WARREN, Mich. (Dec. 10, 2018) – A De La Salle Collegiate senior’s computer-generated design has won the 10th annual Christmas Card Contest held by The Brothers of the Christian Schools District of Eastern North America (DENA).
Damian Anonick (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) was the top entry in this year’s contest, becoming the first De La Salle student to ever win. The theme for this year’s card contest was “modern interpretation of the no room at the inn.”
From start to finish, the card project took Anonick just under five hours over three days to complete.
“I worked during class, during free mod, after school, about an hour and a half every day for three straight days,” Anonick said. “Then I brought it to (art teacher John Hicks) on the third day just to get some more advice on it, and I sent it in.”
DENA plans to mail Anonick’s Christmas card this month to brothers, heads of ministries, Board chairs, and others.
Anonick said the inspiration behind his depiction was born from the humanitarian crisis on the U.S. southern border.
“The concept was a more realistic, a modernized version of the nativity,” he said. “So my whole mentality right off the bat was recent events in history, which was Mexicans being separated from their families. So right away I thought that should be the nature of my piece.”
The main image of the Blessed Mary is from an actual photograph of a young Mexican woman recently reunited with her small child.
“It’s a picture from a news article that I found online,” Anonick said. “From that I built the atmosphere around it and built what looks like a nativity.”
Anonick, who has a 3.7 grade-point average, says he began to cultivate his artist talents from his former teacher at St. Joan of Arc Grade School in St. Clair Shores.
“Ever since I was little I always liked drawing in my notebooks,” he said. “I never really noticed it until I had a music teacher, Mrs. DeGrande. She was all about taking certain things out of music and showing it. I was always at the focal point in some of the songs because when I was younger I had a really strong tenor, high voice and she loved to showcase that. That kind of brought me into the arts and that’s when I started to go from small sketches in my notebooks to doing pieces.
“Going to De La Salle and being in the art program has just shown that I can do so much more than just a little, tiny sketches in a notebook.”
Anonick estimates he’s completed ‘millions’ of artistic works from carving a face in a floor tile and turning Rock’em Sock’em Robots into Ronald McDonald and Burger King.
After he graduates in June, the four-year member of the school’s Wig & Mask Society plans to study technical engineering or product design in college, narrowing his choices to Michigan State, Western Michigan, Kettering University, and the College for Creative Studies.
Ideally, he says he’d like to minor in product design and major in engineering. For now, he’ll enjoy his card contest win.
“I’ve never won an art contest before,” Anonick said. “So this has been a real shock to me. My parents, honestly, are the most proud. My dad went out and bought ice cream (to celebrate) on the same day, so that was kind of funny.”
DETROIT (Dec. 7, 2018) – Students in De La Salle Collegiate’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme spent another day working on one of the core elements of completing their college-level studies.
On Thursday, 16 juniors spent the day at Brilliant Detroit, a neighborhood-based initiative near Livernois and the I-94 freeway on the city’s west side. Brilliant Detroit’s goal is to ensure that all students are happy, healthy, and school-ready.
Three years ago, Brilliant Detroit was created to provide a new approach to kindergarten readiness in neighborhoods. The idea was to create a unique delivery model in an approach to early childhood development by using underutilized housing stock to create early child and family centers in neighborhoods. Input was gathered and a model that is designed with, for, and by neighbors was built.
With the support of acting chaperones – science teacher Jacqueline VanThomme and business teacher Aarran Meier – the De La Salle students spent the day compiling supplies for the agency’s literacy-related activities.
The students’ CAS (creativity, activity, service) project is one of the three essential elements that every student must complete as part of the diploma programme.
WARREN, Mich. (Dec. 6, 2018) – Last month, students at De La Salle Collegiate raised more than $5,000 to fund blood cancer research in Michigan. The students’ efforts will touch countless lives with their efforts.
Through Student Advisory, the school’s student body managed to raise $5,201.45 in online and cash donations in their second annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraiser. In the first two years of their LLS Hero Squad fundraiser, De La Salle students have raised more than $12,600.
From Nov. 3-23, each Advisory classroom was provided with a coin donation box, and students were challenged to bring in spare change to fund blood cancer research. The Advisory class that brought in the most money receives an Olive Garden pasta lunch and Hungry Howie’s pizza party. The second- and third-place finishers receive Hungry Howie’s pizza parties.
