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Nor theast Ohio priests honored for work Inside this edition Brother Kenneth stepping down Awards dinner honors seven New faces to join Hoban


magine yourself at the Heart of Hoban

Teresa Conroy-Roth ’86 did and here is why


or as long as I can remember Hoban High School has been part of my life and part of my

family. Over the past 50 years, the Conroys and the Nicholases have graduated 15 family members, including uncles, sisters, brothers and cousins. Their faces line the hallways and their voices echo down the halls. My oldest sister started as a freshman in 1974 when I was 6 and starting first grade. From the beginning, I realized I was part of Hoban and Hoban was part of me. So much of what I learned, what I value and who I am today came from those years and following the traditions and legacy set before me. The Brothers of Holy Cross and the Hoban family focused on developing the whole

person­—mind, body and spirit. There were phenomenal and unforgettable teachers, mentors and spiritual leaders that challenged traditional thinking, promoted self-awareness and encouraged community involvement. Educators like Clem Caraboolad, Brother Leonardo and Sister Kathleen will live long after their time through the inspiration and stories of changing lives and minds, one student at a time. My husband Andrew and I have been so blessed in so many aspects of our lives. We both are active in our work, family and faith. We actively participate in many philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. When I decided to recognize organizations that changed my life in our estate planning—it was always Hoban.

Heart of Hoban Society Anonymous (4) † Ralph L. Bernard Sr. Frank C. Comunale William ’65 & Rebecca Considine Dr. Elizabeth A. Davies ’77 Mr. & Mrs. Franklin K. Dietzler Richard C. Fedorovich ’70 Alan Fodor ’70 Brother Kenneth Haders, C.S.C. Drs. Kashyap ‘85 & Ameesha Kansupada* Pat & † Chuck Kelly John & †Jean Lanshe Philip Maynard ’60 Rev. Michael P. McCandless ’98 Dennis ’57 & Brenda Murphy Terry J. Nolan ’65 Joan Olszeski Patricia & † Dick Rinella Rev. Paul J. Rosing Andrew Roth & Teresa Conroy-Roth ’86* Gregory R. Sain ’68 Paul ’68 & Joy Scala Mr. & Mrs. William ’71 Scala David ’64 and Martha Showers Jack L. Slinger Jr. ’64 Roy & Melanie Stype* William Thomson ’62 Dr. G. Lawrence ’63 & Darlene Timpe* Thomas & Beverly Tonya Helen E. Trares † Dr. Francis Waickman Bernard ’64 & Janet Zaucha † Deceased * Recently Added

Be at the Heart of Hoban. Begin to help Hoban for years to come. Teresa Conroy-Roth with her husband Andrew and her two daughters, Katie and Carly in the central hall of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, a Holy Cross school. Teresa is happy that Katie (left), a sophomore at Cathedral, is learning the same values her mom did at Hoban—social justice, service and what it means to be Catholic.

Legacy or Planned Gifts will ensure the future of Hoban. Contact Jeff Stetz at 330.773.8620 or


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Cover Story: Twelve alumni serve

Brother Ken Hoban Connected Board announces new president NMSC, Mock Trial, Pantastics

as priests in the Northeast Ohio

area. The Hoban alumni recognized them for their service with the

One Hope~One Dream award.

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Hoban records show 20 graduates

nationwide are priests. (See page 14) Hoban Highlights magazine is published three times a year by Archbishop Hoban High School’s advancement office for alumni, parents and friends. Archbishop Hoban High School does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status in the administration of its policies and programs. Please send your comments to: or call 330.773.8620. Brother Kenneth Haders, C.S.C. President Dr. Mary Anne Beiting Principal Michael J. Del Medico ’78 Executive Director of Advancement & Athletics Jeff Stetz ’70 Director of Advancement Mary Anne DeCenzo Director of Publications, Publicity & Marketing Photography by: Mary Anne DeCenzo, Chris Fahey, Lyons Photography-Andy Pfaff, Sara Stone, Vicki Zingale

Hoban News Awards Dinner 7-13 Tim Tyrell named new football coach 19 19 T.K. Griffith wins 300 New athletic “H” introduced 20 In Memoriam 24-25 50th anniversary of Mum Day 28

Alumni News One Hope~One Dream Award 14-17 Knightlife 21-23 Alumni Events 26 Come Home to Hoban Weekend 27 Future Knights Club 27

Alumni Association Officers Richard Sestokas ’77 President Gary Horning ’76 Vice President Michele (Conrad) Sprungle ’76 Secretary Patty McIntyre ’78 Treasurer Archbishop Hoban High School 1 Holy Cross Boulevard | Akron, Ohio 44306 | 330.773.6658

Archbishop Hoban High School Board of Directors 2013 CHAIRMAN William Scala ’71

William H. Considine ’65

Kim Karson ’88

George Sarkis

President & CEO, Akron Children’s Hospital

Partner, Roetzel and Andress

President, Kenmore Construction

Lisa Craine

Executive Director, Alumni and College Centered Programs, University of Akron Department of Development

VICE CHAIRMAN Art Sunday Vice President of Sales, House of LaRose

SECRETARY Steven Dimengo ’79 Shareholder, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC

TREASURER T. Mark Yakubowski Chief Financial Officer, House of LaRose

Rev. Michael Ausperk Parochial Vicar, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish

Dr. Mary Anne Beiting Principal, Archbishop Hoban High School

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Vice President, Superior Staffing

Richard C. Fedorovich ’70 CEO & Managing Partner, Bober Markey Fedorovich

Brother Chester Freel, C.S.C. Provincial, Brothers of Holy Cross–Midwest Province

Jacob Frego Vice President, Bank of America

Brother Kenneth Haders, C.S.C. President, Archbishop Hoban High School

Stephen Hammersmith Partner, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC

Kevin Kramer President, Stoneridge Wiring Division

Margaret Medzie Director of Regional Development American Red Cross of Summit & Portage Counties

Derrick B. Owens ’89 Director of Government Affairs Western Telecommunications Alliance

Richard Sestokas ’77 Akron Bearing Inc.

David Showers ’64 President, Strausser Development

Joseph P. Siegferth ’70 Executive Director, EdFocus Initiative

Judith Steiner-Krajewski Executive Vice President, First Merit Bank

Directors Emeriti

James E. Peters

Alice Maher Luse ’76

Partner, Peters, Tschantz & Associates Inc.

Executive Director, American Heart Association

Dr. Kathleen Piker-King

Philip H. Maynard ’60

Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Mount Union

Chairman, ASW Properties

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Thank you Brother Kenneth H aders, C.S.C.


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Brother Kenneth Haders to step down

v Longest tenure of president at Hoban with 17 years “I am very proud of what our faculty, students, administration,






accomplished. Together we have built a foundation for continued success, offering a truly outstanding academic experience in an environment steeped in the values and traditions of the Congregation of Holy Cross.” —Brother Kenneth Haders, C.S.C.


rother Kenneth Haders has decided to resign from his position as president at the end of the 2012-13 school year. “We respect Brother Ken’s decision and will forever be grateful for his leadership and dedication during his 17 years with Hoban,” board chairman Bill Scala said. “Brother Ken leaves a healthy and vibrant Hoban community.” Under Brother Ken’s leadership Hoban’s annual enrollment is up 30 percent; the school was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education in 1998; the National Merit Scholarship Program has recognized 154 Hoban students since 2000, placing Hoban first among Catholic coeducational high schools in the Diocese of Cleveland. On average, 99 percent of Hoban seniors enroll in a four-year college following graduation. Graduates have averaged $17.3 million each year in merit-based college scholarship offers over the past three years. “Hoban has solidified its standing as a premier Catholic high school,” Scala said. “During Brother Ken’s tenure, our academic and spiritual programs have advanced, our enrollment has increased, our finances have never been on firmer ground, and many of our facilities have been

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expanded and enhanced. We are now positioned to serve the spiritual and academic needs of additional generations of Akron-area students.” Brother Ken was instrumental in the recently completed wireless upgrade of the entire campus and the implementation of the Hoban Connected Initiative (See Hoban Connected page 5). Brother Ken was recently selected as one of six recipients of the National Catholic Education Association’s Secondary Schools Department Educational Excellence Award. The award recognizes distinguished service to Catholic secondary education. He was honored at the Secondary Schools Department’s dinner during the annual convention on April 2 in Houston. According to Brother Ken, “I am very proud of what our faculty, students, administration, board and support groups have accomplished. Together, we have built the foundation for continued success, offering a truly outstanding academic experience in a strong Catholic school steeped in the values and traditions of the Congregation of Holy Cross. I am comfortable with my decision and look forward to working with the board on the transition, as I reflect with my brothers in community on where God may call me to serve in the future.” n

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Dear Friends, Being a part of the Hoban Family for the past 17 years has been a blessing beyond what I ever expected. Though I arrived with little more than a degree of openness to a new ministry, I was quickly filled with the zeal that Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, described as the ardent desire to make God known, loved and served. Moreau also stated that we do not want our students to be ignorant of anything they should know, and we at Hoban work very hard to teach many different and important lessons. But we do this work, this ministry of our God, in the context of a Catholic school – a school with a specific mission that guides our every effort.

} We do this work, this ministry of our God, in the context

Many have congratulated me on my contributions to Hoban’s success. I do think I have made a difference, but I am completely aware that I did very little by myself. I had a lot of help in many, many ways. Everyone at and around Hoban works hard to bring our Holy Cross values and traditions to life, as well as to preserve core values and to hold ourselves accountable.

specific mission

As Hoban moves to a new stage in her journey, with fewer brothers, but even more committed lay persons to guide the mission and bring the values to life, I call upon all to make their personal contribution to preserve a very special culture in a very special school. Many have contributed generously in time, talent and treasure to make Hoban what it is today. I am personally grateful to many people who have been generous during my tenure. All of you: board, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, friends, students and all in the Hoban Family have done much. I thank each of you for welcoming me so graciously and for all of your kindness and support. I will continue to pray for all of you and for this wonderful school and I ask you to pray for me.

that guides our

Yours in Holy Cross Education,

of a Catholic school – a school with a

every effort.


—Brother Kenneth Haders, C.S.C.


Over the years we have taken the opportunity to brag about our legitimate accomplishments. Whether we have so many more National Merit scholars than our competitors or collected over 56,000 items for our annual canned food drive, we do some mighty good things here at Hoban, and we have every right to celebrate. I have been so proud of our students over the years for so many different reasons that my mind just jumps from good to better to best on my mental list of successes.

