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Meet New Principal Terrence Tyrrell

BEGINNING A NEW CHAPTER

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2013 The Long Blue Line Welcomes 364 Young Men President’s Dinner Honors Heidt (’69) and Verbryke (’71)


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

TIMOTHY A. HOWE SJ

GO FORTH AND SET THE WORLD ON FIRE St. Ignatius said “Go forth and set the world on fire!” as he sent St. Francis Xavier out to serve. As we send the Class of 2013 out into the world, they are certainly ready to make an impact. This class has already made significant contributions to the world with thousands of hours of community service, academic success and athletic accomplishments. In this issue you will read about this class and their Senior Class Gift to St. Xavier High School. They are already keenly aware of the importance of giving back, presenting me at graduation a gift of $25,626.35 with 96% participation from the class. I fully expect as they leave the hallowed halls of St. Xavier High School that they will go on to change the world for the better. If their past four years are an indication, this class will certainly ignite many fires! The graduating class of 1963 helped usher in the graduates and welcome them to the Long Blue Line of St. Xavier Alumni. Among them was Fr. Chuck Niehaus SJ (’63), who worked with me for many years at St. Procopius in Chicago. The Class of ’63 has given countless hours of service to those in need here in Cincinnati and around the world, as well as impacted the world by their professional contributions. The photo to the right captures this moment, but two very integral members of this class are missing: Dr. Vernon Roden (’63) and Mr. Richard Naegele (’63). These two alumni have shown their love for St. Xavier through transformative financial contributions. Susan Barrett, wife of Dr. Roden, reflected on the importance St. Xavier had on the life of her late husband and how it ignited a passion for learning lasting a lifetime in him. “St. Xavier does a wonderful job with young men encouraging them to be responsible citizens with wonderful values,” said Barrett. “Vernon’s gift to the school was his way of giving back to ensure more young men have the opportunity to acquire these wonderful qualities for years to come.” Other alumni and friends of St. X continue to change our school for the better. Just this past year, thanks to the innovation and dedication of Mark Cappel (’86) and Ed Franchi and Andy Sweeney (’68)—major gift officers in our Development Department—the Entrepreneurship Club was formed and quickly grew to be one of the largest co-curriculars on campus. The club listened attentively to the wisdom of long time CEO and current Vice-Chair of Cincinnati Bell, Jack Cassidy, and hosted

an Entrepreneurship Boot Camp this summer. Our young men are on fire for success, in the very deepest sense of that word. The future burns bright at St. Xavier High School as we look toward new leadership with Mr. Terry Tyrrell, who begins his service as principal this summer. You will read more about him in this issue and in future publications, as he and I guide our school to implement the strategic plan. St Xavier alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students are all doing their part in the 21st century to carry out the mission St. Ignatius gave to St. Francis Xavier long ago to set the world on fire!

Father Howe celebrates with the student development chairman.

The class of 1963 poses for a group photo before the graduation ceremony.


ADMINISTRATION Rev. Timothy A. Howe SJ, President Rev. Edward L. Pigott SJ (’55), Rector Mr. Terrence Tyrrell, Principal

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

02 WE ARE ST. X 08 GRADUATION 14 VICE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 15 ALUMNI RECAP 16 YOUNG ALUMNI COMMITTEE 18 STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT GRADUATION SPOTLIGHT ALUMNI X-CERPTS DEPARTMENT SPOTLIGHT X-PEDITIONS CALENDAR

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Mrs. Ann M. Berger Mr. John C. Bloomstrom Bro. Darrell J. Burns SJ Mr. David J. Cassady (’75), Board Chair Mr. Matthew I. Dunch SJ Ms. Cynthia A. Fazio Mr. Thomas A. Gill Rev. Michael J. Graham SJ Mr. Gary J. Gruber (’73) Mr. Richard J. Hidy (’81) Rev. Timothy A. Howe SJ, Ex Officio Mr. Walter E. Knox, Jr. Mr. William J. Mulvihill, (’65) Rev. Edward L. Pigott SJ (’55), Ex Officio Rev. James S. Prehn SJ Mrs. Victoria A. Reynolds Mr. John B. Schmitz (’78) Mr. Michael Schuster Mr. Michael G. Stenger, (’79) Mr. Richard E. Thornburgh (’70) Rev. William L. Verbryke SJ (’71) CONTRIBUTORS Cheryl L. Asper Sylvia M. Betz Cathy M. Cionni Shannon Eggleston Heidi B. Eveleigh Edmund L. Franchi Tyler J. Hadden (’13) Steve L. Hils (’71) Rev. Timothy A. Howe SJ Colleen S. King Christine A. McDaniel Ralph A. Nardini (’77) William O. Sandquist Anthony E. Schad (’81) John A. Schrantz (’96) Andrew E. Sweeny (’68) EDITOR Becky Schulte DESIGNER Jon Enia (’97), LamsonEnia Design PRINTING Joseph Berning Printing Company St. Xavier Magazine is published three times a year by the alumni, development and communications offices. St. Xavier High School 600 W. North Bend Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45224-1499 Phone (513) 761-7815 ext. 121 (513) 761-7600 ext. 121 Fax (513) 761-2586 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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MEET TERRENCE TYRRELL

FINAL THOUGHTS

St. Xavier High School’s New Principal

from Interim Principal Bill Sandquist

COVER Changing of the guard. Interim Principal Bill Sandquist and incoming Principal Terrence Tyrrell prepare for the future of St. Xavier High School. ABOVE Principal Terrence Tyrrell and President Fr. Timothy Howe SJ

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W E A R E S T. X

WE ARE...ST X.

NEWS AND NOTES AROUND THE ST. XAVIER CAMPUS

40TH YEAR FOR STUDENT FUNDRAISER REACHES GOAL AND BEYOND

TASTE OF DIVERSITY BRINGS GREAT FOOD AND CULTURE TO ST. X

The Walk for X is a long-standing tradition started in 1973 by Fr. Denny Ahern SJ (’56). The Walk for X is the only all-school student fundraising effort held throughout the year. Funds raised help to bridge the gap between the tuition and the actual cost to educate the young men at St. Xavier High School. Students raised $127,454.92, had a fun day bridging the gap and being Men for Others.

Hundreds gathered on Sunday, April 14 for the third annual Taste of Diversity. This celebration of food, music, arts and culture was hosted by the St. Xavier High School Foreign Language Department and Parents Across Cultures (PAC). The event featured more than 30 countries and cultures represented by St. X. students.

SPECHT NAMED DON SHULA NFL HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR St. Xavier High School Head Football Coach Steve Specht (’86) was named the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year. As the national Shula Award winner, he and his wife were guests of the NFL during Super Bowl Week. Shula congratulated Specht and presented him with the award at a press conference in New Orleans. Nominated by Greg Scruggs (’08) of the Seattle Seahawks, Specht was one of three high school football coaches from across the country named as a finalist for the award, which was created to honor exemplary high school football coaches who demonstrate a commitment to player health and safety, and the integrity, achievement, and leadership exemplified by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula. Scruggs surprised Specht at the ceremony. In his nomination essay, Scruggs wrote, “Coach Specht is an honorable, respectable man of integrity who has made an impact in my life and every player he has touched.” Specht wrote of his responsibility as a coach. “I think any great organization is composed of people that love one another, focus on the daily pursuit of excellence and understand that no one is able to succeed alone,” he said, “I firmly believe that our responsibility as coaches and teachers is to equip these young men with tools that will motivate them for life, not just for a game.” Specht has coached five players who have gone on to play in the NFL. Specht also works closely with USA Football and is a Master Trainer in their Heads Up Tackling program. While in New Orleans, Coach Specht had the opportunity to meet with Luke Kuechly (’09) as well, as he received the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. It was a great year for St. X in the NFL!

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AQUABOMBERS BRING HOME 34TH STATE TITLE – 50TH GCL CHAMPIONSHIP Following the AquaBombers 50th GCL Championship, the team headed to Canton for the 86th annual state swim meet. It was pure excitement in Canton the weekend of February 22-23 as the AquaBombers swam to victory once again in the state swim finals. The team was led by senior Jack Hendricks, who won the 500 free to earn St. Xavier’s only individual championship, on the Bombers’ way to their fifth consecutive state championship and 34th overall. The 200 free relay team of Hendricks (’13), Cam Young (’13), Grant Johnson (’13) and Mitchell Frey (’15) swam to the top of the state as well with a time of 1.23.74. The team effort was amazing as each swimmer gave it all they had in the pool to finish with an overall point total of 270, a total of 82 points more than second place finisher Upper Arlington. It was the first time since 2000 that the AquaBombers have scored in the big heat in every event at state. The team spirit extended into the stands as hundreds gathered to cheer the AquaBombers on to victory.

2013 SENIOR CLASS GIFT Congratulations to this year’s Senior Class Gift chairmen, committee members and the entire Class of 2013! Thanks to the generosity and hard work of our seniors this year, the senior class gift reached a total of $25,626.35 and 96% 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. The total amount is exceptional and is not only a reflection of the devotion and hard work of our seniors, but of the entire faculty, staff and administration. The 2013 Senior Class Gift Chairmen: John T. Barnes, Ryan P. Berning, Charles J. Bowman, Thomas M. Callahan, John H. Delisio, Thomas R. Dieckman, Reese R. Dorger, Jacob P. Freudenberg, Nikita Latushka, Nicholas D. Locaputo, Brian K. O’Toole, Robert M. Rankin, Andrew J. Schad, Ryan J. Schroeck, Samuel J. Schultz, Ryan A. Shaw and Michael A. Sohngen.

