WARREN, Mich. (March 20, 2019) – De La Salle Collegiate President John M. Knight has announced that Nathan R. Maus will serve as the new principal at the all-boys Catholic school.
Maus becomes the 20th principal in the school’s proud 93-year history.
“Nate brings to us a deep commitment to Lasallian secondary education,” Knight said. “He is a person who possesses a warm heart, keen intellect and a love for our school’s history and traditions.”
Maus will replace Stephen Stewart, who announced in November that he’s leaving after three years as the school’s academic leader. The change will take place July 1.
A 1999 De La Salle graduate, Maus is currently the school’s vice president of operations and director of tuition assistance. He oversees the school’s facilities, security, technology, food service, transportation, and special projects, including the construction of the new athletic field set to begin in May.
“Nate has extensive experience in working with young people and collaborating with faculty and staff,” Knight said. “I have every confidence that Nate is well suited for the challenges and opportunities that await him as he assumes his new responsibilities.”
Maus, 37, is the fifth alumnus selected to lead the school conducted by the Brothers of the Christian Schools since 1926. He joins alums Brother Jerome Stevens (1972-77), Brother Tom Lackey (1985-94), Brother Joe Jozwiak (1994-2001) and Terry George (2001-05), who have served as principal.
“I am humbled and honored to be asked to lead the school which has continued to make such an incredible impact in my life, first as a student, then as a teacher but most as a man,” Maus said. “The school motto “Builders of Boys. Makers of Men.” rings true for me personally and I hope to be able to further that tradition.”
Maus, who has a bachelor’s in secondary education from Western Michigan University and a master’s in the art of teaching from Marygrove College, taught high school English and math for 10 years at De La Salle (2004-06, ’10-13) and Lakeview (2013-18) in St. Clair Shores.
A two-year varsity lacrosse player for the Pilots, Maus has coached lacrosse at De La Salle, Grosse Pointe North and Anchor Bay; football at Lakeview and Sterling Heights; and basketball at Jefferson Middle School in St. Clair Shores.
In 2011, while associate head coach for the Pilots, he was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Michigan High School Lacrosse Coaches Association.
Maus lives in St. Clair County with his wife April and their sons, Connor, Jordan, Kaeden, and Caleb.
CENTER LINE, Mich. (March 16, 2019) – It was a historic two days for De La Salle Collegiate’s FIRST Robotics Competition team.
The AutoPilots received the Rookie All-Star Award at last weekend’s FRC Michigan district championship held at Center Line High School.
“Our goals were to have a working robot that scored points,” AutoPilots coach Rob Black said. “But the bigger goal of all that was to win the Rookie All-Star Award, which we accomplished. For us to accomplish those feats was incredible for our guys. Everybody did their part; everybody had their role, whether it was part of the pit crew, or driving, or scouting in the stands, or pitching the all-star award to judges. They did their jobs.”
The rookie award celebrates the first-year team that exemplifies a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implements the mission of FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology.
In their first competitive match since 2009, the AutoPilots and their Blue Alliance partners – Romeo and International Academy of Macomb – raced to a 47-34 win over the Red Alliance.
De La Salle posted its highest point total of the districts when they helped lift the Red Alliance to a 58-42 win in their final match. The AutoPilots finished the districts with a 5-7-0 alliance record.
The AutoPilots were among 40 high school teams, including Catholic school teams from Regina, Bishop Foley, Cardinal Mooney, University of Detroit Jesuit and Notre Dame Prep.
Combining the excitement of athletic competition with the rigors of science and technology, FIRST Robotics is described as the ultimate sport for the mind. Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team brand, hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors.
“It’s like going to a high school football game or a high school basketball game,” Black said. “There are MCs announcing the matches, introducing the teams and sponsors – it’s sports for nerds, which is awesome!”
De La Salle’s 17-member team is led by team president, junior Andrew Rusu. The remaining members of the squad are student mentor Dmitriy Klein; designers Joshua Severson, Cameron Kessler, Joshua Spagnuolo, Matthew Muttkow; programmers Ryan Hensley, Quinten Porter, Cody Ness, Ethan Arun; builders Joe Kopke, David Chomicz, Lemmy Lin, Matthew Nyguyen, Aidan Morphew; public relations Vincent Motowski and Alex Gasier.
