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WARREN, Mich. (April 2, 2019) – Tuition comes with a $13,000 price tag, but for two metro Detroit teens, attending is free.
“At first we were a little scared, but once we saw what all De La Salle could offer for us, we jumped at it,” said Reynard Robinson.
Robinson is one of two sophomores that now attend De La Salle Collegiate. The beneficiaries of a businessman’s charitable endeavor, Robinson is part of the Downtown Boxing Gym, which works to marry athletics with academics, sprinkling in a few life lessons as well.
“The youth in Detroit have this tremendous talent, but a lack of opportunity,” said Tom Petzold.
President of Petzold Enterprises, the businessman is paying students to attend the private school, by offering scholarships in conjunction with the Downtown Boxing Gym.
“By developing your talents, you can make a difference in other people’s lives and I think that’s the message the gym teaches young men,” Petzold said, “and the school does the same thing.”
Petzold got the idea to send a few of Detroit’s youth to the school via inspiration from his grandfather. The same man started a similar scholarship fund years ago in Providence. After seeing the positive experience his oldest son had at the school, he sought to mimic that same notion.
“Education is about that two way communication and we are so fortunate that we have faculty and staff and families in our community that embrace that,” said John Knight, president of De La Salle Collegiate, “I think the Detroit Boxing Gym is on the same page so it’s a great relationship. We look forward to deepening that in the years to come.”
Those plans are already in the works, with another scholarship in the works. The hope is that other business leaders start to mimic the same endeavor.
WARREN, Mich. (April 1, 2019) – De La Salle Collegiate announced today the hiring of
Nick Badder as the fourth ice hockey coach in school history. Badder succeeds Sean
Clark who resigned after two seasons as Pilots coach.
“Coach Badder is one of the brightest young coaches in our state at any level,” stated
Mike Watson, De La Salle athletics director. “Nick will relate well to our players and
their families while the success he’s enjoyed offers immediate credibility.”
Prior to joining the Pilots’ coaching staff, Badder was the head coach of the Oakland
Junior Grizzlies 2004 Bantam AA program based out of Rochester. In his only year with
the Junior Grizzlies, they captured the 2019 District 3 championship. He also filled an
assistant coach role for Victory Honda’s Tier 1 U-18 team in 2017-18.
Badder, 29, served as the head hockey coach at Romeo High School from 2014-18,
leading the Bulldogs to three MHSAA regional titles (2015, ’16, ’17) and the 2016 Division 2 state championship. The title marked the school’s first-ever hockey crown and the first hockey championship for a Macomb County school since Fraser won the Class A tournament in 1983.
In his time with Romeo, Badder accumulated a 75-34-3 (.683) record in four seasons at
the helm. At 26 years old, Badder became the youngest head coach in state history to win an ice hockey state title. He was also named the Macomb Area Conference Hockey Coach of the Year in 2016. Over his career, Badder has developed players for the USHL, AJHL, USPHL and also NCAA Division 1 programs, including the University of Michigan and Arizona State University.
While Badder has earned tremendous success as a coach so early in his career, he was also an accomplished player. Badder skated for the Belle Tire Midget 89s and was a standout player on the Central Michigan University ACHA team. The 6-foot-1 forward
played 110 games for the Chippewas, scoring 83 goals with 73 assists and 156 points.
Badder earned his undergraduate degree at CMU in Sports Management with a minor in Athletic Coaching in 2012.
“I’m honored to lead this program,” Badder said. “The De La Salle brand is synonymous
with success and our goal will be to compete for league and state titles while
representing the school with honor.”
The Troy native now resides in Berkley with his wife Liz. He is a surgical sales
representative employed by Smith & Nephew.
Coach Badder will be formally introduction to the De La Salle community in the school commons on Friday, April 5 at 5:30 PM. All students, parents and alumni are
invited. The Pilots hockey team tryouts for all levels will begin on November 4.
