Walsh Jesuit congratulates Connor Williams ’17 as a national merit semifinalist. Nearly 1.6 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools applied to be a part of the 62nd National Merit Scholarship Program. The total number of those who qualified as semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of the entire national high school population. Walsh is excited to announce that one of them is a Walsh Jesuit High School student. Connor now has the opportunity to qualify as a finalist and will be notified about that distinction in February.

Williams’ exceptional academic standing earned them a spot among approximately 16,000 semifinalists, and he will continue in the competition to be considered as a finalist and to qualify for the 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards.

NatMeritLogoNatMeritLogoTo be named a semifinalist, the applicant must show outstanding academic merit, achieve high scores on the qualifying test (the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), be endorsed by a high school official, write and submit an essay, and receive SAT scores that confirm the high performance of their earlier test scores and academic record. We offer our sincere congratulations to senior Connor Williams ’17 for this truly impressive achievement.

And Congratulations to Faith Marnecheck ’17 and Philip O’Dell ’17, who were named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Of the 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 PSAT or the NMSQT (National Merit Qualifying Test), about 34,000 were recognized across the country as Commended Students. They placed among the top five percent of test takers.

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CONGRATULATIONS to Walsh Jesuit’s Men’s Golf Team who qualified for the OHSAA State Tournament

They begin play:  Friday, October 21, 2016, @ the OSU’s Scarlet & Gray course in Columbus

CONGRATULATIONS to Walsh Jesuit’s Women’s Doubles Tennis Teams of Skye Harwood & Paige Carmichael and Caroline Dickinson & Megan Hissong who qualified for the OHSAA State Tournament

They begin play: Friday, October 21, 2016, @ Lindner Tennis Facility in Mason, Ohio

Go Warriors!

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, October 12, 2016— Walsh Jesuit senior, Jace Burke has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career as a Purple Ace for the University of Evansville. Burke will play for the school’s NCAA Division I baseball program under head baseball coach Wes Carroll. Burke is the second member of the Class of 2017 to advance to collegiate baseball. 

JaceBurkeJaceBurkeAs a Warrior, Burke was part of a combined no-hitter this past season in 2016, only the 14th no-hitter in the school history. He had nearly twice as many strikeouts as innings pitched this past year and held his opponents to a .150 batting average. This spring he will be a four-year varsity player. This past year he won the Unsung Warrior Award.

“Jace is a very gifted all-around baseball player that will be remembered not only for his talent both on the mound and as a position-player, but equally so for his remarkable capacity for perspective and perseverance,” said Chris Kaczmar, Walsh Jesuit’s head baseball coach.  “While Jace can do many things extremely well, he is also a relentlessly dedicated worker. He is a very mature young man and we are truly fortunate to have him returning for one more year as one of our leaders. Jace is a tremendous talent now, and I’m excited to see what can happen in his bright future at Evansville.”

At Walsh Jesuit, Burke maintains a 3.98 GPA and is a member of both National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars. He lives with his parents Troy and Mary Burke, as well as brothers Evan (14), Wes (10), and Levi (3)  in Bath, OH.

Booster Club LogoBooster Club LogoThe Raffle will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd with appetizers being served at 6pm in the commons. Your generous donation of $125 will allow you and a guest to enjoy an amazing dinner, dessert, full bar, and of course the chance at the guarantee of someone going home with $5,000. There will be other raffles and drawings if you’d like to participate in that evening.


Last year the Booster Club donated nearly $90,000 back to the student athletes and for the facilities that everyone utilizes on campus.  This year’s event is being held the week of Thanksgiving.  Consider inviting friends, family and alumni that are in town. 

If you have any questions, would like to volunteer, or prefer an alternative way to purchase your ticket please do not hesitate to contact David Hamlin (330) 697-3074 or davidhamlin418@hotmail.com

Otherwise please click here to purchase your tickets!

October is Parent Giving Month at Walsh Jesuit and a very generous group of donors have issued a challenge to our Warrior community.

We need your help to reach our goal of bringing in $50,000.00 in donations to the 2016-17 Warrior Fund.  To reach this goal, we have launched a “31 Day Challenge” on October 1 which will conclude on October 31.  We ask that you step up to the challenge and make your donation or pledge this month to help us reach our goal!

Click here to donate or pledge online today!

Vibrant Student life at Walsh JesuitVibrant Student life at Walsh JesuitThis year's Warrior Fund goal is $1,500,000.00 and 100% parent participation.  We hope you will join us in meeting this challenge by making a gift OR pledge* to the Warrior Fund today at the level that is right for you and your family.

