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Greater Cincinnati’s Jesuit High School

Men for Others

Direct Connections Loyola Club Sponsors Tuition Assistance





recent conversation with an incoming freshman parent delighted me. He said that he was sending his son to St. X in part because of our growing diversity. He wants his son to be exposed to a wide array of cultures, traditions and perspectives. As the job market becomes increasingly global, St. X offers our students the first steps on a path to finding a home in a world community. St. Xavier is the most racially diverse

high school in the GCL South. We are proud of that fact. Yet we know there is more work to do to accurately reflect the ethnic picture of the Tri-State area. Events like the XChanges evening we hosted in November to celebrate 50 years of racial diversity (see pg. 12) are important to our community. They afford us moments to reflect with gratitude for what has been. They also afford us moments to look forward and plan with hope for future generations of St. X students from all walks of life. Along with our growing ethnic diversity, our economic diversity is essential to who we are. We have students of color whose families not only pay full tuition but also generously give to the Annual Fund, bridging the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating our students. At the same time, 31 percent of our school families—black and white and everything in between—receive tuition assistance. St. X is a school for talented, motivated young men from all socioeconomic backgrounds who learn to stretch beyond their comfort zones. It is a school where all are treated with respect and care. It is a school where we challenge and develop minds, spirits and hearts in a variety of ways. St. X is a school where people see a shining campus and top-notch

facilities. People see our students’ names on lists of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists and college scholarship winners. We are in the news for collecting 160,000 pounds of food and feeding hundreds of families in need with this year’s Canned Food Drive. Bomber athletic teams contend for and win league, city and state championships. Our arts programs excel while entertaining thousands of people every year. Our alumni are business, civic and philanthropic leaders. People visit our amazing facilities and ask, “Do you really need my money?” In a word, yes. Alongside our $30 million endowment we have $20 million in debt from the most recent building projects that expanded the campus. The earnings on our scholarship endowments provide less than half of the $2.7 million dollars in tuition assistance that we will award to deserving students this year. We rely on the tremendous generosity to the Annual Fund of our alumni, parents and other friends in order to make up the difference. As always, I’m deeply grateful for the help you provide. You ensure that St. X will always be a place where parents from every neighborhood in our region will confidently entrust their sons to prepare them for the successful and fulfilling future that God wants for them.

“Along with our growing ethnic diversity, our economic diversity is essential to who we are.”

CONTENTS spring 2012

VOL. XL, NO. 2, SPRING 2012


“In some matters silence is better than speech. When truth is its own apologist, it need no help from style.” —St. Ignatius Loyola


cover story Direct Hit

Loyola Club Sponsors Tuition Assistance

Art Director/Designer June Pfaff Daley contributors Rev. Dennis P. Ahern S.J. (’56) Cheryl L. Asper Sylvia M. Betz Colleen S. King Richard P. Klus Heidi B. Eveleigh John Schrantz (’96) Mark D. Motz (’87) Ralph A. Nardini (’77) Anthony E. Schad (’81) Jynefir D. Slusher Catherine Smith Andrew E. Sweeny (’68) ADministrAtion Rev. Timothy A. Howe S.J., President Mr. David B. Mueller (’72), Principal Rev. Ed L. Pigott S.J. (’55), Rector

PHOTO BY JAY BACHEMIN (’73) Sophomores Anthony Durso, Steven Koesterman and Shawn Williams gather around of bust of St. Ignatius Loyola, whose namesake giving club provides direct tuition assistance for students.

Genny and Tom (’51) Sedler put three sons through St. X but now have more students at the school by way of the Loyola Club.

Cover Story, page 14.


feature Defining Moments

X-changes Evening Celebrates Diversity


Tom (’69) and Gus (’08) Flottman joined Myron Kilgore in celebrating 50 years of racial diversity at St. Xavier High School.

Defining Moments, page 12.


boArD of trustees Mrs. Beth L. Basil Mrs. Ann M. Berger Mr. David J. Cassady (’75) Mr. Robert J. Davis (’84) Mr. Thomas A. Gill Rev. Michael J. Graham S.J. Mr. Richard A. Haglage (’73) Dr. J. Richard Hirte Rev. Timothy A Howe S.J., Ex Officio Mr. Lawrence A. Leser (’53) Rev. Patrick E. McGrath S.J. Mr. Michael S. McGraw (’73) Board Chair Dr. G. Susan Mosley-Howard Mr. William J. Mulvihill (’65) Rev. Edward L. Piggott S.J. (’55) Ex Officio Rev. James S. Prehn S.J. Mrs. Patricia P. Robertson Mr. Timothy J. Schroeder (’75) Mr. Michael Schuster Mr. Michael G. Stenger (’79) Rev. William L. Verbryke S.J. (’71) Printing Joseph Berning Printing Company St. Xavier Magazine is published three times a year by the alumni, development and public relations offices. St. Xavier High School 600 W. North Bend Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45224-1499 Phone (513) 761-7815 ext. 121 (513) 761-7600 ext. 121 Fax (513) 761-2586 e-mail 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.

St. X Board Chair Q & A Mike McGraw (’73) st. X: We’re about halfway through the strategic planning process. How has it gone so far? mm: The strategic plan is just one thing

the board is doing. We’re working on branding, budgeting and other immediate needs. As for the plan, I’m happy and I believe the steering committee is happy knowing the work in the near future is going to be critical to the final product we bring before the board in September. We’ve done a great job of coming up with many critical and strategic solutions. Now we have to hone in on what’s most important to ensure where we need to be in five- to seven years, 10 years and 20

St. Xavier High School enters 2012 in the midst of a year-long strategic planning process. Board of Trustees Chairman Mike McGraw (’73) recently sat down for a wide-ranging conversation on the future of St. X. Here are some of the highlights. years. That said, it’s very important that we don’t look too far down the road. Our job today as a board, a faculty, an administration, alumni and the students is to put together initiatives for the three- to five-year intermediate future and leave tools for other boards to continue doing the same in their time.

st. X: in general, how has the plan come together? mm: One of the most important

things I think Fr. Howe and I have done together in our leadership roles is work to build consensus. You don’t need to lead or direct that as much as you need to just manage it. We’ve had a lot of really talented people on the board over the years, and they all have had good ideas for where we should be and how we should get there. We’ve worked hard to make sure everybody is heard. Even if we don’t use a particular idea, we want everyone to make sure they feel like they’ve contributed to the process. Beyond the board, this has been truly organic formation of thought, ideas and solutions. People are passionate about St. X, no matter their role here, from the students, the parents, the alumni, the faculty, administration and board. People have been extremely forthcoming and I’m extremely grateful for that.



st. X: What has emerged as a primary objective for the future? mm: There have been a number of central

issues, but following our mission to accept every student who qualifies, one of the biggest challenges is to make sure we meet the needs of the people who do qualify. We have to step up our fundraising if we are to continue living that mission. At the same time, we have to work toward balance. We could have given away $3.3 million in tuition assistance this year according to need, but could only award $2.7 million because the budget had to balance.

st. X: fair to say, then, that balance is a crucial element of the plan? mm: It has to be, and it’s difficult some-

times because we have been so successful for so long. You don’t want people to look at what we have—excellent facilities, programs, academics, service—and not see any needs. At the same time, you don’t want to have the perception that we have major problems, either, because we don’t. We’re in good shape. The strategic plan will help get into better shape.

st. X: this plan sounds like an exercise in being contemplative in action. mm: The strategic plan is a great piece of proactive work, but we have to continue to facilitate the type of environment where St. X can quickly adjust to a changing world. Being nimble and reactive is important, too, because things won’t always go according to plan, and you have to be able to adjust to succeed.The one constant over all these years—and one I’m very grateful for—has been the Jesuits. They are vital to keep us focused, to keep Ignatius’ mission at the forefront of what we do. Recognition of Jesuit spirituality has become much more pronounced today than it was in my day. The Jesuits gave us the gift of making their spirituality very intentional for the lay people who carry on the work they began and continue.

We Are... St. X


TX Benefit Goes On

THE STAgE IS gone, the performers scattered, but the memory lingers and the effects are just beginning. More than a tribute to Michele Mascari’s 30 years at St. Xavier High School as an educator and director, Michele’s Night In Black & White served as a catalyst for helping future artists at St. X. The two evenings of shows, Dec. 29 and 30, featured nearly 50 TX alumni performers and netted more than $23,000 toward an endowed scholarship in Mascari’s honor. The endowment will provide tuition assistance for a St. X student in the fine arts. “I’m extremely pleased with that start and I’m hopeful we can build on it,” Mascari said. “That’s been the dream, to assist a student in the fine arts with his tuition. There is a wealth of talent out there and we want that talent to have the opportunity to grow here. “(The shows were) extremely moving to me. I kept listening and laughing and listening some more. It was an amazing couple of nights. It was a grand reunion. Seeing all those generations—all those different classes—on stage together like they had been together all along, it was powerful.” Look for future alumni shows and gatherings to benefit the endowment. “We have to do something like this again” and “I never thought I’d have another chance to be on a TX stage” were common refrains among the performers. Meantime, anyone can make a contribution to the endowment via a secure online donation or by sending a check payable to St. Xavier High School, attention Mascari Endowment, to 600 W. North Bend Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224.

