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Sharing a Tradition of Excellence with Alumnae, Parents and Friends • • Fall 2017

“Best School Spirit?” No Contest!

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

3470 Rocky River Drive • Cleveland, Ohio 44111 216-251-6788 •

Update is published by Saint Joseph Academy for alumnae, parents and friends. Contributors to this issue of UPDATE include: Allison Busser ’04, Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ’71, Kathy Flinn, Susan Flood, Betty Hjort, Abby Keefe, John Manuszak, Mickie Matheis, Laura McCarty ’07, Julie Schuler, Mackenzie Schuler, Constance C. Sipple, CFRE and Jeff Sutliff. Photography courtesy is extended to: Laura McCarty ’07, Lifetouch Photography, Olivia Arbogast, NASA, Cory Otto and Scott Whitacre. For more information, please contact Mackenzie Schuler at 216.251.6788 or

MISSION 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 a life of compassionate leadership and service in a global society. On the Cover: Saint Joseph Academy students during announcement of winning "Best School Spirit" award


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

This is the time of year when people speak of spirits - from the spooky spirits of Halloween through the Christmas spirit shared each December. At Saint Joseph Academy, we also speak of spirits school spirit and the Holy Spirit. Both are alive and well here. When you read about the service and immersion trips our students experienced last summer, you will see that the Holy Spirit dwells among us. These young women sacrificed their free time to step outside their comfort zones in service to the dear neighbor. The students embraced their newfound friends with compassion. At the end of each day, it was in the sharing of the stories of the people they encountered that truly shows the Holy Spirit’s presence. This reflective exercise is rooted in the first Sisters’ “sharing the state of the heart,” as they called it. Where did we encounter God and where is the Holy Spirit leading us? Helping our students to spend quiet time, away from the distractions of the day, to find God with them and within them, is a practice they can use their entire lives. I also am grateful to the faith-filled members of faculty and staff who work and pray alongside our students. (See stories on pages 8 and 9.) When Senior Kristin Nauman nominated our school for the “Best School Spirit” contest on, she unleashed an outpouring of support. Kristin’s love of Saint Joseph Academy was her motivation, and it came as no surprise to me when countless others joined in. Students encouraged each other to vote early and often. Strangers introduced themselves to me, proudly sharing that they voted for the Academy. A friend explained how she painstakingly taught her parents how to vote online with their cell phones. If you have ever attended a pep rally, our annual Paws for Pride spirit day, or a game against our fiercest rivals, you have likely witnessed this spirit firsthand. It is loud and it is proud and it is endless. This fall, we took that spirit all the way to the volleyball state championship game. The cheering never stopped. The students – and so many others – truly love their school. Best school spirit? No contest! It is the Jaguars of Saint Joseph Academy every time!! (See the story on page 5.) Lastly, I share this unsolicited quote from a vendor at the Fair Trade Boutique held recently on campus: “I want to take the time to express my amazement at the caliber of beautiful young women you are sending out into the world. They are sweet, polite, soft-spoken, thoughtful, helpful and absolutely delightful! All of them! My compliments to the fine job Saint Joseph Academy is doing - I am so impressed with such a fine bunch of young ladies! It was a delight to be in their presence!” What an apt description of the spirit of Saint Joseph Academy students. Thank you for all you do for the young women of Saint Joseph Academy. On behalf of our entire school community, we wish you and yours all the blessings of this Advent and Christmas season. Sursum corda! Lift up your hearts!

Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ’71 President

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Eucharistic Ministers Commissioned by Bishop Nelson J. Perez

Bishop Nelson J. Perez dons his hat from Saint Joseph Academy

Bishop Perez in center with 35 Seniors newly commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers


n Monday, September 18, students, faculty, staff and families gathered held the annual mass for Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist at which 35 Seniors were blessed to be commissioned by Bishop Perez. Saint Joseph Academy was the first in the Diocese of Cleveland to host Bishop Perez on his Diocesan school tour. During the mass, Bishop Perez shared his love of Saint Joseph Academy’s motto, Sursum corda!, or “lift up your hearts!” “Lots of things make Saint Joseph Academy great, but there is one thing that makes it unique: Christ is at the heart of this school, which is rooted in the Catholic tradition. You can learn things like algebra at any school, but here in the Catholic tradition, your mind and soul are nurtured. What a gift,” shared Bishop Perez. He shared that in life, there are many things that will tear us down. He encouraged students to lift up their hearts to God in prayer and praise. “To have a caring heart when difficulties arise, the right place to lift up your heart is to Christ. Never underestimate the power of God’s spirit working through you, in you, for you and even despite of you,” shared Bishop Perez.

He acknowledged the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph who attended Mass, as well as the parents, faculty, administration and Diocesan education officials, Christopher Knight, Secretary for Catechetical Formation and Education, and Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, and Dr. Frank O’Linn, Associate Superintendent for Secondary Schools in the Office of Catechetical Formation and Education for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. After Mass, Bishop Perez met with six students over lunch and discussed their plans for the future, their heritage and the reaction of the family of Alicia Valladares ’18, who has Argentinian relatives, to Pope Francis, who is of Argentinian descent. “They were so excited they were crying,” she shared. Bishop Perez toured the Academy and spoke with students in the Makerspace and received a demonstration of our new Anatomage Table (Saint Joseph Academy is the first high school in Northeast Ohio to have this Table!). He was impressed by the technology opportunities provided to our students. Congratulations to the following newly commissioned Eucharistic Ministers: Mallory Ambrosio, Angela Andrews (sister of Mary

Andrews ’15), Natalie Barendt (granddaughter of Kathleen Griffin Barendt ’48† and sister of Rachel Barendt ’15), Natalie Bauman, Claudia Becker (granddaughter of Sheila Allen Becker ’54), Haley Birchard, Elizabeth Brady (daughter of Eleanor Micko Brady ’81 and sister of Annmarie Brady ’16), Emily Carson (sister of Nicole Carson ’15), Lucy Casper, Cassandra Cisco, Nora Clink, Isabel Esposito, Olivia Finau (granddaughter of Margaret Dailey Bain ’34† and sister of Hannah Finau ’14), Anna Fricker (sister of Emily Fricker ’09), Katelyn Hegeman (sister of Kristen ’13, Nicole ’13 and Brittany Hegeman ’15), Kiara Hoefsmit, Lauren Koch, Natalie Larkman, Kayla Lenahan (daughter of Sharon Stuczynski Lenahan ’87), Elizabeth Lewandowski (granddaughter of Pamela Pawlak Lewandowski N’65), Maeve Maher, Molly Martin, Isabella Mastroianni, Brittany Miller, Jessica Nauman, Kristin Nauman, Jadalise Pacheco, Quinn Patton, Kiera Reilly, Mary Sessions, Allyson Scott (sister of Samantha Scott ’15), Gabriella Sowinski, Margaret Wagner (daughter of Karen Lee Wagner ’83), Caitlyn Walsh (daughter of Megan Darcy Walsh ’84) and Angela Weiland. Saint Joseph Academy FALL 2017


Nine Seniors Named National Merit Scholars!


he Class of 2018 includes an impressive number of National Merit Scholars! Senior Audrey Kunath is a Semifinalist in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Audrey competed with 1.6 million students from 22,000 high schools nationwide who took the PSAT/NMSQT®, the initial screen for National Merit Semifinalists. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state and represents

less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. Audrey now has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit® Scholarships worth nearly $32 million that will be offered next spring. Eight other Seniors were named National Merit Commended Scholars. Students who received this recognition include Maria Alamir, Ingrid Cheung, Lily Gabriel, Kiera Reilly, Nell Simons, Emily Sonby (daughter of Barbara Waters Sonby ’90 and sister

Semifinalst Audrey Kunath Grade School: Ruffing Montessori School Extracurricular Activities: Cross Country, Shakespeare Club, Chess Club, National Honor Society, Spring Musical, Youth Challenge and Fairview Hospital Volunteer Plans to Apply to: University of Notre Dame, Miami University, Northwestern University and Loyola University Chicago Career Interests: Medicine

Maria Alamir Grade School: Lee Burneson Middle School Extracurricular Activities: Concert Band, Jazz Band, String Orchestra, Cancer Awareness Club, Spanish Club, National Honor Society and Teen SOYO Volunteer Plans to Apply to: Undecided Career Interests: Pediatric psychiatry Ingrid Cheung Grade School: Metro Catholic School Extracurricular Activities: Look Up To Cleveland Graduate, Health Sciences Honors Program, Environmental Concerns of Students (ECOS), Yearbook Club, Chinese Club and Fairview Hospital Volunteer Plans to Apply to: Stanford University, Northwestern University, Duke University, Tufts University, Case Western Reserve University and The Ohio State University Career Interests: Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry Lily Gabriel Grade School: Urban Community School Extracurricular Activities: Winterguard, National Honor Society, Book Club, Math Club, Animal Shelter and Sanctuary Volunteer Plans to Apply to: Cleveland State University, Cornell University, The Ohio State University and University of Findlay Career Interests: Veterinary Science


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of Clare Sonby ’15), Claudia Stephens and Abbigail Votaw. These students are among the select group in the top five percent of the 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test to earn the designation of Commended Scholar. Principal Jeff Sutliff shared, “We know that this recognition will help broaden their education opportunities.” Congratulations, ladies, on your academic excellence!

