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THE LEADER

For alumni, family and friends of Covington Latin School

SUMMER 2013 ISSUE

Chris McDaniel '93 talks about life as a leader.

While assuming many different roles, as a father and husband, a business owner, and state senator – McDaniel attributes his time at CLS as the cornerstone for his mindfulness of integrity and hard work in all that he does.

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From the Headmaster's Desk With a new school year upon us, the cyclical nature of the Church, of school, and of our lives remind us that we must always be ready to answer our calling. We are all called to a path of leadership and service and it is my hope that this Leader's issue shows you just how varied a path it can be. This year's graduation speech that I had the honor of giving to our most recent alumni showcased a few holy examples to keep in mind as we all go forward. Graduation Speech, May 25, 2013: It is a great joy for me to be able to speak to you one last time as your Headmaster. I have been your Headmaster for only a year and I have had you in the classroom only a few times, but I have gotten you know you and I fully consider you my students. And most certainly our relationship does not end here. Going forward from tonight, I will know you as alumni and it is my job to make sure you never forget your Alma Mater. Even as a first-year Headmaster, I recognize that you are a very special class. You have fulfilled your role as leaders very well this year. You have done something else very important to me. You have shown me the virtues of accelerated education. You have shown me the great things that accelerated students can achieve. From your example, I have noticed something more important in acceleration than just getting a head start in your high school studies. I have observed that there is something deeper than just providing academic challenges that better correspond to your talents and gifts. I have seen that Our Lord calls young people, indeed younger people in your case, to lead and serve and inspire others. I would like to highlight two figures in history that illustrate the greatness that young people can achieve. ...continued on page 11


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SAVE THE DATE

1-2 Alum Spotlight: Chris McDaniel Chris McDaniel ‘93 has trod a path that has led him on a journey of self-discovery with a few surprises along the way.

SATURDAY, MARCH 15: Alumni Banquet Please send nominations and credentials to advancement@covingtonlatin.org.

3-4 Class of 2013

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS Excellence in profession, service to CLS and to the community

5-6 School News

SCIENTIAM Excellence in education

7-8 Lessons Learned (on the court) Two incredible athletes, stories of triumph and persistance.

DISCIPLINAM Performance in profession BONITATEM Service to the community HONORARY ALUMNUS Support of CLS DISTINGUISHED YOUNG ALUMNUS Excellence in profession, service to CLS and to the community for alumnus who have graduated within the past 25 years (1989 and forward)

9-11 Alumni News 12 Vocation Corner Fr. Bob Stephan ‘91 hadn’t thought about a vocational life while in the halls of CLS, but it helped lay the foundation.

13 From the Archives Front cover: Elizabeth Logan '13, Valedictorian, speaking to her classmates and school members during the graduation ceremony.

Diary of seniors 1934-1935.

We gratefully acknowledge the professional photography of Traci Clancy, mother of Kevin '10 and Patrick '13, who has provided Latin School with nearly all of the photos found in the Leader, the website and numerous other outlets. We are grateful for her time, presence and generosity with her gift.

The Leader is for alumni, donors, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends of Covington Latin School. Covington Latin School 21 East 11th St. Covington, KY 41011 859.291.7044 advancement@covingtonlatin.org Please direct all Letters to the Editor, address changes, or other correspondence to the address above.

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Alum Spotlight: Chris McDaniel ‘93

Equipped with an internal compass bounded in principle, Chris McDaniel ‘93 has trod a path that has led him on a journey of self-discovery with a few surprises along the way (including finding himself in politics!) As with all great adventures, the twists and turns encountered has afforded McDaniel the opportunity to test his mettle. While assuming many different roles, as a father and husband, a business owner, and State Senator – McDaniel attributes his time at Covington Latin as the cornerstone for his mindfulness of integrity and hard work in all that he

Gifts Made In Memory Of

does. “CLS taught me a great work ethic, and it was a God-centered view of life,” he says.

