholic High School affordable. A special thank you goes to the Class of '66, who raised nearly $5,000 all by themselves.  

Now it is time to set our sights on the next round of reunions.  If your graduation year ends in a 2 or 7, you are up for a reunion this year.  I will be sending out letters shortly to the reunion planing committees.  Please check our website to see as new reunions are announced.  At this time, two dates have already been selected.  The Class of '97 has already selected June 10, no location has been decided yet.  The Class of '67 will be celebrating their reunion the weekend of September 22 and 23 with a class picnic on Sept. 22 and an evening at Norlyn Manor on Sept. 23.
Hall of Fame set for February 23, 2017

The athletic department is pleased to announce the inductees for the McNicholas Hall of Fame.  Ms. Christina Gilene, class of 2009 and Mr. Gordy Massa, class of 1985 will be inducted on Thursday, February 23.  Christina will be honored for her outstanding career in volleyball, Gordy will be recognized for his football accomplishments. 
Alumni Band at Game

If you were in the stands for the Rocket football game against Fenwick on October 8, you might have noticed a little something different with the band. Several members of the band were actually alumni who came back to preform with the band.  Robin Harrington and Keith Nance are looking to see if any more band members are interested in getting together and playing.  Mr. Nance noted that some of the members wanted to try to get together this winter and try their hand at a basketball game as well.  If you are interested in learning more about this, you can contact Mr. Nance, or join the Facebook page.   Thanks to the following Rockets who came out to play-- James Harrington '15,  Steven Sinclair '15, William Klunk '15,   Kyle TImmons '16,  Anna Heineke '13,  Brianna Dowell-Howko '14,  Kyle Grogan '12 ,  Beth McCarty '98,  Amy Leibrich '96, and  Tim Hoeflich '82.
Alumni Basketball Night

Time to mark your calendars for the Alumni Basketball night. This game will be played on Friday, January 27.  Get together with past players and graduates and watch the current Rockets take on Alter High School. Tickets for alumni and family of alumni are only $5. 

After the game, stick around for a reception for the alumni in the library; 
refreshments will be provided. To secure your discounted alumni ticket to the game and a spot at the reception, please email Shawn Young. T
his is a great way to stay connected and have some fun.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Thank You to all of our Veterans.

The McNicholas Community would like to thank all that have served our country.  On November 11, many alumni came back to spend the morning at McNicholas.  They listened along with our students as Congressman Brad Wenstrup spoke to the school.  After the address our alumni gathered in the cafe and student union to have breakfast.  Many alumni came back for this event,including Bob Guenther '60Bill Deimling '61, Julia Corbett Oliver '03, Bob Batchelor '62, Paul Coates '64, John Burwell '68, Rick Ahlrichs '69, Jim Hay '77, and Tim Hoeflich '82This event is sponsored by McNicholas Military Committee.  

If you would like to get involved with this group, please contact Jim Hay.  As well as sponsoring this event, they hold an event on Memorial Day, and sponsor a dance in February. This year, the dance will be Sat., February 25. This dance raises funds for the upkeep of our military memorial and provides scholarships to McNicholas students. 

McNicholas Military List

Over the past couple of years we have been able to grow our military list to over 280 people who decided to serve our country. To check on our McNicholas Military list, or to see if we need to add someone to the list please click here . If you find we are missing someone, please email Shawn Young.

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.

Elaine Perkins Shreve '75 and her husband Bob have lived in Mason for 30 years. They belong to St. Susanna parish where Elaine sings in the choir. They have 4 granddaughters and one grandson. They are expecting their second grandson in January 2017.

Brian Weyer '86 has retired from the Army after 23 years of service and is now a contractor at Eglin AFB, FL.

Justin Evans '92 on September 26, celebrated 12 years at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.

Jason Brewer '05 is General Manager and r uns one of the largest home brew shops in the Midwest and one of the best breweries in Cincinnati

Margaret Glaser '08 recently began working at Fox Television Animation on The Simpsons as a production assistant. She most recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 with her masters degree in entertainment industry management where she interned with numerous animation companies in Los Angeles. She cannot be more excited to finally work full-time in animation production as her career goal is to be a producer for animation.
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. 


Edwin L. Puckett '57; Brother of the late James '59, Carol Puckett Rich '61, and Ronnie (attended).

William S. Eckhoff '58; Brother of Gail Eckhoff Laudeman '63, and the late Martha Eckhoff Morrissey '61.

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

Vincent A. Montelisciani Jr. '62; Father of Tony '86, Jeff '87, and brother of Angela 'Montelisciani Connolly '66.

Mary Sutthoff McLeod '69 ; Sister of Patty Sutthoff Gilb '71.

Sara J. Schrand '71; Sister of Mary Ellen Schrand Lane '70, Peter '77, and Matthew '83. 

Michael A. Bono '78; Brother of Bev Bono Shaffer '71, Rose Bono Randolph '75, Tony '83, and the late Jerry '67.

David L. Nash '82; Son of the late Mary Jo Hay Nash '54, Father of Alexandra '03, Brother of Sharon '74, and Susan '76.

James A. DiPuccio '84; Brother of John '85, and Jill DiPuccio Giles '88.

Jeffrey D. Bihlman '01; Son of Michael '73 and Julie Daniel Bihlman '74, Brother of Amy Bihlman Krieger '99, and Nick (attended).

Bradley M. Giesting '04, Husband of Annie Watson Giesting '05, Brother of Sarah Giesting diFrancesca '97, Emily Giesting White '99, Greg '02, and Ryan '07.

Distinguished Family and Friends

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

Joyce L. Webb; Mother of Andrew '00, and Anthony '05.

Joann Yeager; Mother of Robin '71. 

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