Kiera Reilly Grade School: Holy Trinity School Extracurricular Activities: Senior Leadership Team, Academy Ambassador, Health Sciences Honors Program, National Honor Society, Catholic Schools for Peace and Justice (CSPJ), Friends with L’Arche, Indoor and Outdoor Track Plans to Apply to: University of Notre Dame, University of Dayton, Xavier University, Loyola University Chicago and Boston College Career Interests: Psychology or Neuroscience Nell Simons Grade School: Menlo Park Academy Extracurricular Activities: Theater, Ski and Snowboard Club, Health Sciences Honors Program, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Therapeutic Riding Program and Fairview Hospital Volunteer Plans to Apply to: Undecided Career Interests: Undecided Emily Sonby Grade School: Our Lady of Angels School Extracurricular Activities: Colorguard at St. Edward High School Plans to Apply to: Undecided Career Interests: Neuroscience Claudia Stephens Grade School: Incarnate Word Academy Extracurricular Activities: Soccer, Rugby, String Orchestra, National Honor Society and Model United Nations Plans to Apply to: Oxford University, King’s College of the University of London, Georgetown University, American University and University of Cincinnati Career Interests: International Relations Abbigail Votaw Grade School: Lee Burneson Middle School Extracurricular Activities: Chinese Club, Environmental Concern of Students (ECOS) and the Jaguar Beat school newspaper Plans to Apply to: University of Michigan, University of Dayton, The Ohio State University, Denison University, Northwestern University, University of Pittsburgh and Loyola University Chicago Career Interests: Law and Public Health

Record-Breaking 71 Students Named AP Scholars!


ongratulations to all of the students recognized recently as AP Scholars, including an Academy record of 23 students who received the top award, AP Scholar with Distinction. In all, an Academy record of 71 students were honored in the 2017 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards, which recognizes high school students who have demonstrated college level achievement through AP courses and exams. Most colleges accept AP courses for college credit when students score a three or higher on their AP exam. Students who take AP courses are better prepared, thus making them more likely to succeed in college. Since the results are from the 2016-2017 academic year, they include 49 AP Scholars of the Class of 2017 who graduated in June, as well as 22 students from the Class of 2018. Here is a full list of students who achieved this honor. AP Scholar with Distinction (Average score of 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these

exams), with the number of AP Courses in which they tested: Olivia Battistoni ’17 (8); Ingrid Cheung ’18 (5); Grace Davis ’17 (5); Marycait Dolan ’17 (5); Eliese Dziak ’17 (6); Tori Fabrizi ’17 (7); Rita Flanagan ’17 (6); Lily Gabriel ’18 (5); Mary Hyland ’17 (7); Kaylyn Johnson ’17 (7); Abigail Logar ’17 (5); Emily Morabeto ’17 (7); Evelyn Nichols ’17 (6); Anna (Liz) Renner ’17 (8); Daniella Saul ’17 (7); Brionna Scebbi ’17 (5); Elise Scullin ’17 (6); Margaret Seikel ’17 (8); Victoria Smith ’17 (7); Maggie Sullivan ’17 (7); Elaine Vilem ’17 (9); Brittney Ward ’17 (6); Christine Zaky ’17 (7). AP Scholar with Honor (Average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams): Natalie Barendt ’18 (4); AnneMarie Crawmer ’17 (4); Karli Dechant ’18 (4); Sarah Dever ’17 (4); Grace Grove ’18 (4); Kathleen Meyer ’17 (4); Lauren Osadczuk ’17 (7); Katie Pellegrino ’17 (4); Abigail Robejsek ’18 (4); Frances (Frannie)

Smith ’17 (6); Emily Sonby ’18 (4); Claudia Stephens ’18 (4); Hue Tran ’17 (6). AP Scholar (Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams): Maria Alamir ’18 (5); Emily Barni ’17 (3); Natalie Bauman ’18 (3); Molly Chambers ’17 (3); Tina Dong ’18 (3); Katie Donovan ’17 (6); Britta Eldridge ’17 (3); Claire Forrestal ’18 (3); Elizabeth Forrey ’17 (6); Honor Fournier ’17 (3); Olivia Heidorf ’17 (6); Elizabeth Heneghan ’17 (5); Anna Hutchinson ’18 (3); Rachel Johanek ’18 (3); Riley Justice ’17 (5); Nora Kelley ’17 (4); Caroline Lauch ’17 (6); Kayla Lenahan ’18 (4); Julia McDermott ’17 (5); Kaitlyn Nieto ’17 (5); Greta Noeth ’17 (8); Marisa Petticord ’17 (7); Enna Prahst ’17 (5); Kiera Reilly ’18 (3); Molly Ridge ’18 (3); Sonia Rogozinski ’17 (7); Caroline Saracina ’17 (3); Morgan Schauer ’17 (3); Allison Sheehan ’18 (3); Nell Simons ’18 (3); Mariam Tadross ’18 (3); Alyza Titschinger ’18 (4); Abbigail Votaw ’18 (3); Elizabeth Wayne ’17 (5); Margaret Weaver ’17 (5).

their care for the widows and orphans of war-torn France to the establishment of their first log-cabin school in America, the Sisters addressed immediate needs with an eye towards creating a better future. As a community committed to continuing their work, we embrace the challenge of meeting the obligations of society by preparing students to minister to the needs of the dear neighbor in an uncertain future. Of one thing we can be sure: our students’ life work will be defined by making choices and adapting to change, decisions steeped in moral and ethical issues. Our students need to be guided into women of unifying love capable of healing and restoring broken communities and relationships. We embrace that challenge with the same courage as our founders and alumnae. We recognize that in a world of rapid change, we need to learn and prepare differently while holding fast to that which is permanent and beautiful, the love of Jesus and the teaching of the Gospel. We need to put less emphasis on memorizing information and more emphasis on

analyzing, communicating and applying new information to make good choices and solve new problems as they arise. As Jesus taught His disciples, we need to work together in a spirit of inclusion where the gifts of all are able to shine. The spiritual, eternal and global context of our work matters because we are one body in Christ. Our academic program combines a rigorous course of study with meaningful experiential learning opportunities: service learning, internships, retreats and fieldwork. Our Wellness Program empowers students to establish priorities and make choices to meet their spiritual, mental and physical needs now and in the future. Through the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, students connect their studies and the context of their learning: a global society in need of wise, compassionate leaders committed to lives of empathetic justice and service to the dear neighbor.

PRINCIPAL’S CORNER: Recently, I have reached the career milestone of educating the high school aged children of my former students. The time has gone by quickly. When I reflect on how much teaching and learning has changed in these past twenty years, I can’t help but wonder what education will look like in the future. As Thomas Friedman described in his recent book, Thank You for Being Late, we live in an age of acceleration. It is not just the change itself, but the rate at which it occurs that often poses the biggest challenges. It can be hard to stay grounded in a world so on the move. Now imagine how much more difficult this constant change is for our adolescent children. Situated between childhood and the adult world, the vulnerability of adolescence has been one of the few constants of the last fifty years. Since their founding in 1650, the Sisters of St. Joseph have always been committed to meeting the needs of the times. From

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Welcome, Class of 2021!


he Class of 2021 - all 185 students - received a Jaguar welcome in August as they celebrated their first Mass together with the entire student body. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors lined the walkway leading to the front steps of the Academy, clapping and cheering as the Freshmen and nine transfer students received a single yellow rose from Principal Mr. Jeff Sutliff and President Mrs. Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ’71. The Freshmen then gathered together on the front steps of the Academy for a full class photograph to commemorate the day. Some unique facts about the Class of 2021: Students live in 37 different zip codes; they live as far west as Huron, as far east as Euclid and as far south as Medina; the Freshmen come from 55 different schools; 61 with alumnae connections; Grace is the most common first name.

