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The best at getting better Dear friends, Every five years, the Jesuit Province sends a visiting team of educators from other Jesuit high schools to evaluate how well we are carrying out our mission as a Jesuit school. They looked at our self-study and spoke with representative students, faculty, staff, parents and trustees, and effusively praised the many wonderful things they experienced at St. Xavier. They wrote “It is clear that St. Xavier is not complacent, as it well could be, given your great many achievements. You are continually looking for the better, the Magis, and we applaud and support you.”

Our strategic plan continually challenges us to move forward in every aspect of our school life. This year the freshmen brought iPads. Next year we will go to a new rotating schedule, which will allow teenagers who struggle in the morning to have all of their classes meet sometimes in the afternoon. They will meet for longer periods, so that teachers can dive deeper into their subjects and help our students to discover their own answers to life’s questions.

IT IS CLEAR THAT ST. XAVIER IS NOT COMPLACENT, AS IT WELL COULD BE, GIVEN YOUR GREAT MANY ACHIEVEMENTS. YOU ARE CONTINUALLY LOOKING

FOR THE BETTER, THE MAGIS, AND WE APPLAUD AND SUPPORT YOU.

All of this change demands extra work and flexibility from our faculty, and I’m happy to report that they are rising to the occasion. They asked us to switch learning management systems from Edline to Canvas in order to communicate better with students and parents and more ideas are being investigated. As Board Chair David Cassady reminds us, “We want to be the best at getting better,” and I certainly see that every day. Yours in Christ,

Timothy A. Howe SJ


ADMINISTRATION Rev. Timothy A. Howe SJ, President Rev. William L. Verbryke SJ (’71) Rector Mr. Terrence H. Tyrrell, Principal

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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 Vice Chair 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) Mr. Bryan Y. Norton SJ Mr. Michael P. O’Rourke (‘86) 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 Joseph H. Dillhoff, Jr. Heidi B. Eveleigh Edmund L. Franchi James L. Hust Colleen S. King Michele A. Mascari Ralph A. Nardini (’77) Anthony E. Schad (’81) John A. Schrantz (’96) Andrew E. Sweeny (’68) Matthew J. Weber (‘15) EDITOR Becky Schulte DESIGNER Jon Enia (’97), makercreative.com 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. 114 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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President’s Dinner

Sports, Arts, Service

Honors Griewe (‘50) and O’Connor

02 WE ARE ST. X 11 PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE 13 ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT 16 FACULTY Q&A

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Graduation Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

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Michele Mascari Farewell to a Theater Legend

ABOVE  The Class of 1965 welcomes members of the Long Blue Line during the 2015 St. Xavier graduation ceremony.

18 STUDENT Q&A 19 V  ICE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 20 X-CERPTS 24 X-PEDITIONS 29 CALENDAR

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We Are St. X St. Xavier Music Fest 2015 Since 1986 St. X has hosted Music Fest, a celebration of music and fun to mark the end of another school year. 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 was no different. Along with the musical stylings of fellow students and a few faculty members, Bombers participated in the AP Lit vs. AP Lang softball game, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, cook-off and field games.

MUSIC FEST SET LIST DEAD BATTERIES: Mr. T.

Chris Garcia (’15)

McDonald, Mr. H. McDonald, Mr.

Nicholas Brehm (’16)

Sorenson, Mr. Odioso, Jake Zimmer (’15), Alex Murtha (’16) ARMCHAIR PSYCHOSIS: Adam Fischer (’15), Ed Leach (’15) and Chris Dunkley (’15) RED LIGHT OPTIONAL: Ryan Rajagopal (’15), Kevin Unkrich (’15), Matt Graham (’15) and Connor Aronoff (’15)

Alvin Chaney (’16) Robert Anderson (’17), Will Morgan (’17), Eric Hoffman (’17), Nate Wilkens (’17), Nicky Zarick (’17), Will Shoaf (’17) and Sam Mclaughlin (’17) Luke DiGiacomo (’18) Sam Smith (’18)

Alex Murtha (’16) and Chris Dunkley (’15)

Walk for St. X The Walk for X is a long-standing tradition started in 1973 by Fr. Denny Ahern SJ ’56. This year the Walk was held on Thursday, April 30. The Walk for X is the only all-school student fundraising effort held throughout the year. Funds raised help bridge the gap between the tuition and the actual cost to educate the young men at St. Xavier High School. The 10K walk is a great opportunity for students to show support for St. X now and far into the future, while participating in a healthy activity. The goal for this year’s walk was $118,000 and in Bomber fashion, students exceeded that goal and raised $126,416 to help fellow students.

Taste of Diversity brings great food & culture to St. X Parents Across Cultures hosted the 5th Annual Taste of Diversity in April this year and “St. Xavier Bombers Around the World...X-perience a Journey of Culture, Food and Fun” was the largest one yet. More than 350 people attended, including the 109 students from the Foreign Language department, who participated in booth competitions representing 29 countries. This year the event featured musical performers: St. Xavier’s Men in Black opened the event followed by Ihsan Walker (’16), Maneesh Chidambaram (’16), Vivek Saini (’16), Alvin P. Chaney (’16), Calvin Brigger (’18), Matt Graham (’15), William Pan (’17), Kyle Li (’16) and faculty members Mr. Ivan Fulton, Mr. Greg Lamping, Mr. Lucas Schroeder and Ms. Marguerite Bourgeois.

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Science Olympiad: Best finish ever!

Famed Cuban drummer plays St. X

The St. Xavier Science Olympiad team was one of 40 teams who qualified for the state tournament at Ohio State University in April. St. Xavier had its best year ever finishing in 14th place out of 40 schools. St. Xavier brought home medals in four events. Zac Huber (’15) and Eric Glowacki (’15) got a second place medal in chemistry lab and Zac Huber (‘15) and Max Marshall (’17) brought home a third place medal in forensics.

Ignacio Berroa, internationally renowned jazz drummer best known for his work with Dizzy Gillespie, performed with the St. Xavier High School Jazz Band and presented a master class presentation on AfroCuban and jazz drumming. Students were invited to the performance and learned about Mr. Berroa’s life and musical career. The St. X Jazz Band then performed with the renowned musician.

Signing Day Congratulations to the St. X student athletes who participated in National Signing Day on April 15. BACK ROW: Matt Osubor—Cross Country/Track, New York University; Brad Eagan —Cross Country/Track, Marquette; James Heskett—Basketball, Williams College (MA); and Grant Carr—Swimming, Kenyon College. FRONT ROW: Mitchell Frey—Swimming, Queens University of Charlotte; Graham Lindquist —Swimming, Ohio State University; James Wray —Swimming, Miami University (OH); and Spencer Helwig —Baseball, Walsh University.

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Cliff and Jean Robson with Peg and Joe Halpin chaired this year’s X-Travaganza.

X-Travaganza Huge Success! The 42nd year for X-Travaganza: SUPERHEROES: Xploring Truth, Justice and the Jesuit Way was a SUPER-sized event that proved to be another successful fundraiser for St. Xavier High School. President Tim Howe SJ exclaimed, “This year’s theme allowed us all to dress up and have a lot of fun. Parent and alumnus superheroes saved our students from the perils of ignorance and evil through their generous support of our mission.” The weekend event kicked off in the Berning Gym with Opening Party X Supermen, chaired by Michelle and Rob Morgan and Jill and John O’Shea. Nearly 600 guests tasted delicious Lenten dishes, drinks and desserts in a casual atmosphere. Many incoming parents from the Class of 2019 were able to mingle with current parents and supporters and enjoyed a meet-and-greet with 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.

