Have Class Notes? Let Us Know!

What’s new with you? We want to know! Send your updates on career and family for publication in our next BC News, along with photos. Did you recently reunite with BC friends? Send us pics! Planning an upcoming reunion? Let us know! Want to share a special BC memory or send a message to your fellow graduates? We’d love to hear from you.

Send news, information, updates and photos to Annalisa McCann ’97 in the Alumni Office at mccann.annalisa@bishopcarroll.org, then look for your submission in the next magazine!

Mass of Remembrance Will Take Place in Spring 2021

Every year, the Bishop Carroll family comes together for a solemn yet uplifting tradition to honor deceased graduates, faculty members and staff. The Mass of Remembrance, typically held annually in October, is always followed by a social gathering in the library where alumni, friends and community members can share memories of their late classmates, teachers and coaches.

This year, for the safety of our attendees, the Mass of Remembrance has been postponed and will take place in the spring of 2021.

“This event is so special to all of us at BC and we want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend in a safe environment,” said Alumni Office Manager Annalisa McCann ’97. “With concerns about having to reschedule too close to the original date and also with the goal of keeping our BC community healthy, we have decided to postpone the Mass of Remembrance until Spring 2021.”

A spring date will be selected and announced, so keep an eye on our BC News emails and BC’s social media accounts. To make sure your alumni record is up to date, or to update a record for a child or family  member, contact Annalisa in the alumni office at mccann.annalisa@bishopcarroll.org.

Preparing Students for their Best Life: Family & Consumer Science

This isn’t Home Ec from thirty years ago –  it’s Family and Consumer Science (FCS), and it’s preparing today’s students for a healthy future. 

“This course teaches students skills that they will use in real life, and I think that they truly appreciate the creative, hands-on learning it includes,” Ms. Vello says. “They often comment that the class period feels relaxing and fun, giving them a break from the other rigorous courses they take throughout the day.”

Ms. Vello, who also teaches English and AP Language and Composition, says that sometimes FCS can be seen as something ‘extra’ and not vital to high school learning, but she disagrees. “Students are learning something essential, developing skills that they will use their entire lives,” she says. “I applaud Bishop Carroll and the many other schools that see the innate value in this course.”

On a typical day in FCS, students can be found on their feet, creating something delicious in the kitchen, or sitting at tables designing something unique. There is music playing in the background, and students are engaged in small talk as they work. It’s an environment of creativity and idea generation. This fall, students will see changes due to BC’s Reopening Health and Safety Plan, promoting more spacing and individual work, but Ms. Vello is confident that the activities they’ll be doing are flexible enough to make those changes and still enjoy great results. 

“I truly believe in the power of FCS to set students up for success as young people,” Ms. Vello says. “I would love to see it as a requirement in all high schools. I believe it’s that important. I’m a mother myself, and I want my own children to have all of the tools they need to live their best lives, just like I want for my students.”

You can be part of helping students live their best lives! Equip the FCS classroom for a new year by donating to its Wish List!

All donations of any amount are welcome and benefit remodeling and upgrades to our classroom space and equipment.

A gift of $25 can help to purchase:

  • Food storage containers
  • Pans
  • Kitchen utensils

A gift of $100 can purchase:

  • A microwave oven

A gift of $500 to $1,000 can contribute toward major purchases, such as:

  • A dishwasher
  • A refrigerator

Look for the full version of this article in the upcoming BC News magazine!

Now’s the Time to Redirect Your Tax Dollars

Pennsylvania is one of a few states that allows qualifying individuals and businesses to redirect their tax dollars in the form of a donation to schools like Bishop Carroll. This program, EITC, is simple and incredibly beneficial to students.

All funds donated through EITC to Bishop Carroll are used for tuition assistance. Businesses and individuals receive a 90% state tax credit for their donation. It’s a win-win and a unique way to give the gift of a Catholic education!

To apply or learn more, contact Mr. Stephen Cotchen, Head of School, at (814) 472-7500 x106 or Cotchen.stephen@bishopcarroll.org.

