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New Lake Catholic President named by Diocese of Cleveland

June 01, 2023
By Lake Catholic

Earlier today, the Diocese of Cleveland named John Morabeto as the next President of Lake Catholic High School.

An accomplished leader and strong proponent of Catholic education, John has extensive experience in institutional advancement, having served as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland for 11 years, securing more than $150 million for endowment growth, facility improvements, and faculty
formation. 

A product of the Diocese of Steubenville’s Catholic Central High School, John holds a master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Akron and a bachelor's degree in management and marketing from Kent State University.

John expressed his excitement about the opportunity to serve as the President of Lake Catholic stating, “Education rooted in our Catholic faith has been a lifelong commitment for me as a student, a professional, and as a parent. Its mission and outreach are critical as we look to form the young men and women of the next generation in this challenging world. I have experienced the grace Catholic education has provided my family and I am impassioned to help others experience it as well. I look forward to joining the Lake Catholic community and advancing this important work in Lake County and across the entire greater Cleveland area.”

Associate Superintendent for Secondary Schools, Michael Zelenka, shares in the excitement surrounding Mr. Morabeto’s appointment, “The Diocese of Cleveland’s Office for Catholic Education believes that John’s strong Catholic faith, proven track record in advancement efforts, commitment to Catholic education, and leadership acumen signals an incredibly bright future for Lake Catholic.”

Lake Catholic Principal Tom McKrill added: "I am very excited to work with John Morabeto as we look to maximize the opportunities for Lake Catholic. Mark Crowley has done great things for our school. I look forward to continuing his work, and the mission of Lake Catholic, into a bright future with John."

Morabeto replaces Mark Crowley, who announced his retirement early in 2023. Crowley's last day with Lake Catholic will be June 30.

“Mark has provided steadfast leadership to Lake Catholic through an important time in its history by focusing on mission and the unique charisms of the Lake Catholic experience. “Today the school enjoys steady enrollment and growing community support to ensure financial stability and position Lake Catholic for future growth,” Frank O'Linn, Ed.D., Superintendent of Catholic schools said back in January. ”Mark as also assembled a talented team to lead and sustain Lake Catholic for the future."

Now, Morabeto will take over the reins of that team and lead Lake Catholic into a promising future.

Lake Catholic, Other Schools to Leave Crown Conference; North Coast Conference to Begin Fall of 2024

May 31, 2023
By Lake Catholic

Lake Catholic, along with Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, Beaumont, and Padua, will leave the Crown Conference after the 2023-24 school. The Cougars will join those three schools, as well as Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (CVCA), Elyria Catholic and Holy Name in the new North Coast Conference. The new North Coast Conference will begin in the Fall of 2024.

“The transition to the North Coast Conference is a great opportunity for Lake Catholic and our partner schools,” said Lake Catholic Principal Tom McKrill (’07). “Our students work very hard in the classroom every day, and this will be a great opportunity for our student-athletes to continue to compete with other faith-based schools in interscholastic athletics.”

Similarly, Lake Catholic Athletic Director Erik Schroeder is excited about the competitive balance between all the schools.

“We're excited to be a part of the seven schools forming the North Coast Conference,” Schroeder said. “The NCC is going to be very competitive across all sports and is made up of schools of similar size. We believe that the new conference is a great fit for our student-athletes.”

All the schools will compete in their current conferences during the 2023-24 school year with North Coast Conference play beginning in the fall of 2024. Football will be the only exception, as not every school will play each other as most of the 2024 schedules have already been completed. Even though there will not be a football league champion in 2024, all-conference honors will be awarded.

“We are looking forward to the opportunities the North Coast Conference presents,” said Marty Gibbons (’11), Lake Catholic head football coach. “From a football perspective, this move enables us to increase the volume of conference competition, while providing a rigorous challenge to our program as we prepare to compete for championships at the regional and state level.”

This past school year (2022-23), the Cougars won four Crown Conference titles – volleyball, boys soccer, girls swimming & diving, and boys swimming and diving; had three coaches win Coach of the Year honors; nine Players of the Year honors; and 47 first team all-conference selections.

Coaches of the Year

Volleyball – Kara Oster ('13)
Boys Soccer – Kevin Pitorak
Girls Swimming & Diving – Matt Trem
Boys Swimming & Diving – Matt Trem

Players of the Year

Volleyball, Setter of the Year – Hannah Pattie
Volleyball, Libero of the Year – Emma Briganti
Boys Soccer, Defensive Player of the Year – Marko Odorcic
Girls Cross Country, Runner of the Year – Kelly Ward
Girls Swimming & Diving, Swimmer of the Year – Zoe Pesek
Boys Swimming & Diving, Swimmer of the Year – Owen Pesek
Girls Lacrosse, Offensive Player of the Year – Rylee Anderson
Girls Lacrosse, Defensive Player of the Year – Alexa Udovicic
Girls Track & Field, Runner of the Year – Claire Duricky

Counting Down to Our 50th Graduating Class: 2010-2014

May 11, 2023
By Lake Catholic

When the doors to Lake Catholic High School opened in 1970, 221 ninth graders walked through. It was the beginning of something new and exciting.

