Jan 01

Exciting Changes for Holy Family

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AN EXCITING MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT MICHAEL BRENNAN

The momentum at Holy Family Catholic High School has never been at such a heightened level since I stepped foot on campus almost five years ago.  Enrollment and fundraising numbers are both hitting and surpassing annual goals.

The spirit and energy of our students in the extracurricular arena are unparalleled and a sight to be seen. Our entire Holy Family community has been lifted by a new bond grounded in unity and pride forged by the successful navigation of a school year no one could have imagined.

With the scoreboard showing every indication of a win, the question I have been getting for the past few months is, “What’s next, Mike?” Well, the truth is, there’s quite a bit. What I can tell you is we are not going to rest on our laurels or become complacent. The status quo is not an option.

At Holy Family, we believe that every minute matters and time not spent planning for our future and designing pathways to support our students’ very best high school experience is time wasted.

And while there are several irons in the fire heating up to achieve this end, there is one that I am particularly excited to share with our Holy Family community.

It is truly a privilege and an honor to announce that we are moving forward with a new capital campaign engineered to realize two distinct yet highly interconnected dreams for our school:

1. a significant upgrade and enhancement to our competitive athletic field and surrounding amenities, and

2. the restructuring of our debt to allow for increased investments in our educational programming, personnel, facilities, and, above all, the overall student experience.

That’s right, Holy Family, the time is ripe and we could not be more excited to begin the fundraising efforts that will yield our very own field of dreams and a new financial paradigm that will effectively reduce our annual debt servicing obligations by half!

Overview of the complex

This bold plan, coupled with the generosity of benefactors, will fulfill the dreams of so many students, parents, alumni, donors, and friends who desire an activities complex that serves multiple sports programs, clubs, physical education classes, community gathering events, and outreach to our Catholic elementary partner schools.  It will also provide the resources to successfully restructure our debt – a necessary burden acquired in 1999 to purchase these 72 acres of property and construct our existing facility and the school we all love.

When does this all happen?  It is happening now.

For the last two years, behind-the-scenes efforts of school leadership have involved both envisioning this end goal as well as designing the mechanics to achieve it. In the end, the cost of the entire project will be 6.5 million dollars.

Two million dollars will be specifically directed towards reducing principal, dollar for dollar, and serving as a down payment in the restructuring of our debt in September 2022 when our bond becomes callable. 4.5 million dollars will be used to apply synthetic turf to our competition field, install permanent bleachers for both home and away spectators, add restroom facilities, construct a community gathering plaza on “the hill,” build a welcoming gated entrance into the complex, rework the concessions area, resurface the existing track, and add new lighting, fencing, and much-needed storage.

We will continue to aggressively raise dollars for the project until we have commitments for the entire amount.  Our development team’s goal is to identify all project dollars by October 2022 and complete the activities complex by August of 2023.

Of course, breaking ground will directly depend on the success of these fundraising efforts.  We are confident and prayerful that our community will continue to support the mission and vision at Holy Family and help us complete our largest building initiative since Holy Family opened its doors in the year 2000.

I’ll keep you updated on the status of the capital campaign with emails and article in future issues of Passages. If you’d like to find out how you can be a part of this campaign today, please contact our Chief Development Officer Jack Kelly at kellyj@hfchs.org.

Go FIRE!

The complex will also include improved fan seating, restroom facilities, and concessions along with a community plaza.

Jan 01

Holy Family Swimmers Head to State

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Mound Westonka – Holy Family Girls Swim and Dive

Section 3A Championships

November 11 and 13, 2021

By: K. Thomes

For high school swim and dive teams, the path to the MSHSL State Tournament begins and ends at the Section Championship meet. This two-day event includes preliminary races on day 1, with the top 16 finishers in each event invited to return for finals races on day 2. Earning a state-qualifying time in a finals event race is the sole opportunity to qualify for the state meet.

The Mound Westonka – Holy Family (MWHF) Girls Swim and Dive team was one of 11 teams competing in the Section 3A Championships in Willmar on November 11 and 13. Coach Ben Hanson’s team finished 5th overall and will send 7 swimmers to the MSHSL State Meet at the University of Minnesota November 19-20.

Holy Family Swimmers Ellen and Abigail Reis are headed to the state tournment.

Hanson pulled together a trio of MSHSL State Tournament qualifying relay teams. The 200 Medley Relay team of Kristin Collins (JR), Kate Johnson (JR), Annie Springer (SR, Captain), and Jaylyn Storm (JR) had a 3rd place finish (1:50:24). The 200 Freestyle Relay also finished 3rd (1.40.77), advancing Johnston, Annemarie Johnson (FR), Ellen Ries (SR, Captain), and Storm to the State Tournament. E. Ries, Johnson, Abigail Ries (SO), and Springer earned their ticket to State with a 5th place finish (3.42.47) in the 400 Freestyle Relay.

Five MWHF swimmers advanced to the State Tournament in individual events; Storm (JR) in the 50 Freestyle (24.47, 2nd place) and the 100 Freestyle (54.26, 5th place), E. Ries in the 500 Freestyle (5.24.44, 4th place); Johnston in the 100 Breaststroke (1.06.51, 2nd place), Johnson in the 100 Breaststroke (1.08.36, 3rd place) and Springer in the 100 Butterfly (59.87, 4th place).

Other individual competitors in the Section 3A event finals included E. Ries in the 200 Freestyle earning a 5th place finish (1.58.82) just 0:00:82 over the state qualifying time. Also, in the 200 Freestyle, Johnson finished 9th (2.02.93), Courtney French (JR) was 10th, and Collins finished 12th (2.09.59). Springer finished 10th in the 200 Individual Medley (2.18.76) with A. Ries 13th (2.24.68). Johnston finished 14th in the 50 Freestyle (25.91), and French placed 13th in the 500 Freestyle (5.44.97). Collins placed 13th in the 100 Backstroke (1.05.08), with Hanna Hall (SR, Captain) finishing the 100 Breaststroke in 12th. Kathryn Collins (SR, Captain) took 15th in the 100 Butterfly (1.03.86).

Sophomore Catherine Dueck withdrew from the competition after the preliminary races due to illness. Dueck’s preliminary races earned her a 3rd place seed in the 200 Individual Medley (2.14.57) and 4th in the 100 Freestyle (54.51). Dueck’s 200 Individual Medley time in the preliminary race met the state qualifying time, though only races swam in Finals allow advancement to the State Meet.