Here are the mother and grandmother legacy connections for the Class of 2021: Megan Arnold, daughter of Eileen Patton Arnold ’80, Kylie Astronskas, granddaughter of Ellen Ryan Lang N’68, Molly Becker, granddaughter of Sheila Allen Becker ’54, Bridget Boland, daughter of Eileen Chambers Boland ’84 and granddaughter of Mary Alice Hageman Boland ’47, Nicole Cross, daughter of Rosemarie Martens Cross ’81, Catherine Dial, daughter of Ann Faulhammer Dial ’86 and granddaughter of Rosina McGarrity Dial ’56, Katherine Donnelly, daughter of Mary Clare Sweeny Donnelly ’81, Kelly Feke, daughter of Maribeth Bill Feke N’79, Angelina Gonzalez, granddaughter of Ellen Ryan Lang N’68, Gabrielle Grudzien, daughter of Diane Graham Grudzien ’88, Emma Hall, granddaughter of Mary Bernadette Pierson Harrington N’73, Abigail Hanna, daughter of Tobey Douglas Hanna ’94 and granddaughter of Kathleen Flannery Hanna ’58†, Emma Hejlik, granddaughter of June Hippley Seman ’56, Catherine Hilow, daughter of Judy Ghazoul Hilow ’81, Mary Clare Hough, granddaughter of Margaret McNeeley Harkness ’60, Morgan Jeffries, daughter


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of Dawn Klepek Jeffries ’83, Mary Kate Kahl, daughter of JoAnn Aerni Kahl ’82 and granddaughter of Margaret Lynch Kahl ’58, Samantha Kempf, daughter of Theresa Gill Kempf ’84, Bridget Kerr, granddaughter of Margaret Murphy Kerr ’70, Juanita Kester, daughter of Michelle Fox Kester ’98 and granddaughter of Laura Lesho Kester N’68, Mathilda Krankowski, daughter of Julie Szy-Krankowski ’91 and granddaughter of Rita Hakey Szy ’63, Frances Marshall, granddaughter of Nora Hunt Marshall ’61, Jane Matousek, daughter of Jennifer Sears Matousek ’85, Quinn McAdams, daughter of Lauren McAdams Susanjar ’01, Nora McCarthy, granddaughter of Kay Mullaly Leonard ’57, Erin Mingus, granddaughter of Coletta Kahl Mulloy ’64, Meghan Rogers, daughter of Kim Streeter Rogers ’86, Julia Roth, granddaughter of Marie Henke Roth ’54, Gabrielle Schafer, granddaughter of Dolores Dussault Schafer N’61, Isabel Stevens, daughter of Kathy Francway Stevens ’89 and Grace Tintelnot, daughter of Lisa Dapo Tintelnot ’89.

Saint Joseph Academy Named Winner of

“Best School Spirit!” Because of your votes and support, Saint Joseph Academy is the winner of’s “Best School Spirit” contest! After thousands of votes cast during three rounds of voting, Saint Joseph Academy’s spirit rose above the rest, winning the Spirit Showdown final round with 55.31 percent of the total votes. A special thank you to everyone, especially our amazing students! We are proud that Cleveland now knows Saint Joseph Academy has the most outstanding school spirit! Go Jaguars!

Four Jaguars Sign NCAA National Letters of Intent Four outstanding Jaguar student-athletes signed NCAA National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, November 15. Sydney Seymour ’18 committed to Division I University of Tennessee for cross country and track and Colleen Neitzel ’18 signed with the University of Akron to continue her basketball career. Two volleyball players signed with two Division II colleges/universities: Beth Brady ’18 (daughter of Eleanor Micko Brady ’81 and sister of Annmarie Brady ’16) will be attending Mercyhurst University and Nora Clink ’18 will continue her academic and athletic career at Ursuline College. Congratulations to these seniors for their accomplishments in the classroom and in their respective sports!

L-R: Seniors Sydney Seymour, Colleen Neitzel, Beth Brady and Nora Clink

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World Maker Faire Provides Inspiration


n September, 25 students traveled to a unique convention in New York City dedicated to the invention, creativity and resourcefulness behind engineering and the visual arts: the eighth annual World Maker Faire, where students experienced “forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies.” While at the World Maker Faire, students had the opportunity to view demonstrations (like drone races), participate in hands-on ‘maker’ activities, discuss new products with vendors, listen to well-known speakers, experience up-and-coming technology from inventors trying to get people to invest in ‘the next big thing,’ and mingle with ‘makers’ from around the world and with a variety of student groups, including those from Ivy League colleges and universities. “The hope is that each student found meaning and inspiration in some aspect of the Maker Faire. The World Maker Faire gave them a chance to see, in an applicable way, what real people are inventing and making in the real world and to visualize themselves fitting into that world,” stated Math and Engineering teacher Mr. John Lesko.

Students at Maker Faire 2017

“At the World Maker Faire, there was a functioning piano built by college students. The incredible part is this piano was created by using a 3D printer and wood laser cutter then assembling pieces together. The team that created it worked for five months straight to perfect their creation, which inspired me to never give up,” shared Selena Alamir ’20. All of these ‘makers’ create and share what they have learned through their

process. It also confirms the importance of the Academy’s innovation lab Makerspace. “I was so inspired by the fact that there were younger inventors that started from the same place that we’re starting as students. It was so cool to see how people can have an idea in their head and transform it into something real through hard work and perseverance. This trip was a great experience for me,” voiced Gracyn Sage ’20 (sister of Lainey Sage ’17).

International Students Enrich Cultural Learning

Academy and international students gather on the Academy steps

In September, Saint Joseph Academy welcomed six international students from St. Jacques de Compostelle in Le Puy, France, a school with connection to the Congregation of St. Joseph, and five students from Sagrat Cor de Jesús in Barcelona, Spain. Each stayed with a Saint Joseph Academy student for three weeks.


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The guests experienced cultural activities around Cleveland, visiting the West Side Market and Edgewater State Park. The students also attended a lunch with the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph, visited the Cleveland Clinic and Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court, and caught a Tribe game.

“Staying with an American host family helped me experience what a typical American teenager would go through in the course of a day,” stated Emeline Jamison-Joubert, a student from Le Puy, France. “I went to soccer practice daily with my host Meghan McGilley ’20, attended soccer games, which was exciting because there are no school teams in France.” “Because my school in France is co-ed, I thought it was wonderful to have the opportunity to attend an all-girls’ school. In fact, I prefer it because it is more friendly and feels like there is less competition. The most valuable aspect of the trip was seeing how proud everyone is of Saint Joseph Academy. There is so much school spirit. I hope to take that back to my school,” shared Emeline. We are thankful for their visit and know it was beneficial for both Saint Joseph Academy students and the international students to view how other cultures live and to learn we are more similar than we are different.

Opening Minds through Art: Helping the Elderly Express Themselves


his fall, EnnisCourt, a senior living community which offers assisted living and skilled nursing care, began a new program designed to engage their residents with dementia and other cognitive challenges. “Opening Minds through Art” (OMA) is an award-winning, evidencebased, intergenerational art-creating program developed by The Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University. OMA provides opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement for residents with dementia who are paired with young volunteers. The program also provides the volunteers with opportunities to open their minds toward aging through the weekly interaction with OMA program participants. Saint Joseph Academy was eager to be involved with this inspiring project, knowing it would be a perfect fit for the school year's theme, "Practice Empathetic Justice." Visual Arts teacher, National Arts Honor Society and Art Club moderator Mrs. Tammy Sparks shared this opportunity with art students. More than a dozen students contacted EnnisCourt, stating their interest in volunteering in the OMA program. In October, art students began working with trained OMA facilitators. After two sessions of training, students and residents worked together one afternoon each week over the next eight weeks to create multi-media works of art. The artwork was created by the EnnisCourt

resident, but the Academy volunteer was the one who, through conversation and encouragement, enable the resident to translate his or her thoughts, feelings and creative expressions onto paper. The students were actually the ones “Opening Minds through Art.” At the end of each session, a matte frame was placed around the artwork and the resident was asked to share their thoughts on what has been created—what he or she sees in it or what emotions it evokes. “I chose to involve myself with the OMA project because I am interested in pursuing career in art therapy. I felt that this service opportunity gave me a head start on exploring this career,” voiced Julia Libbey ’19. “A typical project always involves paint and glitter along with other miscellaneous tools. We usually start off by painting a background with watercolor and later have them layer over patterns or textures of other things such as acrylic paint, glitter, Mod Podge®, paper mache, etc. We all have our resident complete the same project but they all end up turning out differently.” “My grandpa passed away from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia while living in another state, so I wasn’t there for him when he was going through this process. I wanted to not only honor him but also let people with these diseases know that they are still valued and deserving of our care and consideration,” shared Jessa Nauman ’18. “The resident I

Gerry Schirmer '20 (daughter of Mary Pat Brezine Schirmer '84) helps a resident with her artwork

helped cannot talk but you can tell by her smile that she enjoys coming to the program each week. It’s not about the outcome of the painting; it’s about letting her know that someone is there for her and wants to spend time with her.” At the conclusion of the “Opening Minds through Art” program in December, EnnisCourt will hold an exhibition of the residents’ work, along with their comments, impressions and those of the volunteers. The exhibit opens on Wednesday, December 13.

