Lourdes sports information director receives honor

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Ryan Wronkowicz

For the third consecutive year, the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference honored Lourdes sports information director Ryan Wronkowicz as the 2017 Patrick Moore-Mike Dean SID of the Year. Named after former Madonna SID Patrick Moore, who passed away unexpectedly in 2015, and longtime WHAC statistician Mike Dean, it recognizes outstanding sports information professionals as chosen by SIDs in the conference. Wronkowicz joined Moore as three-time winners of the award.

In his 17th year in the profession, Wronkowicz just completed his fifth year with Lourdes. He has been an integral part of expanding the Gray Wolves social media presence and implementing live video streaming of games. In addition, he continued the relationship he started with BCSN to provide live and tape-delayed television coverage of sporting events.

“Lourdes is truly blessed to have Ryan on our team,” acknowledged athletics director JoAnn Gordon. “This award is a reflection of his tireless dedication and work ethic in bringing recognition to our student-athletes and the university as a whole.”

His service is not limited to the athletics department. He sat as a staff advisor for an inaugural student-run organization aimed at promoting Lourdes spirit as a whole on campus and in the community and is a popular member of several committees throughout the school.

Wronkowicz’s service spans through the conference and national levels as well. He served on the WHAC Softball ratings oversight committee this year and also finished his third year on the NAIA National Players of the Week voting committee.

“I am extremely grateful to receive this award from talented fellow SIDs in the WHAC, which makes this honor very special,” said Wronkowicz. “The credit for such an honor goes to the wonderful student-athletes, coaches, and staff here at Lourdes who allow me to work with them and promote their accolades on a daily basis.”

Wronkowicz earned his degree from Bowling Green University in 1999 and completed his master’s in sports administration in 2005 from Valparaiso University.




Lourdes professor to participate in seminar ‘The 20th Century Presidency’

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Dr. Alvin “Dwayne” Beggs

Lourdes University recently announced that Dr. Alvin “Dwayne” Beggs, assistant professor of history at Lourdes University, is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special American history seminar on “The 20th Century Presidency.” The multidisciplinary seminar for faculty members in history, political science, and related fields will explore characteristics of 20th-century presidential leadership, including several individual presidents and their presidencies.

From a pool of 77 highly competitive nominations, 30 faculty members were selected to participate in the seminar, which will be held July 23-27 at Stanford University’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center in Washington, D.C.

In announcing the selection of participants, CIC President Richard Ekman said, “Strengthening the teaching of American history at colleges and universities is of critical importance. This seminar will provide a great opportunity for participating faculty members to gain a better understanding of effective leadership and to explore presidencies within the context of the history known then and now. We believe that Dr. Alvin Beggs will play a strong role in the seminar.”

“Dr. Beggs has extensive experience in 20th-century history particularly as it relates to U.S. presidential and congressional relations,” said Dr. Mary Robinson, Chair of the Lourdes University Department of History, Political Science and Geography.

While at Lourdes University, Dr. Beggs has developed several courses including one focused on The Constitution and the Supreme Court. A respected historian, he has presented several times including the 2015 Iowa Conference on Presidential Politics, the 2010 National Policy Conference, and the 2017 Ohio Academy of History. A published author, Dr. Beggs’ work has appeared in Financial History Magazine and he served as editor of the 2016 edition of Northwest Ohio History.

Dr. Beggs’ research has focused on Presidential/Congressional relations particularly as it pertains to Congress and its use of War Powers. He holds membership in the American Historical Association, Phi Alpha Theta, the Society of Civil War Historians, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Association for Asian Studies, and the Society of Military History.

The 2017 National History Seminar participant earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the former Fort Wayne Bible College, a Master of Divinity from the Anderson School of Theology, a Master of Arts in American History and a Doctor of Philosophy in American History with a minor in Presidential/Congressional Relations from Bowling Green State University. Robert Dallek, professor of history emeritus at UCLA who now teaches at Stanford in Washington, will lead the seminar. Seminar participants will consider presidents’ ability to handle domestic and foreign policy leadership as well as personal qualities including vision, charisma, credibility, and communication and consensus-building skills. The seminar will focus on the administrations of three 20th century presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency will be considered in the context of the Great Depression and World War II; John F. Kennedy’s presidency will be reviewed in the context of the Cold War; and Lyndon Johnson’s presidency will be discussed in the context of the Great Society and Vietnam.