Diver Bailey Monette (7th grade) earned 302.00 points for the 20 dives completed over the two days. Monette placed 5th, just 0.95 points behind the 4th place finisher. The top 4 divers advance to the State Meet.

Here are the results for Holy Family athletes competing in the section championship.

Ellen Ries
500 Freestyle – State Qualifier
200 Freestyle Relay – State Qualifier
400 Freestyle Relay – State Qualifier
200 Freestyle  – 5th place

Abigail Ries
400 Freestyle Relay – State Qualifier
200 Individual Medley – 13th place
100 Breaststroke – 22nd place

Courtney French
200 Freestyle – 10th place
500 Freestyle – 13th place

Cathryn Dueck – withdrew prior to finals due to illness, likely State Qualifier in all events
200 Individual Medley – 3rd place after prelims
100 Freestyle – 4th place after prelims
200 Freestyle Relay– 4th place after prelims
400 Freestyle Relay – would have been on State Qualifying Team

The next meet is MSHSL State Tournament, University of Minnesota Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center: November 18-20

Jan 01

2021-22 First Quarter Honor Roll

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Holy Family Catholic High School is proud to announce its  2021-22 First Quarter Academic Honor Roll.  Almost 80% of our student body earned merit on the honor roll by achieving the following grade point averages: 3.800 – 4.330- President’s List; 3.443 – 3.799– Principal’s List; and 3.000 – 3.442 for Honor Roll.

President’s List: 3.800 – 4.330

2023 Maider Agirre San Martin President’s List
2024 Robert Alexander President’s List
2022 Julia Anderson President’s List
2022 Katherine Anseth President’s List
2024 Emma Augustyn President’s List
2022 Jack Barth President’s List
2022 Brooke Batker President’s List
2023 Jack Bauer President’s List
2024 Leah Beach President’s List
2025 Zachry Beach President’s List
2022 Alexander Beer President’s List
2025 Natalia Bellefy President’s List
2023 Anton Bernaski President’s List
2023 Sophia Boockmeier President’s List
2023 Elijah Bresnan President’s List
2024 Kate Buchholz President’s List
2024 Jacob Burlage President’s List
2022 Isabel Busch President’s List
2023 Eleanor Bush President’s List
2022 Jacob Cameron President’s List
2025 Lucy Carraux President’s List
2022 Nicholas Charpentier President’s List
2022 Alex Cherry President’s List
2023 Sarah Chromy President’s List
2022 Austin Clifford President’s List
2025 Jacob Clifford President’s List
2022 Ryley Covington President’s List
2025 Casey Cronin President’s List
2025 Brianna DeLorenzo President’s List
2025 Allison Diminnie President’s List
2022 Edward Diminnie President’s List
2024 Margaret Dowling President’s List
2024 Jack Egenes President’s List
2022 Dylan Ehlers President’s List
2023 Josephine Elsner President’s List
2023 Rebecca Ernst President’s List
2025 Audrey Fahey President’s List
2024 Daniel Fahey President’s List
2024 Mason Fasching President’s List
2022 Isaac Fassil President’s List
2024 Jocelyn Fette President’s List
2022 Charles Ficek President’s List
2025 Elias Foudray President’s List
2023 Kaellan Foudray President’s List
2023 Courtney French President’s List
2024 Vivian French President’s List
2023 Michael Frost President’s List
2023 Karli Gagnon President’s List
2023 Benjamin Gallus President’s List
2025 Charles Garlets President’s List
2023 Michael Garlets President’s List
2022 Luke Geadelmann President’s List
2025 Maren Grussing President’s List
2025 Hayden Guggemos President’s List
2025 Grace Guyer President’s List
2023 Olivia Guyer President’s List
2023 Sophia Hall President’s List
2025 Nathan Hamilton President’s List
2022 Sophia Heles President’s List
2025 Hannah Henderson President’s List
2024 Kambryn Hendrickson President’s List
2024 Mick Herron President’s List
2024 Patrick Herron President’s List
2022 Lucy Hertel President’s List
2023 Sydney Hickey President’s List
2023 Abbey Hope President’s List
2024 Ava Hopper President’s List
2025 David Hovey President’s List
2024 Angelina Huynh President’s List
2025 Sophia Jesse President’s List
2023 Dayrin Jimenez President’s List
2025 Paige Johander President’s List
2024 Phoebe Johnson President’s List
2025 Luke Kans President’s List
2024 Gabrielle Kapke President’s List
2022 Maeve Kelly President’s List
2024 Alexander Ketchem President’s List
2025 Adam Kimbrel President’s List
2024 Matthew King President’s List
2024 Andrew Klawitter President’s List
2022 Riley Knapp President’s List
2023 Ella Knewtson President’s List
2023 Taylor Koeppl President’s List
2025 Brady Krautkramer President’s List
2025 Alexa Krienke President’s List
2023 Alison Kunkel President’s List
2022 Ella Kunze President’s List
2022 Natalie Larson President’s List
2023 Kori Lenzmeier President’s List
2025 Meredith Linsley President’s List
2025 Henry Lisko President’s List
2023 Jack Lisko President’s List
2023 Mary Lizak President’s List
2024 Samuel Luessi President’s List
2022 Sophia Mackey President’s List
2024 Tamara Mackey President’s List
2025 Christina Maher President’s List
2023 Joseph Maher President’s List
2023 Sean McGaughey President’s List
2024 Sydney McGuirk President’s List
2025 Ryan McPartland President’s List
2025 Keira Mertz President’s List
2022 Shae Messner President’s List
2023 Ava Mettler President’s List
2025 Jillian Mlodozyniec President’s List
2024 Elijah Moe President’s List
2023 Emma Murphy President’s List
2025 Braedan Nelson President’s List
2024 Sofia Neve President’s List
2024 Griffin Newman President’s List
2024 Hannah Newman President’s List
2024 Malick Ngwana President’s List
2025 Lucia Numelin President’s List
2025 Olivia O’Brien President’s List
2024 Gabriela Oconitrillo President’s List
2022 Molly O’Connor President’s List
2024 Keenan Olsen President’s List
2023 Anika Olson President’s List
2025 Philip Olson President’s List
2024 Nick Osgood President’s List
2022 Sydney Osterdyk President’s List
2023 Isabella Paidosh President’s List
2023 Kieran Paidosh President’s List
2024 Kristian Palattao President’s List
2022 Derek Pass President’s List
2025 Jessica Pass President’s List
2022 Hailey Pavelka President’s List
2022 Makenzie Pavelka President’s List
2022 My-Linh Pavelka President’s List
2025 Abigail Road Pawelek President’s List
2023 Leo Penny President’s List
2024 Chloe Perrin-Smith President’s List
2022 Pearl Phillips President’s List
2024 Elijah Pitner President’s List
2025 Ariana Radel President’s List
2022 Mark Rahn President’s List
2025 Alexandra Raw President’s List
2024 Thomas Red Wing President’s List
2022 Paula Rica Andres President’s List
2025 Addison Rice President’s List
2025 Michael Richardson President’s List
2023 Michael Richelsen President’s List
2023 Jodie Rief President’s List
2024 Abigail Ries President’s List
2022 Ellen Ries President’s List
2024 Julia Riley President’s List
2024 Drew Roelofs President’s List
2025 Kathryn Rothstein President’s List
2023 Shannon Rothstein President’s List
2023 Nadia Rustowicz President’s List
2023 Luke Sabart President’s List
2022 Olivia Sadowski President’s List
2025 William Sandefur President’s List
2025 Margaret Santini President’s List
2022 Matthew Santini President’s List
2024 Caroline Schaefer President’s List
2024 Sophia Schlegel President’s List
2024 Kiera Schmeling President’s List
2025 Tayah Schmidt President’s List
2022 Lucas Schoenecker President’s List
2022 Alex Schrupp President’s List
2022 Emma Schuele President’s List
2024 Zoe Schuele President’s List
2025 Samantha Schumacher President’s List
2025 Ava Shirley President’s List
2024 Caitlin Sieve President’s List
2023 Kellen Sieve President’s List
2024 Charles Smith President’s List
2025 Macey Smith President’s List
2024 Dylan Spalding President’s List
2025 Rachel Spoden President’s List
2023 Nicholas Stallock President’s List
2023 Janielle Stanoch President’s List
2023 Melanie Stewart-Hester President’s List
2023 Benjamin Strezo President’s List
2024 James Super President’s List
2025 Sophia Terris President’s List
2022 Laura Theis President’s List
2024 Trevor Thode President’s List
2022 Tyler Thode President’s List
2022 Emmett Thuli President’s List
2022 Rachel Thurk President’s List
2022 Ryan Thurk President’s List
2022 Elise Torborg President’s List
2024 Ella Tracy President’s List
2025 Henry Trcka President’s List
2024 Samuel Treat President’s List
2025 Greta Tupa Clark President’s List
2023 Justina Valentini President’s List
2023 Isabel Van Eyll President’s List
2025 Matilyn Vollmer President’s List
2025 Lillian Wallace President’s List
2022 Cela Watkins President’s List
2024 Lauren Weigel President’s List
2025 Lauren Westerhaus President’s List
2024 Rubie Wicka President’s List
2022 Matthew Wideman President’s List
2025 Bryce Wiitala President’s List
2023 Madeleine Wiitala President’s List
2025 Jack Willenbring President’s List
2024 Ethan Williams President’s List
2023 Lorelei Wilson President’s List
2023 Elizabeth Witcombe President’s List
2025 Luciana Witcombe President’s List
2025 Kalah Worm President’s List
2025 Evan Woytcke President’s List
2025 Desray Anne Zamora President’s List
2024 Sophia Zay President’s List