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)” Fall Play Wows Audience The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) was a smashing success! With nine cast members and 30 crew members, the play was pulled off flawlessly. The comedy starred Hannah Glaser ’18, Mary Walsh-Hilf ’18, Claire Kapitan ’20 (granddaughter of Mary Zimmerman Kapitan ’54†), Lucy Casper ’18, Molly Ridge ’18, Kathleen O’Donnell ’19, Grace Thomas ’19, Kate Luciano ’20 and Ella Calleri ’19. The Student Director was Julianna (Juli) Sulzer ’18 (daughter of Amy Sulzer Boone ’82) and Stage Manager was Alison Sheehan ’18. Bravo on a job well done, thespians!

L-R: Seniors Hannah Glaser and Mary Walsh-Hilf

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CHARISM: F or Saint Joseph Academy students, serving others happens year-round, nearby and far from home. In no way is this more evident than with the annual Service Immersion Trips that take place each summer. For 2017, Academy-sponsored trips took students to familiar places, like Kermit, West Virginia, and new locations, like Navajo Nation in Arizona. While these trips

provided students with life experiences that reinforced compassion and respect for others, they also gave the young women the chance to further discover their unique gifts and skills. Most of all: the trips reinforced the importance of working for change. Here are several ways Saint Joseph Academy students had the opportunity to share their talents and compassion with others around the globe:

Walking in the Paths of Others CrossRoads Ministry, located in the heart of inner city Louisville, offers urban retreat experiences that invite people to be transformed through building relationships at the margins, engaging in prayer and integrating the Gospel vision of peace and justice into their lives. For the second year in a row, Saint Joseph Academy students spent a week over the summer seeing environments of extreme poverty, homelessness, single parent homes and refugee transition. According to Math teacher and chaperone Mr. Dennis Cushing, the students saw Christ in everything they did. “We thoroughly discussed the Road to Emmaus story in the Bible, and how everyone we meet ‘has a story,’ is a real person, and should not be judged. We see firsthand how we can and should be like Jesus when we interact with others.” Students prepared an apartment for a refugee family, conducted English as a

Second Language courses and led an aerobics class for seniors at a local refugee center. “Simply put, this trip is faith in action,” explained School Counselor Mrs. Adriane Hicks, who chaperoned the trip. “Watching our students working with newly arriving refugee families was especially rewarding. We helped prepare an apartment for one family, and the students washed dishes, organized the bathroom, made beds and finally placed signs around the apartment welcoming the family to their new home. Our students realized just how little the family had as they made their transition to the United States, but were amazed at how appreciative the families are. The refugee family we visited needed help with cleaning, but the highlight was seeing our students play with the four girls in their backyard.” Libby Poole ’19 took a lifetime of learning away from that experience. “I learned so much more about

the struggles faced by people who are fleeing their home country and how much bravery they must have to do this. Seeing the joyful and grateful faces of the people we served was especially rewarding. Rather than being bitter or embarrassed, they were just as happy to meet and talk to us as we were to them.”

Margaret Grant ’19 with refugee children in Louisville

Building Relationships in Kermit

L-R: Abigail Helmer ’19, Camryn Smith ’19 and Alexia Alonso ’19 with children in Kermit


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Three separate immersion trips to Kermit, WV continued Saint Joseph Academy’s commitment to helping disadvantaged children in the tiny Appalachian town. This is the seventh year in a row that Saint Joseph Academy students worked with Affirming, Believing, Learning and Empowering (ABLE) Families, a nonprofit, faith-based agency founded in 1995 by the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph of Wheeling, to lead camps in the area. “Our students might have led the camps and taught the children each day, but afterwards our students spoke of the lessons they learned and the genuine affection they had for the children from the camp,” said CORE Ministry teacher and chaperone Mr. Dan Guion. “They

learned to see the image of God in each person even when it was difficult. They expressed the pure joy they experienced and their desire to go to Kermit again.” According to Mr. Guion, this particular area of West Virginia has a high poverty and unemployment rate, and the opioid crisis has hit the area especially hard, as seen on “60 Minutes.” Students not only recognized these differences, but embraced how they could lend a hand. “I loved getting to know the kids,” said Lucy Casper ’18. “They were all so energetic and happy, even with everything they go through at home. They love to learn and play with us. It was so hard to leave, but it was one of the most enlightening weeks of my life.”

"PRACTICE EMPATHETIC JUSTICE" Working Hard for the People of the Dominican Republic When Maggie Sweeney ’18 (daughter of Bridget Lenehan Sweeney ’93) signed on to participate in a week of service in the Dominican Republic, she knew she would be stretching outside her comfort zone. “I have always done service trips nearby, and I needed something new. This experience really opened my eyes to how complete strangers can become friends.” Along with nine other Saint Joseph Academy students, Maggie participated in many hours of L-R: Claire Forrestal ’18 and challenging physical labor: painting homes, Nicole Correa ’19 in the Dominican Republic paint the cleaning, landscaping, sealing roofs, cleaning exterior of a house out septic systems and building swing sets — as well as spiritual service, leading 100 young children in a community Vacation Bible School. One of Maggie’s favorite memories included working with the children, especially a boy named Angel who asked her to read with him. “We picked up a book filled with children nursery rhymes. On one side of the page would have the words in Spanish and the other side was in English. He read it to me in Spanish and then I would read it to him in English. It showed me that there is always a way to understand each other and to be content in just sitting down and being in the other person’s company.” CORE Ministry teacher and chaperone Ms. Kristen Pungitore witnessed the joy of her students as well, and the pride the young women took in the importance of their work. “It was incredible to watch our students work, with absolute joy and thanksgiving, on the roofs each day in the 100-degree heat and never complain. They were an incredible group of hard workers! Working in the Dominican Republic is filled with constant challenges — change of plans, missing supplies or redoing a project. The trip is all about being resilient and going with the flow.”

Becoming Immersed in Navajo Traditions and Customs

Learning by Living: Lessons in El Salvador

Students experience the culture during their immersion trip in El Salvador

“When you are immersed, you live how those from that culture live and build genuine relationships with those you encounter.” Such was the focus of the Saint Joseph Academy trip to El Salvador, as described by Creative Manager and chaperone Ms. Laura McCarty ’07. This type of trip allowed students to participate in a variety of activities such as working the potter’s wheel at a ceramics factory, kneading and baking bread at a corn mill, speaking with a friend of the martyred churchwoman Sr. Dorthy Kazel, OSU and participating in a soccer game with students and teachers at a local school. The far-reaching activities left a lasting impact on students such as Giulia Clark ’18: “This trip has truly been the most amazing experience of my life. I now feel a part of me will be left in El Salvador. My immersion was such a blessing, and it has opened my eyes and heart to new things. I am forever grateful for this opportunity.”

In June, 12 students and two chaperones traveled to Arizona and Navajo Nation — an Indian reservation the size of West Virginia. The Navajo people immersed the students in the history and traditions of their culture, encouraging the students to share their experiences with others. For the Navajo, this type of culture-sharing is considered an important form of service. “My favorite memory from the trip had to be listening to the Navajo people talk about their lives. They taught us some of their language, about their culture and what it is like to live on the reservation,” said Kristin Nauman ’18. “Their ages varied (from mid-20s to late-60s) and they were all from different backgrounds; this made their stories and perspectives so unique and interesting!” One especially memorable experience for Kristin involved planning and participating in an end-of-school cookout for the local children. “At the ‘Kick-off to Summer’ party we played games with the children. It was a lot of fun for everyone, and one of the highlights of the trip.” L-R: Seniors Kristin Nauman, Bridget FitzGerald, Kennedy Jenkins and Allyson Scott experience the Grand Canyon during their service trip

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IT/ENGINEERING Teresa Baddour Hooper ‘80 Teresa has a dual role at MCPc, the Clevelandbased IT services company where she’s worked since January 2016. For one, she follows a job description; for the other, she follows her heart. Her official title at MCPc is Vice President of Operations and Business Applications, but she also serves as a role model and mentor for women in technology. “We are still challenged because it’s such a male-dominated field, but the more women who come through the ranks to support others, the stronger we become,” she says. A penchant for data analytics, solving problems, and digging into the details that are not obvious are some of the reasons Teresa has been successful in her technology career. Listening to business needs and

translating them into technical requirements are other necessary attributes. “I think women possess the ability to communicate and translate more effectively because they have strong interpersonal skills along with technical skills,” Teresa explains. Prior to joining MCPc, Teresa had been the Director of IT at First Data, a credit card processing company, for 25 years when the company went public and moved its offices to Atlanta. She discovered her affinity for math, technology and designing systems while attending Saint Joseph Academy and credits former teachers Ms. Mary Ann Fischer ’66 and the late Mr. Don Kostel for noticing and nurturing that interest. “I was one of the geeks that got excited about getting homework assignments—the more complicated, the better!” she says. Teresa went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science at Cleveland State University and is currently working

on her MBA. She is one of five sisters who attended Saint Joseph Academy: Maureen Baddour Moses ’67, Patrice Baddour Lorence ’69, Mary Baddour ’72 and Karen Baddour Ogrinc ’88. In addition to an excellent education, the warm, family camaraderie and the instilling of a strong spiritual core are parts of her Saint Joseph Academy experience that Teresa more fully appreciates as an adult, especially as she reconnects with classmates at alumnae events. Teresa has been married to husband Doug since 1995. The couple lives in Westlake and has two sons, both engineers at Cleveland State. She also has four adult stepchildren and four step-grandchildren. She is a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and an instructor, national coach and nationally ranked competitor. Her 20-year dedication to the art has given her confidence, stamina, patience and perseverance, all of which have helped her overcome different obstacles over the years.

