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June 2015


volume 16 no 2 3900 Vincent Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45205-1699 Phone 513.921.3744 I Fax 513.921.8123 I elderhs.org

Principal Tom Otten ’64

Elderama Coordinator Mary Beth Meyer

Director of Development Tom Reiring ’88

Support Staff Amy Iori Kathy Hirth

Alumni Director Brian Bill ’94 Director of Planned Giving Toby Heile Annual Fund Director Trina Niemer Admissions Director Maura Gettler

Editor Trina Niemer Designer Jeff Fulwiler ’87 Printer Specialty Lithographing Co.

Elder High School Board of Trustees Dan Averbeck ’71 Joe Guck ’86 Nick Hahn ’63 Jim Koch ’82 Jill McGrail Tim Meier ’78 Ken Nortmann ’83 Bill Poland ’03 Kim Schwiers Matt Smith Beth Stacklin Dan Vogelpohl ’88 Jack Walsh ’79 Jay Wertz ’87 Fr. Ralph Westerhoff ’54

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The Elder Band traveled to Canada this past May. The cover photo is the band performing at the Table Rock which overlooks the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Canada.

inside spread On Saturday, April 18th, the Elder Panthers defeated Lakota West 4-0 at Great American Ball Park during the “Big League Weekend”. (Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds)


You don’t have to travel afar to help those in need. We can look in our own backyards and neighborhoods. What begins as required community service while a student at Elder, leads to a desire to give back and utilize one’s gifts for the greater good. Like a pebble thrown into a pond, the actions of others can have far-reaching effects. I hope you enjoy the stories of students, grads and friends whose gifts have made an impact on the Elder community. EDITOR & ANNUAL FUND DIRECTOR


Dear Members of the Elder Family, Earlier this spring, I was talking with a group of Elder grads at an alumni event when the topic of “service” came up. Someone said that during his Elder years (1950’s) service to others wasn’t stressed as much as it is today. Another disagreed, pointing out that the teachers at that time were practically all priests, whose lives were one of service. Still another proudly listed the large number of Elder grads who entered professions to serve others—military, teachers, firefighters, doctors, police officers and so forth. Today’s Elder student has an opportunity to enroll in an actual course titled “Community Service” as well as participate in a variety of community projects just about any weekend throughout the school year. Service opportunities shape us in ways that are enduring. These experiences affect our decisions as they form our values and beliefs. As a Catholic school, our mission demands we expose our students to experiences that can form life-habits. Service, or helping others, is and has been the hallmark of Elder since those first students walked our halls in the early 1920’s. As you will read in these pages, service comes in many forms. Our recent transition to a Board of Limited Jurisdiction is a perfect example of board members giving back.Then, there are our staff members, retiring after a life of service to our students. My prayer is one of thanksgiving, for all who make Elder a Catholic place of learning for our boys. God bless and Altiora!

Tom Otten ’64 Principal

“What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?” – GEORGE ELIOT

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“We believe this governance model will serve Elder very well for years to come,” said Principal Tom Otten.

IN 2014,THE ARCHDIOCESE DECIDED TO IMPLEMENT A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR THE TWELVE HIGH SCHOOLS THEY OWN AND OPERATE.THE SCHOOLS WHERE THE ADVISORY BOARD STRUCTURE WAS IN PLACE TRANSITIONED TO A BOARD OF LIMITED JURISDICTION,THUS CREATING UNIFORMITY FOR ALL THE ARCHDIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOLS. IN TYPICAL ELDER FASHION, IT EMBRACED THE TRANSFORMATION.“WE BELIEVE THIS GOVERNANCE MODEL WILL SERVE ELDER VERY WELL FOR YEARS TO COME,” SAID PRINCIPAL TOM OTTEN.

Dan Averbeck ’71, who has taken on the role of Chairman of the Board of Trustees, says “the purpose of the board is to coordinate the areas of strategic planning, mission effectiveness, finance, facilities, development, marketing and public relations.” It is not the Board’s job or desire to involve itself with tactics and/or operations. “Think of it more as a partnership with the teachers and administration,” said Averbeck, “where board members provide strategic direction and their expertise from multiple directions to propel Elder forward under this new structure.” For the immediate future, a special committee has been created to recruit and evaluate candidates to succeed Tom Otten, who plans to retire at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. This Committee will solicit input from key stakeholders on the criteria against which candidates will be evaluated. The committee will then recommend two or three finalists to the full Board for consideration and debate before submitting a final recommendation to the Archbishop, who makes the final decision on the selection of the new Principal.

The breakdown and duties of the various standing committees as well as the Chairperson for each are: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – In addition to monitoring the work of the committees, this committee develops, maintains and executes a strategic plan for the school as well as coordinates performance appraisals for the Principal. Chairperson - Dan Averbeck ’71 FINANCE/FACILITIES COMMITTEE – Provides recommendations and input to the Principal and Business Manager in connection with all aspects of Elder’s financial condition and performance including, but not limited to, the annual budget. This group also prepares Elder’s compensation, tuition, fees and student financial aid policies. Chairperson - Jay Wertz ’87 DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE – Provides advice, recommendations and input concerning annual and long-term fund raising activities on behalf of Elder and works with the school’s development office on fund-raising activities. Chairperson - Beth Stacklin GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE – Responsible for recommending to the Board candidates for appointment as voting Trustees and as officers of the Board. It also oversees the yearlong ongoing education and formation of the Board as a whole. Chairperson - Nick Hahn ’63 MISSION EFFECTIVENESS COMMITTEE – Provides advice, recommendations and input concerning Elder’s overall effectiveness at achieving its mission and maintaining its Catholic identity. Also, monitors the alignment of academic quality, student affairs and athletic programs with the mission of Elder High School. Chairperson - Kim Schwiers

Pictured l to r the Trustees include: Bill Poland, Jack Walsh, Ken Nortmann, Nick Hahn, Joe Guck, Dan Averbeck, Tim Meier, Kim Schwiers, Fr. Ralph Westerhoff, Beth Stacklin, Matt Smith, Jim Koch. Missing: Jill McGrail, Dan Vogelpohl, Jay Wertz.

All of the committee members have a vested interest in Elder as they are parents, alumni or key stakeholders in the Elder community. The new Board has invested a significant amount of time, energy and value to helping Elder achieve its mission, as the Board meets quarterly and the Committees meet regularly. As the Board approaches the end of its first year together, both Dan and Tom are pleased with the Board’s efforts. “Our new model,” said Tom, “provides board members that perfect opportunity to actively assist our school to become the absolute best it is capable of being. ‘Altiora’ sums it up nicely.”

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The 22nd Annual Elder Alumni Awards were presented on March 11th. Two common threads seemed to run through the Alumni Award recipients’ acceptance speeches – one, they wished to thank their parents for their commitment and sacrifices they made to send them to Elder and two, what a privilege it was for them to be a part of the Elder community. To learn more about the Alumni Awards, please check out www.elderhs.org/Alumni/Alumni-Association.

2015 CULTURAL ENRICHMENT AWARD DENNY BAKER ’92

CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP AWARD REV. PAUL HURST ’63

ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE AWARD RAY BACHUS ’65

When Denny was 10 years old, he took a tour of Vent Haven Museum, which has over 600 ventriloquist artifacts on display. It was then that he decided to try his hand at this unusual and unique art form. After completing a 30 week correspondence course, he had his first gig at the local library. While in grade school, he entertained at birthday parties and special school events.

