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Sacred Heart High School Educator Named CLAES Nobel Educator of Distinction

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Mrs. Debbie Heitman was recently selected as a CLAES Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). Educators of Distinction are outstanding role models and exemplary practitioners who have made a lasting difference in a student’s life by encouraging them to strive for excellence, not just in their academic pursuits, but in all their endeavors. Educators of Distinction are also eligible to compete for NSHSS’ Educator of the Year award.

Heitman was nominated by Sacred Heart senior Jiejun Chen. Chen is a member of NSHSS, and says that “Mrs. Heitman loves all her students. She voluntarily stays after school almost everyday to answer any questions from students. She has a lot of patience; she is never irritable when I ask the same question over and over again. She is a skillful teacher, who can make a confusing novel interesting and easy to understand.”

Debbie Heitman graduated from the University of North Dakota and started her teaching career at Sacred Heart in 2000. Mrs. Heitman’s dedication to Sacred Heart is cemented through her faith in Jesus Christ and the passion she has from watching her students grow in their faith. All students in grades 9-12 hold Mrs. Heitman in very high regard. Some of the staples in Mrs. Heitman’s curriculum include the Freshman (demonstration speeches), the Sophomores (authoring and illustrating children’s books), the Juniors (reciting the Gettysburg address or singing Native American poetry), and Seniors (holding mock interviews, producing Beowulf films, and standing before the school community in the Senior Debate). These projects give students opportunities to shine and invest in learning as they work collaboratively, creatively, and actively.

Thank you to Mrs. Heitman for your dedication to Sacred Heart and congratulations on a well earned distinction.

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Third Quarter Honor Roll

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Sacred Heart School
2018-19 Third Quarter Honor Roll

Straight A Honor Roll

12th Grade
Jiejun Chen
Ireland Hanson
Jessica Remer
Gabriel Suda
Lily Zimprich

11th Grade
Sydney Anvinson
Macyn Bloom
Ivy Edwards
Benjamin Goetz
Mallory Howe
Maria Kroeber
Madalin Mitzel
Adam Shea
Aaron Steckman

10th Grade
Aubre Bergum
Paige Brandner
Isabella Knudson
Sydney Lloyd
Beau Votava
Dana Walski
Gabriella Zimprich

9th Grade
Andrew Cantera
Samuel Gapp
Sophia LeMire
Zachary Martin
Grace Miller
Caden Reimer
Isaac Telle
Cassidy Anderson
Alyssa Christopherson
Elizabeth Goetz
Alexander Hart
Avery Horken
Magdalene Spicer
Daniel Suda
Noah Thompson
Tara Walski
Audrey Zavoral
Abigail Zwilling

7th Grade
Emma Anvinson
Greta Bethke
Jordon Coward
Madyson Hart
Nathan Holthaus
Avalon Knudson
Dawson Rohrich
Samara Zimprich

A Honor Roll

12th Grade
Brenden Bethke
Dustin Brandner
Zyan Greer
Lily Grossbauer
Sarah Kraft
Jonathon Lee
Jacob Schepp
James Votava
John White
William White

11th Grade
Lucy Bevelacqua
James Fontaine
Chenzhu Guan
Andrew Ogaard
Grace Roberts
Kaitlyn Werner

10th Grade
Anna Bevelacqua
Cloe Hanson
Jacob Kraft
Adam Sczepanski
Gage Wavra

9th Grade
Madison Armstrong
Levi Dallum
Sophie Evavold
Gianna Hollcraft
Grace Loeslie
Kobe Tomkinson
Landon Walker
Isaac Zavoral

8th Grade
Ella Adolphson
Emma Anderson
Ethan Arntson
Kelly Baatz
Breck Bloom
Anthony Burkel
Shayleigh Hanson
Estelle Kuhlman
Larissa Osowski
Justin Schepp
Onalee Shogren
Elizabeth Siemers
Lauren Tran
Haley Vonasek
Charlotte Whiting

7th Grade
Samuel Bevelacqua
Kate Cantera
Rylee Chwialkowski
Zoe Cwikla
Carter Fagerholt
Michael Gapp
Mason Nelp
Kaven Rohrich
Joseph Stagnaro
Madison Stocker
Benjamin Wharam
Benjamin White
Lilah Zavoral
Ian Evavold