Domestic Boarding Program at Aquinas Hall

The financial hardship caused by COVID 19 closings has impacted people and organizations of all types and sizes. Many schools, including Catholic schools, are struggling and sadly, some have had to close their doors. The challenges of the global pandemic on our International program has created an opportunity to welcome domestic students to Aquinas Hall.

Bishop Carroll is offering a boarding program for students in grades 9-12 seeking a Catholic high school education. A limited number of students can live on campus and become part of the BC community.

If you know a family to whom this opportunity might be of interest, please feel free to pass on this information and to connect them with Mr. Nagy for admissions information.

The Boarding Program at Bishop Carroll

In addition to its reputation for academic excellence, Bishop Carroll offers award-winning extracurricular and athletic activities. Students are immersed in a faith-filled environment with caring faculty and staff who are invested in helping them to prepare for college, life and career.

Highlights:

·         Located in safe, historic Ebensburg in the Allegheny mountains of beautiful west-central Pennsylvania

·         Centrally located just hours from major metro areas and international airports in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and New York City

·         34-acre campus includes Aquinas Hall boarding facility, Husky gymnasium, Husky Field, practice fields, seven academic buildings and a chapel

·         10:1 student-faculty ratio

·         40 dual enrollment credits and 7 AP courses available, plus Professor-in-Residence program with Saint Francis University

·         PIAA boys and girls athletics, including a strong history of state, district and conference titles

·         Award-winning fine arts programs

·         A strong Catholic community on campus and in the surrounding area

Class of 2020 Awards and Accolades

2020 Graduation Awards

(see more photos on BC’s Facebook page)

Valedictorian

Mara Yahner

Salutatorian

Sara Muriceak

Rev. Msgr. Faber J. Malloy Award

 Mia Wyland

Cardinal O’Hara Award

 Scotty Semelsberger

Rev. Msgr. Faber J. Malloy Nominees

Guiseppe Bernard

Faith McMullen

Austin Oravec

Taylor Ostinowsky

Scott Semelsberger

Mia Wyland

Mara Yahner

Sister Frances Mary Murray R.S.M. Award

Nolan Burk

Sherry E. Pearson Award

Taylor Ostinowsky

Mary Jo Butch Award

Mia Wyland

Ursula Pawlowski Award

Scotty Semelsberger                                      

ACADEMIC AWARDS:

Spanish – Sarah Clawson

English – Mara Yahner

History – Lauren Bender

Mathematics – Kaijie Ji

Computer Science – Austin Oravec

Art – Alexis Popma

Science – Mara Yahner

Religion – Mara Yahner

NEXT IN MERIT:

History – Scott Semelsberger

Art – Maggie Kwisnek

Mathematics – Mara Yahner

Science – Sara Muriceak

Religion – Sara Muriceak

English – Faith Firment

Spanish – Tristan McDannell

Computer Science –Guiseppe Bernard

THE CHALLENGE PROGRAM AWARDS

Community Service:     Max Kline

Academic Improvement:     Lauren Bender

Attendance:      Patrick Barnett

Academic Excellence:     Sara Muriceak

STEM Science, Technology, Math and Engineering:    Isaac Repko

Marge Farabaugh Scholarship

Faith Firment

Byich Memorial Scholarship

Taylor Ostinowsky

Derek Brothers Memorial Scholarship

Mia Wyland

Ebensburg Moose Lodge #681 Scholarship

Faith McMullen and Wyatt Kosicki

Rotary Club of Ebensburg Scholarship

Sara Muriceak

PIAA Sportsmanship Award

Mia Wyland and Wyatt Kosicki

American Red Cross Scholarship

Faith Firment and Mia Wyland

Northern Cambria Rotary Club Scholarship

Mara Yahner

Colver Power Plant Continuing Education Scholarship

Austin Oravec

Community Foundation For the Alleghenies Scholarship

Guiseppe Bernard

Woman’s Club of Ebensburg Scholarship

Taylor Ostinowsky

Ronald J. Lieb Scholarship

Mara Yahner and Hunter Dumm 

Commons Family Charitable Trust Scholarship

Faith Firment

LIST OF ALL GRADUATES:

