ARCHBISHOP O’HARA HIGH SCHOOL • CATHOLIC • LASALLIAN • COLLEGE PREP CONNECTIONS Catholic education in the Lasallian tradition in Kansas City Celtics Brave and Bold Awards Received “Awarded the Kansas City Business Journal ImpacT Award for Technology with O’Hara’s 1 on 1 Student iPad Initiative.” November 8, 2013 Kansas City Business Journal, ImpacT Award Supplement Impact Award for Technology Initiatives? It all started with a presentation at the South Kansas City Chamber Meeting with Kent Barthol (related to the O’Hara Barthols) with the Kansas City Business Journal mentioning the award opportunity sponsored by Sprint. The Advancement Office inquired if we were able to apply as a school. With the YES in hand we submitted and…we won! We were the only school amongst the other 13 awardees such as HCA Midwest, Hangers Cleaners and Cerner. Categories included Cutting Expenses, Efficiency, Environmental Impact, Security and our winning category, Client Interface. OHS was given the award for the implementation of our 1:1 iPad initiative which assists in the replacement of some textbooks and other school materials to become digital in our style of learning. This began in 2012 and continues via an agreement with Apple Inc. In a lease to own arrangement, students pay a yearly use fee and can purchase the iPad at the end of their senior year. Apps are pushed out to students. The goal is to be paperless as much as possible. The Casper monitoring system assists in proper usage of the iPads and enables teachers to track apps on students’ iPads or focus students on a particular app or Web page germane to the class subject. OHS also implements random student iPad checks. Assistant Principal and teacher Jane Schaffer received the Distinguished Lasallian Educators Award for the Midwest District. She also received the FLAME Award from the Foundation for Inclusive Religious Education for the creation of the Options Program at O’Hara. Math/Technology teacher Mac McGory received the STEM Award (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) from the University of Kansas for excellence in education. Student Awards and Recognition Whether on a sports-playing field, in an academic contest, or in service to the community, our students leave a mark that others wish they could attain. See www.oharahs.org home page under About O’Hara, “Recognitions and Awards” for a complete listing. SPRING 2014 2 Letter from Principal John O’Connor ’88 3 June 6, 2014 Golf Tournament Enhance and accelerate learning Leverage technology for individualizing instruction Promote collaboration, increasing student engagement Strengthen the 21st century skills necessary for future student success. 4 2013 Fall LHoF Inductions 5 40 Years of Girls Basketball Celebration 6 Family Tradition Principal John O’Connor accepted the award for Archbishop O’Hara at the Sprint World Headquarters in October 2013. AOHS has made an impact in students’ lives for almost 50 years. This initiative with its subsequent award is just another affirmation of the efficacy and necessity of our education ministry. 8 • • • • Upcoming Class Reunions 10 Class Notes 11 Merci Beaucoup, Auction Sponsors! INSIDE This initiative and award would not have been possible without the the AOHS iPad Team consisting of John O’Connor '88, Ann Wright, Mac McGory, Laura Eagle '80 and Br. Chuck Gregor, FSC. The Tech Team and faculty have spent 1,868 hours and approximately $46,700. The goals of the 1:1 pilot are the following: Faculty Awards March 2014 Dear Celtics, Celtics, future leaders always brave and bold. Our teachers continue to find brave, bold and innovative ways to educate our students to be future leaders in our community, Church and world. Celtics, watch us go far, marching on with The O’Connor Family banners green and gold. We’ve gone far this year through our Impact Award for technology from the Business Journal, through faculty awards and through many student accomplishments. We’ve hosted Chamber events and welcomed a variety of speakers to share their career and ministry life stories. Today’s students still need your support so they might receive the same great education that you received. Celtics, proud of our name! This year we welcomed not only a new freshman class but also 41 students from the former St. Mary’s High School. They, too, became proud of our name and our entire student body made our slogan “Stand Together” a reality in mind, body and spirit. Three Cheers for our O’Hara High. As