Monday, October 16, 2017

Knights Pray Their Way to the Rosary Rally

On Friday October 13, 2017 some of the Mount's students took time off from classes to participate in a a rosary walk to the Poor Clare Monastery on the north end of Mount Michael's property.  They prayed the rosary in unison with the sisters and their guests via a synced speaker phone as they processed to the Rosary Rally held in front of their Monastery. View All Photos

Thursday, October 12, 2017

PSAT - Service Day

All Photos taken by Jimmy Crotty '19

Every October when the seniors leave campus for their annual retreat, the underclassmen spend the morning taking their PSAT tests and after lunch burn off pent up energy with an hour of community service work, followed by Dodge Ball in the gym.

This year the community service projects included putting the window air conditioners away, cleaning the buses, cleaning athletic storage areas, setting up for the District Cross Country Meet, cutting down scrub brush and small trees and many other projects.  More Photos 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

3 New Oblates

Howard and Connie Schanzer, Abbot Michael Liebl OSB, Darlene Handrick, James and Rebecca Crotty, Jimmy Crotty.

At Sunday Vespers 3 individuals professed their oblation as Oblates of Mount Michael Abbey. They are Rebecca Crotty, Darlene Handrick, and Connie Schanzer. More Photos

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Grandparent's Day

Grandparent's day started off with the celebration of the Eucharist in the Gym.  The Mass was celebrated by the School Chaplin, Fr. John Hagemann. After the liturgy a social was held.  More Photos

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tennis Team Dominates RCC Conference

Mount Michael's Tennis team captured the River Cities Conference championship in overwhelming fashion with 3 first place finishes and 1 second place finish.

Issac Gart #1 Singles 6-0, 
Lorcan Jamal and Joe Hitzemann #1 doubles 6-0, 
Peyton Rosenfels #2 singles finished 2nd. 
Adam Orr and Nick Orr #2 doubles 6-0

Friday, September 29, 2017

Feast of the Archangels

The Mount Michael community gather for a special celebration of the Eucharist in the the DJ Sokol Chapel to celebrate the Feast of our school's patron, Saint Michael The Archangel.  Mass was celebrated by Abbot Benedict from Conception Abbey in Missouri.  Conception Abbey is the mother house of Mount Michael Abbey which was founded about 65 years ago. More Photos

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Shakespeare at the Mount

The Nebraska Shakespeare Company performed the classic play Romeo and Juliet for the Mount Michael student body and family members on Wednesday evening September 27.  It was a great hit with the students. After the performance the cast took numerous questions from the audience giving incites into the production and style of the performance.

Juliet discovers Romeo has died.
More Photos

THE PROGRAM (From the company website)
Shakespeare On Tour introduces thousands of students to Shakespeare during the months of September and October, when we take Shakespeare's work into the classrooms and communities of Nebraska.

A community is divided, wracked with fear and rocked by violence. Romeo desperately struggles to retain what is left of art, beauty, and love. Juliet, clinging to her family for protection and strength, has fallen victim to their blind hatred. Despite the ongoing civil destruction, it is the internal conflict between head and heart that holds this world hostage. Presented through a heightened theatrical lens, this Romeo and Juliet seeks to lay bare the means of production, transforming characters before the audience and stripping away the disguise of live performance. This world must change or be forever broken.

Sarah Carlson-Brown Director/Adapter
Brendan Greene-Walsh Scenic Designer, Scenic Charge Artist
Lindsay Pape Costume Designer
Vincent Carlson-Brown Fight Director
Wesley A. Houston Properties Master

Bianca Phipps Juliet
Josh Ryan Romeo
Chloe Armao Nurse/Prince
Vincent Carlson-Brown Tybalt/Friar
Katie Becker Colón Capulet
Matthew R. Olsen Mercutio/Paris
Ashley D. Spessard Benvolio

Monday, September 25, 2017

Spirit Week & Homecoming

Last week was a very busy week filled with enthusiasm and fun.  There were themed dress down days every day and a the traditional Spirit Week Bonfire on Wednesday evening. (Thank you to the Waterloo Fire department for sticking around and putting the fire out afterwards!) Photos