Together  we can make a tremendous positive impact on our students, teachers and programs this year.  We continue to graduate “Men and Women for and with others” who are making a difference in our world.  We ask that you step up to the challenge and make your donation or pledge this month to help us reach our goal!

 *Pledges to the Warrior Fund can be made now and paid any time before June 30, 2017. Once you make your pledge, you will be immediately counted toward the participation goal.   

Click here to donate or pledge online today!


Karl Ertle
President of Walsh Jesuit

*Gifts received by December 31, 2016 are tax deductible for 2016.

You are cordially invited to join Walsh Jesuit for a special NYC-Area Alumni Reception
at Jay Z's ROC NATION Headquarters

Hosted by ROC NATION'S Vice President: WJ's own Ted Major '83

Times Square in New York City!Times Square in New York City!

Located just two blocks from Times Square in the Midtown Fashion District
1411 Broadway, 39th Floor
New York, NY 10018

DATE CHANGE:  Wednesday, October 12 

Come and connect with other Walsh Jesuit Alumni living in the city that never sleeps! You will have the opportunity to meet with WJ's current president, Mr. Karl Ertle, and can get caught up on all that has been happening at your Alma Mater!

Mr. Major will also be available to provide a 'behind-the-scenes' look into one of the hottest full-service entertainment companies in the world!

*Appetizers and Beverages Provided*

Please RSVP to Jason Ruegg '96 in the Alumni Office at
330.929.4205 x177, or rueggj@walshjesuit.org
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The Harmony Gold Show Choir will present “Throwback Show 2016”  Sunday, October 2 at 3pm  in the Walsh Jesuit Theatre. Our Championship Show Choir will be singing and performing popular time tested songs and previewing songs from their upcoming competition show, “Y2K!”

Admission is only $5.00 and tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds will go towards their upcoming competition expenses. Come out right after the Open House, and support your Harmony Gold Show Choir!

SLAGTER JOHN 10SLAGTER JOHN 10On Friday, September 9, 2016, John Slagter’s family was sitting by the fire in their backyard when they heard neighbors screaming in a panic.  John ran with his dad and brother Justin, a sophomore at Walsh Jesuit, through backyards to a neighbor’s house four doors away. A woman who had drowned at the bottom of a pool had been pulled out of the water and was lying unconscious on the ground by the pool. When the group saw that the woman was not breathing and had no pulse, John jumped in to help and began performing CPR. His efforts were successful as the woman began to breathe again. The fire department showed up and soon after she was life-flighted to the Cleveland Clinic.

The next day, the neighbors told John and his family that the woman was doing well at the hospital and the doctors told them that if John hadn’t performed CPR on her that she may have died.    

As part of Walsh’s robust curriculum, he became Red Cross Certified for CPR. “Because of my education at Walsh Jesuit, I felt confident and focused on being able to save the woman’s life,” said Slagter who hopes his experience inspires others to help when they can.

Slagter’s CPR instructor, Candace Larlham commented, “I'm proud of John for being able to step up when help was needed. I always tell my students that while I hope they will never have to use this skill, the impact of having it when the moment arises is invaluable. When we consider not just that woman's life, but the impact on her family, friends, and community- John did so much good for so many.”

Slagter, a member of Walsh’s cross country team, recently suffered an injury which kept him from the team’s practice and gathering that evening. “Everything happens for a reason, and I believe I was meant to be home that night,” said Slagter.


Coach of the Year, Bill ReillyCoach of the Year, Bill ReillyThis week, the North Coast League held its Men’s and Women’s Golf Tournament; CONGRATULATIONS to both the Women’s and the Men’s Walsh Jesuit Warrior Golf Teams who both claimed the League Championship. 

CONGRATULATIONS to Coach Bill Reilly who was named Coach of the Year for both Men’s and Women’s Golf and to Shelby Lewis who was named MVP of the Women’s Tournament.  Way to make the “W” shine, ladies and gentlemen! 


Daily Examen from September 15, 2016.  
In memory of Danielle Rose, Walsh Jesuit Class of '11

1. "Recall that you are in the presence of God."

Remembering Danie Rose Remembering Danie Rose Tonight the volleyball team has put together a fundraiser for a former volleyball player Danie Rose. Dani was a student here at Walsh who played volleyball, committed herself to service, and never missed the opportunity to meet someone new or make her friends laugh.  She passed away suddenly from a heart condition in the fall of 2012. Although I didn't know Danie on a personal level, she graduated and was friends with my brother and served in campus ministry with my sister.