I reflect on our past 49 years, I am well aware of the many victories and accomplishments. This next and last school year as Archbishop O’Hara will be one of Jubilee as we celebrate 50 years. I have been named the principal of the new St. Michael the Archangel High School for the 2015-2016 school year and I will continue to infuse our ideals of service, faith and community that have been integral to our mission. O’HARA CONNECTIONS www.oharahs.org ARCHBISHOP O’HARA CONNECTIONS • SPRING 2014 816-763-4800 Editor: Carrie Mayle Copy Editor: Jane Schaffer Designer: Abby Ziu Archbishop O’Hara High School 31st Annual GOLFTOURNAMENT Contributing Writers: John O’Connor ’88 Mary Jo Post Sandberg ’77 Barbara Schrader ’82 Carrie Mayle Jim Naudet ’81 (913) 927-9738 (c) [email protected] John Mitchell ’82 (816) 246-7365 (w) [email protected] John Cosentino ’84 (913) 749-1500 (w) [email protected] Become our fan on Facebook! Search for: Archbishop O’Hara High School’s Official Page Must have been on staff for at least 10 years and have terminated service at least 10 years before nomination. Will be considered 10 years after completion of the season during which it excelled. 6, 20 14 11:00 a.m. Registration & Lunch - Noon Shotgun Start • On-Line Reservations Available! No Walk-Ons! Get Your Reservations in ASAP! • Benefitting the Lasallian Education Fund - The Celtic Tradition Continues! Special Recognition: Must have made a significant contribution to Celtic athletics other than coaching and playing. LEVELS SPONSORSHIP Nominations for the 2014 class of the Lettermen’s Club Athletic Hall of Fame are now being accepted. Nominations may be submitted by anyone and will be accepted through May 31, 2014. The induction ceremony will take place at halftime of the Alumni/Hall of Fame game on Friday, September 19, 2014. Nomination forms may be found at www.oharahs.org or you may request a nomination form from Alan Hull, Student Activities Director at [email protected] or 816.763.4800, ext. 208. Nominees must have exemplified the highest standards of athletic excellence, sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character. Please consider nominating a person you feel meets the following criteria. Must have earned at least 2 varsity letters and graduated 10 years before nomination. FRIDAY JUN E Mark Wernsman ’93 (816) 914-1503 (c) [email protected] Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations Accepted Now Team: 15400 East 34th Street Independence, Mo Mike Pizzichino ’90 (816) 525-4550 (w) [email protected] Andy Salva '14 & John O'Connor '88 Coach/Staff/ Administrator: Drumm Farm Golf Club John O’Connor ’88 (816) 213-5335 (c) [email protected] John O’Connor Principal & 1988 alumnus Student: www.oharahs.org • on-line reservations available Jack Foley ’70 (816) 500-7640 [email protected] Editor’s Note: We hope you enjoy reading Connections. You may also read Connections on our Website. If you no longer wish to be on the School’s mailing list, please contact Carrie Mayle at [email protected] or 816.763.4800, ext. 211. Live Jesus in our hearts. . .Forever! Lisa McNamara ‘70 • (816) 763-4800 ext. 200 Carrie Mayle • (818) 763-4800 ext. 211 [email protected] • fax (816) 763-0156 • [email protected] GOLF COMMITTEE MEMBERS Photos: Laura Eagle ’80 Amanda Happy St. Mary’s High School Yearbooks O’Hara High School Yearbooks & Parents Please come back and rekindle your Celtic spirit, remember the stories, the friendships, the tradition and all that has been a part of making you the amazing alum you are today. TOURNAMENTCONTACTS Celtic Level - $1000 • Four sponsor playing spots in the tournament • Company name on signs at hole sponsor location with top billing as a Celtic sponsor of tournament • Listing in selected O’Hara publications • Company signage on cart Gold Level - $600 • Two sponsor playing spots in the tournament • Company name on signs at hole sponsor location • Company signage on cart Cart Sponsor - $100 Green Level - $300 • Sponsor playing spot • Company name on signs at hole sponsor location • Company signage on cart • Company signage on cart INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS Tournament Features: Four player team scramble • Entry Fee $135 per person • 11:00 a.m. registration - noon shotgun start • 1st & 2nd team prizes in all flights • longest drive - longest putt - closest to pin • Rita Monteil Challenge - $1000 putting contest. $135 per person registration fee includes: Green Fee , Cart Rental, Refreshments on Course, Lunch, Dinner and Rita Monteil Challenge. 