Alumni Coach CAL Champs
Congratulations to the Waldron Varsity baseball team who just won the Catholic Academy League Championship. Pictured with the team are alumni coaches Joey Frio '11 on far left and Joe Leonard '93 on far right.
Alumni Attend Golf and Tennis Classic to Support Technology and Student Aid
On Monday, September 21, many of our Waldron alumni played tennis or golf, sponsored holes, provided auction items, and attended the dinner reception to honor Steve Stritch, the recipient of the 2015 Sister Patricia Waldron award for his many years of service to the school. Each year the proceeds of the outing help to enrich our technology and S.T.E.M. programs. In honor of Steve Stritch, this year's proceeds were also used to build our student aid fund. We appreciate the many ways our alumni stay connected to the Waldron family and support our students.
Mike (MJ) Andrews '01 Receives Walsh Award at Fordham Annual Gridiron Club Dinner in New York
On September 10, 2015, MJ Andrews, WMA Class of 2001, was honored with the Walsh Award for founding the Steve Hudacek Fordham Mentoring Program. This program is designed to connect current student-athletes with former players who serve as mentors. Named in honor of MJ's grandfather, Steve Hudacek, who was a standout player for the Fordham Rams in the early 1940s and who was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989, the mentors are a resource that current players can contact to help with any problem, large or small. In presenting the award, Sister Anne Walsh, RHSM, the team's academic advisor, stated, "Michael graduated in 2009 but never left Fordham." In accepting the award, MJ remarked, "I'm just hoping the Mentoring Program can show the student-athletes what it's like to be 'Men for Others' and that my grandfather would be proud of what we're doing."
Pictured above is Mike (MJ) Andrews, WMA Class of 2001.
At the awards dinner and seated at the Yale Club in New York are Peg Flynn, WMA Director of Stewardship and Alumni Relations, Steve Stritch, WMA Alumni Parent, along with Linda and Joe Camardo, WMA Alumni Parents. Standing are Rennie Andrews, mother of MJ, Caitlin Walsh, fiancee of MJ, Jeff Andrews, father of MJ, and Stephen Andrews '97, MJ's brother.
Bill Kuharich '67 Establishes The Class of 1967 Scholarship
"Waldron made a difference in my life and I now want to help make a difference for others," says Bill Kuharich, who has established The Class of 1967 Scholarship. This scholarship will provide tuition assistance to a deserving sixth, seventh or eighth grader for whom a Waldron education would not otherwise be possible. The core values taught at Waldron Mercy are the same as they have been for more than 90 years. Mercy is at the center of education and the foundation for learning that inspired graduates to succeed in high school, in their choose careers, and in life. For students then and now, Waldron is the trajectory for a lifelong love of learning and helping others. We appreciate Bill's classmates who have joined in this endeavor and encourage fellow classmates to make their gift today.
Bill, who is Executive Chief of Staff for the Cleveland Browns, is pictured with Aaron Nuble '15 and Payton Fox '15 on a recent visit to WMA.
Nile Hodges '11 Delivers Inspirational Speech at WMA Achievement Assembly
On June 1, WMA students in grades 3 through 7 gathered in the Dixon Gymnasium for the annual achievement assembly. Nile Hodges, Waldron Mercy Academy Class of 2011, was chosen as the speaker. Relating his message to lessons gleaned from popular animated films and the inspiring words of Winston Churchill, Nile delivered a meaningful and impactful speech that captivated the students, the faculty, and the parents who attended.
Nile is the son of doctors Eric and Kellyn Hodges, and brother to Paige Hodges Class of 2012 and Pierce Hodges class of 2015. Born and raised on the Main Line, Nile is an all-honors graduate of the William Penn Charter School. In the Fall, he will attend Howard University in Washington D.C. Nile has represented Waldron Mercy Academy very well as a scholar, athlete and gentleman and has been recognized numerous times for his commitment, excellence, and leadership. Nile has maintained an “A” average throughout his high school career and was recently inducted into the national honor society, cum laude. Nile served on the student council and was captain of his mock trial team. He is also an outstanding and passionate athlete, playing both varsity football and lacrosse all four years. While at Penn Charter, Nile was selected as one of four students to represent his school in an international speech and debate contest against an internationally renowned team of young debaters from China. And last Spring, he was selectedto serve as an ambassador of the school to travel on an immersion exchange program to the Martin Buber School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nile is multitalented, but his love for school and sports has no doubt led his interests to the field of sports medicine. Nile is pictured above with Mrs. Nell Stetser, Principal. Listen to and view Nile's speech.
Mrs. Irene Pawlish is honored with Sister Suzanne Gallagher Award