Wednesday, May 16, 2018

District Champions!

Coach Kent Christenson, Luke Gutschewski, Lorcan Jamal, John Hudson, Logan Hock, Matt Winters

Congratulations to the Mount Michael Golf Team for winning the District Championship.
Also quite notable is that Mount Michael freshmen Luke Gutschewski won the individual championship in a sudden death playoff!   Seniors John Hudson placed 4th and Matthew Winters place 9th.

Good Luck at State!
Go Knights!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Omaha World Herald All-Academic List

Nolan Huetter                            Nicholas Orr
Each year the Omaha World-Herald asks Nebraska 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 19 students qualify for the distinction, which is 34% of the graduating class.
In addition Nolan Huetter and Nicholas Orr were named to the Omaha World-Herald All-Metro Area Academic 2nd Team!
The seniors below are All Academic Honorable Mention. They are in alphabetic order by last name, left to right.

Nicholas Arkfield, Alvin Chui, Zhouyo Dong,Garrett Gloeb, Lorcan Jamal, Ian Kim, John Kuhry, Colin Lakeman, Ziyou Li, Armel Mignondje, Adam Orr, Joseph Recker, Lucas Rief, Nicholas Snyder, Matthew Thiele, Dash Wedergren, Lukas Williams

Monday, May 14, 2018


The Mount Michael Benedictine School Class of 2018 has 57 graduates.  The average ACT score for this class is 28.6, which surpassed last year’s record score of 28.5.

The 57 boys of the Class of 2018 were accepted at 87 colleges in 30 states. This was nine different colleges in Nebraska and seven different colleges in NY.
They will be attending 30 different colleges in 16 states; with 44% going out-of-state and 37% to private colleges. Twenty-nine boys will be attending five different colleges in Nebraska.

The Class of 2018 was offered $ 7,723,944 of scholarship dollars.  One-third of this class qualified for full tuition scholarships. Two-thirds of these boys will be using scholarship money for the institution they will be attending which is more than $2 million.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Ten Students Become Oblates of Saint Benedict

At Vespers this past Sunday, ten students professed their oblation before a gathering of family members, monks, and fellow Oblates both student and adult.

They read their Oblation before the Abbot and then sign their document and placed it upon the altar.  Afterwards a reception was held in the Monastery.

Trevin Detwiler, Dash Wedergren, Kolton Koubsky, Alex Payne, Evan Schroder, Abbot Michael, Ben deMayo, Will Janecek, Ben Goetz, John Scholl, and Sid DeMayo.

More Photos
Alex Payne reads his oblation.

Conference Champions!

Lorcan Jamal, Ethan Meduna, Luke Guschewski, Logan Hock, Matt Winters, John Hudson, Coach Kent Christianson

Congratulations to the Mount Michael Knights golf team for capturing the River Cities Conference Championship held at Benson Golf Course.

Team Results:
1= Mt Micheal = 313
2= Skutt Catholic = 329
3= Beatrice = 334
4= Ralston = 354
5= Gross Catholic = 369
6 = Roncalli Catholic = 379
7 = South Sioux City = 425

Individual Winners
1= Luke Gutschewski- Mt. M 71
2= Graham Southwick- Beat 75
3= John Hudson- Mt. M 76
4= Dillon Eaves- Ron 77
5= Evan Macke- Ral 77
6= John LaPour - Gro 79
7= Charlie Zielinski - Sku 79
8= Kaleb Fullerton- Sku 80
9= Lorcan Jamal Mt. M 82
10= Logan Hock Mt. M 84

Monday, May 7, 2018

Impressive Results at Math Competition

Wayne State Math Competition
Friday, May 4th

Seven Knights took time off last week from classes to compete in a Math competition at Wayne State.

Scott Ding – 1st place

Algebra II
Joey Chen – 3rd place
Andree Kakish – 7th place

Trevin Detwiler – 1st place
Alex Payne – 2nd place

Kevin Zhang – 1st place
JP Jensen – 2nd place
Joey Chen, Andree Kakish, Trevin Detwiler, Kevin Zhang, Alex Payne, Scott Ding, JP Jensen

Friday, May 4, 2018

Awards Night

Keyton Pappas
The Mount Michael Community recently gathered to celebrate the many accomplishments of our students over this past school year.