SUE BANAS Jamie Lancaster GREG BILLITER John & Paula Snow FRANCIS WILLIAM “BILL” BOONE Mary Dressman FRANK D. MARDIS SR. Jamie Lancaster GEORGIA METZ John & Linda Langlitz ROGER SCHUMER Dr. & Mrs. Michael Held Paul & Mary Ann Fedders

After finishing his studies, McDaniel served a tour of duty in the Army. In the demanding role of a soldier, he once again was able to call upon those life lessons he had learned so well at CLS. "Latin School taught me how to operate at a high level at a very early age. There is a difference between age and maturity, and in the army, I had a job to do and went and did it

Gifts Made In Honor Of ANDY BARCZAK Frank Schleper DR. & MRS. CARL BISHOP Katie & Steve Wolnitzek

100%," McDaniel recalls.

McDaniel encountered one of those unexpected turns in his path after his stint in the Army. "I got out of the Army in 2001, and if someone told me I would get into politics, I would've said you're crazy!" he relates. But after working on the political campaign trail in support of Geoff Davis, one step led to the next and

JOHN & NANCY O'BRIEN, SR. John & Benna O'Brien, Jr. 1

the idea of public service became more plausible.


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As McDaniel sees it, 108,000 people stood behind him and elected him to office "to make sure our democracy functions appropriately." It's an honor he takes with earnestness. In this position of leadership, as CLS students are encouraged to take the lead in their various endeavors and fields, McDaniel understands and employs leadership's underlying premise of being of service to others. McDaniel is quick to point out that "being a leader is recognizing you're a servant before a leader" as is so aptly stated in Matthew 20:26, "Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant." It is also why he believes it’s important to give back. “It was the people that were generous when I was in school that made CLS a viable option for me,” he states. And because of his memorable experiences and preparedness for the real world, McDaniel values his role as a donor and helping young men and women move forward in their lives. Of course, Mc Daniel is first and foremost a husband and a father. As consuming as his many and varied obligations can be, his favorite activity is spending time with his wife and kids. The family's preferred past times include visiting the lake or the park.

Reunions! This summer Covington Latin was privileged to welcome back three class reunions.

In recognizing the significant accomplishments of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati young professionals, non-profit LEGACY’s mission is to cultivate and promote leadership. Stephanie Tewes, Dean of Studies, was awarded the NGLA in Education. Corey Clark, parent of recent CLS graduate Dorien Clark ‘13, received the NGLA in Manufacturing, Technology and Science. And rounding out the spectrum of CLS talent, alumnus Senator Chris McDaniel ‘93 was awarded the NGLA in Government and Public Affairs.

If your class has a milestone reunion in 2014, please contact us at advancement@covingtonlatin.org and we will be glad to assist you.

Class of 1963 – 50th

In the framework of his busy days, his spirituality is not just a component, but a permeation of his life. But, he is quick to note that none of us can don the

Class of 1968 – 45th

Superman cape in real life. "We have to accept that we are not perfect and accept the human condition for what it is," he remarks. But in accepting the imperfections of life, he is also quick to praise the good. “It is because of a lot

Class of 1973 – 40th

of good people that I’ve been able do to what I do,” he tells. So with a ready acceptance and a robust heart, McDaniel continues a life's journey that is filled with a sometime overwhelming array of choices and challenges. He is well aware that he does not have all the answers but presses on confidently. For in the end, McDaniel knows he does not travel alone.

