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CLASS OF 1966 CELEBRATES 50TH REUNION WEEKEND
6/13/2016

The Class of 1966 celebrated their 50th reunion weekend from June 3–5. Events included Stag Night on Friday evening, followed by a campus tour, Mass of Remembrance, and reunion dinner in the Mary G. Creaghan Library on Saturday, and finally the Jubilarian Medal Presentation and leading the procession during our 164th Commencement on Sunday morning. View photos from the weekend's events below.

Class of 1966 - 50th Reunion Weekend

 

FACULTY & STAFF HONORED AT END-OF-YEAR MEETING
6/7/2016

As another school year comes to a close at Blakefield, several of our faculty and staff were recognized for the following accomplishments during yesterday's end-of-year meeting:

YEARS OF SERVICE MILESTONES:
Joe Mohler (25 years)
Chris Cucuzzella '82 (30 years)

BENEMERENTI MEDAL (20 YEARS OF SERVICE):
Fran Finnegan 
Leandra Laird

MARCUS RYU '91 EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARD:
Ryan Bromwell '91
Steve Morrill
Brendan O'Kane

The Marcus S. Ryu ’91 Employee Recognition Award was created in June 2014 through the generosity of Mr. Marcus Ryu and his wife Cyrena “Torrey” Simon, M.D., to reward and recognize the highest talent within the faculty and staff of Loyola Blakefield. This annual award is provided to two (or more) faculty/staff members who have demonstrated accomplishments beyond the regular scope and assigned duties as employees, and who have most improved the classroom or campus experience to further Loyola’s success. Recipients are nominated by fellow faculty and staff members.

RETIREMENTS:
Charlie Burke '52 
Pat O'Hara 
Kathy Roeder

Also, a huge shout-out to Elizabeth McMonagle, P '18, and the Mothers' Club for raising $65,000 for the school this year through their various events and fundraisers. They also provided breakfast and several giveaways for the faculty and staff yesterday.

2016 End-of-Year Faculty/Staff Meeting

 

LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD CELEBRATES 164TH COMMENCEMENT
6/7/2016

On the morning of June 5, 2016, Loyola Blakefield celebrated its 164th Commencement on campus, graduating 177 students from the Class of 2016. On a day that called for thunderstorms all week, the rain held off and the tradition of holding graduation in the Hollow continued its streak of more than 30 years. We also welcomed back members from the Class of 1966 for their 50th reunion as they led the procession on Sunday. During the ceremony, student speaker Sam Commordari '16 did a fantastic job addressing the crowd (see video below), and the following awards were presented:

THE REV. FATHER LLOYD D. GEORGE, S.J., AWARD is presented to that member of the graduating class who has achieved the highest grade-point average through the mid-point of his senior year. This award went to Evan Pham '16.

THE REV. ANTHONY J. ZEITS, S.J., AWARD is presented by the Loyola Mothers’ Club to a senior who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and leadership on and off the athletic field. This award went to Cole Williams '16.

THE DOCTOR FORD LOKER AWARD is presented by the Loyola Fathers’ Club to a senior who holds a varsity letter and is outstanding for academic excellence. This award went to Benjamin Brown '16.

THE MATTHEW J. RUSSELL AWARD was established by the graduating Class of 1986 in memory of their deceased classmate, is presented to a senior whose commitment to God, family and friends has been exemplified by a quiet, sensitive, and selfless concern for others. This award went to Chris Louzon '16.

THE MICHAEL J. IAMPIERI AWARD was established to honor Mr. Michael Iampieri, a beloved member of the Loyola Blakefield faculty from 1966 to 2007. During his tenure, Mr. Iampieri founded the School’s art department and taught art to generations of young men over four decades.  Through his engaging demeanor and persistent, gentle persuasion, Mr. Iampieri modeled in and out of the classroom that openness to growth and the spark of imagination are cornerstones of a rich, rewarding, and spiritual life.The Michael J. Iampieri Award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated personal and spiritual growth through his pursuit of creative self-expression and his achievements in the fine arts. This award went to Peter Pferdeort '16.

THE REV. JAMES F. SALMON, S.J., AWARD is presented to that graduate who has demonstrated leadership in student activities and scholarship in Science and Religious Studies. This award went to Dennis Tadeo, Jr. '16.

THE REV. ALOYSIUS P. McGONIGAL, S.J., AWARD is presented by the Loyola Fathers’ Club to a senior who has worked to full capacity in and out of the classroom but has received little recognition for his tenacious spirit. This award went to Declan Aroh '16

THE LOYOLA ALUMNI AWARD is presented to the senior who is most conspicuous for school spirit, leadership and excellence in studies. This award went to Rick Nickel '16

THE DAVID A. KENNEDY AWARD was established by the Alumni Association to honor Mr. David A. Kennedy, teacher and registrar at Loyola from 1937 to 1977.  This award is presented annually to that member of the graduating class who, through unselfish contribution of academic skills, personal talents, and social values in service to Loyola Blakefield and to the community at large, best embodies the Ignatian principle of “men for others.” This award went to Colin Green '16.

THE LOYOLA AWARD, founded in honor of the Rev. John F. Dustin, S.J., is awarded to the most representative member of the graduating class for excellence in scholastic achievement and participation in extra-curricular activities. This award went to Biafra Okoronkwo '16.

THE DENNIS B. WOOLFORD "CURA PERSONALIS" AWARD is given in loving memory of Dennis B. Woolford class of 2010. Although Dennis was a gifted athlete who started on 8 MIAA championship teams including the undefeated 2008 Football team, Dennis will always be remembered for his kind heart, free spirit and a smile that would light up the room.  He considered every Don his best friend and every teammate his brother.  This award is given to a student or faculty member of Loyola Blakefield who best represents "care for the individual person." This award went to Mrs. Gayle Smith and Trey Thomas '16.

THE JOHN H. WEETENKAMP III AWARD was established to honor John H. Weetenkamp III, a beloved alumnus and member of the Loyola Blakefield faculty from 1969 to the present. During his tenure, Mr. Weetenkamp held a variety of roles including English Teacher, Moderator, Registrar, Assistant Headmaster, Headmaster, Director of Ignatian Mission and Identity, and Interim President. This award is presented to a graduating senior who has been caring to his peers and demonstrated dedication to the mission of Loyola Blakefield. He is a young man who has embodied the words of Saint Ignatius by his actions and has served his fellow Dons and others generously through the Campus Ministry and Service programs as well as other opportunities. This award went to Troy Meurer '16.

Watch Sam Commodari's commencement speech:

View photos from the day:

164th Commencement

CLASS OF 2020 HONORED AT EIGHTH GRADE CELEBRATION
6/6/2016

On June 3, the Class of 2020 was honored during our 8th Grade Celebration held in the Chapel of Our Lady of Montserrat. The following Magis Awards were presented:

FAITH COMMITMENT: David Mahon

SERVICE: Derian Anderson

COMPASSION: Bailey Brunner

INTEGRITY: Kojo Marfo-Sarbeng 

JUSTICE: Bradyen Libby

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Dominic Dinoto, Jeremy Hannon, and Bryan Rose

Ethan Delp was the recipient of the Daniel McNeal '90 Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an 8th grade student.

8th Grade Celebration - Class of 2020

 

2016 MOTHER-SON MASS & LUNCHEON
6/2/2016

On June 2, members of the Class of 2016 celebrated Mass with their mothers on campus. View photos from the day below:

2016 Mother-Son Luncheon

 

LOYOLA HOSTS INAUGURAL HEALTH FAIR FOR STUDENTS
5/24/2016

On Friday, May 20, Loyola held its inaugural Health Fair for students in Bunting Dining Hall during lunch periods. “It was my idea as a way to empower and inform our boys,” said School Nurse, Mrs. Robin Schwartz, RN, BSN, who formulated the idea after speaking with other AIMS (Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools) school nurses at their quarterly meetings. “These meetings are my opportunity to network and see what others are doing in their health rooms,” said Schwartz. “I talked with nurses whose schools had Health Fairs and got some good contact information for possible vendors.” 

There was a great turnout from local organizations and public services with topics ranging from how to be and stay healthy to things that adversely affect one’s health. The following vendors did an outstanding job engaging our students by providing good visuals, hands-on opportunities, and giveaways:

  • Towson Sports Medicine talked with students about concussions (students could try on concussion goggles) and game-day diets.
  • Smoothie King provided samples of their smoothies which contain no added sugar.
  • University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) presented on sun safety and nutrition.
  • Achieve Wellness Chiropractic Center tested boys for strength and presented information on Nutrition Response Training.
  • Financial Fitness talked with students about fiscal planning and responsibility.
  • Dr. Anna Hipolito, P ’14, 17, discussed oral hygiene.
  • Glo Germ used ultraviolet light and a special hand lotion to show bacteria on hands after improper handwashing.
  • Chesapeake AED Services demonstrated Hands-Only CPR and students were able to practice on dummies. Students were also shown how to operate an AED and where they could be found on campus.
  • Baltimore County Health Department provided information about health problems associated with e-cigarettes, hookah, and chewing and dipping tobacco.
  • Baltimore County Police Department talked with students about impaired and distracted driving, and students could try on fatal vision goggles, which imitates the lack of control one has when under the influence of alcohol.

Schwartz says she's already looking forward to next year. If you have a health-related business, or know someone who might be interested in sharing his or her expertise on a health-related topic, please contact Robin Schwartz at (443) 841-3348 or by email at rschwartz@loyolablakefield.org.

2016 Health Fair

 

BLAKEFIELD PLAYERS ATTEND CAPPIES GALA & ANNOUNCE 2016-17 SHOW LINEUP
5/23/2016

It has been a busy few days for the Blakefield Players. Read more about their recent accomplishments and upcoming events below:

2016 Cappies Gala
The Critics and Awards Program (Cappies) Gala was held May 22 at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore. This year, the Blakefield Players had seven nominations for their production of Hairspray. The list of nominees is below (with winners in bold):

Best Female Dancer – Sarah Flynn (sister of Tommy ’16)
Best Male Dancer – Jay Jordan ‘17
Best Comic Actor – Sam Commodari ‘16
Best Female Vocalist –Rae’l Ba
Best Male Vocalist – Mark Sucoloski ‘18
Best Supporting Actress – Morgan Dryer
Best Lead Actor – Peter Pferdeort ‘16

Other highlights from the night included junior Luke Scaletta as an awards presenter and Loyola students performed the final song of the evening, “I Know Where I’ve Been," from Hairspray.

2016-17 Blakefield Players Co-Presidents Named
Casey Piparo ’17 and Luke Scaletta ’17 were named the Blakefield Players' Co-Presidents for the 2016-17 school year.

Talent Tour 2016
Talent Tour '16 kicks off May 24 in the Mary G. Creaghan Library at 7 p.m.  Admission is by donation and proceeds benefit Loyola's summer service trips.

Loyola Alumni Theatre
There will be a new theatre program this summer at Loyola completely made up of alumni. The LATER Acting Company (Loyola Alumni Theatre) will present its inaugural production, Art, a comedy by Yasmina Reza. Lance Baldwin ’87, Bernd Linhart ’92, and Joe Miller ’08 will perform the weekends of June 17, 18, 24, 25, and July 8, 9, 15, 16 in the library. The show features a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres by An Poitin Stil. Tickets are $25 and available online at loyolablakefield.org/later.

2016-17 Show Lineup
The Blakefield Players have announced the following lineup for the 2016-17 school year, which will feature two plays and a musical:

To Kill a Mockingbird
Oct 21–29, 2016
Play by Christopher Sergel. Based on the novel by Harper Lee.

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
March 10–19, 2017
Book by William Hauptmann. Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller. Based on the novel by Mark Twain.

The War of the Worlds
May 11–14, 2017
Play by Howard E. Koch. Based on the novel by H.G. Wells. Originally produced by Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre on the Air on CBS Radio.

 

FIRST ANNUAL FRANK FISCHER GOLF CLASSIC RAISES SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
5/21/2016

On Friday, May 20, seventy golfers and a total of 100 supporters spent a beautiful day at the First Annual Frank Fischer Golf Classic held at The Woodlands in Windsor Mill. The event was hosted by Loyola’s African-American alumni, and all proceeds benefitted the Frank Fischer Diversity Endowment Fund which underwrites tuition and other expenses for African-American students to attend Loyola. If you have not already done so, please consider making a gift in support of this effort, and be sure to mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Frank Fischer Golf Classic on May 19, 2017. Learn more about the scholarship and Frank's work here: loyolablakefield.org/fischerscholarship.

Photos courtesy of Stan Mosley '75:

First Annual Frank Fischer Golf Classic

 

PARENTS & FACULTY GIVE BLOOD TO HELP SAVE 126 LIVES
5/17/2016

Thanks to the support of more than 40 parents and faculty who came out and gave blood at the Parent & Faculty Blood Drive on Friday, May 13, we potentially helped save 126 lives. We had a total of 36 whole blood donors (1 unit) and 6 double red cell donors (2 units).

 

LOYOLA COMMUNITY RAISES $15,000 AT INAUGURAL AQUATICS BULL ROAST
5/11/2016

Our inaugural Aquatics Bull Roast was held on Saturday, May 7, to help raise money for the Tim Pierce '60 Merit Scholarship Fund. Contributions to this fund provide merit awards to incoming accepted freshmen or enrolled students with exceptional talent in swimming. More than 150 members from the Loyola community attended the event, which raised just over $15,000 through sponsors, ticket sales, money wheel, 50/50 raffle, and individual gifts. Thanks to everyone who made it out to support both our current and future Dons! If you'd like to make a gift to the fund, please visit loyolablakefield.org/piercescholarship.

(Photo Credit: Bridgette Acchione)

2016 Aquatics Bull Roast

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS HOST GRANDPARENTS, STUDENTS FROM SAINT IGNATIUS LOYOLA ACADEMY, AND ANNUAL CARNIVAL FOR RIDGE RUXTON STUDENTS
5/10/2016

On Friday, May 6, our middle school hosted a variety of activities.

Our 6th grade students invited their grandparents to campus for breakfast and Mass:

2016 Grandparents Day

Our 7th grade students and parents held the annual Loyola Fun Day carnival for students at Ridge Ruxton School:

2016 Ridge Ruxton Carnival


The 8th grade hosted students from Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy in Baltimore for a spirit day:

2016 Spirit Day with St. Ignatius Loyola Academy

 

2016 GOLDEN DONS DINNER HIGHLIGHTS
5/10/2016

On May 5, we hosted Dons celebrating reunions of 51 years or more at our annual Golden Dons Dinner. View photos from the night below:

2016 Golden Dons Dinner

 

ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS AWARDED FOR REDESIGN OF CROSS STREET MARKET
5/10/2016

On May 5, a group of Loyola and Maryvale architecture students taking part in the ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentor Program presented their final work at the Baltimore chapter's annual awards ceremony held at Notre Dame Prep. The team presented their blueprints and models that demonstrated their redesign for Cross Street Market in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, which they have been developing for the last two months. The team has had a great group of professional mentors from Rubeling & Associates, Whiting-Turner, and Brawner Builders helping them along the way.

The real excitement came when two team members were awarded scholarships. Jackie Kuwabara from Maryvale received $3,500 and John Seal '16 received $2,000 for their outstanding leadership and work within the STEM field. John and Loyola's architecture teacher Mr. Shapiro will attend the annual ACE Board Breakfast on May 18, where he will be presented with a check.

ACE Presentation

 

2016 STUDENT ART EXHIBITION
5/6/2016

The 2016 Student Art Exhibition took place on campus Thursday, May 5. This year's collection included drawings, paintings, photography, animation, graphic design, film, prints, sculptures, and 3D designs from students across all grade levels. View photos of some of our students' amazing artwork below:

2016 Student Art Exhibition

The following videos were also featured:

"Drone" by Brett McLoughlin '17

"Rhythm Project" by Mark Medija '16

 

LOYOLA COMMUNITY HELPS SUPPORT 8TH ANNUAL JOIN FOR JOE DRIVE
5/2/2016

On Thursday, April 28, we held our 8th Annual Join for Joe Bone Marrow Registry Drive sponsored by There Goes My Hero. Thanks to the 125 members from the Loyola community who joined the registry in honor of Joe Gorman '14, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 15 after battling leukemia for three years. Also, special thanks to seniors Bailey Gilmore,Tanner Selby, Alex Gloth, Alex Wilson, and Owen Haiber for leading this year's drive.

8th Annual Join for Joe

 

 

2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
4/29/2016

Please congratulate the following 2016 scholarship recipients:


Loyola Blakefield Ignatian Merit Scholarship


Clay Anderson
Victor Aybar
Max Bleach
Ian Bodyk
Garrett Busse
Cian Callahan
Michael Chorabik
Nathaniel Comi-Morog
James Connolly
William Cox
Ethan Delp
Dominic Dinoto
William Donahue
Michael Dorsey
Sean Engler
J.D. Funck
Jeremiah Hannon
Zachary Hipsley
Aidan Hrdlick
Austin Jameson
Edwin Keating
Marlo Lacson
David Lamarca
Ryan Lancaster
Bennett Link
Michael Lotz
Paul MacDonald
Austin Maultsby
Declan McGee
Noah Mercado
John Meyers
Dylan Monaghan
Conor Nicholas
Jacob Robinson
Bryan Rose
Julian Schmugge
Emmanuel Spanos
Benjamin Tomick
James Ugarte
Mark Wehland
Nathan Whitman
David Wilbourne

Marion Burk Knott Secondary Scholarship

Benjamin Rohd

Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Scholarship

Nathan Prouse
Matthew Smolka

Francis X. Knott, S.J., Merit Scholarship

Joshua Aybar
Paul MacDonald
Taylor Randolph

Loyola Blakefield Ignatian Merit Scholarship Middle School

Joseph Balto
Patrick Brannon
Jameson Hawk
John Koebel
Ethan McKenna
Jordan Moore
Christopher Preller
Ethan Rohd

SENIOR MAC KELLY NAMED 2016 TROY M. VANCE '85 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
4/28/2016

Senior Mac Kelly has been named the 2016 recipient of the Troy M. Vance '85 Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a senior who resembles Troy in that he excels in sports and academics and exemplifies what it means to be a Man for Others. Mac will be attending Auburn University next year to study business. He also plans to help out with the football team. While at Loyola, he has played lacrosse and has been involved with the Boosters Club. "I'm just so shocked and honored to receive this award in Troy's name," said Kelly.

2016 Troy Vance '85 Scholarship

CYBER SCIENCE INFORMATICS PROGRAM CELEBRATES YEAR OF PARTNERSHIPS
4/28/2016

On April 27, Loyola's cyber science informatics program held its end-of-year banquet on campus to celebrate another amazing year that included the expansion of the cyber lab in Xavier Hall, along with new partnerships with the Edward St. John Foundation, and visits from members of several cyber defense companies including Tenable Network Security, Exelon Coporation, and Textron. Students also took part in several competitions throughout the year including the Maryland Cyber Challenge and the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. During the banquet, each senior was recognized by program director Mr. Steve Morrill.

2016 Cyber Security Banquet

Watch the following video which recaps the program's year:

View speeches from special guests Executive Director of the Edward St. John Foundation Sharon Akers, Senior Vice President of Solutions Engineering for Secure Channels, Inc., Adam Firestone, and Loyola Blakefield Board Member Ed Burchell, Jr. '84, P '16, '20:

 

LOYOLA ROBOTICS KICKS OFF NEW SEASON
4/28/2016

Loyola Robotics kicked off their new season last Friday at the Baltimore City Robotics Center where students from all across the Baltimore-metro area were challenged to come up with robot designs for the new season. Both our upper and middle school teams designed and presented their ideas to a panel of judges.The judges were so impressed with the middle school team's design that they received a gift card and a drone as a prize. A great kick-off to the new season for our Robo-Dons!

 

DONS INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
4/25/2016

Congratulations to the newest members of Loyola’s Herbert O’Conor Chapter of the National Honor Society. The minimum grade point average requirement for consideration is 3.75 on a 4.0 scale. Leadership, service to the school and the community, and character also play an important role in the determination of a candidate for membership. The following students were inducted on Thursday, April 21:

Andrew Ankeny
Andrew Barker
Nicholas Battaglia
Ian Batton
AJ Carver
Nicholas Cecil
Thomas Dendrinos
Patrick Elfert
Alec Feurer
Devin Franke
Declan Franklin
Louis Gaucher
Nicholas Hipolito
Brenden Huegel
Ryan Jones
Paul Kinkopf
Andrew Lala
Alexander Mamo
Jacob McErlean
Thomas McLaughlin
Brett McLoughlin
Anthony Milando, Jr.
Grant Mobley
Thomas Moran
James Moses
Patrick Norris
Olufolabomi Odekunle
John Parks
Christopher Plimpton
Luke Scaletta
Jeanvier Soungwah
Joseph Staab
Giovanni Steckel
Joseph Szymkiewicz
Daniel Tadeo
William Thornhill
Theodore Turrall
Jake Volk
Matthew Warner

(photo credit: Anthony Feurer, P '15, '17)

 

ANCIENT GREEK STUDENTS VISIT MT. VERNON
4/21/2016

-Ms. Elizabeth Olson, Classical Languages Teacher

On Friday, April 15, students studying Ancient Greece spent the day immersed in Greek culture in Mt. Vernon, the cultural center of the city of Baltimore. The day began with a walking tour of Mt. Vernon Place, identifying the Greco-Roman architectural elements of the park and the surrounding buildings. 



Pictured (L to R) at Mt. Vernon Place in front of the statue of Military Courage: Brent Peterson, Colin Stanton, Declan Aroh (kneeling), Dan Jerrems, Levone Ward, Joshua Glenn, Andrew Melvin, Stuart Schenking, Brady Wright, Grady Kuhn, Matthew Tan, Jon Pejo.

Students then enjoyed a class with Paul Espinosa, the curator of the special collections and archives at the Peabody Library, a branch of Johns Hopkins University. They were able to view and translate parts of a 14th century antiphonary as well as some Greek student textbooks from the first years of printing in the 15th century.



These textbooks are being studied as part of a project at the library called The Archaeology of Reading, by a group of international scholars who wish to “reconstruct reading strategies" and “stitch together various intellectual patchworks” in the annotations of early printed books. 

The majority of the day was spent at the Walters Art Museum, viewing their fine collection of Greek antiquities and looking for other pieces in the gallery that owed their inspiration to the Greeks. What did we find? All the art in the museum has been inspired and informed by the Greeks, as this famous piece by Paul Delaroche and his pupil Charles Beranger demonstrates.



The best part of the day to some students?  Lunch at Never On Sunday, a Greek fast-food restaurant on North Charles Street.

 

HUNDREDS OF DONS RETURN TO CAMPUS FOR REUNION STAG NIGHT & BLAKEFEST
4/20/2016

The Blakefield campus was booming with Dons old and new this past weekend as we celebrated our annual spring homecoming. On Friday night, we welcomed back members from the Classes of 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011 to celebrate their reunion years. 

2016 Reunion Stag Night

Saturday was filled with campuswide activities for all ages with varsity baseball and lacrosse games, the Dan McNeal '90 Family Fun Zone, the John H. Price '97 Alumni Lacrosse Game, our annual car show, and more.

Blakefest 2016

It was a great weekend to be a Don!

 

 

AN EVENING HONORING COACH JERRY SAVAGE
4/19/2016

On Saturday, April 16, more than 200 members from the Loyola community gathered in Knott Hall to hear from panelists Snuffy Smith '60, Pete Budko '77, and Tony Guy '78 as they paid homage to late Loyola Blakefield Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Jerry Savage. The panel was moderated by Paul McMullen of The Catholic Review.

All funds raised from ticket sales and sponsorships will go towards the Jerry Savage Merit Scholarship Fund, which was created in 2014 to help provide merit awards to incoming or enrolled students with exceptional talent in basketball and who meet Loyola’s high academic standards. To date, the initiative has garnered nearly $200,000 in support. If you would like to make a donation to the Jerry Savage Merit Scholarship Fund, please do so here.

View photos from the event, and watch the entire panel discussion below:


An Evening Honoring Jerry Savage

 

 

LOYOLA COMMUNITY TAKES PART IN RUNNERS FOR OTHERS: AN IGNATIAN 5K
4/14/2016

The 4th Annual Runners For Others: An Ignatian 5K was a success thanks to so many members of the Blakefield, Cristo Rey, and Loyola University communities who came out this past Saturday. Senior Kevin Wegner even took first place with a time just under 17 minutes, beating out last year’s winner, Director of Campus Ministry Brendan O’Kane. Congratulations to Bill Macsherry '88 and Chip Cooke '92 on another successful year organizing this great event which raises funds for all local Jesuit social ministry programs.

Read a recap of the event hereand view photos from the morning here, courtesy of Coyle Studios.

 

CHEMISTRY STUDENTS RESEARCH WAYS TO CONTAIN ZIKA VIRUS
4/13/2016

This week, students in Mrs. Pongchit's chemistry classes presented their projects on how to contain the Zika virus, which was originally discovered in Africa in the 1940s but as of late has spread to other continents including Asia and South America. 

Students were tasked with researching a chemical compound that has in some way played a role in managing the virus. Each group created a model of their compound to understand the basics of its structure, produced a video to present the pros and cons of the compound including how it works, its use, history, future applications, and examples of its success, and then debated with classmates about which compound is more effective for the treatment or prevention of the virus.

View each group's model below:

Zika Virus Chemistry Project

Here is an example of the videos students had to produce to further explain the compound to their classmates:

 

LATIN & GREEK STUDENTS TAKE PART IN MARYLAND JUNIOR CLASSICAL LEAGUE STATE CONVENTION
4/12/2016

The Loyola chapter of the Maryland Junior Classical League (MDJCL) dominated the competition at the state convention this past weekend in Easton, MD. Our Latin and Greek students took home first place in the Advanced Level, 2nd place in Level III, and 3rd place in Level II. Brady Wright ’17, Andrew Barker ’17, Andrew Melvin ’18, and Ty Schumacher ’19 were singled out for individual awards. Brady Wright was also selected to be on the governing board of the state-wide organization for next year. Volvite, Equites, Volvite!

 

2016 ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
4/11/2016

On Saturday, April 9, hundreds of Loyola faithful gathered in Knott Hall to honor 9 athletes and one coach whose combined athletic careers spanned across seven decades at Loyola. View photos from the night, and watch each honorees' acceptance speech below. 

2016 Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

 

THREE DONS NAMED DISTINCTIVE SCHOLARS BY ARCHDIOCESE OF BALTIMORE
4/11/2016

On April 5, 2016, the Archdiocese of Baltimore held its 24th Annual Distinctive Scholars Convocation at Mercy High School. This convocation honors the exceptional academic and co-curricular achievements of high school students in the Archdiocese. Bishop Denis Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore, presided over the ceremony, and each school was represented by three students. Loyola's Distinctive Scholars were seniors Ben Sullivan, Alex Wilson, and Evan Pham.

 

NJHS STUDENTS FILL EASTER BASKETS FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUTH
3/22/2016

On March 21, our National Junior Honor Society students filled and wrapped 115 Easter baskets, which were then delivered to children at St. Gregory the Great Parish in downtown Baltimore.

2016 NJHS Easter Baskets

 

MICHAEL ABROMAITIS '58 HONORED AT 2016 KELLEY MEDAL BREAKFAST
3/17/2016

On March 16, the senior class along with several generations of alumni gathered in Bunting Dining Hall to honor Michael Abromaitis '58 as this year's Rev. Joseph M. Kelley, S.J., Medal recipient. Read more about Michael and his accomplishments here, and view photos and video from the event below.

2016 Kelley Medal Breakfast


MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2020 INDUCTED INTO THE NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY
3/14/2016

On Thursday, March 10, thirty-two members of the Class of 2020 were inducted into the Loyola chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). The ceremony took place in Our Lady of Montserrat Chapel on campus. Please congratulate the following 8th grade students:

Max Bleach
Ian Bodyk
Garrett Busse
James Connolly
William Cox
Ethan Delp
Dominic Dinoto
Christopher Doyle
James Funck
Jeremiah Hannon
Demetrios Karagiorgis
Haralambos Kokkinakos
David Lamarca
Ryan Lancaster
Brayden Libby
Chase Llewellyn
Henry Mackay
Kojo Marfo-Sarbeng
Mitchell McClure
Kirkley Moessbauer
Dylan Monaghan
Conor Nicholas
Andrew Prater
Brian Ronayne
Bryan Rose
Ethan Sawyer
Ryan Sawyer
Julian Schmugge
Daniel Sheeler
Emmanuel Spanos
James Ugarte
Nathan Whitman


In order to qualify for the Loyola chapter of the NJHS, students must excel in the following areas:

Scholarship
Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence.

