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					                                                                      St. John Neumann Regional Academy

                                                                       The Neumann Shield
                                                             	                                                                 October	2010	•	Volume	5	•	Issue	1

                                                                        St. John Neumann Regional Academy Celebrates
                                                                                                                                                           Nine AP Scholars
  INSIDE THIS ISSUE:                                                   Nine students from St. John Neumann Regional Academy         an average of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and
                                                                       have earned AP Scholar Awards by the College Board           grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
St. John Neumann Regional Academy                                      in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the       Forquer was the salutatorian of his class, and is the son
Celebrates Nine AP Scholars . . . . . 1 - 2                            college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Program Exams.         of Thomas and Adele Forquer. He is currently studying
                                                                                                                                    civil engineering at The George Washington University,
Elementary Campus Launches                                             The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program               Washington, DC.
Accelerator Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2                  provides motivated and academically prepared students
                                                                       with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level          At St. John Neumann Regional Academy, seven students
SJNRA OotM Team Victorious at World                                    courses while still in high school, and to earn college      qualified for the AP Scholar Award in addition to the
Finals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2    credit, advanced placement, or both for successful per-      two previously named, by completing three or more
                                                                       formance on the AP exams. About 18% of the 1.8 million       AP exams with scores of 3 or higher. The following 2010
New Faces at SJNRA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3                   students worldwide who took AP exams performed at a          graduates are AP Scholars:
                                                                       sufficiently high level to earn an AP Scholar Award. The
Neumann Grad Inducted into Society 3                                   College Board recognizes several levels of achievement       •     Danielle Byrne, daughter of Kenneth and
                                                                       based on students’ performance on AP exams.                  Adrienne Haas, is attending St. Vincent’s College in
SJNRA Endowment Fund Established 3                                                                                                  Latrobe and studying voice performance.
                                                                       St. John Neumann 2010 graduate Adam Bahr qualified           •     Allison Cheatle, daughter of Matthew and
Reason to Cheer: SJNRA Celebrates                                      for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an      Patricia Cheatle, is attending Towson University in
135th Anniversary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 - 5                  average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and     Maryland and studying political science.
                                                                       scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.        •     Kahlie DeHotman, daughter of Joseph and
SJNRA News Highlights. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6                       Bahr was the valedictorian of his class, and is the son of   Tracie Bem, is attending Messiah College in Grantham,
                                                                       Pete and Kathy Bahr. He is currently studying electrical     PA and studying theatre.
SJNRA Seniors Commended By                                             engineering at Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College,         •     Conor Norris, son of Christopher and Sueanne
National Merit Scholarship                                             University Park, PA.                                         Norris, is studying mathematics/history at St. Francis
Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6                                                                       University, Loretto, PA.
                                                                       St. John Neumann 2010 graduate Neil Forquer quali-           •     Elaina Stone, daughter of Pam Gill, is attending
SJNRA Auction Raises                                                   fied for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning          Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA and studying anthropol-
Record Amount . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 - 7                                                                               ogy and archaeology.

Join Us for Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7                                                                            Current SJNRA seniors Hannah Facey, daughter of
                                                                                                                                    Peter and Mindy Facey, and Hannah Harris, daughter of
                                                                      SJNRA AP SCHOLARS

In Their Own Words: Neumann Grads                                                                                                   David and Janet Harris, were also named AP Scholars.
Reflect on their Catholic Education:
Jim Creeley, SJNRA Class of 2009. . . . 7                                                                                           Through more than 30 different college-level courses
Phillip Trometter,                                                                                                                  and exams, AP provides motivated and academically
SJNRA Class of 2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7                                     Adam         Neil          Danielle       prepared students with the opportunity to earn college
                                                                                          Bahr       Forquer          Byrne         credit or advanced placement and stand out in the
Ring in the Holidays with the SJNRA                                                                                                 college admissions process. Each exam is developed
Gift Card/Tuition Voucher Program . . 8                                                                                             by a committee of college and university faculty and
                                                                                                                                    AP teachers, ensuring that the exams are aligned with
                                                                                                                                    the same high standards expected by college faculty at
                                                                                                                                    some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research
                                                                                                                                    institutions. AP is accepted by more than 3,600 colleges
  The Path to a                                                                           Allison     Kahlie         Conor
                                                                                                                                    and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced
                                                                                                                                    placement, or both on the basis of successful AP Exam
Higher Education                                                                          Cheatle   DeHotman         Norris
                                                                                                                                    grades. This includes more than 90 percent of four-year
                                                                                                                                    institutions in the United States. Research consistently
                                                                                                                                    shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP
                                                                                                                                    Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the
                                                                                                                                    highest) typically experience greater academic success in
                                                                                                                                    college and higher graduation rates than students who
                                                                                                                                    do not participate in AP.
                                                                                          Elaina     Hannah          Hannah
                                                                                          Stone       Facey           Harris                                               Continued on Page 2

SJNRA Celebrates Nine AP Scholars (Continued from Page 1)
                                                                                                St. John Neumann
St. John Neumann High School principal, Denise
M. Tobin, remarked, “Academic Excellence is one                          Odyssey of the Mind Team
of the pillars of the Catholic education that St.
John Neumann Regional Academy High School
provides. We strive to maintain rigorous and
                                                                 Victorious at World Finals
relevant coursework that will easily transition our
young men and women to undergraduate work                   The 31st annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals was held in May at Michigan State University. St.
at a college or university. The three levels of AP          John Neumann sent three qualifying teams to the final level of competition for the 2009-10 school
Scholars recently awarded to our students is con-           year. The teams finished as follows:
firmation that our curriculum challenges students
and that our faculty encourages students to do                        Nature Trail’R, Division I: 14th place out of 50 teams
the very best they can. Congratulations to all of                     Food Court, Divison I: 15th place out of 70 teams
our Neumann Scholars!”                                                Return to the Gift of Flight, Division III: 3rd place- bronze medals- out of 39 teams