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Class of

2013

WHITNEY ERIN ASH

EMMA ROSE GRIPSHOVER

MADELINE JENNIFER PAGANETTO

BELLARMINE UNIVERSITY

XAVIER UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

KATHERINE ANN BISCHOFF

ANDREA MARIA HALENKAMP

ALEXANDRE ROBERT PAOLI

THOMAS MORE COLLEGE

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

ALEXANDER RILEY BITTER

EMILY ROSE HERZOG

NICHOLAS AARON PILCHER

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

MITCHELL ALEXANDER BLEWETT

BRIDGETTE MARIE HILDRETH

GEORGE JOSEPH RICE

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

SAMUEL HAYWARD BOHMAN

DIANE LYNNE JACKSON

PETER LLOYD RODGERS

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

HANOVER COLLEGE

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

ALEXUS HUNTER BROWN

DANIEL CLAYTON JAMES

NICHOLAS ANTHONY ROETTKER

XAVIER UNIVERSITY

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

MIKAYLA BIANCA BROWN

BENJAMIN ELIJAH KNAPMEYER

LOUIS MICHAEL SAND, JR

BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

MIAMI UNIVERSITY, HAMILTON

JESSICA KWONG-YUN CHAN

OLIVIA ARTHEMISE KUSCH-KAVANAGH

CHRISTINE BEATRICE SMITH

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY

JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY

PATRICK THOMAS CLANCY

ELISABETH CALLAGHAN LOGAN

PATRICK RICHARD STEWART

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

THOMAS MORE COLLEGE

DORIEN JAVALE CLARK

ANNA MARIE MATCHINGA

ALEXANDRA JUDITH TRUNNELL

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

VASSAR COLLEGE

ELIZABETH ANN CLEMENTS

ALEXA ANNE MITCHELL

TERRI LEIGHANN TURNER

BELLARMINE UNIVERSITY

THOMAS MORE COLLEGE

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

BRENDAN THOMAS CONNELLY

MATTHEW ALAN MOELLMAN

MATTHEW DAVID WATERS

XAVIER UNIVERSITY

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

CLARE FRANCES DUNN

GRETCHEN ELISE MUELLER

PAUL DAVID WINTRING

XAVIER UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

PURDUE UNIVERSITY

PHILLIP JAMES DUNN

LEONA AYANO NEASE

JACOB ALDEN WOOLDREDGE

XAVIER UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

EMMA ROSE GANSHIRT

JONATHAN STEELE NELSON

JESSICA TAYLOR WOOLDREDGE

BELLARMINE UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

DAVID JACOB NUSSMAN

XAVIER UNIVERSITY

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Senior

KATIE BISCHOFF

AWARDS

DORIEN CLARK

CLARE DUNN

SAM BOHMAN

PHILLIP DUNN

ENGLISH GERMAN

ALEX TRUNNELL

PETER RODGERS

SPANISH MATHEMATICS ORATORICAL RELIGION SCIENCE SOCIAL STUDIES FINE ARTS

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BRIDGETTE HILDRETH

JESSICA CHAN GRETCHEN MUELLER

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School News Congratulations to Campus Minister and faculty member Charles Marks and his wife Kaitlin on the birth of Margaret Rose Marks. Congratulations to faculty member Marcie Handler and her husband Mark Atwood on the birth of son, Charles (Charlie) James Atwood. Adam Green '14 was accepted and attended the US Air Force Academy's Summer Seminar (which entails a competitive process and given to 600 students out of over 3600 national applicants). At the state meet for CLS swimming, girls received 18th and 26th places. Jack Johnson got 19th and 32nd. Congrats on a great season to the entire team! Covington Latin School had 12 qualifying student athletes compete at the State Track Meet in Louisville. Everett "Chip" Lehman ‘70 and Tim Spille ‘94 became NKY Leadership 2013 graduates. Kaleigh Howland '15, was selected to compete in the Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA) regional competition and was chosen to represent the Southwest Region at the OCTA State Competition. She received Orchid Awards from ACT Cincinnati (Association of Community Theatres). OCTA presented her

Mr. Krebs celebrated his 20th anniversary of teaching at Covington Latin School this year. Mr. Krebs was joined by his family, numerous alums and the Latin School community for a surprise celebration and roast. We congratulate Mr. Krebs on this achievement and are deeply grateful for the tremendous time, knowledge and effort he has shared with the school over the years. 5

with an Outstanding Award for one of her roles in the competition.

John Anneken with Alex Trebec

Grandparents Day reception

John Anneken '03


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Diane Jackson '13 graduated from the NKY Chamber's

Regional

Youth

Leadership

Program. Catie Duchette '14 was accepted and attended this program as well. Elisabeth Logan '13 attended the University of Dallas Summer Abroad Program: Latin in Rome.

They say good things don’t come easy. Mastering the crisp knot of a proper bow tie is an art but the effect is nothing short of class and style.

With a rigorous selection process, less than 1% of applicants are admitted to the program.