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Brother Kenneth Haders, C.S.C. President

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Hoban Connected iPad Initiative introduced

v Education at the speed of life }In this interconnected WORLD, young people are ‘Digital Natives’ for whom technology is natural and an integral part of their existence. We want to use technology to support an INTERACTIVE and ENGAGING learning environment that prepares students for their FUTURE CAREERS and lives.~ —Dr. Mary Anne Beiting Principal


magine examining a human brain, in 3-D inside and out, with your fingertips on a screen. Imagine photographing a leaf on a nature trail with an iPad and being able to identify it by comparative analysis, using a plant identification database. Imagine submitting your homework electronically and have it corrected via email with verbal feedback from your teacher. Imagine working collaboratively on a team project for history from different locations. Imagine watching cell division by manipulating a cell on a small screen. Imagine seamlessly photographing and showing your artwork in digital galleries for people to view in other schools and communities. Innovative teaching methods and interactive learning opportunities using technology has created exciting classroom dynamics following the launch of the Hoban Connected iPad Initiative program at the start of the school year. A powerful campus-wide wireless network installed last summer supports a technology-rich environment. Hoban will implement a 1:1 iPad program beginning with freshmen and sophomores in the 2013-14 school year. Students in grades nine and 10 will be provided with an iPad mini that will remain the

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property of Hoban. Hoban plans to provide apps that will be needed for specific classes. Ongoing training and professional development already in progress will ensure that administration and faculty are equipped with the technological knowledge and skills to implement the program successfully. Juniors and seniors are welcome to bring their own iPad, iPod touch or iPhone to school, but those without a device will be assigned an iPad as needed during designated teacher-generated lessons and assessments. Upperclassmen will have access to mobile carts of iPads for classroom use. As iPad technology evolves, the administration has learned it can use the same state funds earmarked for textbooks to purchase iPads and apps. Funds will be used to purchase a new set each year as well as other materials and services. “We believe this phased-in implementation of iPads allows Hoban to purchase the devices with state funds without overburdening families financially,” Dr. Mary Anne Beiting said. The school is working with textbook publishers to find appropriate digital books or online digital content. The transition to digital textbooks is expected to be gradual. Imagine education at the speed of life. That’s Imagination! n Hoban Highlights | Winter 2013



Dr. Todd Sweda named new president

v Brings Holy Cross background from Gilmour Academy

“I am so pleased to be joining such an extraordinary community with a long tradition of excellence in academics, athletics and cocurricular achievements. I am honored and thrilled to begin sharing in the leadership efforts to advance the school’s Holy Cross mission and vision.” —Todd Sweda, Ed.D.


he Board of Directors has announced that Todd R. Sweda, Ed.D., has been appointed the next president of the school. He replaces Brother Kenneth Haders, C.S.C., who will be leaving the position at the end of the school year. Brother Kenneth has served as president for 17 years. Dr. Sweda comes to Hoban from Gilmour Academy, in Gates Mills, where he has been the Assistant Headmaster since 2003. He has an extensive background in administration, institutional advancement, academic development and board relations. In his rôle, Dr. Sweda has worked with the Headmaster in assuring consistency between the Academy’s Holy Cross mission and all activities at the independent Catholic school. He has worked closely with the Gilmour Board of Trustees as a member of the school’s Executive Committee. He provided planning oversight for enrollment management and the technology department, served on Gilmour’s Capital Campaign Executive Committee, and directed assessment procedures for continuing accreditation. William A. Scala, chairman of Hoban’s Board of Directors, thinks the search committee has made an excellent choice. “We found in Dr. Sweda someone who is committed to the Holy Cross values and traditions


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that make Hoban unique,” Scala said. “His experience as an academic leader is strong, and we look forward to all that he will bring to the Hoban family.” Dr. Sweda has a deep appreciation for and commitment to the core values and traditions of the Brothers of Holy Cross. Dr. Sweda has participated in local and national programs to preserve and promote the unique charism of Holy Cross education. At Gilmour, he coordinated a student-led diversity education program for the three Holy Crosssponsored schools in the Diocese of Cleveland— Archbishop Hoban High School, Gilmour Academy and St. Edward High School. Dr. Sweda is delighted to be coming to Hoban. “I am so pleased to be joining such an extraordinary community with a long tradition of excellence in academics, athletics and cocurricular achievements. I am honored and thrilled to begin sharing in the leadership efforts to advance the school’s Holy Cross mission and vision,” Dr. Sweda said. Dr. Sweda received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Wittenberg University, a Master of Arts in the Humanities from Georgetown University and recently completed a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University. He is a parishioner at St. Dominic Church in Shaker Heights. n

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istinguished lumni

Steven A. Dimengo Class of 1979

Cathy Reeves Class of 1980

Awards Dinner March 10, 2013 Firestone Country Club

Retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Nicholas Rozumny Jr. Class of 1977


riends of oban

Mr. Franklin & Mrs. Delores Dietzler

Brother Kenneth Haders, C.S.C.

KA night

ward Robert Reeves Stories by Mary Anne DeCenzo

Since 1981 the Distinguished Alumni and Friends of Hoban awards have been presented on a biennial basis to members of the Hoban community. The Distinguished Alumni award is selected based on three criteria: success in their chosen profession, involvement in their community and involvement at Hoban. They need to satisfy only one criterion. Selected every other year by the Brothers of Holy Cross, the Friend of Hoban Award is bestowed upon those individuals who have shown exceptional service and loyalty to Hoban. The Hoban Knight Award was started in 2003 to recognize non-alumni individuals who represent the values that are associated with Hoban graduates while positively impacting the lives of our students and/or alumni. Alumni Awards Dinner |

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Mr. Franklin & Mrs. Delores Dietzler 2013 Friends of Hoban


his is a story about devotion. Devotion between a couple in their 65th year of marriage, devotion to the memory of their son, their only child, and devotion to helping students receive a Hoban education. This is a story about Franklin “Ken” Dietzler, his wife Delores and how they have become Friends of Hoban. Mr. Dietzler was born in 1925 in Shawano County, Wis., about 30 miles west of Green Bay. He grew up on a dairy farm in a town of 300 on the western side of Wisconsin. School was a typical Midwest rural one-room building for about 30 students. There, his young teacher “taught me to read and write and to love it. She set the pattern for me for the rest of my life.” He graduated from high school in 1943 and went into the Navy in 1944, performing training exercises on a destroyer for the latter part of World War II. It was quite an adventure for a 19-year-old boy who had never been more than 100 miles from home. He was discharged in 1946 and entered college at River Falls State Teachers College and majored in physics and math. That fall he met Delores, a young secretary who had grown up on a lovely farm in River Falls, Wis. She attended St. Mary’s parish, River Falls High School and business school. They were married in 1948 and two years later Daniel was born. “She never worked after that, but raised her baby and made a wonderful home for us,” Mr. Dietzler said. Mr. Dietzler graduated third in his class. His career path took him to the University of Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic, Goodyear Atomic Corporation and then to Goodyear headquarters in Akron, where he worked in Research and Development. Shortly after he arrived in 1957, a superior called him into his office and discussed at length the idea of bringing computers to Goodyear. He


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felt that one day computers would be important to the company. Mr. Dietzler researched and built a network of people in key departments in support of computers. In 1959, accounting acquired a small computer. Mr. Dietzler begged time on it to write programs to solve tire design problems. By 1963 he had convinced management that a separate computer was needed for R&D. He had one woman to keypunch cards and operate it at the cost of $34,000 per year. In 25 years, he went from a staff of one to managing 30 with a budget of $16 million. Goodyear had several hundred people with graphic displays hardwired into the system designing tires and tire molds. Basically, Mr. Dietzler played a key role in introducing Goodyear to the computer age. The Dietzlers made their home in West Akron and were members of St. Sebastian parish, where Danny attended elementary school. Mrs. Dietzler was active in Cub Scouts, taught CCD, helped at St. Sebastian’s, belonged to the Christ Child Society and helped in the hunger center. Mr. Dietzler described Danny, as his parents affectionately call him, as an able and prolific reader. He wanted to go to Borromeo Seminary but they decided it was not a good fit for him. Hoban was not as strong then as it is now, according to Mr. Dietzler, but it was far above any other school in the area at the time. “Danny thrived in all subjects but especially English. Brother Carl Shonk took him under his wing and pushed him,” Mr. Dietzler said. Danny placed first in the Ohio State English Achievement Test both his junior and senior year. He was on the speech and debate team and on the school newspaper. Danny graduated salutatorian of his class. He went to the University of Notre Dame as a Notre Dame scholar and excelled in all subjects. He took a creative writing course that was by invitation only. Danny aspired to go on to Harvard Law School. In 1970 the family returned to River Falls for Christmas with their family. When they returned home from Mass the following Sunday and only two days after Christmas, Dan said he was tired

and went upstairs to take a nap. When his mother called him for dinner he didn’t respond. The autopsy showed Danny had died of congestive heart failure. They learned his main aorta had never fully developed. “It was an unbelievable blow,” Mr. Dietzler said. The Dietzlers established a scholarship in their son’s name in 1998. They have added to it over the years and were one of the first members of the Heart of Hoban society. In the last 15 years they have attended every Endowed Scholarship Luncheon and most Extravaganzas, even after moving back to River Falls nine years ago. At the Endowed Scholarship Luncheons they have moved from a tearful first luncheon, when the memories were still raw, to being fully engaged with the students they meet. Their students are chosen based on true financial need—students who might not be at Hoban without the financial help of the Daniel J. Dietzler ’68 Memorial Scholarship. The Dietzlers are from a generation that believes in integrity, hard work, humility, being lifelong learners and having the sincere desire of giving back. “We hold Hoban in such great esteem. We are grateful to Hoban for the education it gave Dan, for the kindness shown on his death and the personal friendships of the brothers over the years,” Mr. Dietzler said. “And finally we are humbled by the great honor they bestow on us by this award. May God bless Hoban and all who serve it.” n Friends of Hoban |

Brother Kenneth Haders, C.S.C. 2013 Friend of Hoban With the eyes of faith, consider the greatness of your mission and the wonderful amount of good you can accomplish. And also consider the great reward promised to those who have taught the truth to others and have helped form them to justice: ‘They will shine eternally in the skies like the stars of the heavens.’ With the hope of this glory, we must generously complete the Lord’s work. —Christian Education


he founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Blessed Basil Moreau, wrote these words in the mid1800s to guide his educators. Brother Ken Haders takes his words to heart. Brother Ken came to Hoban in 1996 to begin his ministry as president of the school. His strong leadership and vision have set the tone for nearly two decades of tremendous growth. Academically, the school has developed a reputation for its strong and rigorous programs. Under his guidance, Hoban has received many national, state and local awards for its academic successes. Most notably it was recognized in 1998 as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Brother Ken restructured the merit scholarship program to encourage high achieving students to choose Hoban and be challenged by the rigorous core curriculum offered. Since 2000, Hoban has had 154 students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program, the highest number of all coeducational schools in the Diocese of Cleveland. Brother Ken was instrumental in the completion of the Hoban 2000 Campaign, the growth and improvement in the athletic fields and complex, including extending the acreage to the east of the school building, which has led to the construction of new tennis courts. He also worked with several Hoban students over the years who were Scouts, encouraging the use of their Eagle Scout

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projects to improve the physical plant and landscape of the school. Examples include the Grotto, the Hoban letters near Dowed Field, the second entrance signage and the Court of Honor at the stadium. “So much of my work is getting others to do the work I want to do. I try to set up the structure and offer the possibilities,” Brother Ken said. Hoban has been in the forefront of technology. Brother Ken has been a major factor in keeping Hoban ahead of the curve in technology. The school’s bandwidth was improved twice and has opened the gates for the current iPad initiative. Computer labs, accessibility to computers in science labs, Smartboards in every classroom and the training of faculty in the use of technology have given students the tools needed to learn in the 21st century. The expansion of the music and art departments to include the steel drum band, electronic music, guitar and various art classes was encouraged by Brother Ken. Hoban’s idea of community service has been redefined under Brother Ken’s leadership. He envisioned Christian service based on gospel values. The interaction of students with those in need becomes more of a Christ-like, one-on-one experience. Hoban’s presence as a vehicle of outreach in the community, particularly in East Akron, greatly expanded under his watch. He encouraged Jubilee Akron Ministries ( JAM) to blossom, expanding opportunities for Hoban students to serve in the community. During Brother Ken’s tenure, Hoban has had three graduates ordained to the priesthood. Currently there are four seminarians—the highest number of all high schools in the Diocese of Cleveland. “I’ve learned to be every bit proud as I watch others put the mission into practice,” Brother Ken said. “I hope I have enabled a lot of people to do great things.” Brother Ken has served on the Founding Board of the First Friday Club and has been instrumental in the success of this program. He served at the Holy Cross Institute at St. Edward’s University, and was chosen to serve on several HCI committees, both locally and in places such as Rome and Ghana. He has also lent his expertise to local Catholic grade schools,

most notably Seton Catholic School, where he serves as a board member. Brother Ken has a special place in his heart for the Associates of St. Joseph. “You get a group of people that have such a deep appreciation for the school and what it has done for their own families. You see the work they do, and it is just inspiring. They give so much of their time as volunteers,” Brother Ken said. “They have such a strong belief in what we do. They stay together because they want to help our mission. They saw the difference in their kids’ lives and they want to keep it going for other kids. “The Associates cannot be replaced. They are gifts and blessings to the school and to the brothers.” One of Brother Ken’s favorite memories is of Mum Day, when the video is about to be played. “The students have been quiet all day, then they erupt at the pep rally. When we turn on the studentmade video all get quiet. They clap, cheer and laugh at the right time. The students are a gift they give to each other. “It’s fun to watch the students literally grow up in front of you—academically and spiritually. It’s amazing what they accomplish. It’s rewarding to see them so supportive of one another as they share in each other’s journeys.” One of his most lasting gifts to Hoban has been Brother Ken’s emphasis on articulating and bringing to the forefront the teaching and living of the Holy Cross core values. Brother Ken extends the invitation to all to work side-by-side in nurturing these charisms and integrating them into the lives of Hoban’s students. n Hoban Highlights | Winter 2013