Paul grew up in Price Hill, just a few blocks from Elder. While at Elder, Paul was President of the Catholic Students’ Mission Club where he made two summer trips to Aragon, New Mexico to work with the missions. He also wrote a column on the history of Price Hill for the Price Hill News.

While at St. Teresa of Avila grade school, Ray was too big to play football, so he played basketball in the 8th grade. While at Elder, his size worked to his advantage. He played football and basketball all four years. In his junior year, he received 2nd team All-League football honors. The following season, he was named to the 1st team All-League and all city teams. Ray received a football scholarship to the University of Dayton, graduating in 1969.

After graduation, he attended the St. Gregory Seminary for a year, but then decided to attend University of Cincinnati where he received his B.A. in American History and a B.S. in Education. He then went on to work for various companies before returning to St. Gregory in 1973 to pursue a Master of Divinity Degree. He was ordained a priest on June 11, 1977.

Denny joined the Glee Club after arriving Elder. It was then that he gained his experience as an entertainer. Thanks to music director, Dave Allen, Denny and one of his sidekicks appeared in every Glee Club performance. Over the years, Denny won several junior competition awards at the International Ventriloquist Convention. In 1990, at the age of 16, he won a 12 week tri-state talent competition.

From 1977-1985, he was at St. Joseph and St. Mary’s parishes in Springfield. OH as well as chaplain at the Community Hospital in Springfield. From 1985-2001, he was part-time chaplain at Kettering Hospital as well as part-time associate at St. Albert the Great and Good Hope parishes in Miamisburg, OH. The last part of his career, he served as pastor of St. Bernard Church in Springfield, OH. Since his retirement in 2014, he has been living at Bayley Place in Delhi. He regularly celebrates Mass at Bayley Place as well as at Mother Margaret Hall and Little Sisters of the Poor.

After graduation from Elder, Denny achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a firefighter and paramedic. He worked for the Delhi Township and Middletown Fire departments until 1996. Since then, he has been employed as one of Cincinnati’s finest. Thank you for your service. Denny, his wife Jill and their 4 sons live in West Harrison, Indiana. On his off days, he is often booked for corporate events, safety training sessions, banquets and special occasions throughout the region, using comedy, audience participation and his cast of characters to both educate and entertain. Denny thanked his family for their constant support at home and also Dave Allen for all the stage experience he allowed him to have while in Glee Club at Elder.

Paul gave credit to his family and said he was proud to serve 37 years of full time parish work, but felt his real talent was for helping people as hospital chaplain.

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After graduation, Ray was hired to teach and coach at Elder. During his first year, he was offensive line coach under coach Hen Haupt. For the next five years, he was the head coach of the reserve football team. Also, during those six years, he was the head coach of the reserve basketball team under coach Paul “Hans” Frey. In 1975, Ray was named head varsity football coach. He remained in that position until 1983. During that time, his record was 62-27-1. Since 1987, Ray has been serving as the business manager of the athletic department. He takes care of ticket sales and season ticket holders for all sporting events. Ray first and foremost wanted to thank his kids and wife for their patience. “Like many of my classmates,” Ray said, “when I was a senior, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to give back in some way to Elder. I sought council from Fr. Bishoff who encouraged me to get into education.” As a teacher, the two things Ray wanted to instill was discipline and how to fight against diversity. That approach served his students and athletes well.


SPIRIT AWARD PAUL BUHRMANN ’59

PROFESSIONAL DISTINCTION AWARD JIM JANSING ’74

ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL DISTINCTION AWARD JOHN PLOEHS ’68

Paul was born in November of 1940 and raised in Sedamsville until the age of thirteen. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help before moving to Price Hill where he enrolled at St. William for the 7th and 8th grades.

Mike Moeddel ’96, Jim’s colleague and partner at Keating, Muething & Klekamp, made the introduction, He said, “Jim has always served as a role model and mentor. He is not only a well-respected lawyer, but a well-liked one – a combination which is rare in our field.”

“It’s an evening of pride, satisfaction and humility,” John said as he accepted his award. He thanked his students who co-created every class and his dad who always told him “It’s the people John”. He said that Elder did more for him than he did for Elder. Ask any student who has ever had Mr. Ploehs and they will beg to differ.

Paul was married in 1963 at St. Martins, and later drafted into the Army 97 Engineers in 1966. He was discharged in 1968, and then got interested in coaching football and baseball at St. Teresa. Paul has two children – Paula and Mike – and one grandson, Matthew. Paul has been a member of the Elder Dad’s Club for about twenty years now, and never a week goes by when we don’t see Paul roaming the halls of school at some point. He assisted “Big Joe” Lind in running the Dads Club until Joe’s untimely death in late 2010. It was at that time that Paul took on the role of President of the group, a position he still holds today. He also is the “head honcho” when it comes to overseeing the press box on Friday nights in the fall, making sure that all who enter are taken care of in all ways possible. It’s hard to imagine Elder High School without the support of Paul and the Dads Club. The Dad’s Club supports not only the athletic program but also any other event in which Elder asks for their help – Sports Stag, faculty appreciation day, senior/faculty golf outing just to name a few. Really, as Paul puts it, “the Dads Club is there to support the school in whatever way needed.” And under Paul’s leadership, the Dad’s Club has continued the Elder tradition of defining “that purple thing” that people outside of Elder just don’t understand.

For more than 30 years, Jim Jansing has distinguished himself as an attorney of exceptional ability, integrity and hard work. Jim has consistently been recognized by Law and Politics Magazine as an Ohio Super Lawyer, a designation conferred on the top 5% of lawyers in the State of Ohio. Jim performs work for some of his firm’s largest and most important clients, but he is most proud of the chance to represent companies owned and operated by a number of Elder alums. Jim is more than a great lawyer. He is a community leader who is extremely passionate about and loyal to Elder High School. At times it seems as though, he has served on nearly every committee or board affiliated with Elder. Jim was one of the first seven trustees responsible for the development of the Panther Athletic Complex. In addition, Jim volunteers in a variety of other capacities in our community.

John is life-long resident of Price Hill, graduating from St. Lawrence then moving on to Elder. While at Elder, he was a member of the Its Academic team and editor of the 1968 Elderado. After graduating, he attended Xavier University, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 and his Masters of Education in 1983. In 1973, John began his teaching career at Elder and is currently in his 42nd year. He has worn many hats in that time. He has taught English every year and also taught Religion, Art, and Math. He served two terms as the English Dept. chairperson, moderator of our school newspaper, The Purple Quill, directed Kairos retreats for 15 years, advised the It’s Academic team and was emcee of Elder Academic, a grade school quiz contest. John also coached soccer, tennis and golf for 33 years.

When Jim accepted the award, he stated, “Elder clearly gave me a solid foundation. I learned early on that learning and having fun are not mutually exclusive. I tried to carry that concept into my work. At Elder, I learned team work, Christian ethics and to accept people for their differences.” Clearly, Jim represents the ideals Elder strives to instill all of its students. He is a proud Elder alum and, more importantly, an alum Elder IS proud to call their own.

John and his wife Mary Raterman Ploehs have been married 39 years. Mary is our current Librarian. They have two children. John, class of 1996, is a teacher at Gamble Montessori. Josie, Seton Class of 2000, teaches at Oak Hills. John and Mary are both looking forward to retirement at the end of this current school year.