Make sense that Covington Latin would sport the look, no?

This year’s Grandparents Day was held on April

With bold stripes in gold and green, the CLS bow tie has become a favorite

12 with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Foys and

nod to tradition. Inspired by the polished look of a bygone era, bow ties have

a reception following. Attendance for this

made quite a comeback. From khakis and oxfords to formal wear, the

special occasion was over 500.

versatility of this fashionable fabric is a hit for males of all ages. For Robby Case ’17, who received his very first bow tie for his elementary graduation, it was about being different and comfortable. “Bow ties are looser

In March, Cinda Rudolph concluded 23 years of service at Covington Latin School. In addition to her professional roles as secretary, then Director of Development, Mrs. Rudolph is the mother of four Covington Latin Alumni: Craig '91, Keith '93, Chris '95 and Kyle '96. We gratefully acknowledge her professional contributions and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

and so they help me focus better,” he says. Usually you’ll spot him with one on test day. “A tie will hang down and bother me and can be a little bit of a distraction. A bow tie is perfect.” And with it being a bit of a novelty in school, Case has encouraged the school community to join forces. Besides test day, Case also has his bow ties in rotation for the newlyinstituted Covington Latin “bow tie Tuesday.” With dapper running in the family, Case’s grandfather Skip Kramer ’61 took the idea to his law firm and also instituted a bowtie club. Case seems to think that interest from his fellow classmates is picking up. Although the school bow tie (sold in the Spirit Shop) is clip-on, he has mastered the tie. His favorite? “I’ve got a pink one with blue stripes that’s my go-to,” he tells.

For your own dose of dapper CLS spiritwear, stop by or drop us an email at advancement@covingtonlatin.org or call 859-291-7044! Charlie James Atwood

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Lessons Learned On the court

Meet two athletes from the class of 2013 who broke school records

on the court while being standout students in the classroom.

With blond hair and blue eyes, Mitchell Blewett ’13 certainly looks the part of the prototypical all-American high school athlete. Except that’s where any notion of a cookie cutter jock ends. After toppling the long held records of David Justice ’83 this past year, Blewett has now joined the proud ranks of CLS alums and is headed to Northern Kentucky University to major in biochemistry. He also manages his type 1 diabetes with his demanding schedule, serving as a role model for those dealing with physical challenges in sports. When asked about his favorite memories of his time playing,

But his record-breaking game was nearly cut short after

Blewett doesn’t cite his records or some wild play (although

Blewett had fallen and hit the back of his head early in the

he’s done plenty). Instead, it’s his team. “Just being with the

game. “After the game, I started getting dizzy at home, and

team after school and during our practices and game days

I was diagnosed with a concussion; but after the fall, I still

talking about the game and going together was really my

managed to play pretty well. The defense collapsed on my

favorite part,” he remarks.

teammate, and he passed the ball back to me and I shot a shot that drove the David Justice record,” he recalls. With

A team he describes as “extremely hard working,” Blewett points out that it was also a team that was usually playing at

family and friends in the stands, it definitely made for a memorable game.

a disadvantage, whether because of age, limited depth of their bench, height or skill level. But their tenacity combined

In responding about the impact of living with diabetes,

with scrappiness on court, led them to a number of

Blewett is very matter-of-fact. “I would say the main

comebacks. “We never gave up on the game,” Blewett says.

thing to remember is that even if you have a problem, don’t let it hold you back.” With an outlook

Scoring 1,826 points by the end of his basketball career at CLS, Blewett knew he was on the path of beating the records, it was just a matter of when. “I started hearing about it

junior year when I scored 1,000 points, and people would say ‘oh, you’re third in the records now.’ I honestly didn’t know Latin School kept records like that,” he remarks. 7

that has served him well in the classroom and on the court, Blewett is quick to thank everyone for their support, especially Coach Morrison. “I want to give a shout out to Coach Morrison and his 30 years as the basketball coach. He believed in me all these years, and I couldn’t have done it without him,” Blewett attests.