Steven A. Dimengo Distinguished Alumnus Class of 1979



rowing up in Firestone Park and being Carl Dimengo’s son taught Steve Dimengo a strong work ethic. It was not a luxurious lifestyle and was for the most part economically tough. His dad was active in the Akron Public Schools system, yet he wanted his sons to attend Hoban. At a young age he instilled in Steve to work hard and become a lawyer. For the last 27 years, Steve Dimengo has represented small and large businesses, including Fortune 500 companies in Northeast Ohio. He has been involved in Ohio tax legislation, providing testimony, drafting and commenting on prospective language before the Ohio General Assembly. In addition, he has argued 12 cases before the Ohio Supreme Court with one case currently pending. His expertise in tax law has earned him a number of prestigious awards. Steve didn’t achieve these by chance. His work ethic has proven to be his motto in life. “I work hard and don’t expect anything to be handed to me, only what is reasonably expected from hard work,” Steve said. Recognitions include: • Named Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2012 • Martindale-Hubbell Rating of AV Preeminent, the highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar • Recognized by Inside Business Magazine since 2001 as a Leading Lawyer in Northeast Ohio in Tax Law, as voted by peers • Listed in Northern Ohio Live as one of Ohio’s Top Lawyers for 2003 • Best Lawyers in America 2003-13 • Ohio’s Super Lawyers 2004-12 • “Top Attorneys in Business Services” (Tax) in the 2009 Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers • LexisNexis Tax Law Community Hoban Highlights | Winter 2013

chosen for Top 20 Tax Law Blogs of 2011 Steve earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, his juris doctor degree, cum laude and a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Akron. He is also a certified public accountant. After completing his formal education in 1986, Steve started his career as a tax attorney with Ernst & Whinney in Cleveland, where he learned to appreciate specialization in different aspects of tax law, focusing primarily on small businesses and state and local taxes. In 1989, he joined the Akron law firm of Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs, LLP, where he still practices. He is currently a shareholder specializing in tax law. As a student at Hoban, Steve found he was able to connect with all the different groups—the intellects, the athletes, the artists—the cross section of students that Hoban attracts. Steve liked that about Hoban as a student and has strived to keep it that way as a member of the board of directors since 2000. “I appreciate and love Hoban for the type of student it attracts. I don’t necessarily look at Hoban as a scholar powerhouse. It’s not what Hoban is all about,” Steve said. “Going back to the Brothers and their mission of educating the body, mind and heart. It’s critical to have that balance. “Hoban has found a way to educate whoever walks through that door, consistent with their aptitude, whether that be a carpenter, a landscaper, a doctor or whoever. The school has a very sincere interest in growth and development.” Steve participated in cross country, track and wrestling. At Hoban he wasn’t comfortable with the sciences but was quite good at precalculus with Brother Richard Gilman. “I always seemed to be good in logical things rather than memorization. Law is logical. In tax law you can anticipate the answers and anticipate what things should be,” Steve said. Steve has received many honors for his work. He served on the Ohio Tax Commissioners Advisory Council from 2001 to 2003 and was chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Taxation

Committee and the Sales/Use Tax Subcommittee. He has served as vice president and secretary at Buckingham, Doolitte and Burroughs Board of Managers for many years and was the Business Practice Group Leader from 2006 to 2008. He also has served as the department head of the firm’s Taxation and Employee Benefits Section of the Business Practice Group. He was admitted to the United States Tax Court and the United States District Court. His work has taken on the Ohio Tax Commission fighting for the consumer and taxpayer. An example of a case he won involved a computer service to pharmacies that would confirm customers’ coverage for Marc’s stores. Ohio wanted to tax this service, passing on the costs to the consumer. The case could have extended the taxation credit to all e-commerce. The case was won in favor of the consumer. In addition to his work as secretary on the Hoban board, Steve has been an adjunct professor at the University of Akron Masters in Tax program since 1991. Steve is the proud father of three Hoban graduates—Danielle ’05, Kelly ’07 and James ’12. “The difference at Hoban is that you have the brothers’ influence, a ton of parents who care and teachers who probably care more because they have a love for their students,” Steve said. For his reputation and achievements in tax law and his steadfast work as a board of director, Hoban proudly awards Steven A. Dimengo the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award. n Alumni Awards |

Command Sergeant Major (Ret) Nicholas Rozumny Distinguished Alumnus Class of 1977


hen Nick Rozumny graduated from Hoban in 1977 he joined his dad (also Nick) each day for the drive up to the Chrysler plant in Twinsburg. The younger Rozumny didn’t really enjoy the assembly line work he was assigned and couldn’t see himself doing that for another year, let alone the rest of his life. Young Nick wanted something different and exciting. At 18 he wasn’t really looking for a future, just something more than the dread of going to Twinsburg every day. So in December 1978 he and a friend enlisted in the U.S. Army together and found themselves at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri the first week in January. From there he went to Fort Huachuca, home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center. And that’s when “something different and exciting” started to happen as he became engaged in basic military intelligence training. Nick took an interrogation course and found he had a talent for that. He completed training as a 96C Interrogator. He also learned from an aptitude test that he had a potential for foreign languages. He was sent to the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., home of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. He studied German. He was sent with the 18th Military Intelligence Battalion, 66th Military Intelligence Group to Munich, Germany, in 1980 during the Cold War. There, in civilian clothes, he spent his days questioning all types of people—from truck drivers to refugees, defectors and border crossers from Warsaw Pact countries. He would ask questions about economics, the military, politics—whatever the U.S. Government was interested in. While in Germany he reenlisted for Russian language training and was further assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas. While at Fort Riley, Sergeant Major Rozumny

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graduated from the Primary Leadership Development Course. He is also a graduate of the Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, the Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course and Sergeants Major Academy. His expertise in language expanded to Serbo-Croatian, and he was further assigned as a Force Protection team leader and interpreter for the Commander 1st Infantry Division in Bosnia. The ability Nick had with learning languages didn’t come necessarily from his Hoban Spanish classes but rather his English classes. “If you understand English and the grammatical sense English offers, then you have the ability to learn a language,” Nick said. “Of course 36 straight weeks, eight hours a day, plus homework, five days a week, you learn a language.” Rozumny served three tours of duty in Germany, as well as in Bosnia and Iraq and numerous stateside assignments. He was in Germany engaged in field training exercises when Sept. 11 occurred and watched the events unfold via satellite. From 2003 to 2006, Sergeant Major Rozumny served as the Command Sergeant Major of the 101st Military Intelligence Battalion, 1st Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He also served as the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade Command Sergeant Major from 2008 to 2009, deploying to Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-11. He is proud that during both deployments his units never lost a soldier. “Roadside bombings happened a lot. We were constantly trying to adapt with countermeasures as the insurgency became better organized,” Nick said. His next assignment was for two years as the Installation Command Sergeant Major, at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey and Ord Military Community. He was in charge of the school where he once sat as a young soldier learning German. “I am most proud of the training and mentoring of young soldiers throughout my career. As I meet with soldiers years later, I see the impact I had on their lives,” Nick said. “Through my mentoring I was

able to share my knowledge and know the Army tradition will live on.” Those soldiers learned from one of the best, and for this Command Sergeant Major Nicholas Rozumny is being recognized by his alma mater as a 2013 Distinguished Alumnus. In his 31-year military career before his retirement in 2010, he achieved the highest ranking given to an enlisted soldier. Among his awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, NATO service medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Armed Forces Service Medal. Nick is married to Joycie, a retired Command Sergeant Major, he met at Fort Riley in 1985. They have been married for 24 years and have made their home in Harker Heights, Texas. Since his military retirement, Nick has joined Rotary International and has helped with the police academy of Harker Heights. He also has worked for Triquetra Technologies as a Knowledge Manager and was deployed to Afghanistan to support the command of Regional Command South in Kandahar. He returned from Afganistan in November and continues to provide instructional support to the company. “It amazes me that after all these years, Hoban will recognize me for my accomplishments and for my service to our country. This is very special,” Nick said. n Hoban Highlights | Winter 2013


Cathy (Keller) Reeves Distinguished Alumna Class of 1980


Robert Reeves 2013 Knight Award



ig saucer eyes look up at you above a sweet, ever-present smile. A lock of hair pulled up on top of her head and little hands reaching out to anyone who wanted to hold this happy-go-lucky little girl. A voice on her birthing video describes her as “Kelly, you are beautiful.” Giggling, always happy, extremely open, “she was a child who was loving and delightful, full of wonder and amazement. Her smile lit the world and made our family whole.” And then she was gone. The light went out. The smile vanished. And Cathy and Bob Reeves, along with their two young sons, had to figure out how they were going to keep their family whole. It was the week before Christmas, 2002, and Cathy and her three children were out doing errands—getting haircuts, shopping. Sixteen-month-old Kelly sat in her car seat between her two big brothers Joey, then 9, and 5-year-old Nick. Kelly was eating a pretzel and suddenly choked. By the time medical personnel got her to the emergency room and Bob, priests, family and friends arrived at the hospital—Kelly was gone. “There were mornings I would put two feet on the floor, not sure how I was going to get through the day,” Cathy said. Then she would remember that a dinner was coming from the Mom’s Ministry at Holy Family Parish. But this grieving family needed more. “We got into counseling right away. Our boys had questions I couldn’t answer,” Cathy said. “I had questions, and I didn’t have any answers.” “Counseling helped our marriage— dealing with each other as much as dealing with our own grief,” Bob said. “We each dealt with it differently. We learned not to be judgmental or critical.” Cathy had quit her job when Kelly was born. Her days were now long and empty. So a few months after Kelly’s death, Cathy, Bob, family and friends

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held a golf outing in Kelly’s memory. Money raised from the event went to capital improvements for Holy Family School, where Kelly’s brothers attended. The family continued fundraising events for various community projects, and in 2007 the Kelly Reeves Memorial Foundation was set up in memory of Kelly. This foundation is chartered to help children’s and family organizations for educational purposes. “We needed to make a positive out of something very, very horrific,” Cathy said. During the days, months, years following Kelly’s death, the Reeveses continued with counseling. “Death is not something you get over. You learn to smile with a broken heart, but you don’t get over your loss,” Bob said. As time wore on they realized how expensive counseling sessions could be. Bob, a self-employed businessman, depended on insurance. Yet a co-pay for a family of four was close to $100. Cathy and Bob could afford it. They thought of those that couldn’t. That’s when she hatched an idea with professional counselor Jane Bissler of the Counseling for Wellness Center in Kent. Kelly’s Grief Center is a true nonprofit organization where all monies go toward helping others. It was founded in 2009 to provide support and counseling by licensed clinical counselors for adults, teens and children grieving

the loss of a loved one. The Center is committed to making sure help will be immediate, accessible and of the highest professional quality. “Kelly’s Grief Center (www. is a place where people can feel safe and get professional help,” Cathy said. “The Foundation will help families who don’t have insurance or can’t afford the co-pay. “You don’t get over something like a death of a child in six weeks. I went to counseling for six years.” The Kelly Reeves Memorial Foundation has also reached out to help Hoban families with tuition following a loss of a parent or unexpected medical expense. One of the reasons Bob and Cathy wanted to help Hoban families was because they saw what Hoban was doing for Joey ’12. Cathy was the 11th of 12 Keller children, all products of 12 years of Catholic education—nine are Hoban graduates. Her family had so much to do with the faith she has and she saw the sacrifices that her parents made. Hoban was an extension to her family and faith. Bob had to be convinced a little more of the investment he was making in a Hoban education. He had to go no further than listening to Joey describe how he passed out bagged lunches to the homeless under the viaduct. Helping with Project HOPE, an outreach program at Hoban, Bob saw how his “investment” was working for Joey. “We have to be willing to give. You’ll get it back,” Bob said. “I look back at when Kelly died and what people did for us.” This “giving back” is why Cathy has been chosen to be a 2013 Distinguished Alumna and Bob is recognized with the Knight Award. Ten years later, Cathy and Bob realize that this was the path they were supposed to take in honor of their beautiful daughter, Kelly. n Alumni Awards |

Friend of Hoban recipients, Brother Ken Haders, Mrs. Delores Dietzler, Knight award winner Bob Reeves and Distinguished Alumni awardees Cathy Reeves, Nick Rozumny and Steve Dimengo at the 2013 Alumni Awards Dinner held at Firestone Country Club on March 10. Mr. Franklin Dietzler, also a Friend of Hoban recipient, was unable to make the trip from River Falls, Wis.

