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FALL

2016

Cleveland Central
Catholic launches

A Beacon
of Hope
campaign

Also inside:
CCC honors Mary Lu and George Wasmer
OLL alumnus Kid Leo '68 ruled the roost
at WMMS-FM, Home of "The Buzzard"
U.S. Army Specialist Sandra Quinones '10
to work at Pentagon
Fire destroys student's home;
CCC community extends hand and compassion
And more...

Mission
Cleveland Central Catholic High School is a coeducational
school rooted in the Gospel values of Jesus Christ and
focused on college and career readiness. Our mission is to
challenge and encourage our students to excel academically,
to deepen their faith in God, and to live a life of service,
so that they may face the future with confidence and hope.
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Contents

Fall 2016

From the President and Principal


Letter from Leo Hyland, President................................................................................................................ 4


Letter from Sr. Allison Marie Gusdanovic, SND, Principal..................................................................... 5

Feature Articles

Cleveland Central Catholic launches A Beacon of Hope campaign.............................................. 6


CCC honors Mary Lu and George Wasmer............................................................................................ 10
OLL alumnus Kid Leo '68 ruled the roost at WMMS-FM, Home of The Buzzard................... 12
U.S. Army Specialist Sandra Quinones '10 to work at Pentagon ..................................................... 14
Fire destroys student's home; CCC community extends hand and compassion....................... 16
Lunch & Learn: A fun introduction to CCC............................................................................................ 18
Alumnus Joe Korfant '85:
From carpenter to successful construction company owner......................................................... 20

Board Profile

CCC marketing leaps forward thanks to Advisory Board Member Ellen Zerucha................... 22

Advancement

Why consider a planned gift?..................................................................................................................... 24

School News



Paying it forward............................................................................................................................................. 26
New staff............................................................................................................................................................ 26
Book lovers........................................................................................................................................................ 26
Summer job...................................................................................................................................................... 26

Sports


Senior leadership key to volleyball team success............................................................................... 27

New Lady Ironmen basketball coach...................................................................................................... 27
Excitement describes Fall sports season!............................................................................................ 28

Alumni

Alumni News.................................................................................................................................................... 30
In Memoriam.................................................................................................................................................... 31

Administration:
Leo P. Hyland, President
Sister Allison Marie Gusdanovic, SND, Principal
Dr. Lanny Hollis, Associate Principal

For more information regarding giving opportunities, please contact:


Tip Hosack at 216-641-2034 or thosack@ccc-hs.org
To update your contact information or comment on this publication, please contact:
Jackie Keim at 216-441-4700, ext. 284 or jkeim@ccc-hs.org
Connection: a semi-annual publication of the Advancement Office designed to connect
Cleveland Central Catholic with its alumni, families, friends, donors and partners in mission

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Acknowledgements:
Writers: Margie Wilber and Jackie Keim
Design and Production: Write 2 the Point, Margie Wilber
Photography: Margie Wilber, Sr. Mary Seton Schlather, SND and Jackie Keim
Director of Advancement: Tip Hosack
Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving: Bill Sluzewski
Database and Information Manager/Research Specialist: Eileen Canepari
Communications Manager: Jackie Keim
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From the President


Leo Hyland

Beacon of Hope Campaign Illuminates New Era at CCC


I continue to be inspired by the words and actions of Pope Francis. During this past Easter season, he spoke
about the importance of and need for hope in todays world. Let us not allow darkness and fear to distract
us and control our hearts. Today is the celebration of our hope. It is so necessary today, insisted the Holy
Father. His words perfectly reflect todays Cleveland Central Catholic.

The purpose of this


important campaign is to
generate $5.175 million,
so that CCC is better
positioned to serve our
community today
and well into the future.

On Thursday, September 8, our school community launched the public phase of A Beacon of Hope:
The Campaign for Cleveland Central Catholic. The purpose of this important campaign is to generate $5.175
million, so that CCC is better positioned to serve our community today and well into the future. The
campaigns priorities include significant upgrades to the schools dated facilities and grounds, increased
staffing for CCCs Special Education program and increased funding of student scholarships.
As of September 30, the Beacon of Hope Campaign has generated over $4.055 million in cash and
commitments, or 78.4% of the campaign goal. This progress is a testament to the good work done by the
Campaign Leadership Team, spearheaded by Campaign Chairmen George Chase 61, Jerry Kysela, and John
Peca 70. Thanks to the teams leadership, with excellent support from the schools Advisory Board, Central
Catholic is already enjoying the fruits of their labors including new endowed scholarships, all new windows
and a new roof on the main school building, and more improvements are in the works for this school year.
At the September 8th Campaign Kickoff Celebration, Bishop Richard G. Lennon acknowledged the valiant
efforts led by retired Bishop Anthony M. Pilla to preserve and sustain urban Catholic education at CCC.
Bishop Lennon echoed that commitment by stating, the Diocese will always have at its heart the children
of our faithful, that we will stand by them and with them, and help them on their journey, the journey which,
God willing, will bring them eternal happiness. This is the ministry that is CCC!
The response to the campaigns call has been amazing including a $1 million commitment from someone
who has never even visited our campus. The Beacon of Hope campaign is a three-year effort and will
require broad support to succeed. Our volunteer Campaign Leadership Team will continue to cultivate and
solicit donors and foundations throughout the campaign. We also need your support! We especially wish
to engage our alumni those from Central Catholic and our four founding schools (Our Lady of Lourdes,
St. John Cantius, St. Michael the Archangel and St. Stanislaus) in the success of this important campaign. As
many of you already know, the mission of this school is essential to the faith formation of our young people.
Cleveland Central Catholic continues to deliver results at an affordable cost to our families. With full
enrollment, our school provides a comprehensive Catholic education and many cocurricular opportunities,
including service projects. These help ensure strong student retention, which helps build community. Best
of all, CCC continues to graduate 100% of our seniors with almost 90% gaining admission into college.
The campaigns progress so far demonstrates that donors understand CCCs case for support and that they
value the presence of a coeducational Catholic high school in our city. For the 600+ students here at
Cleveland Central Catholic and for the next generation to come CCC is truly A Beacon of Hope.

