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Sharing a Tradition of Excellence with Alumnae, Parents and Friends • • SPRING 2011

Jaguars Serving the Dear Neighbor

Letter from the President Dear Alumnae, Parents and Friends of Saint Joseph Academy,

3430 Rocky River Drive • Cleveland, Ohio 44111 216-251-6788 •

UPDATE is published by Saint Joseph Academy for alumnae, parents and friends. Contributions to this issue of UPDATE include: Jennie Amodio, Dr. James Cantwell, Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ’71, Shelly DiCello, Ann Quinn Doran ’48, Mary Ann Fischer ’66, Emily Hanson ’99, Betty Hjort, Amy Kocian, Susan Condon Love ’76, Mickie Matheis, Constance S. Sipple, CFRE and Jennifer Reeder. Photography courtesy John Mulgrew and Woodard Photography. For more information or questions, please contact Constance S. Sipple, CFRE, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at 216.611.0166 or

M issi o n Saint Joseph Academy, rooted in the spirituality of the Congregation of St. Joseph, fosters unifying relationships with God and all creation, empowers each young woman to achieve academic excellence and inspires al life of compassionate leadership and service in a global society.

Cover Photo: The Varsity basketball team in February shipped packages of donated personal care items, food and entertainment items to soldiers as part of Soldiers’ Angels, a nonprofit started by the mother of two soldiers.

Education is certainly in the news these days. Whether the discussion involves how American students compare to their international counterparts, how teachers are compensated, or how education in this country needs to change, the opinions are as varied as the issues. Since you are reading this letter, you are likely a supporter of Catholic education. I certainly am! Every day, I see the benefits of educating the whole person: academically, socially and spiritually. Yet Catholic education is under threat. In 1965, I was one of the 5.5 million students in the 13,000 Catholic elementary and high schools in this country. At that time, more than 90% of the teachers in Catholic schools were vowed religious men and women, and they were paid very little for their work. How those good Sisters managed to teach reading to 50 or more first graders, sometimes squeezed two to a desk, I can hardly imagine! There is no doubt Catholic schools are under pressure. Yet, there also is no doubt that the students who have received a Catholic education continue to make our country better. Research has shown that graduates of Catholic schools make good citizens. They are deeply committed to social justice. They care about the disenfranchised and the poor. They are more committed to caring for the earth, and they are often involved as volunteers in the Church and their communities. Now is the time to raise our voices in support of Catholic education. Now is the time to share the good news about the graduates of our Catholic schools and their gifts to our country and the world. Now is the time to take action in support of Catholic education. At Saint Joseph Academy, we have been educating young women for over 120 years – and we intend to continue this tradition for another 120 years. This hasn’t happened by chance or by luck. The school has thrived through hard work and sacrifice. It begins with the spirituality of the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph, where all are welcome, and where each student is called into unity with God, each other and all creation. It continues with an unwavering focus on helping each young woman achieve her highest level of academic excellence. If we have done our job well, every graduate will be inspired to lead a life of compassionate leadership and service to our “dear neighbor” wherever life takes her. I cannot imagine a job more important than what we do each day at Saint Joseph Academy! I ask that you continue to support Catholic education and especially our beloved Saint Joseph Academy. Support the annual fund, the largest and most important aspect of our fundraising each year, because it helps provide important funding that supports key initiatives such as tuition assistance, expanded academic activities, school improvements and daily operations. Write to your local legislators about the importance of our school, the only remaining all girls Catholic school in the City of Cleveland. Encourage your daughter, granddaughter, niece or neighbor to choose Saint Joseph Academy for her high school education. Catholic education is worth fighting for. Let your voice be heard! Sursum Corda! Lift up your hearts

Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ‘71 President


• N – Nazareth alumna • T – St. Therese alumna • P – parent of current SJA student • † – deceased Saint Joseph Academy UPDATE

Looking forward to the next 120 years


ne hundred and twenty years young. That is how it has felt this past year as alumnae, friends and family helped Saint Joseph Academy celebrate its auspicious founding in 1890. Celebrations began on a gloriously warm and sunny autumn day with the distinctive date 10-10-10 and concluded with a memorable Legacy Luncheon on April 3 with a riveting keynote address by Plain Dealer columnist and author Regina Brett. The October festivities, held in conjunction the Grand Reunion 2010, included a Mass, tours of the school and campus, and refreshments. Alumnae from as far away as California, Florida and New York reminisced with old friends and classmates and got to meet and mingle with many of the students currently attending SJA. The feeling of camaraderie, tradition and friendship also was keenly evident at the Legacy Luncheon, attended by some 150 graduates, family, current students and even a few future students already enrolled in the Class of 2015! In between those bookmark celebrations, the milestone was noted with special nods at such large gatherings as the “Celebrate the Academy” gala in February. While we don’t have any alumnae from the 1890s who might tell us what life was like in years past, we do have Alumnae Director Mary Ann Fischer ‘66, both a proud alumna and an employee of the school for 41 years.

“I remembered my student years as a magical time,” reminisced Miss Fischer. “I remember moments like singing the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ in harmony as a whole school at the Thanksgiving assembly. It was simply majestic.” “The world has expanded so much for the students in the last 40 years,” noted Miss Fischer. “There are so many more demands on their time such as jobs and sports. But the sense of belonging remains.” “It should be noted,” said Miss Fischer, “that academically Saint Joseph Academy just gets better and better. It’s grown from basic requirements to a very rich selection of courses.” Never, she added, has SJA lost its sense of mission and faith. “It’s heartwarming to see how the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph are still involved with the school.” What started 120 years ago as a small school on Starkweather Avenue in Tremont is a vibrant, faith-based and award-winning educational institution with 650 dedicated, generous, scholarly and hardworking students. “The ultimate lesson of 120 years is that Saint Joseph Academy is still going strong,” said Miss Fischer. “The beat goes on.”

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When Life Offers Unexpected Opportunities By: James M. Cantwell, Ed.D., Interim Principal We all experience unexpected opportunities at one time or another in our life’s journey. My philosophy always has been to embrace the opportunity and see what happens! Interim principal positions are just such unexpected opportunities. Last year, I was torn when I first contemplated accepting an interim, oneyear principal position at Saint Joseph Academy. It would require relocating to another city and state, and would be in a new community of students, parents, teachers and neighbors. I naturally hesitated, but soon decided to embrace a new and unique opportunity. I am now so grateful for an experience that has truly enriched my life’s journey. This, my third interim position, has been a highlight in great part because of the exceptional joy of meeting the Saint Joseph Academy community and seeing first-hand how its members embrace the noble mission of educating young women for their place in the 21st century. I am humbled how

SJA provides opportunities for each girl to discover and use her voice confidently, and how each girl, in turn, stands strong on her ethics, values and morals as a Catholic. Saint Joseph Academy is a place where girls can excel, discover who they are, and learn to use their voice and talents to influence others positively. Life is a journey not a race. When you accept this philosophy, you are better prepared for unexpected opportunities. I want to share a small piece of my daily journey. Every morning this year I have stood outside in the St. Joseph circle driveway and greeted each arriving girl. My hope was that beginning each day with a smile would add something positive to the start of their school day! What’s interesting is the change I’ve noticed over the course of the year. In August I would greet the girls with “Good Morning!” or “Make it a great day!” or some other appropriate greeting. At first, few girls returned the greeting. They were perhaps caught a bit off guard by the friendly stranger greeting them. Most were still a little sleepy and not yet engaged in the new day. As time passed more and more girls looked up, smiled and returned the greeting. Soon, an act as simple as a smile was lighting up each and every face. Girls would tumble or spring from cars, clutching remnants of a breakfast, as well as a bevy of books, bags, a

purse or whatever else was needed for their school day. The “Good morning and have a great day” would be the last thing they heard as they entered into the cacophony of voices and activities just inside the front doors of the Saint Joseph Academy. I have become accustomed to the girls’ exuberance, high spirit, occasional drama and spontaneous energy. I continue to be impressed with how they handle a full schedule of community service projects, schoolwork and athletic pursuits. I have never been more impressed than when I witness the creativity and “All are Welcome” attitude from the students at Saint Joseph Academy. There is a complete lack of pretentiousness and guile that is both refreshing and heartening. In the midst of life’s unexpected opportunities, oftentimes the simplest of things become the greatest treasures. A routine act – such as a smile at the beginning of the day – can profoundly impact us in ways unimagined. Today, I am proud to say that Saint Joseph Academy girls’ giving nature, enthusiasm and contagious spirit brings a smile to my face each and every day. Because I embraced an opportunity, life has given me a rich and wonderful experience that just 12 months ago I couldn’t have even imagined.

New Principal to Start July 1 After a nationwide search, Saint Joseph Academy President Mary Ann CorriganDavis ‘71 is pleased to announce the appointment of Blake J. Prewitt as the school’s new Principal. Mr. Prewitt will begin serving as the school’s Principal effective July 1, 2011. “Mr. Prewitt brings tremendous assets to Saint Joseph Academy and is eager to work with our distinguished faculty and staff to build upon SJA’s 120-year tradition of 4

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excellence in the education of women,” said Mrs. Corrigan-Davis. “This appointment reaffirms our commitment to guide each young woman to discover her individual talents and prepare her for compassionate leadership and service in our global society.” Mr. Prewitt leaves the position of CoPrincipal of West Bloomfield High School in West Bloomfield Michigan, cited as one of the nation’s top performing high schools by Newsweek magazine. He began his academic career as a teacher at Bishop Ready High School in Columbus and then

Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron before moving to Michigan. Mr. Prewitt earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Dayton, Master’s Degree in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University, and Education Specialist in Administration Degree from Oakland University. “Saint Joseph Academy is truly a special place and every time I get the opportunity to come to campus, I learn more and more about just how special it is,” said Mr. Prewitt.