PATRICK KEVIN BARNETT

LAUREN ELIZABETH BENDER

GUISEPPE GIOVANNI BERNARD

LAYNE PATRICK BRADLEY

NOLAN JOSEPH BURK

SARAH ANNE CLAWSON

BROCK JOSEPH DELAUTER

HUNTER LEWIS DUMM

JACLYNN SARA DUMM

MAVRICK JOSEPH FARABAUGH

FAITH MARIA FIRMENT

EMMA AMANDA GITTINGS

KALEB C HILYER

MAX JAMES KLINE

WYATT JAMES KOSICKI

MAGGIE ELIZABETH KWISNEK

SAMUEL RAY LAUER

MEAGAN BARBARA LEAHEY

PATRICK DAVID MCANDREW

TRISTAN GABRIAL MCDANNELL

FAITH MARY MCMULLEN

CASEY WILLIAM MERVINE

SARA MARIE MURICEAK

OWEN LEE NAGLE

DANIEL ANDREW NEALEN

VALARIE GRACE NEALEN

AUSTIN MATTHEW ORAVEC

TAYLOR ANDRAYA OSTINOWSKY

ALEXIS LYNN POPMA

ISAAC JAMES REPKO

HAMID JAN RODKEY

SCOTTY DANIEL SEMELSBERGER

JACOB ANDREW SHARBAUGH

LAUREN ASHLEE SICHKO

RACHEL CATHERINE VERCHEREAU

NICHOLAS ROBERT WITHAM

MIA KATHRYN WYLAND

MARA RITA YAHNER

JAKE BRIAN ZAZVRSKEY

QIXIANG FAN

KAIJIE JI

ZIKANG LI

BAIHAN LIN

YAN LIU

HONGHAI XU

RUI YIN

XIAOYUN ZHU

It’s E-Official: Huskies Join ESports League

The ESports Company and Saint Francis University have partnered to form the Laurel Highlands Esports league for local high schools and Bishop Carroll is officially a member! Thanks to contributions from alumni and friends, Husky Hill’s campus now has a dedicated room for Esports that will be ready for the start of the school year. 

In case you aren’t familiar with Esports, it’s the recreational and competitive environment that has been established through video games. To many people’s surprise, the amount of individuals that choose to engage in Esports through participation or viewership numbers in the hundreds of millions and has recently become over a billion dollar industry!

Similar to traditional sports, Esports is host to competitive leagues at the professional, amateur, collegiate, and high school levels. Becoming part of a high school esports program allows students to begin seeing pathways and connections to similar fields and communities in college and beyond. Organizations such as The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) and Collegiate Star League (CSL) are host to hundreds of two (2)/four (4) year schools that are competing in collegiate esports and are offering scholarships for students to compete on their behalf.

Participation in Esports also offers benefits like professional and career development and social and emotional learning.

Students will compete during the fall for one of two spots at Saint Francis University’s Red Flash Clash High School Esports Championship hosted by Saint Francis Esports. The championship series will take place on Saturday, December 5, 2020.


Bishop Carroll will work with SFU undergraduate and graduate students to provide coaching and advising internship opportunities through the Esports program. As an expanding industry, Esports coaching and advising internship opportunities can provide undergraduate students with valuable industry experience in addition to earning academic credits. This mutually beneficial partnership provides BC with talented student coaches/advisors while giving SFU students the opportunity to engage in experiential learning. 

Stay tuned for more details about this new and exciting student extracurricular opportunity!

A Welcome Return

Have we ever approached a school year with such eagerness and anticipation? After the abrupt closure of schools in the spring, faculty, staff, students and families worked together to make sure all students could finish the year as successfully as possible. Now, after months of planning and preparation, BC is ready to welcome students back to Husky Hill. 

