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Saint Basil Academy Alumna Publishes War Story of Her Grandfather
Saint Basil Academy alum and Philadelphia native, Jena M. Steinmetz, shares the heroic and at times terrifying, tale of her grandfather, Robert J. Steinmetz Sr., during his service in WWII titled: Codename: Sob Story, The Tale of a Picket Line Sailor During WWII.
“I've always had a very strong draw to stories that are based on fact. They fascinate me—particularly how the writer can take tiny facts from the person who actually lived it and recreate the entire memory for all to see or read, and I have one of the greatest stories never told right in the family. My grandfather was present for seven major invasions in the Pacific—including Iwo Jima and Okinawa—but he never stepped foot on their beaches. His story is slightly different than most WWII recollections because he never saw direct battle,” Jena Steinmetz says. “The biggest thing I want people to take away from my grandfather's story is that war is not a decision to rush into; war never ends in the hearts of those who lived it. It sticks with you for life.”
Ms. Steinmetz received her high school diploma in 2005 from Saint Basil Academy and her BA in English/Creative Writing from DeSales University in the spring of 2009 with Cum Laude honors. This is the first book for Steinmetz, but she has had several articles published in Lehigh Valley’s The Morning Call and the Bucks County Herald. Steinmetz is 26 years old, the second of four girls, and currently lives and works in Philadelphia.
Cyndi Edwards Boccuti '81 recently published a book You Won't Learn This in Massage School. The book is anecdotal in nature, geared toward helping new massage therapists in the field. Cyndi presents real word advice and stories to help massage therapists navigate well in their field. Cyndi shares her insights from her more than 17 years of experience as a massage therapist. Her book was recently published on February 6th through Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and also Authorhouse.com. Congratulations Cyndi!
Alumnae Amanda Malamut (SBA '06) is the co-founder and executive director of Simply Equal Education, an organization that works to help young people in the United States understand their role as active agents of social change. Simply Equal Education provides programs, including interactive presentations, student led initiatives, school supply drives and service learning exchange programs to benefit schools in Equatorial Guinea.