Message from Henry Chandler, Alumni Coordinator
The end of the school year brought tragedy to the Saint Joseph High School community with the drowning deaths of brothers senior Ahmad Qasem and sophomore Saleem Qasem in Lake Michigan on Sunday, May 15.

The May Crowning Mass on Monday, May 16 took on a somber mood as the school mourned the losses of Ahmad and Saleem. Please keep the Qasem family and the students, faculty, and staff of Saint Joe in your prayers during this difficult time.

At the same May Crowning Mass, the Saint joe community recognized Brother Roy Smith, C.S.C. for his 60 year jubilee as a Holy Cross Brother and Brother Robert Dierker, C.S.C., in absentia, for his 70 year jubilee. Brother Roy served at Saint Joe from 1965-1967 in the Theology and Social Studies Departments and is currently the Director of Development for the Midwest Province of the Brothers of Holy Cross. Brother Robert served at Saint Joe in the Attendance Office from 1977 until his retirement in 2010.

As the school year winds down to its last few weeks, the students and faculty look forward to a rejuvenating summer absent the hustle and bustle of the academic year. The Alumni Office wishes all Saint Joe alumni a summer filled with family activities, good health, and
relaxation. May God continue to bless you and Saint Joseph, our patron, protect you.
Dr. Leary Begins MPH Practicum at Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Joseph Leary '05 currently works for the Cambridge Health Alliance, practicing at Cambridge Hospital and Everett Hospital just outside of Boston.

He recently began studying design frameworks for health system innovation as part of his MPH practicum at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health to engage in applied practice activities aligned with his career goals and interests.
Hirschler Honored at SBCSC Teacher of the Year Ceremony

Pamela (McCourt) Hirschler '90 (pictured on the left) earned runner-up Teacher of the Year honors from the South Bend Community School Corporation.

Pamela teaches fourth grade at Swanson Traditional School. Twenty-eight nominees were honored at the Teacher of the Year ceremony. Nominees were chosen by peers in their respective schools, with the honors group chosen by a panel of both current and retired teachers.
Martinec Promoted to Director of Development

Madelyn Martinec '12 was named Director of Development at REAL Services in South Bend on April 1, 2022. REAL Services provides programs that promote nutrition, self-sufficiency, education, and protection for 30,000 people in northern Indiana each year.

Madelyn graduated from Holy Cross College in 2016 and earned her MBA from Bethel University in May of 2020.
Alumni Memorial Mass: Wednesday, June 8, 2022
The next Alumni Memorial Mass will be celebrated by Father Geoff Mooney, C.S.C., Saint Joseph High School Chaplain, on Wednesday, June 8 at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Saint Joseph.

Alumni who have passed away since the last Alumni Memorial Mass in November will be remembered.

If attending, please park in the Notre Dame Avenue lot and enter Door A.
The Class of 1963 gathered at Papa Vino's on April 12 for their monthly lunch. Joining them at last month's lunch was Alumni Coordinator and 1967 graduate Henry Chandler, who shared more school history with attendees as well as updating them on current events at their alma mater.
2022 Saint Joseph High School Reunions

If classmates are interested in organizing a class reunion, contact the Alumni Office at (574) 234-2904, ext. 5, or email Henry Chandler, Alumni Coordinator, at​​​​​​​ to get started.

Class of 1967
55 Year Reunion – September 23-24
Contact: Becky Havens (,
Robbie Dunn (

Class of 1972
50 Year Reunion – July 29-30, 2022 
Contact: Maureen Coleman Marnocha (​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Class of 1977
45 Year Reunion – June 11, 2022 
Noon - 5 p.m. The Patio at Wings, Etc. Grill and Pub
11480 McKinley Hwy., Osceola, IN 46561
Contact: Luanne Radecki Blackburn (,
or by text at (317) 258-8615
On Facebook: "St. Joe HS Class of 1977 45th Reunion" ​​​​​​​to join the private group.

