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MAGNIFICAT M AG A Z I N E

SUMMER 2019

MAKING AN IMPACT: HOW JUNIOR THEOLOGIANS FIND THEIR PASSION AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE


Summer 2019 Issue Contributors Elizabeth Day Katie Higgins ’99 Maggie Mroz Lamb ’84 Mary Ellen Madden ’03 Sr. Helen Jean Novy, HM Leadership Team Moira Clark ’77 President Sr. Helen Jean Novy, HM Vice President of Mission Marilyn Arundel ’78 Dean of Faculty & Academics Mary Therese Dwyer-Kueller Dean of Student Life & Formation Julie Gibbons ’80 Vice President of Enrollment & Marketing Amy Kubacki Vice President of Advancement Mary Miller ’88 Vice President of Finance & Administration Magnificat High School Board of Directors Barbara Waitkus Billings ’86 Kathleen Buse Fiona Campbell Chambers ’90 Brian Conroy Terry Coyne Pat Fogarty Dan Geib Rob Gerberry Sr. Carole Anne Griswold, HM Linda Loesch Kelly ’77 Dara Ann Krueger ’87 Lisa Kunkle Joe Lee Bill Murman Laura Nortz Colleen Moran O’Neil ’88 Tom Richlovsky Margaret Jeffers Rowe ’87 Brian Sinchak Andrew Strada Sr. Barbara Wincik, HM Cover Photo Mural painted outside Lourdes Chapel by Chloe Becker ’20 as her Agape Experiment. Photo by Daniela DiSanto ’20. This is a publication of Magnificat High School. Please contact Director of Communications Elizabeth Day at 440.331.1572 or eday@maghs.org with questions or comments.

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Table of Contents School News

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Academics 4-5 2019 Commencement Ceremony Honors the Past and Looks toward the Future

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Making an Impact: How Junior Theologians Find Their Passion and Make a Difference

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HM History and Heritage

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Athletics 12-13 Advancement 14-15 Learn, Lead, Serve: Alumnae Living Our Mission in the World

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Class Notes

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In Memoriam

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FROM THE PRESIDENT AND BOARD CHAIRPERSON

Dear Friends, On May 21, we had the honor of granting diplomas to the 180 members of the Class of 2019 at Magnificat’s 61st annual commencement ceremony. Please join us in congratulating and celebrating these young women, who, throughout their four years at Magnificat, have made remarkable achievements academically and in their roles as leaders committed to faith and service. We are thrilled that they will always remain a part of Magnificat as they join our accomplished alumnae community. This summer, our current and future students are participating in a wide variety of academic, co-curricular, and leadership programs on campus and across the world. From immersion retreats to enrichment programs, from Genesis internships to the anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, summer is often a time when our students deepen their understanding of how fundamental experiential learning is to their Magnificat education. Meanwhile, our campus has been undergoing significant enhancements over the summer months. All Magnificat classrooms and athletic facilities will be air conditioned for the first time in the history of the school by the time classes begin in August. Our new heating and cooling system will not only improve conditions for student learning, but will further our environmental sustainability efforts as we transition to more energyefficient modes of temperature control. This milestone marks the first of many exciting improvements to come as we continue to enhance our campus in alignment with best practices in 21st-century learning for our students. As the pages of this magazine illustrate, throughout her four years at Magnificat, each student learns to embrace every opportunity as a chance to explore her intellectual curiosities, develop her leadership skills, and deepen her understanding of herself as a faith-filled woman called to live Mary’s Magnificat in our world. It is only through the generosity of our alumnae and friends that it is possible for our Mission to come to life in these ways year after year. Thank you for all you do to make a Magnificat education possible for each Magnificat student! Gratefully,

Moira Clark ’77 President

Colleen Moran O’Neil ’88 Chairperson, Board of Directors

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SCHOOL NEWS

Our Town Congratulations to the cast and crew of Our Town, who entertained theater-goers with their production and four performances of the classic play. Special guests included 900 middle school students from local Catholic schools who attended a matinee performance as a field trip.

Dance Team Wins National Championship The Magnificat Dance Team won the 2019 Contest of Champions National Championship in Orlando, Florida in March. In addition, the team won the Spirit Award, given to the team that exhibited the most sportsmanship, kindness, and integrity while competing. Mary Grace Geise ’19 took home first place in the Senior Soloist division. Congratulations to Mary Grace and the entire Dance Team for their 2018-2019 season accomplishments!

National Honor Society

Magnificat Now a Chapter of National Art Honor Society

Congratulations to the 70 Magnificat students who were inducted into the National Honor Society in March! National Honor Society recognizes students who have distinguished themselves in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Camille Feorene ’19 and Anne Hummer ’19 helped Magnificat found a chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS), inducting the school’s first group of members in April. NAHS was established by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) in 1978 to inspire and recognize students who have demonstrated passion and dedication through their art and community service. Participation in NAHS provides students, faculty, school, and community with invaluable benefits—including peer recognition, leadership growth opportunities, college and career preparation, and more.

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Equity Summit: Practicing Welcome at Magnificat and Beyond Magnificat students and staff participated in the 2nd annual Equity Summit this February. This year’s theme was “Welcoming.” Student speakers opened the day by sharing about experiences of belonging at Magnificat and ways to create a welcoming and inclusive community. The documentary, I Learn America, first introduced to student representatives at the Facing History and Ourselves School Summit this fall, provided the catalyst for reflection. Following the film screening, students met with their Advisory groups to discuss the film and reflect upon their personal experience of welcome and how they can practice appreciation of difference and greater welcome to others.

Summer at Magnificat Magnificat’s summer programs, offered in June and early July, brought future Blue Streaks entering grades 1-9 to campus to explore the world through art, STEM, cooking, athletics, coding, theater, and more. Special thanks to our partners who enhanced our Magnificamp and Enrichment programming: Hyland Software, Sony Playstation, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Great Lakes Theater, Bricks4Kids, and Baking a Leader.

Health and Wellness Day In March, alumnae and community partners joined us to guide students through a day focused on physical, mental, and spiritual wellness, including opportunities to learn from experts in various fields and practice strength conditioning, yoga, meditation, Zumba, and self-defense. Dr. Nora McNamara ’86, Principal Investigator, Discovery and Wellness Center for Children at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, shared insights from neuroscience about how we can help children and adolescents develop the best brains possible.

Art Show The Art Department hosted its annual Spring Art Show, showcasing the talents of Magnificat art students. On display in the LGI were works from a wide variety of mediums demonstrating the breadth and depth of the visual arts offerings at Magnificat.

