WARREN, Mich. (Jan. 22, 2019) – Last week, the De La Salle Collegiate Board of Trustees approved a $2 million athletic field project that will significantly improve the educational-athletics experience for its current and future students.
St. John Baptist de La Salle Field will be the first major facility upgrade to the all-boys school in 15 years. Currently in its 93rd academic year, De La Salle moved to Warren in 1982.
“St. John Baptist de La Salle Field will provide our Lasallian community an outstanding location for athletic and co-curricular programs,” De La Salle President John M. Knight said. “On behalf of the Brothers and our Board of Trustees, I offer our deepest gratitude to those men and women who have so generously supported this project.”
The new, fenced-in facility will include a multi-use athletic field, scoreboard, grandstands that will seat 1,500 fans, and a press box to accommodate coaches and media. The field will be used primarily for Pilots football, soccer and lacrosse, but it will also entertain other programs.
Beginning in 2020, the new athletic field will be advantageous to the Admissions Department, which oversees the school’s successful summer camp programs. Approximately, 300 of the 750 annual campers sign up for football, lacrosse and soccer, combined. The school’s award-winning marching band – the Marching Pilots – will also benefit from the use of the new field, as will physical education classes and intramural programs.
A supporter of De La Salle, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated $300,000 for the rights to name the athletic field, which is located on the west end of the school’s 20-acre property.
A timeline for completion of St. John Baptist de La Salle Field has not been established. However, the hope is construction can begin as early as mid-May and Pilots’ fall sports teams will begin using it by Sept. 1.
“This outdoor athletic field renovation represents years of planning, fundraising and work by staff, coaches, administrators, trustees, donors and alumni,” De La Salle athletic director Mike Watson said.
All three levels – varsity, junior varsity and freshman – of soccer and lacrosse will use the new field for practices and games. Junior varsity and freshman football will also have full use of the field. However, the three-time state championship varsity football will not play at St. John Baptist de La Salle Field. They will continue to play home games at Wayne State University’s Tom Adams Field.
Despite the grass fields, De La Salle’s programs that practice and play on it have managed to produce winners in the past. Aside from the football titles, lacrosse has one state crown and soccer has five state championships.
“The addition of a new artificial infill turf field will not only improve the aesthetic of our athletic facility, but create a playing surface that is consistent and safe,” De La Salle athletic director Mike Watson said. “As a new home to the football, soccer, lacrosse, band programs as well as physical education classes, the field also offers De La Salle the opportunity to host youth, CYO and MHSAA events, and will be a showcase for Lasallian education.”
Last fall, the Pilots’ regular-season soccer schedule consisted of three home games – all played at Macomb Community College. Now, De La Salle will join 11 Catholic League and 19 Macomb County schools that already enjoy the benefits of playing and practicing at home on artificial surfaces.
And legendary soccer coach Thaier Mukhtar is looking forward to finally playing true home games.
“It is our educational and athletic responsibilities to provide our students a safe environment for the boys to play and compete on equal level fields with other outstanding schools,” he said. “The soccer and football programs are two of the finest in the state and now with this project our athletes will have the opportunities to flourish even more.”
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (Jan. 17, 2019) – De La Salle sophomores enjoyed a beautiful retreat day at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House learning and practicing being called to be Christ’s disciples.
The theme of the day was Discipleship, Called. Outside the students experienced a meditation walk along a brick labyrinth, they prayed a rosary at the grotto, and they walked the Stations of the Cross.
LAKE ORION, Mich. (Jan. 12, 2019) – Last Saturday, 52 students from De La Salle Collegiate competed in Michigan’s District 7 DECA Conference with 21 of the young men advancing to the state competition in March.
“DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe,” said Aarran Meier, De La Salle’s DECA advisor. “All did amazingly well.”
Eighteen Pilots did better than that at the district competition held at Lake Orion High School. The 21 students qualified for the State Career Development Conference, which will take place March 8-10 at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
State qualifiers were seniors Connor Popa (Franchise Business Plan), Evan Ferry (Food Marketing Services), Tommy Landa and Brandon Ross (Hospitality Service Team Decision Making), Jack Henderson (Food Marketing Services), Dominic Balice (Entrepreneurship), Athan Konon (Entrepreneurship), Matthew Komorowski, Josh Warminski, Drew Cummins (Start-Up Business Plan), and Steve Klein, Ryan Kosalski, Nino Picciurro, (Start-Up Business Plan), Dino Bucci (Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making), Eliot Koehn (Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making), Evan Brengman (Business Service Marketing); juniors Noah Cole (Principles of Business Management), Jarod Amparo (Business Service Management) and Andrew Raphtis (Restaurant and Food Service Management); and sophomores Vince Motowski (Human Resource Management) and Thomas Marsh (Business Finance).
