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June 2015 Update
Alumni & Friends –

May capped off another remarkable year on the Island! We celebrated our Lasallian heritage on Founder’s Day, thanked and celebrated those who make a DeLaSalle education possible during our Lasallian and Alumni Scholarship luncheons, welcomed the Class of 2019 at the Freshman Welcome Party and bid farewell to the Class of 2015 through the Baccalaureate Mass, Alumni Induction Reception and graduation ceremonies. We also broke ground on the new Center for Innovative Learning (or CIL), which will reposition academics at the center of the campus and provide innovative learning space for teachers and students to collaborate, discover, and utilize technology that will prepare students for college and career. This project is the fourth multi-million dollar enhancement to DeLaSalle facilities since 1990 alone. Click Here to read more about the project. You may also visit our CIL webpage to keep up with the construction status.

We invite you to stay connected throughout the summer. We understand if you can’t visit, but help so we can keep you in the loop through our e-newsletters and mailers! 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

Tuesday, June 2

Walker/Beha Golf Tournament

Red Wing Country Club – Hosted by Bob Praus ‘58


This annual event costs $55.00 per person which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, and lunch at the turn (choice of hot dog, brat, chips and pop). It will be in Scramble Format. If you are interested in playing, please send your entry to Pete Chubb ‘58 (7000 Magda Drive #216, Maple Grove, MN 55369) by May 26. 

Thursday, August 13

Hall of Fame Ceremony

DeLaSalle High School


Friday, August 14

Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament

Majestic Oaks Golf Course


Saturday, August 15

Alumni Tours, Mass, and Reunions



DeLaSalle Digest

Students & Staff Recognized for Excellence

DeLaSalle remembered in a special way at its Founder’s Day Mass three Christian Brothers who have had a profound impact on the school. Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens led the school’s annual celebration of its namesake, St. John Baptist de La Salle, and the school community recognized a handful of students and staff for their service, leadership and commitment to the mission and values of DeLaSalle. We congratulate Mike O’Keefe ‘78 and Brother David Barth ‘61 for reaching 25 years of service to DeLaSalle. They are among only 17 staff members in our school history who has served at least 25 years. Click here to read more on Founder’s Day and to view the recipients of the Alumni Scholarship, Giving Tree Awards, Liemandt Excellence in Teaching Award and Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award.

Serving in the Summer: Colorado Service Trip

 DeLaSalle returns to Colorado for a week in early June, where a group of students and staff are volunteering to rebuild national forests destroyed by wildfires in 2013. This year’s service trip follows in the footsteps of the service completed by the first group in June 2014. Click here to follow the students’ service adventure through the Colorado Service trip blog


The Tradition Continues:

Congratulations Graduates!


The Class of 2015 – which at 203 members was the largest graduating class in the last four decades – went out with a bang as they collected their “prize” on the steps of the Basilica! Continuing in tradition, excited and nervous, this class marched, stood, and threw their caps together as one. Distinguished Scholars Hannah Brand and Joseph Moeller gave compelling senior addresses while graduates had the privilege to have Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens deliver the commencement address. It was a special night for parents, friends, faculty and staff to witness the growth of every student in this class and come to fruition the “prize” – the DeLaSalle diploma.  

Senior Awards

 Every year, DeLaSalle recognizes graduating seniors for their accomplishments and excellence in activities, academics, athletics, and fine arts. A select number of students receive the DeLaSalle and Islander Awards. The awards are chosen upon the recommendation of faculty, staff, coaches, and administrators. Students who excelled in all areas made the selection difficult for the Class of 2015. Click Here to see a list of Senior Award Recipients.


A Strong Year End for Activities

Islander teams across the board are finishing strong. Check out these highlights:

  • History Day Recap
    No other Minnesota high school – except for DeLaSalle – qualified multiple national finalists at the Minnesota History Day competition on May 2. DeLaSalle qualified four projects for the National History Day competition, which will be held June 13-19 at the University of Maryland. Click Here to read more.

  • Quiz Bowl
    Congratulations to the two DeLaSalle Quiz Bowl teams who competed May 29-31 in the Quiz Bowl national championship in Chicago. The teams included Hannah Brand ‘15,, Emily Doerner ‘16, Jacob Hanson ‘16, Matthew Maxam ‘16, Madeline Phelan ‘17, Julian Spencer ‘16, Jake Stone ‘16, and Cameron Swenson ‘15.