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From the Principal


Sister Allison Marie, SND

Recently, I heard a story about Mother Teresa who on September 4th was canonized as
Saint Teresa of Calcutta. During her ministry as a Sister, Mother Teresa received a call from
God to serve the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. She petitioned Rome to leave
her religious community and begin a new one in Calcutta, the Missionaries of Charity.

Mother Teresa said,


You look at the people,
look into their eyes and
find Jesus. Those will
be the poor.

Mother Teresa became known worldwide for her life of prayer and for this very special calling.
About 30 years ago, a young Sister from New York, Sister Mary Johnice, traveled to India with the
intention of serving the destitute and dying of India. She met with Mother Teresa who told her to
go back to her neighborhood to find the poor, to find her own Calcutta. The young Sister asked
Mother Teresa how to do that and Mother Teresa said, You look at the people, look into their eyes
and find Jesus. Those will be the poor. This advice changed the young Sisters life. She returned
home and began serving the poor in her own neighborhood.
In reflecting on that story, I thought about the families and students of Cleveland Central
Catholic. I asked myself, Do I remember to look in the eyes of each person I meet and see Jesus?
It made me realize that each day I am blessed to be a member of this school community and
have the opportunity to minister here. Many of our students come to us facing a multitude of
circumstances that could interfere with their learning and their education. However, they count
on us to care about them and to challenge them to excel academically, to deepen their faith in
God, and to live a life of service, so that they may face the future with confidence and hope.
It is my hope and my prayer that each of us will remember to the look in the faces of those we
meet and see Jesus in them. As we begin another school year, may we reflect on Gods goodness
in our lives and the call to find our own Calcutta as we look in the eyes of each person we meet
and find Jesus. In gratitude for the life of Saint Teresa, my ministry at Cleveland Central Catholic,
and for all those who support our school community, I am able to join Saint Julie in her
proclamation, Oh how good is the good God.
One with you in the Peace of Christ,

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Cleveland Central Catholic launches

A Beacon
of Hope
campaign

Leo Hyland, President of Cleveland Central


Catholic, recently announced the launch of A
Beacon of Hope campaign for the high school.
The campaign will raise necessary funds to help
meet the challenges of an aging school building
and keep tuition affordable for a student population
living at or below the poverty level. The goal of
the campaign is to raise $5.17 million; campaign
co-chairs are John Peca `70, George Chase `61
and Jerry Kysela.

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The overarching goal of this campaign is


to make the Central Catholic experience a
reality for as many young people as possible.
Full enrollment requires we make the most of
our limited space by addressing our facilitys
current physical constraints.
Leo Hyland

Hyland explains, Enrollment at Central Catholic is at a


25-year high and is testing our building's physical capacity.
The overarching goal of this campaign is to make the Central
Catholic experience a reality for as many young people as
possible. Full enrollment requires we make the most of our
limited space by addressing our facility's current physical
constraints.
Hyland says the high school building requires upgrading
inefficient heating and electrical systems, renovating some
classrooms, and ensuring safety, security and environmental
standards are met. There was also an urgent need to replace
existing windows in the building that are inefficient.
In fact, some of these windows were part of the original
building dating back to 1921. Fortunately, these windows
were replaced over the summer as a result of campaign
contributions.
Cleveland Central Catholic, known for its comprehensive
special education program, is also in need of funding to hire
additional intervention specialists for the short and long
term goals of the special education program. Hyland states
that The special education program at CCC is the only one
like it in the Cleveland Catholic diocese.
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Top photo: George Wasmer, Jerry and CeCe Kysela


Second photo: Betty Brewster and Carol Rini
Third photo: Debbie and Paul Huml, Bishop Anthony Pilla
Bottom photo: Janice and Dan Margheret,
Janice Roccosalva, John Simon
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Alex Tunney 17 with Bishop Richard Lennon

Hyland adds, Special education students historically


account for 17 percent of the school's total enrollment.
This school is committed to maintaining and
strengthening its very successful special education
program.
The Central Catholic Fund is the cornerstone of
giving to CCC and therefore the growth of this fund
is critical to the Beacon of Hope campaign. A strong
annual giving program must remain an on-going
priority in order to keep the cost of tuition affordable.
Giving to the Central Catholic Fund rose last year by
$40,557 (19.2%) and 64 gifts (22.7%).
Partnering alongside Hyland is George Wasmer, wellknown philanthropist and businessman in Cleveland,
who serves as an Honorary Board Member at CCC.

