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February 2014

volume 15 no 1 3900 Vincent Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45205-1699

feature story

Phone 513.921.3744 Fax 513.921.8123

school news Principal

Elderama Coordinator

Tom Otten ’64

Mary Beth Meyer

Director of Development

Support Staff

Tom Reiring ’88

Pat Fiorino Kathy Hirth


a t hl e t i c s

Alumni Director Brian Bill ’94

Editor Trina Niemer

Director of Planned Giving Toby Heile

Designer Jeff Fulwiler ’87

Annual Fund Director Trina Niemer

Printer Specialty Lithographing Co.

alumni news

Admissions Director JP Owens ’06

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the cover Members of the tutoring program at St. Leo's Parish. See page three for full story.

inside spread All school opening day Mass in the Pit

last word

re u n i o n s

When working on this edition of the PRIDE, the church song, “We Are Called,” kept playing in my head. The featured stories in this issue highlight examples of service on a large scale; however, every day at Elder we see ways in which students, faculty, parents, and alumni are called to serve. Whether it’s collecting pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House, delivering food baskets, donating blood, supporting various fundraisers, tutoring, or volunteering on a committee, just to name a few... service to others is “the Elder way.” It is encouraged. It is celebrated. “We are called to act with justice. We are called to love tenderly.

Editor & Annual Fund Director

We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.”

Dear Members of the Elder Family, My granddad was a Cincinnati firefighter, and one of my heroes. He began that career before my mom was born, in an era when the fire wagons were horsedrawn. His tenure was long enough to allow him the privilege to drive the first Ahrens-Fox motorized fire truck to his firehouse, which coincidentally now serves as the Cincinnati Fire Museum. Heroes are important. Our free will allows us to model ourselves on the actions and traits we admire in others. Grandpa was all about service: to his family, friends, church, neighborhood and city. If anyone needed help, he was there for them. It goes without saying that Grandma preached that same gospel, which no doubt explains their long and happy life together. We grandkids all loved Grandpa’s stories which, although they tended to be about a huge fire or some sort of emergency, always had a pointhelping others was a privilege. Helping others is the Elder way. Our grads are noted for their service. Many become public servants, others doctors, teachers, counselors, members of the service trades, and priests/ brothers to mention only a few categories. The other key component of the Elder way, is the realization that working as a team accomplishes amazing things. A perfect example is the building of Elder’s grotto headed up by the Class of 1950. In fact, from the beginning the Elder way has been the defining characteristic of our school.The past few years, the students picked up on this with a new cheer—“shoulder to shoulder, and side by side…”—the essence of Elder perfectly captured in a few words. The following pages tell the stories of those who live the Elder way—working together to help others. And that my friends, is the key to Elder’s success.Thank you for being a member of the Elder Family.

Altiora! Strive for the Higher Things!

Tom Otten ’64 Principal


AS AN INCOMING FRESHMAN i had expectations of making an impact on elder high school through athletics, but little did i know that my impact would be through community service. for the first year and a half, community service was something i had to do, not something i wanted to do. but if it wasn´t for these community service requirements, i wouldn´t be where i am today.

colemiller´14 There are moments that make you who you are. Some come and go and others overcome you like a wave, changing who you are forever. My wave came two years ago in the form of a wickedly smart African man and a quiet, fourteen year old boy. In February 2012, I was introduced to St. Leo’s, a parish serving refugees from countries in Africa who have relocated to the United States. I began tutoring an older man named Simeon, helping him learn English. When I met him, I was overcome by the incredible weight he carried on his shoulders. As months passed and he relaxed around me, I saw a man with an incredible sense of humor, amazing intelligence, and depth that I can only hope to reach. He has survived catastrophic things and in the process of helping Simeon, I developed a life changing relationship with a man whose language I cannot speak. I am sure he taught me more than I taught him. During these months, a young Burundian boy named Alex began to attend St. Leo’s, to get help with homework. I was asked to assist Alex and so I tutored him throughout the summer and we soon became friends. After meeting Alex’s family, as well as the larger community of Burundians, I realized there were many children who needed academic help. The solution was simple–start a tutoring program. Throughout the summer of 2012, I developed the program, meeting with the administration of St. Leo’s and finding tutors. I contacted many local high schools and parishes to offer the program as an option for service hours. In the fall of 2012, the program began. We average forty students, pre-K through high school, who come weekly for help. We have many adults, as well as students and teachers from five local high schools that tutor. Another driver and I pick up the children and bring them to and from tutoring. I have collected donations from various sources for supplies. We just began our second year and the program continues to grow. I am grateful to the Elder community, its teachers for supporting our program, and the students that offer their time every week who continue to come even after their service hour requirement has been met. I never could have imagined when I entered the doors of Elder for the first time, the impact of the statement, “strive for the higher things,” would have on my life.

pictured left: cole hanging out with some of the students he tutors.


MY INVOLVEMENT IN SERVICE BEGAN toward the end of my junior year at elder when i decided to take the immersion trip to thoreau, new mexico.

jimmiedugan´10 The trip was not just a way to see how the Navajo people lived, but it allowed me and my classmates to learn how great it felt to be involved in service. As my senior year began, I knew that I wanted to make service a big part of my life so I began going with Mr. Auer to Over-the-Rhine on Saturday mornings through Over-the-Rhine Community Housing. Since then, I have continued to volunteer downtown with a friend of mine, Jake Kelley (also class of 2010), and have also branched out to other realms of service. In the spring of 2013, I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Guatemala with a group of UC students. Jake Kelley was also a member, so Elder was well represented in Guatemala. I was able to fine-tune my Spanish skills and, as a group, we helped a family build the foundation for a new home after their previous home fell victim to an earthquake that hit the region in 2012. Over the course of the week that we spent with these families, we were able to gauge how different their lives are from our own and we began to realize just how fortunate we are to lead the lives that we do. I often wonder what I would be doing if I hadn't decided to step out of my comfort zone while at Elder. The few hours on Saturday morning in OTR have had a much bigger impact on my life that I had initially imagined. The experiences that I've had through service over the past 5 years have made me the person that I am and have helped shape my plans for the future. I hope to start medical school this summer in an attempt to serve others through a different avenue and I know the values instilled in me at Elder will continue to shape the man that I become.


pictured above: jimmie and jake kelley spent a week in guatemala building the foundation of a house for a family who had lost their home in an earthquake.

this letter is just another example of a student who took it upon himself to help the community. elder was not aware that drew had organized this drive until tom received this letter from manna outreach.

kyleroedersheimer´05 I GRADUATED FROM ELDER IN 2005 and headed south to clemson university with a few other panthers. upon graduation in 2009 with a degree in biological sciences and psychology, i joined teach for america where i taught summer school for 6 weeks in chicago, and then began my teaching career at garinger high school, in charlotte, nc. The east side of Charlotte, where I taught and served the community for three years, was plagued by severe poverty in all its forms. At Garinger, 93% of the students received free or reduced lunch. During my time there, I taught Chemistry and an honors elective, Forensic Science. (I took a lot from my days with Mr Kreimer and Chemistry class at Elder) In addition to teaching, I also helped renew the Student Government and served as the faculty advisor, as well as helped coach baseball and golf. I realized a lot from my experience in Charlotte. One, that my education at Elder was a huge undervalued asset that I took for granted for so long. Also, that the students and families with whom I interacted, didn't have those same luxuries I did growing up in the Elder community. My students were numerous grade levels behind in math and reading, not to mention writing. I learned, first hand, the massive disparity that lies right in front of us in America, that on the Westside of town in Cincinnati, I was largely sheltered from growing up. My passion for serving underserved populations continued to grow as I finished my third year of teaching in 2012. After my time in the classroom ended, I took the same lessons and passions to Medical School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This is where I am currently, mid second year of medical school, looking forward to finishing the basic sciences, and getting back to interacting with people during third year. The lessons I learned while teaching in an inner city public high school, have shaped the way I approach life, look at the world, and plan for my future career. Selfishly, it changed my life.

the picture above on the left shows kyle with 60 of his students at clemson for a college tour. it was taken at ˝howard´s rock˝ in death valley, the football stadium where the clemson tigers play - similar to the pit in its infamous history. the picture on the right is kyle´s last day in the classroom.


