Saturday, March 21
More than 200 students were awarded over $350,000 in scholarship money during Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School’s Scholarship Day on Friday, Jan. 31. Each of the scholarships was created to recognize the accomplishments of current VASJ students.
Alumni Health Care Careers Scholarship
Alumni of the school who are involved in healthcare-related careers founded the Alumni Health Care Careers Scholarship. Dr. Holzheimer presented $750 scholarships to students who are interested in a career in the healthcare field, have above average skills in science, maintain a good conduct record and are actively involved in the school. The recipients of the $750 scholarships are:
The Barbara A. Blaser Scholarship
The Barbara A. Blaser Scholarship is given to young women who excel in technology classes and have an interest in a business career. The recipients of a $500 scholarship are:
Thomas J. Brazaitis Scholarship
The Thomas J. Brazaitis Scholarship is awarded to juniors with an interest in journalism, communication or English. The students maintain a good conduct record, are above average students and represent the true values of VASJ. This award is named after the late Tom Brazaitis, an author, Plain Dealer Washington Bureau columnist and VASJ Hall of Famer. The recipients of a $500 scholarship are:
William Breslin Scholarship
The William Breslin Scholarship is a $500 award given to students who maintain a GPA in the upper 25% of their class and are athletes who are models of quiet humility. The recipients of a $500 scholarship are:
The Centa Family Scholarship
The Centa Family Scholarship has been established by St. Joseph Class of 1970 alum William J. Centa to recognize students with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA who are involved in two or more extracurricular or club activities. The recipients of $1,000 scholarships are:
Clark Blaine Clark Award
The Clark Blaine Clark award was established as a memorial scholarship for three members of the St. Joseph Class of 1990: Steven Clark, Frederick Blaine and Thomas Clark. The award was established to recognize a football player who shows spirit, camaraderie and commitment to the Viking community. Steve, Fred and Tom were members of the State Division II Championship football team. Tom was a student council president and one of three seniors selected to speak at graduation. Steve also wrestled at 189 pounds on the State Division I Championship wrestling team. All three were to attend college on football scholarships. The recipient of this $500 award is:
Dailey Family Scholarship
The Dailey Family Scholarship has been established by Don and Mary Jo Dailey. Don is a St. Joseph Class of 1970 alum. The scholarship recognizes students who have shown leadership and dedication to the Viking community. The recipients of a $750 scholarship are:
Daniel Flannery Scholarship
The Daniel Flannery Scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate a strong work ethic effort, strive to improve academically, are positive role models in the Viking community, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and are active and always willing to support fellow classmates. The recipients of $750 scholarships are:
The Davis-Kerscher Scholarship is awarded to hard-working students who demonstrate a true appreciation of a strong Catholic education and maintain a 3.25 GPA. The recipients of $1,500 scholarships are:
DeBartolo Fund Scholarship
The DeBartolo Fund Scholarship is given to a daughter of a Villa Angela alumnae who excels in donating time and talent through service to others. The recipient of this year’s $2,000 award is:
Umberto and Mary Ellen Fedeli Family Scholarship
The Umberto and Mary Ellen Fedeli Family Scholarship recognizes students who are examples of living the Gospel values, exhibit a strong work ethic, give service to their community and school and are excellent role models. The recipients of $750 scholarships are:
Tom L. Fink Memorial Scholarship
The Tom L. Fink Memorial Scholarship has been designated by the Fink family to go to a member of the VASJ football team who has demonstrated outstanding zeal, enthusiasm and commitment to student life as well as passion and commitment to study, work and sports. The recipient of a $500 scholarship is:
Thomas J. Gentile Memorial Scholarship
The Thomas J. Gentile Memorial Scholarship has been created by the Gentile Family in memory of Thomas J. Gentile, a St. Joseph High School graduate of the Class of 1971. Tom was a successful businessman and long-time baseball fan and coach. Recipients are students who participate in baseball or fast pitch, maintain a GPA of at least 3.0, have a good conduct record, and are interested in a career in business or becoming an entrepreneur. The students who received a $1,000 scholarship are:
H.J. Jack Getler Memorial Scholarship
The H.J. Jack Getler Memorial Scholarship goes to an outstanding student who has made the greatest contribution to the professionalism of the school’s literary magazine, Ventures. Candidates maintain a 2.6 GPA and represent the characteristics of a true Villa Angela-St Joseph student. The recipients who received $1,000 each are:
Robert Gliha Memorial Award
The Robert Gliha Memorial Award has been designated by the Gliha family in memory of Robert Gliha, a St. Joseph High School graduate of the class of 1970. Robert was the deputy director of economic development for the City of Euclid, where he dedicated a 37-year career to the development of the city and its local businesses. The recipient is a student who excels academically in the area of science, technology, engineering and math, has demonstrated leadership and is actively involved in service to VASJ as well as the community. Selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship is:
Brian Kasunic Memorial Scholarship
The Brian Kasunic Memorial Scholarship is awarded to seniors who display generosity toward others and exhibit leadership, character and Viking spirit. The recipients of $500 scholarships are:
Joy Kwasniak Swanson “Live For Joy” Memorial Scholarship
The Joy Kwasniak Swanson “Live For Joy” Memorial Scholarship was inaugurated in 2008 by the family of 1991 VASJ graduate Joy who succumbed to cancer in 2006. This scholarship is designated for students who exhibit the characteristics of a stout leader and an overachiever. The recipients of $2,500 awards each are:
Kathryn Kerver Scholarship
The Kathryn Kerver Scholarship is awarded to a current Catholic student who shows school spirit, maintains good conduct and attendance, and is willing to be of service to others. The recipient demonstrates dedication, determination and maintains at least a 2.5 GPA. The recipient of a $500 scholarship is:
Lieb Family Scholarships
The Lieb Family Scholarship has been established by the Lieb brothers to recognize students who have completed their sophomore year, maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, demonstrate Christian values, and are involved in two or more extracurricular or club activities. The recipients of $1,000 scholarships are:
Pat Lyons Memorial Scholarship
As an All-American scholar athlete and a St. Joseph High School graduate, Pat Lyons reached out to help students succeed and graduate from VASJ. The Pat Lyons Memorial Scholarships, for $1,000 each, recognize four athletes who exhibit good character and citizenship. This year’s student athlete selections are:
Gloria “Mrs. M” Melaragno Scholarship
The Gloria “Mrs. M” Melaragno Scholarship is named in honor of Mrs. Melaragno who was affectionately known as “Mrs. M” by legions of St. Joseph High School students beginning in the 1960s. The scholarship awards students who are academically and spiritually solid and display the traits Mrs. M exemplified: selflessness, humor, kindness, hospitality, friendship and sensitivity to others. The recipients of $750 scholarships are:
Tim Misny “Make Them Pay” Scholarship
The Tim Misny “Make Them Pay” Scholarship was established in 2019 by St. Joseph High School graduate of the Class of 1973 and well-known attorney Tim Misny. The scholarship recognizes classroom improvement and increased effort by students over the previous school year. The recipient of $750 scholarships are:
Sophomore Morgan Parker
Junior Kayla Franks
and a $1,000 award goes to:
Senior Jareion Washington
Eugene Oberst Memorial Scholarship
The Eugene Oberst Memorial Scholarship awards mathematics students who have shown great effort, try hard, or have made significant progress in their study of mathematics. The students who received awards of $500 each are:
Fred & Diana Prince Science Scholarship
The Fred & Diana Prince Science Scholarship is awarded to a junior who demonstrates excellence in science and plans to major in a science or technical field in college. The recipient also demonstrates leadership abilities in scientific activities at VASJ, has a social consciousness regarding the use of science, hopes to have a career in a science field and is a person of strong moral character. The recipients receiving $1,000 awards each are:
Joseph A. Radican Scholarship
The Joseph A. Radican Scholarship is named for long-time history and social studies teacher, speech and debate moderator, and former principal Joseph Radican, a member of the St. Joseph Class of 1956 and an inductee into the VASJ Hall of Fame. Mr. Radican, who retired in 2004, passed away in May 2011. The scholarship in his name honors an exemplary social studies student who is actively involved in school life. The recipient of a $500 award is:
Timothy W. Robertson Memorial Scholarship
The Timothy W. Robertson Memorial Scholarship recognizes students who are outstanding academic performers and models of school spirit. The basketball court here at VASJ is named for Mr. Robertson, not just because of his devotion to the sport as a long-time statistician, photographer and most enthusiastic fan of the basketball team but for his steadfast loyalty to all things Viking. The highly respected math teacher and member of the St. Joseph Class of 1962 was a friend to all at VASJ. The recipients of a $1,000 award are:
Amy Sambula Memorial Spirit Scholarship
The Amy Sambula Memorial Spirit Scholarship recognizes a female student who has spirit, drive, enthusiasm and a love for VASJ. She is a leader and inspires moral leadership in others. The recipients of a $500 scholarship are:
Joseph M. Scaminace Scholarship
The Joseph M. Scaminace Scholarship is named for St. Joseph Class of 1971 graduate Joseph Scaminace. This scholarship awards students who are academically ambitious and display a strong sense of ethics, tenaciousness and personal responsibility. The recipients of a $750 award are:
The Scheidel Scholarship was established to assist students who have high aspirations, strong academic performance and financial need. A cumulative minimum GPA of 3.25 is required. The recipients of $2,000 scholarships are:
St. Joseph Class of 1958 Scholarship
The St. Joseph Class of 1958 Scholarship honors young men who are Catholic, reside in Euclid or Cleveland, have demonstrated scholarship and a love of learning, and are in at least the 10th grade. The St. Joe’s Class of ’58 Scholarship winners of $1,000 each are:
Judy and Roger Sustar Scholarship
The Judy and Roger Sustar Scholarship was established by Judy Sustar, Villa Angela Class of 1961 alumna, and her husband, Roger Sustar, St. Joseph Class of 1961 alumnus. The scholarship recognizes students with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA who come to school every day, work hard, put forth effort, stay out of trouble and are involved in extracurricular activities. The recipients of a $1,000 award are:
William Sopko Music Award
William Sopko, a 1967 graduate of St. Joseph High School, established the William Sopko Music Award to recognize a student who has shown improvement or dedication to his/her music education. The recipient of this year’s $500 award is:
Evelyn A. Svete Memorial Scholarship
The Evelyn A. Svete Memorial Scholarship was established by Sandra Turner, a Villa Angela Class of 1966 alumna, and her husband, Jeff, to honor Mrs. Turner’s late aunt, Evie Svete, a 1941 graduate of Villa Angela Academy. A successful businessperson, Evie Svete supported those who worked hard and demonstrated the traits of kindness, generosity, determination and integrity. The recipients of $1,000 scholarship are:
Jeff and Sandra Turner Scholarship
Jeff and Sandra established the Jeff and Sandra Turner Scholarship to recognize students who reflect the characteristics of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, the order’s foundress, St. Angela Merici, academic excellence, and social consciousness rooted in contemplation, justice and compassion. The recipients of a $1,000 award are:
Nicholas Valentino Memorial Scholarship
The Nicholas Valentino Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of the 1964 graduate of St. Joseph High School by long-time friend Mark Haskell. For 26 years, Mr. Valentino was an accountant and a member of the Ohio Bar Association as well as the president of Advisory Services Inc. in Cleveland. Nominated by VASJ faculty and chosen by Mr. Valentino’s family, recipients are students who maintain a minimum G.P.A of 3.0, are in good standing with the school, display a strong work ethic and moral character. The recipients of $1,000 awards are:
Joseph P. Veasey Scholarship
Inaugurated in 2008 in memory of Joseph Veasey, a 2003 VASJ graduate who passed away after battling leukemia for 16 months, the Joseph P. Veasey Scholarship is designated to a junior or senior who excels in mathematics and displays strong academic curiosity. The recipients show interest in art, architecture or engineering and model Marianist family spirit by cultivating meaningful interpersonal relationships and developing a strong sense of community among their peers. The recipients of $1,000 awards each are:
Viking Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each recognize one student per class as model VASJ students who demonstrate strong moral character, scholarship and leadership. The recipients of the 2020 Viking Scholarship are:
Freshman Johnathan Pitts
Sophomore Zac Tizzano
Junior Willo Singleton
Senior Ian Sterrick
Peter C. & Eileen R. Welsh Scholarship
The Peter C. & Eileen R. Welsh Scholarship is given to a student who’s active in the Viking community and demonstrates the true spirit of the Viking family. The student should be involved in extracurricular activities and be a positive influence in the Viking community The student should also maintain a 2.5 GPA. Receiving scholarships of $1,500 each are:
Kay & Vince White-Petteruti Family Scholarship
The Kay & Vince White-Petteruti Family Scholarships are given to students who display kindness toward other students and demonstrate a true understanding of what it means to be a member of the Viking family. Students must also appreciate the benefits of a strong Catholic education and acknowledge the sacrifices their family is making to send them to VASJ. Receiving scholarships of $1,500 each are:
Zlatoper Family Scholarship