B Honor Roll

12th Grade
Emma Jordet
Evan Sczepanski

11th Grade
Katie Brindamour
John Fontaine
Naomi Lee
Eric Mykleseth
Michael Suda
Luke Thompson

10th Grade
Kyra Majors
Samuel Modeen
Dustin Ringuette
Harmon Swiger

9th Grade
Samuel Brindamour
Nicholas Brundin
Avery Harsell
Clay LaBine
Tyla O’Neil
Tucker Pederson
Cullen Rohrich
Benjamin Ross
Kaden Schauer
Madison Steckman
Grace Vonesh
Maria Wharam

8th Grade
Mantana Jorgenson

7th Grade
Hunter Bailey
Shayden Brodina
Aalliyah Griggs
James Kennelly
Marlys Kvasager
Gambit Passa
Jace Schauer
Jonathon Speicher
Oscar Stagnaro
Ryan Sullivan
Jadon Tang

SHS student Amrit Bhutani takes 1st in Regional Spelling Bee

SHS student Amrit Bhutani takes 1st in Regional Spelling Bee

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Congratulations to Sacred Heart 6th grader Amrit Bhutani who took FIRST place in the Regional Spelling Bee in Thief River Falls, on February 6th at Northland Community Technical College. By placing in the top four, Amrit will now advance to the Multi-Regional Spelling Bee in Fergus Falls on February 19, 2019. We are so proud of her and how well she has represented Sacred Heart! The Scripps National Bee will take place in Washington, D.C. during Bee Week in late May. All spellers participated in a written round in the morning with the top 21 spellers advancing to an oral round in the afternoon.

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The top four spellers advancing to the Multi-Regional State Spelling Bee on February 19 in Fergus Falls include: (from left to right) Summer Goulet, Grade 8, from Crookston School District, Amrit Bhutani, Grade 6, from Sacred Heart School, East Grand Forks; Elizabeth Gust, grade 8, from Greenbush/Middle River School District, and Sydney LaVoi, Grade 8, from Bemidji School District. They compete at the State Spelling Bee in Fergus Falls at the Lakes Country Service Cooperative on February 19th.

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Amrit, took home the school level spelling bee championship in the 13th round with the correct spelling of the word hillock, an English word meaning a small natural elevation of land of a local area. She moved into the championship one-word round after successfully spelling proboscis, a Greek to Latin word meaning, the very long, flexible snout of some mammals; especially: the trunk of an elephant. Grade level representatives that participated in the bee, held on Friday, January 25th, 2019, included 5th graders: Aryan Bhutani and Brooke Cantera, 6th graders: Amrit Bhutani and Peter Dallum, 7th graders: Maddie Hart and Mason Nelp, and 8th graders: Daniel Suda and Abigail Zwilling.

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Second Quarter Honor Roll

Straight A Honor Roll

Ireland Hanson
Sarah Kraft
Jessica Remer
Gabriel Suda
Lily Zimprich
Sydney Anvinson
Katie Brindamour
Ivy Edwards
Benjamin Goetz
Mallory Howe
Maria Kroeber
Madalin Mitzel
Aaron Steckman
Aubre Bergum
Paige Brandner
Cloe Hanson
Isabella Knudson
Sydney Lloyd
Dana Walski
Gabriella Zimprich
Gianna Hollcraft
Sophia LeMire
Zachary Martin
Grace Miller
Caden Reimer
Isaac Telle
Landon Walker
Alyssa Christopherson
Elizabeth Goetz
Avery Horken
Estelle Kuhlman
Onalee Shogren
Magdalene Spicer
Daniel Suda
Audrey Zavoral
Abigail Zwilling
Emma Anvinson
Kate Cantera
Jordon Coward
Madyson Hart
Nathan Holthaus
Avalon Knudson
Dawson Rohrich
Madison Stocker

