Molly Maassen named Helias Catholic girls tennis coach

Molly Maassen will join the Helias Catholic High School staff as head coach for the girls tennis team in the 2022–23 school year.

“Mrs. Maassen brings years of tennis experience and a love for the game that will serve our student-athletes well,” said Dwayne Clingman, Helias Catholic athletic and activities director. “We’re happy to welcome her back to Helias Catholic.”

Mrs. Maassen is a 1992 graduate of Helias Catholic. She has a degree in marketing from Rockhurst College, where she played NCAA Division 2 tennis.

“I began playing tennis at a very young age. My love of the game led to years of lessons from Dennis Van Der Meer coaches and attending a Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy camp,” Mrs. Maassen said. “I am very excited to be coaching the sport I love at my alma mater and look forward to a great season.”

Mrs. Maassen lives in Linn, where she has served as a substitute teacher at Linn High School and volunteer at St. George Catholic School. She and her husband, Tom, have two sons, Adam and Caleb.

Summer Office Hours

Helias Catholic’s business office will be open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday during June and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday during July.

The school office will be closed July 2-10 during MSHSAA’s no activities period.

Have a super summer!

2022-23 NFL Card Fundraiser

NFL fundraiser cards are available to pick up at the school office.

Students participating in a MSHSAA sport or activity may sell these cards to offset the participation fee. (Students may pay a $275 participation fee, sell five NFL cards and pay a $150 fee, or sell 15 NFL cards to cover the full fee.)

NFL cards are due back with money by Aug. 26, 2022.

The participation fee and fundraiser applies to students participating in the following activities: any MSHSAA sport, Academic Team, band, cheerleading, choir, dance and Speech Team.

Zach Rockers named Helias Catholic campus ministry director

Zach Rockers will serve as director of campus ministry at Helias Catholic High School for the 2022-23 school year.

Mr. Rockers, alongside chaplain Father Paul Clark, will lead Helias Catholic’s faith formation program, which strives to provide opportunities that lead to a deeper awareness of the message of God’s love and opportunities for worship, supporting the formation of a community of faith, and the promotion of service as a way of life.

“This school and community have had such a positive impact on my life and my walk of faith. I look forward to working with our students and community to continue to strive to put Jesus at the heart of all that we do,” said Mr. Rockers.

He points to his favorite Scripture verse, John 10:10, as a guide for the school’s spiritual mission: “I came that you may have life and have it abundantly.”

“It’s a joy to help our students realize that our faith helps us experience life to the fullest!” Mr. Rockers said.

Mr. Rockers has assisted with campus ministry and taught several theology courses since he began teaching at Helias Catholic in 2018. A 2011 graduate of Helias Catholic, Mr. Rockers has a master of arts degree in teaching and bachelor’s degrees in secondary education and business administration from Columbia College. In addition to his roles in the classroom and campus ministry, he serves as a coach for Helias Catholic’s football and boys basketball teams.

“Mr. Rockers brings a vision and passion for campus ministry that involves empowering our young people to step into leadership roles among their peers and to have ownership in their own formation. This includes a strong partnership with the local parishes and resources for their parish schools,” said Helias Catholic Principal Spencer Allen. “Through Mr. Rockers’ leadership, we are working toward a campus ministry that is not for the students, but through them for the greater glory of Christ.”

Graduation Livestream

The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2022 will be livestreamed on the Helias Catholic High School YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/4s1V3vAVabI at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22.

Precautionary Lockdown 5/17

Helias Catholic High School was on a brief precautionary lockdown at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2022, due to police activity in the area that was unrelated to the school.

Fr. Paul Clark to join Helias Catholic as chaplain

Fr. Paul Clark will join the Helias Catholic High School community as the school’s chaplain for the 2022-23 school year.

“Fr. Clark’s kindness and enthusiasm demonstrate a deep love of Jesus and commitment to serving God’s people, and those gifts will be warmly received by our community,” said Helias Catholic President John Knight. “We’re happy to welcome Fr. Clark to the Helias Catholic family and looking forward to the positive presence he’ll offer our young people as we work toward our vision of building a community of saints and scholars for Christ.”

Fr. Clark currently serves as moderator of youth and young adult ministry and vocation director for the Diocese of Jefferson City, in addition to serving as part-time chaplain at Fr. Tolton Catholic High School and at St. Thomas More Newman Center parish in Columbia. In his new assignment, he will continue as vocation director and moderator of youth and young adult ministry as well as the diocese’s director of seminarians.

