Every year students and parents fret over the High School Placement Test. Some are concerned about preparing well enough to earn a scholarship, and others just want to ensure they perform their best. That is why we are excited to announce the brand new High School Placement Test Workshops.
Workshops are now two days long. Each workshop begins at 4 p.m. and is three hours long.
Our first workshop will be hosted at De La Salle on Oct. 15 and Oct. 22. The second session will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Elementary School on Oct. 16 and Oct. 23. We hope that by offering the course at St. Lawrence it will make it easier for families who live in Rochester, Washington Township, Shelby Township, Macomb, and Utica.
The workshops are limited to 60 students per session, so space is extremely tight.
To sign up your son or daughter for this prep course CLICK HERE to register online at The Pilot Hangar. Registrations are only done online through ThePilotHangar.com.
WARREN, Mich. (Sept. 12, 2019) – Paul Mandziara, the last to coach both varsity basketball and football at De La Salle Collegiate, died Sept. 4. He was 83 years old.
Mandziara coached the Pilots from 1966-67 to 1968-69, replacing coach Tom Tramski on the gridiron and hardwood.
The most-notable victory – perhaps in school history – came during the Mandziara era when, in the 1968 Class A state basketball tournament, the Pilots pulled off a remarkable 68-60 upset win over defending state champs Detroit Pershing and Ralph Simpson, who later starred in the ABA and NBA.
That season, Mandziara’s Pilots – led by all-state forward Frank Merrick – compiled a 12-1 regular-season record; 15-5 overall to capture the division championship.
“He was a great character builder for me and my teammates,” said Michael McGavin, Class of 1968. “I thank him for those lessons. RIP, Coach.”
Mandziara is a graduate of the University of Detroit, where he played football for the Titans. Besides De La Salle, Mandziara also coached at Detroit Saint Thomas the Apostle and Center Line. In his 3l years of coaching basketball, his teams compiled a 341-218 record. He posted a 27-27 basketball record for the Pilots.
In 1979, Mandziara was inducted into the Catholic League Hall of Fame, and in 1994 he was named Macomb County Basketball Coach of the Year.
Mandziara and his wife Mary have three children, Nancy, Mary and Elizabeth.
BELLEVILLE, Mich. (August 28, 2019) – The National High School Athletic Coaches Association the professional organization of school coaches and athletic directors, (NHSACA) will induct Mike Jolly of De La Salle Collegiate into its National Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will take place July 22, 2020 at the Grand Hall of the Old Train Station at the Haymarket, in Lincoln, Nebraska during the NHSACA annual conference in which over 500 coaches and athletic directors will participate.
Congratulations to Coach Jolly, who coached Pilots lacrosse coach and will be one of the newest inductees into the NHSACA Hall of Fame. The selection and nomination for this award comes from coach’s sport associations and through the Michigan High School Coaches Association.
The NHSACA Hall of Fame selection of Coach Jolly reflects positively upon the De La Salle community. Hall of Fame membership is based on the performance of their program over the years and/or their contribution to the sport, school, and community. These were some of the criteria to determine the selection. It is indeed an honor to have Coach Jolly from De La Salle as an inductee for NHSACA Hall of Fame from the entire nation of honorees.
The NHSACA is a 56-year-old association with nearly 335,000 members serving as athletic administrators, high school and junior high/middle coaches in numerous schools throughout the United States. Partnered with the Michigan High School Coaches Association, and NHSACA works to promote the educational value of interscholastic athletics, the role of athletic administrators and coaches. The NHSACA and MHSCA are very proud to spotlight Mr. Mike Jolly, a person whose work and values best mirror those of the association.
WARREN, Mich. (Aug. 21, 2019) – De La Salle Collegiate is excited to announce that school psychologist Andrew Campbell will be taking over the CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service) coordinator position as part of our International Baccalaureate Program.
Campbell is beginning his second year at De La Salle. In addition to his work as the school psychologist, he also advises academic intervention, provides student counseling, and coordinates support services.
All students enrolled in the IB Program are asked to participate in creative, active, and service-based activities. Campbell will be responsible for coordinating these activities for students throughout the academic year.
Campbell is excited to lead students in these creative, active, and service activities throughout the year as a great compliment to the formative work he is already doing at De La Salle.
He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 586-541-6260
WARREN, Mich. (August 14, 2019) – Keeping up with Pilots Athletics just got a whole lot easier.
De La Salle Collegiate is thrilled to announce the launch of a new and improved athletic department website just in time for the 2019-20 academic year.
The De La Salle athletics website can be accessed at DeLaSallePilots.com or through their main website at DeLaSalleHS.com.
The school has partnered with Sidearm Sports to provide a top-tier website that will direct you to all things Pilots athletics. Press releases, contact information, feature stories, schedules, statistics, and more will be provided in the highest quality for your viewing and informational pleasure. De La Salle is the only high school in the state of Michigan that is part of the Sidearm Sports family. The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University and several hundred other colleges and universities have partnered with Sidearm, the leader in collegiate athletic websites across the nation.
The site will cover all 13 varsity programs at De La Salle and will also include information on intramural program offerings.
“Pilots athletics is an integral part of the student experience at De La Salle and closely tied to the mission of the founder,” said Mike Watson, athletics director at De La Salle. “This new website will put alumni, parents, students, fans and prospective families closer to the action and give them a window into the school never seen before.”
The Pilots are coming off back-to-back MHSAA Division 2 football state championships and recently finished in the final four in swim & dive, soccer and basketball, not to mention a MHSAA hockey title in 2017 and a state championship in baseball in 2016. Student and fan interest is at an all-time high, driving the need for more comprehensive information available for the school programs.
