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The St. Charles community joined Bishop Frederick Campbell in September for the historic
dedication of the Robert D. Walter West Campus. See photos of the attendees and those for
whom Principal Jim Lower shared the school’s
gratitude for their contributions to the project
(pages 4-8, 22, 90).
This August’s Combined Class Reunion weekend was the busiest ever. Read about the great
activities everyone enjoyed including a Friday
Night home football game and the Alumni Golf
Outing on Sunday (pages 16-22).
Read about five special alumni honored last
November at two different school liturgies
for their career accomplishments and the time,
talent and treasure shared on behalf of St.
Charles (pages 10-11 and 24).
Last November the prestigious Borromean Lecture marked its 12th year by welcoming John
H. Garvey, President of Catholic University of
America in Washington, D.C. (pages 12-15).
St. Charles students proved themselves to be
accomplished academically and athletically
and committed to being their “Brother’s
Keeper.” Read about seniors honored last
June at graduation and the two accepted into
military academies. Our underclassmen also
earned plenty of space inside too, based
on their many service and missionary projects,
student group participation and summer
activities (pages 25-37).
St. Charles tries to keep your social calendar
full between all the other goings-on around
campus. Besides the 25th annual Silent Auction
(pages 40-42) you might have also found yourself at the school’s Spaghetti Dinner (pages
43-45) or Father/Son Mass & Breakfast (pages
45-48).
Enjoy reading through our Alumni News and
Notes sections to learn about those excelling
in college, establishing themselves in chosen
professions, winding down careers and now
enjoying their well-deserved ‘‘golden” years
(pages 51-74).
In the Development Section read about the
school’s newest endowment funds, meet the
school’s new Development Officer, Michael
Welsch, see photos taken at the year-end Cardinal Society donor appreciation event at Muirfield Village Golf Club (pages 80-84) and view
the 2012-2013 Donor’s Roll of those who made
gifts to the school this year (pages 86-90).
The St. Charles community came out to celebrate the formal
dedication of the impressive Robert D. Walter West Campus on
a beautiful day in mid-September.
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Fall 2013 Volume 28, Number 1
Saint Charles Preparatory School
2010 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43209-1665
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Advisory Board
Paul G. Heller ’82
Chairman
Thomas J. Mackessy ’77
Vice Chairman
Albert J. Bell ’78
James P. Finn ’65
Robert W. Horner III ’79
Thomas L. Horvath ’65
Joseph M. Isbell ’83
Timothy M. Kelley ’76
Paul S. LeCorgne
Craig S. Lee ’77
Alex P. Loehrer ’94
Rev. Michael J. Lumpe ’78
David L. Pemberton, Jr. ’79
Michael J. Rankin, M.D. ’77
T. Jay Ryan III ’76
Thomas P. Schindler ’92
Marian K. Schuda, M.D.
Msgr. David V. Sorohan ’59 (College)
Press C. Southworth III ’65
Michael P. Stickney
Daniel P. Sullivan ’83
Kathleen Wodarcyk, M.D.
Emeritus Members
Rev. William L. Arnold ’70
Hugh J. Dorrian ’53
Msgr. William A. Dunn ’57
Louis V. Fabro ’49
Charles W. Gehring Sr. ’74
Matthew A. Howard ’58
Mrs. Patricia D. Kletzly
Richard J. M. Miller ’75
Thomas M. O’Leary ’64
Daniel L. Rankin III ’53
John J. Ritz ’47
Thomas N. Ryan, D.D.S. ’58
Henry J. “Hank” Sherowski
Richard R. Stedman ’54
Michael M. Sullivan ’58
George G. Vargo ’58
Administration
James R. Lower
Principal
Scott M. Pharion
Assistant Principal &
Academic Dean
John M. Salyer ’85
Assistant Principal &
Dean of Students
Principal’s
Column
Principal’s
Column
St. Charles continues to offer a unique opportunity, atmosphere and
St. Charles continues to offer a unique opportunity, atmosphere and
inspiration to those who are willing to Accept the Challenge
inspiration to those who are willing to Accept the Challenge.
Bishop James J. Hartley established
St.
Charles
in 1923
to provide
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fundamentally
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work, our teachers not only share their
time and energy in the classroom, but
before and after classes also in order to
help their students succeed. Teachers
provide home phone numbers, take phone
calls at all hours and many give of their
expertise in extra-curricular activities.
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Charles faculty is vital, we believe that
a student’s most influential teachers are
his parents. We believe that what they
and beyond the classroom to help their
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in a particular activity depends more
often upon hard work and self-discipline
than on innate ability. How much time
students actively devote to learning
contributes to their achievement. As noted
above, our faculty is happy to comply
by regularly assigning homework which
(usually) the young men conscientiously
do. As a result, our students continue to
earn local and national accolades in the
2013-14 Annual Fund
Alex P. Loehrer ’94
Alumni Chairman
Jimmie & Daphne Irby
Parent Co-Chairs
Alumni & Development Staff
Michael H. Duffy
Director of Development
Michael F. Welsch
Development Officer
Louis J. Fabro ’83
Editor, the Cardinal
Director of Alumni Affairs &
Communications
Cheryl L. Taynor
Development Secretary
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Marcy Design Group
Greg Krivicich ’75
Kelly Krivicich
Photo contributors
The Columbus Dispatch, Chuck Matthews Photography, Phil Smith, Woodard
Photographic, Louis J. Fabro ’83, The Catholic Times, the Columbus Diocese
Department of Communications and the many St. Charles alumni and friends who
shared photos of themselves and their families.
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classroom and in athletic competition.
They have “Accepted the Challenge” and
thrived.
The pride students have in their alma
mater St. Charles extends well beyond the
days here on campus. The friendships and
camaraderie forged during four years of
shared challenges, disappointments and
accomplishments continue for a lifetime.
They are shared and reflected at various
alumni events and reunions. Graduates
proudly look forward to the day when
they can send their sons here.
Having a loyal and proud group of
alumni has helped the school reach its
present position. Fortified with the
work ethic, knowledge and a belief in
God and themselves, our graduates
have distinguished themselves as
scholars, priests, entrepreneurs, business
executives, artists, doctors and legal
professionals. They carry with them
the understanding that they “are their
brother’s keeper” and become leaders in
the Church and community.
Our benefactors have been very
supportive of St. Charles through the
years. They have helped with the gift
of their time, by volunteering over the
years at fundraisers such as Bingo, Monte
Carlo Nights and the Silent Auction;
with generous gifts that have helped to
build our endowments to over $12 million
and now allow us to annually provide
over $1.2 million in aid for the neediest
students and their families; for the
remodeling and expansion of classrooms,
the library and science labs; as well as
for capital improvement projects such
as the building of new facilities like the
Dedger and Rose Jones Natatorium, Walt
Plank Field, the Robert C. Walter Student
Commons and the Student Services &
Fine Arts Center. Add to this the latest
addition, the new Robert D. Walter West
Campus, featured on the cover of this
wrote to the students of St. Charles.
magazine.
Though many years old, they remain
As mentioned previously, our students
relevant and true to this day — as are so
represent some of the finest in Central
many things at St. Charles. Take them
Ohio, the state and nation. Read about
with you as so many have before us:
our past and current crop of National
“St. Charles surrounds you with the
Merit program honorees, the outstanding
atmosphere suitable for the realization
community service work done locally and
of your opportunities. This is the
internationally and the success of our
atmosphere of the Catholic religion. It
student-athletes.
is the normal atmosphere of the human
We have page after page of alumni
soul. People who lack it suffer grave
notes and news, as our graduates
difficulties in making the best of their
continue to make their marks on the
lives; they are sadly deprived of what
world in varied and positive ways. We are their hearts hunger for. Be grateful that
always honored to welcome them back for
you find this necessary atmosphere here
such special event as the Combined Class
at St. Charles, and carry it ever with you
Reunion, the Spaghetti Dinner and golf
while you live.”
outings—all of which have special photo
pages devoted to them in this issue.
May God bless you,
The support of our benefactors is
James R. Lower,
showcased in every part of this issue,
Principal
starting with the
cover story of
the new Robert
D. Walter West
Campus. We have
photos of those
who attended the
Cardinal Society’s
year-end donor
appreciation
reception, stories of
newly-established
endowment funds
and the five-page
listing of the Donor
Roll of all those who
supported the school
and its students
with a gift this year.
I will end my
comments by
Attending the dedication ceremony were those who helped make the new
referring again
facilities possible through their generosity and hard work.
to the words
Monsignor Glenn
On the Cover—
The St. Charles community gathered on a wonderful Sunday afternoon in September to
dedicate the new Robert D. Walter West Campus. On the cover are three photos which
represent the event and those who came to help celebrate. (Bottom) Large tents that
fronted the campus’ Savko Athletic Complex and held more than 400 attendees for the
dedication program. (Middle) Members of the Nick Savko and Sons general contractor’s
team who helped transform the former Dealer’s Lumber site into the extraordinary
new facilities for the students of St. Charles. From left -- Rick Levy, Ralph Polletta ’79,
Martin Savko, Jr. ’07 Andy Savko, Martin Savko, Sr., Nick Savko ’02, Steve Savko,
Bob Thompson and St. Charles principal, Jim Lower. (Top) Also taking place the
same weekend as the dedication was the Golden Anniversary Reunion of the school’s
Class of 1963. Still looking as formidable as ever, the three captains of that class’ 1962
varsity football team pose on Dominic and Kathleen Cavello Field. From left -- Bob
Faller ’63, Bob Walter ’63 (whose generosity played a major role in acquiring land for
the West Campus, named in his honor), and Jim Wiles ’63.
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fingertips to keep in touch with us:
-“Follow” St. Charles on Twitter at
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Dedication Reception
Dedication of the Robert D. Walter West
Campus
More than four hundred people were on hand to help St. Charles
formally unveil its new 6.2 acre Robert D. Walter West Campus
with a dedication ceremony September 15, 2013. Attendees
were greeted by glorious weather and a party atmosphere. The
West Campus was awash in a beautiful array of colors, a series
of vaulted tents, flowers provided by Oakland Nursery and the
festive catering arrangements set up by Berwick Manor.
The Sunday afternoon celebration included a special blessing
ceremony led by Bishop Frederick Campbell. Principal Jim
Lower followed by recognizing and thanking those individuals
and companies instrumental in creating the new campus.
Finally, everyone was then invited to enjoy a reception of light
hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments which were arranged in
stations throughout the remarkable new facilities.
The event marks a milestone for the school. For the first
time in its 90-year history the school’s facilities have expanded
beyond its original Broad Street campus footprint.
The completed project includes the Savko Athletic Complex
which is made up of a new 400 meter six-lane running track,
the Dominic and Kathleen Cavello Field (synthetic turf) and a
66-space on-site parking lot. The cornerstone of the campus is
the new fitness and weight-training facility. Also added was the
45-space Horvath Parking Lot on the west bank of Alum Creek
and an 180 ft.-long pedestrian bridge spanning Alum Creek
to provide more convenient access between Main Campus and
the new West Campus facilities. At the bridge’s east end is a
beautiful brick gateway topped with a metal arch and sign.
The campus’ name comes in recognition of the very
significant gift that 1963 alumnus Robert D. Walter made to
help St. Charles secure the purchase of the $1.4 million dollar
property made in December of 2010. Nickolas Savko & Sons was
the general contractor on the project that is being paid for with
private donations from the St. Charles community and through
in-kind gifts and services.
Look back on the many phases of the project from demolition
of the former Dealers Lumber site, construction and completion
on the school’s Facebook Page ‘timeline’ posts at https://www.
facebook.com/stcharlespreparatoryschool.
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Two Borromean Medals;
Principal’s Award Presented
Members of the Cardinal community
joined with the school’s faculty, staff and
student body of more than 640 students
on November 1st to commemorate the
Feast of St. Charles Borromeo as part of
the school’s All-Saints Day liturgy. Bishop
Frederick Campbell served as the Mass’
main celebrant with numerous alumni
and diocesan priests assisting.
Held in the school’s Robert C. Walter
Student Commons, the gathering also
included the annual presentation of the
Borromean Medals and Principal’s Award
that acknowledge the achievements
and service of special members of the
St. Charles family. A reception followed
afterward in the Campus Theater’s
Cavello Center in honor of this year’s four
special honorees.
The Borromean Award for
Outstanding Achievement
Monsignor David V. Sorohan has given
a lifetime of service to the Diocese of
Columbus and its people as a priest,
pastor, Vicar for Education and through
his local work with the Hispanic
community. He continues to assist at St.
Catharine Church and has been involved
on numerous boards and advisory groups,
including the board at St. Charles. For
his life of exemplary service and support
of Catholic Education, he was honored at
the Celebrating Catholic School Virtues
Gala in 2009. In addition, he is noted as
a wonderful role model for priests and
seminarians to emulate.
Monsignor Sorohan graduated from
St. Aloysius Academy (1952) and St.
Charles College (1956) before attending
the Pontifical Gregorian University in
Rome where he was ordained in 1959.
Monsignor was an associate pastor at
Sacred Heart Church, (New Philadelphia)
in 1960 and St. Peter Church (Columbus)
from 1963-1965, He taught at DeSales
High School; served as the assistant
diocesan school superintendent; and
returned to DeSales as the assistant
principal and vocations coordinator. He
earned a master’s degree from The Ohio
State University and served as principal
at Marion Catholic H.S. before earning a
doctorate from Columbia University.
In 1971, Monsignor was appointed
Superintendent of Schools for the
Diocese and later served as Episcopal
Vicar for Education for five three-year
terms. As superintendent, he forged a
relationship with the Catholic Conference
of Ohio (CCO) that resulted in non-
From left -- “Achievement” awardee Msgr. David Sorohan (College ’56) with (right) his high school and
college classmate, Msgr. Anthony Missimi (College ’59).
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public schools receiving state aid for
busing, textbooks and special education
services. He and others banded together
to successfully fight their case in the
U.S. Supreme Court. In 1977 during the
energy shortages, he was instrumental in
working with public school authorities to
implement “School Without Schools.”
In 1978, he was appointed pastor
of St. Peter Church (Columbus) before
taking the same role in 1988 at St.
Catharine Church. A model for life-long
learning, Monsignor participated in a
Spanish immersion program to better
serve the increasing Hispanic population
of St. Catharine. Although he retired
in 2004, he continues to help celebrate
weekend masses at St. Catharine and,
until recently, assisted with the Hispanic
Ministry at Christ the King Parish.
He has shared his time and wise
counsel with numerous committees and
boards over the years, including the St.
Charles Advisory Board (since 2005),
the Diocesan Commission on Justice and
Peace and Maryhaven Rehabilitation
Center.
The Borromean Medal for
Distinguished Service
Paul G. Heller, Class of 1982, is the chief
technology and operations officer for
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
and one of the leading digital technology
executives in the United States. Most
recently, he was the managing director
of the internet group at JP Morgan
Chase where he served since 1995 as
chief technology officer for the retail
bank, the corporate internet group and
the consumer bank and vice president
in operations for credit services. Prior to
joining Chase, Paul worked for Andersen
Consulting in New York, Phoenix and
London as a senior manager specializing
in financial card processing.
Paul’s counsel, dedication and hard
work have helped St. Charles build
and wisely manage its resources. His
expertise has enabled the school to
provide annually more than $1.2 million
in financial assistance to students and
their families.
He has served as a member of the St.
Charles Advisory Board since 2007 and
served most recently as the head of the
group’s Development Committee. Paul is
also a member of the school’s Endowment
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“Service” honoree Paul Heller ’82 (center) with (from far left) Jack and Alice (parents), Renee (wife)
Maggie (daughter), (Paul), Joseph ’16 (son) and Liz (sister in law) Heller.
Trustees Board which manages over $12
million in endowment funds.
Paul spearheaded the school’s overall
Annual Fund efforts for five years (20082013), personally leading the Alumni
Phase each time. This past year, with the
help of Parents Fund chairpersons Drs.
Eric and Bonita Ward, the 2012-2013
Annual Fund raised nearly $1.8 million
dollars, surpassing its goal of $1.5 million.
Paul earned a bachelor’s degree
from Miami University of Ohio in 1986
and a master’s degree in business
administration in finance from The
Ohio State University’s Fisher School of
Business. Paul is active in the central
Ohio community, serving as co-chair of
the Memorial Tournament Concert for
Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He has
also served on the boards of St. Stephen’s
Community House and the Central Ohio
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
He and his wife, Renee, have two
children: Joseph, a sophomore at St.
Charles, and Maggie, a senior at Dublin
Jerome High School. The family resides
in Dublin where they are members of St.
Brigid of Kildare parish.
Incorporated and the managing partner
of Analynk Wireless. Tom has supported
and served in various roles for the
National Association of Manufacturers,
the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
and The Fabricators and Manufacturers
Associations. He has served on the boards
of several manufacturing companies
and is currently on the board of Speer
Mechanical.
Tom has been a member of the St.
Charles Advisory Board for more than 10
years and became its vice-chairman in
the spring. He serves as a member of its
board’s Finance Committee and he has
been a staunch and generous supporter
of Catholic education throughout the
Diocese of Columbus at both the grade
school and high school levels.
He has served many organizations at
the parish and school levels, including St.
Charles, Bishop Watterson, St. Joan of
Arc, St. Michael, Catholic Social Services,
the Bishop’s Annual Appeal and St.
Gabriel Catholic Radio.
St. Charles is truly thankful for the
numerous ways Tom has shared his wise
counsel and generosity with his alma
mater. With others, he helped spearhead
the establishment of The Kathleen Cull
Cavello Endowment Fund. In addition,
Tom and Ometek, Incorporated have
sponsored and advised the St. Charles
Robotics Team.
Tom is one of four brothers to graduate
from St. Charles, including Rick ’75, John
’78 and Jim ’80. He and his wife, Andrea,
have been married for 30 years and have
four children: Natalie (Bishop Watterson
’04), Andrew ’07, Emily (Bishop Watterson
’09) and Patrick, a junior at St. Charles.
Most recently, Tom and Andrea have
founded Emma House at 957 East Broad
St. When completed, Emma House will
contain a convent and conduct social
outreach programs to serve those most in
need.
The Principal’s Award for
Leadership and Service to St.
Charles
Thomas J. Mackessy, Class of 1977,
attended The Ohio State University’s
School of Business and is regarded as one
of the leading component manufacturing
executives in the central United
States. He is the president of Ometek,
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“Principal’s” honoree Tom Mackessy ’77 (center) with (from far left) John ’78 (brother), Dick and
Kathleen (parents), Andrew ’07 (son), Andrea (wife) and Patrick ’15 (son) Mackessy.
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Borromean Lecture
Garvey discusses Virtue and Beauty
Principal Jim Lower presents President Garvey
with a keepsake in appreciation for his visit.
More than 800 members of the St.
Charles community were on hand November 14, 2012 to hear John H. Garvey,
President of Catholic University of America, present the 11th installment of the
Borromean Lecture Series. 1961 alumnus
Robert Dilenschneider introduced Garvey
as “one of the most renowned experts on
constitutional law regarding the subject
of religious liberty and first amendment
rights in the United States. He is one of
the most published people that I know in
America…who gets people to move and
think and do things with their lives.”
Garvey came to CUA from Boston
College Law School, where he had served
as dean since 1999. He earned an A.B. in
1970 from the University of Notre Dame
and his J.D. in 1974 at Harvard Law
School. Garvey’s faith and his belief in
the Catholic intellectual tradition have
played a central role in his teaching and
scholarly research, which span more than
three decades.
Dilenschneider is the founder and head
of The Dilenschneider Group in New York
City and one of the nation’s leading public
relations authorities. He initiated the
Borromean Lecture series at St. Charles
twelve years ago to honor the school’s
patron, St. Charles Borromeo, and to establish a forum at the school to annually
attract to campus a speaker of national
renown on the topics of morals and ethics
in society, business, and government.
In 2011, The Dilenschneider Group
sponsored a national series of lectures
on civility in conjunction with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International
Affairs. It was Garvey who penned the
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initial essay “Civility in America” touching it all off. Garvey said he couldn’t agree
more with the “desperate needs for civility, morality and high ethical standards
for the future leaders of the Church,
corporate world, non-profits and beloved
institutions.”
Garvey noted that he reflects on this
daily in his role as university president. “I
believe it is the school’s (CUA) mission to
help students grow in wisdom and virtue
during their time at the university and
help them learn habits of civility, morality
and high ethical standards.”
This is not an agenda, he said, that
is highly embraced in higher education.
“Since most universities argue that their
students are adults and how they behave
is their own affair provided they obey the
law and respect the freedom of others to
do as they wish.”
“I think we can and should teach virtue
in a wider sense,” Garvey said. He offered
that in his presentation he would discuss
how that has been done in the past and
present, a surprising reason why it is
neglected today. “I will do that,” he joked,
“by getting a running start beginning in
the 12th century...”
President Garvey noted that in the
previous month (October of 2012), [then]
Pope Benedict had named St. Hildegard
of Bingen the 35th “Doctor of the Church.”
She now shares distinguished company
with St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Jerome, St.
Augustine and Pope Gregory the Great.
St. Hildegard was a twelfth-century
German nun, mystic, prophet and political moralist, who was widely consulted as
an oracle and wrote prolifically on doctrinal matters. Garvey shared and reflected
on some of the visions she had throughout
her life. She felt compelled to write down
her visionary experiences. So around 1142
at the age of 43 she penned the first of
three major works, Scivias.
Garvey said that when he first began
reading her work, he had a very difficult
time connecting with the text and its intricately woven and detailed descriptions
of the things she saw in her visions. He
described to the crowd three such examples related to the description of magnificent buildings and maidens -- all of which
represented various virtues.
The level of detail and layering of
metaphors, he noted, was a challenge to
process. He felt that maybe her writing
wasn’t for him. “I wrote it off as a really
large difference in culture, language and
life experience,” he said.
He told the crowd how a funny thing
happened a few weeks later when he was
sitting down reading the New York Times
newspaper. The Sunday edition had a
pull-out section which featured expensive
watches. The detailed desription of one
type of chronometer, a Bulgari, prompted
him to remember Hildegard’s Scivias and
the rich account of her vision of charity.
In another section of the newspaper he
came upon the ‘Best Seller’ paperback
fiction lists topped by Shades of Grey and
its sequels. These obviously offered quite
different and interesting ‘contrasts’ to
Hildegard’s vision of virginity, he noted.
The following week as he read the
Times he came upon a feature in its
real estate section about a Central Park
penthouse once owned by Calvin Klein.
The description of the luxurious space’s
magnificent features had Garvey thinking back to Hildegard’s description of the
Edifice of Salvation which certainly did
not serve as “an occasional party zone” as
this home had.
“Both the Scivias and the New York
Times are making an appeal though they
are selling different visions of the good
life. Each invites us to think of something
alluring,” Garvey said.
He noted that the important difference
between these descriptions and those of
Hildegard is that “beautiful things are not
ends in themselves.” In the Scivias, he
says, these visions describe objects that
light the way to God. In the Scivias,
“Gold and gems, marvelously woven
cloth help us picture the appeal of charity.” A palace’s shining wall is “shining
like the light of the sky points us to Son of
God who is the true orient,” he said. “The
account of serene virginity, the beautiful
image she paints of the maiden. .. she is
not presented to the reader as an object to
be taken and enjoyed as she might be in
contemporary fiction. Quite the contrary.
Her beauty is something she offers to God
for perfection that flowers in virginity and
directs its strength not downward toward
worldly things but miraculously upward
toward those things in Heaven.”
President Garvey noted that there is
a big issue in contemporary ethics that
colleges and universities are facing today:
What is their role in teaching ethics to
their students? He believes that Catholic
universities should be teaching ethics and
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morality to its students. The way to teach
it, he believes, is not to simply address
“moral dilemmas” because it does not get
people to embrace the Christian message.
He noted that Pope Benedict believed
that the approach to take to teaching
virtue comes down to focusing on the
virtuous lives of the Saints of the Church
and art which the Church has produced.
Garvey said that Hildegard chose to take
the second, “but both promote a life of
virtue by showing evidence of its appeal.”
“The Pope’s aphorism,” Garvey said,
“speaks of two methods of persuasion: examples of holiness and models of beauty”
that may also be connected as “form” and
“content.” Holiness, the life of virtue, is
the “content”…the message we are trying
to communicate. We sell it more effectively if we can make it appear beautiful. And
conversely, when the Pope talks about
the “art” which has grown in Her (the
Church’s) womb, he doesn’t mean meretricious appeals of beauty like we see in the
art of Jeff Koons or the photographs of
Nina Gulden ….he means art inspired by
the same grace that makes us holy.”
He said that art does not always need
to be religious in nature, such as Handel’s
Messiah or Michelangelo’s’ David or
Dante’s Divine Comedy. “But I do think,
though, there is a necessary connection
between goodness and beauty. It is not a
coincidence that we use the same word
‘grace’ to describe both the in-dwelling of
the Holy Spirit and beauty of a painting,
dance, sculpture, architectural structure.”
Garvey said the idea of teaching ethics
“is really radical idea in higher education
today, and in popular culture and the
media and pronouncements of our government leaders. We see a lack of attention
to, and maybe even agnosticism about the
idea of virtue.”
“University presidents, big city newspapers and candidates for governor will say
that it is not their business to meddle in
the private lives of their constituents.
They will go farther and say that what is
‘good’ or ‘right’ for me may not be so for
everyone. I think that this kind of virtue
that I speak of is due, in part, to ‘bad art’.”
“My argument is pretty straight forward. We teach virtue by showing examples so people know what it is... as found
in the book, The Lives of the Saints…and
by exposing people to its (virtue’s) appeal.
Beauty draws people to virtue. “If we
can’t show the virtue of charity, chastity,
fortitude, temperance, then we’ve lost the
argument for the importance of virtue.”
“I now realize that’s what Hildegard
was about. Her appeal was no doubt
suited to an audience of 12th century
Benedictine’s… but how about us?”
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Garvey cited a famous Catholic theoloassistant to the solicitor general in the
gian, Hans Urs von Balthasar who argued U.S. Department of Justice from 1981 to
that our world has lost its sense of beauty. 1984. He argued several prominent cases
“In a world without beauty, the good also
before the U.S. Supreme Court, including
loses its attractiveness.”
Silkwood v. Kerr-McGee Corporation and
Garvey lamented that much of art toHeckler v. Campbell, which addressed disday is based on ‘shock” and desecration…
ability regulation within the Social Secuwhich fails to elevate the soul or speak to
rity Administration. In addition, he served
a higher meaning.
as president of the Association of American
“Neither is it the case that Christian
Law Schools from 2008 to 2009. Garvey
art has escaped this lost sense of beauty.”
also served on the Judicial Nominating
He said that he felt that beauty eludes
Commission and the Supreme Judicial
much of the Church’s contemporary art,
Court Pro Bono Committee for the Commusic and architecture. He said he felt a monwealth of Massachusetts and on the
loss of this aesthetic sensibility is no more Task Force on Terrorism for the American
apparent than in the liturgical music.
Bar Association. At age 34, he was elected
“Young Catholics have grown up expressto the American Law Institute.
ing their highest religious sentiments to
Currently, President Garvey also serves
the drippy lyrics and chords of One Bread
as a columnist for Catholic News Service,
One Body and Here I am Lord. It’s no
is the author of the book What Are Freewonder that nobody comes to church for
doms For? and the co-author of four books,
the music anymore.”
including Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic
“In our own Church, beauty eludes
Church: Crisis and Renewal which won
much of our contemporary art, music and
a Catholic Press Association award, and
architecture,” he said. “We have a crisis
Religion and the Constitution, which won
in art that is two-fold ...On the one front
the Jesuit Book Award from Alpha Sigma
much of our serious music and art has
Nu. He has been awarded fellowships by
become indefatigably dark. On the other
the National Endowment for the Humanihand we have traded the rich tradition of
ties and by the Danforth Foundation. He
high art for infantile expressions of base
and his wife, Jeanne Walter Garvey, have
sentiments.”
been married for 37 years and have five
“Neither the profane art (of “sensation- children and 15 grandchildren.
type” exhibits) nor the saccharine tunes
The lecture series was launched
of the St. Louis Hymnal, imagine human
through the initiative and support of 1961
beings capable of something really beauSt. Charles alumnus, Robert L. Dilentiful. And here is why we begin to see
schneider, a nationally-known public
why Hildegard links beauty and virtue
relations executive and author who works
together. Beauty orients us to something
and lives in New York City. He is a former
higher. When we enjoy it, it is a reflection CEO of Hill and Knowlton, Inc., a member
of what we value, what we hope for, what of the Public Relations Society of America
we aspire to.”
and the International Public Relations As“Beauty is vanishing from our world
sociation and a Fellow to the International
because we live as though it didn’t matAssociation of Business Communicators.
ter. And we think that way because we’ve
St. Charles Preparatory School would
lost the habit of sacrifice and are striving
like to acknowledge: Robert L. Dilenalways to avoid it. Beauty is an aspiraschneider ’ 61, Joe Pisani and Joan Avation, an expression of what, with God’s
gliano, as well as Berwick Manor Catering
grace, we hope to be. And Hildegard saw
and the Susi Family for their assistance in
that, and that’s why she is a saint.”
organizing the 2013 Borromean Lecture.
Prior to serving as dean of Boston Col(See related story on page 61)
lege Law School, Garvey held positions
as a professor at the
University of Notre
Dame Law School
from 1994 to 1999;
a visiting professor
at the University
of Michigan Law
School from 1985
to 1986; a professor
at the University of
Kentucky College
of Law from 1976
to 1994 (receiving
the Duncan Faculty
Award in 1993); and Guests listen intently to President Garvey.
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Borromean Lecture
Clockwise, from bottom left: Ben Stechschulte ’13, Jan Dilenschneider, Mary
and Bob ’53 Shay, Martha and Cort Doughty, Jack and Rody Dilenschneider
and Joe Pisani.
Clockwise, from bottom left: Mike Stickney (St. Charles Advisory Board
member), Paul Schoonover, Floyd Aktins, Bruce Bernard, Jordan Miller, Ted
Schmidt, Tad Jeffrey, John Joyce, Curt Stumpf and Dan Benhase.
Clockwise, from bottom left: Pat Connor ’75, Mitch Connor, Cherie Harmon,
Dr. Kathleen Wodarcyk (St. Charles Advisory Board member), Maureen
Stinson, Mike Wodarcyk, Jerry Wodarcyk and Mike ’58 (emeritus member of
the St. Charles Advisory Board) and Margie Sullivan.
Clockwise, from bottom left: Robert Griffith, Pat McJoynt-Griffith, Ursula
Sarko, Jeni Cooke, Cathy Schmidt, Craig Heppner, Scott Hartman, Mark
Quinlan, Trevor Cooke and Tom Sarko.
Clockwise, from bottom left: Chris Couture ’13, Tyrell Carter, Mary and James
Jackson, Steven Miller ’77 (then St. Charles annual fund director), NiQuille
Bell ’15, Ron Wollett ’87 and Charles Forrest ’13.
Clockwise from bottom left: Cameron Cooke ’13, Thomas Krajnak ’13, James
Duffy ’13, Connor Hernon ’13, Fr. Michael Lumpe ’78 (St. Charles Advisory
Board member newly-assigned to St. Joseph Cathedral and formerly pastor
of St. Catharine parish), Msgr. David Sorohan (College ’56, 2012 Borromean
Medal for Distinguished Achievement honoree and St. Charles Advisory
Board member), Janet Weisner (Principal of St. Catharine School), Daniel
Krajnak ’13, John Galden ’13 and Russell Bateman ’13.
Clockwise, from bottom left: Rick Logue, Kitty Quinn, Barbara RomanelloWichtman, Cia McQuaide (Superintendent of Diocesan Schools), Susan
Streitenberger, Dana Forsythe, Doug Etgen, Norma Horan and Maria Phillips.
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St. Charles Preparatory School
Clockwise, from bottom left: Tim Riedel, Mimi Horner, Tommy Horner, Bob
Horner, Sr., Jane Horner, Mary Horner, Liz Feige, Brandon Burdine ’13, Kevin
Diehl and Bob Horner ’79 (St. Charles Advisory Board member).
Clockwise, from bottom left: Andy MacKinnon ’94, Mike Loehrer, Alex Loehrer
’94 (St. Charles Advisory Board member), Larry Carnahan, Tom Schindler ’92
(St. Charles Advisory Board member), Daniel Loesing ’13; Joe Ridgeway ’57
(member of the St. Charles Alumni Association board), Ben Hartings and Liam
Gruzs ’01 (St. Charles Alumni Association board vice-president).
Clockwise, from bottom left: Mairead Fyda, Andrea and Tom ’77 (St. Charles
Advisory Board Vice-Chair) Mackessy, Dr. Jim ’80 and Peggy Mackessy, Daniel
Mackessy ’15, Patrick Mackessy ’15, John Mackessy ’78 and Pat Kelley ’78.
Clockwise, from bottom left: Joe Kohler, Renee Heller, Elaine and Chris
Damo, Howard McAninch, Jack and Alice Heller, Kevin and Andrew ’14
Barlage and Len Barbe.
Clockwise, from bottom left: John Gibson ’57, Nick Soulas, Ed Moore ’81, Joel
Riley, Jack Conte, Mike Duffy (St. Charles Development Director), Daphne
Irby, Antoinette Mongillo and Michael Lutter ’13.
Clockwise, from bottom right: Fr. James Walter ’54 (pastor of Sugar Grove’s
St. Joseph parish), the honorable Eric Brown, Andy Piccolantonio ’97
(member of the St. Charles Alumni Association board), Deacon Mo Milne (St.
Agatha parish), Fr. Donald Franks, Neil Joseph ’13, Fr. Timothy Hayes ’77
(pastor of St. Timothy parish), Gerard Barrow ’72 (member of the St. Charles
Alumni Association board), Dr. Daniel Rankin ’53 (emeritus member of the St.
Charles Advisory Board), and Hugh Dorrian ’53 (emeritus member of the St.
Charles Advisory Board).
Robert Dilenschneider ’61, the lecture series’ initiator and chief benefactor,
addresses nearly 800 guests before introducing President Garvey.
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2013 Combined Reunion
This year Alumni Director Louis J. Fabro ’83 moved the annual
Combined Class Reunion Celebration Weekend from its usual
spot in mid-August to the first weekend in September. In doing
so, he was able to integrate two new activities into the weekend
schedule for graduates and their guests to enjoy.
Included this year were the Classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1987,
1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008. In a true testament to the strong
bonds forged at St. Charles, the Classes of 1953 and 1958 also
used the weekend to gather together to celebrate their respective
55 and 60-year anniversaries. The Classes of 1963 and 1968
held their reunions on different weekends due to schedule
conflicts.
The weekend “kicked-off” on Friday night with the stag Main
Event drawing nearly 100 alumni. An All-Classes “Beer-n-Brats”
campus gathering took place in the Robert C. Walter Student
Commons which included class photos, Main and West Campus
tours and a “State of the School” update by principal Jim Lower.
Attendees were also treated to something new at this year’s
stag: a Cardinal’s home football game against Eastmoor H.S.
taking place nearby at Walt Plank Field. Alumnus Press
Southworth IV ’88 sang the Star Spangled Banner.
On Saturday there was a morning ride offered to alumni,
families and friends along the Alum Creek Bike Trail. An AllClasses Mass was held in Mother of Mercy Chapel in the late
afternoon for alumni and guests.
Each class organized a private class gathering in different
places around town: the Class of 1973 gathered at Byrne’s Pub;
the Class of 1978 gathered at the tailgate party of a classmate
prior to the Ohio State football game vs. the San Diego State
Aztecs; the Class of 1983 met for dinner at Lindey’s Restaurant
in German Village; the Class of 1988 went on a Pub Crawl
at Easton; the Class of 1993 had dinner at the Buckeye Hall
of Fame Grill; the Class of 1998 gathered at Bar Louie in
the Arena District; the Class of 2003 and 2008 both met at a
traditional St. Charles gathering spot: Plank’s Café on Parsons
Avenue.
In years past, this would have marked the end to the reunion
activities, but not this year. On Sunday, reunion alumni joined
the rest of the Cardinal community to play in the school’s annual
St. Charles Alumni Golf Outing held at Riviera Country Club.
The outing is usually held in late September but was moved
up so that guests coming in from out of town would be able to
participate. You can read more about the event and see photos of
its participants in the pages ahead.
Class of 1973
Front, from left -- Frank Copeland and Jay Van Echo; Back, from left -- Bob
Dorinsky and Mark Kelsey.
Class of 1978
Front, from left -- Shawn Nye, Al Bell, Michael Conners and Bob Shook; Back,
from left -- Rob Brisley, Scott Postma and Doug Stein. Not pictured: Ed Ryan
and John Mackessy.
Class of 1983
Craig Donley ’93 (left) and Mike Pione ’93 (right) with former faculty member
Fr. Bill Arnold ’70 (emeritus member of the St. Charles Advisory Board and
pastor of Holy Spirit Church.) at Friday night’s reunion stag event.
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Front, from left -- Jeff Hayes, Mark Bahlmann, Pat Lawler and Will Bunstine;
Second row, from left -- Tim Rankin, Kevin Shannon and Nick Wiggins; Top
row, from left -- Louis Fabro and Tim Freeman. Not pictured: Bill Bronson and
Joe Isbell.
St. Charles Preparatory School
Class of 1988
Front, from left -- Jeff Stiltner, Rick McKinley, Bob Smith, Mark Bradley and
Jim Rubadue; Second row, from left -- John Gugle, Dave Postlewaite, Brian
Burdette, Jim Greenhalge and Matt Kletzly; Top row, from left -- Chris Denk,
Tom Reichelderfer, John Dreska and Press Southworth. Not pictured: Jim
Rubadue, Hearcel Craig and Tom Pillifant.
Class of 2003
Front, from left -- Matt Sprosty, Eric Thompson, Michael Kelley, Eliot McKinley
and Alex Connor; Second row, from left -- CJ Baumann, Andrew Katz, Matt
Buening, Michael Hartge and Josh Angelini; Third row, from left -- Thomas
Crawford, Patrick Hammar, John Duffy, Matthew Gale and Mark Fleming. Not
pictured: Fr. Ty Tomson and Steve Evans.
Class of 1993
Front, from left -- Fr. Bill Arnold ’70, Andy Bartz, Mike Allen, Mike Pione and
Stephen Szolosi; Second row, from left -- Jeff Gugle, Jason Seeley, James
Babson, Craig Donley and Jason Pillifant; Top row, from left -- Matt Peters,
David Clarke, Kyle Strahler, Andrew Babson, and Scott Arthur. Not pictured:
Dominic A. Cavello.
Class of 2008
Front, from left -- Alex Fullerton, Calvin Prest, Tony Thephasone, Michael
Snively and Daniel Tetirick; Second row, from left -- Brian Stock, Jason
Lardiere, Jeff Thompson, Peter Deak, Matt Fyda and John Francescon; Third
row, from left -- Carson Reider, Chris Matzenbach, Michael Kinkopf, Matt
Nadalin, David Whitesmith and Andrew Latimer; Fourth row, from left -- Brian
Loushin, Luke Ball, Phil Kyser, Michael O’Horo, Jacob Byorth and Grant
Palmer; Top row, from left -- Andrew Canale, Patrick Rupp, Thomas Lower,
Bill Gehring and Michael Karnes.
Class of 1998
Front, from left -- Phil Stevens, J.J. Rodock, John Kuebler and Jeff Sutton;
Second row, from left -- Marc Waybright, Brent Foley and Justin Arends; Top
row, from left -- Matt Schirner and Andy Winkel.
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2013 Combined Reunion
Bike Tour
Alumni and friends as well as members of FACT (Friends of Alum Creek
Tributaries) were invited to take a leisurely bike ride along the Alum Creek
Trail Saturday morning of reunion weekend. 1984 graduate David Hohmann
served as the official tour guide and said the traditional stop at Jeni’s Ice
Cream was a hit again. A large part of the contingent was made up of guys
from the 5 and 10-year classes. From left -- David Hohmann ’84, Dr. John
Hohmann ’59, John Hickey ’08, Chris Morbitzer ’08, Tony Thephasone ’08 and
Matt Sprosty ’03.
All-Classes Mass
On Saturday afternoon alumni and guests from the participating classes
gathered in the Mother of Mercy Chapel, Fr. Tim Hayes ’77 of St. Timothy
parish celebrated the liturgy.
Class of 1953
Seated, from left -- Bob Stevenson, Hugh Dorrian, Dan Auer, Msgr. Frank
Meagher, Dave Chase and Doug Scherer; Standing, left to right -- Tom
Bracken, Pat O’Reilly, Joe Meara, Dwight Mottet, Pat DeSantis, Jack
Baumann, Dan Rankin, Tim Faherty, Orland “Ike” Iacaboni, Dick Sheeran, Ted
Wolfe, Clare Rubadue, Jack Bell and Jack McAndrews.
Class of 1953
A magnificent turnout of some 22 members of the St. Charles
Class of 1953 attended their 60th reunion, June 21st and 22nd.
Nearly two-thirds of the alumni contacted were able to come
and celebrate. Activities included a “co-ed Stag” (wives invited)
Friday evening at Plank’s Restaurant in German Village, a
tour of the St. Charles campus the following day and a banquet
Saturday evening at the T.A.T Restaurant. The T.A.T visit was
especially poignant for many as it had been a favorite post-game
hangout back in their high school days.
A highlight of the banquet was a presentation on
astrophotography by the class’ own Ted Wolfe. He shared
pictures of stars, galaxies, and supernovae, some of them
millions of light years from Earth, photographed by Ted at
his observatory in Naples, Florida. Many of Ted’s pictures
are on permanent display at the University of Florida and the
University of Notre Dame.
The party broke up early enough to allow smaller groups of
old friends to get together for quiet after-dinner reminiscences,
where plans were already being laid for a 65th anniversary
celebration in 2018.
Tour group
Alumni and their guests enjoyed campus tours before the afternoon AllClasses Mass. In this photo attendees learn about the Robert D. Walter West
Campus from Development Director Mike Duffy.
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Member of the Class of 2008 gather Friday Night for Beer, Brats, Football and
Camaraderie.
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a wonderful evening at Vittoria Restaurant nearby. Classmate
Bill Resch’s family bakery supplied an outstanding cake for dessert, complete with the St. Charles Cardinal in icing! Great food,
much laughter, more than a few tall tales and an overall great
time, ended far too soon. There was some talk of a 60th anniversary get-together but we’re not rushing it!
Class of 1963
Class of 1958
Front row, from left -- (kneeling) Joe Bossetti, George Vargo, Dave Brannigan and Skip Keys; Second row, from left -- (seated) Buddy Capuano, Paul
Martin, Bill Resch, Jim Devine, Bob Dodd and John Connor; Top row, from
left -- (standing) Msgr. George Schlegel, Denny Hayes, Ron Stanton, Charlie
Pickard, Ernie Winnestaffer, Fred Gottemoeller and Tom Ryan.
Class of 1958
During the St. Charles Alumni Weekend in early September,
members of the Class of 1958 got together to celebrate the 55th
anniversary of their graduation. Classmates enjoyed a golf outing on Friday, September 6th and joined together with spouses
and friends on Saturday evening for dinner.
Eight hardy souls met early Friday morning at the New
Albany Links Golf Club for an 18-hole match. Jim Devine, Ron
Stanton, Skip Keys, Tom Ryan, Bob Dodd, John Connor, Joe
Bossetti and Charlie Pickard battled for coveted bragging rights.
Medalist honors went to Mr. Bossetti with a score of 79. There’s
a ringer in every crowd, although no money changed hands.
On Saturday evening members of the class met for 5 o’clock
Mass at St. Joan of Arc in Powell. The celebrant was classmate
Monsignor George Schlegel, who was the founding pastor of the
parish. Then 17 class members, spouses and friends enjoyed
The members of the Class of 1963 held their 50th reunion on
the weekend of September 13-14. They met on Friday afternoon
at St. Charles for a tour of the school which included the new
Robert D. Walter West Campus facilities. That was followed by
an update on the “state of the school” from Principal Jim Lower.
The class gathered around the altar in Mother of Mercy Chapel
for a mass celebrated by class member, Fr. Pat Sheridan. The
names of the classmates who have passed away were read and
remembered during the mass.
Following the time at St. Charles, classmates were invited
to a stag evening at Tony’s restaurant in German Village. They
enjoyed food, drinks, bantered and reminisced about their days
at St. Charles and caught up on each other’s lives since graduation. On Saturday night, the class members gathered with
spouses at the Walter Lodge for dinner, music and conversation.
One highlight of the evening came when several class members
stood before the group to relate stories about school days and the
impact of their experience at St. Charles on their lives.
Over the course of the weekend, forty-five of the fifty-four (54)
remaining members of the class attended one or both evening’s
events. They came from as far away as California and Oregon to
meet with old friends. It was a great reunion and they don’t plan
on its being the last.
The Class of 1968
From left -- Tom Welsh, Ed Hoffman, Kevin McGee, John Row, Eric Stevens,
Bill Brosmer, Matt Gruber and John Gideon. Also in attendance (but not pictured) were Charles Leister, Paul Mahler, and Dick Plageman.