Nick Rozumny ’79 and Phil Maynard ’60 meet at the 2013 Alumni Awards dinner.

Brothers Tom Henning, Robert Livernois, Paul Kelly, Lewis Brazil, Kenneth Haders, James Spooner, Joe LeBon, Roy Smith, Richard Gilman, Joe Fox, Chester Freel, Phil Smith and Ed Libbers assemble for a photo.

Brother Ed Libbers, Patty (Bralek)’77 and Dave Wartko ’75, Kate Smith and David Wartko ’05 share a laugh before the Alumni Awards Dinner March 10 at Firestone Country Club. Alumni Awards Dinner |

Brothers Ken Haders and Richard Gilman chat with Mrs. Delores Dietzler. Both Brother Ken and Mrs. Dietzler are 2013 Friend of Hoban recipients. Brother Richard received the same award in 1995.

Gene and Howard Considine get a nice hug from Dan Cody. The Considines are of the élite group receiving their Friends of Hoban award in 1987 and Cody was presented the Knight Award in 2005. Hoban Highlights | Winter 2013



he discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples. Young people, if they know how to pray, can be trusted to know what to do with God’s call.” —Pope Benedict XVI, Response to questions by the bishops of the United States in Washington, D.C., April 16, 2008

Every year, a committee scours the alumni files to find a graduate deserving of the One Hope~One Dream award. This award is given annually to a Hoban graduate whose values, attitudes and behaviors exemplify how to live out a dream that brings hope to others. (see box for full explanation) It was decided this year’s award would recognize 12 men who have served the Catholic community of Northeast Ohio as priests. Ten of these Hoban graduates were ordained to serve the Diocese of Cleveland, one to serve the Diocese of Youngstown and one entered the religious order of the Society of Jesus and has spent most of his career as a teacher in Cleveland. These graduates, some being called to their vocation while at Hoban, have been priests as few as four years up to 45 years. Hoban has graduated a number of men who later entered the seminary. According to Hoban records, nationwide there are 20 priests and four seminarians (see list on page 16). The One Hope~One Dream all-school assembly was held Feb. 27 in the Barry Gymnasium. The assembly marked the end of Black History Month for the school. Following the assembly, the awardees met in the Holy Cross Room for a small reception. The biographies of the 12 recipients follows: Rev. John R. Hengle, Class of 1959, was ordained to the priesthood May 25, 1968. “In some ways I feel very much like Jeremiah, the reluctant prophet,” Father Hengle said. “Ministry has been very fulfilling, especially helping those who desire to return to Christ and the Church.” Father Hengle has served as a parochial vicar at St. Wenceslas (Maple Heights), Immaculate Conception (Kenmore), St. Albert the Great (North Royalton), St. Francis de Sales (Akron), St. Peter’s (Lorain) and St. Mary (Bedford), where he was later appointed pastor. In 1993, he returned to the Akron area to serve as pastor at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Tallmadge. He has served the diocese on the Presbyteral Council and as a judge on the Diocesan Tribunal 2nd Instance as well as serving on other committees for the diocese. He taught religion for a year at Holy Name High School in Cleveland. “Hoban helped prepare me for my further studies,” Father Hengle said. “Being on the work crew under Joe Scaduto helped give me a real work ethic. I enjoyed being in the marching band and concert band. Both gave me a greater appreciation for life and music.”


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Rev. John M. Kumse, Class of 1971, was ordained June 9, 1979, in Cleveland. “In a word, my vocation is my life,” Father Kumse said. “It has provided me with a great opportunity to broaden my understanding and appreciation of the diversity within the Church and the Faith that unites us all. It has been at times both a challenge and a blessing and a great opportunity to minister to God’s people, sometimes in the most unexpected ways. Sharing in the priesthood of Christ is both humbling and a source of joy to bring the presence of our Lord and the care of his Church to so many people in so many different aspects of their lives.”

One Hope~One Dream award criteria The award is given annually to Hoban graduates whose values, attitudes and behaviors exemplify how to live out a dream that brings hope to others. The award recalls Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and incorporates the Holy Cross motto, “Spes Unica,” which means “The Cross, Our Only Hope.” ”Spes Unica,” the motto of the Congregation of Holy Cross, translates “One Hope.” The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered for his “I Have a Dream” speech. Each February Hoban presents the One Hope-One Dream award to a graduate whose values, attitudes and behaviors exemplify how to live out a dream that brings hope to others. The recipients must meet four criteria: s Hoban graduates whose work or activities bring hope to others. s Persons whose work or activities help build the Kingdom of God by bringing Jesus’ teachings to life in the world. s Persons who, like Dr. King, have been an inspiration and example to others in the community in living a dream that brings hope to others. s Persons whose speech and action model the ideals of justice, love and peace taught by Jesus and modeled by King. Cover Story |

Father Kumse served as parochial vicar at St. Vitus, (Cleveland, 1979-86), parochial vicar St. Mary, (Painseville, 1986-87) and as pastor of St. Mary (Cleveland, 1987 to the present). “Both St. Vitus and St. Mary parishes in Cleveland are Slovenian nationality parishes. Being of both Slovenian and Slovak heritage, I was assigned to these parishes,” Father Kumse said. “I was active with the youth ministry and the school particularly at St. Vitus. Our St. Mary Cleveland parish is an anchor in the Collinwood neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland. We’ve worked hard to make the parish responsive to the neighborhood community as well as serving as a cultural bridge with the Slovenian community in the Cleveland area and both the Church and cultural organizations in the Republic of Slovenia.” Father Kumse reflected on his high school days at Hoban. “It was memorable. I met a lot of great people, both classmates and faculty—the likes of Brother Edward Libbers and the challenges of honors chemistry, Brother Joseph LeBon for Latin and the quiet inspiration of Father Joe Barry. I’m grateful for the encouragement and challenges that were given to grow and be the best we could be intellectually, spiritually and socially. Rev. Joseph L. Labak, Class of 1969, was ordained to the priesthood June 11, 1977. “Being a priest is a life of teaching others about God and His love for all of us,” Father Labak said. “It is a life of leading others to God and bringing God closer to his people through the Church and the sacraments.” Father Labak has served the Diocese of Cleveland as an associate pastor at St. Ambrose (Brunswick 1977-83), St. Augustine (Barberton 1983-85), St. John Bosco (Parma Heights, 1985-90), St. Francis de Sales (Parma 199095), St. Ambrose (Brunswick, 1995-97). He was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Wadsworth in 1997 and continues to minister to the people there. “My four years at Hoban were at a time of growth spiritually and emotionally. I have many good memories of many good people. It was a great place to grow up,” Father Labak said. Rev. Michael P. McCandless, Class of 1998 was ordained to the priesthood on May 10, 2008. “[My vocation is a] self-gift, so as to make Jesus and His presence, sacramental encounters, and graces and comforts available to His people,” Father McCandless said. “I love the Church and I believe this is the way of life and service most fulfilling for me.” Father McCandless was the parochial vicar at St. Mary (Painesville 2008-10), where his ministry served a bilingual Cover Story |

parish of English and Spanish speaking people. He also served as chaplain at Lake County Jail. Since January, 2011, Father McCandless has been the Coordinator of Vocations to Diocesan Priesthood at Borromeo and St. Mary Seminaries in Cleveland, where he “accompanies young men and women in their discernment of a vocation.” He also organizes opportunities of discernment for young people to discern. “Hoban was a period when I grew and matured greatly. I was helped to discover many gifts in myself and was supplied the confidence to live life with passion,” Father McCandless said. “The community—the brothers, teachers and some peers—were quite impactful and offered wonderful accompaniment.” Rev. Thomas W. McCann, Class of 1959, was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1968. “I have been privileged to spend my 44 years of ministry in Summit County. I thoroughly enjoy ministering to the people entrusted to my care,” Father McCann said. “Every day is a new day helping people with the celebration of Mass, preaching, baptizing, marrying, anointing the sick, granting absolution, visiting the sick, teaching both children and adults, helping the poor, commending people to God at their passing from this world and comforting the living. I have been given the opportunity to do things that I never dreamed of doing had I been on my own. I enjoy helping out at parishes and convents that need assistance with the shortage of priests. Would I do it again? You bet I would!” Father McCann has served at St. Augustine (Barberton 1968-73), St. Sebastian (Akron 1973-80), St. Barnabas (Northfield 1980-82), Pastor of Immaculate Conception (Akron 1982-94), and Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary (Cuyahoga Falls 1994-2011). As of July 1, 2011, Father McCann is a retired priest of the Diocese of Cleveland and has his own residence in Cuyahoga Falls. “Hoban High School was a great experience! I was deeply impressed at the dedication, knowledge and goodness of the Brothers of Holy Cross,” Father McCann said. “The courses that I took, the atmosphere of the school and activities prepared me for my seminary education of nine years after high school. As I look back to high school, I can say that I was surrounded by truly outstanding people who were my classmates, teachers, and fellow students of Hoban. Some of my classmates meet fairly regularly now and we share happy memories of our years at Hoban—with lots of laughter.” Rev. David Misbrener, Class of 1984, was ordained May 7, 1995, for the Diocese of Youngstown. “As a priest, I have lived a life of service, being able to help people in their darkest hour and also to share in their joy. I have been able to keep some of the ethnic traditions and customs Hoban Highlights | Winter 2013


alive so that people may enjoy them,” Father Misbrener said. Father Misbrener has served parishes in Uniontown, Ravenna, Warren and Struthers. He has been pastor at Our Lady of Victory in Andover, St. Patrick in Kinsman and has served the last six years as pastor at St. Peter of the Fields in Rootstown, where he finished the new church. He currently serves on the Presbyterial council of the Diocese of Youngstown. “Brother Robert Siegel and Father Joseph Barry were big influences, as well as many of the other teachers,” he said. Rev. Jared Orndorff, Class of 1997, was ordained to the priesthood in 2008. “My vocation is a lived expression of an encounter that I have had with Jesus Christ, and how I have tried to bring that experience to others,” Father Orndorff said. Father Orndorff has served as parochial vicar at St. John Vianney (Mentor 2008-12) and currently serves the people of St. Mary Church in Chardon. “My years at Hoban were the most formative of my life. My experience of the Holy Cross Brothers, both academically and spiritually, laid the groundwork for my vocation and life of service,” Orndorff said. Rev. Matthew E. Pfeiffer, Class of 1997, was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 2009. “This vocation is God’s call and the Church’s call to me, that I may serve Christ and His people,” Father Pfeiffer said. “Through my faithfullness to it, God

will work and one day I’ll be made holy.” Father Pfeiffer is finishing his first assignment at St. Sebastian Parish in Akron as the parochial vicar. “Hoban helped me in my human formation. I grew to understand the importance of good and faithful education as well as the need for faithful community and friends,” Father Pfeiffer said. Rev. Philip Racco, Class of 1969, was ordained June 11, 1977. Father Racco views his vocation as a gift. “Like any gift, the unwrapping is exciting. Being a priest is a gift that excites me as God unfolds so many people in my life,” he said. He has served as the parochial vicar of St. John Bosco (Parma Heights), St. Margaret Mary (South Euclid) and as pastor at St. Philomena (East Cleveland), Holy Rosary (Cleveland) and St. Bernadette in Westlake. “I found my education at Hoban to be solid,” Father Racco said. “I found the faith witness of Father Joseph Barry and so many of the brothers to be outstanding.” Rev. James R. Semonin, Class of 1962, was ordained May 29, 1971. “Since 1980 my vocation has brought hope and health to the sick as chaplain at Parma Community Hospital,” Father Semonin said. “I was born into a prayerful and religious family. My mother and her two sisters were nurses. My Uncle John Evan delivered me, and my Uncle Carl was my peditrician and also a parishoner when I served at St. Sebastian. He lived to be 101 1/2 and died on my birthday. I came from a family of many daily communicants.”

