2019 Academic Assembly

"Be great at something" was the challenge issued to the Detroit Catholic Central student body by Mr. Ben Herman '98, at the annual Academic Assembly held in the Robert Santello '58 Gymnasium.

The event takes place during the school day, and allows students involved in academic competition to be recognized in front of their peers.

Congratulations to the following clubs on their efforts!

  • Vex Robots is a small team robotics competition, where each member has a part in all facets of the robot build and operation. In the past two years we have sent six teams to the Michigan State Championships and two teams to World Championships. This year we have five returning members Cade Brigmon, Andrew Fisher, Nathan Linenberg, Luke Schafer and Jacob Yee all of the class of 21. 

  • FIRST Robotics is preparing for the winter competition season by training new members. Our returning seniors Wes Campbell, Zac O'Kronley, Matt Persha, and Andrew Vassallo are providing invaluable leadership during this process. Last year, the FIRST Robotics team won the District Championship in Livonia in an alliance with the Warriors (Livonia) and Pi-Hi Samurai (Ann Arbor) and attended the State Championship.

  • The Detroit CC Academic (Quiz Bowl) Team is the most successful quiz bowl program in the state of Michigan, and one of the most successful programs in the country. Since its founding in 1986, the CC Academic Team has won 23 state championships and 4 national championships.

  • DECA is an international organization that provides both high school and colligate students a platform to compete in various aspects of business including finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, and more. CC is currently in our fourth year of participating and has 118 active competing members, led by President Tristan Croteau '20.

  • HOSA Future Health Professionals is a national student leadership organization designed for students interested in a future career in any health care field. The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill, and leadership development of students interested in careers in health care. The 2019-2020 HOSA officers are Colin Knittel '20, Kyle Rodrigues '20, Kody Takada '20, and Logan Welter '21.

  • Mock Trial is a competitive simulated trial environment in which teams prepare for and try a case as if they were actual trial attorneys. The goal of the program is to foster critical thinking, public speaking, and the ability to adapt and think quickly to mutable circumstances while giving students a greater understanding of and appreciation for our system of law. The team leaders entering the 2019-2020 season are Marcello Maccani '20, River Rue '20, and Nolan Rose '21.

  • The Catholic Central Competitive Speech Association (3CSA) includes debate, speech, oratorical contests, and other events that focus on communication and competition.  Students travel across the state and country to match wits and skills against the elite speech programs in the nation.  When the campus was located on Outer Drive and on Breakfast Drive, the moderator was the iconic CC teacher, Frank Garlicki. The program is in its third year after being re-established.

  • Chinese Quiz Bowl takes place each spring on Wayne State University campus. Normally an average of 200 students from Middle and High Schools from all over southeastern Michigan will participate. Students compete over many rounds on Chinese language, idioms, cultural and geographical questions. The CC Team won the Championship in 2014, and 2nd place in subsequent years until 2017.

Thank you to these clubs, their moderators, and their many active members for representing Detroit Catholic Central so well!

“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.