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Volume XXIII, Issue 2, Summer 2019

The Passing of the Bulldog LANDMARK • SUMMER 2019

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PRINCIPAL Wyatt L. Jones III ‘98


Rev. Christian Adams Charles Angell Rev. Michael Christiana, SJ W. C. Connelly Megan Curoe Rev. Francis Daly, SJ Rev. R.J. Fichtinger, SJ Kevin Hand Mable Jones Rev. Mark Luedtke, SJ Michael Madison Rev. Theodore Munz, SJ E. Michael Nolan Ben Pogodzinski, Ph.D. Terrance Rhadigan Hon. Michael J. Riordan Barbara Runyon Ann Thomas-Battersby Michael Tyson



Cathy McNamara, Chair J. Michael Bernard, Vice-Chair





To the beloved Loyola community… Where did the time go?!?! I still find it hard to believe that seven years have passed since I sat at my desk for the first time as president. Time has moved so quickly that I still feel like I am sitting down for the first time, yet in a few more days I will pass along this wonderful responsibility to another Dave – Mr. Dave Smith. My arrival seems so present that when I speak about Dave, I still think back to my predecessor Fr. Dave as readily as I do my successor Mr. Smith. MONTE VISTA STREET

The school remains in good hands as we transition from a Jesuit president to our first lay leader. The board chose a strong candidate to take the school into the future, and a bright future it will be. When asked what I am most proud of during my tenure at Rev. Mark W. Luedtke, SJ Loyola, I do not offer my trite satisfaction that the school did not close during my watch (whew!). Rather, I point to the strength in staff and students that stands ready to move Loyola further into its place as a premier urban education institution, grounded in its Catholic and Jesuit tradition. When I think of transitions, my reflection often returns to that famous Brady Bunch episode when the voice of the middle son (we are a special breed) was changing: When it's time to change (when it's time to change – go Peter go) Don't fight the tide, go along for the ride Don't ya see When it's time to change, you've got to rearrange Who you are and what you're gonna be Well, time for change has come for me. I am a better person, priest, and Jesuit thanks to my time at Loyola. I have met many remarkable people, most of whom may not consider themselves remarkable (but you are in my book!). I have found great success, and I have failed miserably. All of it would not be traded for any prize, as I have now been called to move forward as a Jesuit and enter into tertianship. While this experience involves a redo of our earliest experiences of Jesuit life shortly after entering the Society of Jesus, repetition lies at the heart of our lives as companions of Christ. During this time I will slow down the pace of my life (what Jesuits refer to as cramming two months into six) and savor the graces that God has shared with me over the last seven years at Loyola and over the course of my life as a Jesuit. The time spent in Cape Town, South Africa will prepare me to say ‘yes’ to whatever God asks of me in the future. For now, God asks me to say goodbye to Loyola High School. I say goodbye to friends and colleagues (you outlasted me Ann!), to current students and alums (come back for a visit, Bulldogs), and to the members of our community of support. Thanks for all you have done and will do for us in the future. I know that change is coming to Loyola, but the school remains firmly in the hands of God, under the banner of Christ, and animated by the Holy Spirit. Keep checking in to see the wonders that will unfold in the months and years ahead – I know I will. THOMAS ROBERTS ARCHITECT, LLC

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Bulldog blessings,



LETTER FROM THE NEW PRESIDENT Dear Loyola High School Friends, It is my honor and important responsibility to be named as the 6th President of Loyola High School Detroit. I am very excited to be returning to my hometown of Detroit and to be joining the great mission of Loyola…to educate “men for others.” As a proud product of Detroit’s west side and Detroit Catholic schools, I am looking forward to leading this unique institution that the Midwest Province of the Jesuits and the Archdiocese of Detroit established jointly over 25 years ago. Over the last few months, I have been fortunate to meet many of our energetic students, most of our school’s talented staff and faculty members, as well as a number of our wonderful supporters and Board members. Loyola High School is indeed an exceptional place.