Black is joined on the De La Salle coaching staff by Ron Barger and mentors Pietro Pellerito and Cory Ness.
The AutoPilots plan to compete at the districts at Troy Athens, March 28-30.
“We are planning on fixing up our robot,” Black said. “We had a couple mechanical issues that need to be squared away. Hopefully do a little more practicing before we get there and compete again.”
WARREN, Mich. (March 19, 2019) – Senior Joe Schaeffer has been selected to the prestigious 2019 Macomb County All-Academic Team, sponsored by the Macomb Intermediate School District and Macomb County Secondary Principals.
Selection for this honor is based on unweighted grade-point averages and SAT scores. Schaeffer has a 4.0 GPA and scored a 1490 on the SAT.
The Macomb All-Academic process was started in 1986 by the Macomb Daily to honor the county’s academically best students similar to all-county teams in athletics.
This year’s honorees will receive their academic awards at a banquet that will be held at the Italian American Cultural Society Banquet and Conference Center in Clinton Township on April 24.
PAST MACOMB COUNTY ALL-ACADEMIC SELECTIONS
2019 – Joseph Schaeffer
2018 – Adam Ross
2017 – Brendan Sulkowski
2016 – Benjamin Westphal
2015 – Brendan Burnett; Alexander Chapp; Michael Davey, Jr.; Joshua Redoute
2014 – James Stehlin, Jr.; Nolan Kavanagh; Navin Kathawa
2013 – Andrew Lubera; Evan Hlywa; Christian Daman
2012 – John VanBerkum; Brendan Tobiczyk; Alexander Swantek; Gary George II; Adam Farchone
2011 – Joseph Wiles; Montgomery Owsiany
2010 – Sean Hacker; Matthew Kraus; Michael Oles; Bernard VanBerkum
2009 – Kieran Scott; Nicholas Seewald; Joseph Shopp; Michael Thomas
DETROIT (March 15, 2019) – A few dozen students from De La Salle Collegiate had the opportunity to volunteer with two marvelous organizations on Friday.
Students in the school’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme worked with Brilliant Detroit on a neighborhood project, while lacrosse players helped students with special needs participate in games at Keith Bovenschen School in Warren.
The IB students – all juniors – visited a house on Eastburn Street across from Wish Egan Field on Detroit’s northeast side. There, they cleaned up the yard and garage, trimmed trees, and prepped the exterior by scrapping old, loose paint off the wood eaves over the side door.
There was a part during the morning when the boys also engaged in meaningful dialogue centered on impacting communities and making social change.
“When you come and volunteer with us we try to have a significant service-learning component,” said Mara Steinitz, a fellow with Repair the World, a key partner in Brilliant Detroit’s efforts to revitalize neighborhoods.
“They’re doing so much work with the physical environment of the house,” she said, “we’re really trying to get them thinking about what a kid-success environment looks like and how they can be a part of that.”
During the planned discussion, Steinitz challenged the De La Salle students – Jacob Cosart, Adam Zepp, Frank Viviano, Anthony Cusumano, Anthony Jacobs, Andrew Raphtis, Deven Sheth, Justin Ambris, Jarod Amparo, Joey Opolski, Noah Cole, Ryan Drake, Michael Tomenello, Saimer Kiryakoza, and Ty Kowalski – to return to the house in the future to assist neighborhood children with sports or to become a mentor.
“From what they demonstrated today I think they’re more than capable of doing that,” Steinitz said. “I would definitely work with them again.”
As the IB students were finishing up their outdoor projects, lacrosse coach Zach Issa and 19 players were three miles north up Schoenherr Road helping with a Special Olympics event for students, aged 3-26, with moderate to severe cognitive impairments.
The volunteer opportunity was made possible through De La Salle’s Campus Ministry Department.