Holiday Down the Hill

ABOuT 80 ST. XAvIER High School freshmen from Ignatius House—taught by John Cole (’85) , Dave Eby and Alison Roberson—visited their adopt-a-class students at Winton Hills Academy for a Christmas party. St. Xavier freshmen celebrated Christmas with second-grade students at Winton Hills Academy.

Scholastically, the freshman houses share teachers and often do cross-curricular academic projects in religion, social studies and English. Service-wise, the Christmas party was part of a year-long relationship St. X forges with the second graders at Winton Hills. “This is our eighth or ninth year doing this,” Eby said. “A lot of corporations are part of the adopt-a-class program. We’re one of the few high schools who do it. It’s great for our kids. This year we’ve got all the second graders again and we picked up a third-grade class that got dropped.” “We are really grateful for our relationship with St. X,” said Winton Hills Principal Dr. Christina Russo. “I

know our kids get a lot from it. I hope the St. X boys get something out of it, too. It’s a great bond the kids build together.” In addition to the Christmas gathering, students become pen pals through the year. (Thanksgiving letters let the St. X guys know what presents their counterparts would like for Christmas. Each student raised $25 to $30 to purchase and wrap the requested gifts.) The letters will continue through the school year and the Winton Hills students will spend a day at St. X in the spring with their housemates. They also will join their Bomber buddies for a cultural event to be determined. “We want these kids to have a great relationship, for our guys to be good examples to the little guys,” Eby said. “It’s part of who we are as a school. The sooner —and more often—we can expose our guys to service projects, the more likely they are to continue in service, both at St. X and after they graduate.” SPRING 2012


We Are... St. X

Hockey Squad Helps Youth

The St. Xavier High School varsity hockey team met and mentored youth players in the Mt. Healthy North Elementary Hockey Club.

CFD Sets Records

RECORDS SHATTERED at St. Xavier High School this year during the annual Canned Food Drive. “It’s been a great year,” said Matt Kemper (’91), community service director. “The kids were awesome, simply awesome, in the job they did. We adopted more families than ever before—almost 500—and had to go back to agencies twice to get more to add to our original list. We’re over 156,000 pounds of food. It crushed the old record of 148,900 we set in 2010. It’s been a banner year.” In addition to the nearly 500 adopted families, St. X’s efforts stocked the shelves of about 20 greater Cincinnati food pantries and social service agencies—as well as those in three Appalachian communities—feeding well over 2,000 people in need. “I think the consistent message of the school is we have a heckuva lot of gifts here and we have a responsibility to share that with others,” Kemper said. “That doesn’t just come from community service, it’s who we are as a school. Academics are important, yes. Extracurriculars and sports are important, too. But so is this kind of thing. We have to be involved in our communities in a positive way if we’re truly going to call ourselves men for others.” The CFD has been part of the St. Xavier tradition since the 1920s. In the last 10 years alone, the school has collected and distributed more than a million pounds of food. virtually every student has been involved in CFD in one way or another, whether committing hours to serve as coordinators or simply going out with classmates to collect food door to door. Alumni also get involved, as do friends of the school.



THE ST. XAvIER HIgH SCHOOL varsity ice hockey team serves as mentors for the Mt. Healthy North Elementary Hockey Club. St. X assistant coach Jason Kamp (’98) and his players demonstrated stick handling, passing skills, shooting and moving with the puck for the North players. “We talk about our team like a family,” Kamp told the North students. “We come together. We love each other like brothers and we stick together. That’s what a team is. It’s all these separate guys working together with one purpose.” Second-year North teacher Jason Lavalle started the club to expose students to a sport they may not otherwise have had a chance to play. Between 15 and 20 boys and girls regularly attend every-other-week hockey club events. “This isn’t the hotbed of hockey, this district in general or this building in particular,” Lavalle said. “This is actually the poorest district in the Tri-State, so we have a lot of challenges. I just want these kids to have a chance to try different things.” The St. X-Mt. Healthy connection comes honestly. Kamp began his teaching career at Mt. Healthy Junior High, and his mother, Cindy Kamp, has been in the district 31 years and teaches art at North. “It’s so exciting for these kids to see a real hockey team in their gym,” Cindy Kamp said. “We had a student who was supposed to miss today for a doctor’s appointment, but she asked her mom to change it so she could be here to see these guys.” Each North player received a St. X hockey lanyard and Jason Kamp drew lots for other prizes like a Bomber t-shirt, cap, puck and key rings. The teams plan to exchange letters this season and North attended St. X’s senior day at the Cincinnati gardens.

students sign a marine corps flag in the chapel of the Holy companions where the Lima company memorial was stationed.


New Bishop Celebrates With St. X

Auxiliary bishop most rev. Joseph binzer—a Lasalle High school graduate— displays his new st. Xavier shirt after mass.

THE APPLAuSE FOR new Archdiocese of Cincinnati Auxiliary Bishop Most Rev. Joseph Binzer was long and loud, but it ended abruptly when he confessed to being a LaSalle High School graduate.

understandable, perhaps, given that the bishop was on the other end of North Bend Road, presiding over a Mass at St. Xavier High School celebrating the school’s patronal feast day. Still, when

ST. XAvIER HIgH SCHOOL hosted The Lima Company Memorial: The Eyes of Freedom in the chapel area.The traveling exhibit—sponsored by R&L Carriers—pays tribute to the Marines of Lima Company, one of the hardest-hit units in the war on terror. Among its casualties were St. X graduates David Kreuter (’97) and Michel Cifuentes (’98). The eight-panel exhibit traveled the state and country; it features nearly life-size paintings of each of Lima Company’s fallen Marines. Kreuter and Cifuentes appeared on the first panel to the left, immediately inside the chapel lobby. “This is a powerful, touching exhibit and it’s exciting for us to have a chance to host it,” said Mark Motz (’87), St. X director of communications. “When David and Michael died I had been in the communications job only a few weeks. Their story was the first big media splash I

President Fr. Tim Howe S.J. presented Binzer with a St. X shirt and proclaimed him an honorary Bomber, all appeared to be forgiven. “You know, to receive this from you on a day like today, it’s better than winning the Heisman Trophy,” Most Rev. Binzer said. Most Rev. Binzer referred to the school’s alma mater—specifically the line “the faith that she imparts”—in setting up his homily. In it, he talked about Francis Xavier’s legendary zeal to convert people to the Church. “He did this while living with them, among them, not above them,” he said. “He dressed like them. He learned their languages. He ate the same food as them. He lived in a hut and slept on the ground like them. “I read at one point when he was in Japan for a year, he had about 100 converts. Can you imagine? A year’s worth of work and all he had was 100 people to show for it. It had to be incredibly frustrating at times. But Francis Xavier had faith in god’s plan for him and he persevered.”

encountered here. “What I learned—and what I have kept in the years since—was the story of two exceptional members of the Long Blue Line. They went halfway around the world as men for others in the service of freedom. It’s fitting this memorial paying tribute to their ultimate sacrifice comes here. We as a school community have a great chance to remember two of our fallen heroes and to celebrate the other members of Lima Company who gave their lives.” Pat Murray—David Kreuter’s mother— approached the school about hosting the memorial earlier this year. St. X wanted to host the exhibit the week of veterans Day, but it was already booked. However, hosting later in November— the month when the entire school community offers prayers for deceased members of the St. X family—seemed like a good fit.

Marine Memorial at St. X



We Are... St. X Dance Party Friday ST. XAvIER HIgH SCHOOL’S dance troupe Xmplify busted a move on television. Channel 12 Saturday morning news anchor and good Morning Cincinnati traffic reporter Bob Herzog taped the weekly Dance Party Friday segment Tuesday morning in the Berning gym. Xmplify moderator Lora Pateras helped the students select a 40-second music piece and ran them through their paces as they put it together. “The message of the piece we did for the Friday Morning Dance Party was one of unity and connection and fun,” she said. “Xmplify is a diverse group of students who share a united love of dance and a desire to use their talents to spread a positive message.”

Herzog—who jumped in to dance with Xmplify—initially reacted to seeing the piece with trepidation. “The real problem I have here is that was way too coordinated,” he said. “We’re not used to choreography. I’m in so much trouble.” By the end of the shoot, though, Herzog ran up to the camera and hollered, “You best Xmplify,” before exchanging back slaps and high fives with the students. Xmplify did the routine twice with Herzog as a spectator and members gave him some individual instruction before inserting

The Xmplify dance troupe poses with Bob Herzog of Local 12.

him into the dance. The group then did four or five takes with a variety of camera angles before posing for a group picture.

Young Scholars Visit

Current students mingle with future Bombers participating in the Companion Scholars Program.