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On Saturday, more than 650 guests filled the Ellis Gym which had been turned into a world of villain and superheroes for X-Travaganza: SUPERHEROES: Xploring Truth, Justice and the Jesuit Way, hosted by chairs Peg and Joe Halpin and Jean and Cliff Robson. Guests were greeted by superhero students then enjoyed Mass, a three-course dinner, exciting live and silent auctions and out-of-this-world decorations. “We all know that not all heroes wear

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capes, but this year’s theme stirred up an opportunity to experience every day heroes in our community. The creative vision and brilliance of the decorations chair, Amie Delworth, allowed us to feel entangled amongst villains and superheroes, yet at the same time, tie in the journey that our sons are on while a student and to instill in them the importance of becoming a man for others. When you say ‘yes’ to being involved in this annual event the blessings and gifts you

PARENT AND ALUMNI SUPERHEROES SAVED OUR STUDENTS FROM THE PERILS OF IGNORANCE AND EVIL THROUGH THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF OUR MISSION.

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receive are witnessing the part of so many others generosity, dedication, patience, hard work, understanding, friendship and love for this school. I was especially blessed to work side by side with Peg, who is definitely a Wonder Woman. I’m proud that the financial results provide an impactful difference for every student, his family and the future boys who will have an opportunity to become part of the Long Blue Line. I extend my gratitude and thanks to all who played a part in making all the events a success this year. I encourage everyone to respond with a generous ‘yes’ to get involved and promise you and your family will be very pleased you did,” said chair Jean Robson. Chair Peg Halpin stated, “as co chairs of X-Trav, we were just a piece in the larger puzzle of this SUPER fundraiser. I am overwhelmed with the talent and time that has been so generously shared by our many volunteers and have been blessed with new friendships and renewing old. It has been my privilege to work with alongside parents, students, and staff that spent countless hours to make X-Trav 2015 a record year—they are my HEROES!” The live auction at X-Travaganza featured fantastic items ranging from culinary delights and travel experiences to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. A highlight was the X-Tend A Hand portion of the evening when supporters were asked to make donations towards tuition assistance in memory of two legendary coaches and teachers, Mr. Tom Ballaban and Mr. Steve Rasso. More than $60,000 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 2015 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 Peg and Joe Halpin and Jean and Cliff Robson who served as wonderful and enthusiastic chairs.” More than $890,000 was raised through X-Travaganza. A huge thank you goes out to the 500 plus volunteers and the record number of attendees who helped make this event a huge success!

Countdown until X-Travaganza 2016! If you would like to participate in planning X-Travaganza 2016, it’s not too soon to get involved. Contact the X-Travaganza office today at 513-761-7815 x 117 to learn how you can help. We thank you in advance for your support!

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X-TRAVAGANZA 2016 will be held on SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2016.

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Mom Prom The senior class and their mothers gathered once again for the annual Mom Prom at Music Hall. Thank you to all the moms of this year’s graduating class for everything you do for your Bomber!

Honor societies St. Xavier High School celebrated the Initiation Ceremony for the Foreign Language Honor Societies on March 10 at St. Xavier High School. The ceremony was for students in the Honor Societies for Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish Introductory remarks were made by faculty member Gregory L. Lamping and were followed with an opening prayer from school President Fr. Timothy Howe SJ. Guests enjoyed remarks from speaker Richard T. La Jeunesse. Honor pledges for each language were given by Jacob W. Oney (’16), Chinese, Charles K. Hamad, Jr. (’16), French, Nicholas J. Maksimoski (’16), German, John C. Weseli (’16), Latin and Alexander M. Donovan (’16), Spanish. Foreign Language Department Chair Christina Turner presented certificates to the students.

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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 $2,080 to benefit The Karen Wellington Foundation, which supports families living with cancer. Best in Show: Sam Haddad (’15) Most Growth: Drew Dunderman (’16) Not a Good Look on You: Joe Kryeski (’15)

Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2015 More than 500 St. Xavier alumni and friends helped usher in the St. Xavier Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Inductees include: Marty Mooney (’02) (Football/Basketball), Kyle Ralph (’02) (Football/Track), Kyle Voska (’94) (Golf ) and Johnny Wolf (’05) (Basketball). The emcee for the evening was WCPO Sportscaster John Popovich. St. Xavier President Tim Howe SJ welcomed the guests and opened the ceremony with a prayer. The guest speaker was famed basketball superstar Christian Laettner.

Kyle Voska ’94, Marty Mooney ’02, Christian Laettner, Johnny Wolf ’05 and Kyle Ralph ’02

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2015 Senior Class Gift CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s Senior Class Gift Chairmen, committee members and the entire Class of 2015! Thanks to the generosity and hard work of our seniors, the Senior Class Gift reached a total of $22,732.60 and 94% participation. Each member of the senior class was approached by a chairman or a committee member and asked to make a pledge, of any amount, over the next five years. The money will go into the Annual Fund drive to help cover the gap and support financial aid.

ROBOT X Competes in FIRST FTC Super Regionals Robot-X reached new heights competing in the FIRST FTC Super Regionals Championship in Iowa. After an impressive performance, the team finished 15th in their division. Globally, there are 4,500 teams and Robot-X is now ranked in the top 200! Robot-X was nominated for the Promote Award, which recognizes the team that is most successful in creating a compelling message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering and math.

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Year in Review The GCL All Sports Trophy remained at St. Xavier for the fifth straight school year as the Bombers racked up 68 points to finish ahead of the other three GCL Schools! ATHLETICS

SPRING BASEBALL The Varsity Bombers concluded their season with a win over Anderson at Great American Ballpark. They finished the season with an 11-17 overall record.

FALL CROSS COUNTRY The Bombers won the GCL Championship at all three levels. Varsity finished third in the State of Ohio. Senior Michael Vitucci became the first Individual State Champion in St. Xavier history by winning the State Meet. FOOTBALL Varsity played a national schedule and finished the season 10-3. They tied for the GCL Championship with two other teams and advanced to the State Regional Finals. GOLF The Varsity Golf team finished second in the GCL and won the District Tournament to qualify for the State Tournament. The Bombers finished eighth in the State of Ohio and return each of the top six players for next year. SOCCER The Bombers won the GCL Championship at all three levels in Soccer. Varsity finished their regular season on a 10-match win streak and ended up 16-3-1 on the season. They advanced to the Regional Semi Finals. WATER POLO The program continues to see numbers rise and was very competitive this past year. Varsity finished the season with a 20-19 record and a third place finish in the State of Ohio. The third place finish speaks volumes to the seniors’ commitment to growing the sport over their four years.

CREW The Varsity Crew team qualified three boats for the Youth National Championship in Florida on the weekend of June 12–14.

WINTER BASKETBALL The Bombers posted a 14-9 record overall on the season. The Varsity won the Brebeuf Jesuit Invitational. BOWLING The Bowling Bombers finished the season with a 9-16 record overall. Freshman Jared Tuerck broke the St. Xavier individual game record by rolling a 289 against Lakota. ICE HOCKEY The Bombers Ice Hockey program continues to improve. Varsity posted an 18-11-5 record and won the Chiller Thanksgiving Classic in Dublin, OH to start the season. They advanced to the District Finals game. SWIMMING AND DIVING The AquaBombers continued their dominance in the State of Ohio by winning their 36th State Championship. St. Xavier sent 21 swimmers as qualifiers to the State Meet, a school record. They also won the GCL Championship for the 52nd consecutive season. WRESTLING The Wrestling Bombers produced their second straight undefeated State Champion. Senior Cole Jones finished the season 51-0 and won the 220 lb. State Championship.

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LACROSSE The Varsity Lacrosse Bombers won the 2015 OHSLA Division 1 State Championship. They finished the season with an 18-5 overall record. RUGBY The Bombers Rugby program continues to grow in popularity. St. Xavier participated in the Jesuit Cup in Washington DC as a program which helped in the development of the student athletes. The Bombers advanced to the State Quarterfinals. TENNIS The Bombers won the GCL Championship at the Varsity level for the 68th consecutive season. Junior Andrew Niehaus qualified for the State Tournament in Singles. TRACK The Bombers finished the season ranking third at the GCL Meet. St. Xavier qualified numerous runners and field competitors for the Regional Championship Meet. Senior Connor Stelljes qualified for the State Meet in shot put and senior Brad Eagan finished second in the State of Ohio in the 1600-meter run. VOLLEYBALL The Varsity Volleyball Bombers won the GCL Championship and advanced to the State Tournament Quarter Finals. The Bombers were ranked #1 in the State of Ohio for the final five weeks of the season.