Elder’s 40th Annual Walk for Others took place on October 14th and raised over $78,900 for Elder’s tuition assistance program and other charitable causes. Thanks to the students’ fundraising efforts, the entire school will enjoy a well-deserved off day on February 3rd!


Elder welcomes five new faculty and staff members. Pictured below (l to r) Jason Roush (Math/ Varsity Wrestling Coach), Jeff Fuell (Technology), Eric Grimm (English), Julie Kurzhals (Religion), and Michelle Iori (Bookkeeper). Welcome to Elder!

Painting by P.J. Poli

Four Elder students participated in the biennial Selections 2013 Art Show at the College of Mount St. Joseph’s Studio San Giuseppe. Seniors P.J. Doll and Nick Kroger and juniors Ryne Poli and Jake Tiernan, along with over 100 pieces of art work from local high school juniors and seniors, were represented.

Sculpture by Nick Kroger

The Food and Toy Drive continues each year thanks to Ann & Pete ’86 Witte and the many families, companies, alumni, and volunteers who This past summer, the University

continue this tradition at Elder. Each

of Cincinnati College of Engineering

year over 260 families and elderly receive food items

and Applied Science (pictured above)

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hosted its Men in Engineering and

faculty. Along with the volunteers, the success of the

Applied Science Summer Camp.

Drive would not be possible without the help from

The one-week camp allowed students

various companies including JTM, Bag Pack, the Pete

to develop their creativity as well as provide them

Witte family, the Eckstein Family and Trade Winds.

with the opportunity to meet and speak with working engineers. Only 35 students were selected, and six were (now) seniors from Elder: J.T. Boiman, Sean Conway, Ben Flick, Michael Griswold, Tim Kramer, and Matthew Nortmann.



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Freshmen participate in a two retreats each year. The one in the fall focuses on how to become part of the Elder community with activities on how to work as a team, how to positively address issues of bullying and goal setting. The spring retreat focuses on images of God.


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The Electrical Engineering class finished their semester with a robot competition where the students could practice interfacing the Arduino microcontroller with electric motors, and also pit their programming skills against one another.

Over 52 students, staff and faculty members donated blood during our Hoxworth Fall Blood Drive. Our thanks to the volunteers: seniors Joe Dunajcik, Sam Maciejewski, Matthew Meyer, Michael Murphy, junior Mitch Moorhead and parent volunteers, Mrs. Krista Moore and Mrs. Kelly Tiernan. The next Hoxworth Blood Drive is scheduled for Tuesday, March 25, 2014. ers


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A group of Elder Art students recently painted the Covedale library’s front window for Holiday on the Hill and were named 1st place winners in the high school category for this year's window decorating contest. The students who worked on it were Nathan Bischoff (sr), PJ Doll (sr), Julian Gregory (jr), Nick Kroger (sr), Kyle Marenco (sr), and Jake Meyer (sr).

Support the Troops Club sent 24 care packages to Elder alumni who are currently serving in our nation’s military — whether they are overseas or stateside.

Thanks to all the parents and volunteers who made our annual Walk for Others a huge success! 75% of the money raised goes towards tuition assistance, while the other 25% goes to local charities.

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Austin Walsh, Josh Byrne, and Noah Mastruserio, (pictured below l to r) each received a check for $1000 from an anonymous donor for being named National Merit Semi-finalists. All of these men are members of Elder’s Honors Program. Byrne is the son of Jamie and Jim ’85 Byrne, Mastruserio is the son of Susan and Joseph Mastruserio, and Walsh is the son of Pam and Jack Walsh.

Mark Klusman, Elder faculty member (47 years) and grad (Class of ’61), received the Five-Star Award at the Keep Cincinnati Beautiful event. The Five-Star award recognizes the individual who “goes above and beyond” the call in their efforts to beautify our city. Mark and students involved in the Community Service program are involved in a number of community clean ups in the area. Congratulations Mark!

Josh Byrne, Noah Mastruserio, and Austin Walsh have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, while Michael Kay, Chris Schroer, and Jonathan Williams have been named Commended Scholars. All of these men are members of Elder’s

Honors Program. Graduates from the Honors Program have moved on to prestigious schools across the country, earned significant scholarships, and have been invited to become members of various Honors Programs at their college or university of choice. Honors Program students graduate with an average of $160,000 in college scholarships, and have an average ACT score of 30.

Pictured below from l to r: Austin Walsh, Jonathan T. Williams, Josh Byrne, Michael Kay, Chris Schroer, and Noah Mastruserio.

2014 A N N U A L F U N D Dear Friend,

This was a “Dear Friend”

Every kid's dream is to become an Elder Panther. I believe this is true because I grew up having this same dream. Thanks to

thank you letter from one of our students who received

you this dream has become a reality. I never thought that having such a well-rounded education, which includes my faith, could be so rewarding. Elder's motto,“Altiora”, which means “to strive for the higher things”, inspires me to always take

tuition assistance because of your donation to the Annual Fund.

the high road in my decision making and throughout my life. Without you, I would not be able to say proudly that I am an Elder Panther. Without you, I would not be receiving such an elite education that will better my future by being challenged every day. Without you, I would not have found my best friends that I will have for a lifetime. Without you, I would not have been able to grow tremendously in my faith, including Kairos which was life changing. There are not enough words to express how grateful and blessed I am to receive the assistance to make this education possible. One day I hope that I can be someone like you helping a kid like me to have this amazing Elder experience. Thank you! W E C A N ’ T D O W H A T W E D O W I T H O U T Y O U R H E L P.

If you have not already done so, please consider a gift to this year’s Annual Fund. 100% of the proceeds goes towards helping young men experience their Elder dream. For more information, contact Trina Niemer at 921-3744 ext. 3423 or .


The Grotto ...a special place. by Tom Reiring, Director of Development

Prayer is the most powerful communication with God. At Elder, prayer by students, faculty and staff takes place in the classroom, during daily communion service and Adoration on Fridays in the chapel, at a class or all-school Mass, on retreat, prior to a Seton-Elder stage performance, at the start of a meeting, prior to a sporting event and yes at the Grotto.


FOR 63 YEARS, ELDER STUDENT ATHLETES HAVE KNELT DOWN AT OUR BELOVED GROTTO AND PRAYED. The Blessed Mother has been and is the antecedent for these young men. She has listened quietly as team after team has knelt before her asking for strength, perseverance, endurance, fortitude and the higher things. There are a variety of ways that students have experienced Elder’s grotto throughout its history, but the rich tradition remains as strong as ever even today. Ed Wandstrat ’56 recalls his time spent at the grotto during his junior year in particular since the Panthers went undefeated that season. “There was a lot to be thankful for,” he said with a chuckle. Fr. Bertke ’35 led the prayer at the grotto back then and actually the football team went to the grotto both before and after home games during those days. Dick Selcer ’55 remembers how the grotto was more of a focal point of the campus. “There was no ’59 cafeteria/gym addition. The ’63 north wing wasn’t drawn up yet and the Schaeper Center was not there. So when you came down short Iliff (now Panther Ct.) and entered the drive, boom there it was and it really stood out.” Gary Napolitano ’75 said that he and his teammates thanked God for safety in the game, for victory of course when that occurred and he said, “Even if we lost, we prayed on the benefits of sportsmanship and we were just thankful for the opportunity to get to play the game.” Gary also recalled, “It was pretty disciplined when we came before the Blessed Mother at the grotto. There was no horseplay.” Brian Monk ’80 remembered it as being the only moment of silence that the team truly had together. He described the sound of the cleats on the pavement…then everything fell silent. “It was always positive at the grotto – win or lose,” Brian said, “and it was the time the team was the closest.” Tony Carvitti ’03 remembers how team unity at the grotto was achieved through all the players touching whoever was next to them – hand on shoulder or knee with those players at the front touching the stones of the grotto. The team chaplain usually led the prayers Fr. Buening for Gary’s years, Fr. Muller for Brian and Fr. Brausch for Tony.

