Catching up with Viking Alumni

St. Michael Catholic School graduates may leave our halls, but they never leave our hearts! 
Once a Viking, Always a Viking!

We are excited to share that several Viking graduates are shining on the Central Catholic Speech & Debate Team! The team recently completed their regular-season and begins post-season this weekend. Great job to these former St. Michael’s students:

Jekhia Ballard - She placed 2nd at Wadsworth and 1st at Wooster (the largest regular season tournament in the state of Ohio), Hoover, and Norton Tournaments. She has earned 4 bids to the state tournament and is now fully qualified to compete at the state tournament in March!

Conner Belden – In his first year, he has taken second place overall at Glenoak and Highland tournaments, 3rd at Tusky Valley, and 1st place at Copley.

Christian Vannan took 9th place at the Norton in Congressional Debate.

Marie Weller placed 7th overall in the Declamation category at the Tusky Valley, Highland, and Norton Tournaments and earned top novice honors.

The team’s post-season begins today, Saturday, February 4th. Go luck, Crusaders!


Congratulations to St. Michael graduate and Central Catholic senior, Kristen Belden, who was recently featured in The Repository. Kristen is a strong student-athlete who excels at both golf and basketball. We're so proud to see her continued success! 

Congratulations to these Central Catholic students & SMS graduates who have been cast in their spring musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. 
Conner Belden
Rachel Ezzo
Caroline Harold
Lexi Kerr
Kadence Miller
Alyssa Schoolcraft
The show will be staged at the beautiful Canton Palace Theatre, April 14-16! Ticket information will be released soon. For more information on the show and the full cast list visit We are proud of our graduates!

Congratulations to the Central Catholic Crusaders Swim Team. They are having a fantastic season and we are proud to see former graduates of our school helping them achieve success. 
On December 30th, the Crusaders traveled to Salem to swim against 8 other teams. The team, as a whole, placed first! 
The Lady Crusaders placed second in Women’s Team, narrowly losing to Columbiana 209 to 195. Special congratulations to Lalah Brandon, Isabella Biedenbach, and Julia Biedenbach, all three are St. Michael graduates, and each of them had first place finishes! 
The Crusader gentlemen placed first in Men’s Team. First place finishes were achieved by John Shew & Connor Belden, both Vikings! 
This marks another Crusader swim meet lots of season and lifetime bests. Great job, Crusaders! Good luck as your season progresses. 

Congratulations to St. Michael graduates, Connor Belden and John Shew. They are enjoying a successful swim season for the Central Catholic Crusaders. 

Recently the Crusaders swam completed three straight days of competition. At the first meet, Connor came in 2nd place in the 100 breast, with a lifetime best time in the event. He beat his lifetime best time the very next day when he finished 2nd in the 100 breast. Connor also swam 1st in the 500 free (with Central Catholic's Ben Reese in 2nd place). The next day, John Shew qualified for the Christmas Invitational in the 50 free, swimming against some of the top swimmers in the state. John swam his season best that day! Great job, Connor & Belden. You’ve made us #VikingProud. Good luck to the Central Catholic Swim Team in the rest of their season

Congratulations to the St. Michael Vikings who are playing high school basketball for the Central Catholic Crusaders and that were selected to serve as captains for their respective teams.

Crusaders Boys’ Basketball Team Captains
Former Viking: Ethan Ragon, Senior
Jack Talkington, Senior
Dylan Rouse, Senior
Crusaders Girls’ Basketball Team Captains
Former Viking: Vivian Marshall, Senior
Former Viking: Kristen Belden, Senior
Hannah Dolan, Junior
These students were selected through a combination of peer input and coach selection. They are considered leaders on and off the court, who display leadership, integrity, and a positive attitude. Congratulations, Crusaders! 

Viking athletes continue to amaze in high school!
Congratulations to Alex Anderson, SMS graduate who was named to the All-County Football Team, along with teammate Jack Talkington! This selection is an honor, with only 40 or so players from the county being named. Alex was the leading tackler for the Crusaders for the 2nd year in a row and had 17 touchdowns as a running back.

Congratulations to St. Michael Alumna, Sydney Turner!
Sydney, Class of 2024 at Central Catholic High School, celebrated a career achievement on during  the Crusaders 2022 volleyball season. She marked 1000 career assists with the Crusader Volleyball Team! Sydney was a key member of the 2022 Crusaders Volleyball Team who won the 2022 District Championship in October. 

Class of 2019 Graduates Take Leadership Role at CCHS
Congratulations to 3 of our St. Michael alums! Central Catholic named four senior football players to lead the 2022 Crusaders Football Team. Alex Anderson, Tommy Buckler, TJ Perkins, and Jack Talkington were chosen by their coaches to be team captains during the 2022 season. Alex, Tommy, and TJ all graduated from St. Michael School! Alex Anderson is number 32, plays running back and linebacker and is a 3-year starter. Tommy Buckler wears number 64, is a linebacker, and is a 3-year starter for the Crusaders. TJ Perkins is number 52, he plays the offensive and defensive line and is also a 3-year starter. 

St. Michael Alumna, Ella Salvino, Valedictorian for the Central Catholic Class of 2022
The class Valedictorian is the student who ranks highest in the class. This honor is determined by a ranking factor based on the number of credits completed and the quality of points accumulated. Ella is the daughter of Kerri and Rick Salvino, they are members of St. Michael Catholic Church and Ella is a St. Michael graduate.

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