ALL SPORTS TROPHY

STUDENT MURAL

Congratulations to all St. X Athletes who helped bring home the GCL All-Sports Trophy this year! St. Xavier athletics earned a total of 74 points, 6 points over other GCL South schools, in the final standings. Go Bombers!

Billy Phillips (’13) and Elliott Bostick (’13) put in more than 100 hours of artistic dedication to leave their mark on St. Xavier High School. Together they created a mural at the entrance of The Marla and Richard Grote Learning Center to make the space more inviting to those who enter. The mural reflects the books and movies the two experienced during their high school careers.

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Jack Cassidy, Vice Chair of Cincinnati Bell, speaks to students in the Club.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLUB HOSTS CAPPEL (’86), CASSIDY

The St. Xavier High School Development Department, in collaboration with the Guidance Department, kicked off a new program this year called “Career Connections.” The program invites alumni to speak to students about a variety of career related topics. Mr. Mark Cappel (’86), President of Scarlet and Gray School Cleaning Service, was the first speaker in this new series. He spoke to students on the topic of “Entrepreneurship and Business Ownership.” Mark shared his story, experiences and insights about becoming a business owner and engaged students in discussion and questions. Mr. Cappel was also instrumental in the creation of a student entrepreneurship club for the upcoming school year. Jack Cassidy, the Vice Chair and recently retired CEO of Cincinnati Bell, addressed students as part of the St. X Entrepreneurship Club as well. Cassidy (father of Trey (’10)) spoke on the topic “What is the Purpose of Business?” and covered other topics like marketing, branding and image. The St. X Entrepreneurship Club, just in its infancy, hosted a boot camp over the summer and has large numbers for a start-up club. Look for more from this new St. X group.

RETIRED FEDERAL JUDGE NATHANIEL JONES SPEAKS TO STUDENTS Retired Federal Judge Nathaniel Jones took time out of his busy schedule to educate the young men at St. Xavier High School. His presentation to juniors and seniors focused on his life and the change he has seen through his career. Judge Jones was a civil rights pioneer and has been a major advocate for civil rights throughout his life. He served as a lawyer, jurist, academic and public servant. He was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit before his retirement in March 2002. As general counsel of the NAACP, he gained recognition for his legal efforts to end school segregation in the northern United States.

From left to right: Fr. Tim Howe SJ, Bob Castellini, Dick Murphy, Raymond J. Bosse (’73), Paul Schmerge (’82) and J. R. Anderson (’90)

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2013 More than 500 St. Xavier alumni and friends helped usher in the St. Xavier Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013. The 2013 Inductees into the St. Xavier Hall of Fame include: J.R. Anderson (’90), Raymond J. Bosse (’73), Dick Murphy and Paul Schmerge (’82). The emcee for the evening was WCPO Sportscaster John Popovich. St. Xavier President Fr. Tim Howe SJ welcomed the guests for the evening and opened the ceremony with a prayer. Bob Castellini, Cincinnati Reds Owner, gave the keynote address. Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2013! Visit the website at www.stxavier.org for biographies on the new inductees.


AMDG BOMBER CUP COMPETITION FINAL RESULTS

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM HEADS TO STATE

FIRST EVER 5K EVENT HUGE SUCCESS

The first-ever AMDG Bomber Cup competition results are in. Throughout the year freshman homerooms received points for mission collection, canned food drive pounds collected, quiz bowls and other activities. This year’s winner of the AMDG Bomber Cup was homeroom 16H (Miss Hust). They will have their homeroom number inscribed on the trophy to live on in St. X history.

In early March, St. Xavier’s Science Olympiad Team competed in the Southwest Ohio Regional competition at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash campus. St. X finished in 3rd place out of 23 teams. The team then headed to the state competition in late April and placed 18th out of 40 teams. This is the best showing the St. X team has had at this level in school history. Twenty-one students competed for St. X in 23 different events. St. X received medals in 18 of the 23 competitions. St. X had a strong senior presence with 11 different seniors participating. Senior leaders included: Jarrett Dillenburger, Joe Knight, Michael Muskopf, Toebben Bolte, Drew Phillip, Kedar Madi, Chris Budo, Michael Hautman, Eric Dornoff, James Pun, and Alec Bolender. Science Olympiad moderators, Dr. Laughlin and Dr. Jacob, gave much of the credit for the success of the team to the seniors who mentor the younger members.

The first ever St. Xavier/Wellington Orthopaedic 5K Family Walk/Run was a huge success encouraging health and wellness and raising funds for a worthwhile cause. Proceeds from the event benefitted the St. Xavier High School Wellness activities as well as Cincinnati Children’s Cancer research. Thank you to our sponsors: Wellington Orthopaedic – Title Sponsor, MSA – Presenting Sponsor, Gatorade, Adidas, Kroger’s, Panera Bread, Mike’s Car Wash, Aramark and Donut-Spot.

ST. X MUSICAL GROUPS WOW AT FESTIVAL DISNEY Over spring break, the music department at St. Xavier High School attended Festival Disney with six musical groups: two choirs (Xmen and Ensemble X); two string groups (Men in Black and Chamber Blues); and two bands (Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band). All six groups were entered into categories (String Orchestra; Jazz Band; Concert Band; Men’s Chorus). Each category in the competition had three judges who awarded points for various aspects of the performance. The maximum total from each judge was 100. The three scores were then averaged and a “Best in Class” was awarded for the highest point average. In addition, Gold, Silver and Bronze trophies were awarded to those groups who scored the highest in a larger category, i.e. Choirs (Mixed, Women’s, Men’s); Bands (All bands); Jazz Bands (All classes and sizes thereof) and String Orchestras (All classes and sizes). Three of St. X students received the competition’s Outstanding Soloist Award. Congratulations goes to Eric Stewart (’13) (Bass Guitar, Jazz Band); Will Pensyl (’13) (Keyboard, Jazz Band); and Ihsan Walker (’16) (Vocalist, Xmen) Congratulations to all the St. X musicians who took part in this special competition.

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X-Travaganza Chairs Joe and Maria Acuri with Fr. Tim Howe SJ

Thomas Dieckman (’13) and Evan Vonderhaar (’14) sell roses during X-Travaganza

First Night Chairs Ron and Colleen Schultheis and Jill and John O’Shea

X-TRAVAGANZA 2013: EVENING ON THE LINX A GREAT PAR-TEE The 40th year for X-Travaganza fell right in step with previous years and proved to be another successful fundraiser for St. Xavier High School. The weekend event kicked off in the Berning Country Club with a lively Par-Tee. Guests enjoyed delicious Lenten dishes, drinks and desserts in a casual atmosphere. Many incoming parents from the Class of 2017 were able to mingle with current parents and supporters of St. X. The event featured an outstanding performance by the St. X Drumline. Hosted by Colleen and Ron Schultheis and Jill and John O’Shea the party was a great night to begin the weekend. Many guests played through the weekend enjoying the 40th annual X-Travaganza: An Evening on the LinX hosted by Joe and Maria Acuri and sponsored by Tom Gill Chevrolet. Guests enjoyed Mass to begin the evening and moved on to enjoy dinner in the Ellis Club House followed by plenty of entertainment and the much-anticipated Live Auction. Trips, puppies, experiences and more were auctioned to raise needed funds to support the mission of St. Xavier High School. A huge thank you goes out to all who helped make this hole-in-one event a huge success.

MUSTACHE MARCH TAKES OVER Mustache March once again took over St. X! During the month of March the halls of St. Xavier High School changed in a very hairy way. With a $5 donation, students had the opportunity to put their shaving cream and razor away. In turn, they helped Xavier High School in New York, a fellow Jesuit school that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy this past fall. The school suffered severe water damage as well as technological failures as a result of the high flood waters. More than 80 Xavier families were displaced from their homes as a result of the storm. Students felt it was their duty, as a part of the Jesuit family, to help these brothers in need. This unique fundraiser was created by senior Neil Jones (’13) and last year raised $1,610. This year Mustache March raised $2,636.26. Winners of this year’s Mustache March left to right: Nikita Latushka (’13) (Winner: Most Growth), Sebastian Salerno (’15) (Winner: “That’s Not a Good Look on You”) and Brian Evans (’13) (Winner: Best in Show.)

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TX PRESENTS CHILDREN OF EDEN Theatre Xavier once again wowed audiences with the spring musical production of “Children of Eden” from Stephen Schwartz, composer of “Wicked” and “Godspell.” The cast of 46 brought to life a celebration of the tribes from the generations of Adam and followed Noah and his family bravely facing the flood and “beyond.” A total of 34 songs throughout the performance enchanted audiences, while the costumes and props team amazed guests with intricate designs, especially in one number “The Naming,” where more than 58 animals were introduced. Stay tuned for more from TX in the upcoming year.


Connor Judd (’13) displays his award.

COMMUNITY SERVICE NEWS

Epic House volunteers with Fr. Tim Howe.

Coach Bill Slinger celebrates with the 2003 State Championship Team.

