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Peirce Morrison '18 Shares his Daily Dispatch from Kenya
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

 

Today was a sad day for myself and the other American teachers.  It was our final day at our respective schools and it was very hard to say goodbye to our students.  When we arrived in Kenya and visited the schools, I was terrified to think I’d be put in a classroom full of kids staring directly at you and expecting something grand!  I was sure I would freeze and have no clue as to what to do.  Amazingly, that time came and while I was nervous, I quickly became comfortable with the kids and it was a great feeling.  From then on my confidence increased and I believed I was really making a difference to these kids. 

 Sarah Chabin and I taught at two schools over the course of eight days, at Manyatta Primary School in the morning and after lunch we would walk to Jupiter Boarding School just up the road. Both schools were filled with energetic kids. One of my favorite moments was arriving at either school and to a chorus of students yelling, ”Jambo teacher Peirce”!  Even though we were at the schools for a short time, the kids had acted like we all had been long time friends.  At the same time, I could hear the kids giggle at the sight of a Mzungu entering their classroom.  That might sound scary or rude, but it was honestly great to hear because if they didn’t giggle then they probably had become bored with us.

 During my days of teaching my love for this country and the people has really grown.  Every teacher and student has been so welcoming and friendly to me, it made me feel extra special.  Interacting with the kids and teaching was a huge eye-opener.  After they did a good job on an assignment, I would put a sticker on their homework, which brought much laughter and excitement.  This made me think of some teenagers in America complaining because they didn’t get the car or Iphone they wanted.  Today when I pulled out a box of colored pencils their faces lit up; there is no better feeling than making a child smile.

Each day when we left for Jupiter, a group of Manyatta kindergarteners would walk Sarah and I to our destination. This being our final day at Jupiter was a particularly cool experience for us. After teaching one period we were taken to their lunch area and we found every class from the “babies” to the eight graders sitting quietly awaiting our arrival.  We were given seats at the front of the room and each class presented us with a song they had prepared beforehand. Each performance was very touching and also very funny.  During the eighth-grader’s performance, as they all sang and danced in a circle, one of the girls grabbed me from my seat and pulled me into the circle.  She held both of my hands, encouraging me to dance, which I did to the laughter of the entire school!   I couldn’t help myself but to burst out laughing as well, and shortly after I had embarrassed myself they grabbed Sarah from her seat and did the exact same thing.  

Following the songs and without warning, the headmaster asked me to stand in front of the entire school and give a speech. Having 200 kids all stare at me was pretty scary, but my speech seemed to go over well as the kids laughed and smiled after I was done. I am so happy to have been able to teach in these schools, even if for a short period of time.  We were all strangers to each other just last week, but now I feel a powerful and lasting bond.   Our final goodbye was hard, but as we were ‘high fiving’ and saying “Kwa heri,” the kids all gathered around us and all I could do was smile and laugh.  As we walked down the road one last time to Batian’s View, the sadness really set in.  I had met so many kind people, and I realized that I might never see them again. This entire experience has been amazing, and I have learned so much not only about the people I have met and taught, but about myself as well. I hope to return at some point in the future. 

Next up is Mt. Kenya! Kwa heri,

 

 

 

Track & Field Athletes Compete in Nationals
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Congratulations to Class of 2016 graduates Ben Clark, Dominic Bier, Vamsi Chodisetty, and Jake Barnes who as part of a 4 x 800 relay team finished 17th at the National Track & Field Championship in Greensboro, NC with a running time of 7:55.

 

Pictured left to right: Coach Todd Black, Jake Barnes, Vamsi Chodisetty, Dominic Bier, Ben Clark, and Assistant Coach Ryan Schoonmaker.

 
Luke Rosen Publishes SUSCIPE, A Musical Piece to Honor the Men & Women for Others
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Luke Rosen, Director of Choral Music at SJJ and Director of Music Ministry at Corpus Christi University Parish, has published a beautiful piece of music called “Suscipe” to honor the “Men and Women for Others.” The piece is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and is available from Oregon Catholic Press in mixed chorus and male chorus arrangements.  It is the perfect piece of Jesuit music.


Mr. Rosen received his BM in Choral Music Education and his MM in Choral Conducting Performance from Bowling Green State University where he studied with some of the top teachers. He joined SJJ in 2004 and has been encouraging young men to develop their musical talents ever since. 


In addition to his church and school work, his compositions have been performed by various artists and ensembles at BGSU, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Singing Men of Ohio (Ohio University), Bloomfield Hills High School (Bloomfield, MI), Toledo School of the Arts, and the Tower Brass Quintet (Toledo).


In addition to “Suscipe,” he has also published through Oregon Catholic Press “Morning and Evening Song” and “Magnificant.”

Students in Action Doing Service in the Dominican Republic
Friday, June 17, 2016

 

Students returned from the Dominican Republic recently after having helped build a multi-sports court with Jesuit in New Orleans as a Courts for Kids project.  See the video of the project.  Click here to view a video of the project.

 

Jake Barnes '16 Third in State, Relay Team Will Go to Nationals
Monday, June 06, 2016

 

Congratulations to Jake Barnes ’16 for placing Third in the State in the 800 Meter Run.  Jake, along with teammates Ben Clark ’16, Dominic Bier ’16 and Vamsi Chodisetty ’16, set a new school and Regional Record of 7:43.89 in the relay.  Their regional time qualified them for the New Balance Nationals Track & Field in Greensboro, NC on June 18. (Pictured left to right: Clark, Barnes, Bier and Chodisetty)

See the WTVG news pre-State competition. http://www.13abc.com/content/sports/St-Johns-and-Southview-Track-Teams-Prepare-for-State-381702201.html 

Congratulations Academy Graduates -- 64 Young Men with Bright Futures
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Class of 2016 Earns $19.5 Million in College Scholarships and Awards
Thursday, May 19, 2016

The 163 members of St. John’s Jesuit High School Class of 2016 earned $19.5 million in college scholarships and awards and celebrated their Graduation on May 18. They were accepted into the top universities including Brown University, Boston College, Harvard University, Georgetown University, Washington University (St. Louis), Pennsylvania State University, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame, Vanderbilt University, The Ohio State University, University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, University of Michigan and many more.

Valedictorians for the Class of 2016 were Fuad Abbas, Nicolas Granato, Jacob Hasselbach, Connor Long, Timothy Wohl and Bilal Yassine. Ivan Dye was Salutatorian.

Five graduates received special school awards.  Jacob Chovanec received the Bishop’s Cross presented to an outstanding senior, who through their example, service and leadership have been notable in living out the Christian commitment. Luke Tracz earned the Scholar Athlete Award presented to a senior who is a team player and demonstrates academic achievement, natural athletic ability and leadership. Kenneth Goetz received the Spirit of St. Ignatius of Loyola given to an outstanding senior who exhibits determination, courage and love.  He exhibits exceptional concern for the betterment of humankind both in and out of the classroom. Robert DiSalle received the St. John Berchmans Award conferred upon a graduating senior, who, by the vote of his classmates, is judged to be the outstanding senior.  In addition to general excellence in academic achievement, co-curricular involvement, leadership and social awareness, he embodies the Christian ideals modeled by the patron said of the school, St. John Berchmans of the Society of Jesus.  Rolando Muniz received the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA) Award for a well-rounded person who is led to action – action that is suffused with the spirit and presence of Jesus Christ, the man for others. The person reflects the ideals of the Jesuit Graduate at Graduation who is intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving and committed to doing justice in generous service to the people of God.

Rev. Jeffrey Putthoff, S.J., Named as Next President of St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

After a national search during which we interviewed a number of outstanding candidates, St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy (SJJ) is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees approved Rev. Jeffrey Putthoff, S.J., a Jesuit from the Central and Southern Province, as the school’s 11th President
          

We are delighted to welcome Fr. Jeff as the 11th President of St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy.  We are impressed with his track record and look forward to his leadership as we move ahead in our effort to educate and develop young men into strong Christian leaders,” said Dan Anderson, Board Chairman.

              

Fr. Putthoff brings to SJJ a breadth of leadership expertise including strategic planning and execution, staff training and development, mission and vision planning, fundraising, budget planning and management, strategic and tactical operations, organizational development, cultural competencies and mentoring.

Fr. Putthoff spent 16 years building Hopeworks ‘N Camden in Camden, NJ, an organization that uses trauma informed care to train youth, ages 14-23, in website design, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Salesforce technology.  As the founder and executive director of the organization, Fr. Putthoff cultivated the relationships and created the framework for the organization that included three social enterprises.  Hopeworks has worked with over 3,000 youth in one of the poorest and most underserved communities in America to transform their lives. Hopeworks youth have gained real-world work experience through using their technical training and skills with over 450 business clients.  Many of the youth have gone on to earn their GED, attain internships and attend and complete college, and find rewarding jobs. 

In addition to building an innovative and effective non-profit organization for youth, Fr. Putthoff has also served as an Ignatian Retreat Director in Philadelphia, PA, an Associate Pastor at Holy Name Parish in Camden, NJ and a high school teacher at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis, Missouri.

He has a Bachelor of Philosophy from St. Louis University and four Master’s Degrees: a Master in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Theology from Weston School of Theology, a Master of Divinity also from Weston School of Theology and a Master of English from Loyola University, Chicago

“Fr. Putthoff is a ‘son of St. Ignatius’ who knows the transformative power of a Jesuit education.  His track record as a successful leader of a high impact mission-driven non-profit demonstrates his ability to inspire and support and effect positive change in the lives of people seeking hope.  The Midwest Jesuits welcome Fr. Putthoff to Toledo,” said Very Rev. Brian Paulson, S.J., Provincial of Chicago-Detroit Province.

“I am pleased to learn that a Jesuit priest will serve as the next President of St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy and continue the rich tradition of Catholic, Jesuit education in the Diocese of Toledo.  I warmly welcome Father Jeff Putthoff, SJ, to our Diocese, and am confident that he will foster and promote the Catholic identity, academic excellence and Jesuit ideals of the school.  I wish him well and offer my prayerful support as he takes on this important role of forming young men in faith, knowledge and virtue,” said Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of the Diocese of Toledo.

“I am looking forward to returning to my Midwestern roots and begin leading St. John’s Jesuit as the school enters its next 50 years.  I have experienced a God of surprise and joy during my years as a Jesuit and that experience is firmly rooted in my own Jesuit education, the same education that is particular to St. John’s Jesuit.  It is an education focused on meeting God and knowing that God created me and the world around me.  Whether it is in its strong academic curriculum or in its strong co-curricular focus, St. John’s is clearly a community seeking to respond with abundant abandon to God, just as St. Ignatius did.  It is a community that I am excited to join.  I am looking forward to the surprise and joy that God has for the St. John’s Jesuit community in the coming years!” said Fr. Putthoff.

 Congratulations to Mike Truesdell, current SJJ President, who will become the first lay president of Holy Cross High School in New York.

 

                               

 

 

Academy OGJJJB Wins 2016 BLADE Stock Contest
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Want some great stock tips? Ask an Academy 8th grader. Academy OGJJJB won the 2016 BLADE School Stock Market contest. Their portfolio grew 40% since Feb. 19! Check out more in THE BLADE: http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2016/05/17/St-John-s-Jesuit-team-wins-Blade-stock-competition.html

 

Keith Jordan Commits to Play Basketball at Siena Heights University
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Keith Jordan signed to play basketball at Siena Heights University where he plans to study chemical engineering.  Jordan played basketball for the Titans all four years, the last two years on varsity.  He received the CYO Award.  An honor roll student, Jordan has been involved in the Leadership & Alumni Mentoring Program.  He is an active volunteer in his church Ebenzer Missionary Church serving as an usher and volunteering in their JLJ Vision Outreach Program for children afterschool.  He also volunteered at the Heatherdowns Rehabilitation Center.

 

 

“Keith is an example of what perseverance and determination can do for a player.  By the end of the season he was playing a lot of minutes and making a significant contribution,” said Head Basketball Coach Ed Heintschel.

 

Picture: Keith Jordan ’16 (center) with Siena Heights Head Basketball Coach Joe Pechota (left) and Assistant Coach Tyler Hammond (right).

               

 

 

 

Kenneth Goetz Receives Harold K. Mossing Award
Friday, May 06, 2016

Senior Kenneth Goetz of Sylvania received the Harold K. Mossing Award at the school’s annual award ceremony.  The $1,000 scholarship was created in 2007 to honor the memory of Harold K. Mossing, a decorated war veteran who demonstrated considerable commitment to his church, family and community. The award is presented to a senior who lives his faith on a daily basis.

                Goetz plans to study Political Science and/or Astro Physics at Boston College.  He is a member of the National Honor Society.  He is on the Campus Ministry Core Team, a founding member of the STEMa Club (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Astronomy) and was an organizer of the Voter Registration and Get Out the Vote Campaign at SJJ.  Junior year he was involved in the spring sports season as a shot put and discus thrower.

                He has participated in the SJJ Christian Service Daytime Program tutoring first and third graders at SunBridge Academy.  He also participated in the SJJ International Service Program in Panama where he helped build a multi-purpose court for the town of Chilibre.  He has served at the Cherry Street Mission.  He was a senior leader for the Sophomore Manresa Retreat.  He is an altar server and Eucharistic Minister at SJJ and his home parish St. Joseph, Sylvania.  Junior year he received the Religious Award (one of the five principles of the Jesuit Graduate at Graduation) for taking personal responsibility for developing his religious beliefs.

                In his free time, he enjoys the martial arts and has been a Sensi (teacher) for Kempo Martial Arts where he taught all ages from three years old to over 65.

                 

Pictured:  Joe Cordella, Principal, Kenneth Goetz, and Mike Truesdell, President

 

 

Lacrosse Team Gets Zen
Monday, May 02, 2016

The SJJ Titan Lacrosse Team has a secret weapon -- yoga.  Click here to see the story on WTOL Sports.

Two Titans Make Verbal Commitments to Play Football
Monday, April 25, 2016

Congratulations to two Titans who made verbal commitments last week. Read about these two high achieving athletes both on and off the field in THE BLADE. Click here. 

Titans Sign to Play College Sports
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

St. John’s Jesuit High School (SJJ) seniors were recognized for their plans to continue playing sports in college: Jake Barnes – Cross Country/Track and Field – University of Cincinnati, Logan Hodak – Golf – Capital University, Aaron Thompson – Basketball – Ashland University, Hunter Johnson – Baseball – Mount Union University, Rajeev Laungani – Tennis – Case Western University, Ryan Rubel – Football – Ohio Wesleyan University, Austin Buck – Crew – Delaware University, Luke Tracz – Club Crew – University of Michigan and Spencer Rogers – Club Crew – University of Rochester. 

Jake Barnes will run cross country/track and field for the University of Cincinnati.  He is a cross country four-year varsity letter winner and was All State his junior year.  In track he was the 800 meter Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) Champion freshman, sophomore and junior years.  He was on the 2015 OHSAA State Track Team 4 x 800 (anchor), 4 x 400 (anchor), 800 meter, 2015 New Balance National 4 x 800 (anchor) and 2014 OHSAA State Track Team 4 x 800 (anchor).  He is the All Time School Record Holder for the Freshman 4 x 400 (3:38.2), 4 x 800 (8:40.5) and 800 meter (1:59.27). He holds Varsity Records in 4 x 400 (3:20.93) and 4 x 800 (7.51.09) and the No. 2 Varsity School Record 800 meter 1:54.62 (2015). He was nominated for the 2015 CYO Outstanding Athlete Award given to a senior varsity player who participates in CYO athletics in high school, has strong academics and is a strong role model.  He played freshman and Junior Varsity basketball for the Titans.

He is in the Ambassador Society, a student leadership group that helps at school events, was a House Captain for two years, serves on the Integrity Committee and is on the Christian Service Core Team.  He has been involved in the Men’s Choir and is a Eucharistic Minister.  He has continually been on the Honor roll.

                He earned the 2015 Man for Others Award given to students who exemplify Christianity through classroom, community and Christian Service.  He has done volunteer work at Sunshine Children’s Home, Sunbridge Academy and Toledo Prep and Fitness Academy.  He did international Christian Service in Guatemala.  He helped plan and participated in Easter on Campus for preschoolers and Christmas on Campus with Queen of Apostles and Holy Rosary Schools.

Logan Hodak will golf for Capital University.  Hodak has been involved on the Titan Golf Team for four years playing varsity his junior and senior years.  He was Honorable Mention – All TRAC and Honorable Mention – All District.  He tied for fifth in the Sectional Tournament. He has played for the Toledo Junior Golf Association (TJGA) for almost five years.  He played baseball for the Titans his freshman and sophomore years and basketball his freshman year.  He swam for the varsity swim team junior and senior years.

                An honor roll student, Hodak has been in the Ambassador Society for three years, a student leadership group that works at school events.  He is involved with the Arabic Club.  He has been active in the SJJ Daytime Christian Service Program serving at Bittersweet Farms and the Sunshine Community. He has done service at the Ridgewood Manor with the elderly. He participated in Easter on Campus with a preschoolers and Christmas on Campus with Queen of Apostles and Holy Rosary Schools. 

Aaron Thompson will play basketball for Ashland University where he plans to study Forensic Science.  Thompson was Second Team, All TRAC, Second Team, All District and Sports Nightly Player of the Year his senior year.  Junior year he was Honorable Mention, All TRAC.  In the off season, he has played for the King James Ohio Varsity Basketball Team.

                An honor roll student, Thompson is involved in the Spanish Honors Society and the Athletic Club.  An active volunteer he has served as part of the SJJ Daytime Christian Service Program at Rosary Cathedral, founded Books 4 Buddies, participated in Easter on Campus with a preschoolers and Christmas on Campus with Queen of Apostles and Holy Rosary Schools.  He is a familiar face at Titan summer basketball camps.  He received the Youth Jefferson Award – Students In Action for his extensive volunteerism with Books 4 Buddies and his youth outreach work.

Hunter Johnson will pitch for the University of Mount Union (UMU) while earning a degree in business.  He has been involved with the Titan baseball program for three years.  When he visited UMU, he was impressed with their training facilities and coaches.  He also has played ball for the Michigan Jets, a summer travel team.

                When he is not playing baseball, Johnson is involved in his studies and a volunteer at Kingston Residence in Perrysburg over the last four years.

Rajeev Laungani will play tennis for Case Western University where he plans to study Biomedical Engineering. He is captain of the tennis team and has played on the varsity team all four years.  Junior year he was TRAC Player of the Year; TRAC Academic Team; Second Team, All State; First Team, All Conference; First Team, All District and First Team, All TRAC.  Sophomore year he was Honorable Mention, All State; First Team, All Conference; First Team, All District and First Team, All TRAC. He has been involved with U.S.T.A. for nine years and has been at Nationals the last three years.

                He is in the National Honor Society and was an Ignatian Guild Scholar for two years. He has been in the Ambassador Society, a student leadership group that helps at school events.  He has been a tutor for Kids Unlimited for four years.  He has been part of the SJJ International Christian Service Program serving in Guatemala.  He participated in Easter on Campus with a preschoolers and Christmas on Campus with Queen of Apostles and Holy Rosary Schools. He is involved with the Hindu Temple Youth Group.

Ryan Rubel will play football next fall for Ohio Wesleyan University where he plans to study either Business Marketing or Economics.  Rubel was on the varsity team for three years and was named All TRAC Academic all three years.  He was asked to play in the Northwest Ohio All Star Game.  He played lacrosse for four years and was on the varsity team his junior and senior years.

                He is part of the Spirit Squad and was on Student Council for two years.  He was part of the Lacrosse Club freshman and sophomore years.  He participated in the Leadership & Alumni Mentoring Program.

                Rubel volunteered in the SJJ Daytime Christian Service Program at Crossgates Preschool.  He worked with the elderly at Hands of Grace Faith in Action for two years.  He participated in Easter on Campus for preschoolers and Christmas on Campus with Queen of Apostles and Holy Rosary Schools.

Austin Buck will row for the University of Delaware and study business.  He has been a member of the crew team all four years.  As a junior he won the Gold Medal at the Midwest Championship for Rowing and finished fifth in the nation his junior year. As a sophomore his team was second at the Midwest Championship in the Varsity Lightweight Four that went on to Nationals.  His freshman year he was an alternate for the Lightweight Eight that went to Nationals.  He was invited to attend the U.S. National Team for Sculling Development and High Performance Camp.

                He is an honor student and involved with the Spanish Honors Society.  He serves as part of the Ambassador Society, a student leadership group that helps at school events. He has been involved with the SJJ Daytime Christian Service Program at the Padua Center.  He has volunteered at the Sunshine Home since his freshman year.  He has done international Christian Service in El Salvador.  He participated in Easter on Campus with a preschoolers and Christmas on Campus with Queen of Apostles and Holy Rosary Schools.

Luke Tracz plans to continue crew at the University of Michigan as part of the club program. He will study either civil or environmental engineering. He is a captain of the crew team and has participated all four years.  He qualified for the Nationals and the prestigious Head of the Charles race in Boston.

He is a National Merit Finalist and is a member of the National Honor Society.  He is in the Ambassador Society, a student leadership group that helps at school events.  He plays in the Ultimate Frisbee Club.  He is a peer tutor and serves on the Integrity Committee. He has participated several years in the Leadership & Alumni Mentoring Program. He has taken SJJ three-year engineering program which partners with The Ohio State University.

He takes the school model of being a man for others to heart having gone on three service trips to Appalachia and an international Christian Service trip to El Salvador.  He has also served at Ebeid Hospice, tutored at Sylvania Family Services and volunteered at Wildwood Metro Parks.

Spencer Rogers plans to continue his rowing as part of the club program at the University of Rochester where he will study optical engineering.  He has been involved with crew all four years and has been on the varsity team for two years serving as captain his senior year.  He won the Gold Medal at the Midwest Championship for Rowing and finished fifth in the nation his junior year. He was captain on the varsity swim team and earned Second Team, All TRAC honors. 

                He is on the Christian Service Core Team. He was a senior Kairos and freshman retreat leader.  He serves on the Integrity Committee.  He is in the National Honor Society.  He is in the Ambassador Society, a student leadership group that helps at school events. He has been involved with the Chess Team since junior high and is team captain.  He led the Chess Team to four Toledo High School City Chess Championships. Just recently he competed with the chess team in the Nationals where the team finished 21st in their category. He participates on the Ultimate Frisbee Team.

                Extremely involved in Christian Service, Rogers helps serve with the Labre Program that provides meals once a week for the underserved as well as participated in Easter on Campus with a preschoolers and Christmas on Campus with Queen of Apostles and Holy Rosary Schools.  He did international Christian Service in El Salvador. He has served in Appalachia twice once as a camp counselor for teenage boys and the other time helping families renovate their homes. 

 

 

 

Students Earn Youth Jefferson Award – Students In Action
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

St. John’s Jesuit High School (SJJ) seniors Ivan Dye and Aaron Thompson are the honored recipients of the Youth Jefferson Award – Students In Action.  These two young men who are student leaders have helped shaped the volunteerism culture on their campus and represent the SJJ motto of being men for others.

Students In Action is a student-led program whose sole purpose is the teaching of high school youth to become effective, service-driven leaders.

Leadership Toledo approached the St. John’s Jesuit community to ask that we aid in the launching of the Students in Action program. The Christian Service Core Team has done this by selecting two of St. John’s Jesuit own to be recipients of a Jefferson award.  The selection criteria were based solely on the service a student completes above and beyond what is required at St. John’s Jesuit. 

Ivan Dye founded in 2012, Books 4 Buddies. At Fassett Middle School's graduation ceremony in east Toledo, Dye surprised more than 200 students, parents, teachers and community leaders when he greeted everyone in Chinese.  Forty Chinese middle school students were participating in a three-week educational program.  Dye read to children there and helped distribute free books. At Birmingham Terrace, Books/Buddies/Blankets, he was joined by eight international students from Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. Dye designed a bed saddle for kids who have no place to store books at home.

He was selected as Salutatorian for the Class of 2016 and was the February Maumee Rotary Student of the Month. He has volunteered through the SJJ Daytime Christian Service Program at the Spring Meadows Extended Care Center and at the Goerlich Center working with dementia patients.  He did service in Appalachia during spring break.  At Third Baptist Church he is captain of the Junior Usher Board. Dye has been consistently on the honor roll and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is in the Ambassador Society, a student leadership group that works at school events. He was in the Marching, Concert, Pep and Jazz Bands during his early years at SJJ.

He has been involved in cross country all four years and was named to the All Academic Team.  He has been on the Track and Field Team for four years.  Junior year he was First Team, All TRAC; First Team, All District and First Team, All Region.  He was also Track & Field All Academic.  He was part of the four-man team that competed in the 4x800m Relay at the New Balance Nationals last June in North Carolina.  

                He plans to be an architect and will attend Miami University (Oxford).

Aaron Thompson also founded in 2012 Books 4 Buddies. For the past four years, Thompson has enthusiastically participated in neighborhood outreach programs, meeting target audiences of youth at housing authority complexes like Weiler Homes and Birmingham Terrace.  An extrovert with a great sense of humor, Thompson has participated in book giveaways held in conjunction with Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Phi Alpha and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities. He has been an ambassador since the program's inception.

He has served as part of the SJJ Daytime Christian Service Program at Rosary Cathedral, participated in Easter on Campus with a preschoolers and Christmas on Campus with Queen of Apostles and Holy Rosary Schools.  He is a familiar face at Titan summer basketball camps.  An honor roll student, Thompson is involved in the Spanish Honors Society and the Athletic Club. 

Thompson will play basketball for Ashland University where he plans to study Forensic Science.  Thompson was Second Team, All TRAC; Second Team, All District and Sports Nightly Player of the Year his senior year.  Junior year he was Honorable Mention, All TRAC.  In the off season, he has played for the King James Ohio Varsity Basketball Team.

He will be studying neuroscience at Ohio University through the Honors Tutorial College.

Pictured (left to right): Kristina White (Director of Community Impact, Leadership Toledo), Aaron Thompson, Ivan Dye, Bryce Roberts (Leadership Toledo)

 

Students Perform the Corporal Work of Mercy to Help Bury the Dead
Friday, April 15, 2016

At times, a deceased person has no family or is homeless with no one to serve as pall bearers for his/her funeral services. St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy (SJJ) have taken this mission to heart by providing this invaluable service when pall bearers are needed and not necessarily available through the SJJ Reginald Dixon Chapter of the Joseph of Arimathea Pall Bearer Society. Read more in THE BLADE:  http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2016/04/15/Students-lay-to-rest-those-who-died-alone.html 

Claudio Cabrera Named New Student Life Director
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Claudio Cabrera has been named the new Student Life Director at St. John’s Jesuit High School.  The Student Life Program will emphasize extra-curricular activities and clubs even more, according to Joe Cordella, principal. 

The program begins a three-year strategic plan for clubs and activities to include time during the school day for meetings, to encourage young men to step out of their comfort zone to try new things, to further develop their leadership skills, and to create more bonding experiences as classes.  A committee of faculty and staff along with students will utilize a team approach to develop Student Life opportunities over the coming years.

                Mr. Cabrera has impressive credentials.  Currently, a world language teacher at SJJ teaching Spanish, he taught public speaking on the university level at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay, which is managed by the Jesuits.  In 2009 he began teaching Spanish.  He earned his teaching certificate and then his Masters in Spanish Linguistics at the University of Jaen in Spain.  Mr. Cabrera has taught Spanish online for a Mexican school called LiveLingua.  He also taught at the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo and at Spanish by the Sea School in the island of Bocas del Toro in Panama before he joined the SJJ faculty in 2013.  Currently, he teaches Spanish II and IV and will continue to teach part time next fall.

                He has been involved in the SJJ International Christian Service program for two years going to El Salvador and Guatemala his first year and El Salvador this past summer.  He enjoys being the link between the students and the people so they can connect and learn more about each other.

                He played professional soccer in Uruguay for a year and all through college.  According to Mr. Cabrera, the first gift a child receives in Uruguay is a soccer ball. He earned his U.S. coaching license and was the girls’ head coach at Springfield High School for a year. 

 

ACT TEST IS ON FOR APRIL 9 AT REGULAR TIME
Saturday, April 09, 2016
Aaron Thompson Earns Saint Anthony Crawford IV Award
Friday, April 08, 2016

Saint Anthony Crawford IV ‘92 embodied the spirit of St. John’s Jesuit.  Committed to his academics as well as to his basketball, Saint maximized his potential both in the classroom and on the court.  His behavior in all his pursuits was exemplary.

After high school, he continued to be a role model for young people.  He maintained high standards while completing his college degree and continuing to make a difference in young people’s lives through the sport he loved – basketball.  He was a loving husband, a devoted father, and an exemplary role model to all he met.

Each year at the Sports Banquet, in memory and honor to a young life cut short in 2010, a basketball team member is honored with the Saint Anthony Crawford IV Award.  A young man who exhibited the same traits as Saint.

The 2016 recipient was Aaron Thompson who will attend Ashland College.  Past recipients are senior Gabe Kynard who will attend Lake Erie College, 2014 Trevor Walsh who is at the Air Force Academy, and 2013 Tyler Thompson who is at the University of Cincinnati.

 

 

 

SJJ Chess Players Finish 21st at Nationals
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Seniors Spencer Rogers (left), Isaac Rogers (center) and Brison Woods (right) competed in the 2016 Chess Nationals in Atlanta, GA on April 1, 2 and 3.  They placed 21st in their category.  Over 469 teams from 39 states competed in the various categories.  They each played seven games of chess and each game had the possibility of being up to four hours long.  The SJJ team was at an immediate disadvantage since there were only three team members as opposed to the traditional four allowed to count toward their final placement.

Isaac, who has been playing chess at SJJ since he was in the Academy, earned 25th place out of 297 players in under 1600 which is one of the higher categories. He won five out of seven games and played almost 28 hours of chess over the three-day tournament weekend.

These three chess teammates are heading in new directions in the coming months.  Isaac will be attending the Honors Program at Bowling Green State University where he hopes to start a chess program or club. Spencer will row and study optical engineering at the University of Rochester.  Brison is deciding between Miami University and The Ohio State University where he will study pre-med or work toward being an actuary.

 

Drumline Earns Performance Award at OIPA State Championship
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

This past weekend the Indoor Drumline and Colorguard traveled to Wapakoneta for the Ohio Indoor Performers Association (OIPA) State Championships. The drumline and guard both were moved up a class and both received a sixth place finish in their class.  This was a tremendous accomplishment for it being their first time in a new class. The drumline was also awarded “Most Improved Percussion Ensemble” out of 25 ensembles, an award voted on by all the directors of the ensembles. This award truly shows how far the performers have come in such a short season.

Click here to see the drumline performance.  Click here to see the Colorguard performance.

 

 

SJJ Students Earn the ServeOhio Award
Friday, April 01, 2016

Seniors Mario Markho (right) and Bradley Marshall (left) accepted the ServeOhio Award. They were nominated by Bittersweet Farms and received the honor at their Annual Meeting on March 31. According to Bittersweet Farms (who serves people with autism), SJJ has logged over 446 volunteer hours in three years and in 2015 alone the students logged 242 hours. Congratulations to these young Men for Others.

Renowned Theologian and Author Visit Campus
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

What makes a school Jesuit?  Individuals who are committed to being Ignatian ministers to carry on the Ignatian charisma and spirituality to those around them.  After all, the Jesuits were founded by seven lay people before they became priests.

St. John’s Jesuit students are educated in the ways of St. Ignatius.  Twice a day, the entire school prays the Daily Examen together.  SJJ knowing that the numbers of Jesuit priests are dwindling has worked to insure that the faculty and staff are trained in the Ignatian ways.  Over 40% of the faculty and staff have completed the Ignatian Exercises.  Each year the school’s faculty and staff retreat focuses on an Ignatian theme and brings in a notable Jesuit.

This year renowned theologian Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, was the retreat guest speaker. Fr. Thibodeaux is a Jesuit priest, writer, spiritual director and teacher who lives and works in Grand Coteau, LA, an internationally recognized center for spiritual formation and transformation. Currently, he serves as novice director for Jesuit in formation at St. Stanislaus Kostka Novitiate in Grand Coteau.  He was also a teacher and campus minister at Strake Jesuit in Houston with current principal Joe Cordella and remains a close friend years later.

Fr. Thibodeaux at the faculty/staff retreat discussed the essence of his book God’s Voice Within: The Ignatian Way to Discover God’s Will. The book focuses in depth on the discernment of spirit.  What is the spirit moving in your heart today? What place am I in? Is the spirit motivating me toward or away from God today? The book guides you on how you can discern God’s will in your life and how the strings are being pulled toward that will.

Fr. Thibodeaux is the also the author of three other books, Armchair Mystic, God, I have Issues and Reimagining the Ignatian Examen.

Armchair Mystic is a step-by-step guide to contemplative prayer and meditation. When Fr. Thibodeaux first began teaching a prayer class to sophomores, he couldn’t find anything he liked for lesson preparation so he began putting together his own case studies and information on contemplative prayer. As he shared his work with others, he was encouraged to put together his first book.

God, I Have Issues provides the reader with bible passages and prayers for every mood and/or situation in book form.  Tabs allow the reader to quickly access a passage and prayer that relates to 50 different situations. 