St. John Neumann Regional Academy challenges                The SJNRA OotM teams enjoyed meeting Odyssey team participants from across the country and
and inspires children in preschool through 12th             around the world. For our two Division I teams, it was their first experience at World Finals, and they
grade to reach their full potential. SJNRA is the           did exceptionally well. Our Division III team is an experienced team, which has a long history of suc-
only private school in the greater Lycoming County          cess at World Finals. They rose to the occasion once again in Michigan, and captured bronze medals
area to offer an extensive AP Program. This school          for their school and their team. SJNRA has an impressive record at World Finals, sending qualified
year, SJNRA is marking its 135th Anniversary –              teams to the worldwide event eight of the past nine years.
celebrating the excellence of Catholic Education in
Lycoming County.                                            In addition, the Division III team also won the prestigious “Ranatra Fusca” award at the Pennsylvania
                                                            State Tournament in April. The Ranatra Fusca Award is the most coveted award in the Odyssey of the
                                                            Mind program. It allows the team that wins it to move on to the next level of competition, regardless
 Elementary Campus Launches                                 of their scores. This award is only given out in circumstances of exceptional creativity. This is the
                                                            first time in our school’s 20+ year history in OotM that they have attained the Ranatra Fusca Award.
     Accelerator Program                                    Congratulations to the team for securing this important recognition!

St. John Neumann is proud to offer a new                    Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving op-
program at our Elementary Campus, the                       portunities for students from kindergarten through college. Kids apply their creativity to solve problems
“SJNRA Accelerator Program”. The Accelerator                that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.
Program will be offered to students in Grades               They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams
1-6. Acceptance into the Accelerator Program                from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
is based on academic achievement. Prospective
Accelerator students are referred to the program
by their teacher. The group will be divided into
two groups: Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-6. Each
group will meet at a convenient time outside of
the normal school day.

Mrs. Susan Kaiser, SJNRA System Director and
Elementary Principal, will be the instructor for this
gifted program. According to Mrs. Kaiser, “I am
delighted that we are able to offer this program
to our elementary students. I will challenge the
students in a variety of ways to go above the
“normal” curriculum for their current grade level.”
                                                            Division I Food Court Team                            Division I Nature Trail’R
 “The Accelerator Program is designed to
                                                            (L to R): Ryenn Yearick, Coach Denise Southard,       (L to R): David Montis, Natalie Kolczynski,
challenge the children and give them a nurturing
                                                            Jessica Mattiace, Marilyn Hiller, Christine           Adriana Barone, Bridget Foresman, Kendra
environment in which they can explore and excel.
                                                            McFadden, Amanda Southard, Coach Bret                 Snyder, Bianca Lilley and Adali Matz. Coaches
This program will allow our students to “step out
                                                            Southard, Emily Walter and Shayna McNamee.            are Kathy Bahr and Keith Bauer.
of the box” and challenge them to become more
creative and excited about learning. It will allow
those students who are working above their
grade level to have an added challenge outside of                                                                 Division III Return to the Gift of Flight
the rigors of their normal classroom setting,” said
Mrs. Kaiser. The program will include book clubs,                                                                 Sitting (L to R): Coaches Jeff Trometter, Kathy
computer programs, advanced art projects, and                                                                     Bahr and Keith Bauer.
many other academic and creative outlets for the
children.                                                                                                         Kneeling (L to R): John Mattiace, Phillip
                                                                                                                  Trometter, Adam Bahr and Doug Hasko.
Mrs. Kaiser took a graduate course on the
Gifted Learner this summer and she is a certified                                                                 Standing (L to R): Katie Bahr, JoAnne Murphy
teacher. She holds two Masters Degrees.                                                                           and Lakeisha James.