From the memories they have shared with me over the past four years, I have learned that Danie Rose had a positive lasting impact on everyone she encountered.

When I was in 7th grade, I came home from volleyball practice to see the kitchen fall of my brother’s friends. I walked in the door and saw Danie sitting at the kitchen table conversing with friends. She paused the conversation and immediately turned around and introduced herself to me. She asked me questions about my day and never lost the smile on her face. She made me feel comfortable in a group of people I didn't know.

2. "Spend a moment looking over your day with gratitude for this day's gifts."

Who around you makes you feel welcome?

Who takes time out of their day to ask how you're doing?

3. "Ask God to send you His Holy Spirit to help you look at your actions, attitudes, and motives with honesty and patience."

How have you been like Danie and gone out of your way to comfort those around you?

Have you made a positive impact on someone today?

4. "Now review your day."

Have you gone out of your way to help someone who may be struggling?

Did you have an opportunity to comfort someone and didn't speak up?

If you could do it again, how would you change your actions to be sure to show Gods love to others?

5. "The final step is our heart-to-heart talk with Jesus."

How can we be like Danie and keep a smile on our face, show compassion to those who need it, and always be a man or woman for others?

Let us conclude with Danie's favorite prayer, father Pedro Arrupe’s reflection on love:

Nothing is more practical than

finding God, than falling in Love

in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with,

what seizes our imagination, will affect everything.

It will decide

what will get you out of bed in the morning,

what you do with your evenings,

how you spend your weekends,

what you read, whom you know,

what breaks your heart,

and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in Love, stay in love,

and it will decide everything.

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The World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA), founded in 1956, holds an international Congress every four years to gather Jesuit friends and alums—from as many as 50 countries representing a global network of Jesuit ministries—to build international networks and affirm Jesuit centric values for a greater good.

From June 28-July 2, 2017, WUJA will meet for the first time ever in North America, at John Carroll University, in Cleveland, Ohio. WUJA 2017 will gather renowned, world-class speakers committed to Uniting Our Jesuit Frontiers in arts, business, science, law, spirituality, theology, faith and leadership, service, and justice.

Attendees, made up of alumni and friends of Jesuit institutions, will enjoy countless opportunities to connect, learn and celebrate, providing a unique platform for participants to take shared experiences back to their country helping shape our society for the common good.

September 13, 2016

After 10 years as principal of Walsh Jesuit High School, Mark Hassman will be making a professional change beginning next fall.

Hassman began his career teaching chemistry and biology and then spent four years as assistant principal for academics before becoming the school’s principal. Also during his time at Walsh, Hassman coached the women’s golf team to a state championship.

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Hassman looks forward to serving Walsh Jesuit in a different capacity as a teacher, curriculum advisor and assisting in the athletic department. Those who have worked with Hassman know his true passion is working with the students.

“Jesuit education is about making decisions that not only transform the students’ minds, but also their souls, and I am grateful to have been a part of that process. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with our faculty and administration in making Walsh Jesuit the best high school in Northeast Ohio. We are always discussing and making decisions that better meet the needs of our students academically and spiritually,” said Hassman.

Hassman is a graduate of Marietta College and received his MA from Ashland University. He lives in Westfield Center with his wife, Alicia, and their three sons.

A search committee will be formed to select Hassman’s successor, who will begin July 1, 2017.

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Our renovated and intimate theatre boasts of a marvelous sound and light system, and our school provides a perfect setting for small and mid-sized show choirs to perform and enjoy the day’s festivities.

We will be providing top quality, expert judges and will award captions for Best Show, Best Choral Sound, Best Choreography, Best Combo and Best Crew.  The top five choirs from the preliminary round will advance to the evening Finals.

The Walsh Jesuit Great Lakes Invitational will be very spectator friendly! There will be a tremendous food selection, with different offerings for different points in the day, all provided by “A Taste of Excellence,” one of the top food service operators in the state. There is plenty of parking and the check in process is streamlined and easy.

The Invitational will be filmed by Graham River Productions and DVDs will be available for purchase during the day’s events!

I truly hope you can come and be a part of our First Annual Great Lakes Invitational!


David Banks
Chairman, Fine Arts Department
Director, Harmony Gold Show Choir

Walsh Jesuit High School
4550 Wyoga Lake Rd.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44224
330-929-4205 ext. 167
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This past August, sixteen young men from the Midwest entered the Jesuits as novices in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Walsh Jesuit High School’s identity and the charism of the Society of Jesus have been one since Walsh’s founding in 1964. 