Fr. Bob Buening ’49 (football chaplain from ’70 -’75), recalling his time spent with the teams at the grotto, said that the football captains would be the ones to talk initially. “Some guys would get there quick after the game others would take their time, but we would wait until everyone was there and then guys would speak as the spirit moved them,” said Fr. Bob. The seniors always took a leadership role and he reminisced on the entire team experience adding, “Being part of the team and the Sunday father/son dinners…with that whole experience there was just a wonderful spirit in being a part of it but it would especially come out at the grotto when the guys got to voice their feelings. The nucleus of the whole atmosphere was being thankful for the opportunity to play the game.” An extension to the grotto experience for Jim Daffin ’71 was the tunnel formed by the student body that went from the grotto all the way to the locker room at the end of stadium. Jim added, “This happened after every home game and of course with the enrollment

being at just over 1700 students at that time, it was really impressive and meant a lot to the team.” Today, Elder lacrosse Coach Tom Nugent carries on the grotto tradition for his players, as does Coach Ramsey and the football team. Coach Nugent though has placed such an emphasis on this experience that his 2011 team captains wrote a prayer that is prayed at the grotto by all LAX players to this day. I’m sure the students, like Jim Albers ’50, who were picking up those stones from the creek down on Rapid Run to build a grotto some 63 years ago, had no idea that their efforts would leave a lasting legacy for Elder students for years to come. Attending Elder is much more than sitting in a classroom or playing on a team. It’s more than a building or a place to get an education. The whole student experience is uniquely Elder and the support that Elder receives year in and year out from alumni and friends helps keep Elder, “Elder”.

The Grotto On Friday, October 18th, members of the Class of 1950 gathered at the grotto to dedicate the installation of a marker (pictured below left) at the site commemorating their class achievement of constructing the structure.

They also recognized their classmate, Mr. Jim Albers ’50, for his involvement and dedicated maintenance of the grotto over the years. During the 1949 - 1950 school year, members of the class of 1950 began building the grotto to honor Our Blessed Mother. Students in the Class of 1951 completed the project in the fall of 1950.


Altiora Award Elder created the Altiora Award 44 years ago to honor “A person who exemplifies in his or her public and private life the pursuit of the higher things” At the annual Honors Banquet on October 13, 2013, the Altiora Award was presented to this year’s recipient, Jim Day, Elder class of 1947, owner of Esther Price Candy. Jim and his wife Elaine support a multitude of charitable causes, and Elder is truly blessed to have their support in so many ways. They created a family scholarship at Elder some years ago that has grown to one of our largest and every year provides nearly $17,000 in tuition assistance. Pictured right, the Elder faculty and staff enjoyed their own personal tour of Esther Price Candy and were treated to lunch as part of their in-service, courtesy of Jim Day.

Every year, golf outings & special events are organized to raise money for various scholarships & funds benefitting Elder students and faculty. Please check our website,, to see the outings planned for the various scholarships below: Mike Schill Memorial Golf Outing

Squeri Award

Joe Acito Memorial Scholarship (various events)

Charlie Squeri “Lifetime Achievement” Award

Jerry Stautberg Memorial Car Show

is awarded each year during the conclusion of the Elder Classic. This award is given to a member of the Elder Family who has exhibited through his lifetime “Support of the Elder Family”. The 2013 recipient was Jim Albers ’50 whose company Joseph Day, Inc. has donated its time and service to maintaining and repairing the grotto and many other concrete jobs and repairs at Elder. Most of Jim’s family was on hand to see him receive his award. Thanks Jim for all your generous service of time and material to your alma mater.

Chris Burnheimer Memorial Fund

Elder Classic

Jeff Beck Memorial Golf Outing

While the Elder Classic always has a great turnout, this year the event sold out two months prior to the date. Chairman Matt Hambleton ’98 and his committee raised over $19,000 for the Faculty Enrichment Fund. Save the date for this year's Classic - Monday, September 15th at Western Hills Country Club.

Sonny Edrich Memorial Golf Outing Fire God Open (Kevin Keefe Scholarship Fund) Hank Mueller/Class of ’66 Scholarship (various events) Ruby Open (Don Ruberg Scholarship Fund) Dennis Stemler Memorial Sand Volleyball & Picnic The Two Club/Kook Classic (Joe Ryan Scholarship Fund) Danny Bloemker Golf Outing Mike Doyle Memorial Golf Outing Sue Ruehl Memorial Golf outing Sgt. David Kreuter Memorial Pancake Breakfast Jimbo Scramble Memorial Golf Outing (Jim Botts Scholarship Fund)


Leaving a Legacy for Generations


Toby Heile, Director of Planned Giving


St. Teresa Parish. Later when graduating from college,


I was able to fulfill one of my career aspirations when


Fr. Gruber hired me onto the faculty in 1966. He was


among Elder’s many dedicated graduate priests who


served in our parishes and schools. Even after retire-

graduation from Elder in 1936,

ment in 1989, Fr. Paul continued

Fr. Paul entered the seminary

to serve our local parishes until

and was ordained in 1945 and

his health failed ten years later,

immediately began his career at

followed by his death in

Elder teaching religion. During

January 2002.

The Father Schmitt Society, founded in 1989 and named in honor of Elder’s first principal Rev. William G. Schmitt, has grown to 110 members who have

that time he concurrently served as assistant at several local

Prior to his death Fr. Paul

parishes and in 1961 was named

requested that upon his death

Principal of Elder, a position he

donations be made to his

held until 1970. While principal,

beloved alma mater, Elder, in

he resided at Elder in an apart-

his memory. These gifts were

ment above the ‘old gym’ that

combined with a bequest from

was refurbished by the Alumni

his estate to create the Reverend

Association. Upon his retirement

J. Paul Gruber Scholarship Fund.

from Elder in 1970, Fr. Gruber was given Elder’s

Today, income from this fund provides families help

highest honor, “The Altiora Award.”

with annual tuition assistance. Even after death this

shared with Elder that they have included provisions in their estate plans for the school.These include gifts from a bequest in their will or from other instruments such as trusts, IRA and

holy and dedicated man continues to give to Elder My earliest recollection of Fr. Gruber was during

life insurance policies.

and our students through his scholarship.

my childhood days when he served as assistant at To learn more about Elder’s planned giving

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

program, visit our web

If you have made provisions for Elder

site at,

in your estate plans or would like to know more about giving opportunities,

Click Giving button then

contact Director of Planned Giving Toby Heile 513.921.3744 ext. 3410

Planned Giving.

or e-mail All information you share will be held in confidence.


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Mr. Joe Buchanan Ms. Rosemary Bucher Mr. & Mrs. Jim Budde ^ Mr. & Mrs. Tim Buelterman Mr. & Mrs. Dave Buller Ms. Amy Burbrink Mr. & Mrs. Tom Burger Mr. & Mrs. Craig Buschle Mr. & Mrs. Joe Buse Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bushman Busken Bakery Mr. & Mrs. Tom Butler Mr. & Mrs. Walter Butler Mr. & Mrs. Mike Caminiti Mr. & Mrs. Joe Capannari Mr. & Mrs. Harry Cappel Mr. & Mrs. J. P. Carle Mr. Tony Carnessali Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Carrick Cassady Schiller CPAs & Advisors Mr. & Mrs. Steven Catania CEI Sports Chef’s Choice Catering Cheviot Savings Bank Mr. & Mrs. Pat Ciarla Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Gymnastics Cincinnati Landmark Cincinnati Museum Center Cincinnati Nature Center Cincinnati Pop Orchestra Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum Cincinnati State Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Cipriani Mr. & Mrs. John Coffaro Coffee Break Roasting Company Mr. & Mrs. Dan Cole Mr. Jim Collins Mr. & Mrs. Scott Collins Mr. & Mrs. Sean Combs Mr. & Mrs. Bob Conda Mr. Brian Conners Mr. & Mrs. Jim Conroy Mr. & Mrs. Bill Conway Mr. & Mrs. Jim Conway Mr. & Mrs. Jim Cook Creative Windows & More by Kathy Feller Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cucinotta Mr. & Mrs. Ed Cummings Mr. & Mrs. George Custer Mr. & Mrs. Don Dawson Mr. & Mrs. Jim Day Delhi Par 3 Golf Course Mr. & Mrs. Dan Deller Mr. & Mrs. Joe Del Prince Denny’s Dog House