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ACADEMICS

Genesis Program Adapts, Allowing More Time for College and Career Exploration Since the early 1970s, Genesis has been a defining culminating experience for Magnificat’s seniors, providing invaluable experiences for students to explore their academic interests and potential careers. And, like many Magnificat traditions, Genesis has adapted to a changing environment. With students expected to declare majors much earlier in their college experience, educational and career pathways also must be examined earlier. To meet this need, Magnificat began shifting Genesis from the last three weeks of senior year to the summer prior to or during the first semester of senior year. In moving Genesis earlier, Magnificat students gain the benefits of experiential learning and career exploration as they consider where to attend college and what to study. “My Genesis was a great opportunity for me because it gave me an idea of what my career could possibly be,” said Mitsana Sanderson ’19, who completed her experience the summer before her senior year. Mitsana’s Genesis with Heather Southwick, the Director of Physical Therapy for the Boston Ballet, helped solidify her plans for college. “I plan on double majoring in Dance and Health Sciences at The Ohio State University this fall,” she explained. “Seeing Heather Southwick help dancers perform their best with her physical therapy skills made me feel excited about this type of job.”

Kate Daugherty ’19 and her Genesis mentor, Renee Adam, Associate Sports Information Director at Cleveland State University, on the floor of the basketball court at the Wolstein Center.

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“The highlight of my experience was being able to be totally immersed in a field that I am interested in but never really had any real-world experience with,” shared Grayce Shuker ’19, who participated in the Summer PreCollege Program in Film and TV Production at Marist College. “It felt so exciting to be working with high-class, professional-grade cameras, editing software, and other similar equipment.” An earlier timeline for Genesis provides greater flexibility for students to craft their ideal experience. For Kate Daugherty ’19, it made all the difference in being able to pursue her passion: sports information. Working with the Sports Information Department at Cleveland State University during the fall and over Christmas break enabled Kate to gain practical in-season experience with the Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs. “I really enjoyed seeing many different sides of the Division I Athletic Department: stats, scoreboard operation, ESPN streaming, game day operations, marketing and in-game advertising, and updating league rankings,” explained Kate. “A highlight was being able to be involved with so much throughout the different games and with different sports.” This diverse experience helped her land a position at Malone University as the Team Manager for the Women’s Varsity and JV Basketball teams for the 2019-20 season. “My Genesis experience was an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Julia Ludwick ’19. As a student in Advanced Chemistry and Honors Anatomy and Physiology, Julia fell in love with her studies of the human body and its functions, and decided to pursue orthopedic surgery as her Genesis focus. Observing first-hand the work of orthopedic surgeon Dr.

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Manuel Martinez helped Julia connect the dots between the classroom and the real world. “Genesis helped me to see what was in the textbook at school and apply it to the surgeries I observed. It was fascinating to watch what were once words on paper become real with an actual human person.” Such experiential learning enkindles the kind of lifelong learning Magnificat values. The real-world experience of seeing first-hand what a career looks like is also powerful because it helps Magnificat students see themselves in these roles. “My Genesis was a chance to be in the real world and gave me a glimpse of the type of career environment I wanted to pursue,” noted Catie Zahn ’19, who completed her Genesis at Metro Health with Eliza Kaminski ’00, a labor and delivery nurse. Spending time with patients in labor and delivery, and especially the newborn intensive care unit (NICU), reinforced Catie’s desire to work in a hospital. “I loved feeling like every day you have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life,” explained Catie. “Several babies that I met in the NICU were born with conditions that will affect them their whole lives, and there will be many hospital visits in their lifetime. I want to be a Child Life Specialist because I want to be able to let these kids know that they are still kids even though their illness seems like it defines them.” Genesis also opens new possibilities for students beyond their initial imaginings or intended paths. “Going into my Genesis experience, I knew I wanted to become an engineer, but I didn’t really know what engineers actually do on a daily basis. This experience solidified my interest in engineering and [I developed] a new interest in research,” noted Callie King ’19, who partnered with Christine Chevalier ’97 at NASA Glenn Research Center. “I would definitely say that shadowing an electrical engineer sparked my interest in potentially pursuing a career in an electrical subset of engineering.” Indeed, much has changed from the initial three-week “leisure learning experience,” as noted in the student newspaper from February 19, 1974.1 The program’s transition is complete, and the Class of 2020 will be the first class, in its entirety, to complete their Genesis well before the end of their senior year. 1 pg. 3, The Magnificat, February 19, 1974.

Students who took AP Computer Science Principles last year will have additional course offerings for the 20192020 school year.

Magnificat Stays on the Cutting Edge with Roll-out of New Computer Science & Innovation Department In August, Magnificat will launch its new Computer Science Department, allowing students to pursue a comprehensive, strategic computer science curriculum that builds a foundation in core concepts, equips them with problem solving and decision-making skills, and prepares them for lifelong learning in the discipline. While 19 percent of Ohio high schools offer AP Computer Science, Magnificat is a leader in secondary education through the development of a department with market-driven course offerings like ProjectBased Coding, AP Computer Science Principles, and Introduction to Mechanical Engineering. Students will also apply classroom concepts to real-world problems through partnerships with the Veale Foundation, Hyland Software, and NASA, among others. There is a significant talent gap in the computer science field, as estimates predict that only 19 percent of projected openings will be filled in 2026 if current bachelor’s degree trends continue. 2 Magnificat students are poised to seize the opportunity to increase the number of women in the computer science field, as one in five eligible students (the curriculum is not yet available to freshmen) is enrolled in a relevant course for the 2019-2020 school year. Exposing students to computer science before college demonstrates Magnificat’s ability to see trends and adapt curriculum to meet a changing educational landscape. The new Computer Science & Innovation Department will provide students with a solid foundation from which they can pursue tech careers. 2 Department of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections (Occupational Category: 15-1100) Includes new and replacement jobs and assumes current undergraduate degree (CIP 11) production levels persist.

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GRADUATION

From left to right: Brigid Naughton, Class of 2019 Speaker; Claire Smith, Phi Beta Kappa; Emma Jankowski, Sister Bernadette Vetter, HM Award; Bridget Marks, Nancy Powell Service Award; Callie King, Sister Mary Pat Cook, HM Leadership Award.

Top: The Class of 2019 enters the Magnificat Performing Arts Center for the last time as students. Bottom: Our newest alumnae celebrate with friends and family after Commencement.

2019 Commencement Ceremony Honors the Past and Looks toward the Future

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On May 21, the 180 members of the Class of 2019 participated in the 61st annual Magnificat Commencement ceremony. The event, steeped in tradition – from the bouquet of red roses each graduate carries to the “M” formation and the traditional singing of the Magnificat – has been carried out the same way since the first class graduated in 1959. It serves as a moving reminder of the exceptional experience the students have during their four years of high school and of their call to take that experience and live Mary’s Magnificat as they go out into the world.