A few years ago, the school celebrated its 50th anniversary of those school doors opening. The celebration, however, was muted because of the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. 

Those 221 students, back then, eventually became the first graduating class of Lake Catholic. That was in 1974. One by one, year by year, students continued their march through high school and eventually across the stage to receive their diplomas, adding to the number graduating classes. So now, not slowed by the pandemic, we are able to countdown the months until we can celebrate Lake Catholic High School’s 50th graduating class – the Class of 2023.

As we move toward May 20, 2023, when this year’s seniors will turn their tassels and become alumni, we will look back at the decades of classes that came before them. 
We took a look at the 1970s (’74-’79) in January, along with 1980-1984 and 1985-1989 in February, 1990-1994 and 1995-1999 in March and the early (’00-’04) and late (’05-’09) 2000s a few weeks ago.

Today we highlight the first half of the 2010s (’10-‘14). Images from all these memories can be found on the school’s Communications page.


2010

The Class of 2010 was Lake Catholic’s 37th Lake Catholic graduating class. Its highlights included introducing the new Student Government Officers and Senior Homeroom Representatives to the student body. The class worked hard to be outstanding LC Ambassadors throughout the year at Open Houses, during Shadow Days and whenever needed to be Lake Catholic’s best representatives. It shared memorable moments with the Homecoming Court and at the Dance. Service was an important part of student life shared through meaningful religious experiences including school liturgies, retreats, and service projects. Cougar spirit was alive and flourishing at school pep rallies to get ready for outstanding seasons from their athletic teams. The boys soccer team was regional champs; the football team made it to the State Final Four; the volleyball team was State Runner-ups; the Cross Country Team made it to regionals; the softball team won the North Coast League for the first time; the track team’s JeRica Sanders (’11) won her second consecutive state title in the hurdles; the baseball team made it to regionals; and the boys lacrosse team had its first official season at Lake Catholic.  The Fine and Performing Arts Department gave us wonderful memories including the production of “Oklahoma.” The Class enjoyed a memorable Prom and topped off their high school careers with wonderful Senior Farewell Activities including the Passing-of-the-Torch Ceremony and impressive Graduation Ceremony.

2011

Highlights from the 38th Lake Catholic graduating class included many of the early school year traditions - introducing the new Student Government Officers and Senior Homeroom Representatives, working hard as LC Ambassadors throughout the year at Open Houses, during Shadow Days and whenever needed to be Lake Catholic’s best representatives, and sharing memorable moments with the Homecoming Court and at the dance. Service was an important part of student life shared through meaningful religious experiences including school liturgies, retreats and service projects, including the Broadmoor Christmas Party. Cougar spirit was alive and flourishing at school pep rallies to get ready for outstanding seasons from their athletic teams. The volleyball team was State Champions; the football team made it to the State Final Four again; the cross-country team made it to regionals once again; and JeRica Sanders (’11) won her third straight state title in the hurdles. The Fine and Performing Arts Department gave us wonderful memories, including the production of “A Christmas Carol” and “Once Upon This Island.” The Class finished off it’s time at Lake Catholic by enjoying Prom and topping off its high school years with Senior Farewell Activities, including the Passing-of-the-Torch Ceremony and its Graduation Ceremony.

2012

The Class of 2012 followed its predecessors and started its school year off by introducing the new Student Government & Class Officers and Senior Homeroom Representatives to the student body. The LC Ambassadors were again called upon throughout the year to help at Open Houses, during Shadow Days and whenever needed to be Lake Catholic’s best representatives. The student body, especially the seniors, enjoyed a great time at the Homecoming dance with its Homecoming Court. Service remained an important pillar of student life and included many meaningful religious experiences as Peer Ministers, and through school liturgies, retreats, and service projects such as the annual Blood Drive, Meal Ministry and a senior class favorite – the Broadmoor Christmas Party. Cougar spirit was on display at all the school pep rallies to get ready for outstanding seasons from the athletic teams. The Class of 2012 enjoyed outstanding seasons from Cougar teams including the football team making it to the playoffs again, as well as impressive seasons for the boys and girls golf teams and the girls tennis team. The Fine and Performing Arts Department gave us wonderful memories, including the LC Singers and the production of “Cinderella.” The Class enjoyed a memorable Prom and topped off its high school careers with wonderful Senior Farewell Activities including the Passing-of-the-Torch Ceremony and impressive Graduation Ceremony. Lake Catholic faculty and staff member retirees were celebrated, while class members honored classmates through the annual Senior Poll.