 

Principal’s List: 3.443 – 3.799 GPA

2024 Matilda Abercrombie Principal’s List
2023 Thomas Agerland Principal’s List
2022 Sydney Ames Principal’s List
2024 Andrew Athmann Principal’s List
2024 Ella Augustyn Principal’s List
2024 Maggie Babler Principal’s List
2024 Kamea Bale Principal’s List
2025 Benjamin Barth Principal’s List
2025 Greta Bills Principal’s List
2022 Nicole Bowlin Principal’s List
2025 Nicolas Briden Principal’s List
2022 Hanna Bush Principal’s List
2022 Briar Charchenko Principal’s List
2024 Erik Charchenko Principal’s List
2024 Joseph Charpentier Principal’s List
2022 Matthew Chromy Principal’s List
2024 Lydia Dauwalter Principal’s List
2025 Cameron Dean Principal’s List
2023 Christopher Deavan Principal’s List
2025 Dominic Donato Principal’s List
2024 Catherine Dueck Principal’s List
2025 William Dunlap Principal’s List
2024 Beatriz Fahandezh Saddi Cantero Principal’s List
2025 Caden Farmer Principal’s List
2025 Emily Fenger Principal’s List
2024 Emma Ferguson Principal’s List
2024 Miguel Gaeta Principal’s List
2024 Sophia Gall Principal’s List
2024 Ellanore Galvin Principal’s List
2023 Andre Garcia Principal’s List
2022 Mario Gomez Principal’s List
2025 James Guillemette Principal’s List
2022 Claire Haley Principal’s List
2024 Bree Hallson Principal’s List
2024 Drew Hallson Principal’s List
2022 Grant Hayes Principal’s List
2023 Madelyn Helmstetter Principal’s List
2024 Leo Hertel Principal’s List
2025 Marcella Hoffman Principal’s List
2022 Bjorn Holm Principal’s List
2023 Cooper Huson Principal’s List
2023 Johnathan Hussey Principal’s List
2025 Emma James Principal’s List
2023 Quinn Johander Principal’s List
2023 Anna Johnson Principal’s List
2023 Rose Johnston Principal’s List
2023 Nicholas Jorissen Principal’s List
2023 Boden Kapke Principal’s List
2024 Sydney Keen Principal’s List
2025 Jackson Klamm Principal’s List
2025 Judith Kohrman Principal’s List
2025 Paige Kroll Principal’s List
2024 Lillian Kunkel Principal’s List
2024 Jocelyn Land Principal’s List
2024 Edward Linn Principal’s List
2022 Ethan Livermore Principal’s List
2023 Ana Lopez Polls Principal’s List
2022 Zachery Lorusso Principal’s List
2023 Jackson Lund Principal’s List
2023 William Maass Principal’s List
2025 Meghan Mahoney Principal’s List
2022 Sophia Markstrom Principal’s List
2024 Anthony Marschall Principal’s List
2022 Brynn Martin Principal’s List
2023 Benjamin Mechtel Principal’s List
2025 Harold Mellen Principal’s List
2023 Lauren Mendoza Principal’s List
2025 Elin Miller Principal’s List
2022 Madeline Morgan Principal’s List
2022 MacKenzie Moss Principal’s List
2022 Thomas Mulheran Principal’s List
2025 Griffin Murray Principal’s List
2025 Noah Pabich Principal’s List
2023 Olivia Paidosh Principal’s List
2025 Holden Pajor Principal’s List
2023 Logan Paulsen Principal’s List
2022 Drew Pearson Principal’s List
2024 Jameson Quinn Principal’s List
2024 Grace Redlon Principal’s List
2022 Jackson Riley Principal’s List
2024 Paloma Rios Raya Principal’s List
2024 Simone Roman Vega Principal’s List
2023 Nicole Roper Principal’s List
2023 Bennett Russo Principal’s List
2022 Kathryn Savoie Principal’s List
2022 Jack Schaefer Principal’s List
2024 Lily Schaffer Principal’s List
2022 Joseph Schmidt Principal’s List
2025 Tyler Schmit Principal’s List
2023 Keyan Schugel Principal’s List
2022 Allison Schumacher Principal’s List
2024 Amanda Seck Principal’s List
2025 Rosalyn Smyth Principal’s List
2025 Brady Sorrentino Principal’s List
2022 Joseph Tinucci Principal’s List
2025 Lauren Toth Principal’s List
2024 Ally Wamhoff Principal’s List
2024 William Warren Principal’s List
2025 Preslee Welu Principal’s List
2024 Thomas Westerhaus Principal’s List
2023 Parker Will Principal’s List
2024 Ava Wilson Principal’s List
2024 Gavin Wilson Principal’s List
2022 Kayla Woytcke Principal’s List
2022 Mariana Yanta Principal’s List
2024 Nicholas Young Principal’s List
2024 Benedict Zweber Principal’s List

