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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, February 27, 2015


Congratulations to our Rebel vocalists, Federica Sanchez, Jordan Frederick, Maria Hollowell, Sarah Barron, Doug Johnston and Patrick Ralston, who earned the highest honor for a high school vocalist when they earned a “Gold” rating for their individual performances at last Saturday’s 2015 ISSMA State Finals. Great job Rebel singers!

Federica Sanchez Jordan Frederick Maria Hollowell Sarah Barron Doug Johnston Patrick Ralston


Boys Swimming & Diving Team

Congratulations to the Rebels boys’ swimming and diving team which capped off an unbelievable season with a third place finish in the 13 team Franklin Sectional last Saturday. A special congratulations to junior Eddie Huck who has advanced to this weekend’s 2015 IHSAA Boys Swimming & Diving State Finals in two different events. Eddie set a new school record on his way to becoming the 200 IM Sectional champion, which earned him a spot in the State Finals. His runner-up time in the 100 backstroke was one of the fastest 32 times in the state thus qualifying him for that event as well and was also a new school record! Congratulations as well to the Rebels 400 free relay team which also earned a spot in the State Finals by virtue of having one of the fastest 32 times in the state. The relay team consists of Nick Carpenter, Adam Pongracz, Andrew Shuck and Eddie Huck. Congratulations to the Rebels 200 medley relay team, which broke a 16 year old school record with their swim in the Sectional finals. Members of the record breaking relay team are Nolan Dalman, Adam Pongracz, Andrew Shuck and Eddie Huck. Finally, congratulations to Rebel coach, Ed Merkling, who was voted Coach of the Year by the coaches from the other 12 schools particiapating in the Franklin Sectional. It marks the second time in three years he has been so honored!

Nick Carpenter Adam Pongracz Andrew Shuck Eddie Huck Nolan Dalman

The boys will be competing in the State Finals prelims on Friday night at the IUPUI Natatorium with the hope of advancing to the final round of the State Finals on Saturday.

Good luck fellas – we are proud of you!


Jimmy KingCongratulations to senior Jimmy King who became the school’s all-time single season scorer in boys’ basketball history. Jimmy scored 24 points in last Friday’s game versus Decatur Central which pushed his season point total to 471, which eclipses the old record of 453 held by Paul Corsaro! Congratulations Jimmy – well deserved honor!


In anticipation of our annual Art Show coming this spring we are going to feature the works of some of our Rebel artists in the newsletters leading up to the Art Show. Thanks to all of our Rebel artists for all of their great work.


One Acts Play PosterTickets for the spring play, “One Act” are now available. The evening will be comprised of a number of one act plays intended to tickle your funny bone! The plays will be presented on March 12, 13 and 14 at 7:00 PM. There is an additional performance at 2:30 PM on March 14. Tickets may be ordered by calling 787-8277 Ext. 249 or online (, Fine Arts tab, then Box Office). Payment is required when tickets are ordered. Seating is assigned. Checks, cash, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Tickets are $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for RHS students and children 14 years old and younger.

All tickets ordered in advance will be available at the “Will Call” table in the lobby of the auditorium 30 minutes prior to the performance.


A final reminder that financial aid forms to be considered for financial aid for the 2015-16 school year are due Monday.The form may be downloaded at this link:

Please contact Mrs. Denise Cook in the Business Office if you have any questions. She can be reached at 787-8277, extension 278 or


A sales representative from Awards America will be in the cafeteria during all lunch periods on Wednesday, March 18, and from 5:00 – 7:00 PM that same evening to take final orders for all students interested in purchasing a Roncalli letter jacket for this school year.

This will be the last opportunity to order a letter jacket at a less than retail price during the current school year. Payment will be required at the time of order, with checks to be made out to Roncalli High School.

Information/Price sheet may be picked up at Main Office or the Athletic Department office. Letter jacket purchase and pricing information may also be reviewed at


The popular local restaurant, El Meson, is joining forces with our Roncalli Parents Organization, for a fundraiser for this year’s After Prom. All folks who dine at El Meson on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 and inform them they are supporting the RHS After Prom will have 10% of their purchase donated back to RHS to support this year’s event. There is no flyer or coupon necessary. El Meson is located 8810 S. Emerson Avenue and will be open from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM on this day.

Enjoy some scrumptious food and support this year’s After Prom!


