“I have taught and coached at Roncalli High School for 21 years. Working at Roncalli has provided a great opportunity for me to grow spiritually and professionally. The school is small enough to be able to forge relationships with students and staff and progressive enough to provide a well balanced and diversified academic and co-curricular program. I appreciate working with a very dedicated staff who are interested in developing all phases of the lives of their students. We at Roncalli work continuously to assist and challenge our students and each other academically, personally, and spiritually to be the people God intended us to be.”
~ Terry Dosch
“I teach first grade at Roncalli. I feel that teaching at Roncalli is an answer to a calling, a vocation. When we moved back to Aberdeen in 1998, I knew that I wanted to get back into the Aberdeen Catholic School System. I graduated from Roncalli, and I began my teaching career here. Being a teacher as well as a parent in the Roncalli community has helped my faith grow. I can share my faith with my own family, my first graders and their families, as well as my co-workers and friends. Starting each work day praying with faculty and my students is awesome! I feel blessed to be a part of the Aberdeen Catholic Schools.”
~ Kristi Wherry
Roncalli Parents say:
“My husband and I chose to send our children to Roncalli because it is a Christian school with a strong academic reputation and it also has opportunities to participate in a variety of activities. We're not Catholic, but we believe the Christian environment at Roncalli has helped our children grow in their faith, and the teachers and staff nurture values we feel are important. Roncalli welcomes students of all faiths, and it's been great for our family.”
~ Cathy Durst
“Why do non-Catholics go to Roncalli? Performance! We chose Roncalli because it exceeds performance measures for high schools, sends proportionately more students to college, and produces more college graduates. The personal commitment of Roncalli to the long term success of its students made the difference for our family. Roncalli welcomes students of all faiths.”
~ Dan Moen
“Small schools mean more opportunity to participate. You know your child will have a good chance to play on a team or get a part in the play.”
“When my child goes to a friend’s house, I know the friend and I usually know the parents. That’s reassuring.”
“I have found that having my children at Roncalli has improved my faith life. I wasn’t looking for that, but it’s been a great unexpected benefit.”
“I’m moved when school athletic events are concluded in prayer, with all that kids out on the playing field. My kids love that too.”
Roncalli Alumni say:
"The world is huge and I've seen a good share of it. But I owe so much to my Catholic upbringing. The funny thing is I never gave education much thought when I was at Roncalli. I never had a reference point to know I was getting a great education. Throughout the years, however, I came to realize how absolutely lucky I was to come from a small Midwestern town and to be raised with real values and a sense of respect and discipline. Those things are priceless in today's world. I put my parents on a pedestal for sacrificing for me and my other sisters and brother to attend Catholic school. My parents are saints in my book!"
~ MCCM(SW/AW) Gregg L. Snaza, USN '83
Operations Chief / SEA , Strategic Effects, COMMS Div., MNF-I
U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq
The entire Aberdeen Catholic School System had much to celebrate and we continue to share in their excitement, even though we now live about 700 miles away from our old hometown. As Roncalli alumni, we believe the school made a significant contribution to the life we've built together in the years since we graduated. We're proud to be Roncalli graduates.
~ Dave and Kathy Bormes '74
"Roncalli helped me get to where I am today by providing a healthy, Catholic environment in which my vocation to the priesthood was nurtured and strengthened, my faith was deepened, and my knowledge grew and wisdom began to increase. The most important thing that Roncalli offers that can't be found at other schools is a faith-based education, an environment where the truth can be taught and sought in a morally relativistic culture. ... The students all knew each other and the faculty knew them. This also enabled an opportunity for mentoring to take place between the older students with the younger, especially between the faculty and students."
~ Rev. Justin Wachs '96