His newest book, Reimagining the Ignatian Examen, provides fresh ways to pray the Daily Examen.  This five-step daily spiritual tool, invented by St. Ignatius, helps you examine your day and find where God has been in it.

According to Fr. Thibodeaux, Reimagining the Ignatian Examen, provides 34 different prayers in the format of the Examen: a look over your day through guided questions, an ask for forgiveness and a look toward tomorrow. For more information on this book and the App (available for free on Goggle Play or iTunes) or click here.  

Two Titan Football Players Honored by National Football Foundation as Scholar Athletes
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Congratulations to seniors Sean Rattay and Matt Padanilam who were honored and recognized by the National Football Foundation for their excellent performances on and off the field as Scholar Athletes.

Sean Rattay (left) committed to play football for the U.S. Naval Academy.  Rattay is a center and guard for the Titans and has earned numerous honors. He was All State and All State Academic. He was First Team All TRAC and First Team All District his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was team captain for the Titans his junior and senior years. He started on the North Team for the Blue Grey All American Game which won the game 35-0.  He was a National Football Foundation Inductee.  He played basketball for the Titans his freshman and sophomore years.

Ratty was recommended for the Naval Academy by Congressman Bob Latta, U.S. House of Representatives.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and consistently on the Honor Roll.  He has a 3.62 GPA. He is a member of the Ambassador Society, Arabic Club and Christian Service.  He has done volunteer work at the Swan Point Care Center and Spring Meadows Extended Care doing activities with the residents.  He participated in Christmas on Campus and Easter on Campus.  He was a peer tutor helping his fellow students. 

Matt Padanilam (right) serves as president of the Student Body and was a class president his freshman and sophomore years.  His leadership activities expand beyond SJJ as part of Youth Leadership Toledo and through participation in the HOBY Ohio West Leadership Conference.  He is in National Honor Society, part of the Ambassador Society and on the Big Brothers Core Team. He is on the Spirit Squad.  Recently, he was named Mr. NDA at Notre Dame Academy.  Freshman year he was involved in the performing arts participating in the spring musical Spamalot and in the Men’s Choir.  He was also a Maumee Rotary Student of the Month.

He lettered in three sports -- lacrosse, wrestling and football.  In lacrosse and football, he was captain of his team senior year.  He was Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) All-Academic for three years.  In football, he was First Team All-TRAC, First Team All-District and All-Ohio Honorable Mention.  He is a Eucharistic Minister.  He also did International Christian Service in Panama helping to build a multi-sports’ court.  He has been involved in the Toledo Labre Program since his freshman year serving meals to the underserved. He participated in the SJJ Daytime Christian Service Program volunteering at Crossgates Preschool and the Autism Model School.  He has served at Kingston Residence of Perrysburg and participated in Easter on Campus.  He plans to study business in college.

 

Chad Marzec Named BCSN Winter Coach of the Season
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Just a second year teacher at St. John’s Jesuit, Chad Marzec is already influencing the young men he teaches in Honors Biology and Environmental Science and on the wrestling mat.  Mr. Marzec was named BCSN Winter Coach of the Season. 

A nine-year army veteran and former helicopter pilot, Mr. Marzec graduated from West Point where he wrestled, of course. After he left the military, he turned to a teaching career for one reason – mentorship.  He feels that if he could impact one student, he could make a difference.  And he does both in the classroom and the wrestling program daily. Just completing his second year as head wrestling coach, he continues to build the program. He had over 40 wrestlers this season.  Mr. Marzec stresses that it is not about winning or losing, but about making each wrestler a better man . . . a man for others. See the video.

 

Two Students Named March Rotary Students of the Month
Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. John’s Jesuit High School (SJJ) seniors, Kenneth Goetz and Sean Wietecki, were named March Maumee Rotary Students of the Month.

               

Kenneth Goetz (right) is a member of the National Honor Society.  He is on the Campus Ministry Core Team, a founding member of the STEMa Club (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Astronomy) and was an organizer of the Voter Registration and Get Out the Vote Campaign at SJJ.  Junior year he was involved in the spring sports season as a shot put and discus thrower.

               

He has participated in the SJJ Christian Service Daytime Program tutoring first and third graders at SunBridge Academy.  He also participated in the SJJ International Service Program in Panama where he helped build a multi-purpose court for the town of Chilibre.  He has served at the Cherry Street Mission.  He was a senior leader for the Sophomore Manresa Retreat.  He is an altar server and Eucharistic Minister at SJJ and his home parish St. Joseph, Sylvania.  Junior year he received the Religious Award (one of the five principles of the Jesuit Graduate at Graduation) for taking personal responsibility for developing his religious beliefs.

               

In his free time, he enjoys the martial arts and has been a Sensi (teacher) for Kempo Martial Arts where he taught all ages from three years old or over 65.

               

He plans to study Political Science and/or Astro Physics and has applied to Georgetown University, Boston College, Case Western University, University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, Fordham University and Xavier University.

               

Sean Wietecki (left) has been involved with the SJJ Daytime Christian Service Program for two years volunteering at Reynolds Elementary and the Goerlich Center for dementia patients.  He has participated in the SJJ Appalachia Program serving last year as a camp counselor and this year during Easter break he will help with home reconstruction and with a basketball court rebuilt.  He was a Kairos leader.  He is a lector at SJJ and his parish St. John the Baptist. 

 

He is a house leader and in the Spanish Honor Society.  He is in the Ultimate Frisbee Club, works behind the scenes in TV-4, the school’s broadcast station and is a yearbook photographer.  He is a Boy Scout obtaining the Eagle Scout rank by building planters and benches for St. John the Baptist.  He is an avid boater and camper in his free time.

 

He will attend WyoTech in Daytona, Florida, one of the top schools for marine specialist mechanics.  Upon completion of the program he plans to enlist in the Coast Guard.

 

 

Connor Long Promotes CRAZY FOR YOU on Better Living
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Connor Long promoted CRAZY FOR YOU on the WNWO Better Living Show.   Click here to see his interview.

 

CRAZY FOR YOU is the story of Bobby Child, played by Connor Long, who longs for Broadway’s bright lights.  Faced with an ultimatum by his overbearing mother to either marry his frigid fiancée or foreclose on a family theater in Deadrock, Nevada, he chooses the latter.  There he meets Polly Baker, the theater owner, and falls head-over-heels in love with her.  As in any romantic/comedy musical, our hero and heroine find themselves in hot water, time and time again, with many delightful twists before the happy ending.

 

CRAZY FOR YOU will be performed at the Valentine Theatre on Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. All tickets are $12 (plus Valentine Theatre box charges).  Tickets are online at www.valentinetheatre.com or go to the sjjtitans.org website for a link.

 

Two Alums Featured in THE BLADE -- One for the Arts and the Other in the Sciences
Friday, March 11, 2016

Carson Parish '09 will have an eight-minute film in the 54th Ann Arbort Film Festival on March 20 at 11 a.m.  His short which will be shown at the Michigan Theater is titled Toledo, My Father. The film is described as "an underexposed night on the town with my father."  Carson is currentlly the Audiovisual Coordinator and Cinema Co-curator for the Museum of Arts & Design in New York.  Read more.

Biologist Ryan Walsh '01 and his work as the Toledo Zoo's Wild Toledo Coordinator with monarch butterflies was featured in THE BLADE.  Read the entire article.

Be an SJJ Alumni Volunteer
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

What is an SJJ Alumni Volunteer?

 

The SJJ Alumni Volunteer is a nine-month position assisting the faculty and staff in the mission of St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy.

 

Why would I consider becoming an SJJ Alumni Volunteer?

 

There are many reasons offering a year as an SJJ Alumni at St. John’s Jesuit would be worth considering, including:

  • Are you considering graduate school after receiving your college degree, but need some time to think about what to pursue or the right schools for you?
  • Have you been deferred from graduate studies for a year?
  • Are you looking for a year off from schooling after college before you consider your next career or schooling step?
  • Are you wondering about a teaching career?
  • Are you considering a vocation as a Jesuit priest?
  • Are you looking for a year of service?

What are the requirements for becoming an SJJ Alumni Volunteer?

 

St. John’s Jesuit is interested in young men who have completed college, believe in Jesuit education and St. John’s Jesuit, and have a strong interest in helping to form young men to be academically competent, open to growth, loving, committed to doing justice, and religious.

 

What will I do as an SJJ Alumni Volunteer?

 

You will be fully engaged in serving the young men at St. John’s Jesuit according to your interests, talents, background, and the school’s needs.  Alumni Volunteers may assist:

  • in the classroom and with tutoring
  • with coaching, directing a play, or directing another extracurricular activity
  • the Director of Student Life with involving students in the life of the school
  • assist with Campus Ministry or the Christian Service program
  • assist administrators, admissions, social media
  • help with a Small house group
  • help lead retreats.

Our guarantee: you will not be bored!

  

How does this work?

 

The SJJ Alumni Volunteer will be paid a small monthly stipend for living expenses.  Living arrangements will be worked out (you may want to live at your family’s home, for example).

Healthcare will be provided if needed (volunteers may be covered on their parents’ policy).

 

How many Alumni Volunteers is St. John’s Jesuit looking for?

 

We would engage from one to five volunteers in the ’16-’17 school year.

 

How do I apply for/investigate this opportunity?

 

To inquire or to apply please contact:

Mr. Joe Cordella, Principal

jcordella@sjjtitans.org

 

Apply by submitting a resume and a strong cover letter explaining why you would want to be a SJJ Alumni Volunteer and what talents and background you bring that you believe will help St. John’s Jesuit serve our students.

 

We're Number 1 !
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The Academy OGJJJB Stock Team is the new leader in THE BLADE 12-week contest. Read more: http://www.toledoblade.com/…/Oil-rise-fuels-St-John-s-team-…

Members of the team are left to right:

Front Row:
Teacher Matt Johnson, Teddy Walker,
 
Matthew LaCourse, 
Broc Toth, Jacob Redd, Andres Ramirez,

Kyle Kucway, Josh Boyk
 

Back Row: Quinlan White, Nolan Barber, Teddy Wagner, Ian Stawinski, Thomas McNamara,
 
Cody Korecki,

Will Gerhardinger
 

St. John’s Jesuit Varsity Soccer Earns Sportsmanship Award
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

The St. John’s Jesuit High School (SJJ) Varsity Soccer Team was presented with the Eddie Clemons’ Excellence & Sportsmanship Award.  Started in 2010, the honor is bestowed annually to a boys’ and girls’ team from the Northwest Ohio Soccer Officials Association (NWSOA).  During the season, officials meet weekly and assign points to teams based on sportsmanship, that are then tallied. 

“I am very proud of the sportsmanship shown by our Titan soccer team.  By following the examples of our senior captains Chuck Baumgartner, Matt Pinkelman, and Stephen Wainz’s leadership, the team produced a season to remember,” shared Soccer Head Varsity Coach Tom Shook.

It was an exciting year for the SJJ Soccer Team making it to the State Final Four and earning the sportsmanship honor.  Players pictured left to right, row one: Brad Marshall, Connor Savage, Chris Hertzfeld, Jason Wheeler, Frank Almester, Evan Zervas, Matt Pinkelman, Stephen Wainz, Chuck Baumgartner, Sergio Gonzalez-Brana row two: Derek Huddleston, Eli Shope, Leo Gomez, Dane Kalman, Parker Myers, Ted Kentopp, Zach Neenan, Zach Buescher, Daniel Bandelaria, Brady Ryan, Caleb Gibbons, Jackson Pollock.

 

 

 

St. John’s Jesuit Football Program Garners Top Honors
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Football Team Named to the top Eight Academic All Ohio Teams

 Doug Pearson Named TRAC Coach of the Year

 

The St. John’s Jesuit High School (SJJ) Football Program earned top honors for academics and coaching. For the third year in a row, the Titan Football Team was named to the top eight Academic All Ohio Teams for 2015 announced at the 19th Annual Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Awards Banquet, February 5. Plus, Head Football Coach Doug Pearson ’82 was named Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) Coach Football Coach of the Year.

Teams have to be nominated for the Academic Honor and it is based on the starting 22 players and their GPA.  This year the Titans’ average GPA was 3.886.  SJJ was the only area team in the top eight with the next schools Whitmer (14), Wauseon (15) and Findlay (17).  Coach Pearson credits this incredible achievement to the hard work the players do on and off the field.  “Our young men are the true definition of student/athletes.”

He also praises SJJ for its programs to support all students, athletes and non-athletes, with the A+ Learning Center, before and after school tutoring, peer tutoring and teachers that are always willing to go the extra mile to help students.  “St. John’s Jesuit wants every student to achieve his greatest academic potential and provides the tools and resources to do that,” explained Coach Pearson.

Pearson Named TRAC Football Coach of the Year

Coach Pearson is the TRAC Football Coach of the Year.  He just completed his 13th season as the Head Football Coach at his alma mater. Prior to SJJ he was the head coach at Start High School and served as an assistant at Start and SJJ before that. 

 

Coach Pearson left Start as the all-time leader in wins before accepting the head SJJ coaching position in 2002. He led the Titans to the State Playoffs in his first season and a trip to the State Final Four in 2003. The Titans have made four additional Playoff appearances and in 2010 lost in the Regional Final. Coach Pearson was named City League Coach of the Year in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2003 as well as Division 1 District Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2010. Coach Pearson has been selected to coach in the Ohio North/South game on two occasions and was the head coach for Ohio in the Big 33 game in 2004.

 

Coach Pearson received his Bachelor Degree from the University of Toledo and his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Graceland University. Coach Pearson was the Toledo 2020 Director for three years at SJJ and also has taught Physical Education and Health. He currently is in his fifth year as a Counselor in the Guidance Department.

A New Jesuit at SJJ
Monday, February 22, 2016

We have a Jesuit Novice on Pilgrimage who arrived at SJJ Saturday. Thankfully Steve Spenthoff happened to be on campus when he arrived. He was given a bus ticket from Kansas City and has until March 2 to make his way to St. Louis. He was given my name as a contact and was told he needed to beg for the means to make his way to Toledo as well as his next destination. His novice director (Mark Thibodeaux, SJ) told him his primary goal in coming here was to serve a good Catholic family and help out at SJJ. He helped chaperone the dance on Saturday night and will be here today and tomorrow before moving on to the next leg of his pilgrimage.

His name is Peter Bell he is a 19-year-old graduate from Regis High School Colorado and a member of the United Central and Southern Province. Of course he’d be delighted to have the opportunity to share about his discernment to the Jesuits as well as his experiences so far as a novice to our current students.

More information (and a picture) can be found by cllicking here

Ed Heintschel Will Not Coach Titans for Tournament Time
Sunday, February 21, 2016

St. John’s Jesuit High School (SJJ) head basketball coach Ed Heintschel will not coach the Titans during games for the 2016 Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Boys’ Basketball Tournament.  Heintschel was found to have violated OHSAA recruiting Bylaws 4-9-2 and 4-9-4 by following up and speaking at a basketball game about SJJ academics with a parent of an eighth grader who had attended several summer basketball camps.  Assistant Coach Mike Schoen ‘05 will assume head coaching duties during tournament games.

 

 In addition to the tournament coaching restriction, Heintschel and his entire coaching staff (paid and volunteer) shall be permitted to have only five days of coaching with students from the St. John’s Jesuit basketball team from June 1-July 31, 2016 (rather than the maximum of ten days that are normally permitted).  The St. John’s Jesuit administration and OHSAA will watch the program for compliance over the next three years.

 

“Both St. John’s Jesuit and Ed take this situation seriously.  Ed is one of the most respected and recognized Ohio high school basketball coaches over the last 30 years. He has taken ownership of this bylaw violation, apologized to the school’s administration and spoken with his players and their families. We have cooperated fully with OHSAA.  All SJJ coaches will undergo a refresher seminar on recruiting rules. We will learn from this and move forward in our work with student athletes,” said Athletic Director Robert Ronai.

 

“For those who have followed the Titans over the past 30 years, they have to appreciate the strong infrastructure that we have developed.  This year particularly we have strong team leaders. Mike has a wealth of experience helping at the University of Dayton when he was a student; he played for me here and has coached for seven years at SJJ.  He understands what we want in terms of our play.  Our players are very excited for the tournament,” said Coach Ed Heintschel.

 

 

 

Knowledge Lacy & Ivan Dye Maumee Rotary Students of the Month
Thursday, February 18, 2016

                Seniors Knowledge Lacy and Ivan Dye were named February Maumee Rotary Students of the Month.

                Knowledge Lacy (left) is a member of the 20/20 Jesuit Scholars Program.  He is consistently on the honor roll and a member of the National Honor Society. He is in the Ambassador Society and earned the Open to Growth award junior year.  He is in the Ping Pong Club and was in the Sports Club.  He was a senior Kairos leader and is a peer tutor.

                He has participated in the SJJ Christian Service Daytime Program serving the last two years at Martin Luther King Academy as a mentor for young men.  Freshman and sophomore years he volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club tutoring and helping with activities.  He was also involved summers with Kids Unlimited Summer Camp.

                Lacy has been involved with the Youth Opportunities Program that works with disadvantaged youth on their academics, employment and leadership skills.  He participates in the Junior Role Model program that works with young people to become better leaders and role models in their communities.

He has played basketball four years for the Titans including varsity for the last two years. He is an entrepreneur who started his own iPad and iPhone repair business. 

He plans to study computer engineering.  He has been accepted at The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, University of Toledo, Xavier University and Kent State University.

                Ivan Dye (right) has been consistently on the honor roll and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is in the Ambassador Society. He was in the Marching, Concert, Pep and Jazz Bands his freshman and sophomore years.

                 He has volunteered through the SJJ Daytime Christian Service Program at the Spring Meadows Extended Care Center and at the Goerlich Center working with dementia patients.  He did service in Appalachia during spring break.  At Third Baptist Church he is captain of the Junior Usher Board.

He has been involved in cross country all four years and was named to the All Academic Team.  He has been on the Track and Field Team for four years.  Junior year he was First Team All TRAC, First Team All District and First Team All Region.  He was also Track & Field All Academic.  He was part of the four-man team that competed in the 4x800m Relay at the New Balance Nationals last June in North Carolina.  

                He plans to be an architect and has been accepted at Kent State University, Philadelphia University, University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University and Miami University.

Nate & Zach Koszycki on Sports Flash
Friday, February 12, 2016

Check out the interview with SJJ athletes Nate '18 and Zach '16 on Sports Flash with Tom Cole '16. Click here.

 

 

 

Students Earn Honors at Mock Trial Competition
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Congratulations to sophomores Zachary Richards (left) and Jack Spengler, Jr. (right) who received Certificates of Achievement for being Outstanding Witnesses in the State of Harmony vs. Riley Green in the 2016 Ohio Mock Trial District Competition.  

An interesting note:  They were in separate courtrooms and trials for this case when they testified.

Eight Debaters Qualify for State!
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Eight SJJ students qualified for the State Tournament in Debate on March 3-5. It's the most the school has sent in the history of the program. The team is coached by faculty members Adam Dane '02 and David Zavac '06.

State Qualifiers are: Lincoln-Douglas - seniors Ammar Abidi & Mario Markho, Public Forum - juniors Marino Markho, Milano Markho, Alex White and Jacob Dzierwa, and Policy - sophomore Dan Leizerman and freshman Adam Braun

Pictured (left to right): Mario Markho, Milano, Markho, Jacob Dzierwa, Alex White, Ammar Abidi, Carmeron Mowat, Marino Markho and Humza Rehman

 

 

 

Four Titans Plan to Play College Sports
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Four St. John’s Jesuit High School (SJJ) seniors committed to play sports in college: Sean Rattay – Football – U.S. Naval Academy, Gabe Kynard – Basketball – Lake Erie College, Sam McClurg – Baseball – Adrian College, and Matthew Winzeler – Football – University of Toledo Preferred Walk-On.

 

Sean Rattay is a center and guard for Titan football and has earned numerous honors. He was All State and All State Academic. He was First Team All TRAC and First Team All District his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was team captain for the Titans his junior and senior years. He started on the North Team for the Blue Grey All American Game which won the game 35-0.  He was a National Football Foundation Inductee.  He played basketball for the Titans his freshman and sophomore years.

 

Ratty was recommended for the Naval Academy by Congressman Bob Latta, U.S. House of Representatives.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and consistently on the Honor Roll.  He is a member of the Ambassador Society, Arabic Club and Christian Service.  He has done volunteer work at the Swan Point Care Center and Spring Meadows Extended Care doing activities with the residents.  He participated in Christmas on Campus and Easter on Campus.  He was a peer tutor helping his fellow students.

 

Gabe Kynard plays basketball guard for the Titans.  As a junior he was First Team All TRAC and Second Team All District and his sophomore year he was Honorable Mention All TRAC and Honorable Mention All District.  Last summer he played basketball for the All Ohio Black Team and before that for the Hidden Gems.

 

He is an honor student who plans to study business or become a physician’s assistant.  He is very involved in Christian Service participating both his junior and senior year as part of the SJJ Christian Service Daytime Program both years at Rosary Cathedral.  He participated in Christmas on Campus with underserved youths and Easter on Campus with preschoolers.

 

Sam McClurg is catcher on the Titan Baseball Team.  He was Honorable Mention All TRAC both his sophomore and junior years.  Summers he plays baseball for the Lima Locos Express.

 

An honor student, he plans to study athletic training in college.  He has participated in the SJJ Christian Service Daytime Program at Sunbridge Schools.  He has also volunteered at Tam O’Shanter with the Gliding Stars.  He is a familiar face at the Titan Baseball Summer Sports Camp working with young players.  He enjoys fishing.

 

Matthew Winzeler is quarterback for the Titans and was Honorable Mention All TRAC his junior and senior years.  He is excited to be a part of the Rockets which has always been his dream.  He played baseball and basketball his freshman and sophomore years.

 

He is active in Northpoint Church as a volunteer doing set up for Sunday worship and at a food pantry though his church.  He volunteered through the SJJ Christian Service Daytime Program at Crossgates Elementary School.  He coached youths at the Titan Football Summer Sport Camp.  He enjoys golf and ping pong.  He plans to study business.

 

Pictured (left to right): Gabe Kynard, Sean Rattay, Matthew Winzeler and Sam McClurg

 

 

 

Mock Trial Team Ready for Competition
Friday, January 29, 2016

Titans headed to the Toledo Municipal Court today to participate in the Mock Trial Competition.  Participants will argue both the prosecution and defense arguments following legal protocol.  This is the first year for these young men participating on a team composed of juniors and sophomores.  They received the case this fall and have been honing their skills intensely.

Pictured (left to right) seated: Daniyal Nadeem, Samuel Hotz, Akhil Katragadda and Evan Elliott standing: Zachary Richards, Thomas Fidler, Hassan Hafeez, Thomas Hurley, Daniel Williams, Jakob Allen and Jack Spengler, Jr.  The team is coached by faculty member Rita Bigras.

Music Students Earn Superior at OMEA
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Congratulations to students who competed in the Ohio Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble Event at Lake High School.

The SJJ Vocal Ensemble earned a “Superior.” Members of the Ensemble are: (Left to right) Seated: Tim Glaza, Manny Ramirez, Mike Janson Standing: Connor Long, Kyle Rudolph, Jake O’Brien, Robert Miller Missing: Matt Brangham and Connor Przysiecki.

Earning “Excellent” were vocalists Connor Long and Matt Brangham.

 

 

  Congratulations to band students (left to right) Cam Augustyniak, Robert Cornwell and Sam Wagner for receiving a “Superior” at the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) Solo & Ensemble Event at Lake High School.

Matt Padanilam and Eric Schneider Are Maumee Rotary Students of the Month
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Seniors Matthew Padanilam and Eric Schneider are January Maumee Rotary Students of the Month.                

Matt Padanilam (right) is a leader on and off the field.  He serves as president of the Student Body and was a class president his freshman and sophomore years.  His leadership activities expand beyond SJJ as part of Youth Leadership Toledo and through participation in the HOBY Ohio West Leadership Conference.  He is in National Honor Society, part of the Ambassador Society and on the Big Brothers Core Team. He is on the Spirit Squad.  Recently, he was named Mr. NDA at Notre Dame Academy.  Freshman year he was involved in the performing arts participating in the spring musical Spamalot and in the Men’s Choir.

He lettered in three sports -- lacrosse, wrestling and football.  In lacrosse and football, he was captain of his team senior year.  He was Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) All-Academic for three years.  In football, he was First Team All-TRAC, First Team All-District and All-Ohio Honorable Mention.  He is a Eucharistic Minister.  He also did International Christian Service in Panama helping to build a multi-sports’ court.  He has been involved in the Toledo Labre Program since his freshman year serving meals to the underserved. He participated in the SJJ Daytime Christian Service Program volunteering at Crossgates Preschool and the Autism Model School.  He has served at Kingston Residence of Perrysburg and participated in Easter on Campus.  He plans to study business in college.

 

Honor student Eric Schneider (left) participated in the SJJ Leadership & Alumni Mentoring Program, serves in the Ambassador Society and is a Small House Group Leader.  He cheers the Titans on as part of the Spirit Squad.  He is an anchor on TV-4, part of the Titan broadcasting channel.  He has competed on the cross country team for three years serving as captain for two years and is a member of the track and field team as well. 

               

He has done service as part of the International Christian Service Program in Panama where he helped build a multi-sports’ court for the village of Chilibre.  He volunteered at Glendale Assisted Living as part of the SJJ Daytime Christian Service Program that provides help when organizations need it during the day. He has also served at the Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek.  He served dinners at part of the Toledo Labre Program, been involved with Easter on Campus and serves as a Eucharistic Minister.  He plans to study business in college.

 

 

 

 

Titan Wrestlers Win Catholic Cup Championship
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Congratulations to Titan wrestlers who captured the Catholic Cup Championship. Titans wrestlers took down Central Catholic for the first time in seven years -- 70-14,  The Titans defeated host St. Francis 69-11. 

St. John’s Jesuit President Will Not Seek Contract Renewal
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

St. John Jesuit’s President Michael R. Truesdell has decided to not seek renewal of his contract when it expires on June 30. 

Both Truesdell and St. John’s Jesuit Board of Trustees Chair, Daniel Anderson, confirmed that the decision is being announced now to allow the Board to begin looking for a new president.

The Provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Jesuits, the Rev. Brian G. Paulson, SJ, said:  “Mike Truesdell, as first lay president of St. John’s, has carried the Jesuit mission with great integrity and faith.  We are confident his efforts have established the groundwork for his successor to continue St. John’s great work in the Toledo area.”

Truesdell said in a letter to faculty and staff he believes it is time to move to his next challenge and for St. John’s to welcome a new leader.  “It is my hope that my leadership in faith and business during my time here has been what St. John’s needed.  The future is bright, and a new leader will bring fresh ideas and needed gifts.” 

Board Chair Anderson said:  “We thank Mike for his time with us.  He has led the school in looking toward the next 50 years with a continued strong Jesuit influence.  We have grown through his leadership as a school looking squarely at our bright future.”

Truesdell has been president since July 1, 2013.

The school’s Board of Trustees will form a transition team which will be responsible for the selection of the next St. John’s president.  Among the criteria to be considered when choosing a new president will be a proven record of successful leadership, experience with Jesuit education, practicing Catholic and vision and energy for St. John’s mission. 

A strong and committed leadership team is in place and will continue the fine work of St. John’s during the transition.  

 

 

SJJ IS CLOSED DUE TO SNOW ON JANUARY 12!
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Academy Nolan Barber Represent SJJ in Lucas County Spelling Bee
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

After an exciting Spelling Contest in the Academy, the top speller representing SJJ in the Lucas County Spelling Bee is eighth grader Nolan Barber.  Congratulations to seventh grader Jeremy Mahoney who took second place and eighth grader Jack Ryder who took third place.

Pictured left to right: Nolan Barber, Jack Ryder and Jeremy Mahoney

 

Titans Place in Middletown Forensifest
Monday, January 11, 2016

St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy (SJJ) had great success in the Middletown Forensifest Tournament January 9 with four winners.  Seniors Mario Markho took first and Ammar Abidi took sixth in Lincoln Douglas Debate and juniors Alex White and Jacob Dzierwa took third in Public Forum Debate.  With his fourth tournament win of the season, Abidi qualified for the State Tournament, a first in SJJ debate history.  Pictured (left to right) competitors in the Middletown Forensifest Tournament Ammar Abidi, Marino Markho, Mario Markho, Jacob Dzierwa, Alex White and Milano Markho.

 

 

Aimee Waliszewski Named as Regional Leader for World Languages
Wednesday, January 06, 2016

            St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy (SJJ) faculty member Aimee Waliszewski has been selected to be a member of the Ohio Network of Regional Leaders (NRL) for World Languages. The network of regional leaders for World Languages work collaboratively with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to assist districts and schools with implementation of the learning standards, the writing of integrated performance assessments, and other professional development needs. Ms. Waliszewski is just one of the regional leaders that represent various languages and levels of experience and expertise.

            Ms. Waliszewski teaches Latin, Exploratory Language for the Academy, and ACT Prep for SJJ.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois (Chicago) (UI) in Classical Studies where she also minored in Art History and Italian.  She was an UI Teaching Assistant for two years at the collegiate level.  She interned at the National Hellenic Museum (Chicago) and the Art Institute of Chicago in the Ancient & Byzantine Department.  After graduation from UI, she was a Visiting Teaching Associate there co-teaching Roman Civilization before coming to Toledo. 

 

SJJ Learning Center's New Renovation Receives A+
Monday, January 04, 2016

Center Reflects Latest Trends for Male-Enhanced Learning

                “We are proud to say that from overuse, we wore the A+ room out,” explained Michele Nixon, Director of the A+ Learning Center (A+) at St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy (SJJ).  A+, which was the first high school learning center in the area, started in 2003 in a small classroom.  Today, there are two A+ centers, one for the high school and the other for the Academy, specifically designed for student studying and learning staffed by eight academic coaches, seven professional tutors, and 45 peer tutors.

                The newly designed A+ continues to be modelled on the latest collegiate learning centers with bright colors, multiple seating options, and a more open concept.  “The only thing missing is a Starbucks,” said Mrs. Nixon.

“Studies show boys need open spaces to be comfortable.  With our new configuration we have more open space than before with comfortable chairs, high tops, low tops, and booth-style style seating along with group learning and study areas with Apple TV screens.  Everything is designed to be student centered,” explained Ms. Nixon.

                The high school learning center can seat 75. In addition, to A+ being renovated, the glass-enclosed classroom located inside A+, designated as the Writer’s Block, was also updated with new seating for 30 that is more conducive to teaching and group work.

                Ms. Nixon drew on her years of experience and ideas garnered from the National College Learning Center Association Conference she attended for input.  Alum John McNerney ’88, President of The McNerney Companies which specializes in general contracting, land development, design, and furniture, was instrumental in the design.  The McNerney Companies have done numerous learning centers. John’s son, John ’16 also known as “Mac”, an A+ user, provided another perspective.

“As an SJJ alum who has had two boys attend SJJ, I was honored to have the opportunity to work on the new A+ Learning Center project.  My son’s first reaction seemed to be of worry when he knew that a change was coming to the area.  His feedback since completion has been 100% positive with the professional and collegiate feel the new center provides,” explained Mr. McNerney.

The new Learning Center was a total collaboration between McNerney designers and the A+ team.  “A series of meetings enabled us to gather the vision that was desired by Ms. Nixon and her associates.  In my visits to the new Learning Center since it has been in use, I truly get a sense of pride and professionalism as I look around.  Much like similar environments at universities we have worked with, SJJ has provided an amazing environment for their student body,” he said.

                Ms. Nixon has seen the role of professionals in learning centers change over the years.  “We have ‘academic coaches’ who motivate young men to develop study skills, stay on task, perfect their time management, and monitor grades in addition to professional tutors and peer tutors,” she said. 

                Who uses A+?  Everyone.  “We see honor students who form their own study groups.  We see athletes before practice.  Freshmen and sophomores are heavy users.  We particularly see students that need writing help as well as math and science tutoring. Throughout their career at SJJ every student uses A+ at least once, and the majority far more often,” she said.

                Right before final exams A+ held exam prep sessions for the whole freshman class to help them prepare.  Plus, for all grade levels there were multiple exam prep sessions.

“A+ is always evolving and never static.  We are always adapting to the newest brain-based research and the most recent technology changes. Nothing is every status quo in A+,” she said.

 



Students Bring Christmas Early to King Academy
Wednesday, December 09, 2015

SJJ delivered almost 250 gifts to Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy. Each Small Mentor Group purchased three gifts for the young boys with input on what they liked from the school. This special project has been a part of SJJ for several years.

Photos by Digital Photography students Adam Newell '17 and Elijah Pickett '16.

 

 

TWO HOUR DELAY
Tuesday, December 08, 2015

High School and Academy  is on a Two Hour Delay

Academy Information Night for Grades 6-8 Dec. 1
Monday, November 30, 2015

Families interested in the Academy are invited to stop by on Dec. 1 and learn more. From 6-6:30 p.m. is an informal meet and greet and the perfect time to find out about tuition assistance. From 6:30 - 7:10 p.m., families can tour the Academy. At 7:15 p.m. there is a formal Academy presentation. Openings are available in all three grades for fall 2016. Tell your friends or come and see how the Academy challenges boys to be Men for Others.

