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Emma Daniels Receives Scholarship to University of Notre Dame!

Emma Daniels was selected as ONE of 27 students awarded a FULL tuition, FULL room and board scholarship through QuestBridge to attend the University of Notre Dame!
EmmaDaniels QuestBridge is a National College Match program that is designed to help low-income students who have succeeded academically despite obstacles, but feel that the nations best colleges are financially out of reach. Emma started the lengthy application process with QuestBridge during the middle of her junior year. Along with her excellent GPA and ACT scores, she had to provide letters of recommendation from counselors, teachers and supervisors from places she had worked. Emma also had to write several essays on various subjects including her life and obstacles that came along the way, intellectual concept of nature vs. nurture, and a reflection on the current state of civil rights, the progress that has been made, and the problems still being faced today.
At the beginning of this program, QuestBridge receives over 13,600 applications. After a very thorough screening and many additional steps through the process, the field was narrowed to 4900 finalists. Through National College Match, students apply for early acceptance to up to 12 partner colleges and rank them in order of preference. Partner colleges review the QuestBridge Finalists who ranked them. The colleges select who they wish to admit with a full four-year College Match scholarship. The student becomes “matched” to the highest school that appears on their ranked list that also selected them. Fewer than 5% (657 students) of the original applicants were granted full scholarships to one of their selected colleges. On December 1st, Emma received notice that she was one of 27 finalists that were “matched” to University of Notre Dame, her #1 choice!

What a truly amazing opportunity for such a talented, smart and dedicated young woman. This award is so well deserved and Emma is living out her dream. Congratulations, Emma!!!

Ben Lehman Receives BBB Torch Award

Ben Lehman, a Holy Cross High School senior, was recognized at the 15th Annual BBB® Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics as a 2015 recipient of the Students of Integrity Scholarship.

Football, basketball, track, bowling … there are few sports Ben Lehman hasn’t played. But Ben’s willingness to go the distance isn’t just limited to the field From school fundraising events to church volunteer opportunities … from his work with intramural sports for disabled youth to initiatives to clean garbage off the streets of his city … Ben has a passion for serving those around him. “There are so many community service opportunities offered to students,” he says, citing Holy Cross High School’s culture of giving. “And I’ve always liked to represent my school. If there’s something I can do that will actively help my community, I want to do that thing – and do it as much as I can.”

Academically, Ben has found his calling in the arts. “It’s one of my favorite things to do. I’m always trying to incorporate it into my life,” he says with enthusiasm. After his acceptance into Governor’s School for the Arts, he elected to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an architect.

Ben recalls his loved ones when asked about his current successes and his plans for
the future: “I have a bunch of friends and family that have always supported me. They’re all
very important to me. I thank God for this scholarship opportunity, and that support.”

The Center for Ethics at BBBTM joins Ben Lehman’s family, friends, and
community in congratulating him for this accomplishment, and in wishing him the best of
luck in his future endeavors.

Sydney Robke Named Commended Student

Sydney Robke has been named a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student. Commended Students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Congratulations Sydney!

Lara Klein meets Luke Bryan

Lara Klein is a huge Luke Bryan fan. To give Lara a boost while recovering from recent surgery, her sister, Kelly, with the aid of a few Holy Cross parents and coaches, arranged for Lara to meet Luke backstage at a recent concert.
“We are very thankful to the Holy Cross parents who made this dream come true for Lara. Although my daughter Kelly initiated the idea of Lara meeting Luke in concert it was actually a few Holy Cross parents/coaches that made it happen! It was a dream come true for her and a definite once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We are just so very thankful to the Holy Cross student body, teachers, staff and coaches who took the time to pray for her healing and those who visited her. We feel very fortunate to be a part of the very amazing Holy Cross family.”
–MaryJean Klein

Lara backstage with Luke Bryan and her sister, Kelly

Lara with the Holy Cross Basketball Team and her Luke Bryan tickets

Mekenzie Elbert (2010) to teach in Uganda

An opportunity of a lifetime has come up for Mekenzie Elbert to teach science classes this fall in Buseesa, Uganda. Click to see article from the Community Press.

TMC #TMC2020 Tour Visits Holy Cross

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Doug Millay,Ph.D. (1997) named Pew Scholar