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Michele Mascari energetically closed the curtain on her Theatre Xavier directorship with a three-production season this year. Also retiring from TX this year is Leslie Korbee after 19 years of building TX’s costuming reputation and Mrs. Kathy Enos who organized and managed the costume shop for many productions during the last 17 years. How can one NOT create magic with the Fall musical Peter Pan. Those young at heart and of body responded wholeheartedly to this production, featuring 130 performers and crew-members. The winter production featured cabaret seating with “singing servers”— sweets and coffee — and abundant laughter for the comedy The Foreigner. And finally, the original musical Shades — scripted by Michele Mascari in 1998, and composed by then Senior Tommy Korbee (‘98), became the final production for the TX director. TX partnered with Anderson High School, Indian Hill High School and Sycamore High School in The(atre) League. The theater groups attend each school’s performance of a chosen show (ours was Shades), along with a verbal critique of the performance by professional performers/educators from the area’s theaters and universities. Stephen Skiles of Xavier University and Dr. Richard Hess of CCM’s Drama Department awarded TX’s “Shades” a SUPERIOR rating, and awarded trophies in the following categories: 1. Excellence in Ensemble 2. Excellence in Choreography 3. Excellence in Scenic Work 4. Excellence in Vocal Direction Two hundred and forty-five students participated this year, and became “double-crossed forever” as the two crosses in TX bind them in the “act” of performing for others, always seeking to see the face of God in others.

The music department comprised of strings, choir and band performed multiple concerts throughout the year as well as performed for all-school masses and entertained many at alumni and school-wide events. The music department as well as Music Boosters and Mothers’ Club hosted The Ohio Music Educator Association Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event on January 31. Seventy music directors from the various schools came to St. X to assist students in 825 performances. St. X entered 13 performances in the event. This year was unusual for the OMEA Solo and Ensemble event because it included guitars for the first time. In Ohio, 10 guitar students registered for this event at various sites. Seven of those guitarists performed at St. X and four of them were St. X students. All four of the St. X guitar students received a rating of 1. The St. X Choirs headed to Nashville during spring break to compete in the WorldStrides Heritage Performance Program in Nashville, TN. XMEN (90 members attended) Scores: 98; 97; 94 — Average Score: 96.3 Awards: 1st Place Men’s Chorus Division Adjudicator’s Award for an average score above 95 (out of 100) Outstanding Soloist: Maneesh Chidambaram (‘16) ENSEMBLE X (33 members) Scores: 98; 97; 98 — Average Score: 97.6 Awards: 1st Place Chamber Choir Division Adjudicator’s Award for an average score above 96 (out of 100) 1st Place in Overall Ranking. (Highest scoring Choral Group including: Women’s Chorus, Mixed Chorus, Chamber Chorus, Men’s Chorus and Show Choir) Outstanding Soloists: Luke Wielgos (‘16), Ihsan Walker (‘16)

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OTHER AWARDS FOR ST. XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL SWEEPSTAKES AWARD For the highest combined score from one school. Ensemble X and the Xmen ranked 1st and 2nd in total score in the entire competition including all vocal AND instrumental groups. OVATION AWARD Patrick Judd (‘15). This award is given to the student who displays exceptional contribution to their music department community. Directors from each school submitted a nominee along with an essay describing the nature of the student’s contribution.

COMMUNITY SERVICE · A school record was set this year in the Canned Food Drive. More than 184,000 pounds of food were collected.

· More than 750 families were adopted by the Canned Food Drive.

· Several student winners of service awards: · Senior Alex Deters was awarded the Roger Grein Spirit of Philanthropy Award. The award recognizes students who demonstrate the philanthropic spirit of Magnified Giving’s founder, Mr. Roger Grein. Magnified Giving (www.magnifiedgiving.org) is a studentfocused, philanthropic organization that seeks to inspire, educate and involve students in philanthropy.

· Senior Bryan Jacob won a community service award sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Federal Executive Board.

· A record number of students participated in community service programs for the school year.

· More than 150 students and adults participated in 11 mission trips this summer.

· Thousands of items were collected for the annual Personal Care Items Drive and the annual Winter Clothing Drive helping those in need.


The circle of life One of my kids’ favorite movies is Lion King. After seeing this move approximately 75 times in the last five years, I know most of the lines (and songs) by heart. What sticks out the most is the idea of the circle of life. Mufasa teaches his son, Simba, about his place in the world and his eventual role as King, replacing his father. At St. X, we have our own circle of life. Each year, the St. X circle of life begins when we bring in the new freshman class: naïve, physically (and mentally) immature, eager and ready to dive into all that St. X has to offer.

Over the next four years, each young man will be challenged, will grow and will blossom academically, spiritually and socially. Using the Graduate at Graduation as our model, each of our students becomes a Man for Others who are intellectually competent, religious, loving, open to growth and committed to doing justice. This St. X circle of life ended on May 28 for the 376 members of the Class of 2015. Each graduate is ready to move on to his next challenge, with 100% of the graduates enrolled in one of 66 colleges or universities having earned $46,000,000 in

It seems like just yesterday, (my husband) and I walked in the freshman orientation meeting at St. Xavier High School with our son —who suddenly looked so little. We came from a little school and he, along with us, knew no one. The school seemed huge - the Bombers who were volunteering that evening looked “huge” — and we wondered if (our son) had made the right decision and was going to find his way in this place. I remember as the senior spoke to us about how fast this time would go and the lessons he was taking with him, that I was struck by his eloquence and maturity. Well, you know what, that senior was correct—it has flown by. My seemingly small son—now taller than I am—carries himself with such grace and a maturity that I could only have hoped for him to find. Was it a hard road for him—absolutely. Was it a hard road for us—oh my goodness the first two years of commuting almost killed us. Am I glad we stuck it out—you bet. As I write this to you, alongside the news from St. X, comes orientation news from Miami University. And once again, the circle starts. This was a long way to say thank you. Thank you for working with us to make (our son) the person he is today: a kind soul, academically gifted and more than ready to take on anything Miami can throw his way.

As is often the case, the St. X experience is best described by our parents, who see first-hand the growth of their sons. Thank you to the entire St. X community for their role in the circle of life at St. X.

four-year academic or athletic scholarships. Over their four years at St. X, the members of the Class of 2015 achieved great success in academics, service, athletics and the arts, serving the school as Men for Others. Throughout the year, I receive messages from our parents, many of which thank us for our influence on their son. At this time of year especially, I often receive messages of gratitude from the parents of graduates. I think the following message from a senior mother represents the true meaning of the St. X experience and circle of life:

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ST. X COMMUNITY FOR THEIR ROLE IN THE CIRCLE OF LIFE AT ST. X.

VP DEVE P LROI N PC MIEPN A TL’’ S M E S S A G E

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PRESIDENT’S DINNER

An evening of honors and awards St. Xavier High School benefactors and supporters gathered for the annual President’s Dinner on Tuesday, May 5. Fr. Tim Howe SJ thanked guests and led the evening of honors and awards. Guests were led in prayer by Fr. Paul O’Connor SJ. Guests enjoyed musical entertainment from the strings ensemble Men in Black, the choral ensemble, Ensemble X and the St. X Jazz Band. St. X Board Chairman Mr. David J. Cassady (’75) greeted guests and thanked all those in attendance for their dedication to the students of St. Xavier High School and praised the school for continuing to be the best at getting better. Fr. Howe presented the importance of diversity initiatives at St. X and the growth that has been seen over the past 50 years. Student Ihsan Walker (’16) was highlighted in a moving video and then performed a beautiful vocal piece for guests. Fr. Michael Graham SJ was recognized for his service to the Board of Trustees. The evening ended with two very special award presentations. Mrs. Heidi O’Connor was honored as the 2015 Magis Award winner. Mrs. O’Connor joins past recipients recognized for service and the ability to give of themselves in love to the greater service of God. Mr. Bob Greiwe (’50) received the Insignis Award. Mr. Greiwe joins a distinguished group of alumni 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.