                                                                                                              St. John Neumann
NEW                                                                                                           Endowment Fund
Faces at SJNRA                                                                                                    Established
The Administration and Governance Board of St.
John Neumann Regional Academy is pleased to
announce the following changes and additions
to the staff of the Academy for the 2010-2011                                                               What started out as a wish by family members
school year in support of our mission and our                                                               to remember their wife and mother has
four pillars of excellence: ACADEMICS, FAITH,                                                               blossomed into a gift that will have a positive
SERVICE and LEADERSHIP, supporting our mis-          •     Mrs. Theresa Beiter, Mrs. Stacey French          impact on Catholic education for generations
sion of providing a superior Catholic Education      and Mrs. Brandi Hurne join our staff as                to come.
in the development of the entire child-- mind,       full-time aides.
body and spirit.                                                                                            Upon the untimely passing of Mary Lou Beiter
                                                                  •       Mrs. Beth Lazorka joins           in March 2010, the Beiter family desired to
               •      Ms. Abby Brown is the                       our Elementary staff as a part-time       establish an endowment fund in Mary Lou’s
               new full-time guidance counselor,                  remedial reading specialist. She          memory which would provide support to St.
               serving students in grades PreK-12.                holds a Para-Professional Certificate     John Neumann Regional Academy. They were
               Ms. Brown has a BA in International                from BLaST and is certified in CPR,       overwhelmed with the donations received in
               Studies from Lock Haven University,                First Aid and CPI (Crisis Prevention      memory of Mrs. Beiter.
               and a MSW (Master of Social                        Intervention).
               Work) from Marywood University.                                                              Another long-time Catholic school supporter,
She comes to us with 14 years experience from                       •      Mrs. Kristin Fisher joins        Monsignor Francis J. Castellano, passed away
Tressler/Diakon Lutheran Services, where she                        our Early Childhood staff as the        in June 2010. Prior to his passing, Monsignor
served the Williamsport and Jersey Shore school                     music teacher, as Mr. Richard           Castellano made it clear that he wished
districts as a School-Based Counselor.                              Cummings has been appointed             St. John Neumann Regional Academy be
                                                                    music teacher, drama coordinator        remembered in any memorial contributions
             •      Mrs. Ali Taylor joins the                       and computer technology specialist      made in his name.
             Academy staff as an Art teacher for                    at the high school. Mrs. Fisher is a
             Grades 4-12. She has a Bachelor         graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania,        Monies from these two funds were merged.
             of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts        Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in Secondary            Throughout the summer months, members
             & Crafts and Printmaking, with a        English Education. She and her husband, Don,           of the Beiter family, and the Endowment
             minor in Art History from Edinboro      have been the leaders of the Contemporary              Committee which they organized, met
             University, and a Masters of            Music Ensemble of St. Boniface since 2003. Mrs.        with representatives from the Williamsport
             Education degree in Art Education       Fisher is also a local recording artist and has four   Lycoming Community Foundation in order to
from Mansfield University. She has seven years       music CDs.                                             deposit the funds with the First Community
of experience teaching art.                                                                                 Foundation Partnership. Last month, the
                                                                                                            details were finalized and the fund is now
             •      Mr. Kyle Murphy joins the
             High School faculty in a part time         Neumann Grad                                        in place. The fund has a value in excess of
             position as our new French teacher.
             He has a BS degree in Secondary
             Education/French and a BA in
                                                     Inducted into Society                                  Funds generated from the St. John Neumann
                                                                                                            Endowment Fund will be used to embark
             Theatre.                                                                                       on capital improvements to our school
                                                                     Daniel S. Sholder, SJNRA Class of
                                                                                                            buildings, provide technological upgrades in
             •      Mrs. Karen Welshans joins                        2009 graduate, and a sopho-
                                                                                                            our classrooms, or any other project that the
             the staff as an Accounting Clerk.                       more pre-med major at Villanova
                                                                                                            committee deems worthy.
             She has an Associate’s Degree in                        University, recently was inducted
             Business Administration.                                into the Villanova Chapter of the
                                                                                                            Donations may be made at any time to the
                                                                     National Society of Collegiate
                                                                                                            St. John Neumann Endowment Fund. Please
                                                                     Scholars (NSCS).
                                                                                                            consider naming the St. John Neumann
             •                                                                                              Endowment Fund in your will, and give a
Mrs. Kelli Neece and                                 NSCS is the only national honor society
                                                                                                            meaningful gift that will last for generations
Ms. Sylvia Fagnano                                   recognizing outstanding academic achievement
                                                                                                            to come. For more information on planned
are the new secretaries                              among first- and second-year college students.
                                                                                                            giving opportunities, please contact SJNRA
at the High School                                   Membership is by invitation only to those
                                                                                                            Development Director, Kathy Bahr, at 323-
Campus Office and                                    students who carry a 3.4 grade point average or
                                                                                                            9953, ext. 205 or via email at
come to us with great                                higher and rank in the top 20 percent of their
work experience and exuberant energy.                class.

                                                     Sholder is the son of Steve and Diane Sholder,
                                                     Williamsport, and was the Salutatorian of the
                                                     SJNRA Class of 2009.

 Reason to Cheer:                                                                                           Catholic worship in Williamsport
                                                                                                            up to 1865. The first pastor was
                                                                                                            Rev. George Gostenschnigg, of St.
    St. John Neumann Regional                                                                               Joseph’s Church, Milton, who, up
                                                                                                            until 1857, visited Williamsport

