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April 2015 Update
Alumni & Friends –

We hope you made your way back to the Island in March! Check out what’s coming up in the following months.

You may update your contact information with us by e-mailing or completing our online form.

Remember, our E-newsletter will now come to you at the beginning of each month to ensure that you have the opportunity to engage in all of the great things that are happening at DeLaSalle.

Upcoming Events



Saturday, April 18

Island Clean Up

DeLaSalle High School

Help us take care of the Island and be good neighbors. We will go out in groups to clean up NIchollet Island. Bring a rake and gloves, if you have them. Help us rake, bag and hunt for “treasures”. We will also have a few gardening projects. Join us after your hard work for a free barbecue hosted by the Parent Association. Click here to sign up.

Saturday, May 2

Starry Night Prom

DeLaSalle High School


Wednesday, May 6

Spring Concert

DeLaSalle High School


Thursday, May 7

Founder’s Day Mass

DeLaSalle High School


Wednesday, May 20

Baccalaureate Mass & Senior Awards

DeLaSalle High School


Thursday, May 21


Basilica of Saint Mary


DeLaSalle Digest


Bishop Cozzens: Catholic Schools Play Key Role in Spreading Joy of the Gospel

Catholic educators play a key role in spreading the joy of the Gospel, Bishop Andrew Cozzens told DeLaSalle staff March 17, as he reflected on Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis auxiliary bishop described the work that faculty and staff do each day with students as a new evangelization, or creating a personal encounter with Christ. Staff has studied the document throughout this school year, meeting about once a month to discuss in small groups the way Pope Francis’s message can be lived and applied to the mission of DeLaSalle.

 DeLaSalle Community Reflects at

Lenten Prayer Service



Reverend Marchelle Hallman, mother of DeLaSalle alumni CJ ‘02 and Johnelle ‘04, delivered a Lenten reflection Wednesday, March 25, encouraging the school community to “go all in” as we celebrate Holy Week and Easter. Reverend Hallman used the story “Ragman” by Walter Wangerin, Jr. to demonstrate actions that Islanders can take to live the Gospel message of “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).

Service to Others: Youthlink Delivery

The DeLaSalle community collected more than 6,000 personal hygiene items during Social Justice Awareness Week (Feb. 23-27) to benefit homeless teens served by the Minneapolis nonprofit Youth Link. Students donated the items (tampons are counted individually) in their first hour classes. A group of students who participate in Lasallian Ministry personally delivered the donations to YouthLink on March 17.


Students Recognized as Distinguished Scholars


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DeLaSalle recognized 39 seniors as Distinguished Scholars during a luncheon February 20. DistinguishedScholars are those 12th graders who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 or higher. Thegroup chooses two students to speak at commencement. This year, scholars chose Hannah Brand and Joe Moeller to speak. Commencement exercises for the Class of 2015 are scheduled for Thursday, May 21 at 6:45pm at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. Click here to see the headline story.


Junior Students Awarded the Alumni Association Legacy and Farrell Scholarship

Twenty-five students applied for the Alumni Association Legacy and Farrell Scholarship. This scholarship is available to 11th graders who have had a relative graduate from DeLaSalle. There are three levels to the scholarship – Gold, Silver, Bronze – and the Farrell Scholarship which is given by De alumnus, Denny Farrell ‘62. Awards will be applied to the students senior year tuitions. This year, the Alumni Association selected 16 students to receive a scholarship. They will be recognized at the Founder’s Day Mass on May 7th, 2015.



Check out these highlights as Islander Madness has come to a close:

  • Boys Basketball Team Takes State!

The Islanders became only the third boys’ basketball team in state history to win its fourth consecutive state championship March 14 with a 82-64 win over St. Paul Johnson. Senior guard Jarvis Johnson and senior forwards Sacar Anim and Josh Collins were named to the Class 3A All Tournament Team. The Associated Press later named Anim its boys’ basketball Player of the Year and Anim and Johnson were finalists for the Mr. Basketball Award. Go Islanders! #TOOKState #4Peat

  • Girls Basketball – Section 3AAA Runner Up

Congratulations to the girls’ basketball team, which finished the season the Section 3AAA runner up. The Islanders lost March 12 to Park Center in the section championship. John Patterson was named Section 3AAA Assistant Coach of the Year.

  • Student Math Skills Add Up to Statewide Success

Congratulations to Leo Jiang ‘15, who qualified and participated in the Minnesota State High School Math League Tournament March 9. He finished 21st overall in the state based on his scores for the invitational and individual portion of the state tournament exams. Meanwhile, Leo, along with Mira Koster ‘15, and Joe Moeller ‘15, had the top scores from DeLaSalle in the American Mathematics Competition exam held at DeLaSalle earlier this month. Leo scored in the top 5 percent in the country on this exam and qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam on March 19.

  • DeLaSalle Projects Advance to State Competition

Twenty student projects have advanced to theMinnesota History Day competition on May 2 at the University of Minnesota. Judges selected the projects to advance following the March 23rd regional competition at Augsburg College. Click here to see which projects advanced.

  • Lasallian Student Art Grabs Judges Attention

Gloria Gu ‘15, whose piece “Homelessness” earned second place within the 10th-12th grade age group in the local Catholic Campaign for Human Development Art Contest. The contest challenged Twin Cities area high school students to reflect the many faces of poverty in our community and how we, as people of faith, are called to respond. Catholic Charities featured Gu’s award-winning art, along with other student winners, in a gallery at St. John Neumann Parish.


Spring Sports are in Session and

Camp Islander is Around the Corner

Sun? Warmth? It must be time for our spring sports to get into gear! Make sure to take a look at the DeLaSalle Athletic Calendar for all upcoming sporting events!