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FOR MOST OF MY LIFE, I’VE POSSESSED TWO UNUSUAL (SOME MIGHT EVEN SAY PARANORMAL) ABILITIES THAT I’VE KEPT TO MYSELF (LEST I BE THOUGHT A MUTANT, AND I’VE SEEN WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM IN TOO MANY COMIC BOOKS AND MOVIES). One of these gifts is a type of

sporadic precognition that comes in brief flashes and allows me to predict what people will think or say before they actually do it. (I’ll get to the second gift later.) For instance, if I say the phrase “Carpe diem,” you just thought of John Ploehs, didn’t you? (Freaky how I knew that, isn’t it?) Of course John is known and respected for far more than that. When I first started teaching here in the fall of 1975, the bar of excellence was already set high at Elder with teachers I knew from my student days who served as my role models–people like Don Buchanan and Joe Acito. Another, though, had started more recently, just two years previously, but already he handled himself with a maturity, confidence, and poise of a much more experienced teacher. As we said in the parlance of the time, he “had his act together.” That young, dedicated teacher, wise beyond his years, was John Ploehs. Ask any Elder grad of the past 40+ years to list the top five teachers who most influenced him—not just in his academic growth and knowledge but also in his development into a more mature and thoughtful young man. If he had John, “Mr. Ploehs” will likely appear on the list. (Note: no psychic powers were involved in making this

prediction.) John did more that just teach; he challenged, motivated, and inspired his charges. John’s influence and contributions to Elder went beyond the walls of his classroom as well. He has served Elder in numerous other ways, giving unselfishly for the betterment of his alma mater. He was head of the English department for many years. He has been involved in the Kairos retreat program. He served and advised on several boards and committees as well as acted as a public spokesperson for Elder at various public functions and events. He was moderator of the Philosophy Club. (Yes, we have one of those at Elder.) On top of all that, he may well hold the honor of coaching more different sports than anyone else in the past forty years of Elder athletics. John truly is a “Jack of all trades,” (and if John finds retirement too dull, he should think about becoming a classic rock radio DJ. Anyone who’s experienced Professor Ploehs’ annual Rm.21 golden oldies sock hop of 60’s hits knows what I’m talkin’ about.) Before I wrap up, I promised earlier to reveal my second special psychic gift. This is the ability to converse with dead writers. In honor of John and his fondness for the film Dead Poets Society, I managed to contact Walt Whitman and asked if he could compose a few lines in honor of a fellow lover of literature. It’s not Walt’s best, but usually these contacts last for only a few minutes before they start to break up like a weak radio signal, so he didn’t have much time:

Oh John! Our John! Your rewarding trip’s near done. You’ve guided your charges faithfully; their respect you’ve surely won. Retirement’s near; the cheers you hear, to your tribute pay, For the lesson you taught so mem’rably—Seize the day! JOHN, YOU LEAVE BIG SHOES TO FILL. YOU’VE UNSELFISHLY GIVEN TO ELDER AS MUCH AS CAN BE EXPECTED OF ANY INDIVIDUAL. NOW IT’S TIME TO GIVE BACK TO YOURSELF. READ ALL THOSE BOOKS YOU HAVEN’T HAD TIME FOR. TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO FOLLOW AND SUPPORT YOUR BELOVED REDS, MUSKIES, BROWNS, AND—OF COURSE—YOUR PURPLE PANTHERS. ENJOY MORE TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY. ABOVE ALL, CARPE EVERY DAMN DIEM.

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by Mike Briede ’70


Mary Ploehs

MRS. MARY PLOEHS, ELDER’S LIBRARIAN, IS RETIRING TO LIFE’S NEWEST “ADVENTURE” ALONG WITH MR. PLOEHS. For the last eight years Mary has superivsed Elder’s Library as an educational and research environment for both students and faculty. Trained in Library Science in both corporate and academic settings, Mrs. Ploehs has presented the Library as an inviting world of media and knowledge for educating the whole person. Teaching research techniques, growing the permanent collection, updating technology and moderating the Elder Book Club have added more quality dimensions to the Library. Already known for its ready help and personal attention, the Library has continued to nurture young minds and spirits. Mary’s love of learning is superseded only by her love of people. Always able and willing, Elder’s librarian brought a pleasant expertise to a vocation that can brighten a student’s mind and ease a colleague’s concerns. And, a serendipitous coffee, compliments of Mrs. Ploehs and Mrs. Kelley, can even sweeten a teacher’s morning mood. Mary has taught lessons of intelligence, passion and dedication to the “human” in all of us. At times, students have asked Mrs. Ploehs not only for academic help, but also for personal advice. As a result, the kind and generous librarian has given her time, talents and experience to young men becoming better persons, and to Elder becoming a more enlightened community. Altiora! Thank You, Mary!

by John Ploehs

Linda Giessler

IT’S THE LAST YEAR FOR OUR SUPER NURSE. CAN WE REALLY GET BY WITHOUT HER? Of course she is always there when you need her. Everyone else is running away from the sick people, while she can be counted on to be running toward them. She is used to being with people at their worst and making them feel assured they are in good hands. Isn’t that what all nurses do?

She knows well the student body of Elder High School and the faculty to boot. She knows if you need an Epi pen, a special diet, or have test anxiety. She is always willing to get out the blood pressure cuff or notice if you dropped a few pounds.

Linda’s son Joe graduated from Elder a few years back, so she is very aware of the pressures Elder students face. She does not hold unrealistic expectations which made her an excellent member of Elder’s care team. She is able to recognize a student with a problem and is not afraid to stick her neck out to confront it. Linda is a team player. She recognizes the gifts and talents of every staff member here at Elder and will get them involved to assist any students she feels could use some help. It’s obvious that Linda Giessler loves this place. For her, going the extra mile is the norm, not the exception. I’m sure next year a common expression will be–“Oh yea, Linda always used to do that.” Enjoy your retirement Linda…Elder will miss you!

by Roger Auer

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Class of 2019 HONORS

PROGRAM Inductees:

Eric Beck OL Visitation

Max Scholtes OL Visitation

Zach Beiersdorfer St. Jude

Nicholas Sebastian St. Dominic

Jack Dowling St. Jude

Steven Seger OL Visitation

Benjamin Dudley St. Teresa

Patrick Tiernan Rapid Run

Will Feldman St. Jude

Jarod Timmers St. Teresa

Jarred Kelley OL Victory

Kyle Trischler St. Jude

Michael Newsom St. Ignatius

Logan Watts St. Jude

Parker Niehaus St. Aloysius (on the Ohio) Owen Witterstaetter OL Visitation Sean O’Conner OL Lourdes

Ocean Wu St. Lawrence

Lucas Palicki St. Antoninus

Jacob Wuebbolt OL Victory

Ethan Rao St. Catharine

ELDER EXPERIENCE CAMP

Elder is offering a one week course for eighth grade boys to help prepare for the High School Placement test (HSPT). This class is taught by highly skilled teachers who are proficient in their respective fields. (New this year – each student will get a HSPT practice book.) The class will allow boys to: • Take Practice Test • Learn Test Taking Skills • Review Material on the Math and Language Portions of the HSPT • Participate in Fun Activities • Gain Insight on the High School Admission Process • Experience Elder

July 28-31 August 4-7 August 11-14* (* August 11-14 session will only be available if the other two sessions fill up)

To register got to elderhs.org or contact Maura Gettler at 513.921.3427.

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Elder Senior Jacob Humphrey has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Elder High School nominated Jacob for national honors this fall in recognition of his volunteer

As is tradition on Good Friday, many people pray the steps leading to the Holy Cross Immaculata Church in Mt. Adams. This year, a group of Elder students braved the rain and prayed the steps.

