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Alumna/Alumnus of the Year

The 17th annual Alumnus & Alumna of the Year Award recognizes distinguished graduates of our school who are strong supporters of Catholic Education, have excelled in their vocation and are involved in their parish and community.

2017 Alumnus and Alumna of the Year

Recognized as the 2017 Alumnus and Alumna of the Year were Todd ‘85 and Lisa Cielocha ’85) Duren. This award recognizes distinguished graduates of our school who are strong supporters of Catholic Education, have excelled in their vocation and are involved in their parish and community. Todd has served on the Scotus board of education for 9 years—one year as the board president. He is the current alumni basketball tourney committee chairman and past president of the Shamrock Club. Lisa is a 1985 Spirit of Scotus award winner. She served 2 years on the Scotus board of education just before Todd became involved; she’s a member of the alumnae volleyball committee, Scotus Mothers Club and a past Scotus cheerleading sponsor. As a couple, the Duren’s are past Gala co-chairs, current Gala silent auction co-chairs, Godparents for the God Parent Program and they have been parish co-chairs for many SEF fund drives. In their parish, they are both EMHCs, participate in Adoration and are past chairpersons of the St. Anthony bazaar. Lisa is a St. Anthony’s preschool teacher, and a member of the St. Theresa Sodality. Todd is a past president of the St. Anthony Home & School, past member of the St. Anthony’s parish council and he is a member of the Knights of Columbus. Todd is the president of Columbus Hydraulics Co. The couple’s three children and all Scotus graduates: Anthony in 2009, Morgan in 2011 and Jared in 2015.

 

Criteria for Selection:
• Support of Catholic Education (volunteer, financial, sending children to, etc)
• Excellence in their vocation as a parent, professional or clergy member
• Civic involvement (leadership and voluntary involvement, club memberships, etc.)
• Parish involvement

Alumnus/na of Year Inductees/ Induction Year/ Graduation Year
Fr. Damien Zuerlein/ 2000 /1973
Carroll Melliger/ 2001/ 1941
Sr. Christine Hayes/ 2002/ 1951
Joe Tooley/ 2003/ 1955
Mike Moser/ 2004/ 1969
Karen Gdowski Mroczek/ 2005/ 1973
Fr. Jeff Loseke/ 2006/ 1992
Gregg Melliger/ 2007/ 1975
Al Niedbalski/ 2008/ 1971
Linda Schrad Levos/ 2009/ 1975
Tony & Phyl (Foltz) Zabawa/ 2010/ 1942 & 1942
Mike & Agne (Placzek) Pickhinke/ 2011/ 1950
Bill and Linda Vobril Kosch/ 2012/ 1968, 1968
Tim and Amy (Maguire) Harrington/ 2013/ 1977, 1978
Jeanne Kopetzky DeRuyscher/ 2014/ 1971
Gerry and Kathy (Kurtenbach) Engelbert/ 2015/ Honorary, 1958
Todd and Lisa (Cielocha) Duren/ 2017/1985

If you would like to nominate a Shamrock graduate for the Alumna/Alumnus of the Year Award, please send your nomination to the: Scotus Development Office, 1554 18 Ave, Columbus NE 68601 or by E-mail at jschueth@esu7.org. (Alumna is for women and Alumnus is for men)

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