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Wasmer reiterated that approximately 85 percent of


Central Catholic's students live near or below the poverty
level. The need for tuition assistance is critical. For
many young people, the excellent academic program at
Central Catholic serves as the stepping stone to go on
to college, Wasmer states. For the past three years,
90 percent of Central Catholic graduates have gone
on to attend college. That's pretty impressive, even for
some high schools in affluent suburbs.
Both Hyland and Wasmer admit the campaign goals
and initiatives are ambitious. Achieving our financial
goal will involve sacrifice, says Hyland. Today, we stand
ready to cross another threshold in the miraculous
46-year story of our amazing school. We rejoice with
sincere gratitude that many alumni and friends have
answered the call to make their mark on the Cleveland
Central Catholic experience.

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Today, we stand ready to cross another threshold in the


miraculous 46-year story of our amazing school. We rejoice
with sincere gratitude that many alumni and friends have
answered the call to make their mark on the Cleveland
Central Catholic experience.
Leo Hyland

Every gift, large or small, is important to us,


said Wasmer. We need our alumni from the
four founding schools and CCC to help.
If you appreciate the education you received,
help Central Catholic continue to transform
the lives of underserved youths for generations to come.
He continued, As you read the newspaper
and see what is going on in the city, state
and nation, you realize this school is more
important than ever. Our students feel safe,
and it is often their one hope to break out
of the poverty cycle and escape the issues
that surround it. Cleveland Central Catholic
provides a safe environment and structured
day where students can make friends and be
surrounded by faculty and staff that care.
They come to Central Catholic uncertain of
their futures and leave with opportunities
that might otherwise exist. I am happy
for them.
To make a contribution, please call Tip
Hosack, Advancement Director at Cleveland
Central Catholic, at 216.641.2034 or email at
thosack@ccc-hs.org.

Top photo: Bishop Richard Lennon, Richard Goodrich


Second photo: Sr. Josephe Fernandez, SND, Sr. Patricia
Gentile, SND, Leo Hyland
Third photo: Jim Mason, John Peca 70, John Simon 72
Bottom photo: Sr. Carol Anne Smith, HM, Jean Bihn,
Ann Marie Smith, Mary Lu Wasmer

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CCC honors
Mary Lu and
George Wasmer
This speech was presented by Leo Hyland, President of Cleveland Central Catholic,
at the A Beacon of Hope campaign launch on Thursday, September 8 at CCC.

Tonight the CCC family wishes to honor Mary Lu

He spent about 50 hours with us, reviewing the prior campaign,

and George Wasmer for their outstanding

getting us organized, providing us with updated information, and

commitment to the mission here at Cleveland

sharing his knowledge of successful campaigns he convinced me,

Central Catholic. For over 35 years, the Wasmers

and our board, that CCC could do this AND NOW. If that were not

have been strong advocates for our students

enough, George agreed to serve as an Honorary co-chair, provided

and especially for CCCs special needs program.

seed funding for campaign counsel, and has participated intimately

This year, Mary Lu and George celebrated 60 years


of marriage and they are consummate partners in
their support of each other and our school
CONGRATULATIONS!

in everything the Campaign Leadership Team has accomplished. In


addition, Mary Lu and George have funded the impressive crucifix that
you may have seen when you entered our Atrium, reminding us all
of our Catholicity. Then they established an endowed scholarship to
honor Bishop Pilla for his commitment to this school. Most recently,

As John Peca mentioned, George co-chaired the

they have created another endowed scholarship at CCC. Tonight we

Vibrant in the City Campaign, which raised more

are introducing them to the first Wasmer Endowed Scholarship Award

than $12 million for Cleveland Central Catholic.

winners: Naiomi Walker 17 and Melisha Cintron-Fraley 19. At this

He also served on and chaired the CCC Advisory

time I would like the Wasmers to please rise and be presented

Board.

with the inaugural Cleveland Central Catholic Wasmer Award for

We would not be here celebrating this evening

Outstanding Service to CCC.

without the leadership and generosity of the


Wasmers; over three years ago, it was George who
encouraged (okay, pushed) Central Catholic to
move forward with a capital campaign.

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As you read the newspaper


and see what is going on in
the city, state and nation,
you realize this school is
more important than ever.
Our students feel safe, and
it is often their one hope
to break out of the poverty
cycle and escape the issues
that surround it. Cleveland
Central Catholic provides
a safe environment and
structured day where
students can make friends
and be surrounded by faculty
and staff that care. They
come to Central Catholic
uncertain of their futures
and leave with opportunities
that might otherwise exist.
I am happy for them.
George Wasmer

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OLL alumnus

Kid Leo '68

ruled the roost at WMMS-FM,


home of The Buzzard

In Cleveland, where Alan Freed rocked the airwaves in the early 1950s, deejay Lawrence James
Travagliante '68 better known by the on-air
moniker Kid Leo ruled The Buzzard roost years
later at WMMS-FM (station 100.7), becoming one
of the country's best-known radio personalities.
Kid Leo grew up on the southeast side of
Cleveland, falling asleep each night listening to
a transistor radio he snuck under his pillow. He
graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes (OLL) Central
Catholic in 1968, one of the four founding schools
of Cleveland Central Catholic.
Kid Leo recalls, The extracurricular activities that
supplemented and enhanced my schoolwork
are a few of my favorite memories of OLL. I
participated in sports, was an editor of the student
newspaper, and served as class vice president.
I also took part in various other activities that kept
me occupied and interested. High school is where
you form habits that will be with you for life. My
advice to current students at Cleveland Central
Catholic is to get involved.