Once again this year, Bombers made a huge impact as Men for Others, making it more than just a motto, but a way of life. All of the young men who participated should be recognized, but below are a few who should be mentioned for their outstanding service. The Simon Lazarus, Jr. Human Relations Award is the most prestigious community service award in Greater Cincinnati. Each school in the region nominates one junior student and one senior student. The St. X senior nominee was Quentin Ullrich and the junior nominee was Ryan Cullen. Ryan was selected as one of the five finalists and the only male among the award finalists. Congrats to both Ryan and Quentin! The Greater Cincinnati Federal Executive Board Award: recognizes those who have distinguished themselves in service to others. Again this year, a St. Xavier student has distinguished himself in the area of community service. Senior Connor Judd won the award due to his excellent record of service to those in need. Epic House Volunteer of the Year: Epic House provides housing facilities to low-income, functionally-impaired elderly persons in the Greater Cincinnati area. This year Epic House presented their Volunteer of the Year Award to the St. X student group, which includes Jay Allen (’14), Jared Bales (’15), Jacob Barnes (’16), Nick Bettner (’16), Luke Brodbeck (’14), Max Bruns (’14), Tyler Burkhart (’14), Jack Gunderson (’16), Cal Gunderson (’16), Patrick Hensel (’15), Michael Lanter (’14), Nick Locaputo (’13), Greg Martini (’15), Andrew Ney (’15), Andrew Rahe (’14), Henry Stutz (’15) and Kevin Talbot (’13). Ryan Cullen (’14) Below: Coach Slinger

ST. XAVIER BASEBALL SAYS GOODBYE TO COACH BILL SLINGER After 35 years behind the bench for the St. Xavier Bombers, Coach Bill Slinger is stepping down as the head coach for St. Xavier Baseball. Coach Slinger created quite a history leading the Baseball Bombers, including coaching his 600th win this year, eight district titles and leading the team to the school’s only state title in 2003. “If I listed my memories it would be a continuous list of names, moments and games,” said Slinger. “It’s hard to pick one or two or even three things.” The strategies of the game will be missed most by Slinger. “I will miss the companionship of the coaches and teaching the players the fundamentals of the game,” he said. The legacy Slinger leaves with the school is a motto he has used for years with the team- Do the Right Thing and Take Someone With You.“I know it has made a difference in the lives of our kids and that means a lot to me,” said Slinger. “It should never be about the me, but about the team.” Coach Slinger feels that coaching for so long at the high school level has kept him young. This will certainly benefit him as he plans to spend more of his free time with his family and especially his grandchildren.

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G R A D U AT I O N

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ST. XAVIER CLASS OF 2013!

Wednesday, June 5 marked the commencement exercises for the 182nd year of St. Xavier High School. The St. Xavier High School Class of 2013 included 364 young men who joined the long blue line of St. Xavier alumni that extends all the way back to 1831. The St. Xavier Class of 1963 led the procession during their 50th anniversary year. The invocation was given by Mr. William F. Schlater, Religion Teacher. Speaking on behalf of the class of 2013, James P. Grabowski extended a welcome to guests. The commencement speaker for the evening was Mr. Steven L. Hils (’71). Hils is a partner and President of the Kneflin, Dillhoff, Hils & Kruse Insurance Agency in downtown Cincinnati founded in 1905.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED GRADUATION BOOK AWARDS FOR 2013. ENGLISH: MATTHEW S. DUMA MATHEMATICS: DANIEL GALLEGOS ORTEGA COMPUTER SCIENCE: JOSEPH T. KNIGHT CHINESE: PAUL W. MEYER FRENCH: ANTHONY J. ASHER JR. GERMAN: ANDREW M. PHILIP LATIN: N. RYAN FLETCHER SPANISH: WILLIAM R. RINALDI HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION: KEVIN R. KIST RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: JAMES P. GRABOWSKI CHEMISTRY: SPENCER J. MILLER PHYSICS: JOHN M. HARRIS SOCIAL STUDIES: DE’SEAN A. WEBER MUSIC: WILLIAM C. PENSYL PERFORMING ARTS: MATTHEW R. GRETZ VISUAL ARTS: MATTHEW S. HALL COMMUNITY SERVICE: CAMERON J. VOGEL

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. This year’s recipient was Rahul D. Rege.

SENIOR SCHOLAR AWARD

This award is for the graduate with the highest cumulative average for all four years. This year, the highest four-year average of 98.660 was earned by Spencer J. Miller.

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 2012 Joe Brennan Award was presented to John H. Delisio.

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 Jarrett D. Dillenburger.

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 Andrew J. Beckman.

THE JESUIT SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION AWARD

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All Schools in Order of Popularity Class of 2013

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 Thomas B. Tappel.

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PRESIDENT’S DINNER

2013 PRESIDENT’S DINNER HONORS VERBRYKE (’71) AND HEIDT (’69) St. Xavier High School benefactors and supporters gathered for the annual President’s Dinner on Tuesday, May 7. Fr. Tim Howe SJ thanked guests and led the evening of honors and awards. Guests were led in prayer by interim principal Mr. Bill Sandquist. Bill received a standing ovation from guests thanking him for his 32 years of dedicated service to St. Xavier. Special guest Mr. Terry Tyrrell and his wife Marygrace were introduced. Terry will take the reins as principal of St. Xavier beginning July 1. The strings ensemble Men in Black, the choral ensemble comprised of students in G-Bell choir, and the St. X Jazz Band delighted guests with outstanding musical performances. St. X Board Chairman Mr. Mike McGraw (’73) addressed guests and thanked all those in attendance for their dedication to the students of St. Xavier High School. Seven St. X faculty and staff members were recognized for 25 years of dedicated service. The faculty members group honored included: Mr. James Brower, Mr. David Clapp,

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Mr. Donald DiGiacomo, Mr. David Eby, Mrs. Kimberly McLaughlin, Mrs. Kathleen Sollmann and Mr. James Telles. St. Xavier High School board members Mr. Richard Haglage (’73), Rev. Patrick McGrath SJ, Mr. Michael McGraw (’73) and Dr. G. Susan Mosley-Howard were honored and thanked for their service. The evening ended with two very special award presentations. Rev. William Verbryke SJ (’71) was honored as the 2013 Magis Award winner and Dr. Rob Heidt, Jr. (’69) received the Insignis Award.

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REV. WILLIAM L. VERBRYKE SJ

DR. ROBERT S. HEIDT, JR.

As the 2013 Magis award winner, Rev. William L. Verbryke SJ (’71) joins past recipients recognized for service and the ability to give of themselves in love to the greater service of God. Rev. Verbryke SJ is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy, served as the 38th President of St. Xavier High School between 1991 and 2001 and is currently the Rector of the Jesuit Community of Cincinnati. Rev. Verbryke has served as a faculty member at Loyola Academy and the Director of Vocations for the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus. His experience at St. Xavier High School also includes serving as the Director of Campus Ministry and Rector of the Jesuit Community. As President Rev. Verbryke was a collaborative leader working with the St. X community including alumni, parents, faculty and staff in the creation of some of the new buildings on campus. He is most proud of the Chapel of the Holy Companions. Before his return to Cincinnati, Rev. Verbryke was the Director of Novices at Loyola House, the Jesuit novitiate for members of the Chicago and Detroit Provinces. He also served as Provincial Assistant for Formation. Rev. Verbryke, who entered the Society in 1973 and was ordained in 1983, has also served as Director of Vocations for the Chicago Province. Now he serves as the Superior of the Xavier University Jesuit Community. Rev. Verbryke’s family includes five graduates from St. Xavier including brothers James (’69) and Robert (’79), brother-in-law Thomas Fischer (’63) and nephews Christopher (’91) and Matthew (’95) Fischer. Rev. Verbryke currently serves on the boards at Xavier University, St. Xavier High School, St. Ursula Academy, the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford and Loyola High School in Detroit, MI.

Dr. Robert S. Heidt, Jr. from the class of 1969 received the 2013 St. Xavier High School Insignis Award. This award goes to graduates who have served their God, their family and their community in an outstanding manner. Rob is married to Julia Scripps Heidt. They are the proud parents of three St. Xavier graduates: Robert (’02), Austin (’03) and Nathaniel (’09). After graduating from St. Xavier, Rob completed his undergraduate studies at St. Louis University in 1972. He is a 1976 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. After completing his internship and residency at UC in orthopaedic surgery, general orthopaedics and sports medicine with Drs. Frank Noyes and Lonnie Paulos, Rob went on to complete fellowships in Knee and Sports Medicine and Sports Medicine at Memorial Hospital in Long Beach and Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles. Rob is a partner at Wellington Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, has been a practicing physician since 1982 and holds licenses in Ohio, California, Indiana and Kentucky. Along with Rob’s contributions to the sports medicine field, he also gives back to the community in a variety of ways. He has contributed time, talent and treasure to the Bethany House Executive Committee, St. Louis Hall of Fame, The Christ Hospital, The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Art Museum, Summit Country Day School, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Commonwealth Club, and Friends of Charity. Rob shared his expertise while serving with the Ohio High School Athletic Association, who named him Ohio team physician of the year. Beyond the high school sidelines, Heidt was the long-time team physician for the Cincinnati Bengals, received the Jerry Hawk Rhea Award for NFL Top Team Physician and is the former president of the NFL Physicians Society. The contributions he has made to St. Xavier High School are endless. Rob began serving as the St. Xavier team physician in 1983. Over the course of nearly 30 years on the sidelines, he has treated hundreds of injured student athletes and guided them safely back to the field. Moreover, he became instrumental in creating and implementing a state-of-the-art sports medicine program to assist not only rehabilitation of injuries, but also develop the idea of wellness and preventive medicine to strengthen student athletes and help them avoid injury. In addition to his work with St. Xavier athletics, Rob is also a former St. Xavier board member and board chairman and is a member of the St. Xavier Hall of Fame.