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ABOVE  Ihsan Walker (’16) wows guests with a solo during the dinner. BELOW  Insignis Award Winner Bob Greiwe (’50), his wife Kathleen and Magis Award Winner Heidi O’Connor with her husband John.


give the gift of a smile

Joseph Dillhoff, Jr. (’50) is married to Philomena and had five children – four daughters and the late Joe III ’75. His grandson, David Denison (’17), is a current Bomber. Before retirement, Joe was a partner in the insurance agency of Kneflin Dilhoff Hils & Kruse. He is also the former owner and chairman of OKI Bering. Several years ago, Joe created a scholarship fund in his and his wife’s names to give opportunities and “smiles” to future graduates.

WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN TO INCLUDE ST. XAVIER IN YOUR ESTATE PLANS AND TO NOTIFY THE SCHOOL OF YOUR PLANS? I created the scholarship fund because I felt it an obligation. I wanted St. X to know about my gift so they were able to plan for the future. The best surprise is no surprise at all! YOU HAVE CREATED A SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN YOUR NAME HERE AT ST. X. WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN THAT PARTICULAR PROJECT AS YOUR LEGACY? High school is such an important part of the formation of a young man. It was for me, and I want my gift to help provide smiles, learning and great memories for future young men. It makes me proud to know that my gift will contribute to the values instilled in those that are our future. WHAT WAS THE IMPACT THAT ST. XAVIER HAS HAD FOR YOUR LIFE? The exact impact that my mother said it would and moms know everything! She said it would give me the discipline I would need for a successful future. WERE THERE ANY INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS OR ADMINISTRATORS AT ST. XAVIER THAT MADE A PARTICULAR IMPACT OR IMPRESSION ON YOU? When I look back on my education, I most remember the impact of the Jesuits. Those like Fr. John Uhl SJ in a political way, and Principal Fr. Patrick O’Brien SJ. There were others, but my overall memory is of the entire group of educators who helped create the group of men we have become.

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

JOSEPH DILLHOFF (’50)

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO A FELLOW ALUM WHO IS THINKING ABOUT REMEMBERING ST. X IN HIS ESTATE, BUT IS HAVING A HARD TIME TAKING THE TIME TO DO IT? Make the time to do so today! Call Ed Franchi or Andy Sweeny in the Development Office. They make it so easy. It may seem hard to take the first step, but it is worth it. Don’t wait until you’re gone and hope your wishes are carried out. The school may not get what you want, if you don’t plan for it now. I have a plan in place and it makes me happy to know my legacy will benefit others. DID YOU ENJOY YOUR ST. XAVIER EXPERIENCE? Enjoy my experience? You bet I did! I look at the school now and see that the students are surrounded by dedicated and loyal faculty, staff and administration. The enthusiasm I see gives the boys today an advantage, and I hope my gift helps continue that momentum and gives them reason to smile. WHAT IS THE ST. XAVIER ADVANTAGE TO YOU? It is brotherhood. Everywhere I go, I feel connected to other alumni across the city, state, country and even the world, through the Long Blue Line. In the course of business, I met a lot of people that were in school with me. I may not have known their names, but they were my brothers. Did it help make a sale? No, but it radiated trust.

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Congratulations Class of 2015!

SECURITY IS MOSTLY A SUPERSTITION. IT DOES NOT EXIST IN NATURE, NOR DO THE CHILDREN OF MEN AS A WHOLE EXPERIENCE IT. AVOIDING DANGER IS NO SAFER IN THE LONG RUN THAN

OUTRIGHT EXPOSURE. LIFE IS EITHER A DARING ADVENTURE, OR NOTHING

On May 28, 2015, 376 young men were welcomed into the Long Blue Line of St. Xavier alumni. The Class of 2015 ceremoniously followed the members of the Class of 1965 into the Cintas Center for the graduation ceremony upholding the tradition of the 50-year anniversary class leading the procession. Principal Terry Tyrrell welcomed the graduates, alumni, parents and family members supporting the members of the class on this special occasion. He encouraged the graduates to continue to live the Jesuit motto of ad majorem Dei gloriam, all for the greater glory of God. Simeon Lane spoke on behalf of the senior class congratulating his fellow classmates for their many accomplishments as Men for Others. Phil Cox (’65) shared with the class his fundamental tenets in life. • I am responsible for me • Have no friend less than yourself • Doing your best does not always mean you win • Everybody ethnically like you is not automatically on your side

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HELEN KELLER

• It is not that life is unfair, it’s that life is too fair. You get what you get. If you do things wrong for a long period of time, they will turn out wrong. If you do things right for a long period of time they will turn out right. • Discipline - Doing what you ought to be doing when you ought to be doing it • Faith - Believing in yourself particularly after an event has occurred that tells you, you have no reason to believe in yourself • Sense of urgency - Whatever I can do tomorrow let me do today • Accountability - Ability to recognize the disparity between what I am doing and what I ought to be doing and how quickly one can bridge that gap. Envision the ability to see yourself where you want to be no matter how far away you stand from it today Other thoughts: Nothing is the end of the world, but the end of the world. If you’re not living on the edge you are taking up too much space


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED GRADUATION BOOK AWARDS FOR 2015. CHEMISTRY: ANDREW N. BUENO CHINESE: MATTHEW P. MCKELVEY COMMUNITY SERVICE: JUSTIN G. BLAKE COMPUTER SCIENCE: BENJAMIN D. MAXWELL ENGLISH: ANDREW N. BUENO FRENCH: DARYL B. HAMMETT II GERMAN: DANIEL J. DIESEL HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION: BENJAMIN J. HEYOB LATIN: THOMAS E. UHL II & IAN K. JONES MATHEMATICS: ZACHARY B. HUBER MUSIC: CHRISTOPHER M. DUNKLEY PERFORMING ARTS: BRIAN R. WENSTRUP PHYSICS: ZACHARY B. HUBER RELIGION: MATTHEW M. BULT SOCIAL STUDIES: IAN K. JONES SPANISH: MICHAEL D. ASHLEY VISUAL ARTS: THOMAS J. ERB

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 William E. Hoffer III.

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 Andrew N. Bueno with a 98.97 GPA.

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 2015 Joe Brennan Award was presented to DeForest H. Howland II.

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 Brandon A. Phillips.

DR. 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 Zachary B. Huber.

THE JESUIT SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION AWARD

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 Jacob Richard Lloyd Zimmer.

87 Seniors to The Ohio State University 62 Seniors to University of Cincinnati 42 Seniors to Miami University 26 Seniors to University of Dayton 23 Seniors to Xavier University 16 Seniors to Ohio University 9 Seniors to Saint Louis University 8 Seniors to Indiana University 6 Seniors to The University of Alabama 6 Seniors to University of Kentucky 5 Seniors to University of Notre Dame 4 Seniors to Case Western Reserve University 4 Seniors to Clemson University 4 Seniors to Purdue University 3 Seniors to Kenyon College 3 Seniors to University of South Carolina 3 Seniors to University of Virginia 2 Seniors to Boston College 2 Seniors to College of the Holy Cross 2 Seniors to Georgetown University 2 Seniors to Marquette University 2 Seniors to Military Academies (2) Military 2 Seniors to Mount St. Joseph University 2 Seniors to Rose‐Hulman Institute of Technology 2 Seniors to Savannah College of Art and Design 2 Seniors to The “Ivies” (1) Brown; (1) Princeton 2 Seniors to University of Louisville 2 Seniors to University of Michigan 2 Seniors to Vanderbilt University 1 Senior to American University 1 Senior to Babson College 1 Senior to Baylor University 1 Senior to Belmont University 1 Senior to Butler University 1 Senior to Capital University 1 Senior to Denison University 1 Senior to DePauw University 1 Senior to Eastern Kentucky University 1 Senior to Elon University 1 Senior to Furman University 1 Senior to Georgia Institute of Technology 1 Senior to Howard University 1 Senior to John Carroll University 1 Senior to Loyola University Chicago 1 Senior to New York University 1 Senior to Northern Kentucky University 1 Senior to Ohio Northern University 1 Senior to Oklahoma State University 1 Senior to Otterbein University 1 Senior to Providence College 1 Senior to Queens University 1 Senior to Stanford University 1 Senior to The George Washington University 1 Senior to The University of Akron 1 Senior to The University of Arizona 1 Senior to University of Evansville 1 Senior to University of Indianapolis 1 Senior to University of Oklahoma 1 Senior to University of Pittsburgh 1 Senior to University of Tennessee 1 Senior to Walsh University 1 Senior to Washington University in St. Louis 1 Senior to Williams College 1 Senior to Wittenberg University 1 Senior to Wright State University

