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 President Therber can be contacted by email at or by  telephone at 317.352.3282

  • Scecina embarks on summer projects

    Leffler Scholarship recipient Will Ferree (left) with Coach Ott Hurrle.

    Leffler Scholarship recipient Will Ferree (left) with Coach Ott Hurrle.


    I hope everyone is enjoying the summer break and getting some deserved rest and relaxation.

    Work on a couple of exciting and important summer projects is well underway for the benefit of the Scecina experience for all our students, staff and visitors.

    The full-scale library renovation is underway and will result in a transformed technology-rich, college preparatory learning and meeting space for our students and community groups. We also soon will begin replacing and repairing sidewalks around the perimeter of the school.

    Looking even further ahead, Scecina recently presented our Exploration, Discovery, and Financial Feasibility Study Report regarding the next phase of our educational and facility improvements to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The report and consultant recommendations reflected input from a variety of sources, including more than 130 personal interviews and mailed surveys. Scecina’s Board of Directors and administration are now in forward-looking conversations with the archdiocese about Scecina future.

     Lastly, I want to thank all who participated in or were sponsors for the Alumni Golf Classic that was held June 17 at West Chase Golf Club in Brownsburg. This was the first year the Classic was played at West Chase, owned by Scecina alumni Rick ’69 and Patti (Nonte) Smith '71. The Classic, besides being a fun time for Scecina alumni and friends, funds the annual Kenneth R. Leffler Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming senior who excels in academics and leadership and is the child or grandchild of a Scecina alumnus. The scholarship also reflects the values Mr. Leffler encouraged as a teacher, coach, and friend. This year’s recipient is Will Ferree (pictured above with Coach Ott Hurrle). Congratulations, Will!

    Enjoy the rest of your summer; please look for more library transformation updates; and may peace be with you and your families!

    Joe Therber

  • The Scecina Story is Alive and Well in Our 60th Year

    The Class of 2016 prays before Senior Awards Day May 25, 2016.

    What a week it was! Senior Awards Day, Baccalaureate Mass at Little Flower, and Commencement all rolled together as a wonderful tribute to the Scecina Class of 2016. During a full three-day period, these fine young people wrapped up four years of Catholic high school and commenced the next stages in their lives.

    The Class of 2016 amassed more than $10 million in college and university scholarship awards, earned numerous Scecina and national academic honors, served our community in profound ways, and garnered a bounty of awards for athletic participation and accomplishments. As I look at photographs of each class member with their current career aspirations in the main hallway of the school, I am optimistic about the future. The Class of 2016 aspires to be doctors, engineers, lawyers, business leaders, healthcare professionals, public servants, environmental scientists, architects, and foreign service officers. One young man in particular aspires to be something that is beyond and within all professions—“A Good Man.”

    Commencement was a glorious occasion—an uplifting celebration of diverse student gifts and accomplishments, a full gymnasium, a stage full of graduates, paper fans in response to heat and humidity, the Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis (Mrs. Gina Kuntz Fleming) sharing Archbishop Tobin’s and her congratulations, and more.

    The Class of 2016 is the 60th graduating class from Scecina Memorial High School. 1957 marked the first class of graduates. In our modern age of instant communication, 60 years can seem like 600. While much has changed during these 60 years, much remains the same. As was the case years ago, we see the Class of 2016 as our hope for a more peaceful and brighter future.

    At the Baccalaureate Mass, Father Bob Gilday, Pastor of Little Flower Parish and Scecina Board of Directors member, summed up the key to peace and happiness. The Gospel invites us to turn to Jesus for true sight and insight. We all have needs and blind spots, be they physical, spiritual, moral, or intellectual. Jesus Christ, our true Master Teacher, can turn our needs and blindness into riches and vision.

    Congratulations to the Class of 2016, their families and mentors, and to everyone who has helped ensure that the Scecina Story is alive and well in our 60th year.

    God Bless!

    Joe Therber

  • Scecina recognizes students' academic achievements

    There were 19 recipients of the President's Academic Excellence Award in the Class of 2016, who graduated on May 27, the 60th commencement.

    Dear Scecina parents and friends,

    On April 25, we held a fantastic student recognition event at Scecina. Started in 2001, the President's Academic Excellence Awards Program has become a wonderful annual event to recognize the students in each class who have the Top Ten grade point averages or grade point averages of 4.0 or higher.

    This year, we recognized 77 freshmen through senior students! These young men and women truly exemplify outstanding academic achievement. They work hard, are dedicated student leaders, are involved in numerous co-curricular activities, serve in our community beyond Scecina, are very principled, and are future leaders.

    The Class of 2016 was awarded more than $10.5 million in college merit scholarships, which amounts to more than $100,000 per student. Out of those 96 seniors, 19 were recipients of the President's Academic Excellence Awards. The senior recipients each had selected a mentor and shared an inspiring reflection about the mentor. The mentors were teachers, coaches, parents, grandparents, and siblings. Many of the mentors, but not all, are Scecina alumni. All in all, seeing these mentor-student relationships reminded me of the assets that make the Scecina community unique and special - inspiration, gratitude, trust, and lifelong relationships. 