Joyce Brady Dever ’83 Joyce was drawn to science from the time she was in grade school. Once she took high school chemistry, she was hooked. “I was captivated by the widely varying properties of elements and the infinite possibilities of chemical reactions,” she recalls. While she had always envisioned herself in the scientific/medical field, Joyce vividly remembers how a classroom visit from two Saint Joseph Academy graduates majoring in engineering opened her mind to other career possibilities. Between that pivotal experience and teachers Ms. Mary Ann Fischer ’66 and the late Ms. Elaine Metro encouraging her to excel in math and science, Joyce felt empowered to set lofty goals for college and shape her own future. She attended Cleveland State University and graduated in 1987 with a bachelor’s 10

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degree in chemistry. She obtained a master’s degree in materials science and engineering in 1992 from Case Western Reserve University. It was during college that a classmate encouraged Joyce to apply for part-time work at NASA. Little did she know that this assignment would ultimately launch a career there spanning more than 30 years. She started at NASA Glenn Research Center in 1987 as a materials research engineer, studying the durability of materials used for the external surfaces of spacecraft. Her work contributed to the selection of materials now flying on the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope. Joyce authored over 65 technical publications while in that role. She was appointed head of the Durability and Protective Coatings Branch in 2008 and the High Temperature and Smart Alloys Branch in 2014. In 2017, she became Deputy Chief of the Materials and Structures Division. She co-leads the 10 branches of the division, which consist of

approximately 200 engineers and scientists responsible for research, development and engineering of advanced materials, structures and mechanisms for aerospace systems. It’s important to Joyce to help promote engineering and scientific careers, especially among women. To that end, she actively mentors new NASA employees, participates in NASA’s Young Astronaut Day and serves as a scholarship judge for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Joyce is part of a long legacy of Saint Joseph Academy graduates that include her mother Frances Singler Brady ’58, aunt Margaret Brady ’69, sister Cheryl Brady Strom ’87, and daughters Megan Dever ’13 and Sarah Dever ’17. Her father’s aunt was Sr. Elizabeth Ann Brady, CSJ ’25. Joyce resides in Westlake with her husband, Tim. She shares that her life after high school probably would not surprise her classmates. “I’m proud to say I married my high school sweetheart, and I’m still a nerd.”

Engineering and Design Honors Program Highlights STEAM Courses


aint Joseph Academy has a long tradition of preparing its students for success in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) careers. Rocket scientists, graphic designers, biomedical engineers, architects are just some examples where alumnae have soared. Given these achievements, it is only logical for Saint Joseph Academy to launch an Engineering and Design Honors Program to highlight these opportunities for young women. The Engineering and Design Honors Program will expose students to the Engineering and Design disciplines in an integrated, engaging way so that they may better determine what they would like to pursue in college. The program encourages students to take risks, engage in hands-on learning, persist in problem solving, embrace creativity, feel comfortable with collaboration and become independent learners. With an inquiry-based model, students are encouraged to follow their passion when selecting their classes. These courses include, but are not limited to: Graphic Design, Computer Science, Engineering, Digital Photography, Jewelry: Metals & Glass, Visual Art, Printmaking and Ceramics. The Engineering and Design Honors Program also includes components of service learning, an online portfolio, experiences and projects/competitions. On this page are examples of projects and service learning opportunities through the program.

Honors Introduction to Pre-Engineering students with their custom-designed Makerspace model

Pre-Engineering Students Create Custom Model During the fall of 2015, Saint Joseph Academy opened its first Makerspace with 1,260 square feet. The students have embraced the opportunity to discover, create and learn in the Makerspace. Building on the success of this first effort, students in Science teacher Mrs. Mary Ellen Foley Scott ‘76 and Mr. Bryce Ormiston’s Honors Introduction to PreEngineering class were presented an interesting assignment: how would they envision a new Makerspace which was 3.5 times larger? Students designed the spaces they believe would be beneficial to students, faculty, staff and prospective students. Their reimagined space included both open floor plans to facilitate problem solving, collaboration and also closed spaces for smaller groups or quiet work. Their vision included a space conducive to tiered access for the Academy’s Makerspace

innovation lab, as well as a secure space for equipment requiring more specialized training. The scale model was designed in the Makerspace, and custom-designed furniture was drawn using software on the Makerspace laptops, and printed on 3D printers. The students shared their model and process with area professionals. The model was transferred to Visual Arts’ teacher Mrs. Tammy Sparks’ classroom, where students in her Visual Arts classes are adding their ideas to the 3D model.


L-R: Freshmen Meagan Figler, Abby Collins, Kathryn Pofok, Caroline Baker and Anna Godlewski

In November, five Freshmen (Caroline Baker, Abby Collins, Meagan Figler, Anna Godlewski and Kathryn Pofok) had the opportunity to attend the inaugural STEM Goes Red for Girls event, hosted by the American Heart Association. The event was an interactive day of discovery where girls were inspired to explore education and career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) outside of the classroom and the importance of being heart-healthy. The program exists to create opportunities for young women in Northeast Ohio to building confidence, set ambitious goals and see themselves as future STEM leaders. One of our own students, Caroline Baker ’21 was selected to be interviewed by the American Heart Association about her interest in the STEM field. Students attended sessions with organizations including Fujitsu, Hyland, KeyBank, MetroHealth, NASA Glenn Research Center and Parker Hannifin.

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Fall Sports VOLLEYBALL FINISHES AS DIVISION I STATE RUNNER UP The volleyball program has established itself as one of the elite volleyball teams in the state of Ohio. The Jaguars had an incredible 2017 season which ended in an OHSAA Division I State Runner-Up finish after its second consecutive appearance in the Final Four. The 2017 team set a school record for wins with a 25-4 season. The Jaguars are now 68-16 over the course of the last three years. In that time, the Jaguars have won three district titles, two regional championships,

made two appearances in the Final Four and finished as the state runner-up. During the regular season, the Jaguars dominated a very tough schedule made up of some of the best teams in Ohio. The team had eight wins again teams this season that advanced to regional play and had a pair of wins over Magnificat High School, including defeating the Blue Streaks in the district semifinals. The Jaguars also posted two wins over Padua Franciscan High School during the season which was noteworthy

since the Bruins won the Division II state title. The Jaguars also captured the Norwalk Tournament title and the Independence Renee Roche title on their way to a 19-win regular season. Head Coach Mrs. Kate Latkovic was selected as a recipient of an Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association (OHSVCA) “Coaches Achievement Award” recognizing her as one of the top four Division I coaches in the state of Ohio. In addition, she was named the OHSVCA District 2 Coach of the Year and also was given the honor of coaching a senior all-star team at the All-Ohio match. Beth Brady (daughter of Eleanor Micko Brady ’81 and sister of Annmarie Brady ’16) and Cecylia Guye ’19 earned AllDistrict Second Team awards while Colleen Neitzel ’18 earned Honorable Mention All-District. The JV team finished their outstanding year with a record of 19-2 while the freshman went 14-4. Congratulations, Jaguars!