Renowned author Thrity Umrigar Wows English Students Advanced Placement English students are still talking about a visit to SJA by renowned author Thrity Umrigar. Dr. Umrigar spoke Dr. Thrity Umrigar stands with student Henna Patel ’11. to Mrs. Michelle Kelly-Flanagan’s and Mrs. Mel Kupchik’s AP English classes about writing and life. The students had been assigned her novel, The Space Between Us. They were so enthusiastic about the book that Mrs. Kelly-Flanagan was determined to

have Dr. Umrigar come to the class and speak with the students. Dr. Umrigar received the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard in 1999, and is the recipient of awards such as The Pen/Beyond Margins Award for The Weight of Heaven, and The Cleveland Arts Prize for First Darling of the Morning.  She is a member of the English faculty at Case Western Reserve University where she teaches creative writing, literature and journalism. In addition, she writes for the Boston Globe and The Washington Post book section. Asked what made this book so special, Katie Burke ’11 said “We got to know each of the characters as real people, and we came to care about

Kairos Retreat Spurs Spiritual Renewal

CORE Ministry teacher Mrs. Ruth Holden poses with Kairos student participants.

The Kairos Retreat is a three-day, two-night retreat directed by a student and adult teams. The retreat is typically attended by juniors. Based on the Spiritual

Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, Kairos provides students with the opportunity for self-reflection and the chance to spend time building stronger relationships with God and each other. It is led by a dedicated group of seniors and teachers who share witnesses, facilitate small-group discussions and direct prayer experiences for the retreatants. It began in 2002. “Kairos was the most amazing experience of my life!” said Alyssa Davis ’12. “What a blessing for the junior class,” added CORE Ministry teacher Ms. Alison Barberic ’01.

“Lock In” Participants Give Up Comfort, Experience Valuable Life Lessons


n March 25, a dedicated group of students and faculty members gave up sleep and the comfort of their own home for a night of discussion – and hopefully insight – into the problems of prejudice and racism. The Third Annual “Lock In” was sponsored by the Unity Club, whose members spent the entire night at the school. The Unity Club’s goal is to Fight Prejudice, Eliminate Racism and Educate the Community. “The ‘Lock In’ was a great learning experience,” said Ana Stilwell ‘13. Added Jasmine Massa ‘11, “The ‘Lock In’ was

“Lock In” participants write about their feelings as part of the program.

fantastic. It gave each of us the opportunity to see how different groups are affected by stereotypes.” “I hope the students have learned more about themselves and others and can use this new insight to be more tolerant,” said Ms. Smiley-Rozic.

them in their own lives and their own situations.” “The connection between women is one that cannot be explained, it has to be lived, and this book helps to see the power of that connection that women share transcending time or status.” Mrs. Kelly-Flanagan said. “For the students to have time with an awardwinning female author and to ask questions about a book they had come to love was a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity.” After meeting with the AP students, Dr. Umrigar attended a luncheon with the Howely Scholars and board member Mrs. Lorie Howely, who had generously sponsored Dr. Umrigar’s visit to Saint Joseph Academy.

Students Honored at One-Act Play Festival Saint Joseph Academy was well represented at the Cleveland Theatre Conference One-Act Play Festival held in March. The Gold Medal for acting was awarded to Alexa Jones ’11 (pictured). The judge, Mr. Jack Winget, a professor at Baldwin Wallace College, was effusive in his comments about the ensemble work, courage of choices, pace, stage presence, Alexa Jones ’11 the ability of knowing when to give focus and take it back, the seamlessness of dialogue and the overall maturity of the work. Receiving Honorable Mentions for participation in the Monologue categories were Kay Rommel ‘11, Margaret Baughman ‘12, Emily Terry ’11 and Alexa Jones ‘11. Alexa Jones ’11 received recognition in the Reader’s Theatre category for her work with Saint Ignatius High School. Kay Rommel ’11 received recognition for Stage Presence. Jessica Musgrave ’12 won tickets to Great Lakes Theatre Festival. Bronze Medals for acting were awarded to Bridget Egan ’13 and Marley Yarian ‘14. Silver Medals for acting were awarded to Margaret Baughman ’12 and Katie Hutchinson ‘13. Bravo! Saint Joseph Academy SPRING 2011


Vibrant, Accomplished Women Fourth Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium

Inspire a New Generation

KeyCorp CEO Beth E. Mooney stands with President Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ’71 and Student Council President Jackie Bova ’11.

M volunteered their time and offered ore than 50 successful women

practical advice to students at this year’s annual Women’s Leadership Symposium. The daylong event featured such impressive participants as the chief executive officer of KeyCorp, as well as a TV news director, small business owners, entrepreneurs, a NASA rocket scientist, teachers, a financial planner, doctors, a professional actor, an airline pilot, college professors and directors of marketing and philanthropy. “There were so many amazing women with challenging, exciting careers offering our students valuable career advice and guidance,” said President Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ‘71.

The day kicked off with an inspiring keynote address by KeyCorp CEO Beth E. Mooney. Ms. Mooney’s moving, advicepacked speech stressed that students should “find something they love” and “never take ‘no’ for an answer.” Following the keynote address, a panel of business and institutional leaders discussed “Accepting the Challenge of Sustainability.” Panelists covered topics such as recycling, to landfills, to protecting vital resources such as clean water. Participants were: Natalie Ronayne, Executive Director of the Cleveland Botanical Garden; Jenniffer Deckard, President of Fairmount Minerals; Sister Rita Petruziello,

CSJ, Executive Director of River’s Edge; Nikki Luna, Cleveland Metroparks, Safety and Environmental Manager and Barbara O. Brown, Principal of BrownFlynn. In addition to the keynote address and sustainability panel discussions, the students selected from dozens of “Career Breakout” discussions for talks with women already established in their careers. Whatever a student’s interest, the Symposium provided an expert to help achieve professional goals. “It was an amazing day and all I heard from our guests was how impressive our students were,” said Guidance Counselor Maryann Marek, who coordinated the Symposium.

L to R—Top row: Katie Speice ‘12, Claire Konys ‘12. Bottom row: Jenniffer Deckard, Natalie Ronayne, Barbara O. Brown and Sister Rita Petruziello CSJ.

Students Visit Prominent Engineering Firm Earlier this year, the Engineering 2 class and Honors Pre-Calculus class had a unique opportunity to travel to URS Corporation, one of the largest engineering firms in the nation, in downtown Cleveland. SJA alumna Tina Columbo Belz ’90 invited the girls to come and talk to the women engineers who work there in several scientific and graphic design specialties. The students heard a variety of women, including Mrs. Belz, speak about their work in geotechnical engineering, energy and sustainability engineering, civil


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(L-R) Kaleigh Tuck-Macalla ‘13 and Lindsey Jackowicz ‘11.

engineering, transportation engineering and landscape architecture. They learned about how those careers impact the environment in which they are building new and existing structures. Students had the opportunity to ask questions about college coursework and how to prepare themselves in high school for an engineering major in college. Students walked away with a greater appreciation and knowledge of what engineering for women is all about. Teacher chaperones were Math teachers John Lesko and Paula Schuetz.

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School, Community and Church

Graduate Encourages Students to Live the Gospel the message of the Gospel Alumna Ms. Liz Looney wouldn’t leave me alone and ‘02 was a guest speaker at inspired me to be involved in our Feast of the Immaculate social justice work for the rest Conception Mass in December, of my life,” stated Ms. Looney. and she gave students a lot to Also inspiring on the think about – and new goals to educational front, Ms. attain! Ms. Looney encouraged Looney completed her students to live a life filled Master’s degree at Boston with Christ, a practice she has Mary Ann Fischer ’66 with University studying Social obviously incorporated in her Liz Looney ’02. Psychology and is planning to daily life. While an undergraduate attend medical school. student at the University of San As she spoke to the students, Ms. Francisco, Liz accomplished a year abroad Looney encouraged them to find Christ program serving the poor in El Salvador. everywhere - especially among the She loved it so much she took a job there marginalized and disenfranchised. She helping facilitate mission and study groups coming to El Salvador. Part of her inspiration also invited the girls to acquire mentors who could help them to discover the path was the memory of the four church women their own lives would take.  who worked with the Cleveland mission and Ms. Looney is a young woman of great ultimately gave their lives for their beliefs. faith and was a source of inspiration to the “The work of those four women was like girls. You could read it on their faces. ‘a stone in my shoe.’ Their example of living

Athletes Honor Soldiers, Serve the Community A break in the basketball schedule in February gave SJA athletes an opportunity to channel their energy toward some very important service projects (pictured on cover of UPDATE). Soldiers’ Angels, an organization started by the mother of two soldiers who was determined to ensure that “no soldier goes unloved,” was the Varsity basketball team’s chosen project. Players donated personal care items, non-perishable food, entertainment items and prepared packages for soldiers and families across all military branches who are veterans, deployed or wounded. The athletes shipped packages to Soldiers’ Angels, accompanied by cards thanking the soldiers for their service to our county. Not to be outdone, the Junior Varsity girls had a sweet idea for hospital-bound infants

and children — a bake sale! With the participation of all three teams, they raised nearly $300, which they used to purchase gifts for patients at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Along with assisting the Varsity and JV teams on their service projects, the freshmen collected socks and gloves for the West Side Catholic Center and prepared and served meals to the homeless at St. Augustine’s Church and Hunger Center in Tremont. They also made Valentine’s Day cards for a special boy they have been praying for who is suffering from cancer. The players hold weekly prayer services in the chapel, where the team shares intentions for the week and give thanks to maintain an attitude of gratitude.