Denny McKeown Landscape & Bloomin Garden Centre Mr. & Mrs. Mike Dermody Mr. & Mrs. Terry Deters Mr. & Mrs. Dave Deuber Diane’s Restaurant Mr. & Mrs. Carmine Dilonardo Mr. & Mrs. Jim Dinkelacker Mr. & Mrs. Pat Dinkelacker Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Dirksing Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Dirr Mr. & Mrs. Dino DiStasi Mr. & Dr. Mark DiStasi = Dollywood Mrs. Alice Doren Mr. & Mrs. John Dressman Mrs. Clare Driehaus = Mr. & Mrs. Dan Driehaus = Ms. Denise Driehaus = Mr. & Mrs. Don Driehaus Mr. Joe Driehaus = Mrs. Rita Driehaus Mr. & Mrs. James Duke Mr. & Mrs. Jim Eckstein, Sr. Eddie Lane’s Diamond Showroom Edible Arrangements Elder High School Alumni Assoc. Elder High School Athletic Dept. Elder High School Glee Club Elder High School Spirit Store Elder High School Steel Drum Band Mr. & Mrs. Frank Ellert Ms. Pat Emmett Mr. & Mrs. Mike Enginger Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Ernst Esther Price Candies Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Michael Eubanks Excel Carpet Services F & M Mafco Mr. & Mrs. Nick Faillace Mr. & Mrs. Dan Federmann Ms. Kathy Feller Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Fields Mr. & Mrs. Mike Fieler Mr. & Mrs. Dan Finley Mr. & Mrs. Frank Fiorino Mr. & Mrs. Tom Fishburn Florence Freedom Mr. & Mrs. Bob Flower Mr. & Mrs. David Fortman Mr. & Mrs. Brahm Fox Mr. & Mrs. Chris Fox Frisch’s Restaurants Mr. & Mrs. John Freed Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Frey Full Throttle Indoor Karting Mr. Jeff Fulwiler

Gameworks - Newport Gamble Nippert YMCA Mr. & Mrs. Dave Gardner Mr. & Mrs. Tim Garvey Gary Bachman and Sons Electric Company, Inc. Ms. Maryanne Geers Ms. Tina Geers Mr. & Mrs. Dan Geigle Mr. & Mrs. Dave Geiser Ms. Teresa Geiser Mr. & Mrs. Greg Gerhardt = Mr. & Mrs. Steve Gerhardt Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Gerrety Mr. & Mrs. David Gibbs Mr. & Mrs. Steve Giessler Mr. & Mrs. Bill Ginn Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Ginn Mr. & Mrs. Dave Ginn = Mr. & Mrs. William Ginn Giovanetti Eyecare, Inc. Glamour Shots on Benson Mr. & Mrs. Mike Gleason Mr. & Mrs. John Godar Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Goettke Mr. & Mrs. Ron Goettke Mr. & Mrs. Mike Goins Mr. & Mrs. Tom Goodwin Mr. & Mrs. Rob Gould Mr. & Mrs. Don Grace Graeter’s Mr. & Mrs. Chris Gramke Green Mountain Coffee Mr. & Mrs. Doug Greisl Mr. & Mrs. Scott Griswold Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Groll Mr. & Mrs. Steve Gruber Mr. & Mrs. Joe Guck Mr. & Mrs. Doug Guenther Mr. Mike Hackman Mr. & Mrs. Tom Hamberg Mr. & Mrs. Ross Hambleton Hamilton County Park District Hammann’s Butcher Shop Deli & Catering, Randy, Rob, Ryan & Jason Hammann Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Hammersmith Mr. & Mrs. Jim Handorf Mr. & Mrs. Joe Harpenau Mr. John Harpenau Mr. Mike Harpenau Mr. & Mrs. Tom Hart Dr. & Mrs. Brian Hatch Mr. & Mrs. Rick Hayhow Mr. & Mrs. Peter Heckmuller Mr. & Mrs. Steve Hegman Mr. & Mrs. Toby Heile = Ms. Shannon Heine

2013 Elderama Chair Couples with Tom Otten

Mr. & Mrs. Scott Heisel Mr. & Mrs. Mike Hengehold ^ Mr. & Mrs. Tony Hering Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Heyl Mr. & Mrs. Gary Hicks Mr. & Mrs. Joe Hicks Hillview Golf Course Mr. & Mrs. Craig Hilsinger Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hilvers Catering Mr. Tim Hilvert & Dr. Mary Blades Mr. & Mrs. Tim Hilvert Ms. Jaqueline Hirth Mr. & Mrs. Joe Hirth Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hodgeman Hoeting Realtors Mr. & Mrs. John Hoeting Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Hoferer Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Hoffbauer Mr. & Mrs. Max Hofmeyer Mr. & Mrs. Max Hofmeyer HolidayWorld & Splashin’ Safari Mr. Mike Holscher Holscher & Hackman Garden Center Holy Grail Mr. & Mrs. Butch Hubert * = Mr. & Mrs. Ray Hughes Humbert’s Meats Mr. William Hummel Mr. & Mrs. Ken Humpert + Mr. & Mrs. Larry Hurley Mr. Steve Hutzel Mr. & Mrs. David Imhoff Izzy’s JV/Varsity Football Parents Mr. Doug Jaeger + Mr. & Mrs. Chris James Mr. & Mrs. David James Mr. & Mrs. Jeff James Mr. & Mrs. Scott James Mr. & Mrs. Tim James Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Jansen Mrs. Jo Ann Janszen * = Mr. & Mrs. John Janszen Mr. & Mrs. Jake Jennings Jim Collins Auto Body, Inc. Ms. Kelly Johnson Johnson Investment Counsel, Inc. * Mr. & Mrs. Bob Jones = Mr. & Mrs. Jim Jones = Jostens Kaine Insurance LLC Mr. & Mrs. Chris Kandra Mr. & Mrs. Donald Kay Mr. & Mrs. Mark Kayse Keeneland Mr. & Mrs. Dave Keilholz Mr. & Mrs. Tom Kelley Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Kelly Mr. & Mrs. Keith Kelly Mr. Paul Kelly Ms. Jan Kennedy Kentucky Horse Park Kings Island Mr. & Mrs. Ken Kissing Dr. & Mrs. Rick Klopp ^ Mr. & Mrs. Ron Klosterman Mr. & Mrs. Tom Klusman Mr. & Mrs. Charles Kneflin

Mr. Ray Koch & Ms. Denise Werling Koch Mr. & Mrs. Willie Koester Mr. Keith Koppenhoefer Mrs. Ruth Koppenhoefer Mr. & Mrs. Niel Korte Mr. & Mrs. Greg Kotz = Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Krauser Krohn Conservatory Mr. & Mrs. Ed Kuhl Mr. & Mrs. Larry Kutzleb La Petite Salon and Spa Mr. & Mrs. Tim Laiveling Mr. Scott Lammers Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Lamping Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Langdon Mr. & Mrs. Greg Lange Mr. & Mrs. Greg Langenbrunner Mr. & Mrs. Ron Larkin LaRosa’s Pizzerias Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken Mr. & Mrs. Joe Lengerich Mr. & Mrs. Nick Lenhardt Mr. & Mrs. Ron Lindsey Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Linneman Mr. & Mrs. Tom Linneman Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Lockwood Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Lonneman Mrs. Ginger Louis Mr. & Mrs. Joe Lovell Mr. & Mrs. Bob Luebbe Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Luebbering Mr. Dale Lutz Mr. & Mrs. Doug Lutz Mr. & Mrs. Bob Lyons Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Macenko Mr. & Mrs. Rich Mack Mr. & Mrs. Ernst Macke Madcap Puppets Mr. and Mrs. Mike Maloney Mr. Tom Mary & Mrs. Lisa McCarthy Mr. & Mrs. Rob Masminster Mr. & Mrs. Greg Maurer Mr. & Mrs. William Maurer Max Hofmeyer & Sons, Inc. ~ Mr. & Mrs. Tony Mazza Mr. & Mrs. Mike McCullough Mr. & Mrs. Sean McGrail Mr. & Mrs. Dan McSwigan Mr. & Mrs. Scott Medberry Mr. & Mrs. William Meier Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Meisberger Mr. & Mrs. Donald Mellott, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Craig Melvin Mercy HealthPlex Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Merk Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Merk Ms. Carol Messerle Mr. & Mrs. Joe Meyer Ralph Meyer & Deters Funeral Home Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Rich Meyer Mr. & Mrs. Mark Middendorf Mr. Steve Molloy Ms. Nancy Monnig Mr. & Mrs. Darryl Moore Mr. & Mrs. Leo Morand Mother of Mercy High School Mr. & Mrs. Ken Mullen