WARREN, Mich. (March 29, 2019) – Nearly a dozen upperclassmen at De La Salle Collegiate will soon become volunteers at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit.
On Thursday, a group of 10 juniors and seniors attended an orientation with Cindy Boeneman, who heads volunteer services at St. John Hospital. These fine young men will soon begin volunteering four hours per week, assisting staff, patients, their families and visitors at the main hospital on Moross Road on the city’s east side.
Director of Alumni Relations Dennis Koch and anatomy and physiology teacher Laura Rigby – who have been facilitating this budding alliance – are excited that De La Salle students have been afforded this opportunity to serve while learning and making connections with medical professionals.
“I am always so proud to be associated with our students who continually impress me with their compassion and kindness,” Rigby said. “I believe that these boys will someday be a true blessing to their patients.”
Also attending Thursday’s orientation was Paxton, a three-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, who is a therapy dog at the hospital.
He was a “very good boy,” Rigby added.
WARREN, Mich. (March 29, 2019) – De La Salle Collegiate alumni Mickey Davey and Giovanni Rescigno have been elected for induction into the Detroit Catholic High School League Hall of Fame.
The two former Pilots will be enshrined at an induction ceremony on June 10 at Fern Hill Golf Club in Clinton Township.
A distance runner, Davey, graduated from De La Salle in 2015. He was a standout cross-country and track star for the Pilots, earning seven regional, five Catholic League, and four Macomb County championships.
“He was a very hard worker. Dedicated to the sport; self-motivated, and went out and gave it his all every meet, every practice,” Pilots track coach Dominic Reid said.
Now a senior at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Davey is one of the Falcons’ top distance runners. A two-time all-Mountain West selection, the Troy native clocked the fifth-fastest 10,000-meter time in Air Force history (29:15.24) to finish 10th at last year’s Stanford Invitational.
An electrical engineering major, Davey was a national AP Scholar at De La Salle, where he graduated among the top five in his senior class.
Davey still holds De La Salle track records in both the 1600-meter run (4:15.36) and 3200-meter run (9:11.23).
Reid believes both marks won’t be passed anytime soon.
“It’s going to take another special athlete to break those records,” he said.
Rescigno was a two-sport athlete during his days at De La Salle, but it was football where he excelled most. A 2014 graduate, he quarterbacked the Pilots to a 6-4 record in his senior season, passing for 1,238 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Rescigno accepted a scholarship to Rutgers University, where he played in 23 games over the past three seasons.
“The hall of fame is a well-deserving honor for Gio,” Pilots basketball coach Greg Esler said. “He represents what a student athlete should be: class, caring and lots of talent.”
Rescigno played basketball for the Pilots until his senior when he decided to concentrate on his football career.
“I wish he would have gone out his senior year,” Esler said. “That hurt us. But he scrimmaged with us his senior year and some of his practices with us were legendary. He would go out and hit six threes in a row. Amazing kid. Great versatility, but a better person than player.
“I really believe he could have gone to a Division II school to play basketball. He was athletic and could shoot the three, plus he played physical.”
A team captain last season, Rescigno received the Paul Robeson Award for performance, leadership and dedication to the Scarlet Knights’ football program.
De La Salle is represented by 26 former athletes already enshrined in the league’s hall of fame. They are Bert Bondi, Giancarlo Brugnoni, Jack Brusewitz, Alan Budnick, Don DeDonatis, Sean Dobson, Chris Haag, Matt Handzo, Bruce Irvine, Allen Jefferson, Douglas J.S. Jolly, Matt Julien, Keith Karpinski, Tim Lieckfelt, Patrick Mahoney, Alex Marcotullio, Jerry McCabe, Shane Morris, Jason Okroy, Mike Peplowski, Alex Pierse, Tim Poley, Michael Schypinski, Vincent P. Thomas, John Vitale and Don Zelinski.
