Bishop Canevin High School | November 2023

From Principal Michael Joyce

Hello Michael,

As my family prepares for the Thanksgiving holiday, we have been participating in the Diocese 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge. It is a great way to become closer to God through the power of gratitude by thanking him for the many blessings he has bestowed upon us. It has been great to see my 7 year old son and 4 year old daughter engaged and looking forward to these daily reminders! At Bishop Canevin, as you walk our halls and classrooms, interact with our students and faculty, and engage in our community events you receive the same subtle reminders that reinforce how blessed we all are to be part of the Bishop Canevin community!

We are grateful for our students: what they have demonstrated during the 1st quarter in and out of the classroom reinforces my belief that there is no student body that I would rather serve

  • Over 80% Honors or High Honors distinction
  • 96% Daily Attendance
  • Largest class of NHS inductees in 6 years.
  • All 9th graders on course to complete their community service requirement
  • Junior Mia Bella Carlini exceeded the service requirement by 100 hours after the first marking period!

We are grateful for our faculty: They are serving as mentors in our House system relaunch and their efforts have greatly contributed to the success above!

We are grateful for our families: Who sacrifice to make a BC experience possible for their children, while being true collaborators in the attainment of our core values for all of our students.

We are grateful for our alumni, friends, and supporters: As you will see below your support helps make this experience possible for our students and their families. We appreciate your continued generosity and hope to continue to make all of you proud to be affiliated with our school!  

We wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving surrounded in the presence of friends and loved ones!

Michael Joyce


Upcoming Reunions

Dec. 6 @ 4-6:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm

Alumni Glass Ornament Engraving Workshop

Jan. 5 & 6 @ 7:30pm

50's Jukebox Coffeehouse Performance

Save the Dates!

Jan. 13 Night at the Races

May 4 Bishop Canevin Evening of Excellence

July 20, 2024 | 3rd Annual Alumni Cookout

Online Spirit Shop

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This year's Giving Day was a success thanks to the support of our BC Community! We are one school, one family under God. Thank you for helping to make an impact in the lives of our Crusaders. We raised over $64,000 dollars on November 1st!

In case you missed it, you can still donate by reaching out to Executive Director of Advancement, Joe Milharcic at or (412)-922-7400 ext. 236.

Check out the Give Campus page

RSVP to Alumni Ornament Workshop

You are Invited to a special alumni event at Bishop Canevin High School. On Wednesday, December 6th, we are hosting a glass ornament engraving workshop in the recently rennovated Innovation Lab. You will be able to engrave your very own Canevin glass ornament, while enjoying wine and hors 'doevres. After the workshop is over, feel free to stop by the lobby, and enjoy the 50's Jukebox performance by our BC Musical cast of All Shook Up. Start the Christmas season off with Bishop Canevin!

RSVP Here!

SAVE THE DATE! 50's Jukebox Coffee House

Save the Date to the Bishop Canevin Musical's 50's JukeBox Coffee House Performance on January 5th and/or January 6th at 7:30pm. There will be coffee, desserts, and incredible performances by our 2024 "All Shook Up" Cast. More details to come...

SAVE THE DATE! Night at the Races 2024

Night at the Races is returning on Saturday January 13, 2024 at Bishop Canevin High School’s gymnasium. Join us for a night filled with horse racing, basket raffles, silent auctions, 50/50, and more! More details to follow..

SAVE THE DATE! 3rd Annual All Alumni Cookout

We are already looking forward to next year's cookout.SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR'S COOKOUT! July 20, 2024

If you are interested in assisting with next year's Cookout please contact, Doug Cerminara at (412)-977-3130 or

Email Doug

Order Sarris Candy to Support BC Soccer

Support the Bishop Canevin Boys Soccer Team!

Orders can be placed at:

Group: Bishop Canevin HS Soccer

Group ID #:10-1448


Here’s what’s great about this sale:


  1. All orders are placed online.
  2. All orders get shipped directly to your home for just a flat $5 shipping fee no matter the amount.
  3. The soccer program will get 25% of all sales!
  4. It’s Sarris chocolate! Who doesn’t want that for Christmas?
Order Here

Class of '83 Reunion Recap

Celebrating 40 Years of Memories: Bishop Canevin Class of 1983 Reunion

On Saturday, September 30th, 2023, the Sewickley Hills Borough Building and Park were alive with nostalgia as the Bishop Canevin Class of 1983 came together to celebrate their 40th reunion. With an attendance of over 50 classmates, it was a heartwarming evening of rekindling friendships and reliving cherished high school memories.

