2015-2016 In the News
Indiana High School Grads More Prepared For College
As the high school graduation season nears, there are encouraging signs regarding the college readiness of Indiana’s high school students.
Oldenburg Academy honored the Class of 2020 Freshman Scholarship Recipients on Wednesday, April 13, in the OA Gym. OA President, Diane H. Laake welcomed the 20 recipients, their families, and distinguished benefactors to the ceremony and assisted with the presentations of the scholarships.
Sr. Marjorie Jeanne Niemer, OSF, presented the Mother Theresa Hackelmeier Scholarship to Elizabeth Mullen for achieving the highest score on the OA Placement Test. Elizabeth attends Batesville Middle School and is the daughter of David and Nancy Mullen.
Mr. Keith Moenter and Mrs. Brenda Moenter- Moorman presented the Herb and June Moenter Music Scholarship to Justine Stenger. Justine attends St. Mary School in Aurora and is the daughter of Greg and Janelle Stenger.
Mr. Dale Werner and Philip Werner presented the Becky Orschell Werner Scholarship to Isabella Monroe. Isabella attends St. Michael School in Brookville and is the daughter of Mike and Carol Monroe.
Mr. Jim Bruns presented the Holly Ann Bruns Memorial Scholarship to Grace Truesdell and Brookelyn Towe. Grace attends Jac-Cen-Del Junior High School in Osgood and is the daughter of Jerry and Lora Truesdell. Brookelyn attends St. John the Baptist in Harrison, OH and is the daughter of Melissa Rehn and Claude Towe.
Mrs. Dottie Hoff presented the Cleophas William and Mary Elizabeth Moll Tebbe Scholarship, on behalf of Rev. Francis S. Tebbe, O.F.M., to Michael Hoff and Owen Hudepohl. Michael attends St. Nicholas School in Sunman and is the son of David and Michelle Hoff. Owen attends St. Nicholas School as well and is the son of Eric and Tonya Hudepohl.
Mrs. Ruth Hass presented the Elmer G. and Rose L. Ramsdell Scholarship was presented to Alyssa Krekeler of St. Louis School in Batesville. Alyssa is the daughter of Scott and Dawn Krekeler.
Ms. Diane H. Laake presented the following memorial and academic scholarships on behalf of their families and benefactors.
The Connie Prickel Metz Scholarship was presented to Molly Wachsmann of St. Louis School in Batesville. Molly is the daughter of David and Michelle Wachsmann.
The Brenda S. Vogelsang Scholarship was presented to Henry Meyer of South Ripley Junior High in Versailles. Henry is the son of Chris and Casey Meyer.
The Celeste P. Johnson Scholarship was presented to Alexandra Herbert of Sunman-Dearborn Middle School. Alexandra is the daughter of Kenneth and Julie Herbert.
The Maria Duerr DeJaco Scholarship was presented to Madelaine Burford of St. North Decatur Junior/Senior High School in Greensburg. Madelaine is the daughter of Shannon and Wendy Burford.
The Mildred J. Hillenbrand Scholarship was presented to Adley Kuhlmann of St. Lawrence School in Lawrenceburg. Adley is the son of Scott and Ashlee Kuhlmann.
The Judith Heinlein Class of 1958 Scholarship was presented to William Yunger of All Saints Catholic Academy School in Guilford. William is the son of Joseph and Sara Yunger.
The Academic Achievement High School Placement Test Scholarship was presented to Ember Burford of North Decatur Junior High. Ember is the daughter of Shannon and Wendy Burford.
The Academic Achievement in Math was presented to Sophie Wesseler of St. Louis School. Sophie is the daughter of Neil and Carrie Wesseler.
The Academic Achievement in Science was presented to Grace Mack of St. Louis School. Grace is the daughter of Peter and Dr. Deborah Mack.
The Academic Achievement in English was presented to Ruth Heile of St. Nicholas School. Ruth is the daughter of Jeff and Lynn Heile.
The Academic Achievement in Art was presented to Indy Kern of All Saints Catholic Academy. Indy is the daughter Julie Kern and Rick Kern.
The Academic Achievement in Music was presented to Sarah Price of St. Louis School. Sarah is the daughter of Robert and Angela Price.
“We are excited to welcome these fine young men and women into the OA Class of 2020 – they are such an inspiring group of students,” commented Annette Hunger, Dean of Enrollment Management at Oldenburg Academy.
Orchestra gets a Visitor
On Thursday morning, April 21, noted Los Angeles composer Darryl Johnson II will conduct a master class for members of the Oldenburg Academy Orchestra. Made possible through the generosity of RAA, this once in a lifetime experience will offer students the opportunity to work closely with a nationally known artist. He was commissioned by OA last fall to write an original composition for our school based upon themes and techniques submitted by orchestra members. This work entitled “Fusion Rally” will be performed at the Spring Concert on Sunday, May 1 at 4:00PM, with a preview performance on April 29 at 1:00PM. The public is invited. Students have been practicing the piece since February and are eager to receive guidance and direction from the composer himself.
On Wednesday, April 20 from 8am-3pm Oldenburg Academy Sophomores participated in their annual retreat. The retreat took place on campus and at service locations in the local community: Bread of Life Soup Kitchen in Greensburg, Safe Passage in Batesville, Works of Mercy Center in Brookville, and Michaela Farm on campus. Everyone joined together at Michaela Farm for an afternoon tour during which they learned more about the history and mission of this important ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis.
The theme of the retreat was: “Responding to God’s love by serving our neighbor”. The day consisted of Mass and Eucharistic Adoration, groups sent out to service locations with parent drivers, LaRosa’s for lunch, reflection time, and a tour of Michaela Farm. Need a student quote….
Photo by: Kevin Wang '16
OA Student Named one of Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 Senior Boys
OA's own Twister basketball player, Matt Moorman, was named in the Top 60 Senior Boys' Basketball Players in Indiana. Moorman went up against 1,600 senior players statewide.
