Fire defeat #3 Grand Rapids in OT thriller

After a disappointing stretch over the break, the Fire hockey team was looking for a big turn around against third-ranked Grand Rapids on Friday night at the Victoria Ice Center. Tenth-ranked Holy Family came into the game after going 0-2-1 against difficult competition in the Sports Authority Holiday Classic.

The Fire got off to a quick start, with Nick Michel scoring his seventh goal of the year 4 minutes into the game off of assists from James Marooney and Ben Almquist. Grand Rapids tied the game on a short-handed goal later in the period, but Holy Family responded quickly with a goal by Joe Simon a minute later. Holy Family outshot the Thunderhawks 17-15 in the first period.

The Fire dominated the second period in terms of shots, with a 16-6 edge, but Grand Rapids capitalized on their opportunities, scoring two goals to take a 3-2 lead.

4 minutes into the third period, the Fire were on a 5 on 3 power play when Junior Brady Ziemer fired a shot past the Thunderhawk goalie Zach Stejskal, tying the game. Holy Family continued to test Stejskal, accumulating 45 shots before the end of the third period, but the Grand Rapids goaltender kept the game tied.

For the second game in a row, the Fire were going to overtime. Two minutes into OT, Ben Almquist carried a puck into the Grand Rapids zone and took a shot that rebounded off Stejskal, rebounding in front of junior Joe Hankinson, who buried the puck in the back of the net. The goal happened right in front of the student section and the Victoria Ice Center was full of pandemonium.

Holy Family outshot Grand Rapids 52-31 in the game to knock off the #3 team in state. Jared Moe continued his stellar play, tallying 28 saves.

The boys now take on a strong Blaine (8-2-1) team at Fogerty Arena in Blaine on Tuesday night at 7pm.

Excitement builds for one-act production, “You’re Driving Me Crazy”

On Thursday, January 26, at 7 pm, Holy Family’s one-act play, “You’re Driving Me Crazy,” will be presented in the Holy Family Performance Center. The performance is the culmination of months of rehearsals and preparations. This play is the first play presented to an audience in the new performance space and boasts one of the largest casts and crews in recent Holy Family history.

“You’re Driving Me Crazy” is a comedy about teenagers who are learning how to drive. It has four scenes, each with its unique storyline and point of view. Some scenes are from the perspective of the teens, parents, and even the driving instructor.

When asked, Ms. Olson, director and head of Holy Family’s theater program, explained her decision to select this play: “I chose the show because I thought both students and adults would relate to it. It moves quickly, which is essential for mini-shows, and it is funny. I think everyone who comes to see it will leave laughing!”

The students who auditioned for the play are embracing the amount of dedication that has to go into the performance and are now beginning to feel the pressure as the date draws nearer.

“I auditioned for the play because it was something different from what I’m used to doing. I’m forcing myself to step out of my comfort zone.” says junior Ronnie Deckard, “I’m very nervous because I play the Grandma. I only have nine lines, most of them are “what,” and I’m probably still going to mess up.”

While several students decided to audition for an acting part in the play, many showed interest in building and painting sets and running sound and lighting as well. Junior Nora Erdman volunteered to help with painting and gave an idea regarding what it will look like: “Since it is a one-act play, we aren’t planning on creating a huge set; it’s mostly a few boxes that we have to paint. We are also planning on making a makeshift car that the actors will sit in during each scene.”

This play will also be performed as a Holy Family’s submission to the Minnesota State High School League One-Act Competition, too. Ms. Olson was able to elaborate on what the competition entails: “The MSHSL One-Act Competition is an event held in the winter every year. All shows are meticulously timed and must be under thirty-five minutes. If your performance goes even one second over, it is disqualified! There can only be twenty students involved in the traveling production, including both actors and tech crew. Your set must be able to be transported to different locations and must deconstruct to fit within a 10’x10’x10’ cubic space. You have ten minutes to construct your set on the host school’s stage before performing, including any technical elements such as lighting and sound. Schools then perform their show for judges and receive feedback and an overall score.”

Nora Erdman also had this to add: “I think that the theater program is becoming a lot more recognized and will continue to grow. With all of the new equipment and resources, there are multiple opportunities for people, which is great! I think more people will get involved because of all the possible roles, and the fact that it is fun to do.”

