Fall 2008SCARLETGRAYTRADITIONAL TRENDSETTERSPaving the Way for Tradition to Continue
Fall 2008 CCHS Alumni MagazineWhat’s InsideCover Story12 Traditional TrendsettersMilestones2 Updates and Success StoriesAlumni News4 Reunions6 Class Acts9 Baby Irish10 Joe Sparks ‘7414 David Wehrmeister ‘7516 In MemoriamStudent Life18 Meet Our Students20 Women in Science22 Faculty Profile22 Golden Apple AwardSports24 New Basketball Coach24 Football CampEvents25 Music Hall of Fame25 Dinner AuctionThe Scarlet & Gray is published three times a year byCentral Catholic High School for its alumni and friends.The magazine’s address is:Institutional Advancement OfficeCentral Catholic High School2550 Cherry StreetToledo, Ohio 43608www.centralcatholic.orgMain Office: 419-255-2280Institutional Advancement Office: 419-255-2306PresidentFr. Dennis P. Hartigan, Ph. Dfrdenny@centralcatholic.orgPrincipalMichael J. Kauchermkaucher@centralcatholic.orgVice President for Institutional DevelopmentPatrick Williams ‘email@example.comDirector of OperationsMike Boyle ‘firstname.lastname@example.orgDirector of CurriculumMarie Artermarter@centralcatholic.orgTreasurerMarge Eischen-Schuckmeischen@centralcatholic.orgDirector of Annual FundGreg Dempsey ‘email@example.comDirector of EnrollmentJonie Jacksonjjackson@centralcatholic.orgDirector of Events & FundraisingTracy (Kowalski) Koralewski ‘firstname.lastname@example.orgDirector of Marketing/Public RelationsLisa Bowlinglbowling@centralcatholic.orgDirector of Planned Giving/AlumniMary (McCarty) Pierce ‘email@example.comGraphic DesignerJennifer Drouillardjdrouillard@centralcatholic.orgCommunications CoordinatorMichele (Landin) Jurek ‘firstname.lastname@example.orgAdministrative AssistantMargaret Simon ‘email@example.comAdministrative AssistantMary Dudleymdudley@centralcatholic.orgMain Office Fax: 419-259-2848Institutional Advancement Office Fax: 419-259-2855One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
Dear Alumni & Friends,Greetings in the Lord!I t certainly seems that the summers get shorter and shorter. One classgraduates and almost immediately we begin preparations for thenext school year.This summer has seen many “fix up” projects around our campus.Students on financial aid and volunteers have been busy painting,planting and cleaning throughout the school. This building was constructedduring the later part of the 1920’s, and yet it is still in remarkable shape.Also over the summer our faculty has been involved in many professionaldevelopment seminars, workshops and classes. Several faculty members whowill be part of the new INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM(IB) have begun their training. Teachers from different disciplines have flownto various parts of the United States to participate in these conferences. OurDirector of Curriculum, Marie Arter, and I participated in an administrator’sconference for the IB in San Francisco. We believe that keeping our facultyupdated and current is non-negotiable. Other teachers have taken part in avariety of professional development opportunities. We believe that thestudents, most importantly, are the real beneficiaries of this hard work.We continue to strive for the most advanced technological tools at CentralCatholic. All of our incoming freshmen will again receive their laptops aspart of our One Connected Community program. We see great success in theacademic life of our students as we continue to introduce technology into thecurriculum.I would ask that you watch your mail in the fall for the CCHS Annual Fundappeal. We are trying to put a renewed effort into this endeavor. All of ouralumni and friends are being asked this year to support our technologicaladvances. We are asking members of our newly renamed 360 Club tocontribute $1,000 to purchase a computer for an incoming student. Othercontributions to the Annual Fund will help us continue to be in the forefrontof technological education for our students.Finally, I would ask you all to watch the Scarlet & Gray and othercommunications for details about events surrounding the 80th anniversarycelebration of Central Catholic High School’s first graduation from thebuilding on Cherry Street.Great things continue to happen at CCHS, home of the Fighting Irish! Youmake these things happen and we are forever grateful. God bless you for allyour prayers and generosity.In Christ Jesus,Rev. Dennis P. Hartigan, Ph.D.PresidentP.S. Hope you enjoy the new format of our Scarlet & Gray!
2 Milestones Fall 2008Lunar Luncheon Celebrated in S.P.A.C.E. RoomIn June, Central Catholic presented a Lunar Luncheon and Laughfestin the Kranz S.P.A.C.E. Room. The event was a part of the activities ofCentral Catholic’s alumni social group, the “Ex-Centrics.”Baseball City Champs!Congratulations to the Fighting Irish baseball team on its firstCity League championship in 22 years and to Coach JeffMielcarek for being named City League Coach of the Year!The Lunar Luncheon included a tour of the Kranz Room and aviewing of the Ambassador of Exploration Award’s lunar sample.Guests enjoyed deli lunches and “Moon” food as well as extraterrestrialtrivia, name that “Moon” tune, Moon bingo, out-of-this-world prizes,and a special Moon presentation by CCHS teacher Paula Domitio.Everyone in attendance agreed that the event was really “far out.”If you would like to be involved with the Ex-Centrics or help tocoordinate their plans, please contact Mary McCarty Pierce ‘65 firstname.lastname@example.org, or 419-255-2306 ext. 1058.Central CatholicLaunches NewGraphics inKranz RoomCentral Catholic addedspace-themed graphics to thewalls of the Kranz S.P.A.C.E.room in the school’s library. Theroom houses the Ambassador ofExploration Award’s lunar samplethat Gene Kranz ‘51 dedicated toCentral Catholic in December.SFC Graphics of Toledo, ownedby Tom Clark ‘52, generouslydonated the graphics. Thedesigns include scenes from Kranz’s days withNASA Mission Control and a space timeline.The Kranz S.P.A.C.E. (Stars, Planets, And CreativeExploration) room is open to the public anytimeduring school hours.One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
Lady Irish Track Team Races to StatesThe Lady Irish track team had 10 state qualifiers in eight events at the state track meet.For the first time ever, every relay team qualified. Sharise Calhoun was CentralCatholic’s top finisher, placing third in the 300-meter hurdles and sixth in the100-meter hurdles. Her efforts earned her All-State honors. The following is thecomplete list of CCHS state qualifiers and their events…Kaila Blanchard - 4x200 relay, 4x400 relaySharise Calhoun - 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relaySierra Calhoun - 4x100 relayMonique Dotson - 4x200 relayEmma Kertesz - 3200 meter run, 4x800 relayKaitlyn Krizman - 4x800 relay, 4x400 relayJa’lyn Lathan - 4x100 relay, 4x200 relayAnne McCarthy - 800 meter run, 4x800 relayKristyn Tusin - 4x800 relayAriel Wilkes - 4x100 relay, 4x200 relay, 4x400 relayOne Connected Community LaptopProgram Enters its Second YearThis year the sophomores and the incoming freshmenwill have their own laptops as the One ConnectedCommunity program enters its second year.CCHS announced in the fall of 2006 that the schoolwould begin providing laptop computers for allincoming freshmen beginning with the 2007-2008school year. The goal of this program is to helpteachers and students maximize and enhance theireducational experience and ensure that all students areprepared for the digital world of today and tomorrow.The students are able to use their Apple MacBooks inclass and at home, allowing teachers to integratetechnology with their subject matter in everyclassroom. The laptops are on loan to the studentsthroughout their four years at Central Catholic, andwhen they graduate, they will be allowed to take thelaptops with them.Gallagher Weight Room DedicationWith each new class of freshmen receiving the laptops,the entire student body will be equipped in the nexttwo years. CCHS offers ongoing professionaldevelopment opportunities for teachers to ensure theyare bringing the most up-to-date technology intothe classrooms.Central Catholic celebrated and recognized its major donors in theGallagher Stadium fundraising campaign on April 20. Ryne Robinson ‘03,who currently plays in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers, was on hand forthe celebration.CCHS recognized major donors who have earned naming rights for theGallagher Athletic Complex . . .• St. Vincent Mercy MedicalCenter Hospitality Suites• William Carroll FamilyLocker Room• Delp Fitness Center• Fighting Irish Football Center• Lauer Family Media CenterNew signs were created for theseareas of the complex todesignate the recognitions.www.centralcatholic.org
4 Alumni News Fall 2008Reunion ReviewOut of Town ReunionsTexas - Dallas/Fort Worth/Plano: Sept. 16and 17New York City: December 27 and 28 orthe first week of JanuaryFlorida: FebruaryLas Vegas National Reunion: April 22-26If you would like to host or help plana reunion in your part of the country,please contact Mary Pierce or Pat Williamsat 419-255-2306.1935Classmates and friends meet for lunch thethird Thursday of every month fromFebruary through November at 11:30 a.m.at Crystal’s in the Clarion Westgate. CallElizabeth at 419-475-7479 with anyquestions.1936Classmates meet the third Thursday of eachmonth for lunch, which is held at variouslocations. For more information, callGeneveive Brazzil at 419-865-0356 orIrma Buehrer at 419-536-5041.1939Classmates interested in attending quarterlyluncheons should call Don Kranz at419-478-9731 or Maureen O’Connor at419-474-9046.1940Classmates meet for lunch throughout theyear at the Easy Street Café in DowntownToledo. For the next lunch date, contact MaryPierce in the Development Office email@example.comA 65th reunion is being planned and moreinformation will be forthcoming.1944Classmates meet twice a year for a reunionlunch. Mailings are sent to local alumni forthe spring and fall gatherings. If you are notreceiving these mailings and would like tobe notified of the luncheons, contact MaryPierce in the Office of InstitutionalAdvancement at firstname.lastname@example.orgClassmates meet twice a year for a 1:00 lunchat Michael’s, 901 Monroe St. (at Michigan).Lunches are in May and October on the lastThursday of the month. To make a luncheonreservation, please contact Don Calabrese734-854-4502 or Jean Kreuz 419-472-6996.1948The class has been having reunion luncheonsfive times a year for about six years. For moreinformation, please contact Joyce (Picott)Armbruster at 419-754-3520. Reservationsare requested one week prior to eachluncheon. The class is also planning areunion for Friday, September 19 at theClarion. More details will follow.1949The class of 1949 will meet for lunch onWednesday, October 1, 2008 at HJ’s PrimeCut on Heatherdowns at noon. Make yourreservation with Sr. Angelita Abair at419-696-0593 or Theresa (Boyarski) Perz at419-478-6243.1950For information on future reunions, contactJoan Rogge 419-841-4610, Mary AnnSchlievert 419-882-6958, or Delores Roesner419-475-8109.1951Classmates gather monthly for lunch (exceptJune, July, and August) at Crystal’s in theClarion Westgate. Mark your calendars forthe second Tuesday of each month at noon.Jerry Howard is the contact and he can bereached at 419-476-9233.1952The class is having monthly luncheons on thelast Tuesday of every month exceptDecember. Classmates and their guestsmeet at 11:30 at Michael’s Restaurant at 901Monroe St. (southwest corner of Monroeat Michigan in downtown Toledo). Park atthe restaurant or across the street and usethe Monroe St. entrance. Call Bill Cassidy at419-385-4008 with any questions. Bring yourspouse or a friend. The more the merrier!1953The reunion is scheduled for October 18.Details will follow.One Faith. One Community. One Mission.1954The class is holding lunches at Shawn’s Barand Grill at Heatherdowns and Key at noonon the first Friday of each month.1955The class is meeting for lunch the firstTuesday of each month at noon. Call Louise(Estrel) Brubaker at 419-873-5055 for thelocation.1958Save these dates for your 50th reunion -September 5-6, 2008. On Friday, Sept. 5, golfnine holes and lunch at Bedford Golf Club at1:00 p.m. Contact Butch Brubaker at419-340-4457 to make reservations for thegolf outing. Meet at CCHS for a homefootball game vs. Anthony Wayne thatevening. Events on Saturday include 5:30Mass, 6:30 cocktails, and 7:30 dinner at StoneOak Country Club. Contact Marcia (Erd)Lehmann at 734-854-5842 for moreinformation.1959The class is in the process of planning its50th reunion. Anyone from the class whohas moved or changed their name recently isasked to contact the CCHS Office ofInstitutional Advancement at 419-255-2306to update their information. The reunioncommittee would like to kick off the 50threunion weekend with a Fighting Irishfootball game in the new stadium. However,definitive dates for the 2009 home schedulewill not be available until October 2008. Sowe are asking you to set aside these twoweekend dates for now...Sept. 18, 19, and 20,2009 and Sept. 25, 26, and 27, 2009. EmailToni Saad Moore email@example.com or call419-360-2151 for more information.1963The class is planning a September 13 reunionat the Pinnacle. Details will follow. The Classof 1963’s annual golf outing isscheduled for Saturday, August 16 at SouthToledo Golf Club. Tee times are to beannounced.