Dave Smith

It is my objective to leverage the most important skills I learned from my years of business and people management experience with Johnson & Johnson…to listen…and to drive innovative change in line with our mission. I am especially grateful to Fr. Mark for his support during my orientation and his strong example of servant leadership. With God’s grace, I hope to build on his legacy and that of the wonderful Jesuit leaders who preceded him. Over the next few months, my wife Sarah and I look forward to reaching out and meeting more members of the wider Loyola community. Thank you in advance for your prayers for the school, your ongoing support, and honest input. AMDG,

David Smith President

All about Dave (…well, maybe not ALL) One of six children, Dave was born and raised in Detroit on the west side (Warrendale area) and attended Ss. Peter & Paul grade school and St. Alphonsus High School. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, he spent five years in sales with Procter & Gamble. He then began a 30-year career with Johnson & Johnson, during which time he lived in Florida, Tokyo, Japan, and London, England. As a result, Smith and his family were active in Catholic parishes around the world, including the Franciscan Chapel in Tokyo and St. Margaret’s in London. While with Johnson & Johnson, Dave was one of the original members of the Acuvue launch team, which introduced the first disposable contact lens in 1988. He was with the company until the end of 2017. Dave and his wife Sarah now reside in Detroit in the Brush Park area. Their Dave with his beautiful family: (left to right): four adult children are scattered from coast to coast: Philadelphia, Denver, Amy, Matthew, Dylan (Alexandra’s husband), Los Angeles, and New York—good thing the Smiths love to travel! To say the Alexandra, Dave, Sarah (Dave’s wife), Daria couple enjoys hiking is an understatement—the two hearty souls walked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago in 2018! Loyola’s annual walkathon around the perimeter of Belle Isle (6 miles), which some of us find challenging, will be tantamount to a walk around the block for Dave. Dave is a huge Detroit sports fan and diligently follows the Wings, Tigers, Pistons…and, yes, even the Lions! We know he will become a devoted Bulldog fan: basketball, football, bowling, track, cross country, rugby, baseball, and swimming should satisfy his sports enthusiasm! A warm welcome, Dave, to our Loyola family. 4


Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit Loyola was well-represented at the Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit luncheons this year. In February, Adarius Black ‘20 and Jordan Davidson ‘20 attended the luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club, where Isaiah (Ike) McKinnon, former Detroit Police Chief and former Loyola Board member, was the speaker. “Ike” also has the distinction of being Loyola’s very first graduation speaker way back in 1997. The topic of his talk was “Faith in a Violent Society: An Ignatian Perspective from a Local Guy.” Our students came to attention when he gave a shout out to Loyola and our young men!

Adarius and Jordan enjoy their conversation with former Detroit Police Chief (and former Loyola board member) Ike McKinnon

Then in May, Loyola students Rahsuan Wells ‘21 and Kirron Wilson ‘22 attendedthe luncheon and were able to speak with long-time friend of Loyola and former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Maura Corrigan, the featured speaker. Judge Corrigan spoke about “100,000 Welcomes: Blessed Solanus Casey’s Path to Holiness and Healing.” Rahsuan and Kirron were able to learn more about the Michigan court system with former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Maura Corrigan

New Faculty Member Meet Elizabeth (Liz) Urban. A graduate of Bucknell University and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, she is teaching math to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. For most, the first year of teaching at Loyola is typically a bit rocky. Not the case with with Mrs. Urban—she took control on day 1, effectively enhancing the mathematical knowledge of our young men. To add icing to the cake, Mrs. Urban was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Detroit Pistons and Farm Bureau Insurance Company to institute project-based learning in her pre-calculus and geometry classes. A side note: the person who submitted the recommendation for this honor was her dear, darling, supportive husband, Jay Urban. You will see elsewhere in this edition that Mr. Urban has joined the Loyola family as our new debate coach—what a great blessing to have Team Urban as part of our Bulldog community! A game changer already!



