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Live Your Dreams Congratulations Class of 2014

Year in Review: Celebrating Our Accomplishments


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

TIMOTHY A. HOWE SJ

Choose to serve Dear friends, Last summer, Andy Castellini (’82) and I were privileged to join 10 members of the Class of 2014 on a mission trip to Vanceburg, KY. During the day, we worked on several projects in the communities of Lewis County. And at night, we returned to the Glenmary Farm where we prayed and reflected on the day’s experiences.

The farm managers taught us an important lesson on the very first day. They said, “You can choose to serve, but you can’t always choose how you’re going to serve.” As our graduates look forward to their lives in college and beyond, I trust that they will choose to serve. I believe they will choose to make their lives about something beyond themselves, even beyond their families, and truly be Men for Others. How will they serve? In so many different ways! Each member of the Long Blue Line has a unique constellation of talents and passions that God has given him that lead him towards his particular vocation. Our alumni serve as doctors and priests and lawyers and teachers and engineers and scientists and businessmen. The non-profits in Cincinnati and beyond are filled with Bombers who volunteer and work to improve people’s lives. During the ceremony, I challenged our graduates, in the class of 2014, to take time and deeply reflect, “What is my particular vocation in life?” And then, to trust. To trust that, whatever it is, God’s plan will be good news for them and good news for our world. Yours in Christ,

Timothy A. Howe SJ


ADMINISTRATION Rev. Timothy A. Howe SJ, President Rev. Edward L. Pigott SJ (’55), Rector Mr. Terrence H. Tyrrell, Principal BOARD OF TRUSTEES Mrs. Ann M. Berger Mr. John C. Bloomstrom Bro. Darrell J. Burns SJ Mr. David J. Cassady (’75), Board Chair Mr. Robert W. Dieckman, Jr. (’82) Rev. Patrick A. Fairbanks SJ Ms. Cynthia A. Fazio Mr. Thomas A. Gill Rev. Michael J. Graham SJ Mr. Gary J. Gruber (’73) Mr. Richard J. Hidy (’81) Rev. Timothy A. Howe SJ, Ex Officio Mr. Walter E. Knox, Jr. Mr. William J. Mulvihill, (’65) Mrs. Victoria A. Reynolds Mr. John B. Schmitz (’78) Mr. Michael N. Schuster Mr. Michael G. Stenger (’79) Mr. Richard E. Thornburgh (’70) Rev. William L. Verbryke SJ (’71), Ex Officio CONTRIBUTORS Cheryl L. Asper Sylvia M. Betz Cathy M. Cionni Rev. Fran Daly SJ Shannon J. Eggleston Heidi B. Eveleigh Edmund L. Franchi Joseph R. Heyob (’14) Colleen S. King Ralph A. Nardini (’77) Anthony E. Schad (’81) John A. Schrantz (’96) Andrew E. Sweeny (’68) Ron Weisbrod

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Year in Review Sports, Arts, Service

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President’s Dinner Honors O’Toole (’62) and Schrantz (’67)

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Graduation Congratulations Class of 2014

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Farewell Faculty and Staff

EDITOR Becky Schulte DESIGNER Jon Enia (’97), LamsonEnia Design PRINTING Joseph Berning Printing Company St. Xavier Magazine is published three times a year by the alumni, development and communications offices. St. Xavier High School 600 W. North Bend Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45224-1499 Phone (513) 761-7815 ext. 121 http://www.stxavier.org e-mail bschulte@stxavier.org ALUMNI HOT LINE 1-800-572-5340 ext. 116 Direct all Letters to the Editor, address changes, or other correspondence to the above address. Postmaster: Send address corrections to: St. Xavier Magazine, 600 W. North Bend Road, Cincinnati, OH 45224-1499.

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WE ARE ST. X PRESIDENT’S DINNER MAN FOR OTHERS PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT FACULTY Q&A

18 VICE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 19 ALUMNI X-CERPTS 22 X-PEDITIONS 29 CALENDAR

COVER Congratulations to the Class of 2014. Art produced by Nathan Shrum (’16) and Alex Dahl (’16). ABOVE G  raduate Chris Daugherty (’14) enters the ceremony at Cintas Center.

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WE ARE...ST. X

NEWS AND NOTES AROUND THE ST. XAVIER CAMPUS

Science Olympiad Moves on to State The St. Xavier Science Olympiad team finished 4th on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Southwest Ohio Regional Science Olympiad competition in Blue Ash. The St. X team earned two first place medals, two 4th place medals, and a 5th and 6th place medal from 23 different events. From a field of 23 different teams, the top six teams advanced to state competition in Columbus at The Ohio State University. This was Science Olympiad’s third consecutive year to qualify for state competition.

Taste of Diversity Brings Great Food and Culture to St. X

Day of Recollection

More than 120 St. X moms and guests were treated to a wonderful day of spiritual awakening, Mass, prayer, reconciliation and a simple Lenten luncheon hosted by the St. X Mothers’ and Women’s Clubs to celebrate a Day of Recollection. The day began with Mass celebrated with St. X students in the Ellis Gymnasium, a call by Father O’Connor SJ, to “get in the arena” and dare to go out on a limb, to be a a change maker, and to serve the Lord through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Guests moved to the Chapel of the Holy Companions for an incredible treat, a talk by Tajci (pronounced “TY-chee”) mother of Dante Cameron (’18). “She is truly inspirational: her story, her life, her music, I just feel blessed to the core she was here,” said Mothers’ Club Board member Kim Luken. Tajci shared her incredible life story: her seemingly dreamlike-life as Croatia’s biggest pop star, instantly recognized and adored by millions, to a woman in search of something deeper, something bigger, something more meaningful, awakening as an inspirational speaker and musician in the United States. Tajci capped her talk with a song for the Day of Recollection guests, and was given a standing ovation. After praying the rosary and participating in reconciliation, guests engaged in a prayer intention swap, in which each guest wrote an intention on a slip of paper, and then took one, with the intent of praying for another’s intention during Lent. Held every Ash Wednesday, Day of Recollection is a favorite event of St X Mothers’ Club and St. X Women’s Club guests. Ash Wednesday falls on February 18 next year.

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Hundreds gathered to celebrate the fourth annual Taste of Diversity this spring. This celebration of food, music, arts and culture was hosted by the St. Xavier High School Foreign Language Department and Parents Across Cultures (PAC). The event featured more than 30 countries and cultures represented by St. X. students. Guests were able to experience the cultures of exotic places such Peru, China, Sierra Leone, Argentina, Cuba, Lebanon, Italy, Greece, Vietnam, India, Mexico and many more! Friends and family of St. X had a great time eating, learning and experiencing food, music and more from other countries.


Orange and White For the past four years, St. Xavier High School has teamed up with St. Ursula Academy, Ursuline Academy and Moeller High School to put on the Orange and White Game, an annual powder puff football game to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Cancer Research Center. This year’s donation to Children’s Hospital was $7,400 bringing the four-year total to more than $27,000.

Mock Trial Team Blue Finishes 5th Congratulations to the St. Xavier Mock Trial Team Blue for their 5th place finish in state competition out of 330 teams. Led by seniors Ryan Budde and Austin Worrell and coaches (Robert Ernst, Brian Hurley, and Cindy Fazio) the team represented St. X with a top performance, as well as exemplary behavior in Columbus. A big thanks also goes to advisor, Mr. Henry McDonald. Mr. McDonald did a great job of coordinating and communicating with the students and parents. St. X Team Blue included Ryan Budde, Austin Worrell, Max Welker, John Conroy, AJ Getter, Anthony Castelli, Austin Summi, Henry Ricki, and David Laney.

