Montgomery Catholic holds groundbreaking for new gym


Photos: Top (L-R) – Justin Castanza, Gwendolyn P. Byrd, Earl Ryser, Archbishop of Mobile Thomas J. Rodi, Anne Ceasar,  and Michele Manry prepare for the groundbreaking ceremony.

Special to The Indy

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s athletics and performing arts departments are getting a major boost thanks to a $3.5 million capital campaign. The school is pleased to announce the groundbreaking of a new gymnasium and renovating the current gym into a state of the art performing arts building. The event was held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the Middle/High School campus located at 5350 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, Alabama 36116.

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s capital campaign, Building on Faith, Family and Tradition raised over $3.5 million dollars in just eleven  months, allowing Montgomery Catholic to look towards the future and realize the dream of a new 31,000 square foot gymnasium with stadium seating and capacity for 800. The gym will have two regulation basketball courts, a weight room, concession area, offices, locker rooms and conference rooms. Perhaps one of the most noticeable differences for visitors will be air  conditioning-a luxury the current Father Pat Delahunty gym (built in 1968) does not have.

Special guests at the event included: the Most Reverend Thomas J. Rodi, Archbishop of Mobile; Gwendolyn P. Byrd Executive Director, Department of Catholic Education Archdiocese of Mobile; Michele Manry, Executive Director Financial Services Archdiocese of Mobile; Earl Ryser, Owner, Central Contracting, Inc.; and Anne Ceasar Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School President.

Each MCPS campus was represented with members from the SGA who participated in the signing ceremony and blessing of the building site by Archbishop Rodi. The students were: Aaron Gilbert, St. Bede Campus Student Council President; Mally Barranco, Holy Spirit Campus Student Council President; Gibson Souriya, Middle School SGA President; Paige

Rentfro, High School SGA President; and Chloe Newell, Senior Class President.

Other distinguished guests included: Reverend Victor Ingalls,

Reverend Nicholas Napolitano, Reverend Alex Valladares, Holy Spirit Campus Principal Nancy Foley, St. Bede Campus Principal Laurie Gulley, Middle School Assistant Principal Julie Wood, Athletic Director Daniel Veres, Band Director Alex Johnson,and Seawell McKee, McKee and Associates Architecture and Interior Design who were joined by the Capital Campaign volunteers, parents, students and larger Montgomery Catholic community. All were happy to witness the start of the project with Archbishop Rodi’s blessing of the work site.

“Along with building a new gym, plans also include converting the current gymnasium into a dedicated performing arts building to enhance the performing arts program. This area will be completely remodeled and create critically needed practice, storage and office space for our highly regarded band program and emerging choral program. More space means students will be able to better focus on all aspects of their practice. It will also increase the breadth of our performing arts program to include a state-of-the-art choral/drama classroom. This will allow us to provide a vibrant and supportive environment for current and future students with an affinity for the performing arts. A high school student lounge and meeting space will also be added looking onto the courtyard, giving Montgomery Catholic students a comfortable meeting space on campus,” said Ceasar.

Founded in 1873, by the Sisters of Loretto Montgomery Catholic Preparatory school celebrates 144 years of Catholic education in Montgomery this month. Founded as an all girl’s school, St. Mary of Loretto became co-educational in 1929. The high school moved to its current location in 1965. The last expansion at the campus was in 2007 with the addition of the Dolly Barranco Student Activity Center and Cafeteria. Today, Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School is a K4-12 college preparatory program, with an average student enrollment of 800 at three campuses in Montgomery

SU students get hands on lessons in music appreciation

Success Unlimited Academy High School Music Appreciation class offers a mixed class of 9th through 12th graders the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of musical genres while learning basic music chords for performance. Through music history, theory and ear-training, students learn to play Rock and Roll, Blues and Popular songs to Christmas standards. The class also offers a platform for students like JaCobe Ray and Scott Gardner to use their advanced musical skills to serve as a ‘teacher’s assistant’ – while earning class credit. The classes perform each semester during the school’s winter and spring concerts.

Macon East Home Sweet Homecoming

“Home Sweet Homecoming” was the theme of this year’s Homecoming week, September 18-22.  The SGA sponsored events each night including a boys volleyball tournament and the Jr./Sr. powder puff football game.  Each school day students dressed up for theme days such as home for the holidays, homerun day, and spirit day.  The week was full of fun and excitement and culminated on Friday with a school wide tailgate party, parade, and crowning of the 2017 Homecoming queen.  The Knights hosted the Wildcats of Springwood for the big game and easily defeated them 34-7.  At halftime the Homecoming attendants were escorted onto the football field by their fathers/escorts and Madison McKee was crowned as queen.  The 2017 attendants were Hannah Kate Hodges (7th), Ali Churchwell (8th), Mary Hunter Wright (9th), Kayla Boroff, Spencer Lindemood (10th), Annslie Gourlay, Ellie Kate Wilkerson, Anne Auston Wright (11th), Katie Jo Dickey, Jaycee Cook-McCollum, Madison McKee, and Taylor Watkins (12th).  Following Friday’s win, upper school students celebrated on Saturday night at the Homecoming Masquerade dance.  Many thanks to the Student Government Association and President, Katie Jo Dickey on all the hard work put into a successful 2017 Homecoming.