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April 2019 Alumni News
 
Pride - Excellence - Tradition
 
 
Day of Giving - May 15, 2019
 
Your support of Cardinal O'Hara is vital to our continued success now and well into the future. We are most grateful to all of the alumni, parents, corporations, friends, grandparents and others who continue to support us as we fulfill our mission to develop graduates of character, competence and confidence who are prepared to lead in this world and live forever in the next. 
 
This year at COHS, we celebrate 55 Years of Pride, Excellence and Tradition. As we prepare for this day, you will hear from students and members of our school community highlighting our pride, excellence and tradition. Be sure to follow along as we celebrate our school community. #Lion4Life#CO51519
 
 
Amazon Smile for COHS!
 
Support Cardinal O'Hara High School AlumniAssociation when you shop on Amazon! Usesmile.amazon.com to donate back to COHS!
 
 
Alumni in the News
 
 
Book Launch & Lecture
 
Dr. Kathleen Cummings, Class of 1989 and current Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, will have a lecture and her book launch, A Saint of Our Own: How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American(University of North Carolina Press), on Thursday, May 2nd at The National St. John Neumann Shrine.
 
 
Cooking with Christine opens owned by Christine Baldasserre Familetti '82! All classes are held at Artisan Exchange Commercial Kitchen, 208 Charter Drive Suite, West Chester PA 19382
 
Tom Savage '09 signs with the Detroit Lions. Entering his sixth NFL season, Savage’s career totals include 181 completions, 315 pass attempts, 2,000 yards and five touchdowns. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fourth round (135th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of the University of Pittsburgh.
 
 
Eddie Issertell '17 has been named AlumniEngagement Director of the 2020 THON Executive Team. Read more...
 
Current Band Director, Hector Ramirez, has been working with a committed group of O'Hara Band Alumni to establish an alumniand community band to commemorate long-time O'Hara Band Director, Ted Pasternak and better engage our band alumni. Their first official meeting for interested instrumentalists was February 21, and they were 18 members strong not including our organizational members.Moving forward, the group will be meeting in the band room on certain Thursdays of this year from 7pm-8:30pm. For more information, contact Mr. Ramirez.
 
Trivia Night - Friday, May 3, 2019
 
Our faculty is hosting a fun night out for anyone 21+ on May 3rd in the cafeteria. Don't miss KLASS WITH KEDERIS! This will be an entertaining trivia night. There may be some O'Hara trivia in there as well so if you are an alum or know some alum, make sure you are there! Proceeds benefit student scholarships. Door opens at 6:30 and trivia begins at 7:00. Event is in the cafeteria. Please bring your own snacks and drinks. $25 a seat or $200 for a table of ten!
 
 
 
Class of 1969 50th Reunion
 
Save the dates! The Class of 1969 is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. Look out for a letter to arrive in your mailbox with details.
 
Walk at the 2019 Graduation with your classmates: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Neumann University
 
Reunion Weekend: October 11 & 12, 2019
 
 
Join a Committee!
 
We are looking for alumni to join the following committees. If interested, please contact Jen Tuberosa at jtuberosa@cohs.com.
 
  • Science Lab/STREAM Committee
  • Media Center Committee
  • Leadership Development Program Committee
 
 
Update Your Contact Information
 
Have you moved recently? Other life changes? Update your contact information so you can stay in touch.
 
 
Class Reunions
 
Interested in helping plan your upcoming reunion? Contact us today!
 
1969 50th Reunion:
October 11, 2019
Springfield Country Club
 
1974 45th Reunion:
Tentatively November 15, 2019
Location TBD
 
1979 40th Reunion:
Fall 2019 - Location & Date TBD
 
1984 35th Reunion:
Fall 2019 - Location & Date TBD
 
1989 30th Reunion:
November 29, 2019
Anthony's at Paxon
 
1994 25th Reunion:
November 23, 2019
Anthony's at Paxon
 
1999 20th Reunion:
November 29, 2019
Barnaby's of Havertown
 
2004 15th Reunion
Fall 2019 - Location & Date TBD
 
2009 10th Reunion
July 13, 2019
Barnaby's of Havertown
 
Tickets on sale soon!
 
The Alumni Association is Growing!
 
 
Are you interested in helping?
 
We are in the process of growing and expanding our alumni board. If you are interested in learning more, contact us today.
 
Being a part of the alumni board includes the following:
- Attend 4 meetings throughout the school year.
- Serve on one subcommittee for alumni ran events
- Help spread the word about COHS and major events
- Attend major events when possible (Hall of Fame, Mane Event)
 
Are you interested in learning more or being a part of this group? Contact Aimee-Kate Braconnier today at akbraconnier@cohs.com.
 