This year’s results by top Advisory hangars:
Mr. Szczegielniak’s hangar – $660.04
Mr. Castine’s hangar – $571.06
Ms. Gagnon’s hangar – $464.62
A separate coin collection competition was also held among the six Advisory squadrons. Squadron 5, which is made up of six Advisory hangars – Mr. Dudas, Mr. Singelyn, Mrs. Michol, Mr. Shortt, Mr. Kirck, and Mr. Castine – raised a squadron-best $339.38
All Advisory faculty and staff will also receive an Olive Garden pasta lunch.
WARREN, Mich. (Dec. 6, 2018) – There are several spots still available for January’s March for Life and mini-tour of Washington, D.C.. slated for Jan. 17-20.
As a Lasallian, Catholic institution we proudly support the march, and our students have had a tremendous experience on this trip in the past. The goal is to fill the 45 passenger bus to show De La Salle Collegiate’s Lasallian strength.
Information about the march has been previously disseminated to parents and students, however, this is a final appeal to the school’s young men to join in this effort.
The Christian Brothers Auxiliary has generously shown their support by donating funds to pay for transportation, which greatly helps to keep student costs reasonable, and the De La Salle Dad’s Club is also offering financial support.
Student cost is $260. A $50 commitment is required this week in order to secure one of the remaining spots on the trip. The permission slip, payment information and the itinerary are available here: March for Life paperwork.
Please prayerfully consider being a part of this great opportunity and see or call Ms. Jo Marie Ragona in the Campus Ministry office (586-541-6219) with questions or to confirm a spot.
WARREN, Mich. (Nov. 30, 2018) – The Detroit Free Press has announced its nominees for the second annual Free Press Sports Awards, and two seniors from De La Salle Collegiate made the list.
Senior defensive back Josh DeBerry and senior midfielder Rocco Galati are player of the year nominees for football and soccer, respectively.
The Free Press Sports Awards recognizes and honors the top athletic accomplishments in Metro Detroit high school sports. The event will take place June 6 at The Fillmore Detroit.
The show features various awards, contests and a special appearance from a celebrity guest, who will be announced later. A red carpet event will open the show at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
One of state’s top defensive backs, DeBerry started all 14 games for the Pilots this season, collecting 44 total tackles and five interceptions. He was also a key contributor to the offensive and special teams as a receiver and kick returner, compiling 1,318 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns.
Galati helped De La Salle reach the Division 1 state semifinals by scoring 12 goals with nine assists this season.
The Free Press plans to also honor team state champions, including the Pilots, who captured their second straight Division 2 state football championship during Thanksgiving weekend.
Last year, Bryce Bush, who was drafted in June by the Chicago White Sox, was named the prep baseball player of the year. He was among four Pilots nominated for the newspaper’s inaugural awards, including Anthony Comito (golf), Zach Milke (swimming) and swim coach Jim Singelyn (Inspiration Award).
DETROIT – Last season, some thought the De La Salle Pilots were lucky to win a state championship, let alone reach the finals.
Well, with De La Salle going back to the state championship this year, it is safe to assume that it wasn’t luck, it was skill and an overall passion and heart to do something great.
On the day after Thanksgiving, the Pilots won their second consecutive Division 2 state crown by defeating Muskegon Mona Shores, 29-16, at Ford Field.
Pilots’ backup quarterback Nolan Schultz rushed for three touchdowns and hit senior captain Jacob Dobbs on a 44-yard TD pass to lift De La Salle to its third state championship in five years, and the second over the team from west Michigan.
While Schultz led the offensive charge, Dobbs (16 tackles, forced fumble) and Devin Campbell (10 tackles) paced the Pilots’ aggressive defense.
“I think our defense was lights out,” Giannone said. “They’ve been that way all year. They were tested today, and I’d like to complement our defensive staff, Brandon Bush, Mike Shortt, Mike Szatkowski, Reuben Simpson and Andy Crowley. Those guys worked extremely hard to prepare. This was a tough team to prepare for.”
Heading into the finals, Mona Shores wasn’t held under 33 points in any single game. The Sailors’ high-octane, veer offense averaged more than 46 points. But against the Pilots’ extremely physical defensive bunch, the Sailors were limited to two touchdowns and a field goal.
“It’s all you can ask for as high school players, to leave a good legacy behind,” Dobbs said. “We have great defensive coaches and it’s pretty fun when you have coaches that trust you to go make plays and they put you in the right spots. That’s why we were able to make so many plays.
