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Knights to Remember

A tradition was started in 2006 to acknowledge distinguished Central Catholic alumni for their achievements in spiritual, community, service and professional life. This is the highest accolade reserved solely for alumni who are making a difference in their community, state, nation or Church. Alumni are eligible for nomination fifteen years after graduation from Central Catholic Jr. – Sr. High School and must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • One who is faith-filled and models the Christian values of LCSS;
  • One who has achieved personal excellence;
  • One who has made significant contributions to one’s particular field of endeavor, and;
  • One who nurtures one’s community through service, stewardship, and involvement.

A new tradition started in 2020 to recognize and celebrate faculty and staff members and administrators in the Lafayette Catholic School System who have made extraordinary contributions of time and effort to the school system or who exceed expectations for their loyalty, involvement, and identification with LCSS. Nominees are eligible if employed in the Lafayette Catholic School System for at least 15 years as a teacher, staff and/or administrator, or if they pass away prior to their fifteenth year in LCSS, and who meet the following criteria:

  • One who made a significant impact on the school and its students;
  • One who is faith-filled and models the Christian values of LCSS;
  • One who achieved personal excellence during their professional life, and;
  • One who exemplifies the mission of the Lafayette Catholic School System.

A new tradition started in 2020 to recognize and celebrate individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution of time and effort to the Lafayette Catholic School System or who exceed expectations for their loyalty, involvement, and identification with LCSS. An honorary nominee is someone who is not a graduate of Central Catholic and who does not work for the school system, but whose actions in support of the schools are truly exemplary and highly valued. Nominees must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • One whose identification, involvement, and loyalty are truly exemplary and highly exceed expectations and are highly valued;
  • One is faith-filled and models the Christian values of LCSS, and;
  • One who exemplifies the mission of the Lafayette Catholic School System.
Nominations are accepted year-round by the Lafayette Catholic School Advancement Office. All nominees are reviewed by a selection committee composed of the LCSS Advancement Committee, CC alumni, and school leaders during the month of March. Nominees who are not selected, remain in the nomination pool for a maximum of three years. After three years, the nominee must be nominated again to be considered for selection. Winners are announced at the annual Blue Knight Auction held in April. The Distinguished Alumni award is presented at a luncheon that takes place graduation weekend and the winners are recognized on stage during the commencement ceremonies. Recognition plans for the NEW honorary teacher, administrator, staff, and alumni will be announced soon.
Name Class Year Year Awarded Award Category
Brother Edward Libbers, C.S.C. 1958 2006 Distinguished Alumni
Alice I. Hession 1967 2006 Distinguished Alumni
Mary Therese Klinker 1965 2006 Distinguished Alumni
Linda Loepker Hasser 1970 2007 Distinguished Alumni
Sister M. Angela Mellady, O.S.F. 1971 2007 Distinguished Alumni
Maurice J. Ferriter 1970 2007 Distinguished Alumni
Michael F. Cassidy 1971 2008 Distinguished Alumni
Peter G. Rush 1978 2008 Distinguished Alumni
George F. Smith 1966 2008 Distinguished Alumni
Thomas R. Arth 1969 2009 Distinguished Alumni
Joyce Haan Weintraut 1968 2009 Distinguished Alumni
Jeanne DeFouw Gernhardt 1969 2010 Distinguished Alumni
James W. Grieves 1968 2010 Distinguished Alumni
Mary E. Anthrop 1968 2011 Distinguished Alumni
James R. Schrader & Lisa Veracco Schrader 1976 2011 Distinguished Alumni
David J. Mills 1969 2012 Distinguished Alumni
Karla K. Pitner 1973 2012 Distinguished Alumni
Robert L. Gibson 1962 2013 Distinguished Alumni
Patty Stodgell Johnson 1966 2013 Distinguished Alumni
Mark Andrews 1973 2013 Distinguished Alumni
Darren J. Hicks 1984 2014 Distinguished Alumni
William P. Eckman & Teesa Rush Eckman 1970 & 1971 2014 Distinguished Alumni
Brian E. Roark 1981 2014 Distinguished Alumni
Jeffery W. Dienhart 1988 2015 Distinguished Alumni
Kathleen Force Risa 1966 2015 Distinguished Alumni
David L. Worland 1973 2015 Distinguished Alumni
Joseph W. Mackey 1979 2016 Distinguished Alumni
Sr. Marie Morgan 1986 2016 Distinguished Alumni
Gene R. Hatke 1967 2016 Distinguished Alumni
Deacon Mark S. Loepker 1972 2016 Distinguished Alumni
Jack "Tapper" R. Bogan, Jr. 1965 2017 Distinguished Alumni
Thomas & Kristine Harless Ferriter 1973 & 1974 2017 Distinguished Alumni
Deacon James B. Rush 1976 2017 Distinguished Alumni
Michael C. Muinzer 1961 2018 Distinguished Alumni
Daniel N. Korty 1964 2018 Distinguished Alumni
Susan C. Schmitz 1976 2018 Distinguished Alumni
Very Reverend Theodore C. Dudzinski 1983 2018 Distinguished Alumni
John G. Anthrop 1976 2019 Distinguished Alumni
Colonel (Ret) Todd M. Brost 1983 2019 Distinguished Alumni
Timothy J. Bordenet 1987 2019 Distinguished Alumni
Benjamin P. Hatke 1996 2020 Distinguished Alumni
Sister M. Ann Kathleen Magiera, OSF - 2020 Honored Teacher/Staff/Administrator
Paul J. and Alice A. LaRocca - 2020 Honorary Alumni