Preparations will continue over the coming weeks. The public is invited to attend the January 26 performance. Students in grades 5-8 are invited to join the cast and crew for a post-performance reception and closer look at this play’s set and production. RSVP for the reception at


Following the MSHSL competition, the theater department will start preparations for the HF’s spring musical production.

Excerpt of orginal HF Phoenix article by Mallory Lindahl ’17

Our Advent Journey: Walk the Talk

Campus Ministry students continue to lead us through our Advent focus, Walk the Talk, during this final week before Christmas.  Along with daily Convocation reflections and prayers, they also prepared and led last week’s Advent Reconciliation service for our school.  Campus Ministry student, Caitlyn Shipp ’17, shared the following reflection this year’s Advent theme.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust, French novelist

The quiet whispers of the wind spoke through the air of a king. Three wise men swayed side to side on their camels as they traveled across the uneven terrain of the desert. Mystery hung in the night sky like a blanket. The men walked in a starlit path leading them to the true light, the king that shined in the darkness. These three wise men had to prepare, for it was no ordinary journey. These men traveled with clothes of prayers and hope, shoes of charity and justice, a map in the form of a shining star to lead them through the darkness, food to sustain them, and each other to walk side by side. These men embarked on the first Advent journey to discover God made human in the birth of a King.

Advent is a journey of discovering God’s presence in the world. For the three wise men, theirs was a physical journey; Christ came to Earth as a humble human being. For many, it is hard to see God’s presence in the world. Christ was crucified and rose from the dead to fulfill His promise of eternal life in heaven. Despite His death and resurrection, God’s presence is still incarnate in the world today. God’s incarnation is us. The spirit of God that dwells within each of us becomes God’s living presence in the world. Advent  is a journey of discovering his presence. In order to discover this, we must learn to use our eyes to see those around us who are hurting, lonely, hungry, and cold. We must “Walk the Talk” and be God’s living presence to others with acts of service and kindness during the Advent and Christmas seasons, but, also each day throughout the year.


Students and Staff Sponsor Families for Christmas

As Christmas approaches, students and teachers of Holy Family reach out to those families in need around our community. For the past eleven years we have been involved in a program called Sponsor A Family MN. This program provides Christmas gifts and other goods for families in need of financial help.

Every classroom receives a family to sponsor and a list with the specific gifts that each family needs. This usually ranges anywhere from toys and winter coats to toothbrushes and shampoo.
This year, Holy Family sponsored twelve families between seventeen classrooms. This comes to a total of seventy six people sponsored. Everyone in each classroom donated money to the family they were sponsoring and a few students volunteered to purchase the items on their family’s list.

One of the directors of Sponsor A Family MN, Patrick Fitzpatrick, said, “Holy Family and Sponsor A Family MN have been partners for a long time. In early September, when we reach out to Mr. Dols and ask if we can count on the school’s support once again, we always get an enthusiastic ‘YES!’” This quote exemplifies the dedication Holy Family has to the program.

Fitzpatrick also showed his appreciation by saying, “What this means is that, not only is each class sponsoring a family but more important, Holy Family Catholic High School understands and embraces the idea that not all families get a fair shake in this world and through the kind, caring and compassionate generosity of your community, you can bring a smile, provide a gift or put a meal on the table for a very, very appreciative and grateful family.”

The gifts were blessed at Convocation before being delivered to Sponsor A Family MN for distribution.

Marissa Endres ’17
December 7, 2016

This article originally appeared in the school newspaper The Phoenix. To read more articles from the school newspaper, click here.

Students Join Fellow Lasallians to Fight Homelessness

On November 5, a group of 19 Holy Family students and two teachers, Mr. Dwyer and Mr. Dols, were bused to Cretin-Derham Hall, the host location for 2016’s Night to Fight Homelessness. At Night to Fight, four local Lasallian schools, Cretin-Derham Hall, Totino Grace, De La Salle, and Holy Family, get together to gain knowledge and create awareness for homelessness.

We started out the night with Mass, praying for the homeless. After a light dinner, Joe Surber, a representative from Families Moving Forward, spoke about the factors of homelessness and how we can help. None of the factors he mentioned were things someone can choose, making the point that homelessness is not a choice.

He also focused on the action aspect of Families Moving Forward and how students can act upon this issue. He encouraged students to become involved through social media and connect with Families Moving Forward: Twitter- @believeinhome and Facebook- @beaconinterfaith.