California ReunionPhotosTop: Lee (Winckowski) McAllister ‘89 andBrion Moran ‘96.Middle: Father Dennis Hartigan,Pat Williams ‘87 and David McAllister.Bottom: Pat Williams and Father DennisHartigan.1965The ladies of ‘65 have formed a minireunion group that meets for dinner anddrinks every other month. Contact June(Maas) Parker at firstname.lastname@example.orgThe class is planning its 40th reunion forAugust 22 and 23. The Friday event is aprivate party with a cash bar at Amigo’sMexican Restaurant on Dorr Street at7:00 p.m. Saturday begins with a Mass at10:00 a.m. at CCHS followed by acontinental breakfast and tour of the school.There will be a golf outing on Saturday at10:30 a.m. at Heatherdowns Country Club.The price of $60 per person includes golfcart, hotdog and pop, and prizes. The bigreunion celebration takes place on Saturdayat Sylvania Country Club. Cocktails andappetizers will be available at 6:00 p.m.with a buffet dinner at 7:00 p.m. It will be acash bar. To make reservations for the golfouting, contact Evie Day at 419-469-8734ext. 1154 or Mary Pierce at 419-255-2306ext. 1058.1973The class of 1973 celebrated its 35-yearreunion on August 1 and 2. There willalso be a gathering on October 17 at theHomecoming football game. Come out andcheer on the Fighting Irish as they battle theWhitmer Panthers. A mailing has gone outto the class.1978The 30-year class reunion will take place onSaturday, November 29, location yet to bedetermined. All class members are invitedto visit www.cchs1978.org to be informedof the latest developments regarding thereunion. You may also contact PatrickDesmond at 419-470-1487.1983The planning committee is working on adate for the reunion. Once a date is set, amailing will go out to the class.1988Mark your calendars for September 5 and 6for the 20-year reunion. Friday’s activitieswill include a tailgate before the footballgame. Come cheer on the Fighting Irish asthey take on the Anthony Wayne Generals.Classmates will gather again on Saturdayfor the reunion. A mailing has gone out tothe class.1993The class of 1993 will gather on September12 for a tailgate party and football game.Come cheer on the Fighting Irish as theybattle the St. John’s Titans at the GallagherAthletic Complex. A mailing has gone outto the class.1998The next reunion planning meeting isJuly 30, 5:30 p.m. at Biggby’s in CricketWest. Contact Ellen Best Mackowiak email@example.com for questionson the meeting.Mark your calendars for September 12 and14. The 10-year reunion will be held onFriday, September 12 on the CCHS campus.Classmates will gather for a tailgate andfootball game. Come cheer on theFighting Irish as they battle the St. John’sTitans. The location for an after party willbe announced. Then on Sunday the 14th,the class will celebrate Mass together. Amailing has been sent to the class.2003A date has been set for the 5-year reunion.Mark your calendars for September 12 and13. On Friday, September 12, the class willparty at a tailgate and football game at theGallagher Athletic Complex. Come cheer onthe Fighting Irish as they battle theSt. John’s Titans. The reunion will be heldon Saturday the 13th, location to beannounced. As soon as the plans arefinalized, a mailing will go out to the class.For additional informationon reunions, contact:Classes prior to 1970Mary Pierce at419-255-2306 ext. 1058 firstname.lastname@example.org to presentCarolyn Eaton at419-255-2306 ext. 1033 email@example.com
6 Alumni News Fall 2008Class ActsATTENTION ALUMNI BAND MEMBERS:The Central Catholic Alumni Band willperform with the current Marching Bandon Friday, October 17 for the homecominggame against Whitmer High School. Thepractice date is yet to be determined, butwill most likely be the Wednesday orThursday prior to the game depending onthe current band’s schedule. For moreinformation, contact CCHS band directorBill Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org orband alumnus Kevin Briner email@example.comLizzette (Schmitt) King ‘35 and Angela(Thielen) Billmaier ‘35 met in the fourthgrade at Blessed Sacrament School in 1926and went on to attend CCHS together. Theystill meet every month for lunch with otherCCHS classmates. Lizzette and Angela liveabout two miles apart and are bothmembers of St. Clement parish, and theyboth celebrated their 91st birthdays inMarch. They are happy to report theirfriendship is still going strong after 52 years!1940sJacob Hubbel ‘45 and his wife Jonellecelebrated their 50th wedding anniversaryon May 30 at St. Adalbert Church in Toledo.They met in the engineering department ofthe former Toledo Scale Company. Jonelleworked there as a secretary, and Jake hadjust returned from a two-year tour of dutywith the Army Chemical Corps to resumehis engineering career in the civilian world.The couple has lived in Point Place for alltheir 50 years together, and they have adaughter, two sons, and 15 grandchildren.The sons and their large families live in NewYork state.Norma as celebrating their 50th weddinganniversary. Jerry contacted us and said thathe did not have a wife named Norma, so itmust have been a different Jerry Kwiatkowskiwho was celebrating the anniversary. Weapologize for the mistake!Gerard “Jerry” Bruss ‘54 and his wifeKathleen celebrated their 50th weddinganniversary on April 12. They have threechildren and five grandchildren. April 12 isalso Jerry’s birthday.Rosie (Hogan) Boy ‘55 and her husbandJerry celebrated their 50th weddinganniversary on June 14, 2008. They havethree children and two grandchildren andhave lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1967.Richard A. Pacer ‘56 retired in 2001 afterworking as a Purdue University chemistryteacher. He has a Ph.D. in analyticalchemistry. He and his wife, Janina, havetwo daughters. Since retirement, Richardhelps give high school seniors a chemistrytest through the American Chemical Society,volunteers with the St. Vincent de PaulSociety, bakes and cooks, and doeswatercolor paintings. He and his wife growwildflowers and many other plants andvegetables on their half-acre lot. Richardalso enjoys card games, travel, fishing,walking, and dancing, and spending timewith his five grandchildren.1960sPaul Raczkowski ‘65, former teacher andprincipal at CCHS, received theDistinguished Alumnus Award from theUniversity of Toledo. The award is thehighest honor and distinction the affiliatebestows on an alumnus. Paul wasrecognized for his outstanding achievementin his career field. He was an educator,counselor, and administrator with MaumeeSchools for 30 years prior to becomingprincipal at CCHS from 1999-2000. Paulalso served as an improvement specialistwith Lucas County and is currently theprincipal at Lake Elementary. Paul and hiswife Helen live in south Toledo and areactive at OLPH Parish. They have twochildren, Paulette (Dave) Baz and Jim ‘95(Amy ‘91) Raczkowski.Thomas W. Clark ‘66 has announced hisintention to run on the Democratic ticketfor the State House of Representatives -District 88. A formal announcement wasmade April 3 at the Kennedy Reception, anAllegan County Democratic Partyfundraiser.Clark, recently retired, will utilize skillsacquired in forty years of businessbackground to rebuild the economicoutlook of District 88. He is a strongproponent of secondary education,agri-tourism and alternative fuelmanufacturing to improve the stanceof Allegan County’s District 88 withinthe state.Clark says, “The needs of Allegan County’ssmall farmers and the quiet, hard-workingpeople in our modest towns and cities havebeen ignored for too long. I would like togive all District 88 residents a voice that willbe heard in Lansing and remedy this cycleof neglect.”Tom and Linda Valigosky ‘67, his wifeof 39 years, are residents of the city ofAllegan, Michigan. They have two grownsons, Benjamin and Adam, and fivegrandchildren.Richard Janowiecki ‘48 and Mary AnnNowak ‘51 celebrated their 55th weddinganniversary in June. They have sevenchildren and 22 grandchildren. Richard wasordained a permanent deacon in 1991.1950sCorrectionThe Spring 2008 issue of Scarlet and Graylisted Jerry Kwiatkowski ’54 and his wifeJoe Scalzo ‘64 andJohn H. Keller Sr. ‘61John H. Keller Sr.‘61 and Joe Scalzo‘64 sang with the Toledo Opera in the Mayproduction of Pietro Mascagni’s CavalleriaRusticana at the Valentine Theatre. This isJoe’s 25th year with the Toledo Opera andJohn’s first.Tom and Linda have both been involved inAllegan civic activities including the July3rd Jubilee and Snow Day festival and havehosted functions for several non-profitorganizations at their home in the HistoricDistrict. They are charter members of theHeritage Home Network Group and AlleganNow, active in the Allegan Area Arts Counciland support the activities of the AlleganCounty Historical Society.One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
Rick Kaifas ‘66 was inducted into theDistrict VII Coaches Association Hall ofFame at the March induction ceremony. Hewas introduced by current CCHS athleticdirector Bill Axe. Rick was the head coachat Whitmer High School from 1977-1989where he had a career record of 187-85. Hewas named Great Lakes League Coach ofthe Year five times, District VII Coach ofthe Year four times, and Associated PressDistrict Coach of the Year and State Coachof the Year in 1987. He was inducted intothe Whitmer High School Athletic Hall ofFame in 2003.John Wieck ‘68 was inducted into theNorthwest Ohio Basketball OfficialsAssociation on April 8. John beganofficiating in the CYO ranks as a student atCCHS in 1965. He played basketball andbaseball at Central Catholic and earned hisbachelor’s degree from the University ofToledo in 1975. He served as the FightingIrish boys’ varsity basketball assistant coachfor one season and as head girls’ varsitybasketball coach from 1981 to 1984, and hewas selected District 7 Coach of the Year in1983-84. John currently officiates volleyballand works as a sales manager in the snackfood business. He and his wife, Christine(Justen) Wieck ‘71, have three children.Jim Reichert ‘69 was inducted into theNorthwest Ohio Basketball OfficialsAssociation on April 8. He has served as anofficial for 23 years at the high school leveland 15 years in college basketball. He has abachelor’s degree in business from theUniversity of Toledo and worked for over18 years in the human resource field forthree Fortune 500 companies. Since 1993,Jim has been the owner of ReichertFinancial Services in Perrysburg. Hiscompany provides financial planning,investment planning, and insuranceproducts. Jim and his wife, Terri, have beenmarried for 30 years