    Academy Celebrates 135th                                                                                twice a month to celebrate Mass
                                                                                                            and preach the Gospel to the little
                                                                                                            flock. The first resident pastor
          Anniversary Milestone                                                                             was Rev. John B. Bach, who took
                                                                                                            charge of the congregation in         St. John Neumann
                                                                                                            January 1857, and served until September 1861.
                                                                                                            He preached alternately in German, English and
                                                       These first settlers of Cascade proved themselves    French. He made an addition to the church of 22
Clearly, there will be no one that disputes the        honorable, talented, progressive, and worthy         x 22 feet, and opened a small parochial school.
135th Anniversary Celebration. But there are           citizens. St. Mary’s Catholic Church was the         Records show that Bishop John Neumann
many facts that may lead people to believe that        only church in the township. As early as 1848,       passed through this area and on his horse
this anniversary celebration could be a 155th          Catholic services were held in the houses of         bowed down to God in honor of the efforts
Anniversary Celebration. Let’s travel back into        Michael Kelly and John Keefer by Fathers             of those early settlers in our region. In 1859,
history to 1875 and as far back as 1840, when          O’Keefe, Hannigan, and others. Nearly all the        Bach laid out a cemetery on Wyoming Street,
there were no automobiles, and the majority of         first settlers of the township were members          containing about two acres. Rev. Philip Woerner
travel was conducted by horseback.                     of this faith, and attended Mass whenever the        became pastor in September 1861, and remained
                                                       opportunity was offered. In 1854, a small frame      until March 1862, when he was succeeded by
The people of this great Lycoming County /             building was erected on the farm of Patrick          Rev. James A. Moschal.
Susquehanna Valley were real pioneers. Many            Kinney, who donated land for a church and
people were immigrants from Europe, traveling          cemetery. It stood a couple of miles southwest       Rev. John Koeper became pastor of St. Bonifacius
to a land that was unknown to them, but would          of Kellysburg, and served the congregation           congregation in August 1869. In November
offer hope and allow them many freedoms. One           until the erection of the St. Mary’s Church. The     1872, the old church was removed to the rear
of the biggest of all reasons to come to this area     church embraced seventy-five families, and was       of the lot to make room for the church that was
was for family life and for families to be able to     the only congregation and house of worship in        eventually destroyed by fire in the early 1970s,
practice their religious freedom. Let’s review just    the township. The Mulvey and Flanagan families       which was a substantial edifice. The corner stone
a few regions of our County where some of the          were connected with St. Mary’s Catholic Church       was laid on June 22, 1873, and the building was
earliest Catholics settled.                            of Cascade township, of which both families          dedicated to the service of God on September 19,
                                                       were pioneer members.                                1875. It was a brick structure of Gothic architec-
Cascade Township was formed from territory                                                                  ture, and was 65 x 145 feet in dimensions. The
taken from Hepburn and Plunkett’s on August 9,         Bastress Township was formed from part               auditorium was 46 x 99 feet and had a seating
1843. It was named for the many little cascades        of Susquehanna Township on December 13,              capacity of 800. The windows were of richly
and waterfalls found in its dashing streams and        1854 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.           stained glass, and the interior, like the exterior,
murmuring rivulets. There were many good and           The township is named in honor of Solomon            was of pure Gothic design.
well-cultivated farms in the township. One of the      Bastress, of Jersey Shore, who was a former
first settlers was Michael Kelly. He penetrated        member of the legislature and an associate           In March 1870, the parochial school was
the forests at the head of Wallis Run in July 1843.    judge. The first settlers were German Roman          reorganized, with Charles Cremer as teacher.
He cut a road through the woods from DuBois’           Catholic farmers. They migrated to the area          In June 1874, four Sisters of Christian Charity,
saw mill to the present Kellysburg, six miles,         beginning in 1837 under the leadership of Father     banished from Germany by the new Prussian
so that he could get an ox team and wagon              Nicholas Steinbacher. Together, they established     church laws, took charge of the parochial school.
through. This was the first road in this part of the   the parish of the Church of the Immaculate           Their number eventually increased to six.
county and over it Mr. Kelly hauled the lumber         Conception in 1840. The original log church was
used in the construction of his log house, and         replaced by a stone structure in 1853.               The Church of the Annunciation was organized
also moved his family in by the same means.                                                                 in the autumn of 1865 by Rev. P. F. Sullivan, with
In October of the same year, he was followed           The first free public school was taught by           about sixty English speaking families previously
by a Mr. Lang, of Philadelphia, who purchased          Michael Myers in 1840, where the post office         connected with St. Bonifacius Church, since
property and erected the buildings sold to Peter       is now situated. In 1891, it was reported that       which time the latter organization had been
O’Connor. The next few years, he was followed          there was only one school conducted under the        a purely German Catholic body. Rev. John
by Patrick Cummings, Bernard, Thomas, Patrick,         free school system, and the report shows that        Lenfert, of St. Mary’s Church, Bastress township,
and Edward Norton, Lawrence Ging, Michael              six months of school were taught in 1891. The        succeeded Father Moschal in October 1865, and
Kehoe, Jeremiah and James Lee, John Smith,             teacher, a male, was paid $30 a month, and there     visited the congregation once a month up until
Thomas Noon, Michael Cox, William McEnarney,           were seventeen male and six female scholars.         1869. During his administration, a lot 52 x 208
George Nevell, William and John Davis, Henry           There are other reports that show a Catholic         feet east of the church was purchased.
Riley, Samuel Stall, James Condon, John and            School existed prior to this.
Joseph Keefer, Thomas Logue, Patrick Flanagan,                                                              In December 1871, Rev. Eugene A. Garvey took
Thomas and Patrick Kinney, Michael Barry,              The City of Williamsport’s first trace of Catholic   charge of the parish, and though he found it in
John and Patrick Davis, Matthias McDonald,             religion dates to the 1850s. St. Bonifacius Church   a chaotic condition, he went vigorously to work.
William O’Brien, Peter O’Connor, Richard Farrell,      was organized in 1853 with about thirty families,    Under his wise and judicious management,
and others. Each purchased a property and              who were principally Germans. On the 23rd of         the congregation was wonderfully prosperous.
erected buildings. The settlement founded by           January, 1854, a lot 52 x 208 feet, located on       Garvey soon paid off the debt on the church
Michael Kelly is now Cascade, and some of his          Washington Street, was purchased. In the sum-        property left by his predecessor, and commenced
descendants still reside there.                        mer of 1854, a frame church, 24 x 48 feet in size,   a series of improvements continued through
                                                       was erected thereon. This was the only place of      the passing years in keeping with the growth
                                                                                                            and prosperity of the church. He first built the