The Academic Team finished the best season in Elder history with back-to-back League Champions. They ended the regular season as the divisional champions and tied for the best record in the archdiocesan league consisting of all 17 high schools in Cincinnati and Dayton. The team qualified for the Southwest Region Ohio Championship and then moved on to the Ohio Academic Championship Tournament in Columbus where they finished 10th in the state. What an outstanding season! Top Row: Will Brueggemeyer, Alex Rolfes, Nick Conda, Rick Ceddia. Bottom Row: Rick Breidenstein, Collin Schwiers, Chris Ochs, Chris Deters.

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The West Point Society hosted their third annual Leadership and Ethics Seminar. The seminar provided selected sophomores, juniors and faculty members from various high schools the opportunity to experience the leadership and ethics training developed for cadets at the US Military Academy at West Point. Juniors Sam Florian and Alex Wertz accompanied guidance counselor Ken Sovern.

The Elder Mock Trial Team won both of their trials at the January 10th competition at the University of Cincinnati. They also won four out of four possible awards to end the competition in a tie for first place. Individual winners were Jake Rinear and Luke Jett who captured the Best Attorney Award and Brennan Hirth and Jake Rinear who won the Best Witness Award. Jake performed in two roles and was the winner in each category.

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Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has recognized the exceptional vision of our nation’s youth, and provided a singular opportunity for students to be noticed for art their creative talents. It has grown “Modern Gladiator” Jacob Melvin ’18 to be the longest running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.

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art “Werewolf Mask” Eric Langen ’18

art “Words Are Still Powerful” Ryne Poli ’15

The Awards received 230,000 original works from students during its program year. Students’ submissions are judged on the Awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision.

“They Met The Sea” Julian Gregory ’15

Elder High School’s Art Department is proud to announce the Regional winners for the Scholastic Art Awards: GOLD KEY WINNERS

Julian Gregory ’15 (Painting) “They Met The Sea” Colin Rodenberg ’15 (Painting) “lips” SILVER KEY WINNERS

Ryan Anneken ’17 (Drawing & Illustration) “Through the Eyes of the Machine” Ryan Anneken ’17 (Drawing & Illustration) “Pin-up Rosie” Evan Erpenbeck ’15 (Drawing & Illustration) “The Domestic Dresser Cat” Daniel Theders ’16 (Photography) “Abandonment” HONORABLE MENTION WINNERS

Eric Langen ’18 (Mixed Media) “Werewolf Mask” Alex Mastruserio ’16 (Sculpture) “The Noses of Cinema” Jacob Melvin ’18 (Sculpture) “Modern Gladiator” Ryne Poli ’15 (Painting) “Words Are Still Powerful” Collin Schwiers ’15 (Photography) “Riding the Rails”


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Collin Schwiers ’15

Congratulations to Elder students Danny Theders ’16 and Collin Schwiers ’15 whose photographs were chosen to be in the top 20 artworks of the 2015 CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION. Collin’s piece entitled “Riding the Rails” went on to win First Place and along with being recognized by Congressman Steve Chabot at a special ceremony will have his piece displayed in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year.

art Danny Theders '16

The winner’s for the GOVERNOR’S ART SHOW were Alex Mastruserio ’16, Patrick O’Conner ’16 and Patrick Queen ’17. All three won at the Regional level and moved on to the state level. They were picked from thousands of area pieces to represent the region.

Patrick O’Conner ’16

Patrick Queen ’17

Alex Mastruserio ’16

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Congratulations to Elder Senior Drew Lammers II! Drew recently received the Bill and Wanda Baker Scholarship at the NDA (National Demolition Association) Convention and Expo.

THE SETON-ELDER PERFORMING ARTS SERIES performed Thoroughly Modern Millie–an evening of explosive tap numbers, hummable melodies, dashing leading men and a true dragon-lady of a villainess.

Each month, Elder’s Principal, Tom Otten, hosts a Pancake Breakfast for his students. Various groups are invited to serve as members of the Pancake Posse each month. For the first time ever (since 1997 when the breakfasts began), an outside group did the honors. On February 11th, the officers of District 3 wore the famous “Pancake Posse” aprons and served the students before classes began for the day. Pictured l to r: PO Jim Robb, PO Ryan Olthaus ’98, Capt. Dan Gerard ’82, Tom Otten ’64 and Det. Dave Hall ’84.


We are extremely excited to announce our newest member of the Elder family. Maura Gettler (pictured below) has accepted the position of Director of Admissions and Marketing. Maura comes to us from Thomas More College where she spent the last three years as a Senior Enrollment Counselor performing management and recruitment activities, planning events, coordinating visits, and implementing the student ambassadors program. Maura’s enthusiasm, passion, creativity, and experience will be instrumental as she takes on this important position at Elder High School. We believe she will work well with potential students and parents and excel in this position. Maura has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thomas More College. Maura graduated from McAuley High School. Please welcome her to the Elder family. She can be reached at 921-3427 or gettlermm@elderhs.net.

Another successful PHONE-A-THON has wrapped up.Thanks to everyone who took the time to talk to our students who contacted them and for your generous support. Elder students receive close to $4

MILLION

in tuition assistance each year.Tuition assistance comes in the form of Honors Program scholarships, High School Placement Test scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify. Every dollar donated to the Annual Fund helps give a student the opportunity to have an Elder experience. If you have not done so already, please consider a gift to this year’s Annual Fund. Individuals who make a donation by JUNE

30, 2015 will have their name included in

our Honor Roll edition of the September PRIDE. 2015 PHONE-A-THON WORKERS:

1st row (l to r) - Brad Murphy, John Capannari, Max Klug, Michael Dirksing 2nd row (l to r) - Ian Lindsey, Adam Keller, Alex Wertz, Noah Hornback Missing - Jake Rinear, Jake Humphrey, Jacob Geiser

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by Tom Reiring, Director of Development

The Passport Campaign Continues HAS AN

To see a special message from Principal Tom Otten, please go to

IMPORTANT FOCUS A MAJOR BUILDING RENOVATION PROJECT

our website at www.elderhs.org and look for the video pictured

TO FURTHER ENHANCE THE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

below. He will share more of the details of these transformation

AT ELDER HIGH SCHOOL. TEACHERS INSTRUCT BETTER AND WE

projects. Where we’ve been… where we’re going… what we

NOW WILL HAVE AN OVERALL ENVIRONMENT MORE CONDU-

need from you to make it all happen. Tom also reflects back

CIVE TO LEARNING FOR OUR STUDENTS. FEWER DISTRACTIONS

on his 54 years at Elder as he prepares to retire.

AND THE ABILITY TO CONCENTRATE MORE FULLY EQUATES TO BETTER ALL-AROUND RESULTS IN THE CLASSROOM.

THIS IS THE BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM THAT ELDER HAS UNDERTAKEN SINCE THE ADDITION OF THE FR. JEROME A. SCHAEPER CENTER IN 2002. Thank you to all who have supported this transformational project to date. We are closing in on $6 million committed. If you have not yet contributed please be assured that your support is needed and will be deeply appreciated. Through

Visit www.elderhs.org for an important message from Tom Otten.

the support of the entire Elder family, we will be able to make all of the improvements for our students.