and have four childrenand one grandchild.1970sBarbara Czelusta ‘70 contacted us after shereceived the spring issue of the Scarlet andGray and read the story about Gene Kranzpresenting his NASA Ambassador ofExploration Award to Central Catholic.Barbara wrote, “What a wonderful articleabout Eugene Kranz! I was a member ofthe first Eugene F. Kranz Chemistry Clubwhen it was formed [at CCHS.] Whenthe newsletter arrived today, I dug out mybinder of clippings and found the one fromthe newspaper about that, with my picture.Back in my time at CCHS, I was very activein the sciences and won many awards, if Imay toot my own horn. Then and to thisday, I’ve had a passionate interest in thespace program – even to the point, at onetime, of applying to be a citizen/astronaut.I didn’t get very far, but at least I can saythat by applying I was following one of mydreams!”After graduating from CCHS, Barbaraearned a nursing degree from the OhioState University and moved toCharlottesville, Virginia and worked atthe University of Virginia Hospitals. Shemoved to California in 1982 and worked atUCSF Hospitals in San Francisco and thenin medical-legal nursing.When Barbara’s father, Zephrine Czelusta‘31, died in 2005, she decided to changeher career direction. She wanted to workwith the elderly in need and to be the sortof nurse and give the sort of care that herfather had been given over his last few years.She worked at a convalescent hospital for ashort time and is now a home health nurseand says she loves it. “Central Catholic wasmy foundation for a long journey that hasliterally taken me coast to coast, but I havenever forgotten my roots,” she says.Dave Barchick ‘73 has been named vicepresident of human resources for NorthAmerica at Pilkington. Pilkington is one ofthe world’s largest manufacturers of glassand glazing products for the building andautomotive markets.On July 11, 2007, Chris Horne ‘73generously donated one of his kidneys tohis sister, Martie (Horne) Moline ‘70. Chrisnamed his kidneys Kenny and Kyle, and hegave Kenny to his sister and kept Kyle forhimself. The surgery was a complete successand the siblings are doing well. Chrisis a lawyer for the prosecuting attorney’soffice in Vancouver, Washington.Every other year for the past several years,a group of girls hailing from the wild andmischievous Class of 1974 gather for along weekend of FABulous fun. The FABSselect a sunny destination, preferably nearan ocean. In May, the girls partied at WildDunes, a gated community on the balmyshore of beautiful Isle of Palms, SouthCarolina. The group toured historicalCharleston, but spent the majority of theirtime soaking up suds, the sun, and fun.Pictured from L to William Rhodus ‘75R, front row, Janice is a captain with theGardner (niece of Sylvania, Ohio CityChris Gardner), Police Department.Mary BethHe was presented(Smolenski) with the Purple HeartHammond ‘74, award at theDiane (Fadel) Lark Sylvania Police‘74, Mary Jo Division Awards(Kettinger)ceremony in March.Vetorino ‘80. Back Capt. Rhodus wasrow, Donna involved in an(Desmond) Wells incident on April 11,‘74, Karen2007 at Southview(Makulinski) Davis High School where‘74, Debbie (Zak) the police wereSifuentes ‘74, conductingKaren (Kettinger) active-shooterVanDruten ‘74, training. He was partClaudette (Calms) of a search teamRies ‘74, Darcie looking for suspects(Ziemkiewicz) in the building whenNelsen ’74, and he tripped overChristine (Adams) someone and fellGardner ‘74. backward, hitting hishead on the floor.Capt. Rhodus was severely injured, andthe other officers involved stopped theirtraining session to jump into rescue mode.Several of the officers were also honored fortheir actions. Capt. Rhodus continues toserve with the police department.Larry Schmakel ‘75 was inducted into theNorthwest Ohio Basketball OfficialsAssociation on April 8. His officiatingcareer spanned 26 years and included bothhigh school and college basketball. Larryhas a biology degree from the Universityof Toledo and a doctorate degree in dentalsurgery from the Ohio State University. Hehas been a dentist in Toledo for 25 yearsand has been recognized as one ofAmerica’s Top Dentists for the past threeyears and is a spokesperson for the OhioDental Association. Larry lives inSylvania, Ohio with his wife, Terri, and histwo stepdaughters.www.centralcatholic.org
8 Alumni News Fall 2008Steve Zink ‘76 and his wife Cathy live inHudson, Ohio. They have three daughters– Maureen (25), Colleen (23), and Elizabeth(20). Steve is an engineering manager withRockwell Software and Cathy is a teacherof gifted students. Maureen is an attorney,Colleen is in medical school, and Elizabeth isa sophomore in college. Steve and Cathy areenjoying the life of empty nesters andwelcome anyone visiting the Cleveland areato get in touch with them firstname.lastname@example.org.Jim McCann ‘77 has joinedUnitedHealthcare of Northern Ohio asdirector of sales for the northwest region.He brings to UnitedHealthcare more than 20years of territory and account managementexperience with national and local insurancecarriers encompassing strategic planning,new product development and territorydevelopment. For the past 15 years, Jim hasresided in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he wasemployed by Anthem BC/BS and Humana,Inc. He returns to Toledo where he will leadthe sales efforts for UnitedHealthcare outof their Maumee office. Jim is a CertifiedManaged Care Executive and member of theNational Association of HealthUnderwriters. He is also an active memberof USA DanceSport and a current boardmember with USABDA - Fort Waynechapter (United States of America BallroomDancing Association).1980sRay Meiers ‘87 has returned to Toledo afterthree years in Cincinnati and eight years inDetroit. He has joined the firm ofMacMillan, Sobanski, & Todd(www.mstfirm.com) as an associate and hewill continue to practice patent law.1990sKatherine (Reymann) van den Bogert ‘90was lucky enough to meet Gene Kranz ‘51when she was at a convention while workingfor the National Safety Council in Chicago.Claire (Best) Edmondson ‘98 returnedto Central Catholic in April to speak tothe English/History Block classes aboutpreparing for college. Claire is the assistantdirector of undergraduate admissions at theUniversity of Toledo, where she facilitatesthe scholarship programs for students directfrom high school. She graduated from theUniversity of Toledo in 2002 with abachelor’s degree in communications, andshe earned a master’s degree in higherClair (Best) education administrationEdmondson ‘98 from the University ofAkron in 2005. She hasworked as an admission counselor at theUniversity of Akron and at PurdueUniversity, Calumet Campus as a academicadvisor for engineering technology degrees.Claire is the daughter of CCHS Englishteacher Charlotte (Zielinski) Best ‘67 andJohn Best, Jr. ‘68.Amanda Rice ‘99Amanda Rice ‘99and Shawn Allenmarried Shawn Allen onSeptember 29, 2007 at Maumee Bay Resortin Oregon, Ohio. Amanda earned herbachelor’s degree in early elementaryeducation from the University of Toledo andis employed by Sylvania Schools. Shawn is acellular engineer at a wireless phonecompany. The couple resides in Toledo.Darren Tolliver ‘99Darren Tolliver ‘99and Taryn Roberts ‘00proposed toTaryn Roberts ‘00 on July 4, 2007. Theywere married May 24, 2008 at St. PhillipLutheran Church in Toledo. Members ofthe wedding party included Nedra Okwu‘00, Ciara Staunton ‘00, Camille Ellis ‘00,Rachel Tolliver ‘07 and Ron Ricks II ‘99.Darren earned a bachelor’s degree from theUniversity of Cincinnati in 2003 and is afinancial center manager and officer at FifthThird Bank. Taryn earned a BS in 2004 andan MS in 2008 from Xavier University andis a juvenile case manager for CenterpointHealth. The couple resides in Cincinnati.2000sRebecca Hurlbert ‘01 is engaged to marryJim Moore at St. Adalbert Church onSeptember 20, 2008.Angie Pasquinelli ‘02 is the head dieticianat Grady Memorial Hospital in Delaware,Ohio. She graduated with honors fromYoungstown State University, which sheattended on a volleyball scholarship, in thefall of 2007, and she received her RDLDcertification in March of this year.Alicia Sofo ‘02 graduated from theUniversity of Toledo in 2006 with her B.A.and in May, 2008 with an M.A. She iscurrently employed at St. Vincent MercyMedical Center as a pediatricspeech-language pathologist.Alex Aguilar ‘04 graduated from OhioWesleyan University and has beenaccepted by the Chicago School ofProfessional Psychology into their doctorateof applied business psychology program.He moved to Chicago in August to start thefive-year program.Marysa Simon ‘07 and Marysa Simon ‘07Shannon Smith ‘07 and Shannon Smith‘07 were among many Toledo-area studentswho attend Ohio State University that wereinvited to Tony Packo’s to meet with OSUpresident Dr. Gordon Gee in June. They arepictured here spelling out O-H-I-O withOSU mascot Brutus Buckeye and Frank thePacko hotdog.One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