“Our defensive coaches were right on with what they were gonna do. We knew they were gonna try to run the veer with a lot of option-type plays, and we were able to stop them.”
De La Salle’s defense was tested early when the Sailors attempted to convert on fourth down – twice. Both times resulted in the Pilots’ offense taking over with great field possession.
The Sailors’ second failed conversion led to the Pilots grabbing a first-quarter lead on Schultz’s first of three 1-yard QB sneaks. The 7-0 lead was set up by Joshua DeBerry’s 50-yard catch-and-run to the Sailors’ 10-yard line.
Schultz was magnificent this season, stepping in for quarterback Anthony Stepnitz, who went down with a season-ending leg injury in Week 4. Schultz, a senior, completed 8-of-13 passes for 189 yards, and rushed for 57 yards on 10 carries.
The game went to intermission tied, 7-7, after a Pilots’ turnover led to Mona Shores’ first score.
De La Salle imposed its will in the second half, scoring on all three offensive series, including a 44-yard TD strike from Schultz to Dobbs on the fifth play of the third quarter that gave the Pilots a 14-7 lead.
The Sailors answered with a field goal, trimming their deficit to 14-10.
Schultz scored from the 1-yard line, and Daniel Heppler’s extra point put the Pilots up 21-10.
Mona Shores then connected on a fourth-down TD pass to slice the Pilots’ lead to 21-16 with under eight minutes to play in regulation.
Schultz scored again from the 1-yard line before delivering a pass to tight end Mike McGinnity on a two-point conversion.
“It was a surreal moment, and nobody expected us to go this far,” Schultz said. “But everybody on our team knew that we were capable of this and we really showed it.”
WARREN, Mich. – The transition from senior to alumnus is a rite of passage for students to look forward to at De La Salle Collegiate.
It’s often included a senior class gift to the school. But it hasn’t always been that way.
Before 1958, students used money from fundraisers to underwrite end-of-year senior parties.
“Normally what would happen in senior years, the senior class would either run the sock hops or other things to raise money,” said Ken Gabriel, secretary of De La Salle’s Class of ‘58. “They usually threw themselves a big party. Our class decided not to throw a party but to do something for the school.”
Instead, the 107 seniors found a way of “giving back” to the institution that impacted their time at The Collegiate. They purchased the Lady of Fatima statue that resided outside the annex at Conner and Glenfield. The statue accompanied the school on its move to Warren in 1982.
“The decision was to have something long lasting, something that made more sense than just the party,” Gabriel said.
For decades, Pilots’ football teams have gathered around the concrete statue, where coaches have led traditional pre- and post-game prayers. The late Brother George Synan would often lead the prayers.
When asked about the teams’ long tradition of including the statue, Gabriel said, “I don’t know when they started that tradition, but it’s incredible!
“Last year after the championship game I came back here. When I saw them kneeling, it just brought me to tears to know that the statute means that much to people.”
On Tuesday, Gabriel and nine of his classmates – Roger Laske, Albert Callewaert, William Conway, Thomas Grossman, Thomas Schmidt, Robert Fields, Eugene Cattalo, Jerry Trombley and Frank Bliss – were at De La Salle to attend a Thanksgiving liturgy inside the Bill Fox Gymnasium. Afterward, the group posed for photos with some current members of the Pilots’ varsity football team, before heading off to their monthly class luncheon.
WARREN, Mich. – For the second straight time, De La Salle Collegiate’s Mike Giannone has been nominated for the Detroit Lions High School Football Coach of the Year, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan.
This year’s award winner will be determined by vote from five media panelists, as well as one vote from the general public. The coach with the most votes from the general public will receive one vote to go along with the five media panelist votes to determine a winner.
We encourage our De La Salle faculty, students, parents and alumni to participate in the voting process by visiting www.detroitlions.com/coachoftheyear to vote for Coach Giannone. Voting will end on Nov. 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
The Coach of the Year winner will be hosted and recognized at the Detroit Lions-Los Angeles Rams game on Dec. 2, where he will be presented with a $4,000 donation to the high school football program, a congratulatory letter from Lions coach Matt Patricia, a commemorative game ball and will become the Lions nomination for the Don Shula NFL High School Football Coach of the Year Award.
The coach chosen for the Shula award will receive a $10,000 contribution and a $15,000 grant for his football program while finalists receive $2,500 cash rewards and $5,000 football program grants.