2013

The Class of 2013 was the 40th graduating class from Lake Catholic. It started its senior year off in typical fashion by introducing the new Student Government & Class Officers and Senior Homeroom Representatives to the student body. The LC Ambassadors shined once again throughout the year at Open Houses and during Shadow. The Homecoming Dance was once again a hit. The class’s “Willingness to Serve” was apparent at our school liturgies, retreats, and service projects. Cougar spirit was alive and flourishing at Halloween and through school pep rallies to get ready for outstanding seasons from their athletic teams. The Class of 2013 enjoyed outstanding seasons from Cougar teams including the cheerleaders, the swim team, the boys basketball team making it to the State Final Four, as well as Joanna Hallisy making it to the state meet in shot put. The year also saw the debut of the Lake Catholic rugby team. The Fine and Performing Arts Department gave us wonderful memories including an outstanding production of “Anything Goes.” The Class enjoyed the Student/Teacher Games, the Cinderella Prince Charming Ball and Kick-It Fundraiser. A memorable Prom was had by all, and the Seniors topped off their high school careers with wonderful Senior Farewell Activities including the Passing-of-the-Torch Ceremony and impressive Graduation Ceremony.

2014

Highlights from the Class of 2014 started off with introducing the new Student Government & Class Officers and Senior Homeroom Representatives to the student body. The class worked hard to be outstanding LC Ambassadors throughout the year at Open Houses, during Shadow Days and whenever needed to be Lake Catholic’s best representatives. They shared memorable moments with the Homecoming Court and at the Dance. Cougar spirit was alive and flourishing at Halloween. Service was an important part of student life shared through meaningful religious experiences through school liturgies, retreats and service projects including the Broadmoor Christmas Party. and through school pep rallies to get ready for outstanding seasons from their athletic teams. The Class of 2014 enjoyed outstanding seasons from Cougar teams including the boys basketball team winning the North Coast League; and the hockey team making it to the State Final Four. The Fine and Performing Arts Department gave us wonderful memories including an outstanding production of “Urinetown.” The Class enjoyed the Cinderella Prince Charming Ball, and a memorable Prom was had by all and the Seniors.  Seniors topped off their high school careers with wonderful Senior Farewell Activities including the Passing-of-the-Torch Ceremony and impressive Graduation Ceremony. Many memories were also captured through the Senior Poll.

 

Be sure to check back later as we continue our Countdown to the 50th Graduating Class with the second half of the classes from the 2010s (’15-'19).

 

Tags: Alumni

Counting Down to Our 50th Graduating Class: 2005-2009

May 02, 2023
By Lake Catholic

When the doors to Lake Catholic High School opened in 1970, 221 ninth graders walked through. It was the beginning of something new and exciting.

A few years ago, the school celebrated its 50th anniversary of those school doors opening. The celebration, however, was muted because of the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. 

Those 221 students, back then, eventually became the first graduating class of Lake Catholic. That was in 1974. One by one, year by year, students continued their march through high school and eventually across the stage to receive their diplomas, adding to the number graduating classes. So now, not slowed by the pandemic, we are able to countdown the months until we can celebrate Lake Catholic High School’s 50th graduating class – the Class of 2023.

As we move toward May 20, 2023, when this year’s seniors will turn their tassels and become alumni, we will look back at the decades of classes that came before them. 
We took a look at the 1970s (’74-’79) in January, along with 1980-1984 and 1985-1989 in February, 1990-1994 and 1995-1999 in March and the early 2000s a few weeks ago. Today we highlight the second half of the 2000s (’05-‘09). 

Images from all these memories can be found on the school’s Communications page.

2005

Highlights from Lake Catholic’s 32nd graduating class include introducing the new Student Government Officers and Senior Homeroom Representatives to the student body. The class shared memorable moments on Halloween and with the Homecoming Court and at the Dance. Service was an important part of student life through the Broadmoor Christmas Party and meaningful religious experiences through school liturgies, retreats, and service projects. Cougar spirit was alive and flourishing at school pep rallies to get ready for impressive seasons from the athletics. The football team went to the playoffs; the girls soccer team were regional qualifiers; the girls basketball team made it to the State Final Four; the hockey team had one of its most impressive seasons; and lone gymnast Brittany Willis represented Lake Catholic in fine fashion. The Seniors enjoyed many fun extracurriculars throughout the year including outstanding performances by the Fine Arts Department, and the Spring Musical was a showstopper with an outstanding performance of “Les Misérables.”  The seniors exceled as proud members of the National Honor Society and on multiple committees representing many organizations. The senior poll highlighted some of LC’s memorable classmates and the Class enjoyed an unforgettable Prom. The Class of 2005 gathered to say goodbye to long-time faculty/staff members Mr. Tom Ward and Mr. Bob Turoczy.

