Harmony Gold Show Choir!Harmony Gold Show Choir!The Walsh Jesuit High School Music Department presents “Spring Showcase, 2016” featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and String Orchestra on Friday, April 29, 2016 in the school’s theater, located at 4550 Wyoga Lake Road in Cuyahoga Falls. The concert will begin at 7:30pm and tickets are $5.00 general admission, available at the door.

A wide range of music styles and titles will be presented from famous marches to exciting overtures, music from motion pictures, big bands, jazz and blues and symphonies, This concert features compositions by John Philip Sousa, Clare Grundman, Sammy Nestico, Duke Ellington, Johann Sebastian Bach, Aaron Copeland and much more. There are over 75 musicians involved and is directed by David Banks, in his 16th year at Walsh Jesuit.

For further information, you can call 330-929-4205 or email banksd@walshjesuit.org.

Check out this awesome lacrosse goal as time runs out during the WJ vs. Notre Dame Catholic last week! The goal was scored by senior, Brendan Donahue!



Collin MarksCollin MarksCuyahoga Falls, Ohio, April 21, 2016— Walsh Jesuit senior, Collin Marks has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career as a Blue Streak for John Carroll University. Marks will play for the school’s NCAA Division III baseball program under Head Baseball Coach, Marc Thibeault. 

Marks, a catcher for the Warriors, helped lead the team to their fourth straight North Coast League Championship, a District championship win, and a 26-4 record. 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. Marks is a three-year varsity member and was a member of the All-tournament team CABA World Series in 2015. 

“Collin Marks is simply a gifted all-around baseball player,” said Chris Kaczmar, Walsh Jesuit’s head baseball coach. “He is exceptional on defense, and remarkably versatile while also being a very talented offensive player as well. He is modest, unassuming, and kind while also being confident, professional and mature. He has grown to be a close friend, and we are very proud to have had him in our program for four years, and we are extremely excited that he will continue his career in a program with Coach Thibeault at JCU.” 

Marks, who plans to major in Business at John Carroll is the son of Scott and Diana Marks of Macedonia, Ohio. 

The Warriors Take the Field!The Warriors Take the Field!Four Walsh Jesuit graduates, Connor Cook (Michigan State University) Adam Redmond (Harvard and brother of WJ Strength and Conditioning Coach Matt Redmond), Ross Martin (Duke) and Drew Kaiser (Texas A&M) all have the opportunity to possibly continue their football playing careers in the NFL.

Read the full coverage at Ohio.com:


Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, April 13, 2016— Walsh Jesuit senior, Andrew Knipfer has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career as a Stinger for Baldwin Wallace University. Knipfer will play for the school’s NCAA Division III baseball program for Head Baseball Coach, Brian Harrison. 

Andrew KnipferAndrew KnipferKnipfer, an outfielder for the Warriors, compiled a batting average of .500 last year, receiving the Silver Slugger Award. He helped lead the team to their fourth straight North Coast League Championship, a District championship win, and a 26-4 record. 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. 

“It has truly been a pleasure to know Andrew Knipfer for these four great years,” said Chris Kaczmar, Walsh Jesuit’s head baseball coach. “He has a remarkable and very valuable combination of athleticism, power, speed and skill, and he possesses a great sense of humility and respect for the game. Andrew is a fine young man and he has a tremendous amount of potential for success at the next level. He has become a good friend and an asset to Walsh Jesuit Baseball in many ways; he will be missed when he moves on to Baldwin Wallace, but we are thrilled he will be with Coach Harrison and his staff.” 

Knipfer is a student ambassador at Walsh Jesuit and a member of the Ping Pong Club. He also volunteers at the Akron – Canton Regional Foodbank and the Solon Senior Center. 

Knipfer, who plans to major in Business Administration at Baldwin Wallace, is the son of Eddy and Lesia Knipfer of Macedonia, Ohio. 

By Michael Beaven; Akron Beacon Journal sports writer  

Picture courtesy of ABJ Picture courtesy of ABJ Pat Ritchie is retiring in June from a career in education that spans five decades.

He plans to have “a perfect lawn and a perfect garden, and train for a marathon” in his free time, and drive his completely restored 1965 Ford pickup.

