Alumni Making News
In 2017, Dion Sims (P’09) signed with the Chicago Bears in the off-season. In
March, 2018, the Bears signed unrestricted free agent Allen Robinson (P’11),
which means the Bears now have both Sims and Robinson on their roster. Both
played together at OLSM. Now, they look to maximize their production in new
Bears head coach Matt Nagy’s offense.
A Viking Among Us
Idaho quarterback and St. Mary’s Prep alumnus, Matt Linehan (P’13), will join
the Minnesota Vikings for rookie camp. He was also inducted into the Catholic
League (CHSL) Hall of Fame.
Serving Our Country
Ben Fee (P’18) is attending the United States Naval Academy where he is also
Carter Macias (P’18) is attending the United States Military Academy at West Point where he is also playing baseball.
Cooper Anstett (P ’12), singer/songwriter, is delivering a sound all his own these days with influences from both Nashville and Los Angeles. If you search Cooper Anstett on Google, you are likely to find the following: “Growing up in the suburban confines of Detroit, Cooper is well aware of the influences of his automotive industrial hometown and its Motown, rock and hip-hop heroes. However, it was the combined early influences of Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Amos Lee, Mason Jennings and Donovan Frankenreiter that captured his attention and began his passion for songwriting. From there he has honed his own mature, rich organic vocal that is being compared to George Ezra and Sam Hunt.
More importantly, he has a knack for creating unique melodies and lyrics that imply he is just getting started.”
Anstett believes things happen for a reason and, after scoring a music deal with Digitally Sound Records, he created an EP titled, “For a Reason,” a collection of songs released in 2014. It soared up the iTunes Singer/Songwriter genre chart to No. 16 the day after it was released. In addition to live appearances, he is working toward completing a full-length album with hopes of booking a national tour soon.
AJ BlazevicAJ Blazevic (P’ 10), a 2014 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a 2nd Lieutenant in U.S. Marines, Infantry Division, and is currently serving our country in the U.S. Marines, and recently arrived in the Middle East for a six- to nine-month deployment. He is leading a group of young men from all over our nation, and helping to keep them and our country safe.
Fr. Dennis A. BoguszFr. Dennis A. Bogusz (C’ 73) is celebrating 25 years as a radio personality on WEDO 810 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He knew answering the call to the priesthood was of the utmost importance. But becoming involved in radio enabled him to extend his ministry. The chaplain of St. Anne Home, Greensburg, PA, hosts his weekly show, “Echoes of Poland,” which features polka music, a Polish hymm, Polish culture discussions and traditions, and a homily.
Reverend Anthony CamilleriReverend Anthony Camilleri (P ’95) was appointed administrator, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Newport and St. Anne Parish, Monroe, by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron. The appointment became effective January 11, 2016.
Clouse Hall of Famer Monday, March 26 was officially Sean Clouse Day at OLSM. He was inducted into the Catholic League Hall of Fame as a coach of St. Mary’s football, track, hockey, wrestling and bowling over the past 30 years. In his honor, the Prep gave students a complete dress-down day with one stipulation – students had to wear either St. Mary’s or Michigan State University gear. Among his many other accomplishments, Clouse (P’84) was a member of the 1988 MSU Rose Bowl team. The Prep celebration for the Hall of Famer and back-to-back state championship track coach also included a hot dog cookout in the quad.
Jalen Watts-JacksonJalen Watts-Jackson (P ’14), the Michigan State University reshirt freshman defensive back, made football playbook history and became an instant legend on Saturday, October 17, 2015. With only six seconds left in the state rivalry game, he made a 38-yard fumble return for the game winning touchdown over the University of Michigan, 27-23, at the Big House in Ann Arbor in front of over 100,000 fans and millions watching on major networks. The win marked the Spartan’s seventh win in eight years over the Wolverines and Watts-Jackson’s first college career touchdown. As a result of his performance, he earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week.
Andrew (Drew) Kormos
Andrew (Drew) Kormos (P’14) inked an agreement with the NAHL Titans for the 2017-18 season. The North American Hockey League is the only USA Hockey Tier II junior hockey league with over 250 NCAA commitments. Congratulations, Drew!
Ed Kulik (P ’64, C ’68, S ’72). Ed Kulik and his wife, Mary, currently live in Chicago, Illinois, his hometown, where she is retired and he is a condominium property manager.
Father J. Maciej MelaniukFather J. Maciej Melaniuk, a Senior Priest and a former pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, South Plainfield, New Jersey, was installed as an honorary Canon of the Cathedral chapter of the St. Nicholas in Kalisz, Poland. Melaniuk, who was born, raised and educated in Poland, also worked there as a physicist before moving to the U.S. in 1981 and graduating from SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary (S’ 86).
Chris McLaurin (P ‘05), a native of southeast Michigan, aims to craft innovative solutions to entrenched social ills. As a Fullbright Scholar in Johannesburg, South Africa, he developed a mentorship program for youth orphaned by AIDS and contributed to a case study on the role of civic litigation in asserting economic rights for the underserved. He has served as a parliamentary intern at the United Kingdom House of Commons and as a White House intern with the Domestic Policy Council in Washington, D.C.
In 2012, McLaurin received the Henry Luce Fellowship to work at a state-owned technology and automotive innovation investment firm in Chongqing, China. His experience as tight end for a nationally recognized U.S. college football team inspired the development of a local football team which has since rapidly evolved into the American Football League of China (AFLC), the country’s first and largest tackle football league. His role in spearheading the team’s transformation garnered widespread media attention in China and the United States, receiving front-page coverage in The New Republic and extensive commentary in other major publications. Today, McLaurin serves as the commissioner of the AFLC and as founder/director of the China-U.S. Gridiron Leaders Foundation (chinagridiron.org), a nonprofit seeking to provide a select group of American students unique insight into professional, athletic, linguistic, and cultural opportunities in China.