Spanish Classes Reach Out

World Languages teacher Ms. Alison Morgan’s Spanish classes have spent much of this school year using their knowledge of the Spanish language to serve communities beyond Saint Joseph Academy. The first project was Convención Hispana 2010 held at Saint Ignatius High School to empower the Hispanic Community to become full partners in the economic and social life of Cleveland. Students worked behind the scenes in a daycare, cafeteria, welcoming booth and ticket area. The second service project, Mission Possible, provided the opportunity to educate the students of St. Ambrose Parish in Brunswick. SJA seniors Morgan Draves, Julia Swit and Nadia Swit presented to grades 5-8 why parishioners go, how they help the people of Higuey, and how the next generation can continue the same efforts in areas affected by extreme poverty. After their presentation, thirty SJA students led the elementary kids in song, dance, and crafts related to the Dominican Republic. Students also traveled to Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. Fifty SJA students joined the Sacred Heart Chapel Youth Ministry in a Spanish-spoken Mass and activities related to Three Kings Day. “I was very excited to listen to Mass in another language and understand their culture better,” said Kaleigh Maxwell ’12. Said Alyssa Davis ’12, “Overall, the assignment demonstrated that knowing a World Language opens the door to many opportunities to serve the communities in which we live.” Saint Joseph Academy SPRING 2011


Bullying Awareness Raised during Yearlong Initiative


tudents and staff have worked all year to raise awareness and seek solutions to the national problem of bullying in schools. While bullying is not been a problem at SJA, it is important that students feel safe – and parents and staff need to know the ramifications and signs of bullying, said Interim Principal Dr. James Cantwell. Each grade level has worked throughout the year to increase awareness of bullying under the umbrella theme of “Caring Community.” The project began last summer when the entire school community read “Letters to a Bullied Girl” by Olivia Gardner, a compilation of letters related to bullying and harassment and how messages of hope and support encourage students to fight through this abuse. “Each class, no matter the discipline, then discussed the book,” said President Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ’71. Teachers supported the campaign by incorporating bullying into their curriculum. Art students created a variety of projects centered on bullying that were then displayed in the library. Math and Science teacher Mr. John Lesko had his class develop

L to R—Melyssa Jackson ’13, Alex Mills ’13 and Cassie Hayden ’13 filled “hearts” with Post-It note sentiments provided by students, staff and faculty.

slow-motion, animated videos and used statistics about bullying as a teaching tool during math classes. And theology students wrote anti-bullying creeds in conjunction with studying the Apostles Creed. Mrs. Loren McKeon of McKeon Education Group spoke to students and faculty about the issue in November. “Talk with your child to develop resiliency by helping them experience success,” advised Mrs. McKeon. “Get to know your child’s friends and on-line friends.”

In addition to faculty/staff workshops and a separate parent meeting, a series of anti-bullying student workshops also were held. Students were divided by grade into three 85-minute sessions (the 11th and 12th grades were combined). Each session included a presentation followed by small group discussions. In April a group about 10 Saint Joseph Academy students organized a memorable and engaging “Paws-itively Bully Free Week.” “The students created a daily theme with the hope of educating and increasing awareness of the incidence of bullying in varying aspects of their lives,” said moderator and Physical Education teacher Ms. Marie Ciolek. The “Paws-itively Bully Free” student group included juniors Maggie Baughman, Hannah Millar, Lauren Everson, Darby Solmos, Maddie Schoenerr and Emily Ginty.  “We don’t believe that bullying is a huge issue at Saint Joseph Academy, but we are aware that it does happen.  The goal is to educate the students and to hopefully prevent further issues in our school community,” said Maggie Baughman ’12.

Students Teach Assertiveness to Local School Children

Juniors on the SJA Assertiveness Training Team are L-R back row, Abbey Vogel, Maggie Baughman, Alannah Kennedy, Maddie Schoenherr, Grace Harter and Katie Speice; L-R front row, Ashleigh Robertson, Wedad Shafi, Emily Ginty, Sarah Menser and Emily DeGidio. Not pictured: Healey Pembridge.


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As part of the mission of Saint Joseph Academy, we are committed to instilling the teachings of peace and social justice. Our goal is to guide our students to make good decisions at home, in school, and with friends. Through a program called “Assertiveness Training,” a group of twelve students across all grade levels has been spreading this message to 5th grade students at local elementary schools, including: Holy Trinity (Avon), Incarnate Word Academy (Parma Heights), Metro Catholic (Cleveland), St. Ambrose (Brunswick), St. Christopher (Rocky River) and St. Mary (Berea) The Assertiveness Training Team helps younger students develop life-long skills such as positive decision-making, reacting to those who encourage poor choices, and speaking in an

assertive manner. By enabling younger students to feel good about themselves, SJA students hope to teach them how to make better choices in the future. Through role-play and interactive discussion with the audience, the team helps students understand the difference between assertive, aggressive and passive behavior, and address issues of bullying, labeling, stereotyping and other negative behaviors. The team has gone through extensive training in order to present a well-organized and “kid friendly” message that is always very wellreceived by the audiences. The Assertiveness Training Team has been in existence since 2004, and is moderated by College Counselors Ms. Susan Jensen and Ms. Maria Mueller.

Senior Excels in National Art Competition A Saint Joseph Academy senior has received national recognition for her artistic talent ... and will be making a special trip to New York City on May 31st to accept her award. Kelsey Kish ‘11 was given a “Gold Key” award for outstanding artwork from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers’ 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The 88-year-old program recognizes outstanding and creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors. This year, there were more than 185,000 submissions to the competition. Kelsey, daughter of Susan and Kenneth Kish, won both a regional and national “Gold Key” award. In addition to traveling to New York City to receive recognition, her artwork will be exhibited in the World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Kelsey and other honorees will have a more visual representation of their accomplishments: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has declared May 31st the official “Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Day” and decreed that the top of the Empire State Building be lit in gold in honor of the students’ accomplishments. “Kelsey is a gifted art student,” said Ms. Shelly DiCello, SJA Visual and Performing Arts Chair. “She has an intuitive and keen sensibility with drawing, painting and printmaking. When she creates, she pulls her ideas from a preliminary vision and runs with it. I love to see that kind of confidence within my students!”

CSU’s Head of Chemical Engineering Visits Math Club

L to R: Thalia Cabrera ‘14, Megan Shrock ‘12, Wedad Shafi ’12 , Dr. Dhananjai Shah, and Julie Simmons ‘13.

Dr. Dhananjai Shah, head of the Cleveland State University Chemical Engineering Department, came to talk to the SJA Math Club on March 4th about pi, i and e, the three most important transcendental numbers in mathematics. The students found it amazing that Archimedes first calculated pi in 250 BC without knowledge of any trigonometry or decimal notation. Some mathematicians spent their whole lives calculating pi to further decimal places, and had the digits of pi that they discovered engraved on their tombstones.  Dr. Shah showed humorous cartoons dealing with pi that the students enjoyed, as well as talking about chemical engineering at the end of his presentation. This event was sponsored by the SJA Math Club, whose current officers are Mel Mironovich ’11 (president), Lydia Apostoluk ’11 (vice president), Katie Haller ’11 (secretary), and Wedad Shafi ’12 (treasurer).  Moderator is Mathematics teacher Mrs. Paula Schuetz.

Father/Daughter Dance Created Long-lasting Memories It was a “Red Carpet” evening on a blustery March evening as 236 students and dads enjoyed the annual Father/ Daughter Dance. Girls took to the stage throughout the night to lead participants in songs and dances. With few (if any!) pauses in the action, the dance floor was packed as both generations enjoyed music. In a particularly moving moment, each of the 40 seniors at the dance was presented

with a single pink rose by their dads. Jessica Olle ’12 posted on her Facebook page, “Spending the night dancing with my dad and friends, having a fun time.” Devan Conway ’12 and her father James.

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Professional Shadowing Experiences Open New Doors

During the second week of March, Juniors had the opportunity to spend a few days away from the traditional school and made the working world their classroom. Instead of reporting to classrooms, these young women found themselves in operating rooms, court rooms, newsrooms and in various business settings throughout the greater Cleveland area and beyond. The Junior Professional Shadowing Program, organized and monitored by College Counselors Ms. Susan Jensen and Ms. Maria Mueller, allowed juniors to spend time working with a sponsor in a career of their choice. As part of the program, the girls kept journals detailing their experiences, their responsibilities and their views of the professions they observed.

Morgan Sisley saw the seismic results of the earthquake in Japan.

Morgan Sisley While Morgan was shadowing at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, she witnessed history. Literally. Morgan was spending time with Observatory Coordinator Mr. Clyde Simpson as he went about daily duties, such as checking and changing a seismogram in one of the exhibits. On the day they were scheduled 10

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“This program gives our girls a great opportunity to get a practical look at potential careers. The timing is perfect. Just as the juniors are seriously beginning to research college choices, they get some real-life experience which can either confirm their intended path of study or encourage them to go in a different direction,” stated Ms. Jensen. The juniors were responsible for making all arrangements related to their project. The girls were encouraged to reach outside of their comfort zones and find unique and meaningful adventures while earning an exceptional perspective on life after high school and college. One sponsor wrote to share her thoughts on the program. “Based on the experience I had with Sarah Menser, it appears that the Junior Professional Shadowing Project is a valued jewel that

to change it, the foreshock and earthquake taking place in the ocean near Japan were being recorded. The resulting tsunami devastated many parts of that country. “This occurrence was something that very few people are given the opportunity to experience so I count myself very lucky to have been at the museum during this time and observe such a unique part of our history,” said Morgan. In addition to witnessing the recording of historic seismic activity, Morgan attended lectures, participated in planetarium shows and reviewed the multitude of exhibits throughout the museum. Before her shadowing experience, Morgan was unsure of her feelings towards pursuing a career in the scientific field. “After shadowing, my love for the stars, the universe and all things beyond has definitely grown,” stated Morgan enthusiastically. Not only did Morgan experience academic growth, she now feels like her path to choosing a college major is much clearer!