Service
This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.

Leadership
Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.

Character
The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.

Citizenship
The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic engagement; has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects the U.S. form of government (a representative democracy); respects the law for all citizens at the local, state, and federal levels; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility in activities such as scouting, community organizations, or school clubs. 

 

CYBER PROGRAM ADVANCES TEAM TO NATIONAL ROUND OF CYBERPATRIOT
3/4/2016

Several teams from our Cyber Science program recently completed in the Mid-Atlantic Regional round of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

We are pleased to report that Team Black (Greg Peterson, Mark McCoy, Matt Bavett, Drew Haiber, *Chris Ptak, *Brenden Huegel) captured 1st place in the region. They now advance to the national round. *Not pictured

Additionally, our Middle School Team (Brayden Libby, Henry Mackay, Manny Spanos, Gabe Pongchit, Grant Abbott, Kyle Zgorski) finished 1st in the state of Maryland and 8th overall in the nation out of 480 teams.



Overall, Loyola placed each of our teams in the top 120 nationally, with many placing in the top 35. Team Black is one of only 12 teams that has now qualified for nationals in April.

Established by the Air Force Association, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States, Canada, and from DoDD schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the preliminary online rounds win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for the live National Finals Competition, where students compete for national recognition and scholarships. 


The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association, whose mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.

CLASS OF 2017 ANOINTED AT JUNIOR MISSIONING MASS
3/1/2016

On Feb. 29, the Loyola community came together to celebrate the annual Junior Missioning Mass where all juniors were anointed with oil on their hands signifying their task to actively serve God and the community by fulfilling their service requirements for graduation over the course of the next year. During Mass, senior Conor D'Andrea had the following to say to his peers about his week-long senior service experience in Baltimore City last summer:

"Throughout the week, we went to various charity centers. We did everything from weeding and washing dishes to keeping track of an army of children. What stood out to me the most while we were doing all of this were the people we were helping. Each one had their own interesting story to tell. While we were at the Franciscan Center, we met a group of military veterans. They were the victims of rampant drug and alcohol use. However, they were some of the most kind and humble people I have ever met.

By the end of the week, I truly felt like I had accomplished something, and upheld the title as a Man for Others. I also felt like I had seen a new picture of the world I had never seen before. The experience as a whole was incredibly humbling, and I felt pretty great about myself. Then I thought, Loyola isn't here to make you great. Instead, Loyola gives you the tools to make yourself great. One of the ways you can make yourself truly great is to give back, not just to Loyola, but to the world that has given you so much, and others so little."

2016 Junior Missioning Mass

 

THREE DONS NAMED FINALISTS IN NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
2/26/2016

Seniors Jack Morton, Alex Wilson, and Evan Pham were recently named finalists for the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program, of which only 15,000 high school students were selected (less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors).

Additionally, Jack and Alex were named candidates for the 2016 United States Presidential Scholars Program. Their candidacy is based on outstanding performance on the ACT Assessment or the College Board SAT. Of the nearly 3.3 million high school seniors graduating this year, only about 4,000 students (0.1 % of students) were extended this invitation.

Jack Morton is currently a student ambassador involved in Loyola Forensics, It’s Academic, Junior Classical League, and DonZen. Evan Pham, also a student ambassador, is involved in It’s Academic and runs indoor and outdoor track. Alex Wilson serves as a Kairos leader, plays ice hockey, and participates in the cyber security club and ping pong club, of which he is the vice president.

Out of the 15,000 finalists, only half will receive a $2,500 scholarship, which are awarded on a state-representational basis. Best of luck to these three Dons, and congratulations for making it this far.

CLASS OF 2018 REFLECTS AND REFOCUSES AT SOPHOMORE RETREAT
2/25/2016

The Class of 2018 took part in the sophomore retreat earlier this week at the O'Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks, MD. This was a great opportunity for students to discuss and reflect on their high school experience thus far and learn how they can improve upon it. They also heard from several alumni and faculty members speak about the grad-at-grad goals. Thanks to retreat leader and religious studies teacher Dr. Fred Wise and Director of Campus Ministries Brendan O'Kane for their help in making this another successful retreat for our Dons!

Sophomore Retreat

 

INDOOR TRACK FINISHES SEASON AT JESUIT INVITATIONAL
2/22/2016

To conclude its season, the indoor track team finished 2nd overall at the 2016 Jesuit Invitational hosted by Georgetown Prep on Feb. 19. Great performances were had by Jeff Moran (300m Dash), Frankie Legambi (3200m Run), and our 4x200 relay team.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL ROBOTICS PLACES THIRD IN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
2/22/2016

Congratulations to our middle school robotics team, the Blakefield DON-osaurs, who placed 3rd out of 24 teams at the 2016 VEX Robotics Middle School State Championship on Saturday. View the tournament's full results here.

 

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CLOTHING & BACKPACK DRIVE HELPS SUPPORT FAMILIES IN SOUTHWEST BALTIMORE
2/22/2016

The 2016 LBAA Clothing & Backpack Drive for Paul's Place was a great success this past weekend as an entire Loyola bus was filled with items donated by our caring community. Thanks to Brett Holmes '07 & Brendan Moag '92 for organizing this event and to all those who came out to donate to help support families in southwest Baltimore.

LBAA Clothing & Backpack Drive for Paul's Place


Paul’s Place is a catalyst and leader for change, improving the quality of life in the Washington Village/Pigtown neighborhood and the surrounding Southwest Baltimore communities. Paul’s Place provides programs, services, and support that strengthen individuals and families, fostering hope, personal dignity and growth.

 

FORENSICS COMPETES IN BCFL TOURNAMENT AT WESTERN TECH
2/22/2016

Please congratulate the following students for their award-winning performances this weekend at the BCFL tournament at Western Tech:

Peter Pferdoert
Silver Medal in Dramatic Performance

Jon Pejo
Silver Medal in Impromptu Speaking
Honorable Mention in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Aidan Bissell-Siders
Gold Medal in Impromptu Speaking
Gold Medal in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Joey Ghirardelli
Honorable Mention in Children’s Literature
Honorable Mention in Oral Interpretation

Will O’Malley and Daniel Tadeo
Gold Medal in Public Forum Debate

Jack Morton
Honorable Mention in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

John Huebler
Honorable Mention in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

 

CYBER DONS TAKE 1ST AND 2ND PLACE IN STATE OF MARYLAND, OTHERS ADVANCE TO REGIONAL ROUND OF CYBERPATRIOT
2/14/2016

Several teams from Loyola Blakefield recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the seventh season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

With results from the state round of CyberPatriot in, we are proud to report that Loyola has won the state of Maryland for the third year in a row. Another team of Dons captured 2nd place in the state and Loyola will have five total teams in the regional round next weekend. The three wild card slots were secured by finishing in the top 36 nationally.

Out of the original 3,300+ teams that took part in the competition, there are 146 remaining. Following the Regional/Category Round and Middle School Division Semifinals Round February 19-21, top teams in the Open and All Service Divisions’ Platinum Tier and the top three Middle School Division teams nationally will advance to the CyberPatriot VIII Finals Competition in Washington, DC.

Additionally, our middle school team made the top 50% and now faces the challenge of making the top 3 to advance to the national finals.

Please congratulate the following team members on their advancement to the regional round:

1st Place MD: Team Refuse

Antoine Kallab
Brady Wright
Will Thornhill
Mike Maher
Nick Kristy
Dale Egbert 

2nd Place MD: Team Gold
Owen Haiber
Colin Lagator
Edward Burchell
Brian Radin
Tim Krach
Evan Novian  

Wildcard Slots: Team Black
Matt Bavett
Drew Haiber
Mark McCoy
Chris Ptak
Greg Peterson
Brenden Huegel 

Team Blue
Nigel Goldsborough
Jonah Corbin
Alex Wall
Michael Chaney
Joey Tempert
Matt Blodgett 

Team Turquoise
Henry Ballentine
Colin Bowes
Jack Connolly
Ainsley O’Garro
Michael Vaughn
Bobby Wescott 

Middle School Team
Brayden Libby
Henry Mackay
Manny Spanos
Gabe Pongchit
Grant Abbott
Kyle Zgorski


Established by the Air Force Association, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States, Canada, and from DoDD schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the preliminary online rounds win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for the live National Finals Competition, where students compete for national recognition and scholarships. 

The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association, whose mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage. 

 

STUDENT BLOOD DRIVE HELPS SAVE MORE THAN 200 LIVES
2/12/2016

The American Red Cross Student Blood Drive took place on Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Four-Court Gym where 78 students along with some parents and faculty members donated enough blood to help save 219 lives. 

Some highlights included sophomore Damian Stifter making a donation in honor of his mother, whose life was recently saved thanks to donor blood, senior Tanner Selby making a double red donation, and Mr. James Katchko reaching his 9-gallon milestone, meaning he's given 72 pints of blood in his lifetime. Also, David Olinde, owner of Smoothie King, long-time American Red Cross donor, and proud supporter of Loyola Blakefield, has donated 120 smoothies during the last five student blood drives at Loyola. 

Thanks to the support of our community, Loyola Blakefield continues to run one of the most successful high school blood drives in the area, year after year. 

Student Blood Drive

JAZZ COMBO BANDS COMPETE IN 2016 BERKLEE HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ FESTIVAL
2/11/2016

On Feb. 6, Loyola Blakiefield's Jazz Combo Blue and Jazz Combo Gold performed at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston for the 2016 Berklee High School Jazz Festival. Jazz Combo Blue came in 2nd place out of five schools in their division, and Jazz Combo Gold placed 7th out of 14 schools in their division.  

More importantly, however, is the fact that the ratings of both combos fell in the range of "excellent" based on national high school music festival rating scales. In addition, the judges were extremely impressed that, although typically high schools perform music from major publishers at these festivals, Jazz Combo Gold performed their own original arrangements and Jazz Combo Blue performed their own original songs and arrangements, all of which were created by ear.

Congratulations to these Dons on their very successful performances. Photos courtesy of Kristin Vogel, P '19, and Betsy Moran, P '16, '17.


2016 Berklee High School Jazz Festival

A TASTE OF BLAKEFIELD 2016
2/10/2016

On the evening of Saturday, February 6, more than 800 members from the Loyola community gathered in Knott Hall for A Taste of Blakefield, where they experienced some of the best food and drink the Baltimore-metro area has to offer. Special thanks go out to event chairman Ben Yingling ’02, James McCeney ’98 of Bridges Wine Company who donated multiple cases of wine for the grab-bag fundraiser, Matt McErlean, P’17, for providing the music, all of our loyal vendors for their generous contributions, and the many volunteers who worked diligently to make sure the night ran smoothly.

A note from Loyola Blakefield Alumni Association President Tim Sullivan '89:

"The Alumni Association proudly plays a very active role in life at Blakefield. Whether we are hosting service projects, coordinating golf tournaments or pick-up basketball leagues, providing business networking opportunities for fellow graduates, or putting on fundraisers, our goal is to help foster and support the spiritual, mental, and moral welfare of our beloved alma mater. For example, the funds raised at events likes A Taste of Blakefield support an endowed scholarship fund benefiting the sons of our fellow alumni for whom a Loyola education would be otherwise unattainable. Your support makes this possible, and we are very grateful. Hope to see you next year!"


A Taste of Blakefield 2016

 

MICHAEL ABROMAITIS '58 NAMED 2016 KELLEY MEDAL RECIPIENT
2/5/2016

Congratulations to Michael Abromaitis '58 who was recently named the 2016 Rev. Joseph M. Kelley, S.J., Medal recipient.

Working in law for more than 40 years, Mike Abromaitis is currently an attorney with Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP, where he specializes in corporate/business law, nonprofits, estates, and trusts. He graduated from Loyola University in 1962 and the University of Maryland Law School in 1967. Additionally, he completed his Master of Laws at Georgetown University in 1971 and an MLA at Johns Hopkins in 1990. During his time at Loyola, he was a member of the football team. 

He has served on numerous boards of local nonprofits, including Loyola Blakefield, Baltimore Opera Company, Walters Art Gallery, and Notre Dame Preparatory School. He also served as an Infantry Company Commander in the U.S. Army and was Airborne and Ranger qualified. He is the proud recipient of the Korean Defense Service Medal. Mike has received the papal honor of "Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem." He was also accepted into membership of Legatus, a referral and education group which recognizes Catholic business leaders throughout the country.

In addition to his professional career and involvement in local charities and nonprofits, Mike has been an ardent supporter of the mission of Loyola Blakefield and a mentor to many fellow Dons. In nominating him for the award, a classmate stated that Mike “has proudly carried the ‘Men for Others’ banner in each and every of his many meaningful endeavors. He is a Don we all can emulate and proudly claim as one of our very best!” 

Please join us in honoring Michael at this year’s Kelley Medal Breakfast on March 16 at 8:00 a.m. in Bunting Dining Hall. Registration will soon be available here.

Named in honor of Rev. Joseph M. Kelley, S.J., the Kelley Medal recognizes his dedication and commitment to educating Loyola students in physics and mathematics for nearly 40 years. As such, the Kelley Medal is regarded as the highest form of recognition given to a Loyola alumnus. It recognizes an alumnus who is outstanding by reason of distinction gained in business, profession, or by his outstanding participation in ecclesiastical or civic affairs. In addition, the alumnus is recognized for how his personal, family, and public life serves as a role model and example to the students and graduates of Loyola Blakefield. The medal was first presented in 1962 to the late Edward J. Donnelly ’33, the first lay member of the Loyola Blakefield Board of Trustees. 

 

LOYOLA HOSTS EXCHANGE STUDENTS FROM CHILE
2/4/2016

From February 4 through April 18, Loyola Blakefield is hosting five international students (Pablo Artal, Nicolás Craig, Andrés Espinoza, Diego Rojas, and Diego Salazar) from Colegio San Luis, a Jesuit high school in Antofagasta, Chile. During this time, each student will live with a Loyola host family, attend classes at Loyola, and take part in several clubs and activities. They have their own schedules which have been designed specifically to meet their needs.  

Their goals are threefold: to acquire more skills and confidence in using the English language; to gain a better cultural understanding of the U.S.; and to interact with as many local students as possible.  To aid them in the transition, each student has also been assigned a Spanish-speaking advisor.

Please take some time to welcome our guests when you see them on campus.


 

 

LOYOLA BASKETBALL TO PARTICIPATE IN COACHES VS. CANCER: SUITS AND SNEAKERS WEEKEND
1/5/2016

This Friday, our basketball program will be taking part in the 3rd Annual Coaches vs. Cancer: Suits and Sneakers Weekend fundraiser, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. In the first two years of this event, the Loyola basketball program raised over $6,000 for the American Cancer Society.

During the school day on Friday we are inviting all faculty, staff, and students to wear sneakers with their normal school attire to show support for the cause. The basketball teams will also be collecting optional donations in the dining hall during lunch periods. That evening, JV will take on St. Frances Academy at 5:15 p.m. in the Joseph E. Peters '55 Performance Gym and varsity will play at 7 p.m. There will be a food stand from which all profits will go directly to the basketball program's fundraising efforts.

We hope you will join us in our efforts to raise awareness and help fight cancer again this year by coming out to watch some exciting high school basketball on Friday night while cheering on your Dons!

 

CLASS OF 2016 ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED
1/4/2016
The following members of the Loyola Blakefield community will be inducted into the Loyola Blakefield Athletics Hall of Fame on April 9, 2016:

Marion J. Balcerzak ’51 (Football, Baseball)
Alex Cummings ’60 (Basketball, Tennis)*
Corky Hartzell ’61 (Football)*
James Q. Ball ’65 (Golf)
Paul Feeley ’71 (Basketball)
Henry Hooper ’72 (Football, Wrestling, Lacrosse)
John Patzschke ’73 (Swimming)
Jim Buczek ’88 (Football, Lacrosse)
Blake Holden ’90 (Cross Country, Wrestling, Lacrosse)
Keith Schertle (Water Polo & Swimming Coach)

      *deceased

The Loyola Blakefield Hall of Fame was established to honor the accomplishments of players and coaches who have made a significant contribution and brought recognition and lasting fame to athletics at Blakefield. Candidates who are alumni of Loyola Blakefield must be graduated at least ten years.

Further details about the induction ceremony will be published soon. Contact Julia Rineman for any questions.

 

SWIM TEAM COMPLETES 100 MILE SWIM
12/23/2015

The Loyola Blakefield Swim Team started its annual 100 Mile Swim at 8 a.m. on Dec. 22 and finished the 6,600 laps by 11:50 a.m. on Dec. 23. Students took turns swimming a combined 100 miles for nearly 28 hours straight to support the Timothy O. Pierce '60 Scholarship Fund in memory of Mr. Tim Pierce, who served many roles throughout his 38-year career at Loyola Blakefield, but perhaps is most remembered for his presence on the pool deck as Loyola Blakefield's swimming coach. If you'd like to make a gift to the scholarship fund, visit loyolablakefield.org/piercescholarship.

Watch WMAR-TV's coverage of the event here.


100 Mile Swim

 

TWO STUDENTS NAMED SPEECH & DEBATE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS
12/15/2015

Congratulations to seniors Aidan Bissell-Siders and Jack Morton who were recognized as Academic All-Americans by the National Speech & Debate Association this week for their outstanding performance in both academics and forensics.

Recipients must maintain a GPA between 3.7 – 4.0, earn an ACT score of 27 or higher and/or a combined SAT score of 2,000 or higher, hold a National Speech & Debate Association degree of Superior Distinction or higher within the Honor Society (750 or more degree points earned through speaking competition and/or service activities), and they must demonstrate outstanding character and leadership. Only 11 other Dons have ever received this recognition in the history of the program. 

View the entire press release.

 

ART STUDENTS DESIGN LOYOLA CHRISTMAS CARDS
12/15/2015

For a second consecutive year, students in Mrs. Petr's drawing and advanced studio classes designed Christmas cards for the Blakefield community. View their artwork in the video below:

 

SENIOR ROBOTICS TEAM PLACES THIRD AT VEX QUALIFIER
12/14/2015

On Dec. 12, Loyola Robotics took part in the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute/Western High School VEX Qualifier where the senior team of Steven Youngblood and Aiden Bissel-Siders finished with a 6-0 record, placing 3rd out of 44 teams. View full competition results here.

 

LOYOLA PATRIOTS CLUB TAKES PART IN NATIONAL WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY
12/14/2015

On Saturday, the Loyola Patriots Club participated in National Wreaths Across America Day for a second consecutive year by helping place over 2,500 wreaths (500 of which were collected by the club) on soldiers' graves at Baltimore National Cemetery in Catonsville. Patriots Club Vice President Casey Ford was honored to place one of the seven ceremonial wreaths during the opening program. Thanks to everyone who sponsored a wreath and to the members of the Loyola community who volunteered at the cemetery on Saturday. Learn more about the Wreaths Across America initiative here.

 

2015 Wreaths Across America Event

 

 

2015 ADOPT-A-FAMILY DRIVE
12/11/2015

On December 10, students, faculty, and parents wrapped and delivered nearly 2,500 gifts for 87 families (more than 400 individuals) in need this Christmas season. The families are members of St. Gregory the Great Parish in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore. Thanks to all who help make this annual event such a success.

 

2015 Adopt-A-Family Drive

 

 

LOYOLA ROBOTICS COMPETES IN HEREFORD STAMPEDE INVITATIONAL
12/8/2015

On Dec. 5, our Robotics teams competed in the 4th Annual Hereford Zone Robotics (HZR) Stampede at Hereford Middle School. Congratulations to Steven Youngblood '16 and Aiden Bissel-Siders '16 who placed 7th out of 44 teams. Also, congratulations to Bobby Wescott '18 and John Parks '17 who were finalists in the elimination rounds and secured an invitation to the Maryland State Championship in March. View the full competition results here.

 

LOYOLA FORENSICS TAKES PART IN GEORGE MASON PATRIOT GAMES TOURNAMENT
12/7/2015

This past weekend, the speech & debate team competed at the George Mason Patriot Games tournament on the school's campus in Fairfax, Va. This is the largest fall high school tournament on the East Coast. Congratulations to the following students for their award-winning performances:

Luke Scaletta – Quarterfinalist in Original Oratory

Anthony Price and Patrick Redrick – Quarterfinalists in Duo Interpretation

John Huebler – Double Octafinalist in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Jack Morton – Double Octafinalist in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Joshua Turner – Double Octafinalist in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

 

2015 HOMECOMING WEEK RECAP
12/2/2015

Leading up to the 96th Annual Turkey Bowl, we held several events on campus throughout the week for our students and alumni.

Student Pep Rally

 

Alumni Flag Football Tournament

2015 Alumni Flag Football Tournament

 

Homecoming Bull & Oyster Roast

2015 Homecoming Bull & Oyster Roast

MIDDLE SCHOOL ROBOTICS TEAM EARNS BID TO STATE FINALS
11/23/2015

Our middle school robotics team (the DON-osaurs) competed in the Baltimore County Middle School Robotics Fall Classic on Nov. 21 at Hereford High School where they finished 2nd overall out of 15 teams after the qualification rounds and were finalists in the elimination round. Their solid performance earned them an invitation to the Maryland State Championship in March. Congratulations to Benick Mbaya, Graham Goldsborough, Joe Taylor, Andrew Polum, and Jack Klug. View full results from the tournament here.

Roll Robo-Dons Roll!

IGNITE! 2015 FRESHMAN RETREAT
11/19/2015

We hosted our annual IGNITE! Freshman Retreat this past weekend. According to Director of Campus Ministries Brendan O'Kane, the goal of IGNITE! is to provide freshmen with an opportunity to spark or reignite their relationship with God and their fellow Dons.

The overnight retreat held on campus offered team building activities, liturgy, time for guided meditation, opportunities to hear from faculty, friends, and Steve Pomplon '02, service director at Notre Dame Prep. Freshmen also took part in small group discussion and activities led by juniors and seniors. Over 100 student and faculty volunteers helped make this event such a success.

View a slideshow of this year's retreat here.

STUDENTS ATTEND 18TH ANNUAL IGNATIAN FAMILY TEACH-IN FOR JUSTICE
11/12/2015

This past weekend, nine Loyola students accompanied by three chaperones joined more than 1,700 students from Jesuit colleges and high schools across the globe at the 18th Annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. The weekend-long event organized by the Ignatian Solidarity Network is an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together.

"It is a place where people are empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked," said Ben Horgan, Director of Ignatian Mission & Identity. This year, students had the opportunity to hear presentations from Sr. Helen Prejean,  Fr. James Martin, SJ, and many other men and women of faith who advocate for social justice within the Ignatian tradition. 

As part of this gathering, participants learn to become advocates for their community by meeting with their state legislators on Capitol Hill. On Monday, students from Loyola Blakefield and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore met with Senator Ben Cardin and urged him to continue his work in fighting for comprehensive and humane immigration reform. 

Some of our students are shown in the following video produced by American Media, an offshoot of American Magazine:

 

VETERANS AND SENIORS RECOGNIZED AT FINAL HOME FOOTBALL GAME
11/9/2015

On Saturday, Nov. 7, we celebrated our seniors and veterans on Hargaden Field at the last home football game of the season. The opening ceremony included an introduction of each senior followed by a USMC Color Guard, the national anthem, and the unfurling of a 20-yard American flag on the field. During a special presentation at halftime, the Loyola Patriots Club awarded its inaugural Patriots Medal to alumnus Larry Watts '54 and co-founders of Mission BBQ, Steve Newton and Bill Kraus (accepted by Paul Sattler, Director of Operations for Maryland, on their behalf), for their outstanding service to our country. All veterans in attendance from the Loyola community, Riverdale Baptist community, and the local community were invited to stand and be recognized during the ceremony as well. The Dons capped off a memorable day with a 29-26 comeback victory over Riverdale Baptist School.

2015 Salute to Service & Senior Day

CYBER SCIENCE PROGRAM GARNERS NATIONAL ATTENTION AT NICE CONFERENCE
11/4/2015

Loyola was in the national spotlight with a standing-room only crowd of top industry professionals at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference in San Diego this week, where Mr. Steve Morrill moderated a panel on how Loyola built one of the first cyber high school programs in the country.

Owen Haiber '16 also joined the panel and provided his perspective as a student. Other members of the panel included Kevin Nolten (Director of Academic Outreach for the Cyber Innovation Center), Joseph Tront (Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech), and Kirsten Davies (Vice President and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer at Hewlett-Packard).

LATIN & GREEK STUDENTS COMPETE IN MARYLAND JUNIOR CLASSICAL LEAGUE TOURNAMENT
11/2/2015

On Saturday, four teams of Latin and Greek students from Loyola's Junior Classical League (JCL) club participated in a statewide Maryland JCL tournament at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. The tournament included trivia about Latin and Greek language, mythology, history, culture, and literature. Two teams won their division while another placed third. Congratulations to the following students, who represented Loyola so well:

Advanced Level - 1st Place
Garvey Stalter
Nick Lippa
Brady Wright

Level Three - 1st Place
Drew Haiber
Austin Foster
Jack Huey

Level Two - 3rd Place
Andrew Melvin
Matthew Tan
Alex Pongchit
Ainsley O’Garro
Nicholas Gomezjurado

Volvite Equites Volvite (Roll Dons Roll)!

 

9TH ANNUAL MICHAEL DESTINO '13 MEMORIAL RUN
11/2/2015

Our middle school took part in the 9th Annual Michael Destino '13 Memorial Run on Oct. 30. Michael was a rising seventh grader in 2007 whose life, as well as his father’s, was tragically cut short as the result of an automobile accident. Every year at the end of October, middle school students run a one-mile race on the field across from Sheridan Hall in memory of their fellow Don. 

9th Annual Michael Destino '13 Memorial Run

CYBER SCIENCE PROGRAM WINS THIRD CONSECUTIVE MARYLAND CYBER CHALLENGE
10/29/2015

Several students in Loyola's Cyber Science program competed in the live finals of the Maryland Cyber Challenge on Wednesday, Oct. 28, as part of the CyberMaryland Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center.

For the third straight year, Loyola's Gold Team won the competition. It was a hard-fought comeback win for the Dons who trailed in 3rd place up until the end. Members of the Gold Team include Owen Haiber, Colin Lagator, Brian Radin, Tim Krach, Evan Novian, and Ed Burchell.


The competition requires some intense preparation spanning across several months with qualifying rounds for teams to go through before they can even make it to the live finals, which took nearly 9 hours to complete. Loyola had two other teams in the finals as well:

Team Blue: Alex Wall, Jonah Corbin, Nigel Goldsborough, Joey Tempert, and Michael Chaney

Team Cardboard: David Savitsky, Daniele Lonsdale, Steven Youngblood, Ryan Saladino, and Robert Spear

Aside from the competition, students had a chance to meet several industry leaders and government officials while attending the conference. Pictured below is Maryland Secretary of Commerce, R. Michael Gill, with our Blue Team.


FORENSICS COMPETES IN BCFL TOURNAMENT AT CARVER
10/27/2015

The following Dons had award-winning performances at this weekend’s BCFL tournament at Carver Vocational Tech High School:

Casey Piparo & Tre Barr
Silver Medal in Duo Interpretation

Anthony Price & Patrick Redrick
Silver Medal in Duo Interpretation

Nigel Goldsborough
Silver Medal in Extemporaneous Speaking                                   
Gold Medal in Impromptu Speaking (perfect score)

Patrick Redrick
Honorable Mention in Impromptu Speaking                           
Silver Medal in Extemporaneous Speaking

Jon Pejo
Honorable Mention in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Chris Garliss
Honorable Mention in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Josh Turner
Silver Medal in Lincoln-Douglas Debate (undefeated record)

Gio Steckel
Honorable Mention in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Jack Morton
Bronze Medal in Lincoln-Douglas Debate (undefeated record)

Anthony Price
Bronze Medal in Individual Sweepstakes (From BCFL #1)

Luke Scaletta
Silver Medal in Individual Sweepstakes (From BCFL #1)

 

LOYOLA ROBOTICS COMPETES IN NORTHWEST MARYLAND REGIONAL ROBOTICS EVENT
10/26/2015

On October 24, Loyola Robotics traveled to Westminster to compete against 35 Maryland teams at the Northwest Regional Robotics Competition. Both middle school and high school teams finished 3-3 during qualifiers, but showed great teamwork and perseverance through 60 rounds of head-to-head robotics action. View the competition's full results here.

After finishing towards the middle of the pack, both teams are still in search of a bid to the Maryland State Championships in the spring, which the program has competed in for three consecutive years.