WE’VE ENCLOSED A RETURN ENVELOPE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE

“It’s about Elder's future... it’s about our students. Make a difference today that will last forever.” – TOM OTTEN


Leaving a Legacy for Generations IN RETIRING JULY 1, 2015 FROM A REWARDING AND ENJOYABLE FORTY-NINE YEAR CAREER IN TEACHING, PUBLIC RELATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT, I AM EXTREMELY GRATEFUL FOR HAVING SERVED THIS GREAT SCHOOL AND GAINED THE FRIENDSHIP OF SO MANY WONDERFUL STUDENTS, GRADUATES, PARENTS, FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES. Please be assured that the Planned Giving Program (PGP) is now in the capable hands of Development Director Tom Reiring who has served in Elder’s development and school advancement program since 2000. As we enter a new chapter of the PGP, it is notable to reflect on the successes since its beginning in 1989 with the establishment of the Fr. William G. Schmitt Planned Giving Society. The program and Society were created because of generous and unsolicited estate gifts made by grads and friends to Elder. Such gifts are the ultimate one can make and normally much larger than any other previous gift. The Society is made up of couples and individuals who have confidentially shared with Elder their decision to include Elder in their estate planning. The Society has grown from a handful to now

Toby Heile, “Retired” Director of Planned Giving

over 130 members. Some planned giving donors have elected not to join the Society and there are undoubtedly many others who have not informed us of their intentions. If you are among these, it would benefit Elder immensely if you would come forward with this vital information. As a result of the PGP, over $4.8 million has arrived in estate gifts from grads and friends. In addition, over $10 million is expected in the future from those who have shared their plans with Elder. Without the generous annual gifts to various programs at Elder, the school could not operate day to day, year to year. However, the PGP is essential for Elder’s future financial strength as it can ensure increased tuition assistance and enhanced facilities keeping Elder affordable and current for our families. My daily prayer is for that multi-million dollar estate gift from an individual or couple that will propel our endowments from the current $18 million to $50-$75 million, thus ensuring affordable tuition at Elder for years to come. There is no place like E L D E R! God bless all our donors and the Elder Family!

Strengthening Elder’s Mission The Father Schmitt Planned Giving Society, founded in 1989 and named in honor of Elder’s first principal Rev. William G. Schmitt, has grown to 130 members who have shared with Elder provisions in their estate plans for a deferred gift to the school.These include gifts from a bequest in their will or from other instruments such as trusts, IRA and life insurance.

To learn more about Elder’s planned giving

We welcome & encourage committed grads & friends to join others in the Fr. Schmitt Society.

If you have made provisions for Elder

program and current list

in your estate plans or would like to

of Fr. Schmitt Society

know more about giving opportunities, contact Director of Development

contact Development

Tom Reiring, 513.921.3425 or e-mail

Director Tom Reiring,

reiringtw@elderhs.net. All information

reiringtw@elderhs.net

you share will be held in confidence.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015 30 YEARS OF ELDERAMA… WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? THISIS A SPECIAL YEAR, NOT ONLY BECAUSE IT MARKS THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY, BUT IT IS ALSO TOM OTTEN’S LAST AUCTION AS PRINCIPAL BEFORE HE RETIRES AT THE END OF JUNE 2016. PLEASE JOIN US FOR A FUN EVENING BENEFITTING THE STUDENTS OF ELDER HIGH SCHOOL AND BIDING TOM OTTEN A FAREWELL.

1986

2015

Elderama Chairs: Missy & Joe ’97 Bianco • Kim & Dan ’80 Cole • Diane & Ken ’83 Nortmann Honorary Chairs: Bonnie & Tom ’64 Otten Bob Herzog will be our auctioneer & is sure to bring a lot of energy & excitement to the evening. After the live auction, dance the night away with music from The Tommy & Hub Band.

THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS YOU CAN HELP MAKE THIS NIGHT A SUCCESS: GET A TABLE OF FRIENDS TOGETHER, BECOME A SPONSOR, DONATE ITEMS FOR OUR SILENT AND ORAL AUCTION OR MAKE A DONATION TO THE FAMILY CRISIS FUND. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT AUCTION COORDINATOR, MARY BETH MEYER AT 513-921-3426 OR MEYERMB@ELDERHS.NET

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BASEBALL PLAQUES AT THE PAC Proudly displayed in the entryway of the Jack Adam Baseball Stadium are beautiful granite markers listing not only the years, coaches and records of our twelve state championship seasons, but also the players’ names who brought home those state championship trophies. Elder 1959 alumnus and baseball state champion for the ’58 and ’59 teams – Jack Huber (pictured left with his wife Nancy) took the initiative on this project to honor these players, managers and coaches and their accomplishments.

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The Pit was rocking this season as the varsity basketball team went 9-0 at home on its way to a share of the GCL championship, a #7 ranking in the final state AP poll, and an overall record of 22-3. Fans packed the Fieldhouse in record numbers as The Pit was sold-out four times for Panther victories over Moeller and La Salle, both in dramatic over-time games, as well as St. X and Oak Hills where second-half comebacks sent the faithful home happy. The twenty-two wins were the most since 2006-07 and only 2 shy of the school record of 24 set in 1992-93. Elder, which has the most wins of any Cincinnati school, notched its 1300 basketball victory when the Panthers defeated Withrow in February. It was a memorable year for the 6th Man and the team, which was led by seniors Aaron Held, Brad Miller, Mitch Moorhead and Kyle Orloff.

The 2014-15 wrestling team finished with a 13-1 dual meet record defeating each GCL team in head-to-head competitions. The Panthers only loss came to Brecksville in the state quarterfinals. The team finished the season 2nd overall in the GCL with 5 individual champions and 4 runners up. During the individual state tournament series, the team finished 2nd at Sectionals, 3rd at Districts. TEAM AWARDS

Captains: Andrew Taylor & Joe Isham Most Valuable: Gage Brock Most Improved: Andrew Taylor Mr. ZIP: Andrew Taylor Mr. Panther: Zach Wright GCL AWARDS, QUALIFIERS & CHAMPIONS

TEAM AWARDS

Captains: Brad Miller, Mitch Moorhead, Peyton Ramsey Leading Rebounder: Peyton Ramsey Leading FT% Shooter: Kyle Orloff Best Defensive Player: Joey Sabato Mr. ZIP: Kyle Orloff Most Improved: Nick Hall, Frankie Hofmeyer Mr. Panther: Mitch Moorhead, Peyton Ramsey Century Club: Brad Miller GCL ALL-STARS:

1st Team: Frankie Hofmeyer, Peyton Ramsey 2nd Team: Brad Miller, Joey Sabato

1st Team GCL: Chucky Lipps, Austin Murphy, Robby Oswald, Ti’Ric Evans, Gage Brock 2nd Team GCL: Jake Meridieth, Connor Craig, Andrew Taylor, Mark Adams Sectional Champions: Jake Meridieth, Connor Craig, Mark Adams District Qualifiers: Chucky Lipps, Austin Murphy, Nino Salamone, Jake Meridieth, Samuel Williams, Connor Craig, Ti’Ric Evans, Andrew Taylor, Mark Adams, Gage Brock District Champion: Austin Murphy State Qualifiers: Austin Murphy, Jake Meridieth, Connor Craig, Ti’Ric Evans, Andrew Taylor, Gage Brock

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After a great start, the bowlers finished in the top five in twelve events on the season. Senior leaders included Sam Bailey, David Eubanks, Tony Robb, and Drew Robb. Their impressive season culminated in a trip to the district tournament.

This year’s varsity team finished with a 13-17-2 record; its best since joining the Ohio High School League. They also had the most goals scored in the thirteen year span of Elder fielding a team (111) and won the Thanksgiving tournament at Goggin arena.