    I congratulate the parents and family members of all 77 recipients of the President's Academic Excellence Awards. These families exemplify the domestic Church, where values of prayer, compassion, acceptance, and striving to do one's best are fostered.

    Our prior recipients of the President's Academic Excellence Award are making wonderful impact in colleges, universities, and communities across our nation and world. This year's recipients will do no less. God has blessed them with an abundance of gifts to use in service.

    Congratulations once again to the Class of 2016, each of our recipients, and to all of our students for working to the best of their ability in all of their pursuits. 

    God Bless,

    Joe Therber

  • Committed to serving a diverse and gifted community


    Dear Scecina parents and friends,

    How could Scecina serve even more of God’s children?

    As a school, we’ve often discussed this question. As you are aware, Scecina is committed to updating our strong academic programs to serve our community and also to stay true to our mission to serve our diverse and gifted community.

    We have accomplished many things in regard to that mission: increased the number of Advanced Placement courses; implemented a four-year Biomedical Sciences program; expanded visual and performing arts classes; added dual-credit classes; partnered with a foreign-exchange program; and offered online courses and classes for students to whom English is a second language.

    For the 2016-17 school year, we are very pleased to announce that we are expanding a program that will allow us to serve more students. A pilot program called CREST will broaden our services and academic offerings for students with autism.

    CREST stands for Crusaders Reaching Educational and Social Goals Together. Students in the CREST program will receive the same quality education that all Scecina students receive and which will lead to their high school diploma in preparation for college and careers.

    This opportunity will help us fulfill our mission as a Catholic preparatory school for college and for life. We look forward to welcoming new students who want to grow even further in their academic abilities and life skills.

    Principal John Hegarty and teacher Lee Ann Van Benten, director of our Learning Differences program, are leading our efforts on CREST. They both have the experience, the knowledge and the compassion to make CREST a welcoming and academically strong program.

    Besides receiving academic assistance, students in CREST will have a social skills class that will help them with their peer-to-peer interaction and also coach them in life skills such as shopping, driving, and other daily activities that these students may struggle with.

    We believe many families are seeking a trusted place for their children who are on the autism spectrum. Such families who want the values of a Christian community may have limited choices. We now are giving them a great option with the addition of CREST, and they will be able to take advantage of the many other academic, sports and co-curricular programs that Scecina offers.

    God Bless,

    Joe Therber

  • Scecina graduates prepared for the future

    A Scecina Memorial High School diploma,        a passport to a bright future


    At Scecina Memorial High School, we focus on preparing our students for college and for life in our Catholic Christian environment. For four years, we help them grow in knowledge, faith and wisdom as they develop into young adults ready for the next step that God offers them.

    I really cherish seeing where those next steps lead.

    I had the pleasure recently of visiting the University of Dayton to attend a senior piano recital by Jonathan Higgins, Scecina’s 2012 valedictorian. Jonathan will graduate next month and then head to St. Michael Catholic Church in Greenfield to lead its music ministry program.

    Jonny’s recital was a beautiful capstone experience for his K-16 educational career, every year of which has been in a Catholic school, first at Our Lady of Lourdes School, then at Scecina, and now at the University of Dayton. He beautifully wove elements of faith, academics, music, mission, and family together into a moving experience.

    As yet another Scecina Commencement day nears, I have an update on how some other Scecina graduates -- students from our Class of 2015 -- are doing.

    Robert “Bo” Leszcynski, last year’s valedictorian, also is at the University of Dayton, where he is studying biochemistry and “enjoying every minute of it, “ he says. “The education I received at Scecina has given me such a huge head start that I literally could not have imagined a year ago – not just a basis for college subject material, but also in how to manage my time wisely and interact with teachers. Those are just two of the many skills Scecina was able to give me.”

    Caroline Sausser, last year’s salutatorian, is at Miami University in Ohio, where she is pursuing a double major in Classical Studies and Classical Languages. The credits she earned by taking Scecina’s Advancement Placement courses and the AP exams elevated her to sophomore class status and allowed her to take on multiple upper-level courses as a freshman at Miami. “Thanks to Scecina and my AP classes, I had good study habits and was prepared; I could balance school with extracurricular and social activities, and I know how to develop positive relationships with faculty,” she wrote.

    Jessi Ryan, a top 10 student from the Class of 2015, made the Dean’s List at the University of Kentucky, where she is majoring in neuroscience and psychology with plans to attend medical school. “I would say the higher-level classes I took my junior and senior year (at Scecina) definitely prepared me, especially for all the math and chemistry,” she said. “I also had a lot of credits from AP coming into the UK, so I got to skip a lot of typical freshman 100 level classes.”

    Each of these young people was a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award while at Scecina. They owe their success to their parents and to their own hard work. We are proud to have partnered with their families during their time at Scecina. We are truly proud of our dedicated staff that works diligently to prepare our students for the opportunities and challenges that lie before them.

    The Class of 2016 is about to embark on a similar journey. Like so many Scecina classes before them, they have been accepted at top universities and offered many scholarships. We’ll be letting you know more about these achievements in the next month.

    Thank you, Scecina families, for trusting us to help prepare your children for the future.

    God Bless,

    Joe Therber

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