Alumni Weekend 2015 Updates

Bring your friends and classmates together and get ready to “Celebrate the Good Times on Nicollet Island!” Committees from each class are in the planning stages and Save the Dates and invitations will be sent out to those classes having reunions this year. Remember, even if you are not having a reunion, we would still love to see you at the Hall of Fame Ceremony, Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament, school tours, and Alumni Mass.


Thursday, August 13

DeLaSalle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Please join us as we honor those who have made a significant impact on DeLaSalle, in De athletics, and in our community.


Friday, August 14

Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament

Your spirit of competition will support student scholarships! Don’t golf? No problem! Join us for dinner after the tournament, sponsor a hole, or buy an advertisement for your company, which will be featured in this year’s golf program!


Saturday, August 15

Reunion Saturday

Haven’t been to De in a while? Come for our School Tours, an Alumni Mass, and      your Class Reunion!

De Island is Calling!


Help VOLUNTEER during Alumni Weekend. This is a great way to connect with other De alumni! If you would like to volunteer during the weekend (Golf tournament, reunion registration, Mass, etc), please e-mail Jessica Luckett




Reunion Updates

Congratulations to the classe s ending in “0” or “5” that have reached another landmark! Reunion planning season is well underway but we are still looking for planning committees for the Classes of 1970, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2000, and 2010! If you are interested in being on your classes committee, please e-mail Jessica Luckett. Even if a committee is already formed, the more – the merrier! Here are the reunion updates as they stand:


Looking for more committee members,

60th Reunion – Saturday, August 15, 2015 at DLS – 6:00pm. Formal invitations will be sent in June.


Committee formed,

55th Reunion – Saturday, August 15, 2015 at DLS – 3:00pm. Formal invitations will be sent in June.


Committee formed, 50th Golden Reunion –

Saturday, August 15, 2015 at DLS – 6:00pm.

Next committee meeting will be held in April. Save the Dates and Memory forms have been sent. Remember, you can access all reunion Information online – including filling out your Memory Book Form which is due by June 1.

1970 – No committee

1975 – No committee


Committee formed, 35th Reunion – TBD

1985 – No committee


Committee formed, 25th Reunion – TBD


Committee formed (still looking for more members),

20th Reunion – TBD

2000 – No committee

2005 – Committee formed, 10th Reunion – TBD

2010 –

Committee formed (still looking for more members),

5th Reunion – TBD


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Let us remember and keep in our prayers those Alumni & Friends who have been called home during the month of March:


                       MaryAnn Bownik                      


                             Trudy Brownrigg                             


             Charlie Carraher         

Class of 1956

                 James Chambers                


June Cirkl


Deborah Craven


Dennis Earley

Class of 1964


David Eaton

Class of 1950

Thomas Gleason

Class of 1954

Kenneth Haagensen

Class of 1955

Ole Hage

Class of 1958


Todd Hoffstrom

Class of 1976

Al Janohosky


Patrick Keaveny


Ronald Kimitch


Joan Kolasa


Joanne Kosloski


Michael Kudanovych


James Mock


Eddie Mullin

Class of 2001

Nancy Olmscheid


Carl Olson

Class of 1949

Kathleen Patrek


Michael Rourke

Class of 1952  


Michael Shannon 

Class of 1966

Myrtle Thomas


Trent Trueblood



John Vos

Class of 1936

Charles Wiosky

Class of 1946

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

St. John Baptist de La Salle; Pray for us!

Live Jesus in Our Hearts; Forever!

Camp Islander Registration


DeLaSalle’s Camp Islander offers Twin Cities area elementary, middle, and high school students opportunities to become better athletes and actors through nine different athletic and drama camps. These camps – led by DeLaSalle staff, alumni and friends – annually attract hundreds of elementary, middle, and high school students during June and July.



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Alumni Fun Facts!



Islanders are in the news everywhere! Check out recent articles featuring Steve McClellan ‘68 and Jonah Travis ‘11.


Mayors declare Steve McClellan Day

in Minneapolis and St. Paul


Harvard and Yale: One More Reason to Hate Each Other


Development Team Travels to Arizona and Florida to Engage Alumni

Over 70 guests joined our development team at the Annual Alumni Luncheons in Tucson, Arizona and Naples, Florida. Each event turned out wonderfully as President Barry Lieske, AFSC was able to share the great news of what is happening at DeLaSalle. Alumni and Friends in attendance are able to ask questions, fellowship over a great meal and, at the Florida event, hear from an Alumni Guest Speaker. This year, Anna Mazig ‘04, JD, a Bridge Fellow at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, spoke with our guests on her journey after DeLaSalle and the impact of her Lasallian experience. Her compelling thoughts and words resonated with many of the guests. These luncheons are open to all alumni and friends that live in or are visiting in the area. The lunches are complimentary of the DeLaSalle Development Department.

Did You Know?


The Gateway to the Future Campaign is well underway! We are $7.6 million raised to date of our $17 million goal. Please consider partnering with us. Click here for more information about our Gateway to the Future Campaign.


Thursday, August 14

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

To honor those who have made and impact of DeLaSalle, in De athletics, and in their community.


Friday, August 15

Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament

You spirit of competition will support student scholarships! Don’t golf? Then, you can join us for dinner after the tournament, sponsor a hole, or buy an advertisement for your company. It will be featured in this year’s golf program.


Saturday, August 16

This is a busy Saturday. Alumni Soccer Games commence in the morning and many of the reunions are held this day. Later, in the evening, there are School Tours and an Alumni Mass.