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!

Congratulations to St. Michael graduates and current Central Catholic Crusaders, Isabel Lombardi & Marie Weller, who recently qualified for the Ohio High School Speech & Debate State Tournament. Both ladies made it to the quarter-final round and finished in the top 24 in the state! Marie competes in Informative Speaking and Isabel Lombardi in Humorous Interpretation. Wow! Great job!

Congratulations to St. Michael graduate and current Central Catholic senior, John Shew. John has had a fantastic swimming season with the Crusaders, placing in the top 3 of at least one event at every swim meet of the season! Recently, he qualified out of the Sectional Meet to advance to the District Swim Meet held at Cleveland State University on February 16th, in the 50 Free. Great job, John! 

Congratulations to SMS graduates, Marie Weller & Isabella Lombardi, who both currently attend Central Catholic High School and are members of the Crusaders Speech & Team who recently qualified for the Ohio High School State Speech & Debate League State Tournament. Marie is qualified in Informative Speaking and Isabella is qualified in both Dramatic Interpretation and Humorous Interpretation. Great job, ladies!

Congratulations to the St. Michael graduates and current CCHS students who received featured roles in the Central Catholic & St. Thomas Aquinas joint spring musical, “The Addams Family School Edition.” The show will be performed April 19-21st at the Canton Palace Theatre, be sure to save the date to see:
Lexi Kerr as Morticia Addams,
Rachel Ezzo as Grandma,
Isabel Lombardi as Pugsley Addams, and
DeMariona Love as an Ancestor

Congratulations to our St. Michael alumna and Central Catholic Crusader freshmen tennis players, Isabel Lombardi and Grace Finefrock. The ladies aced their way through 3 matches at Sectionals, securing themselves a spot in the Semifinals held at the College of Wooster last weekend. Finefrock and Lombardi finished 4th in their Sectional Tournament and earned a trip to the District Tournament. They are playing this morning, Friday, Oct. 13, at the Springside Tennis club in Montrose against Hathaway Brown. Good luck, ladies!

St. Michael graduate, and Central Catholic Senior volleyball player, Sydney Turner, set a new Crusaders school record and career-best with 2,000 assists in the team's match against Lake Center Christian last week when they beat the team in 3 quick matches. Congratulations, Sydney and all of the Crusaders Volleyball players. Keep it up!

#VikingProud #CrusaderProud

Congratulations to St. Michael graduates and Central Catholic seniors, Madison Heiser & Sydney Turner Sydney. Both of our graduates made the OHSAA statistical leaders board!
Sydney Turner is ranked 23rd in the state on the Leaderboard for Player Assists, with 205 assists so far this season. (Turner returns as a senior after hitting her 1,000 career assists last season as a junior)
Madison Heiser is ranked 8th in the state on the Leaderboard for Player Total Blocks with 33 blocks so far this year.
Great job, ladies!

Congratulations to St. Michael graduates and Central Catholic seniors, Madison Heiser & Sydney Turner Sydney. Both of our graduates, along with one other Crusader, were named to The Repository’s 15 Stark County players to watch this season! “Maddie Heiser, Central Catholic senior, First-team all-county selection in Division III-IV and first team all-district selection in Division IV in 2022. Helped lead the Crusaders to their first regional berth in five years. Led Central Catholic with a .379 hitting percentage, 348 kills and 102 blocks. Sydney Turner, Central Catholic, senior, Helped lead the Crusaders to a Division IV regional semifinal berth last season. Has 1,613 career assists, including a team-leading 868 in 2022. First-team all-county selection in Division III-IV and first team all-district selection in Division IV.” Wow! Great job, ladies! Good luck this season!

Special congratulations to St. Michael graduate and Central Catholic senior, Christian Vannan. He and another Crusader, Allie Drlik, were selected by Central Catholic to win the Diocese of Youngstown's Eagle of the Cross award. Christian is a great example of an SMS graduate who continued his Catholic education at Central Catholic, where he thrived. He will be attending the University of Notre Dame this fall!

Also congratulations to Christian Icaza who received the Diocesean Eagle of the Cross award on behalf of St. Michael Parish.

They received their awards earlier this week from Bishop Bonnar at St. Columba's Cathedral in Youngstown. All of these Crusaders are truly worthy of the award and are great examples of youth who live their faith.

We want to wish special congratulations to two Central Catholic students who are part of our St. Michael's family. Jonathan Stangl, a member of our parish, and Sydney Turner, a parishioner and SMS graduate, recently completed their training with Central’s Campus Minister, Deacon Randy, to become Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. They have joined Central’s student Liturgical Ministry Team which includes altar servers, readers, musicians, prayer leaders, and Eucharistic ministers. Nearly 20% of CCHS students are on the Liturgical Ministry Team, leading the student body in prayer and worship. We’re proud to see them deepening their faith.

Congratulations to the former St. Michael students who are part of the Central Catholic Speech & Debate Team. The team had a sweeping victory at the Ohio High School Speech & Debate District Tournament!
Special congratulations our SMS graduates who will be headed to the State Championship in March:
Conner Belden in Humorous Interpretation
Christian Vannan in Informative Speaking
Maria Weller as 1st Alternate in Declamation
Congratulations to St. Michael’s Kristen Belden who is currently a senior at Central Catholic High School. Kristen recently signed her national letter of intent to play collegiate golf with Kent State University!
She is the daughter of Joanna and Brian Belden. Belden plays golf, basketball and swam for the Crusaders. She is a member of the National Honor Society and holds a 4.43 GPA. Belden has made it to both the state swim meet and the state golf tournament, with two appearances in golf. Kristen was 1st Team Stark County in golf and won two golf tournaments for the Crusaders. She intends to study Psychology and shared that Kent State “gave her the best opportunity to play at a high level and has a great team and coaches.”
We’re so proud of Kristen!
#Viking Proud

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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