Black History Month

Black History Month
St. X celebrates Black History Month with multiple profiles of alumni and students

To celebrate Black History Month, we will showcase multiple profiles of our alumni and students relating to their St. X experiences.

Jim Beckett '86 

Grade School: St. James

Why did you choose St. X? When I was in grade school, the St. X guys would wait for the bus on my parent’s porch.  My folks were not too pleased, but I thought they were cool, as did my classmates.  The St. X - Trinity games were also big influencers to be honest.

College: Indiana University-Bloomington - Kelly School of Business-  and Maurer School of Law

Favorite Class: I loved math, so all of my math-based classes were favorites.  AP Calculus stands out, but I really enjoyed the challenges of each of those a classes every year.

Why should an 8th grader choose St. X today?

The brotherhood and opportunity to be part of a team across all socio-economic backgrounds. Not all St. X students take advantage of that opportunity, but if you do, it will have a positively profound impact on your growth into an adult.

What are you doing now?

I run an urban planning, design and development group. We shape social investment in neighborhoods where people and culture thrive.  



Tendai Charasika '96 

Grade School: Kentucky Country Day

Why did you choose St. X?  I wanted to challenge myself academically and athletically, while surrounding myself in a community of high achievers that I could learn from.

College: University of Louisville – Speed School (Chemical Engineering) and College of Business (MBA – Entrepreneurship)

Favorite Teacher: There are too many to acknowledge, but Coach Jim Wagoner, as my position coach in football, drove me to be better than my best every day; his words still impact me daily.

Why should an 8th grader choose St. X today?

I am a firm believer that you are a product of the people and community you surround yourself with, therefore, if you want to be the best, then surround yourself with people who strive to be their best every day. Though it may be tough to understand now, the investment you make today will last you a lifetime!

What are you doing now?

Today, I am a husband, father, business leader, and contributor to our community through coaching and volunteering.




Clement Twagiramungu '20 

Grade School: St. Agnes

Why did you choose St. X? I wanted to attend a school that would challenge me academically and push me to be the best version of myself.

College: University of Louisville

Favorite Class: Finance and Investment

Why should an 8th grader choose St. X today?

St. X is a school with many resources and teachers who are dedicated to helping students achieve their academic goals. Outside the classroom, you will get exposed to different opportunities that will allow you to build and maintain relationships with your classmates.

What are you doing now?

Finishing my senior year strong.





Benny Butler '00

Grade School: St. Denis / St. Helen 

Why did you choose St. X? My parents and I thought it was the best combination of top notch academics and top notch extracurricular activities. 

College: Harvard University

Favorite Teacher: Oh so many! Mrs. Karen White, Ms. Glennda Tingle, Brother Benjamin, Dr. Sarah Watson and Coach Jim Wagoner

Favorite Classes: AP World History, AP Bio, and Spanish

Why should an 8th grader choose St. X today?

St. X has done a fantastic job of investing in the facilities and alumni over the years to make sure the learning experience keeps pace with both the technological and cultural advances of society. I was well prepared for college after attending St. X and I’m sure the same would hold today.

What are you doing now?

I am a Managing Director in the securities industry. I help institutional clients buy and sell investment grade corporate bonds for their portfolios.




David Johnson '93

Grade School: Louisville Collegiate School

Why did you choose St. X? My first introduction to the school was in the 3rd grade. I was told by an unknown man that I had great character and would make a great St. X man. There were also a few kids in my neighborhood who attended St. X. 

College: Morehouse College

Favorite Teacher: Mr. Dan Amlung, so much respect for him, great man. 

Why should an 8th grader choose St. X today?

The education, the community and the brotherhood at St. X is unparalleled. I enjoyed my time at St. X and still have close friendships with many classmates to this day. 

What are you doing now?

I am the owner of Metro Fence Industries and JG Metro Wholesale.




Cam Clarkson '20

Grade School: Kammerer Middle School

Why did you choose St. X? A friend told me to come shadow him, so I did and I absolutely fell in love with everything in and out of the school.

College: Western Kentucky University

Favorite Teacher: Coach Ben Cottrell 

Why should an 8th grader choose St. X today?

Because this school prepares you for life and teaches you how to be a respectful man in today’s society.

What are you doing now?

After I graduate, I plan to be a manager on the football team at WKU, and major in accounting.





Paul Humphrey '01

Grade School: St. Elizabeth/ St. Rose

Why did you choose St. X? I was a St. X kid. My father was an alumnus and I grew up going to every St. X event possible. My parents gave me a choice but I knew where I wanted to be at an early age.

College: University of Louisville (undergrad and grad school)

Favorite Teacher/Class: World History with Mr. Tom Simms. Everyone was given a historical name.

Why should an 8th grader choose St. X today?

St. X gives the most options for involvement and success. St. X will continue to support you and your goals for the rest of your life. The brotherhood is real.

What are you doing now?

A Police Major with Louisville Metro Police Department - Commander of Training and Recruitment. Additionally, I am on the Board of Advisors for St. X.




Josh Bennett '20

Grade School: St. Albert the Great

Why did you choose St. X? I wanted to go to a school where I could get a great education and excel in sports.  Also, I liked how welcoming everyone was on the day I shadowed.

Colleges: Deciding between University of Cincinnati and University of Kentucky for Fall 2020.

Favorite Class: Drawing and Painting 2 because I loved the projects

Favorite Teacher: I can't pick just one

Why should an 8th grader choose St. X today?

You are going to meet people who will change your life forever, and the St. X experience will open so many doors for you down the road.

What are you doing now?

I'm trying to finish with good grades, training to win a second straight state track championship, and planning to major in architecture.




Will Porter '98

Grade School: St. Leonard

Why did you choose St. X? Both my brother and my uncle attended St. X. They really enjoyed their time as students there.

Colleges: Hampton University, University of Kentucky (grad school) and Chicago Medical School, RFUMS

Favorite Class: Latin, which was taught by my favorite teacher, Brother George Willenbrink. 

Why should an 8th grader choose St. X today?

St. X is more than a high school. It's a highly respected community of which you have the opportunity to be a lifetime member.

What are you doing now?

I now reside in Louisville with my wife and two children. I am a radiation oncologist practicing at Hardin Memorial Hospital.





Matthew McClendon '08

Grade School: St. Francis School - Goshen

Why did you choose St. X? My mother wanted me to attend a high school that  stressed academics and allowed me to explore my interests through electives. For me that was CAD (computer-aided design) and mechanical drawing. In addition, I loved track and football and St. X’s athletic programs were the best in the state.

Colleges: University of Kentucky, University of Louisville (Graduate School and Doctoral Program)

Favorite Teacher: Coach Joe Kroh. At the time I attended school he was definitely the most difficult and unorthodox teacher I had ever encountered. But as I got use to the “method to his madness” I began to appreciate him and his teaching style a lot more.

Why should an 8th grader choose St. X today?

You’ll be receiving the best education by the best teachers who care about who you are as a student. You’ll have access to a huge and diverse selection of elective courses. You'll gain brothers whether you play sports or participate in other extracurricular activities. 

What are you doing now?

I am the program coordinator for TRIO Student Support Services at UofL. I assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities. 




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