IF LuNCH-TIME trends held any sway, all 29 of the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students visiting St. Xavier High School for the first of four Companion Scholars Program Academic Days would have no problem becoming members of the Long Blue Line. Like their high school counterparts, the grade school boys demolish piles of pizza (and more than a few cookies) with ease. “The goal of the Companion Scholars Program is to expose students to as many aspects of the St. Xavier High School community as possible, with an emphasis on, but not limited to, the academic culture,” said program director Antonio Tramber. “If we don’t reach out and find that untapped material, we miss out. “If we don’t give everyone the opportunity to see if they have the mettle to test themselves, to push themselves, we miss out. We have to reach out to some of those students who might not have St. X in mind, but who could do very well here.” To that end, St. X students tutor and mentor Companion Scholars participants year-round at A.M.I.S., Corryville Catholic School, St. Joseph Catholic School and Winton Hills Academy. Those mentors led tours of the school and were on hand for lunch with the visitors. “All of (the grade school students) at least have a familiarity with some of the guys here,” Tramber said. “This first Academic Day is a chance to show them where their mentors come from, what St. X is like. The next one, they will meet with their tutors and actually shadow part of the day to see what the classes are like.”


Mothers Usher In Holidays SOME 800 HOLIDAY-CHARgED women (and a handful of men) enjoyed “The Music and Magic of Christmas” for the 2011 Mothers’ Club Christmas Boutique, Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Savannah Center in West Chester. The music part of the equation included performances from the Chamber Blues string ensemble, the St. X drumline and Something Blue vocal ensemble. vocal director Karl Thomsen—decked out in a white dinner jacket—served as emcee for a fashion show that included Bomber students Max Altenau, Ryan gantzer, John and Mark gruenbacher, Alex Hart, Will Miller, Alex Ram, george Thacker and Michael Ziegler as models. Mothers’ Club President Ann gruenbacher and event chair Kathy gantzer presented Prin-

cipal Dave Mueller (’72) with a $2,500 check for the annual Canned Food Drive, as well as giving President Fr. Tim Howe S.J. a $25,000 gift to the school. Both Principal and President appeared on stage a second time—to loud applause, it should be noted—joining in as models. Fr. Howe donned casual wear including jeans, black loafers, a vest and a sporty hat. Mr. Mueller was more formal, slipping into a tuxedo and acting like the father of a bride.

Gratitude Abounds

YOu DIDN’T HAvE to be Irish to feel the emotion in the room, but a splash o’ the green certainly didn’t hurt when St. Xavier High School’s Something Blue vocal ensemble performed the tear-jerk anthem “Danny Boy.” Music served as but one highlight among many during the Named Endowments Reception. A record number of people—more than 300 benefactors and recipients alike —turned out for the annual event that included the aforementioned Something Blue, as well as singing from Rhythm & Blue and string music from Chamber Blues and Men in Black, to say nothing of remarks from President Fr. Tim Howe S.J., senior Rich Hidy’s address and a presentation from faculty members Steve Bradley and Tony Nardini (’95). What it mostly featured, though, was a chance to say thanks. Benefactors saw firsthand the results of their largesse, meeting the students and faculty members who benefit from their various scholarship funds. Students and faculty got to say thank you in person to the people who provide them with the

opportunity to four years I have been challenged by the call St. X home. rigorous and demanding academics, the “That’s why great teachers here who stretch me to seek we’re here,” said excellence and grow as a student in what master of ceremonies Ralph Nardini (’77), I hope is a life-long openness to learnvice president for development. “Tonight ing,” he said. “What St. X means to me is you get a sense of the talent that is in the becoming a Man for Others and following school in the arts, in the student body in the footsteps of Christ. It means learnand on the faculty. Without you and your ing to hold yourself accountable. It means generosity, we are not the school we’ve coming to understand what responsibility become. We are grateful and we want to looks like. It means growing in faith in share our gratitude with you. god and faith in yourself. It means being “This year 31 percent of our students able to live for others, not just myself.” are receiving tuition assistance, $2.7 million in tuition assistance to be exact. Now, imagine a third of those musicians you just saw, a third of the football team or soccer team, a third of the mock trial team, a third of the students here every day not having the opportunity to have this kind of an education. Your generosity enables us to continue the good work that’s been going on here since 1831.” Hidy said the generosity of so many is neither lost nor wasted on him or on his fellow students. “I want you, the benefactors of St. Xavier High School, to faculty member steve bradley be assured that addresses the named throughout my endowments reception. SPRING 2012


We Are... St. X ’66

Bombers Come Home




THE STORY gOINg around the golf course during grand Reunion 2011—as players simultaneously ducked hail stones, rain and avoided sunburn—illustrates the humor and gumption of the prototypical St. Xavier High School student. Seems a member of the Class of 1981 was on the phone with a student during the Annual Fund Fall Phonathon last year. In chatting with the lad, he pledged to renew his gift from the previous year and began talking with the student about college plans. “I’m thinking about Ohio State,” the boy said proudly. “I may have to reconsider my pledge,” the grad replied. “I went to Michigan.” Without missing a beat, the student answered, “Well, being a Michigan guy, I bet you don’t have the guts to double your gift.” Bam. Double pledge secured. More than 450 Bombers—including one father-son combination from the classes of 1966 and 1996—came back to North Bend Road to celebrate and rekindle that kind of connection during the fourth annual grand Reunion Oct. 14. “It was our biggest crowd ever for grand Reunion,” said Alumni Director John Schrantz (’96), who joined the 15-year celebration with his class. “I am so grateful to everyone who came out for golf and for the stag. People compliment us on the event, but it’s the guys who make it fun. “It never fails to amaze me how much people love this place,” Schrantz said. “There’s something special here when you see that many people from five different decades all having a good time together like that.” “grand Reunion is a great night for us,” said President Fr. Tim Howe S.J. “It’s a great chance to show off the school itself, for the alumni to see some students in leadership roles giving tours, to visit with the faculty members who were there. They have such a deep bond with one another and with St. X. It’s almost overwhelming.”

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dress rehearsal, the attorneys mentoring the students could coach them in whispers as the trials proceeded. At the end, the judges gave the students detailed critiques of their performance with just the right mix of sensitivity and candor. On this Saturday morning, students experienced a great lesson plan. They had to learn the content and skills to deal effectively with a real-world ill-structured problem; they learned through practice rounds to prepare them for the final test; an expert gave them specific feedback; and they were motivated to act on the advice. I arrived at Cincinnati Gardens for hockey a little after noon. I sat with five faculty colleagues who had come to support their students. It was senior day, and parents of team members on all levels had collaborated to set up a private room with refreshments and to prepare posters honoring each senior. Prior to the game, the team received instructions from head coach Adam Tramonte and performed drills. When the game began, the coaches stood back and gave players the main responsibility for figuring out what to do on the ice. The hours that students had spent repeatedly practicing skills paid off. I know very little about hockey, but I admired how students saw and seized opportunities, demonstrated teamwork, played hard despite fatigue, kept their heads



n a Saturday, in late January, I spent the morning watching mock trial team scrimmages in courtrooms at 9th and Sycamore, and the afternoon watching the varsity hockey game against Springboro. Both events reminded me about characteristics of good teaching and learning. When I arrived at the courtrooms, students in suits and ties (including many bowties) stood in an arc around their lead coach, attorney Cindy Fazio, while parents looked on. Cindy introduced the veteran lawyers, law school professors, and judges — most of them affiliated with St. Xavier — who would serve as judges for the scrimmages. This was the dress rehearsal for the tournament to decide which area teams would go to state competition, and the students were focused and competitive. When the trials began, I circulated among the various courtrooms. The trials centered on whether GPS data could be admissible as evidence in the case of a young man accused of thefts. Students worked with briefs based on actual case law. They played authentic roles: witnesses and attorneys. They had to demonstrate their research, logic and rhetoric in front of an audience including their peers and their parents as well as in front of the legal expert playing the role of judge. It was clear that the real-life roles and the competitive setting had motivated the students to prepare well. Since it was a

up as they fell behind by a few goals, and cheered for each other. The excellent team they faced drew out their best efforts, so did their understanding that this was one of the final regular season rehearsals for the state tournament. The lesson plan for this hockey game featured learning correct knowledge and skills though repetition, practicing teamwork to deal with fast-changing circumstances, and persevering in the face of disappointment — all in the context of a supportive community of peers, coaches, and parents. Good teaching and learning in the classrooms of ice arenas and mock courtrooms remind us about hallmarks of good teaching and learning in traditional classrooms.

“It was clear that the real-life roles and the competitive setting had motivated the students to prepare well.” SPRING 2012


St. X Sports Wrap The Bombers had an outstanding fall, winning three Greater Catholic League South championships and finishing runner up in the fourth to take the early lead in the GCL all-sports trophy standings.

bombers were tough to tackle on the way to a regional championship season.

st. X returned to the state tournament in golf, finishing seventh.