Bishop Carroll’s Pandemic Response Team spent the summer making sure our campus can reopen safely for full-time, in-person learning for ALL students, as long as Cambria County remains in the green phase. If this status changes, BC will be at the ready to implement the necessary adjustments to keep students in the classroom or learning at home. 

Faculty also spent time training in the learning management system Schoology, a user-friendly online platform that offers both synchronous and asynchronous teaching opportunities for remote circumstances. The platform is part of the PowerSchool suite, already in use at BC, and integrates a host of useful tools, like Google and McGraw-Hill online resources.

From extra cleaning and sanitizing to distancing and good hygiene, you can read the details on BC’s Reopening Health & Safety Plan.

Please offer your gratitude to the team of professionals listed below who gave their time to help complete this important plan:

Stephen Cotchen BCCHS, Administration Pandemic Coordinator, Head of School

Lynn Weber BCCHS, Administration Plan Development & Response Team, Business Manager

Jonathan Nagy BCCHS, Teacher Plan Development & Response Team, Dean of Students / Communication Director

Dan McMullen BCCHS, Teacher Plan Development & Response Team, Teacher / Athletic Director

Maria Persio CCSD, Health Official Pandemic Crisis Response Team, School Nurse

Renee Bernard St. Francis Univ., Board of Trustees Pandemic Crisis Response Team, Board Member

Jerry Moschgat, Mainline Pharmacy, Board of Trustees Pandemic Crisis Response Team, Board Member

Lorie Ratchford BCCHS, Advisor Pandemic Crisis Response Team, Advisor

Dr. Don Ratchford BCCHS, Community Health Official Pandemic Crisis Response Team, School Physician

Athletic Trainer BCCHS, Health Official Pandemic Crisis Response Team, Certified Athletic Trainer

Bob Strittmatter BCCHS, Support Staff Plan Development & Response Team, Director of Maintenance

First-Ever Online Auction a Success for Students

“We raised about $27,000 from the auction,” said Dean of Students Jonathan Nagy, “and some extra donations put us closer to $30,000. We are so excited and grateful for the response to our first online auction.”

In total, the auction received 8,000 bids from 150 individuals, and many items were purchased by out of state alumni and supporters.

In addition to the auctioned items, several items from the BC Wish List were purchased for students. Other items received partial donations. Almost 40 donors made gifts toward the Wish List items.

“We are still taking donations towards any and all of those items,” said Mr. Nagy. “The auction site is still active and funds are still needed and welcomed for our Wish List.”

“One of the best things about the auction is the feedback I received,” Mr. Nagy continued. “So many alumni reached out to tell us how happy they were to be able to support Bishop Carroll from home.”

Plans are in the works for an online auction to be paired with next year’s auction at the Gala.

Thank you to all of the alumni and friends who made bids, purchased items and made donations toward this important effort to benefit our students!

Spirit of Partnership to Benefit BC

Dear Bishop Carroll Family,

On behalf of the Bishop Carroll Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that Bishop Carroll is moving forward with a plan that will restructure positions within our school and establish a collaborative partnership with Bishop McCort Catholic High School. These changes give us added capacity to make sure that every student is meeting his or her academic goals and building the foundation they need to succeed upon graduation.

In addition, they take our college preparatory efforts to the next level and, in the spirit of collaboration and partnership with Bishop McCort, represent what can be achieved by working together. We are happy to note that the plan, which includes the appointment of Stephen Cotchen as our new Head of School and Richard Denhard as our College and Career Readiness Counselor shared between Bishop McCort and Bishop Carroll, has been adopted with the unanimous support of our Board of Trustees and Diocesan representatives.

It represents an important step in our ongoing efforts to grow our school community, and work with like-minded partners to maintain and strengthen the Bishop Carroll experience. These progressive steps are being made to help assure stability for the future and would not be possible without your continued support and commitment.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Christopher Smith, ‘92 President, Board of Trustees