Press Release from Pew Charitable Trusts June 11, 2015…
The Pew Charitable Trusts today named 22 promising early-career researchers as Pew scholars in the biomedical sciences.
The recipients join the ranks of more than 600 outstanding scientists who have been selected as Pew scholars in the 30 years since the program’s inception and whose careers have been dedicated to bold scientific discoveries. Many Pew scholars have also been recognized with prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, the Shaw Prize, and the Lasker Award.
Scholars in the 2015 class will investigate a range of topics from examining the role the microbiome, the naturally occurring microorganisms in the human body, plays in combating autoimmune disease to exploring the molecules and neural circuits that dictate a mosquito’s preference for humans over other animals, which has implications in preventing the spread of dengue fever.
“This new class of remarkable scientists is emblematic of all that is unique, exciting, and compelling about this initiative,” said Rebecca W. Rimel, Pew’s president and CEO. “We are proud to provide a launching pad for the adventurous minds represented here, who will surely advance the field of biomedical science and create a healthier world for all of us.”
The program provides four years of flexible funding to scholars at the assistant professor level. Scientists are nominated for their dedication to pursing the high-risk, high-reward research that can lead to extraordinary findings in bioscience.
“The importance of encouraging scientific creativity and curiosity has never been clearer,” said Craig C. Mello, Ph.D., a 1995 Pew scholar, 2006 Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine, and chair of the national advisory committee for the scholars program. “Pew scholars have harnessed the potential of this program for three decades, coming together to inspire and engage each other while advancing the biomedical research landscape. This year’s class will no doubt continue that tradition.”
Pew biomedical scholars gain entrée into a robust community of researchers, including Pew’s Latin American fellows and Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research—the 2015 classes of which were also announced today. All gather yearly to share their findings and spur new lines of inquiry that lead to partnerships and collaborations that can extend for years.

Dr. Millay’s description of his research…
The goal of my research is to understand how cells fuse. For two cells to come together as one, they must recognize one another and merge their outer membranes. Such union occurs during fertilization and development, including in skeletal muscle development, when immature muscle precursors join together to form multi-nucleated muscle cells. As a postdoctoral fellow, I discovered a protein that regulates skeletal muscle fusion. This muscle-making protein, when artificially stuck to the surface of non-muscle cells, drives them to fuse with muscle cells– but not with each other, suggesting that muscle cells must possess some additional signals that drive the process. I will identify the remaining links in this cell-fusion process and will then reconstitute the system using synthetic membranes. This methodology will create new knowledge regarding mechanisms of cell-cell fusion, in addition to providing novel strategies to mitigate muscle disease through cell therapy.

ACUE Awards 2015

At the 17th Annual ACUE Awards & Recognition Dinner on April 22,2015,Terry Niehaus was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate and Haley Mastin was the Alumnus Scholarship award recipient.

4 HC students named 2015 Governor’s Scholars

Nate Doggett, Sydney Robke, Catherine Ehlman, Michael Bramer. Kentucky students are selected yearly based on a thorough application process detailing their academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, volunteerism, and personal integrity. Congratulations to everyone!

7 HC students named to 2015 GSA

This year, over 1,700 high school sophomores and juniors applied to the Governor’s School for the Arts summer program. From this number only 256 attend this amazing three-week summer arts program. Being accepted or chosen as an alternate are both huge honors.
Accepted into the program from Holy Cross were Celeste Bergman, Ben Lehman, Matt Kim, Claire Rentrop and Olivia Sketch. Annabel Biernat and Amanda Delgado were named alternates. Congratulations to everyone!
The Governor’s School for the Arts will be held on Centre College’s campus in Danville from June 21–July11, 2015.

Emily Armbrecht signs letter of intent

EmilyArmbrecht300x266 Emily Armbrecht signs to play golf at Thomas More College.
Congratulations Emily!

Brenna D’Amico signs letter of intent

Brenna D’Amico signs to play soccer with Transylvania University.
Congratulations Brenna !

Lady Indians Win First State Title!!

HC defeated Allen County-Scottsville 35-32 to capture the 2015 KY Girls Basketball Championship!
See all stories, honors and awards on the Girls Basketball page.

Michael Gerrein earns rank of Eagle Scout

Holy Cross senior Michael Gerrein became an Eagle Scout and received his award in a ceremony on March 1, 2015. He has been in scouts for 12 years in Troop 236 at Gloria dei Lutheran Church. For his Eagle project he built a shed and decorative fencing at the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home. Pictured with him at the ceremony was Coach Kozerski who Mike named as a mentor.

Mark Manczyk (2010) wins entrepreneur competition

Holy Cross 2010 graduate Mark Manczyk’s idea for sustainable consumer good takes 1st place at the UK Venture Challenge. Click for story and pics. Click here for additional story.

Joe Hock Advances to State Governor’s Cup

On Saturday, February 14, 2015 Holy Cross competed in the Regional Governor’s Cup at Highlands. Congratulations to senior Joe Hock who is advancing to state competition by placing 2nd in Mathematics. Joe will compete March 14th in Louisville. Click for more story and pics.

Ally Mayhaus named Player of the Year

AllyMayhaus9thRegPlayerofYear2 The Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches has announced its Players of the Year for all 16 of the state’s regions. Ally will received this award for Region 9 and is a finalist for the 2015 Kentucky Ms. Basketball Award!

