"Warriors" Ties to the Seneca Nation
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.
In 2016, a Seneca Nation Tribute was carved by Artist Joe Frohnapfel. Joe created a signature piece for WJ that was donated by an alum. Mr. Ertle communicated with representatives of the Seneca Nation (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 Greater Akron. His work also includes a sculpture of Shawnee Chief Tecumseh and Geronimo. Joe is deeply respectful of the Native American traditions and stated “the wood whispers" to him. Joe's brother, who attended Walsh Jesuit, was also instrumental in the carving of the tribute. They worked about 400 hours to hand carve the tribute out of a single tree from Silver Lake, Ohio.