Saint Joseph Academy can be proud of. It was an honor to be able to sponsor a student at my agency and I would gladly extend the offer to sponsor students in the future,” said Donna Riviera-Wells, program manager in the Community Intervention Program, Lorain County Domestic Relations Court. On behalf of the entire Saint Joseph Academy community and especially the Class of 2012, we extend our sincerest thanks to all the alumnae and friends that provided this life-changing experience to our students. We are grateful that we have so many supporters willing to mentor our young women and promote our mission of preparing them for life. If you would like to be involved in this program in the future, please contact Ms. Jensen or Ms. Mueller at 216.251.6788.

Kara Hurley stands with (left) Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Clevela

Kara Hurley Kara had a particularly interesting shadowing experience, thanks to Cleveland City Councilman Martin

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2010-11 SPONSORS 1983. She was awarded the esteemed Pulitzer Prize in 2004, the profession’s top honor. With Ms. Jordan at her side, Emily witnessed the ins and outs of a fast-paced, wellrespected, highly-circulated newspaper. She learned how an idea or event is transformed into a published newstory on a daily basis. She attended multiple meetings, including one with the famous former Post Emily Ginty with Washington Post journalist Mary Jordan ’79. editor Ben Bradlee, who gained national recognition during the 1970s Watergate scandal. “Meeting Mr. Bradlee was Thanks to the Junior Professional awesome,” said Emily. Shadowing Program, Emily had the “I am so glad that I was given this amazing opportunity of a lifetime to witness the opportunity. What surprised me the most was top echelon in journalism. Emily traveled how much work and cooperation it takes to to Washington, D.C. and spent three days get one day’s issue of the paper put together. with one of SJA’s most successful graduates, I didn’t realize that and I’m glad I was able to The Washington Post journalist Mary witness it first-hand. Being at the newspaper Jordan ’79. was confirmation that I want to pursue a career Mary Jordan, a staff writer for the in journalism. I love the atmosphere of The Post. Post for 27 years, was for many years the I love that you can write a story or interview paper’s co-bureau chief in Tokyo, Mexico people for a story every day. I think it would be City and London. After SJA, she attended so much fun to have this career. This experience Georgetown University, graduating in meant the world to me.”

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Keane. She was able to attend such events as the State of the City address by Mayor Frank Jackson, a Cleveland City Council meeting, a panel discussion on childhood brain trauma, and a Cuyahoga County Council meeting. “I met many government officials, including Mayor Frank Jackson, Representative Dennis Kucinich, Cleveland City Council President Martin Sweeney, County Executive Ed FitzGerald, most of the City Council members, several judges, and many other important city officials,” said Kara. “The most memorable experience was probably the State of the City address. It is much like the State of the Union, only at a city level essentially. The mayor gives a report card of how the city is doing. This event is by invitation only and is not available to the public. Not only was my sponsor Councilman Keane able to get me a ticket, but I was also able to sit with many Cleveland City Council members.” Cleveland City Councilman Martin Keane. Kara learned such day-to-day duties as the importance of attending committee meetings, going to events around the city, serving constituents and maintaining a good public image. “Being a city councilman seemed like a very fulfilling career to have,” said Kara. “I was fortunate enough to shadow someone who is truly passionate about what he does, which is an essential part of any job. All in all, this was truly a unique and special experience that affirmed my desire to go into public service as a career path.”

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Celebrate the Academy

Was Night of Glamour, Generosity

Dr. Michael and Catherine Gallagher honored with Medaille Shield Award

More than 400 alumnae, family and friends of Saint Joseph Academy braved a cold February night to attend the always-fabulous annual “Celebrate the Academy” gala and set a new fundraising record for SJA. The theme was “Sursum Corda: Lifting Our Hearts Then, Now and for the Future.” Thanks to event co-chairs Bridget and Tom Guarante and their dedicated committee of current and past parents, the event netted more than $205,000. A highlight of the evening was the awarding of the Medaille Shield Award – named after the 17th century cleric who helped found the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph – to SJA supporters and community volunteers Dr. Mike and Cathy Gallagher. Dr. Gallagher, president of West Park Dental, served for six years as a member of Saint Joseph Academy’s Board of Directors and Cathy has actively volunteered at the school, served on numerous planning committees and is the past chair of a previous “Celebrate the Academy” event. The Gallagher family is rich with SJA graduates, with the most recent being daughters Mary Gallagher Krupla ’04 and Kelly Gallagher ’09. Other SJA alumnae in the family include Mike’s aunts, Winnie Gallagher White ‘34 and Alice Gallagher McHugh ‘38; his sister, Capt. Colleen K. Gallagher Thomas USN ’82; and cousin, Mary Brigid McHugh Sanner ’70. Please mark your calendar for next year’s Celebrate the Academy on February 18th, 2012. If you would like to get involved, please contact Amy Kocian, Development Director, at 216.251.6788, ext. 229 or

Student Ambassadors made Celebrate the Academy even more special.

The SJA Jazz Band provided entertainment.

(L-R) Saint Joseph Academy Board Chair Anne Marie Carey Pecon ‘71, Sister Nancy Conway CSJ ’65 and Eileen Baugh Biehl ‘75.

L-R: Barb Witt Cicerchi ‘69, Bobbi Hack Hallahan ‘69, and Jeanne Torrence Hauer ‘69. Co-chairs Tom and Bridget Guarente, parents of Sarah Guarente ‘11.


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Colorful Art Installation

Evokes Smiles, Laughter

When artist Kate Ward Terry ‘67 sees an unadorned wall, she doesn’t just think “painting” or “mural.” Instead, the talented artist and alumna sees a palette for her imagination and visionary talents. The Bay Village resident also revealed another character trait after a visit to speak to art students and demonstrate enameling techniques: She is extremely generous. Ms. Terry recently installed her donation of a colorful and thought-provoking threedimensional, ceramic and brass artwork titled “Party On.” The work is valued more than $10,000, but in many ways it is priceless, representing the artist’s generosity and love for SJA.

Ms. Terry spent nearly an entire Sunday installing the piece, which she created in 2005. It involved four months of firing each piece separately, sanding and re-firing. The colors represent every hue on the color chart. The circles, applied to copper, were attached with PVC pipe to a wall next to the Florence Murphy Lackamp ’19 Music Room at the western end of The Academy Center. She had a specific vision when she created the joyous work: It was intended to resemble “confetti” being tossed in the air. As the “confetti” falls, some pieces stick to the wall, others pool on the floor. “Circles of various size and color serve as an icon for human interaction, while reflecting a completeness

and individuality,” she explained. “The circle was chosen because it is a single, universal symbol that reflects our lives. This single unit has its own expression of color and depth which interacts with other units. Together, they combine to form the overall concept of the work. Bright, bold enameled color is used to create a celebratory venue.” Ms. Shelly DiCello, Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair, brought Ms. Terry in as a visiting artist. At the conclusion of the visit, said Ms. DiCello, the discussion turned to the “Party On” art. Ms. Terry, after talking to President Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ‘71, decided to offer it as a gift to SJA. “I was very, very impressed with the art department,” Ms. Terry added. “I was thinking of donating (‘Party On’) to a hospital, but after my visit and Mary Ann’s enthusiasm toward the installation, I knew that SJA would be the home for ‘Party On’ that I was looking for.” The donation, she said, also honors both her and her family’s experience and love of the school. “My mother and two sisters are all graduates of SJA,” said Ms. Terry. Her mother is Corinne Zurlinden Ward ’36. Her sisters are Pat Ward Doheny ’69, and Sharon Ward Rieman ’72. Her niece Audrey Rieman ’15 will continue the family legacy when she enters SJA in the fall. Saint Joseph Academy SPRING 2011


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In the name of th

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor N’69

Rebecca Dessoffy Bennett ‘91

She is the first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio – a fact that Maureen O’Connor thinks her Nazareth classmates might find surprising. But those familiar with her 30-year legal and public service career – defined by an unwavering vigilance toward protecting the public – might argue that the Northeast Ohio native’s election to the top spot on the Supreme Court was not only deserved, but destined. “I have always used my law degree for public service,” Chief Justice O’Connor says. “This I find to be very rewarding.” After graduating from Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1980, Chief Justice O’Connor was a practicing attorney for four years. She was appointed a magistrate of the Summit County Probate Court in 1985 and served in that capacity until becoming a common pleas court judge in 1993. She was elected by her peers to serve as the administrative judge, dually managing her judicial duties and the business of the courts. In 1995, Chief Justice O’Connor returned to the opposite side of the bench and became the prosecuting attorney for Summit County, prosecuting violators of the law as aggressively as she sought justice for victims of crime. During her four years in that role, she received two awards for which she remains especially proud – the MADD Law Enforcement Award and the Cleveland State University Distinguished Alumnae Award for Civic Achievement. Chief Justice O’Connor was elected as Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor in 1998. Given her extensive law enforcement experience, she was appointed Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety and chaired the State of Ohio Security Task Force and the State Building Security Review Committee. She returned to her legal roots in November 2002 when she was elected to the Supreme Court of Ohio, making her the 148th Justice to the Court and the sixth

She admits to ending up in law school on a whim and a dare, but for Rebecca Bennett, it worked out okay. Currently a partner at Frantz Ward LLP in Cleveland, Rebecca has worked in its labor and employment group since the law firm opened in 2000. She started her legal career as an associate at Thompson, Hine & Flory (now Thompson Hine LLP). In her second year there, a group of partners left to form Frantz Ward. As a labor lawyer, Rebecca defends employers who have been sued for employment discrimination, works with management on labor union negotiations, and handles all legal issues related to human resources. Her initial ambivalence toward law school assuaged, she has found her profession fulfilling. “It requires all of the things I enjoy: writing, analysis, presenting, learning about companies, and working with people,” she says.


