December 2012 - Oldenburg Academy

December 2012 - Oldenburg Academy

Oldenburg Academy

of the Immaculate Conception

opportunities await... every student, every day!

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Every Advent I make a commitment to attend the

Women’s Advent evening of prayer, reflection and

a meal with over 150 women who live in the

Cincinnati area. It is such a reflective experience

and helps me pause and reflect on the real meaning

of the Advent season. The winter season with

the darker mornings, shorter days and often

chilly temperatures call me to go within and be

with my God.

There are so many Christmas traditions and

family expectations that at times we forget who we really are preparing to

awaken in our lives. Commercials are already promoting what companies

will think will soon be the hot item to buy. Even the stores are promoting

Christmas sales and one radio station is already playing Christmas music.

Advent: prepare, quiet, calm, solitude, being, prayer, awaiting new life…

and so much more. I’m sure each of you have your own words to describe

the four weeks leading up to Christmas. Are your words more like: gifting,

consumerism, tiredness, limited time, anxiousness, baking, shopping, wrapping,

parties, rushing, working and working?




Save the Date!

December 10 2 pm


Celebration Mass

Whatever Advent means for you I invite each of us to take some time each

day to be with our God in the quiet of the moment. Most of all, I wish each

of you the gift of peace, peace in your families, at work, in your neighborhoods

and in our world. Wouldn’t that be gift enough if each of us did one

thing to mend a broken heart or heal a broken relationship? May this Advent

and Christmas season be one of creating inner peace so that we might

share that Christ-peace with others.

A Blessed Advent Season to each of you and Merry Christmas to you, your

loved ones and your families!

Merry Christmas!

Sr. Therese Gillman, OSF


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Season’s Greetings! Even as I am writing this, I can’t believe I am thinking about the 2012

holiday season, and parents are beginning long term formative plans for their children in choosing

a high school. To wrap you in holiday spirit that not only solidifies memories but joyful fortitude,

come check out the best gift OA has--her students--and begin thinking about the best gift you can give that no one can take

away….a high school education!

With regard to holiday events that are sure to set your hearts and spirits aglow…

• The OA Christmas Concert is December 9, 2012, at 4 p.m.

• Stuco (student council) will kick off holiday cheer in the student body with the annual “12 Days of Christmas”

event beginning on December 6th and running through the 21st.

• Holiday Under the Spires, Saturday, December 1st.

Many parents, much like where some of you were many years ago with your parents, are beginning to think about opportunities

that will generate greater life chances for their children. Oldenburg Academy and its curriculum, staff, and faculty

can help provide these greatest gifts/opportunities of all. The time, investment, and hopes we have for our children are truly


Christmas is a time of giving; that’s true, but my challenge to you is to look at the gifts you are giving. Are they gifts that

will be enjoyed over Christmas break then soon forgotten or ones that will be enjoyed for a lifetime? In my opinion, the rich

heritage of Oldenburg Academy coupled with the dedicated faculty and staff is one of the best long term investments you

can make. I sincerely pray that both you and your family have a peaceful and renewing holiday season with gifts you will

remember and enjoy for the rest of your lives. Have a blessed holiday season!

Mrs. Bettina Rose, Principal


160 Years


of education rooted in the



I invite you to take a

walk back in time to

1852. Imagine what it

must have been like for

Mother Theresia Hackelmeier

as she ventured

from Vienna, Austria

to the wilderness of

Oldenburg to provide

education for German

immigrants. During

her first few months Mother Theresia and three other young sisters began to prepare for the opening of school. Soon they were

joined by Theresa Dreer, a young women of superior education from Switzerland. Theresa Dreer, soon to be Sister Antonia

Dreer, was appointed as the first principal of what throughout the years became known as ICA/Oldenburg Academy. The first

students comprised of twenty children. Many of the students who lived in outlying farms stayed with the Sisters. The first students

came from families who struggled economically and in return for their education they provided products from their farm.

Since then the school has grown and flourished. Fast forward to 2012 and you will find ICA/OA alums in ten countries and

forty-nine states. The mission of providing “ Franciscan Catholic college preparatory education committed to academic excellence,

social responsibility, leadership and personal growth for our students who excel in our ever-changing world continues to

impact each of us today and as we go forth to share our gifts with others.”

Let us celebrate our rich 160th anniversary by joining in prayer on Monday, December 10th at 2:00 PM in the Sisters’ Chapel.

Join with us in giving thanks to our loving God for the blessings received throughout the years, and for God’s continued guidance

and wisdom as we face the future with hope. Most Reverend Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. will serve as celebrant

for our Eucharistic Celebration. A reception will follow in the Sisters’ dining room.