One Hope~One Dream Assembly features musicians

Rev. Jared Orndorff ’97 spoke on behalf of his fellow priests on the joys of the priesthood and the influences and encouragement to his vocation that he found as a student at Hoban.


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Also part of the assembly was a special tribute to Black History month including musicians Pat Harris (above) and Lafayette Carthon (right photo). Harris is a world renowned musician.

Lafayette Carthon, gave not only a beautiful musical performance of folk songs, but also stories of the origin of the songs sung by the slaves. From jazz to gospel to opera, Carthon fully engaged the students. Cover Story |

Father Semonin was a deacon at St. Ambrose (Brunswick 1970-71) before his ordination. His early assignments were as a parochial vicar at St. Francis de Sales (Akron 1971-74) and at St. Sebastian (Akron 1974-80). He has served the last 33 years as chaplain at Parma Community Hospital and one day a week at Mount Alverna Village Nursing Home in Parma. He also celebrates weekend Masses at St. Bridget’s Kildare and St. Francis in Parma. “Hoban was a great environment to learn in. I was never a victim of bullying nor did I ever witness it. I am very appreciative of my educational experiences at Hoban,” Father Semonin said. Rev. Kevin Shemuga, Class of 1975, was ordained June 11, 1983. “I felt a call from Jesus and the Church to serve the people of God as a priest primarily through the sacraments, preaching, teaching and caring for the sick and the bereaved,” Father Shemuga said. Father Shemuga has had eight different assignments for the Diocese. The highlights have been as pastor of St. Stanislaus (Lorain, 1998-2006) while serving as president of the Priest Council. He also was a full-time employee and faculty member at the University of Phoenix in Cleveland (2006-08) and more recently was parochial vicar of St. Joseph (Strongsville). He currently serves in the same capacity at St. Basil the Great Church (Brecksville). “I wanted to go to Hoban and worked hard at various jobs, such as a paper boy and grass cutting to empower me to attend this great school and received a wonderful education. At Hoban, as a senior I heard a call from the Lord to be a priest,” Father Shemuga said. “Hoban also instilled in me a great love of ministry and education and a love of baseball. I played varsity baseball. I still play baseball and I manage the Padres in the Akron Roy Hobbs adult baseball league.” Rev. Kenneth Styles, S.J., Class of 1962, was ordained June 3, 1972 into the Society of Jesus. “The focus of my vocation has been working with high school students by helping them grow into young adults committed to Christ and his Church,” Father Styles said. “I do this in a community of Jesuits and lay teachers who are committed to this same goal. Father Styles started teaching in Cleveland before theology studies and ordination (as a priest). He taught Latin, English and theology (1968-70) at St. Ignatius. Following his ordination he returned to St. Ignatius and continued to teach English and theology (1973-77). He spent the 1977-78 school year working in a parish in Dublin, Ireland. He returned to St. Ignatius and continued teaching English and theology until 1981, when he was named principal of the school. He served as principal until 1991. In 1993 he was named the first principal of Loyola High School in Detroit. From 1995-98 he was principal at University Cover Story |

of Detroit Jesuit High School. He returned to the classroom and St. Ignatius in 1999 where he continues to teach English and Latin. “Hoban is the reason I am a teacher, a member of a religious community and a priest,” Father Styles said. “The Brothers of Holy Cross inspired me to be a teacher and a member of a religious community. The brothers and lay faculty supported me in my vocation as a priest.” n Editors note: Ten of the 12 priests were able to attend the assembly. Fathers Kumse and Shemuga had to decline at the last minute for parish duties. Father Pfeiffer had to leave prior to the group photo to hear confessions.

Alumni Priests and Seminarians According to Hoban records there are 20 alumni serving as priests throughout the United States. The alumni association honors all of its alumni priests. Understanding the difficulty in travel and knowing our students knew some of the priests honored, we chose to invite the local priests to the One Hope~One Dream assembly. Please keep all of these men in your prayers. The Hoban alumni office also is aware of four men studying in seminaries in Cleveland and Texas. If we have inadvertantly missed anyone we apologize and would appreciate you contacting our office at 330.773.8620. Here is a list of alumni priests and seminarians: Rev. Daniel J. Ayers ’68, Colorado Springs, Colo. Rev. John R. Hengle ’59, Tallmadge, Ohio Rev. Charles W. Henkle ’60, Brunswick, Ga. Rev. Timothy E. Horan ’66, Rochester, N.Y. Rev. Michael A. Kelley ’71, Coventry, R.I. Rev. John M. Kumse ’71, Cleveland, Ohio Rev. Joseph L. Labak ’69, Wadsworth, Ohio Rev. James A. Lammermeier ’59, Oldsmar, Fla. Rev. Michael P. McCandless ’98, Wickliffe, Ohio Rev. Thomas W. McCann ’59, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Rev. David M. Misbrener ’84, Rootstown, Ohio Rev. Jared P. Orndorff ’97, Chardon, Ohio Rev. Matthew E. Pfeiffer ’97, Akron, Ohio Rev. Philip G. Racco ’69, Cleveland, Ohio Rev. James R. Semonin ’62, Parma, Ohio Rev. Donald M. Serva, S.J. ’67, Wheeling, W.Va. Rev. Kevin C. Shemuga ’75, Brecksville, Ohio Rev. Kenneth A. Styles, S.J. ’62, Cleveland, Ohio Rev. Fred Tillotson ’60, Washington, D.C. Rev. James Urbanic ’62, Berkeley, Calif. Matthew Jordan ’08 St. Mary Seminary, Cleveland, Ohio David Stavarz ’10 Borromeo Seminary, Cleveland, Ohio Josh Arbogast ’11 Borromeo Seminary, Cleveland, Ohio Chris Yeager ’08 Diocese of Austin Seminary, Dallas, Texas Hoban Highlights | Winter 2013


NMSC recognizes eight from Class of 2013

Mock trial team finishes semifinalist. 2 go to state Hoban had two teams qualify for the Ohio State Mock Trial state tournament on March 9 in Columbus. Team Kagan, the regional champion, got to the final four of the state tournament before losing to the team from Orange High School. Hoban’s other team at the state tournament, Team Powell advanced as far as the final eight before losing on Friday morning. Only 26 teams from the state qualified. Both teams competing at the regional level advanced. Outstanding attorney and witness awards are posted on the Hoban website academic clubs/mock trial.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized eight Hoban seniors in its 58th annual competition—four finalists and four commended students. Those recognized are: Front: Finalists Sam Smartnick, Tony Burns, Lauren Whitehouse and Matt Onders. Back: Commended Students Katherine Geary, James Marrter, Andrew Udovich and Kristin Sanchez. (Sanchez was also named a 2012-13 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar.)

Pantastics perform with Harry Belafonte at Civic

The Hoban’s Knights Pantastic steel drum band was one of five steel drum ensembles to perform with legendary entertainer Harry Belafonte at the Akron Civic Theatre on Nov. 17. Belafonte was the keynote speaker at the event, which benefited the Steel Dragons band of Summit Academy, a charter school catering to the needs of students with Asperger’s syndrome and autism.

Team Kagan, was the Ohio State Mock Trial state semifinalist. Flanked by advisers Dan Cody and Kevin Hillery, the team consists of Travis Pero, Matt Rossi, Trey Lesiak, Jamie Vieson, Sam Hyde, Anna Baumhoer, Peter Kratcoski and Ryan Kupcik.

Team Powell finished third at the Ohio State Mock Trial regional competition and made it to the final eight at state. Mr. Peter Cahoon (adviser), Alexia Markowski, Halle Dreibelbis, Brianna Arman, Joseph van’t Hooft, Jonathan Sapp, Evan Nichols, Chelsea Schobert, Holly Sargent, Mr. Jeff Schobert (adviser).

Noteworthy • Easily exceeding the goal, students collected a record 55,055 units of nonperishable food for the hungry in this year’s canned food drive. Again this year, the seniors led the school in cans collected. Mr. Dan Simone’s first period religion class will receive the Golden Can award, given to the room with the highest total. The drive ran just two weeks: from Friday, Nov. 2, to Friday, Nov. 16.


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• Senior Tony Burns received a Youth Award from the Catholic Commission of Summit County. Burns was recognized for his service at the South Street Ministries and the Catholic Worker’s Peter Maurin Center. • A contingent of 88 Hoban students and four faculty joined 13 students and three faculty from St. Edward High School in the March for Life in Washington to observe the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. School News |

Tim Tyrrell to take over as head football coach for the Knights


im Tyrrell will take over as head football coach for the Knights. A Youngstown native, Tyrrell graduated from Ursuline High School and Youngstown State University. He was a member of the Youngstown State’s Division I-AA National Championship teams in 1993, 1994 and 1997. Previously, Tyrrell has been head coach of Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, Fla., where he amassed a 39-18 record over five seasons. In just his second season at Chaminade-Madonna, the team finished with 13-1 record and reached the state semifinal in Class 2B. He was named “South Florida Coach of the Year” by the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun Sentinel in 2009 and District Coach of the Year in 2009, 2011 and 2012. In his time at Chaminade-Madonna, 27 graduating seniors have received NCAA football scholarships, with another eight expected to commit on 2013 signing day. Prior to coaching in Florida, Tyrrell was head coach at St. Thomas Aquinas


Tim Tyrrell was introduced to parents by Jim Tressel, former head coach of Ohio State University and currently vice-president at the University of Akron.

in Louisville for seven seasons and spent a year as offensive coordinator immediately preceding that. He also had experience as the tight ends/tackles coach from 1991 to 2001 at Youngstown State, where he spent time on staff with Jim Tressel, former head coach of Ohio State University. Tyrrell succeeds Ralph Orsini, head coach at Hoban for the past 19 years. n

died a few weeks ago. Graduating from Hoban in 1989, Griffith played on the state championship team that year. His teams made the 1998 Final Four, and won the 1999 Associated Press Poll championship (with a perfect regular-season record). In 2008 the Knights were regional semifinalists. Griffith was Touchdown Club Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2008. He is a two-time North Coast League Coach of the Year. Under his guidance, the Knights were Blue Division champions five out of six years in the NCL. Griffith was Summit Coach T.K. Griffith ’89 gets his 300th varsity career win on Senior Night County Coach of the Year in 2009. n and the final home game of the 2012-13 season.

