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
Recently, De La Salle Collegiate Campus Minister Brian Barker and Brother Ken Kalinowski visited Haiti. This is Brother Ken’s account of their visit:
I arrived in Haiti, with a group of 8 Lasallian teachers from Eastern North America (two from Toronto, two from Baltimore, and two from Philadelphia) expecting the worst due to the reputation of the country, but not really realizing what we would see. We left leaving Metro Detroit in the mid 50’s, and arrived in Haiti in mid 90’s heat and humidity. At the airport in Haiti, hundreds of people are waiting for each plane, looking for relatives, or hoping to help visitors to a car with the bags – expecting money to help them survive. 1 US dollar is worth 65 Haitian dollars, and everywhere we went – the preference was for American money.
Congratulations to the DLS Track team, winners of the MHSAA Region 5 meet on May 19 at Grosse Pointe South. Eight Pilots qualified for the MHSAA Finals on Saturday, June 3, at Falcon Stadium at East Kentwood High School in Grand Rapids.
This is the Pilots’ third Regional Championship in the last four years. The Pilots won in 2014 and 2015, but missed the team cut in 2016.
Recent graduate Allen Stritzinger led the Pilots with wins in the 110 M and 300 M Hurdles. Allen was also part of the winning 4 x 100 M Relay team, along with recent graduate Kevin Lee, sophomore Josh DeBerry, and junior Zach Kendall.
Kevin Lee also won the 200 M Finals.
Allen and the 4 x 400 M Relay team with recent graduate Brendan Sulkowski, and juniors Robert Kroll and Semaj Shelton took second, to qualify for the State Finals.
Recent graduate Joe Lietzow qualified in the high jump with a leap of 6’1″.
Also contributing to the DLS first place team win of 114 points were:
Although the above did NOT qualify for the state meet, their efforts were truly part of an outstanding team effort.
For full results, click here
Congratulations to the DLS Social Studies Olympiad team, which took First Place, in the May 13 statewide Quiz Bowl competition, held at Center Line High School.
The all-senior team included Zach Breininger, Brendan DeSantis, Christian Stelkic, and Michael DeDecker
DLS completed in the Senior Division (grades 9-12).
The Pilots also took first place in 2016, and second place in 2015, the first year DLS competed.
The Quiz Bowl is sponsored by the National Conference of Social Studies.
Mr. Aaron Wladischkin is the Moderator.
Read more about Social Studies Olympiad.
Congratulations to graduating seniors Cameron Beginin and Dominic Sciturro, both recipients of a $500 scholarship from the Christian Financial Credit Union (CFCU).
To be eligible for the scholarship, awarded only to seniors, a student must have been in the Banking class, participated in the DLS CFCU branch and its activities, and had outstanding classroom participation and grades.
Mr. Dennis Koch, who teaches the Banking class, along with Mrs. Aarran Meier Student Branch Administrator, judge students based on this criteria.
Mr. Dennis Koch, DLS Faculty
Ms. Christine Quitter, Business Development Manager
Mr. John M. Knight, DLS President
Mrs. Aarran Meier, Student Branch Administrator
Congratulations to DLS Varsity Golf Coach Doug McKay, inducted into the Macomb County Hall of Fame at ceremonies on April 27.
McKay began coaching at De La Salle in the fall of 1994, when his son, Kevin, was a junior, and DLS needed a coach.
McKay has accumulated a 95-50 record over the years, and won county Catholic League, CHSL Central, district, and regional titles. The PIlots have become familiar participants at the MHSAA State Finals, playing 17 times under his leadership.
Congratulations to the De La Salle Varsity Golf Team, winners of the Macomb County Golf Championship for the fourth consecutive year. The Pilots shot 309, seven strokes better than Utica Ford, at the Timberwood Golf Course in Ray Township, on a windy, chilly, and rainy Monday, May 1. MI Prep Zone story
Scoring for the Pilots were
Junior Chris Comito 73
Freshman Anthony Comito 77
Sophomore Cameron Chrisman 79
Senior Nick Rutkowski 80
Sophomore Matt Komoroski 83
Only one of the Pilots had seen Timberwood before the team played 18 practice holds on Friday, April 28. Coach Doug McKay said, “We take nothing for granted. We did our due diligence on the golf course.”
The county championship is the tenth in McKay’s tenure as the head coach. He began coaching at DLS in 1994, and was recently inducted into the Macomb County Coaches Hall of Fame. Read more.
The May 4 Christian Brothers’ Dinner features an outstanding SILENT AUCTION, available to both those in attendance at the Dinner, and to those unable to attend. All bidders use either a computer or smart phone to make their bids.
Register online at this link: https://qtego.net/qlink/dls to begin the process.
To purchase Christian Brothers’ Dinner tickets, visit the Pilot Hangar or contact John Monigold at 586.541.6212.
The 2017 Dinner Honoree is Michael Brillati, ’93.
Here are just some of the items; visit the QTEGO site for more. And, more are being added every day.
This is the email sent from Counselor Jacob Jones to all DLS Parents about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.
I am reaching out to you with a cautionary note and resources to help you negotiate through conversations regarding the trending Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which is based on a young adult novel of the same name (2007). The series revolves around the fictional story of 17-year-old Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. Each tape recounts painful events in which one or more of the 13 individuals played a role. In addition to suicide, the show also addresses a number of other difficult topics (in graphic detail), such as bullying, rape, drunk driving, and slut shaming. These are very real issues, and there are some valuable lessons to be learned from the show regarding how our actions impact others. However, it is also necessary to differentiate between a TV drama and real life.