TEAM AWARDS

TEAM AWARDS

Captian: David Eubanks Most Valuable: David Eubanks Most Improved: Jake Bailey Mr. Panther: Tony Robb, Sam Bailey

Captain: Sam Coffaro Most Valuable: Mike Wynn Kurt Oblinger Award: Ron Larkin Hobey Baker Award: Jason Martini Most Improved Forward: Matt Wall Most Improved Defenseman: Stan Groszek Mr. ZIP: Evan Deller Mr. Panther: Evan Erpenbeck

Elder High School was proud to have fourteen student athletes sign letters of intent to participatein collegiate athletics. PICTURED ABOVE

Josh Bonavita - lacrosse Otterbein University Brad Murphy - football Mount St. Joseph University Cole Tepe - football Mount St. Joseph University Evan Kandra - football Thomas More College Kevin Spurlock - lacrosse University of Indianapolis Jerry Porter - football Mount St. Joseph University

GCL AWARDS

Louis Failace - football Thomas More College

1st Team: Jason Martini, Mike Wynn, Matt Wall 2nd Team: Charlie Garnett, Jacob Henn, Ron Larkin Honorable Mention: Sam Coffaro, Evan Erpenbeck, Evan Deller, Brady Schultz, Matt Mahon

NOT PICTURED

Mark Adams - football Mount St. Joseph University Josh Boeckman - baseball Thomas More College Gage Brock - lacrosse Wabash College

TEAM AWARDS

Most Valuable: Paxton Kelley Most Improved: Duncan Kelley Mr. ZIP: Adam Vale Mr. Panther: Adam Vale DISTRICT QUALIFIERS

Paxton Kelley, Jack Smith, Eric Bley, Adam Vale, Zach Schmidt, Duncan Kelley

Elder Swimming will be hosting an alumni reunion to celebrate the 31 year career of Coach John Book on Saturday, August 15th from 7-11 PM at Miami Township Community Center (3780 Shady Lane, North Bend, Ohio 45052). Further event and RSVP information to be distributed separately via mail & social media. Please contact Elder or Jon Allen with any questions.

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Jordan Dugan - football Thomas More College Sam Hauer - baseball Thomas More College Aaron Held - golf Cincinnati State Mitch Morehead - basketball Mount St. Joseph University


In

MEMORY

the list below is comprised of those who we became aware of having passed away since the last issue of the pride. a list of all deceased since 2009 can be viewed at elderhs.org. Roy Kluener ’39

Feb. 17

William Frese ’41

April 29

Robert R. Massa ’42

Jan. 19

Joseph D. Book ’45

April 11

Paul J. Kluener ’46

March 15

Barry Satzger ’46

March 29

Albert Luken ’47

Feb. 27

Michael O’Donnell ’47

Feb. 18

SANTOS JONES ’54 left Elder early in 1952 to serve

Raymond Schaefer ’47

March 28

in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a Class

Donald Schroeder ’47

March 19

3 Steam Engineer. He later studied at the Peterson

REV. JIM WALSH ’59 has been pastor of St. Dominic

Joseph H. Boeing ’48

Feb. 7

School of Engineering in Massachusetts and was the

Church in Delhi Township since October 2000, and in

John H. Meyer ’48

April 28

Chief HVAC Engineer for Boston Public Schools for

January was recognized as the 2015 National Catholic

Joe Kemble ’49

March 4

44 years. For his 80th birthday in October, his niece

Educational Association Distinguished Pastor for

Charles Kuester ’50

Jan. 26

honored him with a U.S. Veteran Diploma signed by

Region 6 (Ohio & Michigan). This award is presented

Harry J. Gerdes ’53

Feb. 26

Principal Tom Otten, the 99th Veteran Diploma

by the NCEA Elementary Schools Department to

Richard Duell ’54

May 8

issued by Elder High School!

honor pastors who have given outstanding support to

Edward Ottaway ’54

Jan. 18

Donald J. Schapker ’54

May 20

was based on, but not

Thomas W. Luebbering ’58

Feb. 2

limited to, his spiritual

Jerome F. Doherty ’59

May 14

guidance to the school

Nick Neiheisel ’60

Feb. 17

community, his clear

Ray Schrand ’61

Jan. 28

philosophy of Catholic

Clarence R. Deitsch ’62

March 15

education, and his

Terry Joyce ’64

Jan. 31

support of the school

William Wambaugh ’65

Jan. 16

administration, Educa-

Charles A. Daria ’66

Feb. 17

tion Commission,

Robert J. Geers ’66

Feb. 23

and PTO.

Gary S. Wolfram ’66

Feb. 21

Douglas A. Sullivan ’67

March 14

Michael A. Forste ’68

March 30

Thomas E. Stenger ’69

March 4

Michael R. Vetter ’70

March 20

Terrence M. Ramstetter ’74

April 15

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Catholic elementary education. Criteria for the award

Photo courtesy of St. Dominic

so much changes in the course of a school year. we’d like to keep you updated on current events and happenings around elder. please send your current email address to: alumnichanges@ElderHS.org

Christopher J. DeFranco ’77 March 8 Justin L. Harmeyer ’96

Feb. 14

Joel D. Rebennack ’03

Feb. 6

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80s

63

JOHN BERDING ’80, pictured below with Kurt Ruffing

On March 18th,The Joe Acito Fund for Elder High School presented “An Evening of Baseball” at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts featuring a private screening of the original short feature film Acito on the Mound.This work in progress is based on the original short story by GENE MILLER ’63 (far right), classmate of the late JOE ACITO, former teacher and alumni director at Elder.

and Tom Otten, was recognized at the University of Cincinnati’s Distinguished Alumni Celebration in April. He received UC’s top alumni award, The William Howard Taft Medal, which is given to an alumnus solely on the basis of notable achievement in his or her field, the essence of which is professional success achieved with great integrity. John was named president of American Money Management Corp., American Financial Group’s (AFG) investment subsidiary in 2011, and was elected to AFG’s board of directors one year later.

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JIM LEER ’63 is an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association of Cincinnati, and in 2004, he received the highest award from the AAC, the “President’s Award,” for his advocacy on behalf of his peers. During all his forums and speaking engagements around the region, Jim continues to credit Elder High School for the values instilled in him and what they mean to him today.

Class of

55

fond memories...

During the Alumni Tennis Night in March, Shirley Seeger, widow of JERRY SEEGER ’55, and several members of the Seeger family, presented Elder tennis coach GLENN WAULIGMAN with Jerry’s cherished tennis sweater. Jerry had fond memories of playing tennis for Elder, and Shirley wanted to donate his items to the school. He passed away in January 2014.

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90s

JOSH BERKOWITZ ’98 has been named as Hamilton County’s newest Municipal Court judge, a seat that presides over misdemeanor criminal and smaller civil cases. Josh came to Hamilton County in 2007 as an assistant prosecutor after serving in the same role for almost two years in

Photo courtesy of cincinnati.com

It’s always a pleasant

Franklin County. He is

surprise when GLEE CLUB GRADS, young

also the Law Director

and old, show up to enjoy Elder’s Irish Cabaret in

in Norwood.

March! And it’s even better when they join in to sing a song or two with Dave Allen and company!