Mission Trip to aid hearing impaired in Jamaica

While on a mission trip in Jamaica last week, Mr. and Mrs. Scott, Hamilton Scott and Jacob Weldon helped fit over 3000 people with hearing aids. Also pictured is Derek Coleman. Derek, who is also hearing impaired, is a fullback with the NFL Seattle Seahawks and worked all eight days on the mission trip. HamiltonScott-JacobWeldon-400x300

Andrew Chaffin signs letter of intent

ACsigning205x190 Andrew Chaffin signs to play baseball with University of Northwestern Ohio.
Congratulations Andrew!

Justin Gangwish signs letter of intent

Justin Gangwish signs to play football with Malone University.
Congratulations Justin!

Becca Stadtlander (2006) illustrates childrens books!

She has recently illustrated a children’s book titled On the Wing and has plans for two more books due out in the next two years.Click for story.

All-A Championship Celebration!

Holy Cross girls capture the All “A” State Title. Aleah Tucker, Dejah McClendon and Ally Mayhaus were named to the all-tournament team. Deja Turner was named the tournament MVP. Congratulations Lady Indians!! Click here for story, game videos, and pictures from school celebratory assembly.

Zac Trenkamp qualifies for state bowling tournament.

Zac qualified for the state tournament in the Individual Bowling competition. Zach has been a strong bowler for the Indians for the past 4 years.

NKAC Swim Meet @ Scott on Jan 30: HC Diving Results

4th place: Owen Finke (personal best score!)
5th place: Gus Staubitz
12th place Emma Lehmkuhl

HC Freshmen Girls Win Basketball Regional

On Sunday, January 25, Holy Cross freshmen girls won the Freshman Regional tournament beating previously undefeated Louisville Mercy in the Championship in overtime. Olivia Crigler lead the team in scoring in the championship game with 24pts. Prior to the championship game, Holy Cross also had victories over Notre Dame and Dixie. Olivia Crigler, Lauren Rankin & Trinity McClendon were named to the All-Tournament Team. Candace Bradshaw was named tournament MVP.

HC Advances to Regional Governor’s Cup

On Saturday, January 24, Holy Cross competed in the District Governor’s Cup at Simon Kenton. The team will compete in the Governor’s Cup Regionals on February 14. Congratulations! Click here for results and pics.

Holy Cross Divers Compete at UK

The Holy Cross Dive Team competed at the 2015 KY High School Dive Invitational on January 17 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. 23 high schools competed in both JV and Varsity events. Holy Cross boys finished in 3rd place! Individual standings: Gus Staubitz 9th, Owen Finke 11th, and Trevor Buescher 12th.
Individual girls standings: For the varsity, Emma Lehmkuhl 14th. For the JV, Suzie Martin 4th and Chloe Kresnak 6th.
In the combined boys and girls Holy Cross finished in 3rd place.
Congratulations to all HC divers!

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Videos of each diver can be viewed below if you have Quicktime on your computer.
Gus Staubitz
Owen Finke
Trevor Buescher
Emma Lehmkuhl
Suzie Martin
Chloe Kresnak

Holy Cross wins combined dive title

Holy Cross wins combined boys and girls team diving title at the Scott Eagle Dive Classic on January 3, 2015.
The Indians’ top scoring boy was fourth place Gus Staubitz (357.80). The top scoring girl was Emma Lehmkuhl (286.30).
“This is only our third year with a full team,” Holy Cross coach Allyson Heger said. “I think our success has brought more success. Three years ago, we had only one diver in the program. We have seven divers now.”
Other divers in the top ten: Owen Finke 5th place (299.50), and Trevor Buescher 8th place (248.75).

Holy Cross Attends KYA in Frankfort

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Ally Mayhaus signs with Bellarmine University

AMsigning970x551 Ally Mayhaus signs a four year full scholarship to Bellarmine University to play basketball.
Congratulations Ally!

Magnified Giving Skate for a Cause

The Holy Cross Magnified Giving Program held a skating party on December 4 at the Independence Skateway to raise money for charity. Everyone in attendance had a great time. Skate4Cause3

Clay Eifert Receives Exemplar Award

Clay The University of Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati is pleased to announce the selection of Clay Eifert of Covington as the club’s 2015 Exemplar Award recipient.
Click here for full story.
Click here for video of award presentation.

Deja Turner signs with Wright State

DTsigning205x190 Deja Turner signs letter of intent to play basketball for the Wright State Raiders in Dayton, Ohio.
Congratulations Deja!

CAD Class Visits Dimension Machine

Mr. Graham’s CAD (Mechanical Drawing) class went on a field trip to Dimension Machine to see real applications of computer assisted design.

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Dajah McCleandon, Matthew Martin, Katie Holtz and Kyra McCleandon, Adam Hellman

Physics Class Balloon Car Competition

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Magnified Giving receives award!