parochial residence on Walnut Street, then the       Creek (Lancaster), Clarence, Batavia, Transit       while out on errands in the mid-afternoon, he
two-story brick school house on Edwin Street,        (Swormville), Tonawanda, Canal Settlement           suffered an apoplectic stroke (heart attack) and
containing six rooms. He placed the Sisters of       (Pendleton), Alden, Bennington, Niagara Falls,      died. His funeral on January 8, 1860 attracted
the Immaculate Heart of Mary as teachers, and        Buffalo Plains and Black Rock. When the Sisters     throngs of silent people along the streets. And
enrollment was 380 pupils. He then erected           of St. Francis came to Buffalo, they would go       he was buried in St. Peter Redemptorist Church in
the convent on Edwin Street, wherein eleven          to many of these same places served by the          Philadelphia where his body still lies.
sisters resided, and to which advanced pupils        circuit-riding/walking missionary priest.
of the parochial schools were admitted for                                                               After his death, favors through intercession
graduation. The foundation was commenced the         The Gangloff family history indicates that Father   to him were reported. In December 1896, the
following spring, and on Sunday, July 11, 1886,      Neumann came to Cheektowaga to bless the            cause for his beatification and canonization were
the cornerstone of the new church was laid by        home of Joseph and Barbara Batt, the family         introduced in Rome. In October 1963, Pope Paul
Bishop O’Hara with imposing ceremonies and           that made an 1837 voyage over the ocean and         VI declared John Neumann blessed. On June 19,
in the presence of an immense audience. Within       promised to build a Maria Hilf shrine for a safe    1977, John Neumann was canonized as a saint
the sanctuary were also Most Rev. P. J. Ryan,        passage. One of the Batt daughters, Mary Ann,       of the church and many Sisters of St. Francis
Archbishop of Philadelphia, Rt. Rev. Thomas          married to Franz Joseph Gangloff, also made         attended the ceremony.
McGovern, Bishop of Harrisburg, and a large          this journey. There are baptismal records at SS.
number of priests.                                   Peter & Paul which show the Father Neumann
                                                     presided at the weddings and baptisms of             As we celebrate the 135th Anniversary
The faithful presences of the Sisters of Christian   several Batt and Gangloff children. Maria Hilf       of Catholic Schools in Lycoming County,
Charity and the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart      Shrine in Cheektowaga remained a mission of SS.      we know change, we accept change, we
of Mary have had a significant presence in our       Peter and Paul Parish until 1890 when it became      embrace a system rooted in faith and God
schools over these years. We are very grateful       Our Lady Help of Christians Parish. In the 1830s,    and we embrace excellence in all facets of
for their service to our area.                       Father Neumann made his way to the German            Catholic Education. Tradition, hard work
                                                     Catholics in maple sugar-time, mud-time,             and an unparalleled desire to succeed is
The Life of St. John Neumann:                        mosquito-time, much as the Sisters of St. Francis    the DNA make up of our System. We are
John Nepomucene Neumann, born in Prachatitz          did in the 1860s. Father Neumann’s brother,          thankful to our parishes, our Catholic
in Bohemia (Czechoslovakia / Czech Republic)         Wenzel, joined him at the North Bush settlement      followers, our community, our Bishops and
on March 28, 1811, was baptized on the same          and together they provided school lessons for        the Scranton Diocese.
day in the parish church and grew up in a            the children.
Catholic home with five siblings. John’s mother,                                                          Perhaps this feeling and celebration can
Agnes (Lebisch), fondly called him her “little       In 1840, Father Neumann decided to join the          be summed up in the words of our current
bibliomaniac” for his love of books and learning.    Redemptorist Fathers, and on January 16,             Vice President of the Board of Directors,
His father’s name was Philip Neumann.                1842, he became the first to make vows in            Mr. Steve Sholder, who said, “When you