BABYIRISHBABY IRISHOwn a Piece ofCCHS Music HistoryCentral Catholic has a collection of several recordings available that documentan exciting era in CCHS music history. All proceeds from the sale of theseCD’s and DVD’s go directly to the Jerry DePrisco music scholarship at CentralCatholic. Please contact Mary Dudley at 419-255-2306 ext. 1056 email@example.com to make a purchase.CD – Sounds of ChristmasThis 1967 recording features the Central Catholic Glee Club, directed by JerryDePrisco ’45, performing Christmas favorites, including O Holy Night.Price - $20CD – Sounds of ChristmasThis 1967-1968 recording features the Central Catholic Glee Club, Band, andOrchestra performing Christmas favorites.Price - $20DVD – OperettasHighlights from all the Central Catholic operettas from 1955 to 1975 duringJerry DePrisco’s tenure as music director. This two-hour DVD, which wasshown at Jerry’s retirement party, features photos and music from eachperformance.Price - $25DVD – CCHS Marching BandFilm of the Central Catholic Marching Band performance at halftime of a 1962Detroit Lions football game. This two-hour DVD also includes highlightsfrom the other bands that performed, all directed by Jerry DePrisco, andarchival band footage from additional halftime shows and paradeperformances in Toledo and Detroit.Price - $25DVD – DePrisco RetirementThis two-hour DVD features highlights from Jerry DePrisco’s retirement partyin 1992, including 20 years of alumni Glee Club and band membersperforming the CCHS Alma Mater and fight song. Also contains film froma roast of Jerry given by past teachers and coaches and a half-hour televisionprogram about Jerry’s career produced by Channel 48.Price - $25Chris Kubicz ‘91 and hiswife Cara had twin boys onMarch 29, 2008. William Johnand Benjamin David are thecouple’s first children. OtherCCHS alumni in thefamily include grandfather BobKubicz ‘65 and aunt Robin(Kubicz) Holloway ‘89.Dawn (Lohmann) Stebelton‘91 and her husband PhilStebelton ‘96 welcomed theirfirst child, Isabella Christina,on March 28, 2008. Dawn isa client associate for MerrillLynch and Phil is a regionalsales manager for Duraflo. Thefamily resides in Toledo.IRISHIRISHBABY IRISHBABYGina (DiSarno) Breault ‘92and her husband welcomeddaughter Gianna Francescaon May 7, 2008. She joins bigsister, Gabriella (2). The familyrecently relocated to Austin,Texas.Suzanne (Patay) Aquillo ‘93and her husband Chadwelcomed their seconddaughter, Clara Elizabeth, onAugust 26, 2007. Their firstdaughter, Natalie, is six andwill be in the first grade atBlessed Sacrament.Tara (Sweet) Clemons ‘93 andher husband Matt welcomedtheir first child, daughter DrewCarroll Clemons, on April 7,2008. The family lives inNorwalk, Ohio.Deana (Grabel) Smith ‘93 andher husband Eryn had a babyboy, Ayden Brady, on February23, 2007. Deana is a socialworker for Adrian PublicSchools.Sarah (Nadolny) Knehr ‘96and her husband Mark hadtheir first child, Jacob David,on July 3, 2008. The couple hasbeen married since September30, 2006 and the family lives inWest Toledo.Sarah (Puhl) Feehan ‘97 andher husband Steve welcomedtheir third child, JamesWesley, on April 17, 2008.James joins big sister Grace (4)and big brother Luke (2).Erin (Mahoney) Minerd ‘97and her husband Kevin hadtheir second child, Ethan Jack,on May 9, 2008. Ethan’s bigbrother, Dylan, is two-yearsold.The family resides inColumbus, Ohio.Kathy (Houghtell)Abramowski ‘99 and herhusband Matt welcomed theirdaughter, Hannah Sophia, onSeptember 2, 2007. Hannahwas born at home under thecare of midwives. Kathy isa full-time mom and is alsofinishing her master’s degreein environmental educationat Slippery Rock Universityin Pennsylvania. Matt is thedirector of religious educationat Blessed Sacrament Parish inWarren, Ohio.Christopher Anteau ‘99and his wife Abigail welcomedtheir first child, HannahNicole, on May 14, 2008. Chrisis an investment advisor withFifth Third Securities andAbbey is a paralegal withReminger L.P.A. The familyresides in West Toledo.Kelly (Tichy) White ‘95 andher husband Chris proudlywelcomed their first child,Zachary Joseph, on March 2,2008.www.centralcatholicalumni.orgBABYIRISBABYIRISH
10 Alumni News Fall 2008RUNNING SPARKS CREATIVITYLEADS TO INVENTIONo be a great athlete, you must have the right technique.Tennis players practice their strokes over and over, baseballplayers take batting practice to perfect their swings, andbasketball players take thousands of shots. Repetition leads Ttomuscle memory, and the memory of the skill leads tosuccess. As a competitive runner, Joe Sparks ‘74 believes he has foundthe correct technique for success in his sport, and he has invented adevice to help perfect that technique.On Your MarkSparks works as a massage therapist and yoga instructor in Perrysburg.He began competing in triathlons in the 1990s, but he suffered a kneeinjury that required surgery. He did not want to give up running andcompeting, so he felt he needed to find a better way to run. At a coaches’clinic, he met Dr. Nicholas Romanov, a Russian sports scientist involvedwith the U.S.A. Triathlon Committee, who introduced him to the “posemethod” of running.“In every sport there are certain poses,” Sparks explains. “Running hasthe running pose, but it’s something that is never taught. Everythingthat you do involves certain movements, and to be the best at any sportrequires a certain skill, a way of perfecting that movement. There’s a wayto run correctly that uses gravity, but it’s never taught.”Sparks began studying all the drills created by Dr. Romanov andpracticed the drills for six months, only actually running when hecompeted in races. Surprisingly, he found that his running times keptgetting faster even though he wasn’t even running during training. Thatconvinced him that Dr. Romanov’s technique had merit.Sparks invited Dr. Romanov to Toledo in 2001 to present a clinic, andthen he began doing his own clinics throughout the Midwest to trainpeople in this technique. “People have spent so much time doing itwrong that changing their running technique is not easy,” Sparks says.“Running shoes are even designed around bad running habits becausethey guard against impact, which goes against gravity. Your heel doesn’ttouch the ground when you run. You run on the balls of your feet. Youjust need to lift your legs upward and lean forward to use gravity insteadof extraneous energy.”Get SetAs Sparks continued to present his clinics, he found that most peopledon’t want to do just the drills. They want to go out and run, to trainby running instead of just learning how to run. “I wanted to figure outhow to solve this, to find a way to teach people how to run while they’rerunning,” he recalls. “I came up with my EZ Run Belt so they would haveto do the running drill while they’re running. The belt forces you torun with your feet coming up underneath and it won’t let you take longstrides.”The EZ Run Belt fastens around a person’s waist and rubber tubingattaches it to the ankles. The tubing comes in different resistance levelsbased on speed and strength. The tubing mimics the hamstring and canbe hooked at various levels on the belt to adjust to the height of the user.Sparks says he got the idea from a friend’s mountain climbing belt. Hemade his first belt in February 2005 and sold the first one the followingDecember after refining the design. He has since sold about 400 beltsworldwide, the furthest one going to Australia.One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
Last year, encouraged by several of his clients, Sparks auditioned for the ABCtelevision show American Inventor. He was one of about 3,000 peopleauditioning in Chicago, and he made it to the third round of 70 who were ableto present their inventions to the celebrity judges. Unfortunately, Sparks did notmake the cut when only one inventor was chosen from that group. However,he did receive strong praise from George Foreman, who was one of the celebrityjudges. Foreman encouraged him to continue promoting his product.Go!Sparks hopes to continue traveling around the world, presenting clinics andmaking connections with people. He is planning a marketing campaign in theToledo area for the EZ Run Belt, and he has been approached to do an infomercialabout the product.“I’m doing this because I believe in it and I love doing it,” Sparks says. “It’s funfor me. I want to teach people that running is fun and that you can do it withoutgetting hurt. This is something that I really believe in that can really make adifference in millions of people’s lives. It’s made such a difference in my life andI’m learning so much about myself. I would have kicked myself if I didn’t followthrough on this.”For more information about the EZ Run Belt or to make apurchase, visit www.fitnesswithjoe.com.“I’m doing thisbecause I believe in itand I love doing it.”www.centralcatholic.org
12 Cover Story Fall 2008Central CatholicTRADITIONALHigh SchoolWelcome to your new Scarlet and Gray!Last issue, we told you about our decision to change to more of a magazine-format for our alumni news. We alsopresented a reader’s survey asking for your input – what you like or don’t like about Scarlet and Gray, what youwant to see more or less of, and any suggestions you may have for improvement.Well, the results are in, and the overwhelming majority of responses indicated that Scarlet and Gray isuser-friendly and that it does a good job of keeping alumni informed. So while we may be changing the look of themagazine, it’s apparent that we don’t need to change the content. The Scarlet and Gray will continue to bring you alumninews, school news, and information about upcoming events and activities. You may notice some new sections and updateddesign concepts, but the tradition of sharing our great news with our alumni isn’t going to change.Which brings us to our next point…TRADITION.Central Catholic High School has been in existence for 88 years, and the Class of 2009 will be the 80th class to graduate fromthe current building on Cherry Street. That’s a long time to build up great traditions. Students, faculty, and staff membershave come and gone over these years, but our building still stands. We are the FIGHTING IRISH. Our banners areSCARLET AND GRAY. Our FIGHT SONG still evokes loyalty and strength, and our ALMA MATER can still bring tears tothe eyes of current students as well as alumni of all ages. We will never lose our LEGENDARY IRISH SPIRIT – thatindefinable bond that links us at the heart – and we will forever be proud of our CATHOLIC IDENTITY.One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
That being said, it is important not to lettradition stand in the way of continuing to offer thebest EDUCATION possible for our STUDENTS. Andthat means PREPARING for the future and pavingthe way for our strong traditions to continue – to beTRENDSETTERS, to be leaders and not followers.We are not afraid to try new things and forge newpaths. We are creating new traditions, like theall-school outdoor Mass, homecoming at home, andthe senior walk on the seniors’ last day of school.As many of you have noticed, we have also updatedthe CCHS crest. While our traditional crest is still theidentity of Central Catholic, an update was neededfor reproduction and marketing purposes. This newcrest is designed to represent all the elements of ouroriginal crest, but with a sharper look and feel.TRENDSETTERSCentral Catholic is always preparing for the future.With our One Connected Community laptopinitiative, the introduction of our CollegeStartprogram, our exciting campus development, and newmarketing concepts, we are creating the bestenvironment possible for our students.We will continue to set the bar high as we lookforward, but we will never let go of the legendarytraditions of our past.ALMA MATERWE LOVE YOU, ALMA MATER,WE ALWAYS WILL BE TRUE,WITH MARY EVER GUARDINGYOUR DOORS WITH MANTLE BLUE.WE’RE THANKFUL FOR YOUR LIGHT SO BRIGHTTHAT HELPS US ON OUR WAY.www.centralcatholicalumni.orgYOUR SPIRIT LEADS US ONWARDWITH BANNERS RED AND GRAY.WE’LL CHERISH YOU FOREVERAND LOVE YOU CENTRAL HIGH.ALL PRAISE TO YOU, OUR MOTHER,WE LOVE YOU, CENTRAL HIGH.
