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  • Student Spotlight: Phillip Kozenski '18

    This week our Spotlight shines on two brothers who are taking full advantage of their time at Scecina to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Mitchell ’16 and Phillip Kozenski ’18 are both President’s Academic Excellence Award Winners and Scholar Athletes. They are the sons of Kathy Lamb Kozenski, who graduated from Purdue University and works in education, and Thomas Kozenski, an airline pilot trained in Colorado. The family attends Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Sophomore Phillip Kozenski is a two time President’s Academic Excellence Award Winner and a two time Scholar Athlete honoree. He takes a wide variety of challenging courses, and maintains a 4.21 G.P.A. He is also a member of the Crusader’s Boys Tennis Team. ... Read More

  • Student Spotlight: Mitchell Kozenski '16

    This week our Spotlight shines on two brothers who are taking full advantage of their time at Scecina to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Mitchell ’16 and Phillip Kozenski ’18 are both President’s Academic Excellence Award Winners and Scholar Athletes. They are the sons of Kathy Lamb Kozenski, who graduated from Purdue University and works in education, and Thomas Kozenski, an airline pilot trained in Colorado. The family attends Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Senior Mitchell Kozenski is passionate about building robots, planes, any many other machines. Mitchell has chosen to continue his education at the prestigious Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where he will study Mechanical Engineering. ... Read More

  • Scecina Alum named as 'missionary of mercy'

    A 1985 Scecina alum, Father Joseph Moriarty, has been chosen to serve as a “missionary of mercy” for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. He was chosen by Pope Francis. He joins 1,070 other men worldwide that includes only 125 in the United States! ...Read More




  • Scecina Gymnastics team finding success in their second season

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    In just their second competitive season, the Crusader gymnastics program has doubled in size, adding two new gymnasts and a student manager to their ranks. Returning to lead the team are Mary O’Connor '17 and Molly Griffin '18, who played an integral part in bringing gymnastics to Scecina for the first time during the 2014-15 school year. Newcomers Peyton Egan and Bridget Delaney, both seniors, have added depth and experience to the team. ... Read More

  • We're listening to you

    President Joe Therber


    To help Scecina move forward on a positive note, we like to gauge our community’s thoughts about the quality of a Scecina education.

    Each year we survey our parents, students, and staff, as part of our Net Promoter Score survey. To parents, we ask one simple question: “As a parent, how likely is it that you would recommend Scecina Memoria High School to your family, friends, and colleagues?” I’m happy to report that Scecina’s average Net Promoter Score from our most recent Parent and Guardian Survey is ...Read More

  • Student Spotlight: Zach Burck '16

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Senior Zach Burck has sought out unique moments to learn by taking full advantage of Scecina's diverse curriculum. He plays men's volleyball and is a member of Scecina's reigning ICC Conference champion Academic Super Bowl team. He plans to study accounting at ... Read More

  • Art students focus on their classmates' portraits

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    People walking the halls of Scecina this week will notice an artistic addition to the rotunda on the main floor. Advanced Art students from Mr. Paul Sinclair’s drawing and painting class are displaying their first project of the spring semester: portraits of their classmates in pencil and pastel. The students b...... Read More

  • Alumni Spotlight: Angela M. (Grigsby) Espada '79

    By Rose Timpe

    Angela Espada, a 1979 graduate of Scecina Memorial High School, is a leader in our community and was the first in her family to attend college and later law school. She has inspired countless future leaders throughout Indianapolis and beyond. Angela attributes her four years at Scecina and the guidance of two wonderful nuns, Sister Dolores Jean Nellis and Sister Lavonne Long, with aiding her in pursuing her dreams of a higher education ...Read More

  • January Crusaders of the Month

    Each month students are acknowledged for displaying one or more of the values of Scecina Memorial High School, vocation, servant leadership, stewardship, and excellence. These students are nominated by teachers and staff as the Crusaders of the Month. The January Crusaders of the Month are... Read More.



  • Student Spotlight: Abby Woida '18

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Scecina sophomore Abby Woida tackles high-level academic coursework, varsity athletics, and many co-curricular activities, including varsity soccer and competitive cheerleading, as well as clubs. You would think she didn't have time for much else. But this ambitious young woman also is busy outside of school hours, including ... Read More

  • Basketball team celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    The Scecina Crusaders girls basketball team spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016 celebrating the legacy and life of the famed civil rights leader. They participated in special programs at the Indiana Historical Society and also performed service through ... Read More

  • Alumni Appreciation Night added to Red and Gold Week

    By Beth Murphy

    Scecina hosted another great Red and Gold basketball game, including a popular new twist: Besides the traditional appearance of the Red and Gold Court, and the naming of the king and queen, Scecina also held its first Alumni Appreciation Night on Jan. 9. Several alumni took the pre-game tour of the school, led by Scecina cheerleaders. The alumni, including...Read More

  • March for Life trip takes a detour

    President Joe Therber


    This week we pray for a safe return home for our 24 students and the faculty chaperones who traveled to Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life. Due to a forecasted snowstorm, the chaperones decided for the students’ safety that Scecina’s Crusaders for Life should leave Washington before the march. But the students still had an educational experience with visits to historical sites in Philadelphia and in ...Read More

  • Student Spotlight: Michaela Heil '16

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Senior Michaela Heil is an outstanding varsity cheerleader, a mainstay in the Scecina music department, and a perennial high honor roll student. During her time at Scecina she has challenged herself to follow in the footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina and model the core values that Crusaders hold dear.... Read More

  • Rozanne Crump '83 receives Scecina's "We Care" award

    By Beth Murphy

    Scecina alumnus Rozanne Crump recently received the 2015 Larry Neidlinger "We Care" Award. She was honored for her commitment to Scecina's athletic program. This award is presented to a person who, like Larry Neidlinger, cares so deeply for Crusader athletes that he or she ... Read More

  • Student Spotlight: Andrew Clegg '17

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Competitive running has taught junior Andrew Clegg many skills that he can use in college, career and life. He would like to attend the University of Oregon, home to one of the premier running programs in the country. Andrew has learned that you have to put in time and effort to achieve... Read More

  • New year rings in improvements at Scecina

    President Joe Therber

    Welcome to 2016!

    The new year brings good news of some positive changes coming soon to Scecina.  We will completely modernize our school library this summer into an active, collaborative, learning center for all students with a technology service desk and a technology-rich meeting room for school and community groups. A much-needed new sound system will be installed in the ......Read More

  • Student Spotlight: Kristen Sitzman '18

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Sophomore Kristen Sitzman plays in Scecina's pep band, among her school activities. Outside of school she's passionate about dancing and is a member of Dance Connection, an elite performance group. Through the years she has spent thousands of hours taking classes, practicing her technique, and rehearsing ... Read More

  • 2 juniors attend West Point Society conference

    Two Scecina Memorial High School juniors participated in The West Point Society of Indiana’s 11th annual Leadership & Ethics Conference in November.

    Juniors Andrew Clegg and Will Therber were invited to the conference at the Rolls Royce/UAW Training Center in Indianapolis, along with Scecina President Joe Therber. The purpose of the conference is to help students confront the ethical challenges that they face in school today, as well as those ...Read More.

  • Preparing the way of the Lord

    President Joe Therber


    In our Catholic liturgical year, we are in the midst of Advent, a season of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. “Advent” is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming.” Throughout our school, our Nativity sets are displayed without Baby Jesus to remind us that we are joyfully awaiting His coming....Read More

  • Alumni Spotlight: David Ray '96

    By Rose Timpe

    David Ray has a fulfilling career as a project manager for Miller-Eads Company, and he’s a newly elected City-County Councilman for District 19. Not only does David love his position as a project manager working on electrical installations throughout Central Indiana, but he also is more than excited to be a voice for the Eastside of Indianapolis ...Read More

  • Student Spotlight: Summer Li '16

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Senior Summer Li's favorite class at Scecina is physics. She works hard on her studies and still makes time to participate in Scecina's swim and tennis teams and to read books like her favorite, "Pride and Prejudice." ... Read More

  • Teacher Spotlight: Andrew Smith

    This week we introduce the Scecina Teacher Spotlight, which will shine each month on one of Scecina's faculty members. This month's spotlight is on Andrew Smith.