CULINARY ARTS & MUSIC Beyond the 3 “Rs” Let’s eat!” That chant echoes from the cafeteria daily as our young men file in for breakfast, lunch, or after school snack. In reality, most of our students have never prepared their own food, let alone have seen food grow—but they soon will! We have laid the foundation for a new culinary arts initiative at Loyola, including an urban garden. By the end of freshmen year, our students will be chopping and prepping some tasty treats they have grown themselves—maybe inspiring them to become cooks (or farmers) later in life. At the very least, we hope they will help around the house and eat more nutritious meals. Ms. Gross is developing the culinary arts curriculum to be educational and service-focused. The planting-pods on Fenkell are filled with seeds for year-round greens and vegetables to prepare not only for students, but also for charitable organizations and food banks. With our new full-service kitchen, the students will learn all about nutrition and healthy eating. Stop by to see the garden and kitchen at work and to see who has the greenest thumb and most discerning palate!

It’s a lot easier to make brownies in the new kitchen!

New School Song: “Dear Loyola” lyrics by Donovan Brown ’19, music by Mr. Damon DeBose When Donovan Brown ‘19, wrote a poem for his music class project, little did he know it would become the Loyola school song! His description of Loyola struck a chord (literally) with music teacher Mr. Damon DeBose, who took the lyrics and added a melody to create an ode to Loyola. Thank you Donovan and Mr. DeBose for adding to the legacy of Loyola. We now have a fight song (compliments of Charlie Rutherford) and a school song— sing on Bulldogs!

The Glee Club adds spiritual depth and heavenly voices to our masses and graduation.

Loyola Glee Club travels to the Bluegrass State

Rogers and Hammerstein Brown and DeBose: a great team! Dear Loyola, we sing to thee thy praise in gratitude for imparting strength, integrity, thy will and fortitude, the shroud of faith bestowed upon us, as we part going forth into the world with dear Loyola in our hearts.


The Loyola Glee Club was definitely filled with glee when their music teacher/glee club director, Mr. Damon DeBose, announced that they would be spending four days in Kentucky over Easter break. The purpose of the trip was to visit the campus of Kentucky State University and attend the school’s annual musical, which The young men right before their Bethesda this year was Temple, Church of God performance. Dream Girls. While there, they met with and sang for Dr. Lori Hicks, Chairperson of Fine Arts, and Dr. Alvin Level, Director of Bands. The group also visited the Bethesda Temple, Church of God, where they performed a mini concert and made such an impression that they were invited back to perform a full concert! LOYOLA HIGH SCHOOL

DEBATE Debate Success! The debate season ended with our Loyola Debaters ranked as the top 4 policy debaters in the State of Michigan by the National Speech & Debate Association. Sophomore Carlos Smith is ranked #1, Senior Julian McBride #2, Junior Ian Mayers #3, and Junior Camron Baker Ian Mayers, ‘20 and Carlos Smith, ‘21, #4. All four achieved the proudly displays their trophies. level of distinction. Competing in local, state, and national tournaments, the Loyola debaters continue to bring home trophies and medals. Alum Travis McClendon ‘15 assisted Ms. Gross this year by coaching at local tournaments, which had a great impact on the students. Next year, the team welcomes a new coach, Mr. Jay Urban, who debated both in high school and college. Mr. Urban is the husband of Math teacher Mrs. Elizabeth Urban— Loyola is definitely a family affair in the Urban household.

Debaters ready to take on their United Nations’ roles—they look ready!

Model United Nations

Julian McBride ’19 earned 3rd place in the Northwest Optimist Club oratory competition, and Carlos Smith ’21 received 1st place.

Climbing a mountain feels as good as winning a debate.

