Always Looking Up

Take your leadership skills to the next level and see Cleveland in a whole new light in LookUp.

Being a champion involves developing young men in mind, body and spirit to become the future leader of their family, businesses and communities ~ from students, teachers and alumni, we all make this world better!

Brothers of Benedictine ~ Working for a good cause!

Look Up to Cleveland representatives Kevin Hurst ’19, Krisjon Spring ’19 and Freddy Collier ’92, city planner for Cleveland enjoy a photo op at the final session of the school year.  Look Up To Cleveland (LookUp) provides high school students with leadership development, gives them a heightened awareness and appreciation of Cleveland, and shows them how they can contribute to their community.








Diego, Isaiah, Gehrig, Rory, Tristan, Don, Nick and Joe studying the St. John’s Bible in the Chesterton Room of the Grasselli Library at John Carroll University.

The Benedictine Calligraphy class spent Thursday, April 19th at John Carroll University studying the “Prophets” edition of the St. John’s Bible.  This edition is as close to the original vellum edition as possible and was made possible by a grant from Target Corporation.  This Bible is the first hand-written Bible in over 500 years.  The class studied the text and artistic illustration of the Bible and the process of creation utilized by the Royal Calligrapher Donald Jackson.

The students then engaged in a workshop that helped to provide a creative outline for their capstone project for the class.  The students will utilize colored inks in various illustrations, including the process of illumination using gold and copper leaf.

The students who participated in the workshop include juniors Nick Dalton, Rory Kilbane, Joe Marrone, and Don Witovicz; and sophomores Diego Bremer, Tristan Cotter, Isaiah McClendon and Gehrig Stanley.  The class is taught by Fr. Michael Brunovsky, OSB.

Russo brothers on set!

The Russo Brothers, Anthony ’88 and Joe ’89 are directing this epic movie!

The Russo brothers had directed a few films before joining the Marvel family — “Welcome to Collinwood” in 2002 and “You, Me and Dupree” in 2006. They also had extensive directing experience in television, with series like “Arrested Development,” “Community” and “Happy Endings.”

Go Bengals!





Written by Linda Hayward and Illustrated by Barb Shannon

Veteran Art Teacher, Barb Shannon, enjoyed demonstrating the intricacies of illustrating a children’s book to her classes. This was to celebrate the exciting news that the book she illustrated, Baby Moses, was selected to be included in the Penguin Random House Digital Publishing Group. It is a Step Into Reading inspirational reader and is already available in Kindle format. Her son, Will Henry ’06, servedas the baby model for Moses himself!




Eddie Findura ’18 with his artwork

You may have already received an Easter card from the St Andrew Abbey Community. The Man of Benedictine behind the inspiring art is senior Eddie Findura. He is a dynamic drawer who intends to make art his career. He earned cum laude for the first semester and is a four year letterman in wrestling.








Benedictine Students Rock!

During Catholic Schools Week the Key Club sponsored an event to support Malachi House.  We were asked to provide 12 packs of pop for the patients.  The Men of Benedictine provided over 400 12 packs and delivered them on Friday, February 16. They were successful in achieving their goal.

Malachi House, created out of a Christian sense of ministry, serves persons who are terminally ill, without regard to gender, race, religion or national origin and without cost to the resident or family. This Home ministers to individuals who need an available caregiver, who have limited or no financial resources and are in need of special home care in the final stages of life. Our trained staff and volunteers provide spiritual, emotional and physical support with the assistance of a hospice team.


Anthony Jim ’18 at with his camp buddy.

Fresh Air Camp Party!

Anthony Jim ’18 volunteered over the summer at the Fresh Air Camp in Strongsville, Ohio.  Fresh Air Camp is an annual six-day, overnight camp, in Strongsville, OH for children who are tracheostomy or ventilator dependent. Fresh Air Camp allows children with these respiratory difficulties to experience a week away from home, be a kid, and forget about their complex medical problems. Many of these children have never had a chance to attend a slumber party or even spend a night away from home, except in a hospital. Our campers are able to experience a slumber party, with emphasis on “the party”; they enjoy many firsts: Fishing trips – swimming – horseback riding – starring in a talent show. They sit around a campfire, listen to ghost stories, play pranks, and in general, do what children are supposed to do at camp, HAVE FUN.


About twelve of our Key Club members, some of their friends and moderator, Mr. Gallagher volunteered for the Thanksgiving Day meal at St. Augustine Hunger Center on November 22   from 9:00 AM til 12:00 PM.  The young men did a great job setting up tables and serving for the meal, along with many volunteers.




The Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar is set for June!

Every year there is a workshop held at Youngstown State University in June to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. 

From left: Nick Pietrzycki, Charles Buzdon, Regino Duncan and Chris Moner. Not pictured is Diego Bremer & Ty’wuan Mauldin

Congratulations to newly nominated HOBY leaders who will be joining the ranks as Benedictine representatives:  Sophomores Diego Bremer, Charlie Buzdon, Regino Duncan, Ty’wuan Mauldin, Chris Moner and Nicholas Pietrzycki.   

Current HOBY leaders at Benedictine High School are upperclassmen:  John Dosen, Nate Fink, Alex Clemente, Cashon Perry, Anthony Kusnerik, Andrew Schiffer, John Shell, John Bufford, Derek Berdysz and Cody Colon.  





Some of our Sunshine Club Members!

The Benedictine Sunshine Club was created during the 2014/2015 school year. The club’s mission is to perform random acts of kindness in and out of the school. We also acknowledge all staff and faculty birthdays with cards and gifts. We also vote on one faculty or staff member, that we feel may be under appreciated, to do something extra for each month. During the Lenten season we collect donations of gift cards, cash, candy and small toys to make Easter baskets for children and teens who may be in the Domestic Violence and Children’s Advocacy Center. Our hope is to make our school and the world a better place, one kind act at a time. Moderator Mrs. Perrotti and Mrs. Mihalik

For a list of all our clubs, Click Here!

