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Getting to Know ... Carolina Kane, Art Teacher

September 20, 2023
By Lake Catholic

This is the first in a series introducing new members of the Lake Catholic community.


Carolina Kane has always wanted to be an art teacher, just like her mom, except for those rebellious teenage years, when no teenager wants anything to do with his/her parents.

“I rebelled when I was a teenager, but other than that, this is what I’ve always wanted to do,” said Lake Catholic’s first-year art teacher.

Although this is Ms. Kane’s first year in a full-time high school classroom setting, she’s been around the art world for almost her entire life.

“I’ve been going to the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition and the Lake/Geauga Art Show since I was five years old,” she said. “I would go with my mom all over to different shows. So I’ve been around the art world for a long time.”

Her mom, Mrs. Michelle Kane, has been teaching art classes at Mentor High School for more than 30 years and has numerous awards, most recently the 2023 Cleveland Institute of Art Excellence in Teaching Award.

Lake Catholic’s Ms. Kane has her own impressive resume.

She’s been a photographer for Cleveland Magazine since the summer of 2017 and John Carroll University since the summer of 2018. She also started her own photography business – Carolina Kane Photography - in 2017.

Once she got her degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2019, Ms. Kane was hired for a full-time marketing position at John Carroll in the Center for Service-Learning and Social Action

In November of 2020, she left John Carroll to work as an assistant director at District Gallery, an art gallery in Shaker Heights. Soon after, the director left to pursue her own art career, and Ms. Kane stepped into the director role, where she learned the business side of the art world.

“I had to learn Quickbooks pretty quickly,” she said. “I knew almost nothing about that side of things, but I’ve learned a lot since then.”

While serving as the director of the gallery, she doubled the square footage and wall space of it.

But still she wanted more.

“I’ve lived off my artwork. I’ve been the gallery director of a studio. But the passion to share with others is what I was really missing,” she said.

So in February of this year, Ms. Kane took her Art content exam and began Ohio's Intensive Pedagogical Training Institute (IPTI) through Ohio State University – an intense 16-week program that’s essentially an expediated path for working and experienced professionals to become a certified teacher. She did her field work from mid-March through May in the Mentor Schools.

“I love the challenge high school art education and students present” she said. “I want to connect with them through their artwork – whether it’s incorporating food, shoes, sports. Whatever works. I want them to play to their passions. I want them to be vulnerable and eventually make them passionate about art.”

In her first year at Lake Catholic, Ms. Kane is teaching Art Foundations, Drawing, and Digital Photography and Design.

“I’ve learned in a really short time that the students really do care about what they’re doing,” she said. “They’re coming in whenever they have study hall or even lunch and working on their projects. In just a few short weeks, I’ve noticed a lot of kids evolving already.”

It’s not even been a month since the school year started, and since Ms. Kane’s high school teaching career began, but she’s ready to challenge her classes and move them quickly forward.

"Mrs. Wolf and I make a great team as Lake Catholic's art department,” she said. “I know that I can't do everything yet in my first year, as I have much to learn about Lake Catholic and our students still. But these students, this department, and this school has a ton of potential for incredible collabs, projects, and greatness. I am so excited for what lies ahead."

Quick Hits

Family: Mom, Dad and brother, Camden. Mom is an art teacher. Dad is an accountant. Camden is a senior at Hiram majoring in business and accounting.
Pets: Two cats – Ronald and Mouse
Hobbies: Softball – plays in Mentor Coed Rec League. “I played in six games over Labor Day weekend!”

Music – “I love all types of music.” She likes Taylor Swift, The Bleachers, Lord Huron, just to name a few. “I like what (German philosopher Arthur) Schopenhauer said about music … ‘Music is different from all other artforms because it alone is an expression of itself rather than something else. Notes and melodies, unlike phrases and colors, do not try to represent anything but can instead be appreciated simply for what they are.’”

Movies – “Movies are another form of art I really appreciate. I love to examine set design and pick-a-part complex storylines in movies, but the last movie I saw was Barbie at the drive-in. Ha ha.”

Airplane Restoration - Wait. What? Airplane restoration? Yep. In her free time, Ms. Kane is part of the team at Vintage Wings Inc. (out of Franklin, PA) that restores World War II aircrafts.

Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve Honors Scholarship Wnners

September 07, 2023
By Lake Catholic

Eighteen Lake Catholic students were honored and awarded scholarships last night by the Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve. 

The award ceremony was held at St. John Vianney and then Fr. Tom Johns held a mass for the students, their families and the Christ Child Society.

The chapter of the Christ Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve is an organization primarily dedicated to child welfare. Its motive and spirit shall be a love of Christ expressing itself in personal service for children and youth regardless of race or creed to honor the childhood of Christ.

The 40-year-old chapter serves "one child at a time" through many different programs, including scholarships. Scholarships are offered to students currently enrolled at Lake Catholic and Ursuline College for their current tuition.