Two sessions of the Top 60 Senior Workout will be hosted on Sunday, April 10, 2016 by Hoosier Basketball Magazine, in conjunction with the IHSAA and the IBCA, on the campus of Marian University in Indianapolis.
Moorman will unfortunately be unable to play because of an injury.
Academic Allstate Swimmers from OA
(left to right: Erica Geers, Anya Smith, Caroline Storms, and Mikaela Fangman)
OA Wins a Gold Medal at the “Road to Rio Dinner Auction”!
“Let the Games Begin” was the cry as OA’s top-ranked Cross Country runner in the State, Curt Eckstein, proudly carried in the torch to “light” the cauldron for the opening of Oldenburg Academy’s 27th annual Dinner Auction Gala. Once again, this signature event was one for the record books:
An evening like this does not simply “happen”; it is literally 365 days in the making. Key to these efforts is our talented and hard-working core team who were flanked by dozens of volunteers and all directed by OA’s fabulous Advancement Specialist, Debbie Holtel Lamping’73! OA thanks the many local businesses, alums, and individuals that donated goods and service in support of this event.
OA offers special thanks to Chef Adam Israel of Izzy’s Catering, the bartenders from Brau House, and desserts by LA Sweets. Our fabulous OA orchestra and the Academy Singers helped to create a special ambience that night. Most importantly we honored the many, many students who served the guests throughout the evening. They reminded us all of the most important reason why we were all there that night!
On behalf of the Academy – thank you all!
Diane H. Laake
$2,000 grand prize winner: Marilyn Ward - Harrison, OH - 1967 alumni
Jewelry Raffle Winners:
Student artwork to be on display at Batesville Memorial Library during month of April as part of the RAA Young Artist Showcase!
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Academy Singers perform for E6 Catholic Men's Conference
Members of the Oldenburg's Academy Singers pose with Archbishop Joseph Tobin after singing for the E6 Catholic Men's Conference at All Saint's Parish in Dearborn County of March 5th. Pictured from left to right are: Marie Hoog '17, Matt Zinser '18, Tyler Wachsmann '17, Kirsten Stenger '16, Archbishop Tobin, Carly Wagers '16, Decker Horninger '16, Mikaela Fangman '16, Gabe Frey '17, and Josie Wesseler '17.
OA Students Place in Regional Maverick Challenge
Thirteen teams from eight counties competed in the Regional Maverick Challenge on Saturday, February 20, 2016, in Columbus, Indiana. Oldenburg Academy students earned two of the top four awards in the competition.
The Maverick Challenge, a high school business planning competition for students in Southern Indiana, aims to further develop the innovative spirit of our region by reaching out to high school students and showing them viable career opportunities through entrepreneurship.
OA seniors, Tanner Alley and Zach Pottschmidt, created a business plan for the company Tater Truck, a food truck company that specializes in fresh potatoes served in a food truck that travels to local businesses as well as festivals. The business specializes in custom-made spuds that offer a fresh alternative to fast food. The “studs with spuds” achieved third place at the regional level, bringing home $1000 in prize money.
The OA team of Sam Gast, Chase Hogg and Greg Schroeder created a business plan and a product that will help curb the effects of electronic screen-time, Computer Vision syndrome. (CVS). The invention will help people of all ages. The trio achieved an honorable mention at the regional level, bringing home $500 in prize money.
Oldenburg Academy Business Teacher Jonathon Maple coordinates the challenge for Ripley/Franklin County. He, along with Cheryll Obendorf, Eco Ripley County, Shelley Lunsford, Franklin County Community Foundation, Anna Ibold with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Mainsource Bank support the challenge at a local level. Maple states, “it is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain real-world experience, prepare for their future and challenge themselves to be the best entrepreneurs that they can be. I’m ecstatic with the results of the students – they definitely deserve it. I am so grateful for the outstanding community we live in that supports this program.”
In addition to the winners, Caroline Storms & Zoe Brown represented Franklin/Ripley County in the Maverick Challenge Regional Competition with their non-profit business plan that eases the burden of school-supply shopping on the parents, allowing schools to custom-order bags for their families. Judges were impressed with their idea. Maple noted, “Bags for Bambinos is a fantastic business plan that these talented ladies look forward to implementing in their future.”
This is the second year in a row that Franklin/Ripley County placed at the Maverick Challenge Regionals. Last year, OA students Ryne Domingo and Matty Hurm achieved third place for their company, Razian. This year, the first place team went to Jennings County while second place team went to Jackson County.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the Maverick Challenge can contact Maple at Oldenburg Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812.934.4440 ext. 241.