Boy with World Puzzle

Daniel Eid '17 Inspiring Thanksgiving Reflections
Monday, November 30, 2015

Daniel Eid '17 reflections at the Thanksgiving service were shared on the Ignatian Network as well as with his fellow SJJ brothers and the community.  Read his reflections.

Mario Marko '16 Shares Experiences at Ignatian Teach-In
Monday, November 30, 2015

Mario Marko '16 recently shared his thoughts on the Ignatian Teach-In with the CATHOLIC CHRONICLE. Read here.

SJJ Finishes Second in Debate Tournament
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The SJJ Debate Tournament was this weekend. The Team finished second out of sixteen high schools in the competition.  In Public Forum Debate, juniors Jacob Dzierwa and Alex White took First Place, seniors Nicolas Granato and Vamsi Chodisetty took Fourth Place and juniors Marino and Milano Markho took Sixth Place. In Policy Debate, sophomore Dan Leizerman and freshman Matt Drouard took Third Place.

Coach Doug Pearson Named TRAC Football Coach of the Year
Thursday, November 19, 2015

St. John’s Jesuit High School (SJJ) Coach Doug Pearson '82 was named the Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) Football Coach of the Year.  Coach Pearson completed his 13th season as the Head Football Coach at his alma mater. Prior to SJJ he was the head coach at Start High School and served as an assistant at both Start and SJJ before that. Coach Pearson coached under his former high school coach, Head Coach Fred Beier, for three seasons before leaving for a teaching and coaching position in Toledo Public Schools.

Coach Pearson left Start as the all-time leader in wins before accepting the head SJJ coaching position in 2002. He led the Titans to the State Playoffs in his first season and a trip to the State Final Four in 2003. The Titans have made four additional Playoff appearances and in 2010 lost in the Regional Final. Coach Pearson was named City League Coach of the Year in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2003 as well as Division 1 District Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2010. Coach Pearson has been selected to coach in the Ohio North/South game on two occasions and was the head coach for Ohio in the Big 33 game in 2004.

Coach Pearson received his Bachelor Degree from the University of Toledo and his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Graceland University. Coach Pearson was the Toledo 2020 Director for three years at SJJ and also has taught Physical Education and Health. He currently is currently in his fifth year as a Counselor in the Guidance Department.

Pictured: Coach Pearson leading the Titans!

 

St. John’s Jesuit Open House Nov. 15, Noon to 3 p.m., Grades 6-12
Thursday, November 12, 2015

 

Over 10,000 St. John’s Jesuit High School (SJJ) graduates have experienced opportunities that have changed their lives and defined who they are.  SJJ graduates know that when you have helped someone and touched his life it makes a world of difference within you.  Although many graduates go on to successful careers because of the premier academic education.  Jesuit education has always been more about internal formation based on the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, about the SJJ brotherhood and about becoming a man for others.

 

See for yourself the opportunities that await young men in grades 6-12 at the SJJ Open House on November 15 from noon to 3 p.m. Conveniently located at 5901 Airport Highway, families are invited to tour with student guides, meet the faculty and staff, experience the fine arts, connect with coaches, learn about Christian Service opportunities, and explore all the leadership programs available for young men. Programs such as:

  • A+ Learning Center that is modeled after college learning centers to help students with an overnight assignment or a more comprehensive support system.  The learning center is there to help young men be successful.
  • College counseling starts right as a young man walks in the front door.  The Class of 2015 earned over $18.2 million in college awards and 83% of the class earned a scholarship.
  • A three-year engineering program culminates with the SJJ Ohio State University (OSU) Engineering Class that closely follows of the curriculum of the OSU Introduction to Engineering taught to college freshmen in Columbus. SJJ is one of two schools in Ohio that offers the program.
  • The most Advanced Placement (AP) courses in northwest Ohio, 24 AP courses, can lead to college credit.
  • The Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy (JVLA), a classroom without walls, is taught by Jesuit school faculty from around the country offering over 25 AP and specialty courses.
  • A Freshman Year Life Skills Building Program lays the groundwork for young men’s success.
  • A Fine Arts Program includes a variety of courses in art and music with AP options. 
  • A national and international Christian Service Program offers opportunities locally, in Appalachia and Central America. Each year the SJJ brotherhood volunteers 20,000 hours locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Athletics that offers nearly 50 teams in 13 different sports.  Titans have captured the TRAC All Sports Championship for three years in a row.
  • Only school with the Leadership & Alumni Mentoring Program (LAMP) to provide interested sophomores, juniors and seniors with special career programs and mentors.
  • An Academy for grades 6-8 helps boys get a jumpstart on a college-prep high school education.

 

It’s been 50 years since SJJ opened its doors to all boys in 1965 with the gym, auditorium and chapel still under construction.  Today, the campus has 54 acres and continues its 50-year mission to educate young men in grades 6-12.  The academic facilities feature a high school for grades 9-12 with a wing for grades 6-8.  The campus includes the dome gym, auxiliary gym, The Lyden Fitness Center, Lyden Field - a state-of-the-art sports stadium, soccer/lacrosse field, a baseball complex, the McQuade Theatre, Sawicki Family Music Center, the Carty Fox Commons, a food court, the technology wing, the Iott Center that houses the A+ Learning Center and a chapel that seats the entire student body. Families can see it all on Nov. 15 from noon to 3 p.m.

 

For almost 475 years Jesuit education has been producing tomorrow’s leaders in a Christ-centered atmosphere.  St. John’s Jesuit is part of a network of 63 high schools and 28 colleges in the U.S. and hundreds of institutions worldwide that all share the same ideals and programs. Founding documents based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, orient and guide all Jesuit institutions and its employees to effectively carry on the educational mission and services of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit). For more information, contact Admissions at 419-720-0766 or email admissions@sjjtitans.org.

 

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St. John’s Jesuit celebrates 50 years of teaching all boys and invites families to the Open House Nov. 15 from noon to 3 p.m. Tour and see science in action.  

 

Soccer in State Final Four
Monday, November 09, 2015

Read more about the exciting game and what is next for the Titans.  Click here.

Final Four

Titan Soccer is District Champions
Monday, November 02, 2015

The Titan Soccer Team captured the 2015 District Championship.  Read more at the BCSN/THE BLADE.

Cross Country TRAC Champions!
Monday, October 19, 2015

Golfers Take Second at District. Sullinger going to State.
Friday, October 16, 2015

Titan golfers finished Second at Districts. Tommy Sullinger ’17 qualified for the State Tournament.  Members of the winning team were (left to right) Head Coach Mussa Orra, Alex Morrison '17, Tommy Sullinger '17, Logan Hodak '16, Eric Mancinotti '17, Tommy Hurley '17, Brodie Kajfasz '18 and Assistant Coach Julie Brown.

 

 

Kevin Smith Kirkwood '95 Honors SJJ Mentor
Monday, October 12, 2015

SJJ graduate Kevin Smith Kirkwood '95 performer and Tony Award winner honored his mentor from high school Fr. Ron Torina, S.J. in song.  Hear it here.

St. John’s Jesuit Has Five National Merit Commended Students
Wednesday, October 07, 2015

St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy (SJJ) is proud to announce that five young men have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program – Grant Barnett, Matthew Brangham, Jacob Hasselbach, Mario Markho and Bilal Yassine. A Letter of Commendation from SJJ and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) will be presented to these scholastically talented seniors. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation were recognized, the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

 

Grant Barnett is a member of the National Honor Society, the Integrity Committee and an Ambassador. He is a House Captain, on the Spirit Squad and a peer tutor. He has been a leader for freshman, sophomore and senior retreats.  He has done service in El Salvador as part of the SJJ International Service Program.  He has been the bunny for Easter on Campus for preschoolers.  He volunteered for Food for Thought and the Sunbridge Academy. He is a Monday volunteer for the Labre Program that weekly feeds around 75 local families. He is active in the Little Flower Parish Youth Group and is a Eucharistic Minister for parish as well.

                He has been involved in Boy Scouts since the fifth grade and is working toward his Eagle Scout. 

                He is a four-year member of the Titan cross country and track and field teams where he earned varsity letters in both. He is a member of the Frisbee Club.  He was in the SJJ musical West Side Story.

                An AP Scholar having taken AP courses in U.S. History, U. S. Government, English Literature, English Language and Composition, Biology, Calculus BC and Latin. He plans to study medicine and is applying to The Ohio State University, Miami University, Princeton University, Harvard University and University of Chicago.

                Matthew Brangham is in National Honor Society.  He has been active in the SJJ Fine Arts Program.  He is a member of the Vocal Ensemble.  He has performed in three SJJ musicals Spamalot, Godspell and West Side Story as well as the Notre Dame Academy production of Pride & Prejudice: The Coffee Shop Edition.  He will be appearing in the upcoming Waterville Players Community Theatre Production of Into the Woods. He is teaching himself to play the piano.

                He has earned his Boy Scout Eagle Award for a landscaping project he did for his church Grace United Methodist in Perrysburg.  He rowed crew for the Titans for five seasons. He has done Christian Service at the Catholic Club, Cherry Street Mission and participated in the SJJ daytime Christian Service Program tutoring. He volunteered at Grace United Methodist Kids Own Worship program for two years.

                He has taken AP Music Theory and AP Calculus BC.  He is participating in the SJJ Ohio State University Engineering class and plans to study optics and acoustic engineering.  He is applying to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology, Valparaiso University, Case Western University, Hope College and University of Dayton.

                Jacob Hasselbach is in National Honor Society, an Ambassador and a senior class representative on Student Council.  He has participated in the Leadership Alumni & Mentoring Program. He earned the Outstanding Freshman Award. 

                He has performed Christian Service work internationally in Guatemala as well as locally during the SJJ Day Time Christian Service Program at Pickett Academy helping in the fifth grade classroom.  He has also served at Glendale Assisted Living and Kid’s Unlimited.  He participates in the SJJ Labre Program that feeds 75 families every Monday, Easter on Campus and Christmas on Campus.  He taught Junior Water Polo Camp.

                He is a member of TV-4 Broadcasting and serves as a senior news anchor.  He is in the Ski Club and a member of the Men’s Chorus.  He swims for the Titan Swimming Team, plays on the Sylvania Water Polo Team and enjoys indoor soccer.

                He is an AP Scholar having taken courses in Calculus BC, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, English Language and Composition and Latin. He has taken the SJJ Ohio State University Engineering Course and plans to go into Biomedical Engineering.  He is applying to The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, Harvard University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University and Washington University (St. Louis).

                Mario Markho is in National Honor Society, on the Student Arts Committee, an Ambassador, and on the Integrity Committee.  He is Debate Team Captain, was a founding member of the SJJ Invitational Debate Tournament when he was a freshman and has been a Debate State Qualifier.  He is Secretary General (Captain) of the SJJ Model United Nations and co-founded the program when he was a sophomore.  His leadership qualities have grown while at SJJ through the Leadership & Alumni Mentoring Program and as a leader for freshman, sophomore, junior and senior retreats.  He participated in the Ignatian Solidarity Network Jesuit Teach-In in Washington D.C. where worldwide social justice issues were discussed.  He received the Committed to Doing Justice Award his junior year.

                He is a member of the Spirit Squad, a TV-4 senior anchor, an Ignatian Scholar, Eucharistic Minister and a Mass reader. He has done Christian Service for Lutheran Village, Ebeid Hospice, Bitter Sweet Farms and internationally in Guatemala. 

                He is an AP Scholar and has taken advantage of the largest AP Program in northwest Ohio taking classes in U.S. History, English Language and Composition, Government, Biology, English Literature and Calculus AB.

                He plans to study medicine and is applying to Notre Dame University, The Ohio State University, University of California (San Diego), Johns Hopkins University and Duke University.

                Bilal Yassine is in National Honor Society, Ambassador Society and participates in the Leadership & Alumni Mentoring Program. He has rowed all four years on the Titan Crew Team and serves as Team Captain.  He earned the St. John Berchmans Crew Award.  He was a member of the Titan Swim Team for two years.

                He was a Freshman Retreat Leader and is a House Group Leader.  He did service at Glendale Assisted Living and Flower Hospital.  He has done Christian Service nationally in Appalachia and internationally in Guatemala.

                He has taken full advantage of the SJJ AP Program taking U.S. History, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. Government, English Language and Composition, English Literature, Calculus BC, French and Psychology.

                He is applying to Princeton University, Harvard University, The Ohio State University, Boston University and Northwestern University.

Pictured left to right:  National Merit Commended Students are Bilal Yassine, Jacob Hasselbach, Matthew Brangham, Mario Markho and Grant Barnett.

 

 

2015 Men for Others Hall of Fame
Saturday, October 03, 2015

The Men for Others Hall of Fame ten honorees were inducted October 2:

Fred Beier (posthumously) in recognition of his great contributions to SJJ as a teacher and a coach as well as his many trips to Appalachia with SJJ students,

Rick Corbett ’69 in recognition of his professional accomplishments as former President and CEO for Superior Vision, Inc. and his community volunteer service for American Cancer Society and Boys and Girls Club,

Carl “Doc” Demarkowski in recognition of his more-than-three decades of service as a teacher and coach,

Hon. Doug Ducey ’82 in recognition of his professional accomplishments including his election as Governor of the State of Arizona and as former CEO and Chairman of Coldstone Creamery along with his extensive volunteer service for Thunderbird Charities, the Catholic Community Foundation and Teach America, to name a few,

Brandon Fields ’02 in recognition of his athletic career at SJJ, Michigan State and the NFL Miami Dolphins as well as his service to youth through NFL Play 60 and the Brandon and Katie Fields Youth Fitness Fund,

Ed Gemerchak ’80 in recognition of his deeply altruistic spirit in working with those in need as Executive Director of Y-Haven (Drug Treatment & Transitional Housing for homeless men),

Fr. John Libens, S.J. in recognition of his work in forming SJJ for its first 50 years,

W. Geoffrey Lyden III in recognition of his professional accomplishments as CEO of TrueNorth Energy, his leadership as chairman of the SJJ Board of Trustees, and his deep volunteer commitment to Toledo education at SJJ and Lourdes University and to the community with such organizations as the Port Authority,

Tim Malone ’69 in recognition of his contributions to SJJ as a thespian, performing arts director, teacher and administrator as well as his involvement for Habitat for Humanity, SJJ Appalachian trips and International Samaritan trips,

Don Mewhort ’83 in recognition of his athletic career at SJJ, his professional success as President and Owner of Midland Title and Escrow, Ltd., his effective work as a SJJ Board Member and for his service to the community for the Boys and Girls Club, Lucas County Plan Commission St. John’s Jesuit Will Induct Ten into the Men for Others Hall of Fame multiple other organizations.

Pictured left to right: Don Mewhort, Carl Demarkowski, Tim Malone, Tony Beier accepting for his father Fred, Fr. John Libens, Rick Corbett, Geoffrey Lyden III, Ed Gemerchak and Brandon Fields.

 

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Students Applaud Pope Francis' Address to Congress
Friday, September 25, 2015

Every student, teacher and staff member listened as Pope Francis addressed the U.S. Congress on September 24 and applauded his powerful words. Through the Ignatian Solidarity Network, St. John's Jesuit participated in a huge Pope Watch Party with over 20,000 participants.  Four SJJ students tweeted messages of their impressions during the Pope's address.  A game of bingo was played with squares referencing topics the Pope would touch on.  Throughout the day discussions were held on the Pope's address.  A big thank you goes to Phil Skeldon, John Weinandy, Social Justice Alliance and the Christian Service Team for planning and helping with the event. Read more in THE BLADE.

Titan Golfers are TRAC Champions!
Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Titan Golf Team are TRAC Champions. Tom Sullinger '17 was TRAC Golf Player of the Year and Coach Mussa Orra '02 was TRAC Golf Coach of the Year.  Sullinger '17, Eric Mancinotti '17 and Alex Morrison '17 were TRAC First Team. Brodie Kajfasz '18 was TRAC Second Team. Logan Hodak '16 and Tom Hurley '17 were TRAC Honorable Mention. Read more in THE BLADE.

Perfect SAT Score, Perfect ACT Score and National Merit Semifinalist
Friday, September 18, 2015

Senior Connor Long has hit the trifecta of high school academics honors he scored a perfect SAT score of 2400, a perfect ACT score of 36 and was named a 2016 National Merit Semifinalist.

Long is one of 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.  To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.  About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Long has been at SJJ since seventh grade spending two years at the St. John’s Jesuit Academy before advancing to the high school.  He is Student Council Vice President and serves on the Integrity Committee. He did international Christian Service this summer in Panama and participated in the SJJ daytime Christian Service program at Rosary Cathedral last year.        

At SJJ he has taken a rigorous course load and has already earned college credit through Advanced Placement (AP) courses in Calculus BC, English Language & Composition, English Literature, U.S. History, Statistics, Latin, U. S. Government and Music Theory.  He writes music and is taking an independent study in song writing. He will have his works performed at a recital at the end of the semester.

He is a familiar performer in SJJ musicals with roles in productions since he was in seventh grade. He was in Titanic, Anything Goes, Spamalot, Godspell and West Side Story.  He has also performed in Notre Dame Academy musicals Seussical, Shrek, Oliver and Mary Poppins.  He is a member of the SJJ Men’s Chorus and Vocal Ensemble all four years.

He plans to study musical theatre in college and will be applying to Baldwin Wallace University, University of Michigan, New York University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College, Wright State University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Oklahoma.

Long was recently featured on Yahoo Parenting.: Read More about Connor on YAHOO

Check Out the Engineering Class
Friday, September 11, 2015

What does a Mr. Potato Head have to do with engineering?  Members of the St. John’s Jesuit Ohio State University engineering program learned about the importance of quality control and making a product to exact specifications. Check out the production line.  Then CEO (and teacher) Rob Holman does the final inspection under the tight time constraints. St. John’s Jesuit is one of only two schools in Ohio that partner with The Ohio State University Engineering.

St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy has five National Merit Semifinalists!
Thursday, September 10, 2015

St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy has five National Merit Semifinalists in the 61st Annual National Merit Scholarship Program – the most of any of the other area high schools.  They are seniors Fuad J. Abbas, Nicolas V. Granato, Connor A. Long, Shohan Shetty and Luke Tracz.  These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.  About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Fuad Abbas is in National Honor Society and a member of the Ambassador Society. He participated in the Leadership & Alumni Mentoring Program. He received the “Man for Others” Award for his involvement on the Christian Service Core Team. He has volunteered in Appalachia and done international Christian Service in El Salvador.  He has participated in both Easter on Campus and Christmas on Campus. He has served as a Freshman Retreat Leader, a House Group Leader and a Big Brother.  

As a part of the Social Justice Alliance he helped create an Awareness Week for social justice and human rights in the Middle East. He has participated in an Ignatian Summit on Peace and Justice in Washington D.C. and in a Global Summit on Innovation in China on globalized economy. He earned the Saint Michael’s College Book Award for his achievement in academics as well as leadership in the community for service and social justice.

He was on the crew team for two years and played on the JV tennis team his junior year.

He has taken Advanced Placement (AP) courses in U. S. History, Latin, Biology, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature, U. S. Government and Statistics.

He plans to study Economics and is applying to The Ohio State University, University of Michigan, Georgetown University, Northwestern University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Nicolas Granato is a member of the National Honor Society. He was one of the founders of the National Spanish Honor Society his sophomore year and now serves as president.  He is a member of the Young Politicians Club that he helped form.  He is a captain on the Debate Team and was a State Qualifier in debate as a junior.  He is an Ambassador.  He participates in the Leadership & Alumni Mentoring Program. He has been a school Big Brother. He was in the Campion Hall Players production of Tom Jones.

He was a freshman retreat leader, worked with children at Rosary Cathedral as part of the SJJ daytime Christian Service Program, participated in both Easter on Campus and Christmas on campus and volunteered at Glendale Assisted Living for two years. He volunteered for a summer at the YMCA Camp Chingachgook in upstate New York before being a counselor there last summer. He played rugby for two years, wrestled his freshman and sophomore years, and was on the JV tennis team.

He has been involved in the AP Program taking courses in French, Spanish, U. S. History, U. S. Government, Calculus BC, English Language and Composition, English Literature, Statistics and Chemistry.  He will take AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics through the SJJ Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy.

A dual citizen of the United States and France, he plans to study finance.  He is applying to Yale University, Princeton University, Brown University, Pomona College, University of California (Berkeley) and McGill University.

Connor Long is Student Council Vice President and serves on the Integrity Committee. He did international Christian Service this summer in Panama and participated in the SJJ daytime Christian Service program at Rosary Cathedral last year.        

At SJJ he has taken a rigorous course load and has already earned college credit through AP courses in Calculus BC, English Language & Composition, English Literature, U.S. History, Statistics, Latin, U. S. Government and Music Theory.  He writes music and is taking an independent study in song writing. He will have his works performed at a recital at the end of the semester.

He is a familiar performer in SJJ musicals with roles in productions since he was in seventh grade. He was in Titanic, Anything Goes, Spamalot, Godspell and West Side Story.  He has also performed in Notre Dame Academy musicals Seussical, Shrek, Oliver and Mary Poppins.  He is a member of the SJJ Men’s Chorus and Vocal Ensemble all four years.

He plans to study musical theatre in college and will be auditioning at Baldwin Wallace University, University of Michigan, New York University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College, Wright State University, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Oklahoma.

Shohan Shetty is a member of National Honor Society and has participated in the Leadership & Alumni Mentoring Program. He is secretary for the National Spanish Honor Society, an Ignatian Guild Scholar and in the Ambassador Society. He was on the Chess Team and was involved in Student Council sophomore year.

He has rowed four years and earned the Ignatian Growth Crew Award. He also plays for the Sylvania Basketball Recreational League and Maumee indoor soccer. An active volunteer he was a Freshman Retreat Leader, served at Flower Hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Glendale Assisted Living, participated in Easter on Campus and did international Christian Service this past summer in Guatemala.

He is has taken AP courses in U. S. History, Biology, English Language and Composition, Government, Chemistry, English Literature, Calculus BC and Spanish.  He plans to study Pre-Med and is applying to Georgetown University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Ohio State University, Duke University and Boston University.

Luke Tracz is a member of the National Honor Society.  He is an Ambassador and an Ultimate Frisbee Club member.  He is a peer tutor and serves on the Integrity Committee. He participates in the Leadership & Alumni Mentoring Program.

He has taken AP courses in English Language & Composition, English Literature, U. S. History, U. S. Government, Chemistry, Biology, Calculus BC and Statistics.  He has taken the three-year engineering program which partners with The Ohio State University.

He takes the school model of being a man for others to heart having gone on three trips to Appalachia and this past summer to El Salvador.  He has also served at Ebeid Hospice, tutored at Sylvania Family Services and volunteered at Wildwood Metro Parks.

He is a captain of the crew team and has participated all four years at SJJ and has qualified for the Nationals and the prestigious Head of the Charles race in Boston.

He plans to pursue a career in civil or environment engineering and is applying to Cornell University, University of Michigan, University of Illinois (Urbana) and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Pictured are the SJJ National Merit Semifinalists (left to right): Luke Tracz, Shohan Shetty, Fuad Abbas, Connor Long and Nicolas Granto.

 

 

St. John’s Jesuit Initiates 50th Year with Mass of the Holy Spirit
Wednesday, September 02, 2015

St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy (SJJ) will begin its celebration of its 50th year of re-establishment in Toledo on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. with Mass of the Holy Spirit.  The Mass will be concelebrated with Fr. Brian Paulson SJ, Provincial of Chicago-Detroit Province, Fr. Tom Doyle SJ, Vice President of Jesuit Identity at SJJ, Msgr. Charles Singler, Vocations Director, Diocese of Toledo, Fr. Jerry Odbert SJ, Fr. Frank Canfield SJ, Fr. John Libens SJ, Fr. Bill Murphy SJ, Fr. Dan Zak, Fr. Mark Davis '78,  Fr. Marty Connell, SJ '81, Fr. John Bamman, OFM Conv. '85, Fr. Brian Lehane, SJ, Fr. Pat Peppard, SJ, Fr. Geoff Rose, O.S.F.S., Fr. Ronald Olszewski, O.S.F.S., Fr. Don Vettese, SJ and Deacon Jerry Ziemkiewicz have been confirmed.

 

At the official opening in September, 1965, Fr. Nicholas Gelin S.J., the first president, said, “Today, St. John’s begins its second springtime with a planting that we pray will yield a harvest comparable to the first.”

 

And it has.  Many of Toledo’s leaders in education, business and government have their foundation in a St. John’s Jesuit education as do many others around the country. Over the 50 years St. John’s Jesuit graduates have included Pulitzer Prize winners Michael Sallah ’73 and Nick Anderson ‘85, Tony Award winner Kevin Kirkwood Smith ’95, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey ’82, CBS Correspondent Steve Hartman ’81, Mayor of Columbus Michael Coleman ’73, Olympic contenders Scott Parsons ’97 and David Colturi ’07, CEO & President of Pitney Bowes Marc Lautenbach ’79, Colonel Mark Swentkofske USAF Attaché  Beijing China, three local superintendents of schools Chris Knight ’78, Secretariat Leader/Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Michael O’Shea ‘69, Superintendent of Springfield Schools and Pat Hickey ’81, Superintendent of Washington Local Schools, numerous judges, priests, captains of industry locally and nationally, NFL players and coaches, NBA players and coaches, community leaders and on and on.

 

That first freshman class in 1965, the Class of 1969, would yield the CEO of The Andersons Mike Anderson, the President/CEO of Superior Vision Services Inc. Rick Corbett, renowned neon light artist Rocky Pinciotti, Springfield Schools Superintendent Dr. O’Shea, former City Council member, writer and political activist Michael Ferner, actor Mike Saad and a future principal of the school Tim Malone.

 

The high school opened its doors to all boys in 1965 with the gym, auditorium and chapel still under construction.  Today, the campus has grown to 54 acres and continues its 50-year mission to educate young men in grades 6-12.  The academic facilities feature a high school for grades 9-12 with a wing for grades 6-8.  The campus includes the dome gym, auxiliary gym, The Lyden Fitness Center, Lyden Field, a state-of-the-art sports stadium, soccer/lacrosse field, a baseball complex, the McQuade Theatre, Sawicki Family Music Center, the Carty Fox Commons, a food court, the technology wing, the Iott Center that houses the A+ Learning Center and a chapel that seats the entire student body.

 

Plans are underway for other celebrations and remembrances throughout the year to

commemorate St. John’s Jesuit 50 years of proven success in educating young men who are the leaders of today and tomorrow in the Catholic Jesuit tradition.

 

Over 10,000 young men over their four years at St. John’s Jesuit have experienced opportunities that have changed their lives and defined who they are.  Graduates know that when you have helped someone and touched his life it makes a world of difference within you.  Although many graduates go on to successful careers because of the premier academic education.  Jesuit education has always been more about internal formation based on the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, about the St. John’s Jesuit brotherhood and about becoming a man for others.

 

For 475 years Jesuit education has been producing tomorrow’s leaders in a Christ-centered atmosphere.  St. John’s Jesuit is part of a network of 63 high schools and 28 colleges in the U.S. and hundreds of institutions worldwide that all share the same ideals and programs. Founding documents based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, orient and guide all Jesuit institutions and its employees to effectively carry on the educational mission and services of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit).

 

 

 

SJJ Mother/Son Mass and Breakfast September 13, 2015 at 9am
Friday, August 28, 2015

SJJ Mother/Son Mass and Breakfast  Sunday September 13 2015  @ 9a.m.

All Titan Mothers and Sons are cordially invited to a special Mass & Breakfast for SJJ High School and Academy. It is with great pleasure that we extend this invitation to keep a great tradition going.

NOTE: If you are unable to attend Mass, please join us for the breakfast buffet. You will have the opportunity to meet your son's friends and their Mothers, and become better acquainted with the St. John's Jesuit Family. Mass celebrated at 9a.m. in the St. John Berchmans' Chapel Breakfast buffet in the Carty Fox Commons at 10:30 a.m.

School attire is appropriate wear.

 
Reservations Due No Later Than Friday September 4 2015

Plan to join fellow moms and their sons for this memorable morning.

Claudio Cabrera Earns U.S. Citizenship
Friday, August 28, 2015

St. John’s Jesuit faculty member Claudio Cabrera became a U. S. citizen on Thursday, August 27.  He was one of 49 people who were honored and the one person from Uruguay.  He started the process four years ago.  According to Mr. Cabrera he feels blessed and honored to receive his citizenship.

                Mr. Cabrera has impressive credentials.  He taught public speaking on the university level at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay, which is managed by the Jesuits.  In 2009 he began teaching Spanish.  He earned his teaching certificate and then his Masters in Spanish Linguistics at the University of Jaen in Spain.  Mr. Cabrera has taught Spanish online for a Mexican school called LiveLingua.  He also taught at the  U.S. Embassy in Montevideo and at Spanish by the Sea School in the island of Bocas del Toro in Panama before he joined the SJJ faculty in 2013.  Currently, he teaches Spanish II and IV. He plans to pursue his Ph.D. in Spanish literature and/or culture

                He has been involved in the SJJ International Christian Service program for two years going to El Salvador and Guatemala his first year and El Salvador this past summer.  He enjoys being the link between the students and the people so they can connect and learn more about each other.

                He played professional soccer in Uruguay for a year and all through college.  According to Mr. Cabrera, the first gift a child receives in Uruguay is a soccer ball. He earned his U.S. coaching license and was the girls’ head coach at Springfield High School for a year.  He will coach a girls’ team for Toledo Metro F. C. in the spring.

                Whether he is earning his U.S. Citizenship, striving to be the best Spanish teacher, coaching soccer, pursuing his academic career or helping young men connect during International Christian Service – he is always pursuing the Jesuit motto of Magis, doing more and being more.

Photos: Mr. Cabrera at the ceremony.  Other photos are of the Academy students and their special presentation to Mr. Cabrera.

St. John's Jesuit Recognized by the Ohio House of Representatives
Thursday, August 13, 2015

                St. John’s Jesuit High School was recognized by the members of the House of Representatives of the 131st General Assembly of Ohio on receiving the 2014-2015 All Sports Trophy for the Three Rivers Athletic Conference.  The recognition was under the sponsorship of Representative Michael P. Sheehy, House District 46.

                The All Sports Trophy is presented to the school that achieves the best overall performance across ten common team sports.  The declaration reads, “. . . the All Sports Trophy is a fitting tribute to St. John’s Jesuit High School, which won TRAC titles in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field during the 2014-15 year, and it has earned this prestigious honor for three consecutive years.  By taking part in athletics, the students have learned valuable lessons of self-discipline, perseverance, hard work, and fair play that will undoubtedly be of great benefit to them throughout their lives.”

                The declaration continues, “With athletic competition playing such an important role in the total education of our young people, we are extremely pleased to acknowledge St. John’s Jesuit High School for its outstanding sports programs.  We are certain that in the years to come, this fine institution will continue to display the same unwavering dedication to athletic excellence for which it has become known.”

 

Michael Truesdell, President of St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy, (left) and Robert Ronai, Director of Athletics, display the proclamation from the Ohio House of Representatives.

 

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Parking Lot Maintenance
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Beginning Monday July 20th, the west parking lot will be closed for one week for sealing and striping work. When this is completed the contractor will close the east parking lot and complete the second phase of the project. The Holland Sylvania entrance will be closed for the first week and the Airport Highway entrance for the second week. This is all subject to weather conditions and any rain we might have could stretch the project out. Please be patient during this process as we continue to maintain our excellent facilities and grounds.

 

Service Trip to Guatemala
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Our final group of Christian Service guys are on their way to Guatemala from July 16-25. You can follow their service journey on sjjguatemalatrip2015.blogspot.com

SJJ has had four different groups of young men doing service this summer in Appalachia, El Salvador, Panama and now Guatemala.

Leading the Guatemala group are faculty members Adam Dane '02, Jack Kelly '06 and Kyle Zwyer.

Students serving in Guatemala are Sagar Agarwal, Jake Barnes, Michael Bennett, Jonathan Carlson, Vamsi Chodisetty, Ben Clark, Robert DiSalle, Jacob Hasselbach, Josh Irwin, Rajeev Laungani, Andrew Layman, Mario Markho, Andrew Melick, Bennett Miller, Isaac Rogers, Shohan Shetty, Stephen Wainz and Bilal Yassine.

Guatemala

 

Students Serving in Appalachia July 11 - 18
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Seven SJJ young men along with staff and faculty members Rob Taylor, Phil Skeldon and John Weinandy are in Appalachia doing service this week. Keep Cameron Bernath, August Dreier, Pat Gorman, Daniel Perales, Sean Wietecki, Matt Orchard and Bo Taylor in your prayers. They are carrying on a 20 plus year tradition of SJJ service in Appalachia!

 

Fundraiser for Joey Sabol
Sunday, July 12, 2015

A special fundraiser is being held for St. John's Jesuit junior Joey Sabol on Wednesday, July 15 at LaFiesta Mexican Restaurant, Reynolds Road, Maumee from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.  Joey will have an operation to remove a tumor in the next couple of weeks.  To assist his family with missing work and medical bills, a fundraiser has been organized.  

You need to present the flyer when ordering to donate.

 

Show your Titan Spirit and support Joey.