The Varsity volleyball team with their runner-up trophy at the Division I State Championship game

GOLF HAS SUCCESSFUL SEASON The golf team had a successful season in 2017. The team was consistent throughout with several of the team members shooting their personal bests. Libby Poole ’19 was the top golfer for the Jaguars this year earning the #1 spot for the team at the sectional tournament where she led the Academy with a 103. Maddy Macalla ’19 led the Jaguars on several occasions along with Mollie Tirpak ’19, and Sam Soucie ’19. Sarah Skodny ’18 (sister of Emily Skodny ’15) was the medalist for the Jaguars in the opening tournament of the season at Padua Franciscan High School’s Lady Bruin Invite and provided leadership for the team as a third-year player. Maddy Yuhasz ’20 (daughter of Colleen Marquard Yuhasz ’92, sister of Macey ’15 and Haley Yuhasz ’16) and Olivia Morabeto ’19 added depth by lettering for the varsity team. Maddy Macalla ’19


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TENNIS ACHIEVES NEW HEIGHTS CROSS COUNTRY RACES TO THE STATE MEET The 2017 cross country season started with the thought of re-building after losing four of the top eight runners to graduation on a state-qualifying team. However, after weeks of managing early season injuries and the development of arguably the best Freshmen class in team history, the corner turned when the team received second place at the Gilmour Invitational. Annie Allen ’20 and Sydney Seymour ’18 finished first and second as individuals and Bridget Chambers ’21 (sister of Mary Kate Chambers ’12) won the open race convincingly. From the moment continued with Saint Joseph Academy’s first-ever North Coast League title and a shut-out victory over rival Mentor in the annual Senior Night meet. In the post-season, the original goal was to survive the loaded Medina district, which the Jaguars did by finishing fifth and qualifying to the Boardman Regional meet. At the Regional Meet, buoyed by a great 1-2 punch from Annie Allen ‘20 and Sydney Seymour ’18, plus a great run by Amanda Keim ’20 and very strong runs from Caitlyn Walsh ’18, Mackenzy Burns ’21 (sister of Amanda Burns ’15) and Danica Hruby ’21 the team qualified for a second consecutive state meet trip. They, along with Bridget Chambers ’21 then finished 15th of 20 teams in Columbus where both Sydney Seymour ’18 (20th overall) and Annie Allen ’20 (21st overall) both earned All-Ohio Honors in the Division I race. Front Row, L-R: Danica Hruby ’21, Mackenzy Burns ’21, Amanda Keim ’20, Annie Allen ’20. Back Row, L-R: Marie Musser ’20, Bridget Chambers ’21, Caitlyn Walsh ’18 and Sydney Seymour ’18

SOCCER SEASON FINISHES STRONG The soccer team played the toughest competition the program has ever faced, facing multiple programs that had recently won state titles. The team was able to come together and stay competitive against three teams that made it to the final 16 in the state: Hathaway Brown, Walsh Jesuit and Avon. The season provided highlights such as a second consecutive postseason win as the Jaguars topped North Olmsted 1-0 in the sectional semifinal round. The Jaguars also put on a great performance in a 3-0 win at Avon Lake late in the season. The season for the Jaguars ended in the Kady Cushing ’19 sectional final as they dropped their match to Avon, an undefeated team who was the eventual district champion. Four Jaguars earned postseason honors as Kady Cushing ’19 was named AllDistrict Second Team. Maggie Wagner ’18 and Hannah Carruthers ’18, along with Sophia Pedone ’20 were all named Honorable Mention All-District.

For the second consecutive year, the tennis Jaguars advanced to the Northeast Ohio Division I quarterfinals as a team, while the doubles combo of Julie Lorincz ’18 and Melissa Martin ’20 qualified for the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) District Tennis Tournament. As a team, the Jaguars finished with a 13-7 record while competing against the top

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teams in Northeast Ohio. Bridget FitzGerald ’18 (sister of Colleen FitzGerald ’16) led the team with 19 wins playing nearly every position on the team. Angela Weiland ’18 had the highest winning percentage on the team, with 16 victories primarily at second doubles. Melissa Martin ’20 and Kerrigan Ponsart ’20 each picked up 17 victories, while Abby Weaver ’19 (granddaughter of Margaret Lynch Kahl ’58 and sister of Maggie Weaver ’17) and Mary Kate Kahl ’21 (granddaughter of Margaret Lynch Kahl ’58, daughter of JoAnn Aerni Kahl ’82 and sister of Brooke ’14 and Michelle Kahl ’09) won 16 matches. Julie Lorincz ’18 and Melissa Martin ’20 teamed up in doubles for postseason play and won three matches at sectionals to make the semifinals and qualify for the district tournament.

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n October, nearly 300 graduates in class years ending in ‘2’ and ‘7’ spanning seven decades from 1942 to 2012, gathered at the Academy to celebrate what truly was a Grand Reunion! These women, who embody our rich history, traveled far and near from over 18 states – some traveling over 2,400 miles – to join their friends and classmates to renew bonds of friendship and share fond memories of their dear alma mater. The weekend was filled with events; a young alumnae gathering on Friday evening, a Grand Reunion dinner for all on Saturday, and a brunch for golden alumnae (celebrating 50 or more years since graduation!) On Sunday, the Saint Joseph Academy community celebrated Mass together, followed by studentled tours and a reception. Thank you to everyone who served as a class representative and social media ambassador to help us spread the word about Grand Reunion.



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The Class of 1967 not only celebrated their 50-year reunion, they were also recognized for having the highest participation in the Annual Fund with 42% of the class making a gift. The gifts from all reunion classes totaled more than $15,000!










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Include Saint Joseph Academy in Your Planning! As we approach the end of the year, there’s still time to lower your upcoming tax bill and increase your peace of mind with a gift to Saint Joseph Academy. Giving appreciated stock to Saint Joseph Academy is a wonderful way for you to help us continue our mission while receiving significant tax advantages. In addition to providing Saint Joseph Academy with a larger gift than if you sold the stock and donated the proceeds, you receive a greater tax deduction and avoid capital gains tax. Please contact the Vice President of Institutional Advancement Constance S. Sipple, CFRE to receive the instructions to share with your broker to facilitate the gifts. If you are 70 1/2 or older, donating

some or all of your IRA distributions to Saint Joseph Academy will reduce your adjusted gross income and subsequent tax liability. However, it is important to make these distributions directly to Saint Joseph Academy from your IRA account. Just as with stock, if you accept the distribution and donate the proceeds, you will lose the tax saving benefit. Contact your IRA plan administrator or tax professional to find out more and to plan for the future. Please contact us to obtain the form to notify Saint Joseph Academy of your intended gift so we can use it according to your wishes. Year-end is also an ideal time to review your estate plan. If you decide to update your will or the beneficiaries on your

retirement plan or life insurance policy, remember that by including Saint Joseph Academy, you will be creating a meaningful legacy without affecting your current assets or cash flow. Explore the information available at www.plannedgiving.sja1890. org for planning tools appropriate for your age or philanthropic investments goals and important tax saving updates. Already included Saint Joseph Academy in your estate plans? Please contact Vice President of Institutional Advancement Constance Sipple, CFRE, so we can be sure to use your gift as intended. We will also add you to our roster of Fontbonne Legacy Society members and welcome you to our special appreciation events.

Gratitude to Our 2017 Golf Outing Participants Thanks to all who joined us on July 29 for our 23rd Annual Golf Outing to benefit the Saint Joseph Academy Scholarship Fund. More than 100 golfers and volunteers enjoyed a day of companionship and friendly competition at Sweetbriar Golf Course. Over the past five years, this fundraiser has netted nearly $90,000 for our student scholarship efforts! Special thanks to the following individuals and organizations that sponsored this year’s event: LUNCH SPONSOR: Blue Chip Consulting Group JAGUAR SPONSORS: Saint Ignatius High School Avalon Foodservice, Inc. Schoolbelles School Uniforms BREAKFAST SPONSORS: Conrad’s Tire Express & Total Car Care Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union Kernels by Chrissie BEVERAGE SPONSORS: Matthew J. Messina, DDS S. P. Mount Printing Company Most Rev. Roger W. Gries, OSB Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland Mary Beth Durkin ’78† Aristotle Design Group W. B. Mason


HOLE SPONSORS: Villa Beach Communications Charles P. Canepa, D.D.S., M.S. Chambers Funeral Homes Congregation of St. Joseph Ret. Hon. Colleen Conway Cooney & John G. Cooney The Draves Family Mary Beth Durkin ’78† The Durkin Family Nissan of North Olmsted Printing Partners Norris Brothers Co., Inc. Lakeside Supply Company Dr. Casey O’Conor - Orthodontist Joseph & Ann Wilkins Kalt ’76 Stripmatic Products, Inc. Linda Kane ’75 Minotti’s Wine & Liquor Fairview Park

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L-R: Maureen Baddour Moses ’67, Assistant Golf Coach Dr. Joe Moses, Kathleen Durkin Ferry ’77 and Brian Pyclik A Taste of Excellence Maloney & Novotny, LLC Saint Joseph Academy Summer Staff Nowak Tours J & F Transportation In memory of Golf Outing Committee Members Beth Durkin ’78† & Eileen Murray Dooley T’43† Chuck & Maureen Fallon Adler ’79 Drs. Robert L., Christopher J., Jill M. Harter, DDS McGraw & McGraw, LPA Terry & Anna Sopko Keenan ’75 Mike Mural Building Contractors/ Aisling Mural ’10

Robek’s Westlake in The Promenade at Crocker Park 30319 Detroit Road Kamm’s Corners Development Corp. Maximum Velocity The Alpha Group Master Printing & Mailing Italian Creations Personal Leasing Transportation Company The McGorray Family Wiemels-Hiros Plumbing Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ’71, Saint Joseph Academy President


ifts to the Annual Fund are truly powerful investments that touch every student, every day and help to fund the $1,540 gap between tuition and the actual cost of one year of a Saint Joseph Academy education.