2015 Northwest Maryland VEX Robotics Competition

JOSEPH BRUNE '52 HONORED WITH CONCOURSE DEDICATION
10/26/2015

Legendary Loyola Blakefield Football Coach  Joseph Brune '52 was honored before Saturday's varsity football game on Hargaden Field with the dedication of the J. Joseph Brune '52 Concourse and the unveiling of a bust which stands at the center of the concourse. Coach Brune served as Loyola Blakefield's head football coach for 35 years, posting a 212-139-1 record and five conference championships.

The entire Brune family was in attendance, along with so many of Joe's friends, former players/managers, students, and colleagues. In his remarks, Coach Brune acknowledged his love of his players, the many colleagues he encountered at Loyola, and his wife, Sheila, for her loving support. He concluded his remarks with an expression of gratitude for his career at Loyola: "I think Loyola has given me much more than I've given Loyola."

View WBAL-TV's coverage below:


View photos from the day:

Joseph Brune '52 Concourse Dedication Ceremony

FR. BRUCE STEGGERT, SJ, RECEIVES ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA MEDAL
10/26/2015

Fr. Bruce Steggert, SJ, was honored by the Gonzaga College High School community on Sunday, Oct. 25, in Washington, D.C., where he was awarded the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the Gonzaga community for service to the school and community. Fr. Steggert served as a biology teacher there for 19 years from 1993-2012 before coming to Blakefield.

"I am very humbled and grateful to have been selected for such an honor from a community that has meant so much to me over the years," said Steggert. "As I look toward the future, I hope to continue similar work with the extraordinary community here at Blakefield."

President Anthony Day was in attendance, accompanied by Brendan O'Kane, Director of Campus Ministries, Ben Horgan, Director of Ignatian Mission and Identity, and Hillary Horgan, Administrative Assistant to Director of College Counseling.




STUDENTS COLLECT NEARLY 5,000 FOOD ITEMS FOR FALL FOOD DRIVE
10/23/2015

Students collected nearly 5,000 nonperishable food items from the Loyola community for our annual Fall Food Drive. The food items were delivered to St. Gregory's Parish in Baltimore on Friday, October 23. The food will be distributed to families within that parish community in northwest Baltimore. Thanks to all who helped support this great cause!

 

CYBER SCIENCE STUDENTS VISIT KASPERSKY GOVERNMENT SECURITY SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
10/23/2015

Several students in our Cyber Science Program attended the Kaspersky Government Security Solutions (KGSS) Conference at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 20. The theme of this year's conference was "Unlikely Bedfellows – Privacy, anonymity, technology and security." Keynote addresses were delivered by Former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Lt. General (Ret.) Michael Flynn, Adam Firestone, President & General Manager of KGSS, and Congressman Michael T. McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Kaspersky Government Security Solutions (KGSS) designs, implements and delivers world-class cybersecurity intelligence products, services, and customize solutions to the U.S. Government, their contractors, and the National Critical Infrastructure sector. 
KGSS was formed in response to Eugene Kaspersky’s drive to “save the world” by working with government, as well as other public and private entities, that are committed to achieving a safe, stable, and secure cyber ecosystem.

 

FORMER U.S. NAVY SEAL SPEAKS AT BLAKEFIELD
10/14/2015

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, former U.S. Navy SEAL lieutenant and author Jason Redman spoke to Loyola Blakefield students, staff, and faculty about his journey to becoming a SEAL and the adversity he overcame both before and after he was severely wounded by a near fatal shot to the face on a special ops mission in Iraq in 2007, which resulted in four years of reconstructive surgery.

He urged students to foster principles that make up an "elite performer" including leadership, teamwork, and setting goals for success. As he recalled stories from his SEAL and Army Ranger training days, he also told students to befriend those who they can depend on and to always stay humble.

Redman kept mentioning his "overcome mindset," the idea that you can and will overcome any obstacle in life so long as you have the right attitude and people surrounding you.

During a brief Q&A session, students asked questions like, "Do you believe war is necessary?" and "What was the hardest part of your training?"

After the assembly, several students gathered around Redman to shake his hand and introduce themselves.

Learn more about Jason Redman here.

P.A.K. STUDENT ACADEMIC COMMONS INTRODUCES COLLABORATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
10/7/2015

 

The P.A.K. Student Academic Commons located on the main floor of Burk Hall officially opened this morning. This innovative student learning center fully funded by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Karpers, P '19, features 13 computer work stations, a wireless printer, a whiteboard, a 70-inch television monitor, and Wi-Fi accessibility for up to 80 devices.

"The boys needed a place where they could work collaboratively," said Principal John Marinacci. "It's very much a model for educational spaces in schools in the 21st century, a place where you can come and check your email, convene, talk, and work as a group."

The room was opened for a brief period in previous weeks to get feedback from students, who flocked to the space with enthusiasm. During this time, students were able to watch Pope Francis's address to congress during his visit to the United States.

"There is a lot of flexibility in the room," said Mr. Steve Morrill, Director of Technology. "With our sophomore 1:1 pilot program there are plenty of charging stations for their Microsoft Surface devices and an additional 13 computer stations for students not involved in the pilot program."

Additionally, the 70-inch monitor mounted in the corner of the room serves a couple different purposes. 

"They can pull in broadcast television, see important announcements from the school throughout the day, and most importantly, wirelessly stream content from their devices so that if they are working on a group project, everyone can see what's going on."

The furniture can also be easily manipulated so that if students want or need to break away and form separate groups or work individually, they can.

Of course this space would not be possible without the generous support of the Karpers family and we thank them for helping make this a place on campus for our Dons to collaborate and grow.

"Amanda and I have fallen in love with Loyola and we are blown away to see this all come together and the amount of work people have put into it," said Mr. Karpers. "It really exceeds all of our expectations."

 

 

LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD INKS PARTNERSHIP WITH UNDER ARMOUR
9/23/2015

Loyola Blakefield has entered into a five-year partnership with Under Armour, designating the Baltimore-based performance apparel company as its official outfitter of the school’s athletic teams. “We are thrilled to enter into a partnership with Under Armour,” said Principal John Marinacci. “While globally recognized, they are a local company, and very much part of the fabric of the Baltimore area, much like Loyola.” 

Brant Hall ’98 serves as head coach of the varsity football team and knows that Loyola’s student athletes are excited about the partnership as well.  “It is great for our school and community at large,” said Hall. “The uniforms and apparel are innovative, and the quality of the gear is second to none. The boys are excited to wear the UA Logo and support a home-grown brand.”

Loyola currently fields 17 premier varsity sports teams and competes within the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) “A” Conference. Some teams are already outfitted with Under Armour apparel, while others will be phased in over the course of the year. The partnership provides a discount to the school and extends Under Armour’s mission to create connectivity within the local community and build pride between the schools and the teams they represent. “Beyond their quality products, Under Armour’s philanthropic involvement is something that aligns well with our mission. Through this partnership we are able to provide our students with the best materials available and partner with a socially-conscious company,” said Marinacci.

About Under Armour
Founded in 1996 by former University of Maryland football player Kevin Plank, Under Armour is the originator of performance apparel - gear engineered to keep athletes cool, dry and light throughout the course of a game, practice or workout. The technology behind Under Armour's diverse product assortment for men, women and youth is complex, but the program for reaping the benefits is simple: wear HeatGear® when it's hot, ColdGear® when it's cold, and AllSeasonGear® between the extremes.

Under Armour’s mission is to make all athletes better through passion, design and the relentless pursuit of innovation.

 

 

THE LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD PLAYERS ANNOUNCE THEIR 2015-16 SEASON
9/18/2015

The Loyola Blakefield Players are pleased to announce their 2015-16 season. The first show is the comedy “Ah, Wilderness!” by Eugene O’Neill, which runs from October 16 – 25, 2015. This play is a semi-autobiographical story about a young man who learns the way the world works one hot summer night in New Haven, Connecticut.

The next two shows are musicals: “Hairspray,” based on the New Line Cinema film by notable Baltimorean John Waters, opens on March 4 and runs through March 13, 2016, and follows the adventures of the Turnblad family as they help to desegregate Baltimore in the early 1960s. The final production of the season is “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” based on the famous comic strip by Charles Schultz will be presented May 5 - 8, 2016.

All performances of the 2015-16 season will be presented in the Mary G. Creaghan Library on the Loyola Blakefield Campus, 500 Chestnut Avenue, Towson, Md., 21204. Performance times are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m., with Sunday matinees presented at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $6 for students and may be purchased in advance online or at the door. For more information call The Loyola Blakefield Players at (443) 841-3224.


BIAFRA OKORONKWO '16 NAMED 14TH ANNUAL DAN McNEAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT
9/16/2015

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 14th Annual Daniel W. McNeal '90 Scholarship Award is senior Ndukwo Biafra Okoronkwo.

Biafra, as most know him, carries on Dan's legacy as an exemplary Don in every aspect. Teachers are unanimous in their praise of Biafra as a student and a person. One describes him as “warm, passionate, disciplined and caring.” Another notes he is “well-rounded and eager for knowledge.” He is a student who gives one-hundred percent all of the time in a staggering number of activities and interests.

As a peer educator, Biafra is immediately disarming and younger students and team members gravitate to him. His enthusiasm for his classes is evident in his passion for learning, perhaps only to be outweighed by the joy with which he participates in the life of the Loyola community. As the running back on the varsity football team, he also runs track, plays in the concert band, participates in the Blakefield Players, and is a member of the National Honor Society.  

"Biafra has stood out to me since I arrived on campus last fall," said Principal John Marinacci. "He's involved in every facet of student life here, and I cannot think of a better candidate for this year's award."

Recently, he earned a scholarship from the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, which allowed him to travel to Morocco and study Arabic for six weeks this past summer. He was one of only 620 competitively selected high school students from across the United States who received this scholarship. 

Putting all of that aside, if one were to ask anyone who knows this young man what his most enduring attribute is, the answer would unanimously be Biafra’s wonderful, genuine smile. It warms the room and exudes a sense of joy and care wherever he may be. Biafra exemplifies what it means to be a Loyola Don in the same ways that Dan McNeal did. 


The Daniel W. McNeal '90 Scholarship Award is given in loving memory of Dan McNeal, member of the Loyola Blakefield class of 1990, and recipient of the Loyola Alumni Medal.  Dan died tragically in the World Trade Center Towers on the morning of September 11, 2001. Dan led his life, giving of himself and thinking of others first. This award is given to that member of the junior or senior class who embodies the characteristics that we hold dear in Jesuit education- one who lives his faith in word and deed, displays academic excellence, is actively engaged in his community, and most of all, exemplifies a man for others.

Watch Mark Dixon '90 recall what it was like knowing Dan McNeal and the presentation of the award at this year's Mass of the Holy Spirit in the Hollow:

MEET LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD'S NEWEST FACULTY AND STAFF
9/14/2015

We are proud to introduce the many new faces of Loyola Blakefield's faculty/staff for the 2015-16 school year.


Kristi Skinner, Library Staff

Kristi Skinner will be working with our library staff.  She has a great background in office management and a wide range of experiences as a school and library volunteer.  Kristi is the mother of sophomore Charlie, Ben (6th grade), and Will (8th grade).

Anthony Zehyoue, History Teacher
A native of Monrovia, Liberia, Anthony Zehyoue moved to the United States when he was five. For the last 24 years he has resided in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University for undergraduate and graduate school. In 2007, he completed his undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with a concentration in history, and in 2009 he earned his graduate degree with a Master of Arts in Teaching. Also while at LSU, he was a member of the football team from 2004-07. For the last six years he has been a member of the history department at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge founded by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, where he taught American history, world history, Louisiana history, and health. At Loyola, he is teaching four sections of world history and one section of geography. He also serves as the offensive line coach for the football team. He is a newlywed of nine months to his wife, Leah, who serves as an assistant professor of literacy in the graduate department at Loyola University. He looks forward to positively contributing to the Loyola Blakefield community.

Andrew Monteleone, Mathematics Teacher
Andrew Monteleone is new to the Loyola math department and is currently teaching college prep geometry, honors geometry, and college prep calculus. He is also coaching the Forensics team. Andrew has a Bachelor of Science in theoretical mathematics from Stevens Institute of Technology and is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in secondary education mathematics at Loyola University Maryland. He has moved to Baltimore from Staten Island, NY, after teaching for twenty years in the fields of math, physics, forensics, and drama at Monsignor Farrell High School. Andrew is thankful that Loyola Blakefield has provided such a wonderful opportunity to not only further his professional development and education, but to work with and mentor such talented and motivated students.

Ben Rubeor '04, Assistant Director of Admissions
Ben Rubeor returns to Loyola Blakefield as the Assistant Director of Admissions and the Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach. A 2004 graduate of Loyola, he previously served as the Assistant Athletic Director and Head Lacrosse Coach at St. Mary’s High School, where he won the 2015 MIAA 'A' Conference Lacrosse Championship. While a student at Loyola Blakefield, he was a member of the National Honor Society, an All-American lacrosse player, and the winner of the C. Markland Kelly Award. After Loyola, Ben went on to the University of Virginia where he was named a two-time Academic All-American, the 2008 ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year for Men’s Lacrosse, and a three-time All-American. He received a bachelor’s degree in English and completed a master’s degree in finance, both from the University of Virginia. Ben played 8 seasons for the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the MLL and served as a team captain on two MLL championship teams in 2012 and 2013. He returns to Loyola to help guide boys to become men for others. Ben lives in Roland Park with his wife, Binny, and daughter, Madeleine. 

Mary Thielen, Middle School Band Director
Mary Thielen is the new Middle School Band Director at Loyola Blakefield. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance and a Master of Music Education degree from the Boston Conservatory. Prior to coming to Loyola, Mrs. Thielen taught in local Baltimore-area Catholic schools teaching instrumental music to grades 4 through 8.  Mrs. Thielen is excited about working at a school where God is a central part of the education and values of the students and staff.  She is also inspired by the school’s philosophy of “men for others” and looks forward to serving as much as possible within the school community and beyond.  In her spare time, Mrs. Thielen enjoys yoga, chocolate, and live music.

Brian Marana '00, Religion Teacher
Brian Marana ’00 graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies – Philosophy and Psychology.  He spent a semester of college in Beijing, China, studying with The Beijing Center (TBC), a Jesuit-run study abroad program.  After graduation, he worked for The Beijing Center as a recruiter, encouraging students at Jesuit universities all around the United States to study in China. He then moved to the Philippines and worked as a religion teacher, international programs coordinator, and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Coordinator at Xavier School, a Jesuit school in Manila. He is currently finishing a master’s degree in education at the Ateneo de Manila (also a Jesuit university). As an alumnus, Brian is excited to be back here at Loyola where he will be teaching religion to freshmen and sophomores, and looking to get involved in Loyola’s spiritual and service-based activities.  He will also be moderating the Asian Student Union.

Joseph Scheide '11, Interim Director of Ignatian Service
Mr. Scheide, a member of the Class of 2011, earned his bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2015. During his time at Mount St. Mary’s, Mr. Scheide was actively involved in the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Campus Ministries, and the Admissions Office. He looks forward to bringing his experience back to Loyola Blakefield. In his time as a Don, Mr. Scheide developed a passion for the Loyola community and a deep understanding of the importance of a Jesuit education in the lives of young men. For these reasons, Mr. Scheide was eager to find a role for himself at Loyola and is thrilled to be working in the Ignatian Service Office. In his current role, Mr. Scheide organizes the daily and summer service trips, as well as moderates the student-led service committee.

Matthew McDonough, Director of Aquatics
Matthew McDonough will be serving as Loyola Blakefield’s Director of Aquatics as well as Head Varsity Swimming & Water Polo Coach. A member of the Towson University Swimming & Diving team from 2000-04, Matthew also served as an assistant coach in the program. Since 2009, he has advanced to Associate Head Coach and Head Age Group Coach at Eagle Swim Team (EST) in Owings Mills. He also served as Middle School Physical Education Instructor at McDonogh School, where he assisted with the water polo and swimming & diving teams. “Loyola Blakefield is an institution that is known and respected for being ambitious and undaunted in developing men for others,” said McDonough. “I embrace the opportunity to continue the proud legacy of excellence at Loyola.”

Whitney Myers, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Whitney Myers is serving as our new Marketing & Communications Coordinator. She is a graduate of Towson University, with a degree in art specializing in graphic design. Previous to her arrival at Loyola, Whitney worked for a direct mail nonprofit fundraising agency, serving a variety of nationwide nonprofits such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, SPCA, Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association, and many more. She has a wide range of experience in print design and marketing, from large corporations and industries to small businesses and nonprofit associations.  She has even worked for SAGE Dining Services, providing support to Loyola even before becoming an official part of the community. Whitney has always had a passion for education and helping others, traits that will undoubtedly contribute to her success here at Loyola.

Dan Knapp, Religion Teacher
Dan Knapp grew up in Williamsburg, VA, and was introduced to Jesuit education at Georgetown University from which he graduated with a degree in classics in 1998. He began teaching religion as a volunteer for the Marist Brothers in West Virginia and then moved on to teaching religion and Latin at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield, CT. He spent eight years there teaching, mentoring, and coaching track and cross country. In 2007, he returned to Washington, D.C., and taught at the newly- opened Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park. In D.C., he reconnected with a college friend and married her. In 2011, Dan, his wife Beth, and their son, Eamonn, agreed to be the first family to live in the boarding program at Georgetown Preparatory School where Dan continued to teach religion and Beth served as English department chair. The following year, Dan was appointed Residential Dean in charge of all facets of the boarding program, a post he held for three years. The family welcomed a second son, Emmet, in 2014. After much discernment (and 4 years of living with high school boys), the Knapps made a decision to relocate to Baltimore. Dan is excited to continue working in a Jesuit school and to return to teaching religion full time. As a member of the religion faculty, he will be teaching about Ignatian spirituality and sacred scripture. Dan enjoys time with his wife and sons, running, listening to live music, and is an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club. His wife, Beth, teaches at Gilman and his son, Eamonn, attends St Francis of Assisi school.

Jessica Bello, English Teacher
After graduating from McDaniel College, Jessica Bello taught English to elementary and middle school students at a school specializing in dyslexia and other language-based learning difficulties. The work inspired her to join Teach for America to serve another high-needs population—students in low-income schools. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte while working with bright students in under-resourced areas. Looking for a small, faith-based community where she could grow as an educator, she came to Loyola Blakefield to teach Freshman English.  She is excited to be here and work with our Dons.

Kevin Selby, Murray Learning Specialist
Mr. Kevin Selby is the new Learning Specialist in Murray Learning Services. Mr. Selby brings 18 years of experience working with students at the college level and will work with our freshmen and sophomores in the subjects of history and English. He holds a master’s degree in counseling from McDaniel College and a Bachelor’s of Science in social sciences from Frostburg State University. Prior to coming to Loyola, Mr. Selby was the Coordinator of Disability Services and an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He has served as an active member of many national associations including the Association of Higher Education and Disability and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Mr. Selby is excited to join the Loyola Blakefield family and to help educate and prepare our Dons to excel as our future leaders.  In his spare time, Mr. Selby enjoys golf, basketball, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Matthew Hnatiuk ’10, Math & Science Teacher
Matthew Hnatiuk ’10 received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Albright College. Before teaching at Loyola, he played two years in the American Indoor Football League. He chose to come back to Loyola because this community feels like home. Matthew will be teaching precalculus and physics. He will also be a part of the varsity football coaching staff, working with the defensive backs. He hopes to to get involved the baseball program as well.

 

FORENSICS OPENS SEASON AT WAKE FOREST NATIONAL EARLYBIRD
9/14/2015

Forensics opened their season this past weekend at the Wake Forest National Earlybird in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Please congratulate the following students for their award-winning performances: 

Patrick Redrick
Quarterfinalist in Impromptu Speaking

Aidan Bissell-Siders
Double Octafinalist in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Luke Scaletta
Quarterfinalist in Original Oratory
Quarterfinalist in Humorous Interpretations

Jonathan Bollinger
Semifinalist in Congressional Debate.

 

BEN RUBEOR ’04 NAMED ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS & HEAD LACROSSE COACH
8/31/2015

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release 
Contact: Robert Robinson, Dir. of Marketing & Communications
443-841-3674 - rrobinson@loyolablakefield.org


Towson, Maryland — Ben Rubeor ‘04 has been named Loyola Blakefield’s new Assistant Director of Admissions and Head Coach of the varsity lacrosse team, filling vacancies in both areas.

After graduating from Loyola, Rubeor attended the University of Virginia (UVA), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in finance. He was also a three-time All-American and key member of the men’s lacrosse team that captured the 2006 NCAA Championship.

Most recently, Ben served as Assistant Athletic Director and head lacrosse coach at St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis. In his administrative role, Ben was instrumental in recruitment, admissions, and fund raising efforts. He led St. Mary's to an MIAA 'A' Conference title in 2015 and was named National Coach of the Year by USA Today. His previous coaching experience also includes one season as a Graduate Assistant Coach for the UVA men's team. Additionally, he is an accomplished professional lacrosse player, garnering many team and individual honors as a member of the Chesapeake Bayhawks for the past eight years.

Remarking on his return to Loyola, Ben shared the following:

"I'm excited to return to Loyola Blakefield, my alma mater, to assist in admissions and lead the lacrosse program. I can't wait to meet the players, the families, and the coaches and to begin the journey that is the 2016 lacrosse season. I love this school. It has done so much for me. There is a lot of work to do, and it begins now. Thank you to Anthony Day, John Marinacci, Michael Keeney, John Feeley, and the rest of the Loyola Blakefield community for giving me this opportunity. I will give it my all."

John Marinacci, Principal at Loyola, sees Rubeor as a dynamic addition to the staff — one that will have a positive impact on and off the field. “We are thrilled to have Ben as our Assistant Director of Admissions and the head of our lacrosse program. Having an alumnus that brings a passion for Loyola's success in key positions like these is a winning combination. We are excited about having him make his mark as an ambassador of the school. His prior experiences and roots at Loyola have the ingredients for success. He is the right person to continue where Jack Crawford, Joe McFadden and all the coaches who are part of our great tradition have left off.”

Rubeor previously worked as a Venture Capital Analyst with Greenspring Associates in Owings Mills. As a student at Loyola, he was the 2004 recipient of the C. Markland Kelly Award as Maryland’s top high school lacrosse player. His collegiate career was marked with accolades that include: All-ACC selections (2006, ‘07, and ‘08), All-ACC Tournament team selections (2006, ‘07, ‘08), ACC Lacrosse Scholar Athlete of the Year (2008), and finalist for Tewaaraton Trophy (‘07, ‘08).

JACK CRAWFORD RESIGNS - Taught History & Served as Head Coach of Varsity Lacrosse Team
8/13/2015

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release 
Contact: Robert Robinson, Dir. of Marketing & Communications
443-841-3674 – rrobinson@loyolablakefield.org

Towson, Maryland — Jack Crawford, who has served as the head coach of the Loyola Blakefield varsity lacrosse team and as a history instructor since 2002, has resigned.

Already a successful coach before arriving at Blakefield, Jack helped continue a proud legacy of excellence both on and off the field. Most recently, he led the Dons to an MIAA ‘A’ Conference Championship in 2013 with a victory over undefeated and nationally top-ranked, Boys’ Latin.

Reflecting on his decision, Crawford shared the following:

“The timing just feels right. The program could not be in a better place considering the quality of the coaches and other people associated with the team. We are also blessed with outstanding kids. As a coach, my goal at Loyola has always been to do two things: maintain the great tradition of the lacrosse program and run the program in a way that is representative of the mission of the school. I think we’ve done both in a way that reflects well upon the school, the community and the game.”

John Marinacci, Principal at Loyola points to Crawford’s commitment to the school’s mission as an important part of his legacy. “Jack has always done an excellent job in shaping our young men in accordance with our mission, and has been an exceptional ambassador for the school,” said Marinacci. “As good as Jack is at running a successful sports team, his enthusiasm in the classroom is one of his greatest strengths. His presence will be missed here at Blakefield.”

Crawford comes from a military family and particularly enjoyed sharing his passion for military history with his students. “I love teaching history and I can only hope that I’ve transmitted some of my passion and enthusiasm for the subject to my students,” said Crawford.

A Rockville native, Crawford attended Johns Hopkins University, where he served as the captain of the soccer team in 1986 and captain of the lacrosse team in 1988. Prior to his time at Loyola, he served as an assistant at Landon School in Montgomery County and head coach at the Thacher School in Ojai, California. He led the Dons to four MIAA ‘A’ Conference title games with victories in 2007, 2008 and 2013. He has also presided over a program that has produced dozens of NCAA Division I players, many going on to earn NCAA All-American honors. Additionally, he served as an assistant coach of the USA U19 Men’s team that captured the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in Turku, Finland.

LOYOLA AND HAMILTON FOOTBALL FORGE PARTNERSHIP ON AND OFF THE FIELD
7/9/2015

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release 

Contact: Robert Robinson, Dir. of Marketing & Communications
443-841-3674 – rrobinson@loyolablakefield.org

Loyola Blakefield & Hamilton Football Forge Partnership On and Off Field

Towson, Maryland — Loyola Blakefield and Hamilton Football are pleased to announce a partnership that combines the mission and philosophies of both organizations, and seeks to enrich young men in mind, body and spirit. Overs its 15 year history, Hamilton Football has provided a competitive youth football experience for boys in grades 6-8, with an emphasis on academic success and preparation for high school. “Hamilton Football’s dedication to advancing young men in multiple aspects of their lives matches our mission,” said John Marinacci, Principal of Loyola Blakefield. “The discipline, character and commitment involved with participating in athletics go hand in hand with the lessons taught in the classroom and when conversations began with them this winter, it seemed like a natural fit.”

In addition to utilizing facilities at Loyola for football, boys participating in the program will be provided academic support via Loyola student tutors. The football coaching staffs of Hamilton and Loyola will also collaborate and mentor all participants as they prepare for the rigors of the gridiron and the classroom. “We are excited by the Academic opportunities that this partnership affords our student-athletes,” said Hamilton CEO, David Franks. “Our kids are now better positioned for academic success.”

One added element of this partnership is Ignatian formation for adults. Hamilton’s coaching staff will take part in the same formation program as Loyola’s coaches and parents of Hamilton players will also be invited to participate in Loyola’s parent formation program. “This is such a great exchange for us and I am looking forward to having members of the Hamilton family join our family,” said Marinacci. “We each have a proud tradition of excellence and together we’ll be committed to making sure that the boys are getting the academic enrichment they need to prepare them for high school while having some fun on the field along the way.”

About Hamilton Football: Hamilton Football is a middle school football program designed to prepare youth players for high school football. Hamilton competes throughout the state and plays in the premier Unlimited Football league in Maryland. Over the past 15 years, the program has gained recognition throughout the area for producing winning teams and for its commitment to academics. Since implementing an academic monitoring program more than a decade ago, many of the young men in the program have excelled at various city public school as well as many of the top private high schools in the area.

About Loyola Blakefield: Loyola Blakefield is a Catholic, Jesuit, college preparatory school founded in 1852, for boys in grades six through twelve located in Towson, Maryland. Loyola Blakefield offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum that provides a broad range of major course offerings including honors and advanced placement courses, complemented by a selection of enriching electives and co-curricular activities. Ignatian Service, in the Jesuit tradition, is the hallmark of a Loyola education. There are 17 interscholastic sports teams at Loyola Blakefield, as well as musical and dramatic performing arts ensembles, and many clubs and student organizations.

 

 

SIX DONS ATTEND UNIVERSITY OF BALTIMORE CYBER DISCOVERY CAMP
6/22/2015

A group of Dons, accompanied by Director of Loyola Blakefield's Cyber Science Program Mr. Steve Morrill and Mr. Sam Manelski, took part in the University of Baltimore Cyber Discovery Camp from June 15-20. The camp experience included movies, discussion sessions, hands-on IT labs, a cryptographic treasure hunt, creative story-telling, and a final cyber challenge. Created initially at Louisiana Tech University, Cyber Discovery Camp is funded by the Department of Homeland Security, and is part of a national camp program run by the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center.

MOVING ON FROM BLAKEFIELD
6/10/2015

We would like to wish these Men and Women for Others who will not be returning to Blakefield next year the best of luck in their future endeavors. They have made such a positive and lasting impact on our Dons and will be greatly missed.

2015 MARCUS RYU '91 EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
6/9/2015

During Loyola Blakefield's end-of-year faculty/staff meeting on June 9, Mr. Charles Donovan, Mr. Tom Durkin '77, and Mr. Keith Schertle received the first-ever Marcus S. Ryu ’91 Employee Recognition Award. 

