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On Thursday, August 9th, as part of the Alumni Weekend celebration at DeLaSalle, the school is proud to honor several individuals and groups at the 30th annual Hall of Fame/Lasallian Awards.  The ceremony begins with a social at 5:30pm and the program at 6:15pm. There are four distinct categories of awards – Hall of Fame, Lasallian Award, Roberts-Reinhart Award, and new in 2018, the Brother Michael Collins Award for achievement in the arts.

On the 10th, alumni and friends are invited to participate in the annual Tennis/Pickleball Mixer in the morning and/or the Alumni Golf Tournament in the afternoon.  The weekend of activities concludes on Saturday, August 11, with the Alumni Mass at 5:00 pm, and class reunions for the Class of 1958 and the Class of 1968 at DeLaSalle.

For more information, or to register for the Hall of Fame Awards or the Alumni Tennis/Pickleball Mixer and/or Golf Tournament on Friday, April 10, please go to https://delasalle.com/development/upcoming-events/.  We hope you can join us for some or all of the festive weekend.  For more information, please contact developmentoffice@delasalle.com or call 612-676-7610.

The Hall of Fame Award

 Established in 1989, the DeLaSalle Hall of Fame perpetually honors and commemorates those graduates and friends whose leadership and achievements in the areas of Christian faith, education, service, and athletics have made an outstanding and enduring impact on DeLaSalle and its tradition. Because of what these award recipients have done in their lives and for DeLaSalle, it can be said that DeLaSalle would not be the same without them.

The First Class of Women to Graduate from DeLaSalle in 1972

Thousands of female students and graduates at DeLaSalle have earned recognition and opportunities for their scholarship, leadership, participation and accomplishments.  None of this would occur if not for the trail blazed by the first female students to enroll at the previously all-boy DeLaSalle and then graduate in 1972.  It’s our honor as a school to recognize the story of our forebears; today, DeLaSalle is known throughout the Twin Cities as an outstanding co-educational school, and our alumnae have excelled in college, careers, and communities around the world.   In their name, and in full support of our vision that “recognizing that individual talents are enhanced by positive relationships and experiences, DeLaSalle forms its students for adult lives of learning, faith, and service,” we honor the first women to graduate.

Mike Gostomski

It can be argued that no person has done more for Lasallian schools in Minnesota than Mike Gostomski.  Though he has no direct tie with DeLaSalle (other than an impending relationship as proud grandfather of a soon-to-be Islander), Mike has been exceptionally generous as a benefactor of De scholarship and grant programs for many years.  Quite directly, several dozen students have been able to attend De because of Mike’s faithful support.  A successful businessman and entrepreneur, Mike has also served as a strong advocate, supporter and leader on behalf of his alma mater, St. Mary’s University, Lasallian education, the Church of Winona and the Christian Brothers.  We are proud to induct Mike into the DeLaSalle Hall of Fame to recognize the transformative support he has offered to our community.

The Lasallian Award

Established in 1989 to recognize and honor select DeLaSalle graduates and friends whose current efforts and achievements uniquely reflect St. John Baptist de La Salle’s vision of Christian leadership, support of education, and service for the world in which they live. Their continued efforts are worthy of honor, support, and gratitude.

Roger `68 and Jane Bona

We salute Roger and Jane Bona, who individually and have always answered the call to be of service to others – touching the lives of thousands of children and customers alike through faith-driven careers in education and business. Jane is currently the principal at Immaculate Conception School and a member of the DeLaSalle Board of Trustees as the “Principal Representative.”  Roger is a highly-esteemed businessman in northeast Minneapolis, known for his integrity, kindness and singular devotion to family and Faith.  The inseparable husband-and-wife team learned the value of service and caring for others in their education in Catholic schools – values they now emulate for others as leaders and benefactors.

The Brother Michael Collins Award

Established in 2018, the Brother Michael Collins Award honors those Hall of Fame recipients who have earned special recognition in the area of fine arts.  By virtue of their talent, vision, and commitment, recipients have chronicled our lives in a manner that enriches our cultural values and identity.  The award reflects the inspirational advocacy and vision of Brother Michael Collins, FSC `55, an artist, teacher, leader and mentor throughout his life.

Joseph Duffy `67

Joe Duffy’s creative genius revealed itself at an early age. He has harnessed that talent over a lifetime to become one of the leading graphic designers and creative directors in the field of visual communications. His work, which has helped make Minneapolis an advertising hub, is reflected in many familiar brands – from Diet Coke to Sony to Minute Maid orange juice to the Mall of America. It is fitting, therefore, that DeLaSalle inducts Joe Duffy into the Hall of Fame as the first recipient of the Brother Michael Collins Award.

Joe started his own drawing and illustration studio in 1975, and then worked in advertising agencies for several years before opening Duffy Design in 1984.  Among Joe’s accolades are a Legacy Medal in 2004 and a Fellow Award in 2007, both from the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

The Roberts-Reinhart Award

Established in 1995, the Roberts-Reinhart Award honors those Hall of Fame recipients who have earned special recognition in the area of athletics. It is named in honor of George Roberts and Dick Reinhart, DeLaSalle Hall of Fame Inductees and coaching legends.

Joel Andrychowicz `68

Considered by many to be the best all-around athlete in the golden jubilee class of 1968, Joel was a three-sport star for the Islanders in football, basketball and baseball.  He went on to teach and coach at Sibley High School, where has been inducted into that school’s Hall of Fame.  Though he retired as a teacher and football coach after 34 years, Joel continues a 47-year basketball coaching career today, now as an assistant at Irondale High School.  He has been recognized by the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association and other organizations for his many contributions to the lives of young people.

Stephanie (Richardson) Johnson `00

As new Islander sports programs emerged and grew through the past three decades, other traditional sports evolved considerably, perhaps none more so than cheer.  Thanks to national and local organizations and coverage on ESPN, cheerleading programs are now competitive at schools such as DeLaSalle, with the Islanders capturing ten State titles and earning 18 bids to Nationals since the competitive program started in 1997.  Dedicated athletes make a year-round commitment to skills development in tumbling, stunting and dance, as well as strength and conditioning programs.   A four-year varsity team member and recognized as a high school All-American while at De, Stephanie went on to cheer competitively at the University of Minnesota, before becoming a coach and trainer.

Percy Wade `75

Percy was undeniably the star on the 1975 DeLaSalle basketball team.  The Islanders, the eminent Catholic and independent basketball program in Minnesota since the 1920s, fittingly became the first non-public school to ever play in the Minnesota State High School League tournament.  We salute Percy for that pivotal role in Islander history, but also for his lifelong devotion to coaching and mentoring young women and men as a coach.  He later coached the Bloomington Kennedy girls’ basketball team to a State championship in 2005, and today coaches in both the Howard Pulley program and as an assistant at St. Thomas Academy.

 Andrew Favorite `66

The late Andy Favorite has been described as the most dominant high school wrestler in Minnesota in his senior year.  Winner of three of his four state tournament matches via pinfall, Andy earned the 1966 State Championship in the heavyweight division.  Andy went on to graduate from the University of St. Thomas and became a counselor at the University of Minnesota and the Upward Bound program.  Andy’s particular expertise was in helping Native American students.

DeLaSalle Tennis Team of 1968

The 1968 tennis team has distinguished itself as the only tennis team in DeLaSalle history to go undefeated during the season.  Captains Pat Carr and Pat Kernan led the team, going undefeated in doubles action, while others achieved similar success, with only one loss in singles play.  Most of the team members continue to play tennis, and each has achieved success in careers and communities across the country.