“We really believe in community service and service to others,” Issa said. “It was really important that our kids understood the blessings that they have at De La Salle, especially being able to stand on two feet and play lacrosse. I think this opportunity was really unique to our program in the sense that we have a lot of gentlemen who are able to do things like this without feeling hesitation. This is a representation of not only our program, but of our school.”
The student athletes who volunteered Friday at Bovenschen were Ken Oakes, Austin Cooley, Alex Badalamenti, Devon Baker, Kyle Zammit, Jack Bucci, Wayne Jannette, Devin McLean, Tony Serra, Nick Hernandez, Evan Vaillancourt, Nick Lize, Ethan Croft, KeShawn Simmons, Troy Brunsman, Jacob Morphew, Anthony Hayes, Leonardo Purchiaroni, and Andrew Matt.
Bovenschen School is one of the Macomb Intermediate School District’s Center Program Schools, currently serving 320 students from southern Macomb County.
Issa said his expectations were simple: he wanted his players to represent the all-boys Catholic school as find young gentlemen. But what he saw literally brought the coach to tears.
“When I got here, I expected that we would act and conduct ourselves like La Salle men,” he said. “But the way these guys made this an environment that they embraced and made a fun event for the kids. This place was rockin’ with kids and the looks on their faces. … They were so excited to see guys like Tony and Evan and Devon. Just the genuine excitement that they had. It was something they didn’t have when we first got here. So I feel like we really helped bring the energy back to them today.
“I’m an emotional guy, I’m not going to lie. I was in the corner shedding tears with Kyle Zammit. We were so proud to see that our kids not only came here, they embraced it and ran with it. … They were cheering the kids on and getting them to do chants. They really got these kids animated.
“That’s what De La Salle is at the end of the day. We don’t go through motions on anything.”
WARREN, Mich. (March 15, 2019) – Senior Dominic Balice has a busy weekend planned.
The De La Salle Collegiate percussionist will compete in Saturday’s State Solo & Ensemble Festival at Chippewa Valley High School. The festival is sponsored by the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association.
Balice qualified for the festival by performing – and earning a first-division rating – on his snare solo in the district finals in early February.
“He will be judged by an adjudicator and they’re going to rank his solo,” De La Salle music teacher Michael Szczegielniak said. “He’s going to perform a snare solo which is two and a half minutes long, roughly. He’ll be performing some sight reading, which is where they will put some brand new music in front of him that he’s never seen before. He’ll have a minute to look at it and then he’ll play it as perfect as he can. Then he’ll do some rudiments which are some basic snare drum patterns at various speeds to check out his skill.”
According to the MSBOA website, soloists in grades 10 through 12 must perform Proficiency Exams which include scales and sight reading. Students and ensembles that are chosen for the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (Honors Band, Orchestra, Soloists and Ensembles) come from the highest-rated events at the State Festival.
It’s been an exciting month for Balice, who carries a 4.339 grade-point average and ranks seventh among 187 students in this year’s senior class. Last weekend, he qualified for the International DECA competition by becoming a state champion in the Entrepreneurship category. He will represented De La Salle next month in Orlando, Fla.
Balice is enrolled in De La Salle’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and is a distance runner on the Pilots’ track and field team.
“Dominic is amazing,” Szczegielniak said. “He’s been in my percussion section for four years. He came in as a freshman and he does everything. He plays quads in the marching band, he plays drum kit in the jazz band and he plays every percussion instrument in the concert band and he’s a section leader. He’s a great kid, a smart kid who does everything the right way.
“Everything he does he’s disgustingly talented, and I mean that in a good way.”
WARREN, Mich. (March 14, 2019) – De La Salle Collegiate’s Derek and Scott Roskopp were among 20 area high school seniors honored at the 13th annual Ted Bates Memorial Scholarship Awards on Wednesday.
The college-bound students each received $500 grants, proceeds from the annual Ted Bates Memorial Community Service Scholarship Golf Classic held annually in September. Students who received the scholarships met the requirements for the Community Service Scholarship through their many hours of volunteering their time and talent to others.