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All Schools in Order of Popularity Class of 2015

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MICHELE MASCARI FA C U LT Y Q & A

vividly alive and seeking DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THE CLASSROOM AND WITH TX. I began teaching at St. Xavier in August of 1982. My duties included teaching freshman Oral Communication/Debate, Sophomore English and working with Theatre Xavier as Assistant Director, vocal director, rehearsal pianist, props mentor, painter and whateverI-could-do tech person. I also assisted Larry Schmidt with the Speech and Debate Club/ Team. It was a full year! Though I had been teaching and directing for seven years prior to coming here, the pace of school “life” here was “allegro agitato”. I studied more furiously than my students! Successes abounded with Theatre Xavier (I fell in love!), with national debate honors, and in the classroom. With the formation of the Fine Arts Department in the mid ‘90’s, I taught Acting I, Acting II, Advanced Acting and the newly minted Studio Performance class exclusively. Creating a curriculum for courses only taught by oneself, well…it’s odd. And extremely exciting! I have directed/produced 77 plays and musicals here at St. X, and 100 plays, musicals and theatrical events in my 40 years (total) teaching. Many high school directors will soar past that number. I lovingly think they are “crazy” theatre people! YOU HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH AND DIRECT THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS, WHAT IMPACT HAVE THEY HAD ON YOU AS AN EDUCATOR? Theatre Xavier – 33 years. It’s difficult to grasp in this moment, as I walk away from the stage. I have met and worked with a few thousand young men and women. Some made performing their life’s work…some in acting, others in producing or marketing… some in music…some in writing…some in scenic design. Their names should be on permanent display in the Fine Arts area. There are no words to thank or sufficiently

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appreciate the parents and families of TX members. TX productions were enhanced by volunteers sharing their skills to make our shows topnotch: building a “helicopter”, flying Peter Pan, purchasing a Cadillac for use on stage/selling it afterwards, serving food and more. Thank you to all of the mentors throughout these 33 years with TX. I was able to see every performance of every TX production, for 33 years! What is the impact on me over these years? I am blessed and gratified beyond belief. I am honored and humbled, at once. I became more truly human. I see God in each and every face and heart. I hear God in every voice, speaking and singing, sighing or laughing or crying. God’s music plays through every instrument, from the wooden flutes of The Fifth Sun — music originated by the incredible David Brinker (’89) to the full orchestras of The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, West Side Story, and more, as well as the early years, from Oklahoma, The Music Man, Brigadoon (led by student orchestras conducted by Richard Fujimoto). AFTER 33 YEARS AT ST. X- WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FONDEST MEMORIES? The closing night of Shades was an adventure in reunion for so many TX alums. It personified the TX CIRCLE, giving and receiving laughter, smiles, hugs to so very many in the Black Box prior to the performance, and after the finale, on the stage. There could not have been a more perfect and vivid way to close out my time with TX. All the alums and current TX members on stage, the audience (what remained of it) standing, Mayor John Cranley (’86) presenting a gift, everyone singing the alma mater (beautifully) and yet another “thank you” to everyone involved. “I may cry, but I am not sad…” was my mantra the last few weeks of school. Saying it repeatedly and meaningfully and positively made me laugh more than cry! Every TX performance, every TX Circle,

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Michele Mascari has been a faculty member since 1982. She has been in the classroom teaching a variety of subjects, but her most memorable moments have been through the Fine Arts Department and through Theatre Xavier. Ms. Mascari retired this year after 33 years at St. X. We are grateful to her for her many contributions to the Long Blue Line.

every TX Blessing of the Stage, every TX Cast Mass, Milford Retreats in the 80s, Mass of the Holy Spirit, talking with parents each fall on Parent Night, meeting the incredible actor Hal Holbrook and spending much of the day with him when he visited St. X, the friendships with many colleagues, the friendship and spiritual pathway with Fr. John Ferone SJ, playing piano, playing guitar and singing to my performers and crew members, hearing beautiful music sung by Cathy Creason at many masses and special moments and events, but most of all the students…in classes, in TX, on retreats, in the hallways, on the teams, everywhere. There are way too many to list…they keep rolling through my mind and I cannot begin to pay tribute to all of the best moments! WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE ST. XAVIER ADVANTAGE? The Faculty—talented, intelligent, humorous, gifted, insightful, spiritual, loving, always seeking and learning, flexible, abundant in integrity, unafraid to dream, hard-working and seeking God in all things. The Curriculum—invigorating in electives, vital in requirements that challenge students to grow and provide opportunities for success in many ways and expressions. The Cocurriculars—too many to list— providing choices for many young men as they go through each year, taking part in many, or just one major activity…creating opportunities for success in many realms. The Facility— Look at what we have and what we strive to renew and remake for future students. Look to the future for more ways of creating the “Place where Ignatian education thrives.” The Alums—forever the “Long Blue Line”— invariably, they strengthen the school in all ways – financially is only one avenue. They revere St. X and support it through active interaction.


MICHELE MASCARI, AS DIRECTOR OF TX THEATRE XAVIER PRODUCTIONS (1) Fall, 1982 - The Night of January 16th – Assistant Director (2) Spring, 1983 – Oklahoma – Vocal Director, Rehearsal Pianist (3) Fall, 1983 - The Front Page – Assistant Director (4) Spring, 1983 - The Music Man – Vocal Director (5) Fall, 1984 - Diary of Anne Frank – Assistant Director TX Director, sometimes choreographer, scenic designer, props designer and securer and set decorator (6) Spring, 1985 - Bye Bye, Birdie (7) Spring, 1985 - Godspell adaptation, Lenten Service (8) Fall, 1985 - The Diviners, cafeteria (renovated X Hall) (9) Spring, 1986 - Godspell (10) Fall, 1986 - The Rimers of Eldritch (11) Winter, 1987 - Fools (12) Spring, 1987 - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (13) Fall, 1987 - The Elephant Man (14) Spring, 1988 - Wizard of Oz (15) Fall, 1988 - Teahouse of the August Moon (16) Spring, 1989 - Brigadoon (17) Fall, 1989 - The Fifth Sun (18) Spring, 1990 - Pippin (19) Fall, 1990 - The Foreigner (20) Spring, 1991 - Little Shop of Horrors (21) Fall, 1991 - We Bombed in New Haven (22) Spring, 1992 - Godspell (23) Fall, 1992 - The Boys Next Door (24) Spring, 1993 - Man of La Mancha (25) Fall, 1993 - A Man for All Seasons 2 (26) Spring, 1994 - Fiddler on the Roof (27) Fall, 1994 - Greater Tuna (28) Spring, 1995 - Into the Woods (29) Fall, 1995 - Rumors (30) Spring, 1996 - Wizard of Oz (31) Fall, 1996 - Inspecting Carol (32) Spring, 1997 - Das Barbecu (33) Fall, 1997 - Arcadia (34) Spring, 1998 – Shades (original musical) (35) Fall, 1998 - The Three Musketeers (TX producer) (36) Spring, 1999 - Children of Eden (37) Fall, 1999 - Dracula (38) Winter, 2000 - Picasso at the Lapin Agile (39) Spring, 2000 - Starmites (40) Fall, 2000 - Diviners (41) Winter, 2001 - Children of a Lesser God (42) Spring, 2001 - Man of La Mancha (43) Fall, 2001 - A Tuna Christmas (44) Winter, 2002 - Whodunit? (45) Spring, 2002 - My Favorite Year (46) Fall, 2002 - Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

The commitment to The Graduate at Graduation—I recall the excitement of assembling this document in the first few years here. The entire faculty was “on fire” with the wording, the challenge of creating a document that truly would become a “vow” to each student entering the school. It says, “Strive for these things. Use this place to ‘become’ these things.” There are many people involved in the structure of St. Xavier High School. They recruit, manage, organize, evaluate, seek, prepare and literally “run” the machinery of the school, in all of its faces and locations. They provide vital operations…from facilities to departments to staff to the Principal and President’s offices. The leaders look ahead and plan the continued growth for St. Xavier High School. They remain bold and daring, while maintaining stability within the school.

