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Bronco Express is the alumni and alumni parent quarterly newsletter.



mOntInI CathOLIC hIGh SChOOL QUarterLY neWSLetter

WInter 2012

n Thursday, October 25th, the entire Montini Catholic Sophomore class reached out to various service sites in the Western Suburbs. Over 170 Montini Catholic sophomore students, along with teachers and parent volunteers, traveled to various volunteer-based organizations. The organizations that the sophomore class visited were Easter Seals (Villa Park), Seguin (Villa Park), Northern IL Food Bank (Geneva), Feed My Starving Children (Aurora), Plum Creek...continued page 5


The Class of 2015 lends a hand

(left) Caroline Strzempek 15 (center) elizabeth mullins 15 Daughter of tom mullins 82 (right) Steve Dowjotas 03 pe teacher and Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach

State ChampS

Stem COmmIttee


A Message from the preSIDent Johnny Weiger - Fall Sports - Academic SuccessDear Montini Catholic Alumni and Friends, This first semester of the 2012-13 school year has been very exciting and successful, but it has also been a semester filled with sadness and deep emotion for our school community, as we dealt with the death of an excellent student and sophomore football player, Johnny Weiger. We found out very early in the semester that Johnnys recovery from bone marrow surgery had taken a turn for the worse. Johnnys battle against leukemia, and his courage and deep faith in God, touched us all and was an inspiration to his teammates, our student body, members of our athletic conference, and many within and outside the Montini Catholic community. Johnny lost his battle with leukemia on November 4, 2012, but his spirit was and still is with us. I ask you to please keep the Weiger family in your thoughts and prayers during Christmas and throughout the New Year. We entered the 2012-13 school year excited that 24 perfect scores of 5 were recorded by Montini Catholic students on the 2012 Advanced Placement examination and 70% of the students who took these exams recorded a score of 3 or better, earning them college credit at most universities and colleges in the country. As many of you are aware, Montini Catholic once again experienced a great deal of athletic success during the fall season. Girls Volleyball captured the freshmen, sophomore and varsity championships in the Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division. Girls Cross Country captured the Suburban Christian Conference Varsity Championship for the third straight year and was the third place trophy winner in the IHSA State 2A Cross Country Championships in Peoria. Varsity Football recorded a 4-Peat in Class 5A football, capturing the state championship once again, with a 19 to 6 victory over Morris High School. Very few high schools in the state can make this claim and it is an accomplishment of which our school community is very proud. Since 2000, Montini Catholic has claimed 18 IHSA State Championships: 10 in Wrestling, 5 in Football and 3 in Girls Basketball. This is a very proud accomplishment for our school community. The success that our athletic program has attained in recent years has brought on a false perception with some of our alumni and friends that we are solely focused on athletic success. Nothing could be further from the truth. We do well in the area of athletics because we have talented, hardworking students guided by excellent coaches on the field or court, and guided by excellent LaSallian teachers in the classroom. What people dont read and see in the newspapers is the academic success that these student athletes achieve in the classroom every day. Not only are the Advanced Placement Scores outstanding as indicated earlier in my letter, but our students ACT scores continue to exceed the state and national averages, and our 163 graduates of the Class of 2012 received $10 million in academic scholarships. 72% of our faculty and staff have earned masters or doctoral degrees. Each year our graduates are accepted and are attending the top universities in the country. Year in and year out many students who participate in our 23 athletic programs, rank in the top of their classes and are leaders in our academic and spiritual programs. Over the years, many of our talented student/ athletes have also attended some of the top academic universities in the country, many strictly on academic scholarships. These academic accomplishments are not covered by the media, so I have provided a snapshot of just some of the successes of our young men and women student athletes in the shaded box at the bottom of the page. I also invite you to visit our website at www.montini. org to read more about our academic success stories. On the home page, you will see a listing of our weekly news and press releases that highlight many of our students accomplishments in academics. In a nut shell, the success we have experienced academically not only meets, but exceeds the success that we have achieved athletically. Finally, let me wish each and everyone of you and your loved ones a blessed and healthy New Year. As always, I thank you for your continual support and generosity to our school community. Live Jesus In Our HeartsForever Sincerely, Jim Segredo President

Suburban Christian Conference academic all Conference 3.7 GPA or better while in season 56 Fall Sport Varsity Athletes in 2012 120 Varsity Athletes in 2011-2012 Ten year average of over 100 students per year IhSa Scholastic achievement 3.5 GPA or better through 5 semesters 44 in 2011-2012 IhSa team academic achievement award Entire team maintains 3.0 GPA or better while in season All 18 Varsity Teams in 2011-2012 105 Varsity Teams since 2003 (year award was established) 2 Winter 2012