Through the generous contributions of Thomas Jensen and Garrett Motta, the Debate Team was able to participate in the Model United Nations in Washington, D.C., where the Bulldogs received high speaker awards. During the last session, Jeremiah Lewis ‘21, who barely says 20 words a day, was given a commendation for his outstanding speech about rights of children imprisoned. Cameron Cason ‘20, Ian Mayers ’20, and James Thompson, ’21 all received “Excellence in Speaking” acknowledgements. The chairperson for James Thompson’s committee told him, “Every time you speak, you have everyone’s attention. They really listen to you!” In addition to all their hard work, the Bulldogs were able to take in some of the sites in D.C., including climbing Mt. Sugarloaf in the snow! LANDMARK • SUMMER 2019


ALUMS TRANSITION Class of 2019 Signing Day Loyola held its 4th annual “National College Signing Day” on May 1 when all 30 graduating seniors announced their post-secondary plans for the fall of 2019. This marks the ninth straight year that 100% of our graduating class has been accepted into a two-year or four-year college. Loyola’s “Signing Day” mirrors the ESPN College Game Day program with heightened tension as each senior reveals his choice. Former University of Michigan Wolverine and member of the “Fab Five,” Jimmy King made a special guest appearance to kick off the event and to provide a motivational speech to the college-bound men. King was introduced by Detroit Pistons and Michigan State Spartans play-by-play announcer George Blaha. The class of 2019 exceeded expectations by accumulating more than $1 million in scholarships, an amount previously achieved by the class of 2018. More than 50 percent of the senior class will be first-generation college students. With more than 100 college acceptances to choose from, Loyola seniors have selected from Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including Central State and Alabama A & M, as well as public universities closer to home, like Wayne State University and Michigan State University. Jesuit schools including the University of Detroit Mercy were also considered, with Xavier University about to receive its first Loyola student. “Detroit needs strong college preparatory education,” says school President, Fr. Mark Luedtke, S.J. “If we invest in what’s good for the city and what’s good for our young people, our schools will produce students ready for the next challenge in their professional lives. Every one of these young men has the potential to be a future leader in Detroit, and they have prepared themselves while at Loyola High School.”

Who is the real star here—Blaha, King, or the Bulldog?

Where is he going? Each panel member prognosticates.

The Class of 2019—ready to go forth and set the world on fire!

“Signing Day” culminates a focused, year-long program in conjunction with the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), which works to increase college readiness, participation, and completion in Michigan, particularly among low-income students, first generation college-going students, and students of color. The ESPN “rowdies” stir up the crowd.



CLASS OF 2018 Jai’Chaun Banford is studying at Saginaw Valley State University where he is rooming with fellow Alum, Lyn-Derrick Brown. Jai has started “vlogging” (video blogging) to document his freshman year of college. Cameron Benford is at Eastern Michigan University rooming with fellow alum Roger Walker, and doing well. Lyn-Derrick Brown is at Saginaw Valley State University rooming with fellow alum Jai’Chaun Banford. Lyn is lying low and moving ahead with his studies. Jimmie Chapel is at Ohio Dominican University where he is playing football and learning time management skills. Jimmie is struggling with having enough energy to do school, football, and continuing to have a social life. He misses Loyola and wonders if he left any items in his special “Jimmie Spot”. . . come back and see, Jimmie. Steven Clay is doing well, adjusting to Madonna University— his mother has been ordered not to park outside the school all day. Forge ahead, Steven! Jeremiah Debrosse is at Saginaw Valley State University fitting school around playing 2K with other Loyola alumni! With a possible transfer to Wayne State, we hope to see more of J.D. Armon Devine is working at Focus Hope and starting a career. Good for you, Armon! Nathan Hayes is attending Henry Ford Community College. He is proud to report that another member of the infamous Hayes family will be a Bulldog next year. You’ll need to drop in and see how he is doing.

Cameron Roberts is rooming with Curtis Martin at Siena Heights and is playing basketball for the JV team. It sure sounds like they are enjoying the college experience together. Gary Simpson is at Wilberforce—America’s first Private HBCU--where he enjoys being away from the city. He has joined a modeling troop. Good luck with that endeavor, Gary! Joel Stevenson remains a mystery to his friends back at Loyola. Don’t be a stranger, Joel...come on in for a visit! Elijah Stringer is at UM - Dearborn taking school seriously, as usual. Elijah knows how to have fun…after he takes care of business. Jaron Taylor is currently attending Schoolcraft College, but looking forward to his transition to Lawrence Tech. Blessings on you next steps, Jaron. Are you still bowling? Roger Walker is enjoying college life at Eastern Michigan University, especially life with girls! That is such a Loyola thing to say… Keith Walton-Wheeler is at U of D Mercy and still keeping it professional. We have not heard much from Keith—that is not a surprise to those who know him. We would like to hear from you, Keith… George Webb decided to hold off on attending Wilberforce and is easing into college life at Henry Ford Community College before he makes the transition to a four-year college. George has been back to the Fenkell Fieldhouse to revel in past glories. Good luck when you make the transition.