The Marcus S. Ryu ’91 Employee Recognition Award was created in June 2014 through the generosity of Mr. Marcus Ryu and his wife Cyrena “Torrey” Simon, M.D., to reward and recognize the highest talent within the faculty and staff of Loyola Blakefield. This annual award is provided to two (or more) faculty/staff members who have demonstrated accomplishments beyond the regular scope and assigned duties as employees, and who have most improved the classroom or campus experience to further Loyola’s success. Recipients are nominated by fellow faculty and staff members.

Learn more about this year's recipients:


  Charles Donovan

Described by his colleagues as “deeply devoted, hard-working, and humble,” as well as someone who “without fanfare works every day to provide extraordinary experiences for our Dons” and “models a work ethic and modesty that we all should emulate,” Mr. Donovan inspires students in and out of the classroom with a calm and cheerful disposition and devotes so much of what could be considered his time off, to ensuring that our Dons are his number one priority. He was also cited by those who nominated him for his incredible talents, amazing ability to always be prepared, and someone who is looked up to by students and for exemplifying what it means to be a Don. Charles is head coach of the storied Loyola Forensics program, ever-present on the sidelines through all sports seasons, and an active participant and leader on retreats.


  Tom Durkin '77

Mr. Durkin has been at Loyola Blakefield for 25 years as an English teacher and as a learning specialist who has played an important role in further developing the Murray Learning Services program. He is described by his colleagues as someone who “has worn many hats, brings an enormous amount of passion, energy, and enthusiasm to everything they do, and serves as the epitome of cura personalis here on campus,” In nominating him for this award, a colleague stated, “It is not what he has done, but the passion with which he has done it” that makes the difference. With this passion, he has built upon several programs here, making them staples of the Loyola Blakefield experience. Cited for his ability to “embrace new things with enthusiasm and energy,” and be “open to growth,” he pushes our boys to that same level of passion and excitement. Always available to students, he possess an incredible ability to not only assist them by simply answering a question or solving a problem, but by simultaneously propelling and challenging them to succeed—ensuring that they don’t simply walk away with an answer, but guidance in a direction that helps them understand connections between new ideas and how they can apply them across different subject areas. Between coaching, teaching, mentoring our Dons, and pursuing many professional development opportunities—taking him as far as China—Tom has done so much for our community and, as an added bonus, also taught Marcus Ryu years ago.


  Keith Schertle

Mr. Schertle is described by his colleagues as “always placing the accomplishments of our Dons above their own” and someone who has quietly gone about his work, which has included tasks that often go very much unnoticed. Keith takes on an enormous amount of responsibilities and performs them with pride and enthusiasm. He fosters an environment that yields success, but also ensures that success is defined by much more than simply winning championship titles or other individual accolades. He leads by example and creates an environment that produces men of character and men who will grow to become leaders in service. As someone who embraces modern-day philanthropy, he has not only made his own sacrifices to give back, but has assisted in establishing scholarships for our Dons and rallying others to support our mission. Additionally, Keith has gone out of his way to play a vital role in attracting young men to Loyola, many times being exactly the reason why they choose to enroll. A beacon for so many inspired young men, Keith is known to many for his guidance over two historically excellent athletics programs (Swimming & Diving and Water Polo) and for the amazing amount of time and energy he devotes to our mission and our young men. He can usually be found across campus, on the athletic fields, in the gymnasiums, and most prominently on the pool deck, starting most of his days as early as 5:30 a.m. and remaining on campus for 14+ hours straight.


A little more background on Marcus Ryu '91...

In 2014, Marcus and his wife generously made a gift to Loyola in the total sum of one million dollars, which is the second highest single gift the school has ever received. Mr. Ryu is the co-founder and CEO and of Guidewire, a Silicon Valley-based software company. He attended Princeton and Oxford University and currently resides in San Francisco.

Marcus and Torrey's gift was directed to a few areas including an endowed scholarship fund and an unrestricted gift to the Loyola Fund, but the final portion of the gift was designed to create an annual employee recognition program. This was very important to Marcus as he has continually credits his teachers and mentors here at Loyola for much of his success in life. The award provides each recipient with $3,000, recognizing their extraordinary contributions to Loyola and rewarding their hard work to make us better every day. Also, recipients are given a $2,500 stipend toward professional development activities that will help enhance their abilities to improve the student experience. In the spirit of Marcus’ intentions, the award honors individual talent and commitment, while also investing in the most valuable assets to the work we do, our faculty and staff.

 

BIAFRA OKORONKWO '16 TO STUDY ARABIC OVERSEAS
6/3/2015

Biafra Okoronkwo '16 has been awarded the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. With this scholarship, Biafra will be studying Arabic in Morocco for six weeks this summer while living with a host family. He is one of only 620 competitively selected students from across the United States who will receive a scholarship to study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, or Turkish overseas this year. While in Morocco, he will receive formal instruction and informal language practice in an immersion environment.

According to their website, the NSLI-Y program seeks to increase the number of Americans who can engage with native speakers of critical languages. The goals of the NSLI-Y program include sparking a life-long interest in foreign languages and cultures, and developing a corps of young Americans with the skills necessary to advance international dialogue and cross-cultural opportunities in the private, academic, and government sectors.

LUKE SCALETTA '17 GIVES HOPE AT NATIONALS
5/29/2015

Last weekend, nine members of Loyola Blakefield Forensics competed at the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale.

Congratulations to sophomore Luke Scaletta, who finished 4th in his event (declamation) out of 221 students from across the country. Luke gave “The Hope Speech” first delivered by San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Harvey Milk in 1978. The speech’s message on civil rights and inclusion challenges us to look past our differences, and remains relevant.

Luke’s result was the best declamation finish in Loyola Forensics history. The previous record-holder was current senior Matthew Demetrides, who finished in 5th place in 2012. In true Don fashion, Matthew served as a mentor for Luke throughout the season and all weekend long.

Watch the entire speech here.

CLASS OF 2015 COLLEGE BOUND
5/27/2015

With another academic year nearly in the books and graduation under two weeks away, the College Counseling Department has shared some great news regarding the Class of 2015's future.

Out of the 178 graduating seniors, 97.7% will be attending 4-year schools, while 0.6% will be attending 2-year schools. Within this group, 48.3% will be attending 4-year public schools, 12.4% will be attending Jesuit schools, 17.9% will be attending private Catholic schools, and 25.8% will be attending private non-Catholic schools.

The Class of 2015 was accepted to these colleges and universities.

Combined, the Classes of 2014 & 2015 are attending 38 of US New and World Report’s Top 50 National Colleges & Universities.

We would also like to recognize the following senior students-athletes who will be continuing their athletic careers beyond Blakefield:

Football

Ben Evans – Villanova University 
Patrick Eby – Columbia University 
Austin Hurdle – Dickinson College 

Basketball

Ryan Floyd – Goucher College

Cross Country

Logan Gibbs  Stevenson University
Michael Wegner – U.S. Naval Academy

Soccer 

Gavin Barger – University of Pennsylvania 
Riley Collins – UMBC

Swimming & Diving

Elijah Wright – UMBC 
Lucas Musselman – Rider University
Cole Buese – Princeton University  
Mitch Williams – Denison University
Zachary Hoelting – U.S. Naval Academy 

Baseball

Joey Dinoto – Bates College 
Chris Girken – University of South Carolina Aiken
Stetson Cox – St. Mary’s College of Maryland
John Staab – Wheeling Jesuit University

Lacrosse

Jake Barwick – Shenandoah University
Stephen Bull – Bates College
Jack Coffren – Susquehanna University
Mike Colgan – University of Mary Washington
Ryan Conrad – University of Virginia
Tyler Covey – Florida Institute of Technology 
Grant Gilmore – Sewanee: The University of the South
Peter Juzwiak – Messiah College
Jack Lombardo – Saint Joseph’s University                   
Acie Newton – Brown University
Jake Nordhausen – U.S. Military Academy Prep School
Alex Roesner – University of Pennsylvania
Michael Ginsberg – Mount St. Mary’s University

FRESHMEN LEARN HANDS-ONLY CPR
5/21/2015

This week, freshmen learned how to perform Hands-Only CPR. This initiative, created by the American Heart Association, is in its second year at Blakefield thanks to School Nurse Robin Schwartz and is taught to the entire freshman class. Loyola Blakefield was the first private school in Maryland to implement this initiative last year.

According to AHA's website, "Hands-Only CPR performed by a bystander has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR with mouth-to-mouth breaths in the first few minutes of an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. Conventional CPR may be better than Hands-Only CPR for certain victims, though, such as infants and children, teens or adults who are found in cardiac arrest (whom you did not see collapse) or victims of drowning, drug overdose, or collapse due to breathing problems."

 

ACE MENTOR PROGRAM
5/18/2015

Loyola's ACE Mentor Program team led by Mr. Shapiro was joined by students from Maryvale Preparatory School this year. The team was made up of four Maryvale students (Jackie Kuwabara, Mary Kate Gagliardi, Caroline D’Ambrogi, and Elizabeth McCormick) and six Dons (Logan Duckwall, Gavin Rowley, Andrew Wink, Harley Hagan, Ryan Jones, and Tim Mudric).

This year, students were paired with mentors Dave Recchia of Rubeling and Associates, Courtney Mathias of Brawner Builders, and Ben Stump of Whiting Turner.

On May 11, they presented their design solution for this year’s challenge, an adaptive reuse project at the State Center in Baltimore. The event took place at Carver School for the Arts and was a great celebration of works from nine high school teams from the metro area. Notre Dame Prep took home the win, but the Loyola/Maryvale team was noted by the judges for its “thoughtful arrangement of architectural forms that made use of both new and old construction." Also, team member Elizabeth McCormick won a $2,000 ACE scholarship for college.

Their designs were on display at the Student Art Exhibition on May 14.

 

2015-16 STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
5/4/2015

Congratulations to the newly elected officials of Loyola's 2015-16 Student Government Association:

Rick Nickel - President
Colin Green - Vice President (Service)
Luke Birdsong - Vice President (Clubs & Activities)
Tim Gallagher - Vice President (Communications)

STEPHEN BULL '15 NAMED 2015 TROY M. VANCE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
5/1/2015

This year’s recipient of the Troy M. Vance '85 Endowed Scholarship is Stephen Bull '15. The scholarship is awarded annually to a senior who resembles Troy in that he excels in sports and academics and exemplifies what it means to be a Man for Others. Stephen will be attending Bates College (Maine) in the fall, where he will play lacrosse.

7TH ANNUAL JOIN FOR JOE SENIOR SWAB DAY
5/1/2015

On April 29, the 7th Annual Join for Joe Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive was hosted on campus. Students, faculty, and parents joined together to honor the memory of Joe Gorman '14, who passed away from leukemia in 2011 at the age of 15 after battling for three years.

This year, 120 new donors were registered to the Natinal Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Thanks to co-chairs Nick Gorman '15 and John Botzler '15 and their team of senior volunteers for organizing this year's effort. Also, thanks to alumni moms Stephanie McLaughlin and Fran Finley for their help with the drive every year.

 

NATIONAL GREEK EXAM RESULTS
4/30/2015

This year saw the largest ever participation in the National Greek Exam both at Loyola and nationally. The standardized test is sponsored by the American Classical League, which also sponsors the National Latin Exam that our students participate in each year. Congratulations to the following students who all earned green ribbons of merit on this year's exam:

Lorenzo Raras
Aidan Bissell-Siders
Levone Ward
Brent Peterson
Nick Moreno
Ashton Seward
Nick Lippa
Brady Wright 

 

2015 BALTIMORE CAPPIES NOMINEES
4/13/2015

The Baltimore Cappies (Critics and Awards Program) is a regional organization in which Loyola participates each year with area schools. Students travel to schools to watch plays and write reviews and at the end of the year, performances are nominated and there is a Gala held at the Hippodrome to honor these students in May. The Loyola Blakefield Players were nominated for the following categories for 2015:

Luke Scaletta
Best Rising Critic

Matt Demetrides
Best Supporting Actor

Peter Pferdeort
Best Comic Actor

Zach Phillips
Best Lead Actor

Inherit the Wind
Best Play

FORENSICS STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
4/2/2015

The following students had award-winning performances at the Chesapeake District Championship at Carver Vocational Tech High School on March 28:

Kurt Manion and Jack Morton
District Champions & Qualifiers in Policy Debate

Aidan Bissell-Siders
Qualifier in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Joshua Turner
Qualifier in International Extemporaneous Speaking

James Brady
2nd Place (Qualifier) in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking

Jonathan Bollinger
2nd Place (First Alternate) in Congressional Debate

John Huebler
3rd Place (First Alternate) in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking

All qualifiers have earned a spot at the National Speech and Debate Association Championship in Dallas in June.

BLAKEFIELD PLAYERS REUNION & SENIOR SHOWCASE
3/30/2015

On the evening of March 25, several alumni Blakefield Players gathered in the Fr. Lloyd George, SJ Lounge for dinner and drinks while recalling memories of their younger acting days. Following dinner, senior cast members performed a showcase in the Mary G. Creaghan Library. Watch the entire performance below.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION
3/30/2015

Congratulations to the following juniors who were inducted into Loyola’s chapter of the National Honor Society on Thursday, March 26:

Declan Aroh
Daniel Bacon
William Ball
Connor Barnes
Luke Birdsong
Ben Brown
Tim Coan
Niall Cope
Andrew Fava
Henry Furst
Joshua Glenn
Alex Gloth
Colin Green
Quinn Hopkins
Austin Kesselring
Tim Krach
Colin Lagator
Andrew Legaluppi
Frank Legambi
Christopher J. Louzon
Devon Maranto
Troy Meurer
Rick Nickel
Biafra Okoronkwo
William O'Malley
Gus Ruppert
John Seal
Tanner Selby
Daniel Vinton
Alexander Wall
Andrew Weigman
Alex Wilson
Duncan Woodward

EXCHANGE STUDENTS VISIT FROM AUSTRIA
3/30/2015

For ten days (March 13-23), Loyola families hosted six exchange students from Schulzentrum Friesgasse, a school located in Vienna, Austria. These students represented several nationalities including Austrian, Italian, Iranian, Indian, and Chinese. They had a great time participating in activities at Loyola and exploring the Baltimore/D.C. area with their host families.

 

SPRING FOOD DRIVE
3/26/2015

This morning, the spring food drive came to a close as students packed up over 1,000 food items and delivered them to St. Gregory's Food Pantry, which serves more than 500 families in the Baltimore community. Also, Notre Dame Club of Maryland President Richard Martiny was there to present a check for $700 to President Day and Director of Ignatian Service Beth Ann Szczepaniak towards the cause.

ERICH MARCH '70 ACCEPTS 2015 KELLEY MEDAL
3/25/2015

COACH SCHERTLE TO STEP DOWN AFTER 20 YEARS, NEW DIRECTOR OF AQUATICS NAMED
3/24/2015

Keith Schertle, head coach of Loyola Blakefield's swimming and water polo programs, will be stepping down at the end of the 2014-15 academic year after 20 years of shaping competitive athletes in the pool at Loyola.

Schertle started in 1995 as an assistant on the swim team and, in 1996, became the interim head coach. The first year he took over, the team won the MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships and the National Catholic Swimming Championship. The team has only lost one MIAA Championship since and has gone on to win seven more National Catholic Championships—Schertle earning the Coach of the Meet title each time. In 2014, he led the team to an Eastern Prep Swimming and Diving Championship, one of the most prestigious and competitive high school meets in the country. 

Over the years, Schertle has coached 30 High School All-American swimmers, numerous Junior National and Senior National swimmers, and two Olympic Trial swimmers in Oliver Bennett '11 and Hugh Davidson '10. Many of these swimmers were also products of Loyola Blakefield Aquatics, Inc. (LBA), a program Schertle founded in 1998 to help train young swimmers for a competitive career at Loyola. "LBA has benefited Loyola by providing young swimmers with early exposure to Loyola, fantastic year-round training, and through many charitable donations," said Schertle.

In 1997, Schertle started the water polo program with Joseph Curreri '98 and when water polo was sanctioned as a MIAA sport at Loyola in the fall of 1998, he was named head coach. He led the team to the MIAA Water Polo Championship in 2009, 2010, and 2014 and the Eastern Prep Water Polo Championship in 2009 and 2013, developing three All-American water polo players along the way.

“Keith Schertle’s accomplishments are second to none,” said Principal John Marinacci. “Certainly the string of championships, All-Americans, and records that have been earned under his leadership are proof of that. However, his stewardship of the aquatics program, the facilities, and the identity of the school itself are the true testament to his great service to Loyola Blakefield.”

In addition to his accomplished high school teams, Schertle coached middle school swimming and water polo. "With middle school, it is more teaching than coaching," said Schertle, "and I am very proud to say that the middle school water polo team has never lost a game in 12 years."

Out of the pool, Schertle has taught both high school and middle school physical education and 6th grade math. Even though Schertle is stepping down as head coach, he will still be on the pool deck next year to assist newly appointed Director of Aquatics, Matthew McDonough, whom Schertle coached at a young age.

"I know Matt very well and I am very pleased that he accepted our offer as Aquatics Director and Head Water Polo and Swim Coach," said Schertle. "I have watched him develop as a coach first at Tiger Fish Aquatic Club and then at McDonogh School and Eagle Swim Team."

McDonough, a member of the Towson University Swimming & Diving team from 2000-04, also served as an assistant coach in the program. Since 2009, he has advanced to Associate Head Coach and Head Age Group Coach at Eagle Swim Team (EST) in Owings Mills, Maryland. He also served as Middle School Physical Education Instructor at McDonogh School, where he assisted with the water polo and swimming & diving teams. “Loyola Blakefield is an institution that is known and respected for being ambitious and undaunted in developing men for others,” said McDonough. “I embrace the opportunity to continue the proud legacy of excellence at Loyola.”

Remarking on this significant transition, Mr. Marinacci expressed his pleasure in identifying such an able candidate for this newly expanded position. “Matt has a history of success with aquatics programs, and just as importantly, he carries on the same sense of stewardship as Keith, “said Marinacci. “He has a keen interest in educating young men, and he will be working with all activities and responsibilities associated with the pool. I am happy that he is joining our staff and certain he will make an exceptional Don. Furthermore, the fact that Keith feels that Matt is the right person to take over all he has built over the years is greater than any praise I can give.”

Mr. Schertle will continue his role as a full-time Physical Education Instructor at Loyola Blakefield. Mr. McDonough, as Director of Aquatics, will not only oversee all interscholastic aquatics programs, he will also work in conjunction with the Physical Education Department in implementing aquatics into their curriculum and will run LBA, Inc.

 

2015 BLUE & GOLD AUCTION - AN EVENING "UNDER THE BIG TOP"
3/23/2015

The circus came to town and 600 members of the Loyola Blakefield community celebrated another successful Blue & Gold Auction with net proceeds of more than $450,000!

Highlights of the evening included an exciting Live Auction where winning bidders purchased items such as a Taylor Swift VIP concert experience, five-star vacation in Sea Island, Georgia, flight lessons/pilot’s License from Middle River Aviation and more. The Live Auction raised $71,000.

Loyola also honored its Mothers’ Club, which has been active for nearly 80 years and has provided valuable services to the entire school community as well as annual gifts to the school that include investments in designated program areas or needs and support of an annual scholarship fund. To honor the important role that mothers play in our community and in the lives of our Dons, it was announced that a garden will be dedicated in honor of Loyola mothers. Serving as a permanent symbol of the eternal bonds of motherhood, the garden will feature a statue of Mary and child. A dedication ceremony will take place later this spring. The garden will be located directly across from the statue of St. Ignatius (see image below for a rendering of the proposed site).



Attendees also heard from two student speakers, Declan Aroh ’16 and Ethan Delp ’20. They shared their Loyola experience and talked about the special role that their mothers play in their lives. Below are excerpts from each of their remarks. VIEW VIDEO HERE.



Declan Aroh '16: "I’ve grown thanks to an endless sea of opportunities here at Blakefield. I’ve been able to meet new people and form bonds which never would have been possible without the support of all of you.

Ethan Delp '20: "Loyola has also already given me a tremendous gift, one that you don’t unwrap and one that doesn't come from a store. That gift is the feeling you get when you serve something other than yourself."

Led by our auctioneer, Bill Menish, we also conducted a special “Fund-a-Need” at the conclusion of our program, which raised $81,000 for enhancements in the areas of health and wellness for our students. 

Many thanks to all those who so generously supported our efforts this year. From our volunteers, auction item donors, raffle ticket purchasers/seller, gift gathering hosts/supporters, sponsors, attendees and faculty/staff, we are very fortunate to have such a generous community. We’d like to especially thank our Blue & Gold Auction Chairs, Mrs. Dina & Mr. Scott Heise, Mrs. Courtney & Mr. Michael Wyatt ’82 and Mrs. Kathy and Mr. Tom Shearin ’79. Additionally, we recognize John Kelly ’75 for leading our Sponsorship Committee. To view a full list of volunteers from our program booklet, click here.

More to come, including video highlights from the event.

Thank you and look out for the date of the 2016 Blue & Gold Auction!

 

POET DANIEL GROVES VISITS CAMPUS
3/21/2015

We welcomed poet Daniel Groves to campus on March 19 to share poems from his collection titled The Lost Boys. A native of Rhode Island, Groves studied at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and is a staff member at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He is currently completing his PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati. Watch his entire reading below.

CYBER SCIENCE STUDENTS VISIT MARYLAND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
2/25/2015

Fourteen members of Loyola Blakefield's Cyber Science Program were invited to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) at Camp Fretterd in Reisterstown on Feb. 20 by External Outreach Branch Manager and Loyola alumnus Chas Eby ’03. 

According to their website, MEMA is the agency of State government with primary responsibility and authority for emergency preparedness policy and for coordinating hazard mitigation, incident response, and disaster recovery. This includes supporting local governments as requested and coordinating assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal partners.

Students had the opportunity to hear from several members on MEMA’s staff including NCR Regional Planner Blake Stave and Preparedness Director Brendan McCluskey to learn more about MEMA’s role within the state of Maryland. 

Students also heard from members of the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC) about their recent cyber security initiatives. MCAC, which was formed shortly after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 by the Maryland Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, coordinates the efforts of federal, state, and local agencies to gather, analyze, and share intelligence information with law enforcement, public health, and emergency responder personnel.

Later in the morning, students participated in a tabletop discussion exercise where MEMA employees gave students a set of scenarios which dealt with cyber security related topics. MEMA employees asked the students how they would resolve each issue from the specific department they had been assigned to and what they might do in the future to prevent a similar mishap.

Lastly, students received a tour of the facility, which included the Maryland Joint Operations Center (MJOC) which, according to MEMA’s website, serves as a 24/7 communications hub for emergency responders and alerts decision-makers in Maryland when a situation warrants. In times of disaster, the Executive Director of MEMA activates the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to support local governments. The center is operated round-the-clock by National Guard and emergency management professionals as the first joint civilian-military watch center in the country. 

This marks the first visit to a state agency for Loyola’s Cyber Science Program. View photos from the morning here.

 

MOCK TRIAL TEAM MOVES ON IN SINGLE-ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT
2/11/2015

Loyola’s Mock Trial Prosecution Team competed in an impressive fashion on Feb. 10 during the first round of the Citizenship Law Related Education Program (CLREP) single-elimination tournament. The following students won the hearing against Randallstown High School’s Defense in the case of State of Maryland v. Officer Darren Gray.

Zachary Tan (Opening Attorney)
William Thornhill (Middle Attorney)
Anthony Price (Closing Attorney)
Matthew White (Eye-Witness)
Alexander Stout (Expert Witness/Crime Scene Technician)
Colin Fair ( Expert Witness/Police Captain)

As a result, Loyola's Defense Team competes on Feb. 18 vs. Catonsville H.S. for the chance to progress to the quarterfinal round.

 
 
ROBOTICS QUALIFIES TWO TEAMS FOR MARYLAND STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
2/9/2015

Loyola Robotics competed at the Washington County VEX Robotics Competition in Clear Spring, Md. this past weekend where two teams qualified for the state championship in March. The team of Steven Youngblood, Aidan Bissel-Siders, and Brian Radin went undefeated and placed first overall in the qualification round and in the finals of the elimination round. The team of Graham Goldborough, Andrew Polun, and Joe Taylor finished 4th in the qualification round and made it to the finals of the elimination round as well, where they were also awarded a spot in the state championship. View the full results from the competition here.

SPEECH & DEBATE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS ANNOUNCED
2/9/2015

The following students had award-winning performances this weekend at the BCFL Tournament at Western School of Technology:

John Huebler – Bronze Medal in Lincoln-Douglas Debate (undefeated record)
Luke Scaletta – Silver Medal in Declamation
Daniel Tadeo and Jacob Shomali – Honorable Mention in Public Forum Debate
Josh Turner – Honorable Mention in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

 

As a result of their solid performances throughout the season, the following Dons have earned bids to the state championship, which will be held at Catonsville High School on March 21: 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Aidan Bissell-Siders
Jack Morton
John Huebler
Kurt Manion

Public Forum Debate
Daniel Tadeo and Will O’Malley
Congressional Debate
Ryan Taggarse (#1 seed)
Jonathan Bollinger
Aidan Bissell-Siders
Jack Morton
John Huebler
Anthony Price

Extemporaneous Speaking
James Brady

Declamation
Luke Scaletta
Tre Barr

Duo Interpretation
Luke Scaletta and Chris Garliss
Anthony Price and Patrick Redrick

Dramatic Performance
Luke Scaletta

Oral Interpretation of Literature
Matthew Demetrides

Impromptu Speaking
Aidan Bissell-Siders
Ryan Taggarse
John Huebler

LOYOLA CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE STATE QUALIFIERS ANNOUNCED
2/5/2015

The following students had award-winning performances at the BCFL (Baltimore Catholic Forensics League) Congressional Debate tournament at Catholic High School on Monday, February 2:

Jack Morton – Bronze Medalist (Top Presiding Officer) 
Anthony Price – Silver Medalist  

At the conclusion of the tournament, the following students were announced as state qualifiers for the championship in March: 

Ryan Taggarse (#1 seed)
Jonathan Bollinger
Aidan Bissell-Siders
Jack Morton
John Huebler
Anthony Price 

This is the largest group of congressional debate qualifiers Loyola has had in the past 10 years. The final BCFL tournament of the season is this Saturday, February 7, at Western School of Technology, where qualifiers in all other speech and debate events will be announced. 

COACHES VS. CANCER SUITS AND SNEAKERS WEEKEND AT LOYOLA
2/5/2015

The Loyola Basketball program raised over $3,100 for the American Cancer Society last weekend as part of Coaches vs. Cancer: Suits and Sneakers Weekend, which kicked off with a triple-header at home against Mt. St. Joseph on Friday night. Thanks to our students, parents, and coaches, as well as the generosity of our community and our guests from Mt. St. Joseph. This was the second year our basketball program participated and to date, they have raised over $6,500 for the cause.

FORENSICS PLACES 2ND AT PENNSBURY FALCON INVITATIONAL
2/2/2015

The Loyola Speech and Debate team had their strongest team effort of the season this past weekend at the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational in Pennsylvania. The team took second place overall in the “Ultimate Sweepstakes” out of 61 schools in attendance from seven states. Please congratulate the following students for their award-winning performances: 

Luke Scaletta – Champion in Declamation 
Josh Turner – Champion in JV Lincoln-Douglas Debate 
Tre Barr & Casey Piparo – Champions in Improvisational Duo (perfect score) 
Chris Garliss – Quarterfinalist in JV Lincoln-Douglas Debate 
Jack Morton – Double-Octafinalist in Lincoln-Douglas Debate 
Henry Erdman – 4th Place in Radio Announcing (his debut performance) 
Anthony Price & Patrick Redrick – Semifinalists in Duo Interpretation 
Patrick Redrick – Semifinalist in Declamation  

Senior Matthew Demetrides also stepped up in a big way, volunteering to serve as the “big brother” to the middle school students in attendance and sacrificing work on his own performance to help mentor his teammates. The march to states continues this week, with the final BCFL Qualifying Tournament of the season.

CYBER SECURITY SPEAKER SERIES FEATURES NATE FICK '95
2/2/2015

As part of Loyola Blakefield's ongoing Cyber Security Speaker Series, Nate Fick '95, CEO of Endgame Security and author of the New York Times Best Seller One Bullet Away, was on campus Jan. 30 to talk to our faculty, staff, students, and parents about the importance of cyber security in today's world. Watch the entire segment below.