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woman to join the Court. Moreover, her election gave the Court its first-ever female majority. She was re-elected in November 2008, and was subsequently elected as the tenth Chief Justice last fall. “I enjoy my job because of the unique, interesting legal questions we ponder and decide, and because I work with colleagues whom I respect, and because I have a wonderful support staff,” she says. Chief Justice O’Connor credits Nazareth Academy for cultivating an environment that helped her to develop abilities conducive to leadership and service. “I received an excellent education at Nazareth,” she reflects. “I love to learn new things and to discuss ideas and current events and to welcome a challenge. I think those interests definitely took root at Nazareth.” She remembers a class of friendly, funloving, smart girls and excellent English and History teachers. “I still recall Latin class and have found learning Latin to be extremely helpful even now—although I was not the most accomplished Latin student,” she admits. When not busy with her judicial and administrative duties in the state capital, Chief Justice O’Connor enjoys international travel, flyfishing, reading, and spending time with her two sons, Alex, an attorney, and Ed, a chef, and their families.

Cindy Cianciolo ‘75 In high school, Cindy Cianciolo considered her 130-words-a-minute speed at shorthand a talent. A Navy recruiter visiting Saint Joseph Academy convinced her it could be a career. But when Cindy told her family she was enlisting in the Navy to take up court reporting, her father vetoed the idea. The family was relocating to Florida, and he suggested she attend a vocational school there. It wasn’t until she moved away that Cindy realized what a wonderful experience SJA had been. Unlike many of her then-peers in the Sunshine State, she was very clear-minded about her post-high school goals. “I wanted to pursue my career path, plus I paid for my own college education so I didn’t want to waste my time or money,” she recalls. She worked part-time as a waitress while attending Tampa College, traveling 50 miles roundtrip to school daily. She received her

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ett ‘91 In addition to her work at Frantz Ward, Rebecca serves on the board of the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter, and is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. She was recently appointed to the Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellows, the charitable arm of the bar association that works to improve public understanding of the law and build a better justice system. Each year since 2005, Rebecca has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer “Rising Star,” which recognizes the top 2.5 percent of Ohio lawyers under the age of 40. Rebecca graduated summa cum laude with distinction with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University in 1995. She went on to earn her juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She credits her years at SJA with teaching her to be brave, confident and empathetic. “I

take with me the wonderful experiences I shared with the women of the Class of ‘91 every single day,” she says. Her fondest memories are many – ranging from the sunny spring afternoon Ms. McManamon conducted her AP English/ Writing class out on the lawn, à la Dead Poets Society; to the long evenings over empty pizza boxes with the SJA News editors; to reciting the freshman poem over and over to her senior sister Beth and her friends; to walking down Rocky River Drive with a dozen roses and her best friends. Rebecca has never gotten too far from her Alma Mater. She’s currently finishing her first term on the board of SJA. “I know of no better cause then educating young women in the 21st century,” she affirms. She also serves on the board of The Gathering Place, an organization that provides free cancer support services, and

Certificate of Court Reporting in 1977 and an Associate’s Degree in Business in 1978. Cindy started her court reporting career at a Tampa-based company and, after a year, she and a partner bought the company and operated it for more than two decades. They sold the company in 2000 but continued to work there until 2007

when she opened Integra Reporting Group. She loves the flexibility of running her own business. Over the years she’s built a clientele of lawyers, secretaries and paralegals who use her services. In addition to her job, Cindy actively gives back. She was a member of Al-Anon, and then served as the Chairperson of her local chapter of Alateen. Two years ago, she became a guardian ad Litem, a court-appointed volunteer who advocates for the legal rights and best interests of abandoned, abused and neglected children within the court system. “Advocating for children is a challenge within the bureaucracy of government. There’s a need for more resources dedicated to this mission,” she explains. She plans to continue her volunteer work with children. Cindy enjoys tennis, traveling and hiking. She and her husband of 15 years, Kurt Loft,

volunteers with the Berea Animal Rescue, the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and the West Side Catholic Center. Rebecca currently resides in Rocky River with her husband of eleven years, Mark. In her free time, she enjoys boating, writing, cooking, laughing, yoga, and – of course – cheering for the Buckeyes.

spend several months each year at their vacation home in North Carolina. She returns to Cleveland for class reunions, having missed only one in 35 years. “Even though I only see the girls from SJA every five years, it’s truly like yesterday,” she says warmly. “We’ve done a good job embracing each other and all the miles and years between us.” Cindy has spoken with SJA regarding her desire to leave the school something in her will. “For me, it’s a wonderful opportunity to give back to a sacred institution and help provide for the education of a young woman on her journey in life who may not have otherwise been able to attend. What a better way to stay thank you. Four years at SJA was a lifetime ago, but it remains very much a part of my life today,” she says.

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Author, PD Columnist Regina Brett Wows at Legacy Luncheon Plain Dealer columnist and author Regina Brett was the riveting keynote speaker April 3 at Saint Joseph Academy’s Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ’71 with Regina Brett. 2011 Legacy Luncheon, an event that drew more than 150 alumnae family and friends to the school for an afternoon of good food, camaraderie and discussion of “life’s little detours.” The event was planned for current students who have mothers, aunts and grandmothers who also have been educated at SJA, Nazareth, or St. Therese academies. Keynote speaker Brett is the award-winning author of “God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours.” She comes from what she called a “supersized” Catholic family that included 11 children and a devotion to the faith evident in everything from a 3-foot-high crucifix over their TV, to Holy Water in the bedroom, and pictures of the Last Supper, the Pope and John F. Kennedy in the dining room. “Some of the greatest gifts we have in our lives are the mistakes we make,” Ms. Brett told the group, which included tables representing three and four generations of Saint Joseph Academy graduates. “It’s never too late to be the daughter you want to be, or the mom you want to be,” said Ms. Brett. Put a magnifying glass on your childhood, she urged attendees, and search for all the good things. “Life is about the moment you spend with someone. That’s the legacy.”

L to R — Barbara Smith Closen ’73, Maureen Smith Powers ’83, Alison Roudebush ’11, Margaret Ames Smith ’49, Hannah Smith ’14, Grace Powers ’14, Callie Powers ’12, Bonnie Smith Kaput ’74 and Margaret Smith Roudebush ’79.

Young Alumnae Enjoy Gathering Alumnae from the classes of 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 gathered at SJA on a December evening to attend the Young Alum Christmas social. Participants enjoyed refreshments, toured the school and shopped in the bookstore. Pictured here are (L-R) 2007 graduates Emily Tarr, Frances Smith, Kaitlyn Zimmerer, Brett Whisler and Hannah McGlynn. 16

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Back row, L to R—Nancy Zavoda Schwind ‘83, Hannah Smith ‘14, Beth Zavoda Smith ‘84, Front row, L to R—Rachel Schwind ‘12, Florence Cregan Schwind ‘56 and Sarah Schwind ‘13.

Alumnae Basketball Game Held for Kostell Scholarship Fund The Fifteenth Annual Alumnae Basketball Game took place on February 12th. Twenty-five alumnae participated in the fundraiser to benefit the Don Kostell Memorial Endowed Scholarship For Excellence in Athletics. Odd-year alumnae played with even-year alumnae, with a final score of 37 (Odds)-23 (Evens). Mr. Kostell was the school’s first Athletic Director and a math teacher from 1974-1997. The scholarship fund helps a graduating senior with her college book expenses.



Emma Ryan ’12

SWIMMING Varsity Swimming Team Shows Outstanding Athleticism The Jaguar Swimming and Diving team enjoyed a year of great success and improvement. One of the major highlights of the season was beating rival Magnificat High School in a nail-biting dual meet 93-88. The Jaguars improved their finishes at several invitationals, finishing 4th at the North Olmsted Eagle Open, 6th at Bay Rocket Relays, and 3rd at the Independent Schools Invitational. At the Northeast Division 1 Sectional Meet, a majority of the team had personal best times and the Jaguars finished 9th of 19 teams. At this meet, the 200-meter Medley Relay Team of juniors Emma Ryan and Grace Harter, freshman Maddie Zimmerman and senior Jessica Walsh-Frazier broke the previous school record set in 2010 by over a second. The 200-meter Free Relay Team of Emma Ryan, Maddie Zimmerman and juniors Maggie Boyer and Caitlyn Cingle also broke the school record with a 7th place finish. Emma is re-writing the SJA swimming record book. She is the only SJA swimmer/diver to advance to the Northeast District Swim Meet in the 100-meter Butterfly and the 100-meter Backstroke.