(47) Spring, 2003 – Godspell (last show in X Hall) (48) Fall, 2003 – Red Noses (staged in gym) (49) Spring, 2004 – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (stage at Xavier University theater) (50) Fall, 2004 – The Wizard of Oz (first show in Performance Cntr. – featured original music from Tommy Korbee to close Act 1.) (51) Spring, 2005 – Sweeney Todd (52) Fall, 2005 – The Laramie Project (53) Winter 2006 – Mortal & Saints (producer) (54) Spring 2006 – Les Miserables (55) Fall 2006 – Wild Oats (56) Winter 2007 – A Life To Call Your Own – benefit (57) Spring 2007 – Miss Saigon (58) Fall 2007 – Inspecting Carol 3 (59) Winter 2008 – Picasso at the Lapin Agile (60) Spring 2008 – The Scarlet Pimpernel (61) Fall 2008 – Dracula (62) Spring 2009 – Cats (63) Fall 2009 – The Fifth Sun (64) Spring 2010 – Urinetown, the musical (65) Fall 2010 – Zombie Prom (66) Winter 2011 – Is He Dead? Winter 2011 – Michele’s Night in Black and White Event Presented by friends and alums. (67) Spring 2011 – The Phantom of the Opera (68) Fall 2011 – The Kentucky Cycle (part 2) (69) Spring 2012 – West Side Story (70) Fall 2012 – A Christmas Carol (71) Winter 2013 – 25th Annual Putnam county Spelling Bee (72) Spring 2013 – Children of Eden Fall (October), 2013 – All I Really Need To Know, I Learned From Being a Zombie (Studio Class) (73) Fall 2013 – Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily (74) Spring 2014 – Batboy, the musical (75) Fall – Peter Pan, the musical (76) Winter 2015 – The Foreigner (77) Spring 2015 – Shades (original musical, book by Michele Mascari, music/lyrics by Tommy Korbee, class of ‘98)

FINAL THOUGHTS AT THE END OF MY CAREER… I would gladly begin anew, in a youthful body, and a mind and heart filled with oh-soimportant-life-experiences. Having this career is what I hoped for in my teaching life. Walking this creative and expressive pathway with hundreds of gifted students and adults, finding grace in the mundane, and God in the smallest and largest of tasks and creations…it has all been wonderful and fulfilling. It hasn’t been perfect, of course! But, who needs “perfect” when you can have “vividly alive and seeking!” Thank you, everyone!

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HAVING THIS CAREER IS WHAT I HOPED FOR IN MY TEACHING LIFE.

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MATTHEW WEBER (’15) A L USM T UNDI EPNRTO FQI&L A E

open to growth

Matthew Weber (’15) is the perfect example of the Graduate at Graduation. Throughout his four years at St. Xavier he has served as the Captain of the AquaBombers, volleyball manager, a Bomber Pilot and a member of the Student Development Leadership Team. He is active in community service at St. Vincent de Paul, Imago and with the Special Olympics, and went on a mission trip to Over-The-Rhine. Matthew is a member of both the National Honors Society and the Spanish National Honors Society. He will be attending the University of Alabama on a full academic scholarship where he will be in the Honors College studying engineering, specifically civil engineering. After Alabama, he hopes to pursue a post-graduate degree, perhaps an MBA.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO ATTEND ST. X? For me, coming to St. X was never in question. In fact, I did not even apply to any other high schools. Being from the Westside you may think that I would be persuaded by Elder but I never was at all. My father went to St. X and instilled in both me and my brother a deep love for this school. My brother graduated in 2008 and throughout my childhood I remember how much fun I had at the football games, basketball games and other events. Through my brother’s years at St. X, I learned more and more about the school and how many different activities there were and I could not wait to get there. AS YOU LOOK BACK ON THE PAST FOUR YEARS, WHAT MEMORIES OR MOMENTS STAND OUT TO YOU THE MOST? It is hard to pick a certain moment, it is more the experience as a whole which sticks with me. The experience with the deepest impact for me was being a part of the Swimming and Diving team. The group of guys on this team care about one another so much, from seniors all the way down to freshman and from the top group through the lower groups. They truly function as a team— supporting each other every moment. It was a blessing to have gotten to know so many great people through the team. The coaching staff was wonderful to me from the time I entered the program until my last time in the pool. Though a small portion of the team, they made sure that I, along with the younger divers, felt the team spirit and support. I was very proud to receive the X-emplar Award for the team this year. Another experience which will stick with me forever is the opportunity to attend, and lead, Kairos. The retreat is absolutely amazing and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But, if I had to pick one single moment, it would be my freshman year when I walked into the gym for the Mass of the Holy Spirit. As a freshman you never would expect to walk into the gym and see more than a thousand of your classmates standing up and cheering for you. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO A YOUNG MAN WONDERING IF ST. X IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR HIM? I would say at St. X there is no way you can go wrong. This school is so big that you have the opportunity to meet many people and have so many different choices in what to do, that you can’t help but to be successful. Yet even with the size, you do not feel lost or overwhelmed. The faculty and staff really care for you and care for the type of person you become over the four years you spend here. The academic strength of the school is truly complimented by the opportunity to participate in a myriad of activities from large team sports, club sports, drama, music, art, language clubs, community service, etc. The school opens its doors and allows you to grow in so many ways. DESCRIBE THE ST. XAVIER ADVANTAGE AND WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU. To me the St. Xavier Advantage is opportunity. One of the characteristics of the Graduate at Graduation is being open to growth and that is, to me, one of the essential parts of life. Being able to be at St. X offers an amazing assortment of opportunities and you have to make the choice yourself what you are going to do with them. You have so much freedom while you’re here and if you use that freedom in the best way, you will be very successful.

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VP DEVELOPMENT’S MESSAGE

RALPH A. NARDINI (’77)

Welcome Class of 2015 to the Long Blue Line It is hard to believe that another school year has come and gone. At the end of May, 376 young men graduated and joined the ranks of The Long Blue Line. Graduation itself was a very memorable evening for our graduates, as members of the Class of 1965, who were celebrating their own sendoff 50 years earlier, led them in. It was very moving to watch both classes shake hands, congratulate each other and share a special bond. St. Xavier High School is a very special place where academic growth is paramount, yet spiritual growth and individual commitment to a more just society is equally as important. Our students graduate knowing that they have an obligation to their family, their community and those in our society who don’t have a voice and achieve all they can while remembering what they do is for the greater glory of God. The faculty and staff at St. X continue to educate the young men entrusted to us with the critical thinking skills that will empower them for the rest of their lives. This year is a graduation of sorts for me as well. I will transition from my administrative role, as Vice President for Development, to a role as a full-time Major Gifts Officer. Fr. Howe has allowed me to move into my new role so that I am able to spend more time engaging our alumni, parents and other friends of St. Xavier High School. We need to continue to make a St. X education available to all qualified young men, regardless of their family’s financial situation. We need to continue to be the school that is the best at getting better. We need to be the school that academically qualified young men and their families consider a destination for the best 21st century education.