John, even as a child, also held a keen interest     the American Redemptorist foundation. His            enter SJNRA, you become part of a family,
in art, music, natural science, theology and         missionary work took him all over the frontier       a community rooted in Christ, with a strong
languages. And he loved solitude. John studied       of Pennsylvania and New York states - by boat,       history, a vital present and a vision of an
at the seminary in nearby Budwiess and at the        stagecoach, horse, and on foot. Ten years later,     exciting future more powerful than the
University of Prague. When he was ready for          he was tapped as bishop. On his 41st birthday,       past.”
ordination, he chose the role of missionary to the   March 28, 1852, he was consecrated as bishop
United States. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean in      of Philadelphia. The 1840s and ‘50s saw peak         Congratulations, St. John Neumann
April 1836.                                          immigrations of Europeans, especially Germans        Regional Academy, may you continue to
                                                     and Irish, to America’s shores. Bishop Neumann       prepare the future through your students
He arrived in New York Harbor, and on June           learned Gaelic so he could speak with the Irish      with learning for a lifetime, and a lifetime
25, 1836, Bishop John Dubois, ordinary for the       immigrants. In 1854, Bishop Neumann returned         of learning, and always having the under-
Diocese of New York which encompassed all            to the Buffalo area to conduct two missions,         standing of God and the need to serve one
of New York State, ordained John Neumann             one in English, and one in German. Later, in         another.
to the priesthood. After his first Mass on           1854, Bishop Neumann crossed the ocean to
June 26, he set out on a 363 mile trip on the        be in Rome for the solemn proclamation of the
recently-completed Erie Canal. During a stop in      dogma of the Immaculate Conception. Pope            Sources:
Rochester, he made the acquaintance of Father        Pius IX also held an ad limina visit with Bishop    •     Bachmann - Neumann Connection, a slide
Prost, one of the Redemptorists serving the          Neumann and encouraged him to establish a           presentation with script, by Sister Fran Gangloff,
German immigrants there. Upon his arrival in         religious congregation of women with the III        July 1984, for Heritage Days III.
Buffalo, Father Neumann met Father Pax, pastor       Order Rule of St. Francis. Bishop Neumann also      •     His Life was Gentle - the Life of St. John
at St. Louis Parish in downtown Buffalo. The         went home to Prachatitz to visit his aging father   Neumann, a drama and slide presentation in 5
young priest made his way out Main Street            and the grave of his deceased mother. Upon his      acts with prologue and epilogue, by Sister Fran
(Route 5) to the Williams Mill settlement of 1811    return to Philadelphia, Bishop Neumann became       Gangloff, October 1977, for Jubilee 1977, year of
(Williamsville) and the Alsatian Catholics living    acquainted with the desire of Anna Bachmann         the canonization.
in the area. Father Neumann offered the first        and her companions to become religious. On          •     St. John Neumann - Missionary to the
Mass in a partly finished church made of native      April 9, 1855, Bishop Neumann conducted the         Niagara Frontier: 1836 - 1840, photos and text by
Onandagua limestone, on July 17, 1836.               reception of the three into religious life and on   Sister Fran Gangloff, Western New York Catholic,
Ethnic rivalries, such as that of the German -       May 26, 1856, he heard their profession of the      April 1983, pages 18 - 19.
French immigrants from provinces of Alsace and       vows of religion.                                   •     St. John Neumann, life and times @ History
of Lorraine, lay trusteeism, and anti-papism and                                                         of Lycoming County Pennsylvania by John
anti-Catholic sentiments, added to the difficulty    During the Christmas season of 1859, Bishop         Franklin Meginness.
of life on the frontier. But Father Neumann just     Neumann visited the children he so loved
quietly went about ministrering to the people,       in several schools throughout Pennsylvania,
traveling often on foot, to the far-flung German     spent time with his Redemptorist community,
settlements at Eden, Alden, Java, Sheldon, Cayuga    and called on the Sisters. On January 5, 1860,