Those receiving the scholarships for the 2023-24 school year are: Victor Arenas (Sr.), Carley Dondorfer (Sr.), Joey Lonchar (Sr.), Katie Morgan (Sr.), Alyssa Naro (Sr.), Mia Schaefer (Sr.), Katie Sowko (Sr.), Kyle Boyd (Jr.), Caden Boyes (Jr.), Carson Gilbert (Jr.), Megan Joy (Jr.), Luke Joy (Jr.), Jimmy Meden (Jr.), Angelina Capra (So.), Kaelyn Nemeth (So.), Kiera Nemeth (So.), Brayden Mann (So.) and Robert Vidmar (Fr.).

Lake Catholic Helps Kick Off New Diocesan School Year

August 11, 2023
By Lake Catholic

The Diocese of Cleveland marks the kickoff of each and every school year with the Bishop’s Convocation. 

To start the 2023-24 school year, more than 200 elementary and high school principals and school presidents, youth ministers, high school campus ministers, Newman campus ministers and parish catechetical leaders from eight different counties descended upon the Lake Catholic campus for this year’s convocation.

The theme of this year’s convocation was “Embrace Grace.” In this parish year of the National Eucharistic Revival, the attendees were asked to embrace the grace of the Eucharist and the holy work they are entrusted to do.

Bishop Edward Malesic celebrated Mass and Sister Patricia McCormack, Program Director of the IHM Office of Formative Support for Parents and Teachers, a ministry of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Immaculata, PA, was the keynote speaker.

The Lake Catholic Music Ministry, led by Mr. Jim Slike (’07), performed the Mass, while Mr. Scott Posey was the technical director. Students from Spiritual Life, along with Mr. Adam Nestor and Mrs. Alison Ellis, were also on hand all day supporting the event.

During his homily, Bishop Malesic invited everyone in attendance to be story tellers. He recited the lyrics to the song “I Love to Tell the Story,” based on a poem by Katherine Hankey, and most recently recorded by country-star Alan Jackson.

After reading the song, he said to “tell the story of the presence of Jesus, who’s at the heart of the Eucharist. Tell the story of how Jesus said to follow Me. Tell the story of how Jesus died on the cross. Tell the story over and over.”

When mass concluded the congregation broke up for breakfast in the Media Center, Atrium and Cafeteria, before coming back to the Auditorium for the keynote address – “Evangelizing the Parking Lot Parent.”

Sister Pat said she thinks “parents are more comfortable driving back and forth, rather than coming in.”

She said those in attendance should meet parents where they are and serve as catalysts who bring them into an encounter with Jesus. She demonstrated how ministers can help parents adapt their own experiences to making their homes places of deep family faith and spiritual richness. Most importantly, she showed how to help parents build supportive networks to build the faith of the entire community.

After Sr. Pat’s address, the group broke up for different sessions geared towards elementary school leaders, high school leaders, Newman Campus Ministers, Youth/High School Campus Ministers, and parish Catechetical leaders.

The day concluded with lunch and more camaraderie before everyone departed to start their school years, and to Embrace Grace.


Football, Basketball Standout Named Winner of Athletic Scholarship

June 15, 2023
By Lake Catholic

Nick Brandt, a standout on the football and boys basketball teams, was recently named a winner of an Ohio High School Athletic Association student-athlete scholarship by the OHSAA's Northeast Athletic District Board's Scholarship Committee.

The award is a $1,000 scholarship, which Brandt can now use as he moves on to Miami University.

He is the second winner to be named from Lake Catholic since the scholarship's inception in 2007. Kennedy Newhart won a scholarship in 2018.

Recipients were selected based on a point system which rewards students for grade point averages; class rank; community service; varsity letters earned; and individual and team athletic honors. 

Brandt finished high school with a grade-point average higher than 4.0 and ranked in the top 5 in Class of 2023. In his time at Lake Catholic he earned eight varsity letters (three in football and basketball and two in track and field). 

This past season on the football field, Brandt was a jack-of-all-trades on offense. He had 51 receptions for 489 yards and two touchdowns as a wide receiver; he carried the ball 44 times for 179 yards and three touchdowns; and even played quarterback completing 11 of 22 passes for 109 yards and one touchdown. All told he accumulated 777 yards and accounted for six touchdowns.

“Nick was a constant leader for our program - academically and on the field - throughout the duration of his four years at Lake Catholic,” football coach Marty Gibbons said. “He strives to do well and we all look forward to seeing him do great things in the future.”

On the basketball court, Brandt was the starting point guard and captain for the district champion Cougars. He led the team in steals and assists, with his 166 assists making him one of the top assist leaders in Northeast Ohio. He was named to both the Northeast Lakes All-District and All-Crown Conference teams.

“It is very well deserved, but not surprising to me, that Nick Brandt has won the OHSAA Scholar Athlete Scholarship because I was fortunate enough to see daily how hard he works on the court and in the classroom," said boys basketball coach Matt Vespa. "Nick consistently demonstrated that he is not intimidated by hard work or willing to back down from a challenge. I have no doubt he will continue to demonstrate these admirable skills in the next phases of his life. It was truly an honor to not only coach Nick for this season but also to see someone receive the recognition they deserve for all of the hard work they have put into being successful academically and athletically.”

For winning the scholarship, Brandt will be honored along with the other scholarship winners at an awards presentation and dinner at Progressive Field prior to a Cleveland Guardians game later this summer.



photo courtesy of Full Stop Photography

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