WARREN, Mich. – The National March for Life isn’t until mid-January, but students from De La Salle Collegiate, who plan to make the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. received a hefty boost Thursday night.
The school’s Campus Ministry Department, which is coordinating the 12-hour bus trip to the nation’s capital, received $7,354 from the Christian Brothers Auxiliary. The donation will cover the travel cost for 45 students and four adult leaders, including Christian Services director Jo Marie Ragona, assistant principal Christopher Dean, and teacher/coach Thaier Mukhtar.
“Behind every good boy at De La Salle are some great women in the CBA,” Ragona said. “Their generous donation will teach our sons to stand up for dignity and justice.”
The trip is set for Jan. 17-20. The national march up Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Supreme Court and the Capitol Building is Jan. 18.
ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AUXILIARY: The CBA – affectionately called the Moms’ Club – is built on traditions that date back to 1926 when the founding women met to meet the needs of the Christian Brothers who were here to educate the young men in the Detroit area.
From that time, the CBA has expanded its mission to include fundraising events to support the needs of the school and its students. The CBA is proud to have contributed over $1.7 million since 1982. Just as in the past, the CBA today is made up of many dedicated women, from freshmen moms to the more experienced members who stay on long after their sons have graduated. In addition, grandmothers, aunts, friends, and siblings of current or former students are also members.
The CBA meets monthly during the school year. The wonderful feeling of accomplishment and the rewards of many lifelong friendships are only two of the reasons that members enjoy being part of the CBA.
Please contact CBA President Mary Chris Chapp with any questions.
DETROIT – Juniors in the De La Salle Collegiate International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme spent Thursday afternoon at the farm.
The students traveled to the urban farm near Eastern Market, which is operated by Keep Growing Detroit. They sorted seeds, which will be distributed to the city’s farmers in February, cleaned up metal, which was used to build the hoop house and greenhouse on the farm, and tended to the fields.
This year’s senior IB students worked at this farm last month.
WARREN, Mich. – Of course, nothing replaces being at a De La Salle Collegiate football game, but for those Pilots families, friends, alumni, and fans, who absolutely cannot make it to this Friday’s regional championship, there’s an option where they can enjoy the game.
The Division 2 regional title match-up pitting the defending state champion Pilots (9-2) against Port Huron Northern (10-1) will be streamed live and free on the FoxSportsDetroit.com website. The game from Port Huron’s Memorial Stadium will also be live on mobile devices with the FOX Sports app (authentication may be required).
Go to FoxSportsDetroit.com and click on the PrepZone graphic at the top of the page for instructions. The game will not be shown on FOX Sports Detroit on cable or satellite. The archive of the game will be available for on-demand viewing on the MHSAA.tv website.
Friday’s 7 p.m. game is a rematch of last season’s district title game, which De La Salle won, 50-0.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Monday, representatives from De La Salle Collegiate were on the University of Michigan campus to present C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital with a donation of more than $16,000 raised by the soccer program.
“We wanted to do something special,” Pilots varsity soccer coach Thaier Mukhtar said. “We came up with the idea about playing a cancer game to raise a few thousand dollars and donate it to cancer research.”
In September, De La Salle and Brother Rice played four soccer games – varsity, junior varsity and two alumni contests – billed as the Catholics vs. Cancer Soccer Showdown at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac. Gate receipts and merchandise sold totaled $8,085, which De La Salle and President John M. Knight agreed to match.
“When it came to $16,000, that’s amazing,” Mukhtar said. “Every time I think of that total I get emotional. Mr. Knight and De La Salle matched the $8,000 that we raised at the game that we originally thought would raise maybe $3,000, and we went way above that.”
The Pilots raised another $1,675 online through a Crowdrise page, bringing the school’s total donation to $17,845
De La Salle’s donation will go to the Block Out Cancer Campaign, which supports pediatric cancer research. Block Out Cancer raised more than $191,000 for this year’s campaign.
Knight and Mukhtar were joined at Monday’s check presentation by Dr. Rajen Mody, a professor of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. Also present were Pilots soccer captains Tadeusz Gabryel, Justin Huttenlocher and Matt Johnson, as well as De La Salle alumnus Steve Spicuzzi, whose young son is battling cancer.
“Being faithful to our Lasallian roots, De La Salle Collegiate it proud to present C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital with this donation on behalf of our student body and our larger community,” Knight said. “There’s no more appropriate mission or ministry for us to help. May God continue to bless all the children in the world, especially those struggling with cancer.”
WARREN, Mich. – Since coming onboard in 1982, Vicki Granger has always been a pioneer at De La Salle Collegiate.
The second female educator and first department chairperson in school history, Vicki is set to shatter the glass ceiling – again. This time, Mrs. Granger will have the distinction of becoming the first-ever woman honored at the Christian Brothers’ Dinner.
Mrs. Granger has worn many different hats during her 36-year career at The Collegiate. She began her tenure teaching Advanced Placement English and English Composition. She also taught Journalism and was faculty moderator of the Co-Pilot student newspaper (1983-2004) and the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society (1995-2004), as well as coordinator of Academic Affairs.