Orchestra, Piano and Instrumental students went to hear the Cincinnati Symphony at Cincinnati Music Hall February 5, 2016
RAA Young Artist Showcase – Results for Oldenburg Academy
Current Student Award Winners:
Trophy Winners - solos: Mikaela Fangman and Liam Mungcal
Trophy Winners - ensembles: The Academy Singers
Blue Ribbon Winners - solos: Emma Allen, Marie Hoog, Tyler Wachsmann, Carly Wagers and Josie Wesseler
Blue Ribbon Winners - ensembles: Emily Cornett, Colleen Dietz, Marie Hoog, Elizabeth Miller, Katie Ulrich & Josie Wesseler
Trophy Winners: Stella Hillenbrand, Liam Mungcal and Elizabeth Schulte
Blue Ribbon Winners: Pamela Chen, Gabe Frey, Meghan Gray and Josie Wesseler
Blue Ribbon Winners: Mia Hillenbrand - flute, Curt Eckstein - steel drums
Trophy Winner: Allen Lui - cello
Blue Ribbon Winners - solos: Colleen Dietz - cello, Margaret Glaser - viola, Stella Hillenbrand - violin, Elizabeth Schulte - violin and Carly Wagers - viola
Blue Ribbon Winners - duets: Colleen Dietz & Elizabeth Schulte - cello/violin duet and Margaret Glaser & Carly Wagers - viola duet
Incoming Freshman Award Winners:
Trophy Winner: Kathryn Wilder
Blue Ribbon Winner: Grace Mack
Blue Ribbon Winners: Alyssa Krekeler (flute), Grace Mack (piano), Sarah Price (violin) and Sophie Wesseler (flute), as part of an instrumental quintet
Trophy Winner: Sarah Price - violin
Blue Ribbon Winner: Jayden Rose - violin
ISSMA Competition: Vocal and Piano Results
Josie Wesseler – Div. II; Gold Medal
Matt Zinser – Div. II; Silver Medal
Stella Hillenbrand – Div. III; Gold Medal
Carly Wagers – Div. I; Gold Medal (moves onto state level)
Tyler Wachsmann – Div. I; Gold Medal (moves onto state level)
Josie Wesseler – Div. I; Gold Medal (moves onto state level)
Mikaela Fangman – Div. I; Gold Medal (moves onto state level)
Liam Mungcal – Div. I; Gold Medal (moves onto state level)
Marie Hoog – Div. I; Gold Medal (moves onto state level)
Kirsten Stenger – Div. I; Silver Medal
Decker Horninger – Div. I; Silver Medal
Emily Cornett – Div. II; Gold Medal
Katie Ulrich – Div. II; Silver Medal
Elizabeth Miller – Div. II; Silver Medal
Emma Allen – Div. III; Gold Medal
Academy Singers – Div. 1; Gold Medal (not eligible for state at this time)
Teachers Recognized, 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Announced...
On January 29 at the conclusion of Oldenburg Academy’s Mass to open Catholic Schools Week, four faculty and staff were recognized for their many years of service at OA and the 2016 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year was also announced.
Jonathon Maple – 5 years; Business and Journalism Teacher
Annie Miller – 15 years; Biology, Earth Science Teacher
Charlene Weberding – 20 years; Social Studies Teacher
Debbie Lamping – 20 years; Advancement Specialist
KATHY FANGMAN – Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.
This year’s Outstanding Volunteer does not fit in a single category with one specific job title. Most importantly, she will tell you, is her role as a faith-filled wife and mother. OA has been blessed to have both of her daughters Alexa and Mikaela, attend over the years and as often happens when you have busy, gifted children who get involved in many activities, this creates an opportunity to be on campus a bit more and help out. And help out. And help and help and help…
She cares so very deeply about each person she encounters. Her mission each day is to bring joy and hope and mercy to all she meets. This year at OA we are focusing on the special Franciscan value of the dignity of the individual. I can think of no finer role model for this than our honoree.
How else does she do this?
* By helping at every Music Booster Function (Tree/ Wreath Sale, Cake-Walk, candle sales, etc.)
* By selling tickets and concessions for all the plays, musicals, concerts
* Helping to organize costumes and props for the musicals
* Burning copies of CD’s of performances
* Organizing meals for student performers
* Gifting the music department a copy machine and a microwave (she is a mom!)
* Driving students to rehearsals and performances off campus, sometimes at great distances like Ft Wayne.
* She has been helping with gift pick up for the Dinner Auction since 2010.
* She is a huge supporter of swim team, assisting them in countless ways.
Special congratulations and heartfelt thanks to this year’s Outstanding Volunteer.
OA Homecoming Royalty
The Oldenburg Academy Homecoming Royalty were introduced just before the January 30th game vs. Indiana Science and Math Academy. They are (from left to right) freshman Lord and Lady Hanna Hurm and Pierce Lonergan, junior Prince and Princess Kai Goldenpfennig and Katie Ulrich, senior King and Queen Madie Hogg and Nick Bischoff, and sophomore Duke and Duchess Jill Eckstein and Ian Dickey.
ISSMA releases Instrumental results from Columbus East District Competition...
Congratulations to our Twisters!
Elizabeth Schulte violin Class 2 Gold
Stella Hillenbrand violin Class 2 Gold
Morgan Burkart snare drum Class 1 Silver
Mia Hillenbrand flute Class 2 Silver
Margaret Glasser viola Class 3 Gold
Carly Wagers viola Class 1 Silver
Hanlai (Allen) Liu cello Class 2 Gold
Colleen Dietz cello Class 2 Gold
Liam Mungcal tenor sax Class 2 Gold
Kirsten Stenger flute Class 3 Silver
2016 OA Homecoming Court Announced...
Homecoming is Saturday, January 30th. The crowning ceremony will be held at approximately 6:15 (between games).
March for Life Pilgrimage
This week students traveled to both Washington D.C. and Indianapolis to walk in the March For Life to protest the Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion. Make your voices heard, Twisters!
January 22 marks a day in our country when we respond to what Pope Francis has called a “throwaway culture.” In response to the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, this day has been declared a day of prayer and penance for the legal protection of unborn children in all dioceses in the United States (http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and worship/resources/january-22-day-of-prayer.cfm).
Groups of OA students, faculty, staff and parents are attending the March for Life Pilgrimage in Washington, DC and the Day of Solemn Observance in Indianapolis. It is a time of prayer and penance for unborn children, as well as prayer for the specific women and men affected by abortion.
We invite you to join in solidarity by praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet (http://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/praythechaplet.php), as well as making some act of penance.
A prayer from the Divine Mercy Chaplet:
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
5 OA Seniors Selected to be Part of Indiana All-State Choir
Five Oldenburg Academy Seniors were selected as members of the prestigious Indiana All-State Choir. Marie Hoog (Batesville), Decker Horninger (Brookville), Carly Wagers (Brookville), Nathan Hubert (Lawrenceburg), and Mikaela Fangman (Batesville) were accepted to the 2016 All-State Choir through an audition only process. Students learned a required classical piece of music and completed a sight-singing test as part of the audition process. A limited number of students are accepted from each district of the state. Oldenburg is proud to have had 5 students participate from the Academy.