His leadership and passion have been on display at Walsh Jesuit since the 1970s, teaching various mathematics classes and coaching boys cross country and track and field teams.

“I don’t go to work, I go to school,” Ritchie said with a smile in a recent interview after being named the 28th recipient of the Clem Caraboolad Memorial Coach of the Year award from the Akron Beacon Journal and the Touchdown Club of Greater Akron.

Caraboolad was a teacher and coach at Walsh Jesuit and Archbishop Hoban before dying of a heart attack Jan. 29, 1988, at age 43.

“Clem was a character and a half,” Ritchie said. “He had a very dynamic personality.”

Passion for education

Grant Conzaman started at Walsh as a guidance counselor in 1973, and hired Ritchie as a coach during his time as athletic director from 1978-2013.

“When I worked at Walsh, it was so much fun to work with friends, and he is a great friend,” Conzaman said. “Pat has a great passion for coaching and teaching.”

Conzaman recalls Ritchie being an advocate for running and a guy who “loved numbers.”

“John Hasenstab and Pat Ritchie are old-school guys like John Scott and Bill Heideman [who coached at Buchtel],” Conzaman said. “They are the same type of guys, guys who put their heart and soul into their sports of cross country and track and field.”

Ritchie’s affinity toward numbers landed him a job as the Walsh boys basketball scorekeeper for about 25 years for now-retired coach Frank Lupica. Ritchie also drove the bus for Walsh basketball, swim, cross country and track and field teams.

Ritchie, 61, lives in Silver Lake with his wife of 36 years, Patty. He said he plans to continue to drive the bus for Walsh teams, and would like to be the school’s “unofficial sports archivist.” His lone child, son Porter, 25, swam at Walsh for coach Wally Lutkus.

“I was fortunate in my first three years to coach track in ’93, ’94 and ’95 with Pat before I got into administration,” Walsh Principal Mark Hassman said. “What makes Pat similar to all good coaches is that the student-athlete is more important than the wins the losses.”

Oldest of 16 kids

Ritchie is the oldest of 16 children to Rosemary and Robert Ritchie, who are now both deceased. Robert started Ritchie’s Sporting Goods in Tallmadge in 1979, a company that is presently run by Pat’s younger brothers Shawn, Josh and Nate.

When asked what it was like to grow up in a large family, Pat Ritchie said: “It was hectic, busy and loud. I could never study at home. I didn’t learn how to study until college.

“My dad was always our little league [baseball] coach and also helped coach football. I remember he did not know anything about baseball, so he had a bunch of books, and he took notes with horrendous handwriting. So when we would go to baseball practice everybody moved on every play. There was a place for you to go. If the ball is hit here, then everybody rotates and backs up a spot. That fascinated me. I loved hustling.”


This year will go down in history as the inaugural season of Walsh Jesuit Rugby!  Be a part of that history – support our team by dining at the HUDSON Chipotle on Monday, April 18th between 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm! 

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50% of the proceeds will help support the team.  You can bring THIS FLYER – or just tell them you’re there to support WJHS Rugby!  Questions? 

Contact Stacy Knight at stacy@goknight.com or at (330)256-4372.  Thank you!!

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Walsh Jesuit High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Mrs. Kaneshia Crenshaw as the school’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Crenshaw, a licensed social worker and guidance counselor at Cleveland Central Catholic High School for the past 10 years, will lead Walsh Jesuit’s diversity initiative. She will work closely with the Walsh Jesuit Board of Directors and President Karl Ertle to implement a five year plan as she builds upon the good work begun by Dr. Robert Sturkey ’71. Her efforts will be focused on admissions and retention of diverse students, building bridges to the Northeast Ohio community, and assisting the school in curricular and extracurricular programming in concert with the school’s mission.

Board of Directors Chair Richard Bedell ’70 stated, “The hiring of Mrs. Crenshaw is directly in line with the Walsh Jesuit mission and we are excited to welcome an outstanding professional and talented individual who will engage with our community to promote the values of Jesuit education in all areas of diversity.”

President Karl Ertle added, “We at Walsh Jesuit are blessed to have such a special person join our community in this most important role. I have known Kaneshia for many years and have seen her good work firsthand; she brings strong talents and I know that we will grow as a school under her leadership in our diversity programming.”

Crenshaw is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She and her husband, Orlando, live in Twinsburg and are the parents of three children.