High School really is special in the way it educates the whole person. We do a good job trying to describe the St. Xavier advantage with words and phrases, but most alumni will tell you that the “special” part of the education they received is truly intangible. The young men who experience the St. X education leave after four years with the most rigorous academic education possible. Our young men move on in life knowing they are just a part of a greater plan from God. Whenever I am engaging with fellow alumni and parents, I make it very clear that I am biased when it comes to St. Xavier High School and the academic and spiritual formation we provide. My two sons are better fathers and husbands because of what they learned and saw modeled daily, from our faculty and staff. Through my sons’ experiences and growth, I recalled a very similar path that I traveled many years earlier. Jesuit education is alive and well at St. Xavier High School. I am looking forward to working with more of you in the future as we find ways for you to help us continue our mission. With your help, we will make sure St. Xavier High School continues to assist all qualified young men, regardless of economic ability, in their formation as leaders and Men for Others.

Greater Cincinnati is lucky to have many good schools that do great work. However, St. Xavier

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Summer Alumni X-cerpts Faculty Member DICK PIENING was recently awarded the Praestans Inter Omnes (Outstanding Among All) Award at the Purcell Marian High School Alumni Reunion. It is the highest honor given to an alumnus, who has demonstrated service to God, family and the community.

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70’s

’56 FR. DENNIS P. AHERN SJ

’72 JOHN KISSEL

retired from St. Xavier after more than 40 years of service and now resides in Clarkston, Michigan at Columbiere Center.

was appointed Director of Neurology, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

’56 TOM CONLAN, JR.

’73 MARK KITRICK,

was the recipient of Greater Southwestern Ohio Urban League’s Glorifying the Lions Award.

president of the Columbus law firm Kitrick, Lewis & Harris Co, L.P.A. presented to the students of St. X about distracted driving.

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’75 TIMOTHY FOGARTY,

CEO of West Chester Holdings, Inc., was named the Carl H. Lindner Award for Outstanding Business Achievement at the University of Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

’60 ROBERT COLACURCIO

recently published his 12th book The Other Side of Suicide and is currently working on a book that’s been generating for the past 50 years: The Influence of the Imagination on the Knowledge of God, due out sometime this year. ’66 DANIEL J. WEBER MD

recently retired as Chief Medical Officer from the Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason and as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He will resume part-time psychiatry private practice in Mt Lookout.

80’s ’82 DAVID BERTEN

and his law firm, Global Intellectual Property Law Group, LLC, were named best Intellectual Property law firm in North America by Financial World Magazine. ’82 BOB DIECKMAN

named President of Rotex Global, LLC.

’67 THOM VILLING

received the American Advertising Federation of Michiana AdClub’s Lifetime Achievement award. ’69 TOM GRAY

retired and moved from Chicago to enjoy a more relaxed life and to be closer to his grandchildren.

’85 PHIL COLLINS,

Managing Director of Orchard Holdings Group, LLC received the Distinguished Service Award at the University of Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards. ’85 JOHN MARROCCO

is the new Cincinnati Market President and Commercial Sales Leader for Cleveland-based KeyCorp. ’88 ANDY BLANKENBUEHLER

is the choreographer for the latest rage on Broadway, Hamilton. He was recently awarded the Drama Desk Award for his work. ’88 STAN DOHAN

named president of The Allen Company/Color Craft Line in Blanchester, OH. ’89 MATT MILLER

is Superintendent at Mentor Public Schools which just received a $13.8 million grant for innovation in schools. He is also the chairman of the Ohio Blended Learning Network and a member of the League of Innovative Schools.

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IN MEMORIAM 1944

Thomas R. DIERKER

1960

Thomas R. MARKEY

was published in The Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) attracting worldwide attention on his work with colleagues finding a way to transform human leukemia cells into non-cancerous macrophages in the lab.

1944

Arthur M. NEY

1962

Paul R. LAEMMLE

1945

Robert G. CARDOSI

1962

Robert L. NIESEL

1945

Eugene A. HUEY

1963

Herman J.

’92 DAVE BUTEN

1946

Ralph E. ANDEJESKI

and his company Budget Challenge, won the Educational Program of the Year Award from the Institute for Financial Literacy.

1946

James J. MOLONY

1965

John R. DUFFEY

1946

Dominick P. PALUMBO

1966

Jerome C. RANDOLPH

1947

Raymond A. NEYER

1967

James W. HESKAMP

is performing in his eighth Broadway show “Finding Neverland.”

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Paul L. ROTHAN

1968

William J. BROSSART

1948

Frank J. BRAUNWART

1970

John C. FISCHER

’94 JEFF VIER

1948

James R. HOGAN

1971

Michael W. BESL

1948

Edward J. WENSTRUP

1973

James L. KOLB

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John I. MCANDREWS

1973

Robert J. SAWMA

1949

Clement T. ROMER

1983

Charles D. KUNTZ

1950

James A. MADEWELL

1984

Joe R. NEYER

1950

Paul H. VONDERHEIDE

1986

Christopher D. BLUM

1950

Robert M. WRIGHT

1990

Neal C. JACOBS

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Jay R. WOLTERMANN

1993

Jason L. DAVIS

1954

Walter L. KRAMER

1956

Henry J. BLESSING

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Donald E. LYNCH

’99 PATRICK OSBORNE

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James A. MUELLER

won an Oscar for his work on the Disney short Feast. Osborne conceived, wrote and directed the animated short.

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Paul A. RITTER

‘90 DR. RAVINDRA MAJETI

’92 KEVIN KERN

appeared in the new BBC America show “Mud, Sweat and Gears.” ’96 MATT DAVIS,

Director of Build Our New Bridge Now coalition in Cincinnati, OH testified to the congressional committee on small business in early June. ’97 JEFF DUDERO

joined the Under Armour team in March of 2014 and was promoted to Associate Creative Director Global Retail Environments in March of 2015. ’97 JOSH KAUFFMAN

was named principal of Milford High School after a three-year term as principal of Indian Hill Middle School.

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Class of 1965 during their reunion weekend.

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’00 JONATHAN BENNIE

’11 CONNOR BUCZEK

was appointed to a three-year term on the City of Cincinnati Zoning Board of Appeals.

won the 2015 Senior CLASS Award in lacrosse.

’00 JOE TURNER

was elected Student Body President at the University of Cincinnati in February.

received the Young Educator of the Year award in San Diego, CA. He currently works at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. ’01 LUKE ROBINSON

is an Orthopaedic Chief Resident at the University of Louisville and was accepted as a “Hand Fellow” at the Philadelphia Hand Center. ’03 DR. STEPHAN G. DIXON

earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and will be completing residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society, and received the prestigious Alumni Award in addition to several other honors. He and his wife Sarah are expecting their first son this July. ‘03 ROBERT MECKLENBORG

joined Frost Brown Todd’s Finance and Real Estate Team. ’03 DANIEL SILVESTRI

graduated from his residency program in internal medicine at The Christ Hospital in July 2014 and accepted a position at The Christ Hospital Medical Associates’ Mt. Auburn office. ’03 VIVEK RAMASWAMY

CEO of Axovant Sciences leads the company to become the biggest biotech IPO in history. ’04 CORY NOLAN

was featured in the Lehigh Alumni Magazine for his work with Achilles International charity and the Wounded Warriors Project.

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’11 ANDREW NAAB

’12 SEAN AHERN

was named first team all Ivy League defensive back for the past football season. Ahern was part of the Harvard team that went undefeated in capturing the Ivy League title. ’13 JOEY ARCURI

completed a very successful sophomore season as part of Butler University’s Division I golf team with wins at the Bulldog Florida Invitational at Windsor Parke GC in Jacksonville, FL and at the Big Four Invitational at Crooked Stick GC in Carmel, IN. Joey also finished in the Top 15 at the 2015 Big East Conference Championship held at Callawassie Island Golf Club in Okatie, SC. ’13 IAN KING

broke a Michigan Lacrosse school record in a victory over Detroit.