Class of 1963
Front row, from left -- Jim Sharon, Joe Boyle, Mark Sheriff, Dave Dingledy,
Frank Zauner, Joe Sabino, Mo Worley and Gabe Sterling; Second row, from
left -- Mike Ryan, Jim Saad, Bob Walter, Frank Lally, Robin Phalen, Lou Asmo
and Paul Theado; Third row, from left -- John Connor, Bob Faller, Jim Wiles,
Bob Corna, Nelson Greene, Bob Mottet and Richard Burk; Fourth row, from
left -- Dennis Rotondo, Michael Carr, Jack Pettorini, Tom Farley, Joe Taraba
and Tom Murphy; Top row, from left -- Jerry Margraf, Fr. Pat Sheridan, Joe
Sulick, Bill Butler and Mike Baumann.
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Class of 1968
The activities of the 45th reunion of the St. Charles Class of
1968 took place at the world-famous German Village Coffee
Shop. Other activities scheduled included dinner and socialization at Paul Mahler’s, a tour of Saint Charles conducted by
Sister Margaret Hoffman and an evening of fun activities at
Dick Plageman’s. There were 11 of the original 14 members of
the class in attendance!
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2013 Alumni Golf Outling
A group of 100 golfers took part in the
2013 Alumni Golf Outing on Sunday,
September 8, at Riviera Golf Club under
perfect conditions. The event was hosted
by the school’s Alumni Association and
included on-course refreshments, a picnic
dinner and prizes.
Four years ago, the St. Charles Alumni
Association initiated a tradition of honoring at the event a deceased St. Charles
alumnus who has been greatly involved
with and supportive of the school and its
community during his lifetime. The previous honorees were Gerard Tracy ’91, Len
Iannarino ’58 and Scott Kays ’84.
This year’s event honored the late
Brian Gilchrist from the Class of 1983.
Several of his family members were on
hand to play and his wife, Erin, shared
some special thoughts, memories and
encouragement with everyone before they
teed off.
Our thanks to the sponsors of this year’
event: Elaine, Jack, John ’86, Jim ’88 and
Kevin ’92 Greenhalge; Mt. Carmel Health
System - Doug Stein ’ 78 and Steven Miller ’77; Phil Caito ’72 - Signature Real Estate; The O’Reilly Family - Jack ’52, Kevin
’86, David ’88, Brian ’91; Edward Jones
Investments - Christian Rether ’92 and
Nathan Willison ’97; Egan-Ryan Funeral
Home - Bob ’69 and Kevin ’95 Ryan; The
McCarthy Family - Sean ’87 and Michael
’94; Class of 1972 - Marion Smithberger
and Gerard Barrow; Mass Appeal Catering and Events - Bob Selhorst ’74; RE/
MAX Connection - Zack Stewart ’92; Plaskolite, Inc., Innovative Acrylic Solutions
- Danny Butler ’02; Vorys, Sater, Seymour
and Pease LLP - Liam Gruzs ’01, Esq.;
Newhouse, Prophater, Letcher & Moots,
LLC - Bill Prophater ’86; Probst Law Office - Michael Probst ’89; The Beer Dock
East - Mike Sweeney ’82 and Masters
Insurance Group, LLC.
In what has become a bit of a tradition, several
friends and classmates met to enjoy breakfast
in the clubhouse at the Riviera Golf Club prior to
the Alumni Golf Outing. They are, clockwise from
bottom left -- Ron Rau ’75, Marion Smithberger
’72, Chris Leister ’72, Jack Kramer ’72, Joe Iannarino ’72 (seated), Danny Flynn (standing), Dave
Scholl (standing), Gerard Barrow, Sr. ’72 (standing), Charles Grove ’72, (Development Director
Mike Duffy standing to the side), Phil Caito ’72 and
Chris Scudder.
Erin Gilchrist (center) with brothers (from left)
Sean, Nick and Dan Boyden and Troy Thimmes.
Press Southworth IV ’88, Steven Miller ’77 and
Marc Waybright ’88.
St. Charles Alumni Association members Liam
Gruzs ’01 (Vice-president), Jim Greenhalge ’88 and
Sean Whalen ’99 (President) have things under
control at the outing’s registration table.
From left -- Kevin ’92, Jack, Elaine and Jim ’88 (St.
Charles Alumni Board member) Greenhalge.
Erin Gilchrist, whose late husband, Brian ’83, was
the honoree of this year’s Alumni Golf Outing,
shared special family memories and words of
encouragement for the 100 golfers on hand for the
event. Standing alongside is her son, Noah ’15, a
junior at St. Charles.
2013 Alumni Outing honoree, Brian Gilchrist ’83,
couldn’t have been prouder at the graduation of
his oldest son, Stuart ’09, from St. Charles. Brian
passed away in July after a two year battle with
cancer.
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From left -- Joe Iannarino ’72, Dave Scholl, Bruce
Grey, Gerard Barrow Sr. ’72 (St. Charles Alumni
Board member), Danny Flynn and Bill Hannigan
’72.
St. Charles Preparatory School
From left -- Joe Isbell ’83 (St. Charles Advisory
Board member), Tim Freeman ’83 and Nick Wiggins ’83.
From left -- Kevin ’86, Brian ’91 and David ’88
O’Reilly.
From left -- Rob Campbell, Matt Ference ’00, Rhett
Plank ’74 and Jeff Ference.
From left -- Jack Kramer ’72, Chris Scudder, Ron
Rau ’75 and Phil Caito ’72 (St. Charles Alumni
Board member).
From left -- Bob Feiler, Craig Feiler ’85, Rick
Thomas ’85 and Kevin Intrieri ’85.
From left -- Ed Emerson, Tony Martin ’89, Rob
Ryan ’89 (St. Charles Alumni Board member),
Shawn Wilkinson ’89 and Brendon McSweeney ’89.
From left -- Marion Smithberger ’72 (St. Charles
Alumni Board member), Chris Leister ’72, John
McVey ’72 and Charles Grove ’72.
From left -- Bob Baldwin, Matt Baldwin ’07, Matt
Gerbich ’’07 and Kurt Modlich ’07.
From left -- Mark Creamer ’76, Marty O’Neil, Herm
Honeck and Dane Smith.
From left -- Mike ’87, Matt ’89, Marcus ’91 and Mike
(AQ ’63) Whitehead.
Winners of this year’s event with a -15 score were
(from left) Paul Doucher, Chris Worthington, Liam
Gruzs ’01 (St. Charles Alumni Association Vicepresident), and Danny Butler ’02. Paul was the
winner of the “Longest Putt” contest, held on hole
#10.
From left -- David Driver ’77, Tim Krauss ’77. Craig
Lee ’77 (St. Charles Advisory Board member) and
Derek Driver. David was the winner of the “Closest
to the Pin” contest on hole #4.
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2013 Alumni Golf Outling
From left -- Tony Buchta, KC Cornell, Terry Otani
and Tom Simmons ’73.
Dedication Reception
From left -- Chris Clifford, Damion Clifford ’95 (St.
Charles Alumni Board member), Kyle Wilcox and
Jack Clifford.
From left -- Dan Boyden, Robert Garey and Rick
Zipf.
From left -- 1978 classmates John Mackessy, Al
Bell (St. Charles Advisory Board member), Scott
Postma and Doug Stein.
From left -- Adam Stegemann, Sean Whalen ’99
(St. Charles Alumni Association President), Jake
Wozniak ’99 and Tyler Gabert.
St. Charles librarian Robert Miller ’67 (second
from left) with Sean Whitlatch ’00 (nephew),
Justin Miller ’08 (nephew) and Brian Whitlatch ’96
(nephew). Brian was the winner of the “Longest
Drive” contest held on hole #6.
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way to give to St. Charles? Make
your gift online! It’s never been
easier! Simply log on to the school’s
webpage at www.stcharlesprep.org
From left -- Ray Benjamin ’91 (St. Charles varsity
baseball coach), Bobby Benjamin ’87, Bob Benjamin and Dave Hanrahan ’92 (St. Charles assistant
baseball coach).
From left -- Steve Burkhart, Steve McConaghy,
Rick Merola ’84 and Aric Merola. Rick would have
won the “Longest Drive” contest if he hadn’t hit
the ball PAST the fairway! But because of his feat,
he was also honored at the post-outing dinner.
From left -- Andrew Mackessy ’07, Matt Klingler
’03, Leif Mahler ’03 and Frank Tedesco ’04.
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St. Charles Preparatory School
2013 St. Charles Open
House & School
Application Process
This special page is produced for
the benefit of parents and their
eighth-grade sons in advance of the
St. Charles Open House on Sunday,
November 3, at 1:00 p.m. in the
Campus Theater. We hope this helps
to answer some questions you might
have about the school’s philosophy
and enrollment process.
For nine decades St. Charles has been
very successful in educating young men of
this diocese with a solid college preparatory course of study. If you are the least bit
familiar with our school, you may know
that many of our graduates hold important leadership positions in our community and that they exhibit well their St.
Charles education.
First and foremost, St. Charles is a
Catholic school. Our primary mission is
to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and,
as our American Bishops expressed it so
eloquently, “To teach as Jesus did.” It is
within this Christian framework that we
offer a rigorous college preparatory course
of study. If you have been following the
recent state and national discussions
concerning education, be aware that our
curriculum is now the recommended norm
for any student who intends to go on to
obtain a college degree.
Our academic success is reflected in,
among other things, the results of our students on the SAT and ACT standardized
tests in which St. Charles ranks in the top
10% in the nation. It is also reflected in
the quality of the colleges and universities
from which our alumni graduate.
Baseball Inquiry
Eighth graders and their families gather in the Multipurpose Room following the guided tours. Here
nearly all the school’s extra-curricular teams and
student groups have representatives to answer
questions about their organizations.
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The reason for this success is our belief
in five basic tenets. They are the cornerstone of our academic philosophy and
success:
I. We believe that parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers.
What parents do to help their children
learn is more important to academic success than any other factor.
II. We believe that many highly successful individuals have above-average rather
than extraordinary intelligence. Achievement in a particular activity depends
more often upon hard work and self-discipline than on innate ability.
III. We believe that teachers, who set and
communicate high expectations to their
students, obtain greater academic performance than teachers who set low expectations.
IV. We believe that how much time
students actively devote to learning
contributes to their achievement. Student
achievement rises significantly when
teachers regularly assign homework and
students conscientiously do it.
V. We believe in strong instructional leadership, both administrative and teaching,
coupled with a safe and orderly school
climate.
Academia, however, is not the only
place where young men learn to grow during their high school years. Students who
complement their academic studies with
extracurricular activities gain experience that contributes to their success in
college. Besides the 15 varsity sports we
offer, students are able to participate in
an array of interesting activities. During
our recently completed first quarter, almost two-thirds of our 640 students were
involved in some sport, student activity or
organization. Involvement helps growth;
growth leads to success.
Frequently asked questions by parents
and students at the Open House
---When does the application process begin? The answer is now. Each 8th grader
who attends the St. Charles Open House
in November fills out a registration card
and receives a thank you note for taking
time to visit us and a courtesy application.
When eighth-grade first quarter grades
have been received, preliminary application may be made. The student’s most
recent standardized testing scores (6th or
7th grade) should be submitted along with
the application and grade card. Students
who apply during the month of January
should send in their 8th grade standardized test scores. Interviews with prospective students and their parents are also
part of this process but will be arranged
after we have received your application.
The Campus Theater building’s upper lobby is
always packed the first Sunday in November with
parents and their prospective 8th grade sons
filling out nametags and registration cards at the
school’s annual Open House.
---What about eighth grader visits during
a regular school day? Starting the second week of January, 8th grade students
interested in attending St. Charles next
year will be given the opportunity to
spend a half-day here. During their visit
they will meet with each of the administrators, have an opportunity to talk with
some of the coaches, and sit in on two or
three freshman classes. Notification of
these visitation days will be sent out at
the end of December.
---How much does it cost to attend St.
Charles? Our tuition for this 2013-2014
school year is $9,190.00 for Catholics
registered in a parish and $9,490.00 for
non-registered students. There is a discount for a second son. If you have financial need, both the diocese and St. Charles
sponsor significant grant programs. This
year alone St. Charles provided nearly
$1.5 million in scholarships, grants, and
work-study aid to those who need help.
Our scholarship exam this year will be
given at St. Charles on Saturday, January 25, in two sessions, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Eighth grade boys will receive notification
for registration after Christmas.
---Is St. Charles too far away? Transportation should not be a major problem.
Public school buses provide transportation from almost every district in Central
Ohio. Our school is centrally located for
easy access by COTA bus. Our office is
willing to provide information for setting
up car pools by letting you know who lives
in your area and is attending St. Charles.
If you would like to have an application mailed to your home, receive
information as part of our 8th grade
E-mail list, or wish to receive any
other general information (a copy of
the school profile, student handbook
or alumni magazine), you are invited
to contact our school at 614-2526714.
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Two Grads presented
school’s Distinguished
Alumnus Award
Honoree Press Southworth ’65 (center) with (from
far left) Jim Finn ’65 (classmate and fellow member of the St. Charles Advisory Board), Jonathan
’89 (son) Joan (wife), (Press), Jennifer (daughter)
and Collin ’15 (grandson) Southworth.
St. Charles honored two of its graduates
by conferring on them the school’s
Distinguished Alumnus Award at the
all-school Mass of Thanksgiving on
November 20, 2012. A reception followed
in the Ann Cobler Student Lounge on
the second floor of the school’s Student
Services & Fine Arts Center.
The award was established in 2005
by the St. Charles Advisory Board to
recognize alumni who have honored
St. Charles Preparatory School by
their outstanding volunteer activities,
professional achievements, and
community-organization advocacy.
The Advisory Board noted that these
honorees “have shared their affection
for the St. Charles community and have
been shining examples of high moral and
ethical standards.”
Those recognized:
Press C. Southworth III (Class of 1965)
earned a highly-respected reputation with
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he
retired as general managing partner. He
has also built a career in Columbus as one
(Center) Honoree Bob Ryan ’69 with (from far left)
Kevin ’95 (son), Mary Ginn (wife), (Bob), Jim Lower
(St. Charles principal), and Philip ’98 (son) Ryan.
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of the most respected and accomplished
arts administrators and advocates. His
involvement in the arts community has
included participation on numerous
boards such as the Columbus Cultural
Leadership Consortium, and also in
executive roles with Opera Columbus
and Ballet Met. Most recently he became
the executive director of the The Jazz
Arts Group. In addition, Press has served
his alma mater as a member of the St.
Charles Advisory Board since the spring
of 2002, most recently as the Chair of the
group’s Finance Committee.
Robert E. “Bob” Ryan (Class of 1969)
has been providing decades of compassion
and professionalism to thousands of
families during their most difficult and
trying times through his family’s EganRyan Funeral Service. He has also given
tremendous support to Catholic education
and Diocesan schools, including his alma
mater. The father of eight alumni sons,
he volunteered countless hours over
two decades at fundraising and athletic
activities at the grade and high schools
which his children have attended. He
has also served and supported the Mount
Carmel Health System Foundation Board
of Trustees and the Sisters of the Holy
Cross Order. He was also instrumental
in helping establish the Special People
In Catholic Education (SPICE) program
which aids in the education of specialneeds children and has been embraced
throughout the Diocese, state and beyond.
St. Charles specifically chooses the
all-school Mass as the forum at which
to honor these men because it enables
the school to publicly acknowledge their
achievements and to hold them up as
visible role models for the student body to
emulate.
Congratulations, once again, to
these two gentlemen, on their special
recognition.
Student News
2013-2014 National Merit Semifinalists
From left -- Seniors Alex Ward, Tyler McMaken,
Ryan Meder and Sean Prendergast.
Four seniors named
National Merit Semifinalist
for 2013-2014
St. Charles had four of its seniors from
the Class of 2014 named National
Merit Semifinalists These young
men qualified for the National Merit
Scholarship program based on their
scores on the Pre-Scholastic Aptitude/
National Merit Qualifying Test they
took last year as St. Charles juniors. Of
the more than 1.5 million students who
took the test, only 16,000 were named
Semifinalists. They are now competing
with students nationwide for National
Merit Scholarships totaling more than
$32 million.
Tyler McMaken ’14 is the son of
Joanne and Phillip McMacken of Grove
City. He attended Brookpark Middle
School and attends Trinity Assemblies
of God Church. He plans to pursue
degrees in physics and mathematics and
minor in music. He wishes to apply to
Northwestern University (preferred),
MIT and Cornell University. He is a
member of the St. Charles Jazz Band, In
the Know Team, Engineering Team and
the National Honor Society. He plays
the organ for St. Charles liturgies, the
piano at nursing homes and volunteered
at COSI presenting science shows and
demonstrations for four years. At his
home parish he plays the piano, assists
with the children’s service and helps run
the soundboard and video equipment.
Ryan Meder ’14 is the son of Tim
and Kristin Meder of Westerville. He
attended St. Paul grade school and is a
member of St. Paul parish. He plans to
study chemical or biomedical engineering
and is looking to attend either the
University of Notre Dame (preferred),
Vanderbilt University, Case Western
Reserve University or the University of
Dayton. He is an editor for the school’s
student newspaper, the Carolian, a
St. Charles Preparatory School
member of the Engineering Team and
the National Honor Society. He has
volunteered at the Westerville Area
Resource Ministry, St. Lawrence Haven
food pantry and as a tutor at All-Saints
Academy.
Sean Prendergast ’14 is the son
of Michael and Tracy Prendergast of
Pataskala. He attended St. Matthew
grade school and is a member of Church
of the Resurrection parish.
He plans to study biology or chemistry
and is applying to the United States Air
Force Academy, (preferred), the Colorado
School of Mines and the University of
Alabama.
He is a member of the Engineering
Team, plays CYO basketball and is on the
school’s cross country and track and field
(four year letter winner) teams. He has
volunteered at the Muscular Dystrophy
summer camp and at the Mid-Ohio Food
Bank.
Alexander Ward ’14 is the son
of Thomas Ward of Columbus and
Susan Oakes of Columbus. He attended
Grandview Heights and is a member of
Our Lady of Victory parish.
He plans to study chemistry in college
at an undergraduate level, move on to
medical school and eventually become
an orthopaedic surgeon. He is applying
to The Ohio State University, Cornell
University, Northwestern University, the
University of Chicago and Boston College
(Ohio State and Cornell are his preferred
schools.). He is a member of the National
Honor Society and a four-year member
of the school’s hockey team which elected
him its 2012-2013 MVP.
Two seniors named
Achievement Scholars
Elijah Williams ’14 and Zelalem
Demere ’14 have been selected as a 20132014 National Achievement Scholars.
The National Achievement® Scholarship
Program is an academic competition
established in 1964 to provide recognition
for outstanding Black American high
school students and earn recognition
based on the results of the Preliminary
SAT/National Merit Scholarship
Qualifying Test they take as high school
juniors.
DZelalem, son of Sisay and Tsehay
Tefera of Columbus, attended Holy
Spirit grade school and attends Trinity
(Orthodox) Church. He is applying to the
University of Michigan, the University of
Notre Dame, the University of Chicago,
Michigan State University, The Ohio
State University, the University of
Alabama, and the University of Dayton.
His preferred university is the University
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2013-2014 National Achievement Scholars
From left -- Zelalem Demere ’14 and Elijah
Williams ’14.
of Michigan. Zelalem is the captain of
the St. Charles In the Know Team, and
a member of the National Honor Society
who has been involved in after-school
tutoring at All Saints Academy.
Elijah, son of Curtis and Cassandra
Williams of Reynoldsburg, attended
Liberty Christian Academy and Waggoner
Road Middle School and is a member of
Vinyard Columbus. He plans to pursue
biochemistry research in college and
his preferred school is The Ohio State
University. He is a member of the school’s
Robotics Team, serving as one of its
programmers.
Rivera National Hispanic
Scholar
Angelo Rivera
’13, son of
Angel and Mary
Ann Rivera of
Clintonville,
has earned the
distinction of
being named a
Scholar in the
National Hispanic
Angelo Rivera ’14
Recognition
Program. He
attended Immaculate Conception grade
school and is a member of Immaculate
Conception parish. He is applying to The
Ohio State University, the University of
Miami (FL), the University of Cincinnati,
Xavier (OH) University and Auburn
University and plans to study biology.
Angelo is a member of the Cross Country
team and “Cardinals for Life.” He has
been a volunteer for the March for Life
and “Run the Race” and is involved
with the youth group at Immaculate
Conception Church. In addition, he
traveled to Guatemala and El Salvador
this summer as a member of the school’s
International Service team.
The National Hispanic Recognition
Program (NHRP) identifies academically
outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school
students. Each year, the NHRP honors
about 5,000 of the highest-scoring
students from over 250,000 Hispanic/
Latino juniors who take the PSAT/
NMSQT®. These students are from the
United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S.
Virgin Islands, Guam, the Mariana
Islands and the Marshall Islands, as well
as U.S. citizens attending schools abroad.
Approximately 200 of the top-scoring
PAA™ students from Puerto Rico are also
included.
Gerber Analytics rates St.
Charles top academic
high school in the state
For those curious how St. Charles’
academic performance compares
with other Ohio high schools, Gerber
Analytics LLC provides the answer.
GerberAnalytics.com is the only
internet source for public and private
Ohio Graduation Test academic data.
Gerber Analytics has analyzed the Ohio
Graduation Test (OGT) results of all Ohio
schools since 2007.
Gerber Analytics is Scott Gerber,
parent of 2009 St. Charles graduate, Kyle.
Says Gerber, “When I was a student at
Miami Trace High School (located in
southeast Ohio), I regularly watched
WOSU-TV’s “In the Know” television quiz
show. I was extremely curious which Ohio
high schools were really the best. As an
adult, the OGT finally provided me with
the data necessary to determine this,” he
said.
Each year, Gerber identifies six to nine
high schools out of the approximate 1,000
taking the OGT to be his “championship
schools.” Those that have made his list
each of the last six years have included
St. Charles, Shaker Heights’ Hathaway
Brown, and Cincinnati’s Ursuline
Academy. Cincinnati’s Seven Hills and
Columbus School for Girls have been
champion schools for five of the six
years. Other schools that have had two
championship years include: Toledo’s
Maumee Valley Country Day, Cincinnati
Public Schools’ Walnut Hills, Cleveland’s
University School and Columbus
Academy.
Gerber said he suspected that St.
Charles would be in the top-ten based on
the work-load that his son had faced there
during high school. “I can’t say I was too
surprised when after all the data had
been entered and scrutinized, I found that
St. Charles ranked number one. They had
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Student News
actually finished first in four of the five
test categories: math, reading, science
and social studies (SC finished fourth in
writing). The 172 students it had taking
the test was more than 10 of the 13
schools directly below it in the rankings.
After acquiring web building skills,
I started sharing this information to
a state-wide audience of education
enthusiasts,” Gerber said.
While the main objective of Gerber’s
extensive assessment is to recognize the
top performing schools, it is also designed
to encourage people to ask questions and
seek answers of their own community
schools. One example might be to ask
“Why is a league rival school with similar
demographics much stronger in a specific
subject versus my kid’s school?”
Gerber said that parents throughout
Ohio seek his advice on which school
their son or daughter should attend
“It is the same response each time.” he
said. He says that academic scores are
very important to use when evaluating
schools, but it is also a requirement to:
1) speak with parents and students who
are currently enrolled; 2) speak with
recent graduates and their parents to
determine how prepared their children
are for college; and 3) attend high school
functions such as a football and/or
basketball games to evaluate the parents
and the students.
We would like to provide you an
opportunity to make your own informed
decision on just what schools are the
best in Ohio using results from the Ohio
Graduation Test’s publically-available
data. You are invited to look over the test
results and read the extensive criteria
and guidelines Gerber used to reach his
conclusions.
Visit http://www.gerberanalytics.com/ogt/
ogt_topschools_2012.php
It’s an “Eight-peat: 100%
on OGT again
For the 8th consecutive year, St. Charles
sophomores scored a perfect 100% passing
rate for the 2012-2013 Ohio Graduation
Test (OGT).
The OGT is divided into five sections
covering reading, math, writing,
science, and social studies. All students
are required to pass all five tests as a
graduation requirement. Ohio students
take the test as sophomores and have six
additional opportunities to take and pass
all five parts.
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St. Charles has a goal not only to have
100% of its students earn a passing rate,
but to have each score at the test’s highest
levels in each category. Individual scores
are ranked in a hierarchy of five levels:
limited, basic, proficient, accelerated,
and advanced. For St. Charles students,
96.5% of them scored at the accelerated
and advanced levels in math, 80.2% in
reading, 90.1% in science and 91.9% in
social studies. In writing, 96.5% scored at
the accelerated level.
’13 Senior Graduation
Awards
Michael A.
Lutter, son of
Doctors Kenneth
and Kathleen
Lutter of
Columbus, was
the recipient of
two awards at
graduation. He
earned the The
Monsignor Paul
Michael A. Lutter ’13
J. O’Dea Latin
Award, presented to the senior with the
highest grade point average during his
four-year study of Latin. He was also
presented The Father Charles Jackson
Leadership Medal, given to the Student
Council president for service to the school
and the student body throughout the
school year. Michael, a member of St.
Timothy parish who also attended St.
Timothy grade school, now attends the
University of Oklahoma.
Brian J. Vetter,
son of John and
Patricia Vetter of
Columbus -- The
Bishop Herrmann
Service Award
and Scholarship,
presented to one
senior in each
diocesan high
school who has, by
Brian J. Vetter ’13
his/her exceptional
service to the community, continued
the work of Bishop Herrmann in the
Columbus Diocese. Brian, who attended
St. Andrew grade school and is a member
of St. Brigid of Kildare parish, now
attends the University of Notre Dame.
Brian was a math GED tutor at the
Dominican Learning Center, a Muscular
Dystrophy Association Camp counselor,
a volunteer on the school’s 2012 service
trip to Nicaragua, a volunteer at the
Physicians Free Clinic, a fundraiser for
low-income families; a National Merit
Scholarship Finalist, a National Latin
Exam Gold Medalist, a member of the
Borromean Chapter of the National Honor
Society, conducted cell research with
St. Charles faculty member Dr. Sarah
Vandermeer and muscle psychology
research with Dr. Peter Reiser of The
Ohio State University. He was also the
captain of both the school’s Track and
Field and Cross Country teams.
Aldriel V.
Barnum, son
of Allan and
Hilda Barnum of
Westerville -- The
Principal’s Award
for Outstanding
Service to School
and Community,
presented for
leadership by
Aldriel V. Barnum ’13
example, attitude,
disposition, and courage. He attended
the Christian Academy in Tennessee, is a
member of St. Catharine parish and now
attends The Ohio State University.
Patrick W.
Stinson, son of
Dane and Maureen
Stinson of Dublin
-- The Bishop
Fulcher Memorial
Award, presented
to recognize those
who have as
achieved excellence
in creative writing,
Patrick W. Stinson ’13
in drama, in the
visual arts, in journalism, or in music.
Daniel is the son of Dane and Maureen
Stinson of Dublin. He attended Karrer
Middle School, is a member of St. Brigid
of Kildare parish and now attends The
Ohio State University.
John J. Galden,
son of Dane and
Jui-Feng Galden
of Columbus -- The
Highest Accum
for Four Years,
with an ending
four-year grade
point average of
4.26. He attended
St. Catharine
John J. Galden ’13
grade school and
is a member of that parish. He is now
studying at the California Institute of
Technology.
John’s academic accomplishments
and abilities were also highlighted
in his selection to the All-Diocesan
Academic Honor Team. He was a
St. Charles Preparatory School
National Merit Finalist, a member of
the school’s Borromean Chapter of the
National Honor Society, the captain of
the JET+S Engineering Team, completed
an Ohio State University Chemical
and Bioengineering Lab internship,
was in the Ohio Dominican University
Engineering Studies program, was a math
and science tutor, participated in Model
United Nations and was a Global Gallery
Fair Trade volunteer, and was an altar
server while also finding time to also run
cross country and play baseball for the
Cardinals.
in basketball, twice serving as captain of
the junior varsity team. He also played
football for two years, serving as junior
varsity captain as a sophomore.
Daniel was an honor student with a
4.12 grade point average, a member of
the National Honor Society, a National
Merit Finalist and a recipient of the
Advanced Placement Scholar award. He
earned Summa Cum Laude distinction
five times for his scores on the National
Latin Examination. He participated in the
St. Charles International Service trip to
Guatemala and El Salvador, was editor in
chief of The Carolian student newspaper,
and attended the U.S. Naval Academy’s
Summer Seminar program.
St. Charles’ Ward and
Loesing Selected to Attend
Military Academies
Graduation Class held ten
Eagles Scouts
Two graduating seniors, Daniel Losing
’13 and Marcus Ward ’13, accepted
appointments to attend prestigious
military academies.
Ward, son of Doctors Eric and
Bonita Ward of New Albany, accepted
an appointment to attend the U.S. Air
Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO.
Marcus earned a place on the school’s
Honor Roll all four years and carried a
3.5 GPA. He was a member of the school’s
nationally-recognized Engineering Team
and served as a senior leader for the
“My Brother’s Keeper” mentoring group.
He also served his community through
various groups and projects including the
YMCA, Sheperd’s Corner, book drives,
food banks, UNCF walkathon and many
others.
Marcus earned a varsity letter with
academic distinction in lacrosse for all
four years and football for three years,
winning the Agonis Club Athletic
Scholarship in his senior year. He will
play Division I lacrosse with the Falcons
while pursuing a major in mechanical
engineering. He attended New Albany
Middle School.
Loesing, the son of Norbert and
Tracy Loesing of Columbus, accepted
an appointment to the United States
Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He
is a member of St. Andrew Parish and
attended St. Andrew grade school. Daniel
was a three-time varsity letter winner
St. Charles is proud to recognize ten of
its graduating seniors who reached the
highest rank attainable by a member of
the Boy Scouts of America: Eagle Scout.
The title is held for life, thus giving rise
to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an
Eagle.” Requirements include earning at
least 21 merit badges and demonstrating
Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath
and Law, service, and leadership. This
includes an extensive service project that
the scout plans, organizes, leads, and
manages. Congratulations to:
Stuart Hudelson ’13 (St. Pius X grade
school, St. Patrick parish); Alex Kendall
’13 (St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and
parish); Alex Miller ’13 (St. Brendan
parish and grade school); Joe Mullahey
’13 (St. Brigid of Kildare grade school
and parish); Richard “Andy” Perry
’13 (St. Agatha parish and grade school);
Tyler Reed ’13 (St. Paul parish and
grade school); Wade Rich ’13 (Gahanna
Middle East); Daniel Schmeling ’13
(St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and
parish); David Sullivan ’13 (St. Paul
parish and grade school) and Nick
Turadian ’13 (St. Brigid of Kildare grade
school and parish).
St. Charles Continues
Tradition of International
Service
By St. Charles faculty members and
International Service Team advisors
Dr. Sarah Vandermeer (Physics) and
Michael Warner (Religion)
For the fourth year in a row, St. Charles
has lived up to our commitment to be
our brother’s and sister’s keeper not just
within the walls of our school, city, or
country, but internationally as well.
This past summer, 33 students from
the graduating class of 2014 traveled to
Romero Chapel in Divina Providencia Chapel,
San Salvador. The site of Romero’s assassination
while celebrating Mass on March 24, 1980.
Colleges Chosen by 2013 Graduates
Those schools our St. Charles grads will be attending next fall include:
The United States Air Force Academy; The United States Naval Academy;
University of Akron; University of Alabama; Auburn University; Baldwin
Wallace University; Bellarmine University; Bemidji State University; Bowling
Green State University; California Institute of Technology; Capital University;
Case Western Reserve University; University of Central Florida; University of
Cincinnati; Clemson University; Cleveland State University; Columbus State
Community College; Cornell University; University of Dayton; University
of Findlay; Gettysburg College; Hiram College; John Carroll University;
Kent State University; University of Kentucky; Kettering University; Loyola
University, Chicago; Miami (OH) University; University of Michigan; Mount
Vernon Nazarene University; University of Notre Dame; Northwestern
University; The Ohio State University; Ohio University; Ohio Northern
University; Ohio Wesleyan University; University of Oklahoma; Otterbein
University; Pacific Lutheran College; Rochester Institute of Technology; St.
Bonaventure University; Saint Joseph’s University; Shawnee State University;
University of South Carolina; Towson University; Wake Forest University;
Walsh University; Washington University, St. Louis; Washington & Lee
University; West Virginia University and Xavier University.
Marcus J. Ward ’13 (left) and Daniel Loesing ’13
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Oscar Romero William Niermeyer ’14
Central America to work with the poorest
of the poor in garbage dump communities
of Guatemala City, Guatemala and
Managua, Nicaragua. Since 2010,
St. Charles has sent 64 students and
21 chaperones on missionary trips to
Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and El
Salvador.
The group that served in Guatemala
City also made a two day pilgrimage
to El Salvador and was led by faculty
member Michael Warner (Junior religion/
international service coordinator). He was
assisted by St. Charles parents John Kirk,
Patricia Anderson and Jessica Brennan.
The seniors they accompanied included
Jonathan Anderson, Mark Arensberg,
Patrick Brennan, Finn Cleary, Michael
Hamrock, Joel Kirk, Charles Kolp, Daniel
Munsell, William Niermeyer, Christian
Noonan, Angelo Rivera, Brian Scarpitti,
Anthony Schneider, Trey Willard, Kyle
Witt and Leyland Zurcher,
The focus of these international service
trips is to provide material and physical
assistance to schools located in garbage
dump communities of major Central
American capitals. The parents of these
children scour the landfill for recyclables
to sell with the hopes of making $2-$3 per
day to support their multi-generational
families.
Among the services provided by St.
Charles students are repairing desks,
painting classrooms, constructing
new classrooms and a new high school
building. In addition to these physical
projects, St. Charles students get to spend
time in the classrooms bonding with the
students of these schools and assisting the
hardworking teachers.
Below are some reflections of the
students’ experiences on these trips.
It is, without a doubt, a life changing
opportunity, one in which the encounter
with Christ is made tangible through
the most vulnerable and the command to
love one another is lived out in the most
transformative of settings. St. Charles is
committed to transformative education in
all aspects and this international service
opportunity has only deepened that
impact.
(For more information on our partner
organization or how to contribute to
this program see www.intsam.org or
contact Michael Warner at mwarner@
cdeducation.org )
“Oscar Arnulfo Romero was the main
focus of our experiences in El Salvador.
We saw and heard many different images
of Romero, but there were two that
stood out to me. The first was an audio
recording that was taken when Romero
was celebrating his final Mass, the one
during which he would be assassinated.
As we listened to Romero give the last
part of his homily, our guide, Andres,
translated a basic summary that Romero
was saying he knew he would be killed,
but he trusted God’s plan for him. I was
struck by how similar this experience and
trust were to that of Jesus Christ in the
Garden of Gethsemane.
This is evidenced by the second image
that will stay with me. The second image
is a quote that Romero said which showed
his complete trust and courage in God and
God’s plan. Romero said ‘If they kill me, I
will rise again in the Salvadoran people.’
At this point in his life he was receiving
many death threats and knew he would
be killed, but he had a deep love of his
people and could not leave them. More
importantly even, is the trust in God that
Romero shows by proclaiming that even
after death God will let him continue his
work among his people.
During this trip, the students of St.
Charles became a part of those people. We
pray that we may find ways to continue
the ministry of Romero in our own lives,”
Niermeyer said.
Dr. Sarah “Doc” Vandermeer and
her husband, Paul, led the group that
travelled to Nicaragua in June. The group
included juniors Tyler Mitchell, Jonathan
Zins, Alex Lippert, Logan Rupert, Frankie
Flynn, Will Knudson, Joe Jeffrey, Elliot
Narcross, Kal Pajor, Nick Weislogel, Sean
O’Donnell, Max Howson, Nathan Horton,
Ben Connor, Ian Ferguson and Dalton
Dooley.
Monica Flynn and Michelle Knudson
flew to Managua, Nicargua for a one week
service trip with International Samaritan,
a non-profit organization that serves
communities built in and around city
dumps in developing countries.
Doc and her ‘team’ left for Nicaragua
on June 23 for a week long mission to
help repair and improve a school in
Sandino, a community built around one
of the city dumps of Managua. “It was
a grueling, depressing, overwhelming,
heartwarming, beautiful, ugly, scary,
HOT, and exhausting time, but as usual,
our St. Charles boys went beyond the
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Recyclers work in the garbage dump visited St.
Charles students in Guatemala City.
Poverty - Finn Cleary ’14
“I saw more poverty in one day than in
my seventeen years of existence. But I
saw many types of poverty. When we
walked into the the Fransisco Coll School,
surrounded by children screaming “¡Buenos diás!” we could not help smiling and
waving to the children.
For the next two hours we walked
through the community touring some
homes of the students. On our way back
to the school, winding our way through
the maze of makeshift homes, I found myself at the front of our tour line. When I
looked back at all my friends and the parent chaperones, all wore the same expression. A somber blankness held us all and
no one was even attempting a smile.
I realized then that we, the privileged
Americans, were poverty stricken in our
own way. We were not poor in monetary
means, but we were poor in experience. I
saw the poverty in our faces reflecting the
extreme poverty all around us. None of us
has ever gone through anything like this
before, but none of us will ever forget it
now,” Cleary said.
Clay Tylka ’13 making a “deposit” at last spring’s
Red Cross blood drive. The annual event was
started in 1987 and is organized by school nurse
Midge Cull and volunteer Bill Nye in conjunction
with the American Red Cross. The school-wide
effort brought in 131 units of usable blood that will
provide many with the invaluable “gift of life.”
St. Charles Preparatory School
2013 St. Charles Legacies
From left -- Evan ’13 Ryan, and his grandfather,
Tom ’52.
From left -- Ryan Paolini ’13 with his father, Chris
’82 and grandmother, Katy Ryan Paolini (daughter
of Jack Ryan, legendary St. Charles teacher and
coach.)
From left -- Jimmy Duffy ’13 with his father, Mike
(St. Charles Development Director).
From left -- Jack Groeber ’13 with his father, John
(Watterson ’82) and brother, Will ’16.
From left -- Michael ’10 and Tom ’13 Cianflona with
their grandfather, Dr. Bill Steller ’54.
From left -- Neil Rankin ’13 with his father, Tom ’82
(left), and grandfather, Dan “Doc” Rankin ’53.
From left -- Dane ’84 and John ’13 Galden.
From left -- Leo ’13 and Matt ’84 Piela.
2013 Graduation.
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call to finish the job early, tackle some
extra tasks, and make everything fun,”
Vandermeer said.
“More important, she added, “St.
Charles was able to demonstrate the
generosity and selflessness of 17 teenage
boys who got up every morning and
worked hard all day in the searing heat
with cheerful hearts and always the usual
boyish enthusiasm.”
“The crew digging a ditch with a
pickaxe and shovel turned the job into a
game and a competition; the crew leveling
and resurfacing the playground hauled
tons of rock for drainage, the landscape
crew turned a large barren area into a
shaded retreat and the paint crew worked
tirelessly in a very small area without
benefit of even a hot breeze to make sure
the newly installed bathrooms looked
bright and cheerful. Whatever the job
involved, they did what they were asked
and more without complaint!”
Vandermeer said that “on two
different days, the boys were challenged
to a soccer game with the boys from the
school. They played on a hard dirt field
with garbage, animal waste and clumps
of grass scattered about. After digging,
shoveling, painting, planting and working
hard all day, they rolled up their pants
legs and had at it. Afterwards they lined
up and shook hands – just like they do
here – always with a smile and a hug
or a punch in the arm. Some things are
universal,”
Vanderemmer concluded: “In just one
week, a school building and surrounding
area was greatly improved, international
relationships were forged, and 17 boys
came home, strengthened in their
brotherhood, their fellowship and their
service to God. The world is a better place
because of them.”
Carrick Reider ’16 enjoyed being chauffeured
to school one day last spring by Principal Jim
Lower. The mode of transportation, usually of the
four-wheeled variety, was replaced by a ride on Mr.
Lower’s very own motorcycle.
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At the Capital Jazz Festival
Front row, from left -- Stuart Hudelson ’13, Nick
Carducci ’15, Andy Zawada ’16, Sam Smith ’15,
Vince Relli ’14 and St. Charles Band Director, Rick
Brunetto; Second row, from left -- John Martin
’14, Nick Salamon ’14, DJ Matthews ’15, Spencer
Ward ’15, Justin Doney ’16 and Stephen McFadden
’14; Third row, from left -- Brendan King ’14,
Jonathan Anderson ’14, Devon Saccocio ’15 and
Charles Gleason ’14; Back row, from left -- Declan
McCord ’14, Christian Donovan ’14, Gabe Lawson
’15 , Tyler McMaken ’14 and Zach Harris ’14. Not
pictured: David Sullivan ’13.
2012-2013 Band Awards
This past year, the St. Charles Concert,
Jazz and Pep bands were very busy under
the guidance and direction of long-time
director, Rick Brunetto.
The Pep band could be seen at the
home football games encouraging on the
team and fans with classic rock hits.
The Concert band performed several
times during the year, including the 12th
annual concert with Columbus School for
Girls.
The Jazz Ensemble performed at the
Silent Auction in December and featured
music from their Christmas Album. They
entertained the crowd during the annual
Spaghetti Dinner in February. In April
they returned to the Capital University
Jazz festival where junior Tyler McMaken
on piano and senior David Sullivan on
drums received recognition as outstanding
soloists.
The Jazz Ensemble released their
latest CD, “Blue Madness” in May at
their annual sold out dinner dance show
at the 94th Aero Squadron. This annual
event serves as a fund raiser for the band
program and is always a hit.
Three students in the band program
were specially-recognized at the school’s
annual academic awards assembly in
May. Zachary Harris ’14 received the
Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award.
He has served as a percussionist in the
concert band for the past three years and
also plays guitar for the Jazz Ensemble.
Tyler McMaken ’14 received the
prestigious John Philip Sousa Band
Award which is presented each year
to an outstanding musician who has
demonstrated exceptional musical ability
and a commitment to the band program.
Tyler has played piano and keyboards in
both concert and jazz bands.
Finally, graduating senior David
Sullivan ’13 received the Jazz Ensemble
Director’s Award which annually goes to
a Jazz Ensemble student for exemplary
musical performance and leadership.
St. Charles band director Rick
Brunetto has also maintained a busy
performance schedule. He leads his own
professional group, The Rick Brunetto
Big Band, which appears every Thursday
night at the 94th Aero Squadron. He
has also presented a series of concerts
at the historic Valley Dale Ballroom.
Additionally this past year he began
touring with Deana Martin, daughter of
Dean Martin, at concerts throughout the
country.
St. Charles Theatre
2012-2013: Something
old; Something new;
Something broken
The St. Charles Theatre Department
completed another successful season,
presenting two old favorites and one new
musical. But the road to successful was
filled with detours along the way.
The hysterical Christmas comedy,
Inspecting Carol opened the season.
St. Charles presented Inspecting Carol
twice before but Drama Director Doug
Montgomery felt that it was the perfect
time to mount the show again. “We
just had the perfect group to pull off
this clever and wonderful show.” Cast
members included Finn Cleary ’14, Evan
Hively ’13, Evan Ryan, Danny Krajnak
’13, Carl Mahler ’14, Nick Anderson
’15, Matt Munsell ’15, Nick Turadian
’13, Alan Johnson ’16, Michelle Golonka
(Bishop Watterson), Maggie Turek (Grove
City) Alison Roth (Dublin Coffman) and
Shannon Cogan (Bishop Watterson). Marc
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The cast of the theater department’s fall 2012
production, The Complete Works of William
Shakespeare (abridged).
St. Charles Preparatory School
Teen to seek roots via studies abroad
By Amy Saunders; Reprinted with
permission by The Columbus
Dispatch; September 12, 2013
At the Aslaner home in Marysville, the
kitchen utensils are labeled in Turkish.
Sam Aslaner, who reads Turkish news,
has watched every Turkish movie on
Netflix with a dictionary in his lap. He
has changed the language settings on his
iPhone and his Facebook account.
Instead of enjoying his senior year at St.
Charles Preparatory School, the 17-yearold is preparing to spend the next nine
months attending school in Denizli,
Turkey.
Aslaner in March became one of 65
high-school scholarship recipients in the
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and
Study Abroad Program, fully funded by
the U.S. State Department.
A year after the Sept. 11 attack,
Congress established the “YES”
program to promote understanding
among students in the United States
and countries with significant Muslim
populations.
The effort initially invited foreigners
to study in the United States and, in
2009, expanded to allow Americans to
travel abroad.
The State Department wouldn’t
provide statistics on applicants, but
spokeswoman Susan Pittman called the
programs highly competitive. Both, she
said, seek students with strong grades,
maturity and independence.
“They’re the kinds of people who are
looking for that kind of adventure and
looking to broaden their experiences,” she
said. “They’re going to bring a greater
understanding of the American culture as
well as learn from the other culture.”
Aslaner learned of the opportunity
last year from a college tour guide,
who described how he became fluent
in Russian through another State
Department program.
Tim and Amy Aslaner weren’t
surprised that the oldest of their four
children wanted to apply: From an early
age, Sam spent hours poring over atlases,
memorizing capitals and bodies of water.
For summer-vacation fun last year, he
took an online course in Arabic.
He has been especially interested in
Turkey, the birthplace of his grandfather
who died when Sam was a toddler. With
few American relatives, including his
father, able to speak Turkish, he wants to
become fluent.
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Sam Aslaner ’14
Photo courtesy of The Columbus Dispatch
“I have that lost connection,” he said.
“I feel like I need to find it.”
