BCHS Alumni News Blog

Katie (Rudolph) Lubs, ’08, welcomes 4th son

Katie (Rudolph), BCHS Class of 2008, and her husband Daniel welcomed their fourth son John Maxwell Lubs (Johnny Max) into the world in January. He entered this world a whole two weeks early at 8lbs 10oz and 20 inches! He joins brothers Dean, Drew, and David. He has made isolating during this pandemic much more sweet with lots of cuddles and smiles.

James Brooks, ’03, at the Anchorage Newsroom

James Brooks, BCHS Class of 2003, recently shared that he was proud to be part of the newsroom at the Anchorage Daily News that won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. That’s amazing! Congratulations James!

Gregory Welch, ’83, becomes Pastoral Team Member

BCHS graudate Gregory Welch, Class of 1983, started working as a Pastoral Care Team Member (chaplain) at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL in March 2020. Congratulations on your new position!

Deanna Burgess, ’08, receives her doctorate

Congratulations Doctor Deanna Burgess!

Deanna Burgess, Bishop Chatard 2008 graduate, received her doctoral degree from The Pennsylvania State University on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Dr. Burgess attended the former St. Andrew the Apostle School from pre-school (4 year old) through eighth grade, during which time she was top scholar of her class several years as well as a member of National Jr. Honor Society. She attended Bishop Chatard High School through her senior year after which she studied at Purdue University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Dr. Deanna Burgess obtained her Master’s degree in Education from the School of Education at The Pennsylvania State University. She then served as the Mental Health Counselor for a school in Seattle, Washington for two years before returning to Penn State to pursue her Doctoral Degree. Dr. Burgess has accepted a professorship at DePaul University in Chicago IL teaching in their Master’s program this fall.

This has been quite a journey and we are proud of Deanna’s determination and focus to complete her goal!

The photo shows her at her dissertation, entitled: “Removing The Shades: Exploring Racial Identity Development and Colorblindness of Adolescents Enrolled in Social Justice Training Program”

‘The Rematch’ BCHS At-Home Trivia Night: May 22

Put together your ‘quaranteam’ with friends & family — It’s AT-HOME VIRTUAL TRIVIA NIGHT for BCHS.

  • When: Friday, May 22, 2020, beginning around 7:00 p.m.
  • Who: All are invited!
  • Categories: Vocabulary, History, P.E., Science & Performing Arts
  • Cost: FREE!
  • Put together a team consisting of family members, alumni, teachers, students, coaches, teams, friends of Bishop Chatard, or any other smart people you know. We suggest forming a team with those you are quarantining with.

    Questions will be live streamed via YouTube. The answers will be submitted via Google forms. The winner will receive freshly baked Bishop Chatard cookies delivered to your front door!

    Use the link below to register to play and we will email you the rest of the directions.

    Register Here

    Registration deadline is May 22 at 6:00 p.m.

Trojans Helping Trojans Emergency Relief Fund

As we move deeper into the COVID-19 crisis, our current BCHS families are among those affected by job loss, layoffs and other financial hardships.

In response to this crisis, BCHS is changing our traditional Trojan Day of Giving to ‘Trojans Helping Trojans’ Emergency Relief, a week-long fund-a-need effort to build an emergency relief fund for BCHS families suffering at this time. Every dollar donated will directly benefit these families and allow them to continue their children’s education at Bishop Chatard.

Won’t you help them? Any donation, no matter the size, will be appreciated.

Donate Today

READ OUR LETTER FROM PRESIDENT SAHM ABOUT THE EFFORT

Dear Bishop Chatard family and friends,

As we move deeper into this period of response to our nation’s public health crisis, it has come to our attention that members of our Bishop Chatard school community are among those experiencing economic hardship through job loss, furloughing or reduction in salary/wages. It is our intention to support these families in any way we can, and we are looking to you to help us respond to their needs.

In response to this crisis, we are changing our traditional Trojan Day of Giving to Trojans Helping Trojans Emergency Relief, a week-long fund-a-need effort to build an emergency relief fund for Bishop Chatard families directly suffering from a loss of income due to COVID-19. Every dollar donated will directly benefit these families and allow them to continue their children’s education at Bishop Chatard.

Since transitioning to an eLearning model on March 16, Bishop Chatard has continued to work hard to provide the high level of academic instruction and virtual student life activities that are an integral part of our mission to form the whole person. It is remarkable to witness the creative and determined efforts of our faculty, staff, coaches and administration working diligently to keep a semblance of normalcy in our students’ lives.

I believe that this challenging time in our world is a God-given opportunity to deepen our faith and our love for each other, including the most vulnerable within our own school community. Please consider a gift that will assist our families in need, and we ask you to pray for all of us tasked with serving the remarkable school community we know as Bishop Chatard High School. We continue to offer our thanks and prayers for all of you and your well-being, staying safe in Our Lord’s tender care.

God bless you,

Bill Sahm, President


Thank you to our donors!