The cross country, golf and soccer teams Ahead of the pack at the each won the league and st. Xavier invitational. each earned eight points for the school in the all-sports rankings. The football team’s six points for second place left the Bombers with a near-perfect 30 points for the fall. Moeller (22), LaSalle (16) and Elder (12) all trail St. X. In cross country, Bomber runners added district and regional championships to their league title and appeared in the state meet for the 24th time in 25 years. St. X was the fastest local squad at state, taking sixth place as a team. Mike Dehring (’88) was league coach of the year and Michael Hall, Alex Kuvin, Michael Momper and Evan Stifeleach picked up first team all-gCL recognition. In football, the Bombers recorded a 10-win season. After posting a 7-3 mark in the regular season, St. X ran off three straight victories— including rematch wins against Colerain and Moeller—on its way to a regional championship. St. X fell 14-7 against yet another rematch team—Pickerington Central—in the state semifinals. Senior Nathan gerbus was gCL Co-Athlete of the Year, while Sean Ahern, Bryson Albright, Brandyn Cook, Conor Hundley and Nick Roemer each earned first team all-gCL honors. In golf, St. Xavier High School won the sectional tournament on its way to an appearance in the two-day state championship tournament at Ohio State university. The Bombers finished seventh in the team standings. Lee House was gCL player of the year and Alex Kepley (’85) was league coach of the year. Joey Arcuri, Jay Brockhooff and Brendan Keating joined House on the all-gCL first team. In soccer, St. X went 11-5 on the season and captured the Division I district title before losing in penalty kicks to Beavercreek in the regional semifinals. Henry Ahrens (’87) was gCL coach of the year, while Taylor Haack, Andrew Pund, Chris Stepien and P.J. Seuss were first team all-league selections. the soccer team kicked its way to a district championship.



Student Q & A

Rich Hidy (’12)

Senior Richard W. Hidy is a dyed-in-the-wool Bomber, following in the footsteps of his father Richard J. Hidy (’81). Rich has played football and lacrosse at St. X, serves as an editor on the school paper and has taken the SSID program for sports reporting into the realm of social media and broadcasting. Rich also is active in community service and last summer went on the Over-the-Rhine mission trip. Earlier this school year he addressed school benefactors at the annual Named Endowments Recpetion, saying, “I want you, the benefactors of St. Xavier High School, to be assured that throughout my four years I have been challenged by the rigorous and demanding academics, the great teachers here who stretch me to seek excellence and grow as a student in what I hope is a life-long openness to learning. What St. X means to me is becoming a man for others and following in the footsteps of Christ. It means learning to hold yourself accountable. It means coming to understand what responsibility looks like. It means growing in faith in God and faith in yourself. It means being able to live for others, not just myself. I know I will take these lessons with me for the rest of my life.” Rich hopes to attend Notre Dame next year where he plans to study business with a minor in journalism or communications. st. X: You’ve had a busy career at st. X. is there any one facet you’ve appreciated more than another? rH: Picking the best thing about this

place is hard, but I would have to go with the paper. I don’t want to discount any of the service work I’ve done, or any of the sports or academics, but the Blueprint was one of the first things I did here and it helped me get involved in other things as well.

Senior Rich Hidy interviews St. X president Fr. Tim Howe during a Bomber basketball broadcast.

st. X: one of those things was the student sports information Director program. tell us about that. rH: I think the SSID program is some-

thing really innovative that St. X is doing that you can’t find at other schools. It’s a great way to work on my writing and keep people in touch with their favorite teams. It’s something I’ve loved doing. Letting students handle reporting on Twitter this year, the Twitter thing is innovative, too. It’s a great way to bring people together in the St. X community. And broadcasting games, how many high school kids have the chance to do that? It’s a great program.

st. X: With all your time covering st. X sports, do any moments over the years stand out for you? rH: All the (football) games at Nippert

trigger some great memories. It seems like we get a great showing there and the student section is always exciting. The collegiate venue for a high school team is so much fun.

st. X: What has being part of big buddies as a junior and big brothers this year meant to you? rH: I really like being a role model.

I’ve been blessed, obviously, and I have a chance to show (my little brother, Tavontay) what it means to be a good man. He’s a really good kid who’s had some tough circumstances around him. I’m grateful to be part of his life

st. X: What did you learn on your mission trip? rH: I found out a lot about the city,

which you would have thought I would have known. We went on home visits and to the jail. When you go down there and are able to take that time and reflect on your life, I would say it makes me grateful for what I have and makes me want to help other people even more. You try to thank god every day for all you have.



Participants in the X-Changes historical video enjoyed talking about their experiences with the Healy Society event attendees.

Defining MoMents X-Changes Evening Celebrates Diversity

St. Xavier high School President Fr. Tim Howe S.J. offers the blessing on the X-Changes evening.



Jesuits the world over use the examination of conscience as a daily form of prayer. The St. Xavier High School community prays the examen together weekly as a means of centering itself and seeking God’s grace and forgiveness.

St. X President Fr. Tim Howe S.J. employed an even longer view of the examen on the occasion of the Healy Society’s XChanges Evening Nov. 26. More than 130 people attended Mass, dinner and a program to celebrate 50 years since the first AfricanAmerican students of the modern era were admitted to St. Xavier High School. (Students of color were a part of the school’s very early history prior to the Civil War when St. X was still a boarding school.) “If we look at this event like we do the examen, we have an occasion for gratitude tonight,” Fr. Howe said in his homily. “A chance to say thank you to the people who paved the way for us to be the most culturally diverse school in the gCL South. “At the same time, we look back and know it wasn’t always easy for those first students. We can see there were times we could have done better, times where we need forgiveness. We have a chance to ask for that, too. And we resolve to ask for the grace to continue the work of diversity that the school began 50 years ago.” The highlight of the evening was a stirring 20-minute historical video by Ryan Spalazzi (’95) of Bright Light Productions, who interviewed several of the students who helped break the color barrier at St. X, as well as their classmates and both current and former faculty and administrators. Participants detailed the struggles of race relations in Cincinnati and at St. X—several said they didn’t want to stay at St. X early on in their Bomber careers —before ultimately concluding the challenges African-American students faced were worthwhile. Classmates, faculty members and administrators expressed remorse for not being better men for others in the early days of integration and offered thanks to those who survived the tribulations and launched St. X toward the course of increased cultural diversity it’s on today. “I think the film really captured who St. X was in 1961 when the first African-Americans were admitted and how much better we’ve become at dealing with people of color and people in general since then,” said John Ravenna (’87), who oversees the Healy Society, St. X’s multicultural alumni association. “We are a much more inclusive school now in a lot of ways. “Not only are we more inclusive, I think we’re more sensitive to the fact that there are differences among people, but that different is just different. It’s not inherently good or bad. One of the things that came out in the film was that there was no real preparation for integrating the school, these guys just came and were expected to fit in and go. We’ve learned from that experience. It’s taken time, but we are much better now at showing people— whether or not they are minorities or multicultural—that the differences exist, but we’re all a lot more alike than we are different.” Board of trustees member Rob Davis (’84) served as emcee for the evening. He conducted a panel discussion with the video participants.“It’s important we celebrate occasions like this, and the Healy Society is important for us to make sure we engage our multicultural alumni,” he said. “We want to look ahead, but we have to pause, look back, and see where we’ve been before

we can do that.” In addition to honoring the school’s racial pioneers, another goal of the evening was to bring some much-needed attention to the Healy Society. Named for the first black Jesuit—Fr. Patrick Francis Healy, who among other accomplishments served as president of georgetown university in Washington D.C. from 1873 to 1881—the Healy Society is a six-year-old St. Xavier organization whose stated objective is “to bring a sense of cohesiveness to the St. Xavier multicultural alumni and help make the current environment more positive for the students.” Its mission parallels the school mission “to assist young me across cultures in their formation as leaders and men for others through active modeling and mentoring in the St. Xavier community.” “We really need the Healy Society to grow and be active,” said Myron Kilgore, a former St. X teacher, coach and board of trustees member who now volunteers at the school. “The minority students need to see an active minority alumni base, to see how they can stay connected to the school after graduation. “We’ve gotten so much better at making the high school experiences good and welcoming, now we have to take the next step. So many times it’s the minority kids who once they leave, they’re gone for good. I know a lot of them would probably like a way to reconnect, but they don’t know how. And I know a lot of those guys have a lot of skills and talents and experiences they could share with the students here today. We need them to make St. X part of their lives for life.”

fr. Howe and board member rob Davis (’84), right, joined with fomer teacher and coach myron Kilgore and some of the participants in the historical video celebrating 50 years of racial diversity at st. X.

The Healy Society is open to any alumnus, employee or former employee who would like to support and grow St. Xavier High School’s efforts to become an even more inclusive multicultural community. New members can join by contacting Ravenna at or 513-761-7815, ext. 525. “The X-Changes evening was an important night for us,” Fr. Howe said. “We could celebrate, say thank you and look back, while looking forward to continuing the work of the school, of continuing to reach the underserved communities of Cincinnati. A night like that can show us how valuable all the efforts to be inclusive over the years have been, how we are, in fact, doing good work with and for multicultural students. It should inspire us to keep moving forward so we can mirror the Cincinnati community at large in our diversity.” X SPRING 2012


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Tom (’51) and Genny Sedler (above) enjoy their role as grandparents these days. Yet they still have three boys at St. Xavier High School.