Honor Roll List: 3.000 – 3.442 GPA

2025 Christian Baker Honor Roll
2024 Jackson Baker Honor Roll
2025 Julia Baskfield Honor Roll
2024 Rylan Bennett Honor Roll
2024 Ella Blackowiak Honor Roll
2022 Nicholas Blood Honor Roll
2023 Brennen Bollig Honor Roll
2025 Gavin Burke Honor Roll
2023 Thomas Carraux Honor Roll
2022 Reagan Cizek Honor Roll
2022 Ethan Conti Honor Roll
2023 Evan Cook Honor Roll
2022 Alma Corona Honor Roll
2023 Patrick Cowan Honor Roll
2022 Caroline Cronin Honor Roll
2023 Braylon Cummings Honor Roll
2022 Joseph Dahlin Honor Roll
2024 Yewbdar Fassil Honor Roll
2024 Will Fiedler Honor Roll
2024 Evan Finley Grice Honor Roll
2024 Cullen Flannery Honor Roll
2023 Evan Flynn Honor Roll
2025 Lucy Foley Honor Roll
2023 Meg Folkens Honor Roll
2024 Morgan Franck Honor Roll
2024 Hunter Friedrich Honor Roll
2024 Gavin Frye Honor Roll
2022 Mary Furlong Honor Roll
2025 Holly Gerken Honor Roll
2022 Nicholas Gess Honor Roll
2025 Sawyer Graubins Honor Roll
2023 Zoe Griffin Honor Roll
2025 Mason Grinnell Honor Roll
2025 John Guillemette Honor Roll
2025 Torrance Halloran Honor Roll
2024 Genevieve Hartmann Honor Roll
2025 Alexander Hesse Honor Roll
2024 Isabella Hocevar Honor Roll
2024 Davis Hoffmann Honor Roll
2025 Abigail Horkey Honor Roll
2022 Madison Kaiser Honor Roll
2022 Elizabeth Kamp Honor Roll
2023 Jake Kooiman Honor Roll
2024 William Krienke Honor Roll
2024 Elizabeth Kroening Honor Roll
2023 Grayson Limke Honor Roll
2024 Hailey Lofgren Honor Roll
2024 Isaac Lund Honor Roll
2024 Tyler Manning Honor Roll
2023 Grace Martin Honor Roll
2022 Graham McPhee Honor Roll
2022 Abraham Melek Honor Roll
2022 Evelyn Miller Honor Roll
2025 Carson Moe Honor Roll
2025 George Moran Honor Roll
2022 Ruby Moya Velazquez Honor Roll
2024 Berkley Neubauer Honor Roll
2022 Luke O’Brien Honor Roll
2023 Eric Oconitrillo Honor Roll
2024 Gavin O’Donnell Honor Roll
2023 Finnian Olsen Honor Roll
2024 Adia Patterson Honor Roll
2024 Brody Paul Honor Roll
2025 Quinn Paulsen Honor Roll
2024 Isabelle Paulson Honor Roll
2023 Brycen Pottebaum Honor Roll
2023 Bennett Reinhard Honor Roll
2025 Apryl Reynolds Honor Roll
2022 Lucas Rice Honor Roll
2023 Emelia Richardson Honor Roll
2023 William Rogers Honor Roll
2024 Emily Schrupp Honor Roll
2025 Maielle Schugel Honor Roll
2025 Kiera Setzepfandt Honor Roll
2024 Dominic Skaro Honor Roll
2025 Jackson Smith Honor Roll
2024 Joseph Smith Honor Roll
2023 Sophia Smith Honor Roll
2024 Ayden Soltis Honor Roll
2024 Aaron Sorkin Honor Roll
2022 Cole Spoden Honor Roll
2023 Jack Stratman Honor Roll
2025 Ellie Sturgess Honor Roll
2025 Danika Terrell Honor Roll
2024 Skyler Theis Honor Roll
2024 Jack Theriault Honor Roll
2024 John Titler Honor Roll
2022 Josue Vivanco Honor Roll
2022 Marcus Wieneke Honor Roll
2025 Georgia Wilson Honor Roll
2025 Ian Woitalla-Laughlin Honor Roll
2024 Mia Worrell Honor Roll
2023 Chloe Wright Honor Roll
2022 Yichen Zhou Honor Roll

Jan 01

Girls Soccer Advances to State

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Section 6A Girls Soccer: Holy Family Catholic advances to state in 2-1 win over Southwest Christian

Maeve Kelly, Mary Furlong score in first half for the Fire

Reprint of the Chaska Herald story with permission

Jan 01

Meet our 2022 National Merit Students

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Holy Family Catholic High School is proud to announce the 2022 National Merit Scholarship program recognizes two of our seniors, Makenzie Pavelka and Alexander Beer, as National Merit Commended Students. Out of 1.5 million entrants, roughly 34,000 earn Commended Students recognition. Congratulations to Makenzie and Alexander on their well-earned recognition! To learn more about the National Merit Scholarship program, click here.

