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Xavier grads in the performing arts (top to bottom), Tom DeGrezia ’00, Jayce Bartok ’90, Steven Strait ’04 with mother, Jean, Ray Lustig ’90 and Vlad Wolynetz ’88.

In this Issue 8 Men For All Seasons Tom O’Hara ’69 is at it again! We pulled the famous Xavier sports aficionado away from his computer long enough for him to share a few pages on the exciting 2009 football season, capped off with a thrilling overtime Turkey Bowl victory against rival Fordham Prep!


Mass of the Holy Spirit

21 Coming of Age on the Silver Screen Steven Strait ’04 has had an exciting entrance into show business! The star of 10,000 B.C. (2008) can be seen in the newly released film City Island (2009), and Steven recently told Alumnews that he continues to bring with him the lessons he learned at Xavier. 24 Film…the Evolution! Vlad Wolynetz ’88, head of production at AMC, joins Mr. Vincent Vargas, longtime Xavier faculty member, in a discussion on the history of film studies at Xavier. New changes to curriculum brought film study back into the classroom!

D E PA R T M E N T S 1 President’s Message 2 From the Advancement Office 3 News from the Quad

15 New Faces at Xavier 30 Class Notes 36 Mileposts

6 JROTC Fall Awards Ceremony

Turkey Bowl Champions!

March 2010 Vol. 13 No. 1

XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL John R. Raslowsky President Michael LiVigni Headmaster

Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations Joseph F. Gorski Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations Mark A. Mongelluzzo, Esq. Director of Annual and Planned Giving Michael L. Benigno ’00 Managing Editor of Alumnews Director of Communications Shane Lavin ’03 Director of Alumni Relations Helene Strong Parents’ Association Coordinator

Barbara Ciulla Advancement Office Manager Norma Piecyk Administrative Assistant to the President and to the VP for Advancement

Contributing Writers Tom O’Hara ‘69 Mark A. Mongelluzzo, Esq. Shane Lavin ’03

Photography Michael L. Benigno ’00 Alumnews, the Xavier High School magazine, is published three times a year by Xavier High School.

8 The CFX Acoustic Coffeehouse

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March 2010 Alumnews  

Grads in the Performing Arts!

March 2010 Alumnews  

Grads in the Performing Arts!