State winners will be among the field of 17,000 high school students from around the world who will qualify for the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla., April 27-30.
WARREN, Mich. (Jan. 16, 2019) – Christian Dean is the 2019 recipient of the Richard A. Balgenorth Lasallian Award for Higher Education.
The annual $1,000 scholarship, which is in tribute to the memory of the De La Salle alumnus, has been awarded each year since 2009. Balgenorth, who graduated in 1975, believed De La Salle Collegiate plays a crucial role as a foundation for lifelong learning. The award aims to financially assist a graduating De La Salle senior continue his education at a college or university.
“Winning the scholarship means a lot to me as it is an opportunity to help with tuition, books, and other materials to be successful in college,” Dean said.
Dean has been accepted to 10 colleges, including the University of Michigan and the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. An avid art student, he intends to pursue a career in animation or illustration.
“Christian is an prolifically creative thinker,” art teacher John Hicks said. “He has had success making works digitally, as well as through traditional media. Some of his works have been selected to be used on pamphlets, and T-shirts printed for the school. Works and ideas flow out of Christian’s brain faster than he can even make them. Anytime you see him in the halls, he has a pencil behind his ear, and is carrying a sketchbook, with extra drawings, notes, and images spilling out of it.”
Dean has been a four-year acting member of the school’s Drama group, the Wig and Mask Society (WAMS), and has appeared in the school’s fall and spring plays since freshman year. He has also had roles in plays presented at Regina High School.
“I have enjoyed every moment I’ve spent in the shows,” he said.
According to drama director Kevin Fitzhenry, “Christian has been a workhorse in drama and all of his activities.”
Dean’s performances are not limited to the fall and spring plays, however. During his junior year, a group of students began preparing and recording a weekly news show, and he has been an anchor for First Class News.
He is also involved with Campus Ministry, saying the prayer at the end of each school day on the school’s public address system, and singing in the choir at school Masses. He is headed to Washington, D.C. this month with other students for the annual March for Life.
Dean is a member of the National Honor Society, carries a 3.8 grade-point average, and is also a four-year member of the Student Council, the Link Crew, and has served as a student ambassador for the Admissions Department.
He has a varsity letter in cross country, and is a four-year track athlete.
Dean is also a player buddy for the Miracle League of Michigan, and appears in costume as the league’s mascot Homer at games during the season. He has also participated in charitable events such as Walk with Me Detroit and Miles that Matter.
In his scholarship application essay, Dean wrote about his high school experiences. “I am convinced that De La Salle was instrumental in my personal growth. I have learned that failure can be the greatest teacher, and that in failures lies opportunity.”
The son of alumnus Christopher Dean, ‘89, the school’s Assistant Principal for Academics, Dean noted the impact of his father’s stories of his time at De La Salle.
“Someday, perhaps 30 years from now,” he said, “I hope my son will have the opportunity to attend De La Salle Collegiate, and I will be able to share with him the lessons that originated from St. John Baptist de La Salle: there will always be an opportunity to help others.”
ALL-TIME RECIPIENTS OF THE BALGENORTH SCHOLARSHIP
2009 – Andrew Holub and Michael Albani
2010 – Bernard VanBerkum
2011 – Kyle Sant
2012 – Aaron Brzezinski
2013 – Andrew Piontkowski
2014 – Alexander Valentini
2015 – Nicholas Jozefczyk
2016 – Kevin Jones
2017 – Russell Hu
2018 – Michael Ososkie
2019 – Christian Dean
WARREN, Mich. (Jan. 10, 2019) – On Wednesday, Duncan Pattison became the 11th grappler in De La Salle Collegiate’s 14-year wrestling team history to amass 100 career victories.
The senior reach the milestone during the Pilots’ Catholic League tri-meet at the Bill Fox Gymnasium, securing a technical fall in his 140-pound match against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Alex Haynes. De La Salle (9-3, 2-1) beat the Eaglets, 56-12.
In their opening match against Detroit Catholic Central, the Pilots put up a good fight before falling, 36-25, to the visiting Shamrocks.
Pattison is now tied for ninth in all-time wins with Pilots assistant coach Adam Masakowski (2006-09) and Reggie Bostock (2015-18). Pattison is just the fourth Pilot in the last five years to achieve 100 wins, joining Damani Wallace (119 wins), Jason Hertel (114) and Bostock, a freshman wrestler at Adrian College.
Pattison is six wins away from passing Joe Schudt (2010-13) for eighth place all time. Rounding out the top seven are Brandon Mattinen (153), Matt Cusumano (146), Brennan Kelly (132), Jacob Mocny ( 124), Jake Jones (120), Wallace (119), and Hertel (114).