A Honor Roll

Brenden Bethke
Dustin Brandner
Jiejun Chen
Lily Grossbauer
Emma Jordet
Jacob Schepp
Evan Sczepanski
John White
Lucy Bevelacqua
Macyn Bloom
Chenzhu Guan
Andrew Ogaard
Grace Roberts
Adam Shea
Michael Suda
Anna Bevelacqua
Jacob Kraft
Kyra Majors
Dustin Ringuette
Harmon Swiger
Beau Votava
Gage Wavra
Andrew Cantera
Levi Dallum
Sophie Evavold
Samuel Gapp
Clay LaBine
Grace Loeslie
Benjamin Ross
Madison Steckman
Kobe Tomkinson
Isaac Zavoral
Ella Adolphson
Cassidy Anderson
Emma Anderson
Ethan Arntson
Kelly Baatz
Breck Bloom
Shayleigh Hanson
Alexander Hart
Mantana Jorgenson
Justin Schepp
Noah Thompson
Lauren Tran
Haley Vonasek
Tara Walski
Charlotte Whiting
Greta Bethke
Samuel Bevelacqua
Rylee Chwialkowski
Zoe Cwikla
Carter Fagerholt
Michael Gapp
James Kennelly
Kaven Rohrich
Benjamin Wharam
Benjamin White
Lilah Zavoral
Samara Zimprich

B Honor Roll

John Bergman
Abigail Brouillard
Ian Evavold
Alexis Goetz
Zyan Greer
Jonathon Lee
III Ortiz
William Rohrich
James Votava
James Fontaine
John Fontaine
Naomi Lee
Eric Mykleseth
Kaitlyn Werner
Adam Sczepanski
Madison Armstrong
Hunter Baker
Samuel Brindamour
Nicholas Brundin
Avery Harsell
Tucker Pederson
Cullen Rohrich
Kaden Schauer
Grace Vonesh
Maria Wharam
Peter Gergen
Julia Lee
Samantha Mondry
Mark Novak
Larissa Osowski
Elizabeth Siemers
Aalliyah Griggs
Marlys Kvasager
Mason Nelp
Jace Schauer
Ryan Sullivan
Jadon Tang

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First Quarter Honor Roll

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Congratulations to our First Quarter Honor Roll students in 7-12th at SHS!

Straight A Honor Roll

12th Grade
Jiejun Chen
Jessica Remer
Gabriel Suda
Lily Zimprich

11th Grade
Sydney Anvinson
Macyn Bloom
Ivy Edwards
Benjamin Goetz
Mallory Howe
Maria Kroeber
Madalin Mitzel
Aaron Steckman

10th Grade
Aubre Bergum
Paige Brandner
Isabella Knudson
Sydney Lloyd
Dana Walski
Gabriella Zimprich

9th Grade
Gianna Hollcraft
Sophia LeMire
Zachary Martin
Isaac Telle

8th Grade
Cassidy Anderson
Breck Bloom
Alyssa Christopherson
Elizabeth Goetz
Avery Horken
Justin Schepp
Onalee Shogren
Magdalene Spicer
Noah Thompson
Lauren Tran
Haley Vonasek
Tara Walski
Audrey Zavoral
Abigail Zwilling

7th Grade
Emma Anvinson
Greta Bethke
Jordon Coward
Carter Fagerholt
Madyson Hart
James Kennelly
Avalon Knudson
Dawson Rohrich
Madison Stocker
Samara Zimprich

A Honor Roll

12th Grade
Brenden Bethke
Zyan Greer
Lily Grossbauer
Ireland Hanson
Emma Jordet
Sarah Kraft
Jonathon Lee
Oscar Ortiz III
Jacob Schepp
Evan Sczepanski
John White

11th Grade
Lucy Bevelacqua
Katie Brindamour
James Fontaine
John Fontaine
Chenzhu Guan
Andrew Ogaard
Grace Roberts
Kaitlyn Werner

10th Grade
Anna Bevelacqua
Cloe Hanson
Jacob Kraft
Kyra Majors
Adam Sczepanski
Harmon Swiger
Beau Votava

9th Grade
Madison Armstrong
Andrew Cantera
Levi Dallum
Sophie Evavold
Samuel Gapp
Victoria Keller
Clay LaBine
Grace Loeslie
Grace Miller
Caden Reimer
Cullen Rohrich
Benjamin Ross
Madison Steckman
Grace Vonesh
Landon Walker

