When families consider De La Salle Collegiate for their son(s) there are many factors they weigh. One that cannot be stressed enough is the impact De La Salle Collegiate has on its graduates over the course of their entire lives.
So often young men and parents become bogged down in the number of college acceptances, scholarship rates, IB certifications, etc., but a huge part of our Lasallian mission is preparing our students for life beyond academic studies. St. John Baptist de La Salle said we must provide “a human and christian education.” That is, we must go beyond providing just an academic education for our students. We must nurture their intellect, spirituality, morality, and help provide the personal foundation to guide them the rest of their lives.
When you listen to the stories of our graduates like Mr. Tony Lamerato ’02 and Mr. John Elkhoury ’02, you hear the same sentiments with different words. The reason their stories and so many other alumni have found such success is because of the foundation provided at De La Salle Collegiate.
In addition to success in their personal, spiritual, and professional lives, studies prove that there is a large financial incentive to attending a Catholic high school like De La Salle Collegiate. For example in the article “The Cash Benefits of a Catholic Education” the author explains that studies done by Michigan State and Oakland University demonstrated that those who graduated from Catholic high schools earned 18 % higher wages in their mid-30s and mid-50s than their peers in public high schools.
The easiest way to begin exploring the many ways a De La Salle Collegiate education will benefit your son is to fill out an inquiry form by CLICKING HERE.
There is no age too young to start the journey to De La Salle Collegiate. We now have students as young as second grade regularly attending our camps and programs. We look forward to working with you and your family.
And remember, “It’s a great day to be a Pilot!”
God Bless and Go Pilots!
Director of Admissions
Congratulations to our three DLS Musicians who competed at the State Solo and Ensemble competition last Saturday.
Senior Chris Motowski scored a 94 (out of 100) on his tenor sax solo, earning him a I (“Superior” rating – the highest you can get).
Junior Patrick Sciortino scored a 92 on his clarinet solo, also earning a I (“Superior”) rating.
Junior Nicko Sciortino scored an 80 on his trumpet solo, earning a II (“Excellent”) rating.
Great job DLS musicians!
The 2017 Christian Brothers’ Dinner Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Michael Brillati, ’93, as this year’s Dinner Honoree.
“He is a most deserving Honoree,” says President John M. Knight, “and it is our privilege to recognize his many contributions to his alma-mater.”
Michael served as the Chairman of the Dinner from 2007-2016, leading the event which welcomes more than 950 alumni and friends to celebrate and support the Christian Brothers’ mission at De La Salle Collegiate. During that time period, the Dinner’s revenue has steadily increased from approximately $135,000 to more than $230,000 in 2016.
“Michael has uniquely impacted De La Salle by dedicating his leadership and resources to the Christian Brothers’ Dinner,” said Chris Czarnik, Director of Advancement. “The benefit of the event goes far beyond the very ample funds raised that evening to support students. It reinforces the meaningful brand of De La Salle and strengthens relationships that lead to strong enrollment and future service and contributions.”
In becoming the 36th Honoree, Mike joins his father, Leonard, the 2001 Honoree, in earning the distinction. Leonard also served as Chairperson of the Dinner from 1993-2000. It is the second instance that both a father and son have been named Honoree, with John Addy, Jr. ‘34 (1983) and his son JIm Addy ‘63 (2003) being the first two-generation family.
“My connection to De La Salle is all about family,” says Mike. “My dad was a past Chairperson of the Dinner, and my brothers Paul and Steven have been very active and supportive of the school as well. I think we all recognized how our dad valued his children being educated at De La Salle, and know the difference it has made in our lives. I enjoy the idea that in some way we might help make that possible for other families.”
“Mike understands our Mission,” says President Emeritus Brother Bob Carnaghi, who taught Michael as a student. “He jokes about not being one of the top guys in his class, but he’s proven that hard work makes all the difference. He uses his success to bless others. I’m so proud of Mike and the whole Brillati family.”