The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation is a huge supporter of mental wellness, education, and the arts and they have asked Walsh Jesuit to display student artwork in their gallery for the next couple of months.  Please stop by to check out the artwork at a Meet the Artists Reception this Wednesday, April 6th, from 4-7 pm at the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation located at 10 West Streetsboro Street in Hudson, Ohio. 

If you are unable to attend the reception on Wednesday, the art will be displayed through June 7th


The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Gallery is free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

For information: 330-655-1366 or www.mcmfdn.org

March 16, 2016, Cuyahoga Falls- The Walsh Jesuit Alumni Association is proud to announce the selection of seven alumni to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Joining 68 other former Walsh Jesuit athletes, coaches, and support staff who have helped establish the proud Warrior athletic tradition are the following:


Michael Luby ‘86
Cross Country / Track & Field


Scott Kaczmar ‘90


Kevin O’Neill ‘93
Football / Wrestling


Jeffrey Knupp ‘97
Wrestling / Football 


Kara Mayle (Warnke) ‘00
Basketball / Volleyball
Track & Field 


Chad Frk ‘00
Baseball / Football


Colleen Markey (Hoban) ’02


These seven Warriors will be formally inducted at a ceremony on Thursday, May 5th, 2016, at Walsh Jesuit High School.

Tickets for the event are $20/person (Children 12 and under are free), and can be purchased at https://12493.thankyou4caring.org/pages/2016-hall-of-fame-ceremony.

Congratulations to these great Warrior athletes!

Join us!

8-9am:  Coffee Social in Rotunda

9-10am:  Dean of Students to Present in Chapel

10-10:30am:  Mini Board Meeting

Everyone welcome to all or part of this Agenda depending on your schedule.

Memorial Service: Sunday, May 15, 2016

Fr. Emmett Holmes served at Walsh Jesuit for 32 years and was loved by all. He died on Holy Thursday, the day on which we commemorate the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood.

To celebrate our special friend, colleague and mentor, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Fr. Holmes on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 10:00 am in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs. All are cordially invited and a light reception will follow.

In order to plan for the reception, please RSVP to ganza@walshjesuit.org by May 12.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Fr. Emmett P. Holmes, S.J. (CDT), who died at 3:50 a.m. (EDT) on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.

Emmett was born on August 5, 1928, in Lima, Ohio. He entered the Society of Jesus on June 16, 1946, at Milford Novitiate in Milford, Ohio. He was ordained on June 14, 1959, at West Baden College in Indiana, and took final vows on August 15, 1977, in Cleveland, Ohio. As a Jesuit Emmett earned a Bachelor's degree in Latin from Loyola University Chicago (1951), a Master's degree in French from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (1963), and a Diplome de Culture Francaise from the Sorbonne in Paris (1972). Emmett did his philosophy and Theology studies at West Baden College in Indiana.

During Regency Emmett taught Latin and French at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati (1953-1956). After he was ordained, he taught French at (1961-1971 and 1972-1980) and was rector of (1974-1980) St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland.

After a year sabbatical, Emmett moved to Walsh Jesuit High School where he worked from 1981 through 2013. During these more than 30 years, Emmett was a retreat director (1981-1995), teacher of French (1981-2004), school chaplain (1988-1993), faculty and staff spiritual director (1993-2004), rector (1993-1998), chaplain to faculty and athletic teams (2004-2013), and acting superior (2007-2009).

Emmett was greatly loved at Walsh Jesuit. On his eightieth birthday the school gave him a golf cart to help him get around Walsh's 100 acre campus. He drove his golf cart to most of the athletics events from 2008 until he moved to Colombiere Center in 2013.


Monday, March 28, 2016
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Prayer Service 7:00 p.m.

Colombiere Center
9075 Big Lake Road
Clarkston, MI 48346-1015

Mass of Christian Burial:

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
11:00 a.m.

Colombiere Center
9075 Big Lake Road
Clarkston, MI 48346-1015

Burial Service:

Immediately following the funeral.

From Mount St. Joseph University Athletics -

Joey Piazza, a 6'2" libero from Parma, Ohio has committed to play volleyball at the Mount next season, head coach Ryan Lengerich announced today.