    By Beth Murphy

    Andrew Smith teaches a full menu of social studies classes while serving as adviser to the Robotics Club, the Debate Club and Scecina’s chapter of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. He’s also Scecina’s Selective Service and Voter Registrar. ... Read More

  • Scecina alum appears in Dolly Parton movie

    By Beth Murphy

    Scecina graduate Betsy (Kinne) Smith '65 appears as "church and town gossip" in "Coat of Many Colors," which airs on NBC on Thursday, Dec. 10. She loved the experience but had to play in a "hateful" scene when her meddlesome character and others badger Mr. Parton. Smith has had small parts in 19 movies since retiring from her Catholic high school job in May. ...Read More

  • Student Spotlight: Bo Sims '17

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Junior Bo Sims, a trumpet player in Scecina's band, recently was nominated to the DePauw University Honor Band. Bo has a wide range of interests and abilities and he is taking advantage of all Scecina has to offer in order to shape his high school experience into a memorable journey that will prepare him for the next steps in life. ... Read More

  • Class of 2016 celebrates Mass with archbishop

    By Beth Murphy

    Scecina’s seniors carried on an Indiana church tradition when they attended the Annual Archdiocesan High School Senior Mass, celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph W. Tobin, the archbishop of Indianapolis.

    SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Downtown Indianapolis was full of the young people from Indianapolis’ Catholic high schools’ Class of 2016 singing and celebrating the Eucharist and their faith. The Mass ...Read More.


  • Student Spotlight: Henry Egan '18

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Henry Egan is quiet and humble by nature, preferring to let his accomplishments speak for themselves. In his first three semesters at Scecina, his accomplishments have been numerous. Henry consistently has been on the high honor roll, and his 4.19 grade point average places him in the top three for the Class of 2018. In addition to his academic success, Henry is also a standout ... Read More

  • Vocations panel shares experiences with students

    By Beth Murphy

    Scecina Memorial High School recently hosted a vocations panel to introduce elementary and high school students to real people in our community who are happy, energetic and making a difference in their different vocations.

    The idea grew out of the Eastside Catholic Schools Partnership (ECSP) as a way to help students understand that God calls us to specific vocations and how we discern that call. In vocation discernment, a person listens to hear God’s call to priesthood, consecrated religious life, marriage or a sacred single life.

    “The experience was a great way for students to see smart, caring and funny people share examples of how their vocations bring them joy in daily life,” said Scecina President Joe Therber. “Doing so as an Eastside Catholic school community illustrates that we can do so much more for our students together rather than by acting alone.”...Read More.


  • Scecina Key Clubbers serve at Buddy Walk

    Members of Scecina's Key Club helped organizers of the 2015 Buddy Walk in Indianapolis.

    “The Buddy Walk is near and dear to my heart,” said Key Club President Corinne Maue, a senior whose younger brother, Evan, has Down syndrome. “It has been a 10-year commitment for me, and I was glad to introduce it as a tradition for our club.”

    The walk kicked off  on a sunny October morning at Celebration Plaza in White Ri......Read More.


  • Thankful hearts for blessings at Scecina


    President Joe Therber

    Dear friends,

    Our hearts are grateful for many recent Scecina successes. This Thanksgiving, let me count some of the many blessings, from the success of Club 53 to the Sectional championship of our Crusaders football team to the Student Council's successful canned food drive.

    Let’s also remember the poor and the lonely at this time of year, and be inspired to serve them and others in need of mercy....Read More

  • Student Spotlight: Bridget Delaney '16

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Although she has consistently enjoyed academic and athletic success throughout her school career, Bridget Delaney knows that these new experiences will help her develop even more in mind, body and spirit as she embarks on the next phase of life, planning for college and a career. Having made her mark on Crusader athletics as part of the volleyball and basketball programs for three years, Bridget switched gears in the spring. ... Read More

  • Student Spotlight: Will Therber '17

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Junior Will Therber is not content to rest on his high school academic and athletic accomplishments. He is looking ahead to the next step, and once again he has set his sights high. Will plans to attend either Northwestern University or the University of Notre Dame (following in the footsteps of his father, Joe Therber) and major in business. ... Read More

  • Student Spotlight: Emily Quinn '18

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Emily Quinn is a Scecina sophomore with a passion for reading. She names Vikki Wakefield (“Friday Never Leaving”) and John Green (“Looking For Alaska”) among her favorite authors. Emily finds particular inspiration from Green, trying to model her life after his motivating words “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”... Read More

  • Thank you, veterans, for your service and sacrifice

    President Joe Therber


    The country marks Veterans Day each Nov. 11 to honor men and women who’ve served the United States in our military services. For Scecina, our connection with U.S. veterans is a daily way of life as we encourage our students to follow in the footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina, a captain in the U.S. Army. But today on Veterans Day we do set aside the time to remember and to honor all of our veterans, whether they’re alumni or the siblings, parents or grandparents of our current families....Read More


  • Coin commemorates Father Tom's service to God and country

    By Beth Murphy

    Scecina’s Class of 2015 recently received a special token they can keep to remember their school’s namesake. Each received a “challenge coin” that commemorates the life of Father Tom. Scecina alumni who are veterans also are receiving this coin. A challenge coin signifies an important accomplishment that is shared among a select group.

    “This coin should be important to any Scecina graduate to serve as a reminder of the values they learned at Scecina and to continue what Father Tom taught us by his life, sacrifices and death,” said Tom Griffin, '62 and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. ....Read More.


  • Student Spotlight: Abby Brown '16

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Senior Abby Brown, who is co-captain of Scecina's varsity football cheer squad, excels in science and wants to study Nutritional Sciences so she can be a crusader for ending world hunger. Abby is passionate about cheerleading and dedicates much of her time to it. The qualities of dedication and tenacity that have set Abby apart as an athlete also have made her a standout in the classroom. ... Read More

  • Well-deserved honors for Scecina teacher, alumnus

    President Joe Therber


    Today I'd like to introduce two people from our Scecina community who recently have earned some special honors.

    Mrs. Pat Tucker, English teacher, received the Father Tom Service Award at our annual Father Tom Mass on Oct. 23. As her daughter Bridget, Class of 2003, wrote us: "She pushes (her students) toward excellence and holds them up when they need a hand. She expects students to live up to the potential she sees in them." Pat certainly is deserving of this award for "giving that extra" to Scecina over the years. Bob Cathcart, Scecina Class of 1978, was inducted into DePauw University's Athletics Hall of Fame this month. ...Read More

  • Alumni Spotlight: Bob Cathcart '78

    By Beth Murphy

    Bob Cathcart, Class of 1978, was honored this month at his college alma mater as he was inducted into the DePauw University Athletics Hall of Fame. Cathcart, who graduated from DePauw in 1982, was a linebacker for the Tigers. He was second on the team as a sophomore with 77 tackles and intercepted three passes as a senior in helping the Tigers to a then school-record nine wins ...Read More

  • Student Spotlight: Chris Duncan '17

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Chris Duncan, a junior from Little Flower Parish, has earned the distinction of being named to the High Honor Roll every semester that he has been at Scecina. He is also a two-time President’s Academic Excellence Award winner. Although he excels in all of his classes, Chris particularly enjoys English and social studies. When he isn’t studying at the park, his favorite place, Chris dedicates his time and energy to ... Read More

  • Scecina students shine in Sacred Music concert

    By Beth Murphy

    Scecina’s Advanced Choir and Orchestra performed their second annual Sacred Music concert on Oct. 21 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church to a great and enthusiastic crowd. 

    This year’s concert featured unique choices such as “Bring Him Home” from “Les Miserables,” featuring senior Py Khonwai as soloist; “He Lives in You,” from “The Lion King;” and “Baba Yetu,” which written as a video game theme ... Read More

  • Pat Tucker honored for her service to Scecina

    By Beth Murphy

    Pat Tucker, who has taught English at Scecina Memorial High School for 14 years, is the 2015 recipient of the Father Tom Service Award. Mrs. Tucker received the award from Scecina President Joe Therber at the annual Father Tom Mass on Oct. 23 at Scecina. The Father Tom Service Award is given annually to a person who over the years has “given a little extra” to Scecina.

    “Although I don’t feel that I deserve this award, I accept it with humility and with love for all of you and for Scecina,” Mrs. Tucker said....Read More.


  • Student Spotlight: Sam Traylor '18

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    A standout athlete since his CYO days at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sam Traylor received the Crusader Scholar Athlete Award while still an eighth-grader for his efforts and success in both academics and athletics. Now a full-fledged Crusader, Sam is the starting quarterback for the Scecina JV football team and a member of the track and field program. With a 3.94 grade point average, Sam repeated as a Crusader Scholar Athlete in his freshman year.... Read More

  • Celebrating our students' diverse gifts

    President Joe Therber

    Fall greetings!

    Our students are taking a deserved break after weeks of studying and tests as the first grading period comes to an end. Congratulations to them and to our teachers for all the hard work in the classrooms so far this semester.