The seminar is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Visit the website cic.edu/AmericanHistory
for more information.


Libby Stupica
Libby Stupica

Summer is coming!
by Libby Stupica

Summer is not so subtly creeping up on us. Temperatures have been in the high 80s and college students free from the shackles of exams taunt every high schooler in the area. Like most of our peers, my friends and I have found it difficult to keep stress levels down as we quickly approach the end of the school year. Final exams cloud the excitement of the approaching break, but we know summer fun is right around the corner (and maybe exam week will go by faster if we stay busy studying). I decided to ask my peers their thoughts about the upcoming exams and what exciting summer plans they have to use as a light at the end of the tunnel. Here are their responses:

“One, I’m most excited for free nights where I can do the things I want, read what I’d like, and maybe even babysit a favorite little friend! Two, finals are a sticky subject for me, regardless. These upcoming exams are worrying me a bit more; however, because I’ve had a difficult time lately with personal issues and tests don’t help me much! I’ll have to make sure to study hard.”-Caroline

“I’m really looking forward to spending time outside and exploring more places around Toledo!”-Jami

“I’m kinda overwhelmed right now and very frustrated, so I don’t know if it is a good idea to print anything that I say right now.” -Anonymous

“On finals: My stress levels are getting pretty high, but I just keep reminding myself that I’ve never not survived exams, and that’s not going to start now! On summer: I’m taking a trip to Europe with my family!” -Claire

“My biggest excitement for the summer is going on vacations and service trips and spending lots of time just hanging out with family and friends with no worries!!!!” -Alana

“I’m excited to travel to Norway, Iceland, Hawaii, and LA this summer! However, it is tempered with the immense stress and lack of motivation in the final leg of my sophomore year. Nonetheless, it’s much easier to work when you have a trip to look forward to!” -Vijay

“I feel that although finals can be daunting, they really push students to relearn the semester’s material so it becomes engrained in their minds long-term. Also, I think many students (including myself!) often make exams more stressful than they need to be. If one has been working hard and getting good grades all semester, their finals grades should naturally follow suit.” –Claire

“My feelings about the future and the summer are synonymous; I am equal parts excited and terrified. There are so many new experiences, and many of them are unknown. As for exams, I feel more of the latter! In spite of hundreds of tests and evaluations, I’m not immune to the fears associated with “bubble fun” and number 2 pencils.” -Sadie

“Finals really help me realize my progress regarding the school and although it is hard, I learn new ways to study and progress. For summer, I’m extremely excited to sleep in! Summer is when I refresh and cleanse myself from all the stress of the school year! I read a lot so that’s when I catch up on all my favorite books and it’s also when I begin crocheting my scarf for next year!”-Ada

“Summer! I am super-r-r-r-r excited for cross-country! I’m also very excited about my vacation to San Francisco for my cousin’s wedding! I am excited to be able to relax and hang out with the people I love most!” -Zoe

“My biggest excitement for summer is to actually paint the mural because it’s always been a dream of mine to paint a mural and it’s finally coming true this summer! I’m creating a mural on the wall of a classroom and the corners of the wall are going to be abstract, bright, colorful shapes with some stars mixed in. Also in the corners, surrounded by the abstract shapes are white boxes that contain symbols of world unity! I just can’t wait!” -Ava

“I am so excited to go to my friend’s house and jump in the pond, followed by fresh fruit and a bonfire!” -Meghan

“I like to think of finals as a celebration of everything I’ve learned over the semester … or a final stab in the back from everything I didn’t.” -Morgan



Fineske named interim school superintendent

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Adam Fineske

The Sylvania Schools Board of Education and Scott Nelson announce that effective July 31, Nelson will be leaving his position as Superintendent of Sylvania Schools due to his desire to relocate to the Columbus area in order to be near his family. “In light of his service and contributions to the district for over 18 years and the three years remaining on his contract with the board as superintendent, we believe this agreement acknowledges his tenure here and serves as a springboard for both the district and Scott to move into fulfilling futures. The board and community wish him and his family the best,” said aid Stephen Rothschild, president of the Board of Education

The board has further announced that it will seek to appoint Dr. Adam Fineske, the District’s current Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, as interim superintendent effective Aug. 1. The specific terms relating to his employment as superintendent are expected to be negotiated and approved by the Board prior to Aug. 1.

