Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Tommy Maliszewski '13
This week we have hired a new Director of Admissions for Mount Michael.  We had many outstanding candidates for this position. 

Congratulations to Mr. Thomas Maliszewski ’13!  Tommy has been working with our students this year as the residential dean for our senior class.  He brings a wealth of enthusiasm and passion for Mount Michael to this position.  Tommy is a 2017 graduate of St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

He will be coming on board this spring working and shadowing our current Director of Admissions, Mr. Jack Pritchard.  Tommy will be taking over the position full-time this summer.


Monday, March 26, 2018

New Development Director Hired

Francesca Donovan

Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey and School recently undertook a search for a new Development Director. Francesca Donovan, MBA was selected to replace Kim Volpone, who announced that she would be retiring at the end of June 2018.

Francesca Donovan has been a development officer in the Mount Michael Abbey and School development department since June of 2015.  In that position she was responsible for managing the annual school fund drive, the abbey giving programs and communications for both the abbey and school.  She was also responsible for working with the alumni association.  Mrs. Donovan is a native of Kansas City, Missouri.  Prior to coming to Mount Michael, Mrs. Donovan served as the Director of Annual Giving at The Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City.  Francesca Donovan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University. 

Kim Volpone served as Development Director at Mount Michael since the summer of 2007.  She was responsible for the recent capital campaign that resulted in $14 million raised and the construction of the David “DJ” Sokol Learning For Life Building.  Francesca Donovan has worked closely with Mrs. Volpone during the closing days of the campaign.  David Peters, Head of School states; “We are very excited about the hiring of Francesca Donovan as our new Development Director.  She has wonderful communication skills and works well with our development team, alumni and staff.  Her enthusiasm and dedication to Mount Michael Abbey and School is infectious.  Francesca was the ideal choice as we move into a post-campaign program focusing on the future needs of the abbey and school.”

Francesca Donovan will begin her duties on July 1, 2018. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


The show featured Music performed by the Mount Michael Band, Choir and a student led band featuring Jack Blaser, Joey Recker, Trevin Detwiler, and Ed Wilberding.  Interludes were filled by the Agape Brothers Jacob Benes & Taylor Davis.  Tomas Weekly was the Master of Ceremonies.

The Mount Michael Drama Department's Le Cirque Du Mont Michel was performed before a full house with standing room only.
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Audio Files are available in Sycamore:  School > Documents > Concert Files > Le Cirque Du Mont Michel

Monday, March 12, 2018

Spring Break Time for Missions


Over spring break many Knights participated in mission trips near and far.  They worked in Macy and Winnebago Nebraska, Schuyler Nebraska, Conception Missouri and La Cima Mexico.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Robo Knights 3-peat State Champions

Congratulations to the Mount Michael Knights Robotics team who won the State Championship for the third time in 4 years.

2018 State Robotics Champions
Coach Michael Williams, Nolan Huetter, Lukas Williams, Nolan Gottsch
YouTube Video

The general layout of a tournament is in two phases all matches are played 2 vs 2.
1. Qualifying matches: teams are paired up in a round robin style setup to play 6-10 matches to determine seeding into the second phase.  The teams are seeded according to win/loss record for eliminations.
2. Elimination matches: The top 8 teams select 2 other teams to form 8 three team alliances that compete in a best 2 of 3 elimination bracket to determine the tournament champion.
Our team went 9-0 in qualifying securing the #1 overall seed into elimination matches.  They won both matches in quarter finals and semi finals to move onto the finals.  After the alliance was disqualified in the first match for accidentally violating a rule, they went on to win the final two matches securing the state championship and a bid to Vex worlds in Louisville, KY in late April.  In addition the team was awarded the Excellence Award which recognizes the best overall team at the tournament.