After icebreakers and fun team building games, we eventually went outside to sleep for the night. Most people slept in tents; however, some brave souls decided to sleep in a box. Luckily for us, the weather could not have been more perfect fall night: 52-degrees and no wind.

There are many things that changed my perspective on homelessness at Night to Fight.
The weather: Even in 52-degree weather, in a tent, and with multiple layers, I was still cold. Imagining a homeless person with no extra layers, on the street, and in the middle of a Minnesota winter, makes me realize how terrible the conditions for homeless can be.

We went to bed at 1 a.m. and woke up at 5:30 a.m., resulting in about four hours of sleep. These can be regular hours for the homeless, especially with Families Moving Forward. They wake up the families at 5:30 a.m. to make sure the families can make the bus to the day center so they can go to work and school.

After Night to Fight, I was lucky enough to go home and take a 3-hour nap in my bed. This is not even close to reality for the homeless. Each night is a question of where the homeless will go, creating problems of safety and health. I take for granted that I will sleep in a bed every night under shelter.

One of the Holy Family students that slept in a box was Jack Geadelmann. His perspective on homeless changed over the course of the night: “When I first got to the field and set up my box, it seemed like sleeping in it with two layers and a sleeping bag would be a piece of cake. However, when we all got settled eventually, the cold air and flat ground was much more present. After about an hour or so, I did get some sleep, but it’s not a discomfort I could imagine living with for days on end.”

Night to Fight Homeless is meant to give students a small insight into what homelessness is like. For someone who has never experienced homelessness, just one night can be uncomfortable and miserable, so imagining having no shelter for days on end is unfathomable. Fighting homelessness needs action, whether it is getting involved on the social media, creating a Families Moving Forward program in your local church, or simply being grateful for the shelter you have.

This article written by Mary Seifert first appeared in the school’s online paper, The Phoenix on November 5, 2016. Click on this link to read more articles.

Senior Takes Fourth Trip to State

For the 11th consecutive year, Holy Family will send at least one runner to the State Cross Country Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, demonstrating the strength of the cross country program over the last decade. In large part, that consistency has been the result of underclassmen stepping up to replace a talented graduating class, and this year was no different. Having lost Allie Bodin and Maria Eastman to graduation, the team looked to seniors Kendra Franck and Abby Ernst for leadership, in addition to key contributions from other runners like freshman Abbey Fink and sophomore Ellie Marschall.

The Section 4A meet took place at Battle Creek on Thursday, October 27th. The Fire took on a strong field, including two top-10 ranked teams in Minnehaha Academy and Trinity School. To qualify for the state meet, the team would need to finish in one of the top 2 places. Unfortunately the team came up short by the narrowest of margins, finishing 3rd by only 2 points behind Minnehaha and Trinity, respectively.

This strong team effort came courtesy of a 4th place finish by Kendra Franck (20:09), a 20th place finish from freshman Abbey Fink (20:52), a 24th place finish from Ellie Marshall (21:07), a 27th place finish from Abby Ernst (21:17), and a 29th place finish by Megan Beulke (21:25).

Franck’s impressive 4th place finish earned her a place in the state meet for the 4th consecutive year.
Reflecting on the season, Kendra said, “This fall, our team got way closer and we did a lot of team bonding. We worked really hard this and it was so sad to see us miss the state qualifying places by two points.”

Kendra will run at St. Olaf college on Saturday, November 5.

This article originally appeared in the school online newspaper, The Phoenix, on November 1. Staff writer: Grace Lund Click here to see more stories from The Phoenix writers.

Alum Will Arrett’12 returns to speak to AP Bio Students

Science teacher Mr. Dwyer regularly brings Holy Family alumni back to speak with students about the connection between the material they are learning today and the possibilities of tomorrow. This week’s guest was Holy Family alumnus Will Arrett ’12. Will, a May 2016 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy.

During his presentation, Will shared how he came to change his major from engineering to conservation biology. He then described research he was involved with while studying abroad, including projects with the Leaf Cutter ant in the Amazon Rainforest, sea turtles near the Galapagos Islands, and monitoring of illegal shark finning at the local fish market in Ecuador. Using terminology and information correlating to his listeners’ AP Bio classes, he explained these projects, the research team’s hypotheses, and the eventual outcomes and conclusions. He also shared the variety of careers available to individuals who choose to major in Conservation Biology.

