September 20, 2019
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Our New Back Field
Upcoming Events
Legends Golf Outing - September 29, 2019
The Golf Club of Dublin

Homecoming Mass
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Refreshments following Mass

Mothers' Club Fall Dinner
Wednesday, November 14, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Wedgewood Country Club
Click here to register.

Ron Shay Alumni Basketball Tournament
December 28, 2019 , 5:00 p.m.
Speaker: Former NFL and OSU linebacker James Laurinaitis
It's not too late....
Join us for our annual Legends Golf Outing on September 29, 2019 at The Golf Club of Dublin. This event honors the legacies of two great Bishop Watterson coaches and administrators: Tom Scholl and Ron Shay. Proceeds from this golf outing provide support for scholarships.
This year our guest of honor is former Alumni and Development Director and football coach Mr. Joe Hill '63. Joe is a member of our Athletic and Alumni Hall of Fame.
We are currently looking for golfers and sponsors.
Plan to Join Us!

Sunday, October 6
3:00 p.m.
at Bishop Watterson

All are invited to join us for this special Sunday Mass! To give us an approximate count of attendees, click on the button below.
Planning a Reunion in 2019?

Classes of 1959, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014 ...
are you planning a reunion?

We would be happy to help promote your event. Please contact Terri Kernan at or    (614) 268-8671 x329  and we will put the details in our Eagle Extra and on our website. We can also furnish you with contact information that we have on file.

Please remember to take photos and send some to us so that we can share!
Class of 1964
55th Reunion

Saturday, October 19, 2019
Bogey Inn
6013 Glick Road, Powell
3:00-6:00 p.m.

Carol (Judy) Stewart
(740) 548-6383
Mary Lynn (Clifton) Pierce
(614) 799-5005
Mike McGarity
(614) 596-8009
Class of 1989
30th Reunion

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Hubbard Grille
793 N. High St.
Columbus, OH
7:30 pm

Contact: Barb Fortkamp @

Save the Date

Class of 1970
50th Reunion

Saturday, August 1, 2020
BWHS Dominican Hall

Contact: Patrick Kane
or (614)332-3187
Class of 1974 - 45th Reunion
Class of 1969 - 50th Reunion
Cleveland Named to Hall of Fame

Congratulations to BWHS faculty member Tony Cleveland, who has been named to the Central District Baseball Hall of Fame! He will be inducted on November 7 at the association’s annual Hall of Fame banquet. Mr. Cleveland is an assistant baseball coach at Bishop Watterson and teaches wood shop. With 40 years of coaching experience, including 22 at Bishop Watterson and 18 in California, he has been named Assistant Coach of the Year by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association (2000, 2014), the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association (2007), the Central District Baseball Coaches Association (2006) and by the American Family Life Insurance Company (2001). Mr. Cleveland has served as head coach here at BWHS and at Johnstown High School.
2019 Athletic Hall of Fame
Front row: Joanie O'Brien, Andrew Moses
Back row: Sam Dixon, Tim Pond, Matt Callahan, and Jack Poppe.
These individuals were honored at events on September 6-8.
Congratulations to all!

Matt Callahan '88
Football 1984-1987
Basketball 1984-1988
Baseball 1985-1988

Sam Dixon '75
Basketball 1973-1975

Andrew Moses '05
Football 2002-2004
Basketball 2003-2005

Joanie O'Brien '82
Field Hockey 1978
Basketball 1978-1982
Softball 1979
Track 1980

Tim Pond '63
Baseball 1961-1963
Basketball 1961-1963
State Championship Baseball Coach AAA 1988

Jack Poppe
"Mr. P"
Equipment Coordinator
Tutors Needed
A list of external tutors is being updated for the 2019-2020 school year. We are looking for tutors in all subject areas as well as test prep and study skills. Students who choose to hire a tutor would be entering into a private contract with the tutor. Any alumni or friends interested in being listed as an external tutor, please contact guidance counselor Mrs. Jenny Sponseller at or (614) 268-8671 ext 277.
Alumni in the News
Roark Joins Marines

Ryan Roark '19 , graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot-East Parris Island this month with a Military Occupational Specialty of Air Crew. Roark is now at School of Infantry East at Camp Geiger, North Carolina, to complete Marine Combat Training.

Congratulations Ryan! Thank you for your service!
Alumni Join Staff

Several alumni joined the BWHS teaching staff this year: Bethany Korn ’01, John Wallace ’08 and Alex Golonka ’12. Bethany teaches in the math department while John and Alex are in social studies. Alex is also doing instructional coaching. Welcome home!
Alex Golonka '12
Bethany Korn '01
John Wallace '08
Eagle Gala 2020

Mark your Calendar for Eagle Gala 2020!

