WARREN, Mich. (Dec. 18, 2018) — De La Salle Collegiate senior Connor Weir (Rochester Hills) has been named a recipient of the Centralis Scholarship from Central Michigan University.
The prestigious scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship valued at $56,000. Students who receive the Centralis Scholars are part of the university’s honors program, which is approximately 750 students, or 4 percent of the CMU student population.
“I am honored to receive this scholarship and am happy for my De La Salle education,” Weir said. “Without my Collegiate education, I couldn’t achieve this. This full scholarship really helps my family.”
Weir carries a 4.3 grade-point average, and is a member of the National Honor Society. He plans to major in special education and music education.
CMU scholarship applicants submit information and data, and then 550 selected students were invited to campus for a scholarship writing competition. Of those, 150 received Centralis scholarships.
Weir also received scholarship offers from Michigan State University and Loyola University Chicago.
“He has always been a great student and great leader,” De La Salle counselor Dominic Reid said. “He definitely deserves this opportunity due to his outstanding work ethic. I am very proud of him.”
A student in De La Salle’s rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Weir has participated in numerous service projects. He cites a group trip to New Orleans last spring for a home-building effort in St. Bernard Parish, an area hard hit by Hurricane Katrina.
Weir is heavily involved in the De La Salle Music programs, and was a drum major for the school marching band this past year. He attended CMU’s drum major summer camps the past two years, and received the camp award for best drum major. The camp experience influenced his decision to attend CMU.
In addition to drums, Weir also plays piano in the jazz band, and is a member of the concert band and show choir. He credits music teacher Mike Szczegielniak for inspiring him to become more involved with music.
Weir has appeared in each of De La Salle’s fall plays and spring musicals over the last four years, as well as acting in plays at Regina High School. Most recently he played Sherlock Holmes in the Wig and Mask Society’s production, and has one of the leads in the February musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He plans to participate in college drama.
A four-year member of the student council, Weir is a leader in the student diversity program, started during his sophomore year. The group sponsors various projects, such as the anti-bullying program each October, and recognizing the achievements of women in March.
Weir attended Holy Family Regional School in Rochester Hills, and is a member of St. Mary of the Hills parish. His father, Paul, is a graduate of De La Salle (1995), and influenced his decision to attend his father’s alma mater. “I really wanted to continue my Catholic education,” Weir said.
One of Weir’s close friends from Regina’s plays is Olivia Pozsgay, who also received the Centralis Scholarship.
WARREN, Mich. – For the eighth time in the last nine years, the De La Salle Collegiate finished on top at the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association’s District XVI Marching Festival.
The Marching Pilots, whose hard work and tireless effort on and off the field this season, culminated with an incredible performance, earning them a First Division Rating – the highest possible score – Wednesday night at Warren Mott High School.
“This is only the second time I’ve had a group of senior get (First Division) all four years,” said De La Salle music director Michael Szczegielniak. “They truly performed an amazing show tonight, and continued their long tradition of success.
“Thanks to all who have helped and supported the Marching Pilots this season. We are very proud of our students, and they deserve all the recognition they can get after such a great season.”
Congratulations to recent De La Salle Collegiate graduate Alex Dulemba, awarded 1st Place in the Pop Division of the American Guild of Music Great Lakes Regional Competition.
The event was held the weekend of May 4-16, 2018, in Dearborn. Over 1500 students competed. Winning contestants now advance to the national level.
Students in the DLS Music Department travelled and performed in Nashville, TN, and Louisville, KY from April 2-6. T
Students performed at the Grand Ole Opry, recorded at Third Man Records (owned by Jack White), and had clinics at Vanderbilt University.
Additionally, the group saw the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Louisville Symphony, RCA Studio B (where Elvis, Dolly Parton, and many others recorded their hits), got line dancing lessons, and saw MLB bats being made at the Louisville Slugger factory!
Congrats to the De La Salle Collegiate Concert Band, who performed a spirited concert at MSBOA District XVI Band Festival on Friday, March 10, at Warren Woods Tower HS. Despite being short a few members, the Concert Band pulled off a great performance on stage, and tackled a difficult sight-reading piece, to earn a 2nd Division rating.
In addition, two DLS musicians who competed on Saturday at State Solo and Ensemble competition at Chippewa Valley HS. Two of our performers qualified for States this year, and they were exceptional:
Great job DLS musicians!
Congratulations to Mitchell Grams (horn solo) and Connor Weir (marimba). Both qualified at the MSBOA District Solo and Ensemble Competition on February 3 at Rochester High School, with a First Division rating, and will compete at the state level on March 17 at Chippewa Valley High School.
The DLS Music Boosters are combining the annual Christmas Concert AND the Pasta Fest Fundraiser into one event on Sunday, December 10. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., close at 7 p.m.
Each of the various musical groups will be performing throughout the afternoon.
Tickets are $12. In advance, and $15 at the door. Children under five are free. Tickets are available from Music students or in the Pilot Hangar. Click here More information from firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to sophomore Andrew Saunders, selected for the 2017 Oakland University Honors Band! Andrew plays trumpet, as well as baritone, and is in the DLS Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Solo and Ensemble. He has played trumpet for five years.
Those selected will audition for chair placement on Friday, and rehearse on Saturday with their section, supervised by the Oakland University Music Faculty. The group then presents a concert at 3:30 p.m., on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Oakland.
The Honors Band is one of several youth workshops and ensemble opportunities offered by the Oakland University Department of Music, Dance, and Theatre. Read more.
Congratulations to the De La Salle Marching Pilots, whose hard work and tireless effort on and off the field this season culminated on October 11 with an awesome performance at MSBOA District XVI Marching Festival at Warren Mott High School.
For the 7th time in 8 years, the Marching Pilots achieved a 1st Division Rating, which is the highest score possible! They performed an amazing show and continued their long tradition of success.
Thanks to all who have helped and supported the Marching Pilots this season. We are very proud of our students, and they deserve all the recognition they can get after such a great season.