14 Alumni News Fall 2008JOIN THE CLUBAlumnus Grows Up With the Boys & Girls Clubseople usually consider themselves pretty lucky when theyfind a career that they enjoy and feel passionate about.David Wehrmeister ‘75 is one of those lucky people. Hebecame a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo at Pth the age of 10, and he has spent his entire career workingwith the organization. You could say he truly believes in its mission.Getting InvolvedWehrmeister joined the Boys & Girls Club while attending St. Jameselementary school. “I was influenced by the role models, the staffmembers who were at the club,” he recalls. “I got engaged in some of theleadership activities and I grew immensely. My father died when I wasa sophomore at Central Catholic and it was a blessing that the club wasthere in my life at that time.”Around that time, Wehrmeister began his career as a staff member whenhe took a position as a part-time membership attendant. He went onto work in various departmental instructor positions before servingas a program director, unit director, and director of operations for theorganization. Currently, Wehrmeister serves as the executive director ofthe Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo and is responsible for overseeing theprogramming, finances, and administration of the organization.At the Club“The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs is to enable all young people,especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential asproductive, responsible citizens,” says Wehrmeister. The organizationwas established in Toledo in 1892, with the first building constructed in1908 on Superior Street. Today, the organization serves more than 5,500members and sees over 425 kids a day at its four sites in East, South, andNorth Toledo and the Old West End.The Boys & Girls Clubs are available to any youngster between the ages ofseven and 18. They offer a wide range of programs and activities,including arts and crafts, athletics, swimming, homework help,game-room activities, technology, goal setting activities, leadership clubs,and a summer resident camp. After school and Saturday programs areavailable during the school year, and the clubs are open Monday throughFriday in the summer.The clubs offer a safe haven for kids with their strict rules aboutrespecting others and a “zero tolerance” policy toward gang behavior.Even though the members are from different neighborhoods and may beof different races, religions, and family backgrounds, all those things areleft at the door. The kids are there to come together and experience somepositive guidance, and to just have fun.Making a Career ChoiceWehrmeister says that attending Central Catholic had a profoundeffect on his career choice. “At Central Catholic you cannot help but beinfluenced by the excitement, spirit, and care for others that exists at theschool,” he explains. “I developed a sense of responsibility and witnesseda great team of people who were giving back to their community throughOne Faith. One Community. One Mission.helping others. My experience working at the Boys & Girls Clubs helpingkids, coupled with the influences of CCHS teachers such as Sr. Rita andMrs. Best, helped me focus on getting a degree in secondary education toteach English at the high school level.”Wehrmeister earned his Bachelor of Education degree from theUniversity of Toledo. After graduation, he did some substitute teachingon his days off from the Boys & Girls Clubs and found that histeaching experiences allowed him to have a greater impact on the kidsin the informal setting of the club. But he decided to stay at the club fulltime instead of pursuing a teaching position.“Working at the Boys & Girls Clubs has been a wonderful career choice,”Wehrmeister says. “It is different every day, as the problems and challengesof the kids that we serve are diverse and continue to change. To bea small part of the staff team that continues to improve the lives of ourcommunity’s kids makes the Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo a very specialplace. The club helps change and save lives.”Changing LivesProof of those changed lives can be seen when past club members stop into visit and say thanks. Wehrmeister cites the example of a formermember who is now a major in the United States Army and has been aboard member for the organization. He also mentions Mieasha Hicks‘03 who was named the Boys & Girls Clubs National Youth of the Yearin 2003. In his office, Wehrmeister proudly displays a photograph takenwhen he and Mieasha met the President as she accepted her award.Mieasha has graduated from Bowling Green State University and iscurrently pursuing a master’s degree at Grand Valley State. She isapplying for medical school and hopes to become a pediatrician. Shewas the national spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs for one yearand traveled the United States and around the world as a public speaker.She still visits the club in Toledo and speaks to members to show what animportant impact the club can have on their young lives.A Positive Place for KidsWehrmeister is excited about the new Boys & Girls Club opening in lateAugust at Sherman Elementary School in North Toledo. He would loveto get CCHS students to help after school as volunteers, perhaps in thehomework help program they call Power Hour.It’s obvious that Wehrmeister has the passion that makes his job morethan just a job. As he gives a tour of the club, many of the club membersand volunteers greet him, and he interacts with several groups of kidswho are involved in different activities. He knows first hand the positiveeffects that the club can have on kids, and he does his best to create thatpositive atmosphere on a daily basis.
16 Alumni News Fall 2008In MemoriamThis column lists the CCHS alumni andfriends that we have lost since the lastissue of Scarlet and Gray. If you haveany names to add to the In Memoriamlist, please contact Margaret Simon at419-255-2306 ext. 1030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.AlumniLoretta M. (Gramling) Smith 1927Margaret M. (Boes) Kevill 1930Wilbert H. Thurlow 1930Lucille (Sulier) Cousino 1931Edmund T. McGarry 1932Edward J. Parr 1932Allan F. Haas 1933Rosemary Promenschenkel 1933Cecilia H. (Ghyselink) Early 1935Pauline E. Kolebuck 1936Joseph Meyer 1936Helene P. (Pollock) Roberts 1937Mary C. (Mueller) Zeman 1937Mary K. (Jackson) Hoffman 1938Raymond R. Jablonski 1938Margaret Liggett 1938Jane (Kennedy) Chandler 1939Ruth B. (Ghyselink) Rowe 1939John J. Callahan 1940Robert L. Fisher 1942Thomas J. McHugh 1942Elizabeth (Tynan) Norris 1942Kenneth J. Rober 1942Margaret M. (Peatee) Stevens 1942Joanne (Stein) Rumpf 1943Dolores K. (Crevier) Stewart 1943Norbert R. Declercq 1944Edward R. Hauck 1944Margaret (Weithman) Mercer 1944Geraldine E. (Kelly) Duhigg 1945Walter C. Friend 1945Marcella (Pawlikowski) Gawrych 1945John J. Rowan 1945Norman J. Cowell 1946James L. Metzger 1946Daniel J. Astry 1947James G. Benore 1947Mary K. (McCormick) Jasinski 1947Robert G. Bope 1948Cyril G. Crippen 1948Leo Horrigan 1948James E. McGurk 1948Ruth (Reed) Nehrig 1948Patricia (Haiges) Parker 1948John “Jack” E. Madden 1949Thomas Mulvihill 1949Janet A. (LaJeunesse) Spalding 1949Donald R. Beckman 1950Robert H. Bialorucki 1950Howard Bogdanski 1950Julia E. (Straub) Donahue 1950Lucille Eulalia (Thomas) Gajewski 1950Howard Newton 1950Frederick R. Sobczak 1950Angela M. (Daunhauer) Astry 1952Joan M. (O’Neill) Brady 1952Charlotte A. (Grodi) Velllequette 1952Mary Ann (Przybylski) Burkett 1953Joseph R. Fournier 1953Constance C. (Breay) Rosenthal 1953Susanne M. (Arnold) Seger 1954Faye E. (Cavese) Southers 1954Arthur D. Secor 1955Sharon M. (Desmond) Huss 1956John M. Demko 1957Margaret Rose (Woods) Maidlow 1957John C. Emerson 1958Marianne (Hurley) Feder 1958Marie (Schaub) Trepinski 1958Alvin A. Gaynier 1959Lois (Gladieux) Scott 1959Norman R. Jurgens 1960John M. Seiler 1960Robert P. Urbanowicz 1960Edward D. Faber Juhasz 1961Leonard J. Ball 1963Kenneth J. Kania Sr. 1963Louise E. (Crimmins) Kelly 1963Richard Sobczak 1964Russel Vander Horst 1964Robert J. Roach 1965Regina M. (Neuhause) Utt 1965Robert. J. Shonebarger 1966John W. Diakonis 1968Patrice (Oliver) Lucas 1969Robert M. Hoover 1970Denise Jurski 1983Michelle M. (Mitchell) Griffin 1984Shana K. Burke 1996FriendsEdward AdcockElmer J. BaloghCarol S. (Jarecki) BeaneFrank BeansMarguerite A. BihlGlenn BowsherBranch ColvinMildred DaneyRita (Bradford) DavenportDr. Steven DosickDean M. DuncanVenus A. FonnerRichard Lee ForresterJoseph FrettiOne Faith. One Community. One Mission.Peter J. GardyzaRichard GarrisWillis GarwoodJames F. GedertMargaret GormleyDaniel GrabarkiewiczAlice E. (Janowiecki) HahnB.R. Keno HatfieldJohn C. HayesMargaret HennigSister Mary Herman-CoreyEdward W. HillerDale HinerRobert N. HoffmannDelores HolewinskiSister M.Constance JakubowskiAlbert Mercurio JosephAnn K. KarszewskiRichard J. KeenanJack KennedyMary Lou KesslerJoseph A. KondalskiMarion KozlowskiElvira (Benigni) KriegerAmbrose LajinessMartin LaPointeRalph M. LindseyDianne (Rosenberger) MalloyRev. William J. MartinMildred M. (Huelsman) McHughJames McLaughlinRita L. (Hoffer) MercurioLouisian W. (Woods) MooreMichael T. MoweryJane B. (Kraska) MuszynskiDuane A. PattersonWilliam C. RenningerDavid W. RidenourMartha (Muszynski) RomanMarvin RorickEdward J. RyanCamille RzymekHerman J. SchwartzbeckFloyd SmithDonald T. SoncrantDeborah StagerDr. William StewartMartha M. (Doman) SupicaJames D. TodakLoretta May TucholskiWilliam VanKoughnetJohn L. VollmarDavid K. WellesCharles WielinskiWalter WilczynskiAnthony J. ZaperFrank J. ZeruchaJean A. Zychowicz
2008 Harrington AwardThe John L. Harrington Award is presented each year atCommencement to a non-graduate for outstanding supportof Central Catholic High School, and the award includes anhonorary diploma. This year, the award was presented toRobert Niedzielski, who has been a strong supporter of CentralCatholic for many years.Bob is a native of Bay City, Michigan and a graduate ofSt. Stanislaus High School. He acquired his B.S. at AquinasCollege in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and he earned his master’sand Ph. D. from the University of Illinois. Bob has retired after35 years from the faculty at the University of Toledo,Department of Chemistry, and at retirement he was AssociateVice-President for Academic Affairs.Bob and his wife, MaryAnn, have three sons thathave all graduated fromCentral Catholic. Bob isthe current chair of theCCHS Board of Regentsand has been a membersince its inception in1986. He currently sitson the CCHS Board ofDirectors and in the pasthas chaired theAcademicsImplementation Teamand the Long RangeStrategic Plan.In addition to being amember and pastpresident of theUniversity of ToledoRetirees Association andthe Ohio Council ofHigher Education retirees, Bob is a lector at St. Pius X parishand a member of the Resurrection Choir. He is also a memberof the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Friends of the LibraryBoard, and he is a tutor and tutor trainer for the Read forLiteracy program.Outstanding Volunteer HonoredIn May, Central Catholic honored Evelyn Nagle ‘54 at the annualMedical Mutual of Ohio Outstanding Senior Volunteer luncheon at thePinnacle in Maumee. The CCHS Office of Institutional Advancementnominated Evelyn for her many years of service researchingCentral Catholic news items and keeping us up-to-date on ourdeceased