After graduation, Mike attended the University of Detroit Mercy where he studied Business. At UDM, Mike met his wife Julie. They have three sons, Joseph, Peter, and Charlie — all future Pilots. Mentored by other De La Salle graduates including past Honorees Paul Zimmer and Dr. Ray Skowronski, Mike began a career in the insurance industry and opened his own firm, Salus Group, in 2005. He specializes in employee benefit plans and the company has grown to serve clients in multiple states
“De La Salle is responsible on so many levels for my success,” says Mike. “The people I’ve met through the school have become my closest friends. The Dinner reflects that environment. It’s fun because it’s really about men coming together to celebrate friendships and support a school that is nothing short of vital to Catholic education and our Detroit community.”
Dinner Chairperson Mike Wasik says he is happy to see Mike enjoy the award. “Mike is so deserving,” Wasik says. “Serving on the Committee with him in previous years, we have had a lot of fun, but Mike kept us focused on doing good things for DLS students in need.”
This year’s Dinner is May 4, at 5:30 p.m., at Penna’s of Sterling. In addition to De La Salle and St. Joe’s alumni and friends, graduates of schools such as Harper Woods Notre Dame, Bishop Gallagher, and Austin also join in to make it a celebration of Eastside Catholic education.
“St. John Baptist de la Salle’s mission was to educate the poor,” says Mike. “That has made an impact on my life that if we are successful in life, we need to give back to those less fortunate. Guys from those schools were brought up the same way, and we are really all part of one family.”
For information on Dinner Tickets and Sponsorships, please click here.
The DLS Science Olympiad team received 5th place at the recent Regional Tournament, and qualified for the state tournament April 29 at Michigan State University.
Events and medalists include
Congratulations to senior Russell Hu, who placed 58th in the 60th Michigan Math Prize Competition (MMPC). This is the highest place for DLS in all the years of the MMPC participation. Russell is eligible for scholarship money. He received the news at the MMPC Banquet on March 11.
The MMPC is administered by Eastern Michigan University.
The DLS Concert Band participated at the MSBOA District XVI Band Festival on March 11, at Dakota High School. Despite missing some members, the Concert Band pulled off a great performance on stage, and tackled a difficult sight-reading piece, earning a Second Division (Excellent) rating.
This Saturday, March 18, several musicians who received a Superior rating at Districts will be in State Solo and Ensemble Competition at Chippewa Valley High School. These students are
Also medalling at the District competition was Sophomore Connor Weir who received an Excellent rating for his marimba solo.
At the March 10-11 State Powerlifting Finals, five DLS lifters placed at the meet, and ended with a top ten finish.
These lifters include
Students have three different opportunities in the weeks leading up to the state competition to qualify. DLS had 11 young men qualify, and 9 went to the state event at Croswell-Lexington High School.
To learn more about DLS Powerlifting, click here.
DLS Powerlifting is coached by Mr. Brent Castine.
The DLS Varsity Basketball Team is headed to the Regional Championship on Wed., March 15, at 7 p.m. at Troy Athens High School vs. Troy. MHSAA Regional Bracket
Troy is 20-4; DLS is 14-9.
The Pilots reached the Regional Final with a 49 – 37 semi-final win over Chippewa Valley High School in a March 13 contest.
Game stories online:
Last week, the Pilots captured the District Championship win 66-46 over Sterling Heights. It was the Pilots’ 20th District win in the last 25 years.
Game stories online:
Former DLS Football Coach Paul Verska has been selected for induction to the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The MHSCA Hall of Fame is located at Central Michigan University, where the formal induction will take place on September 17.
Congratulations to these members of the Class of 2017 who have received appointments to the United States Military Academies.
Congratulations to our DLS DECA Team!
Seniors Jason Kathawa and Mike DeDecker qualified for the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, CA, in April. Jason and Mike were among 21 students who competed last weekend (March 10-11) at the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) State Development Conference in downtown Detroit.
State champions are decided by online test scores (test taken in February), and the two role play scores (both performed at the State Conference.
Twelve of the 21 DLS students earned medals, including those recognized for online test scores, role play performances or event finalists.
Seven students are finalists in their events:
Special thanks to these guest judges who worked with students the week prior to the competition:
DECA is moderated by DLS teachers Mrs. Stephanie Howay and Mr. Dennis Koch.