Dear Friends of Camden Catholic,
“How is Camden Catholic doing?” is the question we hear time and time again from alumni, donors, and former CCHS parents. Camden Catholic is doing well, very well, evidenced by the increase in enrollment, donors, and alumni engagement. Our students, faculty and administrators continue to respect our storied past while being intensely focused on the future of our school, our communities, and our world.
The bridge we are building becomes stronger each day. We work daily to build our community of students, a successful endeavor as we welcomed a 22-percent enrollment increase with the class of 2018 and received a similarly sized class of 2019. But it’s not only about enrollment. The Camden Catholic ideals of Honor, Faith and Loyalty continue to remain paramount, the foundation of our 128-year old bridge. Our devoted faculty members use these characteristics to empower our students with the skills and values to be contributing, thoughtful and motivated members of society beyond the walls of Camden Catholic.
The bridge to the future is also built through the generosity of the Camden Catholic community, as witnessed by the $6 million Campaign for the Future, which is closing in on its culmination in 2016. Through this campaign we have been able to increase our scholarship offerings, improve our school campus and plan for essential technology upgrades and additions. Our first-ever one-day giving event “Irish Giving Day,” held on St. Patrick’s Day, was a huge success. Proof that our community cares about the future of CCHS!
As we look ahead to the future, we must also look back as several key members of the Camden Catholic family complete their service to our school. Board Chair Scott Pilarz, S.J. is stepping down from the Board after 14 years of dedicated service as Chairman of the Board. Scott’s leadership and encouragement is a priceless gift to CCHS. Longtime executive Board member Robert DiStanislao has been named Board Chair in his stead. Mr. Jack Merritt and Mr. Wayne Nystrom, math faculty who both began teaching at CCHS during the 1969-70 school year, are retiring after more than 45-years. And, revered music instructor and chair of the arts department Mr. Joe “G” Gianfortune is also retiring. Mr. “G” arrived at CCHS in September of 1980 and has been (pardon the pun) instrumental in the lives of the many music and performing arts students since that time. Although they will be greatly missed in our halls, their lessons live on in the thousands of students they taught.
The service of these teachers, the leadership of Fr. Pilarz, and the thousands of you who support us is evidence of the fact that our foundation is stronger than ever, and our bridge to the future is paved with a caring, generous and passionate community.
Yours in Honor, Faith and Loyalty,
Mary Whipkey, P ’01, ’03, ’05 Heather Crisci P ‘17