At Holy Family, our National Merit Commended Students are more than scholars. They are active participants in school activities and generous volunteers in the broader community.

Makenzie Pavelka

2022 National Merit Commended Student Makenzie Pavelka

Name: Makenzie Pavelka

I will miss being in a learning environment where I feel supported by each and every teacher and having a school counselor who is so willing to answer any questions and chat with me at a moment’s notice.

Middle School: Shakopee Area Catholic School

Activities you are involved in at HF:

  • Girls Soccer
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Latin Club
  • Math League – State Champions 2021


Volunteer Experience
:

  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Vacation Bible School at the Parish of Saints Joachim and Anne
  • Coaching recreational soccer and assist at soccer camps at Shakopee Soccer Association

If you know your college and major and are ready to share, please include: I am not sure yet on what college I am going to attend, but I plan on studying Exercise Science or Kinesiology.

HF: Only 34,000 of all students who took the PSAT will be recognized as Commended Students. Congratulations. How did you prepare for the PSAT?
Makenzie
: I prepared by getting a good night’s sleep, eating a good breakfast, and showing up early so that I was calm and ready to go.

HF: You are also an AP student. Rigorous academic course loads can be stressful; how do you deal with that stress, and what advice do you have for students who are going through similar situations?
Makenzie: I deal with stress by talking to people I trust, like my close friends, family, and Mrs. McCoy. I also combat stress by using my planner to help manage my homework load and stay on top of studying. My advice for students going through the same situation is to remember that studying is important but so is sleep! I try to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night, especially before tests in AP classes (or standardized tests!) And also to use a planner to stay organized!

HF: What makes you most proud about being a National Merit commended student?
Makenzie:
I am most proud that the effort I put into academics daily was able to be displayed and recognized.

HF: What will you miss the most after you graduate from HF?
Makenzie:
I will miss being in a learning environment where I feel supported by each and every teacher and having a school counselor who is so willing to answer any questions and chat with me at a moment’s notice.

 


Alexander Beer

2022 National Merit Commended Student Alex Beer

Name: Alex Beer

Middle School: St. Hubert Catholic School

Activities you are involved in at HF:

  • Football
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Lacrosse – (Captain 2022)
  • Campus Ministry
  • Leadership Team of Transfer Student Ambassadors

Volunteer Experience:

  • Metro Area Youth Pheasants Forever Mentor
  • Member of Student Ambassador Program
  • Fire Family Visit Tour Guide

If you know your college and major and are ready to share, please include:

Interested in pursuing a Biochemistry Degree on the pre-med track.

Questions:

HF: Only 34,000 of all students who took the PSAT will be recognized as Commended Students. Congratulations. How did you prepare for the PSAT?

Alex: After taking the PSAT sophomore year at Eden Prairie and receiving a decent score, I realized that I was close to the benchmark for earning acknowledgment. With a little hard work and determination to study over the next year, I stood a real chance of achieving recognition. So, as the procrastinator in me dictates, I walked in to take the PSAT a year later cold turkey.

HF: You are also an AP student. Rigorous academic course loads can be stressful; how do you deal with that stress, and what advice do you have for students who are going through similar situations?

Alex: Three AP classes on top of three sports last year made me arrive at the mantra I now live by to manage stress – “It always gets done.” In three-plus years of high school, no matter how seemingly impossible the test or unbearable the workload, it always works itself out. The work will not do itself and there have been plenty of nights of staying up to 1:00 am after practice to finish schoolwork.  But, with hard work, a little sleep deprivation, and lots of coffee, anything is possible. The key is starting and prioritizing what matters most to you. There are sacrifices that have to be made but ask yourself what you truly value and pursue it relentlessly.

HF: What makes you most proud about being a National Merit commended student?

Alex: Being a National Merit commended student places me into a cohort of some of the best and brightest students in America. It will hopefully present opportunities that will allow me to truly offer the world the best I have. I am also hopeful it will make college hurt the wallet slightly less.

HF: What will you miss the most after you graduate from HF?

Alex: I transferred to Holy Family as a junior after attending Eden Prairie High School for two years.  In that short period of time, I feel extraordinarily fortunate to have a circle of friends, teachers and staff that I trust to have my back.  The camaraderie, loyalty and absolute trust that we all want the best for one another make this a place I look forward to coming to every day.  That is what I will miss the most.

 


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Jan 01

60-Plus Holy Family Extracurricular Activities

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We’ve all been there. We invest in all kinds of activities for our kids to pursue. It’s part of the growing process: developing the whole person, not just academically, but physically, socially and emotionally.

Then, as high school nears, that little voice sounds the alarm in the back of a parent’s head. Is my daughter or son good enough to make the team? Can they continue with music? Get a part in the play? Compete with other students? Is high school the end of the line?

“It’s interesting comparing Holy Family to other large schools in the area,” says Activities Director Nick Tibesar. “We have kids staying with programs longer than what I saw in public schools. So often, in other schools, kids come in playing ball with friends during their summers and evenings, sometimes for years, and all of a sudden they end up as a high school freshman and sophomore not on a team anymore.”

Not at Holy Family Catholic High School. Here, students get an opportunity to participate in sports and many other activities they are most passionate about. Plus, they often discover a wide variety of other sports, academic teams, clubs and activities they never considered.

“We encourage kids to try new things and stretch limits,” Nick says. “We want them to be involved in multiple things to fight some of the outside pressure to specialize in just one of them.”

Smaller School Size, Big Opportunities

With a student body of 523 kids, Holy Family provides unlimited opportunities to explore new things. Students often participate in more than one activity, not just during the school year, but also during a single season.

“When looking at sports, there are students who were on the trap and lacrosse teams, or tennis, track, and baseball,” Nick says. “But more common is a kid who participates in both a sport and one of our academic competitions.

“We had a player on our basketball team who also was on our varsity Math League team. As a coach, I recall a half dozen times he had to go to Math League. No one acted like that was strange or gave him a hard time. We said, ‘How did Math League go? And cool you’re doing so well.’