In memory of Joseph M. Zlatoper, the Zlatoper Family Scholarship is offered to students who excel in math or science courses by a better than average grade and have demonstrated an interest in math or science as a career. The students also demonstrate the Viking character and spirit that’s a VASJ tradition. Receiving scholarships of $750 each are:
St. Joseph Class of 1969 Scholarship
The St. Joseph Class of 1969 Scholarship was established by the Class of ’69 on the occasion of its 50th reunion celebration. This scholarship is given in gratitude for the blessings of the Marianist culture and education these alumni experienced in the Viking Village both inside and outside the classroom. Proudly called “The Class with Heart,” the Class of ’69 awards this scholarship to VASJ students who embody the Viking traditions of school spirit, hard work, friendship and concern for others. This year's recipients of $1,500 awards are:
Donald D. Lynch Family Foundation Scholarship
The Donald D. Lynch Family Foundation has awarded Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School a $10,000 renewable grant for the purpose of providing scholarships for students who are goal-oriented, focused on education, work to their potential and have demonstrated behavior that’s consistent with the school’s code of conduct. Most importantly, the student must be actively living his/her Catholic faith by following the example of Jesus and living the Gospel of the Lord in all that he/she does.
The following three scholarships were awarded:
The recipient of The Donna Lynch Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 is Micah Dunn.
The recipient of The John & Margaret Lynch Family Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 is Charles Mullin.
The recipient of The Fr. David McBriar, OFM Scholarship, in the amount of $2,500 is Aneea Holman.
Howley Family Scholarship
The following students were selected for the Howley Family Scholarship as incoming freshmen. These students demonstrated high academic achievement in grade school and placed in the top third of the VASJ Placement Test. These students have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA while at VASJ, participate significantly in at least one extracurricular activity, maintain good standing with the school, and submit semi-annually an outline of their progress and academic accomplishments to the Howley Family Foundation. Combined, they’ve been awarded $121,600.
Entrance Exam Scholarship
The following students were awarded a scholarship based on their Entrance Exam Scores. Each of these students scored in the top 10% of his/her given year’s entrance exam and has maintained certain levels of honors to renew his/her monetary award. Their combined awards total over $123,750.
Andrew (AJ) Fabo
Ayden Stuble Martin
VASJ finished in fifth place at the NCL championship with 69.5 points.
VASJ wrapped up the regular season with a 109-62 loss to Division I power St. Edward Feb. 22 at the Viking Village.
Show off your school spirit at the ballpark and come support our Cleveland Indians during VASJ Night at Progressive Field on Friday, May 29! The game starts at 7:10 p.m. against the Kansas City Royals.
You could feel the love at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School on Valentine’s Day when the Broadmoor Bobcats traveled to the school to take on the VASJ Vikings basketball team.
VASJ coach Bob Mullin called it the most successful fundraiser the wrestling program has ever had.
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VASJ has battled through adversity all season, and that determination paid off in a big way with a win over Holy Name, 46-39.
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VASJ participated in the very competitive Nordonia JV Battle on Jan. 11.
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The VASJ Vikings continued to wrestle hard as a very young team capable of scoring plenty of points took sixth place out of 17 teams at the Hawken Invitational Tournament.
Congratulations to Euclid resident Ainslie McLaughlin who finishes her high school volleyball career by being named All-Ohio by the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association. Ainslie played in the State of Ohio All Star Game on November 17th in Wooster after playing in the District II Senior All Star match in Chardon a day earlier. Ainslie’s senior year accomplishments include having 258 kills, a .448 hitting percentage, and 59 blocks; being named player of the match 11 times, and Offensive Player of the Year by her coach; and being #1 for hitting percentage, #4 for total number of kills, and #5 for blocks in the Northcoast Blue league this season. Ainslie currently has a GPA of 4.216 and will leave Lake Catholic High School having earned a trip to final four state volleyball 2 times, receiving honors for middle blocker at both the Mentor and Gilmour volleyball tournaments, and even being elected to the homecoming court at her high school. Ainslie has committed to playing D1 volleyball at Cleveland State University in the fall of 2020 on an athletic scholarship.