Brigid Naughton, chosen by her classmates to serve as the 2019 Commencement speaker called on her classmates to stay close – to each other and to the school – as they move onto the next chapter of their lives. She ended with these wise words of encouragement: “So go forth and work hard –

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always in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat and with gratitude for these four wonderful years.” Recognized during the ceremony were the students receiving Magnificat’s four highest honors for graduating seniors. Claire Smith received the Phi Beta Kappa Award; Callie King received the Sister Mary Pat Cook, HM Leadership Award; Bridget Marks received the Nancy Powell Service Award; and Emma Jankowski received the Sister Bernadette Vetter, HM Award. As they crossed the stage in the Center for Performing Arts to receive their diplomas, the Class of 2019 joined more than 12,000 proud Magnificat alumnae, a sisterhood and network of support of which they will be a part for the rest of their lives. We look forward to seeing with pride the many great things the women of the Class of 2019 will accomplish!

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members of the Class of 2019 will continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

in scholarships were awarded to the Class of 2019.

The Class of 2019 will attend the following colleges and universities: Baldwin Wallace University Belmont University Boston College Bowling Green State University Campbell University Capital University Case Western Reserve University Clemson University Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland State University Cuyahoga Community College DePaul University Duquesne University Eastern Michigan University Fordham University Gannon University Georgetown University Georgia State University Grand Valley State University High Point University Illinois Institute of Technology

Indiana University at Bloomington John Carroll University Kent State University Loyola University, Chicago Malone University Marist College Marquette University Mercyhurst University Michigan State University Miami University, Oxford Ohio University Purdue University Rochester Institute of Technology Saint Louis University The George Washington University The Ohio State University The Ohio State University, Newark The University of Akron Trinity College of Dublin Tulane University University of Alabama

Memories of Magnificat Graduation come full-circle for alumnae whose daughters are members of the Class of 2019. From left to right: Maureen Van Oosten ’19 (Mother, Ellen Van Oosten ’83 not pictured); Nancy McGuire Marks ’85; Bridget Marks ’19; Annemarie Synek ’84; Emily Gross ’19; Kim Klepek ’88; Alexis Klepek ’19; Barbara Waitkus Billings ’86; Gabrielle Billings ’19; Mary Coyne Kozar ’86; Anna Kozar ’19.

University of Connecticut University of Cincinnati University of Dayton University of Delaware University of Findlay University of Kentucky University of Louisville University of Michigan University of Mount Union University of Notre Dame University of Rhode Island University of Southern California University of Toledo Ursuline College Villanova University Virginia Tech University Washington University in St. Louis Western Michigan University Worchester Polytechnic Institute Xavier University

“So as we go our separate ways today, remember to always keep one another close, and support each other. Because even though it isn’t likely that we will all be together again, we will always have these four years of laughter, learning, and leaning on one another.” – Brigid Naughton, ’19

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AGAPE EXPERIMENT Making an Impact: How Junior Theologians Find Their Passion and Make a Difference

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he Agape Experiment in junior Theology invites students to pursue a passion project with the potential to make the world more loving and just. It is named from the Greek agapē, which refers to the unconditional, self-giving love of God that Christians are called to emulate. For junior theologians learning about the Catholic Church’s social teaching and what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ in society, the Agape Experiment is an opportunity to discover something about which they are genuinely passionate. It is eye-opening, challenging, and empowering, and it is transforming the way students see the world around them—and the way they see themselves. As part of her Agape Experiment, Chloe Becker ’20, painted a mural inspired by the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ pastoral letter, Open Wide Our Hearts, which calls on Catholics to play a larger role and have a louder voice in the fight against 21stcentury racism. “My whole perspective on my impact on the

world has changed. I love social justice and learning about it, but having an impact seemed really difficult, especially because I’m just 17,” noted Chloe. “It was really useful to me to go through this experience because I took ownership and leadership of my project. I had to really think about how I can impact the world because I have the ability to do that, and not everyone unlocks that at a young age.” The Agape Experiment seeks to help students understand their own potential, encouraging them to recognize the impact they can have on an issue important to them. Initiated in 2018-2019 by junior Theology teachers, Sadie Curtin and Caitlin Lynch-Huggins ’01 , in collaboration with Associate Dean of Curriculum & Instruction Colleen Greller, the Agape Experiment is modeled after the “Genius Hour,” a movement within schools and companies like Google and 3M, to give individuals up to 20 percent of work time to pursue a project about which they are passionate and curious.

St. Adalbert’s parishioners join Magnificat President Moira Clark ’77, Sr. Helen Jean Novy, HM, Chloe Becker ’20, and Theology Teacher, Miss Sadie Curtin at The City Club of Cleveland on June 27, 2019 to learn more about the work of the Thea Bowman Center in the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood of Cleveland. Sr. Thea Bowman (represented in the mural by Sandra Gay-Chapman, second from left) and Fr. Augustus Tolton (represented by James Napier, second from right) are on the path to canonization. Michael Stitts, center, represented St. Augustine in the mural.

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The project provides students with the freedom to learn about a social issue that is important to them and consider how they might make a meaningful response. Students conduct interviews, plan collection drives, write policy proposals and articles, launch social media campaigns, and contact elected officials. The assignment begins with Olivia Rondini ’20 and Casey Mueller ’20 teamed up to raise awareness about human exploration and research. Once trafficking with the help of Sr. Ann Victory, HM of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking, whom they interviewed to produce a short documentary film on the topic. a student chooses her focus, she learns as much as she can “If things aren’t looking like they’re going to work out, it doesn’t about the issue and what is currently being done to mean that you’re not doing something right; it just means address it. With this background, she then taps into her you have to find another direction. You can still accomplish creativity to develop her own unique way of responding. things, you just have to be creative with it.” Along the way, students pitch their ideas to their classmates, meet one-on-one with their teachers, write self-reflections, and receive constructive feedback. Ultimately, the final product of their work is shared in an expo open to Magnificat students and faculty.

Kennedy Smith ’20, who chose to research racial profiling and interview a police officer about his experience on the subject, notes, “I liked the freedom of Agape because it gives you more passion and drive about what you’re researching. Being able to pick your own topic makes the final project so much more meaningful.“ Sometimes the journey requires resilience as a student’s plan meets a roadblock, which is also part of the learning experience. When Fiona Evans’ ’20 original idea to propose a local ban on single-use plastic bags failed, she redirected her focus to the Magnificat community. As a result, incoming freshmen will now receive their fall school supplies in a reusable bag with a brochure explaining Magnificat’s sustainability efforts. For Fiona, the learning inherent in this process was immeasurable. “What I realized about myself and this kind of work is that it takes a lot of resilience,” she says.