Signing Day St. Xavier Student Athlete Spring Signing Day 2014. Front Row (l to r) : Jon McQuitty- bowling, Spring Hill College; Joey Arbino- football, Indiana State; Alex Kenner- football, Dayton; Evan Vonderhaar- football, John Carroll; Bryce Schwierling- soccer, Transylvania; and Matt Momper- tennis, Bellarmine University. Back Row (l to r): Peter Garvin- football, Dayton; Colin Smith – basketball, Hanover College; Jack Ellerhorst- basketball, Ohio Northern Univ.; Zac Schmucker- basketball, Centre College; Trey Lampley-basketball, Washington University in St. Louis; and Oliver Acomb-swimming, University of Cincinnati. Not pictured: Ian Sagester- lacrosse, Ohio Wesleyan.

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National Jesuit Diversity Conference St. Xavier High School had the pleasure of hosting the National Jesuit High School Student Diversity Conference over the March 21st weekend. More than 85 students and adults from Portland, Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Cincinnati were in attendance. The conference focused on 21st Century Leadership defined by many corporations around the globe as multicultural competencies. These leadership skills are developed by growing awareness, knowledge and skills. For many at the conference, this was a new approach to understanding leadership and was exciting to explore. Cultural Competency is defined as the ability to function effectively in culturally diverse situations and with diverse people. For individuals, the challenge is to choose a set of consistent behaviors, attitudes, skills and knowledge that create respectful interactions with people different from us. For communities, it is recognizing the value of diversity and respectfully supporting one and other. The conference began with many activities to get to know one another better and grow a sense of an inclusive community. It also required participants to begin to learn more about Cultural Competence.

“The emphasis on Cultural Competency created an atmosphere of acceptance and equality unlike any other conference I have attended,” said Kiana Salazar, St. Ignatius College Prep. “This conference helped me understand what it means to be a 21st Century leader by making me learn to celebrate differences.” Shahrez Khan, St. Xavier.

2014 Senior Class Gift Thanks to the generosity and hard work of our seniors this year, the senior class gift reached a total of $23,424.95 with 96% participation. The total amount is exceptional and is not only a reflection of the devotion and hard work of our seniors but all of the St. Xavier community.

Mustache March The halls of St. Xavier were filled with facial hair as students participated in Mustache March. This annual fundraiser, created by Neil Jones (’13), raised more than $2,179 to benefit The Karen Wellington Foundation, which supports families living with cancer. Winners of this year’s Mustache March competition: Best in Show: Ian Sagester (’14) and Brian Strawser (’14), Most Growth: Justin Roenker (’15) and Not a Good Look on You: Jorge Naciff (’14).

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St. Xavier Music Fest 2014 Music Fest is a tradition at St. Xavier that began in 1986. It was created, as a day for the school community to gather and listen to the talented musicians of the school perform on stage. This year, students also enjoyed a variety of musical performances, as well as a special visit from the “Old Spice Guy” who encouraged scenting responsibly. Along with the music, students participated in field games, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a corn hole tournament, a cook-off and many took turns trying to dunk faculty and staff members in the Marine Biology Dunk Booth. Thank you to all who helped create another successful event!

List of Bands Dead Batteries Dan and Sam Minelli Megasaurus Blue Society Grandin Manor Wall Jack Sullivan Austin Tinsley Red Light Optional Saxophone Quartet Nicholas Brehm E Pluribus Quinque Tiny Timmel

Loyola Club Makes Impact

Loyola Club donors make a real impact on a student’s years at St. Xavier with gifts ranging from $2,000 to the equivalent of a full tuition each year for four years. Every year, academically qualified students in need of tuition assistance are identified and the Loyola Club aims to meet that need. Thanks to more than 60 generous benefactors this year, 72 young men received tuition assistance through the St. Xavier Loyola Club. At our annual Loyola Club Luncheon, these benefactors and students connect. The benefits of this connection are many. Most gratifying, for all involved, are the personal relationships and conversations between the students and benefactors. If you are interested in learning more about the Loyola Club please call Assistant Vice President of development Tony Schad (’81) at 513-618-3228 or send him an email at tschad@stxavier.org.

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X-Travaganza: Modern Art in Action

A huge thank you goes out to the 500 plus volunteers and all the attendees who helped make this event a huge success! Mark your calendars today for X-Travaganza 2015 which will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

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modern art- an unexpected Xperience fell right in step with the 41 previous years of X-Travaganza and proved to be another successful fundraiser for St. Xavier High School. “I am very impressed with the planning and execution of the X-Travaganza weekend,” said Principal Terry Tyrrell. “It is a wonderful example of the collaborative spirit of St. X for the betterment of our students.” The weekend event kicked off in the Berning Gym with First Night Art Xpressions chaired by Jill and John O’Shea and Michelle and Rob Morgan. Nearly 500 guests enjoyed delicious Lenten dishes, drinks and desserts in a casual atmosphere. Many incoming parents from the Class of 2018 were able to mingle with current parents and supporters and enjoyed a meet-and-greet with Principal Terry Tyrrell and President Fr. Tim Howe SJ. The event featured an outstanding performance by the St. X Drumline. The casual party was a perfect way to start the festivities. On Saturday, more than 620 guests filled the Ellis Gym, which had artfully been turned into a modern art museum for X-Travaganza 2014: modern art- an unXpected Xperience, hosted by Heidi Mechley-Felton and Mike Felton. Guests enjoyed Mass to begin the evening, and were amazed by students “morphing” to greet them outside the entrance before they moved on to enjoy dinner, beautiful art and the opportunity to bid on amazing items. “The night was a celebration of the St. X spirit where hard work intersected with tradition,” said Heidi Mechley-Felton, chair of X-Travaganza. “From the outside performers, to the student artwork used in the beautifully executed decorations created by decoration chairs Andrea Berndt and Aimie Delworth, I was so happy guests were able to enjoy the artistic side of St. X.” The live auction at X-Travaganza featured 72 fantastic items ranging from culinary delights and travel experiences to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. A highlight of the evening was the X-Tend A Hand portion of the evening when supporters were asked to make donations towards tuition assistance. More than $25,000 was raised for tuition assistance on this one effort alone. “The energy from Friday and Saturday night was incredible. My thanks goes out to the Executive Committee and all of our volunteers for their time and energy this year. Their efforts made X-Travaganza 2014 a huge success which will benefit every young man at St. X!” said X-Travaganza Director Cathy Cionni. “Thank you to our guests for their support, and especially to Heidi Mechley-Felton and Mike Felton who served as wonderful and enthusiastic chairs.”


Remembering Dr. Dan Funk (‘67) St. X faculty member Mr. Dan Funk (’67) was diagnosed with cancer earlier this school year and passed away on April 23, 2014. We encourage friends and former students to take the time to share thoughts and memories about his many years of teaching. Reflections will allow his family to feel the love and impact he had on so many lives. If you would like to contribute a message, please email Becky Schulte at bschulte@stxavier.org

OBITUARY Daniel A. Funk, dear husband of Jenny Diesman Funk. Loving father of Ellen Mary and Daniel Cristian Diesman Funk. Beloved son of the late Daniel and Mary Funk (nee Giambrone). Beloved brother of Diann (Tony) Blizniak (nee Funk). Dedicated School Counselor and Football Coach at St. Xavier High School for over 20 years. As an active member of the Catholic Church, Daniel lived his faith.

Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014 More than 500 St. Xavier alumni and friends helped usher in the St. Xavier Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The guest speaker for the evening was Dave Lapham, Bengals announcer. Congratulations to the 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees: Mark Gerstner (’89) Track & Cross Country, Jim Herman (’96) Golf, Russ “Tiger” King (’63) Tennis Coach and Chris Sexton (’89) Baseball.

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YEAR IN REVIEW All Sports Championship Trophy stays at St. Xavier for the 3rd straight year. St. Xavier has won the All Sports Trophy 14 of the past 16 years! ATHLETICS–Fall

ATHLETICS–Winter

ATHLETICS–Spring

CROSS COUNTRY

BASKETBALL

BASEBALL

The Bomber Basketball Squad has five graduating seniors that will play at the collegiate level.