Sr. Therese Gillman, President

Department of the


Mr. Maple’s Classes

Business Foundations:

The Business Foundations class has been busy learning about a variety of topics such as Business Organization, Management, Human

Resources and Career Planning. Currently, they are learning about Marketing. Students had the opportunity to learn interview

skills and create their own resume and cover letter. These skills will be vital for each student in the future. Students look forward

to the annual etiquette lunch on December 7th.

Business Foundations is a one-semester course. Next semester, students will take Personal Finance. All students are welcome and

encouraged to take this class, which will be helpful in the future. Freshmen to Seniors are welcome to enroll in the course.


Students are busy creating their own business plans. This year, the Entrepreneurship class will be participating in the Maverick

Challenge. Sincere 2008 the Maverick Challenge has worked with over 370 students and mentors, to help students learn about

entrepreneurship and starting their own business. The Maverick Challenge is a high school business planning competition for high

school students in Southern Indiana.

The Maverick Challenge aims to further develop the innovative spirit of our region by reaching out to high school students and

showing them viable career opportunities through entrepreneurship. Students have access to all the tools needed to take their idea

from a concept and develop it into a full business plan. Students are linked up with community business mentors, and will present

their plans at a competition held at the OA gym on December 14th. Nine community judges will judge the students.

The top three students will win prizes and move on to Columbus for the regional competition. The prizes include: $500, $300 and

$200 for first through third place respectively.

For more information on this competition, please contact Mr. Jonathon Maple, Business Teacher, at jmaple@oldenburgacademy.

org or 812.934.4440 ext. 241.


Journalism is working hard at preparing various school videos (which can be found on YouTube), the yearbook, daily OA Today

announcements, as well as airing every week on Country 103.9 WRBI, and writing for the school blog!

Attention Senior Parents: Don’t forget to send in your Senior ad form received in the mail to Mr. Maple before Christmas Break!

Attention Business Owners: Help sponsor the OA Yearbook by buying a business ad!

Contact Mr. Jonathon Maple, Business/Journalism Teacher, Oldenburg Academy, 812.934.4440 ext. 241 or

Creative Writing/SAT:

Recently, the Creative Writing class wrote poems – they decided to share their thoughts on the Creative Writing/SAT prep class

with you through poems!

Creative writing is super fun

We always get a lot done

We always take vocab tests

So on the SAT we can do our best

Mr. Maple is a crazy cat

His witty comebacks are always up to bat

Our school day always starts off with a bang

When we get to Creative Writing with the gang

I think Mr. Maple would be pleased with us now

We’d like to end it with a bow.

We look forward everyday

To Mr. Maple’s smiling face.

We all get along so well,

No one feels out of place.

Sometimes we work together.

In a circle we have fun.

We write creatively, and learn,

Until the class is done.

Some days we get cupcakes.

Some days we take a test.

But everyday, no matter which,

This class is better than the rest.


STUCO’s 12 Days



OA’s annual 12 Days of Christmas celebration begins on December 6th. Students

look forward to the fun themes chosen by STUCO for the days before Christmas

Break begins. Student Council has been organizing this event for many years, and

days like “Ugly Christmas Sweater Day” and “Christmas Sock Day” really help

boost Christmas spirit around campus.

Another activity planned is the 3rd annual Christmas tree decorating contest. The

four classes compete against each other for the prize. Last year’s winners, the

Class of 2013, will work hard to claim the victory again this year.

Junior Class President, Gabrielle Mungcal, says, “With semester exams and

the close of the year, it can get pretty stressful for all of us here at the Academy.

Twelve Days of Christmas is a great way to spread cheer and get into a festive

Christmas mood.”

Student Council would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy

New Year!

Amy Grills, Math Department Chair

Student Council & Junior Class Moderator




11.2.12 $100 Winner: John Rumsey

Seller: Lyndsey Piche’

11.9.12 $100 Winner: Bob Ortman

Seller: Aaron Moorman

11.16.12 $100 Winner: Carol Meister

Seller: Direct Mail

11.23.12 $100 Winner: Dan & Zita Hartman

Seller: Courtney & Jackie Unkrich

11.30.12 $100 Winner: Dick Lang

Seller: Lora & Luke Weisenbauk

11.30.12 $500 Winner: Ms. Dorothy Rasfeld

Seller: Direct Mail


Merry Christmas to all!

Placement Test for the Class of 2017

Saturday, December 8, from 8:30 AM to 12 PM in the

academic building. Students can sign-in between 8 AM and

8:30 AM in the school lobby.

This test is for placement purposes, and there is no minimum

score required for acceptance. All supplies for the test will

be provided (even some snacks!) Students are encouraged to

get a good night’s rest the night before the test and to relax

and just do their best.