Cheerleading try-outs for the Fall 2015 season will include three clinic days and the final try-out day. Any current eligible 8th-11th grade girl interested in cheering for this upcoming season should plan to attend the clinic days on May 26th & May 27th from 3:30 – 5:30 PM in the Roncalli cafeteria and May 28th from 3:30 – 5:30 PM in the Roncalli main gym. The final try-out will take place Saturday, May 30th at 8:00 AM in the Roncalli main gym. Details about the season's requirements/commitment and the try-out process will be given on the first day of the clinic. Please contact Head Coach Jen Kocher with any questions at or 317-294-5804.


The Roncalli High School Guidance Department invites all students and parents to join us on Tuesday, March 31st from 6:30-8:30 PM for an “Evening with Professionals.” They have invited more than 40 professionals to join us on 10 different panels from a variety of fields including: Engineering, Computer Programming, Marketing/Sales, various Medical fields, Education, Social Services, Human Resources, Creative Arts and the Trades.

The evening is geared towards introducing both Roncalli students and their parents to multiple professionals with connections to the Roncalli community. They will discuss their experience in the field, what skills and personality traits will help a person to be successful in the field and what a student can do now to start preparing for their life after high school and college.

Mark your calendar now and make plans to be with us for a great career information night!


Our school annually has adopted a specific agency to support as a part of our school wide Lenten almsgiving project. This year the RHS Student Council has selected St. Elizabeth Coleman Home to be the beneficiary of our almsgiving. There will be a collection taken throughout the entire school each Wednesday morning. We are asking all students, teachers, and staff members to consider a minimum donation of one dollar a week. That would allow us to gather close to $1500 each week. St. Elizabeth/Coleman is an agency of Catholic Charities and provides pregnancy and adoption services. To find out more about St. Elizabeth/Coleman please see the website:


RHS, in collaboration with St. Vincent Sports Performance (SVSP) will be providing student-athletes of RHS an opportunity to receive a Functional Movement Screen at RHS on March 14.  FMS is utilized extensively at the college and professional level to assess movement patterns and deficiencies which effect performance on the field and/or court and the risk of injury.

The score will help Strength & Conditioning Coach Jerry Clark, and SVSP Athletic Trainers at RHS, Sherry Manzelli and Mike Sahm use objective methods to assess "current state" of an athlete’s movement patterns. In turn, more effective strength and conditioning programs can be created, as well as preventative techniques to reduce the risk of injury.

See Athletic Trainers Mike Sahm and Sherry Manzelli or Athletic Secretary Chris Lauck for more information or visit the following link to sign up!


Roncalli High School is pleased to offer several scholarships to students currently in grades 9-11 and one student athlete scholarship for current seniors. The eligibility criteria and amount for each scholarship varies from $500-$1,500. Please visit our website to learn more about these various scholarships to determine if your child(ren) qualifies for one or more of these scholarships. Scholarship applications may be picked up in the main office or guidance office beginning March 2, 2015. All completed applications should be returned to Mrs. Hartford, Assistant Principal, by Friday, April 3, 2015 no later than 3:00 p.m. The selection process for each scholarship will be determined by the selection committee of each award. The presentation of most of these scholarships will take place at the spring Academic Honors Banquet. The scholarship monies would then be applied to the 2015-2016 tuition unless this is an award for a senior. Any questions regarding RHS scholarships can be directed to Shellie Hartford, Assistant Principal, at 787-8277 Ext. 284 or


The 11th annual RHS Badminton Tourney will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM in the main gym. Student teams of two are now forming. Teams can be all male, all female or co-ed. Students interested in participating need to sign up outside Mrs. Hartford’s office. Please encourage your Rebel son/daughter to grab a classmate and sign up soon! Tournament brackets will be posted on March 6 and the tournament will be held March 7 at 1:00 PM. Each team is guaranteed two games. We will have a Grand champion team, as well as, a Toilet Bowl championship team, that plays through the losers’ bracket. We also need lots of fans to cheer on the teams, so mark your calendar for Saturday, March 7 at 1 PM. Come out and enjoy the fun and fellowship of this tournament!


Roncalli High School once again will be offering a high quality, state certified Driver Education course that includes both classroom instruction and behind the wheel training. Registration forms for the Driver Education course are available in the school’s main office from Mrs. Smith. An initial deposit and the completed registration form must be returned by April 1 for inclusion in this year’s program. Please direct all Driver Education questions to Mrs. Smith at 787-8277, extension 221, or

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL RHS STUDENTS (complete listing of activities available; more will be added in the coming months so be sure to check back)

What is your Rebel student doing this summer? Why not consider encouraging him or her to attend a summer camp, workshop or a pre-college program this summer? We have compiled a list of unique summer opportunities for Rebel students to consider. All you need to do is go to the Roncalli Guidance Blast website.