If you or someone you know might have a vocation to be a Jesuit priest or brother, go to jesuitvocations.org for more information.  The Midwest Jesuits and the Walsh Jesuit Warriors are proud to be Men and Women for Others.

Mass of the Holy Spirit – Very Rev. Brian G. Paulson, S.J., Provincial 
Walsh Jesuit High School 
September 1, 2016 

Readings: Acts 2: 1-11; Romans 8:8-17; John 15: 26-27, 16:12-15 

Mass of the Holy Spirit, 2016Mass of the Holy Spirit, 2016When talking about the presence of the Holy Spirit and the Risen Christ, I like to share a story which Fr. Mark Link, S.J., wrote in his daily prayer book, “Challenge 2000.” The story went something like this: A father and son who were flying kites one cloudy day, and the kites flew so high that some low lying cloud blocked the view of the kites. The father toyed with the son saying, “Robby, your kite has disappeared – it’s gone.” The boy said to the father, “No it’s still there.” The dad asked him, “How do you know?” Robby responded, “I know it’s still there, because I can feel the tug on the string.” Smart boy, wasn’t he? 

I think that after the resurrection, and especially after Pentecost, the apostles knew that Jesus was alive and the Holy Spirit was present because they could feel the tugs on their heartstrings. That’s what we are celebrating here today at the Mass of the Holy Spirit – that our hearts are connected to Jesus because of the gift of the Holy Spirit. We can feel the tug on our heartstrings. 

43 years ago I was a freshman in high school at a place called “Campion Jesuit High School,” named after a famous English Jesuit martyr from the 1600s named Edmund Campion. It was an all boys, 90 year old, Jesuit boarding school in Wisconsin. I loved my time at Campion, just as I’m sure most of you love this great Jesuit high school, 51 years young, Walsh Jesuit High School. My dad graduated from Campion Jesuit H.S. in 1953, and my older brother Marty was two years ahead of me. 

I had a young Jesuit for English class freshman year named Mr. McDonald. He was not a priest yet; he was a Jesuit-in-training, so that’s why he was called Mr. McDonald and not Father. Mr. McDonald taught us a lot of great poetry. One of the poems he taught us was a sonnet by the 19th Century Welsh Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins, entitled “God’s Grandeur.” Have any of you read or studied the poem “God’s Grandeur”? Great – for those of you who did not raise your hand, I encourage – no, I urge – our English or our Theology or Religious Studies teachers – to read it with you and to reflect on its message. I think this poem contains most of the essential spiritual lessons of a Jesuit high school education. The opening title and the opening line say it all: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God” -- Grandeur: it’s a fancy word to say beauty, and majesty – something which inspires awe. “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.” To speak a bit more in religious language, we might say that “the world is charged with God’s glory.” Do we really believe that? “The world is charged with God’s glory?” I don’t think I am over-simplifying it too much to suggest today that Walsh Jesuit High School exists so that we can help you the students understand that the “The world is charged with the grandeur of God” – that the world is charged with God’s glory. 

And once we believe and can see that the world is charged with God’s glory and filled with the Holy Spirit, then all sorts of obligations and possibilities flow from that conviction. Our way of responding to the world is our way of responding to God. 

A great Saint of the early church, St. Irenaeus of Lyon in the south of France once wrote that “glory of God is human beings fully alive.” Think about that for a minute: “The glory of God is human beings fully alive.” We could also say that Walsh Jesuit High School exists to help you, the students, become fully alive – to become Open to Growth, Religious, Loving, Intellectually accomplished, and committed to Justice, all in imitation of Jesus Christ. If you become fully alive this year and embrace the grad-at grad, you will shine forth with God’s glory – it’s that simple. That’s our mission: Ad majorem Dei gloriam – AMDG -- for the greater glory of God. 

We celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit along with Jesuit and Catholic schools around the world at the beginning of the school year in order to celebrate that we all come from God and are going back to God and we are filled with the Holy Spirit – each one of us is sacred and made in the image and likeness of God. We celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit because we want to call upon the power of the Holy Spirit which was given to us in our baptism so that God’s grandeur can shine forth – so that we can be fully alive and give glory to God and reverence human life from the moment of conception to natural death as being of infinite worth and dignity – s0 that we can feel the invisible tug of God’s love on our heartstrings. 

Our gospel today from St. John is a part of what Jesus said to his apostles at the Last Supper. He promised to send them a counselor – the Holy Spirit. Let’s listen again to these words: 

When the Spirit of truth comes, 

he will guide you into all the truth… 

(Tne Spirit) will glorify me (said Jesus) 

for (the Spirit) will take what is mine and declare it to you. 

