Changing Lives from The Land to Big D
Ever since her days of walking the halls of Trinity High School, you knew Leah Backo '10 was destined to live a life for others. What nobody knew, even her, was that going to be of the 4 legged variety. You have probably seen Leah on the airwaves all over Cleveland for several years as the Marketing Coordinator of the Geauga County Humane Society's Rescue Village , promoting all the good the organization does in rescuing animals and finding them new, caring homes. "I was more interested in health care, but I got this job and fell in love with the animals," said Leah. "Working in a shelter just grabs your heart."

For 3 years, Leah has watched dogs, cats, horses...even pigs, come into the Rescue Village, work with the medical and behavior professionals, get better and find new homes. "I never have a bad day of work. If I'm struggling a bit, I just take 5 minutes, walk around the shelter, play with the animals and it totally changes my day." She enjoyed it so much that a couple of weeks ago, Leah moved to Dallas to become the Public Information Coordinator of Dallas Animal Services. She is going from an organization that rescues 2000 animals every year to a shelter that rescues 30-40,000 animals per year! "I didn't think I would be in animal welfare forever but this opportunity came up in Dallas, and it's an amazing move for my career," she said. "D.A.S. is nationally known for being one of the leaders in animal welfare. Although I'm a bit nervous moving somewhere I don't know anyone, I am excited to be a part of a team that has done amazing things already."

She credits her fast success on THS laying the foundation blocks while she was here. "I love Trinity. Loved the teachers, loved the classes, really everything. I don't think I would be in the same position had I not attended Trinity. I was on the 8th grade retreat when I was at St. Monica's, so I was so happy to be on the ministry leadership team for retreats when I was a student because they are so amazing." She also played basketball, and is a sports buff so she loved attending every sporting event she could to support her Trojans classmates. Although the internship program was just getting started as she was heading off to college, Leah did an internship at the Cleveland Clinic for 2 years while in school. She worked with their marketing staff and their ad agency, which really set the wheels in motion for her career now. Having that experience, she sees the value now of the PPI Program for our kids. "I know how important real world experience was for me, so the fact that our students are gaining those experieces now as students is amazing. It will set them apart from other students in college and beyond."

We wish Leah nothing but the best in Big D as we know she will continue to do amazing things for our furry friends!
They Partied Like it was 1989!
Thank you to Stacey Wolfe and her committee for putting it all together and then documenting the hilarity that ensued during the 1989 Class Reunion. On September 7, many of our alums returned to celebrate their 30 year reunion at Slyman's Tavern in Independence. The group even joined the band on stage to play the bongos and adding in "more cowbell"!

"It was a great evening of reconnecting and reminiscing," said Stacey. "There is never a doubt with our class of having anything but a good time. The stories of 'remember when' were accompanied by heartfelt laughs and the continued feeling of a tight class bond. As always, we look forward to the next one." You can see the entire gallery of pictures of a great night on our Facebook Alumni Page.
The Entrepreneurial Spirit Lives On!
Javon Miller '17 has always had that entrepreneurial passion, even when he was a student here at Trinity. It has continued in his first 2 years at Kent State University as well . Javon founded and runs a luxury pen business called Bovazi, and now he has ventured into the entertainment world, opening an event venue called 'Arize' near campus. Javon was featured in the Record Courier , and you can read his amazing story here . Congratulations Javon on all of your success!
Retiring #24 Forever!
THS will honor one of the best to ever step onto the football field, 1980 graduate Mike Hudec. An All-District performer, Hudec still ranks third in rushing yards and scoring for the Trojans football program. He has long been credited with putting Trinity’s football program on the map as it was still in its infancy when Hudec starred for the Trojans. The following year, the 1980 football team went on to win the school’s only state championship on the gridiron. 
 
Nobody has worn the number 24 in 40 years, when Hudec last played for the Trojans in 1979, and now officially, nobody ever will again. The ceremony will take place during halftime of the Cuyahoga Heights football game on October 11 at Bedford Bearcat Stadium, kickoff is at 7 PM. Let's fill the stadium up to honor Mike and cheer our current Trojans on to victory! ext Link
Celebrate 50!
A reminder that in just over a week, the Class of 1969 will be celebrating their 50 year Class Reunion. RSVP Barbara Gianelli at bgian55@yahoo.com to attend. Here are the details:

When: 10/11/2019 
Time: 6-9pm
Place: Independence Civic Center
      6363 Selig Blvd.
      Independence, Ohio 44131

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Upcoming Alumni Events
October 11 : Retirement Ceremony of Mike Hudec's #24, halftime of the Cuyahoga Heights football game. Kickoff, 7 PM, Bedford Bearcat Stadium

October 11: Class of 1969, 50 Year Reunion, RSVP Barbara Gianelli

October 18-19: 8th Grade Retreat, "Walking With the Spirit", Camp Christopher

October 25: Fall Play, "Treasure Island", 7 PM, Godlewski Gymnasium

October 27: Featured Open House, 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM, Trinity High School