LOYOLA ROBOTICS COMPETES AT THE CALVERT HALL CLASSIC
2/2/2015

On Jan. 31, Loyola Robotics competed at the Calvert Hall Classic hosted by Calvert Hall College High School. The middle school team, composed of Benick and Blessy Mbaya, Andrew Polun, Graham and Emerson Goldsborough, and Joe Tayor, placed 8th out of 47 teams—of which were mostly high schools—in the qualifying rounds. The middle school team combined with the high school team, which was composed of Steven Youngblood, Aidan Bissell-Siders, and Brian Radin, collectively made it to the quarterfinals of the elimination rounds where, in an impressive show of Catholic school unity, Loyola selected Calvert Hall as their teammates. While a successful day for Loyola Robotics, the hunt for a state championship bid continues.

2015 MIAA INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
2/2/2015

Loyola's Indoor Track and Field teams traveled to Prince George's County on Jan. 30 for the MIAA Championships where varsity came up only 9 points short to finish second behind Gilman. "Our guys had a great season and worked hard and anyone who knows anything about Gilman athletics knows that we were up against some very fast, strong, and talented kids," said Varsity Head Coach Chris Cucuzzella. On the JV side, the Dons won it all, placing first in five events. Please congratulate the following top finishers for varsity and JV:

VARSITY

4 X 800 Meter Relay (1st Place)
Danny Vinton, Kenny Rowe, Mike Wegner, Andrew MacDonald

500 Meter Run (1st Place)
Kenny Rowe (New School & Meet Record)

4 X 200 Meter Relay (2nd Place)
Biafra Okoronkwo, Jeff Moran, Rick Nickel, Michael Bell (New School Record)

1600 Meter Run (2nd Place)
Michael Wegner

800 Meter Run (2nd Place)
Danny Vinton

3200 Meter Run (2nd Place)
Michael Wegner 

4 X 400 Meter Relay (2nd Place)

Brodie Holmes, Austin Eby, Kenny Rowe, Danny Vinton

Pole Vault (2nd Place)

Justin Ferrens

Long Jump (3rd Place)
Michael Bell

Triple Jump (3rd Place)

Michael Bell

Pole Vault (3rd Place) 
Kyle Albornoz

 

JUNIOR VARSITY

4 X 800 Relay (1st Place)
Cole Crampton, Patrick Sawyer, Dan Quets, Neal Blanchard

55 Meter Dash (1st Place)
Patrick Krack

4 X 200 Relay (1st Place)
Jason Smith, Patrick Krack, Azende Smith, Garrett Randall

1600 Meter Run (1st Place)
Neal Blanchard

2015 CYBERPATRIOT UPDATE
1/27/2015

Our Cyber Science program continues its success in regional and national competitions as the results of the Air Force Association CyberPatriot competition were recently announced. Out of the 2,500 teams (over 12,000 students) that competed, each Loyola team finished among the top 1% in the nation.

Gold Team: 16th in the nation – 2nd place Mid-Atlantic

Black Team: 19th in the nation – 3rd place Mid-Atlantic

Blue Team: 21st in the nation – 4th in the Mid-Atlantic

Middle School Team: 13th in the nation – 1st place in Maryland

This marks the first state title for the middle school team in their first year of competition. Congratulations to the teams and to Mr. Steve Morrill for guiding them along. Roll Cyber-Dons!

 

PATRIOTS CLUB HOSTS CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS COLLECTION
1/27/2015

The Loyola Patriots Club is collecting gently-used cell phones for Cell Phones For Soldiers, a non-profit organization that uses money received from the recycling of used cell phones to purchase international calling cards for active-duty military deployed overseas to connect with their friends and family back home for free. Throughout February, dropoff bins can be found in Knott Hall, outside of the chapel, and near the faculty lounge in Burk Hall. For questions, please contact club moderator Megan Kurtzman.

LOYOLA MOCK TRIAL WINS FIRST MATCH OF THE YEAR
1/16/2015

Loyola's Mock Trial Defense Team won its first argument (decision of the judge) and match (scored by two attorneys) of the school year facing off against Randallstown High School at the Towson Courthouse in the case of State of Maryland v. Officer Darren Gray. Please congratulate the following students:

Opening Attorney:  Will Thornhill

Middle Attorney:  Kurt Manion

Closing Attorney:  Folabami Odekumle

Eye Witness:  Henry Rogers

Use of Force Expert Witness:  Jonathan Bollinger

Forensics Expert Witness:  Grant Mobley

The case is about an 18-year-old who was shot to death by a police officer. Loyola's defense team cleared Officer Gray of all charges. For their next competition, Loyola's prosecution team will try to nail Officer Gray on charges of second-degree depraved heart murder and involuntary manslaughter, as well as on misconduct in office. 

Each year, the Citizen Law Related Education Program (CLREP) chooses a popular topic of debate in the media. This year has to do with controversial use of force by police officers.

From the CLREP website:

Over recent months. there has been a great deal of debate and discussion regarding the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Renisha McBride tragedies. Beyond these headline cases, however, are hundreds of incidents each year where the use of force by police is called into question. It is arguably one of the most volatile areas of law enforcement, and an issue about which all citizens should be concerned and informed.

JOHN MOSES '19 HOLDS FOOD DRIVE FOR LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER
1/15/2015

John Moses '19 recently completed his Eagle Scout project, which involved organizing a pet food drive campaign in the middle school to benefit the Humane Society of Harford County. The drive, which ran from November to January 3, helped raise $1,000 in donations.

John also decided to partner with the Abingdon Walmart and led his fellow scouts in loading and delivering over 1,000 cans of cat food and over 1,400 lbs. of dog food to the shelter.

Along with his love for animals, John recognized that not only do shelter animals need food, but families in the community depend on the Humane Society for pet food during difficult times as well.

LOYOLA FORENSICS HOSTS BCFL TOURNAMENT
1/13/2015

On Saturday, Loyola hosted 20 Baltimore-area schools for the fifth Baltimore Catholic Forensics League (BCFL) Tournament of the season. The team shared the 2nd Place Team Sweepstakes Award with Notre Dame Prep, while Marriotts Ridge High School took first. Please congratulate the following students for their award-winning presentations: 

Will O’Malley '16 & Daniel Tadeo '17
Bronze Medal in Public Forum Debate (undefeated record)

Jonathan Bollinger-Benson '17
Gold Medal in Congressional Debate (AM Session)                                   
Silver Medal in Congressional Debate (PM Session)

Chris Garliss '17
Bronze Medal in Lincoln-Douglas Debate (undefeated record) 

Kurt Manion '15
Honorable Mention in Lincoln-Douglas Debate 

Jack Morton '16
Honorable Mention in Lincoln-Douglas Debate 

Aidan Bissell-Siders '16
Silver Medal in Impromptu Speaking                                   
Honorable Mention in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Matthew Demetrides '15
Honorable Mention in Oral Interpretation of Literature   

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: MARIA BAIRD
1/7/2015

 

New to Loyola this year, but not to education, Middle School Learning Specialist Maria Baird recently shared with us some career-building opportunities she took part in this past fall.

In October, Maria presented "How to Use QR Codes and Augmented Reality in the Classroom and Beyond" to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). The IAAP’s mission is to enhance the success of career-minded administrative professionals by providing opportunities for growth through education, community building, and leadership development. 

During her presentation, Maria explained how QR codes can be used to trigger text, images, videos, and URLs. Augmented reality is an environment that includes real-world and virtual-world experiences. Maria described how QR Codes and Augmented Reality can be used in organizations and classrooms to connect, explain, and engage individuals. Participants were guided through the process of creating original QR codes, making scavenger hunts, and creating augmented reality. Practical applications and tips to creating a successful experience were also discussed.

In November, Maria presented “Digital Storytelling to Support Curriculum: How to Boost Students’ Literacy Skills, Collaboration, and Technology Skills” at the International Dyslexia Association conference in San Diego, California. Participants learned how to enhance students’ writing skills as well as listening and speaking skills with digital storytelling. Maria guided educators through the process of digital storytelling. She also showed educators how to use social networking, tech tools, and augmented reality to share students’ projects. She has been asked by the International Reading Association to give this presentation to their audience at their annual conference this summer in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Maria Baird has worked for the past 22 years in special education, specifically with students with language-based learning differences. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University as well as a master’s degree in Reading from Towson University. Prior to coming to Loyola Blakefield, she served as the Head of Lower School Language Arts at the Jemicy School where she developed curriculum, participated in professional development, and taught several content area courses.

LOYOLA SPORTSMEN'S ASSOCATION TRAVELS TO ACTOR'S HILL
12/30/2014

On Dec. 20, the Loyola Sportsmen’s Association traveled to Actor’s Hill in Keedysville, MD where students participated in pheasant hunting, sporting clays, pistol and rifle shooting, and goose calling. The trip was sponsored by Attorney D. Bruce Poole and his wife Kathy Poole, who are the founders of Actor’s Hill and the parents of Graham Poole ’16.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS
12/23/2014

On Dec. 18, our middle and upper school choirs and concert bands gathered in the performance gym to showcase their holiday tunes for the entire school. There was also a special performance from the Dancing Santas, a tap dance routine by Justin Brooks '15, and Santa himself (who just so happens to be a Loyola graduate from 1999) even stopped by towards the end. Video and photo highlights are below.

CYBER PROGRAM SHINES IN CYBERPATRIOT NATIONAL YOUTH CYBER DEFENSE COMPETITION
12/22/2014

Five Loyola teams (4 upper school and an 8th grade team) recently competed in the Air Force Association CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. This year there are 2,502 high school teams and 190 middle school teams competing.

The state round results were announced last week and Loyola finished 1st and 3rd for Maryland, sending both to the regional rounds as well as a third team that qualified on a wild card basis (top 12 score)

Our Middle School team finished 8th nationally and is also headed to the Semi-Final round in their division.

Team Gold (Maryland 1st place)  - Also the same team that won Cyber MD  (Score is 18th nationally)

Patrick Lagator, Colin Lagator, JT Blodgett, James Lortz, Jake Morrison, Owen Haiber

Team Blue (Maryland 3rd place)  -  Also at the Cyber MD finals  (score is 29th nationally)

Timmy Krach, Andrew Miller, Luke De Koomen, Frankie Petillo, Evan Novian, Edward Burchell

Team Black (wild card spot) (Score is 53rd nationally)

Matt Bavett, Drew Haiber, Steven Richards, Brian Kim, Brian Radin

Middle School Team - Micro Dons (score is 8th nationally)

Matt Blodgett, Michael Chaney, Colin Ryan, Paul Gaitan

 

Established by the Air Force Association, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States, Canada, and from DoDD schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the preliminary online rounds win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for the live National Finals Competition, where students compete for national recognition and scholarships.The CyberPatriot field is divided into three divisions – the Open Division for public, private, and home school teams, the All Service Division for JROTC, Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Sea Cadet Corps teams, and the Middle School Division. Based on the results of two preliminary rounds, CyberPatriot VII high school teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest scoring teams.

 

ANNUAL 100-MILE SWIM HONORS LATE ARMY STAFF SGT. JOSEPH CURRERI '98
12/16/2014

The Loyola Blakefield Swim Team hosted their annual 100-Mile Swim on Dec. 19. This year, they honored Army Staff Sgt. Joseph F. Curreri '98, who drowned in 2007 while on a mission in the Philippines. Curreri started the 100 Mile Swim in 1997 to raise funds for a water polo program at Loyola. Proceeds from the swim will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

UPDATE

An update from Coach Keith Schertle about the 100-Mile Swim:

"This year, the swim took almost 27 hours. We started at 8 a.m. on Friday and finished just shy of 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. Yes, many of the guys and I were here at 7:30 a.m. Sunday for practice. So far, $4,498.00 has been raised for Wounded Warrior Project. This isn't counting the Dodgeball Tournament on Jan. 9 and some checks that I know are still coming in. At the conclusion of all proceeds counted this year, the total raised for charities since 1997 will top $113,000."

The captains of this year's team have asked to share the following letter with as many members of the Loyola Blakefield community as possible to raise awareness. 

LATIN STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN SATURNALIA CERTAMEN
12/15/2014

The Loyola Certamen Team, led by Latin teacher Elizabeth Olson and Classical Languages chair Bob Wright, traveled to Linganore High School in Frederick, Md. on Dec. 13 for the Maryland Junior Classical League Saturnalia Certamen. First-time competitors Drew Barker '17 and Chris Garliss '17 won first place for Latin II. Their classmates, Brady Wright and Garvey Stalter, took home third for Latin III. 

LOYOLA ROBOTICS PERFORMS WELL AT BALTIMORE POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE QUALIFIER
12/15/2014

Loyola Robotics traveled to Baltimore Polytechnic Institute on Dec. 13 to compete against teams from Maryland and Washington, D.C. for a spot in the Maryland State Championship.

The team composed of Brian Radin, Steven Youngblood, Aidan-Bissell Siders, Justin Brooks, and Mark Medija finished first out of 40 teams in the qualification rounds, but were defeated in the elimination rounds. They were the only team at the event to finish the qualification rounds with an undefeated 7-0 record and are still in the hunt for a spot to the Maryland State Championship.

Additionally, Loyola fielded a brand new robot team designed and driven by John Park who finished 19th out of 40 teams in the qualification rounds.

View results from the tournament here.

PATRIOTS CLUB PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY
12/15/2014

On Saturday, Dec. 13, the Loyola Patriots Club participated in National Wreaths Across America Day, which was held at military cemeteries across the country and around the world.

The club was honored to place one of the seven ceremonial wreaths before helping to lay over 900 additional wreaths at Baltimore National Cemetery. They were cited for their patriotism as young men and for their hard work in obtaining sponsorships for almost 300 wreaths in their inaugural year.

It was a moving and humbling experience for the boys and their families and they are grateful to all members of the Loyola community who stepped up to help honor our vets with a wreath.

View photos from the event here, thanks to the Heise family.

The club is looking forward to greeting returning troops at BWI on Dec. 23. All from the Loyola Blakefield community are welcome to attend. 

ROBOTICS TEAM COMPETES IN HEREFORD STAMPEDE
12/9/2014

Loyola Robotics competed in the Hereford Stampede on Dec. 6 where juniors Steven Youngblood, Aidan Bissel-Siders, and Brian Radin ended the event in 7th place out of 43 teams. Their performance earned them a spot in the elimination round in which they made it through to the semifinals.

The freshman team made up of Bobby Wescott and Garret Bugg finished in the top 50% on only their second time competing.

The club also fielded their first-ever middle school team made up of Benick Mbaya, Blessy Mbaya, Andrew Polun, Graham Goldsborough and Emerson Goldsborugh. They finished 28 out of 43 teams. This was their first time competing and they were forced to compete against primarily high school teams.

FORENSICS COMPETES AT GEORGE MASON PATRIOT GAMES TOURNAMENT
12/9/2014

This past weekend, our Forensics team competed at the George Mason Patriot Games tournament, which is the largest fall high school tournament on the East coast. 

Please congratulate Luke Scaletta for earning a semifinalist award in declamation. Luke delivered the “Hope Speech” by Harvey Milk.

Special recognition also goes to John Moses, who made his team debut in prose reading (“SantaLand Diaries” by David Sedaris) and impromptu speaking. John is the first middle-school student to compete for us at this tournament since Liam Fowl and Kurt Imhoff in 2008.

CREATIVE WRITING CLASS CREATES "FOUND POEMS"
12/4/2014

Mr. Flanigan's Creative Writing Honors class has been creating "found poems." According to Flanigan, Found Poetry is created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poems by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning. 

Mr. Flanigan thought up the assignment a few years ago when he noticed a stack of old literary magazine from the 1950s headed for the recycling bin.

"For the assignment, students first write ten poem titles for poems that do not exist; they just make up random titles," said Flanigan. "Following, I ask them to circle one of the titles and they pass that title to a fellow classmate."

Flanigan then distributes a single page from one of the old literary magazine to each student. From this, the students make “found poems” by cutting the words from that page and taping or pasting them to a blank page, while using the random title assigned to them by their neighbor to help guide them as they look through the words of the old text. 

According to Flanigan, they are looking to create meaning between the title and the collection of old words, which are of course limited. "The exercise really stretches their imaginations and increases attention to specific word location and context."

The following poems are on display in the English wing in Wheeler Hall. 

If you can't see the slideshow above, view the poems here.

MATH TEACHER RESEARCHES STUDENTS' STUDY AND ORGANIZATIONAL HABITS
12/3/2014

We are always interested in what our faculty members are doing to advance their careers in education.

Math teacher Megan Kurtzman has been completing her second internship for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Mount St. Mary’s University. She started the program in January 2013 after finishing up her undergrad at High Point University in December 2012. During this semester, she was to engage in a reflective inquiry project in which she could identify a topic of interest related to classroom teaching using current research contained in professional journals.

She chose to focus on the study and organizational habits of her Geometry students by creating an interactive notebook for them to use throughout the entire course. Her inquiry was: "How does the use of an interactive notebook support student achievement in College Preparatory Geometry?"

"The interactive notebook is just a five subject spiral notebook in which students complete all warm ups, homework, and written assignments," said Kurtzman. "All note sheets, worksheets, and graded assessments are then taped within the notebook to allow the students to have access to them later in the year."

This research project was one of the final steps in order to complete her master's degree, along with an additional professional portfolio following the guidelines issued by the Maryland State Department of Education.

"I decided to research this topic with my sophomores in Geometry to address their organizational skills," said Kurtzman. "Overall, the results have been expected throughout the first semester. However, I have been inclined to continue looking at the effect the notebooks will bring to their midterm exam scores."

CERTAMEN TEAM MAKES DEBUT APPEARANCE
11/17/2014

Classical Languages are alive and well at Blakefield! Our Certamen team, coached by Latin teacher Elizabeth Olson, competed in their debut performance on Nov. 15 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Certamen (Latin for “contest”) is an It’s Academic-type competition centered on rounds of questions about Latin grammar, culture, and mythology. Ms. Olson drafted two teams to compete and our Level III team placed third out of over 15 other teams from across the state. The boys represented the school well and impressed all with their Volvite Equites Volvite (Roll Dons Roll) team shirts. Please congratulate the following students:

Level III: Nick Lippa '17, Garvey Stalter '17, Brady Wright '17

Level I: Alex Ponchit '17, Andrew Melvin '18, Matthew Tan '18

VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS PHOTOGRAPH HISTORIC BALTIMORE LANDMARKS
11/13/2014

 

On Nov. 7, a group of Visual Arts students traveled to Baltimore City to photograph various historical landmarks including Lovely Lane Methodist Church, the Baltimore Basilica, St. Ignatius Church, Peabody Library, and the Walters Art Museum. Prior to the trip, the 36 students from a variety of Visual Arts classes—Drawing, Painting, Advanced Studio, Photography, and Digital Media—had been given a historical overview of each building. They took cameras and sketchbooks to document the architecture, people, and city life that surrounded each location.

"Many of the students expressed that shooting on location in Baltimore City pushed them outside of their photographic comfort zone," said Digital Media teacher Brad Ziegler '10. "The visual variety found within walking around a city and visiting historic locations was an exciting departure from their usual subject matter."According to Ziegler, one of students' favorite spots along the way was the basement of the Basilica due to its stark light and shadow and leading lines. Other favorites included the ceiling of Lovely Lane Methodist Church with its rich Baltimore history and the repetition found within the Peabody Library. 

According to Drawing and Painting instructor Virginia Petr, this is the third time in the last few years that this trip has been offered. "We will definitely plan to do it again. For now, students will use the photos they captured for several different art projects in a variety of mediums."

To view photos from the trip, click here.

CROSS COUNTRY WINS 6TH STRAIGHT MIAA TITLE
11/6/2014

Varsity Cross Country captured their 6th consecutive MIAA title at Oregon Ridge on Nov. 5. The Dons placed 5 runners in the top 13 with all 7 varsity runners finishing under 17 minutes on the tough 3-mile course. Captain Michael Wegner '15 (15:33) finished as the individual champion, making this the 6th straight year a Loyola runner has won this race. He had the second fastest time in meet history. Please congratulate the entire team:

Michael Wegner
Kenny Rowe
Frankie Legambi
Max Barbour
Kevin Wegner
Andrew Macdonald
Logan Gibbs
Ben Hosford
Dan Vinton
Devon Maranto
Ben Sullivan
Robby Reiners
Nick Duffy
Pat Sawyer
Wyatt Rahl
Josh Glenn

LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD HONORS AFRICAN-AMERICAN ALUMNI
11/5/2014

On Nov. 1, nearly 100 of Loyola’s African-American alumni gathered at Blakefield for the official unveiling of the Frank P. Fischer Diversity Endowment Fund. According to Alumni Director Pat Muth '99, "the fellowship and good will throughout the morning were intensely palpable as memories were shared and reconnections made." Learn more about the diversity endowment fund here.

STUDENTS ATTEND KASPERSKY CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
10/29/2014

Fourteen members of our Cyber Science program attended the Kaspersky Government Solutions Conference in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 28. Kaspersky Lab has been a proud partner of our program for over two years and our Dons were the only high school students in attendance at this conference. They had a chance to meet and interact with some of the top Cyber Security professionals in the nation. Learn more about our outstanding Cyber program here.

CYBER DONS QUALIFY FOR 2014 MARYLAND CYBER CHALLENGE FINALS
10/10/2014

In honor of October being Cybersecurity Awareness Month, two teams from our cybersecurity club have qualified for the finals of the Maryland Cyber Challenge (MDC3), a competition that the Dons won in 2013. Please congratulate the following Dons:

Team Gold: 
Patrick Lagator, Colin Lagator, Owen Haiber, Jake Morrison, James Lortz, and JT Blodgett

Team Blue:
Tim Krach, Frankie Petillo, Luke De Koomen. Edward Burchell. Evan Novian, and Andrew Miller

 

The finals will be held on Oct. 30. Find out more information about the competition here.

2014 FALL FOOD DRIVE
10/1/2014

 

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: ELIZABETH OLSON
9/25/2014

 

Elizabeth Olson, a second-year instructor in the Classical Languages department, participated in an ancient Greek language immersion program offered by the Paideia Institute this August in Greece.  

Paideia provides extraordinary opportunities for language learning and practice by integrating language with place. Miss Olson resided for three weeks at a villa known as the Hellenikon Idyllion (Greek Paradise) in the seaside village of Selianitika with other classicists from around the world. The program consisted of two three-hour seminars each day, conducted entirely in ancient Greek and rehearsals in the evenings for a production of a classical play. Chosen for this year’s session was "Euripides’ Bacchae," and Miss Olson performed the role of Agave, as well as singing and dancing as part of the chorus. 

Greek classes have seen a significant increase in enrollment this year at Loyola Blakefield undoubtedly due to Olson's interactive and engaging lessons and her genuine love for the Greek language, in addition to the entire department's effort to attract newcomers.

"The Classics department made a determined effort to promote Greek, and the study of the Classics overall, to our Latin students last year," said Classical Languages Department Chair Robert Wright. "Studying Latin is unique in itself, and the offering of Greek here in combination with it is a very rare and rewarding opportunity. Students' vocabulary and language skills improve significantly and the study of Homer, the New Testament, Lysias, and Plato add a tremendous depth to the boys’ historical, religious, and philosophical education here."

Olson plans to encourage her students to participate in future Paideia programs, but more immediately is already incorporating many of the things she learned from the trip in her Greek classes.

"She is at the growing vanguard of spoken Latin instruction in this country and her summer experience will help her be a trailblazer in the active spoken instruction of ancient Greek," said Wright.

View photos from Miss Olson's trip to Greece here.

Watch highlights from the play she took part in below.

2014 MASS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT HIGHLIGHTS
9/11/2014

Hear from Dan McNeal's classmate, Mike Dieter '90, and watch the presentation of the 13th Annual Daniel W. McNeal '90 Award.

View photos from the morning here.

MICHAEL WEGNER '15 NAMED 13TH ANNUAL DAN McNEAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT
9/11/2014

We are pleased to announce Michael Paul Wegner '15 as the 13th Annual Daniel W. McNeal '90 Scholarship Award Recipient.

In the classroom, Michael strives for academic excellence, given his achievement in honors and advanced placement courses. One of Michael's teachers states, "he stands out in every class because of his curiosity and desire to learn more.” 

Much like Dan McNeal, Michael's accomplishments go beyond the academic realm. He trains tirelessly year round as a runner, and serves as the captain of the Cross Country team this year.

In addition to his passion for running, Michael has strong creative abilities. He began to study the violin in third grade, and he continues to do so today, often playing at church. He won the Loyola art award in both his freshman and sophomore years, and is taking advanced painting as one of his senior electives.

When it comes to giving his time to others, this young man belongs to two religious youth groups outside of Loyola, and he took part in a Loyola service trip to West Virginia this past summer. His chaperone from that trip states, “He is as genuine as they come.”

In short, Michael's sincerity, inexhaustible energy, and unwavering pursuit of his goals inspire those around him.

In his own words from his application to Loyola Blakefield in 2010, Michael wrote, “When most people think of me, they think of me as just a runner. Although running is a huge part of my life, there are many other interests I would like to write about.” Four years later, it is safe to say that no one would consider him to be “just a runner.”

Through all of his accomplishments, Michael has set the standard for hard work, leadership, and care for others. This young man exemplifies what it means to be a Loyola Don in the same ways that Dan McNeal did. 

 
The Daniel W. McNeal '90 Scholarship Award is given in loving memory of Dan McNeal, member of the Loyola Blakefield class of 1990, and recipient of the Loyola Alumni Medal. Dan died tragically in the World Trade Center Towers on the morning of September 11, 2001. Dan led his life, always choosing to think of others first. This award is given to that member of the junior or senior class who embodies the characteristics that we hold dear in Jesuit education – he lives his faith in word and in deed, he displays academic excellence, he is actively engaged in his community and, most of all, he exemplifies being “…a man for others.”
 

STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
9/5/2014

Alumni Director Pat Muth '99 and Assistant Admissions Director Dr. Pat Brugh '01 are teaming up this year to create a student ambassadors program to help our Dons market Loyola Blakefield as the #1 place for a Catholic education in Maryland. If you are or know a student who might be interested in joining this program, please contact Dr. Brugh at pbrugh@loyolablakefield.org.

MEET OUR NEW TEACHERS
9/3/2014

Several new faculty members have joined the Loyola Blakefield community for the 2014-15 school year. Take some time to get to know them better below.

 

Michelle Roberts

Michelle will be teaching the technology courses and a Study Skills class in the Middle School. She comes to us from the Jemicy School where she served as the Media Specialist/Technology instructor for the past 10 years. Prior to that, she was Co-Director of Technology at Oldfields School. Ms. Roberts earned her Master of Science in Educational Technology from Boise State University and her BS in Computer Science from Lynchburg College. A couple of her hobbies include walking on her treadmill and letting books take her to new places and meeting new characters.

"I'm very excited to get to know all the wonderful young men at Loyola and be able to spend time with them doing community service projects."

 

Kelly Christ

Kelly will be teaching sophomore, junior, and senior English as well as advising the school newspaper. With a BS in English and Secondary Education from Towson University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College, Kelly Christ comes to Loyola Blakefield with 14 years of teaching experience. Honored as one of Harford County’s Teacher of the Year Finalists in 2012, Ms. Christ has extracurricular experience in art and media production—from choreographing school musicals, to advising the school newspaper and tele-video production team, to directing and coordinating campus-wide music videos. Ms. Christ is active in women’s ministry at GraceCity church in Federal Hill and teaches musical theatre and improvisation classes at a local dance studio. She enjoys cycling, southern California, and metaphors.

"I am most looking forward to being part of a community committed to faith and service."

 

Brad Ziegler '10

Brad will be teaching Photography and Digital Media in our Visual Arts department. After graduating from Loyola Blakefield in 2010, he attended Muhlenberg College and double majored in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography and Media/Communications. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, bicycling, and shooting photos, sometimes combining all three with varying degrees of success. 

"I am thrilled to be returning to work within the Loyola community and look forward to seeing all the creativity and fresh perspectives the Dons will bring to my classes this year."

 

 

Marshal Edrington '09

Marshal will be serving as a long-term substitute for Reagan Koffel, teaching History in the 6th grade. After graduating from Loyola, he attended Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. where he studied Secondary Education with a concentration in Social Studies.  He spent time student teaching at Frederick High School and Catoctin High School. Outside of teaching, Marshall has a passion for music, singing and playing the guitar in his free time. He is a huge Baltimore sports fan and will be decorating his classroom in Sheridan Hall accordingly. 

"For this upcoming year at Loyola, I am just excited be back at such a wonderful place. I am the person I am today because of my seven years spent at Loyola. It is exciting and such a blessing to be a teacher now where I can impact and help transform these boys into men for others."