Mr. & Mrs. Don Mulligan Mr. & Mrs. Dan Murphy Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Murray Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Murray Mr. & Mrs. John Myers Sheriff Jim Neil Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Newell Newport Aquarium Nick & Tom’s Restaurant Mr. & Mrs. Mike Nicolaci Mr. & Mrs. Tim Niehaus Mr. & Mrs. Steve Niemeyer Mr. & Mrs. Michael Nienhaus Ms. Kim Norris Mr. & Mrs. Ken Nortmann Mr. & Mrs. Bob Nusekabel Mr. & Mrs. Dan O’Brien Dr. & Mrs. Bill O’Conner Mr. & Mrs. Neil O’Connor Mr. & Mrs. Troy Ochs Mr. & Mrs. James Olding Mr. & Mrs. Vince Olding Mr. & Mrs. Jim Olthaus Mr. & Mrs. David Onorato Mr. & Mrs. Darren Orloff Mr. & Mrs. Ron Ostertag Mr. & Mrs. Tom Otten Mr. & Mrs. JP Owens P.S. Management, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Gerry Paff Mr. & Mrs. Mike Paff Mr. & Mrs. Frank Panzeca ^ Mr. & Mrs. Dan Paolercio Peppe Ramundo and Son Custom Tailors Perfect North Slopes Mr. & Mrs. Tom Perrmann Petals-n-Glass Peters Nursery, Bob Peters Mr. & Mrs. Kenn Peterson Ms. Colleen Pfaffinger Mr. & Mrs. William Phelan Mr. & Mrs. Chris Pohlman Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Poli Mr. & Mrs. Ed Postel Mr. & Mrs. Dan Poston Mr. & Mrs. Tom Prager Premier Tri-State Roofing Price Hill Chili Primavista Q Laboratories, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Quatman Ms. Jennifer Quatman Mr. Kevin Quatman Mr. Sean Quatman Mrs. Carroll Quinn-Ennis Dr. & Mrs. John Raterman Mr. & Mrs. Rick Ratterman Mr. & Mrs. Robert Reid Mr. & Mrs. Tom Reiring Mr. & Mrs. Scott Reiter Mr. & Mrs. Paul Rensing + Mr. & Mrs. Tim Rhoads Mr. & Mrs. Dave Richards Mr. & Mrs. Scott Ridder River’s Edge Indoor Sports Mr. & Mrs. James Robb Robert Jones Plumbing, Inc. + Mr. & Mrs. Greg Roberto Robin James Jewelers

Dr. & Mrs. Richard Roedersheimer Mr. & Mrs. Mike Rolfes Mr. & Mrs. Philip Rolfes Ron’s Roost Mr. & Mrs. Frank Rosenacker Mr. & Mrs. Dan Roth Mr. & Mrs. Matt Roth Mr. Dick Royer RPI Graphic Data Solutions, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Greg Roberto Rudemiller Family Medicine ~ Dr. & Mrs. Mark Rudemiller Ms. Mary Beth Rudemiller Mr. & Mrs. Gary Rudolf Mr. & Mrs. Dan Rudolph Mr. Kyle Rudolph Mr. & Mrs. Doug Ruehl Mr. & Mrs. Tom Ruthman = Dr. & Mrs. Ernie Sabato Mr. & Mrs. Joe Sabato Ms. Jordan Schad Mr. Joseph Schaffer Mr. & Mrs. Tim Schenkel Schmidt Heating and Cooling + Mr. & Mrs. Allen Schmitt Mr. & Mrs. John Schoener Schott Monument – Bruce Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Schramm Mr. & Mrs. Joel Schriefer Mr. & Mrs. Doug Schroer Mr. & Mrs. Terry Schroer Mr. & Mrs. Bob Schutte Mr. & Mrs. Mike Schutte Mr. & Mrs. Bob Schwallie Mr. & Mrs. Jim Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Schwiers Mr. & Mrs. Steven Seger Mr. & Mrs. Paul Seiler Mr. Dick Selcer Seton High School Dr. Shahbabian Mr. & Mrs. Joe Sharbell Mr. & Mrs. John Shore Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Siefke Mr. & Mrs. Tim Siemer Mr. & Mrs. Don Sievers Skyline Chili - Delhi Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Smith Mr. & Mrs. Steve Smyth Soccer City Mr. & Mrs. Benny Sorrell Mr. & Mrs. Ken Sponaugle Sports Clips Mr. & Mrs. Tim Spurlock St. Joseph Old Cemetery Mr. & Mrs. Duane Stacklin Ms. Becky Stamper Stanley’s Drivers Training Dr. & Mrs. Bob Stephens ^ Sterling Cut Glass Ms. Mary Lee Stetter-Williams Mr. & Mrs. Bernie Stowe Sullivan Janszen Band Mr. & Mrs. Brian Sullivan Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Sullivan Mr. & Mrs. Jim Sullivan Mr. & Mrs. Mike Sullivan Mr. & Mrs. Tom Summers Fr. Dave Sunberg Mr. & Mrs. Tom Swink

Taft Museum of Art Mr. & Mrs. Ian Teal Ms. Pat Telger Mr. & Mrs. Jim Telles Dr. & Dr. Larry Tepe Mr. & Mrs. Matt Tepe Mr. & Mrs. Paul Tepe The Bon Bonerie The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati The F.D. Lawrence Electric Co. The Meadows Banquet & Catering Services The Miami Corporation * The Web Extreme Entertainment Thomas More College Three Rivers Swim Club Mr. & Mrs. Todd Tieman Mr. & Mrs. Tim Tierney Mr. & Mrs. Scott Timon Mr. & Mrs. Terry Tomlinson ^ Tropical Foliage Plants, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Mike Trotta Mr. & Mrs. Doug Tucker U.S. Bancorp Foundation Matching Gift Mr. & Mrs. Ken Ulm United Dairy Farmers University of Dayton University of Notre Dame Mr. & Mrs. Tony Upton Mr. & Mrs. Greg Vatter Vera Bradley Store Mr. & Mrs. Robert Von Allmen Mr. & Mrs. Brian Vornhagen Mr. & Mrs. Roger Vorherr Mr. & Mrs. Dave Wall Mr. & Mrs. Jack Walsh Walt Disney World Co. Mr. & Mrs. Jason Ward Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Ward Mr. & Mrs. Rick Warman Mr. Rob Wegman Mr. & Mrs. Scott Wegman Mr. & Mrs. John Weil Mr. & Mrs. Paul Weil Mr. & Mrs. Neil Weiner Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Wellbrock Werkhaus Pizza Mrs. Michelle Werner Mr. Jay Wertz Mr. & Mrs. Bob Westendorf Fr. Ralph Westerhoff Mr. & Mrs. Harry Westerkamp * Western Hills Window Co. White Oak Garden Center, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Paul Wienkamp Wilbur J. Janszen, Jr. Family * Mr. & Mrs. Don Wolterman Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Wuebbolt Xavier University *Gold Sponsor ^Silver Sponsor +Panther Sponsor ~Corporate Sponsor =Patron Sponsor


Thank You Our sincere thanks to the following businesses, donors, parents, alumni, volunteers and friends of Elder High School who so generously supported Elderama 2013 – Night at the Races. Elderama was co-chaired by Mickey & Dave Buller, Lisa & Don ’76 Grace,Tina & Mike ’85 Paff and Christie & Scott ’85 Wegman.

The evening was a great success. We raised $120,000 for financial aid. It wouldn’t have been possible without all of you. Look for details in the next PRIDE for Elderama 2014.