The concert was held on Saturday, January 16th at the historical Embassy Theatre in Ft. Wayne, Indiana after the conclusion of the Indiana Music Educators Association Conference.
Art students selected for the Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition
Oldenburg Academy is proud to announce that four art students have been selected to display their work in the annual Scholastic Art Awards. Their work will be on display at the Art Academy of Cincinnati from January 22nd - February 5th. The students are: Isabelle Kelley '16, Elie Heile '18, Pamela Chen '16, and Elizabeth Schulte '17.
Oldenburg proclaims January 6th as 'Foundation Day of the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis Oldenburg' Day!
Governor congratulates Sisters on their 165th anniversary!
2nd Quarter Honor Roll
The honor roll, published each quarter, has the following requirements based on grade point average: First Honors 3.75 and above and Second Honors 3.0 and above. To be eligible for either, a student can have no more than two “C’s” and/or no grade lower than a “C”. Additionally, a student may not have more than eight (8) conduct points for the year to be eligible.
FRESHMEN – GRADE 9
1st honors 2nd Honors
Emma Allen Alexandra Bamonte
Sydney Bauman Sara Bauer
Claire Burford Ethan Browning
Abbigayl Eldridge India Burris
Meagan Flannery Aidan Coleman
Madeleine Furlow Casey Cook
William Geers Grace Fullenkamp
Lydia Gigrich Madison Fulton
Kennedy Hanna Stephanie Gray
Gabriel Haverkos Nicholas Hesselbrock
Stella Hillenbrand Kristofer Hetzer
Claire Hollingsworth Sydney Hogg
Matthew Hoog Abigail Hudepohl
Hanna Hurm Katherine Kahles
Samuel Johnson Haze Kidd
Parker Kelley Lucas McFee
Katherine Kinker Brianne Moizuk
Emily Koch Christopher Moorman
Pierce Lonergan Sean Rees
Sarah Preston Riley Schalk
Jaydann Simmonds Samantha Sheets
Isabella Sterchi Elijah Sporleder
Carsen Thompson Jordan Stenger
SOPHOMORES – GRADE 10
1st Honors 2nd Honors
Alexis Brown Benjamin Abrams
Catherine Cigolotti Daniel Ash
Jillian Eckstein Carly Bellamy
Elizabeth Heile Delaney Bruns
Jacob Herbert Ian Dickey
Adrienne Horan Kyle Eckstein
Samuel Hubert Nathan Folop
Kitley Kern Ava Geers
Andrew Kersey Jacob Hornberger
Kyle Kline Stuart Lamping
Adam Mullen Melissa Meneses
Kezia Peck Amelia Prickel
Julia Rees Sidney Ricke
Seth Schutte Levi Stenger
Daniel Siemer Clare Weidner
Owen Sporleder Matthew Zinser
JUNIORS – GRADE 11
1st Honors 2nd Honors
Amanda Cranert Morgan Burkhart
Curt Eckstein MacKenzie Corbin
Ryley Elder Emily Cornett
Ethan Eldridge Colleen Dietz
Justin Fledderman Michaela Hartman
Gabriel Frey Kirstin Krause
Mary Glaser David Kuntz
Cori Hammoor Allen Liu
Miranda Hillenbrand Elizabeth Miller
Nathaniel Hollingsworth Nicholas Moorman
Marie Hoog Hannah Moul
Clay Hunger Samuel Rippe
Clare Hunter Luke Ruter
Nathan Hurm Gregory Schroeder
Elliot Jarman Helena Strohmier
Benjamin Kahles Kiana Tran
Harley Kidd Tyler Wachsmann
Benjamin Kinker Michael Wandstrat
SENIORS – GRADE 12
1st Honors 2nd Honors
Tanner Alley Bryce Ahaus
Robert Ash Dominic Cigolotti
Nicholas Bischoff Samuel Gast
Zoe Brown Olivia Geraci
Margaret Bruns Abby Greiwe
Mary Brunsman Kai He
Grace Burkhart Tyler Hesselbrock
Marissa Cranert Madeline Hogg
Shannon Deal Nathaniel Hubert
Jacob Fairfield Jason Kline
Mikaela Fangman Maria Lewis
Erica Geers Taylor McGraw
Emma Geis Joseph Mills
Meghan Gray John Pelzel
Regan Horan Zachary Pottschmidt
Thomas Horninger Andrea Rinck
Isabelle Kelley Benjamin Schebler
Danielle Koger Claudia Schuckmann
Matthew Moorman Carly Wagers
January 6th: Foundation Day!
January 6th is "Foundation Day" for the Sisters of St. Francis Oldenburg. This year they begin their 165th year of ministry -- which of course, includes Oldenburg Academy! The chapel is beautifully decorated -- from Christmas/Epiphany - but also they've added two lovely historical components. To the far right of the altar, there is a display featuring a painting of Mother Theresa Hackelmeier and 2 banners of all the names of the all the Sisters and Associates. On the far left of the baptismal font, there are 3 manequins in various styles of the Sister's habit.
REFLECTION FOR JANUARY 6, 2016 by S. Amy Kistner, OSF
Today is the birthday of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg. Mother Theresa Hackelmeier overcame all her fears as she traveled on land and sea and finally arrived here on this very day 165 years ago. Followers of St. Francis are called Franciscans. The Poor Clares receive their name as followers of St. Clare. We sisters and associates might be considered the Hackelmeiers, and we can wear that name proudly because we follow a woman who feared not the raging waters of the ocean but was courageous, resilient, compassionate, loving, and ever so generous.
Can we imagine what it must have been like for Mother Theresa as she lost her companion at boarding time? She would be alone among many unknown passengers for weeks that stretched out into months on the boat. What did she do all day? Ever wonder?