    Meanwhile, we celebrate the diverse gifts of our students, from the fields and courts of athletic competition to the performing arts ....Read More

  • Student Spotlight: Maggie Mayer '16

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Senior Maggie Mayer has embraced the Scecina philosophy of educating the whole person – mind, body and spirit. She excels in the classroom as a three-time President’s Award for Academic Excellence honoree and a member of the National Honor Society... Read More

  • Student Spotlight: Jackie Hurst '17

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Like many other juniors, Jackie Hurst has her sights set on college and beyond. Taking full advantage of Scecina’s unique Biomedical Sciences program, Jackie is preparing for a future in medicine. She has narrowed down her college choices to ... Read More

  • Scecina students shine in community events

    President Joe Therber


    Every day the teachers and staff get to see what great students we have here at Scecina and observe their individual gifts and talents.In the past few weeks, others in our community also have seen first-hand what the young people at Scecina have to offer our world at large.

    First, senior Austin Keogh and freshman Chad Lightbourne were invited to attend a Sept. 16 event on education called "Ready for Success," sponsored by the Mayor's Front Porch Alliance. Second, our students spent a day serving their community...Read More


  • Student Spotlight: Athan Christopher

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Sophomore Athan Christopher believes that he has found his home here at Scecina Memorial High School. “The Crusaders are a big community, and that’s what I like about it,” he said. ... Read More

  • Alumni Spotlight: Emily (Huckleberry) Griffin '93

    By Emily Griffin

    "I graduated from Scecina in 1993 with no real idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I knew I had been afforded a quality education from wonderful teachers." She eventually went to culinary school and became a pastry chef. When her husband, Matt, invented the Edge Brownie Pan, featured on TV including "Oprah," they started their own company...Read More

  • Student Spotlight: Jenna Nosek

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student.

    By Beth Murphy

    Senior Jenna Nosek believes Scecina has prepared her to take the next big step in her life: college. She has narrowed down her top two choices to the University of Pittsburgh or Vanderbilt in Tennessee, and has plans to become an orthopedic surgeon. ... Read More

  • Scecina welcomes Col. Dan Bruno

    President Joe Therber


    It’s always a pleasure when Scecina’s alumni return to visit. Last week, I was pleased to welcome Col. Dan Bruno, Scecina Class of 1977, back to Scecina.

    Col. Bruno, who is retired from the U.S. Army, rose to the position of Garrison Commander of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He returned to Scecina last Friday on a somber day of reflection, Sept. 11, as America observed the 14th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Col. Bruno lost numerous friends as a result of the tragic events. On his visit to Scecina, he brought ...Read More



  • Scecina VP heads to families conference and Pope Francis Mass

    David Dellacca usually is the person behind the controls of Scecina’s gadgets, devices and networks. But he has found himself before TV cameras and reporters because of his unique opportunity to attend the World Meeting of Families conference in Philadelphia and also attend the Mass to be said by Pope Francis. He was interviewed for a story in the Archdiocese's newspaper, The Criterion, and also by a TV station ...Read More.

  • Student Spotlight: Z'Nya Banks-Donaldson

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Since enrolling at Scecina, Z'Nya Banks-Donaldson has excelled in the Biomedical Sciences Program, with coursework in Human Body Systems and Medical Interventions. Z’Nya plans to study physical therapy, and she would like to attend ... Read More

  • Student Spotlight: Anthony Battles

    Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight will introduce the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student.

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    The inaugural edition of the Scecina Student Spotlight focuses on Anthony Battles, a sophomore from Little Flower Catholic Parish. Anthony is an outstanding student athlete who maintained a 3.88 GPA while playing football, basketball and baseball during his freshman year at Scecina. Last year, he was a recipient of the ... Read More

  • Scecina's enrollment keeps growing

    Staff report

    Scecina’s enrollment continues to grow at a steady pace. For the 2015-16 school year Scecina has an official enrollment of 454 students, which was reported to the Indiana Department of Education on Sept. 8. That represents a 36 percent increase since 2011. The school appears to be on track to meet its target enrollment goal of 475 students soon. Scecina welcomed a freshman class of 127, marking the third consecutive year that ... Read More

  • Looking back and moving forward during Homecoming Week

    President Joe Therber


    Homecoming Week is a special time at Scecina. Alumni gather to remember their days at Scecina while current students enjoy a week of fun decorating the hallways, dressing up all week, voting for a court. Tonight, our students come together again for their Homecoming Dance, something Scecina students have done for years, but this year they'll celebrate in a renovated cafeteria (if you haven't had a chance to see the cafeteria in person, you can view photos at

    This Homecoming Week we honor Scecina's history in many ways ...Read More


  • Alumni Spotlight: Alex Grohovsky '07

    Alex Grohovsky remembers Scecina for the friends he made, the activities that helped him grow, and one class that led to his interest in global economics. Looking at the resume he compiled while at Scecina, it’s not hard to see why he’s been successful in higher education and his career. In high school he performed in musicals and plays...Read More

  • Tax savings await those who give to scholarship program

    If you are an Indiana resident and have thought about making a donation to help low- and middle-income students attend Scecina, now is a great time. A program in Indiana called the School Scholarship Tax Credit makes it possible for individuals or businesses that donate to a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) to receive tax credits equal to fifty-percent (50%) of the amount donated. Two Scecina alumni who are certified public accountants, George Newhart and Jeff Lathrop, help explain the tax credit... ... Read More

  • Alumni share their evenings with Scecina

    By Beth Murphy

    For the past several months, Scecina graduates have returned to the school to take part in a new initiative that’s going to create stronger alumni connections. Scecina alumni from each graduating class from 1957 through 2011 were invited to participate in Alumni Information Gathering Sessions. ...Read More.

  • New school year starts for 451 Scecina students

    President Joe Therber


    On behalf of the staff at Scecina Memorial High School, I want to welcome everyone to the new school year. We continue to show growth in enrollment and, with 451 students starting school this year, we are well on the way to our target enrollment of 475 students in the next few years. We welcomed the Class of 2019 with 128 freshmen, as well as 29 transfer students, and their families.

    Whether your family is new to Scecina, or you’ve been a member of the Crusader community for years ...Read More


  • Tastes Like Chicken will rock this year's Club 53

    By Beth Murphy

    Scecina’s Club 53 organizers are excited to announce that the band for this year’s event will be Indy’s Tastes Like Chicken, or TLC. Mark your calendars to attend Club 53: Live and Local on Nov. 14 at Scecina and dance to Tastes Like Chicken. Club 53 is Scecina’s annual fundraiser that features live music, local food and drinks (breweries and wine), and silent and live auctions. This is the first time Tastes Like Chicken, which is celebrating its 20th year, will play at Club 53 ...Read More

  • New faces at Scecina as new year approaches

    President Joe Therber

    Dear Crusader community,

    As the time for that first day of school draws closer, our work is taking shape here to make it another great year at Scecina Memorial High School. We have much good news to share:

    1. We’re delighted that the City of Indianapolis is installing new sidewalks in front of and in close proximity to Scecina.

    2. We’re seeing the cafeteria improve day by day. The renovated space will be a very welcoming and uplifting place for our students and community to gather. You can view "before" and "in progress" photos on our website on the Cafeteria Renovation page.

    3. We have a fully staffed faculty and are prepared to meet the needs of our students and parents.

    We have several new faculty members and administrators joining the veterans. This week, I’d like to introduce you to three new school leaders . . ....Read More

  • "A Sign of The Cross" uncovers Sisters' untold story

    By George T. Newhart '60

    Andy Murphy (Jeannine Andersen ’60) has been working diligently on her documentary about the Sisters of St. Francis Oldenburg, who have been so important to Scecina over the years. The documentary, which will be narrated by Indianapolis TV anchor Debby Knox, tells the rich history of the Sisters of St. Francis Oldenburg, covering their 164 years of outstanding accomplishments. Murphy is director of the documentary, while her Ever Film Productions partner, Amy Pauszek,  is the producer. The title for the film is “A Sign of the Cross"....Read More.


  • Receive a tax credit and support a student

    Jim McGuinness, director of development and alumni relations

    By Beth Murphy

    A special state tax credit program in Indiana helps more parents send their children to Scecina and other private schools, while also benefiting the donors who provide the scholarships. In 2009, Indiana passed legislation to create the School Scholarship Tax Credit program. This program rewards the donors with a 50 percent state income tax credit for their donations. ... Read More


  • Alumni Spotlight: Michael D. Spitzer '60

    By George T. Newhart '60

    “I’ve had a great life,” Mike Spitzer says over and over during an interview about his 44 years in the business of designing and building automobiles, from hot-rod dragsters for racing to custom-designed cars and restored classic autos for private clients.....Read More


  • A beautiful day for Scecina Alumni Golf Classic

    By Beth Murphy

    Scecina’s annual golf outing on July 17 at Ironwood Golf Club was a time of fellowship and fun as a record number of 160 golfers turned out for the event, which benefits the Kenneth R. Leffler Scholarship. This year’s recipient of the Leffler Scholarship is Delaney Rohlman ’16. Delaney is the daughter of Jay and Janet (Holmes) Rohlman. Janet is a 1984 graduate of Scecina. ...Read More

  • Grateful for givers and golfers

    President Joe Therber

    Dear Crusader community,

    As the positive memories of last school year remain with us, one theme comes to mind: gratitude. We have much to be grateful for at Scecina: a diverse and gifted community of students; parents who invest time, talent, and treasure; capable and caring teachers and staff members, supportive pastors and school principals; generous alumni and friends who support our mission; the Archdiocese of Indianapolis’ commitment to provide a  Catholic education on the Eastside of Indianapolis; the message of the Gospel; the legacy of Father Thomas Scecina.

