Michael Anthony Kutcher, MD is the proud grandson of immigrant grandparents and a proud graduate of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. Dr. Kutcher’s grandparents immigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia. Both of his grandfathers, as well as many uncles, and his father for a short time, worked as coal miners in Cambria County.
When he was in his Cardiology fellowship, Dr. Kutcher changed his last name from Kukucka to Kutcher for easier pronunciation, although he has always been very proud of his family heritage.
The tide seemed to turn for the family when they began to have more access to education. Dr. Kutcher’s father, Stephen M. Kukucka, became the first in the family to attend college. He attended St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania on a football scholarship. He later graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.
Mrs. Karen Blaisdell is grateful that in a time when many schools are cutting art programs, Bishop Carroll continues to offer art classes. She has been teaching art and religion at Bishop Carroll for nearly four years and says that art is an essential part of the learning process.
“Art integrates many types of learning and makes sense of the world in visual ways,” says Mrs. Blaisdell. “Art always complements what is being taught in the reading and math classrooms. It’s where we learn about beauty, meaning, and interpretation.”
In addition to art classes, Mrs. Blaisdell finds many ways to showcase student work. There are two art shows each year held in conjunction with band and chorus concerts, one in December and one in May. At the art shows, every student has the opportunity to display their work.
In April, juniors and seniors had the opportunity to travel to Gettysburg to see historic landmarks, such as Devil’s Den and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and learn firsthand about the rich history of the area. They were accompanied by Mr. Luksik, Ms. Wetzel, Mr. Grosser, and Mr. Nagy.
Senior Lexi Billetdeaux said, “I love that Bishop Carroll provides students with the opportunity to go on trips and learn firsthand.”
“It's one thing to sit in a classroom and read about the Battle of Gettysburg, but it's another to reenact the battles on the actual fields they occurred on and take in the same sceneries Confederate and Union soldiers admired over a hundred fifty years ago,” she continued.
As the year comes to a close, we’d like to recognize some of our students’ most recent accomplishments in our four pillars. Here are just a few highlights as we wrap up the school year:
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Alumnus Alan Baylock, currently the Chief Arranger for the United States Air Force’s Airmen of Note jazz ensemble and also the Jazz Composer-in-Residence at Shenandoah University, recently credited Bishop Carroll for his success in music.
“It’s really important to me to credit the music education that I got in Ebensburg – starting at Holy Name with my band director, but also at Bishop Carroll,” he told The Tribune-Democrat. “I had a really great band director who inspired us not only to be better musicians, but better people.”
On Saturday, April 23, we celebrated our school’s continued success (and that of our alumni) at our Ninth Annual Carrollian Gala. As always, we presented two awards that recognize deserving individuals in the Bishop Carroll community.
Click below to read more and see photos from the evening.