Her arrival occured in New York at Christmas where she was welcomed by other Franciscans who lived there. What a joy it must have been to get on land and to see others who had come from far away land and would have understood how worn she must have felt. Did they speak German, or was it French or English?
No matter, I’m sure they could connect with one another.
Then, on the Eve of the Epiphany when she finally arrived at what would be her destination for the remainder of her years she found a convent still under construction and a small log cabin to live in with three women she had never met. Times, we are told, were tough. Often the house was cold, and the pantry short on supplies. How did they keep themselves committed to the tasks asked of them?
There is always something new I learn when I go back over our history...This time I learned that Mother Theresa was very concerned that the habit should be brown but the material was too expensive so she turned to black. What I didn't know was that Father Rudolf suggested that they wear secular dress for work and study and only wear a habit for prayer. What if Mother Theresa had followed his advice?
The sisters had to be educated so they could educate others. How good of God to send Theresa Dreer from Switzerland who became Sister Antonia. She was well educated and could teach others how to teach. What if she had not followed her call?
And just when things were looking up, along comes the fire testing the new community. Mother Theresa offers the freedom to all to leave the community --none depart. Begging became Mother Theresa's task and, like Francis of old, she did so willingly. What if the community had disbanded?
As you ponder our founding this day just remember that we can overcome all fear if we follow in the footsteps of our foundress.
Maya Angelou ends her book of poetry with a stanza that so fits Mother Theresa. She writes:
"And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed."
Thank you Mother Theresa!
And Happy Birthday to all Hackelmeier Sisters and Associates!
Oldenburg Academy’s 27th Annual Dinner Auction
Oldenburg Academy’s Dinner Auction is one of OA’s major fundraising events to benefit the students of OA. This year’s theme is “OA to Rio – Race for the Gold” with the event being held on February 27, 2016 in OA’s gymnasium. The primary goal of this major fundraiser is to raise money to support educational programs and expand our tuition assistance opportunities for students in need.
The evening begins with cocktails and appetizers as guests peruse the many silent auction items available for bid. A sit down dinner will be served by OA’s junior class. Following dinner, the live auction will begin with many exciting gifts to be offered. Throughout the evening guests will have the opportunity to purchase tickets on the jewelry raffle, reverse raffle, and live auction raffle. (License #139164). Check the OA website often for a list of gifts that will be offered for bid.
To donate a gift, become a sponsor or volunteer to work the event, please contact Debbie Lamping at 812-933-0737 or email email@example.com. Invitations will be mailed in January.
Sisters of St. Francis: Reflections on Homecoming
South Ripley Tournament Schedule Posted
Maverick Challenge Hosted at Oldenburg Academy
Oldenburg, IN – The Maverick Challenge, a business planning competition sponsored by Ripley County Eco15,
Franklin County Community Foundation, Ripley County Community Foundation, Batesville Area Chamber of
Commerce, Mainsource Bank and Oldenburg Academy was hosted at Oldenburg Academy on December 11,
2015. Community judges adjudicated the 20 students based on the business plans and products they created for
the competition. Oldenburg Academy was the only school to participate in the program from Ripley and Franklin
The Maverick Challenge was started in 2008 by the Columbus Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and has been a
growing program since. The competition is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting
start up funds from early-stage investors, successful entrepreneurs and community leaders. Oldenburg Academy
Business Teacher Jonathon Maple is the head of the Franklin/Ripley County competition and leads the challenge
at the school, “I’m so proud of the students – they challenged themselves to go through a process that is
preparing them for any career they choose.” Students had the opportunity to work with business and community
mentors as well as experience feedback from professional judges.
The winners were announced on Monday, December 14, 2015: Third place winner, which received $200, was
Tater Truck, a food truck specializing in potatoes and working with specific businesses catering; this business
plan was created by Tanner Alley and Zach Pottschmidt. Second place winner receiving $300 was Knu Eyes, a
screen protector for devices that will help protect the eyes of the user, this was invented by Sam Gast, Chase
Hogg and Greg Schroeder. The first place winner received $500 and went to Bags for Bambinos, a non-profit
organization to help local students obtain the school supplies they need, that they may not be able to afford. Bags for Bambinos was created by Caroline Storms and Zoe Brown.
“All of the projects were outstanding, the judges were very impressed with the dedication and determination of these
outstanding students,” Maple commented.
Ripley County Eco15, Franklin County Community Foundation, MainSource Bank, Oldenburg Academy and the
Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce sponsor the challenge. “We truly cannot have this without their support
and assistance, we are so grateful to live and work in such a supportive community,” Maple commented.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the 2015 Maverick Challenge can contact Jonathon Maple at
firstname.lastname@example.org, Maple encourages involvement, “it is a great opportunity to work with some of
the most inspiring students in southeastern Indiana.”
Photo Caption: Maverick Winners:
(Front Row): Tater Truck (3rd Place): Zach Pottschmidt and Tanner Alley;
Knu Eyes (2nd Place): Greg Schroeder, Sam Gast and Chase Hogg; Bags for Bambinos (1st Place): Caroline
Storms and Zoe Brown.
Back Row: Toby Oesterling, Mainsource Bank Sponsor; Shelly Lunsford, Franklin County Community
Foundation; Cheryll Obendorff, Eco15 Ripley County Community Foundation; and Mr. Jonathon Maple,
Business/Journalism Teacher, Oldenburg Academy.
Moorman named to the 2015 Indiana High School Academic All-Star Football Team
Oldenburg Academy Senior Quarterback, Matt Moorman has been named to the 2015 Indiana High School Academic All-Star Football Team presented by American Family Insurance and the Indianapolis Colts. In being named to this prestigious team, Matt was one of only 25 high school football players from around the State of Indiana honored. Selection was based on outstanding performance in the classroom and on the football The Colts have invited Matt and his family to a pre-game award ceremony before the Colts-Texans game at Lucas Oil Stadium, on Sunday, December 20. Matt will also be honored on the field prior to the start of the game. Former Indianapolis Colts player and current Youth Football Commissioner, Mike Prior, will present Matt with a plaque to commemorate the event.
