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  • PANTHER PROWL E L Y R I A C A T H O L I C H I G H S C H O O L M A G A Z I N E > FA L L 2 0 1 5

    • A Night of Celebration

    • One Family’s Journey of Faith and Service

    • Alumni Embraces Entrepreneurial Spirit

    • 14-15 Donor Recognition ReportIN SI

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  • 2 Elyria Catholic High School Magazine

    Mission Statement Committed to excellence and compassion, Elyria Catholic High School is a Christian community within the Catholic tradition that calls young men and women to embrace their faith, recognize their full potential and establish a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ.

    Through worship, academics, extracurricular activities and service, the Elyria Catholic community educates students to use vision and courage to act as caring, just and responsible citizens of the world.

    “I knew this school before I even enrolled. Many of my teachers had my parents as students and shared memories of that time. I felt that everyone around me rooted for

    me to succeed in everything I did. Thank you to everyone who gave me the opportunity to be in this amazing environment and to truly be able to reach my potential.”

    Savanna Brown ’15, Salutatorian University of Notre Dame Scholarship Recipient

    Congratulations to the Class of 2015! Did you know that the Class of 2015 received a total of $5,617,633 in scholarship offers from 50 private and public colleges and universities?

    They are attending the following colleges and universities this fall: Arizona State University Baldwin Wallace University Bowling Green State University Brown Aveda Institute Cleveland State University College of Wooster Cuyahoga Community College Fordham University Geneva College Indiana Institute of Technology John Carroll University Kent State University Lorain County Community College Miami University Mount Union University The Ohio State University Ohio University The University of Akron The University of Findlay The University of Pittsburgh The University of Toledo University of Cincinnati University of Dayton University of Notre Dame University of San Francisco Ursuline College Walsh University Westminster College West Virginia University Wright State University

    Best wishes to our new alumni — don’t forget to come back to Elyria Catholic to visit!

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    04 Administration News 05 President’s Letter 06 School News 08 Advancement Notes 10 The Call to Serve 12 Alumni News 14 Student Focus 16 Panther Pride News 18 Panther Prowlings 20 Alumni Reunions 21 2014-2015 Donor Recognition 28 Calendar of Events



    ON THE COVER: 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews Commander,

    Colonel Brad Hoagland and his wife, Jill (St.

    Marie) Hoagland escort Pope Francis as he leaves

    Andrews AFB for New York and Philadelphia on

    September 22, 2015. Brad and Jill are graduates

    of Elyria Catholic High School Class of ’86 and are

    recipients of EC’s Outstanding Alumni Award. Brad

    Hoagland is the son of Margaret Murray Hoagland

    ’62 and the late Charles Hoagland, and Jill is the

    daughter of Mary Brigid “Biddy” McGowan St.

    Marie ’59 and the late Leon St. Marie ’59.

    EDITOR Kristen Frank ’00, Faculty Librarian

    CONTENT/DESIGN Michele Fusco Scoccola, Senior

    Advancement Director

    CONTRIBUTORS Mike Frey ’07 Brian Humphrey ’98 Anne Wilson Yu ’00 Michelle Wisnor, Director of Advancement


    Amy Butler ’80 Allen Clark Terrance P. Dickson Kristen Frank ’00 Jill Hoagland ’86 Brian Humphrey ’98

    Deacon Pat Humphrey ’71 Andrew Krakowiak Robert D. Reinker ’81 Biddy St. Marie ’59 Michelle Wisnor

    DESIGN AND PRINTING Academy Graphic Communication

    Panther Prowl is an annual publication of the Advancement Department distributed to alumni, parents, faculty, administrators, and friends of Elyria Catholic High School.

    Reader Feedback We need your help to stay current. Please send address changes, share your life celebrations, or provide your thoughts and comments on Panther Prowl magazine with us to:

    Elyria Catholic High School ATTN: Advancement Department 725 Gulf Road Elyria, OH 44035

    Or Update Online:

    Elyria Catholic High School

    PRESIDENT/PRINCIPAL Amy Vajentic Butler ’80




    ADVANCEMENT OFFICE Michele Fusco Scoccola, Senior

    Advancement Director Michelle Wisnor, Director of Advancement




    Officers: Dr. Nicholas Ksenich, Chairperson Ms. Susan Pavlus, Vice Chair Mrs. Chris Kish ’78, Secretary

    Mr. Christopher Burton ’02 Mr. Rob Corts ’79 Mrs. Michele Diedrick-Turrill ’81 Mrs. Annie Heidersbach Mr. Bob Resar ’83 Mr. Joe Savoy ’85 Mr. Bill Young Mr. Ron Zidek ’63

    U.S. Air Force cover photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys, Joint Base Andrews public affairs.