Two summers ago, Aslaner served as the
unofficial tour guide when the family
traveled to Istanbul and visited relatives
on the Mediterranean coast — providing
history lessons, ordering the most
authentic food available and speaking
Turkish to cabdrivers (who usually
answered in English).
In Denizli, a city of 525,000 in
southwestern Turkey, Aslaner will live
about an hour from his Turkish relatives.
They might be the only family members
he sees until June: To promote full
cultural immersion, the State Department
discourages students from visiting with
family or talking on Skype more often
than every week or two.
Instead, Aslaner will live with a
host family, to be determined after his
arrival next week, and become involved
in the community through a swim club
and school activities. In school, he’ll
focus more on cultural and language
development than grades (perhaps
especially in the Turkish-taught German
class).
His parents worry about their son’s
living so far away in a volatile part of the
world. But Denizli, more than 600 miles
from the Syrian border, is peaceful and
prosperous — and they won’t let fear
prevail over Sam’s enthusiasm.
“All his life, he’s been like a horse I’ve
been trying to hold back,” Amy Aslaner
said. “He demonstrates the confidence
and eagerness; I have to just put my
reservations aside and let him do this.”
In Turkey, Sam Aslaner will miss much
about his senior year of high school: his
social life, girlfriend and opportunity to be
captain of the swimming and water-polo
teams.
He’ll return to St. Charles next year
to complete his senior year, because the
school won’t award class credit for the
scholarship.
Principal Jim Lower couldn’t recall
a similar situation in his 34 years at St.
Charles but said the school didn’t hesitate
to accommodate Aslaner’s request to
postpone a year of classes.
“We’re just happy that Sam has a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said.
“Educationally, it’s going to be something
we can only imagine.”
Friends, Aslaner said, struggle to
imagine choosing a year in Turkey over
the prom, graduation parties and his 18th
birthday. But he can’t imagine passing up
the opportunity.
“Thirty years from now, I’d look
back and say, ‘Wow, why did I not do
something like that?’ Compared to
something like the senior prom, living in
Turkey will have the greater impact on
the scope of my life.”
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NY trip gives unique, first-hand look
into the world of finance
Every year thousands of American high
school students travel to New York City
on traditional senior year sightseeing
trips. But the weekend four St. Charles
students spent in the Big Apple this
summer was no glorified tourist trip.
Thanks to the generosity of an
alumnus wanting to ‘give back’ for
what he had received, they were
given unprecedented insight into the
opportunities and intense demands of
careers in national and international
finance. This included meeting face to
face with highly respected banking and
investment professionals who provided
frank and sage advice about their line of
work and making it a career choice.
This unique opportunity came about
through the initiative and generosity
of St. Charles alumnus Michael Shen,
a 2006 St. Charles alumnus who works
at a private equity firm managing
$40 billion in New York City. There
he works with management teams of
everyday companies to grow and build
their businesses and, as an investor,
also evaluates companies in which to
potentially invest in. These companies can
range from the tech start-up in Silicon
Valley to Fortune 500 companies with
thousands of employees.
Shen chose to attend the University
of Pennsylvania after graduating
from St. Charles. He did so largely to
participate in the Jerome Fisher JointDegree program, a program unique to
Penn that allowed him to study finance
at The Wharton School and Materials
Science and Engineering at the School
of Engineering. “After a number of false
starts (but great life experiences),” he
said, “I discovered my passion for finance
and embarked on a career on Wall
Street in New York City shortly after
graduation.”
Shen said that as he’s gone on his own
journey since St. Charles, “I couldn’t help
but realize just how lucky I have been. It
was a long and fortuitous road that led
me to studying finance, let alone pursuing
an actual career on Wall Street. Had I not
met a few generous mentors, or taken a
few chances, I would have never realized
I had such an interest in finance and
management,” he said.
Earlier this year, Shen e-mailed St.
Charles’ academic dean, Scott Pharion.
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He proposed an opportunity for a few
students interested in a career in
business and finance on an informative
up-close look at its workings. But with
a limited number of slots, how would
students be chosen for the trip? Guidance
counselor David Breckenridge first put
out word of this opportunity to students.
An informational meeting was organized
early in the summer for the boys and
their parents. Shen flew in to Columbus
from a work meeting in Europe and met
with those who had expressed interest.
With 15 boys interested in making the
trip, Shen and Breckenridge gave each
the assignment to create a cover letter
and resume that were used in helping to
make the final selections of seniors David
Parkhill, Nathan Horton, Brian Doney
and Kyle Witt. Breckenridge met with the
parents, most of the boys and Shen (via
Skype) to finalize plans for the trip.
“My simple goal was to make sure a
few deserving young men who weren’t
so different from me at one point in time
get an opportunity much earlier in life
to explore untapped potential interests,”
Shen said.
Looking over the busy three-day
itinerary Shen arranged, one can get a
clear idea of the invaluable opportunity
the St. Charles students were afforded:
(Friday) “Introduction to business
and living in New York City as a young
professional”; lunch with a managing
director in the metals industry at an
investment bank in New York and
London. (That discussion focused on
“experiences working abroad and general
college goals”); Late afternoon coffee with
the founder of a gaming company and
COO of a major investment bank. (Topic:
“starting your own company” and “careers
in management); Dinner with a strategist
for Morgan Stanley, former management
consultant at McKinsey & Co. (Topic:
“unexpected career paths”).
(Saturday) Lunch with Shen to
discuss his “Journey After St. Charles”; a
few professional office tours; Presentation
#1: “majoring in business – a real
world walk-through of a full day on
the job,” Presentation #2: “personal
finance 101 and tips and other general
advice for college”; Presentation by
a technology hedge fund analyst and
former management consultant at Oliver
NY = Broadway, $$$ & Pizza!!!
From left -- Michael Shen ’06, seniors David
Parkhill, Nathan Horton, Brian Doney and Kyle Witt
during their whirlwind immersion into the world of
Wall Street and New York City culture.
Wyman; Dinner in Times Square at
Shen’s home; 9:00 p.m. Times Square
visit.
(Sunday) Morning session: (Topic:
“college application tips and workshop
for and critiques of their personal resume
and cover letters”). Later meeting with a
vice president in the automotive industry
at an investment bank.
Parent Don Parkhill volunteered
to go on the New York trip as the
chaperone. Breckenridge said that “Mr.
Parkhill couldn’t come up with enough
superlatives to describe the events,
Michael’s colleagues and how well the
guys got along. I think every speaker
was described as incredible or fabulous,”
Breckenridge said.
Recognizing the invaluable nature
of these experiences, Mr. Parkhill said
he emphasized to the boys how much
of a sacrifice Michael had made for
them. “He works incredible hours. On
Thursday he only had a few hours of
sleep having taken the ‘red-eye’ flight
from San Francisco. He had previously
flown to Kansas City for work Monday
and Tuesday before their arrival. He was
back in New York City on Wednesday and
then to San Francisco and back again on
Thursday.”
“Looking back at St. Charles and
growing up in Columbus, these types
of opportunities do exist,” Shen said.
But they are certainly less numerous
compared to some environments on
St. Charles Preparatory School
the east coast from which many of my
colleagues come. I wanted to make sure
less was left to “luck” for them as it was
for me. As for the financial literacy
aspect of the initiative, that motivation
is much more obvious to me. During my
four years in Philadelphia on my own for
the first time, I encountered the perils
of financial freedom first-hand and a bit
of preparation before-hand can go a long
way and certainly doesn’t hurt,” Shen
said.
Mr. Parkhill described Shen as a very
kind-hearted person, with great respect
for those around him. “To put this trip
in perspective, Michael works a lot of
hours. So do many of those that spoke
to us. They did so out of deference and
respect to Michael. This is a person that
has very little free time, yet he chose to
spend time with our sons over three days.
He did sneak some work in Friday and
Saturday. It really was a sacrifice on his
part, although he really seemed to enjoy
his time with the guys.”
How was Michael able to line up
so many renowned and accomplished
professionals to take time out of their
impossible schedules to speak to ‘some
high school kids from Columbus?’
“You’d be surprised how much in life
can be done by simply asking or taking
initiative,” Shen said “When I reached out
to many of my professional contacts, some
more familiar than others, I was honestly
taken back by how willing and open they
were to help. At one point, many of these
professionals were in similar situations
as me and as the students so there was
this mentality of ‘paying it forward’ that I
encountered.”
Mr. Parkhill told Breckenridge that
“Michael purposely picked speakers from
various backgrounds so our guys would
see that it is not just about going to the
Wharton School. One of the speakers
commented about how his company was
recruiting ‘hungry’ business grads from
a variety of other schools – University of
Florida, University of Texas, etc. Not just
grads from schools with an entitlement
mentality,” Mr. Parkhill said.
Mr. Parkhill noted that “no one talked
down to the guys at all. The speakers
were engaging, cordial, and graciously
emphasized their availability for ongoing
contact with the guys in the future,” he
said.
Mr. Parkhill told the boys’ parents
that they had conducted themselves like
true gentlemen. “You should all be proud
of your sons. The (Saturday) night we
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went to the Indian restaurant, our female
guest shared with Michael she had never
heard so many people say ‘thank you’ to
the wait staff as she did that night from
our table!”
The group’s tour of Michael’s previous
employer and current employer was an
especially impressive occasion. “His office
was “phenomenal – with the art work and
incredible board rooms. Michael showed
the boys the financial models he uses
on a daily basis. Michael held sessions
where he went into detail describing the
coursework one would expect to see in
a business curriculum. He did a cover
letter/resume workshop. In short he was
a great host,” Mr. Parkhill said.
Mr. Parkill emphasized in an e-mail
to the other three sets of student parents
that “we should all be very appreciative
of Michael for what he did for our
sons. He is a terrific individual. This
experience he provided our sons is almost
unimaginable.”
Mr. Parkhill’s son, David, was one of
the four St. Charles students to take the
trip. David said that when he attends
college, he plans on majoring in business.
He wanted to make the trip because he
felt it would be a special opportunity to
get a true taste of what life is like in New
York. It would also “provide him a window
into the business world of Wall Street.”
“I hoped to get some answers as
to what exactly consultants and other
business leaders did in their line of work
and if someday eventually I would want
to do what they do,” David said. “I enjoyed
meeting with the professionals. They all
had great success stories that inspired
me to work very hard, and that if I did I
could be as fortunate as them. It was very
easy to talk to these men, even though
they were very important people on Wall
Street, and senior members of their
companies.”
Kyle Witt signed up for the trip
because he was thinking about majoring
in business in college. His father
recommended that he consider going into
finance, “but I did not really know what
‘finance’ was. I hoped to gain knowledge
about finance and also hoped to see what
businessmen and women do in New York
City.”
What did Witt take away from the
weekend? “The most important thing I
learned was just the basic knowledge
about finance, accounting, management,
and the other business majors,” he said
“The coolest part of the trip was meeting
and eating with so many successful men
and women. These people really gave me
a good look into the business world.”
Being that it was New York, Witt
’13 added that “the food was awesome
everywhere we went.” The boys did
play ‘tourist’ after arriving Thursday
and checking in to their hotel. They
apparently walked the entire city (13
miles per Brian Doney’s ’13 pedometer).
They visited Time Square, Greenwich
Village, China Town and Italian Village.
Parkhill ’13 said on the trip he
learned that “it takes more than brains;
it takes a great deal of hard work and
heart in order to be successful today. Also,
if I keep working hard, I could end up
wherever I wanted to be in life.”
When asked what lesson he felt the
boys should take away from the weekend,
Shen said: “At risk of sounding trite,
my main message was simple: that all
things are possible. It’s really up to you
to fight for them. Make sure to take
risks, and to explore things you thought
you would have never considered. These
often produce some of life’s most powerful
moments.”
Alumni director Louis J. Fabro
’83 asked Shen what he took with him
from his student days at St. Charles?
Fabro acknowledged that someone of
his accomplishments probably brought a
personal drive with him to SC.
“Perhaps I had a work ethic before I
enrolled at St. Charles but there I truly
learned the power of hard work. St.
Charles certainly produced some of my
most challenging moments but it was
those moments that prepared me
for my career today. Most of the things
I’ve accomplished in my short and
unimpressive career thus far can be
attributed to hard work - not being more
intelligent than anyone or anything else.
St. Charles certainly trained me well in
this regard.
Shen said he also learned the power
of being a pleasant person in general,
“which I continue to try and improve
on every day. Working in the financial
services industry, life can be hectic at
times and there are certainly a wide
range of personalities that have succeeded
in the industry. However, when it comes
down to it, having people respect who
you are as an individual will often be
the key determining factor in success
versus failure. At St. Charles, with my
great teachers and friends, I learned the
true meaning of respect and dignity, and
how long bonds forged through these two
principals can last even once people go
their separate ways.”
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The 2012-2013 Dramatic Achievement
Award Winners
From left -- Carl Mahler ’14, Finn Cleary ’14, Patrick
Stinson ’13, Marc Rankin ’14, Danny Krajnak
’13, Nick Turadian ’13, Evan Ryan ’13 and Gabe
Lawson ’15.
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Rankin ’13 sustained a severe injury
during rehearsals and had to leave the
show. “Little did we know at the time that
Marc’s injury was just the beginning of a
difficult season,” noted Montgomery.
The Complete Works of William
Shakespeare (abridged) was the
department’s second offering. “We
presented the Central Ohio premiere of
this show in 1997 and once again I felt we
had some very funny actors who would
have a great time with the material,” said
Montgomery. Marc Rankin bounced back
from his injuries and headed the cast
which included Cleary, Evan Ryan ’13,
Krajnak, Turadian, Anderson, Mahler
and Gabe Lawson ’15. The female cast
once again included Golonka, Turek,
Roth, and freshman Ada Cleary from
CSG.
The new show, performed in the
spring, was the Tony Award-winning
musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County
Spelling Bee. “We had the perfect cast
and rehearsals were going along very
well…and then, with a week to go, Marc
Rankin sustained another injury and
we had to ‘rearrange’ a few things,” said
Montgomery. With a few changes in the
cast, Spelling Bee proved to be one of the
finest musicals in recent memory. Cast
members included once again Krajnak,
Cleary, Mahler, Turadian, Anderson,
Ryan and Jackson Mittlesteadt ’16. It also
included Akillah Clark (Charles School)
and Emma Macesich (Dublin Jerome)
as well as Michelle Golonka, Alison
Roth, Maggie Turek, Courtney D’Angelo
and Samantha Troutman from Bishop
Watterson. The musical accompanist was
sophomore Gabe Lawson.
At the annual drama banquet, Finn
Cleary, Carl Mahler, and Marc
Rankin earned Best Actor awards. Evan
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Ryan and Danny Krajnak won for
Best Supporting Actor and senior Nick
Turadian was acknowledged in the
Best Character Actor award category.
Senior Patrick Stinson received his
third consecutive Most Outstanding
Contribution Award along with
accompanist Gabe Lawson. Prestigious
Fourth Year Awards were presented to
seniors Danny Krajnak, Patrick Stinson
and Michelle Golonka.
So what about the future? “I am looking
forward to next year. We have many
talented actors returning and I always
hope to get new faces, new talent to be
involved at St. Charles.”
In The Know Awards 2013
The St. Charles In The Know Team
completed a successful season with a
winning record in game play, which
included an early Buckeye League
Championship in October, and a strong
finish in both the WOSU-TV and Ohio
Academic State Competition in the
spring. The Varsity A Team qualified for
OAC Regionals and placed 4th at the OAC
State Tournament.
The Varsity A and B Teams also
won bids to the NAQT State Academic
Tournament hosted by The Ohio State
University in March and to the NAQT
High School National Championship
Tournament in Atlanta, which featured
all the top high school quiz bowl teams in
the country. The team of Zel Demere ’14,
Tyler McMaken ’14 and Stephen Susa ’15
went 5-5 (just one win away from making
the playoffs) and finished in 120th place
2012-2013 In The Know Team
Front row, from left -- Nick Arnold ’16, Carrick Reider ’16, James Darnell ’16, Michael Schmeling ’16,
Alex Dabek ’16, Vince DiCocco ’16, Alex Saccocio
’16 and Joshua Joseph ’16; Second row, from left
-- Matt Schechter, Max Fernandez ’15, Andrew Fernandez ’15, Simon Fernandez ’15, Jack Chatas ’15,
David Dixon ’16 and Ryan Paolini ’13; Third row,
from left -- Riley Ferguson ’16, Jason Imbriani ’15,
Zel Demere ’14, Tyler McMaken ’14, Phil Hurst ’14,
Jacob Stinnett ’14, Stephen Susa ’15, Noah Sweet
’13 and Sam Curry ’15; Top Row, from left -- Alex
Jordan ’13, Conor Manley ’13, Ben Stechschulte
’13, Stuart Hudelson ’13, Josh Imbriani ’13, Gabe
Lawson ’15 and Brendan King ’14. Not pictured:
Chris Silber ’16 and Bobby Daniel ’15.
out of 256 teams
The Varsity A Team placed 4th in the
WOSU-TV tournament, winning a $2500
grant for the school provided generously
by Westfield Insurance. The team donated
the winnings to the school to be used to
purchase IPads for student and classroom
use. Two, $2000 scholarships to The Ohio
State University were also presented to
the Cardinals.
Members of the Varsity A team were
seniors Josh Imbriani ’13, Alex Jordan
’13, and Ben Stechschulte ’13, Junior,
Zelalem Demere ’14, and sophomore
Stephen Susa ’15. Other members of the
varsity team included Connor Manley ’13,
Stuart Hudelson ’13 and Ryan Paolini
’13; Phil Hurst ’14 and Tyler McMaken
’14; Sam Curry ’15 and Jason Imbriani
’15; and Riley Ferguson ’16 and Carrick
Reider ’16.
Members of the JV Team included Jack
Chatas ’15, Bobby Daniel ’15, brothers
Andrew ’15, Max ’15 and Simon ’15
Fernandez and Gabe Lawson ’15; and
Nick Arnold ’16, Joshua Joseph ’16, Alex
Dabek ’16, James Darnell ’16, Vince
DiCocco ’16, David Dixon ’16, Joshua
Joseph ’16, Alex Saccocio ’16, Michael
Schmeling ’16 and Chris Silber ’16.
St. Charles Engineering
Team
St. Charles fielded a record 12
engineering teams for the TSA TEAM+S
Engineering Competition during the
2012-2013 school year -- three Junior
Varsity and nine Varsity. All twelve
travelled to Ohio Northern University
in February for the regional competition
that included nearly 1,200 teams that
competed across the nation at remote and
regional sites in 47 states.
The Varsity A team placed 6th in
the State overall and 3rd in the state by
division. The Varsity B team placed 5th
in the state overall and 2nd in the state
by division. The JV A team placed 2nd in
the region by division and 6th in the state
overall.
In addition, 11 of the 96 Team
members had perfect scores on their
scenario problem sets. They were Thomas
Krajnak ’13, Joe Jeffrey ’14, Andrew
DeSantis ’13, Kyle Witt ’14, Tyler Mitchell
’14, Jack Engert ’15, Will Shovelton ’14,
Niko Strickler ’15, Anthony Schneider ’14,
Brian O’Neill ’15 and James Darnell ’16.
St. Charles Preparatory School
Varsity A TEAM+S Engineers
From left -- Tyler McMaken ’14, Jack France ’13,
Alex Jordan ’13, Will Brown ’13, John Galden ’13,
Aldriel Barnum ’13, Thomas Krajnak ’13 and Josh
Imbriani ’13.
The St. Charles Robotics
Team #4269, “The
CardinalBots,” complete
another successful season
by Wyatt Beltz ’14
Between its first and second seasons,
the CardinalBots nearly doubled in size,
expanding from 12 to 22 members. It
enabled what had been a brutal workload
for the few to be shared among many.
The season officially began on January
5, 2013 at the FIRST Kickoff event
hosted by The Ohio State University.
The challenge unveiled was called
Ultimate Ascent. The task was to build
a 120 lb. robot under strict dimensional
and componential standards capable of:
shooting full size Frisbees into designated
slots; climbing a three level pyramid and
potentially dumping Frisbees into a box at
the top of the 90 inch pyramid.
“Ultimate Ascent is played by two
competing alliances on a flat, 27x54 foot
field. Each Alliance consists of three
robots, and they compete to score as many
discs into their goals as they can during
a two (2)-minute and fifteen (15)-second
match. The higher the goal in which
the disc is scored, the more points the
Alliance receives. The match begins with
a fifteen (15)-second Autonomous Period
in which robots operate independently
of driver inputs. Discs scored during
this period are worth additional points.
For the remainder of the match, drivers
control robots and try to maximize their
alliance score by scoring as many goals
as possible. The match ends with robots
attempting to climb up pyramids located
near the middle of the field. Each robot
earns points based on how high it climbs”
(www.usfirst.org).
This year all the framing of the
robot was designed by the students,
using SolidWorks, a computer modeling
software, which allows for the design
of specific parts and also the virtual
assembly and simulation of the design
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prior to construction. The software
allowed the boys to analyze their design
by changing component materials,
thicknesses, and configuration to
determine the strongest and lightest
configuration for the robot. This function
of the software enabled the students to
determine if their design would perform
the task. This year the robot was named
“JL-1” in honor of Mr. Jim Lower’s
first year as principal of St. Charles
Preparatory School.
After a grueling six-week build season,
the competition robot was bagged and
tagged, meaning that it could not be
altered or tampered with in any way. The
team then built a second robot, identical
to the first, in order to practice driving
and climbing on the practice field. It also
allowed the scouting team to finalize the
competition strategy.
The CardinalBots competed in two
Regional Competitions in Cincinnati and
Cleveland. At the second, The Buckeye
Regional, the team placed 7th out of 53
teams, making it to the semi-finals with
a record of 7-2-1 (W-L-T), with the second
highest amount climbing points earned at
300.
In the spirit of gracious
professionalism and “co-opertition,”
which are both FIRST cornerstones, the
CardinalBots gave back by mentoring
Bexley High Schools new Robotics team
for the 2013 season, as well as hosting
the 2nd Annual FLL Workshop for kids
ages 9-14 this past summer. Mr. Joe
Nerone (Honda Plant, Marysville & Team
Mentor) provided a tour of the plant for
the team. It was a great display of the
The St. Charles Robotics Team
Front row, from left --Wyatt Beltz, ’14; Daniel Irby
’15, Mason Russell ’16, Elijah Williams ’14, Justin
Yamamoto ’15 and David Wing ’15; Second row,
from left -- Mr. Tom Ward (Mentor), Joe Jeffrey
’14, Henry Kirk ’14, Kenneth Bowman ’15, Lewis
Nerone ’16, Chris Hickman ’15, Jack Chatas ’15,
Omar Montalvo ’15 and Joseph Churilla ’16; Third
row, from left -- Anthony Forrest ’15, Andrew
Campo ’16, Charles Forrest, ’13, Jack Parker ’14,
Mr. Ron Forrest (Mentor), Jonathan Engle ’14, Mr.
Steve Miller ’77(Then-moderator), Ben Negatu ’16
and Mr. David Hickman (Mentor). Not pictured:
Brian Landers ’15, Matthew Schechter and Mrs.
Angela Beltz (Team Parent).
SC’s competition robot, “JL-1.”
use of robots at the plant and there was
also a meet and greet for the team with
the engineers following the tour.
The CardinalBots would like to thank
Mr. Steve Miller ’77 our coach for the
2012-2013 season. Mr. Miller’s vision
along with the strong support of Mr.
Dominic Cavello ’64 and Mr. Lower was
instrumental in St. Charles, becoming
the first and only Catholic high school in
Central Ohio to have a robotics team.
They also would like to thank their
mentors, parents and the generous
sponsors, which made this successful
season possible: FIRST, CORI, The Ohio
State University, Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey
Chatas, Ometek, Inc., Mr. Tom Mackessy
’77, Selecteon, Mr. Tom Ward, Hickman
Lawn Care, Mr. & Mrs. David Hickman,
Forrest Automatons & Technical
Solutions, Mr. Ron Forrest, Scoliosis
Rehab, Inc., Mrs. Ronnie Campo, Connect
a Millions Minds (TWC), JC Penney,
Redtails, Bravo/Brio, Mr. Joe Isbell ’83,
Suburban Natural Gas Company, Mr. &
Mrs. Jimmie Irby and Mrs. Angela Beltz.
A big thank you also goes out to Mr. Ron
Forrest, for being our coach this year.
The CardinalBots will compete in a
“State Championship” event in Cincinnati
the last weekend of September and start
preparing for the 2014 Kickoff event on
January 4th at OSU.
To follow the CardinalBots, we invite
you to check them out on Facebook: St.
Charles FIRST Robotics or browse their
website: www.stcharlesrobotics.com. To
learn more about US FIRST “The varsity
sport for the mind and the hardest fun
you will ever have” the website is: www.
usfirst.org.
If you are interested in becoming a
mentor or a sponsor please contact Mr.
Ron Forrest:stcharlesrobotics@gmail.com.
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Making “The States”
A collection of individual athletes
and sports teams that represented
St. Charles at the various State
Tournaments over the course of the
2012-2013 school year is presented
here. The information presented
here was taken from stories written
throughout the year by ThisWeek
Bexley News sports reporter, Scott
Hennen.
The team of Carl Calcara ’13, Sam Aslaner ’14, Max
Penn ’14 and Tyler Welty ’15 at last year’s state
swim meet where they finished eighth in the 200yard medley relay.
It’s Really Strange Meeting You Here!
In July, Brian O’Neill ’15 went with his Boy Scout
troop to the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron,
NM. Troops from across the country go there
each summer to backpack in the New Mexico
wilderness. As Brian and his group were hiking
they came across another troop that included the
other boys in this photo - all of them St. Charles
students. Because Philmont is comprised of
many thousands of acres of backcountry trails it
is highly unlikely that one group of hikers would
meet another group of hikers. So what are the
odds of coming across another group of people
…from Columbus…who go to your high school...
and are in your grade????
From left -- (now) Class of 2015 Juniors Noah
Miller, Brian O’Neill (Troop 317 from St. Matthew
Church in Gahanna), Dan Matthews, Sam Curry
and Gabe Lawson.
Honoring Seth’s Spirit
Bryce Spees ’13 (second from left next to Principal Jim Lower) was the recipient of the Timothy
H. Hamburger ’84/Seth A. Jenkins Volunteerism
Award which is presented to a graduating senior
or seniors who best exemplify community service
and volunteerism. It carries with it a $1,000 cash
honorarium and a recognition certificate. Tim, (far
right) who initiated the award, and Seth’s mother
Wendi Jenkins, were on hand to help present the
honor given at the Academic Award Assembly last
May. Seth died in the spring of his 8th grade year
after having enrolled at St. Charles and battled
cancer for several years. 2013-2014 would have
been his senior year.
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Swimming:
Tim Rooney ’15
Wrestling:
In 2011-2012, Tim Rooney ’15 became the
first St. Charles wrestler to qualify for the
Division I state wrestling tournament in
his freshman year. Last year he became
the first sophomore to reach a place on
the state award’s podium.
Tim took third place in his weight
class at last year’s district tournament to
earn the return trip to the state wrestling
championships at Value City Arena and a
chance to improve on his previous success
-- which he did.
Tim finished fifth at 126 pounds at
the 2011-2012 as a sophomore with a 4-2
tournament record. The year before as a
freshman, he’d gone 1-2 in the 120 pound
weight class. Rooney defeated Lakewood
St. Edward’s Chance Driscoll 3-1 in
sudden-victory overtime in the fifth-place
match, after Driscoll had defeated Rooney
5-1 in sudden-victory overtime in the
second round. The Cardinals tied Hilliard
Darby for 44th (11 points) place in the
team competition behind champion St.
Edward (117).
“(This trip to state) was a little better
this time, and I’m happy to make it up on
the podium. Now I need to work harder
to move up and hopefully make it to
the championship next year (in 2014),”
Rooney said.
Tim finished the season with an overall
record of 39-4 helping the Cardinals their
2nd CCL title in three years.
The St. Charles swim team had another
successful season in 2012-2103, winning
the CCL title and finishing as runnersup in both sectional and district team
competition. In what has become an
annual February trip to the Branin
Natatorium in Canton, the Cardinal
team finished with 48 points to tie Dublin
Jerome for 13th place. Perennial power
Cincinnati St. Xavier racked up 270
points to earn the state crown.
Here is how the team scored: Junior
Max Penn, sophomore Tyler Welty,
junior Sam Aslaner and senior Carl
Calcara finished eighth in the 200-yard
medley relay (1 minute, 36.86 seconds) to
reach the podium in the Division I state
swimming and diving meet. The relay
entered the final after placing eighth
(1:37.28) in a preliminary with Penn,
Welty, senior Nick McKinley and Calcara.
McKinley finished 11th (59.03) in the
100 breaststroke and 10th (1:55.4) in the
200 individual medley. Penn finished
ninth (52.3) in the 100 backstroke, and
junior Franz Kabelka was 13th (1:43.71)
in the 200 freestyle and 18th (4:43.49) in
the 500 free. Aslaner was 20th (1:58.62) in
the 200 IM and Calcara was 23rd (21.81)
in the 50 free. Welty was 22nd (1:00.37) in
the 100 breast.
The 200 free relay of Calcara,
McKinley, Kabelka and freshman Derek
Nguyen finished 17th (1:28.56), as did
the 400 free relay of Aslaner, Calcara,
sophomore Michael Ritchey and Kabelka
(3:14.24).
The Cardinals finished second (271
points) in the district meet Feb. 16 at
Ohio State behind Upper Arlington (380
points). They also were runners-up finish
(263 points) to the Upper Arlington
Golden Bears (351 points) the week before
at the 12-team sectional Feb. 9 at UA.
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“Serving as our brother’s
keeper” alive and well at
St. Charles
Emmett Bryan ’15 at the 2013 state track meet
Track & Field:
Emmett Bryan ’15 finished 13th in the
400 meters (50.68 seconds) at the state
outdoor track and field championships
held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
in June. Bryan said “I didn’t think it was
possible to even get (to state) as a sophomore because I was getting blown away
in the first couple of meets.” He said he
started getting better results in early
May. Of his overall experience, Emmit
said “I would have liked to have done
better, but it was good just to be here,” he
said. “Just getting here today will help
when I make it back.”
Summer League Hockey Champs
Top row, from left -- Aaron Bowman, Alex Lippert,
Max Howson, Will Knudson, Elliot Cooke, Ryan
Cleary; Bottom row, from left -- Nicolas Carducci,
Ryan Brady, Jack Cleary, Frankie Flynn, Jacob
Weikert, Sean Gavin, Danny Schirtzinger, Clayton
Klosz and Logan Rupert. Not pictured: Coaches
Eric and Glenn Cooke.
Hot outside, Hotter inside
The St. Charles Varsity summer hockey
team completed their undefeated season
on July 31 by defeating the Dublin Coffman Rocks by a score of 3-0 in the 2013
Chiller Summer League East Championship game. Danny Schirtzinger scored 2
goals in the final while Logan Ruppert
added the other goal and Alex Ward
recorded the shutout. Ryan Cleary led
the league in scoring with 26 points. The
team went 8-0 during the regular season
while outscoring the opposition 49-8.
They then won their 3 playoff games to
win the championship. The team scored
14 goals and allowed 2 during the playoffs.
TIDBITS
Last February Sean Fitzmartin ’13 of St. Paul
parish (right) signed a National Letter of Intent to
play football at the University of Dayton; Thomas
Wiseman ’13 of St. Brendan parish (left) will play
soccer at Bellarmine University.
-Bryce Spees ’13 and Marcus Ward ’13
were selected to receive the 2013 Agonis
Club Scholar Athlete Award.
-Brian Vetter ’13 was selected to receive
the Columbus Dispatch Scholar-Athlete
Award.
Here are just a few examples of St.
Charles students receiving attention for
their volunteer efforts in the community.
In addition to Brian J. Vetter ’13 being
named The Bishop Herrmann Service
Award and Scholarship winner last June
(see “Senior Awards” page 26), there were
several other students recognized for
“being their brother’s keeper” throughout
last school year.
Bryce Spees ’13 was the recipient of
the Timothy H. Hamburger ’84/Seth
A. Jenkins Volunteerism Award which
was presented at the All-School Awards
Assembly last May. The award goes
to a graduating senior or seniors who
best exemplify community service and
volunteerism. It carries with it a $1,000
cash honorarium and a recognition
certificate. Tim initiated the award
several years ago and added Seth’s name
into the title two year’s when he learned
of Seth’s story. Seth died in the spring of
his 8th grade year after having enrolled
at St. Charles and battled cancer for
several years. 2013-2014 would have been
his senior year.
Simon Fernandez ’15 was one of six
local Hispanic high school students to
receive a Defense Supply Contractors
Center’s Outstanding Youth Award
last fall. The awards were presented
during the defense federal community
Hispanic Heritage Month luncheon at
the Whitehall Community Center. The
honorees were nominated by their schools
based on their leadership skills and
service to their communities.
CCL Championships
Last May these five seniors committed to play
college athletics in 2013-2014. They were (Front,
from left) Jerad Kitzler ’13 of St. Paul parish,
baseball at Walsh University; Louis Altomare ’13
of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, baseball at
the University of Findlay; and Marcus Ward ’13,
lacrosse at the United States Air Force Academy;
(Back, from left) Bryce Spees ’13 of St. Timothy
parish, basketball at John Carroll University; and
David Shuster ’13 of Church of the Resurrection
parish, lacrosse at the Rochester Institute of
Technology.
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St. Charles athletic teams took
home titles in 8 of the 10 Central
Catholic League varsity sports
the school participates in. These
included: Golf, Soccer, Cross
Country (fall seasons); Wrestling,
Swimming (winter); Baseball,
Track and Field, Tennis (spring).
Overall the school boasts 15
different varsity sports that also
include Basketball, Bowling,
Football, Lacrosse, Water Polo,
Volleyball and Hockey. Ultimate
Frisbee is still a “club sport.”
Simon Fernandez ’15 being honored for his
volunteer service.
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Eric McCorkle ’13 was recognized
by Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling
for being an exemplary student who
represented his school and community by
demonstrating hard work and strength
of service. McCorkle was featured in
ThisWeek community newspapers and
earned a check for $250 that was donated
in his name to the classroom of English
faculty member Ann Cobler.
Two other graduating seniors
were recognized this summer with
proclamations from the Ohio Senate’s and
16th District’s Senator Jim Hughes for
their service to others.
Brady Wilson ’13 was presented a
2013 Stefanie Spielman Humanitarian
Award and $1,000 by the Upper Arlington
Women’s Club in May at the Ohio State
University Golf Club. The Women’s Club
offers five awards each year to high school
seniors living in Upper Arlington who
plan to attend a college or university.
The awards, now in their 9th year, were
renamed in honor of Spielman, a founding
member of the Women’s Club who died of
cancer in 2009, after battling the disease
five times. Students are nominated by
teachers and guidance counselors. The
Senate proclamation declared that “you
are a remarkable individual, combining
civic concern and dedication with selfless
initiative to become a shining example for
the community.”
Last spring, Will Eichel ’15 earned a
service award from the Vocation’s Office
of the Diocese of Columbus. The award
was based on the recipient’s grades in
religion courses, parish involvement,
leadership and service along with a
faculty letter of recommendation. Father
Paul Noble, vocations director, presented
the honor personally at the school’s yearend awards assembly. In his proclamation
from the Ohio Senate, it commended
him on being “a person of intelligence
and integrity, and working tirelessly to
achieve his personal goals and potential.
They saluted Will as one of Ohio’s finest
young citizens.”
And Alan Johnson ’13 was recognized
for all his time and energy in preparation
for the Columbus Partnership’s holiday
party last winter at the Columbus
Metropolitan Library.
“Your performance and that of your
peers was simply incredible, said Stephen
Lyons, vice president of the partnership.
He added that the group’s members were
inspired by the talent of the young people
in the Columbus community. Alan was
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presented an iPad Mini compliments of
Nationwide Insurance.
St. Charles, too, is proud of the way
these and so many other of its students
have been wonderful ambassadors of
the school and have embraced the spirit
of volunteer service and serving as “our
brother’s keeper.”
Incoming faculty for
2013-2014
Gruber ’09 to teach Latin; Rocca
introduces Italian; Leukhart joins
Religion Department
Mr. Ned Gruber, a 2009 alumnus, has
joined the St. Charles faculty as a Latin
teacher. He graduated from The Ohio
State University with a degree in Classics
in 2012 and, this past spring, earned an
M.Ed. in foreign language education from
Ohio State. Ned, the son of Matt ’68 and
Susan Hoffman Gruber, has four older
siblings, Ben ’99, Mary (Hartley ’01), Joe
’04 and Will ’06. Ned is teaching Latin I
and Latin II classes this school year. He
also serves as the head volleyball coach
for the Cardinals.
Mrs. Gina Rocca has joined the faculty
to bring Italian into the St. Charles
world languages department. She and
her husband, Michael, belong to St.
Paul Parish in Westerville. They have
three children, Annalisa, Michael ’17 (a
freshman at St. Charles) and Josephine.
Gina graduated from the University of
Dayton (magna cum laude) in Italian
Language and Literature. She has a
master’s degree in Italian Literature
from The Ohio State University and has
also studied in various parts of Italy. Her
favorite places in Italy are Lake Iseo in
the Lombardia region and Sulmona in the
Abruzzo region.
With the departure of Kyle Callahan,
who is now working at Bishop Rosencrans
H.S. in Zanesville, the school’s Religion
Department welcomes Michael Warner
New St. Charles faculty members Gina Rocca (Italian) and Ned Gruber ’09 (Latin).
as its new chair. Callahan had taught
sophomore religion, as well as senior
religion, at St. Charles for nine years.
Warner has been the Junior religion
teacher at St. Charles for six years.
He has an undergraduate degree in
psychology from the University of Toledo
and a master’s in theological studies
from the University of Notre Dame.
During his time at St. Charles, he has
been actively involved in growing the
campus ministry both for students and
faculty. Most notably, he has started the
International Service Program now in
its fifth year which has taken students
to Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua,
and Honduras. As department chair,
Warner looks forward to streamlining and
improving the Christian Service Program
for students throughout their four years.
With the with the changes in the
Religion Department, Jane Leukhart,
who had taught Latin I for many years
at the school has transitioned to teaching
sophomore religion. Elizabeth Homon,
who taught part-time last year, returns
and is teaching Freshman English.
Tracy Loesing became the school’s
first business manager last year. She
continues to work part time and in
addition to her past responsibilities
of preparing deposits and processing
coaches forms for certification, she is now
responsible for tuition, FACTS plans,
and monthly financials as well as various
special projects. Tracy is also a partner in
Loesing & Clark, CPAs, LLC with Lynne
Clark, a part time St. Brendan employee.
Tracy’s brings knowledge of both nonprofit and education as her past jobs
included assistant treasurer at The Ohio
State University, director of financial
services at the Greater Cincinnati
Foundation, and senior auditor at Deloitte
& Touche, LLP.
Tracy and her husband, Norbert, are
parents of Daniel (St. Charles Class of
2013 and current student at the United
States Naval Academy) and Keely
(Watterson ’15) .They are members of St.
Andrew Parish.
Tracy Loesing in the school’s business office.
St. Charles Preparatory School
A New Year and New
Goals for the St. Charles
Mothers Club
By Jane Hawes
For most freshman families this year, the
St. Charles experience began during the
summer with a phone call from a veteran
Cardinal mom. The “Welcoming Committee” calls were a critical part of the St.
Charles Mothers Club’s renewed commitment to supporting the school.
“The idea really came from [St. Charles
principal] Mr. Jim Lower,” explained Margaret Simmons, the chair for the Welcoming Committee. The new committee, as
part of the Mothers Club organization,
was established during the spring of this
year.
“[Mr. Lower] came to the Mothers Club
and asked if we could start something as
a way to have greeters at school events,”
Simmons said. “We took it a little further.”
That step “a little further” included
making phone calls to all 200+ new families whose sons would be starting at St.
Charles during the 2013-2014 school year.
Simmons assembled a crew of veteran
moms who made the calls over several
weeks in June and July. The callers not
only welcomed the parents with whom
they spoke, but also answered questions
about topics ranging from finding a carpool to figuring out what color polo shirts
are OK to wear. The callers also offered
themselves as contacts in the future.
Simmons said the feedback from the
effort has been overwhelmingly positive
and the call campaign definitely will be
repeated in years to come.
“People were very grateful,” Simmons
said.
The Mothers Club, in one form or
another, dates to 1945, and helping others
in the St. Charles community always has
been its mission. Originally known as the
Stagecrafters Mothers’ Club, the organization made costumes for school plays.
Through the years, the club has evolved,
both in name and function. Today the
Mothers Club is best known for running
the Cardinal Christmas Auction as well
as the “Mom Prom,” a popular mother-son
dinner dance held every spring.
This year’s Mothers Club president,
Jeanne McGuire, credits the outgoing
president, Antoinette Mongillo, with
breathing new life into the club.
“This year, we’re building off the solid
structure and foundation put into place
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The Mothers Club plays a significant role in planning and executing the annual Cardinal Christmas. In
this photo the organizational planning begins with a meeting that includes a mix of volunteers and Mothers Club (MC) members. Seated from left -- Jeanne McGuire (MC President), Angela Bridges, Daphne
Suh, Michelle Lippert, Megan Mooney, Terri Stevens, Jacki Mann, Susan Zoldak and Antoinette Mongillo
(Immediate Past MC President); Standing from left -- Toni Angle, Peggy Kelley, Kim Martin, Jill Alfred,
Ronnie Campo and Pamela Sprigler.
last year by Antoinette and our [then]
new principal, Jim Lower,” McGuire said.
Howson not only engineered an updating of the club’s governing charter, but
also recruited many more mothers to get
involved. For her, it was simply the best
way she could think of to give back.
“I decided to get involved with St.
Charles because of the positive and
transforming effect it had on my son,”
Mongillo recalled. “I wanted to be part of
it, to strengthen it, to celebrate it and to
somehow try to repay that unquantifiable
impact it has had on my son.”
Megan Mooney is paying back by chairing the Mothers Club’s biggest fundraiser
— the Cardinal Christmas Auction, which
will take place this year on Saturday,
Dec. 7. Mooney and a crew of nearly 100
volunteers will transform the Walter Student Commons into a starlit bower for the
evening’s dinner, raffle and live and silent
auctions. And she hopes to top last year’s
record net proceeds of $77,176. This will
be the 26th year for the event.
“The money always goes toward needsbased scholarships,” Mooney said, “And
in the last two years, the money has also
gone toward furnishing West Campus.”
Last year, thanks to the Cardinal
Christmas Auction and other fundraisers, the Mothers Club was able to present
the school with a check for $80,000. The
current crew of moms knows that continuing to fundraise is important, but so, too,
is expanding their reach to help other
families make the most of their time at
St. Charles.
“Our goal is to raise the visibility of
the Mothers Club,” McGuire said, “and
increase the participation of new and
seasoned moms as we build camaraderie
in support of the faculty, staff and, most
importantly, our sons.”
Added Mongillo: “I see the evolution
of the Mothers Club as being part of that
enhanced experience. A strong, well-structured Mothers Club can better serve our
growing community and meet the needs of
our students and their families whose expectations are no longer just for a Catholic education, but for the best educational
experience in the state.”
For more information about the Mothers Club and its upcoming events, please
visit the club’s page on the St. Charles
website (under the Parents tab) or join
them on Facebook at St. Charles Columbus Mothers Club.
Christmas Bonanza
The Mothers Club marquee event, the annual
Cardinal Christmas Auction in early December,
raised over $75,000. Combined with other funds
raised this year, the Mothers Club’s Antoinette
Mongillo presented a check to Principal Jim Lower
in the amount of $80,000 at its May 15 meeting.
This donation will be used to provide financial aid
for qualified students and support the continued
development of the Robert D. Walter West
Campus.
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Silent Auction
This year’s Silent Auction was event’s 25th
St. Charles’ “Cardinal Christmas”
celebrated its 25th anniversary last
December, raising nearly $80,000 for
the Robert D. Walter West Campus
project and need-based scholarships. The
annual event hosted by the St. Charles
Mothers Club treated guests to a cocktail
reception, dinner, raffle and live and
silent auctions.
Several special Live Auction items
garnered special attention. They included
a Barbeque Dinner cooked at home
by principal Jim Lower and his wife,
Cathy; vacation time at homes on South
Carolina’s Fripp Island; a stay at Lake
Erie’s Lakeside community; and a trip
to Vail Colorado. Other items featured
included group packages and suites for
Circus de Soleil and the Columbus Crew.
And for those looking for a strictly “SC”
angle, there was the eight front-row seats
for 2013’s commencement ceremony, a
graduation party package, and a Paintball
Challenge lead by two St. Charles faculty
members.
Several corporate sponsors provided
special support this year, including: Nick
Savko & Sons, Inc.; Tim ’75 and John ’74
Ryan of Merrill Lynch; Sullivan Bruck
Architects; Zink Foodservice Group and
E.P. Ferris and Associates, Inc.
St. Charles moms Mary Oellerman
and Kim Martin served as co-chairs of
the event. They were assisted by a team
of dedicated mothers whose generosity,
kindness, hard work and countless
volunteer hours were instrumental
in making the event so enjoyable and
successful. They included committee
chairs Lisa Lumpe (Donations), Megan
Mooney and Kim Martin (Baskets),
Pamela Sprigler (Communications),
Colleen Spees (Bar Ticket Sales), Beth
LeCorgne (Red-lining and Check-out),
Daphne Suh and Susan Zoldak (Data
Entry), Megan Mooney (again, this time
with Decorations) and Kari Teknos and
Ginny Bryan (Reservations and Table
assignments).
