As successors to the legacy of generosity established long ago, the families of Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School have been the primary supporters of the school for more than 130 years. The mission they support is a singular one—to educate and form the entire person in the image of Jesus Christ.
What inspires those acts of generosity from over 5,000 KMC donors is a story unique to each of them. We hope to underline the importance of the Crusader Annual Fund through the voices of those who make the school's tradition of a stewardship-funded education possible: the parents, alumni and friends of KMC. We are inspired by you.
Gabby Altenor '18
"I’m your classic Catholic school girl--having gone through 12 years of Catholic school, it’s surprising that I’m ready and willing for four more. It excites me that I’ll have the opportunity to continue to shape my spirituality through my education at Newman University because of the great experience I’ve had at Kapaun Mt. Carmel. Every staff member and person that supports KMC is truly dedicated to an education striving for academic excellence and a formation of the total person in the image of Jesus Christ."
My Catholic education has helped develop my identity as a young woman of God and reminds me of why I’m working hard to be exceptional academically, why I’m sharing my time, talent, and treasure, and why I’m always open to the ways of life of others. Kapaun is an amazing place with phenomenal people, and I can’t imagine going anywhere else!”
Mike & Gretchen Bina
"We value the gift of Catholic education and are grateful that our children (Cooper ‘15, Crayton ‘19, Mason ‘21) have been able to attend KMC. KMC’s mission aligns with and supports our mission as parents and our hopes for our children and their future. We know that we will never change the world in big ways but feel confident that every gift of time, talent or treasure that we give to KMC has the potential to impact young people and bring positive change to our world through them. We’re KMC proud and feel honored to be able to share our pride in this way."
Greg & Jill Boulanger
"We have lived in Wichita for the past 11 years, and four of our children (Michael ‘15, Mary Clair ‘18, Molly ‘20, and Mia ‘23) have grown up going to St. Thomas Aquinas and Kapaun Mt. Carmel schools. We have been so impressed with the strong Catholic community that exists in Wichita. We grew up going to Catholic schools, and building a solid Catholic foundation for our children through education is very important to us. In order for a vibrant Catholic community to exist, we understand it takes investment so we tithe and donate on a consistent basis to help the present and future of our Catholic schools. Go Crusaders!"
Max Genilo '18
"It was a huge blessing to be able to attend Kapaun Mt. Carmel and I received so much support from it. Dealing with the stress and anxieties that almost all high schoolers have to deal with is so much easier when you can visit God in the chapel at the middle of your school or go talk to teachers who truly care about you, not only on an emotional level but also on a spiritual level. I am so grateful to have been able to receive an education that pushed me to do more than I thought possible for myself. The most important and beautiful thing that KMC did for me was help me find my identity in Christ. I truly feel more loved and ready as I enter into college because of my time at KMC."
Pat '65 & Kathy Harter
"We are blessed that our family has been a small part of the 130 year history of Mount Carmel, CKM and KMC. Our children (Chris ‘87, Ali ‘95, Jordan ‘00), and now grandchildren (Gage and Grayson ‘13, Riley ‘17, Olivia ‘20, Avery ‘23), are fortunate to have received a Catholic education through the support of many generous benefactors. We will continue our support and we challenge the KMC community to continue the CRUSADE through their support. God bless and go Crusaders!"
Mike & Jackie Kleespie
"Living in different parts of the country before settling in the Wichita area gave us perspective into how fortunate we have been to have our kids attend Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School and to be a part of the Kapaun Mt. Carmel community. We witnessed firsthand the care and dedication shown by teachers and administration to develop students both academically and spiritually. We are grateful for the time Jacob ’16 and Abby ’18 spent at Kapaun Mt. Carmel and are proud to continually support the Crusader Annual Fund."
Ashley Lesser '16
"The education and spiritual development that I received during my time as a student at Kapaun Mt. Carmel has truly shaped me into the individual I am today. It is the educational excellence, supportive community, and outpouring of faith that is Kapaun Mt. Carmel, that has provided me with so many opportunities and truly set me on a path for success. Supporting Kapaun Mt. Carmel is just a small way to give back to the community that has given me so much!"
Luke Meyerhoff '18
"My Catholic education impacted me so deeply, that it lead me to respond to what God has in store for me, by entering the seminary to discern a religious vocation to the priesthood. This response was sparked in my family, through practicing the faith, and then fostered positively through my Catholic education. Had it not been for my Catholic education at Kapaun Mt. Carmel, I would not have had the courage to respond to God’s call for my life."
Evelyn Nguyen '18
"Having the opportunity to have a Catholic education not only brought me close to God, but also helped me figure out who I am today. From cheer, to soccer, to even running a blood drive, all these extra activities and clubs allowed me to figure out what I enjoy doing. And the opportunity to meet new and different people is a bonus. Representing Kapaun Mt. Carmel through this involvement helped me further develop a relationship with God while continuing my education. It reminds me that I would not be here doing what I love if it was not for Him. Finally, the support system I had at KMC during my times of tribulation was unexpected and a blessing. I am forever grateful."
Chris & Mary Kay Rott
"As the parents of five KMC alumni (Katie ‘00, Mollie ‘02, Megan ‘06, Claire ‘08 and Michael ‘13), we feel blessed that our children had access to a quality Catholic education. Beyond that, it is our duty and pleasure to give back in thanksgiving for all that we have been blessed with."
Luke 12:48 “…to whom much is given, of him will much be required…” if we want to have Catholic schools for our grandchildren, we believe it is our duty to support the mission with our time, talent, and most importantly our treasure.”
“We hope that all of us will be willing to pay it forward for the generations to follow.”
Kent '75 & Brenda Weixelman
"I was blessed to have received a Catholic grade school and Catholic high school education, and Brenda and I were blessed that we were able to provide that same education to our four daughters - Ashley ‘05, Whitney ‘07, Lindsey ‘10, and Kasey ‘13. We continue to support Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School, as we believe an education in our Catholic school system makes a positive difference in the lives of our youth. It is an investment in the future."
Fr. Eric Weldon '84
"Kapaun is that faith environment where talents can be developed and used to be lights of learning and the love of Christ in the world."
So we ask, what is your inspiration? What’s your crusade? Please know that your gift goes to the programs that matter most to you and your family. Just as our ancestors more than 130 years ago prioritized our Catholic faith and the legacy of a Catholic high school education, we ask you to show gratitude and commitment to the Crusader Annual Fund. We can continue to inspire our students but only with your help.