William (Korey) Jackson is on a full scholarship at Olivet Nazarene and is enjoying the brotherhood that comes along with playing football in college. If you can believe it, Korey has gotten even bigger (at least standing next to Mrs. Reilly). Raymond Leaks is at Oakland University. Raymond was always one of the quiet ones, taking care of business. We are sure he will continue to do well. Curtis Martin is at Siena Heights on a full scholarship and has learned his lesson not to be late (living right across the street from Loyola, he was late practically every day) by having to run and do somersaults until he puked. That was not the Loyola way, but it may have worked… Kyle McBeth is at John Carroll University, where he is enjoying college and making new friends. Kyle has returned for a visit and let us know that he continues to make his mark wherever he goes. Tyreak Powell started off at University of Toledo but has since transferred to Henry Ford College to be closer to home due to a health scare in his first semester. More importantly, he has decided to not give up. With his brother returning to Loyola next year, we hope to see more of Tyreak in the coming months. LANDMARK • SUMMER 2019

Alumni 3-on-3 Tournament Loyola hosted its second annual Alumni Christmas Classic on December 21. Ten teams competed in the tournament, ranging in graduating years from 1997 to current students. Ryan Hayes '17 made food for the people in attendance; he currently attends Dorsey for Culinary Arts. The winning team was led by Dallas Logan '00—not a surprise--his number was retired at Loyola in 2014 (the first and only so far)... 9

SERVICE National Honor Society March Madness! March Madness indeed…During the month of March, National Honor Society members collected “Pennies for Patients” to raise money for pediatric patients with Leukemia and Lymphoma. NHS members knew their clientele; they unanimously agreed to “share” two brownies for each $1 donation made by their classmates. First step: procure the top-secret brownie recipe of long-time NHS moderator Ms. Kathy Gross and—most importantly— use her magic baking pan. Students baked brownies during lunchtime (in our newly renovated kitchen!) and collected donations after school. The team had a great time baking (and tasting) brownies and surpassed their goal of $300! That is a lot of pennies!

Larry Arnold ‘20, Christian Kimble ‘20, Eric Cox ‘20, and KJ Wilson ‘20 are quite pleased with their culinary skills.

NHS members also baked, served, collected, shopped, and delivered $200 worth of groceries to the St. Christine Food Pantry, located in Detroit’s Brightmoor community. Delivery was made just in time for families at St. Christine’s to enjoy a hearty Easter dinner.

Ford Volunteer Corps Over the past few years, Loyola High School has been the recipient of a Ford Motor Company Fund grant that supports healthy food options for our young men and creates opportunities for the Ford Volunteer Corps to serve their communities. Our school food program serves three meals a day Monday through Thursday, but only breakfast and lunch on Friday. Through the Ford grant, the necessary ingredients were purchased for a PB&J assembly line. Ms. Charisse Smith, a member of Ford Volunteer Corps, enthusiastically joined the PB&J assembly line as did incoming Loyola President Dave Smith. Both followed the specific guidelines perfectly: strawberry jam and cut diagonally. Quentin Gipson ’19 provided a valuable piece of advice: “Spread the peanut butter on the bread like you’re playing a violin.”

Ford volunteer Charisse Smith (bottom left-hand corner) and incoming Loyola President Dave Smith (upper right-hand corner) quickly caught on to how to make the perfect Bulldog PB&J.