The reunion event was masterfully organized by a dedicated committee led by Debbie Zaparoni (née Cygrymus). Debbie was joined by an exceptional team including Michelle Mazzarini (née Branish), Pat Conway, John Joyce, George Linkhauer, John Lipchik, Linda Derosky (née Liebert), Linda Lippert, Liza Eiriz (née Lopez), Bernard Martin, Lesley Moore, and Dawn Thomas. Their hard work and commitment ensured that the event was a resounding success.

Throughout the Sewickley Hills Borough Building and Park, attendees had the chance to stroll down memory lane as memorabilia from their high school days was displayed in shadow boxes and cases, thoughtfully created by Patrick Conway. Past reunion displays, crafted by Robin Luttner (née Roach), were also on exhibit, serving as a reminder of the enduring bonds formed over the years.

A touching tribute was paid to the 19 departed classmates, with John Lipchik creating a heartfelt memorial slideshow in their honor. Bernie Martin took everyone on a journey down memory lane with a slideshow that revisited the high school years and significant events that shaped their lives. Both slideshows can be viewed on Canevin Class of 1983 YouTube channel

The venue was beautifully adorned thanks to the creative efforts of Michelle Mazzarini, Linda Derosky (née Liebert), Linda Lippert, and Liza Eiriz (née Lopez). Their decorative displays added to the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the gathering.

The evening's entertainment, including DJ Jeff Shirey and his wife Colleen who was the photographer for the reunion, was generously sponsored by John Joyce, ensuring that the memories created at the reunion would be preserved for years to come. A 100+ photo collage can be viewed on the Facebook group.

The Bishop Canevin Class of 1983 reunion was a remarkable testament to the enduring friendships and shared experiences that define this remarkable group of individuals. As they continue life's journey, the bonds forged in high school remain a cherished part of their story.

Here's to 40 years of memories and many more to come!

Visit the Class of '83's Channel
'83 Facebook Page

Alumni Spotlight

In my days at Canevin (as we called it) the school followed a rather unique "co-institutional" model. The girls' classes were on one side, the boys' on the other, and the twain met in the cafeteria, most extracurricular activities, and sporting events.

With the encouragement of advisors at Canevin I was able to get my bachelor's degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. I was also very fortunate to complete a Master's in International Development at Princeton University, where I met my husband. We both gravitated to careers at the World Bank in Washington, DC, raised our four children, and still live here.

My love of history and literature was molded at Canevin (especially by two memorable, single young women teachers), and as I approached retirement I started to conceive a piece of historical fiction loosely based on some elements of family history. I come from a long line of German immigrants on both sides, most of whom left Germany between 1850-75 and settled in the Pittsburgh area.

My efforts resulted in the novel Magda, Standing, published by Bold Story Press in June this year. Here is a brief summary of the book, which recently won a bronze medal from the Moonbeam Children's Book Award for Young Adult historical/cultural fiction.

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In 1916, the world is at war, even if America has not yet joined the effort. But for Magda, the growing hostility her German immigrant family faces hits close to home. Despite her domestic obligations, Magda persists with her education, determined to find an independent role for herself. Faced with the mounting crises of the war and the Spanish flu, Magda seeks the knowledge and strength to try to protect those she loves most. Standing up to a war and pandemic, traditions and expectations, Magda embarks on a journey of self-discovery and resilience that leads her back to embracing her family and caring for a wider community.

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Mrs. Streeter's Chicks!

The students in the Science Club choose activities for the school year at the start of the year and one of the activities that students chose this year was hatching chicks from eggs. The eggs arrived with their incubator and supplies on October 11th. Throughout the development inside the egg, students were able to candle the eggs to see the growth of the chick inside. On October 31st 5 chicks hatched out of the eggs. We named the chicks Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Remi, Clove, and Pepper. Students were able to spend time with and hold the chicks for two weeks after they hatched. We monitored their growth and behaviors. 

