Legacy Alumni Awards

About The Awards

The Catholic Memorial High School Legacy Alumni Awards Dinner is a biennial event held to celebrate alumni and friends of CMH who exemplify and sustain the CMH mission to educate, guide and prepare students to become leaders who serve the Church and the world.

Recent Legacy Alumni Award Recipients

Thank you to all attendees at the 2019 Legacy Alumni Awards to celebrate Cheryl Blackstone ’86, Bev McCarthy, Mary Petrie ’76, Ashley Miller ’01 and Meredith Johnson ’09!

It was an inspiring celebration of what it means to be a part of the CMH family and the positive impact that CMH students, alumni, parents, and alumni parents have on the

Legacy Alumni Awards Presented

The Professional Achievement Award is presented to an alumnus/a who has:

  • Reached a level of excellence in his/her career, including:
  • Professional achievement
  • Distinguished leadership
  • Service to their profession and greater community
  • Exemplified the Catholic Memorial High School mission in both his/her personal and professional life.

The Distinguished Young Alumni Award is presented to an alumnus/a who has:

  • Reached a level of professional and/or personal achievement within 15 years of graduating from Catholic Memorial High School;
  • Demonstrated service to CMH and the community;
  • Exemplified the Catholic Memorial High School mission in both his/her personal and professional life.

The Caritas Service Award is presented to an alumnus/a who has:

  • Demonstrated outstanding service to Catholic Memorial High School and the greater community through participation in:
  • Alumni programs
  • Committee membership
  • Volunteer leadership positions
  • Efforts to ensure the success of CMH
  • Various religious, civic, charitable and social causes
  • Exemplified the CMH motto of “Charity in All Things” in both his/her personal and professional life.

The Memorial Award is presented to a non-alumnus/a who has:

Demonstrated distinguished leadership and/or service to Catholic Memorial High School through:

  • Volunteering
  • Donations
  • Leading committees
  • Planning, managing and strengthening CMH events
  • Exemplified the CMH motto of “Charity in All Things” in both his/her personal and professional life.

Proceeds from the Legacy Dinner benefit the Annual Crusader Fund which benefits EVERY student at CMH and makes a CMH education accessible to more families.

Criteria for the Legacy Alumni Awards

The minimum requirements for election into the Legacy Alumni Awards are as follows:

  • Exemplifies living the Catholic Memorial High School mission in his/her personal and professional life.
  • For the Professional Achievement, Caritas Service, and Distinguished Young Alumni awards, recipients must be alumni of Catholic Memorial High School.
  • For the Distinguished Young Alumni Award, alumni must receive the award within 15 years of graduating from Catholic Memorial High School. Should the nomination not be chosen within the 15-year timeframe, the nomination will expire, and someone will need to re-nominate the person under the Professional Achievement or Caritas Service award categories.
  • For the Memorial Award, the recipient must NOT be alumni of CMH but has/have demonstrated distinguished leadership and/or service to Catholic Memorial High School. *

There are no restrictions placed on the maximum/minimum number of inductees.

Nomination forms will be kept for four years (or every two events since this is a biennial event) and reviewed if a candidate is not inducted. Nomination forms will expire after that time unless someone re-nominates them.

*Catholic Memorial High School reserves the right to remove any individual from the Legacy Alumni Awards for personal conduct which reflects discredit upon the school.

Bylaws of the Legacy Alumni Awards

Candidates for selection to the Legacy Alumni Awards shall be proposed by CMH leadership, faculty and staff, alumni, students, and friends of Catholic Memorial High School. Solicitations of recommendations shall be accomplished through CMH publications and the online nomination form.

The selection committee will accept nominations for induction of Catholic Memorial High School graduates and friends of CMH who exemplify and sustain the CMH mission to educate, guide and prepare students to become leaders who serve the Church and the world. Candidates must have distinguished themselves and, ideally, CMH in their endeavors while a student at or as an alumni or community member of Catholic Memorial High School.