All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten
Oldenburg Academy will present All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten directed by Luke Lecher on December 11th and 12th at 7:30PM in the OA Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for Adults and $5 for Students. Oldenburg Academy students, faculty, and staff will be admitted for free. This play is based on Robert Fulghum's best-selling books and takes a funny, insightful, heartwarming look at what is profound in everyday life. It's an evening of theatrical storytelling in revue format, with monologues, dialogues, and multiple voice narration, enhanced through the use of live piano underscoring, which provides fluidity, charm, and emotional texture. The delightful stories feature colorful characters such as: a shy little boy who insists on playing the "pig" in his class production of Cinderella and steals the show; a man whose dream of flying carries him high over Los Angeles … in a lawn chair buoyed by surplus weather balloons; a "mother of the bride" who's staged a perfect wedding—until the bowling ball of fate rolls down the aisle; and a modern-day Greek philosopher who finds the meaning of life in a piece of broken mirror from World War II. These stories celebrate our very existence, from the whimsy of childhood to the wisdom of old age. "All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten is a great theatrical piece about life. It is full of emotion, but it also hits the funny bone. This is a challenging theatrical piece . But for this group of very talented students, they make it look so easy. I cannot wait to share it with the community! We hope you can find some time in your busy schedules to share your evening with us!"
Oldenburg Academy and the Sisters of St. Francis begin the Holy Year of Mercy and celebrate their Patronage Feast Day.
December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception honoring the belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was herself conceived without sin. This year on this date, Pope Francis will lead the entire Catholic Church around the world into the Holy Year of Mercy. A “Holy Year” traditionally begins with the opening of a “Holy Door”. Symbolically for the larger Church, this will occur at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. In Oldenburg, this date is aligned with a locally significant event: the 125th anniversary of the re-opening of the Immaculate Conception Chapel doors.
The symbolism of “holy doors” is a powerful one in the Catholic tradition. Many Catholic rituals such as the Rite of Baptism and the Funeral Mass begin at a church’s main doors. The act of crossing over the threshold of these doors symbolizes our conversion to Christ, leaving one way of living behind to that we may find a new life in Christ. Pope Francis writes, “On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.” (Misericordiae Vultus 4)
Although the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was not defined as Church dogma until 1854, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception had long been observed as a Holy Day of Obligation in the universal Church at the time that Mother Theresa Hackelmeier arrived in Oldenburg in January 1851. There is every indication that Mary under that title held a special place in the devotions of the early community. Sister (later Mother) Antonia Dreer, the first directress of the Academy, professed her vows on the feast, December 8, 1852.
Within a short time after its founding, the Congregation itself began to regard the feast of the Immaculate Conception as its Patronal feast, followed by the Oldenburg Academy, the Junior College established in 1924, and Marian University (College), founded in Oldenburg in 1936, and moved to Indianapolis in 1937.
After the fire in early 1857 destroyed the convent and small chapel, a new convent was built and occupied by the end of the same year. A new chapel was constructed the following year, and was formally dedicated to Mary under the title of the Immaculate Conception, on December 8, 1858.
The 1858 chapel was replaced by the present chapel between 1888 and 1891. Completed except for the high altar, the doors of the new chapel of the Immaculate Conception were formally opened with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Chatard of Indianapolis on December 8, 1890. After the altar arrived, the chapel was consecrated on July 2, 1891.
Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception, Inc. and the Sisters of St. Francis will join together for a special Mass at 1:15pm on December 8 to celebrate these foundational and inspirational events. Fr. John Quigley, OFM will lead the two communities in prayer. The Academy Singers and the Sisters Choir will share the music roles. All freshmen and any students/staff new to the Academy will receive special medals as well.
Winners of Scholarships and Spirit Wear Announced!
Sophie Wesseler and Sam Mahoney won OA tuition certificates (valued at $750 each) for the 2016-17 school year at our Open House on Sunday, November 8th. Congratulations to Sophie and Sam! We look forward to having them join the OA Class of 2020!
Andrew Oesterling and Isabel Price won Catholic school tuition certificates (valued at $200 each) for the 2016-17 school year. The certificates will be sent to their Catholic elementary schools.
In addition, Lauren Sparks and Jon Grieshop each won OA spirit-wear bundles. Congratulations to all our winners!
Third Fastest in the State of Indiana!
OA Junior Cross Country Runner Curt Eckstein placed third at the State Cross Country Meet this past weekend. He ran the course in 15:07.5! What a huge accomplishment - Congratulations, Curt! OA is proud of you!
OA Golfer Achieves IHSGCA Academic All State Award
Meghan Gray, Oldenburg Academy Senior, was one of the girl’s golfers in the state who achieved the IHSGCA Academic All State Award. Fifteen Seniors Averaged 1297 on combined SAT and a GPA of 4.25. Gray has earned a varsity letter in golf for all four years at Oldenburg Academy. The student-athlete plans to attend college and study pre-med. OA Golfers Hannah Sparks and Caroline Storms achieved honorable mentions for their efforts.
Alumni to be Honored
Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception, Inc. is pleased to announce the following graduates who will be honored at this year’s Alumni Homecoming:
On October 9, at Hillcrest Country Club, Janet Federle Sturwold will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Janet is a 1962 graduate of Oldenburg Academy who has devoted her life to giving back to her faith and its foundations. Janet has worked as the Office Manager at St. Peter’s Church in Brookville for over 20 years, but continues her service there as an active volunteer, devoted especially to the church’s Outreach Program. She is also committed to the Sisters of St. Francis, where she first learned the values that instilled in her the commitment to her Catholic faith. Janet is an Associate Member of the order, and serves on the Board. She and her husband, Kenny, live in Brookville, and are the parents of four children and five grandchildren.