“Dr. Fineske’s extensive administrative experience coupled with his collaborative leadership approach will help move the district forward,” Rothschild pointed out. “We believe that Dr. Fineske’s proven instructional leadership role across the district, strength in collaboration, focus on increasing student learning and achievement, and his commitment to the community will benefit the district.”

Fineske, a Toledo native, earned a Bachelor’s degree in education, and a Master of Education degree in educational administration from The University of Toledo. He also has a Doctoral degree in educational leadership from Concordia University.

Previously, he has served as the district’s Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, the Principal of HillView Elementary School, Assistant Principal of Arbor Hills Junior High School, an Intervention Specialist, and a third-grade teacher. His many accomplishments include a leadership role in the building of the new HillView Elementary School in 2011 and being named teacher of the year in 2005.

“I am honored and humbled to be taking on the leadership role of superintendent in Sylvania and helping to serve in a community I love!” Fineske offered.

“After my 17 years as an educator in Sylvania, this is a dream job for me, and I am very excited to move our district forward with continued success!” he said.

Fineske has lived in Sylvania for 17 years with his wife, Kate, and their three children Elizabeth, 14, Andrew, 11, and Nicholas, 7.



NDA announces new principal

by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Notre Dame Academy
3535 W. Sylvania Avenue Toledo, Ohio 43623
Phone: 419.475.9359
Fax: 419.724.2640

Sarah Cullum

Notre Dame Academy announced that Sarah Cullum is its new principal, effective July 1. Cullum brings fifteen years of experience with Toledo Area Catholic Schools to Notre Dame, most recently serving for six years as principal of Rosary Cathedral Catholic School. Under her leadership, Rosary Cathedral Catholic School improved its infrastructure, integrated technology into every classroom and built strong community connections.

“Sarah has a proven record of innovation and commitment to Catholic education that will ensure NDA continues to carry out the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame and provides the highest level of academics,” said Kim Grilliot, President of Notre Dame Academy.

“I feel called to lead students forward with Gospel values,” said Cullum. “I look forward to continuing the important work of the Sisters of Notre Dame and impacting these young women on an even higher level. NDA’s strong sense of community has led to its successes, so building meaningful and positive connections with NDA students, families, faculty, staff and alumnae will be a top priority for me.”

Cullum has principal and teaching licenses. She holds a Master’s of Educational Leadership and Supervision from the University of Notre Dame as well as a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toledo. She, her husband and son are members of Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral parish.



MAY 8, 2017

Sylvania City Schools

The Sylvania School Board met Monday, May 8, 2017 to vote on the redistricting plan.
However, after hearing parents’ concerns, voting has been postponed for the Sylvania City Schools Redistricting plan.

They pushed the vote back until June to give more time to explore the hybrid option.

To read details of the May 8th meeting:


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NDA shadow deadline nears

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Notre Dame Academy

Girls interested in exploring being part of Notre Dame Academy’s seventh and eighth-grade classes in the fall have until May 18 to experience what it is like to be an eagle by “shadowing” for a day.

To arrange a shadow day, contact:

A student who shadows will have a host student who will escort her for the day, introducing her to NDA’s student-centered schedule, which includes mid-morning flex time for meeting with teachers or friends and a single lunch period for the entire school so students can always connect with their friends.

Notre Dame’s pre-IB (International Baccalaureate) seventh and eighth grades prepare middle school students for high school and beyond with hands-on STEM investigations, critical thinking, and time management skills. 96 percent of NDA eighth graders choose to take IB high school courses. In 2016, both the valedictorian and salutatorian started at Notre Dame Academy prior to high school.