Piazza earned Honorable Mention All-State honors as a junior while playing volleyball for head coach Brad Seislove at Walsh Jesuit High School.

"Joey has a brilliant platform and great defensive instincts. He's the kind of player that will add serious ball control to the program for the next four years," said head coach Ryan Lengerich. "He's a big-time player and can compete for a spot on the court right away."

Read rest of press release below:




Monday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 23, Walsh Jesuit is having a food drive to benefit Heart 4 the City in Akron. The goal is for every student to bring in 10 items per person. If we reach our goal, it could feed people for the next 4 months! Any non-perishable item will be accepted but soups, stews, tuna, vegetables, fruits, boxed cereals, boxed pastas with jarred sauce, etc. are preferred items. Please help us in this venture as the pantry is in great need this time of year. Any questions, see Mr. Dodds or any member of student government.
Three of our alumni have come together and are offering to match any donations made to the Walsh Jesuit Warrior Fund, up to $50,000, BEFORE  April 15th!!!


Between now and April 15th, your gift of $25 becomes $50, $250 becomes $500, and $2,500 becomes $5,000!  Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to double the impact you can make for Walsh Jesuit and all 1,100 young men and women who walk the halls every day.  Every donation- no matter what amount makes a difference!  Thank you for your ongoing support!

To learn more about the Walsh Jesuit Warrior Fund (Annual Fund) click here.


Marisa Hoffmann ’99              Carol Anne Peter

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Each year, the St. Mary’s Men’s Club awards Scholarship money to St. Mary’s Parish Community High School seniors.  This year, the St. Mary’s Men’s Club is awarding one (1) $1,500 Scholarship.

  •  The scholarship is to be used for educational training – beyond high school – at any college, university, seminary, convent, or technical school.
  • This scholarship is open to any high school senior whose family are parishioners of St. Mary, regardless of which high school he or she attends.  An applicant that is home-schooled is only eligible during the academic year immediately proceeding the date he or she expects to matriculate at the college, university, seminary, convent, or technical school.
  • The criteria for awarding this scholarship include: personal commitment to and involvement in your faith, community service, extracurricular activities, character, leadership and academic achievement.  “Academic achievement” is not a main criterion. Do not be discouraged from applying if you are not in the top percentile of your class.

Final selection of the Scholarship recipient will be made by the Scholarship Committee of the St. Mary’s Men’s Club.

Click the following links to download the informational packet and full application

Long-time Walsh Jesuit men’s cross country and track and field coach, Pat Ritchie will retire at the end of this school year. Ritchie has been the men’s Walsh Jesuit cross country coach since 1980 and the men’s track and field coach since 1999, after 18 seasons as the assistant coach for the Warriors. Ritchie is also a member of the Walsh Jesuit mathematics department.

Under Coach Ritchie’s direction, the Warrior cross country teams have qualified for the state meet 23 times, winning two state titles and finishing second five times. He has also lead the men’s track and field team to three district titles and two district runner-up finishes in the past twelve seasons. Ritchie is a member of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), USA Track and Field and the Summit Athletic Running Club. Furthermore, Coach Ritchie has earned a Level One Certification from USA Track & Field for the sports of track and field, cross country, and long distance running. In 2013, Ritchie was inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame.

“We are both grateful to Walsh Jesuit for believing in the idea of having co-head coaches, and we believe that together we can provide the best experience for every runner on the team,” said Dipre and Lee in a joint statement. “The school is taking a chance on a new coaching idea, and we are honored and excited to continue the rich tradition of Walsh Jesuit men’s cross country that Coach Ritchie has established. We both ran for Pat, and would like to thank him for all of his guidance, passion and dedication that he has put into this program. We look forward to building upon the tradition that he worked so hard to establish over the many years serving the Walsh Jesuit community.”

Coach Tony Dipre is a 2006 graduate of Walsh Jesuit.  As a running Warrior, he ran four seasons of cross country and track and field under Ritchie. Coach Dipre graduated magna cum laude from Allegheny College in 2011, earning his B.A. in Religious Studies & Neuroscience.  During his collegiate career, Dipre ran at three NCAA National Championships in XC and four NCAA National Championships in track and field.  Dipre graduated a four-time NCAA Division III All-American, which included a national championship in the distance medley relay in 2011, and left as the school record holder in the mile.  He also was awarded 1st Team Capitol One/COSIDA Academic All-American his senior year.  