Other key participants included Doug
Montgomery in the role of Master-ofCeremonies; auctioneer Jeff Jeffers; Rick
Brunetto and the St. Charles Jazz Band,
members of the National Honor Society
who provided the coat check and raffle
ticket sales; Principal Jim Lower, Dominic
J. Cavello ’64, Antoinette Mongillo and
Kate and Michael ’00 Berndt.
Our thanks also go out to Berwick
Manor and the Susi family; West Camp
Press; Gary Allwein for crafting the
beautiful “25” ice sculpture; Dan and
Chris Tarpy; JW Cleary; Garth’s Auction
House and to the numerous Mothers Club
volunteers and parents who worked on
this special event.
Finally, at the center of all this activity
is our very special Development Office
Secretary, Cherri Taynor, who is always
so generous with her time and knowledge
of the St. Charles community. The
Mothers couldn’t do it without her!
From left -- Jim (Aquinas ’56) and Mike Mentel with
Fr. Bill Arnold ’70 (pastor at Holy Spirit Church
and emeritus member of the St. Charles Advisory
Board).
From left -- Ralph Polletta ’79 and Marty Savko.
From left -- Deacon A. John Vellani and Art Lee ’52.
From left -- Mike Anderson ’89, Jim Zink ’89 and
Tony Austing ’85.
From left -- Jay ’76 (St. Charles Advisory Board
member) and Teri Ryan with Paul Hemmer ’76.
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2012-2013 Silent
Marie Bruce with her father, Joe Ridgeway ’57 (St.
Charles Alumni Association board member) and
Jim Dempsey.
From left -- Keith and Shauna Arnold, Annlea and
Thomas Rumfola and Joe Nerone.
From left -- Peter and Kathryn Pajor and Kevin and
Lisa Barlage.
From left -- Carson Reider, Kelsey Graf, Tierney
Reider, Sue Dell Thoman and Dr. Carson Reider.
From left -- Cherie Harmon, Ann Evans, Shirley
McAllister and Laura Lee Beggin.
From left -- Mark Klingler ’80, Vicki Probst, Mike
Probst ’89, Jason Younger ’89 and Erica Probst.
Front row, from left -- John McGuire, Lisa and Dan
Mittlesteadt, Brian ’84 and Ann Stiltner and Jennifer and Jerry Bennett; Back row, from left -- Katie
McCann, Jeanne McGuire and Pete McCann.
From left -- The Honorable John Connor ’58 and
Kathy Bryant.
From left -- Jack Gibbons ’81 (St. Charles faculty
member) and Dominic Prunte ’77.
From left -- Bob ’69 and Mary Ginn Ryan with John
’78 and Linda Mackessy.
From left -- Loretta Nazario, Dr. Ann Croft and
Chris Doney.
From left -- Tom ’65 (St. Charles Advisory Board
member) and Marcia Horvath with Dan Tarpy.
From left -- Joe and Lori Hamrock and Laurine and
Jim Cetovich.
From left -- Dan ’57 and Sharon Connor, Ron Eifert
’52, Matt and Ed Ferris ’57.
From left -- Rick and Sharon Stranges and Dave
’80 (St. Charles Athletic Director) and Karen
Lawler.
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Silent Auction
From left -- Fr. Bill Arnold ’70 (pastor of Holy Spirit
parish), Jim Lower (St. Charles Principal) and Tim
Ryan ’75.
From left -- Michelle and Pat ’75 Connor with Paula
Brooks with husband, Greg Kontras ’75.
From left -- Angela Perry, Lisa Peebles and Linda
and Mike Stickney (St. Charles Advisory Board
member).
From left -- Dianne and Paul Schmeling, Elizabeth
and Abe Joseph and Maureen and Daniel Huss.
From left -- Pamela and Matt ’99 Lower, Michelle
Klingler and Tom and Mary Beth Alban.
From left -- Carol and Deacon Marion Smithberger
’72 (St. Charles Alumni Association board member) and Wayne and Mary Ann Ballantyne.
From left -- Cathy Lower, Dan ’83 and Ally Sullivan,
Charles Kielkopf ’76 and Valerie Zielinski.
From left -- Tom Mackessy ’77, Kathy and Steve
Weislogel and Andy DeJaco.
Top, from left -- Dan Cleary, Chris ’82 and Kim
Paolini; (Bottom, left) Shelly and Dennis O’Neill.
From left -- Jim Greenhalge ’88, Michelle Sarff and
Jeff Stiltner ’88.
From left -- Dr. Ann Croft and Peter Krajnak with
Colleen and Brad Spees.
From left -- Mike ’75 and Rita McCabe with Paula
Brooks and her husband, Greg Kontras ’75.
Gary Allwein creates the Cardinal Christmnas ice
sculpture with the help of his grandsons.
From left -- Dr. Joseph and Carol Carducci, Scott
Howson and his wife, Antoinette Mongillo, and
Mary and James Lyski.
From left -- Mike Baumann ’63 (seated), Sarah
Mazer, Lee Paolini and Dominic Cavello ’64 (St.
Charles faculty member and former principal).
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St. Charles Preparatory School
2012-2013 Spaghetti Dinner
With promises of delicious food and
camaraderie for all, the 2013 St. Charles
Spaghetti Dinner lured more than 1,000
hungry diners from their homes in
February. This event was reinstated in
the winter of 2007 after an absence of
several years. Now sponsored by the St.
Charles Alumni Association, it has once
again become a much-anticipated event
on the St. Charles social calendar.
The venue for the event was the grand
Robert C. Walter Student Commons. Rick
Brunetto and the St. Charles Jazz Band
performed for the crowd and the staff of
Berwick Manor, led by T.J. and Anthony
Susi, did a masterful cooking job in the
kitchen. The volunteer army of parents,
alumni, and students were indispensable
as they gave their time to make sure all
guests left happy and full!
From left -- Marcia, David and Luke ’08 Ball.
From left -- Steve ’61 and Nancy Van Heyde; Patty
and Tom Benadum.
From left -- Mark McNally (Bishop Hartley ’75) and
Steven Miller ’77.
From left -- George Gummer, Msgr. Jim Reuf and
Vi and Don Allwein.
Gerry Curran ’76 looking over the memorabilia
table.
From left -- David Pemberton ’79 (St. Charles Advisory Board member) with his son, Oliver.
From left -- Cindy and Mark ’89 Colucy and Mike
and Debbie Kyser.
It wouldn’t be the Spaghetti Dinner without a kitchen shift manned by the Ralston brothers and their
friends.(From left) Tim Pierce ’79, Rick Ralston ’75,
Tierney Reider, Mike ’75 and Rita McCabe, Russ
’88, Ron ’76, Randy ’82 and Rex ’89 Ralston and
Ken Sweeney ’86.
Alumni director Louis J. Fabro ’83 continues to
display the Hammond Organ that was played for
so many past Spaghetti Dinners in the 70s and 80s
by the late Msgr. F. Thomas (“Monz”) Gallen ’40.
Rich Hershner ’96 and his son, Reed ’23.
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2012-2013 Spaghetti Dinner
From left -- The Class of 1985 came through as
usual with a large group of volunteers for the
event. (From left) Craig Feiler ’85, Kevin Intrieri ’85,
Bill ’85 and Will Mifsud, Dave Winters ’85, Rick ’85
and Josh Thomas and Vince Fabro ’85.
From left -- Will ’19 and Bill ’86 Prophater (St.
Charles Alumni Association board member), Mike
Arends (St. Charles faculty member) with Manderley and Jack ’21 Prophater.
From left -- Elias, Sebastian, Rani, Fiona, Joe ’83
(St. Charles Advisory Board member) and Xavier
Isbell.
From left -- 1972 classmates, St. Charles Alumni
Association board members and Spaghetti Dinner
“Generals” Gerard Barrow and Phil Caito.
From left -- Dan Hickey ’97, his wife, Olivia and
sons Max (4) and Liam (1).
From left -- Sophia, Grace, Susan and Anna Kairis.
From left -- Will Gruber ’06 (St. Charles faculty
member) and his wife, Mary, Sr. Margaret Hoffman
(St. Charles faculty member) and Susan and Dr.
Matt ’68 Gruber.
Brett ’96 and Leslie Younkin (married in Mother
of Mercy Chapel in the spring of 2010) with their
daughter, Natalie Grace (born November 12, 2012),
and Brett’s mother, Linda.
The Arends family
From left -- Aaron Power, Jennifer (Arends) Power,
Mike Arends (St. Charles faculty member), Gavin
Powers ’25, Kinsley (partially hidden) and Kennedy Power, Justin ’98 and Debra Arends, Alex
Arends ’28 (front, in high chair), “Monkey,” Jordan
Arends’11, Sara Arends (front), Jessica (Arends)
Dorion, unidentified person alongside back wall
and Shelley, Jocelyn and Brian Dorion.
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From left -- Jack ’17, Patrick, John (Franklin
County Commissioner), Erin (in dad’s arms), Liz
and Pam O’Grady.
Pat McJoynt-Griffith and her husband, Robert
Griffith, with sons (from left) Conor, Kieran and
Cayden.
Clockwise, from bottom left -- Karen and Guy ’54
Lawler; Jeff ’91 and Pamela Lawler with son, Jack
’28 (hidden); Sam ’22 and Will ’24 Lawler; Karen
and Dave ’80 Lawler (St. Charles Athletic Director);
Marc Waybright ’00 and Courtney Tooman; Nikki
Lawler and Justin Havenstein; Pat ’83, Lisa and
Addie Lawler.
From left -- Jack and Alice Heller and Chris and
Elaine Damo.
From left -- Nora, Mike and (top) Chris ’90 Kazor;
John’17, Elizabeth, Kathy and Bill Jelinek.
St. Charles Preparatory School
From left -- The late Brian Gilchrist ’83 with Press
’65 (St. Charles Advisory Board member) and Joan
Southworth.
From bottom left -- Dick ’51 and Fran Ryan; Middle
--Mary Kay Fenlon; Top --Tom Ryan, and Kevin
Fenlon.
George Vargo ’58 (emeritus member of the St.
Charles Advisory Board).
Top, from left -- Jeremy ’94, Rich ’91 and Richard
Seidt; Front, from left -- Andrea (Rich’s wife),
Ryan, Rachel (Rich’s daughter) and Janet Seidt.
From left -- Barbara, Faith, Josh ’11 and Doug ’78
Stein (former St. Charles Development Director),
Taylor Lucas, Noah Stein ’15 and Peg Johnson.
The Gilchrist Family: (Seated, from left) Stella,
Stuart ’09, Jackie, Lydia and Simon ’28; (Top, from
left) Brian ’83, Erin and Noah ’15.
Bottom, from left -- Pat and Jerry Campbell, Paula
and George Gummer; Middle, row, from left -- Alan
’85, Paige and Rachel Gummer and Kathy and
Todd ’89 Gummer; Top row, from left -- (five little
ones) Trey, Tyler, Gavin, Mary Rose and Grace
Gummer.
From left -- Sarah and Matt ’89 Weger with their
children, Frances and Nolan and neighbor (front)
Lilly Carlos.
Counterclockwise, from bottom left -- Rex ’89,
Brendan (Randy’s son), Jacob (Burris, partially
hidden), Riley (Russ’ son), Russ ’88, Rita, Jack
Lally (Rita’s brother), Karen Lally (Rita’s sister),
Ron ’76 and Ann Ralston (Rick’s wife).
From left -- Dr. John ’59, Jordan, David ’84, Ed ’87,
Matthew and Thomas Hohmann.
From left -- Gene, Donna, Daniel, Ann and Peter
Krajnak.
From left -- Michael ’08, Maddie (Kevin’s daughter),
Kevin ’95, Tommy ’29 (Kevin’s son), Megan, Bob
’69 and Mary Ginn Ryan.
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From left -- Monsignor Bill Dunn ’57 and Rita
O’Brien.
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2012-2013 Father/Son Mass and Breakfast
The St. Charles Father/Son Mass and
Breakfast had a humble beginning in
2007 with just 50 people in attendance.
Seven years later, its popularity continues to rise with the 2013 event drawing
nearly 300 Alumni, current and prospective parents and students.
The morning’s Mass was held in
Mother of Mercy Chapel with 1978
alumnus and St. Charles Advisory Board
member, Fr. Mike Lumpe celebrating. He
was assisted by Deacon Marion Smithberger ’72, a current member and former
president of the school’s Alumni Association’s governing board. A complimentary
buffet breakfast followed in the Robert
C. Walter Student Commons, prepared
by St. Charles Alumni Association board
member, Bob Selhorst ’74 and his Mass
Appeal Catering staff.
This annual fraternal gathering, sponsored by the school’s alumni association,
was honored to welcome 1974 alumnus
Chuck Gehring as the event’s guest
speaker. With memories and messages for
all the different age groups in the crowd,
his wonderful and warm presentation
drew special accolades and appreciation from everyone. Chuck’s professional
career has been dedicated to serving the
neediest and most vulnerable members
of the Central Ohio community. In 2010,
St. Charles acknowledged Mr. Gehring’s
dedication to the St. Charles and Central
Ohio communities by bestowing on him
one of the school’s highest honors, The
Borromean Medal for Service.
Front, from left -- Windsor ’17 Niermeyer and
Patrick Browne; Back from left -- Kurt Niermeyer,
John Browne, Michael Moseley and Ian Lohiser
’167.
From left - Michael Cianflona ’10, Bill Steller ’54
(his grandfather), Alex Polko ’13, Tom Cianflona
’13; Graham ’13, Craig and Carson ’17 Fulks.
From left – Scott and Josh ’15 Kravitz with James
Hehnen (grandfather, St. Ignatius ’63); Coby and
Doug ’80 Jacobs; and Somkeneorisha ’15 and
Austin Nnaini.
From left -- Tony and Josh Joseph ’16 with Carrick
’16, Carson ’08 and Dr. Carson Reider.
Front, from left -- Daniel ’15 and Dan Wolfe;
Christian ’14, Ian and Mike Noonan; Will ’14 and
Jim Whalen; and Eric ’14 and Scott Taylor.
From left -- Dale and Christopher ’16 Silber with
James and Mitchell ’17 Cetovich’16.
Front, from left -- Principal Jim Lower; Austin ’19,
Steve ’84 and Zach ’18 Schmitt, Grant ’84 and Wyatt Kelley; and Niko ’16 and Chuck Strickler.
Front, from left -- Chris Fuchs, Mason Epler,
Nicholas Fuchs and Charlie Probst; Back, from left
-- Mike Epler ’89, Tom Fuchs and Mike Probst ’89
(St. Charles Alumni Association Board member).
Front row, from left -- Dominic ’64, Chris ’91 and
Dominic ’93 Cavello, Jeff and Eric ’17 Cothern; and
Jay ’17 and John Ziegler.
The school was privileged to have alumnus
Chuck Gehring ’74 speak to the group following
breakfast.
From left -- Mark and Justin ’15 Yamamoto; Lee ’86
and William ’17 Hanna, Nicholas Baetz, Thomas
Hanna and John Baetz.
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St. Charles Preparatory School
From left -- Ramon, Jose and Keiler Rodil.
From left -- Mark and Vince ’16 DiCocco; Dan and
Joseph ’16 Gonce, and TJ, Evan ’13 and Tom ’52
Ryan.
From left -- Frank, Will ’14, David and Patrick ’15
Somodi, Mark Hickman, David (top) and Andrew
Somodi (directly below) Joey Hickman ’15 and Dan
Igoe ’61 with grandsons Mac and Mitch.
From left – Kevin ’12 and Trevor ’12 Lawler, Marc
Waybright ’98, Guy ’54, Dave ’80 (St. Charles Athletic Director) and Pat ’83 Lawler; and Vince and
Nicholas ’17 Arnold.
From left -- Allan and Aldriel ’13 Barnum, Dan
’15, Jimmie and Matt Irby; and Nick ’15 and Ted
Teknos.
From left -- Jon Lundquist, Larry Wagoner, Mason
Lunquist ’17, Steven Price, Ryan Wagoner ’16,
Jeff Pharion ’86 (St. Charles faculty member and
varsity football coach), Jeff Pharion, William Price
’17, and Daniel ’17 and Jackson Mittlesteadt.
From left -- Adam and Alec Roderer ’17 and Shane
and James Berry ’17.
From left -- Joey and Thad ’17 Paskell; Keith and
Will ’17 Scheirman; Tom and Carl ’17 McGowan,
Carl Grimani (grandfather) and Charlie McGowan.
(father).
From left -- Frank and Luke Voegle, Dave and Scott
’17 Preston.
From left -- Jeff Horvath ’99, Ben Carignan and
his son Leo (front), Eric ’92 and Tom ’65 Horvath;
Andy ’94 and “Doc” (AQ ’65) Mackinnon.
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From left -- Don and Cameron DeShetler, Brock
’17 and Logan (very front) Nommay, Jerry Skorupski (very back); Rafael ’17 Nuyles, Greg and Jacob
’16 Dilley, Nick Sorupski, Brock and Monte Nommay.
From left -- John and Matthew ’15 Schechter, Ed
and Edward Sprigler, Terry Miller, Patrick Sprigler
’17, Noah Miller ’15, and Stuart Sprigler ’13.
From left -- Tom Tanner (grandfather), Joe, Jake
and Joseph ’17 Woodruff; Stephen ’17 and Jim
Cottrill.
From left -- Deacon Marion Smithberger ’72 (St.
Charles Alumni Association Board member),
Gerard Barrow ’72 (St. Charles Alumni Association
Board member), Manuel and Steven ’77 Miller, and
Daryl and Wyatt ’14 Beltz.
From left -- Thomas ’17 and Charlie Broschart,
Jaylon ’17 and Roosevelt Williams, and Kevin ’85
and Zachary ’18 Kranz.
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2012-2013 Father/Son Mass and Breakfast
Front, from left -- Bob Albert ’49, Dr. Richard
O’Brien ’48, John and Will ’16 (Bob’s grandson)
Groeber.
From left -- Robert Lewis, Greg Bell, Albert Burnbridge, Cordell Morrison, Otis Smith (dad), James
G. Jackson (grandfather), Otis Smith ’16 and
Niquille Bell ’15.
From left -- Hugh Dorrian ’52 (emeritus member
of the St. Charles Advisory Board) with grandson
Joseph Jeffrey ’14; Francis ’14 and Kevin Flynn.
From left -- Maurice ’17 and Maurice Hamrick, and
Todd and Tre ’16 Hadden.
Guests enjoy breakfast following Mass.
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From left -- Charlie ’17 and Jim Henry; Gianni ’17
and Larry Canini, Conor ’12 and Richard Manley,
Ryan Sellars, John ’17 and Dean Kostas.
Front row, from left -- James and Jim ’17 Slones,
Ralph ’79, Robert ’09 and Antonio Polletta, and
Fr. Mike Lumpe ’78 (the event’s Mass celebrant,
then-pastor of St. Catharine Church, and current
member of the St. Charles Advisory Board).
From left -- Michael ’13 and Ken Lutter, Anthony’13
and Steve Howe, Greg and Jack ’13 France, Frank
and Mike ’03 Hartge, Mike Wodarcyk, Joe Hartge
and Andrew ’11 Wodarcyk.
From left --Noah ’15, Brian ’83, Simon and Stuart
’08 Gilchrist; Matthew ’13 and Dave Mockensturm.
From left -- Richard, Ryan and Rich ’91 Seidt, Tom
’65 and Eric ’92 Horvath and Jeremy ’94, Seidt,
on a tour of the Robert D. Walter West Campus’
Savko Athletics Complex, following the morning’s
breakfast and presentation.
From left -- Zamari Davis, Armond Phillips ’15 and
Felton Davis, Ed and Kaleyl Edwards ’17.
From left -- Dominic and Donato D’Alberto, David
Dixon ’16, Ben Feula (grandfather), Matthew and
Brad Dixon, Edgar ’12, Edgar and Donovan Ochoa.
From left -- Chris ’13 and Russ Whaley; Jeffrey ’17
and Michael Stevens, Asher ’13, Steve and Isaac
(front) Friend.
From left -- Lorence and Matthew Sing with Gene
Neal (grandfather); Dave and Matthew ’13 Bernert.
Father Michael Lumpe ’78 presents his homily
while making his way up and down aisle.
St. Charles Preparatory School
St. Charles plays host to
the Aquinas College High
School Alumni Association
After a successful inaugural visit last
spring, Aquinas College High School
grads once again accepted the invitation
to hold their May alumni association
meeting in St. Charles’ Robert C. Walter
Student Commons. The meal was catered
by Aquinas grad Jimmy Corrova, his son,
Michael ’74, and their T.A.T. Ristorante
di Famiglia staff.
Special attendees included 12 students
who were receiving funds from the
Father John R. Smith Aquinas Alumni
Scholarship which supports both financial
aid and academic scholarships earned
through exceptional performance in grade
school and on the St. Charles Scholarship
Test. The fund was established in 1987
by James K. Williams, Jr. (Aquinas ’49)
and fellow Aquinas alumni to honor
the memory of Fr. Smith, the legendary
Aquinas teacher and disciplinarian.
Standing next to the
Aquinas cornerstone
that was once part of
the original St. Aquinas
College High School
cornerstone from 1905
are Michael B. (left) and
Michael J. Fitzpatrick
’65. It was Mike’s father,
Thomas C. Fitzpatrick,
who rescued two century-old cornerstones
from demolition crews
that tore down most of
the Aquinas campus in
1965, previously located
on Mt. Vernon Avenue
just east of Cleveland
Avenue. The family
stored the cornerstones
in their family barn until
2006 when they donated
them to St. Charles. The
1905 stone was incorporated into a limestone
inset inside the Robert
C. Walter Student Commons while St. Charles
donated the 1915 cornerstone to the Aquinas
Room in the Jubilee
Museum.
Nearly 100 Aquinas graduates were on hand for some great T.A.T. food prior to their monthly alumni association meeting.
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SC-Aquinas Golf Challenge
The 2013 Aquinas College High School
& St. Charles Preparatory School Golf
Challenge was held at Willow Run
Country Club in Pataskala on August 23.
In its 7thyear, this unique event’s format
consists of foursomes of two-man teams
playing a best-ball “Ryder Cup” style
format.
Dinner followed for players and several
alumni and friends who did not golf but
attended to share in the camaraderie. The
day brings together former students and
alumni of both schools who graduated
before 1965 (the year Aquinas closed its
doors).
This year’s event was hosted by Frank
Roberts (AQ ’58) with help from the
Aquinas Alumni Association’s president,
Lou Nobile (AQ ’57), Paul Nobile (AQ ’57),
and Don Laird (AQ ’58). Next year this
honor falls to St. Charles alumni director
Louis J. Fabro ’83 who coordinated this
year’s Cardinal team.
This year St. Charles won the
contest 22.5 points to 19.5 points.
“Congratulations to St. Charles and
we look forward to next year’s contest,”
Nobile said. The trophy is engraved
each year with the winner’s name and
displayed at Planks Café on Parsons Ave.
Playing this year were:
Team Cardinal: Phil Hall ’47, Hugh Miller
’49, Bill Bringardner ’49, Paul Pardi
’49, Lou Martin ’57, Jerry Morris
’57, Butch DeMatteis ’57, Terry Welsh
’57, Ed Schroeder ’57, Ted Hummer
’60, Pat Rankin ’61, Bob Higgins ’61,
Jim Blackburn ’61, Ferg Theibert ’62,
Mike Wagenbrenner ’62, Ron Janes ’62,
Harry Ryan ’62, Mike Anthony ’62, Tom
Campbell ’62, Tom Tarpy ’62, Bob Cull
’63, Mike Wyss ’64, Bob Kuhns ’65 and
Louis J. Fabro ’83.
Team Terrier: Barry Swepston
(AQ’54), Marty Grosh (AQ ’54), Jim
Flacche (AQ ’55), Ray Bellisari (AQ
’56), Chuck Tonti (AQ ’56), Lou Nobile
(AQ ’57), Dick Meyers (AQ ’57), Larry
Schumick (AQ ’57), John Forkin (AQ ’57),
Bob Howells (AQ ’57), Frank Roberts (AQ
’58), Ed Ferris (AQ ’58), Mike Momburg
(AQ ’59), Bob Gunderson (AQ ’59), George
Wolf (AQ ’60), Mark Montgomery (AQ
’60), Al Bellisari (AQ ’60), Paul DiPaolo
(AQ ’60), Jim Kerins (AQ ’61), Fred
Gunderson (AQ ’61), Robert Irwin (AQ
’61), JD Ryan (AQ ’62), Tony Skunza (AQ
’62), Richard Haneline (AQ ’62), John
Zubovich (AQ ’62), Dan Petroski (AQ ’62),
Mike Kerins (AQ ’63), Gary Mangini (AQ
’63), Tom “Doc” MacKinnon (AQ ’65) and
Mike Stafford (AQ ’65).
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Cooling off at the table with some cold drinks after
the round were (clockwise, from bottom left) Michael Anthony ’62, Harry Ryan ’62, Tom Campbell
’62, Mike Wagenbrenner ’62, Bob Irwin (AQ ’61),
Tom Tarpy ’62, (partially blocked) Ron Janes ’62
and Ferg Theibert ’62.
With the outing trophy sitting in the background,
clockwise, from bottom left --Bob Higgins ’61,
Chuck Tonti (AQ ’56), Tom “Doc” MacKinnon (AQ
’65), Jim Kerins (AQ ’61), Mike Kerins (AQ ’63) and
Jim Blackburn ’61.
Mark these special uplocming
St. Charles community events
on your calendar
8th Grade Open House:
1:00 p.m.; Campus Theatre;
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Feast Day Mass & Borromean Medals;
11:40 a.m.*; Monday, November 4, 2013
Clockwise, from bottom left -- Barry Sweptston
(AQ ’54), George Wolf (AQ ’60), Don Laird (AQ ’58),
Mark Montgomery (AQ ’60), Bob Irwin (AQ ’61),
Mike Stafford (AQ ’65), (seated) Ed Ferris (AQ ’58),
Bob Howells (AQ ’57) and John Forkin (AQ ’57).
Borromean Lecture; Noon *
Friday, November 22, 2013
(Dr. Allan Goodman, Pres., Inst. of Intl.
Education)
Thanksgiving Mass & Dist. Alumnus
Awards; 8:40 a.m. *
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Silent Auction & Cardinal Christmas;
6:30 p.m.*; Saturday, December 7, 2013
Spaghetti Dinner; Noon - 7 p.m.*
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Father/Son Mass & Breakfast;
9:30 a.m.*; Saturday, March 29, 2014
Resting at the table after dinner were (clockwise,
from bottom left) -- John Forkin (AQ ’57). Bill Bringardner ’49, Butch DeMatteis ’57, Dave Kreuzer
’57, Lou Martin ’57, Jerry Morris ’57, Paul Pardi
’49, Larry Schumick (AQ ’57) and Ray Bellisari (AQ
’56). Bob Howells (AQ ’57) walks by to the right.
Cardinal Society Member’s Reception;
6:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 8, 2014
Muirfield Village Golf Club
St. Charles Graduation;
6:30 p.m. *; Friday, May 30, 2014
Platinum Reunion (1927-1963);
10:00 a.m.; TBA - June 2014
St. Charles vs. Aquinas Golf Challenge;
TBA - Summer 2014
Alumni form the Classes of 1945-1965
2014 Combined All-Class Reunion;
August 29, 30 & 31, 2014
Classes of ’64, ’69, 74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99,
’04,’09
From left -- Mike Wagenbrenner ’62, Mike Stafford
(AQ ’65) and Tom Tarpy ’62.
St. Charles Alumni Golf Outing;
1:30 p.m.; Location TBA; Sunday, August
29, 2014
*In the Robert C. Walter Student Commons
St. Charles Preparatory School
Alumni News
ND Honor Student Sends
“Thanks” for Rigorous
Preparation
Last May, recent graduate Matthew
Hadad ’12 wrote a special letter to St.
Charles principal, Jim Lower:
“I graduated from St. Charles in the
spring of 2012, and I just finished my
freshman year at the University of Notre
Dame. I was successful in obtaining a 4.0
GPA in both fall and spring semesters
and I owe the faculty and staff at St.
Charles some significant gratitude and
thanks for providing me with the strong
college preparatory background to achieve
these goals.”
“The mission of St. Charles to provide
its students with a thorough college
preparatory education is only possible
through the collective effort of all of its
teachers,” he said. “Mrs. Bostic provided
me with a rigorous chemistry background
in her HS and AP chemistry classes in
order for me to blow through general
and organic chemistry at Notre Dame.
Mr. Lopresti’s AP biology class was more
intense and thorough than both semesters
of my biology classes at Notre Dame.
Mr. Scott Pharion taught me invaluable
critical thinking and essay writing skills
in his AP English class that I have
utilized in almost all of my classes.
The St. Charles Latin program,
through Mr. Cavello and Mr. O’Neil, was
very useful for my mythology and English
classes, and I even decided to pick up
a Latin minor this semester. I could go
on and on about the accolades of each
individual teacher I have had; the point
is, what you are all doing is working very
effectively. Some students may not put in
the effort to maximize their education at
St. Charles, but if the student is willing
to take advantage of his resources, he will
have the ability to excel at the highest
level at any institution.”
I do not believe that I would be where
I am now without the faculty and staff
at St. Charles. I am honored and proud
to be a graduate of St. Charles, and I am
so thankful for my education and the
blessings that have brought me to where I
am today. Thank you, and God Bless.”
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2009 classmates following their “White Coat”
ceremony at the University of Cincinnati. From left
-- Ben Luft, Geoff Newcomb and Spencer Powell.
2009 Grads Now in
Residency Together
As unlikely that it may be, three 2009 St.
Charles alumni have found themselves
reunited once again after undergraduate
pre-med experiences at different schools.
Ben Luft ’09 went to the University
of Notre Dame, Geoff Newcomb ’09
attended Georgetown University and
Spencer Powell ’09 graduated from Miami
University in Oxford.
Geoff said that he, Ben and Spencer
went to four years of undergraduate
school. “After taking the MCAT sometime
during the junior year of college, we
applied for medical school during the
summer going into our senior years.
We then went on interviews for medical
school throughout senior year. Now that
we have matriculated to UC, we have four
years of school here followed by residency
programs which can range from 3-5
years in length. Following this, we can
choose to specialize through fellowship
programs,” Geoff said.
“I attended Georgetown University
for undergraduate school and had an
amazing four years. I was able to meet a
lot of interesting people from all over the
country. I found that I really bonded with
other guys who attended all-male high
schools. We had the same sense of humor
and got along well.
Geoff noted that in his sophomore
year he began biological research in the
field of genetics under the guidance of
Professor Ronda Rolfes. He worked in a
lab studying the nuclear localization of
DNA during transcriptional activation
in the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
He served as the secretary of a studentled group, Hoyas for Troops. The group
was formed as a way to raise money and
awareness for military veterans and their
families. “We gave most of the proceeds
from our fundraisers to the organization,
USA Cares. I also played club lacrosse for
Georgetown,” he said.
Geoff isn’t completely sure what he
wants to do after medical school but is
thinking about applying for a surgical
residency. “I shadowed a spinal and
neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Shehadi (and
the parent of St. Charles freshman),
during the summer going into my junior
year and I really enjoyed it. He has
become a close family friend and we see
each other fairly regularly.”
Geoff explains that the “White Jacket”
ceremony photo that accompanies this
story marks their introduction into the
field of medical professionals. “We are
supposed to see ourselves as professionals
and “stewards” of medicine from here on
out,” he said. Following some speeches
and a keynote address, each medical
student approaches the stage as his/her
name is called. The speaker announces
where we went to undergraduate school
and the degree(s) we received. “It was a
really special ceremony for us and our
families” Geoff said.
Ben Luft majored in psychology while
taking a premed course load at ND. He
is planning to pursue practicing as a
developmental pediatrician or a child
psychiatrist. He said that the three of
them have just completed training as
“first responders” and began basic science
training.
“I am very glad to have a wide range
of friends from my St. Charles class such
that I was able to pick up where I left
off with Geoff and Spencer. We didn’t
talk much during college, but our SC
connection made it very easy and natural
to become fast friends again. I still
maintain frequent contact with other SC
friends, too,” Ben said.
Ben said “I would credit SC immensely
for my success so far. Undergrad was
really not much of an adjustment in
study habits or work ethic for me at all.
If anything, it was probably a little less
intensive than SC. Doc, Mr. Lopresti, and
Mrs. Bostic all gave me a foundation to
excel in my basic sciences classes, and
Mr. Callahan (who I understand has left)
inspired a love of psychology in me.”
Spencer Powell earned a B.S. in
zoology and a minor in neuroscience while
at Miami. “While at college, I found it
beneficial to get involved with student
organizations that reflect my professional
aspirations; it helped me discover and
evaluate my interests, and it’s also a great
way to meet people and make friends, “
he said. He was involved in a community
outreach program that worked with the
elderly and people with dementia in local
Oxford nursing homes, and says he really
enjoyed working with the residents.
Spencer said that what he most
remembers about his time at St. Charles
was playing JV basketball and soccer his
junior year. “During a particularly tough
junior year academic course load, it was
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essential for me to have sports to stay
active and provide a release from school.”
He became good friends with members
of these teams and continues to stay in
touch. “I think the people who surround
you make a huge influence on your
personality, lifestyle, and decisions,
so being involved in the St. Charles
community with other highly motivated
students has played a part in shaping the
person I am today,” Spencer said.
“It was difficult at times—to this day
Latin III is one of the hardest classes I
have ever taken—but I am grateful for my
experiences at St. Charles and am proud
to be an alumnus!”
Newcomb said that St. Charles
undoubtedly had a major impact on him.
It helped prepare me for my future career
as a physician,” he said.
He says something he remembers from
St. Charles still sticks out in his mind. “
I will always remember my senior year
on the lacrosse team. We had a team
full of senior leaders and we had a very
successful season, beating Dublin Scioto
twice and Dublin Coffman. Whenever
I come back to Columbus, I still hang
out with all of those guys from the team
and it’s like we never left. I can’t thank
St. Charles enough for bringing us all
together and preparing us for life both
during and following undergraduate
school,” Geoff said.
Gieseck ’08 accepts
prestigious fellowship with
U.S.’s NIH; Patents Pending
Trey Gieseck ’08 finds himself racking up
plenty of frequent flier miles traveling
overseas lately, having earned a highlyprestigious dual-appointment as a Fellow
at the U.S. National Institutes of Health
/ National Institute for Allergy and
Infectious Diseases and the University of
Cambridge in Cambridgeshire, England.
This highly-accomplished and very
smart alumnus is also racking up a
number of patents.
When Trey is not in Cambridge
pursuing his doctorate of philosophy
in surgery he is in Washington, D.C.
conducting much of his clinical research.
Trey’s work at the NIH involves studying
the underlying mechanisms of hepatic
fibrosis, a pathology that eventually
leads to cirrhosis of the liver. Using the
results of his basic research at the NIH
in Cambridge, he specializes in designing
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Richard Gieseck III ’08 at his research lab in
Cambridge.
and optimizing translation stem cell
based therapies as alternatives for liver
transplantation.
Gieseck explains in laymen’s terms,
the significance of his work. First off, he
notes that currently the only treatment
for liver cirrhosis is liver transplant. “The
procedure is both costly and risky, and
there is a lack of donors on top of that,” he
said.
“Individuals who are lucky enough to
receive transplants are subject to lifelong
immunosupression and could fall ill and
die from something as simple as the
common cold. Additionally, the cost both
in terms of money and physical/emotional
suffering of those who are kept alive for
years waiting for a transplant really takes
a toll,” he said.
“So you can see there’s a huge unmet
clinical need for either an alternative to
transplantation or some early treatment
which can prevent cirrhosis from
developing. The work I do at Cambridge
and the NIH with induced pluripotent
stem cells promises to do just that. Stem
cell-derived liver cells given to a person
with hepatic fibrosis (the precursor to
cirrhosis) may reverse the damage and
eliminate the need of transplantation for
such individuals. The same cells given
to patients with end-stage cirrhosis
may help stabilize them long enough to
receive a transplant. Since, the cells are
derived from the patient, there is no risk
of rejection and therefore no need for
immunosupression.”
He continued. “Additionally, being
able to produce large quantities of human
liver cells from stem cells has other
distinct advantages and applications.
Before the discovery of stem cells and
the development of protocols to derive
liver tissue from such cells, most drugs
and potential therapeutic agents were
tested in animals. While animal models
can often give us a good idea of how drugs
might behave in humans, sometimes they
do not, often with dire consequences. To
illustrate with an example that most
people are familiar with, while humans
have no problem (and often enjoy!) eating
large quantities of dark chocolate, a
small quantity given to a dog can cause
them to get very sick. So the same
unfortunately often happens with the
drugs we test in animals. Some drugs
might get discarded early because they
adversely affect animals (and possibly
could have worked wonders in humans)
and some make it to clinical trials only to
have severe, unexpected side effects in the
experimental patient group.”
“With induced pluripotent stem cell
derived liver cells, we are able to test
potential therapeutic agents and novel
drugs directly on human cells in vitro,
which eliminates some of the burden
on animal models of disease and adds
physiological relevance since the cells are
human in origin.”
Gieseck is even smarter than he
sounds. He has two patents pending.
One is a bio-engineered bandage that
can stop bleeding and then release
drugs in a controlled fashion to reduce/
prevent scarring. The other is a nanoscale
printer with a wide range of potential
applications in the biomedical and
technology industries.
He already has other patents to his name.
He has also authored or co-authored
nine manuscripts in peer-reviewed
journals and has presented his findings
at several national and international
conferences.
Trey earned degrees in mathematics
and biomedical engineering from Purdue
University in 2012 where he was a
member of the Delta Chi Fraternity,
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society,
Biomedical Engineering Society and
National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
He also holds degrees from the University
of Cambridge’s Judge Business School
and an NQF6 in management of
technology and innovation (2013). He
expects to complete his PhD in surgery
from Cambridge in 2016.
In his free time he loves to travel, weightlift, and write and compose music. He
also loves to cook and says he has become
somewhat of a wine enthusiast during his
tenure in Europe.
With his class having recently
celebrated its five-year reunion, he thinks
back often St. Charles. His favorite
memory seems to tie in perfectly with his
present situation. (He would be a “Father
Bennett Favorite” for sure!)
“While I may sound a bit cliché in saying
this (at least in a St. Charles sense), my
favorite memories all revolve around
world history with Msgr. Bennett. The
joy in his eyes as he cannonballed sweets
at our heads, the fury in his voice when
someone uttered the “W” or “D-word,”
and the rare, but unforgettable moments
when he’d give us advice on “how to get
with the ladies,” will never be forgotten.
St. Charles Preparatory School
Diehl ’03 releases studio
album; His star continues
to rise
It was definitely time to put a focus back
on Aaron since the last Cardinal magazine article on his rising star came back
in the fall of 2009! He recently played the
Southern Theatre in downtown Columbus
on September 19 and resides in Manhattan where he serves as pianist for St.
Joseph of the Holy Family Church in Harlem when not performing outside the city
In April, internationally-renowned musician and St. Charles alumnus, Aaron
Diehl, was featured in the New York
Times’ “Critic’s Notebook.” The story entitled “A Couple of Pianists Change Key”
and written by Benjamin Lowy for the
Times touched on the divergent styles of
Jazz pianists Diehl and Gerald Clayton.
The New York Times story notes that
Diehl had released studio debut album
The Bespoke Man’s Narrative, on the
Mack Avenue label last spring. Lowy
describes Aaron’s work thusly: “His aesthetic coordinates were well established:
melodic precision, harmonic erudition and
elegant restraint, after the example set
by his most direct influence, John Lewis.
(One project he took on while at Juilliard
was helping Mr. Lewis’s widow, Mirjana,
organize his manuscripts, recordings and
other archival materials.)”
Aaron Diehl as photographed by John Abbott.
Aaron Diehl ’03 (with Dean of Students John
Salyer ’85) stopped by in September on his way
through Columbus back to New York.
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Lowy continues: “It’s mildly disorienting
to hear a young musician working that
angle so assiduously now, as if the battle
hadn’t been won a long time ago. But Mr.
Diehl brings such an un-self-conscious
clarity to the task — smoothly abetted by
his band mates, the vibraphonist Warren Wolf, the bassist David Wong and the
drummer Rodney Green — that he makes
it seem only natural.
The article concludes: “Mr. Diehl’s
sure-footed but altogether playful solo
on that track is a good argument for his
continued work along these lines. So too is
the articulate ease of his original compositions on the album, including “Blue
Nude,” a slow rhapsody; “Stop and Go,” a
quicksilver jaunt; and “Generation Y,” an
episodic piece whose only misstep is the
title.”
Aaron’s website (http://www.aarondiehl.com/#) shares much information
on the young phenom. Diehl is the 2011
Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz of the American Pianists Association. Hailed by the
New York Times as a “Revelation,” and
the Chicago Tribune as “The most promising discovery that [Wynton] Marsalis
has made since Eric Reed,” Aaron Diehl’s
distinctive interpretations of the music
of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Art
Tatum, Duke Ellington, and other masters pays homage to the tradition while
establishing his own original voice.”
The site goes on to share that “Diehl
has performed with the Wynton Marsalis
Septet, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Benny Golson, Hank Jones, Wycliffe
Gordon, Victor Goines, Wessell Anderson,
Loren Schoenberg and has been featured
on Marian McPartland’s NPR radio show
Piano Jazz. His international touring has
included major European jazz festivals as
well as performances in South America
and Asia. In addition to the Mozart Jazz
trio album, he has recently released Live
at Caramoor, from his solo performance at
the prestigious festival in the summer of
2008. His latest trio CD is entitled Live at
the Players.
Aaron is a 2007 graduate of the Juilliard School where his teachers included
Kenny Barron, Eric Reed and Oxana
Yablonskaya. His honors include Lincoln
Center’s prestigious Martin E. Segal
award in 2004, winner of the 2003 Jazz
Arts Group Hank Marr Jazz Competition and Outstanding Soloist at Jazz at
Lincoln Center’s 2002 Essentially Ellington Competition. Immediately following
graduation from St. Charles, he toured
with the Wynton Marsalis Septet.
From left -- Chris Quinn ’11, John Simmons ’16
and Michael Simmons ’09 at the finish line of the
Cross Country Alumni Race.
Cross Country Team hold
Alumni Race
By Chris Kelly ’03
This year’s installment of the St. Charles
Cross Country Team’s annual Alumni
Race enjoyed ideal conditions. The day
dawned misty and cool as nearly 100
current athletes, alumni, parents and
coaches took to Otterbein College’s
beautiful 5K course.
Head Coach Damien Brandon sent
the runners off in a rousing start to a trial
which included squads from Big Walnut
(BW) and Westerville South (WS). The St.
Charles coaching staff invited these two
other schools to participate based on the
close ties of tour staffs: Coach Brandon
graduated from WS and his father
coaches at BW. We invite them and their
alumni (although far fewer than ours)
to give the guys a little extra preseason
competition.
This year, the SC alumni gave the
team a real run for its money, falling to
the current harriers by the slim margin
of 40-50. As in golf, lowest score wins.
The first place finisher scores a 1 for his
team, the second, 2, and so on. Because
only the top five finishers from each team
earn points, a ‘15’ is a perfect score—the
SC team’s goal each October for the CCL
championships!
Winning the race in a sporting tie
were alumni Christopher Quinn ’11
and Michael Simmons ’09, runners
for the University of Notre Dame and
Ohio Northern University, respectively.
Nipping at their heels were current team
leaders Nick Marino and Brendan Harty
(both juniors), followed by sophomore
John Simmons (younger brother of
Michael).
Assistant Coach Chris Kelly ’03 and
brother Daniel ’04 helped round out a
full alumni squad that included 2013
graduates Rick Nazario, Shawn Leary,
Tom Krajnak, Conner Bowman, Brady
Wilson (with brother Casey ’08), and
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Brian Vetter. Also on hand were former
Cross Country team captain Joseph
Mess ’01, track standout Al Johnston
’02 and former head coach Steve Kull,
who attended with his wife, Mary. Roger
Lammers ’85 earned a well-deserved
ovation, setting a high bar for the more
seasoned graduates with his spirited kick
to the finish. Our congratulations and
appreciation to all the competitors this
year. You are forever welcome to cover a
few miles with the team—as soon as those
old injuries heal over.
Students in Zambia: “Thank-you for the gift of our
school books!”
Steffensmeiers continue to
seek books for Africa
In 2010, the St. Charles community
donated books and funds to ship the
books to Choma, Zambia, in Africa to
support former St. Charles student and
Peace Corps volunteer, Josh Vetter ’03.
That effort was spearheaded by Andrew
Steffensmeier ’10 (reported in the
Cardinal magazine, Fall 20009) and the
overwhelming support it received led to a
library of over 4,000 books being built. Before the library, classrooms with
30 students had only one or two books to
share and no books ever went home with
a student to share with their family. The
photo he shared (alongside this story) was
sent to us from Josh as a thank you for
the books. Since 2010, the Steffensmeier
family has continued to organize
collections of books and always in need of
more. Especially desirable are resource
books such as health books, atlases, and a
set of encyclopedias to build a new library
in nearby Pemba, Zambia. To participate,
you may contact St. Charles freshman
Nate Steffensmeier ’17 by phone (614326-2533) or mail (1640 West Case Road,
Columbus, OH 43235).