“It’s fun to be in a culture where someone is not ostracized for picking academics over athletics.”

Endless Opportunities

With over 60 extracurriculars to choose from, your Holy Family student is destined to pursue his or her talents, while trying new activities outside of the classroom.

“There are a lot of people who chose Holy Family for the right reasons—faith-based environment, college prep, joining a community where their student is known and cared for,” Nick adds. “All of those things extend to our classroom, lunchroom and after-school activities.

“We consider extracurricular activities the last class of the day. And, they provide the same values as everything else at Holy Family.”

QUICK FACTS:

95% of Holy Family students participate in extracurricular activities

92% of Holy Family students participate in multiple extracurricular activities in a school year

60+ Holy Family extracurricular activities are offered each school year

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Jan 01

Looking Ahead | HFCHS 2021-22 Learning Model

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Dear Holy Family Community,

We hope this letter finds you filled with the joy of the Lord! As the calendar turns to August we look forward to a new school year with excitement and zeal as we embrace the things that make Holy Family Catholic High School so very special.  

We realize that many of you are anxious about our COVID protocols for the upcoming school year. Minnesota has made positive strides in combating this global pandemic.  We also know that things continue to constantly change. With the vast majority of our students eligible for vaccinations we can turn our focus to providing as near normal a school experience as possible.  Know and trust that, just as we did last year, we will continue to closely monitor and appropriately respond to the ever-changing status of the pandemic and face each challenge with our “if we can, we will” attitude. Please visit our 2021-22 COVID-19 Protocol Page HERE for more detailed information. We appreciate your continued vigilance in this matter as we usher in a fresh start to a new school year. Thank you!

We trust that you received our summer mailer which includes much of the basic information needed for a successful start of the school year. If you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be sure to get you the answers you need. And while we have your attention, we also want to thank you for your patience as we continue to implement and integrate our new student information system (SIS), Blackbaud®. While no major software system transition is without its hiccups, on the whole, the project has gone very smoothly. We are excited to continue to reveal what a powerful and robust SIS we now have and the many ways it will serve our parents, students, staff, and even our alumni!

With our eyes set on the future, there are so many things we are looking forward to this year – most notably, being able to see the faces of our students, their families, and our colleagues! It has been far too long since our hearts have been warmed and our cups have been filled by the joyful smiles found so abundantly among our incredible Holy Family community. The deep sense of connection and family is truly unique to our school and perhaps a quality and experience missed more than anything last year. 

With this in mind we simply cannot wait to rekindle the fire of family that resides amongst us all. We have several in-person gatherings planned for this fall, so please watch your email for specific invites to these special events aimed at celebrating our students and our community. One occasion that we would like to draw special attention to is our annual Spirit of Fire fundraising gala being held on Saturday, September 18th at the Winery at Sovereign Estate in Waconia. Parents and friends, be sure to mark your calendars, reserve your tickets, and come join the festivities in support of Holy Family. It will be an evening of reunion and celebration for the record books! 

As our building starts to get busier with the return of students and staff, we ask that you hold us all in your prayers and join us in giving thanks for the blessing that is our Holy Family community. Please enjoy the last few weeks of summer and we’ll see each of you very soon.

Until then…Live Jesus in our Hearts – Forever!

Go Fire!

 

Mike Brennan, President

John Dols, Principal

Jan 01

Class of 2021 Mass and Graduation

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A Celebration to Remember

On Sunday morning, May 16, 2021, the 95 graduates of Holy Family Catholic High School’s Class of 2021 crossed the stage to receive their high school diplomas and to complete high school journeys experienced during historical global times. During a school year experienced in-person, on-campus with adjustments for pandemic protocols, their extraordinary leadership leaves a legacy of positivity, resilience, and perseverance.

While the nine months leading up to the commencement ceremony may be unique to this group of graduates, their four-year experience is defined by their presence in academic studies, athletic pursuits, and artistic endeavors.  So, noteworthy, in fact, that as a whole, the Class of 2021 were offered $11,990,090 in college scholarships and accepted offers totaling $3,725,240 million.

The day began with a Baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Holy Family chaplain Father Nels Gjengdahl for the graduates, their guests, faculty, and administration in the school’s Slattery Activities and Convocation Center.  Members of the Class of 2021 processed to the stage with school administrators and Father Gjengdahl to the concert band’s rendition of “Pomp and Circumstance.” (Elgar 1901) Holy Family combined chorales provided music ministry for the service.

Following the first and second readings read by Whitney Nelson and Emma Boockmeier, Father Gjengdahl shared the Gospel reading for the Feast Ascension of the Lord. He reminded the graduates to live in the Lord and as examples of their faith in their new communities.

Collin Nawrocki recited the description written by the seniors in campus ministry of the Class of 2021 Baccalaureate Symbols as representatives from the class presented them during the offertory. The Class of 2021 selected the following items to represent their four-year journey:

Ninth Grade: Mittens – snowball fights on the front yard
Tenth Grade: Sweatshirt –
Eleventh Grade: Laptop
Twelfth Grade: Mask and College Hat

Following Communion, President Mike Brennan awarded the Ambassador of Christ Award to co-recipients Olivia Hesse and Collin Nawrocki. The Ambassador of Christ Award is given to the senior who leads others with a strong code of ethics consistent with the teachings of Christ. Recipients are nominated by their classmates, and nominations are then voted on by faculty and staff.

Commencement

Following a final blessing for the graduates, student ushers reset the stage, and the Commencement portion of the ceremony began with a welcome from Principal John Dols. Principal Dols then introduced the Class of 2021 salutatorian Joseph “Joey” Richelsen for his salutatory address.

Joey Richelsen shares his salutatorian address.

Joey’s address took his audience through a tour of the building and a trip down memory lane, concluding with a point toward the future. He said, “ Holy Family’s culture and values were never meant to stay in the physical building. As stewards, my classmates, it is now our job to bring that same culture to the next stages of our lives. Spread it across the college campus, spread it across the new communities you assimilate in. And I promise you, the world will become a better place.”

Next, the selected faculty speaker Dr. Jim Tisel was invited to the podium to share his words of wisdom. Dr. Tisel will retire at the end of the school year, but he delivered his address in a lab report in proper science teacher form. In his conclusion, he said, “I do not wish to pose as an expert on religion – but I think we have learned that when we have worked, learned, played and prayed together, we have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. I want to thank you, students, for being in groups with me where we have felt this presence – and for the fact that your lives and actions show this every step of the way.”