    To help our ministry grow, 1,377 generous Scecina alumni and friends committed $1,262,000 in support during the past year. At the annual Scecina Alumni Golf Classic ...Read More

  • Beth Murphy heads Scecina communications

    Beth Murphy

    Beth Murphy joined Scecina Memorial High School’s staff last semester as the Director of Marketing Communications. Beth is a native of Indiana, Pa., and graduated from Kent State University with a degree in journalism. She was a longtime newspaper journalist, working in Anchorage, Alaska, and Indianapolis, and spent the past 10 years as a member of the Indianapolis Star Editorial Board, editing and writing editorials, columns and blog posts. ... Read More

  • Scecina community mourns loss of Father Noah Casey

    President Joe Therber

    Dear Crusader community,

    It is with sadness that I pass along the news of the recent death of Father Noah Casey. Father Noah, who recently served as Chaplain Coordinator for Scecina Memorial High School, ended his earthly journey on Friday afternoon, July 10. While we will miss him and his love of young people, liturgy, prayer, and humor, we are also deeply grateful for Father Noah's positive influence on our community....Read More

  • Cafeteria renovations underway

    President Joe Therber


    I hope everyone enjoyed your Independence Day weekend. It's always a great time to recall our religious liberty and our relatives, friends, and ancestors who risked and even gave their lives to help ensure the existence of the freedom to worship, which allows Scecina Memorial High School to exist as a ministry of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. We also remember and thank Scecina alumni veterans who, at great risk and hardship, walked in the inspiring footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina. At Scecina, July means we're getting closer to a new school year. We're preparing now on many levels to welcome our returning and new students in August for a successful school year....Read More

  • Summer improvements at Scecina

    President Joe Therber

    Summer greetings!

    As our students enjoy their vacation, we are re-energizing Scecina with many improvements that will enhance their experience this year and beyond. We’re focusing on many levels to prepare for next school year in support of our mission. For the 2015-16 school year, our students will find: ...Read More


  • Scecina's young Key Club grows stronger

    By Corinne Maue '16

    Being in Key Club has been an incredible experience, and I have learned so much from it. I have served as president of our Key Club for the 2014-2015 school year, and will continue in this position until I graduate in May. My fellow officers (Ria Rebein ’16, Maggie Mayer ’16, Lea Thompson ’16, Brandon Schroedle ’16, Sean Murphy ’16, and Lauren Ryan ’16) and I are thrilled to lead the club this year, and are making plans to improve upon our service from last year. This past year, we have worked hard to complete many different service projects. Some of these included ... Read More

  • 54 Scecina students receive President’s Academic Excellence Awards

    By Beth Murphy

    At this year's President's Academic Excellence Awards Night, President Joe Therber recognized 54 Scecina students who attained the highest academic honors during the 2014-15 school year. The special evening included the top 10 seniors each honoring a special person who served as his or her mentor. ...Read More


  • Scecina hosts Missouri youth on mission trip

    By Beth Murphy

     Scecina Memorial High School this week welcomed 80 people - high school and college students and adult leaders - who traveled from Perryville, Mo., in southeast Missouri to help improve the homes and lives of people on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. ...Read More.


  • Update on Father Noah Casey

    President Joe Therber

    Dear Students, Families, Alumni and Friends: The purpose of this message is to convey important and recent developments pertaining to the health of Father Noah Casey, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and, until spring 2015, Chaplain Coordinator at Scecina Memorial High School. Soon after his appointment in 2012 as Chaplain Coordinator, Father Noah told me with great happiness, "I volunteered for the job!" Father Noah has a true and deep love for people of all ages and walks of life, including young people who are seeking answers ......Read More

  • Summer Camps off to a great start!

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Scecina Memorial High School's Summer Camp Program is off to a great start. Over the past two days we have welcomed 150 future Crusaders onto our campus to participate in Coach Rob New's Boys Basketball Camp and Coach Ryan Keen's Track and Field Camp. Both camps will continue until Thursday, June 11...Read More

  • Campus Crusade 2015 raises $14,000

    By Beth Murphy

    This year's Campus Crusade was a big success. We met our goal, had fun and helped our school by raising money for its missions, with the majority going toward tuition assistance so more students can attend Scecina Memorial High School. Here are the Top 10 highlights of Campus Crusade 2015: ... Read More

  • Scecina softball wins 12th consecutive Sectional championship

    Scecina's softball team celebrates its Sectional win on Monday night at Heritage Christian.

    By Beth Murphy

    After three days, a bad start to the championship game and a torrential thunderstorm and rain delay on Saturday, Scecina's softball team needed little time on June 1 to capture its 12th consecutive Sectional title, defeating Heritage Christian 15-6.

    The girls went on to win the Regional before losing to eventual state champion North Central in the Semi-State. ......Read More

  • Alumni Spotlight: Bridget (Tucker) Esslinger '03

    By George T. Newhart '60

    Bridget took advantage of the many opportunities she had at Scecina to develop into a well-rounded person who volunteers in her community and performs meaningful work in her nursing career....Read More


  • Congratulations to the Class of 2015

    President Joe Therber

    The 85 members of the Class of 2015 have begun the next stage of their lives as proud Scecina alumni. The May 22 commencement ceremony, with special guest Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin in attendance, was full of accolades, awards, speeches, laughter and tears. The class received a record amount in college merit-based and athletic scholarships: over $8.1 million. The real value, though, of a Scecina education runs deeper than numbers or trophies. That deeper value lies in recognizing the dignity in every person while living our faith through acts of service. ...Read More

  • Scecina's student band rocks on all over Indy

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    The Scecina Rock Band is making waves throughout Indy. The band, moderated by music teacher Donnie Glowinski, recently performed at the 500 Festival Mini Marathon and Geist Half Marathon, and is scheduled to play at the Little Flower and Holy Spirit parish festivals  this summer. ...Read More

  • Scecina partners with community leaders on Emerson Streetscape project

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    Scecina Memorial High School President Joe Therber, Community Health Network leaders, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and several other Eastside community leaders stood together on May 20 to cut the ribbon on a project that significantly improves a busy Emerson Avenue from 16th Street to 21st Street. The $2.1 million initiative was funded in part by Community Health Network, the City of Indianapolis and the State of Indiana. ...Read More

  • Scecina musicians serve up Sunday of pops

    By Cari Gallagher

    On Sunday, May 17, the Crusader Community came together to enjoy the Scecina Spring Concert, a musical showcase featuring 138 student performers. The theme of the concert was “Scecina Pops,” and featured many well-known songs from today, along with toe-tapping classics that appealed to audience members of all ages. ...Read More

  • New PE teachers bring years of experience

    By Cari Gallagher

    After several years coaching at Marian University, Kurt Guldner and Chad Hardin are together again at Scecina Memorial High School. Guldner and Hardin joined the Scecina faculty as Physical Education teachers this school year. Both men are graduates of Marian and together they bring more than 40 years of teaching and coaching experience to Scecina. ...Read More

  • Latin students score big in national exam

    Five Scecina students who took the National Latin Exam in March have won special honors. The National Latin Exam, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, is a 40-question, multiple-choice test with a time limit of 45 minutes, offered to students in Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Latin III Prose, and Latin IV Poetry, and Latin V-VI. ... Read more

  • Giving We Receive: The paradox of being generous

    President Joe Therber

    Can generosity be learned? Yes, according to Notre Dame professor Christian Smith. Smith is co-author of the book “The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose.” Smith's research shows that the influences around us -- our parents, our religious institutions, our social networks -- greatly influence whether we become generous givers. Generosity comes to mind now, while we are in the midst of our annual Campus Crusade....Read More


  • Scecina's Okerson wins Kiwanis athlete-scholar award

    By Beth Murphy

    Scecina senior Jacob Okerson was one of five Marion County senior high school boys basketball players who received a Downtown Indianapolis Kiwanis-NextGear Boys Basketball Academic All-Star Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarships are awarded to the five senior basketball players who maintained the highest career grade point averages. His brother John won the same award in 2008. ....Read More

  • Alumni Spotlight: Tyran Thompson '02

    By George T. Newhart '60

    During his four years at Scecina, Tyran had moved from a young man who didn’t see many options in his future, to a mature student poised for a promising future for advanced education, as well as a student athlete with a potential to participate in college-level sports....Read More



  • Scecina's spring sports outlook

    By Joe Murphy

    The Scecina softball team captured the Regional championship in 2014 with a 5-1 victory over Centerville. They, and Scecina's other spring sports teams, are off and running for 2015. Here's a brief look at what to expect. ... Read More


  • Bataan Death March Re-enactment

    By Principal John Hegarty

    "I would like to take you on a journey I made March 22, 2015: the Re-enactment of the Bataan Death March. To understand my journey, I must take you back to the past. It is the journey of a young man, Thomas Scecina, who was ordained into priesthood in 1935. This young man chose to walk in the footsteps of Christ." ...Read More.