 
Upcoming Events:
 
May 3rd: Klass with Kederis - Adult Trivia Night
May 7th: Performing Arts Immersion Day
May 15th: Day of Giving
May 21st: Spring Concert & Art Show
June 4th: Baccalaureate Mass
June 5th: Class of '69 walks at Graduation
June: O'Hara Fair - Dates & Info to Come!
 
 
Become involved today!
 
Contact:
Aimee-Kate Braconnier '06
Director of Alumni Relations & The O'Hara Fund
610-544-3800 Ext. 1887
 
March 2019 Alumni News
 
Pride - Excellence - Tradition
 
 
Mane Event is Saturday!
 
Join us on Saturday,
March 23rd, 2019
7:00 to 11:00 PM
 
Paxon Hollow Country Club
850 Paxon Hollow Road 
Media, PA 19063
  
Alumni, parents, faculty and friends of Cardinal O'Hara High School -- Please join us for O'Hara's biggest event of the year!
This year’s theme is "March Madness" and the event will include dinner, drinks, silent auction and an evening of hoops fun!
 
 
 
Amazon Smile for COHS!
 
Support Cardinal O'Hara High School Alumni Association when you shop on Amazon! Usesmile.amazon.com to donate back to COHS!
 
 
Alumni in the News
 
Charlie Waldecker '71 graciously sponsored 30 students and faculty (pictured below) at the annual Pennsylvanians for Human Life dinner on February 24. Charlie is a wonderful alum who has given back for years through hosting our students at the PHL dinner and sponsoring a junior student to attend the Freedoms Foundation's Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference through the Knights of Columbus Fr. Emil Kapaun Assembly 3274.
 
"Through Charlie's generosity, dozens of our students have had opportunities outside the classroom to enhance their faith, their leadership skills and their knowledge as citizens of the United States," commented Jay DeFruscio, President. "We are grateful to Charlie and the sponsoring organizations for all they do for our students today to prepare strong Catholic leaders for tomorrow."
 
 
Jonathan Joseph joins Media Police Force.
 
 
Grace Mancini won a gold medal in the 3,000 meters to lead the La Salle University women's track and field team on the final day of the Atlantic 10 Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships 
 
 
 
Highlight on Trish Juhline Brunner in the Philadelphia Inquirer
 
 
 
Alumni Band Members walk with COHS at Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade
 
 
Class of 1969 50th Reunion
 
Save the dates! The Class of 1969 is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. Look out for a letter to arrive in your mailbox with details.
 
Walk at the 2019 Graduation with your classmates: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Neumann University
 
Reunion Weekend: October 11 & 12, 2019
 
 
Join a Committee!
 
We are looking for alumni to join the following committees. If interested, please contact Jen Tuberosa at jtuberosa@cohs.com.
 
  • Science Lab/STREAM Committee
  • Media Center Committee
  • Leadership Development Program Committee
 
 
Update Your Contact Information
 
Have you moved recently? Other life changes? Update your contact information so you can stay in touch.
 
 
 
Upcoming Events at COHS
 
Interested in helping plan your upcoming reunion? Contact us today!
 
March 20, 2019: 7th Grade Visitation Day
March 23, 2019: Mane Event
May 15, 2019: Day of Giving
September 23, 2019: Golf Classic
September 28, 2019: All Class Reunion
October 25-26, 2019: Hall of Fame Weekend
 
 
Day of Giving
 
Support our Cardinal O'Hara community by donating to our O'Hara Fund. Our Day of Giving is May 15th but you can make a donation today!
 
 
February 2019 Alumni News
 
Pride - Excellence - Tradition
 
 
Honoring Mr. Gardler
 
Please join us as we honor Coach Buddy Gardler on Sunday, February 10th at 2:30pm at the boys basketball game. Come and honor Coach Gardler as we reflect on his many contributions to O'Hara.
 
 
Help to plan your next reunion!
 
Be a part of planning your next class reunion! If you are celebrating a reunion year, please contact us so you can be part of the planning.
 
Contact:
 
#Lion4Life
 
Lions in Love
Throughout February, we will be featuring submissions of "Lions in Love".
 
 
Alumni in the News
 
 
Join a Committee
 
We are looking for alumni to join the following committees. If interested, please contact Jen Tuberosa at jtuberosa@cohs.com.
 
  • Science Lab/STREAM Committee
  • Media Center Committee
  • Leadership Development Program Committee
 
2019 Hall of Fame
Nominations close February 13, 2019
 
Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Mane Event!
Don't delay! This event will sell out!
 
Around the Halls at COHS
 
 
Six current students participated in the All Catholic Chorus Festival this past weekend! It was a beautiful concert! Congratulations to all of our students involved!
 
Last week, we celebrated Catholic Schools Week! Check out our Facebook to see all that we did as a school community to celebrate!
 