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Versatile. Anna Matchinga ’13 is that and so much more. After playing five different sports during her time at CLS, she credits her sports career as an apt teacher of time management and the value of hard work. With her main sports as basketball and golf (she played all five years), Matchinga was able to be a part of a group of strangers that came together and beat the odds. It was this experience that would become her favorite aspect looking back. “It was a great thing to see when a certain play clicked with us and when everything finally came together for the team. It just took us some time to get used to each other,” she states.

After hitting their stride, Matchinga and her teammates became great ambassadors for CLS sports while seeing the fruits of their labor pay off. With a focus on academics, Matchinga didn’t see her grades suffer from her sport endeavors, but saw that finding a balance between the two made her a better student. “The

balance is really important. And its lessons you learn outside that classroom that are unteachable sometimes in an academic setting,” she says. Scoring

With patience and dedication, the girls’ basketball team

1,215 points by the end of her basketball career, Matchinga's

developed a keen sense of school pride and comradierie,

ambition was evident as she strived to do her part in making

not to mention winning seasons. Enrolled at Northern

the team a success.

Kentucky University, Matchinga hopes to play golf for the

Basketball Coach Heil was also an influencing force and encouraging advocate of the players during Matchinga’s

college and will major in biochemistry with the goal to become a veterinarian.

career. Despite a long commute, Heil was always focused on

But, she looks fondly at her time at Covington Latin and is

the task at hand – to engage the team to play at their best.

excited for her alum title. “It

“He always believed we could accomplish anything. He never made the excuse that we were younger than our

means a great deal to me to become a member of such a select group of people,” she remarks.

competition,” she tells. “It was just something that we had to move forward with. He was definitely our biggest supporter

As these new graduates leave the proverbial nest of CLS,

and because we saw he was so committed, it made us even

may they continue to be shining examples of

more so.”

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ALUMNI

News nineteen sixties 1960s

ROGER WIECK ’68, Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, has organized the exhibition, “Illuminating Faith: The Eucharist in Medieval Life and Art,” which runs from May 17-September 2, 2013.

nineteen seventies 1970s

ROBERT BEHRENDT ‘45

FRANCIS WILLIAM “BILL” BOONE‘ 48 ED BRUN ‘49

ALUMNI

In Memoriam DENNIS LEDONNE ’53, uncle of David Ledonne ‘79

DAN MEYER ’79 was named the Director of Quality Services at Nevada Donor Network. TODD MCMURTY ’79 recently joined Gerner & Kearns Co., L.P.A. as a Partner/Shareholder and is the current leader of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. McMurty was also featured in Cincy Magazine as a 2013 Leading Lawyer for Civil Litigation, General Practice.

nineteen eighties 1980s

CARL LENHOF ‘64

MARTIN DRESSMAN ’81 and his wife Connie celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in June. Martin also served as a crew member for Race Across America (RAAM) ultracyclist Franz Preihs from Austria in the 2013 race. The 3,000+ mile bicycle race starts in Oceanside, California and ends in Annapolis, Maryland.

GILES MCCARTHY ’36, father of Daniel ’77 (Just recently informed of his passing in 2005 DAN NUTZEL ’78 (also former teacher of CLS) ROGER SCHUMER ’69, brother of Larry ’71

CATHY BARCZAK, wife of Stan Barczak ‘73 ROY BARTH, father of Dave ’70, grandfather of Sarah ‘98 and Graham ‘01KEN GLORIA FEELEY, mother of Joe Feeley ‘85 ANNE HILTZ, mother of Dan '67 and David '70 NETH HITCH, grandfather of Josh

FAMILY MEMBERS

STEPHEN WOLFF ‘74

WALTER KAMMER, grandfather of Alec ‘85 and Adam ‘92 MARIAN LUBBERS, grandmother of Bradley Lubbers ‘00 ELIZABETH WEGENER, mother of John Wegener ’69, grandmother to Kristina ‘97 and Michael ‘00 PAUL WEGENER, father of John Wegener ’69, grandfather to Kristina ‘97 and Michael ‘00 BETTY WEIDNER, grandmother of Amy Ehrman ’96, Elizabeth ’01, Michael ’98, Bill ’92, Chris Sandfoss ‘95 9

Martin Dressman (second to left).