“I told our kids after the game that we had three losses, two to Moeller and one to St. Edward; the two best teams in the state. We’re back playing good football. We had good kids that I thought in a lot of ways overachieved this year. I thought our kids were playing above their ability a lot of this season. That is a testament to the strength of this senior class and how they bonded together over the past two seasons with two playoff wins, which is something to be extremely proud of.”

The “Purple Pack” had a strong season with wins in 2 major Invitational races and 2nd place finishes in 3 others. They were second in the GCL, 3rd in the District, and 5th at Regionals. They ended the season with a 165-20 record. ALL GCL

–Varsity football coach, Doug Ramsey

First Team: Jonathan Reiter Second Team: Eric Huff, Logan Steiner, Adam Gardner, Michael Huschart



Captains Awards: Carl Lengerich, Nick Peters and Chris Schroer

Captains Awards: Adam Gardner, Jonathan Reiter Most Valuable Runner: Jonathan Reiter Most Improved Runner: Michael Huschart Mr. ZIP: Adam Gardner


First Team: Dustin Applegate, Austin Cipriani, Tommy Kraemer, Johnny Lammers, Tony Mazza, Kyle Orloff, Devin Pike, Chris Schroer, Joe Schroer Second Team: Michael Bailey, Ben Klenk, Carl Lengerich, Kevin Pickett, Peyton Ramsey, DI ALL-SOUTHWEST DISTRICT TEAM

First Team: Dustin Applegate Honorable Mention: Austin Cipriani, Devin Pike, Kyle Orloff, Tony Mazza ALL OHIO TEAM

Second Team: Dustin Applegate


Varsity soccer wrapped up their season with a record of 12-6 earning them a tie for GCL-South Champions with St. Xavier. Coach Dave Ruehl celebrated his 100th win in a convincing 3-0 victory over LaSalle. Congratulations on a great season.

Second Team: Josh Enginger

“I thoroughly enjoyed my first season as head coach, and learned a great deal by leading such a great group of young men. Our three seniors will be greatly missed, and their contributions to the team these last few years are greatly appreciated. Although this year's record was not spectacular, many of the young student-athletes were able to gain valuable experience, positioning us for success in the years to come.” – Matthew Robben ’08



First Team: Josh Enginger, Joe Sabato, Nick Lamping Second Team: Nathan Herdeman, Nick Pangallo, Brian Poston, Kory Hammann

Zach Bauer, Davis Rensing, Jake McSwigan



Captains Award: Josh Enginger, Sam Maciejewski


Captains Award: Zach Bauer Most Valuable Player: Kurt Fortman Most Improved Player: Mark Burger, Drew Schramm Mr. ZIP: Davis Rensing

on saturday, september 29th, elder held a groundbreaking ceremony for the jack adam baseball stadium at the butch hubert family panther athletic complex. the jack adam baseball stadium is the final piece to the original panther athletic complex plan. the 500 seat state-of-the-art baseball stadium will include three seating sections, bathrooms and a press box. construction is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2014 season home opener on saturday, march 29th at noon. Pictured above (from left): Athletic Director Dave Dabbelt, Butch Hubert, Jack Adam, Principal Tom Otten, and Head Baseball Coach Mark Thompson




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 Lee F. Wenstrup ’37 Joseph Huser ’38 James H. Cullen ’41 Howard G. Berninger ’42 Richard Linehan, USAF ’42 Harry Reilman ’42 Charles Cannon ’43 Howard Winter ’43 William J. Brinkman ’44 James C. Chastang ’44 John H. Heidemann ’44 Robert A. Friedmann ’45 Harold Wagner ’47 Albert Wegman ’47 Carl Fessel ’48 Donald G. Holscher ’48 James A. Kien ’48 Robert Beck ’49 Thomas R. Newell ’49 Harry J. Lonneman ’50 Jerome J. Fangman ’51 Charles Jung ’54 Edward J. Drexler ’55 Thomas Smith ’56 Henry Rahm ’58 George A. Williamson ’60 James A. Hater ’61 Richard Prost ’61 Larry Tepe ’61 Wm R. Vonderheide ’63 Richard Brauch ’64 William Gehm ’64 James T. Yunker ’64 Joseph J. Donohue ’66 John C. Mayer ’70 Richard J. Fry ’71 Gary A. Jeffcott ’73 Mark J. Isaacs ’75 Joseph P. Ryan ’77 H. V. Lonneman ’78 Anthony T. Smithmeyer ’81 Jeffery T. Weber ’83 Donald R. Taylor ’86 Daniel Plogmann ’99

Sept. 25 Dec. 3 Sept. 8 Oct. 7 Dec. 12 Jan. 1 Nov. 13 Jan. 6 Nov. 3 Jan. 9 Aug. 16 Nov. 6 Aug. 22 Dec. 22 Sept. 28 Jan. 10 Aug. 30 Sept. 2 Nov. 27 Jan. 8 Oct. 3 Oct. 2 Oct. 25 Oct. 15 Jan. 6 Nov. 13 Sept. 21 Dec. 16 Jan. 13 Oct. 23 Dec. 24 Oct. 13 Nov. 16 Sept. 6 Oct. 19 Nov. 23 Dec. 24 Jan. 3 Oct. 31 Dec. 6 Nov. 14 Aug. 14 Nov. 18 Nov. 19


Tabbed as the “Godfather of the Television Movie”, CHUCK FRIES ’46 and wife Ava Fries (pictured left) were honored at the 39th annual Block Party Fundraiser for the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research at the Paramount Studio lot. The duo attracted a


Members of the CLASS OF 1953 celebrated their 60-year reunion by attending the Elder-Upper Arlington home football game and hosting a party at Fernbank Park in September.

crowd of 3,500 people and raised more than $2 million for the rigorous fight against the devastating disease. The CLASS OF ’48 celebrated its 65th class reunion this past fall. Front row (l to r): Janet Driehaus, Ethel Westerfield, Marilyn Caffaro, Arlene Kleman, Del

Prior to the Elder-Upper Arlington home football game

Langenbrunner, Angela Rudolf, Mary Schill, Claire

in September, Principal Tom Otten presented CLEM

Rowekamp. Back row (l to r): Bill Driehaus, Paul

WEGMAN ’54 with an

Stockelman, Jim Grady, Charlie Coffaro, Bob Roeder-

honorary diploma from

sheimer, Don Kleman, Bob Lamb, Guy Lagenbrunner,

Elder High School.

Gil tepe, Dan Rudof, Art Schill, Butch Rowekamp.

Following the untimely

Missing: Frank & Rosemary Hoffman.

death of his father, Clem left Elder after his sophomore year and entered the work force so that he could help support his mother and siblings. Family has always been Clem’s number one priority.


Former Elder faculty member LARRY WULKER ’63


was a finalist in the Big Idea Challenge sponsored by The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Larry’s idea to restore the inclines to Price Hill and Mount Adams

CLASS OF 1949 members (l to r) GLENN LAIB, BOB SWEGMAN, BOB STEINKAMP, RAY KORTE and VIC BARKETT visited the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. as part of their Honor Flight Tri-State experience in September.

was tops in the Strong Communities category, one of seven categories in the Challenge!


“Our Honor Flight reminded us of the sacrifices our military has made to protect our basic American way of life.” – Glenn Laib

Hamilton County Crime Lab Director MIKE TRIMPE ’76 was featured in a November news story by Local 12 WKRC as one of the most highly sought after scientists when it comes to cracking a case. Mike


is the only American who was asked to take part in The CLASS OF 1961 went back to school in Novem-

the recent International Forensic Conference held

ber, enjoying a private lunch in the old “Jugg” room,

in Germany.

singing Elder songs with the Glee Club, and taking guided tours of the various school buildings, including

LARRY TEPE ’61, who recently passed away, was

sitting in on a class and learning alongside current

honored by Our Lady of Visitation’s youth football

students. Many commented that while things certainly

program at the annual Blue and Orange Scrimmage

have changed, the memories are still there!

so much changes in the course of a school year. we’d like to

in August. The well-deserved recognition was due

keep you updated on current

to “Big Lar’s” extensive

events and happenings around

involvement in

elder. please send your current

Visitation’s athletic

email address to:

programs, especially with the football team, over

the past 35-plus years!

Class of


giving back...