Along with taking over as the co-head coach of the men's cross-country program, he is a teacher at Walsh Jesuit as a member of the theology department.  Coach Dipre is USTFCCA Technical Coaching certified, as well as a member of the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches.

Coach David Lee is a 1987 Walsh Jesuit graduate and has been teaching and coaching at Walsh Jesuit since 2004. He has taught in different places around the world, including one year in Japan, three and a half in Africa, and three at a local public high school. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe, where he taught English and helped local cooperatives secure finances to start up small businesses. After his service, he gave educational tours in Yellowstone National Park during the summer and winter for three years. Coach Lee teaches the Advanced Placement Senior English and World Literature classes at Walsh Jesuit. He received a B.A. in English literature and history from Miami University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Kent State University.

Coach Lee, though not on the varsity team, was a member of the Walsh Jesuit 1984 Cross Country State Championship team. Lee also competed in two regional meets and was a senior captain for Coach Ritchie in 1986.

A men’s track and field coach has not been named.


Walsh Jesuit Alumni Mothers’ Club Spring Speaker Series Welcomes one of our very own alumni mothers

Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio 
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Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:00pm

“Keeping the Faith Through the Trials of Life”

Speaker series is OPEN to ALL at no charge. Spouses, friends, and guests are welcome!

Wine & Cheese Reception will follow

For catering purposes, please RSVP by April 8th to Alison Ganz 330-929-4205, ext. 104 or Ganza@walshjesuit.org


About Judge Teodosio:

Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio was elected to the Summit County Juvenile Court bench in 2003. In the decade since, she has received local, statewide and national recognition for her innovative programming and progressive approach to juvenile dispositions and rehabilitation.

Statewide and locally, Judge Teodosio has been honored by both the Ohio Juvenile Court Judges and Magistrate’s Associations with their Judicial and Distinguished Services Awards, respectively. She was named Ohio’s Public Official of the Year by the state’s chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and she was named an Outstanding Alumna of the University of Akron’s School of Law. In late 2012, Judge Teodosio received the prestigious Award for Innovation from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation. In 2010, she received the MacArthur Foundation’s “Champion for Change” Award for her work in the Models for Change Mental Health Juvenile Justice Action Network. Judge Teodosio was honored by the Diocese of Cleveland with the St. Thomas More Award which is awarded annually at the Red Mass in recognition of the virtues of integrity and public service that reflect those of Thomas More. She was named an Athena Finalist by Inside Business Magazine in 2014 and received the 2014 Peter Bommarito Community Award for Outstanding Voluntary Community Service from the Tri-County Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO in cooperation with United Way of Summit County.

Judge Teodosio is married to Judge Thomas ’75 Teodosio, General Division Common Pleas Court. Their son Christopher ’05 is a practicing attorney who makes his home in Summit County with his wife, Katherine. They remember their late daughter, Andrea ’06, through the Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation.

Any student considering attending a military academy will want to attend an United States Service Academy Seminar, Sponsored by U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman.   Several informational sessions are being held across Ohio.   



Interested in learning more about the application process for the Air Force, Military, Naval, and Merchant Marine Academies?  Join us at one of our informational sessions held across Ohio.

*Please RSVP if you are planning to attend one of the above seminars.  Please phone our Academy Coordinators by calling (1-800-205-6446) or (1-888-896-6446 then press 1).

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Jackson City Library
21 Broadway Street
Jackson, Ohio 45640
6:00 – 8:00p.m.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Symmes Township Branch Library
11850 Enyart Road
Loveland, Ohio 45140
6:00 – 8:00p.m.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
St. Charles Preparatory School
2010 East Broad Street
Bexley, Ohio 43209
6:00 – 8:00p.m.

Thursday, April 14, 2016
North Central State College
Kee Hall, Rooms 128A & 128B
Main Campus
Mansfield, Ohio 44901
6:00 – 8:00p.m.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The Mills Morgan Tower
3500 Pentagon Boulevard, 1st Floor
Beavercreek, Ohio 45431
6:00 – 8:00p.m.