Click here for the flyer Joey Sabol 2

 

Scheduled Computer, Internet and Phone Maintenance July 10
Thursday, July 09, 2015

There is a scheduled computer, internet and phone maintenance scheduled for July 10.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Sean Rattay Commits to Play Football for the Naval Academy
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Senior Sean Rattay committed to play football for the United States Naval Academy.  Rattay is a center and guard for the Titans and has garnered honors. He was First Team All TRAC and First Team All District both his sophomore and junior years. He played basketball for the Titans his freshman and sophomore years.

Rattay is a member of the National Honor Society and consistently on the Honor Roll.  He is a member of the Ambassador Society, Arabic Club and Christian Service.  He has done volunteer work at the Swan Point Care Center and Spring Meadows Extended Care doing activities with the residents. 

According to Rattay, he selected the Naval Academy for its top academics and football programs.  He plans to major in business and marketing.  He was also pursued by The University of Toledo, Ball State University, University of Pittsburgh, Purdue University, University of Cincinnati, United States Air Force Academy and United States Military Academy.

Robert Miller Leads First Place Team at Global Summit
Monday, June 29, 2015

SJJ junior Robert Miller was one of the leaders of the team chosen for first place out of over 100 teams by the judges of the Innovation Village at the Global Student Leaders Summit held in Davos, Switzerland on the topic of "Innovation and the Future of Education." In the photo, Robert is explaining the project from the main stage in front of 1,500 students, teachers, administrators and conference organizers. Congratulations Robert!

Former Faculty Member Fr. Thomas Ryan, S.J. Passes Away
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fr. Thomas Ryan, S.J. who taught at St. John's Jesuit from 1980-85, passed away on June 21 at Colombiere Center, Clarkson, MI. The wake for Fr. Ryan will be Sunday, June 28, from 3-7 p.m. in the Colombiere Chapel.  There will be a wake service at 7 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:45 a.m., on Monday, June 29 in the Colombiere Chapel.

Students Participate in Global Student Leaders Summit in Switzerland
Friday, June 19, 2015

Twelve St. John’s Jesuit High School (SJJ) young men will join with hundreds of students from around the world to participate in the Global Student Leaders Summit in Davos, Switzerland on June 27-28.  The summit theme is “Innovation and the Future of Education” with Sir Ken Robinson, one of the foremost leaders on creativity in education, as the keynote speaker.  Students will attend expert-led workshops.  Then, using the same creative problem-solving technique used by companies like Apple and Google, the Design Thinking Process, international teams of students will be challenged to solve a pressing global education issue and present their solutions.

 

Before coming together for the summit, international students will explore how the culture, history and politics impact education systems throughout Europe.  SJJ students will be immersed in the Italian culture and language all while exploring the past, present and future of Italy’s education system.  They will examine Montessori education, an innovative approach founded in Italy.  They will gain a local perspective by connecting with students from Rome.

 

Students attending the program are recent 2015 graduates Alex Caserta, Bailey Cedoz, AJ Kaminski and Liam Rogers, seniors Noah Elliott and Brad Marshall, and juniors Marquis Holmes, Dakota Logan, Robert Miller, Cameron Mowat, Drew Parson and Patrick Smyth.  Faculty advisors on the trip are group leader Stacey Wisnieski and Barbara Trimble.

 

Previously, SJJ students have attended a Student Leaders Summit in Shanghai, China on the topic of “The Global Economy and Social Responsibility” in March, 2014.

 

Titans Earn TRAC All Sports Award Third Year in a Row
Thursday, June 18, 2015

The St. John’s Jesuit High School (SJJ) Titans have won their third straight Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) All Sports Award. Out of a possible ten sports, SJJ won seven conference titles.  The Titans won conference titles in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis and Track/Field. In addition, Basketball, Golf, Tennis and Track/Field won District Titles, while Golf and Tennis both reached the State Tournament.

               

Representing their sport are members of the Class of 2016: Baseball - Sam McClurg, Basketball – Gabe Kynard, Crew – Austin Buck, Cross Country – Jake Barnes, Football – Sean Rattay, Golf – Logan Hodak, Hockey – Hayden Wyper, Lacrosse – Matt Padanilam, Soccer – Charlie Baumgartner, Swimming & Diving – Robert DiSalle, Tennis – Rajeev Laungani, Track/Field – Corey Pargo and Wrestling – Brendan O’Brien.

 

Pictured are Class of 2016 athletes that helped St. John’s Jesuit earn the TRAC All Sports Award for the third year in a row: (left to right) front: Sean Rattay, Charlie Baumgartner, Matt Padanilam, Gabe Kynard center: Brendan O’Brien, Austin Buck, Robert DiSalle, Corey Pargo back: Hayden Wyper, Rajeev Laungani, Logan Hodak, Sam McClurg, Jake Barnes

 

               

 

 

Tyler Norris Earns the Harry Denman Evangelism Award
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tyler Norris ‘16 received the prestigious Harry Denman Evangelism Award at the West Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church annual session.  The award celebrates the outstanding personal evangelism ministry of clergy, laity and youth in West Ohio.  As the youth recipient Norris was recognized for his living example and passion in helping others experience God’s transforming love through Jesus Christ.

An honor student, Norris is extremely involved at SJJ in the Social Justice Alliance and in Christian Service.  He serves as a Drum Major for the Marching Titans.  Outside of school he is involved in Troop 210 Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and served as a staff member for this summer’s BSA National Youth Leadership Training Program.  He is a youth board member for Chrysalis (young program of Emmaus) and is one of the senior high school counselors for the junior high program at Epworth United Methodist Church.

Norris received his award from the Rev. Linda Middelberg, Superintendent, Maumee Watershed District.

              

Meet New High School Principal Joe Cordella
Monday, June 15, 2015

A Welcome Mass and Brunch for New High School Principal Mr. Joe Cordella and his family will be held on Sunday July 12th  at 11 a.m. in The Chapel of St. John Berchmans.

SJJ High School students and families are welcome to attend!  RSVP no later than June 30th to cstruck@sjjtitans.org  with your name and number of family members attending Mass and Brunch.

The Picnic Style Fare Brunch will immediately follow Mass and will be held in the Carty Fox
Commons.  For more information call 419-865-5743 ext. 0702.

 



 



Track Team Members Headed to Nationals
Thursday, June 11, 2015

First, they were Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) champions, than they placed third in the State and set a new St. John’s Jesuit High School varsity school record for the 4 x 800m Relay of 7:51.09. Now Nick Jarrell ’15, Ben Clark ’16 , Ivan Dye ’16 and Jake Barnes ’16 will compete against top high school teams across the country in the New Balance Nationals on June 25 in Greensboro, North Carolina.                

 

This was a banner year for St. John’s Jesuit Track and Field team that were TRAC and District Champions. Seven young men were State Qualifiers.  They were Jarrell in the 4 x 800m Relay and the 3200m Run, Clark in the 4 x 800m Relay, Dye in the 4 x 800m Relay and 4 x 400m Relay, Barnes in the 4 x 800m Relay, 4 x 400m Relay and 800m Run, Keionn Gray ’15 in the 4 x 400m Relay, Jelani Young ‘15 in the 4 x 400m Relay, and Tycen Anderson ’17 in the High Jump. Young, Dye, Gray and Barnes set a varsity school record for the 4 x 400m Relay of 3:20.93. Young also set a varsity school record of 49.58 in the 400m Dash.

 

Shown with their Third Place State Medals and headed to the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina are (left to right) Nick Jarrell, Ben Clark, Ivan Dye and Jake Barnes.

 

Twin Eagle Scouts are SJJ Graduates
Monday, June 08, 2015

Twins Nathaniel “Nate” and Zachary “Zach” Chapman'15 received their official Eagle Scout Awards at a ceremony on June 2.  Both young men are graduates of St. John’s Jesuit High School (SJJ) and are headed to John Carroll University (JCU) this fall. They are members of Troop 210 in Holland, Ohio and are the first twins in the troop to ever both earn their Eagle Scout Award.

 

Nate’s Eagle Scout project involved collecting school supplies for Rosary Cathedral.  Each kit contained a folder, spiral notebook, pencils, crayons, and pens.  He made a supply kit for every student in the school.  He spent over 100 hours calling sponsors, going door to door, and assembling the kits.

 

In addition to Boy Scouting, Nate was in the National Honor Society for two years and was in the Spanish Honor Society.  He was a peer tutor in the A+ Learning Center. 

 

He was involved in the Anime Club (a Japanese culture club) and on the Speech and Debate Team for three years. He acted in the Campion Hall Players in Tom Jones and Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was involved in the SJJ Marching Band where he played the French horn. He was a section leader and uniform manager for the Marching Band as well as served as the Band Representative for the Student Art Committee. He was a mentor to fellow band students in the SJJ Community Band.                 

 

He was a patrol leader for Providence Lutheran Church (Holland) for grades 6-12. He plans to study International Business and Language and Culture at JCU with a concentration in Spanish and German.

               

Zach created three raised flower beds at Wolf Creek Home for his Eagle Scout project.  Residents in wheelchairs can roll themselves up to the beds to plant flowers and tend to the gardens.  This allows all residents who love to garden a chance to still enjoy this hobby.  This project involved over 50 hours.

               

Zach was in Marching Band and played the tuba. In the band he was a section leader for the brass instruments, was a community band mentor, and involved in the Concert Band as first chair for two years.  He was in Campion Players with roles in Tom Jones and a Midsummer’s Night Dream as well as Notre Dame Academy’s The Drowsy Chaperone.  He was a two-year member of the Speech Team and was journalist for the school newspaper THE SPECTRUM.

               

He mentored underclassman as a Small House Group Leader, was a sophomore retreat leader, and served as a peer tutor.  He was in the National Honor Society for two years and the Spanish National Honors Society.  He helped at Easter on Campus and was an altar server.  He was a Zoo Teen for three years. He has been a Boy Scout Troop Leader for three years, a Senior Patrol Leader, and a Troop Leadership Advisor.               

 

He will participate in the Leadership Scholars Honors Program at JCU and will pursue an advanced degree in Economics.

 

 

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SJJ Hires Tim Martin as Band Director
Friday, June 05, 2015

Mr. Tim Martin will be the new SJJ Band Director. He was a member of the prestigious Ohio University Marching 110 performing on the snare drum for five years.  He has performed with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps.  Although the snare drum is his instrument of choice, he has taught percussion, brass, and woodwind classes. One of his strengths is helping band students discover their best instrument fit. Plus, he has been involved in  leadership activities through the Americorps Program and Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program. 

 

Join us on Tuesday, June 9, at 6:00 p.m. at Community Homecoming Park, 7807 Angola Road, Holland Ohio.  Come and meet Mr. Martin plus band students and parents.  Frisbee, hamburgers, and football will make the evening fun.  New band members need not bring anything; they are our guests! New band members should bring their $350 camp fee. Hope to see you there.

 

 

 

St. John’s Jesuit Selects Brett A. Molnar as New Hockey Coach
Wednesday, June 03, 2015

 

Brett A. Molnar was named the new Titan Varsity Hockey Coach.  Mr. Molnar joins the Titans with over 15-years-experience as a player and coach.  He played for Sylvania Northview High School and was voted team captain his junior season and was NHC First Team during that season as well.  He played Junior A Hockey for the Toledo Wolfpack ‘03-‘04 and the Markham Waxers (Toronto, Ontario) ‘04-‘06.  While with the Markham Waxers in ’05-’06, he was Team Captain, voted MVP, was part of the South Division regular season champions and earned the South Division scoring title.

He went on to play in college at Bowling Green State University (Division 1 CCHA) then transferred to Ohio University where he played for the Bobcats Varsity Hockey (Division 1 Club) serving as Team Captain his junior and senior seasons.

He was Assistant Head Coach of the Carmel Icehounds and helped coach the team to a Division 2 State Championship in March, 2012 and was Assistant Head Coach at Sylvania North Stars ’02 AAA from March 2013 to the present.  He has completed his USA Hockey Level 3 Certification – MidAm District.

He earned a Bachelor Degree of Specialized Studies from Ohio University and is a Marketing Manager/Program Manager for the Madison Avenue Marketing Group. 

He is a firm believer of promoting a student-athlete’s maturation on and off the ice and believes in the importance of academics.

“First and foremost, academics must be the most important aspect of a student-athlete’s high school and collegiate life.  Hockey may be a student-athlete’s first love and they may have aspirations of playing collegiately or even professionally, but a student-athlete must prepare himself for life after hockey.  Academic success will assist a student-athlete throughout their life by forcing them to learn to manage their time, problem solve, study, sacrifice and learn accountability.  It is important that these young men learn to become well-rounded individuals on and off the ice,” explained Mr. Molnar.

 

Academy Graduates 61!
Friday, May 29, 2015

Sixty One St. John’s Jesuit Academy eighth graders graduated May 28 with parents, siblings, grandparents, faculty, staff, and friends on hand to celebrate their accomplishments.

John Malkoski received the CYO 8th Grade Leadership Award for exhibiting strong leadership qualities on the CYO playing field, in the classroom, and throughout the community.

Andrew Horvath earned the St. Alphonsus Rodriquez Award for constantly being happy to be at school and always putting all his effort into everyday with a smile on this face.

Frankie Lizcano accepted the St. Francis Xavier Award.  This honor identifies a student who has utilized his efforts, commitment, and leadership to make contributions to the well-being of their teams, their classes, and the St. John’s Jesuit community as a whole.

Arafa Amin earned The Pedro Arrupe Service Award for being a thoughtful and caring individual who always puts others before himself, is willing to try or do something new, and who gives back to his local community and school through the act of serving others.

Sam Rodgers received the Eric Floyd Spirit Award for demonstrating leadership, poise, toughness, tenacity, fearlessness, and most of all an attitude of confidence that was contagious amongst his teammates and coaches.

Isaac Munoz was honored with the Ignatian Growth Award for demonstrating the five pillars of Jesuit education, which are open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice.

Connor Bishop, Aaron Brimmer, and Joey Thaman earned the Saint Robert Bellarmine Award for earning all A’s in their quarter classes for their entire seventh and eighth grade classes and epitomizing the Ignatian pillar of intellectually competent.

President Mike Truesdell in his closing remarks challenged the graduates this summer to find God in all things and come back after break and share how they found God with him.

                          

Baseball Team is TRAC Champions!
Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Titan Baseball Team are TRAC Champions.  Click here to read more in THE BLADE/BCSN.

Nine Students Headed to Panama for Service
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

 Nine students will leave with Mr. Phil Skeldon and Mr. Adam Dane ’02 on May 28 for a ten-day trip to build a multipurpose athletic court in an impoverished community in Panama.  Joining with Jesuit High, New Orleans, together they are participating in the Courts for Kids Program. 

A multisport athletic court is a great project because it requires the help of many community members, provides plenty of work for everyone, and becomes an asset that provides not only safe places for children to play, but it is also a location for the community to come together for celebrations.

SJJ volunteers going on the trip are Rolando Muniz '16, Eric Schneider '16, Leo Sandri '16, Gavin Chisholm '16, John Kahmann '16, Connor Long '16, Kenny Goetz '16, Matt Padanilam '16, and Aedan Martindale '16.They are the first of four student groups doing Christian Service work in Guatemala, El Salvador, Appalachia, and Panama.

If the Panama internet cooperates you can follow their postings.  Click here for a link.

 

Crew Makes Titan History
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

For the first time in Titan History there were not one but two boats in the Nationals.  The Junior 4 placed Fifth in the Nation.  Rowers on the Junior 4 boat were Austin Buck '16, Luke Tracz '16, Spencer Rogers '16, Bilal Yassine '16, and Shohan Shetty '16. The Varsity 4 placed 18th in the Nation and Fourth in the Region. Rowers were Aaron Parsons '15, Greg Miller '15, Jared Schwallie '15, James Miller '15, and Sohum Mehta '15. Sohum and Greg were Valedictorians for the Class of 2015.

The Junior 4 Boat (below) Placed Fifth in the Nation

Junior 4 Boat

Gabe Scarlett '15 Featured in THE BLADE
Monday, May 25, 2015

Gabe Scarlett '15, BCSN Student of the Year, is featured in THE BLADE. Click here to read more about his mission work in Haiti.

Teacher Scott Zura Earns Golden Apple Award
Friday, May 22, 2015

"I am not content to stay the same way, if there is a better way to teach I am going to go after it, not remain stagnant,” explained St. John’s Jesuit High School faculty member Scott Zura.

That willingness to be open and do what is best for his students is what helped earned Mr. Zura the 2015 Golden Apple Award.  The Golden Apple Award was established by the Jack and Rhodora Donahue Family Foundation of Pittsburgh in 1992 to honor outstanding Catholic educators.  This program has been expanded to the Diocese of Toledo and is in its tenth year.

Teachers are nominated for the award by a parent, student or fellow teacher.  Mr. Zura was nominated by James Miller, Class of 2015. Nominations are sent to a selection committee comprised of educators, administrators and members of the Bishop’s Education Council.

Mr.. Zura received a check for $5,000, a certificate of achievement, a Golden Apple keepsake decorated with a 24-karat gold cross, and a lapel pin.

Mr.. Zura teaches Physics and Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry.  He has taught at St. John’s Jesuit High School 21 years.  He is head junior varsity tennis coach and varsity tennis assistant.  He handles prom, and is STEM Club moderator.  He is a mentor for new teachers.

He believes in always searching for the best way for students to learn.  Within the last two years, he changed his physics course to a more inquisitive-based way of teaching.  Students are given a problem and they must determine the best way to handle.

As he explains, it is not the cookbook science lab that so often is taught – follow the instructions step by step. 

"It’s amazing to watch students collect the data, determine how to do it, draw their own conclusions, and defend how they did it,” he said.

             

To learn the new approach he attended an intense two-week, eight to five, summer session at Bowling Green State University that included intense homework at night.  The new teaching method just completed its second year at St. John’s Jesuit High School.  Last summer he attended a Chemistry Program at Ohio Northern University.

“The St. John’s Jesuit administration is very supportive of professional development and encouraging teachers to attend the right conferences,” he said.

           

In the last five years, four St. John’s Jesuit teachers have earned the Golden Apple Award – Butch Welling, Ron Miller, and Phil Skeldon.

 

Scott Zura received his award from Bishop Daniel Thomas.  Also pictured is Fr. Thomas Doyle and Dr. Brad Bonham. At the podium is Chris Knight, Superintendent of the Diocese of Toledo.

 

Titans Make a Difference in El Salvador
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Last summer St. John’s Jesuit students worked with Greg Taylor, a Peace Corps volunteer, in El Salvador as part of the Courts for Kids project.  Wanting to make an even bigger impact, one of the mission collections this year raised funds for a rural community called La Peña.  Titans contributed $1,400 for the community.

Greg sent an update on how funds were used. 

Eco-Bricks: Over 1,300 soda bottles were filled with over 1 ton of inorganic waste to build garden retention walls at the school.  Each bottle holds about 2 pounds of trash that otherwise would have been laying on the roadside.  SJJ money went towards construction materials and funding for the local contractor.  See picture.

Church Windows: Don Santos put in new glass windows in the tower at the La Peña church.  

Soccer Uniforms: The men's La Peña soccer team purchased brand new uniforms and a new soccer ball that they now wear every Sunday for team competition.

Soccer Field Fencing: The men's soccer team used part of the SJJ donation to put in about 100 yards of mesh wire fencing at the community soccer field.  You may recall that half of the soccer field was missing a fence and when balls went out of play there could be long breaks in the game while someone went looking for the ball.

Basketball Court Improvements: The boy's and girls' basketball teams both helped to paint lines on the basketball court according to the FIBA regulation measurements.  See picture.  Three powerful outdoor lights have also been installed to allow play at night. 

Greg shared in a note to Phil, “On behalf of La Peña, I'd like to thank you and all of the St. John's guys that contributed to the community's development.  Your guys truly effected a significant change in the lives of the people of La Peña and the community will be forever grateful.”

Class of 2015 Earns $18.2 Million in Scholarships
Thursday, May 21, 2015

The St. John’s Jesuit High School Class of 2015 earned an outstanding over $18.2 million in college scholarships and awards and celebrated their Graduation on May 20.

Valedictorians were Zachary Chambers'15, Sohum Mehta '15, James Lazenby '15, Alex Hasselbach '15, and Gregory Miller '15.  Mr. Lazenby gave the Commencement speech.  Matthew Theis was Salutatorian.

Jacob Dziubek'15 received the Bishop’s Cross given to outstanding seniors, who through their example, service and leadership have been notable in living out the Christian commitment.

The Scholar Athlete award presented to a versatile senior who demonstrates academic achievement and natural athletic ability went to Richard Anderson '15.

The Spirit of St. Ignatius of Loyola Award is given to an outstanding senior who exhibits determination, courage and love.  He has exhibited exceptional concern for the betterment of humankind throughout his career at St. John’s Jesuit both in and out of the classroom.  William Beebe '15 received the honor.

Aidan Reed '15 earned the JSEA Award.  It is presented under the auspices of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association. The award is given to the student who most closely resembles the following ideal:  A well-rounded person who is intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice in generous service to the people of God.

The St. John Berchmans Award was conferred on Nicolas Jarrell '15, who, by the vote of his classmates, is judged to be an outstanding senior.  In addition to general excellence, academic achievement, co-curricular involvement, leadership, and social awareness, he embodies the Christian ideals modeled by St. John Berchmans of the Society of Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Titans Sign to Play College Sports
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Brock Connor '15 will play baseball for Heidelberg University.

Brock Connor

Chandler Dippman '15 will play baseball for the College of Wooster.

Chandler Dippman

Ian Waddell '15 will play baseball for Ohio Wesleyan University.

Ian Waddell

Kaleb Vaughn '15 will play basketball for Louisburg College.  Kaleb was Second Team All-TRAC, Second Team All-District, and played in the Ohio-Indiana All Star Game.

Kaleb Vaughn

 

Gabe Scarlett '15 BCSN Student of the Year
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gabe Scarlett '15,  the BCSN November Student of the Month, was officially named the BCSN Student of the Year.  Gabe is interested in photojournalism. He was active on the Christian Service Team and performed service in Appalachia and Guatemala.

Read more.

 

 

Nicolas Jarrell '15 Named Evans Scholar
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nicolas Jarrell '15 was named an Evans Scholars and received the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship, a full, four-year tuition and housing college scholarship for golf caddies.  The Evans Scholars Program, one of the country’s largest privately funded scholarship programs, is sponsored by the Western Golf Association.  It is named in honor of Chick Evans, one of golf’s greatest amateurs, whose charitable legacy was to send deserving caddies to college.  Applicants are evaluated and compete on four criteria caddie record, ACT Score, financial need and character and leadership.  He caddied at the Inverness Club and Bloomfield Hills Country Club. Nicolas will be attending The Ohio State University. 

Pictured (left to right) John Kretzschmar, Director Western Golf Association, Nicolas Jarrell '15, and Greg Kopan, Director of Western Golf Association.

 

SJJ Faculty Todd Black inducted into Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame
Monday, May 18, 2015

SJJ Faculty member Todd Black, Chair of Academic Guidance and Head Coach for Cross Country receives recognition and induction into the Hardin County Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the BGSU Sports Hall of Fame  in 2006  . Follow the link to learn more about his accomplishments as a runner and coach. http://www.bgsufalcons.com/news/2015/4/23/GEN_0423154937.aspx?path=general

SJJ Advancement Department Seeks Alumni Director
Monday, April 27, 2015

The St. John’s Jesuit Advancement Department is looking to fill the position of Director of Alumni Relations.

This full-time position is responsible for overseeing, directing, and implementing alumni relations activities at St. John’s Jesuit. This position includes primary responsibility for alumni leadership giving, including personal solicitation of leadership donors and prospects. This position reports to the Vice President for Advancement.

Director of Alumni Relations job description

Please submit cover letter and resume by May 22 to Vice President of Advancement, St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy, 5901 Airport Hwy, Toledo, OH 43615 or to jobapp@sjjtitans.org.

We would like to thank Nick Butler ’01 for his work in guiding our alumni efforts for the past three years. Nick has been promoted to Advancement Officer, Annual Fund & Major Gifts.

St. John's Jesuit High School Announces New Academic Leadership Team
Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Mr. Joe Cordella, a Catholic high school administrator in the Baltimore area with eight years of previous leadership experience at Jesuit high schools, has been selected as the next principal of St. John’s Jesuit High School, SJJ President Mike Truesdell announced today. Mr. Cordella will work alongside Ms. Beth Hyder, SJJ’s newly appointed Academic Assistant Principal.

Mr. Cordella will take over his new position effective July 1 and succeeds Dr. Brad Bonham, who is departing St. John’s Jesuit to become the next President of Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Ill.

“It is with deep gratitude to our Principal Search Committee that I share the good news that Joe will be joining SJJ as Principal of the High School,” Mr. Truesdell said. “We sincerely thank everyone who participated in this very important decision. The process of finding our new principal truly reflected a Jesuit approach from start to finish.”

Read the Principal Search Committee's letter recommending Mr. Joe Cordella as SJJ's next High School Principal

Mr. Cordella joins St. John’s Jesuit from Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Md., where he served as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs. At Calvert Hall, he organized and oversaw all extracurricular clubs, activities and moderators in addition to teaching in the Theology Department.

Prior to that, Mr. Cordella was Director of Campus Ministry and later Director of Student Activities at Loyola Blakefield High School, a Jesuit-sponsored institution in Towson, Md., from 2009-2013.

“I am excited and humbled by this opportunity to be the next principal of St. John’s Jesuit High School,” Mr. Cordella said. “St. John’s is at a great time in its history and tradition celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. I’ve been impressed with everybody I’ve met there, and there’s a lot of energy and excitement in the SJJ school community right now.”

Mr. Cordella’s association with Jesuit education began at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, where he served as Retreat and Liturgy Coordinator from 2005-09.

Mr. Cordella holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree from the University of St. Thomas (Houston) and will complete a Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University (Md.) in May 2015.

He and his wife, Samantha, have two daughters, Seraphina (6) and Andalucia (4).

Ms. Hyder is not a new face at St. John’s Jesuit, having spent the past year preparing to succeed long-time SJJ administrator and teacher Cherie Bischoff as Academic Assistant Principal. Mrs. Bischoff is retiring from St. John’s Jesuit at the end of the 2014-15 school year after more than four decades of service to the school.

“I’ve been blessed to be a part of the SJJ community as a parent [David ’14], a teacher and now an administrator,” Ms. Hyder said. “I’ve been additionally blessed to shadow Cherie Bischoff during this year to learn our day-to-day operations, gain historical perspective and share ideas for a future that continues to make SJJ the academic leader of our region.”

Ms. Hyder has been a Science teacher at St. John’s Jesuit since 2011 and served as Chair of the Science Department since 2013. She also serves as chair of the Educational Excellence Committee as part of the ongoing strategic planning process at St. John’s Jesuit. She possesses more than 12 years of teaching experience and another five years in the environmental sciences sector, including working as Environmental Regulatory Specialist to the U.S. Secretary of Energy from 1991-92.

Ms. Hyder holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology degree from Miami University (Ohio) and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Indiana University.

Statement from St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy
Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Board of Trustees has decided that St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy will remain a single-gender, all-male school.

A discussion about a co-ed educational offering arose as part of a strategic planning process. As with any effective strategic planning process, we explored a variety of industry trends and options for growth that may advance the school. The co-ed issue was highlighted publicly and, in some cases, perceived as a stand-alone issue.

While the strategic planning efforts are ongoing, the Board has made a decision to continue to offer only single-gender, all-male enrollment. This decision was reached based on a number of factors, including preliminary survey findings, feedback from alumni, parents and the community, as well as the Board's vision for the future of the school. We are committed to providing an excellent Jesuit education to the young men of our community.

Dan Anderson, Board of Trustees Chairman
Mike Truesdell, President

William Beebe '15 to Attend JDRF Advocacy Day in Washington
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

William Beebe '15 will represent Northwest Ohio at this year’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund Government Day on March 21-24 in Washington, D.C. The goal of Government Day is for JDRF Advocacy volunteer leaders to advocate for JDRF’s priorities to their respective local constituents on Capitol Hill and back home through programs like the Promise to Remember Me Campaign.

William, SJJ's Student Council President, is a type 1 diabetic who has been actively involved with JDRF since he was diagnosed at age 5, and was most recently named as the Northwest Ohio Advocacy Chair.

This will be William’s third trip to D.C. to advocate for JDRF. He represented the Northwest Ohio Chapter at the 2011 Children’s Congress where he joined hundreds of other kids on Capitol Hill to secure continued government funding, as well as to raise awareness about the burdens of living with T1D. He also earned the right to attend 2012’s Government Day as a young teen after recruiting the most advocates in the country in 2011. His work in government continues through his close relationship working with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and attending Promise Me Campaigns with other local politicians.

William was the recipient of JDRF’s Cure Crusader of the Year Award in 2014. The Cure Crusader Award goes to an individual who has embraced his diagnosis of T1D and campaigns tirelessly to make a change in world of T1D.

Chess Team Captures League Championship
Thursday, February 19, 2015

The St. John's Jesuit Chess Team won the championship match against St. Francis on Wednesday in the Greater Toledo Area High School Chess League.

The Titans also came in first place during the regular season against teams from St. Francis, Perrysburg, Clay, Central Catholic, Maumee Valley, Ottawa Hills, Rossford and Waite high schools. Advancing to the four-team playoffs were SJJ, St. Francis, Perrysburg and Clay.

The SJJ Chess Team is coached by Mr. Kyle Zwyer.

SJJ Robotics Finishes 8th at State Championship
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The St. John's Jesuit High School Robotics team wrapped up the 2014-15 season Saturday as one of the Top 10 programs in the state.

The Titans won four out of five matches in the qualifying rounds of the FTC state championship and finished the meet ranked 8th out of 32 invited teams.

SJJ earned an invitation to the state meet by virtue of claiming the championship at the Van Wert regional tournament last month.

Speech & Debate Team Sending 5 Qualifiers to State Tournament
Monday, February 09, 2015

The St. John's Jesuit High School Speech and Debate Team's appearance at last weekend's district tournament produced a team first. The Titans had a team-record five state qualifers.

Haris Ahmad '15, Alex Lazenby '15, Vamsi Chodisetty '16, Nick Granato '16 and Mario Markho '16 will represent SJJ at the state tournament.

The Speech and Debate Team is coached by Mr. Adam Dane '02.

Mr. Michael Downing '71 Returning to SJJ as Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Thursday, February 05, 2015

Michael Downing, a member of the Class of 1971 and a former St. John’s Jesuit administrator and teacher, is returning to his alma mater to serve as Vice President of Institutional Advancement, SJJ President Mike Truesdell announced Thursday.

Mr. Downing has served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement for the last seven years at Notre Dame Academy. Prior to that, he was Vice President at St. John’s Jesuit from 1991-1994 and again from 2000-2008.

“I am enthused to be part of the St. John’s Jesuit team,” Mr Downing said. “The school has provided a distinctive, nationally recognized Jesuit education to thousands of young men with academic programs and personal formation second to none.”

During his last stint at St. John’s Jesuit, Mr. Downing helped raise funds for over $10 million in capital projects, including the construction of the Lyden Center and the Sawicki Family Music Center, renovation of the Carty Fox Commons and science labs, and the creation of the St. John’s Jesuit Academy. He also directed enrollment efforts leading from record low to record high enrollment and led fundraising efforts leading to endowment growth from $500,000 to $12 million.

At Notre Dame Academy, Mr. Downing helped launch the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School Program, directed admissions efforts that led to three years of enrollment growth with record freshman enrollment in a declining market, and led efforts that increased fundraising by 45% over three years from 2008-2011. In 2012, he started Eyes on the Future, a continuing major gifts effort that is responsible for several of the major facility and program updates at NDA over the past several years.

“Michael Downing has an impressive background, and he returns to his alma mater with great encouragement from the Board of Trustees and me,” Mr. Truesdell said. “We look forward to his contributions to St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy.”

During his third tenure at St. John’s Jesuit, Mr. Downing will be tasked with leading the effort to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. John’s Jesuit High School, planning major gift and capital campaigns to continue facility improvements, and implementing continuous academic improvements.

“As a member of one of the early graduating classes, Michael possesses an institutional memory that will greatly assist us as St. John’s Jesuit looks to its next 50 years,” said Mr. Truesdell.

Added Mr. Downing: “As St. John’s Jesuit celebrates 50 years of service to Toledo area families this year, it is a rewarding time to participate in positioning the school for service for the next 50 years. Great things are happening at SJJ, and it’s a privilege to be part of advancing the school.”

High School Principal Dr. Brad Bonham Leaving to Become President at Carmel Catholic
Friday, January 30, 2015

St. John’s Jesuit High School Principal Dr. Brad Bonham will leave at the end of the 2014-15 school year to become President of Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Ill., SJJ President Mike Truesdell announced Friday.

Dr. Bonham has served as the High School Principal at St. John’s Jesuit since 2009. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Admissions at St. John’s Jesuit from 2002-09.

“I am grateful to Mike Truesdell, the Board of Trustees and the St. John’s Jesuit community for the opportunity to serve as the High School Principal,” Dr. Bonham said. “St. John’s Jesuit is a family who has shown a consistent outpouring of love and care to my family. I am extremely grateful and humbled by the experience and I feel very fortunate to have been part of such a tremendous school community.”