Twenty-three members of the CLASS OF 1963 presented a check for $1,250 to Elder’s Director of Development TOM REIRING ’88 during their regular lunch meeting at Jim & Jack’s. The money was generated through the group’s 50-year reunion efforts and donated to the Altiora Fund to be used to assist in the funding of the new Jack Adam Baseball Stadium at the PAC.




The CLASS OF 1983 celebrated its 30-year reunion at the ElderMoeller home football


game in October.

recently promoted to this rank at a special ceremony

Through their reunion events

at the Pentagon. He had been nominated for his first

and additional donations, class members

star back in July, one of 36

raised approximately $4,600 for their Class of 1983 –

nominees. A career Military

Bob Kemper Scholarship and presented that check to

Police officer, David is

Principal Tom Otten in December.

responsible for oversight of U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Army Corrections Command and the Defense Forensics and


Biometrics Agency. GARLIN SMITH ’82 has lived in southern California since graduating from Miami University and the University of Phoenix in 1986, and has worked in

BILL WELCH ’97 works for Apple in Cupertino, CA

the online advertising industry since 2000, currently serving as the National Video Director for Yahoo.

CHRISTIAN FISHER ’86 has been named Manager of

as a Microchip Architect, while his brother CHRIS

He enjoys golf, surfing, snowboarding, competing

the Electrophysiology Lab at Central Dupage Hospital

WELCH ’06 works for IBM in Fishkill, NY as a Staff

in triathlons and traveling the globe.

in Winfield, IL near Chicago.

Engineer for Site Instrumentation

Members of the CLASS OF 1988 played in The

and Controls.

Sonny Edrich Memorial Golf Classic as part of their

Both brothers

25-year reunion this year. In addition to raising

met up for

important funds for their classmate’s scholarship at


Elder, the class also donated $1,400 toward the new

on the west

sound system in The Pit.



Dr. MIKE ASPINWALL ’99 and his wife Jenn moved

PATRICK WUEST ’99 and IAN WEBER ’99 attended

from Austin, TX to Sydney, Australia in 2012. Mike is

the Notre Dame - Oklahoma football game in

a Research Fellow at Hawkesbury Institute for the

September. Bob wears his Elder hat to all games,

Environment at the

and rarely does a day go by that two, three, or even

University of Western

five people don’t recognize the “E” and give him

Sydney, and he studies

a shout out!

how genetic variation influences the response of trees and forests to climate change.


2LT ERIC HARRISON ’05 (right) and 2LT NICK BROWN ’08 (left) enjoyed Mess Night with Delta


Company at The Basic School in Quantico, VA before graduating and heading their separate ways – Eric to San Antonio, TX as a 7315 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Officer, and Nick to Pensacola, FL to pursue

BILL MALY ’80 and son JOE ’13 traveled

a path as a 7599 Naval Aviator. Writes Eric: “The

to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico

bonds formed carry further than the halls of Elder

for a 12-day trek through the mountains

and one cannot truly appreciate this until farthest

this past summer with fellow grads

removed from the cozy setting of Price Hill.”

MARK ADKINS ’12 and JEFF ZIMMERMAN ’12. The group stopped for this scenic photo atop Tooth Ridge.


Chicago White Sox pitcher CHARLIE LEESMAN ’05 made his Major League pitching debut against the Minnesota Twins in the second game of a split doubleheader on August 9th. Charlie struck out eight and walked five over five-plus innings of work.

CASEY REED ’05 is a fourth year

medical student at The Ohio State

DAVE WEBER ’06 graduated cum laude from Salmon

University. After graduating, he

P. Chase College of Law in the top 10% of his class!

plans to complete a residency in

He has since passed the Ohio Bar Exam and became

JACOB BERDING ’09 graduated from Miami

Diagnostic Radiology. Casey also

admitted to practice law in Ohio. Dave previously

University (OH) in just 3½ years and is now

serves as CEO of Ride for World

graduated with high honors from the University of

attending graduate school at the Savannah College

Health 2014, a coast-to-coast cycling

Cincinnati College of Business in 2010. He currently

of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. He plans to

resides in Covington, KY and is engaged to be

graduate in December 2014.

tour and lecture series that he will be completing in

married in March 2014.

the spring.

Class of


top alumnus...

JEFF SCHROER ’06 (purple jersey) was the top alumnus in the annual Alumni Cross Country Race at Rapid Run Park in August. Jeff finished the two-mile race with a time of 10:29, but it was the Varsity squad that came out on top, beating the Alumni by a raw score of 17-66.




Published by Strebekers Books, Over the Hills: A Poetry Collection is the debut of poetry written

EVAN PHILLIPS ’12 graduated from Basic Training at

by BEN KLAYER ’13.

Fort Benning, GA in June. He is now with the Infantry

Several of the poems

Division stationed at Fort Wainwright, AK driving

were written during

Stryker & Hummer vehicles for his platoon. Evan

Ben’s four years at

says he misses Skyline Chili, but loves his job!

Elder, and they offer an insight into the thoughts of America’s youths today. (photo from CODY HENNESSY ’12 graduated from Basic Training in December. He likens the brotherhood of the Army to that found during his time at Elder. Nine former Panthers took part in the Battle for the Bell in September, as the University of Cincinnati and Miami University (OH) football teams squared off in the annual contest, including Bearcats AUSTEN BUJNOCH ’09, KEVIN HYLAND ’11, COREY MASON ’10 and TONY MILIANO ’10, and Redhawks JOHN ANEVSKI ’09, A.J. BURDINE ’13, NICK CUSTER ’12, JAKE HILVERT ’13 and ROBERT WILLIAMS ’10.

just moved? recently married? new addition to the family? job change? e-mail brian bill at


CLASS OF ’35 meets at Abby’s, on the second Monday of every month at noon. 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 ’40 meets at the Bayley Place Wellness Center on the first Thursday of Mar., Jun., and Sept. at 11:30. Call Jim Brady (451-5498).

CLASS OF ’50 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 ’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 ’41 meets the third Wednesday of every month at noon at Ron’s Roost. Call Bud Kneflin (941-7734).

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 ’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).

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 ’44 meets at 9:00 AM at Price Hill Chili on the first Thursday of every month. Call Jack Kemper (834-9037). 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 ’54 is now planning its 60-year reunion for this fall. Contact Paul Jeanmougin (385-0445 or The class also meets at Aston Oaks on the third Friday of every month at noon. Call Don Huber (467-1920).

CLASS OF ’55 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 ’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 ’57 meets at Abby’s on Harrison Ave. on the first Tuesday of every month at 1:30. Call Paul Brogan (4671334) or Dale Brunner (738-2422).

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 ’58 meets regularly at Price Hill Chili on the second Tuesday of every month at noon. Contact Jim Heisel (451-4926 or

CLASS OF ’59 meets on the first Thursday of the month at 11:30 at Maury's Tiny Cove. The class is also planning a 55-year reunion for the fall of 2014. Contact Norb Guetle (451-1227 or

CLASS OF ’67 meets the last Wednesday of every month at 6 P.M. at Pirate’s Den. Contact Jim Nienaber (941-4098 or, Den Grawe (251-0481 or or Mike Maley (535-4653).

CLASS OF ’60 meets at Tom & Jerry’s Sports Bar on the last Friday of the month at noon. Call Gus Becker (703-8051) or Jack Flanigan (941-7241).

CLASS OF ’69 will celebrate its 45-year reunion on the weekend of October 3-5, 2014. Contact Bob Metz (490-3280 or

CLASS OF ’61 hosts various events and “Steeple Chase” Masses throughout the year. Contact Jim Stanton (922-9260 or 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 ’63 will meet for lunch at Noon at Jim & Jack’s on the following dates in 2014: Jan. 3, Mar. 7, May (TBD), Jul. 11, Sept. 5, and Nov. 7. Contact Nick Hahn (706-1185 or

CLASS OF ’64 meets for lunch the third Wednesday of each month at noon at Jim & Jack’s Restaurant. Call Bob Schaefer (922-7100). A 50-year reunion is being planned for the weekend of Sept. 19-20, 2014. More info, call Jerry Volker (661-8192).