Their own sons—St. X grads Tom (’85), Ted (’87) and Terry (’91), as well as 1989 Elder grad Tim—have long since completed high school. But their passion for Catholic education has led them to the Loyola Club, where they directly sponsor current sophomores Shawn T. Williams, Steven A Koesterman and Anthony R. Durso. The guys come from different parts of town and have different interests in and out of the classroom, but all three share a bond of gratitude toward their benefactors. “If it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t even be here right now,” Williams said. “My parents probably couldn’t have afforded it, and I wouldn’t have had this opportunity that I’ve been given.” And that’s the nature of the Loyola Club, giving opportunities to young men. The chance to directly benefit a student in need attracted 22 donors— like the Sedlers—in its inaugural year. They contributed more than $270,000 in direct tuition assistance. The Loyola Club is an important new part of the fundraising efforts at St. Xavier, and one that looks forward to topping 30 members in its second year, which it is on track to do. (See sidebar.) A record 31 percent of the student body—493 young men, to be precise— received $2.7 million in tuition assistance this school year; the need to find

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ways to cover the expense continues to grow. “It’s a unique way to help address a growing issue for the school,” said Tony Schad (’81), director of development services. “There are a lot of people out there who would love to help. The Loyola Club gives our benefactors the opportunity to make an incredible gift of paying all or part of a student’s tuition for his four years. It is just like a fully funded endowment for the short term. “From the benefactors’ end, they get the relationship with the student they sponsor and see immediately where their money is going to work. The students, on the other hand, not only get to know the people who sponsor them, but they also have the chance to get a St. X education that may not otherwise have been available to them.”

The Recipients

Williams grew up in Colerain Township and was a product of public schools, attending Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy downtown prior to arrival at St. X. “(Coming here) was just a good chance to get a good education and get started on a good career,” he said. “And I liked the colors. I always liked blue.” Koesterman grew up in Montgomery, attending St. Gertrude in Madeira. He was familiar with St. X but his shadow day as an eighth grader cemented his interest in attending. “My shadow experience was a great experience, seeing how things were run and the everyday life of St. X,” he said. “I love it here. St. X probably is way higher than even my expectations were. The environment that it creates around us is amazing. The teachers are very connected to the students. The students are

really welcoming. It’s a fun, special environment.” Durso grew up in Western Hills and attended Our Lady of Lourdes. Anthony wanted to be part of the Long Blue Line like his father, John Durso (’77). “Pretty much every guy from my grade school went to Elder and I just wanted to follow a different path,” he said. “When I shadowed here, every kid was really welcoming. I love it here. I couldn’t imagine going to any other high school.” All three boys were teammates in football the past two years. Koesterman also plays basketball and baseball, while Durso also is a pitcher and catcher in the baseball program. Williams said the academic adjustment to St. X was a challenge. “It was harder than I expected, but I got used to it” he said. “I’m used to it now and I actually kind of like it.

The LoyoLa Club This school year 31 percent of St. Xavier High School students receive need-based tuition assistance, 493 young men in total. Among them, 30 receive full tuition, 29 have 90 to 99 percent assistance, 55 get 70 to 89 percent assistance, 41 receive 60 to 69 percent assistance, 48 have 50 to 59 percent assistance and 290 get up to 49 percent. Total tuition aid distributed this year was more than $2.7 million. How you can help? Join the Loyola Club and directly sponsor a student. • $11,395 sponsors a St. X student receiving 100 percent tuition assistance. • $5,700 sponsors a student receiving 50 percent tuition assistance. • $2,850 sponsors a student receiving 25 percent tuition assistance. • $2,000 bridges the gap between what tuition costs and what is charged in tuition. For more information on how to get involved in the Loyola Club, please contact Tony Schad at or by calling 513-761-7815, ext. 140. 16


My favorite classes are English and chemistry.” Durso also cited chemistry as a favorite class, along with faith and sacraments in the religious education department. Koesterman has enjoyed his social studies courses most and is currently taking modern world history with Gil Wendling as an instructor. “It’s challenging and you have to keep up with your work,” he said. “But it’s worth it. I’m learning a lot.” Not just in the classroom, either. All three participated in the record-setting Canned Food Drive, and Koesterman is part of the can club that assists Freestore Foodbank all year. Durso hopes to become part of Big Buddies—starting in the second semester of this year if possible—to mentor younger boys. “(The Sedlers’ gift) gives me an opportunity that God blessed me with and I can’t let


Putting It Together

The Loyola Club had an end-of-year thank you lunch last spring for benefactors and students who took part in the pilot program. Michael Calloway (’96) catered the event from his Chick-Fil-A franchise in Western Hills and spoke to the benefactors about the benefits of their largesse. “What you’re doing to sponsor these students has benefits right now, but you won’t see the full effect for generations,” he said. “I look at what I was given by the opportunity to come to St. X thanks to tuition assistance. An education, yes, and a chance to pursue dreams I never knew existed until I got here. “But it wasn’t until after I left and got to reflect on my time here and saw how many of my friends and classmates came from two-parent families, who had support. It made me realize that’s what I wanted to give—to be a husband and a father and pass that along to my kids, to give them opportunities I never would have had without people like you.” “If anything, I’d have liked even more time with them, to find out more about them,” Tom Sedler said of meeting his students at the luncheon. “They seemed really interested in the school. They weren’t just sitting around. They were engaging young men.”

Loyola Club members and the students they sponsor joined last spring for lunch and a chance get to know one another personally.

“We like to help people in need who want to make a good education a priority,” Genny said. “You can’t do anything without an education and we feel like a Catholic education is the best available. But because Catholic education is so expensive now, it’s hard for some people to make it work.” Indeed, the Sedlers don’t limit their generosity to St. X. They are—and have been for years—avid supporters of CISE and St. Vivian’s on the grade-school level, Elder, Mercy, Mount Notre Dame and Seton on the high school level and Xavier University collegiately. “We’ve been mentors— and still are mentors—for kids at all those schools,” Tom said. “It’s good to see students work hard in school and make something of themselves. You feel very good about helping people who want to help themselves.” Tom said his own St. X

experience was somewhat challenging, but the results have lasted him a lifetime. “I wasn’t involved with extracurriculars or anything when I was a student,” he said. “I had to work a lot and look after my mom, who was a widow. I wasn’t the top of my class (“He got a fine education for a guy who never studied,” Genny interjected with a laugh.) But I always felt like I learned a lot at St. X. The academics and the religious education were very strong. “The class of ’51 still meets regularly. “There really are some class guys who have stuck together for more than 60 years now. It’s good to be around good people like that, people you can be friends with for life, who inspire you, who are good to you. “It’s a great school and a kid is lucky to go there. It’s nice to see kids come out of there and be able to get into just about any college

and be ready to go into the world prepared. They always have great teachers and great leadership out there, great examples for the boys. They do a great job developing character.” For her part Genny loves the idea of combining outstanding academics with bringing students together from across the city and region. “They expected the students to do well and then gave them the assistance to do well,” she said. “Students do learn there. “I think it’s a big advantage to have people from all over. You learn there’s more than one point of view than the one you might have. You get to learn the city, you get to learn people from different cultures and religions. The diversity of coming from everywhere is a big benefit.” X


it fall by the wayside,” Durso said. “I have to take advantage of it and use it to be the best I can and to help others, too.” “Having somebody help us come here gives us more motivation to strive in our studies and extracurriculars,” Koesterman said. “They’re giving us the opportunity to have an education we couldn’t get anywhere else and to have advantages a lot of other kids never get. I’m grateful.”






For more than 180 years, in keeping with Jesuit tradition around the world, St. Xavier High School has worked hard to ensure that no young man be denied the opportunity of attending because of financial need. In difficult economic times, the challenge to meet our students’ and families’ needs continues to grow. To evaluate this need, we use Private School Aid Service as an objective evaluator and interpreter of financial need for our tuition assistance applicants. This past year we gave $2.7 million in needbased tuition assistance to 31 percent of our student body; that was $600,000 less than we could have given. Education costs continue to rise and the needs of our families continue to grow. Because of this need and the needs of our benefactors, we’ve created a new giving opportunity which really gets to the core of what we are trying to accomplish. St. X is now in the second year of an innovative program to help fund the increasing need for tuition assistance— the Loyola Club. Members make a fouryear pledge to directly sponsor all or part of the tuition cost for a student. (You can read about one family’s commitment to the Loyola Club in the cover story of this edition of St. Xavier.) While many people are understandably cautious about making the decision to fully fund a $250,000 scholarship endowment in this uncertain economic climate, they are



St. Xavier High School education is a priceless investment in a young man’s future. Well, not priceless, exactly. There is a price, specifically a tuition price of $11,395 this school year. The benefits, however, are beyond measure. We believe so much in the formation St. X provides, and I use the word formation intentionally because St. X is about much more than a superior academic education. Our young men graduate prepared to attend colleges and universities around the world. They move into jobs where they have a chance to be leaders and role models and affect positive change locally and globally.



willing to make a gift that acts like the draw off a fully funded endowment. Hopefully after a four-year commitment to the Loyola Club, the economy will have improved to a point where the people involved—seeing what their gifts have done to help the boys—might be ready to consider that larger commitment to establish a fully endowed scholarship that will last in perpetuity. Until then, we are grateful for the immediate help they provide deserving students. Over the next seven to 10 years we need to grow our endowment to a level that will meet the tuition assistance needs we will have to face. St. Xavier High School doesn’t discount tuition. We hard fund every dollar in need-based tuition assistance we distribute; the development team works hard to bring those dollars in every year. The Loyola Club is an excellent way for us to maximize the return on our benefactors’ investment in St. Xavier High School. For more information on how you can be part of the Loyola Club, please contact Director of Development Services Tony Schad (’81) at tschad@ or 513-761-7815, ext. 140. Ralph A. Nardini (’77) is the St. Xavier High School Vice President for Development and oversees all fundraising initiatives at the school.

