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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, May 30, 2014

This will be the final weekly newsletter of the 2013-14 school year. We will begin sending out an e-newsletter for the 2014-15 school year on Friday, July 25.

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2014! -- OVER $22.7 MILLION IN MERIT BASED SCHOLARSHIPS!!

The Roncalli High School Class of 2014 celebrated a beautiful Baccalaureate liturgy in our Family Room last Friday with close to 1800 people in attendance. We extend a special thank you to all of the priests and pastors from our South Deanery parishes that joined us for the liturgy. The Class of 2014, joined by close to 3000 family members and friends, celebrated commencement exercises in the Roncalli Stadium on Saturday, May 24.

At the Baccalaureate liturgy it was announced that the Class of 2014 had amassed in excess of $22.7 million in merit based scholarships. Also announced that evening were the special year end awards. Congratulations to the following graduates who were honored:

  • Perfect Attendance (four years) -
    Sydney Cabell, Ben Carpenter, Kyle Lemmel, Emily Prather, Thomas Shulse, Olivia Woodward

  • Robert F. Tully Scholarship – Moises Sanchez

  • Bernie Dever Award – Deklin Veenhuizen

  • Spirit of Roncalli Awards – Abbey Weisenbach, Aaron Schnell

  • Blessed Pope John XXIII Awards –
    Victoria Szczechowski
    , Cam Smock, Nicholas Pittman, Adri Richardson

Congratulations once again to all of the members of the Class of 2014! What a joy and blessing it was to have you in our school these past four years! God’s blessings as you move forward in your life journey!

BETH & DAN ELSENER AWARDED THE ST. JOHN XXIII AWARD

At the graduation ceremonies, long time Catholic educator and current president of Marian University president, Dan Elsener, and his wife, Beth, were honored with the 2014 St. John XXIII Award for their lifelong commitment to the ministry of Catholic Education. These two have proven to be a dynamite team as they have been the catalyst behind so much growth and positive change in the educational landscape of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the state! Dan has been a teacher, principal and superintendent in Catholic Education in both Wichita, Kansas and Indianapolis. Beth and Dan have nine children all of whom graduated from Roncalli High School.

Roncalli High School thanks Beth and Dan for their passionate, unwavering commitment to Catholic Education and for the outstanding leadership they have provided and continue to provide the Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. May God continue to bless you, your family and your ministry at MU!!

RHS FRESHMAN PAIGE SAYLOR ADVANCES TO THE 2014 GIRLS TRACK & FIELD STATE FINALS

Paige Saylor Congratulations to Rebel freshman track and field runner, Paige Saylor, who has earned a trip to the 2014 IHSAA Girls Track & Field State Finals in the 100m dash by virtue of her speedy run in the Regionals this past Tuesday. Paige will compete in the State Finals to be held at the Indiana University Track & Field Stadium on Friday, June 6. The 100m dash trials will begin at 5:00 PM. Quite a feat to advance to state championships in the fastest event as a freshman! Great job and Good luck Paige!

RHS YEARBOOK & NEWSPAPERS HONORED ALONG WITH KEY STAFFERS!!

The Rebel Review was rated Superior in this year's Hoosier Star Award program. The Reveille yearbook received an Excellent rating. According to the IHSPA (Indiana High School Press Association) all superior and excellent ranked newspapers are exceptionally well done. The Rebel Review and the Reveille are now entered into the Hoosier Star competition, the IHSPA's annual program which awards Indiana's very best student newspapers and yearbooks.

The Reveille also just received word it has several winners in the Woman's Press Club of Indiana high school journalism competition. The entries represent some of the best in scholastic journalism in the state. Indiana topped the nation in the number of entires with more than 200.

Megan Yoder won first place in yearbook copywriting with a story called "A New Home" about Roncalli's Burmese immigrant families.

Her entry has been submitted to the national level of competition with the National Federation of Press Women. All national winners will be invited to a high school winners' luncheon at the national convention in Greenville, S.C. in early September.

