November 29, 2016
Upcoming Alumni Events
December 1, 2016
Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations Due
December 18, 2016
Ron Shay Alumni Basketball Tournament

January 14, 2017
1997 State Championship Baseball Team Reunion at
B WHS vs. Grove City Basketball Game

February 10, 2017
1991 State Championship Tennis Reunion  at  BWHS vs. St. Charles Basketball Game
Buckeye Tailgate FUNdraiser
Our first-ever Buckeye Tailgate FUNdraiser was held on Saturday, October 15 at BWHS.  Alumni, parents, and friends gathered and watched the Buckeyes' exciting win over Wisconsin while supporting the Athletic and Alumni Departments.
A silent and live auction, a raffle, corn hole, and giant Jenga were also part of the fun evening.
Thank you to all of our donors, volunteers, and guests for making this evening such a great success!

Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations due  December 1, 2016.

Do you know of someone you would like to see in our 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame?
We are currently seeking nominees for our next Athletic Hall of Fame class.  Nominations must be completed on the proper form and are due to the Alumni office by 12/1/16.
To nominate someone, click here.
Questions?  Contact Scott Manahan at
Ron Shay Alumni Basketball Tournament

Gather your team for our annual Ron Shay Alumni Basketball Tournament.
This year's event will be held at Bishop Watterson on December 18th. Games begin at noon.
Food and refreshments will be served following the games.
Contact Steve Devlin at or (614) 989-7579 to register your team.
We are in need of sponsors and players. Registration can be done online by clicking here or at the door.
Cost is $25 per player.  Court sponsors are $75 and T- shirt sponsors are $150.

November Volunteers

This group of Bishop Watterson alumni, parents, and friends prepared over 600 meals that were  distributed during Thanksgiving week. 
St. Lawrence Haven
Join our group of alumni, parents, and friends as we prepare meals at the St. Vincent de paul-run sack lunch program at  St. Lawrence Haven.
We normally volunteer on the second Wednesday of the month, but occasionally the date changes.
We will be volunteering next on Wednesday, December 14.  Please contact Terri Kernan at if you would like to assist us in this endeavor.  
St. Lawrence Haven is located behind Holy Cross Church downtown at the corner of Rich and Main

Alumni Updates
Zupan Named University President
Mark Zupan '77 was inaugurated as the 14th president of Alfred University in October. Mr. Zupan was a member of the same BWHS class as our principal, Deacon Chris Campbell.

Click here to read more!
Hackbarth Reflects on Peace Corps Experience
Jamie Hackbarth '10 is finishing a two-year assignment in Peru for the Peace Corps and we were moved by her latest blog post. To read her reflections on her experiences in Peru, click here.

Homorody Wins Dresden Marathon
Jason Homorody '91 was one of five "running ambassadors" chosen to represent Columbus in a marathon exchange program with Dresden, Germany this past month. Dresden is a sister city with Columbus, and as such has many different cultural and athletic exchanges. Jason was the top American finisher in the marathon and finished in  2:59:39 . This was the fifth year of the marathon exchange program.
Meet our 2016-2017 Alumni Board
Left to right:  
Front row:  Emily Manahan '08, Kathy Bryant '80, President Mark Flanagan '97, Heather Weekley '07, Carolyn Ritchey Hayzlett '92.
Back row:  Alumni Director Scott Manahan, Greg Cunningham '08, Monsignor John Cody '64,
Leo Grimes '73, Carol Judy Stewart '64, and Mike Rea '62.

Not pictured:  Steve Devlin '96, Jon Fortkamp '88,  Brad Kernan '06, David Stein '92, E.J. Davis '75, Ron Benjamin '87, Christy Shaffer Petersen '96, and Corey Shubitowski Barrett '05.

Our Alumni Board meets once per month. All Alumni are welcome to join us.  Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 7 in Domincan Hall. If interested in attending, please email Scott Manahan at
School News
Get to Know BWHS
We prepared this video for our guests at our recent Open House. It's an easy way to learn about your alma mater in four short minutes!
Junior Alex Brinkman Serving on Attorney General's Board
  Junior Alex Brinkman is taking part in Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's 2017 Teen Ambassador Board. The board provides participants with opportunities to learn about and discuss important issues facing Ohio teens today, to work together to provide feedback on key initiatives of the Attorney General's office, and to interact with government and law enforcement officials.