“I’m excited to witness what God is doing in the hearts of his young people at Helias Catholic, to be part of their journey and families,” Fr. Clark said.

Fr. Clark has a master of divinity and master of arts in theology from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, a degree in philosophy from Conception Seminary College, and bachelor’s degrees in biology and secondary education from Benedictine College. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Jefferson City in 2017.

Fr. Clark will succeed current Helias Catholic chaplains Fr. Stephen Jones and Fr. Ignitius Nimwesiga.

Fr. Jones first served as Helias Catholic’s chaplain in 2012-13 before leading the school as president from 2013-2020. He then served as chaplain for another two years. He will continue in his current role as diocesan director of stewardship.

“Fr. Jones has given so much to Helias Catholic. His contributions, both as president and as chaplain, have strengthened our Catholic mission in countless ways,” Knight said.

Fr. Nimwesiga spent the last year serving as a part-time chaplain at Helias Catholic and an associate pastor at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City.

“In the year he has been with us, everyone has come to love Fr. Iggy for his kindness, his gentleness and his deep faith,” Knight said. “We know the Fr. Tolton Catholic community will benefit from all he has to offer.”

These assignments from Bishop W. Shawn McKnight will be effective July 1.

2021-22 Senior Awards

Helias Catholic High School recognized the accomplishments of members of the Class of 2022 during the senior awards ceremony held Thursday, May 5.

Five seniors received the Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger Service Award for 100 or more community service hours during the 2021-22 school year: Stephanie Dallmeyer, Emilia Godwin, Paige Ratcliff, Sydni Stratman and Emma Tompkins.

Five seniors received the John Baptist De La Salle Service Award for contributing 500 or more hours of service to our community during their high school years: Stephanie Dallmeyer, Emilia Godwin, Logan Mathews, Kyle Prenger and Emma Schaefer.

Samuel Conley was selected for Honorable Mention in the 2022 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2022.

Three seniors received the Hawthorn Bank Scholar Athlete Award based on GPA and athletic performance: Gabrielle Bax, Jacie Buschjost and Cole Stumpe.

Mari Cook received the Zonta Irene RObinette $1,000 Scholarship for 2022.

Three seniors received scholarships from the Pink Star Foundation, founded in honor of Mary Corinne “Corrie” Talken with a mission to provide assistance for the elderly, those with disabilities and the homeless community in the greater Jefferson City area: Annica Luebbering ($2,000), Alice Stieferman ($1,000) and Grace Verslues ($1,000).

Jaden Kolb received the Corey Bax Memorial Scholarship, established by the Bax family in memory of their son Corey, who was a graduate of the Class of 2009.

Logan Mathews received the Mediacom World Class Scholarship for $1,000.

Payton Kirchoff received the River Region Credit Union Scholarship for $2,000.

Josie Heckenkamp received the Rotary West Scholarship from the Jefferson City West Rotary Club for $3,000 total over eight semesters.

Five seniors received a $1,000 scholarship from the Cole County Medical Alliance: Livia Bloomer, Alyssa Gipe, William Herrbold, Caleb Mueller and Grace Verslues.

Audrey Cook and Jacie Buschjost received the A.J. Schwartze Scholarship for a renewable $4,000 per year.

Tyler Sandbothe received the KWOS Sportscasters Scholarship, awarded to a graduating senior who has a good academic record and has lettered in at least one sport, for $500.

Alice Stieferman received the Jefferson City Evening Lions Club Scholarship for $750.

Ten seniors received the Joseph Mayer Memorial Scholarship: Livia Bloomer, Molly Driscoll, Casey Farris, Raygan Hamilton, Alexa Lamb, Halle Luetkemeyer, Sydney Mingucci, Caleb Mueller, Eliza Pierce and Isabella Stewart.

Mikayla Brown received the Donald and Virginia Campbell Scholarship for $500.

Reece Chiles received the Jerome and Beatrice Forck Scholarship.

Josie Heckenkamp received the Maddie Scott Scholarship, awarded to a senior with good community involvement and a minimum 3.0 GPA, for $2,000.

Nine seniors received the Glory of Missouri Award, which recognizes students who exemplify the 14 characteristics upheld by the state of Missouri: knowledge, liberty, equality, law, justice, fraternity, education, progress, honor, truth, virtue, temperance, enterprise and charity:

  • Gabrielle Bax, Temperance.
  • Livia Bloomer, Virtue.
  • Jacie Buschjost, Law.
  • Sam Hentges, Justice.
  • Lee Holloway, Knowledge.
  • Logan Mathews, Honor.
  • Tyler Sandbothe, Equality.
  • Sydni Stratman, Progress.
  • Adam Winkelman, Fraternity.