MARK WELAGE ’91 and MIKE “WALT” KELSEY ’00 were inducted into the Northern Kentucky University

s

Hall of Fame in February for their feats while attending the school. Welage was NKU’s number one golfer four years straight. In 1996, he won the individual GLVC Championship and was named GLVC Player-of-

What’s so special about the year 2002? There are

the-Year. He also earned GLVC all-academic each of

two 2’s and two 0’s. There are also SIX grads from

his four years. Kelsey played more minutes (3,861)

the Class of ’02 who have twins and another grad

than any other Norse in

whose wife is expecting twins! Many blessings upon

program history. He is

the following grads and their families: MATT BILL,

third all-time in 3-point

RYAN DATTILO, DOUG FINKE, ERIC GRAWE,

FGs made. He also

STEPHEN MILLER, MATT SCHAEFER, and

garnered academic

TONY SCHIRMANN!

All-GLVC honors four times and was twice

JOEL BEALL ’05 is a

men’s basketball GLVC

writer for the Cincinnati

Scholar-Athlete of

Enquirer, reviving the

the Year.

retro beat and connecting Cincinnati’s vibrant past to the present.

MICHAEL McCULLOUGH ’11 TRAVELED TO NEW YORK CITY

Photo courtesy of cincinnati.com

FOR THE BIG EAST TOURNAMENT AND THEN TO JACKSONVILLE TO ROOT ON THE XAVIER MUSKETEERS DURING THE NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. IN ORDER TO GET

MATT SCHROEDER ’06 was recently promoted to

TO LOS ANGELES, THOUGH, HE HAD TO DO SOME QUICK

Marketing Producer at FOX19-WXIX in Cincinnati.

FUNDRAISING TO AFFORD THE TRIP! LUCKILY, XU’S ULTIMATE “SUPER FAN” FOUND A WAY, AND HE IS FOREVER GRATEFUL TO THOSE WHO HELPED HIM OUT!

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10s

08

BEN TEPE ’10 on the USS Theodore Roosevelt at sunrise in the Persian Gulf.

In February, ALEX TRIMPE ’08 won three Akron ADDY® Awards conducted by the American Advertising Federation. He won gold and silver in the video category and a judge’s choice for overall. He has done well with his own video production company since graduating from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Catch up with Alex at alextrimpe.com.

CAMERON KELLEY ’12 is a junior pre-med student at Transylvania University (KY). After losing a grandfather For his efforts in starting the Support the Troops Club

to cancer and witnessing his mother’s friend fall ill,

at Elder High School as a senior and for his continued

he joined the national bone marrow donor registry.

involvement with the club, MATT BRANNON ’08

As a result, and although the odds of finding the right

won the Big East Conference #BEgood Challenge

match are slim, Cameron spent his spring break

sponsored by the New York Life Insurance Company!

helping to save the life of a 72-year-old stranger.

just moved? job change? recently married? new addition to the family? e-mail brian bill at billbd@elderhs.net

Class of

99

giving back...

In February, NICK SCHULZ, ROB SEITZ and JOHN RIZZO, all from the Class of ’99, returned to Elder to give a presentation for the Art Club about working at Possible, a creative agency that is worldwide.They described the role of an agency and how one gets a job in the industry.

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10 0 T H

Veteran’s D I P L O M A

On Friday, February 20th, Tom Gyarmati became the 100th recipient of an Elder High School U.S. Veteran’s Diploma. In 2002, the Ohio legislature passed a law allowing those who left high school early to serve in World War II to receive high school diplomas. This was later expanded to those who served in other wars. Elder High School began distributing honorary diplomas in 2002. Gyarmati’s daughter, Myla, contacted Elder about the possibility of her father receiving a diploma. Gyarmati grew up in Western Hills. His father passed away when he was 14 and his mother shortly after his father. Tom left school at 17 to join the United States Marines and served in the Vietnam War. Since he returned from war, Gyarmati has volunteered his time to serve his community in a variety of ways and is currently president of the East Price Hill Improvement Association. In February as Tom was busy working the fryers at the St. William Fish Fry, he was taken aback to learn of the surprise his family and friends had planned for him. Elder Principal Tom Otten presented Gyramati with the 100th Elder High School U.S. Veteran’s Diploma. Congratulations, Tom on this well-deserved honor!

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CLASS OF ’37 meets the last Thursday of every month, except Nov. or Dec., at noon at various locations. Call Gerry Kaufhold (937-429-3962).

CLASS OF ’51 meets for lunch on the first Wednesday of the month at 11:30 at Price Hill Chili. Call Gus Bonno (451-4147).

CLASS OF ’40 meets at various times throughout the year. Call Jim Brady (922-4491).

CLASS OF ’52 meets at Aston Oaks on the first Wednesday of every month March through November at 11:30. Call Jay Siegmundt (922-2331).

CLASS OF ’41 meets the third Wednesday of every month at noon at Ron’s Roost. Call Bud Kneflin (941-7734). CLASS OF ’42 meets at Price Hill Chili on the third Monday of every month at noon. Call Mike Kunnen (921-0668).

CLASS OF ’53 meets at Price Hill Chili on the first Thursday of every month at noon. Call Tom Kelley (922-2660). Help update our class list by sending your name and current email address to TKPaintMePurple@aol.com.

CLASS OF ’43 meets at Price Hill Chili on the third Monday of every month at 11:30. Call Harry Lee (451-1732).

CLASS OF ’54 meets at Aston Oaks on the third Friday of every month at noon. Call Don Huber (467-1920).

CLASS OF ’45 meets at Western Hills Country Club on the second Friday of every month at noon. Call Charlie Shappelle (471-2604). CLASS OF ’46 meets for lunch at Ron’s Roost on the first Monday of the month at noon. If a holiday falls on that day, the meeting will be held on the following Tuesday. Call Walt Butler (941-8356). CLASS OF ’47 meets at Nick & Tom’s Restaurant & Bar at 11:30 on the first Wednesday of Feb., Apr., Jun., Aug., Oct., Dec. Other events scheduled throughout the year. Call Jerry Metz (787-1470). CLASS OF ’48 meets on the first Wednesday of Mar., Jun., Sept. and Dec. at 11:30 at LaRosa’s on Boudinot. Call Bill Driehaus (922-8447). CLASS OF ’49 meets the fourth Friday of every month at 11:30 at Nick & Tom’s Restaurant. Call Glenn Laib (347-7139).

CLASS OF ’50 will celebrate its 65-year reunion on October 17, 2015. The class also meets on the third Friday of Jan., Apr., Jul. and Oct. at Aston Oaks at noon. Call Bob Habel (321-5938), Dan Bandenburg (353-0967), Jim Greiner (937-433-3570), or Al Yates (481-4904).

CLASS OF ’55 will celebrate its 60-year reunion on the weekend of September 11, 2015. The class also meets on the last Thursday of the month at noon at Price Hill Chili. Call Ken Gilkey (941-3113) or Bill Backs (941-7045).

CLASS OF ’56 meets at the WerkHaus on the first Wednesday of the month at noon. Call Tom Sullivan (451-9164) or Tom Davoran (471-8817). CLASS OF ’57 meets for lunch at Nick & Tom’s Restaurant on the first Tuesday of every month at 1:30. Call Paul Brogan (467-1334) or Lynn Foltz (941-9660). CLASS OF ’58 meets regularly at Price Hill Chili on the second Tuesday of every month at noon. Contact Jim Heisel (451-4926 or jim.heisel@gmail.com). CLASS OF ’59 meets on the first Thursday of the month at 11:30 at Maury’s Tiny Cove. Contact Norb Guetle (451-1227 or njgii@cinci.rr.com).

CLASS OF ’60 meets at Tap & Screw Brewery (5060 Crookshank Rd.) on the last Friday of the month at noon. Plans are in the works to celebrate its 55-year reunion on the weekend of October 9, 2015. Call Gus Becker (703-8051) or Jack Flanigan (941-7241).