First season under new Head Coach Bob Sherlock and the program continues to grow.

BOWLING

LACROSSE

The Bowling Bombers had a strong season and finished as Sectional Champions.

Varsity Lacrosse had an exciting season reaching the state Final Four for the first time since 2009. The team finished as State Runner-Up in the 2014 tournament.

The St. Xavier Bomber Cross Country Team were State Champs for the second year in a row! The team set a state record with 46 points, beating their state-winning score of 71 from last year by 25 points. The team won the GCL, Districts and Regional competition and placed sixth in the Nike Cross Nationals. Coach Andy Wietmarschen (‘01) will take the reins this fall.

FOOTBALL The 2013 Bombers made it into the post season for the fifth straight year.

GOLF Once again the Bomber Golf Team had an impressive season and won the GCL, placing first at Districts and Sectionals and coming in third at the State Tournament.

SOCCER The 2013 Soccer Bombers finished the season as GCL Champs and District Runner-Up.

WATER POLO In only their third year as a varsity team, the Water Polo Bombers were Regional champions and the State Runner-Up. The team will host the first-ever home tournament this fall.

HOCKEY The Hockey Bombers were runner-up in two large tournaments and have a large returning class for the winter season.

SWIMMING The Aquabombers have done it again! The team finished the season with their 55th consecutive GCL title, continued their perfect record as Sectional champs since the early 70s, won the District and Regional competitions and were State Champs for the 35th time in the history of the team. The championship was the 15th in the last 16 years. Congratulations to Head Coach Jim Brower who was named Division I Coach of the Year and notched his 20th state title, making him the winningest head coach in the State.

WRESTLING The Wrestling Team had four state qualifiers and the second state champion in the history of the program. The team placed 12th overall out of 94 Division 1 teams in the state.

RUGBY The Rugby Bombers completed their season with a shutout win against rival Tri-Village and showed steady progress throughout the year.

TENNIS The Varsity A Tennis Team finished the season as GCL Champions for the 47th straight year and advanced all seven starters to the District Tournament. The team was the District 1 Sectional champs in Singles and Doubles. Head Coach Russ “Tiger” King (’63) was inducted into The Ohio Tennis Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame.

TRACK The St. Xavier Track Team made a name for itself this spring in the 4X800 Meter Relay. The relay team ran an impressive 7:36.33 to defeat the runner-up team by seven seconds at the Ohio State Track Meet and erased the Cincinnati record of 7:41.79 set by a previous team of Bombers in 2003. The time also broke records in Division 1 and the overall state record as well. The team then traveled to the New Balance National Outdoor Track Meet in Greensboro, NC and ran to become national champions with a time of 7:37.26.

VOLLEYBALL Bomber Volleyball had a very impressive season as they finished the season as GCL, Sectional, District and Regional champions. They fought hard and finished as the State Runner-Up team for 2014.

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THEATER

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The cast and crew of Theater Xavier (TX) produced excellence in theater once again with “Sherlock Holmes and the Cast of the Jersey Lillie,” as well as “BatBoy.”

On top of a year of outstanding performances, the music programs at St. Xavier took part in a competition in New Orleans over spring break.

• More than 140,000 pounds of food collected for the Canned Food Drive

• Men in Black (strings) took 1st in their category. • Jazz Band placed 2nd among Jazz Bands. Xmen and Ensemble X (choirs) took 1st • and 2nd. • St X won the overall highest scoring school award.

The League of High School Theatres (THE LEAGUE) consisting of Anderson, Indian Hill, Sycamore, & St. Xavier High Schools Theatre departments hosted an Awards Picnic for 2013 – 2014 on May 24th, 2014, at St. Xavier High School. TX received an “Excellent” rating for the fall production “Sherlock Holmes and the Cast of the Jersey Lillie.” Adjudicators were Cincinnati journalist and theatre critic, Jackie Demaline and Mr. Stephen Skiles, Dean of the Theatre Department at Xavier University. Awards were also given at the TX Awards ceremony. • 21 seniors received awards for being personal role models to others, being generous artists and friends, being leaders and creating successful and meaningful work, on stage and off stage during their years with TX. • 20 juniors received their TX Letters for dedication to others, positivity in their creative process, taking risks in their creative process and preparation for leadership in the coming year, on stage and off stage. • 34 sophomores received trophies for their endeavors, abilities and growth in skills in crewing and performance goals. • 10 freshmen received medallions for their persistence, good will, and growth in the realms of support, performing and crewing.

There were seven special awards given to • soloists. Of the seven, St X students won four of them.

• A record number of needy families adopted by the Canned Food Drive • More than 110 students and faculty/staff chaperones participated in summer Mission Trips • Several students won significant awards for their service work with outside organizations Community Service continued work with • many schools and social service agencies in Greater Cincinnati • Hundreds of coats and winter clothing items donated to those in need in Cincinnati. • More than 400 pairs of shoes were donated to those in need living in Third World nations • Tens of thousands of dollars were donated via the weekly Mission Collection to projects across the world serving some of the poorest people on the planet

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PRESIDENT’S DINNER

2014 President’s Dinner St. Xavier High School benefactors and supporters gathered for the annual President’s Dinner on Tuesday, May 6. Fr. Tim Howe SJ thanked guests and led the evening of honors and awards. The evening opened with a prayer led by Mr. Matthew I. Dunch SJ. The strings ensemble, Men in Black, the choral ensemble, comprised of students in G-Bell choir and the St. X Jazz Band delighted friends and benefactors with outstanding musical performances. Guests heard a few words from St. X benefactor Harry Fath (’59) as well as St. X Board Chairman Mr. David J. Cassady (’75) who thanked all those in attendance for their dedication to the students of St. Xavier High School. Principal, Mr. Terrence H. Tyrrell, gave a brief overview of his first year as a leader of the school. St. X faculty member, Paul J. Rieselman (’71), was recognized for 25 years of dedicated service. St. Xavier High School Board Members Mr. Matthew I. Dunch SJ, Rev. Edward L. Pigott SJ (’55) and Rev. James S. Prehn SJ were honored and thanked for their service. The evening ended with two very special award presentations. Mr. David J. O’Toole (’62) was honored posthumously as the 2014 Magis Award winner. His brother Peter spoke for the family and accepted the award. Mr. Stephen J. Schrantz (’67) received the Insignis Award. As the 2014 Magis Award winner, Mr. David J. O’Toole (’62) joins past recipients recognized for service and the ability to give of themselves in love to the greater service of God. Mr. Stephen J. Schrantz (’67) was honored as the 2014 Insignis Award recipient. Steve joins a distinguished group of gentlemen who have served others in St. Xavier community and beyond. The evening concluded with a note of thanks from Fr. Howe to all in attendance for their support not only financially, but through prayer and volunteer service as well.

Past recipients of the Magis and Insignis Awards congregate for a photo. (l to r) John Locaputo, Rick Reynolds (’61), Jim Eigel (’52), Charlie Wolf (’44), Harry Fath (’59), Don Neyer (’55), Tom Lippert (’50), Marianne Zook, Paul Zook (’57), Steve Schrantz (’67), Tom Neyer (’55) and Braden Mechley (’54).

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2014 MAGIS AWARD RECIPIENT

MR. DAVID J. O’TOOLE ’62

2014 INSIGNIS AWARD RECIPIENT

MR. STEPHEN J. SCHRANTZ ’67 St. Xavier is delighted and honored to recognize Mr. Stephen J. Schrantz from the St. Xavier High School class of 1967 as our 2014 Insignis Award recipient. Steve joins a distinguished group of gentlemen who have served others in the St. Xavier community and beyond.