While the project officially concluded in May, a handful of students continue the work of their Agape Experiment. This sense of commitment is palpable in Bethany Eckman ’20, whose initial research into local recycling policies led her to launch a student-run recycling campaign in Rocky River this summer. For Eckman, the experience has helped her embrace her call to lead. “I was overwhelmed to see how willing and supportive people were in helping me. If you have a passion, people will follow. You just need to be willing to take that first step.” Along the way, Miss Curtin and Ms. Lynch-Huggins act as mentors and coaches throughout the many steps of the process. Speaking to the tangible outcomes of the experience, Miss Curtin shares, “I think that they really do understand the value of their impact and the value of taking ownership of their Agape. I think it’s so critical that it’s partnered with what they’re learning about social justice.” “I hope they can see what they’ve done as a point on a journey and not just an end point,” reflects Ms. Lynch-Huggins. “They have the beginnings of something really powerful.”

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HM HISTORY AND HERITAGE Sr. Rita Costello, HM Begins Role as Magnificat Pray-er Magnificat is blessed by the ministries of all of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, but in a particular way by the ministry of Sr. Rita Costello, HM who serves as Magnificat’s designated “pray-er.” As a part of her HM Prayer Ministry, Sr. Rita prays each morning for the members of the Magnificat community. 3 Praying for such a large community is no small task, but with her deep devotion to Mary and her love of Magnificat, she is humbled and honored to serve in this way. Trusting in the power of prayer, Sr. Rita asserts, “I always think prayer beats everything.” Sr. Rita, formerly Sr. Mary Aquinas, taught at Magnificat from 1965-1971. During her time at Magnificat, she taught French and Theology classes, hosted film nights for parents, and directed the school plays. She recalls her days at Magnificat fondly, noting, “The faith of the students was marvelous, and I was really privileged to be there and to share some of my knowledge.” After teaching for nearly 30 years, Sr. Rita felt called in a new direction. She spent the next 25 years as a hospice chaplain, accompanying people in their final stages of life. “My teaching years kept me young and happy – to be with such beautiful

“Humility, coming from the Latin root humus, speaks of connection to the earth, of reverence for the whole mystery of life, of our interconnectedness with all creation.” - Sr. Helen Jean Novy, HM

minds and souls as their lives were opening up for them,” she says. “My [later ministry] visiting the dying kept me aware of such beautiful minds and souls as they journeyed toward life eternal.” Reflecting on her life as an HM Sister, Sr. Rita joyfully explains, “My life as a nun has been a lot of fun. I have had so many opportunities!” Some of the opportunities she treasures most are studying French during summers in Leon and Paris, working alongside the community of 45 Sisters at Magnificat, teaching the language she loves to young people in various schools, and serving as a hospice chaplain and pastoral minister. Sr. Rita has been and continues to be blessed abundantly by her life as an HM Sister, and Magnificat is grateful for the blessing that she continues to be to us.

Seeds of Service Retreat at the Villa Connects Environmental and Spiritual Work Magnificat students gained a deeper appreciation for this charism of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary as they participated in the first Seeds of Service Retreat at the Villa. Springtime at the Villa provided the perfect opportunity for members of this co-curricular to cultivate their commitment to care for God’s creation. With Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato si’: On Care for Our Common Home, as a guide, participants learned first-hand about the Sisters’ commitment to the Earth and worked on the Villa’s sustainable farm to assist with spring planting. Students met with Srs. Barbara O’Donnell and Janet Burkhart, which was a highlight for Emily Factora ’22. “I feel very connected to the Villa and HMs, and I share the desire to care for the Earth,” she noted. For Theology teacher Karen Morley, co-moderator of Seeds of Service, the retreat “helped students to see the importance of our work environmentally and spiritually.” Participants returned to Magnificat energized for their future plans for Magnificat’s Hoop House and surrounding gardens and habitats, with the ultimate hope of increasing the culture of creation-care throughout the Magnificat community.

3  Retired Sisters and others are called officially to the Ministry of Prayer. In doing so, they take all people collaborating in a ministry and those benefiting from it under their ‘spiritual wing.’

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Pen Pal Program Strengthens Bond between Students and Sisters Throughout the school year, each Magnificat Advisory group spent some of their time writing to a very special recipient, their Sisters of the Humility of Mary pen pal. The Pen Pal Program is another example of how the school works to promote its HM heritage and strengthen the connection between students and the Sisters. In April, 11 of the Sisters came to Magnificat to meet with their pen pal Advisory groups in person. Students asked questions about their pen pals’ experiences and ministries and were given a chance to share about themselves, too. We are grateful to the Sisters for their dedication to communicating with the students. The program proved to be a wonderful experience for all involved.

Magnificat students with their pen pal, Sr. Ruthmary Powers, HM.

Sr. Helen Jean Novy, HM Celebrates 60th Anniversary A range of religious experiences in her youth led Sr. Helen Jean Novy to enter the convent at Villa Maria Sr. Helen Jean Novy, HM in the classroom and join the with Magnificat students. Sisters of the Humility of Mary. Taught by HM Sisters in elementary school and at Villa Maria High School, she remembers walking to Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church in Cleveland as a young girl and fishing with her father and uncle, which taught her the value of quiet contemplation and an appreciation for God’s creation. But it was as she spent some time in solitude by the stream that flows from the lake at the Villa during a retreat her senior year of high school that she made the decision to become a Sister, recalling “I wanted everyone to know the joy of knowing the love of God.” On July 17, 1959, the Feast of the Humility of Mary, Sr. Helen Jean received her blue habit and white veil as a novice and began her ministry. She spent two years learning about religious life, the vows, forms of prayer, and the history and heritage of the Sisters; and she took her vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience on July 17, 1961. Sr. Helen Jean’s ministry began with teaching and moderating co-curriculars at Magnificat, and it would take her to St. John High School in Ashtabula and Central Catholic High School in Canton before she would return to Magnificat in 1981. She taught a variety of subjects, including English, Math, Latin,

Theology, and Computer. In 1993, her role changed to include teacher support, curriculum, and Mission work. As her role evolved into the Vice President of Mission, she assumed greater responsibility for the whole of the school, including acquainting students, faculty, and staff with the history and heritage of the HM Sisters, ongoing education on Magnificat’s Mission, pastoral ministry, overseeing the school’s archives, and leading the community theologically and spiritually. Significant moments during her tenure at Magnificat include a “Review of the Century” during the 1998-1999 school year, and the SurroundLearning® initiative, which was a recognition that everything in a physical space leads to a learning opportunity. This is the educational philosophy that was the foundation for the renovation of the modern-day HM Center, Marian Commons, and Grotto. Additionally, the Daily Prayer, which is written by Sr. Helen Jean and is sent to over 5,500 members of the Magnificat Community daily, “has been such a gift from the Spirit,” she says. As she looks back on her 60 years of ministry, Sr. Helen Jean has been inspired by the faith of older HM Sisters, her board and committee work on behalf of the HM Community, and the HM Community’s actions to preserve and protect the environment. She is proud of how Magnificat has evolved over time; since Sr. Helen Jean began her ministry, the school has shifted focus from teacher to student, giving students more responsibility for their learning. Additionally, the school has become more intentional about its relationship with the HM Sisters and the Villa. What she is most proud of, however, are the Magnificat students’ beautiful hearts and eager minds, which she believes “will lead to the transformation of the Church and the world.”