alumni.Evelyn has decided to “retire” from her duties at CCHS and we thankher for her generous assistance over the years.Missing Your Class Ring?Every now and then we get a call or an email at Central Catholic sayingthat someone found a class ring from our school. Usually the ring hasa graduation year and maybe some initials or a name on it, and we tryto locate the graduate that it belongs to. We have had some successmatching rings to their owners in the past, but we currently have a fewthat we’d like to see find their true homes.We received the following message through the CCHS alumniweb site…“I have found a class ring from the Class of 1946 on the roof of the oldIGA store at 2300 Lagrange Street. It would give me great pleasure toreturn it to its owner or the owner’s family. The ring has the initialsL T M engraved on the inside.”If you think this ring belongs to you or someone you know, pleasecontact the Central Catholic Office of Institutional Advancement at419-255-2306 and we will put you in touch with the person who hasthe ring.We also have a class ring with the name Ann C. Zielinski from theClass of 1986, but we have not been able to reach Ann with the contactinformation we have. If anyone knows how to reach her, or if you arereading this, Ann, please give us a call at 419-255-2306!Lastly, a CCHS volunteer found a class ring from either the Class of1978 or 1979 with the initials L J M. If anyone can help us match thisring with its owner, please contact us.We look forward to hearing from anyone who can help us return theserings to their owners.In a related story, we recently received a call from Jack Graham ‘49who says he has lost the Chi Rho from his CCHS class ring. He iswondering if anyone has an old ring that he could buy to replace themissing part of his ring. Please call the number above if you can helpJack out.www.centralcatholicalumni.org
18 Student Life Fall 2008MeetOurStudentGrief Support Group Sends Messages UpwardLast spring, members of Central Catholic High School’s grief support group released balloons containingmessages to their loved ones who have passed away. The group is made up of approximately 50 students,and the balloon release was an exercise designed to help them deal with their grief.Students in the support group meet each week during alternating class periods to discuss their feelingsabout losing a significant loved one and to support each other. Members of the group have lost parents,siblings, grandparents, or close friends. Central Catholic’s pastoral counselor, Denise Usher, leads thegroup, and she is assisted by school nurse Jan Florian and guidance counselor Chris Maseman.Florian and Maseman attended a grief conference presented by Hospice of Northwest Ohio where theylearned about the balloon exercise. The idea is to write a message to the deceased loved one on theballoon and release it toward the heavens as a symbolic way of communicating with that person. Theballoons are biodegradable.Elizabeth Usher ‘08 lost her father nearly two years ago. She says the grief support group has been veryhelpful and she wishes more students would take advantage of it. “It’s nice to be able to share withothers your age who have also lost someone because they understand,” she said. “The balloon exercisewas helpful because it’s sometimes easier to write something out than to just think about it.”MAGGIE STEINSeniorSarah Oswald ‘08 agrees. Sarah, who has lost her sister, two friends, and her grandparents in the last fouryears, says the grief support group is very beneficial to a lot of students. “It’s comfortable and private, andyou can go when you want to, but you don’t have to go every week if you don’t feel like it,” she said. Sarahalso participated in the balloon release, and she said, “It was an emotional experience, but it was good tolet go emotionally and physically. The balloons kind of helped us get it all out and let it go, to let it go upto God.”Parish: St. CatherineCCHS activities: “I played basketballmy freshman year and I am on thesoftball team.”Why I’m involved: “I like to keepbusy and my teammates are great!”Why I chose CCHS: “My mom anddad, grandma and grandpa, andaunts and uncles all went to CCHSand I’ve always wanted to go heretoo.”Favorite teacher/class and why: “Ireally like Creative Writing withMrs. Hunter because it made merealize that I’m actually a goodwriter.”Something others might notknow about me: “I loveSpongeBob Squarepants and FairlyOdd Parents!”Future plans: “I would like to attendcollege and study to be a forensicscientist.”One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
Senior Thanks Donorsfor CCHS ExperienceNick Garvin, a member of the Class of 2008, had an opportunity toaddress guests at the Central Catholic Celebrity Wait fundraiser inMay, and he expressed his thanks to those who donate to thescholarship fund. His words are more powerful than anything thatcan be said by faculty or staff members because he speaks from thedirect experience of being a grateful student. We would like to sharehis point of view with you…MeetOurStudent“My name is Nick Garvin. I am a graduating senior at CentralCatholic and I am able to say I received scholarships all four years.I was in the honors program, I played piano and organ for schoolMasses and functions as well as for local churches, I was president ofthe Glee Club and I held a lead in Oklahoma. I am the pianist for aprofessional big band called Night Sessions, I am a Regent’s Scholar,and I carried a cumulative grade point average of 4.4. I didn’t get anew car or a date because of a scholarship. But what I did receive issomething much more valuable, and that is a quality education.“I am able to further my education and pursue studies in biomedical engineering at Wright State Universitymostly because of the aid of scholarships. People who have received scholarships at Central Catholic makesure they remain deserving of the generosity given to them. I have encountered many wonderful teachersthat have not just taught a subject, but were truly passionate and were not happy until every studentunderstood what they were talking about.“Outside of the classroom, my friends and fellow students continue to learn and experience life in a schoolof undisputable excellence, many of them present because of the generosity of a person they have never met.I graduated from Central Catholic with the knowledge that “gooder” and “funner” are words that don’texist, there is no pool above the fourth floor at CCHS, and the generosity of others is virtually limitless.“I ask you to consider donating money for scholarships to Central Catholic High School. Give what youcan. I am proof that it’s a great investment.”Alumnus Gives Back to CCHS Art StudentsIn the spring of 2006, Bob Mazur ‘56 sent a letter to the Central Catholic art department inviting theteachers to bring some students to his house for a visit. Bob is an artist who has been exhibiting his worksince 1960, and he said he wanted to “give back” to Central Catholic for everything that the school haddone for him.To date, Bob has participated in 125 gallery shows. He has been an educator for over 35 years and wasProfessor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University and the chairman of B.G.S.U.’s art department.He retired in the late 1990s.Tim Wilson, CCHS art teacher, has since taken advanced art classes to visit Bob on two occasions.Most of the students in the class plan to major in art in college, and Tim says their time with Bob hasbeen invaluable.“Bob takes the students into his home in Bowling Green and treats them like family,” Tim says. “Wesit around in his living room and talk about all the aspects of being an artist, from putting together aportfolio, stretching canvas, generating an image, and painting techniques, to exhibiting and marketingyour work. Bob’s wife, Lynn, serves us lunch, and then we adjourn to his home studio where he holds aquestion and answer session. He also gives us a demonstration of exactly how he goes about composingand executing his paintings. Bob is not only knowledgeable, but he is also a raconteur so there’s nevera dull moment. He leaves the students with a standing invitation to visit him whenever they need someadvice or just for a critical response to their college work. Our visits are definitely one of the high pointsof the year.”BEN RIEGGERSeniorParish: St. Patrick of HeatherdownsCCHS activities: “I’m on the varsityswim team and I play men’svolleyball.”Why I’m involved: “I like having away to keep busy.”Why I chose CCHS: “My oldersiblings all attended CCHS before meand they loved it so I wanted to comehere too.”Favorite teacher/class and why:“Interactive Multimedia with CoachSantoro is great because every day isa new adventure.”Something others might not knowabout me: “My favorite movies of alltime are the Lord of the Rings films.”Future plans: “I plan to go to collegeand study marine biology.”Bob has invited our students back again next year, so a new class will have the opportunity to enjoy andlearn from him.www.centralcatholic.org
20 Student Life Fall 2008Central Catholic Celebrates Women in ScienceOn March 18, Central Catholic High School held a luncheon celebrating women in science. The luncheon wasthe inaugural event in the school’s Kranz S.P.A.C.E. room, which houses the lunar sample that is part of theAmbassador of Exploration award that NASA presented to Gene Kranz ‘51 last December. Kranz dedicated hisaward to CCHS.Junior girls from Central Catholic’s upper level science classes were invited to have lunch and take partin the presentation in the S.P.A.C.E. (Stars, Planets, And Creative Exploration) Room. Appropriately heldduring Women’s History Month, the event was designed to inspire women to take an active interest in mathand science.CCHS Information and Technology teacher Paula Domitio was instrumental in planning the day’s events. Shebegan by showing a Power Point presentation about the space missions leading up to the moon landing. Sheexplained to the students that she feels strongly about women in education and science. Although she is not ascience teacher, she wanted to be involved in this presentation to the students. The day Gene Kranz presentedto moon rock to Central Catholic was the first day Domitio returned to work after her husband passed away.“I attended the Kranz assembly and received a strong nudge from above,” Domitio recalls. “The idea of spaceexploration appealed to me personally, but that day I truly felt the force. I wanted to be involved, soKim Hoffman (CCHS librarian) asked me to create the Power Point presentation. I began to do some extensive research about women and theircontributions to flight and the space program. These women had the passion and determination to try to be the first women on the moon. Eventhough they did not accomplish their goal, I identified with their struggle. Their accomplishments are worth sharing and celebrating today. Thepresentation was my effort to inspire women to feel the force within them and to find their passion.”Sloan Eberly, the education programs manager from C.O.S.I. Toledo, addressed the students next. SinceC.O.S.I. closed in December, Eberly has been doing outreach programs at schools and community centers.She demonstrated the process of heating and cooling a space shuttle tile that was donated by NASA, and shepresented several interesting experiments involving liquid nitrogen.Finally, Jordan Rhodes ‘05 spoke to the students. She iscurrently majoring in engineering at the University ofMichigan. Rhodes said her father was an engineer andthat she has been interested in science since she took hertoys apart as a child just to see how they worked. Shespoke of her research projects, research opportunities, andher involvement with W.I.S.E. – Women in Science andEngineering. Rhodes moved to Indianapolis this summerand plans to obtain a mechanical engineering degree fromPurdue University. She hopes to eventually work in planedesign for Boeing or Lockheed Martin.Rhodes talked about the minority of women in engineering and how to deal with the naysayers.“Central Catholic prepared me well academically and helped me to be well-rounded,” she said.“It helps in college if you find other women in the science fields and ban together. People withthe same values and interests can helpsupport each other.”Kim Hoffman, the CCHS librarianwho has taken an active role in planningactivities for the Kranz S.P.A.C.E.room, was very pleased with the inauguralevent. “Gene Kranz gave CCHSthe lunar sample to inspire futuregenerations of explorers,” she said.“The luncheon was the first of manyevents in this mission of inspiring ourstudents.”Left: Sloan Eberly showing herexperiments. Top right: Kim Hoffmanand Jordan Rhodes. Right: PaulaDomitio speaking to the students.One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
