Cougar News
News and Events for
Charlotte Catholic High School and the Cougar Family

June 11, 2020
Congratulations Class of 2020!
Graduation this year was held on campus on May 29, 2020 due to special circumstances that called for smaller gatherings. Plans were in place for ceremonies that could have been conducted either in the stadium or the gym, and inclement weather moved them inside. Each graduate was accompanied by his or her parents or family members in what turned out to be a special, personal, and memorable day. Henry Campbell is greeted by Mr. Telford above, as his parents Trey and Barbara Campbell snap a photo. Henry will attend The Ohio State University.
Graduation kicked off with the homeroom which included Chloe Allen, who was accompanied by her parents Natalie and Hugh Allen. Chloe will attend Spellman College.
Valedictorian Mae Levin received her diploma cover from Principal Telford. Mae will attend the University of Notre Dame, and was accompained by her parents Melissa and Ron Levin.
Gavin Zinkil moves his tassle to conclude the 2020 graduation ceremonies. Gavin was accompained by his parents Trish and Brian Zinkil and will attend East Carolina University.
Graduation plans included extra measures to help ensure the health and safety of all attendees, and to comply with social distancing orders in effect. After each graduate crossed the stage, they joined their parents in a designated area to watch the other graduates in their homeroom. After the entire the entire homeroom had walked across the stage, they were declared graduates and then departed the school with family.
Each graduate was allotted two tickets for parents or immediate family members to attend and escort them to the ceremony and stage. Seventeen private graduation ceremonies by homeroom were held over nearly seven hours.
The CCHS administrators - Assistant Principal Angela Montague, Principal Kurt Telford, Assistant Principal Maria Leahy and Dean of Students Randy Belk paused for a mask-free photo following graduation.
Faculty members Mr. Jeremy Kuhn and Dr. Lincoln Sigwald helped to welcome and announce the graduates of the Class of 2020 as they crossed the stage. Parents were invited to take photos in front of the stage.
Graduation and Events 2020
On May 29, 2020, Charlotte Catholic High School celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2020. Please click the link below for the graduation ceremony and virtual graduation components including presentations and speeches.
CCHS held its annual Senior Awards Ceremony on May 27th, honoring members of the Class of 2020 for their commitment to faith, service, sportsmanship and academic excellence. Principal Kurt Telford welcomed students virtually, as this year's ceremony was pre-recorded and shared through social media channels and the school website. Please click the crest below for a video of the full ceremony.
2020 Scholarship Winners
During the Senior Awards Ceremony, eight prestigious college scholarships were also awarded, all provided by generous donors and CCHS affiliate organizations. This year's winners include:
CCHS Alumni Association Scholarship -  Davis Matthew Barnett 

CCHS Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship - Christopher James Hoefling
Dottie Tippett Performing Arts Scholarship -  Emma Michelle Joseph

Class of 1989 Memorial Scholarship -  Kate Copeland Mulkey

Robb Pugh Memorial Scholarships 
Mary-Kathryn Shea Samuelson
Roman Joseph Rivera

Brian Sienkiewicz Memorial Scholarship -  Titilayo Bisola Mary Ekunsanmi

St. Joseph the Carpenter Award -  Davis Matthew Barnett

Kara Kloiber Make a Difference Award - Christian George Alston

Read the full article here: 2020 Scholarship Winners
Faculty Members Honored at Graduation
The CCHS Foundation presents the Sister Paulette Williams Awards for Outstanding Service
CCHS presents the Verbesey Award of Excellence in Education
Each year at graduation, CCHS recognizes faculty members who go above and beyond. Their commitment to excellence in teaching and to their students sets them apart, and Charlotte Catholic recognized their dedication. This year, because graduation was held in seventeen separate ceremonies, these awards were presented in a small gathering of faculty members early on graduation day, May 29, 2020.
Rick Rossitch, president of the CCHS Foundation, presented the Sister Paulette Williams Awards for Outstanding Service to Ms. Jean Adamian (Mathematics), Mr. Jeremy Kuhn (English), Dr. Leo Maganaras (Science), Mrs. Susan Montague (Religion) and Mr. Shawn Panther (Social Studies). Each teacher receives a $5,000 award. Read the full article here:
Principal Kurt Telford presented the $10,000 Verbesey Award for Excellence in Education to Beth Acitelli, IT Director at CCHS. Mrs. Acitelli was instrumental in leading Charlotte Catholic to distance learning this year.
The Verbesey Award is given in memory of Tess Verbesey, a former guidance counselor and beloved member of the CCHS Community for 50 years.
School News Summer 2020
August 17 is the Scheduled First Day of School
Charlotte Catholic High School is developing a transition team to plan for a reopening of the school that will protect the health and safety of everyone. This team will study, discuss and make recommendations for the daily academic and extracurricular schedule, athletics, food service and all aspects of campus life.
Drivers Education Forms

Drivers eligibility forms are now available during normal summer office hours.

Parents can obtain drivers eligibility forms during scheduled office hours.
Course and Book Information for 2020-21 School Year

Course lists and book purchase information will be released no later than August 3, 2020. This will include course lists along with book purchase information.
Summer Reading

Please click here to visit the school website for additional information about summer reading assignments and summer AP assignments.
Summer Office Hours

CCHS offices will be open Monday -Thursday 8:30 - noon until August 6. The school offices will be closed July 6-9.
Campus remains closed except for scheduled appointments or official school athletics. All visitors to campus must wear a face mask.

Please find details regarding the uniform dress code for the 2020-21 school year here:

There will be a used uniform sale later in the summer. Watch your email for specific information.

Class of 2020 Alumni Gifts

New graduates - if you did not pick up your gift from the Alumni Association when you turned in your computer, please contact the Alumni Office at to arrange a pick-up time during office hours.

CCHS Athletics - Sports Teams News
The NCHSAA announced this week that high school sports in North Carolina will be allowed to resume on a limited basis beginning June 15.

In order to ensure the health and safety of CCHS student athletes, Charlotte Catholic is finalizing its specific guidelines for each sport, which will be posted on the website and communicated to families. Go Cougars!
News from our Affiliate Organizations
The CCHS PTO assisted in many ways with end-of year celebrations and to uphold some CCHS traditions. The traditional baby wall was created and displayed outside, honoring all members of the Class of 2020.
Help us express our gratitude to the 2020 Gala item donors by supporting their businesses. See the complete list by clicking here:
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Our mission: Charlotte Catholic High School is an educational community centered in the Roman Catholic faith, which teaches individuals to serve as Christians in our changing world