                                                                                                              St. John Neumann Seniors
                                                                                                            Commended by National Merit
                                                                                                                 Scholarship Program
High School Campus Enjoys                             Fitness Factory Agreement Extended
Technological Upgrade                                 for a Third Year                                      Hannah Facey, daughter of Peter and Minnette
                                                                                                            Facey, and Hannah Harris, daughter of David
Over the summer months, the SJNRA High                For the third year, St. John Neumann has              and Janet Harris, both St. John Neumann
School Campus acquired 72 new Dell Laptop             partnered with The Fitness Factory, 330 Hughes        seniors, have been named Commended
computers and three computer carts. With this         Street, directly across from the High School          Students in the 2011 National Merit
acquisition, all Academy students, grades 1-12        Campus, to offer our students and athletes a          Scholarship Program. Miss Harris is currently
benefit from the availability and regular usage       state-of-the-art training and exercise facility       studying abroad in Germany, but will return to
of laptops in the classroom. Our goal is for this     free of charge. This is an added benefit not          graduate with her class in June 2011.
program to get stronger and stronger every            only for our athletes, but also for all St. John
year so that one day even our Pre-K and Junior        Neumann students who wish to improve their            About 34,000 Commended Students through-
Kindergarten students have access to laptops.         general health and physical well-being. There         out the nation are being recognized for their
                                                      is no cost for our students and athletes to use       exceptional academic promise. Commended
St. John Neumann Students Selected                    the Fitness Factory facility. We are very grateful    Students placed among the top five percent of
for Youth Leadership Program                          to the Fitness Factory for partnering with St.        more than 1.5 million students who entered
                                                      John Neumann Regional Academy so that our             the 2011 competition by taking the 2009
Three St. John Neumann students were recently         students may enjoy another year of fitness and        Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship
chosen to participate in the 2010-2011 Youth          good health!                                          Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Leadership Program, sponsored by Pennsylvania
College of Technology. The students are juniors       SJNRA Enjoys Second Year of                           “Recognition of high-achieving students is
Alana Androvette, Andrew Cheatle and John             Community Arts Center Collaboration                   essential to advancing educational excellence
Mattiace.                                                                                                   in our nation,” commented a spokesperson for
                                                      The 2010-11 school year marks the second year         NMSC. “As demonstrated by their outstand-
The Youth Leadership Program allows high-             that St. John Neumann Regional Academy is             ing performance in our highly competitive
school sophomores and juniors an opportunity          partnered with the Community Arts Center to           program, the young men and women named
to experience classes that are tailored to issues     bring live musical and theatrical performances        Commended Students represent some of the
facing today’s teens, as well as issues facing        to all SJNRA students. Our Junior/Senior High         most academically talented students in our
today’s society. The program’s objectives are to      School students were treated to a performance         country. We sincerely hope this recognition will
take a group of diverse students and help them        of Macbeth on Tuesday, October 19. Our                enhance their educational opportunities and
recognize their own leadership potential and          preschoolers and kindergartners will enjoy “The       encourage them in their pursuit of academic
their potential impact on the community through       Berenstain Bears” on Friday, October 29. Our          success.”
volunteer opportunities. Students are encouraged      elementary students will attend “Star Trek Live”
to apply what they learned to promote leader-         in February 2011. We are delighted that we can
ship amongst their peers, thereby fostering other
students’ leadership potential.
                                                      bring the live arts to all of our students, and
                                                      SJNRA is proud to be the sponsor of “The World
                                                                                                                SJNRA Auction
                                                      Famous Popovich - Comedy Pet Theater” on April
SJNRA Marks 135th Anniversary with                    1, 2011.                                                  Raises Record
Family-Oriented Events
                                                      SJNRA Governance Board Welcomes                              Amount
The St. John Neumann family marks the 135th           Father Paul Fontanella
anniversary of Catholic education in our area                                                              The St. John Neumann Fundraising Committee’s
with events planned throughout the year. The          Bishop Joseph Bambera has named Father               Fourth Annual Auction, “A Mystical Ball. . . A
kickoff event occurred on August 25, when             Paul Fontanella, Pastor of St. Ann’s Church, to      Magical Knight” raised in excess of $86,000 for
more than 325 SJNRA family members attended           the Board of Limited Jurisdiction for St. John       our Academy, the largest amount ever raised
the Family Fun Knight, in which they enjoyed a        Neumann Regional Academy. Father Fontanella          at an Academy event. The auction, held at the
cruise aboard the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Boat,          replaces the seat held by the late Monsignor         Williamsport Country Club on June 19, featured
a delicious dinner catered by Tony’s Deli, and        Francis Castellano. Please join the St. John         live and silent auctions, a live band, and a
music by a local band.                                Neumann family in welcoming Father Fontanella.       magician. More than 180 guests were treated
                                                      The board is eager to work with him and gain his     to delicious hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet dinner
At our Annual Basket Bonanza on October 15,           insight.                                             and beverages. Mr. Lorne Crawford donated his
every SJNRA family had the opportunity to                                                                  auctioneering services for a second year, and
win the SJNRA Anniversary Basket, worth over          Fr. Paul Fontanella is a graduate of Dunmore         treated the audience to spirited bidding on many
$500. The Basket contained a gift certificate for a   High School, the University of Scranton and St.      of the Live auction prizes.
2-hour private cruise aboard the Hiawatha and a       Pius X Seminary. He has a BA in Philosophy.
variety of SJNRA apparel and merchandise.             He attended the Pontifical Gregorian University      The entire St. John Neumann family thanks
                                                      and holds an STB in Sacred Theology. He was          the many guests who “Raised their Paddle for
On November 14, the Academy family will join          ordained to the priesthood in Scranton in 2002       Education” and donated thousands of dollars
together for a Thanksgiving Mass and Feast. All       and served in the following areas: as Director of    to directly support our students in the form of
will be treated to a full Thanksgiving dinner, as     Religious Formation, Bishop O’Reilly High School     donations for new library books, uniform allow-
we give thanks for the gift of Catholic Education     Kingston, 2002-2006; as Assistant pastor at          ance for needy students, lab and transportation
in Lycoming County. More anniversary events           Annunciation Church, Williamsport, 2006-2007;        fees, music and sports sponsorships, and tuition
will be announced as the year progresses and          as Administrator at St. Joachim, Meshoppen,          assistance. The response was overwhelming, and
special attention will be given during Catholic       2007-2008 and in 2008 was named pastor of the        the support is much appreciated.
Schools Celebration 2010-2011, which will be          Church of St. Ann, Williamsport.
held January 30 through February 5, 2011.                                                                  Special thanks to the auction prize donors that