Rugby Plenty of news from the Rugby front! A banner honoring the SJA Rugby team as last year’s Ohio State champs was unveiled in The Academy Center ... a true testament to last year’s phenomenal hard-playing and big-winning team! The team received outside recognition, too, with the installation of signs honoring the championship team at Kamm’s Corners and on Rocky River Drive (by the Safety Forces Memorial). Those signs

BASKETBALL Successful Season for Varsity Basketball The Jaguar Varsity 2010-2011 team was impressive in their ability to adapt to a new style that included play-pressing, shooting every 10 seconds or so, and multiple offenses and defenses. The overall record was 13-9, and in six Maria Papotto ’11 of those losses the team led late in the fourth quarter. The athletes made great strides in a very strong and competitive schedule. Some of their most impressive wins included Westlake, Saint VincentSaint Mary and Brunswick high schools. Seniors that excelled are: Alex Austin, Megan Seaman ’11 Rachel Caja, Mackenzie Dunn, Farrell O’Malley, Maria Papotto and Megan Seaman. Players Papotto and Seaman were chosen in April to play on the Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star Games. Megan also was honored for her academic achievements. She was named to the 2010-2011 Academic All-Ohio Team by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. JV Basketball –17-3 Freshmen Basketball –17-2

were placed with the assistance of Cleveland City Council President Martin Sweeney (who had two daughters who played rugby for SJA during the founding years) and Councilman Marty Keane. “We are very proud of the whole team,” said Athletic Director Ms. Jennie Amodio. Saint Joseph Academy SPRING 2011


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Eternal rest grant unto them O, Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Mary Ruddy Colleran ’41 on the death of her husband and Kathleen Colleran Goldbach ’62 and Jeanne Colleran Barna ’75 on the death of their father, John “Zeke” Colleran, Sr.

Karen Keskemety Kransteuber ’59 and Kristin Keskemety Bajzer ’61 on the death of their sister, Kathy Keskemety McTaggart ’57.

Marlene Piazza Ferus N’67 on the death of her father, Dominic Piazza. Anne Marie Scharf Kocias N’68 on the death of her brother, Robert Scharf.

Eileen Reidy Haas ’41 and Anne Reidy Sweeney ’44 on the death of their sister, Jane Reidy Obringer ’38.

Christine McCormick Bush ’61 and Geraldine McCormick Rouhana ’64 on the death of their sister, Kathleen McCormick Wright ’66.

Marie O’Malley May ’45 on the death of her brother, Edward “E.J.” O’Malley.

Catherine Murray English ’61 on the death of her brother, Timothy Murray.

Virginia Cassese Sanker N’68 on the death of her mother, Stasia Cassese.

Nadine Kragey FitzGerald ’46 on the death of her husband and Mary FitzGerald Wolf ’82 on the death of her father, John FitzGerald.

Rita Reitz Zak N’61 on the death of her stepmother, Clara Reitz.

Roberta “Bobbie” Beach-Schneider ’69 on the death of her brother, James Beach.

Dolores Mahall Emley ’47 on the death of her sister, Jennie Mahall MandleyDaniels ’40.

Maureen Burke ’62, Eileen Burke Stephens ’65, and Kathleen Burke Clay ’67 on the death of their mother and Joanne Hess Schwartz T’49 on the death of her sister, Lenore Hess Burke T’34.

Carmalette Simione Kelly ’69 on the death of her mother, Ann Simione.

Doris Kelly Haney ’47 on the death of her husband, Richard L. Haney.

Margaret O’Malley Nolan ’62 on the death of her brother, William O’Malley.

Margaret Lindquist Sibel N’69 on the death of her mother, Mary Lindquist.

Patricia Singler Gallagher ’48 on the death of her brother, Edward Singler, Jr.

Suzie Hudec N’62 and Sharon Hudec Conway N’65 on the death of their mother, Rita Catherine Hudec.

Mary Morrow Tlucak N’69, Anne Morrow Star N’71, and Elizabeth Morrow Simon N’73 on the death of their sister, Diane Pierani.

Joan Kelley Gallagher ’49 on the death of her husband and Mary Sheila Gallagher Conroy ’77 on the death of her father, Robert Gallagher.

Christine Quinn Janicki ’63 on the death of her mother, Estelle Quinn.

Kathleen Kish Kolasinski N’68 and Cheryl Kish Jackson N’73 on the death of their father, Robert Kish.

Karen Principe Moran N’69 on the death of her father, Carmino “Carl” Principe.

Virginia Semicek Babski ’52 on the death of her sister, Eleanore Semicek Payton T’49.

Marilyn McNeeley Saathoff N’63 and Maureen McNeeley Zilke N’63 on the death of their father, Edward McNeeley, Sr.

Coletta Leonard Adams ’70 on the death of her husband, Julie Adams’91 on the death of her father, and Jennifer Simna ’96 and Lauren Simna ’98 on the death of their stepfather, Robert J. Adams.

Margaret Gallagher ’52 and Eileen Gallagher Chambers ’53 on the death of their brother, Thomas Gallagher.

Kathleen Barnett Mickler ’64 and Anne Barnett Serina ’69 on the death of their father, George Barnett.

Lynn Cleary Eifel N’70, Gail Cleary N’71, and Janice Cleary McLaughlin N’72 on the death of their father, Francis “Bill” Cleary.

Alice Oster Meder ’55 on the death of her brother, William Oster.

Elaine Dziedzic Carlin N’64 on the death of her mother, Margaret Dziedzic.

Mary Pat Cain Cameron ’57 on the death of her sister, Elizabeth Pressler.

Eva Papp Hedrick ’66, Klara Papp ’68, Gabriella Papp Fleischer ’69, and Susan Papp Aykler ’73 on the death of their father, Gabor Papp.

Susan Sobolewski Lombardo N’70 on the death of her sister, Sharon Sobolewski Adams N’73.

Sr. Catherine Lee, CSJ ’57 on the death of her brother, George Lee. Roseann Lucko Vasey ’57 on the death of her sister, Patricia Lucko Hunt ’59. Louise Hannan Herrick ’58, Eileen Hannan Colarossi ’73, and Marian Hannan ’75 on the death of their sister, Janet Hannan ’59. 18

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Carol Strain Lambias ’66 and Linda Strain Smith ’69 on the death of their mother, Lillian Strain. Mary Varzelle Lynch ’66 on the death of her mother, Emily Varzelle.

Darice Zabak N’70 and Caryn Zabak Poset N’73 on the death of their father, Stanley Zabak. Virginia DeCrane Broschk ’71 on the death of her brother, Timothy DeCrane. Peggy Gavagan Fentin ’72 on the death of her mother, Kathleen Gavagan. Diane Hones Murray ’72 and Katy Hones Gallagher ’77 on the death of their father, John “Jack” Hones.


News Mary O’Donnell ’72 on the death of her mother, Cecile O’Donnell.

Jean Scherry Holloway N’75 on the death of her mother, Judith Scherry.

Kathleen Schuler Russo ’83 on the death of her mother, Margaret Ann “Margie” Schuler.

Janet Schartman Wien N’72 on the death of her father, William Schartman.

Cathleen Sostakowski DeLong ’76 and Cynthia Sostakowski ’78 on the death of their mother, Coletta Sostakowski.

Jean Podskalan ’85 on the death of her mother, Dorothy Podskalan.

Cynthia Zalek N’72 on the death of her mother, Catherine Zalek. Beth Smolik Braden ’73 on the death of her husband, David Braden, and on the death of her mother, Irene Smolik. Renee Marie Repka McCarty N’73 on the death of her father, John F. Repka. Maureen Curran Oaklief ’74, Mary Kay Curran ’77, and Eileen Curran ’81 on the death of their mother, Carole Curran. Donna Pohorence Sokol ’74 on the death of her mother, Helen Pohorence. Marianne Schumacher Black N’74 on the death of her father, Albert Schumacher. Maureen Malloy English N’74 on the death of her husband, John English. Sharon English ’75 on the death of her father and Mary English Yarosh ’40 on the death of her brother, Thomas English. Kathleen Gallagher Jeffries ’75 on the death of her husband, Mark Jeffries. Lynn Marosits Potts ’75 on the death of her father, Joseph G. Marosits. Joan Ropelewski Sichau ’75 on the death of her father, Raymond Ropelewski.

Aileen Gilson Ioffreda ’90 on the death of her mother, Diane Miller.

Amy Blenkhorn Valco ’77 on the death of her mother, Phyllis Blenkhorn.

Amanda Bostwick Okin ’97 on the death of her father, David Bostwick.

Mary Ann Barkey N’77 and Patricia Barkey Scaggs N’79 on the death of their father, Vincent Barkey.

Kristin Fitch ’01 on the death of her father, Michael Fitch.

Tracie Aerni Chudowsky ’78, LuAnn Aerni Polito ’82, JoAnn Aerni Kahl ’82, Jacqueline Aerni Needles ’85, and Christi Aerni White ’93 on the death of their father, William Aerni, Jr.

Jody VanDerwyst ’02 on the death of her son, Logan Joseph Hoyt. Shelbi Buckhannon ’10 on the death of her mother, Jackie Martin.

Colleen O’Malley Radeff ’79 and Kerry O’Malley Sheneman ’86 on the death of their mother, Janice O’Malley.

Saint Joseph Academy loses a friend

Laura Heffernan St. John ’79 and Beth Heffernan Broome ’80 on the death of their father, James P. Heffernan. Jeanmarie Monahan N’79 on the death of her mother, Jeanne Cross Monahan ’50. Kelly White Wencho ’80, Kathleen White Smith ’82, and Jean White Chalkwater ’91 on the death of their father, Michael T. White. Anne Mills Waters ’81, Patricia Mills Salvo ’82, and Mary Mills Horner’84 on the death of their mother, Kathleen Hayes Mills ’57. Karin Kearney Wood ’82 and Colleen Kearney ’83 on the death of their mother, Patricia Kearney.

Howard Schreibman, a longtime friend and supporter of Saint Joseph Academy, passed away in November of 2010. In addition to serving on the SJA Board of Directors, Howard always responded generously in making donations for SJA fundraisers. Howard was a founding member of Kamm’s Corners Development Corporation and also served on other local boards. His generous spirit and civic pride will never be forgotten. Howard is survived by his wife Marcy.