During Dr. Bonham’s tenure as High School Principal, St. John’s Jesuit implemented several new initiatives for the benefit of its students, including becoming the first school in Ohio to implement a one-to-one iPad Program that revolutionized classroom learning. St. John’s Jesuit has since been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for Innovation, Leadership, and Educational Excellence for its commitment to technology in the classroom.

Under Dr. Bonham, St. John’s Jesuit also increased the number of Advanced Placement classes it offers to 24 – the most in Northwest Ohio – allowing students to obtain college credit while still in high school in several different subject areas. Other new initiatives included a comprehensive substance abuse testing program, the House System, revamped ACT/SAT preparation course, a three-year engineering program, public speaking course requirement for all students and a freshman study skills program.

“It is with pride in his accomplishments that we acknowledge Dr. Bonham’s departure. This is a wonderful opportunity for him to advance his outstanding career in education,” Mr. Truesdell said. “Such moments are indeed bittersweet. We will miss Brad and his beautiful family, and we wish them all the best as they join the Carmel Catholic community.”

A search committee to identify and recruit a new principal has been formed. Among the committee members are Rev. Thomas Doyle, S.J., Vice President for Jesuit Identity at St. John’s Jesuit; SJJ Board of Trustees member Mr. Dan Pienta ’87; SJJ faculty members Mr. Dave Simmons and Mr. Phil Skeldon; SJJ parent Ms. Lisa Gathard; Toledo Catholic Schools Superintendent Mr. Christopher Knight ’78; University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy Principal Mr. Anthony Trudel; and Dr. Catherine Karl from the Office of Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus.

SJJ Delegation Attends Model UN Conference
Thursday, January 22, 2015

A delegation of 12 students from St. John's Jesuit attended a Model UN conference at the University of Michigan on January 15-18.

SJJ students represented Brazil and Iraq in eight different committees that addressed issues ranging from cyber warfare and the militarization of the Internet to protecting artistic freedom to energy and climate change, among other topics.

Mario Markho '16 earned verbal commendation for Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Bradley Marshall '16 earned honorable mention for Disarmament and International Security Council (DISEC). Ammar Abidi '16 was named best delegate for Joint Committee as the historical figure Matsudaira Norikata. Laith Shehadeh '15 earned verbal commendation for Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL).

Also participating in the conference were Will Beebe ’15, Mark Houdi ’15, Nick Kranjec ’15, Sohum Mehta ’15, Carson Nye ’15, Marino Markho ’17, Milano Markho ’17 and Cameron Mowat ’17. They were accompanied by their advisor, Ms. Stacey Wisnieski, as well as Mrs. Barb Trimble, who chaperoned.

The conference had over 600 student delegates from 30 schools overall. This was the second year St. John’s Jesuit participated.

SJJ Robotics Team Qualifies for State Final
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Both SJJ Robotics teams advanced to the elimination rounds in last Saturday's regional tournament in Van Wert.

The Smoking Motors finished in 6th place in the qualifying rounds and were knocked out in the semifinals. The Broken Axels finished in 3rd place in the qualifying rounds and went on to earn the regional championship trophy as well as four others (Control Award for best programming, Connect Award for reaching out to community through robotics, Design Award for unique and effective design of robot, and Inspire Award for doing well in all categories and showing gracious professionalism), bringing this season's trophy count to seven.

Enzo and the team will now compete at the state championship on February 13-14.

Broken Axels team members include Nick Garver, Isaiah Leach, Joe Braun, Alex Schifko, James Lazenby, Matt Theis and Bryce Flickinger. The team is coached by Mr. Robert Holman.

Update on Strategic Planning Process
Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy community is currently in the midst of a strategic planning process, during which we are examining all options to ensure our sustainability for the near future and beyond. That process began in December 2013 and is ongoing. Continuing renewal is a pillar of Jesuit education, and this type of process is not a new endeavor for St. John’s Jesuit and other Jesuit high schools around the country.

The next step in the strategic planning process is underway, which involves conducting surveys with current and prospective SJJ families to gauge their views on a wide variety of options for the future make-up of our school. We have already solicited opinions from other members of our community, including alumni, alumni parents, faculty, staff, students and friends of St. John’s Jesuit, and their input has helped guide this process. There is no timetable for the completion of the strategic planning process, as we want to ensure the best possible outcome for the future of St. John’s Jesuit.

Eight Seniors Named National Merit Honorees
Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Two St. John’s Jesuit seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Students recognized for outstanding scores include Gabriel Scarlett ’15 and Matthew Theis '15.

Semifinalists are in the top one percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Six SJJ seniors were recognized as Commended Students, including Joseph Braun '15, Benjamin Dubielak '15, Nicholas Kranjec '15, James Lazenby '15, Zach Prephan '15, and Jared Schwallie '15.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 PSAT/NMSQT competition.

Since 1987, St. John's Jesuit has more National Merit scholars than any other school in Northwest Ohio.

Connor Moore '15 Named Semifinalist in Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Connor Moore '15 has advanced as a semifinalist in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Connor was chosen as one of nearly 2,200 semifinalists from a pool of over 102,000 applicants from across the country because of outstanding leadership, academic achievements and dedication to community service.

Connor will now complete the semifinalist candidacy materials, and once applications are reviewed, 250 regional finalists will be chosen to continue through the selection process. Notifications informing semifinalists of the decisions will be delivered in late January 2015. Regional finalists will then participate in interviews resulting in the selection of 150 Coca-Cola Scholars, who receive a $20,000 scholarship.

To learn more about the Coca-Cola Scholars Program for high school seniors, visit their website at www.coca-colascholars.org.

Tower Brass Set to Premiere Mr. Luke Rosen's "Wanderings" on WGTE
Monday, November 24, 2014

The Tower Brass Quintet, a Toledo area ensemble which has gained national status, will perform on the WGTE “Live from FM 91” program, Friday, December 5 at 10 a.m. Highlighting the performance will be the world premiere of Luke D. Rosen’s “Wanderings,” A Suite of Oak Openings Preserve Experiences for Brass Quintet and Piano.

In addition to composing, Mr. Rosen is the choir director for both St. John’s Jesuit and Corpus Christi University Parish. An accomplished keyboard player, he will be performing the premiere with the Tower Brass.

Hosted by WGTE Radio Program Manager and Music Director Brad Cresswell, the program will include works by two other Toledo area composers, David Jex and David Saygers. The broadcast will air on WGTE-TV 30 on December 21, 11:30.

SJJ and St. Ursula to Participate in Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice
Friday, November 14, 2014

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St. John's Jesuit and St. Ursula Academy delegates will join over 1,300 social justice advocates affiliated with Jesuit universities, high schools, parishes, and the larger Catholic Church at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ), November 15-17 in Washington, D.C. The 17th annual Teach-In will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuit priests and two laywomen, killed in El Salvador on November 16, 1989, by Salvadoran military for their defense of the economically poor.

The IFTJ is a nationwide social justice conference sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, a national lay-led, faith-based, social justice organization that works to mobilize Jesuit universities, high schools, parishes, and ministries and the larger church throughout the United States in order to effect positive social change on critical issues facing the world. Teach-In attendees represent over eighty Catholic institutions in 25 states, Canada, and Mexico.

Keynote speakers include Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International; Michael Lee, Ph.D., Professor of Systematic Theology at Fordham University; Fr. Ismael Moreno Coto, S.J., a Honduran human rights activist; Caroline Brennan, Senior Communications Officer at Catholic Relief Services; Fr. James Martin, S.J., editor-at-large at America Magazine; Fr. Tom Reese, S.J., columnist at National Catholic Reporter; and Daniel Misleh, Executive Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant.

“One of the tenets of the Jesuit Graduate at Graduation is ‘Committed to Doing Justice.’ We want our students to be more than servants. We challenge them to be advocates for change, to be ‘Men for and With Others’ who cannot speak for themselves," said SJJ Christian Service Director Phil Skeldon. "The Ignatian Teach-In For Justice gives our students the opportunity to live up to this tenet of the ‘Grad at Grad.’ The Teach-In also allows our students to see firsthand that they are part of a huge Jesuit network all committed to the same Ignatian principles.”

This year’s Teach-In includes the national premiere of a documentary depicting the story and legacy of the Jesuit murders in El Salvador. Entitled “Blood in the Backyard,” the approximately 30-minute documentary produced by Loyola Productions includes interviews with Rep. Jim McGovern, former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador William Walker, El Salvadoran Ambassador Francisco Altschul, and Fr. Jon Sobrino, S.J. The documentary will be shown on Saturday (11/15) evening and will be followed by a communal prayer service commemorating the lives of the murdered Jesuits and their lay companions.

In addition to the workshops, keynote addresses, and policy discussions, participants will rally on Capitol Hill on Monday, November 17, before collectively meeting with over 125 U.S. Congressional offices. Advocates will visit with their respective lawmakers to urge Congress members to pass humane comprehensive immigration reform, support human rights oriented policies in Central America, and respond to climate change and effects marginalizing the economically poor.

“Not only will the Teach-In participants commemorate the lives of the murdered Jesuits, they will put the martyrs' legacy into action by advocating on Capitol Hill for key issues facing people across the world today,” said Christopher Kerr, executive director of the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Kerr continued, “This is a critical time for faith-based advocates to be calling on our country's leaders to act morally on important issues like immigration reform, climate change, and human rights in Central America.”

The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice is sponsored by: Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Catholic Relief Services, Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Maryland, University of San Francisco, Xavier University, America Magazine, Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University, Bread for the World, Fairfield University, U.S. Jesuits National Advocacy Office, John Carroll University, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University, Loyola Press, Oxfam America, and Villanova University.

Full Schedule of Events

Varsity Hockey to Face Saint Ignatius in Outdoor Game
Thursday, November 13, 2014

St. John's Jesuit and Saint Ignatius high schools, in conjunction with the Toledo Walleye, have announced that the two programs will play an outdoor hockey game on Jan. 1, 2015 at Fifth Third Field. The game is part of the Toledo Walleye's 10-day Winterfest in downtown Toledo.

The Titans and Wildcats will face off at 6:35 p.m. on Jan. 1 as part of the community winter celebration at both Huntington Center and Fifth Third Field from Dec. 26, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015, presented by ProMedica.

"We couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to participate in Winterfest," said SJJ Varsity Hockey Coach Mike Hayes. "This is a once in a lifetime experience for our players, and it's something they'll remember for the rest of their lives. We feel very fortunate to be part of this great event."

Fifth Third Field, the home of the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens, is currently in the process of being converted from a baseball field into an outdoor hockey rink for Winterfest. The full-size 200' x 85' rink will stretch across the infield with the two goals near first and third base.

The Toledo Walleye will play two games on rink -- December 27 at 5:30 p.m. against the Fort Wayne Komets and January 3 at 6:30 p.m. against the Kalamazoo Wings. There will also be more than 150 youth, high school and adult hockey games at the outdoor rink, including the championship games of the inaugural Walleye Winterfest Youth Hockey Tournament, presented by St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy.

“We are thrilled St. John’s and Saint Ignatius can be part of our Toledo Walleye Winterfest line-up. The two teams have great programs and to see the two compete on the outdoor rink should be a thrill for all the fans,” says Walleye Special Events Manager Mike Keedy.

St. John's Jesuit and Saint Ignatius met two times last season, with the squads tying 1-1 in their first meeting and the Titans picking up a 4-0 win in their second contest. SJJ finished the year with a 22-8-5 record, and the Wildcats (30-4-6) went on to face Sylvania Northview in the state championship game, resulting in a historic 1-1 tie as both teams were declared co-state champions after seven overtimes.

Saint Ignatius is no stranger to outdoor games, as the Wildcats defeated Lakewood St. Edward 4-2 in a matchup at the Cleveland Indians' Progressive Field in January 2012.

"St. John's Jesuit is one of the top hockey programs in Ohio, and we are honored that they have invited us to be the opponent in this game, which will be the headliner in a day full of youth, high school and junior hockey games at Fifth Third Field," said Saint Ignatius Varsity Hockey Coach Patrick O'Rourke.

Admission is free to the New Year's Day matchup between the Jesuit school rivals, with additional details regarding the contest forthcoming on sjjtitans.com and on the Titans' Twitter page, @sjjtitansports.

Jonathan Wright '15 Selected to Perform with Carnegie Hall Honor Band
Thursday, November 06, 2014

Jonathan Wright '15 was recently honored as one of the finest musicians in the state of Ohio by being chosen to perform as the baritone sax player for the OMEA All-State Concert Band during the first week of February 2015 in Cleveland.

Now Jon has also been selected to perform in the prestigious Carnegie Hall Honor Band two weeks later. Jon will spend five days with some of the nation’s top musicians in New York City rehearsing for a concert in one of the world’s greatest concert halls on Sunday, February 22.

Dr. Bonham to Guest Host During Annunciation Radio's Fall Sharathon
Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Tune in Tuesday, November 11 at 1 p.m. to WNOC 89.7 FM to support our school's hour on Annunciation Radio's four-day Fall Sharathon.

High School Principal Dr. Brad Bonham will guest host with Holy Trinity Principal and former SJJ English teacher and coach Mr. Matt Daniels.

Campion Hall Players Present "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Monday, October 27, 2014

The Campion Hall Players of St. John's Jesuit High School proudly present this year's Fall Play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," by William Shakespeare.

Performances will be Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 10 at 7 p.m. in the McQuade Theater.

All SJJ students will be admitted free with school ID. Adults are $6 and students/senior citizens are $5. Tickets are available for purchase in the SJJ Business Office during normal business hours.

Varsity Football to Host Military Appreciation Night on Friday, Oct. 10
Friday, October 03, 2014

St. John's Jesuit will host a Military Appreciation Night during its Varsity Football game vs. Lima Senior on Friday, Oct. 10 at Lyden Field.

All current and former members of the military will be admitted free with proper identification.

The Titans will debut special camouflage jerseys, which the players will be allowed to keep after the game. In return, players' families have been asked to make a donation to Wounded Warriors, with over $1500 already raised.

Presale tickets for the game will be sold in the Titan Bookstore Wednesday-Friday during the week of the game. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for students and seniors. All tickets are $7 at the gate.

SJJ Soliciting Bids for Parking Lot Sealcoating & Striping
Thursday, October 02, 2014

St. John's Jesuit is currently soliciting bids for sealcoating and striping of its parking lots. Bids must be submitted before December 1 for work in July 2015.

For project information or to schedule a site visit, please contact Bill Harrison, Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds, at 419-720-0761.

Dan Kennedy, S.J. '08 Professes First Vows
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Daniel Kennedy, S.J. '08 and 10 other Jesuit novices professed first vows to Fr. Brian G. Paulson, S.J., Provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus, during a Vow Mass on August 9.

“I’m really excited,” Kennedy said. “I feel really special that some of my family and closest friends have come here to celebrate this day with me.”

By professing first vows, Kennedy took the next step in the 10-12 year formation of a Jesuit, that includes the ordination to the priesthood and final vows. No longer a novice, Kennedy will be a scholastic known as “Mister” or “Brother.”

“I was a little bit nervous, but overall peaceful,” Kennedy said. “It really is another step on a journey I’ve been walking but nonetheless it’s a big giant leap into the Society of Jesus.”

After graduating from St. John's Jesuit, Kennedy studied philosophy and theology at Boston College, where he was awarded the Edward H. Finnegan SJ memorial Award in 2012. He has worked at hospice and tutored at Nativity Prep (both in Boston), done service work in Kathmandu and Guatemala, and is active in sacramental ministry at St. Ignatius Parish.

Kennedy entered as the Novitiate of the St. Alberto Hurtado in St. Paul, MN in 2012. Presently, there are 442 Jesuits living in the Chicago-Detroit Province, which is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

Pope Francis and the Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Universal Reconstitution of the Society of Jesus
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

On the occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the Universal Reconstitution of the Society of Jesus, the Holy Father, Pope Francis will be presiding over the Thanksgiving Liturgy (vespers) held at the Church of Gesù, Rome, this coming Saturday, 27th September 2014 at 4.50 pm (Roman time). (9:50 am CDT, 10:50 EDT)

The event will be live telecasted by the Vatican Radio for the universal participation of Jesuits, friends and benefactors of the Society of Jesus. Here is the YouTube link for the standby telecast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1tmyy3sl_g

You can also download the Booklet from sjweb following the link: http://sjweb.info/documents/2014Restoration/libretto12.pdf

 

Jonathan Wright '15 Named to OMEA All-State Band
Thursday, September 04, 2014

Jonathan Wright '15 has been accepted for the Ohio Music Education Association all-state band. Jonathan is a saxophone player in the Titan Marching Band.

"This is a huge honor, as students from all over the state audition for the all-state band, and only one baritone sax player is kept," said Mr. Xavier Smith, SJJ's Director of Instrumental Music.

Jonathan will participate in a concert in February with the all-state band at the 2015 OMEA state conference in Cleveland.

Pope Francis Names New Diocesan Bishop for the Diocese of Toledo
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, today named the Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas as the eighth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo in America. Bishop Thomas has been serving as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since his Episcopal Ordination on July 26, 2006. He fills the office left vacant by the Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, who was installed as the Archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut in December 2013. Since that time the Toledo Diocese has been under the direction of the Reverend Charles Ritter, serving as Diocesan Administrator.

Bishop Thomas will be installed as Bishop of Toledo at a Mass to be celebrated at 2 p.m. October 22, 2014, at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral.

"I am honored, humbled and excited to be your new bishop," Bishop Thomas said. "I express my profound gratitude to Pope Francis for his confidence and trust in appointing me the shepherd of the Lord's flock here in northwest Ohio."

An interesting side note about Bishop Thomas — he earned a licentiate in sacred theology (S.T.L.) in 1989 from Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University, which was the first university founded by the Society of Jesus.

Water Safety Plan
Thursday, August 21, 2014

To the St. John’s Jesuit community,

In the event of another ban on drinking or using tap water in the Toledo area, St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy has developed a water safety plan to ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

If there is a ban on consuming water but it is still safe to use, St. John’s Jesuit will remain open and we would need your assistance in order to remain in session. St. John’s Jesuit has stockpiled bottled water to provide our students and school personnel with safe drinking water in the event there is another ban on drinking tap water. Students would be required to pack a lunch on those days that tap water is not available, as food service would be shut down.

If there is a ban on drinking and using tap water, St. John’s Jesuit would be closed and school events may be canceled. We will also abide by any orders from the Lucas County Health Department that we must be closed during a water emergency.

It is our hope that this water safety plan never needs to be put into place, but we will be ready in the event that tap water becomes unsafe again.

Sincerely,

Brad Bonham Mike Savona
High School Principal               Academy Principal
Invitation to participate in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Members of the St. John's Jesuit community are invited to participate in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.

Below is a letter of invitation from Adult Chaplain Greg Richard:

Yesterday, Fr. Doyle mentioned The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola as the basis for most everything that happens at Jesuit high schools. To understand the spirit behind the mission of the Society of Jesus in their schools, and their other apostolates, this retreat is an important, wonderful experience.

Ignatius Loyola described The Spiritual Exercises this way: “The Spiritual Exercises is a method of prayer. For just as taking a walk, journeying on foot, and running are bodily exercises, so we call Spiritual Exercises every way of preparing ourselves to recognize and drop all attachments that prevent us from following God’s will. And, after their removal, of seeking and finding the will of God in the experiences of our life…”

The Spiritual Exercises are not meant for just Catholics, or those of theological sophistication. Nor does one need be holy or advanced in the spiritual life to make use of these exercises. It has been said that the single greatest fruit of the Exercises is to discover what God wants of the individual.

If you would like to do this retreat, there are five, trained directors at SJJ that would love to be your guides: Barb Bauer, Tom Harms, Fr. Tom Doyle, Kim Hall, and I.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET A GROUP – OF ANY SIZE – TOGETHER TO DO THIS RETREAT THAT WOULD WORK. IF YOU WANT TO DO THIS RETREAT BY YOURSELF, THAT, ALSO, WORKS.

Anybody interested in going through the Spirtitual Exercises may contact Adult Chaplain Greg Richard at 419-865-5743, ext. 0773, or grichard@sjjtitans.org.

Fall Play Auditions Set for September 2-3
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

St. John's Jesuit High School welcomes all students to audition for this year's fall play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," to be presented November 7-9.

Auditions will take place September 2-3 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the McQuade Theater.

SJJ Email System Upgrade
Thursday, July 03, 2014

The St. John's Jesuit email system is in the process of an upgrade. Students receiving an error message upon signing into their email accounts should call the Principal's Office or stop by the Principal's Office from 10-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday beginning July 7 for assistance.

Thank you for your patience as we perform this upgrade to our email system.

Mike Savona '75 Named Academy Principal
Monday, June 30, 2014

Returning to his alma mater, Mike Savona ’75 will succeed Bryon Borgelt as Academy Principal at St. John’s Jesuit beginning tomorrow, July 1.

For the last five years, Mike has been the Principal of Sandusky Central Catholic Middle and High Schools. As a former math teacher at both St. John’s Jesuit and Swanton high schools, Mike brings a strong academic focus to his administrative role. As Mike explained, “Students are looking for guidance, structure and clarity of expectations. As we set these high expectations we must also work to provide the resources and modeling for them to be successful.”

Please join us in welcoming Mike back to St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy.

SJJ Rowers Shatter World Record
Sunday, June 29, 2014

St. John's Jesuit Varsity rowers Bailey O'Brien '14 and James Miller '15 unofficially broke the world record on Sunday for most consecutive hours rowed on an indoor rowing machine.

Bailey and James successfully rowed alternately for 48 consecutive hours in the McQuade Theater, shattering the previous record of 40 hours, 31 minutes. They started rowing at noon Friday and finished at noon Sunday.

The pair's pursuit of a world record was done to benefit the Toledo Labre Program, a joint outreach between St. John's Jesuit and St. Ursula Academy to serve the poor and homeless in our area. Already approximately $8,000 has been collected toward their goal of $20,000. Donations can be made online at www.sjjtitans.org/makeagift, specifying the Labre world record row in the comments section.

Read more in Monday's edition of The Blade

SJJ Rowers Attempt to Break World Record
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Two St. John's Jesuit Varsity rowers, Bailey O'Brien '14 and James Miller '15, will be attempting to break a world record this weekend for most consecutive hours rowed on an indoor rowing machine.

The pair are setting out to shatter the previous record of 40 hours, 31 minutes, by alternately rowing for 48 consecutive hours. It's all being done to help raise money for the Toledo Labre Program, a joint outreach between St. John's Jesuit and St. Ursula Academy to serve the poor and homeless in our area.

They will begin rowing at noon Friday in the McQuade Theater and hope to complete their challenge at noon Sunday.

The entire SJJ community is invited to stop by and cheer them on at any point throughout the weekend. Donations to the Labre program will be accepted.

Watch a LiveStream of the record-breaking attempt

Toledo 2020 Jesuit Scholars Program Featured in The Blade
Friday, June 13, 2014

Toledo Blade columnist Keith Burris offered an outstanding glimpse into the Toledo 2020 Jesuit Scholars Program at St. John's Jesuit in a column that appeared in the newspaper on Friday, June 13.

Read Mr. Burris' column on 2020

Mr. Burris recently attended an information session for prospective donors and community members to learn more about the 2020 program.

For more information on the 2020 program or to inquire about how you can help, contact 2020 Director Fr. Tom Doyle, S.J., at tdoyle@sjjtitans.org or 419-865-5743, ext. 0777.

Academy Principal Dr. Bryon Borgelt Announces His Departure
Thursday, May 22, 2014

All Members of the St. John's Jesuit Community

Dear All,

Dr. Bryon Borgelt has accepted the invitation to become the principal of St. Rose School. As this is the parish to which Jenny, Gracie and Bryon belong, and given Bryon’s marvelous abilities, it is an understandable step. St. Rose School is very fortunate.

We will miss Bryon!

We are blessed that he will continue his work on the Educational Excellence strategic initiative as part of the SJJ strategic planning process.

With the help of the Academy faculty, a position specification will be posted shortly on our website soliciting applications for the position Bryon will be leaving on June 30, 2014. We will fill the position before the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.

When you see Bryon, please thank him for his 15 years of exemplary service to St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy.

Be assured, since Sheila and I frequently see Bryon, Jenny and Gracie at the 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Rose, we will have no difficulty securing his advice on any issues that may arise.

Best regards,

Mike Truesdell,
President

Letter from the Superior General of the Society of Jesus
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Dear Brothers,
P.C.

Several years have passed since my election as Superior General of the Society and I have recently reached the age of 78. Reflecting on the coming years, I have reached the personal conviction that I should take the needed steps towards submitting my resignation to a General Congregation. After obtaining the initial approval of the Assistants ad providentiam and having informed his Holiness Pope Francis, I formally consulted the Assistants ad providentiam and the Provincials, as our law requires (NC 362). The result of the consultation is favorable towards the convening of a General Congregation.

After having discussed the matter with my Council, through this letter I wish to inform the whole Society that, towards the end of this year, I will convoke the 36th General Congregation, to be held during the final months of the year 2016.

Therefore, the meeting of Provincials originally scheduled for January 2015 in Yogyakarta and convoked on 12 March of this year (Circular Letter 2014/03) is canceled.

Let us ask Our Lady of the Way to place the Society with Her Son on this journey of discernment that we now begin.

Fraternally yours in the Lord,

Adolfo Nicolás, S.I.
Superior General
Rome, 20 May 2014

Former SJJ President Fr. Boom Martinez Takes New Position in Rome
Monday, May 19, 2014

Former St. John's Jesuit President Fr. Boom Martinez, S.J., has been named the International Education Coordinator for the Jesuit Refugee Service, based in Rome.

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organization with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS programs are found in 50 countries, providing assistance to refugees in camps and cities, individuals displaced within their own countries, asylum seekers in cities, and to those held in detention centers. The main areas of work are in the field of education, emergency assistance, healthcare, livelihood activities and social services. At the end of 2012, more than 600,000 individuals were direct beneficiaries of JRS projects.

"It's a big change from what I've been doing this past year," said Fr. Martinez, who currently serves as the Vocation Promoter for the Jesuits on the West Coast. "But there are millions of refugees whose lives have been disrupted by war and natural disasters, and the Jesuits are committed to providing an education to these children, inside refugee camps and in urban areas, all over Africa and the Middle East. It is a response to the Gospel call to serve those who are most in need. I'm very excited at having been given this opportunity to help out."

Education plays a prominent role among the services JRS offers to refugees and other displaced persons. Worldwide, JRS provides pre-school, primary, secondary and third level education to approximately 285,000 young people in 37 countries. As well as renovating and rebuilding schools, JRS trains teachers and distributes educational materials. Based on this experience of the needs of refugees, JRS also advocates on behalf of displaced children to ensure they are provided with an adequate education.

More information on the Jesuit Refugee Service, and its work around the world, is available at www.jrs.net.

Titan Crew Headed Back to Nationals
Monday, May 12, 2014

The Titan Crew will be making a second consecutive trip to the national championships.

On Sunday, the Lightweight 4 boat of Austin Buck '16, Eric Hartkopf '14, James Miller '15, Bailey O'Brien '14 and Zach Prephan '15 earned a silver medal at the Midwest Scholastic Championships in Zanesville, Ohio to qualify for the Scholastic National Championships in Camden, N.J. This comes one year after the Titans' Lightweight 8 earned a bid to nationals.

In all, SJJ had 10 boats compete at the Midwest regatta and four advanced to the finals: the Lightweight 4, Junior 8, Varsity 2, and the 2nd Varsity 8. A fifth boat, the 1st Varsity 8, qualified for the consolation finals. Both the Varsity 2 and 2nd Varsity 8 finished 5th in the region, while the Junior 8 finished 6th.

Jack Mewhort '09 Selected 59th Overall in NFL Draft by Indianapolis Colts
Friday, May 09, 2014

The culmination of a life-long dream, Jack Mewhort '09 was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft on Saturday by the Indianapolis Colts with the 59th overall pick.

"It was like I was watching in the third person from a dream," Mewhort told The Blade. "To have the opportunity to play for a great organization like this, it’s something you dream about. I’m really touched by them giving me the opportunity, and I’m grateful. I’m ready to get to work."

The 6-foot-6, 309-pound offensive lineman was a three-year starter for the Titans' Varsity Football team under Head Coach Doug Pearson '82. He went on to star on the offensive line with the Ohio State Buckeyes, ending his career in Columbus as a team captain and a member of the most prolific offense in school history.

Mewhort is the second SJJ graduate currently on an NFL squad, joining Brandon Fields '02 (Miami Dolphins, punter) in pro football's highest league. Mewhort also joins Rob Chudzinski '86, the Colts' special assistant to the head coach, in Indianapolis.  

Vote for Titan Crew Coach Phil Levering for BCSN's Coach of the Year
Monday, April 28, 2014

Fresh off being named Spring Coach of the Season last week, Titan Crew coach Phil Levering is now up for BCSN's Coach of the Year award.

Vote for Coach Levering by visiting BCSN.tv/coachofyear. The poll is open through Sunday, May 4, so please take a few moments to vote on as many devices as you can (computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.).

The winner of BCSN's Coach of the Year award receives $2,000 for his/her athletic department as well as a cash prize. Coach Levering will also be featured in a commercial airing on Buckeye CableSystem.

VOTE: www.bcsn.tv/coachofyear

SJJ Community Invited to World Language Experience
Saturday, April 19, 2014

The World Language Department and the National Spanish Honor Society will present an educational program in celebration of World Language Day Thursday, April 24 from 6-7 p.m. in the McQuade Theater.

Guests will get a taste of different cultures through songs, skits, music and dances in French, Chinese, Latin and Spanish. Come and enjoy a bullfight, a Cumbia Dance, some romantic Latin melodie, and the breaking of a piñata. Admission is free, and everyone is welcomed to attend.

SJJ Delegation Departs for China
Friday, March 14, 2014

Eight St. John's Jesuit students accompanied by World as One Director Stacey Wisnieski and Theology Teacher Gabriel Jakubisin departed Friday for a nine-day educational trip to China.

The SJJ delegation will be attending the Global Student Leaders Summit on "The Global Economy and Social Responsibility" in Shanghai followed by historical sightseeing in Beijing.

Students participating in the trip from SJJ include Liam Dick '15, Chris DuBois '15, Laith Shehadeh '15, Fuad Abbas '16, Ammar Abidi '16, Tim Wohl '16, O'mannuel Levesque '17 and Cameron Mowat '17.

The Summit Series was launched last year to bring together young leaders from around the world to inspire and prepare them to solve the global challenges of today — and tomorrow.

During this year’s Summit, students will explore China and learn about its remarkable economic growth in recent years. The trip culminates in a two-day leadership conference where students from the U.S. and China will work in collaborative teams on a challenge to create socially responsible businesses using the design thinking process. They will also hear keynote speeches from former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr. and Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg, hosts of National Public Radio’s Planet Money. Undergraduate students from Harvard and Yale and employees of Google China will mentor Summit participants as they work on their challenge project.

"We are very excited to attend this year's Summit," Ms. Wisnieski said. "The Summit provides an amazing opportunity for our students to experience China’s rich history and culture, while studying critical issues related to social business and the evolving global economy. We are particularly excited about the Summit's project-based learning challenge, which will allow the students to strengthen their skills of creativity, leadership, innovation, and adaptability by working with peers from a totally different cultural background."

Little Sisters of the Poor Make Their Annual Visit to SJJ
Thursday, March 06, 2014

 

The Little Sisters of the Poor were back at St. John's Jesuit on Thursday morning for their annual visit following the Ash Wednesday mission collection.

Each year, SJJ students collect toiletry items for the Little Sisters and their residents of the Sacred Heart Home. Students brought in such items as body wash, soap, deodorant, shampoo, hand lotion, mouthwash and other needed items for use by the residents.

Sr. Cecilia and Sr. Margaret made an early morning visit to SJJ and were featured as the guest news anchors reading the morning announcements on TV-4. Afterwards, Christian Service Core Team members helped the Sisters load up their collection van with all of the donated items.

Thank you to everyone who donated items for this very important annual mission collection. The Little Sisters were very grateful for the wonderful expression of giving towards those less fortunate, our needy elderly.

Coach Heintschel Named Ohio Coach of the Year
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Varsity Basketball coach Ed Heintschel has been recognized as Coach of the Year for Ohio by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Coach Heintschel was nominated for the award by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. He ranks 10th all-time in Ohio high school boys basketball with 624 career wins and is fourth among active coaches in wins.

In a letter from the OHSAA announcing the award, Coach Heintschel was lauded for "a most distinguished career as a boys basketball coach in Ohio's interscholastic program at St. John's Jesuit High School." It went on to read that "the fact that you were nominated for this award by your coaches' association is a significant tribute to you and to the high regard with which you are held by those in your school community."

Coach Heintschel and the Titans next face Fremont Ross on the road at 7:30 p.m. Friday night before beginning postseason play at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 in a sectional final at Central Catholic.

SJJ to Perform Godspell on March 14-16 at Valentine Theatre
Monday, February 10, 2014

St. John's Jesuit will perform Godspell on March 14-16 at the Valentine Theatre. Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, March 14; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16.

Godspell is an uplifting musical that reflects upon the life of Jesus Christ by celebrating his message of kindness, tolerance and love. Based upon the Gospel of Matthew and incorporating updated music and references from the 2011-2012 Broadway production, Godspell (2012 Revised Version) uses a brilliant score by Stephen Schwartz and a variety of theatrical styles that bring Jesus' parables to life in a way that is accessbile and inspirational to all in today's world.

Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time.

Tickets for the SJJ production of Godspell are on sale now at the Valentine Theatre Box Office, by calling 419-242-2787 or online at www.valentinetheatre.com. All tickets are $12 plus a $2 Valentine Theatre Box Office handling fee. When buying tickets, ask about limited special onstage seating for audience members 12 years of age and older available only by visiting or calling the Valentine Theatre Box Office.

Charlie Schoen '75 Nominated for BCSN Coach of the Season
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Varsity Wrestling coach Charlie Schoen '75 has been nominated for BCSN's Winter Coach of the Season.

The winner will be decided through an online poll at bcsn.tv/coachofyear. Voting closes Sunday, Feb. 9 at 11:59 p.m.

Coach Schoen led the Titans to a fourth place finish at last weekend's TRAC Championships and has been instrumental in helping to rebuild the Titan Wrestling program.

Please take a moment to vote for Coach Schoen before Sunday's deadline, and also help us spread the word by encouraging your friends and family to vote. Thank you in advance for your support!

Academy Math Counts Team Claims Regional Title
Monday, February 03, 2014

The St. John's Jesuit Academy Math Counts team took first place at last weekend's regional competition at the University of Toledo.

Dillon Francis, Joey Thaman, Louis Thaman, Nate Sifuentes, Josh Harder, Julian Hill, Ian Malkoski, Zach Meeker, Keith Nelson and Dillon Perlini represented the Academy, along with moderator Mr. Stephen Guerra. Joey Thaman led the Titans with a second-place finish and Dillon Francis was third.

This marks the second time that the Academy has finished first at the Math Counts regional competition and the fifth time the Titans have placed in the Top 3.

The Academy Math Counts team will now travel to Columbus on March 8 to compete against the best Math Counts teams in the state.

SJJ Students Participate in Model UN Conference
Monday, January 20, 2014

A delegation of eight students represented St. John's Jesuit at the University of Michigan's Model UN conference January 16-19.

Participating in the conference were Peter Hogan '14, Sohum Mehta '15, Mario Markho '16, Mark Houdi '15, Aidan Kurtz '14, Bradley Marshall '16, Ammar Abidi '16 and Cameron Mowat '17.

The students represented the United Arab Emirates in committee at the conference and out of a total of 350 student participants, more than 20 schools from throughout the region and country, and 36 recognitions, the SJJ delegation received three recognitions. Bradley Marshall received a verbal commendation (3rd place), and Peter Hogan and Mario Markho each received an honorable mention certificate (2nd place).

Holly Ball, Volunteer Center Manager and Public Policy Lead for United Way of Greater Toledo, volunteered her time and expertise to coach and prep the students on this maiden voyage, and Aimee Beeman and Linda Mowat accompanied the students to the conference and acted as advisors and chaperones for those four days.

Robotics Team Places 2nd at Regional Competition
Monday, January 13, 2014

In just its second year of competition, the St. John's Jesuit Robotics Team had exceptional success on Saturday at the Northeast Ohio FTC Competition.

The Robotics Team finished second out of 28 teams, while winning seven of nine matches. The Titans also earned an invitation to the state competition February 14-15 in Cincinnati.

SJJ Students Head to Spain for Exchange Program
Thursday, January 02, 2014

Four St. John's Jesuit students and a faculty chaperone departed Wednesday as part of an exchange program with a Jesuit partner school in Spain.

Brock Conner '15, Ben Hoste '15, Garrett Ward '15 and Drew Melick '16 will study at the Colegio Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Jesuitas (CASP) in Barcelona until Jan. 12 along with World Languages Chair Mr. Misael Martinez. Also participating in the exchange is Nick Granato '16, who will travel to Barcelona in March to stay with his Spanish "brother."

Last September, St. John's Jesuit hosted a group of students from CASP, and now the SJJ students are being hosted by them.

This exchange program with CASP has been in place at SJJ since the 2007-08 school year.

Varsity Football Honored for Outstanding Team GPA
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Varsity Football team finished the 2013 season with the fourth highest team GPA of any school in the state, the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association announced Wednesday.

The Titans posted a combined team GPA of 3.76 and will receive a commemorative plaque as well as a team pizza party from the OHSFCA for their efforts. Their team picture will also be featured at the OHSAA Coaches Clinic program in February.

SJJ Chorus to Perform at Rosary Cathedral's Christmas Carol Sing
Monday, November 25, 2013

The St. John's Jesuit Chorus under the direction of Mr. Luke Rosen will perform at the Christmas Carol Sing at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 15 at Rosary Cathedral.

Also slated to perform are the Rosary Cathedral Choir, directed by Paul Monachino, and the Cathedral Brass Ensemble & String Quartet.

Come and sing favorite Christmas carols in the splendor of Rosary Cathedral accompanied by the majestic Skinner pipe organ, choirs, brass and strings.

Freewill offering will be accepted at the door with proceeds to benefit Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo.

The SJJ Chorus will also host its own annual Christmas Concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 8 in the McQuade Theater. Admission is free.

UPDATE: Below is one of the songs performed by the SJJ Chorus at the Christmas Carol Sing.

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice 2013 will take place Saturday, November 16 - Monday, November 18 in Washington, D.C.

St. John's Jesuit will have a delegation at the teach-in, but for those not headed to the nation's capital, you can join us via LIVESTREAM. The broadcast will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Saturday (11/16) and 8:45 a.m. on Sunday (11/17).

Band & Choir to Host Annual Christmas Concerts
Monday, November 11, 2013

The St. John's Jesuit Chorus will host its annual Christmas Concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 8 in the McQuade Theater.

The following weekend, the SJJ Concert Band will host its annual Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 15 in the McQuade Theater.

Admission is free to both events.

WE ARE SJ Parent Giving update
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The inaugural WE ARE SJ Parent Giving campaign that began in September has proven to be very beneficial for St. John's Jesuit.

Our SJJ parents have graciously donated $184,000, with 25 percent of families participating.

Our parents' commitment to the education of our young men is valued and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support, your trust in the school and choosing to be part of the Jesuit family.

Spanish Honor Society Holds First Induction
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The newly established Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, or Spanish Honor Society, held its very first induction ceremony on Tuesday evening in the McQuade Theater.

Spanish songs led off the evening, followed by greetings from Mr. Misael Martinez, sponsor of the Spanish Honor Society and Chair of the World Languages Department at St. John's Jesuit.

After the new members had been inducted, the Juventud Divino Tesoro poem was read and more Latin American songs were sung.

Inductees

Haris Ahmad '15, Ed Anderson '14, William Beebe '15, Austin Buck '16, Zach Chapman '15, Vamsi Chodisetty '16, Roberto D'Angelo-Cosme '17, Jacob Dzierwa '17, Colin Doyle '15, Mario Franco-Di Tore '15, Veda Gokula '15, Luis Gomez '14, Nicolas Granato '16, Cameron Hinojosa '17, Ben Hoste '15, Ryan Issa '16, Davis Jenkins '14, Shan Karnani '17, Alexander Lazenby '15, Nicholas Long '17, Sohum Mehta '15, Jessi Martinez-Guerra '15, Jacob Mitchell '15, Robert Monaco '15, Carson Nye '15, Thomas Padgett '15, Pranav Parsi '17, Ben Pfeifer '14, Humza Rehman '17, Leopoldo Sandri '16, Matthew Silverhart '17, Paul Smith '16, James Stephens '15, Drake Stolar '17, Parker Thayer '17.

Campion Hall Players Present Tom Jones
Friday, October 18, 2013

The Campion Hall Players of St. John's Jesuit High School proudly present Tom Jones, by David Rogers and based upon the novel by Henry Fielding.

Performances will be staged in the McQuade Theater on October 25-26 at 8 p.m. and October 27 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.

Cross Country Team to Host Cookout after District Meet
Monday, October 14, 2013

The Cross Country team parents invite all St. John's Jesuit faculty, staff and students to attend the District meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at Pearson Metropark. An SJJ community cookout free of charge will follow the race.

Please come out and cheer on the Titans on what is predicted to be a beautiful fall day.

SJJ finished second at last weekend's TRAC Championships, with Tevin Brown '15 claiming the individual title.

Marching Band Earns Excellent Rating at Buckeye Invitational
Monday, October 14, 2013

The Titan Marching Band performed at the Buckeye Invitational on Saturday and earned an overall rating of Excellent.

Earning particular distinction were the Drum Line, which was rated as Excellent, and the Color Guard, which was rated as Superior.

See the Marching Band perform live at our Open House on Sunday, November 10 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and again at the Downtown Toledo Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 23.

Varsity Golf Qualifies for State Tournament
Thursday, October 10, 2013

For the first time since 2009, the St. John's Jesuit Varsity Golf team is headed back to the State Tournament.

The Titans shot a team score of 319 to finish first at the District Tournament this afternoon at Red Hawk Run Golf Club in Findlay and earn a bid to states.

Jack Mancinotti '15 led the Titans by firing a 73, which put him second individually in the talented field.

The 2013 Division I State Tournament takes place Oct. 18-19 at The Ohio State University's Scarlet Golf Course in Columbus. The Titans claimed state golf titles in 1931, 1987 and 1994.

Labre Program Nominated for BCSN Give Back Program
Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Toledo Labre Program, a collaboration between St. John's Jesuit and St. Ursula Academy for outreach to the poor, has been nominated to receive a $500 donation as part of the BCSN Give Back program.

Online voting opens Monday, Sept. 16 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 22 at http://www.bcsn.tv/community/giveback.html.

Help the Labre Program, SJJ and SUA by submitting your vote!

FOCUS Show at BGSU to Display Artwork by Jacob Dziubek '15
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Jacob Dziubek '15 will have a piece of his artwork shown at the FOCUS Show opening at the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at Bowling Green State University on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Jacob's watercolor painting, "Assorted Rocks," will be one of about 250 pieces of artwork representing the very best from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Over 1300 entries were judged with hopes of making the 35th annual FOCUS Show.

Awards will be given at 6 p.m., with an opening celebration show at 7 p.m. The exhibition will run through Oct. 6.

Fall Play Auditions to Take Place Aug. 26-27
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fall Play auditions will be held August 26-27 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the McQuade Theater.

The Campion Hall Players' production of the comedy "Tom Jones" will take place October 25-26 at 8 p.m. and October 27 at 7 p.m.

Most rehearsals are Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30-6 p.m. There are no Friday rehearsals and two on Saturday afternoons. All students who are interested are encouraged to try out. No experience is necessary.

Mr. Michael Truesdell Named New President
Monday, June 03, 2013

After a three-month national search, St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy has chosen Mr. Michael Truesdell to lead the school as its ninth President. Mr. Truesdell comes from Cardinal Newman High School, a Catholic college preparatory high school in Santa Rosa, California. His tenure begins July 1, 2013.

Mr. Truesdell was selected because of his experience as president of an outstanding Catholic high school, his passion for Jesuit education and fostering Jesuit identity, and his successful business experience.

At Cardinal Newman, Mr. Truesdell grew enrollment by 61 percent at a time when enrollment at peer institutions was declining. He also doubled the assets of the institution by growing endowments that supported tuition assistance and capital improvements.

Prior to his nine-year tenure at Cardinal Newman, he served as Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Methodist University in North Carolina and held various leadership roles in the high-tech industry.

As a parent of a Jesuit high school graduate, Mr. Truesdell is well-familiar with the 450-year-old mission of Jesuit education. His son is a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco.

"I am truly honored to be a part of the finest of Catholic education represented by the Jesuits," said Mr. Truesdell.

Parking Lot Construction Begins Monday, May 27
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

On Monday, May 27, a parking lot reconstruction project will begin at St. John’s Jesuit.

The first area to be affected will be the Senior Lot and the Holland-Sylvania entrance. This area, including the entry, will not be accessible beginning Memorial Day.

During this time, we ask everybody to please use the Airport Highway entrance only. Morning and after school traffic will be directed in as efficient manner as possible.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may create. Every effort was made to begin and conclude construction with the least disruption to school activities as possible.

Phil Skeldon Named BCSN's Teacher of the Year
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Phil Skeldon was named BCSN's Teacher of the Year at the BCSN awards dinner Monday night at The Pinnacle.

Mr. Skeldon receives a $1500 gift which he plans to designate for the Toledo Labre Program and a $10,000 endowed scholarship fund in his name from which one scholarship will be awarded through St. John's Jesuit on an annual basis in perpetuity.

Mr. Skeldon is a Social Studies teacher at St. John's Jesuit and also co-chairs the Toledo Labre Program as well as leading the Christian Service Department at SJJ.

Last month he was awarded a Golden Apple by Toledo Catholic Schools. The Golden Apple Awards honor outstanding individuals who devote their lives to teaching in Catholic Schools.

Crew Earns 3 Medals at Midwest Championships; Lightweight 8 Headed to Nationals
Monday, May 13, 2013

The SJJ Rowing Titans clinched two championships and one national championship bid at 2013 Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association Championship Regatta last weekend in Zanesville, Ohio.

The crew walked away with three medal-winning performances on Sunday for the first time in club history. Also a program first were the two gold medal victories at the Midwest Championships.

First, the Novice 8 won the 1500 meter sprint with open water over rivals St. Ignatius, Orchard Lake St. Mary's, and St. Edward's. The other regional championship lineup was the Novice 4, which edged the victory in an exciting sprint in the final third of the race.

SJJ also earned a Scholastic Rowing Association National Championship bid in a premier racing event. The Lightweight 8 fought off a fierce sprint in the final 200 meters from Pittsburgh Central Catholic, a team that has won five consecutive major regional titles, to lock down a bronze medal, third place finish. The Lightweight 8 - under 150 pounds - will race in Camden, New Jersey in two weeks for the national title.

The club was poised for a successful regatta, despite the limited water time this season has allowed. Of the 7 states and over 60 teams represented at the regatta, the Titans were lifted to the top.

On Saturday, the crew raced seven different lineups, all of which competed at a very high caliber not seen even in the program's rich tradition. For the first time in St. John's Jesuit rowing history, the crew sent five boats to the final championship medal round to race on Sunday by passing through quarter- then semi-finals. Among the crews not advancing were the 1st Varsity 8 - the highest level of competition - which still advanced through quarter-finals earlier Saturday morning, but were eliminated late in the evening in the semi-finals; the Freshmen 8 also did not advance, but had shown vast improvements over previous weeks.

Also turning in strong finishes were the Junior 8, which finished fifth overall in the region, and the 2nd Varsity 8, which finished sixth overall in the region.

Medal Winners:

Novice 8
Samin Rai, Austin Buck, Jared Scwallie, Greg Patrisso, Mitchell Laymen, Luke Tracz, Andrew Mancy, Kendall King, Brendan OBrien

Novice 4
Sohum Mehta, Jared Schwallie, Luke Tracz, Mitchell Layman, Austin Buck

Lightweight 8
Eric Hartkopf, David Stoll, Bailey OBrien, Alex Hasselbach, Erik Brodin (captain), Zach Prephan (captain), Andrew Prephan, James Miller, Austin Mack

Mr. Phil Skeldon Named Golden Apple Winner
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Phil Skeldon has been named a Golden Apple winner by Toledo Catholic Schools. Mr. Skeldon will be honored June 6 at the Golden Apple Awards Banquet at The Toledo Club.

The Golden Apple Awards honor outstanding individuals who devote their lives to teaching in Catholic Schools.

Mr. Skeldon is a Social Studies teacher at St. John's Jesuit and also co-chairs the Toledo Labre Program as well as leading the Christian Service Department at SJJ.

Congratulations to Mr. Skeldon on this well deserved honor!

5 SJJ Students Earn Youth Jefferson Awards for Labre Program
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Five St. John's Jesuit High School students were presented with Youth Jefferson Awards today for establishing the Toledo Labre Program. Receiving the award were Samuel Edwards '14, Amir Horani '13, Austin Mariasy '15, Robert Purviance '13, and Samuel Weinandy '13.

The award was presented by Kristina White, Director of Community Impact for Leadership Toledo. The Youth Jefferson Award is considered to be the Nobel Prize for Public Service.

Since 2008, Leadership Toledo has facilitated the Youth Jefferson Award to recognize, inspire and advocate volunteerism and public service in high schools.

Youth Jefferson Awards are presented to recommended students by their respective schools to recognize the contributions they have made in the area of volunteerism and public service. SJJ students have received Youth Jefferson Awards for three consecutive years.

Crew Christens New Boat
Monday, April 15, 2013

On Friday, April 12, the rowing team christened its new boat. After years of fundraising, in addition to very generous and anonymous donations, the Crew purchased its first brand-new racing shell in six years. Fr. Tom Doyle, S.J., was present to bless the boat before it would take its maiden voyage around International Park in downtown Toledo; the team’s 48 rowers – and their parents – were there to collectively appreciate the new addition to the fleet.

The boat’s name was unknown to the crew prior to the christening. Head Coach Philipp Levering explained that one donor offered the “perfect” name: “Kairos”. “The number one reason – by a long shot – that our students miss a practice,” he says, “is to go on our retreats, specifically the Kairos retreat.”

Coach Levering adds that the name fits a team that makes practice time an example of what it means to be a Jesuit school athlete. “We give so much of our time in pursuit of excellence,” he says. “We started this year with huge expectations and we’ve devoted our offseason to training. We’ve still had to make time for our studies and we boast a team full of outstanding students. We make time to be a part of the musical, chorus, or band – among others – to balance our time, but we also put our team on ‘God’s time’. Our team is one built on respect and mentoring within a Christ-centered environment.”

The hope is that the name serves as a reminder that the rowers are always called to represent St. John’s Jesuit – proudly – in all that they do. As practice begins with the command “Hands on the Kairos”, perhaps the rowers will make every day a retreat – to perform, to practice, and to live “for the greater glory of God”.

Mr. Basketball! Marc Loving '13 Receives Prestigious Honor
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

St. John's Jesuit Varsity Basketball standout Marc Loving '13 has been named Ohio's Mr. Basketball by the Associated Press.

Loving is SJJ's first Mr. Basketball and only the third boys basketball player from Toledo (William Buford, Libbey, 2008 and Jimmy Jackson, Macomber, 1988, '89) to earn this distinction.

The 6-foot-8 Loving, who will continue his basketball career and academic studies at Ohio State University, averaged 21.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game this season for the Titans, who finished 20-4 and claimed the Three Rivers Athletic Conference title. He is SJJ's all-time leading scorer (1,678 points) and rebounder (711) and set the Titans' single-game scoring record with 42 points at Lima Senior earlier this year.

Among a host of other awards and achievements he garnered in his illustrious career, Loving was named the Division I Player of the Year in Ohio for the second straight year earlier this week. Last year he was chosen to play in the All-American Championship in New Orleans during college basketball's Final Four weekend.

Loving averaged 22.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per game during the 2011-12 season and was SJJ's first basketball player to earn Ohio Player of the Year honors as a junior.

As a sophomore, Loving averaged 18.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, leading the Titans in both categories, and was named an All-Ohio second-team selection.

He is the son of Marc and Angela Loving.

Tom Shook Introduced as New Varsity Soccer Coach
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tom Shook was introduced as the new Varsity Soccer head coach at St. John's Jesuit on Wednesday, March 20.

Shook joins the Titans with more than 30 years of coaching and teaching experience, most recently as the head coach at Maumee. He guided the Panthers from 1980-82 and again from 1986-2000. He also served as head coach at Anthony Wayne from 2005-07.

Shook's career coaching record stands at 227-89-10, and his teams have won numerous league, sectional, and district championships.

"Coach Shook is a championship-caliber coach who has had plenty of success over the years with more than 200 career wins," Director of Athletics Bob Ronai said. "We couldn't be happier to have him join the Titan family."

Fr. General's Statement on the Election of Our New Holy Father
Thursday, March 14, 2013

In the name of the Society of Jesus, I give thanks to God for the election of our new Pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., which opens for the Church a path full of hope.

All of us Jesuits accompany with our prayers our brother and we thank him for his generosity in accepting the responsibility of guiding the Church at this crucial time. The name of "Francis" by which we shall now know him evokes for us the Holy Father's evangelical spirit of closeness to the poor, his identification with simple people, and his commitment to the renewal of the Church. From the very first moment in which he appeared before the people of God, he gave visible witness to his simplicity, his humility, his pastoral experience and his spiritual depth.

"The distinguishing mark of our Society is that it is . . . a companionship . . . bound to the Roman Pontiff by a special bond of love and service." (Complementary Norms, No. 2, § 2) Thus, we share the joy of the whole Church, and at the same time, wish to express our renewed availability to be sent into the vineyard of the Lord, according to the spirit of our special vow of obedience, that so distinctively unites us with the Holy Father (General Congregation 35, Decree 1, No. 17).

P. Adolfo Nicolás S.J.
Superior General
Rome, 14 March 2013

Prom to be Held on Saturday, March 23
Monday, February 25, 2013

Prom bid packets will be available to pick up in the Principal's Office and during all Lunch periods beginning Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Bid packets are also available for download for you to print at home.

Bid sales will take place Monday, March 4 through Friday, March 8 during all Lunch periods.

St. John’s Jesuit Presents Monty Python’s Spamalot
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tickets are on sale now for St. John’s Jesuit High School’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot to be held on March 15, 16 and 17 at the Valentine Theatre. The musical is lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they travel medieval England on their quest to find the Holy Grail. With hilarious scenes playing on historical humor and pure silliness, fantastic music, and dance from Broadway to jazz to disco, Spamalot promises great fun.

Leads include Nick Case ’14 as King Arthur; Jacob Sigman ’13 as Sir Robin; Alex Hasselbach ’15 as Sir Lancelot; Dan Cox ’13 as Patsy; Nick Carlson ’13 as Sir Galahad; Connor Long ‘ 16 as Sir Bedevere; Erik Brodin ’13 as the Historian; Seamus Hnat ’14 as Not Dead Fred; and Bennett Win ’15 as Prince Herbert. The Finland Mayor is Michael Janson ’16. 

Ellen Dziubek from Notre Dame Academy is the Lady of the Lake. Abigail Allen is Tim the Enchanter.

Round Table Knights include Matt Padanilam ’16 and Tony Andreshak ’13.

Monks include Tim Glaza ‘16 and Kyle Rudolph ‘16.

Laker Girls are Hallie Hagedorn, Kristen Purcell, Meg Grzeszczak, Natasha Foley, Molly Martindale, Gina Diehl, Courtney Dane, and Rebecca Fuss.

Robin’s Minstrels are Lucas Eckel ’14, Ali Rose Hotz, Lauren Siebenaler, Maeve Dillon, Megan Thebes, Marisa Napoli, and Zowe Hamizadeh.

Ni Knights are Madeline Kaplan, Katie Dubielak, Alden Gardiner, and Molly Ziemkiewicz.

The Chorus includes Andrew Petee ’14, Matt Brangham ’16, Nick Gigax ’14, Matt Cox ’15, Nicholas Kranjac ’15, and John Ureta ’13, and Lily Kaplan, Jordan Baker, Lauren DeClark, Arianna Loney, Mackenzie Beyer, and Mikafui Dzotsi.

The musical is directed by Damian Rodgers ’86 and Rob Koenig. Luke Rosen is the music director.

Tickets are available at the Valentine Theatre Box Office, 419-242-2787.

Gabriel Bol Deng to Speak About His Mission of Hope on Feb. 25
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy and St. Ursula Academy and Junior Academy are co-sponsoring a special presentation by Gabriel Bol Deng, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan and Founding Director of Hope for Ariang, on Monday, February 25 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. John Berchmans.This presentation is free and open to the public; however, a free will offering will be taken to support Gabriel’s mission Hope for Ariang

Gabriel’s story is inspirational. In 1987, at the age of 13, he fled his home in South Sudan after it was attacked by North Sudan Murahileen militiamen. Not knowing the fate of his parents or siblings, he endured hunger and disease fleeing across the Nile River and desert to Ethiopia. Placed in refugee camps, he learned the value of literacy and education.

In 2001, Gabriel came to the United States as part of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program. He graduated from LeMoyne College in 2007 with a degree in Mathematics, Education, and Philosophy. He returned to South Sudan to look for his family – a journey documented in the award-winning film Rebuilding Hope.

According to Phil Skeldon, Director of Christian Service at St. John’s Jesuit, Gabriel’s visit commemorates Black History Month and represents a commitment on behalf of both schools to promote social justice in our community and in our world.

Father General of the Society of Jesus Addresses Resignation of Pope
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, addressed a letter to the entire Jesuit community this morning regarding the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.

Click here to read Father General's letter

SJJ Student-Athletes Cement College Choices
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Seven St. John’s Jesuit student-athletes made their college choices official at a signing day ceremony this morning in the Iott Center at St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy.

Matt Miller (Wisconsin), Brogan Roback (Eastern Michigan) and Tony Harper (Pittsburgh) signed National Letters of Intent to continue their football careers, and two of their teammates on the gridiron, Liam Allen (Toledo) and Jake Nachtrab (Bowling Green), signed as preferred walk-ons. Also making official their college choices were Drew Savage (Ohio) in cross country/track and Matt Almester (Oakland University) in soccer.

“Signing Day is always a momentous occasion at St. John’s Jesuit,” St. John’s Jesuit Director of Athletics Bob Ronai said. “We couldn’t be more proud of all of our student-athletes who will continue their playing days in college, and we wish them nothing but the best at the next level.”

Among a host of accolades garnered during his high school career, Miller was an All-Ohio first-team lineman and was named Northwest District Lineman of the Year in 2012. Additionally, he earned all-district and All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference first-team honors.

Roback rewrote the record books in his time behind center as a three-year starting quarterback for the Titans. He holds numerous school records, including most attempts (42) and completions (26) in a single game; most completions (132), passing yards (2,079), and touchdowns (25) in a season; and most attempts (647), completions (348), passing yards (5,787) and touchdowns (59) in a career. Roback was named All-TRAC honorable mention as a senior in a conference loaded with top-notch signal-callers.

As a two-way player, Harper made a difference for SJJ on offense and defense. Where he’s really made his mark, and where his college coaches project him to play at the next level, is at tight end. Harper was All-TRAC honorable mention during an injury-shortened senior year and was an All-TRAC second-team honoree as a junior.

Allen made a name for himself across Northwest Ohio and the entire state during an illustrious senior year. As Roback’s top target, Allen broke the school record for receiving yardage in a single season and finished 2012 with 1,199 yards. He also tied the school record for most receptions in a single game with 12. For his efforts, Allen was named an All-Ohio first-team wide receiver, as well as all-district and All-TRAC first-team accolades.

Along with Miller, Nachtrab was a standby on the offensive line all season for the Titans. He started at a variety of positions on the line and was named All-TRAC honorable mention this past season.  

Savage has made his mark in both cross country and track during his time at SJJ. He was the 3200-meter champion at the 2011 TRAC Championships and an All-TRAC first-team honoree in track in 2012. In cross country, Savage was a three-time all-district first-team honoree as well as a two-time all-league honoree. 

 Almester was a go-to scoring option for the Titans on the pitch during his career. He netted 22 goals and 12 assists and was a four-year varsity letterman. Almester was recognized following his senior season as TRAC player of the year, All-Ohio first-team, All-District first-team, and All-TRAC first-team.

Marc Loving '13 Breaks Varsity Basketball All-Time Scoring Record
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Varsity Basketball standout Marc Loving '13 broke the program's all-time career scoring record last night in a 52-51 victory at Whitmer.

Marc scored 19 points against the Panthers and now has 1,471 points in his career at SJJ. B.J. Raymond '05 previously held the record with 1,466 career points.

“It wasn’t too big of a deal for me coming into the game,” Marc told reporters after the game. “I wasn’t really thinking about that. I was definitely thinking about getting this victory, and it feels good to edge them out by one point."

Basketball Coach Ed Heintschel Reaches 600 Wins
Friday, January 18, 2013

Legendary St. John's Jesuit Basketball Coach Ed Heintschel recorded his 600th career win tonight in a 68-56 win over Central Catholic in the Dome.

The victory makes Coach Heintschel one of just a handful of active coaches in the state with that many wins, and he also ranks in the top 10 among Ohio boys basketball coaches in all-time victories.

“When I finally get done with this thing, I think I’ll look back and appreciate it a little bit more," Coach Heintschel told reporters after the game. "I’m more in the mode of getting this team ready for the season and making sure we’re improving.”

The next record to fall for the Varsity Basketball program could be the all-time career scoring record. Marc Loving '13 needs just 15 points to break the mark set by B.J. Raymond '05 (1,466 points).

The Titans next take on Whitmer on the road Tuesday night before returning home to face Fremont Ross next Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Dome. Coach Heintschel will be honored before the Fremont Ross contest.

Author and Family Counselor Michael Gurian to Speak at SJJ
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

 

Michael Gurian, family therapist, educator, consultant and author of 25 books including The Purpose of Boys, The Minds of Boys, and Boys and Girls Learn Differently! will be speaking at SJJ on Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. John Berchmans.

Gurian has visited SJJ several times in the past 10 years to speak with parents about how boys learn and strategies for success.

According to Willam Damon, PhD., professor of education at Stanford University, “There is no one who understands the development of boys better than Michael Gurian. Gurian offers useful advice about how to help boys succeed in the key challenge of today’s world, finding purpose in life.”

Gurian’s presentation is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by St. Ursula Academy and Junior Academy.

Rob Chudzinski '86 Named Cleveland Browns Head Coach
Friday, January 11, 2013

(Photo courtesy The Plain Dealer) 


 Rob Chudzinski '86 was named the Cleveland Browns new head coach at a news conference in Berea, Ohio, this morning.

On behalf of the entire St. John's Jesuit family, we would like to congratulate Coach Chud on what he's described as a "dream come true." We wish him success on restoring the glory to one of the great NFL franchises.

Today, we cheer for not only the Blue & Gold but the Brown & Orange as well.

Fr. Martinez Awarded Fellowship for Columbia's School Leader Development Program
Thursday, January 10, 2013

Fr. Joaquin Martinez, S.J., President of St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy, has been awarded a fully funded fellowship to Columbia University's Klingstein Center for Independent School Leadership. Fr. Martinez will participate in the prestigious Heads of School program from January 28 through February 7.

For two weeks, just 20 visiting educational leaders from around the world will meet for intensive study to examine educational issues and policies facing independent school educators. The Klingstein Center selects educators who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments or potential for excellence and equips them with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for informed and effective practice.

Last year, the program included participants from the United States, Czech Republic, Canada, South Africa, Croatia, Latvia, Venezuela, and France.

The Klingstein Center's purpose is to improve the quality of independent school education by developing and strengthening leadership among teachers and administrators. The program focuses on instructional leadership, collaboration and teamwork, a commitment to social justice and diversity, and reflective practice.

Upon completion, Fr. Martinez will join over 200 graduates of the program worldwide.

Ten SJJ Seniors Honored as National Scholars
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

 
National Merit Semifinalists, seated on bench, (L-R) are Harry Thaman '13, Samin Rai '13, Sean Wheelock '13,
and John Banoub '13. Commended Students, standing in back row, are (L-R) Zach Oberhaus '13, Dominic Zirbel '13,
Rob Purviance '13, Jacob Sigman '13, Alex McDougall '13, and Ben Oberhaus '13. 

 
Four St. John’s Jesuit seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Students recognized for outstanding scores include John Banoub ’13, son of Dr. Ashraf Banoub and Dr. Rita Banoub; Samin Rai ’13 son of Kiran and Krishna Rai; Harry Thaman ’13, son of Lisa Gathard and Michael Thaman); and Sean Wheelock ’13, son of Bobbi and Scott Wheelock.

Semifinalists are in the top one percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  

Six SJJ Seniors were recognized as Commended Students including Alex McDougall ‘13, son of Lorice Burkett and Freda McDougall; Benjamin Oberhaus ’13, son of Tammie and Ronald Oberhaus; Zachary Oberhaus ’13, son of Tammie and Ronald Oberhaus; Robert Purviance ’13, son of Susan Purviance and Rhea Goldstein; Jacob Sigman ‘13, son of Cinda Misra and Timothy Sigman; and Dominic Zirbel ‘13, son of Maria and Craig Zirbel.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 PSAT/NMSQT competition. 

Brandon Fields '02 Nominated for NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
Friday, December 28, 2012

Miami Dolphins punter Brandon Fields '02 has been nominated for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, annually bestowed to honor a player's volunteer and charity work as well as excellence on the field.

Fields, along with his wife Katie, created the Brandon and Katie Fields Youth Fitness Fund in 2010. With a focus on health, fitness and a positive attitude, the mission of the Brandon and Katie Fields Youth Fitness Fund is to promote physical activity and good health to children in the community.

Fields can often be found on his off days during the NFL season volunteering with children and speaking at schools.

For the last three summers, Fields has also returned to SJJ to put on a football and cheerleading camp, as well as starting a fitness camp. Recently, the Fields partnered with Broward Health to start the "Fields Fitness Fest" in South Florida.

Fields has been one of the top punters in the NFL since joining the Dolphins in 2007. This season, Fields ranks first in the AFC and second in the NFL in punting average with 50.3 yards per punt.