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I capitalized on a situation that I was


astute enough to recognize. I got my
shot. That's all you can really ask for.
Be prepared for it, look for it, and then
take it!
While attending Cleveland State University (CSU),
Kid Leo worked as an announcer at the student
radio station. His break into radio came unusually
one day. I wanted to 'turn pro, he recalls with a
smile. One day, I happened to notice that the usual
DJs were not on the air at WMMS (the #1 radio
station with the burgeoning youth culture in the
late 60s/early 70s). I immediately went down to the
station. New owners had taken over, and many of
the air staff had left. They needed bodies and voices.
I capitalized on a situation that I was astute enough
to recognize. I got my shot. That's all you can really
ask for. Be prepared for it, look for it, and then take it!
After receiving his degree from CSU, Kid Leo joined
the station's staff as a DJ in February, 1973. His reign
at WMMS is one for the history books. He became
the afternoon drive DJ in 1974, holding the time slot
until he left the station. In 1977, he was promoted
to Music Director, then Operations Manager in 1986.
During his 16-year tenure, WMMS was consistently
ranked one of the highest-rated radio stations in the
country. Kid Leo was also instrumental in breaking
such artists as Bruce Springsteen, David Bowe, John
Mellencamp, Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benetar, Mott the
Hoople, The Pretenders and Southside Johnny.
Kid Leo describes what it was like to work at one
of the hottest radio stations in Cleveland: It was
exhilarating while I was doing it truly satisfying
upon reflection. The fact that we were very important as part of the fabric of the city during my time
on the air is the most important takeaway I have
from that period.
In 1989, Kid Leo left Cleveland to become the Vice
President of Artist Development for Columbia
Records, where he worked until 2004. In 2002, he

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also formed his own music consulting business, LJT


Entertainment, LLC. The company is a music- and
media-focused consulting business whose clients
have included Columbia Records, the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame, and Renegade Nation.
In addition to currently running LJT, Kid Leo serves
as both Program Director of Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius XM Radio (channel 21).
I also do an airshift Monday through Friday from 4
to 7 p.m. Eastern Time, says Kid Leo. We play Rock 'n
Roll all seven decades of it!
Despite his humble beginnings, the former OLL
graduate received many industry awards while in
radio. In 1980, he was named one of the Heavy
Hundred: The High and Mighty of the Music Industry
by Rolling Stones magazine. He was named Best
Disc Jockey by Playboy magazine in their January
1987 issue; he was inducted into the Radio and
Television Broadcasters' Hall of Fame in Ohio in 2003;
and CNN named Kid Leo one of the 10 All-Time
Great DJs in 2013.
Today, Kid Leo also currently sits on the Board of
Directors of the T.J. Martell Foundation, a music
industry-based charity which raises funds for
research in the areas of cancer, leukemia and AIDS.
The music-industry giant offers this advice to
current CCC students: First of all, have a dream!
Then, do everything you can to make it a reality.
Ask questions. Read. Get training/education. Read.
Get in on the ground floor; find entry level jobs.
Read. Watch for opportunities then seize them.
Read. Never give up on your dream, and most
importantly, NEVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF. Good
luck. The more you prepare, the less luck you'll need.

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U.S. Army Specialist

Sandra Quinones '10


to work at Pentagon

Since graduating from Cleveland Central Catholic in 2010, Sandra


Quinones' life has taken a few twists and turns, yet the net result has been
beyond her wildest dreams. Soon, the 26-year-old U.S. Army Specialist
will be working as a chef at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
When I graduated from Cleveland Central Catholic, I attended Tri-C. My
goal was to obtain a degree in Hospitality Management. However, I stopped
attending college when my mother became ill. I wanted to help her out
particularly with my two younger brothers, age 7 and 5, recalls Sandra.
Rather than let circumstances prevent her from reaching her goal, Sandra
decided to join the U.S. Army once her mother became stronger. At first
I was nervous, Sandra admits. I didn't know anyone in the military who
could mentor me. Still, it worked out well. I started to really like it. I like
the physical fitness and mental strength I attained through the Army. The
Army makes you grow as a person. You learn a lot about your weaknesses
and strengths.
After basic training, Sandra was allowed to visit home for only 14 days before
being deployed to South Korea for one year. It was an amazing experience
to be able to see a different culture and live in a land so different than ours,
exclaims the U.S. Army Specialist. I learned we are more alike than different.
Everyone was very friendly.
For the past three years, Sandra has been commissioned to 92 GOLF
serving as a Culinary Food Specialist with the Army. Our main job is working at dining facilities, cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner for the enlisted
men and women. We wake at 4 a.m. and start cooking at 5 a.m. Each meal
is 90 minutes, then we start preparing the next meal, describes Sandra.
We wake up before everyone and go to bed after everyone else.
The enthusiastic military member says each military team has a culinary
team that competes at Fort Lee in Virginia. Sandra was selected as one of
four service personnel to be on the culinary team out of 30 who applied.
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We provide 5-star
quality food. This
year, I won Gold for
pastry and Best Dish
for my pastry.

provide 5-star quality food. This year,


I won Gold for pastry and Best Dish
for my pastry.
Due to these outstanding accomplishments, Sandra was recently invited to
compete in the Culinary Olympics in
Germany this September.
Sandra will be leaving her current post
in Washington state to take on a new
assignment as chef at the Pentagon in
Washington D.C. I am excited about
the move, Sandra says. I have only
been able to visit home once a year
since I was based across the country on
the West Coast. Now, I will be closer to
home. I missed my brother's (Dennis
John Quinones '18) graduation from 8th
grade. That upset me. I will be able to go
to his Cleveland Central Catholic High
School graduation.
I reenlisted in the Army last year,
Sandra says. My goal is to make Staff
Sergeant and become a Chief Warrant
Officer. For me, it would involve inspecting dining facilities and being
in charge of quality.

