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The Trip of a Lifetime

BC Students to Study Abroad and Earn College Credits through SFU’s Summer in France Program

Le voyage d’une vie. The trip of a lifetime.

This summer, eight Bishop Carroll students will get much more than a lesson in language during their French class. They’ll get a world-class experience traveling the globe, immersing in culture, and earning college credit and insight.

BC’s inaugural Summer in France study abroad trip, a dual-enrollment program in partnership with Saint Francis University, is a nine-day journey to Ambialet, France. They’ll stay at SFU’s newly-renovated monastery, overlooking the village of Ambialet and the Tarn River. 

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Bishop Carroll Receives Middle States Accreditation

On May 1, Bishop Carroll received Middle States Accreditation (MSA) for a term of seven years. The accreditation certifies that Bishop Carroll meets all MSA Standards for Accreditation, adheres to applicable MSA policies, and meets the requirements of the self-study protocol used.

The visiting team commended Bishop Carroll for:

  • offering a strong academic program despite aging facilities and financial restraints
  • maintaining an exceptional international program that provides students with an immersive American experience
  • creating a culture of academic honesty

They were impressed with students’ demeanor, openness, and readiness for college and career.

Thank you to all those who have helped Bishop Carroll succeed!

Dr. Michael A. Kutcher, MD ’66 Says Love of Medicine Started at Bishop Carroll

Michael Anthony Kutcher, MD is the proud grandson of immigrant grandparents and a proud graduate of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. Dr. Kutcher’s grandparents immigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia. Both of his grandfathers, as well as many uncles, and his father for a short time, worked as coal miners in Cambria County.

When he was in his Cardiology fellowship, Dr. Kutcher changed his last name from Kukucka to Kutcher for easier pronunciation, although he has always been very proud of his family heritage.

The tide seemed to turn for the family when they began to have more access to education. Dr. Kutcher’s father, Stephen M. Kukucka, became the first in the family to attend college. He attended St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania on a football scholarship. He later graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

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Art at Bishop Carroll: Bringing Out the Creativity and Talent of All Students

Mrs. Karen Blaisdell is grateful that in a time when many schools are cutting art programs, Bishop Carroll continues to offer art classes. She has been teaching art and religion at Bishop Carroll for nearly four years and says that art is an essential part of the learning process. 

“Art integrates many types of learning and makes sense of the world in visual ways,” says Mrs. Blaisdell. “Art always complements what is being taught in the reading and math classrooms. It’s where we learn about beauty, meaning, and interpretation.”

In addition to art classes, Mrs. Blaisdell finds many ways to showcase student work. There are two art shows each year held in conjunction with band and chorus concerts, one in December and one in May. At the art shows, every student has the opportunity to display their work. 

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Students Relive History on a Trip to Gettysburg

In April, juniors and seniors had the opportunity to travel to Gettysburg to see historic landmarks, such as Devil’s Den and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and learn firsthand about the rich history of the area. They were accompanied by Mr. Luksik, Ms. Wetzel, Mr. Grosser, and Mr. Nagy.

Senior Lexi Billetdeaux said, “I love that Bishop Carroll provides students with the opportunity to go on trips and learn firsthand.”

“It's one thing to sit in a classroom and read about the Battle of Gettysburg, but it's another to reenact the battles on the actual fields they occurred on and take in the same sceneries Confederate and Union soldiers admired over a hundred fifty years ago,” she continued. 

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Excelling in Spirit, Heart, Mind, & Body

As the year comes to a close, we’d like to recognize some of our students’ most recent accomplishments in our four pillars. Here are just a few highlights as we wrap up the school year:

        • Sophomore Maggie Blaisdell was chosen as one of the Altoona Mirror’s 20 Under 20 Future Leaders of Central Pennsylvania!
        • Bruce Dong and Ciel Miao were recognized in the Young Artist Exhibit at the Community Arts Center.
        • Alec Ratchford’s logo design was selected for Super Conference 23 to be hosted at Mount Aloysius College.

Click below to see more achievements and photos.

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