Other winners were Clare Schutte who won second place for yearbook photo, Ali Rollins, second place yearbook layout and Grayson Ellis, third place for yearbook layout.

Congratulations to RHS Publications Advisor, Julie Albertson, and to the outstanding corp of journalists responsible for putting together our award winning publications!! Great job Rebels!

REPORT CARDS TO BE MAILED HOME

The final report card of this school year, which includes the students’ fourth quarter grades, second semester exam grades and second semester grades were mailed home on Friday, May 30. Please contact the school if you do not receive your child’s report card by mid-week of the following week. Please contact the school immediately if there is a question about a grade on the report card.

SENIOR APPOINTMENTS FOR NEXT YEAR

Each year rising seniors and their parents/guardians are invited to meet with their guidance counselor prior to the start of senior year (July 28 – August 8).  Topics include:  the college application process, retaking the ACT/SAT, diploma status, financial aid and scholarships, creating the college list, letters of recommendation, essays, NCAA/NAIA, etc. 

Specific information regarding how to schedule your Senior Appointment will be sent to the family of each member of the Class of 2015 in early July!

SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR 2014-15

The first day of school for next year will be Monday, August 11. Freshman Orientation for all members of the RHS Class of 2018 will be on Saturday, August 2. For a school calendar for next year click here.

CLASS OF 2015 SENIOR PORTRAIT INFORMATION

Members of the RHS Class of 2015 should have received information in the mail this week from Prestige Portraits regarding senior portraits. The following are some key aspects to be aware of related to senior portraits.

Only portraits taken by Prestige Portraits will be included in the Senior Section of the yearbook and in the Class of 2015 composite picture that hangs in the school’s main hallway. However, you are NOT obligated to purchase any portraits from Prestige. You will be asked to pay a $15 sitting fee. A senior must have their picture taken by Prestige by November 14, 2014, to be included in the yearbook and class composite.

DRESS CODE

Young Men

  • must wear a dress shirt and tie
  • must be clean shaven with no facial hair
  • hair must be properly groomed and of its original color
  • no piercing beyond a pierced ear

Young Ladies

  • shoulders must be covered
  • modest top must be worn (NO cleavage showing)
  • No piercing beyond a pierced ear

You may schedule your appointment and find more information at www.prestigeindiana.com or call 317-829-2088.

FREE/REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATIONS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

RHS families planning on submitting a Free/Reduced Lunch application for next school year are asked to please not submit any application until after July 1. We are not allowed to accept applications prior to this date per the government guidelines. Please direct all questions pertaining to this program to Eileen Horan in the RHS cafeteria at ehoran@roncalli.org

FREE ADMISSION TO RHS ATHLETIC & PERFORMING ARTS EVENTS - GET A REBEL VIP CARD!

What is a Rebel VIP member card?

A Rebel VIP member card is a pass that gets you and your immediate family into any home athletic event free of charge (regular season games only IHSAA tournament and Marion County tournament games are excluded). A Rebel VIP Card also allows you to receive up to four free tickets to one performance of each performing arts production/concert.

How do I get one?

You can purchase a minimum half page ad for $275 in the Roncalli All Sports Fall Program or the Performing Arts Book. The Sports Program is distributed at all home sporting events in the fall, and features pictures of our Senior Athletes and a preview of the season from each sport’s coach. The Performing Arts Book is distributed at all major performing arts performances and concerts and features pictures of our seniors in the performing arts program as well as pictures of the many different ensembles and groups. VIP opportunities will begin in May of 2014.

1. Who do I contact? To purchase an ad in the sports program, you may contact a member of the Roncalli Athletic Booster’s Committee: Jim Naumovich, Jennyk Amann, Kristie Clark, Patt Henn, Steve Fey, Liza Holtcamp, Phil Oerhle or you may email Chris Lauck at calauck@roncalli.org (phone at #788-4094 – Roncalli Athletic Office.

2. To purchase an ad in the Performing Arts book, contact a performing arts student, Miki Lewinski at mlewinski@roncalli.org or Mike Lewinski michael.lewinski@icemiller.com.