WEDDINGS & BIRTHS Weddings MATT BORNEMAN (’97) married Grey Hall on April 5, 2014. DANIEL SILVESTRI (‘03) married Elizabeth Mayerle on September 27, 2014 at

St. Ignatius Church in Chicago, IL.

Births JOE CAFEO (’93) and his wife, Brooke, welcomed their son Cameron Joseph

on February 9, 2015. JOE LANNI (’96) and his wife, Katie, welcomed their daughter Nicola Leonardo on March 26, 2015. NICHOLAS COOK (’97) and his wife, Gretchen, welcomed their daughter, Virginia

Christine, on January 30, 2015. CRAIG NEIHEISEL (’01) and his wife, Amy, welcomed daughter Nancy Carolann

on December 18, 2014. LUKE ROBINSON (’01) and his wife, Bailey, welcomed daughter Perry Elizabeth

on October 12, 2014. RICHARD TRANTER (’04) and his wife, Kathleen, welcomed daughter Julia Rosine

on May 15, 2015.

Thank you to our retiring faculty and staff members for your many years of dedicated service! Pictured: Glen Branan, Jim Davis, Russ “Tiger” King (’63), Jim Jurgens, Michele Mascari and Judy Schrand.

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1. Jeevan Subbiah (‘91), Mike Green (‘10), Rob McCullough (‘10), and David Glatt (honorary Bomber), in Vernazza in The Cinque Terre, Italy. 2. Keenan Gradoville (’01) and Luke Kuechly (’09) meet up at The Jordan Cross Kick Ball Event in Charlotte, NC. 3. Shannon Doyle (’65) and Matt Doyle (’15) at this year’s St. Xavier graduation ceremony. 4. Jake Lahrmann, Adam Costello, Ben Timmel, Joe Toomb and Simeon Lane, Bomber Pilots for faculty member Diane Engber, celebrate at graduation.5. A group photo of members of the movement and dance class after the Young Artist Concert where they performed A Bell. 6. Andrew Thaman (‘85), Jake Thaman (’15) and Bill Thaman (’80) in Fussen, Germany. 7. The Long Blue Line shows their Bomber pride after Mass in Rosemary Beach. Pictured are Charlie Robson (‘16), Davis Lipp (‘18), Fred Albach (‘16), Jordan Sambrookes (’16) and in the front row Jack Perez (‘15) and Charlie Perez (‘17). 8. Greg Nieberding (‘75), Keith Vesper (‘91), Veva Vesper and Alan Vesper (’58) at the Dallas Alumni Golf Outing.

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Haehnle (‘17) in front of St. Patrick’s cathedral. 2. Jack Brinker (‘18) in front of the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier in the Cathedral of Barcelona 2. Three Bombers represented the University of Dayton at the A10 championships in Orlando, Florida. Pictured left to right: Sophomore Nick Paxson (‘13), senior George Rohde (‘11) and freshman Brendan Keating (‘14). 4. Former St X football players and members of the class on 1979 attended the Miami University dedication of new athletic complex in Oxford. Pictured left to right: Scott Murrer, Sean O’ Toole, Ed Evers and Jerry James. 5. The Class of 1963 gathered for their spring reunion. 6. Members of the Class of 2008 Rob Torbeck, Kyle Johns, Mike McGraw Jr. and Max Baumann meet in Nashville with Mike McGraw Sr. (’73). 7. Bob Mackey (‘61), Kerry Crotty (‘04), Mark Mackey (‘04), David Mackey (‘02) at the annual “Big Foot 50K and 10 Miler” race held at Salt Fork State Park in Northeast Ohio. David finished the 50-miler while Bob, Kerry and Mark finished the 10-miler. 8. Robert Doolan (’35) celebrated his 98th birthday (Saturday, March 21) with friends and family members including the children of some of his classmates: Robert Hogan, Ed Brady, and John Diehl. 9. Indianapolis alumni gather at the Pacers-Nets game in March.

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in Tanzania, Africa. The climb was a six and a half day climb through the jungle, tundra, and snow to eventually reach the 19,341 ft. summit. 2. Rob (‘83) and Jim (‘72) Farrell atop Bogachiel Peak in Olympic National Park. 3. Weber- David Weber (’78) , David Weber (’07), and Brian Weber (’17) on top of Rendevous Peak in Anchorage, AK. 4. Matt Weinberger (‘09) (Chairman,) Nick Stenger (‘11) (Player,) and Lee House (‘12) (Player) reunite at the 2014 Fall National Collegiate Club Golf Association National Championship in Philadelphia, Mississippi. 5. Trey Rouse (‘84), center - chaperoned a St. Mary 8th grade trip to Morgan’s Jungle Lodge on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Back row includes future Bombers of the incoming Class of 2019: Ben Rice, Chris Moll, Ryan Devlin-Bergman, Cameron Frueh, Quinn Rouse, Vince Fermann, Andrew Sherlock and Charlie Hutchins. 6. Andrew Geraghty (‘18), at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India on Christmas Day, 2014. 7. Alex Hauck (’91) and family show Bomber pride. Jerseys provided by former St. X faculty member and current archivist Karl Hauck.

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Indian River, Michigan. 2. Chuck Meakin (‘77) and Mike Callahan (‘78) making an X with Sailfish and hanging an X hat on recent Guatemala Fishing Trip. 3. Bomber reunion on the ski slopes of Alta, Utah. Pictured left to right: Will Foote (‘12), Conner Phillippi (‘13), Alex Kenkel (‘13), Paul Meyer (‘13) and Matt Jung (‘12). 4. Mike Kern (‘64), Nick Silvestri (‘10), Dan Silvestri (groom) (‘03), Chris Shoemaker (‘03), and Jeff Zimmer (’00) at the Silvestri wedding in September 5. Peter Stautberg (’82), former State Representative, Governor John Kasich and Eric Kearney (’81), former State Senator, at a bill signing ceremony in December. 6. Jack Sullivan (‘14) with Jack Minihan (‘05), at Jack Minihan’s office at Warner Brother Records in Los Angeles. 7. Bombers with Congressman Brad Wenstrup (‘76) at the recent March for Life.

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1. Will (‘10) and Joe London (‘12) at Le Martyrium in the Montmar-

tre neighborhood of Paris. 2. Steve Carpenter, St. X offensive line coach, and sons, Andrew Carpenter (‘08), and Jeremy Carpenter, St. X adjusters coach, attended the Inaugural College Football Playoff (OSU vs. UO) in Arlington, TX at AT&T stadium. 3. Doug Chalk (‘70) at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. 4. The Class of 1962 gathered for the Annual Christmas Luncheon at the University Club on December 11, 2014. 5. Michael (’15) and Sean (’16) Muenchen on a recent visit to Paris, France complete with their St. X berets they got in French Class! 6. The Columbus Chapter President’s Mass and Reception which took place on Saturday, April 11 at the St. Thomas More Newman Center at Ohio State. 7. Bombers pose for a photo before prom.

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ST. XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL

Calendar AUGUST

ALUMNI GATHERINGS AND SCHOOL EVENTS SUMMER 2015

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Fall Concert

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Women’s Club The St. Xavier Women’s Club would like to welcome all mothers whose sons have graduated from St. Xavier High School to join our organization. We are a group of women dedicated to maintaining our connection to St. Xavier High School and perpetuating our St X friendships. Women’s Club is primarily a social organization. We hold fall and spring social events, attend the school’s spring musical, and join the St X Mothers’ Club at their Christmas fashion show and Ash Wednesday Day of Recollection. Also, we proudly support the Margo Locaputo Scholarship Fund and made a $5,500 donation this June. Over the last two years we have toured Findlay Market, had a docent-led tour of the Cincinnati Art Museum and listened to Cincinnati Enquirer Food Critic Polly Campbell at the beautiful Cincinnati Women’s Club in Clifton, followed by lunch. In September we will send an email to all mothers of 2015 graduates. If you are not a current member of our organization and would like to begin receiving the fall and spring newsletters please send your email request to womensclub@stxavier.org.

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