Samantha Ehmke and Payton Kirchhoff received the Award of Excellence from the Missouri State High School Activities Association for exemplary display of sportsmanship, ethics and integrity.

Eliza Pierce received the Tuesday Club Grace Blair Humanities Award, which honors a senior student who has excelled in the humanities.

Lee Holloway and Livia Bloomer received the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award, given to one senior boy and girl selected by the faculty based on citizenship, scholarship and good attendance record.

Sam Hentges and Gabrielle Bax received the American Legion Citation, given to a senior boy and girl selected by the faculty based on leadership, scholarship and service.

Tyler Sandbothe and Eliza Pierce received the Father Helias Award, given to a senior boy and girl chosen as a result of their outstanding contribution to Helias Catholic during their four years of attendance.

2021-22 Student Awards

Helias Catholic High School recognized junior, sophomore and freshman students for their academic performance, service and achievements during a ceremony Thursday, May 12, in the school’s St. Pius X Chapel, following the senior awards assembly held the previous week.

Two juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen received the Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger Service Award for 100 or more community service hours during the 2021-22 school year:

  • Juniors: Lesley Uong (234 hours) and Kaitlyn Palmer (109 hours).
  • Sophomores: Claire Ashley (136 hours) and Jordan Howard (122 hours).
  • Freshmen: Jonathon Hasty (259 hours), Julian Schmidt (156 hours) and Payton Ratcliff (147 hours).

Five students received the Glory of Missouri Award, which recognizes students who exemplify the 14 characteristics upheld by the state of Missouri: knowledge, liberty, equality, law, justice, fraternity, education, progress, honor, truth, virtue, temperance, enterprise and charity:

  • Bridget Hollingsworth, Liberty.
  • Hannah Meystrik, Education.
  • Mutale Chilufya, Truth.
  • Andrew Dowden, Enterprise.
  • Ella Patterson, Charity.

Enzo Lenart received the Dr. Richard Skain Memorial Award, given to a sophomore who has demonstrated excellent character and scholarship.

Henry Neuenswander and Danielle Buker received the Jayne and Norb Luebbering Memorial Award, given to a junior girl and boy who have outstanding qualities of loyalty, character and participation in school activities.

Claire Cassmeyer and Sam Lopez received the Patricia Skain Memorial Award. These students were chosen based on scholarship, character and service to Helias Catholic.

Kailey Cracraft received the Bert Koester Memorial Award, given to a sophomore living in Cole County who has shown exemplary effort, initiative and character.

Aleksandr Careaga and Lela Mueller received the Helen and Mary Skain Award, given to a freshman boy and girl based on scholarship, character and service to Helias Catholic.

Danielle Buker, Jack Klebba, Henry Neuenswander and Drake Perkins received the Triple H Award for receiving three varsity letters in a single school year.

Henry Neuenswander and Mikah Edwards received the Carl M. Vogel Award, given to a junior boy and girl who have participated in athletics and plan to continue during their senior year.  Selection is made by the coaching staff on the basis of total contribution to the sports program.

The Hawthorn Bank Award presents a gift certificate to a boy and girl in each class who have the highest academic achievement. The following were chosen by random selection from the top students in each class:

  • Juniors: Joseph Raley and Leah Kolb.
  • Sophomores: Mark McDonald and Isabella Herrbold.
  • Freshmen: Samuel Grothoff and Frances Grellner.

The following students received the Bonnot and Hemmel Scholarship, given to the highest-ranking scholastic junior. Each of these students has a 4.0 GPA: George Bestgen, Sarah Case, Patrick Conley, Victoria Hentges, Aiden Hoeme, Leah Kolb, Miranda Kolb, Trevor Kolb, Aidan Martin, Avery Massman, Hannah Meystrik, Joseph Raley, Jacob Rembecki, Brooke Reutter, Tori Schmidt, Camryn Strope, Abigail Tesreau and Kadence Wynn.

Parents’ Club Uniform Re-Sale 5/17

The Helias Catholic Parents’ Club is hosting a Uniform Re-Sale from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the Crusader Commons.

There will be a $10 charge per table to sell items, and parents are responsible for staffing their own tables. Parents are encouraged to bring uniforms, spirit wear, team uniforms or any sports gear/uniforms associated with Helias Catholic.

Please contact Kristin Boyer at kmboyer2002@yahoo.com with any questions.