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The dedicated military service woman


considers her roots: I received an
excellent academic education at Central
Catholic, Sandra states. I really appreciate
the teachers and everyone who worked
there. I competed four years on the Girls
Varsity Basketball Team and was on
track with Coach Lundy. Mama Hynes
(Joann Hynes, Ph D., math and science
teacher and academic coach at CCC)
gave me a lot of encouragement and
taught me to never give up. She taught
at Cleveland Central Catholic at the
same time my dad, Dennis Quinones
'88 attended CCC. I wanted to do better
because she was like my mom. I wanted
to make her proud.
Sandra readily admits that she has come
a long way since growing up on West
50th and Lorain on Cleveland's near
west side. If it wasn't for God and my
faith, I would not have accomplished
as much as I have at my age. God has
blessed me a lot.

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Fire destroys student's home;


CCC community extends
hand and compassion
Lauren Hepner and her son Ronquel '17 awoke to a
nightmare on May 23rd: their home on Kempton Avenue
in Cleveland was engulfed in flames, a thick cloud of
black, blinding smoke choking all within the home.
If it wasn't for my son, who woke me, I would not be
here today, states Lauren through tears. Ronquel saved
my life. I would have died from smoke inhalation.
The family home was destroyed that night. Far worse,
Lauren's brother, Mercus, 38, was killed in the fire.
This was the hardest thing I have ever gone through,
Lauren emotionally recalls. Thankfully, my nephew
Jermaine Sagoes, 22, was able to escape from the second
floor. Ronquel and I jumped from the third floor window.
The smoke was so thick. You couldn't see.
While both suffered from smoke inhalation, Ronquel
experienced a few hairline fractures in his ribs due to
the fall. Lauren incurred three fractured vertebrae in
her back, two fractured bones in her pelvis and leg, and
spent the next four days in the hospital.
The grieving mother says she was astonished by the outpouring of compassion and generosity from the Cleveland
Central Catholic community following this tragedy.
I never saw anything like this in my life, Lauren describes.
You hear about things like this but never think it would
happen to you. The way the school administrators,
students and others reached out to us was amazing.
Leo Hyland (President of CCC) is truly a wonderful man.
He would give me such big hugs when he saw me after
the fire. Dominic Masotti, a math teacher at the school,
started a GoFundMe account that raised $3,600.
In addition, the Cleveland Central Catholic community
immediately began collecting dishes, clothing, towels,
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blankets, sheets, and other nonperishable items needed


by the family. Money was raised and gift cards collected
to further help the Hepners in their loss. The American
Red Cross placed the family in a hotel the first week and
eventually found them a home in Shaker Heights where
they currently reside.
It seemed like every weekend we received four boxes of
clothes from the school, brought to us by CCC Guidance
Counselor Rita Dowd-Mikolajczyk (who has since retired).
I am so grateful that people care, that people are so
generous. They don't even know me. Sure, they know
my son at the high school, but they don't know me,
considers Lauren. We didn't know what we were going
to do. I still cry just thinking about it. The CCC Home
Economics Club gave us a basket full of kitchen supplies,
and the Cooking Club even sent a box of brownie mix and
utensils because they knew Ronquel loves brownies.
I am so grateful to everyone who helped us. I want to
give back, Lauren exclaims. I am applying to become
a Disaster Relief Volunteer with the Red Cross. After
going through this, I know what it is like to experience a
tragedy and how devastating it feels.
The faculty and staff at Cleveland Central Catholic are
grateful they could offer support to Lauren and Ronquel.
I am so glad I could help, says Masotti. It reminded
me why I love my profession.
Lauren concludes, I thank God every day because my
son, nephew and I are still here. I know God is good and
realize that we are all walking miracles. We could have
all been killed. Most days are still very, very hard. You
don't want to lose someone you love in such a tragic way,
but I have faith in tomorrow.

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I am so grateful that people care, that people


are so generous. They don't even know me.
Sure, they know my son at the high school,
but they don't know me.
Lauren Hepner

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classes in the area, taught by the
one and only Mr. Joe Rock? How
about being able to participate in
dialogue with one of Cleveland
Central Catholics engaging
student ambassadors? If you answered yes to either of these
questions, you are in luck! The CCC Advancement Department
is hosting a series of monthly, 90-minute Lunch & Learn
sessions as a way to give a first-hand glimpse at the amazing
things happening at Cleveland Central Catholic High School.
Guests of Lunch & Learn are greeted by our Student
Ambassadors, CCC President Leo Hyland and Principal Sister
Allison Marie Gusdanovic, SND, who explain the history of this
urban school while taking the guests on a campus tour.
Our enthusiastic Student Ambassadors lead Lunch & Learn
participants through the school, which includes visiting a
variety of classrooms such as art, English, history, mathematics
and computer science. Lunch & Learn visitors are encouraged
to ask students questions along the way and participate in
the learning activities taking place in each classroom.
We focus on what matters most our students, explains
President Hyland. We are proud about what this school is
doing to educate our diverse student body spiritually,
socially and economically. Our Lunch & Learn guests are often
pleasantly surprised and deeply impressed with our students
and faculty.
Finally, Lunch & Learn guests are led into the Father John Fiala
Conference Room where they enjoy a tasty lunch while
participating in further conversation with our students, faculty
and staff. As they depart, each visitor receives a packet of
information that includes a copy of the school's Connection
magazine along with an invitation to become involved at CCC.