  • 4 Elyria Catholic High School Magazine

    New Administrative Structure Aims to Strengthen, Enhance School Goals and Opportunities

    A new school year always brings about changes and new opportunities, and this 2015-2016 school year is no different at Elyria Catholic.

    A new administrative structure has been implemented to support the growing academic and advancement needs of the school. With Mrs. Amy Butler ’80 at the helm of advancement as president/ principal, Mr. Michael Wisnor has stepped into the role as associate principal. As such, Wisnor will be managing the day-to-day operations of the school. In addition to ensuring the continuance of a strong, Christ-centered school, Wisnor also aims to boost collegiality, enhance the curriculum, strengthen communication, and commit to the school’s continuous improvement.

    Working alongside Wisnor in the front office is experienced educator and EC alum, Mr. Tom Taylor, ’79. Taylor brings with him 30 years of educational experience as EC’s new assistant principal. Prior to this he worked as the Assistant Principal at Brunswick High School for 19 years. Taylor also worked for Elyria City Schools as a special education teacher for 11 years. In addition, he coached baseball for Elyria Catholic from 1986 to 1995. Taylor and his wife Tracy have three children who graduated from EC: Corey ’07, Ryan ’09, and Emily ’11. Likewise, Taylor is the only person to have coached at all three of Elyria’s past and present high schools: Elyria High, Elyria West, and Elyria Catholic. Taylor will be focusing on student discipline, work in tandem with the guidance department, oversee student co-curricular activities, and help coordinate the scheduling process. Veteran math teacher Mrs. Patti Lutke has stepped in as the dean of academics, and will also be teaching two math courses during the day as well. As dean, she will assist the administrative team and guidance with course selection, professional development, and curriculum development.


    L to R: Mr. Tom Taylor ’79, Mrs. Patti Lutke, and Mr. Michael Wisnor

    Congressman Jim Jordan Hand Delivers Golden Ticket to EC’s Mr. Krakowiak, Executive in Residence

    Congressman Jim Jordan recently visited Elyria Catholic with the purpose of hand delivering a ticket to Mr. Krakowiak to attend Pope Francis’ address to Congress when he arrived in Washington, D.C. in September. Students had the opportunity to ask the congressman questions during their government class with teacher Mr. Allen Clark. Mr. Krakowiak was Congressman Jim Jordan’s guest in the House gallery for the September 24th speech by Pope Francis to a joint session of Congress. “It is my honor to invite Mr. Krakowiak to witness firsthand what will most certainly be a very special day in the nation’s capital,” remarked Jim. Congressman Jordan chose Krakowiak with the ticket to honor the formative role he played in the lives of students throughout his 30 year career span in Catholic education.

    Mr. K and Alex Meihls ’09 meet on the front lawn of the White House. Alex now works for the House Oversight Committee.

    Andy Krakowiak Reflects on Pope’s Visit

    I was blessed through my personal invitation as a lifelong Catholic educator to witness a special moment in U.S. history as I attended Pope Francis’ address to the joint session of Congress in Washington, DC. Along with all in attendance, I could sense very quickly the humility, compassion, and wisdom of a man known around the world as “Pope Francis.”

    What began as a step into history, however, quickly developed into a rich experience of spirituality through the charisms that this man quickly exhibited and freely shared with all who encountered him.

    I will forever be grateful for the honor and privilege of representing Elyria Catholic High School and Catholic education as a whole through my personal journey to be part of Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, DC.

  • The Elyria Catholic community encompasses a diverse group of alumni, parents, students, and friends. But in diversity is found common ground: a passion for Catholic education and the desire to help move the mission of the school forward. Our success would not be possible without the hard work and generosity of our families, donors, and the support of the Diocese of Cleveland.