Marching Band to Perform at Outback Bowl
Thursday, December 20, 2012

The St. John’s Jesuit Marching Band will perform at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., on New Year’s Day. This year’s Outback Bowl will feature the University of Michigan Wolverines vs. South Carolina Gamecocks at Raymond James Stadium. The game begins at 1 p.m.  

This is the second time that SJJ has had the honor of performing as part of the halftime show at the Outback Bowl. The Marching Band performed at the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2009.

For this year’s performance, there will be 38 SJJ Marching Band members traveling to Florida for the game, with 17 band members from SJJ. The marching band includes 21 female band members from St. Ursula Academy and Notre Dame Academy. SJJ’s Flag Corps, which includes eight flag girls from Notre Dame and SUA, will be part of the marching band’s performance. 

During halftime, SJJ will perform music from Earth, Wind and Fire. In addition, they will join other high school and college bands to play music from the Wizard of Oz.

The Marching Band will depart for Florida from SJJ via buses at noon on Wednesday, December 26. Band members and directors will be packing equipment at 11 a.m. The band is expected to arrive back in Toledo on January 2.

As part of their trip, the band will be stopping at Walt Disney World, Orlando, to perform at Epcot Center on December 28.  They will then travel to Tampa on December 29.

The SJJ Marching Band is under the direction of Xavier Smith. The assistant band director is Barbara Bachman. The SJJ Flag Corps is directed by Colleen Thorn.

Varsity Basketball Battles the Knights on Friday at Owens
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Just a reminder that the St. John's Jesuit vs. St. Francis basketball games are at Owens Community College this Friday, December 21.

Junior Varsity tips off at 6 p.m. and the Varsity matchup will follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. SJJ students must purchase a ticket since the game is offsite at Owens.

Directions to Owens Community College Student Health and Activities Center

Important Letter from Fr. Martinez
Friday, December 14, 2012

To the St. John's Jesuit community,

At yesterday's meeting of the Board of Trustees, I informed the Board that I will be concluding my service as President of St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy effective June 30, 2013.

As you all know, I am a member of the California Province of the Society of Jesus and have been "on loan" to the Chicago-Detroit Province for my time here at St. John's Jesuit. The original agreement was for a three-year term and I am currently in my fifth year, so my Provincial has asked me to return to the California Provnice for a new assignment in the fall.   

St. John's Jesuit is a vibrant community. We offer outstanding academics and exceptional extra-curricular activities. We have taken very seriously our mission to educate the whole person — mind, body, and spirit — and the past four and a half years have been a time of extraordinary growth for our school. 

I am particularly proud of the fact that St. John's Jesuit continues to be the leading college preparatory school in northwest Ohio. We have a remarkable faculty, dedicated to the education of our students. Our Campus Ministry and Christian Service programs take very seriously the mission of the Society of Jesus: the service of faith and the promotion of justice. The hard work and dedication of our many teams continue to uphold our tradition of victory. Everything that we do, in the classroom and on the playing field, is done for the greater glory of God.  

A special word of thanks to our Board of Trustees, who has exercised great leadership in keeping us focused on our mission and for providing us with the resources we need to fulfill that mission. The Board will form a search committee to assist it in finding the best possible candidate to serve as St. John's Jesuit's next President. 

It has been a particular grace to serve this community as your President and as your priest. I was welcomed very warmly and enthusiastically, and continue to find encouragement and support in what I do here. When I first started looking at the possibility of coming to St. John's, someone described it to me as "a gem of a school." I can't think of a better description for a place that nurtures and builds so many young men for others. 

I always ask myself how Ignatius of Loyola would react if he saw the work we were doing. I think Ignatius would be very happy, and proud, of all the great things that are happening here at St. John's Jesuit. We have stayed true to his vision and have formed a community with God as the center of our lives. 

May that same God continue to bless you and your families during this season of Advent. 

Rev. Joaquin Martinez, S.J.

Matt Miller '13 Chosen to Play for National Team
Thursday, December 13, 2012

St. John's Jesuit Varsity Football player Matt Miller '13 has been selected to play for the 2013 U.S. Under-19 National Team, which will participate Feb. 5 in the International Bowl in Austin, Texas.

Matt will be one of nine offensive linemen on the U.S. team. He registered 33 pancake blocks and earned All-Ohio first-team honors this past season for the Titans. He also recorded 38 tackles, eight quarterback pressures, and two forced fumbles as a defensive end.

USA Football is the national governing body for the game of football. The nonprofit organization is the official youth development partner with the National Football League, the 32 NFL teams, and the NFL Players Association.

The U.S. team, which is comprised of some of the nation's top high school players, faces the International Federation of American Football world team that is made up of players age 19-and-under from 64 countries.

The U.S. Under-19 team owns a 7-2 record in international play, which includes a 2-1 showing in the International Bowl.

SJJ-Whitmer Basketball Game Postponed Until Dec. 12
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The St. John's Jesuit Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball games against Whitmer, originally scheduled to be played Friday, Dec. 7, have been postponed until Wednesday, Dec. 12. The JV will tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the Varsity game at 7:30.

The Freshman Blue Basketball game against Fremont Ross will still be played at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The Freshman Gold game against Cardinal Stritch also scheduled for that evening has been postponed, with a make-up date to be determined.

Chorus Christmas Concert Set for Sunday, Dec. 2
Thursday, November 29, 2012

The St. John's Jesuit Men's Chorus and Academy Chorus will host their annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. in the McQuade Theater. Admission is free.

The performance will include traditional holiday favorites, soon-to-be holiday favorites, and a few songs that have nothing to do with the holidays, according to Choral Director Luke Rosen.

Portions of the holiday concert are scheduled to be aired after the Christmas Day televised Mass on WTOL Channel 11.

The Men's Chorus also taped two TV Masses that will air at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23 and Sunday, Jan. 20 on WTOL Channel 11.

Varsity Basketball Standouts Sign National Letters of Intent
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

St. John’s Jesuit Varsity Basketball standouts Marc Loving '13 and Austin Gardner '13 made their college commitments official at a signing day ceremony this morning in the Savage Room at St. John's Jesuit.

Marc signed his National Letter of Intent with Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State University, and Austin signed with the University of Findlay, the 2009 Division II national champion.

Among a host of other awards and achievements he garnered last season, Marc was named the Division I Co-Player of the Year in Ohio, selected as an All-Ohio first-team honoree, and was picked to play in the All-American Championship in New Orleans during college basketball’s Final Four weekend. He averaged 22.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per game during the 2011-12 season and was SJJ’s first basketball player to earn Ohio Player of the Year honors as a junior. Marc is considered the top-rated basketball recruit from the Class of 2013 in the state of Ohio according to ESPN.com. He is the son of Marc and Angela Loving.

Austin averaged 12.5 points and 4.0 assists per game during an injury-shortened 2011-12 season. He earned All-TRAC second-team honors and All-District honorable mention as a junior. Austin also has been rated as a Top 10 point guard in Ohio by several scouting services. He is the son of Randy and Sandra Gardner.

“I’m very proud of both Austin and Marc,” Varsity Basketball coach Ed Heintschel said. “They are both very valuable members of our program, and we wish them nothing but the best at the next level.”

Marc and Austin will each begin their senior season at SJJ on Saturday, December 1 when the Titans face Shaker Heights at 7:30 p.m. in the Titan Dome. Before that, the Titans will square off with Romulus (Mich.) High School in an exhibition game at SJJ on Saturday, November 24, at 7 p.m., with proceeds from the contest benefiting SJJ’s Labre Program, which serves the poor and homeless in Toledo.

Col. Mark Swentkofske '84 Speaks about Military Career, SJJ Experience
Monday, November 12, 2012

U.S. Air Force Colonel Mark Swentkofske '84 spoke with the entire student body this morning about lessons he learned at SJJ and beyond.

Col. Swentkofske has been working for the White House Office of National Drug Policy and is currently in training to be part of the U.S. delegation in the People's Republic of China.

A career military man, Col. Swentkofske recently served as a senior intelligence officer in the White House and has reported to the Drug Czar in the Obama Administration since November 2009. In this role, he helped to set the President's drug policies and evaluate multi-source national level intelligence working with government agencies, including the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs, Border Patrol, and the State Department. His assignment focused on drug trafficking from Mexico, Central America, the Middle East, and Afghanistan.

In his motivational speech to SJJ students, Col. Swentkofske told the story of General Creighton Abrams, who coined the phrase "Soldiers are not in the Army. They are the Army." In the same vain, Col. Swentkofske told the audience of students, faculty and staff that "you don't work at St. John's, you don't attend St. John's, you are St. John's."

Choral Director Luke Rosen Featured, To Perform with Nick Case '14 and Devin Wozniak '13
Thursday, November 08, 2012

Luke Rosen, Director of SJJ’s Choral and Liturgical Music, is featured in the November issue of the Masterworks Chorale newsletter, Masterworks Matters. Luke is a chorale tenor and has written music for Masterworks to perform including Hallelujah, a song for men’s chorus and piano that was performed in 2010.

Luke and two SJJ students Tenor Nick Case ’14 and Bass Devin Wozniak ’13 will be performing in the annual Christmas concert, Lessons and Carols, on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 at Epworth United Methodist Church.

Nick and Devin are serving as interns for the Chorale this fall.

Greg Christian Takes Over as Head Baseball Coach
Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Head Varsity Baseball Coach Mike O'Reilly has decided to step down and assistant coach Greg "Hawk" Christian has been named his successor, St. John's Jesuit Director of Athletic Bob Ronai announced today.

O'Reilly led the Titans to a Three Rivers Athletic Conference championship and a 21-7 overall record in his only season last year. He will remain on the baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant.

"Coach O'Reilly wanted to spend more time with his family, and we respected those wishes," Mr. Ronai said. "We thank him for his service and wish him nothing but the best in the future."

Christian has more than 20 years of coaching experience, including more than a decade as the Varsity Baseball coach at Cardinal Stritch from 1999-2010. During that time, the Cardinals won three Toledo Area Athletic Conference championships and two district titles. In 2005, he passed Tom Fuller as the winningest baseball coach in school history with more than 150 career wins.

Along with his baseball coaching duties, Christian also coached girls and boys Varsity Basketball at Stritch for 10 years.

A 1977 graduate of Cardinal Stritch, Christian played football, basketball, and baseball in high school. As a senior, he was named All-City in football and baseball and earned team MVP honors on the diamond, where he served as team captain from 1976-77. Christian also was the Cardinals' starting quarterback on the team that advanced to the State Final Four in 1976.

"This should be a fairly seamless transition from Coach O'Reilly to Coach Hawk," Mr. Ronai said. "He has an extensive knowledge of the game and a good rapport with his players. We expect nothing but great things in the spring and the years to come."

Christian is married to Jill Hatfield, and they have three children: Kacy, a Toledo Fireman; Kylee, a Child Life Specialist at Toledo Children's Hospital; and Kendyl, a senior at Clay High School.

Buffalo Wing Wings to Host Band Fundraiser on Monday, Oct. 29
Friday, October 26, 2012

The St. John's Jesuit Marching Band will collect 10 percent of the proceeds of any dine-in meals at Buffalo Wild Wings in Maumee from 5-9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29.

The Marching Band will be performing at the Outback Bowl in Florida over Christmas break and is raising funds for the trip.

If you're looking for a place to dine out Monday, please stop by Buffalo Wing Wings at 425 W. Dussel Drive in Maumee and bring these fundraiser tickets with you.

Fall Play to Debut on November 2-4
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The St. John's Jesuit community is invited to attend the Campion Hall Players' production of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

Performances will take place on Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the McQuade Theater.

Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

Cross Country Finishes Runner-up at Districts
Monday, October 22, 2012

The 18th-ranked St. John's Jesuit Cross Country team advanced to regional competition with a runner-up performance at the Division I District meet on Saturday at Pearson Park.

The Titans were led by Drew Savage '13, who was an All-District first-team honoree after finishing sixth with a time of 16:54, and Nick Jarrell '15, who was named to the All-District second team after finishing eighth in 16:59.

Rounding out SJJ's top 5 were Brett Hanson '13 (16th, 17:12), Andrew Kurtz '13 (19th, 17:20) and Ivan Dye '16 (24th, 17:29). Read more...

View a slideshow from the District meet

Luke Campbell '14 Named 13abc Athlete of the Week
Friday, October 12, 2012

Varsity golfer Luke Campbell '14 has been named 13abc's Athlete of the Week.

A feature on Campbell ran during the 11 p.m. newscast on Thursday night. See below for the video.

Campbell finished as medalist after shooting a 2-over 74 at last week's Sectional tournament, which the Titans won with a team total of 310, at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green.

13abc.com: Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Frederik Loubser Named Head Rugby Coach
Friday, October 12, 2012

St. John's Jesuit has hired Frederik Loubser as the Titans' new Varsity Rugby Coach, Director of Athletics Bob Ronai announced Friday.

A native of South Africa, Loubser attended one of the top rugby schools as well as played and coached at the highest club level in his home country.

"Frederik has an extensive background with the sport of rugby, and I'm confident he will guide our Titans to achieving their greatest potential," Mr. Ronai said. "He's the perfect fit and a great addition to the Rugby program."

Loubser served as player, captain and coach with the van der Stel Rugby club from 2001-03, and he was a coach at Paul Roos Gymnasium High School, his alma mater, for three seasons prior to that.

As a player, Loubser was named team captain of his high school program, ranked the best in South Africa, and led the Pirates to an undefeated season as a junior. He then went on to become captain of the Stellenbosch University Rugby team.

Loubser holds degrees from the Stellenbosch University and the New York Film Academy. He currently resides in Lambertville.

Winning Tickets from Titan Drive Drawn
Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Tune in to TV-4 for the LIVE Titan Drive raffle drawing during morning announcements Wednesday to see if your ticket is pulled for the $20,000 grand prize.

Fr. Tom Doyle, S.J., Vice President for Ignatian Identity, will do the honors of drawing the winning tickets.

More than 75 percent of SJJ students participated in the Titan Drive by selling tickets, and more than $90,000 in sales was generated. As a reward for their hard work, SJJ students will have the day off from school on Friday, October 19.

UPDATE: Here is the list of winners:

$20,000 grand prize
Kathleen Hankish, sold by Luke Hankish '14

(5) $1,000 prizes
Sandra Tressert
Kathy Kahmann
Tom Wanamaker
Debi Berkel
Stacey Tafe

(10) $100 prizes
Vasant Asgaonkar
Scott Schultz
Alexander Hernandez
William Barrow
Carrie Francis
Maggie Kaser
Chuck Rapp
Carrie Lepow
Nichole Schalk
Sharon Bumgamer

Sean Wheelock '13 Earns Perfect Scores on ACT & SAT
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

St. John's Jesuit senior Sean Wheelock has earned perfect scores on the ACT and SAT college admissions tests, Principal Brad Bonham announced Tuesday.

Wheelock's perfect score of 36 on the ACT is a significant and rare achievement. On average, fewer than one-tenth of one percent of all test takers earn the top score. Among ACT-tested U.S. high school graduates in the Class of 2011 only 704 out of more than 1.6 million students earned a composite score of 36.

Equally significant is Sean's perfect score on his SAT achieving 2,400 point – 800 each in Reading, Math and Writing.  As a comparative, the average scores for the Class of 2011 were 497 in Reading, 514 in Math, and 489 in writing.

Sean showed great promise early in his high school career at SJJ. As a sophomore, he also aced the PSAT test with a perfect score of 240.

Active in extracurriculars at SJJ, Sean currently serves as Student Body President. He is one of the top students on SJJ's Debate Team. He also serves as on the Ambassador Society Core Team for SJJ. As a student-athlete, he has been a member of the Tennis team for four years and Golf team for two years. In the summer of 2012, he traveled to Guatemala on SJJ's Christian Service mission trip.

Sean's plans for college are still undecided. He is focusing on a number of top schools, including Harvard, Yale, Notre Dame and Duke. 

"Sean Wheelock is a wonderful example of students who seek the more at SJJ," Mr. Bonham said. "We are so proud to be able to celebrate these great accomplishments with Sean. He will go on to great things, and we will always be proud to call him a Titan."

Sean is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wheelock.

Read more in a feature on Sean that ran in the Toledo Blade

Mr. Phil Skeldon Honored as BCSN's Teacher of the Month
Monday, October 01, 2012

Social Studies Teacher and Christian Service Director Phil Skeldon has been named BCSN's Teacher of the Month for October.

Mr. Skeldon will be featured in a commercial that will air 500 times during the month of October on BCSN and other channels on Buckeye Cablesystem. He will also be in the running to be named BCSN's Teacher of the Year next spring.

Watch Mr. Skeldon's commercial honoring him as BCSN Teacher of the Month

Lori Yaross Hired as Head Swimming Coach
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

St. John’s Jesuit has hired Lori Yaross as the Titans’ new Varsity Swimming Coach, Director of Athletics Bob Ronai announced Tuesday. Yaross will fill the role of Varsity Swimming Coach at Notre Dame Academy as well.

“With 10 years of coaching experience at the high school level, Lori brings a wealth of knowledge to the table,” Ronai said. “I have no doubt that Lori will lead our swimming program to achieve great things.”

Yaross has served as head coach for the Dundee Dragons Club Team since 2007 and formerly was the Varsity Swimming and Diving Coach at Erie Mason High School, where she was named Coach of the Year in 2007. Previous to that, Yaross coached at Wickliffe High School in northeast Ohio, first as an assistant from 2002-04 and then as the head coach from 2004-07.

An accomplished swimmer, Yaross was a record-holder and state qualifier at Erie Mason during her sophomore, junior and senior years from 1997-1999. She then went on to continue her career at Cleveland State University, where she was named a team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior.

Yaross earned her Bachelor’s degree in education from Cleveland State in the spring of 2005.

SJJ Collects More Than 4,300 Pounds of Food for Pack-a-Pickup
Monday, September 24, 2012

The St. John's Jesuit community collected 4,359 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishable food items for last Friday's Pack-a-Pickup at the Varsity Football game against Whitmer at Lyden Field.

Along with Whitmer's contribution, a grand total of 5,148 pounds of food was donated to the Toledo Seagate Food Bank -- the recipient for this very important endeavor between Charlie's Dodge and WTOL's Big Board Friday.

Thank you to all who contributed! 

Brian Roberts '04 Signs with New Orleans Hornets
Thursday, August 16, 2012

Fulfilling a life-long dream, Brian Roberts '04 signed with the New Orleans Hornets earlier today.

Roberts, who played in all five Summer League games for the Hornets and made three starts, averaged 13.8 points, 2.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 27.4 minutes per game while shooting 50 percent from the field, 55 percent from 3-point range and 94 percent from the free throw line.

After playing overseas since 2008 after going undrafted following his senior season at the University of Dayton, Roberts decided he wanted to make one more run at an NBA roster spot.

“I’ve always said that I wanted to make one more push at it,” Roberts told Hornets.com. “After playing (overseas) for the last few years, I felt like I’ve developed myself, as far as playing the point guard position and understanding what skills you need to play at the highest level. I always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to give it a go one more time. I just felt like this was a good chance.”

Roberts played for Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany last season, leading the team to the German National Championship. He also won the German League title with Bamberg in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

SJJ Unveils New Lunch Menu
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

With the start of a new school year later this week, St. John's Jesuit has unveiled a new, healthier breakfast and lunch menu.

Some of new items, coming as a result of Senate Bill 210 and suggestions from faculty, staff and students, include:

  • Ham, Egg white and cheese with spinach on flatbread (breakfast)
  • Whole grain French toast sticks (breakfast)
  • Whole grain poptarts (breakfast)
  • Whole grain cereal (breakfast)
  • Spinach garlic chicken sausage (lunch)
  • Morningstar veggie burgers (lunch)
  • Seasoned turkey burgers (lunch)
  • Baked potato wedges (lunch)

Additionally, all grilled sandwiches will now be served on whole grain breads.

"We are very excited about the changes, and it is a good first step to a healthy lifestyle that we would like to promote at St. John's Jesuit," said SJJ Food Service Director Sharon Muldoon.

Fall Play Auditions Scheduled for Aug. 27-28
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

SJJ’s Campion Hall Players announce auditions for the Fall 2012 production of Ray Bradbury’s "Fahrenheit 451." This science fiction drama predicts what it would be like in a world controlled by media, and where books are burned.

The production dates will be November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Students can audition on August 27th or 28th from 3:30 to 5:30 in the McQuade Theater. 

No experience necessary!!! Anyone with an interest in theater is encouraged to audition. This play has a cast of about 20 characters.

The cast will rehearse Mondays through Thursdays after school with two Saturday rehearsals. Please email Mrs. Trimble or Mr. Carnicom if there are any questions.

Fr. Martinez Heads to Boston for Global Summit
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fr. Joaquin O. Martinez, S.J., President of St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy, travels to Boston at the end of July to participate in the International Colloquium on Jesuit Secondary Education (ICJSE), the first-ever global meeting of Jesuit secondary schools in the 450-year history of the Jesuits. Fr. Martinez will be making a presentation on Emerging Technology in Education and the Impact of iPads in Classrooms.

There are 371 educators from 61 countries on six continents registered for the event. In addition to St. John’s Jesuit, attendees will represent schools from Australia, Congo, China, El Salvador, Italy, and many other countries.

ICJSE seeks to strengthen the global network of Jesuit schools by providing a venue to share ideas, discuss common strengths and challenges, examine our Jesuit mission and identity, and focus on how Jesuit school educators can prepare students to become global leaders.

“The enormous challenges to Jesuit education today require our best efforts in order for us to serve the mission that has been entrusted to us,” said Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., Superior General of the Jesuits. “By gathering as a global body of Jesuit secondary schools for the first time we can begin to establish ways of collectively preparing our students and school communities to address the welfare of the entire world and its development in a sustainable and life-giving way.”

“As an educator, this is a truly remarkable opportunity,” said Fr. Martinez. “The Jesuit network of secondary schools possess extraordinary potential to shape students from across the globe into truly global citizens. Our collaboration will make our schools stronger and broaden the perspective of the students we serve.”

The ICJSE will take place at Boston College from July 29 to August 2. For more information, visit www.icjse.org.

New Directors Join SJJ This Summer
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

St. John's Jesuit Principal Brad Bonham has announced the appointment of Robert T. Taylor III as Director of Admissions for the High School and Academy and Angelo Singleton as Director of Student Life for the High School.

Mr. Taylor is responsible for enrollment, visitation, and financial aid packages for more than 900 incoming students in grades 6-12.

Since 1997, Mr. Taylor served as the Varsity Football Coach and professor in Exercise Science at Defiance College. His professional experience also includes serving as assistant football coach for Saint Joseph College in Rensselaer, Ind. He is holds a bachelor of science degree in Physical Education from Albion College in Albion, Mich., and a master of arts degree in Education from Defiance College.

Mr. Singleton is responsible for creating and maintaining a positive student life experience for more than 800 high school students. He will be in charge of Freshman Orientation, Homecoming, Prom, intramurals, the House System, Student Government, student leadership programs, and extracurricular activities including over 30 clubs.

For the past 12 years, Mr. Singleton served as a supervisor at the Lucas County Youth Treatment Center. He has also served as an Assistant Track coach at St. John’s Jesuit since 2003. His professional experience also includes serving as a Family Tutor and Mentor for Americorps in Toledo and a Community Services Coordinator for the YMCA of Greater Toledo.  He is a 2001 graduate of the University of Toledo where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Inter-Disciplinary Studies.

Pianist Chris Muller P’13 to Perform at Benefit Recital for SJJ Marching Band
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

On Saturday, August 4, SJJ Parent Chris Muller P’13 will be hosting a classical piano recital in the McQuade Theater at 7 p.m.

The recital will feature the works of J.S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, and Serge Rachmaninoff. Mr. Muller will be playing on his 1898 fully-restored Everett grand piano. The recital’s repertoire honors Mr. Muller’s parents, his teachers, and the people who restored his piano in 2010.

Mr. Muller earned a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Bowling Green State University in 1975. Mr. Muller’s son, John ’13, plays the trumpet in the SJJ Marching Band.

The SJJ Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Xavier Smith, is planning a trip to play at the Florida Outback Bowl at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on January 1, 2013. The classical piano recital is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support the SJJ Marching Band’s upcoming trip. 

Brogan Roback '13 Accepts Football Scholarship to Eastern Michigan
Monday, July 09, 2012

St. John's Jesuit quarterback Brogan Roback gave a verbal pledge over the weekend to continue his academic studies and football career at Eastern Michigan University.

Brogan is the Titans' third player to commit to a Division I football program in the last month, joining Tony Harper '13 (Pittsburgh) and Matt Miller '13 (Wisconsin).

The SJJ Varsity Football team opens its season Aug. 24 at Cleveland Heights.

Two Titans Commit Early To Play Collegiate Ball
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Congratulations to offensive lineman Matt Miller ’13, who committed today to play football at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Matt has been a member of the Titan Varsity Football Team for the last two years under Head Coach Doug Pearson ‘82.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to represent St. John’s Jesuit and my community at Wisconsin," Matt said. "I can’t wait to work hard and to get on campus to compete for championships. Committing early felt like the right thing for me to do. Now I can focus on playing my best for St. John’s this season,”

Matt’s brother, Jack '11, is entering his second year at the University of Michigan where he plays center for the Wolverines. Matt and Jack are the sons of P.J. ’86 and Jane Miller. P.J. passed away in 2009.

Kudos to Tony Harper ’13, who has committed to play for the University of Pittsburgh. Tony plans to play “athletic tight end” or H-back.

“I was impressed with Pitt’s campus, athletic facilities, and the coaches," he said. "I felt comfortable there and it’s a good fit for me. I appreciate all of the support provided to me from my coaches and teammates at St. John’s."

Currently, Tony plays wide receiver and safety for the Titans. He is the son of Stan and Kendra Harper.

LaVelle Ridley '12 Named UT EXCEL Salutatorian
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

LaVelle Ridley has been named the University of Toledo EXCEL Program's salutatorian for the 2011-12 school year.

Toledo EXCEL, a scholarship incentive program, began in 1988 at UT and focuses on preparing students for success in college. The program reaches out to minority students in pre-college academic programs to increase their self-esteem, cultural awareness of diversity, and civic involvement.

At SJJ, LaVelle was an honor student and a member of the National Honor Society. He was The Blade's Student of the Week in April and earned several awards during his senior year, including the Men for Others Award, JSFA Award, and the Berchmans Award for Leadership in Spanish.

LaVelle has been accepted into the Honors College at UT and plans to double major in philosophy and English literature. Upon his graduation from UT, he plans to obtain a master's degree in literature.

SJJ Sends 18 on Guatemala Mission Trip
Thursday, June 14, 2012


Participating in the Guatemala Mission Trip are (front row, L-R) Mr. Adam Dane '02, Ron Birchfield '13,
Robert Austin Mack '13, Christopher Garzony '13, Benjamin Eddingfield '13, Nick Gramza ‘13,
and Michael Eddingfield '13; (back row, L-R)  Mr. Lukas Laniauskas, S.J., Samin Rai ’13, Jeff Anderson ’13,
Conner Mishler ’13, Sean Wheelock ’13, Dylan Futrell ’13, Nick Behm ’13, Harry Thaman ’13, Peter Krull ’13,
Sachin Jindal ’13, and Mrs. Stacie Stroshine.


Earlier today, 18 students and faculty members departed St. John's Jesuit bound for Detroit Metro Airport and the start of the Guatemala Mission Trip.

“We are called to be His hands and feet in the United States and in the whole world,”  said Mr. Lukas Laniauskas, S.J., as he gathered 15 students in the courtyard of SJJ prior to departing for Detroit Metro for the 11-day excursion. “I hope our students learn how blessed they are and how much injustice there is in this world. I hope they will feel the call to make a change and to make a difference.”

Students will be working at the International Samaritan Mission at the Guatemala City Dump teaching children and assisting with the construction of a new wing of the Francisco Coll School. International Samaritan was founded by former SJJ President Fr. Don Vettese, S.J., in 1995 as Central American Ministries.

The group will also make a two-day pilgrimage to the Romero Center at the University of Central America to pay homage to the Jesuit martyrs who were killed in 1989. In addition, they will visit Archbishop Romero's residence and the chapel where he was martyred in 1980.

Please keep this SJJ Mission Team in your prayers as they serve. Follow their journey at sjjguatemala12.blogspot.com.

Graduation Day for nearly 250 Titans
Tuesday, June 05, 2012

St. John's Jesuit celebrated the graduations of 190 High School Seniors and 58 Academy eighth graders at separate ceremonies last month.

The SJJ community gathered together for the 45th Commencement Exercises at the Stranahan Theater on May 24, with the valedictory address given by Mark Brahier '12.

One week later, the Academy Graduation was held in the Chapel of St. John Berchmans on May 31.

SJJ Baseball Catch Makes SportsCenter's Top Plays
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A simple popup during the third inning of Monday's 8-4 victory over Fremont Ross in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference baseball championship game turned into so much more for Joe Robie '12 and Corey Tipton '13.

The St. John's Jesuit teammates combined for the No. 1 play on ESPN SportsCenter's "Top Plays" on Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

"As a little kid I always dreamed of being on SportsCenter's Top 10 and, what do you know, it came true," Joe told The (Toledo) Blade. "It's one thing to be on there, but it's another thing to be No. 1. I never thought in my wildest dreams that would come true. I saw it on there, and I still don't believe it."

Added Corey: "It's one of those things that, if somebody tried to tell you [it happened], it would seem like a joke. You'd say, ‘Yeah, you're just messing with me.' To see that get on there, my whole family was happy. It's good to bring publicity to Toledo and show people how sports are doing here."

To vote for the play as the "Best of the Best" on ESPN.com, click here.

 

SJJ Tennis Finishes 3rd at State Team Tournament
Monday, May 28, 2012

The St. John's Jesuit Varsity Tennis team placed third at Ohio Tennis Coaches Association team tournament at Hilliard Davidson on Sunday, May 27.

The Titans defeated Copley 3-0 in the consolation finals after losing 3-1 to No. 1-ranked Springboro in the semifinals earlier in the day.

Securing the win over Copley for the Titans (19-3) were Kevin Brown '15 and Spencer Crawford '12 at second and third singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Caleb Mickler '13 and Adam Zychowicz '15. No. 1 singles player Bobby Adusumilli '12 and the No. 1 doubles team of Madhav Mehta '12 and Ryan Brown '14 were also leading when the match was called.

The doubles team of Caleb and Adam picked up the lone victory for the Titans against Springboro.

SJJ Tennis Headed to Final Four for Eighth Straight Year
Monday, May 21, 2012

The St. John's Jesuit Varsity Tennis team defeated Findlay 3-0 on Monday, May 21 to claim the Northwest District title and advance to the State Final Four for the eighth year in a row.

The Titans will face Springboro in the state semifinals and are now just two wins away from defending last year's state title.

SJJ Tennis Sweeps TRAC Championships
Sunday, May 06, 2012

The St. John's Jesuit Varsity Tennis team claimed the first ever Three Rivers Athletic Conference Tennis championship on Saturday, May 5, just two days after the JV Tennis team performed the same feat.

The Titans finished with 28 points, four more than runner-up Findlay, after going undefeated in the TRAC regular season at 7-0 and then placing first at the conference tournament.

SJJ won four out of five individual flight championships with No. 2 singles player Kevin Brown '15 defeating Findlay 6-0, 6-3; No. 3 singles player Spencer Crawford '12 defeating Findlay 6-4, 6-3; No. 1 doubles team of Madhav Mehta '12 and Ryan Brown '14 defeating Findlay 6-2, 6-1; and No. 2 doubles team of Max Rectenwald '12 and Trevor Majdalani '15 defeating Findlay 7-5, 6-3. No. 1 singles player Bobby Adusumilli '12 finished in third as an individual.

SJJ is ranked fifth in Division 1, according to the most recent OTCA Coaches' Poll, and has advanced to the regional finals in the OTCA State Team Tournament. The Titans are just one step away from a return to the State Final Four in defense of last year's state title.

JV Tennis Wins TRAC Championship
Friday, May 04, 2012


The JV Tennis team poses with the TRAC tournament brackets, while
Coach Scott Zura holds the championship plaque.


The St. John's Jesuit JV Tennis team won the TRAC Championship hosted at Findlay High School on Thursday, May 3.

The Titans won 3-2 in the finals over Clay to claim the new league's first ever JV tennis title. The Titans' Varsity Tennis team will vie for its own TRAC championship on Saturday, May 5, at Findlay High School and the University of Findlay.

JV team members include Zach Black '13, Scott Kumor '13Nick Labardee '14, Sam Thomas '14, J.T. Bassett '14, Charles Mira '14, and Chris DuBois '15

SJJ Academy Hosts Catholic Leadership Conference
Friday, May 04, 2012

On Thursday, May 3, the St. John's Jesuit Academy sponsored a Seventh Grade Catholic Leadership Conference.

This was the fifth year that SJJ hosted the conference that is designed to inspire, empower and educate young men and women in the seventh grade to become future leaders in the Catholic community. The one-day conference was free, and all Catholic students in the Toledo Diocese were invited to attend.

SJJ’s World As One to Host Chinese Students in 2012
Wednesday, May 02, 2012


St. John’s Jesuit High School will accept five Chinese students for the fall 2012. The Chinese students will be part of the World As One program, founded in 2003. The mission of World As One is to cultivate and establish international relationships in a Christ-centered, supportive learning environment. Students develop an understanding and respect for one another’s beliefs, backgrounds, and cultures, creating a life-long community that values and advocates justice and peace in the world.