The final selection of the inductees will rest with the committee which will review the proposed candidates and others the committee members might recommend.

Final inductees will be confirmed by the President of CMH.

Previous Legacy Alumni Award Winners

  • Professional Achievement Award - Cheryl Hutchinson Blackstone '86
  • ​Caritas Service Award - Mary Kuemmel Petrie '76
  • ​Distinguished Young Alumni Award - Ashley Dentice Miller '01 & Meredith Dentice Johnson '09
  • ​Memorial Award - Bev McCarthy AP ’76, ’77, ’79, ’80, ’81, ’83, ’87, Alumni Grandparent ’03
  • Professional Achievement Award - Jerry Jendusa '85
  • ​Caritas Service Award - Ann Stollenwerk Maas '77
  • ​Distinguished Young Alumni Award - Jeff Krause '03
  • ​Memorial Award - Tom & Kristi Czarnecki AP ’10, ’12, ’13
  • Professional Achievement Award - Marie Smith O’Brien ’80
  • ​Caritas Service Award - Debra Behring Schneider ’79
  • ​Distinguished Young Alumni Award - Krystina Finn ’07 (posthumous)
  • ​Memorial Award - Art & Mary Stout AP ’03, ’06, ’11
  • Professional Achievement Award - John Bunce ’67
  • ​Caritas Service Award - Mary Beth ’77 (Armstrong) and Tom Gotzler ’77
  • ​Distinguished Young Alumni Award - Matt Sabljak ’02
  • ​Memorial Award - JoAnn Krause AP ’03, ’05, ’11
  • Professional Achievement Award - Timothy Sullivan ’71
  • Caritas Service Award - Ann Marie Wick ’88
  • Distinguished Young Alumni Award - Dimas Ocampo ’97
  • Memorial Award - Mary Kinateder AP ’98, ’00, ’02
  • Professional Achievement Award - Col. Gregory J. Rosenmerkel ’84
  • Alumni Service Award - Karolyn Kneser Krueger ’69
  • Distinguished Young Alumni - Bryon Riesch ’97

Memorial Award

  • Mr. & Mrs. Larry Neuman AP ’67, ’69, ’70, ’72, ’74, ’75, ’78, ’84
  • Mr. & Mrs. M.E. (Bob) Nevins AP ’63, ’65, ’66, ’70, ’73, ’74, ’77, ’80, ’82
  • Mr. & Mrs. John Nevins AP ’71, ’73, ’75
  • Memorial Award - Pat Farrell
  • Outstanding Service to Society - Sarah Holtz ’00
  • Outstanding Service to Profession - Marty Frank
  • Outstanding Service to Memorial - Judy & Jerry Boll AP ’03, ’07, ’11
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award - Joe Vitale ’56
  • G.O.L.D. - Tara Schmitt ’00
  • Outstanding Service to Profession - Chadd Frank ’90
  • Outstanding Service to Memorial - Sandi Streit Keyser ’62
  • Outstanding Service to Society - Bobby Warns ’99 (posthumous)
  • Memorial Award - Dennis Sage AP ’83, ’85, ’93, ’98, ’04
  • G.O.L.D. - Leslie Osborne ’01
  • Outstanding Service to Profession - Tim Hanley ’74
  • Outstanding Service to Memorial - John Bisswurm ’77
  • Outstanding Service to Society - Mary Jo MacGregor ’81
  • Memorial Award - Ken Riesch AP ’96, ’97, ’01, ’05

Alumni of the year

  • 1995 Michael Desch ’78
  • 1996 Steve Gerstner ’91 (posthumous)
  • 1997 Kathleen Falk ’69
  • 1998 Hannah Dugan ’77
  • 1999 John Gabelbauer ’66
  • 2001/2002 Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
  • 2003 Jim Scrima ’61
CMH students stand in graduation gowns

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