“For more than 180 years, in keeping with Jesuit tradition around the world, St. Xavier High School has worked hard to ensure that no young man be denied the opportunity of attending because of financial need.”

To Give and Not to Count the Cost


t. Xavier High School is grateful for all its benefactors and is always looking for ways to help those generous people realize their dreams of making a St. X education possible for every qualified student. One way to support our mission— and to receive steady payments during your retirement years— is to establish a charitable gift annuity. Setting up a charitable gift annuity is a fairly simply procedure, a contract, in fact. The benefactor agrees to make a donation of cash, stocks or other assets to St. Xavier High School. In return, the school agrees to pay the benefactor a fixed amount each year for the rest of his or her life. The benefactor also may choose to add a second person—a spouse or child, for example—to the annuity payment. In addition to providing a gift to

St. Xavier High School and receiving fixed payments for life, a benefactor also receives benefits including: • Your initial gift is partially income tax–deductible. • Your charitable gift annuity payments are partially income tax–free throughout your estimated life expectancy. • Your payments are not affected by ups and downs in the economy. • The gift annuity can be for one or two people, so your spouse or another loved one can also receive payments for life. • If you use appreciated stock to make a gift, you can usually eliminate capital gains tax on a portion of the gift and spread the rest of the gain over your life expectancy. Generally, the older you are at the start of your annuity payments, the higher the payments will be. The rate of return varies with age, ranging from 4.7 percent at age 65, 5.1 percent at age 70 and 6.8 percent at age 80. (These rates are

“One way to support our mission— and to receive steady payments during your retirement years—is to establish a charitable gift annuity.”

current through January, 2012, but are subject to change.) As an example, let’s say a 70-yearold established a $20,000 charitable gift annuity. Based on that age, the person receives an annuity rate of 5.1 percent. St. Xavier will pay $1,020 each year for the remainder of the benefactor’s life; $824 of that annual payment is taxfree throughout his or her life expectancy. The donor also receives a charitable deduction of $7,231 if he or she itemizes income taxes (assumes annual payments and a 1.4 percent charitable midterm federal rate). When the benefactor passes, the remaining money in the annuity is used to support St. Xavier High School. For more information on charitable gift annuities, please consult your financial professional, attorney or major and planned giving officers Ed Franchi or Andy Sweeny (’68) at 513-761-7815, ext. 115 or 122. For more ways to get involved in supporting St. Xavier, please visit the “Supporting St. X” tab on the home page of our website at



Faculty Profile

Matt White nS.J.


“I’ve found (being a novice) to be just a joyful experience. It’s challenging, positively so, with all sorts of opportunities to grow in faith and love. It’s a great journey so far.” 20


he number of Jesuits around the world may be declining but—at least in the short term—the number around St. Xavier High School has grown by one in the new year. Matt White nS.J.— a second-year novice originally hailing from St. Louis—conducts his long experiment at St. X until the middle of May. No stranger to Jesuit education, White graduated from both a Jesuit high school (DeSmet) and college (Loyola University in Chicago) before entering the Society of Jesus. He said his degree in history and political science helped inform his call to the Jesuits. “I always liked the Jesuits,” he said. “They had a very interactive approach with the students and I liked that. When I became a political science major and took classes, I started getting a wider picture, more of a world view. I could see the promotion of justice as being essential to faith, and acts of community service are essential to justice.” While at St. X, White will shadow Fr. Rick Millbourn S.J. (’86) in the classroom, as well as spend time with the campus ministry office helping plan Masses and retreats. He also intends to get involved in some cocurricular activities. On his own time, White likes to garden at the bi-province novitiate in Minnesota and is a fan of classical music. He enjoys the outdoors, anything from visiting local parks to going on hikes. Like his fellow novices—there are nine second-year candidates and two first-year men—he takes Spanish as part of his training and is looking forward to a summer in either Peru or Ecuador

working with the poor. The Jesuit novitiate is a two-year training ground for new men in the Society. The novice community serves both the Wisconsin and Chicago-Detroit provinces. Former St. X teacher Fr. Charlie Rodriguez is novice master (and serves as White’s spiritual director). First-year novices take classes in religious life, history, homiletics and an institute class covering the Jesuit constitutions. Second-year novices continue the institute class and take courses in faith and justice, ministry placement and Catholic social teaching. Both groups study Spanish, spend two hours daily in prayer (including Eucharist), do additional spiritual reading, attend workshops, prepare homilies, offer hospitality to house guests and participate in other community activities. The long experiment is part of the second year of the novitiate. “I’ve found (being a novice) to be just a joyful experience,” White said. “It’s challenging, positively so, with all sorts of opportunities to grow in faith and love. It’s a great journey so far.”

Digital Spotlight St. Xavier introduces a new feature for the magazine. The Digital Spotlight will highlight activity generated by one of St. X’s many electronic and social media platforms—including its website at, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and more.


n some ways, Facebook is the most Jesuit of tools. St. Ignatius talked about reaching the people where they are. With more than 800 million users worldwide and still growing, chances are they are on Facebook. The St. Xavier High School Alumni page has nearly 2,500 followers and the St. Xavier High School page is pushing 4,000. The St. Xavier High School page is primarily designed for student use and has a student administrator who can post to the page. But as the numbers suggest, plenty of others check in regularly, including parents, friends and alumni. More than a quarter of the page users are women. Roughly 1,000 people visit this page on a daily basis according to Facebook analytics. The St. Xavier High School Alumni page averages about 500 daily visitors, among whom only about three percent are female. Facebook has become a simple way to push messages to a huge number of people in real time. For example, a post appearing on both pages over the Martin Luther King Day Weekend—“Swim finals in the Coaches Classic, 6:30 tonight at Keating Natatorium. AquaBombers go for their 29th consecutive championship. They’ve never NOT won this meet, the

largest in the state”—landed 21 “likes” within an hour of being posted on the St. Xavier High School page; 11 more on the alumni page liked the post. And one alumnus pointed out the faulty grammar with his comment, “That last sentence sounds like Sparky Anderson speaking; the double negative. :)” The alumni page is home to weekly contests, where users can guess correct scores or statistical figures from sporting events for a chance to win Bomber prizes. Facebook is a place where communication isn’t very formal and can border on the irreverent. A post on Christmas day, for example, read, “There’s a rumor that the wise men were, in fact, actually a Dominican, a Franciscan and a Jesuit. The first two brought the traditional gifts, while the Jeb bore only a question: ‘Have you given any thought to the boy’s education?’ Merry Christmas to the Long Blue Line, past present and future.” Responses included the following: “And, I hear the recruiting effort was successful. :) Merry Christmas!” “Another story is a Franciscan, a Dominican and a Jesuit were debating who was the greatest order. Finally they prayed at the altar. In the morning a note appeared on it. It said ‘My children I love you all,’(Signed) God,

S.J.” “Since he was born in a manger and hence poor, I hope he was provided a scholarship.”“Actually, the three wise men were firemen from east Texas. Scripture says they came from afar (this needs to be spoken for full effect).” Discussions on topics ranging from the XU-UC basketbrawl during the Crosstown Shootout to favorite saints almost always bring a wide array of opinions to the fore. And, in keeping with the casual interaction, the alumni page in particular gives graduates a chance to reminisce. A simple Halloween post asking “What was your best trick (or treat) in high school?” conjured some fun responses probably best left online lest any of the current students get any ideas.



Alumni X-Cerpts conference,” he said. “It was quite inspiring to see so many academics, small business owners, students, and government officials from so many countries in South America and beyond assembled to focus on the advancement of small business and entrepreneurship in Latin America.” Matthews is a distinguished teaching professor of entrepreneurship and strategy and the founder and executive director of the UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education Research in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati.

The Class of 1950 visited St. X for its quarterly luncheon during the holiday season in December.