It’s for those efforts, and others, that she is this year’s recipient of the John C. Monigold Award, given to the person who has truly served De La Salle and the Lasallian mission of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
She will receive her award during the 38th annual Christian Brothers’ Dinner on May 16 at Penna’s of Sterling.
“Vicki Granger has made a significant difference in the lives of countless young men at De La Salle Collegiate,” De La Salle President John M. Knight said. “I am honored to serve alongside her and on behalf of all of us at De La Salle – past and present – we thank Vicki for all that she has done and continues to do for our community. God bless you, Vicki!”
Prior to coming to The Collegiate, Mrs. Granger served as principal of Servite High School (1980-82), and taught different subjects at Dominican High School (1976-80), Our Lady of La Salette Grade School (1972-76) and Bishop Gallagher High School (1970-71).
Brother Kevin Gilhooly, principal at De La Salle from 1979-85, hired Mrs. Granger as the second female teacher – behind Renee Haraburda, who taught Spanish from 1977-85.
Mrs. Granger was hired to lead the English Department that included teachers Clyde Schabacher, Robert Divizio, Brian Kelly, and Brother Robert Wittmann. Today, there are more than two dozen female teachers at De La Salle.
“I remember Vicki Granger as one of the first people that I met as a freshman, or should I say froshling, as I believe she called us,” said Matt Loria, Dinner Chairman and a 1995 graduate. “She was very much into the orientation and onboarding experience. I have to admit, I was scared at that time of what lied ahead. For me, she started out as one of the daunting figures at La Salle and over the time became my teacher and friend.”
A 1966 graduate of Regina High School, Mrs. Granger has a bachelor’s in education from Wayne State University, a masters in communication from Eastern Michigan University, and a masters in education from the University of Detroit.
Mrs. Granger and her husband, Mike, have been married 42 years, and put two sons, Sean (1995) and Brian (1999) through De La Salle.
“I don’t think most teachers really know, and often don’t realize, the impacts they have on people,” Loria said. “Vicki has made the impact. Even if someone didn’t fully appreciate what they had during their stay at De La Salle, time has surely shown us her ongoing dedication and passion for us as the men of De La Salle.”
WARREN, Mich. – The De La Salle Collegiate baseball program is offering a Thanksgiving Day weekend pitching and hitting clinic on Saturday, Nov. 24.
The purpose of the two clinics – led by Pilots varsity head coach Steve Schypinski – is to teach and reinforce fundamental pitching and hitting skills in an indoor setting.
Attendees will receive individual instruction from Pilots pitching coach Steve Laudicina and hitting instructor Elwood Bush, as well as video analysis of their skills to help prepare youngsters for their spring tryouts. Students can attend one or both sessions. Each session is $40 or $70 to attend both. Space for each session is limited to 25 players.
Over the past 25 years, the Pilots have won four Division 1 state championships, six regional crowns, and 19 district titles.
This clinic is a great way for boys in grades 6 or lower, to learn about the De La Salle baseball philosophy and terminology, along with meeting the coaching staff. The clinic will be held at the Brother Robert Activity Center (BRAC), located at 8777 Common Road in Warren.
Sign up for the DLS baseball clinic HERE.
DE LA SALLE BASEBALL CLINIC
WHEN: Sat., Nov. 24
TIMES: Hitting – 9-10:15 a.m.; Pitching – 10:30-11:45 a.m.
WHERE: Brother Robert Activity Center, 8777 Common Road, Warren
WARREN, Mich. — Saturday’s 2-1 overtime victory over Utica Eisenhower lifted De La Salle Collegiate into the Division 1 state soccer semifinals.
The Pilots (19-3-4), who are led by junior forward Thomas Turner (12 goals) and senior midfielder Rocco Galati (12 goals, 9 assists), will face Ann Arbor Skyline (15-4-2) in a Final Four match that will be played at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Troy High School.
Should the Pilots win, they would face the Grand Blanc-East Kentwood winner on Saturday, Nov. 3. The championship match will be played at 12 or 3 p.m. at either Novi High School or Comstock Park in Grand Rapids.
De La Salle Collegiate is sponsoring a special Dress Down Day on Monday, Oct. 29.
The Student Diversity Team, which was instrumental in organizing this day of unity, is requesting on this day that all students who participate in this special dress down day wear ORANGE in recognition of Anti-Bullying Month. We are asking for everyone to please wear orange as a show of solidarity against bullying.
This is a day we can all come together and show our support against bullying.
The guidelines for Dress Down Day are the following:
There will be no charge for this awareness day, but the expectation is that the orange you wear will be visible and not hidden beneath or a hoodie or as a stripe on a pair of shorts.
Student must wear an orange shirt or shorts to participate.
IDs must still be worn and visible at all times.
Shirts must not contain any inappropriate language, logos or advertisements.
Shirts must have sleeves. No bare arms.
Jeans may be worn, but with a belt and should not be baggy or worn below the waist.
Traditional dress pants are also allowed. Sweatpants, warm-ups and shorts will be allowed.