Over $45,000 has been raised by the people listed below to support BCHS parents during this crisis.

  • Tom & Suzanne Lewis
  • Rose Feeney '79
  • Brian & Jeannie Zurawski
  • Martha McCurdy
  • Al & Denise Hirt
  • Elizabeth Hansen '69
  • James & Madelaine Krolik
  • Todd & Megan Kalesperis
  • Rob & Maggie Albright
  • Eric & Lisa Johnson
  • Dave & Sue Schnieders
  • Jonathan & Margaret Ruffing
  • Carl and Catherine '99 Ruffing Drotleff
  • Mark '89 & Amy Bridenstine
  • John & Julie (Goebel) '88 Nagel
  • James '65 & Patricia Quatman
  • Elizabeth Assalley
  • Aiden Duncan '23
  • Kevin Schaefer
  • Maria Walsh
  • Adam & Meri Weber
  • Michael & Amy Borchers
  • Mark & Jessica McAllister
  • Robert & Annelise (Vaughn) '98 Haag
  • John & Mary Helen (Lyons) '65 Quinn
  • Dave Schapker
  • Rob & Libby (Akin) '78 Doyle
  • Jody Brezette '06
  • David & Cathy Siler
  • Tim & Susan Lacy
  • Bill & Debbie Sahm
  • Annette Hall
  • Danny & Jennifer Feeney
  • Mike & Melissa Mates
  • James & Teresa (Weaver) '77 McLaughlin
  • Gregg & Cindy Wallander
  • Rich & Mary McGillicuddy
  • Clark & Sally Millman
  • Michael & Sarah Bardol
  • Kyle Fairchild '04
  • Larry & Nancy O'Bryan
  • Jorge '68 & Kandice Llera
  • Caroline (Quatman) '91 Miller
  • Mark '91 & Meg Linden
  • David '71 & Mary McFarren
  • Bob McLain
  • Tom & Sis Adkins
  • Kevin & Lisa Doyle
  • Shannon & Heather Bosley
  • Tom & Elisabeth Groot
  • Anne Lyons
  • Judy Bosshart
  • Michael Cyganowski
  • John & Theresa Chaniga
  • Kamilla Benko '08
  • John Sullivan '81
  • Chris '81 & Anita Wallis
  • Joe '86 & Nichole Copple
  • Jim '88 & Jenny (Wolf) '88 Drew
  • Brad & Eileen (Powell) '90 Countryman
  • Lucas & Susan (Johnson) '00 Johns
  • Connie Heneghan
  • Joseph Clark '68
  • Jan (Breiner) '69 Frazier
  • Thomas & Christy (Schimschock) '68 Wright
  • Greg '72 & Donna Kay Mark
  • John '65 & June Haskin
  • Bill '76 & Cokie (O'Brien) '75 Scheidler
  • Tom Miller
  • Dan & Marilynn Fagan & Family
  • Kevin '83 & Rita O'Hara
  • Jake Miller '11
  • Kevin & Liz Sowinski
  • Joe & Amy Schaffer
  • Kyung Jin Lee '14
  • Rick & Shelly Penny
  • Joseph & Melinda Rivelli
  • Ted & Katie Kolbus
  • Jody Pruitt
  • Hugh & Renae Stoudt
  • James & Nina Meyer
  • Adrienne Cohoat
  • Tony & Kirsten Felts
  • John & Christine McHugh
  • Michael & Polly Reynolds
  • Mark & Amy Taylor
  • JB & Mary Kay Hudson
  • Kriss Anderson & Adrienne Quill
  • Mike '76 & Elaine Ford
  • Peter '85 & Jenny Forsee
  • Chuck '88 & Maria Harr
  • Andy & Jill Manchir
  • Maria Walsh
  • John & Dee Szott
  • Michael & Jeanne (Capone) '82 Agostino
  • Dale & Maria Knight
  • Lonnie & Cara Lynn Chamberlain
  • Anonymous
  • Keith & Pam Martin
  • Damian & Morgan Schmitt
  • Thomas '72 & Sharon Sullivan
  • John & Kim Shaw
  • Brian & Laura Falcon
  • Ryan Eads & Michelle Ruppel
  • Dr. & Cherie Foley
  • Scott & Amy Treida
  • Lisa Spalding
  • Jim & Victoria Zink
  • Tom & Elizabeth O'Gara
  • Jim & Carol Joven
  • Tim & Rebecca Boyle
  • Andy & Carmen Teed
  • Barb Gaffney
  • John '91 & Paula Ryan
  • Rob & Julie (Church) '88 Pruitt
  • Shawn '82 & Joanne (Boyle) '83 Keating
  • Jeff & Michelle Wuensch
  • Marshall & Karen Parker
  • James & Mary Kay Hudson
  • John & Suzanna Annakin
  • Bruce & Marilyn Bubenzer
  • Ken & Cathleen Scheer
  • Steve & Debbie Ruberg
  • Charles '76 & Karen Feeney
  • Mike & Heather McGinley
  • Richard & Sandra (Robinson) '69 Fields
  • Michael '69 & Clare Duane
  • Kurt '86 & Danica Hostettler
  • Glenn '84 & Cindy Harkness
  • Anonymous
  • Debra George
  • Dan & Judy Morris
  • Chloe Fellwock '18
  • Rusty & Vickie Wann
  • Deegan Atha '13
  • Joe '69 & Cathy Ford
  • Thomas & Gayle Mass
  • Tyler & Allison (Mark) '00 Mayer
  • Kevin Heneghan '89
  • Mark '67 & Janet Laurent
  • Mark '87 & Dawn (Wiltshire) '89 Koers
  • John '76 & Nancy (Akin) '76 Dury
  • The Stonner Family
  • Bruce & Katie Klineman
  • Kathryn Janssen
  • James & Mary Ann O'Brien
  • Kenzie & Denise Kelly
  • Brian & Nicole Duncan
  • Geoff Thompson & Jennifer Wood-Thompson
  • Kriss Anderson & Adrienne Quill
  • Jonathon & Jennifer Wright
  • Rachel Gibson
  • Susan Howell
  • Mary Ann Waldron
  • Mark & Sandi Carter
  • John & Christel Didat
  • Bud & Peg Doyle
  • Joe & Gina Hansen
  • Bob & Mimi Dickey
  • Grantland Clapacs & Marla Smith
  • Brigid O'Brien
  • Ross & Pam Nixon
  • Charlie & Julie Revard
  • Mike & Kelly Caskey
  • Jacquie Berry
  • William & Sherry Monachino
  • Bob & Michelle Kowal
  • Amy Horlander Barry
  • Kelli Tromiczak
  • Gary & Sandy deCastro
  • Dan & Betsy Babcock & Family
  • Todd & Sharon Shickel
  • Scott & Cathy Nickerson
  • Adri Zermeno '11
  • Barry & Monica (Ruberg) '04 Helfrich
  • Joe & Jenny Annee
  • David & Marijane Wilkerson
  • Susan (Fox) '69 Pattee
  • Michael & Mary Ellen Ball
  • Catherine Welch
  • Ed & Eileen Johnstone
  • Deacon Rick '78 & Carol (Lyons) '78 Wagner
  • Paul '65 & Alice Hayes
  • Alan & Ruth Roell
  • Mary Donnelly
  • Jim & Kathie Church
  • Bob '03 & Megan Schaffner
  • Dan Kavanaugh '03
  • Brad & Eileen (Powell) '90 Countryman
  • Steve & Cathe (Sherlock) '67 Fulcher
  • Cheryl (Johnston) '82 Huffine
  • Ahmed & Jamie (Doyle) '82 Ismail
  • Joan (Patterman) '66 Barrett
  • David '76 & Michele Dessauer
  • Tim Spreitzer '74
  • Bryan & Jen Smith
  • Adam & Molly (McGlinchey) Clauss '09
  • John '08 & Caroline (Schutzman) '08 Dury
  • Steve & Kimberly Smith
  • Jack & Candice Mees
  • Tony & Carole Watt
  • Allison Kenney '06
  • Josh & Katie Schaffner