Students Learn That Peace Can Come From ConflictIn May, about 50 junior honors students in Central Catholic’s social justice classes witnessed apowerful presentation from two people seemingly on opposite sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Rami Elhanan, an Israeli, and Mazen Faraj, a Palestinian, are members of the Parents Circle FamiliesForum, and they were in Toledo as part of the Catholic Relief Services’ Peace in the Holy Land Tour.According to the Diocese of Toledo, the forum is a coalition that “promotes dialogue betweenmembers, creates peace-building programs in the Holy Land, and sends speakers throughout theworld carrying their urgent message.”The message that members of the forum are trying to convey is that you can turn your mosttremendous loss and grief into a mission for peace. There are over 500 people on both sidesof the conflict in the Holy Land who are using their own pain to bridge the historic divide betweentheir peoples.At Central Catholic, Elhanan told students about his daughter, who was killed in a Palestinian suicidebomber attack in 1997. Faraj spoke of his father, who was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in 2002as he carried food home to his family in a refugee camp. But rather than dwelling on their anger and frustration over these horrible incidents, thesemen are using their emotions to bring about awareness, reconciliation, and peace in their homelands.“We are not doomed,” Elhanan told the CCHS students. “This is not our destiny, to kill each other in this homeland forever. We can break once andfor all this endless cycle of violence and revenge and retaliation and punishment, and there is only one way to do it – by talking to one another.”Elhanan and Faraj were in the United States for about a month helping to raise awareness and understanding of the issues behind theIsraeli-Palestinian conflict. As members of the Parents Circle Families Forum, they join with other grieving families on both sides of the conflict topromote peace and understanding, rather that trying to gain revenge for the deaths of their loved ones. They said that meeting people on theopposite side of the conflict who have gone through similar tragedies helped ease their rage. They were trained to hate each other all their lives, butthen they found that they weren’t so different after all.The men ended their presentation by challenging the Central Catholic students to learn more about the conflict in the Middle East and to educateothers about it. The students felt very fortunate to be able to witness such a moving message of hope and peace coming out of such angerand sorrow.Cheyenne Banas, a student in the class, said, “I really admire the men for coming here and speaking about such a controversial subject. With thepresent issues, to stand next to your country’s enemy and call him your brother takes a huge amount of courage. We, as young people, are the onesthat can help make change happen. If people like these men keep speaking up for peace, then one day the violence will end. They are impeccablerole models for us and I was so inspired by them. I have nothing but respect for those men.”Central Catholic Breaks Pi Day RecordOn Friday, March 14, Central Catholic High School celebrated “Pi Day” by attempting toconstruct the longest “Pi Chain” on record. Pi is the infinite number that represents thecircumference of a circle divided by the circle’s diameter. Since the number sequence beginswith the digits 3.14, Pi Day is celebrated on March 14, or 3-14.Students at Central Catholic spent much of the day building a pi chain by putting together linksof construction paper. Each color of the paper represents a different digit of pi, from 0-9. Theprevious record for the longest pi chain was 31,415 links, according to the web sitehttp://teachpi.org. That record was set by Pontiac Junior High in Pontiac, Illinois in 2007.Central Catholic built a pi chain of 66,000 digits, which measured approximately three milesin length when completed. More than 30 teachers volunteered to have their students participatein classes throughout the day, and the links came together in the front gymnasium at the end ofthe school day.Central Catholic math teachers Ryan Andersen and Katie Kinnie began planning this Pi Dayevent last fall. They felt that this activity would be an exercise in teamwork and an experience thatstudents would never forget. As the Pi Day web site states, the goal of this activity is to promotean enthusiasm for learning, through celebration and creativity, that will lead to a richer classroomenvironment and a deeper appreciation of mathematics.The Pi Day web site now lists Central Catholic High School as number one in the official pi chainrankings, stating that CCHS has blown away the previous Pi Chain record!www.centralcatholicalumni.org
22 Student Life Fall 2008Faculty Profile Marcia McCauleyarcia McCauley, who taught sophomore religionat Central Catholic since 1981, retired at the endof the school year in May. Marcia taught classeson morality and Christian lifestyles, which Mi included lessons about marriage, family life,parenthood, and teen pregnancy. Her more recent students willprobably remember her best for introducing the “Baby Think ItOver” program to CCHS.Fulfilling a Dream“I always wanted to attend Central Catholic, but my parents couldnot afford it,” Marcia recalls. “Teaching here fulfilled my dream to beat CCHS.” Marcia grew up in a Polish neighborhood and attendedSt. Stanislaus and Whitney Vocational High School.After raising five children as a stay-at-home mom for 20 years, Marciabegan her teaching career. In an effort to help students understandthe realities of teen pregnancy and parenthood, she searched for along time to find a program to use in her classes that would providestudents with a realistic simulation of parenting.At first, Marcia tried assigning raw eggs to students to protect as if they were babies, but she found that kidswould just put them in their lockers. Eggs have very little in common with babies, and students could leavethem unattended, which didn’t teach them much about parenting. But then Marcia heard about Baby ThinkIt Over from an episode of Oprah Winfrey. The program involves the use of computerized infant simulatorsthat look very much like real babies.“The program gives the students a small taste of parenting,” Marcia says. “The babies cry at any time andmust be cared for 24 hours a day for the three-day assigned period. The students begin to see that they arenot ready for parenting.”Making Good ChoicesStudents have learned a lot from the program over the years, and the project often opens up a dialoguebetween students and their parents. According to Marcia, the program has helped bring about a drop instudent pregnancies at CCHS. However, additional funding will be required if the program is to continue.Marcia says that her teaching philosophy is that you can’t just tell your students about an idea, but you mustshow them why it is a good idea and help them understand why it’s worthwhile. “I want my students tocome away from my classes with the ability to make good choices about life’s decisions. I’ve loved my job.It’s fun, I’ve learned from my students, and they have kept me young.”Future PlansMarcia has been married for 48 years and has five children and 15 grandchildren. All the children havegraduated from college and are professionals, and some of her grandchildren attend Central Catholic.Marcia enjoys growing flowers and plants and has approximately 30 houseplants. She likes to read andtravel, and she has been to 48 of the 50 states so far. She is planning a trip to the last two states next year.“My future plans are wide open,” Marcia says of her retirement. “I will see where God sends me.” In themeantime, she would like to be remembered by her students for being a good listener, for being honest and“telling it like it is,” and for giving them practical skills they can use in real life.Teacher EarnsGolden AppleAwardCentralCatholicEnglishteacherCharlotte(Zielinski)Best ‘67 wasselected asone of nineGoldenApple Award winners by theDiocese of Toledo. The awardrecognizes outstanding individualswho devote their lives to teaching inCatholic schools. The winners werehonored by Bishop Leonard Blair atan award celebration on June 5 atthe Toledo Club.Each recipient of the Golden AppleAward received $5,000, a certificateof achievement, a Golden Applewith a 24-carat gold cross, a GoldenApple lapel pin, a group photo withthe Bishop, and the dinner at theToledo Club.Charlotte was nominated for thisaward by Kelsey Croak ‘08 andMorgan Rhodes ‘09. She thencompleted an essay about whatteaching in a Catholic school meansto her and how she tries to makethis come alive in her classroom.Charlotte has been with the Englishdepartment at Central Catholicfor 35 years, teaching Americanand British literature, English,film study, and mass media. Sheintegrates service projects andsocial learning into her curriculumand encourages her students tocomplete random acts of kindnessthroughout the year. The studentswho nominated her describeCharlotte as a caring and compassionateteacher who “puts her heartand soul into what she teaches.”Central Catholic principal MikeKaucher says of Charlotte, “Shetruly believes that those entrustedto her are not only students, butchildren of God.”One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