On Saturday October 10 during Homecoming Mass, Sister Marjorie Jeanne Niemer, OSF, Class of 1969, will be honored with the Virtue, Honor, and Education Award given annually to a teacher who has made a meaningful spiritual and educational impact upon the alumni.
After graduating, Sr. Marjorie entered the Franciscan Community. Following three years of postulancy and novitiate and one year at Marian University, Sr. Marjorie Jeanne embarked on a twenty-five year ministry of teaching music, drama and religion at St. Mary Academy, Our Lady of Angels High School, ICA, St. Martin of Tours Elementary and St. Clement’s Elementary. She is a graduate of Marian University and Butler University.
A two-year course in parish administration followed at Mt. St. Joseph University; then twelve years as a Parish Life Coordinator at St. Peter’s and St. Mary of the Rock in the Indianapolis Archdiocese. In 2012, she was elected to the Leadership Team of the Sisters of St. Francis where she presently serves.
Besides her ministries, she engaged in various volunteer capacities. For then years she worked one Sunday a month at a home for those living with AIDS. Three weekends a year for eight years were devoted to working with a team at Friarhurst Retreat Center in Cincinnati to provide retreats for parish groups. While ministering in the parish work, she served once a week as the volunteer chaplain at Margaret Mary Hospital. Currently she is a member of the Oldenburg Academy’s Board of Directors.
Game 2 Centerville Sectionals
OA wins 5-0 vs Triton Central
OA girls advance to the final game of the Centerville sectional series. Field conditions, temperature and light wind made for a perfect night for soccer. Under the lights both teams started the game with intensity and a tremendous desire to advance. It took OA about 20 minutes to open up our first opportunity with a brilliant through ball pass from midfielder Maria Lewis to a lightning fast advancing Ava Geers who made a stunning far post shot at full speed and was rewarded with the first goal of the night. Twister defense repelled press after press from Triton Central’s talented offense. Not only was the OA defense defeating the runs but were making runs of their own. Center back Erica Geers executed an offensive run followed by a perfectly timed through ball to a rushing Haleigh Reed for a far post finish. No doubt the tournament speed can cause wear on our powerful wings Lexi Brown and Jill Eckstein but thankfully we had a fresh legs substitution of Lizzie Kelnhofer who proved how deep our teams talent is by demonstrating a beautiful run down the lane with a check followed by an amazing left footed centering ball to Reed again who made a few moves to create the shot and finish. Ava Geers was not done as she intercepted a goal kick and transitioned to a quick press and pass for a great assist just before the half. The second half (we call it the second game) was an awakening of the Triton’s offense. Press after press put the OA defense of Anya Smith, Margaret Glaser, Erica Geers, Elizabeth Schulte and Madie Hogg through a stress test. Straight A’s is what they earned by defending every attack, run, through ball and wall pass. Nothing TC did was uncontested. Sensational play and condition. When TC couldn’t break the defense they started taking great shots from outside the 18 giving the fans a show by goalkeeper Regan Weberding. Weberding defended the shutout with gymnastic precision. TC players know where to place a ball with the greatest chance of defeating a goalie, but not this night as Regan made flying save after save. We are ready for the next game.
What I saw...
Superstars! All of you showed what your capable of as a team and its amazing. I may credit this or that to one player but you have all individually contributed to these wins and have each earned the right to be praised as an exceptionally talented TEAM of 18. The refs, statistician, ball boys, opposing coaches, fans and me all agree. Lets get this next game in the record books and spread that celebration across 18 of the best players this sectional crowd has ever seen! Then do it again.
Sectional Game 1: OA wins 8-0 vs Knightstown
OA girls hungry for their fist sectional win are 1 game closer with a dominating performance in the first game of 3 at the Centerville Sectionals. OA defense protected the Knightstown portion of the field to allow the OA midfield to go to work with well timed passes and great possession. OA kept Knightstown off guard by scoring with five different players and four different players assisting. It is the kind of team that has become confident with their teammates and can move the ball where the scoring opportunity is. We are a team of 18 athletes that all have a place on the field and it showed tonight as they all contributed to the win. We look forward to the next challenge. Coach Reed
What I saw (the pictures say it all)...Magic. Keep it up. All the pieces are coming together however it will get more competitive as we move up the tournament but not more than you can handle.
Matt Moorman Receives National Merit Honor
Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception is pleased to announce that Senior Matthew Moorman (Batesville) has been named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. As one of the 34,000 nationally recognized students, this talented student placed in the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition. Principal Bettina Rose announced “OA is extremely proud of Matt and the tradition of academic excellence he exemplifies.”
National Honor Society Inducts New Members
Oldenburg Academy is pleased to recognize the following students who were inducted into the National Honor Society on September 22. These students met the rigorous criterion established by this nationally accredited organization, exhibiting the highest standards of academic excellence, service, leadership, and character.
Seniors: Danielle Koger, Joseph Mills, and Carly Wagers.
Juniors: Amanda Cranert, Curtis Eckstein, Ryley Elder, Ethan Eldridge, Elizabeth Fiutem, Justin Fledderman, Gabriel Frey, Mary Margaret Glaser, Cori Hammoor, Miranda (Mia) Hillenbrand, Nathaniel Hollingsworth, Marie Hoog, Clay Hunger, Clare Hunter, Nathan Hurm, Harley Kidd, Benjamin Kinker, Kirstin (Kira)Krause, David Kuntz, Dresden Lonergan, Madelyn Maier, Elizabeth Miller, Liam Mungcal, Samantha Nobbe, Jacob Preston, Haleigh Reed, Elizabeth Schulte, Tyler Wachsmann, Regan Weberding, and Josie Wesseler.