  • Scecina welcomes new deacon

    By Beth Murphy

    There’s been a new face recently at Scecina's school Masses. Deacon Mike Braun (left, with Father Bob Gilday) is helping serve our Scecina community as Father Noah Casey recovers from his illness. Deacon Mike went to Little Flower school and has a long connection with Scecina Memorial High School. ...Read More.


  • Scecina Parent Ambassador Team

    President Joe Therber

    The role of parental involvement in education is a key element for student success. We at Scecina honor the role of parents and guardians as the first and primary educators of their children. Actively engaged parents are critical in helping establish and sustain healthy, ongoing relationships among students, parents and school staff. Therefore, we are forming a new organization known as the Scecina Parent Ambassador Team....Read More


  • Shrum '11 Receives Orr Fellowship

    Bailey Shrum, Scecina Class of 2011, has received a prestigious Orr Fellowship. Bailey is a senior at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame majoring in Communication Studies, with minors in Business Administration, PR/Advertising and Gerontology. She recently accepted a marketing coordinator position at Indianapolis-based FlashPoint as an Orr Fellow. ...Read More.



  • Pipe and Drum Corps Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

    On Tuesday, March 17, The Scecina Pipe and Drum Corps added Kelly green to their customary uniform of red and gold to represent the Crusaders in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade held in downtown Indianapolis. Joseph Hegarty, Eamon Hegarty, Joseph Ritter and A.J. Gallagher had the privilege of marching with the Kevin Barry Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians ...Read More.

  • Top 10 highlights of Crusaders basketball season

    By Cari Gallagher '93

    An exciting 2014-15 Crusader varsity basketball season has come to an end. The team defeated Howe in the IHSAA 2A Sectional semifinal, a rematch of the City Tournament final, to make it into the Sectional Championship game. Here are the Top 10 highlights of the season ... Read More


  • Scecina students experience 'Live from the Heart'

    Thanks to an amazing program by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and the wonders of technology, 37 Scecina anatomy and biology students went live into an operating room earlier this month at Chicago’s Advocate Christ Medical Center to watch heart surgery. ... Read more

  • We Are The Champions

    Scecina’s Academic Super Bowl team won the Indiana Crossroads Conference Academic Super Bowl championship March 11 at Cardinal Ritter High School, recapturing the trophy they last won in 2012. ...Read More



  • Ott Hurrle Sends Students into the “Shark Tank”

    Economics teacher Ott Hurrle '70 uses inspiration from the NBC TV show “Shark Tank” to teach senior students the joys and pitfalls of designing a business that attracts “shark” investors. Then Mr. Hurrle invited teachers and staff to sit in as the “sharks” to listen to the students’ pitches as they tried to win over the sharks to invest in their companies.  ...Read More


  • In Tune with Scecina’s Music Program

    The music program has flourished under the direction of Donnie Glowinski. With 40 percent of students participating, it is one of the school’s largest programs. It has grown from offering Beginning Choir, Advanced Choir and Band to include Orchestra, Music Theory and Music History and Appreciation. ...Read More


  • Scecina Senior is National Merit Scholarship Finalist

    Scecina is proud to have a 2015 National Merit Scholarship finalist. Senior Kennedy Bouvier is one of just 15,000 students around the country to win this honor. Kennedy and the other finalists scored in the top 1 percent on the 2013 preliminary SAT (PSAT), which is the scholarship’s qualifying test. ...Read More




  • Father Scecina Magazine Winter 2015 Special Edition

    President Joe Therber

    This special edition of the Father Scecina Magazine focuses on history. History fascinates almost everyone. We love the History Channel. We love watching movies like “Unbroken” and television documentaries on the Roosevelts. Books like “American Sniper,” recently made into a feature film, fascinate us....Read More



  • Christian Service Program

    President Joe Therber

    Scecina’s mission statement calls us to motivate our diverse and gifted community of students to “live as servant leaders in the inspiring footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina.” Our Christian Service program plus daily opportunities to live and learn in a spirit of service are integral to our success in living this mission....Read More



  • Alumni Spotlight: Kate (Carrico) Broshears '06

    By: George T. Newhart '60

    Kate feels compelled to stay in close touch with Scecina. She sees the importance of the school, not only as an outstanding educational institution, but also in its support of and interaction with the Eastside community....Read More


  • National Award Recognizes Ott Hurrle’s Service to Community

    The Crusader Community knows head football coach Ott Hurrle as a person of integrity and quality and a longtime servant-leader of students, athletes and colleagues at Scecina Memorial High School. Now we know that others in the football world throughout the country share our regard for the coach as he is the 2014 Power of Influence Award winner ...Read More

  • All-Star Honors for Crusader Football Players

    Senior Crusader football players Nate Canterbury and Luke Frain both have been selected to the Region 7 All-Star Football Squad. “Congratulations to Nate and Luke for this wonderful honor,” said football head coach Ott Hurrle. “Region 7 consists of all Marion County schools that field a football team, so the competition for this honor is very difficult.”...Read More

  • Scecina Students Help Lead Archdiocese Youth Rally

    Nearly 20 Scecina students helped lead the Archdiocese of Indianapolis Junior High Youth Rally Jan. 30 at Roncalli High School. There were 130 junior high teens in attendance from all over the Archdiocese as well as 70 adults. Scecina seniors Bo Leszcynski and Gabi Leffler served a special role as emcees for the event ...Read More


  • The 2015 Red and Gold Court

    Red and Gold Week at Scecina ended on a high note over the weekend as the Crusaders boys varsity basketball team, led by senior Brian Tutrow’s 26 points, beat Triton Central 61-52. During halftime of the game, the Red and Gold Court was presented, and the 2015 Red and Gold King and Queen were crowned ...Read More



  • Scecina Wins IPL Power Grant

    Thanks to a Scecina graduate who works for IPL, Scecina Memorial High School has received a $5,000 Power Grant from the Indianapolis utility company for our cafeteria. Patrick Cannaday ’84, who worked in the cafeteria as a Scecina student, and his sister Maureen Rowe, a Scecina staff member, wrote the grant request for cafeteria equipment ...Read More



  • National Honor Society Welcomes 35 Students into Chapter

    Thirty-five students were inducted as new members of Scecina Memorial High School's chapter of the National Honor Society in a ceremony at the school January 31, 2015. ...Read More




  • Commitment to All Students’ Success

    President Joe Therber

    I want to thank you for supporting and praying for Scecina Memorial High School through the years.

    As a community of faith, we enter this new year recommitted to our mission, which is to motivate our diverse and gifted students “to attain educational excellence, be lifelong learners and live as servant leaders in the inspiring footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina....Read More


  • Happy Catholic Schools Week 2015!

    President Joe Therber

    As we start Catholic Schools Week 2015 with the theme of “Faith, Knowledge, Service,” thank you for the choices that you make to educate your child or children through the ministry of Catholic Schools. ...Read More


  • Larissa Biela Stars In Hendricks Regional Health Ad

    Third year Scecina teacher Larissa Biela never dreamed when she was dealing with severe abdominal and back pain a few years ago that her suffering would lead to her starring in a local health network’s advertising campaign to help others in pain. ...Read More

  • Scecina Welcomes New Teachers

    We have two new teachers that have joined the Scecina Memorial High School family.

    U.S. history teacher Jeff Getty and Spanish teacher Stephanie Schulenborg joined the Scecina family this semester. ...Read More



  • Crusaders Beat Kentucky Team in Hall of Fame Challenge Cup

    2014-2015 Basketball Season

    The Scecina Crusader varsity basketball team represented Indiana well in the 2015 Hall of Fame Challenge Cup, winning its game Saturday, Jan. 10, against a tough Southwestern Warriors team of Somerset, Ky. The Hall of Fame Challenge Cup tournament pits top teams from Indiana and Kentucky in a best-of-five series. ...Read More


  • Alumni Spotlight: Jenny (Braun) McNulty '04 and Pat McNulty '05

    By: George T. Newhart '60

    High School Sweethearts 10 Years Later. Jenny had many memorable and life-changing experiences at Scecina, not the least of which was meeting and later marrying her husband, Pat ...Read More


  • Happy New Year 2015

    President Joe Therber

    Happy New Year 2015!