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ATHLETICS Student Spotlight: Emily Connor ’19 Emily Connor ’19 had just competed in the 2018 Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) State Gymnastics Tournament when she made a decision that would change her athletic career: she decided to try out for Track & Field as a pole vaulter. “You hear a lot that pole vaulters were former gymnasts, and it makes sense because in gymnastics, you do all the movements a thousand times,” Connor explained. “For pole vault, it’s just putting those movements together and getting the timing down.” With that knowledge, Emily ended her Gymnastics career, for which she dedicated 20 hours of practice a week for years, and made the switch to Track & Field in the spring of her junior year. The transition wasn’t always easy, though, and Emily learned a lot about grit and persistence as she learned the pole vault event. “I learned [that] not everything comes right away, and I need to keep at it in order to achieve great things,” she said. “I also learned that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to.” Emily’s dedication to learning a new sport paid off, and she eventually began to see success, competing in the Track & Field State Championships in her 2019 indoor and outdoor track seasons. She also set the school record for pole vault, clearing a height of 11’6”. In addition to participating on the Magnificat Gymnastics and Track & Field teams, Emily was a member of Magnificat Outreach and the Ambassadors Club. What she will take with her from Magnificat as she begins college at Virginia Tech University is having learned to accept others for who they are. “This will be very helpful as I go to college because I know I will meet a variety of people, so I am excited to keep an open mind and get to know as many people as I can,” she said.

Spring Sports Recap Congratulations to our Spring Teams on their successful seasons: Varsity Lacrosse:

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16-1-1 Varsity Softball: 12-10 Junior Varsity Lacrosse:

Track and Field finished as the District Runner-Up and qualified the following athletes to the OHSAA State Meet, where Magnificat finished 15th in the State. Lindsay Bush ’19 – 800-Meter Run; finished 17th in the State. Ailish Chambers ’20 – 300-Meter Hurdles; finished 9th in the State. Emily Connor ’19 – Pole Vault 4 x 400 Meter Relay: Linsday Bush ’19, Ailish Chambers ’20, Maggie Karabatsos ’21, Ella Kuhlman ’21. Lindsay, Ailish, Maggie, and Ella also participated in the New Balance Outdoor National Meet. The team competed in the 4 x 400 Meter Relay, Lindsay competed in the 800-Meter Run, and Ailish competed in the 300-Meter Hurdles. Lindsay Bush was selected to be a member of Team Ohio for the Midwest Meet of Champions in East Lansing, Michigan.

Emily received an athletic scholarship from Virginia Tech to continue her pole vaulting career; she plans to major in business, with a goal of being an entrepreneur and owning her own business one day. While making the change from Gymnastics to Track & Field was an unexpected shift, it reignited her passion for sports. “When my gymnastics career was coming to an end, I was really struggling with my work ethic,” Emily said. “But when I started pole vault, it was like a switch went off, and I was really able to see myself wanting something again.” She offers this advice to others who might be considering a major shift – athletic or otherwise – do it, and do it now. “If you don’t decide to make yourself happy by making that change, someone else will fill your spot, and they will be doing the thing you wish you were.” We wish Emily much success in her athletic and academic pursuits at Virginia Tech this fall!

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Caption: Magnificat’s 4 x 400 Meter team: (clockwise from top left, Maggie Karabatsos ’21, Ailish Chambers ’20, Ella Kuhlman ’21, Lindsay Bush ’19.

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From left to right: McKenna Jablonske ’19, Softball, University of Mount Union; Lindsay Bush ’19, Track & Field, Eastern Michigan University; Emily Connor ’19, Track & Field, Virginia Tech University.

Spring Signing Day In May, three Magnificat athletes signed their NCAA letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Congratulations, Blue Streaks!

Row 1: Mary Claire Frantz. Row 2: (Left) Anna Roggenburk and (Right) McKenna Jablonske. Row 3: Callie King

Athletics Department Names 2019 Award Winners Each year, the Magnificat Athletics Department presents four awards to graduating senior athletes. Two-time Ohio State Tennis Champion Anna Roggenberk ’19 won the Most Outstanding Athlete Award, Callie King ’19 won the Scholar Athlete Award, Mary Claire Frantz ‘19 won the Magnificat Sportsmanship Award, and McKenna Jablonske ’19 won the Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award.

Colleen Eynon ’02, Adele Hagedorn Straub ’66, Jane Cole Coleman ’66, Brigid McGoun ‘01 won the ladies division at the 4th Annual Blue Streaks Golf Outing.

FORE-th Annual Blue Streaks Golf Outing The 4th Annual Blue Streaks Golf Outing took place on Saturday, June 8, at Sweetbriar Gold Club. Over 100 golfers took to the links to raise funds to support Magnificat’s athletic programs. An all-alumnae group – Adele Hagedorn Straub ’66, Jane Cole Coleman ’66, Colleen Eynon ’02, and Brigid McGoun ’01 – won the ladies division! After completing the course, attendees enjoyed dinner in the Clubhouse, where they also had the opportunity to bid on exciting auction items including a Baker Mayfield” jersey and a football signed by Odell Beckham, Jr., which were donated by the Cleveland Browns. Thanks to the support of each golfer and more than 30 sponsors, this year’s outing raised approximately $10,000 to support Magnificat athletes!

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ADVANCEMENT Supporters Had a (Disco) Ball at Annual Gala On March 23, Magnificat’s modern spaces were transformed and thrown back to the 1970s for the Blue Streak Disco Ball. Over 400 guests were treated to remarks from Callie King ’19, a performance by the National Champion Magnificat Dance Team, and the musical stylings of Disco Inferno, who kept the dance floor alive all night long. Over 100 silent auction and raffle prizes went to the highest bidders and lucky winners, including a trip to New York City and many items that were donated by local businesses. The event was a huge success, raising over $325,000 that will go directly toward tuition assistance, supporting Magnificat’s unique holistic educational programming, and campus improvements. An event of this magnitude cannot be realized without the tremendous support of sponsors and volunteer committee members. We are grateful for your many contributions that made the Blue Streak Disco Ball an evening we will never forget!