Click on this link to find out about numerous summer workshops, pre-college programs and camps at various colleges that will better prepare students for college and/or a career. Keep in mind that these unique summer opportunities are a great way to visit a college campus and build some wonderful experiences to add to a resume. If you have any questions about our summer opportunities please check with Mrs. Carrie Poehlein at


Congratulations to Rebel wrestlers Conner James, Jake Mappes, Nick Ellis, Nate Eble and Michael Armbruster, all of whom were named to the 2015 Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association’s Academic All State team!! Great job guys!

Good luck to Coach Michael Wantz and the Rebels boys’ basketball team as they compete in the Lawrence Central Sectional next week. The Rebels will play the host Bears in the second game on Tuesday night next week. Tip-off should be around 7:30. The winner advances to Friday night’s semi-final game against Lawrence North. The championship game is set for next Saturday night. Go Rebels!!!!

Sectional tournament season tickets are for sale for $10 in the Athletic Office through Tuesday during the lunch periods. These season tickets provide admission to all three sessions of the tournament on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings of next week. Individual session tickets can only be purchased at the door at Lawrence Central for $6 each on the night of the session.


Are you looking for a way to enhance your Lenten journey this year? If so, consider attending “CSI Jerusalem” on Sunday, March 15th at 6:30 PM at St. Barnabas Church.

Just as the popular “CSI” TV series, this presentation will look at the science behind the events of the crucifixion. Some of the topics covered will be:

  • The Roman practice of Crucifixion
  • Controversies of the cause of Jesus’ death and what really killed him
  • Resurrection of Jesus: a medical analysis of opposing theories
  • Medical examination & scientific analysis/controversies of the Shroud of Turin
  • See a life size replica of the Shroud of Turin and other artifacts
  • Relaxed presentation allowing time for questions

The program is presented by Dr. Chuck Dietzen, MD. Dr. Chuck is an engaging speaker who has led numerous mission trips to South American and Asia. He has met Pope John Paul II and worked with Mother Teresa. Dr. Chuck founded the organization “Timmy Global Health” whose mission is to expand access to healthcare and empower students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges.

Come join us for this insightful and informative presentation on the death of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Robin Williams was an amazing talent. Although he was an unbelievable comedian, I always enjoyed his dramatic portrayals more. One of his most powerful scenes came in the movie Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon. Damon's character, Will, had gone through foster care. During that time, he had been severely physically abused. Williams played his therapist and repeats to him over and over that it is not his fault. He never deserved nor should he have ever been treated that way. Will was violated and victimized by cruel people. Will's consistent response was that he knew it wasn't his fault. Deep down though, he didn't know it. He just knew that was the right answer. Deep down, there was an unanswered question, "Was I deserving of abuse? Does anyone want to be with me? Am I worth anything to anyone?"

In the story of Good Will Hunting, those unanswered questions caused issues of self-doubt, fear, and anger. This led to trouble with the law and relational difficulty. When his internal questions were finally answered, his life took a different direction. As boys are growing up, there are several significant questions they need answered. Helping answer these questions is essential.

Here are the questions all boys need answered.


  • For the repose of the soul of Carlos Martinez (RHS ’83) and for his family and friends who mourn his loss. He was the uncle of Julia Martinez (’15) and Alex Martinez (’17).
  • For the repose of the soul of Sharon Wessler and for her family and friends who mourn her loss. She was the grandmother of Olivia Shaul (’18).
  • For continued healing and recovery for Fr. Wilmoth!
  • For blessings on Pope Francis and Archbishop Tobin and all the bishops and leaders of the Church
  • For those without adequate food, clothing and shelter during these cold, wintry times.
  • For Christians around the world who face persecution for their belief in Jesus Christ!
  • For all those in the Roncalli Family that are dealing with addiction, depression or other mental health issues.
  • For all those in the Roncalli Family that are battling life threatening illness, for their families and for their caregivers.
  • For the men and women of our armed forces and their families, especially our Roncalli High School alums who are serving in the military.
  • For the many RHS alums who are preparing for a vocation as a priest at seminaries and houses of formation.
  • For vocations to the priesthood, religious life and missionary field, and that Roncalli High School and its families will provide a nurturing environment that fosters and supports these vocations.

“Jesus is our hope! Nothing -- not even evil or death -- is able to separate us from the saving power of His Love.” Pope Francis I – tweet, March 22, 2014

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