Evening of Excellence

Since 2011, Catholic Central High School has been blessed to recognize and celebrate 27 honorees (see below) at its Evening of Excellence Gala, a celebration of leaders in our Catholic Central community.

2019 Evening of Excellence Tuesday, April 30th. More information to come! 

Help us celebrate 2019 Evening of Excellence by nominating someone in the Catholic Central community that deserves to be recognized.  Click Here to print and fill out a nomination form and return to Catholic Central’s main office or Click Here for an online nomination form.

*All nomination submissions must be turned in by December 14th. 


2019 Award Categories

Distinguished Alumni Award

The distinguished alumni award is given to an alumnus/alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field of endeavor.

Distinguished Alumni Award recipient criteria include:

  • Being an alumna or alumnus of Catholic Central High School.
  • Manifesting a Catholic commitment that reflects honor on Catholic Central High School.
  • Significant achievements within his or her work and/or life endeavor that contribute to service for others.

Dominican Spirit Award

The Dominican Spirit Award is given to a person who exhibits the values of St. Dominic, patron saint of the Order of Preachers, otherwise known as the Dominican Order. As a founder of many schools and convents, St. Dominic’s life and service to children and the materially poor, is well known. This honor is bestowed on an individual whose professional and/or personal life reflects the attributes of freedom, protection, charity, and apostolic zeal.

Criteria include:

  • Contributing toward the formation of individuals to reach their fullest possible development of their God-given talents.
  • Being charitable with his or her talents and expertise to effect change in the world.
  • Being well-formed as an Apostolic instrument in the service of others.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Catholic Central Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual or couple who, throughout their lives, have demonstrated a strong commitment to Catholic faith and education; thus honoring the principles upon which Dominicans helped found Catholic Central High School more than a century ago.

Lifetime Achievement Award recipients:

  • Demonstrate a life of service to God and people.
  • Make significant contributions to society as leaders in business, civic and parish life.
  • Demonstrate the promotion of Dominican educational charism/values.
  • Inspire others to carry on/promote the Dominican educational charism.

Emerging Leader Award (NEW) 

The Emerging Leader Award honors an alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated significant leadership, initiative, and responsibility in his or her first ten years after graduating from Catholic Central High School. The award recipient’s life and work reflect a Christian spirit that exhibits the school’s core values, making a lasting contribution to the lives of others in his or her early career. The recipient of the Emerging Leader Award provides a living example to inspire not only our student body but also the wider Catholic Central community.

Questions? Contact Tressa Brondyke at 616-233-5851 or tressabrondyke@grcatholiccenral.org



Evening of Excellence Past Honorees

  • Mary Panek ’78 – Dominican Spirit Award 2018
  • Marty Allen ’54 – Distinguished Alumni Award 2018
  • Jim Brady ’62 – Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
  • Cheryl Lambert – Teacher of the Year
  • Lew Clingman (’65) – Distinguished Alumni Award 2017
  • Sr. Katrina Hartman, OP, PH.D. – Dominican Spirit Award 2017
  • Dr. Paul (’64) and Patty Korte – Lifetime Achievement Award 2017
  • Mike Neuman ’63 – Distinguished Alumni Award 2016
  • Sandy and John Vesbit – Dominican Spirit Award 2016
  • Dr. William and Mary Passinault ’54 – Lifetime Achievement Award 2016
  • Dr. Leonard Radecki ’61- Distinguished Alumni Award 2015
  • Dorothy Zoellner ‘46 – Dominican Spirit Award 2015
  • Fred Braun ‘51 and Joe Tierney ’51- Lifetime Achievement Award 2015
  • Sara Smolenski ’75 – Distinguished Alumni Award 2014
  • Sr. Aquinas Weber, O.P. – Dominican Spirit Award 2014
  • Lyle Morrison ’46 – Lifetime Achievement Award 2014
  • Dr. Timothy Geary, Ph.D. ’71 – Distinguished Alumni Award 2013
  • Dr. Juan Oliveraz, Ph.D. – Dominican Spirit Award 2013
  • Larry ’49 and Nancy Erhardt –Lifetime Achievement Award 2013
  • Peter Ragauss ’75 – Distinguished Alumni Award 2011
  • Darren Jackson ’82 – Dominican Spirit Award 2011
  • Sr. Robert Ann Erno – Lifetime Achievement Award 2011