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UPCOMING LUNCH & LEARN PROGRAMS


October 18

7:30 am - 9 am (Breakfast at CCC)

November 15 11:30 am - 1 pm
December 13 11:30 am - 1 pm
January 10

11:30 am - 1 pm

February 14

11:30 am - 1 pm

April 11

7:30 am - 9 am (Breakfast at CCC)

May 2

11:30 am - 1 pm

CCC Advisory Board Member Allyn Davies


adamantly believes in this program: I was first
introduced to Cleveland Central Catholic through
friends, who invited me to attend the Lunch &
Learn program on the high school's campus. I was
impressed with what I saw. Wonderful things were
happening at the school. I heard how many of the
students came from challenging circumstances,
but were graduating (100%) and going on to
attend college (89%). I immediately asked how I
could get involved.
To participate in a Lunch & Learn program, please
contact Jackie Keim, Communications Manager,
at 216.441.4700, ext. 284 or jkeim@ccc-hs.org.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Alumnus Joe Korfant '85

From carpenter to successful construction company owner

Joe Korfant '85 began his career as a simple


yet passionate carpenter, framing homes in
1987. He slowly moved through the ranks
as foreman, estimator, senior project
manager and eventually owner of DS
Construction in 2011. Today, the gifted
professional is thrilled to be working at his
alma mater, improving the look, comfort
and environmental standards at Cleveland
Central Catholic.
The humble gentleman reflects on his
impressive business achievements. I started
my first business, Korfant and Mazzone, Inc.
in 1994. That business evolved from
carpentry subcontractor to general
contractor/construction management
business and developer, Joe recalls. We
specialized in adaptive reuse, renovation
and restoration of existing commercial
buildings.
In 2006, Joe partnered with a group to
convert and develop a nostalgic downtown
Cleveland property dating back to 1889,
known today as Joshua Hall. Five years
later, Joe started DS Construction.

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DS Construction provided construction management services


to local developers for larger commercial projects, Joe explains.
In 2013, DS Construction provided project management
services for an apartment project for Dalad Construction. After
this project, DS Construction and Dalad began to work closely
together. Our work is mainly focused on commercial office
space and the conversion of several downtown buildings
into apartments.
It is this impressive history of achievement and vision that
attracted Cleveland Central Catholic administration and
Advisory Board members to hire Joe for projects identified
in the Beacon of Hope capital campaign. Already, Joe's
construction company successfully replaced 23 windows on
the south elevation, including beautiful, faux stained-glass
windows that dramatically improved the school building.
Once that project was completed this spring, Joe's crew
replaced the remaining 51 windows on the west and
north elevations during summer break. Students
immediately commented on the attractive new
appearance of the school at the start of the school year.
Because CCC is in a historic district, it required us to get
approval from the city's Landmarks Commission, Joe says.
This was a bit challenging, but we got it done. What you now
see installed is close to what the school originally looked like
when it was built. It is a wonderful improvement. Being raised
in this neighborhood and having attended Cleveland Central
Catholic made this project fun personally. Working for Central
Catholic has given me a sense that I'm a part of something that
is making the school and community better.
He reflects on how Cleveland Central Catholic prepared him
for his career. Central Catholic let me be who I am. So often,
institutions have a one-size-fits-all approach and try to make
all students fit into a box. My teachers at CCC were practical

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Being raised in this


neighborhood and
having attended
Cleveland Central
Catholic made this
project fun personally.
Working for Central
Catholic has given me
a sense that I'm a part
of something that is
making the school and
community better.
Joe Korfant

and understood my goals, which were not always the same as


others. The teachers were very dedicated. There were several
times when teachers took their own time away from school to
interact with us. Still, I would have to say the greatest takeaway
from Central Catholic was the friends I made there.
He continues, I would encourage people to participate in the
'A Beacon of Hope' capital campaign. Mainly because of the
success this school is experiencing. What opened my eyes was
attending a Lunch & Learn program earlier this year. During
that tour, I learned that 100% of the senior class would graduate.
In one particular English class, every student stood up and
announced their future plans. All were either going to college
or entering the military. The fact that they all had goals was
impressive and makes any financial investment worthwhile!

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Boar d P r of i l e

CCC marketing leaps


forward thanks to
Advisory Board Member

ELLEN ZERUCHA

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Ellen Zerucha's connection to Cleveland Central Catholic dates back a generation


through her love of heritage, education and faith.
I loved that the high school was located in Slavic Village. My parents lived on East 59th Street in Slavic
Village. I also have several family members who still attend St. Stanislaus Church, Zerucha explains.
Then, when I learned about Cleveland Central Catholic's mission, I knew it was a perfect fit.
Zerucha earned a BS degree in Marketing from The University of Akron in 1993 and an MBA degree from
Case Western Reserve University in 2001. Zerucha has more than 20 years of marketing and strategy
development experience. She spent the past 13 years with Tremco Inc. where her position was Senior
Vice President of Marketing, overseeing strategy development. While her career at the senior marketing
level proved demanding, the high-energy business executive realized the marketing skills she honed in the
business sector could help Cleveland Central Catholic.
I serve on the CCC Advisory Board and chair its marketing committee, she states. We are currently working
on a comprehensive marketing plan that includes marketing strategies to our key target segments such
as school alumni, donors, parents, etcetera. The marketing plan addresses how we increase CCC brand
value to these constituents as well as increasing and maintaining engagement from these groups.
Zerucha says the marketing committee identified four key
segments requiring ongoing communication:
Influencers in grade schools
Parents and families
n Alumni
n Donors
n
n