 

Bethany Gentry

Beth will be teaching Spanish this year. She received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University studying political science and Spanish and her master’s degree from Towson University where she studied international politics. Ms. Gentry is a Baltimore native and attended the Institute of Notre Dame for high school.  She previously coached cross country and track for Western Tech and Loch Raven high schools. Last year, she lived in Madrid and taught English in a bilingual public school. She loves traveling and while living in Madrid was able to visit Morocco, Turkey, Portugal and Ireland.

"After working in public schools for the past few years, which I loved, I am happy to be back in a small, Catholic community like Loyola."

 

Julius Lobo

Julius joins our English department. Before arriving here, he taught English at Loyola University Maryland, as well as Penn State University where he did his graduate work. When he is not teaching, reading, or grading, he enjoys singing, playing music, cheering for the Chicago Bears, and spending time with his wife and son who just turned one year old. 

"This coming year, I am most excited about getting to know my new colleagues and students, as well as becoming a part of the wonderful community at Loyola Blakefield.

 

 

 

Walter Pyzik '02

Walt joins our History department and will be teaching World History and American Experience to freshmen and juniors. Walter received his BA in History and teacher certification from Washington College in Chestertown, Md. on the Eastern Shore. As for hobbies, he enjoys watching baseball.  He played all four years he attended Loyola, as well as at Washington College. He also likes to be outdoors camping, hiking or the like. He is most excited about interacting with students at Loyola. 

"My experiences here helped to shape my life and I hope to be able to play a role in the growth of the young men here." 

 

 

Maria Baird

Maria joins us as the Middle School Learning Specialist. She has worked for the past 22 years in special education, specifically with students with language-based learning differences. She received a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University as well as a master’s degree in Reading from Towson University. Prior to coming to Loyola Blakefield, she served as the Head of Lower School Language Arts at the Jemicy School where she developed curriculum, participated in professional development, and taught several content area courses. 

"This year, I look forward to empowering students to succeed at Loyola."

 

 

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION WEEK RECAP
8/29/2014

To kick off freshman year, the Class of 2018 spent this past week building relationships with each other and several of our faculty members through a number of activities. Students went on a Christian service trip to First Fruits Farm to pick potatoes for soup kitchens throughout Maryland, participated in team building exercises on the ropes course at The Claggett Center in Adamstown, Md. and spent a day on campus touring the buildings and playing ice breakers. View photos from Freshman Orientation Week below.

If you can't view the embedded photo slideshow above, view the photos here.

 

FORMER BOARD OF TRUSTEES CHAIRMAN THROWS OUT FIRST PITCH AT O'S GAME
8/27/2014

Former chair of Loyola's Board of Trustees and Legg Mason CEO Joseph A. Sullivan threw out the first pitch at the O's game last night. Roll Dons, Roll!

FR. GREG BOYLE, S.J. VISITS LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD
8/22/2014

On Aug. 21, Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the world's largest gang intervention program, and author of Tattoos on the Heart, shared stories of struggle and hope and his own reflections on God's unconditional love through 20+ years of ministry to gangs. Faculty and staff members from Loyola Blakefield, Cristo Rey High School, and Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy were in attendance. View photos from the day here. Watch Fr. Boyle's speech in its entirety below.

OHSUNG KWON '18
8/21/2014

One of our newest Dons, Ohsung Kwon '18, arrived in Baltimore on Aug. 19 from South Korea and will be staying with the Goldsborough family (Charlie '18, Graham '21, Emerson '20, and Nigel '16) for the duration of the 2014-15 academic year. His mother had intended to live with him here in the U.S. while he studied at Loyola (his sister is at Mount de Sales), but Mrs. Kwon’s application for a Visa was not approved at the last minute. Ohsung attended Trinity School in Ellicott City for 8th grade and scored outstandingly on the HSPT. He is a straight 'A' student and a charming young man. We are very excited to have him at Loyola.

 

MRS. KATHY ROEDER RECEIVES FIRST ANNUAL JOHN STEWART '60 FACULTY/STAFF AWARD
8/21/2014

We welcomed back our entire faculty and staff yesterday for the start of a new school year. During the opening ceremony, the first annual John Stewart '60 Faculty/Staff Award was presented to Mrs. Kathy Roeder, Administrative Assistant to the Upper School Principal. This award is presented annually to a member of our faculty/staff who serves as a model employee, humbly dedicates themselves in service to our mission, and who, in their actions and deeds strives to remain committed to being a man or woman for others. If you've ever had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Roeder, you would agree that she fits that description perfectly. We are very lucky to have her at Loyola.

LOYOLA COMMUNITY PARTICIPATES IN ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
8/15/2014

The following members of the Loyola Blakefield community participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge which has taken the internet by storm over the past month to help raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. We invite you to participate by posting a video to our Facebook page or donate to the cause directly by visiting www.alsa.org/donate. If you're having trouble seeing the embedded videos below, try logging out or visit our Facebook page to view them.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

MATH TEACHER IMPLEMENTS CAPOLOGY LESSON IN ALGEBRA CLASSES
7/17/2014

Math Teacher Blair Boehm is teaming up with Rick Geritz '82 (CEO, LifeJourney), Baltimore Ravens' Senior Vice President of Football Administration Pat Moriarty, and Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Sales Ed Burchell '84 to implement a supplemental lesson plan on Capology in her Algebra classes this upcoming school year. Capology is the study of the mechanics and rules regulating the total amount of player compensation in professional sports.

Students will gain real-world experience as they learn what goes on behind the scenes at Ravens headquarters as the front office works to build the best team at the best price. They will create their own Baltimore Ravens team with what they think will be the most effective and efficient roster, while remaining under the NFL's current salary cap of $133 million. This includes deciding to release, keep, or restructure player contracts. Throughout the school year, they will learn different ways to analyze their rosters--the numbers as well as other factors that play into decision making (player chemistry, personality in the locker room, etc.).

The Capologist LifeJourney was unveiled this morning at the Enoch Pratt Central Library. Ms. Boehm was recognized as the first teacher to try out this innovative experience in her classroom for the upcoming school year.

Read more about the project via the Baltimore Ravens' press release here.

LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD SIGNS SUSTAINING AGREEMENT WITH MARYLAND PROVINCE OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS
6/24/2014

This morning, President Anthony Day, incoming chairman of Loyola's Board of Trustees Joseph A. DeSantis '82, outgoing chair Joseph A. Sullivan, and Provincial of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus Very Rev. James Shea, SJ signed the quinquennial sustaining sponsorship agreement which states Loyola Blakefield will remain a Jesuit institution for the next five years.

SUMMER SERVICE TRIP TO CAMDEN, NJ
6/23/2014

Twelve rising seniors and three chaperones (Director of College Counseling Yvette Jenkins, English teacher Samantha O'Connor, and College Counseling Asst. Hillary Geremia) from Loyola Blakefield visited Camden, New Jersey last week, hosted by the Center for Environmental Transformation. The Center is a retreat house that doubles as an urban farm, the mission of which is to empower people to make better choices as they extract, produce, consume, and dispose of various comestibles and other goods. The group had the chance to spend time with and learn from the city’s residents at a variety of locations, including day shelter New Visions and community outreach centers Fellowship House and the Neighborhood Center. The Dons worked hard, helping each other as they worked to help the local community. They cleaned, painted, hauled, raked, mowed, and more. Ultimately, they recovered a real sense of spiritual discipline, and they had a fantastic time doing so. 

DONS IN BELIZE UPDATE
6/23/2014

Here's an update on how our Dons in Belize are doing, thanks to science department chair Ryan Bromwell:

It has been a day of transitions. While sad to leave San Pedro and the relaxing paradise of the tropical reef, there had been much anticipation about our arrival in Belize City.

We have settled into Starfish House in Northern Belize City. Today, we took a tour of the city and saw a number of constructed homes like the one we will build.

The home will be for a single mother of three children ages 6, 7, and 19. Her current home has had its top level burned and it is in a dangerous neighborhood. She has a job with the BML which is a government branch that takes care of the roads and grounds around highways etc. We have not met the family yet, but we look forward to at the job site tomorrow. 

Tonight, the students really enjoyed mass at St. Martin de Porres Parish, a Jesuit parish in Belize City. Father Matt Ruhl had a really great homily which many students connected with. The music and energy of the congregation were also topics for good reflection.

Attached are a few photos of our fun moments in San Pedro last week. One of the guys on the boat, one of the sharks we snorkeled with, and a few off our night time beach seine.

Please continue to pray for us as this week will be sure to test the strength of the group which has bonded nicely during our transition to Belize. It will be a week quite unlike the last.

Peace and prayers,

The Belize Service Learning Immersion Group

JOE FLACCO VISITS LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD
6/21/2014
 

IMMERSION TRIP TO BELIZE
6/17/2014

Fourteen rising seniors and three faculty members are on a two-week service-learning immersion trip to Belize from June 17-30 to study and learn about the country's ecology and culture as well as give their time and talents in service.

The trip has three components. The first portion of the trip will be spent working with Belizean community service organizations. Students will help construct housing for urban poor under the supervision of Hand in Hand Ministries in Belize City and will visit the Jesuit Parish of St. Peter Claver that serves the rural poor in Punta Gorda. The second portion of the trip will be spent at the Belize Marine Tropical Research and Education Center in San Pedro studying marine coastal biology. The third element will be an opportunity to visit the unique cultural heritage of Belize, including Mayan cultural sites and the Garifuna community.

Thanks to our Office of Ignatian Service and our science and history departments for putting this trip together.

2014 JAMAICA SUMMER SERVICE TRIP
6/17/2014

Nine rising seniors, accompanied by Alumni Service Corps members Drew Chlan '09 and Sean Cahill '09 and Mrs. Kathy Mathias, visited Jamaica from June 8-15 for the first weeklong service trip of summer. They worked with the Jamaica Volunteer Foundation at various sites in and around Kingston that assist the sick, the homeless, the elderly, and at-risk children.

Students provided help at the following locations:

  • A home for the elderly and homeless run by Mother Theresa's Missionaries of Charity in downtown Kingston
  • St. Margaret's, a community center with a school for at-risk children, health clinic, meals for elderly, and sewing shop for youth   
  • An elementary school in Riverton City
  • An economically poor settlement near a shanty town built on the old Kingston city dump  
  • St. Monica's Home for the elderly & victims of Hanson’s disease (leprosy) located on the outskirts of Kingston near Spanish town. 

The type of work varied at each site and included serving meals, washing or shaving, entertaining or writing letters, tutoring or physical education/sports, health clinic assistance and physical labor (painting, building, cleaning, etc.). 

 

THE TALE OF TWO MEN FOR OTHERS
6/16/2014

Marvin Roxas '09 and Andrew Boston '99 recently met each other while serving with the Peace Corps in Uganda. Roxas is currently helping fund and construct an ICT (Information Communications Technology) lab in the Luteete Primary Teachers College where he works in training teachers. Andrew is coaching Uganda's first-ever men's lacrosse team which will be competing later this year in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship in Denver, CO. He's also helping with fundraising efforts (Fields of Growth) to get the team proper training equipment and pay for travel expenses.

BLAKEFIELD PLAYERS TO PERFORM ON INTERNATIONAL STAGE, BUT FIRST A FAREWELL
6/13/2014

The Loyola Blakefield Players will present the musical, Godspell, as a dinner theatre performance on July 25, 26, and 27th before heading to Edinburgh, Scotland, where they have been selected by the American High School Theatre Festival as one of thirty North American schools to perform at the Fringe Theatre Festival in August. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the world. Each year, thousands of international performers travel to Scotland’s capital city and perform at hundreds of venues throughout the month of August.

The Blakefield Players were chosen for this honor by the AHSTF after a rigorous selection process that involved a review by the AHSTF's Board of Advisors, a group of renowned college theatre professionals. Selection was based on the Blakefield Players' recent bodies of work, community involvement, philosophies, and recommendations. Only thirty high schools across the United States and Canada were selected by the AHSTF to participate in the 2014 Fringe Festival. 

The farewell performances will be presented in the Father George Lounge on the Loyola Blakefield Campus, 500 Chestnut Avenue, Towson, Md. Performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, July 25 and 26, at 7:00 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on July 27 at 1:00 p.m.  Dinner will be provided by Carrabba’s Italian Grill and will be served 90 minutes prior to each performance. Tickets are $32.00 and are available for online purchase now. For more information, call The Loyola Blakefield Players at (443) 841-3224.

ADMISSIONS DEPARTMENT INVITES 'DONS FOR A DAY'
6/11/2014

This week, Admissions Director John Feeley and his department introduced a new opportunity for rising 7th and 8th grade students from other schools in the area to experience Loyola Blakefield like never before. "Don for a Day" provided these students with a firsthand experience of what a day in the life of a Don is actually like. This included students choosing their own one-day schedule from STEM-related or Humanities courses, learning from our top-of-the-line teachers, and exploring the history and beauty of our campus.

Our visiting "Dons for a Day" and student ambassadors play some Frazzleerham in the Hollow.

Alumni John Macdonald '14 (former captain of the Robotics team) and Mr. Bob Rassa '58 (Robotics club moderator) talk engineering and robotics in the Xavier Hall Robotics Lab.

Campus Minister Mr. Brendan O'Kane explains the history of St. Ignatius on his walking tour of campus.

2014 RETIRING FACULTY AND STAFF
6/9/2014

FACULTY AND STAFF RECOGNIZED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE
6/6/2014

As we wish our faculty and staff a safe and relaxing summer, we recognize the following men and women who have reached a significant milestone in providing countless years of service to Loyola Blakefield by educating and caring for our Dons.

Mr. Jerry Roe - 30 years
Mr. Raymond Brown - 30.5 years
Mrs. Kelly Breschi - 30 years
Dr. Vince Fitzpatrick - 35 years
Ms. Pat O'Hara - 30 years
Mr. Terry Levering - 30 years
Mr. Stephen Kucharski - 30 years

TALENT TOUR 2014 DEPARTS FOR PHILLY
6/4/2014

The 2014 Talent Tour will perform five shows in Philadelphia from June 4-6 at Whosever Mission (transitional home), DePaul Catholic School (elementary school in Germantown), St. Catherine’s Retirement Community (retired priests), and Mercy Home (day center for adults with disabilities).

Then, the tour will travel back to Baltimore for eight shows on June 9th and 10th at Baer School, Ridge Ruxton School, Gribbin Center, Gallagher Center, Blakehurst, Villa Assumpta, Manor Care, and Sarah’s Hope. The shows will consist of various skits including improv comedy routines, magic tricks, singing, and more. 

The following Dons will be performing:

Justin Brooks '15
Matt Demetrides '15
Patrick Eby '15
Patrick Gagliardi '15
Charlie Minges '15
John Morekas '15
Zach Phillips '15
Derek Rhodes '15
Erik Simons '15
Devan Welsh '15

HIGHLIGHTS FROM LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD'S 162nd COMMENCEMENT
6/2/2014

On June 1, 2014, Loyola Blakefield held its 162nd Commencement, graduating 181 seniors. The following awards were presented:

THE CITIZENSHIP AWARD is presented annually to that member of the graduating class who, through daily interaction with his fellow students, has exhibited principles of character, Americanism, and leadership. Daniel Staed Finley 

THE REV. FATHER LLOYD D. GEORGE, S.J. AWARD is presented to that member of the graduating class who has achieved the highest grade-point average through the mid-point of his senior year. Mitchell Patrick Butler 

THE REV. ANTHONY J. ZEITS, S.J. AWARD, presented by the Loyola Mothers’ Club to a Senior who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and leadership on and off the athletic field. Thomas McCormick Baird 

THE DOCTOR FORD LOKER AWARD is presented by the Loyola Fathers’ Club to a Senior who holds a varsity letter and is outstanding for academic excellence. Connor Welsh Moran 

THE MATTHEW J. RUSSELL AWARD, established by the graduating Class of 1986 in memory of their deceased classmate, is presented to a Senior whose commitment to God, family and friends has been exemplified by a quiet, sensitive, and selfless concern for others. Giovanni Goffredo Petronelli 

THE MICHAEL J. IAMPIERI AWARD, established to honor Mr. Michael Iampieri, a beloved member of the Loyola Blakefield faculty from 1966 to 2007. During his tenure, Mr. Iampieri founded the School’s art department and taught art to generations of young men over four decades.  Through his engaging demeanor and persistent, gentle persuasion, Mr. Iampieri modeled in and out of the classroom that openness to growth and the spark of imagination are cornerstones of a rich, rewarding, and spiritual life.The Michael J. Iampieri Award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated personal and spiritual growth through his pursuit of creative self-expression and his achievements in the fine arts. Nicholas Alan Porterfield 

THE REV. JAMES F. SALMON, S.J., AWARD is presented to that graduate who has demonstrated leadership in student activities and scholarship in Science and Religious Studies. Dionisio Ernesto Hipolito 

THE REV. ALOYSIUS P. McGONIGAL, S.J. AWARD is presented by the Loyola Fathers’ Club to a Senior who has worked to full capacity in and out of the classroom but has received little recognition for his tenacious spirit. Elliot William Queale 

THE JESUIT SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION AWARD is presented to the graduate who most closely resembles the ideal of a person gifted with conscience and intelligence. Religious and loving, he is committed to do justice in the generous service of God’s people. Jake Augustin Leonard 

THE LOYOLA ALUMNI AWARD is presented to the Senior who is most conspicuous for school spirit, leadership and excellence in studies. Cole Worthington Waesche 

THE DAVID A. KENNEDY AWARD was established by the Alumni Association to honor Mr. David A. Kennedy, teacher and registrar at Loyola from 1937 to 1977.  This award is presented annually to that member of the graduating class who, through unselfish contribution of academic skills, personal talents, and social values in service to Loyola Blakefield and to the community at large, best embodies the Ignatian principle of “men for others.” John Gillis Scaletta  

THE LOYOLA AWARD, founded in honor of the Rev. John F. Dustin, S.J., is awarded to the most representative member of the graduating class for excellence in scholastic achievement and participation in extra-curricular activities. Francis Daniel O’Neill 

THE DENNIS B. WOOLFORD "CURA PERSONALIS" AWARD is given in loving memory of Dennis B. Woolford class of 2010. Although Dennis was a gifted athlete who started on 8 MIAA championship teams including the undefeated 2008 Football team, Dennis will always be remembered for his kind heart, free spirit and a smile that would light up the room.  He considered every Don his best friend and every teammate his brother.  This award is given to a student or faculty member of Loyola Blakefield who best represents "care for the individual person". Alexander Isaiah Isaac,  Mr. Patrick Maggio, & Mr. Anthony Day 

THE JOHN H. WEETENKAMP III AWARD was established to honor John H. Weetenkamp III, a beloved alumnus and member of the Loyola Blakefield faculty from 1969 to the present. During his tenure, Mr. Weetenkamp held a variety of roles including English Teacher, Moderator, Registrar, Assistant Headmaster, Headmaster, Director of Ignatian Mission and Identity, and Interim President. This award is presented to a graduating senior who has been caring to his peers and demonstrated dedication to the mission of Loyola Blakefield. He is a young man who has embodied the words of Saint Ignatius by his actions and has served his fellow Dons and others generously through the Campus Ministry and Service programs as well as other opportunities. Timothy Paul Fair

Watch commencement speeches from Dan O'Neill '14, President Day, and Interim Principal McCaul below.

Photos from the day can be viewed below:

Photos of Loyola Blakefield's 162nd Commencement Ceremony from The Baltimore Sun can be seen here.

EIGHTH GRADE GRADUATION HIGHLIGHTS
5/31/2014

On May 30, Loyola Blakefield graduated students from its middle school. The following awards were given out:

FAITH COMMITMENT: Jason Polun

CHRISTIAN SERVICE: Noah Peck

COMPASSION: Tiernan Brunner

INTEGRITY: Emmett Hudak

JUSTICE: Gabriel Moreno

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Mac Brennan, Jack Connolly, Will Koras, Jack McArthur, Robbie Olsen, Noah Peck, Joe Stafford, Hunter Stone, and Zach Rekoski

THE DANIEL McNEAL AWARD: Tiernan Brunner

MOTHER-SON MASS & LUNCHEON HIGHLIGHTS
5/30/2014

View photos from the Mother-Son Mass & Luncheon which was held on campus Thursday, May 29th:

LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD'S LITERARY ART MAGAZINE, WORKSHOP(S), NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
5/23/2014

The 2014 edition of Workshop(s), Loyola Blakefield's Digital Literary Art Magazine, featuring a range of artistic mediums including poetry, short stories, digital graphics, paintings, photography, and even videos, is now available for viewing online. If it does not show up below, view it here.

DONS ON THE HILL SPEAK TO AP U.S. GOVERNMENT CLASSES
5/23/2014

On May 23rd, we had the honor of welcoming back alumni Vince Zito '07 and Nick Morrison '07, who talked with AP U.S. Government classes about their roles, responsibilities, and life in general on Capitol Hill.

Vince (Indiana University '11) is currently the Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Dan Coats from Indiana. His roles include drafting floor speeches, coordinating interviews with local and national media and managing social media. He was also a former Military Legislative Correspondent dealing with issues including defense, foreign affairs and veterans.

Nick (Loyola University Chicago '11) is the Legislative Correspondent for Deb Fischer from Nebraska, where he works with Legislative Director of Chief-of-Staff to develop policy positions and directly advice Sen. Fischer on all issues under the purview of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also worked on Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential and congressional campaigns in North Carolina, New Hampshire and Virginia and as Staff Assistant under Sen. John Kyl from Arizona.

ARCHITECTURE CLUB WINS ACE MENTORING COMPETITION
5/13/2014

On May 7th, Loyola's Architecture Club presented their design for the ACE (Architecture | Construction | Engineering) Mentor Program sponsored Harbor Point Competition at Carver School for the Arts. Eight teams of students across the city participated in this year’s project and were mentored by some 35 professionals from as many offices and business in the region.

Loyola's Architecture Club has been meeting every week for 14 weeks at the Rubeling and Associates office on Tuesday afternoons. In addition to Dave Recchia at Rubeling’s office, the team was assisted by Karen Evans (the team leader) and Ben Stump of Whiting Turner Construction and Jimmy Crisafulli of Rosendin Electric.

"The whole experience was amazing and we were all quite excited when the Loyola team took top honors," said Steve Shapiro, the club's moderator.

As a result, the team was invited to present their winning design this morning at the annual Board and Donor Breakfast for the Baltimore ACE Mentoring Chapter, which was held at the Engineering Club in Mt. Vernon. 

Please congratulate this year’s participants: David Villarreal, Patrick Eby, Matt Trail, Ryan Bullen, and Griff Gilmore. The winning design and board presentation is on view in the Burk Lobby.

2014 ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES HONORED
5/13/2014

Congratulations to the following alumni who were inducted into the 2014 Loyola Blakefield Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 10: 

Ed Murn '57
Charlie Smith '62
Don Beck '64
Rick Diggs '66
Fran Wiegmann '73
Mike Koch '74
Steve Mutscheller '81
Mark Cucuzzella '84
Troy Vance '85
Scott Diggs '95

 

The Loyola Blakefield Hall of Fame was established to honor the accomplishments of players and coaches who have made a significant contribution and brought recognition and lasting fame to athletics at Blakefield. Candidates who are alumni of Loyola Blakefield must be graduated at least ten years.

 

THE BLAKEFIELD PLAYERS OPEN GODSPELL
5/9/2014

The Loyola Blakefield Players had a terrific opening night of Godspell in the library on Thursday. This is the identical production that will travel to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland this summer. The show is an upbeat retelling of the Gospel set to Rock Music. Performances at Blakefield are Friday and Saturday, May 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7 p.m., and Sunday May 11 at 3 p.m.

JV LACROSSE NAMED 2014 MIAA CHAMPIONS
5/9/2014


The JV lacrosse team capped off a great season (13 wins - 1 loss) defeating Calvert Hall 7-4 to win the 2014 MIAA JV Lacrosse Championships. After beating CHC 3 days earlier to earn the spot in the title game, the boys, behind a stingy defense and stellar goaltending, pulled away in the second half - building up a 5 goal lead and cruising to victory.

21ST ANNUAL BILLY KORROW RUN HIGHLIGHTS
5/7/2014

Over 400 runners and walkers descended on Loyola's campus Sunday, March 4th for the 21st Annual Billy Korrow Memorial 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk to honor Billy Korrow, who was a 12-year-old 7th grader at Loyola in January 1993, when he died of a blood-clotting problem. He played soccer and lacrosse for the Dons’ middle-school teams. Bill Korrow, his father, has taught physical education at Loyola Blakefield since 1970. The year after their son’s death, Korrow and his wife, Jane, launched the race with the help of alumni and other staffers at the school.

A great mix of alumni, Loyola families, and high school sports teams including Dulaney High School's Girls Varsity Lacrosse team, Loyola's Freshman and JV Lacrosse teams, and the Loyola Blakefield Aquatics team came out to show their support. Accompanied by generous support of past recipients of the scholarship who came together and gave back to the fund this year, a total of $12,000 was raised.

CLASS OF '56 LUNCHEON HIGHLIGHTS
5/6/2014

The Class of '56 stopped by campus for an impromptu luncheon this afternoon. Looks like they had a great time catching up. If your class is interested in hosting an event similar to this on campus, please contact our Alumni Director Pat Muth at (443) 841-3672.

CYBER SECURITY CLUB HOLDS END-OF-YEAR BANQUET
5/5/2014

The Cyber Security Club held their end-of-year banquet this past weekend where they were presented with an award for winning the Maryland State transfer spot to the Mid-Atlantic Regional finals where the team finished 3rd overall in the 2014 CyberPatriot Games. Chief Master Sergeant Jorge Laurel of the United States Air Force, 34th Intelligence Squadron, made the presentation. He is also the President of the Baltimore Air Force Association Chapter 160. View more pictures from the night here.

TROY VANCE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
5/2/2014

This year’s recipient of The Troy M. Vance '85 Endowed Scholarship is J.P. Clancy '14.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a senior who resembles Troy in that he excels in sports and academics and exemplifies what it means to be a "Man-for-Others."

J.P. will be attending the United States Naval Academy in the fall.

 

2014 GOLDEN DONS DINNER HIGHLIGHTS
5/2/2014
 
FIFTH ANNUAL JOIN FOR JOE A SUCCESS
4/30/2014

Over 180 people signed up for the Bone Marrow Registry on campus on April 29th in honor of the late Joe Gorman, who passed away in 2011 as a freshman after battling with Leukemia.

FORENSICS PLACES 2ND AT 2014 SPARTAN INVITATIONAL
4/28/2014

This past weekend at the Spartan Invitational at Southern Lehigh High School, Loyola's Forensics team captured 2nd place in the Speech Sweepstakes out of 36 schools in attendance from seven states.

Please congratulate the following students for their award-winning performances:

Jack Scaletta & Michael Fiocco
Champions in Duo Interpretation (perfect score)

Jack Scaletta
Champion in Dramatic Performance

Ian Cumberpatch
6th Place in Dramatic Performance

Michael Fiocco
Semifinalist in Oral Interpretation of Literature

Jack Morton & John Huebler
4th Place in Policy Debate

ROBOTICS TEAM COMPETES IN 2014 VEX ROBOTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
4/28/2014

Loyola's Robotics Club took part in the 2014 Vex Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, CA this weekend. The competition brought together 26 nations from across the globe with hundreds of teams competing. The Dons officially finished 6th in the world in the Driving Skills Challenge and after progressing through the qualifying rounds, the team finished 42nd out of the 85 teams in their division with a 5-5-0 record.

For more information on the 2014 Vex Robotics High School World Championship, visit their website.

LOYOLA STUDENTS EARN RECOGNITION ON NATIONAL GREEK EXAM
4/25/2014

The following students have earned ribbons of excellence on the National Greek Exam this year:

Joseph Durkin ‘14
Claude Hanley ‘14
Hunter Flynn ‘14
Alexander Wilson ‘16
Joshua Glenn ‘16
Aidan Bissell-Siders ‘16
Declan Aroh ‘16

The National Greek Exam is a standardized exam and scholarship program offered annually under the auspices of the American Classical League. Students are tested on their knowledge of Attic Greek grammar and their reading comprehension skills. About 2,000 Greek scholars from almost 200 schools in the U.S. and abroad participated in this program.

LOYOLA ALUMNI NAMED TO BCPD BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL
4/25/2014

Alumni John Feeley ‘76 (Loyola Blakefield Admissions Director), Robert Philips '83 (SVP/Market Manager of CBS Radio Baltimore), and Paul Tiburzi ‘73 (current Loyola Trustee & Baltimore Managing Partner of DLA Piper law firm) have been appointed to serve on the Baltimore City Police Commissioner's Business Executive Advisory Council, with Tiburzi named as Chairman of the Council.