The Mount Michael Pep Band was in fine form for pregame. Photos

The Knights caped the night off with a 35-14 Victory!  - Game Photos

At halftime of the game the homecoming theme of "Honoring the Past, Building our Future" featured special recognition of past championships teams. A pregame dinner in their honor was also held in the Armory. Photos

  • 1967 Cross Country: Team members in attendance were Dave Hahn, Richard Kaup and Elmer Wemhoff.
  • 1982 Football: Jeff Jamrog, dave Tamisiea, Paul McCann, Bob Recker, Chris Higgins, Joe Hettinger, Dave Johnson, Rick Hanna, James Motl and Bill Honke. As a team they racked up a total of 270 points during the season while only allowing 19 points. In the State Tournament they shutout all their opponents. 
  • 1997 Cross Country: Eric Crawford, Ben Luettel, Michael Pecha, Joe Salzbrenner, Wes Schieber, and Joe Wolpert. The 1997 championship was preceded by championships in 1995 and 1996. Leuettel, Schieber and Wolpert ran varsity on all three championship teams.
  • 2012 Cross Country: JT Cronin

Halftime proceedings wrapped up with the announcement of this year's 1st Knight chosen by the student body. Photos

The Nominees were:

Lucas Van Haute: 2017 1st Knight
Andrew Nigro the son of Scott and Estelle Nigro. Andrew attended St. Gerald's through 8th Grade. He is currently involved in the Men of Benedict, The Philosophical Book Club and is a member of the Operation Others Core Team.  He is active in the Youth Ministry for both the rosary and adoration. Andrew is the Student Manager for the wrestling team and is involved with the St. Gerald Squires.  Andrew hopes to be accepted into the seminary.

Lucas Van Haute is the son of Bob and Cathy Van Haute.  He attended St. Columbkille's in Papillion through the 8th grade. He is a member of the National Honor Society, a Mount Michael Student ambassador and is a Mount Michael Yell Leader.  He starts on the Mount Michael varsity Soccer team and plays for the Gretna soccer club in the off-season.  During the summer, he works with youth at the Papillion Kids Club. Luke plans to attend university and major in Exercise Science.

Dash Wedergren is the son of Scott and Shelley Wedergren. Dash attended middle school at Elkhorn Ridge.  He is involved in the Mount Michael IT Club, Mock Trial, and Men of Benedict. Dash attended Boy's State this past summer and is an Eagle Scout.  He has completed an internship with the Gallup Organization. Dash plans to attend university and major in Cybersecurity and then attend Law School.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

3 Knights Named National Merit Semi-Finalists; 1 Commended Student

Mount Michael is please to announce that three seniors have been named National Merit Semi-Finalists.  They are Garrett Gloeb, Nolan Huetter, and Matthew Thiele. In addition Dash Wedergren was noted as a National Merit Commended Student.
2018 National Merit Semi-Finalists

2018 National Merit Commended
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) Out of that number approximately 16,000 students qualified as Semifinalists for the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. Scholarship winners will be announced in the Spring.

Garrett Gloeb is the son of Matt and Kristin Gloeb of Bennington, Nebraska. Garrett attended St. Vincent de Paul Grade School in Omaha. 

Nolan Huetter is the son of Kurt and Liz Huetter of Omaha, Nebraska. Nolan attended St. Patrick's Grade School in Elkhorn. 

Matthew Thiele is the nephew of Bob and Betty Knapp of Omaha. Matthew had attend St. Gerald's Grade School in Ralston, Nebraska

Dash Wedergren is the son of Scott and Shelley Wedergren of Elkhorn, Nebraska. Dash attended Elkhorn Ridge Middle School in Elkhorn. 

Congratulations Knights!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

62nd Annual Fall Festival

87 year-old Bro. Francis dances to the Dixieland Jazz Band
Thank you to everyone who helped make the Fall Festival 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Students from The Mount's Cyber Security Class and IT Club visit the FBI Office in Omaha.
Dr. Rzemyk took students from Mount Michael for a tour of the FBI Cyber Crime and Research Lab in Omaha, NE at the Scott Data Center. They were able to meet several FBI field intelligence agents, cyber analysts, investigators, and tactical agents that are part of the cyber task force.