Ted Bates was a former mayor of Warren, who served from 1967-81.
Besides De La Salle, 37th District Court Judge Matthew Sabaugh distributed scholarships to students from nine other high schools, including Bishop Foley, Cousino, Mott, Fitzgerald, Woods Tower, Center Line, Lincoln, Macomb Christian and Regina. Judge Sabaugh also presented special scholarships to St. Francis Camp on the Lake for two Warren area developmentally-disabled individuals.
The scholarships and event were sponsored by DeCarlo’s Banquet Center, the Warren Rotary Club, the Warren Kiwanis Club, Sancho Caravan Order of Alhambra and the Warren Lions Club.
The Roskopp twins, who attended Mt. Clemens St. Mary Catholic School, have been outstanding student athletes during their four years at De La Salle. Each plays baseball and were key contributors in the Pilots’ back-to-back Division 2 state football championships.
PAST DE LA SALLE RECIPIENTS
2019 – Derek Roskopp; Scott Roskopp
2018 – Emmanuel Meram; Adam Ross
2017 – Tyler Corless; Joshua Vaillancourt
2016 – Kevin Jones; Austin Piontkowski
2015 – Carson Berlin; Jay LaBara
2014 – Jeffrey Paglia; Ryan Armbruster
2013 – Matthew Kler; Kyle Anderson
2012 – Gary George II; Joshua Agby
2011 – Christopher Davis; John Keith
2009 – Killian Smith
2008 – Steven Carnaghi
CHICAGO (March 14, 2019) — Dennis Koch, De La Salle Collegiate’s director of alumni relations, met with Chicago area alumni last month.
The purpose of the trip to Hotel Chicago was multifold.
“We are doing a lot of great things with alumni in a lot of different areas,” said Koch, a De La Salle graduate from 1994. “We have the Pilot Bar Association, the Pilot Business Association, and soon the Pilot Medical Association. We also know we have a great group of alumni living in the Chicago area. We need to strengthen our relationship with those alums.
“Furthermore, another alum from ‘94, John Superson, approached me about the idea of creating some sort of business-exchange program. Simply put, what Mr. Superson and I are trying to create is an alumni chapter for De La Salle that is similar to what you might see at major colleges. They want to connect our alums to other alums and develop relationships that help everyone.”
This seemed to come across as a very popular idea.
“I believe the alumni exchange is an excellent idea,” said Matt Rohr, ‘75. “As a retired human resources executive and a current job ministry leader I know how critical networking is for career management and success. This is especially true early in one’s career. More importantly, it would be a natural extension of the mission of De La Salle as Makers of Men. It would provide a Catholic value based career support system in an increasingly secular world.”
Matthew Fitzhenry ‘06, added, “I think the idea of an alumni exchange is a great idea. When I first moved to Chicago, although I had a job, I didn’t know anyone. Having the network established for someone in a new city, just to meet up with someone with a common background, to watch a Detroit sports team game, or catch up regarding the old neighborhood would have been nice those first few months. Connecting with someone prior to moving would also have helped as far as knowing where to live, church communities, sporting leagues, and what are some things to do within such a large city.
“I also see the huge benefit of a network for current students/recent graduates to be able to reach out to professionals for either a career they are looking to pursue or what degrees produce more benefits after graduating. Even though some of the people that are part of the group may have had different experiences at De La Salle, or were part of different social circles, the one common element we would all share the same core principles, education, and integrity that De La Salle engraved in all of us.”
This trip was very successful and the alumni association will continue to work with these great alumni on carrying out the mission of De La Salle Collegiate. If you live in the Chicago area and would like to hear more about the latest developments around De La Salle and the alumni association, please email Koch for more information.
WARREN, Mich. (March 11, 2019) — Two students – Dominic Balice and Vince Motowski – will represent De La Salle Colegiate in late April at the International DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) competition in Orlando, Fla.
Balice and Motowski were members of a 21-student contingent representing De La Salle at last weekend’s state DECA competition at Detroit’s Cobo Center. Business teachers Aarran Meier and Dennis Koch accompanied the students.