Thursday, April 21, 2016
Zane State College
Advanced Science and Technology Center
Room 224
1555 Newark Road
Zanesville, Ohio 43701

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Horizon Science Academy
6000 South Marginal Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44103
10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Youngstown State University
Kilcawley Center
President’s Suite
One University Plaza
Youngstown, Ohio 44555
6:00 – 8:00p.m.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Bowling Green State University
Bowen Thompson Student Union Building Room 207
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
6:00 – 8:00p.m.



After studying the results of the short surveys the students were asked to complete regarding emotional wellness as part of the school’s overall look at student wellness, Walsh Jesuit High School is collaborating with the Connor Integrative Health Network at University Hospitals to offer a voluntary, eight-week stress management and resilience training pilot program to any interested student with a 6th or 7th Period lunch. The program will meet on Tuesdays, during 6th or 7th Period, from March 8th through May 17th (not including March 15, 29 or April 6) - the only times that worked for the program facilitator. Participating students will eat lunch while they meet with Heidi Weiker, MSSA, a Stress Resilience Specialist at University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network to cover the topics listed below. The program, which has been adapted for teens, has already been delivered to 2,300 adults who have reported reduced stress levels and increased knowledge of how to build stress resiliency to positively impact their health through natural methods.

The eight-week curriculum includes:

  • Foundations of Stress Resilience

  • Mindfulness

  • Stress – the basics, good stress/bad stress, taking command of stress

  • Managing Emotions

  • Feeling Good Enough

  • Managing Through Change

  • Positivity and Gratitude

  • Relationships – Building Support and Maintaining Positive Connections

If, after a conversation with your son or daughter, you would be interested in having your student take part in this pilot program, we would ask that you complete this permission slip in order for your student to participate. Please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Sean Lynch, Assistant Principal for Faculty and Student Development (lynchs@walshjesuit.org), with any questions you may have about the program. Permission forms must be returned to Mr. Lynch, in the Principal’s Office, by Monday, March 7th.

Thank you for your participation in this effort. May God’s blessings be with you and your families during this Lenten season.


Faculty/Staff Wellness Committee

Mark Hassman (Principal)

Sean Lynch (Assistant Principal for Faculty and Student Development)

Julie Hudec (Dean of Students)

Jordan Williams traveled to the White House last week for an annual education program that is part of the "In Performance at the White House concert series. This project with the GRAMMY Museum, in in cooperation with The White House and WETA, invited students to the White House on February 24, 2016 for an education program to celebrate the musical legacy of Ray Charles.

These annual education programs are part of the “In Performance at the White House” concert series and is a follow-up to 2010’s “Music that Inspired the Movement,” 2011’s “The Sound of Young America: The History of Motown” and “The History of Country Music: From Barn Dances to Pop Charts,” 2012’s “At the Crossroads: A History of the Blues in America,” 2013’s “Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul,” “Celebrando el Ritmo Latino: The History of Latin Music,” 2014’s “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever: A History of Music and the Military,” and 2015’s “The History of Gospel Music” and “A Celebration of Song.” This program was supplemented with a program held at the National Museum of American History taught by The GRAMMY Museum education department.

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We are very proud of our WJ swim team over the weekend! The girls 200 Medley relay of Gresser, Hart, Kaczmar and Renuart WON STATES!! Hanna Gresser WON states in the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke- breaking the pool record and state record in the breaststroke. Carly Hart placed 9th in the 200 IM and 4th in the 100 Breastroke, and Bryanna Renuart finished 16th in the 100 Breaststroke, The 400 Free relay finished 7th in the state - Gresser, Renuart, Hart, Vance. Great article on Hanna Gresser! All highlights can be found here!



Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, February 25, 2016— Walsh Jesuit senior, Christopher Shorter has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career as a Spartan for Case Western Reserve University. Shorter will play for the school’s NCAA Division III baseball program for Head Baseball Coach Matt Englander. 

Shorter, an outfielder for the Warriors, compiled a batting average of .438 last year, and helped lead the team to their fourth straight North Coast League Championship, a District championship win, and a 26-4 record. 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. 