3 4 ARCHBISHOP O’HARA CONNECTIONS • SPRING 2014 ARCHBISHOP O’HARA CONNECTIONS • SPRING 2014 2013 Fall Inductions to the Lettermen’s Hall of Fame Friday, September 13, 2013 O n Friday, September 13, Morgan McGinnis Brunscheen ’00, the 1985 Boys Soccer team, and former Principal Dr. Stuart Bintner were inducted as the 6th class of the Lettermen’s Club Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime of the Celtics football game. Morgan, a 4-year starter, was a feared pitcher and hitter who rewrote nearly every pitching and hitting record for the Lady Celtics Softball team. Her records include 60 wins, 841 strikeouts, 9 no-hitters, and a 0.73 ERA. Dr. Stuart Bintner with Principal John O’Connor ‘88 The soccer team, coached by Vince Spallo, started slowly at 8-7 but finished the season as the 3rd best soccer team in Kansas City and a legitimate power in the state. The Celtics took Pembroke Hill to 4 overtimes and a shootout in Districts, qualified for the state tournament, and finished as a state semifinalist. Dr. Bintner is the longest serving Principal at O’Hara. During his tenure O’Hara ushered in 6 new varsity sports and a new soccer field. Dr. Bintner remains a staunch supporter of all events at O’Hara just as he was in the 14 years he served as Principal. 40 Years of Girls Basketball – Friday, February 7, 2014 Celebration! There was a big celebration at the conclusion of the girls’ basketball game on Friday, February 7 as O’Hara celebrated 40 years of girls basketball. Former Lady Celtics and coaches from as far back as the first basketball team in 1973-74 returned to the school to take part in the festivities. All the players and coaches were introduced at mid-court as highlights of the past 40 years were read to the friends and families in attendance. A reception followed in the Commons where there were photos, trophies, and old uniforms on display and plenty of stories retold. A booklet prepared by Mary Jo Post Sandberg ’77 highlighting all the teams, players, and coaches as well as a summary of each season was available for all the returning players and coaches. Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence – Archbishop O’Hara High School – 1965 to 2015 It’s time to party! We are 50 years old! We invite you to join the Jubilee Planning Committee for yearlong festivities beginning in August 2014. Some preliminary ideas include the following: Coffee/donuts at past or current feeder schools; a neighborhood block party with Regis; alumni Retro Homecoming or Prom; a class float competition at Homecoming; a reserved section for alumni seating at competitions; AND an alumni trip to Ireland and England. Interested in planning 50 years of Celtic Pride? Contact Sister Barbara Schrader, Development Officer at 816-763-4800, x 236 or [email protected] The first Jubilee Planning Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 30th, 7 PM at O’Hara. Give three cheers for our O’Hara High! • In Memoriam Morgan McGinnis Brunscheen ‘00 with family The 1985 Boys Soccer Team SAVE THESE DATES! SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014 Commencement for the Class of 2014 John Knox Pavilion FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014 O’Hara 31st Annual Golf Tournament Drumm Farm Golf Club FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 Alumni /Hall of Fame Football Game Paul Monteil Stadium THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014 Homecoming Paul Monteil Stadium Dennis Farroll Morris ’69 11/30/1950 – 8/28/2013 Tobechi E. Eke ’06 10/19/1987 – 8/30/2013 Amy June Hatfield ’83 Vincent Andrew Kojeski ’74 Milton Jerome Watson ’71 9/29/1965 – 9/7/2013 1/11/1956 – 9/14/2013 8/27/1953 – 11/17/2013 Carol Ann Burns Wixom ’85 12/11/1966 – 3/7/2014 Paul Thomas Kupersmith ’74 3/28/1956 – 3/11/2014 5 6 ARCHBISHOP O’HARA CONNECTIONS • SPRING 2014 7 ARCHBISHOP O’HARA CONNECTIONS • SPRING 2014 FAMILY TRADITIONS Phil Conway , OHS ‘82 Melissa Eimer Alaiwat, SMH ‘89 Melissa Conroy Decker, OHS ‘88 Rose Day Devero, SMH ‘82 David Devero, SMH ‘81 Since O’Hara first opened its doors in 1965, and St. Mary’s in 1853, thousands of students have proudly walked our halls and earned diplomas. As the years pass, we are able to claim new alumni whose parents have also shared in both schools’ histories. To celebrate this legacy, we are honored to feature graduates of the Class of 2014, who follow in their parent’s Celtic and Trojan