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RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE AND THE ABILITY TO GIVE OF THEMSELVES IN LOVE TO THE GREATER SERVICE OF GOD SUMMER 2013

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I LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING A SCHOOL THAT ENCOURAGES ITS COMMUNITY TO SERVE OTHERS TERRENCE TYRRELL

BEGINNING A NEW CHAPTER Terrence Tyrrell will begin a new chapter in his life as principal of St. Xavier High School on July 1, 2013. Mr. Tyrrell comes to St. Xavier High School from Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, IL where he has served as the Assistant Principal for Student Services for the past six years. Prior to his work as Assistant Principal, he served as the Director of Student Activities. Mr. Tyrrell also has teaching experience in Social Studies at St. Louis University High School, St. John’s College High School in Washington D.C. and Saint Ignatius, as well as working as a resident school prefect at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Tyrrell has a B.A. in English and History from Wake Forest University and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Loyola University in Chicago. Before his arrival in Cincinnati, St. Xavier Magazine caught up with him to get his take on the upcoming year. YOU HAVE BEEN ON THE ST. X CAMPUS A FEW TIMES THIS YEAR, WHAT ARE THE SIMILARITIES YOU SEE BETWEEN ST. IGNATIUS AND ST. X SO FAR?

Bill Sandquist, Coach Steve Specht (’86) and Terrence Tyrrell bond outside the school.

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culture at both schools, evident when you walk through the doors. I have connected with the spirit and charisma that encapsulates Jesuit education since I was a freshman at St. Louis University High School (another Jesuit school). It is this connection with Jesuit education, and the two schools’ similar mission in particular, that is the greatest connection between St. Ignatius and St. X. Beyond this spirit, St. Ignatius and St. X have much else in common: both schools have very talented students taught by tremendous teachers; both schools have state-of-the-art facilities and the continued dedication to improving the facilities; both schools provide their faculty, staff and administration the opportunity to work at faith-based institutions. As my family has grown during my time at St. Ignatius, I have appreciated how invaluable a faith-based work environment is for us. Appreciating the gift of our Catholic faith in our home and my work, I look forward to serving a school that encourages its community to serve others with particular attention to social justice issues.

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AS A FORMER STUDENT ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR YOU UNDERSTAND THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM THESE OPPORTUNITIES PROVIDE. WHAT WILL YOU LOOK FOR FROM THE CO-CURRICULARS AT ST. X NEXT YEAR?

I view co-curriculars as an extension of the classroom. It is important for the young men at St. X to have a balanced school life that allows them to fulfill each of the five goals of the grad at grad. While the academic excellence of St. X receives a great deal of attention, the co-curricular programs through service, faith, clubs, theater and athletics also play a vital role in creating men for others who are loving, religious, committed to justice and service, open to growth, and academically excellent. I look for co-curriculars to continue to allow the St. X students the opportunity to find the many gifts that each of them possess, whether that is on display on the athletic field, stage, or in leadership.


AS YOU BEGIN YOUR CAREER AT ST. XAVIER WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO GROW OUR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS?

The curriculum that currently exists at St. X is very strong. The key to continued success is to keep improving through research into good practice, internal dialogue, and collaboration with other schools and organizations. The curriculum needs to be continuously updated to fit the needs of many different learners. Jesuit schools are able to blend 450+ years of learning with proven practices such as the IPP (Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm); the current challenge is to successfully blend this experience with new ideas and practice. The foundation is continued professional development for teachers, staff and administration to understand what current research is saying, what similar schools are doing, and discovering the best practices for St. X. The future of high school education includes creating a student-centered classroom and utilizing technology as an additional tool in the learning process, both of which are being done at St. X. My role will be to help to facilitate the continued growth of academics and learning at St. X.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY…

My wife, Marygrace, and I will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary this summer. We have three children: Mara, age 5, Eleanor, age 3, and Clarke, age 1. Mara will be entering kindergarten and Eleanor pre-school this fall. Both girls are very excited about moving to Cincinnati and are looking forward to the swimming pool and school. Marygrace has a PhD in History and has been adjuncting at local universities in Chicago for the last few years. She will work on settling the family in Cincinnati this year before looking for teaching opportunities in the future. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PIECE OF SPIRIT WEAR FROM ST. X?

Rod Hinton and the spirit store staff gave me a very nice blue and white striped polo that I have been wearing proudly around Chicago. I look forward to sporting my St. X wear around Cincinnati.

“WHILE THE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE OF ST. X RECEIVES A GREAT DEAL OF ATTENTION, THE CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS THROUGH SERVICE, FAITH, CLUBS, THEATER AND ATHLETICS ALSO PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN CREATING MEN FOR OTHERS WHO ARE LOVING, RELIGIOUS,

CINCINNATI CHILI… WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?

The chili is very sweet. I love food and am certainly looking forward to trying out Cincinnati cuisine. We’re more excited about Graeter’s ice cream.

COMMITTED TO JUSTICE AND SERVICE, AND OPEN TO GROWTH.”

Eleanor, Terrence, Mara, Marygrace and Clarke Tyrrell

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VP DEVELOPMENT’S MESSAGE

RALPH A. NARDINI (’77)

WELCOME TO THE LONG BLUE LINE On Wednesday, June 5, 364 young men officially joined the ranks of the Long Blue Line. They became a part of a community of more than 15,000 living alumni. As graduates of St. Xavier High School there is an expectation from other alumni, and from themselves, to continue to strive for the Magis, to be men for others. These young men are moving on to 73 different colleges and universities taking with them the lessons they learned during their four years at St. X. They will continue to grow spiritually and academically with the foundation of their Jesuit education. That foundation, not only taught but also modeled by the faculty and staff, is what makes St. Xavier High School such a special place. These new members of the Long Blue Line will come back to school at various times during the next four years of college to visit with the faculty and staff who taught and mentored them. I especially enjoy talking with our young alumni when they return and listening to them tell me about what is happening in their lives and about their most current dreams and aspirations. These young men will walk the halls looking for the faculty and staff that affected them throughout their high school years and thank those folks and enthusiastically tell them about their life today. As I stand there and watch the interacOUR STUDENTS LIVE THE tion, I can see the admiration and respect these former students have for the people who MEN FOR OTHERS, AND inspired them. STRIVE FOR THE MAGIS And it isn’t just the young alumni who have this special relationship and respect. IN ALL THAT THEY DO. When I invite alumni from my era to school for lunch or an event, I see the same reaction as they meet teachers and staff who affected them. The alumni will start to tell stories of how their lives were influenced by the teachers and inevitably credit these folks for helping them to achieve their many successes. These alumni want to hear about all the things going on at their alma mater and how the current student body is taking advantage of the St. X experience. I also have many opportunities to meet with parents of our current students and alumni. They talk about the experiences their sons have at St. Xavier High School and what a difference a Jesuit education has made, and is making, in their lives. Inevitably, the parents will tell me about their interaction with faculty and staff. More often than not these parents will tell me about the positive influence of faculty members and how their sons were pushed to achieve more than they thought they could. Watching these parents talk with so much pride about their sons and the positive experience they had is really something special. Listening to alumni and parents speak about the influence faculty and staff of St. Xavier High School had on their lives affirms to me how special a Jesuit secondary education is and how important it is for us to make sure we are available for the next generation of young men. The academic rigor and Ignatian spirituality provide a balance for our students and gives them the foundation for future success. And to be sure, success is measured many ways. We find our alumni as leaders in business, education, charities and in communities around the country. Our students live the Men for Others, and strive for the Magis in all that they do because that is the example they saw daily, for four years, from the faculty and staff of St. Xavier High School. Congratulations to the Class of 2013 and welcome to the Long Blue Line. You are now part of a community much larger than you may know, and much closer than you can imagine.

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THE LONG BLUE LINE The 2012-2013 school year was a great success for St. Xavier alumni participation. The Alumni Department, working closely with alumni, hosted more than 50 events during the 2012-2013 year. From annual reunions to milestone reunions, sports reunions and special events, our alumni came together and reconnected in new ways. Thanks to all of you for coming back, seeing old friends and reconnecting with our great community. The St. Xavier Alumni office works diligently for the Long Blue Line. Our offices are open to any St. Xavier alumnus who wishes to reach out to a classmate, plan a class reunion or alumni event, or just stop by and visit with faculty and take a tour of the school. The sole purpose of the Alumni Department is to allow St. Xavier alumni an opportunity to reconnect and strengthen relationships, so we may all continue to strive for the magis and grow and strengthen the Long Blue Line.