Global Youth Service Day Who doesn’t love a carnival? An interactive learning carnival was the latest opportunity for Loyola students to engage neighborhood children in fun and games (and learning). Thanks to a $500 grant from the Michigan Community Service Commission in partnership with the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Youth Service America, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, our students hosted a Global Youth Service Day at Gesu Catholic School. Earth Science students at Loyola designed experiments and projects to teach elementary students about a range of topics from alternative fuel sources and global warming. The carnival included solar powered car races, recycling relays, and wind generators to show the value of reusable energy sources. Ms. Kathy Gross described the day as “fantastic” on all fronts. 10

Loyola freshmen teach Gesu second grade students how to take part in an experiment.


CAMPUS MINISTRY Observing Lent Mrs. Bonney Hillen’s freshman Theology class designed posters for Lent and posted them around the school. They challenged everyone to ask themselves: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR CHRIST? WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR CHRIST? WHAT WILL YOU DO FOR CHRIST?

All-School Liturgy Learning about Passover Mrs. Heather Gold (Business Office) presented the Theology 1 class with a “show and tell” explaining Passover and sharing food from a traditional Seder meal served during the holiday. The students enjoyed listening to Passover prayers, tasting the traditional foods, and learning the significance of matzah (bread), zeroa (shank bone), egg, bitter herbs (horseradish), and parsley. Thank you, Mrs. Gold! A gentle reminder of God’s mercy.

Loyola Ladies Reflection Evening The Ladies of Loyola (women staff) gathered on April, 16 to reflect and share the “Prayer of Knots.” While sharing, under the direction of Ms. Gross’s instruction, they tied knots to make a blanket for Mrs. Geoghagan (wife of science teacher Mr. Dan Geoghagan) who is undergoing chemotherapy. A great dinner at Roman Village ended the evening of prayer, sharing, and community.

Dear God, Please untie the knots that are in my mind, my heart, and my life. Remove the have nots, the cannots, and the do nots that I have in my mind. Erase the will nots, may nots, and might nots that may find a home in my heart. Release me from the could nots, would nots, and should nots that obstruct my life. And most of all, dear God, I ask that you remove from my mind, my heart, and my life all the am nots that I have allowed to hold me back, especially the thought that I am not good enough.

Ms. Costello and Mrs. Gold share the task of tying knots and untying “nots.”


On Wednesday, April 17, an all-school Liturgy was celebrated with the traditional washing of the feet. Fr. Adam Deleon, SJ, celebrated the mass during which the staff and students took part in the feet washing.


Skipping stones by the shores of Lake Huron.

Junior Class Retreat The Junior Class Retreat on May 9 and 10 took place at the CYO Camp on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron. The students enjoyed time away to listen, share, Team-building exercises and of course have generated lots of laughs. some fun in God’s beautiful natural surroundings. Fr. Adam Deleon, Mrs. Fox, Mr. Morey, Mr. Flowers and Mrs. Hillen were the adult leaders and focused on relationships to God, self, friends, family, school, and the community. 11

WE REMEMBER... Dan Grady

Catherine Hopkins

Dan’s faithful and dedicated support of Loyola High School over the last 25 years has greatly enriched the lives of many young men who have walked the halls of Loyola. His years of service on our Board of Directors began shortly after our doors opened. With his ever-present, “like a morn in spring” smile, he helped to get our school off the ground, sharing his extensive business experience and providing hours of leadership and service with professionalism, grace, and humor. Upon hearing of his passing, Fr. Dave Mastrangelo, SJ (former Loyola President), said of Dan: “He was truly one of the ‘great, classy old guards.’” With every Bulldog achievement, we’re sure Dan is still echoing his “Wowie Wowie!”

Born in Norfolk, VA in 1925, Catherine moved to Detroit in 1943. She studied mechanical engineering at the University of Detroit. Catherine was an accomplished seamstress, calligrapher, cake decorator, and card player. Catherine had a lifelong passion for learning new skills—such a talented lady! Her loyalty and devotion to the Detroit Tigers and Notre Dame football were surpassed only by her hospitality in welcoming people into her home—definitely a “hostess with the mostess.” A generous, caring person, Catherine began donating to Loyola way back in 1997 helping to change the lives of young men served by Loyola.