Class of 1982
40 Year Reunion – July 30, 2022 
Contact: Sue Mullen Guibert by email at (
or by phone at (574) 286-4839​​​​​​​
Facebook: South Bend Saint Joseph's High School Class of 1982

Class of 1997
25 Year Reunion – July 15-17, 2022 

Class of 2011
11 Year Reunion – July 15-16, 2022 
Friday, July 15: School tours & light refreshments, 5:00-6:30 p.m.; Corby's, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 16: Simeri's Old Town Tap, 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Samantha Pfeil Wilhoite 
Saint Joseph High School
Athletics Update
Girls tennis is remaining active coming off their NIC Tournament victory over two weeks ago, as Coach Mountford likes to continue testing the team before the IHSAA State Tournament.

The girls have amassed wins over Sturgis, Crown Point, and Marian, and this weekend will test their mettle against state-power Carmel.

The girls won the IHSAA Sectional by defeating Washington and Riley, both 5-0, to advance to IHSAA Regionals beginning next week.
Saint Joe baseball is nearing the end of regular season play with IHSAA Sectional play beginning on Thursday, May 26.

The Indians ended John Glenn's 15-game winning streak thanks to a strong outing from senior Carson Collins, who pitched a complete game surrendering only one unearned run. Saint Joe trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh before senior Julian Kamanda pulled the Indians even with a solo home run.

Senior Mattux Tarwacki scored the winning run later in the frame thanks to some aggressive baserunning and a bloop hit by sophomore Tommy Eck.

Saint Joe took both games of a double header against Bishop Dwenger last weekend, and will celebrate senior night before tonight's home contest against NorthWood.
Softball ascended to the state's top ranking the other week before falling to Lakeshore and dropping a conference game to Penn, 5-1.

The ladies righted the ship with junior Savannah Hamilton in the circle against John Glenn. The offense offered plenty of support, plating eight runs in the top half of the first inning to give their pitcher room to work. Hamilton went five innings, striking out six, en route to a 12-1 victory.

The girls defeated Northridge in an 8-inning thriller on senior night before taking down Elkhart on Thursday night. With her ninth home run of the year, sophomore Riley Zache became the single-season home run title holder at Saint Joe.
Boys lacrosse is ranked second in the state currently, sitting percentage points behind a Guerin Catholic team that has already fallen to the Indians this year.

The boys took care of Penn on senior night, winning 18-6.

The IHSLA state tournament is next, where Saint Joe is seeded second overall and received a first round bye. They will play either Evansville North or Bishop Chatard.
Boys track & field earned All-NIC honors in six events at the NIC Championship. The boys team placed fourth overall in the twelve-team field, marking a solid championship meet performance with many first year competitors.

All-NIC performances include:
110 M High Hurdles – Luke Kaufhold (1st Team)
High Jump – Ian Joyce (2nd Team)
100 M Dash – Ollie Kaufhold (2nd Team)
400 M Relay – Gavin Sparke, Ollie Kaufhold, Hayden Miller, Bill Imanene (Hon. Mention) 300 M Hurdles – Luke Kaufhold (Hon. Mention)
1600 M Relay – Lucas Miller, Nick Njuguna, Daniel Pries, Ollie Kaufhold (Hon. Mention)

The boys finished fourth at sectionals and qualified three events for the IHSAA Regional. Results are available through the South Bend Tribune.
Girls track & field claimed All-NIC Honors in nine events on their way to an impressive third-place finish in the state’s largest athletic conference championship meet. Saint Joe had season best times and top-three performances in all three relays, bringing home 18 medals.

All-NIC performances include:
300 M Hurdles- Ella Frick (1st Team)
3200 M Relay – Tess Collins, Lauren Frick, Mary Clare Elliot, Margaret Hopkins (2nd Team) High Hurdles – Ella Frick (2nd Team)
800 M Run- Lauren Frick (2nd Team)
1600 M Relay – Sara Prokop, Audra Meyer, Kelly Ratigan, Lauren Frick (2nd Team)
Shot Put – Natalie Feldkamp (Hon. Mention)
1600 M Run – Meg Baxter (Hon. Mention)
400 M Relay – Sara Prokop, Ellie Miller, Stella Toothaker, Tori Brewer (Hon. Mention)
200 M Dash – Tori Brewer (Hon. Mention)

The girls finished fourth at sectionals and qualified for the IHSAA Regional in seven events. You can read the sectional recap in the South Bend Tribune.
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