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OHIO 11,361

CALIFORNIA 543

VIRGINIA 234

TEXAS 271 FLORIDA 482

AE (Armed Forces Europe) AK AL AP AR AZ CA CO CT DC DE FL FM (Micronesia) GA HI IA

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ALUMNI RECAP

There are a number of classes that get together for weekly, monthly and quarterly lunches. If you and your class would like to start something, please contact Director of the Annual Fund and Alumni Relations John Schrantz (’96) at jschrantz@ stxavier.org and let us help get the word out to classmates. Already having a lunch that we don’t know about? Let us know, we would enjoy helping facilitate the event. A.M.D.G.

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Nick Nardini (’01), Mark Meyrose (’01), Jon Connover (’01) and Michael Mills (’01) enjoy a day of golf.

ST. XAVIER YOUNG ALUMNI The 2012-2013 school year was an important year for St. Xavier Alumni. For the first time, St. Xavier High School has appealed to young alumni specifically with a named giving society to directly ask our next generation of leaders to step forward with their support of the St. Xavier mission. The school’s faculty, staff and administration are pleased to report that our alumni have responded with fantastic participation in the St. Xavier Young Alumni Leadership Society. If you are an alumnus of St. Xavier who is between six and 15 years from graduation at St. Xavier High School, we welcome you and your peers to become involved with the broader St. Xavier Community. Through the guidance and input of the Young Alumni Leadership Committee, we continue to find creative and new ways for St. Xavier young alumni to be connected with the community that has impacted your life and future in meaningful ways. As we complete the first year of this endeavor, we will continue to reach out through events and opportunities for the St. Xavier Young Alumni Leadership Society to get involved. As an example, on Sunday, August 25, St. Xavier will host the second Young Alumni Golf Outing at Glenview Golf Course. Be on the lookout for future invitations to events that are designed for the young alumni of St. Xavier. We will contact you through mail, e-mail and our social media networks which include Linkedin (group name Bomber Alumni Network), Facebook (St. Xavier High School Young Alumni) and Twitter (@stxinfo or @stxsports). If we haven’t heard from you, please go online at www.stxavier.org/reconnect to update your current contact information, so you can receive all the information necessary to make St. Xavier a part of your adult life. Please join us and become more closely involved with the St. Xavier community. St. Xavier asks our alumni to invest in our mission of “educating

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THE ST. XAVIER YOUNG ALUMNI LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE Chair: John A. Schrantz (’96) Co-chair: Jason Wittekind (’99) Jonathan Bennie (’00) Alexander Ewing (’01) Andrew Lorey (’01) Jordan Weidner (’02) Jeffrey A. Scheper (’03) Matthew Hemberger (’03) Michael Berning Jr. (’05) Zachary Franke (’05) Ryan McGraw (’05) John Milligan (’05) David Hall (’07) Joe Bachman (’07) Patrick Berning (’08) Gerry Reilly (’08)

leaders and men for others” with a gift to the Young Alumni Leadership Society. Your investment in the Annual Fund enables current students to receive an education that will last a lifetime. Thank you for considering this important request and we look forward to your involvement with the St. Xavier Community. Go Bombers! A.M.D.G. John Schrantz (’96) Chair of the Young Alumni Leadership Committee Director of the Annual Fund and Alumni Relations


FA C U LT Y Q & A

Principal Bill Sandquist served St. Xavier High School for 32 years and in this, his last year, stepped up to serve as the interim principal. His kind, gentle and good natured spirit as well as his devotion and love for the students, faculty, staff and families of St. Xavier will be missed and we thank him for his dedicated service.

WILLIAM O. SANDQUIST

THE GUIDING HAND OF GOD And so, after 32 years at St. Xavier and 45 overall teaching in Catholic schools, I have come to the end of my full-time career. While I plan to continue working at St. Xavier with faculty and staff who are new to St. Xavier next year, my time commitment to the school will be a lot less. This is certainly an occasion for me to reflect on what a lucky man I have been. I taught for 13 years at St. Xavier before becoming the Assistant Principal for Academics. In 1981 I was hired to chair the Religion Department, a unique and complex mix of characters, all of whom had their way of approaching the teaching of the Catholic faith that each embraced. One of my jobs then was to help channel all of that energy into a unified approach without destroying the uniqueness of each individual. We worked on creating a new Graded Course of Study. That task entailed many hours in the cramped quarters of the old Religion Office, as well as at neighborhood grilles. In the process we became a tight-knit community, and I knew I was fortunate to have landed the job at St. Xavier. I became the Assistant Principal for Academics in 1994 when I was asked by Dave Mueller and Bill Verbryke, S.J., to assume that role. I tell this story – and it is true – that when Mike Trainor stepped down from his position as Principal, someone had suggested that I might be a suitable replacement. (Imagine!) I was not chosen, but it got the wheels turning in my head, and when Dave Mueller became the Principal, he asked if I might be interested in taking over the AP job. I thought I would try it on to see how it fit, and I wore it for 18 years. During that time one of my responsibilities was to gather the department heads to seek their collective wisdom about twists and turns of the curriculum and academic rules. I also worked with counselors and the school psychologist to address issues that had surfaced around particular students. For the first 13 years or so, I was also teaching a couple of classes in Religious Education, and I found myself torn. I loved the classroom experience and the fact that my students would see me in the hallways and give me a shout, while students who only knew me as the Assistant Principal were not as friendly. When I walked into a classroom as AP, there would be a hush that settled over the room, as if the Grim Reaper had arrived. My solace was that when, as AP, I was dealing with individual students and their families in my office, I could sense that this was work that needed to be done, and these students and families knew where my heart was. Throughout my career I served on various committees. Once I was looking for a place to deposit an aluminum can and said out loud, “Hey, we need to do something about

recycling!” The response to this was, “Feel free to do something about it!” From there we introduced the Recycling Committee, and before you know it every classroom had a recycle can, the cafeteria had both recycle and regular garbage cans, and the stadium had recycle cans everywhere. Another of my favorite committees was the Health and Wellness Committee. The original idea behind this committee is pretty obvious. How do we make St. Xavier a place where Health and Wellness are not just words, but are lived? We looked to modify food and beverage choices, and you can imagine how that went over at first, messing with traditional soft drinks and fried foods. We ran into objections not just from students, but from faculty and staff as well. From there we looked at what we were doing with respect to promoting regular exercise. The Physical Education curriculum was being modified and exercise for all became one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Fitness Center at school. Through all of this we became aware of the ever important third leg of the plan, that is, faculty and staff witnessing. A satellite Fitness Center for faculty/staff was established, and exercise programs began to spring up everywhere: boot camps, yoga, Pilates and weight loss, just to mention a few. Then there was what has become the annual Health Fair for faculty and staff. I was thrilled to see this take off, and I know for me personally and for others, this emphasis has produced some significant health benefits. Again how lucky was I to be a part of this community that was taking Health and Wellness seriously! As I turn my thoughts to retirement, I find myself turning first to gratitude. In return for what I have been able to give, I have gained significantly. I have come to know so many students, so many families, and so many friends of St. Xavier. I have come to treasure so many faculty and staff members, with whom I prayed, partied, laughed, and wept. I have also drawn closer to God, whom I see around me in the faces of this community and in all of creation. I know both that I am loved by God and that this God has given me a great gift, namely, St. Xavier High School. It wasn’t luck after all that brought me to St. Xavier. It was the guiding hand of God! I was happy to serve St. Xavier as Principal in this my 32nd year.

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Tyler Hadden (’13) is a perfect example of the St. Xavier Advantage. He not only chose to participate in athletics throughout his four years, but the strings ensemble, community service and he excelled in academics as well. Throughout his four-year basketball career Tyler was named Most Improved Player, Scholar Athlete, All Tournament Team at the Georgetown Prep Holiday Tournament and played in the String Ensemble (Men in Black and Chamber Blues) where he was given the Walter Deye SJ Award. His community service includes: Saturday Morning Service, Habitat for Humanity, St. X Phonathon, X-Travaganza and much more. He also has been part of the X-Men Choir, a peer tutor, is a member of the National Honor Society and is a member of the National Foreign Language Honor Society. This year he was a National Merit Commended Student. Tyler will attend Belmont University in the fall and play basketball.

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OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW WHAT WAS YOUR GRADE SCHOOL AND HOW MANY OTHER STUDENTS ATTENDED ST. X WITH YOU FROM THAT SCHOOL?

I went to St. Vivian School in Finneytown. There were 10 other kids who came to St. X from St. Vivian. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO ST. X?

One of the main reasons I came to St. X was for the academic challenge, along with the athletic tradition. I knew that if I came to St. X, I would have to work hard in school and on the court. I knew that I would be challenged both academically and athletically and that I would be pushed to be my best in all areas of my life. Also, I knew that St. X was a place where it wasn’t weird to be smart or to try in the classroom. Another reason was that St. X was the only high school I looked at that had a strings group. Being a violin player, I wanted to be able to continue to play in high school with other students who were also passionate about music.

WHAT OTHER MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY ARE PART OF THE LONG BLUE LINE?

Several members of my mom’s family attended St. X. (Ed (’82), Dan (’85), Mark (’89), and Trevor Gerstner (’16) and Tom (’64), Tim (’93) and Michael Huber(’98)) DESCRIBE TO ME “THE ST. XAVIER ADVANTAGE.”