St. Xavier has the distinct honor to award Mr. David O’Toole ’62 with the 2014 St. Xavier High School Magis Award posthumously. David joins the past recipients of the Magis Award as being recognized for service and the ability to give of themselves in love to the greater service of God. Mr. O’Toole never intended to dedicate his life to education and children. After graduating from Xavier University in 1966, he started teaching English at Amelia High School to help put himself through graduate school. Almost immediately, he fell in love with the school and its students.

Steve will be married to his wonderful wife Terry for forty-three years this coming October. Together Steve and Terry have raised three sons: Stephen Jr. ’92, Mark and John ’96. They are also the proud grandparents of four granddaughters and two grandsons.

He was a devoted educator at Amelia High School for 33 years. Mr. O’Toole began his career as an English teacher and later became Assistant Principal. He went above and beyond the role of respected administrator. His commitment to his students was demonstrated by his attendance at all school functions and important family events.

While at St. Xavier, Steve played three years of basketball and was involved in the Community Action Program as well as the Apostleship of Prayer. He earned academic honors all four years while doing maintenance work throughout the St. X building to help pay for his tuition. Steve matriculated to South Bend, Indiana for his undergraduate studies and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1971 with a B.B.A. in Finance. Steve then earned a M.B.A in 1973 from Xavier University.

After retiring as administrator, Mr. O’Toole became Supervisor of Data Operations for the West Clermont School District. Later he was an instructor at Great Oaks in the “Gateway to Success” program, helping non-traditional students earn their high school diploma. Mr. O’Toole also played an active role in his community. He held numerous board positions including CORVA, Clermont Community Chest and Clermont Crew. He was also instrumental in establishing the Fallen Heroes of Clermont County Memorial and the Matt Maupin Pavilion, both at East Fork Lake. Mr. O’Toole was especially devoted to St. Xavier High School and proud to be part of the Long Blue Line. He was a passionate member of the Healy Society, alumni who support St. Xavier diversity and inclusion initiatives. He was an exceptional role model and truly a Man for Others. Mr. O’Toole’s family includes brothers Jim ’68, Peter ’74 and John, as well as sister Martha Magnan and many nieces and nephews. St. Xavier is extremely honored and proud to recognize Mr. David O’Toole for his service above self-dedication and are delighted to have him named as the 2014 St. Xavier High School Magis recipient.

Steve began a banking career in 1971 at Fifth Third Bank while earning his advanced degree from Xavier University. He worked there from 1971 to 1980. He then worked three years at Prudential Insurance Company of America as a corporate finance investment manager. Steve returned to Fifth Third in 1983 and worked there until his retirement in 2004 as the Executive Vice President for the Commercial/Corporate Banking Division. In addition to his work and mentoring in the banking industry, Steve has given back to our community through his time, talent and treasure to more than 16 organizations as a board member; organizations such as Catholic Inner-City Schools Educational Fund, Boys & Girls Hope, Ohio Valley Life Center, St. Joseph Orphanage, Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation and, of course, St. Xavier High School. In addition to being a Board Chair at St. X he was also Board Chair at TriHealth, Inc. and at Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Sciences. While board chair at St. Xavier, Steve was instrumental in guiding and propelling excellence in all facets of the Jesuit education provided to our students. He co-chaired the 150th Anniversary Dinner of St. Xavier High School and Xavier University and he and Terry hosted and volunteered for numerous X-Travaganza events as well as hosting numerous alumni events at their home in Florida. Steve is still currently providing leadership and guidance for St. Xavier High School through his role as a part of Fr. Tim Howe’s President’s Advisory Council. It is because of his dedication, generosity and the impact that he has had on not only St. Xavier High School but the Cincinnati region in total, that St. Xavier is proud to honor Mr. Stephen J. Schrantz as this year’s St. Xavier High School Insignis recipient.

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ED COLINA (’72)

A Man for Others Ed Colina (’72) was an average St. Xavier student, but his heart and soul exemplifies Men for Others. “St. Xavier is where I learned the Gospel and the teachings of God,” states Colina. “It is where I began to understand living a life for others.” After graduation from St. Xavier, Colina went on to earn a degree in Theology at Xavier University and then a Master’s in Education, also from XU. All of his 27 years involved in education was in service to the Diocese of Covington whether working as Elementary Supervisor for the Diocese or at Bishop Howard School, Covington, KY and Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Hebron, KY where he served as principal. After seven years at IHM, Colina felt a calling. His own children were grown and he knew he wanted to do something different. He felt a spiritual urging and knew that he wanted to truly follow the footsteps of Jesus and live out the Gospel. In January 2006 he left his job as Principal, but he wasn’t sure where he was going. “I searched all over to find something that would allow me to live simply and give my life away to those in need.” It was then when he found Nyumbani, an organization founded in 1992 by the late Father Angelo D’Agostino, SJ, M.D., a physician, psychiatrist and Jesuit priest. Nyumbani was the first AIDS hospice in sub-Saharan Africa. Colina worked with the organization for one year and learned his way around Kenya. While he was there he met a Kenyan social worker, Mwololo Kilonzo, and together they began their own projects for the poor in and around Nairobi, Kenya. Founded in 2009, Journey: Ed Colina Foundation is dedicated to walking with those in need, those who are poor, hungry and thirsting, wherever they might be found . With only some of his clothes and very few personal items, Colina moved to Kenya where he lives very simply. “I am living a happy life, having given away so much of the “extra stuff” I had accumulated.” Over the years, the foundation has grown, allowing Ed to begin four preschools (age 3 up to grade three) and serve over 400 students in the bush areas, as well as the Kibera slum. The Foundation also provides feeding programs and sustainability initiatives for those served. Ed oversees a four-acre farm and three chicken coops of close to 900

chickens. The farm raises beans and corn both used to feed the students at the schools and the corn is used to make chicken feed for the coops. Income from these endeavors helps to fund the schools. “The foundation requires about $90,000 annually to provide for those in our care,” said Colina. To raise needed funds, Colina hosts a social and dance at Receptions in Erlanger, KY. This year the dance/fundraiser is to be held on Friday, September 5th and is open to the public, especially St. X grads! The foundation also partners with schools in Northern Kentucky such as St. Henry District High School and Highlands Middle School. Classes of students interested in learning about sustainability have donated the funds to purchase a grinder used to grind corn to make chicken feed, school supplies and more. Both St. Henry High School and Highlands Middle School have donated funds to construct small classrooms outside of Nairobi. Colina’s work often brings him back to the states to visit many local schools, connecting students with what is going on in other parts of the world.

Groups like the Sisters of Charity as well as individuals, many from Immaculate Heart of Mary, also contribute to the cause. Fellow Bombers from the Class of 1972, at the invitation of Bill Keating, have been moved by Colina’s call to serve. At the 40th reunion of Ed’s class, Keating asked class members to each donate $40 to The Ed Colina Foundation to help build a classroom. Many were called to donate, and thanks to their generosity, one of the Foundation’s classrooms in Nairobi is named after the Class of 1972. “It was amazing to have such support,” beamed Colina. “I feel that all of us, given the opportunity to serve, will embrace it with open arms.” Men for Others is not just a mantra for Colina, it is his life’s work as he continues to live the life of Jesus; giving his time and talents in service to those in need. Visit online at edcolinafoundation.org for more information about the Foundation, making a donation and the September 5th fundraiser.