Here are the results from Wednesday’s Catholic League tri-meet against Detroit Catholic Central and St. Mary’s:
Catholic Central 36 – De La Salle Collegiate 25
112: Double forfeit
119: Valentino Scicluna (CC) over Coty Brocker (DLS) (Fall 1:58)
125: Jack O`Donnell (DLS) over Carson Biagioli (CC) (Fall 3:45)
130: Kamron Davenport (CC) over Rocco Rydzewski (DLS) (Dec 13-6)
135: Camden Trupp (CC) over Jeremy Schelosky (DLS) (Fall 1:35)
140: Jacob Bisdorf (CC) over Duncan Pattison (DLS) (Dec 4-3)
145: Logan Sanom (CC) over (DLS) (For.)
152: Reggie Ryder (DLS) over Mohamed Jaffer (CC) (MD 16-5)
160: Joseph Urso (CC) over Brett Stanley (DLS) (Dec 4-2)|
171: Michael Ramirez (CC) over Vincent Compton (DLS) (Dec 7-2)
189: Kenneth Ryder (DLS) over Andrew Ross (CC) (Fall 1:58)
215: Michael Young Jr. (DLS) over Boston Meisner (CC) (Dec 3-1)
285: Jack Lietzow (DLS) over Benjamin Flake (CC) (Fall 3:17)
103: Joshua Bisdorf (CC) over Joshua Caldwell (DLS) (Fall 3:18)
De La Salle Collegiate 56 – St Mary Prep 12
119: Coty Brocker (DLS) over (OLSM) (For.)
125: Jack O`Donnell (DLS) over Jack Bungart (OLSM) (Fall 2:33)
130: Rocco Rydzewski (DLS) over Joe Garmo (OLSM) (Fall 0:44)
135: Kyle Filby (OLSM) over Jeremy Schelosky (DLS) (Fall 4:09)
140: Duncan Pattison (DLS) over Alex Haynes (OLSM) (TF 16-1 0:00)
145: Daniel Leonard (OLSM) over Fischer Schluessler (DLS) (Dec 8-5)
152: Reggie Ryder (DLS) over Mason Trask (OLSM) (Fall 1:58)
160: Brett Stanley (DLS) over Zarruh Suponkulov (OLSM) (TF 19-3 0:00)
171: Anthony Orow (OLSM) over Vincent Compton (DLS) (Dec 5-4)
189: Kenneth Ryder (DLS) over Cole Whalen (OLSM) (Fall 4:40)
215: Michael Young Jr. (DLS) over Jacob Mansour (OLSM) (MD 13-5)
285: Jack Lietzow (DLS) over Luke Selakowski (OLSM) (Fall 6:31)
103: Joshua Caldwell (DLS) over (OLSM) (For.)
112: Double forfeit
DETROIT (Jan. 10, 2019) – On Tuesday, De La Salle Collegiate hosted a very successful beginning to its newest philanthropic group – the 1926 Society.
The 1926 Society is intended to recognize the year De La Salle was founded while challenging young alumni to show their commitment to The Collegiate with an annual gift of $19.26. Donations to the Lasallian Fund go to support scholarship assistance, technology, building needs, and faculty professional development.
This week’s inaugural event was held at the historic Detroit Athletic Club, where more than 72 percent of this year’s senior class accepted the breakfast invitation from De La Salle President John M. Knight.
“Your experience, unique as it is to you, is not that far removed from the young men who graduated from De La Salle Collegiate so many, many years ago,” Knight said. “Just as those early graduates benefited from the sacrifice and support of their families and the school’s benefactors, so, too, have you benefited from that same generous spirit. And just as those early graduates stepped up to support the school that gave them so much, it is now your turn to begin to think about giving back to a school that has given you so much.
“I hope you will take this morning’s opportunity to reflect on your blessings and to begin to think about all that De La Salle Collegiate has given to you, and what you can give in return.”
Aside from Knight’s address, the 136 seniors had the privilege of hearing two poignant messages from prominent alumni Tony Mattar ’50 and Mike Peplowski ’88.
Mattar said it’s not the amount of the gift, it’s the spirit and generosity the gift represents that counts.
“I am proud to boast that I have been a key member of this great (1950) class,” said Mattar, who graduated with such notables as Bill Fox, Don Slazinski, Bill Pulte, and J.P. McCarthy. “To this day, our surviving class members still remain connected and socially interactive, a credit to our heritage as graduates of De La Salle. The personal satisfaction I enjoy – not only from giving generously to our school, but also the time which I devoted as a member of the Board of Trustees and other committees – has enriched my life knowing that I have, in some small way, given of my talents, inspired by my love and devotion to De La Salle.”