Rev. Joseph PoggemeyerNamed to Central Catholic PositionRev. Joseph Poggemeyer, S.T.D. has been appointed by Bishop Blair to the faculty of Central Catholic High School and tothe position of pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Toledo. In addition, Rev. Dennis P. Hartigan, Central Catholic president, hasnamed Fr. Poggemeyer to the position of Director of Religious Formation at Central Catholic. Fr. Poggemeyer has served asthe director of formation for the college division of the Pontifical College Josephinum Seminary in Columbus, Ohio sincethe fall of 2005.As Director of Religious Formation at Central Catholic, Fr. Poggemeyer is responsible for overseeing student retreats, schoolMasses, and other spiritual activities. He also teaches senior theology.Fr. Poggemeyer was born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and is a naturalized citizen of the United States. He attendedGenoa High School, and he has a B.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in theology and anM.Div. from the Pontifical College Josephinum, and S.T.L. and S.T.D. degrees in biblical theology from Pontifical GregorianUniversity in Rome, Italy. The S.T.D. is an academic degree conferred by the Catholic Church and it is equivalent to a Ph.D.Fr. Poggemeyer also served as associate pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Sandusky, Ohio and taught at the high school from1997 to 2001.“Irish Idol”Raises Funds for American Heart Association and American Cancer SocietyCentral Catholic presentedan “Irish Idol”competition on April 11 forfaculty members to raisefunds for the AmericanHeart Association and theAmerican Cancer Society.Several teachers performedsongs of their choice, andstudents voted for theirfavorite performer byputting money in his or her assignedcollection jug. The winner wasthe teacher who collected the mostmoney, and the new “Irish Idol” wasannounced during the all-schoolretreat on April 25.Teachers who participated includedEnglish teacher Laurie Hartford,music teacher Brenda Waters, andscience teacher Dave Torrence whosang a duet with religion teacherDave Wayton. Thewinner was LaurieHartford.Nearly $400 was collected during the votingprocess, and the money was evenly dividedbetween the two charities. In preparationfor this fundraising activity, Central Catholicstudents studied cancer and heart facts, andhealthy awareness messages were featured onthe daily announcements.“These organizations were chosen becauseheart diseases and cancer have personallyaffected members of our CCHS community,”said Rachael Hunyor, who was director ofreligious formation at the time. “Students cameto me about raising awareness about thesetopics and incorporating our spirit offinancially supporting organizations intosupporting these charities. I was thrilledto see their initiative and desire to putenergy toward making a difference in theworld. At Central Catholic, we worktogether to build character and a desireto serve in our students, and it’s nice to seethat it’s working!”Left: Dave Torrence, Rachael Hunyorand Dave Wayton. Top: LaurieHartford. Right: Brenda Waters.www.centralcatholic.org
24 Sports Fall 2008Central Catholic NamesWelling New Basketball CoachFr. Dennis P. Hartigan, Central Catholic High School president, is pleased toannounce Jim Welling as the new Fighting Irish boys’ varsity basketball coach.Coach Welling has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University ofToledo. He comes to Central Catholic with a long history of coaching that includesa very successful program at Owens Community College from 1984 to 2006. Underhis leadership, the Owens Express won National Junior College Athletic AssociationDivision II titles in 1992 and 1993, and he was twice named the NJCAA Division IICoach of the Year. His career record at Owens was 550-127. Coach Welling retiredas the Owens Community College basketball coach after the 2005-2006 season. Mostrecently, he served as the boys’ varsity basketball coach at Lake High School.“We are extremely enthusiastic that Jim has accepted this position at CentralCatholic,” Fr. Hartigan said. “I am confident that Jim will continue to lead ourbasketball program to thehighest level possible.”Coach Wellingsurrounded bygrade schoolstudents at theCCHS summerbasketball camp.“This concludes a search that enlisted candidates from variouslocations throughout the United States,” Bill Axe, CentralCatholic athletic director, added. “We had interest from as faraway as California and Florida. Jim Welling brings to CentralCatholic basketball a certain credibility. His record, hisexperience, and his grasp of the Toledo community all addup to equal a coach that can impact immediately. The Wellingsare already entrenched in the Central Catholic family as theychose CCHS a couple years ago for their daughter. Now dadmakes two.”Coach Welling said, “I am honored to be given this opportunityto coach for the Fighting Irish. I look forward to working withthe team as well as the faculty and staff at Central CatholicHigh School.”Coach Welling replaces Paul Patterson, Jr., who resigned in April.Patterson will continue at the school as varsity assistant footballcoach and math instructor.Central CatholicFighting IrishFootball CampCentral Catholic presented its Fighting Irish FootballCamp of Champions from July 9 through July 11 atthe Gallagher Athletic Complex.Coach Greg Dempsey ‘90, the Fighting Irish footballstaff, and former and current Fighting Irish playerstaught campers offensive and defensive fundamentals.Campers also learned about the guiding principlesof Fighting Irish football – enthusiasm, hardwork, and a positive attitude.Inky’s Pizza provided a free lunch one day, and all172 campers received a free camp T-shirt.One Faith. One Community. One Mission.
Events Fall 20082008 Music Hall of FameThe sixth annual Central Catholic Music Hall of Fame dinner and induction will take placeSaturday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the CCHS Sullivan Center. Social hour begins at 6:00p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. dinner.The Music Hall of Fame nominating committee is responsible for honoring alumni,directors, instructors, parents, and friends who have in some way been affiliated withCentral Catholic’s rich tradition of music in the community. If you would like to nominatesomeone for this honor, please fill out and return the form below.The committee continues to accept nominations throughout the year. Anyone interestedin joining the Music Hall of Fame committee or attending or helping out at the inductionceremony is invited to contact the Central Catholic Office of Institutional Advancement at419-255-2306 for more information.This year’s inductees are Gerald Francis ‘54 (posthumous), Dr. Mary Kay (Conyers)Duggan ‘56, Raymond Nowak ‘64, Theresa (Taylor) Potter ‘69, Raymond “Duke” Heitger‘86, Theodora (Fried) Middleton ‘89, and Gerard Lonsway.Gerald Francis was a member of the CCHS Glee Club. He led the Jerry Francis Singers, asuccessful entertainment group of 40 men and women including many Central Catholicgraduates. He was also one of four members of Ted Banana and his Bunch, a group thatentertained at private social functions around the Toledo area. Jerry is also rememberedas general manager of the Toledo Sports Arena and manager of the Toledo Goaldiggershockey team.Annual Dinner AuctionSave the Date!Central Catholic High School presents“The 1940s USO Show”Our 17th Annual Scholarship Dinner and AuctionSaturday, November 8, 2008Sullivan CenterFeaturing the Big Band sounds of Night SessionsPlease join your CCHS family, faculty, and friends aswe hold our annual gourmet dinner and auction tobenefit scholarships for our amazingly talented andincredibly smart students.This year’s event will include music and dancing,so grab your best dance partner and plan to attend.Better still - contact alumni from your era and invitethem to join you at a table for 10!For more information, please contact AuctionCentral at 419-255-2306, ext. 1069, or email us email@example.com.Dr. Mary Kay Duggan is a professor in the department of music at the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches music and directs the CaliforniaSheet Music Project, a virtual library of some 2,700 pieces of sheet music published in California between 1852 and 1900.Raymond Nowak will receive the Music Hall of Fame Citizen’s Award. He was a CCHS band booster for many years and he took a variety ofphotographs for the music department archives.Terri Potter was a member of the concert band, orchestra, and marching band at CCHS. She attended the University of Toledo on a musicscholarship and earned a degree in music education. She has been a professional musician and member of the American Federation of Musiciansfor over 30 years, and has played piccolo with the Toledo Concert Band for 33 years.Duke Heitger is a trumpeter in New Orleans, leading his own Steamboat Stompers aboard the Natchez Paddle Wheeler and making weeklyappearances at the Palm Court Jazz Café. He has toured extensively as a bandleader and a guest soloist and has made five musical recordings as aleader. His trumpet work on the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ million selling release “Hot” earned him a platinum record. His newest Jazzology release,“What is This Thing Called Love,” is now available.Theodora Middleton graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and received a master’s degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music.She has been a singer and actress in New York, appearing on Broadway and in the touring company of Master Class.Gerry Lonsway was an assistant music director at Central Catholic from 1960 through 1962. He has played trombone with many bands in the regionand has worked as a show musician, backing up nationally known performers that came to town.Central Catholic High School Music Hall of Fame Nomination FormI would like to nominate:_____________________________________Musical Categories:_____ Outstanding CCHS music department performer(singer, actor, dancer, etc.)_____ Outstanding CCHS music department musician(band, orchestra, strings, jazz, etc.)_____ Outstanding instructor or director_____ The Alpha Award - alumni who successfully continued inperforming arts after graduation_____ The Citizen’s Award - parent/benefactor who has had apositive effect on CCHS’s music traditionReasons: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Nominator’s Name __________________________________________Address ___________________________________________________Phone ____________________________________________________Email _____________________________________________________Interested in being more involved? Join one of our committees!_____ Awards _____ Decorations _____ Clean-up/Set-up_____ Event organizer _____ Food _____ NominationContact the CCHS Development Office at 419-255-2306 with any questions.Send nominations to: Central Catholic High School2550 Cherry StreetToledo, Ohio 43608.
Non-Profit Org.U.S.PostagePAIDPermit No. 150Toledo, OhioIrish EventsAugust 22, 2008Family Fun FestCCHS Front Lawn4:00-6:30 p.m.Tailgate activities, inflatable equipment, food and gamesFighting Irish vs. Bowling Green High School7:00 p.m.Gallagher StadiumSeptember 12, 2008Irish ExtravaganzaCCHS Front Lawn4:00-6:30 p.m.Musical entertainment by RSO, inflatable equipmentSilent auction items – Irish corn hole game, CCHS blanket, Shamrock Shop gift basketFighting Irish vs. St. John’s Jesuit7:00 p.m.Gallagher StadiumSeptember 18, 2008Billy Joe Smith Scholarship Private Label Wine & Cheese FundraiserNavy Bistro5:30 – 8:30 p.m.October 11, 2008Music Hall of Fame Dinner and InductionCCHS Sullivan Center6:00 p.m.October 17, 2008Homecoming GameFighting Irish vs. Whitmer High SchoolGallagher Stadium7:00 p.m.November 8, 200817th Annual Dinner Auction“The 1940s USO Show”CCHS Sullivan Center6:00 p.m.November 16, 2008Central Catholic Open HouseNoon to 3:00 p.m.December 14, 2008Sounds of ChristmasValentine Theatre4:00 p.m.PUB: S&GFall08