Evening Highlights:

The evening started with a special presentation of a full ride ROTC scholarship to Creighton University. The award was presented to Keyton Pappas by a colonel representing the Air Force ROTC. Keyton will use the scholarship while he pursues a pre-dentistry program.  Keyton is the son of James and Lisa Pappas of Omaha. Keyton attened St. Wenceslaus School before coming to Mount Michael.

Lorcan Jamal

The official awards program began with the athletic awards presented by Activities Director Mr. Derrik Spooner. This year's Athlete of the Year was Lorcan Jamal. Lorcan was also recognized as a 12 season athlete. Lorcan played sports every season during his years at the Mount. He played tennis, basketball, and golf.  Lorcan is the son of Malia Jamal of Omaha and Michael Jamal of Simi Valley, California. Lorcan attended St. Vincent de Paul School before coming to Mount Michael.

Ms Gina Fosco presented the Key Staffer Award to Joey Recker.  This award is sponsored by the Omaha World Herald newspaper in recognition of each metro areas schools' outstanding journalism student. Joey was the Editor-in Chief for "The Mount".

Mr. Paul Hotovy acknowledged two sophomores as recipients of two special awards.

Ben deMayo is year's Mount Michael recipient of the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Award. Ben is the son of Miles and Lynn deMayo of Omaha.  Ben attended Christ the King School before attending Mount Michael.

Evan Schroeder was Mount Michael's recipient  the Omaha Exchange Club's Sophomore of the Year Award. Evan is the son of Andrew and Maree Schroeder of Omaha. Evan attended St. Vincent de Paul School before entering Mount Michael.

Ms. Noelle Hinrickson announced that junior Levi Kicken was selected as Mount Michael's Boy's State representative.  Boy's State is Sponsored by the American Legion. It is open to current junior students who are in scholastically good standing, model good citizenship and leadership qualities, are in good health, and are willing to spend eight continuous days at the program during the first week of June.  Levi is the son of Louis and Amy Kicken of Gering, Nebraska. Levi attend Gering Junior High School before coming to Mount Michael.

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.  Mount Michael has 24 students from the class of 2018 who are being recognized for their President’s Award for
Armel Mignondje "Mount Michael Award"
Educational Excellence: Sebastian Alegrett Morreo, Ben Arkfeld, Ben Bies, Jack Blaser, Ming Hint Chui, Garrett Gloeb, Nolan Huetter, Lorcan Jamal, Hanool Kim, Ian Kim, Riley Kruse, Colin Lakeman, Ziyou Li, Armel Mignondje, Jordan Nguyen, Adam Orr, Nick Orr, Joey Recker, Lucas Rief, Nick Snyder, Mingkai Sun, Matthew Thiele, Dash Wedergren, Lukas Williams.

The evening concluded with Dr. David Peters, Head of School, presenting the coveted Mount Michael Award which is given to the senior who best epitomizes the values and character of a Mount Michael Knight. This year's recipient of the Mount Michael Award is Armel Mignondje. He is the son of Afi Adokpe of LaVista. Armel attend St. Columbkille School before attending Mount Michael.

Congratulations to these and all the other Knights recognized for their accomplishments this past school year.  Go Knights!

Thursday, May 3, 2018


2nd - Luke Gutschewski
4th  -  Kyle Pelan
5th - Matt Geary
6th - Dane Storch
9th - Quinn McMahon
10th - Nicholas Davis
1st - Brayden Whitaker
5th - Jacob Gathje
6th - Alexander Schrier
8th - Tharein Potuhera
6th - Joseph Johansen
2nd - Santiago Santa-María
4th - JP Jensen
5th - Sid DeMayo
10th - Trevin Detwiler
10th - Gerald Righter
4th - Garrett Gloeb
7th - Matthew Thiele
8th - Ben Arkfeld
6th – Sebastian Esquivel
Jacob Gathje
Alexander Schrier
Brayden Whitaker
JP Jensen
Ben Arkfeld
Garrett Gloeb
Matthew Thiele

Lincoln Badley
Luke Gutschewski
Andree Kakish
Alexander Payne
Tharein Potuhera
Sid DeMayo
Trevin Detwiler
Cole Kalkowski
Jack Avilla
Lucas Rief
Nicholas Snyder
Lukas Williams
Joseph Chouinard
Christian Fletcher
Matt Geary
Kyle Pelan
Jack Sorensen
Dane Storch
Stefano Brunelli
Benjamin Goetz
Kolton Koubsky
Benjamin Quinlan
Yichen Cao