Through steady gifts to the Lasallian Fund, young alumni can make a direct impact on their alma mater. De La Salle’s Lasallian Fund is a way of saying that a Lasallian, Catholic education made a positive difference in their lives.
When it was Peplowski’s turn to talk to the seniors, the former basketball standout shared the passage The Man in the Arena from Theodore Roosevelt’s 1910 speech.
“Guys, the Man in the Arena has absolutely nothing to do with sports; it has to do with life, which you are about to embark on,” he said. “I imagine most of you will be freshmen in college. Most of you will belong to a campus organization, maybe a fraternity, you’ll make new friends, you’ll drift apart, and you’ll try to stay in touch. But while you do this what I would really like you to remember is just a couple easy things that comes from that famous speech. Every day you guys need to wake up with a purpose. What is your purpose in your day, in your life? You’re going to describe the what, the what that you’re going to do. Once you’ve figured out what the what is, ask yourself why. Why are you doing what you’re doing? Why am I here doing what I’m doing talking to you? I’m here because I care, because I was asked, and I’m honored to be here. Figure out your why, guys. The why is the most important thing. The why gets you out of bed. The why makes you take the next step. The why gets the deal done, day in and day out.”
The hope is that seniors each year will be motivated to step up and begin to take their turn at giving back to their school. All seniors who contribute their $19.26 this semester will receive a custom polo shirt and membership into the 1926 Society.
For more information about the 1926 Society, please contact Major Gifts Officer Greg Esler at email@example.com or 586-541-6254.
WARREN, Mich. (Jan. 9, 2019) – De La Salle Collegiate’s Students Against Vandalizing the Environment – commonly known as the SAVE Club – has collected more than 60 pounds of plastic bags.
Since November, SAVE Club has collected plastic bags as part of the Trex Recycling Challenge.
These bags are being properly recycled at local stores as they cannot be placed into single-stream recycling bins.
The collection at De La Salle will continue through April. SAVE Club is also sponsoring an electronics recycling event this month, Jan. 18-24. Students are encouraged to bring electronic waste to bins in the school’s cafeteria and storage room. Items can include computers, cords, monitors, phones, tablets, laptops and printers.
WARREN, Mich. (Jan. 9, 2019) – For the fifth straight year, the Student Diversity Leaders at De La Salle Collegiate are sponsoring an essay contest to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
But unlike previous years, the contest is now open to neighboring schools in Warren and Detroit.
“It’s good nowadays to give students an opportunity to learn about Dr. King’s world views, research him, and push that agenda forward, so we wanted to open it up to the community,” said school counselor Dominic Reid, who is also the moderator for the student diversity group. “It’s an opportunity to learn.”
De La Salle students – along with students from Regina, Cousino, Woods-Tower, Detroit Collegiate Preparatory and Jalen Rose Leadership Academy – are invited to submit essays. Deadline for the contest is Jan. 31 at 3 p.m.
The theme for this year’s contest is: How can Dr. King’s dream be advanced among your peers?
Last year, then senior Ben Iacona and juniors Ryan Beginin and Nino Minniti submitted winning entries titled. They were among 60-plus De La Salle students who participate in the essay contest.
As in the past, the top three essays will again be awarded $100 cash prizes.
The judging requirements for this year’s individual entries are:
All entries must be submitted by Thu., Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. ET. Submit entries to Dominic Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WARREN, Mich (Jan. 7, 2019) – Brozone Fan of the Month competition continues throughout the month of January. Students who attend three or more of the listed sporting events (includes all winter sports) linked here AND check-in through Twitter following these linked directions will be entered into drawings for Fan of the Month.
Winners will receive gift cards, Pilot Hangar cash, and more.
If you don’t have Twitter, check-in with Brozone leaders at any event or email them at email@example.com to let them know you attended.
Come out and support your Pilots!
WARREN, Mich. (Dec. 27, 2018) – De La Salle Collegiate freshmen Landen Kee and Ryan Kaminski have been actively volunteering at Friends of Foster Kids for the last two years. This month they stepped in and helped out at the warehouse by moving, lifting, cutting tags, cleaning, breaking down boxes, etc.
FOFK provides Christmas for foster children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect and placed in temporary housing or shelters. FOFK fulfills each child’s wish list with new items wrapped with care and then works to ensure timely delivery for Christmas.
FOFK operates year-round in supplying foster children with basic needs, and in April they’ll begin the annual Hats off to Grads program as well.
Thank you, Landen and Ryan for being part of such a wonderful organization’s angel network!