    Welcome back to a new semester at Scecina Memorial High School. We hope everyone had a joyous Christmas break filled with family, friends and faith.

    The New Year is a time for fresh starts and renewal, and we have much to look forward to at Scecina. ...Read More

  • Placement Test Scholarships

    With the start of the spring semester, the Scecina Office of Enrollment Management is shifting into high gear to assemble the class of 2019. With many future Crusaders already accepted, and new applications coming in everyday, next year’s freshman class promises to carry on the Scecina tradition of a diverse student body who desire a formative educational experience inspired by Father Thomas Scecina. Read More...

  • Crusader Wrestlers Make History

    On Saturday, December 20, 2014, your Crusader Wrestlers made school history when every team member placed in the top five for their weight class at the City Championship Tournament held at Shortridge High School. ...Read More

  • Christmas Blessings

    President Joe Therber

    “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14

    Merry Christmas! A warm and grateful Christmas greeting to the entire Crusader community, all 7,500 of you.

    The hustle and bustle of the season will culminate in just a few days. Whew! ...Read More




  • A Growing Music Program

    On Sunday, December 7, Scecina Memorial students kicked off the holiday season with a Christmas concert featuring the Crusader band, orchestra and choirs. The music ranged from the traditional “Away In The Manager” to the unexpected theme from “The Game of Thrones.” ...Read More

  • Senior Awarded Emerald Society Scholarship

    Alison Bachus, Class of 2015, was awarded the Emerald Society Scholarship by the Indianapolis Firefighters – Emerald Society Chapter. President Rob Field ’82, an alum of Scecina, presented the $1,000 scholarship to Alison, a deserving student, who “is loyal, proud, and that goes above and beyond for her school, much like in the image of firefighters, who go above and beyond for others.” ...Read More


  • Sisters of St. Francis Oldenburg Documentary

    Story by: George T. Newhart, CPA, Class of 1960 and SMHS Board Member  

    “It can be said…that in the shadows of American history…there are stories about women pioneers that have never been told. “ This is an excerpt from the documentary that is currently in production by Ever Film Productions, LLC, owned by Andy (Jeannine Andersen) Murphy, a 1960 SMHS graduate.  ...Read More

  • Merry Christmas to the Crusader Community!

    The students at Scecina Memorial High School, Holy Cross Central, Our Lady of Lourdes, Holy Spirit, St. Philip Neri, St. Michael Greenfield, and Little Flower want to wish everyone in the Crusader Community a Merry Christmas! Check out their video Christmas Greeting...

  • Guidance Team Helps Students Succeed

    Do you remember that popular United States Army recruiting slogan, Be All That You Can Be? The Army used it for over 20 years. That’s a good long run. Well, for over 60 years, Scecina Memorial High School (SMHS) has encouraged all students to develop their God-given talents to the fullest, to be all that they can be. ...Read More


  • Strategic Growth Plan Update December 2014

    President Joe Therber

    Dear Scecina Community,

    Scecina Strong: We are a vibrant community of more than 7,500 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends involved in a transformative Catholic mission, operating a GREAT Catholic high school on the Eastside of Indianapolis. As an important community member, you have helped us be the school that we have become. Grateful to you, I want to update you twice a year on the progress we are making as we implement our Strategic Growth Plan. ...Read More



  • Father Bob Gilday Recognized for Service to Scecina Memorial

    “A tradition of Scecina Memorial High School is to present the Father Tom Service Award to a person who, as the award reads, places a high degree of importance on Scecina Memorial High School in his or her life and who has "given that little extra" through the years. Father Scecina was quoted as having said those words—“give that little extra.”
    ...Read More




  • Grateful for a Strong Scecina Community

    President Joe Therber

    This month, we celebrated a splendid Father Tom Day Mass on campus. It was a lively and first-rate celebration of Father Tom and of our school community. We had a full house. To be a little more informal, the gym was packed! ...Read More





  • Alumni Spotlight: Chris Wilson '02

    By: George T. Newhart '60

    Chris Wilson ‘02 has a dream job that everyone wishes they had. In his very important and challenging role at the WISH-TV 8 in Indianapolis, Chris oversees all the activities of Daybreak, the station’s morning show, a responsibility which includes...Read More



  • The Value of Scecina Athletics

    Story by: Coach Ott Hurrle, Class of 1970

    The general public may look upon high school athletics and think of them as good, positive extra-curricular activities. Scecina Athletics are much more important in the lives of our students than just extra-curricular activities. Our student-athletes, experience firsthand that there is a right way to do things and a wrong way. Demands and high expectations placed on Crusaders through athletics are much greater and much more rewarding than the already-high requirements of all Scecina students...Read More



  • Scecina Community Enjoys Club 53

    Club 53 raises funds to support tuition assistance, student life, and athletic programs at Scecina Memorial. The event brings together alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends to socialize, listen to live music, enjoy local food and beverages, win cash door prizes, and bid on exciting auction items, all in a relaxed environment. ...Read More


  • SMHS Enrollment Management Has New Leadership

    Our Vision for Scecina Memorial High School is, “Welcoming all who desire our Catholic education, we are the school of choice for students and families seeking unique moments to learn, grow, and go forth to transform the world inspired by the light of Christ” says President Joe Therber. “Every day we pursue this vision. I think that our Office of Enrollment Management has made a great leap forward by welcoming new leadership this fall”. Kelsey Abelein is the new Director of Enrollment Management...Read More.

  • Classes Will Resume Tuesday, November 11

    Scecina Memorial High School will have classes on Tuesday, November 11.

    The broken water main that had caused classes to be cancelled on Monday has been repaired. ...Read More.



  • Crusader to Join the Crimson Tide

    Trevor Grismore, a senior here at Scecina, has been accepted and plans to attend The University of Alabama next fall. Trevor will be a part of The Culverhouse College of Commerce, which has received national recognition for excellence in business education. A great place to be, since he plans on majoring in Business Management.

    Trevor is the son of the late Amy Grismore and the grandson of Harold and Yvonne Grismore...Read More

  • Broken Water Main Cancels Classes on Monday

    Broken Water Main Cancels Classes at Scecina Memorial High School on Monday

    Because of a broken water main and the school building being without water service, classes at Scecina Memorial High School are cancelled for Monday, November 10 ...Read More.

  • We're "A" Rated!

    The Indiana State Board of Education Awards an "A" Letter Grade to Scecina Memorial High School. After reviewing the academic growth of its students, graduation rates, as well as college and career readiness, the Indiana State Board of Education has awarded Scecina Memorial High School (SMHS) an A Letter Grade for 2014 ...Read More


  • It's All About Relationships

    President Joe Therber

    Catholic Christians begin prayer by saying, “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” These words identify the person praying as a Catholic. Those simple words remind Catholics of the Blessed Trinity and to do everything in the name of the Lord. The Trinity is a gift and the model for all relationships. It is a model that emphasizes love and unity. Read More...




  • Sr. Lavonne Long Asks For Your Prayers

    Dear Scecina Memorial Community,

    Recently, Sister Lavonne Long, O. S. F., called me and then sent a letter from her heart and from her room in the Motherhouse in Oldenburg. She asked if I would share her letter with our Scecina community; the answer was unhesitatingly “yes.” As a tireless advocate, cheerleader, counselor, and friend, Sister Lavonne will always be a gift to Scecina Memorial High School. Click on this link to see a copy of her signed letter. Thank you for reading it.

    President Joe Therber


  • Fall Senior Night 2014

    Neither wind, nor rain, nor dark of night could keep the Crusader Community from celebrating its senior athletes and pep band members on Friday, October 3, 2014. Despite the less than ideal weather conditions, 45 senior athletes and band members, along with their friends and family, gathered at Arsenal Technical High School to celebrate the accomplishments of members from the class of 2015.. ...Read More


  • Class of 2018 Sets New Record

    When you walk through the halls of Scecina Memorial High School, you might start seeing double.  The Class of 2018 has not one, not two, but five sets of twins! ...Read More







  • The Scecina Pipe and Drum Corps goes to Dublin (Ohio)


    On a rainy, overcast weekend typical of Ireland, three musicians from Scecina’s Pipe and Drum Corps journeyed to Dublin, Ohio with their families to participate in the world’s largest Irish Heritage Festival. Included in the group were founding members Joseph (2015) and Eamon (2016) Hegarty and the corps newest bass player AJ Gallagher (2018). The boys spent two days at the festival learning about their Celtic heritage, experiencing demonstrations in artisanal woodworking, basket weaving...Read More



  • Mourning Our Loss

    President Joe Therber

    At the close of the school Mass on Wednesday, we sang "Blessed Are They". The lyrics are taken from the Beatitudes, which are at the heart of Jesus' preaching and are found in Matthew 5:3-12. In light of recent events, I couldn’t help reflecting on the second beatitude:

    Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

    The past two weeks have been a difficult time for our school community...Read More


  • Coach Hurrle '70 Named Power of Influence Award Winner


  • The Future Starts Today

    “The Future Starts Today, Not Tomorrow.”-Pope John Paul IIWith these words in mind, the Scecina Athletic Department welcomed over 60 CYO football players and cheerleaders from our East Deanery partner schools to the 2014 football home-opener against conference rival Speedway High School. Proudly sporting their team uniforms, the boys and girls filled the stadium at Manual High School...Read More.