All that the Father has is mine; 

therefore I said that (the Spirit) will take what is mine and declare it to you. 

This is powerful stuff – spiritual kryptonite! The Holy Spirit is God’s way of talking to us here and now. The Holy Spirit is God’s love and wisdom and energy all wrapped up into one: the world is charged with the grandeur of God and the Holy Spirit –the very life and love of God the Father and 

God the Son. St. Ignatius believed that God talks to us directly through our thoughts, feelings, imagination and experiences, “like a friend speaks to a friend.” But we are not pantheists nor New Age people who are spiritual but not religious. Our Christian sense of the Holy Spirit is that the Holy Spirit is always connected to both God the Father and God the Son. We believe the Holy Spirit has a personality and a sense of purpose and the Holy Spirit connects us to God and leads us to Jesus. The Holy Spirit impels us to worship both the Father and the Son and brings us into communion with one another and with believers all over the world. The Holy Spirit is the very communion of love that God the Father and God the Son share which overflows from the heart of the holy Trinity, a bit like when two human beings are in love, or a human family is very loving, then the good energy and love of that couple or that family flows out into the people around them. Think of the Holy Spirit as being an infinite fountain of love – right here in the middle of this gym! -- which never stops flowing, spilling over the edges of the fountain, flowing out into the world around us. In the beautiful ancient sacred hymn, Come Holy Spirit, Veni Sancte Spiritus, the Holy Spirit is described as a “fount of life” and “fire of love.” 

But as much as we believe that our world is charged with the glory of God and filled with the Holy Spirit, we know too that our world and each one of us is also scarred and marked by sin. War, violence, poverty, hunger, inequality – these are so many ways in which the effects of sin make it more difficult for us to see God’s grandeur and the presence of the Holy Spirit in the world. The horrifying images from Aleppo in Syria, and the racial tension and racially based violence in our own country are all signs that sin and evil are at work in our fallen world. Looking inside our own hearts and doing our own personal Examen, we see that pride, laziness, jealousy, using our sexual energy purely for a cheap thrill and our own self-centered physical pleasure and not for love – as well as anger, and letting our appetites get out of control whether for food or drink – all are these are sinful tendencies which we all struggle with to a greater or lesser degree. And that’s why we need to call upon the gift of the Holy Spirit to overcome our pride, our laziness, our jealousy, our lust, our anger, and our lower appetites. I encourage each of us to have the courage to admit what our greatest sinful tendency is and to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit to overcome that sinful tendency. If we suffer from pride, then let’s pray for humility. If we suffer from lust, then let’s pray for self-control. If we suffer from selfishness or jealousy, then let’s pray for the gift of generosity–self-sacrificing love; let’s pray that we can rejoice in the good and success of other people. If we suffer from control issues, then let’s pray for the ability to let go. The Holy Spirit can give us the virtues we need to help us overcome our vices. 

As Christians, we believe that we are called, like Jesus, to be men and women for others who enter into the pain and suffering of our world to bring the light of Christ, to allow God’s healing love to enter into our world – a love which we believe can conquer even death itself, if not in this life, then 

surely in the life of the world to come. As St. Paul wrote in our beautiful second reading today, we are called to share in God’s sufferings so as to share in God’s glory. 

My friends, while none of us here is both fully human and fully divine like Jesus was when he walked this earth, we are all brothers and sisters of Jesus, and he has sent us the great gifts of the Holy Spirit to complete his work on earth and to bring us the fullness of grace; we are all called to holiness in imitation of Jesus Christ – we are called to be holy as God is holy – and that takes a lot of guts and courage. 

For each of us in our own way, the Spirit of the Lord is indeed upon each one of us – freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, adults and students – the Spirit of the Lord is upon us all, just like the Spirit descended upon the apostles and other early Christians at Pentecost. Let us use love as our motivation, and with the strength of the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are truly ours for the taking, let us overcome our sometimes divided hearts and let go of anything which would separate us from the love of God revealed to us in Jesus Christ. It will be a great journey this year – may you feel the tug of the Holy Spirit and the Risen Christ on your heartstrings, and may Walsh Jesuit help God’s grandeur shine brighter in our world and do everything for the greater honor and glory of God. 

Junior High DanceJunior High DanceThe Walsh Jesuit Admissions Office will be hosting our annual Junior High Dance on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 8-10 p.m. 

All 7th and 8th grade students are invited to attend this event to dance the night away with DJ Beach Boyz Entertainment.

Where:      Walsh Jesuit High School

                  4550 Wyoga Lake Road

                  Cuyahoga Falls, OH  44224

When:        Friday, September 9, 2016

Time:         8-10 p.m.