Fr. Eugene Strain Born in Detroit in 1927, Fr. Eugene Strain was the founding pastor of St. Mary of the Hills Parish in Rochester Hills, former pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Rochester, and the driving force behind the creation of Holy Family Regional School in Rochester Hills. Fr. Stan Ullman, pastor of St. Mary’s of the Hills in Rochester, described him as “wise and witty, not much of an athlete growing up, but he remained active in the gym until he was 92!” Fr. Strain was a staunch supporter of Catholic education and a great champion for Loyola. He took Loyola under his (angel) wing in 2009, and just kept those donations coming. Every gratuity for masses, weddings, funerals, etc., that he received was signed over to Loyola. At Christmas time and shortly after his birthday, we would get a pile of checks in the mail that he had received as gifts—all signed over to Loyola! Fr. Strain leaves a legacy to the young people he had an impact on—a huge number!



DIVERSITY Diversity Conference This past March, Loyola partnered with University of Detroit Jesuit High School in leading a weekend-long diversity conference. The event was coordinated by the dynamic father/daughter team of Amy Costello (LWEP Director) and her father Tom Costello (Director of Multicultural and Inclusion Initiatives at UD Jesuit). Attendees included students and staff members from eight other Jesuit High Schools around the country. These schools included: St. Ignatius College Prep (Chicago), St. Ignatius College Prep (San Francisco), St. Ignatius Cleveland, Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Illinois), Portland Jesuit, Rockhurst (Kansas City), Walsh Jesuit Sharing a warm Detroit welcome with our visitors. (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) and St. Xavier (Cincinnati). Participating students from Loyola included: Jaden Graham’19, Cory Easterling ’19, Nathaniel Johnson ’21, and Johnathan Williams ’21. Activities throughout the weekend included visits to the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History, the American Muslim Center, and the Arab American National Museum. The group took guided student-led tours of U of D Jesuit High School and Loyola High School. They also watched and discussed the film “The Hate You Give.” The group stayed in the dorms on the beautiful Marygrove campus, and Fr. Adam DeLeon said mass with the assistance of the Loyola students in the equally beautiful chapel.

A visit to the American Muslim Center added to the rich experiences and subsequent meaningful conversations.

A visit to the Charles H. Wright Museum – together we are stronger.


The future is bright with leaders like these young people stepping forward.


LOYOLA WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM Appreciation Luncheon The Loyola Work Experience Program (LWEP) celebrated its 16th year at the annual appreciation luncheon at U of D Mercy hosted by our long-time supporters and Loyola family friends—Norm and Cathy Schmitt. The luncheon shows our gratitude to our sponsors and honors our seniors. Hollingsworth Logistics and Focus: HOPE were recognized for 15 years of LWEP sponsorship. We also recognized 5 and 10 years sponsors: Beaumont Hospital – Grosse Pointe (10 years), Hollingsworth Core Logistics (10 years), GM Financial (5 years) and Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak (5 years).

Thank you to the staff at UDM for serving a delicious lunch!

Student Testimonials Question: What are your personal values? How do they impact/influence the way you are at work and outside of work? Jahsir Sanders ‘19, Deon Hamlet ‘19, and Joseph Kirkland ‘19 with supervisor Betsy Schulte from Beaumont-Grosse Pointe.

“Some of my personal values are love, integrity, dedication, and Jordan Smith, who was trust. These values impact the awarded the Senior LWEP Award at Loyola’s way I work by keeping me going Honors Night, poses with and keeping me focused on my his Magna supervisor long-term goals.” Shaun Dipple.

Donovan Brown ‘19 and Cameron Hutchinson ‘19 with supervisor Diane Rousseau from GM Financial.

– Jordan Smith, ‘19 Magna International Question: With only a few weeks left of LWEP, how will you make sure to leave a lasting impression on those you work with and what are 2 positive changes you’ve seen in yourself since starting your job?