"We discuss how we can improve the issues and what we can do to make things better for teenagers in areas like college loans, heroin and drug use and human trafficking," said Brinkman, who has attended two meetings in Columbus and one conference call since the board began meeting in August. "At one of the meetings they brought in a woman who was human trafficked. She had a horrible story and it opened everyone's eyes about how serious of an issue human trafficking is."

The board, in its third year, consists of about 230 high school juniors and seniors from 150 schools in 50 counties who will serve a one-year term.

St. Joseph of Arimathea Induction
Bishop Watterson's St. Joseph of Arimathea Society held its induction during the All Saints' Day Mass.
The SJAS is a pallbearer society under the patronage of St Joseph of Arimathea, the man who took the body of Jesus from the cross and placed it in his own new tomb. The group, now in its fifth year, consists of 30 young men -- juniors and seniors - who have been trained and commissioned for this service of assisting at the burial of the departed.
The SJA Society has a monthly meeting to discuss issues, talk about experiences, and to pray for the faithful departed, especially those whom they have recently served.  

Commended Scholars
  Four Bishop Watterson High School seniors have been named Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation based on their scores on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  
Left to right:
Aaron Tayal  (St. Thomas More Newman Center) volunteers at the Whetstone Homework Help Center. He is a member of the BWHS Ultimate Frisbee team, is an instructor for a robotics camp for kids called Robot Academy and takes cello lessons. Aaron plans to major in mathematics at The Ohio State University or Case Western Reserve University.
Matt Dockman  (St. Brendan Parish and School) is a four-year letterman in baseball and captain of the team. He has earned first-team all-state and district honors, is the Wendy's High School Heisman School Winner at BWHS, and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is a tutor at the Hilliard Library Homework Help Center and volunteers for Meals on Wheels. Matt plans to major in mathematics at Duke University where he has committed to play baseball.
John Blevins  (St. Agatha Parish and School) is a four-year varsity letterman and captain of the lacrosse team who has twice been named  first team all-region Long Stick Midfielder.  He is a self-taught guitar player who has a part-time job and volunteers for the Rotary Club of Columbus. John plans to go into engineering.
Caitlin Williams (St. Agatha Parish and School) is the student band president this year as well as a section leader and member of the concert band. She plays softball, is a member of the St. Agatha Leadership Team and has participated in a mission trip to Kentucky. She did an internship with the Upper Arlington Library and teaches in the St. Agatha Parish School of Religion. Caitlin is undecided on a major at this time.
BWHS Wins OHSAA Sportsmanship Award for 14th Straight Year
The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced that Bishop Watterson High School is one of four schools statewide to receive the Harold A. Meyer Sportsmanship Award for the 2015-16 academic year.

The OHSAA has a three-tiered system of recognition for sportsmanship, ethics and integrity awards. Sixteen schools overall were selected with 11 named Respect the Game Challenge recipients, which is the first level. Four, including Bishop Watterson, received the Harold A. Meyer Award and Respect the Game Challenge.

Celebrating the award are, left to right: Athletic Director Doug Etgen, Girls' Lacrosse Coach Karen Bailey, senior athletes Nick Giesler, Brenna Kenney, Gabby Garrett, Julianna Rotolo, Giavanna Paradiso, Baseball Coach Scott Manahan, Football Coach Dan Bjelac, and senior Max Bratka.

Six Sign to Play College Sports
Six Bishop Watterson seniors announced their intent to play college sports in November.
Left to right, first row: Abigail Meyers, golf, Loyola University of Chicago, St. Andrew School and Parish; Grace Hetterscheidt, volleyball, Niagara University, Immaculate Conception School and Parish; Grace Schreiber, volleyball, Tiffin University, St. Brigid School and Parish; second row: Dylan Appolloni, baseball, Ohio Dominican University, St. Brigid School; Cal McAninch, baseball, Northern Kentucky University, Immaculate Conception School and Parish; Matt Dockman, baseball, Duke University, St. Brendan School and Parish.

 The Bishop Watterson Theater Department is pleased to present Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream , the whimsical tale of squabbling lovers, magical fairies, and earnest working class actors trying to catch their big break. Our production is an updated version complete with modern music and costumes while still keeping Shakespeare’s traditional text. Audiences of all ages will delight in this classic tale of love, dreams, and magic.  The Bishop Watterson Theater Department is pleased to present Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream , the whimsical tale of squabbling lovers, magical fairies, and earnest working class actors trying to catch their big break. Our production is an updated version complete with modern music and costumes while still keeping Shakespeare’s traditional text. Audiences of all ages will delight in this classic tale of love, dreams, and magic. 
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For ticket reservations please contact Gina DeMarco at

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