McLaurin received his B.A. in History with high honors from the University of Michigan in 2009 and his M.Sc. in Social Policy from the London School of Economics in 2010. He has most recently been recognized for his achievements in the AFLC and has just had his life story rights reserved by a major motion picture company. This Prep alumnus is still heavily involved in the Orchard Lake Alumni Association and serves as an alumni liaison for our association over in Asia. When in town, he takes time out of his day to come and speak to the senior class every year.
Jacob MosleyJacob Mosley (P ’12) is proof that hardship, determination and persistence pay off. In a People magazine online exclusive, “Michigan Teen Caddied His Way Out of Homelessness: ‘Caddying Saved My Life,’” the 21-year-old Prep alumnus shared how caddying was his ticket out of homelessness and his way to get to college. When his single mother lost her job in 2007, he watched the family belongings tossed out of their apartment and onto the street, forcing them into motels, homeless shelters and friends’ basements. Eight years ago, at the mere age of 13, he looked into the Western Golf Association’s Evans Scholars Foundation – a program that provides full housing and tuition scholarships to deserving caddies across the country – and got a job. Today, he is a senior at Michigan State University majoring in marketing. Upon graduation, he hopes to secure a job in a marketing company and ultimately, find a way to help provide houses to homeless families.
Thomas OppatThomas Oppat, former St. Mary’s Prep math and theology teacher and head of campus ministries, became Shrine High School’s new principal for the 2015-16 academic year. Oppat considers the students and staff his extended family.
Hubert Payne (P’ 01), a professional drummer who has played with artists such as Little Big Town and Josh Gracin, performed before the NFC Championship game in Charlotte, NC on January 24, 2016 in the game between the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers.
Jeff Petry (H ‘06),former Prep hockey player, signed a contract extension to play professional hockey with the Montreal Canadiens for $33 million over six years. The 27-year-old defenseman, Michigan State alumnus and son of former Detroit Tigers pitcher Dan Petry is recognized by Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin as a solid defenseman with speed and size – a very good fit that brings a great deal of depth to the organization. Petry, who considers himself a good first passer, and his wife agreed he would stay with the team because it truly feels like the right place to be. Petry formerly played for Edmunton.
Father Walter Ptak
Father Walter Ptak (C’83), celebrates his 30th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood in 2017. Father Wally, a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, is a former Regent of the Orchard Lake Schools and a Trustee of the Seminary. Assigned to Orchard Lake in 1991, he provided leadership for the St. Mary's College Program of Priestly Formation, along with serving as administrative assistant to the rector of SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary (1991-92). He returned to the Seminary as Dean of Human Formation (2013-17). He remains active as a member of the Ambassadors Cabinet and Chancellor's Senate, and begins a new pastorate July 1, 2017 at St. Sebastian Parish, Dearborn Heights, Michigan.
Allen Robinson (P ’11), Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver, played in the NFL Pro Bowl in place of Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
Patrick Sieloff PatrickPatrick Sieloff was a student at the Prep and left OLSM after his sophomore year to pursue his dream of playing in the NHL. Wearing #50 for the Calgary Flames, he recently accomplished this dream and had a memento to take home after the game. Sieloff scored the go-ahead goal in his first NHL game, leading the team to a 2-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild on April 9. His younger brother, Joey, is a 2014 Prep graduate.
Marcus SheenaMarcus Sheena (P’ 13) joined the St. Mary’s Preparatory Theology department while Mr. Hill took a leave of absence to discern a calling to the priesthood. Sheena is currently studying finance at Oakland University and taking theology classes at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
Ian Silveira (P ’08), a former Prep Crew oarsman who chose the sport in high school after a friend encouraged him to try it, is a West Bloomfield native residing in Princeton, New Jersey, and is affiliated with the USRowing Training Center in Princeton. The 6’3” athlete, a 2012 graduate of Princeton University (Sociology), says his most memorable sporting achievement thus far is finishing fourth in the quadruple sculls at the 2012 World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Dion Sims (P’09) just signed a three-year contract as a Free Agent with the Chicago Bears of the NFL.
David TalleyDavid Talley (P’12), a former member of the Prep’s varsity football team and a Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Lakers linebacker (#7), is also a 2017 GVSU graduate who just signed as an undrafted Free Agent with the Green Bay Packers.
Fr. Timothy Whalen
Fr. Timothy Whalen (P ’70), Chancellor-Emeritus of the Orchard Lake Schools, is pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw, Pennsylvania 15116, as of July 13, 2015. He currently serves the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. He was also the 2016 recipient of the Fidelitas Medal.
Father Luke WillenbergFather Luke Willenberg, CH (CPT), USA, Second Battalion Chaplain of the 3rd Brigade, 82 Airborne Division’s 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (S’ 08), a Catholic priest from the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, captured the record for the fastest 12-mile foot march by any soldier ever recorded to have graduated from the U.S. Army’s elite DeGlopper Air Assault School in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. On February 19, 2016, he completed the pre-dawn march in one hour, 42 minutes. At 34, this was the final test in a challenging 10-day training class of 100 soldiers, 35 of which did not even graduate the “Go” or “No Go” system, also referred to as the “10 hardest days of the Army.” A native of Poland, Fr. Lukasz Willenberg attributes his success to spiritual, physical, mental, technical and moral resilience.
Rowland Zhang (P ’12) posted photos on Facebook from his trip to see Pope Francis in Washington, D.C. His comment: “Ready for #PopeinDC”