Athletic shoes may be worn. Socks must be worn. No sandals are allowed.
Hats are not allowed.
Students not wishing to participate must be in dress code.
Failure to follow these directives may result in an after school hours detention.
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Last week, Michigan Supreme Court Justice David Viviano ‘90 served as keynote speaker at the general membership meeting of the De La Salle Collegiate’s Pilot Bar Association at Da Francesco’s Ristorante and Bar.
Viviano spoke of his thoughts and vision for the new organization, the group’s Lasallian, Catholic heritage, and the importance of giving back.
“I kept hearing about the Warrior Bar Association and the Shamrock Bar Association, and I said enough’s enough,” Viviano said. “We need a Pilot Bar Association.”
Viviano noted that the “school has always meant a lot to my family, and we have always been very committed to the school. We are very grateful for the great education and life lessons learned there.”
The Viviano family has a long history with De La Salle. Antonio Viviano, David’s father, graduated in ‘53, David’s brother Joe is from the Class of ‘92, and David says his son Tony is ready for the Class of 2028. Numerous cousins are also graduates.
“I think all of us would agree De La Salle helped us chart a course for our lives,” Viviano said. “It gave us a firm foundation of faith and learning. It helped to mold us and sent us out into the world with a base of knowledge and with friendships that will last a lifetime. I am very grateful.”
Viviano noted the number of graduates who have achieved a measure of success as lawyers, partners and associates at law forms, prosecutors, judges, and even politicians.
“But we all have a bond,” he said. “We all owe a debt of gratitude. We are all connected to De La Salle.
“St. John Baptist de La Salle was not a lawyer. His life’s work was to educate the poor, and he formed the Brothers of the Christian Schools. All of us have benefitted from our education by the Christian Brothers and the dedicated lay teachers and staff at De La Salle. We owe it to Brother George and Brother Tom and Brother Joe and Brother Bob and Brother Pat and all the other Brothers who kept us on the right path to make this organization a priority and invest our time and energy.”
Viviano noted how the Pilot Bar Association will provide an opportunity to “pay it forward to future generations” in meaningful ways. He believes the group has multiple goals: “To encourage and mentor students who are thinking about a career in the law; to provide guidance and resources to graduates who decide to pursue a legal education; to give advice and career opportunities to alumni who are new lawyers; and to keep older alumni in better contact with each other and build stronger relationships.”
The meeting was attended by current and retired judges, legislators, practicing attorneys, and legal industry support personnel.
Viviano, along with Michigan State Representative Peter Lucido ‘77, presided over the business portion of the meeting. Those in attendance selected an initial Board of Directors, who will serve rotating terms.
Serving on the initial Board are Paul Addis ‘93, Michael Bartnik ‘73, James Biernat ‘87, Michael Cus ‘69, Joseph DeLave ‘80, and Timothy Orlando (past parent).
The group also discussed membership, its mission statement and bylaws, and upcoming events. The newly-formed board will be meeting and discussing these items for presentation to the group at a later date.
“Our focus is on the Lasallian mission of providing a human and Christian education to all children,” Lucido said.
Various graduates in the legal profession have already been providing mentoring to students in the De La Salle Mock Trial Club. Ben Aloia ‘91 initially assisted the group, and now Kyle Kole ‘06 works closely with students. James Biernat ‘87, chief judge in Macomb County, has provided courtroom space for students to prepare for mock trial competition. Cases typically have to do with problems faced by teens, and usually involve teenagers as witnesses.
Any alumni who is a member of the bar, as well as current law school students, are encouraged to contact Alumni Relations Director Dennis Koch at email@example.com or 586-541-6221 to be added to the group’s mailing list.
WARREN, Mich. – De La Salle Collegiate returns to the state playoffs to defend its Division 2 championship from a season ago.
The Pilots (7-2) will face neighboring Warren Mott (7-2) in the first round of the Division 2 districts. The Marauders finished in second place of the Macomb Area Conference’s White Division. The district winner will face the winner of Ferndale and Oak Park.
This matchup is a rematch of the only time these schools have faced on the gridiron – in the 2011 Division 1 district championship when the Pilots defeated Mott, 35-6.
The Pilots’ convincing Saturday win over Detroit Catholic Central in the Prep Bowl at Ford Field lifted them to a 7-2 overall record and a certain first-round home game. Impressive victories over Brother Rice, Davison and Catholic Central gave the Pilots 92.556 playoff points, second only to Oak Park in Region 3.
After missing the playoffs in coach Mike Giannone’s first season at De La Salle, the Pilots have had a remarkable turnaround, compiling a 19-4 record while outscoring opponents 709 to 250.
De La Salle is in the postseason for the 13th time in the past 17 seasons, winning the Division 2 state championship in 2014, and reaching the Division 2 state championship game in 2006 and 2008.
Before that, the Pilots qualified for the playoffs just twice – in 1994 and 1999.
Though the Pilots amassed more points, De La Salle has agreed to move Friday’s game to Mott for the 7 p.m. kickoff.