OA’s NHS is moderated by Charlene Weberding.
Feast of the Stigmata
September 17 was the Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis. OA celebrated this important Franciscan holy day with an all school Mass with many of the Sisters of St. Francis. Fr. John Quigley, OFM spoke in his homily about how the fervent love that St. Francis had for Jesus opened his own body to share in the wounds of Christ. All received programs with the following prayer of St Francis:
Prayer before a crucifix
Most high, glorious God.
Enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me Lord,
A correct faith, a certain hope, and a perfect charity, sense of knowledge,
So that I may carry out your holy and true command.
Jason Evert at OA
OA welcomed internationally renowned speaker Jason Evert on September 15. Jason and his wife Christina are the founders of the “Chastity Project”. His humorous and yet powerful presentation addressed how the virtue of chastity directs our behavior towards others, emphasizing what real love asks of us and how this lifestyle brings freedom, respect and peace without regret. Jason spoke to the entire student body as well as 8th graders from St. Nicholas (Sunman), St Michael’s (Brookville) and St Louis (Batesville). Free materials were distributed to all following the presentation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation was also available.
In-service with Roger Bacon
The faculties and staffs of two local Franciscan high schools recently got together to discuss their shared history and mission. Roger Bacon High School (Cincinnati – sponsored by St. John the Baptist Province) and Oldenburg Academy (Oldenburg – sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis) spent the day sharing best practices in secondary education following a morning focused on their Franciscan roots. Fr. John Quigley, ofm provided insights into the life of St Francis of Assisi that influenced his radical call to affirm the dignity of all people. The group joined the Sisters of St. Francis for Mass and then feasted on a traditional Oldenburg lunch of Brau Haus fried chicken. Many ideas were exchanged, skills strengthened, and opportunities for future engagement suggested. OA will play their upcoming football on September 11 at Roger Bacon’s stadium against St. Bernard-Elmwood Place.
Locker Room Dedication
Oldenburg Academy opened the fall sports season with 3 home matches on Tuesday, August 18. Boys soccer (5:00PM) and girls soccer (7:00PM) matches were held at Holy Family field while the girls volleyball team kicked off their season in OA’s gym with JV at 6:00PM and the varsity followed.
These were the first games that OA students and our guest teams had use of the refurbished locker rooms. OA is very grateful to the family of Sr. Mary Ammann, OSF, the former teacher, coach and first Athletic Director of the Academy whose memorial donation has made this upgrading possible. New lockers and shelving, motion sensor lighting, upgraded flooring, and fresh painting all contribute to the appealing, renewed look. At 5:45PM on the 18th, a special dedication and blessing occured. Sr. Margie Niemer, OSF, OA Board of Trustee member and representative of the Sisters of St Francis Leadership Council, led the blessing.
Following the dedication/blessing, members of the 2014 Academic All State volleyball team were honored. The team carried a team GPA of 3.59 for the 2014-2015 academic year. Team members included: Seniors Rory Bauman, Anna Dickman, Brittany Harrell, Megan Hornberger, Haylee Siegel, Juniors Maggie Bruns, Audrey Oesterling, Sophomores Elizabeth Fiutem, Hannah Moul, Samantha Nobbe, and Freshman Julia Rees. OA is one of this select group in the state of Indiana so honored.
Welcome Class 0f 2019!
Back to School!
Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception formally began the 2015-16 school year August 6th. The school welcomed the largest overall school enrollment in over 20 years. The 215 students have matriculated from 25 different elementary and middle schools and hail from 23 different cities/villages, including some in China and Germany. The veteran teaching staff has all returned for the upcoming year. The school welcomes a new Dean of Student Life/Director of Athletics, Mr. Brian McFee. Mrs. Annette Hunger has a new role and title for 2015-16; she will serve as the Dean of Enrollment Management and be an effective member of the Executive Team. OA continues to expand their dual credit opportunities by adding the 20th class to be taught on campus by current OA faculty. Summer renovations include completely refurbished locker rooms, upgraded electronic music studio and art department computers, a new digital telephone system and the completion of the technology infrastructure project with improved wireless access, switches and servers.
The school celebrated its opening year Mass on Tuesday, August 11 at 1:30 pm in the Sisters Chapel in honor of the Feast of St Clare of Assisi. All are welcome.
For more information, please contact Diane H Laake, President.
A Message from the Sisters:
We, the Sisters of St. Francis are engaged in a process with the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) which will aid us in planning for the future of our 202 members. The following points will help you to understand this endeavor:
We wish you a blessed 2015-16 school year.
The Leadership Council of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg Academy July, 2015
2015 Freudenfest Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to Curt Eckstein, Ethan Eldridge, Ben Kinker and Josie Wesseler on winning a Freudenfest Scholarship for next school year!
OA $25,000 Car/Cash Raffle
The OA Car/Cash Raffle was a success! All 500 tickets were sold. The winners were drawn at Freudenfest. Congratulations to Tom Fowler, our Grand Prize winner! Our 5 - $200 winners were: John Strange, Mike Gehring, Anita Back, Becky Laremore and Nita Gutzwiller/Shaon Simmermeyer! Our Early Bird winners were: Debbie Nobbe, Mark & Joann Fledderman, Jerry & Jackie Roell, Patrick Westerfeld, and Dan, Jill, John & Ann Kuntz.
Thanks to all who made it a success and for supporting Oldenburg Academy!
Welcome Mr. McFee!
Oldenburg Academy is pleased to announce the selection of Brian A. McFee as our new Dean of Student Life/Director of Athletics effective July 1. McFee comes to the Academy with over a decade of administrative experience in Mt Healthy, OH and Franklin, Ohio, most recently as Principal of Franklin City High School. McFee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physical and Health Education and a Master of Educational Administration. He has coached soccer on the TFA, high school and college levels. McFee lives with his wife Molly and their four sons in Bright, IN.