Ten Seniors recognized by the National Merit program
Archbishop McNicholas High School is proud to announce that seniors Dominic Daley, Madison Kouche, Jack Munzel, and Tara Reich are semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit® Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) program. NMSC named approximately 16,000 academically-talented high school seniors as semifinalists with the opportunity to continue competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million offered next spring. Semifinalists are the academic top 1% of seniors based on the results of the PSAT/NMSQT test the students took as juniors.
McNicholas High School is also pleased to congratulate our National Merit Scholarship Corporation Commended Students. Seniors Erin Callahan, Taylor Collett, Harper Esterle, Brianna Taylor, Joshua Twomey, and Zachary Twomey are among the students who scored in the top 3% nationally on the PSAT/NMSQT.
"We are proud of these students and congratulate them and their families on this tremendous honor," McNicholas Principal David Mueller said. "These hardworking seniors show exceptional academic ability and potential for collegiate success, and we wish them well in the next level of the scholarship competition."
Meet the New Guy (And Send Him Some Money)
Hello McNick Alums. I'm John Jorden, the new Development Director at McNicholas High School. I'm a product of Catholic education (St. Susanna, Fenwick, Notre Dame). I'm married to a beautiful, talented, and smart Southern girl named Kim. All three of our kids have benefited from a Catholic education all the way through university (Pacelli, McNick, UD, and Notre Dame). I worked for 32 years in commercial real estate finance, and I recently sold my business and retired for three days. Then I started my new career in the lucrative(?) arena of Catholic high school development. What kind of idiot does that? Someone who believes in Catholic education and loves McNicholas High School. I plan to work night and day for the students and the future of McNicholas High School. Enough about me (but if you haven't gotten enough,
here's a link
to even more about me
Now let's talk about our Annual Fund.
The Annual Fund is, hands down, our most important source of funding outside of tuition. Why is that?
● There is a GAP between what it costs to educate a student at McNick and what we charge in tuition. We need you to help us fill that GAP. Truth be told, I'd like to make the GAP a lot larger. Why? So we can make tuition more affordable for families who struggle to afford a Catholic education.
● The world of high school education has gotten very competitive. Public high schools have upgraded their facilities lately through revenue from your taxes. And rival Catholic schools, quite frankly, are way ahead of McNick in fundraising and building endowments.
In September, the Development Office sent you a letter with information about the many ways to give back to McNicholas High School. Thank you to those of you have been so generous already and over many years. So far this year, donations are running well ahead of our projections! So thank you-your gift truly makes a difference in the lives of current and future Rockets.
If you have questions or need more information about the Annual Fund, please contact me. If you are around campus, please give me a call or stop by my office in the Convent. John Jorden, Director of Development
or 513.351.1500 Ext. 5190
The McNicholas Alumni Association is hosting the fifth annual bus trip to Keeneland. The trip will take place on Saturday, October 19.
The bus will leave McNicholas at 9:00 a.m. and return after the last race. The cost for this event is only $45 per person, or $60 if you want a seat in the grandstand. This package includes the bus ride to and from Lexington, tickets to the races, light appetizers, and beverages for the ride! Once there, we will set up a tailgate area as well.
Please contact Shawn before mailing in for tickets at this point. For tickets you can either send in a check to McNicholas High School Attn: Shawn Young 6536 Beechmont Ave. 45230 or you can pay online by clicking here.
Random Act of Kindness on October 22nd
Please join Brad Giesting's family and friends by doing
a Random Act of Kindness on October 22.
Brad graduated from McNick in '05. He proudly served his country in the Army's 101st Airborne Division, including a tour of duty in Iraq. On May 13, 2013, Brad was diagnosed with liposarcoma, a very rare soft tissue cancer. Brad used humor throughout his three-year battle as he bravely endured over 70 rounds of chemotherapy, 30 rounds of radiation, and 6 major operations before passing away surrounded by his family on October 22, 2016. Brad's family wanted his wonderful spirit to live on, so they created a charitable organization called Brad's Blessings and ask people to do a random act of kindness (big or small) in his memory on October 22.