#TrojansHelpingTrojans

Nick Casey and Lewis Dilts meet in college baseball game

Two BCHS alumni will be back on the BCHS campus, playing for their respective college baseball teams as DePauw University takes on Manchester University on the BCHS baseball field. Nick Casey (DePauw) and Lewis Dilts (Manchester), both members of the BCHS Class of 2016, will be playing a doubleheader both Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, 2020. Games both days start at 12:00 noon.

Larisa (Esmits) Smith, ’97, opens travel agency in WI

Larisa shares this information about her life’s journey:

“I got married in 2009, to my wonderful husband, Sam, while still living in Indianapolis. My son, Alex, was born in 2013.

After many years working as a dog groomer, I switched gears and got into the travel industry. After working for other agencies for the last 4 years, I made the leap and opened up my own travel agency.

Rivertown Travel is based in Hudson, WI where we have lived since 2015. We share our house with 2 cats and a Golden Retriever named Flash. ”

Larisa, congratulations and best wishes on your new venture!

Nichelle Leavell, ’95, owner of Experience, Strength & Hope

Nichelle Leavell, BCHS Class of 1995, owns Experience, Strength & Hope LLC, the only agency in Indianapolis that is dedicated solely to individual Recovery Consulting services.

She employs 10 clinical contractors focused on mental health and addictions work.

Personally, she is one of the only Black and women-owned DMHA certified Mental Health and Addictions Agencies in Indianapolis.

Nichelle and her sister Rochelle, Class of 1997, are proud to be second-generation Trojans.

She shares her accomplishment because it is something to be celebrated (after years of hard work towards ownership), and attributes this success, in part, to her education at Bishop Chatard. She also hopes that, if someone needed help, they may know where to come.

Due to the crisis in our country and lack of mental health and addictions services, this is a very important service to the community.