  • Scecina Mourns the Loss of Brian Hawkins

    Today, Scecina Memorial High School mourns the death of a valued and committed member of our staff and community, Mr. Brian Hawkins. Mr. Hawkins began serving as a full-time teacher and coach at Scecina Memorial High School in 1995...Read More.


  • 2014 Scecina Service Day

    Scecina Memorial's annual Service Day was held on Monday, September 15th. Members of the freshmen and sophomore classes spent their day in service to 16 sites around the community. The day began with a brief prayer service, and then the students were split into their service site groups to meet each other and begin the day’s activities...Read More.





  • Enrollment at Highest Level in a Decade

    President Joe Therber

    Scecina Memorial High School began the 2014-2015 school year with a freshman class of 128 students and a total school enrollment of 430 students. This is the highest enrollment we have seen in the last decade!

    While this recent growth is cause enough for excitement, I am optimistic about the future as well. We are making a number of improvements that will strengthen our school and increase our enrollment further. Our vision is to be the school of choice for students and families seeking unique moments to learn, grow, and go forth to transform the world inspired by the light of Christ. This year we are undertaking new initiatives that will advance our efforts to achieve this vision...Read More

  • Being a Co-Worker in God's Kingdom

    What makes a good co-worker? Most people answer this question with a simple answer: communication. But at our 2014 Staff Retreat, Campus Ministry coordinators Angie Pometto and Margaret Zeh Fulford led the Scecina Memorial staff in considering a deeper question. What does it mean to be a good co-worker in God’s Kingdom and at Scecina Memorial High School? ...Read More

  • High Expectations, High Support

     President Joe Therber

    Recently I received the fantastic news that Crusader baseball coach and 1968 alum, Dave Gandolph, was named Regional Coach of The Year. The award is impressive and well-deserved. How it was earned is impressive as well.The Crusader baseball program excelled this year, in large part, because Coach Gandolph created a team culture of high expectations and high support.

    But at Scecina Memorial, high expectations are not reserved just for our athletic programs...Read More.


  • Crusaders Attend Hoosier State

    3 crusaders attend hoosier boys/girls state

    American Legion’s Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State are selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. Three students from Scecina Memorial were selected to participate in the 2014 sessions of Hoosier Boys State and Hoosier Girls State. ...Read More




  • Expect to Win

    The 2014 Crusader Baseball team entered every game inspired by their motto: “expect to win.” The result? The senior-laden team chalked up 17 wins to only 8 losses, including an exciting extra-inning victory over Cathedral High School. Several players were honored for their performance, and the Crusader Athletic Department recently learned that Head Coach Dave Gandolph ’68 received an impressive honor as well...Read More

  • Scecina Selects Microsoft’s Office 365 for Education Platform

    Office 365 for Education is providing faculty, staff, and eventually students at SMHS with cloud-based versions of MS Office products, email, file storage, and web conferencing.
    SMHS President Joe Therber said “Technology is part of our Strategic Growth Plan. It is a necessary part of our overall efforts to provide our students with an outstanding education that prepares them to succeed in the 21st Century.” ...Read More

  • Robotics Club Continues to Grow

    There are so many different groups for students to get involved in at Scecina Memorial High School. One of the most unique and challenging groups to join is the Robotics Club. The students who participate in the Robotics Club are faced with the task of creating their own robots; they learn how to program and code in order to get their robots ready to compete...Read More




  • Coach Padgett '01 Reflects On All-Star Experience

    The Indiana Football Coaches Association hosts an annual all-star game each summer to recognize the top players and coaches in Indiana. This year, Coach Kyle Padgett '01 was selected to serve as an assistant coach for the South Team.  The players and coaches spend a week together preparing for the game, and for many it is this experience that is the highlight of the week. We asked Coach Padgett to give us glimpse...Read More





  • Growing According to Plan

     President Joe Therber

    When it comes to thinking about the future, I have always liked this quotation from Lewis Carroll: “If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

    Fortunately, at SMHS we have a plan to guide our future. We call it the Strategic Growth Plan.Today, I would like to highlight one Strategic Growth Plan area, in particular, in which we have made significant progress: Technology...Read More.

  • New V.P. to Begin New Era in Tech

     David Dellacca

    Over the past two years, the Scecina Memorial Technology Committee and many other people have been instrumental in laying the foundation for a new technology era at our school. Today, this era has begun in earnest with President Joe Therber’s announcement that Mr. David Dellacca has been hired to serve as the school’s first Vice President of Technology...Read More



  • Siblings Stand Out On National French Exam

     Sabrina Georges '15

    This past spring, several students participated in Le Grand Concours, or the National French Contest. Two Crusaders finished in the top ten at both the State and National levels!...Read More




  • I Wanna Rock!

    During World War II, Father Thomas Scecina was among the many POWs who lost his life on a Japanese Imperial ship. Today, students at Scecina Memorial remember the bravery of Father Scecina in many ways; one way is by naming the school’s rock band after the ship he died on...Read More


  • 2014 Commencement Reflection


     Olivia Page '14

    Graduation, we actually made it this far. For some it was a relief to finally be done with projects, classes, and school in general. However, there is always a little fear for the uncertain future. What will college be like? Will I stay friends with my Scecina classmates? What should I be when I grow up? ...Read More



  • 2014 Baccalaureate Reflection

     Sarah Elam '14

    It seems fitting that one of the Class of 2014’s last moments as a senior class was spent celebrating Mass together in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Processing into Mass, it felt like the beginning of the end for our time together, but everyone made sure to be all smiles and no tears...Read More



  • Softball | Fruity Thursday

  • Looking Forward | Improvements and Expansions


     Joe Therber, President

    We understand that one of the unique features of a Scecina Memorial education is a personalized, Catholic Christian school environment. This environment fosters acceptance, compassion, and respect for the diversity that is among us.

    Listening to the members of our school community and addressing their needs is an important part of this personalized approach to education. Therefore, I am pleased to announce the following improvements and expansions that you can expect for the 2014-2015 school year ... Read More

  • Super Academics!

    The Academic Super Bowl Team is a great example of students working together to achieve academic success. These students, and the teachers who coach them, put in countless hours reviewing and studying materials in order to prepare themselves for interscholastic competitions. Members of the 2014 Academic Superbowl Team are...Read More




  • The Class of 2014

    To the Class of 2014, you have attained great heights and measurable results in academics, athletics, service, and the arts.Your grades, prayers, scholarships, awards, championships, acts of kindness, worship, service, conduct, and attendance throughout high school—these are now facts in the history book of Scecina Memorial High School. At the same time, so much of a Catholic education is not measurable...Read More




  • Scholar Athlete Awards | Guest Speaker, Jack Doyle

    The month of May is an exciting time for our Scecina Memorial High School families. There are a number of events that celebrate the successes of our students and that affirm the school community’s role in making these successes possible. This week, I would like to share my remarks from two such events...Read More




  • Celebrating Our Latin Scholars

    Every year, a handful of Scecina Memorial Latin students join over 140,000 others from across our nation in taking the National Latin Exam. The exam, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, is a timed, 40-question, multiple-choice test offered to students on seven levels. This year, five Crusaders took the 2014 National Latin Exam and...Read More.


  • Underclass Retreats Return!

    “All of it,” writes a freshmen student in response to the question “What was your favorite part about retreat?” Another student wrote that the retreat helped him feel closer to God and to his classmates.This past April saw the return of underclass retreats to Scecina Memorial High School. The program was reinstated as a result of the fruits from the Strategic Growth Plan’s focus on the Catholic Identity...Read More.


  • Three Seniors Help Team Peyton

    On April 25, three Scecina Memorial seniors had an opportunity to give back to the community and meet one of their football heroes at the same time. Nolan Ayres ‘14, Gary Fisher ‘14, and Jordan Brown ’14 volunteered with St. Vincent’s Sports Medicine to help run the Team Peyton All Stars...Read More.



