The Saint Michael Catholic High School community celebrated 25 years of excellence in Catholic education with an anniversary reunion on October 11.
Current Principal Jim Whittard welcomed founding Principal Bill Walter, Director of Education John Crocco (Saint Michael’s third Principal), Paul Barchesi (fourth Principal) and Mario Ciccarelli (fifth Principal) to the event. Former Vice-Principals (and current Superintendents of Education) Lee Ann Forsyth-Sells and Ted Farrell, Glenn Gifford (current Principal of Lakeshore Catholic High School) and Andrew Bartley (current Vice-Principal of Denis Morris Catholic High School) also attended.
Several other dignitaries took part in the celebration, including Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, Niagara Catholic Trustees Frank Fera and Ed Nieuwesteeg and Niagara Falls Member of Provincial Parliament Wayne Gates (a proud Mustang parent). It was also attended by current and former students and staff.
The celebration began with a Mass at the school, celebrated by Father Donald Lizotti and Father Peter Rowe. The offerings for the day were non-perishable items, which were part of the school’s Thanksgiving food drive.
Two football games took place in the afternoon: The Saint Michael Mustangs met the Holy Cross Raiders on the field, and an alumni game featured Mustangs from the 90s playing against Mustangs from the early 2000s.
Hundreds of people attended the Mustang Round-Up Saturday evening, many wearing their old football jackets, graduation hoodies and graduation rings.
The celebration also gave guests the opportunity to tour the $6.1-million expansion and renovation of Saint Michael Catholic High School, which will officially be blessed in February.
Thank you to all those who participated in the organization of the event, those who donated memorabilia and those who attended. It was certainly a day to remember!