CLASS OF ’65 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

CLASS OF ’74 will celebrate its 40-year reunion on the weekend of October 17-19, 2014. Contact Bill Middendorf (675-7510 or or John Voellmecke (519-2777 or

CLASS OF ’89 is now planning its 25-year reunion. Contact Craig Stiens (746-5089 or

CLASS OF ’94 will celebrate its 20-year reunion on the weekend of October 17-19, 2014. Contact Brian Bill (347-9779 or or Matt Flowers (615-8770 or

CLASS OF ’99 will celebrate its 15-year reunion on the weekend of October 3-5, 2014. Contact Greg Hyland (319-4146 or

CLASS OF ’04 will celebrate its 10-year reunion on the weekend of October 3-5, 2014. Contact Steve Haverkos (256-7340 or

CLASS OF ’09 will celebrate its 5-year reunion on the weekend of September 20, 2014. Contact Brett Niehauser (373-6112 or

CLASS OF ’49 meets the fourth Friday of every month at 11:30 at Nick & Tom’s Restaurant & Bar. Call Glenn Laib (347-7139).

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

BY MIKE ROBISON ’95 2014 Alumni Board President God calls each one of us to serve in some fashion. However, it is up to us to answer that call. It’s not always an easy thing to do—to take time away from one’s own life to make an impact on others’—but Elder High School is blessed to have so many willing students, teachers, parents, and alumni who answer the call on a daily basis. As President of the Alumni Board, I join the other veteran board members in welcoming our eight newest members and celebrating their commitment to serving the alumni of Elder High School: Luke Busam ’00, Guy Cagney ’71, Paul Dittman ’97, Mike Lind ’95, Brian Stautberg ’90, Greg Stautberg ’97, Matt Umberg ’04, and Greg Weber ’93. We also give thanks for and recognize the more than 40 years of collective service by our three outgoing board members who left in 2013: Tony Acito ’88, Gary Thom ’67, and Gary Wolfram ’66.


2014 ALUMNI BOARD Fr. Don Rettig, moderator

Friends of Elder Travel raised over $6,400 for the general scholarship fund with its trip to Ireland in October! The group now turns its attention to 2014 with an exciting trip along the scenic railways of Colorado planned for September! Space is limited! For more information about Friends of Elder Travel or to make a reservation, contact NORB GUETLE ’59 at (513) 451-1227.

Don Andres ’80 Russ Brogan ’65 Tom Broxterman ’74 Luke Busam ’00 Guy Cagney ’71 Paul Davis ’71 Dick DiMuzio ’77 Paul Dittman ’97 Matt Flowers ’94 Nick Hahn ’63 Kit Hoffman ’94 Tom Jennings ’80 Ted Koppenhoefer ’71 Mike Lind ’95 Joe Lind Jr. ’78 Joe Lind ’04 Sean McGrail ’88 Matt Panzeca ’04 Mike Robison ’95 Doug Rolfes ’82 Ken Rosemeyer ’67 Brian Stautberg ’90 Greg Stautberg ’97 Matt Umberg ’04 John Voellmecke ’74 Bernie Wagner ’72 Greg Weber ’93 Jerry Weber ’85 Jay Wertz ’87

I’m honored to serve as your alumni President this year, and I hope that you will be able to attend one or more of the events that we have already planned! Should you have any ideas or suggestions for the Alumni Board, please email me at or contact me via Brian Bill in the Alumni Office at (513) 921-3744 ext. 3411. Altiora! Mike Robison ’95 2014 Alumni Board President

ALUMNI SOFTBALL LEAGUE Registration Deadline: March 28 Opening Day: April 13 Postseason Tourney: July 27 Contact: MIKE LIND ’95 at

ALUMNI SOCCER MATCH A great time was had by all during the annual alumni soccer match in August, where two teams of former Elder soccer greats took to the pitch to knock the ball around a bit. Contact Brian Bill in the alumni office if you’d like more information about this year's game!

ALUMNI FAMILY PICNIC For many years now, the Elder Family, both young and young-at-heart, has descended upon Stricker’s Grove in early August to enjoy the rides, good food, music by the Elder Glee Club and Steel Drum Band, and the camaraderie that can only be described as “that purple thing”. Mark your calendars now and make plans to join us on Friday, August 8, at Stricker’s Grove!

GRANDPARENTS & GRANDSONS MASS & BRUNCH In September, grandparents brought their future Elder Panther grandsons to celebrate Mass and eat brunch together. The highlight of the day for many of the Elder alumni in attendance was showing their youngsters around campus and finding Grandpa’s (or another relative’s) class picture in the upper hallways. Times certainly have changed, but some things will always stay the same... a grad’s commitment to Elder High School!

38thAnnual ElderSportsStag FEATURED SPEAKER: University of Cincinnati head football coach Tommy Tuberville EMCEE: U.C. football analyst Jim Kelly, Jr. DATE: Thursday, March 13th TIME: 5:30 P.M. doors open ADMISSION: $50 general ticket / $125 patron ticket Tickets can be purchased in the Alumni Office, at Brogan Oil (4210 Glenway Ave.), from any alumni board member or by mail. Tables of 8-10 available. Order form available at Proceeds benefit the faculty & staff of Elder High School



Join us on Sunday, April 6th at 11 A.M. for our annual 5K Family

The Over-50 Mass & Brunch is devoted to those alumni who

Walk through Elder Country! Cost is $10 per walker/$40 per family,

graduated from Elder more than fifty years ago! Invitations to this

and all proceeds benefit Elder’s general scholarship fund and the

cherished annual event will be mailed in May to alumni from the

Holy Family Food Pantry. A picnic in the Pit, T-shirt and FUN

classes of 1963 and earlier. Space is limited and reservations are

included! Call the Alumni Office to register or download a

required. Watch your mailbox for more information! Call the Alumni

registration form via the school’s website at

Office for more information. When the “Spirit Store” changed from the Elder Bookstore in the 1990’s, the administration


decided that proceeds from the store be applied to tuition assistance in the form of financial aid

Monday 1 P.M. - 6 P.M.

and scholarships. Since the need for tuition assistance grows greater and greater each year, by

Tuesday 10:30 A.M. - 1 P.M. & 6 P.M. - 8 P.M.

supporting and buying through the Spirit Shop and Elder’s Licensed vendors, you are helping

Wednesday 1 P.M. - 6 P.M.

to make the Elder dream possible for many young men. With new store hours and lots of new

Thursday 10:30 A.M. - 1 P.M.

merchandise, it is easier than ever to show your Elder Spirit and support another Man of Elder!

Friday 12 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. & Game Nights

Burnett Fine Furnishings 513.662.9400 Jim Gardner Picture Clocks 513.941.8474 Faigle Jewelers 513.921.8674

Kroger - Western Hills Kroger - Delhi Kroger - Ferguson Rd.

Remke/Bigg’s - Crookshank Remke/Bigg’s - Delhi Sieferts Sporting Goods 513.662.1520


Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage

3900 Vincent Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45205-1699

PA I D Cincinnati, OH Permit No. 7755




University of Cincinnati Head Football Coach Tommy Tuberville to be featured speaker! See inside back cover for ticket information!

Grand Oak Golf Course. Proceeds provide scholarships to graduating seniors. Contact Frank Panzeca ’76 at 241-3111 (day) or 451-0458 (evening).



LEAGUE (Opening Day is April 13) Contact Mike Lind ’95

1:30 P.M. in The Pit. All are welcome to join faithful in prayerful recitation of the rosary and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

at to register! APRIL 3 ALUMNI AWARDS

Tom Aug ’67, Tom Mason, Rodger Pille ’91, Bob Roncker ’61, and Bernie Stowe to be recognized for their contributions to the Elder Community!


Hidden Valley and Aston Oaks golf clubs. Dinner at Aston Oaks Banquet Center. Sign-ups will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 5th at Elder.


All proceeds benefit Elder’s general scholarship fund and the Holy Family Food Pantry. See page 28 for details.



Alumni who graduated from Elder over 50 years ago are invited to celebrate together! See inside back cover for details.

Presents SHREK the Musical. See School News page 7 for more information.


For more information on any event listed, contact the Alumni office at (513) 921-3744 or visit

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