  • Sprechen Sie Baseball? | Senior to Play in Germany

    Aaron Leming ‘14 was selected to represent the United States in a series of international baseball games versus teams from Germany and The Netherlands this summer. He will spend two weeks in Germany and Holland playing baseball and...Read More.


  • Affirming Academic Excellence

    On April 28, at our President’s Academic Excellence Awards, Scecina Memorial recognized 62 outstanding young people for their academic performance during the 2013-2014 school year. These students, in-turn, honored the individuals whom they believed to be influential in their success. My remarks from that evening follow...Read More



  • Rogers '14 Earns Athlete of The Week

  • Father Paul Koetter Honored by NCEA

    Talk about an experience I will never forget! I was in Pittsburgh this week for the National Catholic Education Association Convention, a gathering of thousands of workers in the vineyard—bishops, priests, central office personnel, school administrators, teachers, catechists, and volunteers. On Tuesday night, I attended an awards program as “one of our own” received a Distinguished Pastor Award...Read More




  • Boys Volleyball Begins New Tradition

    Any fan of Crusader Athletics knows that the Lady Crusader volleyball program has enjoyed a great amount of success over the past twenty years. Longtime teacher and coach, Brian Hawkins, has built a successful volleyball program that produces quality players year after year. But what the Crusader Community may not realize...Read More


  • Our Shared Vision

    Who do you want to become? What legacy do you want to leave for the world?These are questions of vision.

    The theme of our Strategic Growth Planning process was Uniting People. Faith. Vision. We are about uniting the people of our community around the Faith of our Church to build a shared vision for our future. Along with Scecina Memorial's mission and core values-which I touched on in previous posts-our new Strategic Growth Plan provides an updated vision for our school...Read More


  • Crusaders For Life | Alive and Active

    The Catholic social teaching of Right to Life promotes compassion and concern for all human beings from the time of conception to a natural death; aiming to protect those who are innocent and vulnerable within society. Crusaders for Life is a club at Scecina Memorial with the goal of...Read More



  • Clubs Teach Students Life Skills

    Co-curricular clubs and activities are an important aspect of Student Life at Scecina Memorial High School. The school currently has 20 clubs that students can join, with more planned for the coming year...Read More




  • Jim Gavaghan Honored With Neidlinger Award


    On February 22, 2014 Jim Gavaghan was honored for his commitment  and service to Scecina Memorial athletics by being awarded the Larry Neidlinger "We Care" Award...Read More





  • Celebrating Our Core Values

    Who is a person whose approach to life is so compelling that you want to learn his or her underlying values? Schools have values, too...Read More






  • Lady Crusader Basketball | Gavaghan ’14 Tops 1,000

    The 2013-2014 season was a year of improvement for the Lady Crusaders. The team posted 10 wins—two more than the previous year—and fired up the Scecina faithful with determined effort and enthusiasm. In addition to the team success, the season will be remembered for the individual accomplishments of the program’s four-year starter, Shannon Gavaghan ’14...Read More


  • Crusader Football | Scholar-Athlete Tradition

    The National Football Foundation was founded in 1947 to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America's young people. The Crusader Football Program shares this admirable goal, and the Foundation has taken notice...Read More.


  • Scecina Memorial Key Club Receives Charter

    It’s official. On Thursday, March 5, 2014 Scecina Memorial’s Key Club was officially chartered by the Northwest Indianapolis Kiwanis Club. Students, parents, and representatives from Kiwanis International were on hand for the chartering ceremony and induction of members...Read More



  • Cheerleaders Place 3rd in ICC Tourney

    The Scecina Memorial cheerleaders spent June through March supporting the Crusader athletes at football and basketball games, as well as at Senior Night for the tennis, volleyball, and soccer teams. In addition to cheering at 50+ plus games throughout the school year, the squad makes banners, decorates lockers, and provides sweet treats to the athletes of Scecina. But last Saturday, March 1, it was the cheerleaders' turn to stand in the spotlight...Read More

  • Mission | Our Guiding Star

    Mission is a beautiful and powerful word.  It is a guiding star, a motivator with ultimate purpose.  It helps keep us true to being who we say we are and want to be.   The President of Scecina Memorial High School is responsible to...Read More





  • The Daily Drive


    From mid-October through January, hardly a day passed without SMHS students leading our school community in efforts to enhance the greater community. While students annually give back through Service Day and the "Extra" Service Program, a number of student life clubs "give that little extra" to those in need... Learn More

  • Let's Play Ball!

    Dave Gandolph '68 Returns to Lead Crusader Baseball

    Some baseball coaches would be content to retire after being named to the IHSBCA Hall of Fame and posting over 700 career victories. But Dave Gandolph '68 and his wife, Ann (McAtee) Gandolph '67, saw a very special opportunity for Dave to continue his passion for coaching and the game of baseball at their alma mater.

    In November, Dave was officially hired as the new Head Coach of the Scecina Memorial Baseball program...Read More


  • Godhigh '14 Earns Scholarship


    This past fall, the Indianapolis Fire Department's Emerald Society established a need-based scholarship at Scecina Memorial High School. The scholarship was to be awarded to a deserving student who displayed positive citizenship and leadership... Read More


  • Our Key Club Is Famous!

    Key Club Brochure

    Kiwanis International’s Key Club is one of many student life programs offered at Scecina Memorial. In October, several Crusaders modeled for Kiwanis International at a photo shoot... Read More




  • Full Speed Ahead | Michael Kennedy '14 Admitted to U.S. Naval Academy

    In the last issue of The Crusader, we highlighted the summer activities undertaken by several students and staff. One feature was on Michael Kennedy '14, who spent a week at the U.S. Naval Academy's Summer Seminar. ...Read More

  • Veterans Day

    Greetings! Today is a day of great significance, both to our country and to our school. Today, of course, is Veterans Day! We are all beneficiaries of our military veterans’ patriotism and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good...Read More.

  • Our Catholic Faith

    With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" would begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. In support of the "Year of Faith", the Archdiocese of Indianapolis recently released "10 Things We Want You to Know About the Catholic Faith." Educating our students in the Catholic tradition and promoting Catholic values is at the heart of our mission. 72% of Scecina Memorial students are Catholic, and we are proud to serve families ...

  • New Year, Enrollment Up

    Dear Scecina Memorial Community, The new school year of forming, informing, and transforming our students is fully in session. God has graced us once again with many blessings!Enrollment is 406 students, representing a 25% increase since 2009 and our highest figure in 12 years. We welcomed a freshmen class of 123 students...

  • Top 10 + 1

    The Crusader Class of 2013 recently completed their high school careers with many stellar accomplishments! Gratefully, I congratulate and extend all best wishes to all of these fine young people as the next chapters in their promising young lives unfold. If I were to make a “Top 10 + 1” list of positive news during the past year that has meaning to our students, parents, alumni, and friends, it would look like this...

  • Heading Toward Commencement

    Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2013 are less than a month away. As these milestones approach, I am impacted by the depth and breadth of accomplishments and potential in our Senior Class. Having come to know many of these fine young men and women, I truly appreciate their tremendous God-given gifts, their keen intellects and insights, and the camaraderie that they enjoy.

  • Uniting People

    Earlier this month, we held an exciting Strategic Planning Convocation on campus. More than 160 people attended to share their thoughts and dreams about the future of our school. The event was a great testimony to the loyalty of many alumni and friends, and to the importance of SMHS as an Eastside anchor.

  • Crusader Spirit

    This week, our Crusader gridiron squad prepares to take the field in the Semi-State Championship Game on Friday night versus Linton-Stockton. I want to make note of the true Crusader Spirit that marks our football team and numerous other school endeavors. Last week, we held our Open House for prospective students and families.

  • Scecina Earns Grade "A" Once Again

    Earlier this year, the Indiana Department of Education expanded its school report card criteria to include college and career readiness, graduation rates, and End of Course Assessment data. Our newest school “A” rating from the Department of Education presents an opportunity to congratulate hundreds of people. First and foremost, our current and very recent students earned this accomplishment; they deserve our most sincere recognition.

  • Gymnasium Improvements Impress

    We announce with great pleasure the newest in a multi-year series of capital improvements to benefit our students’ academic and co-curricular experience. The generosity of friends of Scecina Memorial High School has resulted in many recent updates and upgrades to our multi-purpose gymnasium. The gymnasium, as you know, is where we hold weekly Mass, physical education classes, athletic practices and competitions, Back to School Night, friend-raising events, special assemblies, the Scholar Athlete...

  • Charity: Sharing Our God-Given Gifts

    Greetings! As a way to communicate with you, this blog will be an avenue for sharing news and views regarding Scecina Memorial High School. I look forward to starting this endeavor and welcome your comments and suggestions along the way.

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