To date, World As One has had more than 60 students from Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Rwanda, Mexico, Haiti, Japan, Ecuador, Finland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Slovakia, Turkey, Lebanon, Switzerland, Russia, Moldova, and Guatemala. Students have lived with local families and attended SJJ for either one year as a cultural exchange student or multiple years as a graduating student.

The Chinese program will accept qualified students who will spend two, three, or four years at SJJ and who are committed to earning their high school diploma from St. John’s Jesuit. 

At this time, St. John’s is actively seeking host families for the Chinese students. According to Stacey Wisnieski, World as One Director, this is a wonderful opportunity for a family to expand their knowledge about the growing importance of China in our world and expose their son first-hand to a culture he will likely encounter in college and career.  “It’s a win-win for students and families as families share their daily lives with their international son. We have many examples of how valuable the experience can be for everyone, especially in today’s global landscape,”  Mrs. Wisnieski said.

Host families are not required to commit for four years. They can serve for one or more years and will receive a significant monthly stipend to help offset the costs of hosting.  To learn more about hosting a Chinese student, contact Mrs. Wisnieski at 419-865-5743 ext. 313 or swisnieski@sjjtitans.org.

Fr. Martinez to be a Guest on Annunciation Radio Spring Sharathon
Monday, April 30, 2012

St. John's Jesuit President Fr. Joaquin Martinez, S.J. will appear as a guest on the Annunciation Radio Spring Sharathon on Friday, May 25 from 3-4 p.m.

Please tune in to WNOC 89.7 FM during this hour and hear Fr. Martinez talk about the good work being done at St. John's Jesuit. Support Catholic Radio by making a pledge or donating, and help make SJJ shine on Annunciation Radio. The station is listener supported and needs your help in order to continue its ministry.

The Sharathon will take place May 23-25 from 7 am. - 6 p.m. Call 877-275-8098 to donate or visit AnnunciationRadio.com. May God bless you for your generosity! Please tune in and support our school President and Annunciation Radio.

SJJ Hosts Annual Awards Assembly
Friday, April 20, 2012

On Wednesday, April 18, St. John's Jesuit High School held its annual Awards Assembly.

A complete list of the awards presented by President Fr. Joaquin Martinez, S.J., and Principal Brad Bonham can be found here.

Summer Fun Camp Adds Two Lego Robotics Sessions
Friday, April 20, 2012

St. John’s Jesuit is currently registering boys and girls for Summer Fun and Sports Camps.

One of the first camps to fill up each year is the Lego Robotics I Camp. Two sessions for Lego Robotics I are now full including July 9-13 and July 16-20.

Good news for Lego fans: Two new sessions have been added including July 23-27 and July 30-August 2. 

To learn more about becoming a Titan this summer by attending SJJ Summer Fun Camps or Sports Camps go to sjjtitans.org/SummerCamps. To register, contact Laurie Powell, 419-865-5743, ext. 246.

Mother's Club to Hold Garage Sale on May 5
Friday, April 20, 2012

The St. John's Jesuit Mother's Club will hold its annual Garage Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 5 and will be accepting items for the sale starting April 28.

Parents and alumni can drop off new or gently used clothing, toys, housewares, books, computer equipment, lawn and garden supplies, sporting items, shoes, outerware, holiday items, designer goods, purses, tools, crafts, furniture, etc. on the following dates and times in the Auxiliary Gym:

  • Saturday, April 28: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • April 30 & May 1: Noon to 4 p.m.
  • May 2-3: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 4: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Academy to Host Catholic Leadership Conference on May 3
Friday, April 20, 2012

On Thursday, May 3, St. John’s Jesuit Academy will be sponsoring a Seventh Grade Catholic Leadership Conference.

This is the fifth year that St. John’s Jesuit has hosted the conference that is designed to inspire, empower and educate young men and women in the seventh grade to become future leaders in the Catholic community. The one-day conference is free, and any Catholic student in the Toledo Diocese is invited to attend. The day will include inspirational speakers and hands-on group activities.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the day concludes at 2:10 p.m. Lunch will be provided. More than 300 students are expected to attend from area Catholic schools, including St. Pius, Regina Coeli, St. Joan of Arc, St. Patrick’s, Notre Dame Academy, Sylvania Franciscan Academy, St. Catherine’s, Mary Immaculate, All Saints, and Erie (Mich.) St. Joseph.

SJJ Students, UT football great Chuck Ealey Visit MLK Academy
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Visiting with students at MLK Academy were (from L-R): Christopher Yowpp-Hernacki '13, Rob Purviance '13,
Mr. Chuck Ealey, Jamahl Jones '12, Spencer Crawford '12, and Lavelle Ridley '12.


Five SJJ students accompanied former University of Toledo football great Chuck Ealey on a visit to Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy for Boys on Tuesday, April 17. The visit was done on behalf of the Chuck Ealey Foundation, which has established mentoring programs at local schools.

Mr. Ealey began the morning by talking about the challenges of his youth growing up in the projects of Portsmouth, Ohio. He also discussed the importance of making good choices in life and getting an education, followed by a lively question-and-answer session with the fifth grade students.

Spencer Crawford '12, Jamahl Jones '12, Rob Purviance '13, Lavelle Ridley '12, and Christopher Yowpp-Hernacki '13 then presented the students they mentor each week through SJJ's Christian Service program with inspirational posters based on the "undefeated spirit" of Mr. Ealey, who went 35-0 during his college career with the Rockets.

Mr. Ealey, accompanied by Christian Service Director Phil Skeldon and Shelley Jackson, also visited Lake Erie Academy, another Toledo public school where SJJ students volunteer their time and serve as mentors.

Test Drive a Ford to Support SJJ Marching Band
Monday, April 16, 2012

The St. John's Jesuit Marching Band is participating in Brondes Ford's Drive for Your School Program on Sunday, April 22 from noon-5 p.m.

Come to SJJ and get behind the wheel of a Taurus, Explorer, Escape, Focus, Fusion, Mustang, Edge, or Fiesta. Test driving is free.

For every test drive, SJJ earns $20, or $30 for the Mustang. One driver per family and participants must be over 18.

All proceeds benefit the SJJ Marching Band, which is raising funds to go to the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2013. For more information, contact Band Director Xavier Smith, 419-865-5743, ext. 262, or xsmith@sjjtitans.org.

Chess Team Competes at Nationals
Monday, April 16, 2012

The Titan Chess Team wrapped up its season at the National High School Tournament in Minneapolis over Easter Break.

Nine Titans on three teams in three different sections competed. Five of the nine finished with winning records and in the top half of their sections. Two of the three teams finished in the top half of their sections as well.

High finishers in the U800 section included Kris Mariasy '13, 30th out of 215 players; Laith Shehadeh '15, 63rd out of 215; and Connor Przysiecki '16, 77th of 215. Together they finished 18th out of 36 teams.  

Also competing were Cody Goetting '13, Isaac Rogers '16, Spencer Rogers '16Chase Shugarman '13, Brison Woods '16, and Dominic Zirbel '13.

SJJ Becomes First Area Private High School to Administer Special Needs Scholarship
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

St. John's Jesuit has been approved by the Ohio Department of Education to participate in the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship program for the 2012-13 school year.

This scholarship is open to students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Families must apply for this scholarship by April 15, 2012.

St. John's Jesuit High School meets the private school criteria by:

  1. Having a licensed special educator on staff
  2. Agreeing to serving as the hub for all special education services provided to scholarship recipients that attend the school
  3. Register students through the Ohio Department of Education's online application process.

Scholarships can be as much as $7,600 per school year. For more information, parents are urged to visit the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program website or email SpecialNeedsInfo@scohio.org.

Ms. Michele Nixon, A+ Learning Center Director, will be administering the program at SJJ. She can be reached at mnixon@sjjtitans.org.

SJJ High School Placement Testing on April 14 & 21
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

It's not too late to enroll as a Titan for Fall 2012.

High School Placement Testing will take place Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 21 at 8:30 a.m. in the Iott Center. Advance registration is not necessary. 

For more information, contact Admissions Director Jason Huther at 419-865-5743, ext. 257, or jhuther@sjjtitans.org.

Mr. Ron Miller Receives 2012 Golden Apple Award
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Mr. Ron Miller is being honored as an outstanding teacher by the Diocese of Toledo. He will receive a Golden Apple Award at a banquet at the Toledo Club on May 1.

Mr. Miller has been a Math teacher at St. John's Jesuit since 1968 and has coached various different sports during his tenure. 

Marc Loving '13 Performs Well at All-American Championship
Monday, April 02, 2012


Marc Loving '13, right, with Freshman Blue Basketball Coach and Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach Mike
Schoen '05 at the All-American Championship in New Orleans.


St. John's Jesuit basketball standout Marc Loving '13 finished with six points for the North Team in the All-American Championship in New Orleans on Sunday, April 1.

Marc, a 6-foot-8 junior guard/forward who has verbally committed to Ohio State, drained a pair of 3-pointers in the contest and scored the first points of the game for his squad, which ended up losing 86-85 to the South Team.

The All-American Championship annually features 40 of the best high school boys basketball players in the country. Last year’s inaugural event included 2012 Big East freshman of the year Mo Harkless of St. John’s University, ACC all-freshman team honoree Ryan Anderson of Boston College, and SEC all-freshman team honoree B.J. Young of Arkansas.

Three SJJ Students Bound for Barcelona
Thursday, March 29, 2012

 On their way to Barcelona, Spain are (from left to right)
Xander Homer '14, Henry Witt '13, and Jacob Francis '13  


Three SJJ students will be traveling to Barcelona from April 4-16 as part of an exchange program with a Jesuit school there, Col.legi CASP Sagrat Cor de Jesus. This is the fifth year that SJJ has participated in the program.

Xander Homer '14, Henry Witt '13, and Jacob Francis '13 will be traveling with three students from St. Ursula Academy who are also participating in the exchange program.

Xander, Henry and Jacob hosted three Spanish students from Barcelona last fall for three weeks. T.J. Carlson '14 also hosted a student, but was unable to go to Barcelona. This exchange is a part of SJJ's World as One Program.

According to Stacey Wisnieski, SJJ's World as One Program Director, these programs immerse students in the Spanish culture and provide an opportunity to share school experiences. Students are often excellent language students and are referred by their teachers.

"They enjoy both sides of the experience from hosting a student to then traveling to Spain to experience the hospitality of a student," she said. "It really increases a student's confidence and ability to navigate this world." 

For more information on exchange programs at SJJ, contact Stacey Wisnieski at swisnieski@sjjtitans.org.

William Beebe '15 Featured on Fox Toledo
Monday, March 26, 2012

William Beebe '15 was recently a guest on Fox Toledo's Talk Back segment, during which he spoke about Juvenile Diabetes.

William has been the Youth Ambassador for Juvenile Diabetes since February 2010. He attended the Children's Congress for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund in Washington, D.C., last June and most recently took part in Government Day on March 3-6 in Washington.

 

Marc Loving '13 Named Division I Player of the Year
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Junior basketball player Marc Loving has been named Division I co-player of the year and an All-Ohio first-team selection by the Associated Press.

Marc averaged 22.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per game this past season and has verbally committed to continue his studies and playing career at Ohio State.

A 6-foot-8 guard/forward, Marc is SJJ's first basketball player to earn Ohio player of the year honors as a junior. Brian Roberts '04 earned that distinction as a senior.

Marc is also the first All-Ohio first-team honoree for the Titans since B.J. Raymond '05 was honored following the 2004-05 season.

"Marc is a unique talent because of his skill set for a 6-8 player," SJJ Varsity Basketball Coach Ed Heintschel said. "He has excellent perimeter skills, he can score, he is unselfish, he is a terrific shooter. He has expanded and improved his game each year and still has an upside in that he can continue to develop as a player."

All-Ohio First-Team Selections in SJJ History

  • 1991 - Shane Komives
  • 1994 - Denny Amrhein
  • 1995 - Neshaun Coleman
  • 2002 - John Floyd
  • 2004 - Brian Roberts (Co-Player of the Year)
  • 2005 - B.J. Raymond
  • 2012 - Marc Loving (Co-Player of the Year)
SJJ Academy 'Whips' Up Some Fun For a Good Cause
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Three lucky students got the opportunity to throw a pie in the face of one of their teachers, as the SJJ Academy celebrated "Pi Day" on Wednesday, March 14.

The much anticipated event was the culmination of the Pasta for Pennies mission collection, benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The Academy raised $837 during the fund-raiser, with eighth grader Michael Janson bringing in the most money at $180 and getting the honor to throw the first whipped cream pie at Social Studies Teacher Mr. Joe Carroll '93.

Eighth grader Knowledge Lacy and seventh grader Tommy Kegler were the next piethrowers after winning a random drawing, and both of their pies were directed at Science Teacher Mr. Kyle Ellwood.

The mentor group that raised the most money will be rewarded with lunch from Olive Garden.

Click here to view a slideshow of the morning's festivities.

Marc Loving '13 Selected to Play in 2012 All-American Championship
Monday, March 12, 2012

SJJ basketball player Marc Loving has been selected to play in the All-American Championship on Sunday, April 1, in New Orleans.

Loving, a 6-foot-8 junior guard/forward who has verbally committed to Ohio State, will play for the North Team in the prep all-star showcase, which takes place between the Final Four and the NCAA title game. Loving is one of only eight juniors participating in the game.

"This is a tremendous honor for Marc," SJJ Varsity Basketball Coach Ed Heintschel said. "We couldn’t be more proud of him."

Loving led the Three Rivers Athletic Conference in scoring this season with 22.9 points per game. He also pulled down a team-best 9.0 rebounds per game for the Titans (15-7), who finished tied for second in the TRAC with an 11-3 mark.

The All-American Championship annually features 40 of the best high school boys basketball players in the country. Last year’s inaugural event included 2012 Big East freshman of the year Mo Harkless of St. John’s University, ACC all-freshman team honoree Ryan Anderson of Boston College, and SEC all-freshman honoree B.J. Young of Arkansas.

A Tale of Two Toledos is Fun For All
Monday, March 12, 2012


The Running of the Bulls put our faculty in the spotlight for a good cause, including (L-R) Constantly Running
Bull Todd Black, Full of Bull Bill Harrison, I Don't Take No Bull Ed Heintschel, Sitting Bull Doug Pearson,
Academic Bull Michele Nixon, and Holy Bull Lukas Laniauskas, S.J.

Gold and blue bulls greeted more than 600 guests who attended SJJ's A Tale of Two Toledos on Saturday, February 11 for food, fun and frolic. The event theme was chosen because of the Jesuits' deep roots in Spain, which is the birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier.

The evening began with a Mass in the Chapel, followed by a gourmet buffet provided by Chef Chris Nixon '04, owner and chef of The Boathouse, who moved his kitchen and staff from Coldwater, Mich., to SJJ to cater the event. Chef Nixon created a special menu with a Spanish flair for the event.

It was a lively evening with music by Skoobie Snaks, a silent auction, and a live auction with nine exciting packages, including a meal prepared by Fr. Joaquin Martinez, S.J.

A Tale of Two Toledos was chaired by Kiran Rai and Judy Parikh. A committee of parent volunteers from the high school and Academy included Laura Baird, Karen Dart, Sara Felix, Kusum Hegde, DarLynn Huntermark, Jay and Tina Jindal, John and Colleen McGoldrick, Linda Mowat, Tom and Denise Padanilam, Scott and Kathi Prephan, Renee Turissini, Uma Vora, and Sandy Yobbagy.

The event raised $135,000, with a net profit of $85,000, for SJJ scholarships and school programs.

Click here to view a slideshow of photos from the event.

State Department Diplomat Visits SJJ Academy
Wednesday, March 07, 2012


Seventh Graders (L-R) Devin Dunbar, Cameron Hinojosa, and August Dreier with Mr. John Barrett.

John Barrett, a diplomat with the U.S. State Department, visited with SJJ Academy students in the McQuade Theater on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Barrett is the uncle of Paul Smith '16 and is a first secretary in the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has also worked at the U.S. Embassies in Guatemala, China, Colombia, Brazil and El Salvador.

Mr. Barrett fielded numerous questions about his career, especially how he got his start working in the State Department and what it's like living and working in Afghanistan.

"Hopefully I gave the SJJ Academy students some perspective on life overseas and the important work that the U.S. government does overseas, and not just from a military standpoint," Mr. Barrett said. "We have a civilian corps of 10,000 men and women working as diplomats around the world, and the more diplomacy we can engage in, the less troops we have to put in harm's way."

Ted Schoen '12 Finishes Third at State Wrestling Tournament
Tuesday, March 06, 2012


Ted Schoen '12, center, with his father, Joe '80, and SJJ Wrestling Coach Charlie Schoen '75 (left).

Ted Schoen ’12 is known in the St. John’s Jesuit wrestling room as the “humble warrior.”

To that point, Ted chose to share the spotlight with his teammates and head coach at a pep rally Monday morning celebrating his third-place finish in the 195-pound weight class at the state tournament in Columbus last weekend.

“I had everybody write down their goals on index cards before the season, and Ted wrote that he wanted to place [in the top eight] at states,” SJJ Wrestling Coach Charlie Schoen ’75 said during the rally. “And he did it. We couldn’t be more proud of Ted.”

Ted had to win twice in back-to-back matches Saturday in order to finish third. He accomplished the feat by claiming a 14-6 major decision over Barberton High School’s Aaron Tschantz in the consolation semifinals followed by a hard-fought 2-1 decision over Painesville Riverside’s Evan Rosborough in the third place finals.

“The last one was a real close match,” Ted said. “I scored a takedown in the second period and managed to hold onto the lead the rest of the way.”

Ted’s finish at the state tournament is one of the best in SJJ history and second only to Coach Schoen, who finished second at states during his senior year and also happens to be Ted’s uncle.

Although it was a long, grueling weekend – matches began on Thursday evening and ran through Saturday – Ted had numerous family members make the trip with him to share in the experience.

“I had a lot of family down there with me and it was fun seeing them there rooting for me,” Ted said. “It was very exciting and something I’ll never forget. This success came from a lot of hard work, and it’s good to know that good things do come from hard work.”

Mike Pool '12 Takes Top Honors with Piano Performance
Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Congratulations to Mike Pool '12 for earning a superior rating for his piano performance at the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, which took place at Heidelberg University this past Saturday.

Mike has been performing for this contest for 10 years and received his 60 point trophy, the highest possible trophy for a 10-year participant.

Sean Wheelock '13 To Compete in Debate State Tourney
Thursday, March 01, 2012

Sean Wheelock ’13 is competing in the Ohio High School Speech League Debate Tournament on March 2-3 at Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio. His debate topic is “Resolved: Targeted killing is a morally permissible foreign policy tool.”

Sean qualified for states at the district tournament Feb. 4 at Bexley High School outside Columbus with the topic “Resolved: It is morally permissible to use deliberate deadly force as a response to repeated domestic violence." He won five of six debates and tied for first place out of 30 competitors.

Sean is one of 15 members on the SJJ Debate Team coached by Mr. Adam Dane, assisted by Mr. Jason Huther. Best of luck to Sean this weekend!

SJJ's Spring Musical, Anything Goes, Sets Sail March 16
Wednesday, February 29, 2012


The cast and crew of Anything Goes

Tickets are on sale now for SJJ's Spring Musical Anything Goes to be held at The Valentine Theatre on March 16-18.

Anything Goes (Beaumont Theatre Version) features the music and lyrics of Cole Porter. The original book is by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay, and Russel Crouse. The new book is by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. Tickets can be purchased directly from The Valentine Theatre box office, 419-242-2787, or online at valentinetheatre.com.

The cast includes Hailie Hagedorn (Toledo School for the Arts) as Reno Sweeney; Lauren Siebenaler (Notre Dame Academy) as Hope Harcourt; Indra Andreshak (Notre Dame Academy) as Evangeline Harcourt; Sean Burlingame ’13 as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh; Erik Brodin ’13 as Elisha Whitney; Nick Case ’14 as Billy Crocker; Jacob Sigman ’13 as Moonface Martin; Tori Zajac (Notre Dame Academy) as Erma; John Shipko ’12 as Captain; Megan O’Toole (Notre Dame Academy) as the Angel Purity; Meg Grzezczak (St. Ursula Academy) as the Angel Chastity; Chad Kosanovich ’13 as the Minister Henry T. Dobson; and Daniel Cox ’13 as the Bartender.

The Sailor Quartet includes Nick Carlson ’13; Devin Wozniak ’13; Kirsch Briel ’12; and Tony Andreshak ’13. Two SJJ Academy students are in the play: Nicholas Dart ’16 plays Luke, and Connor Long ’16 plays John.

There were 40 students selected for the chorus, including SJJ’s Nick Gigax ’14, Matt Cox ’15, Ben Bethel ’15, Seamus Hnat ’14, Bennett Win ’15, Dev Parikh ’12, Anthony Calamunci ’12, and Dylan Mowat  ’12. Other chorus members are students from Notre Dame Academy, St. Ursula Academy, and Bedford High School.

The production is directed by Mr. Damian Rodgers ’86, assisted by Mr. Rob Koenig. The Musical Director is Mr. Luke Rosen. The Choreographer is Mr. Michael Lang.

SJJ Academy Stars in The Fabulous Fable Factory This Weekend
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sixteen Academy students are performing in Joseph Robinette’s play The Fabulous Fable Factory, which opens on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. and continues through Sunday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in SJJ’s McQuade Theater. Admission is free.

According to Director Mr. Francis Carnicom ’95, the students are enjoying every aspect of the play built around famous fables. 

“When I teach allegory in the classroom, I always use fables as an example of a specific type. Students relate to the concept of an abstract story with a moral because our culture tends to code many of its valuable memories, lessons, and truths within stories.  I have had the pleasure of directing these hard working young men over the past two months and know the
audience will enjoy the character Monroe’s attempt to ‘tag it with the truth,’ ”  he said.

Academy actors include Connor Long ’16, Fuad Abbas ’16, Aedan Martindale ’16, Nate Marten ’17, Nick Dart ’16, Connor Przysiecki ’16, Gabe Winarski ’18, O’mmanuel Levesque-Lawrence ’17, Steffen McNerney ’18, Alex White ’17, Luke Tracz ’16, Michael Janson ’16, Alexander Lampkin ’17, Brad Rhegness ’18, Rory Heizelman ’17, and Johnny Kurtz ’18.

Production staff includes Mr. Carnicom as Director and Mrs. Barbara Trimble as Assistant Director. Mr. Brian Tittl and Mr. Steve Frushour are in charge of set design and construction. Assistant to the Directors is Joshua Irwin ’16.

SJJ Chess Team Wins 2nd Straight Title
Thursday, February 16, 2012

The latest SJJ Championship belongs to the Titan Chess Team.

Following their undefeated regular season title, the Titans won the Greater Toledo Area playoffs on Wednesday, February 15. SJJ bested teams from Perrysburg, Maumee Valley, and St. Francis de Sales to take home its second consecutive league championship.

The Titan playoff team was led by Spencer and Isaac Rogers, Dominic Zirbel, Cody Goeting, and Veda Gokula. Other Titan players included Evan and Adam Aubry, Kris Mariasy, Josh Prephan, Brison Woods, Connor Przysiecki, Chase Shugarman, Alex McDougall, Brandon Jett, and Laith Shehadeh.

SJJ Chorus Members Honored
Monday, February 13, 2012

Members of the SJJ Chorus were awarded top marks at the Ohio Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble contest on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Receiving the highest possible ratings for vocal solos were Dan Cox, Sean Burlingame, Devin Wozniak, Kirsch Briel, Nick Carlson, and Nick Case. Members of the SJJ Vocal Ensemble consisting of Sean Burlingame, Nick Carlson, Nick Case, Dan Cox, Dev Parikh, Erik Brodin, Kirsch Briel, Mike Holdren, and Devin Wozniak also received the highest possible rating for a choral piece.

"This is the first time that every SJJ singer has received the highest rating," SJJ Choral Director Luke Rosen said. "A clean sweep!"

SJJ Blood Drive To Be Held Monday, Feb. 13
Thursday, February 09, 2012

The St. John's Jesuit National Honor Society will host a community blood drive for the American Red Cross on Monday, February 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym.

Students 16 years old and under must have parental consent to donate. The rest of the SJJ community is also encouraged to stop by and donate. Your support is needed to continue this valuable, life-saving service.

Pair of SJJ Seniors Named National Merit Finalists
Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Two St. John's Jesuit seniors have been named National Merit Finalists in the 2011-12 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Students recognized for outstanding test scores include Kirsch Briel ’12 and Michael McGoldrick ’12.

Finalists are in the top one percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

15 SJJ Student-Athletes Sign to Play in College
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

St. John’s Jesuit High School celebrated the signing of 15 senior student-athletes at a special ceremony in the McQuade Theater on Wednesday, February 1. Nine seniors committed for football, two for baseball, and one each for soccer, track & cross country, lacrosse and swimming.

Head Football Coach Doug Pearson ’82 introduced senior football players Miles Ashleman (Dayton), Tyler Begley (Ashland), Trent Brodbeck (Wayne State), Chris Costa (Dayton), Troy Favorite (Toledo), Kent Kern (Miami), Justin Robinson (Mount Union), Shayne Rubel (Ohio Dominican), and Brandon Smith (Toledo).

Mr. Pearson, in place of newly hired Head Baseball Coach Mike O’Reilly, introduced senior baseball players Jesse Adams (Boston College) and Nate Pearson (Toledo).

Head Soccer Coach Tim Concannon introduced senior soccer player Evan Lee (Ohio Wesleyan).

Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach Todd Black introduced senior runner Jacob Mills (Xavier).

Assistant Lacrosse Coach Bill Happel, in place of Head Lacrosse Coach Mike McComish, introduced senior lacrosse player Ryan Zbikowski (Franciscan University of Steubenville).

Head Swimming Coach Joe Carroll introduced senior swimmer Michael McGoldrick (Johns Hopkins).

The ceremony also included remarks from Principal Brad Bonham, Athletic Director Robert Ronai, and Br. Lukas Laniauskas, S.J.

"I've had the privilege to experience Signing Day in three different capacities -- as a coach, as a parent and as an administrator," Mr. Ronai said. "It's always a special day and one that marks a turning point in these young men's lives. We'd like to congratulate them on this achievement and we wish them nothing but the best in the future."

Marc Loving '13 Records 1000th Career Point
Monday, January 30, 2012

St. John's Jesuit basketball player Marc Loving '13 became the ninth player in school history to score 1,000 career points during last Friday's 54-50 win at Fremont Ross. He is the first player to reach the milestone as a junior.

Marc finished the contest with 19 points and has 1,013 for his career.

The Titans improved to 11-3 overall, 7-2 in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference with the victory and are tied with Whitmer and Central Catholic atop the conference standings. They travel to Findlay on Friday, with the JV squad tipping off against the Trojans at 6 p.m. and the Varsity taking the floor at 7:30.

SJJ Presents A Tale of Two Toledos on February 11
Thursday, January 12, 2012

                Mark your calendars now for Saturday, February 11 from 6:30 p.m. to Midnight, when St. John’s  Jesuit hosts an exciting new event, A Tale of Two Toledos!  The evening promises great food, fun and frolic to benefit St. John’s Jesuit student programs and scholarships. Before the event, SJJ is hosting a Mass in the SJJ Chapel at 5:30 p.m. Doors open for the event in SJJ's Carty Fox Commons at 6:30 p.m.  This is a great way to have fun and to support SJJ!

                Of special interest will be the creative culinary talents of noted Executive Chef Chris Nixon , a 2004 graduate of St. John’s Jesuit who now owns The Boathouse in Coldwater, Michigan.  Chef Nixon was trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York, and worked for Tom Colicchio of Craft Restaurant in NYC.  His highly-acclaimed restaurant is a fine dining destination for those living in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. 

                A Tale of Two Toledos includes a live auction with exciting travel and dining packages to prime locations including A Night Out at Craft Restaurant in New York City; Paradise in Culebra Island, Puerto RicoUp North All Season Condo  at Boyne Mountain Resort's new Boyne Mountain Creekside development.  Guests will enjoy competing for other fabulous live auction packages that include:  The Ultimate Notre Dame Football Fan Experience with four tickets to a game of your choice for the Fall 2012 season; A Very Special Graduation Package for parents of Seniors;  A Night Out with SJJ's Mr. Sunshine - Bill Harrison; and The Perfect  Puppy Package with an irresistable purebred, AKC-registered Yor-Coton du Tulear puppy!  

               A silent auction will feature fun items designed to please Titan fans of all ages including A Girl's Night Out package; A Very Fashionable Toledo package with gift certificates to leading retailers; tickets to a preseason Chicago Bears game; a makeover package; and bracelets, baubles and jewels from David Fairclough Jewelers.  The evening includes a reverse raffle with a $2,000 grand prize that will be drawn at 11 p.m.  For more fun, guests can also play games of chance and compete in the Racing of the Bulls. Music from Skoobie Snaks will keep the evening lively. 

               Patron packages, ranging from $5,000 to $1,000, are available now from the SJJ Advancement Office.  Individual tickets are on sale at $40 for dinner only, or $60 for dinner and a raffle ticket.  After January 30, tickets are $50 for dinner only and $70 for the dinner and raffle package. 

                A Tale of Two Toledos is chaired by Kiran Rai and Judy Parikh, who are leading a group of wonderful parent volunteers in organizing this special event. For more information, contact Yanula Stathulis, Director of Special Events, 419-865-5743, ext. 350 or ystathulis@sjjtitans.org. Order your tickets online now! Go to the Giving Tab on the Home Page and click the first link, A Tale of Two Toledos to make your reservations and order your tickets online.

Former SJJ Football Player Honored as an All-American
Friday, January 06, 2012

Former St. John's Jesuit football player Andrew Schaetzke has been honored as a Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) first-team All-American. Schaetzke is a senior defensive end at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Schaetzke '08 also earned American Football Coaches Association first-team and Associated Press second-team All-American honors. He is only the ninth consensus All-American in Patriot League history.

Schaetzke was the Patriot League defensive player of the year after a fantastic senior season when he led the league with 22.5 tackles for a loss and 13 sacks. He also posted 69 tackles, one interception, five pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, and three forced fumbles. 

O'Reilly Named SJJ Baseball Coach
Thursday, January 05, 2012

Mike O’Reilly was named Head Varsity Baseball Coach at St. John’s Jesuit on Dec. 15. O’Reilly will be entering his 28th season as a head baseball coach in the spring.

O’Reilly, who holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education from the University of Toledo, possesses a 400-303 career record and previously was the head baseball coach at Sylvania Southview High School before stepping down in 2008.

"I'm really excited to be here," O’Reilly said. "I'm anxious to start working with the players and get the season started. I wish we could play our first game right now."

O’Reilly, 55, has two children: Olivia, who plays softball at Ohio State, and Cameron, who plays club baseball with the Buckeyes.

SJJ Hockey Captures Tournament Titles
Thursday, January 05, 2012

The St. John’s Jesuit Varsity Hockey team defeated Traverse City (Mich.) Central 6-5 in five overtimes Dec. 30 in the championship game of the Scott Miller Memorial Holiday Invitational. The Titans were down 5-1 in the second period and still trailed by two goals with six minutes remaining, but they stormed back to tie the game and Austin Kelly '13 scored the game-winner in the fifth extra session.

SJJ also defeated Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage 6-0 in the first round of the invitational and knocked off Hartland (Mich.) 5-4 in the semifinals.

The SJJ Junior Varsity Hockey team also claimed a tournament title of its own over the Christmas break. The Titans defeated host Lake Catholic 3-2 in the championship game in Mentor, Ohio, on Dec. 29. The JV squad also rolled past Cincinnati Moeller 3-0, Mentor 10-0, and St. Ignatius 3-1, and tied Prairie Ridge (Ill.) 0-0. 

Mr. Brian Tittl Wins UT Student Impact Award
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Congratulations to Mr. Brian Tittl who is receiving a Student Impact Award from The University of Toledo.  Mr. Tittl is one of 25 UT instructors nominated by UT students to receive a $5,000 award. Mr. Tittl teaches in UT's College of Languages, Literature, and Social Sciences.  Since 2005, he has been a part-time adjunct professor teaching Intro to Religion and World Religions.  At St. John's Jesuit, Mr. Tittl teaches Honors Theology to Seniors and Juniors, as well as Senior Theology.  Mr. Tittl has been on the SJJ faculty since 2006. He earned a B.A. from UT and a M.A. in Philosophy from UT. 

 

Shop the SJJ Bookstore for Titan Gifts
Friday, December 16, 2011

     Make it a Christmas that puts a smile on your Titan.  Shop the SJJ Bookstore!  Next week the SJJ Bookstore is open every day.  Hours are listed below.  Items are not listed on the website this year.  The bookstore carries a wide range of items for students, their families, and Titan fans.  Bookstore Hours are:

Monday, December 19         8 - 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 20        8 - 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Wednesday, December 21  8 - 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 22      9 - Noon

Friday, December 23           9 - Noon

It is closed December 26-30. Merry Christmas!

 

SJJ Varsity Team to Play in The Blade Basketball Classic
Monday, December 12, 2011

                Tickets are on sale now in the SJJ Books