The tour is a part of the new cyber security class and after school IT club. It allows students to network and meet public and private professionals in the field. (Photos were not permitted on the inside of the research facility)
Visiting the Scott Technology Center

Friday, September 8, 2017

Knights Mandated at the Cathedral

Patrick Collins, Keongmin Kim, Armel Mignondje, Jacob Idra, Andrew Nigro, Gerald Righter, Emmet Kenny, Riley Kruse.
Eight students were mandated as ministers of the Eucharist at a ceremony held at St. Cecilia's Cathedral in Omaha.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Football Tailgate

The crowd and food were great! Followed by an exciting game!

Make sure to checkout the Game Photos posted to the Mount's Google+ Photos

Thursday, August 24, 2017

29 Knights Recognized as A.P. Scholars

29 Knights have been recognized by the College Board as Advanced Placement Scholars for their high achievement on last springs exams.

13 AP Scholar with Distinction: Andrew Ahn, Zach Cairney, Nick Carson, Alex Earsley, Gaiden Groff, Junho Ho, Reilly Jackson, Dan Jewell, Broden Kaps, Luca Mixan, Benedict Murray, Henry O'Callaghan, Sebastien Winters.
4 AP Scholar with Honors:Christian Burbach, Nick Huetter, Ian Kim, Jack Straka
12 AP Scholar Nathan Carpenter, Ming Hint Chui, Joe Coldiron, Shengwei Dai, Michael Ecker, Alec Gregerson, Patrick Halpin, Dylan Herrmann, Miles Hock, Peyton Hottovy, Nash Kelly, Ian Price.

View Past Mount Michael Recipients 

AP Scholar: score of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP Exams;
AP Scholar with Honor: Average of at least 3.25 on all exams taken and 3 or higher on 4 or more of these exams
AP Scholar with Distinction: Average of 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on 5 or more of these exams

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Knights take time out to watch eclipse

Everyone at the Mount took time off for an outdoor lunch today to enjoy the Eclipse. At its peak the eclipse triggered some of the street lights to turn on. The full effect is not noticeable in photos because the darker it got the more the lens opened for proper exposure. The lighting did get pretty weird though in person. View More Photos

Monday, August 14, 2017

Opening of School Mass & Picnic

A large crowd gathered Sunday afternoon for the opening of school Mass and picnic.  Signup sheets, family photos, and stories of summer filled the air with enthusiasm.   The Booster Club sponsored the picnic providing delicious fried chicken.

At Mass, Bro. August's homily reflected on David "D.J. Sokol and living the call to holiness.

Freshmen and new students had orientation afterwards.  The Freshmen continue orientation on Monday and are dismissed at 3:24 like a regular school day.  They will return to campus for the first day of classes that begins on Thursday.

Legacy Photo
 Alumni & Son's/Nephews
Left to Right: Liam West ’21, Paul West ‘93, Thomas Collins ’21, Charlie Collins ’85, Micky Gottsch ’83, Patrick Collins ’19, Nolan Gottsch ’18, Sam Wooten ’20, Dave Wooten ’87, Gavin Gloeb ’21, Matt Gloeb ’82, Garrett Gloeb ’18, Dr. B.J. Wilson ’84, Andrew Wilson ’19, Jake Recker ‘13, Joe Recker ’18, Bob Recker ’84, Joe O’Keefe ’85 (uncle) Isaac Gart (nephew). Hudson Hohman ‘18, Henry Hohman, ’21, Dave Hohman ’84, Nick Akers’19, Joe Akers ’79. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Annual Alumni Meet

The Annual Alumni Meet had 22 participants representing 4 decades of runners. The oldster's from the 90's were Jeremy Hall '97, Joe Wolpert '98, and Sam Oaks '99.  The youngest are freshmen from the class of 2021. Cameron Mallisee, Jack Sorensen, Mitchel Oberfoell, Logan Whitcomb, and Gabe Tweedy.

