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Hannah Stroud, Class of 2010:  Hannah is the perfect example of what your child can do with the premier education provided at CTK.  After graduating from Christ the King school in 2010, Hannah then graduated from Nardin Academy and went to Texas A&M University.  She is currently working on a Master of Science - MS, Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.  She has completed several internships involving mechanical engineering and aircraft component design.  In her most recent position, she developed a shape memory alloy actuated morphing wing utilizing liquid metal as an inductive heat source.  The more Hannah learns, the more questions are evoked.  She first leaned about the Bernoulli Effect at Christ the King school.  She also learned that she loves to be challenged.  Ultimately, Hannah would like to stimulate the search for answers in other brilliant minds either by leading an R&D team or becoming a professor.


Haley Denzak, Class of 2008:  Did you watch the credits at the end of the Oscars?  If you did, then you saw the name of one of our own, Haley Denzak, listed!  She graduated from CTK in 2008.  After she left us she went to Sacred Heart Academy and then to John Carroll University.  At John Carroll she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Media Communications.  The Republican National Convention was held in Cleveland the year of her graduation.  The RNC TV producer hired Haley to work on that broadcast because of her Buffalo connection, her academic record and her desire to work in television.  He associated her Buffalo roots with Tim Russert who also went to John Carroll.  From her strong work on that broadcast, she went on to assist on other events such as the Emmy's.  Her most recent credit was Assistant at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - 90th Academy Awards.  Her upcoming freelance work will be acquiring talent for Laugh In, the iHeart Radio Music Awards and the Kids Choice Awards.  She lives in Los Angeles now and loves the warm weather, especially at this time of year.  She and her family still spend time with friends they made at CTK.


Matthew Wopperer, Class of 1999:  After he graduated from CTK, he went on to graduate from St. Joe's.  He and his wife, Amy, both went to Notre Dame where Matthew graduated with a dual degree in Chemistry and Business.  He returned to Snyder in 2015 where he lives with his wife and 2 sons.  He is currently Senior Territory Account Manager at Johnson & Johnson Vision.  His wife Amy is a project Manager at Rich Products.  His strong ties to Christ the King School are life-long.  Some of his best friends in life are guys he met here.  And his son, Henry, will be attending Pre-K 4 in the fall.  We hope to see his other son, Leo, here in a few years. 


Colonel Joseph Janik, Class of 1984:  Colonel Joseph D. Janik, graduated from CTK in 1984.  Col. Janik is the Wing Commander of the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio.  The wing is comprised of more than 1300 Air Force Reserve members and is equipped with eight C-130H2 aircraft.  The wing trains and employs the C-130 Hercules globally on medium range airlift, tactical airland and airdrop, Modular Aerial Spray System, and Aeromedical Evacuation missions. 

He began his career, in 1988, as a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Specialist, 20th Fighter Wing, RAF Upper Heyford, UK.  After completing his 4 year active duty period at Cannon AFB, NM, he joined the Air Force Reserve with the 328th Airlift Squadron, Niagara Falls ARS, New York as a C-130 Flight Engineer. 

After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, he was commissioned at Officer Training School. He attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, Mississippi and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. After graduating from UPT in 1998, he returned to the 328th Airlift Squadron, flying the C-130 at Niagara Falls ARS, eventually working as the chief of the Standardization and Evaluation section. 

Col. Janik has flown combat missions in support of operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.  He has served as the 914th operations group commander, Niagara Falls ARS and as the Director of Operations and Readiness for 22nd Air Force. Prior to his current assignment, Col Janik served as the Vice Wing Commander for the 910th Airlift Wing.


Martha Hard Batzloff, Class of 1968:  "I am sorry I missed the (Class of '68) reunion weekend!  It has been fun reconnecting with classmates via email and I hope I can make the NEXT reunion!  Christ the King has a special place in my heart.  It is my birth parish; I was baptized there.  I attended CTK School K-8th grade and received a superb education.  My 1st grade teacher taught us, among other things, to "sound it out" and her steadfastness in trainining us for 1st Holy Communion impressed upon us a reverence for the Sacrament.  All good memories." 


Rick Cusimano, Class of 1968:  "Wow, what an absolutely fantastic idea it was getting us all together (for Class '68 Reunion) after so many years.  I can't tell you how wonderful it was to revisit this important chapter in our lives.  To be able to reconnect and remember the warm friendships and experiences we shared so long ago is something I won't forget.  So great to see everyone doing so well.  Definitely looking forward to seeing everyone at some future date and hopefully those who were unable to make it this time."


Pat Knoerl, Class of 1968:  "Well, THAT (Class of '68 Reunion) was incredibly fun!  Loved seeing you all...what a night!  So many great conversations with so many remarkable people...we are a pretty great, and certainly UNIQUE class!  So much love and good feelings, funny memories, impressive and interesting life stories...so far...we aren't done.  Yet!  Thank you all for an amazing time.  Love to you all...until next time."


Sister Mara Walton, Class of 1955:  Sister Mara Walton who graduated in 1955, is a Sister of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity from Stella Niagara NY. She attended Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart and entered the community following high school. For 50 years, she taught science and presently works part-time in the Advancement Office of Sacred Heart. 


Sister Virginia Young and Sister Loretta Young (twins), Class of 1944:  The Young sisters went to Mount Saint Joseph after graduation. They both taught at the School for the Deaf and Sister Virginia taught at Canisius College. There were only 11 people in their CTK graduating class. Sister Virginia recalls that the Franciscan Sisters of Alleghany had just begun teaching here at Christ the King School and the 7th and 8th Grade were in the same room! Sister Virginia was fascinating to talk to. Her memory is fantastic. Her twin, Sister Loretta Young, is in the St Joseph's residence in Clarence. Our 6th Grade class put together a spiritual bouquet that will be delivered to her there. 

 

Send us memories from your days at CTK, highlights/stories about your family, church, work, special experiences - i.e., mission trips, honors you have received, service in your community. 

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