WARREN, Mich. (August 12, 2019) – ISC-Global is currently seeking host families for students that will attend De La Salle Collegiate for the upcoming 2019-20 academic year.
An incoming junior desperately needs home placements. He will arrive in the U.S. from South Korea on Aug. 25.
Host families are paid a generous monthly stipend to provide a loving family atmosphere, bedroom, meals, and transportation to and from school.
“I hosted, Sunny, a Chinese student for the majority of his high school years at our school,” said De La Salle English teacher Traci Smith. “It was a rewarding and enriching experience for my family and I. If you are interested or know of any connected families who live near the school, please reach out to contact our homestay liaison.”
For further information, contact Jessie Kubacki at 248-302-1984 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Margaret Przybyla at 989-595-0342 (office); 989-657-4871 (call or text), or email email@example.com.
WARREN, Mich. (August 12, 2019) – De La Salle Collegiate has received recognition from the Michigan Department of Treasury for achieving 100 percent completion rate for the 2019 Tuition Incentive Program application process.
According to the Student Scholarships and Grants (SSG) – within the Department of Treasury – only 49.8 percent of known Class of 2019 high school seniors statewide completed their required TIP application. All 185 graduates of De La Salle’s 2019 class submitted the necessary paperwork.
De La Salle is very proud of its success in informing students of their eligibility for state financial aid programs.
“This recognition is due to the efforts of our counseling department – Anthony Albani, Kim Balgenorth, Andrew Campbell, Jon Hickey and Dominic Reid,” said Christopher Dean, assistant principal for academics. “Throughout a student’s high school career, the office works very diligently to match a student’s interests with not only an appropriate college, but opportunities and strategies on how families can afford to pay for that college.”
As a way to demonstrate their appreciation and gratitude, SSG presented De La Salle with a certificate recognizing the school’s efforts and continued support in making sure students and families know college is accessible, affordable, and attainable.
WARREN, Mich. (Aug. 5, 2019) – After 26 years as the head coach of De La Salle Collegiate’s varsity golf team, and numerous coaching accolades, Doug McKay will be inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame.
Afternoon ceremonies are scheduled for Sept 15 on the Mt. Pleasant campus of Central Michigan University.
McKay began coaching the Pilots in 1993, when his son Kevin was a player, and De La Salle was in need of a coach. McKay stuck around, and has coached the team to an impressive 23 Division 1 state final appearances.
As a coach and teacher, McKay is known for his commitment to transforming boys into men, following the school motto: Builders of Boys. Makers of Men. He believes this knowledge helps him become an even better coach. His teams have a 135-53 dual meet record.
McKay’s outstanding coaching has been recognized by his peers. He has been named coach of the year 11 times for his work in the Catholic League (three times), districts (two), regionals (five), and in 2008, he was the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association’s Division 1 Coach of the Year.
McKay is already enshrined in three other hall of fames – MIGCA (2016), Macomb County (2017), and Catholic League (2012).
Other achievements include 15 Macomb County championships, nine all-state academic teams, six regional championships, four district titles, and three league crowns.
The MHSCA is a 65-year old association with nearly 12,000 members.
Tickets for the banquet and induction ceremonies event are $40. Contact MHSCA Executive Secretary Mark Holdren at 517-526-4575 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WARREN, Mich. (July 15, 2019) – When Gary DiGiuseppe died on an Arkansas highway in June, 2016, the victim of an early morning wrong-way driver, his family was devastated.
But his sister Carol DiGiuseppe-Zuniga and his parents Leonard and Virginia, are establishing a scholarship in his name to benefit the De La Salle Collegiate tuition assistance fund. The family hopes to aid at least three students.
DiGiuseppe, a 1973 alumnus, was a reporter for Little Rock radio station, KARN when his life was cut short. He was well-known in the area for his reporting, particularly of agricultural news.
Although DiGiuseppe had attended the Roeper School in Oakland County through eighth grade, his sister says her parents, particularly her mother, wanted Gary to attend high school at De La Salle and experience a Christian Brothers’ education.
“Gary had skipped a grade,” DiGiuseppe-Zuniga said. “My mother had attended Dominican and believed that the structure of the all-boys’ environment and the De La Salle academic program would be good for Gary.”
During high school, he was involved with the school’s jazz and concert bands, the Wig and Mask Society in the pit orchestra as well as backstage, and the school yearbook. A talented musician, he played both piano and clarinet.
Classmate Kevin Bentley recalled spending time at the DiGiuseppe home in St. Clair Shores.
“Five of us spent a lot of time at Gary’s house, and I remember the organ in the family’s living room,” Bentley said. “We would take our band instruments with us, and spend time playing.”
Another high school friend, Mark Miller, recalled DiGiuseppe. “He was a very smart guy and was active in school, and was also very quiet,” Miller said.
Following high school, DiGiuseppe attended the University of Michigan, and later transferred to Eastern Michigan University. He began writing for various agricultural publications, becoming an on-air agricultural reporter, and lived all over the Midwest.
DiGiuseppe had been in Little Rock for approximately 15 years at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife Mary, now deceased, and three children. DiGiuseppe’s brother, Joseph, died of leukemia the summer before Gary’s senior year; DiGiuseppe’s son, Andrew, was 5 when he died in a car accident.
“Gary really had his share of heartbreak,” DiGiuseppe-Zuniga said.
“Gary DiGiuseppe is another alumnus who went out and made a difference,” said Greg Esler, the school’s major gifts officer. “He was well respected at the national level as a broadcaster and journalist and was an icon in the Little Rock area.”
“I hope we do some good and help kids who need financial support,” DiGiuseppe-Zuniga said.
To make a donation, contact Esler at 586.541.6254 or email@example.com