  • Strike Out Cancer!
    The DeLaSalle community raised $653 to strike out cancer during Islander baseball games May 9. The games supported University of Minnesota pitching coach Todd Oaks and his efforts to raise awareness about leukemia. Proceeds benefited cancer research through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

  • Walter Alvarado – First soccer player to sign NLI
    Congratulations to Walter Alvarado ‘15, who became the first soccer player in DeLaSalle history to sign a National Letter of Intent with a Division I university. Walter will play for Loyola University Chicago. During the signing ceremony, the soccer program also unveiled its first banner in the gymnasium to recognize its conference and section championships. The Islanders finished in second place in the Class A state tournament.

  • All State in Softball – Congratulations to Mia Lloyd ‘15, who was named to the 2015 Class AA All Star team. Mia will take part in the All Star series June 7 at Caswell Park in North Mankato. Games are at noon and 2pm.

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 classes 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. Save the dates were sent in April. Formal invitations will be sent in June.


Committee formed, 55th Reunion – Saturday, August 15, 2015 at DLS – 3:00pm. There will be a class Mass at 2:00pm at DeLaSalle. Save the Dates were sent in April.

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 June 5th. Save the Dates and Memory forms have been sent. Remember, you canaccess all reunion Information online– including filling out your Memory Book Form deadline will be extended to June 5th. Formal Invites will be sent in June.

1970 – No committee

1975 – No committee


Committee formed, 35th Reunion – TBD (on campus). Next committee meeting will be held June 3rd.

1985 – No committee


Committee formed and reaching out for Updated Contact information, 25th Reunion – TBD (off campus)


Committee formed and reaching out for Updated Contact information, 20th Reunion – TBD

2000 – No committee


Committee formed, 10 Year Reunion – Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge & Skybar in Downtown Minneapolis – 7-10pm. Save the Dates will go out in June, formal invitations in early July.


2010 – Committee formed (still looking for more members), 5th Reunion – TBD (off campus)

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


John A. Blaylock
Class of 1935  
Lorraine Blaylock
Richard P. Class
Class of 1956
Frank Dematteo
Class of 1967
Jane Doyle
Former DeLaSalle Teacher
Bernice Giguere
Violet Graf
Raymond Hehir
Class of 1954
Phyllis Karges
Gene King, Sr.
Alphonse Klisch
Anastasia ‘Stacia’ Lane
Glenda Larson
Former Staff & Parent
James Leach
Class of 1950
?Patricia Lyons
Geneva Maas
Henry Mallander
Thomas Mueller
Class of 1949
James Pudlick
Class of 1969
James Reger
Duane Reynolds
Class of 1965
Nancy Ronhovde
Elizabeth Patterson Sands
Donald A. Schroeder
Class of 1959
Richard D. Schultz
Class of 1960
Rosemary Soukup
Spouse & Parent
Felicia Szewczyk
Lorentz Wittmers
Class of 1960

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.



We want to know

how you are doing.

To send us updates about yourself or other DeLaSalle alumni you may know, please e-mail We would like to feature alumni accomplishments each month!

Alumni Fun Facts!


 Elisabeth Zarnoti ’13

Elisabeth Zarnoti attends Knox College in Galesburg, IL and will be a junior next year.  She is a self-designed major in Business Communications with minors in Psychology and Japanese Studies. She is very involved her sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha. Elisabeth states, “De gave me strength to feel more confident in my endeavors as a student and a young professional. I learned the value of teacher mentorships, good quality research skills and dedication to whatever you do – whether that is studies, arts, sports or work.” She continues, “In many ways, I can see Knox as an extension and an expansion of my time at De – small class sizes, professors who care, and connections to last a lifetime. I do not believe I would be living the same college experience had I not had the educational and personal training I had at De.”

Elisabeth will be interning as a Digital Intern at iHeart Media beginning the summer of 2015. Coincidentally, she will be joined by Ben Albert ’13. She explained she had no idea that would happen but it will be nice to have a familiar face in an unfamiliar workplace. #IslanderNation

Did You Know?


Did you know that you could help raise funds for scholarships by promoting your own company or organization at the 2015 Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament?! Sponsor a hole on the course or put an ad in our golf program – it’s a win, win!

There are only 18 holes – so get that hole sponsorship in early! Submit your hole sponsorship or ad to before July 31, 2015!

All Sponsorships and Ads include Golf & Dinner for 1.

Hole Sponsorship – $250.00

Half-Page Golf Program Ad – $350.00

Full Page Golf Program Ad – $500.00


Have Questions? Contact Jessica Luckett, Alumni Relations & Special Events Coordinator, via e-mail or  at 612-676-7687.



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.