Who:          7th and 8th grade students

Cost:          $5.00


Students will NOT be admitted to the dance without a completed permission slip (click here to download).  Dress is casual (jeans and t-shirt).  If you have any questions, please call the admissions office at 330.929.4205.

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How do I select Walsh Jesuit when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select Walsh Jesuit High School before you begin shopping.  Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

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To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

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Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Thank you for your support!

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Welcome week is coming up for parents of students in all grades!

Click here to download an informational document with all the details.  

JackieDeiningerJackieDeiningerJackie Deininger, has been chosen by Akron Children’s Hospital to be the student leader for this year’s Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer initiative in Akron.  Presently in remission, Jackie was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma just before she started her freshman year at Walsh Jesuit.  The Go4TheGoal Campaign coordinates with hospitals around the country to help raise money for their cancer patients.  Gold laces cost $5, with $4 of each sale going to Akron Children’s for development of the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program, supporting patients ages 12 to 25.  Many sports teams in the area have embraced the gold shoelaces and have gone beyond just purchasing and wearing the shoelaces as a team by hosting additional fundraisers specific to the cause. 

Being a “woman for others” Jackie wants to be able to inspire others like her.  “She wants to do what she can by helping the next patient behind her,” says Dr. Jeffrey Hord, Director of the Division of Hematology-Oncology at Akron Children’s Hospital. “Her heart is certainly in the right place.” 

Read more about this incredible Sophomore and the Go4TheGoal Foundation’s Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer initiative here.
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The men's soccer team will be hosting "The 2016 Jesuit Cup."

Saturday, August 27th & 28th.The Jesuit Cup is a soccer tournament consisting of the four Jesuit schools in Ohio; Walsh Jesuit, St Ignatius, St. John's (Toledo), and St. Xavier (Cincinnati).

2 day discount admission bands will be available to students for $5.

Please come out and support the team. Let's have a great turnout and show the other teams our school spirit!

We want you to know how much your support of the 2015-2016 Warrior Fund has meant, not only to our young men and women, but to the entire Walsh Jesuit community. Your contribution provided funding for academics, service and campus ministry, tuition assistance, the arts, athletics, upgrades to the facility, and promoted faculty development. You benefited the entire campus of Walsh Jesuit High School with your gift to the Warrior Fund.

Thank you for your ongoing support.  Have a blessed and safe summer.


Carol Anne Peter and Marisa Hoffmann
Warrior Fund Directors- 2015-16

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Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, July 7, 2016— Walsh Jesuit senior, Nate Reich has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career as a Blue Streak for John Carroll University. Reich will play for the school’s NCAA Division III baseball program for Head Baseball Coach Marc Thibeault.

Nathan ReichNathan ReichReich, an infielder for the Warriors, helped lead the team to their fourth straight North Coast League Championship, a District championship win, and a 26-4 record in 2015. The Warriors earned the number two ranking in the State last year by Prep Baseball Report (PBR) and their ninth National ranking in school history. This past year, Reich helped lead the Warriors to their tenth overall National ranking, their second consecutive Ohio Jesuit Tournament Championship, and a District Runner-up finish as the team posted a 20-8 record.

“The thing that immediately stands out about Nate is his remarkable skill defensively,” said Chris Kaczmar, Walsh Jesuit’s head baseball coach. “He’s a player that I always enjoyed stopping for long moments just to watch take infield because of his high level of skill. He also was one of our most improved overall players and had a remarkable run when it counted the most. While he is exceptional on defense, it is outside the lines where we will miss him the most. He is a young man of character that grew to be a close friend that will be deeply missed, and we are extremely excited that he will continue his career in a program with Coach Thibeault at JCU.”Reich becomes the eighth member of the 2016 class to advance to collegiate baseball.

Reich, who plans to major in Business at John Carroll University, is the son of Darin and Denise Reich of Sagamore Hills, Ohio. 

Natale Cerroni Davessar

Congratulations to Virginia Natale '18, Andrew Cerroni '18 and Alex Davessar '18 who have been appointed to serve on the State of Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine's Teen Ambassador Board! Students from 52 counties, 158 schools, and who carry an average GPA of 3.87 are selected into this program! This program provides students from across the state of Ohio who are interested in law and government to work with the attorney general's office to solve problems and provide advice. Students have the opportunity to meet and interact with government officials, work in small groups to provide feedback on key initiatives and learn and discuss important issues facing Ohio today. Congratulations to these three students!