Lauren Taylor delivers the Class of 2021 Valedictorian Address
Lauren Taylor delivers the Class of 2021 Valedictorian Address.

Valedictorian Lauren Taylor followed Dr. Tisel at the podium. Using her signature positivity, Lauren said, “…there is a whole world outside that awaits us, unknowing of who we have been for the last eighteen years: as I said before, it’s both exciting and terrifying at the same time, but we must trust in the plan that God has for us and know that we are never alone.” Lauren will pursue a finance degree at the University of Notre Dame.

During the graduation ceremony, Katherine Wise and Joseph Richelsen were announced as recipients of the Joseph and Mary Medals. The Mary and Joseph Medals are awarded to a senior girl and boy who exemplify the identity and values of Holy Family Catholic High School. These individuals demonstrate a strong, mature faith in Christ while actively participating in the life of the Church. They are knowledgeable of the teachings and traditions of the Church, desire to live like Jesus in their love and service to others and strive to grow spiritually and intellectually.

All three leadership and faith awards (Ambassador of Christ, Mary and Joseph Medals) are selected via nomination by classmates and vote of the school’s faculty and staff. The recipients exemplify a strong, mature faith in Christ and ethics consistent with the teachings of the Gospels.

The ceremony continued with the announcement of scholarships and the presentation of diplomas to the graduates of the Class of 2021:

Spencer Charles Adelmann
Allison Elle Agerland* Summa Cum Laude
Nicole Margaret Allen
Megan Christine Beach
Elle Michaela Bernaski* Cum Laude
Sebastian Bojorquez Rojas
Emma Grace Boockmeier
Daniel Borbonio
Zachary Francis Bornhoft
Samuel Lawrence Bradley * Cum Laude
Emiliano Baldemar Corona
Alexa Josephine Cuadros
Eli James Devins
Patrick Finnegan Dowling
Marie Rose Fahey Magna Cum Laude
Ewan David Farrell Cum Laude Jordan
Marie Flink Summa Cum Laude
Etienne Gerald Foudray* Summa Cum Laude
David John Frahm
Joseph Henry Freitas Summa Cum Laude
Antonio Gaeta Summa Cum Laude
Aidan Richard Greene
Thomas Michael Guyer * Cum Laude
Caroline Mary Hess * Magna Cum Laude
Olivia Sharon Hesse * Cum Laude
Ashley Margaret Heuer Magna Cum Laude
Joseph Russell Heuer
Nicholas Ashton Huson * Magna Cum Laude
Alexandra Elaine Ihrke
Alexander James Janey * Magna Cum Laude
Keyrie Sashell Jimenez Flores
Cassidy Margarete Jones Magna Cum Laude
Carver Douglas Kasper
McKenna Marie King
Jacob Anthony Kirsch * Summa Cum Laude
Haley Rose Klahsen * Magna Cum Laude
Dylan Matthew Krumpholz Summa Cum Laude
Jakob Dane Lenzmeier * Summa Cum Laude
Spencer Paul Lewin Magna Cum Laude
Grant Fredrick Limke
Charles Michael Lindberg Summa Cum Laude
Ethan Fredrick Lindholm
Sydney Marie Linn
Jaden Trey Lorenz
Gavin Patrick Lund  Summa Cum Laude
Marcus Daniel Lund Cum Laude
Owen Everett Lund
Grace Kemple McGlynn
Jacob Patrick McPartland
Graham Harrison
Payne Miller Cum Laude
Patrick Mccauley Mulheran
Haley Anne Nahlovsky  Summa Cum Laude
Collin Scott Nawrocki
Whitney Mae Nelson
Bruno Joseph Neyra
Aidan James O’Donnell Magna Cum Laude
Anthony Aaron Olson Cum LaudeJonathan Robert Olson
Jillian Rae Oncay Summa Cum Laude
Bridget Irene Orr
Jacob Thomas Parker
Sophie Elizabeth Paul Magna Cum Laude
Jordan Marie Pelzel Summa Cum Laude
Tyler James Pettibone
Isaac Douglas Pitner Summa Cum Laude
Brendan Michael Quinn Summa Cum Laude
Noel Paul Rahn
Julia Ann Red Wing Magna Cum Laude
Benjamin Gerard Reddan Summa Cum Laude
Joseph Raymond Richelsen Summa Cum Laude
Patrick Alan Ricke
Luke Michael Roelofs Magna Cum Laude
Abigail Olivia Roper
Bennett White Roseth
Reyana Nicole Schaffe Magna Cum Laude
Jordyn AnneMarie Schenk
Arden Alva Lee Schlegel
Zeke Ruslan Schneider Cum Laude
Bishop William Schugel Magna Cum Laude
Jeremy Thomas Schumacher Summa Cum Laude
Noah Merrill Seck
Brendan Michael Sieve Magna Cum Laude
Indira Sin
Gregory James Stoffel Summa Cum Laude
Nicholas Richard StrandLauren Suzanne Taylor Summa Cum Laude
Tanner Joseph Theis
Noelle Tara Trombley
Jordan Jeffrey Van Eyll
Jalen Brooks Ward
Jacob Michael Warmka Summa Cum Laude
Molly Eileen Weber
Stephen Anthony Webster Magna Cum Laude
Katherine Marie Wise Magna Cum Laude
William Gerald Zay Summa Cum Laude

 The Class of 2021 graduates will attend 45 universities across the country and bring our total number of graduates to 2,060 since the school’s opening in the fall of 2000.

Jan 01

Meet our 2021 National Merit Students

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Holy Family Catholic High School is proud to announce the 2021 National Merit Scholarship program recognizes three of our seniors. Seniors Lauren Taylor and Gregory Stoffel are 2021 National Merit Semifinalists, and senior Joseph Freitas is a National Merit Commended Student. Out of 1.5 million entrants, roughly 34,000 earn Commended Students recognition, and about 16,000 earn Semifinalists recognition. The majority of semifinalists will advance to National Merit Finalists in February, an honor granted to just 1%  of the 1.5 million students who enter the competition by taking the PSAT test in their junior year.

UPDATE: Lauren and Greg were announced as National Merit Finalist in February 2021.

To learn more about the National Merit Scholarship program, click here.

We wanted to know more about how they prepared for the PSAT/NMSQT and what factors, both in school and outside of it, contributed to them achieving this level of academic success.