The Annual Fund also:

• Ensures that students from diverse backgrounds have equal access to a Saint Joseph Academy education. This year, 68% of our students depend on the Annual Fund to provide tuition assistance. • Provides innovative opportunities for student exploration, collaboration and 21st century learning. • Allows Saint Joseph Academy to provide vital training for faculty and staff. In this season of giving back, it is our sincere hope that you will consider making a year-end gift to the Annual Fund in support of the young women of Saint Joseph Academy. This year, the ability to set up recurring monthly donations is an easy and affordable way to participate.

Thank you for giving the gift that lasts a lifetime.

Nazareth Academy Alumnae Celebrate Reunion More than 150 Nazareth Academy alumnae gathered on Sunday, September 10 to reconnect with fellow classmates at this year’s Nazareth Academy luncheon at the 100th Bomb Group Restaurant. Special congratulations were given to the Class of 1967 as they celebrated their 50-year anniversary. Recognition was given to alumnae from the Classes of 1962, 1972 and 1977 on their milestone reunion years! Proceeds of the event benefit scholarships to Saint Joseph Academy for daughters/granddaughters of Nazareth alumnae. Abby Lewandowski ’20 (granddaughter of Pamela Pawlak Lewandowski N’65) thanked the attendees for their support of her alumnae scholarship. The event raised $1,300 for the Scholarship Fund.

Contact Us

To explore the many ways you can make a lasting impact on Saint Joseph Academy, please contact a member of our Institutional Advancement Department for a confidential conversation:

Nazareth Academy Class of 1967

Constance Sipple, CFRE Vice President 216.671.0166

Susan Flood Development Director 216.619.1938

Allison Busser ’04 Alumnae Director 216.619.1653

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Eternal rest grant unto them O, Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.

Mary Patricia Chambers ’46 and Sheila Chambers Caco ’56 on the death of their sister, Ladonna Chambers English ’53. Peg Singer Boshara ’47 and Joan Singer Clement ’52 on the death of their sister, Shirlee Singer Jensen ’49. Catherine Kelly Schneider ’51 on the death of her son, Michael McCarthy. Margaret Viancourt Smith ’55, Frances Viancourt Molnar ’57 and Coletta Viancourt Hotes ’63 on the death of their brother, David Viancourt. Carol Schill Dorsey ’58 on the death of her husband, Jay Dorsey. Kathleen Stackhouse Rolinc ’59 on the death of her brother, Robert Stackhouse. Barbara Probert Nuckley ’60 and Patricia Probert Sorg ’61 on the death of their sister, Judith Probert Miller ’64. Georgene Maysey Rue ’60 and Kathleen Maysey Babic ’64 on the death of their sister, Janet Maysey Miller ’57. Elaine Kasl Bakos N’60 on the death of her brother, Raymond Kasl. 18

Gloria Sabo Schmitz N’60 on the death of her husband, Thomas Schmitz.

Patricia Crane Facemire N’65 on the death of her daughter, Tawnia Wright.

Carol Gonosey Hager ’61 on the death of her sister, Mary Gonosey Nicolan ’72.

Linda Pelton Zimmerman N’66 and Sharlene Pelton Barger N’67 on the death of their sister, Patricia Pelton Mallett N’62.

Patricia McMahon Patterson ’62, Elizabeth McMahon Holzheimer ’67 and Eileen McMahon ’74 on the death of their mother, Coletta McMahon. Mary Pat Coughlin ’64, Colleen Coughlin ’68, Nancy Coughlin Williams ’70 and Kathleen Coughlin Delaney ’75 on the death of their brother, Timothy Coughlin. Mary Ellen Schmittlein ’64 on the death of her brother, Patrick Schmittlein. Christine Onofrey White ’64 and Marian Onofrey Brewer ’66 on the death of their father, Joseph Onofrey. Bea Barry McKnight ’65 on the death of her sister, Sharon Barry Keane ’59. Sr. Kathryn Thomas, CSJ ’65 on the death of her mother, Isabel Joseph Thomas ’40 and brother, Dr. Anthony Thomas.

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Maureen Lahiff ’67 and Ann Lahiff ’76 on the death of their mother, Mary Ellen Lahiff. Madeline Criscione Coffman N’68 on the death of her husband, Byron Coffman. Donna Fergus Sell ’71, Michelle Fergus Drabik ’83 and Laureen Fergus Gardner ’88 on the death of their father, Donald Fergus. Deborah Banyas Speer N’71 on the death of her mother, Roberta Morris Banyas ’47. Marian Blanda Adelmann N’72 and Tina Blanda Sterrett N’74 on the death of their mother, Mary Blanda. Mary Brigid Barrett ’73, Mary Margaret Barrett ’77, Mary Therese Barrett Driscoll ’79 and Mary Patricia Barrett Mangine ’82 on the death of their sister, Mary Elizabeth “BC” Barrett ’78.

Jane Thrun Judson ’75 and Therese Thrun Garver ’78 on the death of their mother, Dolores Thrun. Judith Muldoon ’75, Joy Muldoon Schneider ’85 and Jill Muldoon Rendek ’93 on the death of their mother and Kathleen Farkas Gundling T’49 on the death of her sister, Rebecca Muldoon. Lynn Powers ’76 and Terry Powers Yoelzadeh ’77 on the death of their mother, Carole Powers. Therese Klubert McGovern ’78 on the death of her mother, Rita Kerwin Klubert ’48. Mary Colbert White ’78 and Coreen Colbert Stamper ’80 on the death of their mother and Kathleen Dwyer ’58 on the death of her sister, Mary Anne Dwyer Colbert ’54. Eileen Patton Arnold ’80, Ann Patton Belliveau ’85 and Maureen Patton Buttrick ’87 on the death of their father, Richard Patton. Kathy Abonyi Jameyson ’80 on the death of her stepmother, Cleda Ann Abonyi. Michelle Barrett Anselmo ’81 on the death of her mother, Marion Barrett.

Joanne Savinell Belovich ’81 on the death of her husband and Anne Belovich Jex N’72 and Stephanie Belovich N’73 on the death of their brother, Steven Belovich. Lorraine Cayer DiIorio ’81 on the death of her mother, Gemma Cayer. Colette Glavich Stamler ’82 on the death of her sister, Celeste Glavich Ziarko ’78.

Christmas Angels Saint Joseph Academy is decorating a “tribute” Christmas tree in our Holy Family Chapel. It will be decorated with very special angel ornaments, each sponsored to honor a loved one or the memory of a beloved one who has passed away. The tree will remain on display throughout the Advent/ Christmas season. During this time, the entire Saint Joseph Academy community will pray for the individuals remembered on the tree. This is a truly unique way to honor your loved ones. All donations will be used to advance the mission of Saint Joseph Academy. The cost is a $25 donation per tribute. To donate, please visit

Eileen Zint Dorton ’85 and Catherine Zint Thomas ’87 on the death of their mother, Catherine Zint.

We extend our sympathy to the following Saint Joseph Academy faculty and staff members: Valerie Sanfilippo, Science teacher, on the death of her mother, Elizabeth Trusso.

Anne Butchko Taylor ’85 on the death of her father, Ray Butchko. Amy Grzybowski Famularo ’97 and Beth Grzybowski Litten ’99 on the death of their mother and Marie Lemieux Grimmer ’65 on the death of her sister, Teresa Lemieux Grzybowski ’71. Molly McCann Gumucio ’99 on the death of her father, Thomas McCann. Abigail Williams ’11 on the death of her brother, Michael Williams. Juliet Corrigan ’13 on the death of her mother, Diane Corrigan.

Dan True, CORE Ministry teacher, on the death of his brother, Zachary Neiman.