TERRENCE TYRRELL P R I N C I P A L’ S M E S S A G E

The measurement of success As we send the 377 graduates of the St. Xavier Class of 2014 out into the world, it is important for us as an institution to step back and reflect on how we did in preparing them. The Class of 2014 has been successful in many ways, including, to name a few, 82% of the class reporting that they received some type of academic or athletic scholarship, honor or award totaling over $47,000,000 (in four-year scholarships), 99.7% of the class attending a four-year university, and over 85% participating in voluntary service to the community over their four years. However, at St. Xavier, the measurement of our success goes well beyond the statistics listed above. Above all else, one important question needs to be asked: what kind of men did we form? In order to answer this, we need to look at the expected outcome for our students, our mission “to assist young men in their formation as leaders and men for others through rigorous college preparation in the Jesuit tradition.” The key phrase that stands out to me is forming “Men for Others.” This slogan originated from a talk given in 1973 by Pedro Arrupe SJ, who served as the Father General of the Society of Jesus from 1965 until 1983. Fr. Arrupe challenged Jesuit educators by stating, “Today our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and Christ; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.” Today, as it was in 1973, this remains the main objective at St. Xavier.

and hear about from parents, students and people inside and outside the building. A great example of this is the following note we received from the mother of a member of the Class of 2014:

Thank you for insisting that St. X is a place that not only challenges its’ young men to flourish academically but pushes them to think beyond themselves for the betterment of their classmates, teachers, friends, family and community. When my son entered your doors four years ago, he was academically unchallenged, socially self-centered and spiritually immature. As parents, we have watched him blossom academically, under a rigorous course load that encourages the thirst for learning instead of the act of memorization.

We have witnessed a deepening of gratitude in him and a profound appreciation for his many blessings as he spent time as a Big Brother, volunteering in Over the Rhine and participating in Saturday Morning Service. We were awed by the depths of his literal faith and inspired as he embraced his own spiritual journey. In short, his St. X education was worth every penny. This beautiful articulation connects wonderfully with the words of Fr. Arrupe. With the support of our community, the administration, faculty and staff of St. Xavier continue to aspire to educate our students in the vision inspired by Fr. Arrupe more than 40 years ago. Good luck to the members of the Class of 2014 on their continued journey to becoming Men for Others.

Having just completed my first year at St. X, what stands out for me above all else is how our students live out this mission to be men for and with others. There is a great deal of data to prove this, including results of senior exit interviews and parent and student surveys. However, it is most evident in the experiences that I see with my own eyes

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ST. XAVIER CLASS OF 2014!

June 4, 2014, 377 young men were welcomed into the Long Blue Line of St. Xavier alumni. The Class of 2014 followed the members of the Class of 1964 into the Cintas Center for the graduation ceremony. The alumni from the Class of 1964 upheld the tradition of the 50-year anniversary class leading the procession.

Live your dreams Principal Terry Tyrrell welcomed the graduates, alumni, parents and family members supporting the class on this special occasion. Mr. Tyrrell acknowledged that he will always feel a special connection with the Class of 2014 as they navigated his first year as principal together. He encouraged the graduates to continue to live the Jesuit motto of Ad

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majorem Dei gloriam, for the Greater Glory of God. Peter Felton spoke on behalf of the senior class and opened his speech by taking a “selfie� with the Class of 2014. Retiring faculty member Larry Merkel spoke to the Class of 2014 encouraging them live their dreams.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED GRADUATION BOOK AWARDS FOR 2014. ENGLISH: BOWEN L. PLOGMANN MATHEMATICS: DANE A. MOREY COMPUTER SCIENCE: EVAN C. WETHINGTON CHINESE: JUSTIN R. HOBING FRENCH: PATRICK B. SCHOEPPNER GERMAN: JEFFREY R. WILLICUT LATIN: RYAN C. YEAZELL SPANISH: KEITH A. CARR HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION: ROBERT M. JUNG RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: KEVIN C. DEYE CHEMISTRY: CHRISTIAN D. MEYER PHYSICS: ERIC M. STEWART SOCIAL STUDIES: ISAAC D. BUSKEN-JOVANOVICH MUSIC: ERIC M. STEWART PERFORMING ARTS: KEEGAN R. DOYLE VISUAL ARTS: COLLIN R. CAIN COMMUNITY SERVICE: RYAN G. CULLEN

THE J. HAROLD KOTTE, M.D. BIOLOGY AWARD

Given to the senior who demonstrates zeal for knowledge and skills in the life sciences as evidenced by academic achievement in a range of life sciences courses as well as commitment to life sciences programs and activities. That person was Bowen L. Plogmann.

SENIOR SCHOLAR AWARD

This is for the graduate with the highest cumulative average for all four years. This year, the highest four-year average was earned by Dane A. Morey.

THE REV. JOSEPH BRENNAN SJ AWARD

Since 1986, the St. Xavier Faculty Association has honored a student who has indicated an interest in teaching, who has demonstrated academic responsibility and a concern for others and who has the potential to be a caring, creative and professional teacher. In 1989, the award was named after a dedicated member of the St. Xavier Faculty Association, Father Joe Brennan SJ. The 2014 Joe Brennan SJ Award was presented to Austin E. Brown.

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SERVICE AWARD

Given to a graduate who has demonstrated concern for St. Xavier High School and who has given of himself to the school in all its facets. The graduate should embody fully what is meant by service— performance of a labor for the benefit of others. Furthermore, he should be one who has not sought personal glory but has tried to do what is best for others. This year, by vote of the faculty, the award was conferred upon Joshua A. Roberson.

CHARLES FARRELL MEMORIAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

This award was established by the Alumni Association and is intended to recognize a graduate who gives promise of being an outstanding Catholic lay leader in his church and in his community. The recipient should be a young man who has displayed qualities which indicate that he will be a believing, practicing Catholic, a young man of high moral standards, committed to the service of God and neighbor. More than just a good person, the recipient should be a strong person who is not afraid to take a stand. This year, by vote of the faculty, the award was conferred upon Benjamin J. Klare.

THE JESUIT SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION AWARD

86 Seniors to University of Cincinnati 60 Seniors to The Ohio State University 44 Seniors to Miami University 23 Seniors to University of Dayton 22 Seniors to Indiana University 14 Seniors to Xavier University 9 Seniors to University of Kentucky 9 Seniors to University of Notre Dame 5 Seniors to John Carroll University 5 Seniors to The University of Alabama 4 Seniors to Loyola University Chicago 4 Seniors to Ohio University 3 Seniors to Clemson University 3 Seniors to College of Charleston 3 Seniors to Saint Louis University 3 Seniors to The “Ivies” (1) Columbia; (1) U. of Pennsylvania; (1) Yale 3 Seniors to The University of Arizona 3 Seniors to The University of Toledo 3 Seniors to Thomas More College 3 Seniors to University of Cincinnati/Blue Ash 3 Seniors to Washington University 3 Seniors to Wright State University 2 Seniors to Baldwin Wallace University 2 Seniors to Belmont University 2 Seniors to Butler University 2 Seniors to College of Mt. St. Joseph 2 Seniors to DePaul University 2 Seniors to Military Academies (1) Naval; (1) Military 2 Seniors to Ohio Northern University 2 Seniors to Purdue University 2 Seniors to University of North Carolina 2 Seniors to University of South Carolina 1 Senior to Arizona State University 1 Senior to Auburn University 1 Senior to Bellarmine University 1 Senior to Capital University 1 Senior to Centre College 1 Senior to College of William and Mary 1 Senior to Eckerd College 1 Senior to Elon University 1 Senior to Embry Riddle University 1 Senior to Florida State University 1 Senior to Fordham University 1 Senior to Franciscan University 1 Senior to Furman University 1 Senior to Georgia Institute of Technology 1 Senior to Hanover College 1 Senior to Haverford College 1 Senior to High Point University 1 Senior to Indiana State University 1 Senior to Marian University 1 Senior to Michigan State University 1 Senior to Northern Kentucky University 1 Senior to Ohio Wesleyan University 1 Senior to Pace University 1 Senior to Piedmont International University 1 Senior to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1 Senior to Southern Methodist University 1 Senior to Spring Hill College 1 Senior to St. Olaf College 1 Senior to The College of Wooster 1 Senior to The George Washington University 1 Senior to Transylvania University 1 Senior to University of Arkansas 1 Senior to University of Iowa 1 Senior to University of Louisville 1 Senior to University of Miami, FL 1 Senior to University of Mount Union 1 Senior to University of Tennessee 1 Senior to University of Texas 1 Senior to University of Virginia 1 Senior to Vanderbilt University 1 Senior to Wilmington College

All Schools in Order of Popularity Class of 2014

Given to the graduate who most closely resembles the profile of what Jesuit education is trying to accomplish, namely to form a well-rounded person who is intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice in generous service to the people of God. This year’s recipient was Christian J. Conway.