SPONSORS: True Blue Rhonda & Tom Richlovsky Solon Janitorial Services Blue and White Biz-Edge Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP Huntington Bank Gene Ptacek Roundstone Maureen Karnatz Smith ’81 & Steve Smith Blue Streak The Mary & John Bello Family Carol & Mark Bodnar Chambers Funeral Home Cleveland Clinic Kathleen Redmon Cooke ’87 & Meg Jeffers Rowe ’87 Ann Litzler Coyne ’88 & Terry Coyne The D’Amore Tatman Group & Casey’s Irish Imports, Inc. Kim & Pat Fogarty Frantz Ward Gardiner Dede Hickey Geib ’76 & Dan Geib Mary Ellen & Rich Huesken Lorna & Ray Jenne JLL—Paula Kalil Conroy ’90 and Brian Conroy & Madeline ’17 Linda Loesch Kelly ’77 & John Kelly Lisa & Bob Kunkle Janet Duffy Leitch ’68 & Jeffrey T. Leitch Bill & Joyce Litzler Angie & Ramon Malaya Julie & Sean Miller Colleen Mountcastle ’91 & James Conway Lynn & Bill Murphy & Jenny Hayes Sims ’89 & Mark Sims The Nock and Son Co. Deborah Reidy Norton ’86 & Bradley Norton Carol & Charles Rini, Sr. Foundation River City Wood Products Sisters of the Humility of Mary Drs. Cindy & Brian Zelis Blue Streak Disco Ball Committee Members: CO-CHAIRS: Kathleen Casey Proctor ’89 & Jim Proctor Jenny Hayes Sims ’89 & Mark Sims

Clockwise from top left: 1. Playing Heads or Tails at Dinner 2. Randy Geise and Brian Walsh dancing to Disco Inferno 3. Student speaker, Callie King ’19 4. Kathleen Casey Proctor ’89, Jim Proctor, Bob Kunkle, Lisa Kunkle, Julia Fox Ruddy ’87, John Ruddy 5. Members of the Magnificat Dance Team

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COMMITTEE: Kathleen M. Berry ’73 Mary Kay Schwarz Curtis ’91 & Henry Curtis Kimberly & Patrick Fogarty Jackie & Rob Gerberry Joe Granzier Jean Haddad Julie Lesko Haylor ’87 & Brian Haylor Mary Ellen & Rich Huesken Lorna & Ray Jenne Julie & Sean Miller Lynn & Bill Murphy Jennifer Ryder Jen Sanderson Tricia & Todd Schultz Theresa Rini Simms ’89 & Lee Simms

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Excellence in Education through The Magnificat Fund

Class Agent Program Launches The Class Agent Program is a network of class representatives who help the Magnificat Advancement Team connect with alumnae to raise awareness about how critical Magnificat’s philanthropic efforts are to ensuring that Magnificat’s young women have access to the finest holistic academics and programming. Class Agents commit to a one-year term, make a gift to The Magnificat Fund, agree to contact five to ten classmates to encourage them to make a gift, send thank-you notes, and help the Advancement Team keep alumnae records up to date. If you are interested in volunteering as a Class Agent, contact Theresa Day (tday@maghs.org) or Maggie Mroz Lamb ’84 (mlamb@maghs.org).

Unrestricted gifts to The Magnificat Fund allow the school to invest in enhancements to academic and athletic programs and facilities, help Magnificat provide tuition assistance to over 60 percent of Magnificat students, and create co-curricular, service, and faith formation opportunities – all in service of Magnificat’s Mission to holistically educate young women who become lifelong learners and faith-filled leaders. Simply put, The Magnificat Fund helps create the unique Magnificat experience.

Ways to Give: ❱

Save the Date

By Mail

❱ Online ❱ Employer-sponsored

Matching Gift

❱ Lifetime Gifts (i.e. wills, trusts,

retirement plans)

Friday, September 27, 2019 • 6 PM to 9 PM Music Box Supper Club 1148 Main Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113

Life Insurance

Gifts of Property

❱ Appreciated Securities and

Gifts of Stock

President Moira Clark ’77 will present the following awards to members of the Magnificat Community:

Endowed Scholarships

The Magnificat Award

Planned Giving

Tribute Giving

Alumnae Award of Excellence Sr. Carol Anne Smith, HM Award True Blue Volunteer of the Year Award Please join us as we honor the awardees who have given so much of themselves to support the Mission and young women of Magnificat!

For more information on how to make a gift, contact the Magnificat Advancement Office (440-331-1572) or visit magnificaths.org.

Invitation with more details to follow. For questions contact Brigid Schaefer at bschaefer@maghs.org or 440.331.1572 x 255

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LEARN, LEAD, SERVE | ALUMNAE LIVING OUR Allison Thomas Filmore ’94 Executive Director, PGA TOUR Champsionship Bachelor of Arts in Sports Administration, Ohio University For Allison Thomas Fillmore ’94, the path to becoming Executive Director of the PGA TOUR Championship began during her Genesis experience. Interested in sports broadcasting, she shadowed Ron Jantz and Jeff Phelps during a golf tournament sponsored by legend Jack Nicklaus; when Ron and Jeff went to interview Nicklaus, they left Allison in a golf cart with “an up-and-coming golfer” who had just accepted a scholarship to Stanford University, Tiger Woods. They talked about Indians baseball and golf over the course of an hour, and in 2018, in her role as Executive Director for the TOUR Championship, things came full circle as Allison handed Tiger Woods the FedEx Cup for winning the tournament. The TOUR Championship is the last tournament of the PGA Tour season, bringing the world’s top 30 golfers to Atlanta to vie for the FedEx Cup. As Executive Director, Allison is responsible for fan and player experience, including overseeing the tournament build and relationship with East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta; managing ticket and sponsorship sales and the 1,300 volunteers who help the tournament run smoothly; maintaining relationships with city officials; and creating awareness for the TOUR Championship. After graduating from Ohio University, Allison’s career began at Collegiate Directories in Westlake. Shortly thereafter, she began working for professional sports teams, including Cleveland’s minor league hockey team, the Lumberjacks, until the league folded. From

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Allison Thomas Fillmore ’94, Executive Director of the TOUR Championship; Rob Johnston, General Chairman, PGA TOUR; and Tiger Woods at the 2018 TOUR Championship.

there, she worked in ticket sales for the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Falcons; was one of the first employees of Atlanta’s WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream; and spent some time in racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where she worked her way up to VP of Sales before moving on to work for the TOUR Championship. Magnificat prepared Allison well for her career by providing an open, collaborative environment in which she felt like she was part of a team and was able to communicate without being judged. The most impactful moment during her high school experience, however, was the support she experienced from the Magnificat Community when her father passed away during her senior year. She recalls going on her senior retreat shortly after his death and the community rallying around her and her family during that difficult time. One of the most significant things Allison learned at Magnificat is the importance of empowering women, and she leads and serves others by dedicating herself to helping young women who are interested in pursuing careers in sports get a foot in the door, saying, “I didn’t get here on my own, so what can I do to help young ladies get to that next level?” She applies the same values to raising her daughters, Taylor (10), and Alexa (7), bringing them up the way she was and instilling in them a confidence that they can be anything that they want to be.