WARREN, Mich. (March 28, 2019) – De La Salle Collegiate is adding a new member to its Admissions team. Beginning April 1, Mike Giannone will add Associate Director of Enrollment Management to his résumé.
Giannone will report directly to Director of Enrollment Management Steve Laudicina.
“We’re extremely excited to have Mike join our Admissions team,” said Laudicina, a 2010 De La Salle alumnus. “Mike has many years of experience working with students and their families, so we feel fortunate to be able to bring another person onto our staff that embodies the mission and values of St. John Baptist de La Salle.”
Since coming to De La Salle in 2016 to become the 18th head football coach in school history, Giannone has worked with the Response to Intervention (RTI) team that identifies and supports students with learning and behavior needs. With his many contacts in and around Macomb County, he has been a tremendous asset and ambassador, both as a coach and as an advocate for students.
In his new role, Giannone will be responsible for selecting, and enrolling a diverse class of high-quality students for De La Salle. He, along with Laudicina and manager Angie Aldini, will be charged with developing marketing and strategic plans that will position De La Salle as the all-boys college preparatory school of choice for prospective families in Metro Detroit.
Together, the new Admissions team will work collaboratively with the Vice President of Marketing and Communications to create marketing plans, and develop admissions publications and programs that are consistent with De La Salle’s overall strategy.
Giannone, who will celebrate his 59th birthday on April 6, is an alumnus of Cousino High School in Warren. He earned a Bachelor’s in Education from Wayne State University, and has a Master’s of Education in Administrative Leadership from Saginaw Valley State University.
Giannone and his wife Dottie live in Clinton Township. They have three adult daughters, Laura, Barbara and Tara.
WARREN, Mich. (March 27, 2019) – It was a valiant effort on the hardwood Wednesday morning.
Unfortunately, Jelly Fam – a team made up of juniors – came up short against a determined team of teachers in the annual Purple Division IM Basketball championship in the Bill Fox Gymnasium.
Led by science teacher Rob Black, who finished with 19 points, The Profs rolled in the second half en route to a 48-34 victory before an excited lunchtime crowd.
Missing two key players – Aaron Wladischkin and Steve Schypinski – the Profs got their act together in the second of two 15-minute halves.
The game entered the intermission tied at 26-26. But The Profs quickly opened a double-digit lead, 38-28, when Black hit a put-back basket.
Six of the seven Profs scored, including math teacher Joe Novak (14 points, 5 assists) and social studies teacher Andrew Grauzer (9 points, 3 assists). Steve Laudicina scored four points and Jacob Creeden and Andrew Campbell added one point each.
Sean Bonery hit three three-pointers and finished with 14 points to lead Jelly Fam.
Creeden was a definite fan favorite Wednesday.
Sporting a Chauncy Billups jersey, Creeden channeled a Mr. Big Shot moment, canning a shot from beyond mid-court after time ran out. The shot sent hundreds of frenzied students streaming onto the court as The Profs celebrated their championship.
WARREN, Mich. (March 25, 2019) – De La Salle Collegiate’s 45th annual raffle was another huge success this month.
Students raised $190,005 in this year’s school raffle which begin in 1975. The final total was nearly 19 percent more than the original goal ($160,000) set for the 16-daylong raffle.
The $10,000 grand-prize winner was Justin Schaller, a 1995 graduate, who bought his winning ticket from freshman Max Chandzel.
Senior David Zeleney sold the $5,000 winning ticket to Renee Heimes of Harrison Township, and Evan and Aaron Kasuba, a junior and freshman, respectively, sold the $2,500 winning ticket to their mom, Fionna Kasuba.
The ultimate winners though are the students for which the raffle helps through the school’s tuition assistance program.
In February, each student received 10 books of five tickets each, addressed to their parents. The parents were asked to sell tickets at $5 each or books of 5 for $20. Each student’s goal was to sell and turn in $200 in sold tickets.
By meet the overall goal, students received three additional days off at Easter break, giving them a full two weeks of spring break.
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