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Matt Lampson ’07, new local spokesperson for the
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Central Ohio.
Lampson ’07 to serve
as spokesman for local
Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society
Columbus Crew goalkeeper and Stage
4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, Matt
Lampson ’07 has been named the new
local spokesperson for the Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society (LLS) of Central Ohio.
He signed a contract with the crew in
2012, becoming St. Charles’ first Major
League Soccer player (see related stories
in the Cardinal’s Fall 2012 issue). The
announcement was made at the group’s
Annual Gala in May.
“From the moment I first met Matt
Lampson, I could sense his passion
for helping others through his simple,
straightforward approach to talking about
his own battle with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s
Lymphoma and his goal of doing whatever
he can to ensure that others don’t have to
go through what he went through,” Tim
Hamburger, executive director of the LLS
Central Ohio Chapter and a member of
the St. Charles Class of 1984 (see related
story on page 58 of this issue), said.
“Matt’s willingness to use what
free time he has to generate awareness
for lymphoma and other blood cancers
tells you all you need to know about
his commitment toward helping others
battling blood cancers,” Tim said.
As the LLS’s Central Ohio Chapter’s new
spokesperson, Lampson served as the
honorary chair of the 15th Annual Light
the Night Walk held last month. He will
also be involved in several other Light the
Night events seeking to build community
awareness about the disease throughout
the year.
“As a Lymphoma survivor, I hold
this cause very close to my heart and I
invite you to join us in our efforts to end
blood cancers.” said Lampson. “Without
these efforts, I certainly would not have
been granted a second chance at life,
and I certainly would not have been able
to become a professional athlete. I hope
that by partnering with Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society we can ensure that all
children have an opportunity to live out
their dreams like I have.”
In 2007, the Crew Homegrown
Player was fighting for his life after
being diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s
lymphoma (see related stories in the
Cardinal’s Fall 2009 issue). Diagnosed in
his freshman year of college, he defeated
the cancer and the rigors and physical
tolls enacted upon his body to go on to be
one of top goalies in the Big Ten at The
Ohio State University. According to the
LLS website that throughout 2013 in his
second MLS season he will wear custommade lime green goalkeeper’s gloves
stamped with lime green ribbons, the
symbol of lymphoma awareness.
Derek Talley ’99 is presented the Carter G.
Woodson award for community service
In February by the Defense Finance and
Accounting Services.
Talley Recognized for
Community Service
In April Derek Talley ’99 received this
year’s Carter G. Woodson community
service award. He was recognized for
his outstanding service to youth in the
Columbus area through his church
“spending time pointing area teenagers
toward a brighter future.”
Talley, an accountant with the
Defense Finance and Accounting Service
(DFAS) in Whitehall, also manages the
local chapter of Ambassadors for Christ,
which is part of a non-denominational,
non-profit organization within the
Columbus Bible Way Church, located
on Columbus’ south side. “We focus
on teenagers,” he said, “but there is a
Christian element to it as well.” He’s been
the group’s director for the last 10 years.
Helping teens is something that
Talley said he believes in doing, but it’s
not something for which he set out to
get accolades. “I didn’t even nominate
myself,” Talley insisted. That was done by
the woman who hired Talley into DFAS
in 2008 in accounts payable. He has since
moved to the Leveraging Technology
St. Charles Preparatory School
division as a ‘black belt’ project manager.
His nominator said that “he is a
skilled individual with a remarkable gift
of being a ‘people person’ in a working
environment at all levels.” She described
him as “humble, compassionate person”
who is a “dedicated, honest, skilled
worker.”
Talley’s work with the Ambassadors
program helps youth from the sixth
through twelfth grades. The focus is
on education, leadership, “personal
branding” and appearance. “We’re not
a typical ‘teen’ program,” Talley said.
“We’re trying more to teach these young
people that their appearance and attitude
means something.”
He explained that Ambassadors
gives teens advice “on how to stand up
and be leaders in their communities
and peer groups. The program runs 5-7
p.m. Sundays during the school year.
Some weeks, the group might focus on
public speaking for part of the time
and then talk about current affairs the
other portion. Group leaders emphasize
academics by reviewing the young
people’s grades and by pointing them
toward tutors if they need help with a
subject area. The program also sponsors
job fairs to help teens connect with
meaningful employment opportunities.
Group leaders want to motivate and
encourage young people’s efforts inside
and outside the classroom. Ambassador
teens get involved with community service
activities. They work with the elderly in
various ways, with the homeless through
soup kitchens, and with projects through
Volunteers of America. Talley explained
that it’s important to teach “the kids to
give back, to share and to learn how to
trust and communicate.”
The benefit of the program is that it
“gets kids off the streets, away from the
foolishness of the city, by putting them
in an environment they have never been
before,” Talley said.
It’s not all hard work, though. One
week during the summer, the group goes
to a camp in Bremen, Ohio, for recreation
and relaxation. For the last few years,
he’s taken about 75 area youth to the
camp.
Talley enlists six church members to
run the camp as counselors, cooks and
an administrator. The teens go hiking,
horseback riding and swimming - “normal
summer camp stuff,” Talley added.
The church funds 98 percent of the
costs for the kids, Talley explained, but
the trained counselors and staff are
volunteers. “It’s amazing to find out how
many kids don’t have parent figures at
home to teach them anything from tying
ties to cleaning toilets - which I take the
The Distinctive Leader in Catholic Education
opportunity to have them do at the camp,”
Talley said.
The award he received is named
for Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), a
scholar and historian, who founded the
Association for the Study of African
American Life and History. Carter
published books and journals about black
history, and initiated what is now Black
History Month. For all of that, he is
known as “the father of black history.” For
more information about the Ambassadors
program, contact Talley, (614) 701-5152.
(The information shared here was taken
from a DFAS online story.)
Non-trivial pursuit
An alum gets his one and only shot
at the mother of all quiz shows.
By Benjamin Recchie, AB ’03
(Reprinted with permission; Summer 2013
issue, University of Chicago’s The Core)
To paraphrase Boromir from The
Fellowship of the Ring, one does not
simply walk on to Jeopardy!
I am one of those (occasionally
insufferable) know-it-alls, the type of
person who always seems to know the
capital of El Salvador, whether the moon
has a magnetic field, and if prairie dogs
hibernate. I won a varsity letter for quiz
bowl in high school and several hundred
dollars on the pub quiz circuit in my 20s.
I had even appeared on TV: a quiz show
on the PBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio,
during high school and a special episode
of Hardball with Chris Matthews in 2002.
I am a trivia nerd, and a particularly
successful one at that.
Nonetheless, I had tried to get on
Jeopardy! three times and failed.
The audition process has three steps.
First, there is an online test anyone
can take, typically given in January. A
series of 50 short questions flash on your
screen; you type out your answers. I took
this test in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012.
If you score well, you become eligible for
an in-person audition. (I got this far in
2006, 2010, and 2012.) A roving crew of
producers sets up shop in hotel conference
rooms across the country, calling in
groups of 25 to 30 people at a time. (Lucky
for me, the auditions in Chicago have
been held near my office: once on Navy
Pier, twice in a Michigan Avenue hotel
just down the street.) The staff takes a
head shot and administers a paper test
to prove your online score wasn’t a fluke
or earned by your sister-in-law on your
behalf. Next you play a mock round of
Jeopardy! against two other potential
Ben Recchie ’99 and Alex Trebek hanging out on
the set of Jeopardy!
contestants, then explain what makes you
interesting.
This is perhaps the trickiest part.
On a form turned in at the audition, you
have to list five brief, interesting facts
about yourself so when host Alex Trebek
talks to the contestants after the first
commercial break, he has something to
chat about. (Nobody in television wants a
dull interview guest.) Although I consider
myself an interesting person, I always
had trouble coming up with five brief
facts that made me so. I usually resorted
to a little creative fiction. For the 2010
audition, I wrote that I wanted not only to
learn to fly (true) but also to build my own
airplane (not really true, but it helped me
stand out). The staff also asked what we
would do with the money if we won. Most
people said they’d pay off debts or travel;
I invented, on the spot, a long-held desire
to visit every national park in the United
States.
Then you wait for a phone call. If
the producers like you, you’re put in the
contestant pool for 18 months. In 2012, of
the 100,000 online test registrants, 2,000
to 3,000 were asked to audition. Only
400 would be invited on the show. Each
time I was in this postaudition waiting
period, my grandmother asked me at least
once a month, “So, have you heard from
Jeopardy!?” “No, Mimi,” I’d say. “But if I
do, you’ll be the first person I call.”
When I got the call in December 2012, she
was.
I had four weeks to prepare between
getting that call and reporting to the
Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles. I
brushed up on certain subjects that came
up frequently, such as state and national
capitals and characters in Shakespeare
plays. Some categories, though, I felt
confident enough in my own knowledge
to skip studying: military history,
science, anything about airplanes. Some
categories I would never remember, like
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sports and popular music, were thus
better given up on.
More important than the knowledge
was understanding how the clues
were constructed. After a few hundred
thousand clues over the years, patterns
begin to emerge. Certain phrases are
almost guaranteed to pay off in a given
answer. A “Chinese architect” is almost
always I. M. Pei; “Polish composer”
is typically Chopin, and so on. Don’t
ask yourself, What Chinese architect
satisfies the requirements of this clue?
Ask yourself, What Chinese architect is
the clue writer realistically going to ask
about?
To get a feel for the clues, I visited
the J! Archive (j-archive.com), an online
compendium of almost every clue and
response on Jeopardy! since the late
1980s, and watched episodes of Jeopardy!
I confess that I rarely watch the show; in
Chicago it comes on at 2:30 p.m., when
I’m, you know, working. Instead my friend
Daniel Lascar, AB’03, TiVo’d the show for
two weeks and burned the episodes to a
DVD.
Lascar also had a helpful observation:
the key to winning is your timing on
the buzzer. It isn’t apparent at home,
but once Trebek finishes reading a clue,
lights on each side of the board turn on.
Only then can you ring in. (Early buzzes
are punished with a brief lockout.) It’s
one thing to shout answers at the TV at
home; it’s another to ring in at just the
right moment. I watched the recorded
shows with a pen in my hand, clicking
it when I wanted to buzz in, hoping that
preparation would be enough.
Jeopardy! tapes on Tuesdays and
Wednesdays, five shows a day. The show
doesn’t cover travel costs, but since second
place earns $2,000 and third place gets
$1,000, most contestants come out ahead.
Contestants can bring up to six people
with them, but none of my family or
friends could go. At the last minute, my
self-appointed coach Lascar managed to
scrounge up enough time off to watch me
perform.
At the hotel where I stayed, I avoided
the public areas, paranoid I might have a
confrontation with a future competitor. To
my relief, everyone was pleasant when we
finally met Tuesday morning for our van
ride to the studio. We talked about where
we auditioned and how many times we
had tried. My four attempts were neither
the highest nor the lowest in the van.
The Jeopardy! studio turned out to be
the one with a 30-foot-tall picture of
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Trebek on the exterior wall (across from
the studio with a 30-foot picture of the
Wheel of Fortune wheel; the two shows
share a sizable number of staff). We were
escorted into the green room, where we
filled out tax forms, agreed to keep the
results a secret until the show aired,
and learned the minutiae of the rules.
You can mispronounce a vowel, but not a
consonant. Keep a poker face during Final
Jeopardy. While in the audience waiting
your turn, don’t whisper answers along
with the contestants, lest the microphones
pick it up.
We each recorded “Hometown
Howdies,” promo spots for our local
TV station. One was straight: “Hi, I’m
Benjamin Recchie from Chicago. Watch
me on Jeopardy!” The other was more
personalized; we could choose what to
say, within reason. I decided to bash some
sacred cows: “Hi, I’m Benjamin Recchie
from Chicago. Turn off that Cubs game
and watch someone who might actually
win for a change—me—on Jeopardy!”
Next came our interesting stories—we
had to come up with eight for the show,
not five. A staffer whittled down my
list: a trip to Spain I had taken with my
stepmother’s family and my postcollege
job at Yerkes Observatory hunting killer
asteroids.
Finally it was time to play a few
practice rounds. The set was smaller than
I had imagined and resembled a dance
floor from an ’80s club, full of angular
plastic surfaces and salmon-colored lights.
The producers dispatched us to the three
podiums to practice ringing in and writing
our names on the screens. I printed
in block letters for legibility, adding a
simple half-arrow underneath as a visual
flourish. They also did a screen test
for our outfits, which my tweedy sport
coat failed for developing a distracting
interference problem. No matter: we all
had brought five outfit changes just in
case, so I swapped the sport coat for a
navy blazer.
By 11 a.m. we were seated in the
audience, with instructions not to talk to
anyone who wasn’t competing. The staff
pulled two names at random to challenge
the previous week’s winner—not mine. An
audience trundled in. (For the morning
tapings, a large chunk of the audience
was high schoolers from Compton being
rewarded with a trip to the studios.) We
heard another warning about talking
during taping; then the theme music
played, the announcer intoned, “This
iiiiiis Jeopardy!” and out came Trebek.
The game was on.
During the first game, another
contestant had to remind me not to
whisper answers. We sat there, watching
as the people we had just formed a
solidarity with tried to beat each other
to the buzzer and make small talk
with Trebek. At each break, production
assistants rushed bottled water to the
contestants, mopped sweat from their
brows, and checked that the signaling
devices were working. Trebek rerecorded
any clue he had misread.
Occasionally the judges announced
that a player’s answer should have been
accepted or not, and awarded or deducted
a few hundred dollars from their score.
Trebek also answered questions from the
audience: courtesy of the inquiring minds
of the Compton kids, I learned he’s a huge
LA Lakers fan, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
is really good at Jeopardy!
Early leads dissipated; laggards
caught up with a lucky Daily Double or
a smart bet in Final Jeopardy. And at
the end of the episode, the contestants
chatted with the host center stage as the
credits rolled. The winner waited for the
next episode in the green room. The losers
were escorted off the stage. We didn’t see
them again.
I didn’t get to play in any of the three
episodes before lunch, which we ate in the
Sony canteen. I felt highly conspicuous,
although given that dozens of nervous
game-show contestants ate there each
week, I probably blended in.
I wasn’t picked for the fourth game
either. At this point, I just wanted to be
picked. I didn’t want to come back the
next day after another fitful night of
sleep. I promised myself if I got on and
lost, I’d take advantage of LA and go on a
studio tour. That calmed me down.
Finally came game five, the last
taping. The staff picked two names out of
a hat. “Benjamin,” they called. I hustled
to the stage for my appointment with
glory.
This iiiiiiis Jeopardy!”
My heart was racing.
“Please welcome today’s
contestants—”
My grandmother had died two weeks
before. How I wished she could see me
now.
“—a science writer from Chicago,
Illinois, Benjamin Recchie—”
There I was on the screen. My dress
shirt looked a little too white against my
blue blazer.
—and the host of Jeopardy!, Alex
Trebek!”
My hands were cold. My right hand
was around the signaling device; my left I
put in a pocket to warm up.
I answered my first clue in a category
about the Vietnam War (“What is a
B-52?”)—an airplane question too, which
I felt was a good omen. I got the next
St. Charles Preparatory School
Vietnam question right (“What is 1975?”)
and picked a new category. By the first
commercial break, I looked up and saw I
had $4,000. I was in first place.
Trebek came up behind us for our
pictures. On the monitor, I could see
he wasn’t smiling, more grimacing. I
considered razzing him about it but
figured he’d probably heard it all at this
point.
When taping resumed, he came by
to chat. The returning champ, Sam from
Kansas City, talked about his one-yearold son’s love of Kansas City barbecue.
The other challenger, Kirk, from Seattle,
spoke about his raccoon problem; he
heard you could get rid of them by playing
loud music, but this just attracted more.
(“Apparently, they were reggae music
fans.”) Trebek asked me about Yerkes;
I think I went on too long about how
exactly one searches for an asteroid.
As the first round continued, Kirk’s
score fell to $0 but soon rebounded. I
started to lose track of my timing. Was I
ringing in too early or too late? Or were
my competitors just getting in their
groove?
Second commercial break. “We love
your energy,” one of the producers said
to me. I had fallen behind, but getting
a Daily Double or two would launch me
ahead again.
The Double Jeopardy round did
nothing for me. Kirk found one Daily
Double and won $2,000; Sam found
another and lost $5,000 on a bad guess. I
was having more trouble with my timing.
I didn’t ring in once during a whole
category on World Series MVPs, my feeble
sports knowledge failing me. Once I rang
in before I had an answer fully formed;
there was silence as I stammered out an
incorrect response.
Quickly, the round was over. I looked
at the scores and realized there was no
way I could win. Sam and I both had
$9,000; Kirk had $18,200. Assuming Kirk
didn’t do something stupid, there was no
way I could bet enough to pass him. The
remaining battle between Sam and me
was for second place.
The category was Classic Novels.
I felt good about my odds—I’d known
every Final Jeopardy answer that day,
including one nobody else seemed to
know—but if I bet everything and was
wrong, I’d be left with zero. In a fit
of contrariness, I bet $8,994, figuring
everyone would remember me if Sam and
I both answered wrong, but I took second
place with $6.
We locked in our bets and wrote,
“What is” preemptively on our screens.
Then the cameras started up and we
heard the clue: “In his will, this title guy
The Distinctive Leader in Catholic Education
tells his niece, Antonia, she should marry
a man who knows not ‘about … chivalry.’”
Do you know this one? Because I didn’t.I
grappled for a novel about chivalry; the
best I could dredge up was Ivanhoe, which
I confess I’d never read. As the 30 seconds
ran out and the theme song concluded,
I wrote it down and put my faith in my
guessing skills.
Sam had written down Don Quixote,
which I actually had read but hadn’t
occurred to me. “You are correct,” said
Trebek. Sam had wagered $4,500, giving
him $13,500.
Trebek came to my podium. I tried
to look unconcerned. “You answered ...
Ivanhoe. No, sorry. And what did you
wager?” He looked at my number. “Almost
everything,” he said pityingly. “You’re
going to be left with six bucks.”
Kirk hadn’t even bothered to answer,
and had wisely bet $0, so he took first
place with his original $18,200. I had
whiffed, and big, walking away with a
measly $1,000 for third place.
I would like to say that I took my loss
with the equanimity of the Man of La
Mancha himself. I did not. Oh, I plastered
on a smile for the final credits and made
chitchat with Lascar as he drove me back
to my hotel, but you can only appear on
Jeopardy! once, and I was angry with
myself for blowing it. Back in my hotel
room, I scrubbed off my stage makeup
vigorously, as if I could wash away my
shame. I called my wife; she understood,
of course, but what about all my friends
and family that I had let down? Lascar
called and invited me to the hotel bar for
a drink. He critiqued my performance
kindly, as a good coach should. My trouble
with the signaling device was obvious,
he said, and I never quite beat my
competitors on it. A couple of reasonable
guesses had gone wrong; I was unlucky
to get saddled with a sports category;
my Final Jeopardy gamble hadn’t paid
off, either. Chance didn’t go my way,
he concluded, but my performance was
nothing to be ashamed of. Perhaps it was
the whiskey sour I was nursing, but he
seemed to have a point.
The next morning at breakfast, I ran
into a fellow contestant. She too had been
leading early in her game only to lose in
the end. “I just had a great experience,”
she gushed. “I hope you did too.” I forced a
smile and replied that I had.
As I thought about it more, my smile
became genuine. In the words of the
noted philosopher Gandalf, “All we have
to decide is what to do with the time
that is given to us.” Thinking back to the
actual playing of the game, disregarding
the stakes, I had fun. I could have stood
up there and played practice rounds
all day. I’m better off than I was before
financially, I got to appear on an iconic
TV show before its host retires in 2016,
and I’ll forever be able to say things like,
“Well, the time I was on Jeopardy! ... ”
Having shaken off that loss, I’ve
returned to my native bar trivia circuit.
(Last time I went to trivia in the Pub at
Ida Noyes, I won $40.) The fundamental
truth about being a know-it-all—or a
know-it-almost-all—is that money and
fame aren’t my motivation: I’ll happily be
insufferable for free.
Fullbright Scholar Awardee Fred White ’88 and his
bride, Jaclyn.
UVU Fulbright Scholar
To Build Global
Understanding At Russian
University
A story written by Utah Valley
University’s Torben Bernhard and
Heather Wrigley in April announced
that 1988 alumnus, Dr. Frederick H.
White ’88, was selected as a Fulbright
Scholar for the 2013-2014 academic
year. This international program is
the flagship international educational
exchange program sponsored by the U.S.
government. It is “designed to increase
mutual understanding between the people
of the United States and the people of
other countries.”
Fred is an associate dean for the
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
and an associate professor in the
Department of Languages. His mother,
Ruth White, was the guidance counselor
at St. Charles from 1981 to 1993.
White will lecture, consult and
conduct research at the Higher School of
Economics in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
He will interact with Russian students
regarding the perception of Russia in the
West, as well as participate in substantive
conversations with administrators
about curriculum mapping and program
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development.
“When we talk about
internationalization and globalization
we tend to think of speaking another
language,” White said. “But if we say the
only way to get to know Russia is to speak
Russian, then that limits our access.
I hope we can get people interested
in bigger global topics and get around
the issue of language by speaking with
Russian students who speak English and
then allowing the exchange of ideas. It’s
my hope this will act as a model for future
programs that are not predicated on
knowing the language.”
While at HSE-NN, White will teach
two large lecture courses and two smaller
seminar sections in English, including two
courses that White has offered previously
to American and Canadian students:
Twentieth Century Russian Culture and
Post-Soviet Russian Media and Film. The
focus of these courses will shift to accent
the ways in which the West perceives and
interprets Russia.
White will also offer two smaller
seminar courses on two notable Russians
in his field, the writer Leonid Andreev
and the filmmaker Aleksei Balabanov,
research topics on which he has published
previously. These courses support existing
courses (or those in development) taught
at HSE-NN. White is currently writing a
series of articles on Russian filmmaker
Balabanov and his particular take on
post-Soviet society.
White said he hopes to enhance
students’ experiences at HSE-NN by
offering them courses taught in English
by a native English speaker who is also
fluent in Russian. He also hopes to engage
students in cross-cultural communication
by offering differing perceptions about
historic events, Russian culture and postSoviet film.
White’s activities in Russia will also
include scholarly research. The time in
Russia will be invaluable for White as a
film scholar transitioning into a new area
of research, Post-Soviet Media and Film,
which relies heavily on contemporary
social discourse in Russia.
White said, “We want to begin a
dialogue between different cultures
and peoples, so that when we need
to communicate and understand how
the world works, we can do something
meaningful.” Presently in Russia, he will
return in July 2014.
Special notes: Fred married Jaclyn
Mabey in October and in attendance at
the wedding were Dennis Cox ’88, Robert
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Engel ’87, Robert Strati ’88 and Matt
Weger ’89. He also had two scholarly
works accepted for publication in 2013,
Degeneration, Decadence and Disease in
fin de siècle Russia and Neurasthenia
in the Life and Work of Leonid Andreev
they will be published by Manchester
University Press. Marketing Literature
and Posthumous Legacies, Case Studies
for Leonid Andreev and Vladimir
Nabokov, which is co-authored with Yuri
Leving, will be published by Lexington
Books.
From left -- Woody Roseland and Tim Hamburger
’84 .
Hamburger now Executive
Director of the Leukemia
& Lymphoma Society’s
Central Ohio Chapter
Last winter Tim Hamburger ’84
announced that after a highly-successful
17-year career with Pfizer and 24 years
of sales and management experience in
the healthcare industry, he had decided
to pursue his “true passion in life.” He
accepted the position of executive director
of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s
Central Ohio Chapter.
In a letter to St. Charles alumni
director Louis J. Fabro ’83 and
Development Director Mike Duffy, he
noted that the year prior a friend had
sent him a video in which the presenter,
Alan Watts, began with a few questions to
the audience: “What do you desire? What
makes you itch? What sort of a situation
would you like? How would you really
enjoy spending your life?”
Tim said that these questions made
him reflect on his own life “and I really
began to think about how I would enjoy
spending the rest of my working life.”
His journey with the Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society, he said, started back
in January of 1998 after a chance meeting
with an 11 year-old boy with cancer at
the Sheraton Hotel in Cranberry, PA.
“My passion and commitment has never
wavered since the day that I met Matt
Lewis. In the 15 years since, I have met
so many incredible people who have
changed my life.”
One of those was Woody Roseland, a
seven-time cancer survivor and now good
friend of Tim’s. In an article Roseland
for the Huffington Post ( http://www.
huffingtonpost.com/woody-roseland/iwake-up-to-blood-in-my-_b_2198470.
html ) he wrote: “To not appreciate the
wonderful opportunity that every day is,
is disrespectful to each and every person
who was taken too soon.”
Tim says that “in this single sentence
he has summed up my approach to life.
I feel so fortunate to have Matt Lewis,
Woody Roseland and so many other
friends and families who have been
impacted by cancer in my life. At the
same time, I feel immense pain whenever
I think of the loss of close friends and
family members who have been taken
way too soon by cancer. Not a day goes by
that I don’t think about them and, when
I think of them, I am saddened, I get
frustrated, I get angry but, most of all...I
get motivated to do everything I can to
bring an end to this disease and to inspire
others to do the same,” Hamburger said.
That motivation has spurred Tim
to be a relentless fundraiser, running
and biking in numerous races and
endurance events. As a result of his
fundraising activities this year alone, he
has personally raised more than $128,000
“thanks to the generosity of friends,
family and even complete strangers.” In
addition, the 14 cycling teams that he
has coached over the years have raised
nearly $1,000,000 for cancer research and
patient aid. “These selfless individuals
give me great HOPE that we will find a
CURE for blood cancers and many other
cancers in our lifetime!,” Tim said.
“Woody Roseland and I shared a
bike ride (November 2012 - see attached
photo). This ride took place the Sunday
before Thanksgiving and less than 24
hours before his fifth lung surgery to
remove three malignant tumors from
his left lung. During that ride we talked
about why bad things happen to good
people.”
Tim said Woody doesn’t believe that
‘everything happens for a reason.’ “Like
Woody,” Tim said, “I’ve seen far too many
bubbly young kids, too many loving
mothers and fathers, too many teenagers
die because of cancer to think that there
is some justification for this.”
“Reading his article and speaking
with him during our ride last November
helped me get beyond trying to justify or
explain why these horrible things happen.
Roseland then told Tim: “Things happen,
then you give them a reason.”
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Hamburger said some might see his
decision to make a significant career
change as risky at this point in his life.
“But, those who know me well weren’t
surprised at all by my decision to leave a
17 year career in a very lucrative industry
to pursue a career that I see as so much
more important in the grand scheme of
things,” Tim said.
“I found myself in a unique situation
in that I had a great deal of success
during my 17 years at Pfizer. As I
looked back… I did so with great pride.
However, I always felt like something
was missing...that ‘reason’ that my
friend Woody speaks of. I also realized
that there are times in life where an
opportunity might present itself only
once.”
“I look forward to working toward the
ultimate goal of shutting our office down
once we have found the cure for blood
cancers.” Hamburger said that he will
happily look for another career when that
day arrives. “Someday is Today!”
Terry Ryan ’76 the new
CEO of the VT Group
In January the VT
Group (VT Services
Inc.) announced
the appointment
of Terry M. Ryan
’76 as its CEO
effective February
4, 2013. VT
Group specializes
in providing
Terry Ryan ’76
engineering design
and technical
services and support to military, civil and
commercial customers worldwide.
Terry lives in Alexandria, Virginia,
near the VT’s corporate headquarters.
He has more than 20 years of experience
with the U.S. Department of Defense
(DoD), the U.S. Congress and Federal
Government customers. As a senior
executive in the Office of the Secretary
of Defense, he was responsible for
overseeing the modernization of
airborne and space surveillance and
reconnaissance systems from the mid-tolate-1990s. He also served as an infantry
commander and intelligence officer with
the United States Marine Corps for 10
years.
VT’s press release noted that Ryan
most recently served as president and
chief operating officer of the Emerging
Markets Group of ManTech International
Corporation (“ManTech”). Prior to joining
ManTech, Terry was chairman and
president of Mercury Federal Systems,
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Inc., and previously worked as an officer
at SAIC, Inc., SRA International, Inc. and
Adroit Systems Inc.
Kelsey ’73 Retires
After Distinguished Career
in Public Service
Mark Kesley ’73
Mark Kelsey ’73
retired from in late
July after a long
career of public
service with the
City of Columbus.
He most recently
served as the head
of the Department
of Public Service
(2007-2013)
Some might consider his last job one
of the most thankless in local government.
The Public Service Department is
comprised of four divisions: Refuse
Collection, Mobility Options, Planning
and Operations, Design and Construction,
and also oversees the Mayor’s 311 Service
Center for citizen services requests.
“Did they pick up my trash? Has the
snow plow come through? Did they fix
that pothole on our street yet?” All were
probably questions put to Mark and his
team.
According to the city’s website,
Kelsey’s responsibilities included
overseeing a team of more than 700
employees, an annual operating budget
of about $90 million and a capital budget
of more than $100 million for street
repair, sidewalk construction near schools
and the installation of traffic-calming
measures to slow traffic in residential
areas.
But during his tenure, he
achieved a number of significant
accomplishments, including the
successful implementation of the city’s
first comprehensive residential curbside
recycling program; reorganization of the
department’s transportation section;
the implementation of a comprehensive
bridge maintenance program; record
investment in neighborhood resurfacing
the last several years (with $33
million planned for 2014); significant
improvement of snow removal services;
and the successful implementation of the
city’s Bicentennial Bikeways plan.
Mayor Michael B. Coleman had high
praise for Mark, saying: “Each of our
neighborhoods has felt a positive impact
from the work of Mark and his great team
at Columbus Public Service. He has led
the effort to build new bikeways, bring
free curbside recycling to our doorsteps,
resurface our streets in the summer and
clear them of snow in the winter. Mark
will be missed, and I know he will be
successful in his future endeavors.”
Additional accomplishments include
managing the resurfacing of more than
450 streets and nearly 700 lane miles of
roadways between 2010 and 2013 alone;
he implemented the construction of 12
miles of bikeways; used Energy Efficiency
Conservation Block Grant program
funds to replace 1,402 energy-inefficient
pedestrian signals with LED bulbs,
including the countdown features at 260
intersections.
Kelsey came to the City from the Ohio
Department of Transportation, where he
served as deputy director of the Division
of Contract Administration. There he
initiated the recovery of $3 million from
consultants who committed errors or
omissions on highway designs. Prior to
joining ODOT in 1986, Kelsey served as
an Assistant Ohio Attorney General.
Kelsey earned a law degree from
Capital University Law School and a
bachelor’s in history and philosophy from
Boston College in Massachusetts. Mark
and his wife, Betty, live in northwest
Columbus and have three children.
1960 Memories
David A. Nardone of Hillsboro, OR, is
the retired clinical director for primary
care at the VA Medical Center in
Portland. He had also been a professor
emeritus at the Oregon Health & Sciences
University. He and his wife, Mary
Ellen (nee Dwyer), have three married
daughters, all living in the Portland
METRO area. He loves to walk, hike and
snow shoe.
Nardone looked back on the special
football season that took place in the fall
of his senior year. In his recollections, he
especially remembers his schoolmate and
friend, Jim Litwaitis ’60 and penned
the stories farther below in this piece. To
make sure his memories were still intact
and accurate he spoke with Litwaitis and
asked him to confirm them. Jim happily
did so.
“Dave, your recollection is accurate
and your written account is vivid and a
tribute to the outstanding educators at St.
Charles. You absorbed the writing skills
they taught us quite admirably. The “one
of our more outspoken players...” you refer
to below was Tom Hackett ’60 who had
been a classmate of Dan Massey ’60 in
grade school before they both entered St.
Charles as freshmen in 1956. I think they
were from St. Catherine’s parish school.
Thank you for a return trip down
memory lane, your kind words, and
your submission to Mr. Fabro. In your
characteristic humility you neglected
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to advise Mr. Fabro that you were the
quarterback on that team that led us to
that 8-1 record. I can still hear echoes
of your calling out signals at the line of
scrimmage beginning with intonations of
“Little Joe..” or “Big Joe.” that assisted
our linemen and backs with blocking
assignments and holes to attack for the
defensive set we were facing. Cordially,
Jim”
Enjoy this stroll down memory lane!!
THE GOLDEN TOE, 1959
St. Charles
Jim Litwaitis (Class 1960) was our best
athlete. He started and starred as a
senior in basketball and was an all-state
Ohio baseball player. Jim, muscular
and sturdy, was slight of height. As
was typical of the St. Charles times and
culture, any student who committed
to practice with the football team was
deemed a contributing member of our
team. Jim played the “lonesome” end
position (see US Army Football in the
1950s) for a few plays that season.
However, Jim’s major activity all year
was to practice “drop-kicking” field goals
at practice. In the final football game of
our senior year (1959) we played Lima
Catholic. Lima scored late in the fourth
quarter to make the score 16-18 in favor
of Lima. St. Chalres received the ensuing
kickoff and promptly marched the length
of the field where Joe Morris scored
with very little time on the clock. It was
nullified because of a penalty. Mr. Ryan
calmly called to Jim and said, “Jim, go do
it.” Jim was probably the only one who
really knew what Coach Ryan meant.
When he got into the huddle, one of our
more outspoken players recoiled --- “Has
Coach Ryan lost his mind?” To make it
more suspenseful, the players from Lima
had no clue what was coming --- the
smallest player on both sides of the ball
enters the game with only one play left
and lines up in the backfield. Dan Massey
snapped the ball and Jim calmly and
effortlessly “drop-kicked” the ball through
the uprights for 3 points. The Cardinals
won the game 19-18 on the last play,
making the season very successful at 8-1
with the only loss to Upper Arlington
6-20 on the second game of the season. At
that point in time there had never been
a football team go undefeated, so 8-1 was
a big deal. The next day, the Lima paper
had an article about the “Golden Toe,”
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Jim Litwaitis.
Several decades later, Tom Wiles (a
member of the class of 1960 and an end
on the 1959 team) was visiting with a
Navy Captain regarding a business and
consulting issue. They quickly learned
they were both from Ohio, went to high
school in the late 1950s, and that they
both played football. Incredibly, they
realized they played against each other
in 1959. The player from Lima vividly
recalled that last play with Tom and they
both had a great memory to relive. The
Lima Catholic player had gone on to play
at Notre Dame.
Sidelight - The game with Lima
Catholic was not the only come from
behind game of the season. In the
first game of the year with Bexley, the
Cardinals were losing late in the game 1512. They marched the length of the field
to win by a score of 18-15. GO CARDS!
St. Charles 6, Upper Arlington 5, 1958
(Football Not Baseball, Really, No
Kidding)
In those days all of our games were
away games. We came to play the Golden
Bears. The Cardinals had a pretty good
team but it was early in the year and
we were untested. St. Charles scored
on 40-reverse-trap when John Murphy
squirted through the middle of the line
and outraced everybody for a score. We
missed the extra point. St. Charles 6 and
Upper Arlington 0. Later in the second
quarter UA kicked a field goal to narrow
the score to 6-3. It was a standstill the
rest of the game. Late in the 4th quarter,
St. Charles had its back to the end-zone.
Mr. Ryan instructed our punter (Kim
McGovern) to receive the snap and to
throw the ball through the back of the
end-zone for a safety. Score St. Charles 6
and UA 5. The Cards had a free kick and
Kim boomed one. The Golden Bears were
not able to score with the time remaining
and the Cardinals won 6-5.
Several decades later, Dave Nardone
(living in Oregon for 35 years) was
chatting with someone who had taught
his oldest daughter mathematics in high
school in Oregon. As the story goes, they
learned they were both from Ohio, both
from Columbus, astounded to learn they
both played football in the late 1950s, and
that one (Dave) went to St. Charles, and
one went to UA. Without hesitation Dave
informed this person, “not bragging, but
we beat UA 6-5 in 1958.” The other person
played offense and defense and was a
co-captain for the Golden Bears in 1958.
Disbelieving he checked his year book. He
too was astounded at the story. Indeed
the score was 6-5 St. Charles.
Thanks Dave, for sharing these priceless
memories!!!
How Firm Thy Friendship!
Member of the Class of 1954 meeting in Florida in
March were (from left) Elliott “Jerry” Welch, Jim
Grace, Bob Le Bel, Don Adams, Bob Ryan, Max
Miller, Tom Hagarman and John Mullin.
Class of 1954 Snowbirds
Gather Again
The winter migration of ’54 Cardinals
to warmer climates has taken place
annually for some time. This year was no
different. The class’ Bob Ryan wrote this
about the group photo (see alongside this
story) he sent along in an e-mail:
“Once more we gathered in Florida on a
God-given, glorious day (look at that sky!).
Kudos goes to Don Adams, our alumni
pit bull, who encourages attendance each
year. Prominent in this picture (shown
here) is the man, second from the right,
Tom Hagarman who was a boarder and
only with us for our senior year. He drove
to our gathering from Port Charlotte, FL,
a one-way trip of 60 miles, to see people
whom he has not seen in 59 years – what
a joyous reconnection.
Our closeness is evident when you
realize that one person, Max Miller, flew
in from Alabama for the second straight
year to be there. John Mullin drove 128
miles one way to join us and Don Adams
and Bob Ryan drove almost 100 miles
one-way to be present. We were also
pleased that two ladies joined the fun –
Jane Mullin, wife of John, and Marilyn
Cherry, widow of Bob Cherry, who came
for the second year in a row.
But the champion for interest is Bob
LeBel. For the second time, 2011 and this
year, he drove from the Fort Lauderdale
area, over 200 miles one way to join us.
And he, too, had not seen any of us for
more than 50 years until 2011. And boy,
did he have some marvelous stories to tell
about his life as a golf professional!
There is something to be said about
the school, the education and the espritde-corps that compels us to join together
with willingness at our age. But I WILL
sleep late tomorrow.”
St. Charles Preparatory School
A letter to St. Charles, from
Dr. Nicholas C. Herbert ’54
St. Charles alumni
director Louis J.
Fabro ’83 received
an e-mail over the
summer from Nick
Herbert ’54.
He wrote:
“As a 1954 St.
Charles Borromeo
alumnus who
moved to California
in the 60s, I have
Dr. Nicholas C. Herbert
been enjoying
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reading in your
newsletters about the changes taking
place at my old high school. After all
the new construction, I’m sure I would
not recognize the place. A lot of changes
have occurred in 60 years including the
new pedestrian bridge across Alum Creek
near the site of the (Our Lady of Lourdes)
Grotto where some of us--not me--would
sneak behind to smoke cigarettes. Is there
still a seminary on the grounds where
boarding-school students would steal
beer from the novitiate’s refrigerators?
I remember assisting as an altar boy at
morning Mass in the chapel when I came
early to school. And being castigated by
Monsignor Gallen in math class which
was not so unusual: Msgr. Gallen’s
standards were high and few of us
escaped this brilliant man’s good-natured
criticism.
He then wrote an open letter to the school
and posted it on his blog.
“After graduating from St. Charles,
I got a BA in physics from Ohio State
and a PhD in Physics from Stanford.
I held various jobs in industry during
the 60s and 70s, then dropped out of
the mainstream to home school my son
Khola and do physics at home--a decision
which introduced me to many other
independent researchers working at the
edges of conventional science. During
this time, I wrote three books, the bestselling Quantum Reality, still in print and
e-book, Faster Than Light, and Elemental
Mind, books about consciousness. In the
late 70s, I was invited to teach and lead
seminars at Esalen Institute in Big Sur,
CA on the implications of Bell’s Theorem,
a new mathematical proof by Irish
physicist John Stewart Bell, concerned
not merely with experiments, nor with
theories but with “reality itself.”
Two of my achievements in this area
were the shortest proof of Bell’s theorem
and a thought experiment (called FLASH)
which led directly to the discovery of the
quantum No-Cloning Rule, a fundamental
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fact of nature that sets limits on the
behavior of quantum computers. My
work was recently publicized in MIT
professor David Kaiser’s popular book
How the Hippies Saved Physics and
in Supernature, a soon-to-be-released
feature-length film by Jeffrey Kripal and
Scott Hulan Jones dramatizing the 50year history of Esalen Institute.
I live in Boulder Creek, CA with my
cat Onyx, work out twice a week, have
published two books of poetry and am
learning to play the Irish whistle. Not
such a bad life for a boy both of whose
grandfathers were immigrants from the
Ukraine who worked as coal miners in
South-eastern Ohio. See what a difference
a St Charles education can make!
You are invited to have your
consciousness enlightened at Nick’s blog
at http://quantumtantra.blogspot.com
American Leaders Share
Values with Millennial
Generation in New Book
With an increasingly toxic partisan
divide in Washington, civil discourse on
the decline, and an education system
faltering, its no wonder recent polls
overwhelmingly show that Americans
believe the country in headed in the
wrong direction. This pessimistic outlook
has especially manifested itself among
young people who are desperate for
guidance in an uncertain 21st century.
“Values for a New Generation- Great
Thinkers Discuss What Really Matters
in Life” features the life experiences
and words of some of the nation’s most
important figures, offering guidance
and hope to a disenchanted millennial
generation to restore values to a
challenged society.
“What can you say about a society
where 75 percent of young people believe
morality and virtue are declining?”
asks Robert L. Dilenschneider, editor
of the book, founder and principal of
The Dilenschneider Group and one of
the nation’s leading public relations
authorities. “If this is the world that the
Baby Boomers bequeathed to the next
generation, we have big problems because
it seems as if the Millennial Generation
has inherited a moral wasteland.”
Published on September 15th,
“Values for a New Generation” includes
speeches from Michael Novak, nationally
known theologian and former U.S.
Ambassador; the late Cardinal Avery
Dulles, S.J., an internationally-known
author and lecturer; Joel I. Klein, former
Chancellor of New York City Schools
and current CEO of Amplify; F. Russell
Hittinger, Ph.D., Warren Professor of
Catholic Studies at the University of
Tulsa; Archbishop Celestino Migliore,
Apostolic Nuncio to the United Nations;
Father John I. Jenkins, C.S.C, President
of the University of Notre Dame; Carl
A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of The
Knights of Columbus; Robert F. O’Toole,
S.J.,President of the Gregorian University
Foundation; Father Jefrey von Arx, S.J.,
President of Fairfield University; and
William McGurn, Vice President for News
Corporation, all of whom spoke as part
of the Borromean Lecture series over a
decade.
The Borromean Lecture Series was
established at St. Charles Preparatory
School in Columbus, Ohio in 2001 by
alumnus Robert Dilenschneider ’61 The
series, named in honor of the school’s
patron saint, St. Charles Borromeo,
annually attracts a figure of national
renown to speak on the topic of morals
and ethics in business, government,
politics, religion, and society.
“St. Charles was my high school, and
I can still remember the teachers who
had a lasting impact on my adolescent
mind, the teachers who said something
that resonated with me, the teachers who
shared an eternal truth that I carried
with me into adulthood which changed me
forever,” remarks Dilenschneider. “This
sense of mission that I acquired from
my years at St. Charles inspired me to
initiate the series in the persistent hope,
against the odds, perhaps, that we can
turn our nation’s moral compass around.”
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“Values for a New Generation” takes the
moving messages that were heard by
thousands of young men at St. Charles
over a decade and makes available their
inspirational words to America’s 80
million Millenials.
“This is what this book is about,” said
Dilenschneider. “Inspiring and moving
the next generation to a still higher level.”
“Values for a New Generation- Great
Thinkers Discuss What Really Matters in
Life,” published by Significance Press.
The Notre Dame
Connection
Two St. Charles graduates have left,
and are still making, their marks at the
University of Notre Dame. Like so many
other Carolians, they are proud to call
ND their alma mater. Below you will
find two stories from the university’s
website, reprinted with permission,
that represents examples of the special
relationship between St. Charles and ND.
In 2009 St. Charles graduate Allan
Joseph won the Joyce Scholarship to the
University of Notre Dame. Allan went on
to become the Editor-in-Chief of the ND
student newspaper, The Observer, and he
now attends the Albert Medical School at
Brown University.
In 2010, Alex Coccia ’10 accepted the
Joyce Scholarship, and he too, went off
to Notre Dame to make his mark on the
world. As he prepares to graduate with
degrees in African studies and peace
studies, he holds the honor of serving as
the school’s student body president.
Alex offered this when asked by alumni
director Louis J. Fabro ’83 how he
manages to do so much so well: “I
compartmentalize and make sure that I
spend Friday and Saturday nights with
my friends! I [also] make sure to take
quiet reflection time each week.” The
formula for success!
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Rising senior Alex Coccia
named Truman Scholar
By Kate Garry
and reprinted
with permission;
June 10, 2013
Alex Coccia ’10, an
African studies and
peace studies major
in the University
of Notre Dame’s
College of Arts
and Letters, has
been named a 2013
Alex Coccia ’10
Truman Scholar.
Established in 1975 as a “living
memorial” to President Harry S. Truman,
the prestigious scholarship includes
$30,000 in graduate study funds, priority
admission and supplemental financial aid
at select institutions, leadership training,
career and graduate school counseling,
and internship opportunities within the
federal government.
Nationwide, just 60 to 65 college
juniors are selected as Truman scholars
each year, based on leadership potential,
intellectual ability and likelihood of
“making a difference.”