Congratulations to these men for their work and success outside of the Blakefield community. For more information, please read the entire press release below:

POLICE COMMISSIONER NAMES NEW ECONOMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL

Baltimore, Md., April 23, 2014 - Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts has appointed Paul A. Tiburzi, Baltimore Managing Partner of DLA Piper law firm, to serve as Chairman of the Commissioner’s Business Executive Advisory Council, a group of business leaders who will support and advise the Commissioner and the Baltimore Police Department on business practices to improve the Department’s efficiencies and effectiveness.

The Commissioner also appointed these Baltimore executive leaders to serve on the Council: Andy Bertamini (Regional President, Wells Fargo); Calvin Butler (Chief Executive Officer of BGE); Frank Remesch (General Manager of the Baltimore Arena); John Feeley (Loyola Blakefield Director of Admissions); Diana Morris (Director of the Open Society Institute of Baltimore); Robert Philips (General Manager, CBS Baltimore); Zed Smith (Director of Asset Management at the Cordish Company); and Donald C. Fry (President & CEO - Greater Baltimore Committee).

“Rebuilding trust and partnership with all of our communities is vital in reducing violent crime,” said Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. “Our business communities are valuable partners in helping to create a safer Baltimore; they bring new business practices to improve technologies and public-private partnerships. I extend my thanks to these industry and community leaders for taking time from their busy schedules to improve public safety as we work towards bringing 10,000 new families to Baltimore.”

Mr. Tiburzi stated: “All of us on the Council know that public safety is essential to a vibrant, economically sound City. We are proud to be able to serve with the Commissioner and all the heroes in the BPD who put themselves on the line for us and our City every day. The Baltimore Police Department is the best large police department in the country. We look forward to working to make it even better.”

Mr. Tiburzi’s father, Sergeant Salvatore Tiburzi, served in the BPD for many years.

VAN BROOKS '06 GIVES BACK
4/22/2014

In 2004 Loyola star, Van Brooks '06, was told he would never walk again. See how Van Brooks is taking strides to better Baltimore.

2014 SENIOR SHOWCASE HIGHLIGHTS
4/22/2014

On April 16th, seniors from Loyola Blakefield and Notre Dame Prep performed songs from an array of Broadway musicals including Matilda the Musical, Shrek the Musical, Wicked, Urinetown, Rent and many more.

COACH KRAFT HITS 100 WIN MARK
4/18/2014

Varsity Tennis Coach, Don Kraft guided the Dons to another victory this season and reached a milestone with 100 career wins for the program under his leadership. The win vs. Friends School puts the team at 4-1 for the season and tied for 2nd place in the MIAA with three matches remaining. "100 wins is great, but it is due to the hard work of our players over the years," said Kraft. "The are what make it so special."

Coach Kraft took over as head coach in 2000, one year after the team went winless. "Our boys have earned this milestone," said Kraft.

2014 NATIONAL LATIN EXAM AWARD WINNERS
4/14/2014

Please congratulate the following students who were award winners on this year’s National Latin Exam. The NLE is sponsored by the American Classical League and is administered to 130,000 students worldwide each year. Each level has award divisions with summa cum laude, maxima cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude designations. Summa and Maxima winners earn a gold and silver medal, respectively. All winners receive a certificate of merit. Also, for only the third time since 2001, when the exam was first offered here, one Don earned a perfect score this year.


INTRO TO LATIN

CUM LAUDE

Dana Young
Mark Burnham
Ryan Gochar
Henry Ballentine
Joseph Luhrman
Alex Harmon


LATIN I

SUMMA CUM LAUDE

Taivon Bowell
Drew Barker
Jack Morton
Antwon Allen

MAXIMA CUM LAUDE

Luke McWright
Ashton Seward
Evan Pham
Chris Garliss
Nick Cecil
Luke Scaletta
Gavin Rowley
Logan Fisch
Garvey Stalter

MAGNA CUM LAUDE

Dana Young
Brian Malone
Ian Batton

CUM LAUDE

Joey Staab
Nick Stehman
Jason Tucker
Alec Schenning
Stephen Lawson

 

LATIN II

SUMMA CUM LAUDE

Brady Wright (Perfect Score)
Andrew Weigman
Nick Lippa
Jack McErlean
Levone Ward
Brent Peterson
Nick Moreno
Alex Wilson
Alexander Wall
Mickey Muscalli
Tanner Selby

MAXIMA CUM LAUDE

Colin Lagator
Tim Coan
Chris Tien
Cullen Kuhn

MAGNA CUM LAUDE

Ben Ames
Michael Bell

CUM LAUDE

Cole Buese
Chris Plimpton
Chris Paszkiewicz
Colin Stanton


LATIN III

MAXIMA CUM LAUDE

Jack Kenny

MAGNA CUM LAUDE

Jake Leonard

CUM LAUDE

Sam Kuhn


PROSE III

SUMMA CUM LAUDE

John Morekas

MAXIMA CUM LAUDE

Jake Morrison

MAGNA CUM LAUDE

Hunter Flynn

CUM LAUDE

Patrick Lagator

PROSE IV

SUMMA CUM LAUDE

Claude Hanley
Mitch Butler

MEMORABLE BLUE & GOLD MOMENTS
4/11/2014

View photos from the 2014 Blue & Gold Auction, thanks to John Coyle '84 - Coyle Studios.

 

2014 SPRING CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS
4/10/2014
 
RYAN CONRAD '15 FIRST TO BE FEATURED IN INSIDE LACROSSE'S RECRUITING SERIES
4/7/2014

Inside Lacrosse's Recruiting Series profiled the #1-ranked high school junior in the country, Loyola Blakefield's own Ryan Conrad '15. The following segment premiered during the UVA-UNC game on ESPNU on Saturday, April 5th.  If the video doesn't appear below, view it here.

LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD APPOINTS NEW PRINCIPAL
4/4/2014

The following is from a letter sent to the Loyola Blakefield community from President Anthony Day:

As you may know, our Principal search has been ongoing for the past several months and today I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. John F. Marinacci as Loyola Blakefield’s next principal, effective July 1, 2014. 

John is currently the Dean of Students at St. Paul’s School (Brooklandville). Additionally, he has worked at Fordham Preparatory School (Bronx, NY) and Boys’ Latin. Originally from the Bronx, John graduated from Fordham Preparatory School then completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Loyola University. Additionally, he holds a Masters in Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University. John and his wife Sarah, have a son, Francisco (5) and two daughters, Ella (3) and Eva (5 months).

Upon accepting the position, John noted the following: “I am proud to have the opportunity to serve such an outstanding school. I look forward to returning to a Jesuit institution, which is certainly a kind of homecoming for me. I am excited to build relationships with all members of the community. In my time on campus during the interview process, I met members of the student body, faculty, parent community, staff, alumni, administration and Board of Trustees. These were dynamic, engaging conversations and I am thrilled to be joining the Loyola Blakefield family.”

I’d like to acknowledge the hard work and diligence of our search committee, led by Mr. Tim Baier and comprised of representatives from the faculty, staff, parents, Board of Trustees and the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. The committee conducted an extensive search that yielded many qualified candidates. From that larger pool, they were able to determine our finalists and those candidates were interviewed and evaluated by the committee, members of our faculty and staff, our administrative leadership team, and members of our Board of Trustees. Thank you to all who took part in this important process.

The search committee was thoroughly impressed with John’s understanding and commitment to the mission of a Jesuit school, and his demonstrated ability to effectively serve as a collaborator and leader. While at St. Paul’s, John has taken responsibilities ranging from teacher observation and curriculum building to student life and enrollment initiatives. Although John’s experience has ranged across many areas of a school community, the committee noted that he is clearly an educator first and will bring a great deal of passion to Loyola.

NEW BANNERS ARRIVE AT HARGADEN FIELD
4/3/2014
 
2014 KELLEY MEDAL RECEPTION HIGHLIGHTS
4/2/2014

On April 2nd, The Honorable Albert J. Matricciani, Jr. '65 was presented with the 2014 Rev. Joseph M. Kelley, S.J. Medal during the Kelley Medal Breakfast. Also, the senior class received their Alumni hats. Watch Judge Matricciani's speech to the seniors below:

JOHN STEWART '60 HONORED AT 2014 BLUE & GOLD AUCTION
3/30/2014

CLASS OF 2015 CELEBRATES JUNIOR RING CEREMONY
3/24/2014
 
DONS INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
3/19/2014

Congratulations to the following students who have recently been accepted into Loyola's Chapter of the National Honor Society. The induction ceremony will take place on March 20th at 7 p.m. in the chapel.

Reid Abrams
Nick Alcid
Gavin Barger
J.T. Blodgett
John Botzler
Matt Brown
Harrison Buddemeyer
Stephen Bull
Matt Demetrides
Joe Dinoto
Patrick Eby
Griff Gilmore
Tyler Gleeson
Matt Gnacek
Nick Gorman
Zachary Hoelting
Nick Hardebeck
Peter Juzwiak 
Jonathon Jeyachandran
Patrick Lagator
Mitch Marsden
Jacob Morrison
Rudy Peacock
Zach Phillips
Steven Richards
Derek Rhodes
Will Sadler
Shane Sheppard
Patrick Sullivan
Hans Taggarse
Ben Toler
Matt Walsh
Michael Wegner

 

LOYOLA FORENSICS CAPTURES 11TH CONSECUTIVE STATE TITLE
3/17/2014

Loyola Forensics won its 11th consecutive state championship, and its 15th in 16 years, this past weekend at Catonsville High School. Loyola scored first place in the Speech Sweepstakes and in the Overall Sweepstakes.

Please congratulate the following students for their award-winning presentations:

Luke Scaletta:
Champion in Declamation

Jack Scaletta and Aleks Jaunzemis: 
Champions in Duo Interpretations

John Huebler: 
6th Place in Congressional Debate

Ryan Taggarse: 
3rd Place in Congressional Debate

Aidan Bissell-Siders: 
Semifinalist in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Jack Scaletta: 
Champion in Impromptu Speaking
Champion in Dramatic Performance
Champion in Individual Sweepstakes (Triathlon)
2nd Place in Children’s Literature

Aleks Jaunzemis:
4th Place in Children’s Literature
3rd Place in Dramatic Performance
3rd Place in Individual Sweepstakes (Triathlon)

Nigel Goldsborough: 
4th Place in Extemporaneous Speaking

Charlie Minges: 
4th Place in Oral Interpretation of Literature

Michael Fiocco: 
2nd Place in Oral Interpretation of Literature
4th Place in Dramatic Performance

Zach Phillips: 
4th Place in Original Oratory

Conner Lamp: 
Qualifier in Original Oratory

Ian Cumberpatch: 
Qualifier in Dramatic Performance

As a result of their performances, these 12 Dons will represent the Archdiocese of Baltimore at NCFL Nationals, which will be in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend.

Jack Scaletta’s performance was one of the all-time greats in tournament history. He joins Nick Bateman (2008) and Adam Conner (2009-10) as one of the few students to earn four championships on a single day.

ARCHITECTURE CLASS HELPS DESIGN WATERFRONT SITE IN FELLS POINT
3/12/2014

Students in Mr. Steve Shapiro's architecture class are currently involved in the ACE Mentor Program. According to their site, the ACE name stands for Architecture, Construction and Engineering. The ACE program helps to mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. It’s now the construction industry's fastest-growing high school mentoring program, reaching over 8,000 students annually.

As part of this, Loyola students attend meetings on Tuesday afternoons at the architectural office of Rubeling & Associates, Inc. where they meet with several professional architects and engineers who are volunteering their time as mentors. Loyola students, along with several other teams in the city, are currently helping to develop a design proposal for a very large waterfront site in Fells Point. 

This is the first year Loyola has a team in the ACE mentoring program, although alumnus Will Warner '13 was part of another team the past two years.

DONS MARCH FOR LIFE IN ANNAPOLIS
3/11/2014

Spanish teacher Mr. Prieto, Loyola's campus minister Mr. O’Kane, and students Kevin '16 and Michael '15 Wegner traveled to Annapolis on March 10th for the Maryland March for Life Rally. They marched with the Gabriel Network, an organization that provides basic needs to pregnant women facing poverty and homelessness, empowering them to embrace motherhood and choose life.

LOYOLA ROBOTICS WINS STATES, HEADS TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN APRIL
3/10/2014

Loyola Robotics captured first place at the VEX Robotics Maryland State Championship in Westminster on Friday, March 8th, edging Calvert Hall in the finals after 10 straight hours of matches. Congratulations to seniors John Macdonald, Josh Geronimo, Conor Egbert, junior Justin Brooks and sophomore Brian Radin. Based on their performance at states, as well as earlier success throughout the season, Loyola has received an invitation to attend the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, Ca. this April.

LOYOLA CELEBRATES ASH WEDNESDAY MASS
3/5/2014

On March 5th, students, faculty, and staff celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass on campus, marking the first day of Lent. Below is the Gospel Reading from the service:

MT 6:1-6, 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples:

Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them;otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites,who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street cornersso that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.

IT'S ACADEMIC TEAM HEADS TO SEMIFINALS
3/4/2014

Loyola's It's Academic team, made up of seniors Claude Hanley (captain), Joey Benassi and Alex Herd, outsmarted Mt. St. Joseph and Dulaney High School Saturday morning at WJZ-TV's studio in the quarterfinals. The score was as follows:

Loyola Blakefield – 585
Mt. St. Joseph – 440
Dulaney High – 335

The team will compete in the state semifinals on May 10th with the state final later that day if they make it through. If they manage to win the state title, they will go to Washington, D.C. for the regional finals in June.

FORENSICS CAPTURES FIRST PLACE AT BCFL TOURNAMENT
3/4/2014

Loyola Forensics captured first place at the BCFL tournament at Reservoir High School this past weekend. Please congratulate the following students for their award-winning performances: 

Aleks Jaunzemis – Silver Medal in Individual Sweepstakes (Triathlon), Honorable Mention in Children’s Literature, Gold Medal in Dramatic Performance, Honorable Mention in Oral Interpretation of Literature

Jack Scaletta – Gold Medal in Individual Sweepstakes (Triathlon), Gold Medal in Children’s Literature, Silver Medal in Dramatic Performance, Silver Medal in Impromptu Speaking

Aleks Jaunzemis & Jack Scaletta – Gold Medal in Duo Interpretation (perfect score)

Luke Scaletta – Silver Medal in Declamation, Honorable Mention in Children’s Literature

Mike Fiocco – Silver Medal in Children’s Literature

Charlie Minges – Silver Medal in Oral Interpretation of Literature

Jack Scaletta also bettered his league record by earning five medals at a BCFL tournament for yet another time.

 

As a result of their solid performances throughout the season, the following Dons have earned bids to the state championship, which will be held at Catonsville High School on March 15th: 

Aidan Bissell-Siders, Elliot Queale, & Kurt Manion - Lincoln-Douglas Debate

John Huebler, Ryan Taggarse, & Kurt Manion - Congressional Debate

Ryan Taggarse & Nigel Goldsborough - Extemporaneous Speaking

Luke Scaletta - Declamation

Jack Scaletta & Aleks Jaunzemis (#1 seed) - Duo Interpretation

Aleks Jaunzemis, Jack Scaletta, & Michael Fiocco - Children’s Literature

Aleks Jaunzemis (#1 seed), Jack Scaletta, Ian Cumberpatch, & Michael Fiocco - Dramatic Performance

Connor Lamp & Zach Phillips - Original Oratory

Michael Fiocco, Aleks Jaunzemis, & Charlie Minges - Oral Interpretation of Literature

Jack Scaletta & Ryan Taggarse - Impromptu Speaking

CYBER SECURITY CAPTURES CYBER PATRIOT STATE TITLE
2/28/2014
Please congratulate the following members of the Loyola Blakefield Cyber Security Team for capturing their second state title this year in the Air Force Association Cyber Patriot Competition:
 
Mike O’Brien ‘14
Evan Byrd ‘14
Ian Dalton ‘14
James Gaitan ‘14
Connor Egbert ‘14
Patrick Lagator ‘15
James Lortz ‘15
Collin Lagator ‘16
Timmy Krach ‘16
 
Facing off against 1,143 teams across the country, Loyola's score was just short of qualifying for the national finals. The Dons will represent the state of Maryland on March 8th at the Mid-Atlantic Regional. See all the schools Loyola Blakefield will be going up against in the Mid-Atlantic Regional here.
 

 

ART FOR OTHERS VISITS PICKERSGILL
2/28/2014

Loyola Blakefield's Art for Others club visited Pickersgill Retirement Community on Feb. 27th to help residents create paper flower bouquets to decorate their doors for spring time. In its second year, the primary goal of Art for Others is to bring art and companionship to those in the community who would benefit from engaging in creative projects. To find out more about the club, they were featured in an article in the Winter 2014 edition of Blakefield Magazine.

WMAR MARYLAND SPOTLIGHT FEATURES LOYOLA ROBOTICS
2/21/2014

BLAKEFIELD CELEBRATES JUNIOR MISSIONING MASS
2/20/2014

Today, the Loyola Blakefield community came together to celebrate the annual Junior Missioning Mass, where all juniors were anointed with oil on their hands signifying their task to actively serve God and the community by fulfilling their service requirements for graduation over the course of the next year and to never stop working for a just world.

The following scripture from Paul to the Romans (Romans 12:1-21) was read during the Mass:

Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think reasonably, as God has apportioned to each person a measure of faith. For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members don’t have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us, if prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith; or service, let us give ourselves to service; or he who teaches, to his teaching; or he who exhorts, to his exhorting: he who gives, let him do it with liberality; he who rules, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil. Cling to that which is good. In love of the brothers be tenderly affectionate one to another; in honor preferring one another; not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; enduring in troubles; continuing steadfastly in prayer; contributing to the needs of the saints; given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless, and don’t curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Don’t set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Don’t be wise in your own conceits. Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all men. Don’t seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord." Therefore "if your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head." Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

THE HONORABLE ALBERT MATRICCIANI '65 NAMED 2014 KELLEY MEDAL RECIPIENT
2/18/2014

Congratulations to the Honorable Albert Matricciani '65 who was recently announced as the 2014 Rev. Joseph M. Kelley, S.J. Medal recipient. Below is paraphrased from a letter by one of his colleagues and former classmates at Loyola Blakefield.

"The attributes of a great jurist include being an ethical and caring human being. Judge Matricciani is all that and more. Always fully prepared, courteous and intellectually honest and engaged, Matricciani has the strength of character, civility and uncompromising decency to balance a steely analytical mind with compassion and fairness.

He has always shown compassion for the underprivileged. As far back as his days at Blakefield, Albert volunteered through the Sodality to visit profoundly ill patients at the former Rosewood State Hospital. He carried this caring mission forward upon passing the Bar, starting his legal career as an unpaid "Vista Volunteer" at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau. There he advocated tirelessly for the poor and mentally ill. 

He carried that desire to help those less fortunate into his subsequent private practice, handling a steady caseload of pro bono publica referrals. He has also been active in the Bar Associations in the region, including being elected as President of the Bar Association for Baltimore City. He has devoted countless hours to training and mentoring young lawyers."

Please join us in honoring Judge Matricciani at this year’s Kelley Medal Breakfast on April 2nd at 8:00 a.m. in Bunting Dining Hall. Click here to register for free.

PRESIDENT DAY AND COMPANY ARE HEADING BACK TO COLLEGE
2/3/2014

President Day, Admissions Director John Feeley, History Teacher Mike DelGaudio, Mr. Tom Durkin and Fr. Joseph Michini, SJ are headed back to college to reconnect with young alumni in March. Their first stop on the tour will be University of Maryland, College Park on March 5th. Then, they will head up to visit alumni at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia the following day. If the visits prove successful, be on the lookout for more locations in the coming months.

If you will be attending the University of Maryland, College Park visit, RSVP here.

If you will be attending the St. Joseph's University visit, RSVP here.

FORENSICS SUCCESSFUL AT PENNSBURY FALCON INVITATIONAL
2/3/2014

This weekend at the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational in Pennsylvania, Loyola Forensics took first place in the Speech Sweepstakes, and second place overall out of 62 schools in attendance. Please congratulate the following students for their award-winning presentations:

Aleks Jaunzemis & Jack Scaletta – 2nd Place in Duo Interpretation

Tre Barr & Casey Piparo – 4th Place in Improvisational Duo

Michael Fiocco – Champion in Prose Reading, Semifinalist in Dramatic Performance

Ian Cumberpatch – Semifinalist in Prose Reading, Semifinalist in Dramatic Performance

Aleks Jaunzemis – 2nd Place in Prose Reading, 5th Place in Dramatic Performance

Matthew Demetrides – Semifinalist in Prose Reading

Jack Scaletta – 2nd Place in Dramatic Performance, Champion in Impromptu Speaking

Luke Scaletta – 3rd Place in Declamation

John Huebler – Octafinalist in JV Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Kurt Manion – Octafinalist in Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Jack Morton – Octafinalist in Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate

LOYOLA FINISHES STRONG IN BALTIMORE COUNTY ROBOTICS OPEN
1/27/2014

The Loyola Blakefield Robotics team walked away with the Robot Skills Champion award for driving and made it to the semifinals after finishing 1st out of 45 teams in six qualifying rounds at the Baltimore County Robotics Open this past Saturday at Perry Hall High School. Congratulations to Brian Radin, Justin Brooks, John Macdonald and Josh Geronimo for an outstanding performance.

CYBER SECURITY CLUB ANNOUNCES NEXT GUEST SPEAKER
1/27/2014

Mr. Jim Wiggins, Executive Director of the Federal IT Security Institute (FITSI), is coming to Loyola Blakefield on Feb. 10th to give his perspective on Cyber Security in the federal workforce. Mr. Wiggins is also the founder of the Wounded Warrior Cyber Combat Training Academy, which retrains our returning wounded service men and women in the field of Cyber Security. Some of our own Loyola Cyber Team members will have the privilege of teaching in this program in the spring.

We hope that you will be able to join us after school on Monday, Feb. 10th in the Fr. George, SJ Lounge. All members of the Loyola Blakefield community are invited to attend. 

VARSITY SWIMMING CAPTURES EAST COAST CATHOLIC CLASSIC
1/27/2014

A day after JV and Varsity Swimming beat McDonogh at home, Loyola won the East Coast Catholic Classic at Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Hyattsville, Md. on Saturday by a longshot, outscoring 2nd place Malvern Prep 493.5 to 359.5. Outstanding performances across the board with first place and All-Amercian submittable swims by Cole Buese in 200 free (1:40.82), Dan Moreno, Cole Buese, JP Clancy and Trey Perry in the 200 free relay (1:25.46) and 400 free relay (3:07.23). Trey Perry also took first place in the 50 free.

 

LOYOLA BASKETBALL PARTICIPATES IN COACHES VS. CANCER'S "SUITS AND SNEAKERS WEEKEND"
1/27/2014

Update

On Friday, Jan. 31st, students, faculty and staff participated in Coaches vs. Cancer's Wear Your Sneakers to Work/School Day. As of Feb. 1st, Loyola's basketball program has raised over $3,500 towards cancer research for the American Cancer Society.

Original Story

Freshman, JV and Varsity Basketball swept McDonogh at home Friday night 58-46, 52-44 and 49-38 respectively.


Perhaps the bigger story though is that the Loyola basketball program participated in Coaches vs. Cancer's "Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend," a fund-raiser for basketball coaches across the country to unite to fight cancer and raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. The teams raised $2,850 on Friday night, while also fundraising at the 3rd grade CYO basketball league at Immaculate Conception School in Towson on Sunday afternoon.

Thanks go out to the many volunteers who helped out this weekend including Loyola coaches Josh Davalli, Mike Lackner, Steve Breit and Greg Koffel as well as freshman, JV and varsity parents and players, Fr. John Williamson and the St. Augustine’s 5th and 6th grade girls basketball team, Jake Davalli’s 10 and under Thunder travel basketball team, Mike Lackner's 3rd grade boys team from St. Joseph Fullerton, Steve Breit’s 3rd grade team from Immaculate Heart of Mary and everyone at ICS.

Check out the pictures on our Facebook page.

To learn more about the cause, visit Team Loyola's fundraising page: http://bit.ly/1ikMRd3

 

 

STUDENTS RAISE $9,000 FOR SCHOLARSHIP FUND WITH 100 MILE SWIM
12/23/2013

 

Every year since 1997, the Loyola Blakefield Swim/Dive team organizes a 100 Mile Swim to benefit a local charity or cause. Many students, alumni and faculty join in this marathon swim. This year, the swim was dedicated to Loyola’s new Brian Connor Philipp Scholarship, which is named in memory of the recently-deceased Brian Philipp, husband of Mrs. Amy Philipp, a cherished member of the Loyola Blakefield's Religion Department.

The swimmers began Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. and completed the 100 miles Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m., in a time of 27:30:04. Students also organized a benefit dodgeball tournament on Friday in the gym next to the pool. As of right now, the swim team has raised over $9,000 towards the Brian Phillips Memorial Scholarship, with more donations coming in over Christmas break.  

Anyone who wants to make a contribution to the Scholarship fund from now until Dec. 31, can do so by writing a check payable to Loyola Blakefield and sent to Coach Keith Schertle, Loyola Blakefield, 500 Chestnut Avenue, Towson, MD 21204.

CROSS COUNTRY VISITS NXN SOUTHEAST REGIONALS, SPEAR HEADED TO NATIONALS
12/2/2013

Varsity Cross Country traveled to North Carolina for the NXN Southeast Regionals this past weekend. Tyler Spear '14, who is having an outstanding career at Loyola, finished third overall (15:08) out of 274 runners from states including Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. His time was also the fourth fastest in meet history. Spear has qualifed for the NXN National meet in Portland, Oregon this coming weekend where he will run against some of the finest team and individual competition in the country.

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR VISITS BLAKEFIELD
11/21/2013

It was quite an honor having best-selling author Colum McCann on campus yesterday to speak to Dr. Jane Donovan's sophomore English class about his book, Let the Great World Spin.

This critically-acclaimed novel follows the lives of several different characters that all either witnessed or heard about a tightrope walker walking between the World Trade Center buildings in August 1974. The novel shows how their lives become interconnected in one way or another just from their experience from this single event.

McCann also went on to talk about the many different encounters he faced which inspired him to become a writer, such as his time on the road in America, from biking to teaching juvenile delinquents who he met at a Baptist church service in Texas.

Towards the end of the lecture, McCann fielded several questions by students, ranging from "Why do you wear a scarf all the time?" to "Why did you decide to use several protagonists to tell your story?" and "What author influenced your writing the most?"

Colum McCann was born in Ireland in 1965. He is the author of six novels, most recently TransAtlantic, and two collections of stories. He has been the recipient of many international honors, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China and an Oscar nomination. His work has been published in over 35 languages. He lives in New York with his wife, Allison, and their three children. He teaches in the MFA program at Hunter College.

For more information on Colum McCann including interviews, books and contact information, visit his website.

LOYOLA FORENSICS EARNS FIRST PLACE AT BCFL TOURNAMENT
11/18/2013

This weekend at the BCFL tournament at Arundel High School, Loyola earned the 1st Place Team Sweepstakes Award out of 22 schools in attendance, edging out Loch Raven High School and Marriotts Ridge.

Please congratulate the following students for their award-winning presentations:

Elliot Queale – Gold Medal in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Kurt Manion – Silver Medal in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Aidan Bissell-Siders – Bronze Medal in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Ryan Taggarse – Bronze Medal in Congressional Debate (Top Presiding Officer)

Nigel Goldsborough – Silver Medal in Extemporaneous Speaking

Jack Scaletta and Aleks Jaunzemis – Gold Medal in Duo Interpretation

Jack Scaletta – Silver Medal in Dramatic PerformanceGold Medal in Children’s Literature
                     Gold Medal in Individual Sweepstakes (triathlon)

Aleks Jaunzemis – Gold Medal in Dramatic PerformanceSilver Medal in Individual Sweepstakes (triathlon)

Also, Chris Garliss, Tre Barr, and James Brady made their team debuts.

FRESHMEN SPEND WEEKEND ON CAMPUS FOR OVERNIGHT RETREAT
11/11/2013

This past weekend, the overnight Freshman Retreat was held on campus. Students from the Class of 2017 participated in fun and engaging activities hosted by faculty, staff and upperclassmen to get to know one another better and strengthened their relationship with God.

Students also grasped a better understanding of the mission of Loyola Blakefield and the many resources that are available to them as they continue on their journey of faith and education for the next four years.

