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JOB WELL DONE: A staple at St Joseph Catholic Academy for more than three decades, school president and principal Bob Freund is retiring at the end of the school year. Do you have any special memories of Mr. Freund/Coach Freund? Let us know!

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Following an extensive national search, the St. Joseph Catholic Academy Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Deacon Patrick Moynihan has been selected as the new President, succeeding Mr. Robert Freund upon his retirement. Deacon Moynihan served as President of The Haitian Project and Head of its Louverture Cleary School (LCS), a tuition-free private Catholic secondary boarding school outside of Port-au-Prince, for over 20 years. He led United States and Haitian faculty, staff and volunteers responsible for operating LCS, which he built into one of the top education programs in Haiti. He also created one of the largest university scholarship programs in the country to ensure the success of LCS students after graduation. Deacon Moynihan has a wealth of experience in strategic planning, fundraising, finance and communications. He is a published op-ed writer, a sought-after homilist and an excellent public speaker. “We were fortunate to interview a number of qualified candidates, but Patrick’s experience, energy and charisma made him the ideal choice for St. Joseph Catholic Academy. As a team, our Search Committee saw Patrick as clearly driven, dynamic, confident and a visionary. I am grateful for the dedication of the Search Committee members on this important decision. We are delighted to welcome Deacon Patrick Moynihan to SJCA,” said Beth Bahr, Chair of the Search Committee. Mr. Robert Freund, current St. Joseph Catholic Academy (SJCA) President/High School Principal, met with Deacon Moynihan during the interview process and was very favorably impressed. “He’s professional. He understands what it takes to create a successful educational environment. I am excited to watch him lead and elevate SJCA to greater heights.” Deacon Moynihan has received several awards, including an Honorary Doctorate in Humanitarian Service from Providence College, the Pierre Toussaint Medallion from the Archdiocese of New York for advancing the cause of educational opportunity, social justice and the gospel, and Brown University’s John Hope Award for Public Service. Moynihan graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and earned a Master of Arts Degree with distinction in Religious Studies from Providence College.


Name: Hayden Dippel '21

School: St. Joseph Catholic Academy

Parents: George and Jean Dippel of Kenosha

Most memorable high school moment: Going to the cross country state meet my sophomore year.

Most influential teacher: Kristen Peterson in AP Psychology, AP Micro/Macro Econ, World History, AP Gov; She has fun and engaging classes surrounding subjects that can actually be applied and help me later on in life.

School activities/clubs: National Honor Society

School athletics: Cross country, track

School offices held: President of the NHS

Honors, letters or awards: Was a cross country captain, Been first honor's honors roll in high school, have gotten three letters in cross country.

Out-of-school activities/hobbies: Golf, Videogames, BAsketball, Football, Fishing

College choice: UW-Madison

Intended major/field of study: Actuarial Sciences

Role model: Michael Pienkos

Three words that best describe my role model: Hard-working, honest, and fun

What I hope to accomplish in my lifetime: I want to eventually settle down and have a family and live near my family.



Name: Hannah Altergott '21

School: St. Joseph Catholic Academy

Parents: Troy and Patricia Altergott of Kenosha

Most memorable high school moment: Team State for tennis!

Most influential teacher: Kristen Peterson in AP Psych and World History; Mrs. Peterson made every subject entertaining and I have always admired her intelligence and sense of humor. She taught me the value of hard work and always challenged me to be my best.

School activities/clubs: Art Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, stage crew, student government, National Studio Art Society

School athletics: Tennis, track

School offices held: National Honors Society Vice President; Executive Vice President; Retreat Team Leader

Honors, letters, or awards: Varsity tennis 4-year letter; Tennis MVP; track 2-year letter; math, science, and art honors; high honor roll

Out-of-school activities/hobbies: Tennis instructor

College choice: UW-Madison

Intended major/field of study: Biochemistry

Role model: My mom

Three words that best describe my role mode: Kind, supportive, understanding

What I hope to accomplish in my lifetime: I hope to be successful in the medical career and travel the world!

 Ben '21 is the son of Loretta Kristan Pable '85

Robert Jenewein '21 and Sa'iid Robinson '21 were awarded the prestigious Herb Kohl Scholarships and three students were honored by the Mayor’s Youth Commission:

Robert was selected as a 2021 Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship recipient receiving a $10,000 college scholarship. He is the son of Michelle Peltier Jenewein '85

Sa’iid was selected as a 2021 Herb Kohl Student Initiative Scholarship recipient and will also receive a $10,000 scholarship.

Kristen Bahr '25, Thomas Connolly '23, and Sa'iid Robinson '21 were the three students honored by Mayor's Youth Commission. 




                               Ben '21 is the son of John & Loretta Kristan '85 Pable


Tori Schuler '21 signs with Millikin University to play volleyball this fall. She is the daughter of Steve '95 & Shelby Schuler.