During the test, parents are encouraged to attend a parent

orientation in the school cafeteria. Information regarding

freshmen scholarships, academics, curriculum and courses

selection, co-curricular activities, financial aid and service

opportunities will be presented.

Pre-registration for the Placement Test is encouraged. To

register, please complete and submit a Placement Test Registration

Form available on-line at www.oldenburgacademy.

org. The test fee is $15. Checks and completed registration

forms can be mailed to Oldenburg Academy, c/o Mrs. Annette

Hunger, P.O. Box 200, Oldenburg, Indiana 47036.

For more information about the Placement Test, contact Mrs.

Annette Hunger, Admissions Director, at 812.934.4440

ext. 231 or

Join us for



Come one and all to the annual Oldenburg

Academy Christmas Concert, Christmas

Memories, December 9th, Sunday, at 4pm.

As the theme denotes, there will be many Christmas pieces

that you remember from Christmas’ past and childhood

memories. The concert choir will present Little Drummer

Boy, Christmas Madrigal, Christmas Blessings, and One

Small Child. The Academy singers will sing Jazz Gloria,

Breath of Heaven, The Sleigh, Alleluia Madrigal.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! The Orchestra will play such

Christmas Selections as A Most Wonderful Christmas, Pat

A Pan, White Christmas, Tintinabulations, Baby It’s Cold

Outside, the Beatles favorite Wonderful Christmas Time, An

Old World Christmas and Greensleeves.

Saxophones, Solos and Sultry Christmas Ballads await as

special soloists Alexa Fangman, Zach Gorman, and others

will be recognized!

Ms. Kris Wampler, Music Department Chair

To be eligible for incoming freshmen scholarships, students

must take the OA Placement Test.

Congratulations to the 5th and 6th grade speech


Oldenburg Academy congratulates the 60 fifth and sixth

grade students who participated in the Batesville Deanery

Speech Contest held at OA on November 3rd. The students

did an outstanding job presenting their speeches. A big

round of applause goes to the students and coaches for their

time and hard work. The following students earned the top

score in their category.

Stella Hillenbrand: St. Louis, Batesville - Serious

Logan Smith: St. Mary, Greensburg - Humorous

Sophie Brown and Kate Poltrack: St. Louis, Batesville -


St. Louis earned first place with the highest average school

score for the competition.

Congratulations to all the students!

Can’t Make the Concert?

Come and join all the music students, Orchestra

and Academy Singers at the Live Nativity at St.

Anthony’s this year around 5:30 pm on Dec. 7th.

The Orchestra students will be walking around and

playing christmas music at the town of Harrison

on Nov. 30 from 6-8pm and in Oldenburg for the

Spires weekend of Dec. 1, around noon to 2pm. As

long as there is no snow, rain or sleet.


Alumni Homecoming


“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.”

St. Francis of Assisi

This statement has been the mantra for the OA Alumni Association this past year while we moved forward in chartered and

unchartered territories.

On September 29th the Alumni Association presented Antsy McClain & the Trailerpark Troubadours in concert and while the

turnout was lower than expected, we were appreciative of the concertgoers who attended our first fundraising event and they

were presented with a very entertaining performance. This event allows us the opportunity to set up a new Alumni website

which is connected to our OA site. Please visit to view the site, which will be updated within the next few

weeks to include information about upcoming Alumni events.

We kicked off Homecoming weekend on Friday, October 12th with the Annual Distinguished Alumni Award Dinner held at

Hillcrest Country Club. Guests gathered at 6:30 pm to honor Dr. Maureen A. Murphy “72, former aspirant, currently residing

in Baraboo, Wisconsin where she is the Director of Medical Affairs for St. Clare Hospital. We were pleased to have some of her

family members, classmates, Oldenburg Academy staff, Sisters, and friends from the community, present when she was presented

with the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Early Saturday morning, October 13th over 175 former students of OA/ICA descended upon the Village of the Spires for

Homecoming 2012. We had representatives from most of the anniversary classes and many others from non-anniversary

classes. Homecoming is a time for former students to return and reminisce about their time at OA/ICA, time that seems like

only yesterday, yet time also tell us differently when we realize it has been 25, 50, or more years since we last came together as

a class. Thanks to Carmie Gindling Meyer ’63 and Veronica Starost ’62 for starting us off with the breakfast in the dining hall.