Top Ten Finishers:
1 Zach Hytrek 10:59, 2016
2 Joe Wolpert 11:25, 1998
3 Eric Crawford 11:34, 2000
4 Coach Gathje 11:41
5 Michael Collins 12:05, 2012
6 Jacob Gathje, 12:22, 2020
7 Liam Bova 12:44, 2018
8 Chuck Dudek, 12:45, 2010
9 Cameron Mallisee 12:46, 2021
10 Andrew Karstrom 12:49, 2013

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

David DJ Sokol Learning for Life Building Construction 360 photo

360 photo taken by Mr. Dave Cormier

The intersection of the main hallways. Click on the Image Below to load it from the Mount Michael Facebook page.  Once loaded expand it to full screen view and drag your mouse to view a 360 degree panorama.   This was taken today!

Friday, July 21, 2017

EngelKamp, '11 Wins National Employee Benefits Writing Competition

Mount Michael Alum Alex Engelkamp, ’11, won the 2017 Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel’s Thirteenth Annual Employee Benefits Writing Competition. Engelkamp’s winning submission was entitled “Approaching Paid Sick Leave: Compliance or Preemption?” 

He will receive the award at the Counsel’s annual black tie induction dinner on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in San Francisco, Cal.

Alum Offers Non-invasive Technique for Chronic Pain Relief

Mount Michael 2001 alum Dr. Matt Hahn M.D. was recently featured on WOWT.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2's and 7's Class Reunions

Class of 1957
Most Reverend William J. Dendinger

Class of 1962
Back: Bob Jones, Bill Heller, Luvern Gubbels
Front: John Knievel, Gary Horacek, Michael Tebbe, Michael Sullivan

Class of 1967
Back: Kevin O’Donnell, Francis Tworek, William Doucette, Kurt Clyne
Front: Steve Schiffelbein, Fr. John Hagemann, O.S.B., John Wagner

Class of 1972
Gilbert Fendrick, David Knust

Class of 1977
Back: Mark Nelson, Br. Luke Clinton, O.S.B., Mike Lammers, Jay McCauley, Brad McGill
Front: Mike Fellows, Brian Iodence, Phillip Knust, Scott Joerz

Class of 1982
Back: Pat Flood, John Larvie, Frank Catalano
Front: Greg Plank, Dan Wilson, John Drahota

Class of 1987
Kevin Britt, Todd Herriott

Class of 1997
Back: Nate Stiefvater, Phil Mullen, Cody Wickham, Jake Smith
Front: Joe McTaggart, Jay Salinas, Sean Connolly, Clint Cady, Sean Moylan, Dennis Hoppe

Class of 2002
John Lukes

Class of 2007
Dylan Parlor, Ben Christiansen, Former Teacher and Honorary Member of the Class of 2007 Alan Wasmoen, Riley Lebbert, Nick Hall

Class of 2012
Back: Jake Anderson, Sean Anderson, Trevor Anderson
Front: Ian Sheets, Nick Cairney, Jacob Kenney, Sean Kruger

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Academic All-State Awards

Congratulations to the following Knights who have been recognized by the Nebraska School Activities Association and the NCPA as Academic All-State Award Winners during the 2015-2016 school year.
Nick Carson
Peyton Hottovy
Caiden Groff
Dan Jewell
Lorcan Jamal

John Hudson
Jack Straka
Andrew Ahn
Broden Kaps
Peyton Hottovy
Paul McCaslin
Nathan Carpenter
Caiden Groff
Michael Ecker
Ben Murray
Track & Field
Zach Cairney
Nick Carson
John Hudson
Lorcan Jamal

Nebraska School Activities Association
To be  nominated a student must be a varsity player or organizational leader who has  played a significant role on the team or in the organizational activity during the  seasons for which nominations are accepted. 

A nominated student must have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average, in all  curricular subjects, of 93% or 3.7 on a 4.0-point scale or the equivalent.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

6 Knights become Oblates of Saint Benedict

Left to Right: Drew Goddard '17, Riley Goddard '19, Cole McNally '20, Patrick Fayad '19, James Crotty '19, Andrew Nigro '18. 
This past school year a student oblate program was begun at the Mount.  Meetings were held on a regular basis instructing candidates in the way of Saint Benedict. At Sunday vespers 6 students professed their oblation.

