Walsh Jesuit High School
4550 Wyoga Lake Road, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44224-1059 • 330.929.4205 (local) 800.686.4694 (outside Akron)
On 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.
This 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!
IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE A WARRIOR!
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."
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.
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.
“For the past decade, Mark has been an excellent principal. With his deep care for the students and his wonderful commitment to the mission of the school, he truly has been a servant leader who has made us a better school. We will surely miss him as principal, but we are thrilled that he will remain a part of the Walsh Jesuit community,” said Walsh Jesuit President, Karl Ertle.
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.
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.
The 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
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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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
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.
Reich, 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.
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!
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.
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
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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.
"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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or in the office at (330)929-4205 ext. 183
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As part of the Strategic Planning process, and occasionally over the years during President, Karl Ertle's six years here, the name "Warriors" has been brought up and the question was raised whether it was appropriate for a Jesuit school in this day and age. After study and discussion with many, we will retain the "Warriors" and embrace the legacy of both the Seneca Nation and the WJ original classes who selected the name. As one can read in the past yearbooks and newspapers and was explained to WJ President, Karl Ertle by members of the original classes over a six month dialogue, "Warriors" was selected as a means of celebrating the rich heritage of the Native Americans of the area. Members of the class of ’69 took the lead and helped emphasize the connection to the Seneca Nation that led to “Wyoga” Lake, that is, “land of the turtles” in Seneca.
Below is a picture of the Seneca Nation Tribute that will be located in front of the Commons, near room 100.
Artist Joe Frohnapfel of Stow (in the picture) has created a signature piece that has been donated by an alum. Karl has been in touch with representatives of the Seneca Nation (who are just west of Buffalo, NY) and Joe worked to impart details that capture the Seneca charism---as he has in his many other award-winning pieces that are located throughout the Greater Akron area. You can see his work along Market Street and in local parks, including a large sculpture of Shawnee Chief Tecumseh and Geronimo. He is deeply respectful of the Native American traditions and told WJ that the wood "whispers" to him. Joe's brother attended WJ and he has worked about 400 hours to hand carve the tribute and he will come to school after the tribute is installed to teach classes about it.
In regards to the etymology of “Warrior”---on the Seneca Nation and other webpages, there are facts about the tribes that came together to form the Nation. There are references to “warrior-ambassador” as the Seneca were known to work to facilitate the communication between the various tribes as they worked to form the Seneca Nation. We hope this leads to more discussion and the incorporation of the Seneca tradition and legacy in what we do here at school.
Additionally, here is an article from the Pioneer, our school paper, that appeared in March of 1967 and details some of the WJ history.
Congratulations to Ryan Slama ’16 who has received the Cornell Traditional Fellow Award from Cornell University where he will be attending in the fall. Slama was selected to this prestigious fellowship program based on his dedication, to work, service and scholarship he has demonstrated during his high school career. As a Cornell Tradition Fellow, Slama will be provided with unique social opportunities, academic-year work, and the chance to become involved in community service. In addition, he will have the opportunity to interact with leaders, distinguished guests and other Tradition Fellows. Only 2% of Cornell students receive this award. Salma was awarded the McMullen Scholarship from Cornell University as well.
Provincial, Brian Paulson, S.J. has missioned Fr. Paul O’Connor, S.J. to Walsh Jesuit. Paul will teach theology classes part-time, work in campus ministry, and assist the Office of Ignatian Mission with SPA and the development of coaching retreats.
We are blessed to have him and the Jesuit Community is glad to have another member! He previously served at St. Xavier in Cincinnati. He will join us over the summer and we will welcome him officially in the fall!
Walsh Jesuit alum and all time leading scorer, Dawson DiPietro, has officially signed his National Letter of Intent to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
After a highly successful career at Walsh Jesuit and two very successful seasons playing in the North American Hockey League (NAHL), Dawson DiPietro chose to continue his career at Western Michigan University. WMU is a current member of the NCHC one of the top Division I conferences in the country. The NCHC is home to current NCAA Division I National Champion, the University of North Dakota.
“As a program we cannot be any more proud of Dawson DiPietro. He has earned this and worked so hard to become the player he is today,” said Head Coach Pat McKendry. “Dawson is a rare talent, period. He did it all for us as a Warrior and I cannot be more grateful of his efforts and contributions to the Warrior Hockey Family.”
DiPietro will head to Kalamazoo in the next few weeks to enroll in school early for summer classes.
Congratulations Walsh Jesuit junior, Connor Williams scored a perfect score of a 36 on his ACT. Less than one-tenth of 1% of students who take the ACT earns this top score. Williams is the son of Brian and Diane Williams of Twinsburg, Ohio.
Seniors Miranda Gabriel and Elyse McMahon wrote the following for the Examen yesterday at school:
There are two different kinds of success. First, there’s the success that we conventionally think of. This success is found in trophies and medals, is granted at award ceremonies and graduations. It congratulates you for hard work and commitment. It is getting into the college you wanted or the job you wanted. It is making a lot of money, or being applauded at a banquet, or receiving an A+.
This success is fine, but the problem with it is that the feeling of pride that comes from it surfaces from an exterior place. You need the recognition from other people to feel value in the accomplishment. What is an award if there’s no one at the banquet? What is getting a promotion if not your boss judging your worth?
This success also brings rise to competition. If you get into that college, someone else must be rejected. Does an A+ still feel satisfying if every single other person in the class also got one?
The beautiful thing is we don’t have to be confined to this type of success. Another type exists, one that can’t be tallied up, can’t be graded, cannot be quantified in any way. This type of success is how many people you meet and then learn to love, how many stories you step into, how rich and colorful your life is. It comes in the conversations, in the smile, or the laugh, in the solidarity of a moment. This success is self-defined, it never runs out or comes into competition with another. This success is happiness.
Which success is more important to you, the first or the second? Which success do you want to be more important to you?
As we embark upon the next phase of our lives, it seems we are always reaching for rewind, holding onto the memories Walsh Jesuit has granted. When you think back on your high school experience, it is easy to get stuck in the best and worst moments that you’ve known. However, I challenge you to instead think of the little moments, the easily-forgettable but inexpressibly important instants. The time you put down your books to play a board game with your little sister. The conversation you had with a teacher after class. Smiling at a friend or laughing together at a lunch table, These little moments stringed together comprise something so much grander than any award or other exterior indicator of success ever could. These little moments are where I find the most success. These are so much more important to me than a GPA value, grade, or quantification. Within their ambiguity lives the beauty. Do you feel success because of momentous happenings or because of these tiny details?
For a moment, I challenge you to think into the future: which success will serve as your motivation? In the world beyond Walsh, there’s still so much to feel, to see, and to say. Enter into the success of happiness today and tomorrow and every day after that.
Dear Walsh Jesuit,
Thank you for teaching me formulas and facts and theories.
But more importantly, thank you for teaching me what success is.
Thank you for my favorite moments.
I hope each of you find favorite moments here, too.
I hope success in lies in your future.
I hope that today, your life feels alive.