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  • VASJ World Religion segment on Islam comes to life with guest speaker

    When VASJ students talk about their favorite classes offered at the school, Mr. Patrick Preto’s World Religion class almost always makes the cut. The students learn about a variety of different religions and cultures from around the world, including Islam, which they are learning about now. Today, students in Preto’s class had the opportunity to gather in the Founder's Chapel to listen to a guest speaker, Imam Abbas Ahmad from the First Cleveland Mosque who brought the ...

  • VASJ's Lady Vikings Choir visits nursing homes for Valentine's Day

    By Hailey Barnett ’18To share the love in honor of Valentine’s Day, the Lady Vikings Choir participated in a performance tour, performing love songs for residents at four local nursing homes.The Lady Vikings Choir visited and performed at the Slovene Home, Hilltop Village, Gateway Family House and Hospice of Western Reserve. "I am so blessed to be their director and to see how passionate these girls are for both music and service,” says Lady Vikings Choir Director Bri...

  • VASJ Drama Club has opportunity to hear from Tom Hanks live and in person

    By Grace Carlson ’17The VASJ Drama Club had the unique opportunity to visit Tri-C’s campus to hear Tom Hanks speak about media productions and the world of the theater. Almost 60 schools and 800 students attended the one-hour question and answer session. The event was sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Film Commission and moderated by St.

  • VASJ students participate in Right to Life March in Washington D.C.

    A group of 20 VASJ students, as well as a few faculty members, traveled to Washington D.C. for the March for Life rally on January 27. Since 2011, VASJ has gone to the March as guests on the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association bus. “FCSLA pays for the buses, organizes the trip, provides food for us on the drive home, as well as scarves, hand warmers, and plenty of hospitality,” says VASJ’s Director of Campus Ministry, Jill Latkovich. It’s a quick trip ...

  • VASJ’s Teen Leadership Corps launches Shoe Collection Drive for countries in need

    Help us change the world one pair of shoes at a time. American’s have an average of 15 pairs of shoes per person. What are the chances that you could give us five of yours to help others?Villa Angela-St.

  • VASJ's Academic Decathlon team earns 16 medals at regional competition

    The Academic Decathlon has been a great addition to VASJ this year. The first time the school has offered the program, the team is off to a great start. The program wouldn't exist without one of VASJ's new teachers.When Bob Seitz came to VASJ as a substitute teacher last year, Principal David Csank had no idea what a tremendous asset he would soon become to the school. “I knew he was an experienced teacher but I had no idea how well he would fit into the Viking family,” ...

  • VASJ to offer two Summer Enrichment Programs in June

    VASJ is excited to be offering a Summer Enrichment Program in June for students entering grades 5-8!There will be two different programs offered: a STEM Space Program and a Fine Arts Program.The STEM Space Program will take place June 12-16, from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will view the stars in a planetarium, build and launch rockets like a NASA engineer, and create a scale model of the Solar System.The Fine Arts Program will be held June 19-23, from 9 a.m.

  • Students recognized at 2017 Scholarship Day Awards Ceremony

    After Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School’s annual Founders Day celebration at the end of January, where $9,000 worth of Ursuline and Marianist-related awards were presented to current students, the school gathered again for Scholarship Day.During the all-school assembly, more than 180 students were recognized for being awarded over $300,000 in scholarships. Each of the scholarships were created to recognize the accomplishments of current Villa Angela-St.

  • VASJ sophomore Khalid Mitcham has article published in magazine

    By Hailey Barnett '18An opportunity he discovered on Twitter led one of VASJ's aspiring writers, Khalid Mitcham '19, to have his first article published on Affinity Magazine. “It’s a teen magazine written for teens by teens so I decided to apply for it that night,” says Khalid. He submitted a story that same night he learned of the magazine. He wrote his submission article that night, on the spot, rather than entering something he had already written. The site varies in topics focusing...

  • Celebrating Bill Raddell '68: 45 years of service at VASJ (and still going)

    When you think about Catholic education at VASJ, it is impossible to not think about Bill Raddell ’68. After all, he is in his 45th year of teaching religion at VASJ (and formerly St. Joseph High School).“This has been my entire life,” Raddell says.Of his 45 years of teaching, Raddell spent 27 as the school’s Religion Department Chair.

  • Catholic Schools Week interview with Amber Miller '17

    Amber Miller ’17Came to VASJ from EuclidPlans to attend Ursuline College and major in business Why did you choose to attend a Catholic High School?I originally went to public school my freshman year. I didn't feel like it was the right environment for me. I felt that my education in a public school was lacking.

  • Catholic Schools Week Interview with Javari Hines '17

    Javari Hines ’17Came to VASJ from St. Jerome SchoolA member of VASJ’s Marianist Urban Students ProgramPlans to major in EngineeringWhy did you choose to attend a Catholic High School?I have been a part of Catholic school since third grade. I always liked the education I got from my previous schools so I thought moving forward that was something that I would like to be a part of. What makes a Catholic education unique?How you can open up and talk about your faith.

  • Catholic Schools Week interview with Shawn Caruso-Taylor

    Shawn Caruso-Taylor ’17Came to VASJ from Julie Billiart SchoolPlans to attend Notre Dame College and major in Accounting Why did you choose to attend a Catholic High School?I’ve always been in Catholic school. I’m big on religion and have a big faith background and it helps me learn more about my faith and what to strive for in life. What makes a Catholic education unique?You can open up more. I feel like it’s more like a community.

  • Catholic Schools Week interview with Hailey Barnett '18

    Hailey Barnett ’18Came to VASJ from Our Lady of the LakePlans to attend Harvard University and major in Public RelationsWhy did you choose to attend a Catholic High School?I went to Our Lady of the Lake and that was a Catholic school and I just thought it would a good fit to keep going because I like the Catholic culture. It has grown on me. I think their Masses are really interesting and I like how they always incorporate a homily and how it can always relate to you in some way.

  • Catholic Schools Week interview with Collin Green '18

    Collin Green ’18Came to VASJ from St. Paschal BaylonPlans to major in Physical TherapyWhy did you choose to attend a Catholic High School?I had already gone through eight years of Catholic school so I figured it would only be right to continue growing the faith I had started. Faith is a big part of my life so I figured intertwining it with my school would be a great way to keep it lively in my day-to-day life. What makes a Catholic education unique?We are more of a family.

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