were in attendance that evening and duplicated
their original donation: Robert and Paul Beiter of
Beiter’s Home Center who donated two Frigidaire
washer and dryer combinations; Mr. John Blair
                                                       In Their Own Words:
of Blair Brothers Goldsmiths who donated
two 14 carat yellow gold 1.33 carat diamond
bracelets; Mr. & Mrs. Franco Daniele, Francis
                                                              Neumann Grads Reflect on
Daniele and Theresa Tagliaferri, who donated
two complete Tag’s with a Touch catering events;
and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Pellegrino who
                                                                their Catholic Education
donated a second week at their Myrtle Beach
Condo. This incredible show of appreciation
raised an additional $8,000 for our Academy.

Congratulations to Drs. Chris Reilly and Theresa     Jim Creeley, SJNRA Class of 2009                       Phillip Trometter, SJNRA Class of 2010
Bianco who were the winners of the $99/99            Valedictorian                                          Public Policy Major
Raffle. They had the option to choose $2,999 in      Electrical Engineering Major,                          With a concentration in American Politics,
cash or free tuition for two students.               Bucknell University                                    Penn State University/Wilkes-Barre Campus

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bower were the winners of the                       SJNRA’s writing intensive cur-                         I have been in the Lycoming
Academy’s Magical Glass Box prize, a gorgeous                         riculum prepared me to write on                        County Catholic School System
custom 14K yellow gold moonstone/ruby                                 a college level. Through taking                        all my life, from Pre-K through
pendant from dedicated SJNRA supporter, Blair                         AP English classes at Neumann,                         12th grade. The excellent teaching
Brothers Goldsmiths.                                                  I was exposed to a variety of                          staff at our Catholic school has
                                                                      authors and writing genres. My                         instilled in me the tools necessary
The entire Academy extends our sincere thanks                         aptitude in writing, which is                          to produce good quality school
to all of the auction attendees, prize donors and                     attributable to SJNRA, enabled                         work and test scores that are de-
corporate sponsors for making our auction such       me to become a Peer Writing Consultant on the          manded from praised academic establishments.
a success.                                           Bucknell campus. As a peer tutor, I help students      Throughout my tenure at SJNRA, I became
                                                     realize their potential writing abilities, and after   familiarized with intense course-work and test
Mark your calendars for next year’s auction, “A      each tutoring session, I realize how lucky I am to     preparation. I learned not only how to produce
Knight to Celebrate”, to be held on Saturday,        have had such a rich educational experience in         homework that satisfied the requirements set
May 14, 2011. The fifth annual auction will          high school.                                           by the course, but I was encouraged to strive to
conclude our year-long celebration of the 135th                                                             go above and beyond in order to maximize my
anniversary of Catholic Education in Lycoming        As an engineering student, I am challenged by          grade. SJNRA helped me to want to be the best I
County. Join us for a memorable evening! For         professors to determine innovative solutions to        could be in school and in life.
more information, please contact Mrs. Kathy          a variety of real-world problems. Often, I am
Bahr, SJNRA Development Director, at 570-323-        required to do this as a member of a group. My         The routine and rigor of Neumann academics
9953, ext. 205, or via email at     St. John Neumann education encouraged group            has helped me excel beyond most of my
                                                     work and collaboration to enhance the learning         classmates at college. My Neumann education
                                                     environment, so I was well prepared for this           gave me the strong fundamentals of sound
                                                     aspect of college. Each time a group engineering       academic integrity and commitment, which is
                                                     design project is assigned, I am confident in          recognized by the Penn State faculty. Because of
                                                     my ability to succeed because of my invaluable         this, I am considering taking honors courses to
                                                     experiences working with my classmates in high         offer myself more of a challenge.
                                                                                                            The strong and extremely knowledgeable SJNRA
                                                     The greatest educational benefit to a Catholic         faculty and staff have given me the mental
                                                     education is an education rooted in faith. My          tools I need to not only survive my first year in
                                                     St. John Neumann education not only educated           college, but to outshine most of my peers in the
                                                     me in the Catechism and Church dogma, but              classroom. Every ‘A’ I have in my college courses
      Auctioneer Lorne Crawford engages the          also, and more importantly, it taught me about         can be attributed to the academic environment
        Auction crowd in spirited bidding.           morality and service. At Neumann, faith is not         fostered at SJNRA. This will prepare me for a
                                                     just taught in the classroom—it is practiced           future in law school.
                                                     daily. For instance, each year students compete
  Please join us on the following dates for our
                                                     as a class to raise money for St. Jude Children’s      An education at SJNRA fosters in students the
  Academy Mass at St. Boniface Church at 10 a.m.
                                                     Research Hospital during penny wars. Also,             importance of Christ in their lives and the value
  • Friday, October 22                               students involved in the LEO club work alongside       of service to others. It also provides students
  • Friday, October 29                               the Williamsport Lions Club and local charities        with strong academic training, enabling them to
  • Monday, November 1                               to improve the Williamsport community through          succeed in the competitive world.
  • Friday, November 19
                                                     service. Neumann gives students a great educa-
                                                     tion, rooted in service learning, that they can take
  • Wednesday, November 24
                                                     with them to college and throughout their lives.
  • Wednesday, December 8
  • Wednesday, December 22
  • Wednesday, January 5
  • Friday, January 28
  • Friday, February 4
  • Friday, February 11
  • Friday, February 25

                         Saint John Neumann Regional Academy                                                                                                       Non Profit Org.
                         901 Penn Street                                                                                                                            U.S. Postage
                         Williamsport, PA 17701                                                                                                                         PAID
                                                                                                                                            Williamsport, PA
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          Ring in the Holidays with the SJNRA Gift
               Card/Tuition Voucher Program
You can support SJNRA this Christmas season when you buy your gift cards through SJNRA. We offer an
extensive line of popular retail and restaurant gift cards for all of your holiday gift and shopping purchases.
We sell Best Buy, Bath & Body Works, Bon Ton, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, K-Mart, Walmart, Lowe’s, Sheetz, Staples,
Borders, and Gap/Old Navy gift cards, just to name a few. We offer restaurants gift cards for Burger King,
Wendy’s, McDonald’s, KFC, Ruby Tuesdays, Red Lobster/Olive Garden, Starbucks, Subway, Pizza Hut, TGI
Fridays, Hoss’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Triangle Tavern. We also offer gift cards for local stores, such as Purity
Candy, Otto’s Bookstore, and Helminiak’s Greenhouses. Weis and Giant gift cards are available for purchase
as well. A portion of each gift card purchase benefits our school. Visit our website,, call 323-
9953, ext. 215 or email for a complete listing of gift cards available, and/or to place your

           SJNRA Celebrates the 2010-2011 School Year
St. John Neumann Regional Academy
Locations and Contact Personnel

Junior/Senior High School Campus and Administrative Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323-9953
  901 Penn Street
        Susan Kaiser, System Director/Elementary Principal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ext. 216
        Denise Tobin, Junior/Senior High School Principal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ext. 203
        Kathy Bahr, Director of Development & Alumni Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ext. 205
        Reverend David Bechtel, Chaplain and Director of Religious Formation . Ext. 218
        Karen Welshans, Accounting Clerk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ext. 210

Early Childhood and Elementary Campuses
  75 Musser Lane, Muncy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 546-5272
  1650 Sheridan Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323-0500
  710 Franklin Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 326-3738
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