To me, “The St. Xavier Advantage” is the never ending opportunities that St. X provides to grow academically, socially, athletically, and physically. “The St. Xavier Advantage” is that there is a place for everyone to fit in. I could be an athlete, a musician, and a scholar without worrying about others judging me. You are free to be yourself and do the things you love without stressing about being accepted. There is an atmosphere of community and respect that allows everyone to pursue their passions and feel accepted by their peers. YOU WERE INVOLVED WITH ST. X BASKETBALL AND THE STRINGS GROUP… DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE MEMORIES FROM BOTH.

My favorite memory from St. X basketball was when we went to the Georgetown Prep Holiday Tournament in Washington D.C. It was a great team-building experience. My favorite part of the trip was not playing in the tournament itself, but walking around and sight-seeing. It was great to walk around our nation’s capital with the team. We had a fun time but, also grew closer as a team. My favorite memory from the strings group was our Spring Break Music Trip to New York City. This trip was a big turning point for the strings program and I feel honored to have been a part of it. We had one of our best performances ever and scored higher than we ever had before. It is a trip that I will never forget. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER INCOMING FRESHMAN?

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portunities available to you as soon as you can. Another piece of advice that I would offer incoming freshman is to challenge yourself, but at a manageable level. Do not take on more than you can handle or else you will be miserable. Do not get involved in so many things that you cannot do them all to the best of your ability. WHAT WILL BE THE BEST AND MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES YOU WILL SHARE AFTER GRADUATION?

Kairos is the most memorable experience that I will share after graduation. On Kairos, I learned a lot about myself and about people that I did not really know that well. It was the best experience I had during my time at St. X and I want to keep the Kairos experience alive well after graduation. REACT TO THIS QUOTE FROM MR. ISAAC WATRAS, DIRECTOR OF THE STRINGS ENSEMBLES:

“Tyler Hadden has been a wonderful leader for the strings at St. Xavier High School. In all of the four years he was a student here he has made the strings events a priority for his schedule. He has performed in the audition only Chamber Blues strings group which has meant giving up his Sunday evenings. He has balanced weight lifting, basketball and strings rehearsal after school and has grown as a leader in the string ensemble class. I’ve watched him play basketball for these four years as well and somehow he has been able to give all of himself to both. He is the kind of person that gives all of himself to everything he does.” This quote is everything that I hope people would say about me. It is nice to hear that people notice the hard work I put into everything that I do. It is actually very flattering to hear such praise, especially from Mr. Watras, for whom I have a lot of respect. Playing basketball and the violin are two of my passions and I put everything that I have into them. To hear recognition and appreciation for this means a lot to me.


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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

OPEN TO THE CALL OF MAGIS Jake Grabowski (’13), student speaker, and Steve Hils (’71), commencement speaker, enjoy time together before the graduation ceremony.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO ATTEND ST. XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL?

My choice to come to St Xavier was preordained. My dad, Clem, Class of 1944, and his four brothers were all graduates of St. Xavier at the original downtown location. These men were “giants” in my life, especially my dad. So to follow their path was an easy call. WHO ARE THE OTHER MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY IN THE LONG BLUE LINE?

My son Matthew (’99), brother Andy (’80), father-in-law Hank Boehmer (’48), brother-in-law Tom Boehmer (’82) and my uncle Don Darbro (’45). The newest member, my unborn grandson, is due on the scene in September. He will be in the Class of 2032! This breathes new life into the word Legacy for our family. WHAT ARE THE BEST MEMORIES OF YOUR HIGH SCHOOL CAREER?

Hands down the best memories of my high school career are the life-long friendships. Binding ties have been made that still give me great joy and comfort. We have stood together in weddings and watched our children grow. But we have been there for the losses too- we have shared in the passing of parents. On a lighter note, most of them actually still return my phone calls. Some even buy me lunch every now and then! TELL ME ABOUT YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ST. X SINCE GRADUATION:

My best moments at St. X occurred when I was asked to serve on the Board of Trustees

about 12 years ago. I became Board Chair at an exciting period in our school history. Fr. Bill Verbryke SJ, Fr. Walter Deye SJ and Fr. Tim Howe SJ, presidents then and now, were wonderful in their vision and execution of all things needed to strengthen mission. The extensive build out of our beautiful, wide ranging campus touches the lives of all students. I feel proud to be part of that collaboration. WHY WAS IT SO IMPORTANT TO YOU TO GIVE BACK TO YOUR HIGH SCHOOL?

It was not a premeditated decision to give back to St. X. I was always extremely curious about the pursuit of excellence that lives in St. Xavier High School. While on the Board of Trustees, I realized that everyone who walks the halls impacts the lives of others. No detail is missed. Teachers bring their best efforts, coaches define “focus,” staff support the mission from all points of contact. Leaders listen and lead with hearts and minds, not egos. It is a highly charged place based on the love of its students. YOU HAVE BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART IN THE ST. XAVIER COMMUNITY FOR SO LONG, WHAT DO YOU SEE AS “THE ST. XAVIER ADVANTAGE”?

The St Xavier Advantage is a two-edged instrument. On one side is the feeling that everything good will come our way because of the St. X diploma. That is a very limiting perspective as no one holds a door open for you or asks for your autograph because you went to St. X. The fuller view calls us to walk the path of life with each other and to share

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the load regardless of school pedigree. To become Men and Women for Others is really the advantage we seek. YOU WERE THE SPEAKER AT THIS YEAR’S GRADUATION CEREMONY, WHAT MESSAGE DID YOU SEND TO THE CLASS OF 2013?

My message to the class of 2013 was to remain open to the call of magis- that invitation to lead a life filled with “more” service and love to each other. Oscar Romero, the slain Archbishop of El Salvador, says it best. “We aspire not to have more but to be more.” I was almost “speechless” when asked to be the commencement speaker, but I was more inspired by the students than they can imagine.

Steve Hils (’71) is a partner and President of the Kneflin, Dillhoff, Hils & Kruse Insurance Agency in downtown Cincinnati founded in 1905. He graduated from Xavier University in 1975 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and since then, Steve has been actively involved with St. Xavier. He served nine years on the Board of Trustees, holding the position of Board Chairman in 2005 and 2006. He continues to help with fundraising efforts at St. Xavier and Ursuline Academy and this year was asked to address the Class of 2013 at graduation. Steve lives in Cincinnati with his wife of 36 years, Christine. His son, Matthew, is a graduate of St. Xavier (class of 1999) and John Carroll University. His daughters, Laura and Caroline, attended Ursuline Academy and Saint Louis University before receiving graduate degrees from the University of Cincinnati.

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NO LONGER STRANGERS In the blink of an eye it’s over. Paul Rieselman told us during our freshman family conference that day one you start at 150 MPH and it goes like that for four years. He was so right. I remember my son Andrew getting his acceptance letter. We, Andrew, my wife Mary and I, sat at the dining room table and I choked back tears as I read that my son Andrew was welcomed in to the Long Blue Line. I still get choked up thinking about that moment. Now, in the blink of an eye, the three of us stood arm in arm during Baccalaureate Mass and sang the alma mater together. And again I get choked up. You see, I drank the blue Kool-Aid long ago… graduated in 1981 and as my sister Kathy said when I came back to St. X to work in 2005, “the mother ship called me home.” I “get” this wonderful place and I so wanted my son to “get it” too. That is why I smile when I hear him belting out the words to No Longer Strangers when he is taking a shower thinking no one is listening and why I will never forget my son’s four years whenever I hear that song at one of our all school masses. St. X is not easy; it is not supposed to be easy. It is, however, a place that transforms you. I have seen my son transformed into a young man that is prepared for the next step in his life; prepared more than I could ever have imagined. Can you ever imagine a young boy saying that Scripture is his favorite class? I thank our faculty…people like Dave Eby for making that possible. Our faculty makes classes real for our boys. We had some great dinner table discussions about what he was doing in Mr. Ott’s class or laughing along while learning with Mr. Cole. The experiences he had tutoring young children down in Hartwell as a part of his religion and history classes with Jim Telles will live with him forever.

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You see Andrew has been able to experience St. X in both his own unique way and in the same way as I did. He has had great experiences, challenges and great teachers. Unbelievably some have been the same; both of us had John Hussong and Mike Marchal for English. He was able to play varsity baseball for the same coach, Bill Slinger, for whom I played back in 1981. He had a classmate of mine, Ed Nardini both in class and on the football field. He had Fr. Pigott finding him in the cafeteria. There are so many other examples of similarities that I could continue to go on and on. These teachers, coaches and moderators… they make it possible for more than 1,560 boys to be “No Longer Strangers.” What he has done and what I recommend for our current and future students is that they get involved. Take a sip of the Kool-Aid. The incredible academics go without saying. The fabric of St. Xavier High School however is involvement. For Andrew it was baseball, football, service, Kairos and being a Student Development Chairmen, among other things. Andrew has friends from all sides of town now and we have come to meet some amazing young men and parents along the way because of involvement. St. X has a rich tradition and an incredible future. What you need to remember is that it happens fast so grab it while you can. Andrew’s next steps take him to another Jesuit institution, St. Louis University. I know he will be in good hands and I know with all my heart, because of the faculty, staff, administration, alumni and benefactors of St. X that he is prepared. So just like so many before him he is a member of the Long Blue Line and instantly with his classmates and all St. X alumni across the United States he is “No Longer a Stranger” too.