“Without hesitation, I can say that Chris Shorter is one of the finest, brightest, and sincere young men I have had the good fortune to coach,” said Chris Kaczmar, Walsh Jesuit’s head baseball coach. “He is constantly seeking excellence in the classroom and on the field, and his passion truly gives our whole program energy every day. Chris’ future is so very bright in many, many ways. He is thoughtful, empathetic, athletic, and brilliant. He is a mature and humble player that takes care of even the little things with a high degree of professionalism, and a true friend that is an extremely talented player who will be missed a great deal. I am genuinely proud of his deserving success.”  member of the 2016 squad to advance to collegiate baseball.

Shorter carries a 4.35 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society at Walsh Jesuit. He is also the founding member of the Walsh Jesuit Ping Pong Club, and has received a Yale Book Award and an ACESS Engineering Award. 

Shorter, who plans to major in Engineering at Case Western Reserve, is the son of Marcie and Ted of Munroe Falls, Ohio. 

Congratulations to the Walsh Jesuit Academic Challenge team who won Academic Challenge last weekend with a  score of 495. Watch the show: http://www.newsnet5.com/news/academic-challenge

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Walsh Jesuit held its second annual business plan competition on February 17, 2016. Nine students presented their business ideas to a panel of judges to compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash prizes totally $900 and the chance to advance to the regional competition at Case Western Reserve University. Guest judges included Phil Brennan, CEO of Echogen and Bill Monreal, CEO of Monreal Consulting Corporation.

The competition is sponsored by the Veale Foundation. Walsh Jesuit High School is a member of the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum, a network of 17 high schools that collaborate to equip students with an entrepreneurial mindset and provide them with real-world experiences in entrepreneurship.

First Place, and advancing to the regional competition: Megan Johnson '17 - The Keys to Success, a website providing feedback for piano students.

Second Place: Charlie Farr '17 - PlowNow (an app to provide plowing services on an "as-needed" basis.

Third Place: Laney Buck '19, Polka Dot Plots (a unique day-brightening service designed to put small unnoticed, un-utilized plots of land to good use as mini, modern, managed gardens).


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Walsh Jesuit will participate in Relay for Life on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.! Sign up today to participate in your school's American Cancer Society Relay For Life event. By participating in the Relay For Life movement, you'll be gaining valuable leadership and community service experience, while supporting the fight against cancer. Thanks to the support of student volunteers at Relay For Life events, the American Cancer Society is helping to save more than 500 lives from cancer every day.

The Relay For Life movement features events at all levels - from elementary and middle school, to high school, college, and community events. Be part of the Relay For Life movement at your school and help finish the fight against cancer once and for all!

 Sign up to participate in WJ's Relay for Life!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM  who defeated Akron Ellet on Saturday 46-16.  The Warriors will advance to the Sectional final and play Canfield HS at Canfield on Thursday, February 18, 2016.  Game time is 7:00 pm

Five Walsh Jesuit seniors, Peter Bandrowsky, Miranda Gabriel, Andrew Myers, Joseph Ross and Elena Wegryn have advanced to finalist status in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship competition. Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Semifinalists have advanced to finalist status based on academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership and honors received. Merit Scholarships will be selected from the finalists in the spring of 2016.


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Our Warrior Winter sports will start tournament play this weekend! Come out and support our Warriors!

Girls Basketball

Vs. Ellet

Sat., 2/13/16

1:00 pm

Walsh Jesuit


Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 @McKinley Lanes in Niles

Boys at 9:00 am

Girls at 2:00 pm

Boys Basketball

Vs. winner of Medina/Akron North on 2/24

Sat., 2/27/16

7:00 pm @ opponent site


Sectional Tournament

Weekend of 2/19-2/20 @ Kenston


Feb. 20, 5:15 vs. winner of CVCA v. Aurora game on 2/17 @ KSU Ice Rink


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Two-Minute Video Highlights Diversity of Ministries and Passions in Society of Jesus

For Immediate Release

(Washington, D.C., February 4, 2016) — The Jesuits of Canada and the U.S., in collaboration with nonprofit media company Loyola Productions, recently released a dramatic and artfully-produced new video highlighting the vocation of Jesuit brothers. The video commemorates the closing of the Year of Consecrated Life, which ended on Feb. 2, 2016, and can currently be viewed at Jesuits.org.

In the video, twelve Jesuit brothers each deliver a line of the Anima Christi, a prayer especially beloved in the Society of Jesus. Each shot was filmed in a different location and conveys each brother’s own unique vocation and character. But collectively, they present a deeply moving image of the diversity and personality of the largest order of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church. 