“It is such an honor to be named
a 2013 Truman Scholar,” Coccia said.
“I cannot thank enough my professors
who have mentored me throughout my
time at Notre Dame and the staff at the
University’s Center for Undergraduate
Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), whose
thoughtful and critical guidance prepared
me well for the Truman application and
interview process.”
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Coccia
is a scholar in the Glynn Family Honors
Program and an active student-athlete.
He was a member of Notre Dame’s 2011
National Championship fencing team and
founded the 4 to 5 Movement, a student
initiative in support of LGBTQ inclusion
on campus. He was recently elected
student body president for the 2013-2014
term.
Coccia, who is also involved in the
International Scholars Program in Notre
Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International
Studies, taught fencing to school children
in Uganda in summer 2011, and spent
summer 2012 conducting research in
Rwanda. He plans to draw on that
research for a senior thesis on the Gacaca
court system in Rwanda.
“The courts were set up after the
genocide in an effort to be sort of a
transitional justice, a restorative justice
model,” Coccia said. “My question is:
Has this focus on reconciliation had
an effect on the actual development
of communities? And what is the
relationship between reconciliation and
development in post-conflict societies?”
Looking to the future, he said he is
interested in politics and human rights
law.
“I’ve always been interested in law
as the system in which society operates,
and I think having that background
is important when we’re dealing with
structural injustices.”
Coccia is the fourth Notre Dame College
of Arts and Letters student to be named
a Truman Scholar in as many years. Past
winners include Elizabeth Davis, Class
of 2012, a Program of Liberal Studies
major; Elizabeth Simpson, Class of ’11,
a theology and peace studies major; and
Puja Parikh, Class of ’11, a political
science and psychology major.
Among the program’s many benefits is
a Truman Scholars Leadership Week,
which Coccia said was a fantastic
experience.
“I had the opportunity to spend time
with 61 other passionate and dedicated
student leaders,” he said. “Their
commitment to public service, whether
through public office, medicine, nonprofit
development work or other areas of
interest, is truly inspiring.
“I’m certainly humbled to have
received the scholarship and am
looking forward to using it to further
my education in an effort to live out
the mission of both the University and
the Truman Foundation — in service to
justice.”
Coccia’s Truman Scholarship was
made possible in part through his
participation in Notre Dame’s Center for
Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement
(CUSE). CUSE provides undergraduate
students in all the University’s colleges
opportunities for research, scholarship,
and creative projects. The center also
assists them in finding faculty mentors,
funding and venues for the publication or
presentation of their work, and promotes
applications to national Fellowship
programs and prepares them in their
application process.
St. Charles Preparatory School
Joseph ’09 featured
Reprinted with
permission of The
Glynn Family
Honors Program
As a senior in
high school, Allan
Joseph did not
want to go to
Notre Dame. That
Allan Joseph ’09
changed in spring
2009 when Joseph
attended Reilly Weekend, an on-campus
event for high-achieving students, and
was invited to join the John and Barbara
Glynn Family Honors Program if he chose
to enroll at the University.
“The honors program wasn’t a huge
factor in my mind at first,” Allan says.
“Then I went to Reilly Weekend, got to
meet the people in the program, saw the
opportunities—and just fell in love with
the whole thing.”
“It’s hard for a high school senior to
appreciate all that there is,” recalls the
Notre Dame senior, “but once I started
the program, it really blew me away.”
Making Connections
Among Joseph’s favorite aspects of the
program are the small honors seminars
in which Glynn scholars can fulfill most
of their University requirements during
their first two years at Notre Dame.
“They really helped expose me to the
Western intellectual tradition, especially
the freshman year seminars,” says the
economics and pre-med major in the
College of Arts and Letters. “How do
we take that tradition and apply to the
problems of today?”
For Joseph, the close relationships
students develop with faculty—from Dr.
Hugh R. Page, PhD, dean of the First
Year of Studies to professor Neil Delaney,
professor of philosophy and director of the
Honors Program—is another key aspect of
the program.
“That was really crucial, having those
professors who are really well connected
and really well respected but who still
took an interest in me.”
The Glynn program also offers
students a number of off-campus trips
and summer research funding. Joseph, for
example, spent the past three summers
conducting research, funded by the
honors program, at Nationwide Children’s
Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
“For the first two summers, I was in a
cardiovascular research lab and published
some papers out of it,” he says. “Then last
summer I used the money to do my thesis
research.”
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Before graduation, all Glynn scholars
also complete a senior thesis, working
one-on-one with a mentor to pursue an
independent research or creative project
in their chosen field of study.
Under the direction of William Evans, the
Keough-Hesburgh professor of economics,
Joseph is studying a program designed to
help primary care physicians treat their
child asthma patients.
“Professor Evans is a huge deal in the
field of health economics,” Joseph says.
“He’s an incredibly busy guy but always
takes the time to meet with me and really
guide me through the project.”
After graduation, Joseph says, he
plans to attend medical school. “I’m
interested in health care policy, so having
a formal background in economics is
really helpful. I’ve really grown to like it.”
During his time at Notre Dame,
Joseph has distinguished himself both
inside and outside the Glynn program.
As the 2012-2013 editor-in-chief of The
Observer, Notre Dame’s independent
student-run newspaper, Joseph led a
revamp of the paper’s print design and
online presence, even while tackling the
day-to-day challenges of daily publication. He also twice attended and once ran
the spring Washington, D.C., Health Care
Seminar through the Center for Social
Concerns. And, he has been active in
Class Council and Hall Government.
While Joseph’s accomplishments
are outstanding, they are the kind that
Glynn scholars achieve with uncommon
frequency.
“It’s an exciting place for people who
are curious about the world and want to
engage in the tough questions,” He says.
of the University and previously served as
chair of the board’s University Relations
Committee.
Notebaert is the retired chairman
and chief executive officer of Qwest
Communications International Inc. He
previously served as chief executive officer
of Tellabs Inc. and as chairman and chief
executive officer of Ameritech Corp., and he
currently serves on the board of directors
of Aon Corp., American Electric Power and
Cardinal Health Inc.
Notebaert re-elected
chair of Notre Dame’s
board of trustees
Vrabel ’09 a Glenn Fellow
By Dennis Brown;
February 4, 2013
(from the school’s
website). Richard
C. Notebaert, chair
of the University of
Notre Dame board
of trustees, was
elected to a new
Richard C. Notebaert ’65 three-year term
at the trustees’
meeting February 2, 2013.
(Note: Notebaert is a 1965 graduate
of St. Charles. See related story in the
Cardinal, Spring 2007 edition).
A member of the Notre Dame board of
trustees since 1997, Notebaert became its
sixth chairman in 2007. He is a Fellow
Napolitano Opens Office
Dr. Ralph J.
Napolitano, Jr. ’89
of Blacklick has
opened up a new
office, New Albany
Podiatry, adjacent
to the Mount
Carmel New Albany
Surgical Hospital
campus. Ralph is
a double Board
Certified Podiatric
Dr. Ralph J. Napolitano,
Physician and
Jr. ’89
surgeon in practice
since 1999.
Ralph earned a BS (minors in music
and, chemistry)in biology at BaldwinWallace College (1993); DPM (Doctor of
Podiatric Medicine) from the Ohio College
of Podiatric Medicine (1997). Besides his
main office in New Albany, Ralph is also
in private practice in Newark and serves
as director for Licking Memorial Hospital
as the director of its Wound Clinic. He and
his wife, Beth, have a daughter (7) and son
(2 ½ ) and are members of Church of the
Resurrection in New Albany.
Michael Vrabel ’09 was selected as an
Autumn 2013 Glenn Fellow from the
John Glenn School of Public Affairs
at the Ohio State University. He is
participating in the Washington Academic
Internship Program in which allows him
the opportunity to live, work, and study in
the nation’s capital. The WAIP program
selects outstanding undergraduates to
spend a semester in Washington, DC as
Glenn Fellows working in internships
that reflect their areas of academic and
career interest. In addition to gaining
valuable work experience through the
internship, students also complete policy
and public service courses, attend weekly
seminars with policy professionals and
Ohio State alumni, and compose a policy
paper. Michael’s internship is on the
Congressional Relations team at the
German Marshall Fund of the U.S.
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“CommUniversity Day provides
a unique opportunity for students to get off campus and
volunteer, encouraging many
students to go into South Bend
for a good cause,” he said. “It
shows that we are committed to
making the area a better place.”
Adam Mesewicz ’12
(University of Alabama) and
Brooks Wagstaff ’12 (at The
Citadel playing football) on a
visit last December.
2012
James Davisson was honored
in January for achieving the
rank of Eagle Scout, the highest
rank of Boy Scouts of America.
Only 2% of boys that enter Boy
Scouting earn this distinction.
He is a member of Troop 169
based at Our Lady of Peace
Church. The group has completed community service projects throughout the city of Columbus, including Eagle Scout
projects in parks and churches
and for environmental organizations throughout the Columbus
area.
Adam Henderson, a freshman
at the University of Notre Dame
was featured by the school on
its website for his work as part
of the South Bend community’s
5th annual CommUniversity
Day. This annual day of service
unites local college students
and community members in an
effort to complete various volunteering projects around the city.
Henderson, one of the event
planners, said in the feature that
the effort “fosters a positive relationship between Notre Dame,
Saint Mary’s and South Bend.”
The annual CommUniversity
tradition began in 2009, Henderson said. The Robinson
Community Learning Center,
the City of South Bend and the
directors of community relations
and social concerns in Notre
Dame’s student government
decided involving students and
community members in volunteering projects would increase
the positive contact between the
campus and the broader community.
The day-long event at first involved only a few hundred
people, but last year, participation reached approximately 750
volunteers, Henderson said.
Senior Kelsey Eckenrode, a
member of the CommUniversity Day planning team, said
the group hopes the event will
extend to a larger variety of participants this year. There were
35 different projects lined up
this year, including painting fire
hydrants, preparing gardens,
cleaning up parks, marking
storm drains to discourage pollution, and repainting crosswalk.
The day begins with a Homeward Bound Walk/5K Run and
a bus tour of the Notre Dame
campus was available for interested community members.”
The ideal volunteer projects pair
certain jobs with organizations
expressing interest in those areas, Henderson said.
“This [partnering] is a good way
to get people to participate in the
CommUniversity Day,” he said.
“People are more likely to participate and have a better time
if they work with an organization
they are familiar with and that
their friends are a part of one of
the goals of the service projects
is to promote increased student
participation in the South Bend
community, Henderson said.
2011
Andy Sellan is attending Indiana University Purdue University in Ft. Wayne and is pursuing
a degree in biology/pre-med on
a full-ride non-athletic scholarship. But academics are far
from his only interests. He is
an outstanding player for the
Mastadon’s volleyball team,
having been named to the MIVA
Academic All-Conference Team
for the 2012-2013 season.
Andy’s mother, Barbara Sellan,
shared a wealth of information
about Andy and his success
alluded to in the paragraphs
above. She writes: “Andy was
named MIVA (Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) Offensive Player of the
Week his first weekend ever
playing college volleyball (in
January). This is an honor that
is shared with teams such as
Ohio State, Loyola, Ball State,
etc. To be chosen for this honor
was a very significant accomplishment. He was also named
IPFW’s Player of the Week that
same weekend. IPFW beat
Penn State and Andy has started every game this season. “
“When IPFW came to Columbus to play Ohio State in February, almost all of the current St.
Charles volleyball team - and
their families attended. She said
that Andy’s 8th grade coach and
past club coach also came. He
probably had a cheering section of about 75 people. It was a
huge turnout!”
Sellan was a first-team All-State
volleyball player at St. Charles
who was named the Division II
Player of the Year both his junior
and senior years. As team captain he helped the Cardinals to
the 2009 State Championship, a
2010 state runner-up finish and
final four appearances in 2008
and 2011.
2010
Francis Essien reports he will
be graduating from college this
December with an undergraduate degree in biology and will
be attending medical school
next fall. He wrote to principal
Jim Lower over the summer to
say “thank you sir, for the tools
you and Saint Charles gave me
in order to bring about these
achievements. It was an honor
to attend the school and an
even greater honor to have met
you. Thank you for taking me
seriously when I said I wanted
to be a doctor. Best regards to
the faculty and staff at Saint
Charles.”
2009
Michael Simmons, in his senior year at Ohio Northern University (ONU), competed in the
Division III NCAA Outdoor Track
and Field National Championship in LaCrosse, Wisconsin,
May 2013. Michael qualified
for the finals as one of the top
14 Steeplechase runners in
the country for his collegiate
division. Michael ran Cross
Country his junior and senior
year at St. Charles under Coach
Kull and, at the time, Assistant
Coach Damien Brandon. He
fondly remembers winning the
Cross Country CCL Championship in 2008 and 2009.
Michael recently graduated
from ONU with a degree in
construction management and
is working for Simmons Brothers Construction in Medina. He
continues to run professionally
and hopes to return to competitive racing in the spring,
A.J. Wehr of Grove City is currently attending the University
of Cincinnati in pursuit of a degree in civil engineering. He is
also the vice-president of Delta
Lacrosse player Berkley Ellis
’11 receives an award from
Lynchburg College as his
school’s top male scholarathlete for 2012.
Tau Delta fraternity at UC and
“proud to have played baseball for Coach (Austin) Cornell.
Coach taught not only me but all
of us how to be better men and
to have our priorities straight.
Life lessons I use every day.”
Zachary Zabo graduated from
California Lutheran University in
May with a B.A. in political science and a B.S. in criminal justice (Summa Cum Laude). In a
letter sent to SC alumni director
Louis J. Fabro ’83, he noted that
he earned a full-ride scholarship to a master of public policy
administrations program. He
credits much of his success to
his high school education which
was only made possible through
a scholarship he received to attend St. Charles.
2008
Compiled as part of the class’
5-year reunion
Brian Bell is an engineer with
the Ariel Corporation in Mt. Vernon. He is a graduate of Miami
(OH) University.
Alex Fullerton of Columbus
began work at the Ohio Development Services Agency earlier
this year after spending a year
with the Ohio Housing Finance
Agency. He is currently in the
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Nick Byorth ’12 of John
Carroll University and
Michael Clouser ’12 of Miami
(OH) University visit in
December during semester
finals.
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Former Cardinal teammates
Jimmy Ryan ’12 (Capital)
and Dan Hennesey ’12 (John
Carrol) after their teams
squared off in basketball
game in December (Capital
won).
Jordan Feyko ’10 on break
from Harvard University,
makes a visit to his alma
mater in early January.
Aaron Isett ’09 cycled onto
campus for a visit with the
faculty on early September.
St. Charles Preparatory School
Brian Loushin of Westerville
works for Strategic Environmental working on wetland delineations and Phase I environmental
reports. He earned a degree in
environmental and natural resources from The Ohio State
University in 2012. He enjoys
attending sporting events and
fishing in his free time.
Michael Simmons ’09
competing in the 2013 NCAA
Division III Track and Field
Outdoor Championships.
second year of three-year dual
degree program at The Ohio
State University working to complete an MBA from the Fisher
School of Business and an MPA
from the John Glenn School of
Public Affairs. He earned an undergraduate degree in finance
(with a minor in mathematics)
from Wake Forest University in
2012.
He likes to follow football and
travel in the little free time he
has between work and school.
“I thank Mr. DeJaco for preparing me for a career in Finance
(AP Calculus),” he says.
Jason “Fuzzy” Lardiere of
Hilliard interned this spring and
summer at Terix Computer Service in Dublin. He will start full
time with Crowe Horwath LLP in
Cleveland as a staff auditor in
the fall of 2014.
In December 2012 he earned
degrees in accounting and finance from the University of
Kentucky where he returned
this fall to pursue a Master of
Science in accounting degree.
In his free time he enjoys watching sports and was an assistant
coach for the St. Charles JV Lacrosse team this past spring.
In early January Zander
Jeney ’08 stopped by to see
his former teachers and the
school.
Justin Miller has been a project engineer at Accutek Testing
Laboratories in Cincinnati for
eight months. Accutek is a mechanical and metallurgical testing lab that provides testing services to a number of industries
including medical device, aerospace, and automotive. He is a
member of the medical device
testing team. “Basically I get to
go to work and break stuff all
day.” He notes the fringe benefits of his workplace: playing
on the company softball team, a
nap room for when you are having a rough day and an ‘after5:00 p.m.’ room that includes
pool, darts, music, cards, and
an ever-changing line up of two
different beers on tap.
He earned a degree in biomedical engineering this spring from
the University of Cincinnati. He
and his wife, Katie, celebrated
their one-year anniversary in
August. In his free time he plays
golf, tennis, and ultimate Frisbee. He and Katie also enjoy
going hiking on a regular basis.
Of his time at St. Charles, he
says “I will always remember
the ridiculous antics of all the
guys on the basketball team,
especially of the numerous rap
battles that went on our sophomore year.”
Matthew Nadalin Bexley attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey,
studying organ with Dr. Matthew
Lewis and sacred music with
Dr. Steven Pilkington. During
his time at Westminster, Matt
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served as organist/choirmaster
at the Episcopal Church of Saint
Andrew, Staten Island. After attending Westminster for a year,
Matt enrolled as a seminarian of
the Diocese of Columbus at the
Pontifical College Josephinum,
studying classics and philosophy. While at the Josephinum,
he continued organ studies with
Dr. Paul Thornock, Director of
Music and Organist of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Columbus.
Alex Schaffer is the president
and founder of Al’s Ticket Empire, Inc.. / 444 SEAT (info@
alsticketempire.com) in Dublin,
OH. He reports he runs the
business with two fellow St.
Charles graduates “keeping
things close knit so to speak,”
he says. 444 Seat is a licensed,
independently owned and operated ticket agency that specializes in providing premium seats
to the events you need at affordable price.
Currently, Matt is working towards completing his undergraduate degree in organ performance at Capital University.
Matt is an active member of the
local chapter of the American
Guild of Organists and serves
on the Music Subcommission
of the diocesan Office of Divine
Worship, a body which advises
the Bishop on musical issues
throughout the diocese and
seeks to achieve the best possible standards for liturgical music in Catholic parishes.
Jeff Thompson of Blacklick
works in procurement for Ohio
State’s College of Education
and Human Ecology at its EHE
Service Center. He earned a
degree in English and a Latin
Minor from The Ohio State
University in 2012. He plays
soccer when he is able and enjoys hanging out with friends. “I
have continual memories being made, as my core group of
friends is comprised of mostly
2008 grads.”
Matt has served as a substitute
and interim organist for many
parishes in the Diocese of Columbus since his return to the
central Ohio area in 2009. Since
August of 2012, Matt has served
as Director of Music and Organist at Saint Mary of the Assumption Church in Lancaster where
he serves as principal organist
for all liturgies and oversees
four choirs as well as a number
of soloists. In his free time, Matt
enjoys cooking, wine, and music theatre.
Neil O’Kelly, having completed
his undergraduate degree at
Walsh College, is now attending
Georgetown Medical School.
His parents sent a little note
thanking “St. Charles for the
marvelous preparation he received.”
Grant Palmer graduated from
Dartmouth College in June
2012 with a degree in economics. While at Dartmouth he was
a starting offensive lineman on
the varsity football team. Grant
is now employed by Park National Bank in its Commercial
Loan Department as a credit
analyst.
John Prunte of Columbus provides investment-advisory support at Morgan Stanley Wealth
management and regulatory
compliance at Apprisen. He
earned a degree in 2012 from
The Ohio State University and
is currently pursuing a J.D. at
Capital University Law School.
In his free time he enjoys exercising and trying out new restaurants.
Dan Wodarcyk graduated from
the University of Cincinnati in
2013 with a degree in industrial design and participated in
the school’s co-op program. He
now works in San Francisco
at a local product design firm,
mainly designing consumer
electronics and home goods.
On the reunion… “I wish I could
attend. Definitely bummed I will
not be able to come back for it!”
2007
Benjamin Opperman graduated with a degree in biology
from Xavier (OH) University in
2011 and is currently a clinical
research associate working for
Medpace in Cincinnati.
Vikas Choudhary of Reynoldsburg earned a master’s degree
in statistics at University of Iowa
in May and works at American
family Insurance.
From left – Tim Fyda and his
son, Matt ’08 smile with St.
Charles Blood Drive volunteer coordinator, Bill Nye, at
the annual Red Cross Blood
Drive.
becoming a tech-company magnet. “Thanks to the state’s Third
Frontier Project, which helps
fund tech companies, along
with incubator TechColumbus
and the venture-capital Ohio
TechAngel Funds, 174 technology companies have received
a helping hand. And some that
began elsewhere have pulled
up stakes and moved to central
Ohio to take advantage of the
area’s resources and funding
options,” the article says.
Yurkovich works for one of
those tech groups. He is a research associate and SMART@
CAR program manager with the
Center for Automotive Research
(OSU CAR) and is working to
develop lithium-air-battery technology for the electric-vehicle
industry.
According to its website, OSU
CAR is “the preeminent research center in sustainable
and safe mobility in the U.S. and
an interdisciplinary research
center in The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering.
OSU CAR research focuses
on: advanced electric propulsion and energy storage systems; advanced engines and
alternative fuels for reduced fuel
consumption and emissions; intelligent transportation and vehicular communication systems;
autonomous vehicles; noise, vibrations, and dynamics; vehicle
chassis systems; and vehicle
and occupant safety.”
2003
2006
Kurt Meadows was in Cincinnati working for Duke Energy
before being moved to Charlotte, NC, to help lead real estate strategy
2005
BJ Yurkovich was in an August
25th Columbus Dispatch article by Tim Feran entitled “Columbus as a tech magnet has
strong draw.” The article discusses how Columbus is quietly
Compiled as part of the class’
10-year reunion
Dr. Philip Collis of Louisville,
KY, is an orthopaedic surgery
resident at the University of
Louisville Hospital after having
completed an internship in surgery at the Orlando Regional
Medical Center. He earned his
undergraduate degree from
Vanderbilt University in 2007
And his MD from the University
of Louisville School of Medicine
in 2011.
Alex Connor of Powell has
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He earned a degree in finance
(summa cum laude) from Miami
(OH) University in December of
2006.
Mark and his wife, Michelle,
have been married six years
and have two children, Mia (4)
and Ellie (2).
Brandon Allen ’02 on
campus in late January.
worked since 2007 at Star Title
Agency LLC, along with fellow
SC alumni Jim ’63 and Adam
’96 Saad. He earned a degree
in political science from The
George Washington University
in 2007.
Since 2008 Alex has assisted
St. Charles faculty member Dr.
Sarah Vandermeer in coaching
the school’s In The Know team.
“This was a favorite activity of
mine when I was at St. Charles
and it’s been very rewarding to
give back to that program,” he
said.
John Duffy of Columbus spent
six years working in merchandising at Abercrombie and
Fitch’s headquarters. He earned
a degree in economics from the
University of Notre Dame in
2007 and is currently working
on his MBA at The Ohio State
University (Class of 2015?). In
his free time he enjoys running,
watches sports and travels.
Mark Fleming, Jr. of Upper
Arlington has worked in Cardinal Health’s Financial Development Program for more than
six months as an accelerated
benefits-business development
and account executive. And has
two nationally published articles
In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, Ohio
State football and basketball,
and he still plays Xbox (I hate to
admit) and likes to research real
estate and read.
“While there are too many
memories to put down here, I
remember our sophomore year
when we beat Watterson in football. It was a good memory for
most of us at the school on the
sports front. From a class perspective, I think we all can recall
a lot of great times with many of
the teachers,” he said.
Matthew Gale of Centerburg
took a job as an assistant buyer
for a small retail store in Columbus after graduating from
St. Charles. He worked there
throughout college but after a
year determined it wasn’t for
him. He accepted an opportunity to become an intraoperative
neurophysiological technologist
and now moves between most
of the major hospital systems
in the Columbus as well as the
OH/WV region.
He started out at the University
of Kentucky and transferred to
The Ohio State University at the
start of his sophomore year. He
earned a degree in agricultural
business and applied economics with a minor in animal science in 2007. He and his high
school sweetheart have been
married for seven years and
have a son, Max (almost 2
years old). In his free time he
loves boating, biking, shooting
(basically anything outdoors),
riding on his ATVs and playing
with his son.
“After graduating from St.
Charles it soon became clear
to me why there was such a
emphasis put on respecting
others as well as yourself, working hard to accomplish goals,
and the importance of forming
relationships. While attending
St. Charles I would have never
imagined how well it was preparing me for the years to come.
It truly made college a breeze
and helped my to see the big
picture.”
“It’s hard to explain to a high
school student why they are
working so much harder than
their peers elsewhere, but it
becomes clear soon afterwards
the quality of education one
truly gets while attending such
a strong academic institution.
I am proud of me St. Charles
education and the relationships
I built throughout.”
Michael Hartge of Columbus is
looking forward to ordination to
the Transitional Deaconate for
the Diocese of Columbus in the
spring of 2014 and ordination
to the priesthood in the Spring
of 2015. He attended Ohio University and earned a degree in
communications in 2007. He
earned a degree in philosophy
from the Pontifical College Josephinum between 2009 and
2011 where he is currently working on his master’s in theology.
Prior to pursuing a calling to the
priesthood he worked as the
morning news reporter/sales
associate for WAIS/WSEO Radio in Nelsonville from 20072008 followed by a year as the
music director/ afternoon drive
radio host for WSGE Radio in
Dallas, NC.
Dr. Eliot T. McKinley of Nashville, TN, reports that after 23
years of school, he is now a
post-doctoral research fellow
in the lab of Robert J. Coffey at
Vanderbilt studying cancer biology. His previous work was in
the lab of H. Charles Manning at
Vanderbilt studying methods to
detect cancer and predict treatment response using positron
emission tomography.
Terry Conlisk ’01 (right) and his father, Terry, on a visit in midSeptember to the Robert D. Walter West Campus. Terry ’01 is
in his fourth year of residency at St. John Providence Hospital
in Detroit, MI, for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
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He has several degrees to show
for his time in school. These include a B.S.E. from Case Western Reserve University (2007),
and a master’s and Ph.D. from
Vanderbilt University (in 2011
and 2013, respectively).
All
Dr. Joe Mess ’02 (left) with his dental patient and staff
member.
three degrees are in biomedical
engineering. In his free time he
enjoys watching (and very occasionally playing) soccer, reading, and taking weekend trips to
Costco.
One of his best St. Charles
memories: “Brady Brady’s ’88
math classes were great, I got
my worst grades of my life, but
I learned the most from them.”
2002
Dr. Joseph Mess recently
joined Cook Orthodontics in Upper Arlington and Columbus. He
earned his bachelor’s and DDS
degrees from The Ohio State
University and went on to Saint
Louis University where he completed his orthodontic residency, graduating first in his class.
While in St. Louis, Joe practiced
general dentistry and completed a fellowship with the cleft lip
and palate clinic at Washington
University. Joe and his wife, Nicole, were married in 2012 and
are excited to be back in the St.
Charles community.
2000
In July, Andrew Chelton married the former Stephanie Shaver in Nashville, TN. Stephanie is
in her internship year studying
to become a registered dietician. Andrew continues to work
for Streamline Technologies, as
the director of business development. The company provides
official athletic websites and
ticketing solutions for college
athletic programs and professional sports teams.
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Michael Kelleher of Wichita,
KS, is an engineer at Spirit
AeroSystems, which was formerly the commercial division
of Boeing Wichita. He moved to
Wichita after earning a degree
in aerospace engineering from
The Ohio State University and
an MBA from Capital University.
He met his wife, Amy, shortly after moving and they now have a
daughter Victoria (2) and twins
Michael and Cecilia (born in
February).
2001
Dr.
Christopher
AlvarezBreckenridge completed the
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at OSU with an
MD/PhD in May. One month
later he began a seven-year
residency in neurosurgery at
the highly-prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. Christopher and his
wife, Jennifer, welcomed their
first child (Giuliana Margaux) on
March 16, 2013.
Matt Baehr ’95 on a visit to
SC in the fall of 2012.
St. Charles Preparatory School
Cincinnati Reds CFO, Doug Healy ’93 served as the guest
speaker at last spring’s National Honor Society induction
ceremony.
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Compiled as part of the class’
20-year reunion
Jeff Gugle of Columbus spent
seven years as a financial analyst at BancOne/Chase, eight
years as a realtor and (nearly)
the last three as the budget analyst with The Ohio State University Foundation. He earned a
degree in business administration (finance major) from the
University of Dayton. He and
his wife, Betsy, have two daughters, Abby (5) and Emily (nine
months).
Michael Pione of Columbus
has served the last 10 years
with Nationwide Realty Investors, managing multi-family
residential construction projects. He earned a degree in civil
engineering from Ohio University in 1998 and an MBA from
Capital University in 2002. In
his free time he enjoys golfing,
swimming, running and completing home projects. He has
fond memories of Monsignor
Gallen’s rigidly structured mathematics courses. “I also enjoyed
the swimming training and competitions. I am now swimming
on a Masters team that practices at St. Charles.”
Bob Ryan has served since
2006 as the principal at Brophy
College Preparatory, an all-boys
Jesuit high school in Phoenix.
He moved to that city in the
fall of 1997 after graduating
from Notre Dame in 1997 with
a degree in theology and a minor in pre-professional studies
(Pre-med). He also earned an
M.Ed. from Arizona State University and a master’s in Catholic School Leadership from the
University of San Francisco. He
spent two years working as a
volunteer with Andre House of
Arizona, a social service agency
that works with the homeless.
He and his wife, Kathleen, have
been married for nine years and
they have two daughters, Lucy
(4) and Grace (2).
Jason Seeley of Westerville
began working in his family’s
business, DASCO Home Medical Equipment after graduating
from college. He and his younger sister purchased the company from their father in 2003.
He earned an undergraduate
degree in 1997 from the University of Dayton and an MBA from
Otterbein University in 2006. He
and his wife, Libby, have three
children, Georgianna (16), Sam
(11) and Bes (9). He enjoys running, fly fishing and backpacking with family.
1989
In July Dr. John Vaughn became the director of Student
Health Services and an associate professor in the Community and Family Medicine Department at Duke University in
Durham, NC. He was recruited
away from The Ohio State University where he held a similar
position. He and his wife, Hilary
have two children, Grace (9)
and Jack (7). They love their
new home in North Carolina, but
have started working on a plan
to allow Jack to commute back
to St. Charles in 2020.
1988
Compiled as part of the class’
25-year reunion
Brian Burdette of Worthington
has been with Limited Brands
(Victoria’s Secret) since 1991,
having held various positions
in accounting and finance. His
current role is in merchandise
planning supporting the financial aspects of the company’s
products. He graduated from
Capital University with a degree
in accounting. In his free time he
likes to spend time with family,
heading to a park, going for a
bike ride, playing soccer or golf.
Dr. Denny Chinnock of
Leawood, KS, was a science
instructor at the Pembroke Hill
School (1993-1999), and has
been an emergency medicine
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physician at Lakewood Hospital since 2006. He earned a
degree in zoology from Miami
(OH) University (2003) and his
M.D. from the University of Kansas Medical Center. He and his
wife, Audrey, have two daughters, Alyse (14) and Ava (11)
and a son, Cole (7). He enjoys
sports with his children, biking,
running and reading. Of his time
at St. Charles he remembers
winning the state soccer championship in 1985.
Jim Greenhalge lives in
Westerville and has worked in
the hospitality industry for 20+
years. Currently he is the director of sales and marketing for
the Red Roof Inn Corporation’s
flagship property in downtown
Columbus. Jim earned a BS in
1994 from The Ohio State University. He and his wife, Amy,
have been married 13 years
and have two sons Ryan (9) and
Colin (7). When he is not coaching his own kids and nephew
Andrew (7) in baseball, Jim
has been a volunteer freshman
baseball coach for the Westerville Central Warhawks the last
three years. Prior to working
with Westerville Central he assisted 1987 St. Charles alumnus Chris Hanrahan at Bloom
Carroll High School.
When there is free time it is
spent travelling to Maine and
Boston every summer to catch
at least one Red Sox game at
Fenway Park.
Some unforgettable memories
of St. Charles are “working” on
the yearbook, throwing snowballs in the parking lot, basketball games vs. Watterson – both
home and away, and the long
rides to school from the North
side.
John T. Gugle, Jr., of Waxhaw,
NC, has spent the past 21 years
in the financial services industry
working across banking, management consulting, and investment management. He lived in
Tokyo, Japan, for seven years
working for Morgan Stanley and
Price Waterhouse Consulting.
Currently he owns and operates Alpha Financial Advisors,
LLC – a fee-only, independent
wealth management firm in
Charlotte. He earned a finance degree
from the University of Notre
Dame in 1992. He and his wife,
Ann, have been married for 19
years and have four children,
Sarah (12), Andrew (9), Ryan
(9), and Ashley (7). His interests
include golfing, international
travel, Notre Dame football and
enjoying their vacation home in
Hilton Head Island, SC.
“I loved playing golf for Coach
Don Henne ’61; learned from
some of the best teachers (Mr.
Arends, Mr. Pena, Mr. Huck,
and Mr. Cavello in particular);
owe special thanks to Ruth
White for guiding me to learning Japanese; and made friendships that last a lifetime (Brady
Brady, Sean Hanrahan, Mark
Vogel, Paul Blodgett, etc.).
Sean Hanrahan of Reynoldsburg is currently the pre-school
director for the Oakstone Academy where he has worked since
2001. Previously he worked
from 1994-2001 as a teacher
for Franklin County MRDD program. He earned a degree in
psychology (Cum Laude) from
The Ohio State University n
2010. He and his wife, Natalie,
have a son, Sean (3). He enjoys following OSU football and
spending time with his family.
He especially remembers “Mr.
Cavello nominating me for the
Herf-Jones Scholarship through
a peer counseling service. I
learned the value of being of
service to my fellow Carolians,”
he said.
David Postlewaite of Atlanta
has worked for American Honda
Motor, Co., Inc. for the last 16
years. Currently, he is assistant zone sales manager for
the Acura Division’s Southeast
Region. He graduated from
Denison University in 1992 with
a degree in political science.
He also earned a Diploma in
Business Studies from London
School of Economics (LSE) in
London, England.
He and his wife, Nicole, have a
daughter, Sloan (7). He enjoys
spending time with friends and
family. His holidays are usually
spent with my parents or in-laws
in Ohio, Michigan, or South
Carolina. “After church on Sundays, you can usually find me
in front of TV watching Formula
1 racing. I also like to run and
exercise.”
He says he was “incredibly
lucky to have two cousins as St.
Charles faculty members. Art
teacher Phil Smith is a cousin
on my Grandmother’s side
and then-school nurse, Betsy
Postlewaite Mason is a cousin
on my Grandfather’s side. Both
were very helpful steering me
through my high school years.”
1987
Otto Beatty and E.E. Ward
Moving & Storage Co. LLC, an
agent of North American Van
Lines, Inc. and Specialized
Transportation, Inc., received
Dr. John Vaughn ’89 at Duke
University
the Columbus Chamber of
Commerce’s Business Summit
Award. E.E. Ward was among
four small businesses to be
recognized for outstanding success in growth, sales and innovation. Chosen from a field of
more than 150 nominees, honorees demonstrated strength
and achievement in categories
ranging from innovation to diversity. Each is considered a
small business, with fewer than
500 employees.
E.E. Ward is a nationally-recognized leader in the relocation and transportation industry offering comprehensive
services including commercial
and household moving, delivery services and logistics. E.E
Ward has received numerous
awards for its high level of service, including, Better Business
Bureau of Central Ohio’s Torch
Award for Ethical Enterprises,
and the BBB Business Integrity
Award, Angie’s List Super Service Award, South Central Ohio
Minority Supplier Development
Council 2010 Minority Business
Enterprise Supplier of the Year,
and Columbus Board of Realtors Preferred Vendor for Moving Services. E.E. Ward has
been recognized as one of the
nation’s oldest African-American owned businesses. For
more information please visit
www.eeward.com.
Chris Ogden is the operations
leader for Battelle’s manufacturing and manufacturing engineering in the areas of avionics, chemical and biological
detection, sensor systems and
vehicle systems. He is vital in
helping develop a manufacturing capability within Battelle
including the redesign and/or
development of processes for
new product introduction, standard costing, demand management, business and strategic
planning.
In March 10 he was featured in
an article by Dan Gearino in The
Columbus Dispatch article entitled “Battelle division focuses
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Steve Fain of Phoenix, AZ, is
the director of financial planning and analysis with the Isola
Group. He earned a degree from
The Ohio State University and
an MBA from Arizona State University. He is married to Gloria
and enjoys watching Ohio State
football with fellow alumni and
fans at American Junkie Sports
bar in Scottsdale. He says that
“Mr. Lower’s senior math class
really prepared me for college
math and Mrs. Cobler’s vocabulary mastery class was also a
huge help in college.”
Otto Beatty ’87 receives Business Summit Award.
on making products.” It details
that company’s new nonprofit
research firm that develops
consumer brand products. The
story notes that previously the
nonprofit company’s products
were ideas or prototypes, with
almost no finished goods.
“Although Battelle has been
around since 1929, the factory
has the feel of an entrepreneurial venture,” Ogden is quoted
as saying. “It’s a startup. We’re
doing things new. Battelle hasn’t
done this before.”
Ogden earned an aeronauticalengineering degree at The Ohio
State University and then a
master’s degree in mechanical
engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
1984
Chris Boyd of Westerville has
been a teacher in the Columbus
area for the past 21 years and
currently serves as a PAR consultant. He and his wife have
been married 19 years and
have five children – all between
the ages of 2 to 12 years old.
Jeff Klingler, the president and
CEO of the Central Ohio Hospital Council, was appointed to
the Ohio Hospital Association’s
Foundation for Healthy Communities Board of Directors in
January. The foundation seeks
to assist Ohio hospitals in their
health promotion and wellness
efforts by providing resources
and networking opportunities.
The group’s board is charged
with governing the work of the
foundation by providing financial oversight and engaging in
strategic planning.
Dr. Dwight Shanklin of District
Heights, MD, reported that he
received his terminal degree
and now officially is Doctor
Dwight Shanklin. He and his
wife have two children (a girl
and a boy) and he “loves his
life.”
1983
Compiled as part of the class’
30-year reunion
Will Bunstine of Dublin earned
a degree in economics from The
Ohio State University in 1988.
He and his wife, Kathleen, have
a son, Connor ’15 and a daughter (14).
Dr. Tim Freeman of Grandview
has practiced general dentistry
in Pickerington since 1993
and still sells his world-famous
“Cousin’s Utility Sauce” to local Columbus restaurants. He
earned a degree from Miami
(OH) University in 1987 and his
D.D.S. from The Ohio State University in 1991. He and his wife,
Julie (Hartley ’83) have four children. In his free time he enjoys
playing golf, coaching baseball
and soccer and sampling microbrews.
“I have really enjoyed reconnecting with classmates during
the last year and a half at ‘Happy Hours’ for our late classmate,
Brian Gilchrist.”
Jeff Hayes retired in 2006 from
a career in the U.S. Navy and
went to work as an instructional
designer for a local company
in Jacksonville, FL, for three
years. Then in 2009, he went
back to work for the Navy as
a civilian avionics instructor. “I
love the job and living in Jacksonville but it’s time I came back
home to Columbus. I have been
too far away from family for too
long!”
Pat Lawler of Columbus has
been involved in the construction management field since
graduating. He earned a degree
in business administration in
2000 and enjoys music, playing the bass guitar and singing
in the church choir. He and his
wife, Lisa, have three children.
coordinator for Constellation
Brands’ flight department at the
Rochester Airport.
Mike earned a degree in English (minor in business) from
St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN in 1987. He and his
wife, Robin, have been married
for 15 years and share a home
with a Sheltie and three cats. He
enjoys building scale models of
WWI aircraft and WWII ships
and military vehicles, fishing and
spending time with family and
friends. “I especially remember
and value classes conducted by
Mr. Cavello, Father Bennett and
Monsignor Gallen.”
1978
Compiled as part of the class’
35-year reunion
Al Bell of Westerville is a member of the St. Charles Advisory
Board and has been the CEO
and owner of Moochie & Co
since 2005. He formerly served
as vice chairman and CAO for
Big Lots, Inc. from 1986-2004.
Al earned a degree from The
Ohio State University in 1982
and his J.D. from Capital University Law School in 1985. He
and his wife, Carla, have been
married 27 years and have two
children. Brian (St. Charles
Class of 2008) and Kristin (St.
Francis DeSales ’09).
Al enjoys golf, OSU football and
basketball, NFL football and
travelling. One of his best memories from St. Charles is “sinking the winning free throw our
senior year to beat #1 ranked
Ready 61-60.” He also remembers “getting yanked out of a
wooden wrap-around desk by
the necktie in Dominic Cavello’s
freshman Latin class.”
Rob Brisley of Mint Hill, NC, is
in his 27th year as a member
of the Charlotte Fire Depart-
Mike Gast ’84, owner of
Regal Beverage Concepts
Coffee Company, personally
delivers product to his most
important customer….
ment. He currently is a captain
assigned to the fire Chief’s office overseeing the Office of
Media and Public Affairs. Rob
boasts that the City of Charlotte
successfully hosted the 2012
Democratic National Convention “with all its glitz, fanfare,
and yes plenty of politics.”
He earned a degree in emergency management from Western Carolina University and a
A.A. in fire science from Central
Piedmont Community College.
In addition to his fire service duties, Rob has found himself deployed to major incidents worldwide working as an emergency
response specialist to disasters
in Phuket, Thailand following
the Earthquake and Tsunami in
2005 and to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010.
Rob continues to work and ensure that his wife of 27 years,
Amy and three daughters (two
college grads and one college
student) are taken care of. A
memorable task however, it
comes with successes. In his
free time Rob can be found
supporting the community as
chairman of the Mecklenburg
County Park and Recreation
Department and also serving as
a volunteer for the USO of North
Carolina.
Dan Sullivan has spent his entire career in sports marketing
industry. He is one of the newest members of the St. Charles
Advisory Board, so please see
story “New Advisory Board
Members” on page 85 of this
issue to learn more about Dan,
his family and background.
Several members of the Class of 1985 met for their annual
Christmas party in December. From the left -- David Winters,
Hal Epler, Vince Fabro, Ralph Rohner, Brian Boley, Rick
Thomas, Erick Lauber and Tony Austing.
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Mike Warner of Penn Yan, New
York, worked for the U.S. Army
from 1988-1997 (ammunition
management) before entering
the aviation parts industry with
Seneca Foods’ flight department. In 2005 he became flight
One day-old Taylor Jean
Marie (center) with her father
Matthew Klingler ’03 and
being held by her proud
grandfather, Mike Klingler
’82.
Jeff Thurston (left) and
Kevin Shannon (right) had
a chance to see their fellow 1983 classmates Pete
Wenger who was visiting
Columbus from his home in
Texas.
St. Charles Preparatory School
thons and triathlons. Last fall he
completed the Chicago Marathon and Triathlon as well as
his first ultra-marathon (a 50mile run that took place in Door
County, Wisconsin). “Catherine
and I are beginning to travel
more. We spent two weeks in
Europe last year going down the
Danube River.”
Having a great time at the St. Charles vs. Eastmoor varsity
football game on September 6th, were (from left) athletic
director Dave Lawler ’80, Pat Kelley ’78 and Robert Griffith.
’75 Lunch at Chammps
Members of the Class of 1975 gathered for their monthly
lunch at Chammps Lennox where Tim Klunk ’75 serves as
general manager. Clockwise, from top center -- Mark LaTorre,
Rick Ryan, Ron Rau, Dr. Dan Heinmiller, Mike Shannon, Tim
Klunk, Mike McCabe and Greg Kontras.
“The classmates, teachers, and
valuable staff are all reasons
why my memories of St Charles
are memorable ones,” he says.
Scott Postma of Suwanee, GA,
is the director for channel marketing and customer development for Georgia-Pacific Communication Papers.
Ted Ryan of Columbus retired
in 2010 after spending his entire
business career within the commodities/hedge fund industry.
He studied at Loyola University. He and his wife, Catherine,
have been married 27 years
and have the two children, Libby
(23) and Alex (21).
The Ryans had a major life
changing event and this summer moved back to Columbus in
German Village from Chicago,
which he left for the day after his
St. Charles graduation. “So far
everyone loves the neighborhood and city. We look forward
to spending more time with family and friends.”
He continues to run, bike and
swim and participate in mara-
Of his time at St. Charles, “I
have great memories going to
and from school with Al, John,
Mike and Dave Pemberton in
my powder blue Ford Fairlane
500 (AKA “The Blues Mobile”)!
Returning home from sports
with John and going to the Dairy
Queen nearly every day!”
Doug Stein of Westerville says
it has been a sad year for him
and his family with the death of
his father, Paul D. Stein, who
passed away on May 16 at the
age of 75. “He cherished his
standing as a St. Charles dad
and deserved every bit of our
admiration by working untold
hours of overtime at Ohio Bell
to put my brother Ray (Class
of 1977) and me through St.
Charles. The late Harry Thoman
’47, whom dad met through Cursillo, was instrumental in swaying dad and mom to give the
school a shot. I appreciate all
my classmates, fellow alumni,
and the school administration
who paid their respects. Your
kindness will not be forgotten.”