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STUDENT Q&A

JOE HEYOB (’14)

A network of brothers

Joe Heyob (’14) certainly took advantage of the variety of opportunities available at St. Xavier High School. He was the wrestling team captain, played football for three years, played the saxophone in the Performance Band, played the piano for Liturgical music, served on the Student Leadership Team as well as the Admissions Core Team and did service through Xavier parish. Joe will attend the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in the fall.

Why did you choose to attend St. X? St. Xavier had always been the obvious choice for my education because of the superior academic program, freedom and responsibility given to students and camaraderie and acceptance among the student and faculty family.

Athletics have been an important part of your life at St. X. Tell us about your experience. In wrestling you compete alone. There is only you and your opponent seeking to bestow upon you physical punishment. Though your coaches and teammates are in your corner, no one is able to come to your aid; your only support is the training you have allotted yourself prior to the match. If you lose, there is no one else to blame. You are the sole bearer of humiliation and failure. However, if you are victorious, the glory presents itself untainted and undivided . . . completely yours for the taking. As I have come to learn and appreciate the principles of Saint Xavier High School, the most resounding lesson for me has always been “Ad majorem Dei gloriam”, or “for God’s greater glory”. My participation in this sport, just as anything in my life, is for the purpose of glorifying God. That said, my coaches and teammates have had a huge role in my development as an athlete. Since freshman year, upperclassmen and coaches have taken me under their wing and have helped me develop my style and work ethic. In turn I, as an upperclassman, have had the opportunity to share my insight with the future leaders of St. Xavier. My success in wrestling is embodiment of a good program, excellent coaches, hardworking teammates and an enthusiastically supportive student body. This does not happen at any other school. Joe with his dad Ray, faculty member at St. X

In our Jesuit spirituality we see “God in all things.” Where do you see God in the halls of St. X? At St. Xavier, God is not restricted to a chapel or memorized prayers. God is present throughout the day and in all things we do. From joyful praise after winning a game, to the desperate pleas before a test for which I didn’t study enough, I, and my fellow students, are mindful of this constant presence.

What would say to a young man wondering if St. X is the right choice for him? To any young men considering attending St. Xavier, I would say there is no substitute for the education, spiritual development and camaraderie you will encounter here. Countless doors and opportunities for success and self-growth will be open to you. All that is required of you is the courage to seize these opportunities. I am certain that St. Xavier will change you, as it has me, for the better.

Describe the St. Xavier Advantage and what it means to you. For myself, the St. Xavier Advantage has meant having the “upper hand” in the rat race of being accepted into college. It has meant developing reasoning skills which surpass rote memorization. It means I will have very interesting stories to tell while sitting in a dorm room next year. Most importantly, it means for the rest of my life I have access to a vast network of brothers on which I can rely for anything.

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A community that values growth

Mr. Weisbrod has been a member of the Social Studies Department since 2000 and has taught Government, American History and AP European History. In addition to his work in the Athletic Department, he moderates the After School Study Tables program. He serves on the school’s Academic Board and on the Mission Promotion Sub-Committee for the Board of Trustees.

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RON WEISBROD

How long have you been at St. X? Describe your experience. I have just completed my 14th year at St. X. It is a great school, certainly the best of my 29 year career. I have taught in both public and private schools at the elementary, junior high and high school levels, and I can honestly say that no other school surpasses St. X in its overall vision, curriculum, atmosphere and dedicated and knowledgeable faculty. I have grown, as both a teacher and as a person while being here. The energy and openness of the boys, the support of the parents and the administration, and the friendliness and talent of my colleagues makes St. X a great place to be.

You help out in the athletic department throughout the school year. How do you feel St. Xavier athletics impacts a student? I have done support work for the athletic department during the football and basketball seasons for the last 10 years and have recently been helping out in the spring with lacrosse. Athletics, and all extracurriculars, are instrumental in a young man’s growth. Developing their God-given talents, working on a team and dealing with the “ups and downs” of a season, juggling time commitments and competing against other talented athletes and schools, helps make a well-rounded individual. It’s all a part of cura personalis. I like being part of a school that tries to develop the whole person, not just an athlete to win games. There’s no doubt that our athletics fit into the “Grad at Grad.”

Talk a little about your impact on the students? In some ways, a teacher never knows what his impact will be on his students. Each young man absorbs different things. I’m an old-school type of history teacher. The guys read every night either from the text or from primary sources and then we talk about it the next day. Maps and videos are important. I’m a big story teller to get them interested and to show the personal aspect of history and government. I match up historical things and situations to their lives to make connections. I try to make it as relevant as possible to them by using what I call “stupid school examples”, hand signals, buzz words and using pictures of important people from the “Weisbrod Wall of Fame.” I constantly stress that history is not the memorization of facts, but the connection of the facts to learn how and why things happened. Understanding history gives us perspective and context on contemporary society. I want my students to understand historical concepts, develop critical thinking skills and feed on my passion for history. I figure that if they have become better readers, writers and thinkers, and have had a few laughs, then I have done my job.

How would you describe the St. Xavier advantage? When people ask me what is so good about St. Xavier, I point to several things. We are a college-prep school that is known for its academic rigor. So many of our graduates come back to visit and comment on how well they have been prepared for the next level of their education. I also think we do a great job of helping the boys to see a world outside of themselves. The emphasis on community service and leadership helps them to be responsible for the world around them. In addition, St. X has so many things to offer the 1500+ boys who come here. All are welcome and can find their niche’ to develop their interests and learning styles. The curriculum, sports, extra-curriculars, clubs, etc. give every student a place to fit in. Finally, graduating from St. X makes you a member of the Long Blue Line with a special bond with the thousands who have gone before you. The friendships, lessons, relationships and memories will last a lifetime.

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RALPH A. NARDINI (’77) VP DEVELOPMENT’S MESSAGE

Welcome class of 2014 to the Long Blue Line Congratulations to the 377 young men from the Class of 2014. Welcome to the Long Blue Line. You have worked hard the last four years and have many more milestones to look forward to as you move on to the next phase of your life. You have a wonderful foundation and have been given the tools to be successful. You also know that success is measured in many different ways and you have the chance to thrive in whatever direction you choose to go. Congratulations, also, to the parents of our newest class of alumni. You are their primary foundation and their success is due to the support and direction you have provided. I am thankful to you for allowing St. Xavier High School to partner with you during these most formative years. I can’t wait to watch the Class of 2014 grow to be leaders in their communities and the “Men for Others” we know they are. This is a time of year that the torch gets passed on in numerous ways. The Class of 1964 led the Class of 2014 in to their graduation. The torch was passed from one generation to another. There are expectations for our newest alumni, standards of leadership and service to be followed. Our newest graduates have passed on the reigns of leadership to the Class of 2015. This class must live up to expectations as the newest Bomber Pilots and in many other leadership roles. Some faculty and staff who have served the students and the school for many years retired this year and another group of teachers now have the opportunity to lead our students. Parents who have been involved and volunteered during their son’s four years are moving on as new parent volunteers come on board to give of their time and talent.