A note from Katie A. Shoultz The new Assistant Director of Advancement


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two thousands nineties 1990s nineteen DR. BRIAN SEBASTIAN ’90 graduated from the University of Florida in May with a Ph.D in Classical Studies. He currently teaches Latin at The Seven Hills School. NICOLE IGNATOWSKI ’97 accepted a position with Great American Insurance Company as a Sr. Claim Representative. She has also been accepted to the University of Cincinnati Nursing Program – Accelerated Pathway, MSN. MATTHEW KAHN ’98 was named Manager of Fleet Operations at Delta Private Jets, the charter jet operator subsidiary of Delta Air Lines. TOM RAUF ‘99 married Christina Braunwart on April 5, 2013. He is the CLS girl's soccer coach. AUSTIN CALICO ‘99 and wife Leslie celebrated the birth of daughter Avalon Elise Calico on Jan 4, 2013.

2000s ROSIE HEINRICHS ’03 opened her own general law practice in Louisville,

serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

PATRICK GROTE ’06 graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in May. He is currently seeking employment in the Greater Cincinnati area.

PATRICK CHO ’08 graduated summa cum laude from Centre College in May and was selected as a Fulbright Scholar. He was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship position and will serve a year abroad in South Korea. EMILY ERNST ’08 has been awarded a Boren Fellowship to study in India during the 2013-14 academic year. Emily is currently a graduate student in Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She will study Urdu at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Lucknow. RYAN J. SIMERLINK ’09 is the Buyer (Purchasing Specialist) for Toyota, Inc. at the national manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, KY. He graduated magna cum laude from Xavier University's Honors Scholar program with a B.A. in Economics in May 2013.

two thousand and tens 2010s HANNAH GRIESE ’11 was accepted for a prestigious internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando for this fall semester that is part of the Disney College Program.

PHILLIP DRESSMAN ’12 made Purdue University's Dean's list for the Fall and Spring semesters. His current major is Nuclear Engineering.

JOE MEYER '64 retired as Secretary of Education and Workforce Development after a distinguished career of over 30 years in public service. MARANDA (WAGNER) MEYER '99, and her husband, Jon, welcomed daughter, Lydia Rose on August 20.

As the new Assistant Director of Advancement, many of you are first “meeting” me through the pages of this summer’s Leader issue. Although, I have only been in the position a few short months, I am honored to be a part of such a dynamic institution filled with tradition and that intangible uniqueness that sets the school apart. I have been humbled by the warm welcome and the generous spirit that I quickly learned is so integral to Covington Latin. I hope to continue to meet many more Covington Latin community members in the coming weeks and months!

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From the Headmaster's Desk continued from the front... The first comes from the Old Testament: “When Goliath sized David up and saw that he was youthful, ruddy, and handsome in appearance, he began to deride him. He said to David, ‘Am I a dog that you come against me with a staff ?’ Then the Philistine cursed David by his gods David answered him: ‘You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom you have insulted. All this multitude, too, shall learn that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves. For the battle belongs to the LORD, who shall deliver you into our hands.’”

We know that David was victorious. We know that David was also a sinner, but he was also repentant. We know that he was sorrowful through many of his beautiful psalms. And of course, it was David who gave us, “Teach me Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.” (Psalm 119) Historian and Scripture Scholars estimate that David was 16 years when the Lord called him. His calling was accelerated. Around the year 1424, when the scorched-earth military practices of England was laying waste to much of France, a young maiden began hearing voices and seeing visions. The messages from various saints told Joan of Arc to lead her countrymen and drive out the English. In the course of three years, maiden of Orleans actually led the French armies, fought in battles and reversed the English invasion. She was eventually captured and unjustly tried and martyred. Her story is rather unbelievable. It is simply incredible that a young woman at the age of 16 could accomplish these feats. But there is much historical evidence that supports her fantastic story.

ALUMNI GOLF OUTING This year’s annual Alumni Golf Outing took place on

In fact, we have a written record of her court trial. At one point, in an effort to trap Joan, her interrogators "Asked if she knew she was in God's grace. She answered with Christ-like clever humility: 'If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me.'" In 1456, Pope Callixtus III declared Joan innocent of all crimes and in 1920 she was canonized a saint. St. Joan of Arc was 12 when she began to hear God’s call. Her calling by Our Lord was accelerated.