One of the projects tasked by the CCC Marketing Committee


was to increase awareness of Cleveland Central Catholic in
communities throughout northeast Ohio. The committee
felt that citizens did have basic knowledge of CCC and thait
it wanted to increase the overall awareness, explains Zerucha.
Cleveland Central Catholic has a great story to tell, Zerucha
says enthusiastically. Our task, as a marketing committee, is
to determine the best way to spread the word. For example,
despite 85 percent of our students living near or below the
poverty level, they are reaching out to help others through
canned food drives, tutoring, etcetera.

We are currently working


on a comprehensive marketing
plan that includes marketing strategies
to our key target segments such as
school alumni, donors, parents, etcetera.
Ellen Zerucha

I love when Advisory Board members get exposed to the


students hearing what they want to do once they leave the school, Zerucha continues. I am proud
of what this school is doing for them. At a recent event, I sat at a table with one parent who described
what it was like to get the letter of acceptance from Cleveland Central Catholic. She said the family was
jumping up and down and crying with joy. It meant that much to them!
Leo Hyland, president of CCC, is thrilled to have Zerucha on the CCC Advisory Board. She is fabulous.
This is her third year on the board. She is simply outstanding.

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Ad v an cem e n t

Why consider a planned gift?


We must restore hope to young people...be open to the future, spread love.
Pope Francis
Planned giving is a way to support
charities that enable generous individuals
to make larger gifts than they would
normally be able to make from their
current income. While some planned gifts
provide for lifelong income to the donor,
others use estate and tax planning to
provide for their charities and heirs.
Why would an individual choose a planned gift? For most,
they want to make a difference or leave a legacy for an
organization that is important or meaningful to them.
Another reason an individual may support an organization
is to perpetuate the values or beliefs of that organization.
Almost everyone can make a planned gift because these
are gifts of assets such as real estate, life insurance policies
or retirement plans and not gifts of income. These gifts
tend to be much larger and, thus, help secure the future of
the charities the donor chooses to support, which makes
this type of gift appealing.

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For charities, planned gifts will typically account for the largest
donations they receive, which can be transforming for their
endowment or capital projects. It is estimated that there will be
$40 trillion of wealth transferred in the next 30 years, and each
year there are tens of billions of dollars of bequests.
Therefore, it is important for charities to engage and
communicate with their supporters. Supporters should
have an understanding of this very powerful giving opportunity
with participation open to virtually everyone.
When deciding on what type of donation is best for your
financial future, it is also advisable to talk to your personal
financial planner or insurance agent.
If you would like information on making a Planned Giving gift
to Cleveland Central Catholic High School, call Director of
Advancement Tip Hosack at 216.641.2034 or thosack@ccc-hs.org.

Director of Advancement

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Heres why!

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Sch ool N ews

Paying It Forward

New Staff

For the third year in a row, 100% of the seniors at Cleveland Central Catholic
graduated, an impressive achievement. Even more impressive, this was the
first time a class ever made a gift to the school upon graduation.

The CCC community welcomes several


new teachers and administrators for the
2016-17 school year. Ten new teachers,
three new guidance counselors and one
new Dean of Students complete the
staff. The school has also added a new
position, Instructional Coach.

The class of 2016 was challenged by an anonymous member of the Class


of 1970 to make a monetary gift, which this alum would match, dollar for
dollar. The Ironmen enthusiastically took on the challenge and raised money
by holding several bake sales on campus. According to Director of Alumni
Relations Bill Sluzewski, We were very excited about this challenge and that
our graduating seniors accepting it willingly and were successful! We are
confident that this matching gift initiative will set a precedent for our future
graduating seniors.

Enrollment at Cleveland Central Catholic


continues to rise and we remain filled to
capacity.

If any alums are interested in challenging the Class of 2017, please contact
Director of Alumni Relations Bill Sluzewski at 216.441.4700, ext. 281 or email
wsluzewski@ccc-hs.org.

Book Lovers
This past Spring, a group of CCC students spent the day volunteering for the Cleveland Kids
Book Bank. The Book Bank is a non-profit organization with the distinct mission of putting
books in the hands of Cleveland children in need. The goal of the organization, founded by
Judy Kovach and Judi Immerman Payne, is to foster literacy and a love of reading to the
children of Cleveland, by providing them with free books.
The 11 students who volunteered spent the day stripping donated books (removing the
stickers) and at the end of the day, they loaded up on some books for themselves and
packed some more for others.

Summer Job
While many teenagers have typical summer jobs such as cutting grass or
babysitting, Cleveland Central Catholic senior DeVerra Lambert was taking
inventory of mammal bones, pottery shards and shell fragments in her job
as an intern at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. DeVerra was one of
two students interning in the Department of Archaeology and Invertebrate
Paleontology as part of the University Circles Future Connection Program,
which provides incoming high school seniors with project-based internships
throughout the Cleveland area.