James Crotty
Matthew Draper
Samuel Eberle
Shintaro Fujita
Santiago Santa-María
Nolan Zeger
Lorcan Jamal
Colin Lakeman
Lucas Van Haute

National French Exam Results

National French Exam Results 2018

Level 1A                              State Results               National Results
Scott Ding                            2nd Place / Silver Medal^                  13th      Bronze Medal*
Matthew Collins                  5th Place                                              16th      Mn Hon
Jacob Rapoza                      7th Place                                              18th      Mn Hon
Zachary Rapoza                  8th Place                                              19th      Mn Hon
Napat Sinthucharoen          8th Place                                              19th      Mn Hon
Samuel Gustafson               9th Place                                              20th      Mn Hon

Level 1B
Alfonso Castillo                   2nd Place/Silver Medal^                   5th  / Gold Medal*
Henry Gnann                      9th Place                                             9th  / Bronze Medal*

Level 2A                     State Results                         National Results
Jerry Fan                             7th Place                                              20th / Mn Hon
  Daniel Phan                         8th Place                                              21st / Mn Hon

Sebastian Algrett                 1st Place / Gold Medal^                    TBD
Stefano Brunelli                  2nd Place / Silver Medal^                  13th Silver Medal*
Andrew Shellberg               4th Place                                              15th Silver Medal*
Kevin Zhang                        4th Place                                              15th Silver Medal*
Temi Adeyemo                     5th Place                                              16th Silver Medal*
Levi Kicken                          5th Place                                              16th Silver Medal*
Daniel Davies                       7th Place                                              18th Silver Medal*
Level 3C                     State Results                        National Results
Patrick Fayad                      1st Place / Gold Medal^                     9th Gold Medal*

Level 4A                                                                     National Results
Armel Mignondje                3rd Place / Bronze Medal^                11th Silver Medal*
Tomas Weekly                      3rd Place / Bronze Medal^                11th Silver Medal*
Joseph Recker                     5th Place                                               14th Silver Medal*
Jordan Nguyen                    7th Place                                              18th Bronze Medal*
Benjamin Bies                     8th Place                                              Mn Hon
Riley Kruse                          9th Place                                              Mn Hon

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Knights Win and Place in Essay Contest

Two Mount Michael students were winners in the Archdiocese of Omaha's Center for Family Life Formation Pro-Life Essay Contest.

Sophomore Kolton Koubsky won first place for his grade. He is the son of Ken and Kristen Koubsky of Omaha. Kolton is a member of Mary our Queen parish.

Junior Shintaro Fujita placed third for his grade.  He is the son of Taisuke and Rie Fujita of Tokyo, Japan.

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!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Gloeb Honored at Rotary Club

Metro area seniors were recently honored at luncheon hosted by the Omaha Rotary Club as the 2018 Outstanding High School Senior from their schools. 

Mount Michael Benedictine’s Honoree was Garrett Gloeb. 

Garrett has received major scholarship offers from Creighton University, Saint Louis University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Regents Scholar). Garrett was recognized as a National Merit Finalist, and prior to this was recognized in 2017 with the National Spanish Examinations junior travel award, distinguishing him as one of the top 24 Spanish language students in the United States, and first ever in Nebraska. Garrett received first honors all quarters at Mount Michael and was an inductee into the National Honor Society in 2016. He is a three-year varsity football letter winner, a two-year varsity baseball letter winner, and was a starting member of the 2016 Junior Legion district championship team. In 2018. Garrett tutors’ younger students in math and athletics and has volunteered his free time conversing and strolling with the elderly at a metro-area retirement home. Over his life he has challenged himself to learn and to compete academically and to compete academically and athletically at a high level. Garrett's strong religious beliefs have taught him that God's essence is present in all, and that individuals are called to support one another in whatever fashion affordable by circumstance or experience. Garrett intends to study biochemistry on a pre-medicine track. He plans to attend Notre Dame, Dartmouth. or Creighton. Garrett's parents are Matthew and Kristi Gloeb of Bennington, Nebraska.

Garrett is the son of Matt ’82 and Kristin Gloeb and attended Saint Vincent de Paul School before coming to Mount Michael.