It marks new adventures for the Class of 2018, who began to walk the halls as early as June 2 for camps and summer programs. Graduation means adding more members to our St. Xavier community. As I tell our parents and grads, you are a part of this wonderful community, a part of this family, forever. Thank you parents of the Class of 2014. You gave us your sons knowing we wanted to affect their academic and spiritual growth. You had confidence in us and allowed us to help you during these last four years as we challenged your sons to move out of their comfort zone. We challenged them to explore their talents through the characteristics of the Grad at Grad. Thank you to the Class of 2014. You not only took up the challenges that came your way, you met them head on. You worked hard to become better students, better sons and better siblings. You inspired many of us in the building and helped us to see why we choose to work at St. Xavier High School. Congratulations Class of 2014. I can’t wait to follow your success, as you become the next generation of leaders and Men for Others.

Graduation isn’t an ending. Graduation is a beginning. It is the beginning of another phase of life for the Class of 2014.

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ALUMNI X-CERPTS 40’s ‘41 Walter Bunker lived his dream and graduated from Xavier University at 90 years old.

50’s ’50 Fr. Tony Palazzolo honored by friends and family with a Jamaican village built in his name. ‘54 Roger E. Kanet published his most

recent book Shifting Priorities in Russia’s Foreign and Security Policy.

‘55 Albert J. Mestermaker published

his fourth book The Other Custer.

‘58 Judge James Cissell wrote The Eighth Edition of Federal Criminal Trials released by LexisNexis.

60’s ‘60 Robert Colacurcio published Reincarnation: A Passage Through Time to complete his 10 book series.

70’s ‘74 Tom Donnelly named Athletic

Director of the Year for Southwest Ohio.

‘76 Steve Meckstroth recently launched Parks Plus Hiking, a new company which offers guided hiking trips in National Parks and other scenic locations.

‘77 Jeff Witte hired as Chief of Police for the Village of Woodlawn, Ohio and is continuing as a part-time doctoral student in the Global Leadership program at Indiana Tech.

‘77 Ronald Vissing named Vice-Pres-

‘78 Paul Mueller SJ wrote Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?... and Other Questions from the Astronomer’s In-Box at the Vatican Observatory to be published in October.

ident of Americans First Inc., a nationwide non-profit organization and is now host of a syndicated talk radio show on the Cumulus Radio network.

IN MEMORIAM 1937 1937 1941 1941 1942 1943 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1946 1947 1947 1947 1947 1947 1950 1950 1951 1951 1953 1953 1954 1954 1954 1957

Paul J. BRUEGGEMAN Frank X. HEEKIN E. Michael GERHARDSTEIN Charles H. KEATING Richard F. OLBERDING Charles T. KESSING Gene E. DRISCOLL Bernard G. FOPPE George A. JUTZE John P. SCAHILL Jerome J. TEN BIEG Edward J. RATHMAN Paul A. DAEGER Frank J. ESCHENBACH John F. FARRELL Richard J. OVERBERG Thomas M. SPAHN Donald J. HOGAN Robert P. WEINGARTNER Ronald J. BRAUNWART Albert A. OLTHAUS Lawrence V. DRAHMAN Michael L. MOLL Philip B. FITZPATRICK John W. KESSING Richard P. VOLLE Terrence J. GLENN

‘76 Tom Schiller was named co-chair of the CISE 2014 Campaign.

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1957 Richard R. OLDHAM 1958 Paul A. SPACCARELLI 1958 Kenneth J. WOLTERMANN 1959 Michael L. GALLAGHER 1960 Charles J. MCLAUGHLIN 1961 Thomas W. VITULLO-MARTIN 1962 David J. O’TOOLE 1962 David G. STRATMAN 1963 Herman D. GROPHEAR 1963 Bernard J. KATHMAN 1964 Roger J. BISSMEYER 1964 James M. KILCOYNE 1964 Thomas J. SCHNEIDER 1964 Robert J. TRAVIS 1967 Daniel A. FUNK 1969 Milton B. SCHOTT 1971 Gary L. LAAKE 1973 Thomas R. LONG 1974 Jerome M. PLOEGER 1976 James P. UIHLEIN 1986 Christopher A. ROELL 1986 Daniel A. SCHIMPF 1987 Mark A. SCHEPER 1995 Anthony C. JOHNSTON 1999 Peter D. MOSHER 2005 Jared K. WAGSTER

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80’s ‘82 Joel Podolny hired full-time at

Apple University.

WEDDINGS & BIRTHS

‘83 Kenneth Boehme West Point

Weddings

graduate, Col. U.S. Army, veteran of 27 years of the service, is retiring in 2014. He was the recent recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal for his extraordinary service.

‘85 Mike Guinigundo was appointed to a seven-year term as a board member on the Ohio Accountancy Board.

90’s ’93 Matthew Curran joined the firm

Manley Burke LPA as Of Counsel, practicing in the area of business and commercial litigation. He earned his J.D. from the Boston College Law School and his B.A. from Indiana University.

‘94 Mario Tahi Lathan completed his first feature documentary Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence. ‘95 Marc Wolnitzek received the ND Club 2014 Award of the Year, the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati’s highest honor. ‘96 Sean S. Suder has been hired as a Partner at Graydon Head in the firm’s Commercial Real Estate Practice Group.

‘97 Andy Felger now lives in Penobscot, ME and recently started an organic seedling business, Penobscot Potting Shed.

‘97 Kurt Windisch for many years a

civil engineer, has changed careers and is currently finishing his doctoral dissertation in American History at the University of Georgia.

‘99 Jimmy Menkhaus was awarded

his doctorate in Theology from Duquesne University in 2013 and is now a professor of Theology at Gannon University in Erie, PA.

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•Michael Felger (’00) married Laura Kelly on January 31, 2014 at the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati. •Steve Eberle (’02) married Caroline Gugino on January 25, 2014 in Ft. Myers Beach, FL. •Philip Bauman (’06) married Amy Graham on August 17, 2013 in Louisville, KY. The bridal party included St. X alums Matthew Bauman (’03), Adam Bauman (’09), Matt Bessler, (’06), Brian Chase (’06), Ryan O’Connor (’06), Casey Burke (’06), and Andy Gruber (’06).

Births •Matt Johnston (’92) and his wife, Jane, welcomed daughter, Pyper Emma on October 12, 2012 •Mike Wenstrup (’95) and his wife, Annie, welcomed son Joseph Van James on October 15, 2013. •Pete Fehring (’96) and his wife, Kat, welcomed daughter Julia Faith on April 10, 2014. •Adam Wellen (’97) and his wife welcomed son Preston John on February 15, 2014. •Matt Schmidt (’02) and his wife, Katie, welcomed daughter Julie Rose on December 1, 2013.

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‘02 Benjamin Yauss named St. Xavier High School’s Strength and Conditioning Director.

‘00 Michael Felger and his band

‘06 Jonathan Ross Dattilo among

DAAP Girls were named best Cincinnati indie/alternative band at the CEA awards.

‘02 Marc Mergy completed his Ph.D. in

Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University in December 2013 and is currently teaching Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.

‘02 Jeremy Mosher St. Xavier alumnus and assistant cross country coach, creating a feature-length documentary about a subject close to his heart: running. The documentary, called Bannister: Everest on the Track, will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first mile ever run under four minutes—while also reflecting Mosher’s ties to his alma mater. Four other alumni have been involved in the project. Greg Sanders (’11) has been a research and marketing assistant, and the historic 60-year-old race on camera was created with three runners: Mike Dehring (’88), Eric Gruenbacher (’10) and Alex Kuvin (’13).

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122 women and men from 28 states and two foreign countries awarded doctor of medicine degrees at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s commencement exercises on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Dr. Dattilo will intern at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

‘09 Ryan Finke graduated from the

University of Cincinnati’s top-ranked College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning and was featured in the University of Cincinnati’s website for his outreach to international students.

‘09 Luke Kuechly named NFL’s Top

Defensive Player and will be featured in the video game Madden NFL 15.