De La Salle has qualified students since 2015, the first year DECA was offered as a school activity. This year, students qualified in 12 categories, from hospital and tourism to entrepreneurship and food service.
A senior, Balice won a role play medal, was a state finalist, and a state champion in the Entrepreneurship event.
Motowski, a sophomore, earned a spot at the DECA Career Leadership Academy, held concurrently with the International competition. He submitted an essay, along with teacher recommendations, for the Leadership Academy, which provides training in leading and growing high school DECA chapters. Motowski also qualified for the International competition last year.
Additional finalists earning medals were junior Jared Amparo (business management), seniors Dino Bucci and Eliot Koehn (travel and tourism team decision making), senior Evan Ferry (food marketing), and senior Conner Popa (franchise business plan). Junior Andrew Raphtis earned a medal for his high test scores in food service management. Amparo, Balice, Popa, and Raphtis are also in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and are taking the IB Business class.
“These students are very dedicated,” Meier said. “All are involved in numerous extracurricular activities and bring the same level of excellence to DECA.”
De La Salle students participated in the January District qualifying competition at Lake Orion High School. Also qualifying for the state competition were Nick Brillati, Noah Cole, Drew Cummins, Jack Henderson, Steven Klein, Matthew Komorowski, Athan Konon, Ryan Kosalski, Tommy Landa, Thomas Marsh, Antonino Picciurro, Brandon Ross, Robert Smith, and Josh Warminski.
WARREN, Mich. (March 11, 2019) – Last week, Team Trivia Newton John captured the 2019 De La Salle Teachers Jeopardy Tournament with 279 points. TNJ beat out four other teams to win for the fourth time.
The faculty team of Kate Zelmanski Maitoza, John Berlin, Chris Dean, John HIcks, and Mike Szczegielniak, correctly answered the final Jeopardy question: Which country has the most Catholics? Answer: Brazil.
The Less Holy Rollers (Mike Jolly, Joe Gerardi, Brother Bob Carnaghi, Dave Slusser, and Steve Schypinski) finished second with 221 points, while Apostle’s Creeden (Jacob Creeden, Joe Novak, Sabrina Stellino, Aarron Meier, and Andrew Campbell) came in third with 219.
Categories for the teacher tournament included Disney, Fun with Numbers, Movies, History, and Pot Luck.
Dean says teachers’ strengths are considered in putting together a team. “We try to incorporate people with strengths in science, history, pop culture, and sports. This year, John Berlin, who teaches religion, knew the Final Jeopardy answer.”
“We enjoy the camaraderie and friendly trash talk,” Dean said. “The cafeteria is filled with students who see teachers in a different light.”
Dean, who has been on the team since the faculty tournaments began, said the team’s composition has changed over the years, depending on teacher availability.
Now in its 22nd year, the student tournament draws approximately 400 students who competed in two divisions: underclassmen and upperclassmen. The faculty tournament begin about 10 years ago, according to Thaier Mukhtar, who initiated the after-school activity as a way to get students engaged with others and have fun.
The tournament begins in January, and usually ends mid-February. This year, snow and ice days prolonged the tournament into early March.
WARREN, Mich. (March 11, 2019) – Recently, De La Salle Collegiate English teacher Traci Smith sat down with Michigan Virtual to share some gems about connecting with students, creating an atmosphere of trust and how she uses technology to help with all of it!
In The Digital Backpack podcast, Mrs. Smith chatted about updates to Google Classroom — more specifically the comment bank feature. It’s a great way to save commonly used feedback and save time while still providing feedback to students. Creating an advisory program to build community within a school and across grade levels. Frequently asking for feedback from students and colleagues, processing the data and then discussing results with key stakeholders. Mrs. Smith had some great insight into how this builds support in her classroom and school.
The Digital Backpack, powered by Michigan Virtual, is dedicated to sharing tips and tricks for teachers as they navigate their journey through online and blended learning. Join hosts Jeff and Erin as they discover new tools and resources for classroom use, talk to practitioners who are doing great things with their students, and have some fun.