Much construction is taking place at WJ this summer! One major change is the reconfiguration of the WJ entrance! We will be changing the look and traffic flow to the entrance of WJ as well as adding 50 more parking spaces. Take a look at some of the pictures so far!

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kurtzkurtz  In Loving Memory of Sue Kurtz
  May 23, 1960- June 22, 2016

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Sue Kurtz.

Sue was the Walsh Jesuit Registrar for 10 years.  She was the resident genius on registration, transcripts, report cards and a great many other responsibilities, too numerous to mention. Sue was never too busy  for someone else’s request.

Sue had an amazing sense of humor, loved elephants, the color purple, and her two cats (Ozzy & Lucy). Her greatest joy in life was her son, Cy, who was with her during her last moments.

Sue will live on not only in our hearts and memories, but in those she has gifted with the donation of her
organs.  Please keep Sue’s family and friends in your prayers during this most difficult time.

The Olympic Trials for swimming started yesterday in Omaha, Nebraska! We are proud to say that we have three WJ alumni or current students competing in these trials! Danielle Margheret '13 (a junior at ND) is competing in her second Olympic trials (2012 & 2016), Joey Reilman '15 (a freshman at Tennessee) in his first trials, and Hanna Gresser, a junior at Walsh Jesuit, in her first trials.  They all join Sean Murphy '01 from Walsh Jesuit who competed in 2012 with Danielle as swimmers with Walsh Jesuit connections.  Good luck to our Warriors!


 Danielle Margheret '13  Joey Reilman '15  Hanna Gresser '17

Congratulations to WJ grad, Cassidy Brown '13 who was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 12th round last week. Brown becomes the 7th player in WJ Baseball history to be drafted.  Other WJ alumni who have been drafted include, Patrick O'Brien '99, Chad Rodgers '06, David Starn '08, Tyler Skulina '04, Jonny Fasola '10 and Greg Greve '10. An article in the Cuyahoga Falls News Press on Brown can be found: http://www.fallsnewspress.com/sports/2016/06/19/walsh-jesuit-graduate-cassidy-brown-drafted-by-cincinnati-reds


CalendarIconCalendarIconThis is a scheduling tool that makes the appointment-making process easier for both the high school and the admissions representatives. It facilitates better time management and coordination.

The high school calendar is accessible to the college reps and they can choose from available dates and times to make their visit.

Visit RepVisits.com to get started.

Division I state softball final: Walsh Jesuit 7, Teays Valley 2

High school softball / Walsh Jesuit 7, Ashville Teays Valley 2: Relentless Warriors rally for first Division I state championship

From Akron Beacon Journal; By Jeff Brewer
Special to the Beacon Journal

They are fearless. They are relentless. And they are state champions.

The Walsh Jesuit Warriors completed their fantastic journey Sunday, knocking out defending state champion Teays Valley 7-2 to win the Division I softball state title at Firestone Stadium.

The Warriors (24-5) — Division II champions in 2004 and 2002 — won their first Division I softball title and became the first Summit County team to win a state softball title since the tournament was moved from Ashland to Akron in 2008.

Most fans returning to Firestone Stadium after rain suspended play Saturday night expected a soccer-like score with Teays Valley senior Alyssa Rothwell and Walsh junior Madi McCrady locked in a pitchers’ duel.

Yet coming to bat in the bottom of the fourth trailing 1-0, Walsh had the Vikings (25-7) right where they wanted them.

“When we are down, it gives us something to fight for,” Walsh junior third baseman Allie Drake, who unloaded a two-run homer to left in the fourth to get the offense rolling, said. “We know we have to do it for the person next to us.”

Playing from behind is one thing, but playing from behind against a dominant pitcher like Rothwell is another matter. The Ball State recruit had thrown 27 state-tournament innings in a row without allowing an earned run, dating back to 2015. Drake’s blast ended that string and came on a 2-2 pitch with two outs, scoring McCrady (walk) to make it 2-1 through four.

“Once the first person gets that first hit, then we open up,” Walsh junior second baseman Emma Lawson said.

After Teays Valley’s Hanna Skellet doubled and scored in the top of the fifth to make it 2-2, Walsh, not surprisingly, answered with five runs in the bottom of the fifth, and forced Vikings coach Brenna Giesige to take the ball from Rothwell.

“I didn’t envision that having to happen,” Giesige said.

Rothwell (22-5) was not as sharp Sunday as she had been on Saturday, and said she caught her cleat and tweaked her foot on the final out of Friday’s 1-0 semifinal win over Amherst Steele.

But she also said, “I felt like our energy as a team was less than it was last night.”