Dorningpic Magnified Giving has been honored as this year’s recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award by the Greater Cincinnati Council of Fundraising Professionals. Holy Cross moderator, Gay Trame, attended an event on National Philanthropy Day, November 12, 2014 at the University of Cincinnati honoring the recipients of the award.
Santa Ono, President of UC, is this year’s honorary chairperson and the Keynote speaker for the event was Erin Gruwell. Erin is the teacher who inspired the Freedom Writer’s Diary. The compilation of her student’s work and their journey toward compiling the diary has been made into a movie. She is an incredible speaker and internationally known for her work.

Christa Dorning (2014) was nominated for the Magnified Giving Roger Grein “Spirit of Philanthropy” award. Although she did not receive it, she was pictured on the inside cover of their program with founder and CEO Roger Grein. Here is a link to more information on this year’s awards.

Girls Cross Country State Meet Results!

Celeste Bergman, Grace Kahmann, Katherine Frantz, Maggie Tupman, Megan Hemmer, Sydney Robke, Natalie Jehn competed in the Class 1A Cross Country Meet on Saturday, November 8 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. As a team HC finished in 10th place out of 22 teams. Natalie Jehn finished 22nd overall. Congratulations Natalie!

Emily Armbrecht finishes 5th.

Emily shot 80 to come in 5th place out of 37 girls in the 4th Annual KY Golf Coaches Association (KGCA) Senior All-Star Tournament held at Heritage Hill Golf Club in Shepherdsville.

Leighton Schrand competes in State Golf Tourney

Schrandpic The boys state golf tournament was held at Bowling Green Country Club, a long course with large mature trees lining every fairway and fast undulating greens. Weather played a big role in this year’s tournament. Practice rounds were delayed over 3 hours due to lightning. Once the weather did clear, players were unable to complete their practice round due to darkness. The next morning, Leighton was in the first group to tee off at 7:00AM CT which was just about the time the rain returned. Even without the rain, the course would be difficult especially if you did not keep your ball in the fairway. The rain would occasionally let up enough to allow players to remove their rain gear, but it would return again before the end of the round. In spite of the weather, participating in a state tournament is an experience that will long be remembered.
We congratulate Leighton for earning a spot as one of 156 participants and representing Holy Cross in the state tournament.

Mark Manczyk (2010), wins woodworking event!

manczykmanczyk-table Mark Manczyk, a University of Kentucky architecture student, won first place in the accent table division of the International Woodworking Fair held in Atlanta, Georgia, in August, 2014. Manczyk was one of 40 students from design schools across the country who entered wood furniture in the design competition. The International Woodworking Fair is the largest woodworking trade show in North America and attracts visitors from more than 80 countries and all 50 states.

Emily Strohm (2002), writes cover story for People Magazine!

EmilyStrohm Emily is a writer for People magazine. She wrote the cover story for the Oct 6, 2014 issue of People featuring Joan Lunden and her battle with breast cancer. Emily is also featured in the video clip at the bottom of the link.
Emily did her first story for People in 2009 as a freelancer while she was still living in Kentucky. She did that for three years then moved to New York in May 2012. She graduated from NKU in 2009 with a public relations degree. This is Emily’s first cover story, so we are all very proud of her.
As the host in the video clip says, “Emily, from Kentucky, now in the big city of New York”, but we like to say, “Emily from Holy Cross, the little school that is proud of her Big Accomplishment, but not surprised.” The magazine hit store shelves Friday 9/26.

Holy Cross teacher receives award!

MBLpic On September 10, 2014 Bishop Foys and Dave Armstrong, President of Thomas More College, presented Mrs. Livingston with a TMC-Diocesan Excellence in Teaching Award. The ceremony was at the end of the Senior Mass at the Cathedral in Covington.

Excerpt from the nomination…
“The best way to describe Mrs. Livingston is to say that she lives to teach chemistry and physics. Her passion for teaching is felt by her students. She pushes her students to do their very best in the classroom and celebrates their successes when they do well on a test, execute a lab properly, or just finally “get-it” on a difficult concept. Through her teaching techniques she instills a love of physics and chemistry. Mrs. Livingston has developed labs that are enjoyable for the students to perform. From using computer based instruments, to rolling bowling balls around the obstacle course in her classroom, to allowing her students launch water balloons at her as they calculate where they need to aim, she make learning fun and interesting. Through her teaching she has fostered a love of science, which has opened career paths for so many of her students.

Mrs. Livingston has always been a wonderful mentor to new teachers.  She does a tremendous job of finding the balance of giving guidance to a new teacher while at the same time allowing them to develop their own style. She is supportive of new teachers in all areas of teaching such as lesson planning, developing labs, and sometimes just getting through a tough day.”

Because of her passion for teaching, her commitment to students, and her love of chemistry and physics, this award was well-deserved. Congratulations Mrs. Livingston!