50s 60s 70s ’52 KEn KnIPPER received the Rocco V. Mirando Award for lifetime achievement in EMS from the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. He is retired from his job as Campbell County (KY) Emergency Manager and has served as volunteer EMT and fire chief for the Silver Grove Fire Department. Ken has served on the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services and was inducted to the Kentucky Firefighters Association Hall of Fame in 2008.

’64 TOm RHOADS and the rest of the Notre Dame 1966 national championship football team were honored during 45th anniversary celebrations at halftime of the Fighting Irish’s game against Michigan State in September. A new book about the team—Undisputed National Champions—1966—by Mark Hubbard is now available.

’71 CHARLES H. mATTHEWS PH.D. was invited to deliver the opening keynote at the XVI Reunion Anual de la Red PyMEsMercosur Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research Conference hosted by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Argentina. “It was quite an honor to be among the dignitaries and scholars and I was quite humbled to be asked to address the opening plenary session and speak to the over 200 delegates attending the two-day

The Class of 1953 had its annual luncheon and football game in October; Tyler Gannon (’07) joined grandfather Leo Gerbus at the event.



’76 BRIAn GALLAT works at Katzen International in Norwood. He had two cochlear implants installed in 2011. He was born with congenital hearing loss and wore hearing aids since kindergarten. The implants work better than any previous hearing aids, and Brian’s hearing is better than it was at age 5. Brian invites anyone dealing with hearing loss to contact him to discuss his wide experience with the issue. ’79 LOu SCHOTTELKOTTE was recently promoted to director of sales for WEWS-TV in Cleveland, OH. WEWS is owned by the E.W. Scripps Company.


’80 JOHn FREy collected a century’s worth of Bombers and Conquerors for a Christmas photo. His father and sons appeared with him, as well as a photograph of his grandfather, Arthur R. Frey (1912). Youngest son Jack Frey will graduate in June, 100 years after his great grandfather.

The class of 1961 celebrated its annual Christmas luncheon at the Hofbrauhuas in newport, setting a record for attendance and drawing visitors from many places beyond the Tri-State. ’81 STEVE RIzzI accepted the position of Regional Manager for SAIC in Australia, where he’ll be working to coordinate the company’s activities in Australia and Asia. Steve will work out of offices in Melbourne, Australia. ’88 JACOB WAuGH was named one of Town and Country’s 101 people you must meet in 2011. His work on a gel form of Botox will allow the wrinkle remover to be applied without using needles.

’92 CHRIS KOEBE was deployed to Afghanistan, where he serves the United States Air Force as a neurosurgeon.

’07 BOBBy STuRm completed the Ironman Triathlon in Louisville in August. He is a fifth-year biomedical engineering student at the University of Cincinnati.

’99 DR. RyAn HELmICK serves as chief resident in surgery at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati. He married Christine Reed in October and accepted a fellowship in surgical critical care at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston beginning in July 2012.


90s 00s ’91 BRIAn REDDEn for the second consecutive year has been selected for inclusion as an Ohio Rising Star in Management Employment Law and Employment Litigation, featuring outstanding young lawyers in the state of Ohio. Selection is based upon peer nomination and research of candidates’ professional accomplishments.

’03 DOnALD TREVOR mOuCH KRAmER ran in the Columbus Marathon together Oct. 16, 2011. Donald ran the full marathon finishing at his personal best of 3:18. Trevor ran his first half marathon in 1:58.

’10 PAuL RETEmILLER continues competing in triathlon events at VirginiaTech University, finishing 12th overall and first in his age group at the Google Patriot Half Ironman in September.

Bobby Sturm (’07) waves to fans during the Ironman Triathlon in Louisville in August. ’12 JOHn GALVIn attended the U.S. Aquatics Convention in September as the USA Swimming Ohio senior athlete representative and delegate at large. The convention was in Jacksonville and Galvin’s second year to participate following last year’s convention in Dallas. The convention serves as the platform for development of legislation for aquatic sports and a point of coordination for events ranging from elite competition rules, community outreach, safety, paralympic competition and other national aquatic sports issues.

’10 PATRICK PHILLIPS was granted one of six positions to coordinate and organize all of Xavier University’s three-day freshman orientation program, Manresa. “I definitely talked a lot about St. Xavier and the Jesuit ideals, without which I would not have gotten the position,” he said.

The class of 1962 enjoyed its annual Christmas luncheon at the University Club in downtown Cincinnati.

Donald Mouch (’03)—on left wearing a St. X jacket—and Trevor Kramer (’03) ran together in the Columbus Marathon in October.



Alumni X-Cerpts

The Class of 2006 celebrated its five-year reunion with a massive turnout Dec. 28 at St. X. WEDDInGS ’99 RyAn HELmICK and Christine Reed, 10/22/11 ’04 AnDREW mCEVOy and Laura Petnuch, 10/1/11 BIRTHS ’97 JEREmy AnD KAREn HELmES, William Richard, 10/24/11 ’02 JOE AnD mERDITH RInG, Nicholas Joseph, 1/9/12 STAFF BIRTHS TIm AnD RACHEL REISERT, June Adler, 10/23/11

(above) Andrew McEvoy (’04), center, had a host of Bombers on hand as he married Laura Petnuch in October, including best man Jonathan McEvoy (’01), groomsmen Blake Estes (’04) and Bradley Baker (’09) and guests Dan Baruda (’04) and Phil Ross (’04).

members of the class of 1991 look at themselves as they appeared 20 years ago.

(above) A century of Bombers/Conquerors from the Frey family appeared together at Christmas, including from left John Frey Sr. (’56), a photo of Arthur R. Frey (1912), John Frey Jr. (’80), Paul J. (Butch) Frey (’04) and Jack T. Frey (2012).


The Berning Gym hosted hundreds of graduates during the fourth annual Grand Reunion Weekend in October.



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 or mail prints to Mark Motz c/o St. Xavier magazine, 600 W. North Bend Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224.




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1. Kirk (’01), Brian (’90), Pete (1960 Loyola Blakefield; St X board 2001-07), Scott (’87), Mark (’00) and Chris (’01) Gomsack brought St. Xavier and the sticks to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in August 2011. 2. Students and mentors from the Chicago summer mission trip—including from left Adam Lehning, Michael Stahl, Ian Raffenberg, Mark Boemker, Fr. Jim Collins S.J., Jacob Eyers, Ish Lucas, Sam Schroeder, Kieran McCrate, Jake Owens and Alex Kallemeyer—displayed their Bomber spirit in the Windy City. 3. 1994 classmates Kevin Born and Matt Jacobson enjoy the foliage in the Red River Gorge on their annual fall campout. 4. A large contingent of Bombers joined outside of the United States Air Force Academy Chapel on Parent’s Weekend 2011. From left to right are John Bierman (’75), Max Bierman (’10), Michael Harrington (’09), Ryan Haas (’11), Marty Haas Jr. (’78) and Marty Haas Sr. (’55). All the cadets pictured also happen to be AquaBombers alumni wishing the current team and coaches the best of luck. 5. For the past five years Dave Dewbrey (’90) has been riding the Ragbrai bicycle tour across Iowa with the Livestong Foundation, serving as team mechanic. The team has raised more than $1 million in its fight against cancer. 6. The Eberle brothers Steve (’02), Mike (’98) and J.P. (’96)—along with Mike’s son Jack and J.P.’s boys Matt and Zach—paid a visit to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis decked out in Bomber finery. 7. Anthony Zembrodt Jr. (’96), son Anthony III (’26) and nephew James DelGado (’13) donned their Bomber duds in Geirangerfjord, Norway, in August of 2011. 8. Lou Esselman (’61) visited the Plaza of St. Ignatius in Rome in November. 9. The X82 Social Club conducted its annual retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains with St. Xavier class of ’82 retreatants, from left, Bradley Blust, Jonathan Bordeaux, Mark Jacob, Paul Rolfes, Greg Dittrich, Brendan Burns and Pat Monahan. 10. Brian Emmett (’88), right, and Captain Ed Winter (’72), had St. Xavier as their copilot on a Boston-to-Cincinnati run for Delta Connection.