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OHSAA commends Hoban for sportsmanship, ethics, integrity • Hoban is among 29 schools to receive the Respect the Game award for the 2011-12 school year. The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the winners in a news release dated Oct. 25. Created in 2004, the Respect the Game award is given by the OHSAA’s Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee. To be eligible, schools must complete the Respect the Game Challenge, a form that confirms they have emphasized sportsmanship, ethics and integrity within their school.

T.K. Griffith gets 300th career win ith a 66-51 victory over visiting Notre DameCathedral Latin on Senior Night Feb. 16, the boys basketball team gave T.K. Griffith his 300th win as head coach at Hoban. Griffith dedicated the special triumph to the seniors and 37year house announcer Dick Rinella, who

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• With a 40-20 win over Boardman Oct. 25, the freshman football team ended its season undefeated with a 10-0 record, outscoring all opponents 382-62, including three shutouts. The greatest margin of the year was the 50-0 wipeout of St. VincentSt. Mary. Tom Paris is the head coach, assisted by Steve Motil, Brian Motil, Pat Kennedy, Rod Sprang and team chaplain Brother Jim Kozak. • The girls soccer team finished the season with a 14-5-1 and won the OHSAA Division ll district championship for the second year in a row. First team All-North Coast League awards were given to junior Mykaela Zingale, senior Jamie Dean and senior Mackenzie Beke. Second team All-NCL award winners were freshman Alex Sheldon, junior Katie Easton and senior Katie Walpole. All-NCL honorable mention was given senior Allie Griffith. Zingale also received All-district first team, All-Ohio second team and the Greater Akron Touchdown Club awards. • Hoban players Jimmy Cianciola, Jason Frimel, A.J. Hale, DarShawn James, Brian Kavcar, Jimmy Martter and Dom Orsini were invited to play in the third annual Thanks4Giving all-star football game at St. VincentSt. Mary on Nov. 22. The game featured some of the best high school players from Summit County. Thanks4giving provides players an opportunity to showcase their talents for collegiate scouts with proceeds going to charity. The game, approved by the OHSAA, revives an Akron tradition of high school football on Thanksgiving morning. • With a 48-36 victory at Twinsburg Feb. 19, the Knights freshman boys basketball team concluded an outstanding season in which the team went 21-1. Hoban outscored all opponents 1,186-896. Hoban Highlights | Winter 2013


Marketing committee introduces new athletic ‘H’


fter months of discussion, constiuent input, student designs and market testing a new Hoban “H” was introduced to the students in early April. The process began in January 2011 with the marketing committee’s desire to produce a new school style guide to

ensure consistent use of all Archbishop Hoban intellectual property. In September 2011, the committee, spearheaded by Hank Inman, began the process of developing a new “H” athletic logo using guidance from professionals and market research. The intent was to set Hoban apart

from other local schools which use a standard “block H”, with only the primary color being the differentiator. It was also an “H” that didn’t have a distinctive font, so often it was not a true “block H.” During the spring of 2012, the committee presented progress to a group of Hoban stakeholders, so as not to make a change “in a vacuum”. In May students were invited to participate in the design process and review graphic renderings. With these student designs, the committee enlisted the services of the graphic design company used by Hoban alumnus Dave Sutter ’79, president of Excelsior Marking. The design was refined, reviewed and selected for final rendering, approved by the board, trademark attorneys and tested with students. “The new ‘H’ is distinctive and has the unique characteristic of our Knight Head,” said Jake Frego, chairman of the marketing committee. “It is a melding of our primary athletic mark with our letter mark.” The knight helmet logo was designed by John Hanchulak in 2005 and has been used as the primary athletic mark on Hoban apparel since. “With the white letter logo reversing out of a dark background and housed within a geometric shape, it taps into a design discipline that has been used by

other iconic brands,” Sutter said. The “H” was introduced to the students via a video created by senior Mario Micali and T-shirts were given to all faculty, staff and students. A new Hoban styleguide will be available to the public through the Hoban store. n

Dobbins takes reins of girls soccer program



atrick Dobbins will take the reins as head coach of Hoban’s girls soccer team, according to athletic director Michael Del Medico. Dobbins previously served as an assistant coach for Walsh University’s women’s soccer team in 1991 and head coach of the boys Hoban Highlights | Winter 2013

soccer team at Cuyahoga Falls High School from 2006 to 2011. In 2012 he guided Hoban’s junior varsity girls team to a 14-1-1 record. He has also coached at the youth, club and middle school levels. A 1987 Hoban graduate, Dobbins played four years for the Knights soccer team and earned All-State honors. His soccer career continued at Walsh University, where he was a four-year starter for the Cavaliers. He is a 2002 inductee into the Hoban Athletic Hall of Fame. n Athletics |

Knightlife Bud McAnallen ’61 and his classmates “had a blast” at their 50th year reunion last year. As a result many communicated daily via email and also have monthly breakfast meetings. Bud’s classmates learned of his mountain hiking interests and asked if he would send a picture so they might hike vicariously through him. He writes, “In the state of Colorado there are 54 peaks that soar 14,000 feet or higher. Bud has summited 19 of those peaks. This summer he got this picture on Mt. Antero (14,269 feet).

Bud McAnallen ’61 Alan Fodor ’70 gets to channel his inner farmer once a year when he comes up from Cincinnati to help his cousins harvest corn at the Szalay’s family farm.

Alan Fodor ’70 Sandi (Caprez ’90) Valdespino received the “Yellow Rose of Texas” award in August. This prestigious award is given by the governor of Texas to a woman who has given outstanding service to the military and the State of Texas. She has a key role in deciding if a soldier is combat ready or combat weary as a behavioral social worker. She coordinates their medical, physical and emotional care and treatment—including post traumatic stress disorder. Many of Knightlife |

Alumni serve in Honduras with medical team and Hoban students

A group of 13 students, two alumni, two faculty and a board member traveled to Honduras in January as part of the Holy Family Medical Mission team. Alumni participating included Dr. Ken Hudak ’82 and Katie Arbogast ’06. Father Mike Ausperk has been the lead coordinator of this trip since his minstry at Holy Family. He is currently serving on Hoban’s board of directors.

our warriors thank Sandi for “having their backs.” Sandi lives in Hutto, Texas.

couldn’t remember the attack. The class assignment was the feature of a Beacon Journal article and Channel 5 news report.

Kelly (Arp ’95) Shankland married her husband Jason in March, 2011, and graduated with an associates degree in medical billing and Insurance coding from the Akron campus of Herzing University in Sept., 2011. The Shanklands have three sons collectively, Joshua, Austin and Dylan.

Phil Bell ’04 has been admitted to the Texas bar, having passed his bar examination. He attended the South Texas College of Law in Houston and now lives in Texas with his wife Brandy and baby Clare.

Jud Hartman ’02 and his eighth graders at St. Paul Catholic School in Akron garnered the attention of the Beacon Journal and Channel 5 with a Sept. 11 remembrance project he engaged them in. Retired firefighter John Woofter put up a 9/11 memorial display on East Warner Road near the Firestone Country Club. Hartman had his students write the names of the 3,042 attack victims on note cards. Woofter handed out the cards at the memorial on the anniversary so people could pray for the victims. The eighth-graders were 2 years old on Sept. 11, 2001, so they

Dominic Spitalieri ’04 is a Cleveland DJ of electronic dance music. His stage name is DJ Mimo. Mimo got his DJ name from his parents when he was young. DJ Mimo started djing in the beginning of 2011 and has established himself as one of Cleveland’s Premier House DJs. DJ Mimo spins all types of electronic dance music. He is mostly known for his progressive house sets but will mix in house, electro house, trance, heavy bass, electronica, dubstep, techno, etc. Mimo is an enthusiastic DJ who loves the music. He has had shows with Darude, Paul Oakenfold, Evan Evolution, Robbie Rivera, Mak J, Ephorix, Bad Boy Bill and Sander van Doorn. Hoban Highlights | Winter 2013


Knightlife Knightlife Andrea Eastbourn ’05 is a certified event planner at World Wind Services, LLC located in Tehachapi, Calif. WWS is an energy service provider in the renewable energy sector. Andrea and her husband Scott ’05 live in Tehachapi. Erin Horning ’07 graduated from the University of Akron in 2011 with a bachelor of science degree in marketing and sales management. At the UA she was a graduate assistant for athletic development and special events. In September, Erin was named assistant director for development at Texas State University in San Marcos. Jonathan Carbone ’08 is an Operations Specialist for the United States Coast Guard Sector in Boston, Mass. Carbone has been deployed four times during his four-year military career, including six months in Central America and six months

in Alaska. He helped confiscate over $1,000,000,000 worth of drugs before it could reach the United States. He was involved in six lives as a dispatcher off the shores of Massachusetts and earned top secret clearance from the USCG. Carbone is working toward a degree in Counterintelligence at American Military University. He is a proud homeowner in Melrose, Mass. Chris Yeager ’08 graduated in May from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Following graduation he entered the seminary in Dallas for the Diocese of Austin as a candidate for the priesthood. In his senior year at St. Edward’s, Yeager moved into Moreau House, an on-campus community where students live with Brothers of Holy Cross religious candidates.

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Erin Rosen ’09 believes action plus education equals change. In the summer of 2012 Rosen, a nursing major at the University of Akron, went on a mission trip to Bangalore, India, with the organization Leave UR Mark. Her mission was to empower people, within their culture, to increase positive health behaviors. She did this by raising enough money to provide the supplies necessary to educate the people of specific health practices. Her focus was on brushing teeth, washing hands and using insecticide-treated bed nets. To help offset costs Erin was awarded a Gibara Honors Scholarship for Study Abroad and funding from Sigma Theta Tau, an International Nursing Honors Society. The research project is completed but her work has just begun. With her new perspective, Rosen hopes to continue working in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Akron Children’s Hospital after graduation in May. She plans to advance her degree as well. Future mission work is a given. Rachel Tecca ’09, a University of Akron basketball standout, has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Tecca is the first player in Akron women’s basketball history to earn Academic AllAmerican. She is also the only player in the Mid-American Conference to earn the distinction this year. In 2011, Tecca was part of the Capital One Academic AllDistrict IV Third Team. She carried a 3.89 GPA through her undergraduate career,

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Seven alumnae presented at Ball The Class of 2012 was well represented at the 110th annual Charity Ball. Alexis Becker, Colleen Considine, Nicole Jesser, Grace McGee, Natlie Rothenbuecher, Lauren Trabucco and Taylor Viscomi were presented at the event held at Goodyear Hall on Dec. 28. The Charity Ball is hosted by the Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital with proceeds benefiting the hospital. Knightlife |

and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing management prior to the Zips’ game against Cincinnati on Dec. 15, 2012. She began working toward her MBA in January of this year. Elizabeth Denholm ’11 had her artwork selected to be auctioned off at the Blue Jeans Ball, benefiting the Capital Area

Food Bank in Washington D.C. The event is recognized as one of the top charitable events in the capital area. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ball, artists were asked to submit designs for deniminspired art. The three winning pieces were displayed and auctioned off at the event. Her piece, entitled “Atlas: of Fortitude and

Endurance,” was a sculpture constructed of clay, denim and wire. Denholm is studying art history at the Catholic University of America. She is most interested in art as a cross-cultural connection that encourages art and cultural education. She believes art can play an integral role in connection with and service to the community.