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Sp or ts
Senior leadership key to
volleyball team success
CCC girls' volleyball coach Erin Williams anticipates a winning season thanks to the
leadership of seven returning seniors on the team.
Last year, we had no seniors on our team. In fact, the majority of our team was
composed of sophomores who had never played volleyball, describes Coach
Williams. I believe our team will be very competitive this season with the return of
seven seniors. Last year, the CCC Volleyball team had a losing record. The year before,
the women Ironmen had a 14-9 record.
Williams graduated from Archbishop Hoban High
School in Akron and received a BA in Middle
Childhood Education from the University of Toledo
in 2005. She has coached the Cleveland Central
Catholic Volleyball Team for the past seven years.
Williams also teaches Geography and U.S. History at
the high school.
Coach Williams says two key players are Yesenia Gill
and Naja Jackson. Yesenia can play any position
well, and Naja is an excellent hitter, Coach Williams
describes. Our only challenge is height. We are a very short team.
I love coaching, Coach Williams says enthusiastically. If you can't play, you might as well coach.
Williams competed on her high school and college volleyball teams, receiving an athletic scholarship. It is great to
still be involved in the game. My goal is to increase the confidence of my players and make these female athletes feel
important. You can expect to see a lot more leadership and energy on the court as well as a lot more wins this season.

New Lady Ironmen Basketball Coach


Cleveland Central Catholic Athletic Director Maggie Lash announced
the hiring of Cornelius Bogard as the head girls' varsity basketball coach.
Coach Bogard previously served as the head girls JV basketball coach at
East Tech. According to Principal Sister Allison Marie Gusdanovic, He is a
welcome addition to our athletic staff. Athletic Director Lash concurred:
Cornelius experience with coaching basketball at this level is a big asset
in hiring him as our coach. I am confident he will continue the success of
our program achieved last year.

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Sp or ts

EXCITEMENT
DESCRIBES
FALL SPORTS
SEASON!

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Al u m n i Ne ws

Class of 77 is beginning to plan for the 40th in 2017. Anyone


willing to be a part of the planning committee should contact
Reggi Tomek at 216-401-6773 or rtlakewood@gmail.com.
The St. John Cantius 55 Alumni Committee, with remaining
locals and original members, have been meeting for informal luncheons every two months during the months of April
through November since 2015. In June of 2015 they celebrated
their collective 60th birthdays at Sokolowskis.

Standing: Left to Right: Carol Sutowski Herron, Ruth Brodzinski Dasher,


Eileen Bak Czernec, Marlene Kasper Mellinger, Kitty Schopieray Holland
Seated: Left, Front to Back: Josephine Mandela Wojtanek,
Jeannette Gwozdzinski Baranyai, Mary Ann Szeredy Stanis
Seated: Right, Front to back: Connie Townsend Smalley, Barbara Ryba Polk,
Patricia Verdell Riegelmayer
Not Pictured: Frances Condora

Class of 91 will be having their 25th reunion on October 22 at


7 p.m. at the Winking Lizard in Independence. Any questions,
please email Sherry Clark at sclark0901@yahoo.com or cell:
440.289.3588.

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In Memoriam
Eugene DiNardo 73 passed away November 2015. Eugene
was a huge Elvis Presley fan.
David Klonowski, St. Stanislaus 58 passed away May 2016.
Beloved husband of Victoria and dear father of Stephanie.
Mr. Klonowski was a loving Papa of three and a U.S. Army
Veteran.

Jim Skuhrovec 66 passed away in February 2015 after a long


battle with cancer. He was a Vietnam veteran. Beloved husband
of 44 years to Dianne Wierzchowski Skhurovec 67. Dear father
of James and grandfather to Gavin, who his family credits
for his desire to live as long as he did. He was loved and is
remembered by all for his kind heart, his love of old cars
and 50s music.

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2016-2017 Calendar of Events


Advancement & School Schedule

2016-17 Varsity Girls Basketball Schedule

Lunch and Learn


Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Father Fiala Room

Lunch and Learn


Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Fr. Fiala Room

Recognition Night
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Wasmer Ironman Center

Annual Calcutta Auction


Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Wasmer Ironman Center

Christmas Concert
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
St. Stanislaus Social Center

Breakfast at CCC
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Fr. Fiala Room

Lunch and Learn


Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Fr. Fiala Room

Lunch and Learn


May 2, 2017
Fr. Fiala Room

Sat.
12/3 Maple Heights High School
Home
Mon. 12/5
@Cornerstone Christian Academy Away
Wed.
12/7 @Elyria Catholic High School Away
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12/10 @Villa Angela St. Joseph
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12/17 Warren JFK High School
Home
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12/19 @Lake Ridge Academy
Away
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12/27 Archbishop Hoban HS
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12/29 @Laurel (Gator Classic)
Away
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12/30 @Laurel (Gator Classic)
Away
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1/4 @Trinity High School
Away
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1/9 @Saint Joseph Academy
Away
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1/11 Lake Catholic High School
Home
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1/14 St. Thomas Aquinas
Home
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1/21 @Youngstown Christian
Away
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1/23 @Bedford HS
Away
Sat.
1/28 Villa Angela St. Joseph
Home
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2/1 @Warren JFK High School
Away
Sat.
2/4 Trinity High School
Home
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2/11 @St. Thomas Aquinas HS
Away
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2/15 Youngstown Christian
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Lunch and Learn


Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Fr. Fiala Room

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Benedictine High School
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Garfield Heights High School Quicken Loans Arena
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Trinity High School
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Holy Name High School
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Youngstown Christian HS
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