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’35 BOB DOOLAN visited St. Xavier to speak

’73 MIKE KEATING named president and

to students in AP History about his experience as a prisoner of war.

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CEO of Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.

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in Columbus, Ohio, recently completed his 2nd music CD, Sidebar, all original compositions with Mark playing and recording all instruments except the bass.

’52 SIMON LEIS retires as Hamilton

’75 JOHN GRUBER-MILLER received the American Philological Association Award for Excellence in Collegiate Teaching.

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’53 DANIEL C. SHANNON M.D. will publish Innovations in Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, 1910-2010 in September 2013. ’54 FR. BILL POOLE celebrated the 50th an-

niversary of his Ordination Mass at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church on June 22.

’56 EDWARD BLAU, M.D. retired from the Pediatric Nephrologist Physician Marshfield Clinic and as the Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

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’75 TIMOTHY J. SCHROEDER CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services President and CEO, presented at Oracle’s 8th Annual Health Sciences Innovation Forum ’76 JAMES P. KONERMAN, M.D. has been named Medical Director of the Good Samaritan Hospital Free Health Center in Price Hill (Ohio). The Center provides free medical and dental care to patients who cannot afford to see a doctor. Konerman supervises the Center in addition to maintaining his private practice in internal medicine. ’76 TIM REILLY, PRINCIPAL at Saint Ignatius School, has been named President of the NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) Department of Elementary Schools Executive Committee (DESEC). In the role, Reilly will serve on the Board of Directors of the NCEA, representing all Kindergarten through eighth grade (K-8) Catholic schools in the United States.

Paws Pet Resort franchise this Fall in Durham, NC.

’77 MIKE KALTHOFF authors Saving Private

’64 CHUCK EILERMAN elected as a Cov-

’78 ART ARAND was elected Chairman of the Board for Mayfield Clinic.

ington City Commissioner and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Covington Education Foundation.

’64 RAYMOND VENDRYES retired from the

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Healthcare published January, 2013.

’78 KEVIN FAGEDES retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel after 31 years of service. He is now working for NASA as a Project Manager conducting assessments on space exploration programs.

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’69 RICHARD TALLARIGO performs as Rick

Street and recently released a CD titled Lucky in Kentucky by Rick Street available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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sor of Mathematics and Statistics at The College of New Jersey and the coordinator of the First Seminar Program, a required course for all incoming first-year students.

’85 MANUEL V. OTEYZA was accepted in

the 2013 Sundance Film Festival US Feature Film Documentary Competition and has a distribution deal with Magnolia Pictures for theatrical release and CNN Films for television broadcast with his piece Blackfish which focuses on the orca whale Tilikum and dangers of keeping the species in captivity.

’86 DR. STEVE KLEEMAN, urogynecologist and partner at Cincinnati Urogynecology Associates at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, has been named Mentor of the Year by the 55,000 member American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ’86 STEVE SPECHT, St. X Head Football

Coach, received Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award in New Orleans. He was nominated by Greg Scruggs (’08), defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks.

’87 JOHN LEFEVRE retired in October 2012 from the Navy as a LCDR after 20 years of enlisted and commission service and is currently residing in Virginia Beach, VA.

DEPARTMENT SPOTLIGHT In Rudyard Kipling’s poem about life in the infantry, “Boots, boots, boots, boots” are “Moving up and down again.” In the English department the refrain could well be “Books, books, books, books” as we reshelve the Shakespeares and Twains and Hawthornes and Chaucers – joined even by an occasional McInerney or Zusak - to their summer lodging in the storage closet. Shortly after this article comes out, the process will begin again, and another segment of the long blue line will stencil their names in the front of each well-worn book. Despite the familiar texts, much has changed in the past few years. The digital age has descended upon the print and publishing world, social media has had an impact on student interaction, the Common Core efforts to improve educational standards are influencing decisions, and the proliferation of online materials challenges even the most dedicated student to maintain his academic integrity. Our fundamental goals as a department in light of all these changes have, nonetheless, maintained a consistency and continuity. We still labor to develop independent students who can think for themselves, who can think clearly, and who can comprehend and analyze complex material. We want students to grapple with difficult texts so that later in their lives they will have the confidence and experience to face the complex problems of the 21st century. We also want students to be fluent in articulating their ideas, to be able to build arguments and reasons around a main idea, and to do so with fluency and grace. Thus our writing program stands upon the three principles of rhetoric: organization, the primary focus of the freshman and sophomore years,

St. Xavier High School English Department: Front Row: Regina Chambers, Sean Cahill, Mike Marchal, Alison Roberson, Diane Engber, Walter Koral and Therese Bower. Back Row: Henry Ahrens, Andy Wietmarschen, Dave Clapp, John Hussong, Henry McDonald, Tim Reisert, Elizabeth Heile, Larry Merkel, Jason Kamp.

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and Cemetery Girl will release his fifth novel in October 2013. www.davidbellnovels.com

’88 ANDY BLANKENBUEHLER is Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominated for outstanding choreography for the highflying competitive cheerleading musical “Bring It On: The Musical.” ’89 NEAL TEW opened The T Squash Center in Fairfax (Ohio) bringing opportunities to play into the mainstream.

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT VISION AND MISSION followed by but inseparable from invention and voice the junior and senior years. Few of our graduates become English teachers, but most will have careers in which they will have to communicate clearly and articulately. And many will have been inspired by an essay or a poem or a novel that speaks to their sense of beauty and meaning in the world. God is in all these things. As alums look at the picture below, they may recognize several faces and then notice a few they do not know. Even more than the books, the English faculty has been changing dramatically the past few years as seasoned veterans give way to the next generation. Yet these young teachers bring the same love and passion for literature and language and the same dedication to the art and craft of teaching English. Despite the many changes, the heart of the department remains the human experience.


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’02 MATTHEW DOOLEY is teaching social media marketing for Xavier University’s MBA Program and leading nugg-it (wearable technology) as the chief operating officer.

economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). He lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and two young children.

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’02 JOHN DUFFNER received the wings of gold as a Naval Flight Officer on May 10, 2013. He will be flying the E-2C Hawkeye with the Bluetails of VAW-121 in Norfolk, VA.

’96 BRIAN KUHN was hired as one of four vascular surgeons for the TriHealth Heart Institute.

MLB Fan Cave 2013.

’96 CASEY T. LIDDY was named as Execu-

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tive Director and Chief Business Improvement Officer for The Christ Hospital Health Network.

’96 SEAN MURPHY was named to Team Ire-

land for the European Championships and has just started his second year as defensive assistant coach for the Kentucky Stickhorses professional box lacrosse team in the North American Lacrosse League. Highway to be named for fallen marine SGT. DAVID KREUTER (’97). ’97 MIKE VEITH was recently elected into the Rollins College Athletic Hall of Fame, where he was a 4-year starter on the basketball team and earned athletic and academic All-American honors. ’97 JOSHUA KAUFFMAN was appointed principal of Indian Hill Middle School. ’98 AMEER MABJISH recently started a

production company, LuMeer Productions LLC, and is currently filming a documentary about the heroin epidemic in the Cincinnati tri-state area.

’99 PATRICK OSBORNE wins an Academy

Award for black-and-white Disney animated short Paperman.

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U.S. Army Ranger School.

’05 JEREMY FRITZ graduated in May of 2012 from Xavier University with a Master of Education in Sports Administration. In August 2012, Jeremy began working in the Club Sports Program at Duke University and this spring he coached Duke’s Men’s Club Lacrosse Team. ’05 RYAN SCHMIDTZ earned his Medical

Degree (MD) from the University of Toledo College of Medicine on June 7, 2013. He will be starting his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati.

’06 KURT OLDING is a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in Ohio and Indiana.

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• Jeff Box (’03) married Veronica Byrd on May 4, 2013 at Holy Trinity Church in Dayton, Ohio. • Jeff Fisher (’01) married Sarah Casella on November 3, 2012. • Jeremy Fritz (’05) married Jaclyn Scheuer on June 30, 2012 at Xavier University’s Bellermine Chapel. • Kevin Hurley (’99) married Cara Linz on June 25, 2011. • Pete Metz (’07) married Becca Mustard. • Luke P. Robinson (’01) married Bailey Switzer on December 15, 2012 • Ryan Schmidtz (’05) married Gina Vilkoski on June 15, 2013. • Patrick W. Schuermann (’05) married Savannah Brown on April 5, 2013 in University Chapel at the University of Virginia . • Elliott Walker (’04) married Nicole Staples on March 30, 2013. • Matt Witulski (’99) married Kammy Duong on October 6, 2012.

BIRTHS • Jill and Brian Aubert (’97) welcomed Sutton Brian Aubert on April 10, 2013 weighing in at 8 lbs 11 oz. • Christine and Brian Kuhn (’96) welcomed Chase Allen (class of 2031) on January 26, 2013. • Jeremie William Imbus (’01), wife Erin Enzweiler and grandfather- Robert J. Imbus (’54) welcomed Henry William Imbus on January 8, 2013. • Maria and Jim Schwaller (’97) introduce James Ryan Schwaller. Jimmy was born Friday, February 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. At birth, the “little dragon” weighed in at 9 lbs, 5 oz and was 22 inches long.

’10 LUKE MASSA is found on the cover of

American Football Monthly.

’10 QUINN PATTERSON is studying econom-

ics and music at Loyola University Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center in Monte Mario.

