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First Quarter Honor Roll


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


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.

Sacred Heart breaks ground on new $3M addition


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.

GraphicGrowth is a Good Problem at SHS

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.

interiorNew Addition on Campus

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!”

QuoteMsgrGrowing Catholic Education City-Wide

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.”



President’s Message, Summer 2018

ADOLPHSON, CarlThe National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) is a leading Catholic organization with a purpose to promote Catholic Schools nationwide. This organization holds a national conference every year where some of the brightest minds and strongest supporters of Catholic education gather to help reinvigorate attendees and celebrate our mission. Catholic school educators believe first and foremost in the importance of educating the whole child. We encourage children to live their faith, learn to serve others, and most importantly trust in Jesus, our Savior.

In my office I have a poster from the NCEA titled, “Why Choose Catholic Schools?,” which highlights the following reasons:

• We offer an education that combines Catholic faith and teachings with academic excellence.
• We partner with parents in the faith formation of their children.
• We instill in students the value of service to others.
• We set high standards for student achievement and help them succeed.
• We provide a balanced academic curriculum that integrates faith, culture and life.
• We use technology effectively and in a balanced way to enhance education.
• We teach children respect of self and others.
• We emphasize moral development and self-discipline.
• We prepare students to be productive citizens and future leaders with strong communication skills.
• We cultivate a faculty and staff of people who are dedicated, caring, and believe in our students and mission.
• We provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.

The greater Grand Forks area residents are blessed to have such strong Catholic school options here in our city. The 11 reasons listed above from the NCEA are a great start, but if a friend, relative, neighbor, or colleague asked you “Why Catholic School?” what would you say? It’s my hope that you would not only mention some of the items listed above, but also add many others. Why Sacred Heart School? For most of us the short list above is only the beginning.

Have a great summer!

God Bless,

Carl Adolphson
Sacred Heart School President


Students Recognized as part of 100+ Hours of Service Challenge


Beginning in the fall of 2016, in conjunction with the school’s philosophy to foster students to become “citizens who are responsive to the needs of society,” Sacred Heart School set the expectation that each student in grade nine through twelve, will accumulate 100 hours of Christian Service prior to graduation. The expectation is that each student, starting in grade nine, will accumulate their service hours with a goal to perform 25 hours of service at school or in the community each year. Our hope is that each student will set as his/her goal a total of 100 hours prior to graduation. Students will not be required to achieve the hours to graduate, however, the students who accomplish the 100 hours will receive recognition in the graduation program and the honor to wear a white honor cord with their graduation apparel. The following student have met the 25 hours per year goal set for the grade they are currently enrolled.

Following each student’s name is an account of the amount of service hours they have completed.

25 Hours of Service Goal by End of Freshman Year
Paige Brandner (50)
Isabella Knudson (47)
Sydney Lloyd (121)
Dustin Ringuette (49)
Adam Sobolik (37.5)
Dana Walski (29)
Jack Zavoral (33)
Gabriella Zimprich (106)

50 Hours of Service Goal by End of Sophomore Year
Macyn Bloom (61)
Katie Brindamour (172)
Ivy Edwards (86)
Benjamin Goetz (84)
Caden Knutsvig (53)
Mallory Howe (112)
Madalin Mitzel (75)
Aaron Steckman (63)
Kaitlyn Werner (178)

75 Hours of Service Goal by End of Junior Year
Abby Brouillard (84)
Jiejun Chen (86)
Zyan Greer (104)
Jessica Remer (89.75)
William Rohrich (100)
James Votava (113)
John White (83)
Lily Zimprich (160.73)

75 Hours of Service Goal by End of Senior Year (White Service Cords at Graduation)
Abby Anderson (83)
Jaxon Bergum (80.5)
Chelsea Greer (200)
Hannah Hollcraft (78.5)
Lauryn Larson (82)
Jordan Tomkinson (78)
Kloe Wavra (241.75)
Jade Zimprich (101)



Olympian Laurie Hernandez helps kick off the first day of school at SHS

Olympian Laurie Hernandez helps kick off the first day of school at SHS


For Sacred Heart students the first day of school culminated in a visit from an Olympian. Laurie Hernandez joined Sacred Heart students, sharing her faith, journey, and goals. “Everyday leads up to what you want to do.” said Hernadez. “Your future doesn’t start in 10 years, it doesn’t start in a few months. It starts right now and you get to decide where you go from here.”

DSC_0167In the moderated Q & A she shared with students her journey and her experience. Since bringing home the Gold and Silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 17-year-old Hernandez has gone on to win the coveted Mirror ball trophy on “Dancing with the Stars” Season 23. She also recently published her first book titled “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond” chronicling her journey thus far was published in January 2017, hitting the New York Times Best Sellers list. Laurie is known for her dazzling floor exercise routine where she has been nicknamed the “human emoji” for her outgoing facial expressions and for her grace and artistry on the balance beam. Laurie is a second generation American, as her grandparents are from Puerto Rico, making her the first U.S. born Latina to make the U.S. team since 1984. Laurie credits her hard work, leadership skills, and her never give up attitude to her Mom, who was in the Army Reserves while Laurie was growing up.DSC_0243

Hernandez is the third guest speaker brought to Sacred Heart for the school’s DAY ONE activities. Previous speakers include 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.