Class of 2013 highlights Tom Paweleski, an IHSA state champion wrestler signed a letter of intent with Stanford University; Fellow grappler Jordan Laster has signed a letter of intent with Princeton University; and Mike Sepke has an offer to attend Brown University. Fellow student athletes Sarah Lugo (Girls Lacrosse), Fran Meyer (Girls Lacrosse), and Malayna Johnson (Girls Basketball) signed letters of intent at Michigan, Marquette and the University of Wisconsin, respectively. All State/All Conference place kicker Andrew Harte and All Area/All Conference Wide Receiver/ Quarterback Mark Gorgianas are being recruited by Yale and Dartmouth. mOntInI.OrG

2012 reUnIOnS Classmates from 72, 77, 82, 87, 92, 97, 02, 07 ReuniteTHANK YOU to all of the Class Committees and those that attended their class reunions this year. Class turnouts were great and everyone was able to catch up and make new memories. ATTENTION Classes of 73, 78, 83, 88, 93, 98, 03 & 08? Would you like to work on your class reunion committee? Email us: and we will get you on the list!



82Upcoming eVentS Friday, march 15, 201322nd annual Spring Fling - Shamrockin Montinis Annual Benefit Auction is the largest fundraiser for the school. All are invited to enjoy a fun evening of bidding and raffles! Check for more information in the winter months. hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Montinis Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Ceremony is an opportunity to recognize the outstanding achievements many of our graduates have accomplished. Check for more information. 6:30pm - Montini Catholic H.S. Lombard, IL Bronco Classic Golf Outing Whether you golf a lot or a little, this day is fun for all involved! Start getting your four-somes together! Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are provided. Silent Auction, Raffles, and Prizes at Dinner! St. Andrews Golf & Country Club West Chicago, IL

87Broncette reUnIOn 100+ celebrate Memories

Saturday, april 27, 2013

Friday, august 9, 2013


n Friday, September 7, 2012 Montini Catholic High School hosted a reunion for its 19-time State Championship Dance Program, The Broncettes. 53 alumnae performed a routine, choreographed by former Broncettes Tina (Riccio) Wurtz 00 and Dena (Morano) McGady 01, titled Memories. Current Head Coach, Eugenia (Wasson) Scavone 84, who is in her 21st year as Head Coach, was also

among the alumnae who performed in front of a varsity football halftime crowd that evening. The performance brought alumnae from 1976 2012, making it the largest such reunion in school history. After the game, a reception was held in the schools cafeteria. More than 100 former Broncettes met to share memories old and new. The reunion, which was coordinated by Megan (Crotty) Pauley 00 was a big success for the schools Alumni outreach. Winter 2012 3


Alumni ChILDren 2012-2013Sixty-six children of alumni, which represents close to 10% of the total student body, presently attend Montini Catholic. The children of alumni come to Montini Catholic from over 20 towns and villages in DuPage and West Cook Counties. CLaSS OF 2013Chris Bartosz Jeannette (Workman) Bartosz 85 Joey Borsellino Lewis 75 and Julie (Savaiano) 78 Borsellino Brent Chiaramonti Nick Chiaramonti 84 Mario Conforti Frank Conforti 86 Michael Fruehe Donna (Mueller) 81 and Mark Fruehe 81 Manny Georgitsis Amy (Tharp) Georgitsis 84 Gabrielle Headrick Denise (Termunde) Headrick 75 Amanda Hejny Jeffrey Hejny 87 Jason Hemedinger Lori (Shimkus) Hemedinger 87 Collin Loftus Patricia (Bonnamy) Loftus 83 Seth Maack Therese (Fruehe) Maack 79 Jimmy Maloney Jamie (Savaiano) Maloney 78 Bill Martinello Joe Martinello 86 Grant Brady Tim Brady 82 Margaret Burke Kathryn (Mullins) Burke 85 Matt Diedrick Larry Diedrick 82 Al Holler Albert Holler 78 Ryan Huff Lawrence Huff 84 Michaela Kirchoff Lynn (Crotty) Kirchoff 84 Monica Loftus Christina (Connelly) Loftus 86 Patrick Maloney Jamie (Savaiano) Maloney 78 Kelly McNamara Bridget (Moriarty) 86 and Bryan McNamara 86 Elizabeth Mullins Tom Mullins 82 Jake Pestel Michael Pestel 88 Michael Reilley Michael Reilley 78 T