Mrs. Smith's English Project

Students in the AP English Literature and Composition course taught by Mrs. Charlotte Smith recently completed reading and analyzing the epic poem "Beowulf." They concluded their study with choosing one of 7 project options such as designing a movie poster or writing their own epic poem or describing their own duality (i.e., the hero Beowulf vs. Grendel).

Athletics Corner

Our football team has had another strong season in 2023. They were 8-1 in the regular season, good enough for a second place finish in the Black Hills Conference. The team has also won its first two playoff games in a "business-like" manner, over Leechburg and California. For three quarters, Bishop Canevin knew what was coming and they were able to slow it down. In the fourth quarter, Fort Cherry was still able to score three touchdowns to defeat the Crusaders, 33-21 in a Class A Semifinal playoff matchup at South Fayette High School on Friday night. The Rangers advance to Friday’s WPIAL Class A Championship Game to face South Side. The Crusaders’ season ends with a 10-2 record.

This ends Canevin’s third straight playoff season and their third straight 10 or more win season. This is the first time in school history they have won at least 10 games in three straight seasons.

QB Kole Olszewski, RB Marquis Carter, and WR Jason Cross have climbed up the school’s all-time statistical charts this season. Defensively, the team has allowed less than 10 points per game.

The fall sports season began even before the first day of school this year. Way back on August 15, the BC Golf Team defeated Seton-LaSalle to open their season. The team finished with a 5-5 section record, which included one win over defending WPIAL Champion Sewickley Academy. Three Crusaders golfers qualified for and participated in the WPIAL Class AA Individual Championships. Zach Bittner, Jamin Brock, and Tyler Maddix represented our school at Rolling Acres Golf Course on September 19.

Our Cross-Country teams ran their way to some medal winning performances this year. Carter Cross and Bridget McNamara set personal best times and each runner earned medalist positions with ninth place finishes at the Bald Eagle Cross-Country Invitational on October 7. McNamara had a couple more accomplishments during her season as well. She finished in 14th place at the WPIAL Class A Individual Championships, held at White Oak Park. Her time of 20:52 set a school record for best time at that course in a WPIAL Championship Meet and also qualified Bridget for the PIAA State Class A Individual Championships. This was the second straight year that Bridget, a junior, has qualified for the race which was held at the Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey.

The Boys and Girls Soccer Teams kept improving as their seasons went along. For the girls, their highlights included two wins over Carlynton, and Maria Cicchino and Cali Evans being selected to the All-Section Team. This was Maria's second straight selection to the team.

The Boys kept improving as they qualified for the playoffs for the second straight season. In the first round playoff game, a brilliant rush by Cole Evans and stellar goalkeeping from Dom Varley and a solid team effort kept the game against perennial power Sewickley Academy tied until a late Sewickley goal broke the hearts of a gutsy Canevin team. Evans and Sean Kelsch made the All-Section Team. This was Cole's second straight selection to the team. Kelsch's team-leading goal total of 17 was the most by a Crusaders boys soccer player since 2003.

The Girls Volleyball Team won their section with a perfect 12-0 record. It was the eighth straight section title for the girls. Jade Bailey hit milestones as she reached 100 aces, and then 1,000 assists. Clare Ruffing and Ella Whalen also reached the 100 aces milestone this season. Ruffing also hit the 400 kill mark this year. Ayla Altman also hit the 500 dig plateau. All four players were also named first-team All-Section. Ruffing and Whalen were also selected to the first team All-WPIAL team. Altman and Bailey were selected to the All-WPIAL Second Team. Amari Elliott and Emery Maziarz were named second team All-Section and Dominique Panza was selected to the All-Section third team.  


Want to stop paying taxes? Pay your tax bill to Bishop Canevin instead…

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a program (EITC) where you can receive a tax credit for monies you give to a qualified school scholarship organization – like Bishop Canevin! In its simplistic form, you can pay the money you would normally pay in state taxes to Bishop Canevin and receive a credit when the tax bill is due.

Sound too good to be true? Sound complicated? It’s absolutely true and yes, it can be complicated.That’s why we have contracted with RedefinED, a local firm who can help walk us through the entire process – it really is as simple as completing a one-page form.

Reach out to Executive Director of Advancement, Joe Milharcic at (412) 922-7400 ext. 236 or for more information. 

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