As Oblates these young men dedicate themselves in a special way to live as balanced Christian people, offering witness to the world of Christ's transformative power. What sets them apart from other devoted Christian people is their special way of living out an enriched Christian life, according to the Gospel as reflected in the Rule of St. Benedict.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mignondje elected Student Council President

Armel Mignondje '18
Congratulations to Armel Mignondje who was elected Student Council President for the 2017-2018 School Year.

At weekly chapel, on Monday of last week, 4 candidates each gave short talks to the student body outlining their hopes and goals for next year.  The other three candidates were Garrett Gloeb, Andrew Nigro, and Dash Wedergren. The election was held during classes last week.

Before becoming a Knight, Armel attended Saint Coumbkille Catholic Grade School in Papillion, Nebraska. Armel is the son of of Afi Eugenie Adokpe of LaVista.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Alum Knight Class of 2017

Class of 2017 Accomplishments

There are 57 graduates, with an average ACT score of 28.5.

Of the 56 graduates, Fifteen boys or 27% of this class was offered 24 full tuition scholarships. Two-thirds of the boys will be using scholarship money for the institution they will be attending which is more than $2 million.

The Class of 2017 has earned over $6.8 million in scholarship offers.

The Class of 2017 was accepted to 91 colleges in 29 states and countries on three different continents. They will be attending 30 colleges in 15 different states on 3 continents; with 47% going out-of-state and 39% to private colleges. Twenty-eight boys will be attending six different colleges in Nebraska.

More Senior Class Photos (Higher Resolution)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

26% of Mount Michael Seniors Receive OWH Academic Team Recognition

Ben Murray
All Metro 2nd Team
Each year the Omaha World-Herald asks Omaha school counselors to contact students who have an SAT score of 1390 or higher or an ACT score of 32 or higher. These students must fill out an extensive application that includes all their classes, grades, and service.  These students represent the top 4% of Nebraska’s seniors academically.  This year Mount Michael had 15 students qualify for the distinction, which is 26% of the graduating class.

In addition Ben Murray was named to the Omaha World-Herald Metro Academic 2nd Team!

The seniors below are All Academic Honorable Mention. They are in alphabetic order by last name, left to right.

Andrew Ahn, Christian Burbach, Zach Cairney, Nick Carson, Joe Coldiron, Alex Earsley, Michael Ecker, Caiden Groff, Patrick Halpin, Junho Ho, Peyton Hottovy, Nick Huetter, Broden Kaps, Henry O’Callaghan, Ian Price

Saturday, May 13, 2017

24 Seniors Receive President’s Award for Educational Excellence

The President’s Award for Educational Excellence is an honorary award presented to seniors who meet the following criteria:  they must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better and tests at the 85th percentile or above on either the ACT (which is a 28) or the SAT (which is a 1310).  These students must demonstrate high motivation, initiative, integrity, intellectual depth, leadership qualities, judgement, involvement in community service, extra-curricular activities.  The following 24 students from the class of 2017 have been recognized with the President’s Award for Educational Excellence.

Andrew Ahn, Christian Burbach, Zach Cairney, Nick Carson, Scott Ching, Joe Coldiron, Alex Earsley, Caiden Groff, Michael Ecker, Patrick Halpin, Dylan Herrmann, Junho Ho, Miles Hock, Peyton Hottovy, Nick Huetter, Daniel Jewell, Broden Kaps, Nash Kelly, Ryuta Kure, Ben Murray, Henry O’Callaghan, Ian Price, Jack Straka, Sebastien Winters.