2006

Highlights from the Class of 2006 include introducing the new Student Government Officers and Senior Homeroom Representatives to the student body. The class shared memorable moments on Halloween and with the Homecoming Court and at the Dance. Service was an important part of student life through the Broadmoor Christmas Party and meaningful religious experiences through school liturgies, retreats, and service projects. Cougar spirit was alive and flourishing at school pep rallies to get ready for impressive seasons from the athletic teams. The football team with standout quarterback Ricky Stanzi, football cheerleaders, girls soccer, boys golf and hockey had seasons to remember. The girls basketball team made it to the State Finals; and girls lacrosse was added as a new team. The Seniors enjoyed many fun extracurriculars throughout the year including outstanding performances by the Peforming Arts Department, including the LC Singers, and the productions of “Lend Me A Tenor” and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” were outstanding! The students excelled as proud members of the National Honor Society and LC Ambassadors. The senior poll highlighted some of LC’s memorable classmates and the Class enjoyed an unforgettable Prom. The Class of 2006 topped off its high school careers with a wonderful Passing of the Torch Ceremony and impressive Graduation Ceremony. They gathered to say goodbye to long time LC faculty/staff members Principal Sr. St. Ann Waldron, OSU and Assistant Principal Sr. Patricia Kukwa, OSU.

2007

Highlights from the 34th Lake Catholic graduating class include introducing the new Student Government Officers and Senior Homeroom Representatives to the student body. The class worked hard to be outstanding LC Ambassadors throughout the year at Open Houses, during Shadow Days and whenever needed to be Lake Catholic’s best representatives. They shared memorable moments on Halloween, with the Homecoming Court and at the Dance. Service was an important part of student life through the Broadmoor Christmas Party and meaningful religious experiences through school liturgies, retreats, and service projects. Cougar spirit was alive and flourishing at school pep rallies to get ready for impressive seasons from the athletic teams. The football team made it to the regional playoffs, as well as the volleyball team and the girls soccer team. The track team had three members represent Lake Catholic as State Qualifiers – Tom McKrill (current Lake Catholic principal!!), Korrey Willis and Randy Greenwood. The Marching Band and the Performing Arts Department gave us wonderful memories including the productions of “All In The Timing” and “Into The Woods.” The senior poll highlighted some of Lake Catholic’s memorable classmates and the Class enjoyed an unforgettable Prom. The Class of 2007 topped off their high school careers with a wonderful Senior Farewell Activities including the Passing of the Torch Ceremony and impressive Graduation Ceremony.

2008

Highlights from the Class of 2008 include introducing the new Student Government Officers and Senior Homeroom Representatives to the student body. The class worked hard to be outstanding LC Ambassadors throughout the year at Open Houses, during Shadow Days and whenever needed to be Lake Catholic’s best representatives. They shared memorable moments with the Homecoming Court and at the Dance. Service was an important part of student life through the Broadmoor Christmas Party, Blood Drives and meaningful religious experiences through school liturgies, retreats, and service projects. Cougar spirit was alive and flourishing at school pep rallies to get ready for impressive seasons from the athletic teams. The football team was Regional Champs, and impressive seasons were enjoyed by the swim team, dance team, softball team and the track team. The Fine and Performing Arts Department gave us wonderful memories including the production of “Kiss Me Kate.” The Class of 2008 enjoyed an unforgettable Prom and topped off their high school careers with wonderful senior farewell activities including the Passing of the Torch Ceremony and impressive Graduation Ceremony.

2009

Highlights from the last class of the decade include introducing the new Student Government Officers and Senior Homeroom Representatives to the student body. The class worked hard to be outstanding LC Ambassadors throughout the year at Open Houses, during Shadow Days and whenever needed to be Lake Catholic’s best representatives. They shared memorable moments with the Homecoming Court and at the Dance. Service was an important part of student life through the Broadmoor Christmas Party and meaningful religious experiences through school liturgies, retreats, and service projects. Cougar spirit was alive and flourishing at school pep rallies to get ready for impressive seasons from the athletic teams. The cross-country team made it to the regionals; the hockey team has the most winningest record to date; the girls lacrosse team had an impressive season, followed by the JeRica Sanders (’11) winning the state championship in hurdles; the wrestling team’s Mike Fee placing second in the state tournament; and the boys lacrosse team made it to the playoffs. The Fine and Performing Arts Department gave us wonderful memories including the production of “Jekyll & Hyde.” The senior poll highlighted LC’s memorable classmates and the Class enjoyed a memorable Prom. The Class of 2009 topped off its high school careers with wonderful Senior Farewell Activities including the Passing of the Torch Ceremony and impressive Graduation Ceremony.

 

Be sure to check back later as we continue our Countdown to the 50th Graduating Class with the first half of the classes from the 2010s (’10-'14).
 

Tags: Alumni

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