Other ad prices are as Follows:

  • Business Card Size-$65
  • ¼ Page Ad-$165
  • ½ Page Ad-$275
  • Full Page Ad-$450

Best Value! Support the Artist and Athlete with an ad in both books!

½ Page Ad in both books-$500 (save $50!)

Full Page Ad in both books-$800 (save $100!)

The Roncalli High School Sports Program- Ad Campaign and Performing Arts Book ad sales are the primary fundraiser for the Roncalli Athletic and Performing Arts Booster respectively. ALL proceeds from the Fall Sports program and Performing Arts book campaigns go directly to support the athletic teams and Performing Arts department.

Becoming a REBEL VIP MEMBER is a GREAT way to support Roncalli, promote your business or recognize your student and provide a significant savings for your family!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT – GO REBELS!

REBELS SPORTS SCOREBOARD

Congratulations to the RHS girls’ tennis #1 Doubles team of Emily Quill and Ally Crouch who are Sectional Champs!!! The girls blazed through the field this past week to earn the title. We know their next match will be on Saturday, June 7 at Carmel High School. However, at the time of publication the time of their match and their opponent were undetermined. Great job Emily and Ally and best of luck on your march to STATE!!

Emily QuillAlly Crouch

Good luck to Coach Darin Spink and the Rebels varsity baseball team as they compete for a Sectional championship this weekend. The Rebels defeated Arsenal Tech in a first round game and are slated to play Lawrence North at 5:30 on Friday at Warren Central. The winner advances to Saturday’s championship game at WC at 5:00 PM. Good luck Rebels!

Good luck to Coach Lucas Banks and the Rebels boys’ varsity golf team as they play in the 2014 IHSAA Sectional on June 6 at 8:00 AM at Heartland Crossing. Hit ‘em straight fellas and go for birdies!!! Good luck Rebels!

WOLF ADVENTURES SUMMER CAMP

All youth are invited to participate in Ss. Francis and Clare Catholic School’s “Wolf Adventures Summer Camp” to be held June 9 through July 25. There will be a Camp Information Night at 7:00 PM on May 13th. Students/families may choose one day, one week or all summer. There will be flexible drop-off and pick-up times; breakfast, lunch and snacks provide. It is open to kids ages three years through 8th grade, divided by age groups. Registrations are being accepted now at www.ssfcschool.org or wolfadventures@francisandclare.org or by calling 215-2826.

ST. MARK FUN FEST

Saint Mark Catholic Church will hold its annual Funfest on June 12, 13 & 14. Activities begin each evening at 5:00 PM – children’s games, teen area, great food, live music, inflatables, food trucks, and fun for the whole family. Visit us on line at www.stmarkfunfest.org

NATIVITY GOLF OUTING

Nativity Catholic Church invites everyone to their 2014 Nativity Athletics Golf Outing to be held on June 14 at The Links Golf Club. Registration will begin at 7:00 AM with a shotgun start at 7:30 AM. Cost is $80 per player/$320 foursome which includes green fees and lunch after golf. For more information or to register contact Brian Beckman at BrianB@coxbeckmangoss.com.

LET US PRAY

  • For the repose of the soul of Jerry Jahnke who passed away this week and for his family and friends that mourn his loss. He was the grandfather of current Rebels Isabella Jahnke (’18), Madalyn Jahnke (’16), Luke Jahnke (’14), Josie Asher (’17) and Jones Asher (’18).
  • In thanksgiving for the healthy arrival into the world of Annalise Spink, the third child of RHS baseball coach, Deron Spink and his wife, Andrea, who was born earlier this week.
  • For Fr. Wilmoth and all those in the Roncalli Family that are battling life threatening illness, for their families and for their caregivers.
  • For blessings on Pope Francis, Archbishop Tobin, Bishop Coyne and all the bishops and leaders of the Church.
  • For Christians throughout the world as they attempt to spread the Gospel!
  • For a safe, enjoyable summer break for all in the Roncalli Family!
  • For all those in the Roncalli Family that are dealing with addiction, depression or other mental health issues.
  • 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.

OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!

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