CLASS OF ’61 hosts various events and “Steeple Chase” Masses throughout the year. Contact Jim Stanton (922-9260 or jstan@cinci.rr.com).

Class of ’70 will celebrate its 45-year reunion on the weekend of October 9, 2015. Contact Bill Nolan (922-6967 or bbbsap@aol.com).

CLASS OF ’75 will celebrate its 40-year reunion on the weekends of August 28 and September 11, 2015. Email Greg Meyers (gregwmeyers@gmail.com).

CLASS OF ’62 meets at Price Hill Chili on the second Friday of the month at noon. Call Dan Aug (812-537-4581).

CLASS OF ’80 will celebrate its 35-year reunion on the weekend October 23, 2015. Email Don Andres (donandres@fuse.net) or Tom Jennings (tjennings62@gmail.com).

CLASS OF ’63 will meet for lunch at Noon at Jim & Jack’s on the following dates in 2015: Jul. 10, Sept. 11, and Nov. 6. Contact Nick Hahn (706-1185 or nick.hahn@zoomtown.com).

CLASS OF ’85 will celebrate its 30-year reunion on the weekend of September 25, 2015. Email Tom Hoferer (tommyhof@gmail.com.

CLASS OF ’64 meets for lunch the third Wednesday of each month at noon at Jim & Jack’s Restaurant. Call Bob Schaefer (922-7100).

CLASS OF ’65 will celebrate its 50-year reunion on the weekend of August 28, 2015. The class also meets the second Wednesday of the month at noon at Aston Oaks. Call Russ Brogan (471-4444) or Dave Moorman (382-9614).

CLASS OF ’66 meets for breakfast on the first Monday of every month at 9:00 at Jim & Jack’s. Contact Tom Scanlon (368-7621 or TRScanlon@RFSDelivers.com). CLASS OF ’67 meets the last Wednesday of every month except for Nov. and Dec. at 6:00 P.M. at Pirate’s Den. Contact Jim Nienaber (941-4098 or jpnies@icloud.com), Den Grawe (251-0481 or dengrawe@zoomtown.com) or Mike Maley (535-4653).

CLASS OF ’9O will celebrate its 25-year reunion on the weekend of September 25, 2015. Contact Brian Stautberg (477-0579 or bstautberg@csa-cpa.com).

CLASS OF ’95 will celebrate its 20-year reunion on the weekend of September 25, 2015. Contact Mike Robison (240-3467 or mirobison@yahoo.com).

CLASS OF ’00 will celebrate its 15-year reunion on the weekend of October 9, 2015. Contact Luke Busam (lbusam@fbtlaw.com).

CLASS OF ’05 will celebrate its 10-year reunion on the weekend of September 11, 2015. Contact Kyle Roedersheimer (256-5696 or kyle.m.roedersheimer@gmail.com).

CLASS OF ’10 will celebrate its 5-year reunion on the weekend of August 28, 2015. Contact Pete Bachman (310-9272 or pbachman@srsicorp.com).

Visit the Alumni page at ElderHS.org to keep up-to-date on Alumni events and reunion information.


ALUMNI ART SHOW

ELDER YOUNG ALUMNI IMPACT BOARD Elder’s Alumni Board of Governors continues to stand tall whenever it comes to keeping the gang together, taking care of the family, and helping old friends reconnect. It remains the standard by which all others are measured; a proud group of “Elder men” who enjoy volunteering their time both for their alma mater and for the benefit of the boys who will one day also call themselves alumni of Elder High School. However, we recently started talking about a population of Elder grads whom we have been underserving over the years; an equally proud group of grads whom we have not been able to include in our events as much as we would like–our young alumni. These are the 4,000 or so guys, ages 18 to about their early 30’s, who have just graduated from Elder and are currently in college or the early stages of their careers and families. We asked ourselves, “What more can we be doing for them? How can we help them continue their engagement with Elder following graduation?”

ALUMNI ART SHOW

And so, after months of brainstorming and planning with young grads BOBBY SMYTH ’07 and AARON MONK ’07, the Elder Young Alumni Impact Board (EYA) was formed. Its vision: to be recognized as a passionate group of young professionals who accelerate positive change and provide sustainable benefit to Elder High School. They will accomplish this through the completion of an annual service project, a mentorship program, and smaller gatherings, thus filling the gap for young alumni to give back to Elder through time, talent, and treasure. Elder High School is blessed to have so many grads and friends, young and old, who are ready, willing, and able to get involved, give back, and serve others. The Alumni Board of Governors and now the EYA Impact Board are just two examples of why our alumni association remains at the top of its game!

Brian Bill ’94 Assistant Development/Alumni Relations Director 513.921.3744, ext. 3411 or billbd@elderhs.net

ALUMNI ART SHOW


FAMILY WALK

EBA CAREER DAY

ALUMNI TENNIS NIGHT FAMILY WALK

EBA CAREER DAY SPORTS STAG

FAMILY WALK

SPORTS STAG


AlumniEvents JUNE 28 OVER-50 MASS & BRUNCH

SEPTEMBER 13 GRANDPARENT & GRANDSON MASS & BRUNCH

Alumni who graduated from Elder over 50 years ago are invited to celebrate together! Invitations were mailed in May.

Reserved for our future Panthers and their grandparents to celebrate Elder together!

JULY 19 ALUMNI SOFTBALL LEAGUE POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT

SEPTEMBER 14 ELDER CLASSIC GOLF OUTING

Our annual one-pitch tournament will decide a champion amongst 13 teams of alumni! Join us at Delhi Park to cheer on your favorites!

Registration begins in June for this popular golf event! Call Trina Niemer at 921-3423 for more information. OCTOBER 10 ELDERAMA AUCTION

AUGUST 14 ALUMNI PICNIC AT STRICKER’S GROVE

See page 16 for more details!

Admission is $5 per person/$10 per family. Affordable burgers and hotdogs available for purchase. All rides and more included with price of admission!

OCTOBER 25 OPEN HOUSE

For prospective students and their families to learn more about Elder High School, 1:00-4:00 P.M.

AUGUST 15 ALUMNI CROSS COUNTRY MEET & SOCCER MATCH

Elder Cross Country and Soccer alumni are invited to participate! Cross Country will run at 9:00 A.M. at Rapid Run Park. Soccer will play at 7:00 P.M. at the PAC.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY EVENT LISTED, CONTACT THE ALUMNI OFFICE AT

921.3744 OR VISIT ELDERHS.ORG.


JOIN TOM & BONNIE OTTEN ON THE HISTORIC RAILS! July 30th - August 6th, 2016 8 days / 7 nights (13 meals)

$2445 per person (land only) limited seating (first come basis)

Sacramento, San Francisco, Monterey, Yosemite & more!

Photo courtesy of winetrain.com

“Friends

of Elder”

Travel I nformati •W on Night e d Since 2008, the “Friends of Elder” have traveled together to destinations n e s d a f y •R including Hawaii, Alaska, Ireland, Bermuda, Costa Rica, the Biltmore Estate, SVP: 4 , Sept. 2, 2015 or future trips a 51.1227 Bourbon Trail and more! All travel benefits Elder’s Scholarship Fund. by Augu t 7 pm st 28, 2 015 For more details or brochure/reservation form contact Norb Guetle ’59 at 513.451.1227 / NJGII@cinci.rr.com or go to Elder’s website at www.elderhs.org and click on “Alumni” in purple and then click on “Elder Travel”.


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