Desmond Norris, D’Angelo Applewhite and Jamaun Wilson

Jamaun Wilson, right, taught the Culinary Club members how to make buttercream icing and use piping tips to decorate cupcakes!








Benedictine Pro-Life Club well represented in downtown CLE!

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, Fr. Gerard, OSB and 22 members of the Benedictine Pro-Life Club participated in the 15th annual Mass and March for Life sponsored by the Catholic Schools for Peace and Justice organization.  The day began with Mass at St. John’s Cathedral with Bishop Nelson Perez.  Present were representatives of the 20 Catholic high schools of the Diocese of Cleveland. Following the Mass, Bishop Perez led the students on a witness march down East 9th Street, across Lakeside Avenue and up to Public Square where student speakers addressed the crowd. Senior John Dosen, juniors Luke Stergar, Johnny Shell, and Liam Haney were among the speakers. They focused on the national tragedy of abortion but also on another respect life issue – teen suicide.  A reporter from radio station AM-1100, WTAM, interviewed John Dosen and his comments were broadcast on the news each hour that day.


Tom Gallagher, Emily and Robert

Mr. Gallagher, our Key Club moderator, presented a donation to Malachi House on behalf of Benedictine’s Key Club.  Malachi House will be having their 30th Anniversary Gala on November 4th ~ Lights for Life.   Malachi House, created out of a Christian sense of ministry, serves persons who are terminally ill, without regard to gender, race, religion or national origin and without cost to the resident or family.

Thank you to all who donate to Key Club activities ~ proceeds came from the Fish Fry and Exam Cookout money.  Every little bit makes a difference in the life of someone!



Kevin Csubak

Benedictine High School Faculty Spotlight:
Mr. Kevin Csubak, English and Reading Development Teacher.
Mr. Csubak was interviewed by Diane DiPiero for an article on   Click on the link below to read more on his unique teaching and classroom methods.

‘Love of children, hope for the future’ is a teacher’s mantra 



Jonathan Shucofsky-Popa ’18 with a Bengal Fan!

Congratulations to our latest Volunteer of the Week, Jonathan Shucofsky Popa! Jonathan, a senior at Benedictine HS, is new to Youth Challenge this season but he has already made a HUGE impact on participants and his fellow volunteers. So far this fall, he’s helped with Race Day, Soccer, and YELP and was a great addition to our Camping Trip this past weekend. Jonathan was integral in helping the group set up their tents, hide geocaches, prepare dinner, and enjoy s’mores, singing & deep discussion around the campfire. Jonathan did a tremendous job of empowering our YELP participants…but he also forced himself out of his own comfort zone to meet new people and experience new things. Jonathan is personable, encouraging, helpful, and someone we’re proud to have on our volunteer team. Way to go, Jonathan, and here’s a YC WOOO for you!



During Wednesday’s meeting period, the club took photos of our school grounds. Photo by Justin Mitchell ’19.

We have a new Photography Club, under the guidance of Jimmy Lucsik ’67!  The objective of this club is to take the DSL camera off point and shoot. We will put the camera in manual mode and explain f-stop, shutter speed and iso settings.  By changing any one of these settings, it renders a different picture of the same subject. We stress how to experiment, with the idea to, not so much teach, but to have fun and be creative!




Matthew Stauffer '20

Matthew Stauffer ’20

Twice a month Ideastream features local teen entrepreneurs in their radio segment on 90.3 WCPN “Sound of Ideas” hosted by Mike McIntyre.  Sophomore Matthew Stauffer was this week’s guest!

Matthew makes custom designed socks ~ He finished 3rd in the Regional Veale Venture Challenge and will be the keynote speaker at the Veale Innovation Challenge and Summit in February 2018.  Matt has sold over 2500 pairs of socks and has generated over $2700 in revenue in his first year.  Click here to listen to his interview and then order your socks from 21SOX website

Congratulations Matt on being a Champion in Business!




Look Up Cleveland Kids

Krisjon Spring ’19 and Kevin Hurst ’19

Congratulations to juniors Krisjon Spring and Kevin Hurst, who will represent Benedictine as Look Up to Cleveland representatives for this school year.  These young men are Champions of Service to our community!

Since 1986, Look Up to Cleveland has been a one-of-a-kind experience that connects high school students to Cleveland and the people, places and projects moving it forward. They develop leadership skills and see first-hand how they can contribute to their community.  This program:

  • Introduces students to community leaders they otherwise would not meet – including the Mayor of Cleveland.
  • Cultivates an appreciation of Cleveland and its opportunities.
  • Breaks down stereotypes, promotes diversity awareness and fosters inclusive thinking and action by bringing together students from a variety of ethnic, economic and social backgrounds.
  • Develops leadership skills and encourages team building.
  • Challenges students to develop networking skills and envision how they can make a difference in the community now and in the future.
  • Additionally, in post-program evaluations, students indicated nearly 100% improvement from the beginning of the program to the end for the following statements:
  • Knowledge of Cleveland’s civic strengths and weaknesses.
  • Ability to use information about the community to envision Cleveland’s future.
  • Ability to think critically about how relationships between civic assets, issues and stakeholders impact the community.


Cameron Allen ’18 and Curtis Kirk ’18

Seniors Cameron Allen and Curtis Kirk taking advantage of the beautiful grounds at Benedictine High School to try their hand plein air painting in Ms. Shannon’s Art class.  What a great way to relax and focus before a big game!