Lauren Taylor

2021 National Merit Semifinalist Lauren Taylor

HFCHS Activities: Mock Trial, Tennis, Math League, Student Council, Honor Society, Fire Ambassadors

How did you prepare for the PSAT?

I went through the practice test that Holy Family gave us in small parts to familiarize myself with the test. Other than that, I got a good sleep and ate a healthy breakfast on the morning of the test.

What types of Holy Family courses assisted in the preparation process?

I feel that all of the classes I have taken helped prepare me for the test by creating good study habits and test-taking skills. I am so grateful to every teacher that I have had, and I hope that I have made them proud. Specifically, my English and Math courses strengthened my knowledge in these areas for the test.

Rigorous academic course loads can be very stressful; how do you deal with that stress, and what advice do you have for students  going through similar situations?

With my “Type A” personality, I find it helpful to keep a planner with everything that I have to get done. I also watch Netflix while I do my homework, which seems like it would be distracting, but it helps me focus better and stay relaxed. My advice for other students is to be proactive and try to get all of your work done as soon as it is assigned. Also, do not be afraid to ask your teachers when you need help; I spent part of my birthday last year in the cafeteria getting help from Mr. Walker on AP Chem.

What makes you most proud about being a National Merit finalist?

After pushing myself for the past few years, it feels great to have my hard work recognized. I am proud to be grouped with other students that share my same passion for learning.

What will you miss the most after you graduate from Holy Family?

After I graduate from HF, I will miss the people and the community the most. I know that everyone inside the building has my back, and it truly feels like a family. I can only hope that I find something even remotely similar to that in college and for the rest of my life.


Gregory Stoffel

2021 National Merit Finalist Greg Stoffel

How did you prepare for the PSAT?

I took a practice test to help understand the general format. The main part that prepared me was studying for the ACT because these two tests are very similar.

Rigorous academic course loads can be very stressful; how do you deal with that stress, and what advice do you have for students going through similar situations?

I deal with stress by looking at the bigger picture, and I learn what is really important. Stress often comes when I have a lot going on at the start of a new season, so I try to take it one step at a time. Making to-do lists help relieve stress, and talking with friends helps as well.

What makes you most proud about being a National Merit finalist?

The part that makes me the most proud is that only 1% qualify after taking this test. I am one of very few, and it is an honor to be a part of it.

What will you miss the most after you graduate from Holy Family?

After high school, the part I will miss the most is the friendships that I have made here. I know that I will always remember the lessons I learned here; I will miss Mr. Dwyer’s lectures in A.P. Biology, Mr. Kannel’s cookies, and so much more.

 


Joseph Freitas

2021 National Merit Commended Student Joseph Freitas

HFCHS Activities: Band, Math League, Track and Field

What types of Holy Family courses assisted in the preparation process?

Throughout my school career, English classes have taught me standard conventions of grammar to use on the PSAT, reading comprehension skills, and math classes, especially pre-calculus, which helped develop quantitative reasoning skills necessary for the math portions.

Rigorous academic course loads can be very stressful; how do you deal with that stress, and what advice do you have for students going through similar situations?

The main way I deal with the stress of a heavy course load is simply doing all homework as soon as possible so that the workload does not build up over time. Also, I make sure to study for every test and try my best on every assignment. My advice would be not to procrastinate and to do something rejuvenating after a long day of work, such as a bike ride or

What makes you most proud about being a National Merit finalist?

The most satisfying thing about being a National Merit commended student is that achieving this distinction in Minnesota requires you to be in the top one percent of test-takers in the nation and, therefore, at the very top of the academic world. I am most proud of this exclusivity and the fact that only one out of a hundred people can achieve this distinction.

What will you miss the most after you graduate from Holy Family?

I will miss this school’s small, communal feel due to it only having about 500 students.


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Jan 01

Westrum Hired to Lead Boys Hockey

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Holy Family hires Erik Westrum to lead the Fire Boys Hockey Program 

 

Victoria, MN, May 14, 2021 - 1:00 PM 

  

Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, MN, is thrilled to announce the hiring of Erik Westrum as the school’s new head boys hockey coach.   Westrum most recently served as the head coach at Southwest Christian – Richfield, a program he helped start in 2017, and where he was named Section 2A coach of the year in 2020.  Westrum also currently serves as a Minnesota Hockey High-Performance coach and evaluator and is the Director of Business and Operations at Breakaway Academy, a private school for boys and girls in grades 1-8 with campuses in Eden Prairie, Chaska, and Woodbury. 

 

The son of professional hockey player Pat Westrum, Erik’s playing career began at Apple Valley High School, where he posted a hat trick in the 5-4, five-overtime win over Duluth East to clinch the 1996 state championship.  Westrum was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1998 NHL Draft but remained at the University of Minnesota. He played for four seasons and earned his bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management. 

 

Westrum retired in 2012 after an 11-year professional playing career, which featured stints with the Phoenix Coyotes, Minnesota Wild, and Toronto Maple Leafs.  He also had an accomplished career in the AHL, earning his way into the AHL All-Star Game in 2005-2006 (Co-Leading Scorer and Co-MVP) and 2006-2007.  He was a 2004 Men’s National Team member, where his game-winning shootout goal clinched a bronze medal for Team USA.  Westrum finished his career in the Swiss League, where he earned MVP honors in 2007-2008.  In addition to his exploits on the ice, Westrum was also named AHL Community Service Man of the Year for three consecutive seasons, in 2001-02, 2002-03, and 2003-04. 

 

Holy Family Activities Director Nick Tibesar is thrilled to add such a strong leader and person of integrity to serve as the Fire Boys Hockey program director.  Tibesar said, “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Erik and his family into the Holy Family community.  His experience playing and teaching the game at an extremely high level brings tremendous value to our hockey program, making him an ideal fit to lead our program into the future.  However, what really sets him apart is his commitment to developing young men and helping them grow in character and faith.  Those traits will be truly invaluable to the program, school, and community moving forward.” 

  

Westrum officially begins his work at Holy Family on June 7 with the summer conditioning and training programs.  

  

Additional information about Erik Westrum: 

Education: 

University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management – BA in Business Management 

University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management – MBA in Business Management 

  

Contact Information: 

Nick Tibesar, HFCHS Activities Director – tibesarn@hfchs.org 

Erik Westrum, Head Boys Hockey Coach – westrume@hfchs.org