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Knight to Remember


Distinguished Alumni

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.

NEW Honored Teacher/Staff/Administrator

A new tradition will start in 2020 to recognize and celebrate faculty and staff members and administrators in the Lafayette Catholic School System who have made extraordinary contribution 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.

NEW Honorary Alumni

A new tradition will start 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 and Selection

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.

Previous Knight to Remember Award Winners

NameClass YearAward Year
Brother Edward Libbers, C.S.C.19582006
Alice I. Hession19672006
Mary Therese Klinker19652006
Linda Loepker Hasser19702007
Sister M. Angela Mellady, O.S.F.19712007
Maurice J. Ferriter19702007
Michael F. Cassidy19712008
Peter G. Rush19782008
George F. Smith19662008
Thomas R. Arth19692009
Joyce Haan Weintraut19682009
Jeanne DeFouw Gernhardt19692010
James W. Grieves19682010
Mary E. Anthrop19682011
James R. Schrader19762011
Lisa Veracco Schrader19762011
David J. Mills19692012
Karla K. Pitner19732012
Robert L. Gibson19622013
Patty Stodgell Johnson19662013
Mark Andrews19732013
Darren J. Hicks19842014
William P. Eckman19702014
Teesa Rush Eckman19712014
Brian E. Roark19812014
Jeffery W. Dienhart19882015
Kathleen Force Risa19662015
David L. Worland19732015
Joseph W. Mackey19792016
Sr. Marie Morgan19862016
Eugene R. Hatke19672016
Deacon Mark S. Loepker19722016
Jack "Tapper" R. Bogan, Jr.19652017
Thomas Ferriter19732017
Kristine Harless Ferriter19742017
Deacon James B. Rush19762017
Very Rev. Theordore C. Dudzinski19832018
Daniel N. Korty19642018
Michael C. Muinzer19612018
Susan C. Schmitz19762018
John G. Anthrop19762019
Colonel (ret) Todd M. Brost19832019
Timothy J. Bordenet19872019


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