Please remember in your prayers the following deceased alumnae: Harriet Kolesar Gayneau ’35 Isabel Joseph Thomas ’40 Phyllis Grohe Misch ’45 Sally Todia Knill ’46 Roberta Morris Banyas ’47 Carol Kane Glazer ‘47 Therese Miltner Fitzgibbons T’47 Catherine Fergus ’48 Rita Kerwin Klubert ’48 Shirlee Singer Jensen ’49 Alice Davis Johnson T’49 Ladonna Chambers English ’53 Mary Gladis ’53 Mary Anne Dwyer Colbert ’54 Phyllis Rizzo Gloeckler ’55 Janet Maysey Miller ’57

Sharon Barry Keane ’59 Leona Weiskittel Scholle ’61 Patricia Pelton Mallett N’62 Margaret “Kathy” O’Malley Hoole ’64 Judith Probert Miller ’64 Sr. Dorothy Fuchs, SND N’64 Marguerite Martin Leahy N’64 Judith Bochar Nieman N’67 Teresa Lemieux Grzybowski ’71 Mary Gonosey Nicolan ’72 Mary Beth Manuk Day ‘76 Dorothea Spannhake ’77 Mary Elizabeth “BC” Barrett ’78 Mary Raynak ’78 Celeste Glavich Ziarko ’78

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ClassNotes Alumnae


CORE Ministry teacher Cathy Lanning Knittel ’67 received the inaugural Sister Kathleen Ryan SND award for her faithful leadership and unwavering commitment in furthering the mission of Catholic Schools for Peace and Justice (CSPJ). CSPJ is a network of students and educators from Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Cleveland, supported by the Diocesan Social Action Office and rooted in Catholic Social Teaching. Mrs. Knittel was recognized for her continued leadership and involvement as a founding member of the organization 15 years ago.


Special thank you to St. Mark School Principal Karen Moore Cocita ’71, Heidi Martin P’18 and ’21 and the faculty and staff at St. Mark School (many of whom are alumnae and parents) for encouraging Saint Joseph Academy National Art Honor Society to create portraits this past spring for families of children who have battled pediatric cancer. Story in last issue of UPDATE.


Jennifer Ventrone ’02 married Cory Altemus on September 2, 2017 at Saint Colman Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Her sisters were in her wedding party, matron of honor Gina Ventrone Kaczmarek ’00 and bridesmaid Anna Ventrone ’09. Meredith Schumann ’03 married Ryan Mulford on August 26, 2017. Her sisters, Lisa Schumann ’96 and Susan Schumann Hunter ’97, were bridesmaids. Melinda Saavedra ’05 married Sean Antill on July 29, 2017 in Strongsville, Ohio. Destiny Diaz ’07 married Cole Donithan on July 21, 2017. Caitlin Kahler Ubbing ’08 married John Ubbing on June 10, 2017 in at St. Paul Church in Athens, Ohio. Eleanore Hilow ’08 and Mary Grace Adler ’08 were bridesmaids. Also in attendance were other Saint Joseph Academy alumnae.


Judy Ghazoul Hilow ’81 was recently guest speaker at The First Friday Club of Cleveland regarding her work as the Executive Director of Malachi House. The inspiration for Malachi House came from the ministry of Father Paul Hritz, the parishioners of St. Malachi Parish, and cofounder Catherine O’Neill to serve persons who are terminally ill with limited or no financial resources.


Angela Exergian Lizzini ’98 has been a cardiology nurse for the past eight years at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, serving as both a senior night-shift nurse and the charge nurse. She is currently in the process of acquiring her master’s degree to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Angela, along with husband Robert and three children, lives in Rocky River, Ohio.


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Top Row, L-R: Judy Ghazoul Hilow ’81, Eleanore Hilow ’08, Brooke VanDenHaute Benes ’08, Hannah McNeeley ’08, Bride Caitlin Kahler Ubbing ’08, Samantha Sulzer ’08, Maureen Fallon Adler ’79 and Eileen Adler ’10. Bottom Row, L-R: Katie Bajorek ’08, Meaghan Kahler, Mary Grace Adler ’08 and Carli Kaufmann ’08


Taylor Whisler ’10 married Evan Bellan on July 1, 2017 at Saint Francis Chapel at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. Emily Alberty ’11 was recently nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award, presented by Cleveland Metropolitan School

District, The George Gund Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation and the Cleveland Teachers Union. Devanne Hargis ’13 recently graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy. In January of 2018, she will be moving to Lancaster, Wisconsin to complete a music therapy internship, working with older adults with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia and with adults with intellectual and development disabilities. Devanne will then become an MT-BC (music therapist, board certified). Melyssa Jackson ’13 recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. During her senior year at University of Cincinnati, she received the Senior 100 Award. Melyssa now works as a Chapter Retention Specialist with ASM International, the world’s largest association of metal-focused materials professionals, dedicated to informing, educating and connecting the materials community to solve problems and stimulate innovation around the world.

Cub Club

Daniela Rojas Anselmi ’05 & Matthew Anselmia son, Leo Gabriel, born January 7, 2017 Jessica Leahy Marcis ’06 & Charles Marcis a daughter, Isabella Mae, born August 6, 2017 Emily Rodgers Simmerly ’07 & Bryan Simmerly a daughter, Nora Colette, born July 18, 2017 Sarah Ginty Edington ’08 & Travis Edington a daughter, Eleanor May, born June 30, 2017 Kristin Karn ’09 & Jaime Flores a son, Jaime David, born April 14, 2017

Make Christmas Shopping Easy by Visiting the



Paw Prints Store As you are making your list and checking it twice, be sure to include purple and gold items for your Jaguar fans on the list! The Paw Prints Store is stocked with many wonderful items including ornaments, jewelry, blankets, hats, hoodies and more!

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Not sure what to purchase for that special someone on your list? We offer gift certificates in any amount! Christmas Hours: With the Christmas season upon us, we offer Special Holiday Shopping Hours in addition to our regular store hours that can be accessed on our website.

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for all of your Christmas gifts!

Save the Date


CLEVELAND ROCKS THE ACADEMY Please join Saint Joseph Academy for a fun and memorable evening to benefit student scholarships and academic initiatives. This year’s gala celebrates the city that Saint Joseph Academy has called home since 1890.

N O M I N AT I O N S SAINT JOSEPH ACADEMY’S “25 Under 35” awards program celebrates the Academy’s alumnae under 35 years of age and are making a difference in their communities. Candidates are either nominated by their peers or self-nominated. An independent committee of Cleveland’s female leaders will select nominees on their achievements, as well as social, philanthropic and community involvement. Submit your nomination via by March 1, 2018.

HONORING Maureen McCafferty Arbeznik ’69 - The 2018 Distinguished Alumna Award Honoree The 2018 Medaille Shield Award Honorees - John and Colleen Conway Cooney Featuring Cleveland’s most sought after auctioneer, Bob Hale. Special thanks to our event chairs: John and Andrea Ham P’18 Michael and Lisa Adkins Lonsway ’84, P’18 Patrick and Camille Sheehan P’18 For more information or to register for the event, please visit or contact Carolyn Conway Novak ’06 at 216.251.6788 x224.

Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 6 p.m. Saint Joseph Academy

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LOOKINGAHEAD Young Alumnae Holiday Homecoming

Marge Madness Basketball Tournament

Members of the Classes of 2013–2017 are invited to join us for a holiday homecoming get together on Thursday, December 28, 2017, 6-8 p.m. in the Dining Hall at Saint Joseph Academy. Catch up with classmates and learn what’s new at the Academy! Enjoy pizza, salad, soda and a chance to win alumnae gear. To register, please visit For more information, please contact Alumnae Director Allison Busser ’04 at

The third annual Marge Madness Basketball Tournament will be held in the Academy Center on Sunday, March 25, 2018 to raise funds for the Maggie Daniels Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund at Saint Joseph Academy. The tournament will be comprised of 5-on-5 teams, progressing along a bracket until there is a winner. Prizes and contests for participants and fans throughout the day. For more information, please contact Alumnae Director Allison Busser ’04 at

Admission Test

Evening of Reflection for Women

All 8 grade girls considering enrolling at Saint Joseph Academy must take an admission test. Our admission test is scheduled for Saturday, January 6, 2018, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Please note this test is for admission purposes only, not scholarships. Register at

Please join us on Monday, March 26, 2018 for our annual Evening of Reflection for Women. This event is designed to help you begin the holiest week of the year with spiritual insight and guidance. For more information, please contact Alumnae Director Allison Busser ’04 at

Alumnae, Family and Friends Mass and Brunch in Naples, Florida

“25 Under 35” Nominations


Join Saint Joseph Academy for a special gathering at the Royal Poinciana Golf Club on Sunday, March 4. Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Raymond P. Guiao, S.J. at 10 a.m. followed by brunch. For more information, or to be added to the guest list contact Michelle Rattay Tarr ’75 at or 216.251.6788 x237. 22 Saint Joseph Academy UPDATE

Saint Joseph Academy’s “25 Under 35” awards program celebrates the Academy’s alumnae under 35 years of age and are making a difference in their communities. Nominations must be submitted via by March 1, 2018.

UPDATE Magazine: Fall 2017  
UPDATE Magazine: Fall 2017