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R MISSION IN THE WORLD Victoria Meyer ’15 U.S. Navy Bachelor of Science in English, U.S. Naval Academy

For Victoria Meyer ’15, graduating from the Naval Academy at Annapolis with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Arabic and receiving a commission from the U.S. Navy this spring is just the beginning. In August, she will enroll in the Navy’s Nuclear Power School; and after completing a year-long program, Victoria will be stationed on a U.S. nuclear submarine. Significant moments during her time at the Naval Academy include studying in Morocco and Jordan, leading a 140-person unit as Company Commander for a semester, and competing on the Varsity Rowing Team for three years. Victoria credits Magnificat for preparing her for the rigors of the Naval Academy. She said, “Despite transitioning from an all-girls’ environment to a mostly male-dominated, technical institution, I never hesitated to speak up in the classroom or seek leadership opportunities. My [Magnificat education] allowed me to major in English yet still do well enough in collegiate-level STEM courses to enter the field of nuclear power post-graduation.” The value of friendship is another thing Victoria took away from Magnificat, as she remained close with her high school friends, despite distance and not always being able to be socially available while at the Naval Academy. When she graduated in May, five of her closest friends from Magnificat made the trip to Annapolis for her commissioning.

Members of the Magnificat Class of 2015 celebrated Victoria Meyer’s commissioning from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 2019. From left to right: Molly Bryden, Maddie Frantz, Sydney Jablonski, Victoria Meyer, Brooke McQuinn, and Katie Whitmore.

For all of her many accomplishments, Victoria lives Mary’s Magnificat by staying humble, saying “My accomplishments are not my own. They are a result of God’s work, the support from my family and friends, and the lessons taught to me by my coaches, teachers, and classmates over the years.”

Reunion 2019 Saturday, September 28, 2019 Classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014 www.magnificaths.org/reunion Photos from the 1969 Magnificat High School Yearbook We educate young women holistically to learn, lead, and serve in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat. | MAGNIFICAT MAGAZINE

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CLASS NOTES

2004

Crista Spehar Adamczyk and husband, Jason, welcomed baby girl, Grace Lisa, on May 10, 2018. She joins big brothers, Cole, 4, and Nathan, 2.

Mary Ryan Douglass resides in Washington, DC, and she is the Associate Director of Government Affairs for the American Pharmacists Association. Myra Dvoroznak Malik and husband, Scott Malik, welcomed baby girl, Roslyn Suzanne, on April 21, 2019.

1997

Kate Szep Mills and husband, Richard, welcomed son, Rhys Colman Alexander Mills, on December 7, 2018. He joins big sister, Eloise, 2.

Annie Duffy Klein married Andrew Klein in a small chapel in Vatican City on September 3, 2018. Included in the photo with Annie and Andrew are (L-R) Katie Lynch Kleeh ’97, Nora French ’97, and Chrissy Coughlin ’97. Annie’s “something blue” was the Magnifcat medallion she received at her Magnificat Baccalaureate ceremony.

2000

Katie Gunsch Boucher and husband, Gabe, welcomed son, Francis Gabriel, on December 30, 2018. Francis joins big sister Cecilia, 5, and big brother Albert, 3.

2002

Brigid Long Groves earned both a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences Degree at The Ohio State University. She is currently a Clinical Pharmacist at Population Health Partners for Kids, an accountable care organization affiliated with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Brigid was recently elected as the President of the Ohio Pharmacists Association.

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2006

Kate Polefko Alexander and husband, Paul, welcomed daughter, Abigail Maureen Alexander, on January 15, 2019. She joins big sisters, Bridget Carol Alexander, 5, and Elliana Rosemarie Alexander, age 2.5.

Christina Gervasi married William Hochul III on February 16, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her sister, Marissa Gervasi ‘11, served as Maid of Honor. Christina and William reside in Washington, DC, where Christina is the Director of Public Policy for the McManus Group. Sarah Michael Ianni married Rick Ianni on November 10, 2018 at St. Christopher Church in Rocky River. Bridesmaids (in the photo L-R) are Ellie Hildebrandt ’10, Annie Leone ’07, Jessica Zgrabik Jakob ’06, Maid of Honor Elizabeth Michael ’12, Laura Farrell ’06, and Megan Langhenry ’06.

2007

Amanda Papa Kafcsak earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree from John Carroll University and a Master’s Degree in Criminology from the University of Cincinnati, and she is a Forensic Liaison with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Amanda also owns and operates Nomad Culinary (nomadculinary.com), a full-service catering company in the Cleveland area, with her husband, Chef Chris Kafcsak.

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2008

Lauren Cook Schiavone and husband, Vincent, welcomed baby boy, Emmett James Schiavone, on March 14, 2019.

2009

Kali Gibbons Fisher and husband, Nick, welcomed daughter, Marley Fisher, on April 13, 2019.

2011

Alyssa Royer earned a Bachelor of Nursing Degree at University of Toledo in 2015 and a Master of Science in Nursing Degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2017. She was a recipient of the Ralston Scholarship while studying to be a Nurse Practitioner. Alyssa is now a Certified Nurse Practitioner in the University Hospitals’ Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute. Megan Fitzgerald Leonard married Joseph Leonard on May 26, 2018. Bridesmaids included Susan Szendrey ’11 (far left), Marie Artale ’11 (to the right of Megan) Julie Rogozinski ’11 (middle right), and Casey Riley ’11 (far right).

2013

Katy Melvin graduated from University of Dayton in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering. Katy works as a process engineer for the J.M. Smucker Company in Buffalo, New York where she participated in a cooperative education program while in college.

2014

Dana Vazquez graduated from Emory University in December 2018 with Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Degree, focusing in Corporate Ethics and Sustainability. She is currently working with in New York City at LRN, a corporate ethics firm, as a project manager and consultant.

2015

Nadia Ayat earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in 2013 and completed her Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering at CWRU in 2019. Nadia is continuing her research in metastatic breast cancer at CWRU.

Emily Clark, shown with sisters Erin Clark ‘18, Teagan Clark ‘21 and their Aunt Barb Lynch Bingham ‘88, is studying Communication Sciences and Disorders at Bowling Green State University. Angeline Gacad earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Interdisciplinary Studies from Villanova University, specializing in Latin American Studies and historically Iberian-colonized regions. Angeline is a 2019-2020 Fulbright Award recipient and will be teaching English in Malaysia from January to November 2020. Upon her return to the United States, Angeline will pursue a Master of Public Health degree at The Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Clara Harb completed undergraduate studies in Biology and French at Baldwin Wallace University in May 2019, and with the Teaching Assistant in France Program through the French Embassy, she will teach for one year in Versailles, France. Clara plans to apply for medical school when she completes the teaching assistantship. Allison Melvin graduated from University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering Degree. She has accepted a position with Dow Chemical, where she interned as a college student. Send us your news! Email Maggie Mroz Lamb ’84 at mlamb@maghs.org with your alumnae updates.