This was followed with mass in the chapel, which a special thanks to Marsha Hartman Parcell ’87 for arranging such a memorable

celebration. At the conclusion of the mass, the presentation of the 2012 Virtue Honor Education Award was awarded to

Sister Constance Smith, OSF ‘40. Linda Nobbe Siefert ’62, Trustee and former student of Sr. Constance presented the award

and Sr. Margie Jean Niemer accepted the award on behalf of Sr. Constance. Following the presentation lunch was served in a

very festively decorated gym compliments of Diane Enneking Dierkman ‘70 and Deb Currence Enneking ‘72 who graciously

helped Jane Bedel Walke ’76 and Liz Hartman Stenger ‘71. The festive ambiance set the tone for the celebration of the 160th

Anniversary of Oldenburg Academy and the 114th Anniversary of the Alumni Association. My sincere thanks to everyone for

their hard work. In lieu a business meeting, I presented an update of the changes and events our Board of Trustees have worked

on since January 2012. Following the announcements we were treated to a flare of sparklers atop a beautifully decorated cake

from Bertie Hartman Schmidt ’64. At the conclusion of the Homecoming Celebration, current students conducted tours of the

campus and at 2:00 PM former aspirants (these were students who were anticipating entering the Sisters of St. Francis) gathered

in the dining hall for a presentation from Carolyn Meyer and Jane Schaefer, Co-Directors of the Associate Program offered

by the Sisters of St. Francis.

As we ended a very busy weekend, I would like to extend a special thanks to our current board, Liz Hartman Stenger ’71, Jane

Bedel Wlke’76, Bertie Hartman Schmidt ’64 and Trustees, Barb Hirt ‘51, Ruth Leurck Mayo ’67, and Linda Nobbe Siefert ’61

and to Sarah Lamping, Alumni Relations Coordinator, for their hard work and dedication to OA and the Alumni Association.

Pam Decker Vonderhaar ’64,

President OA Alumni Association



Thanks to Our Sponsors!


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Senior Scholarship and/or Acceptance Notification Letters: Seniors who have been awarded scholarships from colleges,

universities, or private organizations should bring copies of notification to the guidance office. All offered scholarships and offers

of admission will be published in the graduation program and at school.

Scholarship Information and Notices

Dearborn County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship:

Seniors residing in Dearborn County are encouraged to apply for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This scholarship

will provide full tuition and required fees at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. Applications

are due to Mrs. Lancaster on January 9, 2013.

Franklin County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship:

Seniors residing in Franklin County are encouraged to apply for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This scholarship

will provide full tuition and required fees at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. A representative

from FCCF will be at OA in December to speak with Franklin County seniors about this opportunity.

An updated scholarship listing is posted on the OA website at

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): Beginning January 1, 2013, all seniors should file so that they are

eligible for student and parent loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study programs. Even if you don’t think you will qualify

for financial assistance, you should still fill out this form! The FAFSA may be filed on-line at; students and

parents should first get a PIN at It is important to get your PIN very soon; you may get your PIN at any time

before filling out the FAFSA. The federal processor must RECEIVE the FAFSA by March 10, 2013. Visit the State Student

Assistance Commission of Indiana website for further information at

College Goal Sunday

Mark your calendars for “College Goal Sunday” on Sunday February 24, 2013. On this day, financial aid professionals from

Indiana Colleges and Universities will be available at 40 sites throughout Indiana. These experts will walk you and your family

through the financial aid application (FAFSA) you must complete to qualify for scholarships, grants, loans, and other forms

of assistance. All you need to bring is your family’s 2012 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 form, or other 2012 income benefits and information.

Call 1-800-992-2076 or visit for more information. I encourage all parents/guardians

of seniors to attend a College Goal Sunday site near you.

Juniors and Seniors: be sure to register to take the SAT and/or the ACT! Below are test dates and registration deadlines

SAT Test Dates

Registration Deadline

January 26, 2013 December 28, 2012

March 9, 2013 February 8, 2013

May 4, 2013 April 5, 2013

June 1, 2013 May 2, 2013

ACT Test Dates

Registration Deadline

February 9, 2013 January 11, 2013

April 13, 2013 March 8, 2013

June 8, 2013 May 3, 2013

Congratulations to Cassandra Holtel ’15, winner of

the 2012 OA Christmas card cover contest.

Cassie received $50 for her winning entry and her cover will be sent to

approximately 3,500 friends of OA. Thanks so much to all the students

who spent time creating an entry and sharing their talents with us.

Debbie Lamping, Advancement


Oldenburg Academy

of the Immaculate Conception

opportunities await... every student, every day!

1 Twister Circle, PO Box 200, Oldenburg, Indiana 47036, 812.934.4440



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December 3 1:15 pm

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Award Recipient

Find out who the lucky son-of-a-gun is at the half of the

Varsity Boys Basketball Game (vs. Southwestern Shelby)

February 12th

Please feel free to share our “good news” with friends and family

Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis Oldenburg

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