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11/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Walsh Jesuit bestows Manresa Award

Shown above, from left, are  Mike and Mary Gladstone and Mike Beck, this year’s recipients of Walsh Jesuit High School’s Manresa Award.
Photo courtesy of Walsh Jesuit High School
CUYAHOGA FALLS — Mike and Karen Beck, of West Akron, and Mike and Mary Gladstone, of Hudson were this year’s recipients of Walsh Jesuit High School’s Manresa Award.

According to school officials, the Manresa Award, the school’s highest honor, is presented to members of the Walsh Jesuit community who are outstanding exemplars of Walsh Jesuit’s mission: Men and women for others and who have served selflessly to further the school’s mission over the years.

During Mass in Walsh Jesuit’s chapel of North American Martyrs Nov. 4, Walsh Jesuit President Karl Ertle spoke of Mike and Karen Beck’s dedication to Walsh Jesuit for the last 25 years. He spoke of how Mike and Karen played a significant role in shaping the school, chairing a record-breaking POWWOW (school fundraiser) in 1996, Mike on the Booster Club and Board and Development committees through the years, and Karen as an active volunteer, bringing people together to support Walsh Jesuit.

Karen died from cancer in 2008, but her legacy is manifested through a family scholarship for students who would not be able to receive a Catholic education, according to school officials.

Bonnie Lass Wojno, vice president of advancement for Walsh Jesuit, spoke on Mike and Mary Gladstone’s steadfast commitment to Walsh Jesuit for the last 25 years. As development director for Walsh Jesuit for the last 25 years, Mike led Walsh Jesuit’s tuition assistance program, she said.

According to school officials, Mary, as an intervention specialist at East Woods Elementary in Hudson, also exemplifies the mission of helping students.

The Manresa Award was first presented in 1991 and has been awarded to more than 20 recipients since its inception. The award is named for the town in northern Spain where St. Ignatius of Loyola experienced a spiritual conversion. That experience led to his founding of the Society of Jesus in 1540.


Akron Council of PTAs presenting Citywide Talent Showcase

KENMORE — The Akron Council of PTAs will host its second annual Citywide Talent Showcase Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. at Kenmore High School.

Tickets are $5 each. The event is open to all Akron Public Schools (APS) kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

Auditions for singers, rappers, poets, comedians, dancers, musicians, emcees, groups, artists and stage crew have been extended through Dec. 6. Contact Diane Autry at 330-459-8711 (call or text) or msautry70@yahoo.com to schedule an audition.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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