3. 1. Laura, Jacob, Jeff (’83) and Jordan Lamb enjoyed Jeff and Laura’s 20th wedding anniversary trip to Kauai, Hawaii, along with St. Xavier. 2. Robby Jung (’14) wears his Bomber gear with brother Alex (’09), dad Rob Jung (‘82), brother Mathias (‘11) and sister Abby on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. 3. Fr. Peter St. George (’84) and John St. George (’77) brought St. Xavier to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, recently voted the 28th natural wonder of the world. Fr. Peter—pastor of St. Ignatius in Cincinnati—was on a three-month sabbatical in Dublin, where brother John visited for two weeks of touring many of Ireland’s historical and religious sites. 4. The Huhn family was the successful X-Travaganza bidder for a one-week vacation at Norris Lake. Joe Huhn (’13), Jenna Huhn, Lora Huhn, Mike Huhn, Lindsey Huhn, Leah Slicer (Huhn), Jamie Wall, Ryan Slicer, and Jack York (’13) all enjoyed the trip. 5. LCpl Ryan Long (’09) donned a St. X cap while serving his country on a seven-month tour in Marjah, Afghanistan, with his second brotherhood in the United States Marine Corps. 6. Loyola University chaplain Matthew Jacobson (’94) and Nick Matthews (’09) helped collect and deliver about 7,500 pounds of food to Vanceburg, Kentucky, during the Chicago school’s annual canned food drive. Other Bombers instrumental in the drive over the years have included Patrick Reynolds (’04), Andrew Griewe (’05) and Ed Kelly (’07). 7. Alex (’15), Ryan (’17) and Dan Dwyer Jr (’87) displayed some Bomber finery in Cozumel, Mexico. 8. Roger Johannigman (’73) and Pat Fischer (’76) hiked the Beartooth Pass outside of Red Lodge, Montana, crossing a stream and crossing their arms in the universal symbol of their alma mater. 9. Bomber blue appeared at BSU as 1961 classmates Bill Eastlake, Bob Mackey and Bob Muehlenkamp visited the so-called Smurf Turf at Boise State University. 10. Brandon Hollihan (’01) and wife Junghwa Lee—along with Brandon’s parents and sister—visited the Imperial Palace in Seoul, South Korea, on an August trip to introduce the Hollihan family to Junghwa’s father, who was unable to attend their 2009 wedding.





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1. Andy (’86), Braden (’14) Tim (’81), Bob, Peter (’82) and Matt (’95) Stautberg enjoyed a family vacation in South Carolina. Brother Chris (’91) didn’t make the trip and stayed home with his newborn child. 2. David Mosko (’08) holds a St X swim cap from the 2011 Shenzhen China World University Games swimming venue where he represented the U.S. in the 400- and 800-meter freestyle. 3. Michael Johns (’15) proudly displayed a copy of St. Xavier as he prepared to board a gondola in Venice, Italy, in July. 4. Lacking a copy of St. Xavier on a class of 2005 summer trip to Lake Cumberland, Kevin Sander shaved an X into his chest. He is joined from left to right by classmates Jim Maloney, Tim Maly, Brad Frericks Tim Mahoney, Jim Honerkamp and Eric Murnan. 5. Mike (’73) and Sean (’09) Keating pose in front of the leaderboard at the 2011 U.S. Amateur qualifier in golf where Sean competed. 6. Dr. Chuck Matthews (’71) visited San Ignacio de Loyola’s Church in the city center of Buenos Aries, Argentina, believed to be the earliest church still standing in Buenos Aires. Designed by Jesuit architects Juan Kraus, Andrea Bianchi, Juan Primoli and Juan Wolf, it was erected on the site of a former church and consecrated in 1734. Now it serves as a parish church and was declared a national historic landmark in 1942. 7. G.B. Maggini, (’56) hooked a five-pound rainbow trout on a trip to western Virginia in October. In addition to his hat, George claims to have used a Spirit of X blue and white fly to land the fish. 8-9. Tim Rolfes (’75), Andy Hauck (’79) and St. X archivist Karl Hauck pose in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as the CJRC crew strokes past during the national championships. The team featured Sam Hauck (‘12), Phil Kenkel (’12), Dan Puttmann (’12), Clay Wagner (’11), coxswain Kate Rolfes (Ursuline ’12), Ben Record (Walnut Hills ’11), Alex Spaulding (’11), Jack Hopper (’11) and Brian Kraus (’12).



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4. 1. Will Reilly and Scott Hickey took a trip to New Zealand and posed in Bomber gear there on Fox Glacier. 2. Seniors Ross Morand and Evan Miller celebrate in Bomber style after Columbia defeated Brown on senior day for the Lions. Morand had 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception, while Miller had a team-high 19 tackles in the contest. 3. Tony Ragio (‘89) and future Bomber sons Michael and Dominic enjoyed a trip to Fripp Island, S.C., where they displayed some St. X gear and makeshift Xs. 4. St. Xavier grad Jared Wurzelbacher (’11) took St. Xavier on his visit to Istanbul, Turkey, in July of 2011. He is pictured with sisters Jacqueline and Carrie Wurzelbacher. 5. A pair of former St. X Presidents in Fr. Walter Deye S.J. (’66) and Fr. Bill Verbryke S.J. (’71) flank Tom Deye (’70) in the valley down the slope from Mt. McKinley during an Alaskan excursion spanning parts of August and September 2011. 6. Douglas Welty (’01) poses with St. Xavier at the swamp buggy races in Naples, Florida. 7. Nick Mannix (’14) took St. Xavier with him to Ft. Meyers, Florida, this summer, where he posed for this photo on the Fishing Pier. 8. Greg Cottin-Rack (’88) and his father Robert Rack Jr (’65) were photographed at the Jesuitenplatz in Koblenz, Germany, with daughters Lelia (5) and Maeve (2.5). 9. Paul (’57) and Marianne Zook brought St. Xavier on a helicopter tour of the glacier fields near Juneau, Alaska.


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spring/summer 2012 CALENDAR Alumni Gatherings and School Events MARCH


11:30 a.m. First Friday Mass/ Luncheon at St. Xavier Church


7 p.m. X-Travaganza Frist Night in Berning Gym


5:30 p.m. X-Travaganza 2012 in Ellis Gym




Easter Vacation—No Classes

6 p.m. President’s Dinner at Cintas Center

11 a.m. Father-Senior Golf Outing at Glenview Golf Course 11:30 a.m. First Friday Mass/ Luncheon at St. Xavier Church

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Good Friday (First Friday cancelled)





Class of 1944—Annual Reunion in Chapel/Reynolds Room


7:30 p.m. TX opens West Side Story in Performance Center


9:30 a.m. Fr. Weiber Society Mass and Brunch in Chapel/ Reynolds Room

7 p.m. Annual Fund Spring Phonathon in Barrett Center

9 a.m. Father-Son Communion Breakfast Chapel/Cafeteria

7 p.m. Annual Fund Spring Phonathon in Barrett Center


6 p.m. Alumni Retreat in Milford


8 p.m. Mom Prom in Kolping Center

26-28 Third Quarter Exams


X-Travaganza online spring sale (through April 1)

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5 p.m. PAC Taste of Diversity Dinner in Cafeteria


9:30 a.m. Commissioning Mass in Berning Gym Walk For X (following Mass)


7:30 p.m. TX Closes West Side Story in Performance Center

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11:30 a.m. First Friday Mass/ Luncheon at St. Xavier Church 6:30 p.m. Michael Benson Memorial Concerts in Black Box/ Performance Center


7 p.m. Freshman Parent Program (2016) in Chapel

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10 a.m. Baccalaureate Mass in Berning Gym



Fourth Quarter Exams


7 p.m. Graduation at Cintas Center


11/5 Class of 1962 Golf/50-Year Reunion at Clovernook/ Reynolds Room


5 p.m. Class of 1962 50-Year Reunion at Metropolitan Club


WE’RE AlREAdy looking ahead to October 19 and 20 for Grand Reunion Weekend 2012 with classes from 1967, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97 and 2002 celebrating anniversaries. Many other classes have annual, quarterly or even monthly events during the year. To get involved in the planning for your class gathering, please contact Alumni director John Schrantz (’96) at, local phone: 761-7815, ext. 116 Toll free: 800-572-5340, ext. 116 Reunion information always is available on our web site at Click on the long Blue line Alumni tab.

7 p.m. Spring Band Concert in Performance Center

7 p.m. Spring Choral and String Concert Performance Center

5 p.m. Class of 1952 60-year Reunion at Metropolitan Club 8 p.m. Spring Dance at Moonlight Gardens 8 p.m. Senior Prom at Cintas Center

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5:30 p.m. Golden and Then Some Reunion in Chapel/Cafeteria

6 p.m. PAC Senior Recognition in Reynolds Room


7 p.m. Community Service Awards Night in Performance Center


5:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky Reunion at Hofbrauhaus, Newport

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Memorial Day (No Classes)

Senior Exams

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X-Travaganza 2012 SET A COURSE for adventure with St. Xavier High School as the Bomber family celebrates the oldest and best dinner-auction in Cincinnati March 10. Among the exciting items up for auction this year are a visit to the CNBC “Squawk Box” set in New York City to see Joe Kernan (’74) host his show live, followed by lunch and golf at the historic Baltusrol Golf Club. More of a left-coast person? Bid on a golf tour of Seattle, including a round at Chambers Bay, home of the 2015 U.S. Open. For a more casual X-Trav experience, fly into the Berning Gym for First Night: The Sky’s the Limit on March 9, featuring new games and your last opportunity to buy Grand Raffle tickets for a chance at a $20,000 grand prize. For more information about X-Travaganza—including reservations and a chance to buy tickets for the Grand Raffle—please call the X-Trav office at 513-761-7815, ext. 113 or 117.

Cincinnati St. Xavier Magazine Sping 2012  

Spring magazine for St. Xavier High School, alumni, parents and friends.

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