Over 100 volunteers (students and adults) helped make this event possible. Watch this video slideshow of the entire weekend.

FACULTY/STAFF PARTICIPATE IN MOVEMBER
11/1/2013

 

Movember is upon us once again and our clean-shaven faculty/staff members are back and ready to grow some Mustaches For Others all in the name of raising awareness to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges for men.

Featured in the picture below (left to right): Dr. Richard Skirpan, Mr. Brendan O'Kane, Mr. Brennan Prodey, Mr. Paul Henderson, Mr. Travis Stoops, Mr. Robert Schlichtig, Dr. Fred Wise, Mr. Brian Abbott, Mr. Michael Keeney II, Mr. Howard Ford, Mr. Ben Horgan and Mr. Match Zimmerman.

A few others faculty/staff members participating this year who weren't able to make it to the picture today are Mr. Jerry Roe, Mr. Jeremy Parr, Mr. Pat Muth, Mr. Jose Albornoz, Mr. Ryan Bromwell and Mr. Stephan Breit.

Make sure you visit their team page to track progress and donate to the cause.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TAKES PART IN 7TH ANNUAL MICHAEL DESTINO '13 MEMORIAL RUN
11/1/2013

On Thursday, Oct. 31st, middle schoolers ran in the 7th Annual Michael Destino '13 Memorial Scholarship Run, an event which has become a staple at Loyola Blakefield.

Michael was a rising seventh grader in 2007 whose life, as well as his father’s, were tragically cut short as the result of an automobile accident. Michael was to have graduated from Loyola Blakefield this past spring.

Students ran a one-mile run on the field across from Sheridan Hall in Michael's memory and honor.

Mrs. Mary Destino attended the run this year to briefly inform the middle school who Michael was and how much he loved Loyola.

"What I want you to realize about Michael is he was just like you. He loved sports, he loved lacrosse, he loved football and he loved being a Don, most important of all."

Mrs. Destino stood at the finish line of the one-mile course to thank each young man as he crossed the line and awarded him a Michael Destino '13 Memorial wrist band.

All proceeds from the race went towards the Michael Destino '13 Memorial Scholarship.

To make a donation to the Michael Destino '13 Memorial Fund, click here.

To view pictures from this year's run, click here.

LOYOLA ROBOTICS COMPETES IN VEX COMPETITION
10/30/2013

Loyola’s Robotics Club competed in the Northwest Maryland Vex Robotics Competition in Westminster, Md. this past weekend at the Carroll County AG Center.  

In their first competition of the year, the RoboDons performed very well in the initial six rounds going 3-3, qualifying them for the elimination rounds later in the day.  

Loyola Blakefield and Calvert Hall formed an alliance and competed together in the elimination rounds, making it all the way to the semifinals. Loyola finished in 14th place overall out of 38 teams.

The following RoboDons competed over the weekend:

John MacDonald - Building/Design
Justin Brooks - Driver
Hector Villamayor - Pit Crew
Matthew Strickland - Pit Crew
Brian Radin - Pit Crew
Josh Geronimo - Building/Design

Congratulations to Coach Jenn Pearson and the entire Robotics Team for such a great start to the year.  

Roll Dons, Roll!

SSA DANIEL GRAY SPARKS SUCCESSFUL CYBER SECURITY TALK AT BLAKEFIELD
10/28/2013

The success of our Cyber Security team has had many ripple effects. Thanks to their hard work and the diligence of our Director of Technology Mr. Steve Morrill, we have attracted a lot of interest.

On Friday, Oct. 25, we were lucky to host another guest speaker. Supervisory Special Agent Daniel A. Gray spoke to a nice crowd of students and parents. SSA Gray brought a unique perspective to the current cyber landscape and was able to give advice to our community for anyone thinking about a career with the FBI.

SSA Gray is currently assigned to a cyber-squad in the Baltimore Field Office and has held numerous positions during his FBI career including an executive level position on the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF).

CYBER SECURITY SPEAKER SERIES KICKS OFF ON OCT. 25
10/17/2013

To help highlight October as Cyber Security in Education Awareness month, we will be welcoming our first guest speaker of the year for our annual ongoing Cyber Security Speaker Series.

Supervisory Special Agent Daniel A. Gray will be speaking on Friday, Oct. 25 at 3:15 p.m. in the Fr. Lloyd George, SJ Lounge.

SSA Gray is assigned to a cyber-squad in the Baltimore Field Office and has held numerous positions during his FBI career including an executive level position on the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF).

SSA Gray will bring a unique perspective to the current cyber landscape and be able to give advice to our community for anyone thinking about a career with the FBI.

The entire Loyola Blakefield community is invited to attend. We hope to see you there.

CYBER SECURITY TEAM WINS THE 2013 MARYLAND CYBER CHALLENGE
10/9/2013

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Loyola Blakefield's Cyber Security team took home first place in the High School Division Finals of the 2013 Maryland Cyber Challenge and Conference (MDC3) hosted by CyberMaryland and Leidos (formerly known as SAIC) at the Baltimore Convention Center.

The final competition required each team to defend and harden eight networks against an attacking force made up of some of the best professional offensive hackers in the country from Leidos for six straight hours.Teams arrived at the Baltimore Convention Center at 8:30 a.m. and were on-site until 4:45 p.m. after the winners and awards were announced.

Loyola led the way for the majority of the competition and came out on top, rewarded with the first place prize of $30,000 ($5,000 a piece) to go towards each student's future education compliments of the National Security Agency.

Loyola was up against seven other high schools in the final round including second place Marshall Academy from Fairfax, Va.

Before reaching the finals, the team went through two qualifying rounds which took place remotely in their Cyber Lab here on campus in Xavier Hall. During the qualifying rounds, they had to defend and harden a single network without any attackers. Over 50 high schools were involved in the qualifying rounds.

The Loyola team is comprised of six students (Mike O’Brien, Patrick Lagator, James Gaitan, James Lortz, Evan Byrd and Ian Dalton) who meet regularly after school to practice defending against common security threats. The group is led by Loyola Blakefield's Director of Technology Mr. Stephen Morrill, who founded the team last year.

This was Loyola's second consecutive trip down to the MDC3 finals. Last year, they came in third place after forming the team just one month before the competition.

For those unfamiliar with the CyberMaryland Conference, according to their website:

CyberMaryland is a unique conference spanning two days during Cybersecurity Awareness Month that will allow organizations to achieve some very important objectives:

  • Experience the future of cybersecurity and interact with emerging technologies, some yet to be commercialized, that will redefine our systems in a special session entitled, “Protect the Future-Updated for 2013”
  • Experience current cybersecurity technologies presented by today’s most innovative and effective companies in the CyberMaryland Industry Showcase
  • Meet and interact with the up and coming Cyber Generation of students and young professionals and network with top cyber-professionals
  • Interact with the leading Cyber Policy makers that set the course for our country
  • Understand the interconnection within the cybersecurity ecosystem by joining the CyberMap and the unveiling of the 2013 Innovation Index.
  • Witness live Cyber “battles” from our region's top high school, college and professional teams in the Maryland Cyber Challenge

Still not quite sure what our Cyber Security team does at these competitions? This article by the Washington Post might answer a few questions.

Loyola Blakefield Participates in Trial Run of LifeJourney™

The Loyola Cyber Security students were also highlighted at a special session of the CyberMaryland Conference that served as the kick-off of LifeJourney™ Cyber Ideation Day.  

LifeJourney™ provides a web-based interactive classroom experience where schools enable their students to "test drive" future careers in cyber security by living a day in the life of the nation's cyber security leaders.

The sessions included a keynote address by UMBC's President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski and the Department of Homeland Security’s, Chief of National Cybersecurity Education, Montana Williams will handed out the nation's first Cyber Resume to Loyola student Mike O’Brien ’14. A video presentation also featured Loyola students and promoted their early involvement in the testing and development of the product.

LifeJourney™ is a classroom experience that enables students to live a day in the life of America's STEM and Cyber leaders. Students will choose from over 100 LifeJourneys by America's leading companies to inspire and motivate over 40 million students nationwide to test drive their future. 

GETTING TO KNOW DREW BOSTWICK '16
10/3/2013

-by Geena Mahler, Communications Intern

A day in the life of an average high school sophomore usually consists of school, athletics, the occasional extracurricular activity and hanging out with friends. This just isn't the case for sophomore Drew Bostwick. Some people may know Drew from water polo or the swim team, or even from playing the xylophone in Loyola's concert band, but many may not know about the other notable things he is involved in. 

Since the age of seven, Drew has been a member of the television show Aqua Kids, and has just recently worked his way up to co-host the show. Aqua Kids is a show that motivates kids to take an active role in protecting and preserving our marine environment. The mission of Aqua Kids is to explore, act and protect marine life and habitat around the United States. Since its start in 2000, the show has received two Emmys and seven Telly Awards. 

As if co-hosting an Emmy-winning television show isn't enough, Drew is also the drummer for Baltimore-based band All Rights Reserved with fellow Dons Andrew Vendelis ’16 and Danny Vinton ‘16. They started the band right here at Loyola Blakefield and began playing gigs at the 8x10 and the Recher Theatre before it closed. They even had a chance to play at the Hard Rock Café downtown. Their fanbase continues to grow rapidly beyond Baltimore and they continue to record songs with hopes of becoming well known in the industry. In his "spare" time, Drew takes vocal, drum and bass lessons.

We sat down with Drew to get some more information about his involvement at Loyola Blakefield and beyond.

How did you first get involved with Aqua Kids?

My mom has always been a family friend of the producer, George Stover, and he’s been doing the show for a long time. Since I was a baby, I did commercials for him and when I was seven, he asked me if I wanted to be part of the show. Of course I said yes, and I started out with small roles, occasionally served as a guest member and over the years I worked my way up and finally started hosting last year. Now I co-host with another member of the show and it’s really great to be a part of.

What was the most rewarding experience you had with helping marine life on the show?

There have been so many great things that I’ve been a part of on the show, including releasing rehabilitated sea turtles at Topsail Beach in North Carolina this past year. However, the most rewarding experience for me was when we spent two weeks in Alaska last summer roughing it in the wilderness. It was such a gratifying opportunity to get to know the cast better and it was such a rewarding experience that will always stand out in my mind. 


How did you and your friends get together to start All Rights Reserved?

Andrew Vendelis, the guitarist, and I knew each other before coming to Loyola. Andrew came up with the idea to start the band. He came to me one day and said, “Well you play drums, I play guitar and I know someone who plays bass, Danny Vinton. Would you guys want to meet up and play a song or maybe start a band?” After that, we got together, taught ourselves a couple of songs, and soon became known as All Rights Reserved, paying homage to Andrew's original Rock Band name. Our involvement with the band escalated quickly and became more serious. We were learning song after song after song, gaining popularity around the Loyola community and eventually in 8th grade we started branching out.

What bands/musicians influence the type of music you play?

Our influences range from classic rock to new wave pop funk. It's a pretty wide blend. If I had to nail it down to a few bands, I'd say Yellowcard, Fall Out Boy, The Beatles and the Foo Fighters. We have a unique sound that you'll just have to hear for yourself.

What has been your most exciting show so far?

It was such a blessing to be able to play at The Recher Theatre before it closed. Also, George Stover is pretty high ranking in Boy Scouting; he entered us for a Battle of the Bands competition for the Boy Scouts Camporee at Oregon Ridge Park. We ended up playing for more than 5,000 people and we tied for first, winning six hours of recording time at Sheffield in Jacksonville where many high profile artists have recorded, such as Mariah Carey. So we got to record a couple of songs there and then our parents stepped in and paid for a full session and we were able to record our entire first album there.

Has what you’re doing with Aqua Kids impacted you to pursue environmental science or something along that path?

I do have a passion for science, as well as history, but music has always been my main passion. Actually, I have always been looking towards something with Public Relations since my mom did radio with WBAL. Radio and music has always been in my family, which has played a huge role in my performing abilities and helps me connect with the crowd on a more intimate level.

Where do you see yourself in the next ten years?

Music is where I hope to see myself.  As of this year, we are really starting to take off in the Baltimore area. We have been picked up by two promoters who are trying to get us a show at the Rams Head Live as well as other venues. 98Rock is sponsoring an event at the Fish Head Cantina that want us to perform at and a lot of important people will be there, so that will help us get recognized by outsiders.

What do you love most about Loyola?

Well, definitely the challenging academic and athletics programs here, but what I love the most is this sense of brotherhood between all of the students at Blakefield. We take care of our own and support each other in whatever we want to do.

Anything else you want to add?


I really enjoy all of the extracurriculars that I am part of and I am so grateful for the experiences I’ve had at Loyola and the friends I've made. I’m also very fortunate to be a part of a national television show that works with marine biology and helps preserve the environment. I am so honored to be a part of a band that plays shows all over Baltimore and hopefully we’ll make it one day. Please check out All Rights Reserved at ARRrocks.com and like us on Facebook. You can also listen to us on Reverb Nation.


LOYOLA'S 'IT'S ACADEMIC' TEAM MAKES THE PLAYOFFS NEXT SPRING
10/1/2013

Loyola’s It’s Academic team had a huge victory over Broadneck High School (Anne Arundel County) and Manchester Valley High School (Carroll County) this past weekend.

Loyola scored 580 out of a possible 600 points. Broadneck and Manchester Valley scored 320 and 310 respectively.

It's Academic team members include senior captain Claude Hanley, senior Joseph Benassi and senior Alex Herd. Junior Billy Brown was used as an alternate. The team is led by Religion teacher Mr. Howard Ford.

This weekend's tournament will be broadcast on WJZ-TV on November 2nd.

The team's next competition will be on March 1st competing against Dulaney High School and St. Joseph's High School.

LOYOLA FORENSICS PLACES 2ND IN OPENING BCFL TOURNAMENT
9/30/2013

This weekend at the opening BCFL tournament at Catonsville High School, Loyola earned the 2nd Place Team Sweepstakes Award, finishing one point behind Wilde Lake High School.  

Please congratulate the following students for their award-winning presentations: 

Ryan Taggarse – Honorable Mention in Impromptu Speaking 

Elliot Queale – Gold Medal in Impromptu Speaking (perfect score) 

Michael Fiocco – Gold Medal in Oral Interpretation of Literature 

Aidan Bissell-Siders – Bronze Medal in Lincoln-Douglas Debate (undefeated record)

LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES HAS UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO APPOINT ANTHONY I. DAY AS PRESIDENT OF LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD
9/25/2013

Click here to view official announcement from Mr. Joseph A. Sullivan, Board Chair and Mr. Anthony I. Day.

FORENSICS OPENS SEASON AT YALE INVITATIONAL
9/23/2013

Loyola Forensics opened its season this past weekend at the Yale Invitational. Please congratulate the following students for their award-winning presentations:

Mike Fiocco: 2nd Place in Oral Interpretation of Literature

Aleks Jaunzemis and Jack Scaletta: 4th Place in Duo Interpretation


Elliot Queale: Double Octafinalist in Lincoln-Douglas Debate


Jack Scaletta: Semifinalist in Dramatic Interpretation


Conner Lamp also made his team debut in Original Oratory.


As a result of their performances, Aleks and Jack earned a half-qualification to the Individual Events Tournament of Champions in Minneapolis in May. 

FIVE STUDENTS NAMED NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALISTS
9/19/2013

 

Seniors Claude Hanley, Connor Moran, Dan O’Neill, Porter Polcaro and Aaron Shang recently qualified as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

About 1.5 million students in 22,000 high schools throughout the U.S. entered the competition by taking the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT. Only 16,000 students were chosen as semifinalists.

These young men represent the highest scoring 1% of students in our state. They show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Two students also qualified for the 2013-2014 College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program. The NHRP was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic and Latino high school students. The NHRP recognizes only 2% of the 259,000 students who took the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT in 2012. Congratulations to NHRP Scholars Joseph Benassi and John McDonald. 

This accomplishment wouldn’t be possible without the exceptional efforts of our students, parents and faculty.
 

 

CROSS COUNTRY TEAM RAISES MONEY FOR 'BACK ON MY FEET' CAMPAIGN
9/19/2013

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, varsity cross country captains Sean Duffy ’14 and Tyler Spear ’14 presented a check totaling $1,182 to Ms. Jaclyn Range, Regional Director of Communications and Corporate Relations for Back on My Feet (BoMF), a national non-profit organization that uses running to help the homeless change the way they see themselves, so that they can make real change in their lives including employment and independent living.

As part of the HSXChallenge, for every mile a student ran, he earned a penny to be donated to the campaign. Through individual and combined efforts, the cross country team ended up running a total of 5,000 miles during the 14-week period, raising more money than any other high school involved.

Back on My Feet was formed in 2007 after Founder and CEO Anne Mahlum went on her routine morning run in Philadelphia, and noticed all the homeless people on the street. She decided that if these people exercise they can gain some sense of self-worth that might help them get control over the rest of their lives. Back on My Feet now has chapters nationwide, including Baltimore. For more information about this wonderful non-profit feel free to visit www.backonmyfeet.org

 

 

 

RECAPPING THE 2013 LOYOLA GOLF OPEN
9/16/2013

Interim President Anthony Day, Interim Principal John McCaul and Loyola Blakefield Alumni Association (LBAA) President J.P. Scholtes ‘89 joined 130 other members of the Blakefield community on Friday, Sept. 13, for a glorious day of golf at Towson Golf & Country Club.  

The 2013 Loyola Golf Open was by all accounts the most successful to date, selling out nearly two weeks prior to tee-off, while sponsorships from generous alumni and parents reached new heights.  

As this event’s popularity has grown, so has the diversity of the participants. The 2013 field included alumni from the 1950s to 2010, the always-supportive members of the Fathers' Club, a representative contingency from the LBAA Board of Governors and a large group of parents, both established and newly arrived.  

Additionally, Loyola was honored to host representatives from the Salute Military Golf Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide rehabilitative golf experiences for wounded war veterans.

"These quiet heroes provided the rest of us with a bit of perspective on how fortunate we are to have such selfless men and women protecting our great nation and we hope to have them back for many years to come," said Loyola Alumni Relations Director Pat Muth '99. 

The big winners of the 2013 Loyola Golf Open were the Jackson Brothers (left) - Ray ’83, Jeff ’84, Matt ’90 & Pat ’98 – with an impressive score of 121. The closest-to-the-pin awards went to Steve Mitchell and Pickett Riehl ’81, while the longest drive went to Tom Schmidt ’90. This year’s putting contest saw its fair share of hilarious mediocrity and took nearly an hour to settle, but Jet Nordhausen was the last man standing once the dust settled.  

Congratulations to all of the winners and to those who helped make this event such a great success. We look forward to 2014!

To view more pictures of the day's events, visit our Facebook page.

TYLER SPEAR '14 NAMED DAN McNEAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT
9/12/2013

We are pleased to announce that this year's Daniel W. McNeal '90 Scholarship Award goes to senior Tyler Hanley Spear.

On campus, Tyler has set the standard for hard work, leadership and care of others, whether it is in the classroom or out on the track.

He is a member of the varsity cross country and track and field teams, where he serves as a strong leader to the younger students.

In his junior year, Spear excelled in AP Biology and AP U.S. Government and Politics and is currently taking AP Chemistry, AP Calculus AB and AP Literature.

Additionally, he has served on the Integritas Honor Committee and participated in the Student Ambassador Program.

Many of Loyola's faculty describe Tyler as dependable, dedicated and responsible.

He is actively involved in Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle Scout last year after completing an extensive service project.

Over the summer he was also involved in a service trip to Baltimore City.

Through his deeds rather than his words, he has displayed his leadership by challenging his classmates to work harder and serve better.

Tyler Spear exemplifies what it means to be a Loyola Don in the same ways that Dan McNeal did.

Dan passed away tragically in the World Trade Centers on the morning of September 11, 2001. Dan led his life, always choosing to think of others first.

The Dan McNeal Award is presented annually to a member of the junior or senior class that represents the values that Loyola Blakefield holds dear in Jesuit education – a commitment to academic excellence, involvement in his community, and, in his words and in his deeds, he is a true man for others. The award is given in loving memory of Dan McNeal, a member of the Loyola Blakefield class of 1990, and recipient of the Loyola Alumni Medal.

PATRICK BRENNAN '15 REFURBISHES GROTTO FOR EAGLE SCOUT HONOR
9/11/2013

-by Geena Mahler, Communications Intern

On Saturday, Aug. 31, junior Patrick Brennan completed the final requirement for his Eagle Scout Badge, a community service project. For his project, Brennan refurbished the Grotto on campus located behind the soccer field, while constructing and installing benches for the area.

Permission from Loyola, Troop 1000 and the Baltimore Regional Boy Scout Association headquarters were required prior to the start of the project. Once approved, Patrick was responsible for the coordination of people, materials, tools and safety. Between getting the approval to do the project, gathering the necessary supplies and getting helpers, the entire process took Patrick about two months. With the help of ten scouts and seven adults, it took approximately 81 hours to complete the actual project.

“Initially, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for my project, but I was certain I wanted to do something at Loyola as a way to give back to the school that has given me so much,” said Brennan. “During my sophomore year, Mr. Kennedy took our class to the Grotto to pray the rosary and I remember thinking how worn down it looked.”

Patrick split his project into two phases. Phase one was the construction of the benches, which took place at Patrick’s house after football practice on Thursday, Aug. 29. Phase two was the refurbishment of the Grotto and installation of the newly constructed benches, which can accommodate up to 12 people. That took place on Saturday, Aug. 31.

“Time was a major challenge trying to fit in an Eagle Scout project on Labor Day weekend, while juggling football practices and getting ready to go back to school," said Brennan.

During phase two, the site was raked, weeded and cleared of dead shrubs and wood. The statues were cleaned and the root base of the fallen tree stump was leveled. Patrick added some color to the site by planting yellow mums and a new blue and gold bouquet for the Blessed Mary to hold.

According to the National Eagle Scout Association website, to earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill specific requirements in areas of leadership, service and outdoor skill. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank. Only about five percent of all Boy Scouts do so. 

Patrick knew his second home was at Blakefield after he visited on his shadow day. Aside from becoming an Eagle Scout and helping his fellow scouts complete their service projects, he is a junior ambassador and has been playing football for Loyola since his freshman year. He also enjoys art and drawing classes. On the weekends, he is an alter server at his Parish and volunteers at My Sister's Place, a homeless shelter for women, and Blankets for Brothers, a blanket donation service for the homeless organized by the Brother Francis Shelter in Alaska.

So far, Patrick has had nothing but positive feedback from fellow Dons and faculty members about the Grotto. He has been getting the word out to students and faculty by encouraging them to go back there, check it out and enjoy the scenery.  We invite you to stop by the Grotto to see the great work Patrick has done.

Check out the photos on our Instagram.

The Grotto was constructed in the late 1930s on Loyola Blakefield's campus as a sodality to the overwhelming devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The site has been used often over the years as a place to recite the Rosary and to worship the Blessed Mother.

THE BLAKEFIELD PLAYERS TO PERFORM AT EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL NEXT SUMMER
9/9/2013

THE BLAKEFIELD PLAYERS ANNOUNCE 2013-14 LINEUP
9/9/2013

LOYOLA WELCOMES NEW STUDENTS THROUGH FRESHMEN ORIENTATION
8/26/2013

 

The Class of 2017 came to campus this morning looking forward to their first official day as freshmen. For some, they've known this place since middle school, but for others this was the first time navigating our scenic 60-acre campus (besides their Shadow Day) and learning what it really feels like to be a part of this amazing community.

The day started with introductions by Interim President Anthony Day and Principal John McCaul in the Chapel of Our Lady of Montserrat, and continued with ice breakers, campus tours, homeroom introductions, yearbook/ID photos and ended with Mass. Quite a busy first day.

It doesn't stop there, though. Throughout the rest of the week, freshmen students will rotate, partaking in their first Christian service experience as Dons, working through team building exercises at The Claggett Center and spend another day on campus preparing for their next four years at Blakefield learning about organizational skills, academic integrity, learning styles and how technology can benefit them at Blakefield. Students will participate in a reflection period with their peers after their Christian service experience as well.

Classes for the 2013-14 school year will begin next Tuesday, Sept. 3rd after Labor Day. For all back-to-school documents, please visit our Back to School Info Page and don't forget to check out the annual used book sale in Knott Hall going on all this week, organized by the Mothers' Club.

You can find more photos of Freshmen Orientation Week on our Facebook page.

LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD CYBER SECURITY TEAM CLAIMS WORLD TITLE
8/21/2013

Our Cyber Security Club completed the 2013 Global Cyberlympics and after making their way through qualifying rounds and earning a spot in the finals against six other high schools, the Dons have been named 2013 World Champions. There were over 70 high schools competiing worldwide. The final six teams were all based in the United States.

Please congratulate Patrick Lagator (Team Captain), James Lortz, James Gaitan, Evan Byrd, Ian Dalton and Mike O’Brien on this amazing accomplishment.

LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD LAUNCHES WEBSITE NEW SITE BETTER CONNECTS WITH STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND PARENTS
8/19/2013

 

Just in time for the new school year to begin, Loyola Blakefield has launched a brand new website, www.loyolablakefield.org, to better serve current and prospective students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni. The new site does more with less content, is intuitive, clean and easy to navigate, and features a bold web experience.

With today’s parents and students embracing technology as a way of life and going online to make informed decisions, the new website is intuitively organized and effectively communicates Loyola Blakefield’s objectives while connecting emotionally with the site’s audience. With a bold new design, the site is a contemporary demonstration of the school’s mission of educating young men to be leaders in learning and service in the Roman Catholic, Ignatian, college preparatory tradition.

"Educating the whole student is at the core of Loyola Blakefield's mission. That means leading the way inside the classroom and out," said Rob Robinson, director of marketing and communications at Loyola Blakefield.  “Our new website is now a more accurate reflection of who we are, how we think, the tools we utilize, and the forward-thinking philosophy that we promote. This new online extension of our community reflects the semblance and spirit of our campus community: one that truly rivals any other private education institution in the region.” 

Some of the new features to the site include:
• Improved access to emotionally connecting content that appeals to prospective students (6th through 12th  graders) and parents and helps them discover, visit, and apply to the school
• Easier access to important, up-to-date information such as school news and events, homework assignments, athletics, and college counseling for current students and faculty
• Up-to-the-minute sports scores and schedules 
• An engaging online community for alumni, trustees and donors to interact with the school and connect with each otherAbout Loyola Blakefield High School


ENGLISH TEACHER PUBLISHED FOR EDUCATIONAL TEXT
8/7/2013

We would like to congratulate one of our very own English teachers, Ms. Rachel Wilkinson, for her recently published work in Critical Education, "an international peer-reviewed journal, which seeks manuscripts that critically examine contemporary education contexts and practices."

Her text, titled "Healthy Systems: Literature, Nature, and Integrity" can be read in its entirety here.  
Wilkinson's Abstract is featured below to give a better idea of what her text focuses on:
"Our interactions with everyday objects inform our understanding of the world; yet today much of what we use is tossed immediately. Items made in haste, used in haste, and made into waste belie the values that, for centuries, humans have taken for granted. What do our consumption practices teach our students today? I suggest that apathy, loss of agency, lack of integrity and disconnection is often a result of our incomplete understanding of what lasts and where things go when we’re finished with them. Fortunately, the literature classroom, which can introduce students to texts such as “God’s Grandeur,” Grapes of Wrath, and Frankenstein, among others, offers educators an opportunity to challenge our throwaway society and reverence what lasts."
 

CYBER SECURITY TEAM QUALIFIES FOR WORLD FINALS
7/1/2013

The Cyber Security team recently competed in the second round of the Global CyberLympics.Only the top 6 teams in the country advance to the World Finals, The Loyola Cyber Security team came in at #3! More updates to come as they prepare for the finals in July. Congrats to Mr. Steve Morrill and the team.

DONS PARTAKE IN SUMMER SERVICE TRIP TO JAMAICA
6/25/2013

A group of Loyola Dons (Tommy Baird, Joey Benassi, Tyler John Cole, Matthew Franks, Chase Harman, Connor Henderson, Aziz Mansaray, Matthew Thompson, David Villarreal and Cole Waesche) accompanied by Mrs. Kathy Mathias, Mr. Sebastian Price and Mr. Ben Horgan recently visited Kingston, Jamaica for the first weeklong service trip of the summer. Students resided at the Ursuline Convent with the Jamaica Volunteer Foundation.

 

Each day they worked with different non-profits around the Kingston area that helped with the poor and homeless populations, children, the sick, and the elderly. In the evenings, the students gathered to reflect on their experiences in their commitment towards working for a just world. 

The primary volunteer sites of the trip included:

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