8th Grade
Ella Adolphson
Emma Anderson
Ethan Arntson
Kelly Baatz
Anthony Burkel
Shayleigh Hanson
Alexander Hart
Estelle Kuhlman
Eli Sczepanski
Elizabeth Siemers
Daniel Suda
Charlotte Whiting

7th Grade
Samuel Bevelacqua
Kate Cantera
Rylee Chwialkowski
Zoe Cwikla
Aalliyah Griggs
Nathan Holthaus
Mason Nelp
Kaven Rohrich
Joseph Stagnaro
Benjamin Wharam
Lilah Zavoral

B Honor Roll

12th Grade
Dustin Brandner
Abigail Brouillard
Ian Evavold
Alexis Goetz
William Rohrich
William White

11th Grade
Eric Mykleseth
Adam Shea
Luke Thompson
10th Grade
Samuel Modeen
Dustin Ringuette
Gage Wavra

9th Grade
Samuel Brindamour
Nicholas Brundin
Avery Harsell
Tyla O’Neil
Tucker Pederson
Kobe Tomkinson
Maria Wharam
Isaac Zavoral

8th Grade
Peter Gergen
Mantana Jorgenson
Julia Lee
Samantha Mondry
Mark Novak
Larissa Osowski

7th Grade
Hunter Bailey
Shayden Brodina
Jade Donnell
Michael Gapp
Marlys Kvasager
Jace Schauer
Oscar Stagnaro
Jadon Tang
Isabel Vonesh
Ella Werner
Benjamin White

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Brooks Bollinger speaks to students as part of DAY ONE festivities

DSC_0115For Sacred Heart students in grades 5-12th the first day of school culminated in a visit from quarterback and Grand Forks local Brooks Bollinger. Bollinger shared his path through life and called on students to be the best versions of themselves. He spoke about his own career and faith journey asking students to “be relentless about your path.” He also encouraged students to realize how lucky they are to be at a place like Sacred Heart and to be thoughtful about their time at Sacred Heart. “Leave your mark on this place.” Bollinger reflected on his time at St. Michael’s Catholic School and later as an athlete at Grand Forks Central and beyond remarking on how his Catholic faith in practice did not need to be separate from his goals in life. “I understood before I could lead others I had to lead myself.” He reminded Sacred Heart students that it is up to them to decide what it is they value and understand that decisions they choose to make today reflect on those values.

DSC_0075Brooks Bollinger is a former American football quarterback and current coach. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin. Bollinger has also been a member of the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Florida Tuskers. Bollinger played quarterback for Central High School in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He played in every game while attending the school and passed for 40 touchdowns and ran for 19 more. He was also drafted twice in 2000 and 2001 by the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

Bollinger is the fourth guest speaker brought to Sacred Heart for the school’s DAY ONE activities.

Previous speakers include

  • 2017 – Olympian Laurie Hernandez
  • 2016 – “Remember the Titans” Coach Herman Boone and
  • 2015 former Minnesota Viking, Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens and current Director of Player Development for the National Football, Matt Birk.
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Sacred Heart breaks ground on new $3M addition

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With the recent growth in enrollment, Sacred Heart School broke ground on a new $3M addition in June. Construction is set to begin over the summer of 2018 and continue through 2019. The new seven classroom addition will be open to students starting in the fall of 2019.

Sacred Heart School, with the support of donors as a part of the New Day Campaign, has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. The school maintains Personalized Education Profiles for all students in gr. 6–12, has implemented a new school leadership structure, increased faculty salary compensation and added funding for advanced degrees for faculty, added six on-site dual college credit courses for students, increased tuition revenue collection, created a full-time marketing and admissions position, and started the Sacred Heart Foundation 501(c)(3) to help supplement education costs and manage scholarships and endowments.

In just five years, Preschool-12th enrollment is up 30%, with an expected increase of over 100 students by Fall 2018. The school expects to host double sections of all grades except 4th, 5th, 10th, and 12th when school resumes this fall.