Brad's Blessings is a Cincinnati-based charitable organization that spreads joy through random acts of kindness to individuals battling cancer or other signiﬁcant illnesses and military personnel suffering the effects of burn pits. Brad's Blessings also provides scholarships to students at Brad's alma maters, Guardian Angels School and McNicholas High School.
For more information, please check out
Brad's Blessings website
page. Brad's family asks you to share your random act of kindness or perhaps, a random act of kindness that you received in Brad's memory, on his Facebook and/or Instagram pages.
Brad's undeniable joy and love of life continues through and to all who were and continue to be touched by him. So, Rocket alumni, on October 22nd, let's make the world a little bit better in Brad's memory.
4th Annual Alumni Blood Drive
McNicholas will host its first Craft Fair on Nov. 9
Alumni can help with the McNicholas open house.
Help us spread the word about our Open House for prospective families! We are looking for strategic spots to place yard signs. If you live or have a business located in a highly visible traffic area and are willing to help us promote our Open House, please contact our Director of Admissions, Christina Mullis at
. We can arrange a sign drop off. We appreciate your help in recruiting Future Rockets!
Ski Club is open to alumni
Were you a member of Ski Club when you were a student? Have you always wanted to learn to ski? If this sounds like something of interest to you, then Rocket High has a deal for you! The deadline for discounted pass purchase (30% savings) is Thursday, Oct. 31.
Pick up your passes from the Perfect North Ticket Window
on the first day you ski or after October 1.
How to purchase your club pass online:
- Go to http://www.perfectnorth.com
- Scroll to the bottom to Club Login
- Scroll to find McNicholas Ski Club
- Sign in on the club page.
- Username: mcnick
- Password: downhill
- Use the 3 line menu in the upper left corner and select the pass you would like
- Follow the prompts to finish purchasing your season pass
If you have any questions about ski club or ski club spirit wear please reach out to Ms. Gaskins at email@example.com.
ROCKETOBERFEST - A Rocket version of Oktoberfest
We would like to thank all of you that came out to support our first-ever Rocketoberfest! We had seven different breweries from the area, and we sampled over 21 different types of beer. The weather was spectacular and everyone had a great time. We will be hosting the
October 10, 2020
. It is never too early to mark your calendars !
We would also like to thank our sponsors for this year!
Home City Ice
Solar is Freedom
A & A Safety
Clermont Springs Dairy
Dead low Brewery
Dick Vogelgesang Electric
Jim and Connie Hay
If you are interested in become a sponsor for next year, please contact Shawn Young.
We expect this event to grow
Help us to honor our veterans
15th Annual Nick Erdy Foundation Dinner, Dance and Auction
Rocket Service Corner -
potlight on alumni making a difference
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
or call the Alumni Office at 513.231.3500. ext. 5850
Rose Bohmann '66 has retired from teaching in Massachusetts and as moved to Verona, Wisconsin.
Matthew Schlagheck '05 has taken a new position at Edgewood Chiropractic as a practice doctor.
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.
Distinguished Family and Friends
Gregory J. Buerger; Father of Carol Buerger Tull '72, Nancy Buerger Willis (attended), Greg '82, and the late Barbara Buerger Randolph '70.
Phyllis Cappel; Wife of Robert '67, Mother Leah Cappel Mattingly '87,
Kevin '89, and Mother-in-law of Anita Threet '89.
Ronald J. Gartner; Brother of Maureen Gartner Taylor '60, and Carol Gartner Bain (attended).
Mark S. Kelley; Brother of Jenny '80, Amy '82, Kim '83, and Cynthia Kelley Mills '87.
Glenn L. McCauley; Father of Larry '76, Gary '81, and Susan McAuley Muther '86.
Husband of Nancy Kreimer Pierce '71, and Stepfather of Michelle Davin Langenbahn '00.
Albert J. Riehle; Father of Jonathan '72, Fred '74, Joanna Riehle Robinson '75, Paul '77, Teresa Riehle Whetzel '79, Mary Riehle Pajor '81, Mike '83, and Barb Riehle Nye '85.
Mac A. Webb; father of Andrew '00, and Anthony '05.