According to the National Association of School Psychologists, producers for the show say they hope the series can help those who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. However, the series, which many teenagers are binge watching without adult guidance and support, is raising concerns from suicide prevention experts about the potential risks posed by the sensationalized treatment of youth suicide. What the series does accurately convey is that there is no single cause of suicide. Indeed, there are likely as many different pathways to suicide as there are suicide deaths. However, the series does not emphasize that common among most suicide deaths is the presence of treatable mental illnesses. Suicide is not the simple consequence of stressors or coping challenges, but rather, it is most typically a combined result of treatable mental illnesses and overwhelming or intolerable stressors.
Several professional organizations, including the National Association of School Psychologists, have expressed concern, and have developed
Please take time to review these and be prepared to discuss the series with your children. The show has gained a great deal of popularity, and we all need be prepared to have meaningful conversations regarding the misinformation, normalization and glorification of suicide, drug abuse, and bullying that this show depicts.
Vulnerable youth, youth with a history of suicidal thoughts or attempts, youth with family history of suicide, youth who have been bullied or bully, youth who are marginalized in school or their community may be at heightened risk for suicidal thoughts or actions. Do not hesitate to ask them directly if they have thoughts of suicide/killing themselves (this will not put the thought in their mind). If they do or you are concerned they may be suicidal, get help; your local crisis center has resources for you or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (TALK).
Please feel free to contact myself or any of the counselors in the counseling office if you have concerns or questions.
De La Salle Collegiate is pleased to announce the hiring of Sean Clark as the next leader of the Pilots’ ice hockey program.
Clark takes over from Craig Staskowski, who resigned in March after leading the Pilots to a MHSAA Division 3 state championship in his first year.
Over the past three seasons, Clark has been an associate coach for the Oakland Junior Grizzlies, most recently at the U18 AAA level. In a way, Clark will be returning to De La Salle. In 2013, he coached several De La Salle students to a fall league championship as part of the Eastside Pilots organization.
A graduate of Brother Rice High School (‘99), Sean is a native of Royal Oak. He played a season for the Warriors before moving on to play college hockey for the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where he was a four-year starter and was twice named team captain of the BluGolds. In addition to being named All-WIAC Academic three times, Clark earned a bachelor degree in Operations and Material Management with a certificate in Leadership.
After graduation, Clark had a short stint with the Bakersfield (CA) Condors of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). Since retiring from professional hockey, Sean has worked as a successful coach, general manager and director of player development in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). In addition, Clark has held posts as the director of scouting for the Omaha Lancers (USHL) and was the assistant director of central scouting for the USHL for two years. As a coach of the Michigan Jaguars (NAHL), his team captured the U18 Tier II National Championship.
In his time with the Oakland Junior Grizzlies, Sean has a proven track record of effectively teaching situational hockey, developing individual skills and evaluation of talent. In fact, his U18 team this year finished ranked 3rd nationally. During his tenure with the Grizzlies, ten players earned NCAA Division 1 scholarships.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Sean Clark join our already outstanding coaching staff here at De La Salle,” remarked Mike Watson, DLS Director of Athletics. “Sean understands our mission and values. He understands Catholic education and he certainly understands championship-level hockey. He is extremely organized, establishes high standards and holds his players accountable.”
Clark, his wife, Mallory and five-month old daughter, Ella-Rose reside in Warren. Sean is employed by the Ciity of Warren as the Associate Manager of Public Works.
“My family and I are honored to be part of the De La Salle community. I look forward to continuing the recent success of the hockey team and building a program that De La Salle students, alumni, faculty and supporters can be proud of.”
There will be a special introduction and reception for coach Clark on Tuesday, April 25, at 5:30 p.m. in the DLS Commons. All, current players, families, alumni, staff and public are welcome.
Sean Clark “By the Numbers”
De La Salle Collegiate High School is an all boys, private Catholic High School, conducted by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The school was founded in 1926.
De La Salle is located in Warren, Michigan, a Detroit suburb located in Macomb County. The school offers a college prep curriculum. De La Salle’s athletic teams are called the Pilots, and all 13 varsity sports compete as part of the Catholic High School League (CHSL), operated by the Archdiocese of Detroit. De La Salle has captured 14 Michigan State titles in all sports and lives by its motto: “Builders of Boys, Makers of Men.” For more information on this story or any other athletic department matter, please contact Mike Watson, Director of Athletics at 586.541.6229, or email email@example.com.
Parents often know that a private college prep education is in their child’s best interest. However, even more families struggle with justifying the tuition investment when they have a free public school down the road.
Here at De La Salle Collegiate we have put together a list of 5 numbers that we believe every parent needs to know.
These are just a sample of the many great reasons why a family will make the decision to invest in their son’s education at De La Salle Collegiate. We urge families to schedule a visit, tour, or shadow day so they can discover the number that is important for them and how we can best serve their son(s).
To schedule that visit we encourage you to contact the DLS Admissions Office by completing an inquiry form at https://delasallehs.schooladminonline.com/portal/new_inquiry.
The investment that parents make in their children now will pay for a lifetime. We want all parents to know that for the past 90 years De La Salle Collegiate has been delivering on that investment for parents.
In that time, the school has moved, student populations have changed, tuition has risen, teachers have come and gone, and the building has evolved. However, the standards of excellence in achievement, faith, morality, and intellectual development have never wavered and continue to be exemplified by the students attending today.
God Bless and Go Pilots!
Mr. Bill Burkhardt, ‘03
Director of Admissions