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Women’s Club On March 20, 2014 The St. Xavier Women’s Club took a 90-minute escorted walking tour of historic Findlay Market. Mothers, wives, sisters of St. X alumni are welcome to join. For info contact President Roseanne Colleran at womensclub@gmail.com

‘10 Christopher Hanson named a Scholar - Athlete by Xavier University. The award salutes those students who have performed exceptionally well both in the classroom and in athletic competition. ‘10 Carl Schlotman wrote a book to help incoming college students get the most of their college experience from a career perspective Cash in Your Diploma - Graduate with Your Dream Job www.cashinyourdiploma.com ‘10 Alex Longi was named to the Capital One Academic All-America second-team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Longi is one of just 15 Division III men’s basketball players in the nation to receive this honor. He was also presented with the Dr. Larry Scheiderer Award given to the highest ranking senior male scholar athlete in terms of grade point average at Denison University.

St. X Says Goodbye to Fr. Fran Daly SJ DEPARTMENT SPOTLIGHT

‘10 Michael Siemer is an active part of

the Air Force ROTC at OSU which created an event called 1 Day for the KIA (Killed in Action)- a 24-hour run to help give a fallen/ disabled service member’s children an opportunity to develop and pursue a college education.

‘10 Kevin Stewart was awarded the

prestigious ORR Fellowship recognizing 30 college graduates from Indiana colleges or universities and funds a two-year fellowship to work with an entrepreneur or start-up firm in Indianapolis. Kevin will be working with Millhaus Real Estate Company as a project manager and business analyst.

‘11 Connnor Buczek named First Team All-American and Ivy League Player for Cornell University Lacrosse.

‘11 Michael Markesbery was awarded the Goldwater Scholar Honorable Mention as well as an Astronaut Scholarship and award granted to only 30 undergraduate students nationwide. ‘12 Rich Hidy does the play by play and post-game interviews on www.milb.com for the South Bend Silverhawks, the single A affiliate for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

‘13 Connor Phillippi has been accepted in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars as a student majoring in International Business at the University of South Carolina.

Fran Daly SJ first came to St. X in August of 1966 as a young Jesuit scholastic and taught Latin and History for three years. He was a moderator for Sodality [CLC] and worked in the Summer Enrichment Program. He returned to St. X in January of 1998 to become rector/superior of the Jesuit community and worked closely with principal Dave Mueller and presidents Bill Verbryke SJ and Walter Deye SJ, as part of the leadership team of St. X. During that time, he served on the Board of Trustees from 1998-2005, taught seniors an elective course on the Philosophy of the Human Person and worked with Mike Daley and Mike Brophy SJ in Adult Faith. In 2006, Fr. Daly became Director of Ignatian Formation for faculty, staff, and parents. He continued to work with Mike Daley in Adult Faith and began to assist former assistant principal and then Principal Bill Sandquist in the Five-Year Ignatian Formation Program for new faculty and staff. Daly speaks of his time fondly, “Throughout my time at St. X, I served on the Catholic Jesuit Identity committee of the Board and have been blessed to help organize the Annual Faculty-Staff retreat as well as share the Spiritual Exercises in ‘Busy Person’s Retreats’ with the St. X community. It has been a privilege to participate in Kairos retreats and celebrate school Liturgies over the years.” In Late August, 2014 Fr. Daly will become the Director of Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Manresa is a 40 acre spiritual center that offers a variety of programs based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. He continued to work with Mike Daley in Adult Faith and began to assist former Assistant Principal/Principal Bill Sandquist in the Five-Year Ignatian Formation Program for new faculty and staff.

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X-PEDITIONS On the globe, the long blue line is the equator. In St. X parlance, the Long Blue Line of alumni and student body appears all over the globe. Bomber Blue turns up all over the map and we want the evidence. Send us your pictures wearing St. Xavier High School gear or hoisting a copy of St. Xavier magazine at an exotic locale or local landmark. Maybe a picture of Bombers at the Pyramids of Egypt or posing at the Pit. Either way, let us know where you’ve been displaying your X pride. Send your high-resolution digital images to bschulte@stxavier.org or mail prints to Becky Schulte c/o St. Xavier magazine, 600 W. North Bend Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224.

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1. Tanner Huskey (’12), Kevin Jones (’13) and Alex Blink (’13) cap off their year by scaling a greasecovered Herndon monument as a team. After completing this feat, they are considered ‘Plebes no more!’ 2. Faculty member Isaac Watras with his sons Elliott and Benjamin after the Flying Pig Marathon. 3. Class of 2014 Graduation speaker Peter Felton (’14) takes a “selfie” before he gives his speech. 4. Michael Conway (’10) (left) was one of three recipients of the Woelfl Award and Patrick Kimutis (’10) (right) received the Sarkesian Award. Both awards are given by the political science department at Loyola University Chicago to graduating seniors for distinguished achievement in political science. Both Bombers were also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Loyola before graduation. 5. TJ Rinner (’16) in front of the Royalton Resort in Punta Cana where he visited with his family. 6. Aaron Nimrick (’09) working and vacationing in Dubai. 7.“Spring Clean-up Day” Nine seniors, supervised by two dads, arrived at the home of Bev Linnemann and Dave Wittrock on Saturday, May 3rd to do a spring clean-up of their yard as part of a Live Auction item at the 2014 X-Travaganza. Mulch was delivered to their home and the boys spread it and did anything else needed. Bev’s quote: “The boys did a great job and were so much fun.” 8. With Victoria Falls (hard to see!) in the background, Bill Moran (’66), Betsy Hendy (sons ’85, ’88 & ’95) and Curt Meier (’63) enjoy time in Botswana. 9. Jim Grogan (’72) and Mel Berning (’72), at the 2014 NY Super Bowl.

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1. Fr. Paul Mueller (’78) and Wes Peters (’10) show X pride! 2. Todd Froehle (’85), Kim Froehle, Jonathon Bordeaux (’82) and Greg Nieberding (’75) enjoy the St. X Golf Outing in Texas. 3. Alex (’14) and Henry (’17) Haney on the Cliff Walk on Mt. Titlis bundled up and freezing, but thinking about St. X! 4. John Schmitz (’78) at the edge of Upheaval Dome in Canyonlands National Park. 5. St. Xavier Charlotte, NC alumni gathering. 6. Class of 1982 annual trip to Norris Lake, Tennessee. Front Row (l to r) Mike Doll, Paul Schmerge, Jonathan Bordeaux. Second Row: Brad Blust, Pete Balash, Mark Jacob, Pat Monahan, Tim Michel. Third Row: Matt Vehr, Chip Eve (Roger Bacon ’82), Nick Aloe, Kevin Reilly, Brendan Burns and Greg Dittrich. 7. Andy Klare (’87) on a family vacation to visit Mickey.

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A farewell Thank you to our departing veteran faculty and staff who have given many years of service to the students, families and supporters of St. Xavier High School. This year we also say goodbye to Mr. Dan Minelli. Mr. Minelli served the school for 16 years, most recently as the Assistant Principal for Freshmen and Sophomores. He has taken a position as the Principal for McAuley High School and began his tenure in early July 2014.

John Hussong, Larry Marchal, Dennis Martin, Christine Krumpelbeck, Dan Minelli, Sr. Georgia Messingschlager, Tim Mooney and Fran Daly SJ. Not pictured: Larry Merkel and Debbie Schoenhoft.

Fr. Fran Daly SJ Director of Ignatian Formation

Dennis Martin Math Department Faculty Member

John Hussong English Department Faculty Member

Larry Merkel English Department Faculty Member

Christine Krumpelbeck Foreign Language Faculty Member

Sr. Georgia Messingschlager Social Studies Department Faculty Member

Mike Marchal English Department Faculty Member

Tim Mooney Former CFO and Vice President Debbie Schoenhoft Guidance Department

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