Doug served as the Development Director at St. Charles
from 2002-2008. “My wife Barbara and I are the proud parents
of two SC alumni, Geoff ’08 and
Josh ’11, and have a current SC
junior, Noah ’15. Our daughter
Faith is a home-schooled sixth
grader. I just celebrated my fifth
year as president of the Mount
Carmel Health System Foundation and find my work there
to be fulfilling and interesting. I
implore my fellow alumni to support their local Catholic causes
and do something that makes a
difference.”
St. Charles Advisory Board member Tom Horvath ’65 (center)
gave his classmate Dr. Joseph Van Balen, DDS ’65 (right)
and 2002 alumnus Joe Gernetzke ’02, a tour of the Robert D.
Walter West Campus in March. Horvath donated the parcel
of land between Alum Creek and Nelson Rd. that was used to
construct a new parking lot named in his honor.
Hermes Creative. The Platinum
and Gold Awards are given
annually to top performers
in the web development and
marketing industry.
1973
Compiled as part of the class’
40-year reunion
Steve Blubaugh of Grandville,
MI, has worked in the major
freight transportation industry
his entire career. The last 28
years he has worked for USF
Holland. He earned a degree
in business administration from
the University of Notre dame
in 1977. He and his wife, Vicki,
have been married for 32 years
and have three children, Kara
(22), Pete (20) and Nate (14).
He enjoys spending time with
his family, outdoor activities and
following Notre Dame athletics. Of his time at St. Charles,
Steve says: “Although it took
me a while to appreciate it, I am
grateful for the disciplines which
helped me to persevere through
difficult problems.”
Bob Dorinsky of Columbus retired in 2008 as a law enforcement administrator with Ohio
State Parks though he continues to work part-time as a
park ranger at Highbanks Metro
Park. He earned a degree in
parks and recreation administration from The Ohio State University in 1977.
He and his wife, Diane, have a
daughter (college graduate) and
son (at college). In his free time
he sings in the choir and cantors at St. Timothy Church and
monitors bluebird nesting boxes
at Highbanks Metro Park. Of his
time at St. Charles, he notes
that he and classmates Mark
Kelsey (his next-door neighbor)
and Frank Copeland have remained life-long friends.
Bryan Owens of Columbus
works in the Columbus Division
of Fire. He has a degree from
Kent State and a master’s degree from Ashland University.
He and his wife, Sheila, have
two children, Jasmine (23) and
Cedric (18). He still has special
memories of his classmates at
St. Charles.
1968
J. Eric Stevens of Cincinnati
works in the field of public accounting and corporate internal
auditing. He earned a degree
from The Pontifical College Josephinum in 1972 and a master’s degree from Arizona State
University in 1978. He and his
wife, Susan, have two children, Jake (18) and Allie (18).
He works part of the year as a
tax accountant and does volunteer work the other part. He
remembers Monsignor Gallen’s
kindness, his classmates and
“Father Bennett’s grounding me
in reality.”
1975
In 1987, (from left) Pat Connor ’75 and Greg Krivicich ’75
reached the peak of Mount Marcy in the Adirondacks of New
York. After climbing the mountain, Greg named his company,
Marcy Design Group, in honor of Mount Marcy. (See related
item)
The Distinctive Leader in Catholic Education
Greg Krivicich of Columbus
celebrated 25 years in business
with the Marcy Design Group, a
web, marketing and advertising
company that he founded in
1988. “Standing on top of Mount
Marcy, over 25 years ago, I had
a clear picture of the next steps
in my career. I wanted to start a
company that could help small
businesses and organizations
market themselves.” Greg said.
This year, Marcy Design also
won 5 National Awards from
Jim Ruff from the Aquinas College High School Class of
1961 stopped by campus to see the campus and its several
‘Aquinas-related areas and memorials. Here he kneels next to
the 1905 Aquinas building cornerstone that is on display in
the Robert C. Walter Student Commons.
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Alumni Notes
It is a full and interesting life.
Al Schmitt ’58, on a trip from California, showed off the
school to two of his granddaughters last fall.
1959
Lawrence MacDonald of Flint,
MI, retired as music professor
with Mott Community College
in Flint. Mich.) His book “The
Invisible Art of Film Music,”
2nd edition, will be published
in 2013. He reports that he has
three sons who are priests and
that sadly, his wife RoseAnn (St.
Joseph Academy ’56) passed
away in August of 2012.
1953
Compiled as part of the class’
40-year reunion
These are slightly edited versions of the biographies created
as part of the class’ 60-year reunion.
Tom Bracken:
Since IBM
downsized and put me on a
pension back in 1992, life has
been pretty sweet. Janette and
I moved from Charlotte NC to
Boone NC in 1993, back to
Charlotte in 2007, then (finally?)
back to Boone in 2010. We just
missed the mountains. Five of
our six children live in the south,
so we get to see them fairly
often. The sixth is in Utah, out
of sight but never out of mind.
Our only grandchild is working
on his MFA in classical guitar at
the University of Akron. Go Zips!
Or not. Our home in Boone sits
on an acre of land that requires
a lot of attention, particularly in
the warm months. And I stay
busy with church activities and
the homeowners’ association.
Jack Bell: Even though my
“bio” for the first 50 years involved many activities, many
places and even some adventures, the last ten have been
rather placid. Life in Key Biscayne has many charms since
it is safe and family oriented
and has great access to a major metro area. My younger son,
Gregory, his wife and two children live in a house just a few
blocks from our condo. We go
to the same church, St. Agnes,
and interact with them and their
many friends keep us in touch
with a younger generation and
its children. We also have many
new friends and a few of the
long standing around our age.
Class of 1955 members (from left) Bob Galbreath, Brian
Donahue and John Batcheck on a tour of the Robert D.
Walter West Campus in mid-July.
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We play tennis three times a
week, walk on the beach, swim,
etc. Dolly plays bridge frequently and we are movie and opera
regulars. There are three art
cinemas within a 20 to 30 minute drive in Miami. Operas are
at a beautiful Performing Arts
Center a 25 minute drive from
KB in Miami. Our travels are
less extensive than in the first
50. We have made 4 - 5 trips a
year to visit our older son, John,
wife and 5 children in Beaufort
S.C. For the past three years
we have visited Argentina for
a month each year and will go
again in July. We have taken a
couple of cruises, one short one
with children and grandchildren
and a longer interesting one
which involved friends and flying to Venice to meet the ship
and then visiting nine or ten
places on the way to Port Everglades, FL.
Not a very exciting bio. Nonetheless we have enjoyed these
last ten years and look forward
to the next ten leading up to the
70th reunion of the Class of ’53.
I look forward to seeing more of
you at this reunion than the last
where we only had time for a
brief chat.
David H. Chase: My wife of 42
years lost her battle to breast
cancer 14 years ago, and I
have spent the time since traveling around to be with my 12
grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren that live in Ohio,
Massachusetts, Indiana, Texas
and Minnesota. After spending
my career in sales, selling insurance and Living Trust, I retired a
few years back.
I have made several trips the
past few years to Massachusetts with the grandchildren, a
cruise to Bermuda, Mississippi
to my grandson’s Air Force pilots graduation, Minnesota fishing, Virginia to visit my sister and
Maryland to spend time with a
grade school friend to mention a
few. Recently, I moved from my
home of 45 years into a senior
citizens apartment complex. I
no longer golf, but I am an avid
card player and very loyal to the
Ohio State Buckeyes.
In mid-May members of the Class of 1954 had lunch at St.
Charles and toured the construction progress on “West Campus.” From left -- Jim McAdams, John Mullin, Joe Rotondo,
Phil Schaeffing, Bill Bickham, John Leach and Dr. Bill Steller.
until December 20, 2012. My
current hobbies include gardening, painting with watercolors,
and spending time with my wife.
Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Tim Faherty: Retired from First
Merit Bank, and recalled twice
then finished in 2009. Cathy
and I have enjoyed traveling to
Canada a few times, Eastern
Europe twice and ten trips to
Ireland. One highlight included
a billion to one shot as we met
two 2nd cousins of mine. We
were invited to the home of my
great grandfather born on the
Island of Inishmor, Ireland in
1815. It was formerly a thatched
roof home, since shingled, and
now a cozy cottage and occupied.
Cathy is active in a gourmet
club, garden club, a soup kitchen and a church ministry. I am
involved as a non-singing member of a 100-voice choir, the
condominium association, and
president of The Retired Executives Club with over 130 members. Our four sons and four
grandchildren keep us busy.
They live in Canton, Columbus,
Cincinnati, and North Carolina.
Dick Ellis: My position with National City Bank was eliminated
in January 1983 after working
29 years.
Ray Hossler: Since I will probably not be able to attend any
reunions this summer, I am inspired to provide a written update as a couple have already
done. Judy (Lorenz, St. Mary
of the Springs 1954 and 1958)
and I have been married 55
years. We have five children
(one daughter, four sons), 12
grandchildren (six of each) and
six great grandchildren (three of
each). We have lived in the Orlando Florida area for 36 years
(where I came for a two-year job
assignment in 1976, and never
left.)
Three months later, thanks to
Hugh Dorrian ’53, I began employment with the city of Columbus. I stayed there for 17 years
and officially retired April 28,
2000. About eight months later,
I started back part-time working
I spent 23 years on the faculty
of the University of Central Florida, retiring in 2002. Now, much
of our time is spent volunteering for our parish, where I am a
sacristan, Eucharistic minister,
reader and helper in some other
areas. Judy is a cantor, choir
member, money counter, and
wedding coordinator. We have
been able to do a lot of traveling
including several exotic locations and innumerable cruises. I
think our most exotic have been
two trips to the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, especially
Dubai. Next would be a cruise
on the Mississippi River on a
stern-wheel paddle boat. Best
wishes for a grand reunion.
Ernie Kletzly: Quite disappointed that I will not attend the Class
of ’53 Reunion. Really enjoyed
our 50th!
Visiting family in Seattle conflicts with dates of the reunion.
Last 10 - 15 years not too exciting, but I “down-sized”
by moving to a town home; lots
of activities with children and
grandchildren. Marilyn and I
have two children in the Denver
area, and two live in Seattle; I
enjoyed train travel (on two
different timeframes) throughout Washington, Oregon and
California-fractured right hip
the summer of 2012. Good recovery. In 2003, so enjoyed our
class reunion - very sorry I cannot be with you all for the # 60.
Jack McAndrews: Sorry but
our retired life here in Vienna
Virginia is so eminently uneventful so as not to warrant a
comment. (Maybe at our age
it’s true that “no news is good
news.”) Just busy around the
house, cutting grass etc. A wonderful wife, Mary Ann, of 46
years; three great children; no
grandchildren to spoil. Thanks!
Dwight Mottet: Graduated
from Ohio State University in
1957 with a degree in geology
and master’s in logistics management, Air Force Institute of
Technology, 1965; From 1975
to 1993 -- employed by the
U.S. Department of Energy as
a division director responsible
for headquarters fossil energy
administrative,
procurement,
St. Charles Preparatory School
ADP and personnel matters.
Retired in 1993. From 1969 to
1975 worked in the private sector as vice-president of a small
management consulting firm
specializing in information systems, education and operations
research.
From 1958 to 1969 served as a
Supply/ Logistics Officer in the
U.S. Air Force, in the United
States and Europe.
Currently, I stay busy with my
favorite non-profit organization,
Friends of Wilderness Battlefield, which does outstanding
work in preservation, education,
and advocacy of the famous
Civil War battlefield, whose
150th anniversary we will celebrate in 2014; I returned to the
Catholic faith and now attend
the local St Matthew’s
Church near Fredericksburg,
VA; I enjoy the parish very much
and have become a lector; Hobbies: Limited travel and golf;
history tour guide; church activities.
Clare Rubadue: Since the last
reunion things have been pretty
quiet. I had been working in
Portsmouth for Congressman
Ted Strickland as a veterans/
military representative, and in
2007 came back to Columbus
to work for Governor Strickland
in the same capacity. In 2008 I
was transferred to the new Ohio
Department of Veterans Services by the Governor and am still
working there today as the constituent affairs coordinator. Our
home is still in Portsmouth, but
I stay in Columbus during the
week and return home on the
weekends. This is not an ideal
situation but so far it is working.
We recently celebrated our 56th
wedding anniversary. We have
four children, seven grandchil-
dren, and three (triplets) great
grandchildren. We are fortunate
that they all live close enough
that we can get together for special events. Outside of the constraints imposed by celebrating
too many birthdays, we are in
reasonably good health and
able to enjoy life.
Doug Scherer: Ten years
seems like a long time, and I
guess it is, and things are a little
different, but not much. I retired
from OSU Libraries, still married
to Ellen, swim five days a week,
still play the piano a little. See
you there.
Tom Schuleb: Retired from Columbus City Schools in 1995.
Serving as principal of Centennial and Brookhaven. Blessed
with good health since. Watching my four children grow older
and nine grandchildren grow up.
Activities include volunteering at
the Christ the King food pantry
three days a week, golf league
once a week, messing around
a vegetable garden and being
a handy-man at my kid’s home.
Wife and I take our Winnebago
to Montana (daughter’s house)
once a year.
Bob Shay: Background in television. Four years as producerdirector with WBZ-TV in Boston,
two years as production manager and program manager
with AVCO Broadcasting in Cincinnati and Columbus. I then
moved to New York as program
manager with WNEW-TV then
director of broadcasting with
WCBS TV followed by KNXT in
Los Angeles. CBS then decided
to enter cable television and I
was brought back to New York
to head up CBS CABLE which
lasted but two years before it
was closed down. Spent the
next ten years heading up the
U.S. office of RPTA, a London-
From left -- In early May then-St. Charles Annual Fund
Director Steven Miller ’77 (center) provides Jack ’52 (left)
and Dr. Kevin ’86 O’Reilly a tour of the Robert D. Walter West
Campus during its construction.
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based television distribution
company. Retired blissfully
and happily shortly thereafter.
Cheers!
Robert Stevenson: I retired in
2012 from a 35+ year career in
the healthcare field. All but five
years were spent in Columbus
in hospital department operations and marketing. I continue
to do volunteer work for The
Ohio State University Medical Center, as well as several
community service organizations. I lost Joanne, my wife of
43 years, to cancer in 2010. My
sons, Jay and Mike, and their
families keep me out of the slow
lane today. In 1953, (Dr.) John
Pulskamp ’53, Dick Sheeran ’53
and I began pumping iron. And
at last report, we continue this
to stay in good humor and avoid
becoming muscle-bound.
Dick Thompson: After I left St.
Charles, I spent a year at Xavier
University in Cincinnati, then the
U.S. Army took me under their
wing and I spent the next four
years in the service, assigned to
Ft. Knox (KY), Ft. Chaffee (AR),
Germany and Ft. Carson (CO).
I rejoined civilian life in July
1958 or thereabouts.
I married Mary Gallagher (Our
Lady of Victory HS in Columbus,
Class of ’53) on Oct. 8, 1955.
She’s been putting up with me
ever since. We have four children, nine grandchildren and
four great grandchildren. No
others due that I’m aware of at
present. Mary joined me while I
was stationed in Wertheim, Germany and then all of a sudden,
the Army decided that our Unit’s
services were needed at Ft.
Carson, CO, so off we went, and
that’s where I was discharged
from in 1958.
I held a variety of jobs over the
years. While at St. Charles I
worked in the summer for Electrolux Corp. selling vacuum
cleaners. It was quite an experience, but provided me with
enough funds to buy a couple
of cars (’50 Hudson convertible & ’53 Hudson Hornet). I
managed offices in Zanesville,
OH, Indianapolis, IN and Lima,
OH. I left Electrolux in ’68 and
went to work for Pitney Bowes
in sales. In 1970 we decided
that we wanted to return to Colorado Springs, so we sold the
home we owned in Lima and
made the move. Since PB didn’t
have any openings in this area
I went to work as a Distributor
Rep for a couple of large carpet
mills. I ended up owning a carpet store in Colorado Springs,
and then when a building moratorium went into effect here in
The Class of 1952 was well represented in June at the
school’s annual Platinum Reunion. Several members used
the event as an informal 60-year reunion. From left -- Don
Schuele, Jack O’Reilly, Don Jackson, Chuck King, Ron Eifert,
Tom Ryan, John Holocher, Dr. Tom Miller and Ed Alten.
the Springs because our “leaders” at the time felt the city was
growing too fast, it put me and
several hundred others out of
business.
I’ve sold cars, advertising,
owned a fund raising company
and retired in 2000 from Deluxe
Business Forms & Checks. I
worked for Deluxe in various capacities as needed, but when I
retired I was designing custom
forms and checks for computer
programs those clients used in
their businesses. That was an
interesting job and allowed the
creative juices to flow. But, upon
reaching age 65, I decided to retire from Deluxe and I’ve never
regretted it. Mary decided that
she wanted to continue working
a while longer, and that “while”
turned into 10 years longer, and
she retired in March 2010. We
have enjoyed retirement and
just do what we want, when we
want, for however long we want.
Sure beats punching the proverbial time clock.
I have been a ham radio hobbyist since August, 1963. I have
talked to other hams all over the
world, and have visited many of
them and have had many visit
us over the years. I have been
active “on the airwaves” ever
since and have participated in
handling communications for
various national and local disasters or public service events. Of
course, the 9/11 event has to be
the highlight, (if you can call a disaster such as that a highlight).
Hams provided communications into and out of NYC and
other parts of the world, when
the communications in the NYC
area completely shut down after the towers came down, and
have done so for many years
before and after 9/11.
I was fortunate to be part of a
team that went to San Jose,
Costa Rica in November, 2006
to participate in a world-wide
radio contest, making contacts
all over the world over a timeframe of 48 hours the weekend
after Thanksgiving of that year.
We did quite well, placing 4th
in the World and 1st in Central
America.
We used to do a lot of camping,
bow hunting, no golf (too frustrating) and some fishing. The
fish always felt I was there to
feed them. My youngest son,
John, used to catch them and
then he’d thank me for fattening
them up for him.
I have heart problems and have
three stents and had a triple bypass in 2004. I am also diabetic. But managing to keep things
under control and just thank Our
Lord for each day he gives the
family and me. Mary’s overall
health is pretty good. We are
both 78.
The last time I was on the SC
campus was 1985. Mary & I
were living in Chicago at the
time and came down to Columbus to see my two sisters. I
wanted to drive out to see the
campus and any changes. I
parked by the old building that
housed the furnace, etc. (if I recall correctly). I noticed a priest
that had been a teacher of mine
30+ years before. I think it was
Fr. Gallen. Anyway, I said “Hi
Father. Remember me?” He
replied, “Mr. Thompson, how
could I ever forget you?” I almost fell over. I’m not quite sure
what he was referring to, but I
must have made one heck of an
impression on him!
I look forward to reading what
others in our class of ’53 have
been doing these past 60 years,
so please pass those along.
Tom Walter: I have a degree
in electrical engineering from
The Ohio State University and
a master’s in business from
Central Michigan. I worked at
Rockwell Missile Systems and
in 1993 Rockwell moved everyone to Duluth, GA, which is a
suburb of Atlanta. I worked on
the design of the “Smart Bomb.”
I was able to retire at age 58
and we sold our home and
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Borromeo Seminary. His degree
was in philosophy with a minor
in education. He was accepted
for graduate school at Mount
Saint Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati and Notre Dame Law
School but decided to change
his career path and joined his
father and brother in the family
plumbing business.
Jim Baumann ’49 and his wife, Jane last winter having lunch
at the Little Bar in Goodland, Florida.
moved to Cleveland, Ga. in the
foothills of the mountains. We
traveled in our RV 6 -7 months
a year for almost 10 years going all over the US and Canada
and visiting our three children in
Texas, Colorado, and Ohio. We
moved back to Ohio two years
ago to be closer to family. I have
a health issue which keeps me
from the reunion and I wish you
all well.
Ted Wolfe: After graduating
from St. Charles, Ted Wolfe
got his bachelor’s degree from
the University of Notre Dame,
and his master’s in business
from Columbia. He served six
months active duty in the Army
under the old RFA program. In
June 1959 he married Nancy
Elin Kupper, an OSU grad from
Upper Arlington. The Wolfes
had three children (2 girls and
a boy) and also adopted a boy.
In June they will celebrate their
44th anniversary.
Ted worked in marketing (brand
management) at Procter and
Gamble in Cincinnati from
1959 to 1967. In 1967 he joined
Welch’s (the juice, jelly, etc.
company) and moved the family to Lakewood, NY. He rose
through several positions such
as VP of marketing, VP of sales
and marketing, and then Executive VP. He also served on the
company’s Board of Directors
for a number of years. Welch’s
moved its headquarters to Boston, and Ted’s family spent the
last 13 years there.
Upon his retirement in 1995
they built a winter home in Naples, FL, and a summer place in
Chautauqua, NY.
He began serious involvement
in the field of astronomy at that
time, and while he served as a
member of the Board of Trustees at the Chautauqua Institution for five years most of his
“retirement time” has been de72
voted to astrophotography.
In 1995 he built one of the first
amateur remote, robotic telescope systems in the country at
their place in Naples. This has
been in continuous operation
until this year. This winter all
the relevant equipment will be
moved to the Atacama Desert
in Chile. The new site has perhaps, the clearest skies in the
world, and Ted will continue to
fully operate the telescope in
this remote site, and take astrophotos from Naples via the
Internet.
1949
James Baumann of Hebron reports in a letter sent to alumni
director Louis J. Fabro ’83 (coincidentally the son of his Prep
School classmate, Lou Fabro
’49) that he retired back at the
age of 70 after 25 years in the
plumbing and heating business
and 32 years as a real estate
broker. He also provided a quarter-century of public service in
numerous ways and through
numerous groups: He served
in the U. S. Army, from 19541956, served on the Columbus
City Council from 1965-1969,
was elected to four terms in the
Ohio House of Representatives
(1970-78) and two terms after
that on the Ohio Environmental
Board of Review (1979-1990).
Leaving public service, from
1991 to 2001, he was a consultant and real property manager
for a 160-unit unit family restaurant chain, Donatos Pizza,
based in Gahanna.
Jim received his elementary
education at Saint Leo’s grade
school in Columbus, his secondary education at Saint
Charles Preparatory school
and an undergraduate degree
at The College of Saint Charles
He volunteered for the U.S.
Army. After basic and advanced
armored training, he was pulled
from the rooster (pipeline). He
served the balance of his enlistment at Headquarters Company, Fort Knox, KY., where
he managed the Post’s Catholic religious programs. While
in the service, he married E.
Ann Dougherty RN (deceased
1987). They have six children,
H. Matthew, Margaret, James
E., David, Lisa and Stephen.
In 1991 Mr. Baumann married
Jane Burns DeWitt, a Columbus high school teacher, who
has two children Sue Eubanks
and Michael DeWitt. There are
twenty-three grandchildren.
Upon leaving the Army, Jim
joined with his late father, Herman E. Baumann, and his
brother, Richard L. Baumann,
and formed Baumann Bros.
Plumbing and Hydronic Co. In
1963 they developed a 7-acre
apartment rental complex. Jim
divested his share of the plumbing company in 1977. During
his career he tested for and
received a Journeyman and a
master plumbing license, a hydronic contractor’s License and
a real estate broker’s license.
Aside from his religious work in
the Army he served as a member of the Central Ohio Catholic Social Service Agency. As
chairman (two years) he guided
through the resolution to make
the agency independent from
the Columbus Diocese. He also
served on the building committee for the new parish of Our
Lady of the Miraculous Medal.
He is a lifetime member of the
Knights of Columbus, an organization he joined at the age of
21. He is a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and the
Church Our Lady of Mt. Carmel,
Buckeye Lake, OH and attends
St. Williams Catholic Church of
Naples, FL.
Jim was a member and officer in
the Columbus Southside Business Men’s Association. He
was the first president of the Associated Plumbing and Hydronic Contractors of Central Ohio.
After two years as president he
requested the board to hire an
Sr. Janice Ernst, a former faculty member visiting from Cincinnati in September, with Principal (and fellow Math teacher)
Jim Lower.
executive officer. While in office
with the plumbers association
he co-wrote a modernized revision to the Columbus plumbing
code. This was introduced as an
ordinance and passed into law
by the city council.
He was a long time member
of Sertoma International. He
served several terms on the
Columbus Junior Theatre Board
and the Southside YMCA Board
and is a life member of the American Legion #144, AMVETS #51
and the Buckeye Lake Historical
Society. A boater, he is a fortyyear plus member of the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club.
While in public service Mr. Baumann wrote and introduced into
law a number of ordinances and
state statutes. On city council
he was effective in supporting
the controversial route of the
Olentangy Freeway. He introduced and secured passage
of an ordinance establishing
the water and sewer rate advisory board, effectively keeping
the sewer and water facilities
off the real estate tax base. In
the legislature he sponsored
the bill to make mail-in for auto
license registration available
to all citizens. This meant the
long lines were gone and was
the most significant change the
Ohio citizens (auto owners) had
seen in many years. He also
sponsored the boiler safety bill
which was the product of the
task force formed after children
were killed by a malfunctioning
boiler in Marrieta. He served as
Chairman of the Columbus City
Council Service Committee, the
Ohio State Boiler Safety Task
Force, The Ohio House Reference Committee, The Ohio Retirement Study Commission and
The Ohio Environmental Board
of Review (now the Ohio Environmental Appeals Board).
President Jimmy Carter on a
trip from Washington, D.C., to
Columbus on Air Force One
-- adding he quite enjoyed the
President’s company.
His also shared a special memory from his days on the St.
Charles campus. While in his
third year in the Seminary College, he remembers sitting on
the third floor listening to the
radio with fellow seminarians
one Friday night. It was a special game because the Cardinals were playing Central H.S.
which boasted an All-Ohio player named Hopalong Cassady.
The Cardinals stunned Central
by defeating them 6-0. Making
the victory so special wasn’t so
much that it was Central’s only
loss that year, but Jim’s brother,
(Deacon) Dick Baumann ’51
caught the winning touchdown
pass. “I’ll never forget that!” Jim
said proudly.
Jim noted how as a member
of the State House of Representatives in the 1970s, he had
the opportunity to accompany
St. Charles Preparatory School
Alumni News from the Armed Forces
Army officer spring of 2014.
Jake Byorth (Class of 2008)
graduated from the United
States Air Force Academy with a
degree in management in 2012
and is now an ICBM weapons
operator at the USAF’s Malmstrom AFB in Montana. In his
free time he plays rugby for the
USAF team, hiking, rafting and
shooting (guns, not ICBMS).
Grant Dilley (Class of 2007)
graduated from Pilot Training,
earned his “Wings” and bought
a house in Gulf Breeze, FL. He
will be stationed at nearby Hurlburt Field and begin flying the
U28. Earlier in the year he took
SERE training at Fairchild AFB
in Washington State.
Stevyn Spees ’12, running for the Black Knight’s track and
field team, was featured on the Army Sports Homepage.
Stevyn Spees (SC Class of
2012) continues to run track at
for the U.S. Military Academy
at West Point. As a freshman,
Stevyn won the Patriot League
Championships in the 500m. In
addition, he was the only freshman on the 4x400 relay team
that broke the West Point record
in that event. Stevyn recently
began his sophomore (Yuk)
year at the Academy and in July
he received his Airborne Wings.
Steve Lutter (Class of 2010) is
at the top of his ROTC class at
John Carroll University, having
earned his “wings” in Air Assault School last summer and
is actively involved in Campus
Ministry.
The Honor Student in his junior
year, Steve was selected as
a member of Alpha Sigma Nu,
an elite Jesuit Honor society,
founded in 1915. Elected students must be in the top 15%
of their class academically and
are selected based upon scholarship, loyalty and service. The
college can nominate no more
than 4% of its class and the
award typically reserved for seniors. “Steve has had an incredible journey at JCU. his mother
Kathy reported. “Already in his
junior year, has accumulated
an amazing record of service to
the campus, the local Cleveland
community and has led two mission trips to Guatemala, making
his mark both on campus and
in the greater community,” she
said.
Alex Bastoky (Class of 2008)
is a cadet at the United States
Military Academy at West Point
and becomes a commissioned
U.S. Army’s Michael Ginikos
Brandon Willi ’11 at the
’12 with Dean of Students
United States Naval
John Salyer ’85 on a visit to
St. Charles in early December. Academy.
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Last April St. Charles alumnus,
Eric Jones (Class of 2004) was
piloting a C-130J Aeromedical
Evacuation flight out of Kandahar Airfield, dubbed “Bandage
33,” that was in the air over
northwest Afghanistan. He and
his crew’s missions have been
to pick up patients from remote
forward operating bases and
transport them to Bagram Airfield, the main hub for providing
medical care in the country.
Robert Rodock (Class of 1997)
of Leesville, LA, is a Major in the
United States Army’s Military
Police.
Bogomir Glavan (Class of
1993) of Oak Harbor, WA, is
currently still in the U.S. Navy
and will move up in August to be
the Commanding Officer of VR61 based out of Whidbey Island,
WA. “We are an air logistics
squadron flying C-9B aircraft
conducting world-wide missions
moving the Navy’s people and
cargo.”
He graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
in 1997 with a degree in biology
and from the University of San
Diego in 2006 with a master’s in
global leadership.
state finals in soccer (92?) the
basketball team’s great games
with a packed gym and getting
to participate in track and cross
country meets.”
“The order and structure of St.
Charles has served me well
into my military career yet I will
always look back with humor
remembering Msgr. Bennett
getting at us for not knowing all
the presidents and their term
dates; Coach Carver using the
phrase ‘quit happy jacking’ three
times in the same sentence; Mr.
Smith working to instill an appreciation for the finer points of
Rembrandt and Picasso (who
were those guys anyhow?) to
16 year-olds with the attention
span of squirrels; lunches outside in the quad with an occasional food item launched at a
peer; parking lot shenanigans
after school; working hard and
placing a continued emphasis
on lifelong learning embraced
by my Catholic faith while enjoying life with family and friends…
these are the major takeaways
I have from my time as being a
Cardinal.”
Lieutenant Colonel John M.
Dreska (Class of 1988) of Gahanna was selected for promotion to the rank of Colonel in
the U.S. Army Reserves, He
has served in overseas assignments in Somalia, Afghanistan,
Pakistan, and Iraq. He is a 1992
Distinguished Military Graduate
of The Ohio State University.
Fred Jestand (Class of 1964) of
“sunny” San Diego retired after
a 20-year career in the United
States Air Force and a 24-year
career with BAE Systems (and
former General Dynamics legacy company names). He and his
wife, Catherine, are looking forward to a trip back to Columbus
for his “Golden” class reunion in
2014.
Grant Dilley ’07 beams with
pride after graduating from
flight school and earning his
“wings.” He spent several
days at St. Charles this
spring visiting with students
interested in learning more
about the US. Air Force
Academy.
Steve Lutter ’10 (left) with
his ROTC classmate at John
Carroll University, Elloit
Woyshner.
He and his wife, Rebecca, have
three children, Lori (9) Mirko (8)
and Caroline (5). They are (for
now) living near his brother,
Brad (SC Class of 1995), in Portland. In his free time he enjoys
taking advantage of living in the
Northwest with ample amounts
of hiking, camping and skiing.
He has also been involved with
Knights of Columbus and the local pro-life movement wherever
he has moved with the Navy.
He has many fond recollections
of his time at St. Charles. “I will
always remember the pride
in our athletic teams’ accomplishments despite being such
a small school including the
John M. Dreska ’88 receives his promotion to Colonel in the
Army Reserves from his father, Army Major General (RET)
John P. Dreska.
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Graduation Celebration
Carolians Thomas Haufe ’09 (left) and Joe Perrault ’09 (right) attended the spring graduation of
USMA graduate, 2nd Lieutenant Rob Reckner ’08
from the United States Military Academy at West
Point this spring. All three were football captains
together during the 2008 football season. Haufe
is currently finishing up food science degree at
The Ohio State University and Joe Perrault was
recently accepted into the University of Toledo’s
College of Medicine and Life Sciences.
Rob Reckner (Class of 2008) graduated
from the United States Military Academy
in August and holds the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. In July, just prior to graduating,
he sent a letter to Principal Jim Lower to
share with the student body:
I am a senior Cadet at the United
States Military Academy at West Point.
I am about to graduate in the top 20%
of my class with a degree in engineering management B.S. major from West
Point’s Department of Systems Engineering. My major focuses have been in the
area of supply chain management, operations management, financial statement
analysis, war fighter simulations, and
decision-making analysis. I played sprint
football for four years at the Academy and
had the privilege to captain an undefeated
team of 85 players during my senior year.
I am scheduled to post to Vilseck, Germany with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Brigade
as a Field Artilleryman upon graduation.
I graduated from St. Charles in the
spring of 2009 with an overall GPA of 3.4,
an ACT score of 26, three varsity letters
in football, and one in track. Additionally, I co-captained the football team
during my senior year with three other
classmates and was presented the Brian
Muha Leadership Award. The purpose of
this memo is to inform those currently attending, applying, and considering Saint
Charles Preparatory School that “the
system works.”
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I was an average student coming from
Saint Brendan’s and my grades were mediocre. I knew that I had to change things
around if I wanted to excel in college and
saw St. Charles as an opportunity to do
this. I can recall sitting in the theater
with my parents during the Open House
listening to Principal Cavello talk about
the importance of a St. Charles education.
I remember sitting there determining
whether or not I would be able to make
the cut. Could I overcome the adversity
that St. Charles imposed on its students?
It was not until the end of my freshman
year when I realized that St. Charles did
not contribute to the adversity in my life;
rather, it did the opposite. It taught me
how to properly handle adversity.
At West Point, I always preach to
my subordinates that one’s character
is defined by the way he or she handles
adversity. Human beings have a natural
tendency to follow leaders with strong
character. West Point shaped my leadership style and skills, but it was St.
Charles that formed my work ethic that
taught me how to overcome and achieve.
Simply put, St. Charles gave me the necessary tools to become a leader.
Going through West Point’s application
process, I realized that on paper I did not
stand out like other candidates. However,
I succeeded and excelled while at the
Academy because I knew how to study. I
knew how to work ahead and effectively
prep for classes and graded events. As
other Cadets who held 4.0 GPAs in high
school struggled, I achieved. St. Charles’
rigorous academic schedule and top notch
athletic programs forced me to apply
myself.
The bottom line is this: St. Charles
not only prepares its students to excel in
college, but to succeed as leaders of character in life. During my junior year, the
motto for the football team was “PrideHeart-Character” or PHC. The pride that
one takes in his or her values supplies
him or her with the heart or drive to
overcome, which, in turn, builds his or her
character. “PHC” is now the motto of the
Company of 180 military personnel that I
currently command, and it was the motto
for my football team during our undefeated season. Additionally, it is inscribed on
the inside of my West Point class ring. St.
Charles defined my PHC, and now I share
it with others.
Museum
Gifts to Museum and
Archives
St. Charles is very grateful to several
alumni and friends for gifts of museum
and archival materials received this year.
Chuck King ’52 hauled a trailer of
items with him from Cincinnati on his
visit for the Platinum Reunion in June.
Items included a copy of every Carolian
student newspaper published during his
four years of school; numerous laminated
album page filled articles on various
athletic competitions from his days as
a football and baseball player; several
copies of football programs from the 50s; a
copy of every Cardinal alumni magazine
ever published, his personal letter
sweater; two athletic letters and various
articles relating to his former coach, Jack
Ryan. Chuck’s classmate, John Holocher
’52, who also attended the Platinum
Reunion, donated his personal letter
sweater, too!
1952 classmates (left) Chuck King and John
Holocher ’52 with their donated athletic sweaters
and letters.
Several items Chuck King ’52 presented to
alumni director Louis J. Fabro ’83 at the Platinum
Reunion.
St. Charles Preparatory School
You can always count on seeing plenty of
memorabilia at the annual Spaghetti Dinner
displayed by alumni director Louis J. Fabro ’83.
Wally Teeters, who was a member
of the school’s faculty from 1972-2001
and who coached varsity baseball and
basketball for many of those years,
presented athletic director Dave Lawler
’80 with numerous athletic keepsakes
and historical items from his years of
coaching.
He provided his coaching whistle; three
basketballs (from 1975-1976 District;
1981-1982; and the 1994-1994 District
Championship); more than 20 season
basketball stat books and game tapes; and
three baseball stat books and a baseball
from the 1973 District Championship.
Marianne Wenger, a member of the
Class of 1969 at St. Joseph’s Academy,
shared some photos from the new St.
Joseph Academy Memory Room at
the internationally-renowned Jubilee
Museum run by Fr. Lutz in the old Holy
Family School building on West Broad
Street.
The former all-girls school opened
their room – devoted to their school’s
history - in May. In it are displayed a
trove of items, including: all of the senior
composite portraits from 1875 – 1977
which have been repaired or restored
since being in storage for 35+ years;
uniforms, graduation gowns and ball
dresses, class rings, diplomas, yearbooks,
graduation day pictures, awards, old
textbooks, etc. There are also items from
the convent and chapel – of special note
is an exquisitely restored stain glass
window.
Wenger noted that one of the photos
she sent (shown here) was from one of
SJA’s plays showing the relationship that
existed between the two schools in those
days. “Often students at St. Charles and
Aquinas participated in the plays at St.
Joes to fill male parts – that obviously
we could not fill. In this case, men of the
St. Charles Class of 1969 participated in
the chorus of the pictured play “Carnival”
with leading male roles played by Bob
Ryan ’69 and Dennis Hess.
Tours of the entire Jubilee Museum,
including the SJA Memory Room, are
conducted each Saturday at 11:00 a.m. or
during the week by appointment (contact
Linda Hamilton at 614/221-4323.
Wenger says she would LOVE to
have additional mementos from St. Joe’s
days. To donate items, contact Marianne
Wenger at mwenger@insight.rr.com or
614/868-0854.
Don’t trash the school’s
history - Send us your
memorabilia!
Graduates of St. Charles, spouses and
parents: We would like to provide your
St. Charles memorabilia a loving and
safe home in the St. Charles Archive
Room or in the St. Charles Museum in
the school’s Tower Room.
We’re looking for items such as
athletic and stage programs, school
rings, Carolian newspapers, athletic
apparel, school-related photographs,
personal photographs, diplomas and
copies of Behind Those Arches, the
school’s original yearbooks.
NOTHING IS TOO NEW, OLD,
OR INSIGNIFICANT!
Contact Louis J. Fabro ’83 at lfabro@
cdeducation.org or 614-252-9288 ext.
21 about items or send them to his
attention at 2010 E. Broad Street,
Cols., OH 43209-1665.
Basketball and baseball items from the 70s and
80s from former teacher and coach, Wally Teeters.
The latest room to open in the Jubilee Museum
at the former Holy Family School was created by
graduates of the all-girl St. Joseph’s Academy.
The 1961 class ring presented to the school by
John Gibson ’57 at the 2012 Platinum Reunion.
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In Memorium
Fr. James T. Smith
Reverend Father
James Theodore
Smith died on
Saturday, January
5, 2013. The son
of Clarence O.
Smith and Clara
O. Burkhart, he
was born May 25,
1934 in Zanesville,
Ohio. He earned a
Fr. James T. Smith
bachelor’s degree
in philosophy at
the Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
(Columbus), studied theology at Mount
Saint Mary of the West (Norwood,
Ohio), and earned an A.B. in Social
Studies at The Ohio State University.
He was ordained to the Roman Catholic
priesthood at Saint Joseph Cathedral on
May 29, 1965 by Bishop John J. Carberry.
During his years of service to the Diocese,
Father Smith served as Associate
Pastor at St. Philip the Apostle Church
(Columbus), as well as an instructor at
Bishop Hartley High School in 1965;
Saint Vincent de Paul Church (Mount
Vernon) from 1969-71; St. Christopher
Church (Columbus), and taught
religion at Bishop Ready High School
in 1971. He was named Administrator
pro tem of St. Christopher Church in
1972 and appointed Pastor in 1973. He
was appointed Pastor of Immaculate
Conception Church (Columbus) in 1983,
and Pastor of St. Matthias Church
(Columbus) in 1991.
Father Smith was elected to the Senate
of Priests serving from 1988 to 1991.
Father Smith is preceded in death his
parents, brothers Edward, Harold and
Charles Smith, sister Dorothy Allbrittain,
and brothers Clarence, Jr., Ralph, and
Lloyd Smith. He is survived by sisters,
Mary Elizabeth Summers, and JoAnn
Hohman; along with several nieces and
nephews. Father Smith’s body will be
received at Saint Matthias Church (1582
Ferris Road, Columbus) on Tuesday,
January 8, 2013 at 1 p.m.; visitation
will continue at the church until 8 p.m.
Funeral Mass will take place at Saint
Matthias Church on Wednesday, January
9, 10 a.m., with visitation beginning at
8:30 a.m. and continuing just prior to the
Mass. The Most Reverend Frederick F.
Campbell will be the principal celebrant;
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the Most Reverend James A. Griffin,
Reverend Mark S. Summers (nephew
of Fr. Smith, who will also serve as
homilist), and priests of the Diocese will
concelebrate. Burial will follow in the
priests section at St. Joseph Cemetery,
Lockbourne, Ohio.
Fr. Ron Arter
Funeral Mass for
Father Ronald
L. Arter, 79, who
died Sunday, Aug.
4, at Fairfield
Medical Center in
Lancaster, was held
Thursday, Aug. 8,
at Sugar Grove St.
Joseph Church.
Burial was at St.
Fr. Ronald L. Arter
Mary Cemetery,
Lancaster.
He was born June 6, 1934, in
Lancaster, to Clarence and Ethelreta
(Smith) Arter. He attended
St. Mary School in Lancaster, St. Gerard
School in Lima, and Berne Union High
School in Sugar Grove, and graduated
from Lancaster St. Mary High School in
1953. He received his bachelor of arts
degree in philosophy in 1957 from St.
Charles Borromeo Seminary in Columbus
and completed his theological studies at
Mount St. Mary of the West Seminary in
Norwood.
He was ordained to the priesthood
at Columbus St. Joseph Cathedral
on May 27, 1961, by Bishop Clarence
Issenmann. He served as associate pastor
at Columbus St. Ladislas Church and an
instructor at Columbus Bishop Hartley
High School (1961-66), associate pastor at
Dennison Immaculate Conception Church
and an instructor at Dennison St. Mary
High School (1966-70), associate pastor
at Chillicothe St. Peter Church (1970-72),
pastor at the Church of the Atonement in
Crooksville (1972-76), pastor at Delaware
St. Mary Church (1976-80), pastor at
Corning St. Bernard Church (1980-86),
and pastor at Lancaster St. Mark Church
(1986-2004). He also was a 50-year
member of the Knights of Columbus.
After his retirement on July 13, 2004,
he assisted at parishes in Fairfield and
Hocking counties, especially Sugar Grove
St. Joseph. He was preceded in death
by his parents and a brother,William.
Survivors include a sister, Lois, with
whom he lived in Sugar Grove in
retirement, and brothers, Gerald (Betsy),
David (Mary), and Thomas (Mary).
In Memoriam Roll
James D. Klunk, Sr., Class of 1956, father
of James D. Klunk, Jr. ’84, brother of Dr.
William ’52 and uncle of Tim ’75, brother-inlaw of Tom ’43, Al ’45 and Bill ’49 Bringardner; October 27, 2012.
John L. Davis, Class of 1957, November 2,
2012.
Louis P. Castellarin, D.D.S., Class of
1952, December 11, 2012.
David Angelo Corna, Class of 1962 and
former St. Charles faculty member, brother
of Robert J. ’63; September 27, 2012.
Austin Cornell, former baseball coach and
father of Marcus ’00; December 11-12, 2012.
Ernest “Gary” Gibson, Class of 1955,
October 2, 2012.
J. Colby Grimes, St. Charles preparatory
School Class of 1946, St. Charles College
Class of 1953; brother of Daniel ’43 and
Monsignor Kenneth Grimes ’49, uncle to
H. J. ’81, Pat ’84 and Andrew ’92 Haney;
December 10, 2012.
Gerald H. “Gerry” Spiers, Class of 1951,
brother of Frank ’52, Bill ’60 and Herb ’63,
nephew of Msgr. Edward F. Spiers, PhD;
November 30, 2012.
Martin J. “John” Burkey, Class of 1980,
January 5, 2013.
Donald D. Bianco, Class of 1958, January
13, 2013.
J. Joseph “Joe” Harper, Class of 1944,
brother of William ’43; January 18, 2013.
Robert D. Green, Class of 1956, January
20, 2013.
Patrick O. Taynor, Class of 1956, February 13, 2013.
Jeffrey C. Cranston, Class of 1976, February 16, 2013.
Scott R. Feiler, Class of 1982, March 25,
2013.
Richard Joseph “Dick” Kelley, Class of
1946, brother of Don ’47, uncle of Tim ’76,
Terry ’77 and Pat ’78 Kelley; April 14, 2013.
Dr. Bill Klunk, Sr., Class of 1952, father
of James D. Klunk, Jr. ’84, brother of Dr.
William ’52 and Tom ’51,uncle of Tim ’75,
brother-in-law of Tom ’43, Al ’45 and Bill ’49
Bringardner; June 18, 2013.
Brian F. Gilchrist, Class of 1983, son of
Michael ’57, brother of Michael ’82, father of
Stuart ’08 and Noah ’15; July 14, 2013.
Arthur J. “Art” Lelonek, Class of 1955,
July 31, 2013.
Mark J. Schaefer, Class of 1975, son of
former SC book keeper, Jeanne Schaefer,
brother of Don ’76 and Scott ’80; September
7, 2013.
