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Academic Life, VP Letters

October 7, 2021

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Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Friends of De La Salle,

We continue to have so much to celebrate in terms of our student accomplishments and leadership.

  • In case you missed it, one of the early highlights of this academic school year for me was watching the DLS Marching Band play “Freebird” during the halftime for our Homecoming game, with senior Marco Stassi as the lead guitarist. Halftime also included the honoring of our senior students who made up the DLS Homecoming court: Griffin Lee, Colin Sweeney, Jack Hoover, Jay Hawkins, Nathan VanderKlugt, Malcolm Caminero, and Marco Stassi.

  • On 9/28, De La Salle High School’s Students in Action team was announced as Multiplying Good’s National Student Choice Winner. During the 2020-21 school year, De La Salle students completed more than 49,000 hours of community service and raised more than $30,000 to support local community organizations. Click here to review the interactive ThingLink presentation page that outlines the numerous charitable programs put on by De La Salle students this past school year and here to watch De La Salle Students in Action Student Choice video

  • Please join me in congratulating the students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. On 9/15, the following students were named Semifinalists for the 2022 competition: Michael Kostolansky, Marcel Latasa, and Samuel Pickett. Last week, six Spartans were named Commended Students: Trey Johnson, Cameron Keith, Max Koerner, Cameron Meyer, Zane Mogannam, and Jackson Snodgress. 

  • The 2021 Cereal Drive ends on Friday, October 8th, the class competitions have been fierce, and we look forward to loading the thousands of boxes of cereal into parent volunteer cars next Thursday to donate to the Monument Crisis Center! Thank you to such a giving community.

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    It is a daily joy to continue to watch our students learn and witness our teachers educate, love, and instruct. Included is a picture from Mrs. Rickett’s “Fundamental of Arts” class in which students have been doing “site drawing” for over a week, using the Hofmann Center as inspiration. Last week, I had the great pleasure of watching the bridge project in Mr. Kelly’s physics class, and the week before that, witnessing our sophomores in Mrs. Coblentz’s class compete in a “Wingman” seminar about the unit on Ender’s Game.

Looking forward, do not forget to be on the lookout for the opening of Company’s PUFFS in November. Also, the Theatre Company will be collecting new pairs of socks to donate to St. Anthony’s Foundation in honor of the house elves. This service learning project is aptly titled “Free the House Elves,” and the donation bin will be in the theatre lobby before and during shows.

As always, we thank you for the gift of your sons and for your partnership.


Dr. Heather Alumbaugh
Vice President for Academic Life


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