2012 graduate picked to design ‘The Shirt’ for Notre Dame Abbey Dankoff ’12, a freshman at the University of Notre Dame, was selected to design “The Shirt” for the 2013 football season. The Shirt will be revealed on April 19 with festivities beginning at 3:30 p.m. outside Hammes Bookstore on Notre Dame’s campus. Football Coach Brian Kelly will do the unveiling at 6 p.m. Dankoff interviewed in November and was selected to The Shirt Committee after submitting examples of her work. She didn’t develop the actual design until after being selected. The Shirt Project began in 1990 to raise money for AnTostal, the Student Union Board’s spring celebration. The Shirt, as it became known, was intended to unify the student body

in Notre Dame Stadium for the home football game against Michigan on Sept. 15, 1990. Due to the popularity of The Shirt 1990, the program continued. As the success and notoriety of The Shirt continued to grow, The Shirt Project became its own student organization. The Shirt is being manufactured by Alta Gracia, a company committed to paying a living wage, in the Dominican Republic. All proceeds from sales of The Shirt support student clubs and organizations, students who are experiencing extraordinary medical costs, and other students who cannot afford to participate in campus-life activities.

1988 alumna running her ‘state’ by setting world records Toccata Wright Murphy ’88 is having fun staying on the track at 40-something! She is running master’s track and is ranked third in the world in the 100 and 200-meter sprint. She also

Toccata runs the first leg at the Penn Relays in which her team broke the national record for women 40-49 in the 4 x 100-meter relay. She has raced with another national record setting relay team in 2011 and 2012 for women 35-39 (team drops to age group of youngest runner) Knightlife |

anchored the U.S. Women’s 40 to 44 year-old 4 x 100-meter relay at the World Championships, in which the team won gold. She hopes to represent the U.S. in Italy (World Masters Games) and Brazil (Masters Track and Field Championships). Toccata is trying to qualify for the Jesse Owens Classic 200-meter if not this year, hopefully next year. She also wants to run an expedition 200-meter race at the pros Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., “If I am able to run on the Ohio State track that would be the highlight of my masters career,” Toccata said. Toccata was on Hoban’s track and field team in 1985-86 as a freshman. She was considered one of the top freshman in the state and was often thought to be Butch Reynolds’ sister. Due to a knee injury she did not make it to state her freshmen year. Sophomore and junior year required

knee surgeries during basketball season. She took off from basketball her senior year to make sure she did not have any knee problems during track. “I just was not the same my senior year as I was my freshman year, Toccata said. I had gained 50 pounds and received poor physical therapy. I did not run at Ohio State as I had dreamed of my freshman year. I was always heartbroken because I loved track.” As a mother of two children, Loni and Laila, Toccata and her husband Patrick live in Charlotte, N.C. She returns to Columbus, Ohio about every six weeks to get speed training from Butch Reynolds ’83. “This is my ‘state’ I never made it to in 1986 and my ‘college’ days that I did not take advantage of. Health and fitness has become my passion, and I share it with whomever I can!” Hoban Highlights | Winter 2013


In memoriam Knightlife Be merciful, Heavenly Father, and welcome us home. Comfort and watch over those we have left behind. As we have lived like Christ, carrying our cross each day, may we also share in His Resurrection. And when our end comes, may angels carry us to heaven, where we may live in peace with You forever. The following notices have been received Aug. 25, 2012 to March13, 2013. Thomas J. Allio Sr., father of Thomas ’70, William ’71, Mark ’72 and Diane (Allio) Gingo ’74; grandfather of Brynn Allio ’00, Anthony Allio’02, Joseph Allio ’02, Michael Allio ’02, Alexander Allio ’09, Danielle Allio ’14 and Domincia Allio ’16 Ann (Yahner) Anderson ’81, died unexpectedly Jan. 5 in Cleveland. Ann had lived in Concord Twp for 25 years and was a second grade school teacher at St. Mary of the Assumption in Mentor for 15 years. Sister of Thomas ’70 (deceased), Mary (Yahner) Hassing ’76, Catherine (Yahner) Murdock ’83; aunt of Krista Rakich ’04 Marguerite Anop, grandmother of Monica (Yori) Peritt ’88, Rich Yori ’91, Stephanie (Anop) McCarthy ’96 and Katie (Anop) Skerrett ’00; mother of Louise Yori, long-time Hoban employee of the central office and business office. C. Rober t Antonucci, father of Joe ’67, Ed ’68, Gerry ’72 and Robert ’78; grandfather of Anthony Antonucci ’95, Christopher Antonucci ’98, Sarah Antonucci ’04, Michael Antonucci ’06, Andrew

Bill Aylward, longtime board member and supporter, dies Bill Aylward joined the Hoban community in 1966 as a member of what was then the lay advisory board. As president of the advisory board in 1976, when it was announced that Hoban would close at the end of the school year, Aylward, along with many others, worked long and hard to get Hoban back on a good financial course. Aylward was instrumental in Hoban becoming coeducational, organizing an alumni association, writing grant proposals for foundation money, doing budget studies and creating a cooperative spirit among the principals of Akron-area Catholic high schools. He and his wife Dorothy had six children, four of whom graduated from Hoban: Eileen, Mark ’71, Maureen, Timothy ’76, Carolyn ’78 and Larry ’80. He was the father-in-law of Tom Henretta ’62 and grandfather of Matthew Seikel ’09.


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Antonucci ’09 and Eric Antonucci ’10 Becky Babcox, mother of Robbie Kepple ’03 Rober t J. Bernat ’67, died Sept. 25 in Akron. Bob served with the Ohio Army National Guard for over 20 years, retiring in 1991. He was employed by the Defense Contract Management Agency for 37 years. Mary Ann Born, mother of David ’88 and Jonathan ’99 Dennis Braman, brother-in-law of Tina (Taylor) Braman ’86 James F. Burke Sr., (Nov. 13) and Lauretta Burke (Feb. 2) father and mother of James ’67, John ’68, Margaret (Burke) Zimmer ’74, Daniel ’75 and Bill ’77, Maureen (Burke) Muldon’78 and Bridget (Burke) Beringer ’81; grandfather and grandmother of James Burke ’95 and Michael Burke ’98 Patricia Byrne, mother of Tim Byrne ’82 Edward Corvington ’64, died Jan. 28 in Akron. Brother of Walter ’64 Thomas Cosgrove ’67, died suddenly Jan. 12 in Akron. Father of Tricia ’91 and Brian ’93.Tom was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a Purple Heart recipient. Patrick Craven ’67, died suddenly in Jackson Township. He had a long career in capital equipment sales including Craven Graphics, B.F. Goodrich and BASF. Mary Cullison, mother of Gracie Cullison ’06 and Elizabeth Cullison ’16 Gary Currans ’61, died of cancer Sept. 21 in Akron.He served in the U.S. Army National Guard and worked in management for many years with Babcox and Wilcox, Massey-Ferguson, SKF and Kidron. In his semi-retirement he enjoyed driving for Weaver Industries. Dennis Darby ’59, died Oct. 16 in Gahanna after a long illness. He was a graduate of St. Joseph’s College of Indiana and retired from Anheuser Busch. Eileen Dougher ty, mother of Richard ’68, Patrick ’71, Timothy ’72, James ’76 and Sean ’79 Yaroslaw “Jerry” Durbak ’67, died July 6, 2011. Jerry was a graduate of the University of Akron, Bowling Green State

Brother Peter M. Graham, C.S.C. passed away Sept. 11 in Cleveland. He served Hoban as Director of Admissions (1991-96) and as Director of Development (1996-2001). Following his service at Hoban, Brother Peter became president of St. Edward High School in Lakewood. He was a member of Hoban’s board of directors until his death. He grew up in Akron and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. Last June he celebrated his 50th anniversary as a Brother of Holy Cross. University earning degrees in biology and chemistry. At Hoban, he won the City of Akron tennis championship. Howard Flood, past member of the Hoban board of trustees. Father of Elizabeth Ann Gezzar ’92. Rita Fongheiser, mother of Judy Buehrle ’76, Tina Murren ’81 and Nancy Eckman ’82; mother-in-law of Ken Rusinoff ’66, Jim Buehrle ’73 and Jim Eckman ’79’ grandmother of Brent ’01 and Nicole ’02 Buehrle and Amanda ’06, Jim ’08 and Emily ’16 Eckman. Angela Gagliardi, grandmother of Ryan Bader’04 and mother of Extravaganza volunteer Annette Bader Hurley Goodall, father of Kimberly ’97 and Hurley Jr. ’10; father-in-law of Ikenna Ofobike Virginia Graner, grandmother of Katie Vanke ’14 and Hanna Vanke ’16 Rober t Gras ’63, died Jan. 20 in Akron. Michael P. Grescovich ’72, died suddenly Jan. 11. He was employed by Coca-Cola. Brother-in-law of Cherie (DiCola) Grescovich ’83 (deceased) Geraldine Gutbrod, grandmother of Therese ’08, Monica ’10, Paul ’13 and Elena ’15 Gutbrod In Memoriam |

John Hegnauer ’59, died July 21 in Danville, Va. John was a graduate of the University of Akron and worked for 32 years as an instrument technician and technical support manager. He moved to Danville in 1978 and after his retirement in 1999 he taught at Danville Community College. He was the identical twin of Edward ’59. Mary Hochschwender, grandmother of Victoria Hochschwender ’11 Rober t Hodgkiss, brother of Mark ’78 and Tom ’82; brother-in-law of Theresa

Staunch Friend of Hoban and basketball announcer Dick Rinella dies Hoban has lost one of its best friends and most loyal Knights. Richard G. (Dick) Rinella, 77, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, from complications of heart disease. He may be best known as the voice of Hoban basketball as he announced boys basketball games for 38 years. He began his association with the school in 1973 when his son David entered Hoban. He served on the Board of Trustees and was a longtime member of the Hoban Boosters Club and the Associates of St. Joseph. He volunteered for many events, including Oktoberfest and bingo. The Reverse Raffle owes its success to his leadership and ability to sell tickets. Rinella was a fixture at Hoban sporting events, developing relationships with student athletes many years after his sons graduated. He was involved at St. Paul Catholic Church, CYO, the Touchdown Club and the Knights of Columbus. Dick and his wife Pat were given the Friend of Hoban award in 1989. They had three sons: David ’78, John ’79 and Rich ’83. In Memoriam |

(Dropcho) Hodgkiss ’82; uncle of Cullen ’06, Quinn ’08, Casey ’12 and Lindsey ’15 Hodgkiss Elaine Innocenzi, sister of James Giustino ’61 Rober t Krimmer ’59, died April 30 in Akron. He retired from A.B.S.C. after 37 years. He was the brother of James ’61, also deceased. Regina Kusnir, grandmother of Michael Undercoffer ’94, Steven Undercoffer ’98 and Anne Marie Undercoffer ’01 Michael J. Janovic ’58 died June 11 in Milford, Ohio. Theresa Mandala, mother of Robert ’77; grandmother of Angela Madala ’07 and Olivia Mandala ’10 Jeannette McCormick, aunt of Bill Considine ’65, Tom Considine ’73, Michael Considine ’77 and Chris Considine ’78 and Teresa (McGuinness) Considine ’78 Mary Jane McFarland, mother of Michael ’68, Timothy ’71 and Sean ’87. Mrs. McFarland was a member of the Hoban Mothers Club. Al Monzo, uncle of Ralph Paonessa ’60 Teresa Parkin, mother of Gracie Cullison ’06 and Elizabeth Cullison ’16 Rober t Patterson, father of Mark ’87 Orville L. Reed Jr., father of Michael ’66 and Bernard ’68; grandfather of Paul ’96, Oliver ’08, Nicolas ’08 and Timothy ’11 Reed Suzanne C. Rosing, grandmother of Matt DeCenzo ’96, Theresa (DeCenzo) Reash ’98, Brian DeCenzo ’00 and Emily (DeCenzo) Stuckenschneider ’04; mother of Rev. Paul J. Rosing, Hoban board of directors emeritus and Mary Anne DeCenzo, Hoban employee David Ruther ’67, died Dec. 5 in Akron. Brother of Dale ’77; uncle of Tiffany Ruther ’13 Theodore C. Schaetzle ’63, died Feb. 6 in Akron. He was a graduate of Kent State