Please remember in your prayers the following deceased alumnae. Lenore Hess Burke T’34

Eleanore Semicek Payton T’49

Janet Hannan ’59

Jane Reidy Obringer ’38

Jeanne Cross Monahan ’50

Patricia Lucko Hunt ’59

Jane Walsh Malloy ’40

Rosemary Henry Sandoval ’54

Kathleen McCormick Wright ’66

Jennie Mahall Mandley-Daniels ’40

Virginia Hanus Ruscin ’56

Jane Dolan Muselin N’67

Margaret Curran Kollus ’41

Kathy Keskemety McTaggart ’57

Sharon Sobolewski Adams N’73

Shirley Davitt Broa ’49

Kathleen Hayes Mills ’57 Saint Joseph Academy SPRING 2011


Beyonds Alumnae


The SJA Class of 53 will have their semiannual get together on June 17, 2011 at Don’s Pomeroy House in Strongsville. Please contact Donna Smith McCafferty ’53 at 216-941-7298 for reservations. Rosalie Faraci Kuns ’58 was one of six retired physicians to receive the prestigious Pillars of Medicine Award on December 15, 2010. Rosalie was associated with Fairview Hospital for most of her career and, with a colleague, created one of the first group pediatric practices on the west side of Cleveland. According to an article about this award which appeared in the Sun Post Herald, Rosalie “was a respected leader, pioneer and teacher, and contributed substantially to the advancement of medical science, education and care.”


Elaine Schmieler Bergstrom ’65 recently had five of her novels reissued on Kindle and in paperback. Readers can now get Shattered Glass and Blood Rites on Kindle, with the books coming out early next year. Also, the sixth novel is the series will be published early next year. Maura Corrigan ’65 recently left her position as Michigan Supreme Court Justice to become the head of Michigan’s welfare agency under new Govenor Rick Snyder. Maura has been deeply involved in children’s issues and has received numerous awards for her work. She served on the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care and is on the board of directors at Vista Maria, a residential program for troubled girls in suburban Detroit.


Mary O’Malley ’75 received a Master of Fine Arts for Creative Writing from Spaulding University in Louisville, Kentucky in 2004 and has been published both online and in print.


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Laura Fallon Fibbi ’77, after graduating from Ursuline College with an MA in Ministry and being certified as a spiritual director by the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University this past spring, is now the RCIA Director at St. Mark Church in Cleveland.

Emily Lusk ’04 received a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in August of 2010. She is now working as a therapist at Southwest Community Services located in the Chicago area.

Debbie Ghazoul-Mills, MD ’79 is now a staff pediatrician with the Cleveland Clinic Institute Children’s Hospital and is the Medical Director of the Clinic’s Columbia Road site. Debbie practices primarily through Fairview Hospital.

Beth Richer ’04 has been living in Seattle, Washington for three years and is currently working for the League of Education Voters in a new role as their Legislative Liaison. She works directly with legislators to develop lasting relationships between them and members of the education community.


Jackie Stanton ’83 has completed her PhD from Kent State University in Counseling and Human Development Services. Jackie, who has worked at Metro General Hospital for over twenty years, is a counselor for rehab patients. Jennifer Davis ’84 was recently promoted to Regional Director of Marketing for the Cleveland Clinic’s west side hospitals and family health centers. She is responsible for overseeing marketing operations for fourteen locations, including Fairview, Lakewood, Lutheran, Marymount, and Medina Hospitals and nine family health centers. Jennifer is a graduate of Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism and has been employed with the Cleveland Clinic for thirteen years. In her spare time, she volunteers to advance the rights and well being of animals by helping local shelters with marketing and fundraising initiatives.


Elly Maranos ’00 is the first female football player with a disability to play semi-pro football. Elly, who graduated in 2004 from Baldwin-Wallace College with a B. A. in Broadcasting and Mass Communications, offered the Cleveland Cobras free public relations services in exchange for football training and a chance to play with them. Diagnosed with MS in 2007, Elly wants to serve as an inspiration to others to achieve whatever it is they want in life, despite their disabilities. Elizabeth Hardin Burton ’04 works for Metro General Hospital as a medical assistant on the postpartum floor. She and husband Mike have four children of their own but Elizabeth “gets to enjoy new lives at my work daily.”

Meghan Fibbi ’05 is finishing her Masters in Public Health at Drexel University and has been accepted to the Philadelphia College of Medicine. Michelle Whelan ’06 recently graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Industrial Engineering Technology, with minors in Quality Assurance and Business Administration. She has accepted a position with Eaton Corporation in a rotational program, beginning in Kearney, Nebraska, focusing on Operations and Lean Manufacturing. Katie Berry ’07 and her sister, Maggie Berry ’10 were recently reunited on the basketball court as teammates on Walsh University women’s basketball team. Katie is a senior at Walsh and Maggie is a freshman. They played together for one season at SJA, and were happy to be together again as members of Walsh University’s Cavaliers. Katie finished up an outstanding career on the court and was selected to the 2011 NAIA Division II All-American Team (third team), and Maggie is already gaining recognition for her achievements there as well. The Walsh Cavaliers reached the NAIA Division II Final Four! Kathleen Fibbi ’07 is graduating from John Carroll University this May and will be attending the Cleveland Marshall School of Law this fall. Maura Fibbi ’09 is currently a student at Kent State University where she is continuing the fine SJA rugby tradition as a member of the KSU rugby team.

Congress Approved Extension of Tax-Free Distributions for Individual Retirement Accounts Through 2011 Individuals must be age 70 ½ or older to request direct transfers from their IRAs to qualified public charities, such as SJA, without income tax on the gifted funds. • The funds must be directly transferred from the IRA accounts to the charities. • Each individual is entitled to make a total of $100,000 in gifts to charities each year. • Donors are not qualified for an additional charitable income tax deduction for the gift. • Only standard IRA and Roth IRA accounts qualify under this law. • No personal benefits from the gift can be received by the donor from the charity. • These gifts cannot be used for other planned gifts, such as gift annuities, or for donor advised funds or supporting organizations.

Catching the Snow Birds

Help Saint Joseph Academy Provide a Brighter Future Every young woman deserves the opportunity to experience a quality Catholic education. With contributions to the Annual Fund, we are able to provide important funding that supports key initiatives such as tuition assistance, expanded academic activities, school improvements and daily operations. Currently 6 out of every 10 SJA students receive some form of financial assistance. Because of these statistics, we recognize the many sacrifices made by our families in order to provide a quality academic experience. Here are some examples of how your much-needed support of the Annual Fund empowers the young women we serve: $2,500 can provide a quarter of tuition for a single student $1,000 can support classroom technology upgrades $500 can help sponsor a student mission trip $250 can provide off-site academic field trips $120 can fund the cost of cross-curriculum related supplies $50 can support an in-house academic workshop $25 can provide a uniform shirt or tights and socks Our friends, families and alumnae help us make these continued and important efforts possible. Please show your support to Saint Joseph Academy and make a contribution today. There are several ways to make your tax-deductible gift: • Mail your gift with the enclosed remittance envelope • Visit the giving page on SJA’s website at • Call our Development Office at 216- 251-6788 ext. 224

Leaving a Lasting Legacy

(L-R) Phyllis Comella Malcom J ’71, Debbie Willis N’72, Kathryn Kotsybar Martin ’76, Peggy Heverin Faul ’51, Joan Storey Herbert ’56 and Kay Lockwood Allen, Esq., ’61.

Saint Joseph Academy President Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis `71 and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Constance Sipple, CFRE, traveled to Florida in February to meet with alumnae who live or winter there. Alumna Mary Catherine McBride Daughtry `79 coordinated a dinner in St. Petersburg, Kay Lockwood Allen `51 sponsored a Mass and reception with fellow graduates from Saint Ignatius High School in Ft. Lauderdale, and Ed and Joan Dever Conrad `49, Barbara McEntee Durkin `53, Mary Lou Wasmer Durkin `54, and George and Mary Lu Wasmer sponsored a Mass and reception with Saint Ignatius High School graduates in Naples.

We have all heard the phrase that the only certainties in life are death and taxes, but how much thought do we really give to either? The former probably gets a little more attention than the latter, but let’s not forget that the patron saint of Saint Joseph Academy is also the patron saint of a happy death. Hopefully, we all pray to him in our desire to leave this world in a timely and relatively painless passing with all of our lifetime goals met and obligations fulfilled. Assisting the educational experience at Saint Joseph Academy is certainly an option for you to consider in your financial planning. There are many ways to ensure Saint Joseph Academy’s legacy other than writing a check. Often such gifts can reduce your taxes, provide you with income during your lifetime, or assure income to your heirs.

An excellent opportunity to avoid taxes is currently available to those who are over the age of 70½ and have IRA retirement plans subject to Required Minimum Distribution. The withdrawal from these accounts is subject to income tax. However, if you use that money for a charitable rollover you will avoid any federal income tax consequences. The distribution must be made by the IRA owner from her account and the transfer must be made directly to a qualified charity or charities. This giving option is available even if you don’t itemize. Gifts from other Qualified Plans (such as 401k, 403b. SEP, Keogh) are not eligible for this tax treatment. However, you may transfer assets from these plans to a new IRA and then take advantage of this tax-saving strategy. Your financial planner or tax attorney can help you. Or, to learn about other giftplanning options, you can contact Constance Sipple, CFRE, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at or 216.671.0166.

Saint Joseph Academy SPRING 2011


Walk of the Roses 2011


Cub Club Cari Sinkewich Piccola ’90 & Joseph Piccola a son, Joseph Ronald, born December 23, 2010

Angela Tutak Davis ’95 & Bob Davis twin daughters, Abigail Rose and Molly Grace, born December 7, 2010

Make a lasting memory for a special senior by supporting our Ceremonial Walk of the Roses. During the Graduation ceremony, each senior carries a beautiful bouquet of red roses from the Academy down Rocky River Drive to Our Lady of Angels Church. This honored tradition remains a treasured symbol for the past, present and future generations of SJA. We hope you will consider joining the many family, friends, alumnae and West Park neighbors who line the street to cheer on

the proud class of 2011 on June 9th. Your gift of $50 will allow you to dedicate a message to a specific senior, or simply provide a note of best wishes and encouragement to a 2011 graduate. To support the Walk of the Roses, you can donate online by visiting the SJA website at or mail your gift to the Development Department at 3430 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, OH 44111. All gifts are 100% tax-deductible and are greatly appreciated!