Sunday, April 19, 2020
The Exchange at Bridge Park

All proceeds benefit tuition assistance and the Dominican Program
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In Service to Others
The Alumni Department provides service at St. Lawrence Haven on the second Wednesday of each month, preparing and packaging meals for
the daily lunch line. We normally volunteer from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
St. Lawrence Haven is a St. Vincent de Paul-run sack lunch program, located behind Holy Cross Church at 244 E. Rich St. downtown.
Approximately 200-500 meals are served each day. The staff at St. Lawrence Haven is very appreciative of the assistance we provide and we are thankful for the alumni and friends who have taken time out of their busy schedules to help with this service endeavor!  
If you are interested in helping, please email Terri Kernan at
We would love to have you join us! 
June Volunteers
July Volunteers
August Volunteers
September Volunteers
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them

The following alumni and friends have passed away recently.

Please keep them and their families in your prayers.

Ellen L. Mahoney '62 - July 5, 2019
Michael D. Sullivan '58 - July 12, 2019
Eleanor Walker - July 26, 2019
Alex Sisamuth '10 - August 3, 2019
Bernie Keneavy '58 - August 14, 2019
Alumni Association Board Members

President  - Mark Flanagan '97
Vice President  - Leo Grimes '73
Secretary  - Steve Devlin '96
Advisory Position  - Shawn O'Reilly '88
Chaplain  - Reverend Msgr. John Cody '64
Alumni Director  - Scott Manahan,  
Alumni Assistant  - Terri Kernan,  
Board Members
Corey Shubitowski '05 Barrett 
Sean Campbell '07
Greg Cunningham '08
E. J. Davis '75
Jonathan Fortkamp '88
Joe Hill '63
Chris Hilty '68
Mike Hilty '68
Brad Kernan '06
Emily Manahan '08
Mike Rea '62
David Stein '92
Carol Judy Stewart '64
Heather Weekley '07 Lofy 

School News
Watterson 101

 The Class of 2019 earned  more than $24 million  in college merit scholarships. In addition, the class accumulated  more than 18,600 hours of service  to the community outside of the required Sophomore Service Project. 
Spring Sports States Appearances
Our Eagle boys volleyball team finished second in Division II in the state of Ohio this spring! The boys defeated Archbishop Alter in the state semifinals to advance to the championship match where they lost to Walsh Jesuit.

Also this spring, sophomore Anna Kessler made the finals in the 100 meters at the state track & field championships! Anna ran a great race and finished ninth. She is now a junior.
Six Retire After Combined 141 Years at BWHS
At the end of the 2018-19 school year, Bishop Watterson said goodbye to six staff members who have worked here for a combined 141 years.
Jim Dury ’71  has been teaching for 28 years, with 24 of them at Bishop Watterson. He has taught French I-III, Honors IV and AP V and German I-III. In addition, he began the AP American History program. During his time at BWHS he oversaw In The Know, French and German clubs, and National Honor Society.
Penny Forker  has been with the school for 17 years, serving as a librarian, where she started the Student Book Club in 2003 and teaching Classical Mythology. For the past three years she has also served as Administrative Assistant to the Principal.
Chris Hilty ’68  started working in the Alumni/Advancement Office in 2007, and has worked in the front office since 2011. She helped orchestrate many of the day-to-day tasks for the school and provided behind-the-scenes administrative support for faculty, staff and students. She and her husband, Mike ’68, will continue to be regular attendees of BWHS basketball games.
Mike Huff  has taught for 43 years, with 32 of them at Bishop Watterson. He has taught United States History, Social Psychology and American Government. In addition, he coached numerous co-curriculars including varsity softball for 23 years, JV and freshmen girls basketball for seven years and the Mock Trial Team for the past four years.
Tina Kestella  has been teaching for 35 years with 31 of them at BWHS. She taught Spanish I-III and has served as World Languages Department Chair. She chaperoned trips to Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Switzerland. In addition, she was advisor to Spanish Club and helped organize the annual International Dinner.
Mary Pat Simmers  taught in the Diocese of Columbus for 33 years. During 25 years at Bishop Watterson she taught freshman through junior Theology. She was the advisor to the St. Vincent de Paul and equestrian clubs. Her favorite memories include the Appalachia service trip, Urban Plunge, the Sophomore Service Project Training, and projects for Holy Family and St. Vincent de Paul.
Mission Trip 2019
Eighteen Bishop Watterson students and three chaperones went on a service mission trip to Guatemala this summer. They worked with International Samaritan, a Jesuit founded organization whose mission is to serve those in extreme poverty living and working in garbage dump communities. 
International Samaritan provides residents in these garbage dump communities with basic needs, like sanitation, health care, education, and housing. During the day, the high school students worked hand-in-hand with the school and local community members on construction projects. 
Taylor on World Championship Team

 Junior Sydney Taylor has been selected as a member of the USA Volleyball Girls Youth National Team that finished first place at the 2019 FIVB Girls U18 World Championship, Cairo, Egypt in September. Sydney is one of 12 team members who represented the United States at the world championships. Congratulations Sydney!
Welcoming the BWHS Class of 2023

We welcomed a new class of freshmen to the Bishop Watterson family this school year. Check out our video!

New This Year! Freshman Seminar

This fall we began a new program for our freshmen in an effort to assist them with their adjustment to high school.
During study hall each Wednesday, our freshmen attend Freshman Seminar which will cover subjects such as time management, communication with teachers, study skills, four-year planning, healthy coping mechanisms, and other helpful topics.
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