Friday, May 12, 2017

National French Exams: 2017 Medalists

Platinum award: Highest score in level/division.
Gold Medal 95 percentile
Silver Medal 85th-90th Percentile
Bronze Medal 75th-80th Percentile
Honorable Mention 50th- 70th Percentile

Level 1 Regular

Honorable Mention
Chaemin Lee : State Rank , 9th National Rank 12th
Andrew Carleton: State Rank 11th National Rank 14th
Maximo Gaytan: State Rank 12th, National Rank 15th
Vu Phan: State Rank 13th, National Rank 16th
Lucas Wurtz: State Rank 13th, National Rank 16th
Kaleb Stavneak: State Rank 14th, National Rank 17th
Level 3 Regular

Silver Medalist
Armel Mignondje: State Rank 4th, National Rank 12th

Bronze Medalist
Joseph Recker: State Rank 7th, National Rank 15th
Tomas Weekly: State Rank 10th, National Rank 18th

Honorable Mention
Riley Kruse: State Rank 13th , National Rank 21st
Hoa Nguyen: State Rank 13th , National Rank 21st
Matthew Winters: State Rank 16th , National Rank 25st
Level 2 Regular

Platinum – Top Score in the Nation
Sebastian Alegrett: National Rank 1st, State Rank 1st

Bronze Medal
Patrick Collins: State Rank 5th, National Rank 8th
Daniel Davies: State Rank 5th, National Rank 8th
Levi Kicken: State Rank 6th National 9th
Bokai Zhang: State Rank 6th National 9th
Honorable Mention
Adel Elbendary: State Rank 7th, National Rank 10th
Ziyou Li: State Rank 10th, National Rank 13th
Tung Pham: State Rank 10th, National Rank 13th

Level 2 Outside Experience

Silver Medalists
Temi Adeyemo: State Rank 4th, National Rank 4th
Diego Amian Parames: State Rank 4th, National Rank 4th

Bronze Medalist
Andrew Shellberg: State Rank 8th, National Rank 9th

Level 2 Advanced

Silver Medalist
Patrick Fayad: State Rank 2nd, National Rank 2nd,
Level 4 Regular

Gold Medalist
Ian Price: State Rank 2th, National Rank 8th

Honorable Mention
Daniel Jewell: State Rank 9th, National Rank 19th

Level 4 Advanced

Gold Medalist
Alexis Ruessmann: State Rank 1st, National Rank 5th

Baseball: All Conference Team

All River Cities Conference Baseball:

Seniors: Caiden Groff & Ryan Riddle

All Conference Honorable Mention:

Sophomores: Patrick Collins & Sid DeMayo

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Wayne State Math Competation

Left to Right: Ian Kim, Max Nguyen, Jacob Gathje, Brayden Whitaker, Joey Chen, Jerry Fan, J.P. Jensen

The Mount Michael math team recently participated in the final contest of the year and achieved great results. This is the first competition without our seniors who have finished school, except for AP Exams.

Geometry: 1st Place Joey Chen, 3rd Place, Jerry Fan
Algebra 2: 10th  Place Jacob Gathje
Pre-Calculus: 1st Place J.P.  Jenson, 4th Place Brayden Whitaker
Calculus: 1st Place Max Nguyen, 2nd Place Ian Kim

Congratulations Knights!

Monday, May 8, 2017

6 Knights Win in Essay Contest

Mount Michael has 6 student winners in the Archdiocese of Omaha's Center for Family Life Formation Pro-Life Essay Contest.

The contest was open to 7th-11th grades students. Cash prizes were awarded for each grade level. 1st place winners entries are also submitted to the Knights of Columbus fall 2017 statewide contest.

Sister Carol Jean Vandenhemel OSB and Mrs. Amy Masek are Mount Michael's Theology teachers. Congratulations to them and all their students who took part in the contest!

9th Grade

1st Place Kolton Koubsky

Parents: Ken and Kristen Koubsky.
Parish: Mary Our Queen

10th Grade

1st Place Patrick Collins
Parents Charles and Kara Collins
Parish: Saint Margaret Mary

2nd Place Jacob Benes
Parents: Vernon and Michelle Benes
Parish: Saint Wenceslaus

11th Grade

1st Place Ben Arkfeld

Parents: Mike and Kelly Arkfeld
Parish: Saint Wenceslaus

2nd Place Sebastian Alegrett
Parents: Ernesto Alegrett and Leonor Morreo

3rd Place Jack (Ming Kai) Sun
Parents: Shuhong Sun and Rongle Wang