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With recent growth, Sacred Heart has tried to squeeze every bit of space out of the current structure, converting areas meant for other purposes into classroom space. The upper grade level of the present school building has already lost three full classrooms, and subdivided another classroom into two as the school tries to accommodate the expanding enrollment. “The need for more classroom space has become a limiting factor in our offerings at Sacred Heart,” says School President Carl Adolphson, “If we want to continue our growth and academic excellence we need more space.” A growing student body has now created a bottle-neck as students progress to the upper grades.

“We keep getting calls about enrollment,” says Jen MacLeod Koller ‘02, the school’s Admission Director. “Our Preschool and Kindergartens are full at 40, capped, and at the point of having waitlists, with 6th, 7th, and a few other grades not far behind.”

With the understanding that the school will run out of space after the coming year, the Sacred Heart Foundation has been working on financing an addition and was recently awarded a generous $2.5 million dollar matching grant from the Engelstad Family Foundation to be used towards new construction. “They certainly didn’t have to do this for Sacred Heart. But, they did,” says School Superintendent, Msgr. Mike Foltz. “The Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways and we will honor their gift by making Sacred Heart School the best it can be.”

The Sacred Heart Foundation plans to Seize this Moment

The Sacred Heart Foundation will have to raise a matching $500,000 by December 31st, 2018, to secure the $2.5M dollar grant. The Foundation concluded that this would be an opportunity to build upon this generosity as the school had just finished off the New Day Campaign nearly two years ago. “After generating $6M from scratch going back to 2013 we pondered the practicality of launching another campaign,” says Sacred Heart Foundation Chair Dan Zavoral ‘93. With the a new addition structure comes a need for additional staff, maintenance costs, increased faculty salaries, and additional subsidization for scholarships and tuition assistance for current and new students. The Foundation has grouped these needs together into the Seize this Moment Campaign.
On February 12th, 2018, the Sacred Heart Foundation Board, Finance Council, Pastoral Council, and School Advisory Council met in a joint session to discuss options for growth and acceptance of the $2.5M dollar grant offer, as well as the $7M Seize this Moment Campaign Plan. All four groups unanimously endorsed the plan to construct the addition and move forward with the Campaign.

On May 2nd, the Sacred Heart Foundation hosted a campaign kick off event detailing the campaign’s intentions. The first objective is constructing six new classrooms and a commons area on the south end of the current school at an estimated cost of $3M using the $2.5M match and raising $500,000. The school plans to cap enrollment at two sections of each grade K-12 with 40–50 per grade level. “Projections indicate we can continue to fill second sections,” says Adolphson.

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When the new addition opens for students in the fall of 2019, it will be dedicated to the Sisters of Mount St. Benedict. “Sacred Heart School would not have been possible nor would it have flourished without the dedicated leadership of the Sisters of Mount Saint Benedict,” says Foundation Executive Director Dennis P. DeMers ‘66. “Dedicating this addition to them is a fitting and appropriate way of recognizing the multi-generational influence these gifted women have had on our parish.”

Adding capacity in the elementary enables the school to reclaim space lost in the high school and allows more students to be able to filter into various class offerings in grades 7-12th. Filling upper level seats makes the entire enterprise more cost-efficient and allows more scheduling options to make the high school experience more attractive.

“We need to continue on our current trajectory financially and in enrollment growth to meet our long-term goals,” says Adolphson. School Administration recognizes there are some challenges associated with adding onto the present structure of Sacred Heart School. “By raising additional funds beyond the $3M cost of the new addition,” explains Adolphson, “we will be able to extend our growth time allowing students to grow and fill the high school, fund current and future building maintenance needs, and keep us on our current path to ensure Sacred Heart School is here for the next 100+ years!”

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The growing desire of a Catholic education option is not something limited to Sacred Heart. Superintendent Msgr. Mike Foltz has noticed a changing tide in interest in Catholic education in the Greater Grand Forks area. “It has been a great experience for me these past five years in collaborating with the Pastors of Holy Family, St. Mary’s and St. Michael’s to grow our Catholic schools,” says Foltz. “It is our vision and hope that we will, in the not too distant future, have all of our schools full and have a waiting list.”

With that goal in mind, Foltz is optimistic about the future. “We will continue to partner through the Grand Cities Catholic School Committee to enhance our collaboration with our leadership, teachers and staff,” says Msgr. Mike Foltz. “When we keep the focus on Christ and the students all things are possible.”