VASJ ended a very positive season under first-year head coach Elvis Grbac with a 21-10 loss to visiting Warren JFK at Sparky DiBiasio Stadium in Euclid on Nov. 2.
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Ever wonder why a technique works on one person, but not on another? It’s important you understand the difference between technique and principle. Techniques are a series of moves you do. When you actually apply the principles, then they become effective. If you just do the technique, and then it goes wrong, you got to understand why it’s going wrong. And that’s why some people go “oh, these techniques don’t work”. But if you apply the principles to that technique, it will work. Example; I am going to do an armbar, but you can do any technique, and then we are going to put the principles into that.
Our women’s self-defense class curriculum encompasses threat awareness, understanding and managing boundaries, projecting physical assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, exit strategies, and physical self-defense techniques to equip women with the skills to successfully resist and escape violent physical attacks. The objective is to help women be mentally and physically prepared for an encounter that could become violent, and to equip them with the techniques to help them get away if an encounter does become violent.
The First Tee of Cleveland hosts youth golf programs at Briardale Greens Golf Course in Euclid. Kids and teens are encouraged to join in for fun and friendship on the fairways this Fall.
Loud cheers and screams erupted from Memorial Pool on Saturday, July 20th, 2019 when the coaches for the Euclid Panther Swim Team announced they had won their final home dual meet. This win solidified an undefeated season, the first for the Panther Swim Team in ten years! After this exciting news, the Panthers celebrated by quickly throwing the entire coaching staff into the pool.
The Euclid Panthers, members of the Suburban Swim League, had a fun 2019 season hosting three home meets, and traveling to three away meets. Coach Bryan Schneider stated “this was a phenomenal season! Four years ago, when I took over as head coach we lost every meet. Ever so slowly we have been knocking on the door of winning, especially over the last two years, losing meets by only a few races. But this year everything finally clicked, the swimmers rallied together and were able to walk away undefeated all season long.”
"I want to learn martial arts."
The Eucild Panthers Summer Swim Team is off to a strong start with 3 meets completed and 85 members building their swim skills this season.
According to my mother, the first time I was on the ice I was four years old and I apparently skated like I had been doing it forever. After finishing the Learn to Skate Program in Euclid, I enthusiastically became a member of the Euclid Blade and Edge Club and competed locally and regionally from 8th grade through high school. Much of my teen years was at the ice rink either skating in the early mornings before school or coming to an afternoon or weekend public session. I even had my very first job as a skate guard and cashier at the C.E. Orr Arena.
Euclid's Quintin Dove was named a first-team NJCAA All-American, adding to the postseason honors for the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) men’s basketball team.
In an amazing performance on a football Friday night in late September, Euclid High running back Ron Lee electrified the crowd at Spark DiBiasio stadium when he rushed for 309 yards as the Panthers chalked up a 54-28 victory over Elyria. The triumph boosted Euclid's record to 4-1 with five games left in the regular season.
In addition to his incredible yardage total, Lee scored three touchdowns in the first half alone - including an 87-yard scamper.
Indeed, Coach Jeff Rotsky was more than pleased, although perhaps not overly surprised. All along, he realized that Ron Lee was a highly talented player with great potential, in addition to being a fine young man. "What is truly great about him," the coach stressed, "is that he's one of the most humble and decent kids you're ever going to meet."
As to Lee's football skill set, Rotsky describes him as "the complete back."
The Lake Erie Admirals, one of two Euclid teams playing in the 18U High School Summer Series Baseball League, captured the league championship Friday, July 14. With a 12-2 regular season record the Euclid squad defeated the Cleveland Heights Tigers to earn a spot in the best of three game championship finals against the Solon Nets.
Euclid's Quintin Dove earned all-conference honors from the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference following a championship season for the men's basketball team at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) shot putter Rashida Harris turned in an All-American performance for the second consecutive year at the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.