footsteps, and are instilled with values and knowledge from a Catholic, Lasallian education. Stephen Giles Conway Arielle Marie Alaiwat Stephanie Pendleton Dorsey, OHS ‘85 Kerry Dugan Eckart, OHS ‘84 Xavier Lewis Dorsey John Kirse III, OHS ‘78 Andrew James Salva Dan Salva, SMH ‘81 Jeanna Bartosik, SMH ‘92 Aidan Christopher Eckart Catherine Ulett Koob, OHS ‘88 Benjamin Michael Kirse Amy Hare Salva, SMH ‘80 Timothy Eckart, OHS ‘88 Rick Meyers, OHS ‘83 Anthony Morgan, SMH ‘94 James Donald Meyers Chase Marie Koob Laura Rittel Schnoebelen, SMH ‘86 Erica Danielle Scassellati Anna Claire Schnoebelen Michele Baker Hughes, OHS ‘86 Steven James Gordon Paige Espinosa Kelly Cook Meyers, OHS ‘83 Jeff Scassellati, SMH ‘78 Joanne Muller Gordon, SMH ‘76 Wyatt Edmond Decker Gena Bleyenberg Scott, SMH ‘80 Dan Scott, SMH ‘81 Christopher Wyatt Scott Jeffrey Hughes, OHS ‘86 Gwen Ritchey Hull, OHS ‘87 Brett Jeffery Hughes Tim O’Donnell, OHS ‘77 Anthony Richard Morgan Mary Margaret Devero Amanda Kay Hull Nicholas Pacheco, OHS ‘95 Timothy James O’Donnell II Ann Roehl, OHS ‘90 McKenzie Leigh Roberts John Seck, OHS ‘90 Natalie Seck Robert Rockers, SMH ‘93 Theresa McGraw Tarwater, OHS ‘84 Hannah Lorraine Tarwater Portia Chayse Rockers Matthew Wagner, OHS ‘87 Conrad Alexander Wagner Thanksgiving Mass for our Scholarship Benefactors Show Your C eltic P ride Purchas e your Celtic-W ear & Alumni Shirts a t the Celt ic Spirit Shop! De La Salle Alumni Board & their scholarship recipients Twenty-four benefactors joined us at the annual Scholarship Mass & Brunch. Students met their scholarship benefactors and expressed their gratitude for making Catholic education possible for them. Over $85,000 was given in scholarships to 72 students. Approximately 52% of our students received assistance based on academics and/or financial need. Please consider establishing a scholarship so that today’s students might receive the gift of a Catholic education. We are thankful for the creation of a new scholarship by the Chapman family in honor of Douglas A. Chapman ’82! 8 ARCHBISHOP O’HARA CONNECTIONS • SPRING 2014 IS YOUR CLASS PLANNING A REUNION? 1969 1974 1979 1984 1989 CLASS OF 1969 - 45TH REUNION Saturday, June 14 at 8:00pm to midnight Location: Creekmoor Commons Club House at 1112 E. 163rd Street, Raymore, MO 64083 Contact: Kay Soulis at [email protected] or Joe Saviano at [email protected] or 816-223-7624 CLASS OF 1974 - 40TH REUNION Saturday, May 31st Location: Archbishop O’Hara High School Commons Contact: Sharon Bogert Morrison at [email protected] CLASS OF 1979 - 35TH REUNION Plans are Underway! Contact: Mike White at [email protected] CLASS OF 1984 - 30TH REUNION Saturday, June 28th at 7 PM to 1:30 AM Location: Louie’s Wine Dive Contact: Kerry Dugan Eckart at [email protected] Sunday, June 29th at 1 PM to 5 PM Location: Camp Lake of the Woods Contact: Kerry Dugan Eckart at [email protected] CLASS OF 1989 - 25TH REUNION Saturday, June 7th Location: Archbishop O’Hara High School Commons Contact: Tim Flavin at [email protected], www.celtics1989.com, 816-804-6750 Cost: $50.00 per person by Thursday, May 1st (PayPal will be set up) Any remaining funds from the budget will be donated to the Julie Noll Foundation for her sons. Please visit Facebook at OHS Class of ‘89 Reunion Planning Group to see further information. ARCHBISHOP O’HARA CONNECTIONS • SPRING 2014 1994 1999 2004 2009 CLASS OF 1994 - 20TH REUNION Friday, June 20th Location: Kauffman Stadium for a Royals game Contact: Gina Green Canino at [email protected] Saturday, June 21st Location: Archbishop O’Hara High School Commons CLASS OF 1999 - 15TH REUNION Saturday, August 23 at 7 p.m. Location: Charlie Hoopers in Brookside Contact: Damien Janet at [email protected] CLASS OF 2004 - 10TH REUNION Plans are Underway! Contact: Scott Bolzenius at [email protected]ail.com, Facebook, 816-868-0242 or Pat Clifton at [email protected], Facebook, 816-506-4904. CLASS OF 2009 - 5TH REUNION Alumni needed to plan the 5th class reunion! Make sure to send your updated contact information and email address to the school at [email protected] Evening of Celtic Pride Dinner & Auction Saturday, March 1, 2014 The snow and ice did not deter the 400 Celtic families and friends to celebrate the 8th Annual Evening of Celtic Pride Dinner & Auction. The mardi gras theme was enjoyed by all. The decorations, the back-drops, the food and the music were infused with the Southern charms of New Orleans. The auction & dinner netted over $86,000, including over $31,000 for our Mission Moment Fund. The event also honored our founding religious orders, the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Again, we say, Merci Beaucoup! 