“The first thing you see is the forest, and the camera focuses on these beautiful old trees. They belong there, like the brothers belong in the Society,” said Jesuit Brother Michael Breault, director of the film. “Their feet are on the ground, you see them working with their hands … I wanted something expressionistic, emotional; something that displayed the commitment, variety of work and the passion of the Jesuits in it.”

Breault, who has won a Peabody Award and served as associate artistic director at Circle in the Square on Broadway, has an extensive background in producing, directing and writing for theater, television and film. Currently serving as the director of vocation promotion for the Jesuits, he hopes that the video helps create awareness of the vocation of Jesuit brothers. During National Vocation Promotion Month in November, Breault distributed a Vocation Promotion Toolkit, created expressly for Jesuits and lay colleagues by vocation directors and promoters.

With the toolkit and now this new video, vocation promoters are better equipped to ask the vital question, “Have you ever thought about being a Jesuit?” According to Breault, studies show that interested young men must hear the question three times before they make an inquiry. The short film is his latest effort to make that question easier for anyone to ask.

“Doing vocations work, I often hear people saying, ‘Oh, there are Jesuit brothers? I thought the Jesuits only had priests,’” said Breault. The new video aims to remedy that misconception. “Not only are there brothers, but they are the backbone of the Jesuits,” he said, referring to the integral role that brothers played in the formation of the Society. Jesuit brothers are free to fully dedicate their lives and their service to others and to God in the Ignatian tradition. “That’s why they are called ‘quintessential Jesuits’: they have devoted their lives to the mission of living the vows of the Society of Jesus and that is their sole occupation,” Breault said.

Learn more about Jesuit brothers at jesuits.org/brothers.

About the Jesuit brothers in the video:

Br. Mike Wilmot, SJ, is the president of the Omaha nonprofit Gesu Housing, which builds houses for low-income families.
Br. Ken Homan, SJ, is a theology teacher and wrestling coach at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee.
Br. Dan Leckman, SJ, is the director at Loyola House in Guelph, Canada.
Br. Jim Boynton, SJ, serves as the Jesuits’ vocation director for the states of Michigan, Ohio, southern Indiana and Kentucky.
Br. Ralph Cordero, SJ, is in the last stage of formation in the Jesuits before receiving final vows and is currently ministering at the Kino Border Initiative on the Arizona-Mexico border.
Br. Pat Douglas, SJ, is a Jesuit vocation promoter in the Midwest and also serves as a chaplain in a residence hall at Creighton University in Omaha.
Br. Joe Frias, SJ, teaches religion, works with faculty/staff in adult spirituality and coordinates the alumni volunteer program at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco.
Br. Jonathan Stott, SJ, is a professor of physics at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
Br. John Fava, SJ, is the minister of the Jesuit community at White House Retreat in St. Louis as well as the chaplain of the St. Louis City Police Department.
Br. John Moriconi, SJ, is Secretary to the Provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus.
Br. Darin Mayer, SJ, is in the Master of Theological Studies degree program at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.
Br. Matt Wooters, SJ, is completing a master’s in social work at Saint Louis University and is currently working with Jesuit Migrant Services in Mexico.


About the Society of Jesus in Canada and the United States

Founded in 1540 by Saint Ignatius Loyola, the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) is the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church. Jesuit priests and brothers are involved in educational, pastoral and spiritual ministries around the world, practicing a faith that promotes justice. In Canada and the United States, there are 30 Jesuit colleges and 80 pre-secondary and secondary schools with a shared goal of developing competent, compassionate and committed leaders in the service of the Church and society. Jesuits minister in parishes and at retreat houses and serve as chaplains at prisons, hospitals, nursing homes and in the military. In Canada and the U.S., the Jesuits are represented by the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more information on the Society of Jesus, visit www.jesuits.org.

About Loyola Productions

Loyola Productions is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 film, video and multimedia production company encompassing a diverse team of all faiths with a common mission. LPI’s multimedia projects grapple with issues of cultural, economic, political and religious diversity, always focusing on the most compelling human stories, stories that entertain while touching minds and hearts. Visit Loyola Productions on the web at loyolaproductions.com.

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