July 25 at Twin Oaks. With perfect weather and great attendance, a good time was had by all. Thanks to all our golfers and sponsors!

I give these two examples, not to scare you with the prospect of leading armies or waging war. I give you these examples to show you the power of youth. Paul Claudel, the French poet and philosopher, said that exuberance of youth can easily be converted to unparalleled heroism. Heroic deeds take on many shapes and sizes. And we know that most heroic deeds are only seen by Our Lord. By graduating from Covington Latin School, your call by Our Lord has been accelerated. You are on a path of leadership and service. You are on a path of heroic deeds whatever shape or size that may come. You may not be called to lead armies, but at some point you will be called to stand up for what you believe in, to protect the innocent, or to defend Our Lord and do what is right. How will you know? So it’s here that I repeat what I told you at the beginning of the year. Blessed John Paul II constantly taught that Christ reveals man to himself, which simply means if you want to discover yourself, look to Christ. Look to Christ in the service of others. Look to Christ by staying close to His Mother, Our Blessed Lady. Look Christ in His sacrament in the altar. My Dear Graduates it has been a pleasure to serve you this year. May God bless you and always guide on your path of leadership and service. Mr. Mo Woltering

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Life's pilgrimage isn't always facile,

but the self-discoveries

ALONG THE WAY ARE WELL WORTH THE EFFORT.

Newly-ordained Fr. Bob Stephan ‘91 hadn’t thought while in the halls of

“Latin School was a good place for me. I didn’t have to

Covington Latin, but it

be embarrassed about focusing on my studies,” he

helped lay the foundation.

recalls. He also mentions the impact of supportive

In 2002, Fr. Stephan began

teachers and the emphasis on Christian values. “When

his discernment process;

I was attending, there was always at least one priest on

it’s been an 11 year journey

staff. Fr. Ryan, for me, had a big presence. I was a

to his recent ordination

Pontifical Server, too. It was a really good place for

with the Jesuit community.

me to grow in my faith.”

Growing up in Cincinnati, Stephan attended Xavier

Covington Latin's mission of nurturing a love of

University after Covington Latin with his sights set on being

discovery in their students has been an especially

a history professor, but after graduating from law school

significant asset for Father Stephan as a Jesuit priest.

he felt a calling to learn more about the Jesuits.

The overarching characteristic of the Jesuit community

Later this summer, he will begin his new mission as the Program Director at Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange County, California. Although it will be a transition, Stephan welcomes the opportunity to serve. “As a Jesuit, we avail ourselves to missions and go where the need is greatest,” he states. Although he notes that it can be natural human desire to be settled in one place – he embraces the challenge. It’s a challenge that will bring a focus on retreat and spiritual direction work to those he encounters. With a culture that often places an inordinate emphasis on status symbols and earmarks achievements, Stephan hopes to help create a focus on reflection. “As Jesuits, we try to

is “‘finding God in all things’, whether that is in the homeless, the forgotten, or in art and studies,” Stephan notes. Part of his vocational time has included work with young professionals and restorative justice. With his legal nterests, Stephan hopes to work with lawyers in the future. “With the concept of resortative justice, it’s really the question of how you heal from harm. It’s a very universal thing – we have all been hurt,” he says.

Vocation Corner

A VITAL STEPPING STONE

about a vocational life

With a prayerful focus, Stephan hopes to encourage and nurture others in their faith. His advice to those who may be contemplating the religious life? “Allow yourself the freedom to consider the possibility,” he says. So often, the idea can seem so distant and pushed aside.

engage contemporary culture. The here and now,” he

Best wishes and Godspeed from the entire Covington

says. As Stephan describes it – they strive to impart a solid

Latin community to Fr. Stephan as he blazes a trail of

education and values that aren’t always the values that

holiness.

today’s culture promotes. 21 EAST 11th STREET • COVINGTON, KY 41011 • 859.291.7044 • covingtonlatin.org

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