 
COHS was featured on The ClassH-Room starring Mr. DiBona, Fr. Masson, Mr. Coyne, Katie Till, Pat Burns and Chris Hillyer. Find the episode on the Fox29 App.
 
The COHS Choir traveled to St. Francis last week to celebrate their First Friday Mass and Catholic Schools Week.
 
 
Throughout Catholic Schools Week, we had the opportunity to visit Our Lady of Angels classrooms at COHS to spend time together. We also had many guests throughout the week who spent time with the COHS students. Fr. Steve Delacy and some seminarians visited with us to talk about vocations. #CSW2019
 
 
Support COHS Today!
 
We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all of those that supported O'Hara this year through a gift to our annual fund. 2018 was a record-breaking year for our annual fund and we look forward to all that 2019 will bring, including our Charlotte Drummond Media Center, our leadership center with programs for all students, a plan for STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics) that includes renovated learning spaces like science labs and so much more. Please consider making a gift to The O'Hara Fund to help us continue the pride, excellence and tradition of O'Hara for generations to come. #Lion4Life
 
Save the Dates
 
February 17th - Senior Fashion Show
February 28th - March 3rd - The Little Mermaid
March 19th - Career Day Get involved!
March 20th - 7th Grade Visitation Day
March 23rd - Mane Event at Paxon Hollow Country Club
January 2019 Alumni News
 
Pride - Excellence - Tradition
 
 
#LionsinLove
 
Did you meet your soulmate in the halls of Cardinal O'Hara? Maybe in English Class? Or through an extracurricular activity? Or later in life and realize your mutual O'Hara connection? We want to hear your story! Complete the questions below and send your pictures of then and now (up to 5 to possibly be featured) toakbraconnier@cohs.com by February 1, 2019.
 
 
 
Honor Your Favorite Teacher!
 
Was there a teacher or staff member at O'Hara who made a difference in your life? Is there someone who helped you make a decision about your future or inspired you? Tell us your story! 
 
Submissions are due January 22nd!
 
Submit pictures if you have them toakbraconnier@cohs.com
 
 
 
Alumni in the News
 
 
 
Julia C. Quindlen, '08, has completed the requirements for a Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Her thesis is entitled "Mechano-to-Neural Transduction of the Pacinian Corpuscle
 
 
In Memory
 
We are sad to share the loss of longtime faculty member, Mr. John Peters. He was a great educator and will be greatly missed.
 
Thank you to the many alumni who have made contributions to Cardinal O'Hara in Mr. Peters name.
 
 
Submit a Hall of Fame Nomination
 
Cardinal O’Hara High School established the Hall of Fame in 1974 to recognize the outstanding athletic achievements of O’Hara alumni. In 1997, O’Hara president Msgr. Joseph McFadden resurrected the Hall of Fame with the help of Alumni Association President Bob McCaffrey ’68 and expanded the honor to include professional achievement and community service.
 
 
Around the Halls at COHS
 
 
380 students, faculty and staff participated in our Operation Santa Clause program this year. Nearly 400 children were adopted to help make their Christmas wishes come true. This beautiful O'Hara tradition has been going on for over 10 years. Thank you to Mrs. Commale and along with all those that made this possible!
More Pictures Below
 
Thank you to the many alumni who returned home to Cardinal O'Hara for O'Hara Family Christmas last month. It was a beautiful Mass and celebration. Special thanks to Joanna Morrison '01 and husband, Patrick, who shared their son, Mason Morrison, to portray Baby Jesus.
More Pictures Below
 
 
 
 
Support COHS Today!
 
We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all of those that supported O'Hara this year through a gift to our annual fund. 2018 was a record-breaking year for our annual fund and we look forward to all that 2019 will bring, including our Charlotte Drummond Media Center, our leadership center with programs for all students, a plan for STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics) that includes renovated learning spaces like science labs and so much more. Please consider making a gift to The O'Hara Fund to help us continue the pride, excellence and tradition of O'Hara for generations to come. #Lion4Life
 
Save the Dates
 
Catholic Schools Week - January 27th - February 1st
February 17th - Senior Fashion Show
February 28th - March 3rd - The Little Mermaid
March 19th - Career Day Get involved!
March 20th - 7th Grade Visitation Day
March 23rd - Mane Event at Paxon Hollow Country Club
November Alumni News from COHS
 
Pride - Excellence - Tradition
 
 
 
Reunion Season is Here!
 
Reunions have been schedule for the classes below celebrating a milestone year. Additional alumni events are also noted below. Be sure to add events and join us to celebrate being a #Lion4Life!
 
November 21: College Student Welcome Back Mass & Gathering
November 23: Class of 1998 Reunion
November 23: Class of 1993 Reunion
November 24: Class of 1983 Reunion
November 24: Class of 1988 Reunion
November 27: Giving Tuesday
December 1: Alumni Night at Mamma Mia
December 16: O'Hara Family Christmas
 
 
Congratulations Hall of Fame Class of 2018!
 