At the end of the month, Will leaves for Southeast Asia. He will visits several countries before spending the final days of his trip working with TRACC Marine Conservation Program (Tropical Research and Conservation Centre) off Pom Pom Island near Borneo, Malaysia. He will plant coral reef as part of TRACC’s reef conservation program. An adventurer at heart, he will then leave Southeast Asia for a research stay at a preserve in South Africa.

Will’s plan in the “semi-distant” future is to return to school to complete a master’s degree in tropical biology or marine ecology and, perhaps, return to Ecuador to do further research.

Before closing his presentation, Will took a moment to invoke his philosophy background to share a little brotherly advice: “First, find something you love to do and GO DO IT! Second, don’t chase the money; if you are doing what you love to do, it will find you. And, finally, study abroad- it will change your life.”

Tennis team state bound for third consecutive year

Emma Terris and Alexis Pricco
October 17, 2016
After a challenging regular season in which the girls tennis team accumulated just fours wins out of twelve matches, the team strung together a series of succesful matches at the perfect time and will be going to state for the third consecutive year.
The team hoped to be seeded second or third heading into sections, but surprisingly ended up with the top seed. When asked about being the favorite in the section, captain Libby Moakley said, “I was surprised at first, but it made sense due to the high level of competition in our conference.” Seven out of the team’s eight losses during the season were to 2AA schools.

The girls played Southwest Christian in the first round of sections, and won 6-1. After this victory, the team advanced to the semifinals at Gustavus Adolphus College. There they played Sibley East, again winning 6-1. Moving to the team finals, the girls competed against St. Peter for the second year in a row. Holy Family won 5-2 to clinch their third consecutive trip to the state meet.

“I am beyond excited about going to state. It means so much to not only the team, but also to the whole Holy Family tennis program” said Libby. Heading to the Reed Sweat Tennis Center, the team will play Foley in the first round on Tuesday, October 25th.

Currently finishing up at Gustavus are the section individuals. The athletes still competing are first singles Sophie Lynch and first doubles Libby Moakley and Lindsey Harris. Sophie Lynch, seeded first for singles, will play in the semifinals against Belle Plaine on Monday. Along with her, the first doubles team, seeded second, will play St. Peter. Good luck to all girls tennis players as they prepare for STATE!

UPDATE: October 18. Libby Moakley and Lindsey Harris finished with a “true second” place finish and Sophie Lynch finished earned a second place medal. Libby and Lindsey will compete in the Class A Doubles Tennis State Tournament and Sophie will compete in the Class A Singles Tennis Tournament.

Four Students Receive National Merit Recognition

Two Holy Family Catholic High School seniors, Jacob Brekke and Tim Zeien, have been named semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Competition. They were selected based on test scores from the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit® Scholarship Qualifying Test and represent less than one percent of seniors in the United States.

In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. NMSC provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist.

Two Holy Family Catholic High School seniors, Evan Epple and Dominic Peichel, have been recognized as commended students in the 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Program. In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named by a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Including this year’s recipients, sixteen Holy Family students have received National Merit® recognition in the past four years alone- six National Merit® Finalists and 10 National Merit Commended® Students.

Girls CC wins AHA Invitational

Emily Willenbring
September 8, 2016
The girls cross country team got an early start on their season, starting their training near the beginning of summer with frequent captains practices and training days. Led by senior captain Kendra Franck, the team is excited to build on last year’s strong season, which included a conference championship and a trip to the state meet.

While the team lost great runners like Maria Eastman and Allie Bodin to graduation, they are optimistic that new members will step up to take their place. “I’m excited to show the freshman everything we love about cross country,” Franck said. One key addition is Abby Ernst, a senior and member of the 4 x 800 team that qualified for the state meet.

The season got off to a great start when the team finished in first place at the Academy of Holy Angels Invitational with a score of 58 points. Kendra Franck finished 6th and freshman Abbey Fink finished 9th, with each girl running a time under 12 minutes. 11 other schools, including Blake, Visitation and Providence Academy, participated in the meet.
Fink and Franck followed up that meet with another strong performance at the St. Olaf High School Showcase on Sept. 2 in Northfield, each finishing in the top 30 of a very competitive field.

The team’s next test will be at Baylor Regional Park on September 13th at 4pm. Another great opportunity to get out and watch the girls run is their upcoming meet at the Chaska Golf Course on October 4th at 3pm.

This article was originally published on Holy Family Catholic High School’s online newspaper on September 8, 2016. See more stories and slideshows from the school’s online paper at