Be Sure to Visit and Register Online If you haven’t visited the SJA website ( lately, please take another look soon! There are always new pictures on the home page and links to stories about currents events and activities at Saint Joseph Academy. Did you know you can update your contact information, send us news about yourself, send us an announcement of the birth of your baby, and even request prayers for a special intention? Please consider registering for the online community for alumnae of Saint Joseph, Nazareth or St. Therese Academies. You will be able to search for other alums by class, by name or by geographic area. You can find the link to do any of these by clicking on Alumnae in the menu on the left. Visit soon, and come back often!


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Mary Dlouhy Eubank ’97 & Keith Eubank a son, Colin Jacoby, born December 12, 2010 Susan Schumann Hunter ’97 & Adam Hunter a daughter, Kendall Maggie, born December 7, 2010 Laura Helfrich Calvey ’98 & Matt Calvey a son, Blake Patrick, born July 22, 2010 Beth Stanek Reagan ’98 & James Reagan a son, Maximilian James, born February 2, 2011 Cynthia Miller Porath ’99 & Daniel Porath a son, Liam Patrick, born December 18, 2010 Jackie Helfrich Butcher ’00 & Marty Butcher a son, Anderson James, born December 2, 2010 Molly MacBride Betters ’01 & Joel Betters a daughter, Aela Therese, born December 10, 2010 Allison Forgac Wankowski ’04 & Michael Wankowski a son, Logan Jacob, born September 25, 2010

Saint Joseph Academy Summer Camps 2011

Sports Camps Cross Country

This camp is designed to help young runners, new and experienced, improve their skills and get a head start on the fall season. The camp will be hosted by our state-ranked cross country team and Coach Fred Kieser, past participant in the U.S. Marathon Trials and past winner of the Cleveland Marathon. Bring water bottle and appropriate shoes. July 18-21, 2011, 9am-12pm Boys and girls entering grades 4-8, $75 ( Registration deadline – July 4, 2011)


Join SJA coaches and players to improve your basketball skills! This camp focuses on individual fundamental skills of ball-handling, shooting, passing, rebounding and team strategies. Instruction will be mixed with exciting games, drills, contests, prizes and spirit! Camp directed by Ms. Maggie Steadley, Head Basketball Coach. Bring water bottle and appropriate shoes. Session 1: June 20-23, 2011, 8am-11am Girls entering grades 3-5, $75 (Registration deadline - June 6, 2011) Session 2: June 20-23, 2011, 12pm-3pm Girls entering grades 6-8, $75 (Registration deadline - June 6, 2011) Session 3: June 20-23, 2011,6pm-9pm Girls entering grade 9, $75 (Registration deadline - June 6, 2011)


Learn from Volleyball Coach Mike Mileti and his players while challenging your current ability. Campers will focus on individual skills, basic defense and team offense. Bring a water bottle, knee pads and comfortable athletic clothes. Session 1: June 13-16, 2011, 8:30am-11:30am Girls entering grades 4-6, $75 (Registration deadline – May 30, 2011) Session 2: June 13-16, 2011, 12:30pm-3:30pm Girls entering grades 7-8, $75 (Registration deadline – May 30, 2011) Session 3: June 13-16, 2011, 5:30pm-8:30pm Girls entering grade 9, $75 (Registration deadline – May 30, 2011)


Keep your existing soccer skills fresh and learn some new ones while having fun! The camp will focus on improving dribbling, passing, receiving and shooting for all skill levels from beginner to advanced travel & club players. Camp will include attacking and finishing drills in a fun, educational format. SJA Head Soccer Coach David Leigh will be the instructor. Bring a water bottle, soccer ball and wear shin guards. June 13-16, 2011, 4pm-6pm Girls entering grades 2-8, $75 (Registration deadline – May 30, 2011)


The SJA Jaguars’ Rugby team, the 2010 Ohio State Champions, is hosting this year’s SJA Youth Rugby Camp. Hone your skills or learn the basics of the game through demonstrations, practice drills and scrimmages. Youth Rugby starts with RIPPA Rugby, which is based on a non-contact form of the sport similar to flag-football. Tackling will be introduced through demonstration and under staff supervision. You will learn and improve core fundamentals necessary to be a competitive athlete in rugby. Participants will receive a camp T-shirt and a rugby ball to keep. Bring your own cleats (soccer style are fine), a water bottle and mouth guard. Camp directed by Mrs. Jaime Cleary, SJA Head Rugby Coach. July 25-27, 2011, 9am-1pm Girls entering grades 6-9, $75 (Deadline July 11, 2011)

Arts & Enrichment Camps Science Camp

How about starting the summer break with an innovative and fun Science Camp? This camp will put the “Phun” in Physics, the “new” in renewable, and challenge students to think critically. During the 3-day workshop, students will perform hands-on activities relating to renewable energy, physical principles and solving mysteries with “CSI” techniques. The camp will be directed by SJA science teacher Mrs. Maureen Becker, who has experience with both Science Olympiad and Science Fair competitions. Space is limited. Session 1: June 13-15, 2011 Boys & girls entering 6, 7 & 8, $75 8:30am-11:30am (Registration deadline – May 30, 2011) Session 2: June 13-15, 2011 Boys & girls entering 4-5, $75 12:30pm-3:30pm (Registration deadline – May 30, 2011)


Mash Up: Glee Meets Broadway! Here’s an exciting performing arts camp to showcase girls who love to sing, act and dance! We have been inspired to combine show choir performance with musical theater. Create a song-and-dance revue with a contemporary flair in the style of the hit TV show “Glee”! This camp is for girls at all levels of experience. Each participant will perform a variety of popular music mixed with Broadway show tunes. The camp will highlight each girl’s individual strengths; no auditions or past experience required. The camp is directed by Ms. Christine Fondaw, who teaches choral music and drama classes at SJA. Maximum 30 students per camp. Campers will receive a DVD of the final performance. Session 1: July 11-29, 2011 Girls entering grades 5-8, $280 9am-12pm (Registration deadline – June 27, 2011)

Digital Fun

Looking for summer fun? Why not make it digital fun?  Learn how to use computers, cameras and computer design programs in new and creative ways. Discover how to shoot sharp, expressive digital pictures. Improve those photographs using Photoshop. Upload photos to share with family and friends. Participants will create a self-portrait as a keepsake. The camp is directed by Mrs. Beth Pleban, SJA graphic design, digital photography and web design teacher. June 20-24, 2011 Girls entering grades 5-8, $95 9am-12pm (Registration deadline -- June 6, 2011) Note: Computers and cameras will be provided.

Session 2: July 11-29 Girls entering grades 5-8, $280 1pm-4pm (Registration deadline – June 27, 2011)

Register before the deadline of the Camp you are attending. For More Information or a Camp Brochure, call 216.251.4868. Saint Joseph Academy * 3430 Rocky River Drive * Cleveland, OH 44111 *

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Grand Reunion 2011

Calling all Saint Joseph Academy alumnae who graduated in a year ending in “1” or “6”… Mark your calendars for the weekend of October 7th-9th, 2011. On Friday, October 7th, there will be a get-together at SJA just for the classes of 1996, 2001, and 2006. On Saturday, October 8th, there will be a dinner for all reunion classes at the Westwood Country Club. On Sunday, October 9th at 10:00 a.m. there will be a brunch at the school for the classes of 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956 and 1961. At noon that same day, there will be a Mass at SJA for all the reunion classes and their families, ollowed by light refreshments and Open House. Watch your mail for your Class Information flyer or call Alumnae Director Mary Ann Fischer ’66 for more information at 216-619-1653 or

Senior Farewell Mass and Alumnae Induction

Golf Outing 2011

All alumnae are invited to attend the Senior Farewell Mass and Alumnae Induction on Friday, June 3 at Our Lady of Angels Church at 12:30 pm. Alumnae who attend will participate in a meaningful ceremony to welcome the Class of 2011 into the Alumnae Association. For more information or to reserve for this event, please call the Alumnae Office at 216-251-6788 Ext. 245.

The Annual Golf Outing to benefit Saint Joseph Academy will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Mallard Creek Golf Course in Columbia Station. The day includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, contests, raffles and lots of fun! This popular event continues to grow each year. Mark your calendar and join in the fun this year. Please call the Alumnae Office at 216-251-6788 Ext. 245 for more information.

Day Trip to Marietta

2011 Nazareth Academy Reunion Luncheon

Join us on Wednesday, June 22 as we head south to Marietta, Ohio! We will visit the Fenton Glass Works, have lunch at the historic Lafayette Hotel, tour and shop in scenic Marietta, enjoy an afternoon boat trip on the Valley Gem Stern Wheeler, and stop at Perennial Winery on the way home. The cost for this full day is $94. Watch for your opportunity to register using the form in the spring flyer or register online at by clicking on Alumnae then Alumnae Events.


All Nazareth Academy alumnae are invited to attend their annual luncheon on Sunday, September 11, 2011. This year the luncheon will be held at the 100th Bomb Group Restaurant on Brookpark Road across from Hopkins Airport. Special recognition will be given to attendees of reunion classes, especially the Class of 1961 celebrating their 50 year reunion. Invitations will be mailed in August. For more information please contact Alumnae Director Mary Ann Fischer ’66 at 216-619-1653 or

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