University and and ROTC member. He entered active duty and served in Vietnam. He achieved the rank of Captain while serving in the Army Reserves until 1977. Jerry Schober t, grandfather of Jessica Schobert ’08 and Chelsea Schobert ’13 David Schrader ’76, died Nov. 25. John Sept Sr., brother-in-law of Larry Timpe ’63 Sally Slocum, mother of Andrew Slocum ’95 Rober t Spear, grandfather of Ryan ’10 and Justin ’13 Spear Kathryn Sutter, mother of Joseph ’65 and Dave ’79; grandmother of David Sutter ’10 and Daniel Sutter ’14 Helen Tarr, mother of Michael ’67, Steven ’69, David ’77 and Gerry ’81; grandmother of Geran ’93, Nate ’11 and Alyssa ’14 Nellie Tucker, mother of Ralph ’62; grandmother of Aaron ’94 and Brett ’94 Tucker Carol Ann Vacariu, mother-in-law of John Johnston Barbara Vassel, mother of Brian Vassel’01 and Jason Vassel’04; sister of Bob Burtscher’68, Mike Burtscher’70 and Michelle Young’82 William Waickman, brother of Kathryn (Waikman) Briem ’81; uncle of Kelley Waikman ’08 Rev. Joseph Weigand, brother of Bernard Weigand ’67 Bernadine Wykoff, mother of Vincent Wykoff ’74; mother-in-law of Lori (Payne) Wykoff ’74 James Yost ’64, died Jan. 8. James served in the Air Force and worked for over 30 years at Roadway Express before his retirement. Brother of Charles ’68 Henry Reid Zehner, 15-month-old son of Matthew Zehner ’00; grandson of Paul ’70; nephew of Megan ’03

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36th annual alumni golf outing

July 27 Paradise Lake CC $85 per golfer $340 per foursome Deadline is July 19

• Format: Four-person scramble • Shotgun start at 8 a.m. • Fee includes breakfast, golf, cart, lunch, beverages and steak or chicken dinner. • Door prizes and grand prizes drawings • Reservations cannot be held without payment: $85 deposit for foursome. • 36 foursomes are guaranteed a spot • Don’t have a foursome? Send in reservation and we will find you a group. Last name_______________ First name__________ Address________________________________ City_________________ State_____ Zip_______ Phone_____________ Email________________ Other members of foursome: __________________ _________________ __________________ _________________ Make checks payable to: Archbishop Hoban High School Send registration with payment to: Archbishop Hoban High School Alumni Golf Outing 1 Holy Cross Blvd. Akron, OH 44306 Or register and make payment online at This event will sell out. Register early. Interested in being a hole sponsor or donating door prizes to help make this event a success? Call Brian Saus at 330.773.8620 or 26

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7th annual hoban bocce tournament All-Star Training Club & Hoban Alumni Association Open to ALL members of the Hoban Community

Saturday, May 18 Kick-Off at 5 p.m. Dowed Field Cost: $50 Per Team

Join us for an evening of family, fun and friendship “under the lights” of Archbishop Hoban High School. Any profits are split between the All-Star Training Club and the Hoban Alumni Association. Bring your favorite food and drink to share! Tables will be provided in a protected area of the concession stand. Teams consist of 4 players–you can have 1 alternate. Teams of 3 pay $50–but ONLY play 3 balls.

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Alumni Reunion Weekend Sept. 13 & 14 Friday, Sept. 13 s Hoban Football Game 7 p.m. Hoban vs. East Cleveland Shaw at Dowed Field s Pavilion After Game Party FREE Food and Drink Tickets Available

Saturday, Sept. 14 s 2nd Annual Ric Sayre 5k 9 a.m. Campus Course Route • Register Online s School Tours 3 p.m. s Alumni Memorial Mass 4 p.m. Holy Cross Room s Classes ending in “3” and “8” Reunion Celebrations For class information visit

Calling all Future Knights Archbishop Hoban is pleased to invite boys and girls in grades K-8 to join the Future Knights Club. Membership in the Future Knights Club is free and includes exciting exclusive benefits for members, such as: P Free admission to home athletic events when wearing the Future Knight T-shirt (excluding football and basketball games vs. STVM and Walsh Jesuit) P Invite to the Future Knight Tailgate Party before a home football or basketball game P Monthly Knight News Newsletter P Early access to summer athletic and enrichment camps All members receive a welcome package, which includes: P Future Knight T-shirt (must be worn for free admission to home games) P Hoban “H” sticker P Future Knight membership certificate Encourage your sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and friends to join the Future Knights Club today! Alumni & School News |


ow much is that doggie on the entrance sign? And what’s his name? You may have wondered about this little wonderdog when the 2011-12 Annual Report arrived with this photo on the cover. Well, Gifford is definitely not for sale but he is a big hit with his new Hoban friends. Gifford is a 15-month old standard Schnauzer “with some other stuff.” He belongs to associate principal Brother Bob Livernois. Brother Bob and Gifford came to Hoban at the start of the school year from St. Edward High School in Lakewood. Gifford was born in Toledo and came to live with Brother Bob Gifford, Hoban’s Deputy Dog, sits on the lap of in Aug., 2011. He Associate Principal Brother Robert Livernois. was the mascot for Gifford loves to greet the students and the feeling St. Ed’s teams and is mutual. clubs last year and has fit nicely into the same rôle for the Knights. “He likes to go on walks and loves to smell stuff,” Brother Bob said. Gifford is often found patrolling the first floor or running into offices where he knows a friend or a treat awaits him. Basically, Gifford has been home-schooled and is not big on tricks. He enjoys sitting out in front of the central office hoping for students to scratch his head as they hurry past for classes. He lives by this motto: “Be friendly with everyone. You never know what treats may be in their pockets.” n Hoban Highlights | Winter 2013


Hoban Celebrates 50th



By Allie Griffith ’13

ifty years ago, 1,068 male Hoban students walked into Barry gymnasium. In the overwhelming silence, one could practically hear the thumping hearts of the boys as their adrenaline began to kick in. There were no quick movements, no coughing and no whispering of any sort. To disturb the silence would be a disgrace. A disgrace to the football players, a disgrace to each other and soon, in years to come, a disgrace to tradition. Finally, once the student body had filed in, the entire school waited anxiously for that first cheer. The cheer that would slice the thick silence mercilessly into shattering pieces. The cheer that for the next 50 years students would say after eight hours of complete silence. The cheer that spells out the letters of the school: H-O-B-A-N. 1966 Hoban alum and history teacher Rob Yanko remembers that first cheer his freshman year: “You walked into the gym and you could cut the testosterone with a knife. The entire gym was dark except for one spot light on the ‘H’ in the middle of the court,” Yanko said. “A cheerleader lead the H on three cheer, and the sound was deafening.” That first cheer in Barry Gymnasium sparked a tradition that would become one of the most defining aspects of Hoban High School: Mum Day. It is the most energized and spirited pep rally of


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the year and continues to be one of the bonding rituals that sets Hoban apart from neighboring high schools. The idea to have a day of silence in order to conserve energy for the heated St. Vincent (now St. Vincent- St. Mary) football game was conceived by the 1962 members of Student Council. The year before, St. Vincent had demolished Hoban with a score of 55-18 and the Knights had an intense yearning for a sweet revenge. Revenge was exactly what transpired that first Mum Day game in 1962. St. Vincent came into the game with only one loss, whereas Hoban was having a .500 season. The Irish scored on the first play of the game, but the relentless Knights fought back by scoring the next 24 points, clinching the victory. As the years went by, Mum Day evolved into an annual tradition. The rivalry against St. V-M intensified to a new level, so much so that following the game in 1977, the series was canceled. Mum Day continued, but for the next 19 years this day was dedicated to the Walsh game. The rivalry against the Warriors grew to be just as heated as the one against the neighboring Irish. “When I was a student we didn’t play St. V-M in football so Mum Day was celebrated when we played Walsh,” alumnus and math teacher Jenilia Kostko said. “There’s nothing like Mum Day. I still get just as excited for the day and

assembly now as I did 20 years ago as a freshman.” In 1996, the St. V-M rivalry was restored and the Knights defeated the Irish that year 24-0. The tradition continues to be dedicated to the St. V-M game and the rivalry remains intense. In recent years, the seniors now stay overnight before Mum Day to decorate the entire school at the Senior Lock In. “From my time as Student Council Moderator, I have good memories of watching the seniors decorate during the Lock In and soaking in how the experience was building their love for the school and each other,” alumna and guidance counselor Katie Haubert said. This year, Hoban celebrates the 50th anniversary of a special tradition that goes beyond the football field. “I always get chills at the assembly with the first, ‘H on three,’ after everyone has been quiet all day. Sometimes it even brings tears to my eyes.” Mum Day has the unique ability to muster immense school spirit, to excite the entire Hoban community and to bring the student body together as one. “Mum Day is a bone rattling experience that pushes voices to the limit and invigorates the student body like no other school can,” Senior Jimmy Ciatola said. This year, Student Council is planning for an especially zealous Mum Day as the tradition carries on for the 50th year, and for many years to come. n Hoban News |


Extravaganza Dinner & Auction Saturday, April 27, 2013  5:30 pm

SEARCHING for something special? RAFFLE ITEMS Chicago Getaway July 12 & 13, 2013 Two Night Stay @ the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place 50/50 Split the Pot


$25 ea. or 5 for $100 Winner need not be present. Tickets available in the Advancement Office or by calling


Visa & MasterCard accepted.

LIVE AUCTION ITEMS New York City Package

August 9 & 10, 2013 Stay at the Westin New York in Times Square • includes two Lion King tickets free admission to NYC tourist attractions shopping discounts • Bobby Flay’s signature cocktails at the Mesa Grill

Sheraton Nassau Beach

September 14 — 18, 2013 4-Nights at the Sheraton Nassau Beach & Casino • spectacular white sand beaches Includes airfare from CAK

Mercury Mist Topaz Bracelet 50 cts. set in 10k yellow gold

Firestone Country Club

Foursome • Includes cart fees, lunch in club house, and beverages at turn

SUPER BOWL 2014 Tickets in New York City

Cayman Island Condo

2-bedroom, 2 bath in West Bay

Cancun, Mexico Getaway

June 22 – 28, 2013 1 week stay at the Royal Sands Resort Villa sleeps six overlooking pool with large deck. Must be 21 years of age

Justin Beiber Concert Tickets July 13, 2013 Four club seats to see Justin Beiber 7p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena

“An Evening in Tuscany”

Fine dining with excellent wine pairings Gourmet 5-course meal for eight

Saint Brother Andre Place,

Sarasota Florida 6-Nights, 7-Days • furnished 3 bedroom, 2 bath homes • Breakfast served daily One 5-course dinner prepared by Bro. Paul Kelly. Mutually agreed upon dates

Ohio State vs. Indiana

Football Game w/parking pass November 23, 2013 Six Tickets • Section AA Midfield

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Restaurant certificates themed baskets sporting event tickets patio furniture fine wines and liquors home décor items golf packages and much more

28th Annual

Archbishop Hoban High School

Archbishop Hoban High School Annual Report 2010-2011 One Holy Cross Boulevard Akron, OH 44306-1531


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Educating Hearts and Minds

We will place education side by side with instruction. Instruction transmits particular knowledge and skills, while education (of the heart) fosters the values, attitudes and behaviors which will use that knowledge and those skills appropriately and productively. The quality which defines the students of a Holy Cross education heritage is the training of the hearts as well as the minds. True education is the formation of the hearts and transforming of values in people.

—Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., Christian Education

in the Holy Cross Tradition.



Akron, Ohio Permit No. 397

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