 
On October 20th, we welcomed six individuals and one team into our Cardinal O'Hara Hall of Fame. Joining us was a full house of guests to celebrate our honorees and support our Hall of Fame. Congratulations to the following:
 
Mike Arizin '72
Colonel Rich Breen '73
Frank Fitzpatrick '67
Denise Dillon '92
Michael Lyons '69
Robert Moran '68
The 1982 Boys Varsity Soccer Team
 
 
 
 
Hall of Fame Nominations Now Open
 
Cardinal O’Hara High School established the Hall of Fame in 1974 to recognize the outstanding athletic achievements of O’Hara alumni. In 1997, O’Hara president Msgr. Joseph McFadden resurrected the Hall of Fame with the help of Alumni Association President Bob McCaffrey ’68 and expanded the honor to include professional achievement and community service.
 
 
 
 
Laudable Lions
 
We're featuring 55 Laduable Lions from now until O'Hara Family Christmas in honor of our 55 Years of Pride, Excellence & Tradition. Do you know a #Lion4Life who has made a difference in our community and beyond who bleeds red and blue? Please send suggestions to Aimee-Kate Braconnier at akbraconnier@cohs.com.
 
 
 
Alumni in the News
 
Mamma Mia Coming to the COHS Stage
 
Tickets are now on sale for Cardinal O'Hara's production of Mamma Mia!Performances will take place November 29th - December 2nd.
 
Local elementary and middle school theater programs, as well as local community theater programs for children, are invited to join the Cardinal O'Hara High School Theater Society at a special event prior to their closing show of Mamma Mia on Sunday, December 2. Attendees will have the chance to meet the cast, crew and directors prior to the show and enjoy a pizza lunch prior to attending the 2:00 p.m. show in premium seating. For more info or to sign up, visit the link here.
 
Are you a Theater Alum? Join us for our Alumni Night on Friday, November 30th. Register online and a free ticket voucher will be sent to you! Register here!
 
 
 
Alumni Soccer Game
 
Calling all Soccer Alum! O'Hara will be hosting an Alum Soccer Thanksgiving Game on Saturday, November, 24th at 10:00am. All are welcome!
 
 
 
26th Annual O'Hara Family Christmas
 
Join us for our 26th Annual O'Hara Family Christmas celebrating the great students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Cardinal O'Hara.
Sunday, December 16, 2018, Mass at 5:00pm
 
 
Ornament Sale
 
At O'Hara Family Christmas, we will have Christmas trees displayed with personalized ornaments in memory or in honor of an individual. Ornaments can be purchased for a $25 donation each and personalized. Ornaments will be available for pick up at the end of the event. By displaying these ornaments, we can honor the many individuals that are a part of the O'Hara Family, both past and present, this Christmas season. 
 
Orders are being taken until December 7th. Complete your order by submitting the below form and then mailing or dropping off payment to O'Hara (Attention: Aimee-Kate Braconnier)
 
 
October Alumni Newsletter
 
Pride - Excellence - Tradition
 
 
Open House this Sunday
 
Join us this Sunday from 1:00- 3:30pm for our Open House. Spread the word to your family and friends about this opportunity to learn all about Cardinal O'Hara. Become a #Lion4Life!
 
 
 
Hall of Fame : October 20th
 
Cardinal O’Hara High School established the Hall of Fame in 1974 to recognize the outstanding athletic achievements of O’Hara alumni. In 1997, O’Hara president Msgr. Joseph McFadden resurrected the Hall of Fame with the help of Alumni Association President Bob McCaffrey ’68 and expanded the honor to include professional achievement and community service.
 
Please join us next Saturday, October 20th at Cardinal O'Hara as we honor our new members of our Hall of Fame as well as Mr. John Caramanico, President of the Alumni Association, who will receive the inaugural Mark Cordes Impact Award.
 
 
 
 
 
All Class Reunion Success
 
Thank you to all who joined us for our All Class Reunion at Stinger's on the Waterfront on Saturday, September 29th. It was a great success celebrating with classmates and O'Hara friends!
 
Stay tuned for our Spring Alumni Event & 2019 All Class Date.
 
 
 
 
Alumni in the News
 
 
Alumni Calendar
 
Click on the links for specific class reunion details and tickets.
 
October 19-20:  Hall of Fame Weekend
November 16:   Class of 1973 Reunion  
November 21:  College Student Welcome Back Mass & Gathering
November 23: Class of 1993 Reunion
November 23:  Class of 1998 Reunion
November 24:  Class of 1983 Reunion
N ovember 24:   Class of 1988 Reunion
November 27:  Giving Tuesday
December 1:  Alumni Night at O'Hara Show
December 16:  O'Hara Family Christmas