As they have done repeatedly, the Warriors wore out their opponent. In order, Walsh defeated Medina (5-1), Mentor (3-0), North Canton Hoover (9-4), Mason (5-2), and reigning champ Teays Valley (7-2) to win the big trophy. A come-from-behind 2-1 win over Hudson in the district semifinal was the team’s tightest game.


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"Sign of Peace"

Congratulations…not just to you Seniors for completing this first step in a life long journey of learning.  But Congratulations to all you parents!  Congratulations on now graduating from High School Tuition obligations, TO COLLEGE TUITION OBLIGATIONS!!!

Baccalaureate is your religious graduation from Walsh Jesuit High School.  We just completed Mass.  The last time you will celebrate Mass at Walsh Jesuit as a student.  As part of that celebration, we all shared the Sign of Peace.  The Sign of Peace was previously known as the Right of Peace . . . a ritual by which the Celebrant, Fr. Petkash, and the congregation, together extend Christ’s Peace to one another and the world.

I would ask you all to reflect a moment on how you gave the Sign of Peace . . . to whom did you give that Sign . . . and what you felt when you gave the Sign of Peace.  Did you extend the spirit of Christ’s Peace to those around you?  Can we as Ignatian brothers and sisters extend that peace to more than just those in our close proximity?

Graduates . . . you are leaving this building tonight, you are receiving your High School Diploma’s on Sunday . . . You are leaving this safe, secure institution for college and then the  REAL WORLD!!!  No longer will mom & dad or your teachers be hounding you about whether your homework was done or your room was clean. . . You will have many great successes, and you will have many more epic failures.  You will be in the Real World where your choices, your actions will all have consequences. . . . Consequences which will forever impact the trajectory of your life.

I spoke to you all at Senior Breakfast and I suggested that you will always have a HOME in Walsh Jesuit.  While that is absolutely true, let me remind you that as much as this institution is very proud to always welcome you back, it is your RESPONSIBILITY to take the spirit of this school, this community, your family, St. Ignatius, into the world.

Class of 2016, the tenor and pitch of the social dialogue has degenerated into an ugly cacophony of uncivilized discord.  You are all walking into that world, and we (your elders), cannot protect or shelter you from that reality. . . . you are entering into that world, and now, as adults, you are adding your voices to that chorus.  What tenor, what pitch, would you like your voice to have?

You come from Walsh Jesuit High School…your families have made great sacrifices to provide you with a Jesuit Education.  That education is both a privilege as well as an obligation.  The privileges of your education will bloom and flower for the rest of your lives.  But the OBLIGATIONS of that education . . . now those are perhaps much more important.  MEN AND WOMEN FOR OTHERS is not a joke or a slogan.  It is a creed, a code, an ethos.  It is a directive by which WE have been taught to live our lives.  The path that St. Ignatius established in SERVING others . . . being not just a taker from this world, but a giver to the world.

As you enter your adult lives as Women & Men, I challenge you to take your education, your Walsh Jesuit education, and extend your Sign of Peace . . . extend your Right of Peace to others in the world in a positive way.

Make your parents proud, make your community proud, make your alma mater proud…..but most importantly, MAKE YOURSELF PROUD.

God Bless and Good Luck,


Mr. Manav Raj ‘88

Walsh Jesuit Alumni Association President

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On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, Akron General Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy will provide athletic pre-participation physical exams at Walsh Jesuit High School beginning at 5:00 p.m. 

Before you arrive at the screening, please complete the parent and student portions of the physical form which can be found here.  Signatures are required on the form before the physician can perform the evaluation and for the exam to be considered complete. 

These exams are sports specific screening exams and do not replace a routine physical exam with a primary care physician.  Acute and chronic illnesses and injuries are not evaluated during these screening exams and are referred to the primary care provider for follow up and clearance.  The cost for these exams has been set at $20 with a portion of that money benefitting the athletic training budget while also covering the cost of the exam.  If paying by check, please make check payable to Walsh Jesuit.

This athletic health screening will fulfill the yearly requirement for anyone planning to participate in athletic activities in the next school year.  No pre-registration is necessary and athletes will be taken on a first come, first served basis.  Those attending are asked to enter through the commons doors the night of the exam. 

For further information or questions, feel free to contact Athletic Trainer Mark Herbele at either herbelem@walshjesuit.org or in the office at (330)929-4205 ext. 183

** Remember to download and complete the physical form (click to download)

Thank you for your support of Walsh Jesuit Athletic Training.

Mark Herbele
Certified Athletic Trainer
Walsh Jesuit High School
Akron General Sports and Physical Therapy

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