• Elizabeth and Shane Skogland (’98) welcomed Avery Jane, on December 15, 2012. • Diana and Matthew Stock (’05) welcomed son Cole Anthony on January 4, 2013.

’11 CONNOR BUCZEK is second-team USILA All-American Lacrosse and first-team Academic All-Ivy; his 53 points are second all-time among Cornell midfielders. ’11 CRAIG WOLFER receives a scholarship through the Air Force Research Laboratory.

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1. A grand total of 37 alumni celebrated the wedding of Kevin Hurley (’99) and Cara Linz on June 25, 2011. Front Row: Tim Linz (’07), Michael Hurley (’02), Kevin Hurley (’99), Cara (Linz) Hurley, Craig Wales (’97) and Conor Fryer (’13). Middle Row: John Heekin (’73), Dan Long (’70), Steve Fagel (’72), Joe Linz (’69), Andrew Lorey (’01), Tommy Linz (’04), Nick Linz (’99), Alex Linz (’00), Thomas Hurley (’05),

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

and John Linz (’80). Back Row: Mark Schulte (’95), Jim Schroder (’99), Matt Witulski (’99), Jim Mellen (’99), John Hurley (’08) and Brian Linz (’94). In attendance (but not shown): Hank Stickley (’81), Greg Ionna (’69), Dan Hurley (’99), Steve Specht (’86), Marty Mooney Sr. (’70), Bob Gehring (’72), Kevin Graham (’73), Michael Hebbeler (’99), John Hebbeler (’93), Steve Schuckman (’99), Tony Linz (’64) and Matt Linz (’96). 2. Jeff Box (’03) married Veronica Byrd on May 4, 2013 at Holy Trinity Church in Dayton, Ohio. Pictured here are Ken Reeder (’70), Adam Donelan (’03), Jeff and Veronica, Nick Fischer (’03), Dan Reeder (’03) and Matt Reeder (’01). 3. Sean Keating (’09), Colin Reenan (’09), and Matt Buse (’09), players from the St. X 2008 state champion golf team, finished their collegiate careers at the Atlantic 10 Championship in Coral Springs Florida. Sean and Matt played for University of Dayton and Colin played for Butler University. 4. Third-year students from the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner Honors-Plus business program traveled to Europe on their international trip this spring (7 out of 27 in the program are Bombers), visiting a variety of international corporates and local businesses across the continent. The students also visited Riga, Latvia where they were hosted by American Latvian Matthew Mezinskis (’01 and ’06 LHP graduate) who has lived there for 7 years. Presentations and visits ranged from McDonald’s Baltics, local investment managers and lawyers, a local brewery, bakery, as well as a visit with the President of Latvia Andris Berzinš. It was cold enough at the end

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of March that the students were even able to take a run down the Soviet bobsled track in Sigulda (1 of 16 tracks in the world), where they experienced 100 km/h speeds at 5 g, and met world skeleton champion and gold medal favorite in Sochi 2014 Martins Dukurs. This picture was taken on a snowy Saturday in front of Riga’s Central Market, the largest in Europe. From left to right: Jack Wells (’10), Peter Schmidt (’10), Matthew Mezinskis (’01), Brandon Reynolds (’10), Clay Miller (’10), Brian Redmond (’10), Mike Frank (’10) and David Huber (’10). 5. Jay (’10), Lori and John Fovel in front of the St. Francis Xavier statue on the Charles River bridge in Prague, Czech Republic. Jay was in Europe studying abroad last semester. 6. Matt Witulski (’99) and Jim Mellen (’99) met up in Arizona for a Reds spring training game against the Rangers at Goodyear Ballpark in March, 2013. 7. Scott Berge (’95), Professor Tom Hayes (’72), Bill Cloppert (’65) in June 2012 when the Xavier University Executive MBA Class went to South America.

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of the expedition is to survey the animal species in the area and gather DNA evidence of wolverines in the mountains surrounding the Darhad Valley. 3. Mike Berning (’81) spent his 50th Birthday at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia with his St. X Magazine. 4. Tom Rhoads (’63) and wife Kathleen went to Dublin, Ireland for their 44th anniversary in November, 2012. 5. Connor Buczek (’11) on the cover of Lacrosse Magazine. 6. Class of ’82 Annual Trip to Gatlinburg (left to right): Brad Blust, Pat Monahan, Jonathan Bordeaux, Brendan Burns, Mark Jacob, Pete Balash, Mike Doll, Greg Dittrich and Paul Schmerge. 7. Class of 2017 Bombers from St. Mary’s on a trip to Costa Rica. From left to right: Jonathon Plas, Nicholas Hutchins, Jon Hemmer (’79), Nick Habel, Jack Sherlock, Henry Haney, Todd Habel (’83). 8. Class of 2007 graduates celebrate at the wedding of classmate Pete Metz to Becca Mustard. Front row (L-R): Bobby Enouen, Pete Metz, Jon Martin (best man), Chris Gilligan Back row (L-R): Joe Metz, Ryan Finan, Jordan Finke

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1. The Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange (GSE) program, a unique cultural and vocational

What is up? You can let us know in a variety of ways–send a photo for our X-Peditions feature or tell fellow Bombers about your wedding, a recent move, your latest promotion, a family addition, your retirement or other news via the Alumni X-cerpts pages. Just fill out and send in the form below. We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon.

exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 traveled to Nigeria in April 2013. Pictured here are team members at the reception of a Rotarian’s home in Port Harcourt Nigeria: (left to right) Michelle Harpenau, Jennifer Reitz, Zach Brown, Misty Flantroy and Jay Schuermann (’68). 2. James Downie, former St. X English Department faculty member, visited the Mayan Jungle as part of an American Institute of Archeology expeditions. Here he celebrates St. X in Copan, Honduras inside a temple to view recently discovered Temple Rosalia (temple within a temple.)

Mail the form to: St. Xavier High School (Magazine) 600 W. North Bend Road Cincinnati, OH 45224 Fax: 513-761-2586 or E-mail: bschulte@stxavier.org

3. Bombers enjoy the 2013 Northern Kentucky Reunion. Pictured left to right: Mike Janszen (’77), Jim Janszen (’76), Blake Sheridan (’10), David Janszen (’94), Daniel Sheridan (’06), Bert Hehman (’97) and Norb Hehman (’63). 4. Tom Rhoads (’63) caught up with Tom Ballaban at his home in Homosassa, FL 50 years after playing football for him! 5. BLUE LINE INTERSECTION: Do you work somewhere with other Bombers? Send us a photo of where the long blue line intersects! The long blue line is truly woven through St. Ignatius. Left to Right: Mr. Scott Hickey (’09) Student Teacher, Mr. Josh Wellen (’99) 7/8 Language Arts Teacher, Fr. Bryan Reif (’89) Associate, Mr. Frank Posinski (’62) Business Manager, Fr. Don McCarthy (’47) Resident Associate, Mr. Tim Reilly (’76) Principal, Fr. Peter St.George (’84) Pastor and Mr. Sam Reilly (’13)-(Son of John and Karen Reilly) Aftercare Instructor. Not pictured: Tim Kemper, (’14) Summer Maintenance. 6. The Class of 1944 celebrated their 69th reunion with Mass

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Golf Team First Match at the Mt. Vernon Invitational

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16 Water Polo First Match vs. Napolean High School

19 Freshman Orientation

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Alumni Golf Outing

13 Mass of the Holy Spirit Class of 1958 55-year reunion

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Class of 1958 55-year reunion

Freshman, Sophomore, Junior Orientation

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Rosalind Wiseman speaks at St. X

First Day of School

24 Soccer Home Opener at St. X in the Jesuit Cup Tournament

20 Class of 1963 50-year reunion

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Class of 1963 50-year reunion

Young Alumni Golf Outing

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Class of 1955 Golf and Stag

Bomber Football Home Opener vs. Ben Davis

28 Fall Dance St. X Cross Country Invitational

11 Grand Reunion Weekend

12 Grand Reunion Weekend

16 Named Endowment Reception

SUMMER 2013


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We are excited to have you come back and connect with us and the St. Xavier community.

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FOR THE CLASSES OF 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998 AND 2003

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Friday, October 11 (Reunion Alumni and Families) Pregame Tailgate – St. Xavier Tennis Courts 5:30 p.m. – Come back to St. Xavier for a pregame cookout with your family and friends before the LaSalle football game Football game – St. Xavier Stadium, St. Xavier vs. LaSalle 7:30 p.m. – Watch the Bombers win another “King of the Road” trophy against GCL rival LaSalle

Saturday, October 12 (Alumni)

Reunion Golf Scramble- Glenview Golf Course 9:00 a.m. – Registration, lunch and shotgun start Alumni Mass – Chapel of the Holy Companions 5 p.m. – Mass will be celebrated by Tim Howe SJ, President of St. Xavier High School Alumni Dinner – Berning Gymnasium 6 p.m. – Drinks, “Taste of Cincinnati” themed dinner, class pictures, school tours, etc.

INVITATION TO FOLLOW Registration and further details coming soon to www.stxavier.org. For more information or questions, contact Director of Annual Fund and Alumni Relations John Schrantz (’96) at jschrantz@stxavier.org at 513.761.7815 ext. 114

St. Xavier Magazine July 2013