BCHS Alumni News Blog

Carl Henn, ’76, publishes book

After a career fighting infectious diseases in Africa, Carl Henn, BCHS Class of ’76, has just published a book, My Two Centuries in Africa : How a Funny-Looking Kid from Indiana Wound Up on an Endless African Adventure, available now as an eBook on Amazon Kindle, print version and audiobook to follow. Carl sends a tip of the hat to his BCHS high school teachers: Mlle. Kerestes, French class, and Miss Moss, junior year English.

View his book on Amazon

Matthias Benko, ’19, launches Audubon Chapter at IU

Matthias Benko, BCHS Class of 2019 and current junior at IU, shared his passion for birding with the IU campus by forming a club called Bloomington Birders. His hope was to inspire students to be concerned about birds and preserving the places they need to survive.

During 2020 and the pandemic, the birding club offered opportunities to connect with nature through guided bird walks and virtual gatherings. This led to joining Audubon Great Lakes in an effort to raise awareness for climate solutions in Indiana to protect the two-thirds of North American birds that are at risk because of climate change.

Read the full article in gl.audubon.org.

Zack Martin, ’09, is named to NFL All-Pro team again

Zack Martin, BCHS Class of 2009 and currently on the Dallas Cowboys team, was named to the 2022 All-Pro Team for the 7th time in his career. He was named to the first team five times and is already listed as one of the top 100 NFL Football interior linemen. Congratulations Zack!

Gary Hessel, ’76, enjoyed the reunion!

Gary Hessel, BCHS Class of ’76 writes the following:

“My wife (Brenda) and I had a great time at this years’ 45 year reunion.

We split our time between our homes in Whitestown, IN and Santa Clara, Utah. We have 3 grandkids in Firestone, Colorado – 3 in St. George, Utah and 2 in Brownsburg, IN.”

Aaron Hepp, ’12, will be at CFP National Championship

Aaron Hepp, BCHS Class of 2012, is once again on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium! This time he is a senior broadcast producer and editor at the University of Alabama, on the sidelines and behind the scenes for the Crimson Tide as they meet Georgia in the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship!

After playing on back-to-back state champion football teams at BCHS, Aaron played football from 2012-2016 at Ball State. During that time, he joined Ball State Sports Link to learn the trade, to prepare for a career after football. Upon graduation, he spent 7 months at the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team, and has been working with Alabama Athletics since July 2017.

Read the complete story (in the Muncie Star Press) of his pathway from playing football to producing broadcasts for the top game of the college season.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Hepp/Star Press

Katie (Wessel) Harcourt, ’09, is newly wed

Katie Wessel, BCHS Class of ’09, married Ryan Harcourt in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Nov. 20, 2021. The newlyweds met through a mutual friend and Ryan’s co-worker, Kalie (Noll) Hicks, BCHS ’09. The wedding was a beautiful day, celebrating with close family, friends and loved ones. Together, they are starting their next adventure as husband and wife in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Girls Basketball Alumni Night – A Recap!

Bishop Chatard was pleased to welcome back over 60 girls basketball alumnae and coaches at their Alumni Girls Basketball Recognition Night on November 24, 2021.

They enjoyed the evening of reminiscing, socializing, and recognition. They were introduced to the sell-out crowd between the JV and Varsity girls basketball games vs Cathedral that evening.

Program of the Evening, with bios from the alumnae

Girls Alumnae Group PhotoClick photo for larger view

Thank you to Head Coach Dan Wagner and his staff for organizing this event!

Monique Ware, ’05, is new Ivy Tech Director of Financial Aid

Congratulations to Monique Ware, BCHS Class of 2005, who recently started a new job as Director of Financial Aid for the Indianapolis location of Ivy Tech Community College. Monique had previously worked at Marian University for over 13 years in financial aid in the positions of assistant, associate, and director of financial aid.