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IN MEMORIAM June E. Adler Mother of Ann Adler Creevy ’82; Motherin-law of Dena Rhodes Adler ’85 and Roselle Reyes Adler ’87; Grandmother of Michelle Barilla Lanman ’01, Katie Knoll ’02, Mary Beth Knoll ’05, Jacqueline Adler ’08, Megan Barilla ’12, Katie Adler ’13, Kelly Adler ’15, and Abby Adler ’17 Nancy Barlow Mother of Director of Athletics Paul Barlow and mother-in-law of Dora Johnson Barlow ’87

Please join us in prayer for the families of our students and alumnae.

Renee L. Bohinc-Lansu ’80 Judy Mathews Carleton ’64 Sister of Mary Mathews Lyons ’61†, Jinny Mathews Buskirk ’69, and Peggy Mathews ’73; Aunt of Mary Lyons Evilsizer ’86

Carol Dietrich Halloran ’59 Sister of Diane Dietrich Traffis ’64, Gayle Dietrich McKim ’67 and Elaine Dietrich Bustos ’70

Ursula M. Jeffers Coyne ‘55L Sister-in-law of Marge Hanna Jeffers ’60L; Aunt of Meg Jeffers Rowe ’87, Maura Jeffers ’90, and Katie Jeffers Davalla ’98; Grandmother of Julianne Coyne ’10, Bridgette Coyne ’12, and Kelly Coyne ’19

Theresa M. Hruby Mother of Maria Hruby Moore ’83 and Faith Hruby Manning ’85; Grandmother of Erin Manning ’09

Luanne Reidy Drago ‘61 Mother of Anne Drago ’96 Sean C. Farrell Son of Maureen Walsh Farrell ’85; Nephew of Katie Walsh Pfahl ’93 Timothy F. Fitzgerald Father of Colleen Fitzgerald ’07 Richard “Dick” Gibbons Father-in-law of Julie Sims Gibbons ’80; Grandfather of Meegan Gibbons ’08 and Kali Gibbons Fisher ’09

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William C. Grimberg Husband of Susan Conway Grimberg ’67; Father of Kate Grimberg Napolitan ’93 and Ann Marie Grimberg ’99; Brotherin-law of Kathy Conway Grady ’64, Therese Conway Moltz ’69, Eorann Hickey Conway ’79, and Mary Conway Sullivan ’82; Uncle of Bridget Grady Couture ’93, Megan Conway ’04, Therese Conway Malone ’05, Margaret Moltz ’07, Sheila Conway ’08, Clare Conway ’09, Grace Sullivan ’11, Joan K. Conway ’12, Catherine Conway ’14, and Anne Conway ’16

Virginia “Ginny” Rado Hopkins ’64

Dr. Terrence L. Hunt D.D.S. Husband of faculty member, Dr. Kelly Hunt; Father of MacKenzie Hunt ’16, Catherine Hunt ’21 Kenneth W. Jackman Father of Laura Jackman ’01; Brother of Connie Jackman Foster ’67 and Marybeth Jackman DePasquale ’81; Nephew of Renee Ursem Betz ’61; Cousin of Jan Duffy Leitch ’68, Karen Duffy Morley ’78, Devra Ursem Phillips ’83, and Durene Ursem Motsis ’88 Paul L. Kalil Father of Kim Kalil Mahon ’80, Lisa Kalil Smith ’81, and Paula Kalil Conroy ’90; Grandfather of Madelyn Conroy ’17

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“May all be comforted by the compassionate heart of Christ who will draw all to abundant life and fullness of joy!” -Sr. Helen Jean Novy, HM Mary Jane LaForet Mother of Annmarie LaForet Gunn ’92 Nora Lyons Mother of Kathryn Lyons Votypka ’61 and Mary Jo Lyons ’64 Beverly Stephen Macpherson ’51L Sally Wells Mahoney ’60 Sister of Margaret Wells Stanzel ’66, Karen Wells Morris ’69, and Mary Lou Wells Kendall ’69 † Daniel J. Malloy Father of Colleen Malloy ’14; Brother of Peg Malloy Carlson ’69 Ruth E. McCourt Mother-in-law of Molly Miles McCourt ’88; Grandmother of Katie McCourt ’16 and Bridget McCourt ’19 Thomas A. McGill Father of Alexandria McGill ’18 Ralph Edward Meluch Father of Maribeth Meluch ’77, Jacquelyn Meluch Deranek ’81, Julie Meluch Sparks ’85, and Kristen Meluch Madrid ’89 Anne Willse Meyer ’53L Sister of Mary Willse Kolonick ’59 Barbara E. Moran Mother of Colleen Moran O’Neil ’88; Grandmother of Brigid O’Neil ’21; Aunt of Eileen Chonko Roach ’88

Judith L. Nairus Mother of Theresa Nairus Cooney ’89

Sandra Ann “Sandy” Sullivan Mother-in-law of Mary Conway Sullivan ’82 and Mary Frain Sullivan ’87; Grandmother of Grace O. Sullivan ’11

Kathleen Schmidt Nevel ’58L Sister of Janet Schmidt Patton ’60L, Marlene Schmidt Franklin ’67L, and Coletta Schmidt Braun ’70L

John C. “Jack” Toolis Father of Jacqueline Toolis Lilly ’68, Colleen Toolis Prescott ’71, Kelly Toolis Bailey ’87, and Shannon Toolis ’89

Lawrence J. “Larry” Nichta Father of Doris Nichta ’73

Pietro “Pete” Tucciarone Husband of Mary Magazzine Tucciarone ’73; Stepfather of Angela Hudak Fitzgerald ’97

Marjorie Catherine Ball Morelli ’44L

Laura Ford Novak ’75 Sister of Joan Ford ’69 and Eileen Ford Toth ’72; Aunt of Megan Toth ’08 Sister Kathleen O’Donnell ’61 Sister of Maureen O’Donnell ‘61† and Mary Jane O’Donnell ’69 Randolph Palmer Father of Colleen Palmer Janek ’77 and Cathleen Palmer Petrie ’78; Brother of Suzanne Palmer Atwood ’61

CORRECTION: Alma M. Gaughan Mother of Marcia Gaughan Murphy ’68, Sharon Gaughan ’69, Patricia Gaughan ’71; Kathleen Gaughan Hutchinson ’73, and Maureen Gaughan Haggerty ’78; Grandmother of Kathryn Andrachik ’08

Gloria M. Hynes Racine ’50L James T. Ruddy Uncle of Nora Ruddy ’08 and Mary Majercak ’18 Mary Kathryn Strasek Mother of Kathleen Strasek Dyller ’65 and Susan Strasek ’70; Aunt of Donna Hendricksen McKenney ’62 Anna T. Stropkay ’50L Sister of Agnes Stropkay ’48L

We have included all the relationships that we could locate in our records. If we have missed one, kindly let us know by emailing Maggie Mroz Lamb ’84 at mlamb@maghs.org. We will be honored to include the name in the next edition.

† Deceased L denotes a graduate of Lourdes Academy


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