Notre Dame Academy is a Catholic college preparatory school for young women in grades 7-12.
Sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame, it promotes the holistic development and empowerment of young women for leadership and service.


MAY 5, 2017

Sylvania City Schools

On May 1, 2017, the Superintendent’s Task Force voted unanimously to recommend the Hybrid Option to the Sylvania Board of Education. On May 8, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., Sylvania School district leaders will be presenting their blended Hybrid Option as the official recommendation for redistricting to the Board of Education at their regularly scheduled work session. If approved by the Board of Education, this plan will take effect in the 2018-2019 school year.  The Board of Education intends to make a final decision at their May 22, 2017, meeting.

Please see the link for more information:

  • Current grade configurations will remain intact for Sylvania Schools at all current school buildings (7 elementary schools (Grades K-5), 3 junior high schools (Grades 6-8) and 2 high schools (grades 9-12)
  • Boundary maps have been revised and redesigned meeting the goal of balancing enrollment across the district
  • K-12 direct feeder patterns and keeping students together as much as possible were achieved
  • Opportunities for future growth in preschool programming for the district were gained
  • Grandfathering and Open Enrollment recommendations are included in this presentation
  • Transition planning is outlined



Sylvania resident, Sam Pfeiffer, delivers award-winning speech

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Sam Pfeiffer delivering his award-winning speech.

Sam Pfeiffer delivered an award-winning speech at the Toledo Rotary Club. His speech was based upon his St. Francis experience and how it met the four-way test of Rotary: Is it the truth, Is it fair to all concerned, Will it build good will and friendship, and Is it beneficial to all? Sam believes his teachers have taught in a manner that presented information but allowed him to make his own decisions on topics such as welfare and abortion.

Sam has a rare form of dyslexia, which has been a challenge for him, but he continues to overcome his disability at St. Francis by working with NHS tutors in the Student Achievement Center and by getting extra help from his teachers before and after school.

Pfeiffer highlighted the fact that his teachers and administration stress the motto of St. Francis de Sales “be who you are and be that well.” What this means to Sam is that every student is able to pursue his own interests and passions. According to Sam, “I realized I have a true passion for helping others and representing the interests of my peers.”

Pfeiffer states, “I entered St. Francis as a shy young boy, but now as I graduate in the coming weeks, I am exiting as a strong, confident, young gentleman.” Sam received a $200 award for his accomplishment in the 4-way Rotarian Speech Contest.

Pfeiffer will attend Miami University in the fall and will major in finance or possibly double major with Supply Chain Management at Miami’s Farmer School of Business. Sam will graduate seventh in his class at St. Francis.

L-R: Rotary member and Sam’s Uncle, John Nelson; Rotary member and Sam’s father, Michael Pfeiffer; Sam Pfeiffer and St. Francis World History teacher, Mike Wielgopolski.

The speech was delivered Monday, April 24, at the Park Inn in Toledo.
See link for all speeches: TOLEDO ROTARY CLUB SPEECHES


Redistricting Task Force to combine options for revised hybrid model

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff


“We’ve listened to what the community has had to say in two separate surveys,” noted Adam Fineske, Sylvania Schools Teaching and Learning Executive Director and Redistricting Task Force co-chairman. “The feedback that we have received from close to 1,000 community members on our latest survey indicated that a hybrid model containing the best of both Option Number One and Option Number three is what we need to develop,” he explained.

A small group of task force members will be working on this to design a revised plan using the best parts of Option One and Three and will take a final look before the next board meeting on May 8.

The current grade configurations and buildings will stay the same. The seven elementary schools will feed to three junior high schools that feed to the two high schools. The boundary maps will be revised and redesigned to balance enrollment across the district and keep in mind socioeconomic diversity at all levels. “In our new hybrid model we will be trying our best to keep elementary children together from kindergarten through 12th grade, which we learned through the surveys was one of the major positives from option 3 from our parents, “ Fineske reported.

“With this hybrid plan, we are able to meet all of our goals with this redistricting task,” he pointed out. “We are able to best use district resources to make a greater educational impact. We will have a better balance of enrollment in each of the schools and we will achieve adequate class sizes,” he said.


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