9 ARCHBISHOP O’HARA CONNECTIONS • SPRING 2014 10 Class Notes: Class of 1982 the pass from a player that O’Hara basketball coach Mark Scanlon coached while at Northeast High School. This will be the Mules’ first trip to the national championship game since 1984. ARCHBISHOP O’HARA CONNECTIONS • SPRING 2014 A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Auction Sponsors Jo Anne Adams Gabbert has returned full time to the consulting business, accepting a job at Overland Park-based Core Catalysts LLC. Class of 2011 Founding Religious Orders Sponsorship $1,000 Class of 1993 Class of 2012 In honor of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and Sisters of Charity of the BlessedVirgin Mary Seven year old Julia Brown daughter of Jeff Brown ’93 and Michelle Oliver Brown ’93 of Littleton, CO, was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. This is what Julia drew – Once a Celtic always a Celtic! Raphael Spencer, a sophomore at Missouri Western, was 2nd in the MIAA (2013 football season, week 3) in yards per game. On January 30, 2014, the SEC named Tanner Hull as one of the 26 Missouri Football student-athletes in the Fall Honor Roll. Become our fan on Facebook! Search for: Archbishop O’Hara High School’s Official Page Country Club Bank Faultless Healthcare Linen Lamar Hunt Jr. & Rita Hunt Kissick Construction Co., Inc. Dennis O’Brien ’70 Pam Sheil Reichardt ’71 Scanlon Family Trust Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Fr. Robert Stewart The Sutherlin Family Bernard & Mary Margretine Sponsorship $750 In honor of the first principals of Archbishop O’Hara High School Ash Grove Charitable Foundation Jim ’73 & Christine DeMarea Stand Together Sponsorship - $500 St. John Baptist de La Salle’s family motto Indivisa Manet – Stand Together Richard & Kim Halil Rusty Jandl ’73 Midwest Trust Company Celtic Spirit Sponsorship - $250 Celtics, that’s who we are! Class of 1994 Chris Nussbeck and Joe Egender, co-writers of the movie, Holy Ghost People premiered their movie at the historic Union Station on Friday, February 28. Chris served as Executive Producer and Joe produced and played the role of, “Brother Billy,” in the film. The film was released in February through XLrator Media. Blue Ridge Bank Wealth Management Group Jerry & Mo Haake Kurlbaum Rinne Law Firm Lee’s Summit Physicans Group Matlock Dental Care Class of 2006 Sarah Shire Brown, assistant coach for Southeast Missouri State Redhawks gymnastics team was named assistant coach of the year for the Midwest Independent Conference. The SEMO Redhawks gymnastics team won the 2014 MIC Championship for the first time since 2011. Class of 2010 TJ White hit the winning layup in the NCAA Division II semifinal game (Thursday, March 27th) to propel his team UCM to the national championship on Saturday, March 29th. He received Sr. Mary Margretine, BVM first dean of girls Br. Bernard LoCoco, FSC first principal Friends of Archbishop O’Hara High School $100 Three cheers for O’Hara High! Susan Ambrose Blue Ridge Bank and Trust Co. Fr. Michael O. Clary Noel Fulkerson Jo Anne Adams Gabbert ’82 Brothers of the Br. Richard Geimer, FSC Christian Schools Jon & Barb Haden Mary Haggerty ’95 Knights of Columbus Council #4962 Park Lawn Funeral Home/The DeVry Family Robert & Jane Schaffer Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Spalitto Mark & Susan Spence Vicki Swanson Jason & Kris Wilcoxson 11 Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage Archbishop O’Hara High School Catholic Education in the Lasallian tradition 9001 James A. Reed Rd. Kansas City, MO 64138 PAID Kansas City, MO Permit No. 1650 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED CELTIC SCENES Class 1, State Wrestling medalists Juniors Spencer Mathews (3rd Place) and Maverick Griffin (4th Place). Team record: 15-5, most wins in AOHS history! Freshman Alaina Kent is chosen as the National Speaker at Women Impacting Public Policy in Washington, DC. Living the Gospel. . .Water to the Thirsty: Seniors, J.D. Meyers & Corbett McKinney with Gary White '81of Water.org. copy The Fall play M*A*S*H is a S*M*A*S*H! Senior Amanda Hull becomes the 7th girl in O’Hara girls basketball history to score over 1,000 points (1066). Ambassadors of Christ in action at De La Salle Blackfeet School, Montana.