“With only a few weeks left of LWEP, I plan to leave a strong, positive and Edward Davis ‘20 long-lasting impression. I plan to leave was awarded the Junior LWEP Award this impression by coming to work at honors night. acting positive and ready to work. I’m going to work hard every single time I show up to work. Two positive changes I’ve seen within myself is the fact that I read more books and that I’m more focused than ever. My mindset is more mature now than since I started.” Brian Hayes’19 and East Schumake ’19 with supervisor Debra Donald from Beaumont–Royal Oak.


-Edward Davis, ‘20 St. Vincent de Paul LOYOLA HIGH SCHOOL

ATHLETICS Basketball

All-State Honorable Mention:

Although the Bulldogs Dylan Hemphill, and Mark Mayberry would lose in the regional championship to Erie-Mason, All-Catholic: Cam Hudson, the good news is they beat Dylan Hemphill, and Mark Mayberry De La Salle in the Catholic League Quarter Finals! All-League: Chris Perry The team finished the year All-Academic: Javionne with a 16-9 record, living Thompson up to their motto: “gritty Catholic League AA Division not pretty.” The Bulldogs Coach of the Year: Dennis were Catholic League AA Morey II Division Co-Champions, Catholic League semi-finalists, and District Champions. Fenkell Fieldhouse rocked all season long!

Special Olympics World Games Loyola's Unified Bocce Ball team was selected to represent Team Michigan in Toronto to compete in the World Games. Students Eddie Evans ’20 and Donavan Gibbs ’21 partnered with athletes Timmy McDonald ‘29, Jordan Copeland ‘20, and Cameron Cason ’20 in Loyola brings home competition against students from the gold following an several countries. They represented intense final match. the best of Loyola and showed Bulldog pride. They won the gold!!! World Champs!!


Just like the Tigers, the Bulldog Bowling Team was rebuilding this year and finished with 3-7 record, fifth place out of nine—but they had fun and learned a lot! At the Catholic League Bowling Championships, The Bowling Team proudly wears their colors. Eddie Evans ‘20 was honored as an All-Academic selection and Cory Easterling ‘19 was named to the All-League team!


Now in its third year, the 2019 rugby season was a “learning more” experience. As a team, the guys learned to play together with toughness and pride. Under the guidance of Coach Ron, Coach Brian, Coach Mike, and our own Fr. Adam, the team played tough each and every game. A highlight of the season was Junior Mejé Great team spirit and lots of hard work Carter-Allison paid off with 2 final victories. being selected as the Michigan High School Player of the Week in April—the first Loyola rugby player to receive this honor! Thanks to our seniors who helped build the program! LANDMARK • SUMMER 2019

Baseball has become our newest sport at Loyola.


“That ball is looooong gone!” That’s what we hope to hear at Loyola baseball games! This year the team competed as a club team with the hope of being a varsity team next year, maybe even participating in the Catholic League. Although the team did not win any games this year, they did put up runs, and Coaches Paul Davis ‘11 (Admissions Director) and Jenny Fox (Counselor) had the team competing with pride. The coaches and team members look forward to next year and posting some “W”s.

Donavan Gibbs ’21 is totally focused as he clears the hurdle.

Track The Bulldogs finished in fourth place at the MHSAA Regionals and fourth in the CHSL finals. Marquis Henderson (100 meter) and Hayden Caddell (discus) won individual CHSL titles for their efforts. Thanks to our coaches Lawsonja Robinson (alum parent) and Sherman Flake ’97 for their hard work and mentoring. 15

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Save the Dates! SEPTEMBER 5TH

BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT Kick-off the new school year right with a party on the amazing roof-top patio of the Madison building.


ANNUAL LEGACY EVENT AND DAVE SMITH’S HOMECOMING In the spirit of Detroit Homecoming, we welcome Dave Smith to Loyola as our 6th president with a mass and brunch on campus.



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Summer 2019 Landmark  

Landmark is produced by Loyola High School located in Detroit, Michigan aimed at alumni, parents, students, donors, benefactors, and the gen...

Summer 2019 Landmark  

Landmark is produced by Loyola High School located in Detroit, Michigan aimed at alumni, parents, students, donors, benefactors, and the gen...