St. Charles Preparatory School
Development Update
Development Director’s Column
Making a difference
Anyone close to
St. Charles knows
that we place
great emphasis
on educating the
whole person mind, spirit, and
body. We prepare
individuals who
are knowledgeable,
independent and
critical thinkers;
Mike Duffy
who have broad
world views;
and are motivated to improve their
communities through meaningful work
and purposeful lives.
During my years at St. Charles, the
school has given me many reasons to
be proud, but none more than this: we
are hopeful. In challenging times, our
students still know and believe they can
change the world for the better. Our
faculty believes they can help them do it.
And when our alumni return to campus,
they share this same vital belief that they
can make a difference. Despite the best
efforts of the world, we are not jaded, and
we return gamely to the question, “How
can I make things better?”
Of course, hope is only one piece of the
puzzle. One also needs the tools to put
one’s values into action. Characteristic
of our school is its engagement in
service. Our students expertly juggle
the academic responsibilities of a school
day, homework, extracurricular activities
and part-time jobs. And yet, their sense
of social justice and general concern for
others drive them to squeeze a few more
hours into each week for someone else’s
benefit.
Through community service, servicelearning projects, and other special
initiatives, our students and faculty
members improve communities as far
away as Guatemala and Nicaragua and
as close to home as Sheperd’s Corner on
Columbus’ northeast side.
St Charles is a special place that
attracts a certain kind of student. Making
the grade is not enough. They want to
make a difference. They want to do well
and do good. We consider it important to
nurture this culture - one that inspires
students to actively fill unmet needs and
bring about social change.
Something that I have said since I
arrived at the school is that the world
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needs St. Charles - it needs the special
and unusual combination of faith,
knowledge, service, idealism, and
effectiveness that is the hallmark of a St.
Charles graduate.
In a period when secondary
education in general faces many
significant challenges, it has been
deeply encouraging to me to realize how
committed St. Charles’ alumni, friends
and parents are to the school and to
maintaining the best qualities of a St.
Charles college preparatory education for
students in the years yet to come. I read
once that “parents are the first teachers
of their children. And parents remain the
finest teachers of their children.”
As professional educators, this belief
informs what our teachers do and guides
them as they set about fulfilling the
sacred obligation of teaching the young
men entrusted to our care. Theirs is the
task of teaching our students, guiding
and encouraging them. Theirs is the task
of enriching their lives through shared
experience and learned opportunity.
Theirs is the task of building upon the
foundation provided by our students’
families.
In our ever more challenging world
filled with personal, social, academic and
emotional rigors, it remains the task of
our teachers and administrators to create
and sustain a caring school environment.
We continue to come together in order
to provide for our students the best
opportunities for them to fulfill their
individual potential as citizens of our
community. And while it remains vitally
important that we prepare our students
academically and spiritually to take the
next step in their life’s journey, we remain
mindful of the need to help students
become well-rounded individuals who care
about their community. We endeavor for
our students to be dedicated to caring for
each other and to reaching out to each
other in public service.
We are appreciative of the great job
that parents, grandparents, and families
do each and every day in providing a solid
foundation for our students and working
to instill a heart for service. Thank you
for entrusting your sons to our care as
we support what you do and help to build
upon it.
So, like our students, St. Charles
is evolving and always looking to the
future, committed to our vision as “The
Distinctive Leader in Catholic Education”
that combines a powerful academic
focus with experiences that prepare
our students for lives of purpose and
extraordinary accomplishment. This is a
school that is active and moving forward.
Great schools are like that, of course
- always in progress and never static.
During their years here, our students
are always in the process of becoming
themselves, and our faculty members
are continuing to develop themselves as
teachers and scholars. New academic
disciplines emerge, and existing ones
evolve.
An architectural rendering of proposed changes
to the current Jack Ryan Student Training and
Fitness Facility. The space housed a weight
room, trainer’s office and treatment area. With the
completion of the Robert D. Walter West Campus,
the space will now be converted to a locker room,
bathroom and trainer’s area on the ground level
and a set of coaches offices on a second level
extending half way around the space.
A worker prepares to insert a limestone cross into
the area carved out of the existing brick wall on
the southern face of the Rose and Dedger Jones
Natatorium.
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Development Update
The nation as a whole must continue
to tackle the very large issue of how it can
best educate its rising generations. The
way St. Charles can participate in these
conversations and in the strengthening
of American secondary education is to
become the strongest version of itself it
can be, in the current context, and for
future generations.
We call on our graduates to be mindful
of the complexity of the world and of the
many decisions with which they will each
be faced throughout their lives - hopeful
that the education they received here
will guide them well. As our alumni who
have been out in the world know, the
best education is not one that offers final
answers, but rather one that helps us
answer the steady flow of new questions
that life presents.
Striving in the service of what one
loves is a very fine thing. As St. Charles
celebrates its 90th anniversary and
continues its own journey, we have much
to celebrate and much work yet to do. For
all that the readers of the Cardinal have
done and continue to do in support of our
students and their wonderful endeavors
and for all that you alumni have done to
bring honor to your alma mater out in
the wider world, and to keep your school
moving forward with strength and vigor, I
thank you and look forward to continuing
this work with you.
Development Officer’s Column
Thank you for my warm
welcome
My name is
Michael Welsch
and I am extremely
honored to be the
new development
officer at St.
Charles. I am
originally from
Steubenville, Ohio,
where I grew up
with my parents
Michael Welsch
and six sisters,
attended St. Peter’s Church and parochial
school and graduated from Steubenville
Catholic Central High School in 1984.
I attended the Franciscan University
of Steubenville briefly before entering
the Pontifical College Josephinum in
Columbus, where I majored in philosophy
and psychology. I received my Bachelor of
Arts degree from the Josephinum in 1989
and my Masters of Arts in theology in
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2001. I taught Religion and was campus
minister and outreach coordinator at
Fisher Catholic High School in Lancaster,
for five years. It was here that I met my
wife, Michelle, whom I married in June
1999. That same year, she was hired
as a teacher at Bexley Middle School,
where she teaches history today. We built
a home on her family farm outside of
Millersport, where we enjoy the country
life with our two sons, Ted (7) and
Alex (6). We are members of Our Lady
of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in
Buckeye Lake. I am a charter member of
OLMC’s Knights of Columbus, a catechist
of the Parish School of Religion, a current
member of the parish council and of the
Parish Festival Committee, part of our
evangelization effort.
I come to St. Charles with over fifteen
years in the development profession.
In 1998, I left Fisher Catholic H.S. and
began working in development at the
Josephinum. Subsequently, I directed
various development departments at
Capital University and Ohio Dominican
University. For the next couple of
years, I traveled to different colleges
and universities as a fundraising
consultant and educator for Datatel, Inc.,
a fundraising software company based
in Fairfax, Virginia. I then returned to
the non-profit world in development at
Columbus College of Art and Design.
I have been in academia for most
of my life, and have always valued the
importance of religion and education for
the individual and for a well-ordered
society. I treasure most, however, the
high moral and educational standards
of Catholic education and have found no
other institution focused on developing
not only the minds and bodies of
its students but also, openly and
unreservedly, their hearts and souls truly holistic in its approach and practice.
I have had, for many years now, great
admiration for St. Charles and its alumni,
some of whom have been my priests,
teachers, friends and colleagues. I have
no doubt that its continued success calls
for the financial and emotional support of
alumni and other donors as we continue
our devotion, according to our Mission
Statement, “to provide young men with
a fundamentally sound preparation for
adult Catholic/Christian life.”
I am charged with advancing St. Charles’
founding mission by enhancing its
fundraising-related activities and I am
honored to be a part of this team.
When on campus, please consider
stopping by the Development Office to
introduce yourself. I look forward to
meeting you. If you would like to contact
me, my office phone is (614) 252-9288, ext.
33 and my email address is mwelsch@
cdeducation.org. May God continue to
bless us and our endeavors this year.
The Thomas P. ’92 and
Patricia L. Schindler
Endowment Fund
The Thomas P. ’92 and Patricia Schindler
Endowment Fund will assist boys
attending St. Charles in financial need
or who have shown academic promise,
with preference given to members of St.
Catharine of Siena parish.
“We established the Endowment
because we believe in Catholic schools
and their mission,” the couple stated.
“Making our home in Eastmoor, the
intention is that this gift can benefit
both the St. Charles and St. Catharine
communities which we appreciate and
admire.” Tom continued, “My two
brothers, sister and I attended Catholic
elementary and high schools, and my
mother was the librarian at St. Catharine
for many years. And with the birth of our
son Isaac in 2011, I can now also count
myself as an intended future St. Charles
parent as well as proud alum.”
“Donating to St. Charles was an easy
decision because of its proven track
record. The school has shown positive
results in both the academic and personal
development of the young men it serves.
The administration, faculty, and staff
show dedication and caring. Parents and
families are involved and supportive, and
the effects of a positive peer environment
should not be underestimated. Lastly,
while the costs of education have
escalated over the decades, the cost per
student compares favorably to other
secondary schools, indicating that St.
Charles has been a good steward of funds
entrusted to it.”
Trish and Tom ’92 Schindler
St. Charles Preparatory School
The Bill and Dan ’80 Nye
Scholarship Endowment
Fund
Jovelina and Marianato Montero
The Marianito and
Jovelina Montero
Endowed Scholarship
Fund
Four years after Marianito Montero and
Jovelina Mozo met at Manila Central
University’s School of Medicine in 1952,
they completed medical school. Jovelina
went on to practice pediatrics while
Marianito pursued psychiatry.
In 1969, Marianito attended Johns
Hopkins University, tasting American
higher education for the first time. Three
years later, he and Jovelina uprooted
their ten children from the Philippines to
pursue better educational opportunities in
the United States of America.
Today, more than forty years and
twenty-nine institutions later, both
Marianito and Jovelina’s dreams continue
and thrive through their ten children
and seventeen grandchildren. The
Marianito and Jovelina Montero Endowed
Scholarship Fund embodies their same
spirit of opportunity to pursue and
achieve academic excellence, leadership
and sound character to the benefit of the
recipient.
While most scholarships focus on
financial need, this one does not. The
intention of this scholarship is solely
to reward any deserving student who
exemplifies these aforementioned
qualities.
Bill (AQ ’54 ) and Dan ’80 Nye.
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This scholarship was founded by current
St. Charles parents Kevin and Connie
Walsh. Kevin is a member of the school’s
Endowment Trustees Board and Connie is
a regular volunteer in the cafeteria and in
other school activities.
The endowment is named in honor of
Dan Nye ’80 and his father, Bill. Dan,
a Columbus city paramedic, has held
myriad roles in relation to the school’s
wrestling program. He was a four-year
varsity wrestler who was a member of
the Cardinals inaugural team established
in 1976. Soon after he graduated from
St. Charles, he joined the wrestling
staff and served the program in every
capacity. After taking a year off when he
donated his kidney to his wife in 2007,
Dan returned as an assistant from 2007
to 2009 before retiring. Former Cardinal
wrestling coach Mike Geisz said, “For
more than 12 years Dan worked under
the philosophy that being able to make
wrestling available to anyone was
essential.”
Walsh said that “even though Dan
attended St. Charles and I attended
Bishop Hartley, we were always good
friends. We wrestled and trained together
in the late 1970s and were co-head
coaches for the St. Charles wrestling
program from 1996 to 2002. After 30+
years, my friendship with Dan has never
wavered.”
Walsh also expressed his admiration
for all that Dan’s father, Bill (who along
with his wife, Betty), has done on behalf
of the school and its students. Over the course of four decades, Bill
has volunteered countless hours to the
benefit of the school. He and Betty were
involved in numerous activities from
helping with the Booster Club, Mothers
Club running the concession stand at
school athletic events, initiating in 1987
and helping to organize the St. Charles
Blood Drive, working Spaghetti Dinners
and Bingo, St. Charles wrestling team.
For their untiring service to the
Cardinal community, the Nye’s were
presented the Borromean Medal for
Distinguished Service to St. Charles
in 1998, the year these special awards
were created. Bill has continued to be
involved with the blood drive and can be
found visiting the faculty and staff at St.
Charles on a weekly basis.
“When we decided to fund a
scholarship at St. Charles,” Kevin said,
“there was never a question who it would
be in honor of. Bill and Dan ’80 Nye
are the hardest working, dedicated, and
loyal people my wife and I know. Their
integrity, honesty and selfless nature
should be an example to all students and
adults,” he said.
“Both of these men would drop
whatever they were doing to help someone
else and have many times over the years,”
Walsh said.
The J. Kevin Igoe’63
Memorial Scholarship
Endowment Fund
Dan Igoe ’61
provides this
wonderful insight
into the life that his
brother, Kevin, led:
“Kevin Igoe
graduated from St.
Charles in 1963.
He never met a
stranger. He talked
J. Kevin Igoe ’63
to everyone - about
anything and
everything. He was a great friend. Kevin
loved travel and adventure. And he loved
St. Charles and appreciated the great
education it provided.
From his earliest days Kevin was an
avid water dog. He loved the water. I
remember a rare vacation to Cape Cod.
Kevin could not wait to sneak out of our
dorm-style quarters and plunge in the
roaring ocean in the dark of night. My
brother was only 10 or 11. Kevin never,
ever missed a chance for an ocean swim.
As a freshman he was one of the first
members of the resurrected St. Charles
swimming team in the 60s. He was a
very good breaststroker, so the J. Kevin
Igoe ’63 Memorial Scholarship will prefer
students who are joining the swim team.
The scholarship fund was initiated by
Kevin’s high school and college classmate,
John Connor ’63. After graduation
Kevin and John headed off to Notre
Dame together where they became the
best of friends - for life. Unfortunately,
Kevin’s life ended early at age 52. Cancer,
probably from exposure to carcinogens
while serving in Viet Nam - and
complications from its treatment - was
the culprit. John eulogized Kevin. And,
as a true friend, John never forgot that
enduring bond of friendship started at St.
Charles.
In 2011 John proposed honoring
Kevin’s memory with the J. Kevin Igoe
’63 Memorial Scholarship Fund for young
men attending St. Charles. Kevin’s
widow, Patricia Igoe (one of John‘s
business partners all these years), and
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Cardinal Society Reception
Muirfield - May 9, 2013
Members of the school’s Cardinal Society,
founded to recognize the school’s leading
supporters of scholarships, attended
the annual donor-recognition reception
Muirfield Village Golf Club in early
May. The event was hosted by Advisory
Board chairman Paul Heller ’82, and
Dan Sullivan ’83, the director of the
prestigious Memorial Golf Tournament.
From left -- Tom Mackessy ’77 (St. Charles Advisory Board Vice-Chair) and Bill Sullivan ’79.
From left -- Jennifer and Shaun Brown.
From left -- Mike Duffy (St. Charles Development
Director) and Mike Stickney (St. Charles Advisory
Board member).
Lee and Katy Ryan Paolini.
From left -- Geoffrey and Catherine Chatas with
Dan Sullivan ’83, the evening’s host and St.
Charles Advisory Board member.
From left -- Brad and Colleen Spees and Paul
(St. Charles Advisory Board member) and Beth
LeCorgne.
From left -- Jack Gibbons ’81 (St. Charles faculty
member) and Ed Moore ’81.
From left -- Greg Kontras’75 and Steven Miller ’77.
From left -- Katherine Weislogel and Gigi Wallace.
Front, from left -- Trish and Tom Schindler ’92 (St.
Charles Advisory Board member) with Alex Loehrer ’94 (2013-2014 Alumni Annual Fund Chairman
and St. Charles Advisory Board member).
From left -- Matt Backiewicz ’89 and Dan Sullivan
’83 (St. Charles Advisory Board member).
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St. Charles Preparatory School
From left -- Mike Stickney (St. Charles Advisory
Board member), Bob Walter ’63 and Daniel Fronk.
From left -- Sheila Reiner and Andrea Mackessy.
Norina Wolfe and Dick Gambs ’50.
From left – Enjoying a view of Muirfield’s 18th
green are (from left) Dr. Marian Schuda (St.
Charles Advisory Board member), Press ’65 (St.
Charles Advisory Board member) and Joan Southworth, Jack Ryan ’74 and Tim Ryan ’75.
Paula and George Gummer.
From left -- Deacon Donald Poirier ’70 with Diana
and Pat O’Reilly ’62.
From left -- Sr. Margaret Hoffman (St. Charles faculty member) and Charlie Pickard ’58.
From left -- Jim Lower (St. Charles principal), Wally
Bakare and Paul Reiner (Aquinas ’64).
From left -- Haley and Mitchell C. Sherman ’05 and
Brenda and Anthony Buchta.
Nancy and Dan “Doc” Rankin ’53 (emeritus
member of the St. Charles Advisory Board).
Ann and Mike Loehrer.
From left -- Carson Reider ’08, Paula Brooks
(Franklin County Commissioner) and Dr. Carson
Reider.
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Cardinal Society Reception
From left -- Stephen Payne and Edward and
Pamela Sprigler.
From left -- Sr. Margaret Hoffman, Daphne Irby,
Cindy Kelley and Teri Lewandowski.
From left -- Tim Kellogg and Mike Sullivan ’58
(emeritus member of the St. Charles Advisory
Board).
St. Charles Advisory Board Chairman Paul Heller
’82, with his wife, Renee.
Dale and Judy Anderson.
From left -- Sue Dell Thoman, Sarah Maser and Dr.
Kathleen (St. Charles Advisory Board member)
and Mike Wodarcyk.
Mike and Sheila Gottron.
Frank ’55 and Sheila Bettendorf.
From left -- Peter and Julie Ferguson and Marie
Quinn.
Kay and Jack Gibbons.
From left -- Kevin Quinn, Paul and Julie Snyder
and Marie Quinn.
From left -- Wayne and Mary Ann Ballantyne with
Kathy and Sam Gregory.
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St. Charles Preparatory School
From left -- Principal Jim Lower and Bill Riat.
Mairead Fyda
Tim Kelley ’76 (then St. Charles Advisory Board
Chairman) and Dominic Cavello ’64 (St. Charles
faculty member and former principal).
From left -- Carl and Barbara Billhardt and Melanie
and Greg ’88 Billhardt.
From left -- Pamela Sprigler, Mary Oellermann,
Brenda Gibbons, Kim Martin, Cherri Taynor
(Development Office secretary) and Laurie Berndt
(St. Charles school secretary).
From left -- Anthony Landis and Craig Lee ’77 (St.
Charles Advisory Board member).
From left -- Dan Tarpy with Marisa and Mike
Mentel.
Scott Pharion (St. Charles Academic Dean) with
Wendy and John Salyer ’85 (St. Charles Dean of
Students).
From left -- St. Charles Advisory Board member
Dr. Marian Schuda and her husband, Bob, Dr.
Kathleen Lutter, Paul and Dr. Sarah Vandermeer
(St. Charles faculty member), Michele and Greg
Knudson and Patrice and Dr. Kevin Huelsman.
From left -- Tod ’65 and Joan Makley with Bill
Sullivan ’79.
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Development Update
Kevin’s siblings joined the plan to
create a lasting remembrance of a loyal
and grateful alumnus.”
New Scoreboard and
Amenities coming to
Natatorium
A significant and anonymous lead, paired
with funds being raised by the swim
team parents, has enabled the purchase
of several new upgrades for the 23 yearold Rose and Dedger Jones Natatorium
by the swim program (Water Polo and
Swimming).
Parent Brian Long said that the teams
have bought a new scoreboard (water polo
and swimming compatible), which should
arrive in late November. Also being added
are touch (timing) pads for swimming,
and new starting blocks will be moved to
the west (deeper) side of the pool.
The program set a goal of raising
$25,000. In early September a check for
$10,000 from an anonymous donor arrived
in the school’s mail. Long said that as of
mid-September they had raised $7,000
more and were just $8,000 from their
target.
Your Annual Support
Appreciated and Needed
To all alumni, parents and friends of
St. Charles,
Dear Friend of St.
Charles: “In September of 1923,
with no fanfare, 14
boys gathered in
a spare classroom
at Sacred Heart
School on Hamlet
Street, about mile
north of downtown
Alex Loehrer ’94
Columbus. They
were the first students… of a new Catholic all boys high
school named St. Charles Borromeo. The
school would be unique in the Columbus
Diocese in structure, mission, and curriculum…. The new high school was initially
described as the ‘preparatory department’
of St. Charles College-Seminary. The
school’s earliest prospectus declared the
goal was to give ‘students a complete,
thorough, and sound classical training.’
With this training, the prospectus notes,
“the young man is equipped to take up the
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specialties of the profession of his choice.”
This excerpt is from St. Charles Borromeo Preparatory School, The First 75
Years of Excellence written on the occasion of the school’s Diamond Anniversary
in 1998, by Lou Fabro ’49. Reflecting on
what has been accomplished over the last
90 years, it is impossible not to be proud
of the vibrant institution St. Charles has
become and of the young men who grace
its halls. Our students make it easy for
us to be proud when they garner individual and collective academic, athletic
and service accolades. From their first
days on campus, they bring intelligence
and enthusiasm for beginning to prepare
to engage with the world and for making
the most of each and every opportunity
the school affords them. They gravitate
toward chances to lead in campus ministry, student government, service projects
and athletic teams. They are eager to
progress on their life’s journey, motivated
by the understanding that they have a
role – and a responsibility – in shaping
our world for the better.
It is our school’s role and responsibility
to continue to attract bright and promising young men who are able to accept the
challenge of St. Charles and to provide
the resources and support – the best curriculum, facilities and teachers – for them
to achieve their full potential in their
time here. To meet these goals, we rely
on the support of parents and friends like
you, through our Annual Fund. As we
embark on our 90th year of education at
St. Charles, we ask you to kindly consider
making a generous gift to our Annual
Fund this year. Gifts of $1,250 or greater
earn you membership in the 2014 Cardinal Society and bring great impact to our
students.
Thank you for your consideration and
for your continued support of St. Charles
Preparatory School.
Alex K. Loehrer ’94
Alumni Annual Fund Chair
Jimmie and Daphne Irby
Parent Annual Fund Chairs
SUPPORT ST. CHARLES
FACILITIES
As part of our ongoing tribute to St.
Charles alumni and parents the school is
offering a series of naming opportunities
located inside and outside the Robert
C. Walter Student Commons and the
Saint Charles Student Services & Fine
Arts Center. These tributes are available
on a first-available basis.
Jimmie and Daphne Irby, AF Parents Chairs
To participate in one of the
opportunities listed below or for
additional information, please call the
Development Director Mike Duffy at
(614) 252-9288 ext. 20 or e-mail him
at miduffy@cdeducation.org
Engrave A Brick in
Sean P. Reed Plaza
One-hundred and twenty bricks in all,
divided into four sections, make up this
highly visible area located just inside
the entryway to Walt Plank Field. For
a charitable contribution of $500, Saint
Charles alumni, parents, and friends can
also pay tribute to their favorite Cardinal
on one of these 8”x 8” bricks. Each brick
allows up to 4 lines of copy, with up 12
characters per line including spaces.
This is an ideal way to recognize those
who have been associated with Cardinal
athletics, especially those involved with
our baseball, football, lacrosse, and soccer
programs.
This contribution is fully tax-deductible as provided by law. All proceeds benefit the school’s Turf Field and Stadium.
Name a Column in Our
“West Colonnades”
Thirteen of the original 16 brick and
limestone columns remain available.
They support the walkway which extends
from the Walter Student Commons to the
Gymnasium lobby and covers the school’s
“Walk of Honor.”
For a gift of $10,000 you can also name
one of the colonnades. An engraved
bronze plate will be dedicated in any
manner you wish. This tax deductible gift
can be paid over a three-year period.
Engrave a campus limestone bench
For a gift of $5,000 you can dedicate one
of the limestone benches located outside
the Robert C. Walter Student Commons;
outside the Campus Theatre Building;
or inside the Msgr. Thomas M. Bennett
Courtyard. The benches can be engraved
in any manner you wish. This is a tax
deductible gift.
St. Charles Preparatory School
Boards and Advocates
Board welcomes four
new members; Heller ’82
succeeds Kelley ’76 as
Chairman
The March meeting of the St. Charles
Advisory Board was a memorable one
in many ways. It marked the end of the
highly successful Chairman’s tenure of
Tim Kelley ’76 and the beginning of a
three-year term for Paul Heller ’82, the
former head of the board’s Development
Committee. The same night Dr. Tom
Ryan joined the board’s emeritus ranks
and Pat McJoynt-Griffith, a member of
the group’s Finance Committee, stepped
off the board due to growing family and
work commitments.
At the top level, new board chairman
Paul Heller ’82 said that he was very
honored to serve as the St. Charles
Advisory Board Chairman. “Like my
fellow board members,” he said, “this
service provides us the opportunity to give
back to a school that has meant so much
to our personal development and in many
cases to the development of our sons.”
Heller noted that part of the mission
of St. Charles is that of service to others,
and he views his board service as a small
extension of that mission.
Of his new role and responsibilities,
Heller said “I have enormous ‘shoes to fill’
succeeding Tim Kelley ’76 as the board
chairman. Tim and his family are giant
pillars of our school community. Tim has
long served both the St. Charles Advisory
Board and Endowment Trustee Board in
spite of some personal health challenges.
He has been both an inspiration and
wise counsel to the administration and
the board. I want to thank Tim for his
leadership and friendship over many
years of service,” Heller said.
In addition to the change at the
Chairman and Vice-Chairman positions,
Principal Jim Lower and the St.
Charles Advisory Board selected four
new members to serve the St. Charles
school and community. They are Paul S.
LeCorgne, Craig S. Lee ’77, Thomas P.
Schindler ’92 and Daniel P. Sullivan ’83.
Paul S. LeCorgne is a CPA employed
by JPMorgan Chase. He has been with
Chase and predecessor companies for over
23 years in a variety of managerial and
finance roles, and currently is the Senior Vice President and the Retail Chief
Financial Officer for two regions coverThe Distinctive Leader in Catholic Education
ing approximately 2,200 branches in 10
states.
Paul started his career in Public Accounting with Ernst & Whinney, then
moved into banking at Hibernia National
Bank, then First Union, then Premier
Bank which was ultimately acquired by
Bank One and then Chase. Paul was
born and raised in New Orleans, LA. He
attended an all-boys Catholic high school
and graduated from Tulane University in
1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Management with an emphasis in Accounting.
Paul and his wife moved to Columbus
in 1998 and attend St. Paul parish in
Westerville. They have four sons: Dylan
’08, Hunter ’11, Patrick ’13 and William
’17.
Craig S. Lee ’77 is a commercial and
residential real estate sales agent who
routinely prepares broker price opinions
and comparative market analysis studies for investors and individuals. He has
been both a real estate agent and security
consultant with Art Lee Realty, Inc., since
2011.
Craig also founded The Cookie Cop,
LLC, which has develops a formula that
naturally stabilizes sugars creating a
snack food that can be enjoyed by Type I
and II diabetics (citation noted Eric Serrano, M.D. 2008). Current customers include
the Ohio City School District and Raisin
Rack Natural Food Market in Westerville.
He is a retired 24-year City of Columbus Police Sergeant (1982 - 2006) and
Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol
Tobacco and Firearms (1984 -1988). He
earned a Real Estate Certificate from
Hondros College in 2011 after earning
a Bachelor of Arts degree in business
management from Luther College in 1981
and an Associate of Arts degree in 1979
from Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa.
Craig and his wife, Lisa, live in Blacklick.
Craig’s has two alumni brothers: Art ’78
and David ’82. His father, Art, is a 1952
St. Charles alumnus.
Thomas P. Schindler ’92 is a portfolio
manager at Diamond Hill Investment
Group, Inc., a registered investment
advisor based in Columbus. Tom joined
Diamond Hill in 2000 and is currently responsible for managing the Diamond Hill
Small Cap Fund and related small cap
separate accounts with total assets over
$1 billion. Previous to this, Tom served as
either an analyst or portfolio manager at
Dillon Capital Management, Nationwide
Insurance, and Loomis, Sayles & Company.
Tom graduated summa cum laude from
The Ohio State University in 1996 with
a B.S. in business administration. While
there, he was a recipient of the Honors
Medalist scholarship and the Fisher College of Business Pace Setter Award. After
college, he earned the CFA designation
and is a member of the CFA Society of Columbus. Tom and his wife Trish are members of St. Catharine parish and reside in
Columbus with their three children, Eva
(8), Ella (5), and Isaac (2).
Daniel P. Sullivan ’83 has served as
the executive director of The Memorial
Tournament since 2001 and is responsible
for directing all of the financial, business,
community and operational aspects associated with the tournament. He actively
participates in the philanthropic relationships the tournament has with Nationwide’s Children’s Hospital, the Shriners,
Lions Club, First Tee and many local
charities. He oversees all media relations
and advertising and marketing initiatives
as well as serving as the tournament’s
spokesperson.
Dan earned a degree in business from
Miami (Ohio) University in 1987 and
interned that year for both the Memorial Tournament and Ryder Cup in which
Jack Nicklaus captained the United
States team. In 1988, he began working
for WTVN-Radio as a sales representative
and returned to the Memorial in 1990 as
director of sales and marketing. For ten
years (1990-2001) he held various sales
and business development positions with
the Memorial Tournament and Jack Nicklaus family-associated companies - Golden
Bear and Executive Sports International.
The same year Sullivan was named the
Memorial Tournament’s executive director, he helped launch HNS Sports Group
with John Hines and Steve Nicklaus. He
serves as both a partner and president of
the golf management company that also
manages several other events on several
other tours.
Dan has also served for a number of
years on the Greater Columbus Sports
Commission, which provides leadership,
guidance and marketing expertise in
attracting regional, national and international sporting events and activities that
will benefit the Greater Columbus area.
Residents of Upper Arlington, Dan and
his wife, Alyson, have been married for
almost 20 years. They have four children
- Liam ’15, Victoria (age 14), Ronan (age
12), and Brodie (age 10). His brothers
Bill ’79, Tim ’80 and Pete ’84 are gradu85
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ates and his father, F. William Sullivan, Jr.,
and uncle, Michael M. Sullivan ’58 (father of
Michael ’09 and Mathew ’11) are emeritus St.
Charles Advisory Board members.
Dr. Thomas N. Ryan ’58, emeritus
Dr. Tom Ryan ’58 moved to emeritus status
having served ten years as a member of the
school’s Advisory Board. He and his wife,
Lynn, live in Bexley and are parishioners in
St. Catharine parish. He retired last year
from a private dental practice. Tom served
on the board’s Development Committee and
was the alumni chairman for 2003-2004 Annual Fund. That effort brought in more than
$408,000 which shattered the previous AF
record at that time of $159,000.
SUPPORT A ST. CHARLES
STUDENT IN NEED
St. Charles Adopt-A-Student – $1,000
to $9,190 (tuition assistance).
Description: You can support one of our
students in need by sponsoring one or
more students. All gifts are tax deductible
as provided by law. Pledges of $1,000 or
more can be paid over a 9-month period.
The Cardinal Society – $1,250 and
above for St. Charles Scholarships
Description: Gifts of $1,250 or more to
our Parents Annual Fund or the Alumni
Annual Fund qualify for an invitation
to our Cardinal Society. All members
will receive an invitation to a yearend
celebration at the Murfield Village Golf Club.
St. Charles General Scholarship
Fund – $1 to $1,250
Description: Help one of our St. Charles
students in need who qualifies for some
level of financial aid. Please note that
all gifts of $1,250 or above qualify for
membership in our Cardinal Society. Gifts
to our scholarship fund are 100% tax
deductible.
Once again: To participate in one of the
opportunities listed below or for
additional information, please call the
Development Director Mike Duffy at
(614) 252-9288 ext. 20 or e-mail him
at miduffy@cdeducation.org
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Dr. & Mrs. Joseph S.
Mr. & Mrs. James M. Brady
Backiewicz
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Brake
Mr.
&
Mrs.
Craig
Badger
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Brandt
St. Charles Preparatory School
Mrs. Lois Baglione
Mr. & Mrs. David B. Brannigan
gratefully acknowledges the
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Bahlmann
Mr. David Brattain
following benefactors who
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Bailey
Ms. Susan Brattain
have supported the school’s
Mr. Oduwole Bakare
Mr. & Mrs. David Breckenridge
2013-2014 Annual Fund as
Mr.
&
Mrs.
Doug
Baker
Dr. & Mrs. James E. Brehm
well as the school’s Class
Mr. & Mrs. David H. Ball
Mr. & Mrs. Richard E. Brehm
Reunions, memorial gift
Mr. & Mrs. James M. Ball
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin M. Brennan
program, and St. Charles’
Mr. & Mrs. Zachary T. Ball
Mr. & Mrs. Glenn E. Briel
many extracurricular
Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Ballantyne
Mr. George R. Bright, Jr.
programs. These gifts and
Mr.
&
Mrs.
Henry
M.
Banta
Mr. & Mrs. William Bringardner
pledges were made during the
Mrs. Suzanne Driscoll Mr. Matthew J. Bringardner
period of September 17, 2012
Bareham
Mr. & Mrs. Rob Brisley
through September 17, 2013.
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Barlage
Ms. Jean Brock
All subsequent pledges and
Mr. & Mrs. Brian Barnhart
Brookside Golf & County Club
contributions to St. Charles
Mr.
&
Mrs.
Allan
Barnum
Brookside Materials, LLC
Preparatory School will be
Capt. & Mrs. Mark Brown
recognized in the next issue of Barrel 44
Mr. & Mrs. Harry W. Barrow
Mr. & Mrs. Chuck E. Brown
the Cardinal.
Mr. Gerard M. Barrow, Sr.
Mr. & Mrs. David S. Brown
Mr. & Mrs. Reginald Brown
The students, faculty, and staff Ms. Kelly M. Bartley
Mr.
&
Mrs.
Glen
Basler
Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Brown
at St. Charles thank you for
Mr. & Mrs. Kurtise Bateman
Mr. & Mrs. Shaun P. Brown
your kindness, your prayers,
Mr. & Mrs. Philip A. Baum
Mrs. Isabel Brown
and all of your support
Mr. & Mrs. James L. Baumann Mrs. Jeanine Brown
during the past year. If you
Mr. & Mrs. Michael J.
Mr. & Mrs. John M. Browne, Jr.
find an error in your entry
Baumann
Mrs. Marie Bruce
or your name(s) does not
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Baumann
Mr. Gary Bruck
appear on this giving roster,
Mr. & Mrs. Paul H. Baumann
Brueggers Bagels
please contact the school’s
Mr. John R. Baumann
Mr. & Mrs. Dale Bruggeman
development director, Mike
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Beam
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph I. Brush
Duffy, at
Mr.
&
Mrs.
Brad
Beasecker
Mr. & Mrs. Dan Bryan
miduffy@cdeducation.org
Mr. Otto Beatty III
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Buchta
or call him at (614) 252-9288
Mrs. Laura Lee Beggin
Buffalo Wild Wings
ext.20.
The Beldin Brick Co.
Mr. & Mrs. William C. Bunstine
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Belford
Mr. Brian Burdette
Msgr. George J. Adams
Mr.
&
Mrs.
Albert
J.
Bell
Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Burdine
Advertise America, Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bendig
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Burger
Ms. Gifty Ako-Adounvo
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Bendinelli
Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Burger
Aladdin’s Eatery
Mr. & Mrs. Dirk Bengel
Mr. & Mrs. Gordon W. Burke
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Alban
Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Benjamin Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Burke
Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Albert
Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Bennett
Mrs. Beth Burkhart
Mr. Brandon D. Alexander
Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Bennett
Mr. & Mrs. Doug Burkley
Mr. & Mrs. Michael C. Alfred
Ms. Irma Bennett
Dr. & Mrs. Keith C. Burris
Alicia Masse, Ernst & Young
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Berndt
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence E. Burton
Dr. James W. Allen
Mr. & Mrs. David Bernert
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Busher
Drs. James & Elizabeth Allen
Mr.
&
Mrs.
William
Berrisford
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Buster
Mr. & Mrs. Michael T. Allen
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Bertolini
Mr. & Mrs. E. William Butler
Mr. Gary Allwein
Berwick Manor Catering
Byers, Minton &
Mr. & Mrs. Edward H. Alten
Mr. & Mrs. Frank J. Bettendorf Associates, LLC
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Altomare
Dr. Stephen H. Bickham
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Byorth
Ms. Noriko Amaya
Mr.
&
Mrs.
A.
William
Bickham
Mr. Jacob Byorth
Amigo Club Of Columbus
Mr. & Mrs. Mark D. Bidstrup
Mr. Michael B. Cadwell
Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan A. Amico
Mr. & Mrs. Carl F. Billhardt
Deacon & Mrs. Carl Calcara
Sister Rosina Amicon
Amish Originals Furniture Co. Mr. & Mrs. Gregory C. Billhardt Caldwell Banker King
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Billman
Thompson
Mr. & Mrs. Monte Amnah
Mr.
&
Mrs.
Richard
W.
Bird
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Caldwell
Dr. & Mrs. Dale M. Anderson
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Caldwell
Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Michael W.
Bissmeyer
Mr. & Mrs. Kyle D. Callahan
Mr. Peter J. Anderson
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen M.
Mr. Michael A. Calvert
Ms. Barbara Anderson
Blubaugh
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
Ms. Claudia C. Anderson
Rev.
Homer
D.
Blubaugh
Mr. & Mrs. Dave Campbell
Ms. Ursula Anderson
Mr. Thomas A. Campbell
Anderson Concrete Company Bob Evans Farms, Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. James Bolden
Dr. & Mrs. John V. Campo
Mr. Josh D. Angelini
Mr. Jack A. Boller
Mrs. Ronnie Campo
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Ansley
Mr. William Bolon & Mrs.
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Cannell
Anthony-Thomas Candy
Theresa
Sullivan
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin S. Cannon
Shoppes
CAPA
Dr. & Mrs. Michael S. Anthony Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bolton
Mr. Richard E. Bonham
Capital City Awning
Mr. Akwasi Antwi-Boasiako
Dr. Joseph L. Borowitz
Capital Lighting
Mr. & Mrs. Justin M. Arends
Mr. & Mrs. Ted Bostic
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Carberry
Mr. & Mrs. James E. Arens
Mr.
John
W.
Boswell
Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Carducci
Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Arensberg
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Bowen
Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Carignan
Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Arndt
Mr. & Mrs. Erik B. Bower
Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Carlisle
Mr. & Mrs. Keith Arnold
Mr. & Mrs. Boyd Bowling
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Caro
Mrs. Billie M. Arnold
Drs. Kevin & Mary Jo Bowman Ms. Ruth A. Carpenter
Rev. William L. Arnold
Mr. & Mrs. Scott Bowman
Mr. & Mrs. Frank W. Carsonie
Mr. & Mrs. Jim Arthur
Ms. Nneka T. Boykin
Dr. & Mrs. Ronald Carstens
Mr. & Mrs. Tim Aslaner
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Carter
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony J. Austing Mr. Andrew R. Boyle
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Bozymski
Mr. & Mrs. Timothy O Carty
The Avant Garden
Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Bracken
Mr. & Mrs. Scott C. Casey
Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Bachman
Mr. & Mrs. J. Patrick Bradford
Mr. Kenneth J. Castrop
St. Charles Preparatory School
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Cattell
Dr. & Mrs. Mark Catton
Mr. & Mrs. Dominic J. Cavello
Mrs. Joseph P. Cavello
Central Ohio Primary Care
Physicians
Mr. & Mrs. James Cetovich
Ms. Marge J. Cetovich
Champps Americana
Mr. & Mrs. Anson Chan
Ms. Jo Ann Chandler
Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey Chatas
Pastor Anthony J. Chatman
Mr. Andrew L. Chelton
Mr. & Mrs. Philip Cheng
Mr. & Mrs. Samson H. Cheng
Dr. & Mrs. Dennis E. Chinnock
Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Chinnock
Mr. & Mrs. Manoj Choudhary
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Chrissan
Chuck Matthews Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Churilla
Mrs. Kathryn Cianflona
Cincinnati Reds
Citizens For Dorrian
Committee
City BBQ
Mr. & Mrs. Charles G.
Clager, Jr.
Msgr. Carl P. Clagett
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Clancey
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Clancy
Mrs. Donna Clark
Ms. Rhonda E. Clark
Mrs. Joanne Clayton
Clayton IDS Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel M. Cleary
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Cleary
Mr. & Mrs. Sean Cleary
JW Cleary Promotional
Products
JW Cleary
Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Close
Mr. & Mrs. Coleman J.
Clougherty
Peter Coccia/Nena Couch
Mr. & Mrs. Richard S. Coffman
Mr. & Mrs. Jan Cohen
Mrs. Fern Colon
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Colosimo
Mr. & Mrs. Mark T. Colucy
Columbus Blue Jackets
Hockey Club
Columbus Crew
Columbus Eastside Running
Club
The Columbus Foundation
Columbus Museum Of Art
Columbus Sign Company
Columbus Symphony
Orchestra
Mr. & Mrs. James Colvin
Commerce National Bank
Mr. & Mrs. Clyde S. Compton
Mr. & Mrs. A. Terrence
Conlisk, Jr.
Connell’s Maple Lee
Hon. John A. Connor, II
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel D. Connor
Mr. & Mrs. John W. Connor
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick A. Connor
Mr. Alexander Connor
Dr. & Mrs. Glen Cooke
Dr. & Mrs. Robert S. Cooke
Mr. & Mrs. Trevor D. Cooke
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Cooper
Mr. & Mrs. Frank D. Copeland
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Corna
COSI Columbus
Cottage Bakeware &
Cakes, LLC
Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Cotter
Mr. & Mrs. John F. Cox
Crabbe, Brown & James
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Cray
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Crea
Mr. & Mrs. David Critser
Mr. & Mrs. Mark E. Crooks
Ms. Erin Crooks
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Crossman
Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Cull
Mr. Michael B. Cull
Ms. Midge Cull
Ms. Deborah Cunningham
Mr. & Mrs. Michael P. Curran
Curry, Roby & Mulvey Co., LLC
Mr. & Mrs. Dariusz Dabek
Mrs. Dolores D’Amico
Mr. & Mrs. Cristino Damo
Mr. Patrick E. Damo
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Daniel
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Daniel
Dr. & Mrs. Mark Darnell
Dr. & Mrs. Gary Davis
Mr. & Mrs. Bradley H. Davis
Mr. & Mrs. Pat Davis
Mrs. Phillippa Davis
Mr. & Mrs. David Davisson
Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Deak
Mr. & Mrs. Roger F. Deal
Mr. & Mrs. Chester J. DeBellis
Mr. & Mrs. Eric DeBellis
Mr. & Mrs. Todd Decker
Mr. & Mrs. Arthur DeCrane
Mr. & Mrs. David M. de Fiebre
Mr. Timothy J. de Fiebre
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen A. Deibel
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew DeJaco
Mr. Jean Delimond
Mr. & Mrs. Lee H. DeMastry
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel D. Dent
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher M.
Derrow
Dr. & Mrs. Louis DeSantis, Jr.
Mr. Paul DeSantis & Mrs. Mary
Lybik
DeSantis Florists & Gifts
Mr. & Mrs. J. James Deutschle
Mrs. Trisha DeVictor
Mr. & Mrs. James A. Devine, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Devine
Mrs. Mary Dew
Mr. & Mrs. Bernard E. Dick
Mr. & Mrs. James A. Dick
Mr. & Mrs. Michael E.
Dickerson
Mr. & Mrs. Mark D. DiCocco
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Dedication Reception
St. Charles Preparatory School
Saluting Our Golden Anniversary Class
Saint Charles Preparatory School
2010 E. Broad St.
Columbus, Ohio 43209-1665
Address Service Requested
2013 Platinum Reunion
This year’s Platinum Reunion welcomed nearly 80 people to the St. Charles campus in late June. The turnout included
a large contingent of alumni from the Class of 1952 who were celebrating their 60th Anniversary. The annual event
honored graduates and former students from the Classes of 1927 through 1962 of both St. Charles Preparatory School
and St. Charles Borromeo College. The day was dedicated to deceased alumni and former teachers.
Activities included a special morning reunion Mass in Mother of Mercy Chapel celebrated by Msgr. William A. Dunn
’57 and Msgr. Robert Noon (College ’47). Guests enjoyed a complimentary luncheon in the Campus Theater’s Cavello
Center and a tour of the new Robert D. Walter West Campus facilities.
Those alumni and family members who attended included: (Front row, from left) Rita and Dr. Richard ’48 O’Brien,
Suzanne Coughlin, Kevin McGovern ’50, Homer Beard ’46, Dick Brehm ’46, Fran and Dick ’51 Ryan; (Second row, from
left) John Holocher ’52, Jack Coughlin ’51, Monsignor Bill Dunn ’57; Jim Lehman ’56, John Leach ’54, Guy Lawler ’54,
Charlie Pickard ’58, Pat and Bob ’49 Albert, Msgr. Robert Noon (College ’47); (Third row, from left) Joe ’56 and Monica
Tumeo, Dr. John ’59 and Anne Hohmann, Bill ’60 and Ed ’60 Slattery, Gerry Kuhlmann ’51, Connie Sauter (wife of the
late John Sauter ’58) and her granddaughter, Anna Casale, Tom Miller ’52, Chuck King ’52; (Top Row, from left) Ed
Alten ’52, Don Jackson ’52, Ron Eifert ’52, Jack O’Reilly ’52, Don Schuele ’52, Charles Baumann ’60, Phil Hall ’47, Dick
Gambs ’50, Tom Ryan ’52 and Dave Brannigan ’58.
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